In the middle of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island seemed the perfect place for the "escape proof" prison. It was considered the most secure penitentiary in 1934 until it closed in 1962. All 36 escapees were caught or killed, except the three who attempted escape on June 11, 1962. Their fate remains a mystery.
When Kathryn Eastburn and her daughters were brutally murdered just before Mother’s Day 1985 police quickly closed in on suspect Master Sergeant Timothy Hennis. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Later he was acquitted, only to be convicted and sentenced to death again, this time by a military tribunal, in this controversial case.
In the late 1990s, the corruption of the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division’s Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) anti-gang unit came to light. Disgraced officers were convicted of offenses such as planting false evidence, stealing, dealing illegal drugs, bank robbery, and perjury. Cops were proven to have committed unjustified beatings and shootings.
Marlene Olive was an angry teenager who hated her depressed, eccentric mother. At 15, she met a boy who could make it all better.
These hustlers allegedly followed their charismatic, would-be prince, Kaushal Niroula, to affinity scams, blackmail and ultimately to the murder of Clifford Lambert, who was reported missing by a friend on December 7, 2008.
Richard Ramirez was destined to die in prison, but not under these circumstances. In the wee hours of June 7, 2013, the so-called "Night Stalker" passed away at Marin General Hospital of natural causes.
On Friday June 7, 2013, Satanist Richard Ramirez, the serial killer who terrorized California in the 1980s, died of natural causes. In life he often expressed the desire to be with Satan in Hell; we’re pretty sure he made it there. Goodbye Richard. A look back at the rampage of the Night Stalker.
On April 21, 1975, using kidnapped-heiress Patty Hearst as a getaway driver, members of the SLA robbed a Bank in California, killing a woman. Hearst would ultimately give up her accomplices, including Kathleen Soliah. When police tracked them down, they did not go without a firefight. A look in photos at the dramatic shootout.
When the mutilated body of Jasmine Fiore was found stuffed in a suitcase, suspicion immediately turned to her husband, millionaire and former reality show contestant Ryan Jenkins.
Kelly Soo Park, the woman prosecutors once described as a “female James Bond,” walked out of court a free woman June 4, 2013, when a jury refused to convict her of the 2008 murder of Maxim model Juliana Redding.