A review of our most read, most shared, and most popular blog entries of 2012, which also happen to be a few of the year’s most heinous crimes.
A 16-year-old North Carolina boy will spend 25 to 32 years in prison for killing his father and his father’s young wife. Matthew Liewald was 15 years old when he shot Christian Liewald, 43 and Cassie Buckaloo, 24, in their Pineville home.
Authorities in Richland Hills, Tex., say they received a disturbing 911 call just after midnight this morning. “I shed some innocent blood,” said the male caller, explaining, “I inscribed a pentagram on my son.”
A young High Point, N.C., couple is behind bars after their 2-week-old infant was found unresponsive at their home Tuesday. Police determined that the child, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital, “died as a result of a criminal homicide.”
A former Georgetown, Del., pediatrician has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and endangerment for allegedly ‘waterboarding’ his stepdaughter. Dr. Melvin Morse is represented by Delaware criminal defense attorney Joseph Hurley; his wife, who pleaded not guilty in October, is represented by public defender Dean Johnson. Both have been out on bail since their arrest.
A Tulsa man is in custody after police say they found a naked 18-month-old girl locked in a feces-covered dog cage in his home. William Todd Lewallen, 47, is charged with felony child neglect. A neighbor called police after allegedly finding a naked 4-year-old locked out of the house in 40-degree weather.
In this disturbing video captured by CCTV in a kindergarten classroom in China, a teacher is seen slamming a 4-year-old girl on the floor and then kicking the limp child. The girl, who is mentally disabled, was left with brain damage following the attack.
The good news is that Tony Wawrzynski may have found his son, who was kidnapped by his own mother 15 years ago when the pair separated. The bad news is that the nicest thing the mother may have done for the extremely abused boy was dump him at the bus station days after his eighteenth birthday.
Exorcisms first captured the attention of Americans in 1971 with the release of William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist. Many since have tried their hand at casting out demons that they believe are possessing their loved ones, resorting to violence and inflicting psychological and physical damage. The following cases present some powerful examples of ways not to perform and exorcism, unless you want to go to jail.
Prosecutors were seeking 45 years in the case of Elizabeth Escalona, 23, who pleaded guilty July 12 to first-degree injury to a child after admitting to beating her 2-year-old daughter Jocelyn and gluing her hands to a wall in September of last year. A district judge, however, nearly doubled that sentence, sending the mother to prison for 99 years Friday. A charge of first-degree injury to a child carries a sentence of five years to life.