It’s pretty clear that parents can do some really callous, cruel and evil things to their children, and that the young age of a child will not always save them from the ones whose role it is to protect and raise them. This story, however, takes the cake. Not only in forcing us to ask how a mother cold do such a thing, but also how in the world could it have happened during a supervised jail visit?
On Labor Day, September 5, 1994, Spanbauer, a serial killer who had been in and out of prison for years, abducted Cora Jones, 12, as she rode her bike near her grandmother’s house. It would be five days before searchers would find her strangled body at the bottom of a steep ditch 75 miles away.
This charming Florida child was abducted from her home in February 2005 by drugged-out, repeat-sex-offender John Couey. A look back at the case in photos.
On Friday, August 6, 2004, a judge in Seattle lifted the no-contact order in the bizarre case of a married teacher, convicted of raping a young male student. She eventually had two children by him and married him. Was it a crime or was it a romance, and did they live happily ever after?
In shades eerily reminiscent of child killer Mary Bell we present Beth, 6, the victim of such severe physical and sexaul abuse as an infant, that she is unable to bond with another person or to feel love. She admits remorselessly and openly to physically torturing her baby brother and to wanting to kill him, to hoarding knives and other weapons, and to plotting to murder her entire family; to getting her only joy from hurting other people.
On Saturday July 3, 1976, sweet little blond Marion Ketter, 4, went missing. By the next day, police had Joachim Kroll in custody after someone at #11 Friesenstrasse told a police officer that Kroll had warned that the toilet was plugged with “guts.” It turned out that the likable, but not very intelligent, Kroll, affectionately called "Uncle" by the neighborhood children, had a propensity for rape and murder, and a taste for human flesh that went back more than twenty years.
A Missouri mom is behind bars, facing the most heinous of allegations: she’s accused of allowing, or even encouraging, her boyfriend to rape her 4-month-old daughter. The little girl, Ashlynn Peters, died last December after being allegedly raped and strangled.
On June 20, 1929, Panzram, incarcerated at Leavenworth Prison, was working a detail in the laundry when, without warning, he picked up an iron bar and used it to beat a fellow inmate’s brains out in front of the other working inmates. Then, covered in blood and brains, he turned his rage on them, hitting as many as he could with the bar in an attempt to kill everyone in the sealed laundry room.
On May 28, 1928, Albert Fish inserted himself into the lives of the Budd family. Gentle-looking and grandfatherly, he cleverly set them at ease and lured their young daughter Gracie and at least five other children to their deaths. A child rapist, killer and cannibal, Fish was executed on January 16, 1936.
Police in Los Angeles are still searching for transient Tobias Dustin Summers, who is charged with entering a home on March 27, 2013, and abducting a girl, 10, at knifepoint from her bed. Police believe the girl was taken to an abandoned house and sexually assaulted for 12 hours.