Meet David Adam Pate, 24, of Lancaster, S.C., charged with the murder of Rickey W. James, 33, after the two allegedly went into the woods together, and only Pate returned. Weeks later, children found James’ badly decomposed remains. Pate was already in jail for disorderly conduct, and is now charged with murder — and yes, that’s “Satan” tattooed over his right eye, and yes, it gets better.
What makes a father turn against his own offspring? Forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland examines cases of fathers that murdered their children.
Adventurous retirees Thomas and Jackie Hawkes had lived on their yacht, the Well Deserved for three years, finally deciding to sell it to be closer to their grandchild. Through an ad in a boating magazine, the couple met former child star Skylar Deleon and his wife Jennifer. Along with two of Deleon’s accomplices, they embarked on a sailing trip November 15, 2004, just before Thanksgiving. That trip would be their last.
Around 5 p.m. on November 22, 2003, twenty-two-year-old University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin left the mall where she worked and headed out to the parking lot where her red, two-door 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass was parked. She was on the cell phone with her boyfriend when she suddenly said, “no, no, no, OK, OK, OK … Oh my God!” The line went dead.
Poison and handguns and hit men, oh my. For some wives, divorce is simply not enough.
Annie Le had it all. She was smart, pretty, charming and about to marry the man she called her best friend. But on September 8, 2009, all that changed.
Six years ago Thomas Montgomery was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing a co-worker in a fit of jealousy over a woman he had only ever met online. A woman he had never even seen, who had lied to him about everything … just as he had to her.
On the early morning of November 15, 2004, Peter and Joan Porco were attacked in their home with a fire axe. Peter was killed and Joan was left severely disfigured. Their son, Christopher Porco, was convicted of the crimes. At his trial, the prosecution argued that Porco killed his father over money problems, while the defense argued a lack of evidence. Joan, who lost an eye in the attack, maintained her son’s innocence throughout his trial.
This morning Judge Denise Casper sentenced Bulger to two consecutive life terms plus five years saying, “The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable. Your crimes are made all the more heinous because they are all about money.” Read the story of the man who ran Boston’s Winter Hill gang in the 70s and 80s.
Unbelievable survival stories of victims who managed to escape death at the hands of a killer.