What at first appeared to have been a tragic accident is a case of murder, according to authorities in Colorado Springs.
Shasta Groene was 8 years old when she and her brother Dylan disappeared from their home in rural Idaho. Police found the bodies of her mother, older brother and her mother’s boyfriend in the house. When she was found alive and in the company of a convicted sex offender, she recounted a horriffic tale of rape, abduction and murder.
On November 9, 2009, Oklahoma City’s emergency services responded to a report of a house on fire. After the blaze was extinguished, police found the bodies of three women, two of them pregnant, and a man inside the house. One of the pregnant women was Brooke Phillips, a prostitute who was featured on Cathouse, an HBO show about Nevada’s famous brothel, the Moonlite Bunny Ranch.
Carroll Edward Cole had a history of arrests for public drunkenness and other petty crimes. After an arrest on November 8, 1978 — while he was already on probation — Cole was let go yet again, to continue his murder spree for another two years.
Catwalks, catfights, killings and anything but model behavior.
Fashion writer Christa Worthington was found dead in her Cape Cod home Jan. 6, 2002. The 46-year-old’s toddler daughter, Ava, 2 1/2, was clinging to her mother’s bloody body. Ava was physically unharmed. “Mommy fell down,” she said.
On Halloween, 2005, photographer Teresa Halbach drove to Avery Auto Salvage to take pictures of a minivan for Auto Trader Magazine. She disappeared. The shop’s owner, Steven Avery, had been exonerated after serving 18 years for rape, was convicted of Halbach’s murder.
Humans have always been fascinated with vampires, but some take their fascination to the forbidden level. Crime Library catalogs 13 vampiric assaults and murders from the past decade.
When Martha Moxley, 15, was killed on the safe streets of Greenwich, Connecticut, on October 30, 1975, no one knew how to react. Most presumed that the killer had to be an outsider, never expecting that it would take decades to bring her Kennedy-connected killer to justice.
The body of a murder victim often provides important information about the killer, not to mention confirmation that a murder has actually occurred. Though authorities face great challenges in bringing a killer to justice without the victim’s body, such cases are not hopeless.