On Earth Day we remember Ira Einhorn, hippy guru and a founder of this special day, first celebrated in Philadelphia in 1970. He is also known for the 1977 premeditated murder of his ex-girlfriend, Holly Maddux, whose body he stuffed in a trunk that he was never able to get rid of.
On April 15, 2005, Mark Hacking confessed to killing his pregnant wife Lori because she caught him in a lie. He had told her so many lies that admitting to one would unravel the tapestry of deceit he had been weaving. In the end he found it easier to kill her than to face her.
On June 11, 1964, the defense and prosecution summed up the case of William Moseley in the murder of Kitty Genovese, trying to get the 11-man, one-woman jury to accept Moseley’s plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Moseley had repeatedly attacked Genovese, even as she cried out for help to her neighbors, as if he knew they would never respond.
On March 25, 2004, a jury found Sharon Patterson and Larketa Collier guilty of brutally slaughtering Collier’s grandmother. An apparent case of love turned to murder. Two tales of gay teen couples, who killed their grandparents for interfering with their love.
Lita Sullivan, 35, was just hours from a divorce settlement, when a hit man delivering a box of long-stemmed roses, fired a .9 mm round into her head, killing the Atlanta socialite. Suspicion quickly fell on her now-wealthy husband, who managed to elude justice for 19 years.
On March 11, 1991, the gunman hired to kill Donald and Marsha Levine took a plea deal and testified against the man who had hired him.
On March 8, 2002, sixty days after 12-year-old Ashley Pond went missing, Miranda Gaddis left for school and never returned. Ward Weaver, the man who raped and murdered both girls, was the son of a man who spent the rest of his days on death row for rape and murder. Was Weaver genetically predisposed to kill, or just a big fan of his dad’s work?
In 1997, a Texas court found Darlie Lynn Routier guilty of probably the worst of human crimes: killing her two children, Damon and Devon, in cold-blood.
Photos of the troubled Andrea Yates and her family eleven years after she killed her five children by drowning them one by one in the bathtub.
Chronic underachiever Christopher Porco created the affluence he craved by taking out loans in his father’s name. When his father, Peter, found out, Christopher brutally attacked him and his mother, Joan, with an axe, leaving one dead and the other in the I.C.U.