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.
Former FBI profiler Gregg O. McCrary analyzes Hollywood’s greatest unsolved murder case and creates a profile of the murderer of Elizabeth Short.
The case of the murder of Ted Binion had it all: Sex, money, drugs and an illicit affair. Not surprisingly, the trial had it all too, including an error that led an appeals court to reverse the convictions of the casino mogul’s ex-girlfriend and her secret lover. A look at the case in photos.
Defendants crossed and double crossed by former lovers in court.
Killed for their choice of victim, for snitching, or for just being rude, these serial killers avoided the death penalty, only to be cut down by fellow inmates.
In 1983 Texas’s controversial murderess, Tucker, hacked two people to death with a pick axe in a drug induced frenzy. Alleged comments by Tucker that the act of killing had given her multiple orgasms generated public outrage. Even so, after she claimed to have changed and found God, many rushed to her aid in attempts to reverse her death sentence.
On January 30, 1981, former Milwaukee police officer and Playboy bunny Lawrencia "Bambi" Bembenek married her cop boyfriend, who had very high alimony payments. On May 28, his ex-wife was murdered in her home with his gun — problem solved. When he alibied out, suspicion quickly turned to Bembenek, who had access to the gun and the victim’s home.
A lawyer with a history of emotional problems and mental instability Piper Rountree took revenge on her ex-husband after a nasty divorce and custody battle. Even though the murder was premeditated, careless planning doomed her defense. On January 28, 2005, Rountree attended a pretrial hearing in which prosecutors presented the evidence that would bury her.
On January 25, 1971, Charles Manson was convicted on seven counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder, for his role in trying to start a race war with the bloody Tate and LaBianca murders.
Wealthy newspaper heiress Anne Scripps married handsome gold-digger Scott Douglas and all too soon became a battered wife, the victim of his alcohol-fueled rages, terrified of the man she once loved. Sadly for Anne, she was not nearly terrified enough.