On Election Day, 1976, a press notification went out two weeks late about the brutal murder of a beautiful young Peace Corps worker, Debroah Gardner. The story was buried. Deborah had named her killer with her dying breath, but, with little media attention and the power of the United States behind him, he never served a day in jail.
On November 3, 2004, the Dutch people were reeling from the brutal and very public execution-style murder of Theo Van Gogh, noted film maker and great-grandnephew of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, for his views on Islam.
A Halloween attack in California’s wine country leaves two housemates dead and a killer on the loose. No one suspected that he was mingling with the mourning relatives, consoling them and attending candlelight memorials.
The eerie story of Savannah’s Mercer House where Jim Williams fatally shot his lover, Danny Hansford, and died himself, not far from the spot where he shot Hansford, after finally being acquitted nine years later. Some say Williams died of a heart attack, other say from AIDS-related pneumonia, and still others whisper that it was Danny’s ghost extracting his revenge.
Some say you can still hear the souls of the murdered creeping listlessly around these famous crime scenes.
A man stabs his wife to death while sleepwalking; a girl claims she was held captive inside a box for seven years; a mother stones her children to death on God’s command. These are only some examples of the types of cases into which a forensic psychologist may be brought, for anything from assessment to testimony to treatment.
On October 19, 1970, a fire at a wealthy California doctor’s home led authorities to one of the most gruesome mass murders since the Manson murders. Scared hippies pointed police towards hermit and environmental nut John Linley Frazier. His motive? To wreak vengeance on those who rape the environment and restore the natural beauty of the hillside where the doctor’s luxury home once stood.
In 1976, James Sullivan married Atlanta socialite Lita McClinton, and the two moved to glamorous Palm Beach. Lita proved an impediment to James’s obsession with social climbing, and their marriage fell apart. One morning, a man delivering flowers shot and killed Lita. It would take 14 years to crack the case and bring her conniving husband to trial.
Amber was happily dating a new man, Scott, who had "lost" his wife and would be spending Christmas without her. She found out 15 days later that he was married to missing pregnant woman Laci Peterson who had disappeared 14 days earlier. A look in photos at the other woman in the Laci Peterson murder case.
When police arrived at the scene of Jarrod Davidson’s murder, they were already familiar with the family and the contentious divorce and custody battle Jarrod was having with his wife, Kelee. Detectives were sure she was involved, but didn’t realize that when Jarrod had left his wife, her whole family had taken offense.