On December 21, 1991, with her dying breath Laurie named her killer—or did she? The prosecution of this murder managed to tie the Pennsylvania justice system in knots for 14 years.
Former police chief of Rankin, Penn., Darryl Briston, was arrested and tased into compliance. He died of cardiac arrest soon after.
This violent rapist and murderer claimed seven or eight victims. Unlikely suspect Leonard Christopher was convicted of one murder, but prosecutors never linked him to any of the others. In fact, one of the murders occurred while he was in jail. On December 11, 1990, when his case went to the jury, Christopher’s lawyer announced, "The case stinks. It’s garbage."
Some people never learn. Jose Antonio Ramos, the first suspect in the case of missing boy Etan Patz, just completed a sentence of 20 years in a Pennsylvania prison for molesting children, and was immediately rearrested after police determined that he gave them inaccurate address information.
A man accused of shooting his 8-year-old cousin believing her to be a skunk has been charged. Police say the man’s mother asked him to shoot the skunk and held a flashlight for him while he fired.
No one was hurt in this roommate situation gone bad, but one Pennsylvania man is in jail following a forced entry into his home after his roommate locked him out. Then it got out of hand.
A 9-year-old girl was dressed in a black outfit with a black hat during a Halloween party at a home in New Sewickley Township, Pa. While two to three dozen guests enjoyed themselves, the girl went to the edge of a hill to hide. After seeing her figure in the dark, police say a relative mistook her for a skunk, took out his shotgun and fired.
State police remain circumspect, not saying that they are looking for Bigfoot, but describing the assailant as “very large, brown in color, and walks somewhat hunched over.”
A 13-year-old Pennsylvania boy allegedly told police that he killed his paternal grandparents Sunday because they talked badly about his mother and called her a whore. Zachary Proper of Venango County was charged Tuesday morning with the shooting deaths of his grandmother and grandfather at their home. According to police, Proper shot Dorothy Fross, 67, in the head, killing her, then unloaded the rest of the bullets into George Fross, 69, who was terminally ill.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court must decide by midnight tonight whether to execute Terry Williams, a man who has been on death row since 1986, when he was convicted for beating a 56-year-old man to death with a tire iron. His victim, Amos Norwood, had allegedly sexually abused Williams since he was a minor.