Despite lack of solid evidence, a mentally retarded man is convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1984. It would take four more murders committed in a similar fashion–and a battery of DNA tests–for the real killer to be brought to justice.
Not much is known about the young woman whose body was discovered on the edge of a cornfield in rural Racine, Wisconsin. She had been murdered just hours before a man walking his dog discovered her just after 6 a.m. on July 21,1999. Cause of death was determined to be multiple injuries; she showed signs of torture.
The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was reportedly “waterboarded” by renowned near-death expert Dr. Melvin Morse has agreed to testify against him in court.
On May 20, 1998, 15-year-old Kipland Kinkel was expelled from school for having a loaded handgun in his locker. When he came home, his parents weren’t pleased and threatened to send him to boarding school. He shot them both to death. The next day, Kip went to school and started firing. He killed two students and wounded 25.
On May 20, 1988, recently divorced Illinois woman Laurie Dann handed out poisoned snacks and drinks to the people she thought had wronged her, including children she babysat. She then entered an elementary school and opened fire, killing one boy and wounding two girls. Afterwards, she holed up at the home of the Andrew family. She held them hostage and shot the husband before killing herself.
Nearly eight years after she vanished, speculation about the fate of missing Alabama high school graduate Natalee Holloway continues. Most believe she is dead while others claim that she lives on in slavery. The mystery surrounding her disappearance has proved an enduring one that continues to draw professional and amateur sleuths alike.
More than a century after Abby and Andrew Borden were brutally hacked to death on August 4, 1892, there is more to be learned about this case. Letters by Lizzie’s lawyer and Lizzie herself shed new light on the Victorian murder mystery.
Suellen Roberts and her daughter Lexis left home on a road trip to Arizona just before Labor Day weekend and disappeared. Diligent investigation would unearth their fate and a killer that had been legally dead for years.
In 1985, Japanese immigrant Fumiko Kimura tried to commit oyako-shinju, or parent-child suicide, after learning of her husband’s infidelity. Pulled out of the water by passers-by, Kimura survived. Her two young children did not.
From the outside, the big rig truck looked like any other. But inside the rig was an elaborate setup Robert Ben Rhoades had created explicitly for the purpose of torturing women – often to death.