A look in photos at the Texas mother found not guilty by reason of insanity after drowning each of her five kids in the bathtub, one after the other. In all the murders took under and hour, and when she was done, she called her husband saying, "It’s time."
Joseph Smith sat in a car in Sarasota, Florida, on Superbowl Sunday 2004, a bag of coke and a syringe on his lap. Future prospects: zero. He saw Carlie Brucia, 11, hurry past, and lunged. He grabbed her and forced the terrified girl into his Buick for the last ride she would ever have.
A probing analysis of the case of Arthur Shawcross, paroled early for two child murder convictions, only to become the Genesee River Strangler. Ultimately convicted of murdering 12 women and sentenced to 250 years to life, Shawcross will be eligible for parole on January 10, 2240.
The mother who beat her baby to within an inch of his life and took a selfie with him, has been found guilty of murder.
During the peak of the Jazz Age a series of child murders rocked the Los Angeles area—not just for their brutality, but for the web of lies that surrounded them, and for what was revealed about power and justice in the City of Angels.
Mary Bell was convicted of strangling toddler Martin Brown on May 25, 1968, the day before her 11th birthday. She later left notes that claimed responsibility for the murder, but police dismissed the incident as a prank. After all, who could look at the angelic face of this child and ever imagine her to be one of the youngest serial killers ever discovered.
When a child goes missing, investigators often don’t have to look far from the family home to find their suspect.
Polly was 12 when she was abducted from her bedroom on October 1, 1993, during a slumber party by Richard Allen Davis, with promises that he would not hurt her the other girls if she went with him quietly. He raped and murdered her. This infamous case inspired hundreds of people, most prominently her father Marc Klaas, to work on behalf of America’s children.
On September 18, 1983, Danny Joe Eberle, 13, failed to return home from his job delivering papers. Investigators followed the trail to a young enlisted man, a budding serial killer of boys.
Jon Venables convicted at age 10, of the 1993 murder of James Bulger, 2, in near Liverpool, England, has been released from prison yet again. Though he has received counseling over the years, many, including the victim’s parents, do not agree with the parole board’s controversial insistence on keeping Venables at large in the general population.