At 16 years old, Paula Cooper became the youngest person on death row in America. She, along with three other teenage girls, was convicted of killing 78-year-old bible study teacher Ruth Pelke in 1985.
April Marie Tinsley was 8 years old on Good Friday in 1988 when she was abducted while walking home from a friend’s house in Fort Wayne, Ind. Three days later, her body was found some 20 miles away, in an area of farmland. Mysterious notes found in 1990 and 2004 have given police more information, but Tinsley’s killer has not been found.
On May 15, 1983, Indiana law enforcement agencies gathered to discuss the recent highway murders. Larry Eyler, 31 years-old at the time, was named the highway murderer in the coming days.
Authorities in Madison County are faced with what is being described as an “unprecedented” case of animal death and animal cruelty discovered on a rural farm some 68 miles outside Indianapolis.
Are pregnant women bound by stricter laws than everyone else? That’s the question at the core of a high-profile case in Indiana, where 36-year-old Bei Bei Shuai is charged with murder for allegedly consuming rat poison while pregnant.
Paul Gingerich was 12 years old when he and his friend shot and killed a man. Gingerich was initially charged with murder but pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The conviction has been reversed and Gingerich, believed to be the youngest person in Indiana to be sentenced as an adult, will now go back to juvenile court.
Refreshingly, he was not under the influence of any of those new-fangled drugs like Spice and Bath Salts that have come to be associated with zombie-like violence and cannibalism. This man was high on good old fashioned LSD and was experiencing some of the more amusing types of side effects associated with the drug’s use.
Laurie Tackett was born into a fundamentalist Christian home on October 5, 1974. As a teenager, Laurie became rebellious and at odds with her family. Then, along with three other teenage girls, Laurie abducted, tortured and burned to death 12-year-old Shanda Sharer. All four were tried as adults, two of them have been released.
Starting on August 1, sex offenders in Louisiana will be required to identify themselves as such on Facebook and other social networking sites. The first of its kind in the country, the new law adds to the existing requirements for sex offenders to check in with police and inform neighbors and schools of their presence in the area.
William “Clyde” Gibson III has been charged with two murders already. The body of a third woman was found buried in his backyard. On Friday, police continued their search for bodies at the Monroe County Airport.