Current Kansas law allows parents to spank their children, but not to leave marks. Rep. Gail Finney, Dem., proposes that ten strikes with an open hand should be okay, even if it leaves marks or bruises, because it would restore parental rights and improve discipline. The relevant committee head has refused to schedule a hearing.
With the help of tips from outraged residents of East Harry, Kansas, police have three men in custody for robbing a medically ill woman as she lay stricken in her car New Year’s Eve at a Taco Bell drive-through.
For three decades, the BTK killer terrorized Wichita. He would cut the phone lines, break into the house and wait for his victim to come home. Then the murders inexplicably stopped, and the trail went cold, until March 2004 when BTK resurfaced, this time in a letter to a newspaper.
Monday a young woman trying a bras in the women’s fitting room at a Khol’s department store in Kansas noticed a man filming her. Once spotted, the man left the fitting room, but the victim’s anger was already sparked. Her privacy violated, the woman’s first instinct was not cover herself, but to give chase.
On November 15, 1959, convicts invaded the Clutter home looking for money. When they found none, they slaughtered the family. The brutal murders were the inspiration for Truman Capote’s classic In Cold Blood.
The Wayback Machine is a great tool for taking trips down Internet memory lane. Just take a look at Crime Library’s snazzy getup circa 1999. For aficionados of the unsettling, it can also be a way to go back to a time when a notorious murderer was an everyday guy, blending in with the community and keeping his bloody hobby under wraps.
On September 16, 1986, BTK claimed his ninth known victim, Vicki Wegerle. Police, however, suspected her husband, Bill Wegerle, who failed two polygraph tests during the investigation. Wegerle was never arrested, living instead under a cloud of suspicion for nearly 20 years, until BTK resurfaced and Dennis Rader was arrested for the murders.
In 1985 mass murderer Remeta and his companions killed their way through the South, and then descended on Grainfield, Kan., like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, leaving death, pain and misery in their wake.
A weary traveler in the desolate Old West is relieved to see an inn. He is invited in and the owner’s beautiful young daughter makes conversation with him as he relaxes. Suddenly, he’s hit on the head with a hammer and his body is dumped through a trap door. This is how the Benders–the quintessential demented family of murderers seen so often in horror movies–operated.
On June 27, 2005 Dennis Rader surprised everybody by changing his plea to guilty, and prompted by the judge, confessing to ten murders in court, in graphic detail.