On October 19, 1970, a fire at a wealthy California doctor’s home led authorities to one of the most gruesome mass murders since the Manson murders. Scared hippies pointed police towards hermit and environmental nut John Linley Frazier. His motive? To wreak vengeance on those who rape the environment and restore the natural beauty of the hillside where the doctor’s luxury home once stood.
A man stabs his wife to death while sleepwalking; a girl claims she was held captive inside a box for seven years; a mother stones her children to death on God’s command. These are only some examples of the types of cases into which a forensic psychologist may be brought, for anything from assessment to testimony to treatment.
On October 17, 2002, a Philadelphia jury found former hippie guru Ira Einhorn, 62, guilty of killing his girlfriend Holly Maddux in 1977, and stuffing her remains into a trunk. According to his attorney, the presence of the mummified corpse in his apartment was, “just a piece of circumstantial evidence”.
When police arrived at the scene of Jarrod Davidson’s murder, they were already familiar with the family and the contentious divorce and custody battle Jarrod was having with his wife, Kelee. Detectives were sure she was involved, but didn’t realize that when Jarrod had left his wife, her whole family had taken offense.
Crimelibrary takes a leisurely tour of the most famous murder in every city. What the most infamous murder that’s happened where you live?
When the quiet, yet eccentric Charalambos Christodoulides was found tortured and killed, no one imagined that the case, which took Scotland Yard eight years to untangle, would lead to a wealthy Greek playboy con artist living in a luxury mansion in Florida.
On October 2, 1995, the nude body of an unidentified white male was found in some woods near the East Fork Trinity River. That John Doe later turned out to be Danny Fry, an ex-con who had gone missing shortly after the O’Hairs, and the first solid link between the killer and the missing atheists.
Photos of the troubled Andrea Yates and her family eleven years after she killed her five children by drowning them one by one in the bathtub.
On September 27, 1969, the Zodiac claimed his fifth and sixth confirmed victims: Bryan Calvin Hartnell, 20, and Cecelia Ann Shepard, 22. Hartnell survived, but Shepard succumbed to the 15 savage stab wounds inflicted by her killer. Now over 40 years later, the case is still unsolved.
Though her stepmother later said 10-year-old Zahra died on September 24, 2010, she didn’t report her missing until October 9. Read the tragic story of a young girl whose fight with cancer was an inspiration to those around her, and whose gruesome murder garnered international attention.