She was the abducted and murder child whose tragic story prompted the establishment of the Amber Alert system. She was riding her bike in broad daylight when a man stopped and threw her screaming into his truck.
Spoiled Max Factor heir added spice to his empty life as a "surf bum" by drugging, raping and videotaping young women.
At his trial jurors watched a three-hour video recording of Luster's conversation with a woman detective on the day of his arrest in 2000. Luster, barefoot and wearing shorts and a muscle shirt, was so confident that he waived his right to consult an attorney.
"We did have consensual sex, completely consensual," Luster said of his victim. "I don't know where she gets assault. There was no struggling, no saying, 'No, no, no,' nothing like that...She totally dug it. There was no negativity at all. She was loving it."
When it was clear he would be convicted for several rapes, he fled to Mexico during his trial and was captured by flamboyant bounty hunter Duane 'Dog' Chapman.
In 1997, London web site designer Trajce Koneva began a 6-year waking nightmare when he rushed home from work because his 12-year-old daughter, Katerina, didn't answer the phone after returning from school. When he got to his apartment, he chased a man he thought was a burglar, but lost him and called police. When he returned to his home, he found his daughter strangled. Initially, he was a suspect, but even though police released him, his wife and then his son held him responsible. Several years later, the family split up and the devastated father tried to kill himself.
Finally, years later, DNA tied Andrezej Kunowski to Katerina's murder and the rape of 30 children and young women in Poland and Britain completely vindicating the wronged father in the eyes of his family.
Anita Cobby, former beauty queen and nurse, was killed by a gang of spineless cowards who preyed on women and other people's property between prison terms. Between the five of the them they had over 50 convictions for offenses including larceny, illegal drug use, car theft, breaking and entering, armed robbery, escaping lawful custody, receiving stolen goods, assault and rape. Her murder united the public in outrage, with many Australians calling for a reinstatement of the death penalty.
Jaycee Dugard, abducted in 1991, returned home after 18 years.
Incidences of sexual assaults against children have risen when compared with previous decades, and children are increasingly kidnapped by family acquaintances (27%) and strangers (24%) instead of close relatives. Yet more than 90% of sex offenders are never sentenced, in part because their victims are people within their circles usually family members and these children are pressured with threat or shame not to press charges.
Who are these people and what are their motives? Can they be treated effectively so that they no longer present a danger to society? Or are they like drug addicts? Are there any viable alternatives?
Some in Congress continue to believe that the perks of office extend far beyond the office.
When Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband's penis, it was global news; but there are other cases of severed penises and castration that are more unusual and disturbing.
Three low lifes rent a house in North Carolina to set up a "castration dungeon" for slave training and voluntary removal of men's sex organs. Astonishingly, web promotion brings customers. A collection of bizarre stories about mutilation for fun, profit and revenge.
At age 19, this Wisconsin psychopath broke into a home, tied a young baby sitter to a bed and raped her at knife point. He then shot the homeowner in the face. Sentenced to 70 years, he only served a few years. He then raped another teenager and was sentenced to only 12 years, but was again released to hone his skill as a serial killer.
A beautiful and talented reading teacher turns into a sexual predator in the space of a year. A detailed account of what really happened as the then 23-year-old teacher enticed a 14-year-old boy into a sexual relationship, how she was caught and the twists and turns of her prosecution and sentencing.
A number of things in her life contributed to her obsessive need for sexual attention from boys a decade younger than herself and her step over the line into outrageous and highly illegal behavior. Her crimes have been disastrous for her victim, her husband, the families involved and the community. Many believe that she has gotten off too lightly.
Vivacious and beautiful North Dakota college student is abducted, tortured, raped and murdered. Level 3 sex offender Alfonso Rodriquez goes to trial and could become first person executed in ND in over 100 years. Dru's Law, if enacted, would create a national sex offender registry.
Beloved comedian is charged with the rape and murder of the beautiful, but promiscuous, actress Virginia Rappe. It takes three different trials to sort out what really happened at the wild party at San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel.
The number of teachers preying upon their young male students is exploding. Actress role models and same-sex assaults are new factors in the female predator scene. These women are often too immersed in romantic fantasy to grasp what may lie ahead. What motivates these women to seduce the children under their control and what will it take to stop it?
It started out as a simple trip from her home in Oregon to see her friend in California, but she never got there. As she hitchhiked, she was picked up by Cameron & Janice Hooker. Instead she spent the next seven years chained, blindfolded and living in a ventilated box, wearing a slave collar.
Eventually she was allowed to do household chores such as cooking, washing dishes, and cleaning up for the couple and their two children. Yet whenever Cameron yelled "Attention!" she was to strip off her clothes, stand on her tiptoes, and reach her hands to the top of the doorway between the living room and dining room.
Then one day the whole nightmare ended as quickly as it had begun.
When "Jodi" went to meet a man she knew from an Internet chat room and became his slave, she never guessed that extricating herself from the relationship would take her all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the most dramatic, kinky and weird cases ever brought before it.
The Internet is a perfect home for online sexual predators. What types of sexual predators are out there luring vulnerable children and what can people do to thwart their evil purposes?
Original FBI profiler of sexual crimes and serial rapists. Updated to include information from Hazelwood's book Dark Dreams.
Charming Florida child is abducted from her home by drugged out repeat sex offender John Couey who stashes her in his sister's nearby trailer and rapes her repeatedly. When investigators come looking, he panics and buries her alive.
On the morning of May 24, 2004, Brooke Wilberger, a beautiful blonde, blue-eyed coed who had just completed her freshman year at Brigham Young University, was washing lampposts in the Corvallis, Oregon apartment complex managed by her sister and brother-in-law. One moment she was there, the next moment, she was gone. She left behind her flip flops, a pail of sudsy water, and no witnesses to her disappearance.
Only one man saw something. His name was Brian, and he called the police, saying he'd seen a green minivan driving erratically. Before he could explain further, the call was disconnected, and he never called back.
On November 30, 2004, a foreign exchange student in New Mexico was grabbed at knifepoint and ordered into the back of a red two-door Honda with tinted windows. The assailant drove her to a deserted parking lot, and threatened to kill her unless she undressed and performed oral sex on him. He tied her ankles together with a shoelace, tied her wrists with a scarf, stuffed her panties into her mouth and pinned them there by tying another shoelace around her head.
Clues in both cases led to a violent man with a long rap sheet who had no business being free.
Elderly eccentric millionaire built a concrete dungeon in his dilapidated Syracuse house where he kept women that he abducted imprisoned as sex slaves. When he tired of them, he released them from the miserable, filthy conditions in which he kept them.
Josef Fritzl imprisoned his 18-year-old daughter, Elisabeth, in an undergraound bunker for 24 years and kept her as a sex slave; she bore him seven children.
Convicted child molester with a history of assaults on children going back to his teenage years, he is nonetheless released on bond when he again molests a youngster. This time, Duncan goes big time. He steals a car, goes to Idaho where stalks an entire family. Then he breaks in, brutally murders the adults and an older child and abducts the two younger children.
When Duncan tires of molesting the abducted boy, he kills him and throws him away. By sheer luck, the abducted girl gets the attention of people in a restaurant who recognize her from Amber Alerts and capture this serial killer and rescue the terrified child.
What started as an unlikely love story between a lonely girl and a Mormon missionary turned into the tabloid sensation of the 1970s. A broken heart, a scandalous trial littered with sadomasochistic allegations, followed by a dramatic escape — through it all, Joyce McKinney maintains that she's done nothing wrong.
Serial pedophile Kenneth Parnell abducts seven-year-old Steven Stayner, the brother of serial killer Cary Stayner, and takes him to live in his cabin near Yosemite. By a tragic coincidence, Steven's stepmother's father had a cabin a few hundred feet from Parnell's, not knowing that his Steven was easily within the sound of voice.
Steven's seven years of captivity are partially shared when a new boy is abducted and shares his fate as a sex slave to the aging pedophile.
Years later in 2002, Parnell was free and in his 70s, but Parnell's age and frailty did not prevent him from asking a caregiver to obtain a little African-American boy for him. Parnell offered the woman $500 for the service. At first, the woman doubted that the old man was serious, but when she became convinced that he was, she went to the authorities. A sting operation was arranged and Parnell was caught red handed in an attempt to perpetrate his twisted, criminal behavior on another child victim.
Homeless preacher Brian David Mitchell and his common law wife, Wanda Barzee, brazenly kidnap a 14-year-old girl from her bedroom, initiating an internationally publicized investigation. Bureaucratic errors permit the kidnappers and their victim to live out in the open for 9 months. This case is a excellent example of the Stockholm Syndrome, where the captured victim learns to sympathize with her captors.
Nine-year-old child was lured by T.J. Soria to his father's bedroom where she was subjected to unspeakable brutality, torture and mutilation. Thomas Soria Sr. escaped the death penalty by suicide, leaving the community with an unsettling sense that justice was not satisfied. Arguments and political divisions over the girl's memorial have further diminished the efforts of the community to rally against child molesters.
Lifetime psychopathic misfit is permitted to rape and assault women, rewarded with short prison times and then released to wreak havoc on the female population. Finally after a number of murders, he is locked up for good. He should be the poster boy for much tougher sentencing laws in Australia.
A Los Angeles elementary school teacher accused of playing weird sex games with kids might have gone undiscovered if it weren't for an old-fashioned habit: in the age of digital photos, Mark Berndt allegedly brought 35-mm film photos of bound and gagged kids to a drugstore to be developed.
Bizarre case of married teacher who raped her young student and eventually had two children by him. Now out of prison, she has married her victim. Happy ever after? Not entirely.
Reckless accusations by mentally unstable woman leads to an incredible $16 million case of nightmarish hysteria.
Famed psychic Peter Hurkos sheds light on the brutal serial rapes and murders by this handsome jazz musician.
Incensed by the horrific crimes of killer pedophile Joseph Edward Duncan III, Mullen, posing as an FBI agent, entered the home of three registered sex offenders and took his revenge.
Profiling experts John Douglas and Roy Hazelwood and true-crime author Stephen Michaud examine the personalities of sexual sadists and serial rapists, along with the career of this particularly brutal criminal.
Great Falls, Montana child molester was the chief suspect in the disappearance of 10-year-old Zachary Ramsay, but a number of factors caused the case to be dropped. However, today, Bar-Jonah is serving out a 130-year sentence for sex assault and other charges of child molestation.
NY Detective Mark Gado delves into the secret criminal world of pedophiles and child molesters: how it operates under the radar screens of law enforcement and communities; ways to identify these people and what to do to stop them from violating your children.
Bizarre fashion writer becomes obsessed with various women, stalks them and, in one case on Halloween, dressed as a fireman he breaks into a woman's apartment and molests her. On the lam for weeks, he is now on trial for sexual molestation and robbery. Pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, Braunstein's planning, deception and flight indicate he knew that what he did was against the law.
An ordinary, inconspicuous man, from a good family, that no one would dream could be capable of raping and stabbing his victims so brutally. He was in and out of prison, treated frequently for his violent compulsions, but always let out again to continue his depraved "career" that is, until he started to kill his victims.
Acquaintance or "date" rape, the most common sexual assault, is only reported in 30% of the cases and is bolstered by many well-entrenched myths that prevent women from bringing rapists to justice.
A surge of cold into her lungs. Awareness. She is alive. But outside now. On the sand. On the broken glass. And there is an arm. Moving above her face. Left and right. Left and right. His movements are making a sound. A wet sound.
The sound of her flesh being slashed open. He's cutting her throat with the knife. Again and again and again.
It feels unreal as she watches droplets of her blood flung into the night. But it isn't. She feels no pain, but this is not a dream. This is happening. The man is slashing her throat.
The fear and the horror wrench through every nerve in her body. But she is completely aware.
The horrific injuries didnt stop with her throat being slashed. Yet, this attractive young woman who had been left for dead, survived. Her personal strength and a few miracles have given her life back.
In 1977, director Roman Polanski was lionized for films dwelling on the erotic and grotesque. When a photo shoot with an adolescent girl crossed the line, though, he found himself an international fugitive.
It's hard to imagine that these cases occur so often in recent times, but there are quite a number of them. Dr. Katherine Ramsland looks at some of the most interesting and high-profile cases where individuals and couples have become obsessed with taking sex slaves.
There are four basic victim types and sometimes their stories lead to the grave and sometimes to freedom. The slave masters are also very diverse psychologically in the way they practice this deadly game of dominance and submission.
Her rise from an abused child to the reigning princess of porn was cut short by a crackdown on child porn stars. Undaunted, she re-engineered herself into a successful TV & movie star.
Some 12,000 followers, including his seventy wives and approximately 100 children believe that he is a prophet and an earthly manifestation of God on earth. But Jeffs is a false prophet that led them into a life of tyranny, sexual misconduct, broken families, pedophilia and servitude. Once the government got wind of the incest, arranged marriages of children to older men, child slavery and other bizarre practices, Jeffs went on the lam. Designated as one of the FBI's Most Wanted, he was finally arrested in Nevada in August, 2006. In early 2008 the jury finally reaches a verdict in his trial.
Kennedy cousin's continuous problems with women — the whole story.
A deeply religious woman is kidnapped and held captive. For twelve days, she endured sexual torture and beatings so horrible, her captor told her "By the time I'm through, you won't believe in God."