In this classic murder mystery, Alice Crimmins' two children are murdered. As a very attractive and sexually adventuresome woman in the 1960s, she is railroaded into a conviction not based upon the evidence, but upon the scandal of her sex life. "A tramp like her is capable of anything," the prosecutor sneered.
The twists and turns, surprise witnesses and tabloid events of her two trials almost defy belief. Not surprisingly, this extraordinary case has been the subject of books, movies and plays.
Woman drowns her five children -- one at a time after her husband goes to work. Is she psychotic or a monster? Incorrect expert testimony causes murder convictions to be overturned.
Her powerful attorney husband knew how to strip her of dignity and sanity in their hellish divorce, but she had the last word when she left him and the "other woman" dead on a blood-soaked mattress.
On Monday, December 10, 2001, 57-year-old Robert Schwartz, a nationally reknown scientist in biometics and DNA research, did not show up for work. His coworkers phoned a neighbor to check on him. He had lived alone since his wife had died and was usually quite punctual, so they were worried. They had good reason to be. His corpse was found face down in his log-and-slate farmhouse, some forty miles west of Washington, D.C. He had been stabbed repeatedly with a sharp knife-like implement two days earlier and left to die. Investigators who arrived at the scene could clearly see an 'X' carved into the skin on the back of Schwartz's neck, which seemed to indicate that the murder was ritualistic.
Police had seized several knives, swords, and documents about human sacrifice in the Wiccan tradition. The "X" was thus surmised to be an occult symbol. Also, they had seized a computer and two black cloaks from a home in Haymarket. Finally they pieced together a strange and deadly web of relationships. The actual killer had a fascination with medieval wizardry and weaponry and was deeply involved in roleplaying games that involved vampire imagery. His confession shocked the country.
What became known, as "the Donnelly Massacre" was the culmination of a 30-odd years feud between one Irish immigrant family and their Irish immigrant neighbors. It reeks of obsessive pride and prejudice. It is a landmark example of an ancient and bitter religious opposition in one country spreading thousands of miles across an ocean to affect human lives in another.
The American dream turned bloody nightmare for self-made millionaires Bruce and Darlene Rouse who were murdered in their mansion while their three children slept. It would be 15 years before investigators' hunches would pay off and bring the killer to justice.
The scene at the chocolate-colored house on Ehrets Lane, outside Allentown, Pennsylvania, in Salisbury Township, was unthinkable for that quiet community. No one who knew the family would have believed that their growing troubles would have escalated to this kind of cold-blooded frenzy. True, the two older boys had been a handful, but everyone who saw the carnage on Monday, February 27, 1995, wondered what could have triggered such outright rage.
As their sons had grown into adolescents, and especially as Bryan developed an interest in a military career, Dennis and Brenda had noticed trouble. They had tried different programs to deal with his anger, but they weren't able to stop its momentum. He'd warned them before that he was going to kill them, and it appeared that he'd made good on his threat.
The two Neo-Nazis had bludgeoned and stabbed their parents and their 11-year-old brother Eric.
Multimillionaire Jacques Mossler was as ruthless in business as any pirate that ever sailed the seas of commerce. When he turned up brutally murdered, investigators found lots of enemies. He was a corporate repo man. His firms had repossessed thousands of automobiles and appliances over the years and foreclosed on untold numbers of mortgages.
His wife Candace had taken up with her nephew Mel Powers and Mossler knew about it. When tangible and circumstantial evidence implicated the lovers, Candace hired famed hired gun defense attorney Percy Foreman. The trial was an incredible celebrity circus and Percy Foreman was the ringmaster.
Steven Beard, a retired television executive, was startled awake to find his innards lying where his belly should have been.
Conscious but bewildered, he reached for a phone on his nightstand and dialed 911 for Austin, Texas.
Who would have guessed that his wife Celeste had manipulated her lesbian lover into being the "hit man"? She thought she had gotten away with murder, but.
The success of a star parent may play some role in how his or her children turn out, but probably the most important factor is the care and nurturing the children receive from their parents as they grow. An unbalanced or eccentric star likely breeds unbalanced and eccentric children. One of the most capricious stars ever is Marlon Brando, and few families have experienced more pain and suffering than Brando's. Suicide, homicide, addiction and violence have all touched the Brandos, and the actor himself took some of the blame for how his children turned out.
Christian Brando, one of Brando's ten children, was born shortly before his parents divorced, and grew up shunting back and forth between his two parents, whose relationship was openly hostile and bilaterally abusive. Christian struggled with alcohol and drugs and had a nasty temper when under the influence.
Christian was often expected to be the parent for some of Brando's other children and he developed a special relationship with his half-sister Cheyenne, who was intelligent and beautiful. But no amount of Hollywood power or wealth could protect Cheyenne from her family history of alcoholism and mental illness. She became even more dependent on drugs after a serious automobile accident scarred her face and ended a promising modeling career.
She became pregnant by her longtime boyfriend, Dag Drollet, the son of a prominent Tahitian family. Drollet stood by her during her fights with depression, schizophrenia and chemical abuse, but eventually he separated from her. Angry with the man who dared break up with her, Cheyenne weaved a tale of domestic assault and mental cruelty and brother Christian believed her.
In the next bizarre turn of events, Christian fatally shoots Dag and provides Marlon Brando with a very big problem and an opportunity to try to save his children from themselves.
Over his head in debt, he dreamed up get-rich-quick schemes and when they failed, he murdered his wife and three children. Then he escaped to the Caribbean where he took on the persona of a NY Times journalist.
Psychopathic commodities broker cheats his friend and client, then murders him and his wife and teenage daughter and blames it on the Rhode Island Mafia.
Chronic underachiever creates affluent fantasy life to impress his college friends by taking out loans in his father's name. When his father finds out, he kills him and attempts to murder his mother, too, expecting to inherit enough to pay off his debts and live comfortably.
Clara Schwartz's role-playing games culminated in the bloody murder of her father by a sword-wielding assailant.
Danish gentleman is convicted of trying to murder his beautiful heiress wife with an insulin injection. Sunny's children and maid firmly believed that he turned her into a living vegetable to get access to her money so he could carry on with his mistress.
But enter Alan Dershowitz, legendary appeals attorney, who in von Bulow's second trial reveals Sunny as "a self-destructive, deeply depressed, and addictive woman who experimented with drugs not prescribed for her, and who continued to engage in life-threatening behavior after experiencing life-threatening emergencies and after being warned by doctors to desist."
The story behind Capote's classic book In Cold Blood
Handsome and distinguished-looking, Colin Thatcher successfully pursued a political career like his father Ross, the premier of Saskatchewan from 1964 to his mysterious death in 1971. But as Colin's career blossomed, his overt philandering and physical abuse destroyed his marriage to his dutiful wife, JoAnn. During the court battles that followed, Colin made sure JoAnn remained in a state of fear, hoping that it would dissuade her from continuing with the suit against him. He continuously harassed her by stealing her car, making threatening phone calls and at one point even slashing her tires. JoAnn feared for her life and for the wellbeing of her children, yet remained determined to see the divorce and custody fights through. This is a story about obsession. Colin was so obsessed with destroying JoAnn that he lost sight of what he was doing to himself, his family, and his once promising career.
In 1997, a Texas court found Darlie Lynn Routier guilty of probably the worst of human crimes: killing two of her natural children in cold-blood. Motive is still a mystery, but the prosecution painted her as a shrewish, materialistic young woman who, sensing her lavish lifestyle crumbling, slew her two sons Damon and Devon in a mad attempt to resuscitate her and her husband's personal economy.
In all fairness, Darlie Lynn Routier, despite some extremely damaging evidence, may be innocent, say many. Fingerprint evidence and trial errors create some doubts about her guilt.
Is she one of the most heartless criminals in the state's history or a victim of an overly-aggressive prosecution?
"Somebody just shot my kids!" The blond woman yelled to the emergency room nurses.
The two nurses teetered when they looked through the windows of the Nissan. Side panels were soaked in blood and amidst the blood lay three small children, one in the front passenger seat, two in the back. First glance told the nurses the children had been shot at very close range. Two of the children still breathed, although strenuously; the boy gasped for air. The child found slumped in the front seat appeared beyond help; despite frantic efforts by the doctors at the operating table, the damage had been lethal. She was pronounced dead moments after being wheeled to emergency.
Someone without a heart had deliberately attempted to murder three kids in cold blood, and, despite the odds, despite a fate that looked gloomy, the caretakers hastened to keep that fate at bay and beat it at its own game: with deliberate intention.
Who in the name of God could have aimed a pistol at three small children and pulled the trigger?"
The facts came to light in a most suspicious manner and unlike those explained by the mother, Diane Downs.
Swirling midnight fog, flickering gas lamps, raucous music halls, a body buried in the cellar, a chase across the Atlantic and a murder committed in the name of Cupid: the classic English whodunit. It is a magnetic tale of death and love, sin and virtue — set apart from the ordinary by the motive of its crime, Freudian in nature and reminiscent of the Jekyll/Hyde syndrome.
After decades of prison for allegedly murdering his wife and daughters, he may finally get a fair shake in the courts as retired U.S. marshall comes forward to reveal the confession of major suspect Helena Stoeckley of having been at MacDonalds house to get drugs.
The murder of Marilyn Sheppard is one of the great murder mystery classics, like the Lizzie Borden case and the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. It has inspired three separate trials, many books, the movie and television series The Fugitive.
It seemed like the perfect marriage, Dr. Sam Sheppard, a handsome, affluent and socially prominent doctor married to his pretty high school sweetheart. But when Marilyn, 4 months pregnant, was brutally bludgeoned to death in their home while Dr. Sam allegedly slept, cracks in the perfect marriage became obvious. He had a 3-year affair going with another woman and his account of the night of the murder caused the Cleveland Press to crusade for his arrest.
Arrested he was and indicted for Marilyn's murder. But once the case was taken by celebrity attorney F. Lee Bailey, "Dr. Sam," after a landmark Supreme Court decision, was acquitted in his second trial. So Dr. Sam was free, but hardly any one in Cleveland believed in his innocence except for his son, who 35 years later began a crusade to clear his father's name.
Five decades after the murder of Marilyn Sheppard and numerous trials, it looks as though the Energizer Bunny of murder cases has finally wound its way through the Ohio courts, but though the trials may be over, new murder suspects continue to emerge. Most Clevelanders from that era still believe Sam was guilty.
Timothy Hennis, once acquitted of the brutal 1985 murders of Kathryn Eastburn and two of her daughters, now awaits execution for the same crime.
Accused of being a modern-day Bluebeard operating behind a Blue Wall of Silence, his case demonstrates the proposition that losing one wife may be regarded as misfortune, but losing two begins to look like something worse than carelessness.
French police find a mother and her four children dead and buried underneath their house. Days before, the father had told friends and relatives that the family had to move to the United States under the witness protection program. He then eludes police in the south of France.
The only Amish man to be convicted of murder after he brutally beat his wife to death in front of his children. Found to be criminally insane he is now a free man — but is he cured?
Winnfred Wright, a black Charles Manson, preached a blend of New Age mysticism and black radicalism. He convinced a harem of white women that they had to pay for the racist sins of their white ancestors by serving him financially, physically and sexually. They obliged and bore him 19 children, who were tortured, starved and murdered.
What kinds of pressures drive fathers to murder their children? Dr. Katherine Ramsland provides some answers and looks at some high-profile cases.
Aging sick Palm Beach millionaire allegedly murdered his beautiful wife Rose, his fifth ex-wife. He is seeking to be released on bond pending a retrial.
Loud, boasting and oafish, he bored everyone in the pubs to tears as they tried not to listen to his clearly fictional adventures in every part of the globe. His lies were so obvious and his behavior so outrageous.
Using many aliases, Frederick Bailey Deeming, robbed, scammed and cold-bloodedly murdered his way across three continents. In his native England he left behind a wife and four children dead and buried under the floorboards, they were. Then, when he landed across the world in Melbourne, Australia, he wooed and wed the lovely Emily Mather. But, once again he left his wife a bride of only one year under the floorboards by the hearth.
This lying psychopath thought it best to vacate Melbourne for Western Australia, where he found yet another woman to marry. Fortunately for her, he was captured before she met the fate of his earlier wives. While Deeming hardly deserved it, the clever young lawyer Alfred Deakin, a future Australian prime minister, was his defense counsel.
But even a clever young future prime minister couldn't save him. Deeming's behavior had earned him the full engagement of the general public and when he was executed, some 12,000 citizens of Melbourne cheered his final journey to the gallows.
Could a father take out insurance policies on his two babies and murder them for the money or were the tragic deaths a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? This hard-bodied ladies man with a criminal history appeared to be getting away with murder until his first wife came forward after he left her for another woman with a charge of murder.
Fascinating classic unsolved mystery of minister and his choir singer lover
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.
Captivated by the notoriety of the Freedman's Allentown Massacre, troubled teenager shoots his own mother and father.
New York City criminal lawyer, described by many as "nice enough, but a little eccentric," partnered with an attractive, gentle editor and writer of children's books. Without benefit of legal adoption he took custody of baby girl Lisa and later baby boy Mitchell.
When Lisa died from a fractured skull, authorities suddenly became aware of the monstrous abuse the brutal, drug-obsessed control freak Steinberg committed on his family and the nightmarish destruction of a promising woman executive.
Steinberg was released from prison in 2004.
He abandoned his car at the airport and left town intending never to return. Back in his mansion in Westfield, N.J., a phonograph played church music over and over for those he'd left behind. John List had just murdered his entire family.
During the early fall of 2006, a 35-year-old polygamist, con man and published crime writer forced his way into a domestic violence shelter and murdered his estranged wife in cold blood. A month-long, nationwide manhunt followed, during which Crime Library reporter David Lohr exposed the killer's secret online life. He was eventually found dead inside a houseboat on Fontana Lake, near Almond, N.C. The cause of his death remains a mystery.
The eyes that stare out from the Florida prison mug shot are unmistakably those of Joyce Lemay Cohen. Once as pretty as a fashion model, she has retained some of her attractive features umber-colored eyes, lush lips and noble cheekbones. But her hair is shorn, and she has gone gray. Something she would never have tolerated in the lavish life she once led. But after 15 years in prison, any remaining glimmer of glamour went dull long ago for Cohen.
At age 24 she married a rich older man, Stanley Cohen, who introduced Joyce, his fourth wife, to a jet-set way of life. They lived in an historic mansion overlooking Biscayne Bay in Miami's ritzy Coconut Grove section. They drove Jaguars and flew in their own jet. They vacationed in one adult sandbox after another the Bahamas, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Las Vegas and Cancun, Mexico. Mrs. Cohen became accustomed to the fine things in life designer clothing, satin sheets, servants.
She enjoyed her husband's wealth. She enjoyed his "Miami Vice" lifestyle. She enjoyed his social status. But over time the marriage began to lose its sheen. He was playing around on her and she was doing too much cocaine.
Tragic crib deaths appear to be the reason that Kathleen Folbigg's babies died, but then her husband finds her terrifying diaries.
An upwardly mobile businesswoman becomes entangled in the murderous schemes of an indebted underworld wannabe.
Bodybuilding enthusiast Ken Taylor was a popular foster father who used exercise to instill discipline in troubled boys. One day, Taylor went too far and a boy in his care wound up dead.
Fascinating forensic investigation involving various kinds of flies finally nails a sexual predator who kills his two stepchildren and leaves their bodies in a cemetery.
Marlene Olive was an angry teenager who hated her depressed, eccentric mother. At 15, she met a boy who could make it all better.
Spoiled teenager enlists boyfriend and another colleague to brutally murder her wealthy parents for financial gain.
The beautiful and accomplished daughter of a well-to-do Atlanta family, Lita McClinton shot and murdered in cold blood just hours before the divorce settlement would have been final. It will take authorities 19 years to bring the man responsible for her death to justice.
This classic has to be one of the most enduring murder mysteries America has ever produced. Elderly Andrew Borden, still in his heavy morning coat, reclines on a mohair-covered sofa, his boots on the floor so as not to soil the upholstery. As he naps, his wife, Abby, is on the floor of the guestroom upstairs, dead for the past hour and a half, killed by the same hand, with the same axe, that is about to strike him, as he sleeps.
The bloodiness of the acts is startling. Along with the gruesome nature of the crimes is the unexpected character of the accused, not a hatchet-wielding maniac, but a church-going, Sunday-school-teaching, respectable, spinster-daughter, charged with parricide, the murder of parents, a crime worthy of Classical Greek tragedy. Many people believed she killed her father and stepmother, but recent forensic research suggests that she didn't.
Where art thou, Lord? Richard John Bingham, the Seventh Earl of Lucan, mysteriously disappeared after he killed his nanny, mistaking her for his wife.
Did Madeleine Smith poison her lover? A Victorian mystery.
Says he is Jesus Christ, marries and then sires children with his own daughters and his wife's nieces. He rules his children with an iron first abusing them physically and sexually. He teaches them to worship him, support him, bear his children and when the time comes, to kill their children and themselves rather than be separated from him.
The former mental-hospital orderly who murdered his pregnant wife Lori after she discovered his web of lies.
Marketed as Motown's lover man, he beat the women he loved. He sang soulful romance, yet forced his wives into degrading sex. All this ended after he attacked his father who then shot and killed him.
Quiet, preacher's wife and mother of two murders her charismatic husband in cold blood and flees with their children. She pleads not guilty.
Marybeth Tinning was a familiar sight in Schenectady's trauma centers. She usually came running into one of the city's emergency rooms, confused and hysterical, typically with one of her eight children cradled in her arms, either dead or near dead. The medical staff knew Marybeth well.
Some hated her. Others felt great sorrow and pity for her. That's because from January 3, 1972, the day her daughter Jennifer died, until December 20, 1985, when Tami Lynne was found dead in her home, all eight of Marybeth Tinning's children died suddenly and usually without any rational explanation.
Marybeth, now sixty-four, faced the parole board in New York with some support from very unusual sources.
Peaceful Santa Clara community is shocked by the murder of a prominent family.
Lyle and Erik Menendez were the two spoiled children of a very successful Cuban-American businessman. The boys were annoyed that their father was domineering and had threatened to disinherit them, so they decided to murder him so that they could spend the money he had earned right away. Since their mother was so emotionally tied to their father, they rationalized that she had to be murdered too because she couldnt survive without Jose and, of course, she would be the one to inherit his money if he died.
So one night in family room of their 23-room mansion where Kitty and Jose had dozed off entwined together on the couch in front of the TV, the two boys executed them with a 12-gauge shotgun and tried to make it look like a robbery. After using their murdered parents' money to live in luxury, they were finally arrested. It took two trials to get them the justice they deserved.
Mick Fletcher took a deep breath, trying to control his ire. He was tired of telling the story to the police. He had told it three times, to three different people and had told it the same way, with little variation each time. The veins in his neck pulsed with tension. He got the distinct impression they didnt believe him. He fiddled nervously with a pen.
"I was having trouble putting the bullets in the clip," he started again. "I had to go to the bathroom, so I gave the clip to Leann and asked her to finish loading it. I was at the sink and I heard the shot. I ran into the bedroom and she was lying there. I couldn't feel any pulse or see her breathing, and I called 911."
Detective Thomas Cleyman, a 13-year veteran and experienced investigator of many homicides, listened to Mick tell the story. There was something troubling him about Fletcher, a 29-year-old lawyer with a pregnant wife and lady judge as a girlfriend, but he couldn't place it.
In 1985, Japanese immigrant Fumiko Kimura tried to commit oyako-shinju, or parent-child suicide, after learning of her husband's infidelity. Pulled out of the water by passers-by, Kimura survived. Her two young children did not.
Woman uses her children to murder her children. A study in fatal family dysfunction.
Laci Peterson was nearly eight months pregnant when, on Dec. 24, 2002, she was reported missing. Her seemingly devoted husband Scott led a shocking double life and soon emerged as the prime suspect.
A marriage of inconvenience turns into a twisted true-life tale of greed and murder.
Five years after the double homicide of David and Carol Keeffe, a suspect is arrested and brought to trial.
It was almost midnight on Nov. 6, 2003, when Hong Kong police investigators entered a storage room at the exclusive Parkview high-rise apartment complex. They found what they were looking for behind the doora rolled oriental rug tied with rope and bound with clear adhesive tape. The rug seemed suspiciously bulky, and when the investigators unrolled it, they found what they expecteda body.
Robert Kissel, a high-flying investment banker, was a prominent member of the American expatriate community in Hong Kong. Police arrested his wife, Nancy, who stated that her husband had assaulted her over the previous weekend after she refused to have sex with him.
Does poisoning one's husband with a pink arsenic-laced milkshake constitute premeditated murder?
Alleged killer of his wife and baby daughter, he returns from England to face the charges. Dr. Katherine Ramsland looks at the psychology of men who kill their families and the pressures that lead to such homicides.
When her "picture perfect" marriage lost its appeal, Pam Smart decided that divorce just wouldn't do, instead she seduced a young teenage boy and convinced him that if he wanted them to be together he would have to murder her husband.
"Samson "Sammy" March was not a happy camper on his first day of kindergarten at the University School in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 22, 1996. The other children in his class were predictably nervous and teary-eyed on their first day of school, but Sammy, whose sixth birthday was just days away, was particularly upset because his mother, Janet March, had been gone for a week. Sammy's teacher, Kim Scott, remembered that the little boy was "very sad because he had not seen his mom and he missed her. He did not get to say goodbye to her before she left."
When the truck of wealthy Lake Tahoe couple Peter and Rinette Bergna crashed through a guardrail and down a mountainside, Rinette was killed instantly, while Peter miraculously escaped serious harm. Seemingly broken up over the crash, he claimed it was nothing but a tragic accident. So why did investigators spend two and a half years building a premeditated murder case against him?
Lawyer with many emotional problems and history of instability takes revenge on her ex-husband after nasty divorce and custody battle. While the murder was premeditated, many stupid mistakes on her part doomed her defense.
The tragic murder of the Ronald DeFeo family
Nancy Dillard Lyon, daughter of a Dallas real estate tycoon, reached the heartrending conclusion that her marriage to husband Richard, whom she met when they were both grad students at Harvard, was over.
During an 8-year marriage, the ambitious Nancy had juggled a successful career with motherhood after giving birth to the couple's two daughters. Meanwhile Richard spent far more money than he earned, and the family was in constant financial peril. Once, he charged an Alfa Romeo sports car to the couple's American Express card when they were too broke to make their mortgage payments.
When Nancy died from arsenic poisoning, her parents and her brother Bill were sure that Richard killed her. The high-profile case exposed incest between Nancy and her brother and the adultery of her husband. But did Richard really kill his wife? The evidence is controversial.
The full story behind the murder of Bonny Lee Bakley and the trial of her celebrity husband. New chapters track the highs and woes of the trial.
Rich and powerful, eccentric and very arrogant, he shoplifted a chicken sandwich and was apprehended for the mutilation murder of an old man. This millionaire cross-dressing killer may have murdered his best friend and others as well.
In this unusual "black widower" case spanning 23 years, the attractive and outgoing man kills his wife and children and his father. He then remarries three more times, killing two of the wives before police caught him.
The real story of lust, greed and murder that inspired the great film noir classics Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice and Body Heat.
United Flight 629 explodes in the air outside Denver, killing 44 people. Intensive FBI investigation yields the murderer who sabotaged the plane.
Handsome gold-digger marries newspaper heiress Anne Scripps, a model wife and mother, but begins to abuse her almost immediately. His alcohol-fueled escalating violence culminates in her brutal murder.
Wildly successful country music band leader shocks Hollywood with brutal murder of his wife.
Depraved woman traps mentally handicapped man so she can use him as slave and kill him for insurance.
Oversexed and wildly promiscuous woman finally lands a wealthy husband after several unsuccessful marriages, but she continues her extramarital affairs. When her attorney husband seeks a divorce, she shoots him in the eye and tries to collect his life insurance.
South Carolina woman drowns her children in her car so that she will be more "marriageable" to the boyfriend who rejected her.
Preteen Andrea Wilborn died a cruel and violent death in the wine cellar of her family's mansion. The killer had her kneel on the floor of the cellar and shot her in the back of the head, execution-style.
A smeared, bloody handprint was found by police. Within hours, police had a description of the killer and a single suspect T. Cullen Davis, one of the richest men in America and the model for the villainous J.R. Ewing on the nighttime soap opera "Dallas." In a series of events that emulate soap opera fiction, the billionaire oil man was charged in the most expensive investigation and trial in Texas history for the murder of his daughter and wife's boyfriend, shooting a witness, assaulting his wife and paying to have a judge murdered.
Many called it the best "justice money can buy."
Two boys, 12 and 10, are locked away in a tower by their ruthless uncle. Did he take their lives as well as their freedom, wealth and birthright?
Popular New Orleans sportscaster Vince Marinello will go on trial accused of murdering his wife and making it look like a robbery. A deteriorating marriage and the stress of Katrina losses could be motives. More recently his new legal team requests a change of venue, while ATF agents raid and shut down the gun shop where Marinello purchased a weapon.
On December 1, 1986, the Newtown Police Department in central Connecticut received a phone call from Keith Mayo, a local private investigator. He said that his client, Pan Am stewardess Helle Crafts, had recently disappeared and he feared that she may have been murdered by her airline pilot husband, Richard Crafts. Mayo was adamant and insisted that the Newtown Police investigate the crime immediately. Helle left her home on November 19 to drive to Richard's sister's house in nearby Westport. But Helle never showed up at the sister's home and hadn't been heard from since that day. Her car was later found in an employee parking lot of Pan Am airlines at Kennedy airport. And so began one of the most ingenious murder cases in forensic history. Enter Dr. Henry C. Lee, possibly the world's best-known forensic scientist who was then in charge of Connecticut's state police lab. Investigators were convinced that Crafts had killed his wife, but they needed a body in order to arrest him. Following up on reports that a man had been seen late one night in a blinding snow storm with a truck and a woodchipper in tow, an incredible scavenger hunt brought the amazing case to a close.
Married life didn't suit the dashing Dr. Essa, but premeditated murder was quite another story.
Plain & socially awkward nurse kills her philandering socialite husband in France's most sensational crime of passion.