Three Times Internet Sleuths Helped Solve a Crime

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True crime followers know how easy it is to fall into the rabbit hole of online investigation, especially when it comes to open forums such as reddit and web sleuths. Usually these discussions are nothing more than strangers sharing theories and thoughts, but here are three times when internet sleuthing helped investigators solve a crime.

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Transgender Murder Cases Remain Largely Unsolved

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Today, most transgender murder cases continue to remain unsolved in the United States because police are struggling to connect with LGBTQ+ communities and properly represent victims in the media. Several experts and advocates for the transgender and LGBTQ+ communities have stated that United States police routinely fail to protect transgender victims via illformed state hate crime laws and improper identification practices such as misgendering and misnaming individuals.

Ohio Mom Accused of Murdering Son, 6, After Reporting Him Missing

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Brittany Gosney, 29, and her boyfriend, James Hamilton, 42, told investigators that the boy was killed a few days before he was reported missing and that they dumped his body in the Ohio River. Police are working with trained searchers to find the boy’s remains. Gosney is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Hamilton, is charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Michigan Teen Charged for Killing Her Grandmother

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A 14-year-old girl is accused of stabbing her grandmother to death in Canton, Michigan. According to Click on Detroit, Cynthia Mosby, 65, died Feb. 21 from multiple stab wounds. Mosby’s 14-year-old granddaughter lived with her, and authorities suspect she planned the killing beforehand.

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Covington Faces 52-Count Indictment

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After an arraignment on Wednesday, notorious New York City “Subway Attacker” Khari Covington is now facing a 52-count indictment against him for burglary, assault and strangulation as hate crimes. Covington allegedly targeted “light-skinned women” during a string of attacks that occurred between August 2020 and January 4 in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg neighborhood. Most of the attacks happened in the Morgan Avenue subway station, but one took place near the station and another at a smoke shop. 

Filipino Domestic Workers and Modern-Day Slavery

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Crimes in the Asian community largely have gone unspoken. You could blame this on the “model minority” ethos that has been so toxically engraved into our society. The sad reality of this stereotype has made vulnerable populations of the Asian community easy targets.

You will see them in hospitals as your nurse practitioner. In convalescent homes taking care of your elderly parents. Tending to children of wealthy families like their own. More often than not you will see a Filipino woman occupying these jobs.

25 Years: Remembering Karen Wong

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Karen Wong’s boyfriend and brother decided to investigate after not hearing from her for a couple of days. On February 27th 1991, they found her body in her San Fransisco flat.

14-year-old Girl Raped and Groomed by New Orleans Police Officer

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Officer Rodney Vicknair had an established history of misconduct over his years of his service; from harassment to stalking. The latest allegations against him are shaping out to be the most horrific yet. When the teenage girl was released from the hospital, Vicknair allegedly began the next four months gaining her trust, sexually harassing her, and eventually progressing to sexually abusing her.

Man Arrested After Trying To Drown and Bury His Wife at a Public Beach

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Jose Luis Mares III, 23, and his wife, who remains unidentified, were at Coronado Beach when they got into an argument. The argument turned physical when Mares tried throwing her in the ocean and burying her alive in a whole in the sand. The woman survived the incident and Mares was arrested on attempted murder charges.

Florida Man Friday: Assault by Alligator

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The anticipation for a long-awaited story about a Florida man and a gator is over. Today, we’re going to talk about Joshua James, 23, who threw a live alligator through a Wendy’s drive-through window. 

The Chardon Shooting: Nine Years Later

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On Feb. 27, 2012, Thomas M. “T.J” Lane III took a .22 handgun to Chardon High School and shot six kids. Three of them died, two were in critical condition and one was paralyzed. Within a few hours, the entire community of Chardon, Ohio, was rocked to its core. Chardon was a place you took your kids to raise them. People waved to each other on the street and everyone knew each other. No one imagined that such a violent event could happen.

CrimeDoor App Gives Hope to Cold Cases

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It sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. An app that allows uses a glimpse into accurately portrayed, real life crime scenes; all virtually. The app pulls from real crime scenes based on photos, police reports, and puts them onto your device allowing the viewer to examine actual evidence. It boasts more than 600 cases to explore from the obscure to high profile cases such as the Nicole Brown Simpson case.

Ahmaud Arbery’s Mom Files Lawsuit One Year After His Death

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Ahmaud Arbery was 25 when he was shot and killed while out for a run on February 23, 2020. On Tuesday, his mother filed a one-million-dollar civil lawsuit against the three men arrested for his murder, more than a dozen law enforcement officers, and the Glynn County District Attorney.

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Anderson Charged With Triple Murder

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Lawrence Paul Anderson, who was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and a single count of felony maiming and assault with a deadly weapon this week, asked to be held in the Grady County Jail without bail. According to police, Anderson had fatally stabbed his family’s neighbor Andrea Lynn Blankenship, “cut her heart out” and attempted to serve the organ to his aunt and uncle with potatoes. Anderson, 42, then attacked his uncle Leon Pye, his aunt Delsie and his four-year-old cousin.

Man Arrested for Colorado Cold Case

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David Dwayne Anderson, 62, appeared in court Wednesday morning to face two counts of first degree murder for the death of 35-year-old Sylvia Quayle. According to 9Wants to Know, he waived extradition to Colorado, and will remain in Nebraska for the trial.

Terrifying Live-Action Scooby-Doo Monsters

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Scooby-Doo taught us that the real monsters in life are human, but that didn’t stop the show’s creators from making the villains into truly terrifying monsters (even if they were costumes). Many true-crime and horror/mystery fans got their love for the genre from Scooby-Doo at a young age. I know I did!

Death on Valentine’s Day: Mother Killed by Ex

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Meztli Galindo, 29, was killed by her ex-husband, Jose Alvarado-Ramirez, 31, on the morning of February 14, 2021 in Illinois. According to police, Alvarado-Ramirez made a 911 call reporting that he had found his ex-wife unresponsive inside a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found Galindo dead inside a sedan on the same block as Alvarado-Ramirez’s home.

Collapsing Italian Cemetery Sends Coffins into the Sea

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A landslide off the coast of Genoa, Italy has led to the collapse of a cemetery this past Monday, causing hundreds of coffins plummeting into the sea below.

Constructed over 100 years ago, the Camogli Cemetery was located along an area of rocky seaside cliffs.  The mayor of Camogli, Francesco Olivari addressed the collapse as an “unimaginable catastrophe.”

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“Lies Crimes & Video”: Bever Family Massacre

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After launching its newest season of Lies Crimes & Video last weekend, HLN is bringing its audience exclusive coverage on the 2015 Bever family massacre this Sunday, February 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Titled “Summer Night Massacre,” this heartbreaking episode focuses on the murders of five family members in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on July 22, 2015 by two teenage brothers.

Suspect Pleads Guilty in Murder of Maltese Journalist

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Vincent Muscat plead guilty to the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia Tuesday.
Muscat, also known as  il-Koħħu, is one of three suspects in the 2017 murder of the investigative journalist. He appeared in court Tuesday and received a plea deal for his cooperation with the Maltese police. He shared vital information in the case and received 15 years in jail.

Amber Hagerman: The Tragic True Story Behind the Amber Alert System

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Most people know Amber Alerts as the child abduction emergency alert that has led to the safe return of over a thousand children across almost 35 countries. But this life-saving system has a dark history, stemming from the tragic abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, whose case remains unsolved.

Filipino Man Dies in Police Custody

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According to Quinto’s mother and sister, an officer handcuffed Angelo, as another kneeled on his neck for a horrifying five minutes, eerily echoing what happened with George Floyd seven months prior. In a video recording obtained from his mother, Angelo pleaded with officers, “Please don’t kill me.” It then shows police inverting an unmoving Quinto into custody, blood smeared on his mouth and dripping onto the floor.

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Franco Settles Sexual Misconduct Case

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A settlement has been reached in the sexual misconduct case against Oscar-Nominated actor James Franco. Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal filed the suit in 2019 but agreed to drop their claims against Franco last week after reaching a preliminary settlement agreement. Tither-Kaplan and Gaal were students of Franco’s Studio 4 acting school and alleged that the actor set out to “create a steady stream of young women to objectify and exploit” via his course on sex scenes.

New Evidence Points to FBI in Malcolm X Murder Case

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Malcolm X’s family released new evidence for the investigation in a news conference Saturday. According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the family obtained a letter written by Raymond Wood, a former undercover NYPD police officer. Wood, now deceased, stated that the NYPD forced him to lure the X’s security team into a trap and arrest them.

Japan Appoints Minister of Loneliness

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Japan is taking a new initiative to combat the rising rate of suicide in the country. Appointed to the role, ‘Minister of Loneliness’, Tetsushi Sakamoto is tasked with easing the spike in sentiments of depression and isolation across the country.

Paramedic Who Faked Girlfriend’s Suicide Convicted of Murder

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Thomas Elmore Jr. was found guilty in court on a second-degree murder charge in the 2016 shooting death of his girlfriend, Tamara Naish. At the time of her death, he alleged that he found her dead of a self-inflicted gun wound but authorities quickly noticed discrepancies in his story.

Triathlete Murdered By Ex in Murder-Suicide

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Mary Knott, a 44-year-old veterinarian who competed in triathlons all around the world, was murdered on Feb. 13 by her 33-year-old ex-boyfriend, who then killed himself. Both bodies were found in an apartment in Carlsbad, California the next day.

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Mildred Old Crow’s Body Found On Reservation

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On Thursday, the body that had been found on the Crow Reservation in Montana was confirmed to belong to 8-year-old Mildred Old Crow. Mildred was reported missing in November of 2020 after non-custodial family members stated that they had not seen the young girl since July 2018.

Remembering Hana Kimura

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Last year during the start of the pandemic, I did what any average person would do. I binged watched the hell out of Netflix. Started out with some Fyre Festival drama, then indulged in the spectacle that was Tiger King. Eventually my boyfriend and I decided to explore the Japanese reality series called, “Terrace House.”

When Kimura made her debut on Terrace House, she was a bubbly, effervescent, force of nature. It was difficult not to be drawn to her positive attitude, signature bubblegum pink hair, and beaming smile. She easily made friends with her housemates and was excited to show the world of women’s wrestling. It was perhaps her unshakable sunny disposition that drove the production team behind the scenes to push the young athlete to her emotional limit.

Serial Killers’ Signatures

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Why do we find serial killers so fascinating? Is it because they show the true horrors of humanity? Or maybe they capture our imaginations with their signatures?

Former Cult Leader Pleads Guilty to 1980 Murders

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Known to her followers as “Mother Anna”, Young was the leader of the House of Prayer during the 1980’s. During its prime, the cult had amassed 25 members. It is reported that during this time she began a “religious boarding school”. It was under this rouse, that Young had committed numerous acts of abuse against young children and cult followers, who were beat and tortured for their “sins”.

Florida Man Friday: Pants on Fire During Arson Trial

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A Miami, Florida, lawyer’s pants went up in flames during a 2017 arson trial. If you’re not familiar with arson, it is the act of deliberately setting fire to something, usually property. The Miami lawyer, Stephen Gutierrez, was representing a man who was accused of setting his car on fire for insurance money when his pants spontaneously burst into flames. Gutierrez blamed a faulty battery in his electronic cigarette for igniting in his pocket at a coincidental time, but investigators believe he is a liar, liar, pants on fire.

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Snow Charged For Neglect of Girlfriend and Kids

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Bryan Snow was charged with second-degree domestic abuse and endangering the welfare of a child after police rescued his disabled girlfriend and twin girls from severe neglect. Snow’s girlfriend reportedly has Multiple Sclerosis and had been left in the bathtub completely naked and sitting in several inches of feces and urine. After saving Snow’s girlfriend, police returned to the Missouri man’s home and found two five-year-old girls. Police officers stated that the twins were extremely malnourished and were eating out of a cereal bag.

What Happened to Margaret Schilling?

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Perhaps the most-known apparition at The Ridges is Margaret Schilling. Not because of how she roams the halls or waits in the window of the room where she died. No, Margaret is known for the stain her body left on the floor that has remained for the past four decades.

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Polevich Arrested For Murder of Nicki Minaj’s Father

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Charles Polevich was arrested on Wednesday and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal car accident that killed Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, last Friday. Maraj had been walking on the street when Polevich struck the 64-year-old pedestrian with his vehicle at 6:15 pm. According to police, Polevich stopped and exited his car to check on the injured man. Yet, rather than helping Maraj and calling 911, Polevich fled the scene.

Australian Olympian Charged with Running Drug Syndicate

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Scott Miller, 45, a former Australian swimmer, was arrested on drug charges during a raid on his home in Sydney this past Tuesday. Sydney police are alleging the Olympian is the head of a drug syndicate that is supplying methamphetamines all across New South Wales state.

Former Charger and Buccaneer Vincent Jackson Found Dead in Florida Hotel Room

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This past Presidents’ Day, former NFL wide receiver, Vincent Jackson, 38, was found dead in his hotel room in Brandon, Florida. On Monday February 15th, a housekeeper discovered Jackson dead at 11:30 am. The cause of death is currently under investigation by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office. For now, there are no apparent signs of trauma.

Intoxicated Worker Kills Mother of Three at Car Wash

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A 54-year-old woman was struck and killed by an intoxicated employee [man in the picture] at a car wash in Queens, New York, around 2 p.m. The employee had a blood alcohol reading well above the legal limit. The victim was standing nearby when the worker exiting the car wash bay in a 2011 Jeep Liberty hit her.

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Trivia for Die-Hard True Crime Fans

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After nearly one year in quarantine, the Zoom fatigue is really starting to set in— so why not spice up your virtual hang-outs with some challenging true crime trivia! Do you know all about the most infamous serial killers in history? What about the whacky headlines we see on the news today? Regardless of your knowledge base, this 20-question trivia set has everything a die-hard true crime fan could ask for.

Charges Against Amy Cooper Dropped

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Cooper, the white woman who falsely called the police on a Black man in Central Park, completed five courses in a “restorative justice resolution.” As an alternative to jail time, she was required to complete racial equity education classes. She reportedly learned to appreciate different racial identities. According to CNN, the DA dropped her charge Tuesday.

Rapper Arrested for Criticizing the Government

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Thousands of Spanish citizens have taken to the streets protesting the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasel. Hasel was sentenced to prison on Tuesday for “glorifying terrorism and slandering the crown and state institution”.

Review: Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

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Netflix has recently added one more true crime documentary to it’s list of success. In addition to other binge worthy documentaries, such as “Unsolved Mysteries,” “American Murder: The Family Next Door,” and “Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer,” comes “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.”

13-year old’s Joyride Claims Two Lives

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Over the holiday weekend a joyride turned deadly, claimed the lives of two homeless San Diego men this past Friday. A 13-year-old girl who has not yet been identified, took her parents car for a drive without their knowledge.

Escondido Police spotted the young teenager around 11:20 PM late Friday February 12th. During the routine stop the girl hit the accelerator and drove off.

Woman Arrested in Double-Homicide Case

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On Nov. 30, 2020, a double-homicide murder occurred at the T&N Market in Mt. Dora, Florida. Trinh, 56, and Nguyen, 47, were owners of this convenience store. Both were shot multiple times shortly before 9 p.m. Nguyen died on the scene and Trinh died three days after in the hospital. Recently, Mt. Dora Police Department arrested Undrea Lashaye Dixon for lying to law enforcement about the incident.

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David Mack: Reward Raised for Finding Killer

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The Crime Stoppers award for finding the murderer of 12-year-old David Mack was raised to $10,000 on Monday. David was last seen by his grandmother around 3 pm on February 9 when he told her that he was going over to a friend’s house. The Atlanta native’s family reported him missing at 8:45 pm that same night when he failed to return home. 

31 Homicide Cases Under Review

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A Bronx District Attorney, Darcel Clark, leads a wide-ranging inquiry into whether three detectives’ tactics had tainted guilty verdicts in 31 homicide cases. All of the detectives are currently under review for coercion.

10-Year-Old Girl Saved From Kidnapper By Two Sanitation Workers

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Jalisa Lasalle was abducted on the afternoon of Sunday, February 7 while riding scooters with her brothers by their home in New Iberia, Louisiana. Pelican Waste & Debris workers Dion Merrick and Brandon Antoine are being recognized for their heroic actions after spotting the abductor’s vehicle, using their truck to block his exit, and contacting police.

Unborn Baby Saved After Murder-Suicide

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Police in Scottsboro, Alabama, received a call Wednesday morning at around 6:15 a.m. about a suspicious vehicle stopped in a local roadway. 8-months pregnant Amber Michelle Coffman, 35, and Owen Deangelo Williamson, 33 appeared to have suffered fatal gunshot wounds. Both were dead on-site.

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Ariel Robinson Denied Bail

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Ariel Robinson, a former winner on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, was denied her bail request of $40,000 on Friday after claiming that the death of her three-year-old foster daughter was caused by ingesting too much water rather than by her own hand.

22-Year-Old Climate Activist Arrested for Social Media Post

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Indian police named Disha Ravi as a “key conspirator” in the “formulation and dissemination” of literature inciting insurrection against the government. For her contribution to a “toolkit”, a document meant to assist farmers in their protest against the latest agricultural laws, the 22-year-old was arrested.

Revisiting Lisa Nowak

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As Valentine’s Day draws near, we remember the not so out of this world story of an astronaut and her scorned love affair. Lisa Marie Nowak, an American aeronautical engineer, a former United States Navy captain, naval flight officer and test pilot, was destined for greatness. Dare we say, it seemed written in the stars.

Valentine’s Day Dance Cold Case

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On February 12th 1971, 20-year-old nursing student Patricia Man and 19-year-old student Jesse McBane attended a Valentine’s dance at Watts Hospital in Durham. 

MMNster Book Review: The Last Thing to Burn

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In every horror movie with a female protagonist where she’s running up the stairs from her killer rather than out of the front door, I scream at the screen in frustration and I’m irritated by the one-dimensionality of peril, panic and associated action. Freedom feels so clearly attainable, so often in these stories. Not here. Dean reminds us in stark detail of the true nature of physical and mental captivity which stops the thoughts of an easy escape dead in their tracks.

Florida Man Friday: The Ultimate Tattoo

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This Florida Man didn’t necessarily do anything crazy, but instead, it was his mugshot that caught my eye. The mugshot of the man is pictured in this article, but first, a little backstory.

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Rollins Charged With Murder of Former Model

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Tracy Ray Rollins, a 28-year-old long-haul truck driver from Dallas, Texas, was arrested and charged Wednesday with the murder of Rebecca Landrith. Landrith’s body was found by a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) worker around 7 am Sunday near an 1-80 eastbound exit ramp by the Mile Run interchange.

Anonymous Letter Suggests New Suspect in Cold Case

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In November 2020, 11 News covered the story of 6-year-old Beth Lynn Barr. The news station revealed Wednesday that shortly after, the Allegheny County Police obtained a four page handwritten letter. Written by a woman, the letter suggests that the police should investigate one of their own. According to 11 News, the woman said that she believed the officer, now dead, kidnapped and killed Barr.

Cop Hides Behind a Sublime Classic to Avoid Filming

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The lines of the American punk ska band Sublime read like a jukebox classic playing in a bar or a karaoke favorite sung with friends.

Unfortunately, this beloved classic has been caught in the legal crosshairs of intentional copyright infringement. It was discovered this past Friday, when a man, Senett Devermont, paid a visit to the Beverly Hills Police Department, to obtain body camera footage from a previous incident, he was bombarded with the sounds of the all familiar “Santeria”.

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Overbay Fatally Shot in Medical Clinic Shooting

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Lindsay Overbay was killed in a shooting at a Minnesota medical clinic that left four others injured on Tuesday. Overbay, 37, was a medical assistant at Allina Health Urgent Care – Buffalo Crossroads clinic and a mother of two children. After being shot multiple times by the gunman, Overbay sustained life-threatening injuries that she eventually succumbed to after surgery late Tuesday night.

Polish “LGBT-Free” Zones Inciting Hate Crimes

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The local government body represents 820 million citizens in over 47 countries. In the report, the council expressed that these zones are inciting violence through hate crimes and creating a damaging environment for LGBT youth. According to data from the report, Polish hate crimes more than doubled since 2019.

Fred and Rose: The ‘Killer’ Couple

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Frederick West and Rosemary West were an English married couple identified as serial killers and serial rapists who killed at least a dozen young British girls, including several of their own daughters. TW: Rape, Suicide, Incest

Family Sues Robinhood over Suicide of Son

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Robinhood has seen its share of the spotlight in more recent times in lieu of the unexpected rise and fall of the Reddit backed GameStop stock. This time the app is under a different kind of limelight. Paralyzed with the thought that his family would have to cover the $178,000 they did not possess; Alex rode his bike in front of a train.

Update: Woman Speaks Out About Assault From NFL Player

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Alleah Taylor told investigators that she was attacked after Wheeler asked her to bow to him, which she refused. This article documents her breaking the silence after police rescued her from being viciously attacked by the professional football player Chad Wheeler.

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Palentine’s Day Guide For True Crime Lovers

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Celebrate this year’s Palentine’s Day in the coolest way possible—virtually! Yeah, you read that right: staying at home and socially distanced from people outside of your bubble is all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun during the holidays. All you have to do is send your true crime loving friends a Zoom invite and follow this Palentine’s Day guide!

100-Year-Old Nazi Guard Charged with Accessory to Murder

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The 100-year-old man allegedly served at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Berlin from 1942-1945. The camp held over 200,000 prisoners during operation, and killed an estimated 50,000. Due to a 2011 legal precedent, anyone who helped run a Nazi camp during World War II can be charged with accessory to murder. 

National Registry of Exonerations Review- Black People Are Seven Times More Likely to Be Wrongly Convicted of Murder Than White People

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A review by the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE) found that black people are seven times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder than white people. They are also three times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of sexual assault.

‘February 9th Killer’: Who Is It?

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The February 9 Killer is an unidentified suspected murderer believed to be responsible for the 2006 strangulation and rape of Sonia Mejia and the murder of her unborn baby. He murdered again in 2008 by strangling Damiana Castillo in Salt Lake County, Utah. The murders were committed on the same day, February 9, hence the name of the February 9th Killer.

Canada to Launch ‘Bad Date’ Tool For Sex Workers

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Sex workers in B.C. plan to create Canada’s first province-wide reporting system to reduce the levels of violence in the sector. The database will collect information concerning dangerous dates, as well as report any safety concerns workers may have.

Defendant Spends Two Years in Jail Before Charges Thrown Out

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California officials released a man after he spent two years in prison for murder charges.

Officials charged David Andre Buchanan, 41, with murder after the death of Gustavo Fuentes in May 2019. However, new evidence presented in the case showed that he killed in self-defense. Instead, the court sentenced Buchanan to two years for a separate drug-related offense. He left Monday morning a free man.

According to The Mercury News, Buchanan shot Fuentes in self-defense. Fuentes robbed him at gunpoint, and Buchanan shot him around 3 a.m. May 15, 2019 near an elementary school. According to video surveillance, Fuentes stopped Buchanan in his van where the altercation took place. After being shot, Fuentes ran from the van, but ultimately collapsed from the fatal wound.

Hacker Attempts to Poison Florida City’s Water Supply

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Florida Man Fridays aren’t a fixture on our blog for nothing. In recent news over the weekend, a hacker had gained access into the water treatment system of Oldsmar, Florida. The hacking event took place on Friday, February 5th. It was during this time an operator had noticed the system breach and observed the hacker gain access remotely.

First Black Woman Firefighter in DeLand

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Black firefighters make up 7.5% of all firefighters in the United States, with Black female firefighters making up an even smaller percentage.

A new hire at the DeLand Fire Department in Florida marked a historic moment for the DeLand community. Daytona Beach native Dejah Woods became the department’s first Black firefighter to ever work at the department.

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Series Premier on HLN: ‘Down the Hill: the Delphi Murders’

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HLN is premiering its new series Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders in a special two-day TV event that is airing February 14-15 at 10 pm. Based on the chart-topping HLN podcast “Down the Hill,” this limited series will uncover new details about the mysterious murders of teenage girls Abby Williams and Libby German, who went missing from their rural Indiana town on February 13, 2017.