In an update to a previous article, Joseph Oberhansely who murder and ate the body parts of his ex-girlfriend was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. Oberhansely was charged with the murder of Tammy Blanton and burglary but was declared not guilty of the rape charges.
Serial Killers, what are they? Criminals, Psychopaths, and Charming? Believe it or not, most serial killers share traits of charm, kindness, and charisma. Some can use these traits in their favor, seducing victims and the public alike. These combined traits mimic their humanity and empathy for other human beings, making them the most dangerous and sinister predators of all. Here are some of the most charming serial killers that we have seen so far.
Ted Bundy was one of the most prolific serial killers in American History. But what made him so likable? It was his charm, attractiveness, and intelligence. With a degree in Psychology and knowledge of the law, Bundy knew how to mimic human emotions and reactions that made people, especially victims, feel at ease. During his trial, he represented himself in court and won over many of the public. They didn’t seem to think that a charming young man with good looks would ever be capable of raping and murdering young girls and women. This psychopathic murderer was almost able to clear himself from guilt but was ultimately executed by Florida’s electric chair in 1989.
Charles Manson was the cult leader and mastermind of the Sharon Tate La Bianca Murders, which elevated him as a celebrity. As the leader of The Charles Manson Family, he was able to use his charm, charisma, and good looks to create a following. After hearing “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles, Manson believed that the killings would incite a race war bringing upon the apocalypse. Through persuasion and influence, he was able to plan out 9 murders in July and August of 1969. Manson ordered his disciples to commit the murders while he kept his hands clean. His arrest caused a media storm that gained Manson notoriety and a mass following of new loyal disciples. Although he avoided the death penalty, Manson served life in the California State Prison, Corcoran, and died in 2017.
Paul John Knowles aka The Casanova Killer
Paul John Knowles, also known as The Casanova Killer, was a serial murderer who killed at least 20 victims within four months. He was active from July to November of 1974, after which he was captured. Knowles was known as a handsome and charming young man who would often deceive people or lure them in with his generosity. He would rape, strangulate, and shoot his victims ranging from children as young as 11 to the elderly as old as 65. During this short time, Knowles would go on a killing spree from Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Texas, Alabama, Virginia, and Georgia. His luck came to an end when police apprehended him. During a police ride with an FBI officer, Knowles tried to escape by shooting the sheriff driving in front. The FBI driver shot and killed Knowles in December 1974.
Edmund Kemper aka The Co-Ed Killer
Edmund Kemper, aka The Co-Ed killer, was a highly intelligent, charming, and charismatic man who got arrested only after turning himself in. He is 6’9, has an IQ of 145, and was able to talk his way out of situations. Kemper would commit his first murder at the age of 15 after he killed his grandparents. He was sent to the criminally insane unit of Atascadero State Hospital. Kemper used his intelligence and charm to talk his way into getting released early. During the 1970s, he would rape, stab, strangulate, decapitate, and perform necrophilia on young women. Finally, after he had killed, beheaded, and sodomized his mother’s corpse, it all ended. After realizing that none of his murders were being shown in the media, Kemper turned himself in. He is currently serving his life sentence at the California Medical Facility.
Rodney Alcala aka The Dating Game Killer
Rodney Alcala, aka The Dating Game Killer, was a serial murderer who killed at least 50 victims during the 1970s. Alcala was handsome, charming, and had a high IQ of 170. He used his looks and soft mannerisms to lure victims in. His first attempt came in 1968 when he beat and raped an 8-year-old girl in his apartment. Alcala went on to graduate from UCLA with a Fine Arts Degree, took a film class with Roman Polanski, and worked as a typesetter for the Los Angeles Times. He was also a contestant in a ’70s dating show from which he got his nickname. While it is unknown how many women he killed, he would go on to rape and strangulate young girls and women between 1977-1979. Alcala was arrested in July 1979 and is imprisoned at the California State Prison, Corcoran.
A.J. Freund’s father, Andrew Freund, was sentenced to 30 years in prison nearly one and a half years after his son was found wrapped in plastic and buried in a shallow grave. Following a plea deal, Andrew was sentenced to 11 years for aggravated battery of a child, 14 years for involuntary manslaughter, and five years for the concealment of his son’s murder. In December 2019, A.J.’s mother JoAnn Cunningham pleaded guilty to one count of murder. In July, JoAnn was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The unsolved homicide of a Chelsea Johnson will get a fresh set of eyes from the Ohio Attorney General’s Cold Case Unit.
An amber alert has been issued for one-month-old Armaidre Antwan Marquie Argumon, last seen on Friday, September 18. According to KSAT, the infant was last seen at 8:30 am in the 500 block of Old Forest Road in Wells, Texas. Armaidre is described as 22 inches tall and weighs 9 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and last seen wearing a diaper.
Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris, a star of Netflix’s hit docuseries Cheer, was formally charged Thursday for allegedly producing child pornography. On Friday, Harris’ former Cheer teammates spoke out after his arrest by releasing statements on their respective social media accounts.
Diego Calderon-Guzman is accused of killing 20-year-old Daisy S. Martinez, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.
As we approach Halloween, I cannot help but embrace all things witchy. They have been the biggest part in continuing the existence of the spirit and celebration of Samhain. Here are the top 10 best Withcy TV shows based on IMDb’s ratings you may enjoy during the festival.
Saturday at a backyard party in Rochester, New York, 2 people were killed and 14 injured in a mass shooting. Shots erupted at the party claiming the lives of a woman and man between the ages of 18-22. Other victims were between the ages of 17-23.
There has been a huge question as to how certain industries will continue to operate during the pandemic, and sex work is at the center of it. The sex trade has already gone through plenty of transformation since the 21st-century wave of technology that saw many of their services transferring online, but physical demand is still high and the most profitable for the majority of sex workers.
Police have arrested a 20-year-old for the murder of an Alabama University student who was reported missing September 8. Monday Adam Dowdell’s body was found just two blocks from campus. Police report Dowdell died from a fatal gunshot.
A woman was sexually assaulted near her coffee shop on Monday in Chicago. It was a typical day for Allison Howe. She headed to her usual coffee shop in the Wicker Park neighborhood around 10:00 am. Not owning a car, Howe walks anywhere she needs to go. As she walked towards the coffee shop near the Damen Blue line stop, she got assaulted from behind, reports CBS Chicago.
Wednesday a federal judge sentenced Eric Swarbrick to 30 months in jail and three years of supervised release after sending numerous threatening letters to Taylor Swift’s former record label.
Mikeona Johnson, 23, went missing for two week after being last seen on September 9, 2020 then found dead.
Striking similarities between two fatal stabbings in Toronto, Canada have led police to question whether or not the homicides are linked. “I don’t want to raise any fear or any panic, I just want people to be aware that this is something that we’re looking at, the possibility that these are connected,” Inspector Hank Idsigna told the public in a news conference on Monday. “We need people to be aware of their surroundings.”
This week in true crime, we discuss Robert Dubois’ exoneration and South Dakota’s Attorney General’s fatal car crash. Plus, we have special guests, Queers for Fears.
Queers for Fears podcast hosts Abbie and Ellie are two best friends since toddlerhood who talk about all things creepy, spooky, and the horrors of life. We spoke with Ellie and Abbie about their true crime origins, and what inspired them to start their podcast.
“When I got there I asked him, ‘Where’s your sister?’ and he just pointed behind the buildings. And I went behind it and I couldn’t find her,”
On Tuesday, September 15, a family made a terrifying discovery after finding dismembered body parts in their relative’s suitcase. Melvin Martin Jr., a Kentucky native, went to visit his relatives in Markham, Illinois. According to KWQC, the family first started to suspect Martin when they smelled a weird odor coming from his suitcase. Martin never unpacked and kept his belongings close to him at all times.
Former Texas deputy sheriff Pasquale Salas was sentenced on Tuesday to 220 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Salas faced charges for sexual exploitation of a minor and cyberstalking.
As new details continue to emerge the Suzanne Morphew case, suspicion of Barry Morphew’s involvement in the disappearance of his wife has gained media traction this week. The Colorado woman went missing on Mother’s Day, May 10, after she allegedly went for a solo bike ride in the morning and failed to return. On the day that Suzanne went missing, her daughters were on a camping trip in another state while Barry was in Denver for a construction job.
So you want to host a Halloween party, but 2020 has ruined all of your spooky dreams. Fear not, we have you covered on some great party planning suggestions to have the scariest Halloween celebration yet, and all while safely socially distanced from the comfort of your home!
I don’t know about other people, but we monsters LOVE halloween! Here’s a list of some of the cutest halloween clothes/decorations to help you get in the spooky spirit. It’s never too early!
A 17-year-old girl was reportedly kidnapped by an uber driver on September 11, in Smyrna, Tennessee. According to WSMV, the teenager got picked up from an uber on Friday night at 2697 Highwoon Boulevard. She had just gotten off work from a Cracker Barrel restaurant. Archie Hunt states that her daughter often takes an uber home from work, and Friday was no different, reports WKRN.
Ohio police are searching for a 15-year-old teen named Andrea Simone Nunn. The girl was last seen on Monday leaving her home in Garfield Heights after an argument with her mother.
Seven people, including four California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers were hospitalized Sunday after a possible exposure to fentanyl on the scene of a solo-vehicle accident by the Golden Gate Bridge.
In 1949, my grandmother was living near the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida when a mysterious accident made the news: a car had skidded off of a rainy highway into a bridge railing and plunged into the bayou below, killing a young woman named Joann Boylen and her mother. However, Joann’s husband, Julian Harvey, had been driving the car and escaped the accident entirely uninjured. Julian’s miraculous survival stunned the highway patrolman and professional diver that investigated the scene, and nearly everyone who had heard of the accident found its circumstances to be particularly suspicious. Yet, Julian never underwent further investigation. My grandmother, who was only 11-years-old at the time, was fascinated by Julian. “You know, he was just the guy who everyone knew was guilty,” she told me recently over the phone. “And for some godforsaken reason, no one could prove it. At least, that was the case until the Bluebelle incident.”
Monday police testified in the murder trial of Joesph Oberhansley who is accused of killing, dismembering, and eating parts of his ex-girlfriend’s body. Police testified to a welfare check on Tammy Jo Blanton after she failed to show up at work in 2014.
Here are the top 5 things to do this year for Halloween while social distancing!
After 37 years in prison, Robert DuBoise is finally able to walk free after a Florida judge voided his convictions in a 1983 murder case on Monday. The case involved the rape and murder of Barbara Grams, 19, who had been walking home from her job at Hot Potato (a restaurant in a defunct Tampa shopping mall) when she was attacked and beaten to death with a wood beam. Her body was found the next morning in a yard outside of a dentist office located near Hutto’s Corner, a grocery store that DuBoise frequented.
A man was allegedly taking pictures up the skirts of young girls in a hardware store in Queensland, Australia.
A 38-year-old man is beaten and shot to death on Sunday, September 13, in Dallas, Texas. At around 5:00 am, the Dallas police received a call reporting a shooting. Officials arrived at 4330 Dickason Avenue, reports NBC5. They found David Eugene Young lying unresponsive outside a residence. According to CBS11, a witness who reported the shooting filmed the murder of Young on video. She witnessed a man chasing Young and claimed that he was beating the victim to death.
In an update to a previous article, early Sunday Kazuhiro Kumagai was arrested in connection with the murder of Chisato Narahara, an AIDS researcher. Narahara was found dead by strangulation in a ditch last week.
The search continues for missing Alabama State University (ASU) student after he disappeared on September 8. Adam Dowdell, who is in his second year at ASU, left his dorm room on Tuesday night to withdraw cash from the ATM and never returned. According to his mother, Toya Cohill, it’s not like Dowdell to disappear. Cohill says that Dowdell does not have a car at school and even if he was planning on leaving for an extended period of time, he would have at least taken his backpack and phone charger with him.
“Carlos Acosta failed aJ, failed AJ’s family, failed the police, failed the doctor, failed our community, failed the residents of McHenry County, failed DCFS, failed the taxpayers of Illinois….”
Iranian Wrestler sentenced to death and executed on early morning of Sept 12, 2020 by the Islamic Republic government. Afkari was accused for the murder of a government security agent during a protest in august 2018.
This year on top of everything else we’ve lost a figurehead in the true-crime community, Shana Hogen. Her life which ended in a tragic accident this September is worthy of celebration for all the contributions she brought to so many lives. On top of the joy she brought to her family Hogen also shared her amazing talents with the world.
Robert Hadden’s charges were announced Wednesday after multiple patients came forward with their sexual assault stories, including the wife of Andrew Yang, Evelyn Yang. The manhattan gynecologist worked at Columbia University and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Hadden has avoided charges since 2016 and gave up his medical license in a plea deal with earlier prosecutors. However, he now will face federal charges with six counts of inducing others to engage in illegal sex acts.
How can I begin to review this book because, why would you?
This question format is repeated throughout this strange, stream-of-consciousness style novel many, many times. I have to say that reading this book during lockdown was a mistake. I’ll tell you why.
Just in time to prepare for the Halloween month of October, a new Netflix 2nd Season will premiere The Haunting of Bly Manor on October 9th of this year! The TV show is an American supernatural horror television series created and directed by Mike Flanagan.
Three family members are arrested for the murder of a Newton, Mississippi woman. According to WLBT, first responders received a call around 10:30 am on Sunday, September 6. They arrived at 989 Pecan Road and found Marian Roncali dead at the residence. After first responders suspected Roncali’s death as foul play, police arrested 46-year-old Carlos Roncali. According to WTOK, investigators later issued arrest warrants for Carlos Roncali’s mother and father, Sherry and James Roncali.
Watkins was suspected of molesting a 6-month-old baby on video and spreading it through social media. Two women have come forward with video evidence and said when they received the video they recognized the perpetrator as Watkins and knew who the mother of the baby was.
Watkins now faces multiple felony charges including allegedly committing lewd acts to a child, manufacturing child pornography, and distributing child pornography to at least two women.
MurderMurder News presents the biggest true crime stories of the week! This week in true crime, we discuss the Traynor Family murders and the mysterious death of Braylen Noble. Plus, we have special guest, Zero Dark Murder.
Over a year after the case was officially closed, authorities re-opened their investigation into the mysterious death of Forsyth, Georgia resident Tamla Horsford on Tuesday. On November 3, 2018, Horsford attended an adult sleepover party for her friend’s birthday. The next morning, at 7:30 a.m., the 40-year-old mother was found laying unresponsive in her friend’s back yard. Following an autopsy, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office concluded that Horsford had fallen from a second-story balcony — thereby ruling the death an accident.
Zero Dark Murder tells stories of true crime both foreign and domestic that are linked to the Armed Forces. We spoke with the host, ChaVohn Nakia about what sparked her interest in true crime and the case that keeps her up at night.
“This is a sad case involving a teacher, as well as a family friend abusing the trust placed in her by both the parent and the child,” said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer.
Nicholas Nanes, 29 was arrested for the shooting and murder of two men, Bobby Lucas, 56, and Selvaraju Vellingiri, 55.
An 18-year-old teen is reported missing on Sunday, September 6, in Auburn, Alabama.
According to Wrbl, Thomas A. Green was reported missing by his family after never coming home. It has been five days since family or friends have seen him. Green is 5 ft 6, 140 lbs., has brown eyes and black hair. The AL reports that a friend last saw Green on Saturday, September 5. He was last wearing black and white Adidas track pants, black sneakers, and a dark-colored hoodie. Police place Green’s last whereabouts in the area of Foster Street.
Monday a woman’s body was discovered face-up in a gutter in Kumamoto, Japan. Police have now identified her as Chisato Narahara, 35, a university researcher for Kumamoto University’s Joint Research Center.
The body of three-year-old Braylen Noble was found in a pool at Hunter’s Ridge Apartments in Toledo on Wednesday. Toledo Police, Toledo Fire and Rescue, and hundreds of volunteers have tirelessly searched for Braylen ever since he went missing on Friday, September 4. However, after his body was found in the pool of his mother’s apartment complex, Lieutenant Kellie Lenhardt confirmed that the case has, “turned from a missing person investigation to a death investigation.”
Horror movies can be easily disregarded by the comforting feeling that it’s not real, and it couldn’t really happen. However, these two famous scary films have a lot behind them. It’s not just inspired by a serial killer, these got some juice. The true story may even be scarier than Hollywood’s.
Olga Maria Calderon was a 32-year-old mother working at a Walgreens in Chicago. On Sunday, September 6, 18-year-old Sincere Williams repeatedly stabbed her to death. According to the Chicago SunTimes, Williams arrived at the Wicker Park Walgreens in the 1300 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. He entered the store around 9:35 am on Sunday with the intent of robbing it.
Brice Gage Walkins is wanted by Oklahoma police after a reported video of him molesting a 6-month-old was distributed on the internet. August 14 police charged the 22-year-old after a woman and friend of Walkins showed police the video.
Riverside County sheriff’s deputies responded Monday in Aguanga, Calif. to a reported assault with a deadly weapon. Seven people were found with gunshot wounds.
While this seemingly never-ending period of quarantine has gifted us plenty of television to obsess over (looking at you, Little Fires Everywhere, Normal People, Upload, and so many others), no series compares to the darkly alluring pull of HBO’s Perry Mason.
A federal magistrate judge recommends dismissing the charges against three men in a duck boat disaster that killed 17 people on July 19, 2018. The disaster in Branson, Missouri, was highly criticized due to the numerous weather warnings announced 23 minutes before the boat departed.
General manager of Ride the Ducks, Curtis Lanham, and manager, Charles Baltzell, faced multiple neglect and misconduct charges. Scott McKee, the captain of the boat, also faced charges for failure to assess incoming weather and instruct guests to use the floatation devices within the boat.
Last week however the federal magistrate judge, David P. Rush, urges for these charges to be dismissed because Table Rock Lake is not a navigable waterway under admiralty law. Lawyers for the charged men are also claiming the incident was a tragedy but ultimately an accident.
The search continues for three-year-old Braylen Noble after he went missing on Friday, September 4. According to his mother, Dajnae Cox, Braylen had disappeared after falling out of a window in their third story apartment in South Toledo. Braylen has autism and is nonverbal, but he will respond to two-word phrases such as “come here” as well as the nickname “Fats”.
Babylon Berlin is a German neo-noir television series based on the German books by Volker Kutscher. This mystery/crime show set during the 1920’s in Berlin during an unstable period that would eventually lead to the rise of Nazism.
On Monday, Duterte issued a pardon to Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, who has been in prison since 2014 for murdering Jennifer Laude.
On Wednesday, August 19, a procession was held at the Los Angeles International Airport for a 21-year-old paratrooper who was suspiciously murdered and dismembered. According to ABC7, Enrique Roman-Martinez was an army paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division from Chino, California. During the Memorial Day weekend, Martinez had decided to go camping with seven other soldiers from Fort Bragg to an island off the outer banks of North Carolina.
In Aichi, Japan, 55-year-old Naoko Tanaka was arrested Monday after police found the corpse of her 87-year-old father, Kenji Tanaka. The father was found on the second floor of the home they share and had been decomposing for months. No external wounds were found.
Police found the body after a tip from a relative of the family. Police suspect the woman was keeping her father’s corpse to collect his pension. The investigation is still on-going.
A search of an abandoned Illinois truck wash on Wednesday uncovered two bones that may belong to an alleged victim of the infamous “Interstate Strangler”, Dellmus Colvin. Colvin, 61, is currently serving consecutive life sentences in Ohio’s Lebanon Correctional Institution for the murders of 33-year-old Jackie Simpson and Melissa Weber, 37, that occurred in 2003.
Brian and Michelle Stoddard had their daughter in the Circle of Hope camp for about two weeks before a Cedar County Sheriff’s deputy told stories that authorities removed 25 girls from the reform school.
FX: A Wilderness of Error will broadcast a docuseries of a former Doctor’s, Jeffrey MacDonald, criminal case that occurred more than 50 years ago. The docuseries will reveal if McDonald was indeed innocent.
Recently I was watching Soft White Underbelly, a youtube channel that documents Skid Row life in a series of interviews. The channel features many guests who are often living on the streets and are going through extreme hardships. What stood out to me however was the number of women from the sex work profession who had multiple interactions with serial murderers.
September 2, Fiori Giovanni announced she has been charged with the murder of her 7-month-old daughter after she negligently left her 2 children in the bathtub alone. Giovanni’s daughter was found unresponsive in the water and paramedics were unable to revive her.
Melbourne police say the CCTV footage of the incident will be used as evidence against her. Giovanni is known as a highly respected human rights activist, motivational speaker, author, and social commentator.
The murder case against Curtis Flowers has been dismissed by Mississippi prosecutors. Flowers, a Black man, has been tried six times by a White prosecutor, Doug Evans, according to CNN.
Can’t get enough true crime? Well, look no further, because we have a list of true crime YouTubers for you to delve into. This list consists of a diverse list of people, who are from different locations, with different following numbers, and different backgrounds. Feel free to follow their link below and enjoy!
Father is a suspect in the murder suicide of his family. Police make a grim discovery on Sunday, August 30 in an apparent family murder-suicide. The parents were Regina, 58, and John Tobin, 57, who lived in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Their kids were Natalie and Graham Tobin, who were both 15-years-old at the time of their death. According to Beaconjournal.com, the Tobins were well-known philanthropists in the community.
August 12, 2020, police in Japan stopped motor vehicles to inquire drivers about the disappearance of Shuichi Ichikawa and Rumiko Masumoto. The Japanese government says this young couple was among the 17 individuals abducted to North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.
Seven police officers in Rochester, New York, have been suspended for their involvement in the arrest and subsequent death of Daniel Prude. Although Prude lost his life in March, the suspensions comes only after attorneys of Prude’s family released body camera footage showing the officers holding the Black man to the ground as he cried for help.
This week in true crime, we discuss, Brazilian cult leader Flordelis Dos Santos de Souza, and the disappearance of Stevie Shay Wilkerson. Plus, we have special guest, Reverie True Crime.
Kassandra Cantrell, a 33 years old woman and pregnant, went missing the day after missing her sonogram appointment on August 27, 2020. Family reported her missing and the FBI are involved as they investigate Cantrell’s Ex-boyfriend ‘s home and vehicle.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced on Thursday that she suspended seven police officers involved in the arrest of Daniel Prude, who died back in March after he was pinned to the ground on his stomach.
Reverie True Crime tells stories about all things spine-chilling and hair raising. From true crime to weird events, host Paige Elmore tells it all. We spoke with Paige about what inspired her to start her podcast, and what role chronic illness plays in her motivation to make true crime content. For those of us managing a chronic illness, it’s so refreshing how open Paige is talking about hers.
A father is arrested for the murder of his infant daughter. A 9-month-old baby has died in Houston, Texas on the morning of August 24. According to Click2Houston, Ya’Niece Mason had taken her daughter to stay with her father, Luis Luna on August 21.
On Thursday, 5 children aged 1 to 8 were found dead in an apartment in Solingen, Germany. German authorities suspect the mother of the children killed them in a murder-suicide.
The body of five-year-old Alexa Castro was found in a creek near the Neuse River in North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon. Heavy downpours and flash flooding caused part of Galilee Road to collapse on Tuesday night. Around 1 a.m., a Smithfield woman called 911 to report that she and her children had been swept off the road while driving. Propelled by the powerful current, the car slid into a nearby creek and rushed toward the Neuse River.
Early Sunday morning, August 30th, California Highway Patrol (CHP) were called to investigate a Dodge Durango that had veered off the road and smashed into a utility pole near Lakeshore Boulevard in unincorporated north Lakeport. According to Police Chief Brad Rasmussen, the crash involved Wynona Starr Anderson, 29, and her 29-year-old boyfriend, Yancy McCloud Jr.
“We know that we may be the ones that may be able to break the case just by getting her pictures out there, getting them on anybody’s hand that’s willing to take a flyer,” said Aishia Lankford.
“Whoever was arrested must die. It was the rule of our party,” said Dutch. “We had the responsibility to interrogate and give the confession to the central committee of the party.”
Two North Texas men were charged on Sept. 1 for child exploitation crimes. David Pettigrew, a 48-year-old pastor, and Chad Michael Rider, a 46-year-old, have been charged with in an indictment returned by a grand jury with conspiring to sexually exploit children. Pettigrew faces additional charges for transporting child pornography.
Jariel Cobb, 47, and James Reed, 38, are facing federal murder charges for murders that took place Sept 2019 in Buffalo, New York, and had begun when a 3-year-old was found alone on a porch. According to The Buffalo News, the parents, Miguel Anthony Valentin-Colon and Nicole Marie Merced-Plaud, along with their friend Dhamyl Roman-Audiffred were traveling back from Florida with the child when they were killed. The bodies of the parents were burned inside of their van while the suspects lead the child away from the fire.
“Operation Not Forgotten” led by the U.S Marshals Service (USMS) Missing Child Unit, Georgia state and local agencies along with others, worked together to find 39 children from Atlanta and Macon, Georgia.
According to a press release by the USMS, the state of Georgia and local agencies conducted a two-week operation that rescued 26 children and found the safe location of 13 others.
Mexican authorities found the body of 23-year-old Texas mom brutally murdered. According to The U.S. Sun, Lizbeth Flores graduated from Los Fresnos High School. She was a mother to an 8 month boy and 4-year-old girl. Flores told her mother she was going to Matamoros, Mexico on August 9. Subsequently, Rubio became worried when her daughter never came back home.
Former general commander, Gen Scott Efflandt, has been removed from his position at Fort Hood as of Tuesday after investigations into numerous deceased/missing soldiers. Efflandt’s replacement will be decided in the next coming days.
The decision was reached after a minimum of 10 soldiers this year were reported missing or dead under suspicious circumstances. Victims such as Elder Fernandez and Vanessa Guillen told family members that they had been sexually assaulted before their deaths.
Natsumi Mizusawa, 28, from Nagano, Japan, reportedly shot an elderly acquaintance with a crossbow Monday. The man, in his 70s, was heading to Mizusawa’s apartment when he was shot in his right arm. After being shot, the man fled in his car and received medical treatment.
Tuesday Mizusawa was taken into custody for attempted murder. Police are now investigating their relationship and the incident. The man is allegedly an acquaintance of Mizusawa’s and had given advanced notice of visiting the day he was shot.
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has opened a new investigation into the controversial administration of ketamine to both Elijah McKnight and Elijah McClain in the summer of 2019.
He was first convicted and sentenced to death. Later it was reduced to life in prison. He never stopped trying to prove his innocence. Robert DuBoise was falsely incarcerated for 37 years for the rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman in 1983.
The adult film star Ron Jeremy was arraigned August 31 on 20 additional rape charges and other sexual assault charges involving 12 more women and a teenage girl. This has increased the number of alleged victims to 17. The 67-year-old pleaded not guilty to allegations of rape and sexual assault in June to separate attacks from 2014.
If you have a love of both vintage plates and sarcastic sayings, get ready to fill your china cabinet with these hilarious dishes from Rebel Crafter. Heidi, the maker behind Rebel Crafter has a love of pop culture, true crime and sarcasm. We spoke with Heidi about what inspired her to make her decorative plates, and how her love of true crime began.
Kyan King, a 16-year-old, from Harrisburg, Penn., was shot and killed while running from a registered sex offender. New details of the case show that the suspect, 46-year-old Orlando Duarte has been arrested and charged with criminal homicide, possession of a firearm prohibited after allegedly shooting and killing a boy identified by his family as King.
Take a look at some of our top picks for Black True Crime Podcasts. True Crime spaces could definitely be more inclusive, so we are here to add a bit more diversity.
1. Scam Goddess
Tune in to Scam Goddess to hear the storytelling of comedian, Laci Mosley, as she shares all things fraudulent and those who practice it. Laci and her comedic guest host for that week share stories of scams and historic hoodwinks giving you a classic true-crime tale without the death, or as they would call it True Fun Crime.
2. Affirmative Murder
Affirmative Murder is the podcast trying to bring equality to true crime, and every week Fran and Alvin tell each other murder stories involving minorities. If your first love is comedy + true crime, Alvin and Fran are here to show the rest of us how it’s done! We recently got to chat with Alvin about his inspiration behind Affirmative Murder and his love of cults!
3. Murder History Girls
Brandi and Mikki of Murder History Girls decided to join their love of true crime and history together to create the ultimate podcast–a murder history podcast! We chatted with the two sisters about working at a cemetery and their favorite true crime tv!
4. 90s Crime Time
Simone is the brains behind the 90s Crime Time Insta, and now the podcast! If you love the fabulous decade of the 90s, this is definitely the podcast for you! We chatted with Simone about her love of the 90s, the inspiration behind her podcast, and the massacre at Luby’s Restaurant, which has always haunted her.
5. Bruh Issa Murder
Bruh Issa Murder is hosted by Andre Matthews and his black cat, Hex, and he covers true crime cases of color and features music from artists you probably haven’t heard of before. His Instagram is also absolutely delightful, so if you need a good laugh today, be sure to check that out too. We spoke with Andre about his love of true crime, and his definitive list of podcasts to scare you to sleep! Check out our full interview with Andre in our YouTube chat below!
Is there a greater joy than discovering a new podcast you love? Well, what if the host of not only delivers fantastic true crime stories, but she brings you those stories with the most comforting British accent? Look, y’all, I’m American, and I could listen to Rena from Handcuffed tell me grizzly murder stories all day long. I could listen to her talk about balancing a checkbook all day, but we are all so lucky that she chose a true-crime podcast instead! We were so tickled to talk with Rena about your next favorite podcast that you need to download right now!
7. Crime Noir
We interviewed Candice of Crime Noir the Podcast about her inspiration to share stories about missing and murdered black folx. If you haven’t heard of Crime Noir yet, get ready to hit that subscribe key, because Candice does an amazing job of sharing these stories in a such a sensitive way, and she shares so many cases that you probably haven’t heard yet!
8. NOIR True Crime Files
NOIR True Crime Files is a true crime podcast dedicated to covering criminal cases in the Black community. We spoke with NTCF Podcast’s host, JiJi about her inspiration to bring more awareness to Black true crime stories that are often underrepresented in the media and about the cases that keep her up at night.
9. Crime in the Mitten
You may not be aware, but the state of Michigan has a whole lot of mysterious missing cases and gruesome murders. Shel and Alia are here to give you the inside scoop on some of Michigan’s most interesting crimes in their awesome podcast, Crime in the Mitten. Check out our interview with Shal and Ali as we discuss their lifelong friendship and favorite murder shows!
10. Crime and Roses
If you love reality tv AND true crime, you have to check out Crime and Roses. They are a true crime and Bachelor recap podcast podcast, and we honestly started watching The Bachelor just because we love the hosts Megan and Danielle so much. Each week during the new season of The Bachelor, Crime and Roses recaps the espisode with a tie in to a true crime story in Bachelor Nation.
11. Blood and Firewater- We recently got to chat with Rashad Jones of the Blood and Firewater Podcast to learn all about the fun new show, and how Rashad and his sister got into true crime and what inspired them to start their own podcast involving murder and tequila!
12. Zero Dark Murder
Join ChaVohn Nakia every Monday as she discusses true crime cases linked to the Armed Forces across the world. Her podcast has discussed notable cases, like the Michael Peterson case from The Staircase and Katherine Knight, a female cannibal. They also cover lesser-known cases, like serial killer William Henry Hance, who served in the Army and murdered 3 women in cold blood.
13. Book of Lies
Tune in to these two sisters, Sunni and Brandi talking about real-life liers, frauds, fakes, and phonies. Their most recent podcast to date discusses the women that inspired the movie, Hustlers. The movie plot surrounds a group of women who are strippers and resort to stealing to make ends meet.
14. Late Night Crimecast
Late Night Crimecast is a podcast hosted by Robyn Stephens every Thursday. It surrounds all things true crime-related. The most recent episode talks about the tragic death of Annie Le, a Yale college student whose life ended too soon. Take a look at the links below to get the rest of the details on her podcast.
15. Freedom Speaks Podcast
Craig Woodall gives an insightful look into the history of lynchings in the United States. His most recent podcast highlights the lynchings of Thomas Ship, Abram Smith, and James Cameron. A photo of their lynching was popularized and labeled as iconic because it illustrates the pain and hard reality of the US as well as it’s a brutal dark history in regards to it’s the treatment of black people.
16. Fruit Loops
Fruit Loops is hosted by Wendy and Beth, two true crime enthusiasts showcasing true crime stories based on people of color, certain cases that do not get as much media coverage for that reason. There most recent episode talks about Donald Eugene Younge Jr, a man who is suspected of committing at least 5 women.
17. Cases of Color
Case of Color covers missing and unsolved crime cases involving black people and people of color with host, Randi Johnson. This podcast highlights many cases that are not given the attention they deserve due to prejudices encouraged by the media. There most recent podcast highlights Vanessa Guillen’s murder and exposes the mishandling of her case.
18. What Did You Do?!
Listen in on Dee and Charneil’s podcast What Did You Do?! to hear true crime cases from a mental health and social work perspective. On top of being informative, this podcast will give you a lot of laughs. Their latest episode shares the unfortunate influx of transgender murders while also highlighting the issue isn’t entirely new. They discuss three recent cases as well as one that happened almost a decade ago.
19. Killing Color
Killing Color explores the forgotten case true crime involving African Americans and other minority groups. Their overall goal is to remember those who lost their lives and make sure their stories are never forgotten.
20. Sick Sad World
Enjoy this podcast discussing all things dark and macabre with co-hosts Mari and Jasmine. Join them as they talk about murders, ghost stories, aliens, and all things creepy and spooky. According to their website, they are not creating any new episode, but you can give the 30 other episodes a listen wherever you listen to podcasts.
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, 23 years old American Singer, often referred as ‘Queen of Tejano’ is also known as Mexican Madonna, her short life will be aired on Netflix later this year.
Christopher Lee Carpenter of Bedford County, Virginia has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a minor in 2016. The 25-year-old has been in custody since 2018 and had entered a guilty plea in November of 2019.
A Memphis man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder after a pregnant woman was shot to death last week.
The true-crime podcast universe is ever expanding. We’re here to make it a bit smaller and a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows, and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the noteworthy and the exceptional. Each week, our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists will pick their favorites.
A former porn star has been arrested after the body of a man was discovered in a shallow grave, murdered in what Florida authorities have described as a “very complex case” centered on “drugs and money.”
On Mother’s Day, May 10th, 2020, Suzanne Morphew disappeared from Salida, Colorado after reportedly leaving for a morning bike ride. According to NBC News, a neighbor reported Suzanne missing after her teenaged daughters could not reach her whilst they were away on a camping trip. Suzanne’s husband, Barry Morphew, stated that the last time he saw his wife was early that morning when he left their house around 5 a.m. to tend to a landscaping job in Denver.
In Freeport, Illinois, George Buss was arrested on August 28 for possession of child pornography videos and patronizing a prostitute. The investigation into Buss started in February and lead to the arrest of one other man, Tyler Dotson. Buss was well known as the 16th President’s reenactor and performed at numerous venues.
Monday, August 24, Fort Worth police responded to the report of a missing 4-year-old child. Krystal Lewandowski, the mother of the 4-year-old, admitted in her report that she had harmed her daughter. Shortly after the first responder arrived at the home it was determined there was a homicide.
Authorities in Washington state are asking for the public’s help as their search continues for Kassandra Cantrell, a 33-year-old pregnant woman who hasn’t been seen since Aug. 25.
The question was never if one of the two Rouse brothers had murdered their parents, but rather, which one had carried out the double homicide.
Hawaii Island police nabbed a man in Puna wanted in connection to a murder earlier in the week, and filed charges Saturday night.
Provincial police are hoping a cash reward will help solve a case surrounding the disappearance of a London woman in 1994.
Moira Jones was abducted yards from her home in Glasgow and forced into a nearby park, where she was raped and murdered.
As her family struggled to come to terms with their loss and the brutal nature of her death, her mother, Bea, started to write a diary.
The Shaker Heights Police Department is investigating the deaths of four people Sunday.
How Canada’s justice system works for the survivors of murder victims will be on display when the parole hearing for the convicted killer of two families connected to West Kelowna is held next year.
Deputies in Washington County, Ohio, are searching for a man wanted for murder and are asking for the public’s help.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has waded into the tension surrounding events in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparking anger by saying that a teen now charged with murder after allegedly shooting demonstrators had taken it upon himself to “maintain order.”
Nearing her 45th birthday, nurse practitioner and mother of five JeanAnn Schwark was looking to restore some of her youth through cosmetic surgery.
A 1-year-old boy, who was kidnapped at gunpoint on Saturday, has been safely reunited with his family, according to multiple reports.
In May 1989, a bizarre murder attempt in Austin, Texas, gripped the nation and made worldwide news. The details of the case were unusual, and unlike anything police had seen before. The victim? Austin’s oldest resident, a nearly 600-year-old tree known as Treaty Oak.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has asked a judge to dismiss murder charges against him in the death of George Floyd.
Authorities are searching for whoever set fire to the Jewish Center at the University of Delaware late Tuesday night.
More details have been released regarding a deadly shooting that occurred Thursday afternoon in Hyde.