If you've haven't already heard---and you probably have---a teenage gunman opened fire at a Parkland, Florida high school today. 17 fatalities have been confirmed by the Broward County Sheriff at the time of this post. The suspect was identified as a 19-year-old former student named Nikolas Cruz. Unlike many mass shooters, he did not commit suicide prior to … Continue reading Thoughtful Advice on Dealing with Trauma in Mass Tragedy’s Wake
Aaaand I'm back---and only a week late---with just some of the high-profile cases that dominated the latter half of 2017. Old school killers made headlines with the death of Charles Manson and the positive identification of a body found in John Wayne Gacy's crawl space four decades ago. Zachary Adams's long-awaited trial for the murder of … Continue reading 2017 in Crime & Justice: Part II
January 3, 1935: Testimony begins in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping/murder trial. The accused, Bruno Hauptmann, appears in court facing the death penalty.
A look back at the crimes, trials, and updates that captivated the true crime community in the first half of 2017.
Sacramento County Sheriff's Officers are investigating a suspicious death after workers renovating a vacant home in North Highlands discovered an entire human skeleton buried in the backyard on December 26.
On November 3, 2016, a 45-year-old realtor was arrested when authorities discovered missing person Kala Brown chained to a metal storage container’s interior wall on his rural property. A year after his capture, serial killer Todd Kohlhepp now claims to have more victims than the seven murders of which he's been convicted.
Debbie Allen, William Schmidbauer, and Hattie Brown each served in the U.S. Military before they each vanished without a trace. While the circumstances of their disappearances vary, all three have this in common: their cases remain unsolved.
Last month, I wrote about the disappearance of Dale Eugene Kelley. To refresh your memory, 20-year-old Kelley vanished in May 1981 en route from Carmichael---a Sacramento suburb---to Los Angeles, where he planned to visit his girlfriend. A month later, his car was found abandoned in New Orleans. As I wrote in October, information about Dale Kelley’s disappearance … Continue reading UPDATE: New Details Emerge in the 1981 Disappearance of Dale Eugene Kelley
Harriet Elizabeth Riley (sometimes spelled Harriett, but for the sake of consistency, we'll stick with one "t") was born to Mamie and Harold Riley somewhere in Florida on February 26, 1968. She was the third of the Georgia-born couple’s children, with two older brothers, and---according to some reports---possibly an unnamed younger brother. The Rileys were listed … Continue reading A 6-year-old is found wrapped in plastic in a Sacramento dumpster in 1975, 4 years after her father’s unsolved murder. Initially ruled accidental, her “unsolved homicide” case was reopened in 2015: What really happened to Harriet Riley?
On the morning of May 20, 1981, 21-year-old Dale Eugene Kelley departed his home in Carmichael, California in his orange 1976 Toyota Celica. He planned make the six-and-a-half hour drive to Los Angeles to visit his girlfriend, but he never made it there. Two weeks later, his car turned up abandoned in in New Orleans, but he was nowhere to be found. What happened to Dale Kelley?