On This Day: January 3, 1935, Testimony Begins in Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping/Murder Trial

January 3, 1935: Testimony begins in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping/murder trial. The accused, Bruno Hauptmann, appears in court facing the death penalty.


2017 in Crime & Justice: Part I

A look back at the crimes, trials, and updates that captivated the true crime community in the first half of 2017.

South Carolina Serial Killer Todd Kohlhepp Claims to Have More than Seven Victims

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.

List the Missing: Three U.S. Military Veterans Who Disappeared and Haven’t Been Found

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.

UPDATE: New Details Emerge in the 1981 Disappearance of Dale Eugene Kelley

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

In 1981, a Sacramento Man Disappears on Trip to Los Angeles. Two Weeks Later, His Car Found Abandoned in New Orleans: What happened to Dale Kelley?

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?

List the Missing: Four Families Who Disappeared Together

This marks my first List the Missing post, in which I hope to bring some attention to lesser-known missing persons cases. Each list of missing persons will be based on some shared trend. This week's trend is families who disappeared together. 

Before Dorothy Arnold, There Was Adele Boas: The New York City Heiress Who Went Missing and Came Home

New York City heiress Adele Boas didn't wake up on April 23, 1909 with the intention of going missing, but before the sun would set, she was gone.

Introducing a Four-Part Series on the 1969 Disappearance of Thomas Riha

Thomas Riha spent the night of March 15, 1969 attending dinner party at a graduate student's Boulder home. The University of Colorado professor appeared distracted and nervous that Friday night, but he was a quiet man by nature and his private life had been particularly chaotic as of late. No one was particularly worried by … Continue reading Introducing a Four-Part Series on the 1969 Disappearance of Thomas Riha