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  • Sep 11th 2020 at 7:24 PM
    The Father's Day Massacre.

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  • Sep 8th 2020 at 5:01 PM
    5 Cold Cases Solved.

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  • Sep 8th 2020 at 4:57 PM
    The Tale Of Lizzie Borden.

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  • Sep 7th 2020 at 11:08 PM
    What Happened To Elly?

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  • May 16th 2020 at 2:18 PM
    Who Killed My Daughter?

    The Unsolved Murder of Teenager Kaitlyn Arquette.
    In "Who Killed My Daughter?", a mother searches for the truth behind her daughter’s tragic death.
    Eighteen-year-old Kaitlyn Arquette was the daughter of acclaimed mystery writer Lois Duncan. She graduated from high school on June 14, 1989, and had been accepted to the University of New Mexico. She planned to attend medical school one day. Shortly after graduation, she moved into an apartment with her boyfriend. They paid for it with the help of money that they had received from an insurance settlement. He was eight years older than her, but she had told her parents that he was only four years older. However, they felt that he was a nice person.
    Six weeks later, on the afternoon of July 16, Kaitlyn told Lois that she and her boyfriend had been having problems ever since they moved in together. She planned on breaking up with him and wanted Lois to lie about her whereabouts. She visited a friend from 9:30 to 10:45pm. She then headed east on Lomas Road, towards Lois' house. When she reached an intersection, another car pulled up next to her and shot her. Her car then drifted and crashed into a light pole.
    Shortly before midnight, Lois learned that Kaitlyn was in the emergency room. After reaching the hospital, her parents learned that she had been shot. Five hours later, the police arrived at her apartment. Her boyfriend was home alone, apparently unaware of the shooting. He told them that he had been out with friends, doing various activities. On a table, an investigator found a note that Kaitlyn had written to him, telling him that he would be home at a certain time.
    Kaitlyn's boyfriend told investigators that he argued with her, but was unaware that she may have wanted him to leave. Later, he joined her parents at the hospital. Tragically, she passed away from her injuries twenty-four hours later. Six months after her murder, investigators announced that she had been the victim of a "random act of violence". However, Lois does not believe this; through her own investigation, she believes that she has found evidence that Kaitlyn had known her killer.
    Lois believes that Kaitlyn was killed by a hired assassin because she knew too much about her boyfriend's criminal activities, which included staging accidents. She discovered that three phone calls had been made from Kaitlyn's apartment at the time she died. They were to a paralegal that had set up the accidents. A private investigator found evidence that she was afraid of her boyfriend's friends. He also found evidence that the note found in her apartment had been forged.
    Six months after Kaitlyn's murder, an informant led the Albuquerque police to a man named Robert Garcia. He identified three men as being involved in her murder. He claimed that he was in the car with them when they shot her. They were arrested and were charged with her murder. However, the charges were later dropped after it was discovered that Robert was in jail at the time.
    After this lead did not pan out, investigators requestioned Kaitlyn's boyfriend. He admitted to being involved in an insurance scam. However, police do not consider him a suspect in her murder. Her family is convinced that her murder was not a random act of violence. They are certain that she was silenced because of her knowledge of the insurance scam and other illegal activities.
    Garcia and Escobebo
    Juvenal Escobebo and Miguel Garcia

    Suspects: Lois believes that Kaitlyn was killed by members of a Vietnamese gang that her boyfriend was involved with. Two months before her murder, she and her boyfriend took a trip to Southern California. During this time, she apparently became involved in a lucrative car insurance scam. Her sister learned that her boyfriend had staged an accident a few months earlier. He had used a car that Kaitlyn had rented with Lois' credit card.
    The accident was allegedly orchestrated by an organization comprised of powerful members of Southern California's Vietnamese community. Everyone involved in it complained of soft tissue injuries that were later treated by a doctor who was also involved in the organization. A paralegal working out of an Orange County law office handled the insurance claim. Kaitlyn and her boyfriend were given $1500 for their part. They used the money for their apartment. Lois believes that, since she was breaking up with her boyfriend, the other gang members feared that she would go to the police. She believes that they had her silenced.
    A few weeks after the murder, Lois discovered that three phone calls had been made from Kaitlyn's apartment had virtually the same time she died. At the time, her boyfriend was with them. The calls were made to a Vietnamese paralegal that worked in Orange County. This was the same one that had set up the accidents.
    A private investigator hired by Lois spoke to Kaitlyn's landlord. He believed that she was afraid of her boyfriend's friends who were apparently involved in the criminal activities. They only spoke Vietnamese around her and often made fun of her. They were often a center of the couple's arguments.
    The investigator also compared the note allegedly left by Kaitlyn on the night of her murder to known samples of her handwriting. He did not believe that it was written by her. The landlord also claimed that three of her boyfriend's friends were in their apartment on the night of July 17, around the time that she died.
    However, the Albuquerque police did not believe that the Vietnamese gang and Kaitlyn's boyfriend were involved in her murder. They believe that her murder was a random act of violence. An informant led police to Robert Garcia. He was interrogated for two hours before telling investigators that he had been in a car with three friends on the night of Kaitlyn's murder. He claimed that one of them shot a woman in her car on a dare.
    Based on his testimony, police arrested Dennis Martinez, Juvenal Escobedo, and Miguel Garcia, who is not related to Robert. According to Robert, Miguel was the trigger-man. Police discovered that Juvenal had recently sold his car, a brown Chevrolet Camaro. They connected it to an eyewitness, who claimed that he had seen one chasing a young woman in her car on the night of Kaitlyn's murder. This occurred an hour before it.
    However, the case fell apart when it was discovered that Robert had been in jail on the night of Kaitlyn's murder. Ultimately, charges against all three suspects were dropped due to lack of evidence.
    As the result of pressure from Kaitlyn's family, investigators decided to reinterview her boyfriend. This time, he did admit to being involved in an auto insurance scam. However, neither he nor his friends were ever charged in relation to the scam. Also, police do not consider him a suspect in Kaitlyn's murder.
    Extra Notes: This case first aired on the January 27, 1993 episode. Lois wrote a book about it, titled Who Killed My Daughter?.
    Paul Apodaca

    Results: Unsolved. Lois's private investigator later discovered that a man named Paul Apodaca was found standing next Kaitlyn's car when police arrived at the scene. His information was taken down, but he was allowed to leave. He was also never interviewed by police about the case. Lois was shocked to learn that he had an extensive criminal history, with multiple convictions for attacking women. A few years after Kaitlyn's murder, he was convicted of raping a young relative. It is not known if he was involved or had any connection to her death.
    The private investigator also discovered that Kaitlyn's car had been hit by at least one vehicle before it crashed into the light pole, as evidenced by the damage to the left rear bumper and side panel. It is not known why the police investigators did not release this information. Lois suspects that the police department was involved in a cover-up involving the case.
    In 2003, a cold case squad investigating the case determined that she had been shot after her car collided with the light pole. This was based on the accuracy of the shots, which suggested that they were fired at a close range and a non-moving target.
    Sadly, Lois passed away on June 15, 2016. There has been no further progress in the investigation of Kaitlyn's murder.

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  • May 16th 2020 at 2:15 PM
    Mother beheaded her 5 Yr old daughter.

    A mother who beheaded her five year-old daughter after the youngster asked for cereal has been jailed for life.
    A Texas woman will serve a life sentence without parole after she was convicted Thursday of stabbing and beheading her 5-year-old daughter, according to the Hays County District Attorney’s Office.

    Krystle Concepcion Villanueva, 27, claimed after the brutal 2017 murder that her daughter and father-in-law “had been replaced by clones and had to be killed to bring back her real family members,” the District Attorney’s Office said.

    The case was “probably the most horrific case in the history of Hays County,” the county’s sheriff, Gary Cutler, told KVUE-TV. Hays County is between Austin and San Antonio.

    Villanueva’s father-in-law called 911 on Jan. 5, 2017, to report that she stabbed him in the back without warning, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The father-in-law fled and crisis negotiators came to the Kyle, Texas, home when police learned the woman’s 5-year-old daughter was still with her inside, according to District Attorney Wes Mau.

    The woman also called 911 and said she killed her daughter, Giovanna Hernandez, because “she asked for cereal,” Mau said in a statement. The SWAT team broke into the home and restrained Villanueva, who was naked, according to the district attorney.

    SWAT team members found the young girl stabbed and decapitated in a bedroom, Mau said.
    Villanueva’s father-in-law called 911 on Jan. 5, 2017, to report that she stabbed him in the back without warning, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The father-in-law fled and crisis negotiators came to the Kyle, Texas, home when police learned the woman’s 5-year-old daughter was still with her inside, according to District Attorney Wes Mau.

    The woman also called 911 and said she killed her daughter, Giovanna Hernandez, because “she asked for cereal,” Mau said in a statement. The SWAT team broke into the home and restrained Villanueva, who was naked, according to the district attorney.

    SWAT team members found the young girl stabbed and decapitated in a bedroom, Mau said.
    Villanueva was found to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, the District Attorney’s Office said.

    Villanueva’s defense team urged the jury not to find her guilty because of insanity, but the jury rejected that defense, according to the District Attorney’s Office. She was found guilty of capital murder of a child under 10 and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    “A case like this leaves an unforgettable mark on everyone involved, especially the child’s family.” Mau said. “Every law enforcement member who worked on this case will forever be traumatized by what Ms. Villanueva did to her innocent daughter. I commend all the investigators and officers who endured this horror with calm professionalism so that justice could be done.”

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  • May 16th 2020 at 2:12 PM
    The Murder of Suzanne Capper.

    Suzanne Capper, 16, suffered from a week of torture before being set on fire by a group of people she considered her friends.
    Suzanne Capper was a 16-year-old girl from Greater Manchester, England. Those who knew her said that all she wanted in her life was to be loved. She didn’t know her real father and she lived with her stepfather, John, after he split up from her mother, Elizabeth. She soon started to play truant from school and drifted from house to house, trying to find affection from anybody. While Suzanne had her issues, she was still known as a “high-spirited, well-mannered girl” who would help her stepfather out around the house and was thoroughly polite.1

    Soon, Suzanne started to hang out at the house of Jean Powell, 26, who she had babysat for when she was 10-years-old. The dilapidated house at 97 Langworthy Road was a hot spot for drug dealing, parties and sex. Amphetamines would be weighed out on kitchen scales and stolen cars would be traded. “I tried to stop Suzanne going there but she had a very strong will,” said John. Moreover, John didn’t know the extent of what was going on behind closed doors. He just had a strange feeling about Jean and those who frequented her home, often referring to it as a “house of evil.” It was here in this house that Suzanne fell in with the wrong crowd. Glyn Powell, 29, was Jean’s ex-husband who had convictions for burglary, theft, and being drunk and disorderly. Bernadette McNeilly, 24, was a drug addicted mother of three. Anthony Dudson, 17, was Jean’s on-again-off-again boyfriend. Jeffrey Leigh, 26, had convictions for robbing his 86-year-old disabled aunt. Clifford Hayes, 18, was Jean’s brother and Suzanne’s ex boyfriend.
    Suzanne continued to frequent the home despite the fact that almost everybody there bullied her and took advantage of her kind nature. “It was not that she was scared of them, it’s just she would do anything for them. She pampered their every whim,” recalled her sister, Michelle. In fact, in late 1992, Suzanne went to her mother’s home after being beaten up by Jean. Her mother cruelly turned her away when Suzanne begged to be let in the house and allowed to stay overnight. Her mother said her boyfriend wouldn’t allow it and Suzanne walked back to Jean’s house. “I believe that had she done something to help Suzanne, thing might be very different today. As a parent myself I would find what Suzanne’s mother did very hard to live with,” said Michelle’s fiance, Paul Barlow. Before Suzanne became involved with the group at Jean’s house, she had no human companionship other than from her family. In this squalid house on Langworthy Road, Suzanne found a source of human contact and she found it difficult to break that friendship up despite the fact it was abusive.

    Then in December of 1992, the group claimed that Suzanne had stolen a pink duffle coat and infected them all with pubic lice. At the time, Anthony was having sexual relations with Jean, Bernadette and Suzanne. According to Anthony, he must have contracted the pubic lice from Suzanne. While these grievances – whether true or not – would appear insubstantial and trivial, the cumulative effect was to bring Suzanne into contempt and then turn that contempt into hostility. On the 7th of December, 1992, the gang lured her from her stepfather’s home back to their home under the pretence that a guy who she fancied was there and was wanting to see her. Once inside, Suzanne was held down while Glyn shaved her head, eyebrows, and pubic area. Afterwards, he placed a plastic bag over her head and walked around her while hitting her on the head. Laughing and shouting, the gang took turns hitting her with belt buckles and large ornamental wooden spoons. The beating was so severe that one of Suzanne’s arms would hang useless by her side for the rest of her imprisonment. Following the beating, Suzanne was locked in a cupboard.
    Out of fear Suzanne’s cries and screams were disturbing Jean and Bernadette’s children who also lived in the grimy home, the gang moved her to Bernadette’s abandoned home which was just a few doors down. Here, Suzanne was shackled spread eagle to an upturned bed with chains and ropes. She had socks stuffed in her mouth to muffle any screams. Over the next five days, Suzanne was subjected to a catalogue of torture. Her two front teeth were pulled out with pliers and another was snapped in half, leaving the nerve exposed. She was injected with amphetamines and burned on the face and body with cigarettes. After the stench of Suzanne lying in her own excrement became unbearable, she was shoved into a bathtub filled with concentrated disinfectant and scrubbed with a yard brush until her skin came off. Through all of the torture and abuse, Suzanne was subjected to a tape of Chucky repeating: “I’m Chucky, wanna play?” through headphones as well as rave music at maximum volume.

    In the early morning hours of the 14th of December, 1992, Suzanne was forced into the boot of a Fiat Panda car that the gang has stolen. They drove her to remote woodland near Stockport where she was forced out of the car and shoved down an embankment, rolling through dank leaves and brambles, with thorns cutting her bare feet. Bernadette poured petrol over the terrified teenager and they set her alight. “She went straight up in flames and was screaming,” said Jean. The gang presumed she was dead and left the scene laughing and singing “burn, baby, burn.”2 However, Suzanne didn’t die as quickly and anonymously as the gang had hoped… Somehow Suzanne managed to survive the brutal attack. She staggered up the embankment and was found by Barry Sutcliffe, who was driving to work. When she was found, Suzanne repeatedly thanked Barry before muttering: “Over there, in the field. They burnt me, they put petrol on me…”3 Barry did not need to be told what had happened to Suzanne, it was clear from the skin hanging from her battered body. Suzanne had suffered from burns to 80% of her body.

    Unfortunately, Suzanne died four days later in Withington Hospital but not before she named all of her killers. “It was clear from the outset that Suzanne was unlikely to survive. She suffered superficial but widespread burns that led to several complications internally. There was a partial collapse in one of her lungs,” said Dr. William Lawler, a Home Office pathologist.
    When police arrived at 97 Langworthy Road, they were met by a complete and utter mess. The living room was strewn with rubbish and there were stolen car seats along the walls in lieu of sofas. In the home, they found Suzanne’s hair in the bin, a pair of bloody pliers and Suzanne’s discarded teeth. Initially, the gang all denied any involvement but then Anthony, urged by his father, began to tell the truth. “As the story began to unfold, we just couldn’t believe it. I kept asking myself how one human being could do this to another,” said a detective working on the case.5 Even the most hardened officers were moved to tears.
    During the trial, the gang turned on each other to alleviate the blame from themselves. Also, all of them distanced themselves from the final act of horror of the burning of Suzanne. According to Jean, she sat in the car while the others set Suzanne alight. “I was numb. I was scared,” she alleged.6 She also claimed that she had locked Suzanne in a cupboard “for her own safety” and that she loved “her as a sister,” adding that she “can’t stand violence. I don’t even smack my own children.7 Bernadette claimed she had held the canister of petrol but said that Anthony had grabbed it from her moments before Suzanne went up in flames. She also claimed that she had injected Suzanne with amphetamines to protect her from being injected with heroin. Anthony told the court that Glyn had been the one to set Suzanne on fire.

    During the sentencing phase, Judge Francis Potts called the murder “as appalling a murder as it is possible to imagine.” He sentenced Jean Powell, Bernadette McNeilly and Glyn Powell to life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years. Jeffrey Leigh was sentenced to 12 years. Anthony Dudson was detained indefinitely with a minimum tariff of 18 years. Clifford Hayes was sentenced to 15 years. In 2012, Jean Powell’s sentence was reduced by two years after she allegedly showed remorse and helped prevent a jail escape. Bernadette McNeilly (who enjoyed a romance with Myra Hindley behind bars), Jeffrey Leigh and Clifford Hayes have all since been released.

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