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    1. Great work on the Next Generation Science Standards. For future reference you can find them here:
      Or here:
      We will continue breaking down the Standards together.

    2. Tina Prestigiacomo
      A 10 year old girl named Anna Palmer who lived in Salt Lake City, was stabbed five times to the throat and body on her front door. The only evidence found at the scene was the killers skin cells under Anna’s fingernails from her fighting for her life when the killer was attacking her.
      Due to this little bit of evidence, it matched to the man, Matthew Breck who lived a block away from Anna’s house. He was sentenced to life in prision due to another child murder case he was already serving.

    3. Nibigira Marie Grace
      Tyrone Washburn a popular junior high school teacher, who’s well liked and with good reputation, lived with his wife and two children ages 7 and 9. They were a happy couple with no history of domestic violence. At 1:45 am, March13, 2006, Washburn called police to his house telling them that he had just found his wife’s dead body in the garage. When police arrived they confirmed that Elena Washburn had been strangled to death and that she had been dead for hours. There was no indication or evidence that suggested that Tyrone had killed his wife at the time due the testimony he gave about the account of the day before his wife murder took place. A year later Washburn was arrested after much police investigation.
      At the scene there weren’t enough evidence except that there was a bloody trail that led from the kitchen to the garage. It also showed that someone had tried to mop up the blood. There was no fingerprint left at the scene or other evidence that could indicate any suspect. Tyron was arrested because police couldn’t find any other suspect that would have wanted to kill Elena. All the eyewitness told kind of similar story but on different accounts on what the victim and suspect were doing at the time the murder took place. Autopsy of the body was taken and suspect were interrogated in order to solve the case.
      I don’t have any clear evidence that points the verdict of suspect.

    4. Alexis Pawluk

      Homosassa,Florida,2/24/05,5AM, home/neighborhood kidnapping,murder,sexual assault

      light brown hair, brown/golden eyes, caucasion, likes pink, didn't like the dark

      empty bed, Jessica's fingerprints in suspect's closet

      John Couey, 125lbs, 5'4, looked older than what he was

      They made a law making increased prison times to sex offenders in Florida

      I would tell someone that the culprit had no chance because he confessed twice and plead not guilty = ridiculous

      (p.s, sorry this is late I thought today was Tuesday...but it's Wednesday)

    5. Hannah LaDuca

      Omaha, Nebraska
      September 18th, 1983
      around sometime after six AM
      In front of the third house of the victim's paper route (sidewalk)
      Kidnapping, murder
      Victim: Danny Joe Eberle, 13 years old male, slim, dirty-blonde/brown fairly long hair.
      Evidence: an unusual foreign rope was tied to the limbs of the body. Similar ropes were found on another similar murder case, it was later found that Joubert received these ropes from a friend in the army at war.
      Perpetrator: John Joubert, 5'6", long dark hair, beard, 178 lbs, 32 years old. No other identified suspects.
      It's interesting because male victims are typically unexpected and it should be shared so everyone knows anyone can be a victim!
      This case is solved! After reading this I might tell somebody the indicated details, and tell them the reasons I thought he might have chosen his victims and how they made themselves an easy target.

  2. In Des Plaines, Illinois in the Winter of 1978, 15 year old Robert Piest had gone missing after applying for a job with John Wayne Gacy. Gacy tries to get out of talking to the police, after a background check revealing that he had been convicted for molesting a minor, Gacy shows them his crawl space. A trapdoor lead to the crawl space under Gacy's house and in that crawl space were 28 of his victims. Five others were dumped by a lake, including Piest. How could some one get away with killing that many young men? The problem now was to identify all of the bodies which had been decomposing on top of each other and were hard to separate. Many of the parents of the boys were unwilling to cooperate because they didn't want to be associated with the case. The majority of the victims were identified, but 9 still remain unnamed.This case is interesting because it shows that anyone can be a psychopath... Even clowns.

    1. Bri- Solid case, there is a lot more information about this out there, if you want to keep exploring this case. From your summary I am unsure of a few pieces:
      1.Where did the clowns part come in?
      2.Why would parents not want to be associated with the victims? How is the parental behavior a sign of the historical time or social climate?
      3.How did Gacy get away with this for so long?
      4.Did he have neighbors?
      5.Was there an odor emanating from the house?
      6.Over how many years did this take place?
      7.What did Gacy do for a living?
      8.Can you describe Gacy's background?

    2. In November of 1957 in Plainfield, Wisconsin, Frank Worden notices his mother is missing from their hardware store. When he finds blood on the floor, he calls the police and tells them that he suspects Ed Gein, a man who was hitting on his mother the day before. He checks the receipts to find out that Gein had been there that day. The police track Gein down, and notice a peculiar odor emanating from his house. In his house they find bowls made of skulls, masks made of human flesh, a lamp made of human skin, and a fresh human heart in a saucepan. (among many other human trophies). Inside the house, they found a body that they thought could be Bernice Worden but they couldn't be sure because her head was gone. He was put into a mental institution after his trial. Gein's story is one of the most recognizable of any serial killer because parts of it have been used and reused in many films and tv shows. Psycho is probably the most famous example, emphasizing how ordinary Gein seemed... and his weird obsession with his mother after he was devastated by her death.

  3. The Ripper

    Mary Kelly was a resident of Millers Court off Dorset street in Spitalfield, London. Her and her roommate were unable to pay rent so Mary turned to prostitution. She then invited another homeless prostitute to stay with them. This upset her roommate so he moved out. On November 9th, 1888 at 2 am, as she was walking the street, a man named George Hutcherson came up to her, she asked him for money. Hutcherson didn't have any money to give her. Mary continued to walk the streets, then a random man tapped her on the shoulder. They both walked into Millers Court, Hutcherson followed and stood outside. He waited for the man to come out for about a half an hour. When the man didn't come out, Hutcherson left. At 4 am, the neighbor heard "oh murder" but it was ignored. Then at 10:45 the landlord and the landlord assistant, John McCarthy and Thomas Bentley, saw Mary's body through the window when they went to collect the rent. They called the police and Investigators came on the scene to collect evidence. Her body was brutally mutilated. Mary's skin was carved away, the breasts were cut off, face was hacked, neck severed down to the bone, the liver was by the feet, uterus and kidneys were together with one breast under her head. The other breast was by the foot, intestines on the right side of the body and the spleen was to the left of her body. This case was left unsolved because of the location. Spitalfield, London was a densly populated area. There are many dark alleyways and it was an area with high crime rates. This allowed The Ripper to get away quickly and quietly. The Ripper was good at covering up his fingerprints and didn't leave any DNA. The murders committed by the Ripper still remain a mystery today.

    1. Brooke, Rachel and Emily:
      Very good start, you could study this case for years with all the writing out there about it.(A few months works too) The overall description of the first victim is well done here. Good details(though gory)on the circumstances surrounding the victim. I would lead off your next piece of case review with a zoomed out review of Jack the Ripper background information.
      1.Expand on the years and what forensic sciences were used by police then.(You mention DNA above, was that available in 1888 or is that more recent, was any DNA tested?)
      2.How do people now know Jack the Ripper?
      3.The murders remain unsolved, how many suspects remain?
      4.Then go over victim 2
      Nice work to start off.

  4. In the case, State v. Armando Cosimi, Armando Cosimi was a store manager who was sick of people shoplifting from his store. During the morning of December 17, 2007, the store's cashier told Cosimi that someone was shoplifting. The shoplifter was a young boy with long red hair who was a dirty fellow. Cosimi grabbed his .22 pistol. The boy left the store with items that were not payed for. Cosimi followed him and confronted him. The boy then ran. Cosimi whipped out his pistol and chased the boy. Cosimi screamed, "Stop or I'll shoot!" The boy did not stop and Cosimi fired a warning shot into the sidewalk to show the boy he meant business. The bullet ricochet off the sidewalk and hit the boy in the back of the head, immediately killing him. Cosimi was arrested and found not guilty under involuntary manslaughter.
    I disagree with the verdict of this case. I understand that it was an accident that the boy was hit, but Armando Cosimi pulled out a loaded gun in public with pedestrians walking around. This boy was not innocent, he stole, but Cosimi was negligent when he pulled the gun out and fired it into the open public. I believe the verdict of this case should have been negligent homicide. Cosimi had no regard for other human lives around him when he fired his pistol. How does he know that he wouldn't trip and mess up his aim causing him to shooting an innocent bystander? Anyone could have been hurt by this man. Cosimi may not be a criminal, and did not intend to hurt anyone, but he could have caused even more damage than he already did.

  5. During the year of 1888 in London's East End, there were a series of killings that took place over a ten-week period. Though the killer in unknown, the most common name for him was Jack the Ripper. This killer produced terror throughout London. The killer's first victim was Mary Nichols (1845-1888). She was first found by a carriageman who saw her dead on the ground in front of warehouse buildings while on his way to work at about 3:40 am on August 31. The police came soon after. Mary, a 42 year old who had turned to prostitution for an income, had her throat cut. She had not been dead for more than half an hour. All of the evidence was washed away by a local resident before the detective could take any notes which made this a hard case to begin with. Because the detective couldn't get any evidence at the crime scene, he decided to go to the mortuary and take down a description of the victim. That was when he made the discovery that this woman's abdomen had been ripped open. The police and the public will soon realize that the rest of the unfortunate victims had body parts ripped open and taken out. There were many suspects of this case but no one could prove any of them to be the Ripper. This case, and the infamous Jack the Ripper, still remain a mystery today.

  6. Kierra Carter

    In the case “Stop or I’ll Shoot” Armando Cosimi was tried against the State for involuntary manslaughter. Cosimi was the store manager of City Drugs. This store was being stolen from by many teenagers throughout the last couple months before the incident happened. The store started to be stolen from more and more from the thieves in his store. The owners of City Drugs warned Cosimi not to let any other merchandise taken from the store or he would be fired. One day, Cosimi got a call from the clerk of the store saying someone was stealing other merchandise again. He took a gun from under the clerk’s counter and ran outside the store where the thief ran. He followed the thief out of the store and then confronted him, asking him to give the things that he stole back. The thief stuck Cosimi in the shoulder and kept running. Cosimi pulled out his gun that he had in his belt and warned the thief to stop running or he would shoot. The thief just kept laughed at him and kept running, then Cosimi shot. The thief fell to the ground and died. Cosimi saw what happened and what he did. He then cried, knowing he didn’t mean to hurt the thief. We later find out at his trial, that Cosimi shot the gun towards the ground. The bullet ricocheted off of the side walk and stuck the victims head. It was proven that the trajectory was upward, showing it did hit the ground first. Cosimi states he did not mean to hurt the thief at all, he just wanted to warn him. In court, the jury had to decide if Cosimi was guilty of involuntary manslaughter, or if he was not-guilty. The jury then found him not-guilty.

    The verdict of this case was not-guilty. I agree with this verdict because of the evidence that was proven during the case. The witnesses that were in the trial stated that Cosimi was an honest and trustworthy man who never did anything that would hurt another person. One reason that he did think he had to go to drastic measures was because of his bosses who would fire him if anything else was stolen. There was also evidence that he shot the gun at the ground. He stated he did this because it was a warning shot and he had no intention of hurting the victim. The bullet was examined and taken form the autopsy. Once it was examined, the scinetists found that there were dents in the bullet so it did bounce off of the curb and then hit the victim. I believe that this was the right verdict because it was clear that he had no intention of killing the victim or even shooting at him.

  7. The Hendricks Family's last meal

    While Mrs. Hendricks was at a baby shower Mr. Hendricks ate with his kids at 6:30 at a pizza place. The kids went to bed at 9:30 PM he killed them when they were sleeping. Then his wife came home at 10:30 PM he killed her and cleaned up left for his trip at 11:30 PM. He called home got no answer for a few days so he called the police asking if they were in a car crash, the police told him no. when he returned home from his trip he found police searching his house. Mr. Hendricks was convicted of murder and sentenced to four life terms.
    I believe that Mr. Hendricks did commit this crime he had a ton of holes in his story. when he came home to police at his house they told him that his family was brutally murdered he was to shaken to go inside. the next day he told reporters that burglars had broken in and listed the items stolen, but there is no why of him knowing this because he did not enter the house and the police didn't tell him about their findings.Also Mr. Hendricks lied the kids stomachs had undigested pizza meaning that they were killed within 2 hrs of eating because that's how long food digests.

  8. Armando Cosimi was the manager of City Drugs.On the morning of December 17,2007, the store clerk reported a teenage boy stealing scissors to Cosimi. Mr.Cosimi went downstairs with a .22 pistol in his belt. He then went outside and confronted the boy, and asked him to give back the scissors. The boy ignored him, and swung his fist at Cosimi. The boy walked away, and Cosimi warned him by saying, "I've got a gun," "Stop or I'll shoot." The boy again ignored him. Cosimi fired at the ground, and the bullet ricoheted off the sidewalk and struck the boy in the head, which killed him instantly. Cosimi was on trial for the charge of involuntary manslaughter.After the investigation of the case and interviewing the eye wittnesses,the jury found the defendant not guilty. We agree with the verdict because, according to the eye witness account and the first responder, the conditions that the crime scene was found in is what was described by the defendant. Even though it seemed as Cosimi deliberately shot the boy, according to officer Abraham Kovitz, an expert in criminalistics and ballistics, he examined that the bullet indeed did hit the back of the victim's head, from Mr.Cosimi's pistol. Using forensic science examination, the officer took photographs of the scene. When he studied the photos, he learned that the bullet struck another surface before hitting the victim. This indicates that the defendant did not aim to shoot directly at the victim.

  9. The Hendricks Family's Last Meal

    On the evening of November 8, 1983, David Hendricks arrived home from a business trip to find the bodies of his wife and three children dead. They had been brutally hacked up. A knife and an ax were found in one of the rooms. Neatly cleaned. It all began on the evening of November 4, 1983. David had taken his children, Rebekah( 9 years), Grace( 7 years), and Benjamin( 5 years), to Chuck E. Cheese for pizza and to play while their mother, Susan, was attending a baby shower. David and the kids finished up at 7:30 P.M and the kids were in bed by 9:30. Susan returned at 10:30, and David waited until 11:30 to leave on the trip that he would return from on Nov. 8. While gone, he called the house multiple times and received no answer. None of the extended family had seen them either, so David called the police in fear that they'd been in an accident. But, there were no recent road accidents reported. Upon his return, David and the police find his family chopped up in each of their rooms. He was shocked, but with being very religious, wanted to see the killer saved by God. Some of the detectives thought that he was way too calm, but said nothing. The next day, David reported that the killers could have been burglars and even listed the items that had been stolen. Police wondered how he even had that information if he wasn't even there and they hadn't let him on to the crime scene? Well, it turns out that the autopsies of the children revealed undigested pizza, which means that the children had to have been killed only about 2 hours after they ate. David was still at home during that time. David was arrested and it was revealed that he'd killed them and then he killed his wife before he left, thinking that his alibi was perfect. He was found guilty.

  10. On the morning of December 17, 2007, at City Drugs, manager Armando Cosimi shot a 14 year old male shoplifter. He is being tried for involuntary manslaughter after his "warning shot" ricocheted off of the pavement and struck the boy in the back of the head, killing him instantly. The boy had been seen stealing five pairs of scissors from Cosimi's store, and when confronted, the boy struck the manager in the shoulder and took off on foot laughing. Cosimi chased after him then drew is .22 pistol and shouted "stop or I'll shoot". When the boy continued to run Cosimi fired a shot intended to hit the ground and scare the perpetrator but unpredictably the bullet ricocheted. During the trial the District Attorney (D.A.) and Defense Counsel agreed to enter a stipulation for certain facts. A stipulation is "an agreement between counsel as to the facts" and that the facts in the stipulation and "conclusively proven." In this case the counsel stipulates that the cause of the victim's death was a gunshot to the back of the head. And the spent bullet that was removed from the back of the head of the victim's at the autopsy came from the defendant's pistol, as determined by Abraham Kovitz, a criminalist employed by the city police department and nationally recognized expert in criminalistics and ballistics. The counsel aslo stipulates that the said bullet struck the ground about ten feet behind the victim and then ricocheted to the back of the victim's head. We would conclude that Armando Cosimi should be charged with involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to one year in prison, and required to retake his pistol permit test in order to put in perspective for the defendant the repercussions of firing and gun, even if his case was unforeseen. Owning and handling a fire arm is a great responsibility and firing the gun should be practiced regularly in order for the owner to be safe when using it.

  11. Jenna Maxwell
    MR. DeSain
    Applied Science
    22 March 2013

    The Missing Murder Victim
    State vs. Marlon Boyd

    There are no wittnesses and the body was never found but Marlon Boyd, ex boyfriend of Jane Stribling,
    has been charged of murder in the first degree.This case is based almost entirely on circumstantial evidence
    but the few facts the detectives know match up directly with Boyd. Max Verano was the victim; he was boyfriend of Jane
    Stribling at the time of his disappearance.Jane Stribling previously had broken up with Boyd and he was deperate to have her back.
    These facts may lead us to believe that Boyd is responsible for Verano's unexplicable disappearance. The facts of the case
    were Marlon Boyd dated and was dumped by Jane Stribling after a unaimicable relationship. She then proceeded to date
    other men, and finally she met Max Verano. We know the last time Verano was seen he was being guided into a police car
    and we later found out that the police car was not on duty that night. We know that Boyd was a reserve police officer
    and he was dissmissed but he still had his uniforms and guns when his apartment was searched by police before the alleged murder.
    The last person to see Verano was a coworker. She descibed that his car was pulled over on the side of the road and he was talking to a police
    office with his hands raised. She then described to the court that Verano looked as if he was pushed into the police car. A police officer on
    duty that night,Wilson Davis, drove past the police car that had pulled over Verano and in court pointed out Boyd as the man he saw in the
    front seat. Max Verano had no reason to leave town quickly and no one had any understanding as to why he would've left town so suddenly.The
    court ruled Boyd guilty of murder in the first degree.

    7. D)
    I personally agree with this case. There is evidence of Boyd being connected with the murder. He had access to the police car, access
    to uniforms and weapons of police officers, and also a strong motive to kill,love. Though people were questioned vigorously and no one had
    specifics, the testimonys of the people involved in the case identify Boyd as the only person possible to commit this crime. Even though the
    was never found I have no doubt in my mind that Marlon Boyd is the reason for its disappearance.

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  13. Marianette and Bridget Walsh
    "The Missing Murder Victim"
    In the case of State v. Marlon Boyd, Marlon a young man in his 20's, and with bushy brown hair has been charged with 1st degree murder. Marlon's ex-girlfriend,Jane Stribling, she claims that she and Marlon broke up because she found someone else. She said he didn't take it well and that he said "You'll be sorry." Jane was dating a young man named Max Vereno. Max was missing ever since 4 am the next morning. Jane and the police wen to look for him and they found his car with the key in the ignition but no bod or anything. Marlon then called Jane to talk to her and he told her to call Max's parents to see if they knew where he was but then Jane claims that Marlon said that he did something wrong. In the court, the jury found out that Marlon was a cop that was asked to leave. The detectives went to search Boyd's house for evidence to present in court and they found several police uniforms, two revolvers, a gun belt with a revolver in the holster, a pair of handcuffs, keys to a police vehicle, and assorted police equipment. They also had a taped recording of Jane and Marlon talking over the phone. Since the court is charging Marlon with first degree murder, they have to find evidence like a body, a CRIME SCENE, fingerprints, etc. But did they find any evidence???? NO!
    While reading this case some questions emerged. Some of the questions are:
    -Why didn't the detectives or the police search for evidence in the car?
    -Why didn't anyone find a body?
    -Was there a murder?
    -Why wasn't there enough evidence to present in court?
    -Was the testimony of Jane Stribling valid?
    -Could there be more than one person involved?
    -Was there even a crime scene to prove a murder took place?

    What do you think happened?? Is he guilty or not guilty?

    1. Very interesting case, nice choice. Good overview, a few parts were confusing- Why was Marlon asked to leave the police force? Was there more detail on that? Did Marlon have all of the police property(uniforms, guns, keys, etc.) illegally? What did the tape recording say? Did Marlon threaten Jane or Max?
      As it stands now, I would say without any evidence, there is not grounds to commit Marlon on First Degree murder.

  14. Nasiba Aliyeva
    Francesca Rojas
    Date: 1892
    Location: Necochea, Argentina
    On June 19, 1892, 27-year-old Francesca Rojas murdered her two children in Necochea, Buenos Aires Province, in Argentina. Francesca told the police that she saw Velasquez running out of her house and that she saw her dead children inside. Velasquez had an alibi and refused to confess. Francesca’s boyfriend also had an alibi. Inspector Alvarez was brought in from Buenos Aires after local officers could not solve the case. Alvarez knew about fingerprinting and found a fingerprint in blood inside the house. Francesca’s fingerprint in ink matched the bloody one. Francesca confessed to killing her children.
    While reading this case some questions emerged. Some of the questions are:
    - Could the mother have a false confession because she felt guilty for not protecting her children?
    - Could someone have forced the mother to put her hand in blood and touch the door to protect the murderer?
    - Is there any evidence to suggest that fingerprinting is a stable procedure?
    - Would some fingerprints from different people match?
    - Could the fingerprints on a crime scene change over time?
    - Could more than one person have the same fingerprints?
    - Could fingerprints be put there by someone else?

  15. Nasiba Aliyeva
    Brian Hussong
    Date: 1971
    Location: Simsico, Wisconsin

    Neil LaFee worked as a game warden. It was Neil LaFee's birthday on the afternoon of September 24, 1971. His wife Peggy had planned a party for after work. He caught poachers and keeping it from killing animals. He did not come home when he was supposed too and eventually police came. The police searched and found a body. They started to look for people who did not like LaFee. The people who wanted him to be dead were the poachers that hot had arrested them. One of the guy was afraid that polygraph examination would tell that he was lying. The police recorded conversations from Hussong's house and found put what he was doing with the evidence. Nash explained the principles behind voice-printing. Brian Hussong received life imprisonment.
    Some Questions Emerged:
    1. What is the science behind voice printing?
    2. What evidence do you have that LaFee could have done it?
    3. Why couldn't it be other guys who were in the list?

  16. case review by rachel cat and dee fuss
    between the dates of 1969 and 1975, there were multiple sexual homicides which had many similar characteristics. All victims were young women with dark hair and a part down the middle. Some of the victims were able to escape alive were able to testify against Theodore Bundy, their perpetrator.

    1. The whole time they knew it was Bundy but they had trouble catching him. He was caught once then was able to escape. Eight days later, he was caught again. Six months later on december 30, 1977, he escaped again and headed to flordia. while in flordia, Bundy he broke into a sorority house. He raped four women, killing two of them. a month later, a man by the name of chris hagen was arrested for driving a stolen car. the police soon found out that this man was actually Ted Bundy. There was barely any evidence left by Bundy at the scene of the crime, however, they did have one clutch piece if evidence. Bite marks were found on the buttocks of one of the victims who was killed. After taking teeth impressions' they were able to determine that Bundy was guilty of these crimes and was put to death on January 24, 1989. 11 years after he was convicted.

  17. Mary Ann Nichols was found on Bucks row, on August 8th 1888 at 3:40 am, in London.?Mary used to live in Thrawl Street Common Lodging house untill she was turned way becvuase she didn't have the 4 pence required to pay for the bed. She turned to prostitution in order to make her money. She ofter wasted it on alcohol. When she was found on Bucks Row by Charles Cross and Robert Paul

    1. they thought they saw her chest moving, but in stead of doing something they walked away to find police. Later when officials arrived on scene, they came to a conclusion that Mary had not been dead for more then half an hour. Mary was found with blood oozing from the deep cut in her throat. Her abdomen was also ripped open. The suspect was never found, and this was the beginning of Jack the Rippers murders.

      Emily Livecchi and Brooke Morrison

  18. Kierra Carter, Richele Corsi

    In the case 'While the children waited in the car" the defendent Tyrone Washburn was tried for the murder of his wife Elena Washburn.On March 13 of 2007, Elena was strangled to death and died while laying on her back. Her husband was supposed to take their children to school earlier that day, but he forgot something in the house, so he had to go back in. He stated that he saw his wife alive,got what he needed and left. Once he came home from work at 5:30, he was expecting his wife and children to be home, but they weren't. Elena was supposed to pick their children up and when they weren't home he called the sitter and picked them up. He made dinner for them that night, lamb chops, milk. At 1:30 in teh morning he decided to look in their garage for her. He found her laying on her stomach, dead. The detectives found that nights dinner in the garbage when they investigated. By the end of the trial he was found not guilty.

    1. There was evidence that there was blood found in the living room leading to the kitchen and out the door into the garage. there was also evidence that whoever did the crime tried to mop up the blood.
      he was arrested and tried for the murder of his wife but was found not guilty due to the amount of unanswered questions that came up during trial.
      Jenna Maxwell

  19. Bridget Walsh
    In the case, Stop or I'll shoot, a boy between the ages of 13 and 14 with long red hair wearing a blue shirt and red handkerchief is caught stealing from a drugstore on December 17, 2007 in the morning. The manager gets the call from a clerk downstairs and sees the boy. The manager, Armando then goes to his office and gets his .22 pistol. He asks the boy for the items back but he doesn't give them to him, the boy then takes off down the street. Armando then pursues the boy on foot with his gun.He warned the boy that he had a gun but the boy didn't stop running away,according to Armando and forensics he aimed his gun and shot down toward the sidewalk. The bullet had then ricocheted off the sidewalk and hit the boy in the back of the head. Armando then was on trial for involuntary manslaughter. The verdict was not guilty.
    1)Why didn't the clerk that called Armando say anything to the boy before calling the manager?
    2)Did the boy have family? Where did he live? Was he homeless? Where are his parents?
    3)Did Armando have the right to use his weapon at this time?
    4) Did Armando intend to shoot the boy if he kept running after the first shot?
    5) Why didn't he try pursuing people who previously stole from the store?

  20. Elena Pochodylo
    The MacDonald Massacre

    On February 17,1970, at 3:50 am military police arrived at the home of Jeffrey MacDonald to find a bloody massacre. They found Captain MacDonald, a 27 year old military doctor, with multiple wounds, and a collapsed lung. His pregnant wife, Colette was lying dead in a pool of blood. Their two daughters had been beaten and stabbed to death. MacDonald was revived by the military police, and he claimed that three men and a woman broke into the house and attacked him. The murder scene itself lent itself to two theories. The first agreed with MacDonald, in that the house was indeed invaded. The second theory is that MacDonald had killed his family, and purposely hurt himself in order to cover it up.On July 6, 1970, MacDonald was accused of the murders at a military hearing. On October 13, he was cleared of all charges. Helena Stoeckley, the woman accused of being in his home, admitted on April 23,1971, that she and her cult invaded the MacDonald home, because he had access to drugs, being a doctor. Four years later, MacDonald was indicted by the federal grand jury and on August 29, 1979, he was convicted, sentenced to life imprisonment. In 1985, he was motioned for a new trial, and was denied. Today, Captain MacDonald still remains in prison.
    1. What motives would MacDonald have for killing his family?
    2. Do you believe that is was MacDonald who kill his family?
    3. Why would Stoeckley admit to breaking in, and not be convicted?
    4. Do you believe this case was fully solved? Will Jeffrey MacDonald ever be let out of prison?

  21. The Hendrick Family's Last Meal (1B)

    Hannah Fortman
    On November 7, 1983, David Hendricks, father of the Hendricks family, took his three children (Rebeka-9,Grace-7,and Benjamin-5)to Chuck E. Cheeses as a treat for dinner while their mother, Susan Hendrick was attending a baby shower. It was Mr. Hendrick's responsibility to wath the children that nightn since his wife was at a baby shower. After the children ate their large sized pizza, they played in the play house Chuck E. Cheeses is most attracted for. It was said that Mrs. Hendricks arrived at the home of the family at around 10:30 that night, and the children were sleeping. Mr. Hendrick then left around midnight to go on a business trip to Wisconsin. On the next day Mr. Hendricks called to check up on his wife and children. After calling the home and Mrs. Hendrick's husband where she was expected to be for dinner, Hendrick called the police. Fearing his family had been into a car accident he first asked the police if there had been any collissions in the area that day. The officer said no. The officer then proceeded to check out their home in Bloomington, Illinois. Worried about his family, Mr. Hendricks came home from his business trip. He arrived soon after the police officer to find his family murdered in their prospective beds. The family had been hacked to death, with no sign of forced entry. Co-workers of Mr. Hendricks were questioned and they told the police that Mr. Hendrick did portray some innapropriate behavior with some of the female models working for him. But, if asked around the neighborhood, the Hendricks family was the perfect white picket fence family. They were very religious, and read the Bible everyday. Soon after finding out about the death of his family, Mr. Hendrick calmly said, "We read the Bible every day together. I'm sure that the four members of my family that are gone are with the Lord Jesus in His glory." When asked what he would like to see done to the murderer he said he would like to see him saved. After finding some of the pizza in the children's stomach it was found that the pizza was not fully digested and that they could have died no later than at 9:30 that night. Mr. Hendrick was said to still be in Bloomington at the time. They still found snacks that Mrs. Hendrick had at the baby shower still in her stomach that also was not digested. In court, after eight weeks, Mr. Hendrcick was found guilty. In the state of illinois the convicted has the option of having the jury decide the verdict, or the judge. Mr. Hendrick chose the judge and the judge decided that Mr. Hendrick would be charged with four consecutive life sentences with no hope for parole. On December 23, 1988 Hendrick re-married to a woman that he met in jail who was lobbying for his case to be repealed. In 1990, the court repealed his case and after 22 days Hendrick was found innocent.
    1.) Why did Mr. Hendricks choose to take the three children to Chuck E. Cheeses that night?
    2.) Why did Mr. Hendrick calmly say that he wanted to see his family's murderer saved instead of punished?
    3.) Why did Mr. Hendrick re-marry a woman he supposedly did not know while in jail if he didn't believe in divorce?
    4.) Wouldn't it be convenient for Mr. Hendrick's wife was to die because he did not believe in divorce? So then if he wanted to re-marry he could because he was a widower.
    5.) Why would Pat Miller (The woman he married after his first wife) marry him if she knew he was in jail for killing his wife and children?

  22. Emily Reale and M.P.
    On March 12, 1976, Elena Washburn, wife of Tyrone Washburn, was found strangled in the garage of their home. Police then came to the conclusion that Elena had been originally strangled in the living room and was then dragged out to the garage. Police found traces of her blood on the carpet to prove she was dragged after she was dead. There was a wet mop found in the closet that was tested for traces of blood and came back positive. Whoever murdered Elena Washburn tried to clean up the mess they made. There was no sign of forced entry. Police only found fingerprints in the house that matched the Washburn's and their nanny. The murderer was someone the Washburn's were associated with. Tyrone Washburn was found not guilty.
    We think that Tyrone Washburn should have been found guilty of first degree murder. There was enough evidence to prove him guilty. Elena had been found in the trashcan, on top of the food Tyrone served to his children the night of March 12, 1979 when Elena had been "missing." At approximately one in the morning, Tyrone had a sudden urge to check the garage? That sounds a little suspicious. Why wouldn't Tyrone search the whole house when his wife was nowhere to be found? There was also no sign of forced entry. Who else could have gotten in without breaking something? Why would the murderer then try to clean up the mess with a mop that belonged to the family, and then left it there to be tested. Whoever committed this crime did not think it through. Also as if it wasn't premeditated. Tyrone could have gone into his house on March 12, 1979, gotten mad at his wife, and then strangled her to death. We believe that Tyrone Washburn is guilty of first degree murder.

  23. Tori Gokey
    This case is about a man named Theodore Bundy that though the years 1975-1978 was torturing, raping, and killing women. all these women looked a like, he pretended that he had an injury to get them to help him than he would overpower them and take them ti a remote area. in 1977 he escaped jail and went to Florida there he went to a sorority house and assaulted and raped four women. this time he left nothing behind but bite marks on a women named Lisa levy. in 1978 Bundy was convicted of murder than in 1989 he was killed by the electric chair. i agree with what the out come was because all the evidence leads to him the only thing that i am shocked about is that he escaped and harmed more people he was also smart about the way he did it the second time around.


    Jack the Ripper's second victim: Annie Chapman

    On September 7th, 1988, in London England, a women named Annie Chapman was kicked out of a lodging house when she didn't have the money to pay for a bed. The next morning, at 5:45 am, a man named John Davis was getting ready to go to work when he saw a body in the backyard of a four story house which had 17 people living in it. It was Annie Chapman's body, and she was killed. Annie's throat was strangled and cut. it also looked like the killer had attempted to sever her head. Her abdomen had been entirely laid open. her intestines had been lifted from her body and placed next to her. the killer had also cut out and gone off with her womb. the speed and skill of the removal of her womb suggested that the killer possessed some anatomical knowledge.

  25. This particular case occurred during the cold war and sounds like something out of an old spy movie. The victim was 49-year old Georgi Markov, who had become a broadcaster and journalist for BBC World Service after defecting from communist Bulgaria to London. He was very outspoken against the regime back in Bulgaria and continued his assaults in antigovernment broadcasts on BBC. As expected, the Bulgarian government was less than pleased. On September 11, 1978, while waiting for a bus at Waterloo Bridge, he suddenly felt a sharp pain in his right thigh. A stranger behind him, who carried a furled umbrella, apologized in a thick accent and quickly left in a cab. That night, Markov fell gravely ill and was experiencing symptoms of a high fever, rapid pulse, and low blood pressure. The puncture wound on his thigh was severely inflamed and his white blood cell count was extremely high. X-rays revealed nothing and antibiotics did nothing. His condition continued to worsen and within the next 2 days, he died. During his autopsy, a section of skin around the puncture wound was sent to Dr. David Gall, a poisons expert. He found a tiny metal pellet the size of a pin head with 2 tiny holes drilled into it. He deduced it had been injected into his leg by a hidden gas gun in the umbrella that it must have contained some sort of poison. A poison called Ricin, which came from castor beans and was 500 times more powerful than cyanide, was singled out according to Markov's previous symptoms. To be sure, they tested it on a pig(poor thing) and the animal quickly became ill and died in less than 24 hours. There have been a few suspects considered, but there was never enough evidence, so this murder has gone unsolved for some time. I guess the agent hired to murder Markov was just that good at his job...

    - Jade Wise

  26. Dennis Lynn Radar, born March 9, 1945, is an American serial killer who murdered 10 people in Wichita, Kansas. He is known as the BTK killer, which stands for bind, torture, and kill. This was his infamous signature. In 2005, he was arrested and is serving 10 consecutive life sentences at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, which means the earliest possible release date is in 2180… (HA)
    Background and story
    Radar grew up as a normal child, but while boys dreamt about “ going all the way” with a girl, he fantasized about using his strength to bind them up and have them do whatever he says. He also liked to torture animals. He attended Butler County Community College and earned an associate degree in electronics. After, he enrolled at Wichita State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice. Following, he went into the Air Force and attained the rank of Sergeant. Then, when he returned, he worked as an assembler at a camping gear firm until he got a job at the office of ADT Security Services. Installing alarms throughout Wichita was his job. Many people invested in alarms to protect their family from the btk killer, but where unaware that the installer was the BTK killer himself.
    Radar was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church and had been elected president of the Congregation Council. He was also a Cub Scout leader. One would not thing a man of such prestige and normal lifestyle would be a serial killer.
    His murders
    There was a new family that had moved in on the corner of Edgemoor. He observed the family and found Julie Otero, the Hispanic wife, very attractive. For days he spied on the family until one day, he barged in with a gun. Joe, Julie, Josephine and Joey were all home. He tied up all of the Otero’s and maintained control. He strangled Julie and Joseph, suffocated nine year old Joey, and hung Josie.
    Other Victims:
    1. Kathryn Bright, stabbed ones in the back and once in the lower abdomen
    2. Shirley Van, strangled with a rope
    3. Nancy Fox, strangled with a belt
    4. Marine Hedge, strangled with Radar’s hands
    5. Vicki Wegerle, strangled with a nylon stocking
    6. Dolores Davis, strangled with pantyhose
    After killing the Otero family, all of his victims were women
    In 2004, the investigation of the BTK killer had gone cold until he sent an anonymous letter to the polive claiming responsibility for a killing that was not attributed to him. Radar asked police if they were able to trace information from floppy disks. The police responded that there was no way of knowing which computer he used, which was not true. Radar sent the disk, and the police found the man called himself “Dennis”. The disk was tracked to the Lutheran Church in Wichita. They found his family name and were able to identify him as Dennis Radar. They knew he owned a Jeep Cherokee, and when investigators drove by Radar’s house, a Jeep Cherokee was in the driveway.

  27. Richele Corsi
    Elena Pochodylo
    Kierra Carter

    Joe Barry- Elena
    Tim Barry- died
    Strawberry Barry- Emily
    Prosecution- Kierra
    Defense- Richele
    Myrtle Brooks (Mistress)- Mijoi
    Judge- Jenna
    Based off of the Jodi Arias trial. Jodi Arias was a younger woman who brutally killed her ex- boyfriend. This case relates to the Myrtle Brooks case because they both killed their lovers in a rage once their lovers tried to end it.
    Joe Barry was the wife of Tim Barry. Tim was 25 and Joe was 24 and they own a cherry farm in Nashville, Tennessee. Tim had a mistress who was Myrtle Brooks and she was 32 at the time. Tim and Joe had a daughter named Strawberry who was 5 years old at the time of the murder. Joe went to go do errands on August 23, 2002 and Tim stayed behind to work on the farm. Before Joe left, a phone call from Myrtle came in and Tim answered it, he said “I can’t talk now, bye.” Then Myrtle called back and Joe answered. Myrtle asked Joe who she was and Joe explained that she was Tim’s wife. Myrtle flew into a rage and started to the farm. Joe left to run errands and Myrtle started screaming at Tim and saying he lied to her. Strawberry got home from school off the bus and went to see her horse. She heard Myrtle screaming and got scared and hid more. Tim started to walk towards Strawberry to comfort her and then Myrtle pulled a gun out of her purse and shot him three times. Strawberry ran into the barn and hid until her mom came home.

    Cross Examination
    K: Did you love your husband?
    J: Yes I do, more than anything
    K: Do you love your daughter?
    J: Of course, with all my heart. Why are you asking this?
    K: Why would you kill her father if you love her so much?
    R: Objection! This isn’t evidence she can’t say that!
    Judge: Overruled, you may go on.
    K: I’ll ask again, why would you kill her father if you love her so much?
    J: I didn’t do anything! (gets upset)
    K: Tell the jury why you killed him? We know you did it Mrs. Barry! Tell them.
    J: I didn’t! I swear! (voice cracks and starts to cry and break down)
    K: (signs) No further questions Your Honor.

    R: We have a surprise witness your honor.
    Judge: You may proceed.
    R: We call Strawberry Berry to the stand.
    (Strawberry walks up to the witness chair and sits)
    R: Strawberry, can you please explain to the court what you saw the day your dad passed away?
    S: I came home from school and I went to see my pony in the barn. I looked out at the field because I saw a lady yelling at my daddy.
    R: Did you hear anything they were saying?
    S: I heard a lady yelling at my daddy.
    R: What did the lady look like?
    S: She had brown eyes, tan skin, and brown and black hair. She was medium sized. She looked nice but then and her face turned red when she was yelling at my daddy and she looked evil. Then it happened.
    R: What happened sweetie?
    S: My daddy started to walk towards me and the mean lady kept yelling. Then she pulled something out of a bag and I heard 3 loud bangs. Then my daddy fell to the ground and I started crying.
    R: What happened next?
    S: I ran and hid into the barn and waited for my mommy to get home. I was scared.
    R: Can you point out this woman you saw hurt your dad?
    (Myrtle starts heading toward the back door of the courtroom)
    S: That’s her! (points to her)
    (The bailiff stops her and drags her back into the court room near the defense and prosecution. )
    (Jury and prosecution is shock and everyone starts talking)
    Judge: Order in the court! Prosecution where do you stand?
    K: Strawberry, are you sure this person did this to your dad?
    S: Yes! That’s her!
    K: Your honor, we drop the charges on Joe Barry.
    Judge: Start a new trial?
    K: Yes, it will be against Myrtle.

    ABC News, Prod. "Jodi Arias Trial 2013." Film. 29 May 2013.

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  29. city and state: St. Louis, Missouri

    date: 1920 - 1933

    time if day: all time

    location: banks, etc.

    type of crime: robbery, assults, murder

    victim description: "Smiling Gus," male, dark hair, dark eyes, bushy eyebrows, white, mid 40s, no tattoos, clean look/cut, very wealthy

    type and description of evidence: fingerprints, altered fingerprints to cover up the crime

    identitfy suspects and perpetrator: Egan Rats, Chicago - Fred "Killer" Burke, Al Caopne, Bugsy Moran, and Roger Toughy

    what makes the case interesting?: Augustus turned on his gang, altered/erased fingerprints to cover up the crime

    what would you tell someone?: smooth criminal by trying to cover up his own tracks of evidence

    1. CASE: first page of chapter six in our textbooks

    2. What happened in the actual case? Why is he in the textbook? You need to elaborate on the case itself as you are sharing this with the class and anyone that reads the blog.

  30. City and state: Littleton, CO

    Date: April 20 1999 (anniversary of Hitler's birth...)

    Time of day: "middle of the school day"

    Location: Columbine HS

    Type of crime: Mass Murder

    Victim description: 13 victims murdered, 25 more wounded, and then the two shooters committed suicide (unfortunately since there were so many victims, physical descriptions for everyone were not provided)

    Type and description of evidence: The kids were part of 'trench coat mafia' which is why their black trench coats were not an alarm. They entered through the back of the cafeteria (kids hid under lunch tables and chairs) and they each had a semi automatic gun

    Suspects/ perpetrator: Eric Harris(18) and Dylan Klebold(17). Both in trenchcoats

    Interesting TO ME because: it's relevant and relatable to me. The victims were chosen at complete random, innocent kids being in the wrong place at the wrong time ... Its scary how easily it could have been me

    Solved?: YES!! It's a tragic even and the book suggests it can be prevented if child- parent relationships are studied in detail/ payed more attention to.

    Work Cited:
    Philbin, Tom and Michael. The Killer Book of True Crimes. "Some Nasty Kid Killers." Illinois: Sourcebooks INC, 2007. Print.

    1. I remember watching this on TV while on April break- it was and still is- unbelievable. It is very sad that so many high school students fail to see that high school is four very short years in a life that is 70, 80 or more years long and it is very likely that you will not see a majority of people from high school ever again in your life. I graduated with 65 students in my class- I have maybe seen 25-30 of them since we graduated and that was on purpose.

  31. Case #1 Who Killed Sara Parson?

    City and State: didn't say

    Date: March 20, 2000

    Time of Day: Morning, right after waking up

    Location: The Parsons home, Sara's bedroom

    Type of Crime: murder

    Victim Description: 14 years old (no descriptions of any physical features) stabbed to death in her own bed, no defensive wounds, nine stab wounds to the front and back of head and chest

    Type and Description of Evidence: Blood evidence-blood on floor (visible and invisible to the naked eye), blood smears on red tshirt, bloody handprint, blood trail leading from bed to doorway. Physical Evidence-words "kill kill" on windowsill don't match main suspects handwriting.

    Suspects/Perpetrators-Marcus Parson (Sara's brother), John Alter, and Alan Bendix (all friends with Marcus), and Jason Tungstin (main suspect, homeless, viewed as creepy)

    Interesting TO ME because: this case has a lot of twists and turns which makes it interesting to read about. First Tungstin is questioned and let go having no connection, the three boys confess to murdering her and one even said they wanted to kill her as a "joke", but those three don't get convicted and Tungstin is left being convicted. I like this case because I can see where the police went wrong and also how the DA can make a jury believe that this man is the culprit with no motive.

    Solved?: Yes. Jason Tungstin is convicted on first degree murder. If I would tell someone else about this case, I would say that he was unfairly prosecuted and if someone had the interest to read the case, look at how the police sealed off the scene and find their mistakes. Also, even with no direct DNA evidence, a good DA can send you to prison.

    Works Cited:
    Ehrenfreund, Norbert. "Who Killed Sara Parsons?" You Be the Judge: 20 True Crimes and Cases for You to Solve. Naperville, IL: Sphinx Pub., 2008. N. pag. Print.

    1. So, do you believe that the brother and his friends committed the crime?

  32. Colleen McLaughlin

    "Neutron Activation Analysis of Hair." (Chapter 3, page 48 in textbook)
    City and State: Edmunston, New Brunswick, Canada

    Date: 1958

    Location where body was found: In a gravel pit near her house

    Type of crime: Homicide

    Victim description: There were numerous stab wounds found on her body.She was 16 years old.

    Type and description of evidence: In her boyfriend's car, there were paint flakes from the place where they had been last seen together. There was also lipstick found in his glove compartment that matched the shade of the lipstick she wore. While her autopsy was being done, they found several pieces of hair in her hand. The hair was tested using neutron activation analysis. The hair was more of a closer match to her boyfriend's hair than her own.

    Suspect(s): Her boyfriend, John Vollman.

    What makes this case interesting and worth sharing: The fact that it was the first time they used NAA hair analysis.

    Solved?: Yes, because of the hair analysis results, John Vollman confessed to the murder.

  33. Carolyn Grant

    "The Lizzie Borden Case"

    City and State: Fall River, Massachusetts

    Date: August 4, 1892

    Time of day: 11:15 (approximately)

    Location: The Borden home

    Type of crime: murder/homicide

    Victim description: There are two victims in this case. One victim, Andrew Borden, father of Lizzie and Emma Borden, had one eye cut in half, nose severed, and eleven distinct cuts extended from the eye to the nose to the ear. Abby Borden, his second wife, had her head crushed, part of her scalp missing, and was found facedown in her bedroom. Both seemed to have been hack with the same object.

    Type of Evidence and description: A hatchet was found with dried blood and hair on the sharp tip, and blood was found on Lizzie Borden's shoe and underskirt, matching with human blood

    Suspects and Perpetrator: The main and only suspects of the case were Lizzie and Emma Borden, and Sarah Whitehead. Lizzie Borden was the main suspect of the three and though many believe her to be the murderer, it was not proven.

    What makes this case interesting and worth sharing: The case itself is very odd. It is still unsolved, even over a century later. Despite the fact that this was not a huge mass murder, and that it seems like it would be easy to find who the perpetrator was with the evidence and speculations of scientists, no one has been proven to be the murderer.

    Is the case solved or unsolved: The case is currently unsolved, though Lizzie Borden is believed by many to be the perpetrator

  34. Maddy Glynn

    City and State: Chicago, Illinois
    Hammond, Indiana (Prairie Lands)

    Date: May 21, 1924

    Time of Day: He was kidnapped around 5 o'clock PM and his body was ditched later that night.

    Location: He was kidnapped outside of his school (Harvard Preparatory School)
    He was killed in the car that Leopold and Loeb were driving (a green Willys-Knight automobile)
    His body was dumped in a concrete drainage culvert in an area of prairie lands

    Type of Crime: Kidnapping, Murder

    Victim Description: His name was Bobby Franks, he attended Harvard Preparatory School, he was 14 years old, Jewish, he had a surgical scar on his belly, and he was from an affluent family. His body was found naked and it had been covered in hydrochloric acid (to make identification more difficult), and he had been hit in the head with a chisel.

    Type and Description of Evidence: A pair of eyeglasses were found in the brush near the body of Bobby Franks. (These glasses were tracked back to Nathan Leopold because of their unique hinges.) The Frank family received a phone call on the night of Bobby's kidnapping from a man named "George Johnson" (Leopold) and the man said that there son was fine and that they would receive a ransom note soon (BOBBY WAS ALREADY DEAD). A ransom note was found, and it was typed on a Hammond Typewriter (some felt that it was the same typewriter that Leopold typed his law study sheets on). Later, the car that Leopold and Loeb rented was found and it had blood stain in it.

    Perpetrators: Nathan "Babe" Leopold and Richie "Dickie" Loeb - they were teenage prodigies at the University of Chicago, Leopold was an expert on birds (he used his birdwatching as his way to explain why his glasses were found in the brush), both were from rich and privileged families, both had a lot of anger ( they took vengeance out on an innocent bystander as a symbol for their fathers, mothers, or both), and they both went through a developmental period where they committed smaller crimes

    What makes this case interesting to me: Leopold and Loeb didn't have a victim in mind, (they considered kidnapping their fathers or little girls) but they later decided to kidnap a boy from an affluent area. Bobby Franks was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Is this case solved or unsolved?: This case is solved. The two men's stories did not match up and the evidence clearly linked them to the crime. They later admitted to the crime. Both men were suppose to be sentenced to the death penalty, but their attorney (Clarence Darrow) convinced the jury to give the men life imprisonment. Loeb died in prison, and Leopold got released on parole after serving 33 years in prison.

    Works Cited:
    "An Account of the Leopold and Loeb Case." An Account of the Leopold and Loeb Case. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.

    Philbin, Tom, and Michael Philbin. The Killer Book of Infamous Murders: Incredible Stories, Facts, and Trivia from the World's Most Notorious Murders. Naperville, IL: Source, 2011. Print.

  35. Maddy Coller

    City and State: Arlington, Texas

    Date: June 12 1996

    Time of day: Abducted around 3:00 PM, found 4 days later in a creek bed near an apartment complex in North Arlington

    Location: Parking Lot at Winn Dixie grocery store

    Type of Crime: Abduction/Murder

    Victim Description: The victim, Amber Hagerman, was 9 years old with auburn hair, bangs and freckles. Her body was later found naked with a slit in her throat.

    Type and Description of Evidence: There wasn't much evidence other than her bike, which she was last seen riding, the killer's truck, and some fibers found on her body.

    Suspects: This case is unsolved and there is only one person that saw Amber's abductor. This man described him as white or Hispanic, not big but fast and later the police said he was around 25. The police let out a statement saying Amber's killer must have just had something traumatic recently happen in his life because this wasn't a routine of hers, once her brother left her in the parking lot, the man took her. The police asked people that if this sounded like someone they knew to call in. They responded to over 5,500 calls with some people saying they knew someone like that but none led to the killer.

    What makes this case interesting to me: This case is interesting because Amber's mom and grandparents didn't think anything of it when Amber and her brother asked to go for a bike ride because it was much safer then than it is now. The killer didn't have any one person in mind, he just pounced when he saw Ricky, her brother, leave. Because of this case, Arlington started the Amber alert program which was adapted throughout the nation.

    Is this case solved or unsolved: This case is unsolved. After getting many possible suspects and examining the little evidence they had, they were unable to find any matches. They still have not stopped searching for Amber's killer but it isn't as intense of a search anymore. This case shows how important it is to report anything suspicious you see and that all kids should be included in the Amber alert if they go missing because this happened in only 8 minutes.

    1. Works Cited:

      Krajicek, David. "Amber Hagerman." : Her Abduction Caused the Amber Alert. Turner Education Networks, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2014.

  36. Giuliana Calascibetta

    City and State: Bradford, England

    Date: May 3, 1957

    Time of Day: 11:00 PM

    Location: Barlow Household

    Type of Crime: Cause of Death

    Victim Description: The victim, Elizabeth Barlow was a heavy woman (husband could not lift her) genuinely normal, healthy. She was 33 years of age. Her body was later found with two puncture marks on the left buttock.

    Type of Description of Evidence: None

    Identify the Suspects and the Perpetrator of the Crime: Kenneth Barlow, the husband of the victim, His pajamas were dry which was very puzzling due to the actual crime itself. Barlow would frequently inject insulin at work and once joked to someone else, "If anybody ever gets a real dose of this, he's on his way to the next world." He also said to another nurse that insulin was the ideal choice for a "perfect murder" because it dissolved in blood and cannot be traced.

    What Makes this Crime Interesting and Worth Sharing: The experiment and facts from the crime led to mice testing, The mice were injected with extracts of the tissue surrounding the injection marks on Mrs. Barlow's body. It was noted that mice injected with the matter from the left buttocks died more rapidly than the others. It was the same as Elizabeth's.

    Solved or Unsolved: This case is solved. The testing of the mice was enough for the answer of "guilty". As sneaky as he was, Kenneth didn't know what the power of experimentation or science could really do. Also, Kenneth had a wife before Elizabeth who died in a mysterious way, too. She was 33 years of age as well.

    1. Work cited is missing. Please post.

  37. Makenzie Marino

    City and State: Atlanta, Georgia

    Date: March 20th, 1981

    Time of Day: Unknown

    Location: Chattahoochee River

    Type of Crime: Homicide

    Victim description: African American men, 4 total found in the river. Wayne Williams. Many boys and girls were seen disappearing after running errands. Serial killer on their hands.

    Type and Description of evidence: An officer reported hearing a splash in the river and saw a stocky African American man driving on the bridge. The man kept lying, and so he was taken in for questioning.

    Identify the suspects and the perpetrator of the crime: suspect and perpetrator= Wayne Williams, African American middle aged man, stocky.

    To YOU, what makes this case interesting or worth sharing with other people: The fact that some people believe Wayne was set up by the Ku Klux Klan, and that he didn't do it himself, although he was charged for the crime.

    If the case is solved or unsolved: after reading it, Write what you would tell someone about it: I'd tell them that you should look at every angle of the case and at all the possibilities of what could have happened. You can't be bias towards the suspects or victims, you have to look at all the possibilities before assuming what maybe happened.

  38. Julia Nguyen

    City & State: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Date: 22 July 1993

    Time of Day: Afternoon

    Location: Shannon Farm House in Paradise, Texas

    Type of Crime: Abduction

    Victim Description:Charles Urshel, Oklahoma City oil millionaire, keen seen of awareness, observational talent, decisive skills

    Type and Description of Evidence:
    -Fingerprint Evidence: Fingerprints left by victim all over hostage location (Shannon property)
    -Record Logs:American Airlines plane activity log of planes passing by Shannon property. Victim said he heard planes from where he was held captive.
    -Records Logs:meteorological records over Paradise, Texas. Victim said it rained at his place of captivity.
    -Written Note Evidence: marked ransom notes left at victim's property by perpetrators
    -Physical Evidence: tin cup victim drank from at place of captivity discovered on perpetrator property
    -Written Note Evidence: note from victim to family written by victim
    -Testimonial Evidence: detail accounts of surroundings from victim while in captivity, things he heard, tasted, smelled, and felt.

    -Shannon family
    -Kelly Gang

    -George "Machine Gun" Kelly; married to Kathryn Shannon
    -Harvey bailey; notorious hoodlum, cooperated with George Kelly

    Solved/Unsolved: (solved)

    What Makes This Case Worth Sharing:
    The captive was smart enough to leave his fingerprints everywhere so that someone could track his movements as well as the perpetrators'. Also memorized and could recount all details experienced in surroundings with senses while blindfolded.

    What I Would Tell Someone About This Case:
    If ever involved in a crime, try and stay calm. Remember as much as possible and leave evidence of presence.

    Other Notes:
    -Kelly died in prison in Leavenworth (1954).
    -Two gunmen kidnapped Urshel & Jarrett (who was later returned after having his wallet confiscated).
    -Ransom demand for $200 thousand from abductors for Urshel.

    Works Cited:

    Evans, Colin. "The Kelly Gang." The Casebook of Forensic Detection: How Science Solved 100 of the World's Most Baffling Crimes. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996. 103-05. Print.

  39. Daniella Chan

    City and State: Los Angeles, California
    Date: January 15, 1947
    Time of Day: 11 A.M
    Location: Norton Avenue between 39th and Coliseum Street
    Type of Crime: Abduction/Murder

    Victim description: Elizabeth Short. Five-foot, six-inches and 115 pounds. Her body was cut in half, arms raised over her head in a forty-five degree angle. Her lower half was places a foot away from her torso, with her legs straight and spread wide open. The body was washed clean of blood and her intestines were tucket under the buttocks. Her face was slashed into three-inch gashes on both corners of her mouth. Rope marks were found on her wrists and ankles.

    Type and description of evidence: An anonymous package was sent to the Examiner. It had a heavy gasoline smell, possibly used to erase any fingerprints. Inside the package were Elizabeth's belongings: birth certificate, social security card, photographs, Matt Gordon's obituary, address book. Other that that, there was not any other evidence.

    1) Robert Manley - the last known person to see Elizabeth alive. However, he was released after passing a polygraph test.
    2) Mark Hansen - his name was found in the address book that was in the anonymous package. Elizabeth had stayed with him for serveral months in 1946.
    3) George Hodel - accused by his own son, a retired LAPD detective named Steve Holde, as a tyrant a misogynistic pervert. He claims to have found a private photo album that contains pictures of a woman that might be Elizabeth, but the family has refuted these claims.
    4) Jack Anderson Wilson - gave details about Elizabeth that only the murderer would have known
    5) Walter Alonzo Bayley - a surgeon whose house was located near where Elizabeth's boday was found. The police believe that the murder could have been someone that was specialized in cutting, like Walter, but he was sixty-seven at the time and it was not known if he ever even met Elizabeth.
    What makes this case interesting or worth sharing with other people? I think that this is a very interesting case mainly because it is unsolved and it gives me that feeling of wanting to solve it even more. It's also more interesting when a case involves multilation of this type. It makes me wonder why the murderer did it.
    If the case is solved or unsolved? It is still unsolved. There isn't a lot of evidence to lead anyone and it is also possible that the murderer is dead. I think that because Elizabeth went around with so many people and was well-known, there had to be someone that the police could match up with but whoever it was left no trace, it is very frustrating for me and also everyone that knew her.

    Words Cited:
    Scheeres, Julia. "Black Dahlia." Criminal Minds & Methods. Turner Entertainment Newtorks, Inc. n.d. Web. 20 Jan 2014.

  40. Mary Kosanke

    City and State: Dallas, Texas
    Date: November 22, 1963
    Time: 12:30 pm
    Location: Street
    Type of Crime: Assassination
    Victim Description: John F. Kennedy, male, 6'5", 46 years old
    Evidence: bullet found in head, trace found in car he was being driven in
    Perpetrator: Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald was missing at the time of the crime and was later proven guilty.
    What makes this case interesting: John F. Kennedy was a President, and 50 years later it is still being talked about. If this crime had happened to someone else, the case would've been less known.
    Solved or Unsolved: Solved

    Work Cited:
    Frazier, Robert, and National Archives. "Former Agent Recalls His Role in the Investigation." FBI. FBI, 22 Nov. 2013. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. .

    1. Why did he do it? What do you think?

  41. Colleen Ward

    City and State: Pealuma, California
    Date: October 1, 1993
    Time of Day: 12:00pm
    Location: Bedroom of a house
    type of crime: kidnapping

    Description: 3 girls were having a pj party and a stranger walked into the room with a knife. The stranger said that if any of the girls made any noises, then he would slit their throats with the knife. The stranger tied up the girls hands and put pillow cases over their heads. Then the stranger kidnapped one girl, Polly Klaas.

    Evidence: A partial palm print on Polly's bunk bed railing was found. Torn children's clothes were found on the side of a hill close to the crime's suspect.

    Suspect: Richard Allen Davis was found driving near the hill. He wore a head band, had a beard and long hair. He also served 15 years in jail for robbery.

    Something interesting about this case: This case is interesting because of the use of new technology to find evidence such as fingerprints that can help to identify the crime with the suspect.

    Solution of the case: The palm prints found on Polly Klaas' bunk bed railing matched those of Davis. This is a solved case.

    Description of crime in my perspective: I would tell someone that a guy named Richard Davis entered a bedroom containing 3 girls. Then he threatened to kill the girls with a knife if they weren't quiet. He tied the girls up and kidnapped one of the girls. He left major evidence that linked him to the crime.

    Works cited: "Who's Who: The Mystery of Identification." Real CSI Cases. March 26, 2013. Event Bookazines 2012.

  42. Debra Rojas

    City and state: San Diego California

    Date: February 4, 2010

    Time of Day: Early in the day

    Location: Disappeared from their home but were found in the California

    Type of Crime: Homicide

    Description of Victims: Father Joseph Mcstay was a 40 year old white male with long wavy hair. Mother Summer Mcstay was 43 years old race unknown. 4 year old son Gianni with long wavy hair dark brown eyes and 3 year old Joseph with a red birthmark on the forehead and dark brown eyes as well.

    Description of evidence: The police weren't able to find much evidence. There was no sign of a break in entry or struggle. The home was left as if they weren't planning on leaving. The dogs were out in the back yard, the was food on the counter, everything appeared to be normal. Their car was later found stranded and there is video footage of what seems to be the family crossing the Mexican border.There are also witnesses who claim to have seen them, that includes a waitress at a restaurant who recalls seeing the little boy with a birthmark on the forehead.

    Suspects: There have been 3 suspects. One of them is Chase Merritt 56, who was a coworker of Joseph. He was the last one to have had any contact with Joseph. The other suspect was the mother Summer because she was know to have had quite a temper. The last suspect was a Mexican drug cartel but not much information was provided about that

    For me this case is really heartbreaking and scary. The fact that an entire family can just disappear like that out of nowhere is really frighting. I cant believe that there are people out there that don't even have the heart to spare the lives of innocent children.

    This case is unsolved because the police haven't been able to find the real person behind this. After the 4 skeletons were discovered in the Californian dessert not much evidence has been found that leads to any specific perpetrator. Though it is evident that they were killed.

    Something that i would tell to another person about this case is that the monster that murdered this family has no soul and there needs to be justice. Only a monster would murder those 2 innocent children.

    1. Work cited:

      "Father of Joseph McStay Calls California Investigation of Missing Family 'botched' and 'inept' ." NY Daily News. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.

  43. Anna Doerr

    City and State: Florida
    Date: Late 1979
    Time of Day: PM
    Location: outside/ edge of forest
    Type of Crime: suicide
    Victim: young man. discharged form the military for emotional problems.

    type of evidence: suffered from massive head injury from a gunshot wound.
    the skull was obviously blasted from it

    the suspects: the man who threw the party for his birthday was charged with possession of firearm and was convicted with the murder of his friend. the murder was actually a suicide
    The suspicious behavior was the fact that the party buried their friend after he killed himself and they forgot where they hid the body so it took a whole year to recover the body and prove that their friend was innocent.

  44. Catherine Catapano

    City and State: Pasadena, Los Angeles
    Date: August 1, 1957
    Time of Day: Evening
    Type of Crime: Homocide
    Victim Description: Very pretty, recently married, 19 year old girl. She was a model.
    Type and Description: There was alot of evidence based on the photos they found. Judy Doll was buried in a shallow grave. She was found because the sand on top of her eventually blew away. As part of the crime, Harvey Glatman took pictures of Judy and they were found. This led to the police knowing that Judy was raped and rope strangled.

    Suspects: Harvey Glatman was the only suspect. He looked like a harmless nerd, had a baggy face and was slow witted. He had an IQ of 130-he was a genius.

    For me this case was really scary. As a teenage girl, there's more of a chance for this happening to me than males or older women. I cannot imagine dying after just being married.
    This case is solved. Finally, after this happening to many girls.
    Something i would tell to another person about this case is that young girls need to be more aware of their surroundings because we are huge targets. Everyone should learn self defense, you never know if this could happen to you.

  45. Sadie Aman

    City and State: West Allis, Wisconsin
    Date: May 30,1991
    Time of crime: early morning

    Type of crime: abduction and murder

    Victim description: 14 years old, Laotian, does not speak english, under heavy influence of drugs.

    Type and description of evidence: The police found the victim wandering around the street naked and under the influence of drugs. The perpetrator convinced them that he was his 19 year old boyfriend and they had a fight. the police let him take him. Later the victim was killed and his body parts were found in the perpetrator's home.

    Suspect: Jeffry Dahmer was a serial killer who molested his victims, them killed them and kept the body parts.

    to ME what makes this case interesting: The police could have stopped this murder. The victim resisted when Dahmer tried to take him back, but he did not speak english.

    This case is solved. Dahmer was found guilty and sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms equaling 957 years in prison.

    1. Works cited missing. Please post as a reply.

  46. Anna Callari

    City and State: Fall River, Massachusetts
    Date: August 4, 1892
    Time of Day: 11:15 AM

    Location: Home of Borden family

    Type of Crime: Homicide

    Victim description:
    Andrew Borden-- one eye cut in half, nose severed, eleven cuts from eye to nose to ear. Fresh blood still flowing from wounds at time of discovery. Clothing not disturbed.
    Abby Borden: Head crushed, blow at back of the head near neck. Blood dark and congealed at time of discovery.

    Type and description of evidence:
    Dried blood and hair on hatchet found in garage. Small spot of blood on Lizzie Borden's shoes and skirt. Blood was consistent with human blood.

    Suspects: Lizzie Borden, Bridget Borden

    The crime is interesting to me because it's one of the most unexpected, brutal murders and also one of the most famous unsolved cases. Who wouldn't be interested?

    The case remains unsolved to this day, although many people believe that it was Lizzie Borden who brutally murdered her parents.

    Works Cited:
    Douglas, John, and Mark Olshaker. "The Cases that Haunt Us." New York: Pocket Star Books, 2000. Print.

  47. Grace Bernunzio
    City and State: West Yorkshire NY
    Date: November 2000
    Time of Day: Daytime
    Location: Lindley Woods
    Time of Crime: Murder
    Victim Description: She had a black plastic bag over her head, held in place with a dog collar, with a scarf and cable tie around her neck, and cable ties holding her wrists together. Her murderer had then wrapped her body in green plastic bin liners tied with twine.
    Type and Description of evidence: Hairs found in scarf and blood stains under floorboards.
    The Suspects: John Taylor, he was a poacher who had been seen around the woods where the body was found.
    It was interesting to me because Leanne was found only 10 miles away from where she was last seen. I would tell someone that the perpetrator was found by the police using dogs to find DNA. The victim was found in the woods by a man walking his dog.

    1. Where is the work cited? Please post.

  48. Giovanna Donahue
    City and State: Homosassa, Florida
    Date: February 2005
    Time of Day: AM
    Location: trailer, neighborhood
    Type of crime: first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual battery, and burglary
    Victim description: Jessica Lunsford, 6 year old girl, clothed, found buried alive inside two tied plastic garbage bags, wrists bound, two exposed fingers through a hole in the bag were mummified, vaginal lacerations indicating sexual assault, barely any food in her stomach, evidence of cocaine on her body, died clutching her purple dolphin
    Type and Description of evidence: blood stains on suspects mattress, DNA from Jessica's blood, suspects semen on the mattress from his bedroom, and Jessica's fingerprints found inside a closet in the trailer
    Suspects/Perpetrator: John Couey, 46 years old, convicted sex offender, cocaine addict, 5'4", 125 pounds
    I found this case interesting because Jessica was alive when the police went to search for her and they checked the house that she was in but failed to check the closet she was in. Also, she was kidnapped from her own house and buried alive near her house. I would tell someone that the girl was abducted from her own house in the middle of the night by a sex offender and was kept alive for days in a closet in the perpetrators house. She was then murdered by being buried alive and suffocating. The killer confessed to everything after being in questioning for hours. He told the police everything that he did to her and where they could find her body.

  49. Work cited missing. Please post.

  50. Shannon Stevely

    City and State: Boulder, Colorado

    Date: December 26, 1996

    Time of Day: AM (about 5)

    Location: Residence, Neighborhood

    Type of crime: Homicide, burglary, battery, sexual assult

    Victim description: Strangulation, sexual assult, beaten (specifically over head)

    Type and Description: "hollywood looking ransom note" including a first disguised hand written copy of note in garbage (pen & pad used from home), bowl found on table with brothers fingerprints on it with pineapple juice (autopsy reveals pinapple was eatten before murder), open window in basement with suitcase at bottom of window for criminal to escape (could of had footprints or other fingerprint DNA)

    Suspects: Mrs. Ramsey, mother who found letter at bottom of stairs and alerted authorities of "missing" daughter, Mr. John Ramsey, father, lived in same house and found daughter's body in basement (also rapped it in blanket bringing it upstairs and placing it on couch), Kyle Ramsey, brother lives in house and had finger prints found on pineapple bowl in kitchen.

    I found this case interesting because of the lack of inteligence and proper method of securing the crime scene in this sceneario.

    Works Cited: Forensic Science textbook

  51. Emily Zink

    State of Missouri vs. David Zink
    Victim: Amanda Morton
    Location: Camdenton Missouri

    In the morning hours of July 12, 2001, police found the victim's key placed in the car with the ignition on and no one around. The owner of a motel near Camdenton recognized the victim’s picture as the woman who checked into a room with Mr. Zink. The police then found Mr. David Zink and he confessed to killing and burying Amanda Morton. He led the police straight to the spot in a cemetery where he said he buried the victim’s body, and the police discovered the body positioned just as Mr. Zink had described. Researchers found Amanda had a broken neck, many injuries, and 8 broken ribs. All evidence matched that of Mr. Zink. Semen found in the victim’s anus matched Mr. Zink’s DNA, hair samples taken from Mr. Zink’s truck matched the victim’s hair, and paint left on the victim’s car from the accident matched paint from Mr. Zink’s truck.

    I believe this case is awful as any murder case is. Although, this one is a bit different because David Zink confessed right away to murdering Amanda Morton.


  52. Emily Zink

    Lyon sisters disappearance of 1975
    Victims: Sheila and Katherine Lyon
    Location: Washington D.C.

    These two sisters vanished from a shopping center 40 year ago in Washington D.C. suburb. This case has gone unsolved although a person of interest is their own uncle Richard Welch. Welch is a registered sex offender in the state of Delaware. This case is very odd because it is still unsolved without evidence. I'm shocked this case hasn't been linked to Welch, or others around that shopping center that day.


  53. Caroline Quarles
    Jack the Ripper
    Victims: Mary Nichols-August 31, Annie Chapman-September 8, Elizabeth Stride-September 30, Catherine Eddowes-September 30, Mary Kelly November 9
    Location: London

    The victims listed above are all victims of Jack the Ripper. His murders usually involved prostitutes in the slums. On all victims it was found that their throats had been slit and they all had abdominal mutilation. The removal of their inner organs led police to believe the killer has a medical background. There was also a note sent by the killer which was actually thought to just be a letter written by a journalist to make the case more interesting. this case is still unsolved. The case is scary to me because of the violence done to the women and it's just all really sad.


  54. Mia Caterisano
    Case Name: “The Milwaukee Cannibal”
    Source: The Killer Book of Serial Killers by Tom and Michael Philibin

    Victim Names: Steven Hicks, Steven Tuomis, Konerak Sinthasomphone, Matt Turner, Jeremiah Weinberger, Oliver Lacy, Joseph Brandehoft, and others

    Location: Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Description of Crime: Dahmer drilled holes in the skulls of his victims and poured caustic solutions into the holes hoping to create zombies but that eventually ended up killing them; he would dismember his victims and save their parts in his refrigerator; murdered at least 15 people

    List of Evidence: There wasn’t a lot of evidence in this case except for the fact that there were a lot of people going missing in the Milwaukee area (at one time Dahmer was killing weekly), after Dahmer was caught the police found body parts of 11 victims in his apartment that helped in linking Dahmer to the numerous disappearances

    How the Case Was Solved: On July 22, 1991, Tracy Edwards escaped from Dahmer’s clutches and was able to flag down a police car. The officers paid a visit to Dahmer’s apartment and there found the different body parts and photos of some of his victims.

    My Thoughts: Serial killers intrigue me. How can they commit these terrifying crimes without any remorse? Jeffrey Dahmer had a troubled past but so do a lot of kids and they do not all turn out to be serial killers. What sets serial killers apart from the rest of the world? This case is particularly gruesome and Im glad they caught him before he could do any more damage. Most serial killers won't stop killing until they are caught or they are dead.

  55. Mia Caterisano
    Case Name: “The Werewolf of Wisteria”
    Source: The Killer Book of Serial Killers by Tom and Michael Philibin

    Victim Names: Grace Budd and there is evidence that he killed other children but he was never charged

    Location: New York, New York

    Description of Crime: Grace Budd was kidnapped by an elderly gentleman from her home at 406 West 15th Street when he came posed as a farmer named Frank Howard and offered Edward Budd a job on his farm. The young Grace took to the well dressed man and he asked her parents if she could come with him to his niece's birthday party. The Budds agreed and that was the last time they saw Grace alive. Frank Howard took Grace to an abandoned house and strangled her to death. Afterwards he cut her into small pieces and ate her.

    List of Evidence: It was a long and difficult search for Grace Budd and her kidnapper, but a very smart and motivated detective was on the case: Will King. After Grace Budds kidnapping, the Budds received many letters from a lot of different people claiming that they had some information about the crime. Most of the information was fake but Will King followed every single lead. Then one letter came with a lot of detail about the crime. Will King noticed the seal on the envelope and from that tiny piece of information he found where Frank Howard (his actual name was Albert Fish) lived.

    How the Case Was Solved: Mrs. Budd received a letter from Albert Fish which she immediately handed over to the lead detective on the case: Will King. After examining the envelope that the letter came in he noticed a seal with the letters NYPCBA. King soon found out that the letters stood for the New York Private Chauffeur's Benevolent Association. King went to the headquarters of the NYPCBA and asked who had taken some envelopes from the office. One worker, Leo Sicoski, came forward claiming to have taken some of the envelopes for his own use and that he had left some at his old residence. King visited his old address and found out that an old man that fit the description of Frank Howard was living there. King arrested him.

    My Thoughts: This is another very hard case. How can a serial killer take a child right from under her parent’s noses without them suspecting anything? They literally let their child go along with a stranger. That was a huge mistake on their part but I feel very sorry for them. They probably blame themselves every day. This is why people need to more wary of strangers. You never know what a person is capable of.

  56. Zaida Marie Rodriguez
    Case Name: Gang tattoo leads to a murder conviction
    Source: Los Angeles Times
    Victim name(s): John Juarez
    Location/description of the crime: April 22,2011 in Los Angeles, California
    Evidence: Tattoos,"mi vida loca" ("my crazy life") sketches of prisons where they've done time, gang insignia prominently stenciled on their heads and torsos, tattoo laying out a detailed picture of a crime scene, The tattoo on Pico Rivera laying out a detailed picture of the crime scene him & his gang members committed, tattooing his confession on his chest.
    How case was solved/unsolved: Solved
    Thoughts on the case: This is a crazy case and I'm glad it was solved. It's pretty ridiculous how people are proud to brag about who and what they have killed and are willing to get a tattoo of it to remind them of the cruel things they have done to people.

    Case Name: Brutal Murder by Teen-Age Girls Adds to Britons' Shock
    Source: Los Angeles Times
    Victim name(s): Edna Phillips
    Location/description of the crime: March 11, 1993 in Los Angeles, California
    Evidence: Prosecutor John Charles Rees said the two girls, high on drugs and alcohol, grabbed Phillips as she called for her dog outside her house, marched her inside and strangled her with the dog's leash. Rees said Rossi, who had lived next door to her victim since she was a toddler, had breakfast with her family the next day and sang "We have killed Edna Phillips" to the tune of "The Wizard of Oz."
    How case was solved/unsolved: Solved
    Thoughts on the case:It blows my mind how people can be so cruel! it doesn't make any sense to me as to why someone would kill a 70 year old blind woman. It's a sad case and I'm glad the girls were sentenced.