It was summer of 2014 when Rosalie Joseph went to work at a local hotel in Orlando, Florida, leaving her teenage daughter home alone. When she arrived back home that evening, her teenage daughter was missing from their home. Her bedroom was in complete disarray with clothing missing from the drawers. In the corner of the bedroom, she found a stuffed teddy bear, spattered with blood and underneath the bed, she found a pair of men’s boxers which had been doused in bleach…
Presenting a defence based primarily on the word of an accused killer is certainly no easy feat. In fact, it’s almost impossible. It all boils down to whether the jury believes the accused killer or not. In Carlsbad, California, in 2012, an accused killer would claim that she was the victim of domestic violence and had acted in self-defence, but was she really telling the truth…?
Lawrence is a city of around 75,000, situated near the New Hampshire border. In November of 2016, a teenage boy vanished from his grandmother’s home. CCTV footage would capture him in the company of another teenage boy. His disappearance, and the outcome, would lead to many within the community questioning whether Lawrence police really did […]
When hatred goes unchecked, it can lead to a disaster and tragically, far too often, violent words lead to violent actions. On a busy MAX train in Portland, Oregon, in 2017, a man unleashed a racist and xenophobic attack, mainly aimed at two Muslim teenagers. The perpetrator had been a member of the alt-right movement and had made blatant indications in his words and his actions that he was radicalized. A number of onlookers would come to the girls’ aid but then things took a deadly turn, a turn that would result in innocent people paying the ultimate price.
In 2013, a teenage girl in Glenburn, Maine, vanished after walking to the bottom of her driveway to meet somebody. Over 500 concerned locals offered up their time to search for the missing girl and truly bounded together to try and bring her home safely. The investigation into her disappearance would uncover that the person she had gone to meet was somebody she was speaking to on Facebook. Her disappearance and the outcome would lead to many parents questioning: Who is my child really talking to online?
It was morning rush hour in Melbourne, Australia, on the 29th of January, 2009. Commuters were slowly moving in traffic along the West Gate Bridge when a white Toyota Land Cruiser heading towards the city slowed down in the left-hand land before finally coming to a halt. The driver exited his vehicle, opened the rear passenger door, and lifted out a small child. What happened next was so horrific that it still reverberates across the nation today.
In New Zealand in 2008, a murder trial would cause moral outrage when a shameless killer would desperately attempt to besmirch his victim’s name with the provocation defence. The killer’s actions in the aftermath of the murder would eventually lead to the demise of the archaic defence.
In summer of 2013, Joy Blodgett arrived home from work for lunch to find that her teenage daughter was still seemingly asleep in her bedroom. However, when she approached her daughter, it soon became apparent that she was deceased. Fear engulfed the community of Hartford, Wisconsin, but the investigation would reveal that somebody close to the family had been harboring dark and disturbing fantasies.
Roswell is a city in north Fulton County, Georgia. It is the home of around 95,000 residents. Despite the fact that it’s a relatively large city, it still has a quaint feel to it. In August of 2016, however, Roswell was the scene of the double murder of two teenagers who had their whole lives ahead of them. Fear immediately swept over the city as investigators scrambled to uncover what had taken place and why…
It was early March of 2006 when a 12-year-old boy came forward to police in Winnipeg, Canada, to reveal a disturbing secret. He informed police that his 5-year-old stepsister had been systematically abused and then murdered the year beforehand and then secretly buried. An investigation into his claims would reveal many systemic failures in the system entrusted to protect children.