Situated approximately 70 kilometres from Vancouver, Abbotsford stands as a bedroom community in Canada. The cityscape is marked by extensive farmlands, orchards, and rolling hills that lend to its quaint rural allure. However, in 1995, Abbotsford was shaken by a brutal assault on two teenage girls who were making their way home from a party. Following the grim incident, the assailant initiated a series of unsettling phone calls to the police, forewarning of impending acts of violence. Detectives raced against the clock to identify the individual before he could make good on his threats.
It was a quiet morning in the small village of Llantwit Fardre in Wales on 21 November, 2021. Abigail Fox-Roberts had become concerned after she couldn’t reach her mother, June, on the phone. She decided to drive over to her home, but as soon as she entered, it became obvious that something was amiss. In the hallway, there was a trail of blood that led Abigail right into the dining room…
Numerous safeguards are established to protect vulnerable individuals, particularly children. In an ideal world, these systems work the way they are supposed to. Unfortunately, however, the child protection system is infallible, and when it fails, children are the ones left to pay the ultimate price.
In the realm of human emotion, love knows no boundaries, and yet, acceptance remains a distant dream for some. In the 1990s, a gay couple sought refuge from mounting homophobia, leaving behind the confines of Colorado for the promises of Medford, Oregon. But their aspirations for a safe haven were shattered in 1995, when the couple mysteriously vanished. Fears began running rampant that they had become the victim of the very thing they were trying to escape…
One night in April 2011, a man in Denver observed a large barrel emanating flames coming from the back of a bakery. He thought nothing of it at the time, but would soon learn that a teenager was missing from the area, and a man who worked in the bakery was the last person to […]
The Cape Coral Courtyard Condominiums in Cape Coral, Florida, comprise of one and two-story wood-paneled townhouses. They’re nestled at the end of a winding road and are shaded under large trees, just west of Viscaya Parkway. Madeline Munch was fast asleep in her condominium on 10 May, 1990, when she was awoken by deafening screams coming from next door. Those screams were followed by tearful pleas of “my baby, my baby, the fucking neighbours, why didn’t they wake up?”
On Friday the 11th of June, 2009, Joanne Witt’s co-workers were concerned when she failed to show up for work. Over the weekend, they routinely checked at her home. The air conditioning was switched on, but nobody answered the door. By Monday, their concern had escalated so much that they promptly reported her missing.
Tracey Marceau had just woken up on the 7th of November, 2011, when she heard a knock at the front door of her home in Hillcrest, Auckland, New Zealand. When she opened up the front door, she saw a man standing there before her. She recognised him immediately. Before she even had time to react, he reached into his bag and pulled out a large knife.
It is widely acknowledged that disparities exist in missing person cases. When a victim fits the mold of an all-American, girl-next-door from an affluent family, their case tends to garner significantly more national attention. This reality was evident in two remarkably similar cases involving pregnant mothers that occurred in California in 2002. The divergent treatment and media coverage of these cases showed that not all victims are equal.
On 23 October, 2009, the small town of Chatham, New Jersey, gathered at St. Patrick’s Church. They expected to see the priest, but they were met with an eerie silence. The search for the missing priest would reveal that darkness can lurk in even the most unexpected of places and sometimes, wolves can conceal themselves in sheep’s clothing.
On the morning of October 9, 2020, Jessica Brookes received an alarming phone call from her pregnant daughter's husband in New Boston, Texas. Concern filled his voice as he explained that he couldn't reach her and that their daughter had failed to appear at day-care. Jessica's heart raced as she hastily arrived at her daughter's home, only to be overcome with terror at the sight of blood staining the back door handle.
In times of peril, we rely on police to come to our aid swiftly and effectively when we call the emergency number. These numbers exist to ensure our safety and provide us with a sense of security. However, what happens when they system created to help people fails? In 2008, an incident in Madison, Wisconsin, called into question the reliability of such a system.