In a quiet suburb of Timaru on New Zealand’s South Island, a woman and her husband were watching television on the night of 16 September, 2021. As they were unwinding, a strange sound emanated from the garden next door. The woman went outside and peered through the fence, and could see somebody pacing up and down and sobbing.
Blacksburg is a town of roughly 43,000 residents in Montgomery County, Virginia, in the United States. Nestled in the picturesque New River Valley, enveloped by the Appalachian Mountains, the town boasts natural beauty with its hiking trails and parks. Notably recognised as the residence of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg is affectionately known as Hokie Nation, embodying a robust school spirit and pride. However, amidst its positive attributes, the town has witnessed tragic events. In April 2007, it became the backdrop for one of the deadliest school shootings in the United States—the Virginia Tech shooting. Less than ten years later, another tragedy...
While it is often said that the most dangerous predators conceal themselves in plain sight, the unsettling reality is that not all of these people masquerade as harmless. Some have the convictions to back up their disturbing backgrounds, but still, they can find a way to worm themselves into people’s lives. In the year 2020, a mother from Davenport, Iowa, confronted the stark reality that certain individuals can too often remain consistent in their harmful ways.
It is a parents duty to ensure the safety and well-being of their child. This includes exercising the utmost caution when it comes to welcoming people into the home. Unfortunately, some parents put their own needs before the safety of their children, and in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, in July 2020, a disturbing incident highlighted this harsh reality.
Creek Pine Drive is an upmarket residential neighbourhood located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It boasts of large single-family homes dotted along a tree-lined avenue. It’s the kind of place that most families can only ever dream of living, but for the Crespi family, it was a reality. However, a darkness was lurking within the family that would rear its ugly head after an episode of psychosis. The ensuing events cast a spotlight on the effectiveness of mental health services, raising crucial questions about the accurate diagnosis and the challenges faced by individuals seeking proper treatment.
Children are among the most vulnerable within our communities. There are systems in place whose sole purpose it is to protect these children. One would expect that when child abuse is reported to these systems, it is thoroughly investigated, even more so if multiple similar reports come in. In Eugene, Oregon, the Department of Human Services received numerous reports about a girl being abused in her home. Time and time again, they failed to do their jobs and as a result, the abuse victim paid the ultimate price
Over the past decade, the proliferation of smartphones and social media has made it easy for teenagers to live their lives on the internet, prompting many parents to worry about their children's safety and well-being. In Surrey, England, in 2014, the case of Breck Bednar was a chilling reminder of just how dangerous the internet can be.
Teghan Skiba was a four-year-old girl living in Smithfield, North Carolina, with her mother, Helen Reyes, and Helen’s boyfriend, Jonathan Richardson. They lived in a barn on Richardson’s grandparents’ property, which lacked basic amenities such as running water and a bathroom. The only bedding available was a solitary air mattress on the floor. Despite the […]
It was a brisk morning in Hanover Township, Ohio, in March of 2018 with temperatures dipping to below 0 degrees. Jason Wesche helped his three-year-old daughter, Hannah, pull on her coat before driving her over to the nearby babysitter’s home. He kissed her goodbye and continued on his way to work. Within a matter of minutes, however, he received a phone call from the babysitter telling him he needed to turn back immediately…
Halloween night is a favourite holiday for millions. For children, it’s a time to get dressed up and go door-to-door under the cloak of darkness in pursuit of candy. But lurking beneath the surface of the celebration is something very sinister. Never far from the minds of parents is the lingering notion that a predator could use the accessibility of children out alone at night to their advantage…
It was a pleasant spring afternoon in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when 8-year-old Jeannie Singleton was walking home from school. Jeannie was spotted resting her legs not too far away from her home, but Jeannie never arrived in time for dinner. The disappearance sparked a massive manhunt. In fact, it would be one of the biggest searches in Kalamazoo’s history, but would Jeannie ever be coming home?