Cannibalism is arguably one of the most taboo crimes of all. Although most societies connect cannibalism with ancient Amazonian tribes or even rumors of devil worshiping rituals, fantasies of cannibalism are not entirely uncommon among killers, even more so if their motive for murder was sexual or sadistic. In Purcell, Oklahoma, in 2006, a little girl vanished, and her disappearance would lead to one of the most heinous cases the world has ever seen.
When Lauren Kavanaigh was 3-years-old, she was locked in the closet and only allowed out when her mother and stepfather wanted to physically and sexually abuse her. At 8-years-old, she was rescued. She went on to become an advocate for abused children. However, when she was 25-years-old, she was arrested for sexually abusing a child.
Jasper is a small timber town around 100 miles northeast of Houston, Texas. It’s a quaint area that holds an annual Butterfly Festival the first October every year. However, in June of 1998, Jasper was rocked by a brutal hate crime that still reverberates across the nation today.
On 11 February, 2020, the horrific news about the femicide of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla shocked the Mexican nation, not only because of the gruesome details of the case that were soon spread across the country, but because terrifying images of the victim’s body and the crime scene were published by two tabloids.
Roch Thériault was the maniacal leader of The Ant Hill Kids, a small group that initially appeared to be an innocent community of free-thinking folks who supported themselves through self-sufficiency in their commune in the quaint Canadian wilderness. However, life inside the commune was much more disturbing than anybody could have ever fathomed. Torture, abuse, mutilation and murder made up the four walls of a literal house of horrors for the members of the group.
Diane Tilly was a well-known and well-loved teacher from San Antonio, Texas. She cared deeply for troubled students and became a mother figure to many of them. In 2004, she vanished. Shortly thereafter, a teenage girl and her father were arrested and a lurid background of abuse and incest would come to the surface.
Genny Rojas, 3, spent only a short time on earth but during that short time, she endured more than most adults in their lifetime. She was passed around three homes and didn’t learn to properly communicate or use the potty. Sadly, she didn’t get the chance to reach those routine childhood milestones before she slipped through the cracks, into her early grave.