In the United Kingdom, it’s estimated that two women are killed each week by their partners and former partners. A lot of these women, unfortunately, are let down by the very system put in place to protect them. Far too often, victims of domestic abuse, harassment and stalking are not taken seriously and these failures can lead to violence and sometimes murder. In 2016, a young woman reported her stalker numerous times to Sussex Police. Instead of taking action against the stalker, the police would take action against the victim.
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?
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…
The purpose of the police is to protect and serve. I imagine if you were being attacked, you would call 911 under the assumption that they would send somebody to protect you. However, in Dallas, Texas, in 2012, a woman called police for assistance. Her desperation and fear were audible as she screamed for her life. It took over 50 minutes for officers to respond to the scene
Dalton Township is a civil township of Muskegon County. It’s the home of around 8,000 residents and is around 40 miles northwest of the hustle and bustle of Grand Rapids. It was a pleasant summer evening in 2014 when police were alerted to what was initially believed to be a tragic hit-and-run. However, upon closer inspection, it soon became apparent that this certainly wasn’t a hit-and-run.
It was Thanksgiving weekend of 1992 when Sara Tokars was returning home to Marietta, Georgia, from Bradenton, Florida, with her two young sons. When she entered the darkened home, she saw a man standing in the kitchen armed with a shotgun. Initially, Sara believed that the man was there to rob them. However, the man then forced the family back into their SUV parked on the driveway.
Police officers put themselves at risk each day and collateral damage can be a reality that they deal with day-to-day. While police officers are frequently killed in the line of duty, it’s very rare that a police officer is killed by one of their own. What started out at a routine 911 report ended with a police officer bleeding on the ground and another one holding the weapon.
It was around midnight on the 8th of October, 2016 when a number of drivers swerved to miss a man driving the wrong way on the I-89 highway in Vermont. Emergency dispatchers received phone call after phone call about a vehicle speeding north in a southbound lane. They desperately scrambled to try and locate the vehicle but soon, reports of a crash came flooding in.
In February of 2015, the family of 16-year-old Becky Watts were thrust into a living nightmare when she seemingly vanished after leaving her home. There would be two witnesses who claimed to see Becky leaving her home that morning. However, an investigation struggled to find any evidence that Becky ever left home…