Hatteras Drive in Hudson, Florida, backs onto picturesque canals, leading to the Gulf of Mexico. Many residents of this quaint neighbourhood have docks and boats out the back of their homes while fish shacks are peppered throughout the area. Many retirees live in the area and live a simple and quiet life. However in 2014, their idyll was shattered when four bodies were discovered piled on top of one another in their neighborhood, and it was soon discovered that a 4-year-old boy was missing.
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…
Palmer is a small rural city in Matanuska-Sustina Valley in Alaska, around 42 miles northeast of Anchorage. It’s easily most known for the annual Alaska State Fair, where Palmer’s agricultural spirit lives on. It’s the type of city where almost everybody knows everybody else and the kind of place where people move so that they can feel safe. In 2016, however, the disappearance of a teenager and the subsequent investigation led to a shattered sense of security in the Valley.
Neptune City in New Jersey is a town of only 4,900 residents. In 2016, a local teenage girl vanished into thin air. Her abandoned car was discovered at the side of a bridge, prompting speculation that she had ended her own life. This speculation was further exacerbated when one of her close friends came forward to say that she had spoken about suicide in the past. However, it was soon discovered that Sarah had lifted a large amount of money from her bank… Sarah’s family would soon come to learn that this case was not at all what it seemed...
“No body, no crime.” I’m sure that’s a sentence that many of you have heard before. However, that a massive misconception. While pressing murder charges without a body is certainly much more difficult, murder can be established, even with the most significant piece of evidence missing. In Deltona, Florida, in 2013, a woman and her two children vanished, sparking one of the largest searches in Volusia County history.
According to the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services statistics, in 2012, the agency reported 152 deaths of children that they had been in contact with. This was an alarming average of almost three children per week. Then the following year, DFCS came under scrutiny once again, when a young girl was found dead and their records indicated a long history of abuse claims.
According to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, females between the ages of 12 and 19 are the most victimized segment of the U.S. population. In Montgomery County, Texas, in 1998, 19-year-old Melissa Trotter vanished after studying for finals in the library at Montgomery College. Almost immediately, an ex-convict was penned as the most likely suspect in the disappearance
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.
If found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, a killer is sent to a psychiatric hospital where they remain until they are considered sane in the eyes of the law whether that be one year or 40 years. It is the defence that stirs the most controversy because of the struggle to align the law with psychiatric knowledge. In 2012, an insanity defence led to the state of Oklahoma updating their definition of insanity.
On the 23rd of February, 2014, a frantic 999 call to Surrey Police was placed by a woman who was desperately running for her life. In the phone call, the woman describes how her mother has been shot dead. Towards the end of the call, she informs the 999 operator that she is going to go back to the scene of the incident and acknowledges that she will probably lose her life. Her last words to the operator were: “I don’t know if I’m going to be alive if I go back there. He shot my mum. Bye.”
To some, Britain seems like a utopia. Each year, thousands of people from all across the world flock to Britain in search of a better life. They all come filled with hope and anticipation of what their new life in Britain will look like. In 2000, a family from Nigeria came to Britain looking for pastures greener. Instead, however, they found themselves all too aware of just how depraved and cruel other human beings can be and got a stark insight into the dark underbelly of urban and lawless Britain.
University lacrosse is renowned for its predominately white, privately educated “rich kid” reputation and over the years, it’s the main sport in university that routinely suffers from damaging scandals. These scandals always grip the media, most likely because everybody involved is young, attractive and privileged. But then in May of 2010, the University of Virginia was thrust into the spotlight after a murder revealed the dark underbelly of the far too frequent college culture of binge drinking, male entitlement and violence.