It was early March of 2006 when a 12-year-old boy came forward to police in Winnipeg, Canada, to reveal a disturbing secret. He informed police that his 5-year-old stepsister had been systematically abused and then murdered the year beforehand and then secretly buried. An investigation into his claims would reveal many systemic failures in the system entrusted to protect children.
It was a pleasant autumn morning in Haddon Township, New Jersey, on 13 October, 2015. The homes along the tree-lined streets of Cooper Street and Virginia Avenue were all decorated in preparation of Halloween. That morning, however, residents awoke to police canvassing the streets and a helicopter hovering overhead. Unbeknownst to the locals, something terrible had transpired in their quiet community overnight, something that would strike fear into the heart of parents across the township.
Wellington, Ohio, is a quaint village around 40 miles south-west of Cleveland surrounded by rolling fields. In 2007, it was the scene of a grisly crime that would cause irreversible damage to a well-known and well-loved family and in the aftermath, would reignite the debate over teenagers and violent videogames.
It was July of 2004 when 21-year-old student, Leigh Matthews, vanished while walking to the parking lot at Bond South Africa University. Before it was even noticed that she was missing, her parents received a very disturbing phone call from somebody claiming that they were holding Leigh hostage and that they had one demand: money.