In December of 2015, Versailles, Kentucky, was preparing for Christmas. Residents had decorated their homes in preparation for the festivities. In the quiet neighbourhood of Gray Street, there was one family home which had lit up in celebration, with decorations a plenty and a Snoopy wearing a Christmas hat standing out front. One morning, however, the community would awake to the terrifying news that somebody had crept into this family’s home armed with a knife. This person’s actions inside that family’s home would strike fear into parents across the world.
In 2012, a 19-year-old junior at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill was found brutally murdered in her own apartment after she returned from a local dance club. The murder would send shockwaves throughout the area and fear of an opportunistic killer quivered in the air. Over time, however, it soon became apparent that this may have not been a random attack and instead, a targeted one. This theory was further compounded when it was uncovered that the victim may have captured her murder on voicemail.
In January of 2013, South Valley in New Mexico and the surrounding area was rocked by an extremely brutal mass murder which had taken place inside a secluded family home. The area would be even more horrified when they discovered who had been the perpetrator of the slaughter and in the aftermath, there be intense media coverage and a massive debate over gun control.
Temple Terrace is a city located in northeastern Hillsborough County, Florida. The most frequent crime in the primarily suburban area are burglary and theft. Murders in Temple Terrace are extremely rare and between 2000 and 2014, only ten murders took place in the city. In 2014, the local police department would investigate an extremely horrific and confusing murder case, quite unlike anything the city had ever seen before.
It was the 10th of July, 2001, when police in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, received a very panicked phone call from 20-year-old Sef Gonzales. He exclaimed that he had been returning home from a night out with a friend when he uncovered a particularly gruesome scene. As he entered the home, he saw the words: “Fuck off Asians KKK” painted on a wall. This was only an indication of the horrors that would be found inside.
In June of 2014, a woman in Calgary, Canada, went to her parents’ home to pick up her young son who had been dropped off the night before for a sleepover. When she arrived, however, she found that the home was eerily silent and, in the driveway, she found drag marks and a sinister looking red liquid.
Race can often play a part in how certain people view certain situations. In 2013, a black teenage girl went to the front door of a home in a predominantly white neighbourhood near Detroit, Michigan. She had gotten into a car accident and was looking for help. The actions of the home-owner that night would raise many questions about how people talk about race and violence within the United States.