On the 1st of July, 2013, the paths of two residents from Saginaw, Texas, collided. Alanna Gallagher, 6, was lured to the home of her teenage neighbour, Tyler Holder, 17.
Suzanne Capper, 16, suffered from a week of torture before being set on fire by a group of people she considered her friends.
Penny Boudreau murdered her 12-year-old daughter, Karissa, because she believed it would save her relationship with her boyfriend.
On the 2nd of October, 1976, the body of a young woman was found in ditch along U.S. Route 6, around 1.4 miles east of the LaSelle County line in Illinois. She had been shot once in the back of the head.
Amber Hagerman, 9, was abducted while playing with her brother in an abandoned grocery store parking lot in Arlington Texas. Four days later, her body was found. Her killer had kept her alive for two days before killing her. Her brutal murder still remains unsolved.
Penny Bell, a successful business owner, was stabbed to death in her car after apparently making an appointment with a client. Her killer has never been identified and the motivation for the murder remains unknown.
On the 29th of February, 2000, 6-year-old Dedrick Owens took a gun school and shot dead 6-year-old Kayla Rolland. He subsequently became the youngest school shooter in a nation plagued by such tragedies.
Christian Choate was well known to child protection services yet the system designed to protect children failed him completely. He died alone in a dog cage at the hands of his abusive father and stepmother.
In this article, we look at five gruesome murder cases that took place around the most festive period of the year.
Stacy Hanna, 18, moved to Richmond, Virginia, from Lynchburg, in July 1997. She soon found herself involved in a love triangle which would ultimately lead to her brutal murder by a gang of girls she considered her friends.