In 1994, Tyra Patterson—then 19—was involved in the assault and robbery of a of a group of young women that left one of them—15-year-old Michelle Lai—dead from a gunshot wound to the head. It is known beyond doubt that Patterson did not pull the trigger, but her participation prior to Lai’s death remains unclear.
First, let’s toast to Netflix’s impeccable timing. It’s hard to imagine a better moment when the platform could have released Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos’s series Making a Murderer. Its target audience of socially conscious liberals with the kind of disposable income that can fund a Netflix subscription and the…
Today in true Mexican crime stories—a country where a drug czar named El Chapo tunneled his way out of maximum security prison—meet La China. The 31-year-old female assassin was the top worker for the Sinaloa cartel until her boyfriend gave her up to the authorities.
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Jodie Gaines was 18 years old and on her way to a fish fry when she saw the blue lights of a cop car flash in her rearview. As detailed in an episode of House of Horrors: Kidnapped—one of a grip of ominously titled programs on the channel Investigation Discovery, the 24-7, true crime network—she was an outgoing high…
Most people who’ve been convicted of murder usually settle into prison for the long haul. But in some cases, a killer, usually one who committed his or her crime as a youth, gets released and starts over. Here are seven famous killers who got caught, and never killed again. (So far, at least.)
In 1872, 12-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was briefly sent to reform school after brutally attacking several children. After his release, “the Boy Fiend” progressed to murder. A new book takes a look at this unusual case, one of the first to bring the insanity defense — and all its complications — into the public eye.
A kidnapping trial begins Monday for Gladys Remigio in Santa Ana, California. The charges stem from an elaborate scheme allegedly devised by the then 17-year-old Remigio to steal her roommate's newborn baby with the help of two gang members.
If anyone's seeking true-life inspiration for a Rose for Emily script with a mother-daughter twist, it's your lucky morning: The NYPD says they discovered a 28-year-old Brooklyn woman living with the decomposed body of her own mother—for as long as three years.
And now for something that affirms the human spirit: the Sunday edition of the New York Times has a story on the cop who picked up the lone survivor of the city's notorious Palm Sunday Massacre 30 years ago - one year old Christina Rivera - and has parented her ever since.
The LA Times has a great feature called "The Homicide Report," which chronicles the lives of LA County's murder victims. The latest entry is fascinating in how it humanizes one of the murderers, Shannon Burns, who shot her husband Chip to death almost four years ago.
In a case straight out of a Lifetime movie, Alaskan woman Rachelle Waterman has been sentenced to three years in prison after she was found guilty of arranging to have two ex-boyfriends kill her mother.
A Glasgow woman received two years probation for trying to strangle her boyfriend with a loofah rope in a fight over the remote. In case you're wondering, this is not a super-effective means of strangulation — says the BBC, "There was some degree of compression, but Mr McPherson managed to free himself and was left…
In a turnabout worthy of a 70's heist film, $25 million worth of jewels have been found stashed in a drain outside Paris. The 19 rings and three sets of earrings were part of an audacious 2008 heist in which 4 armed men — 2 dressed as women - stole 85m euros worth of merch from the Champs-Elysee Harry Winston. The…
Three Cincinnati teenagers tried to rob a woman Wednesday, choosing her as their victim because she was pregnant and therefore "vulnerable." One shot her in the hip, landing her in the hospital.