To most people, weddings are joyous occasions; they symbolize love and mutual respect, uniting two families as one. Couples in love stand before their friends and family to profess their love for one another, vowing to stay together until death. For 25-year-old Cody Johnson, death would come only eight days after his wedding, when his newlywed bride would callously push him off a cliff, and he would plummet 200-feet.
Cody and 22-year-old Jordan Graham met in church in Montana. Cody wasn’t very religious until he met Jordan. Soon enough, they began dating and attending church together regularly. …
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On April 26, 1949, a baby boy was born in Kobe, Japan to extremely wealthy and privileged parents. He was born prematurely and was so small, he could fit into the palm of his father’s hand. That same hand would feed, hold and protect him through anything, no matter how dark, no matter how sinister. That baby was Issei Sagawa, the Japanese Cannibal Killer.
Issei’s cannibalistic desires began at a fairly young age after a dream in which he and his brother were being boiled in a pot, about to be eaten. Rather than be disturbed by this vivid and…
On April 14, 2009, a woman named Julissa Brisman arranged to meet a man at the Marriott Copley Hotel in New York City. Once the two were inside her room, the man attacked Julissa and restrained her with plastic ties. When she fought back, he bashed her head in and shot her several times in the chest, killing her.
Julissa’s lifeless body was found in a pool of blood in her hotel room on the 20th floor by hotel staff who phoned the authorities. The police arrived and found a purse containing Julissa’s identification and cell phone. …
Emani Gabrielle Moss was an incredibly bright and precious 10-year-old girl who enjoyed cooking, reading and ballet. Unfortunately, in her short life, Emani had never known anything but pain. She was an innocent, defenceless child who tried everything she could to escape her stepmother’s unrelenting abuse but was consistently failed not only by the police and child services but also by her own father.
On Halloween 2013, Emani’s 32-pound body was found stuffed in a trash can. She had been starved to death and burned.
Emani was born to a drug-addicted mother who was regularly beaten by her father, Eman…
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My apologies, January was a hectic month for me and I didn’t get around to sending out a monthly newsletter. In this edition, I have included the top stories for both January and February.
“I feel like we need a break from normal life,” said 16-year-old Torey Adamcik to his friend Brian Draper while driving around late one night. To most teenagers, this would usually mean something harmless like ditching homework or skipping class. To Torey and Brian, it meant something much more sinister, and as they walked around the halls of Pocatello High School, they knew exactly who their first victim would be.
On Friday, September 22, 2006, Frank and Allison Contreras decided to go away for the weekend with their 13-year-old daughter. They hired their 16-year-old niece, Cassie Jo Stoddard, to house-sit…
On July 18, 2009, at 9 am, Kathy Xie went to visit her brother Norman Lin and his wife Lily Lin at their family-operated business; a newspaper agency. Kathy was surprised to find it was still closed. Feeling concerned, she grabbed her husband Robert and together they walked over to the Lin home. When Kathy entered the home via the unlocked front door, she never expected to find the walls covered with blood-splatter and her brother’s entire family dead.
Robert quickly left and went to his in-laws' home to let them know what they had just discovered while a frantic…
Michelle Le and Giselle Esteban were best friends in high school in San Diego. After graduation, they moved to San Francisco together for college. They were as close-knit as best friends could be; they shared everything and did everything together. But, by 2003, Giselle’s feelings for Michelle had turned from love to intense hate. What could have torn apart such a strong friendship? In this case, it was a man named Scott Marasigan.
Giselle met Scott at San Jose State University shortly after moving to San Francisco and they became close friends. In 2003, she introduced him to Michelle and…
Between being a single mother and holding down a full-time job at a Honda factory in Marysville, Ohio, 29-year-old Patti Adkins led a busy life with little to no room for much else, let alone a love life. However, she wouldn’t have to look far. A year before she went missing, she became completely enamoured with a married co-worker and began an illicit affair.
Patti adored her seven-year-old daughter Michaley with all her heart. She shared custody with her ex-husband and would drop her off at his house every Friday for the weekend. …