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 October 4, 1978, a telephone employee laying cable stumbled upon the deceased body of a female in Lyon County, Iowa, near Highway 182. The woman was referred to as Jane Doe for almost three decades. On January 31, 2006, she was finally identified as 23-year-old Wilma June Nissen by a lab technician when her left thumbprint matched a print card in the Los Angeles Police Department.
Wilma’s daughter Krissi recently reached out to me and shared her biological mother’s heartbreaking story. She was only one when her mother disappeared, and spent years wondering what happened to her. Krissi found…
On August 2, 2017, dressed in her work uniform, 21-year-old Savannah Gold left her Jacksonville, Florida family home for a 5:30 pm shift at the Bonefish Grill, a seafood restaurant where she had worked as a server for the past two years. An hour and a half later, Savannah’s mother Sherri received a text from her phone:
“Hey I just eanted to tell you and mom I met a really great guy and we are running away together I love him and we are leaving to ight ill call you later when we get tk where we are glong”
31-year-old John Dunning seemed to have it all, a dedicated wife named Mary Elizabeth, a beautiful healthy baby girl and a highly respected well-paying job as a journalist with the Associated Press. There was only one problem: John had a severe case of the dreaded wandering eye. Despite having already said his vows, John was anything but a one-woman man.
While riding his bike near San Francisco’s infamous Golden Gate Bridge one afternoon in September of 1895, John came across a woman sitting on a park bench and struck up a flirty conversation.
The woman was 41-year-old Cordelia Botkin, the…
James Lee DiMaggio Jr. was born in 1973. His father, James DiMaggio Sr., served in the US Army and his mother lost her fight to cancer when James Jr. was just a small child. James Jr. and his sister Lora overcame the death of their mother together, but it wouldn’t be the first time tragedy struck their family.
In 1988, James Sr. broke up with his girlfriend Therese Dusenberry because he was in love with someone else — her 16-year-old daughter.
James Sr. professed his love to the young girl who was the same age as his own son. He…
It was November 9, 2005, at 6:15 am. 31-year-old Darlene Gentry called McLennan County 911 and reported waking up to find her husband’s gun cabinet empty, the back door wide open, and him on their bed covered in blood, “he’s making a god awful sound” she told the operator.
Officers raced to the scene and found 31-year-old Keith Gentry suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, clinging to life. He was rushed to the hospital where he was placed on life support and ultimately pronounced brain dead.
The small tight-knit community of Robinson, Texas was understandably shaken and couldn’t…
At only 19 years old, Jessie Blodgett was an undeniably talented stage actor and gifted musician. She discovered a passion for the arts at a young age, belting her heart out in choir and enrolling in every theatre class possible throughout her school years.
After high school, Jessie attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on a scholarship in Music Education. Following graduation, she worked part-time at a restaurant and opened her own business teaching piano, violin and voice to local children from her home in Hartford, Wisconsin, where she lived with her adoring parents, Buck and Debra.
Jessie’s loved ones described…
17-year-old Ashley Reeves was a high school junior who lived in Millstadt, a village in Illinois, with her parents and younger sister Casey. She did well in school, had many friends and even a boyfriend named Jeremy who her parents adored.
Ashley was eagerly awaiting graduation. Little did she know that just a year before she was set to walk across the stage, Ashley would experience the unthinkable and live to tell her tale.
On Thursday, April 27, 2006, Ashley told her parents she was going to a job interview in Fairview Heights, a city approximately 20 minutes away from…
21-year-old Alexis Crawford was a Social and Criminal Justice senior at Clark Atlanta University. Raised in Athens, Georgia, Alexis grew up with five brothers and four sisters, all of whom were incredibly close. After moving an hour and a half away for school, Alexis maintained daily contact with her loved ones who described her as beautiful, bright and brilliant.
Aside from being an advocate for criminal justice, Alexis was also an artist. When she wasn’t busy with schoolwork or studying for exams, Alexis spent her time sketching.
On October 30, 2019, Alexis vanished. One minute she was laughing on facetime…