Mia Zapata was on the verge of music stardom when she was murdered. The crime became one of Seattle's toughest cold cases. Police used DNA evidence to tie Jesus Mezquia, 48, to the slaying. Mia's Murder One Of Seattle's Toughest Cold Cases
John Lennon (1940 - 1980) Outside New York's Dakota apartment building on the evening of December 8, 1980, John Lennon, lay hemorrhaging from 4 bullets blasted into his back by Mark David Chapman. His wife Yoko Ono screamed. John Lennon Assassination -- He was a troubled man whose boyhood fascination with one of the world's greatest stars turned into a psychotic obsession. Mark David Chapman was one of John Lennon's biggest fans. Before he killed the superstar, he made sure to get the last autograph Lennon signed. After he fired four shots as Lennon entered Manhattan's Dakota apartment building, he waited for police to arrest him. Six months later, he was sentenced to 20 years to life. Forensic psychiatrists explore Chapman's life, where the line between celebrity worship and stalking blurred.
Cherica Adams -- Nicknamed "Cookie" -- Cherica was as bright and outgoing. At West Charlotte High, she was involved in Students Against Violence Everywhere. She modeled professionally while still in high school. She interned with the Panthers. She started her own company and managed her brother's rap group. When she learned she was pregnant she was ecstatic. In 1997, Rae Carruth, aka Rae Lamar Wiggins, was a $3.7 million first-round draft pick in the NFL. By 2001, he was serving an 18- to 24-year prison sentence for conspiring to kill his eight months pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. In a call to 911, she identified Carruth as the responsible party. She fell into a coma soon after delivering Rae's son, Chancellor Lee Adams, by Cesarean section. She never came out of the coma and died weeks later. During the sentencing hearing, Saundra Adams, Cherica's mother, testified that Chancellor is severely handicapped with cerebral palsy caused by loss of blood and oxygen to his brain. "He is fighting for his life every day," she said. Carruth is serving time at Nash Correctional Institute for conspiracy to commit murder. He is expected to be released in 2018. Michael Eugene Kennedy, 35, was released from from the Charlotte Correctional Center prison in 2011. Kennedy pleaded guilty for his part in the shooting and became a witness for the prosecution. Van Brett Watkins, the shooter, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property and attempting to kill an unborn baby. He is expected to be released in 2048. Stanley Drew Abraham, a passenger, pleaded guilty as an accessory after the fact. He was released in 2001. Carruth's son triumphs over tragedy. Forgiveness and Regret: The Rae Carruth Case 10 Years Later You Tube. Sins Of A Father -- Rae Carruth's son (You Tube).American Justice: Conspiracy to Kill -- The trial. Rae Carruth Sports Trivia, Books, Films.
Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a tejana singer at age 23, was on the brink of fame when she murdered.American Justice: Selena - In 1994, Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez powerful vocals, sexy outfits and smile regularly drew crowds of over 60,000 fans, had won her first grammy. Devoted to her family, her brother and sister played in her band that her father managed. Yolanda Salpar claimed to be her best friend and biggest fan.
Conviction in Chandra Levy murder -- A D.C. intern, Chandra Levy,disappeared in 2001. Her affair with Congressman Gary Condit drew speculation about his involvement. A year later, her remains were discovered in D.C.'s Rock Creek Park. In 2011, Ingmar Guandique, 29, a member of the Salvadoran Mara Salvatrucha gang, was convicted on murder with kidnapping and murder with attempted robbery. He was already convicted on two similar assaults in the same park. He was sentenced to 60 years on each count. He maintains his innocence. Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery by Scott Higham
Sept. 23, 2002, Rachel Burkheimer, 18, of Marysville, WA was lured to her death by her ex-boyfriend, John Phillip "Diggy" Anderson, aka "Mr. Everything", 20, who planned to kill her with a little help from his friends; John A. "Whit" Whitaker, 22, Jeff S. "Fats" Barth, 22, Tony Williams, 22, Matthew Andreas Durham, 17, Nathan Lovelace, 16, Maurice Rivas, 20, Jeff Barth, 22, and Yusef Kevin Jihad, 32. Jihad led the gang the other co-defendants were in. They robbed drug dealers.They believed Rachel shared gang's secrets with a rival gang. Her friends said she was on Anderson's "hit list"and was beaten, raped and held against her will for three days previously because she dated a rival. Anderson asked her to meet him at Jihad's Everett, WA duplex so they could talk. Anderson grabbed her hair and hit her in the face. Whitaker kicked Burkheimer in the stomach and helped Anderson bind her with duct tape. Whitaker and Anderson then carried her to the garage, stuffed into a duffel bag, and hit with a shovel. The murder of of Rachel Burkheimer,"Northwest Mafia." Jihad's girlfriend, Trissa Conner, discovered Rachel Burkeheimer bound, gagged, sexually assaulted and beaten in her garage, but did nothing to help the victim. Jihad wanted her dead because he feared she would report the assault at his duplex. Whitaker and Durham drove Rachel around before picking up Anderson to go to a gravel pit. Anderson ordered Whitaker and Rivas to dig a grave, and take her clothes and jewelry. Rachel kneeled nude in her grave, praying and begging when Anderson order her to "lie down" in the shallow grave, then shot her so many times that the gun jammed. Durham led authorities to Rachel's body after his arrest and confessed that he knew she would be killed. Anderson and Whitaker were sentenced to life without parole. Jihad was sentenced to 37 years. Durham and Rivas were sentenced to 26 years, Barth 10 years, and Williams was sentenced to nine years in prison. Lovelace was sentenced to 30 days in jail and one year of probation. Trissa Conner was not held accountable for failing to help the victim or report a crime.
Waco, Texas -- in 2003, American college basketball player Patrick Dennehy, 21, was fatally shot by Dennehy's friend and teammate, Carlton Dotson, a junior power forward on the Baylor basketball team. His parents, Valerie and Brian Brabazon; girlfriend, Jessica De La Rosa, and friend, Daniel Okopnyi interviewed. Dotson, 23, was sentenced to 36 years. He will be eligible for parole after serving half the sentence.
Millionaire Boys' Club: In March 2001, college student, Danny Petrole, 21, the son of a retired Secret Service agent, was shot nine times in his car, outside his townhouse in a Manassas, VA. affluent suburb. Owen Barber, 21 told police that Justin Wolfe, 20, hired him to kill Petrole for money and drugs.
The Murder of the Notorious B.I.G. -- Suge Knight, gangster cops and allegations of police cover-up: the shocking story behind LA's most famous unsolved crime and the whistle-blower who wants to set the record straight.
Damning testimony by his brothers, a victim's diary, his own lies. and trail ofevidence convicted Thomas Capano, 46, the once powerful, former Delaware prosecutor, of murdering Anne Marie Fahey, 30 and dumping her body at sea in 1996.
Jesse's Gone -- A young hip hop artist from East Oakland, Jesse Rahim Hall, was killed in a drive-by shooting. Jesses friends and family dedicate this site to the young people like Jesse whose lives have been cut short by violence and those they leave behind.
Nightmare In Napa -- The murders of former beauty queen, Leslie Mazzara, and her roommate, Adriane Insogna, both 26 years in Napa, California.
Murder at the Palladium -- On Thanksgiving night, 1990, at the Palladium nightclub in Manhattan, a bullet hit and Marcus Peterson, 23, a neighborhood football coach and another one wounded Jeff Craig, 31, a former NYC police officer.
Sheila Bellush -- Millionaire Convicted in Murder-For-Hire -- Texas millionaire, Allen Blackthorne, 45, was convicted of arranging the murder of his ex-wife, Sheila Bellush, 35. She who was found by their 13-year-old daughter, shot with her throat slit as her 2-year-old quadruplets crawled in her blood. Case Updates and Overview. -- Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder Ann Rule Ann Rule, untangles a horrific web of lies that culminated in Sheila's savage murder more than ten years after she left Blackthorne.
Karen Tipton, the mother of two young daughters was brutally murdered in her Decatur, Ala. home in March 1999. Her husband, a prominent doctor, was ruled out as a suspect, and the focus of the investigation shifted to a man arrested weeks after the crime.
In Sept. 2002, Kern County Assistant District Attorney, Steve Tauzer, was found dead in his Bakersfield, Calif., garage stabbed repeatedly in the head.
In June1989, the bodies of Jo, Michelle and Christe Rogers were found in Tampa Bay. This is the story of the murders and the aftermath.
A premeditated parenticide by an adult daughter living with her mother with her boyfriend hiding in the closet.
Theresa Andrews -- On September 28, a woman 9 months pregnant, was reported missing. On the night of October 2, their worst fears were realized when Theresa Andrews' body was found in a shallow grave less than a half mile from her home with her abdomen cut open and the baby removed. Michelle Bica, a neighbor who was caring for the child as her own.
Avery Family -- Cleansing Sacrifice and Blood Atonement - America was shocked by the discovery of the brutal murder of the Avery family in Ohio, by a self-proclaimed prophet, turned madman,Valerie Wilson. Jeffrey Lundgren, the leader of The Family, an RLDS offshoot, was eventually arrested and charged with "five counts of aggravated murder." The idea of a cleansing sacrifice can be traced back to the early history of Mormonism. Brigham Young, the successor to Joseph Smith, taught a similar doctrine called Blood Atonement.
Scott Brewster -- On the morning of July 16, 1998, 26 year old
Barry Scott Brewster was found dead. Barry's nude, brutally beaten
body was spotted by a jogger that morning under an arroyo bridge
on Indian School NE at the edge of Snow Park in Albuquerque, New
Clarissa Ann -- Carrie Culberson 22 -- Carrie disappeared in a whirlwind of suspicion aimed at her off again and on again boyfriend. - Vince Doan - Ohio v. Doan - On November 5, 1997, after a day-and-a half of deliberations, a jury recommended that Vincent Doan be sentenced to life in prison without parole. A federal court jury ordered Clinton County to pay $3.75 million to relatives of Carrie.
Ahmed Diallo, 22, -- Unarmed street peddler returned home from selling his wares. Diallo left the apartment for a bottle of juice or something to eat. As he returned he was gunned down at close range by four plain clothes cops who fired 41 bullets.
Anne Scripps Douglas-- Heiress' Mom: Judge Let Abusive Hubby Stay - The mother of murdered newspaper heiress blasted the judge who allowed her daughter's husband to stay in the home after she sought court protection.
Helen Foster-El -- Helen was shot protecting children from gunfire. The man whose home she cleaned eulogizes the housekeeper-turned-local hero whose death has galvanized the city.
D. Garcia 26 -- Garcia, who was murdered in Tucson on Memorial
Maria Cruz, a financial analyst, disappeared in April 2003. She had cosmetic outpatient treatment scheduled with Dean Faillo, an imposter posing as a dermatologist. Her body was found in February 2004.
Helen Virginia Jackson AKA Helen Cooper - LAS VEGAS - Bones found in the yard of an apartment complex have been identified as the remains of a 40-year-old woman missing since 1997.
a freelance photographer, was last seen alive in Wisconsin
on October 31, 2005, before leaving for a rural
area to take photos for Auto Trader Magazine at Avery's Auto Salvage, owned by the family of Steven Avery, 43. On November 5, 2005, searchers found her SUV at
Avery's Auto Salvage yard, hidden under brush and auto parts. Five days later her charred remains were discovered. Avery
had served 18 years in prison for a 1985 sexual assault, but was
freed in 2003 by DNA evidence. Unreasonable Inferences: The True Story of a Wrongful Conviction and Its Astonishing Aftermath
Jennifer Levin, 18, was found in New York's Central Park, August 26, 1986. The "Preppie Murder," as it came to be known, created a tabloid frenzy with accusations of rough sex. Robert Chambers was sentenced to 15 years. Ellen Levin, Jennifer's mother, is scared Chambers might kill again.
Jonathan Levin, 31-year-old -- English teacher in one of New York's toughest public schools, has become the latest martyr to violence in our society. His murder, for which two men -- one a former student -- have been arrested.
Gwendolyn Moore and Fred Wilkerson were discovered in two wells.
Maddux -- Holly was a
small-town Texas girl from a conservative
Ira -- In 1979, 18 months after the disappearance of Einhorn's
lover, Holly, 30. Philadelphia police entered his
rundown upstairs apartment. In a steamer trunk, feet from where
Einhorn slept. Detective Michael Chitwood, found
Holly's mummified body.
Her skull had multiple fractures. Einhorn, 62,
spent 20 years on the lam after skipping out on his 1981 trial,
while free on bail. When extradited to the US he stood trial again and was
found guilty of 1st-degree murder, life
in prison without parole. The judge called Einhorn "intellectual dilettante" who "preyed upon the uninitiated,
uninformed, unsuspecting and inexperienced." Ira
Einhorn, is in Pennsylvania's maximum-security Graterford Prison. The
Unicorn's Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius by
Steven Levy -- Einhorn's rise,
from a would-be campus leader during
the '60s to a respected
ecologist, sociologist in the 1970s. Investigative
Reports: Ira Einhorn -- One of the founders of Earth Day,
he was a counter-culture icon in the '60s.
allies including current Senator Arlen Spector secured his release
from prison before Einhorn fled the country.
Edmond Safra --
The multi billionaire banker asphyxiated in a locked Monte Carlo
In 1976, Deborah Gardner, a young Peace Corps worker in Tonga was stabbed 22 times by another volunteer. With the help of the US government, Dennis Priven, who went free and lives in New York City.
Stephanie Murphey, 37 -- In April 1999, when Stephanie pulled in to her driveway in Rio Rancho, NM, it was the last time she was seen alive. Her body was found in her car in Albuquerque. Autopsy results showed a probability that she was sexually assaulted.
March 15, 2001, 21-year-old Danny Petrole, son of a retired Secret Service agent, was gunned down near Manassas, Va. A college student, Petrole was shot 9 times as he sat in his car, outside his townhouse. Within days, police traced the murder weapon to a 21-year-old named Owen Barber.
Edwina H. Rogers & Fred C. Rogers -- Ice Box Murders - Houston, TX -- Father's Day, June 20, 1965, was Houston's most grisly double homicide. Fred C. Rogers 81, and his wife, Edwina H. Rogers 72, were murdered. Three nights later their bodies were found in the refrigerator of their home. . (Excerpts from "The Ice Box Murders" (c)2000 Hugh E. Gardenier, III and Martha Leonard Hughes)
Saving Grace: The True Story of a Mother-to-be, a Deranged Attacker and an Unborn Child by Sarah Brady, Patrick Crowley and Eric Deters-- Sarah Brady receives a phone call from another expectant mother named "Sarah Brody." Apparently due to their similar names, gifts meant for Brady were sent to Brody. When Brady retrieves the gifts, she is confronted by Kate Smith. Brady fights back becoming only one of only three people in the US to survive attempted fetus theft.
Edmond Safra - Death of multibillionaire banker in his Monte Carlo penthouse.
Frank Lee Smith died on death row for a crime he didn't commit.
Lynn Shirm, 22 -- May 29, 1985 Jennifer was found dead laying
in the street. Her body had been dumped in Albuquerque, NM. It is
believed that her body had been there for 10 to 12 hours. She had
been brutally beaten to death.
Matt Shepard encountered Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney in the Fireside Bar; he left with them, they drove him in a pickup truck to the edge of town. Henderson tied him to a fence, McKinney beat him with a .357 Magnum. They took his shoes and wallet intending to rob his apartment but instead returned to town and got into a fight with Jeremy Herrera and Emiliano Morales. Police picked up Henderson, after being released that night, Henderson, his girlfriend, Chastity Pasley, McKinney, his girlfriend, Kristen Price, hatched false alibis, Matt remained tied to the fence.
Kami Talley -- University student Kami Talley's murder
Brandon Teena Murder -- Brandon Teena, from Lincoln, Nebraska moved to nearby Humboldt in 1993, after beginning to live as a man in preparation for sex-change surgery. Brandon was discovered to be legally female by local police during an arrest on a misdemeanor. Police released this information to the Falls City Journal. One week later, Christmas Day 1993, Brandon was raped and assaulted by 2 men, identified as Marvin Thomas Nissen and John Lotter. Charges of rape and assault were not filed against them until after Brandon's slaying.
All She Wanted by Aphrodite Jones Teena Brandon, a woman who passed herself off as a man and had passionate affairs with young women--until she was murdered. Jones's access to Teena's family, girlfriends, enemies, and convicted killers make this a riveting tale of sexual betrayal and murder.
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