Monthly Archives: August 2015

Judalon Smyth, Who Testified against Erik and Lyle Menendez, Speaks Out for First Time in 20 Years

It was one of the highest-profile trials of the 1990s.

Lyle and Erik Menendez were children of privilege living in Beverly Hills. But everything changed in 1989, with the gruesome shotgun slaying of their parents, José and Kitty.

For months, the case went unsolved – until police closed in on the brothers. They were ultimately convicted in 1996 of first-degree murder.

One of the prosecution’s main pieces of evidence: the testimony of Judalon Smyth, the lover of the brothers’ psychiatrist. She told authorities that she had overheard the brothers saying that they had shot their mother’s eye out of its socket. She also had audio recordings of conversations with the psychiatrist.

She wasn’t a perfect witness; the defense poked holes in some of her testimony. But through it all, Smyth maintained her belief that the brothers were guilty of the slayings.

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/judalon-smyth-witness-against-erik-and-lyle-menendez-speaks-out-after-20-years/

Modesto’s gripping tale of Scott and Laci Peterson featured in new cable TV series

Modesto’s most notorious murder will come to life on the small screen Saturday as REELZ cable channel examines the story of Laci and Scott Peterson in the next installment of its new “Murder Made Me Famous” true-crime series.

The mysterious Christmas Eve 2002 disappearance of the expectant mother and her husband’s subsequent trial spawned countless headlines, two made-for-TV movies and more than a dozen books.

In a case that unfolded like a Hollywood script, millions were engrossed in the investigation of Scott Peterson’s missing wife, Laci, only to find that confident and charismatic Scott was also a cold-blooded killer.

PRWeb release

The series format has actors recreating and dramatizing events, with insights from victims’ loved ones, journalists, jurors and authorities. The Modesto Bee’s Garth Stapley, who covered the 2004 trial, is featured in Saturday’s episode.

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“A beautiful, young wife vanishes. Her handsome husband grieves but hides secrets,”

Read more at: https://www.modbee.com/news/local/article31703582.html

Modesto’s gripping tale of Scott and Laci Peterson featured in new cable TV series

Modesto’s most notorious murder will come to life on the small screen Saturday as REELZ cable channel examines the story of Laci and Scott Peterson in the next installment of its new “Murder Made Me Famous” true-crime series.

The mysterious Christmas Eve 2002 disappearance of the expectant mother and her husband’s subsequent trial spawned countless headlines, two made-for-TV movies and more than a dozen books.

In a case that unfolded like a Hollywood script, millions were engrossed in the investigation of Scott Peterson’s missing wife, Laci, only to find that confident and charismatic Scott was also a cold-blooded killer.

PRWeb release

The series format has actors recreating and dramatizing events, with insights from victims’ loved ones, journalists, jurors and authorities. The Modesto Bee’s Garth Stapley, who covered the 2004 trial, is featured in Saturday’s episode.

For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.

#ReadLocal

“A beautiful, young wife vanishes. Her handsome husband grieves but hides secrets,”

Read more at: https://www.modbee.com/news/local/article31703582.html

Why Are Women Obsessed With Investigation Discovery’s Grisly TV Shows?

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 school senior from the tiny, Western Tennessee town of McKenzie, and was looking forward to a weekend home from the prep school she attended a few hours away. “I knew I wasn’t speeding,” she recalls in the program, “but I pulled over without hesitation.” It was a decision that would almost cost her her life: those “cops” were actually three men who kidnapped her for ransom, holding her for three days chained to a metal bed

Read more at: https://jezebel.com/why-are-women-obsessed-with-investigation-discovery-s-g-1724662106

Why Are Women Obsessed With Investigation Discovery’s Grisly TV Shows?

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 school senior from the tiny, Western Tennessee town of McKenzie, and was looking forward to a weekend home from the prep school she attended a few hours away. “I knew I wasn’t speeding,” she recalls in the program, “but I pulled over without hesitation.” It was a decision that would almost cost her her life: those “cops” were actually three men who kidnapped her for ransom, holding her for three days chained to a metal bed

Read more at: https://jezebel.com/why-are-women-obsessed-with-investigation-discovery-s-g-1724662106

Travis Alexander’s Friend Recalls Telling Jodi Arias About the Murder

Just hours after Travis Alexander was found dead in June 2008, his friend Daniel Freeman decided to call Jodi Arias to tell her about the killing.

It was a bizarre conversation. Freeman didn’t yet know that Arias was involved in the slaying.

For years, Freeman has kept quiet about their talk. He finally speaks out in Murder Made Me Famous, a new true-crime docuseries on the Reelz Channel.

“She picked up and said hello,” Freeman recalls. “She didn’t sound off or expecting anything. I couldn’t speak for a minute.”

“She’s like, ‘Dan, are you there?’ and I said, ‘Jodi, Travis is gone.’ ”

According to Freeman, it took a moment for the news to sink in. “She said, ‘What?’ ” he recalls. “I said, ‘He’s dead, Jodi. They found him today. He was killed.’ And I was

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/travis-alexanders-friend-recalls-telling-jodi-arias-about-the-murder/