Category Archives: People Magazine: True Crime

Chris Watts’ Mistress Breaks Silence About Affair with Triple-Murderer: ‘He Lied About Everything’

The mistress of admitted triple-murder Chris Watts said she was tricked into believing he was a loving father finalizing a divorce — and had no idea his wife was 15-weeks pregnant until she and their two daughters went missing in August.

He’s a liar,” Nichol Kessinger, 30, told The Denver Post in an interview published Thursday about the man she met through work. “He lied about everything.”

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The ‘Eerie’ Scene After Girl Vanishes Waiting for Ice Cream Truck — Her Bike Left Behind

Twenty years later, Kimber Biggs still vividly recalls what she encountered on her Mesa, Arizona, street the day her older sister, 11-year-old Mikelle Biggs, vanished.

Kimber, 9 years old at the time, and Mikelle were playing outside just a few houses away from their own home in the twilight hour of Jan. 2, 1999, as the streetlamps began to flicker on around 6 p.m. Mikelle was riding her sister’s pink-and-white bike and carrying quarters given to her by their mother to meet the ice cream truck Mikelle heard approaching in the distance.

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My Dad’s Mistress Shot my Mom: Joey Buttafuoco’s Daughter Reflects on ‘Long Island Lolita’ Shooting

On May 19, 1992, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was inside her home in Massapequa, New York, when the doorbell rang. Seconds later, she was standing face to face with Amy Fisher, a 17-year-old high school student who had been having an affair with her husband, Joey.

The pair had a heated exchange, and as it was seemingly ending, Mary Jo Buttafuoco turned away. Moments later, Fisher shot her in the head. Miraculously, Buttafuoco survived the attack, and Fisher — who was dubbed the “Long Island Lolita” by the media — later pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and served seven years in prison.

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Mom Allegedly Killed Daughter, 5, by Pushing Her Down Stairs After Threatening Her with ‘Boogey Man’

A Pennsylvania mother has been charged with third-degree murder after police allege she pushed her five-year-old daughter down the basement stairs on Halloween night, PEOPLE confirms.

Ciara Robinson, 25, is also charged with voluntary and involuntary manslaughter as well as aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of Amatulah “Amy” McLaughlin.

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Florida Principal Allegedly Stole $900 From 9-Year-Old Student with Mental Disabilities

A Florida elementary school principal was arrested after allegedly stealing $900 from a student with mental disabilities, according to police.

On Oct. 22, an unidentified 9-year-old student brought $2,100 to his classroom from home, according to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office police report obtained by PEOPLE. Staff and administrators counted the money and placed it in the desk of principal Edward John Abernathy, 50, for safe-keeping.

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Mom of Wharton Student Found Raped, Murdered in 1998 Still Wonders: ‘How Could Somebody Do That?’

It is a case that still haunts the investigators who handled it.

A 23-year-old business student from Maryland was found naked, raped and strangled to death inside her Philadelphia apartment in the spring of 1998.

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A critical break in the case didn’t come until three years later:

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‘Daddy’s Girl’ Toddler Killed in Attack by Family Dog

A Pennsylvania family is mourning the loss of a 19-month-old girl who was mauled to death last week by their dog.

Nora Sharp was attacked by the dog outside their Windsor Township home on Nov. 4. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and died from her injuries, the York Daily Record reports.

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How a Business Student’s Dying Cries of ‘Help Me’ Eventually Led to a Serial Rapist

Two decades ago, the brutal rape and murder of a 23-year-old business student shocked Philadelphia.

On the afternoon of May 7, 1998, the nude and strangled body of Shannon Schieber, a popular doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, was discovered inside her Center City apartment.

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Murder, She Wrote? Romance Novelist Allegedly Shoots Husband Out of Nowhere — but Mystery Remains

Dan Brophy and his wife Nancy Crampton-Brophy seemed to have the perfect life.

Dan, an instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute and Nancy, a self-published romance novelist who sold Medicare and life insurance polices, lived near Portland, where they raised chickens and tended to a large vegetable garden.

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California Shooting Victim, 22, Told Others When to Run: ‘He Was My Hero and He Is Now My Angel’

The days since she survived the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar Grill have been exhausting for Sarah DeSon — literally: she finds sleep only in brief spells — but she won’t stop talking about what she saw.

And she won’t stop talking about her friend Cody Coffman.

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