‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’ is as educational as it is chilling and gripping

In 1984, in the village of Oak Park, Illinois, the United States, a young woman was violently raped and killed after being dragged into an alleyway by a mysterious murderer.

The public’s fascination with the brutal murder faded with time, but one 14-year-old girl remained gripped by the case: She had handled crime scene evidence, pieces of a shattered Walkman that had been worn by the victim just prior to her death.

For the young Michelle McNamara, the gruesome experience sparked what she later described as “a murder habit” that would see her spend hours poring over true crime stories, driven by an obsession to remove the anonymities of monstrous murderers who could disappear without a trace.

For the amateur crime sleuth, it was the anonymity that gave murders power over the authorities and victims’ families. She wanted desperately to eliminate this power and help provide some sense of closure for the people

Read more at: https://www.star2.com/culture/2018/07/17/golden-state-serial-murderer-review/

Iowa Infant Beaten to Death — and Teen Dad Is Charged | PEOPLE …

An Iowa teen father is behind bars in connection with the beating death of his eight-month-old daughter.

Jayden Straight, 17, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in the death of Raija Straight, Polk County Attorney John Sarcone tells PEOPLE.

Raija suffered multiple skull fractures, a ruptured spleen, several broken ribs and massive retina hemorrhaging, according to a police affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.

Raija Straight

A doctor allegedly told detectives that the girl’s injuries were “from a deliberate assault and could not be explained as unintentional or accidental,” the affidavit says.

“It is heart-wrenching what she potentially went through,” Des Moines Police Department Sgt. Paul Parizek tells PEOPLE. “I heard it was described as [being similar to] an eight-month-old child being dropped off

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/iowa-infant-beaten-death-teen-father-charged/

8-Month-Old Iowa Girl Beaten to Death — and Her 17-Year-Old Father Is Charged

An Iowa teen father is behind bars in connection with the beating death of his eight-month-old daughter.

Jayden Straight, 17, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in the death of Raija Straight, Polk County Attorney John Sarcone tells PEOPLE.

Raija suffered multiple skull fractures, a ruptured spleen, several broken ribs and massive retina hemorrhaging, according to a police affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.

Raija Straight

A doctor allegedly told detectives that the girl’s injuries were “from a deliberate assault and could not be explained as unintentional or accidental,” the affidavit says.

“It is heart-wrenching what she potentially went through,” Des Moines Police Department Sgt. Paul Parizek tells PEOPLE. “I heard it was described as [being similar to] an eight-month-old child being dropped off

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/iowa-infant-beaten-death-teen-father-charged/

Casey Anthony Got a ‘Bella Vita’ Tattoo When Caylee Was Missing — and She Recently Covered It Up

On July 3, 2008, Casey Anthony walked to an Orlando tattoo shop to get a tattoo on her left shoulder. She chose the words “Bella Vita,” which is Italian for “Beautiful Life.”

While she was getting the work done, she made small talk with the tattoo artist, Bobby Williams, whom she had known for seven years. According to Williams, she seemed upbeat and happy during the appointment. He later said that Anthony told him that her 2-year-old daughter Caylee was with her nanny.

But Caylee wasn’t with the nanny; she had last been seen two weeks earlier and was likely dead, authorities now believe. Anthony was subsequently arrested and tried for first-degree murder in Caylee’s death, and was acquitted in 2011.

The tattoo became a focal point of Anthony’s trial. Prosecutors told the jury that Anthony’s bar-hopping and tattoo signified that she was not looking for her daughter, but was

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/casey-anthony-tattoo-bella-vita-caylee-missing-covered-up/

Middle Township man to be featured on true crime channel Wednesday


I’ve written for multiple publications including Levittown Now, Passyunk Post, Philadelphia Neighborhoods,Temple News and JUMP Magazine. I’ve covered arts, entertainment, business, music, sports and local government. Experienced in videography.

Drugs in Breast Milk Killed Baby, Police Say — and Mom Is Charged …

A Pennsylvania mother has been charged with killing her infant son after allegedly breastfeeding him with milk containing methamphetamine and other drugs, PEOPLE confirms.

Samantha Whitney Jones, 30, of New Britain Township, was charged Friday with criminal homicide in the April 2 death of her 11-week-old son, R.J., according to the criminal complaint and the affidavit of probable cause obtained by PEOPLE.

An autopsy allegedly showed that the baby died after she allegedly fed him breast milk tainted with methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine, the affidavit says.

“R.J. ingested the combination of fatal drugs through breast milk,” the medical examiner says, according to the affidavit.

On the morning the baby died, Jones called 911 after she found him in his bassinet “white and not breathing,” according to the affidavit.

Jones and her mother, who was also in the house, began administering CPR to the infant at the direction of the dispatcher, the affidavit says.

When police arrived at

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/drugs-breast-milk-killed-baby-say-police-mom-charged/

Drugs in Breast Milk Killed Baby, Police Say — and Pa. Mom Is Charged

A Pennsylvania mother has been charged with killing her infant son after allegedly breastfeeding him with milk containing methamphetamine and other drugs, PEOPLE confirms.

Samantha Whitney Jones, 30, of New Britain Township, was charged Friday with criminal homicide in the April 2 death of her 11-week-old son, R.J., according to the criminal complaint and the affidavit of probable cause obtained by PEOPLE.

An autopsy allegedly showed that the baby died after she allegedly fed him breast milk tainted with methadone, amphetamine and methamphetamine, the affidavit says.

“R.J. ingested the combination of fatal drugs through breast milk,” the medical examiner says, according to the affidavit.

On the morning the baby died, Jones called 911 after she found him in his bassinet “white and not breathing,” according to the affidavit.

Jones and her mother, who was also in the house, began administering CPR to the infant at the direction of the dispatcher, the affidavit says.

When police arrived at

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/drugs-breast-milk-killed-baby-say-police-mom-charged/

The Book That Terrified Neil Gaiman. And Carmen Maria Machado. And Dan Simmons.

Neil Gaiman, author of “Norse Mythology”

“Pet Sematary” by Stephen King

“Pet Sematary,” by Stephen King. I got it as a gift when I was 11 or 12. I remember being so scared reading it that I threw the book away from me as if it were a poisonous insect. For the first time I felt a physical sensation with literature. It’s so dark, so brutal. It’s also very scary: the utter hopelessness, the way King just doesn’t offer any relief.

Mariana Enriquez, author of “Things We Lost in the Fire”

“Come Closer” by Sara Gran

In the fall of 2001, I was working by myself on a weekend afternoon at a mystery bookstore in Greenwich Village. Traffic was slow and I had some downtime to read Sara Gran’s “Come Closer,” which one

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/16/books/review/author-recommended-scary-books.html

Girl, 13, Beheaded After Witnessing Grandma’s Fatal Stabbing …

Two men have been arrested in Alabama in the violent deaths of a 49-year-old woman and her 13-year-old granddaughter, who was beheaded after seeing her grandmother fatally stabbed, according to reports.

Yoni Aguilar, 26, and Israel Palomino, 34, are both charged with two counts of capital murder for their alleged roles in the June 4 killings of 49-year-old Oralia Mendoza and her granddaughter, Mariah Lopez, according to the Associated Press.

Mariah had special needs, AL.com reports.

The killings took place in a cemetery in Owens Cross Roads, PEOPLE confirms.

According to reports, Mendoza and her granddaughter were picked up in a car by their killers on June 4.

The killings allegedly followed a dispute over a drug transaction in which Mendoza was involved.

Authorities have linked Mendoza to the Sinaloa Cartel, which traffics narcotics, according to AL.com.

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/teen-alabama-girl-beheaded-after-watching-grandmother-fatally-stabbed/

Ariz. Parents Called Toddler’s Caretakers Repeatedly with No Answer — Then Learned She Was Dead

When the parents of an Arizona toddler could no longer make contact by phone with the people who were watching her, they raced with the child’s aunt to the house where she was staying.

They found the child on the floor, cold to the touch and covered in bruises, said the aunt, Sarah Robinson, according to AZFamily.com.

The child’s caretakers “were so calm, you wouldn’t think a baby was sitting here dead,” she alleged.

Phoenix police who were called around 9:30 a.m. said the caretakers — 28-year-old Tayran Slash and 21-year-old Sharonta Adams — told them the child was unresponsive, according to The Arizona Republic.

Paramedics at the scene noted multiple injuries to the child, who was identified by family members as Patience Robinson. Medical staff at the hospital where she was taken and declared dead reported signs of child abuse, said police spokesman Sgt. Armando Carbajal, the newspaper reported.

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/arizona-parents-called-caretakers-repeatedly-learned-toddler-dead/