Murders A-Z is a collection of true crime stories that take an in-depth look at both little-known and infamous murders throughout history.
An all-American girl from Missouri, 22-year-old Brittany Killgore’s life ended tragically after being tortured by three roommates who lived as “master,” “mistress,” and “slave.” The trio—including Louis Ray Perez, Dorothy Maraglino and Jessica Lopez–had a “sex dungeon” that contained “bondage type sex apparatuses, toys and tools” in their Fallbrook home, which is north of San Diego.
Brittany, whose story is told on Oxygen’s “In Ice Cold Blood,” had moved to San Diego after marrying a military man, Cory Killgore. In San Diego, their marriage fell apart, and while Cory was deployed to Afghanistan, Brittany filed for divorce. She was packing to head home when she got a knock on the door from Louis Perez, the boyfriend of Dorothy Maraglino, whom she had recently befriended.
“We are deeply indebted to the district attorney’s office and the NYPD for their care for our family, and their determination and dedication over the past five and a half years to see justice done,” Kevin Krim wrote on Facebook not long after a Manhattan jury convicted Yoselyn Ortega of two counts of murder in the deaths of Krim’s children Leo and Lucia, affectionately known as “Lulu.”
Erik and Lyle Menendez, two brothers convicted of murdering their parents in Beverly Hills in 1989, are reunited in the same California state prison after having been kept apart in separate prisons since their convictions in 1996, more than 20 years ago.
Lyle Menendez made a transfer request from Mule Creek State Prison in Northern California to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, according to CNN, which cited a spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Lyle Menendez was transferred on Feb. 22, but on Wednesday, he was moved into the same housing unit as his brother Erik.
Discovery’s cable TV offshoot channel Investigation Discovery is banking on Miami Beach nostalgia to lure viewers on a slow night — the good old days when real celebs hung out in nightclubs occupied by mobsters and locals with too much money.
The station is set to premiere a new episode 7 p.m. Monday of its well-documented true-crime series “Vanity Fair Confidential,” this show detailing the saga of convicted mob killer and nightclub owner Chris Paciello.
Among the highlights is a rare TV interview with former Miami Beach detective Andrew Dohler, who went undercover as a dirty cop to befriend Paciello and then catch him plotting to have a rival whacked, bribing police and associating with high-level Mafia figures.
Within weeks of Dohler’s involvement, Paciello was arrested by the FBI and charged with murder, racketeering and robbery.
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Two more people were just added to a list of people that an elderly woman from Utah allegedly tried to pay to have killed. Linda Tracy Gillman, 70, was convicted of hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband and his new wife last year. Now, she’s accused of trying to hire another hit from jail just three weeks ago, to have two others, one of which is connected with the legal proceedings of the first incident killed.
On Friday, Gillman was convicted of hiring someone to kill her ex and his girlfriend over life insurance money last year, according to KSL in Salt Lake City. That very same day, new charges were filed against Gillman accusing her of trying to hire someone to kill the prosecution’s key witness and an attorney.
A Fallston man, convicted in November of shooting his wife to death — a case that will be the subject of an upcoming episode of “Investigation Discovery”— is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Harford County Circuit Court.
Ricardo Muscolino, 56, faces up to 50 years in prison for killing his wife, Lara Muscolino, who was 48 when she was fatally shot in the master bedroom of couple’s Fallston home on the evening of Aug. 31, 2016.
The couple’s three children were in the house when Muscolino shot his wife, according to police reports and testimony presented during his trial.
An eight-woman, four-man Harford County Circuit Court jury deliberated more than five hours Nov. 2 before returning guilty verdicts on charges of second-degree murder and use of a handgun in a felony. Muscolino was found not-guilty of first-degree murder.
Sandra Mendez Ortega, convicted of grand larceny, was fined $60, and her fine was paid by the jurors who set the penalty. (Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office)
The trial seemed utterly ordinary. A 19-year-old maid swiped a woman’s three rings worth at least $5,000 from a house she was cleaning in Fairfax City, Va., but later returned them after the police questioned her. She was charged with felony grand larceny.
What the jury did was extraordinary. They felt bad for the young woman, pregnant with her second child, and agreed that she had made a dumb, youthful mistake. Reluctantly, they convicted her of the felony. But the fine they imposed was her daily pay as a maid, $60. And then they took up a collection and gave her the money to pay the fine.
“The general sentiment was she was a victim, too,”
Maraj, who long denied the allegations, was tried in Nassau County, New York. Jurors convicted him of endangering the welfare of a child and predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13, Nassau County District Attorney Spokesman Brendan Brosh tells PEOPLE.
The “11 that went to Heaven,” he called them, according to the Chronicle. Along with his supposed confessions, Bell, now 78, provided names for some of the girls he said he killed. He claimed he’d been brainwashed into violence.
But was he telling the truth?
Six years after the Chronicle‘s investigation of Bell, first published in 2011, comes AE’s new six-part docuseries The Eleven, which premieres on Thursday and