Before she died two years ago, true-crime author Michelle McNamara made it her mission to identify a man believed to have committed 12 slayings and at least 50 rapes across California from 1976 to 1986.
On Wednesday — four days after the second anniversary of her death — California authorities finally arrested a suspect, leading McNamara’s fans to credit her with helping to find justice from beyond the grave.
McNamara, who published the website True Crime Diary, was long fascinated by the unsolved case, dubbed the suspect the “Golden State Killer” and investigated it on her own.
“The displeased felt that (nickname) sounded too glamorous, like he was a Hollywood star. But as my research takes me across California the more I feel the moniker, with its jarring juxtaposition, is apt,” she wrote in a 2014 post.
On 29 November 1970, in the remote Isdalen Valley outside of the Norwegian port-side town of Bergen, a woman’s body was found by two young girls, badly burned and surrounded by a set of peculiar objects (bottles of water; a rubber boot; burnt paper). Her identity, and how she died, has remained a mystery ever since.
Known in Norway as the Isdal Woman, the countless questions that surround her mysterious life and death are the subject of a major new podcast from the BBC’s World Service and Norway’s public radio service, NRK.
Led by Norwegian investigative journalist, Marit Higraff, and British BBC radio documentary maker, Neil McCarthy, Death in Ice Valley intends to find answers that have evaded police, journalists, and crime novelists for the past 47 years.
“It’s the depths of the Cold War”, McCarthy tells me over the phone “and there’s lots of clues but because she’s such an elusive, ghost-like character, she’s
Lauren Giddings was an enthusiastic young woman who moved to Macon, Georgia from Maryland after being accepted to law school, but her time would be cut short by a disturbed and deranged classmate living right next door, according to The Baltimore Sun. Speaking to Oxygen’s “In Ice Cold Blood,” Giddings’ sister, Kaitlyn Wheeler, said: “She really didn’t bloom until college. She was loud and fun. She wasn’t as much like that in high school.”
Wheeler also recounted the last time she communicated with her sister. “The last time I specifically remember talking to Lauren was through text message on June 24, which was a Friday. I was driving home from my honeymoon,” Wheeler said. “It took me a few days to realize that she hadn’t responded.”
Other family members and friends began to notice they hadn’t heard from Lauren, and Wheeler asked a friend of Lauren’s to check her apartment
The true-crime documentary series, now in its third season, aired an hourlong special on the confounding case April 1 in an episode titled “Love Kills.” The episode pulls together 13 interviews from people who have been heavily immersed in the case over the years, including members of Stites’ and Reed’s family, special prosecutor Lisa Tanner and Curtis Davis, a Bastrop County deputy and friend to Stites’ then-fiance Jimmy Fennell, who was an early suspect in the case.
A Georgia woman and her boyfriend are charged in the death of her 3-month old son, who suffocated after falling asleep face-down on a plush pillow in his crib, multiple outlets report.
Elizabeth Norris, 23, and Adam Brady, 30, were arrested on Monday and charged with second-degree murder, local outlets including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV report. The baby slept on his stomach on a long, plush pillow the couple allegedly placed at the bottom of his fold-up crib, WSB-TV reports.