Monthly Archives: April 2017

Body of Boy, 9, Found After Massive Search Following the Death of His Mom and 2-Year-Old Sister

On Saturday afternoon, an Arkansas sheriff announced a 9-year-old boy’s body has been found, making him the fourth member of his family found dead this week, authorities confirmed to 4029 News.

Reilly Scarbrough’s body was discovered in a wooded area near Hatfield in western Arkansas, according to Associated Press. The discovery follows his 2-year-old sister Acelynn Wester’s body being recovered Friday. The children’s mother, Bethany Jo Wester, 43, was found dead in a creek on Tuesday, and her uncle Steven Payne, 66, was found dead Thursday in a home in Hatfield, according to AP.

The two children were the subject of a manhunt after they were reported missing last week, according to 4029 News.

The suspect, who Arkansas Times reports is Wester’s boyfriend Brian Bliss Travis, is currently in custody on a drug paraphernalia charge, according to the outlet.

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/boy-9-found-dead-after-body-2-year-old-sister-was-found/

Irish psychologist explains why teenagers are driven to kill in new true crime series Teens Who Kill

Mr Connolly, of The Connolly Counselling Centre in south Dublin, has written about the reptilian function of the brain, our natural alarm system, which he claims can be triggered by interventions in childbirth such as forceps or ventouse delivery, or caesarean sections, and have a lasting impact on a child’s emotional development.

“A child who has had a difficult birth, a difficult experience coming into the world, lives in a world where they feel very defensive,” he says.  “It’s like they’re going around with an AK47.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/irish-psychologist-explains-why-teenagers-are-driven-to-kill-in-new-true-crime-series-teens-who-kill-35662922.html

Madeleine McCann’s Parents Still Have ‘Hope’ and Buy Daughter Birthday Presents 10 Years After Her Disappearance

Madeleine McCann‘s parents are speaking out in the wake of news that authorities are investigating a “significant line of inquiry” in the decade-old case.

Kate and Gerry McCann – whose 3-year-old daughter vanished from her family’s rented ground-floor apartment in Portugal on May 3, 2007 – tell British journalist Fiona Bruce in a new interview that they “still hope” Madeleine will be found, according to the U.K.’s Press Association.

“There is progress and there are some very credible lines of inquiry that the police are working on and whilst there’s no evidence to give us any negative news, you know, that hope is still there,” said Kate.

In a statement last week from London’s Metropolitan Police, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said a team of four detectives continues to work on “outstanding inquiries” in Madeleine’s disappearance, with aid from their Portuguese counterparts.

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/madeleine-mccann-parents-10th-anniversary-interview/

The 7 cliches of the true crime epidemic gripping television …

With that, the flood-gates were thrown back. Last year’s Amanda Knox sought to dispel the half-truths surrounding the murder trial of the American exchange student. At around the same time, ESPN released OJ: Made In America, which went on to win an Oscar for its revisiting of the 1994 “trial of the century”.

Just arrived on Netflix today, meanwhile, is Casting JonBenét, an arty rumination on the 1996 killing of six-year-old pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey. To mark its debut, we count down the inescapable tropes of true crime’s golden age.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/the-7-cliches-of-the-true-crime-epidemic-gripping-television-35661084.html

The 7 cliches of the true crime epidemic gripping television

With that, the flood-gates were thrown back. Last year’s Amanda Knox sought to dispel the half-truths surrounding the murder trial of the American exchange student. At around the same time, ESPN released OJ: Made In America, which went on to win an Oscar for its revisiting of the 1994 “trial of the century”.

Just arrived on Netflix today, meanwhile, is Casting JonBenét, an arty rumination on the 1996 killing of six-year-old pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey. To mark its debut, we count down the inescapable tropes of true crime’s golden age.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/the-7-cliches-of-the-true-crime-epidemic-gripping-television-35661084.html

Boise teachers’ ‘Thin Air’ podcast breathes life into missing-person cases

Best friends. True-crime fans. Storytellers.

That’s the simplest description of the Boise duo behind “Thin Air,” a podcast that for the past 16 months has been renewing public interest in cold cases involving missing people from across the United States.

Jordan Sims and Daniel Calderon, both 30-something schoolteachers, have long shared a fascination for reality TV shows such as “Big Brother” and “Survivor,” and true-crime shows such as “48 Hours Mystery,” “20/20,” and “Forensic Files.”

They got the idea to do their podcast when their favorite TV show, Investigation Discovery’s “Disappeared,” went off the air for a few years (it came back in mid-2016).

“To fill the void in our lives,” said Sims, who remembered calling Calderon one night to tell him she had an idea for a podcast — and the name for it.

Another inspiration, she said, was the podcast “Serial,” which blazed a new trail

Read more at: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/community/boise/article147533994.html

Boise teachers, friends, true-crime lovers: Thin Air missing persons …

Best friends. True-crime fans. Storytellers.

That’s the simplest description of the Boise duo behind “Thin Air,” a podcast that for the past 16 months has been renewing public interest in cold cases involving missing people from across the United States.

Jordan Sims and Daniel Calderon, both 30-something schoolteachers, have long shared a fascination for reality TV shows such as “Big Brother” and “Survivor,” and true-crime shows such as “48 Hours Mystery,” “20/20,” and “Forensic Files.”

They got the idea to do their podcast when their favorite TV show, Investigation Discovery’s “Disappeared,” went off the air for a few years (it came back in mid-2016).

“To fill the void in our lives,” said Sims, who remembered calling Calderon one night to tell him she had an idea for a podcast — and the name for it.

Another inspiration, she said, was the podcast “Serial,” which blazed a new trail

Read more at: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/community/boise/article147533994.html

Casting JonBenet Netflix Review: New True Crime Documentary …

With Casting JonBenet, director Kitty Green, whose credits include the similar, meta-documentary The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul, is interested in the way the murder is remembered by locals in Boulder, Colorado, where the shocking incident occurred. Any details of who, what, when, where, and why are spouted by individuals who aren’t completely certain of the facts. Green also leads these people to believe that they are auditioning for parts in a movie that would dramatize the murder. But there is no other such movie. The making of the “movie” is also the finished product.

Read more at: https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/casting-jonbenet-netflix-review-true-crime-documentary