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Suspect Convictions Episode 4: True-Crime Experts Give Case Fresh Look

GLT is partnering with the true crime podcast Suspect Convictions to explore the 1998 murder of 3-year-old Bloomington girl Christina McNeil.

Her father was convicted of the crime but has long maintained his innocence, claiming an ex-girlfriend was the real killer—the same woman later convicted in a separate murder. New episodes air Fridays on GLT’s Sound Ideas. You can also subscribe to the podcast.

On this week’s episode of Suspect Convictions, our reporters expand their storytelling to include new perspective from two expert true-crime investigators who have their own questions about the case.

Suspect Convictions reporters Scott Reeder and Willis Kern pause their own reporting to discuss the first three episodes with Aphrodite Jones and Bob Ruff. Those first three episodes covered the discovery of Christina McNeil’s body in 1998, the prosecution’s case against her father Barton and an explanation from Barton’s attorneys at the Illinois Innocence Project about why they

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Experts still clueless on what drives mass murder 50 years after unhinged man fatally blasts six

On an autumn Monday morning 50 years ago, Leo Held piloted his blue station wagon along his customary 17-mile roller coaster commute up and down the ridge-and-valley Appalachians of north-central Pennsylvania.

Middle age had arrived early for Held, a married father of four children, ages 5 to 19. Doughy and balding, he had just turned 40 but looked eligible for a senior discount.

Held choked the steering wheel that morning — Oct. 23, 1967 — as he drove toward the Lock Haven, Pa., paper mill where he worked, seething over the affronts he used to rationalize what he was about to do.

Friends and colleagues would later describe Held as an ordinary man. But his mind played a nonstop reel of umbrage-taking. He felt persecuted for conflicts that reasonable adults would brush off or talk through.

‘Psychological autopsy’ could uncover Las Vegas gunman’s motives

There were the carpoolers who banned

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Why Do We Love To Read "Girl" Thrillers So Much? Experts Say It’s About More Than Suspense

Are murder mysteries with the word “girl” in the title really as overwhelmingly popular as they seem, or are appearances deceiving? I asked a panel of experts on human behavior and forensics, and reached out to the nation’s biggest libraries to find out why “girl” murder mysteries are so popular, and their answers might just surprise you.

Over the last several years, murder mysteries and true-crime stories have made big money for publishers, podcasters, and producers. Since Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl took the world by storm in 2012, it seems that book publishers have been shoehorning the word “Girl” into as many titles as possible, many of which are similarly themed murder mysteries and thrillers. Think about it. There’s The Girl on the Train, The Good Girl, All the Missing Girls, Luckiest Girl Alive, Final Girls, The Girl Before, and that’s just off

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Legal Experts React to Conviction in Suicide Texting Case: Is It ‘Thoughtful’ or Unconstitutional?

On Friday morning, three days after the close of her trial, a Bristol County, Massachusetts, judge found 20-year-old Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter — ruling that she recklessly encouraged her emotionally vulnerable boyfriend to kill himself three years ago.

But what effect will the decision have on future criminal cases in the United States? While some legal experts were reportedly surprised at the ruling, at least one believes its impact will be negligible.

“There have been many cases involving people either encouraging or providing assistance to someone who then commits suicide,” says Larry Cunningham, a former prosecutor and vice dean at St. John’s University School of Law in New York, who is unconnected with the case.

“What is really unique about this case is so many of the communications exchanged between Michelle Carter and

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Burke Ramsey Sues CBS and Several Experts for $750 Million Over JonBenét Series

Burke Ramsey has filed a second defamation lawsuit over a recent CBS docuseries that advanced the theory he killed his younger sister, JonBenét, more than two decades ago, PEOPLE confirms.

After suing forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz in October for $150 million in damages, lawyers for Burke on Wednesday filed another civil suit — this one, naming CBS as well as Critical Content LLC, the production company behind The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, and seven experts and consultants featured in the special, which aired over two nights in mid-September.

PEOPLE obtained a copy of the second suit, which seeks $250 million in compensatory damages and $500 million in punitive damages.

In addition to listing Spitz as a defendant, the suit filed Wednesday names retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent and criminal profiler Jim Clemente; criminal behaviorist Laura Richards; Jim Kolar, a former lead investigator in the JonBenét Ramsey murder investigation; forensic

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Watch: Experts Think Long Island Serial Killer Operates During the …

It’s been nearly six years since police discovered that a serial killer may be afoot on Long Island, New York.

On Monday night, PEOPLE’s crime team takes a closer look at the enduring mystery with the premiere of its new true crime series on Investigation Discovery, People Magazine Investigates.

Despite years of investigation, there are more theories than answers about who is responsible for at least some of the 10-plus bodies discovered around Long Island’s Gilgo Beach. The case has since been dubbed the Long Island Serial Killer.

Is only one person responsible for all of the dead? What connects them all? Because many of the victims vanished in the summer months, could the killer or killers be a teacher — or perhaps a fisherman?

“He is a seasonal hunter, ” says serial killer expert

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/long-island-serial-killer-summer-people-magazine-investigates-clip/

Watch: Experts Think Long Island Serial Killer Operates During the …

It’s been nearly six years since police discovered that a serial killer may be afoot on Long Island, New York.

On Monday night, PEOPLE’s crime team takes a closer look at the enduring mystery with the premiere of its new true crime series on Investigation Discovery, People Magazine Investigates.

Despite years of investigation, there are more theories than answers about who is responsible for at least some of the 10-plus bodies discovered around Long Island’s Gilgo Beach. The case has since been dubbed the Long Island Serial Killer.

Is only one person responsible for all of the dead? What connects them all? Because many of the victims vanished in the summer months, could the killer or killers be a teacher — or perhaps a fisherman?

“He is a seasonal hunter, ” says serial killer expert

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/long-island-serial-killer-summer-people-magazine-investigates-clip/

WATCH: Why Experts Think the Long Island Serial Killer — or Killers — Is a ‘Seasonal Hunter’

It’s been nearly six years since police discovered that a serial killer may be afoot on Long Island, New York.

On Monday night, PEOPLE’s crime team takes a closer look at the enduring mystery with the premiere of its new true crime series on Investigation Discovery, People Magazine Investigates.

Despite years of investigation, there are more theories than answers about who is responsible for at least some of the 10-plus bodies discovered around Long Island’s Gilgo Beach. The case has since been dubbed the Long Island Serial Killer.

Is only one person responsible for all of the dead? What connects them all? Because many of the victims vanished in the summer months, could the killer or killers be a teacher — or perhaps a fisherman?

“He is a seasonal hunter, ” says serial killer expert

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/long-island-serial-killer-summer-people-magazine-investigates-clip/