Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects of Netflix’s Making a Murderer, will remain in prison, following a ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
With a four to three decision on Friday, the panel of judges ruled that Dassey’s confession about his involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach was properly obtained by police.
Last year, the 28-year-old’s conviction was overturned when a federal judge ruled the confession had been coerced. Then, in June, a three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stood by the determination, but the state appealed for a full court ruling.
In 2007, Dassey was sentenced to life after being convicted of being party to first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault. His case became national news upon the 2015 premiere of Making a Murderer. The Netflix true crime documentary series focused on Massey’s uncle, Steven Avery, and questioned the guilt of
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A former Massachusetts trash collector is speaking out on broadcast TV this week for the first time since he was convicted of raping and murdering a 46-year-old single mother more than 15 years ago.
The death of Christa Worthington in Truro, Massachusetts, gripped the small Cape Cod community and made headlines around the country.
The killing remained unsolved for three years until the surprise arrest of Christopher McCowen, Worthington’s former trash collector, who was placed at the scene by DNA evidence. A disputed statement McCowen gave to police, admitting he had sex with Worthington and beat her, was also damning. He blamed the fatal stabbing on a friend, who police said had an alibi.
McCowen has steadfastly maintained his sex with Worthington was consensual — a claim he reiterated in a new interview with ABC News for a Friday night episode of 20/20, which re-examines the case and questions
Read more at: http://people.com/crime/christopher-mccowen-abc-interview-christa-worthington-murder/
FAMILY MAN, LADIES MAN, MURDERER:
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY REVEALS THE MONSTER BEHIND THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LACI PETERSON IN “SCOTT PETERSON: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY”
– The Latest Installment of the Hit AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY Franchise Debuts Wednesday, November 29 at 9/8c on ID –
(Silver Spring, Md.) – On Christmas Eve in 2002, 9-1-1 dispatchers in Modesto, California receive a particularly harrowing call from local resident Ron Grantski – his 27-year-old, expecting stepdaughter, Laci Peterson, is missing. Investigators and family frantically search for the pregnant woman, retracing Laci’s every move in hopes of finding the missing mother-to-be and her unborn son, Conner. Laci’s college sweetheart husband, Scott, chronicles the day for police; but when details of the timeline don’t
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Interest in true crime has to be at an all-time high right now, with the number of documentaries, podcasts, TV shows and books devoted to the topic too high to count.
One incredible book that shouldn’t get lost in today’s flood of true crime material is “The Man From the Train: The Solving of A Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery” by Bill James with research assistance from his daughter, Rachel McCarthy James.
The book centers around The Villisca Axe Murders of
Read more at: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/books/article181223686.html
Nearly 20 years ago, in letters he wrote to local prosecutors, Texas murderer Edward Harold Bell claimed the Marine he’d shot and killed in 1978 was not his only victim.
In fact, he said, there were seven others, all girls.
Years later, in a series of prison interviews with the Houston Chronicle in 2011, Bell revised that number of purported victims. It wasn’t seven, he said — it was 11.
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
Read more at: http://people.com/crime/texas-edward-harold-bell-serial-killer-tv-series/
Holly Bobo’s parents say in a new interview that they agreed with prosecutors to let her convicted killer be spared a possible death sentence so that they could “hopefully” begin to recover from her murder more than six years ago.
Dana and Karen Bobo discussed the decision in a sit-down with ABC News’ 20/20, airing on Friday night and exclusively previewed above.
Asked why they chose to spare 33-year-old Zach Adams the possibility of an execution, Karen says it was about their own peace: “So that we can hopefully start doing a little bit of healing.”
Adams was convicted on Sept. 22 of kidnapping, rape and first-degree murder in connection with Holly’s slaying. He was sentenced the next day to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 50 years.
Read more at: http://people.com/crime/holly-bobo-parents-agreed-death-penalty-zach-adams/
The rhetorical questions that leave you hanging, thirsting for more.
The creepy slow-motion close ups to random objects, like a coffee cup, that totally makes you convinced they’re significant pieces of evidence.
The tales of childhood from neighbours and descriptions of how the suspect in question was ‘always such a good kid’ and that ‘no one expected they could do something like this’.
If you’re a fan of Netflix’s Making A Murder, Amanda Knox, or the Serial podcast, you’ll be well-aware of these stylistic techniques that keep you on the edge of your seat and questioning every twist and turn of a true crime story, until its inevitable cliff-hanger ending.
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With that in mind, Netflix appears to have applied its
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