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New Podcast Asks: Did Cops Investigating Atlanta Child Murders Get the Right Guy?

Did Wayne Williams kill more than 25 children, adolescents and adults during a two-year-spree that terrorized Atlanta’s black community nearly 40 years ago?

That’s the mystery explored in a new true-crime podcast, Atlanta Monster, which picks up where the investigation left off after Williams, who was charged only with killing two adults, was convicted and sentenced in 1982 to two consecutive life terms in prison and assumed by prosecutors to be guilty of all the other killings.

Williams, 59, was never charged in any other murders and has maintained his innocence.

A 2016 podcast, Up and Vanished, by Atlanta Monster creators and Tenderfoot TV founders Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright, enlisted listeners as real-time detectives to reconsider the cold-case investigation into the 2005 murder of Georgia teacher and former beauty queen Tara Grinstead. The podcast is credited with contributing to two arrests in the case last year.

The creators hope to generate the

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/up-and-vanished-wayne-williams-atlanta-child-murders/

Atlanta Child Murders Case: New Podcast Questions Killer’s Guilt …

Did Wayne Williams kill more than 25 children, adolescents and adults during a two-year-spree that terrorized Atlanta’s black community nearly 40 years ago?

That’s the mystery explored in a new true-crime podcast, Atlanta Monster, which picks up where the investigation left off after Williams, who was charged only with killing two adults, was convicted and sentenced in 1982 to two consecutive life terms in prison and assumed by prosecutors to be guilty of all the other killings.

Williams, 59, was never charged in any other murders and has maintained his innocence.

A 2016 podcast, Up and Vanished, by Atlanta Monster creators and Tenderfoot TV founders Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright, enlisted listeners as real-time detectives to reconsider the cold-case investigation into the 2005 murder of Georgia teacher and former beauty queen Tara Grinstead. The podcast is credited with contributing to two arrests in the case last year.

The creators hope to generate the

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/up-and-vanished-wayne-williams-atlanta-child-murders/

Harrisonville murders on Investigation Discovery

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., true-crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) will be retelling the murders of Cara Jo Roberts and Nina Whitney in Harrisonville on its series, Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent.

In the episode, life in Harrisonville is shaken to the core when young mother, Cara Jo Roberts, is found dead in her bathtub. As investigators work to catch a ruthless killer, he strikes again, killing

Read more at: https://gallatinnorthmissourian.com/2017/12/06/harrisonville-murders-on-investigation-discovery/

‘The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All’ Gives Viewers A Whole New Perspective On The Case

You may think that you’ve already learned everything there is to know about the infamous Menendez Murders after watching the first season of the new Law Order spinoff, Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. But although this fictional series covered many of the events surrounding the crime and the eventual trial, it was still a scripted drama that was free to interpret some events as the writers saw fit. The new AE documentary series, The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All, (airing Thursdays at 10 p.m.) seeks to sort through the rumors and speculation regarding the case to get down to the facts (at least the facts as Erik sees them). And Erik Menendez himself will speak out regarding the murders, in the most in-depth interview he has given since the trial.  

Erik and Lyle Menendez were the

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/the-menendez-murders-erik-tells-all-gives-viewers-a-whole-new-perspective-on-the-case-6745446

‘The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All’ Gives Viewers A Whole New …

You may think that you’ve already learned everything there is to know about the infamous Menendez Murders after watching the first season of the new Law Order spinoff, Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. But although this fictional series covered many of the events surrounding the crime and the eventual trial, it was still a scripted drama that was free to interpret some events as the writers saw fit. The new AE documentary series, The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All, (airing Thursdays at 10 p.m.) seeks to sort through the rumors and speculation regarding the case to get down to the facts (at least the facts as Erik sees them). And Erik Menendez himself will speak out regarding the murders, in the most in-depth interview he has given since the trial.  

Erik and Lyle Menendez were the

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/the-menendez-murders-erik-tells-all-gives-viewers-a-whole-new-perspective-on-the-case-6745446

‘The Man From The Train’: This books claims to solve century-old serial murders

Interest in true crime has to be at an all-time high worldwide right now, with the number of documentaries, podcasts, TV shows and books devoted to the topic of murders 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 centres around the Villisca axe murders of 1912, a case often described as the greatest unsolved crime in American history. I count at least seven podcasts with episodes on the Villisca murders – in fact, a true crime podcast is where I first heard of Villisca.

But James’ book goes way beyond that one horrific act – the gruesome murder of an entire family of six plus two young neighbour girls in the small town of Villisca,

Read more at: http://www.star2.com/culture/2017/11/30/century-old-serial-murders-solved/

The Petit Family Murders: How a Mom Tried to Save Her Loved Ones from Being Held Hostage

By all accounts, the Petits of Cheshire, Connecticut, were the model of the perfect family: An accomplished doctor and a pediatric nurse, well-liked in the community, raising two bright daughters — the elder one, 17, preparing to follow her father to Dartmouth, and the younger one, 11, already discovering a passion for cooking.

But that sweet tableau was shattered on July 23, 2007, when Jennifer Hawke-Petit and kids Hayley and Michaela were murdered in cold blood by two men who broke into the family home in the middle of the night and held them hostage for hours.

Only the father, Dr. William Petit Jr., survived, having been beaten and locked in the basement, emerging as the police arrived to find his house in flames and his family gone.

What began with a chance encounter ended with a horrifying tale of extortion, sexual assault and murder that shook a sleepy suburb

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/petit-family-murders-preview-people-magazine-investigates/

Petit Family Murders Featured on People Magazine Investigates …

By all accounts, the Petits of Cheshire, Connecticut, were the model of the perfect family: An accomplished doctor and a pediatric nurse, well-liked in the community, raising two bright daughters — the elder one, 17, preparing to follow her father to Dartmouth, and the younger one, 11, already discovering a passion for cooking.

But that sweet tableau was shattered on July 23, 2007, when Jennifer Hawke-Petit and kids Hayley and Michaela were murdered in cold blood by two men who broke into the family home in the middle of the night and held them hostage for hours.

Only the father, Dr. William Petit Jr., survived, having been beaten and locked in the basement, emerging as the police arrived to find his house in flames and his family gone.

What began with a chance encounter ended with a horrifying tale of extortion, sexual assault and murder that shook a sleepy suburb

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/petit-family-murders-preview-people-magazine-investigates/

‘Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders’ Takes Viewers Back To Where The True Crime Genre Began

One of the most puzzling true crime stories has to be the horrifying tale of the Clutter family murders in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. On Nov. 18 and 19 at 9 p.m. ET, SundanceTV will premiere a two-night, four-hour limited series based on the famous case called, Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders. This particular case, along with Truman Capote’s controversial account of it for his book In Cold Blood, has been credited (like in this Newsweek article) with starting the true crime genre and fascination. So, viewers will want to tune in for SundanceTV’s take on the events.

True crime has certainly had somewhat of a resurgence recently, with docuseries’ popping up everywhere you turn about every infamous case you could imagine. But, initially, the true crime medium of choice wasn’t documentaries and television series and podcasts, it was in

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/cold-blooded-the-clutter-family-murders-takes-viewers-back-to-where-the-true-crime-genre-began-5496838