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How the ‘Killer Clown’ Suspect Was Caught 27 Years Later

Police were able to catch an alleged killer who police say dressed as a clown and killed a woman in Florida nearly 30 years ago by setting a trap for her, ABC’s 20/20 reports in an episode airing Friday night.

In May 1990, when Marlene Warren, 40, opened the door of her luxurious Palm Beach County home, she was fatally shot in the face by someone dressed as a clown who then slid into a white convertible and calmly drove away.

The case went cold for years until Palm Beach County authorities reopened it — and discovered new DNA evidence allegedly linking a woman named Sheila Keen Warren, 54, to the crime, say police.

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Sheila,

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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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‘There Are Monsters in This World’: Ohio ‘Serial Abductor’ Gets 35 Years for Kidnapping Girls From Bedrooms

A kidnapping suspect in Ohio who prosecutors characterized as a “serial abductor” and a “monster” has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for targeting young girls in their own homes.

Justin Christian was arrested late last year and pleaded guilty in Cuyahoga County Court last week to kidnapping, rape and burglary, according to a statement from the FBI’s Cleveland Division.

According to investigators, the 30-year-old kidnapped a 6-year-old girl from her home in Cleveland and sexually assaulted her. Before that, he tried to take a 10-year-old girl from a home in Elyria right out of her own bedroom.

“You were cruel and heartless to those children,” Judge Nancy Russo told Christian in court on Thursday before accepting the plea agreement.

Two Victims

FBI agents began looking for Christian after he kidnapped a 6-year-old Cleveland girl.

Surveillance video from the nearby homes shows him loitering outside the girl’s home on May 14, May 15

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Meet The Men Who Have Given Years Of Their Life To Crack The Maura Murray Case

Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna, who will be seen on Oxygen’s “The Disappearance of Maura Murray,” premiering Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8:15/7:15c, have always been interested in trying to solve mysteries. The two met in 2001 after Lance hired Tim to work on a murder mystery dinner theater play that Lance wrote. Together, they wrote, and acted in a handful of other murder mystery dinner plays.

A few years after they met, Maura Murray vanished. On February 9, 2004, the 21-year-old nursing student emailed her professors at University of Massachusetts  and her employer requesting time off after death in her family. The death turned out to be made up. That night, she crashed her car into a tree in New Hampshire. A few witnesses called the police, and when they showed up, Maura was gone.

The mysterious disappearance intrigued Lance and Tim. Like Maura, both are from New England. So,

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Pa. Mom Gets 30 to 80 Years for Drowning 2 Sons in Bathtub After Previously Trying to Run Them Over

A Pennsylvania mom who drowned her two young sons in a bathtub in 2014 was sentenced Wednesday to 30 to 80 years in prison, according to multiple reports.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, 44, was sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison for each child: Luke, 3 and Daniel 6. The sentences will run consecutively.

“The sentence that will be imposed is a de facto life sentence — as it should be for the taking of two innocent lives,” Judge Jeffrey A. Manning said.

Manning had delayed Schlemmer’s sentencing for a month because he was concerned about her mental competency, according to the Toronto Sun. But according to the Post-Gazette, in a recent health evaluation, she was found to be exhibiting no signs of mental illness.

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Edie Falco on Why She Decided to Return to Law & Order After All These Years

The Sopranos) and a pill pusher (Nurse Jackie). Falco, 54, is no stranger to playing morally complex characters. On NBC’s Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (Sept. 26), she portrays Leslie Abramson, the controversial defense attorney who represented Lyle and Erik Menendez in the mid-’90s before they were convicted of murdering their parents. Law Order, which made drama out of thinly veiled tabloid crime, is now embracing true crime without filter.

You played a recurring character on Law Order from 1993 to 1998. How does the new version differ from the original flavor?

Certainly every

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Oxygen Examines Case of Ex-Cop Drew Peterson’s Still-Missing Fourth Wife 10 Years After Disappearance

For 10 years, the fate and whereabouts of Stacy Peterson have remained unknown, even as her ex-cop husband sits in jail on two unrelated convictions — one for murdering a different wife and another for trying to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars for that murder.

Now the Oxygen network promises a fresh look at the mystery and at Drew Peterson, the disgraced, attention-seeking former police officer in Bollingbrook, Illinois, who has long maintained he had nothing to do with his bride’s 2007 disappearance.

The two-hour special Snapped Notorious: Drew Peterson premieres August 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. An exclusive trailer is at the top of this post.

The broadcast marks the 10th anniversary since Stacy, who was Drew’s fourth wife, went missing. He has alleged in court records and his public statements that the 25-year-old was cheating on him with another man and had run off with him.

Stacy’s family

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Revisiting the Son of Sam’s Arrest 40 Years Later – People

Four decades ago, a lowly postal worker from Yonkers held all of New York City in the grip of terror, carrying out a deadly string of late-night shootings that killed six and injured seven, triggering one of the largest police manhunts in the city’s history.

David Berkowitz — the self-proclaimed “Son of Sam” — evaded police for more than a year but was arrested on Aug. 10, 1977, outside his apartment building.

On Saturday, five days before the 40th anniversary of his capture, Investigation Discovery will air a two-hour documentary special that revisits the serial killer’s spree and eventual arrest called Son of Sam: The Hunt for a Killer and exclusively previewed above.

The program follows the parallel stories of Berkowitz’s victims and the detectives who brought him down.

In the exclusive clip, retired N.Y.C.

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The Moment the ‘Son of Sam’ Was Captured by Police 40 Years Ago, Ending His Murder Spree: ‘You Got Me’

Four decades ago, a lowly postal worker from Yonkers held all of New York City in the grip of terror, carrying out a deadly string of late-night shootings that killed six and injured seven, triggering one of the largest police manhunts in the city’s history.

David Berkowitz — the self-proclaimed “Son of Sam” — evaded police for more than a year but was arrested on Aug. 10, 1977, outside his apartment building.

Investigation Discovery’s two-hour documentary, Son of Sam: The Hunt for a Killer, ran Aug. 5 and is now available on ID’s TV Everywhere platform, ID GO. (A clip is above.)

The program follows the parallel stories of Berkowitz’s victims and the detectives who brought him down.

In the clip, retired N.Y.C. police detective William Gardella recounts how he and others first took Berkowitz

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