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When He Was 13 Years Old, Paris Bennett Stabbed His 4-Year-Old Sister to Death

Viewers who saw the Investigation Discovery documentary The Family I Had last month witnessed a true crime story almost too horrific to contemplate. A decade ago, then 13-year-old Paris Bennett killed his four-year-old sister, Ella, with a kitchen knife.

The documentarians interviewed Paris, now 24, in the Texas prison where he’s serving a 40-year sentence — the state’s maximum sentence for a juvenile murderer — and the New York Post recently published an interview his mother, Charity Lee. Just after midnight on Feb. 5, 2007, cops found Charity at a Buffalo Wild Wings near Abilene, TX, where she waited tables.

“[The police] told me that my daughter had been hurt,” she says in the film, remembering that fateful night. “And I was saying, ‘You need to take me to Ella now,’ and they were like, ‘You can’t go… She’s dead.’

“And that made no sense, because I knew that I’d

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Ohio Man Gets Five Years for Rape That Victim Posted to Snapchat

A 78-year-old Ohio man was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for raping a woman last year, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

James Allen pleaded guilty in October, two months after the rape was recorded by the now 21-year-old victim and posted on the social media app Snapchat, according to the Port Clinton News Herald.

On Thursday, Allen told the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in Port Clinton, Ohio, that he consumed a lot of alcohol on the night of the rape and couldn’t remember everything that happened but was convinced of his actions after viewing the video, according to reports.

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“Once I was shown the video by

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After Nearly 30 Years, Suspect Arrested in Murder of College Freshman Who Vanished on a Jog

Investigators in Washington claim they have cracked a nearly 30-year-old cold case, arresting a 50-year-old man this week in the 1989 slaying of 18-year-old college freshman Amanda “Mandy” Stavik, PEOPLE confirms.

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said in a statement that DNA evidence collected from Stavik’s remains allegedly matched that of Timothy Bass, who has been formally charged with first-degree murder.

The count against him reportedly also includes allegations of rape and kidnapping, prosecutors said. (The statute of limitations on those standalone crimes has expired in Stavik’s case.)

Bass has yet to enter a plea and does not have a lawyer who could comment on his behalf. He is being held on $1 million bail, PEOPLE confirms. He faces a possible life sentence in prison.

On the afternoon of Nov. 24, 1989, Stavik — who was home for Thanksgiving from Central Washington University — went for a jog with the family’s

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How Charles Manson Got Under America’s Skin—For Nearly 50 Years

To understand why Charles Manson has remained such a riveting figure in American popular culture for five decades, it helps to go back to mid-April 1969, when Manson, then 34, called his three dozen or so followers together on the isolated Spahn Ranch outside Los Angeles.

It was several months before the notoriously gruesome murders of actress Sharon Tate and her friends, followed by the wealthy couple Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. But it was well after Manson had informed his ragtag flock of an imminent “Helter Skelter” race war—prophesized, he claimed, by the Bible and the Beatles—and began training them for combat. A few days earlier, officers from the county sheriff’s office had raided Spahn, confiscating stolen dune buggies and arresting some “Manson Family” cult members, though they were soon released on technicalities. Manson himself was away from the ranch and had avoided being taken into custody. But having spent much

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After 36 years on the air, María Elena Salinas is looking forward to me time and happy hour

María Elena Salinas will be stepping down early next month from Univision after a 36-year run, and she’s feeling duly emotional.

But the longtime news anchor is also relishing the moment of freedom for a while.

“First I’m going to pay attention to María Elena, the woman. I’m going to pamper myself,” she told El Nuevo Herald. “I’m going to travel on a Wednesday without having to wait for the weekend and return on a Tuesday. I’m going to go to a happy hour that starts at 5. I’m going to visit friends who live far away who I’ve been waiting for years to see.”

Salinas, one of the top Spanish-language journalists in the country, announced she was leaving the station in August. She is co-anchor with Jorge Ramos of “Noticiero Univision,” the highly rated evening news broadcast on Univision, the nation’s biggest Spanish-language TV network.

Never miss a

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Scott Peterson Murder Trial: 15 Years Later – Us Weekly

Nearly 15 years after the disappearance of Laci Peterson in Modesto, California, it’s a case that continues to baffle a nation.

It was Christmas Eve 2002 when the 27-year-old mom-to-be, more than eight months into her pregnancy, vanished from her seemingly perfect life while walking the family dog. Initially, her husband, Scott Peterson, reported her as a missing person, and their families never suspected he had committed the crime.

So it came as a shock to many when Scott was charged in the disappearance – and ultimately the murder – of his wife. Police became suspicious of the fertilizer salesman due to inconsistencies in his stories, and his calm demeanor throughout the investigation.

Scott Peterson mugshot
Scott Peterson’s mugshot taken on March 17, 2005 in San Quentin, California. California Department of

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A Look Back at the Scott Peterson Murder Trial: 15 Years Later

Nearly 15 years after the disappearance of Laci Peterson in Modesto, California, it’s a case that continues to baffle a nation.

It was Christmas Eve 2002 when the 27-year-old mom-to-be, more than eight months into her pregnancy, vanished from her seemingly perfect life while walking the family dog. Initially, her husband, Scott Peterson, reported her as a missing person, and their families never suspected he had committed the crime.

So it came as a shock to many when Scott was charged in the disappearance – and ultimately the murder – of his wife. Police became suspicious of the fertilizer salesman due to inconsistencies in his stories, and his calm demeanor throughout the investigation.

Scott Peterson mugshot
Scott Peterson’s mugshot taken on March 17, 2005 in San Quentin, California. California Department of

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Drew Peterson’s wife missing 10 years: All that’s happened since

From early on in his wife Stacy’s disappearance, Drew Peterson passed himself off as a devil-may-care serial marriage victim, unfairly suspected in the death of one wife and the disappearance of another.

Stacy Peterson has now been gone for 10 years — she was last seen on Oct. 28, 2007, and reported missing the following day — and by now even Peterson’s son Stephen Peterson has admitted that his father’s joking attitude is “not funny anymore.”

Even early supporters like his son came to believe that there was no good explanation for the disappearance of Stacy, Drew’s fourth wife, and the passing of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found dead in a bathtub in 2004.

Authorities took a new look at Savio’s death after Stacy Peterson disappeared. A jury eventually convicted Drew Peterson of Savio’s murder, and he was sentenced to 38 years in prison.

Storyteller for Justice: Joe Berlinger On Documenting 25 Years of True Crime

Fans of film and TV have come to recognize Berlinger’s stock-in-trade: a socially conscious approach to advocacy that is also cinematically groundbreaking. It’s won him dozens of awards and nominations, including a Best Documentary Academy Award nomination, multiple Emmy awards and nominations, prizes at the world’s top film festivals, and most recently, a 2017 International Documentary Association nomination for his latest feature documentary, “Intent to Destroy.”

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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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