It was Christmas Eve, 1985. Seattle attorney Charles Goldmark was at home with his wife, Annie, and their two children, 10-year-old Colin and 12-year-old Derek; all were eagerly anticipating the festive holiday dinner to come. But a murderous, hate-filled stranger would put an end to all of their plans.
This time of year, nothing goes better with too much eggnog than grim tales of murder. (That’s how we roll at True Crime, anyway.) The first in our series takes place in 1929, on a farm outside Germanton, North Carolina—where on Christmas Day, Charlie Lawson murdered his family before taking his own life.
Even people who don’t follow crime know the name Andrea Yates. On June 20, 2001—six months after giving birth to her fifth baby in seven years—the former nurse, who suffered from severe postpartum depression, drowned each child in the family bathtub. Then, she called 911: “I just killed my kids.”
Murder and mayhem can happen any time of year—even during the holidays (for some, especially during the holidays). For one Florida family, Thanksgiving joy turned to the ultimate horror. And it didn’t end there.
Eighteen-year-old Brian Blackwell was so bright his nickname was “Brains.” But that intelligence, which earned him top marks in school, also enabled him to craft an elaborate fantasy world—one he needed his parents’ money to sustain, and one he was willing to kill for.
Chances are you’ve never heard of the Port Chicago disaster. Yet it was the worst catastrophe on the US home front during World War II. It was the single deadliest incident on the mainland during the war, and remains one of the worst calamities to ever hit the San Francisco Bay Area.
On June 17, 1939, Eugen Weidmann—a slick, handsome 31-year-old German—became the last person to be publicly executed via guillotine in France. His journey toward being a trivia-question answer started with a kidnapping gone awry, and spiraled into a deadly crime spree that spanned half of 1937.
We feel you, Chanel Number Three: Scream Queens is a stinker. But in the interest of seeing the mystery through, we soldier forth for episode eight, “Ghost Stories,” which sees the offing of a few big characters as well as an awful lot of time-wasting.
Here’s the thing about applying for a law enforcement gig: there will probably be an extensive background check. If you have several outstanding warrants, including one for rape, you might want to focus your job search elsewhere. Somehow, this didn’t occur to a man named John Wesley Rose.
Last week, we learned about a group of Texas youths who decided killing one young man’s parents was the best get-rich-quick plan. It ended badly for everyone—as does the tale of Manchester, England’s Stephen Seddon, who was more than old enough to know better.
The true-crime fan in your family or friend group might seem difficult to shop for, but murder, mayhem, and mistletoe go together surprisingly well. This year, skip the generic fruit cake and surprise your favorite dark-side dweller with a gift tailored especially to his or her sinister interests.
Oh, what a happy picture. At left, that’s millionaire Jacques Mossler; at far right, his blonde wife, Candy. They’re with court officials, formally adopting the offspring of Leonard Glenn, who murdered his wife and infant son. Tragically, it would not be the last time these kids would experience murder.
We’ve all been saying this since week one, but without Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens is nothing. The rest is vapid nonsense holding up a paper-thin serial killer story that’s spread over way too many episodes. But “Mommie Dearest” did actually allow the mystery to creep forward a few degrees.
For this tragic tale of youth, greed, and murder, we head to the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Mansfield, Texas. Specifically, we head to the town’s local IHOP, where dark schemes were plotted alongside vats of syrup and stacks of breakfast meats.
There are plenty of things to worry about while traveling, without adding being brutally murdered into the mix. But it happens more often than you’d think, even in places that seem like paradise. Read on for terrible tales of vacations gone nightmarishly wrong.
Barbara Walters sat down with John Ramsey for her new Investigation Discovery show, “Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals.” It’s been 19 years since baby beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered in her home; the Ramsey family wasn’t officially cleared of involvement in 2008.
An Illinois cop whose September 1 shooting death—discovered after he requested backup while in pursuit of three suspects—has been ruled a suicide, apparently motivated by the dead man’s fear that an embezzlement scheme he’d been running for years was about to be exposed.
Scream Queens took a break last week (thanks, baseball), and we hardly missed it. Its return to the airwaves, “Beware of Young Girls,” yielded one huge clue that moved the show’s central mystery forward, a few juicy Jamie Lee Curtis scenes, and a whole lotta hot air. Let’s dive in, shall we?