Lady of the Dunes

Lady of the Dunes

On July 26, 1974, 12-year-old Leslie Metcalfe hiked along the sand dunes in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with her parents. When their friends’ dog caught a scent he couldn’t say ‘no’ to, he led Leslie to the decomposing body of a woman who would become known as the Lady of the Dunes.

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The Lillelid Murders

The Lillelid Murders

Along a quiet, gravel road in East Tennessee, a group of six Kentuckians, ranging in age between 14 and 20, on their way to New Orleans to start over, would kidnap and murder a young Christian family. Was justice served when all six were sentenced to life in prison?

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Dana Laskowski. And her Unlikely Killer.

Dana Laskowski. And her Unlikely Killer.

A scorned, ex-husband; a jealous, controlling lover; the rejected cable guy turned stalker; the object of a one-night stand; a teen with a long rap sheet; or a woman’s niece and her best friend. One of these people would kill Dana Laskowski, a loving mother of triplets on August 30, 2001.

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Daniel Marsh. Killing for Pleasure.

Daniel Marsh. Killing for Pleasure.

Have you ever wondered if you’ve walked past a cold-blooded killer? The story of Daniel Marsh will revive your fear of being murdered, and leave you frightened indefinitely.

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Ivan Milat. The Backpacker Murderer.

Ivan Milat. The Backpacker Murderer.

Ivan Milat had a reputation. One that would give him the name, Ivan the Terrible–among others. He was a gun-toting, sister-in-law-impregnating, adulterous backwoods hunter. When hitchhikers backpacking through Australia began to disappear, it would be years before a connection between Ivan and the missing would be made. Because Ivan was hunting. He was hunting humans.

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Donald Harvey. The Angel of Death.

Donald Harvey. The Angel of Death.

In 1987, a nurses aid was sentenced to life for the murder of 37 people in Kentucky and Ohio. According to him, the number was closer to 87. Killing hospital patients and others at will, he considered some, mercy killings—the others were just out of spite. This is the...

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Grant Amato. Addicted to Love.

Grant Amato. Addicted to Love.

Grant and Cody Amato were brothers and best friends. But Cody and his parents would pay the ultimate price when Grant becomes addicted to a cam girl and decides this stranger from the internet is more important than his family.

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Shayna Hubers. Scorned and obsessed.

Shayna Hubers. Scorned and obsessed.

Ryan Poston had everything going for him. Smart, handsome, funny. He was a promising young attorney. But he had one problem: a girl who refused to concede that her relationship with Ryan was over. And if Shayna couldn’t have Ryan, no one would.

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Tony Costa. And His Secret Garden of Gore.

Tony Costa. And His Secret Garden of Gore.

Susan Perry, Sydney Monzon, Patricia Walsh, and Mary Anne Wysocki. These four women were murdered by the same man — Tony Costa. But they wouldn’t be the only victims. Just the ones whose bodies were discovered in a garden near a cemetery in Truro, Massachusetts.

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Marybeth Tinning. Convicted Child Killer.

Marybeth Tinning. Convicted Child Killer.

Marybeth Tinning once said that there were two things she wanted from life—to be married to someone who cared for her and to have children. She’s been married to Joe for 55 years and Marybeth did have children. Between 1971 and 1985, Marybeth and Joe Tinning had 9 children. They also buried nine children.

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Ray and Faye Copeland. The Senior Citizen Serial Killers.

Ray and Faye Copeland. The Senior Citizen Serial Killers.

Ray Copeland was the kind of man who lived by the rule, if you want it, take it. And he did. All the time. Known for stealing livestock in the early 60’s, he spent his time while incarcerated, coming up with new ways to forge checks and pilfer livestock—ways that meant someone would have to die. By the time his scheme was discovered, five men would be dead. And Ray and his wife Faye, aged 76 and 69, would both be sentenced to death.

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The Mysterious Disappearance of the Sodder Children

The Mysterious Disappearance of the Sodder Children

It was Christmas Eve 1945 when a fire broke out at the West Virginia home of George and Jennie Sodder, where they lived with nine of their ten children. George and Jennie, and four of the nine children escaped the fire. George and Jennie Sodder would spend their lives searching for the other five.

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Lee Ann Reidel. Murder and Mistaken Identity.

Lee Ann Reidel. Murder and Mistaken Identity.

January 17, 2001. Amityville, New York. Alex Algeri is working at the gym he co-owns with best friend, Paul Riedel.  Alex exits the gym to get something from his car and is shot to death. When police have zero clues, they look to his best friend—and then—his best friend’s wife. A twisted tale of sex, love and greed would soon unfold.

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Alcoholics Anonymous Member Paul Cox

Alcoholics Anonymous Member Paul Cox

In the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve 1989, a drunk man by the name of Paul Cox smashed a window of the house where he once lived as a young child and stabbed two doctors sleeping there. Next, Paul Cox walked to his parents’ house and passed out after having an apparent blackout. The murders of the two doctors would go unsolved for 4 ½ years.

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Jeff Pelley. The Prom Night Killer.

Jeff Pelley. The Prom Night Killer.

It took nearly two decades for someone to be charged for the brutal shooting of the Pelley family with a shotgun — a gun that’s never been found. And a case that to this day, has family members squaring off on opposite sides of the fight.

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Jerome Brudos. The Shoe Fetish Slayer.

Jerome Brudos. The Shoe Fetish Slayer.

Between 1968 and 1969, at least four women lost their lives in the Pacific Northwest at the hands of a man with a fetish for shoes. What began as an interest in women’s shoes and clothing at the early age of five years old, developed into a lust for high heels, lingerie and murder.

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Gerard John Schaefer. The Serial Killer Cop.

Gerard John Schaefer. The Serial Killer Cop.

Gerard John Schaefer was a man one would think could be trusted. He was, after all, a sheriff’s deputy. But after a botched encounter with two unsuspecting girls, Gerard is forced to turn in his badge. And what his fellow officers thought was merely bad judgement, turned into a nightmare of dead bodies, mementos and written stories of lust and murder.

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The Story of Darlie Routier, Mommie Dearest

The Story of Darlie Routier, Mommie Dearest

On June 6, 1996 in a small town in Texas, two small boys were brutally stabbed to death as they slept in their family room. The mother, Darlene Routier, whose throat had been slashed, called 911 in a frenzy for help. But when the police and EMS arrived, the crime scene didn’t make sense. Twenty-three years later, it’s unclear if anyone will ever know who murdered Devon and Damon Routier.

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Killer Clown of Palm Beach

Killer Clown of Palm Beach

On May 26, 1990, a person disguised as a clown — complete with an orange wig, white face paint, a red nose, and gloves — carried a bouquet of balloons and a basket of flowers to the front door of Marlene Warren.  When Marlene opened the door, this clown, with a red smile painted across the face, said nothing as it handed the delivery to Marlene then lifted a pistol and shot Marlene in the mouth. It would take police twenty-seven years to make an arrest.

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Harvey Glatman. The Glamour Girl Killer.

Harvey Glatman. The Glamour Girl Killer.

During the 1950’s, locked away in a toolbox at a Los Angeles bungalow was an odd and gruesome collection of mementos. Photographs. All the pictures were of women. Some were bound. Some were gagged. Some were dead. Keepsakes of a man. A man who preyed on models trying to make it in Hollywood. A man who possessed a rope fetish that would dominate his life. A man whose actions could define the phrase serial killer — a phrase not yet part of the American vocabulary.

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Cindy James. And the Invisible Stalker.

Cindy James. And the Invisible Stalker.

Between the years of 1982 and 1989, in the quiet suburb of Richmond in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cindy James suffered from nearly a hundred incidents of various forms of harassment. From threatening phone calls and frightening collages of letters and pictures, to...

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Burton Abbott. Guilty until Proven Innocent.

Burton Abbott. Guilty until Proven Innocent.

On April 28th 1955, 14-year-old Stephanie Bryan is abducted on her way home from school in Berkley, California. When her body is found months later near the family cabin of  Burton Abbott, newspapers tried and convicted Burton as her killer before he was even charged with murder. 

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Kristin Rossum. The American Beauty Killer.

Kristin Rossum. The American Beauty Killer.

On November 6, 2000, toxicologist Kristin Rossum called 911. Her husband, Greg de Villers was unresponsive, lying in a pool of rose petals—dead of an apparent suicide. But what began that night would soon unravel into a twisted tale of drugs, murder and adultery.

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Bible John. Scotland’s Zodiac Killer.

Bible John. Scotland’s Zodiac Killer.

Between February 22, 1968 and October 31, 1969, Patricia Docker, Jemima McDonald and Helen Puttock, three young women between the ages of 25 and 32, were raped and murdered by a man quoting the Bible after a night of dancing in Glasgow, Scotland. This scripture-quoting serial killer would become the target of the most extensive manhunt in Scottish criminal history.

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William Heirens. The Lipstick Killer.

William Heirens. The Lipstick Killer.

When 17 year old William Heirens is arrested for burglary in 1946, little did he know he’d soon be a national pariah taking the wrap for not one, but three murders. Between the coerced confession, sensational press coverage, and missing files at the Chicago Police Department, no one really knows where the truth lies.

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The Real-Life Fatal Attraction of Linda Ricchio

The Real-Life Fatal Attraction of Linda Ricchio

From 1980 to 1987, Linda Ricchio was so in love with Ron Ruse, she would do anything—ANYTHING- to keep him. But when Ron wanted to call it quits, Linda turned to years of stalking and harassment in order to win him back. When it was finally over, she’d never be with Ron again. Neither would anyone else.

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The Death Row Confession of Donald Ray Wallace, Jr.

The Death Row Confession of Donald Ray Wallace, Jr.

A man sat on Indiana’s death row professing his innocence for twenty-three years. He wasn’t the man who bound a family of four in Evansville, Indiana with a vacuum cord before shooting them in the head execution style—even though the evidence pointed to him. But in his final days, this dead man walking opened up about what really happened to the Gilligan family, and why it mattered.

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Nannie Doss: The Giggling Granny

Nannie Doss: The Giggling Granny

Nannie Doss was a plump, spectacle-wearing grandmother whose favorite pastimes included reading romance magazines and poisoning relatives. Read more about this poison-packin’ mama…

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Richard Cottingham: The New York Ripper

Richard Cottingham: The New York Ripper

From 1967 to 1980, New York City and suburban New Jersey was the playground for a sexual serial killer who would bind, torture, strangle and dismember his victims. His official count of victims stands at nine, but many, including the killer himself think the number is closer to one hundred.

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The Story of Bill and Melanie McGuire, the suitcase killer of Chesapeake Bay

The Story of Bill and Melanie McGuire, the suitcase killer of Chesapeake Bay

Between May 5 and May 16, 2004 three suitcases washed up in the Chesapeake Bay. Each suitcase carried various parts of the same body. In the months after, prosecutors would attempt to paint a picture of a murderer motivated by jealousy, infidelity, and greed. But did the person convicted of this homicide actually do it? Listen TODAY!

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Audrey Marie Hilley: The Tangled Web of the Black Widow of Alabama

Audrey Marie Hilley: The Tangled Web of the Black Widow of Alabama

In 1983, a woman was found on a back porch in the freezing cold in Anniston, Alabama. She didn’t look like Audrey Marie Hilley—the vibrant mother of two who’d once been an icon of the small town. She looked like an old, wet and dazed woman left for dead. In reality, she wasn’t the mother of two, exceptional co-worker and husband to Frank and later John. She was in fact, an escaped murderer.

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Chaplain Rich, the Craigslist Ghoster

Chaplain Rich, the Craigslist Ghoster

Wanted: Caretaker for a remote piece of Appalachian farmland. Housing provided. Bring all your own possessions.
In the year 2011, more than 100 men applied to this ad. Four were hired. One survived. This is Chaplain Rich, the Craigslist Ghoster.

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Homicides and Happy Faces: The Smiley Face Murders

Homicides and Happy Faces: The Smiley Face Murders

In October of 1995, Keith Hunter Jesperson pleaded guilty to the murder of his fiancé Julie Ann Winningham. But what police thought was the end of an ugly homicide, was only the beginning, as they soon discovered a killing spree than spanned over five years. This is: Happy Faces and Homicide.

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Does It All Come Down to a Ripped Fingernail?

Does It All Come Down to a Ripped Fingernail?

September 23, 1983. On a Friday night when many of the citizens in the small town of Kilgore, Texas were attending the high school football game, five men and women were abducted from a Kentucky Fried Chicken, taken 14 miles up the road, and murdered. It would be 22 years before this case would appear to be solved. But y’all, this case is a hot mess. Did prosecutors put two men in prison for life for murders they didn’t commit? This is the story of the KFC Massacre.

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The Full-Time Father and Part-Time Pick Up Artist

The Full-Time Father and Part-Time Pick Up Artist

Johnny Bayer. Jeff Jones. Richard Hamilton. Alan Livingston. Manuel Resendez. Alan Broussard. Steven Hale. Michael Kehern. Jerry Comer. These men have one thing in common. From 1993 to 1996 they shared a shallow grave in the backyard of businessman Herb Baumeister, just north of Indianapolis. This is: The full-time father and part-time pick up artist.

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