A business woman’s life becomes a sci-fi tale, when her new boyfriend’s ex is abducted and clues point toward an extraterrestrial motive.
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A business woman’s life becomes a sci-fi tale, when her new boyfriend’s ex is abducted and clues point toward an extraterrestrial motive.more...
Shayne and Kelly Lovera looked like the perfect couple. But there was trouble brewing beneath their picture perfect facade.more...
Shayne and Kelly Lovera looked like the perfect couple. But there was trouble brewing beneath their picture perfect facade.
And when his body was discovered on a remote mountain side, investigators would have to follow a trail of blood to determine whether Kelly's death was an accident, a suicide, or murder.
It was a romance with all the elements of a text-book teen tragedy. She was sweet sixteen. He was an older man of 20. When her father found out, he was determined to separate them and he ultimately succeeded.
It was a romance with all the elements of a text-book teen tragedy. She was sweet sixteen. He was an older man of 20. When her father found out, he was determined to separate them and he ultimately succeeded.
But only over his dead body. The young lovers had a plan that could sow the seeds of reasonable doubt. Would their scheme work?
She was the queen of women's competitive fitness. He was the bad boy of body building. But there was someone else sharing their home and their life.more...
Three people who came to Las Vegas determined to be winners. And the result would reveal the ugly truth behind every competition, when someone wins, someone else loses.
Monique Berkley’s sailor husband survived a year of active duty in the Persian Gulf, but he didn’t survive three days at home.more...
Monique Berkley’s sailor husband survived a year of active duty in the Persian Gulf, but he didn’t survive three days at home. Police claim Monique welcomed him back by having her teenaged lover shoot and stab him to death.
Wendi and Joe seemed to have an ideal marriage. Then, a devastating illness struck, but when the end came for Joe it wasn't cancer that killed him.more...
Wendi and Joe seemed to have an ideal marriage. Then, a devastating illness struck, but when the end came for Joe it wasn't cancer that killed him.
Wendi said that her husband had attacked her and she had to defend herself. Was it the truth or was there another deadly cancer lurking deep within their marriage?
Malaika Griffin was a gifted chemist who worked at a San Diego biotech lab.more...
Malaika Griffin was a gifted chemist who worked at a San Diego biotech lab. But, what her co-workers didn’t know was that Malaika had a past she didn’t talk about. One that included a dangerous secret and a warrant for murder.
Mr. and Mrs. Sifrit were a volatile characters and together they weren’t just dangerous but deadly. Erika’s Sifrit’s scrapbook holds the key to their shocking crime.more...
Mr. and Mrs. Sifrit were volatile characters and together they weren’t just dangerous they were deadly. Erika’s Sifrit’s scrapbook holds the key to their shocking crime.
Amber Trudell moved to Tucson to escape a troubled past of abuse and depression. She got a job as an administrative assistant, enrolled in a few college courses, and took up yoga.more...
Amber Trudell moved to Tucson to escape a troubled past of abuse and depression. She got a job as an administrative assistant, enrolled in a few college courses, and took up yoga.
Soon, her yoga instructor, Michael Dojaquez, offered his shy new student private lessons. The two hit it off so well, they began dating. But the relationship wouldn’t last long… especially when Amber’s secrets come to light with fatal consequences.
Jessica McCord spent seven years fighting her ex-husband over custody of their two daughters, until...more...
Jessica McCord spent seven years fighting her ex-husband over custody of their two daughters, until she convinced her new husband to end the custody battle with a bullet.
A young girl’s death is complicated by her lesbian lover – and her lesbian lover’s husband.more...
Nineteen-year-old Michelle Hetzel made a horrifying discovery on the afternoon of June 15, 2000. She found her best friend, Devon Guzman, lying in the back seat of a car, with her throat cut.
Devon’s lesbian lover, a woman named Keary Renner, accompanied Michelle.
When police questioned Michelle and Keary, they discovered that the victim had a complicated relationship with both women. Michelle told detectives that she and Devon had been lovers in the past, and they were still close friends a fact that made both Michelle’s husband, Brandon Bloss, and Devon’s girlfriend Keary extremely jealous. Michelle claimed that she knew that Devon and Keary had gotten into a fight the night before, because Brandon had called Devon on her behalf to see if Devon would come over because she was feeling sick.
Apparently, his call had interrupted a knock-down-drag-out brawl. Devon had agreed to come over, but, according to Michelle, Brandon wouldn’t let her in the house, because Keary had shown up with her. Michelle said that Devon had finally left, but agreed to come back alone. But, Michelle claimed she had never returned. Keary told detectives a similar story, and didn’t deny that her fight with Devon had turned physical. Based on her admission, Keary went to the top of the suspect list.
However, a phone tip pointed detectives toward Michelle Hetzel. The caller claimed that Michelle had asked him to kill Devon in exchange for sex or money. Police began to take a closer look at Michelle and her husband Brandon. They soon found evidence suggesting that Brandon was involved in Devon’s death. A bag of Brandon’s clothes was found in Michelle’s car, and they were covered with Devon’s blood. A wound on Brandon’s arm turned out to be a bite mark made by Devon Guzman.
However, detectives were convinced that Brandon had not acted alone: the condition of Devon’s body suggested that she had been attacked and moved by two people. Working on the assumption that Brandon was one of Devon’s killers, detectives deduced that Michelle was the only person who had the opportunity and the motive to help her husband. Both Michelle and Brandon were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors argued that the couple had committed the murder together, each with their own jealous rage against Devon. The jury agreed. They were both convicted and are serving life sentences.
The motive behind the execution-style murder of a police officer’s wife puts a dark new twist on the term 'internal affairs'.more...
On January 23, 2007, police in Greeley, Colorado were called to the scene of the gruesome, execution-style murder of credit union manager Heather Garraus. Heather’s co-workers immediately told police they suspected Heather’s masked shooter was Shawna Nelson, a 911 dispatcher who had been threatening Heather. On the surface, 35-year-old Shawna seemed an unlikely suspect.
She had been married for almost 11 years to sheriff’s detective Ken Nelson, and was a doting mother to three young children, aged eight, six and 10-months. But her life was far from picture perfect. Her marriage had recently been tested, when, in 2005, her husband discovered Shawna was having an affair with a married police officer, credit union manager Heather Garraus’ husband, Ignacio. Shawna’s husband
also learned Shawna was pregnant with Ignacio’s baby. After filing for divorce, the Nelsons decided to reconcile and keep the baby’s real paternity a secret. The reconciliation didn’t last long. Secretly, Shawna continued to see her lover, until, before Christmas of 2006, Ignacio made a final break. He told Shawna he couldn’t leave his wife, Heather, and their young daughter. Shawna didn’t take his rejection well, but took her anger out on his wife. She began calling Heather at home, at work and on her cell.
She sent Heather text messages calling her a psycho bitch and offering to meet her “anytime, anywhere.” On January 23, 2007, she donned a mask and waited for her rival outside of the credit union. When Heather emerged, Shawna told her she had ruined her life, and made her get on her knees.
She then shot Heather twice in the back of the head and drove away. Shawna was pulled over within minutes, and put under arrest for Heather’s murder. A search of her truck turned up a mask similar to the one the shooter was wearing. Police also recovered the emails and text messages Shawna had sent to Heather. In March of 2008, a jury found Shawna guilty of Heather’s murder and sentenced her to life in prison.
A beauty queen ends up in the spotlight when a local murder reveals her scandalous secret life but was she wrongly accused?more...
Former beauty queen and Akron socialite Cindy George’s life seemed charmed. After auditioning for a job as a dancer at the popular Akron restaurant and cabaret, The Tangier, Cindy met and eventually married the restaurant’s wealthy owner, Ed George. Over the years, the couple raised seven children and moved into a sprawling 8000-foot mansion. In 2000, Cindy came in fourth in the Mrs. Ohio beauty pageant.
But behind her glamorous exterior, she hid a secret second life, a life that would be revealed when local businessman Jeff Zack was shot execution-style by a motorcycle-riding hitman at a busy gas station. The police investigating the June 2001 murder discovered that Jeff and Cindy had been involved in a 10-year affair, an affair that produced one of Cindy’s seven children a child being raised by Ed George as his own. Still, there was no concrete evidence tying Cindy, her husband, or anyone else to the crime. A year after the murder, police finally got their break when they received a tip that a woman believed her ex-husband, John Zaffino, had killed Jeff Zack. After talking to the woman, police learned Zaffino had a girlfriend named Cindy, and while Zaffino had never explicitly confessed to killing Jeff Zack, he had hinted that something violent had happened.
Investigators also discovered Zaffino had bought a gun and a motorcycle just weeks before Zack’s murder. They eventually gathered enough evidence to arrest Zaffino, but still could not tie Cindy to the crime. John Zaffino was tried and found guilty, receiving a sentence of 23-years to life in prison. While refusing to ever speak against Cindy, Zaffino made a number of phone calls from prison that seemed to implicate her. On January 10th, 2005, after a three and a half year investigation, police arrested Cindy George for Jeff Zack’s murder. She was found guilty of complicity in the murder and sentenced to life in prison.
However, a year later, Ohio’s Ninth District Court of Appeals overturned the decision. Cindy was released from prison in March 2007 and continues to live in Akron with her husband.
A man awakens alone to find a knife-wielding man in his bedroom -- but is his absent wife a victim or an accomplice?
Pretty, blond Lisa Whedbee and her athletic husband Rob lived a picture-perfect life in a comfortable home in the suburbs of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. But their lives became more difficult with the birth of their second child. Born with Down syndrome, their newborn daughter had a hole in her heart and suffered several strokes, as well as multiple surgeries, before she was even three years old.
But the Whedbees stayed strong. In 1993, Lisa was featured in an award-winning Mother’s Day article in the local paper, frankly discussing the struggles of caring for her daughter with special needs. What the article didn’t mention was that Lisa’s marriage had also become a struggle. In 1994, she visited a divorce attorney, but an angry Rob burst into the attorney’s office and refused to leave without Lisa.
A few months later, she filed a restraining order against her husband, but the couple continued to live together, until the early morning hours of June 8, 1994. Shortly after midnight, an assailant entered the Whedbees' bedroom armed with a knife. Rob awoke and disarmed the man, as his wife stood by watching from the corner with a baseball bat in hand. Rob assumed his wife was coming to his rescue but soon realized it was two against one and he was the one. A neighbor called police after hearing yelling coming from the Whedbee home.
Police arrested both Lisa and the assailant. He was Michael Frazier, a volunteer organist at Lisa’s church. He was also the writer of the Mother’s Day article on Lisa, and had recently become Lisa’s lover. Together, they had hatched a plan to free Lisa from her loveless marriage. They were charged with attempted first-degree murder. During his trial, in November 1995, Frazier claimed that he was trying to protect Lisa from an abusive husband who would not let her get a divorce. Frazier was found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to four years in prison. In June 1996, Lisa entered a best-interest plea deal. Under the terms of the plea, she did not admit guilt, but conceded the state had evidence that could sway a jury. She served a year in prison, and three years probation.
A family and a community are divided over whether a police officer’s wife shot him accidentally or in cold blood.more...
Hometown sweethearts Misty and Quinn Witherspoon settled into their peaceful Charlotte suburb perfectly. He was a policeman who loved kids and was always glad to volunteer for a cause. She was the friendly young wife and mother who served as treasurer at Whitman Baptist Church. But their lives took a drastic turn when a single shot rang out from Quinn’s service pistol on the afternoon of September 13, 2005.
Distraught, Misty told police she was bringing Quinn his service weapon before
she tripped and accidentally shot him in the head. At first, Mooresville police took her at her word and treated the fallen officer’s widow with respect. But, investigators became suspicious when inconsistencies in Misty’s story began to emerge. Investigators soon uncovered the Witherspoons’ crippling debt records. With the mortgage payment three months behind, Misty had stopped answering
creditors’ calls, and had even resorted to pawning her wedding ring.
Police arrested Misty and charged her with Quinn’s murder. At her arraignment, prosecutors claimed that, on the afternoon of September 13, Misty had received a call from a creditor while Quinn was napping on the couch. Just moments later, they claimed she intentionally shot her sleeping husband in the back of the head. In February, 2007, while Misty awaited trial for murder, prosecutors brought another charge against her. Further investigation revealed she had embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the church where she was treasurer, using the money for everything from power bills to Avon orders. She’d also committed identity theft, forging her own sister’s name to obtain more credit cards. In May of 2007, Misty pleaded guilty to the money crimes. A little over a month later, a jury found her guilty of Quinn’s murder, and sentenced her to life in prison.
A beautiful young woman is caught on tape plotting to kill her husband but was it real or an audition for reality TV?
On the morning of August 5, 2009, 26 year old newlywed Dalia Dippolito returned from the gym to find her condo surrounded by Boynton Beach, Florida police officers. A police sergeant informed her that her home was a crime scene, and that her husband of six months, 38 year old Michael Dippolito, had been shot and killed. The Dippolitos were no strangers to the police.
In the preceding months, police had received numerous anonymous calls claiming that Michael was selling drugs. Each time, officers had searched the Dippolitos’ home and vehicles, but it had become clear that someone was trying to set Michael up. The question was: who? Now, after being taken back to the police station for questioning, Dalia told detectives that there were plenty of people who might have it out for Michael.
She told them that he had been involved with the mob at one point in his past, and that he also owed people money from a criminal fraud racket that he had run several years earlier. However, the detectives had a surprise for Dalia. They knew exactly who wanted Michael dead: Dalia herself.
Days earlier, one of Dalia’s friends had come to police, claiming Dalia was trying to get him to find her a hitman to kill her husband. The friend and the police worked together to set Dalia up with an undercover officer. Dalia met with the officer and placed a hit on Michael, while, unbeknownst to her, police cameras were capturing the entire conversation. Then, detectives decided to take the sting a step further, staging a fake crime scene and telling Dalia the hit had been carried out. Dalia was shocked when detectives finally revealed that her “hitman” was actually an undercover officer, and that everything she had said to him had been recorded. She continued to deny wanting Michael dead. As they placed her under arrest, Dalia got another shock: Michael wasn’t dead. But he wasn’t interested in her plea of innocence either, which she maintained, in spite of the taped evidence. At her trial in May of 2011, the prosecution told the jury that Dalia was motivated by money. Dalia’s defense claimed that Dalia was merely plotting a publicity stunt to help her husband realise his dream of getting his own reality show. But the jury didn’t buy it. Dalia was found guilty. The judge sentenced her to 20 years in prison.
An Arizona woman runs for the border when her husband turns up dead.
Jessica Masoner grew up in California. But life for the pretty blonde was anything but sunny. As a young girl, Jessica bounced between a series of foster homes. She married her high school sweetheart, with whom she had two children, before the marriage dissolved amid allegations of abuse. After the divorce, Jessica moved to Arizona, where she met Rusty Riggins in a Flagstaff bar.
The two immediately hit it off and began dating. In 2004, they got married. But the honeymoon didn’t last long. Like her previous marriage, Jessica’s relationship with Rusty was also marred by allegations of domestic violence, with Rusty being arrested several times. By 2007, Jessica had filed for divorce and left for Lake Tahoe with her children. The estranged couple were due in court for a final divorce hearing on August 6. But neither showed up. The next day, after Rusty’s mother couldn’t get in touch with him, she went to his home where Rusty’s dead body was found sprawled on his bedroom floor.
A single bullet had pierced his heart and lung. Since Jessica hadn’t been seen in several days, either, detectives at first didn’t know whether she was also a victim – or their prime suspect. They got their answer when they discovered Jessica had fled the country crossing into Mexico in a car she’d stolen from Rusty’s mother. They also learned that Jessica had spoken to her ex-husband in California, telling him she’d shot Rusty and claiming she planned to turn herself in.
After nearly a week on the run, Jessica was arrested as she tried to cross the border back into the United States. At her trial, Jessica never denied shooting Rusty but claimed she fired her gun in self-defense during a violent argument. But prosecutors claimed it wasn’t self-defense it was cold-blooded murder. They said Rusty was actually trying to run away from Jessica when she fired the fatal shot. Jurors agreed – and found her guilty.
She was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole.
Ann Miller Kontz
A chemist, a dying husband, and a suicide add up to a murder mystery.
After three years of marriage, college sweethearts Ann and Eric Miller had a young daughter, a beautiful home, and two successful careers. She was a research scientist at a major pharmaceutical company. He was a pediatric AIDS researcher at the University of North Carolina.
But on the night of November 15, 2000, Eric Miller developed a mysterious illness. That evening, Eric had gone bowling with Derril Willard, one of his wife’s coworkers. A few hours later, Miller was admitted into the hospital with flu-like symptoms. After 8 days in the hospital, Eric recovered enough to return home. But two weeks later, on November 30, 2000, he was in the ER again with the same flu-like symptoms. Lab
tests eventually revealed arsenic in Eric’s system. On December 2, 2000, just as he appeared on the road to recovery, Eric Miller died. The autopsy found lethal levels of arsenic in his system. Police quickly focused their attention on Ann. A search of the lab shared with Derril Willard turned up an arsenic compound and evidence of an affair between the two scientists.
On January 21, 2001, police questioned Willard and searched his home. The next day, he took is own life; but not before confiding crucial information to his lawyer about the death of Eric Miller. Willard told his attorney Ann had persuaded him to spike Miller’s beer with arsenic at the bowling alley on November 15, but when Eric didn’t die, she decided to lace his food. Days later, according to what Willard told his attorney, she’d injected a final, fatal dose of arsenic directly into her husband’s IV as he lay in his hospital room. Willard’s suicide, however, complicated pressing charges against Ann until September 27, 2004, when a grand jury indicted her for first-degree murder charges. Ann, who had remarried, pled guilty a year later to second degree and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. She is serving 25 to 31 years in a North Carolina correctional facility.