Bloodiest Christmas Massacres #1: The Lawson Family Slaughter

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. »Today 4:30pm12/01/15 4:30pm


How the Andrea Yates Tragedy Changed the Way We Think About Mental Illness

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.” »Yesterday 12:00pm11/30/15 12:00pm

Meet the Last Person Ever to Be Publicly Executed Via Guillotine in France

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. »11/19/15 1:23pm11/19/15 1:23pm

The "Poker-Faced Schoolgirl" Who Killed Her Mother and Blamed Her Boyfriend

To outsiders, 17-year-old Gladys MacKnight seemed an unlikely killer, as did her boyfriend, 18-year-old Donald Wightman. But to those who knew the high school sweethearts, the death of Gladys’ mother, Helen, wasn’t entirely shocking. (Though being hacked to death in one’s own kitchen certainly is.) »10/27/15 5:20pm10/27/15 5:20pm

My Sleepless Night Alone at the Allegedly Haunted Lizzie Borden B&B

I’m covered in flop sweat, my hands are shaking, and an itchy flush in my cheeks hints that tears are just moments away. While the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast is a mere 20 miles from the Providence Amtrak station, I’ve been lost for 30 minutes and it feels like a bad sign. »10/27/15 4:00pm10/27/15 4:00pm

"Haunted" By Guilt For 33 Years, Milwaukee Man Finally Confesses to Murder

Jose Ferreira was 16 when 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek went missing from a Milwaukee house party they both attended in 1982; her body was found 17 months later buried beneath the home’s porch. Though he was considered a suspect at the time, he denied any knowledge of her death. Until now. »10/20/15 3:20pm10/20/15 3:20pm

In 1948, the First Mass Fingerprinting Operation Snagged a Horrific Child Killer

It was an unbelievably monstrous crime: a three-year-old who was in the hospital recovering from pneumonia was snatched from her bed in the middle of the night, sexually assaulted, and murdered. It appeared the girl had been held by her legs and swung skull-first into a wall until she died. »10/20/15 1:25pm10/20/15 1:25pm

The Alarming Tale of a Stalker Whose Violent Urges Weren't Tempered By Time, Or By His Arrest

In May 1980, Taiwan-born, Minnesota-raised Ming Sen Shiue acted on a sick fantasy he’d been having for 15 years, kidnapping and sexually assaulting his former high-school math teacher, Mary Stauffer. The crime would have been nightmarish enough with just those facts ... but it was worse. »10/13/15 7:40pm10/13/15 7:40pm

A Mother’s Frantic Search for Her Son Led To a Savage Farmer With a Taste for Blood


On March 10, 1928, 9-year-old Walter Collins disappeared from his home in Los Angeles, California. His believed abduction triggered a massive manhunt—yet police were unable to find the boy. That is, until a mysterious child appeared five months later in DeKalb, Illinois, claiming to be Walter. »10/01/15 1:40pm10/01/15 1:40pm

Woman Accused of Killing Boyfriend's Toddler Blames Child's Eight-Year-Old Sister Instead

Here are the known facts: on May 18, 2014, 20-month-old Anna Bell died of a fractured skull in her Norfolk, Virginia home. Her lifeless body was found at the bottom of a staircase. Was it an accident, or was someone else responsible? And was that someone an adult ... or another child? »9/29/15 8:30pm9/29/15 8:30pm