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

The Story of the 1930s "Impossible Murder" That Utterly Fascinated Raymond Chandler


The murder of Julia Wallace in Liverpool in 1931 was of the rarest sort: a real-life killing that invoked some of the most well-worn tropes of Golden Age mystery fiction. Her husband, William Herbert Wallace, was the chief suspect, but the case confounded the courts—and enthralled the public. »9/24/15 3:40pm9/24/15 3:40pm

On the Run From One Murder, He Accidentally Committed Another—And Joined the FBI's "Most Wanted" List

In 1960, it seemed like the perfect crime, and the best solution to a pressing financial dilemma: snatch a wealthy,middle-aged beer-company heir; demand $500,000 ransom (equivalent to nearly four million dollars today); collect the money; and fade back into obscurity. »9/14/15 2:40pm9/14/15 2:40pm

Man Whose Wife Plunged to Her Death Just Happened to Have Map with "X" Marking Where She Fell [Updated]

Colorado resident Harold Henthorn headed to trial this week to answer to first-degree murder charges; he denies pushing his wife, Toni, to her death during a 2012 Rocky Mountain National Park hike celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary. The accused is innocent until proven guilty, but there’s some particularly … »9/09/15 4:00pm9/09/15 4:00pm

Her Screams for Help Were Ignored, But Her Murder Inspired the Creation of 911


In 1964, Kitty Genovese was returning home from her job as a bartender around 3 a.m. when she was attacked–two times–and then raped and killed by the same man. The string of crimes took place in her New York City apartment building, and 38 witnesses did nothing to help her. »9/03/15 12:30pm9/03/15 12:30pm

The Hideous Chicago Triple Child Murder That Was Finally Solved ... After 40 Years

It was a Sunday in October 1955 when three Chicago boys (from left in the photo: Robert Peterson, 14; John Schuessler, 13; and his brother, Anton, 11) decided to venture downtown for a matinee. Peterson’s mother helped them pick out a film (Disney doc The African Lion) and sent them on their way. They never returned. »9/02/15 4:40pm9/02/15 4:40pm

Man Charged In Cold-Case Killing After Body of Wife Found Buried in Backyard

In 1993, a 23-year-old woman went missing, leaving her young son behind. The only clues to Jacksonville, Fla. resident Bonnie Haim’s disappearance were her purse, found tossed in a dumpster, and her car, which was abandoned at the Jacksonville airport. For two decades, the mystery persisted. »8/25/15 5:40pm8/25/15 5:40pm

This Triple Slaying Rocked a Peaceful State Park—And Sent a Man to Prison for Over 50 Years

Starved Rock State Park, located about 100 miles from Chicago, is the “#1 attraction in Illinois,” according to its website. The history section on that same site delves into the tragic legend behind the park’s unusual name, but doesn’t mention a more recent event that brought it far more notoriety: a 1960 triple… »8/25/15 2:40pm8/25/15 2:40pm

The Mysterious Murder of a Heroic Chemist Who Was (Probably) Also a Spy

In 1952, a vacationing British family of three was brutally shot and clubbed to death while camping roadside near the village of Lurs, on the banks of the Durance. The murders, for which a local farmer was convicted (but spared the guillotine), became known as “France’s crime of the century.” And its mysteries still… »8/20/15 2:30pm8/20/15 2:30pm

Exorcism, Male Power, and the Murder of E'Dena Hines

A young woman lies on the floor of a candlelit room, screaming and sobbing. Surrounding her in a circle, are other members of her community, her pastor, a few of her friends, girls from her Sunday school choir. They begin chanting and praying, banging on the walls of the building. A teacher from her school approaches… »8/18/15 11:01am8/18/15 11:01am