Three of the most deranged serial killers in recent history are profiled here. Gary Evans was a psychotic antiques dealer who killed anyone who crossed him and escaped custody numerous times. Joseph Duncan killed men, women, and children in a rampage that lasted over eight years. Robert Black was a serial killing pedophile who terrorized the Scottish countryside for five years. He was able to evade capture for years after being subject of the largest manhunt in the history of the United Kingdom.
Missing Bethany : The True Story of Bethany Decker
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In many ways, the life of Bethany Decker was not so different from others her age and who shared similar backgrounds. She worked full time as a waitress and attended college at George Mason University, majoring in global environmental change. Nothing about Bethany seemed out of the ordinary. Until she disappeared. On January 29, 2011 the young wife and mother vanished and has not been seen since. What happened to Bethany Decker?
In 1983, Vernice Ballenger, with the help of her estranged husband Mac Ballenger and two other men, arranged the robbery and subsequent murder of her elderly aunt Myrtle Ellis. Her motive was simple - money. It all began earlier that year, when Myrtle Ellis was involved in a car accident. She was taken to the hospital, where a rather unusual discovery was made. Ellis had $60,000 in cash on her person. This large sum of cash made headlines. Local newspapers ran stories on the odd occurrence.
In the early 1920s, a 5'4" woman in her 40s was incarcerated in Long Bay Gaol, New South Wales, Australia. A small woman, weighing around 126 pounds, and with the little finger of her right finger missing, Eugenia Falleni had just been found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. As shocking as the murder was, it was nothing compared to the revelation that Eugenia Falleni had been living for the past 40 years as a man.
Does the "ding" of your phone have you dropping whatever you're doing to see who "liked" your latest Facebook status? Are you answering work emails before rubbing the sleep from your eyes? Does a low battery icon leave you quivering in fear? You, my friend, are likely suffering from nomophobia. Nomophobia, as the name suggests, is a fear of not being able to stay connected by mobile all the time.
In Santa Rosa, on November 29, 1999, Dr. Xavier Caro lost three of his four children. They had been shot at point blank range while they were asleep in their beds. His sons Xavier Jr., age 11, Michael, eight, and Christopher, five, had become victims as a result of an angry fight between their father, Dr. Caro, and his wife, Socorro. A wife, mother, and senseless killer.
Misty Copsey was 14 years old when she disappeared on September 17th, 1992 after a trip to the Puyallup Fair. Her case remains a showcase of administrative screw-ups and dropped balls. She was initially thought of as a runaway before foul play was finally suspected a month after the fact. Subsequently, there have been at least five people suspected of committing her abduction. But the Puyallup police did not get within sniffing distance of Misty or charging anyone with her disappearance.
The case of Bob Evans is still widely under investigation. New victims are being tied back to this man by the year. A man of great mystery, Bob Evans went by at least three different aliases during his reign of terror. Speculation exists as to his motives. The kicker in this case is that these victims are being discovered after his death. We will delve into an eerie timeline of the life of Bob Evans and perhaps gain an understanding of the pure evil this man held in his heart.
It was New Year's Day in 2003 when retired pastor Julian Brandon heard a knock on his door in Blanchard, Louisiana. He opened it to find the villainous duo of Brandy Holmes and Robert Coleman who "bum rushed" the 70-year-old man, forcing their way in. The couple shot the minister and began ransacking his home. His wife, Alice, tried hiding in the back bedroom but Brandy and Coleman followed her, demanding valuables before shooting her. They then stole whatever they could out of the home; cash, credit cards, and jewelry.
Arlis Kay Perry was a newly married 19-year-old when she entered Stanford Memorial Church at Stanford University in the late night hours of October 12th, 1974. She would be found the next morning, the victim of a brutal murder in what appeared to be a ritualistic killing. Her case has remained unsolved for the past 42 years. Various rumors and theories abound as to who her murderer was. There is conjecture that she was the victim of the Son of Sam, the Zodiac Killer, the Death Angels, and the Process Church.