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Daughter of Murdered Hollywood Actress Christa Helm Is Still Seeking Justice For Her Mother

Recently, an episode of Oxygen’s Mysteries Scandals focused on the untimely and tragic death of Christa Helm. An aspiring actress and known Hollywood socialite, Helm was murdered in West Hollywood in 1977.

Watch the full episode here.

Her daughter Nicole Clements was also featured in the episode hoping to find some sort of justice or solace all these years later. “My mother was a very complicated woman, like so many of us,” Clements tells Oxygen exclusively. “She used her brain as well as her charm. She was warm and loving to those of us she loved and cared for. She was also fearless with her ambition.”

Clements still struggles with the reality of her mother’s death, noting that some memories are just too harsh to recall. In the episode, it’s noted that Clements wasn’t even told the real reason her mother passed away until later. “I believe it was a couple of

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Livestream: Mom Of Cherish Perrywinkle, Who Was Raped And Murdered, Testifies Against Her Alleged Killer

The trial for the Florida man accused of kidnapping, raping, and murdering 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle in 2013 had its opening statements today, Monday, February 12. Donald James Smith, 61, faces the death penalty if he is found guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, and sexual battery.

Perrywinkle’s mother, Rayne Perrywinkle, testified in court today. At times she fought back tears while speaking about the last hours of her daughter’s life in 2013. She said that Smith had been hovering around her and her three children while they shopped at Family Dollar earlier in the day. The mother said that Smith lured them to a Walmart, located ten minutes away, under the false guise of being generous. He claimed he’d buy the girls clothing with a gift card.

Rayne said that Smith told her that his wife would meet them at Walmart. She testified that she believed him.

“He told me I was safe,”

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Mystery Surrounds 24-Year-Old Woman Found Murdered In Apartment One Day After Birthday

Authorities are investigating the death of a 24-year-old woman in Columbus, Ohio. As WKBN reported, Rachael Anderson’s body was found in her apartment on Monday. She had celebrated her birthday a day before.

“We don’t know exactly what happened, what caused her death, but the homicide unit is currently investigating,” Sgt. Dean Worthington said. Authorities are currently trying to find out what happened to the Youngstown State University graduate and aspiring funeral director

At the moment, there are no motives or suspects, and the manner of death has not been revealed.

“From here, the homicide detectives will wait for the coroner’s office to determine the cause of death and, of course, they’ll continue to look for any witnesses and suspects that may be out there,” Worthington said.

Authorities got suspicious when Anderson didn’t show up for work at the Shaw-Davis Funeral Home. She also wasn’t answering her phone.

“To know Rachael was to love

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Rachael Anderson Found Murdered Day After Birthday | Crime Time

Authorities are investigating the death of a 24-year-old woman in Columbus, Ohio. As WKBN reported, Rachael Anderson’s body was found in her apartment on Monday. She had celebrated her birthday a day before.

“We don’t know exactly what happened, what caused her death, but the homicide unit is currently investigating,” Sgt. Dean Worthington said. Authorities are currently trying to find out what happened to the Youngstown State University graduate and aspiring funeral director

At the moment, there are no motives or suspects, and the manner of death has not been revealed.

“From here, the homicide detectives will wait for the coroner’s office to determine the cause of death and, of course, they’ll continue to look for any witnesses and suspects that may be out there,” Worthington said.

Authorities got suspicious when Anderson didn’t show up for work at the Shaw-Davis Funeral Home. She also wasn’t answering her phone.

“To know Rachael was to love

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What Happened To Andrew Cunanan, The Serial Killer Who Murdered Gianni Versace?

On February 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, Oxygen will premiere a one-hour true crime special Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer.” The special will take another look at the manhunt of Gianni Versace’s killer Andrew Cunanan. It features revisited and some new expert insider interviews.

Andrew Cunanan was a serial killer who killed at least five people during a three-month timespan in 1997. Cunanan, then 27, had a habit of seducing and conning older rich men and using their money. According to reports, some believe he was exchanging sex for housing and money. Vanity Fair described the serial killer as a talented liar with a genius-level IQ.

He made his first kill in April 1997. According to Newsweek, Cunanan beat Jeffrey Trail with a hammer in Minneapolis. Trail’s body was discovered in the home of Cunanan’s ex-boyfriend David Madson in the same city. Days after Trail’s

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US Marshal Murdered, 2 Police Officers Wounded In Pennsylvania Shooting

A US marshal in Harisburg, Pennsylvania has been killed during a shootout that occurred while authorities served an arrest warrant. The news was confirmed by Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse in a statement, according to CBS News.

Christopher David Hill, 45, was an 11-year veteran of the US Marshals Service and father of two children. Two other officers were also shot, reported Penn Live.

The US Marshals confirmed that the gunman who shot at police was killed in the crossfire. CBS News indicated that the other shot officers are “OK” after the exchange of bullets, and they are currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The marshal died from injuries at a nearby hospital.

The officers had been serving a warrant for the arrest of Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce at around 6:00 AM. After authorities located Pierce in a home, a male suspect started shooting at the officers,

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Woman Allegedly Murdered Father Before Encasing His Remains In Concrete Inside Their Home

A woman living in a Denver suburb is accused of killing her 69-year-old dad and then sealing his body up in concrete inside the crawlspace of their home.

Dayna Michele Jennings, 44, of Federal Heights is currently being held without bond, according to NBC News. She is facing charges of first-degree murder for the killing of her father William Mussack.

Mussack was reported missing three days after Christmas. Last week, his body was found encased in concrete inside a crawlspace of the home he shared with his daughter, according to an affidavit by the Federal Heights police.

The victim’s son recounted some chilling details of events that occurred in the weeks before Mussack died. Brian Mussack told police his dad texted him in early December and “described the feeling of being drugged and falling asleep in a recliner chair for 15 hours. […] He recalled taking a bite from a hamburger,

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Mom Used Phone Location App To Track Down Murdered … – Oxygen

A mom used technology to help track her missing daughter. According to the Dallas News, 18-year-old Zoe Hastings went missing on October 11, 2015 and her parents began to worry. They tried to contact her and got no response. That’s when they stayed up all night and learned how to track her location using the “Find My Phone” app on her phone. 

They followed the location and found the teen’s body outside her family’s minivan at a creek near her church. By then, authorities had arrived and the parents knew something was wrong. She had been sexually assaulted, stabbed and left for dead. According to authorities, the cause of death was “obvious homicidal violence.” 

“They gave us the horrible news,” Cheryl Hastings, the victim’s mother, remembers during the trial. According to cellphone data, Hastings left home at 4:41 p.m. and returned the movie at 4:42 p.m. By 5:01 p.m., she was at the location where her

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Mom Used Phone Location App To Track Down Murdered Daughter’s Body

A mom used technology to help track her missing daughter. According to the Dallas News, 18-year-old Zoe Hastings went missing on October 11, 2015 and her parents began to worry. They tried to contact her and got no response. That’s when they stayed up all night and learned how to track her location using the “Find My Phone” app on her phone. 

They followed the location and found the teen’s body outside her family’s minivan at a creek near her church. By then, authorities had arrived and the parents knew something was wrong. She had been sexually assaulted, stabbed and left for dead. According to authorities, the cause of death was “obvious homicidal violence.” 

“They gave us the horrible news,” Cheryl Hastings, the victim’s mother, remembers during the trial. According to cellphone data, Hastings left home at 4:41 p.m. and returned the movie at 4:42 p.m. By 5:01 p.m., she was at the location where her

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/mom-used-phone-location-app-to-track-down-murdered-daughters-body

Wife Who Allegedly Murdered And Dismembered Husband Lived With Decomposing Remains For 6 Months

A woman is now facing murder charges after allegedly killing her husband, dismembering his body and living with the remains for over five months.

Marcia Eubank, 49, was arrested Saturday for allegedly shooting her 54-year-old husband Howard Eubank in the back and covered up the murder by lying to his employer and to their family. Meanwhile, she hid his body parts in the house, which she continued to inhabit as his remains deteriorated. Authorities have since tentatively confirmed the body parts found in the home belong to Howard Eubank.

“Due to the decomposition and condition of the body, this process will take additional time,” Gary Guenther, chief investigator for the Medical Examiner’s Office, told New York Post.

Howard Eubank was allegedly killed in June, but it wasn’t until December that the couple’s son called the police after discovering maggots and a foul smell inside the family home.

Marcia Eubank is now being

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