Truth really is stranger than fiction. Netflix’s latest docuseries is a sprawling tale that encompasses two murder cases, four convicted men who insist they didn’t commit the crimes, six families and countless lawyers, journalists and activists.
The Innocent Man recounts the investigations and criminal trials that followed both the 1982 murder of waitress Debbie Carter and the 1984 kidnapping and murder of store clerk Denice Haraway. Both crimes took place in the otherwise sleepy Oklahoma town of Ada, and in each case two men went to prison.
Locals Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot confessed to Haraway’s murder before her body was ever found, and Ron Williamson, a former minor-league baseball player, and his friend Dennis Fritz were convicted of Carter’s. Years later, however, Ward and Fontenot recanted their confessions, while Williamson and Fritz maintained their innocence all along.
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Ruth Correa stands accused of one of the most terrifying crimes in recent history — a Connecticut home invasion and arson that turned deadly for an entire family. But who is the young woman?
Correa, a 23-year-old mom of two, has been living in the same Hartford, Connecticut home for the past two years and has no prior arrests, WFSB in Hartford reported. Her father is a state Department of Correction officer.
She appeared in Superior Court in New London on Monday after being arrested for the killings of Kenneth and Janet Lindquist and their son Matthew, and was charged with three counts of felony murder and a single count of murder of two or more persons at the same time.
She’s also charged with home invasion, first-degree arson and first-degree robbery. Correa has not yet entered a plea for any of the charges and she is being held on a
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A national manhunt is underway for a woman suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota before driving down to Florida, killing a woman she resembled and stealing her identity.
Lois Riess, 56, is a suspect in the death of her husband, 54-year-old David Riess. After a business partner said he hadn’t heard from David for two weeks, police found David dead in his home in rural Blooming Prairie with multiple gunshot wounds.
Police said Riess stole her husband’s white 2005 Cadillac Escalade, which was found abandoned in Florida last week, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Police believe Riess murdered a second person last week: Pamela Hutchinson, 59 of Bradenton, Florida. She was was found dead inside a timeshare condo in Fort Myers Beach, according to the News-Press in Fort Myers. Investigators said Riess shot and killed Hutchinson to assume her identity.
Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno told NBC News that she targetted Hutchinson
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On July 1, 1981, four people were found murdered inside a Los Angeles home in a sensational case combining “dope, porn, sex and drugs and organized crime,” as a retired LAPD detective once told The New York Times. The home was located on Wonderland Avenue, in Los Angeles’s Laurel Canyon neighborhood.
According to The Los Angeles Times, it was a “drug den” belonging to a group of people dubbed the “Wonderland Gang.” Three members died of blunt force trauma: Ron Launius, Billy DeVerell, and Joy Miller. Friend Barbara Richardson was also brutally murdered in the home.
Launius’ wife, Susan Launius, survived the attack, which is shocking given the crime scene photos and video. Though, she didn’t survive unscathed. She even had to have part of her skull surgically removed as a result of her injuries.
Detectives on the Los Angeles Police Department said that the murder scene was more gruesome and
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In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the word Chippendales was synonymous for rock-hard abs and beefcake male strippers. But what a lot of people don’t know is that behind the G-strings and bowties there were scandals involving jealousy and murder.
Oxygen’s “Mysteries Scandals” explores the tragic murder of Chippendales’ producer Nick De Noia. Here are some interesting things to keep in mind regarding the case.
Steve Banerjee Created Chippendales
Banerjee, originally from India, came to the United States and opened the night club known as Chippendales that would later have nightly shows featuring male strippers. Chippendales was originally named “Destiny 2,” but Banerjee wanted a more elegant name. Banerjee’s lawyer noted that the furniture in the club was “chippendales” style and renamed it as such.
Chippendales Co-Creator Paul Snider Killed His Wife and Then Himself
Paul Snider, who co-created Chippendales alongside Steve Banerjee, shot and killed his wife,
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Toronto resident Bruce McArthur has been arrested in connection with five murders, according to The Washington Post. Police suspect he has killed more after discovering human remains in flower pots on a property where he worked.
Thirty other locations at which McArthur was employed as a landscaper have since been searched, with more than a dozen flower pots seized as evidence in the hopes of finding clues about who else, if anyone, may have been McArthur’s victims.
“It’s a serial killer — alleged serial killer,” said Sgt. Hank Idsinga at a news conference on Monday. “He’s taken some steps to cover his tracks, and we have to uncover these victims … We do believe there are more. I have no idea how many more there are going to be. . . . The city of Toronto has never seen anything like this, so it’s very tiring and draining for everyone involved.”
Those within Toronto’s LGBTQ community had heard
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It is an overwhelming tragedy for one family. Just one day after a woman died in a horrific car accident along with four other people, her sister was allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend.
The family knew something was wrong when 21-year-old Karen Garcia didn’t show up to her sister Jessica’s vigil. According to KCRA, Garcia’s body was found in a Woodland, California parking lot. Police have called her death a homicide.
She was last seen on the morning of January 8, after telling a friend she was going to go to a mall to try to clear her head after her sister’s tragic accident. Jessica Garcia and four friends died after they were struck by a wrong-way driver.
Nearly a week later, on Sunday, Karen’s body was found inside a car parked by the department store Marshall’s.
Police subsequently accused Salvador Garcia, Jr., Karen’s ex-boyfriend and father of their 2-year-old daughter,
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Police believe that three men from Kansas City, Missouri who were arrested last week may have been involved in over ten murders in addition to other violence.
Chrizion Banks, 20, Trevontae Stewart, 24, and Cedric Ford, 28 are suspected of a variety of charges. Stewart and Ford have been charged with owning illegal firearms, according to KSHB. Banks has been charged with robbery.
Capt. Chris Young with the Violent Crimes Enforcement Division told KCTV: “These individuals are involved in numerous robberies, numerous shootings. They’re wrapped up in numerous homicide investigations as well. These guys have been able to avoid the police and charges for some time now. I mean, the bottom line is they intimidate their witnesses and the victims of the crimes they commit.”
Young did not specify any of the details of the homicides. The trio all allegedly members of the “Young Hitters” gang. They were all listed on
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Often prompted by all-consuming love and uncontrollable jealousy, the murders committed by the teenage duos in Oxygen’s “Snapped: Killer Couples” are some of the most distributing and heartbreaking. While their killings varied from classmates and parents to complete strangers, these teenage couples didn’t let anyone stand in the way of their relationships. Here are the four most shocking murders committed by teenagers in “Snapped: Killer Couples.”
1. Diane Zamora and David Graham
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Diana Zamora and David Graham were only 18 years old when they murdered Adrianne Jones, a 16-year-old sophomore at Zamora’s high school who came between the young couple’s “obsessive” relationship. According to CNN, Graham and Zamora’s 1995 murder of Jones was a way for Graham to prove his love for Zamora, whom he had cheated on by having sex with Jones after a high school track meet.
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With the 17th century advent of British murder ballads, the gangsta rap of the 1990s and modern-day narcocorridos (which sing about the savage exploits of Mexican drug cartels), it’s been proven that murder makes for good musical subject matter. And while many a songwriter has had a hit with tales of fictitious crimes and villains, others have ripped their storylines straight out of the daily news.
As you might expect, plenty of heavy metal bands have exploited the shocking details of the most notorious serial killers to titillate their audiences. Other artists, however, have tried to get inside the minds of the killers themselves, and the results often bring a sense of discomforting sympathy. Here are 10 songs — from ‘30s folk to ‘60s rock, and from ‘70s punk to modern hip hop — that sing about some of the worst killers and most notorious murders of all time.
Chad Mitchell Trio
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