An Alabama man and his wife are accused of murdering his second wife and her family after the woman left him when she discovered his bigamy, People magazine reports.
Married couple Christopher Henderson, 42, and Rhonda Carlson, 44, allegedly killed second wife Kristen Smallwood, 35, and her unborn child in 2015. Smallwood was nine months pregnant at the time of her death.
The couple allegedly shot or stabbed Kristen to death before cutting the child from her womb and stabbing the infant multiple times, police said.
They also allegedly killed Smallwood’s son, Clayton Chambers, 8; Smallwood’s mother, Carol Smallwood, 67; and Kristen’s nephew, Eli Sokolowski, 1.
Security footage reportedly shows a couple entering a the home with a gas can and leaving as the house burns down. All of the family members died before the arson, except Sokolowski, who was stabbed but who ultimately died from asphyxia in the flames.
The pair was
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Amy Lynn Bradley was on vacation with her parents and brother on the Royal Caribbean International cruise line ship Rhapsody of the Seas when she disappeared on March 24, 1998.
The ship was making its way through the Caribbean Sea when the 23-year-old vanished. Before she went missing, Amy was out socializing at the cruise’s disco with her brother, other passengers and a live band, Blue Orchid. One of the band’s member’s, Alister Douglas, known as Yellow, said he and Amy partied together, but that they said goodnight around 1 a.m.
Between 5:15 and 5:30 am, Amy’s father, Ron said he saw his daughter asleep on the cabin balcony. When he got up at 6 a.m, she was no longer there. She reportedly left behind her shoes, but took a lighter and her cigarettes. Her father said it was very unlike her to
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On the night of August 9, 1969, Charles Manson ordered central Manson Family member Charles “Tex” Watson to take three other members, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to the home of Roman Polanski and his wife Sharon Tate’s house. Manson told the three women to do as Watson directed them. The three women were instructed to “totally destroy everyone in [the house], as gruesome as you can.”
The Family went to 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles and murdered Tate, who was eight months pregnant. They also killed three friends who were visiting Tate: her former lover and hairstylist Jay Sebring, Polanski’s friend and aspiring screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski, and Frykowski’s girlfriend Abigail Folger, heiress to the Folger coffee fortune. Stephen Parent, who was visiting the caretaker of the home, was also murdered.
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A restaurant co-worker of Savannah Gold, the 21-year-old Florida woman who was reported missing last Wednesday, confessed to her murder and led police to her body Saturday, according to NBC affiliate WTLV.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office posted a message on its Twitter page yesterday, saying, “Savannah Gold: #JSO has arrested Lee Rodarte, 28 years old, a manager at Bonefish Grill, where she worked, for her murder,” along with the killer’s mugshot. It is believed the two had a casual romantic relationship.
Gold’s family and friends became concerned Wednesday evening after she didn’t show up for her shift at the seafood restaurant chain’s Jacksonville, Florida location. In the parking lot, police found her car. It was unlocked, with her purse still inside it, and the front, left tire punctured.
Within hours of when her shift was supposed to begin, relatives received text messages from her phone, saying she had
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A woman’s body was found buried in a hole in the sand on a beach in Maryland.
Thirty-year-old Ashley O’Connor, an artist from Plano, Texas, was taking stroll on the beach in the middle of the night, according to the Associated Press. Authorities believe she either fell or sat in a hole dug by another vacationer. The sand then collapsed, burying her alive.
Beachgoers discovered her body a little before dawn on Monday. According to ABC News, they spotted her arm sticking out of the sand. Investigators spent 9 hours digging for clues in the spot where O’Connor died. Meanwhile, sunbathers laid on towels just a few feet away.
A medical examiner confirmed that the death was an accident and a rare one: ABC News reports that there has only been 31 incidents of people dying in recreational sand holes over a 10-year period worldwide.
Maryland authorities are reminding people not to
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Toronto man Brett Ryan has been given three life sentences and a concurrent 10-year sentence in prison for first- and second-degree murder and attempted murder after slaying three family members with a crossbow. According to Cosmopolitan, Ryan feared that the mother of his fiancée would inform his bride-to-be that he had lied to her about having both a job and a college degree (he, in fact, had neither).
Ryan had previously committed eight different bank robberies and served almost four years in prison — his fiancée was aware of his sordid past.
Ryan had held an IT job but was fired when they became aware of his criminal record. He informed his fiancée’s mother who agreed to help him financially — but Ryan decided to kill her anyway, fearing she’d tell her daughter.
Ryan attempted to cover up the murder by using improvised devices that would create a “digital footprint” if he needed an alibi.
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The missing limbs of a Brockton, Massachusetts man who was allegedly murdered by his girlfriend were found by his family when they went to collect his belongings on Monday. According to the Boston Herald, 44-year-old Joseph Shaw was stabbed more than 30 times before he was dismembered.
Many family members did not even know of the victim’s mutilation until the girlfriend, Kathryn Podgurski, 33, was arraigned in court for murder on Monday. The revelation prompted several relatives to run from the courthouse, sobbing in the middle of the arraignment, according to the Herald and NECN.
Soon after they found out how Shaw was killed, the family went to his apartment to gather his belongings. His niece Jacinda Shaw noticed a backpack with blood on its zipper.
“It was heavy, and when I opened it, his foot popped up,” she said. “We dumped it out on the bed, and there was another bag that
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A young girl survived a family massacre at the hands of her mother. Nine-year-old Diana Romero of Gwinnett County, Georgia is the only family member who lived after her mother, Isabel Martinez, stabbed her husband and four of her children.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Romero told authorities she saw her mother stab her family on July 6. She then turned to her and said she was “going to the sky to see Jesus.” Romero cried and told her mother that she didn’t want to see Jesus, per the report by the state Division of Family and Children Services.
Martinez faces five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault. She is accused of killing 33-year-old Martin Romero, 2-year-old Axel, 4-year-old Dillan, 7-year-old Dacota Romero and 10-year-old Isabela Martinez.
The welfare report includes an interview with Martinez in which she
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Quentin Tarantino is planning a new movie about the Manson Family murders. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino wrote the project and he plans to direct it. He is also reportedly talking to to A-list actors for roles in the upcoming movie including Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence.
WME is in the stages of shopping the project to studio. According to the Hollywood Report, Tarantino is putting the finishing touches on the scripts. The package for the film is expected to be completed by Labor Day, according to Variety. The plan is to shoot in 2018.
The focus of the potential future film is fuzzy, but one of stories in the script is reporedly surrounding actress Sharon Tate who was murdered while pregnant by the Manson Family in 1969 along with four other others.
If this film comes to fruition, it would mark Tarantino’s first film to be based on true
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