Crime Writer Eugene Izzi: Strange death in 1996 ruled suicide

American crime writer, Eugene Izzi, was found hanging outside a window 14 stories above Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on December 7, 1996. The strange death was ruled a suicide; however, those close to Eugene believe foul play was involved.

About the Case

Eugene IzziOn December 7, 1996, a Christmas shopper on Michigan Avenue in Chicago got the shock of his life when he noticed a man hanging out of a window 14 stories above the ground.

Police arrived and hauled the body back into the building. Items on the victim as well as around the scene were a bit strange. The victim was wearing a bullet-proof vest. Police found a set of brass knuckles, $481 in cash, a can of a disabling spray like mace, and a set of notes documenting recent harassing phone calls. Nearby, lay a loaded .38-cal. pistol that had not been fired. The rope used in the hanging was tied to a steel desk inside the man’s locked office, room 1418. And the rope had been tied four times around the victim’s neck.

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Carol Rofstad: Murdered in 1975 at Illinois State University

Carol Rofstad was murdered on the Illinois State University campus in Normal, Illinois in 1975. Her case has never been solved.

About the Case

Carol Rofstad21-year-old Elk Grove, Illinois native, Carol Rofstad was attending college at Illinois State University (ISU) in December 1975.

On December 23rd, the college was out for Christmas break, but Carol stayed behind to work at a retail store. Around noon that day, Carol was found beaten and unconscious outside her sorority house at 602 S. Fell Avenue. An 18-inch railroad tie was found nearby. Carol had been laying there for about 12 hours before she was found. Money was discovered in her purse and there was no evidence of sexual assault.

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Peter Falconio: Disappeared in 2001 in Australia

The other night I watched the horror flick, Wolf Creek 2 . I’m a big horror movie fan (go figure), and this one was pretty good and gross. My kind of movie. I read that this one and the first Wolf Creek were based on actual events, so of course, I had to Google it.

While doing so, I came across the true disappearance of Peter Falconio and became very intrigued with this case, so that’s why it’s now on this blog. Apparently, this case made major headlines in Australia and the UK, but I don’t recall ever hearing about it here in the States. There’s a lot of info out there, including the convicted killer’s criminal background, but I’ve kept the actual “About the Case” fairly short. You can always Google it, too. 😉

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Tara Calico and The Polaroid Picture

I’ve read about this case several times and was reluctant to put it on here because it’s been written about numerous times. However, I thought I would go ahead and do it so I can give my opinion on the case and that famous picture. 

Tara CalicoTara Calico, 19, disappeared in 1988 after going on a bike ride in Belen, New Mexico. In June 1989, a picture surfaced in Florida depicting two children – one a teenage girl, the other a boy around 10 years old – tied up and laying on a makeshift bed. The girl is thought to be Tara, but this has never been confirmed and Tara has never been found.

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True Crime Diva Book Reviews is Now Up!

Hello there and happy Sunday!I just launched the Book Reviews section of True Crime Diva. You can access it at the top menu or click on the banner below. I noticed a glitch but it has been fixed!

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Here, I will review true crime, crime fiction, and mystery thrillers. I will also interview authors if given the privilege to do so.

So far, I have only one review up right now. The goal is to eventually read and review one book a week.

I am in the process of receiving another book free of charge. Until then, I might read one I purchased for free on Amazon. I have several of those on my Kindle. 😉

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Mabel Crumback: Canadian missing since 1950

I meant to have this post and another one up yesterday but that didn’t happen. I did manage to get this one done, and will be working on the next one shortly.

This post is longer that I wanted it to be, but I kept thinking of different things as I was writing it lol.

19-year-old Mabel Crumback disappeared from her Toronto, Ontario home in the early hours of May 28, 1950. She has never been found.

About the Case

Mabel Crumback
Image source: Doe Network

In 1950, Mabel Crumback resided with her parents and brothers at 661 Willard Avenue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Around 12:00 a.m. on May 28th, Mabel’s boyfriend, Jim Bryan, dropped her off at home after the two went on a date.

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Bianca Lebron: Still missing after almost 15 years

10-year-old Bianca Lebron of Bridgeport, Connecticut vanished in 2001 after getting into a van driven by an unknown Hispanic male. She has never been seen again.

About the Case

Bianca LebronOn November 7, 2001, Bianca Lebron, 10, arrived at Elias Howe School in Bridgeport, Connecticut to begin a full day of classes. While waiting outside to go in, a man called out to her from a van. He was described as Hispanic, 20-30 years old, and stood 5’8″ – 5’11”. Bianca told a teacher and her friends that she was going shopping with her uncle.

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