The 1988 Strawberry Trail Fire

This post is a little different from what I normally write. This case is officially solved, but I was asked by a Twitter follower of mine to write about it. Once I started researching it, I knew I wanted it on this blog. Thank you, Kathyann for suggesting this case!

The Strawberry Trail Fire, Dallas Texas, 1988

In the early morning hours of September 28, 1988, a fire broke out in a four-bedroom home on Strawberry Trail in Dallas, Texas. By the time fire fighters arrived, five children were dead; one survived. As the investigation began, law enforcement quickly realized this was not an accidental fire but an act of arson. Years would go by before suspects emerged. read more

Robert Pickton – The Case of the Killer Pig Farmer

Today’s post is a guest post written by Laura Lewis. Please see her bio at the end of the post. Thank you, Laura for such a great post!

Robert Pickton – the case of the killer pig farmer

Back in 2007, the world was shocked and appalled by the revelations that came out of a small farm in Canada. Robert Pickton was arrested and charged with the murder of 26 women, but the murders were just the tip of the iceberg. read more

Juliana Redding Murder: Worst Case of Injustice Ever?

Well, I believe it is. I saw this on 48 Hours a few months ago and it just pissed me off. So, yep, it made it on my blog.

Juliana Redding
Juliana Redding

Shortly after 6 p.m. on March 16, 2008, Officer Scott McGowan arrived at the Santa Monica, California home of 21-year-old aspiring model and actress, Juliana Redding, for a welfare check after her mother in Arizona could not reach her after several attempts by phone. read more

The Brutal Rape and Murder of Linda Daniels

I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again – I HATE POLICE CORRUPTION.

While researching a couple of New Mexico cases, I discovered a significant amount of corruption and cover-ups in the Albuquerque New Mexico police department. This started at least 30 years ago and is currently going on as I write this. Many victims of homicide have never received justice because their killers were protected. In addition, several people turned up missing during this reign of CRAP and certain officers within the APD are either responsible OR know who is and refused to do their jobs as cops. The latter is partly true for the fact that some of these cops were into the drug trafficking business and protected the perpetrators.

Because of all  I discovered, after this post I am going to write a series of posts about corrupt cases that occurred in New Mexico, starting here with Linda Daniels. There are so many victims who were betrayed by the people who were supposed to serve and protect them that it is just ridiculous. read more

The Death of Theresa Parker: husband convicted but is he guilty of murder?

theresaparker911 dispatcher Theresa Parker, 42, went missing from Lafayette, Walker County, Georgia on March 21, 2007. Her body was found in September 2010, three years after she went missing. Despite there being no physical evidence linking him to her murder, her police officer husband, Sam Parker, was convicted of her murder.

It was reported from Theresa’s friends and family that the marriage between Sam and Theresa was a rocky one, both initiating fights with the other on many occasions. Theresa had threatened divorce a few times before, but always went back to him. In March 2007, still not quite sure leaving him was what she wanted to do, Theresa decided to end the marriage. She had just found a nice apartment and was in the process of moving into it when she disappeared. read more

The Murder of Jesse Dirkhising

This case makes me sick and the ones responsible should have their you-know-whats cut off.

Jesse Dirkhising

In 1999, 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising of Arkansas was brutally tortured and raped by two gay men.

The records of the Rogers Police Department reflect that on Sunday, September 26th, 1999, at 0453 hours, Patrolman Ian Smith and Patrolman Jason Curry responded to 1207 West Sunset Drive to assist an ambulance crew of the Rogers Fire Department regarding a call for medical assistance. Upon their arrival, Davis Don Carpenter, 38 years of age, and a resident of 1207 West Sunset Drive contacted them. Carpenter seemed very upset and repeatedly said, “He’s not breathing”. Carpenter let the officers into the apartment and to the northwest bedroom. Another male subject, Joshua (Josh) Brown, 22 years of age, was standing in the hallway, completely naked, holding a flashlight and a telephone. The officers observed a young, naked male subject, later identified as Jesse Dirkhising (aka: Jesse Yates), thirteen years of age (DOB: 5-24-86), on the floor in the middle of the room, next to a mattress. Dirkhising’s genitals and abdomen were covered with what appeared to be feces. Dirkhising’s mouth was blue, he had a weak pulse, but he did not appear to be breathing. Patrolman Smith also observed that Dirkhising had masking or duct tape wrapped around his right hand. When Josh Brown was asked about the tape, he replied that they were just playing a game. An empty prescription bottle was observed on the mattress. In addition, Patrolman Smith observed some pills and a razor blade on a mirror at the front entrance, which appeared to be controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. read more

The Murder of Dr. Margo Prade – did ex-husband kill her?

Dr. Margo PradeOn the morning before Thanksgiving 1997, Dr. Margo Prade, age 41, was gunned down in the parking lot of her busy medical office on Wooster Avenue in Akron, Ohio. She was shot six times. Surveillance video from a nearby store captured a figure in white approach her mini van, enter for a brief period, then run away. This footage was very grainy and it was hard to determine if the killer was male or female.

Margo’s ex-husband, Douglas Prade, had been a cop with the Akron Police Department for 30 years at the time of her murder. He was ultimately tried and convicted of her murder all because of what APPEARED to be a bite mark on her arm. Interestingly, a bite mark is not as reliable as DNA or fingerprints.

The odd thing about this bite mark? It was left by the lower teeth only. Douglas does wear dentures for his upper teeth. But why would he bite her that way when it would be so obvious it was him? read more