No Justice Yet for Melissa Platt

Melissa PlattOn October 3rd, 2008, 31-year-old Melissa Platt was brutally beaten and left wrapped in a blanket at her North Carolina home until October 8th when her mother, feeling that something was not right, called police to do a welfare check on her daughter. When they found Melissa, she was immediately life-flighted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where she underwent an immediate craniotomy. She suffered severe bruising all over her body, her jaw was broken on both sides and there were strangulation marks on her neck. On top of all that, her brain was bleeding and she had developed a blood clot.

Melissa had been fighting for her life all alone for days before help came.

She remained in ICU until December 17th when she passed away from her injuries.

Now here is where the injustice part comes in. Her boyfriend had changed his stories numerous times and he was never charged with her murder. He claimed she sustained these injuries from a fall in the bathroom. read more

Private LaVena Johnson: murder or suicide?

Private LaVena Johnson

On July 19, 2005, just eight days shy of her 20th birthday, LaVena Johnson was found dead in her tent at a military base in Balad, Iraq. Military officials ruled her death a suicide, saying she shot herself in the head.

The tent she was found in belonged to military contractor, Halliburton/KBR.

LaVena’s parents, Dr. John and Linda Johnson, were not satisfied with that ruling. They had spoken with their daughter just days before her death and she seemed in good spirits. She was also planning on going home for the holidays that year. read more

What Happened to 20-year-old Jay Polhill?

 Jay Polhill20-year-old Columbia College student Jay Polhill disappeared on Sunday, April 30, 2010 from Chicago, Illinois. Two days later, his body was found in the Calumet River near 126th Street – 20 miles from his downtown college dorm.

An autopsy revealed Jay suffered severe head injuries before drowning. There was no evidence of drugs and alcohol, or sexual assault despite the fact he was found wearing only a T-shirt.

Jay’s case baffles police and remains unsolved today.

Jay’s last image was captured on his dorm security camera the day he went missing. He walked out of the building on South State Street with his camera strapped around his neck and his laptop in a bag. Both have never been found and his wallet is also missing. read more

Who Murdered Nikki LaDue January?

 Nikki Ladue JanuaryOn July 29, 2002, 30-year-old Nikki LaDue January was found dead shortly before 10:00 a.m. from a single gunshot to her head. Her body was located on the balcony of her third floor condo in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Despite evidence to the contrary, within two hours after police arrived, her death was ruled a suicide. Her family has often said Nikki would not have committed suicide.

Nikki had been married to Phil January for less than two years and both were employed at Grand Casino. Friends described January as a jealous control freak who Nikki feared. Once a fun-loving, happy woman, Nikki became a loner who was afraid to socialize with her fellow workers. January often had his spies watching her.

Nikki had a five-year-old son, Zachary, from a previous marriage to co-worker, Mike Williams. Nikki adored Zack, so the notion that she would intentionally do something to take herself completely away from him forever seemed ludicrous to those who knew her. read more

What Happened to 17-year-old Joseph Helt?

I have been asked by a classmate of Joseph Helt to write an article on this blog about him. I am completely honored to do so as I first read about Joe’s case two weeks ago, and it really touched my heart.

This post is dedicated to Joe Helt and his friends & family. May there be justice one day.

Joseph Helt
Joe Helt

 1987

In 1987, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, glam and pop metal bands topped the music charts, and The Simpsons first appeared on The Tracy Ullman Show. read more

The Abduction and Murder of Tammy Zywicki

Tammy Zywicki

In August 1992, 21-year-old Tammy Zywicki and her younger brother, Daren, departed their New Jersey home and headed to the Midwest to attend college.

On August 23rd, Tammy dropped Daren off at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and began the drive to Grinnell College in Iowa.

Later that day, around 5 p.m., an Illinois State Trooper discovered Tammy’s 1985 Pontiac T1000 near Mile Marker 83 along Interstate 80 and ticketed it as being abandoned. read more

The Unsolved Murder of Heaven LaShae Ross

On August 19, 2003, 11-year-old Heaven LaShae Ross left her Northport, Alabama trailer in Willowbrook Trailer Park, walked 50 yards to her school bus stop on Hunter Creek Road, and vanished into thin air.

About the Case

Heaven LaShae RossAt 7:00 a.m. Heaven, nicknamed Shae, left her home and headed to the bus stop. Her 13-year-old sister, Alex, had left five minutes before. The bus would arrive at the stop at around 7:25 a.m. read more