Molly Marie Young: Murder or Suicide?

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Molly Marie Young

On March 24, 2012, Molly Marie Young, 21, was found shot to death in her former  boyfriend’s apartment in the 500 block of North Westridge Drive in Carbondale, IL. Richie Minton, who had been heavily drinking, called Molly around 3:00 a.m. insisting he needed Molly’s help. Molly, herself, had not been drinking.

Sometime after Molly arrived at the apartment, she was shot in the head.The handgun, a .45 semiautomatic 1911 used in the killing just happened to be owned by none other than Minton himself.

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The Suspicious Death of Alfred Wright

Warning! Super long post!

When I hear the town name Jasper, and it just happens to be in Texas, I immediately think of James Byrd, Jr. I’m sure you do, too. On June 7, 1998, one of the worst cases of racial crimes occurred here. James Byrd, Jr. age 48, was dragged for three miles behind a pick-up truck on an asphalt road. He remained conscious throughout most of the terrifying ordeal and was killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert, severing his head and right arm. The murderers – Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and John King – then drove on for another mile before dumping his torso in front of an African-American cemetary. The horrific crime shocked the nation.

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Who Killed Illinois Teen in 1985? Mother Still Seeking Justice

Kristy Wesselman, age 14
Kristy Wesselman at age 14.

On Sunday, July 21, 1985, 15-year-old Kristina, “Kristy”, Wesselman walked to a local grocery store in unincorporated Glen Ellyn, Illinois to buy some candy before spending the day watching old movies with her mother, Sandy.

“I watched her go out the door, and I said, ‘Be careful, princess. I love you.’  Little did I know that those were the last words I would ever say to my daughter,” her mother, Sandy Wesselman said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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