The 2011 Death of Justin Hepburn

Justin Hepburn
Credit: Southeast Missourian

In 2011, four-year-old, Justin Hepburn was found dead in his bedroom by his babysitter. His father’s girlfriend, Sacha Brown was charged with murder but acquitted in 2014, partially from a weak investigation into Justin’s death.

About the Case

Justin Hepburn resided with his father, Chris Hepburn and Hepburn’s girlfriend, Sacha Brown in Ware, Illinois, a tiny town located east of the Mississippi River. Hepburn and Brown had been together for about a year. Justin’s mother, Kandi Mullins had not seen her son in over a year. read more

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Susan Winters: Suicide or murder? Police and family say murder

Susan Winters
Credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Lawyer and part-time judge, Susan Winters was found dead from a combination of ethylene glycol poisoning and oxycodone intoxication in 2015. Her death was initially ruled a suicide but later changed to undetermined. In 2017, her husband, psychologist Brent Dennis was arrested for murder.

About the Case

At 6:48 a.m. on January 3, 2015, psychologist Brent Dennis of Las Vegas called 911 after finding his wife, Susan Winters, 48, unresponsive in bed. Susan was still alive when paramedics arrived. She was rushed to the hospital. Susan died at 2:26 p.m. after Dennis instructed doctors to take his wife off life support. read more

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True Crime Diva on Reddit and Elsewhere

It has come to my attention that a user on Reddit is sharing my articles. No biggie. However, this person is NOT giving me proper credit. Shocker. Smh.

So, of course people who previously visited or currently visit my blog are asking if that’s me. I have had this happen on Twitter as well.

if the user name is not “truecrimediva” then it is not me.

The only exception is Facebook because some asshole used “truecrimediva” as their personal profile username before I created my page. On Facebook, I go by “originaltruecrimediva.” read more

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Ebonee Shanetta Spears: Young Mother Acted Erratically Before 2016 Disappearance

30-year-old Ebonee Shanetta Spears disappeared from Wilmington, North Carolina on January 15, 2016. Ebonee acted paranoid prior to her disappearance. She has not been found.

About the Case

Ebonee Shanetta SpearsEbonee Shanetta Spears was a single mother to a daughter and resided at Point-Taylor Estates in the 1300 block of Brooklyn Lane in Wilmington, North Carolina. On January 15, 2016, Ebonee ate breakfast with her parents, Alfonso and Harriet Rivers, at their home on Price Drive. The night before, Ebonee acted paranoid and disoriented. Her parents met her in the parking lot of the police department hoping police might commit her to a psychiatric hospital. read more

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Book Review: I, a Squealer by Richard Bruns

I was given a free copy of I, a Squealer to review on this site.  

Book Review: I, a Squealer by Richard Bruns

I, a Squealer front coverI, a Squealer: The Insider’s Account of the Pied Piper of Tucson Murders
Published by Twin Feather Publishing
Release date: December 15, 2017 March 20, 2018
Genres: Autobiographies; True Crime
Pages: 133
Format: PDF
Source: Family member

From the book:

The manuscript for this book was written in 1967 by Richard Bruns, the man who blew the whistle on Charles Schmid, resulting in Schmid’s arrest and conviction for multiple murders in Tucson, Arizona. This is Richard’s account of what happened. read more

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Jody Lynn Brant: Georgia teen missing since 1994

Jody Lynn Brant disappeared in 1994 while on a solo road trip to Michigan from Georgia. She has not been seen since.

About the Case

Jody Lynn Brant missing16-year-old Jody Lynn Brant lived at home with her mother and stepfather in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a small town about 35 miles northeast of Atlanta. On May 27, 1994, Jody left home in her 1987 black two-door Ford Escort for an 11-hour journey to Pontiac, Michigan to visit her cousins. read more

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Missing Person of the Week: Katie Dell Kemp

Each week True Crime Diva highlights a missing persons case that has little or no information available regarding the circumstances of disappearance.  

Katie Dell Kemp
Photo credit: The Charley Project

72-year-old Katie Dell Kemp was last seen on April 26, 1990, at 2168 Telhurst Street, Atlanta, Georgia. Katie suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and other medical conditions – all of which required medication. There is very little information on this case so it is unclear who the last person was who saw Katie. read more

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