Narrator: Good evening and welcome back to Friday Night Crimes. Tonight’s case comes out of Kansas, and it is unique in that it inspired a bestselling non-fiction novel.
Published for the first time in 1966, In Cold Blood tells the story of the Clutter family murder in 1959. Capote learned about the murder and traveled to Kansas to tell the story. It is unknown whether Capote’s book impacted the investigation itself.
November 15, 1959: In the early morning hours of November 15, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith entered the Clutter family home in Holcomb, Kansas. …
Narrator: Good evening and welcome back to Friday Night Crimes. Tonight’s case comes out of Oregon, a mostly forgotten state in the Pacific Northwest. Christian Longo is a family annihilator that may remind you of Christopher Watts, whose story I covered in a different article unrelated to Friday Night Crimes.
Let’s get into it.
April 25, 1967: Mary Jane Baker was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses that worshipped in the same congregation as the Longos.
January 23, 1974: Christian Michael Longo was born in Iowa, but he grew up in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.
They foolishly think that they will be fortunate enough to hit the jackpot immediately, and I’m sorry to break it to you, but it’s not that simple.
I won’t waste your time going into the gritty details, but I was essentially stuck in a job I hated, discovered Medium, and decided with minimal research I could “make it big” on a platform that did not know who I was.
Impulsivity, who? We don’t know them.
Jokes aside, I learned fairly quickly that it takes more than desperation and a dream to accomplish your goals. This couldn’t be truer than writing…
Narrator: Good evening and welcome back to Friday Night Crimes. Tonight’s story is bittersweet in that it concludes my ongoing three-part series about Megan Kanka, Adam Walsh, and now Jacob Wetterling.
Jacob’s Law actually came first, but because I report my cases in order of statehood, his story comes last. The Jacob Wetterling Act was passed in 1994 and was the first law to initiate a state sex offender registry. The government amended the act in 1996, after the murder of Megan Kanka in New Jersey.
Megan’s Law made sex offender registration compulsory, as her parents had been unaware that…
The year 1999 has the rare privilege of existing in a frozen state, especially since it seems so close but is actually two decades in the past. As such, the still-unsolved murder of Ashley Ouellette feels recent but is actually not.
For 22 years, her loved ones have asked themselves two unanswerable questions: Who killed her…and why?
At 3:57 AM on February 10, 1999, the body of 15-year-old Ashley Ouellette was found in the middle of Pine Point Road in Scarborough, Maine. Police ruled her cause of death a homicide; strangulation.
Her body showed no signs of vehicular trauma; someone…
Narrator: Good evening and welcome back to Friday Night Crimes. Once again, I must apologize for the delay between episodes — life has a habit of getting in the way, doesn’t it? The best laid plans of mice and men and all that.
Anyway, let’s get started. This week we’re diving headfirst into one of Hollywood’s most infamous murders: the brutal slaying of the Black Dahlia.
Elizabeth “Beth” Short was born on July 29, 1924, in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Her parents were Cleo and Phoebe May Short, and Elizabeth was the third-born of five daughters.
Victim Name: Rachel Cooke
Crime type: Abduction/probable homicide
Location: Georgetown, Texas
Date of disappearance: January 10, 2002
Victim Name: Sky Metalwala
Crime type: Probable parental homicide (also known as filicide)
Location: Redmond, Washington State
Date of disappearance: November 6, 2011
Victim Name: Maggie Long
Crime type: Arson, homicide by fire
Location: Bailey, Colorado
Date of crime: December 1, 2017
Victim Name: Madeleine McCann
Crime type: Child abduction, probable homicide
Location: Praia da Luz, Portugal (family was on vacation)
Date of crime: May 3, 2007
Status: Assigned to David Fox
Victim Name: Natalee Holloway Crime type: Abduction, probable homicide Location: Oranjestad…
Colorado seriously can’t catch a break. First, there was the still-unsolved and now-infamous murder of JonBenét Ramsey in Boulder. Second, justice for Durango’s Dylan Redwine has been postponed repeatedly since 2017; even though investigators uncovered partial remains in 2013.
Let’s back up for a moment, though, and talk about what led up to this point.
Dylan Nicholas Redwine was born on February 6, 1999 to Mark Redwine and Elaine Hatfield. His parents later divorced after being married for 18 years. …
Narrator: Good evening and welcome back to Friday Night Crimes. Once again, I must apologize for the delay between episodes — life does have a habit of getting in the way, doesn’t it? The best laid plans of mice and men and all that.
Anyway, let’s get started. This week we’re headed to the Far North/Midwest state of Wisconsin to discuss John McCaffary.
John McCaffary was born in Ireland. Little is known about his early life, but it can be presumed that he was not a political figure or wealthy merchant, otherwise there would be more information about him.
When kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard suddenly reappeared after 18 years, her remarkable story completely captivated me. I spent hours reading article after article about her, simultaneously repulsed by the kidnappers’ actions and inspired by Jaycee’s resilience. The monumental trauma that she endured at the hands of Phillip and Nancy Garrido is the sort of thing you never want to think is real.
Though Jaycee herself described her experience in a book titled A Stolen Life: A Memoir, having a third party discuss it can sometimes be more palatable to the public. So, here we go.
Jaycee Lee Dugard was born…