by Bob Couttie

Murders at sea may be the stuff of seafarers tales but they do happen. When three mysterious deaths occur in just a few weeks aboard a ship under the command of a self-confessed gun-runner and allegedly physically abusive master intent on preventing complaints by his crew from reaching the authorities, it is inevitable that the possibility of murder will be taken seriously.

Like any other random event, accidents can and do happen in clusters that suggest a pattern, even when there is no common link between them. Such may be so in the case of the fatalities aboard Sage Sagittarius, a Panama-flagged bulker of 73,430 gross tonnes built in 2001. It will be up to a New South Wales Coroners Court to determine whether the deaths need further investigation by police authorities.

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by John W. Taylor

At 3:30 a.m. on February 10, 2009, a 9-1-1 call came into a Putnam County, Florida emergency call center. Seventeen year-old Misty Croslin reported five year-old Haleigh Cummings missing. Misty was the girlfriend of Haleigh’s father, Ronald Cummings. At the time, she was babysitting Haleigh and her four year-old brother, Ronald Junior, while their father worked the night shift.

haleigh6Misty put the children to bed around 8:00 p.m. She cleaned and did laundry prior to retiring to bed at 10:00 p.m. In the master bedroom of their trailer, Haleigh slept on a small bed about four feet from where Misty slept, while Ronald Junior slept in the bed with Misty. Shortly after 3:00 a.m., Misty awoke to use the bathroom. After noticing the kitchen light was on and seeing the back door propped open, she returned to the bedroom and noticed Haleigh was not in her bed. Misty immediately searched the trailer, but could not locate Haleigh. She called Ronald several times on his cell phone, but he did not answer. Ronald pulled into the driveway about five minutes later and instructed her to call 9-1-1.

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compiled by Patrick H. Moore

Beth Thomas was the angry little girl featured on the remarkable, albeit disturbing, HBO documentary, Child of Rage, which was released around 1990. She suffered from severe Reactive Attachment Disorder.

In an excellent blog post by marilyn4ever, posted on October 30, 2010, Marilyn details Beth Thomas’s story with empathy and apparent clarity. I strongly suggest you read Beth’s post and a second post critiquing a controversial treatment program for RAD called Attachment Therapy, as well as Marilyn’s follow-up post on Attachment Therapy called Beth Thomas, Candace Newmaker and Attachment Therapy Controversy.

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by Darcia Helle

August 15th of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the most gruesome mass murder Wisconsin has ever seen. The story has all the makings of a New York Times bestseller or blockbuster movie. We have the wealthy and world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who had the sense of entitlement that often accompanies being born into a respected and prestigious family. We have a torrid love affair, the ensuing scandal, and, of course, the crazed killer.

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compiled by Patrick H. Moore

On February 6, 1943, the famed film actor Errol Flynn, after a month-long trial, was acquitted of the rapes and statutory rapes of Peggy Satterlee and Betty Hansen. The jury deliberated for 13 hours before returning with their unanimous not guilty verdict. According to Trove, Flynn, who had been uncharacteristically subdued throughout the lengthy ordeal, shouted gleefully upon hearing the good news:

Gosh! I feel like whooping!

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by Pamela Stewart

“It’s difficult to accept that Tim was just a guy, a regular average guy who loved his family and his friends, who worked hard. It is difficult to accept that this regular average guy did a regular average thing, which so many do on a daily basis, and it tragically cost him his life. ”

Tim Bosma’s wife, Sharlene felt compelled to give this explanation at her husband’s memorial service because people had been speculating that Tim must have done something or known something that got him killed. As Sharlene said at the service, this type of thing doesn’t happen in Canada and it doesn’t happen to regular people like Tim.

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 by Amy Lane, January 29, 2016

This Infographic, which Amy Lane of Instant Checkmate has very kindly invited All Things Crime Blog to share,  reveals the True Timeline behind The People Vs. OJ Simpson!

Here is the link in case you wish to be magically transported to their website: https://www.instantcheckmate.com/crimewire/oj-simpson-timeline-infographic/

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by John Taylor

Netflix delivers a must-see documentary with Making a Murderer. Is it biased? Does it leave out evidence? Yes and yes, but comprehensive and neutral are not what make a great and compelling documentary. Making a Murderer highlights material flaws regarding how many police, prosecutors, and others in authority operate within our judicial system. It begs the question, is the system tilted too far in one direction?

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by Patrick H. Moore

Richard Ramirez, the world-famous Night-Stalker, died of “natural causes,” reportedly Hepatitis C or some other form of liver disease, in June of 2013. He was only 52. Few murderous crime sprees have matched that of Ramirez for sheer ferocity. During a relatively short period of time in 1985, Richard wreaked such havoc that when he was finally captured in East Los Angeles by a group of angry citizens on August 31, 1985, he was charged with thirteen murders, five attempted murders, six rapes, three lewd acts on children, two kidnappings, three acts of forced oral copulation, four counts of sodomy, five robberies and fourteen burglaries. Out of the 55 counts, he was convicted of 41 in a Los Angeles county courtroom on September 20, 1989. Since then, he has been serving time on Death Row in San Quentin.

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by Darcia Helle

Allow me to tell you a story about a woman born into the most dismal of circumstances. Her mother is a young teen when she marries a violent man. He is soon arrested and convicted of the rape and attempted murder of a 7-year-old girl. By some reports, her father is schizophrenic. Her mother decides parenting is too difficult and soon abandons her.

Life gets no better for this woman. She’s never given a chance to succeed. Under these circumstances, it’s human nature to feel sympathy for this woman right?

Now what if I tell you this woman became a serial killer? Does that change how you feel about her?

This woman’s name is Aileen Carol Wuornos, and she is considered our most famous female serial killer. She was born in Rochester, Michigan on February 29, 1956. She confessed to, and was put to death for, the murders of six men.

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