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New Jersey "Torso Killer" Confesses to Three More Murders

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New Jersey Torso Killer, Richard Cottingham, has recently confessed to the unsolved murders of three women that took place in the sixties. (Source) The now 73-year-old serial killer, who was active from 1967 – 1980 and has spent almost three decades behind bars at the New Jersey State Prison for the murders of six females, confessed to the murders of an additional three teenage girls between 1968 – 1969. He claims that he abducted and murdered 18-year-old Irene Blase from Bogota On April 7th, 1969.  Her body was discovered the following day face down in a river in Saddlebrook. A...

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New Documents in Jayme Closs Case Reveal Details of 88 Day Captivity

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Thirteen year old Jayme Closs was abducted from her home in Barron County, WI on October 15th, 2018. Her kidnapper murdered both her parents and bundled her into the trunk of his vehicle before speeding off into the night. As time passed and nothing was heard from the missing teenager, those following the case began to lose hope that she was alive, but miraculously, after a total of 88 days in captivity, the teenager stumbled up to a resident living in S. Eau Claire Acres Cir , Gordon, WI and announced: “I’m Jayme Closs. He killed my parents. I want to...

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Man claims to be missing child who allegedly disappeared from a Michigan Mall in 1994

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On the afternoon of December 12th, 1994, Dwanna Jackson, a mother residing in Michigan, reported her 4-year-old child missing from the Wonderland Mall in Livonia. She claimed that the two had been on a shopping trip when the toddler wandered down a hallway near a Target store and vanished off the face of the earth. (Source) Dwanna quickly alerted an 18 year old mall security guard named Randy, who would go on to take a big interest in the case and eventually host a website dedicated to finding the missing 4-year-old. “She was believable” he said in an interview with...

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Optometrist Charged with Murder of Girlfriend Suspected of Killing Ex-Wife

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On the evening of March 11th, 2011, bystanders gathered around the state of a vehicular crash near the intersection of Pyott Road and Willow Street in Street Lake in the Hills, IL. A Nissan Murano registered to an Optometrist named Anthony Prate was found jammed between a fence and tree, trapping his wife inside the vehicle. Onlookers watched as the disorientated and panicked man attempted to revive his wife with mouth to mouth resuscitation, to no avail. Eventually paramedics showed up to free her from the crash and transported her to the nearest hospital. Tragically she was pronounced dead on arrival....

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Julie Fuller Murder Solved

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In the spring of 1983 the Fuller family moved from their home in Essex, England to North Texas in search of the American Dream. Unfamiliar with the Arlington area, the family temporarily moved into “Kensington motor lodge hotel and apartments” on 1220 West Division Street while they house hunted and looked for jobs. The area wasn’t the safest, but new to town the Fuller family weren’t aware of that. The English family had been in the country only less than a month before tragedy struck. On June 27th, 1983, their youngest child, 11 year old Julie Fuller, went to take...

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