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Serial Monday: The Tool Box Killers

The year: 1979 Two friends who met in a correctional facility in California. Norris claimed that ittaker had saved him multiple times from being attacked by other inmates. They discovered that they shared an interest in sexual sadism. Over the… Continue Reading →

Michigan vs. Cochran- Week 2

The trial of Kelly Cochran started with a bit of a delay due to an unforeseen legal issue. The day did start with jury instructions. Judge Richard Cellelo stated: “Now after all of the evidence has been presented, the prosecutor… Continue Reading →

Missouri vs. Van Note- VERDICT

The Verdict is in….NOT GUILTY!!   On Tuesday night after deliberating 6 hours, a jury decided that Susan Van Note was not guilty. One panelist stated that the jury felt that Van Note was involved but that the evidence wasn’t… Continue Reading →

Michigan vs. Cochran

Kelly Cochran, 34, is accused of helping her husband murder her boyfriend and then is also accused of killing her husband. Not only was her boyfriend killed, he was dismembered. On Oct 13, 2014, Cochran came up with a plan… Continue Reading →

State of Missouri vs. Van Note- Updated!

Susan Elizabeth Van Note was a lawyer in Lee’s Summit who specialized in matters such as wills and other end-of life business. Van Note acknowledged that she had a volatile relationship with her father William Van Note. Sharon Dickson, was shot and… Continue Reading →

Verdict Daily Update- 10/5/16

Split verdict in Schenectady murder trial Albany Times Union SCHENECTADY — A Schenectady County jury on Tuesday acquitted a city teenager of the June 29, 2015 murder of 19-year-old Lasean Gause in … Murderer on run after leaving Georgia courtroom… Continue Reading →

Trial of Hubert Zafke- Neubrandenburg Germany

Hubert Zafke is 95 years old and it is currently being questioned whether or not he is fit to stand trial. The trial was scheduled to start in February in the state court in Neubrandenburg, Germany. It has been postponed… Continue Reading →

State of Florida vs. Paul Augustus Howell – Death Warrant Case

Quick Facts: – Mr. Howell was involved in a drug ring in which Tammie Bailey (the would-be victim) could link Mr. Howell & his brother (Patrick) to a previous murder so she needed to be eliminated. – Mr. Howell constructed a bomb that was placed in a… Continue Reading →

Mistrial Avoided: AZ vs. James Ray

HOORAY!! Judge denied motion for mistrial! The proceedings will continue tomorrow1 http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/04/13/arizona.sweat.lodge.trial/

Mistrial? AZ vs. James Ray

I would love to write the details of this story, the drama, the nailbiting….but Lynne LaMaster already did a fantastic job and I will refer you to her written work as well as post it here. She does a great… Continue Reading →

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