In 2003, 43-year-old Anne Margaret Lebensztejn Karubin, a single mother of three was discovered dead in her bathtub by her two teen daughters, Caroline and Catherine. Anne Margaret had been suffering from depression and had turned into a full-blown alcoholic. When an autopsy was done, her blood-alcohol level was .415; however, Anne Margaret didn’t die from alcohol poisoning. Instead, her death was ruled an “accidental drowning” by the medical examiner. After their mother’s death, Caroline and Catherine moved in with their father and continued on with their lives going to high school and hanging out with their friends. But the two of them had a dark secret: their mother’s death was no accident and was actually the result of a well thought out plan over a year in the making which included the help of three of their high school friends. This is Canada’s most infamous case of matricide which, as a result of redaction requirements of The Canadian Youth Criminal Justice Act has previously been known only by the fictitious names of Linda Anderson and her daughters Beth and Sandra.
On October 24, 2003 Mark and Florence “Flo” Unger arrived at a favorite northern Michigan vacation resort on Lower Herring Lake with their two children for a family getaway. Mark was hoping that this vacation would convince Flo he was a changed man, and not the gambling and prescription drug addict he had been the year prior – AND that their marriage was worth saving. However, when her body is found on the shore of Lower Lake Herring the following morning, face down in the water, Mark becomes suspect number one in her death. What were Flo’s secrets that surfaced after her death and did they contribute to it?
Stephen Grant was once an ordinary married man who lived in the suburbs with his successful wife, Tara, and their two young children. Everything changed on February 9, 2006, when Stephen snapped and murdered Tara. As horrible as that is, what he did next defies the laws of sanity. Join us as we tell the story of a seemingly sane man’s descent into absurdity.
13-year-old Caril Fugate was introduced to 18-year-old Charlie Starkweather by her older sister Barb. The two teens really hit it off, but Caril didn’t know that Charlie had a dark side. He had an obsessive fascination with death, guns, and knives that he hid from not only Caril, but the world. Eventually, Charlie couldn’t contain this hidden beast and in 1958 he went on a rampage brutally raping a young woman and killing 11 people. The question is: was Caril a willing participant or Charlie’s twelfth victim? Learn more about the couple with inspired the 1994 hit movie “Natural Born Killers.”
36-year-old Brenda Schaefer was reported missing by her mother on September 25, 1988. Her boyfriend Mel Ignatow was immediately considered a suspect but there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him until Mel’s ex-girlfriend, Mary Ann Shore, made a startling confession: she had photographed the rape, torture, and murder of Brenda. After making a deal with the prosecutors, Mary Ann agreed to testify against Mel in exchange for a 1 to 5 years charge of tampering with evidence.
After a two week trial, the jury came back with a verdict: NOT GUILTY. Mel was acquitted of all charges. While Mel was able to walk free, Mary Ann was forced to due five years under her plea agreement.
Less then one year after his acquittal, the couple that had purchased Mel’s old house decided to replace the carpet. They discovered the old carpet actually hide a heating vent which contained 112 photographs of the crime.
Fortunately for Mel, the Fifth Amendment prohibits a person from being charged for the same crime in which he or she was already been tried. However, the prosecutors were able to find a clever way around this and give some justice to Brenda’s family.
53-year-old Chris Regan disappeared on October 14, 2014 in the midst of moving from Michigan to North Carolina. The prime suspects where a woman he was dating named Kelly and her husband Jason. Neighbors told the police they heard the sound of power tools in the middle of the night around the time Chris disappeared. Kelly and Jason also invited them over to eat three times during that same week and had an enormous amount of meat during that same week. Two years later, Jason died leading to the answers about what exactly happened to Chris.
Two small children witnessed the abduction of their mother by “the mean man.” When police investigated the crime, they realized this wasn’t the first time the abductor had kidnapped a woman, and he didn’t always act alone. The atrocities committed demonstrated the crimes were part of a well thought out plan by a sadistic killer.
Ronald Gene Simmons holds the title of the USA’s most prolific family annihilator. But he didn’t just murder family members, he murder all the “traitors & sinners” on his list, resulting in the brutal deaths of 16 people. The murders were exceptionally cruel and show a complete disregard for human life, especially when you consider six of his victims were his own children. In Ronald’s own words, “To those who oppose the death penalty – in my particular case, anything short of death would be cruel and unusual punishment.”
Serial Killer Gerard Schaefer rekindled the romance he once had with his high school sweetheart, Sondra London, while on death row in the Florida State Penitentiary. Coincidentally, Sondra was a true crime writer, so she was able to get the rights to the short stories that Gerard had written, along with his drawings. She published two books then broke off their engagement with him, moving on to serial killer Danny Rolling. The first book, Killer Fiction, which is the basis for this episode, includes the writings of Gerard found by police while exercising their search warrant of his home in 1972. In addition, the book contains new writings created by Gerard while in prison. It is believed by most experts that these writings are not fiction, but actual accounts of Gerard’s murders. Warning: this is a very graphic episode.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s in Southern California, over 43 males were murdered, mutilated and dismembered in the home of a seemingly harmless engineer with the IQ of 180. This man’s thrills didn’t come from killing, but what he did after he murder his victims. Listen to learn more about the heinous monster who could have easily been anyone’s neighbor: Serial Killer Patrick Kearney.
Jennifer Joyce Kesse was 25 years old on the day she disappeared in Orlando, Florida on January 24, 2006. She was beautiful, successful, and had everything to live for. However, an extremely lucky person of interest could not be positively identified. Her case is still unsolved and maybe you know information that could help police and Jennifer’s family finally solve this case.
In 2007, 11 year old Jodi was riding when she was kidnapped, murdered and disposed of in a cemetery. The police focused on a local reserve officer, Raymond, who eventually was arrested and convicted of perjury in regards to the murder investigation. Eight years after Jodi’s murder, a similar crime took place five miles from where Jodi was killed, only this young girl escaped. The man as caught and his DNA was linked to Jodi’s death. It wasn’t Raymond who was after little girls, but a respected member of the community…
Diane Chorba went missing in the spring of 1979. She was reportedly on flight 191 that crashed in Chicago on May 25 of that year. Twenty-two years later, a close friend of Diane’s contacted the police and told them a chilling story of her account of Diane’s death and it had nothing to do with a plane.
On January 19, 1983, while working in the pet department of a busy store, Janette Roberson was savagely raped, mutilated and murdered. The killer’s attack was slow and brutal, yet no employees or customers saw or heard anything. Police are baffled as to how such a sadistic killer has remained under their radar for over 35 years as DNA has failed to yield a match. It is time the killer is brought to justice…
From 1984 to 1988 there was a serial killer loose in the streets of Kansas City. The victims were mostly male sex workers, street kids, and drug addicts. The killer knew, after getting away with the first murder, that the police were not quick to solve these crimes involving this often forgotten about population. Fueled by his fantasies, Robert Berdella brutally tortured and murdered six men. His would-be seventh victim was able to escape and expose the world to a story that is fuel for nightmares.
You’ve undoubtedly heard of the Virginia Tech , Colombine and Sandy Hook school murders, but I bet you’ve never heard of the largest school massacre in U.S. history: The Bath School Massacre. What made a well-respected man of the community thread 900 lbs of explosives throughout the ceilings and walls of the school and then slaughter 37 children, four adults and his wife? In the words of the killer: Criminals are made, not born.