TRUE CRIME, NONFICTION

With a homemade device, Elmer Crawford murdered his entire family and tried to pin it on his dead wife.

Therese Crawford and children (left) Elmer Crawford (center) The family car (right) (Source: dailymail.co.uk/Credit: WA Police)

Therese Crawford, pregnant mother of three, and her young children were found dead inside the Crawford family sedan at the bottom of Loch Ard George in Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia. At the edge of a cliff, three hours away from their home, the vehicle was pushed into the abyss below. Overwhelming evidence pointed to Elmer Kyle Crawford, Therese’s husband and father of her children, as the killer.

When the bodies were discovered, he disappeared and was never seen again.

Elmer and Therese Crawford had three young children: Katherine, 12, James, 8, and Karen, 6, along with a baby on the…


The prime suspect was responsible for the fate of a murdered woman found in 1991.

Niqui McCowen (Source: crimejunkiepodcast.com)

Marilyn Renee Nicole McCowen, or Niqui as she was known by friends and family, went missing on the 22nd of July, 2001 after doing her laundry at a laundromat in Richmond, Indiana. She was seen on security footage leaving the establishment without incident, but not before she mentioned to her mother that she had been harassed by two men.

Twenty years later, her family is still actively searching for her. Without any solid leads to follow, it’s as if Niqui has vanished into thin air.

The twenty-eight-year-old mother was engaged to fiancé, Bobby Webster, and had a beautiful daughter, Payton…


Matthew Haverly, Chris Watts, and Stephen McDaniel all have something eerily in common.

Wyalusing Creek in Camptown, PA (Source: Google Maps)

Around 5:30 p.m. on the evening of the 18th of May, 2018, a passing motorist and a UPS driver stopped near Wyalusing creek in Camptown, Pennsylvania to investigate what appeared to be a human body. Upon visual confirmation of the body of a dead female, they called the police to report their discovery.

Local news flocked to the scene in search of newsworthy input from Camptown residents. That’s when Matthew Haverly stepped up. The body had been pulled out of the creek across from the home he shared with his mother.

As he stood in front of the creek, he…


A letter from beyond the grave helped to put her killer husband behind bars.

Sandra and David Duyst (Source: imdb.com/ Credit: Forensic Files)

This wasn’t the first time her husband had tried to kill her. Sandy Duyst had survived an attempt before. Many would question why she continued a relationship with him if he had tried to murder her. It’s unthinkable. And it was a decision that unfortunately ended up costing her her life.

Sandra Duyst, 40, was married to David Duyst Sr., a prosperous insurance salesman, and the couple lived in Michigan with their three children. The high school sweethearts had tied the knot after they graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. …


Gerald and Alice Uden killed their families and almost got away with it!

Alice and Gerald Uden mugshots. (Source: nypost.com)

In 2013, an old gold mine shaft located on Remount Ranch, Wyoming was excavated and skeletal remains belonging to 25-year-old Ronald Holtz were discovered. A .22-caliber bullet was inside his skull. Holtz had been missing since Christmas of 1974.

A witness had come forward in 1989 claiming that Alice Holtz, Ronald’s ex-wife, had confessed to the murder. To the witness, Alice described the killing in detail, admitting she had used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot him in the back of the head while he was asleep. …


What really happened to Tionda and Diamond Bradley?

Tionda and Diamond Bradley (Source: chicagotribune.com/Credit: Bradley Family Photo)

A mother comes home to an empty house where her children should have been. A note signed by her daughter is left behind on the living room couch. Her two little girls say they have left to go to the nearby convenience store.

But they never come back.

Tracey Bradley’s story was exactly that. On the morning of July 6th, 2001, she was working at her job while her two beautiful daughters, 10-year-old Tionda and 3-year-old Diamond, were waiting for her at home in their Chicago apartment. Then they vanished without a trace. …


The Cleveland Strangler kept a gruesome secret hidden while the city searched for these missing women.

The Known Victims of the Cleveland Strangler — Michelle Mason, Nancy Cobb, Crystal Dozier, LeShanda Long, Tonia Carmichael, Tishana Culver, Kim Yvette Smith, Janice Webb, Amy Hunter, Diane Turner, Telacia Fortson (Source: filmdaily.co)

From 2007 to 2009 several women in the Cleveland, Ohio area vanished without a trace. These were the victims of the Cleveland Strangler. His reign of terror came to an end when one of his victims survived and notified the police.

Anthony Sowell preyed on his victims by exploiting their weaknesses. Over the duration of two years, he murdered 11 unsuspecting women, disposing of their remains on his own property. Sowell knew these women would have very little contact with family and friends, therefore they were perfect targets for his sadistic crimes.

In the neighborhood of Mount Pleasant, Cleveland, these…


New precautions taken by riders could prevent another murder like hers.

Samantha Josephson waiting for an Uber ride. (Source: cnn.com/Credit: Columbia, SC Police Department)

Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old student at the University of South Carolina, did what many young students do every day: she called for an Uber. When a black Chevy Impala drove up, she assumed it was her ride and got into the back seat of the car.

She was never seen alive again.

Hailing from New Jersey, Samantha was a waitress at a local restaurant while she attended her college courses. She had planned to go to law school after graduation.

It was 2 a.m. on Friday, March 29th, 2019, and Samantha had been partying with her friends on a night…


Her death remains a mystery while her suspected killer avoids extradition.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier (Source: waterford-new.ie/Credit: Netflix)

Ian Bailey insists he is innocent of the murder of 39-year-old Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Her body was found near her Ireland vacation home. Bailey was a local living a few miles away from the victim in County Cork. He was quickly accused of her murder early on in the investigation due to circumstantial evidence. Although there was a lack of forensic evidence linking him to the crime, the Cour d’Assises de Paris convicted him in absentia in 2019. He was never extradited from Ireland.

Bailey lives as a free man.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French television producer, enjoyed…


The Chameleon Killer murdered at least six women and children; one of them was his own daughter.

Marlyse Honeychurch, Marie Vaughn, Sarah McWaters and “Angel” (Source: filmdaily.co/Credit: Bianca Myrtil)

“The Chameleon Killer” eluded police for decades until the bodies of a young woman and three children stuffed inside barrels were discovered in the remote woods of Bear Brook State Park. But his story didn’t start there. Remains found in both New Hampshire and California were all linked to the same man and there are likely many more still waiting to be found.

Terry Peder Rasmussen operated under many aliases while committing a series of murders on unsuspecting women and children. Throughout his criminal career, he posed as Robert “Bob” Evans, Curtis Mayo Kimball, Gordon Jensen, Larry Vanner, and Gerry…

Rivy Lyon

Crime Journalist | Criminology B.A. | Studying Forensic Psychology | I’ve loved true crime since Forensic Files was Medical Detectives!

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