Jun 12, 2017

Was Kristen O'Brien murdered?

Authorities in Sangamon County, Illinois are looking for Kristen O'Brien. The 39-year-old woman reportedly vanished early last month, and has had no contact with her loved one since she was last seen. This is troubling information, but what's more troubling are the issues surrounding the woman's life before she vanished.

Those close to the Illinois woman say that she had been victimized in a series of events leading up to her disappearance. Just days before she was last seen, she had reportedly been involved in an "argument" with an unnamed male. The day following this alleged altercation, her home had been burglarized and then set on fire.

Kristen O'Brien was scheduled to interview with detectives regarding the presumed arson of her home. However, she never arrived at her appointment -- and has not been seen or heard from since that day. Furthermore, her phone has been turned off, adding more suspicion to her disappearance.

Initially, it was reported that Kristen O'Brien was last seen leaving her romantic partner's residence on the day she disappeared. She reportedly claimed that she was staying the night with a friend, but did not in fact do this. It's been believed from these initial reports that the missing woman could have disappeared on her own accord. However, recent developments could indicate otherwise.

With it being over a month since she was last seen, it's hard to believe that this missing woman is gone voluntarily. Police in Illinois have searched for O'Brien for more than a month, and there has been very little coverage -- if any -- of her case. So the slow pace could be indicative of what's to come. Hopefully the disappearance of this young woman doesn't turn into a years-long search, but for now all we have are questions.

May 10, 2017

Did drunk driving kill Alycia Yeoman?

As many of you are probably aware by now, the body of missing woman Alycia Yeoman has been recovered. Authorities have confirmed that the young woman's body was discovered in a river, not far from where her vehicle was previously found. This discovery brings a lot of questions to the table -- in particular, regarding how the missing woman's body wound up where it did. Was Alycia Yeoman another casualty of the dangers of drunk driving -- or was she the victim of foul play?

Loved ones of the once-missing woman are now calling for justice -- an indication that she may have been brought to some kind of harm. Meanwhile, people are expressing suspicion against the man who was known to last be with Yeoman. Michael Lizarraga claims that he doesn't believe he's a suspect in Alycia's disappearance or death, but he does admit he was with her right before she vanished. Lizarraga also admits that he drank with the 20-year-old coed, and allowed her to leave his home -- in her vehicle -- while under the influence of alcohol.

"She wanted to leave. I kept saying 'Sleep on the couch. Pass out at least a couple hours and then go home.' She said no."

So could Lizarraga be telling the truth? He's confidant that he won't be arrested in association with Alycia's disappearance and death, and his story does seem believable -- not to mention it sort of lines up with the evidence, thus far, in the case. Not long after Alycia Yeoman vanished, her truck was found wrecked off the side of the road, not far from where her body was ultimately found. It's indeed quite possible that the 20-year-old woman was intoxicated, and may have run off the road. Authorities haven't revealed whether or not there were tracks to indicate that she wandered from the wreckage of her vehicle, but it's plausible that this is what she did, and could explain how she ended up deceased in a body of water. This is not something that's entirely uncommon with people who drink and drive.

On the other hand, it's entirely plausible to believe that the intoxicated young woman fell victim to something far more sinister than the poor choice to drive while drunk. If Lizarraga is telling the truth about what happened when he last saw Yeoman, then it's likely that she fell victim to some other type of predator. Nonetheless, authorities themselves haven't really confirmed or denied any speculation floating around Yeoman's case.

So how did Alycia Yeoman die? Hopefully answers will come in time.

Is Ted Bundy haunting this Washington home?

Serial killer Ted Bundy has been dead for many, many years, but he's in the news this week -- and for a bizarre reason. Apparently a contractor, whose company is remodeling the home where Bundy was raised, believes that the home is haunted. Is the ghost of one of America's most prolific serial killers haunting this Tacoma, Washington residence?

The contractor -- and his crew -- legitimately believe that the home is haunted. They allege that "weird things" have taken place in the residence since they began remodeling it. Some of those incidents have involved moving furniture, jiggling doorknobs, etc., etc., -- you know, the standard "haunted house" stuff.

One spooky occurrence in particular, alleged by the contractor and his crew, involves the word "leave" being scrawled in dust on the floor of the home. Now, to some people this is an extra scary sign of a malevolent spirit. But, to me, it's a sign of a hoax.

Serial killer Ted Bundy was executed in the state of Florida in 1989 -- after years of imprisonment, and many years after ever residing in the Tacoma, Washington house in which he was raised. By the logic of those who believe in so-called hauntings, wouldn't the Florida prison be the preferred haunting grounds of the executed serial killer?

 That's not to say that bad things never happened in the Bundy home. While Bundy himself has claimed that he had a "normal" childhood, he had anything but that. He was raised to believe his grandparents were his biological parents, alongside his older "sister," who was actually his biological mother. He didn't learn of this twist in his life until he was a young teen. Behind closed doors in the Bundy home, things weren't a picnic, either, as to be suspected. But is it haunted by any ghost, much less Ted's? Unlikely.

I have a feeling that these claims are the result of someone's thirst for attention, which is something that certainly happens in the true crime realm. All too often are former homes of infamous murderers touted as "haunted," or at least worthy of tourism. No doubt, there will be droves of people who believe that the former Bundy home is haunted by either his vengeful, murderous spirit -- or at the least, negative energies associated with his entire existence. Whatever it is you choose to believe, be skeptical of those who exploit these beliefs for attention, profit or more.

May 2, 2017

New Mexico man found nailed to tree by horrified city workers

Authorities in New Mexico are trying to figure out how a man ended up nailed to a tree in Albuquerque, but he's reportedly "not cooperating." KIRO News 7 reports that the incident took place on Monday morning, to the bewilderment of those who discovered the man.

Authorities say that city workers, who were doing cleanup around a walking trail, were alerted to the sounds of a screaming man. When the followed the sound, they discovered a truly shocking situation. City workers say they discovered a man who had been nailed to a tree by his hands -- in an apparent mock-up of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The man is not currently being identified in any news reports, nor are any details being shared that may clarify what actually happened. However, the most recent reports surrounding this case declare that detectives are "looking for suspects," in association with Monday morning's incident. So if someone did this to the man, why wouldn't he cooperate? Fortunately, the man is expected to survive, but there are just so many questions remaining.

Hopefully more answers come out soon in this bizarre case.

Apr 30, 2017

Will Jodi Arias's conviction be overturned?

Jodi Arias is in the news again, and this time it's with the belief that she may be freed from prison. The National Enquirer claims that the convicted killer is appealing her murder conviction with the confident idea that she will be successful.

Jodi has raised approximately $40k to aid in her attempts at appealing her murder conviction. She's using those funds to hire a new defense team to assist her. While it seems laughable that she could ever be successful, it should be noted that her defense has made allegations against the state prosecution -- which could complicate things.

Jodi Arias is confident that she will be freed from prison after appealing her conviction. She's even reportedly talking about writing a book about the case once she is "free." Would you buy a book written by the woman convicted of killing Travis Alexander?