True Crime Writer Chelsea Hoffman

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Nov 4, 2017

The search for Madeleine McCann continues with a new update -- but is this update another distraction from what has been obvious since day-one? Metro reports that detectives are seeking out the wife of a convicted pedophile who lives in Bulgaria, but like many other so-called "suspects" in Maddie's case, the man is deceased.

The now-deceased man and his wife supposedly worked in Portugal, near the apartment where Madeleine McCann vanished, in 2007. Of course, this isn't the first time detectives have targeted a dead man as a potential suspect in her case. A man in 2016 was targeted, and that lead went absolutely nowhere. It seems that there's a pattern in Scotland Yard detectives looking at dead guys as their suspects. Could it be because dead men can't defend themselves or speak out against any evidence that may suddenly come up against them?

The fact of the matter is that there has never been any evidence of an abduction in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. This is why her parents were declared suspects early on in the search for her. To this day, evidence has never come to light that indicates an abduction took place the night Maddie vanished. The parents continue to avoid taking polygraph tests, and they continue to push the rhetoric that someone kidnapped their daughter -- which would have never have even happened, had they not left her by herself while they were out partying with friends.

This case is a mess, and detectives have wasted millions in taxpayer funds on this fruitless search for a girl that may never be found. Meanwhile, the two prime suspects flaunt their freedoms under the noses of the people who continue to fund these searches. Will things ever change in the search for Madeleine McCann? With over a decade past, it's probably safe to say it won't. 
A twisted serial killer has been arrested in Japan, after the dismembered remains of at least nine people were found in his home. Takahiro Shraishi is attracting worldwide media attention, not only because he dismembered nearly a dozen people, but for the manner by which he acquired his victims. Will other ambitious serial killers follow in his footsteps?

Many serial killers prey on victims that tend to slip through the cracks of justice -- i.e. prostitutes, runaways and others who live risky lifestyles. Gary Ridgway, Joel Rifkin, The Long Island Serial Killer -- all of these guys preferred sex workers, and claimed dozens upon dozens of lives. Takahiro Shiraishi, on the other hand, found another group of people that can be considered vulnerable: Depressed and suicidal women.

The 27-year-old Japanese man used Twitter to seek out women who suffered from depression, and who wanted to commit suicide. He gained the trust of these unwitting victims, before successfully getting them inside his home -- where they were sexually assaulted, murdered and dismembered. He used more than one Twitter handle, but most prolifically the account titled "Hanging Pro," which he used to talk about "helping" people who are feeling suicidal.

"I want to help people who are really in pain. Please DM me anytime."

"Bullying is everywhere, in school and at work. There must be many people in society who are suffering after attempting suicides, though their cases are not reported in the news. I want to help such people."

Through his use of Twitter, at least eight suicidal women ended up raped, murdered and cut into pieces. He is also accused of killing one of the girls' boyfriends. The Japanese man reportedly disposed of dismembered body parts, little by little, by throwing it away in the trash with cat litter. However, some reports claim that he kept more than 200 human bones as trophies of his murders.

Had authorities not arrested Shraishi, he would have certainly killed more women. With each murder he got away with committing, he was brazen to kill more and more -- with very little cool down time between each murder. It's possible that he could have killed several dozen women had his social media behavior not attracted the attention of police -- and one victim's determined brother.
Illinois man Brian Peck is in jail after he confessed to murdering his own mother. The 55-year-old initially reported her missing, but after her dismembered remains were found in some discarded luggage, his story began to change. The horrifying incident all began with Jimi Hendrix.

Oxygen Crime Time reports that Brian Peck got into a fight with his mother when she complained that his music was too loud. The middle-aged Illinois man was listening to Jimi Hendrix at the time of the argument, and he didn't want to turn down the song that was playing. This escalated the fight into a physical altercation, which ended in the death of the 76-year-old woman. Peck admitted to shoving the woman to the floor and then stomping on her neck and head area, until she died. The brutality of her death didn't end there, however. The Illinois man put his own mother in a bathtub in their home, and dismembered her body.

After doing a piss-poor job of cleaning up the crime scene, Brian Peck called police and reported his mother missing, telling them that she had left to walk their dog, but never returned. It didn't take long for detectives to determine that a crime had taken place in the home, as blood spatter was still visible in some places. He decided to admit to the crime when police showed their evidence against him: the luggage that was used to dispose of his mother's body, along with all the forensic evidence he didn't clean up in the home he shared with the victim.

It's unbelievable to think a man would kill his own mother over something as trivial as wanting him to turn down his music. However, it must be noted that Brian Peck has a history of violence. He had previously entered a guilty plea in a domestic battery case, which also involved his mother. So this horrifying incident was far from the only time he had been physical with the woman who birthed him. Now he's being held on first-degree murder and concealment of a murder -- without bail.
Police in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania are looking for Lily Mercado-Reyes (also reported as Liriolgie Crystal Mercado-Reyes). The 17-year-old girl hasn't been seen since July 9th, and has only recently been reported missing. With nearly four months passed in her disappearance, will this missing teen be found alive?

Lily Mercado-Reyes has a history of running away from home, but no reports indicate whether or not she's ever stayed gone for an extended period of time. What is known about her case, is that she left her family's home on July 9, 2017 -- after writing a note indicating that she had to go help a friend of hers. She never returned home, and has completely dropped out of contact.

Pennsylvania State Police are currently involved in the search for Mercado-Reyes, but there doesn't appear to be any information to share regarding their investigation. Furthermore, the missing teen's family haven't made any appeals to the public through media sources. It seems that this case is being treated as a run-of-the-mill case of a runaway teen -- but what if that's not the case, after all?

Hopefully this missing teen is located safe, and her case is closed on a positive note.