True Crime Writer Chelsea Hoffman

A True Crime blog showcasing daily true crime stories, missing people and cold cases...

Jan 8, 2018

The search for missing woman Olivia Lone Bear has entered its third month, and her loved ones are still reeling at her mysterious disappearance. This has been a suspicious case from the start: Olivia vanished at the end of October 2017, leaving a nightclub in a teal-colored pickup truck.

I've covered this case from the beginning, but with so few details being shared in the past several weeks, it's impossible to offer a lick of insight. What's apparent is that this woman is definitely missing. This has surpassed what may have been a brief disappearance. With the search entering month-three, it's impossible not to ask if this woman was the victim of foul play.

Did someone kidnap and murder Olivia Lone Bear? The longer she remains missing, the more the possibility of a voluntary disappearance diminishes. It's highly likely that something bad happened to Olivia, given that her own loved ones have accused at least one former boyfriend of being abusive to her.

Currently, a reward is being offered for any information that leads to a conclusion in the search for Olivia Lone Bear. If you think you have any information that might be helpful to investigators, please do not hesitate to contact the New Town, North Dakota Police Dept. at 701-627-3314.

Media headlines are abuzz with updates in the case of a Texas reporter who briefly went missing. Courtney Roland has been located safely, but the manner in which she was found has created far more questions in her case that had existed when she was missing. What actually happened to the 29-year-old journalist before she was found "unharmed" under a Houston overpass?

Courtney Roland vanished after sending a text to her roommate, claiming that a suspicious man had been following her. The text claimed that the man was following her in a blue truck. Later, when she failed to meet up with her roommate, she was reported missing. Her vehicle was shortly found after she was reported missing, and inside were the missing woman's most important possessions: Her purse, keys and cellphone. This created immediate feelings of fear in her disappearance.

Fortunately, the missing woman was located when a passer-by spotted her under a highway overpass in the same area where she was last seen. The motorist reportedly recognized her from reports, and immediately called authorities. Courtney Roland has been taken to the hospital to be checked out, but she is reported as being "unharmed," which brings more suspicion to this case.

Did Courtney Roland go missing on her own, concocting the story of the "suspicious man" who had been following her? Or was this Texas woman abducted and held captive for a short period of time? Police aren't sharing any further details on this case, but it is fortunate that this woman has been found safe and alive -- unlike so many other cases of missing women, children and men.

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.