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Feb 27, 2016

Just how many men are missing in the United States? According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, nearly 7,000 men and boys are missing in the U.S., and none of these disappearances have ever been solved. The very same missing person database reveals that there are nearly 2,000 more men missing in this country than there are women, with a total of more than 12,000 people (men, women and children) that have disappeared over numerous years.
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Here we go again. Justina Pelletier is back in the news after some high profile exposure involving the Children's Hospital of Boston, and accusations of medical child abuse against her own mother. Ever since her parents regained custody of her, she has been back in the hospital at least once, but now her family is back in front of news cameras for a totally different reason.

They plan to sue Boston Children's Hospital.

Apparently it wasn't enough for the Pelletier family to regain custody of their chronically ill daughter -- against the diagnoses and resistance of several medical experts. Now it seems that they are after the cold hard cash, and maybe another 15 minutes of fame.

Feb 24, 2016

Is Jessica Chambers finally going to get justice? It's been more than a year since the Mississippi teen was brutally murdered, but it looks like someone is finally going to answer for her death. The man who has been arrested, charged and indicted is 27-year-old Quinton Tellis -- a man whom authorities say "worked alone" in the horrifying murder.

Tellis has been indicted on a charge of capital murder -- meaning he may very well face the death penalty if he is convicted of the crime. This probably comes as a delight to the thousands of people who have hoped for justice in the slaying of the Mississippi teenager. Jessica Chambers suffered a horrifyingly gruesome death.

She was dowsed with gasoline and burned alive.

Feb 23, 2016

A publisher has yanked a book supposedly written by serial killer Robert Pickton, and this couldn't be a more terrible decision. In case you're not familiar with Pickton, he's a Canadian killer convicted of slaying at least six prostitutes over a course of several years. It's believed that he may have gotten away with countless murders before he was caught, however -- as the story frequently goes with most other serial killers. Whether or not he killed an astounding number of people means little, though, considering that this man is indeed a serial murderer who is sitting behind the bars of a Canadian prison. He'll likely never again see freedom outside those prison walls, which is a relief to those who are loved ones of the women he killed. With all the free time he's had in prison, he managed to pen a sort of memoir, which was published by Outskirts Press (based in Colorado).

The book had only been published for a short time (just a few hours on Amazon, actually), before Outskirts Press yanked it under the pressure of angry readers and people who tend to get their collective panties in a wad in the name of the victims and their families. They cited that it violated their own policy of not publishing the works of incarcerated persons. However, this doesn't explain how the manuscript, supposedly written by serial killer Robert Pickton, was published in the first place. The only real explanation, in my opinion, of this incident is that this so-called publishing house caved to the negative backlash that they may not have fully anticipated by publishing the killer's book. If that's the case, then shame on them! Of course, they say that someone tricked them into publishing it, but how could that have been allowed to happen unless they never actually read the damned thing?

Look, in the realm of True Crime, controversy is as bountiful as oxygen. This is a genre that attracts people for a multitude of reasons, from having a genuine interest in the study of crime to just simple curiosity. There are also readers who may be attracted to this genre because they might be local to a high profile case about which a writer pens a book, or maybe they knew a victim that a writer mentions in their work. Because of the nature of True Crime, people's passions run high -- and because of that, writers and publishers in this genre do indeed get a lot of negativity (and of course positive comments as well!). This is a package deal. You have to take the bad with the good and not let it slow you down. It just really doesn't seem that Outskirts Press took this inevitability into consideration when they published Pickton's book.

In the True Crime genre, nothing is more prized and sought-after than the actual written or spoken words of the killers, the villains. This may come as a debatable statement to some, and that is totally fine (in fact, I expect as much), but the fact of the matter is that so many, many people are drawn to this genre to see what makes serial killers and violent criminals tick. The written and verifiable spoken words of these individuals serve as windows into their psyches.

Since this publisher has ended their involvement with Robert Pickton's book, I really hope that the person(s) responsible for it end up publishing it elsewhere. Anybody can self-publish, and this book has already gotten a little bit of publicity, thanks to reports about it being pulled from Amazon. This is a book that begs to be read.

Feb 22, 2016

Corrections: Luggage belonging to Katelin Akens was found in Fredericksburg, which only makes me more suspicious of possibilities discussed below.

Also, Katelin was dropped off at a shopping mall by her stepfather, where she was supposed to take a Metrolink to catch her flight. 

~~ Apologies for the honest mistakes in gathering information.

Katelin Akens disappeared approximately two months ago, and it seems that law enforcement are simply spinning their wheels and going nowhere in the investigation behind what happened to her. Over the course of the past two months, authorities have prevented volunteers from conducting searches for the missing 19-year-old, to the frustration of folks who are wanting to help find her.

So what happened to Katelin? What's known so far doesn't paint a very positive picture of what the outcome to this case may be. She was scheduled to fly from the Spotsylvania, Virginia area -- back to Arizona where she resided and attended college. However, she never made it to her destination. To made the case more suspicious, all of her belongings (her luggage) was found strewn in a ditch near the airport. The belongings included her identification and other possessions that would normally be kept on her person.

With her still being missing, I can't help but suspect that this woman is the victim of foul play. Still, it's important to keep an open mind, as with any case. There are multiple reasons for why Katelin Akens' belongings were discarded in the manner that they were, even though the most glaring suspicion is that someone forcefully abducted the 19-year-old before she could board her flight to Arizona. Without being too wordy, I'm going to organize my thoughts on this case in a bullet list:

  • Authorities don't want people searching for Katelin Akens: This tells me, flat out, that authorities suspect that this missing woman was the victim of foul play. To clarify, they don't think she's going to be found alive. Either that, or they don't believe she will be found in the area from where she vanished (Virginia). 

  • Luggage found in ditch -- but what does that mean? This discover could mean one of two things -- Either Katelin Akens was abducted (and her belongings discarded by the attacker), or she dumped her own stuff while disappearing voluntarily, not wanting to be found.

  • Possible love triangle -- or worse? It's probably a coincidence that Katelin's ex-boyfriend happens to live in the area from where she vanished. But it should be noted that she has been in a same-sex relationship for a handful of years since her apparent relationship with this Virginia man ended. She's engaged to a young woman, who lives where she was scheduled to fly on the day she vanished. This is all just speculation, but I would hope that authorities have thoroughly interviewed both Katelin's current lover and her old flame who lives in Fredericksburg. I'm not naming names, but the information can be gleaned from Katelin's Facebook page, which hasn't been publicly active since November 2015. I should repeat that this is all speculation (which is why I will not publicly name the ex lover of the missing woman), but it wouldn't be completely uncommon for there to be some bitterness or other feelings, residual from an old relationship. It's also not at all uncommon for former lovers to be involved with crimes of passion.

  • Suspicious stepfather? A lot of people appear to be very suspicious of Katelin Akens' stepfather -- the person who was technically the last to see her before she vanished. However, authorities in Virginia have stated more than once that his story checks out with them. That doesn't mean that authorities are necessarily being honest with the public. After all, if they have a suspect in the stepfather, they would most likely want to keep him comfortable while they build a case against him. However, they could be honest in these statements, indicating that Katelin's stepfather may not be a suspicious character at all. I admit, that it's always fish when someone is the last to see a missing person, but sometimes something is what it is.

Overall, I'm really thinking Katelin Akens was victimized in some fashion -- but under what circumstances, and by whom? This is the true mystery, especially with such little information available in her case. Hopefully investigators in Virginia uncover some kind of clues in this case so it doesn't end up going completely cold (if it hasn't already). 

Feb 21, 2016

A Texas mom has been arrested -- along with her boyfriend -- after authorities in Kemp say they sexually tortured the woman's son. The Dreamin' Demon reports that the reason for this horrifying act of sexual violence is downright bizarre. One of the most infuriating points in this disturbing case is the fact that 40-year-old Christi Howell can be smiling in her mugshot with no apparent care in the world, just moments after being arrested for a series of unthinkably cruel acts against her own son.

Kemp authorities were notified of a possible abuse situation, when officials at the school attended by the young teen victim noticed possible signs of mistreatment. Upon being interviewed, the child opened up to authorities and accused his mother and her boyfriend of torturing him after he did something inappropriate with the family dog. The child, who is not being named in any media reports, is reportedly "special needs" and is under the age of 14-years-old.

The unnamed victim told authorities that he had inserted his finger into the anus of the family dog. After doing so, he felt guilty, so he told his mother's boyfriend to "do the right thing." However, 45-year-old Casey Shackleford decided that he and 40-year-old Christi Howell were going to punish the special needs child, brutally. He reportedly grabbed the boy by his hair and held a towel over his face. He also allegedly made Howell pour cold water over the towel -- waterboarding the child.

Police also say that Howell tied a rope around the child's penis and testicles before tying it around his neck. She allegedly pushed him onto a couch, causing the rope to tighten around his genitals. She also supposedly admitted to doing this to her son, but she said that it was all her boyfriend's idea.

After admitting to this horrific crime against her son, Christi Howell has only been charged with injury to a child.

Feb 18, 2016

Update 2/21/16: The body of CaroLynn Weeks has been located in a wooded area. Police do not suspect foul play in her death.

Authorities in Tompkins County, New York are looking for 54-year-old CaroLynn Weeks. The missing woman was reportedly last seen on Feb. 9th, and hasn't been accounted for since -- to the dismay of her loved ones. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System shares the details of this woman's mysterious disappearance.

Authorities claim that the woman was reportedly leaving her place of employment when she last spoke to members of her family. However, she never arrived home and neither her or her car have been sighted since she disappeared.

She was driving a blue 2014 Kia Optima hybrid car with red lights and a hummingbird charm hanging from the rear-view mirror. CaroLynn Weeksd is 54-years-old, standing at approximately 5'6" tall and around 160 lbs. She has brown hair and brown eyes. If you see this woman or if you know anything about her disappearance which may be helpful to authorities, please do not hesitate to call in the information. You can also share the flyer included in this post to get the word out about her disappearance.
Jacksonville, Florida: Kerry Jones is still missing from the Jacksonville area after disappearing around Feb. 7th. No new details exist in this developing case, nor have authorities revealed whether or not they suspect foul play (though her boyfriend does seem shady!) Please share the following flyer to get the word out about her disappearance.

A Georgia Waffle House waitress has been arrested, and is accused of drugging one of her coworkers against his knowledge. The results of her alleged crime caused the man to slip into a coma, which lasted approximately four weeks.  The alleged victim is lucky to be alive, but will he get the justice he so rightly deserves?

The Dreamin' Demon reports that 43-year-old Sonserea Evans was caught on surveillance footage after authorities in Dawsonville, Georgia launched an investigation behind the apparent drugging of 37-year-old Brian Mikeals. The investigation was launched after the man was rushed to the hospital on the night of December 23rd. It was there that he fell into a coma. Hospital staff were able to determine that he had suffered from an overdose of methamphetamine, which put him into the four-week-long coma.

Security footage at the Waffle House where both Evans and Mikeals worked showed the 43-year-old woman taking the coworker's drink without his knowledge, before leaving the facility with it. The footage also showed her replacing his drink slyly, which he then consumed. Authorities in Dawsonville believe that Sonserea Evans poisoned Brian Mikeals with a near-fatal dose of the dangerous street drug.

Sonserea Evans has been charged with aggravated battery and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute -- though she should have been charged with attempted murder since she drugged the man with such a high amount of a drug that could have damn well killed him. As for her motive? Brian Mikeals' sister believes that the Waffle House waitress couldn't deal with romantic rejection very well, and had allegedly drugged him to get back at him for spurning her attempts at hitting on him.

The 37-year-old victim has technically woken up from the coma, but he is in need of rehabilitation. This is because he reportedly can't speak or walk very well after suffering damage from the dose of meth that was sneaked into his drink. Hopefully he eventually makes a full recovery so he can take his attacker to civil court.

Feb 17, 2016

Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida are looking for Kerry Jones. The 46-year-old missing woman vanished mysteriously around the 7th of this month, and she still hasn't been located. First Coast News reports that she wasn't reported missing by her boyfriend, Jackie Kelly, until Feb. 9th, and the circumstances of her disappearance are attracting attention.

Authorities reveal that the missing Florida woman had argued with her boyfriend not long before her mysterious disappearance. Jackie Kelly, her boyfriend, told authorities that they had gotten into a dispute over a post that she made on Facebook. Her public Facebook profile doesn't show any posts made beyond Feb. 6th. The woman, who is originally from the state of Alabama, is also "legally deaf," according to news reports. 

The Jacksonville Sun Times reports that Kerry Jones hasn't  been seen since her boyfriend reported her missing. However, no reports indicate whether or not authorities in Florida believe that this missing woman is the victim of foul play. Meanwhile, social media is paying a lot of attention with this case, and with that comes a lot of speculation.

#Missing #JacksonvilleFL #KerryJonesKerry Jones, 46, of Mandarin Road, was reported missing by her boyfriend, Jackie...
Posted by Shari Lynne Tribble on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Kerry Jones isn't the only person missing out of the state of Florida. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, nearly 1,000 people have gone missing and remain missing -- some from as early as 1960, and numerous others since the year 2000.
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