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Heather Elvis case: Are Sidney and Tammy Moorer innocent?

It has been more than two years since Heather Elvis vanished from the Myrtle Beach area, in a case that has South Carolina residents absolutely divided. Two people are accused of kidnapping -- and possibly murdering -- the missing South Carolina woman: A married couple by the names Sidney and Tammy Moorer. Over the course of the past two and a half years, authorities in South Carolina have focused specifically on the Moorers, attempting to put them on trial even though the publicized evidence against them doesn't seem like enough. In fact, murder charges against them have been totally dropped. This tells me that the prosecution does not have the proof to actually charge and convict the couple of killing the missing South Carolina woman, so what could that mean about the rest of the accusations against them?

Even though charges of murder against Sidney and Tammy have been dropped, the state is still pursuing kidnapping charges against them. However, Sidney Moorer's side of thi…

Sparks cold case: Who killed Tina Huston?

On October 30, 1995 -- Halloween Eve -- the body of  34-year-old Tina Huston was found violently murdered in her home. Her body was discovered by officers who were sent to her mobile home in Sparks, Nevada on a so-called "welfare check." However, it's never been clarified as to why they were sent on that welfare check in the first place. The details surrounding this 20-year-old cold case are still closely guarded by detectives, but what little that has been released indicates that this woman suffered a horrifyingly painful and brutal death. Who killed this woman, and why? Authorities in Northern Nevada have their work cut out for them with this case, but they remain dedicated to tracking down her killer, even after two decades.
What concerns me, first and foremost, is the date of her murder. Sometimes called "Halloween eve," the night before Halloween -- especially in the United States -- is of significant importance. This is the traditional night of "tri…

Is this Jane Doe another Green River Serial Killer victim?

Gary Ridgway, aka "The Green River Killer," is one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history, but many of his victims still haven't been found. He was convicted of slaying 48 women, but he has notoriously claimed that the actual body count is close to double that number. Gary was active between the years 1982 and 2001 -- meaning he had an outrageous amount of time to pick off women at his leisure. With that said, is it possible that some of the unsolved Jane Doe cases that remain open (nationwide) could be victims of this notorious madman? One Jane Doe in particular was found in Spokane, Washington in 1984 -- a region that is more than familiar to the convicted murderer.

On June 20, 1984, the nude and dismembered body of an unidentified woman was found along the edge of the Spokane River. Her hands and feet have never been recovered, but in 1998 her skull was found in a vacant lot in Spokane. It's more than clear that this woman was the victim of a horrifyi…

Mineral County, Nevada: Are these two disappearances related?

Two women vanished from Mineral County, Nevada in 2005, and the circumstances surrounding their disappearances are quite similar. Could these two separate disappearances actually be related? Has someone gotten away with at least two violent crimes against older women in the areas of Luning and Hawthorne? It's absolutely possible, considering the similarities of the disappearances of both Molly Meyer and Nita Mayo.

On May 26, 2005, a 55-year-old woman named Molly Meyer seemed to vanish without a trace. The woman had been riding her bicycle from the state of Oklahoma, and had plans to ride it all the way to California. However, the NamUs report associated with this disappearance says that the missing woman's bike was stolen in New Mexico. Somehow, Molly Meyer ended up in Mineral County, Nevada -- the town of Luning. Contradictory missing person reports online indicate that she may have been spotted in Northern California. She was on foot when she was last seen in Luning, and had…

Cold case in Dayton: Where are Beverly and Gordon Brehm?

Authorities in Dayton, Nevada have a cold case mystery on their hands that's gone approximately eight years without being solved. On November 28, 2008, 74-year-old Beverly Brehm disappeared from her home -- along with her 69-year-old brother Gordon Brehm. The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of these two family members are mostly unknown, but a suicide within the household, years later, seems more than a little strange. What happened to these two Northern Nevada residents, and why haven't detectives been able to bring closure to their loved ones for the better part of a decade?

People who knew Beverly Brehm say that she was acting more and more "reclusive" after she had quit her job (place of employment not published in reports). The NamUs report on this case says that her former husband was living in the home with both her and her 69-year-old brother Gordon around the time of her disappearance. For the most part, it seems that this was the extent of her …

Northern Nevada Jane Doe: Can you identify this unidentified victim?

Detectives in Carson City need help identifying a woman who was found in a shallow grave on March 17, 2015. She was discovered by someone who was walking in the area north of Lone Mountain Cemetery. The NamUs report says that he discovered her by noticing a tennis shoe sticking from a mound of earth. The woman's remains were skeletal, but tissue was still attached, which indicates that she may not have been dead for super long time. In fact, authorities believe she could have been dead for approximately a year. Detectives believe she may have died sometime in 2014.

She is described as a white female between the ages of 42 and 71. Several images exist of her remains, but they don't seem to be very useful in identifying her. Artist renderings of the woman may help, but so far nobody has come forward to identify her or share any information that might lead to a positive match.

Authorities have also not confirmed whether or not this woman was an actual homicide victim, nor have t…

Michael Jackson was a pedophile who collected animal torture porn

Not that it's a surprise or anything, but Michael Jackson actually was a sexual deviant with disgusting perversions. Documents associated with past investigations into allegations against the so-called "King of Pop," have revealed a slew of horrifying details. In fact, the things revealed by court docs and police reports have me wondering why this man kept slipping through the cracks of justice.

According to documents, authorities discovered a stockpile of deviant pornographic images and videos, which depicted outrageously violent acts against both women, children and animals. An investigator on the case wrote (on the reports) that the evidence found in Jackson's home revealed his true character.

"The documents exposed Jackson as a manipulative, drug-and-sex-crazed predator who used blood, gore, sexually explicit images of animal sacrifice and perverse adult sex acts to bend children to his will."
Among Michael Jackson's collection, there were images of…

Police: Elko man stabbed himself multiple times

An Elko, Nevada man has been taken to a Boise hospital for treatment, after he suffered numerous stab wounds to his body. Elko Daily reports that the unnamed man told authorities that a group of men had stabbed him at the Jerritt Canyon mine (north of Elko).

Deputies responded to Jerritt Canyon mine, where the man was reportedly "wandering around the area," and had been for a couple of days. Undersheriff Kevin McKinney told the newspaper that the man was transported to a hospital for treatment, and had lost a lot of blood initially. However, they could not confirm claims made by the man -- that he had been stabbed numerous times by a group of males at the mine.

"Further investigation showed that he was an employee at Jerritt Canyon mine, and that those injuries were probably self-inflicted," said McKinney.
The acting Undersheriff added that the wounds were all superficial in nature, which is consistent with most self-inflicted stab wounds.

There aren't many de…

Northern Nevada: Is a serial killer stalking victims on I-80?

Is a serial killer prowling along I-80? Could there be more than one? Geographically speaking, and by the numbers alone, it's absolutely possible that this massive stretch of highway has seen its fair share of predators. From coast to coast, Interstate 80 runs from San Francisco to New York, cutting through several rural areas through Northern Nevada, throughout the Midwest and the historic open country of the eastern United States.

Interstate 80 is an historic highway that took a few decades to construct -- from the years 1956 to 1986. In all, it spans across a staggering 2,902 miles across the United States, and serves as a direct access point to several small towns as well as large cities. This makes I-80 an ideal route for many individual travelers, and also a mandatory route for numerous truckers and courier types. This is a heavily trafficked highway with a history that's lasted for approximately 60 years. Is it possible that one or more serial killers have stalked I-80…

Nevada Jane Doe: Anonymous letter leads cops to remains

On January 23, 2008, the Henderson Police Department received an anonymous letter notifying them of female human remains in the desert near US 93 and Boulder Highway. The letter also contained an assortment of maps, which aided in guiding authorities directly to the location of a partial skull, which was determined to belong to an unidentified Caucasian female. Over the course of the past eight years, authorities have been unable to determine the identity of this Clark County Jane Doe.

The fact that an anonymous letter was sent to authorities is an incredibly troubling detail. This indicates a sort of brazen action, and denotes a dangerous personality -- a person who not only has no problem killing someone, but who has no qualms about pointing out his crimes. The existence of this anonymous letter, and maps, reeks of a "catch me if you can" mentality. In other words, I believe the person responsible for this Jane Doe's death is playing a game of cat-and-mouse with the au…

The murder of Karen Perez: Teen romance turned into something horrifying

Texas teen Karen Perez suffered a horrifying death at the hands of someone she was supposed to trust. Police in Houston say that the girl's 15-year-old boyfriend is the culprit behind her untimely demise. The details surrounding this case are absolutely shocking, and the evidence against the teen's boyfriend is equally as disturbing as the circumstances that ended in the death of a 15-year-old high school freshman.

In May of this year, Karen Perez was reported missing by her parents when she didn't return home after leaving school on foot. It was known that she was supposed to meet up with her boyfriend that afternoon, and surveillance footage in the area showed her entering a Mexican food restaurant with at least one other teenager. Her parents knew to tell authorities to check with her 15-year-old boyfriend, which is exactly what they had intended.

Meanwhile, the father of Karen's boyfriend took his son out to search for the missing teen. It was during the drive arou…

Missing teen alert: Kayla Renee Callahan vanished from family residence

Police in Holiday, Florida are looking for 16-year-old Kayla Renee Callahan, who has been missing since Thursday night. There are not many details in this developing case, but it must be stressed that this teenager's loved ones are very concerned for her since she has not been seen or heard from by friends or family since the night she disappeared.

Kayla Callahan reportedly left her family's home on Thursday evening. She was on foot, and walking in the area. However, it seems that the teen vanished in thin air beyond this point. Kayla Callahan is 5'3" and approximately 110 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and a pair of denim jeans.

While this disappearance could be nothing more than a run-of-the-mill runaway teen case, it's important to note that dangers exist even when a disappearance is voluntary. At this time it's not known if she is a runaway or if someone may have preyed on her while she was walking around h…

What happened to Renae Dee Gardner? Arizona woman vanishes before boyfriend found murdered

Authorities in Apache Junction, Arizona are looking for 44-year-old Renae Dee Gardner, who was reported missing on June 6. However, she had been missing since May 23. The circumstances surrounding this woman's case are indicative of a suspicious disappearance, to which police in Pinal County have acknowledged openly. Is this woman missing because she's the victim of foul play? Or could she be voluntarily missing after police discovered the body of her boyfriend? There are a lot of questions that need answers in this developing case.

Apache Junction police say that Renae Dee Gardner may have been the girlfriend of 51-year-old Keith Long, who was found murdered in San Tan Valley the day after she was reported missing. They have not confirmed whether or not they believe the missing woman is alive or if she was also a possible of foul play like her slain boyfriend. They have also not commented on how long Keith Long had been dead when his body was found near a canal in San Tan Va…

Texas man admits to stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death

Police in San Antonio have arrested a man after he admitted to slaying his pregnant girlfriend. Click2Houston reports that 29-year-old Charles Wayne Haltom called 911 to tell authorities that he had stabbed his unnamed girlfriend to death during an altercation.

When police arrived to the residence, they found the Texas man waiting for them with the body of his slain girlfriend not far from him. Two children were also at the residence, but had not been harmed. Neighbors of the couple say that they had been fighting a lot, which had intensified during the day leading up to the woman's stabbing death.

Charles Wayne Haltom hasn't provided a motive behind why he stabbed the pregnant woman to death.

Teen smiles in mugshot after strangling her newborn baby to death

A New Jersey teen has been arrested in association with the violent death of her newborn baby girl. ABC News 6 reports that 19-year-old Jade Fanz choked the newborn with her bare hands when she was just a couple of minutes old. This story illustrates a horrifying truth, that some young women are capable of committing horrifyingly unthinkable acts against children. However, one of the most sickening details in this case isn't the fact that she murdered her own baby, but that this 19-year-old woman smiled in her mugshot after she was arrested for the grim crime she is accused of committing.

Police in Franklin Township, New Jersey became aware of what had happened after the body of a newborn baby girl was found on the property where Jade Fanz resides with her parents. The February 17 discovery also came after the young woman had sought medical attention at a nearby hospital. Authorities in Franklin Township are not commenting on how the newborn baby was concealed on the property, or…

Police: Elisabeth Floyd murdered her 96-year-old neighbor

A Pennsylvania woman is accused of killing her 96-year-old neighbor, after he died from injuries he received in a brutal assault. ABC News 6 reports that 34-year-old Elisabeth Floyd violently assaulted the elderly man approximately five months ago, inflicting numerous serious injuries in the process. When he was discovered battered in his own driveway, he had a broken hip and other injuries that required long-term medical care. Now he's dead after a five month battle, and the Pennsylvania woman is in a lot of trouble.

Originally, Elisabeth Floyd faced charges associated with violently assaulting the 96-year-old elderly man. However, authorities have upgraded her charges to third-degree murder. In the state of Pennsylvania, a third-degree murder charge carries a sentence of 20 to 40 years of imprisonment.

Authorities in Pennsylvania have not released a motive in this case, but what motive could there possibly be for a 34-year-old woman to brutally beat a 96-year-old man to death? …

Northern Nevada unidentified body: Who is Valerie Doe?

In May 1991, some hikers in the Black Rock Desert stumbled upon a grave site, which contained the murdered body of an unidentified woman. The woman's body was found just about 11 miles north of the town of Gerlach, in rural Pershing County. Over the course of the past 25 years, authorities in Nevada have never been able to figure out who this woman is.

This Jane Doe was found with unique jewelry: A bracelet with the name 'Valerie' engraved in it, and a bracelet depicting a serpent or dragon with abalone shell inlaid in it. She was wearing a pair of KIKKU brand jeans, a Stage brand black blouse and a dark camisole top underneath it. Photos of the clothing she was found in haven't been released, nor have photos of her body -- unlike some other Doe cases. Authorities have stressed that her clothing was made overseas -- the top made in Turkey, and her jeans made in England.

Valerie Doe (named by the bracelet found on her body) was evidently shot to death and put in a shall…

Is a serial killer living in Lemmon Valley, Nevada?

With at least 50 serial killers active in the United States at any given time, it's not hard to believe that more than one has operated in Northern Nevada over the course of history -- both distant and recent. However, a handful of cases from the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s have attracted my attention, and all of them are focused around one particular area north of Reno: Lemmon Valley. There are at least four unsolved homicides out of this area, and more than one unsolved disappearance. Furthermore, this small region near the California state line has already been home to one famous serial killer in the past. Nonetheless, authorities have never drawn any public connections to these unsolved cases and the possibility that a serial predator has lived, or is living, within the community.

On July 26, 1971, the body of 15-year-old Gloria Crummett was found just north of Lemmon Valley. She had been reported missing just 10 days prior. To make the tragic discovery even worse for this te…

Cold case: What happened to Heather Lewis?

On April 4, 2003, 13-year-old Heather Lewis vanished after leaving school in Ely, Nevada. Over the course of the past 13 years, authorities have not been able to locate the missing teenager -- who would be an adult today. What happened to this missing teen, and why haven't police in White Pine County been able to put together the pieces of this tragic puzzle?

When Heather Janelle Lewis disappeared, she was a student at White Pine Middle School. The day of her disappearance wasn't a particularly good day for the 13-year-old Nevada girl. She had been caught at school with a pack of cigarettes in her possession, which led to her suspension. It's questionable as to how school faculty handled the suspension of the 13-year-old middle school student, because she was not removed from the school by a parent or guardian. She left the school campus that day, and never made it home.

When Heather disappeared, she had been having problems at home with her family. She did not get along …

Cold case: Where is Stefanie Stroh?

Stefanie Stroh (also reported as Stephanie Stroh) was reported missing from Wells, Nevada on October 15, 1987. The 21-year-old college student had been hitchhiking by herself across the region when she vanished under suspicious circumstances. The last contact she had with her loved ones was shortly before she vanished. She called her parents to tell them that she had found a ride from Wells to Reno, Nevada -- a destination that she never reached. There has been nothing but speculation and what-ifs in her case for the past several years, but the fact remains that she has never been located. Will this cold case ever be solved?

Stefanie's disappearance has links to a notorious serial killer. Tommy Lynn Sells (who was executed in 2014) claimed that he was the one who promised her a ride from Wells to Reno on the last day the missing woman was ever seen alive. He confessed to strangling the missing coed to death before disposing of her body somewhere near Winnemucca, Nevada. Investiga…

Winnemucca, Nevada's murder history

Winnemucca, Nevada is a small town located in the northern part of the state, approximately two-and-a-half hours northeast of Reno. It's a sort of picturesque little town, with a lot of money made from the mining industry. However, the Norman Rockwell-like appearance can be deceiving. This high-desert town has numerous connections with serial killers -- both notorious and obscure. It's also been the setting to more than one horrifying act of homicidal violence, as well as a destination that has been visited by more than one violent criminal.

Like every historic town in the United States, Winnemucca's distant history has its dark spots. One of the most infamous moments of great bloodshed in this region is also a huge part of U.S. history: The Battle of Kelley Creek. This notorious massacre took place in 1911, between Shoshone Native Americans and U.S. officials, over the murders of four police detectives. Ultimately, nearly a dozen people died in a horrifyingly bloody &quo…

The horrifying murder of Marysa Nichols

This week, a man was found guilty in the slaying of a 14-year-old girl, and the details of the crime have made it to media headlines more than three years after the horrifying incident. The disappearance and death of Marysa Nichols remains on the minds of Red Bluff, California residents -- especially with the latest news in her case. However, her murder serves as a reminder to people across the world that you're not ever 100% safe from stepping in harm's way.

On February 26, 2013, Marysa Nichols was reported missing by her parents when she did not return home from school. The search for the 14-year-old girl lasted approximately two days before her slain body was located behind the Red Bluff High School, where she was a student. Upon the discovery of her body, authorities were immediately certain that they had a homicide on their hands. At the time, authorities kept the details of Marysa's death hush-hush. It only took a couple of days before a suspect was arrested and cha…

Cold Case: Who is the East Area Rapist?

The FBI is offering a reward to help track down, identify and arrest a cold case serial killer and rapist. The East Area Rapist, also known as the Golden State Killer, has been referred to as the original Night Stalker, with crimes predating that of notorious serial murderer Richard Ramirez.

Four decades have passed since the East Area Rapist operated between Sacramento and Orange County, California. With hundreds of miles covered, this prolific criminal was able to rape numerous women and claim the lives of several. Authorities believe he committed at least a dozen homicides and approximately 50 rapes while active. It's because of this high count that FBI officials are offering a reward in the amount of $50k for any information that could lead to his arrest.
The Golden State Killer (East Area Rapist), operated actively between the years 1976 and 1978, racking up an impressive body count in just a span of two years. However, if this man has relocated from California to other regi…