It’s been 30 years since movie star Natalie Wood (“West Side Story,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Rebel Without A Cause”) allegedly drowned during a yacht party. This morning, the captain of the Splendour (the boat she was on) appeared on the “The Today Show” to talk about what he says really happened that evening. In his co-authored book, Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour, Captain Dennis Davern claims it was her husband, Robert Wagner, who was responsible for Natalie’s death. Keep reading »
It seemed like such a good idea at the time. All Clyde Gardner had to do was kill a bear, skin it, and wear the bear skin and claws to attack his ex-girlfriend. That way, no one would be able to track her murder back to him. And yet! Somehow this foolproof plan — ripped right outta the plot of “The Wicker Man” — went horribly awry. Shocking! Eventually Gardner realized that the whole killing and skinning a bear thing might actually be kind of hard work — even though he lived in rural Malone, NY, where one might reasonably encounter a bear or two if one was really trying. So Gardner got lazy and hired a hit man.
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Just two hours after seeing her conviction for murder overturned, Amanda Knox was released from prison in Perugia, Italy, after being held there since 2007. Upon her release, she thanked those “who shared my suffering and helped me survive with hope. Those who wrote, those who defended me, those who were close, those who prayed for me.” From there, she reportedly headed to Leonardo da Vinci airport, and is thought to be on a flight back to the United States via London. [CBS News]
Knox has of course expressed that she is anxious to get back home to her friends and family. As she reconnects with them, here are some things we’d suggest she do to reorient herself to normal life.
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On Sunday circa 3 a.m., Casey Anthony was released from jail, just a week and a half after being controversially acquitted for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. As Casey walked out of the Orange County Jail in a hot pink polo shirt and got into a car, dozens of people watched, holding picket signs that ranged in messages from “Justice for Caylee” to “Casey, will you marry me?” From there, Casey boarded an airplane at the Orlando Executive Airport and was whisked away to an undisclosed location, where she will be monitored by a heavy duty security team.
So, what will Casey do next? Her lawyer Ann Finnell says Casey has two career choices in mind. Keep reading »
A week later, we are still in shock that Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her daughter, Caylee, and is scheduled to be released this Sunday. Apparently, the rest of the country is in the same state. Juror number 12 in the case, a redheaded woman in her 60s, quit her part-time job at a Publix grocery store and has gone into hiding. Apparently, she received several death threats and was freaked out about the possibility of retaliation for the verdict. She told her husband on the way out the door, “I’d rather go to jail than sit on a jury like this again.”
Meanwhile, the police were called to settle a squabble between a group of Florida fisherman over the case. Keep reading »
“I toggled on manslaughter and not guilty. It doesn’t feel good. It was a horrible decision to have to make. I did not say she was innocent. I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be … Everyone wonders why we didn’t speak to the media right away. It was because we were sick to our stomach to get that verdict. We were crying, and not just the women. It was emotional and we weren’t ready. We wanted to do it with integrity and not contribute to the sensationalism of the trial.”
—Jennifer Ford, a 32-year-old nursing student and juror number three in the Casey Anthony trial, discusses the not-guilty verdict that has sparked outrage across the country. [ABC News] Keep reading »