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Quotable: Megan Hauserman Was Worried Ryan Jenkins Might Come After Her

“I was terrified he was going to come looking for me. I never left my apartment. I try not to think too much about all this. But it’s hard not to. This was such close call. Jasmine and I could have been interchangeable.”

—Megan Hauserman, speaking for the first time about Ryan Jenkins, who went on the lam and committed suicide a week after killing his wife Jasmine Fiore and stuffing her body in a suitcase. Megan fell for Jenkins on the VH1′s “Megan Wants a Millionaire.” A few days after she sent him packing, he met Fiore. Keep reading »

Playboy Model Paula Sladweski Found Burned In Dumpster

This is a very, very sad story. On Sunday, firefighters in Miami were called to put out a fire in a dumpster. When the flames were extinguished, they realized that what had been set on fire was a human body. Using dental records, they identified the body only yesterday as that of Paula Sladewski, a former Playboy model who’d been reported missing on Monday. The big question is, of course, how she got there. Keep reading »

Susan Atkins Of The Manson Family Dies In Jail

Finally, a person-of-note’s death that doesn’t make us teary. Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins, who was denied parole earlier this month, has died in jail from brain cancer. Atkins was a teen runaway when she met Manson and became a key member of his cult. One night in August 1969, Manson sent her and several other followers to a house in Los Angeles and commanded them to “do something witchy.” That they did. They killed four people, including Sharon Tate, a 26-year-old actress and the wife of director Roman Polanski who was 8 and 1/2 months pregnant at the time. Atkins gave a chilling confession to killing Tate in her trail. “I was stoned, man, stoned on acid,” she said. “She kept begging and pleading and begging and pleading and I got sick of listening to it, so I stabbed her. [I feel] no guilt for what I’ve done. It was right then and I still believe it was right. How can it not be right when it’s done with love?” Though Atkins claimed to have found God in jail and to be seeking redemption for her actions, none of the victims’ families bought it, nor did a parole board. [NY Times] Keep reading »

A Morbid History Lesson On On-Campus Murders

A Yale professor’s words this week were chilling after Annie Le‘s body was found in the wall of a campus lab: “There is a murderer among us.” Since access to the building is limited to Yale staff and students, it looks like someone in the community is the killer. The cops have already arrested and released one “person of interest” in the case—Raymond Clark III, who some say had an unrequited crush on Le. The police stress that they are still casting a wide net and looking at many different scenarios. [NY Times]

Luckily, murders on college campuses are very rare. Still, when they happen, they become front-page news. Here’s a brief, morbid history, which includes proof of why you shouldn’t enroll at Eastern or Western Michigan University. Keep reading »

Did Phillip Garrido Murder 10 Prostitutes?

While it’s wonderful that Jaycee Lee Dugard was found alive, after spending 18 years of her life as a prisoner of Phillip and Nancy Garrido, many are starting to question why on earth she wasn’t found sooner. Law enforcement missed multiple opportunities to find Dugard. In 2006, an anonymous caller phoned police and said that Garrido was “psychotic” and that they had heard children’s voices in the backyard — where Dugard was being held — yet police never even searched his property. And then in 2008, the police did a sweep of registered sex offenders in Garrido’s area, yet they only visited his home but never searched it.

There may have been a third opportunity as well. Police are now searching for forensic evidence which links Phillip Garrido to the deaths of 10 prostitutes in the mid-to-late-90s. Several of the bodies were found near an industrial park where Garrido worked at the time. For the sake of argument, let’s say Garrido is responsible for these killings. Had Garrido been caught, Dugard likely would have been rescued 10 years ago. But unfortunately, when prostitutes are victims of violent crimes, their cases are not treated as high priority. How else to explain why the search for a serial killer has gone unsolved for so long? Keep reading »

Women Continue To Disappear In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Ciudad Juarez, a border town in Mexico, is a dangerous place for women. Since the 1990s, hundreds of girls have disappeared from the streets of this city. Fifteen years ago, so many women went missing that the FBI got involved. For a while, the killings seemed to have stopped. Now they’re happening again. In the past year and a half, over 20 girls have mysteriously disappeared from the town. Most of them are young and attractive and were last seen in the downtown area. Keep reading »

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