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Matthew Hoffman

This case begs the question of just what is insanity and just what does it take to be considered insane. I know what the courts say, but that is not something I have ever really agreed with. The courts simple answer to that question is whether the perpetrator knows the difference between right and wrong. If they do, they are sane.... period. Seventeen years ago when Andrea Yates drowned her children in their bathtub one by one the issue of insanity, as well as postpartum psychosis, was brought to the forefront. I have noticed that over the years it seem that people have softened on their thoughts of Andrea. It used to be that I was in the minority in my thinking and considering her mental illness. Either that has changed or I just surround myself with people more in line with my thinking because I see more people today understanding her issues and realizing that knowing the legal difference between right and wrong does not mean you are sane. But, Andrea Yates clearly suffered …

T. Eugene "Cotton" Thompson

I have done several cases in which a spouse has been accused of murdering another spouse. These are not generally one of my “favorite” types because sadly, they are almost common place. I have also done several such cases recently involving women who have murdered their husbands, and others with arsenic poisoning, most happening decades ago. I feel as if I have done few cases from say prior to 1970 in which there is a murder of a woman by her husband. Of course there is the Sam Sheppard case and then just at the turn of the decade the Jeffrey MacDonald case but off the top of my head I cannot recall any others from that era that I have researched and discussed.

This is one of those cases in which I am unsure where I obtained the name to make it to my list. My research says that there was an episode of the Investigative Discovery show A Crime to Remember, that centered on this case but honestly, I do not remember seeing it. In fact, I am more than surprised that I knew nothing ab…

Joseph Burrows

On the night of November 8, 1988 family members of eighty-eight year old farmer, William Dulin, found his body near his Sheldon Illinois home. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. It did not take long before investigators had a tip and by their estimates solved the crime. The morning after William's body was found a man named Chuck Gullion walked into a bank expecting to cash a check for $4,500. The name on the check was William Dulin. The bank teller had heard about the discovery and called the police. Investigators arrived and arrested Guillion along with his companion, Gayle Potter.

The two would be interrogated but it seems that Guillion knew nothing beyond the fact that Potter had asked him to cash the check at the bank. Potter would freely admit to forging the check. But, investigators were less worried about that check than they were about catching who had murdered William Dulin. It is not clear how long it took but Potter would tell investigator that she …

Dennis DeChaine

This is one of those cases that I am unsure exactly how I feel about, especially as I start this. Upon starting my research the first article I have come across spoke of Dennis DeChaine's defenders in believing in his innocence. At this point DeChaine has spent more than twenty-five years in prison for a horrendous crime that he and his supporters claim he did not commit. But, apparently DeChaine has not always proclaimed his innocence And, then there is the issue of if you believe that coincidences can be just that in a murder case, and if so, just how many can there be before you decide they are not just coincidences?

On July 6, 1988 twelve year old Sarah Cherry was babysitting for the first time near her home in Bowdoin Maine. When Jennifer Henkel returned to her home, where Sarah was watching her children, she would not find Sarah there. Strangely in her driveway she would find the receipt for a car repair and a notebook with the name Dennis DeChaine on them. Police bega…

Heath Stocks/ Charles "Jack" Walls

From time to time you will hear me say that this blog will be different than any other that I have done before. At my age that could mean one of three things. One, you should possibly be scared; Two, I really have done one like it in the past or; three, it really is true, this one is going to be different. As you can tell by the title this is more than one case. I may have possibly done blogs with different cases combined because they were similar cases that were resolved very quickly, or maybe they were from the same area. This case does involve two cases but I feel as if you cannot discuss one with out the other. While the crimes of Charles “Jack” Walls III actually occurred for many years prior to the crimes committed by Heath Stocks they were not know for quite some time after. There were a few rumors here and there and some say some authorities as well as prominent people in the town of Lonoke Arkansas knew about Walls and his activities but it was said that few believed th…

Rick Church

I do not want to say that I have “discovered” the show Unsolved Mysteries because that would indicate that I knew nothing about the show and that would not be true. But I have “re-discovered” it and have been binge watching it while I research cases. It is not as if I really need more cases to add to my list, but then again you never know what types of cases may intrigue me at any moment. And, the while I do not care for cases that are unsolved as there is not an “ending” per se many of the cases that aired on the show back in the late 1980's have since been solved. This is one of them. I am unsure if it was a benefit that I had looked up the case from the promo for the show and since I was in between cases I was actually researching this case as that segment aired. There were several things I found that seemed to be different from my research. Normally I would give more credence to the news articles than a television show because they are generally bias or sensational in m…

Michael Bizanowicz

Sometimes a heinous crime can open eyes and make a difference somewhere else and make changes. Take for example that last week there was (yet another) school shooting massacre. Someone mentioned to me not long after the Las Vegas mass shooting last year that we have almost all become desensitized to these types of rampages. They do not seem to outrage us like they used to. Of course they still scare us but we feel helpless and discouraged that anything will change. I may be a bit naive in my thinking but for some reason this latest school shooting in Florida seems different to me. Maybe it is the outrage expressed by so many of the students. Maybe it is the availability they have to social media today. I am not sure but something tells me that this shooting may make a difference somewhere and enact some changes. Only time will tell. What I can say is that the case against Michael Bizanowicz did just that. Did it make enough changes? That I am not sure about but it did make…