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The Harris Family Murders

Some of the cases that often irritate me the most are the ones in which the victims are lost in mix. This happens for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the case is just so horrible or so outrageous that it becomes infamous on it's own. Sometimes the perpetrator brings so much attention to themselves no one seems to remember the victims names. Really, how many of us can remember the names of any of Bundy's or Gacy's victims? No, we just remember the killers name and the way they committed their crimes. Then there are the cases in which a innocent people have been convicted, sometimes with the help of overzealous and arrogant police officers. In those cases the victims again get lost because the focus is turned to something else. This case had many of the above attributes.
Almost immediately the Harris family murders was compared to the Clutter Family murders that took place in Kansas in 1959. Now, if you're reading this as a true crime reader then you know exactl…

The Murder of Doug Carlile

As I began researching this case I was left thinking about the old television show “World's Dumbest Criminals” and had to wonder if these idiots would not have made the list. I jokingly tell my husband that I watch true crime docudramas so I know what NOT to do in a murder or a crime. It is not like this crime was committed long before DNA was available or before crime scenes were preserved as they are now. No, this crime was committed in 2013 by a group of men who seemingly acted as if they had their own mob group. They had a “boss” and everything. Let us just say however that if this was like the mob families and groups they would have either a) been taken out by a rival family a very long time ago or b) there would surely have been a smarter boss in charge who would have done the taxpayers a service and taken these guys out on his own for their own stupidity.
On December 15, 2013, around 7 pm, Doug Carlile and his wife, Elberta were returning to their Spokane Washington aft…

The 1982 Lake Waco Murders

I have been reading true crime books for as long as I can remember and without revealing my age, let us just say that has been a very long time. I went from books to television movies, to true crime documentaries. You name it I can probably tell you about it and yet from time to time I come across a case that not only I have not heard about but one that ignites my passion for true crime. This happens to be one of them and it came at a great time as I am attempting to get back into my blogging process.
I have often said that cases make it to my list of cases to research in a variety of ways. Generally they come from books or shows I have seen but sometimes I will just see a reference to something when I am researching or I cannot tell you how many times someone has said “Hey, you need to look up …..” I am going to gander to guess that this case came in one of the latter two categories. But, I started my research like I do all other cases, with a simple search and read the first th…

Sueanne Hobson

I did a double check to see if I had already blogged about this case but it does not look like it. I try to appear organized and mark ones on my list I have done but then I find some that I check and sure enough I have already done them. There was also a time a while back where I thought I would be smart and research a bunch of cases at one time and basically write them out and post them when I got around to it. That was a bad idea. At my age I am lucky to remember what I researched yesterday, let alone any longer than that. I found myself doing double time by going back and reminding myself what a particular note in my research meant and in the end abandoned that way of doing things. In the process I had already researched many cases that I eventually just did not compose and decided I would just re-do them again later. I suspect this is one of those cases!
One of the reasons that this case stuck with me was not so much how senseless and vicious the crime itself was (although it…

Julie Rea-Harper

Just yesterday in my blog about Anthony Graves I discussed the issue of tunnel vision and gung ho investigators. Well, today here is a story that not only qualifies but in my opinion at a much higher degree despite the fact that Graves sat on death row for twelve years (sixteen years in prison total) and Julie Rea-Harper spent only about half of that in prison.
This case involved two different trials and when that happens there tends to be less specifics found on each individual trial. Sometimes when you dig pretty deep you can find out more things and it becomes one of those cases that you have to start piecing things together and then try to weed out what information is true and what information is false although has gone down in legend. So we'll start with what we do know as fact and that is that on the night of October 13, 1997 in Lawrenceville Illinois, ten year old Joel Kirkpatrick lost his life. Joel was visiting with his mother Julie Rea (she would later marry) and was i…