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On Friday December 13, 1985 newlyweds Gary and Stephanie Gillette were celebrating Christmas as a new family. Gary had three daughters from a previous marriage and Stephanie loved them like her own.
The new, blended family had gotten a Christmas tree and were decorating the house on the 4800 block of Corpus Christi Texas.
That weekend, Gary who was a successful business owner in the oil industry attend some holiday parties with his young wife, while his ex-wife watched the children at her home.
On December 14, 1985 Gary and Stephanie were brutally murdered with a hatchet in their home. The same hatchet used to trim the Christmas tree.
The bodies were discovered by police the next day. An autopsy showed the killer(s) returned to the home and stabbed the bodies to make sure they were dead.
Police say there were no signs of forced entry and have collected several items into evidence including fingerprints, possible DNA, the knife and the hatchet.
In June, 1986 a Deputy Constable who knew the couple was arrested on two counts murder. (court documents below) But, the following year the case was dismissed for lack of evidence.
The victim's daughter met with him as an adult. She talks about the case, missing her father and her message to her father and step-mother's killer.
If you have any information in the case, please call the Corpus Christi Police at (361) 886-2600.
Leslie Mazzara, Adriane Insogna and Lauren Meanza were roommates living in a small house near downtown Napa when a killer broke in and attacked two of the women.
On October 31st 2004, the friends were celebrating Halloween, drinking wine, watching scary movies and passing out candy to neighborhood children... unaware that a man they knew, was stalking them, armed with a knife and waiting for them to go to bed.
That Halloween night, the killer entered through a window and brutally stabbed two of the women while the third roommate ran out of the house and called police.
Almost a year later the killer would be identified by DNA and confess to the crime.
Who the killer is... and what he did after the murders.... shocked everyone.
In July 2006, 19-year-old Joseph Miranda was working for a local landscape company outside Baltimore Maryland.
He went to work early, kissed his mom goodbye, said he loved her and drove off in his jeep. She never saw him alive again.
Witnesses say Joseph was asking a co-worker to use a 7,000 pound Bobcat Tractor to move trees when the driver of the bobcat ran him over.
His mother, Adrienne Miranda tells 'True Crime DEADLINE' in a NEW interview that the evidence points to foul play.
She believes a co-worker pushed her son in front of the moving machine. She hired a forensic expert and obtained case documents.
There has been no arrests made in the case. Miranda is on a mission to have her son's case re-opened. It was originally ruled an accident, now, homicide.
On June 2, 2017 a mail carrier discovered Jessica Johnson dead and tied to a mailbox in Horn Lake Mississippi.
The DeSoto County Coroner determined her cause of death as Asphyxiation due to Hanging.
In a NEW INTERVIEW with Jessica's parents, Linda and David Johnson, say she was not suicidal and believe Jessica was murdered.
They hired a forensic expert who points to how the shoe laces were tied around her head, how far the mailbox was from where her shoes were located and how short the mailbox is.
NOW they are doing what they can to keep the case in the public eye and get answers.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call DeSoto County Sheriff’s at (662) 469-8500
American Hero, Alek Skarlatos opens up in a rare interview about stopping a terror attack on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.
In 2015, Alek was on leave after being deployed to Afghanistan with the Oregon Army National Guard.
He was on the train with lifelong friends Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler.
About three hours into the trip, a shirtless man armed with a AK Assault style riffle, nine magazines, 270 rounds of ammunition and a box cutting knife charged out of the bathroom and was ready to kill everyone in sight.
That's when Alek, Spencer and Anthony sprang into action and stopped him.
In this episode, Alek talks about the events before and during the foiled terror attack. He also talks about meeting two U.S. presidents and being a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, and what his plans are for the future.
On January 15, 1978, Kathy Kleiner was asleep in her room at Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University in Tallahassee FL., when serial killer Ted Bundy broke in and attacked.
Bundy killed Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy and then charged into Kathy's room and started attacking Kathy and her roommate Karen Chandler.
Bundy was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was executed in 1989.
Both Kathy and Karen survived the attack.
In this episode Kathy talks about the moments leading up to the attack, what happened during, after and her struggle with P.T.S.D.
New information from the murders, how she was able to face Bundy in court and why she believes there are more victims.
NEW DETAILS in the Brockton Serial Killer case after a possible arrest linking a man accused of abducting and killing a young mother.
Between 2013 and 2014 a man has been attacking, raping and killing women in the small New England town of Brockton Massachusetts.
On December 28, 2014 the remains of 20-year-old Ashley Mylett and 50-year-old Linda Schufeldt were discovered in a wooded area near a VFW post.
Mylett's body had been dismembered and thrown on top of Schufeld's bones.
With suspect DNA collected from Mylett's remains, forensic scientists discovered that three violent rapes in the same area were connected to the murders.
The Plymouth County District Attorney's office then enlisted the help of Parabon NanoLabs to build a phenotyping sketch.
In March of 2019, A young mom by the name of Jassy Correia was abducted and killed after a night of celebrating her birthday.
When the case was featured on the local news, a friend of Ashley Mylett made a shocking discovery that might solve the mystery... and answer the question... who is the Brockton Serial Killer."
Anyone with information is asked to call police:
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On June 27, 1995 Jodi Huisentruit was abducted from the parking lot at her apartment complex in Mason City Iowa.
The 27-year-old local news anchor was running late for her shift at KIMT-TV.
That morning, assistant producer Amy Kuns called Jodi who had overslept and spoke with her on the phone. Jodi lived only a mile away from the TV station and said she would be there in a few minutes.
She never was seen or heard from again.
This episode focuses on the time-line of her disappearance with NEW DETAILS from Steve Ridge, a citizen detective who recently spoke with Tony Jackson and John Vansice.
Both men have been investigated by police but have not officially been named suspects.
Anyone with information in the case contact:
MASON CITY POLICE
IOWA DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
FIND JODI WEBSITE (print Missing Persons poster)
In the 1970's Houston's coastal communities were victim to the 'Houston Mass Murders', the deadliest case of serial mass killings in the United States at the time.
The killer was local business man Dean Corll, nicknamed 'the candy man' because his family owned and operated several candy companies in the area.
Police say he and his two accomplices killed more than 29 young teenage boys in the 1970's, but investigators tell True Crime DEADLINE host Matt Johnson that they suspect there were at least ten more murders we may never know about.
Today a team of experts are working to identify the last known victim.
In this episode Matt speaks with forensic anthropologist Dr. Sharon M. Derrick, D-ABFA, Ph.D. who helped identify six of Corll's victims during her tenure at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
Anyone with any information in a possible identity of victim ML-73-3356, please call the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences at 713-796-6858 - or the National Center for Missing and exploited children at 1-800-843-5678.
Two women are killed after a man knocks on their door on Labor Day.
On September 3, 1990 friends Betty Jones and Kathryn Crigler were wrapping up Labor Day weekend, had just finished dinner and were ready to watch a baseball game when a stranger started knocking on the door.
When Betty answered the door she was stabbed and her throat was slashed. The killer then attacked and fatally injured Kathryn.
For three decades the case went unsolved.
Now an arrest has been made in the case thanks to detectives who would not give up, family who started a podcast and DNA technology.
This episode includes a NEW INTERVIEW with Jason B. Jones the step-grandson of Betty Jones.
Jason B. walks us through the case and what it was like to relive the horror while covering the case as the host of his serial podcast 'Knock Knock'.
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