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Kerri Rawson, the daughter of the BTK Serial Killer opens up about her father Dennis Rader. What family life was like before he was arrested, how she learned that we was the BTK and her relationship with him now.
Rawson is the author of the "tell all" book titled: "A Serial Killers Daughter, my story of faith, love and overcoming". Rawson describes herself as a crime victim and says she lives with P-T-S-D and depression.
It was her DNA that led to his arrest using the same method of forensic genealogy that detectives used in the Golden State Killer case.
Like the Golden State Killer, Rader terrorized the community for decades. He killed at least ten people including innocent children between January 15, 1974 - January 19, 1991. Rader tortured his victims and taunted police going by the moniker B-T-K, an acronym he gave himself which stood for BIND, TORTURE, KILL.
His modus operandi (M.O.) was stalking, bandage and suffocation, he would dress in women's clothing and a female face mask and pleasure himself pretending to be his victims. His cover was the persona of a family man, city employee and church president.
He is currently serving life in prison at El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas.
My friend and colleague John Huck from FOX 5 Las Vegas open up about witnessing the execution of a death row inmate.
Lawrence Colwell Jr. was convicted of robbing and killing 76-year-old Frank Rosenstock, a New York resident visiting Las Vegas.
Rosenstock was lured to his hotel room at the Tropicana Hotel by Colwell's girlfriend Merillee Paul who was posing as a prostitute. Once in his room he was robbed and strangled to death with a belt.
Colwell told the court that he had planned to kill someone for weeks. He wanted to know what it felt like and said it was as easy as driving a car.
On March 26, 2004 Lawrence Colwell Jr. was executed by way of lethal injection at Nevada State Prison in Carson City Nevada. He was the first inmate to be executed after a moratorium on executions.
Colwell was dead within 20 minutes of the injection. John Huck and I both covered the days leading up to the execution and the night it happened.
Thank you Investigators for an amazing Season One. Very grateful for every listen, download and subscription. I am working on Season Two, details soon. Follow the podcast on social media for details. Happy New Year!
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.