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Grave of Dalida, Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, France.
(17th January 1933 – 3rd May 1987).

Dalida was an Egyptian-born Italian-French singer and actress who performed and recorded in more than ten languages, including Arabic, Italian, Greek, German, French, English, Japanese, Hebrew, Dutch and Spanish. Dalida collected 19 number one hit singles to her name in four languages (French, Italian, German, and Arabic) and has a long list of top 10, and top 20 hits in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Arabic, and accumulated myriad top selling singles and albums largely, in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Greece, Canada, Russia and Japan, spanning around thirty years.

Dalida committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. She left behind a note which read, “La vie m'est insupportable… Pardonnez-moi.” (“Life has become unbearable for me… Forgive me.”).

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In February of 1980, Cheryl Jones (first picture) told her family and friends that she felt blessed. She had a happy marriage and just two months before had welcomed her first daughter, Amanda. That month she was also approached by a woman who identified herself as Sally, who claimed she worked for a magazine and wanted to take a picture of Amanda to enter it in a contest of beautiful babies. Cheryl believed her.

Then, on March 7th, 1980, Sally picked up Cheryl and Amanda from their house to take them on a shopping spree they had supposedly won for participating in the contest. The next day, a taxi driver delivered Amanda to Cheryl’s husband Dennis, claiming a woman had given him the baby with the instruction to take her to him. The woman had said she’d bought the baby, but felt guilty because she knew she had been stolen.

In the meantime, Cheryl was found by a maid of a Houston hotel in her room. She had overdosed on barbiturates and her wrists were slashed. Behind there was a suicide note that said she had left her husband for another man. Police were suspicious, but since the medical examiner had ruled the death as a suicide, their hands were tired.

What they didn’t know then was that only two months before Cheryl’s death, a similar situation had happened in Athens, Alabama. Geneva Clemons had been approached by a woman who wanted to take pictures of her newborn James for a magazine. She was very insistent, and when Geneva finally told her off, the woman had shot her, killing her in her very front yard in front of her young daughters (one of them, Tracy, is pictured in the second row to the left), and taking James with her. The baby was later found, alive and abandoned on a country road.

The two cases weren’t linked until 1985, where a tip led police to a woman called Jackie Schut. Jackie was a real piece of work, and among her many crimes she molested her own daughters and let others abuse them too. She had come up with the idea to steal babies and sell them, and that’s how she’d ended up killing the two mothers. Her ex husband, who’d helped her in the crimes, testified against her in her trial, as also did her older daughter, who’d witnessed Geneva’s murder. In 1987 she was found guilty and convicted to life in prison plus 20 years.

Cheryl’s daughter Amanda, now in her thirties, has a tumblr in which she’s chronicled some of her quest to shed light on her mother’s murder.

This story was also told in the book Lying in Wait, by Ann Rule.

The murder of Marilyn Monroe

Part I: Setting the Scene

Marilyn was found dead in the early hours of August 5, 1962, facedown and nude, of an apparent barbiturate overdose.

There were some real problems with that story, though.

At the time of her autopsy, Marilyn had enough barbituates in her blood that equaled 17-18 Chloral Hydrate and roughly 60-70 Nembutal capsules and a “marked” discoloration in her colon. Most importantly though, she only had .3 ccs of liquid in her stomach, and no drinking glass was found anywhere in the bedroom. She was also having renovations done at the time, so the water was shut off in the en suite bathroom. If she had locked herself in the room with no water, how does someone ingest that many pills without water?

Spoiler alert! They don’t. They were murdered.

So now we must Benson & Stabler this bitch and investigate the facts.

Putting this under the cut since it’s kind of long and also considered off-blog topic, but let’s try some new things!

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