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This Day in True Crime

13 February: the murder of Robert Dorotik

On 13 February 2000, Jane Dorotik (pictured above left) beat her husband, Robert Dorotik (pictured above right), to death and strangled him before dumping his body by a mountain road. After investigation, it was found that Dorotik was killed by his wife in order to prevent him from receiving 40 percent of his wife’s income if the couple divorced. On 16 February 2000, Jane Dorotik was arrested. She was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on 1 August 2001.


Carroll Rablen was a veteran from World War 1 who, after the war, returned home to Standard California. During the war he was wounded bad enough that it left him deaf the rest of his life. When he got home he married, but in less then a year it was over, partly because he had a very domineering father. He began writing women from a marriage agency and, after many no-go’s, he finally found a woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. He just didn’t know his life wouldn’t be that long. Her name was Eva Young, a fellow divorcee with an 11 year old son. Although his father again did not approve he went ahead with it and were married in 1929. She loved to attend weekly dances in another town a few miles away, enjoying the attention she got from the other men at the bars. Carroll would not join her, mainly due to the fact he was deaf and could not dance. He did however drive her to the dances and waited in the car outside, not trusting the men or Eva to get home without some naughtiness happening. One night she brought sandwiches and coffee out to Carroll, who was as usual waiting in the car. Soon after she left people noticed he was writhing in agony in his car seat. Unfortunately he would die before anyone could help, however he did have time to complain of bitterness in his coffee. Suspicion fell on Eva immediately, thinking she had poisoned Carroll, however the autopsy showed no poison in Carroll’s stomach. There was no other evidence to charge her with the murder. Eventually the prosecution would call upon a man named Heinrich who was known as The Wizard of Berkeley. He examined the corpse and found traces of strychnine in his stomach. He also inspected the cup which Ava brought the coffee in and also found strychnine. Seeing as that doesn’t 100% directly connect Eva and the murder, Heinrich surmised while she was bringing him the poisoned coffee she may have spilt some on her dress. When he examined the garment luckily for the prosecution it had not yet been washed. He found strychnine in the coffee stains on the dress. Due to the damning forensic evidence Eva pled guilty to avoid the death penalty. She was sentenced to life imprisonment at San Quentin Prison without the possibility of parole. Her son was left in the care of Eva’s sister. She promised to bring the boy up right, saying he would"not suffer for what wasn’t his fault, we’ll see he wants for nothing.“ Pictured above: Eva Rablen, the Rablen household at the time of the crime, Eva in court and a pic of Carroll’s grave.

Creepy places to go

Stay on Main hotel (Cecil hotel), Los Angeles, California 

- Multiple suicides, murders, and unexplained deaths

- Just generally creepy as fuuuck

The Museum of Death, Los Angeles, California

- Original crime scene pictures

- Educational but in a, “I shouldn’t want to know this but I definitely want to” way

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia

- Was in operation between 1864 and 1994

- Inactive hospital for the mentally ill

- When active, uncontrollable patients were often locked in cages

- Overall creepy

The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

- Two floors full of preserved human specimens

- Just seems interesting. Full of bones and shit

DudleyTown in Cornwall, Connecticut

- Village of the damned

- Complete ghost town tbh

- Settlement for farmers in the 1700s

- Supposedly cursed  

West Virginia State Penitentiary 

-  Most violent correctional facilities and the final stop for almost 1,000 criminals

- Tons of prisoner led riots

-  Many men were hanged or killed in the electric chair

- Others were murdered by other prisoners 

- Closed in 1995

Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky

- Held hundreds of tuberculosis patients

- Closed in 1961, reopened in ‘62

-  Urban legend claim that “63,000 deaths” occurred at the Sanitorium

- 152 deaths per year

- 162 people died in 1945

- Just seems creepy

So I think that’s it. Im sure I’ll add more eventually but thats all for now. My list of places I want to road trip

Serial killer Edmund Kemper spent much of his teenage years institutionalized in Atascadero Hospital in California - for murdering his grandparents - and while he was there Kemper became friendly with a number of rapists and sex offenders. During group therapy sessions these men would impart graphic details of sexual violence, which deeply affected the impressionable Kemper.

When he was arrested for being the ‘Coed Butcher’ in 1973, Kemper told interviewers that his discussions with rapists at Atascadero influenced his own murder spree; Kemper realized that leaving witnesses behind after a rape greatly increased the chances of being caught, as did overlooking physical evidence. Kemper therefore decided that none of his intended victims could live to identify him, and he dismembered their bodies to confuse the police investigation and halt their identification.


In June 1998 Sante Kimes, pictured above, decided to target 82 year old Irene Silverman in an attempt to acquire her $7.7 million mansion. Kimes was a career con woman, having a lengthy history of insurance fraud, committing multiple counts of arson, enslaving young women and illegal immigrants when she no longer wanted to pay for their services. It was not until she was 62 years old that she graduated to murder.

The Silverman murder was the murder that resulted in her initial arrest, although she would eventually be linked to two more murders. It was reveal that Kimes had planned to take on the identity of the elderly socialite and then acquire her mansion. Silverman’s body was never discovered, but it was revealed through confessions that her son, Kenneth, supplied to the police that Kimes had used a stun gun on the sleeping elderly woman before strangling her to death. Her body was disposed of in a bad that was discarded in a Hoboken dumpster.

Kimes had involved her son Kenneth in later crimes, and it was his confessions - a long with notes made in Kimes own journal - that lead to both of their convictions. Kimes received a 125 year sentence in New York, along with a life sentence in California for the murder of David Kazdin.

The killings began in 1965 and became known as the “trash bag murderers” because the victims were often found in trash bags. Texan Patrick Wayne Kearney was 25 years old when he committed his first killing, a hitchhiker he murdered in California. Two years later, after more killings, Kearney relocated to Redondo Beach, near Los Angeles with his new boyfriend David Douglas Hill, whom he had met five years earlier. The pair had a tempestuous relationship and after an argument Kearney would get in his car and find a man to kill. His victims, primarily gay, would be collected from gay bars or would be hitchhikers Kearney saw on the roadside. Kearney shot his victims without warning and then had sex with their corpses.

The case officially began on 13 April 1975 when the body of 21-year-old Alberto Rivera was found near San Luis Capistrano. In the next seven months six more bodies were discovered in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and Orange counties. All the victims were gay and all had been shot in the head and were found nude. The murders came to a conclusion on 13 March 1977. At 5.03 p.m that day 17-year-old John LaMay told his neighbour that he was going to Redondo Beach to meet “Dave”, a man he had met at the gum. He arrived at Kearney’s home and was invited in. Kearney shot LaMay in the back of the head and then hid the corpse in the desert. LaMay’s mother called the police but they did not take the report seriously. Five days later, LaMay’s dismembered corpse was found south of Corona. He had been drained of blood, washed out and put into five industrial trash bags and then into an empty oil drum. “Dave” was soon identified as David Hill and he and Kearney fled. They surrendered on 1 July 1977. Hill was cleared of involvement in his boyfriend’s crimes and was released on 14 July. That day Kearney was charged with two murders and the next day he confessed to 28 more. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

We say their names to remember those we've lost in 2016:


  • Monica Loera of Austin, Texas murdered January 22. She was 43 years old.
  • Jasmine Sierra of Bakersfield, California murdered January 22. She was 52 years old.
  • Kayden Clarke of Mesa, Arizona killed on February 4. He was 24 years old.
  • Veronica Banks Cano of San Antonio, Texas found dead on February 19. She was in her mid-30s.
  • Maya Young of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania murdered on February 21. She was 25 years old.
  • Demarkis Stansberry of Baton Rouge, Louisiana murdered on February 27. He was 30 years old.
  • Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson of Burlington, Iowa murdered on March 2. They were 16 years old.
  • Quartney Davia Dawsonn-Yochum of Los Angeles, California murdered on March 23. She was 32 years old.
  • Shante Isaac of Houston, Texas murdered on April 10. She was 34 years old.
  • Keyonna Blakeney of Rockville, Maryland murdered on April 16. She was 22 years old.
  • Tyreece Walker of Wichita, Kansas murdered on May 1. She was 32 years old.
  • Mercedes Successful of Haines City, Florida murdered on May 15. She was 32 years old.
  • Amos Beede of Burlington, Vermont murdered on May 25. He was 38 years old.
  • Goddess Diamond of New Orleans, Louisiana murdered on June 5. She was 20 years old.
  • Deeniquia Dodds of Washington D.C. murdered on July 13. She was 22 years old.
  • Dee Whigam of Shubuta, Mississippi murdered on July 23. She was 25 years old.
  • Skye Mockabee of Cleveland, Ohio murdered on July 30. She was 26 years old.
  • Erykah Tijerina of El Paso, Texas murdered on August 8. She was 36 years old.
  • Rae'Lynn Thomas of Columbus, Ohio murdered on August 10. She was 28 years old.
  • T.T. of Chicago, Illinois killed on September 11. She was thought to be in her mid-twenties.
  • Crystal Edmonds of Baltimore, Maryland killed on September 16. She was 32 years old.
  • Jazz Alford of North Carolina killed on September 23. She was 30 years old.

Keddie Cabin Murders- On April 12, 1981 in the resort town of Keddie, California, a gruesome quadruple murder took place inside Cabin 28. The victims were Sue Sharp, her 12-year-old daughter Tina, her 15-year-old son John, and his friend, Dana Wingate (age 17). Upon investigation, police noted that the brutal attack had a particularly personal element to it, as there was an ‘overkill’ and half of the victims had been killed in a specific way. Though each of them met their untimely death by being bludgeoned with the same hammer, the coroner confirmed that Sue and John had been stabbed repeatedly, each having identical stab marks in their throats. Dana was the only victim manually strangled, suggesting a sexual element to the crime. The youngest victim, Tina, was missing from the crime scene. Her tiny skull was found years later near a waterfall fifty miles from the cabin. With such a lack of evidence, the case went cold and remains a mystery.

anonymous asked:

I don't know really if this counts as modern history but the book The Girls is really good and it's sort of historical fiction/non fiction account of the cult murders in California in the 60s. It does have some parts set in the present, but most of the book is set in the 60s.

Thank you so much ☺️