H.H Holmes

Herman Webster Mudgett, better known under the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, was one of the first documented serial killers -Even though the term “serial killer” was coined much later on, after his time.

 It is thought that Holmes selected mostly female victims, who were often working for him at his hotel. He’d also kill hotel guests and lovers. Compared with more modern serial killers, his method of murder was unique- some of his victims were locked in soundproof bedrooms and asphyxiated with harmful gases, and others were locked in a massive, airless bank vault next to his office (also soundproofed) where they remained until they slowly suffocated. Holmes constructed a chute down to the basement, which he used to store the bodies in. He would make anatomical models from the bodies, or strip them completely of their skin and muscles in order to show off a full skeleton. The unused bodies were dissolved in vats of acid or cremated. Due to the connections he had made in medical school, he sold organs and bones to the black market without any trouble.

‘’Guilty? For ridding the world of another snitch? No, I don’t feel guilty.’’

On April 5, 2009, 34-year-old Angela Simpson concocted a ruse to lure a man confined to a wheelchair into an abandoned apartment with the promise of drugs and sex. Once there, she attacked her disabled victim, Terry Neely, by pulling out his teeth, stabbing him fifty times, driving a three-inch nail into his brain, and battering him to a bloody pulp with use of a tire iron. Among all this, Angela forced her victim to watch each agonizing act being inflicted on him through a mirror. The torture persisted for three more days until she finally ended it all by strangling him with a TV cable.

Angela then dismembered his body into pieces and disposed of them in a trash can, which she lit on fire.

Two weeks later, police tracked down Angela who was already in jail accused of an armed robbery. She proudly admitted to being the culprit behind the grisly murder. 

Sentencing

On August 27, the grand jury indicted her charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping. On March of 2012, Angela pleaded guilty to her charges and was sentenced to life in prison a month later.

Angela did a jailhouse interview after being sentenced where she calmly and impassively expressed her lack of remorse for killing Terry, saying that he was a snitch and got what he deserved. She further went on to state that her only regret is not having tortured him longer.

I don’t want my children or the people I consider family to be in a place where there are snitches,” she said.

Watch a jailhouse interview with Angela Simpson here and here.

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The 1981 abduction and murder of Adam Walsh changed law enforcement in the U.S. Walsh, 6, was abducted from a Sears store in Hollywood, Florida, his severed head found two weeks later by two fisherman in an irrigation ditch over 100 miles away. Police cast about for leads, suspecting even Adam’s father John Walsh, who later became the host of true crime show America’s Most Wanted, but the remains recovered revealed little other than Adam’s certain demise. Two years later, a drifter named Ottis Toole  confessed to the murder and later recanted his confession. Mishandling of evidence led authorities to dismiss Toole as a suspect in Walsh’s disappearance, although John Walsh continued to suspect Toole. In 1984, Toole was convicted of two unrelated murders and began confessing and retracting confessions with astonishing regularity. Linked to serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, Toole and Lucas at times admitted to over 100 murders each, but police were able to corroborate very few.

John Walsh became famous as a victims’ advocate and helped police close dozens of cases, but Adam’s case remained unsolved until 2008, when Toole’s niece informed police of his deathbed confession to Adam’s murder. Police finally accepted Toole’s confession and closed the case.

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Murderer Audrey Marie Hilley pictured with her victim and husband Frank Hilley. Over the course of several months Audrey slowly poisoned her husband with arsenic, this lead to several hospital visits for nausea and tenderness in the abdomen, when he passed away the autopsy revealed issues that were very similar to hepatitis so the doctors originally did not suspect foul play. However, when Audrey’s daughter Carol started attending the hospital with similar symptoms the doctors were more concerned, eventually finding Aldrich Mees’ Lines on her fingernails, which are indicative of Arsenic poisoning. When they tested Carol’s hair they found 50 times the typical amount of arsenic in her system, and upon exhumation of Frank’s body they tested his hair and nails and discovered abnormally high levels of arsenic.

Audrey was charged with murder and, after three years of living life on the run under a false name, she was convicted of murder and sentenced to life, as well as an extra 20 years for attempting to kill her daughter.

Darlene Gentry, who is currently serving a 60 year prison sentence for fatally shooting her husband, Keith Gentry, in November of 2005. 
Darlene shot Keith in the head as he lay sleeping in bed at the couple’s home in Robinson, Texas. Darlene then staged the scene in order to make it appear as though an intruder was responsible for her husband’s murder.
However, police saw through her through her story and, after displaying some highly suspicious behaviour and the discovery of the murder weapon in the pond of a property which Darley wished to purchase, she was arrested and charged.

Twin brothers Ronald “Ronnie” Kray and Reginald “Reggie” Kray were English gangsters who were the foremost perpetrators of organised crime in the East End of London during the 1950s and 1960s. Ronald, commonly called Ron or Ronnie, most likely suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. 

The twins were always inseparable growing up. Reggie was possessive of his twin and would not share his brother with anyone else.They would often fight each other, but would never allow a third party to come between them. Like many identical twins, they seemed “different” to the other tough little kids in the neighborhood. Growing up during the Second World War period, the twins were basically reared by a household of women. 

Their father was on the run from the law, having refused to join up for military service. So Ronnie and Reggie’s formative years were strongly influenced by their beloved mother Violet, her two sisters, and their grandmother. Violet’s love gave the twins a sense of almost superhuman invincibility. She accepted everything they did, destroying their ability to judge right from wrong.

They were arrested on 9 May 1968 and convicted in 1969 by the efforts of a squad of detectives led by Detective Superintendent Leonard “Nipper” Read, and were both sentenced to life imprisonment. Ronnie remained in Broadmoor Hospital until his death on 17 March 1995. Reggie was released from prison on compassionate grounds in August 2000, eight weeks before his death from cancer.

In his will, Reggie had asked to be buried in the same grave as Ronnie because he said that way he would be back where he belonged - with his brother.Kate Kray, who had married Ronnie in prison in 1989, remembered Reggie attending her husband’s funeral. “Reggie died the day Ron died,” she said. 

"The saddest thing I ever saw in my whole life was the moment Reg said goodbye to Ron. He was weeping uncontrollably. He was destroyed."

mystic-squirrels asked:

what are some really interesting/good true crime books that you would recommend

Phillip Carlo - The Night Stalker

Brooks Brown - No Easy Answers

Michael Quinlan - Little Lost Angel

Aphrodite Jones - Cruel Sacrifice

Daleen Berry and Geoffrey Fuller - Pretty Little Killers

Ann Rule - The Stranger Beside Me

Don Davis - The Jeffrey Dahmer Story: An American Nightmare

Terry Sullivan - Killer Clown 

Vincent Bugliosi - Helter Skelter: The True Story Of The Manson Murder

Wellington de Oliveiras writings. Part I

Credit for translation goes to truecrimeprincess

First Page

Death and Resurrection

To Begin this theme observe again ,one more time, how God create the man , (Genesis 2:7) “And God made the manfrom the earth dust, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and theman became an alive soul”, Now lets see what God told to Adam in case hedisobey ( Genesis 2:16-17) “Ordered the Lord God to man, saying, of every treeof the garden you can freely eat, but of the knowledge of good and evil tree,this shall not eat, for in the day you eat thereof, surely die ” the immoralists say that death means separation, and that the death of Adam and his companion was the separation from God with the expulsion of the same garden of Eden, thinking so they deceive many people, for indeed God referred the conviction that they receive, which does not mean that it would be executed on the same day, order is one thing and run is a different one.  You can be sentenced to death one day and be dead the next day, the next year, as many are sentenced and awaiting execution of the sentence, Adam disobeyed God and then came the conviction (Genesis 3:19) “The sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till you return to the earth, for it you were taken; for you are dust and to dust you will return”  That was the conviction, if we analyze the texts we can clearly see what God meant; it was clear that Adam was only the dust before God out of the land the molding and blowing the breath of life making a being with feeling, reasoning, conscious, a living being. The conviction was he return to dust, that is, God condemned him to return the condition that he was before there was just dust, something no feelings, no reasoning, unconscious.

Now, two texts that says what happens when we die.

 

Second page:

Soul and Spirit

Soul- In the first testament  comes from the Hebraic vnp (nephesh) ; It happens about 755 times, and was translated of different ways, depends the context. The seconds testament the greek word is quch (psyche) and it happens around 105 times.

Spirit- In the first testament are used the words Mwr (ruach) and hmvn (neshamah). It happens 377 times. In the 2nd testament the greek word for spirit its pneuma (pneuma). It happens 220 times, both are translated of different ways in the testaments, there is some examples:

Soul – life (Genesis 9:4,5; 35:18; Psalm 31:13 etc) people ( Genesis 14:21, Deuteronomy   10:22, Acts 27:37 , etc) corpse (Numbers 9:6), appetite (ecclesiastes 6:7) heart ( Exodus 23:9) human being (apocalypse 16:3) personal pronouns (psalm 3:2 ; Matthew 26:38)

The word Soul appears in the bible around 1600 times, and in no case it refers about an entity outside the body, or “immortal”

Spirit – Wind or Breathe ( Genesis 8:1) , spirit in the sense of encouragement (Judges 15:19) attitude or state of spirit ( Romans 8:15, Corinthians 4:21 , etc) breathe or breath of god ( 2 Thessalonians 2:8 , etc) individual conscience ( 1 corinthians 2:11 first part)

Also theres anothers definitions: Angels and Demons ( Hebrews 1:14 , 1 Timothy 4:1 etc) it apply as appealing to Christ ( 2 Corinthians 3:17) The Divine nature of Christ ( Romans 1:4) The third people of the trinity ( Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 2:8-12)

The term “Spirit” , in every times it appers in the Bible talking about the human being, do not express the concept of the same be an entity immaterial conscience of  ( it finishes here )

 
Third Page:

Hell

The Word hell comes from the Latin “inferil” and means inferior place. The idea of the hell as a place with fire where the Intangible condemned souls go its not in the bible, although applications that make symbolic texts and parables. Also the word “Hell”  doesn’t belongs to the original text of the bible how it happens with the words of the ~gospel~, baptism and the others that are in the god’s words.  The word hell was put in the translation in Portuguese to replace other five words with completely different meanings of the popular concept of hell.  It happened because the beliefs the translator had before so he did. Some old bibles bring “Hell” in ( 1 Corinthians 15:55) but in some modern ones like “Almeida” bring “death” which is the correct one. The same happens in Apocalypses 20:13, where you can read “death and hell” , now its “death and beyond” , but the word is hades (greek) and means grave. The doctrine of hell  has origins greek and roman and people are induced to believe in this because the former religion they got and the errors in the translating that they use and strengthen an anti-biblical thinking.

The five words that was erroneously translated into hell is:

1.                  GEENA  (Hebrew) it’s a simplified form of expression ge ( valley) bem (son) and Hinon (name of the family of the owner of the property) , in other words, valley of the Hinon’s sons. This word you can find in the ~gospel~ like in (matthew 5:22,29) and theres nothing to do with hell and eternal fire. Was a valley where, in the past, they made human sacrifices and they burned corpses to the idols.  The prophet Jeremy prophesied that there would be thrown the bodies of …

 

Fourth Page: 

Matthew 10:28 

According to the second version of “ João Ferreira de Almeida”  updated , Matthew 10:28 says:

“And fear not the one which kill the body but can not kill the soul; but rather fear the one  who can destroy both soul and the boy in hell”

Based on the first part of this versicle, some says that the soul never dies, thereby defending the theory of the immortal soul teached by the philosophers greek Plato and then Plutino and then many theologians “Christians” that were carried away by the neo-Platonism.

The ones who look to use this words of Jesus to defend a doctrine anti-bible they are not even consistent with the texts they quote because, in the final part of the versicle, Jesus said that “both the soul and the body perish in hell”

So the body will go to the hell too? Confusing, isn’t it?

Before its good to look that in the original text in the greek is : ( Ok I cant text in greek and nor in Spanish – this is what he did, but he put 3 versions greek, Spanish and English so ima put the English one here)

“And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able both soul and body to “destroy” in gehenna” – Young’s Literal Translation

 

Fifth Page:

Like he created situations that do with what he has said logic ,he did it often with me…to you see how is this family I went out… the worst is that lately he is doing many things to “harm” me, im sure he is angry because I rejected them..but I will restrain myself , I want to work to leave this state or maybe I will go straight to Egypt … my family here doesn’t values me… and this is people without god in their hearts, my father has faith in Jehovah but they fail to meet the requirements of the congregation and the others commit such acts for lack of god in their heart, and I know one of them wants to join me to shows up to the world and not for faith…and because I know it these people is investing in my failure…

 

 Sixth Page: 

But Im calm because I know that God is with me and I know sooner or later this will be clarified…and my parents for not follow the religion with devotion, they always was suspicious about me and the wrong ones always “do” better than I or have a better lie to be better in the situations than me, I know Im not perfect , I have lied a lot before for childish reasons or jealously and I have wronged with my family but I  greeted the Koran and they still don’t believe in me…

This was the BIG handwriting on his paper – Looking like this doesn’t looks like my sister just the eyes and the hair that are very similar but you look a lot with a cousin that I have from “sepetiba”

omnibus #truecrime list

after spending far too many hours of my life watching “cold cases” / “48 hours” / “wives with knives”, i have attempt to construct a close-to-exhaustive list of the best of the true crime genre. 

thank you to henry joost, dv devincentis, natalie guevara, irina aleksander, willie thurlow & isabel halley for their suggestions.

Books

  • Fatal Vision, Joe McGuinness (1983)
  • A Wilderness of Error, Errol Morris (2012)
  • Blind Faith, Joe McGuinness (1989)
  • The Stranger Beside Me, Anne Rule (1980)
  • Naked in the Window: The Fatal Marriage of Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre, Robert Katz (1990)
  • Blood and Money, Thomas Thompson (1976)
  • The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcolm (1990)
  • Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial, Janet Malcolm (2011)
  • The Executioner’s Song, Norman Mailer (1980)
  • Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi (1974)
  • Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Murder, Robert Kolker (2013)
  • The Night Stalker, Philip Carlo (2006)
  • Homicide, David Simon (1991)
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder, Charles Graeber (2013)
  • People Who Eat Darkness, Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Blind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the BTK Murderer, Roy Wenzi (2008)
  • In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (1965)
  • Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three, Mara Leveritt (2002)
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Erik Larson (2004)
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, Jon Krakauer (2003)
  • The Red Parts: A Memoir, Maggie Nelson (2007)
  • Jane: A Murder, Maggie Nelson (2005)
  • American Eve: Evelyn Nesbitt & Stanford White, and The Crime of the Century, Paula Uruburu (2009) 
  • Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper, Geoffrey Gray (2012)
  • Columbine, Dave Cullen (2009)

Documentaries

  • The Staircase or Soupçons, Jean Xavier de Lestrade (2004)
  • The Imposter, Bart Layton (2012)
  • Capturing The Friedmans, Andrew Jarecki (2003)
  • Errol Morris’ First Person specifically, S1 Ep. 5 “The Parrot” and S1 Ep. 8 “In The Kingdom of a Unabomber” (2000)
  • Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, Jeremiah Zagar (2014)
  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
  • Into The Abyss, Werner Herzog (2013)
  • Cold Case Files: Obsession: Dave Reichart and the Green River Killer (2005)
  • The Cheshire Murders (2013)
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, Kurt Kuenne (2008)
  • Murder on a Sunday Morning, Jean Xavier de Lestrade (2004)
  • There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane (2011)
  • Crazy Love, Dan Klores (2007)
  • Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Nick Broomfield (2003)
  • Brother’s Keeper, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (1992)
  • The Central Park Five, Ken Burns (2013)
  • The Thin Blue Line, Errol Morris (1988)
  • Tabloid, Errol Morris (2011)
  • The Jinx, Andrew Jarecki (2015)
  • The Perverted World of Marc Dextrou (2005)
  • Killer in a Small Town: The Ipswich Murders (The Suffolk Strangler) (2009)
  • The Pig Farm [Canada’s most prolific serial killer Robert Pickton] (2011)

Fictionalized Film/TV Series for Lovers of True Crime:

  • True Detective (2014)
  • Red Riding Trilogy: In The Year of Our Lord 1983, 1980, 1974 (2009)
  • Twin Peaks (1990)
  • Silence of The Lambs (1991)
  • The Killing (2011)
  • Top of The Lake, Jane Campion (2013)
  • Fatal Vision (1984)
  • Zodiac, David Fincher (2007)
  • Reversal of Fortune (1990)
  • Se7en, David Fincher (1995)
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, John McNaughton (1990)
  • The Fall (BBC Series - 2013+)
  • The X-Files (1993)