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Christina Marie Riggs

This is a case that I heard about a very long time ago and has always stuck with me. I have often stated that the cases that involve the murder of a child are the most difficult and in that respect this case was no different. However, this is a case where I disagree with the prosecution as to the motive behind the murders. According to prosecutors Christina Marie Riggs murdered her two children, five year old Justin Thomas and two year old Shelby Riggs, because they “were an inconvenience” in her life. This would not be an uncommon motive when it comes to parents, especially single mothers, killing their own children but I just do not see that being the case here. As you read on I will let you be the judge whether you agree or disagree to the motive.
On November 5, 1997 Christina Riggs' mother could not reach her so late in the afternoon she went to the home Christina shared with her two children in Sherwood Arkansas. Some reports say that the children were in their own beds, …

Oba Chandler

On June 4, 1989 a fisherman discovered a body floating in the water in the Tampa Bay. After the authorities arrived they found two more bodies within two miles of each other. The bodies had been found with their hands and feet bound. There was a rope around each neck and the other end was connected to a concrete block. Autopsies would show that the victims had been alive when they were thrown into the water, likely from a boat. They would be identified as thirty-six year old Joan Rogers, her seventeen year old daughter, Michelle and her fourteen year old daughter Christie. The mother and her two daughters lived in Ohio but had gone on vacation to Florida to escape some drama that had been going on in their lives lately. That drama led to suspicions but in the end authorities discovered it was a chance encounter with a stranger that had led to their deaths.
On May 26, 1989 Joan and her daughters left their home in Ohio. Husband and father, Hal stayed home to work at the family farm…

Michelle Lodzinski

I am unsure if this case proves that you simply cannot get away with murder, or if it proves that no matter how long it takes an investigator will put the pieces together they way in which they want and “get” their “man.” Now, do not take this as a case that I am coming out of the gate and saying that I believe the perpetrator who was eventually convicted was not guilty because that is not the case. I just believe that the passage of time can often distort a case and maybe if investigators in essence had done their job the first time the evidence that led to the arrest of Michelle Lodzinski would have gotten out sooner, with more accuracy and less questions.
On May 25, 1991 Michelle Lodzinski called the police and stated that she and her son, Timothy Wiltsey had been at the local carnival in Sayreville New Jersey and that she had turned her back to pay for a pop she had purchased but when she turned back around Timothy was gone. Law enforcement pounced on the carnival to the point…

The Death of Rebecca Riley

When I was compiling my list of cases to look into I must have gotten into another list of murdered children and that is where I have found myself at the moment. I spend my evenings while I am watching television researching cases and then when I get the chance I sit down and put them together. I have a few other cases already researched and generally I would put them together in the order that I researched them so as I do not confuse myself with other cases or put more time between the research and writing than necessary. I do not always do the list one by one, especially if they have a common theme but I do generally look at each one. By the time I got to this case I was a little burnt out on these types of cases. There were a few that were interesting, such as the case of Candace Newmaker, who died in the middle of therapy, but I was not sure that I could give her case justice at the moment. Then I came across this case.
Murder cases that involve children tend to be the wors…

The Murder of Jeanine Nicarico

As I stated in the blog about Robert Anthony Buell, this case is similar in nature, however, in this case two innocent men were sent to death row. This case was cited by then Governor George Ryan as one of the main reasons that when he left office in 2003 he commuted all death sentences in Illinois. For the next eight years the state of Illinois would sentence fifteen more people to death row, including the true perpetrator in this case, but in 2011 the death penalty was officially abolished and once again those sentences were commuted to life without parole. This is also a case in which prosecutors and investigators would later face charges of their own for misconduct in the pursuit and prosecution of three men.
On February 25, 1983 ten year old Jeanine Nicarico remained home from school alone suffering from the flu. I know, I know, today this would likely be unheard of but in 1983 everyone felt safe, especially in the town of Napersville Illinois and telephone calls were often …

Robert Anthony Buell

The next two cases on my agenda to put together are very similar. They both pertain to the murders of young girls, but they also both show how easily an innocent person can be convicted when there are those out there determined they are the perpetrators.
I have spoken recently about cases in which from a legal standard are not necessarily “solved” because there has not been a conviction in a court of law. When it comes to the case of twelve year old Tina Harmon, two men actually were convicted and sentenced to life but those convictions were reversed and the two men were set free. The actual perpetrator was never officially charged with her death. Robert Anthony Buell was executed in September of 2002 for the murder of another young girl, eleven year old Krista Lee Harrison. And, while at the time of his death, despite not being charge, there was a universal belief that he was the murderer of Tina Harmon. Buell went to the execution chamber protesting his innocence. In 2010 he …

Clinton Avenue Five

This case became one of those that I felt as if I was on the fence all the way through. One minute I could think one thing about a suspect and the next I would think something else. I have to remind myself that in the end it is what the evidence says but the problem here is that there is little to no evidence and after forty years it is unlikely there ever will be. One of the accused suspects in this case would argue later that his arrest had been politically motivated and there is a part of me that thinks I have to agree with him.
On the evening of August 20, 1978 five teenage boys disappeared from Newark New Jersey. Earlier in the day the boys had been playing basketball in a local park. Allegedly they were all planning to hook up again later and do some work for a local contractor named Lee Anthony Evans. The boys were Melvin Pittman, Ernest Taylor, Alvin Turner, Randy Johnson and Michael McDowell. Melvin and Ernest were seventeen and the other three were sixteen in 1978. …