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Emma Raine

If you do a search on Emma Raine you will hear the phrase “Black Widow.” We all know what that means, at least in a criminal sense. The only real issue here is that at least as of June of 2018 Emma has only been convicted in the murder of one of her technically four husbands. She was convicted in 2016 for the contract murder of her second husband, Ernest Smith who was killed at his home in 2006. However, authorities suspect her in the strange death of her first husband, Leroy Evans who, at the time of his death in 1994 was paralyzed after a car accident and and died from “choking” after his feeding tube was “mysteriously removed.” She is also suspected as being involved in the death of her third husband, James Raine, who like her second was shot dead in his home. But, to be fair Emma has never been charged in the deaths of James Raine or Leroy Evans. And yes, I did mention she had four husbands... her last, John Golston is still alive and well and has argued against her convict…

Janet Tyburski

This is quite an unusual case for many reasons. It is also a case in which I would like to have found more information on. However, as is often the case when a plea deal is accepted or agreed upon less information becomes available to the general public.
On March 15, 2015 a body was found on the side of a road in Ridgeville Ohio. Investigators only knew that it was the body of a young woman and apparently informed the media to garner some help in identifying the victim. Several tips were called in including one by Janet Tyburski. She alleged the woman could be her twenty-six year old daughter Rachele. Janet would claim that she had last seen her daughter on the night of March 13th when she left the home to out with a group of friends. Janet could not identify who those friends were. Authorities would eventually confirm that the body found was that of Rachele Tyburski.
Two months later, on May 15th authorities would arrest Rachele's mother, Janet, for her murder. Soon after …

George Tiaffay

This is one of those spousal murder cases where the husband almost got away with it and he may have had he been just a little bit smarter. But, then again, that is almost always the case. The perpetrator misses something little that cannot be disputed or explained away no matter how much they try.
On September 29, 2012 Shauna Tiaffay was returning to her apartment at around 3:30 in the morning after her shift as a cocktail waitress at a hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. Shauna was estranged from her firefighter husband, George. Besides, George was also at working doing one of those 24 hour shifts that firefighters are known for. The couple's eight year old daughter was spending the night with her grandparents while her parents worked. So, when Shauna returned home it was empty inside, or at least it should have been.
Shauna walked into her home and it is unclear how long it took her before she realized that she was not alone. But, soon after she entered a man named Noel Stevens …

The Murder of Nola "Ann" Charles

I have often said how I feel we all have to believe in the justice system and the way that it is at least supposed to work. It is not as if I have never seen a case in which proper justice has not been served. In fact, it is quite the contrary. I come across cases every day that in my opinion has made a mockery out of the justice system. Not all of those cases resulted in the acquittal of people I believe are guilty (i.e. think O.J and Casey Anthony). Some of those cases are the prosecution of defendants I believe are innocent. One thing it seems that all of the latter cases have in common is either an overzealous investigator, or prosecutor. I understand that investigators are often pressured to close a case whether it be by the community or the victims family. I also understand that for prosecutors it is about the “win.” And, there are some among those in both professions that do not care how they reach their goal. It is these people that make me fear the justice system. T…

Maria DeJesus

I cannot say that everyone who gets divorced or marries someone who has been divorced has the same experience with the ex-spouse but I can say that I have heard of enough cases, mine included in which the pressures from the previous marriage can take a toll on a new one. I have also seen and studied many cases in which the participants of the divorce actually get along well but it is a new spouse or significant other that comes into the picture later that causes more trouble than there was previously. It is difficult to determine through my limited research just which category this case falls into. What I can tell you is that the “new wife” now sits in prison for orchestrating the murder of the previous wife.
Carmen Quinones and Justino DeJesus had been previously married and they had at least one grown child, a daughter, Amy. It is not clear how long they were married or when their divorce occurred. What is known is that the couple had jointly owned a three-story brownstone in Ha…

Loretta Burroughs

This case is one of the most unusual that I have ever come across. There are some who believe that anyone who can murder someone has to have some sort of mental health issue, and maybe that is true to some extent. While people who have not dealt with people who do truly suffer from mental health issues cannot fathom or understand that stance I personally can see that on some level. However, that does not mean that everyone who commits a murder should be allowed to use mental health as a defense. I am a firm believer that every case, and every defendant is different, no matter the charge and that each case should be looked at as such. Even still there comes a time when you have to ask if the person truly is mentally ill, to what extent that illness expands, the attitude of the person who committed the crime and what risk they are of re-offending. Again, mental illness, at least for me is not an absolute defense. For example I believe that Andrea Yates, the mother who drowned her…

Larry Gene Bell

In my opinion there are at least two types of criminals. There are those that progress in their crimes, even when they are caught and there are those that not only learn lessons after serving jail time but actively seek to change. It is hard to tell the difference in the beginning when they are caught for their first crime which sort of criminal they are going to turn out to be. Of course there are the ones who have already progressed in their crimes by the time they are caught for the first time.
Larry Gene Bell was arrested for the first time in February of 1975. He had attempted to abduct a woman in a grocery store parking lot in Rock Hills South Carolina. He had approached her at knife point but her screams alerted people nearby and Bell took off. He was apprehended just a few minutes later after driving away. He bailed out fairly quickly but three months later he pleaded guilty to the crime. In those days victims were not entitled to be notified of any proceedings or thi…