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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…

Jerry Mark

I have a love/hate relationship with cases such as this one. It is one of those that took place back in the 1970's, before DNA had was even thought of, but a time in which blood typing could be done. Many of the cases from that era cannot necessarily depend on the evolution of DNA for many reasons. First, crime scenes were not kept as “clean” as they are now and secondly, things that were kept were not as preserved as they currently are. There is always the possibility of contamination or degrading of evidence. Many of these cases have to rely on what was available at the time. When you hear about a case you often hear those who are against the charges or the conviction that the case was “purely circumstantial.” This is true. This is true oftentimes even today. Circumstantial evidence is generally a cumulative of coincidences or eye witnesses. In those cases other things need to help collaborate that evidence and went put together it often leads in one direction towards th…

Jeremy Spielbauer

In my last blog I mentioned how murders involving a spouse are sadly nearly commonplace in today's society, and yet there are still those that can still leave you in bewilderment and surprise. This is just one of those cases. I am unsure why the callousness, boldness and the egos associated with murderers surprises me, but it does. It seems as if so many murderers believe they are smarter than anyone else and they know how to get away with it. The perpetrator in this case took it a step further in the fact that he not only thought he could get away with it, he was convinced that he could pin the murder on someone else, and he was almost successful. But, as is the case in most murders the perpetrator missed a step somewhere and when that one “little” thing got missed and his “house of cards” fell it left him as the only true culprit.
Jeremy Spielbauer and Robin Bledsoe were married in 2005 and by the time they divorced in 2012 they had two young daughters. It seems a bit unc…

The Murder of Heather Dewild

On the surface this should look like it was a cut and dry case. Of course it seems that every crime, especially those involving murder, has a few unique twists of their own. This one does not disappoint in that area, that is for sure. But, as I often say, I am more interested in the law and how it is followed many times than the crimes themselves. I want to see the evidence and the facts of the case to determine just how a decision was made. Now, in this case one of the two defendants out right pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the other. The second defendant was convicted on one charge but the jury hung on another forcing a mistrial on the murder charge itself. He would later take a plea on that charge. The problem here is that there was little media coverage when it came to not just the trial but the facts itself beyond the sensationalism of the testimony of one of the defendants. Many would argue that it does not matter because in the end both defendants admitted …

Wayne Gulley

I recently got a new computer after my last one decided that it had had enough. In the process I lost the list of cases that I had compiled but that is someone easy to remedy. I already spend a lot of time watching documentary shows which is where I get a lot of my case names to begin with, so I just had to step it up and start over. Many of the shows that I watch I have either already seen in the past or I have seen another similar show on the same case. It seems as if it is only on the rare occasion that I come across a case I have never heard of. This happened to be one of those cases. In fact, I was even more surprised to realize that the case had occurred in my state and I still had never heard of it.
In the early morning of March 1, 1974 twenty-four year old Lindy Alton and twenty-three year old Sherry Lee Gibson parked out on a rural Knox County Indiana road often described as a “lovers lane” of sorts. Several hours later, after a decent snowfall, a farmer was in the are…