Posted on October 13, 2008
The comments are gone from this site for now. If/when I go back to updating The True Crime Weblog, I will re-activate them. I did this for practical reasons -- I have to moderate comments at the True Crime Report, and that blog is now just as popular as this one has been in the past, and the comments are more active every day (check this post to see what the True Crime Report is)...
Posted on August 19, 2008
If you want to know what I'm up to now, just go here:
The reason The True Crime Weblog will be on hiatus for a while? Because I'm blogging crime like it's my job -- elsewhere. Because it is my job, now.
Also, TCR has 4 'sister' blogs:
Deadline Hollywood DailyTopless RobotJoystick DivisionHeartless DollAnyway -- there are plenty of entries up at the True
Posted on July 16, 2008
Dear True Crime Weblog Readers,
In classical music, a "Grand Pause" is a particular type of pause within a musical selection. The length of a "G. P." is left to the discretion of the performer or conductor. The music will continue, but depending on the musician's sense of timing, you may think for a moment that everything has stopped...
Posted on July 12, 2008
I received a message from Chris Mellas that clarified the "Mr Anonymous" message below. Chris Mellas did not send the message -- that much is clear from the message he did send tonight. He doesn't seem to realize that I sometimes shed a journalistic stance in this blog and express subjective opinions, but overall his message was well-considered and clearly explained some things.
Posted on July 11, 2008
The soldier currently missing from Fort Bragg has been identified as 2nd Lieutentant Holley Lynn Wimunc, age 24. Holley Wimunc was part of Charlie Company and assigned to Fort Bragg's Womack Army Hospital. Wimunc vanished Thursday morning. Her apartment was burned; authorities have determined that the fire was set...
Posted on July 10, 2008
Something strange and disturbing may be afoot in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Either a killer who harkens back to Northern California and the late 60s is truly at work, or a number of men have decided now is the prime time to rid themselves of troublesome women...
Posted on July 09, 2008
I'm not a total idiot. The contingent of people on these here Internetz who believe John, Patsy, and Burke Ramsey conspired 12 years ago to rape, murder, and then conceal little JonBenet -- for that is essentially what most Ramsey-haters seem to think, in a nutshell -- is large, vocal, and relentless...
Posted on July 08, 2008
Make no mistake about it: Hans Reiser is going to hell. I mean, if you believe in that sort of thing, then the one-time boy genius and innovator in super-duper special computer filing systems is definitely a prime candidate for the worst Satan and his imps can offer...
Posted on July 04, 2008
First things first: HAPPY 4th OF JULY, Y'ALL!
Okay, now that's out of the way.
This blog receives a ton of hits from people searching for information about the Keddie Murders. Lately that's been because there was a claim that the movie The Strangers was partly inspired by the massacre in Cabin 28, but I think that was a load of bullshit cooked up by some viral marketing idiot...
Posted on July 02, 2008
People are free to talk about whatever they want on a message board, but let me make it clear that I reject one idea out-of-hand: the person who killed Spc. Megan Touma sometime around June 17, 2008 in Fayetteville, NC was not the actual Zodiac Killer...
Posted on July 02, 2008
(Note: During my sort-of hiatus I realized one BIG reason why I was just about sick of doing this crime-blogging thing: I have been editing myself way too closely. I don't mean correcting typos, bad grammar, whatever -- I mean not saying what I think...
Posted on July 01, 2008
Investigators in Missouri and Illinois believe Nicholas T. Sheley, age 28, was on a major killing spree prior to his capture Tuesday night. Both the FBI and the Illinois State Police were offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest...
Posted on July 01, 2008
Previously, on The True Crime Weblog:
"Zodiac's Ghost: Letter citing infamous serial killer as inspiration claims kill in N.C."
I guess I'm off hiatus, now. It's a little like being Michael Corleone -- every time I think I'm out and ready to do something else, some psycho does something that pulls me back in...
Posted on June 30, 2008
"Some Questions For Michael Ian Black, Pt. 1."
Over the next couple of weeks I'll be posting brief Q & A sessions between me and Michael Ian Black in my personal weblog, Random Lunatic News. The link at the top of this message goes to part 1, where I was happy to find that my questions and my prep surprised him...
Posted on June 28, 2008
UPDATES AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.
If there was ever a good reason to break my hiatus from updating this blog, this is it.
"'I'm killer' of Spc. Touma."
A quote from the article -- bold emphasis has been added:A person claiming to be the killer of the pregnant soldier found dead in a motel has written an anonymous letter calling the murder a "master piece" and
Posted on June 25, 2008
Neil Entwistle was found guilty today in the shooting deaths of his wife Rachel and baby daughter Lillian. The jury rejected the killer's claim that Rachel committed murder-suicide.
Six women and six men took 11 hours to find Entwistle guilty on 2 counts of first-degree murder and firearms charges...
Posted on June 17, 2008
I'm going to take a brief summer break from updating this blog. I will still provide commentary for the duration of the Entwistle Case, and you'll be able to find that here.
Random Lunatic News will still be updated every day, likely more than once a day...
Posted on June 13, 2008
Okay, so the other day I wrote this and published it on my tumblelog, Random Lunatic News: "An idea." In that post I said the following: My idea is for a Tumblelog with a design similar to I am Neurotic, with an e-mail address and form for submissions from readers, but ask instead for stories of the strange...
Posted on June 12, 2008
The California Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for Angelica Wylie, age 12. The white, 5'1", brown-haired, brown-eyed girl from Stockton, CA may be with registered sex offender Billy Don Potts, age 71.
Potts may have taken Wylie some time around 7 p...
Posted on June 09, 2008
Michele R. McPhee's book about the Entwistle case, Heartless: The True Story of Neil Entwistle and the Cold Blooded Murder of his Wife and Child, hit bookstores on June 3, 2008. I haven't read the book yet, but I picked it up tonight and plan to read it over the next few weeks...
Posted on June 07, 2008
One of my favorite discoveries in recent weeks has been the blog written by actor, screenwriter, comedian and author Michael Ian Black. If you remember The State from MTV in the early 90s, you know who I'm talking about (a number of other performers who started out in The State are now on Reno 911, one of the only shows I make it a point to watch whenever it's on -- Michael's done some guest
Posted on June 06, 2008
Click here see my previous entries about the unsolved murder of Marcia Trimble.
Today, Nashville District Attorney Torry Johnson finally announced charges against convicted sexual predator Jerome Sidney Barrett for the murder of the Green Hills school girl on Feb...
Posted on June 05, 2008
The following was first posted in Huff's Crime Blog on January 24, 2006. I am basically reproducing the post as it has appeared for the last 2.5 years, correcting links that are dead or outdated and only the most glaring spelling or grammar issues. In these entries written when this story was first breaking there will be factual errors, and incorrect speculation: deal with it...
Posted on June 04, 2008
Jury selection is underway in Massachusetts in the murder trial of Briton Neil Entwistle, age 29. I've already mentioned EntwistleMurderTrial.com in a previous entry, but today is the first day both Wendy Murphy and I have provided any commentary. Here's a quote from Ms...
Posted on June 02, 2008
Matthew Gretz pleaded guilty today to 2nd degree murder. He killed his wife, artist and grad student Kira Simonian. In court on Monday, Gretz said, "I stabbed and intentionally killed my wife."
Gretz beat his wife and then stabbed her several times in her neck and chest...
Posted on May 30, 2008
William Pratt "Wolfgang" Gossett died of a stroke on September 1, 2003 in Lincoln City, Oregon. He'd led a long, fascinating life. Gossett had been an expert in military law, a teacher and assistant principal, a private investigator, a corrections officer and then administrator, a radio personality and a vicar general in the Old Catholic diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah...
Posted on May 30, 2008
The Metrowest Daily News, based in Framingham, MA, has created a website about the upcoming murder trial of Neil Entwistle:
If you click "Bios" at the top of the page once you get to that site, you'll see my mug in the "Experts" section, alongside Framingham defense attorney John LaChance and a very familiar face to anyone who follows true crime stories via
Posted on May 26, 2008
NOTE: In the coming weeks I will be re-visiting some crime stories I've covered on this and other blogs in the past. I will sometimes re-post old entries from old sites with updates, and will write new posts as well. This post is, in a loose way, part of that effort...
Posted on May 26, 2008
Five dead bodies were found in a home in a gated community in San Clemente, CA on Sunday. A spokesperson for the local sheriff's dept. indicated that the deaths were likely the result of "foul play."
Authorities came to 31 Campanilla to do a welfare check after a relative of the family living there became concerned and called the Orange County Sheriff's Dept...
Posted on May 25, 2008
Briton Neil Entwistle, age 29, will soon be on trial for the January 20, 2006 murders of his wife Rachel and their baby girl, Lillian. I'll be commenting regularly on the trial for a Boston-area publication (actually, the news outlet in question is in Framingham)...