About a year ago, four people called themselves "true crime bloggers." The list has grown more diverse by the week, and now the blogroll is so large that it trails right off my front page. Here's the 40th collection of the most interesting posts of the past week or so from ever-expanding True Crimedom.
One-Man Jury A New England murder case that's wagging a lot of tongues is the killing of Barry James by patent attorney John Edington, who stabbed James to death after learning that James may have molested his two-year-old. Stephen McCaskill of the Crime Scene Blog is following the story in CT Father Kills Suspected Molester. I suspect we'll hear a lot more surprising news about this case before it all shakes out.
Ice for Blood Trench continues his intrepid blogging on troubled teens and the amazingly cruel things they do to themselves, their families, and their schools. This week, he's following the case of Alvaro Castillo, who murdered his father -- and then got out the video camera. Home Sweet Home reminds us that a bad boyfriend can be a danger to the entire family in Four Generations Present, Three Shot. Steve Huff is covering a breaking story from New England about a murder spree that took four lives in Murder on Sunday River Road.
From Filthy to Fatal The duo behind Southern Sass on Criminal Activity Today report that the interest in the case of Isaac Lethbridge has been almost overwhelming. Payned's heartbreaking tale of a child removed from his home because it was filthy -- only to die in a foster home, the apparent victim of severe abuse -- is unfortunately not the only example of late.
Ontario's Heavenly Creatures "The simplest method of obtaining a university degree in Canada? Kill your mother." That's the lead on Harding's best piece of the week; read the rest of this head-shaker at Magna Cum Laude.
No Body Blog And I thought Clews was a tightly focused blog. No Body Cases is devoted strictly to murder cases that were prosecuted despite the fact that the body was never found. From the first post:
I'm a total newbie to the blogosphere but I thought I'd give it a shot. My chosen hobby is quite odd. I collect information about trials, cases and investigations into murders where the victim's body has never been recovered. Quaint, eh? Not exactly quilting but hey, everyone's gotta' have a hobby right? My interest in the topic began about 18 months ago when I began investigating a "no body" case myself. I am a prosecutor in DC and was always fascinated by these cases. (Famous "no body" murderers include Thomas Capano and Charles Manson.) As I did the research for my own case (which went to trial this past January) I was astonished to find how many "no body" cases exist. I'm currently compiling a table of cases from throughout the U.S. (I'll post that soon.) I hope to track current cases, comment on pending cases and investigations and look at the history and the legal implications of "no body" cases. If you know of cases, let me know by leaving a comment. No Body Guy.
So far, the prosecutor behind the blog has found dozens of examples, both recent and historic -- more than a hundred in the United States alone.
She Doth Protest Too Much Nene Adams writes terrific historic crime stories, and she has an amazing true crime library. This week she presents CRIME FILE #5 - Little Black Bag: Catherine Webster & the Richmond Mystery.
Pseudologia Fantastica We can't close this True Crime Carnival without some references to the most infamous name in true crime today. Something is obviously wrong with John Mark Carr. Dr. Deborah Serani explains the pathology that was displayed on our TV sets for days on end in Factitious Disorder: John Mark Karr and the Ramsey Case.
Meanwhile, there's a lot more to the story of the professor who was in the middle of all the curious events in Colorado. A shocking guest post on the Crime Rant blog takes on Tranny and the Professor: Money and Lies in Boulder. Be sure to read the comments, too.
And on a related note, I have to mention a post by ShadoWraiths, who remarks on those who have "made an enterprise out of putting forth their particular hypothesis."
Though if any of us are going to continue to write about John You-Know-Who, we've got to reach a consensus on how his last name is spelled. His false confession might end up being the most infamous of our century -- or one would hope.