Category: True Crime

DATELINE ‘The Pink Gun Mystery’ Jeremy Spielbauer murder conviction overturned?

Tonight’s Dateline episode titled “The Pink Gun Mystery” is centered around a twisted love triangle turned deadly. In 2014 the body of 32-year-old Robin Spielbauer was found in a ditch. Her ex-husband’s wife Katie Phipps was initially accused of the murder, partially because her pink handgun was the murder weapon. Someone else besides Katie had access to this pink gun: Jeremy Spielbauer, Katie’s husband and Robin’s ex.

TRUE CRIME What pretending to be crazy looks like, Nikolas Cruz’s demon insanity defense

One of the best true crime content being produced is on the YouTube channel JCS – Criminal Psychology, and the latest video published is absolutely fascinating. “What pretending to be crazy looks like” is a study of how humans who have committed a crime behave when they are trying to appear “insane” to the police in the hopes of evading consequences for their actions.

   

DATELINE Secrets in the Smoky Mountains Robert McClancy’s poisoning staged as a suicide

At first, people thought Vietnam veteran Robert McClancy, who suffered from PTSD, had taken his own life. It took a while, but eventually, the truth was unraveled: he was murdered by his wife and his best friend, who went to great lengths to make Bob’s death look like a suicide so they could pocket his veteran’s benefits and live life without him.

   
   

R. Kelly apparently kept a secret seven-figure bank account

Just after the news that three of R. Kelly’s associates allegedly tried to intimidate witnesses in the disgraced singer’s child pornography trial comes yet more bad news. Federal prosecutors say they inadvertently discovered R. Kelly’s stash: a seven-figure bank account, not initially disclosed, that they say would allow Kelly to go on the lam should he be released to house arrest before his trial.

INSTAGRAM SCAM – Meet Kayla Massa, a 22-year-old Social Media Influencer who scammed her fans out of $1.5 million

Most “scams” social media influencers are associated with involve faulty or potentially dangerous weight loss products, MLM schemes, products that are of a poorer quality than advertised, etc. These are not harmless, but they are far less severe than outright swindling money directly from followers’ bank accounts using bad checks. This is the type of scam that 22-year-old Instagram and YouTube influencer Kayla Massa pulled on her followers. She managed to get 45 of her followers to trust her enough to gain access to their bank accounts with the promise of bringing them riches. The only people Kayla was interested in enriching were herself and her accomplices. She was able to glean $1.5 million from her scheme before getting arrested this February.

DATELINE ‘What Happened to the Children?’ Cult Mom Lori Vallow’s oldest son wants to know

Friday night’s episode of Dateline delves deeper into the story of Lori Vallow, who’s dubbed “cult mom” by the media because of her fringe religious beliefs, and the mystery of her missing children. Her oldest son, 23-year-old Colby Ryan, speaks out on the episode, distraught over not knowing where his siblings, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and seven-year-old Joshua Vallow, are. Lori failed to produce the two children for a court order in January, but the children have not been seen since September.