Moorer Pretrial & Morning Meltdowns

  Yesterday was the pretrial hearing on Sidney Moorer’s kidnapping case to allow or disallow expert witness testimony on the vehicle seen on CCTV footage.  Ultimately, expert witnesses were allowed for both sides. This case is unique, in that the Defendants are bound by a gag order yet continue to publicly discuss the case on their personal Facebook pages, as well as making disparaging comments about Heather Elvis on many Facebook pages that were created for the sole purpose of harassing the Elvis family.  In fact, just last week Mrs. Moorer was using the victim’s photograph as her Facebook profile picture.  I can see no valid reason for doing this – other than to harass the family.  It’s wrong.  It’s uncalled for and does not help to strengthen the. Moorer’s claims of innocence.  They are charged with kidnapping Heather Elvis, … Continue reading →

Moorer Murder Charges Dropped, Suspects Keep Yappin’

Over the years while writing about cases, I have seen a lot of bad behavior.  Mostly,  the egregious behavior is coming from the true crime groupies who “follow” the cases, but rarely have I witnessed the accused (both who happen to be under a gag order from the state) speak out prior to trial.  This case is of interest to me because of the individual who was sought out and paid by a particularly hateful group of true crime groupies who support the accused to “hack” their online enemies. Heather Elvis disappeared from Myrtle Beach, SC on December 18, 2013 and has not been heard from since nor have her remains been found.  During the investigation of her disappearance, it was discovered that she had been having a relationship with a married man, Sidney Moorer.  Ultimately, Sidney and his wife, … Continue reading →

Coach Craig Wood Charged with Murder

Yesterday an Amber Alert was issued for Hailey Owens, a 10-year old from Springfield, MO after she was taken around 5 p.m. by a man driving a gold Ford Ranger.  Witnesses report that the truck had circled the area several times before pulling over and dragging Hailey into the vehicle. The Amber Alert was canceled just before 7 a.m. Wednesday and Coach Craig Wood was arrested and charged with murder.  Springfield police say they received a tip that led them to Coach Wood at a residence in town.  It was initially believed he and the child were heading to Oklahoma. Pam Bodine, Sr. Communications Specialist, at Pleasant View Middle School confirmed for me this morning that Wood is a paraprofessional (“teacher’s aide”) and coach at the school and has been employed at the school since August 1998.  He is currently suspended … Continue reading →

MISSING: Newborn Kayden Powell

Wisconsin police and the FBI are trying to locate a 5 day-old baby boy who went missing from a home in the town of Beloit, Wisconsin early Thursday morning. Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp says the mother of Kayden Powell, Brianna Marshall,  contacted police immediately after she woke up around 4:30 Thursday morning when she discovered her son was gone. The home belongs to the great-grandmother of the infant where she lives with the baby’s father, Bruce.  A relative living in the home told police that the last time he saw Kayden was when his mother was trying to calm him down before putting him down for bed.  An aunt of Brianna Marshall’s from Colorado left in the night and was later pulled over in Iowa by law enforcement to determine if she knew where the baby was. … Continue reading →

Missing Children

Tonight on Twitter a conversation was going on about missing children and specifically about Elizabeth Johnson, mother of missing 8-month old Gabriel who disappeared nearly three years ago.  Some history on the case for those not familiar, but Elizabeth Johnson  initially told the baby’s father  that she killed Gabriel and dumped him in a trash bin.  She later recanted and told police that she gave Gabriel to a couple at a San Antonio, TX park.  She never provided the couple’s names and refused to do so during Friday’s hearing where she was sentenced and Gabriel’s body has never been found.  It is unlikely that Elizabeth Johnson will ever tell the truth about what happened to her son, and another child joins the ranks of missing in a case that may never be solved. The conversation turned to how specific groups … Continue reading →

A Silent Epidemic

Several years back, I became involved in trying to give an unidentified woman her name back.   She was found off of a service road in Brazoria County, Texas.   This area of Texas has become known as “the killing fields”.  There were many murdered women who were dumped in and around this area in Brazoria County.   September 10, 1990, when a local pulled off of the road to relieve himself, he found skeletal remains near an old tire.  With the remains was jewelry;  one being a 1975 class ring from Robert E. Lee High School.  According to the medical examiner, her remains had been there for a few years.   No one knew who she was.  To this day, she remains unidentified. What intrigued me about this particular case was the Class of 1975 Robert E. Lee High … Continue reading →

Craigslist Connection?

Deanna Ballman was found last week in her car, and an autopsy revealed her death to be by undetermined causes.  A Columbus doctor has been interviewed and items taken from his home, but the mystery surrounding Deanna’s death has yet to be solved.  I am still on the fence with regards to what happened, and do not want to be one who is pointing accusatory fingers at anyone until all of the facts are in. A Grove City, Ohio model Gabrielle Roush has come forward regarding a run in that she had with the doctor.  She states that she answered an ad on Craigslist for a modeling gig that was to pay $300.  When she got there with her father in law, he was asked to leave and said resident wanted to paint human organs on Gabrielle’s stomach area.  In all … Continue reading →

Missing Woman Found Dead After Answering Craigslist Ad

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said that they found a body matching the description of a missing pregnant woman this morning.  Deanna Ballman of Pataskala, Ohio was reported missing yesterday after she did not return home. Information is really sparse right now regarding specifics as to who she was to be meeting.  She was said to have “answered an ad on Craigslist” and did not return home.  Her car was found along the 12000 block of Bevelheimer Road near the Delaware and Licking county line before 1 p.m. today.   The sheriff’s office said that the missing woman was reported missing in Pataskala Tuesday afternoon and that she was last seen in New Albany. From what I have been able to gather using social media sites, Deanna was 23-years old with two young children and one on the way.  She had … Continue reading →

Missing Woman – Incestuous Relatives

There is no delicate way to write about this case.  It is all kinds of jacked up. Each time I think that I have heard it all and cannot be shocked anymore, a new story comes out that just blows my mind.  This one is so convoluted and the persons involved are seedy and mysterious.  Brittany Wood has been missing since May 30.   She is 19-years old and from the Mobile, Alabama area. What started out as a missing persons case has now become a family feud and allegations of incest and rape against specific family members.  Brittany went to meet her uncle Donald Holland, Sr.  Her last cell phone transmission was located less than a mile away from her uncle’s home.  She left her daughter behind which was very suspect and two days later, Brittany’s “Uncle Donnie” committed suicide.  … Continue reading →

Remembering the Victims' Families

If you want to start a heated debate, just discuss politics, religion or the death penalty.  Everyone has their views on whether the death penalty is actually a deterrent to crime, but in our haste to voice an opinion on the matter – how often do we reflect on the families of the victims of the homicide that brought the killer to Death Row?  This entry is not to defend or denounce the death penalty, but to take an introspective look at the families of victims who are left to deal with life after a monster has taken their loved one.  Last month, serial pedophile and killer, James Crummel, hanged himself in his San Quentin cell.  Crummel had a very long, violent history and destroyed many lives in his wake.   He had a past filled with violent child molestations spanning … Continue reading →