Tag Archive: Murder

Gypsy Rose Blancharde

HBO has done a documentary on Gypsy Blancharde’s case. I haven’t had an opportunity to see it, but have tried to keep up to date on the case as far as Nicholas Godejohn’s part in the murder.  This case is has multiple victims.  Dee Dee Blancharde was stabbed to death by Gypsy and her boyfriend, Nick because her mother was making her pretend to be sick while reaping the benefits from various charity organizations such…
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Rhoden Family Murders

I have been following the Pike County, Ohio case because it is local and the “hillbilly” family dynamics is interesting.  I use the term hillbilly not as an insult but to describe the way of life.  I, myself, am a “hillbilly”.  I grew up in southern West Virginia and can relate to the small town atmosphere and cultural mores.  My life in rural Appalachia was rough.  I know poverty firsthand and what it means to…
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The Twisted Life of Gypsy Rose Blancharde

A few weeks ago, a friend posted on my Facebook about a missing persons/murder case in her hometown of Springfield, MO.  The mother of a disabled girl was found stabbed to death in her bedroom, and the disabled daughter was gone – nowhere to be found, and her wheelchair was left behind.  A strange message was posted on the Facebook account that they shared.  That in itself caused me to give the ol side eye. …
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Doctor Indicted in Murder of Deanna Ballman

Ali Salim, 44, a New Albany, Ohio ER physician who previously worked at Knox County Hospital was indicted in the murder of Deanna Ballman and her unborn child by a Delaware County grand jury.  He was arrested at his home yesterday without incident.  I wrote about Deanna’s case last August when she went missing. Deanna disappeared on July 31.  She told her mother that she was going to clean a house in New Albany.  She…
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Cold Case: Bill Comeans

Cold cases tear at my heart strings but when they involve the unsolved murders of children, they are even more upsetting.   Bill Comeans was 5 days from turning 15-years old when he was murdered in Columbus, Ohio.   He was a student at Westland High School in Galloway, Ohio.  I attended this high school and Bill grew up in my neighborhood.  Everyone who knew him had nothing but glowing comments about him.  He was…
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A Lesson in Forgiveness

About 20+ years ago, I lived in eastern Ohio and had a friend who was a student at the local Catholic university. That summer, two men broke into his home that he shared with two fellow students.  They violently assaulted his two roommates. Fortunately, he was able to slip out of a bedroom window and run to a neighbor’s home to call 911. During the short time that it took police to arrive, the perpetrators…
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Murder Plot Foiled

Grace Dillman and her boyfriend, Robert Best, who she met on the internet in 2009 were arrested and charged with attempted murder for a plot to kill her father. The pair had been planning the murder for a month.  Last week Grace called Best in Indiana where he lived and told him to come to Ohio.  He drove for hours and arrived at the Gahanna home in the early morning hours where they stood over…
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Remembering Jessica Sacco

Matthew Puccio seems to have taken center-stage in this case, and because of his eagerness to tell the media what a bad ass he is, and how he had such a bad life – the victim in this tragedy is taking a backseat.  Jessica Rae Sacco did NOT ask to be murdered as Puccio contends.  She was viciously attacked in her home, and with the help of four other monsters her body was desecrated and…
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The Last Word

When Josh Powell brutally attacked and burned his children to death last week, I was too angry to even write about it.  I was angry that Child Protective Services would take the kids to HIS home for supervised visits.  I have never heard of such a thing.  It is always done at a neutral area or at the Department of Social Services so that the kids are in a controlled environment.  I assume that there…
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Psuedoexperts

This will be short and sweet, but I wanted to post this.  The FBI has defined individuals used by the media as: Individuals utilized by the media to comment on serial murder cases include both experts and pseudoexperts. Experts are identified as academicians, researchers, retired law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, and retired law enforcement profilers who have developed specific knowledge and experience in serial murder investigations. Pseudoexperts are self-proclaimed profilers and others who profess…
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