The famous music producer was an abuser of many.

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Phil Spector via

On the 3rd of February 2003, Phil Spector emerged from his house in the early hours of the morning. Inside lay 40-year-old model and actress Lana Clarkson, her teeth scattered across the carpet of the Pyrenees Castle in Alhambra, California.

Clarkson had been killed by a gunshot to the mouth, which Spector and his high-paid defence lawyers would later claim occurred by suicide. The call to the police was made by Adriano de Souza, Spector’s chauffer that was standing in for his usual driver that night. Spector later said that Lana had “kissed the gun” and killed herself.


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Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

I’ve been with you since the day I was given to you by your adoring parents, who assumed I would write your essays and research papers when you went to college. Instead, I was thrown into a jar with the rest of your discarded highlighters and the feeble Bic pens you found at the library over the years.

I was supposed to be the pen you cherished, but instead I was overlooked time and time again. I could have been the pen attached by a piece of string to the dorm room note pad. I should have been the pen you wrote your belated Christmas cards to, but no. I was slowly pushed to the back of the sippy cup you were given at your first freshers party that now holds your other writing accessories. …

The nine-year-old was taken on her way home, but the investigation was more sinister than anyone dreamed.

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Shannon Matthews via

In May 2008, Madeleine McCann’s abduction filled the air on every news channel. The image of the three-year-old was plastered everywhere and no one could escape the mention of her name. Her kidnapping was the nightmare of every parent in the country, and for Karen Matthews, she was about to share the pain the McCanns were going through.

Shannon Matthews was born on the 9th of September 1998, in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Shannon had six brother and sisters but only four of them lived in the home she shared with her mother Karen and her partner Craig Meehan. …

Celebrities finally being called out for their travel during the lockdown

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Everyone’s dealt with the pandemic differently and it’s been an odd year for all of us. From family deaths to job loss, it’s not been easy for anyone, so when the media began to report on the countless influencers and celebrities breaking lockdown rules, it was almost laughable.

Around Christmas, it was obvious from the number of blue tick Instagram accounts that having “time off” over the festive period was a little suspect. Granted, it’s the time of year that everyone takes a step back, but a number of accounts that suddenly went silent was odd.

Over a number of days, it became apparent what was going on. Bikini-clad selfies started appearing on the ‘Gram, sans face masks. The majority went to Dubai but some went further afield, to the Maldives and other luxury places, staying in five-star resorts and drinking mojitos by the pool. …

The Sex and the City franchise is long due for a reality rewrite.

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Sex and the City via Everett Collection

It was very recently announced that Sex and the City would be returning to our screens. The newest reboot, And Just Like That was announced on Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon’s Instagram accounts with a teaser trailer, and I‘m all for it.

An avid fan of the original show (not so much of the movies), the news that my favourite ladies would be returning felt like my friends and I were meeting up after years apart from one another.

The blurb on IMDB says, “The series will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.”

I should have given up sooner.

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I think we can all agree it’s been a crappy year for all of us and we’ve sought different ways to deal with the long, drawn-out days, while our countries decide how they’re going to deal with the pandemic.

If there was a year to forego the New Year’s Resolution, it was going to be this one. According to UAB Medicine, only 8% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions actually stick to them. That isn’t a great statistic to know when you’re trying to better yourself, is it?

My way of coping with the pandemic was drinking, and I’ll admit that I drink too much, but last year was an exception to the rule. With my country’s future being held in the palm of a scruffy-haired buffoon, I decided to drown my sorrows most days, opting for alcohol after midday when the important company work was done. …

Nine-year-old Michaela Garecht was abducted in broad daylight.

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Michaela Garecht via

What would you do if your child was taken from outside a busy supermarket and no ransom was called in? You’d do everything you could to find their abductor.

After 32 years of wondering what happened to their daughter, Michaela’s parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as her abductor and killer has now been caught. He is 59-year-old serial killer, David Misch.

On the 19th of November 1988, nine-year-old Michaela was abducted in Hayward California. The kidnapping took place during the day in the busy car park of Rainbow Market, on Lafayette Avenue and Mission Boulevard.

It was early in the day, around 10 am, and Michaela and her friend, Katrina were riding their scooters around town, when they decided to visit the Rainbow grocery store to buy snacks. The store was two blocks away from Michaela’s home and it was busy due to Thanksgiving. The girls left their scooters outside the front door and went in to buy their treats. …

Police are close to identifying him, but they need the public’s help.

On the 26th of October 2003, two hunters were walking at the top of a cliff in Marion, Flathead County, Montana. They were close to a wooded area when they came upon a black nylon ‘Uncle Mike’s Sidekick’ bag, looking rather worse for wear. It wasn’t a regular hunting bag, which they would expect to see and they didn’t notice anyone in the area that the bag could belong to.

They took a closer look inside and found a fanny pack and a .22 calibre Smith & Wesson 433 pistol. …

Armed with disguises and a gun, Miriam Rodríguez was an unstoppable force.

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Miriam Rodríguez via

Picking through the dirt at an abandoned ranch outside of San Fernando, Tamaulipas in Mexico, Miriam Rodríguez found her daughter’s scarf. It was a devastating discovery that would later uncover part of Karen’s femur, among the dozens of bodies buried in the area.

However, Miriam would not be deterred from her mission; she would find the people who abducted and killed her daughter.

In 2014, San Fernando was still recovering from the 2011 massacre. A few years earlier, Los Zetas, a wing of the Gulf Cartel, had murdered almost 200 people. Found in mass graves around the area, the majority were kidnap victims from bus hijackings. …

Would you protect the people sent to harm you?

Most have heard of Stockholm Syndrome. It’s a phrase bandied around and has even been used as song titles, but what is it and where did it begin?

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On the 23rd of August 1973, Jan-Erik Olsson fired a submachine gun at the ceiling of Sveriges Kreditbanken and announced, “The party has just begun!”

A silent alarm was triggered by a bank employee and a policeman responded, but Jan shot him in the hand and the hostage situation quickly began to take shape.


Josie Klakström

Josie is the editor of The True Crime Edition. She’s a journalist and crime junkie.

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