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Author Archive: True Crimes Podcasts

A visit to Perugia, Pt. 2

The Murder of Meredith Kercher, unresolved

Stranieri Universita per Stranieri di Perugia and the road leading up to the apartments of Sollecito also Guede

Perugia was the final stop on a trip I took to several sites in central Italy. The last time I was in the country was several years prior, long enough ago that I haven’t had to understand spoken Italian and had some difficulty understanding what people were saying. When I first landed in Rome I had difficulty making out almost anything, but over the week and a half before I got to Perugia it started coming back to me and I was able to get around, order, understand the train announcements, and get the sense of what people were saying.

When I was in Rome I looked for books on the case, thinking that it wouldn’t be difficult to do and there may be some local books I wasn’t aware of. I stopped…

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Meredith Kercher case on Instagram #amandaknox

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Meredith Kercher’s murder.  To honor her a new Instagram hashtag #MK10art has been created.  It contains new artwork, updated daily.

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Book Review: Despicable #amandaknox

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Book review: Despicable

If you are interested in the murder of Meredith Kercher case aka Amanda Knox case  then Nick van der Leek’s books are a must read.   He covers the case chronologically in his series of ebooks about this case. DESPICABLE encompasses the first trial where Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were definitively found guilty.

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Yingying Zhang abductor now charged with her death

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It is being reported on October 3, 2017 that the main suspect in the disappearance of Chinese exchange student, Yingying Zhang, has received new charges.  The federal grand jury indicted Brendt Christensen on kidnapping in an “especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner” resulting in her death.  He was already charged with kidnapping but now they have added death.

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Book review: ‘Portrait of a Monster’

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Book review: Portrait of a Monster

In a world where the most heinous terrorists are referred to as ‘cowards’ the like-minded psychopaths who torture and kill without remorse are often called monsters.   Individuals who lack conscience do not seem human to the majority of the population with a conscience.

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Book Review: The Sociopath Next Door

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Book Review: The Sociopath Next Door

This book was written in 2005 by clinical psychologist Martha Stout. It is and will continue to be relevant for many years to come.  Dr. Stout shares her insight into sociopaths gleaned from decades of treating their victims.

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Slender man stabber avoids prison

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A jury in the Slender Man stabbing case found Anissa Weier not able to appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions due to mental disease or defect. Weier will be committed to a mental hospital for three to 25 years.

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Day 3 of slender man stabbing trial

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In the third day of Anissa Weier’s trial to ascertain her mental status, three people took the stand. First was teacher Jeffrey Taege, then two psychiatrists who evaluated Anissa.

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Day 2 of slender man stabbing trial

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On the second day of the Anissa Weier trial in the Slenderman stabbing case, a detective, a teacher,  and a forensic psychologist took the stand.  First detective Shelly Fisher described her interview with the victim, Peyton and evidence that she retrieved from the perpetrators school lockers.  Then Dr. Melisaa Westendorf testified about her expert opinion of Anissa’s mental state.

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Slender man stabbing trial starts

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On September 12, 2017 the trial for Anna Weier began in Wisconsin.  Weier and her friend Morgan Geyser are being tried as adults for stabbing their friend Peyton Leutner in 2014.  The girls were all 12 years old at the time of the attack.  Leutner was struck 19 times but survived.

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