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Author Archive: True Crimes Podcasts

Judge castigates controversial psychiatrist Dr. Breggin in Michelle Carter case

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It is being reported on August 21, 2017 that Michelle Carter was in court on two separate issues.  One was to clarify the probation requirements of Ms. Carter who was found guilty of manslaughter earlier this month.  The other was to admonish the defense’s expert witness, Dr. Peter Breggin, who testified on Carter’s behalf.

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Slender Man stabber pleads guilty

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It is being reported on August 21, 2017 that one of the two girls who stabbed a friend 19 times plead guilty to murder.  In 2014 two 12-year-old friends made a pact to slay a third girl as a sacrifice to fictional internet character Slender Man.  The attack took place in a park near Milwaukee Wisconson. The victim, Payton Leutner, survived.

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Judge tells Michelle Carter that she cannot be ‘an Amanda Knox’ as she gets 15 month sentence

 

It is being reported on August 3, 2017 that Michelle Carter was sentenced to fifteen months in prison and the same amount of a suspended sentence.  Judge Moniz handed Carter a total of two and a half years in court with half of the sentence suspended.  Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter last month in the death of her friend Conrad Roy III.

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Yingying Zhang abductor pleads ‘Not guilty’ back in court August 28

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It is being reported on July 20, 2017 that the man charged with kidnapping Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang was arraigned in federal court today.  Brendt Christensen spoke briefly, entering a plea of “not guilty.”

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OJ Simpson gets paroled: “The killer walks free and does whatever he wants”

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“The killer walks free and does whatever he wants.”  These were the words spoken by Ronald Goldman’s father on TV just hours before O.J. Simpson went before a parole board.  Mr. Goldman spoke about the problems with the justice system- giving violent offenders a second chance.  Victims and their families don’t get a second chance.

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Is Yingying Zhang still alive?

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UPDATE 11-July-17:  It is being reported that authorities have concluded that Yingying Zhang was not in Salem, IL.

“Salem Police Detective Bryan Green . . . traveled to Champaign Tuesday to meet with the parents of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang to show them video surveillance of the woman who apparently had been mistaken for her daughter. Green says they were able to see the woman in the video was not their daughter.”

The FBI has already stated that they believe missing student Yingying Zhang is no longer alive.  Authorities do not make this statement lightly.

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Yingying Zhang abductor’s dark world explained

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In the criminal complaint filed against Brendt Christensen, it revealed that the man who allegedly kidnapped Yingying Zhang visited fetish websites.   He perused forums that discussed abduction and “planning a kidnapping.”

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Alleged Yingying Zhang abductor was looking for next victim at vigil

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It is being reported on July 5, 2017 that that man accused of abducting University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang appeared in court today regarding bail.  During the hearing, more evidence that the FBI obtained was released to the public. Judge Eric Long denied Brendt Christensen bail after finding him a flight risk and a danger to the community.

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Public’s help needed to identify woman’s body in IL

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UPDATE 5-July-17: Woman has been identified as  47-year-old Teresa A. Poehlman by family members.

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July 14th trial date set for man who abducted Yingying Zhang

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UPDATE 12-July -2017:  It is being reported that a grand jury indicted Brendt Christensen on kidnapping charges.  The July 14th preliminary trial has been canceled.  Next trial date is July 20, 2017.

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It is being reported on July 3, 2017 that Brendt Christensen will stand trial beginning on July 14, 2017.  “Christensen is scheduled to attend a bond hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long on Wednesday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 14.”  Christensen is accused of kidnapping Chinese visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.  Both attended the University of Illinois.

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