Today we are going to give you a deep dive into not only Billy Mansfield Jr, a man convicted of murdering and assaulting at least five women in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but we’ll also look into the violent and criminal pasts of his father and brother. These crimes were committed almost 50 years ago, but a discovery on the Mansfield property in Weeki Wachee, Florida, has led to new questions about the scope of Billy’s murders and who was really involved.
In 2006, a popular, straight-A student was brutally murdered by two of her classmates in her aunt and uncle’s home in a small Idaho town. 16 year old Cassie Jo Stoddart was house sitting, when she invited her boyfriend and two friends over for a movie night. What should have been a fun Friday night, became a nightmare as the violent fantasy of her classmates came to life.
It seems as if there is no shortage of trends and viral videos coming out of TikTok nowadays. From cute dog videos to skateboarders drinking cranberry juice to dance crazes, TikTok has it all. While most of what goes viral from the Gen Z app is simple, joyful, or comedic, the viral video that started this case is anything but. What began as a few teens having fun recording a video this summer, ended with a horrible, shocking discovery on a Seattle beach.
40 year old Tamla Horsford from Cumming, Georgia tragically fell to her death, but friends and family suggest her death may be the result of something more sinister than an unfortunate accident.
When Alissa Turney disappeared from her Phoenix home in May of 2001, her siblings believed their father, when he said that she had runaway to California. Despite how out of character running away would have been for Alissa, there was little evidence to the contrary.
In early 2003, the media and tabloids were all about one couple, Scott and Laci Peterson. On Christmas Eve 2002, Laci, 7 and a half months pregnant with the couple’s first child, went missing. From the very beginning, police and the public were quick to suspect Laci’s husband, Scott. Convicted with little tangible evidence, Scott’s behaviors after Laci’s disappearance and his secrets, led many to suspect him of this terrible crime. As the investigation began to unfold the public was captivated by what could have gone wrong for this young, beautiful, and seemingly happy couple.
On May 19th, 1977, Colleen Stan, a 20 year old woman from Oregon, headed to the birthday party of a friend who lived in Northern California. Because she had no money and no car, Colleen decided that she would hitchhike the 400 or so miles from her home in Eugene, or to her friend’s. This was something that she’d done many times before and she felt confident that she would arrive safely at her friend’s house.
While our past few episodes have been focused on more recent cases, the one we are going to be sharing with you today takes us back nearly 70 years. But despite how long ago these events took place, the legacy of Ed Gein’s crimes lives on in popular culture today. While his name may not be as immediately recognizable to you, pieces of Ed’s story can be seen in famous movies, TV shows, music, you name it. The interest in Ed’s crimes comes from their unique and gruesome nature. Many have attempted to dissect Ed’s upbringing and psyche to better understand what led him down this dark and disturbing path.
To give you a little bit of background, Vanessa Guillen was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she lived with her mother, father, and five other siblings. She loved to run, play sports, particularly soccer, and was an avid weightlifter. Vanessa, like the rest of her family, was devoutly Catholic, and committed to her education, graduating in the top 15% of her high school class. According to Vanessa’s mom, she had talked about joining the military since she was 10 years old and when she graduated from high school Vanessa enlisted right away in the US Army. Like any mother, Gloria Guillen was worried for her daughter after she enlisted, but Vanessa was adamant and wanted to defend her country. Vanessa was particularly close with her older sister, Mayra who recently turned 22. Mayra flew out for Vanessa’s graduation from basic training, and supported her sister’s ambition to be in the army, even when their mother wasn’t quite so sure. Mayra remembers her sister telling their mother, who only speaks Spanish, about her choice to enlist: “Without a doubt, mami, it is the law of life.”
On December 15, 1950, Shirley Wilcox got married to a World War II veteran named Russell Dermond. The two were both New Jersey natives, who relocated to Georgia in the 1980s so that Russell could manage a chain of Hardee restaurants in the Atlanta metropolitan area. He was a hard worker and a successful businessman. Shirley was a homemaker and raised their four children: a daughter, Leslie and three sons, Mark, Keith, and Bradley. Over the many years they had together, Russell and Shirley also helped care for nine grandchildren. They were a picture perfect family.