Many young women often feel like there is nowhere safe in the world, and today’s case is a good example of why they might feel that way. What should have been a quick, relaxing run suddenly became deadly for Sydney Sutherland. A life can be altered in an instant and too often it’s the actions of men toward women which are the deadly triggers.
If you’ve turned on the news at all this month, then we’re sure almost all of you have heard about this case. It’s been everywhere for the last few weeks. Beyond people’s interest in the mystery behind the case itself, the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito has brought up important conversations about unseen domestic abuse, which cases get prioritized in the media, and how regular people can make the biggest difference when solving cases. We’ll try to give you as much of the backstory about what is known in this case, but at this point, it’s still unfolding.
After reading, or listening, to enough true crime, you might find the cases become somewhat formulaic. A person goes missing, a search party is sent out, a body is found, an arrest is ma de. Our case this week, though, is anything but that. Instead of inching closer to a solution, each new update only seems to generate more controversy and mystery around the Murdaugh Family.
Everyone has a crazy party story. But I bet that anyone who attended Tyler Hadley’s house party in Port St. Lucie, Florida on the night of July 16, 2011 can give you a run for your money. When Tyler posted on Facebook that he was having a party, over a 100 people came to his parents’ house to drink, do drugs, and party. What they didn’t know was that only hours before, Tyler had brutally murdered his parents. With their bodies hidden in the master bedroom, kids unknowingly partied in the bloody crime scene.
In 1989, there were about 20,000 murders, but only 12,000 were solved. That’s only a 60% success rate, and that number hasn’t changed much in the last thirty years. You would think that with technology like DNA analysis and surveillance in more places, we’d be doing better. And of those unsolved crimes, few are solved years later. One of those 8000 unsolved cases in 1989 was the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. Unlike so many others, this cold case did get a resolution, but it wasn’t until 27 years later. As a warning, this case references sexual abuse of children.
On the day after her 52nd birthday, Emily Noble’s husband, Matheau Moore, called the police to report that his wife had gone missing. For months, Emily’s friends and family searched high and low for her in her hometown of Westerville, Ohio. But when her body was suddenly found, months after her disappearance, hanging in a tree just behind her home, all eyes quickly turned to her husband. As a warning, this episode contains description of a staged suicide and other frequent mentions of suicide.
The gruesome murder of Colleen Ritzer in 2013 shocked everyone. Colleen was a young, well-loved math teacher in a small Massachusetts town, and her killer was a quiet, but seemingly kind, freshman soccer player. With no record, no prior offences, what made this young boy suddenly snap? The death of any person at the hands of a killer is always terrifying, but today’s case, which grapples with understanding how a 14 year old could suddenly murder his math teacher, is truly frightening.
When Hannah Graham enrolled in the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, she was ready to change the world. She was an avid skier, a straight A student, and could find a way to make anyone laugh. But when she was brutally murdered in 2014, at the beginning of her sophomore year of school, her family was understandably beyond shocked and devastated. But as the investigation unfolded, Hannah’s murder would change the lives of two other families, and the town of Charlottesville forever. of two other families, and the town of Charlottesville forever.