If you were paying attention to the news in the early 1990s, there is no doubt that you would have caught some of the coverage on the Menendez Brothers: two wealthy, upper class boys living in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles who brutally murdered their parents before going on a spending spree with their father’s money.
This week, we’ll investigate the case of a 28 year old woman from Michigan who disappeared after work in December 2016. Authorities quickly pieced together what appears to be a solid case against one of the victim’s acquaintances from work, and all signs pointed to murder. But, in the four years since Danielle Stislicki was last seen, her body has never been found and the prime suspect isn’t giving anything up. However, her family and the many local police departments involved have remained committed to seeking justice and finding answers. It seems now in 2021, they might get just that.
Our case this week investigates the disappearance of Rebecca Coriam–the first person to go missing from a Disney Cruise Line on March 22nd, 2011. Since she vanished many have tried to piece together what little evidence there was from the scene and the investigation, but with Disney officials refusing to comment, a minimal and insufficient police investigation, and only one short clip of CCTV footage, there is not much to go on. Was Rebecca a just the unfortunate victim of a stray wave or is there more to this tragic story?
Only a month ago, Brittany Gosney, a 29 year old mother of four, and her 42 year old boyfriend, James Hamilton, walked into the police station in Middletown, Ohio to report that her six year old son had gone missing. They said that when they had gone to sleep the night before, he was safely in his bed, sound asleep in Batman pajamas. But when they woke up the next morning, James had vanished.
When free-spirited Joshua Maddox failed to return home after leaving for a walk in May of 2008, authorities and family members believed the 18 year old had simply left to start a new life after the sudden loss of his brother two years earlier. For seven long years, there were no signs of Josh and no new leads pointing to his location. That is, until a stunning discovery in the chimney of an old house less than a mile from Josh’s childhood home shattered the families hopes at a happy outcome.
Sarah Gonzales-McLinn was only 19 years old when she drugged, tied up, and nearly decapitated a man she once thought of as a father, 52 year old Harold Sasko. While Sarah herself has admitted to her crime and the details of the murder itself are clear, her motivation and the trauma that led up to the murder were hardly mentioned in her trial.
In this episode, we’ll uncover the abuse and violence committed by a couple living in a small Washington town, who on the outside, seemed to be a kind, quiet, wholly average pair, but inside their home, their actions caused the deaths of at least three people starting in the 1990s.
In 2019, Kevin was working as a hairdresser while finishing up a degree in Applied Psychology. On Christmas Eve of that year, he ventured out to meet a man he had been chatting with on the dating Grindr. When he didn’t make it to a Christmas breakfast the next morning, his family and friends knew that something terrible had happened. But as the investigation unfolded, what they found was worse than they could have imagined. Since meeting new people in the 21st century often involves dating apps or online platforms, getting together in person for the first time can be nerve racking. As Kevin’s story proves, it’s important to make sure you really know who you’re meeting. It could be the difference between life and death.
Our case this week details the grisly murder of young, up-and-coming tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh At the time of his death this past July, he was only 33 years old, but his companies had amassed millions of dollars already. Given the gruesome nature of his murder, police originally hypothesized that it was the work of a professional hitman or assassin, but it turns out, the murderer was someone much closer to Fahim.
In more typical years than what we all experienced in 2020, the holiday seasons mean families are gathering, gifts are exchanged, and for some, it’s the most joyous time of the year. On Christmas Eve of 2008, Joseph “Papa Joe” Ortega and his wife Alicia, were hosting a festive holiday party for their children and grandchildren at their home in Covina, California. When they opened the front door that night, while the party was well underway, to a man wearing a Santa Claus costume and holding a large gift-wrapped package, they had no idea the devastation that would ensue when that man opened fire on the unsuspecting family.