Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Episodes

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Sex Crimes/Rape

Episode 181: Bad Teacher: Mary Kay Letourneau

In this month's series "Bad Teacher" I'll share cases of educators who committed newsworthy crimes.  First up, a 34-year-old teacher scandalizes the nation when she is convicted of child rape with one of her 6th grade students.  Sources:...

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Historical Crimes Multi-part Episodes Serial Killers

Episode 178: Familiar Strangers: Walter Collins, Part 2

On this second part of a two-part episode we continue the story of 9-year-old Walter Collins who went missing from Los Angeles in 1928.  In part two, we discover that a serial killer, Gordon Stewart Northcott, has been preying on boys and young...

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Killer Spouses

Episode 172: Till Death Do Us Part: Kelly Ecker and Scott Samson

A bride sees many red flags in her relationship before walking down the aisle, but her fear of angering her fiancee would compel her to go through with the ceremony.  Within hours, that decision would become fatal.   #domestic violence...

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Killer Kids

Episode 166: StepMonsters - Joshua and Jerome Ellis

An abusive stepfather gets his comeuppance when his stepsons turn on him resulting in a grisly murder.  Resources: "Joshua and Jerome Ellis guilty of stepfather killing", BBC News, Feb 26, 2014.  "Kids Who Kill: Responsible Child inspired by...

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence

Episode 165: StepMonsters: Tracey Wright

A child, unwanted from birth and neglected by her birth parents, is hopeful that her new stepmother will love her like a daughter. It is not to be and her story will become a cautionary tale in the U.K. of how the child protective system spectacularly...

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence Missing Persons

Episode 164: StepMonsters: The Disappearance of Charlie Bothuell

In our new series, “StepMonsters,” I’ll share stories of bad stepparents whose actions became true crime news.  In this first episode I'll share the story of a young boy who went missing and was found in a very unlikely place.  Was he...