Monthly Archives: August 2010

Chicago’s Missing Mother: the Case of Lisa Stebic

She is the mother of two, a son and a daughter, but she is probably most famous for the fact that she went missing in April of 2007. Her name is Lisa Stebic and the day she vanished was April … Continue reading

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The Case that Never Ends: How an Unsolved Murder in St. Louis Manages to Haunt So Many Years Later

I stumbled upon this case by simply picking up something to read in a laundromat. It was a weekly St. Louis newspaper and inside was a story of a murder so ghastly and horrible, it was burned into my brain. I wrote a fictionalized version of this story in my book The Vanished Child. However, all of these years later, the memory of this case still lingers. It tends to do that to anyone who touches it. Continue reading

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A strange death, but was it a crime?

A man who was an author and, supposedly, a CIA assassin has turned up dead with a gunshot wound to his leg that caused him to bleed to death in Savannah, Georgia. The story behind his life is strange, controversial … Continue reading

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A Chicago Unsolved Murder: Judith Mae Anderson

Chicago has its share of unsolved murders. In fact, there are many unsolved crimes in general throughout the history of Chicago. In recent years, however, advances in criminal science and forensics have helped solve some of the most notorious unsolved … Continue reading

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Chicago Man John Spira Still Missing and Family Presumes He was Murdered

It is possible, if you live in the western suburbs of Chicago, that you have seen the billboard.  On that billboard is the photo of a man named John Spira, who has now been missing, seemingly vanished without a trace, … Continue reading

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The Murder of the Grimes Sisters – Part Two

There would be strange reports from witnesses that would plague police for years afterwards.  For example a security guard would claim to have seen the girls when they stopped and asked him for directions on December 29.  He claimed that … Continue reading

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The Murder of the Grimes Sisters: Chicago’s Notorious Unsolved Murders (Part One)

The mid-50s were a time when the city of Chicago lost whatever innocence it might still have had by that time.  Although the city was notorious for its violence going back to its very early days as a fort.  It … Continue reading

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