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(L to R) Elaine Dardeen, Peter Dardeen, and Keith Dardeen — Source: Wikipedia

When something dark and sinister occurs in a small town, the news media always says the same thing: “Things like this don’t happen here.” But isn’t a small town the perfect place for darkness to hide?

In the 1980s, the village of Ina, Ilinois, was a sleepy small town where the crime rate was increasing. Murders were not unheard of, but the massacre of an entire family was not something that people expected or feared.

That is why, for the last 33 years, residents of Ina have been haunted by the unsolved murders of three family members, including a toddler…


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The missing person poster for Amy Wroe Bechtel — Source: Casper Star Tribune

When Amy Joy Wroe Bechtel disappeared in July 1997, her life held much promise. [1] Newly married and in peak physical health, the 24-year-old was making memories with her husband and planning for the future.

But this up-and-coming young woman’s future was called into question when she failed to return to her Lander, Wyoming, home later that same night.

Where did Amy go, and who or what decided to rip her from the arms of her loved ones before her time?

Life Was Good


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Lindsay Buziak — Source: Victoria News

As I’ve said countless times on this blog, safety is an illusion.

Even those of us who get strong gut feelings about certain people and situations struggle to follow those feelings and make decisions based on them. Gut feelings are usually right, but we worry that in following them, we are being judgemental or plain old silly.

Even when we’re surrounded by red flags, we don’t always want to believe the worst.

On February 2, 2008, 24-year-old Lindsay Buziak, a ReMax Camosun Realtor from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was murdered on the job. When she was asked to show the…


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Cosmo DiNardo — Source: Philly Voice

In 2017, the news in my part of Pennsylvania was buzzing with the disappearances of four young men from Bucks County. One by one, these young men — kids, really — vanished from the face of the earth, and their families and the police struggled to connect the disappearances.

It would eventually emerge that the men were connected by one person with a long history of mental illness, police run-ins, and unsettling behavior, who, over the course of about ten days, carried out a reign of terror that would haunt Bucks County forever.

The First Sign of Trouble

Bucks County is not a small area…


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Source: EOnline.com

Viewers of KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa, may or may not have noticed the absence of anchor Jodi Huisentruit on the morning of June 27, 1995, but her co-workers certainly did. [1]

Jodi wasn’t the type to just skip out on work. So when Jodi still wasn’t on set when the cameras started rolling on the 6 o’clock morning news broadcast, KIMT-TV employees knew something was very wrong.

But they didn’t expect to still be wondering where Jodi is more than 25 years later.

Something is Amiss


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DJ Fickey — Source: News Channel 9

Law enforcement is tasked with protecting the public and bringing the bad guys to justice. It’s frustrating, then, when they fail to do so. It’s even more frustrating when law enforcement refuses to acknowledge its mistakes and won’t try to right its wrongs for reasons of pride.

Some homicide cases are complicated and it’s difficult to decipher all of the facts. The case of 27-year-old Donald Edward “D.J.” Fickey is not one of them. Law enforcement doesn’t want to acknowledge that the young father was murdered on October 3, 2016. …


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Amber Tuccaro — Source: Northern Plains Freelancer

I think we can all agree that video and audio recordings significantly increase the creepiness factor of a case. The disappearance of Canadian woman Amber Tuccaro is extremely disconcerting, thanks to a short snippet of audio in which Amber can be heard asking the man who was driving her where they were headed.

Amber knew the man wasn’t taking her where she wanted to go. You could hear the desperation and growing fear in her voice.

Ten years later, this case hasn’t been solved, in large part because the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) didn’t investigate when they should have.


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Channon Christian (L) and Christopher Newsom — Source: Knox News

First, a few thoughts…

I’ve written about many horrific crimes, but the Channon Christian-Christopher Newsom murders left a scar on my heart. It is truly one of the most horrifying tales I’ve ever heard. It took me several days to wrap my head around it before I could start writing about it.

If you struggle with depression, PTSD, or you’re just a soft-hearted person, you might want to think twice before reading this. You’ve been warned.

It the Blink of an Eye


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Justo Smoker (L) and Linda Stoltzfoos — Source: Oxygen

If you do a search of Linda Stoltzfoos’ name on YouTube, you will find numerous videos about the case. One, in particular, caught my attention because it reminded me of an episode of “See No Evil” that I recently watched on Investigation Discovery (ID).

There is no way to confirm the validity of the claims made in the video, but according to the YouTube channel Plunder, Justo Smoker, the suspect who was filmed on surveillance video abducting 18-year-old Amish girl Linda Stoltzfoos, is talking behind bars at the Lancaster County Prison.

Plunder claims to have a source inside the prison…


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Missing 18-year-old Amish girl Linda Stoltzfoos — Source: CBS 21 News

I’m sad and angry to have to write this update.

In late June, I told you about an 18-year-old Amish girl named Linda Stoltzfoos who had gone missing from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Many assumed that she ran away to start a new life, but that seemed unlikely, as she showed no signs of wanting to leave the church, nor did she reach out to anyone to let them know she was OK.

It just broke less than an hour ago that a man has been arrested for abducting Linda. The name of this piece of garbage is Justo Smoker, 34…

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My name is Julie Fidler. I’m a writer, author, wife, and animal lover. I shed light on unsolved mysteries and shocking crimes.

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