Marc Hoover is a Hooper award winning columnist for the Clermont Sun newspaper in Ohio. Contact him at www.themarcabe.com or through Facebook: www.Facebook.com/themarcabe. Marc also has a podcast called Catch my Killer.
Dorothy Kilgallen: Suicide or homicide?
Like every other American in this country, I have seen video footage of President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. The president had been in Dallas campaigning for the next election. Unfortunately, Kennedy did not live long enough to complete his first term as president. Kennedy's death has been the subject of many movies and books over the years. The theory is that Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy. It is assumed that Kennedy was killed by Oswald, but there are many people who believe the killing was part of something much bigger.
Who abducted and killed 12-year-old Georgia Crews?
With a population of under 2,000, Montverde, Florida is a small town in Lake County, Florida. The Florida Back Roads Travel website (www.florida-backroads-travel.com/montverde-florida.html) describes Montverde as a quiet area with modest homes. Montverde Academy is the village's most renowned institution, a beautiful private school founded in 1912. Ben Simmons, a current NBA player, attended the academy from 2013 to 2015. Bike riding is also considered safe in this area.
The Blackout Ripper
During the late 1800s, an unknown serial killer known as Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of London seeking female victims. The killer was never identified and will forever be remembered in the annals of British history. After Jack's reign of terror, another killer would continue his work fifty years later. This killer would prey on unsuspecting women in London during WWII.
The disappearance of college student Tricia Reitler
For many young people across the nation, they are preparing themselves for the college experience. It should be a positive experience. It’s an opportunity for high school graduates to leave the nest, meet new friends, learn new experiences, and get a taste of independence. I was one of those young people who wanted the college experience.
The death of innocence
An abduction story from Paradise, Texas, blew up my social media accounts earlier this month. Paradise is a small-town northwest of Dallas. Seven-year-old Athena Strand was the victim. Her disappearance occurred while she was visiting her father and stepmother. Her body would be found within ten miles of her father's home. A FedEx driver named Tanner Lynn Horner, 31, had abducted and murdered her. According to him, he struck Athena and then panicked.
With friends like these
Many of us have an inner circle of family members, coworkers, and friends from school. My inner circle has shrunk as I have gotten older. I prefer to live my life by an old analogy. Instead of five nickels, I would prefer a quarter. In other words, I am more content with having one really good friend than five casual ones.
The disappearance of actor Joseph Pichler
Animal-themed movies have always been a favorite of mine, as they are for many other Americans. Among my favorite movies as a child were Lassie and Old Yeller, a Walt Disney classic. I remember loving the movie as a child, and in junior high our class was assigned the book.
The Kentucky Fried Chicken massacre
My first real job was at a Wendy's restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana. After nine months, I left. I can only say that it was a miserable experience. The term fast-food refers to restaurants like McDonald's and Wendy's. This is because they are in the business of getting food to you fast. Credit cards and debit cards are probably the most commonly used payment methods today. However, plastic was uncommon in the 1980s. Almost everyone paid in cash.
The brutal axe murders of the Hill family
In a homicide investigation, the first 48 hours are crucial when a homicide occurs. Otherwise, the killer has a better chance of eluding capture. For law enforcement, catching a killer can be challenging despite technology and genetic evidence.
The death of teenager Brianna Wells
How far would you go to get justice for a loved one? I hope you will never have to answer that question. A concerned mother named Gina shared a tragic story with me over a year ago. She has a daughter named Bridgette who was part of a trio of friends. Bridgette, Hannah and Brianna Wells were teenagers. They were inseparable. It was common for them to spend time at Hannah's house. The girls had sleepovers and big dreams.
The woman without a face
Wyandot County is located in the northwest part of Ohio and has a population of just over 21,000 people. Formerly inhabited by the Wyandot Indians, the area is named after them. It doesn’t have a lot of high-profile crimes or scandals. A county worker found a dead woman in September 1953, making the county newsworthy. Her killer savagely strangled, beaten, and stabbed the woman to death. The media called her “the faceless beauty.” Her killer likely destroyed her body to prevent identification. But she wore a pair of red slippers.