The Crimes of Velma Barfield
Margie Velma Bullard was born on October 29, 1932, in rural South Carolina. She was the second child born to a farmer, Murphy, and his wife, Lillian. When she was a child, her family moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where all accounts suggest that Velma had a difficult life. She was allegedly abused by her father, and her mother apparently did not intervene when he inflicted his abuse.
Bettie Page's life was filled with cult myth, mystery and sadness. Her image captured the imagination of a generation with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality, during an era of strong sexual repression. She was the quintessential pin-up, tacked up on walls in military barracks and garages; five decades later, some feminists still hail her as a pioneer of women's liberation. It has been estimated that over 20,000 photographs of Bettie were taken, and new generations of fans still buy copies by the thousands. Born in Nashville, Tennessee to a part-Cherokee mother, she grew up in a family so poor "we were lucky to get an orange in our Christmas stockings." The family included three boys and three girls, and Page later said her father molested most of the girls. He eventually stole a police car for a cross-country trip, was caught and sent to prison, and for a time Bettie resided in an orphanage. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old.
Arthur John Shawcross
The amount of cannibals in American history is probably a lot higher than you’d expect. People with a desire to murder have a pretty big Venn diagram circle with people who have a craving for human flesh. People like Arthur Shawcross, the Rochester, NY based killer who killed 12 women and ate the genitals of several of them.
The Scorecard Killer
Serial killer Randy Kraft has 16 confirmed victims. But based on a list-which authorities dubbed his "scorecard," he may have as many as 61 victims or more.
Richardson Family Murders
In April 2006, in Medicine Hat, Canada, everyone in Jasmine Richardson’s family was killed except her. But her life wasn’t miraculously spared nor was she heartbroken. That’s because the deaths of the Richardson family were the result of a murder at the hands of 12-year-old Jasmine and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Jeremey Steinke.