On February 24, 1986, John Ruetten came home from work to find his newlywed wife on their living room floor, dead from 3 bullet wounds to the chest. Investigators concluded it was a burglary gone wrong, but the case went unsolved for decades. 23 years later, DNA testing that hadn’t been available before was conducted and who the new evidence pointed to was shocking.

In Part 1, you’ll hear the details of the crime, how the investigation progressed over the years, and audio from a very interesting interrogation.

Full Interrogation Video

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17-year-old Alexis Murphy was a popular teenager from Shipman, Virginia with her whole life ahead of her. In August 2013, she was looking forward to her senior year of high school when she had an encounter with a man at a local gas station that would change everything.

Although Alexis is still missing, the Commonwealth of Virginia went after her accused abductor and charged him with murder. Can the Commonwealth prove their case without a body?

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Alexis Murphy, please contact the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 263-7050.

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Judge Shanes made his decision last Friday on Melissa‘s request for a new trial. I attended the hearing and will go over the ruling as well as what’s next for Melissa and her team.

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To read the Judge’s 50 page opinion, click HERE.

Just days after releasing my original episode about Erica Parsons, there was a major breakthrough in the case. In an expected yet tragic ending to the Erica Parsons case, Rowan County investigators announced on Friday that they found Erica’s body. 

The Rowan County Sheriff said in the press conference that Erica loved angels and so they are accepting donations from the public to erect an angel monument in her honor. Donations can be mailed to: 

Prevent Child Abuse Rowan County
130 Woodson Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Be sure to include “Erica’s Angel” on your donation.

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