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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In April 2006, the small city of Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada, was shocked by an unthinkable murder no one ever saw coming – A 12-year-old girl convinces her 23-year-old boyfriend to murder her entire family. I speak with the first investigator on the scene and talk to him about the crime itself as well as the latest developments – which might shock you too.

Warning: this episode contains some disturbing details, but they’re important to understanding the severity and complexity of the case.

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Could a jailhouse conversation be the key to finding out what happened to Erica Parsons? Erica Parsons had been missing from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina for two years before she was finally reported missing to police by her adoptive brother. Erica’s adoptive mother told police she went to live with her biological grandma – someone police say does not exist. I talk to Brooklyn Parsons, Erica’s adoptive sister,  who has recently visited her father, Sandy Parsons, in prison. What he tells her could finally provide answers on what really happened to Erica.

You can listen to my full interview with Brooklyn HERE.

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I attended day 3 of Melissa Calusinski’s evidentiary hearing. Her attorney, Kathleen Zellner, had filed a Post Conviction Relief Petition, based on possible new evidence. day 3 of the hearing included testimony from an imaging expert who makes some shocking clams about the x-ray images. 

 

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19-year-old Pravin Varughese was a college student at Southern Illinois University when he was mysteriously found dead in the woods after leaving a party. Investigators believe he died from hypothermia but a second autopsy reveals he may have died from blunt force trauma. A 22-year-old man came forward to say he got into a fight with Pravin the night he died. Will Pravin’s family finally get the answers they’re looking for?

A special thank you goes out to Pravin’s mom, Lovely Varughese, and Monica Zukas for helping me with Pravin’s story. 

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This is the story of Gabriel Johnson, an 8-month-old boy who has been missing from Tempe, Arizona since 2009. After a custody battle with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel’s mother Elizabeth took him and fled to San Antonio, Texas. She first claims she killed the little boy but then changes her story and says she gave him away to a random couple at a park. To this day, no one knows where Gabriel is or if he’s even alive.

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