I’m finally starting this blog after years and years of reading about, watching, and following along with criminal court cases. My obsession with our legal system really began with the OJ Simpson trial back in 1994. I remember walking into my house when I was 12 years old after a few tiring hours of playing in the backyard, and seeing my parents and sister crowded around the TV, watching a white bronco try to evade the police. Then when the trial of OJ Simpson finally got underway, I was hooked. Back then, CourtTV was up and running, and I would race home from school to catch whatever I could from the trial. I even remember exactly where I was when the “Not Guilty” verdict was read.

The next big trial I watched was the Scott Peterson trial. The disappearance of Laci Peterson captured my attention, the same as it did to most everyone around the world. Laci had such a beautiful infectious smile and it was so difficult to comprehend that in the end, her husband Scott was responsible for her death. At the time, I was living in San Diego for college, and Scott was arrested not too far from where I lived.

When I moved back home after college, I became obsessed with yet another case – the disappearance of a Richmond, Virginia, college student named Taylor Behl. A friend of mine on Myspace was a friend of Taylor’s and she had posted a Myspace bulletin with the info about her missing friend. From there, I scoured the internet every day for any clues I could find to the whereabouts of the missing teenager. Taylor’s body was eventually found, and a friend of hers was arrested and pleaded guilty to her murder.

I want to be very careful with this site, because I never want to come across as though I enjoy hearing about these kinds of cases. I’m fascinated by the human mind and the choices that people make, along with the consequences of our criminal justice system. But above all, I think it’s important for everyone to know about these cases, and to know that anything detailed on this site could happen to any one of us. More awareness of these types of things might eventually lead to safer streets.

I plan on enabling live trial feeds, forums, and a lot of other cool things, so be sure to check back often for updates.

Thanks for visiting!

– Jillian

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