A fascinating hand-picked collection of 10 unbelievable true crime stories that are guaranteed to blow your mind!
1. When Spousal Abuse Leads To Murder
On February 29, 2000, 45-year-old Australian woman Katherine Knight decided to do the unthinkable. After a series of physical assaults against her husband John Price, Knight’s reign of terror culminated with her stabbing Price in the chest.
While it may sound like a textbook example of mariticide, the circumstances surrounding the murder were way more disturbing.
On the day of the murder, afraid that Knight might hurt his kids, Price took out a restraining order in an attempt to keep his wife away from the house. That afternoon, Price told his co-workers that if he did not come to work the next day, it would be because his wife had murdered him.
Little did he know, Price had just predicted his unfortunate fate.
Later that night, Katherine Knight entered Price’s house and woke him up for sex, after which he fell asleep. Katherine then took one of her recently sharpened knives and stabbed Price over 37 times.
But Knight didn’t stop there; otherwise, she wouldn’t be one of the most notorious killers in Australian history.
After Price had died, Knight used her skills from the slaughterhouse to completely skin her husband. She then decapitated the body and dumped the head into a pot with vegetables in it.
Knight cooked up a few parts of his body and placed it on two plates, alongside a serving of baked potato, vegetables, and gravy. She put two name cards with the names of John’s children. Then, she positioned the rest of his body on the victim’s favorite chair and crossed his legs.
When police entered the crime scene, officers got the shock of a lifetime. The victim’s skin was hanging from a butcher’s hook in the lounge room, his head was on the stove, and slices of his buttocks had been still lying on the table as a meal intended for his children.
Knight initially pleaded not guilty, claiming that she remembered nothing from that night. However, later she changed her plea to guilty but has not admitted to the crime.
Because of Knight’s grotesque actions and lack of remorse, the judge sentenced Knight to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, making her the first and only woman in Australian history to receive that sentence.
2. A Drug-Induced Delusion Leads To a Torture Session
On December 28, 2013, at 3 AM, 35-year-old Bonita Lynn Vela instructed her daughter to invite her boyfriend to the family’s trailer in Franklin, Indiana. “Why?” you might ask.
Vela suspected her daughter’s 18-year-old boyfriend had molested her 2-year-old son.
The man arrived around 3 AM, and Vela, with the help of two unnamed individuals, held him against his will for three and a half hours.
When the 18-year-old started adamantly denying the molestation accusations, Vela became increasingly agitated and was “out of control” and “extremely mad.” During the torture session, Vela threatened to tie him to a tree, shoot him in the head and leave his body to be eaten by animals before giving him an ultimatum of choosing “his life or his penis.” The teenager chose his life, and Vela allegedly “cut him deep” with a box cutter, then let him go.
The police report stated that the victim believed Vela had “wanted to scar him so that he would have to look at it every time that he had sex in the future.” However, the 18-year-old said he thought the trio would “go to great lengths to hurt or kill him,” and that one of them had filmed the incident.
The woman admitted to being under the influence of marijuana at the time of the incident and eventually made a deal with the prosecutors to avoid jail time. Nearly a year later, in November 2014, Vela was sentenced to ten months of home detention and six months probation and anger management counseling.
Although there are no further reports regarding the validity of the molestation accusations, it is widely believed that it was merely a drug-induced delusion.
3. A Well-Known Meme Figure Is a Registered Sex Offender
While you may recognize this man from a popular meme, he was, in fact, involved in a criminal act.
On June 18, 2017, 33-year-old Wilson Kenney was arrested for exposing himself to a teen lifeguard at a public pool in Wantagh, New York.
According to a police report, Kenney sat on a bench near a 17-year-old lifeguard by the kids’ pool and began “acting in a very sexual manner, rubbing his legs and groin area.” The lifeguard said Kenney then unzipped his shorts and exposed himself.
People who frequent the Forest City Park pool said the 33-year-old was a regular. Some said he “stuck out” because he wore a full face of makeup, had his nails done, and didn’t have any children with him.
Kenney was arrested without incident and charged with public indecency. He signed an order of protection to stay away from the lifeguard and was later released to probation so he could undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
4. A New Orleans Local Threatens To Blow Up a Restaurant Toilet
On November 13, 2018, 30-year-old Arthur Posey entered the famous New Orleans restaurant Willie’s Chicken Shack and asked the manager what time the restaurant closed.
The manager told Posey that she did not know when the restaurant closed to which the man replied, “Y’all about to close right now because I’m going to get a bomb and blow this place up.” According to a police report, the manager “took the threat very seriously” and notified her general manager, who instructed her to call the police.
However, when Posey was in police custody, he claimed that the whole situation was just a big misunderstanding.
Posey explained that he never meant that he was going to detonate an actual bomb in the restaurant, but instead told police that he was going to “blow the bathroom up” with a bowel movement.
The police did not find the threat funny and charged Posey with two counts of communicating false information of planned arson.
Although the outcome of the incident is unknown, one thing is clear – some things are better kept to yourself.
5. Family Killer Resurfaces As an Award-Winning Professor of Psychology
On August 4, 1967, 15-year-old James Gordon Wolcott grabbed a .22 long-barrel rifle and killed his father, mother, and 17-year-old sister in cold blood.
Wolcott appeared distraught and hysterical when police arrived, but when he was interview by a ranger, the teen immediately confessed to the murders.
Wolcott was arrested and booked into the Williamson County Jail. His murder trial got underway in October the same year.
Wolcott’s defense was that he had known for a while that he had a mental illness, which was made worse by his addiction to airplane glue. Doctors later diagnosed his condition as paranoid schizophrenia.
Why did he do it?
During his psychological evaluation, Wolcott said that he hated his family.
At the end of the six-month trial, the jury acquitted Wolcott by reason of insanity. He was admitted into Rusk State Hospital on February 2, 1968, where he spent six years.
Two years after his release from the hospital, Wolcott legally changed his name and vanished.
Nearly 40 years later, Wolcott resurfaced as an award-winning professor of psychology!
In 1976, after changing his name to James St. James, the teen went on to earn a Ph.D. in psychology and joined the Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.
Described as an “older hippie” by his colleagues, St. James has now been teaching at Millikin for over 30 years, and won the college’s Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award in 1997. Soon after, Dr. St. James was offered the position of chairman at the department of behavioral sciences.
After learning about the professor’s dark past, local officials, including the mayor of Decatur, were calling for his removal. Still, the university stood by St. James’ side and refused to let him go.
To this day, Dr. James St. James remains the chair of Millikin’s Behavioral Science Department, and his experimental psychology classes continue to receive excellent reviews on social media.
These five mind-blowing stories originally appeared in this year’s biggest true-crime hit 365 Days of Crime.
From the death row inmate who sued the state for botching his execution, to a bank robber who gave the cashier his full name and address, 365 Days of Crime is the ULTIMATE true crime treat.
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