From the True Crime Report archives: Breakfast reading from the Village Voice Empire: The woman told state troopers that she was driving on a dirt road near Fruita when a vampire appeared, causing her to back her SUV into a ditch. It seems she may have been off her medication. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The reward being offered for information about the person or persons who killed Travis Mason, a former Marine who was fatally shot while working as a security guard at a marijuana dispensary in June 2016, has been increased to $55,000, more than triple the original amount. Authorities hope the increase will help break the case that’s remained unsolved for more than a year. Westword has the story.
This morning, a man riding through a fairly empty area of Homestead, Florida — a farming community Just southwest of Miami — pulled his horse to a screeching halt. He called Laurie Waggoner, director of branch operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the SPCA, and said he had found something awful.
“He saw the remains of a horse,” Waggoner tells New Times. “He said it was badly decomposed.” It was the second horse found slaughtered in Homestead in as many days, leading Waggoner and the SPCA to draw one frightening conclusion: “Someone’s stealing horses and butchering them,” she says.
Cedrick Carnell Camper Jr. died with $500 in his sock. That was only the beginning.
On Friday, May 27, as medical students from Nova Southeastern University watched, five staff members from the Broward County morgue examined his body. One noticed something protruding from the sock.
Deputy chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Steckbauer, a Davieresident and Air Force veteran with three years at the coroner’s office, placed the money in a manila envelope, according to a police report. He sealed it with evidence tape. Later that afternoon, he realized the envelope was missing. He retraced his steps, thoroughly searched the morgue, and X-rayed the body. But he couldn’t find the money.
Retired Miami-Dade Police Det. Greg Smith spent 31 years investigating some of Miami’s most brutal crimes, from drug-fueled shootouts to heartbreaking family disputes turned violent. But ask him which killing he can’t get out of his mind, and he’ll answer without a moment’s hesitation: the 1967 murder of Coral Gables Police Officer Walter Stathers.
It was January 2, 1999, and 9-year-old Kimber Biggs and her 11-year-old sister were playing in the street in their Mesa neighborhood while waiting for an ice cream truck.
After a while, Kimber got cold and went inside for her jacket; her sister stayed to wait, clutching the quarters she got from her mom to buy ice cream.
Under the gleam of an electronic billboard, family and friends gathered in a circle, holding candles and saying prayers.
Looking down on them was the image of two smiling 27-year-old women captioned with a question: “Who killed Melissa Mason and Nicole Glass?”
It was the fifth year family and friends of the two slain Phoenix women have gathered on December 3, to mourn the deaths of Melissa and Nicole. And tragically for the womens’ family, the case remains unsolved.
No suspects have been disclosed. There is no apparent motive.