Vigilante Bomber

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BLOG POST #275: Vigilante Bomber

Do you ever wonder why criminals brag about their crimes? I do. Do they want to get caught? Is it an ego boost to brag? One thing is for sure, when they brag—someone most likely will notify the authorities. Read More

Not Happily Ever After

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BLOG POST #274: Not Happily Ever After

Have you ever gone on a dating website or app looking for your happily ever after? I can’t speak from experience other than my son and daughter-in-law met through a dating app and they’re an excellent match. Their love story is evidence that connecting with someone who “on paper” appears to be a good match can work out. The case I’m summarizing in this post is not a happily ever after story.

The victim in this case is a female. The attacker is a male. They met through a dating service and dated for over one year. During the year, the man had been abusive.

One evening, out with friends, the woman’s cell phone battery died. When she arrived home, her daughter told her the boyfriend was there. The boyfriend accused her of cheating on him, punched her, cut her, and threatened to kill her. He forced her into his vehicle and then drove away. The woman’s son called 911.

After some time and as the man appeared calmer, the woman asked him to take her to the hospital to have her wounds treated. She promised she wouldn’t tell the police he had hurt her. He took her to a hospital.

She filed a complaint. Because he had taken the woman to another state the authorities charged him with federal crimes.

Awaiting trial, he tried to convince another incarcerated man to facilitate the murder of his ex-girlfriend. That man told the authorities about the murder plan.

For kidnapping and attempting to silence the victim, a judge sentenced the ex-boyfriend to over 12 years in federal prison where there is no early release. After he has served his sentenced, he’ll be on five years of supervised release.

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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. District Court

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A Pit Bull with a Badge

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ROBIN LYONS BLOG POSTBLOG POST #273: A Pit Bull with a Badge

This week I honor another recipient of the *Crystal Kipper & Ali Kemp Memorial Award—Kansas City Police Detective Maggie McGuire. Det. McGuire also worked on the FBI Cyber Crime Task Force.

One case she helped bring to justice involved a Roman Catholic priest and the Bishop who knew about the priest’s pornographic fetish but did nothing to stop it. Read More

Three-Alarm Blaze

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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BLOG POST #268: Three-Alarm Blaze

Fire investigators quickly suspected arson when  in the final phase of construction a three-alarm blaze destroyed two buildings with seven, three-story townhomes in each building. The fire required over 100 firefighters, 30 pieces of equipment, and 8 hours to put out the blaze. At the exact moment the project went up in flames, the developer was on a flight to check on the progress. The fire destroyed both buildings.

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Give Me All the Money

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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BLOG POST #266: Give Me All the Money

Did you ever live with a roommate after leaving your parent’s home? I did, briefly. How would you respond if your roommate asked you to help them rob a bank? Read More