Category: Strange encounters with mental illness

DID, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, etc.

Topeka State Hospital

The Topeka State Hospital, formerly known as the Topeka State Asylum, opened its doors in 1872 for treatment of the mentally ill. By the early 20th century, rumors of rape and mistreatment in the hospital had already begun. Over the course of decades, the hospital became the subject of investigation for unethically chaining patients and neglect. In 1951 the hospital received damaging criticism when it was revealed that John Crabb, a 59-year-old patient, was mentally […]

The Orphan – True Story

Kristine Barnett, 45, and ex-husband Michael Barnett, 43 have been charged with abandoning their daughter when she was 9 in Lafayette, Indiana, and fleeing to Canada. In an interview, Kristine denies the claims and says she and Michael were victims of a fraud, claiming the girl they adopted was an adult con artist who tried to kill her. Kristine and Michael agreed to the emergency adoption of Ukrainian-born Natalia Grace in May 2010 from Florida […]

Husband Tells Wife to Close Her Eyes for Surprise, Stabs Her in The Neck!

A husband on trial for attempted murder was convicted last week of stabbing his wife in the neck after asking her to close her eyes and wait for a surprise. 34-year-old Shaun May, who faced trial at the Maidstone Crown Court in Kent, England, stabbed his wife, Laura May, in the neck in an unprovoked and sudden attack. Prosecutor Robin Griffiths told the jury that that couple had recently returned from a trip from Korea […]

Watts Family Homicides

The Watts family homicides occurred on the early morning of August 13, 2018, in Frederick, Colorado. While being interviewed by police, Christopher Lee Watts admitted to killing his pregnant wife Shannan Cathryn Watts by strangulation, which caused the death of their unborn son, Nico. Their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, died by asphyxiation due to smothering. He then disposed of his daughters’ bodies in oil tanks and buried his wife in a shallow grave […]

Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders

The Oklahoma Girl Scout murders is an unsolved murder case that occurred on the morning of June 13, 1977, at Camp Scott in Mayes County, Oklahoma, United States. The victims were three girl scouts, between the ages of 8 and 10, who were raped and murdered. Their bodies had been left on a trail leading to the showers, about 150 yards (140 meters) from their tent at summer camp. The case was classified as solved […]

Lindhurst High School Shooting

It’s been 27 years since Eric Houston was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of his former high school civics teacher and three students during an eight-hour siege at Lindhurst High School in the Yuba County community of Olivehurst on May 1, 1992. Houston, was described as a 20-year-old disgruntled dropout, dressed in a camouflage hunting vest, loaded his car with an arsenal of weapons then pulled up to the school as afternoon classes […]

Mark Twitchell The Dexter CopyCat

Mark Andrew Twitchell (born July 4, 1979) is a Canadian filmmaker convicted of first degree murder in 2011 for killing John Brian “Johnny” Altinger. His trial attracted particular media attention because Twitchell had allegedly been inspired by the fictional character Dexter Morgan. The character appears in a series of novels by Jeff Lindsay and the television drama Dexter. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Twitchell dreamt of making blockbuster films. Twitchell had also directed Star Wars: Secrets […]