The Ominous Note: The Curious Case of Cody Haynes

“Bye, baby Bunting, Daddy’s gone a-hunting, Gone to get a rabbit skin To wrap the baby Bunting in.”                                                                ~ Nursery rhyme (1805) On the…

The First Murder of the Year: Who Killed Bryan Sweet?

“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered…”                                                ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach  …

For Kenny

  “When a person’s light goes out in the sweet hush of God’s breath, the tears still come, but isn’t it easier to understand the gentleness of death? But when one extinguishes his own light from cruelty – from no self-worth – the silent flame that is no more singes every soul on earth.” –…

Murder of the Girl Next Door

“Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow.”     In early 1993, seats in a small theatre in western Tulsa filled as a war-era play was performed. An eight-year-old girl with large brown eyes and an American flag wrapped around her shoulders pattered quickly across the…

Remembering Lori, Michelle, and Denise: 40 Years Later

 “Oh, Camp Scott is the place to go to have a jolly good time. The counselors are the best by far – to doubt it is a crime. If you don’t believe it, all you have to do  is ask the counselors and girls and you’ll find that it’s true.”          …

Carina’s Story

Summer was slowly bleeding into fall in the Midwest. Freshly taped flyers with the face of a nineteen-year-old girl fluttered in the morning breeze around the streets of Northwest Oklahoma City. The metallic squeaking and sputtering of grocery carts sounded through a Homeland store in Bethany, Oklahoma, while two animal welfare workers trudged through the…

Nightmare in Oklahoma: Who Killed Julie & Keagen?

December 16, 2016 was an unusually warm Friday for the winter season in Oklahoma. With Christmas just over a week away, Jill Mason and her sister Julie Mason made plans to go to Walmart the next day to gather ingredients they would need to bake cookies with Julie’s eight-year-old son, Keagen, which was a tradition…

Happy Birthday, Skylar Neese

This article was originally published on Crimeology.com on February 10, 2017.   On this day twenty-one years ago – February 10, 1996 – Dave and Mary Neese gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl. They named her Skylar; a name which was suggested by a patient at the doctor’s office where Mary worked….