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 outin the sweet hush of God’s breath,the tears still come, but isn’t it easierto understand the gentleness of death? But when one extinguishes his own lightfrom cruelty – from no self-worth –the silent flame that is no moresinges every soul on earth.” – L. Schraad   Four days before…

Murder of the Girl Next Door

Part I “Tread lightly, she is nearUnder the snow,Speak gently, she can hearThe 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 stage as her…

Remembering Lori, Michele, 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….