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American culture[edit]

  • Darger family, created. Civil rights activists who "outed" themselves as polygamists to promote the decriminalization of polygamy and reshape how America views polygamist families.


  • Franklin Delano Floyd, substantially rewritten. A stranger than fiction story that I can't even begin to summarize. The story began with the hit-and-run death of his mother. After Hughes is kidnapped by his stepfather, it is discovered that the mother is not only the wife of a much older man, but also his daughter. It is then discovered that she was likely kidnapped herself. So many questions and Franklin Floyd isn't giving any answers.
  • Marvin Gabrion, created. DYK article. Perhaps the most terrifying person alive. He seems to simply eliminate everyone who gets in his way or whose death can benefit him in some way. In a landmark case, he is first person sentenced to death in Michigan in almost a century. Look at this guy's pic, is he not the creepiest guy you've ever seen?
  • Alexian Lien beating, rewritten significantly: Don't need to describe it, we've all seen the video!
  • Haleigh Poutre, completely rewritten: Very sad story. Poutre was in a vegetative state as the result of child abuse. The state won the right to take her off life support and almost did so when she miraculously woke up and began to recover. The case spurred many changes in the way that Massachusetts handles child abuse reports as well as end-of-life decisions for children in state care.
  • Murder of Sandra Cantu, substantially rewritten. Cantu was drugged, sexually assaulted and murdered by her female neighbor who was a Sunday school teacher and the mother of a playmate of hers. The motive remains a mystery, but police theorize that she just wanted attention.
  • Murder of Carol Jenkins, created. still not finished, but it's a start. The Jenkins case is assumed to be a racially motivated attack and a KKK member was arrested. He died before he could be brought to trial.
  • Richmond Hill explosion, substantially rewritten. An arson case that is probably fairly mundane in the scope of crime stories, but it rocked Indianapolis, both literally and figuratively. Women are coming out of the woodwork claiming Mark Leonard scammed them out of money. Considering there are three concurrent trials where they all point the finger at each other, it should be an interesting case. My pov? Give the woman a sweetheart deal and have her testify against the other two. That's their best shot.


  • Werner Spitz, created. Medical examiner/forensic pathologist who seems to specialize in high profile cases. All of the big cases seem to hire Werner Spitz. He worked on the investigation of JFK and MLK jr's deaths as well as Casey Anthony, OJ Simpson, and JonBenet Ramsey.

Greek life[edit]

Missing Persons[edit]

  • Murder of Holly Bobo, created. A number of people have been arrested, but I'm dubious. I suspect this is going to be the next big wrongful conviction case. The alleged cell phone video that they can't find...there's no known link between the guy who supposedly took the video and the guys who allegedly did the kidnapping. Maybe they were only casual friends and therefore never spoke on the phone, but let me ask you this: how close do you need to be to someone to video tape them murdering someone and not breathe a word about it? I don't buy it. The main guy they arrested is clearly a psychopath, but is he the psychopath who kidnapped her? The only evidence against him is his brother's word, and he doesn't match the eyewitness description! Has he lost 50 pounds in the past couple years? Why would Holly be having a conversation with him in the garage before he took off with her? I think they need to look more closely at people she knows for this crime. My big worry is that they are going to coerce people into giving false testimony to avoid having to admit they were wrong and it will take years to fix. We shall see how this one plays out.
  • Disappearance of Zebb Quinn, created. One of the most bizarre missing person's cases I've come across. The investigation went nowhere, not for a lack of suspects, but because everyone around him seems to have been behaving bizarrely the night he went missing. He reportedly flips out after getting a page, then disappears. The friend he was with that night was treated at the hospital in the early morning hours for a head injury and broken ribs. He reported that he got in a car accident although no police report was filed. The page came from his aunt's number, yet she wasn't home and she reports her house was broken into. Nothing was stolen, but some picture frames were moved around. Then she later denies reporting a break in. His car mysteriously shows up outside his mother's workplace two weeks later with lips drawn on the windshield and a live puppy in the backseat.
  • Disappearance of Terrance Williams & Felipe Santos, created. DYK article. Both men went missing under very bizarre circumstances. Both were arrested by the same police officer for driving without a license but never made it to the jail. It's possible it's just a major coincidence, but the officer can't seem to keep his story straight as to what happened and was caught in a number of lies. My theory? The officer dumped both of them--alive--in the everglades and made them walk home. Classic racist cop move. To me, this is the only explanation for his behavior: he lied through his teeth about what happened to them, yet at the time, both before and after he was with them, he seems to have made no effort to cover that he had contact with them. He wrote Santos tickets and ran Williams' background check. He had the car towed knowing there would be a record of that. The only explanation for his behavior, in my mind, is that he did something illegal, but not something that he expected to end in a fatality (or a criminal investigation). Sadly, this time it did.
  • Disappearance of Lauren Spierer, substantially rewritten. Spierer went missing from the IU campus. The prevailing theory is that she died of a drug overdose and the death was hidden to avoid drug charges. Personally, I suspect it was was a death from some combination of drugs and alcohol, head injuries, and her heart condition. Any one of those things was enough. The Spierer support groups seem to be focusing on the murder angle, but I think this is the most likely scenario. The idea that she could go from being so intoxicated she was unable to walk to walking home on her own steam in such a short time frame doesn't seem likely. I feel terrible for everyone involved. The sad thing is that if the laws provided immunity for those who seek help for drug and alcohol overdoses, this death likely could've been prevented.

Moderate contributions[edit]


Wrongful Convictions[edit]

  • Shareef Cousin, substantially rewritten. Wrongful conviction case where the prosecutors not only framed a 16 year old kid but then the DA kidnapped his alibi witnesses so they couldn't testify on his behalf!
  • David Camm, completely rewritten: A fascinating story of a wrongful conviction. Arrested 3 days after the murder of his family on the basis of false evidence, the investigative team essentially stopped investigating any other leads no matter how promising. Evidence linking a convicted felon to the crime was found in abundance at the crime scene: hand print, blood, DNA, and clothing with the name and his department of corrections number. None of it was investigated or run through codis, but multiple forensic analysts claim they were threatened with firing and get this--arrest--if they didn't lie and say the DNA and fingerprints were Camm's. When the defense finally forces them to run it, it turns out the felon is the DA's client and the son of a good friend of his. Cops wiping prints from evidence, witness tampering, fetish crimes, this case has it all.
  • Clarence Elkins, substantially rewritten. Proof positive that it's almost impossible to win an appeal. Convicted on the basis of a very shaky eye witness identification, Elkins later proved the DNA didn't belong to him, but still, nada. THEN, him and his wife did their own investigation and found the actual killer, proved it through DNA analysis, and presented him on a silver platter to the prosecutor. The prosecutor still tried to keep him in prison! So the strategy at that point was to publicly shame and humiliate the DA into letting him out and wouldn't you know it, it worked!

Articles I would like to do more on:[edit]

Possible future exonerations[edit]

To add to wrongful conviction list[edit]

Articles in the works[edit]

  • African-American clothing
  • Sandra Anderson (dog handler)
  • Probate show
  • 2014 Louisville mob violence
  • List of wrongful convictions (worldwide)
  • List of exonerated death row inmates in the United States
  • Robert Champion

I got a barnstar![edit]

Tireless Contributor Barnstar Hires.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
for your wonderful work at Alexian Lien beating --μηδείς (talk) 03:24, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

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