It's been 40 years since the Jonestown massacre, yet there is still some mystery surrounding how the group's leader Jim Jones died. Was his gunshot self-inflicted? Could someone else have pulled the trigger through an act of heroism or loyalty? Is it possible he was already dying from other health problems?
On November 15, 1990, a 2-year-old boy, Billy Blankenship, was reported to have fallen down the stairs in his babysitter's care in Concordia, Missouri. The sitter, Tawny Sue Gunter, claimed she had put the boy in her basement as she prepared lunch upstairs. The boy suffered a skull fracture and later died. But that wasn't the end of the story.
The United States may have churned out the highest number of serial killers in the world over the years, but it certainly doesn't hold exclusive rights on brutal murders. Learn about some international serial killers and how their respective countries handled their crimes.
Nicknamed 'The Dating Game Killer' after his 1978 appearance on the TV show 'The Dating Game' while in the middle of a killing spree, Rodney Alcala is currently on death row. Although he was convicted of seven murders, investigators speculate there are actually many more unidentified victims.
After the 2005 disappearance of Teresa Halbach, 16-year-old Brendan Dassey confessed to police that he and his uncle, Steven Avery, raped and murdered her. But Dassey later recanted his confession, suggesting that he'd been coerced into telling the police what they wanted to hear. The jury didn't buy it and sentenced him to life in prison.
Doctors who murder are a rare breed, but perhaps because their entire mission is to do no harm, they are among the most chilling kind of killers. Texas surgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch is one such physician who violated his oath so profoundly by intentionally botching surgeries that he became known as 'Dr. Death.'
Researchers have found the vast majority of people who kill their families (familicide), are men with a history of violence toward their spouse and children. But what tips the scale from abuse to murder? And which men are most likely to kill? We spoke to a professor of forensic psychology for answers.