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Six Degrees of Murder investigates the love triangle that led to murder of Michael Reese

Cindy Reese and Jeff Brown mug shots

Cindy Reese and Jeff Brown plotted to kill Michael Reese

This week Six Degrees of Murder investigates the murder of Michael Reese, who died after being shot in the back of the head.

Birmingham, Ala, Feb. 18, 2015, and 40-year-old Michael Reese is shot to death in his own home.

Reese was shot in the back of the head as let the dog out and fell face first into two studs sticking out of  timber being used for some construction, he was left lying in this position.

It later transpired that Cindy Reese had been having an affair with the local pastor, Jeff Brown. At her trial she claimed her husband was the victim of a burglary gone wrong.

However, the jury did not believe her story and she was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Her lover Brown was given

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/six-degrees-of-murder-investigates-the-love-triangle-that-led-to-murder-of-michael-reese/

This Alabama murder will be featured Sunday on Investigation Discovery

The Audrey Marie Hilley murder case will be featured this weekend on Investigation Discovery. 

One of Alabama’s most notorious murder cases will be the subject of the Investigation Discovery series American Monster this weekend.

The series will profile the case of Audrey Marie Hilley and the murder of her husband Frank Hilley Sunday, July 23, at 8 p.m.

Among those interviewed for the program will be Mike Hilley, Frank and Marie’s son; Frank’s sister Freeda Burns; retired FBI Special Agent Wayne Manis, and journalist Mike Stedham.

Crews were in Anniston in December filming scenes for the episode. 

Hilley’s first husband Frank died in 1975 after a sudden, unexplained illness that was thought to be hepatitis. Three years later, her only daughter Carol began exhibiting similar symptoms. At the same time, Marie was arrested for passing bad checks.

Doctors at UAB

Read more at: http://www.al.com/news/anniston-gadsden/index.ssf/2017/07/this_alabama_murder_will_be_fe.html

Program to feature Baytown murder

On Halloween 1985, a madman walked the streets of Baytown. 

Mary Stiles, an 11-year-old Horace Mann Junior School student, had gone out trick-or-treating dressed in Care Bear pajamas with her hair in pigtails. She was later found dead, her body hidden under some leaves and tree limbs behind an apartment complex on Northwood Drive. 

Tonight, the tale of her shocking murder is being featured on “On the Case with Paula Zahn” at 9 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery Network. 

Although it happened almost 32 years ago, the case still haunts those who remember it. Baytown Assistant Police Chief Roger Clifford was a patrol

Read more at: http://baytownsun.com/local/article_766eb432-6a0e-11e7-b141-f7813cb016e2.html

2008 murder of transgender Greeley woman Angie Zapata brought back into national spotlight

A Colorado man is currently serving a life sentence in prison after being found guilty of killing 18-year-old Greeley resident Angie Zapata, who was born Justin Zapata.

The case, which resolved in 2009 when a jury found 31-year-old Allen Ray Andrade guilty, is receiving a new dose of national attention from the network Investigation Discovery, which plans to run a feature on the 911 calls placed immediately after Zapata’s sisters found her bloodied, battered body in her apartment.

For those unfamiliar with the murder, here is background on the case:

On July 17, 2008, Zapata was found dead in her Greeley apartment. An autopsy determined the cause of death was blunt-force trauma.

Thirteen days later, Andrade was arrested in Thornton in connection with Zapata’s death.

Investigators learned Zapata met Andrade on the Internet and brought him to her home in Greeley. After learning that Zapata was a transgender woman, an enraged Andrade struck Zapata repeatedly with his

Read more at: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/2008-murder-of-transgender-greeley-woman-brought-back-into-national-spotlight

Angie Zapata Tragedy Goes National on Investigation Discovery’s Murder Calls

The late Angie Zapata. A video and more below.

The 2008 murder of Angie Zapata, a transgender teen from Greeley, stands as both a horrifying example of violence targeting the LGBTQ community and a precedent-setting case for federal hate crime laws. Now, Angie’s story, which we’ve told in a shattering Westword feature and numerous followup posts, is going national by way of “Lost Angel,” an episode of the Investigation Discovery series Murder Calls that debuts tonight, July 10. See a preview below.

Former Westword staffer Melanie Asmar, who currently covers Denver Public Schools for the education news website Chalkbeat, dug deep into Angie’s story, live blogging the April 2009 trial of Allen Andrade, the man who killed her, and contextualizing the case and its importance in the May 2009 article “Who Was Angie Zapata? Her Murderer’s Trial Didn’t Tell the Whole Story.”

As Asmar wrote, those

Read more at: http://www.westword.com/news/angie-zapata-murder-on-investigation-discoverys-murder-calls-9237849

Investigation Discovery to air Monday new documentary on Angie Zapata murder in Greeley

The 2008 murder of Angie Zapata in Greeley will air at 8 p.m. Monday on the Investigation Discovery’s series, “Murder Calls.”

The show features the real-life 911 call of Zapata’s two sisters as they discover her body, in a small apartment in downtown Greeley. At the scene, family members reveal a stunning surprise, then work with detectives to identify the culprit. The investigation leads police to a killer whose self-hatred drove him to commit the ultimate sin, in a precedent-setting case for federal hate crime laws, according to a news release.

Angie Zapata, 18, died July 17, 2008, after being beaten to death in her apartment. Allen Andrade, 32, of Thornton, was convicted of first-degree murder, with a hate-crime sentence enhancer, on April 22, 2009.

Police believed Andrade beat Zapata with a fire extinguisher from her apartment, then fled later in

Read more at: http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/local/investigation-discovery-to-air-new-documentary-on-angie-zapata-murder-monday/

Husband-and-Wife Private Detectives Investigate the Murder of Their Own Daughter




Jessie Whitehouse was shot in her home last fall, and IMPD hasn’t yet publicly identified a suspect.

July 2017Comments

No one loved a good murder mystery more than Jessie Whitehouse. It was in the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, 30-year-old paralegal’s blood. Raised by a lawman-turned–private eye, and the granddaughter of a legendary Indianapolis Police Department detective, Jessie was weaned on the gritty details of the city’s most notorious homicide investigations. Her stepfather, Virgil Vandagriff, was a Marion County sheriff’s deputy who worked on nearly every bold-faced crime case in Indy for the last four decades, many of them known by shorthand titles: The Speedway Bomber. The Burger Chef Murders.

Read more at: http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/features/husband-wife-private-detectives-investigate-murder-daughter/

Husband-And-Wife Private Detectives Investigate The Murder Of Their Own Daughter




Jessie Whitehouse was shot in her home last fall, and IMPD hasn’t yet publicly identified a suspect.

July 2017Comments

No one loved a good murder mystery more than Jessie Whitehouse. It was in the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, 30-year-old paralegal’s blood. Raised by a lawman-turned–private eye, and the granddaughter of a legendary Indianapolis Police Department detective, Jessie was weaned on the gritty details of the city’s most notorious homicide investigations. Her stepfather, Virgil Vandagriff, was a Marion County sheriff’s deputy who worked on nearly every bold-faced crime case in Indy for the last four decades, many of them known by shorthand titles: The Speedway Bomber. The Burger Chef Murders.

Read more at: http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/features/husband-wife-private-detectives-investigate-murder-daughter/