On October 24, 1961, thirty-one-year-old wife and mother of two, Joan Risch disappeared from her residence in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Unknowingly at the time, this case would end up becoming one of the most well-known and complexing unsolved cases to ever strike the state. Continue reading “The Mysterious Disappearance of Joan Risch”
Welcome to part four of “The East Area Rapist” series. There are some captivating twists and turns in the four cases I will be discussing. When I was researching this information, a small part of me wanted to quit due to the innumerable amount of theories, speculation, and overall clues and evidence, but I buckled down and attempted to narrow down the data collected in these crimes in a concise manner that stays particularly relevant to each attack. With that being said, let’s begin. Continue reading “The East Area Rapist – Part 4”
This is my third entry in my “The East Area Rapist” series. The three cases I’m covering present intriguing pieces of clues and evidence that could be used to paint a portrait of who the unidentified serial rapist and killer is. Furthermore, these cases show the extent of how far and wide he planned his crimes in advance. Continue reading “The East Area Rapist – Part 3”
With this entry of my “The East Area Rapist” series, I am covering the attacks on victim nine and thirteen. These two cases have interesting details that stand out in terms of clues and evidence. Also, in the discussion is the town hall meetings and the misconception that is sometimes attached to them. Continue reading “The East Area Rapist – Part 2 “
The Visalia Ransacker
In March of 1974, an unidentified male began a series of serial burglaries in and around Visalia, California until December 10, 1975. Single-story homes were typically targeted. He would often pillage the residence, stealing items that weren’t of much value. These reported break-ins hardly received attention across the press and news on television; the crimes went under the radar. During the majority of the intrusions, nobody was necessarily harmed in a physical manner until September 11, 1975, when his crime spree escalated for unknown reasons. By now, local newspapers dubbed the individual as the Visalia Ransacker. Continue reading “The East Area Rapist – Part 1”
Edward Smith and Kimberly Dianne LaVine met while attending the University of Southeastern Massachusetts at Dartmouth. They were head over heels for one another, and when they graduated in June of 1984, they moved to Kent, Washington, where they worked as accountants. It wasn’t too long after when they got engaged and had plans of tying the knot in front of family members in the summer of 1985 in Wrentham, Massachusetts.