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These are current notorious criminal trials and investigations covered by the About Crime & Punishment site. The pages below are updated as events unfold.

The Appeals of Michael Skakel
Michael Skakel was convicted for the murder of Martha Moxley in June 2002, mostly on statements he made to others while in rehab. He has always maintained his innocence.

The Crimes of Joseph Naso
Authorities believe that Joseph Naso may be responsible for the deaths of several women from Northern California to Upstate New York over a three-decade killing career.

The Debra Lafave Case
A Tampa middle school teacher, 24-year-old Debra Lafave was arrested in June 2004 for having an on-going sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student.

The Crimes of Ariel Castro
Former bus driver Ariel Castro was arrested May 6, 2013 when it was revealed that he had held three women captive in his Cleveland home for more than 10 years.

The Brunswick Stroller Shooting Case
On March 21, 2013, Sherry West was pushing her 13-month-old baby, Antonio Santiago, home from the Brunswick, Georgia post office in his stroller when two teens approached her demanding money.

The Death of Samantha Koenig
When 18-year-old Samantha Koenig was abducted from a coffee shop in Anchorage, Alaska, no one realized at the time it would lead to the capture of prolific serial killer, Israel Keyes.

The Capture of James 'Whitey' Bugler
James 'Whitey' Bugler fled in 1994 to avoid prosecution of 19 murders among other federal charges. He and his long-time girlfriend, Cahterine Greig, were on the run for 16 years.

The Grim Sleeper Serial Killer Case
For more than two decades, the Los Angeles Police Department worked to solve a series of 11 murders that occurred between 1985 and 2007.

The Crimes of Joran Van der Sloot
On May 30, 2005, when Natalee Holloway disappeared after leaving a bar in Aruba. Five years to the day later, Stephany Flores Ramirez, 21, was killed in a hotel room rented to Van der Sloot in Lima, Peru.

The Legal Trials of Lindsay Lohan
Former Disney movie child star Lindsay Lohan has been struggling to keep her career on track after a series of brushes with the law as well as stints in drug and alcohol rehab programs.

Crimes of The Dougherty Gang
Three Florida siblings became the subjects of a nationawide manhunt on Aug. 2, 2011 after they shot at a police cruiser during a chase in Florida then later that day robbed a bank in South Georgia.

Charles Manson Family News
Latest news about the members of the Charles Manson Family.


Unsolved Criminal Cases

The Susan Cox Powell Case
On Dec. 7, 2009, Susan Cox Powell, was reported missing when she failed to show up for work. No trace of her has ever been found.

The Lauren Spierer Case
On June 3, 2011, 20-year-old Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, a native of Greenburgh, New York, was last seen walking home to her apartment from a friend's home after a night of partying with friends.

The Celina Cass Case
On June 25, 2011, 11-year-old fifth grader Celina Cass was last seen at her computer in the three-story apartment building in Stewartstown, New Hampshire where she lived with her mother.

The Disappearance of Haleigh Cummings
On Feb. 10, 2009, five-year-old Haleigh Cummings disappeared from her home in Satsuma, Florida while her father, Ronald Cummings, was at work and she was being cared for by his girlfriend, Misty Croslin.

The JonBenet Ramsey Murder Investigation
On Dec. 26, 1996, 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey's body was found in the basement of her parents' Boulder, Colorado home. In spite of intense investigation, no one has ever been charged with her death.

Natalee Holloway: Missing in Aruba
Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old graduate of Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham, Alabama, traveled to the Caribbean island of Aruba with 125 members of her senior class. On Monday, May 30, 2005, she did not show up for her flight back to the United States.

The Allen-Cutshall Murders
Jason Allen and Lindsay Cutshall, two Christian camp counselors who planned to be married, were shot in their sleep in their sleeping bags as they camped on Fishhead Beach in Jenner, California.


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