Tales of True Crime—Part 2

In this series we’ll cover a smattering of true crime and murder in digest form. Here is part 1.

Mary Bell

In 1968, Mary Bell took it upon herself to clear out the gene pool and strangled two young boys in two months. When arrested, Mary replied, “that’s all right by me.” During their trial, Mary’s accomplice appeared distraught during but Mary herself showed zero remorse. Psychiatrists described her as “intelligent, manipulative, and dangerous.” Mary was found guilty of manslaughter.

Did we mention Mary was 11 years old? Thats not even two Honey Boo Boos for anyone counting.

Reza Baluchi

When thinking about the open ocean, few people think “looks runnable.” However, most people are not Reza Baluchi, a so called “ultra-marathoner” who decided to run 1,033 miles from Florida to Bermuda in a giant inflatable hemorrhoid pillow. The five month journey was cut short when he was discovered a few miles from where he started, disoriented and asking for directions. Criminal, maybe not. But certainly a crime against humanity.

If you to love a good Florida Man story, try out Bingo Butcher, our murder mystery set in Boca Raton.

William Desmond Taylor

William Desmond Taylor was a prolific filmmaker in the silent era. In 1922, his body was discovered in a slump in a populated LA neighborhood. A crowd of rubberneckers appeared, and from that mass emerged a doctor who examined Taylor’s corpse. “Stomach hemorrhage,” he said with confidence. But when the police arrived they discovered a gunshot in Taylor’s back —and the “doctor” has vanished, never to be seen again.

Megan Hess and Shirley Koch

Welcome to Sunset Mesa Funeral home. When you’re here, you’re family. From 2010 to 2018, Megan Hess and Shirley Koch took on a mother-daughter bonding project and illegally sold hundreds of corpses intended for cremation. The pair made hundreds of thousands of dollars, and even went as far as extracting gold teeth from the bodies. All that Aqua Net spray really puts a dent in your budget.


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