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5 Chilling True Crime Cases Every Crime Junkie Should Know

"While all murders are tragic, not all murders are interesting to write about."
Kathryn McMaster


From murder to missing persons, there are an endless number of true crime cases. Whether you prefer to surf through reddit threads or read formal court statements, here are five chilling true-crime cases that will keep you pondering all night long. If you want a more detailed explanation of each crime, head over to crime junkie podcast (on Spotify).

Missing: Asha Degree

What could possibly cause a timid nine year old girl, living in a stable home in the early 2000s, to pack her bags and run away in the middle of the night during a heavy storm (did I mention she was deathly afraid of storms.)

Living in a household without internet, the possibility of an online predator can be ruled out. Eyewitnesses have testified seeing Asha walking on the highway at 3:45 a.m; one man even offered her help, but she refused and ran off into the woods.

Her backpack was found eighteen months later by a construction worker in the nearby site. Most theories claim that Asha was groomed by a trusted elder in her life-- possibly her basketball coach, teacher, or family friend. Other theories suggest that the backpack was a red herring that distracted police from focusing on what really happened that night. Some even claim she was never abducted, but instead she died of exposure in the woods; after all she was not wearing a coat in February.

There have been no breakthroughs since 2001, and the case remains cold.

Missing: Maurra Murray

As a nursing student at University of Massachusetts, a star track athlete, and in an alleged perfect relationship, Maura Murray's life was the epitome of perfect, until she went missing, which caused light to be shone on her far-from-perfect past.

On February 9th, 2004, she emailed her professors and employer to inform them of the death of a family member, which was later proven to be a false statement. She took her textbooks and schoolwork with her, so it is evident she was planning on returning to college. After leaving campus, she drove to a nearby ATM machine and withdrew money to purchase alcohol. But why did she lie about a death in her family just to get a few days off from school? What was bothering her to this extent?

To get a better understanding of Maura Murray's past, which not many people are aware of, you must know a few things about her. She was accused of credit card theft and stealing makeup from a mall; she had an affair with her track coach; her sister relapsed shortly after rehab; Maura had an eating disorder; her relationship with her boyfriend was problematic.

The most plausible theory is that she decided to take a short break from reality, due to the overwhelming issues present in her life, and sometime during her journey, she encountered foul play. This is probably someone who followed her car.

One theory that stands out is that allegedly she disappeared to start a new life with a new identity, but there has been no new breakthroughs, and the disappearance of Maura Murray remains unsolved.

Wanted: Yogurt Shop Killer

When you hear the words "yogurt shop," what comes to mind? Before hearing about this case, I would associate yogurt shops with liveliness and lightheartedness. After learning the gruesome details of this crime, I can never look at yogurt shops the same.

The night of December 6th 1991, a police officer patrolling the area reported smoke coming from the "I Can't Believe It's Yogurt!" yogurt shop. Once the firefighters arrived at the sight, they were confronted by the dead bodies of four teenage girls all stacked one on top of the other. It was later confirmed that the yogurt shop was set on fire by the murderer(s) to destroy evidence.

With 342 suspects, four murdered teenage girls and a public that was insistent for answers, this case was high-priority for law enforcement.

The suspect list got narrowed down to four teenagers: Robert Springsteen IV, Michael Scott, Maurice Pierce and Forrest Wellborn. These teenagers were arrested, but their convictions got overturned because of a violation in their constitutional rights during the trial.

After the release of the four teenagers, the case was back on the cold case shelf.

Missing: Sneha Phillip

The disappearance of Sneha Philip is one of the most chilling missing persons case. Surveillance footage from September 10th, 2001 (one day before 9/11), puts her in a department store in Manhattan. That night, she did not return to her apartment, but her husband was not concerned. It was common for her to crash at a friend's place.

Little did he know, the next day--September 11, 2001-- would be the biggest terrorist attack in American History, and his wife would still be missing amidst the catastrophe.

The easy answer would be she died in the twin tower attacks--but there is more you should know.

Sneha's life was falling apart in the time leading up to her disappearance.

She had a history of alcohol/drug abuse, multiple affairs and pending criminal charges from malpractice. To top it all off, she was on the verge of getting her medical license revoked.

Did Sneha Philip use 9/11 as an opportunity to escape her troubled life and start fresh?

Or was she actually killed in the twin tower attacks?

Murdered: Angela Mischelle Lawless

Deputy Rick Walter found the body of Angela Mischelle Lawless inside her car at 1:30 a.m. At first, he assumed she was drunk and/or passed out, but once he opened the door, blood gushed out. Allegedly, Angela was shot in the head three times.

Joshua Kezer was wrongfully accused and sentenced to 60 years in prison for the death of Angele Lawless. The case was later reopened and his innocence was proven.

According to ABC News, "No physical evidence connected him to the murder victim -- no blood, no prints, no fingernail scrapings, no murder weapon. Apparent blood spatter on his clothes had turned out to be not blood at all, but vegetable matter."

If it was not Joshua Kezer, who killed Angela Mischelle Lawless?

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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20 Amazing Songs You Need For Your Travel Music Videos

Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!


Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:

1. For Those Classic Summer Feels

"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

"Gone" by JR JR

"Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne

"Summer" by Calvin Harris

For all the lake adventures and mission trips, these are the perfect songs to put behind them to share your experience. Using these songs, your video can have a perfect summer vibe to it!

2. For A Good Winter Vacation

"The Days" by Avicii

"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers

"Roses" by The Chainsmokers

"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

3. For Everyday Adventures

"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON

"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

We all have our daily vlogs filled with school and friends. These songs can put a touch of amusement and thrill to these videos!

4. For The Perfect Spring Break At The Beach

"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

"The Nights" by Avicii

"Runaways" by Galantis

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Every girl has the perfect week at the beach once a year! These songs can show off how incredible your experience with your friends was.

5. For Those City Nights

"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

"The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez

We all take visits to the city and never have the right songs to make a video with. These upbeat songs will make your city vlog into a perfect travel video!

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