[Lansing, Illinois]

Diane Pranske closed up the bar she worked at 10:30pm and stopped by the store to pick up a few things before returning home. She called her boyfriend, John Kawalec, after notifying him of her plans and telling him she would be home shortly. (They lived separately at this time)

She safely bought her groceries, headed out to her vehicle, and drove home. When she arrived home, she began to unload her groceries on her counter. When she turned around, she saw a man standing in her kitchen holding a large hammer.

The man ordered her to get…

[Beaufort, South Carolina]

Around 2:00am on February 24th, 2019, Mallory Beach (19) was riding on a boat with a couple other friends.

The driver of the boat, Paul Murdaugh (20), was heavily and noticeably intoxicated after using his brother’s I.D. to buy alcohol. His character drastically changed when he was drunk — so much so that he had an intoxicated alter ego that his friends named Timmy.

[Franklin, Indiana]

Chynna Dickus became 10 year old Blake Dickus’ step mother after his father, Sean, remarried to her. There was a shared custody agreement between Sean and Blake’s mother, Christina, where Blake would switch staying at each of their houses. These pick ups and drop offs were always very quick and simple because the family dynamic was a healthy one. Everyone seemingly got along, including Chynna and Christina.

On July 24th, 2006, Blake had just spent the weekend with Sean and Chynna. The arranged plan was for him to go back to his mother’s house that night when she…

[Lubbock, Texas]

Elizabeth Ennen (15) planned to babysit for her family friend, Humberto Maldanado Salinas Jr. She agreed to do so because she needed money to buy her brother a nice birthday present.

The plan was to go to a hotel where Bert and his family were temporarily staying at until they found a permanent home.

[Little Falls, Minnesota]

Byron Smith had been experiencing a string of break-ins in his home. A few of the items that were stolen were his father’s Rolex, thousands of dollars in coins from collecting them, cash, a camera, a chainsaw, military awards, and guns. Byron became so paranoid to live in his home alone that he started carrying a gun on him at all times and installed a security system.

On November 22nd, 2012 Nick Brady (17) and his cousin Haile Kifer (18) were riding around on Thanksgiving Day.

[Miami, Florida]

Paula Sladewski was a 26 year old model. She did modeling for Playboy, loved make up and fashion, and worked as an exotic dancer as well because the money was good.

She was dating a man named Kevin Klym. Paula seemed happy with him, but he also had a dark side with her. He was charged with domestic violence after breaking Paula’s nose and had threatened her a few times.

[Highland Park, Michigan]

Jamar Pinkney Sr. had a son named Jamar Jr. (15) with a woman named Lazette Cherry and a three year old little girl who remains unnamed with another woman. Everyone who knew Jamar Jr. said he was easily liked, always smiling, and a “teddy bear.” No one would have ever assumed the repulsive, unthinkable act this 15 year old boy did.

Jamar Jr. apparently sexually abused his three year old half sister. His guilt was eating him up so he pulled his mother aside on November 16th, 2009 to confess. She said that he seemed remorseful about…

[Lexington, Kentucky]

In April of 2015, a pizza delivery man by the name of Salahuddin Jitmoud (22) was making one of his last deliveries for the night. He arrived at an apartment complex where Trey Relford was with a few of his friends. Their plan was to rob Salahuddin. However, things escalated beyond a robbery and Salahuddin was fatally stabbed. His body was left in the breezeway of the apartment to bleed out and die while they all enjoyed the pizza.

Two others — in addition to Relford — were arrested in connection to the robbery and murder.

Salahuddin’s father…

[Queensland, Australia]

On October 21st, 2018, Toyah Cordingley (24) walked her beloved dog, Indie, at Wangetti Beach around 2:30pm.

Locals in this area said that a lot of odd, sexual deviants roam the area frequently to watch girls. When she never returned from her walk, her boyfriend, Marco, called the police.

[North West, South Africa]

Sharnelle Hough (17) and Marna Engelbrecht (16) were inseparable best friends. They both attended Stella High School in Stella, North West, South Africa. The girls shared a hostel together which is similar to dormitories at colleges. This school was a boarding school.

Sharnelle dated a boy named Xander Bylsma (19) for over a year before breaking up with him a month before the crime.

Holly Alexis

22. Sociology & Criminal Justice Major. True Crime Fanatic. Writer. All articles are tossed together from the comfort of my couch.

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