The Crimes We Were All Obsessed With

There are big crimes, and then there are big crimes — the ones that society is obsessed with as opposed to the ones that really matter. You know the type: OJ Simpson and Aaron Hernandez, Casey Anthony and Nathaniel Kibby, and the list goes on and on. You won’t recognize every name on this list, of course, but that’s what makes it so fun. These were the “biggest” crimes committed in recent living memory.

An entire family vanished without a trace on February 4, 2010 — at least for three years, when the bodies of Joseph McStay, his wife, and their two children were discovered in the desert. Police charged Joseph’s business partner with their kidnappings and deaths.

Another couple were found murdered on March 6, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (a popular vacation destination for those living on the East Coast). It only took the police three days to track down Alexander Turner (the couple’s son) and his girlfriend to charge them with the fatalities. Alexander pleaded guilty. 

Have you ever heard of the Slender Man? Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser confessed to the police that they had stabbed their friend, 12-year-old Payton Leutner, nineteen times because they were worried about becoming the Slender Man’s next victim (and you can look up this legend with a simple Google search). Although the pair of stabbers was arrested, they were found not guilty because of mental impairment.

Ohhhh, Casey Anthony — what a saga, and may the gods help you if you experienced it through Nancy Grace’s somewhat biased eyes. It was Casey’s mother, Cindy, who first called the police to report that Casey had stolen her car and a few dollars on top of that. Later, she made another call when she admitted that Casey’s daughter was also missing. It was six months later when two-year-old Caylee’s remains were finally located near the home. It was a shock to many when Casey was eventually found “not guilty” of the murder.