Okay, I absolutely loveeeee all things true crime: shows, podcasts, movies, documentaries, everything. I’m literally in the middle of binge-listening to my favorite true-crime podcast right now!
I feel like a lot of people in general are super interested in True Crime stories, but I’m not exactly sure why. Is it because we love the storytelling? Is it because it’s hard for us to believe human beings can do such awful things to other human beings? I don’t think I could tell you personally. But I do know that there are certain cases that absolutely HAUNT me. They have never and will never leave the back of my mind.
I wanted to share a few of them with you and how you can learn more about each of them.
The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam
This story is incredibly strange and absolutely stays in the back of my mind. Elisa Lam was 21 when she came to the United States for the first time to visit Los Angeles, CA. She stayed at the Cecil Hotel for a few days before she was supposed to check out on February 1, 2013. Well, she never checked out and actually went missing. If you’ve heard of this case, then you’ve seen the infamous elevator video that goes with it. Find all the info you need in the Netflix Original limited series called Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.
The Watts Family Murders
This one is sad. Just so so sad. Chris Watts, the father of the family, murdered his wife Shanann and their two little girls back in 2018. It’s a very sad but interesting case, because no one really understands why he did it. Although he did try to hide it for a little while, very soon after it happened, he confessed to everything. My favorite true-crime podcast, Crime Junkie, has an episode about it. You can also watch the full documentary on Netflix called American Murder: The Family Next Door.
The Mysterious Death of Rey Rivera
Like the Elisa Lam case, this one kept me up at night thinking about it. Rey Rivera went missing back in 2006. He was missing for 6 days before his body was found inside the conference room of a local hotel. But his death is nowhere near cut and dry… you’ve just got to see it for yourself. His case is covered in the first episode of the first season of Netflix’s reinstallment of Unsolved Mysteries. You can also listen to the Crime Junkies podcast episode about it.
The Disappearance of 2-Year-Old DeOrr Kunz Jr.
This one is terrifying to me, just because I know when I may have kids one day, I’ll be thinking about how this story is my worst nightmare. Two-year-old DeOrr Kunz Jr. went on a camping trip to Idaho with his mother, father, grandfather, and a family friend. Shortly after they arrive, the adults turn their back for 5 minutes and it seems DeOrr vanished out of thin air. You can find a documentary on the case on Hulu called Missing 411, which details cases of missing people in national parks. You can also listen to the Crime Junkie podcast episode on it.
Wanted For Murder: Robert Fisher
The mystery is absolutely real with this one. Robert Fisher lived in Arizona with his family of a wife and two kids until 2001. In 2001, the family’s home exploded and inside, officials found the remains of Mary Fisher, Brittany Fisher, and Bobby Fisher. All of them had been murdered before the fire had even started and police still believe Robert did it. After that day, no one has seen him. There are lots of theories about what happened to him and you can listen to all the details on this episode of the Crime Junkie podcast.
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