Monday, April 22, 2019

List Series: 10 Unsolved Home Invasion Mysteries


Home is usually the place where a person feels the safest. This is why home-invasions are perhaps one of the most frightening crimes that can occur to a person or family--particularly because it's rather unexpected and victims likely do not see it coming. While home invasions are mostly personal/committed by people close to the victim(s), many of these crimes remain unsolved. Below is a list of 10 unsolved mysteries involving home invasions.

10. The Short Family Murders
Mary (36) and Michael (50) with their daughter, Jennifer (9) pictured together in 2002
On the evening of August 15th, 2002, a co-worker of Michael Short was passing by the Short's Bassett, Virginia home when he spotted Michael laying in a pool of blood inside his family's enclosed carport. The co-worker called police, who entered the home and discovered that Michael had been shot to death. They then searched the home, and found Michael's wife Mary Short shot to death in their bedroom. Michael and Mary's 9 year-old daughter, Jennifer Short, was nowhere to be found. An Amber Alert was issued, and a search for the young girl quickly ensued. 

The professional searches for Jennifer unfortunately came up empty. Then, on September 26th, 2002, a man walking his dog found remains near a creek in Rockingham County, North Carolina--located approximately 35 miles away from the Short's home. Those remains were later confirmed to be that of Jennifer Short. Like her parents, Jennifer had also been shot to death. 

This unsolved case leaves many unanswered questions. Who would want the Short family dead? Why was Jennifer taken to a different location? Was she held captive for a period of time before she was killed? Perhaps the most haunting question, though, is the motive. Why did someone kill this entire family? [read more]


9. The Murder of Anita Knutson
18 year-old Anita Knutson (2007)
Anita Knutson was savagely murdered inside her Minot, North Dakota apartment on June 3rd, 2007. At the time of her death, Anita was a freshman at Minot State University and she lived with a roommate near the college campus. Anita's roommate was out-of-town on the evening of June 3rd--leaving Anita at the apartment by herself. After not hearing from her for over a day, Anita's father went to her apartment to check on her. Knocks to Anita's apartment door went unanswered, so her father was eventually able to get the apartment's manager to let him in. When he entered, he stumbled upon a horrific scene: Anita was dead. She had been stabbed to death in her own bedroom.

It appears that whoever killed Anita broke into the apartment. The front door was locked, but the screen on Anita’s bedroom window had been slashed and pushed out of the frame—suggesting that the killer had entered through said window. Police initially had many leads to follow.They investigated apartment maintenance workers, Anita’s friends from school, and various people who were seen in the area around the time of Anita’s murder. Unfortunately, nothing panned out. Since then, leads have been very scarce and Anita’s case has gone cold. Her killer remains free today. [read more]

8. The Murder of Gabby Bledsoe
16 year-old Gabby Bledsoe (2013)
Gabrielle 'Gabby' Bledsoe was only 16 years-old when she was brutally murdered inside her family’s home in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 1st, 2013. She was last seen by her mother Lacrecia Bledsoe that evening, before Lacrecia decided to go spend the night with a friend, leaving Gabby at the home by herself. The following morning, when Lacrecia returned, she found her daughter's body on the floor of their home. At some point throughout the night, somebody had broken into the home and violently stabbed Gabby to death. 

Police identified a person-of-interest relatively early into the investigation. 31 year-old James Barber is that person--he also happens to be an ex-boyfriend of Lacrecia Bledsoe. Barber is currently incarcerated for unrelated charges and he has never been charged with anything related to Gabby's case. Police are still looking for more evidence in the case. Gabby's murder remains unsolved. [read more]

7. The Murder of Sherri Terese Smith
Sherri Smith 

During the early-morning hours of November 21st, 2011, police in Fairfield, Alabama were sent to the home of Sherri Terese Smith (32) in response to a burglar alarm that had sounded off at her residence. Once they arrived, officers found the front door of the home slightly ajar. In the master bedroom, they found Sherri covered in blood. She had been shot and stabbed multiple times. Paramedics pronounced Sherri dead upon their arrival.


Although the police responded to Sherri’s burglar alarm going off, they stated there was otherwise no sign of forced entry at Sherri’s home. Additionally, there were no items taken from the home that would suggest burglary. Due to this, police do not believe that Sherri’s murder was a robbery gone bad. In fact, investigators believe that Sherri knew her assailant, and that the attack was personal. Still, no arrests have been made in the case and no suspects have been publicly announced. Sherri's death remains unsolved today. [read more]


6. The Murder of Delcia Mejia
Delcia Mejia
Delcia Mejia was only 16 years-old when she was murdered inside her family’s Miami, Florida home on September 17th, 2004. The teen was last seen alive by her family the previous evening. Delcia reportedly said goodnight to her mother Delcia Oliva and stepfather Raul Mata around 11pm on September 16th. Delcia’s mother left for work the following morning around 5:30am, but she did not check on Delcia as she believed she was sleeping and did not want to wake her up. Delcia’s stepfather Raul left for the home around 7:45am—he also said that he did not check on Delcia before he left, but he also assumed she was asleep. Raul returned to their home less than two hours later, around 9:15am. At this time, Raul reportedly discovered Delcia’s body in her bed. She had been stabbed to death.

Over a decade has passed since Delcia’s death, and police have not made any arrests in connection with her murder.  However, a detective working the case has stated that Raul is a suspect in the case. He has been reportedly been “extensively questioned”, but he has never been charged with anything related to the case. However, the detective also stated that they are open to exploring other suspects as well. He explained, “even though common sense dictates that we look at [Raul], I don’t want us to be oblivious to anyone else. I don’t want the people out there to focus all of their attention on Mr. Mata. If there is any bit of information out there that will lead us to another individual, I am all ears” Despite this, though, Raul has still not been ruled out. Delcia's murder is still classified as unsolved. [read more]



5. The Disappearance of John Weisbecker
John Weisbecker
John Weisbecker (21) vanished from his family's Ocean City, New Jersey home under very suspicious circumstances. He was last seen at the home around 10:30am on March 11th 2009. A postal worker spotted John inside the home at that time, however when his mother tried to call him an hour later, the phone when straight to voicemail. When his mother returned home around 9pm, she realized that John was not home. She reported him missing just a few hours later.

Throughout the investigation, detectives have stated that they believe John disappeared shortly before noon. His wallet and cell phone went missing with him, but his phone has been shut off and he has not accessed any of his bank accounts/credit cards since he disappeared. Detectives apparently also found evidence that John did not leave his home voluntarily. It is unclear what evidence was found—whether it was blood, gun shell casings, or some other sign of a struggle; but it is clear that investigators believe John was taken from the home against his will. In fact, the FBI was eventually brought into the investigation and has now classified John’s case as a kidnapping. 

A motive for John's kidnapping remains unknown as well. He was unemployed at the time, and according to investigators, there is no evidence that he was involved with buying or selling drugs. Over a decade has passed, and John's disappearance still remains unsolved today. [read more]

4. The Murder of Samantha Folsom

Samantha Folsom (26) was found murdered inside her Lewiston, Maine apartment on November 9th, 2011. Around the time of her death, Samantha was planning to get clean from drugs in order to gain custody back of her son. She asked her parents to drive her to a rehabilitation facility, however on the day they planned to go, Samantha's parents were unable to get ahold of her. After days passed without hearing from her, Samantha's parents asked the apartment manager to allow them access to her apartment. Once they were let inside, Samantha's mother found Samantha's body stuffed inside a closet. 

Although the exact cause of death has not been revealed, Samantha's death has been classified as a homicide. There were some obvious suspects at first, as Samantha had a tumultuous relationship with both her ex-husband and a more recent ex-boyfriend. However, both men were behind bars at the time of her murder, so they have officially been ruled out as suspects. No other persons of interest have been identified and Samantha's case continues to baffle investigators. Her murder remains unsolved today. [read more]

3. The Murder of Ashleigh Love
Ashleigh Love (19) was murdered inside her family's Milwaukee, Wisconsin home on October 7th, 2009. Around 2am that morning, Ashleigh's mother stated that she was suddenly jolted awake. She looked out the window and saw what appeared to be a male figure running through their yard. Ashleigh's father went to go check on Ashleigh, and he was shocked by what he saw: she had been shot point-blank in the face. Whoever shot her was able to escape from the home undetected. 

Ashleigh's parents and brother were both in the home at the time the shooting occurred, however all were asleep at the time apparently none of them heard the gunfire. After police arrived, they quickly determined that Ashleigh's death was not a robbery gone bad--as no items were missing from the family's home. This baffled both detectives and Ashleigh’s family members—they could not think of anyone who would want her dead. Detectives have interviewed and investigated Ashleigh’s family, friends and acquaintances, but they were unable to find anything that led them to a suspect. Still, detectives do not believe that Ashleigh’s murder was random--they believe she was targeted. [read more]


                           2. The Murder of Egypt Covington

Egypt Covington (27) was murdered inside her home in Van Buren Township, Michigan on June 22nd, 2017. She was found by her long-term boyfriend Curtis Meadows, who entered her home after not being able to get ahold of her. As Curtis approached the door to her house, which was slightly ajar, he noticed her dog was barking wildly. He followed the dog to see what it was barking about--and what he found was a horrific scene: Egypt was dead. She was face-down on the floor, and had her arms bound with Christmas lights. Egypt had been shot to death.

Curtis was inevitably investigated thoroughly, and he was eventually ruled out as a suspect. About a year after the murder, though, police announced they had another person of interest: Kenny Michalak, an ex-boyfriend of Egypt's. Kenny and Egypt had a volatile relationship, and after it ended, Kenny was reportedly very jealous of Egypt's relationship with Curtis. Still, Kenny has not been charged with anything related to Egypt's murder, and Egypt's family does not believe he is responsible for her death. Egypt's murder remains unsolved today. [read more]


1. The Murder of Irasema Chavez
Irasema Chavez (left) and surveillance footage of a potential murder suspect (right)
Irasema Chavez (33) was brutally murdered inside her Arlington, Texas apartment on January 20th, 2012. Irasema had moved from Mexico to Texas just a few months earlier, and according to family and friends, she was very happy with her new living arrangements. Irasema lived close to her sister and brother-in-law and was able to see them on a frequent basis. The evening before she was murdered, Irasema asked her sister to bring over her niece for a visit, however her sister decided to wait and bring the niece over the following day. When that time came, Irasema's niece entered the apartment and found a gruesome scene--Irasema was dead, she had been stabbed over 100 times. 

Police have yet to name any suspects in the case, however they did obtain surveillance footage that they believe contains an image of the suspect. While the figure is hard to see, Irasema's family members reportedly do not recognize this person. Said person has never been identified and Irasema's murder remains unsolved today. [read more]


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Previously on the list:

The Abduction and Murder of Cynthia Carver
Cynthia Carver (2019)

Cynthia Carver (34) was kidnapped from her Newsoms, Virginia home during the night of February 21st, 2019. However, it wasn't until 1pm the following day that anybody noticed that something was wrong. Cynthia's mother drove by her house around that time and noticed the front door was wide open. Cynthia's mother then entered the house, where she saw pools of blood splattered around the floor. On the couch, there was a bloody knife. Police were called, who investigated the scene and eventually announced that it is likely Cynthia was taken from the home against her will. On March 19th, 2019, Cynthia's body was found in Suffolk County, Virginia. In May 2019, investigators revealed that Cynthia died of "multiple sharp force injuries." Finally, in June 2019, an arrest was made in the case. The suspect is currently behind bars as the charges are pending. [read more]

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