5 Worst Crimes of the Decade
Every decade has its most notorious crimes and criminals. Charles Manson in the 1960s, The Zodiac Killer in the 1970s, Jeffrey Dahmer in the 1980s, O.J Simpson in the 1990s, Bernard Madoff and 9/11 in the 2000s. Although due to technological and psychological advancements in law enforcement, serial killings and crime itself are on the decline, there are still terrible crimes occurring in the world. These are the worst crimes of the decade.
The McStay Family Murder
In February of 2010, an entire family of 4 disappeared from their home in California. After a few days of attempting to contact them, a relative of the McStay’s went to their house and found the doors locked, and the dogs left out in the backyard. A missing person report was filed, and the family’s car was found, but nothing developed for almost 4 years.
Then, in November of 2013, a biker found 4 shallow graves with human remains in a California desert. A long police investigation ensued, which found that the family was killed by blunt force trauma and then buried in the desert. A number of theories were brought up, the first being that the family was killed at home and then brought to the desert. Another theory was that the family was on their way to Mexico when the tragedy occurred, but that was ruled out.
The police investigation led to Chase Merritt, a business associate of McStay, who had a history of felonies and a gambling problem. He reportedly tortured the family for financial gain before killing them with a sledgehammer. Merritt was sentenced to death by a Jury in 2020.
In October of 2013, a kidnapping occurred in New Hampshire. A fourteen-year-old girl named Abby Hernandez was abducted on her walk home from school by a man named Nate Kibby. A search for her ensued, He reportedly kept her in a storage container and sexually abused her on a continual basis for nine months. During the 9 months, Hernandez built a relationship with her captor, convincing him to let her read, which eventually led to her finding his name written in a cookbook.
Kibby at the same time that he was keeping Hernandez hostage, also was involved in the money counterfeit business. A woman who he gave money to discovered that he gave her counterfeit money, called Kibby and said she reported him to the police. Under pressure that the police would find him, he released Hernandez and asked that she not tell anyone his name before dropping her off near the original kidnapping site. Ultimately Hernandez reported Kibby to the authorities and gave them his location. Kibby was convicted on 7 counts and received a prison sentence of 45-90 years.
One occasionally hears of cases where someone kills a family member, but in August of 2015, a rare occurrence of patricide and filicide occurred by the hands of 25-year-old Cheyanne Jessie of Florida. Jessie called the police to report that her father and her 6-year-old daughter were missing.
When the police came to investigate, they noticed a rotting smell as well which Jessie attributed to a dead raccoon. After hearing inconsistencies in her story, the police identified her as a suspect and searched the property, finding the bodies of both missing persons in the shed. The investigation showed that Jessie killed both her father and daughter in the house with a knife, and left them there for four days, after the smell became unbearable, she moved them to the shed.
The motive for the crime was apparently so she could reconnect with her new boyfriend without the burden of a child. Jessie reportedly took her dead father's phone and texted her boyfriend that he was going to spend some time alone with his granddaughter and that he is leaving the house to his daughter. Jessie was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to death.
The Slender Man Stabbing
The Slender Man is a fictional character created for a 2009 Photoshop paranormal image contest. But two twelve-year-old girls believed that he is real. In 2014, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser wanted to prove their loyalty to the Slender Man and protect themselves and their families from him. They believed the only way to do so was by killing someone for him. The two pre-teens came up with a plan to murder a fellow classmate by the name of Payton Leutner.
The three were playing a game of hide-and-seek in a local park forest when Weier and Geyser pinned Leutner down and stabbed her 19 times with a kitchen knife before leaving her there to die. Leutner crawled to a nearby road where she was found by a cyclist and was hospitalized. Weier and Geyser were arrested and charged with attempted homicide but were found not guilty due to reasons of mental disease or defect and sentenced to involuntary psychiatric treatment.
Stephen Paddock was a retired accountant and real-estate investor when he committed mass murder in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2017. Although there was no clear motive for Paddock’s attack, he was consistently drunk leading up to the attack and was on Valium. He also lost a lot of money due to gambling addiction. What is clear is that his attack was not a spur of the moment act, it was well planned. Paddock checked into a hotel 6 days before a massive music festival and brought with him a large number of firearms, 23 rifles and one handgun.
He also brought with him a lot of expensive equipment includes 100 round magazines, bump stocks, telescopic sights and bipods. On October 1st, 2017, Paddock fired more than 1,000 rounds from his room at the hotel onto large crowds during the concert. He killed 58 and wounded 869 effectively making him the most deadly lone mass shooter in United States history.