There are three very unusual investigations going on right now, each with an echo to the past. I’m not saying any of these men are guilty of anything but each is at least involved an odd set of circumstances.
John Mark Karr: Remember him? He’s the dude that in 2006 confessed to the1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey. He was extradited from Thailand, where he was found hiding out, to the US. Further investigation revealed that he had nothing to do with JonBenet’s death. The investigation also revealed that he was a creepy guy. Just how creepy?
He apparently underwent a sex change operation and now goes by the names of Alexis Voloran Reich and Delia Alexis Reich. He also has been accused of attempting to create a cult of JonBenet look-alikes which he calls “The Immaculates.” Somehow I can’t get the mental image of a regiment of JonBenets marching along in lockstep out of my head.
Samantha Spiegel, 19, who met Karr when he was her fourth grade teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School in San Francisco, has now requested a restraining order against him. It seems that he wanted her to recruit young girls for his cult and when she balked he threatened her with harm.
Digging into this guy’s brain is going to keep a lot of psychiatrists very busy for a long time.
Stephen Griffiths: This dude has been charged with the murders of Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage, and Susan Rushworth, young prostitutes who worked in a West Yorkshire red light district. The odd part is that Griffith is a Bradford University criminology student and apparently has been fascinated with serial killers such as Jack the Ripper and the Yorkshire Ripper. Were these murders his emulation of those?
When he appeared before the Bradford Magistrates’ Court and was asked his name he responded, “The Crossbow Cannibal.” When asked for his address he said, “Here I guess.” Not sure about the name but I suspect he got his future address right.
More psychiatrists and many more years of studying this guy’s psychopathology.
Joran van der Sloot: When you look up miscreant in the dictionary you will probably find this guy’s picture. You probably remember the name from the Natalee Holloway case. Joran was the last person to see her alive and was probably involved in her death on some level. Maybe it was a flat-out murder or maybe it was a death by accident but one way or the other he was involved. At least that’s what the evidence would suggest. Don’t forget the secret interview done by the investigative reporter who secretly filmed Joran in his car where Joran confessed to being involved in Natalee’s death and the disposal of her body.
There’s also been some evidence over the years that he might have been involved in kidnapping women for sex trafficking. Some of this evidence came from his own mouth. This has not been proven and no concrete evidence has been uncovered but it wouldn’t surprise me.
And now he’s on the run with an Interpol arrest warrant hanging over his head. It seems that the body of 21-year-old Stephany Flores was found in a blood spattered hotel room, a room rented by Joran. Like Natalee, it seems Joran met Stephany in a casino. As was suspected in Natalee’s case, date rape drugs or other sedatives might have been involved. Surveillance cameras showed Joran and Stephany enter the hotel and four hours later, early on Sunday morning, Joran leaving. Alone. Four days later the body of a young woman was found.
The creepy part? This murder took place five years to the day after Natalee Holloway went missing.
Joran is now on the run and authorities believe he crossed into Chile on that Sunday and may be attempting to reach Argentina. All they know for sure is that he is somewhere in South America. Hopefully he will be located and arrested soon.