Recently I’ve really got into true crime youtubers, with Eleanor Neale being our favourite. I’m super super fussy with accents, so it will literally take me hours to find an accent I can actually stand long enough to watch a full video. Eleanor Neale is from Yorkshire in England (I think!) and her accent is growing on me. I’ve been recommended other youtubers but for the life of me, I can’t bare their accents. AmberLovesMystery being my worst. I don’t even have it within me to explain all the reasons why. Just not my cup of tea.
Anywaaaay. We are at a point now where we have watched ALL Eleanor Neale’s YouTube videos, which is devastating because we have no idea when she’ll be uploading any new ones.. & there’s a couple that she hasn’t covered that I would personally love her to cover. So this has made me think, maybe I should just blog about my favourite true crime cases over here on my blog because let’s have it right, i’m the most opinionated person I know, I love a true crime case probably just as much if not more than any YouTuber, and my favourite cases, I have already researched down to the very last detail.
A few of my favourite cases:
Caylee Anthony/Casey Anthony – Whilst there’s quite literally hundreds of videos circling the internet about this case, Eleanor Neale has not covered it which is a huge shame. It’s one of my favourites because of the HUGE injustice surrounding this case. I won’t go into it too much now, but to put it briefly, Casey Anthony was an American girl, who gave birth to her daughter Caylee when she was just 19, she lived in Florida with her parents George & Cindy. On July 15th 2008, a call was made to 911 by Cindy (Caylee’s grandmother) who said she had not seen Caylee for 31 days & she was concerned as her daughter Casey’s car smelled like a dead body had been inside it. Cindy said that Casey had given various explanations as to where Caylee had been before finally telling her that she had actually not been seen for weeks. Eventually Caylee’s remains were found very close to the house she lived in with her mother and grandparents. The trial lasted 6 weeks, the prosecution even sought the death penalty for Casey Anthony, but eventually the jury found Casey to be not guilty, she later had all convictions against her overturned and was released to live a normal life. There’s so many details to this case, including footage of phone calls from prison that Casey made to her parents, bits of evidence that were found, stories that Casey had made up, allegations against the grandparents, all kinds of stuff. This case mind boggles not only me but thousands and thousands of us all around the world! I could easily get into it properly as I am yet to find a YouTuber I really like cover this case.
Jodi Arias – Probably my all time fave! I followed this case down to the finest detail & even watched the live trial as it was being documented and streamed around the world online!! I’ve only seen like two youtubers cover this case, both American and both of them have missed sooo many details out from it purely because they probably didn’t follow it as closely as I did. Jodi Arias was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in April of 2015 for the killing of her ex boyfriend Travis Alexander, in Arizona. The reason I found this case so fascinating was mainly because seeing the trial play out in court was just so interesting. From the prosecution lawyer who gripped the nation and grilled Jodi on cross examination (she put up a good fight though!) to the stories, and the tales she would say whilst on stand. Whilst this trial was being aired, Jodi was also being paid from different news channels across the world for interviews, which of course she did! They’re all on YouTube if you want to have a nosey. Some say Jodi loved the fame that came along with this trial and all of her interviews she did, in some interviews you can even see her applying lip gloss and adjusting her hair! She maintained throughout that she killed Travis in self defence as she was a victim of domestic violence and to this day, I think I believe her. So much stuff has been said about her, how she was manipulative and put on an act for the nation, she was also diagnosed with a personality disorder as well when awaiting trial. There’s just so elements to this case that had my attention, I’d love to talk all day about it!
Claudia Lawrence – loads of youtubers have actually covered this case as it’s one of the more highly requested cases and been talked about widely within the media. Claudia Lawrence was an English chef at the university of York, who disappeared on March 18th 2009. Although police have treated her case more as a murder, with various people having been arrested and later released over the years, her fate is unclear as this remains an unsolved case in the eyes of the law. There’s so many conspiracy theories about what has happened to Claudia, which some ranging from her starting a new life over on Cyprus where she was previously offered jobs, others say she was murdered, abducted, etc. I definitely have my theory about what happened to her, so again, another case I’d love to talk about at length.
Madeleine McCann – Again, probably the most talked about disappearance case of my generation at least! Just about every YouTuber you can think of bad covered this case, so much so that our favourite YouTuber Eleanor Neale said she won’t cover it, because it’s just too talked about and everyone’s already done it! There’s hundreds and thousands of conspiracy theories out there about what may or may not have happened to Madeline. Some think she’s alive and still out there, some think she’s been murdered. Many think her parents have more to do with it than what we know about. Again, I absolutely have my theories and opinions as I’m sure we all do!
Breck Bednar – Breck was a 14 year old boy living in England (Essex) And was murdered by 18 year old Lewis Daynes who he had met online through an online gaming website in 2014. I had seen bits and bobs of this case over the past few years in the media, but I hadn’t heard about it properly until Eleanor Neale covered it in depth and I was mind blown. It’s a case that I think is very relevant to our generation, it’s how people meet these days since online gaming websites are on the rise and it shows how deception and lies can and do happen, however, Eleanor revealed in her video when covering the case how since being sentenced, Lewis Daynes has written online blog posts/letters from his prison cell, giving his version of events of what really happened during and the lead up of Brecks death, and I have to say, a lot of it was confirmed as factual by family members of Breck and it was really interesting to hear his side of things. Of course, he did kill Breck, Lewis never denied that & he is serving a prison sentence for that, however, the things he says happened are very different to what you will see/hear/read about online about this case. Another case I’d love to speak about in more depth. One possibly not everyone will have heard of.
Baby P – I don’t think I’d be able to actually talk about this case without crying or feeling a huge sense of emotional pain. Peter Connelly known as “baby p” was a 17 month old English boy who died in London in 2007 after suffering more than fifty injuries over an 8 month period, during which he was repeatedly seen by the London Borough of Haringey children’s services. This case caused major shock and concern among the public and parliament, partly because of the magnitude of Peters injuries and partly because of the failure of the social services in this case. Peters mother Tracey Connelly, her boyfriend Steven Barker, and the brother of Steven, were all convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child. Tracey was released from prison in 2013, and so many newspaper articles came to light about her that were quite frankly disgusting and a sorry example of what this country has to show for itself. Within a year of her release she was put back behind bars after selling indecent images of herself. Charming woman!
Becky Watts – Rebecca Marie Watts known as “Becky” was a British student from Bristol in England, who was murdered in 2015 at the age of 16. I followed this case really really closely at the time, and the information that continued to surface just got worse and worse. The entire case is absolutely heartbreaking and I feel like I could talk forever about it! Again, Eleanor Neale did cover this case too, & she did a brilliant video on it actually, she went into a lot of detail which I think came across really well. Beckys stepbrother Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare were both charged of the murder of Becky. With Nathan being found guilty and Shauna guilty of manslaughter. I personally feel like Shauna should have got the murder charge opposed to manslaughter and I feel like her sentence was too lenient where as Eleanor said in her video she thought 17 years was too much for manslaughter. No chance. I’d have locked the pair of them up and thrown away the key if it was down to me.
Shannon Matthews – So this case, I didn’t follow very closely until they made a documentary on it staring Sheridan Smith, which I must say was absolutely fantastic, and Sheridan proved herself to be a truly amazing actress throughout. Shannon Louise Matthews was a 9 year old girl who was reported missing in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire in England in February of 2008. The search for her became a major missing person police operation which has often been compared to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Shannon was found alive and well the month following her disappearance at a house belonging to 39 year old Michael Donavon, uncle of Shannon’s mums, boyfriend, Craig. The kidnapping was discovered to have been planned by Karen Matthews (Shannon’s mum!) so that they could get money from the publicity. Karen was found guilty in court and sentenced to 8 years in prison, but was released in 2012. A bit like Baby P’s mum, Karen has been in and out of the papers since being released from prison with absolutely ludicrous stories, one for example was stating how she wanted weight loss surgery on the NHS!
Ariel Castro – Also known as the Cleveland kidnapped. Another case I followed closely when it happened and actually sent chills all over my body. This case is absolutely mind blowing and heartbreaking. The Ariel Castro kidnappings took place between 2002 and 2004 when three young women, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus we’re kidnapped by Ariel Castro and held captive in his home in Cleveland Ohio. They were imprisoned until May of 2013 when Amanda Berry managed to escape with her young daughter. This case truly will boggle your mind and it’s so fascinating. Castro was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison without the possibility of parole but just one month into his sentence, he committed suicide by hanging himself with bedsheets in his prison cell.
So they are the cases that have really caught my attention over the years, the cases I would absolutely love more youtubers to cover, but cases I could easily talk about more in depth.
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Have you heard of any of the cases I’ve listed above? What are your thoughts? Do you have any other cases that have stayed with you after you heard about them?
Mrs Chalke xx
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