True Crime Factor Closing

I would like to announce that as of this post, True Crime Factor is officially closed.

Running the website for the past two years has been fun, but I intend to now focus on other projects which will hopefully prove fruitful.

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the readers, publicists and interview subjects who made True Crime Factor what it is.

Best,

Adam Wilcox

October 2017

O.J. Simpson Freed on Parole

The Chicago Tribune reports that legendary NFL running back O.J. Simpson was released from prison on parole early yesterday morning. Simpson served nine years in jail after being convicted in 2008 on armed robbery charges stemming from an altercation over sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 in the double-homicide of his ex-wife, Nicole and her friend, Ron Goldman.

Please visit the above link to read more.

Deadliest Mass Shooting in Modern U.S. History Leaves 50-Plus Dead, Hundreds Wounded

More than 50 people are dead and hundreds more injured following a mass shooting during a concert by country music singer Jason Aldean last night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The gunman, who has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired hundreds of bullets into the Las Vegas Strip crowd from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel before taking his own life. Police later discovered a hoard of weapons in the room, including 10 rifles.

The rampage is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Please visit CNN here for continuing coverage of this story.

Eight Dead in Texas Shooting

CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports that eight people are dead, including the suspect, following a shooting at a Plano, Texas home Sunday evening.

According to police, the suspect was shot dead after a law enforcement officer heard gunshots from outside the home, causing him to enter the house. The officer observed several victims before engaging the suspect.

Two other victims were wounded in the shooting.

Please visit the above link to read more.

Police: Remains Identified as 17-Year-Old Missouri Woman Missing Since 2007

Bones discovered last April in a rural area of Missouri have been identified as those of 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky, who vanished in May 2007.

Kopetsky’s skull was found in a wooded area near Belton the day after a mushroom hunter discovered the remains of another missing young Missouri woman, Jessica Runions. Both women have been linked to 27-year-old Kylr Yust, who pleaded not guilty to burning Runions’ car in September 2016. Yust has not been formally charged in either death.

I spoke with Kara Kopetsky’s mother, Rhonda Beckford, about her disappearance last year. That interview is available here.

Please visit CBSNews.com at this link to read more.

13 Dead, Over 130 Injured in Barcelona Terror Attack (Updated)

Thirteen people are dead and over 130 more injured following a terror attack yesterday in Barcelona, Spain, reports CBSNews.com.

A van barrelling down Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district was responsible for the carnage that unfolded on the busy pedestrian street. While the driver of the vehicle remains on the run, two suspects connected to the attack have reportedly been arrested.

Spanish police said late Thursday that they have killed several people in Cambrils in a second alleged terror attempt.

According to police, the van attack is connected to an explosion that occurred south of Barcelona Wednesday night in which one person was killed and several more injured.

Terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Please visit the above link to read more.

(Update: The Daily Beast reports that the suspected driver of the van in the Barcelona attack, Younes Abouyaaqoub, was shot and killed by police on Monday.  Abouyaaqoub was reportedly wearing an apparent bomb belt at the time of the shooting)

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole By Nevada Board

(Photo Credit: Associated Press)

A Nevada legal board yesterday decided to grant parole to former football superstar O.J. Simpson, who was convicted in 2008 on multiple counts including assault, kidnapping and robbery following a bungled attempt in a Las Vegas hotel room to retrieve sports memorabilia he claimed had been stolen from him.
Four parole commissioners unanimously voted to release Simpson from prison during the hour-plus long nationally televised hearing, citing the former gridiron great’s low risk of re-offending and release plans, among other factors.

Simpson could be released as early as October 1, when he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year sentence.

Simpson, of course, was acquitted in the double-homicide of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman in 1995.

Please visit the National Post here to read more.