True Crime News Roundup: Chicago Woman Accused Of Killing And Dismembering Her Landlord

Plus: Parkland mass shooter to be sentenced to life; 15-year-old allegedly kills five in Raleigh shooting spree; Alex Jones ordered to pay $1 billion in damages to Sandy Hook victim families.

October 14, 2022
Frances Walker, pictured here smiling, was found murdered and dismembered in her home on Oct. 10, 2022.

Sandra Kolalou, 36, is accused of murdering and dismembering her landlord, 69-year-old Frances Walker, after receiving an eviction notice.

Photo by: Frances Walker via Facebook

Frances Walker via Facebook

On Oct. 10, Chicago tenants grew concerned after reportedly hearing screams in the middle of the night and unsuccessfully attempting to get a hold of their landlord, 69-year-old Frances Walker. Walker’s dismembered remains were found in her freezer, including a severed head, arms, and leg. Police also found bloody rags, knives, and linens. The suspect, Sandra Kolalou, 36, had recently received an eviction notice from Walker. Kolalou was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond at the Cook County Jail.

Read more on People.

Jury recommends life without parole for Parkland school shooter

On Oct. 13, a Florida jury recommended that Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Last year, Cruz pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in conection to the Feb. 14, 2018 mass shooting. This decision spares Cruz from the death penalty.

Read more on CNN.

15-year-old allegedly kills five people, including older brother, in Raleigh mass shooting

Around 5 p.m. on Oct. 13, gunfire erupted in a neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina, killing five people, including a police officer. The suspect, 15-year-old Austin Thompson, is reportedly in critical condition. After a lengthy police standoff, Thompson was taken into custody. The victims include three women — Mary Marshall, 35; Susan Karnatz, 49; and Nicole Conners, 52 — along with the suspect’s brother 16-year-old James Roger Thompson and Gabriel Torres, 29, an off-duty police officer.

Read more on NPR.

Connecticut jury decides Alex Jones should pay nearly $1 billion in damages to Sandy Hook families

On Oct. 12, a Connecticut jury decided that far-right talk show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay eight families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims and one first responder $965 million in compensatory damages. Jones, 48, once claimed on his radio and internet platform InfoWars that the massacre that took the lives of 26 children and school employees, was “synthetic, completely fake with actors” and “manufactured” as a way to diminish gun rights.

Read more on CNN.

Next Up

True Crime News Roundup: Teen With ‘Infectiously Positive Aura’ Fatally Stabbed While Tubing Down Wisconsin River

Plus: Georgia college professor accused of killing incoming freshman; jury awards two parents of slain Sandy Hook first grader $4.1 million; South Carolina couple arrested for 2010 cold case murder in Kansas; four Kentucky officers federally charged in connection with Breonna Taylor’s death.

True Crime News Roundup: Woman Who Manipulated Boyfriend Into Killing Her Husband Sentenced

Plus: Principal accused of having yearslong sexual relationship with student; NYC teen mother allegedly threw newborn from fifth-floor window; dispute over dog turns deadly in Connecticut; and a judge denies a request for DNA testing in West Memphis Three case.

True Crime News Roundup: Remains Of Missing Colorado Woman Identified, Suspect To Plead Guilty

Plus: Manhunt continues for yoga teacher accused of killing love rival; romance novelist is convicted of murdering her husband; suspect charged in connection to random shooting on NYC subway

5 Dead in 2 Louisiana Mass Shootings; Suspect Arrested in Virginia

Dakota Theriot, 21, was caught at his grandmother’s house; victims include his parents and possible girlfriend.

True Crime News Roundup: ‘Mommy, They Lit Me On Fire’: Boy, 6, Suffers Burns After ‘Bully’ Attacks, Family Says

Plus: Alleged murderer of Orsolya Gaal seems to have posted troubling videos online; police hunt for killer of New Hampshire couple; Texas woman missing after reportedly taking ride from stranger; jury selection disrupted in Parkland school shooter's trial.

True Crime News Roundup: Tennessee Man Accused Of Killing Wife On Their Honeymoon In Fiji

Plus: A Georgia man travels to Chicago to shoot his ex wife before killing himself; Indiana pizza maker rescues five children from house fire; officials in Africa want to speak with ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ author about murder case; and Kristin Smart murder trial begins in California.

True Crime News Roundup: Missing California Woman Found Dead In Remote Woods, Ex-Husband Arrested

Plus: Four University of Idaho students brutally murdered; Pregnant Florida mom found shot; Gabby Petito’s family awarded $3 million in lawsuit; Parents of boy found dead in washing machine charged with his murder.

San Antonio Police Officer Fired And Charged After Shooting Teen In McDonald’s Parking Lot

On Oct. 2, 2022, Erik Cantu, 17, was eating in his car when former police officer James Brennand ordered him to get out. When Cantu tried to drive away, Brennand shot him multiple times.

True Crime News Roundup: 19-Year-Old Arrested After Memphis Shooting Spree

Plus: Stepmother of missing child arrested; Anna Delvey’s former friend sues Netflix; father arrested after 1-year-old son dies in hot car; and two people shot at Uvalde Memorial Park.