Patty Vaughan has been missing for 19 years

Image of Patty Vaughan

For most families, Christmas day is a time to gather with the entire family and celebrate life, love, and togetherness. For one family in La Vernia, Texas, Christmas day is a painful memory. It is the day their beloved daughter, sister, and mother, Patty Inez Brightwell Vaughan, mysteriously disappeared nineteen years ago. Those close to the investigation have long suspected Patty’s then-husband, J.R. Vaughan, in her disappearance. You might recall this particular case from my first book, Missing Wives, Missing Lives. Each Christmas, I say a silent prayer for Patty and her family, in hopes that one Christmas, they will have the answers to their questions and justice will have been served.

If you have information about this case, please think of Patty’s family on Christmas day and call 210-335-TIPS.

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“Her name was Bella Bond.”

Bella Bond, left, and the computer-generated image used to learn her identity, right.

A few weeks ago, I posted about Baby Doe, a young girl whose body was found wrapped in a blanket and a trash bag, discarded on Deer Island in Boston.  For several months, we all wondered who this child could be–how no one could notice a sweet, innocent girl had gone missing. Today, we know who she was, and two arrests have been made in the case.
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Who Is Baby Doe?

Image of Baby DoeOn June 25, 2015, a woman walking her dog along the beaches of Deer Island discovered a trash bag that contained the body of a young child. Three weeks later, a computer-generated image of the young girl, dubbed “Baby Doe” has been viewed millions of times and we still don’t know who she is. Baby Doe was approximately 4 years old when she died. She weighed just thirty pounds and stood at three-and-a-half feet tall. She had brown eyes and brown hair.
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Backseat Tragedies: Hot Car Deaths is now available!

Backseat Tragedies: Hot Car Deaths
Now available on Amazon!

It’s a topic no one wants to talk about. No parent ever thinks they could be capable of forgetting his or her own child in a hot car, but the sad truth is it happens dozens of times every year in the U.S. And those are just the fatal cases. There are many more unreported “close calls” each year. Experts believe the number of hot car deaths began to skyrocket in the 1990s, when states began requiring children to be placed in the backseats of vehicles (to avoid airbag deployment accidents) and car manufacturers began promoting rear-facing car seats for infants. While this is widely believed to be the safest place in a vehicle for an infant, it also puts the child in a vulnerable position–out of sight to the driver.
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Since everyone is talking about Robert Durst…

Since everyone is talking about Robert Durst, I thought I’d throw my two cents into the mix. I’ve been following the Durst case for years. I even wrote about his missing wife, Kathie, and the decades that followed in which his family and friends began to suspect that he had something to do with her 1982 disappearance. You can read about Kathie and Robert’s case, along with the cases of twenty-nine other missing women, in my book, Missing Wives, Missing Lives. When Robert’s longtime companion, Susan Berman, was shot execution style in her Los Angeles home in 2000, and then his Galveston, Texas neighbor turned up dismembered in 2001, the coincidences became too large to ignore. I think it’s clear to most people who have followed the case for decades that Mr. Durst has been a murderer walking free for years. If it wasn’t, the HBO documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” has made it abundantly clear.
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Congratulations to the winners of our Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

Book cover for "Till Death Do Us Part: A Collection of Newlywed Murder Cases" by Bestselling True Crime Author, JJ SlateThank you to everyone who took part in our Valentine’s Day Giveaway! This was a massive contents with twenty different prizes from some really terrific true crime authors. I’ve listed the winners below. If your name is on the list, please contact the author of your prize! For those of you who won autographed copies of Missing Lives, Missing Wives, if you already own it, feel free to request another one of my books as a prize!
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Who likes chocolate?

Photo of chocolate bars promoting JJ Slate's upcoming book "Till Death Do Us Part" (Coming February 28, 2015)Hi everyone! I’m excited to announce a fun little giveaway I’ll be running throughout the entire month of February. Each Friday this month, I’ll select one person who has pre-ordered the eBook of TILL DEATH DO US PART and signed up for my Thunderclap campaign to receive and autographed copy of the paperback when it releases, as well as some delicious chocolate to stuff in your face while you read it. Because I can’t be the only person who likes to eat chocolate when I read!
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