Why HBO’s John Oliver will convince you that Multi Level Marketing and Televangelists are Scam Artists….

Sometimes it takes a Comedian to educate people about these financial schemers. IT may be legal, but it sure is not moral. They sell salvation…. Others sell prosperity….

More than Three Decades Later, the name of a Dead Hitchhiker Baffles Authorities….

It’s a mystery that has consumed the Arkansas State Crime Lab for nearly four decades. Who is the man that drowned on October 18th, 1984 near the town of Malverne?

The Unidentified man died as a result of a car accident when the vehicle he was driving, crashed into a body of water. The other occupant of the car (the owner) managed to get out safely. The unidentified victim was not so lucky as he was trapped under water for as long as 30 minutes and sustained loss of oxygen to his brain which would kill him two days later.

The owner of the vehicle did not know the hitchhiker’s name but it is believed that he had been hitchhiking when he was picked up by the owner of the vehicle in Louisville, Kentucky. The owner of the car was on his way to Houston, Texas and allowed the hitchhiker to come along. During the drive, the owner of the vehicle allowed the victim to drive while he (the owner) went to sleep. Shortly after the victim took the wheel, the two got into a car accident.

The victim is a White male who is five foot eight inches tall, 167 pounds and maybe around the ages of 25 to 35 years. He had medium to dark brown hair which measured about 6 inches in length. The deceased also had a bushy, brown beard, brown eyes a small circular scar on his left ankle. Found on him were: Brown boot shoes; a pair of red, black and white sweat socks sized M8; a cut brown sweater; 28 x 32 Corduroy trousers; and multicolored long sleeved shirt ” John Henry ” (his neck size was 14 1/2 inches (32-33)).

IT is possible that he may have been from the New Haven, Connecticut area and that he may have also been trying to get to California as a destination point. If anyone has any information as to who he is, please contact the Hot Spring County Coroners Office at 501-732-0561 . You can email them at chris.edwards@crimelab.arkansas.gov.

To see photos of him post-mortem please visit here. CAUTION: https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/3123/details?nav

Was He Killed in an act of Hate? Or did someone think he saw something that he didn’t?

It was on  May 10th, 1996, when thirty year old Juan “Leon” Laureles of Bangs, (Texas)  was found shot to death near his burning 1988 Ford Thunderbird off FM 2126 in the town of Brownwood, Texas. Mr. Laureles left his home which he shared with his brother in Bangs at around 11:30 pm, and he was due at work at midnight that night in Brownwood at the Krogers where he worked the graveyard shift. At 12:30 am, a motorist made a call to 911 to report that they saw a burning vehicle off FM 2126. After firefighters and deputies responded, the fire had been extinguished when Leon Laureles body was found a few feet away from a gunshot in the back of the head.

At the time, investigators were on the lookout for an unknown model pickup, possibly a one-ton, possibly red and off-white or beige with no bed on the truck. The truck was seen in the area prior to the time where Leon’s body had been found. 

According to a 2008 article in the Brownwood Bulletin, Leon had told his sister a short time before he was killed that certain individuals were angry at him and he was unsure why.

There is also a theory that the murder could have been a “Hate Crime” due to Laureles being gay.  

Laureless did not live or engage in a high-risk lifestyle and was known to be a homebody.  .

A private investigator was hired by family members and during their investigation, the investigator revealed to family members that they received death threats.   Not much information was told to the family by the investigator after that.  .

If you have any information regarding Mr. Laureles’s homicide or events leading up to it, please reach out to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at (325) 646-5510  or visit http://www.heartoftexascrimestoppers.org/ and submit a tip through them if you wish to remain anonymous.

Was it Murder? Overdose?

Amber Lazenby Mukegon Heights, MI Possible homicide Victim

It was on April 25th, 2019 when the body of 24 year old Amber Lazenby was found on private property in the city of Muskegon Heights, Michigan.   Her body was found in the rear of a disabled vehicle and drug paraphernalia was reported near the vehicle.  Lazenby had an addiction to drugs and would engage in prostitution.   In 24 years, Lazenby had a tough life. Her mother left her and her younger sister when they were just young children.  They were raised by their father and her aunt.  Family members also believe that she may have been sexually abused by someone related to her.  These factors may have vastly contributed to her drug addiction.   There are questions as to how she died.  An autopsy could not determine a cause of death.  There was trauma on her body but questions remain if they occurred after she had died.  It is possible that she could have died from a drug overdose and even though there was no presence of opioids in her system, cocaine and marijuana were present.  

Amber Lazenby Mukegon Heights, MI Possible homicide Victim

It looks more likely that it was a homicide.  The autopsy revealed a fractured cervical (neck) bone among other unusual findings including a major laceration on her head.   Law Enforcement is looking at the case but family members express concern about their calls not being returned.    Her Aunt and cousins want answers and if it’s a homicide…. They want justice.    To view Amber’s autopsy click here.  w19-0357_amber_lazenby_autopsy-signed

To view a copy of the Death Certificate.