16 True Crime Stories And Legal Dramas That Shocked Us In 2018
The true crime features and other gripping stories that shocked us in 2018.
Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice were teenage Ren & Stimpy fans who wanted to make cartoons. They say they were preyed upon by the creator of the show, John Kricfalusi, who admitted to having had a 16-year-old girlfriend when approached by BuzzFeed News. Read it here.
Emilie Morris got her high school cross-country coach to admit to sex crimes on tape. But when she unexpectedly died at age 35, the criminal case she’d fought to bring against him died, too. Read it here.
Former students and employees of the River View Christian Academy told BuzzFeed News that girls were disciplined if they even discussed the idea of being gay. "I didn't come out as queer for 10 years because of it." Read it here.
When Anna said she was raped by two on-duty cops, she thought it would be a simple case. She had no idea she lived in one of 35 states where officers can claim a detainee consented. Read it here.
A young woman filed a lawsuit and a police report accusing a Texas imam of sexual misconduct. Those who know her say it’s a landmark moment for Muslims saying #MeToo. Read it here.
Over the past two years, at least 20 state legislatures have considered whether to ban marriage under 18. Only two have actually done it. Read it here.
I went to Wisconsin’s Bad River Reservation to find out why 14-year-old Jason Pero was shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy. But tribal members didn’t only want to talk about the shooting: “You’ve heard about the women, right?” Read it here.
“I was like, ‘I feel violated. This feels wrong. But I don’t know if it’s illegal.’” This woman's case has exposed a loophole in rape laws. Read it here.
A high school athletic trainer claimed his unorthodox treatments would change players’ lives. Dozens of victims say school officials, including one who’s now a state lawmaker, kept “Doc’s” secrets. Read it here.
These women thought they could finally break free from their convicted abusers. They didn’t expect it’d come with a price tag. Read it here.
The new allegations range from underage sexual abuse in the 1990s to holding a “brainwashed” woman in a “cult” today. Read it here.
—Jim DeRogatis and Marisa Carroll
A BuzzFeed News analysis found that Republican officials in 49 states have openly attacked Muslims with words and proposed legislation since 2015, and few have faced repercussions. Read it here.
—Hannah Allam and Talal Ansari
“They’re thinking they’ll get what they need over here,” said a doctor who’s treated Americans with drug addictions in Tijuana. Read it here.
Residents in homes for people with developmental disabilities are rarely taught how to report abuse, despite being at high risk of experiencing it. Read it here.