In December 1994, 19-year-old Melissa Witt was kidnapped and murdered in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A brutal mindless killing that nobody understood. One girl has made it her private mission to trace down Melissa’s killer and get her the justice she so deserves. It’s a quest that has taken her to locations she by no means might have imagined. Locations the place darkish and determined corners of humanity would stand up and attempt to take middle stage. A fearless LaDonna Humphrey ignored their threats and stood agency. And this time, she wasn’t alone.
In her first ebook The Girl I Never Knew, reviewed here on Crime Traveller earlier this 12 months, LaDonna Humphrey gave an sincere, fascinating, and heart-rendering account of her seek for this man and not using a face. The person who strangled Melissa Ann Witt to loss of life. As an investigative journalist and personal investigator, LaDonna has at all times been concerned in serving to victims of crime and advocating for these and not using a voice.
LaDonna’s relentless willpower for justice for Melissa has opened doorways she didn’t at all times need to undergo. Strangled is the second ebook within the Melissa Witt sequence. Its pages are crammed with a hidden world that lives behind simply a kind of ominous doorways. Probably the worst one she has encountered thus far.
For this a part of her journey, she had a associate in willpower and grit to search out the reality. The alliance and true friendship that has now been born was as sudden because the traumatizing 12 months they’ve skilled since these first emails they tentatively exchanged within the Spring of 2021.
“As I’ve investigated the Melissa Witt case over the previous seven years, I’ve encountered all types of evil—the whole lot from psychopaths to serial murderers, and but, above all, the fetishers frighten me probably the most.” – LaDonna Humphrey
Alecia Lockhart is a author, researcher, podcast host, and religious advisor from Portland, Oregon. Again in Could 2021, she was about to check out a brand new enterprise. A video channel on YouTube. Earlier than she hit the launch button she trawled by means of her reminiscence for something that would pop up from her previous and doubtlessly trigger her issues. Everybody has a previous and everybody is aware of the net communities of this world are usually not at all times nice and type.
There was just one factor Alecia remembered. She had as soon as posed as a mannequin for a photographer and filmmaker known as Carl. Solely it was a really uncommon shoot that left her uncomfortable. Carl was a filmmaker for individuals with fetishes. He assured her the quick movie can be going to just one individual and would by no means be made public. An announcement she would later come to know was false.
He wished her to play useless and put on a Mickey Mouse watch. An web search with these phrases will doubtless produce search outcomes specializing in the homicide of Melissa Witt’. That’s what Alecia’s sister did. And that’s how Alecia grew to become actively concerned within the seek for Melissa’s killer, it doesn’t matter what it took.
Melissa Witt owned a Mickey Mouse watch. She at all times wore it however on the night time she was murdered that watch alongside along with her clothes was taken and it has by no means been discovered. It’s assumed the one who took it was her killer. A trophy for him to recollect his kill. However that watch wasn’t the one factor that was a attainable connection to a darkish world of filmmaking that might drag each Alecia and LaDonna down a terrifying street.
Within the months after they started working collectively, LaDonna obtained an e mail with a daunting topic line; “Melissa Witt’s Homicide and the Demise Fetish Group.” Inside was a protracted rambling narrative by somebody speaking within the first individual. The menacing tone mingled interchangeably with a threatening voice that was all too private. The author tried to heckle LaDonna about her investigation into Melissa’s homicide. They advised her the homicide was related to this loss of life fetish neighborhood which she ought to look into at her personal danger. Foreboding phrases designed to trigger concern earlier than the author signed off as The Vermillion Strangler.
Demise fetish pornography, additionally known as ‘necro porn’ are two taboo unstated topics merged collectively right into a ugly and harmful obsession for many who discover these to be arousing and sexual. That is an underground collaboration of individuals that almost all don’t know exists.
It’s the place individuals who discover loss of life sexually arousing have discovered one another on boards and web sites hidden among the many layers of the web. Engagement in these web sites and on this content material will be and is nearly at all times nameless. Sitting at residence behind pc and cellphone screens, people are recognized solely by the username they’ve chosen for themselves. Their actual lives are usually not uncovered for viewing. Households and jobs in the true world stay hidden and nondisclosed whereas they take part in a fantasy.
Whereas there are boards the place customers, or ‘fetishers’ submit their fantasies to one another there may be then the precise content material, the place the true horror and hazard lies. Filmmakers organize and movie these scenes to match what the customers need to see. They’ll make no matter a ‘consumer’ pays them to create.
Ladies are nearly completely the victims portrayed in these movies. Murdered for pleasure earlier than additional fantasy is carried out on their unmoving our bodies. Whereas actual abhorrent snuff movies exist, this content material is, more often than not at the very least, faked by actresses employed to play the half. These are scenes that always go additional and additional into the unacceptable after which into clear abuse.
Stories from fashions embody being drugged by filmmakers and being compelled to do issues that they at no level gave their consent for. This can be a darkish world the place strains are crossed each single day.
This story is about how Alecia and LaDonna with the assistance and assist of the Melissa Witt investigation crew, specifically the previous Captain of the Main Crimes Unit Jay C Rider and former Fort Smith Detective Chris Boyd, tracked down that filmmaker from Alecia’s previous.
It’s the harrowing story of how they managed to search out him and the lengths they then went to with a purpose to extract data from him. The additional characters they uncovered and located themselves in uneasy communication with. Alongside the way in which, their actual identities had been uncovered and the inhabitants of those creepy degrading worlds made a beeline for them personally.
It was harassment and it was threatening. All to try to cease them from revealing the fact of what’s going on and serving to those that had been being harmed due to it.
Strangled shouldn’t be a ebook for the faint-hearted. It’s brave and unflinching. It delves into material, behaviors, language, and actions which are surprising and repulsive, and fairly truthfully terrifying. The writing is delicate however brutal the place wanted to reveal the people they had been up towards and the darkish world they inhabited. For some, this is perhaps an excessive amount of. For others, like myself, this ebook was two fearless girls telling the reality about an underground hidden world that poses quite a lot of hazard.
“I let loose a sigh and allowed myself to really feel the concern that had been welling up within the background of my life over the past 12 months. I used to be involved that this example would finish in violence towards LaDonna or myself. Whoever had been stalking us for months was getting braver.” – Alecia Lockhart
The chapters of the ebook swap between telling the story in LaDonna’s voice to telling the story in Alecia’s voice. It provides each views. It permits the reader to observe the rocky and troublesome paths of each of those girls who though working collectively had their very own completely different experiences of what they encountered.
It’s an attention-grabbing means of presenting and following the stream of how this surprising story unfolded and it retains the writing partaking as views shift.
Two girls with fierce willpower and bravado took on a world that might shock them to their core. A world that was alien to them, that they didn’t know even existed. It’s a gripping narrative. There have been so many factors they might have stopped and stepped again. Understandably put their fingers as much as say that is sufficient now, however they didn’t and they’re nonetheless combating.
The rationale why is similar 5 phrases LaDonna spoke about in her first ebook; Melissa Ann Witt deserves justice.
This story shouldn’t be over. There’s extra to uncover and little doubt extra truths to be advised. Melissa Witt was a woman neither LaDonna nor Alecia knew in individual. They by no means met her. But in her loss of life, she introduced individuals collectively who doubtless would by no means have related in any other case. A becoming a member of of forces which are doing good on this world. The seek for justice for Melissa has shaped bonds that can now by no means be damaged.
Strangled by LaDonna Humphrey with Alecia Lockhart
Genius Ebook Publishing, 26 October 2022, Paperback and Kindle, 280 Pages.
“Strangled is the surprising and suspenseful account of the battle Humphrey and Lockhart wage on a warped and wicked on-line neighborhood set on destruction, homicide and mayhem. The stakes are excessive. Their security is compromised. Evil lurks with each click on. Simply how far are they keen to go to search out the solutions they want?”
The Girl I Never Knew: Who Killed Melissa Witt? by LaDonna Humphrey
Genius Ebook Publishing, 8 April 2022, Paperback and Kindle, 199 Pages.
“For over twenty years the id of Melissa Witt’s assassin has been hidden among the many dense bushes and thorny undergrowth rooted deeply within the uneven floor of a distant mountaintop within the Ozark Nationwide Forest. Decided to search out solutions, LaDonna Humphrey has spent the previous seven years attempting to find Melissa’s killer. Her investigation, each thrilling and unpredictable, has led her on a journey like no different. The Lady I By no means Knew is an edge-of-your-seat account of LaDonna Humphrey’s passionate combat for justice within the decades-old homicide case of a woman she by no means met in individual. Her unstoppable quest for the reality has gained the eye of some extremely harmful individuals, a few of whom wish to preserve Melissa’s homicide a thriller endlessly.”
In 2015 LaDonna Humphrey put a crew collectively to provide a documentary in regards to the abduction and homicide of Melissa Witt. Watch the trailer under.
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