Most Disturbing Crimes Ever
Bechtel went missing during a run on July 24, 1997 — police only know this because her car was found near a running trail she frequented.
Her car and an eyewitness who claimed they saw a woman who could have been Bechtel jogging was all the evidence there was. Six years later, a watch similar to the one Bechtel owned was found in the area, but it was impossible to connect it to her.
According to Fremont County Sheriff Sgt. Roger Rizor, the lead investigator, there is just one person of interest: Bechtel’s husband Steve, who lawyered up immediately and has been steadfast in his refusal to take a polygraph test. Sgt. Rizor told the Billings Gazette, “In my mind there is only one person that I want to talk to, only one person who has refused to talk to law enforcement, and that’s her husband.”
Steve Bechtel maintains his innocence and was able to provide an alibi for the time of his wife’s disappearance. While her case remains open, her husband declared her dead in absentia in 2004.4
Two 12-year-old girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, stabbed their friend Payton Leutner (also 12) 19 times and left her for dead in the woods in May 2014.
They wanted to kill her to prove their loyalty to a demonic internet creation called “Slender Man,” whom they believed was real.
Leutner was fortunately discovered by a biker and rushed to the hospital, surviving her traumatic injuries. Geyser and Weier were picked up by the cops later that morning and found to be in possession of a knife. Both confessed to the crime. According to authorities, Geyser told a detective, “It was weird that I didn’t feel remorse.”
Due to the severity of the crime and its premeditated element, the state of Wisconsin tried the pair as adults. Both were found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Weier was sentenced to up to 25 years in a mental institution, and Geyser was sentenced to up to 40 years in a mental institution. Leutner is currently in high school.
The last time 16-year-old Skylar was seen alive was in grainy security camera footage that showed her sneaking out of her window at 12:30 a.m.
This timing directly contradicted what Neese’s friend Shelia Eddy told Neese’s parents. Eddy claimed that she and another friend of Neese’s, Rachel Shoaf, had picked Neese up at around 11 p.m., and that she was home before midnight.
Shoaf eventually confessed that her and Eddy just “didn’t want to be friends with [Neese] anymore,” and thus decided to murder her. According to Shoaf’s testimony, the two bought all the supplies they thought they would need, convinced Neese to get in a car with them, and began stabbing her, leaving her body in the Pennsylvania woods.
Shoaf and Eddy kept up their lies from July 2012 until January 2013, when Shoaf broke down and confessed. Chillingly, they had been asking the Neese family for updates and helping with search efforts until then.
Both were eventually convicted of murder and are currently in prison.