In December 1994, 19-year-old Melissa Witt was kidnapped and murdered in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A brutal mindless killing that nobody understood. One lady 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 may have imagined. Locations the place darkish and determined corners of humanity would stand up and attempt to take heart stage. A fearless LaDonna Humphrey ignored their threats and stood agency. And this time, she wasn’t alone.
In her first e book The Lady I By no means Knew, reviewed right here on Crime Traveller earlier this yr, LaDonna Humphrey gave an trustworthy, charming, and heart-rendering account of her seek for this man and not using a face. The person who strangled Melissa Ann Witt to dying. 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 e book within the Melissa Witt collection. Its pages are full of a hidden world that lives behind simply a kind of ominous doorways. Presumably the worst one she has encountered to this point.
For this a part of her journey, she had a accomplice 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 yr 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 every kind of evil—all the things from psychopaths to serial murderers, and but, above all, the fetishers frighten me essentially the most.” – LaDonna Humphrey
Alecia Lockhart is a author, researcher, podcast host, and non secular 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 via 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 aren’t at all times nice and sort.
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 folks with fetishes. He assured her the quick movie could be going to just one individual and would by no means be made public. A press release 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 probably 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 evening 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 may drag each Alecia and LaDonna down a terrifying street.
Within the months after they started working collectively, LaDonna acquired an e mail with a daunting topic line; “Melissa Witt’s Homicide and the Loss of life Fetish Neighborhood.” 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 instructed her the homicide was related to this dying 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.
Loss of life 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 dying 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 sort of at all times nameless. Sitting at dwelling behind laptop and cellphone screens, people are identified solely by the username they’ve chosen for themselves. Their actual lives aren’t 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’ put up 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 virtually solely 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 no less than, 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.
Reviews from fashions embody being drugged by filmmakers and being pressured to do issues that they at no level gave their consent for. It is a darkish world the place traces are crossed each single day.
This story is about how Alecia and LaDonna with the assistance and help of the Melissa Witt investigation group, particularly 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 so as to extract data from him. The additional characters they uncovered and located themselves in uneasy communication with. Alongside the best way, their actual identities have 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 have been being harmed due to it.
Strangled just isn’t a e book for the faint-hearted. It’s brave and unflinching. It delves into subject material, behaviors, language, and actions which can be stunning and repulsive, and fairly actually terrifying. The writing is delicate however brutal the place wanted to show the people they have been up towards and the darkish world they inhabited. For some, this may be an excessive amount of. For others, like myself, this e book was two fearless girls telling the reality about an underground hidden world that poses an excessive amount of hazard.
“I set free a sigh and allowed myself to really feel the worry that had been welling up within the background of my life during the last yr. 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 e book swap between telling the story in LaDonna’s voice to telling the story in Alecia’s voice. It offers 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 totally different experiences of what they encountered.
It’s an attention-grabbing approach of presenting and following the movement of how this stunning story unfolded and it retains the writing participating as views shift.
Two girls with fierce willpower and bravado took on a world that may 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 may 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 e book; Melissa Ann Witt deserves justice.
This story just isn’t over. There may be extra to uncover and little doubt extra truths to be instructed. Melissa Witt was a lady neither LaDonna nor Alecia knew in individual. They by no means met her. But in her dying, she introduced folks collectively who probably would by no means have related in any other case. A becoming a member of of forces which can be doing good on this world. The seek for justice for Melissa has shaped bonds that can now by no means be damaged.
With a attainable hyperlink to Melissa Witt’s brutal homicide in 1994, LaDonna Humphrey and Alecia Lockhart embark on a terrifying journey that takes them deep into the darkness of the web. They enter a world the place ‘fetishers’ reside. It’s a world these people are fiercely hooked up to and they’re going to do something to guard it. They don’t play by the foundations and are protected, or in order that they assume, by the anonymity of the web. This story grabs you from the primary web page. Understanding that is all true what’s being instructed on these pages makes the narrative much more compelling. What’s being instructed in Strangled is stunning and weird but intriguing on the identical time in relation to Melissa’s case and the particular leads they have been following. Because the story unfolds, as extra data begins to be uncovered and web page after web page you wished to know what occurred subsequent. The subject material of this e book is stunning, however the authors via telling their story, and that of Melissa’s, are bringing these darkish practices into the sunshine to avoid wasting folks from hurt. It’s a brave and daring journey, and one they each proceed to journey.
Strangled by LaDonna Humphrey with Alecia Lockhart
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Genius E book Publishing, 26 October 2022, Paperback and Kindle, 280 Pages.
“Strangled is the stunning and suspenseful account of the struggle 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 prepared to go to search out the solutions they want?”
The Lady I By no means Knew: Who Killed Melissa Witt? by LaDonna Humphrey
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Genius E book Publishing, 8 April 2022, Paperback and Kindle, 199 Pages.
“For over 20 years the identification 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 looking for 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 battle for justice within the decades-old homicide case of a lady she by no means met in individual. Her unstoppable quest for the reality has gained the eye of some extremely harmful folks, a few of whom wish to maintain Melissa’s homicide a thriller endlessly.”
In 2015 LaDonna Humphrey put a group collectively to supply a documentary concerning the abduction and homicide of Melissa Witt. Watch the trailer under.
For extra details about the case, go to LaDonna’s Fb Web page Who Killed Missy Witt? or go to whokilledmissywitt.com.
In case you have any details about the kidnapping and homicide of Melissa Witt, please e mail [email protected] or name 1-800-440-1922