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Five Celebrities Who Got Away With Murder

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Robert Durst.

Robert Durst.

5. Laura Bush

You may not know this, but the former first lady actually killed one of her school's star football players. In 1963, Laura and a friend were trying to rush to the movies. In doing so, Laura ran a stop sign and ended up killing a fellow schoolmate, Mike Douglas. At the time, Laura Welch was the daughter of a respected property developer, so she was able to afford a lawyer and avoided any punishment for murdering Douglas. Later in life, Laura said the experience made her feel so guilty that she was afraid to apologize and pretended the accident never happened.

4. Robert Durst

Robert Durst is one of Hollywood's most well-known murderers. His story is very strange: Durst was born into a wealthy real estate family. He ended up marrying Kathleen McCormack, who disappeared in 1982. Police named him a prime suspect, but only had circumstantial evidence. Durst's friends, Susan Berman, and a neighbor were killed.

Durst played dumb and claimed he was just unlucky. Thinking himself successful, he agreed to be featured on the HBO series The Jinx in 2015. During the taping, Durst confessed to the murders on a live mic. In 2018, he finally ended up going to trial for his crimes.

3. Leopold and Loeb

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were two students who attended the University of Chicago in 1924. The pair murdered a 14-year-old boy named Bobby Franks. When asked why they murdered the kid, they said they wanted to pull off the perfect crime.

These two friends were sons of millionaires, and their lawyer managed to convince the court that they were both victims of poor parenting. The jury bought into the legal claim and so the duo avoided the death penalty.

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2. Ethan Couch

Ethan Couch made headlines in 2013 when he went drunk driving and killed four people in Fort Worth, Texas. The passenger riding with him suffered severe brain damage. Couch's parents were millionaires and were able to afford a lawyer who sold a jury on the claim that the 16-year-old was suffering from "affluenza." "Affluenza" was a made-up psychological syndrome that alleges that someone can be so rich and spoiled that they don't understand the consequences of reality and therefore should not be held responsible for their actions.

Crouch was then ordered to go to rehab instead of prison. Ethan Couch skipped out on his rehab and violated his parole. He attempted to escape to Mexico but ended up serving two years in jail. He is now walking free.

1. John McAfee

You may know John McAfee as the man who created the antivirus software in the 1990s. After he made his millions, he started spending his money in different ways. He became paranoid, thinking someone was coming for his money. He moved to Belize, pretending to be broke. McAfee hired a security team and paid off the local police.

While living in Belize, he ended up stabbing a man because he stole something out of his house. He left the man's body in the middle of a busy street. Even though there were plenty of witnesses, the police ignored it. Authorities raided his property as McAfee fled to San Juan, where he ended up murdering another man, Greg Faull. After killing Faull, McAfee went on the run. He managed to escape across the border into Guatemala but was later extradited to the United States. As of today, he's never served a single day of jail time for killing two people.


Albert Diner on January 13, 2019:

Some of this reminds me of that novel by ALBERT CAMUS The Stranger.

The main character argued that it was because the sun shone in his eyes.

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