There is no shortage of crime in recent American history. We have seen an increase in homicides in the last year, even though most Americans have been isolated for a small part of 2020 due to the coronavirus epidemic. Not just in the families of the victims – many of whom started the indefatigable crusade to honor their loved ones – but in society.
For Fox Nation’s ‘Crime Change America’, Emily Compagno traveled around the country to investigate some of the infamous events of the last half century, in an effort to discover Really Happened at the crime scene – and learn more about the new laws that came into effect as a result.
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In 1973, a 7-year-old girl went out to sell Girl Scout cookies, never returning home. Interrupted by many of his older male neighbors, not until three days later – on Easter Sunday of that abandoned year – will the body of the young Joan D’Alesandro be found.
In particular, Compagno explored the tragic story that inspired Joan’s law, which ensures that anyone who kills and sexually abuses a child under the age of 14 will never be eligible for parole. The law was passed in New Jersey – Joan’s hometown – in 1997, and her daughter’s killer would never leave prison after working with her mother’s determination.
A federal version of the law the following year.
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After 13-year-old Carrie Lightner was killed by a recurring drunk driver on this date 31 years ago, her mother suggested raising candy punishment guidelines and changing the age of the national drink, ultimately the nonprofit MADD (Drunk Management Against Drunkards).
Carrie was hit from behind, thrown 125 feet and thrown to the road to death. The drunken driver was released on bail from another alcohol-induced hit-and-run, and three former convicts were found guilty of driving under the influence for just four years.
Today, thanks to her mother, Carrie’s legacy resides in every state – including at least 50 MADD offices. Offices provide many resources related to victim services and alcohol protection. According to the MADD, drunk driving has halved since its inception.
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While no one in America expects Casey Anthony – who was charged but was eventually acquitted of murdering her 3-year-old daughter Kylie – to campaign for her child’s inheritance, others have done just that.
Two-year-old Kylie Anthony was missing for 31 days before being reported to police. His body was found five months later. Called the “social media trial of the century,” Anthony was not convicted of first-degree murder. In particular, Emily Compagno explains what happened – and how the new law could prevent a similar tragedy:
“Lawmakers have begun drafting new laws that require parents and guardians to report missing children more timely,” Compagno noted.
Compagno interviewed former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for this episode, who signed a Kylie Anthony-inspired bill in 2012. .
“It was less lobbying than the power of Kylie’s story and the tragedy of her death that really brought the legislators to the fore to put this kind of policy on my desk,” Christie said.
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