An empty safe. A missing car. Four dead. After 40 years, the unsolved Burger Chef Murders that rocked Indianapolis during one of its most tempestuous years still puzzle investigators—mostly because some believe they cracked the case decades ago.
In the aftermath of the former heavyweight champ’s conviction, a legal expert and courtroom observer wrote a book that provided a blow-by-blow breakdown of the proceedings, excerpted in Indianapolis Monthly in 1992.
Don Huckstep thought he’d found true love in his small hometown of Fowler, Indiana. But when Teri Deneka mysteriously vanished from his life, the disappearance foreshadowed a bizarre—and grisly—series of discoveries that left Huckstep, police, and another man’s family with more questions than answers.
Last summer, Chris Carlson left Indianapolis with his three grandsons for a male-bonding adventure in the Grand Canyon, a hike that would land him in prison for child abuse. Many called him a monster. But is it possible he just didn’t know any better?
As leader of the Indianapolis Black Panther Militia in the 1990s, Mmoja Ajabu bred hate and anger in the name of social justice. When his son was convicted in a horrific murder, he incurred the wrath of the entire city. Now, Ajabu returns to prominence.
Locked away for killing her 3-year-old son, a crime she says she didn’t commit, Kristine Bunch spent 16 years in prison fighting to prove her innocence. In 2012, the gavel finally fell in her favor. But true justice has yet to arrive.