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Thicker than water: Four killers turned in by kin

  • How far should a family member's loyalty go?
  • Here's a look at criminals turned in by their own loved ones
Thicker than water: Four killers turned in by kin

Families are supposed to protect us through thick and thin, but what happens when a loved one commits an unspeakable crime? These criminals were brought to justice with the help of their own flesh and blood.   

1. Ted Kaczynski
Ted Kaczynski, the so-called “Unabomber,” had been avoiding identification when the FBI chose to publish his manifesto in an effort to gain public assistance in stopping him. Kaczynski, a domestic terrorist, had killed three people and injured 23 others in a series of bombings. After seeing Kaczynski’s writings in a newspaper, his brother David, a teacher, reported Kaczynski as a possible suspect and authorities verified his handwriting with samples David supplied. Kaczynski was given eight life sentences in 1998.

2. Lindsey Lowe
Lindsey Lowe gave birth to twin boys in her parents’ house where she lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee. She smothered and placed the newborns in a laundry basket. Lowe’s parents found one of the lifeless babies and reported it to police. Lowe received two mandatory life sentences in 2011.

3. Robert Leach Jr.
Robert Leach Jr., a parolee, killed two elderly cousins in Nashville, Tennessee. He raped one of the women and robbed their house. When Leach was identified as the culprit of the 1999 murders, police contacted his sister, who in turn, got in touch with Leach and led them to him. He was given the death sentence for each murder plus two 25-year sentences for the rape and robbery.

4. Alec Kreider
Alec Kreider stabbed a high school classmate and the classmate's parents to death in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2007. Kreider, who was 17 at the time of the killings, was allegedly reported to police by his father, who said his son had admitted to the slayings. Kreider was charged as an adult and was given three life sentences.

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