McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

Former U.S. president Donald Trump appears in court at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Trump pleads not guilty to 34 felony charges

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor April 14, 2023

Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on April 4 to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records with intent to commit or conceal other crimes.  Charges connect to alleged hush-money...

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw exits a news conference Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, after identifying the 4-year-old child referred to as the Boy in the Box as Joseph Augustus Zarelli.

Who was the boy in the box?

Paulina Borowski, Contributing Writer February 14, 2023

On Feb. 25, 1957, the body of a boy was found in a box at an illegal dumping ground near Susquehanna Road in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The boy was estimated around 4-7 years old, 30 pounds (malnourished)...

Bryan Kohberger, facing first-degree murder charges in the slayings of four University of Idaho students last fall, is taken by Sheriff Deputies from the Monroe County Courthouse on Jan. 3, 2023, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Bryan Kohberger set to be on trial for Idaho murders

Ella Trimingham, Staff Writer February 3, 2023

On Nov. 13, four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death. It was not until January of this year that the suspect was put on trial and convicted.  Bryan Christopher Kohberger was proven guilty...

Demonstrators rally in solidarity with the Jeffery Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell survivors in New York on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to six counts of enticing and transporting minors for sex in connection with convicted sex offender Epstein, who died in 2019.

Four women testify against socialite in sex trafficking trial

Vanessa Moreno and December 17, 2021

On Nov. 29, Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial began for her role in recruiting young girls that would be sexually abused by socialites. Four women gave their testimonies on Nov. 30 and Maxwell pleaded not guilty...

Giulia Tofana was executed in July of 1633 for murdering her abusive husband, but is infamous for helping other women murder their abusive husbands.

Crime Scenes: The line between justice and murder

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor May 14, 2021

Giulia Tofana was the daughter of Thofania d’Adamo. Thofania was executed in July of 1633 for murdering her husband. Giulia spent a lot of time with apothecaries and learned how to make her own poison...

The story of Sylvia Likens is heartbreaking because it was preventable, and everyone involved in the case should be held responsible for this tragedy.

Crime Scenes: Watching it happen

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor March 26, 2021

Sylvia Likens was born to fairly poor carnival workers. Her sister, Jenny, had polio and was left with a limp. Sylvia Likens’s mother was arrested for shoplifting in July of 1965. That left their father...

Was America’s first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, a cold-blooded killer or a victim of circumstance? Undoubtedly, she deserved prison time, but may not have deserved the death penalty.

Crime Scenes: Murderer, or misunderstood?

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor March 19, 2021

America’s first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, on October 9, 2002 was "taken away to meet God and Jesus and the angels and whatever is beyond the beyond.”  Wournos was born in Rochester,...

Victim Cindy James knew that her attacker was her ex-husband, but feared the consequences of telling anyone. Some claim her death was a suicide, the facts tell a different story.

Crime Scenes: Blaming the victim

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor March 12, 2021

Agnes goes on a visit to her best friend Cindy James at her house. She knocks on the door. When there’s no answer, she lets herself in. Anges assumes Cindy is just taking a bath and can't hear her, until...

The story of Gypsy Rose is a disturbing reminder of how people use and abuse their power over others for their own selfish reasons.

Crime Scenes: When murder is inevitable

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor March 5, 2021

Gypsy Rose was as a young sick girl with big glasses and a shaved head in a wheelchair. Her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, was seen as a loving mother who gave everything to help her sick child. The twist,...

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