Crime Stories with Nancy Grace: CATFISH Drives Cross-Country to Murder Family & ‘ROMANCE’ Teen Girl

Austin Lee Edwards poses as a 17-year-old boy to talk online with a 15-year-old girl. He then drives across the country to her Riverside home when she stops responding. Edwards parks in a neighbor’s driveway and goes inside the Winek home. Edwards kills the girl’s mother and grandparents, sets the home on fire, and leaves with the girl.

A neighbor calls police after noticing Edwards leading the girl, who “appeared distressed,” into his car. Another neighbor also calls 911 after seeing flames coming from the home. When police arrive, Edwards and the girl are gone. Brooke, Sherie, and Mark Winek’s bodies are found inside the home; Brooke Winek’s other daughter is not home.

Police get Edward’s license plate from cameras in Winek’s neighborhood and track him into the Mojave Desert. A helicopter spots the car and cops pursue Edwards, who fires at the officers. Edwards turns the gun on himself and crashes the car. The girl was unharmed during the kidnapping and is now in protective custody.

Joining Nancy Grace Today:

Darryl Cohen – Former Assistant District Attorney, Fulton County, Georgia, Defense Attorney, Cohen, Cooper, Estep, & Allen, LLC
Dr. Scott A. Johnson – Forensic Psychologist (Minnesota), 32 years specializing in addressing sexual predators, Author: “When “I Love You” Turns Violent” and “Physical Abusers & Sexual Offenders”
Dr. Tim Gallagher – Medical Examiner State of Florida; Lecturer: University of Florida Medical School Forensic Medicine; Founder/Host: International Forensic Medicine Death Investigation Conference
Detective Rich Wistocki: Child crime expert, president of BeSure Consulting for 30 years, decorated member of Law Enforcement, 23-year SWAT team member; Formed the Will County Illinois States Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit that made over 90 sexual predator arrests in its first 3 ½ years
Titania Jordan  – Chief Parenting/Marketing Officer, Bark Technologies, Author: “Parenting In A Tech World;” Instagram/Twitter: @TitaniaJordan, @BarkTechnologies
Dave Mack – Crime Online Investigative Reporter; Host of “The Mark and Mack Show,” LifeRadio.FM

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[Featured image: Austin Lee Edwards/Virginia State Police]