Aleida’s Books

Aleida takes you into the courtroom in the most compelling, gripping, and unforgettable trials. She is inside the courtroom from start to finish and is passionate about bringing you all of the details and legal analysis straight from the trial.

Aleida K. Wahn's Book: Judging Winslow Jr.: From NFL Star to Serial Rapist?

In a trial that captured the nation, a former NFL star with fame, fortune, and the name stands accused of rape and other sex crimes. At one time, Kellen Boswell Winslow II had it all. Born into football royalty, the namesake son of legendary football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr., he too achieved football stardom. As he set records, received prestigious honors, and over 40 million during his decade in the NFL, he seemed unstoppable. With his extreme wealth, stunning wife, and beautiful young children, Kellen Winslow II’s life appeared perfect. But was there another side to him? According to five accusers there was, and if they were to be believed, it was a dark, frightening side.

As 35-year-old Kellen Winslow II’s rape trial began in a San Diego courtroom, he faced the five women in a 12-count consolidated criminal case against him, searing charges holding a potential life sentence. Kidnapping and rape of a 54-year-old hitchhiker, rape of a 59-year-old homeless woman he had befriended, rape of an unconscious 17-year-old at a house party (when Kellen Jr. was a 19-year-old college student), indecent exposure to a 57-year-old neighbor gardening in her front yard, and lewd acts before a 77-year-old woman at a gym. Ugly charges to be sure, but were they true? And how had it come to this?

As the trial delved into shocking facts, complicated legal issues, and unexpected twists and turns, attorney, true crime writer, and legal analyst Aleida K. Wahn was there for every minute. She now takes you beyond the headlines and shares the extraordinary details of what really happened in a page-turning account. Was Kellen Winslow II a depraved, sexual predator, preying on the most vulnerable of women as the prosecution contended? Or was consent freely given and claims cruelly fabricated by opportunistic women seeking financial gain from a wealthy superstar as the defense maintained? Were the elderly women simply mistaken about identity and to what had truly transpired? Did overzealous law enforcement and nonstop media coverage contribute in some way to false claims? You will find out the answers and more as Aleida takes you inside the courtroom in this unbelievable and unforgettable trial.

Murder Trials We Can't Forget And Other True Cases is Aleida Wahn's new book.

They were the trials that captured the headlines. Murder trials that held us in their grasp because of their intrigue, heartbreaking facts, shocking revelations, and continuing mystery. Attorney, true crime writer, and legal analyst Aleida K. Wahn was there for every minute. She now takes you into these gripping trials to reveal what really happened inside the courtroom. Murder Trials We Can’t Forget and Other True Cases is a compilation of the stories Aleida wrote as the trials were actually happening.

Did the spouses in the first three cases choose the deadliest way out of unhappy marriages or was there more to the story? Was divorce not enough for Diana Lovejoy? Did she hire her firearms instructor and sometime lover to kill her soon to be ex-husband? Or were the two simply trying to save Diana’s young son from abuse?

Did Julie Harper kill her husband in self-defense after revealing to him for the very first time she filed for divorce after enduring years of abuse? Or was her story all a lie and she killed him intentionally as the prosecution contended?

Did 38-year-old mother, Maria Elena Guzman, whose three daughters were her life, decide one night to just walk away from them forever? Or did her husband kill her after she decided she was done with his endless philandering and was kicking him out of the family home? Did he get away with murder?

In the Brian Hancock story, a murder case without a body goes to trial. But can you prove murder without that body? And what happens to the case when the body of Peter Bentz is suddenly discovered during the trial? Should the jury be told this stunning news or not? Find out what a judge decided.

In the last case, police suspected crime lab analyst Kevin Brown of murder after his DNA was found in a cold case homicide. How had his DNA gotten there? Was the simple answer the case was one of accidental cross-contamination, attributed to shocking lab practices of long-ago days, which detectives refused to believe? Did their conduct ultimately push Kevin Brown to suicide? Had detectives driven a gentle, loving husband over the edge with a reckless investigation and claims he was responsible for the rape and murder of a beautiful 14-year-girl? Did the police go too far?

As Aleida K. Wahn takes you inside the courtroom, you will learn the details and more. Then you can decide the truth for yourself in these cases we cannot forget.

Murder Trials & Cases That Haunt: Will We Ever Know? is Aleida Wahn's new book.

They are the murder trials and tragic cases that will forever haunt. Will we ever know what really happened? Will we ever know why? Attorney, true crime writer, and legal analyst Aleida K. Wahn was there for every minute. She now takes you into these trials to reveal what happened inside the courtroom. Murder Trials & Cases That Haunt: Will We Ever Know? is a compilation of the stories Aleida wrote as the trials were actually happening.

Did little two-year-old Jahi Turner vanish from a San Diego park or was he killed by his stepfather and “thrown away in the trash like garbage” as the prosecution contended? And why did it take 14 years to charge this cold case? Yet after two long decades the most haunting question of all still remains: Will Jahi ever be found?
What really happened to beautiful Rebecca Zahau, who was found hanging by a noose from a second story balcony of an historic mansion? Her body was nude, making the red rope wrapped around her neck, and binding her arms behind her back and feet, even more prominent. A blue t-shirt was wrapped around her neck and a gag placed harshly in her mouth. Her death was ruled a suicide, a decision her family would never accept. Yet even after a civil jury verdict, the horrifying and bizarre details continue the never-ending debate: Was it murder or suicide?

In January of 1998 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe was found murdered in her own bedroom. Who killed this beloved child in the dark of night? Unbelievably, Stephanie’s teenage brother and his two friends were initially charged after coerced confessions were elicited through fierce police interrogations. But when Stephanie’s blood was found on the clothes of transient Richard Tuite, the case took a whole new turn, culminating in two trials and opposing verdicts.
Then there are the cases that haunt because sudden and senseless deaths seemingly could have been avoided. Though the trials revealed what happened, the searing question of why remains. Could someone have intervened before it was too late? Were signs missed?

In the Regina Johnson case, Regina killed her husband, but did she kill the daughter she so loved? Regina was a loving mother who descended into paranoia and delusions. Could more help have been offered?

In the Salvador Sanchez trial, why did a recent high school graduate, who had spent months fully immersed in his church group and filled with a faith he was eager to share, take the life of his best friend? Was he legally insane?

In the last case, was Navy Petty Officer Richard Sepolio under the influence of alcohol when his truck plunged off the Coronado Bridge killing four and seriously injuring many? Read why the trial was so emotionally charged and the ultimate conclusion so shocking.

As Aleida K. Wahn takes you inside the courtroom, you will learn the details and more in these haunting trials we can never forget.