"HORRIFIC MURDER MYSTERY"
A sadistic killer stabbed a 24-year-old woman to death, hid her mutilated body and then used the victim's cell phone to taunt her family by sending text messages that made them think she was alive, say police.
After a night of partying, Rebecca Koster was dropped off at her home by her boyfriend and two friends. She was home alone when 30-year-old Evan Ganthier reportedly slipped in and plunged a knife into her chest four times.
Then Ganthier, of Central Islip, reportedly wrapped the body in a blanket, dumped in in the trunk of his car and drove it to a remote spot in Connecticut. The remains were discovered the next day. But it took forensic experts five days to ID Koster because Ganthier reportedly skinned a tattoo off her back, hacked off her head, fingers and toes, and set the remains on fire.
During those five days, Ganthier reportedly sent her family the twisted text messages as a sick prank. Three months later, cops cuffed Ganthier, and he reportedly confessed to the heinous homicide. But in court, he recently pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. He is being held without bail.
Meanwhile, the tragedy still mystifies Koster's family.
"I don't know who he is," says Koster's stepfather, Larry Ross of Medford.
"No one in the family, nor her friends, know who he is. It's like he dropped out of the sky to kill my daughter.
"We're glad they arrested somebody. It's been horrific, endless sleepless nights. And the worst part is it won't bring Rebecca back.
"But we still want to know why. No one deserves this. He sent messages to my wife."
ARMY SGT. FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING FEMALE LIEUTENANT"
Sgt. 1st Class Ervin Graves, 34, (below-center) was found guilty in the shooting death of 2nd Lt. Lisa Bryant (above) in their Ft. Bragg dorm. He also was convicted of felony murder, attempted rape and assault while attempting to commit rape.
The jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before returning its verdict.
Graves faced a minimum sentence of life in prison for premeditated murder. Because the verdict was not unanimous, he could not receive the death penalty. He could be eligible for parole in 10 years.
A military jury can convict a person on a two thirds vote. Results of the balloting are secret, a military official said.
Graves faces a minimum sentence of life in prison for felony murder, and maximum sentences of 20 years each for attempted rape and assault while attempting to commit rape.
Graves, who pleaded not guilty and didn't testify during the three days of evidence presentation, showed no emotion when the verdict was announced.
Lt. Bryant, an honors graduate of Princeton University and the daughter of a Lt. Colonel, had been at the base for only a month when she was killed about 3 a.m. July 10th. She was a newly commissioned second lieutenant, paying back an ROTC scholarship.
Early in the morning of July 10, Lieutenant Bryant and another female soldier went to the Stilwell Lounge, a bar in the basement of Moon Hall, one of the two nondescript dormitories in which the traditionally very separate world of officers and enlisted personnel merged temporarily for participants in the six-week summer R.O.T.C. program. Crossing a Social Line
There, prosecutors assert, Sergeant Graves approached Lieutenant Bryant, perhaps to ask her to dance -- the kind of social encounter between an officer and enlisted person, or non-com, that has traditionally been almost unheard of.
She asked him to leave her alone and headed for nearby Hardy Hall, where she and Sergeant Graves lived a few doors apart. She then called her boyfriend in California, using a public telephone in the second-floor corridor rather than the private phone in her room to avoid disturbing her roommate.
Her boyfriend later recalled that the phone went dead in mid-sentence. Within moments, prosecutors will maintain, Sergeant Graves had dragged Lieutenant Bryant into his room or grabbed her as she went by and was trying to rape her. She apparently broke free and reached the corridor. Neighbors then heard a scream, followed by three or four shots. One of her terrified dormitory mates, barricaded behind doors, looked through a window and saw a van drive away with its headlights off.
Graves was married, with two children at home.
In room 206, Graves had tied bootlaces on the bed so he could restrain her, Schmidt said. But as they entered the room, she made a break for freedom, dropping an earring in the process, and ran into the hallway. That's where she was shot.
Gunshot residue was found on Graves' left hand and the steering wheel of the van he was driving. Graves is left-handed. But a cup found in his room had his fingerprints and no residue. He checked into the room late the night of the killing, and the cup evidence indicates he fired a weapon that night.
Some of Bryant's hair was found in Graves' shoes and socks.
Former Sergeant 1st Class Ervin Graves was convicted by a military jury of killing 2nd Lieutenant Lisa Bryant with 4 blasts from his .357-caliber Magnum. Graves also was convicted of attempted rape. Graves' life sentence was automatic.
Source: Jet Magazine
"HORRIFIC & GRUESOME MURDER-3 BLACK FEMALES KIDNAPPED AT THE SAME TIME"
When police arrested Kermit Smith, a 23-year-old white man charged with the murder of a Black North Carolina cheerleader, "His hands were so bloody, he looked like he'd been killing hogs," Halifax County Sheriff W.C. Bailey alleged.
Smith was arrested at an abandoned gravel pit where he had dumped the sexually abused nude body of 15-year-old Freshman-Whelette Collins, one of the three black cheerleaders abducted from the campus the day before.
Whelette Collins, 15, (3rd photo), Marie Woods, 19, (first photo) and Dawn Killen, 19, (center) were about to leave campus in Collins' car when Smith drew a gun and forced Killen and Woods into the trunk, while he forced Collins to ride inside with him, police reported.
Smith parked the car and forced Collins into the woods. After brutally raping her, Smith smashed her head between 2 cinder blocks-killing her.
Smith returned alone and opened the trunk, the young women hit him over the head with a wrench and began to kick him and punch him in the stomach.
After escaping, the women led police back to the site.
Smith was convicted and executed by lethal injection-five years later.
*- March 8 1960: Birmingham (Ala.) News -- Four masked white youths hung a Negro man from a tree by his heels in Houston, Texas, and carved two series of "KKK"s into his chest and stomach after beating him with chains, allegedly in reprisal for recent sit-in demonstrations by Negro students at Texas Southern University.
Ironically, eighteen years later in (1978): In the early morning hours of April 12, 1978, cousins John Arnold (1st photo) and John Plath (2nd photo), in their early twenties, along with their respective eleven-year-old and seventeen-year-old girlfriends, Carol Ullman and Cindy Sheets, borrowed a friend's car and went looking for wild mushrooms in Beaufort County. They encountered African American farm worker Betty Gardner as she walked along the side of the road.
Gardner was alternately sexually assaulted, urinated on, stomped, beaten with a belt, hit with a jagged bottle, stabbed with a knife, and choked with a garden hose. All four persons at one time or another participated in physically assaulting Gardner. Testimony also indicated Arnold dragged Gardner into the woods to complete her murder, which he did by strangling her with the garden hose, getting leverage by putting his foot on her. Arnold also carved"KKK" into her chest.
John Arnold & John Plath were sentenced to death and died by lethal injection in 1998.
Are the same men responsible for both murders?
2 UNSOLVED SERIAL CASES: "5 BLACK BOYS MURDERED & CASTRATED"
1. Charlie Chop-off was a serial killer active in Manhattan between 1972 and 1974 killing five black children and leaving another for dead. The nickname comes from the genital mutilation inflicted on the male victims. While the case is still considered open, Erno Soto was held as a suspect and confessed to one of the murders, but was considered unfit for trial and sent back to a mental institution.
On March 9, 1972, eight-year-old Douglas Owens was found dead, stabbed 38 times and his penis mutilated. On April 20, another black boy was stabbed and his genitals cut; he survived. On October 23, nine-year-old Wendell Hubbard was stabbed to death and his penis severed. The following March 7, Luis Ortiz was stabbed 38 times and likewise mutilated.
Finally, on August 7, 1973, eight-year-old Steven Cropper was slashed with a razor and his penis left intact.
After a botched abduction of a Puerto Rican boy on May 15, 1974, Erno Soto was arrested by the police. He was an intermittent patient of the Manhattan State Hospital since 1969 and confessed to the 1973 slaying of Cropper. His only surviving victim did say Soto looked like his attacker, but refused to positively identify him. Manhattan State Hospital officials stated Soto was in their custody at the time of the murder but also later confirmed that he might have eluded confinement, as it happened before.
Investigators, despite Soto's acquittal, still believe that he is a likely suspect, citing the fact that the murders ceased after his arrest and that an anonymous source placed him as a potential culprit on the first killing. It is also worth noting the situation that led to Soto's first institutionalization. He reconciled with his Puerto Rican wife after being estranged for several years only to discover she gave birth to a son fathered from a black man. At first he shrugged it off but it finally got to him in 1969 when he was admitted to Dunlop-Manhattan Psychiatric Center.
*This crime was similar to the Atlanta Child Murders (1979-1981) & like the Atlanta Child Murders, this crime spree lasted two years (1972-1974). The only difference, this serial spree received no media attention.
2. "The Doodler" (aka "The Black Doodler") refers to an unidentified serial killer believed responsible for 14 slayings and three assaults of men in San Francisco's gay community between January 1974 and September 1975. The nickname was given due to the perpetrator's habit of sketching his victims prior to having sex with them and then stabbing them to death.
The perpetrator met his victims at after-hours gay clubs, bars and restaurants.
Police had developed a prime suspect in the case, identified by two of his survivors, but authorities could not proceed with an arrest as the surviving victims refused to "out" themselves by way of testifying (one was an entertainer, the other a diplomat). Meanwhile, the suspect spoke freely with police, although he did not admit the slayings.
At the time, Harvey Milk publicly expressed his empathy for the victims who refused to speak, stating "I understand their position. I respect the pressure society has put on them."
To date, the suspect has never been publicly named or apprehended, and the slayings have faded into obscurity; very little information is currently available about these crimes.
"SERIAL KILLER TARGETING BLACK MOTHERS & TEENAGE DAUGHTERS?"
Last year, BET was the only major media outlet to report the following story. The killer is still out there.
Police in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. say they are not out-ruling the possibility that there may be a serial killer who is apparently targeting Black mothers and their teenage daughters.
Prince Georges County police found the bodies of mother and daughter, Deloris and Ebony Dewitt, burning in a stolen Nissan Maxima one in the front seat and the other in the rear.
Less than two months ago, and less than a mile away in another double-homicide, the bodies of mother and daughter, Karen and Karissa Lofton (directly above), were found shot dead in their Largo, Md., home. The area is close to FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins.
"We don't have any evidence that this is a serial killer," said Maj. Andrew Ellis. "But the coincidences between these cases are very strong."
In both cases, the bodies were found dead early in the morning. And in each crime, the mother was 40-something and the daughter was a teen.
Prince Georges County is the county with the highest concentration of affluent African Americans in the United States.
Both cases remain unsolved.
Authorities are hoping they have the answer to a question that has plagued them since early 2009: Who killed two mother-daughter pairs in a two-month period in suburban Maryland? Jason Thomas Scott, 27, was charged today in the murder of Delores and Ebony Dewitt, a mother and daughter who were found in a burning car in March 2009. A Prince George’s grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against Scott, including two counts of murder and two counts of burglary.
Law enforcement sources told ABC News that they believe Scott also killed Karen and Karissa Lofton two months prior in their locked home. The suspect holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College. Scott worked at UPS for nine years where he was arrested in July 2009 for selling weapons out his trunk his car. It was during this investigation that police found evidence allegedly linking him to the Dewitts’ deaths.
Investigators have always speculated that Scott used his knowledge of forensic science books to try to throw them off. Tactics like that led Prince George’s County Police Chief Roberto Hylton to say,
“This is a very bad guy. … I think this individual is going to become one of the most infamous criminals in the history of the United States.”
Detectives also are looking into whether Scott might be responsible for a 2008 killing in which a Bowie woman was shot before her home was set ablaze and for other crimes as far away as Texas and Florida, police officials said.”
"BLUEPRINT FOR ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS-ONLY DIFFERENCE-FEMALE VICTIMS"
Black Murder Mystery (Phantom Serial Killer):
"Freeway Phantom" was the name given to an unidentified serial killer known to have abducted, raped and strangled six female youths in Washington, D.C. from April 1971 through September 1972. The victims were all African-American girls between the ages of 10 and 18.
On the evening of April 25, 1971, 13-year old Carol Spinks was sent by an older sister to buy groceries at a 7-Eleven located a half-mile away, just across the border in Maryland. On her way home from the store, Carol was abducted; her body was found six days later on a grassy embankment next to the northbound lanes of I-295, about 1,500 feet south of Suitland Parkway.
Over a month later, on July 8, 1971, Darlenia Johnson, 16, was abducted while en route to her summer job at a recreation center. Eleven days later, her body was discovered a mere 15 feet from where Spinks was found.
On July 27, 1971, 10-year old Brenda Crockett failed to return home after having been sent to the store by her mother. Three hours after Brenda was last seen, the phone rang and was answered by her 7-year old sister, who had waited at home while her family searched the neighborhood. Brenda was on the other line, crying.
"A white man picked me up, and I'm heading home in a cab," Brenda told her sister, adding that she believed she was in Virginia before abruptly saying "Bye" and hanging up.
A short time later, the phone rang again and was this time answered by the boyfriend of Brenda's mother. It was Brenda again, and she merely repeated what she'd said in the last telephone call, indicating she was alone in a house with a white male. The boyfriend asked Brenda to have the man come to the phone. Heavy footsteps were heard in the background. Brenda said "I'll see you" and hung up. A few hours later, a hitchhiker discovered Brenda's body in a conspicuous location on Route 50, near I-295 in Prince George's County, Maryland. She had been raped and strangled, and a scarf was knotted around her neck.
Authorities quickly concluded that Brenda likely called her home at the behest of the killer, who fed her inaccurate information in order to buy the necessary time to perpetrate the crime, and to hamper investigation. Furthermore, one witness reported having seen one of the victims, Ms. Johnson, in an old black car, driven by an African-American male, shortly after her abduction.
12-year old Nenomoshia Yates was walking home from a Safeway store in Northeast Washington, D.C. on October 1, 1971, when she was kidnapped, raped, and strangled. Her body was found within a few hours of her abduction, just off the shoulder of Pennsylvania Avenue in Prince George's County, Maryland. It is after this murder that the "Freeway Phantom" moniker was first used in city tabloid article describing the murders.
After having dinner with a high school classmate on November 15, 1971, Brenda Woodward, 18, boarded a city bus to return to her Maryland Avenue home. Approximately six hours later, a police officer discovered her body, stabbed and strangled, in a grassy area near an access ramp to Route 202 from the BaltimoreWashington Parkway. A coat had been placed over her chest, and one of its pockets contained a note from the killer:
This is tantamount to my insensititivity [sic] to people especially women.
I will admit the others when you catch me if you can!
Authorities surmised that the note, written on paper cut from the victim's school notebook, was dictated to and handwritten by her.
The Phantom's final victim was claimed almost a year later, on September 5, 1972. 17-year old Ballou High School senior Diane Williams cooked dinner for her family and then visited her boyfriend's house. She was last seen alive boarding a bus. A short time later, her strangled body was discovered dumped alongside I-295, just south of the District line.
The Freeway Phantom case has seen numerous investigators and resurgence's in interest over the years. At the time, more than 100 potential suspects were developed. Background checks were performed on teachers, convicted sex offenders, and persons of interest as disparate as an Air Force colonel and a real estate developer. All leads were ultimately fruitless.
The Watergate scandal sidetracked manpower and it wasn't until 1974 that investigators were able to resume focus. At this time, they scrutinized a gang known as the Green Vega Rapists, whose members were collectively responsible for a multitude of D.C.-area rapes and abductions. While both legal filings and media attention brought the Green Vega Rapists to the forefront of the investigation at the time, interest quickly faded and it is no longer believed that anyone associated with the gang was responsible.
A key piece of evidence consisted of green synthetic carpet fibers (like in the Atlanta Child Murders), which were found on the bodies of all but one of the victims. Additionally, DNA was extracted in 2006 from a semen sample recovered from the autopsy of one of the victims. However, a comparable profile could not be obtained.
In March, 1977, a 58-year old computer technician, Robert Elwood Askins, was charged with abducting and raping a 24-year old woman inside his Washington, D.C. home. Homicide detective Lloyd Davis proceeded to question Askins and learned that he had been charged with murder on several previous occasions.
On December 28, 1938, Askinsthen a 19-year old student and member of the science club at Miner Teachers Collegeserved cyanide-laced whiskey to five prostitutes at a brothel, resulting in the death of 31-year old Ruth McDonald. On December 30, only two days later, he stabbed to death another prostitute, 26-year old Elizabeth Johnson, at the same location. Upon his arrest, Askins declared to police that he was a "woman hater" and was placed under mental observation at Washington, D.C.'s Gallinger Hospital. While there, he broke free of his restraints and assaulted three orderlies with a chair before being subdued. During his trial, it was revealed that he'd been a police informant, aiding law enforcement in the arrests of prostitutes. In April of 1939, Askins was found criminally insane and committed to St. Elizabeths Hospital.
Five months after being released in April, 1952, Askins strangled 42-year old Laura Cook to death. He was indicted for this murder in 1954, accused of several other assaults of similar circumstance, and re-tried for the 1938 murder, it having been determined that he was indeed sane upon committing the act. Despite claiming he intended the cyanide for himself, planning suicide, he was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to twenty years to life. This conviction was overturned in 1958.
After the 1978 rape charge, Askins' home was searched by police in connection with the Freeway Phantom murders. Court documents were found in a desk drawer in which a judge had used the word "tantamount," an uncommon word that had appeared in the note dictated by the killer of Brenda Woodward. Furthermore, colleagues at the National Science Foundation where Askins was employed reported that "tantamount" was a word that frequently cropped up in his speech.
A search warrant was eventually obtained, and investigators dug through Askins' backyard. No physical evidence was obtained and Askins was not charged in connection with the Freeway Phantom killings.
Askins, who died at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland at the age of 91, remained in prison for two D.C.-area abductions and rapes in the mid-70s, and had been contacted by both Davis and press regarding the Freeway Phantom slayings. He denied any role in them, adding that he did not have "the depravity of mind required to commit any of the crimes."
3 PARTNERS IN GAY NIGHTCLUB MEET VIOLENT DEATHS-SANDRA ROSE
Members of Atlanta’s gay community are still in shock over the senseless death of a co-owner of the popular gay club Traxx.
Durand Robinson, 50, (pictured above left) was found lying in the middle of a street with a gunshot wound to the chest in the early morning hours of August 25th. A resident on Hadlock Street on Atlanta’s southwest side, called police at 1:23 a.m. to report sounds of a “commotion” followed by gunfire and a car speeding off.
An hour earlier, Robinson had attended a board meeting near midtown with other Traxx Atlanta partners to plan for the upcoming Black Gay Pride Week.
Although Robinson helped organize many gay events over 20 years, he was quick to let anyone know that he wasn’t gay.
He often talked about his grown daughter, publicist Wynter Robinson, and the five nieces he helped raise. And Wynter always praised her father for his endless patience in raising the girls.
Although Robinson will be remembered as a peaceful and gentle man, a history of violence permeates the Traxx Atlanta firm that he was a partner of. Out of the 5 original partners of Traxx Atlanta, 3 have met violent deaths.
In the early 90s the Warehouse on Marietta street in downtown Atlanta was a popular Saturday night destination for thousands of young gay men (and a few lesbians) looking for a night of fun and adventure.
In those days the club was managed by David Hampton, a warm and personable 20-something college grad, who brought in close friends Phillip Boone (pictured above right) and Durand Robinson to help him run it. The Warehouse was owned by James H. Mason, a businessman whose connections to the Atlanta drug underworld ran deep.
Rumors abounded that the cavernous 3-story Warehouse was a front for laundering drug proceeds. It was no secret that one of the Warehouse’s silent partners, a money man named Julius Cline, was a notorious cocaine dealer from Detroit.
Cline was a boisterous young man whose loud laugh often signaled his arrival at the nightclub. According to court documents, Cline invested over $100,000 in the Warehouse and other nightclubs he co-owned in Atlanta.
Unlike Mason, Boone and Hampton, who were more reserved and laid back, Cline was a show off who flashed thousands in cash, drove fancy cars and wore expensive platinum and diamond jewelry way before Jay Z and Puffy Combs made “bling” a part of our vernacular.
Cline was the first to die. According to Detroit police, Cline was gunned down on July 25, 1992 during a shootout on a Detroit street. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, and police later classified his murder as drug-related.
The news of Cline’s death swept through the Warehouse crowd and left his business partners shaken. But Cline’s death barely registered a blip in the Atlanta Journal newspaper.
With their money man dead, Mason, Hampton and Boone tightened their belts and kept the Warehouse doors open despite money problems.
Then in 1993, Mason, along with former Atlanta attorney and judge Fred Tokars, were indicted on numerous racketeering, drug, and money laundering charges.
Tokars had hired another Mason associate, Eddie Lawrence, to murder his wife, Sara because she had uncovered evidence of money laundering that threatened to do in Tokars (and his clients) if the evidence ever saw the light of day.
According to policemag.com in addition to the Warehouse, Tokars also helped to establish other trendy black clubs, such as Diamonds and Pearls on Cheshire Bridge Rd. and Deion’s Club 21 (owned in part by former Atlanta Falcons and Braves star Deion Sanders).
According to federal indictments, the bulk of Tokars’s clients were drug dealers, and his main services was to help his clients launder drug money.
Sara Tokars was shot to death on Nov. 29, 1992 inside her SUV in full view of her two young boys. Her death made national headlines and altered the livelihoods of many of Tokars and Mason’s associates.
Although Mason had nothing to do with Sara’s murder, he found himself caught up in the wide net cast by the Feds who followed the drug money. Mason was later convicted and sentenced to roughly 16 years of hard time in a federal prison.
With Mason gone, the club’s liquor license was transferred into Phillip Boone’s name since he had a clean record (Durand, who also had a clean record, was not yet a partner in the Traxx firm).
That year Hampton and Boone became the owners of the Warehouse, which they officially renamed Traxx. Both men bristled at speculation that Traxx was still in the drug business. Together they worked hard to make Traxx a legitimate, respectable operation.
While the always cordial Boone greeted patrons at the front door of the expansive nightclub, Hampton stayed out of sight crunching the numbers in the back office. There were signs that Hampton was under heavy stress due to the financial strain brought on by the loss of the club’s money men.
Even though the drug rumors persisted, there were never any indications that Hampton or Boone were anything other than the honest, pleasant, polite businessmen that they appeared to be.
Still, Hampton’s violent death in late 1998 came as a shock to the gay community.
According to Atlanta police, Hampton burned to death in the back seat of his charred SUV which was found parked in a cemetary in broad daylight. He had been shot once and beaten so badly that both of his legs were broken.
The coroner’s report noted evidence of smoke inhalation in Hampton’s lungs, meaning he was still alive when his killer (or killers) poured a flammable liquid all over him and set him on fire.
Following Hampton’s tragic death, Boone became the sole owner of Traxx. He then made Durand Robinson, and two other men, managing partners in the Traxx firm.
Hampton’s untimely death which remains unsolved was just as mysterious back then as Durand’s death is today.
Durand was everything that his friends say he was: outgoing, overly friendly, always easy to smile but so was David.
Ask anyone who knew David Hampton what kind of man he was, and the accolades pour forth.
"RICH WHITE GIRL WAS DRUG KINGPIN IN HIP-HOP CIRCLES UNTIL HER MURDER"
In the early evening light of Saturday, June 27, four men barely disguised by low-drawn baseball caps casually strolled into a Philadelphia luxury apartment complex, took the elevator to the seventh floor, and shot up-and-coming club promoter, 34-year-old Rian Thal, in the head. Multiple surveillance cameras captured the seeming ease with which the killers performed. On their way out, one shooter nearly walked into a man carrying a piece of furniture, smoothly side-stepped around him, and slid anonymously out the door.
A sign reading “Under Constant Video Surveillance” is prominently displayed at the entrance to the apartment complex where this took place, and on June 27, those cameras paid off: Last week, 25-year-old Katoya Jones, seen in the video letting the killers into the building, was charged with murder and conspiracy. According to police, Jones, who also lived at the Piazza, is the girlfriend of North Philly drug dealer James "Poo" Wilson, 36, who masterminded the plot.
The Piazza wasn’t meant for cold-blooded drug crimes. An 80,000-square-foot plaza ringed by clothing boutiques, art galleries and trendy restaurants, real-estate heavy-hitter Bart Blatstein dropped $500 million to make it not just an apartment complex, but an ongoing cultural event.
Nor was Thal the type of woman most people think of when they imagine a drug kingpin. A petite, blond, perpetually smiling product of an upscale Philadelphia suburb, her neighbors mainly remembered her as a cat lover whose drug of choice was nothing stronger than chocolate candy. Thal’s Twitter feed featured posts like, "Oh my god I am having a foodgasm, chocolate chip bread pudding!!!!!"
Yet when police arrived at her building, they found four kilos of cocaine in Thal’s penthouse apartment, along with $100,000 in cash. Newspaper reporters scrambled to her Facebook page, and found glamorous pictures of Thal out on the town with the city’s hip-hop and sports stars. She was big enough that the nightclub she promoted, Plush, had advertised a joint birthday party on July 18 for Thal and James "Kamal" Gray, a member of famed Philly hip-hop group The Roots.
The line at Plus on any given night, comprised entirely of young black men and women, who are stared down by bulky private security officers in black SWAT-style uniforms, prominent handguns and billy clubs holstered at their hips. One of the hard-faced officers explains that the security here is provided mostly by off-duty cops and correctional officers. Usually there’s also a police car or two parked directly in front, but not tonight.
Before she was murdered, this was the territory of Rian Thal, a young blonde with a slight frame and pixie smile who grew up in a wealthy suburb a world away from this nightspot.
Ask the police, and they’ll tell you she was a big-time drug trafficker who was neck deep in the game for years before finally getting in over her head. Ask her friends and work associates, and they’ll swear up and down she was a self-made mogul whose honest work ethic helped her rise through the ranks of the entertainment world, from bartender to trend setting socialite.
Her parents knew her as their popular daughter who had attended a good Jewish private school in the wealthy Philadelphia suburb where they lived. And years later, a judge would meet her as the young woman who complained that her house-arrest ankle monitor, earned after a drug possession charge, was interfering with her work at a gentlemen’s club.
Plush Nightclub, which Thal promoted for, is not what one would call upscale. It does not recall the lush imagery of MTV rap videos, where elite profilers sip Champagne and whisper sweet nothings to supermodels while money rains down from above. The crowd at Plush is rough around the edges; there are a lot of tattoos signifying corner-drug-crew affiliations, low-drawn, flat-brimmed baseball caps, and oversize undershirts. And just maybe, that’s the reason Rian Thal was brought on board—her RiGirl Productions party-planning company was known for attracting the cream of the entertainment crop to unlikely places.
Thal’s moneyed high gloss, it turned out, stemmed from her underworld involvement, which went back at least a decade. She was an improbable real-deal, big-time trafficker who had once been convicted of smuggling meth into the U.S., and, in a separate incident, was kidnapped and then released by another drug dealer, possibly as part of a disputed deal.
And now around Philadelphia, even as the details of the case are still unfolding, the question is on everyone’s lips: How did this white girl (in the hip-hop clubs, she was actually known as “white girl”) from the wealthy suburbs get to this level of the drug game in the first place?
Source: Jeff Deeney
"WOMAN VANISHES AFTER ATTENDING PARTY AT NBA PLAYER'S MANSION "
Nearly nineteen months ago, after partying with 76er Willie Green, Toni Lee Sharpless vanished. But an obsessed private investigator has a gut feeling about where she might be-an unwilling participant in sex trafficking.
by Robert Hubert
Eileen Law has very long white-blond hair and dazzling teeth. Lately, she has spent a lot of time in Camden, especially at Broadway and Atlantic, where, even at high noon on a Tuesday, prostitutes saunter about as pimps watch them — and Eileen — with the stillness of gargoyles. You can get one sex act for five bucks and another for ten — it’s high volume work, mostly truckers who cut through on the way to and from the port.
Eileen looks a little like Linda Evans of Dynasty fame — though a smaller version, without the shoulder pads and dressed in denim. She is a private investigator, looking for someone. This is where she thinks she might find her.
Toni Lee Sharpless, a 30-year-old nurse and mother of an 12-year-old girl, was last seen pulling away from Philadelphia 76er Willie Green’s house in Gladwyne on August 23rd at 5 in the morning, supposedly on her way home to Downingtown.
On Atlantic, two Hispanic working girls lounging on a red row house porch, in jeans and t-shirts, with small pot bellies — the days of Julia Roberts-level dress-up are passé — examine a picture of Toni.
One girl says, “My brother was missing too. We finally found him in a dumpster, and sent him to rehab, then back to Puerto Rico.” She thinks she saw Toni that morning, in an alley off Broadway, hunched near the ground with a couple of men, either doing drugs or counting money.
Back in August, Toni and her friend Crystal partied at Willie Green’s house after clubbing at Ice in King of Prussia and G Lounge in Philly; Crystal knows Willie’s brother. They drank champagne, and Toni, who is bipolar and had recently returned from drug rehab, started pouring champagne on the floor, and said things that offended Willie — he kicked her out. Outside, Crystal and Toni had a fight. Toni, with only a sliver of gas and no bank card, drove off alone.
The Puerto Rican girl won’t come with Eileen to the alley where she thinks she saw Toni, because her pimp is watching from the corner.
Despite the ongoing investigation, Toni has yet to be found.
"NEW BREED OF SERIAL KILLER" (DEATH BY WATER TORTURE-AQUA-SADIST)
In a recent case in Wisconsin, detectives believe the drowning deaths of four young gay men are the work of an aqua-sadist.
The Internet was also a factor in these murders-the victims met their killer on a Web Site featuring fantasies for gay men who enjoy sex under water.
Also: 40 drowning deaths (across the country) have been contributed to the "Smiley Face Gang." This gang got their name from leaving a smiley face at each murder-as a calling card.
Sex crimes investigators have discovered a horrendous new twist in deviant behavior-predators whose ultimate fetish is watching bound young girls and boys struggle underwater until they die!
Ohio school teacher Jeffrey Doland (above) was one of the suspects to be prosecuted for being consumed by this sick fantasy.
He was hoping for a chance to indulge his perversion when he entered an Internet chat room in 2007.
The married man and stepfather of two began a conversation with a person he believed to be a mom of two girls, ages 9 and 12, from Miami, Florida.
Soon, Doland was sending pictures of children being violently dunked to his online pal. He followed this up with an offer of $550 if the mother would let him sink her two girls underwater until the bubbles stopped rising.
To Doland's surprise, the woman was actually a U.S. Secret Service agent conducting a cybersex sting.
Once he flew to Miami and paid the $550 fee, he was promptly arrested.
At his 2009 trial, prosecutors presented transcripts of Doland's online chats that contained graphic descriptions of his perverted fantasies.
"I love long hair floating underwater," he wrote. "Cannot wait to see them drowning."
The defendant eventually stopped the trial and pleaded guilty to a slew of attempted sex crimes and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Doland isn't alone in his evil desires. Experts in underwater forensics have found victims of these terrible crimes across the country.
STORY & PHOTO COURTESY OF SANDRA ROSE.COM:
When 18-year-old Latisha Frazier went missing last August, her case was assigned to a homicide detective rather than the missing person’s bureau. Latisha would never run away and leave her 4-year-old daughter, her parents told police.
Family and friends say Latisha was a good mother and student, who went to school in the mornings and worked in the afternoons so she could take care of her daughter at night. Her father, Barry Campbell, often wears a t-shirt with a picture of himself and his daughter.
“It’s so sad. It’s hurtful,” he told NBC News in an interview.
Investigators say a group of 6 people — 3 men and 3 women — lured Frazier to an apartment in D.C.’s poverty-stricken Parkland neighborhood on August 4. There, police say, her hands and legs were bound together with duct tape and a bag placed over her head. The men and women took turns beating and stomping her with their fists, feet and blunt objects.
The group then put her in a closet inside the apartment. When she began to make noises, they pulled her out of the closet and beat her again. When she fell unconscious, they took a stick and poked her to see if she was still alive, then they stuffed her back in the closet for 2 days.
At some point, her body was discarded in a dumpster behind the apartment building. Her remains have never been found.
Months went by without a trace of her. Then a tip was called into the Metropolitan police department, leading detectives to believe she had been murdered.
5 people were taken into custody months after Frazier was first reported missing. The 6th suspect, 23-year-old Brian Gaither of Southeast Washington, was arrested yesterday at the same location where Frazier was murdered. He is charged with 2 counts of murder and ordered held without bail.
The defendants told detectives they believed Latisha stole money from one of them.
“Nonsense,” say Latisha’s parents. The suspects don’t work. The suspects don’t have any money. They say Latisha was the only one among them who had a job.
"MOM CHARGED AFTER SON'S BODY FOUND IN OVEN"
A Mississippi mother is being charged with the murder of her 3-year-old son after the body of young Tristan Robinson was found in her electric oven.
It is unclear whether the son of Terrie A. Robinson was killed before being placed in the oven but he did suffer some head trauma and his body was still warm according to authorities.
"We don't know what's wrong. We don't know what happened. Do not sit there and call her a bad mom cause that's not what she is," said Sherrie Robinson, the twin sister of the accused mother.
Sherrie's statement is tough to digest after such a shocking incident. No motive has been determined and no statement has been made.
"2 SERIAL KILLERS TARGETING GAYS-MURDER IN 2'S" (WASHINGTON, D.C.& ATL)
A second black gay man, Gordon Rivers, 47, (1st photo) has been founded murdered in Washington DC in less than a month. Discovered by police along the 2600 block of Naylor Road, S.E., Rivers was found with multiple gunshot wounds, and whilst alive at that time he was pronounced dead after arriving at an area hospital a short time later.
At this present time the Metropolitan Police Department have little to go on, and also no suspects to take the case forward, though they have spoken out saying they believe there is “no indication” that the murder was a hate crime with D.C. Police Capt. Edward Delgado saying they had only become aware that Rivers was gay through the investigation.
This murder marks the second in less than a month of a gay man, after police discovered Anthony Perkins, 29, (2nd photo) shot dead in his car.
Reverend Anthony Motley, a city minister and candidate for a seat on the D.C. City Council spoke to the DC Agenda and told them that a mutual friend said the unidentified man was known to Perkins, and that he had become paranoid that Perkins was going to report him.
Two men who had attended the 2010 Gay Black Pride celebration in Atlanta, Georgia were found dead in an apartment in that city, having each been shot in the head "execution style," according to online reports.
One victim, Samuel Blizzard Jr., 21, was a student at Georgia State University, reported a Sept. 7 story at Examiner.com. The other was Calvin Streater, 26, a local resident.
Authorities theorize that the victims knew their killer and allowed him access to the residence, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 6. Police spokesperson Maj. Keith Meadows told the local media that "both victims in this case were here for the Black Gay Pride festivities over the weekend," and said that investigators were trying to "retrace their steps" prior to the killings.
Authorities said it was unclear whether "their sexual orientation played a role in the shooting deaths."
The killings bring to three the number of persons associated with Black Gay Pride who have been shot and killed in recent weeks. One of the event’s organizers, gay nightclub owner Durand Robinson, was shot to death in what authorities theorized was a carjacking, according to an Aug. 26 article at Black Voices.
The 14th edition of Black Gay Pride took place in Atlanta between Sept. 1-6 this year. The gathering was billed as "The world’s largest Pride celebration for black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people," and featured an array of events, including a "candlelight vigil for those who have passed."
Gun violence marred San Francisco’s Pride festivities earlier this summer, resulting in the death of one person and the wounding of two others. The shootings occurred in the Castro during the "Pink Saturday" party on June 26.
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Terrance Osley, 20, and Norman Corggens, 20, were charged with involuntary manslaughter for the murder of Marlon Woods, 32, (1st photo) of Toledo, Maryland. Marlon Woods suffered severe head injuries that induced him into a coma and was taken off life support and later died. The conviction would carry up to ten years in prison if found guilty.
The Toledo Police Department dismissed the possibility of the murder being a hate crime, but acknowledged that it was related to a fight inside a gay bar in which Woods tried to protect a young woman.
Woods is survived by his lover of ten years.
FROM OUR GAY FILES: "LOVE ON THE DOWNLOW TURNS DEADLY"
This spring's murder of L.C. Swain Middle School teacher Calvin Williams (1st photo) brought to light a harsh truth about AIDS among African-American men. For many in South Florida, sex on the down-low is a deadly gamble.
According to Riviera Beach police reports, Williams' lover, Lawrence Hunt, 20, (2nd photo) allegedly shot the teacher because he'd heard Williams had HIV. Hunt told the police he and Williams were arguing in the bedroom, and Williams tried to rape him. Hunt shot him in the head. Lawrence Hunt says he started hooking up with Calvin Williams at age 18.
An autopsy report does not mention whether Williams, 41, had HIV. But police confirmed that the unmarked pill bottles found in his bedroom contained meds used to treat the virus.
In the Riviera Beach neighborhood where Calvin Williams lived, the houses are plain, single-story concrete blocks painted in drab greens and tans. Air-conditioning units poke out of windows, satellite dishes dot the roofs, and flannel sheets serve as window shades. Nine miles away, Donald Trump and Rod Stewart have built millionaires' playgrounds on Palm Beach. But in this part of town, grown men pass the afternoons on their front stoops. A .38-caliber pistol sells for 50 bucks on the street.
On the night of May 13, Williams hosted a card game at his apartment. Men played tonk; women dealt hands for spades. Bottles of beer emerged from a cooler, and cigarette butts burned in the ashtray. It was NBA playoffs season, and a Cavaliers-Celtics game blared on the TV.
Williams, 41, was 6-foot-4 with a confident smile, a schoolteacher with a well-muscled, basketball player's build. As the night wore on, Williams was engrossed in his cell phone, drifting away from the card game. His friends had no idea whom he was texting, but they badgered him for being distracted: "Are you going to play cards or talk?"
By 11:30 p.m., the game ended and the crowd broke up. A man who was later identified in police reports as Williams' boyfriend (Lawrence Hunt) left for the hospital, where his grandmother was having surgery. Sometime after 1 a.m., Williams, drunk and bored, decided to visit the lover he'd been texting all evening.
His friends never saw him alive again.
Soon, an investigation into his death would unveil Williams' most intimate secrets. It would remind his community of an AIDS epidemic it would rather forget. And it would raise a tangle of medical and legal questions about the price of his silence.
Williams was once accused of exposing himself to a male student at Palm Beach Lakes High, favored younger men, and was seen frequenting Dolce, a popular gay club in West Palm Beach.
A 25-year-old man who asked to be called "Love" offers himself as a cautionary tale.
Love, clad in leopard-print satin pajamas, black slippers, fake eyelashes, and diamond earrings, speaks in soft, honeyed tones. He expresses no anger when explaining how being black and gay in West Palm Beach made him an outcast.
He says he was attracted to men by the time he was 11 and began dressing "like a lady" a year later. But his mom would not accept him, so he made the streets his home. He quit school at 16, hit the club scene, and traded his body for cash.
When he was 20, Love and a friend got tested for sexually transmitted diseases at a gay club in West Palm. Love discovered he had HIV. But for years, he ignored the bad news. He kept working the streets, even neglecting to use condoms. He says he didn't have any symptoms, and denial was easier to swallow than the fear of retaliation if the wrong person found out.
"I lived in a mind frame that I didn't have it," he says. "It just felt fake."
Love finally disclosed his HIV-positive status to one boyfriend, who responded by breaking Love's jaw. After that, Love says, he started taking precautions.
Source: Lisa Rab
Tiequon Aundray "Lil Fee" Cox (born December 1, 1965) is a convicted murderer currently incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison (death row).
Cox became one of the prime suspects of a quadruple homicide investigation concerning the deaths of Ebora Alexander, aged 59, Dietra Alexander, aged 25, two boys Damon Bonner, aged 6, and Damani Garner-Alexander, aged 12. These four individuals were relatives of former NFL player and defensive back Kermit Alexander (below).
Cox was also a noted member of the Rollin' 60, one of the many sets affiliated to the Crips, and actually still on parole on an unrelated charge.
The events that occurred on August 31, 1984, are not clear, but what is known is that two suspects, described as being male, were seen bursting into the house of Ebora Alexander (the mother of Kermit Alexander) and opening fire, killing four people in the process. Two other family members who had previously been hiding, managed to scare off the gunmen, who were seen fleeing into a brown or maroon van.
Later the two suspects would be caught and identified as Tiequon Cox, aged 18, and later a man Horace Edwin Burns, aged 20. Both were known affiliates of the Rollin' 60. Burns was not one of the gunman it would turn out, but a look-out, along with two women Lisa Brown and Ida Moore, who drove the get-away vehicle. Darren Charles Williams would later be caught and identified as the other gunman.
The reason behind the killings was revealed to be because Williams, also a noted gang member, had purchased fake cocaine and sought revenge against the dealer.
Unfortunately, Williams and the two other men ended up at the wrong house, resulting in the deaths of four innocent bystanders. It was actually stated that the three suspects had the right house number but were on the wrong block. Although Cox was the youngest of the three, and was therefore susceptible to "peer pressure," the jury's decision was that he had actively taken part in the killings, whether it had been just abetting was determined serious enough to condemn.
In 1986, he was found guilty of four counts of 1st degree murder, in accordance with premeditation laws, in the state of California. The jury further determined that he should be sentenced to death, placing him on death row.
Tiequon Cox stabbed Stanley "Tookie" Williams (above) in 1988 while on death row. This is depicted in the 2004 TV film "Redemption: The Stanley Tookie Williams Story."
On the afternoon of July 18, 2000, three inmates, regarded as some of San Quentin's most dangerous prisoners, almost escaped. The three, identified as Tiequon Cox, Paul Tuilaepa, and Noel Jackson, all rushed towards a hole that had been unraveled from a four foot section of a chain-link fence, nearly escaping with the intent of securing themselves hostages.
However, the attempt failed and with some difficulty the guards managed to get all three inmates subdued and back into a controlled yard. But, the escape attempt left many guards re-addressing the serious security problems that had been plaguing San Quentin for years.
A red flag was raised when Rodney Saunders (above, pictured top right), 39, and Christopher Lewis (above, pictured top left), 29, were driving their rental vehicle without their headlights on.
When police spotted the men and pulled them over for a routine traffic stop, the officers smelled marijuana wafting from the car. After rummaging through the vehicle, the officers discovered 13 pounds of marijuana. The suspects were arrested.
Hours later, Saunders' wife Senya (above, pictured bottom left), 39, got wind of her husband's arrest. Thinking that police would eventually pay her a visit at home, she hurriedly stuffed the backpacks of her 10-year-old son and 9-year-old stepson with drugs in an attempt to get the remaining narcotics out of the residence.
According to Police Inspector Scott Small, the woman used the children as mere "drug mules." He described Senya's act as "pretty despicable, to say the least."
Little did Senya know that Philadelphia law enforcement had beaten her to the punch and already had the house under surveillance. Senya was also taken in to custody, along with her 19-year-old daughter Neiya Rawlerson (above, pictured top center).
Another woman, who was also implicated in the narcotics distribution ring and arrested and who happens to be a friend of Saunders, is police officer Somer Pugh (above, pictured bottom right), 33.
Police seized 20 pounds of marijuana in the case, which has a street value of about $90,000, as well as more than $10,000 in cash and a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Rodney and Senya Saunders are being held on $150,000 bail and are charged with criminal conspiracy, possession with the intent to deliver, and other related offenses. The three other accomplices were also charged.
The children were taken in to the custody by the Department of Human Services who are conducting their own investigation.
Clearly the Saunders are poor examples of parents for their children. When a parent places their child in a perilous situation, they can psycologically damage that human being for life. These types of parents usually produce toxic children, societal misfits. Let's just keep our fingers crossed that Saunders' offspring are resilient and can go on to become successful and productive citizens.
(RAE CARRUTH WANNABE-BEATING FOR HIRE)
Heartless Andres Marrero (2nd photo) punched and kicked a three-months-pregnant teen in the belly in an attempt to make her miscarry-and then shamefully boasted about the vicious attack on Facebook (below).
"Damn, last night was fun as hell and I'm paid," the 19-year-old University Tampa student reportedly wrote on the website.
Incredibly, Marrero was hired to beat the girl by her boyfriend and father of the unborn child.
Devin Nickels (1st photo) was an 18-year-old Florida State student.
He wanted to get rid of the baby and masterminded the plot.
Nickels reportedly paid Marrero to snatch the girl and beat her so ferociously that she'd miscarry.
Nickels and his girlfriend were in an apartment complex parking area when a masked and gun wielding Marrero came up, pointed the weapon at her and threatened to shoot.
He forced the terrified girl into a nearby wooded area where he began to viciously punch and kick her in the stomach, say cops.
When the girl begged him to stop, explaining that she was pregnant, cops say he cruelly continued, telling her: "That's how much I care, bitch!"
Fortunately, the attack failed. Sources say the girl was hospitalized and she and the unborn baby are OK.
Her attacker Marrero was arrested after she identified him from photos shown by detectives. He's charged with kidnapping and aggravated battery on a pregnant female, and was jailed on $60,000 bond.
Her boyfriend Nickels was also locked up and charged with solicitation to commit aggravated battery with a bond set at $50,000.
A Florida State University student accused of planning an attack on his pregnant girlfriend now faces more charges (below):
Authorities said that 18-year-old Devin R. Nickels contacted another man about staging another attack on a 17-year-old pregnant girl after a New Year's attack failed to fulfill his plan to kill the fetus.
Nickels was charged with an additional count of solicitation to commit aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. He is in the Land O'Lakes Jail with bail set at $50,000. Officials say the girl and unborn child are fine.
Officials say 19-year-old Andres Marrero alerted them to Nickels' second plan. Marrero, a University of Tampa student, faces armed kidnapping and aggravated battery on a pregnant female stemming from the Jan.1, attack.
"GAY RENT BOY MASSACRE"
Even by South African standards, the Sizzlers massacre on January 20, 2003 was shocking. Nine men were slaughtered in one night.
They were bound, their throats slit and then shot in the head before being left in pools of blood in the white Sea Point house with matching picket fence.
Only one man, with a bullet wound to the head, and three small dogs, survived the massacre.
Sizzlers killers Adam Woest (2nd photo) and Trevor Theys (1st photo) are both serving life sentences for the murders of Aubrey Otgaar, Sergio de Castro, Stephanus Fouche, Travis Reade, Johan Meyer, Timothy Boyd, Gregory Berghaus, Marius Meyer and Warren Visser.
Following the grisly attack the spotlight turned on to the "rent boy" industry and calls were made to clean up Sea Point, which was branded as a seedy and dangerous underworld home of drugs and gangs.
But five years later, the gay escort business is booming and Sizzlers is now just a dim memory.
"Life goes on," said one man, who has been in the business for 14 years.
Could it happen again?
"Nothing is impossible. We are all vulnerable to hijackings, robberies. All we can do is take more care."
He said technology had probably changed the nature of the business over the past five years.
Today people tended to hook up on the internet before meeting their client, and most rent boys no longer lived in private homes like the Sizzlers boys did at 7 Graham Street. A number of them came from smaller, conservative country homes, and had families who had no idea what they were doing. It made identifying them that much harder.
Some came from broken families. Some saw the work as a stepping stone towards something better.
Some had girlfriends and weren't even gay.
Glenn de Swardt, manager of health services, counseling and research at the Triangle Project, a gay and lesbian organization, said business was back to normal with plenty of boys getting into the industry to make money for drugs.
De Swardt said many urban legends had grown out of the Sizzlers massacre.
Even today, five years later, questions remained over the motive for the extraordinary attack and whether a third attacker had been involved, he said.
But these perplexing questions, De Swardt added, would probably forever remain unanswered.
The gruesome slaying touched on the "shadow element of society", one that was seldom acknowledged.
De Swardt, who testified as an expert witness for the prosecution during the high-profile Sizzlers trial on how the attack affected the community, said that violent hate crimes continued today, but were not always discussed.
The most recent victim of such attacks was gay Muizenberg architect Peter Sim, 68, who was stabbed to death at his Killarney Road home on December 28 or 29.
He had earlier reported being harassed because of his sexuality.
He was stabbed about 17 times and his body was described as having been "butchered".
De Swardt said others who were targeted included black lesbians who were at high risk of rape by men who believed they could "cure" the women by having sex with them.
"Hate crimes take place across race, age, religion and gender and people need to speak out and condemn these attacks," he said.
De Swardt said "gay bashing" was still rife, with homosexuals being regarded as soft targets.
"Even at school, children have to put up with teasing and taunting about their perceived sexual orientation," said De Swardt.
He said people appeared to focused on race attacks.
"But maybe it is time to look at other forms of hate crimes," he added.
Marlow Valentine, manager of community engagement and empowerment programs at the Triangle Project, said they will launch the 777 campaign next month to highlight hate crimes and gender-based violence.
National leaders were frequently quite happy to speak out about general violence against women but said nothing when it came to the killing of gay people.
"There are a lot of cases that are not being followed up. The police don't take them seriously and we often only hear about them after the fact," said Valentine.
There was a definite increase in attacks on black lesbians and effeminate men.
"People are being stalked and harassed and often end up the victims of brutal murders."
He said Sim had been the target of homophobic and verbal abuse by patrons of a pub next door to his Muizenberg house prior to his murder.
"He was quite involved with the youth in the area but people branded him a pedophile."
Valentine said they were starting to record incidents of harassment and abuse even if they didn't result in a murder.
"We want to start keeping statistic s so we can put preventative programs in place," he said.
Source: Helen Bamford
"COP MURDERS 'BACKPAGE' ESCORT"
Jimmy Dac Ho lived a troubled life with a gun on his belt, first as a Lauderhill police officer and, until yesterday afternoon, as a member of the Florida Atlantic University police force. From 2002 to 2004, he worked for the Broward Sheriff's Office but was fired after being arrested on a disorderly conduct misdemeanor. As a Lauderhill officer in 1995, Ho was involved in a car crash that killed a 74-year-old man, while pursuing a car without using lights or sirens.
One afternoon , Ho visited Sheri Carter, or "Stephanie," an in-call escort he had contacted through her listing on Backpage.com (which is owned by New Times' parent, Village Voice Media). During a dispute that he says was about money, he allegedly shot her through the abdomen and in the neck, paralyzing her from the waist down. She would later die and Ho would try and commit suicide while incarcerated.
This wasn't Ho's first run-in with the law through online classifieds -- back in 2009, he visited a Bank of America branch in Boyton Beach attempting to cash a check for $3,200. The teller contacted the account owner, a man named Paul Pickle.
Pickle had no idea the check had been written and had never met Ho. It turned out that Ho had responded to an ad for a personal driver on Backpage and was sent the check to cash via FedEx, supposedly as a down payment for the car he would drive. The man behind the fraudulent post identified himself on the phone as "Morgan." According to an incident report, "None of the involved parties, Pickle, Bank of America, or Ho lost any money due to this incident."
Carter posted frequent ads for her escort services to Craigslist and then, after that site banned adult-services ads last September, on Backpage. Her ads advertise "a quiet, clean and discreet incall location" and provide multiple photos of her. Escort review websites indicate that she operated independently and answered her own phone. As "Stephanie," Carter listed her age as 26 rather than 29.
She met most of her customers at her condominium in the Marina Village development in Boynton Beach.
A crazed wife who tried to forcibly abort her husband’s mistress’ baby is to be jailed for four years.
Kisha Jones tricked seven-months pregnant Monique Hunter into taking pills that would kill her unborn child.
Miss Hunter, 26, went into premature labour but the baby boy survived.
Jones, 40, was also accused of tried to finish him off by sending a toxic liquid to the hospital disguised as breast milk and pretending to be a hospital worker to take the child off a ventilator, but those charges were dropped.
Under a plea bargain deal she will be jailed for four years in February but could be out in as less than two for time served and good behaviour.
Miss Hunter had been dating Jones’ husband Anthony for three years but claimed she did not know he was married.
Both women were pregnant with his children and when Jones found out that her love rival was expecting as well, she flew into a rage and decided to kill her baby, it was said.
"ONE MAN WAR AGAINST BLACKS"
A pathological racist, Joseph Christopher launched a one-man war against blacks in September 1980, claiming victims from upstate New York to southwestern Georgia. In his wake, he left an atmosphere of bigotry and violence that provoked a string of hostile confrontations in communities not known for racial animosity. His legacy of death and hatred lingers to the present day, as several of the crimes connected to his rampage -- or inspired by his example -- are officially unsolved.
The war began September 22, when 14-year-old Glenn Dunn was shot and killed outside a Buffalo supermarket. The victim was sitting in a stolen car when he died, and witnesses described his assailant as an unidentified "white youth." The following day, 32-year-old Harold Green was shot while dining at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Cheektowaga. That night, Emmanuel Thomas, age 30, was killed by a sniper while crossing the street to his home, seven blocks from the scene of Dunn's murder. On September 24, the action shifted to nearby Niagara Falls, with the murder of a fourth black, Joseph McCoy.
Investigators found that all four victims were killed with the same gun, and headlines followed their fruitless search for the elusive ".22-caliber killer." Buffalo blacks complained of nonexistent police protection, and there were sporadic incidents of blacks pelting white motorists on the streets. A cross was burned in Buffalo, and fears were voiced that the murders might be a preview of things to come, paving the way for some paramilitary racist group's campaign of local genocide.
Things got worse on October 8, when 71-year-old Parler Edwards, a black taxi driver, was found in the trunk of his car, parked in suburban Amherst, his heart cut out and carried from the scene. Next day, another black cabbie, 40-year-old Ernest Jones, was found beside the Niagara River in Tonawanda, the heart ripped from his chest. His blood-spattered taxi was retrieved by police in Buffalo, three miles away.
The local black community was verging on a state of panic now, made worse by an incident in a Buffalo hospital on October 10. A black patient, 37-year-old Collin Cole, was recuperating from illness when a white stranger appeared at his bedside and snarled, "I hate ni**ers." A nurse's arrival saved Cole from death by strangulation, but his condition was listed as serious, with severe damage done to his throat.
Descriptions of the would-be strangler roughly matched eyewitness reports on the ".22-caliber killer." The action shifted to Manhattan on December 22, with five blacks and one Hispanic victim stabbed -- four of them killed -- in less than thirteen hours.
John Adams, 25 years old, was the first to fall, narrowly escaping death when he was knifed by a white assailant around 11:30 a.m. Two hours later, 32-year-old Ivan Frazier was accosted on the street, deflecting a blade with his hand, sustaining minor injuries before he fled on foot. The next four victims were less fortunate. Messenger Luis Rodriguez, 19, was stabbed to death around 3:30 p.m. in what police described as "an apparent holdup."
No motive was suggested in the deaths of 30-year-old Antone Davis, knifed around 6:50 p.m., or 20-year-old Richard Renner, killed less than four hours later. The last victim, discovered just before midnight, was a black "John Doe" stabbed to death on the street near Madison Square Garden. Police were still searching desperately for the elusive "Midtown Slasher" when 31-year-old Roger Adams, a black man, was stabbed to death in Buffalo on December 29.
Wendell Barnes, 26, was fatally wounded in Rochester, on December 30, but Buffalo native Albert Menefee was luckier the next day, surviving a thrust that nicked his heart. On January 1, Larry Little and Calvin Crippen survived separate attacks, fighting off their white assailant with only minor injuries.
On January 6, police announced that the recent stabbing's were "probably linked" with Buffalo's unsolved .22-caliber shootings, but still they seemed no closer to a suspect. The case broke twelve days later, in Georgia, when Pvt. Joseph Christopher, age 25, was arrested at Fort Benning, charged with slashing a black GI. A search of his former residence, near Buffalo, turned up quantities of .22-caliber ammunition, a gun barrel, and two sawed-off rifle stocks. More to the point, authorities learned that Christopher had joined the army on November 13, arriving at Fort Benning six days later. He was absent on leave from December 19 to January 4, with a bus ticket recording his arrival in Manhattan on December 20.
Hospitalized with self-inflicted wounds on May 6, 1981, Christopher bragged to a nurse of his involvement in the September slayings around Buffalo. Four days later, he was charged with three of the local shooting deaths, a fourth murder count added to the list on June 29, plus charges related to non-fatal Buffalo stabbing's in December 1980 and January 1981. In New York City, indictments were returned in the murder of Luis Rodriguez and the non-fatal stabbing of Ivan Frazier.
In October 1981, Christopher waived his right to a jury trial in Buffalo, placing his fate in the hands of a judge. Two months later, he was found mentally incompetent for trial, but the ruling had been reversed by April 1982. On April 27, after twelve days of testimony, he was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder, drawing a prison term of 60 years to life.
In September 1983, Christopher sat for an interview with Buffalo journalists, estimating that his murder spree had claimed a minimum of thirteen lives. Reporters noted that he "did not deny" the grisly murders of Parler Edwards and Ernest Jones, but no charges have yet been filed in those cases. In July 1985, Christopher's Buffalo conviction was overturned on grounds that the judge had improperly barred testimony pointing toward mental incompetence. Three months later, in Manhattan, a jury rejected the killer's insanity plea, convicting him in the murder of Luis Rodriguez and the wounding of Ivan Frazier.
"NEW YEARS RESOLUTION" (COMMITTING A HATE CRIME!)
New Years Eve, December 30, 1992 Melissa Ann McLauchlin (Age 25) was celebrating with her fiancé, John Owen, at a North Charleston (SC) nightclub. As the night went on an argument developed between the two and Missi stormed out of the club on foot and headed toward home. While walking Police spotted Missi, who showed signs of having too much to drink, and gave her a ride home. After arriving at home, Melissa set out on foot for another destination.
It hadn’t been long after she left her home that Melissa was approached by three black men, Matthew Carl Mack, Matthew Williams, and Joseph Gardner (above). The three pulled up alongside her in a car and started a conversation. As she conversed with men, Melissa had no idea of the hatful intentions running through the minds of the men who were prowling for a victim.
Gardner and some other men had made a New Year's resolution to rape and kill a white woman as retribution for 400 years of oppression of black people. The men had spent most of the day drinking and planning their New Year’s resolution while watching pornographic videos of black men having sex with white women. At one point during the day, Mack exploded in anger at his white girlfriend, saying he wanted to “stab her,” but that “it ain’t got to be her, any white” would do. Williams replied saying he wanted to have sex with a white woman; in a much vulgar language.
Two hours after Mack’s explosion, the group sat back and watched a television news account of the biggest stories of 1992. When the videotaped beating and arrest of Rodney King came on the air, the third man, Gardner, yelled “four hundred years of oppression,” and made the “New Year’s resolution” to “kill a white bitch.” It was with regards to this mission, that the men returned with Missi to the trailer on Stall Road. Once they returned, the men began to brutally rape Missi at gun point. They put out the word within the trailer park that they had “captured a white woman,” and three other black men arrived to continue and contribute to the rape.
After the five men had enough, they talked openly of killing her.
Missi was then handcuffed and blindfolded; the men then put a heavy coat over her head and took her to the car. She was forced down onto the floorboards of the back seat. The three men piled in the car and took off. After they had driven for some time, Missi managed to get out of the handcuffs and began to struggle. Joseph Gardner, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, reached over, held Missi’s head back, and shot her twice in the face. The driver pulled over to the shoulder of Hwy 78 in Summerville, where Gardner shot her three more times in the face and once in the arm. The men dumped her on the side of the road, drove back to North Charleston, and went clubbing for the rest of the night.
A passing driver found Missi McLauchlin, miraculously alive. The driver left to get help, but Missi died before the ambulance arrived. Missi had a blood alcohol level of .25 at the time of her autopsy, but there were no traces of drugs. It took police four days to identify the body. Police were tipped a day later to the located of the trailer where Missi McLauchlin was raped.
While police in South Carolina were searching for suspects involving Missi’s murder, Detroit police had the harder task of revealing Missi’s brutal death to her parents. On New Year's Day , Clair and Pat, the parents of Missy McLauchlin, were sitting together enjoying the Rose Parade on television, a family tradition the McLauchlin’s shared. The knock that was about to come at the door, would haunt the family tradition, making it impossible for Pat to watch the Rose Parade for years to come.
The knock did come and their stood a Detroit police officer. Pat said when the deputy entered her home he said, "I would rather be watching that parade."
"I said I'm not going to like what you have to tell us,' and he said, 'I just wish you'd get your husband out here,'" she recalls. The deputy then handed the couple a card with the name and number of a coroner in South Carolina. Instinctively, Pat wanted to see her daughter."
'No, identification is definite and you really don't want to see her,'" Pat remembers the deputy saying.
Missy's father, Clair, recalls the coroner recommended cremation. The McLauchlin’s were in disbelief.
"I wanted to hit that deputy. I knew it wasn't his fault but I wanted to hit him," Pat said. Details of the case started to unfolded of their daughter’s gruesome murder over the course of several days.
During an interview with a news reporter, Pat was interrupted by a phone call. It was the girl who had identified Missi’s body. In the phone call, she relayed vivid information about Missi’s body in which she witnessed through the identification.
"I got up. I raced to the bathroom and started throwing up," Pat said. "I think that's when it finally hit me." Pat collapsed and her husband took her to the emergency room.
By January 9, 1993, police had arrested seven people including two of the ringleadersMatthew Mack and Matthew Williams. Out of the seven arrested, three were sailors stationed at nearby Charleston Naval Base. The only suspect not in custody was the triggerman, Joseph Gardner, who had fulfilled his New Year’s resolution and fled the state.
Gardner, who was AWOL from the Navy, managed to run from police for nearly two years. It wasn’t until the FBI put him on the “ten most wanted” list, that Gardner was captured. He was living in Philadelphia when someone saw his picture in the post office and tipped off the police. Gardner was arrested on October 20, 1994.
Police suspected a racial motivation from the start, due to the “crudely-written racial diatribe” they had found in the trailer, complete with racial epithets about white oppression, which claimed blacks were “justified in seeking revenge.” Walter Bailey, the chief prosecutor in the case, said "It was the absolutely most brutal and senseless crime, one of the worst things I have ever seen. Totally unprovoked."
Gardener was put on trial and at the end when asked if he had anything to say, Gardner told the jury, "Do what you think is best." Before that, Joe Gardner apologized to Missi's parents. "I hope it gives you some sense of closure so you can put this behind you and move on. Yesterday when I was listening to you talk, it really hurt me. I really hurt you."
Seven women and five men found Gardner guilty for the kidnapping and murder of Melissa Ann McLauchlin. The jurors deliberated sentencing for two hours and decided unanimously, that the 25-year-old should die in the electric chair or by lethal injection.
As for the four men who were arrested, six defendants were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges relating to the case. Two are serving life sentences for murder. Matthew Carl Mack, (Age 21), convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. Bailey had sought the death penalty for Mack. Two women were also charged with being accessories.
Matthew Paul Williams, (Age 22), who pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
Roger Williams, (Age 23), sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct and misprision of a felony, or being present during the commission of a felony and not reporting it.
Danny Wayne McCall, (Age 26), sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to misprision of a felony - or failing to report a crime - and no contest to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The no-contest plea means McCall didn't believe he could prove his innocence.
A Long Island teen returning from a Brooklyn tutoring job was fatally mowed down by an allegedly drunken driver just two blocks from her home and her heartbroken mother ripped into the motorist in court yesterday. “Murderer! Murderer!” Yolanda Silvera screamed at Kenneth Serwan (below) as he was arraigned on a DWI charge in Central Islip District Court.
Her daughter, Tynielle Silvera, 18 an honors high-school grad who dreamed of a legal career was crossing Sunrise Highway at County Line Road in Amityville around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when she was run down by Serwan’s Chevy Suburban. “My child had so much promise,” sobbed the victim’s mom, who had to be held upright by relatives and court officers as she was escorted from the courtroom while screaming and slamming her fists against walls. “He should rot in hell.”
She added that Tynielle “graduated with a 94 average. She wanted to be a lawyer.” Before the crash, the victim had taken the Long Island Rail Road home from Bedford-Stuyvesant, where she was tutoring 13-year-old Leanora Genus.
“I learned so much from her,” Leanora said through sobs yesterday. “Last night, she taught me a new rule in math.” Leanora said Silvera was a sister-like mentor who often told her to strive for her dreams and stay focused on school and achievement. “She told me don’t get off track. I love her.”
Serwan, who has a prior drunk-driving arrest from 1992, was held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Police said more charges are possible as their accident investigation proceeds. Authorities said Silvera died instantly when Serwan, 46, a Lindenhurst resident with a wife and three teenage kids, ran her down. After exiting his car and approaching Silvera’s lifeless body, Serwan waited for police to arrive, cops said.
Investigators said they were still trying to determine his speed and whether he had a red or green light at the intersection. The suspect works in Manhattan as a database manager and serves as a youth-soccer coach.
“He’s a murderer. He killed my child,” said Yolanda Silvera. “He needs to be put away. He shouldn’t even be arraigned. He should be hung.”
Tynielle Silvera enrolled this fall at Nassau Community College, had a steady boyfriend and big plans for life.
Her distraught beau, Kevaughn Hammond, said she’d been accepted at Ivy League colleges but wanted to study on Long Island to stay close to her family and friends. “She is the only girl I’ve ever loved,” he said. “I can’t believe she’s gone. She had so much promise and so much ahead of her.”
A mother has been charged with allowing her 18-month-old son to be hung upside down and used as a human punching bag by three teenagers. Toddler Louis Wright is fighting for his life after suffering multiple injuries, including lacerations on his spleen, liver and pancreas. He also suffered five fractured ribs and was covered in bruises from head to toe from the severe beating at a flat in North Charleston, South Carolina. Police said a belt had been tied around the boy’s ankles and he had strapped from a coat rail inside a closet like a boxer’s punch bag.
Three teens took it in turn to pummel the boy until the beating was stopped by his 18-year-old mother Shakera Wright. She rushed her son to hospital after his eyes rolled back into his head and he became unresponsive. Doctors told police the baby had swelling to his face, five fractured ribs, bruises on his back and his left and right torso, as well as lacerations to his spleen, liver and pancreas. They also discovered an old skull fracture that had healed. Wright claimed that the teens, aged 14,15 and 16 had been play wrestling with her son and had stepped in to save her son when it became too rough.
But doctors treating the boy said his injuries were consistent with being repeatedly punched. According to arrest warrants, the 16-year-old named as Tyrek Varnes admitted that he repeatedly hit Louis while wrestling with him. He also said he punched him with a closed fist, hung him upside-down in a closet by strapping a belt around his ankles, dropped him on the ground and lifted the boy above his head and slammed him onto a bed. Varnes has been charged with greater bodily injury to a child. The other teens, whose names were not released, are also in the custody. The boy’s mother is being held in jail on charges of allowing greater bodily injury to a child.
*Warning: The following is extremely graphic and disturbing. Also, The horrific photo above isn't a photo of the following black victims although they suffered a similar fate.
Suspected of killing a white plantation owner, Luther Holbert-a Negro sharecropper- attempted to escape from his home in Vardaman's Mississippi with his wife before a lynch mob could dispense its own form of "justice." Catching up with the Holberts, the mob bound the couple to convenient trees.
While the mob's ringleaders forced the Holberts' to hold out their hands in order that their fingers could be chopped off one by one -- the audience of 600 spectators enjoyed treats like deviled eggs, lemonade, and whiskey in a festive atmosphere. Next, the Holberts' ears were amputated and those severed appendages, along with the disconnected digits, became much-prized souvenirs.
Mr. Holbert was beaten severely enough so that his skull was fractured and one eye was left dangling from its socket. When someone in the crowd produced a large corkscrew, that instrument was used to alternately bore into husband and wife, each time gouging out "spirals...of raw, quivering flesh" when withdrawn. If that wasn't enough, the tortured man and woman were then burned alive.
"ABORTION DOCTOR ACCUSED OF NUMEROUS MURDERS"
An abortion doctor who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, made millions of dollars over 30 years, performing as many illegal, late-term abortions as he could, prosecutors said. State regulators ignored complaints about him and failed to visit or inspect his clinic since 1993, but no charges were warranted against them, District Attorney Seth Williams said.
Gosnell, his wife and eight other colleagues were arrested overnight Tuesday following a grand jury investigation, MyFoxPhilly.com reports. According to the district attorney’s office, Gosnell is facing murder in the third degree for the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar. The patient died Nov. 20, 2009, when she was overdosed with anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell, according to the station. Williams said during a press conference Wednesday that Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord.”
The district attorney also said patients were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society.
Authorities went to investigate drug-related complaints at the clinic last year and stumbled on what Williams called a “house of horrors.”
“There were bags and bottles holding aborted fetuses scattered throughout the building,” Williams said. “There were jars, lining shelves, with severed feet that he kept for no medical purpose.” The clinic was shut down and Gosnell’s medical license was suspended after the raid. Workers, some of whom were also charged with murder, were untrained and unlicensed, including a high-school student who performed anesthesia with potentially lethal narcotics, Williams said.
Gosnell has been named in at least 10 malpractice suits, including one over the death of a woman who died of sepsis and a perforated uterus. “I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” Williams told reporters. “But as district attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law.”
Maria Mouton had arrived in South Africa in 1699 as a nine-year-old with a refugee Huguenot family.
10 years later, she wed Franz Joostens, to whom she bore two sons … and, evidently, a homicidal grudge.
Early in 1714, Maria and her lover, a slave named Titus Bengale, murdered Franz.
[Maria] was sentenced to be half strangled, after that to be scorched,* and after that strangled unto death.
Titus to be empaled and to remain so, until death. After that his head and right hand are to be cut off and fixed on a pole, beyond the limits of his late master’s property. Fortuin, an accomplice, is also to have his right hand cut off, and without receiving the coup de grace, is to be broken on the wheel. After that he is to be placed on a grating until death takes place.
After that his head is to be cut off, and with his hand placed on a pole, together with the head and hand of Titus.
After that the bodies are to be taken to the outside place of execution, and there left exposed to the air and the vultures.
Maria Mouton is the only white woman to be executed in 18th century South Africa.
A 24-year-old Oregon woman, Inez Lambert, is charged with 21 counts of child sex abuse after she allegedly molested a year-old child and sent videos of the abuse to her Marine boyfriend overseas.
A Multnomah County grand jury indicted Lambert, of Portland, Jan. 14 on seven charges each of first-degree sodomy, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, and first-degree sex abuse, according to CBS affiliate KOIN. Official sources say the Naval Criminal Investigative Service – NCIS – has taken 31-year-old Staff Sergeant Corey H. McAdoo into custody in Afghanistan, and he will be extradited back to the United States next week on a military flight. McAdoo is expected to be charged with possession of child pornography.
Sources close to the investigation say McAdoo watched the abuse live via Skype and in videos that were reportedly sent to him by e-mail. NCIS confiscated his computer and other evidence and has turned the items over to the FBI for forensic analysis, according to official sources.
Child abuse detectives with the Portland police were informed of the videotapes after a friend of Lambert’s tipped child welfare officials with a phone call.
Lambert is being held on $5.25 million bail.
ROMEO: (ENFORCER & MACK FOR SEX TRAFFICKERS & PIMPS)
by: Jessica Lustig
The low-slung black car rolled to a stop on Rockaway Boulevard. Another car was already parked there, waiting in the dark. Behind the tinted windows of the first car, Lucilia, a beautiful half–Puerto Rican, half-Dominican girl from Flatbush with long dark hair, pale skin, and wide eyes, sat with the other girls and listened carefully to her instructions. “All you got to do is go up to the car in front of us,” said Romeo (below-first photo), the young black man with heavy-lidded eyes at the wheel. “You charge him whatever you want to charge him, you ask if he’s police or a pimp. He’s gonna give you money, and then you’re gonna just do whatever he wants you to do real quick. It’s just a one-minute thing.” He sent her out.
She went up to the other car. The man inside drove her to one of the big parking lots nearby, close to the Belt Parkway. He paid her $500, had sex with her, and then dropped her off. “Where the money?” Romeo asked her when she climbed back inside his car. “Let me count it.” Lucilia took the cash out of her pocket and watched him flip through the bills. “Can I have my money back?” she asked. “You not getting your money back!” he said. “You making this money for me to take care of you.” And then he explained what he called “the Game,” how he would love her and be her “daddy,” how he would take care of her and buy her whatever she wanted, as long as she brought him money. “Let me tell you,” he said. “I’m a pimp, and you’re a ho.” “What do you mean I’m a ho?” she asked. She knew the word only as an insult, as in, you’re nasty. “No,” he said. “You’re a moneymaking ho.” “Is that good?” she asked. “Yeah,” he told her. “That’s good.” She was 13 years old.
“I was a very emotional, sad child when I was growing up,” Lucilia says. She spent her first five years in foster homes after she was hurt in a knife fight between her parents. She went to live with her grandmother at the age of 5 and was molested by an uncle at age 10. When her grandmother heard about it, she told Lucilia she was a liar and a whore. After a whipping with a TV wire that left her face sliced so bad it was noticed at school, she went back to live with her mother. “I always wanted to know how a mother’s love feels,” says Lucilia.
Her mother bought her tight clothes to wear and put makeup on her, but then started to seem distant and jealous. She had a man living in New Jersey whom she would visit, leaving Lucilia with her 17-year-old half-brother, whom Lucilia also hadn’t seen since she was a baby. According to Lucilia, he started touching her, and when she told him to stop, he said she’d better not tell their mother or he’d just do more. This time she kept the abuse to herself, telling nobody, for fear of being punished. “I was still a virgin when I came to my mother’s house, and he ended up taking my virginity, like forced it out of me,” she says. The rapes and threats escalated, so she ran away from home.
As she walked down the street, wondering where to go, a couple of guys driving by slowed down and asked if she wanted a lift. They took her to an apartment and told her they could give her food and take care of her, but she had to give something in return. “They used to have sex with me, and I used to cry, and they’d be like, ‘Shut up,’” she says. They thought it was entertaining to have a 12-year-old drink and smoke weed with them. She was there for a couple of months, until one day the men found a missing-child flyer with her photo on it. That same day, she was given a cup of liquor that made her feel sick after she drank it. She was delivered back to her mother in an incoherent state and then hospitalized. The doctors found ecstasy and cocaine in her system. No charges were filed.
Lucilia turned 13 and started at a new school that fall. One day, her mother confronted her and said she’d heard that she was “being nasty” with a boy. When Lucilia denied that she had done anything but hug him, her mother punched her in the mouth. The next day, with a split lip, she ran away again, this time to the ice-skating rink in Prospect Park. The cops found her at McDonald’s; when she screamed that she didn’t want to go back to her mother and banged her head on the ground, they took her to the Kings County Hospital psych ward. She was released to a city-run group home in Manhattan, where she says she was threatened with a curling iron by a worker. When she said she wanted to leave, they unlocked the door for her.
She got on the train to Brooklyn, met some guys, and left with them. They took her to a party and then brought her to an apartment, where one of the guys held her down on the bed while she was gang-raped by his friends, one after another, until she was injured and bleeding. The last guy who came in the room did a double take and asked how old she was. He said he wouldn’t let any of the other men hurt her if she wanted to leave with him. He took her to his apartment, washed and cleaned her wounds, and didn’t ask anything of her, but she got the idea that he would be her boyfriend. A week later, however, he told her that he had to go upstate because of a death in his family. He would leave her with his cousin and come right back for her. His cousin’s name was Romeo.
Romeo had five other girls living in his house, a small bungalow facing a park on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in South Jamaica. He told Lucilia that he would take care of her, but how would she pay him back? He had sex with her, and the next night took her to the “track” on Rockaway Boulevard, where she turned her first trick. Romeo gave her the name Paradise—all the girls had street names—and started telling her all about himself and how his business worked. When she said it was stupid to tell her all that information, he hit her so hard she fell to the floor. Before his cousin came back to pick her up, Romeo told her, “You’re not going nowhere. You stayin’ here with me. I will beat the shit out of you in front of him, and then I will beat him up in front of you.” So when his cousin got there, Lucilia said she would stay with Romeo.
That winter, Romeo took Lucilia to the track, to bachelor parties, and to clubs—including Club Kalua, which would be the scene of the Sean Bell shooting almost three years later—where she drank to get up her nerve to dance nude on a platform and have sex with customers in VIP rooms. Soon, she was the “bottom bitch” of the house, the one making the most money. Romeo taught her the rules of the Game: When a girl is on the street and she sees a pimp on the sidewalk, she has to get off the sidewalk, into the street, and not make eye contact with him or talk to him. Otherwise, she is “out of pocket” and has “caught a charge”—that pimp has a claim on her and either her own pimp has to pay a fine or else she is now the property of the new pimp. She can also be put under “pimp-arrest,” when a group of pimps surround a girl on the sidewalk and she has to squat, put her head down, and not speak or make eye contact until her own pimp comes to get her. The degradation and the threats induced a kind of Stockholm syndrome. “People always ask, ‘Why don’t they just leave?’” says Kim McLaurin, a supervising attorney at Legal Aid’s Juvenile Rights division in Queens. “But it’s the same thing with those kids in Missouri—people said, ‘He’s out there riding his bike on the street. Why doesn’t he just ride away?’”
One night, Lucilia went to the store, where a guy asked if she wanted him to pay for her. She said sure. Then he said he was a pimp and she’d just gotten a charge. She bolted out of the store and ran back to the house, terrified. The pimp from the store called Romeo and said he had to give her up or pay a $5,000 fine, but Romeo refused. “Well, if I see your bitch on the street,” the other pimp said, “I’m-a just snatch her and beat the shit out of her and then make her go make my money.” And that’s what he tried to do. One night, he jumped out with a bunch of other pimps and tried to pimp-arrest her. “I ran,” Lucilia says. “I ran so fast I was like a mile away already.” She ducked into a building where she knew some teenage guys who sometimes came to the house to smoke weed or buy sex. “I was like, ‘Yo, call my daddy for me,’ and they knew who my daddy was. Romeo came and got me in the car, and he’s like, ‘Oh, my God, this is why I made you my bottom bitch, ’cause you know how to follow all the rules!’” A week later, she was arrested on the track at Pennsylvania Avenue. She did what Romeo had trained her to do: She told the cops that her name was Sharlene Brown and that she was 16—ensuring that she would be sent to Rikers and processed as an adult. She was back out in a week.
On Memorial Day weekend, Romeo and another pimp, Sticky (2nd black & white photo-above), who had moved in with them, decided to bring the girls to Atlantic City for a week or so to make some big cash. The morning of their return home, they stopped for breakfast, and Lucilia got sick from something she ate. The pain was so sharp by the time they got on the bus that she cried and vomited all the way to Manhattan, with Romeo shouting at her to shut up. The police were called and met them at the Port Authority Terminal. They arrested Lucilia, but Romeo got away.
The arrest was on June 10, 2004. This time, Lucilia admitted that she was 13. She was locked up behind razor wire in Bridges, a juvenile jail up in the Bronx. She was issued a blue jumpsuit and assigned a number. Her case was prosecuted over the summer. She was transported to and from Family Court in handcuffs and leg shackles.
Sergeant Sue McConnell, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Juvenile Crime Squads in Brooklyn and Queens, met with Lucilia and asked her to help build a case against Romeo and Sticky. Despite the risk to herself as a state’s witness, Lucilia cooperated, and Romeo’s arrest was announced with great fanfare on August 23 by the Queens D.A.’s office. (He and Sticky pleaded guilty and got two-to-six years and three-to-six years, respectively, in state prison.) Then it was Lucilia’s turn to be sentenced. “We’re locking up girls,” says Rachel Lloyd, the founder of GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) a nonprofit in Harlem led by survivors of the sex trade, “for things that have been done to them.”
On August 24, Lucilia’s 14th birthday, right after she testified against Romeo and Sticky to the grand jury, she was sent upstate for a year to Edwin Gould, a juvenile-detention facility. Soon after Lucilia arrived, she was hospitalized and put on psychotropic medication. “I started suffering depression,” she says. “Nobody wanted to be involved with me. I had counseling, but the counseling didn’t help. You haven’t been through what I’ve been through, so don’t say you understand me and you understand how I feel, because you don’t know how it feels.”
In the summer of 2005, after Lucilia had done her time, she was moved to Leake & Watts, another state juvenile facility, in Yonkers. She could have been released if there were somewhere for her to go. There wasn’t. The state was prepared to keep her in the system another three years, until she was 18. Instead, on May 17, 2006, she went AWOL.
Lucilia didn’t run back to the streets. She showed up at her mother’s door. But she got into a fight with her mother’s boyfriend, who screamed at her, “You just came out of prostitution, you a little whore, a little slut!” Her mother told her she had to leave. She stayed with friends and got a job bagging groceries, saving up to get to Virginia, beyond the reach of the state warrant that had been issued after she went AWOL. The same week in December that she left for Virginia, Lucilia’s mother got a subpoena to come to court and give up any information she had about her daughter’s whereabouts. The day after Christmas, Lucilia got a call from her half-brother, who told her that her mother was sick in Kings County Hospital. She got on a bus and went back to New York. She bought presents and balloons and a get-well card and met him across the street from the hospital. It was a setup. The cops were there, too. They wanted her to testify against Romeo and Sticky.
Lucillia's testimony put both Woodolph Romeo and John "Sticky" Fleury behind bars.
Source: New York magazine
California Highway Patrol Officer Tomiekia Johnson was arrested and charged Tuesday with murdering her husband, who she claims she shot in self-defense in February 2009.
According to the district attorney’s office, the 31-year-old Johnson was arrested by Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies. Initially, Johnson told investigators that she shot Marcus Lemons once in the upper body after an argument between the two escalated to physical violence, reports KTLA.
However, prosecutors say she intentionally shot Lemons, the father of her two children, and then fled to her parents’ house in Compton where she reported the incident, says The Los Angeles Times.
Johnson, who had been employed with the CHP since 2002 was off-duty at the time of the shooting. The newspaper says Johnson was arrested at the desk job she’s held since the killing.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives doubted Johnson’s story especially after family members and friends of Lemons, a 31-year-old barber, described him as a peaceful man, while Johnson had a history of drinking heavily, reports The Los Angeles Times.
The California Highway Patrol is cooperating fully with investigators and the district attorney’s office as the prosecution goes forward. KTLA reports that Johnson’s bail has been set at $2 million.
"SERIAL KILLER WAITED FOR MOM TO DIE-BEFORE CONFESSING TO MURDERS"
Jailed strangler Alfred Gaynor insisted he was innocent of murdering four women until his mom (who believed in his innocence)-died.
And now he's confessed to killing more women!
The fiendish 45-year-old former handyman and crack addict is now serving life sentences for eight slayings in Springfield, Mass., from 1995-1998.
And that's not all. He's also confessed to the horrific slayings of 20-year-old Amy Smith and her 10-month-old toddler daughter Destiny-for $79 worth of food stamps.
After raping and killing Amy, he left Destiny to die horribly of thirst and starvation, alone with her mother's battered corpse in a hot apartment.
But, it wasn't until the death of his strongest supporter, his 67-year-old mon, who clung to the belief that he was innocent, that he finally confessed.
"I just couldn't destroy everything she believed in," Gaynor told prosecutors.
The burly 6-foot Gaynor was first convicted in 2000 of the rape-murders of Joyce Dickerson-Peay, 37, JoAnn Thomas, 38, Loretta Daniels, 38, and Rosemary Downs, 43.
A decade later, this November, he confessed to slaying Vera Hallums, 45, and he confessed to the rape-murders of Jill Ann Ermellini, 34, Yvette Torres, 33, and Robin Atkins, 29.
Cops says Gaynor met most of the women through a mutual quest for crack cocaine. He'd bind them with electrical cord, beat them, shove objects like socks down their throats, rape them, rob them and then kill them.
In three cases, the bodies were discovered by the women's children.
Shortly after his recent confessions, the depraved killer was caught trying to sell a bag of his hair online to ghoulish collectors for $35 dollars.
Source: Rafe Klinger
"AFRICAN-AMERICAN TRAGEDY-A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE"
In June 1954 Isadore Banks (above) was one Of The Wealthiest Black Landowners In Arkansas.
He Would Later Be Chained To A Tree, Castrated, Doused With Gasoline & Burned Beyond Recognition.
His Family Had To Flee The State.
He Did Not Receive A Proper Funeral Service.
Over 2,000 Acres Of His Land As Well As His Other Holdings Including $93,000 Dollars In A Bank Were Illegally Taken By His Murderers.
His Case Remains Unsolved To This Day.
Marion, Arkansas (CNN) -- A traditional three-shot volley salute and the solemn sound of taps echoed across the black cemetery in the Delta flatlands of Arkansas, just across the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee.
The military honors were followed by the jubilant singing of "Amazing Grace." The service had been five decades in the making.
Everyone was here to honor Isadore Banks, an African-American veteran of World War I who was chained to a tree in June 1954, doused in gasoline and burned beyond recognition.
The slaying -- a year before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to whites on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama -- remains one of the nation's oldest unsolved civil rights cases.
"This has been a long time coming," said Marcelina Williams, a granddaughter who worked with the Army to arrange Monday's ceremony after she found her grandfather's military records. "Bless our country with freedom and righteousness."
A pillar in the African-American community, Banks helped bring electricity to the town of Marion in the 1920s and became one of the wealthiest black landowners in a region with a long history of racial violence.
His killing had a profound effect. Many blacks left and never came back. For those who remained, the message was clear: If you were black and acquired wealth, you knew your place.
Blacks from all around would come to the killing site -- to look at the oak sapling, to pray and to never forget. It seems most everyone in Crittenden County's black community had a hunch who was responsible.
To this day, some elders still name names. Yet they say no investigators ever interviewed them.
The questions linger: Why was no one ever charged? What happened to his hundreds of acres of land? Why did the FBI destroy his case file?
But on this day, in a rare moment in time, a semblance of dignity was restored to Banks, more than 90 years after he served his country in war.
Loved ones and about 50 others from the African-American community gathered in Marion Memorial Park, the black cemetery where Banks was buried so many years ago.
An honor guard folded an American flag 13 times, as is tradition, and handed it to one of Banks' daughters, Dorothy Williams. "I present this flag on behalf of a grateful nation," said Army Spc. Mathew Garland.
Williams set free five white doves, one representing each decade that has passed since her father was killed. The birds flew from a heart-shaped basket and circled the cemetery three times.
A sixth dove, representing Banks, was released by a granddaughter. "Let's set Grandfather free," said Marcelina Williams.
The dove soared in the air and joined the flock. All six flew off into the clouds, in the direction of where Banks died on that hot summer day.
Said his granddaughter: "It was like I was watching my grandfather take his rest, his true final rest."
Isadore Banks was a giant -- 6-foot-1 and nearly 300 pounds. He was a quiet man who rarely laced up his shoes because his feet were so big. A generous spirit, he would pay for supplies at the local black school.
Marcelina Williams says she will not rest until her grandfather, Isadore Banks, gets justice.
A ladies' man, he also was known to carry on several affairs. His heirs include children and grandchildren from those relationships.
At 22, Banks left his hometown of Marion to join the Army. As a young black man in the segregated South, he had been denied the rights and privileges of his white peers. Yet when his nation called, Banks responded.
His first day in the service was June 15, 1918, in the final months of World War I. Records show his first payment was $71.30. It appears Banks was sent to Camp Pike, a massive complex near Little Rock where tens of thousands of soldiers with the 87th Division trained for battle. Blacks were kept separate from the white troops.
It's not clear from Banks' military records whether he deployed overseas. He received an honorable discharge on August 2, 1919.
After the war, Banks returned home and put his experience to work. In 1925, he was one of five men who brought electricity to this tiny Delta town. Working for a utility company out of Memphis, they dug holes with shovels and lifted the large wooden poles by hand. They strung up the wires and, within four months, Marion had power. Banks and his co-workers then brought power to nearby communities.
Along the way, Banks began buying land. He farmed cotton and helped form a black-owned cotton gin business in the 1940s to prevent white farmers from undermining the profits of black farmers. He also started a trucking company.
At one time, he owned as many as 1,000 acres in Crittenden County, according to newspaper accounts. Land deeds show Banks had at least 640 acres in 1947.
It was a very frightening situation, as well as a very sad situation.
On June 4, 1954, Banks disappeared. Newspaper accounts said his wife, Alice Banks, told authorities he went to get money from the bank to pay his workers.
His body was not discovered for days. He was 59, a month away from celebrating his 60th birthday.
"Chain Arkansas Farmer To Tree, Set Him Afire," read the headline of The Chicago Defender, an African-American newspaper, on June 26, 1954.
"Rumors here state that Banks may have been killed by whites who were anxious to get hold of his property," the newspaper said.
"Another theory says that Banks had been involved with several girls, and had incurred the anger of a white man who was interested in one of them."
A reward of $1,000 was offered by local blacks for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
His body was found about 50 feet from his parked truck. An empty gasoline container sat next to his charred remains. Locals say three black men may have lured Banks to a group of whites.
At 97, Herman Hayes speaks in a voice like molasses, slow and deliberate. He has difficulty hearing. But he remembers the day Banks was found. How could anyone forget it?
Hayes went to the site shortly after the killing. The ground was scorched near the tree. Banks' killers had used tree limbs as kindling for his corpse. His Remington shotgun was still inside his truck.
The body was wrapped in cloth from head to knees. Only his shoes, Hayes said, were identifiable.
"It was beyond human what they did."
Justice being what it was for black people back then, he said, "There was nothing you could do. ... People were just afraid. They didn't know what else was going to happen."
Jim Banks, now 67, was 11 when his father was killed. He remembers his uncle came to the house with the news.
"My mother collapsed," he said. "I can't articulate how I felt and what I went through in those days. It was not just me; it was a community thing. Everybody was just upset and fearful. It was a very frightening situation, as well as a very sad situation."
Fearing reprisals, Jim Banks and his mother, Willie Lee Banks, soon split town for Illinois.
His mother had always told him that she and his father had married in Las Vegas. He never questioned her. Records from the time show Isadore Banks was married to a different woman, Alice. Jim Banks doesn't know if his father was married to Alice and his mother at the same time. And that's troubling to him, too.
He was afraid to visit the site of his father's death for years. He finally got the nerve to go there in the 1990s. Looking at the tree, "I tried to vision what happened and the pain he endured."
Lack of justice
Julian Fogleman, now 89 and still practicing law, was the city attorney for Marion at the time of Isadore Banks' killing. His brother John, who was the assistant prosecuting attorney, is dead.
"There was some community discussion about who might've done it, but I never heard any suggestion of any name," Julian Fogleman said.
A coroner's inquiry to develop facts should've been launched into the killing, but "I can't tell you if they did or they didn't," he said.
Though Julian Fogleman followed his brother as deputy prosecutor in the 1950s, he said he never pursued Banks' case.
How does he feel that a killer was never brought to justice?
"I don't know what I think," said Fogleman, his voice growing agitated. "It hasn't happened, but 'why' I don't know." He added, "I just don't know."
In 1963, another killing grabbed headlines in Marion. A white woman said she saw Andrew Lee Anderson, a 17-year-old African-American, try to rape her 8-year-old daughter.
As word spread of the alleged attack, Anderson was chased by a mob of white men, including six sheriff's deputies. He was shot in the back of his leg in a soybean field. He was unarmed. A coroner's jury of 19 white men took just 20 minutes to rule the case justifiable homicide.
"We don't think the decision was wrong and don't plan to go any further with it," Julian Fogleman, then the assistant prosecutor, told the Arkansas Gazette.
Arkansas historians consider Crittenden County the most racist in the state. One, Michael Dougan, summed up the county's history on race relations in a single word: "Awful."
The killings of Isadore Banks and Andrew Lee Anderson are among the 108 priority cases identified by the Civil Rights Cold Case Initiative. Launched by the FBI in 2006, the investigations are a final push to try to solve racially motivated crimes from the 1950s and 1960s.
The Justice Department last month said it has closed eight cases and is in the process of closing 18 others, pending notification of family members. Three cold cases were referred to state prosecution in the last four years.
Banks' killing is still being investigated. "The FBI is taking this case very seriously," said FBI spokesman Chris Allen.
But on October 19, 1992, the FBI destroyed the case file. It likely included records, interviews, photographs and any correspondence between the field office and FBI headquarters.
"It was destroyed according to standard Records Retention and Disposition," Allen said. "This policy is not set by the FBI, but by the National Archives and Records Administration."
That's another outrage, say Banks' family members.
Monday marked the first time Dorothy Williams had ever returned to Marion. It brought back a flood of emotions. She was 5 when her father was killed. Her mother was one of his girlfriends.
Dorothy Williams was presented an American flag in honor of her father, Isadore Banks.
Fearing trouble, Isadore Banks had packed his daughter, her siblings and their mother into a truck and sent them to St. Louis. "I'll contact you when things calm," he said.
They never heard from him again. About a month later, an aunt sent a photograph of her father's charred corpse.
"I never will forget what they did to my daddy -- never as long as I shall live," she said.
Monday's event brought her family together with Jim Banks for the first time in an awkward reunion of sorts. Jim kept his distance.
"To be truthful, I hate to have to relive all those memories," he said of his father's death.
Yet everyone here was united behind the man who was killed five decades earlier.
"Until we know who the culprits were who took dad's life and until we know what happened to our land, it can never be a complete closure," Jim Banks said.
Army Sgt. Jamin Crawford placed his bugle to his lips. The wind carried the sound of taps through the cemetery.
"This is really special for me," said the African-American bugler, "to give the guy the respect he was deprived of."
The military ceremony didn't bring justice this day, but it did bring pride.
Isadore Banks, a man who represents the injustice of an era, will forever be known by a new moniker: private in the U.S. Army, veteran of the Great War.
Source: Robert Johnson
"BLACK MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER-WAS BOSTON STRANGLER THE REAL KILLER?
Roy Smith, 46, died Aug. 21, 1976, two days after his life sentence for murder had been commuted and he had been freed from prison, where he had been confined for 13 1/2 years.
On March 11, 1963, Bessie Goldberg, 63, (center photo) was strangled in her home. Roy Smith (1st image) was charged with her murder.
Bessie Goldberg hired Roy Smith, an African American man from an employment service, to help with cleaning her home. This was in 1963 in Belmont, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Also working in the area as a carpenter was Albert DeSalvo (third photo), who would later be convicted as the Boston Strangler. It was unusual to see a black man in Belmont so Smith was remembered by many people who lived in the area.
People openly wondered, was Smith railroaded because of his race, was this really the work of the Boston Strangler?
In the nine months prior to that March 11, seven women were strangled in the Boston area and terror over the wave of killings by a still unknown slayer had caused many women to buy stronger locks for their homes to to refuse to be alone in their homes with anyone they did not know.
If Mrs. Goldberg was apprehensive about the Boston Strangler that morning, she did not show it when she telephoned the district office of the State Division of Employment Security (DES) in Boston's South End. To prepare her home for a Hadassah meeting planned for the next day, she was calling for a handyman to assist with dusting, vacuuming and other housekeeping chores. It was something she often did under such circumstances.
"Send the first good man available," she said.
Waiting in the office for just such a call was Roy Smith, 33, a veteran of both the US Marine Corp and the Army who had come to Boston from Oxford, Miss., a year earlier. He had a good work record in part-time work, but had been unable to find a permanent job.
About a mile from Mrs. Goldberg's home at 36 Scott rd., a short, strongly built man with sharp features and jet-black hair combed straight back over his head painted a studio on which construction had recently been completed.
He was the only worker on the job. He came and went as he pleased. His name was Albert DeSalvo.
Smith accepted the offer to work for Mrs. Goldberg. He would always regret it.
At 3:40 that afternoon, Israel Goldberg, 69, returned from work and, as he would later testify, found the body of his wife on the floor behind furniture which had been pushed into the center of the living room floor. Her dress was pulled up to her waist. One leg was bare. A nylon stocking was knotted tightly about her neck.
Another victim of the Boston Stranger?
There was many indications it was.
As in the other strangling's, there was no sign of forced entry. The killer apparently had been let in by his victim.
As with the other victims, Mrs. Goldberg apparently had been attacked from behind. She, like the others, bore no bruises, indicating she had no time to fight off her assailant.
Like the other victims, Mrs. Goldberg had been killed in her home, in a thickly-settled neighborhood, in the daytime.
Clothing, as in six of the seven prior cases, had been wound around her throat.
But unlike the other strangling's, this one involved fingerprints and other possible clues.
Upon leaving the DES office, Smith had taken, as required, a card which gave his name and identified him as having been sent by DES. It was a standard form which requested that the employer grade a worker's performance and mail the card to DES.
As he had been instructed, Smith said, he left the card behind when, about 3:05 p.m., he had left the Goldberg home. Police found it in clear view on a kitchen counter.
Smith was arrested the next afternoon in the Cambridge apartment of friends with whom he spent the night. He was taken to Belmont police headquarters, where he was interrogated for 18 hours by 20 policemen directed by Middlesex County Dist. Atty. John J. Droney.
Droney was running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination that gall, and the apprehension of the Boston Strangler, if he could pull it off, would give his campaign a needed boost.
Smith insisted he was innocent. Later he would say he asked to be given a lie detector test. The police present would say that did not hear such a request.
The following morning Smith was charged with murder, rape and robbery.
Police established that Smith could not be the Boston Strangler-be had been serving a House of Correction sentence for a motor vehicle violation when the other strangling had taken place.
The Governor commuted Smith's sentence in 1976, he died two days after being released from prison.
"ALBINOS BEING HUNTED FOR BODY PARTS"
At least 19 albinos, including children, have been killed and mutilated in the past year, victims of what Tanzanian officials say is a growing criminal trade in albino body parts.
Mluge (above) is an albino, and in Tanzania there is a price for his pinkish skin now.
“I feel like I am being hunted,” he said.
Many people in Tanzania — and across Africa, for that matter — believe albinos have magical powers. They stand out, often the lone white face in a black crowd, a result of a genetic condition that impairs normal skin pigmentation and strikes about one in 3,000 people here. Tanzanian officials say witch doctors are marketing albino skin, bones and hair as ingredients in potions that are promised to make you rich.
"WAS AMERICA'S FIRST SLAVE HOLDER A BLACK MAN?"
From evidence found in the earliest legal documents, Anthony Johnson, a black man, is recognized as the nation's first slaveholder. The court battle Johnson won in 1655 kept John Casor (the first slave in recorded history) as his servant for life. Claiming that he had been imported as an indentured servant, Casor attempted to transfer what he argued was his remaining time of service to Robert Parker, a white man.
Antonio Johnson (who later changed his name to Anthony), and his future wife-Mary, a black woman, were among the very first non-white and non-Native American people to arrive in America. They came by boat to Virginia in 1619, with other blacks and whites, as indentured servants. Upon their release they were given land and eventually became wealthy enough to take on indentured servants of their own. John Casor became one of Anthony Johnson's indentured servants.
Photo Credit: National Archives (photo does not depict John Castor).
The murder of Christopher Barrios should carry an automatic death sentence.
The 6-year-old was kidnapped, repeatedly raped and murdered by a trio of pedophiles (above) in Brunswick, GA in March of 2007. Peggy Edenfield watched (and allegedly participated) as her husband and son molested and murdered the child.
Christopher Barrios' body was discovered on March 15, 2007 just a few miles from where he disappeared. George Edenfield, David Edenfield and Peggy Edenfield are all accused of Christopher's abduction and murder. George and Peggy Edenfield are awaiting trial on capital murder charges. A fourth person, Donald Dale, who originally was charged with tampering with evidence and concealing a body, has since pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of lying to police. Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett accepted the plea and transferred Dale to a mental health facility and banished him from Glynn County. Peggy Edenfield testified in the case against her husband David and has also agreed to testify against her son George during his trial. In exchange for her testimony, Peggy will not face the death penalty.
David Edenfield was charged in 1994 for committing incest with his daughter and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 10 years probation.
George Edenfield was convicted of two counts of child molestation and given probation in May 1997. In September 2006, he was indicted for violating his probation by living less than 1,000 feet from a park in downtown Brunswick, and was ordered to move. On March 5, 2007, days before Christopher was abducted, Edenfield was sentenced to 10 years probation.
A state law banning convicted sex offenders from living within a thousand feet of parks, playgrounds, child-care facilities, schools, churches, swimming pools and school bus stops, was passed in 2006. However, the school bus stop provision was blocked by a federal judge pending his decision in a suit claiming this provision to be unconstitutional. George Edenfield and his family lived within just a few feet of a school bus stop that Christopher regularly used to go to school.
In October 2008, Christopher's photo showed up on an episode of General Hospital: Night Shift. In the episode, actor Billy Dee Williams receives a letter and photo from a son he abandoned. The producers of the show have stated that they are unsure how they got the photo and offered an apology. In addition, they promised to air a series of public service announcements in Christopher's honor. The attorney for the family has filed a civil suit against the SOAPnet channel, which airs the soap opera, claiming invasion of privacy.
"RACIST NEIGHBOR SHOOTS INTO HOME OF INTERRACIAL COUPLE-KILLING CHILD"
Although six-year-old Ashley Mance (1st photo) was shot and killed--she will live on forever.
The little girl was an outgoing kid who loved to draw and sing. She had an identical twin, whom was much more quiet than she was.
Ashley's life came to a tragic end late one night. In a racist rage, Jessy Roten (2nd photo) fired a single shot at the home of his inter-racial neighbors. Ashley was shot in her shoulder area.
Ashley's twin, Aleesha (directly above), was shot by the same bullet but survived. The girls lived with their mother, Yahaira Carrittini, in Clearwater, FL but had spent the weekend at the home of their father, Terry Mance, in St. Petesburg. They were supposed to return home that night, but in a decision she now regrets, their mother allowed them spend an extra night.
On the night of the shooting Terry Mance tried in vain to save his daughter's life by performing CPR. "It's like every time I blowed inside of her I heard the sound of air as if the air immediately exited her body," he said.
The bullet hit an artery and the little girl bled to death in her father's arms.
"Aleesha passed out a few times," Mance said. "But she didn't lose as much blood as Ashley."
In the beginning, relatives accused Mance of killing his child. "Even her mother was bashing me," he said. "Everyone was asking how can two people get shot by the same bullet."
Many felt that the shooter had to be standing within close range of the girls to have shot both with a single bullet.
It was later revealed that the bullet did in fact come from the outside of the house, as there was a piercing in the wall.
A large number of townspeople--mostly strangers to Mance--attended her funeral. She wore a pink dress in her open casket.
Terry Mance feels the murder could have been prevented had cops done their jobs correctly, earlier that night. According to Mance, there was a shooting and police were summoned. When the police arrived they spoke to Jessy Roten, but left without searching him. An hour later the guy returned and shot at the house.
"Had he been a black man they would have searched him and all of his friends that were with him," said Mance. "Ashley might still be alive today if only they had taken him down the first time he was out there shooting."
Roten was raised by his father who is a member of the KKK in Texas. He had recently moved to Florida with his mother, who had a different view and was not racist.
A search of Jessy Roten's home revealed KKK signs and Neo-Nazi pictures. Police concluded that he targeted the Mance residence because of the inter-racial marriage: Terry is black and his wife Tracey is white.
That fatal act of hatred cost him his freedom. He will spend the rest of his life in prison.
"The night of the shooting we moved out and never went back," said Mance. "We literally left everything and moved with nothing."
The family still celebrates holidays and they visit Ashley's grave. A celebrity baseball game was held in her name, igniting a huge crowd of people, and the funds went to her mother.
Bail was set at $2.5 million today for a man charged with murdering his 3-month-old son by repeatedly throwing the baby onto the pavement outside a South Linden home.
Quindell Sherman, 20, of Woodspath Lane on the Far East Side, did not speak during his initial appearance in Franklin County Municipal Court, where Judge Paul M. Herbert set bail.
Additional, graphic details about the case were revealed in a police report prepared for the court.
According to police, Sherman threw the baby, Jayden Mitchell, on a concrete landing outside 1121 E. 16th Ave. during a fight with the child's mother, Sonia Mitchell (2nd photo), Tuesday night.
After punching the mother and the baby's great-grandmother, Carolynne Holmes, Sherman picked up the baby from the landing and flung him an estimated 25 feet into the middle of E. 16th Ave. He ran into the street, grabbed the infant by the arm and "dragged him down the street like a rag doll," police reported.
Sherman then "ran into an alley north of 16th Avenue, turned around facing the house ... held the infant high above his head and slammed the baby into the ground." He grabbed the baby again, ran to E. 17th Avenue and hid in a garbage can, where officers said they found him standing on the child.
Officers attempted to resuscitate the boy, who was pronounced dead at Nationwide Children's Hospital at 10:39 p.m.
Sonia Mitchell, 20, declined to comment after the hearing, but her uncle Jermaine Mitchell said the family "Is dealing with it the best they can ... with God and prayers, we'll make it through."
An Indianapolis, Indiana man has been charged with two counts of murder after he allegedly smothered his mistress to death before setting ablaze his infant daughter using lighter fluid.
According to prosecutors, Joshua Carlisle, 22, became hell bent on murdering his mistress Tracie Shannon, 25, after learning that he fathered a child with her and would have to pay $200 a month in child support payments.
According to investigators, Carlisle went to the woman's apartment, smothered her to death and then set her on fire, while their daughter lay in another room.
He then reportedly walked to his crying baby's crib, poured lighter fluid on the child and then set her on fire while she was still alive.
Carlisle and Shannon reportedly had a sexual relationship despite the fact that he was married.
The coroner's office determined Tracie Shannon died from smothering or obstruction of the flow of oxygen and being set on fire.
The infant died of smoke inhalation from being set on fire.
Carlisle tried to cover up the crime to his wife by lying about being in the National Guard around September 19 when the fires were set.
Carlisle pleaded not guilty to both counts during an initial court appearance on Wednesday.
Prosecutors may pursue the death penalty in the case.
A brave 13-year-old boy took a bullet from a crazed gunman to protect his baby brother.
Quentin Jack used his body to shield two-year-old Kristian and is now paralysed from the waist down.
He threw himself in front of the toddler after Mark Glinton had gunned down his pregnant mother and shot his sister and another brother before killing himself.
Glinton, 37, went on the rampage after his girlfriend Evelina Jack, who was six weeks pregnant, accused him of having affairs.
As the fight escalated at their home in North Miami Beach, Glinton, a security guard, drew his gun and started shooting.
According to the children, he first gunned down Jack and then opened fire on them.
The eldest, Ashleigh, 14, was shot three times, but is in a stable condition. Quentin took a bullet in the back when he saved Kristian.
His nine-year-old brother Xavier was hit in the stomach and side.
He pretended to be dead and then despite his wounds ran to neighbors to raise the alarm after Glinton turned the gun on himself. His condition is critical.
Ashleigh is the only child who knows that her mother is dead after confronting Glinton moments after he gunned her down.
Detective Michael Stein of the Miami Beach Police Department said: ‘(She) went into the room and saw her mother had been shot and asked the offender, ” You know what you are doing?”
‘The offender said, “It has nothing to do with you. I love you guys it has to do with your mother “and then he shot her.’
Glinton was still married while living with Jack and his wife had called her, saying, he was violent.
Police said he used to beat up her and the children and they saw him pull a gun on her several times.
Police are investigating whether a 16-year-old North Carolina boy, whose mutilated body was found on the streets of a Boston suburb, may have fallen from the wheel-well of a plane preparing to land at Logan International Airport.
The body of Delvonte Tisdale, of Charlotte, N.C., was found Nov. 15 on the lawn of a home in Milton, Mass. His arms and legs were broken and remains of the body were found in two places, the Herald reports.
Tisdale’s father told reporters Tuesday that he was stunned when he learned that his son was dead and had no idea why the teenager was in Massachusetts.
“I still can’t believe our son isn’t with us,” said Anthony Tisdale, 38. “My son was a hard-working young man. He didn’t frequent the streets … he loved ROTC … and video games.”
The Herald says Logan airport officials have been asked to determine if Tisdale might have been a stowaway. An airport spokesman says there is a “remote possibility” that Tisdale fell from a plane.
The Herald says planes flying into Logan from the south lower their wheels over Milton and that a plane from North Carolina flew that route the night before Tisdale’s body was found.
The Boston Globe reports that some of Tisdale relatives said last week that the boy had had a contentious relationship with his father and had run away several times before.
"MEN RAPE WOMAN WITH LIVE SNAKE"
Two Wisconsin men are in police custody after authorities say they sexually assaulted a woman with a live snake.
John Bullock, 24, and Damonta Jones, 25, were arrested for the incident that reportedly took place in November at Jones' home.
The victim told police that she was at Jones' residence with a friend where she danced and “consumed intoxicants.”
Police report that the woman, 32, said Jones “invited her into the back bedroom to see his children's pictures” and says when she got there she was “struck in the head,” possibly passing out.
She told police she was then awoken by “Bullock behind her sexually assaulting her” while Jones held her down.
Jones, she recalled, then said, “I'm going to get the snake” and the victim reports that she “suddenly “felt something inside of her.”
The woman, whose identity is being withheld, reports that she believed the snake may have bitten her because she felt a very sharp pain and heard the men say, ‘Pull it out.'”
The alleged victim told investigators that after the assault she confronted Jones and asked who the other man was, to which he replied, “Benjamin Franklin.”
After their arrest, Bullock admitted to police that he'd had sexual contact with the victim but insisted that it was consensual.
Jones, a registered sex offender monitored by a GPS tracker, initially denied hosting the party but later admitted that the victim and her friend were at his home.
"ANTI-GAY CLOSETED PASTOR ON TRIAL FOR MURDER"
A jury is deliberating the fate of the formerly closeted anti-gay Pentecostal minister (above) accused of killing a woman in his congregation. Prosecutors say Robert Reaves was rebuffed after making sexual advances toward a former college basketball star who rented a room from him ... so he stalked and killed the man's girlfriend in revenge.
Defense lawyers tried to convince the jury... that Steven Randolph, not Reaves, had a motive for the killing.
They suggested Randolph (above), an aspiring professional basketball player, was worried about a sexual liaison he had with Curtis hours before she was found dead. Randolph testified last week that a condom had come off during the encounter, causing him and Curtis to worry about the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy.
George Kelly, one of the attorneys representing Reaves, tried to lay out a case against Randolph, using a series of cell phone calls and text messages between him and Curtis shortly after their liaison. "The motive in this case was not a rebuffed sexual advance. There's not an emotional bind whatsoever," Kelly said in his closing arguments. "You have a player, a condom and an adulterous affair. He didn't want to lose his future."
The college basketball star testified Reaves offered free rent in exchange for oral sex. Randolph's whereabouts were accounted for, police say. Reaves claims he was in church at the time; the congregation and videotape dispute that. Investigators also found the murder weapon in Reaves' car and his DNA was on the victim's steering wheel. Reaves car was also seen near the crime scene, adds WRAL.
Part of the state's case was based on a state trooper's testimony that he saw Reaves' car at 1:36 a.m. on Jan. 30, around the same time that defense attorneys said Randolph told investigators that Reaves' car was at home. Reaves had told investigators no one else used the car. Defense attorneys argued it was impossible for their client to have committed the crime, but they never explained how Reaves' car might have gotten on I-540 if Reaves was home at the time.
Investigators have additional evidence that Reaves, the former minister at the fundamentalist Cedar International Fellowship in Durham, made "unsuccessful advances toward other male friends and [also] took revenge on their girlfriends." Reaves has twice been charged with sexual misconduct with young boys.
Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. Reaves faces life in prison if he is found guilty of first-degree murder. The judge says he will allow the jury to consider second-degree murder as well.
"POSSIBLE SERIAL & WOMAN HATER"
Accused murderer Robert Lee King was featured on "America's Most Wanted," over the weekend but here's some information that didn't make the air: It was shocking that King's second wife was a black woman because he preferred white women and suffered from extreme self-hatred. It's rumored that he married his second wife for control and humiliation purposes. He allegedly loved to talk down and dominate black women.
King also despised male Civil Rights leaders and he preferred living around whites. He never associated with men, he even banned his first wife's son from entering their residence.
King is accused of murdering his black wife and attempting to murder her daughter. He is also suspected in another double murder involving a black woman and her daughter.
His first wife said he exhibited effeminate mannerisms during their marriage so it came as no surprise when authorities heard he is now disguising himself as a woman (in full drag).
It was Dec. 1, 2005, when Diana (above) drifted off to sleep, only to awake in the midst of a living nightmare.
Police say she awoke around 4:15 a.m. in her Memphis, Tenn., home to overhear her mother, Dorothy, in a heated argument with her estranged boyfriend, Robert Lee King.
Concerned by her mother's screams for help, cops say she wandered down the hallway to make sure everything was OK.
According to cops, she reached the bedroom doorway to see King standing over her mother repeatedly stabbing her in the neck while she lay in bed.
Shocked at the gruesome scene she had stumbled upon, police say Diana frantically ran down the hallway to lock herself in her bedroom to call the cops.
Police say she was in the middle of a phone call when she heard King’s footsteps thundering down the hallway.
They say King then broke down the door to Diana’s bedroom making her his next victim before fleeing the grisly scene of the crime.
Diana would survive; her mother, tragically, would not.
According to authorities, King has a history of controlling behavior and a penchant for adult video and x-rated stores.
Now, police need the public’s help in finding this alleged cold-blooded killer who they say attacked Dorothy Smith to the point of near decapitation and left her adoring daughter forever scarred.
Cops say Robert Lee King is a black man who stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds. King has black hair and brown eyes, and usually wears his hair in the “Jheri curl” style. Police think he may have a tattoo of an upside down crown on his left arm with the name "Victoria" printed underneath it. On his right arm, they believe he has a tattoo of a upside-down horseshoe with the name "Robert" printed under it.
According to authorities, King has a history of controlling behavior, and has a penchant for adult video and x-rated stores. He particularly likes porn featuring white women and often makes his own movies. Cops say he loves basketball and his favorite team in the L.A. Lakers. King may be working in a grocery store as a clerk. He is also very good with cars and might be able to get a job as a mechanic.
Police say King has a tight-knit family, and that he could be hanging out in Illinois, near Chicago. They say he has contacts in Greenville, Miss., and in the state of Florida.
During their investigation, U.S. Marshals discovered that King is also a person of interest in a double murder in Sharkey County, Miss. Karitha Carroll, just 31 years old and her daughter, 3-year-old Jamaya, were killed in September 2009. According the the Sharkey County Sheriff Lindsey Adams, King has been spotted throughout the rural county. U.S Marshals think the the sightings are credible because King's car was spotted.
(UNSPEAKABLE & HORRIFIC DOMESTIC ABUSE)
Sylvia Overstreet quietly suffered through unspeakable cruelty dished out by her abusive husband (above-center). He broke her nose, bashed her face and left her with many other injuries. But despite the pain, she suffered in silence and could never bring herself to leave the alcoholic monster.
Then came a day when he tried to do something so evil that Sylvia knew she had to do something.
According to Sylvia: He used his fists in my face, the arms, my shoulders. One time he hit me in my lip and my teeth with through it. He gave me black eyes. He broke my nose. I have scars.
His beatings were so violent that neighbors at Fort Campbell, Ky., where Jim was stationed, complained about the noise. The Overstreets were forced to move off base to a rented house.
After their son Zane (far right photo) was born in 1964, Jim just seemed to be mean all the time, with or without the booze, said Sylvia.
On April 4, 1964, everything changed. Sylvia remembers it like it was yesterday. That morning, Jim had taken all the medications from the bathroom, put them on the kitchen table and ordered Sylvia: "Take these. I want you to be dead when I come home."
Jim got home near midnight. He'd been drinking. Sylvia later heard from his bar buddies that her husband had said: "I got to go home and beat my wife."
Tiny Zane was sleeping in a bassinet.
"Jim went over to him, slammed his hand down on his back and woke him. I grabbed the child and put him in a baby seat on the dining room table. The baby was crying. I changed him and was making him a bottle when Jim said: "Fix me something to eat, I'm going to kill this baby."
Sylvia watched in horror as Jim again hit little Zane, then put his hands over the infant's mouth and then hit him again. "He kept putting his hands over Zane's mouth, then he would hit him, back and forth, back and forth," said Sylvia.
Zane's arms, face and legs were turning blue. Sylvia was screaming for Jim to stop.
"I had to protect my child," said Sylvia.
She grabbed a two-shot derringer Jim kept on a counter.
She'd never fired it, so she tried to pull the trigger several times before she cocked the gun. It fired. She wasn't aiming but Jim was about 15 feet away and the bullet somehow found its mark, striking him in the left side of the chest as he raised his left arm to hit Zane again.
Stunned and mortally wounded, Jim came at Sylvia.
"He pushed me down on the washing machine," she said. "But then he kind of collapsed on me, then stumbled into the living room and fell over a chair-dead."
Although Sylvia was charged with the killing, a murder charge was dismissed after relatives and friends, and even Jim's parents, testified about the abuse she'd suffered.
Today, Zane is a paramedic. Zane said, it wasn't until he was a teen that he learned what his mom had done.
"She'd always told me dad died in the military, said Zane. "But then she explained what happened, and relatives told me more about the abuse."
"Every time I help a baby or an abused woman, I think of mom. I got into this line of work because of what she did for me. She saved my life. She did a good thing by killing my father."
Source: Don Gentile
"SERIAL KILLER PAROLED-THEN KILLS FOUR MORE WOMEN"
Serial killer Anthony Kirkland, 41, recently received two death sentences after a jury in Hamilton County, Ohio, found him guilty of brutally strangling Casonya Crawford (2nd photo, bottom-left) and Esme Kenney (2nd photo-top left). Kirkland not only strangled them with his bare hands, he also torched them.
In a failed bid to avoid the death penalty, Kirkland confessed to stabbing 25 year old Kimya Rolison (2nd photo, top, far right) to death and he also confessed to chocking the life out of an additional woman-Mary Jo Newton (2nd photo-bottom right).
All of the victims were identified by using DNA or dental records. According to the prosecutor: "In life, these women were sex objects to Kirkland, after life, they were nothing more than garbage."
Kirkland should not have been on the streets. In May 1987, Kirkland, then 18, choked a 28-year-old woman senseless for refusing to have sex with him and burned her to death. Instead of charging him with murder, prosecutors cut a deal that let him plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 7-25 years.
In September 2003, parole board members released Kirkland after only 16 years despite pleas from prosecutors, who cited the brutal and violent nature of his attack.
From May 2006 through December 2006, the bodies of Casonya, Mary Jo and Kimya were found in a wooded area that locals used as a dump site. Investigators believe Kirkland may have committed other murders as well.
In May 2007, he was arrested for threatening to kill his own baby son with a three-pronged skewer.
In October 2008, Kirkland was released from prison after serving a maximum one-year sentence for exposing himself to a 13-year-old girl.
On March 7, 2009, police busted Kirkland sleeping in the woods near where Esme's body was found. In his pockets, they found her iPod and watch.
*Warning: The following story is very disturbing and very graphic.
"FEMALE HANNIBAL LECTER"
Kathy the Cannibal is the shocking true story of Katherine Knight and her heinous crimesthe ritual slaying of her partner for a cannibal feast.
Knight, a 44-year-old slaughterhouse worker, stabbed father-of-three John Price, 37 times, skinned his body, cooked his head and served him up for his children in an atrocious act that rocked her town and chilled the world to the bone.
This is a disturbing profile of normality twisted out of all recognition into the dark world of a remorseless psychopath.
Katherine Mary Knight (born 24 October 1955) was the first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. She was convicted of the murder of her partner, John Charles Thomas Price (born 6 January 1955) in October 2001, and is currently detained in Mulawa Correctional Centre now known as Silverwater women's prison.
Knight’s father Ken was an alcoholic who openly used violence and intimidation to rape her mother (Barbara) up to ten times a day. Barbara in turn often told her daughters intimate details of her sex life and how much she hated sex and men (Later, when Knight complained to her mother that one of her partners wanted her to take part in a sex act she didn’t want to do, Barbara told her to "put up with it and stop complaining"). Knight claims she was frequently sexually abused by several members of her family (though not by her father), which continued until she was 11.
Katherine was by all accounts a pleasant girl who experienced uncontrollably murderous rages in response to minor upsets. When she attended Muswellbrook high school, she became a loner and is remembered by classmates as a bully who stood over smaller children. She assaulted at least one boy at school with a weapon and was once injured by a teacher who was found to have acted in self-defense. By contrast, when not in a rage Knight was a model student and often earned awards for her good behavior.
Katherine first met hard drinking co-worker David Stanford Kellett in 1973 and completely dominated him. The couple married in 1974.
On their wedding night she tried to strangle him. Knight explained it was because he fell asleep after only having intercourse three times.
The marriage was particularly violent and in May 1976, shortly after the birth of their first child, Melissa Ann, Kellett left her for another woman and moved to Queensland. In response Knight placed two month old Melissa on a railway line shortly before the train was due, then got an axe, went into town and threatened to kill several people. A man known in the district as "Old Ted," who was foraging near the railway line, found and rescued Melissa. Knight was arrested and taken to St Elmo's Hospital in Tamworth where she was diagnosed with postnatal depression and released.
A few days later Knight slashed the face of a woman with one of her knives and demanded she drive her to Queensland to find her ex-husband. The woman escaped after they stopped at a service station but by the time police arrived Knight had taken a little boy hostage and was threatening him with the knife. She was disarmed when police attacked her with brooms and she was admitted to the Morisset Psychiatric Hospital.
Over the years, Knight would have two more children.
Knight met 38-year-old miner David Saunders in 1986.
After an argument where she hit Saunders in the face with an iron before stabbing him in the stomach with a pair of scissors, he moved back to Scone, but when he later returned home found she had cut up all his clothes. Saunders took a long service leave and went into hiding. Knight tried to find him but no one admitted to knowing where he was.
John "Pricey" Price (above) was the father of three children when Knight had an affair with him.
In February 2000, a series of assaults on Price culminated with Knight stabbing Price in the chest. Finally fed up, he kicked her out of his house. On 29 February he stopped at the Scone Magistrate's Court on his way to work and took out an AVO to keep her away from both himself and his children. That afternoon Price told his co-workers that if he did not come to work the next day, it would be because Knight had killed him. They pleaded with him not to go home but he told them that he believed she would kill his children if he did not. Price arrived home finding that Knight had sent the children away for a sleep-over at a friend's house. He then spent the evening with his neighbors before going to bed at 11pm. Knight arrived at the house while he was sleeping and sat watching TV for a few minutes before having a shower. She then woke Price and they had sex after which he fell asleep.
At 6 a.m. the next morning the neighbor became concerned that Price's car was still in the driveway and when Price did not arrive at work, his employer sent a worker to see what was wrong. Both the neighbor and worker tried knocking on Price's bedroom window to wake him but after noticing blood on the front door alerted the police who arrived at 8am. Breaking down the back door police found his body with Knight comatose from taking a large number of pills. She had stabbed Price with a butcher's knife while he was sleeping.
According to the blood evidence, he awoke and tried to turn the light on before attempting to escape while Knight chased him through the house, he managed to open the front door and get outside but either stumbled back inside or was dragged back into the hallway where he finally died after bleeding out. Later, Knight went into Aberdeen and withdrew $1,000 from Price's ATM account. Price's autopsy revealed that he had been stabbed at least 37 times, in both the front and back of his body with many of the wounds extending into vital organs.
Several hours after Price had died, Knight skinned him and hung the skin from a meat hook on the architrave of a door to the lounge room. She then decapitated him and cooked parts of his body, serving up the meat with baked potato, pumpkin, zucchini, cabbage, yellow squash and gravy in two settings at the dinner table, along with notes beside each plate, each having the name of one of Price's children on it; she was preparing to serve his body parts to his children. A third meal was thrown on the back lawn for unknown reasons and it is speculated Knight had attempted to eat it but could not and this has been put forward in support of her claim that she has no memory of the crime. Price's head was found in a pot with vegetables. The pot was still warm, estimated to be at between 40 and 50 degrees Celsius, indicating that the cooking had taken place in the early morning.
Knight's initial offer to plead guilty to manslaughter was rejected and she was arraigned on 2 February 2001 on the charge of murdering Price, to which she entered a plea of not guilty.
Knight would change her plea to guilty and receive a life sentence without parole but she still refused to accept responsibility for her actions.
In June 2006, Knight appealed the life sentence, claiming that a penalty of life in prison without possibility of parole was too severe for the killing.
"BLACK TRANSGENDERS TARGETED FOR MURDER IN MEMPHIS" (4 STORIES BELOW)
Tiffany Berry was a transgendered woman killed by D'Andre Blake (2nd photo). Blake walked the streets of Memphis as a free man for two and a half years because the judge set a ridiculously low bond for her murder. Now a second person has died at the hands of the man who killed Tiffany, his own two year old daughter.
According to Berry's family, Blake admitted he had killed Berry because he did not like the way she had "touched" him.
"We believe these 'trans panic' and 'gay panic' defenses need to be rejected and that local law enforcement needs to begin aggressive prosecution of all such cases as hate crimes," said Dr. Marisa Richmond, President of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition. "If the judge had set a more appropriate bond, or if the Shelby County District Attorney had been more aggressive at scheduling a trial date, this man might not have been out walking the streets for two and half years and that child might still be alive," continued Richmond.
Memphis, TN - Tears well up in Claudia Blair's eyes when she thinks about her 20 year-old cousin, Rodney Whitaker, as a child.
"I used to change his diapers," she says. "He was a good child. How all this ended up...abandoned building, clothes everywhere, condoms...he didn't have to die like that. He didn't."
Claudia and her 19 year-old daughter Porshia, say whoever killed Rodney, killed a young man with a heart of gold. A young man, they say, whose family always suspected he was gay.
"Yeah, because we would do cheerleading moves together," says Porshia. "And once when I went over there, Bring It On had just come out and he knew the moves better than the girls in the movie. So I knew he would be different."
Porshia and her mom did not know until after Rodney was found shot to death behind a Southeast Memphis daycare on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, in a parking lot littered with used condoms, that he'd been turning tricks for money since he was 16. They also didn't know he was a transgender.
Rodney's mug-shot, taken during a previous arrest for prostitution, shows a young African-American woman, with reddish streaks in her long blonde hair, arched brows, perfectly applied eyeshadow and lip liner and a gold necklace with tiny butterflies on it. Rodney went by the name "Ebony" when he was dressed as a woman.
"When I was 16," says Porshia, "at that age the biggest thing on my mind was what am I gonna wear to school tomorrow, not where am I getting my next meal. It wasn't who am I gonna sleep with or what am I gonna have to wear to sleep with this person. That's just sad."
"Maybe if he had more moral support from his family," says Claudia, "and a place to live and clothes and all that, a lot of the choices he made he might not have made. I would like to tell the person that did this crime, you will not get away with it. Justice will be served."
Rodney's family isn't alone in demanding justice for his murder. The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, a group out of Nashville, paid a visit to Memphis on Tuesday to attend the Memphis City Council meeting.
The TTPC denounced the videotaped police beating of transgender woman Duanna Johnson (story below). Later that day, the group learned of Whitaker's murder. His death, according to the TTPC, is at least the third transgender hate crime in Memphis to land on their radar. The group is also fighting for justice for Tiffany Berry (story above).
Berry was a Memphis transgender woman who was murdered in February of 2006. The TTPC says Berry's murder was never solved.
The president of the TTPC, Dr. Marisa Richmond, released the following statement on their website: "We consider these two recent crimes (Duanna Johnson's beating and Rodney Whitaker's murder), combined with the unsolved murder of Tiffany Berry, to be unacceptable. The lack of response by the Memphis Police Department has set a tone in the community that the lives of transgender people, especially African-American, are irrelevant."
Hate crime or not, Whitaker's family wants the person who killed Rodney to wind up behind bars.
"I mean, he was a good person," says Porshia. "He had no choice but to do what he did. And it wasn't right for that person to take his life like he did."
"He's a human being," Claudia says. "He deserves justice just like anybody else. He does."
Late Friday, July 4, 2008, Memphis Police said no one was in custody for Whitaker's murder. Investigators have not released a possible motive in the killing.
Claudia thinks one of Rodney's clients got upset when they realized "Ebony" was really a man.
"I'm thinking he ran across a man," she says, "who wanted female company. And he thought he had a beautiful young lady. And in the midst of the moment, he found out Rodney wasn't a woman and got mad and shot him."
At 5:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, Nakia Baker's body was found lying next to her car, outside of "Club Adventura." This club is an after hours club that is frequented by men who dress in women's clothing. At the time of her death, Baker was found dressed as a woman. Witnesses say Baker was socializing inside the club before she left to walk to her car. This murder remains unsolved.
MEMPHIS, TN Duanna Johnson was found shot to death in North Memphis, according to her lawyer.
Memphis police say it happened just before midnight at Hollywood near Staten Avenue, Sunday, November 9, 2008.
According to detectives, when officers arrived at the scene, they found the body lying in the street. Police say a witness heard gunfire and then saw three people running away from the scene. Investigators do not have any suspects at this time.
Lawyer Murray Wells confirmed to Eyewitness News that the person who was killed is his client Duanna Johnson. He says Johnson was often in the area where she was killed.
Murray says Johnson was trying to leave Memphis and go back to her hometown of Chicago. According to Murray, Johnson was just about homeless trying to live in Memphis. He says the apartment where Johnson was living did not have power. Murray says he was helping Johnson buy a bus ticket to Chicago.
Johnson was the subject of an alleged video taped beating that happened in June of 2008. Johnson, who had been arrested on a prostitution charge, said former Memphis Police Officer Bridges McRae beat her after making derogatory remarks about her sexuality. Johnson said another man, Officer J. Swain, held her down during the beating. Both officers were fired from the department.
"BIZARRE MYSTERY" (3 FETUSES FOUND IN DEAD WOMAN'S APARTMENT)
by: Jennifer Brooks
Tracy Howard rarely called in sick.
That was what worried her co-workers at Accelerated Solutions in Franklin, TN. It was the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and the 35-year-old health-care claims adjuster hadn't showed up for work in two days.
It wasn't like Tracy to miss work, and on those rare occasions that she took a sick day, she always called in to explain.
After repeated calls to her apartment went unanswered, her co-workers called her family. They were the ones who found her dead in her home, apparently of natural causes.
It took them another week to find the other three bodies.
There were three premature babies, wrapped in plastic and stored in her freezer for who knows how long. Yet, her family claims, to their knowledge, Tracy was never pregnant.
While her friends and family reel from that discovery, investigators are still searching for an explanation. It may be months before they can say whether the babies are related to Howard, or to one another.
The state medical examiner's office autopsied the fetuses on Saturday. They were premature, born somewhere between 20 weeks and 25 weeks? Probably too young to survive, even if they had been born in a top-notch maternity ward.
It took days to thaw out their bodies enough to tell that they were two tiny girls and another baby whose body was too decomposed for the medical examiner to determine its sex.
The autopsies also could not determine when the babies had been born, whether they were born alive and how long they had been stored in the freezer.
"Unfortunately, I probably have as many questions as many other people," said assistant state medical examiner Dr. Adele Lewis. Twenty-four weeks is considered the earliest possible date that premature infants can be born and survive. A normal pregnancy lasts around 40 weeks.
The results of DNA tests on Howard's body and the babies will not be available until early next year. Lewis said it was impossible to determine from the autopsies how long the bodies had been in the freezer, or what the cause of their deaths might have been.
"There's no way to know for sure," she said. "It's most likely they were stillborn."
Howard was found dead in her Columbia apartment on Nov. 28. A relative discovered the tiny bodies in her freezer while cleaning out her apartment.
The medical examiner's office is waiting for a final toxicology report on Howard and the fetuses.
"The only way we'll ever know for sure what happened is if someone in the family can tell us, or if there's a friend somewhere who knows," Lewis said. At the moment, she said, Howard's family is "just as confused as the rest of us."
Howard was born and raised in Maury County and had worked at Accelerated Solutions for four years.
"She was a wonderful person. She had a smile for everyone," said Bill Chace, chief financial officer at Accelerated Solutions, who hired her. "She was a gift to us. I can't imagine what her family must be going through."
If the babies were Howard's, she concealed the pregnancies completely. She rarely called in sick, Chace said, which made her absence that week all the more alarming.
"Tracy's not one to complain about anything," Chace said. "We were all just floored when this came out. The fact that she passed was bad enough, but the worst part of it for us is what this must be doing to her family.
"Whatever happened in Tracy's life," he added. "It doesn't change what we feel about her."
According to her Nov. 28 obituary, Howard is survived by her brother, stepfather and grandmother.
The babies' bodies will be held by the medical examiner's office until a positive DNA match can be made. At that time, they will be released to their next of kin for burial.
"THE MURDER OF A POPULAR BLACK DOCTOR"
In 1997, Dr. Margo Shamberger Prade was murdered; shot six times and found in her minivan by one of her employees. Margo was a brilliant and caring doctor with her own practice in Akron, Ohio.
Dr. Prade was also an fun loving person, a caring mother, and an exceptional doctor who spread joy wherever she was so it was a big mystery regarding the perpetrator of her murder.
Her best friend, Donzella was not so mystified. She had been Margo's friend for years and she was even around when, as a teen, she married her husband, Douglas Prade, an older police captain. Donzella could tell that Douglas was controlling and after Margo finally saw the light and divorced him, Donzella warned Margo to watch her back. As a police officer, if Douglas did commit the crime, he not only knew how to do it, but was well equipped to make sure there was no evidence left behind.
Douglas almost committed the perfect crime with the exception of a vicious bite mark he left on Dr. Prade's arm during a struggle-before he shot her six times. This evidence helped convict him.
The motive: Douglas Prade resented his wife's independence, success and popularity within the community and it allegedly bothered him that she made more money than him.
After the murder of their mother and incarceration of their father, the couple's two daughters went to live with relatives.
"IS A NEW ORLEANS SERIAL KILLER(S) TARGETING GAYS-EVERY SEVERAL YEARS?"
2008: New Orleans police have identified three black men who were gunned down in a 7th Ward home. The men were apparently gay, one possibly transgender, and police "believe the three victims knew their killer."
The victims were all from Mississippi and living together in a home on the 2500 block of Pauger Street. They are identified as Felix Pearson, 19; Kenneth Monroe, 27; and Darriel Wilson, 20. The men were found after the building manager "said he saw the lower half of a man's body through a window and called 911."
Initial reports suggest the victims were black gay men and one was possibly transgendered. A police source is quoted as saying "one" of the victim's "was wearing women's clothes."
Several years earlier, another black gay man was murdered in a similar fashion.
Both cases remain unsolved.
Source: Rod 2.0
"UNSOLVED BLACK MURDER MYSTERY" (SOUTHERN ZODIAC KILLER)
Atlanta's Phantom Gunman:
While homicide detectives in New York were stalking the elusive "Son of Sam," their counterparts in Atlanta, GA. were attempting to identify a killer with a similar M.0., who preyed on couples parked on darkened lanes, attacking from the shadows, interrupting passion with the searing blasts of point-blank gunfire. In Manhattan, officers eventually bagged a suspect; in Atlanta, there was no such luck. As this is written, Georgia's phantom gunman still remains at large.
The stalker's one-man war began on January 16, 1977, when police were summoned to the scene of a peculiar auto accident. A single vehicle had veered across an intersection, terminating its erratic course when it collided with a traffic sign. Inside, a naked man lay slumped behind the steering wheel, his face and body streaked with blood. A woman - also nude and bloody - lay behind him, in the back seat, covered by a coat.
The victims were identified as LaBrian Lovett, 26, and Veronica Hill, age 20. Lovett had been shot four times - in the head, stomach, right leg, and left arm; his companion had suffered two wounds, in the left leg and abdomen. Both died at the hospital, but investigators determined they were shot while making love in nearby Adams Park.
Police were playing the percentages, investigating jealous friends and lovers, when the killer struck a second time, attacking in the pre-dawn hours of February 12. This time, his targets were a teenage couple necking in West Manor Park, three miles northwest of Adams Park. Approaching their car at 2:45a.m., the assailant - described as a large black man -- fired six shots into the car before trying to open the locked doors. Frustrated, he fled on foot, leaving both victims with non-fatal chest wounds.
Jealousy went out the window as a motive when ballistics tests revealed that the same .38-caliber weapon had been used in both recent shootings. Likewise, the gunman seemed to have no interest in robbing his victims, nor in raping the women. Detectives were still puzzling over the motiveless crimes when their adversary made his third appearance in Atlanta.
On the night of March 12, Diane Collins, 20, was cuddling with her fiancee in Adams Park. They had announced their engagement a few days earlier, taking in a movie that evening before stopping in the park. Distracted, neither saw the gunman as he approached their vehicle, pumping six rounds through the window on the passenger's side. Diane was killed instantly, her fiancee wounded in the head. Despite the spurting blood that nearly blinded him, he put the car in motion, driving home on instinct, there to telephone an ambulance.
Police were baffled, but at least they had the bare suggestion of a pattern now. Twenty-seven days had elapsed between the first two attacks, Twenty-eight between the second and third shootings. If their man was hunting on a four-week cycle, homicide investigators theorized, they stood a decent chance of catching him by staking out the local parks on April 6-8.
The plan was logical enough, but it was wasted as the gunman vanished, calling off his lethal feud as suddenly and inexplicably as it began. Weeks lengthened into months without a new attack, and by the time a local newsman wrote a two-year retrospective article about the shootings, in March 1979, police were frank in their admission that they had no leads, no suspects in the case.
Shortly after the killings stopped. The Atlanta Child Murders started. A coincidence? Or something more sinister?
"TWO MOVIE STARS WHO BECAME GAY SEX SLAVES IN PRISON"
1. Mark Frechette (December 4, 1947 September 27, 1975) was a film actor. He is best known for his lead role in the 1970 film "Zabriskie Point," directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, in which he was cast despite having no previous acting experience.
He appeared in two other films made in Italy, "Many Wars Ago," (Uomini Contro, 1970) and" La Grande Scrofa Nera," in (1971).
He tithed his $60,000 earnings from Zabriskie Point and other films to Mel Lyman's commune (considered a cult).
There was predictions that Frechette would become the next Marlon Brando or at least the next James Dean. Those aspirations came to a halt On August 29, 1973, when Frechette and two members of the commune attempted to rob the New England Merchant's Bank.
One of the members of the commune was killed by police and Frechette, who did not have bullets in his gun, was arrested and sentenced to the minimum security state prison in Norfolk, Massachusetts.
Frechette had spent less than 20 hours behind bars before numerous inmates held him down and repeatedly sodomized him. One well endowed inmate inflicted severe damage. Frechette had to be sent to the hospital to be sewed up.
After recovering, Frechette was sent back into the prison among the same inmates for more sexual assaults. Depressed and refusing to eat, his weight fell at one point to 150 pounds.
As his sentence dragged on, Frechete almost gave up trying to defend himself, giving in to months and months of repeated sexual assaults.
A possible way out arrived when a tough, 275-pound inmate was admitted to the ward. He took a real liking to Frechette but the feelings weren't mutual. The inmate wanted Frechette to become his "prison wife," that way he wouldn't repeatedly raped nightly. Frechete bitterly rejected the offer.
On the morning of September 27, 1975, Frechette's body was discovered by a fellow inmate. It was pinned beneath a 150-pound set of weights, with the bar resting on his throat. Death was instant.
The death was considered strange.
Several inmates over the years have told reporters that it was their belief that Frechete was murdered for his refusal to become an exclusive "sex slave."
2. Bobby Driscoll (March 3, 1937 March 30, 1968) was a child actor known for a large body of cinema and TV performances from 1943 to 1960. He starred in some of The Walt Disney Company's most popular live-action pictures of that period, such as Song of the South (1946), So Dear to My Heart (1948), and Treasure Island (1950). He served as animation model and provided the voice for the title role in Peter Pan (1953). In 1950, he received an Academy Juvenile Award for outstanding performance in feature films.
In the mid-1950s, Driscoll's career began to decline.
In his early 20's, Driscoll was arrested for drug possession. Three months later he was arrested for forging a $45 dollar check. Drugs had changed Bobby, making him an embittered young man. He no longer cared about his appearance and rarely bathed. His teeth also became loose.
At the age of 30, Bobby was wandering the streets penniless. Reportedly, he came up to people on the streets, begging for money. "Remember me? I used to be Bobby Driscoll in the movies."
A few months later, Bobby was sent to prison again. In prison, Bobby learned about gay life, suffering a brutal introduction. He later claimed he was held down and raped by five of the prison's bullies. No charges were ever brought against the rapists. Bobby had to be sent to the prison hospital to get sewed up.
After his release, he arrived in New York and allegedly had a number of homosexual liaisons.
On March 30, 1968, two teenage boys broke into an abandoned tenement at 371 East 10th Street. They discovered the dead body of a young man. It was Bobby, he had died of heart failure brought on by an advanced hardening of the arteries, the direct result of long time drug use.
"SNEAKERS ARE WASHING UP ON VANCOUVER BEACHES WITH HUMAN REMAINS INSIDE"
Since August 2007, nine disarticulated (i.e. legless) human feet have been discovered in coastal British Columbia, Canada, and nearby Washington, United States. The feet belong to five men, one woman, and one other person, the two left feet having been matched with two of the right feet. As of August 2008, only one foot has been identified; it is not known to whom the rest of the feet belong. In addition, a hoax "foot" was planted on Vancouver Island.
The first foot was discovered on August 20, 2007, on Jedediah Island, by a girl visiting from Washington. The girl found the foot when she picked up a shoe and opened the sock, finding the foot. The foot was that of a man, and was found wearing a size 12 Adidas shoe and a sock. It is thought to have become disarticulated due to submerged decay. This kind of shoe was produced in 2003 and distributed mainly in India.
The second foot was discovered by a couple on August 26 on Gabriola Island. It was also that of a man, and also became disarticulated due to decay.It was waterlogged and appeared to have been taken ashore by an animal. It probably floated ashore from the south.This shoe was produced in 2004 and sold worldwide, and the type has since been discontinued.
The third foot was discovered on February 8, 2008, on Valdes Island. It was also a man's right foot and was wearing a sneaker and a sock.This shoe was sold in Canada or the United States between February 1, 2003, and June 30, 2003.
The fourth foot was discovered on May 22 on Kirkland Island, an island in the Fraser Delta between Richmond and Delta, British Columbia. It was also wearing a sock and sneaker. It is thought to have washed down the Fraser River, having nothing to do with the ones found in the Gulf Islands. This right foot was of a woman.The shoe was a New Balance sneaker manufactured in 1999.
The fifth foot was on June 16, floating in water near Westham Island, part of Delta. It was found floating in the water by two hikers. It has been confirmed that the left foot found on June 16 on Westham Island and the right foot found February 8 on Valdes Island belonged to the same man.
Another foot was discovered on August 1, 2008, by a camper on a beach near Pysht, Washington. It was covered in seaweed. The site of the discovery was less than 16 kilometers from the international border in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Testing confirmed that the right foot was human. Police say the large black-top, size 11 athletic shoe for a right foot contains bones and flesh. This was the first foot of the series to be found outside of British Columbia. The RCMP and Clallam County Sheriff's Department agreed on August 5 that the foot could have been carried south from Canadian waters.
Another foot was discovered on November 11, 2008, in Richmond. The foot was in a shoe that was found floating in the Fraser River. The shoe was described as a small New Balance running shoe, possibly a woman's shoe. A forensic DNA profiling analysis indicated that it was a genetic match to the foot discovered on May 22 on Kirkland Island.
In July 2008 it was announced that one foot had been identified by Vancouver police as belonging to a man who was depressed and probably committed suicide. His identity was withheld on request of his family.
On October 28, 2009 another foot had been inside a running shoe found on a beach in Richmond.
A ninth foot was discovered on August 27, 2010, on Whidbey Island in the American state of Washington. This foot was determined to be in the water for two months and belonged to either a juvenile or a female, based on the size. This foot was found without a shoe or sock. Detective Ed Wallace of the Island County Sheriff's Office released a statement that the foot would be tested for DNA.
A Jersey City woman pleaded guilty today to smoking marijuana, drinking vodka and having sex with her girlfriend while the 16-month-girl she was baby-sitting drowned in her bathtub last year.
Emergency medical technicians were able to revive the baby but she is now in a vegetative state, officials said.
She faces five to seven years in prison.
The prosecutor (Steve Dill) said: "All three women violated the trust placed in them and now this child is condemned to a life as a vegetable because of them-the girlfriend and the child's mother were also charged.
The baby's mother, 25-year-old Stacey Chapman, pleaded guilty May 7 to child abuse. She faces probation.
Dyers' girlfriend, 22-year-old Iris Rivera of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and agreed to testify against Dyer, Dill said.
Rivera, who met Dyers on an Internet dating site, faces a term of supervised release, Dill said.
On June 10, Dyer called 911 saying the baby bumped her head in the bathtub and was underwater a few moments, Dill said. When emergency medical technicians arrived they found the toddler unresponsive; it took 40 minutes of CPR before the child had a pulse, the prosecutor said.
Rivera quickly came clean and the truth began to come out, he said.
When Chapman brought the child upstairs to Dyer's apartment she smoked pot with the women before leaving the baby in their care, Dill said. Rivera and Dyer then drank and smoked and Dyer admitted she left the baby in the bathtub while she and Rivera had sex in the bedroom.
It was only when Dyer's then-3-year-old son walked into the bedroom saying, "Baby. Baby," that the women rushed to the tub and found the child unresponsive, Dill said. The tub's running water had leaked through the floor and made a puddle in Chapman's apartment below, Dill said, adding that doctors found the victim was underwater 10 minutes.
The baby was transferred to University Hospital in Newark and the last time Dill's office checked, she remained on a respirator, was unresponsive and could not see or hear due to the brain damage cause by lack of oxygen.
The victim is now a ward of the Division of Youth and Family services, which has started proceedings to take Dyer's son, too.
"MURDER MYSTERY IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR MANSION" (PROFESSIONAL HIT?)
The Husted family was turning in for the night late Wednesday when the killer came. Wearing a motorcycle helmet, he entered through a sliding glass door at the familys' $3,250,000 beach home on Faria Rd. The killer found Davina Husted in the kitchen of the residence. He attacked the 42-year-old pregnant mother of 2 with a knife. Her husband Brock Husted, also 42, came running from a bedroom and he was stabbed as well.
The Husteds' 9-year-old son, who'd been watching TV when the attack occurred, witnessed everything. He and his 11-year-old sister, who was asleep at the time, were not physically harmed.
The helmeted killer stabbed husband and wife up to 10 times apiece in the torso before silently exiting the residence. Neighbors in the upscale community say they didn't hear anything - no motorcycle or distinctive vehicle revving up as the killer left.
NBC Los Angeles reports that due to Davina Husted's pregnancy, the case is being investigated as a triple homicide.
Police are describing the murders as "sort of a whodunit." They do not know if the home was targeted by a random psycho or someone who had a vendetta against the family.
Based on the few details available at the moment, this sounds like a targeted "hit" more than anything. Who could have wanted to assassinate Brock and Davina Husted?
Source: True Crime Report
Dennis Razzo (right) and best friend Steven Azzalini (left) got the idea to kill each other's wives from the Alfred Hitchcock film, "Strangers On A Train." Brief Synopsis:Guy Haines wants to divorce his vulgar and unfaithful small-town wife, Miriam. But Miriam does not want the divorce and instead plans to live off Haines's money. While on a train, Haines meets Bruno Anthony. Bruno proceeds to tell Guy about his idea for a perfect murder. He will kill Miriam and in exchange, Guy will kill Bruno's father. Since both are strangers, nobody will suspect them of the crime.
"TRUE CRIME" ( A PACT TO KILL EACH OTHER'S WIVES):
On a warm summer morning in New York, Rosa Razzo's body was found in an Federal Express parking lot. The murder was sadistic, her throat was slashed ear to ear and the wound was so deep, it almost decapitated her. Her jewelry was also missing.
The next morning, her husband, Dennis Razzo reported her missing. His alibi: At the time of her death, he was having sex with their babysitter.
Rosa's family told the police that she was involved in a violent marriage with her husband. He often beat her and he loved throwing her out of cars.
Despite this, the police were unable to break his alibi.
A few days later, a pregnant woman (Mary Ellen Azzalini) was found shot to death. A pair of eyeglasses, not belonging to the dead woman were found at the scene and traced back to Dennis Razzo. Under intense questioning, Dennis admitted to the murder. The victim was the wife of his best friend (Steven Azzalini).
The police later questioned (Steven Azzalini) and realized he was wearing the necklace of the earlier murder victim, Rosa Razzo.
He eventually confessed to the murder of Rosa Razzo.
"PARTY GIRLS BEWARE!"
Young women (party girls) are not only targeted for sex trafficking-overseas, they're also targeted by a drug mule recruits. The following true story was depicted in a film.
"SETTING UP A DRUG COURIER"
Unbeknownst to their parents, party girls-Alice and Darlene change their pre-college summer vacation destination from Hawaii to Thailand at Alice's insistence. Alice claims that the American dollar is much stronger overseas and they should take advantage of the opportunity. While there, they meet a captivating Australian man (Nick). He plans to manipulate them.
Nick takes the girls out of the town. During the course of conversation, he came to the conclusion that both girls were impressionable and naive. Perfect candidates.
Nick eventually seduces both girls, he has such a spell on them, they agree to do anything he asks, including: drug smuggling. Nick pays each girl a large amount of money.
The girls are found to have large amounts of heroin at Bangkok International Airport while preparing to board their plane, and are quickly taken into custody for drug smuggling. It was later revealed that Nick dropped a dime on them, while they were detained and security was distracted, several other drug mules (associated with Nick) breezed through customs.
The story takes an abrupt turn as the girls find themselves sentenced to lengthy terms of 33 years in a brutal Thai prison. It is implied that there is no parole system in Thailand, and thus no chance of early release.
"DISTURBING & TRAGIC" (9 BABIES DIE IN ONE FAMILY)
Marybeth Tinning (née Roe, born on September 11, 1942) is a serial killer currently serving a 20 years to life sentence after being convicted of murder. Her case is one of the most extreme cases of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
In 1963, Marybeth met Joe Tinning on a blind date. The couple married in the spring of 1965.
In the first five years of their marriage, the couple had two children, Barbara and Joseph. In December 1971, Tinning gave birth to a third child, Jennifer. Barely a month later, however, Jennifer died in a Schenectady hospital of severe infection, which was diagnosed as meningitis.
On January 20, 1972, Tinning took Joseph, then two years old, to the Ellis Hospital emergency room. She said he had had some type of seizure. The child was kept under observation for a time and, when doctors could not find anything wrong with him, was sent home. Several hours later, Tinning and her son returned to the ER. This time, however, he was dead. She told doctors that she had placed him in bed and returned later to find that he had turned blue, and was tangled in his sheets.
Not six weeks later, Tinning was back at the same emergency room with her daughter, Barbara. She said the little girl had gone into convulsions. Though the doctors wanted the child to stay overnight, Tinning insisted on taking her back home. Several hours later, she returned with Barbara, who was unconscious. The child later died from unknown causes. All three of Tinning's children had died within 90 days of each other. Tinning became pregnant with her fourth child the following year.
On Thanksgiving Day 1973, she gave birth to a son, Timothy. On December 10, just three weeks after his birth, Timothy was brought back to the same hospital dead. Tinning told doctors she found him lifeless in his crib. Again, doctors found nothing medically wrong. His death was listed officially as SIDS.
Two years later, on March 30, 1975 (Easter Sunday), Tinning gave birth to her fifth child, Nathan. On September 2, she showed up at St. Clare's Hospital with the baby in her arms. He was dead. She said she was driving in her car with the baby in the front seat when she noticed that he had stopped breathing. Again, there seemed to be no explanation for his death.
In 1978, the couple made arrangements to adopt a child. That same year, Tinning became pregnant again. The Tinnings did not cancel the adoption and chose to keep both children. In August 1978, they received a baby boy, Michael (above), from the adoption agency. Two months later, on October 29, she gave birth to her sixth child, Mary Frances. In January 1979, the baby apparently developed some kind of seizure. She rushed Mary Frances to the emergency room, directly across the street from her apartment, and the staff were able to revive her. On February 20, however, Tinning came running into the same hospital with Mary Frances, who was brain dead. Once again, Tinning said she found the baby unconscious and did not know what had happened to her.
Once Mary Frances was buried, Tinning once again became pregnant. On November 19, she gave birth to her seventh child, Jonathan. In March 1980, she showed up at St. Clare's hospital with Jonathan unconscious. Like her last child, he was successfully revived. Due to the family's history, Jonathan was sent to Boston Hospital where he was thoroughly examined. The doctors could find no valid medical reason why the baby simply stopped breathing. Jonathan was sent home. A few days later, Tinning was back at St. Clare's, this time with a brain dead child. Jonathan died on March 24, 1980.
Less than one year later, on the morning of March 2, 1981, Tinning showed up at her pediatrician's office with Michael, her adopted child, then two-and-a-half years old. He was wrapped in a blanket and unconscious. She told the doctor that she could not wake Michael and had no idea what was wrong. When the doctor examined Michael, he was already dead. Since Michael was adopted, the long-suspected theory that the deaths in the Tinning family had a genetic origin was discarded.
On August 22, 1985, Tinning gave birth to her eighth child, Tami Lynne. On December 19, next-door neighbor Cynthia Walter, who was also a practical nurse, went shopping with Tinning and later visited her home. Later that night, Walter received a frantic telephone call from Tinning. When Walter arrived, she found Tami Lynne lying on a changing table. Walter testified that the child was not moving and she could not feel any pulse or breathing. At the emergency room, the baby was pronounced dead.
Suspicion mounted against Tinning, who was always alone when the children died, but there wasn't any evidence of wrong doing. After a police interrogation, however, Tinning confessed to smothering Tami Lynne, Nathan, and Timothy (which she later retracted). Her first attempt for parole was in March 2007.
At the parole board meeting Tinning said, "I have to be honest, and the only thing that I can tell you is that I know that my daughter is dead. I live with it every day," she continued, "I have no recollection and I can't believe that I harmed her. I can't say any more than that." Her parole was denied.
In late January 2009, Tinning went before the parole board for the second time. Tinning stated "I was going through bad times," when she killed her daughter. The parole board again denied her parole, stating that her remorse was "superficial at best." Tinning will be eligible for parole again in January 2011.
by: Jasmine Starr
NAMBLA stands for North American Man/Boy Love Association. It's a sick group that believes it's okay for men to have sex with boys. They say their goal is "to end the oppression of men and boys who have freely chosen, mutually consensual relationships."
NAMBLA was formed in 1978. They say they condemn sexual abuse and all forms of coercion. However members of NAMBLA have been charged with murder and rape. On an episode of America's Most Wanted, John Walsh stated “That he and the FBI has tried for years to stop NAMBLA, and that all members of NAMBLA are sexually abusing young boys.”
In February of 2005 seven members of the NAMBLA were arrested in California and charged with allegedly planning to go to Mexico and have sex with boys. Two of the men that were arrested were teachers. They were going to take a boat to Ensenada, where they were told boys would be awaiting them at a Bed & Breakfast. The men requested that the boys be as young as eight years old. Fox News reported this story in February of 2005.
In the late part of 1997 a ten year old boy, Jeffery Curly, was murdered by two NAMBLA members. These two guys tortured, murdered, and mutilated this small child. As of April 2005, a wrongful death case was still being considered by a Massachusetts federal court, with the American Civil Liberties Union assisting the defendants on the grounds that the suit violated their First Amendment rights to free speech.
According to Jasmine Starr: This group plans their moves carefully. In a published article, a man signed up for the membership package to get insight on them in hopes of bringing them down. He stated that in his membership package he received drawings of young nude boys and stories of men abusing boys. They also tell you how to molest a boy and cover your tracks.
"PRISON GANG RAPE & AIDS TRANSMISSION"
Stephen Donaldson, former president of Stop Prisoner Rape, was the first victim of prison rape to speak out about the issue publicly. In 1973, Donaldson was arrested for participating in a peaceful Quaker protest against US bombings of Cambodia.
He spent two days in jail during which he was brutally gang raped 60 times. After his release he underwent rectal surgery as a result of the violence of the attacks. Donaldson later discovered he had been infected with HIV during the prison rapes and eventually died from AIDS-related complications.
"OVERKILL" (THE WORK OF A MONSTER)
Joann Katrinak and her 4-month-old son, Alex, were abducted from their home in Catasauqua, PA, and murdered in a rural wooded area near Germansville. The killer was Patricia Rorrer, the jealous ex-girlfriend of Joann's husband, Andrew. Joann was shot once, then the gun jammed. She was then beaten to death with the gun butt. It was impossible to tell whether Alex was killed as well or was simply left to die of exposure. Pat Rorrer received a sentence of life imprisonment for her crime.
Patricia Rorrer (directly above) lived with Andrew Katrinak for five years until they broke up. Rorrer never got over him, often discussing him with boyfriends.
Meanwhile, Katrinak met and married a woman named Joann. They were very happy and even more ecstatic when Joann gave birth to their first child-Alex.
One day, Rorrer called the Katrinak residence, Joann answered the phone, Rorrer demanded to speak to Andrew while proclaiming to be the real love of his life. Joanne told her that she and Andrew were happily married before slamming down the phone.
This hang-up sent Rorrer into a rage. She drove 500 miles to confront Joann. At gunpoint, she abducted Joann and baby Alex.
She drove them to an isolated area and ordered Joann out of the car. Joann got out, holding Alex in her arms. Rorrer shot her once. The gun jammed and she proceeded to beat Joann to death with the gun butt.
After Joann was dead, Rorer placed Alex on top of her stomach. The baby would die of exposure in the freezing cold.
Rorrer was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
"HOMOSEXUAL RING ABDUCTED KIDS, DRUGGED THEM & KILLED THEM"
A Convicted pedophile was yesterday given two life sentences for the killing and multiple rapes of seven-year-old Mark Tildesley (above), who died after being dragged off to a homosexual orgy.
Leslie Bailey, 39, admitted to manslaughter. The judge, Mr Justice Hidden, said the hour or so before Mark's death was 'the most harrowing and horrifying circumstances this court can imagine'.
Mark vanished in June 1984 after he visited a fairground near his home in Wokingham, Berkshire. His parents searched for him but only found his bicycle chained to a fence but despite a national publicity campaign, his body has never been found.
The judge told Bailey, who showed no emotion in the dock: 'What you and the others did to that poor, defenseless little boy . . . was totally horrifying, wicked and inhuman. The cruelty that was inflicted on him just before he died was despicable.'
The court was told that Bailey, of Frampton Park Estate, Hackney, north-east London, was already serving sentences for the killing of two other young boys in homosexual orgies. He was jailed for life for the murder of six-year- old Barry Lewis in June 1991, and is also serving a 15-year term for his part in the death of 14-year-old Jason Swift.
John Nutting said Bailey went with his lover, Lennie Smith, to an 'orgy' at a caravan owned by a man called Sidney Cooke, a mile from the fairground. When Bailey met Cooke at the fairground he was dragging a small boy by the hand. The three men then went to the caravan, where a fourth man was waiting. This ring called themselves "The Dirty Dozen."
Nutting said Bailey told police in 1990 that Mark was given a glass of milk 'adulterated' with a muscle relaxant used by homosexuals. The three men then stripped and raped him before more muscle relaxant was forced down the boy's throat.
During the assaults on Mark he was held by the throat. Bailey became worried because he could see the boy was no longer breathing and he could not find a pulse. Cooke reassured the men by saying he would take the boy home. Nutting said that as Bailey returned home he knew in his heart that the boy was dead.
Mark's parents, Lavinia and John Tildesley, raised the alarm the night of his disappearance. A massive police investigation followed but it was not until 1989, when Bailey asked to see police about offenses involving other boys, that any clue was discovered about Mark's fate.
Nutting told the court that Bailey, a man 'on the borderline of being mentally retarded', who had been sexually abused himself as a child at special school, was not 'the prime mover' in the abduction and killing. He was the only one of the pedophile ring who had confessed. The court heard that Bailey, who denied murder, was the weakest character involved. Nutting accepted his plea of guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of lack of intent.
Stephen Batten QC, for the defense, recommended a life sentence, saying Mark's abduction had been Bailey's introduction to the pedophile ring.
Three children are known to have died as a result of the group's activities and charges have followed. Two more trials are to be heard this year.
The final toll in children's lives will probably never be known, but officers remain convinced that others died-figures vary widely up to possibly as many as 25.
by: Nick Parker
A sick pedophile (David Patrick-above) has demanded $3,000 to reveal where the seven-year-old victim of a child sex gang is buried.
Patrick claimed his pervert pal Sidney Cooke told him where the body of Mark Tildesley was dumped.
Mark was raped and killed by pedophiles after vanishing from a fun fair in 1984.
Notorious child sex monster Cooke, who befriended Patrick in prison, was allegedly among his killers.
Pervert Patrick-a child sex offender on the run-wanted $3,000 from The Sun to locate Mark's body.
He claimed he wanted to ease the pain of Mark's grieving mother Lavinia, 72, of Wokingham, Berks.
Patrick, 49, surfaced in Spain last week after breaching his probation and fleeing.
After the Sun refused his demand for cash he eventually showed them a map of an area close to an old gipsy campsite in North London where Cooke once lived.
He said: "I am 110 per cent sure Mark's body is here. Cooke told me he pushed it down into deep mud near a lake.
"I was very close to him in jail-so close that I know he loved me. He called me his 'wife'.
"I'm revealing this because I think it's time to set the record straight and help Mrs Tildesley."
We passed on a satellite map Patrick marked with a cross to police-but sources said last night the information had already been deemed wholly unreliable.
Officers accused him of trying to extort cash at the expense of desperate Lavinia.
Patrick said he would come back to Britain to help-but claimed he had run out of money and wanted a cash advance.
Cooke, 79, (above) was named in 1991 by fellow pedo Leslie Bailey as one of Mark's killers.
He is suspected of being involved in the deaths of nine boys.
He was jailed for 19 years in 1989 for killing Jason Swift, 14, but freed after nine years.
He was later arrested by cops and jailed for life over attacks on two brothers in the 1970s.
Source: The Sun
"THE STRANGEST FRUIT: BLACK ON BLACK LYNCHING'S 1835-1935"
*The Colored American Newspaper (1903): "A mob of Negroes lynched one of their own race in Florida on Sept. 19th for allegedly assaulting a white woman."
The above book, "The Strangest Fruit," details another side of lynching that is rarely discussed. Within the pages, the reader will find the most comprehensive compilations of newspaper accounts detailing black-on-black lynching's ever compiled or published.
Over 400 press reports are presented from various types of newspapers including the Republican, the Democrat, and the African American, This book also details the lynching's of two black men named Cotton and O'Grady by a mob of angry blacks.
"LOVER'S LANE MURDER MYSTERY"
The gruesome slayings of a pair of young lovers has haunted a Houston homicide detective for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Henry, 22, above, and her boyfriend Garland "Andy" Atkinson (1st photo) were attacked while parked in a popular lover's lane in a rural area of Harris County, Texas.
The couple had been tied up with rope and their throats slashed. The killer also cut off Henry's clothes and raped her before taking her life.
When the couple didn't return from their date, their families reported them missing. A patrol officer spotted Atkinson's abandoned car the next evening. Fresh blood splatter was found inside the vehicle, and tracking dogs were immediately called to the scene.
Atkinson's corpse was discovered seated against a tree trunk, his body nearly decapitated by savage knife wounds.
An attempt had been made to hide Henry's remains beneath a pile of cedar fence boards.
Although detectives had few clues to the killer's identity, he left behind one valuable piece of evidence, his semen, from which a DNA profile was created. And that profile was recently matched to another rape committed just two months before Henry and Atkinson were slain.
The victim was an exotic dancer at a Houston's men club who was raped at gunpoint in her own home. She gave a detailed description of her attacker and a forensic artist completed a sketch (3rd photo).
Source: Carla Chadick
Raised in the suburb of Riverside, California, twenty-year-old college student Jason Bautista endured for years his emotionally disturbed mother’s verbal and psychological abuse. She even locked him out of the house, tied him up with electrical cord, and on one occasion, gave him a beating that sent him to the emergency room. His fifteen-year-old half brother Matthew Montejo also was a victim to Jane Bautista’s dark mood swings and erratic behavior, but for some reason, Jason received the brunt of the abuseuntil he decided he’d had enough.
On the night of January 14, 2003, Jason strangled his mother. To keep authorities from identifying her body, he chopped off her head and hands, an idea he claimed he got from watching an episode of the hit TV series “The Sopranos.” Matthew would later testify in court that he sat in another room in the house with the TV volume turned up while Jason murdered their mother. He also testified that he drove around with Jason to find a place to dump Jane’s torso.
The morning following the murder, Matthew went to school, and Jason returned to his classes at Cal State San Bernardino. When authorities zeroed in on them, Jason lied and said that Jane had run off with a boyfriend she’d met on the Internet. But when police confronted the boys with overwhelming evidence, Jason confessed.
Jason was sentenced to 25 years to life.
"OVERKILL" (THE WORK OF A MONSTER)
Rick Dooley said he arrived at his home in which his daughter (Jessica) had been living just after 8 a.m. on Feb. 1 to pick up his snowmobiles for a day in the back country.
Before leaving to meet his friend at the Birdseye store, Dooley thought he would check in on his 21-year-old daughter as was his custom when he made these impromptu visits to the house on Linden Street.
When Dooley entered the residence, he was greeted by a strong smell of smoke and hastily began searching for the source of the odor.
It was at that point that he saw a body -- the legs engulfed in flames -- on the floor of the bathroom.
"I knew who it was. Her face was wrapped in plastic," Dooley said, explaining that he ran into the kitchen and grabbed a pan filled with water.
When that didn't put out the blaze, he grabbed a fire extinguisher from next to the wood stove and sprayed it in the bathroom.
"I went outside," Dooley said, adding that he called 911 as he fled the building. "It was so surreal."
It was later revealed that Jessica Dooley rejected the advances of Jared Lee Rosling (above) the night before (at a party).
In the early morning hours, he broke into her home and suffocated her with a plastic bag over her head, he then stabbed her over 100 times and then set her body on fire.
A few hours later, he went skiing.
Rosling was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.
"MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MURDER SCANDAL"
by: Peter Kotz
Mixed martial arts fighter, meth manufacturer and ex-con Denny Phillips (1st photo) was a suspect in the slaughter of four people and two unborn babies. A man and three women were killed execution-style in an Oklahoma City house, then set on fire.
Among the dead was a pregnant Brooke Phillips (above), who appeared in HBO's Cathouse series, a reality show about a Nevada brothel.
Police believe the slayings were result of a drug beef, and have arrested mixed martial arts fighter David Allen Tyner (2nd photo-a former Marine), who served as a bodyguard for suspected dope dealer Casey Barrientos. But police also believe that Denny Phillips (pictured above) was involved. He worked the the minor league mixed martial arts circuit in Oklahoma with Tyner, though he's not believed to be related to Brooke Phillips.
Yet it seems Denny Phillips couldn't keep himself out of trouble, even with a six-count murder problem hanging over his head. On April 21, Phillips was allegedly involved in burglarizing the home of Tulsa homicide detective Mike Huff. He stole guns, police badges, family heirlooms and a Chevy pickup.
Tulsa police traced Phillips to a Motel 6. When they stormed his room, he bolted down a breezeway, then pulled a gun from under his hat and turned toward the officers.
The SWAT team naturally let it rip. Phillips was shot twice in the lower body. He's now in serious condition at a Tulsa hospital.
Detectives aren't saying what evidence they have against him in the burglary or the Oklahoma City massacre. But he was already wanted on gun charges. And just last month, he was released on bond after being charged with possession of a firearm and possession with intent to manufacture a drug.
"WAS FORMER GOOGLE CHEF A VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER-SERIAL KILLER?"
by: Bob Egelko
A state appeals court upheld a San Francisco man's double murder conviction Wednesday for a crash in which he drove his SUV across the center line on Highway 12 in Solano County and slammed into an oncoming car, killing two children and badly injuring two other people.
Nicola Bucci, who worked as a chef at Google Inc. headquarters in Mountain View, was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison for the November 2006 crash near Fairfield. He was prosecuted for murder rather than manslaughter because he had previously been convicted of killing two people in a 1994 crash in which he fell asleep at the wheel.
In a 3-0 ruling, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco said there was evidence to support the jury's conclusion that Bucci had known he was endangering lives when he sped up a hill on the wrong side of the road in a no-passing zone.
Two children in the Toyota that Bucci's SUV hit were killed, 12-year-old Demari Hutchinson and 7-year-old Immanuel Callison, both of Fairfield. Immanuel's brother Jordan was paralyzed from the waist down. His mother, Regina Jackson, was hospitalized for more than two months with multiple fractures.
Witnesses said Bucci's eastbound SUV, traveling 65 to 80 mph in a 55 mph zone, had crossed into the westbound lane on the two-lane highway to pass two vehicles before slamming into the Toyota at the crest of the hill.
A motorist who approached the burning car said she had asked Bucci to help her pull out the driver, but that he had raised his hands in a gesture of futility and walked away.
Bucci told officers he must have fallen asleep. At trial, he testified that he had been dizzy from carbon dioxide after inspecting a freezer at work that day and had little memory of the accident.
Bucci's lawyer challenged the trial judge's decision to allow evidence of his 1994 fatal accident, arguing that it was irrelevant to the 2006 crash and would prejudice the jury against him.
But the court said the earlier accident, which resulted in a misdemeanor manslaughter conviction and jail sentence, could have shown that Bucci had known the dangers of driving when he was sleepy and had chosen to do so anyway.
A Wisconsin teen was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for using Facebook to blackmail classmates into having sex with him. Anthony Stancl, 19, pleaded guilty in December to two felonies, including repeated sexual assault of a child. Stancl was 18-years old at the time of his crimes.
According to court documents, Stancl posed as a girl on Facebook, induced some 30 classmates to send him naked pictures, and then used the photos to blackmail at least seven of them to have sex with him. Over 300 nude photos of male classmates were found on Stancl's computer.
Stancl "admitted that he pretended to be 'Kayla' and threatened the victim that if the victim did not have various types of sexual contact with the defendant, the photographs of the victim would be sent to people at the high school," according to the complaint.
by: Sam Gustin
"UNSOLVED MURDER MYSTERY-PROFESSIONAL HIT?"
She was the one driving the black Benz through Rockville on a regular basis, the familiar car with the Maryland license plates reading "INSTYLE."
Vanessa Yvette Johnson Sosin lived in an expansive blue-and-gray home off of Travillah Road in North Potomac with her husband, Cliff. Familiar to her neighborhood are modern homes with small yards, luxury cars and streets such as Platinum Drive and Secluded Lane.
A customer from her In Style consignment shop described her as personable, helpful and "genuinely friendly."
When she was stabbed to death (14 times) inside her West Montgomery Avenue store, family at her Masterpiece Lane home seemed to be pushing forward on autopilot.
Her sister, Denise, who was in town with their mother from New York City, picked up a giant poster board collage of pictures.
"This is my sister," she said, her eyes moist as she smoothed her palm across the faces and events of a lost life.
On a vacation. At her wedding. Dressed up for Halloween.
Cliff Sosin, who has offered a $10,000 reward for information that might lead to his wife's killer, wanted to check with Montgomery County police detectives working the case before saying any more.
Walking out to his mailbox on the wet and frigid afternoon, he turned back at a comment about the nice neighborhood he lives in.
"Anybody who knew her loved her, which is what's so freaking weird about this," Sosin said.
In the meantime, county investigators working Rockville's fifth homicide since 1994 are operating on a different kind of autopilot.
The same afternoon Cliff Sosin was preparing to say goodbye to his wife's family for the time being, officers released more information to solicit the public's help.
They are searching for information on a woman seen leaving the Rockville consignment shop on the afternoon that Sosin was found murdered and the building ablaze. Oddly, no money was taken from the victim or the premises, nor were the car keys to the victims Mercedes taken.
The woman is described as black, 30 to 40 years old, with a large build. She was wearing a black puffy coat, perhaps filled with down, with a hemline above the knee and a black pill-box-style hat with earflaps. The woman was carrying several shopping bags, and appeared to be known by the victim, police said.
Police say she might have information on the incident.
The Feb. 8 blaze, discovered by fire officials around 3 p.m., had been set, county fire officials said. The fire also severely damaged the historic Burbank's luncheonette next door.
Sosin's autopsy report determined that she died of "multiple stabbing and cutting wounds," and the event was deemed a homicide, said Cindy Feldstein, a secretary in the state medical examiner's office.
Cliff Sosin "does not appear to be a suspect," Montgomery County police spokesman Officer Derek Baliles said Tuesday.
For Mary Anne Mount, a customer and fan of consignment stores who discovered the shop just before Christmas, the television news of Sosin's death was shocking.
Mount recalled Sosin's lovely demeanor and helpfulness, especially when she went in the first time before Christmas and bought a typical "little black dress" for a party.
"I'm so sick of the big Wal-Mart-type stores. She gave you personal attention," Mount said last week. "I didn't know her name, she didn't know my name, but when I walked in, she remembered, 'Oh yeah, how'd that black dress go? Did you wear it to the party?' It was the smaller scale feel of a shop owner that cared about you."
"To me, what I want to have happen is to find the people who hurt her," she added.
LINCOLN PARK A 22-year-old Michael Jackson impersonator could face life in prison if convicted on 12 counts of sexual misconduct with a juvenile.
Ricardo West of Allen Park was arraigned Friday afternoon before 25th District Judge David Bajorek.
He is being held in the Wayne County Jail without bond pending a preliminary examination of the evidence against him. The exam is set for 9 a.m. April 26 back in 25th District Court.
West was arrested Wednesday in Allen Park. The case was not heard in 24th District Court because Judge John Courtright recused himself and Judge Richard Page was unavailable.
West is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison upon conviction; three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony; four felony counts of use of a computer to solicit a crime; one count of child sexually abusive activity; and two counts of accosting children for immoral purposes.
Police said West confessed to sending sexually explicit and graphic e-mails and text messages, including nude pictures of male body parts, to a preteen boy. Also, during rehearsal of a stage production he was working on, he admitted to sexually assaulting the same boy in a bathroom.
"The evidence in this case will show that this defendant acted in a way that was deliberate, calculated and goal-directed in his criminal dealings with this child," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a written statement.
West shaped his lifestyle to be constantly around children, according to authorities.
Police said he volunteers with a youth theater group and works for the contract-based bus service Trinity Transportation as a bus aide for autistic children.
In addition, he owns SGI Productions out of his home, which is hosting a “Motown’s Still Got It” talent competition. Police said he was using the competition to lure young people.
Allen Park police searched West’s house and seized computers, cell phones, CDs, videotapes and a camera. Officers are conducting forensic searches on each.
West also was arrested in 2008 by Southgate police for criminal sexual conduct, but could not be successfully prosecuted, according to authorities.
In August 2009, The News-Herald Newspapers featured West in a story previewing “Michael Lives! The Michael Jackson Tribute Concert,” in which West was impersonating the late Jackson at the Allen Park Civic Auditorium. Police said about 600 people attended.
Allen Park police Detective Jeff Miller said parents should check their children’s e-mail accounts and cell phones periodically.
“Parents can also put blockers on e-mail accounts so their children can’t receive graphic photos,” he said.
Police are concerned that there might be more victims in the area as West frequently was around children and has been investigated for similar activity in the past.
"32 YEARS AGO FIVE BLACK TEENS VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE-CASE SOLVED"
More than three decades after the sweltering summer night when five New Jersey teens vanished without a trace, police have finally charged two men with their murders, below.
The big break in the case finally came 18 months ago, when one of the accused killers-Lee Evans (left), now 56, came forward and confessed to a family member of one of the missing boys.
The teens, Melvin Pittman and Ernest Taylor, both 17, and Alvin Turner, Michael McDowell and Randy Johnson, all 16, were last seen shooting basketball near a local park on August 20, 1978.
None of them made it home.
For years their families wondered what happened on that August day.
According to a chilling confession by Evans, he was angry because he believed the boys whom he offered hired to do odd jobs, had stolen marijuana from his home. In retaliation, he and a cousin Philander Hampton (right) approached the boys while they were shooting hoops and brought them to a nearby abandoned home, where they bound them with rope.
The house was then set on fire and horrifically the boys were burned alive.
At the time of their deaths, the area of Newark where the teens lived had so many burned down buildings that cops rarely, if ever, investigated cases of arson.
Despite searches, the boys bodies were never found.
And in a tragic twist, because the boys were reported missing, the case was not handled as a homicide.
Police questioned Evans, the last person seen with the boys, shortly after they vanished but he passed a lie detector test and was released.
Although the slain victims' families always believed Evans played a role in the disappearance of their loved ones, there was nothing investigators could do. That is, until guilt got the better of Lee Evans.
Eighteen months ago, the cold-blooded killer contacted Roger Taylor, the brother of Ernest Taylor and said he wanted to confess.
Evans and his cousin have been charged with the boys murders. A third suspect died in 2008.
"BLACK CRIME SYNDICATE INVOLED IN POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS, DRUGS, MURDER, ETC."
Authorities say The Black Guerrilla Family aka BGF used a condo complex and its array of bars and hidden rooms to meet and plot their next moves. Any wonder why there are loud parties, fights and gunfire outside? Feds say that one meeting never occurred because the suspected dealers overheard cops talking about it on a police scanner.
Later, police break up a gathering of more than 100 suspected gang members (BGF) at Druid Hill Park.
The shooting death (assassination) of former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr., was also linked to BGF. A BGF member was arrested and charged with threatening to kill a witness in the case. A security officer hired to patrol the Northwood community, where Harris was shot, reported that he was threatened by a man at a shopping center on Cold Spring Lane for helping to identify suspects in the killing of Harris. "Our guns are bigger than your guns," the man said, according to state prosecutors. "You don't want to mess with BGF."
The padlocking of "Club 410," in Northeast Baltimore -- After putting up a pretty good defense of her club, the owner promoted holiday drives, but she was unable to prevent police from closing it down because they say it's associated with violence -- the owner was named in the BGF indictment and charged with conspiracy for allegedly using her club as a hangout for the gang.
Two separate murder cases in Baltimore Circuit Court involve BGF members.
The recent stabbing death of an inmate in a city prison -- is linked to a BGF dispute.
BGF is attempted to take over the illegal drug trade at multiple locations in Baltimore, Maryland and committed drug-related acts of violence and extortion as part of its efforts to expand its influence from inside the prison walls to the streets of Baltimore."
The indictment names dozens of people, including many imprisoned for murder and are accused of smuggling in contraband. They have formed a group in prison whose leaders are called the "Supreme Bush" and hold various ranks.
"BGF members are periodically tested on their knowledge of the gang's history and rules. Members who fail to demonstrate adequate familiarity with the gang's history and rules are 'sanctioned' or beaten."
In intercepted cell phone calls, prisoners talk about holding three-way conference calls to discuss business -- "Listen, man, we on the verge of big things, man." The answer: "Alright man, uh you know what I mean? You already know man, I'm a solid soldier. Whatever you need, whatever you need me to do man, I'm there, man."
A female officer in the prison system is accused of trading sex for money and even sent provocative photos of herself to inmates on smuggled cell phones. In one recorded phone conversation, the officer tells an inmate she was happy to be fired: "I'm stress free now. That damn job was stressing me out and I, I had went there last week. I took off my bag and they was stressing me out. The big boss called me back, but they didn't find anything. I left. That job was cool while it lasted. But that s--- like having a McDonald's job, I got to break the law to get money."
"During a series of calls intercepted in April 2009, Eric Brown discussed with Deitra Davenport and others the fact that he and other BGF members were smuggling champagne and Grey Goose vodka into MTC. Brown attempted to get lobster into the facility but ultimately was able to smuggle in only salmon with shrimp and crab imperial. Brown asked Davenport to smuggle a good cigar into the facility so he could enjoy a good cigar while he was drinking."
"Several guards with the Department of Corrections are assisting BGF members with an extortion scheme under which BGF offers protection while in jail to newly arrested person who are not BGF members. In exchange for this protection, an arrested person is required to pay money to BGF. Specifically, BGF supplies the person to be protected with a credit card number of a prepaid credit card (sometimes referred to as a 'Green Dot' card) and the person to be protected is required to have family members or friends place money onto the card when periodically directed to by BGF. The credit card is often held by one of the corrections officers who are assisting BGF or by BGF members on the street. If the newly arrested inmate does not agree to pay for the protection, then he or she is targeted for violent crimes while in prison."
Source: Peter Hermann (Baltimore Sun)
"THREE SIBLINGS VANISH AT THE SAME TIME"
Jane Nartare Beaumont (aged 9), Arnna Kathleen Beaumont (aged 7), and Grant Ellis Beaumont (aged 4) were three siblings collectively known as The Beaumont Children who disappeared from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia on Australia Day (26 January) 1966.
Their case resulted in one of the largest police investigations in Australian criminal history and remains Australia's most infamous cold case.
The children lived with their parents Jim and Nancy Beaumont in Harding Street, Somerton Park, a suburb of Adelaide. Not far from their home was Glenelg, a popular beach-side resort, which the children often visited. On the Australia Day public holiday, 26 January 1966, a hot summer day, the children took a five-minute bus journey from their home to the beach. Jane, the eldest child, was considered responsible enough to care for the two younger children, and their parents were not concerned. They left home at 10am and were expected to return home by noon. Their mother became worried when they had still not returned by 3pm.
Police investigating the case found several witnesses who had seen the children near the beach, in the company of a tall, blond man, of thin to athletic build and in his mid-30s.The children were playing with him, and appeared relaxed and to be enjoying themselves. The man and the children were seen walking away from the beach some time later, which the police estimated to be around 12:15 pm.
Several months later a woman reported that on the night of the disappearance a man, accompanied by two girls and a boy, entered a neighboring house that she had believed empty. Later she had seen the boy walking alone along a lane where he was pursued and roughly caught by the man. The next morning the house appeared to be deserted again, and she saw neither the man nor the children again. Police could not establish why she had failed to provide this information earlier.
About two years after the disappearance, the Beaumont parents received two letters supposedly written by Jane, and another by a man who said he was keeping the children. The envelopes showed a postmark of Dandenong, Victoria. The brief notes describe a relatively pleasant existence and refer to "The Man" who was keeping them. Police believed at the time that the letters could quite likely have been authentic after comparing them with others written by Jane. The letter from "The Man" said that he had appointed himself "guardian" of the children and was willing to hand them back to their parents. In the letter a meeting place was nominated.
Mr. and Mrs. Beaumont, followed by a detective, drove to the designated place but nobody appeared. It was some time later that the second letter purported to be from Jane, arrived. It said that the man had been willing to return them, but when he realized a disguised detective was also there, he decided that the Beaumonts had betrayed his trust and that he would keep the children. There were no further letters. Some 25 years later, new forensic examinations of the letters showed they were a hoax. Fingerprint technology had improved and the author was identified as a 41-year-old man who had been a teenager at the time and had written the letters as a joke. Because of the time that had elapsed, he was not charged with any offense.
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In 1973 two children, Joanne Ratcliffe (aged 11) and Kirsty Gordon (aged 4) disappeared from Adelaide Oval during a football match, and they are presumed to have been abducted. Their parents had allowed the two girls to leave their group to go to the toilet. They were seen several times in the 90 minutes after leaving the oval, apparently distressed and in the company of an unknown man, but they vanished after the last reported sighting. The police sketch of the man last seen with the two girls resembles that of the man last seen with the Beaumont children.
In 1979, the body of a young man was found in Adelaide. Identified as Neil Muir (aged 25), his body was badly mutilated. In 1982, the mutilated body of Mark Langley (aged 18) was found. Before his death, he had been subjected to "surgery" his abdomen had been sliced open, and had been shaved prior to this. Part of his bowel had been removed and Langley had died from loss of blood. Over the next few months more bodies were found. The dismembered skeletal remains of Peter Stogneff (aged 14) were found almost a year after his disappearance and Alan Barnes (aged 18) was found mutilated in a similar manner to Langley. In 1983 a fifth victim Richard Kelvin (aged 15) was found, once again with the same mutilations.
A New York bartender has been sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison for the murder of a partygoer at rapper Lil Kim's 2008 birthday bash.
In February (10), Syed Rahman pleaded guilty to fatally beating Ingrid Rivera with a steel pole on the roof of the Spotlight Live karaoke lounge in August, 2008. The victim's throat had also been slit.
The incident is alleged to have occurred when Rahman helped Rivera sneak back into the club after she was kicked out, but their exchange turned violent when she taunted him.
Rahman confessed to hitting Rivera, 24, but insisted he was too drunk to remember killing her.
He appeared in Manhattan's State Supreme Court for sentencing last week (begs05Apr10) and used the opportunity to express his sorrow at his actions.
Rahman, 26, said, "I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ingrid Rivera. I know that I have caused them a tremendous amount of pain and suffering. I want them to know how much I regret what I did."
But Rivera's friends and family refuse to believe Rahman's apology is sincere and have vowed to appeal his release when he is due for parole, reports the New York Times.
Rivera's close friend, Robenson Aupont, says, "Twenty years from now, we’ll be back."
"REAL LIFE PSYCHO"
A crazed 34-year-old fan became so obsessed with the film "Psycho," released 50 years ago that he hunted down women affiliated with the film-to kill!
New investigation into the murder of Janet Leigh's shower scene body double in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho reveals amazing truth!
Despite late star Janet Leigh''s contention she suffered psychologically for years after being butchered onscreen in the infamous shower scene in Psycho she never actually appeared in the scene. The nude body in which a knife appears to cut her savagely via the screeching violins of Bernard Hermann and cinematic editing was actually that of a body double.
A Dallas born stripper, Marli Renfro, an early Playboy bunny, had doubled for Leigh in the nude shower shots had all but disappeared until a 2001 Associated Press report. The story reported a 34 year-old handyman had been sentenced for raping and strangling her in 1988 but the case had gone unsolved for over a decade.
The AP report stated that Kenneth Dean Hunt, the handyman, had been convicted of "killing two women, including an actress who was a body double for Janet Leigh in the film Psycho." The other woman was 60-year-old Jean Orloff, Hunt raped and strangled her.
This actress was called Mira Davis; later press reports explained that this was Renfro's real name.
But journalist Robert Graysmith who wrote Zodiac, the classic account of the 1970s serial killer who terrorized Sand Francisco, was intrigued by the varying accounts and coincidental dynamic of cinematic fiction and supposed fact.
Probing deep in the decades old mystery Graysmith made two discoveries: Renfro and Davis were two separate people; and more importantly Renfro was still alive.
In his new book The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock's Shower, Graysmith reveals that while Renfro was Leigh's body double in the shower scene, Davis was actually her lighting stand-in.
Graysmith alleged that Kenneth Dean Hunt was a Psycho obsessive who wanted to kill Leigh's body double but got the stand-in by mistake.
"Everyone confused them - - even a murderer," Graysmith revealed. "I discovered Marli was still alive.
"She's been so busy… living life to the full that she had no idea she was meant to be dead."
"EYEBALL SERIAL KILLER"
He did not fit the profile of a serial killer. Charles Albright had a master's degree (which is now in question), he knew several languages, was a former science teacher, was charming, was in a seemingly satisfying relationship, and seemed completely at ease with having his home searched and his gun tested. He did not abuse substances. Associates who were questioned about him remained loyal, certain the police had the wrong man. He had coached football, helped with Cub Scouts, and was kind to children. He was both articulate and artistic, a cultivated man accomplished in many things from piano to bullfighting, who seemed anything but a murderer. He was generous, friendly, and helpful to people in need.
December 13, 1990-Mary Lou Pratt, 33, a well-known prostitute in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. Her body was found lying face-up. She was wearing only a T-shirt. She was shot in the back of the head with a .44-caliber bullet. The medical examiner discovered that this killer had removed both eyes without making much of a mark on the eyelids, and apparently had taken them with him.
February 10, 1991-Susan Peterson, a prostitute, was found nearly nude, with her T-shirt pulled up to display her breasts in the same manner as Pratt. She'd been shot three times: in the top of the head, in the left breast and point-blank in the back of the head. One bullet had pierced her heart and another entered her brain. A clump of her hair lay on her chest. She had been dumped in south Dallas, just outside city limits, and the medical examiner found that this victim bore another grisly similarity: her eyes had been surgically removed.
March 18, 1991-Shirley Williams, a part-time prostitute, was found naked, lying on her side near a school, with her eyes removed. Williams also had facial bruises and a broken nose, and she had been shot through the top of her head and in the face.
"GAY SERIAL KILLER CASTARATED HIS MALE VICTIMS"
When several hunters stumbled across a gruesome murder scene in the woods on the outskirts of Ft. Meyers, Florida, cops started tracking a serial killer.
From 1994 through 2002, the remains of 10 young white men were discovered in Charlotte County. Extensive forensic tests showed the naked victims endured savage rapes in which their genitalia was hacked off and discarded.
Rope burns on wrists and ankles indicated each man was tied to a tree before being strangled. In each case, a nearby tree had rope marks.
The perpetrator was dubbed the Hog Trail Murderer because of the hunting areas where the victims were found.
Stanley Burden escaped from his captor and identified Daniel Owen Conahan, Jr. (above) as the killer.
Burden, a licensed practical nurse, cruised the area for young guys down on their luck. Once he found a likely victim, he coaxed the boy into his car with promises of money, pills and beer if he'd pose for nude bondage photographs. Those that accepted his offer vanished.
Prosecutors only had enough evidence to convict Conahan of the 1996 murder of Richard Allen Montgomery, and he was sentenced to death in 1999.
He is still on death row, awaiting execution.
"BABY BROKERS" (BABY MAFIA)
A secretive network of doctors at maternity hospitals during the 70's and 80's stole and sold babies formerly proclaimed dead?
During this era the "the baby mafia" bought newborn babies and sold them to other parents who couldn't have children for large amounts of foreign currencies.
After thirty years, some of the children were found. A total of 110 parents were united with their (long ago) stolen children.
An additional 77 DNA analyses have been done in Italy, Switzerland and Russia.
WAS KIMBERLY ALICE KING THE VICTIM OF "THE BABYSITTER SERIAL KILLER?"
Kimberly Alice King vanished the night of September 16, 1979. She was spending the night with her friend Annie, who lived across the street from Kimberly's grandparents.
Konnie Lucas reported a phone call from her younger sister at 11 p.m. Kimberly admitted she'd sneaked out alone and said she was at an outdoor phone booth just down the street from their grandparents.
Kimberly was reported missing the next day, but the lack of strong clues and evidence has left the case unsolved.
Cops theorize that King may have been a victim in a still-unsolved series of child murders in Oakland County, Michigan.
The killer was called "The Babysitter," because he held captives for days, feeding and bathing them before he killed them.
But the bodies of the two girls and two boys (above) linked to The Babysitter were left in plain sight shortly after their deaths.
No trace of Kimberly has ever been found.
UNSOLVED QUADRUPLE-MURDER MYSTERY
The Keddie Murders was a 1981 quadruple-murder that took place in Keddie, a resort town in Northern California. The victims were Glenna Sharp, known as Sue (age 36), her son John (age 15), and his friend Dana Wingate (age 17). The final victim, Sue's daughter Tina Sharp (age 12), was missing when the murder was discovered; her remains were found in 1984 in Feather Falls, Butte County. Sue's two youngest sons and their friend were uninjured. A second daughter, Sheila, had stayed the night with neighbors, and discovered the bodies of her family the following morning.
No arrests have been made in connection with the murders. The cabin in which the murders took place was demolished in 2006.
There was speculation that the crime was based on the horror film "The Strangers."
On April 12, 1981 in Cabin #28 of the Keddie Resort in Keddie, Plumas County, California, the bodies of three individuals were discovered.
Glenna Sharp, 36, had been staying at the cabin for several months, along with her five children. On the night of April 11, 1981, Glenna was staying in the cabin with her daughter, Tina Sharp, 12, and three younger children (two of whom belonged to Glenna). They were later to be accompanied by her son, 15-year-old John Sharp and his friend, 17-year-old Dana Wingate, who were seen that night hitchhiking from nearby Quincy.It was sometime after John and Dana arrived at the cabin the murders occurred. The police have never been able to definitively identify who dropped the boys off. The following morning, Glenna's 14-year-old daughter, Sheila, who had spent the night with a friend at a neighboring cabin, found the dead bodies of her mother, brother, and brother's friend lying in the front living room; all had been bound with electrical wire and duct tape and were beaten and stabbed. Tina Sharp was nowhere to be seen.
The savage nature of the crime was undeniable; the walls were covered with knife cuts, and the furniture had been destroyed. A sheriff patrol commander, Rod DeCrona, who arrived to the scene remarked that "There was blood sprayed absolutely everywhere."
Upon examination of the bodies, it was clear that each of the victims had been bludgeoned with a claw hammer and stabbed repeatedly with steak knives. DeCrona also said that one of the knives discovered at the scene had been used so forcefully that the blade had bent entirely in half.
The case soon grew cold, and Tina Sharp's bizarre disappearance went unsolved as did the murders. The town of Keddie began to lose its visitors, and the resort turned into a ghost town. Three years after the crime, in 1984, the dismembered head of Tina Sharp was discovered near Feather Falls, roughly fifty miles downhill from the cabin resort. After this discovery, no new information regarding the crime ever surfaced. No arrests have ever been made in regard to the crimes nor have there been any solid leads as to the motivation of the killer(s). The murders remain unsolved to this day.
From 1969-1970, four young girls between the ages of 5-14 were murdered in Connecticut. They were bludgeoned by rocks and their bodies were dumped in the woods.
Police had no suspects in the case but noticed similarities to a triple murder where three individuals were killed by rocks and dumped in wooded areas.
In 1972, Harold Meade a truck driver in his twenties was convicted of the triple murder.
Witnesses also identified him as being in the proximity of the four young girls. Cops considered Meade a suspect but they didn't have enough evidence to convict him.
But, he was sentenced to life for the triple murder.
After several years, the three time convicted murderer was granted weekend furloughs despite his violent past.
In 1992, forty three year old Linda Rayner was visiting family in Connecticut when she went to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. Her body was found the next day in a remote part of the beach. Her skull was crushed by a rock and much of the physical evidence was washed away by the ocean.
Harold Meade was in the area at the same time. According to statements from other prison inmates-Meade confessed to Rayner's murder.
After a lengthy illness, Harold Meade died (in prison) on December 9th of 2007.
A Christmas Family Tragedy is the name of the new documentary just out about the Lawson family murders in 1929. The movie is a fascinating exploration of the many ways to ask why in the Lawson case.
Why did a 37-year-old farmer kill his family?
Why did people drive for miles to see the murder house?
Why did 5,000 people attend the funeral?
How could it be that a recording of a hillbilly murder ballad about the Lawson Christmas tragedy actually cracked the top five in record sales in 1930?
Why is it that some locals refused to discuss the case, ever, while others take stones from atop the gravesite?
There are some elements in this case that the student of crime will recognize as inherent in the family annihilator. Like John List decades later, Charlie Lawson clearly planned for days or weeks. He took the whole clan to town ten days before Christmas to buy new clothes -- outfits that they'd be buried in -- the photo (above) that would run in newspapers across the region. After his awful deeds, Lawson, like List, collected them and posed some of them.
But the Lawson case is also unusual even within its type. Charlie Lawson was well regarded, a "good man," someone who was honest and did kind deeds for his neighbors. None of the "usual" explanations for family annihilators appear in this case. Lawson did not seem to suffer from religious delusion or any delusion at all. He in fact objected to his family attending church. There were rumors of incest, that his daughter was pregnant. But there doesn't seem to be much support for that. And if there were financial straits that drove him to do it, again there seems little proof.
One thing about Charlie Lawson is clear these many years later. He had a temper. Rages. A "strong hand." He beat a man in public once. His oldest son had begun sleeping in his clothes to protect the family from the patriarch.
In the end, the explanation for the Lawson Christmas tragedy may lie in the simple fact that murdering your family, "my family, and I can do what I want with them," may best be characterized as the ultimate act of domestic violence.
Source: Laura James
"MASS MURDER MYSTERY"
The Seewen murders took place during Pentecost weekend in 1976 and remains one of Switzerland’s biggest unsolved murder cases. Five members of the Siegrist family ranging in ages from 45 to 80 years old were found dead in a weekend home in the protected forest of Seewen. Police suspect that only two of the family members were the targeted victims, while the other three just had the unfortunate luck to be in the home as well. The cause of death was obvious, 13 rounds from a Winchester type shotgun. What was a little more surprising was the accuracy of the rounds fired. 11 shots to the head, 2 shots to the upper chest.
To this day the majority of the Swiss public believes the likely murderer to be Carl Doser (pictured above), In 1996, an Italian made Winchester shotgun was found hidden in the walls of the Doser home. Forensic testing determined that this was indeed the murder weapon, but no motive, nor documentation of any meetings between Doser and the victims has ever been verified and he remains only a suspect.
A second theory revolves around Johnny Siegrist, a family member to the victims, who may have been assisted by Doser. Johnny was the likely purchaser of ammunition at Basler Steinenvorstadt, and the clerk recalls being asked if the Kal. 38 Spez ammunition would fit an “Italian made Winchester." Upon searching Johnny’s residence, stryrofoam heads that had been shot through were discovered. Possible motive…Being belittled by the family. Johnny Siegrist was temporarily jailed, but his death in the early 80′s has left no one to be held accountable for the murders.
"HOMOPHOBIC/GAY BASHING CAN LEAD TO MURDER IN JAMAICA"
By Peter Tatchell
It is like living in Afghanistan under the Taliban,” says Richard, a 28-year-old gay Jamaican. “I wake up in the morning not knowing whether today I will live or die.” Richard is lucky. He is still alive. But he bears huge scars from a machete attack by a homophobic mob. Jamaican police stood by and allowed the crowd to chop at him like a piece of butcher’s meat.
Amazingly, Richard survived. Others are less fortunate. The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper reported a gay man being chased by vigilantes into a Baptist church. Cornered near the altar, he pleaded for his life. They pumped him full of bullets.
In June, in Montego Bay, a man was beaten to deathwith police acquiescence. He was accused of “looking” at another male. There was no proof that he was gay, but mere suspicion was justification enough for killing him.
A few years ago, the Jamaican media reported that a Gay Pride march was scheduled in the capital, Kingston. Hundreds of people wielding guns, machetes, clubs and knives turned up at the starting point. They had come to kill the “battymen” (a patois term of abuse meaning “queers” or “faggots”). The police turned up, toonot to protect the marchers, but to help murder them.
Under Jamaican law, homosexuality is a crime punishable by ten years’ hard labor. Men who sexually abuse girls in their early teens face a maximum of seven years in jail. Queer-bashing victims cannot go to the police for help, because officers are likely to abuse, assault and arrest them. Amnesty International confirms that gay men and lesbians have been “beaten, cut, burned, raped and shot on account of their sexuality”. Jamaican police, instead of assisting the victims, are often themselves guilty of homophobic “violence and torture," says Amnesty.
Gay people taken to hospital after being queer-bashed sometimes have to face the ordeal of hostile doctors and nurses. Badly injured victims of gay-bashing have been insulted by hospital staff and made to wait nearly 24 hours for medical treatment.
P J Patterson, Jamaica’s prime minister, refuses to speak out against the murder of gay people. His police chief has failed to crack down on homophobic violence.
Homophobic hatred and violence is whipped up by Jamaica’s eight leading performers of dance-hall reggae, including Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton and Elephant Man. Their hit tunes urge listeners to shoot, burn, stab, hang and drown gay people. Buju Banton’s song “Boom Bye Bye” exhorts listeners to shoot queers in the head, pour acid over them and burn them alive. A track by Elephant Man, “A Nuh Fi Wi Fault," goes: “Battyman fi dead!/Shoot dem like bird.” And Beenie Man’s “Han Up Deh” includes the incitement: “Hang chi-chi gal [lesbians] with a long piece of rope.”
These murderous lyrics get prime-time airplay in a society where real-life homophobic violence is a daily occurrence. They reinforce and stir up anti-gay prejudice. This prejudice fuels queer-bashing attacks. The Jamaican gay rights group J-Flag says the popularity of new “kill gays” songs often coincides with a rise in homophobic violence. Yet even though incitement to murder is a criminal offence in Jamaica, the government and police refuse to prosecute the singers. Likewise, no one appears to have been convicted of any homophobic murder.
Buju Banton, meanwhile, is wanted by the Jamaican police on gay-bashing charges. This vividly demonstrates the link between homophobic lyrics and homophobic assaults. Despite the arrest warrant, Britain’s two principal black newspapers, the Voice and New Nation, went ahead and sponsored Buju Banton’s recent concert in London.
The 2006 Richmond spree murders took place during a 7-day period in January 2006 in Richmond, Virginia, and claimed the lives of 7 people. After the arrest of the perpetrators, Ricky Javon Gray (2nd photo) and Ray Joseph Dandridge (1st photo), two more murders as well as an assault were linked to one or both of the men. The case received intense media attention due to the brutal and random nature of the crimes, as well as the relative fame of Bryan Harvey, one of the victims.
On November 5, 2005, the badly-beaten body of 35-year-old Treva Terrell Gray (above) was found in a shallow grave by Brookside Avenue in Washington, Pennsylvania by passersby. She had married Gray, a 28-year-old former convict, approximately 6 months before, and lived in a house owned by her family with her husband and Dandridge, his nephew, who had moved in with the couple following his release from prison on October 26, 2005 after serving over 10 years for armed robbery. According to John and Marna Squires, Treva's stepfather and mother, the Grays fought bitterly, and they saw claw marks on Ricky Gray's forearm the day Treva's body was found.
While both Gray and Dandridge were interviewed by the Washington police, they were not considered suspects. Approximately a week after the discovery of their daughter's body, the Squires evicted Dandridge from their property; Dandridge then moved in with his father in west Philadelphia. On December 23, Gray moved out as well to stay with his maternal grandmother in Arlington, Virginia. Dandridge left Philadelphia on Christmas day to join Gray in Virginia. Marla Squires alleges that the police were lax in investigating Treva's death, going so far as to suggest to her that she had died of a drug overdose. While the police ruled her death suspicious at the time, no homicide investigation was launched until after Gray's confession.
On December 18, 2005, Sheryl Warner, 37-year-old legal secretary and mother of three, was found shot and hanged by an electrical cord in the basement of her burning house in the town of Reva in Culpeper County, Virginia. She had been on the phone with her father when she stated that a motorist with car trouble was asking to use her phone. Her father contacted the police when she failed to call him back, leading to the discovery of her body.
On December 31, 2005, 26-year-old Ryan Carey was attacked by two men he later identified as Gray and Dandridge in front of his parent's home in the 5100 block of North 25th Street in Arlington. Carey sustained extensive beating and stab wounds to the chest, neck and arms in a near-fatal assault, and spent the next two weeks in a coma. He also permanently lost the use of his right arm.
In the early afternoon of January 1, 2006, Kathryn, Bryan, Stella, and Ruby Harvey, a family of four, were found beaten, slashed and bound with electrical cord and tape in the basement of their burning house in the Woodland Heights district of Richmond, Virginia.
Kathryn Harvey, 39, was the co-owner of a popular local toy shop called "World of Mirth" in the Carytown district of Richmond, and the half-sister of actor Steven Culp. Bryan Harvey, 49, was an indie musician of note, a former member of House of Freaks, a two-man college rock band in Richmond. Their daughters Stella and Ruby were 9 and 4, respectively. Bryan and Kathryn died of blunt-force trauma to the head, Stella of smoke inhalation and blunt-force trauma to the head, and Ruby of stab wounds to her back, one of which punctured her lung.
On January 3, 2006, a couple living on Hollywood Drive in Chesterfield was robbed by two men and a woman who had gained entry to their house by pretending to ask for directions. The robbers stole several items including a computer and a television as well as $800 in cash. The husband was able to dissuade the gang from tying them up by drawing attention to the wife's disability and his need to assist her.
On January 6, 2006, the police received a call from a Chesterfield resident who was concerned about her daughter's friend, a 21-year-old named Ashley Baskerville. The caller suspected that Gray and Dandridge, her former houseguests and former and current boyfriends of Ashley, were involved in the Harvey murders.
The police found items at the Chesterfield home linked to the Harvey case, and stormed the house on East Broad Rock Road where Ashley lived with her stepfather, 55-year-old Percyell Tucker, and her mother, 46-year-old Mary Baskerville-Tucker. Percyell worked as a forklift driver and Mary was employed at a dry cleaning establishment. All three members of the family were found gagged and bound with tape in their ransacked house. Percyell and Mary had also been slashed across the throat. The three had suffocated due to the layers of duct tape wrapped around their heads. Ashley had a plastic bag wrapped around her head as well, secured with duct tape.
On the morning of January 7, 2006, Gray and Dandridge were arrested in Philadelphia, where Dandridge's father Ronald Wilson lived. Approximately one hour after the arrest, Dandridge confessed to killing the Tuckers and Ashley Baskerville. Twelve hours after the arrest, Gray asked to speak with a detective, then proceeded to provide a detailed, 3-page confession in which he described using a kitchen knife and claw hammer to kill the Harveys, stating "I don't believe sorry is strong enough. None of this was necessary." In subsequent confessions, he admitted to beating his wife Treva to death while Dandridge held her down, to being an accomplice in the Tucker-Baskerville murders, and to the attack on Ryan Carey.
On January 8, 2006, the police formally identified Ashley Baskerville as a participant in the Harvey murders, the Chesterfield robbery and the robbery at her own home as a result of the above confessions as well as eyewitness testimony and other evidence. Baskerville had acted as the lookout in the parked car while Gray and Dandridge entered the Harvey home, and was found wearing Bryan Harvey's wedding band. Gray and Dandridge testified that she had posed as a victim and allowed herself to be bound as a part of the plan to rob her mother and stepfather, "but "things just went wrong" and "(Gray) got tired of the girl, so he decided to kill her and take her parents' car."
Gray was tried in Pennsylvania while Dandridge was tried in Virginia. On February 9, 2006, Gray was charged with five counts of capital murder in the Harvey killings: one charge for killing more than once in a three-year period, one charge for committing more than one killing in a single act, one charge for killing in commission of a robbery, and two charges for killing a child under 14 years of age. On the same day, Dandridge was charged with three counts of capital murder in the Tucker-Baskerville killings. Gray pleaded not guilty, and his defense team sought leniency by presenting evidence of physical and sexual abuse during childhood as well as PCP use during the commission of the crimes.
August 17, 2006: A jury finds Gray guilty on five capital murder charges after four days of trial and 30 minutes of deliberation.
August 22, 2006: The jury recommends the death penalty for the murders of Stella and Ruby Harvey and life in prison for the three remaining charges after 12 1/2 hours of deliberation.
September 19, 2006: Dandridge pleads guilty to three counts of capital murder as a part of an agreement to serve life in prison without parole for the deaths of the Tucker-Baskerville family.
October 23, 2006: The judge sentences Gray to death.
December 19, 2006: Culpeper County indicts Gray for the murder of Sheryl Warner.
January 9, 2007: Gray pleads not guilty to the murder of Sheryl Warner. A trial is scheduled for July 30.
July 18, 2007: Gray pleads not guilty to Warner murder.
"ABDUCTION-SEX & ESPIONAGE RING"
Patricia Johnson-Holm claimed in 1985 her 12-year-old-son, David, was kidnapped by the much talked about "child abduction ring," which used the power of high ranking individuals as a cover for their evil and satanic activities with young children.
Johnson-Holm, 59, has not seen her son since he mysteriously disappeared. David is now 37-years-old and she thinks he is still alive but can't be completely sure.
Recently, a photo turned up on the internet, Johnson-Holm saying it came from a whistle blower who released the photo from a subscription-only adult site. The photo shows David as a young teenager bound and gagged, lying on a double bed between two other boys also bound gagged.
Some writers have indirectly connected this story to the suspicious death of Hunter Thompson.
If you recall, the stories of 15-year-old call boys wandering through the White House (more than a decade ago) in the middle of the night was linked to the "Franklin Cover-Up" case exposed by Nebraska State Sen. John DeCamp. In that case, a Republican operative named Lawrence King (a Black Republican-pictured below) was involved with procuring boys and girls from Boys Town in Nebraska and elsewhere and entrapping them in a child sex-slave and espionage ring. King, with an annual salary of under 20K, was throwing sex parties for the powerful in a $5,000-a-month condo in Washington, DC; apparently taping the proceedings for blackmail purposes.
One of the victims of this ring was one Paul Bonacci, who testified in court proceedings that he helped kidnap boys into this ring in 1982.
Bonacci also testified that he was forced in July 1984 to participate in an underage homosexual orgy at the headquarters of an powerful secret society-all of which was filmed according to Bonacci.
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Lawrence E. King (first photo) was a black Republican activist and “rising star” in the party, who sang the National Anthem at both the 1984 and 1988 Republican national conventions. King was allegedly involved in procuring, or rather, allegedly kidnapping underage teens and turning them into prostitutes.
The Washington Times reportedly got hold of “hundreds of credit-card vouchers” allegedly, showing the purchase of “homosexual prostitute services” by a number of influential political aides and advisors.
According to sources: Allegedly, a Washington socialite and international trade consultant… spent upwards of $20,000 a month for male prostitutes who provided sex to him and his friends, said to include military personnel who also acted as his “bodyguards.”
Craig J. Spence (2nd photo) was a former ABC news correspondent who, after becoming a Republican lobbyist, he was implicated in the White House ‘Call Boy’ scandal. On June 29th 1989, The Washington Times published an article with the heading, "Homosexual prostitution inquiry ensnares political VIP's. The article showed three credit card payment receipts made out to Professional Services, Inc. The amount shown were ninety five, one hundred-fifty and six hundred dollars. (The Times obtained Hundreds more of such receipts).
The Washington Times article said, "The Professional Services, Inc. was reported to be one of the several umbrella companies used by operators supplying male prostitutes as escorts, as is advertised in a Washington tabloid newspaper and the telephone Yellow Pages." The article also named many high profile clients as well as several low-level government employees, including Craig J. Spence. He was said to be a Washington party-giver who, took friends and prostitutes on late-night tours of the White House. In the midst of the scandal however, Spence was found dead in a Boston Hotel room, authorities ruled his death a suicide. To date, investigators have not disclosed evidence linking any high-level government official to the escort service.
Many of the young prostitutes were said to have been minors from foster homes (Boys Town) in the controversial book "The Franklin Coverup," a book written by former senator John DeCamp. His investigation into Omaha Franklin Credit-Union (headed by Lawrence King) led him to the discovery of an organized pedophile ring in the government that was allegedly run by Lawrence King and Craig J. Spence.
King was indicted in May, 1989; rather than stand trial, he and his wife, Alice (also implicated in the case) entered a plea bargain. Both went to prison; Alice served two years and was released in 1993; King was sentenced to 15 years but served less than 10, and was released in early 2001.
"JAIL HOUSE SEX SLAVE"
by Roderick Johnson, 35, as told to Tyler Cabot:
Soon after coming to Allred prison in Texas, Bret Ramos claimed me as his own. He told me I had two choices: I could submit, or I could die. Thus began my life as a prison sex slave.
What most people don't understand is that rape in prison isn't like it is on the outside. It's not random or chaotic. It's planned and methodical. It's business. The gangs trade amongst themselves to determine who is going to be with whom. And other inmates didn't dare touch me without clearing it first with my owner.
Ramos would rape me once, twice, sometimes three times a day. Then he would force me to clean his cell, make his bed, or cook food for him. Eventually he demanded that I have sex with his friends, who took to calling me "Coco." When a different sex slave was badly beaten for refusing sex, he said the same thing would happen to me if I didn't comply.
When I was finally transferred to a different cell block, I was told by Cliff Brown that he and his gang had "bought" me. That's when the prostitution escalated. They made me perform sex with dozens of other inmates -- white gangs, Mexican gangs, black gangs. Sometimes it was anal. Sometimes oral. Sometimes both. They did it in cells, in the shower, on the stairs. The going rate was five or ten dollars in commissary sex. Eventually I was moved to another building. Waiting for me there was La Brigada. At the next building it was the Akin Soldiers. Then the Ivory Kings.
I pleaded with the guards, the warden, and the classification committee time and again for safekeeping. Each time I was met with deaf ears and laughter. They told me that because I was a homosexual, it didn't matter. They told me to "fight or screw." The rape continued. The prostitution continued. And with it, my shame grew and grew. Eventually I couldn't face the constant humiliation anymore. I was suicidal.
At last, I wrote the ACLU and told them I wanted to kill myself. They flew to the prison and contacted the prison director. And for the first time since my ordeal began eighteen months earlier, I was put in safekeeping.
I was released to a halfway house in December and now live in my own apartment as I try to move my life forward. I'm getting counseling and the medical attention I need. I spend my days working as a youth counselor and hope to start a nonprofit organization. But every day is a struggle. I'm always very aware of my surroundings. I watch my back. I hate crowded rooms. And the nightmares of being raped persist.
Tougher still is the struggle to move past the shame and guilt. Sometimes I blame myself. I think, If I had only listened to my grandmother and stayed out of trouble, I wouldn't have gotten into this. Sometimes I start analyzing the situation, I start looking at the picture from all types of angles, and I start thinking, Why me? Why am I so weak? I just need to move forward.
Some names have been changed.
Source: Esquire Magazine
"HORRIFIC-PSYCHOTIC SERIAL KILLER"
This mama's boy and religious psychopath of inoffensive appearance is Brazil's most famous serial killer. The son of poor migrants from the Northeast, Marcelo grew up in the Rocinha Slum in Rio de Janeiro. He lived without running water and was beaten with regularity by his grandfather, his stepfather and his stepmother. When he was 10 he was sexually abused. At 14 he began to prostitute himself for a living. He was sent to a reform school, but escaped. Still hustling by 16, he began a long lasting homosexual relationship with an older man. At 17 he tried to rape his 10-year-old brother.
When he was 23 his homosexual relationship ended and he came back to live with his mother and brothers who had moved to Itaborai, another slum on the other side of the polluted Guanabara Bay. There he found a a low-paying job distributing flyers for a shop in the district of Copacabana. He also joined the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God and started going to church four times a week. Despite some idiosyncrasies and his odd and incoherent laughter, his life seemed normal. That is, until April 1991, at age 24, when he started to kill.
Over a nine-month period Marcelo tallied 14 dead. His victims of choice were poor street urchins whom he attracted to deserted areas, raped and strangled. He also practiced necrophilia, decapitated one of the boys, crushed the head of another, and, in two occasions, drank their blood. Later he confessed his vampiric thirst was merely "to become as beautiful as them." Violence in Rio is common and the daily body count is so high that authorities never suspected the growing number of disappearing street urchins to be the handy work of a serial killer. Usually they are the victims of choice for warped vigilante groups trying to clean up the streets. Quite the humanitarian Andrade later confessed, "I preferred young boys because they are better looking and have soft skin. And the priest said that children automatically go to heaven if they die before they're thirteen. So I know I did them a favor by sending them to heaven."
In December of 1991 his killing spree came to an end when he "fell in love" with ten-year-old Altair de Abreu and spared his life. Marcello met the young beggar and his six-year-old brother Ivan in the Niteroi bus terminal. He offered them money to help him light candles for a saint in Saint George's church. The lucky survivor later told police, "We were heading for a church, but as we crossed a vacant lot, Marcelo suddenly turned on Ivan and started strangling him. I was so paralyzed by fear I could not run away. I watched in horror, tears streaming down my cheeks, as he killed and then raped my brother. When he was finished with Ivan, he turned to me, hugged me, and said he loved me." Then he asked Altair to live with him. Scared to death, the boy agreed to spend the night with Marcelo in the bushes.
The next morning, the love struck killer took Altair to work with him. When they arrived the office was closed. The terrified youngster was able to escape. He hitchhiked his way back home and told his mother that he had lost his brother. A few days later, pressed by his sister, the boy told the truth. In the meantime Marcelo returned to the crime scene to tuck the hands of his victim inside his shorts, "so that the rats couldn't gnaw the fingers."
Former Crime Mob member, Killa C, has been incarcerated on charges that stem from a Child Molestation case last year. Twenty year old Killa C, who’s real name is Chris Henderson, plead guilty to charges of child molestation in May of 2005, stemming from a December 2000 incident involving his then six-year-old brother.
He was sentenced to five years probation, but failed to register as a sex offender. He was arrested in January 2006 for possession of marijuana and cocaine. It was then discovered that Henderson had failed to register as a sex offender. Recently, a publicist for BME Recordings, Crime Mob’s label, told VIBE that he is no longer a member of the group.
"FROM COP TO SERIAL KILLER"
David Middleton is the only convicted serial killer in American history who is also an ex-Police Officer. Once a respected Miami Police Detective, he now awaits execution on death row in Nevada.
Middleton preyed on women he met while working as a cable television installer in Reno, Nevada after having been fired from the Miami Police Department. While serving on the Miami PD Middelton was arrested for sexual assault and kidnapping and subsequently fired.
He brutally tortured his victims in a makeshift chamber of horrors before killing them, but the heinous crimes he was convicted of are just a part of this story.
Jerome Henry "Jerry" Brudos (January 31, 1939 March 28, 2006) was a serial killer and necrophiliac, also known as "The Lust Killer" and "The Shoe Fetish Slayer."
Brudos was born in Webster, South Dakota, and was the youngest of four sons. His mother had wanted a girl and would dress Brudos in girl's clothing. She would also constantly belittle him and treat him with disdain, as well as abuse him. As a child, Brudos and his family would move into different homes in the Pacific Northwest, before settling in Salem, Oregon.
He had a fetish for women's shoes from the age of five, after playing with spike-heeled shoes at a local junkyard. He also reportedly attempted to steal the shoes of his first grade teacher. He also had a fetish for women's underwear, and had claimed that he would steal underwear from female neighbors as a child. He spent his teen years in and out of psychotherapy and mental hospitals. He began to stalk local women as a teenager, knocking down or choking them unconscious, and fleeing with their shoes.
At age 17, he abducted and beat a young woman, threatening to stab her if she did not follow his sexual demands. Shortly after being arrested, he was taken to a psychiatric ward of Oregon State Hospital for nine months. There it was found his sexual fantasies revolved around his hatred and revenge against his mother and women in general. He also underwent a psychiatric evaluation, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Despite being institutionalized, he still graduated from high school with his class in 1957. Shortly after graduation, Brudos became an electronics technician.
In 1961, he married a 17-year-old girl, with whom he would father two children, and settled in a Salem, Oregon suburb. He asked his new bride to do housework naked except for a pair of high heels while he took pictures. It was at about this time, however, that he began complaining of migraine headaches and "blackouts," relieving his symptoms with night-prowling raids to steal shoes and lace undergarments. He kept the shoes, underwear, and (for a time) the bodies of his victims in a garage that he would not allow his wife to enter without first announcing her arrival on an intercom that Brudos had set up.
Between 1968 and 1969, Brudos bludgeoned and strangled four young women. The only initial evidence was witness sightings of a large man dressed in women's clothing. In the garage of his Salem, Oregon home, Brudos kept trophies from his victims, expressly two pairs of amputated breasts that were used as paperweights and the left foot of a 19-year-old girl named Linda Slawson (his first murder victim). After committing a murder, he would dress up in high heels and masturbate. Police investigation and interviews of local coeds led them to Brudos, who described the murders in detail. He had confessed to murdering Linda Slawson, Jan Whitney, Karen Sprinker and Linda Salee, and was sentenced to life in prison.
While incarcerated, Brudos had piles of women's shoe catalogues in his cell he wrote to major companies asking for them and claimed they were his substitute for pornography. He lodged countless appeals, including one in which he alleged that a photograph taken of him with one of his victim's corpses cannot prove his guilt, as it is not the body of a person he was convicted of killing.
Brudos died in prison on March 28, 2006 from liver cancer.
THE INTERNET UNDERBELLY:
It was outrage a few weeks ago when it was revealed that a new video game involves raping women. Imagine the outrage if people came across a sick site that promotes rape by showing rape acts (via video clips) among heterosexuals and homosexuals. This disturbing site is set up like youtube.
"SADISTIC KILLER" (PEDDLED MEAT FROM VICTIMS ON BLACK MARKET-AS PORK)
Fritz Haarmann (October 25, 1879-April 15, 1925) was a notorious serial killer born in Hannover, Germany.
From 1919 to 1924, Haarmann committed at least 24 murders, and possibly many more. Haarmann's victims were young male vagrants and male prostitutes who hung around railway stations, whom Haarmann would lure back to his apartment and then kill them by biting through their throats in a kind of sexual frenzy. Rumors had it that Haarmann would then peddle meat from the bodies of his victims as black market pork. His accomplice and live-in partner, Hans Grans, sold the clothing of his victims, and Haarmann claimed Grans urged him to kill handsome boys, but was otherwise not involved in the murders.
Haarmann was eventually apprehended when numerous skeletal remains, which he had dumped into the river Leine, washed up. His trial was very spectacular; it was one of the first major media events in Germany. There were no concepts or expressions for his crimes; he was called a "werewolf," a "vampire" and a "sexual psychopath" at the same time. But apart from the cruelty of what Haarmann had admittedly done, even more scandalous, shaking German society at the very core, was the involvement of the police in the case: Haarmann cheated on thieves and dealers.
He had also been used as an informant by the police who failed to identify Haarmann as the murderer.
Haarmann was beheaded, though it was not entirely clear if he would rather have to be locked up in an asylum for being in a state of diminished responsibility. But public opinion was heated and would not have approved of Haarmann just being locked away. Haarmann was found guilty and executed, even though serious doubts about his state of mind remained. Grans received a 12-year sentence. What exactly became of him after his release is not known, only that he continued living in Hanover until about 1980, when he presumably died.
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German serial killer Karl Grossman idolized Fritz Haarmann and even stole his motive of operation. Both killers operated around the same time.
Karl Grossman sold a lot of meat on the black market, and even had a hot-dog stand at the nearby train station. It is believed the meat was the remains of his victims, their bones and other inedible parts being thrown into the river.
How many victims Grossman claimed is not known. Only the body of his final victim was found, along with bloodstains in the apartment that indicated at least three other persons had been butchered in the recent weeks. Some have suggested as many as fifty young women entered Grossman's apartment and ended up being murdered, dismembered and eaten by unwitting customers of Grossman's meat business.
Grossman was arrested in 1921.
Convicted of murder, Grossman was sentenced to death. Before his sentence could be carried out, he hanged himself in his cell, having reportedly gone mad(der) after his arrest.
A public school teacher convicted of raping a same-sex student has been sentenced to no jail time this time it's a lesbian coach in Florida who had relations with a 15-year-old.
Amy Lilley, 36, a former teacher and softball coach at Lecanto High School in Lecanto, Fla., was sentenced yesterday to two years of house arrest and eight more years of probation.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, the sentence, handed down by Circuit Judge Ric Howard, was part of a plea deal between the state and the defense.
Lilley, who was arrested in November, pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious battery, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The 15-year-old girl Lilley assaulted was in tears during the hearing, asking the judge to remove a stipulation in the sentence that barred contact between the two. Howard declined her request.
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A lesbian gang known as "GTO" (Gays Taking Over) have been known to attack school girls. The story comes from Tennessee where the violence took place. Two prison inmates affiliated with the gang told a TV station that a younger generation of members had taken over the group and steered it towards violence and (same sex) rape.
"SERIAL KILLER SISTERS IN THE 1920'S"
Raya and Sakina were Egypt's most infamous serial killers, they began killing women in the Labban neighborhood of Alexandria in the early days of the 20th century. The police were plagued by increasing reports of missing women.
Common details in the reports included the missing person's gender (all were females), the missing women were known to be wearing gold jewelry, and were known to be carrying a large amount of money. Another common detail was the report that many of the missing women were last seen with a woman called Sakina.
Sakina was questioned several times because of the reports, but she managed to dodge any suspicions about her involvement. On the morning of December 11, 1920 a passerby discovered human remains on the side of the road; the body was damaged beyond recognition (except for long hair) and was completely dismembered.
There was also a piece of black cloth and a striped black-and-white pair of socks near the body, however, these items did not help with the identification of the remains. In an unrelated incident, at about the same time in December, a nearsighted man reported finding human remains beneath his floor while digging to fix a water pipe.
Those findings provided the only evidence regarding the murders in the Labban neighborhood. After investigation, it was found that Raya and Sakina had been renting a home, where the bodies were buried, at the time when the women and girls disappeared.
Raya and Sakina and their husbands were tried for murder. All four were convicted and were sentenced to death on 16 May 1921. Raya and Sakina became the first Egyptian women to be executed by the modern state of Egypt.
Pedro Rodrigues Filho (born 1954) is a Brazilian serial killer. Nicknamed Pedrinho Matador (Little Peter the Killer). In 2003 he was convicted of murdering 70 people and sentenced to 128 years in prison. He has claimed over 100 victims, 40 of them prison inmates. He also killed his father.
Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos, aka "La Bestia" ("The Beast") or "Tribilin" (Spanish translation of Disney's "Goofy") (born 25 January 1957 in Génova, Quindío, Colombia) is a Colombian rapist and serial killer. In 1999, he admitted to murder and rape of 140 young boys. The number of his victims, based on the locations of skeletons listed on maps that Garavito drew in prison, could eventually exceed 300. He has been described by local media as "the world's worst serial killer" because of the high number of victims.
Once captured, Garavito was subject to the maximum penalty available in Colombia, which was 30 years. However, as he confessed the crimes and helped authorities locate bodies, Colombian law allowed him to apply for special benefits, including a reduction of his sentence to 22 years and possibly an even earlier release for further cooperation and good behavior.
The victims were poor children, peasant children, or street children, between the ages of 6 and 16. Garavito approached them on the street or countryside and offered them gifts or small amounts of money. After gaining their trust, he took the children for a walk and when they got tired, he would take advantage of them. He then raped them, cut their throats, and usually dismembered their corpses. Most corpses showed signs of torture.
Garavito was captured on 22 April 1999. He confessed to murdering 140 children. However, he is still under investigation for the murder of 172 children in more than 59 counties in Colombia.
He was found guilty in 138 of the 172 cases; the others are ongoing. The sentences for these 138 cases add to 1,853 years and 9 days. Because of Colombian law restrictions, however, he cannot be imprisoned for more than 30 years. In addition, because he helped the authorities in finding the bodies, his sentence has been decreased to 22 years.
A black man was lynched in 2003, the body was found in a small Florida community yet this story received a full scale media blackout. But, this didn't stop European newspapers from reporting it. It's also insulting when obvious (modern day) lynching's are classified as an suicide. The outcome of this case is nowhere to be found via electronic media.
"2003 LYNCHING COVERED UP"
Ever since the body of Feraris Golden was found hanging from a tree in his grandmother's garden in 2003, the small Florida community in which he lived and died has been split.
Was it a simple suicide or was it something far more sinister-a lynching?
Right after the lynching, the debate-on which the community was divided largely along racial lines - moved to a coroner's inquest investigating the circumstances surrounding Golden's death. It is also being held to satisfy those who fear that their community has been struck by a crime most believed belonged to a different era and that Golden -a black man-was murdered because he was dating a white woman.
"The purpose is to resolve the ugly rumors surrounding the death of Golden and address what evidence there is that points to the cause of death and whether there was a lynching," wrote Linda Johnson, president of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in a letter to the local authorities of Belle Glade, Florida, requesting the inquest. "We're not saying it's a homicide. We're not saying it's a suicide. We just think there are some questions that need to be answered."
A coroner's inquest has not been held in the county for almost 20 years - most suspicious deaths are investigated by a grand jury-but such has been the outcry that the State Attorney, Barry Krischer, also supported the move. At the conclusion of the two-day hearing, the coroner, circuit judge Harold Cohen, is expected to give a non-binding judgment. This could force the police, who believe Golden committed suicide, to reopen the inquiry.
Since Golden's body was found hanging in a noose fashioned from a sheet from a schefflera tree on 28 May there have been two versions of events surrounding his death. His mother, Bernice Golden, says when she discovered the body, her son's hands were bound behind his back. She called her husband, Henry Drummer, to try and take the body down. "He was cold as ice and stiff," Mr Drummer told The Palm Beach Post. "There's no way he could have done this to himself. I'll just come out and say it, I think he was lynched."
Post-mortem tests revealed that Golden had alcohol equivalent to three times the legal driving limit in his bloodstream. There were also traces of cocaine. There was no chair or ladder and Mrs. Golden says it would have been impossible for her son to have climbed the tree. "He was drunk up there, and it was raining," she said. "How's he gonna do that?"
The police know just how difficult it would have been. Video footage taken from a camera fitted in a police patrol car shows an officer climbing into the tree to untie the body. But that same footage also reportedly shows Golden's hands lying by his sides and not tied.
Furthermore, the body showed no signs of trauma or struggle apart from the marks from the noose. "It's a small town and when those things happen, rumors fly," said Michael Miller, a police captain.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said there has not been a documented lynching for more than 20 years. "We've seen a number of these cases where claims have been made and have not been substantiated," said a spokesman, Mark Potok. "I would simply caution people to be very careful if they assume lynching or even murder until the facts are in."
But such reasoning appears to have little impact in Belle Glade, a depressed farming community with a population of about 15,000 - half white, half black - 50 miles inland from Palm Beach. The black unemployment rate of 15 per cent is seven times that for whites.
"I can't believe he would do this. He had everything to live for," said Mustafa Ali, the owner of a grocery store where Golden bought some beer shortly before his death. "The police want this to be a suicide. If he was murdered, this town would blow up. These people would be rioting in the streets."
People whisper that Golden was dating Judi Stambaugh, the daughter of a white police officer, Curtis Stambaugh. She denies reports of an affair but says she had previously dated black men. Perhaps tellingly - unlike her father - Ms Stambaugh thinks Mr Golden was murdered. She said: "I'm probably one of the few white people who do believe that."
*The lynching image above is not of the victim; it's a stock photo. No photo of the actual victim is available.
"14-YEAR-OLD BOY USES SLEEPWALKING DEFENSE FOR MURDER & ASSAULT"
According to a leading expert on sleepwalking: "It is a complicated problem we are learning more and more about," she said, adding that besides aggression-eating and having sex have also been observed in sleepwalkers. "These are the basic instincts that [we] inherited, and they are triggered as we fall into deep sleep."
The case in question began when Marina Gudino of Colorado Springs called 911 on May 18, 2009, to say her son, Daniel, had shot her in the shoulder and stabbed her with a knife.
"My son, he was trying to kill me," she told the operator. "He shot me with his gun. I'm bleeding so much."
When officers arrived on the scene, they took Daniel into custody and conducted a search of the home, at which time they discovered the body of his 9-year-old brother, Ulysses, in a basement bedroom. He had been shot in the face, left arm and chest.
Marina Gudino -- who told police she had just returned home from dropping another child at school when Daniel attacked her -- was taken to a hospital and eventually recovered from her injuries.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Daniel, then 13, told police he'd had a bad dream. "I've been having these visions. I see scary faces," he said.
Police arrested Daniel on suspicion of first-degree murder. He has since been held without bond and has undergone several psychiatric evaluations. Officials are trying to determine whether he should be charged as a juvenile or an adult in his brother's death.
In testifying for the defense this week, child psychiatrist Dr. John Hardy said, "If somebody is in a narcoleptic sleepwalking mode -- as rare as that might be -- they're not conscious, even though they can do some fairly complex behaviors."
Hardy also contends Daniel remembers the incident as a dream. "He remembers shooting [a] ghost," he said.
Prosecutors, however, want to charge Daniel Gudino with second-degree murder and attempted murder. They insist he was aware of what he was doing, and cite several complex tasks he had to perform in order to commit the crime: pick the lock of a gun cabinet, load the murder weapon and so on.
Yet Cartwright said she has seen dozens of similar cases over the years.
"The first case I was involved with was the famous Ken Parks case in Toronto," she said. "In 1987, he drove to his in-laws' house and stabbed his mother-in-law to death. Afterward he drove himself to the police station and said, 'I think I have killed some people.' "
Another case she worked on was that of Scott Falater, a Phoenix man who in 1997 stabbed his wife 44 times and held her head underwater. Falater claimed he was sleepwalking at the time.
Parks was acquitted of murder when experts determined he was not aware of what he was doing. By contrast, prosecutors successfully argued Falater's actions were "too complex" for someone to carry out while sleepwalking, and he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Cartwright said the only way to determine if Daniel was sleepwalking at the time he allegedly attacked his brother and mother would be to conduct a sleep study, so his brain waves could be observed.
"The defense should insist that he not only have a sleep test, but that it is done correctly," she stressed. "Sleepwalkers don't have an event every night, so if he goes into a lab and has a normal night, it wouldn't prove anything one way or the other.
"You have to do a really critical check, because right now it is a mixed picture as to whether I would say he was sleepwalking at the time of the incident."
Daniel Gudino's hearing, which began Monday, has focused on Hardy's testimony, along with that of police officers and recorded interviews with the defendant and his family members.
The two sides wrapped up testimony yesterday. However, District Judge David Shakes said he wanted to think about the case during the weekend before announcing his decision on Monday, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.
"14-YEAR-OLD SERIAL KILLER" (FIRST KID SERIAL KILLER IN THE U.S.)
Jesse Pomeroy was 14 when he was arrested in 1874 for the horrific murder of a four-year-old boy. He was quickly labeled “The Boston Boy Fiend.” His horrible trek had begun three years earlier with the sexual torture of seven other boys.
For those crimes, Pomeroy was sentenced to a children’s reform school but was released early. Not long after, he mutilated and killed a 10-year-old girl who came into his mother’s store. A month later, he kidnapped 4-year-old Horace Mullen, took him to a swamp outside town and slashed him so savagely with a knife that he nearly decapitated him. Because of his strange appearance (he had a milky white eye) and his previous abhorrent behavior, he was under suspicion.
When he was shown the body and asked if he’d done it, he responded with a nonchalant, “I suppose I did.” Then the girl was found buried in his mother’s cellar and he confessed to that murder, as well. He was convicted and sentenced to death. Following a public outcry against condemning children to death, his sentence was commuted to forty years of solitary confinement.
(HORRIFIC CHILD ABUSE MURDER CASES)
On August 14, 1987, in a hot South Side Chicago apartment, police and paramedics found the tortured body of four-year-old Lattie McGee. Over the summer, when many inner-city children were outside enjoying splashing in the flow of spraying water hydrants, little Lattie was being systematically tortured by his mother and her boyfriend.
The then 28-year-old Alicia Abraham and her 40-year old boyfriend, Johnny Campbell, spent the summer beating the small boy with their fists, burning him with cigarettes and an iron, dunking his small legs into boiling water, depriving him of food and water, sticking him repeatedly with sewing needles and then wrapping a clothing line around his tiny raw ankles and hanging him upside down in the closet for the night.
To muffle the innocent boy's cries, the couple would sometimes stuff a rag in his mouth.
Campbell did not like the 4-year-olds "effeminate" voice so to toughen the young boy he would starve him then beat him if he complained. On the hot August night, Campbell and Alicia stuffed a rag into Lettie's mouth, potato peels were placed on his eyes, his hands were bound, and he was hung by his feet in the closet. His complaints of having problems swallowing and that he was in pain from the broken collarbone and broken pelvis, were ignored.
The next morning Alicia Abraham seemed more concerned with watching TV then getting Lattie down from the closet. It would not have mattered because he died sometime during the night. There was no more pleasure for her and her boyfriend to get from abusing this innocent child.
Pathologist said Lattie died of a severe blow to the head that slowly killed him, but they added, "His emaciated body, scarred from head to foot, was so infected from untreated wounds that he probably would have died a short time later." When the paramedics and police lifted the boy's shirt, they uncovered a chest of raw skin, his flesh ripped away from repeated abuse.
There was another child in the home, six-year-old Cornelius Abraham, Lattie's brother. With courage, the young boy testified against the Alicia and Campbell. He recounted all the episodes of abuse that he and Lattie suffered.
For their crimes, Johnny Campbell and Alicia Abraham were both sentenced to life in prison.
Remarkably, two years earlier in 1985, Alicia Abraham was being counseled for neglecting her children by state investigators, who incredibly concluded the situation had improved.
Cornelius, who showed much courage, was eventually sent to live with his biological father. Sadly, his father also neglected him, and at age 12, he was homeless and on his own for three months. After five more tumultuous years, Cornelius was placed with a pair of loving foster parents. In time, Cornelius grew close to them and today calls them "Mom and Dad."
Jesse Compton, 20, and Stella Kizer, 21, murdered Stella's 3-year-old daughter, Tesslynn O'Cull (above), on June 14,1997, in Eugene/Springfield Oregon. This was one of the most shocking, horrendous murders that Oregonians have ever had to deal with. Tesslynn O'Cull was beaten, burned, tied, sexually assaulted, tortured and starved. Her back was broken approximately 2-3 weeks before her death.
There were huge open wounds that Compton and Kizer poured large amounts of rubbing alcohol into. The exact cause of death could not be determined, as there were so many injuries inflicted over time. Once Compton and Kizer finally killed the 3 year old, they buried her in the forest. Compton's sister turned them into police 2 days after driving them to the woods to bury the child. Compton had a record of child abuse previously, with his own child. Two weeks before Tesslynn's death, the police were sent to check on the child's welfare. They briefly saw the child, covered by a blanket, seemingly in good health, and let it go, without making the usual report to children's services.
Both Compton and Kizer smoked crack and meth. Many of their drug associates either witnessed or had knowledge that Compton would use the propane torch used for his crack pipe to burn Tesslynn, yet no one came forward in time to help the child. Many knew the child was being beaten and starved...many knew she was endangered, yet no one came forward. Jesse Compton was found guilty of aggravated murder and unlawful sexual penetration, and 1 count of second degree abuse of a corpse. Stella Kizer was found quilty of aggravated murder, and sentenced to life without the possibly of parole. Her first trial ended in a mistrial. Many people thought she deserved the death sentence.
Tesslynn O'Cull is the child pictured in the "Stop the Abuse" poster (above) for the state of Oregon.
To read Disturbing & Tragic Part I, click here: Part I: (Tragic)