The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Friday, January 22, 2010

America's Most Wanted, 1/23/10

The following cases will be airing this weekend on America's Most Wanted. Get more information on these and other cases on their website- www.amw.com

Unknown Ben Novack Jr. Killer - A huge murder mystery surrounds the small town of Rye Brook in upstate New York. Detectives say South Florida millionaire Ben Novack Jr. was beaten to death as he slept in his hotel bed. Ben, the son of the former owner of Miami's famed Fontainebleau Hotel, was the second-largest Batman collector worldwide. Rye Brook police are hot on the trail of Ben's killers but are looking for that one last tip to bring them in.

Happy Tran Pham - Houston police have been searching for 24-year-old Happy Tran Pham for more than two years. They say Pham was unhappy because the girl he was dating got back together with her ex. Houston detectives believe Pham's jealousy led to the murder of 29-year-old Pierre Mai, and they have surveillance video of the crime.

Unknown Dorothy "Dot" Gay Howard Killer - Police in Colorado say they have finally cracked a 55-year-old mystery: the identity of a woman's body found brutally beaten along the banks of Boulder Creek.

Debora Gail DeLoach Moody (Missing Person) - On Dec. 4, 2007, cops say 42-year-old Debora Gail Deloach Moody disappeared from rural Long County, Ga. Police have little to go on, but they're working hard to piece the mystery together and bring Debora back home.

Ronald Jabalee (Suspected Ron and Christine Jabalee Killer) - A Michigan grand jury has indicted Ron Jabalee on four charges in the deaths of his parents: two counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and two counts of second-degree murder. Jabalee appeared before Judge Richard Caretti on June 30, 2009, and was released on $1 million bond.

Yaser Abdel Said - They say he killed his daughters. In a crime that shocked the nation, two young women were found shot to death in the back of a taxi, and their father is one of the nation's most-wanted men. Now, he's been named to John Walsh's Dirty Dozen.

Viola Brown Martin (Missing Person) - Viola Martin proudly stood by her daughter, Angela Martin, as she auditioned for the hit FOX television show American Idol, three years in a row. Four months after Angela's most recent audition, on Christmas Day 2009, Viola vanished after leaving Angela's home.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Matthew Calek

Matthew Calek evidently thinks its cute that as he gets older, he thinks the age of the males he's attracted to might get older to. Sadly for some teenagers- his current attraction seems to be boys in their teens.

Calek was sentenced to five years in prison in Iowa in 2002 after a conviction for enticing a 15-year-old boy to engage in sex.

Seven months after his release from prison while still on supervised release, Calek posed as a 14-year-old named "Josh" on MySpace and befriended a Philadelphia boy, 15, who was having family problems, prosecutors said. At Josh's invitation, the boy flew to Chicago in July 2006, but Calek sexually assaulted him in a secluded area and abandoned him, the charges alleged.

Three months later, Calek posed as an MTV producer and enticed a 17-year-old boy to read a script for a possible movie role, according to his plea agreement. The script had a sex scene. The boy balked at first but later agreed to engage in sex with Calek while being videotaped, prosecutors said.

Calek later tried to coerce the boy into sex again by threatening to distribute the video at the victim's high school.


In his plea for Mercy from the court, he had requested that U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen sentence him to 25 years in prison, the judge handed him a 55 year sentence instead and stated that he'd almost handed down the max sentence for the charges which would have been life.

Something tells me that even after 55 years, the judge is going to remember what most likely was the most truthful statement during the entire sentencing hearing:

"I'm going to go to the grave worrying that some other kid is going to have a problem," said the judge, noting that even at an elderly age, Calek could still be a threat when he is released from prison.


Chicago Tribune.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Dr. Earl Bradley

Dr. Earl Bradley, the Delaware pediatrician police believed to have sexually abused possibly 100 children, recieves complaints about his odd behaviors for almost a decade. A decade of jokes among colleagues who hinted at the strangeness of his practice, concerns voiced to his sister who was employeed by him, and even a few investigations into his actions by police.

The case has shocked the close-knit coastal community of Lewes and the central Delaware town of Milford, where he closed an office in 2005 after police investigated him. The case is even more chilling because some alleged victims are no more than 6 months old.

The governor is not the only one calling for a review. The state attorney general's office also has asked for an investigation.

What they are likely to find is a lot of fingerpointing, but few willing to accept much, if any, responsibility.

For example, officials who oversee the Board of Medical Practice claim they never received any complaints until after the arrest. State law requires all medical professionals, state agencies, and law enforcement agencies to report to the licensing board in writing within 30 days if they believe a doctor is or "may be" guilty of unprofessional conduct.

State police said they didn't notify the board of a 2008 investigation because they worried about jeopardizing their case. The attorney general's office was involved in a 2005 investigation, yet apparently didn't tell the board.

Milford police said they tried to file a complaint with the board in 2005, but were rebuffed by an investigator who told them it needed to come from the victim or her parent.

Even two pediatricians interviewed in 2005 told investigators about complaints from Bradley's former patients.

Dr. Lowell Scott told police he referred to Bradley as a "pedophile" when talking to colleagues.

"I probably shouldn't comment on that. ... We would refer to him that way as more of a joke," Scott told The Associated Press.

"We all felt that he practiced differently than we did. ... None of us had any actual knowledge of him doing any potential harm," Scott said.

Bradley was described as a quiet, unkempt man who had trouble looking adults in the eye but nevertheless gained parents' trust. Police allege that after finishing exams at his Lewes office, he would molest children in the basement or an outbuilding, where they would be given toys or candy.


When one's behavior is to an extreme that people were openly joking about his being a pedophile, when his own sister raised concerns about him, when he'd already been investigated at least once- and former patients complained about him... then the fact that this case against him has unfolded in the manner that it has shouldn't be shocking to anyone.

You have a 50 year old man, "respected" doctor or not (and in this case just the mere fact that people joked about his behavior and associated it with pedophila hints that he was less respected than most want to admit now)- taking small children out of the sight of their parents with no reasonable excuse, a man who is clearly not able to engage in comfortable adult interactions (pointed out by the fact he couldnt even keep eye contact with another adult) didn't just prey upon "nearly 100 children". You have a man who was able to surround himself with adults, parents of young children, who evidently lacked the mental capacity to understand that something was clearly wrong with this situation- or who lacked a sincere desire to even care that something wasn't right.

Having nearly 100 victims, being the joked about pedophile in the pediatric field, Bradley wasn't hiding under the cover of just the trust parents. What we have here is an entire community, complete with a medical board and law enforcement who failed every child this man came within treating distance of. Few involved are likely to be truly "shocked" by the case that is being built against Bradley... but pretending to be shocked probably seems like a better reaction than having to be embarressed that they failed to do something for so long that this has snowballed to the point that it has.

FoxNews

Thursday, January 07, 2010

St Louis Shooting-- Timothy Hendron

For those without access to a police scanner in St Louis, you can listen live online at Radio Reference.com


The ABB Power Plant in St Louis came under attack this morning, when at 6:30 a man walked into the transformer plant entered with a AK47 and opened fire. The employees still in the plant are being told by police and rescue workers to stay put via text message and phone calls. It is presently unclear if the shooter was injured, his current whereabouts, but he is believed to be a disgruntled worker who possibly had worked at the plant for 25 years. Neighbors of Power plant saying they heard shooting this morning. That a man with gun shot two employees in the parking lot this morning, at a range of about 8 feet away.

About 6:30 a.m. today, police got a call from a woman, very upset, who said that someone came in to the east side of the building and started shooting. "They are still shooting," a dispatcher told police officers rushing to the scene at 6:34 a.m.

The scene was so chaotic that even the descriptions of the gunman were confusing to police. At first, a witness described the gunman only as a black man, about 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9, wearing a tan coat and carrying a semiautomatic weapon. Later, a company supervisor called police to give the name of a disgruntled worker who had possibly been recently fired. That worker was a white man.


At least one victim is believed to be dead, and at least 3 others injured.


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Sources:
STLToday
Fox News TV
Fox 2 Now

SCENE PHOTOS:
KSDK

UPDATE Swat team entering building now. Suspect has been identified as Timothy Hendron, and its been released that he owns a pewter Nissan truck with license plates with Missouri license plate OKK 696.

UPDATE:

Hendron was involved in a federal lawsuit filed in the Western District Court in Missouri, regarding losses suffered from a company ran retirement plan.

It appears that it may not be the first time Hendron was involved in a court action with his employer, as he filed a lawsuit in 1998 in the 22nd Judicial Court in Missiouri. You can look it up here:

22984-01518 - ABB POWER T AND D CO INC VS ADELSBERGER ETAL


This information is provided as a service and is not considered an official court record.
Date Filed: 07/31/1998
Location: City of St. Louis Case Type: CC Injunction
Disposition: Dismiss by Ct w/o Prejudice Date of Disposition: 09/15/1999
Judge/Commissioner At Disposition: DIERKER, ROBERT H JR


*Court record information can be accessed by following above link and searching for Tim Hendron by name.

Cases listed include:


HENDRON, TIMOTHY G 22912-04365 Defendant LEGGETT VS HENDRON ETAL CC Personal Property Taxes 08/12/1991
Circuit 22 The City of St. Louis City of St. Louis
HENDRON, TIMOTHY G 22933-03103 Plaintiff HENDRON VS BOURGEOIS HENDRON FC Dissolution- w/o Children 09/02/1993
Circuit 22 The City of St. Louis City of St. Louis

HENDRON, TIMOTHY G 22922-02131 Defendant LEGGETT VS HENDRON ET AL CC Personal Property Taxes 06/01/1992
ST LOUIS, MO Circuit 22 The City of St. Louis City of St. Louis
HENDRON, TIMOTHY G 22942-02205 Defendant LEGGETT VS HENDRON CC Personal Property Taxes 06/04/1994
ST LOUIS, MO Circuit 22 The City of St. Louis City of St. Louis

HENDRON, TIMOTHY G 22962-01989 Defendant LEGGETT VS HENDRON Collector of Revenue Tax Cases 06/05/1996
ST LOUIS, MO Circuit 22 The City of St. Louis City of St. Louis
HENDRON, TIMOTHY G 22982-01996 Defendant LEGGETT VS HENDRON Collector of Revenue Tax Cases 06/06/1998
ST LOUIS, MO Circuit 22 The City of St. Louis City of St. Louis

HENDRON, TIMOTHY G 22992-02267 Defendant LEGGETT VS HENDRON Collector of Revenue Tax Cases 06/05/1999
ST LOUIS, MO Circuit 22 The City of St. Louis City of St. Louis
HENDRON, TIMOTHY G 21C91-11741 Defendant STATE OF MISSOURI V TIMOTHY G HENDRON ETAL AC Tax Action Other 05/17/1991
Circuit 21 St. Louis County St Louis County



UPDATE: Reports coming in that police are now at the home of Hendron which he shared with his wife, located at 307 Dobbin Rd. in Webster Groves. The home sits on a "off the beaten track" road in what appears to be a nice neighborhood, with no real rear neighbors. (link)

UPDATE:
ABB Spokesman Thomas Schmidt indicates 217 employees work at plant, however there were less actually unsight at the time. They will not confirm whether or not Hendron was/is employees of company.

Police confirm 1 person is dead, 4 injured with two in critical condition.

AP reporting Hendron is still believed to be in ABB Power, despite recent "peek towards" his home. Police still at scene, continuing in search.

Also releasing information that Hendron may have been recently fired from ABB.

UPDATE:
Police releasing information that Hendron may be within 2 miles of the ABB company, while still searching within the campus.

12:05
Swat team leaves building, then re-enters building in formation.
Five confirmed shooting victims, with one pronouced dead.

12:18
Seven Shoot, 3 dead per St Louis Fire Department

UPDATE:
Gunman believed to be dead, police still searching facility room by room.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Rodney Earl Key

Rodney Earl Key was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2001 after pleading guilty to child abuse by a parent. After being denied parole twice, it was granted and he was released in April and put "under supervision".

We can only assume that the supervision didn't involve enough of the supervision that Key needed (and would have certainly found while behind bars) since he once again has been arrested for charges involving a child.

Police said Rodney Earl Key, 46, was in the sanctuary at the St. James Church in the 200 block of S. Augusta Ave. with an 11-year-old girl on Jan. 3 when he put her on his lap and put her hand up her dress, records show.

The girl asked Key what he was doing and he said he was "going to give her a spanking but he couldn't because she was too sweet," according to charging documents. He then told her that she was to keep the touching to themselves


Source:
The Baltimore Times

Monday, January 04, 2010

He seemed like a pretty nice guy, the sex offender thing just don't fit

Ted Bundy was described as charming, smart, good looking.

John Wayne Gacy used to throw block parties for his neighbors and dress up like a clown.

BTK was said to be efficient, friendly, and a regular nice guy.

Yet they were all serial killers. Which is why it always strikes a nerve with me that people can assume serial killers can seem like "normal nice people" but sex offenders should be nasty, easy to spot creeps. Especially sex offenders who prey upon children, and need the trust of others in order to obtain a victim.

Yet, once again- we've got a group of people just plain out dumbfouned that the whole "sex offender" picture they have in their head didn't match up with the "nice guy" in the neighborhood. I guess the new charges against him came as a shock... or would have if he was still live to be charged.

According to arrest records, Ballance was a registered sex offender. He was convicted in 1998 of taking indecent liberties with a child and served five years probation. Most of his neighbors were aware of the prior conviction.

"Everybody pretty much kept an eye on the kids around here," said neighbor Robert Holmes.

Neighbors say Hartsell moved out of Ballance's house about a week ago. Around that time, allegations surfaced of Ballance allegedly molesting Hartsell's young relative.

"He seemed like a pretty nice guy, the sex offender thing just don't fit," said neighbor Clarence Williams.



Everyone kept an eye on the kids... strange, since evidently at least one child wasn't:

Sheriff's deputies issued warrants for Ballance Thursday for sex-related charges, including first degree rape of a child.


The charges however seem pointless now, as a relative of the unnamed child shot and killed William Ballance. The relative had until recently lived with Ballance.

The killer quote in the story comes from another neighbor, and as much as I'd like to say its priceless... I know its the very sort of thinking that continues to cost countless victims every day.

Neighbor Clarence Williams says he never felt threatened by Ballance and even let his grandchildren visit.

He was shocked to hear about the shooting.

"I really don't know what to think at this point, it just don't fit what I knew of him," said Williams.


Seriously people, sometimes the only sign visible that sexual offenders are, well sex offenders, are court records proving their past actions. They can, and often do- look, act and seem "normal"... thats why they are so successful in convincing people to trust them.

Source:
WIS10

Sunday, January 03, 2010

The Ski Mask Rapist, A new chapter?

If the name Gilbert H. Escobedo doesn't mean a lot to you, then you might want to pick out at least one of the many books that cover his reign of terror in the 80s and 90s. The man dubed "the ski mask rapist" has been mentioned in numerous books over the last few decades, and with good reason.

Escobedo, confessed to 48 rapes, although many people believe that the number is closer to double that.

The plight of one of his victims is unfolded in Whispers of Romance, Threats of Death by Carol Cook (who, it is worth mentioning is one of the victims of Escobedo. Just the overview of the book gives a glimpse into the truly disturbing mentality of Escobedo, despite its assumed purpose of highlighting the fight of his victim to ensure justice:

After Carol Cook was raped in her Dallas home, she had trouble trusting new people. Then she met Gilbert Escobedo, a respected member of the Christian community. He became her trusted business partner, and eventually her lover. But as Carol's feelings for him deepened, so did her suspicions that Gilbert had a secret life-and a dark side. He was not the hero he fashioned himself to be. In fact, he was the Ski Mask Rapist who had once counted Carol among his victims. And he wasn't through with her. Now it was up to Carol to bring to justice one of the most notorious criminals in the annals of Texas crime.


Escobedo's life as a serial rapist likely began after he was release from jail in 1985, where he served time for a burglary conviction. During the years following his release, he would stalk his victims for weeks or months until he found the opportunity to rape them. He also taunted police over the inability to catch him, going as far as to leave a baseball cap with their logo behind at one crime scene.


Among those he confessed to raping were a 19-year-old woman who was baby-sitting a toddler one afternoon and a 41-year-old woman whom he attacked as she got out of her shower one morning.

Escobedo also confessed to dozens of burglaries, during which he took items ranging from electronics to furs to jewelry.

Detectives suspected him not long after the attacks began. They followed him, studied his background and took him in for questioning.

But each time, they couldn't gather enough evidence to charge him. During this period he attended church, using it as one of many venues to pick out future victims.

"Escobedo methodically parlayed virtually every moment of his spare time toward identifying and isolating targets that fit his very precise standards," wrote former Dallas Morning News reporter Howard Swindle, who profiled Escobedo in the book Trespasses: Portrait of a Serial Rapist
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Now, 20 after the Ski Mask Rapist was handed 10 life sentences... the great state of Texas has informed the survivors of his heinous crimes that he will soon be up for parole- opening the possibility that he may once again prowl the streets, stalking and raping women.

It seems that despite the confession, Escobedo arranged a plea bargain with then Dallas County District Attorney John Vance, where in he plead guilty to nine rapes and a burglary. Had the cases been tried independently of each other, the 10 life sentences to run consecutively rather than concurrently. Meaning he's now eligible for parole.

Sources:
Dallas Morning News

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Hannah Overton Case Update

When I first came across the murder of Andrew Burd, it seemed a simple enough case. The murderer had already been discovered, charged, tried and convicted. It was an open and shut case. Hannah Overton, Andrews foster mother, had given the small child a lethal dose of salt. The resulting death, would have been painful and slow in coming. But the case was over, and we could at least grasp an instant of relief knowing that she would be behind bars for a long time, paying for the heinous crime she had committed against Andrew.

Except that Hannah and her church were bound to protest, to put the blame for Andrews death on Andrea himself- and they were taking their fight all the way to the appeals court. They enlisted the onesided, often bias help of a national TV show, started websites in support of Hannah and attempted to discredit the prosecution.

I encourage you to take a moment and revisit the link above, to remind yourself of this case, if only to remember Andrew for a moment and share in the relief that on 10/29/09 the Thirteenth Court of Appeals upheld the guilty verdict in Case Number: 13-07-00735-CR HANNAH RUTH OVERTON vs THE STATE OF TEXAS with a 95 page brief, finding that there was sufficient evidence for the charge that Hannah Overton intentionally killed Andrew Burd.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year

Its been too long....

Friday, June 19, 2009

America's Most Wanted 6/20/09

This SATURDAY, June 20, 2009, AMERICA’S MOST WANTED will be airing the following cases.

Harlem, New York… CARLOS THOMPSON… New York cops say rapper Carlos Thompson handed a .38-caliber revolver to a 13-year-old boy and ordered him to murder another teen. Now, more than a year later, Thompson is in custody.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=55482


Stone Mountain, Georgia… DERRICK YANCEY… Newly-released surveillance video shows Derrick Yancey, a former sheriff's deputy accused of killing his wife and another man, in his first hours on the run. Investigators say Yancey is seen buying a Greyhound bus ticket to California, but his whereabouts are now unknown.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=64701

Whitewater, Wisconsin… RICKY HOWARD… Cops in Whitewater, Wisc. say Ricky Howard is a perpetual danger to society. Throughout his life, Howard's been in and out of jail, but cops say in December of 1999, he reached a new low when he violently raped a 12-year-old girl. Nearly ten years later, Howard is still on the run and police need your help to find him.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=63086

Garland, TexasCESAR OROZCOAuthorities are searching for Cesar Orozco, a man who they say shot and killed 26-year-old Joe Castillo last March. Police suspect that Orozco killed Castillo because he thought he was seeing his ex-wife.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=64745

Nationwide... JOHN PARIGIAN… After being convicted of wire fraud, cops say Boston con-man John Parigian rented a plane and vanished into thin air – literally. Now, police are piecing together his trail, and believe he could be hiding out in New York or Massachusetts.

Atlanta, GeorgiaVERNON COLEMANThe U.S. Marshals and the DEA have teamed up to bring down the Black Mafia Family, a major drug trafficking organization. They were successful in arresting all but one of the suspects, and the only straggler is Vernon Marcus Coleman, known as Big Wu on the streets.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=64850

Anchorage, Alaska… JOHN PEZZENTI KILLER…On December 3, 2007, detectives were called to a two-story shack in Anchorage, Alaska, where they found a body, soon identified as acclaimed wildlife photographer John Pezzenti, Jr. With no signs of forced entry or robbery, cops say John knew who pulled the trigger, and they hope that AMW viewers can help solve the murder.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=58981

Nationwide... PATRICIA PARDO… In 2000, cops say Patricia Pardo stole the identity of 17-year-old Joanna Saenz. Eight years later, Pardo was arrested but quickly disappeared after posting bond. Now, Joanna is determined to fight back and help police track down the woman they say changed her life forever. This Saturday, AMW will put Pardo on national TV in hopes of bringing her to justice.

Houston, Texas… TIMOTEO RIOS… In April of 2008, 39-year-old Tina Davila headed to a Cricket store in Houston, Texas to pay her cell phone bill. But before she got inside, cops say she was attacked in an attempted carjacking by Timoteo Rios. With her 4-month-old baby in the backseat, Tina fought back, but police say Rios stabbed Tina in the chest, killing her at the scene. Cops say Rios escaped in his own car, but that this was just the beginning of a crime spree that lasted all afternoon.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=56339

Washington, D.C…. TOP COPS 2009… Once a year, the bravest and most heroic police officers -- the nation’s TOP COPS -- are honored in a ceremony hosted by AMW Host John Walsh. This year’s TOP COPS AWARDS showcased some truly inspiring stories, with the night’s top honor going to a Georgia Police Officer who single handedly stopped an armed robbery and saved the life of a cashier who was taken hostage.