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, August 31, 2007

Edington James Murder Sentencing


At the start of the year, I mentioned Jonathon Edington, a 29 year old father and lawyer. Edington had been on vacation with his family, when he decided to return home a few days before them. Sometime after he arrived home, his wife called him from their place of vacation. What she said to him would change the lives of their family, and another family forever.

His wife suggested that she believed their neighbor Barry James, had been molesting their young daughter. According to police statements- the parents claimed that after he left, the little girl told her mother that James had visited her at "starry nights".

Edingtons reaction to this possible situation was a tragic one- he broke into his neighbors home, and stabbed James to death. He was quickly arrested and later charged with first-degree manslaughter.

James' family has long insisted that he did not molest the child, and that there were previous issues with the Edington family. Police concluded that there was no evidence to support the claims:

Fairfield police also investigated the molestation allegation and said they found no evidence to back it up. They said Edington's wife, Christina, refused to cooperate with the investigation into the slaying, and prosecutor Jonathan Benedict has said a defense psychiatrist determined Edington's wife suffered from postpartum depression.

But, despite the lack of evidence that Edington's claimed "motive" was even true, his lawyers plead in court that he wasn't really to blame.
Defense attorney Andrew Bowman said his client was not in his right mind when he attacked James.

"He is a good and decent man who suffered such a traumatic event in his life that he lost control," Bowman said.


Yeah, him killing someone was really traumatic for him. I'm sure that he's really going through the pain and torment that James' family has been put through.

Even the judge in this case seems to have a thing for feeling sorry for Edington:
"It's a Shakespearean tragedy brought into the real world," Judge Richard Comerford said at the sentencing. "Something was set into motion in this man's mind — real or perceived. It was very real to him."


What's freaking amazing is that even if James had molested the child- Edington had the legal understanding to know that KILLING him wasn't a legal reaction. He knew the law, and he opted to break it. Yes- I imagine he WOULD want to kill someone that he hurt his child- but he had no real proof that anyone had. And no legal right to do so even if he had.

So, the lawyer turned "crazed" father turned murderer was sentenced... something tells me that James family likely felt that justice wasn't all that it promised to be:
A lawyer who stabbed his neighbor to death because he thought the man had molested his 2-year-old daughter was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter.


Source:
FoxNews

Interesting.... (UPDATED)

(Scroll down for updates)
So much hype about Jack McClellan... it's hard to keep up with it all, but thankfully- I have a short cut- I just run by girlchat and see what all the pedophiles are complaining about and whining over. Today, there was a new (okay, ALMOST new) player in the game... although he's been a figure in the last few months of the "Jack Saga".

It's like a bad soap opera that the network just won't cancel.

Via GirlChat:


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To: GC - From: Anthony Zinnanti
Posted by BB on Friday, August 31 2007 at 01:04:33pm
Tony Zinnanti sent the follow to the moderators address. While we are normally not a messenger service, I feel that he brings up points that deserve to be posted and refuted here.

Also, this will be the last such posting on his behalf. I have suggested that he register a nick and post here directly since he seems to have so much to say to our community. He's responded that he will register later today.

This e-mail is posted with his consent.
Hiya -

How come no one over there ever asked to see the pleadings and orders in the Jack McClellan case? There's a lot of talk and zero questioning as to what really went on. Do you folks believe everything you see in the media? Did you know that I was just fucking with you when I said on CNN that we "thoroughly infiltrated" your blogs and chat rooms. I looked at GC once before saying that.

Let that be a lesson. I was seeing if you would react.

The other irony is that I never even requested that Jack be kept away from kids. It was mentioned in passing, but my proposed order stated that he should be restrained from going to events where the purpose of attendance was surreptitiously taking photos of minors and publishing such photos under the guise of pedophilia. Basically, it was a false light (defamation) and public disclosure of private facts (invasion of privacy) argument.

Also, I have to tell you that I'm disappointed. I corresponded with Lindsay Ashford. Further, I read a thread now and then (just to see if anyone's out to rape the kid - which was stated on another board). She understands the media game. So, she's not bugged by the personal slights, etc. It's the bug on the windshield.

Where the serious dialogue about pedophilia and trans-generational sexual contact? Here, for example, is an interesting and benchmark paper on the issue: http://www.ipce.info/ipceweb/Library/nelson.htm . There is a swath of social and cultural practices well outside of the very artifically imposed age of consent laws that are practiced throughout the world. Why does the board devolve into bitchy snipes rather than some serious conversation? And, this is the so called open minded crowd.

All I get are "statistically" this or "statistically" that.

[edit - paragraph removed]

What a fucken hoot. I caught so much shit from the soccer moms when I went to bat for Jack after the Steve Wilkos taping. They lynch a mentally ill guy on stage. What a horrible fucken thing to do with a human being. But, Jack doesn't help himself. He keeps blabbing to the media and finally implicates himself in this murder case. While a lot of his behavior can be explained by virtue of his mental illness, he is an enigma. He has moments of brilliance. He is tenacious. He is engaging and brutally honest and I think he found some form of society in this crowd. On the other hand, it appears that a lot of people here could give a fuck about Jack McClellan as he is the dance boy for the crowd.

Most people - here and in the general public - have no idea of what happened over the last month. It's very ironic that the very crowd that is so critical of mainstream media is so readily accepting of it as the gospel truth.

Start asking questions and stop giving speeches. Those with little more than bitchy snipes are . . . the bug on the windshield. You’re a snotty mess, but you'll never impact the landscape.

The GL crowd had a golden opportunity to present its point of view. People were listening. What happens? You attack a kid. What a cluster fuck.

Many of our laws are ridiculous. For example, in terms of art - what gets put into a photograph is illegal; but if it a rendition in paint, charcoal, pen, etc. it's okay. So, the media of expression protects the child? What kind of crap is that? Further, who is to judge what is art and whose art is worthwhile? No one. Accordingly, the benchmark for legality should be set at the place of harm to the child.

Further, many age of consent laws are a disaster waiting to happen (many of which have unfortunately occurred). While the age of consent is probably low for most to tolerate, the Canadian scheme of age of consent is more realistic than California's draconian age of 18 years. Ironically, in California, in a divorce case, a child can express their preference for which parent to live with if they are "of such age and maturity" to do so. "Such age and maturity" can be four, six, nine or 17. It depends on the kid. Conversely, an 18 year old having sex with a 17 year old subjects that 18 year old to potential serious criminal consequences.

By not engaging in the dialogue, you are solidifying the very antiquated, stodgy, unrealistic and cold Victorian ethic you seek to combat. There are tremendous cultural and legal questions that need to be addressed in this arena. Pedophilia has been a theme in civilization since there was civilization. Don't you think it warrants lucid dialogue?

Well, carry on. If there was some serious discussion going on, I would join the party. But, we'll have to see.

The mainstay of my practice is criminal defense. Try and imagine the issues and personalities I deal with on a daily basis. Bianca has been there for much of it. So, a little taste of the real world hardly hurts.

Okay - bitchy snipes or something of substance? Ball is in your court . . .

Anthony D. Zinnanti, Esq.
LAW OFFICES OF ANTHONY D. ZINNANTI
A Professional Law Corporation
23822 W. Valencia Blvd, Ste 210
Valencia, California 91355-5349
Telephone: 661.287.6100
Facsimile: 661.554.0197
E-Mail: adz@adzlaw.com


There you have it. Hopefully he will be on later today to respond to your criticisms (as I'm sure there are many). Note that I have removed only one paragraph from this e-mail and that's because it dove into personal aspects of Jack's life that he has not chosen to share publicly with this community.



-BB


I can't even start to respond to that.

So, moving on. Yesterday I was sicken to read a article by Judy McGuire of the Seattle Weekly. To be perfectly honest- someone should have found this woman MONTHS ago. She keeps a DateGirl column in the paper... although to be frank, I've only read two of her pieces, one yesterday and then another today.

from yesterday:

But about three years ago, I received a letter from a pedophile. This guy had written me many times before, mostly droning on about his hooker habit (he even had a Web site devoted to his hobby). His letters were super-creepy, and the intense, psychotic loathing he professed for the sex workers he regularly hired was so palpable, I wondered if he was a serial killer. But this particular letter was different. This time he told me he'd given up on banging pros and, instead, found himself increasingly drawn to little girls. Gulp.

He wrote, "I don't watch much adult TV anymore because I'm checking out the girls on Nick, Disney, etc. I don't consider myself a pedophile and believe that forcing my man-size penis into a girl-size vagina is an abusive and violent act. However, I see nothing wrong with loving, nurturing touch, like cuddling, kissing, massages, and stroking hair."


Yuck.

At the time, poor Judy didn't know who it was behind the signature "Uncircumcised"... other than someone who seemed to be annoyed that she failed to print previous letters he'd written her, and that he was clearly- sick. Now, years later- she is keenly aware of the fact that her letter writer was our "Pedophile Blogger" that's been in the news so very much.

Her piece yesterday mentioned that she finally did publish a letter from the anonymous writer... and I just couldn't help but try to find it.

Today, I did- I'll Be Taking a Bleach Shower Now, Thanks!.

Read the entire thing if you can take it, but here's a little preview of what he wrote:

I think I've always had this predilection but believe that my psychedelic drug use over the years has helped to liberate it from my subconscious.

Let's blame the drugs... it's always better to blame the drugs.
I'm afraid it might eventually progress beyond that—into Jacko-style sleepovers, showers, full-nude body contact, cunnilingus, etc.

So, even Jack has the same fears that the rest of us do- or at least at one time he did. Whether those fears have slipped away (I'm sure he'd blame drugs for that too) or they've become less of a fear, and more of a hope- we can't really tell. But, it does give us even more insight into the fact that Jack has long been sliding down a dangerous path... and at the end of it is an innocent child who will become his victim.

UPDATE:

On a "wow what a odd turn of events" update, I thought I would tell ya'll that Anthony Zinnanti has started posting at GirlChat. At this point, it seems his posts (not emails posted on there, but actual log in a post type stuff) is mostly focused on kissing ass. Here' a few of the finer comments he has made:

I completely agree that there is no harm from a pedophile admiring a child in a public venue. But, that's hardly what the case was/is about. The primary requested order of restraint was to restrain Jack from attending venues where the primary activity is children's services or entertainment where the attendance was for the purpose of surreptitiously taking photos of minors and publishing them under the guise of pedophilia. ENTIRE POST



Here's the unseen point - a lot of people were seriously angry with the authorities. This presented a dangerous situation. People here were talking about killing Jack. The issue with the authorities arises from an "us versus them" approach. The people here in Santa Clarita were very frustrated and the place - being the breeding factory that it is - has a jillion kids running around. So, when Jack stated that he would come back here, it created a real mob mentality.
[...]
I didn't harbor any ill feelings toward Jack until the UCLA incident. Even then, it was more of a nuisance than any kind of anger. However, when the possible - and I stress "possible" - connection to Adre'anna Jackson's murder was made, I went through the roof. It didn't look good for Jack because of all the things that were being said - by him. Post Here.


And:

I think this subject is tremendously important. To bury it would be wrong. I know that a lot of people that supported me through the Jack case will now reverse their position. Frankly, I really don't care. I'm not running for office, nor do I ever intend to.

This issue exists on a great spectrum of beliefs and cultural practices. It's unfortunate that even the prospect of dialogue give rise to a witch hunt. Here


His chosen nickname? media-gagged.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Truth About Jack

A few things to clear up this morning...

First, Jack McClellan is second guessing his leaving the beautiful child filled state of Cali:

Message from Jack McClellan
Posted by Jack McClellan on Monday, August 27 2007 at 06:34:59pm
I finally got my computer discs back from the UCLA Police Department today (they had all my e-mail and GC passwords on them), and am planning on leaving California within the next couple of days unless someone in the L.A. area helps me out with shelter and pro-bono legal representation. I tried to stand up to this absurd court order that I'm under as long as possible, but because I'm still living in my car, I feel that it is only a matter of time before I violate the order again no matter how hard I try to obey it.

The arrest and jail stay was the most horrific experience of my life, and my rights were violated numerous times in the process, including:

UCLA cops destroyed my cell phone -- apparently by slamming it into the pavement or frying the battery by connecting it to my car battery.

UCLA cops seized my computer discs and digital camera without adequate justification (now returned 2 weeks later after I took a TV crew to their headquarters to reclaim it).

I was forced to strip nude in the vicinity of female jail staff.

I was placed in a hard-core "segregation" unit with gang-bangers and murderers -- who threatened me with death and violence almost continually (they knew who I was the moment I was placed in my cell). We had our own cells and were locked down 24 hours a day, but I was still in constant fear that my cell door was going to be opened and some pedo-hater let in.

I was denied any phone calls to make bail or for any other purpose (one jail deputy said "Fuck your bail!").

One jail deputy punched me in the heart.

I was denied all requests for medication (I repeatedly asked for tranquilizers) and medical attention.

I was given about one-quarter of the normal dinner for two days.

They made a big production out of it when they released me, and said they were going to get me a cab from the L.A. jail to the Santa Monica area (where my car was towed), then changed their mind and just tossed me a couple of bus tokens and told me to leave (not surprisingly, there were some young toughs who immediately recognized me outside the perimiter of the jail property, and I probably would have been assaulted if a TV crew hadn't been there -- you can see that video on YouTube). Eventually some mental health workers from the LAPD showed up (the jail is run by LA County Sheriff deputies), and drove me out to my car.

I don't want to denigrate all the cops I came into contact with during this ordeal, because some of them treated me fair and straight -- but a considerable number didn't hide their hostility toward me, and were obviously determined to screw me any way they could.

I don't have the time to fool around with back-and-forth e-mail messages for days, so if anyone is serious about helping me stay in California, please call me immediately at my new cell phone number: 310-266-1452. For our mutual safety and piece of mind, we could meet up at a police station during normal business hours. If you must e-mail, it's probably not a good idea to contact me through my old Fastmail box because the cops got ahold of the password and may be monitoring it, so use my new gmail box: (jmcclellan2007@gmail.com)



And second, a lawyer has stepped up hoping to cash in on Jacks case by offering his services "Pro Bono":

Please Have Jack Contact Me
Posted by Rockhard on Tuesday, August 28 2007 at 04:50:32pm
In reply to Helping Jack McClellan posted by Howard Kline on Tuesday, August 28 2007 at 02:48:57pm
I'm an attorney and I want to take Jack's case Pro Bono. If anyone can contact him and have him e-mail me or call my office at (562) 945-0242.

Thanks,


The phone number given belongs to Richard Mario Procida. Now, he's an interesting guy. First, he's a lawyer. Second, he wrote a book!! Global Perspectives on Social Issues: Pornography. I've never read the book, but the reviews weren't so hot:
Written by an attorney in private practice and a professor of public affairs and law, the book is strongest in its legal analysis. In its efforts to analyze social behavior, the book's treatment is haphazard.


He tries really really hard to explain his interest in this case, via a post at girlchat.

I want to answer your questions as best I can. First, I am committed to Jack's cause, because I believe that those with a sexual preference toward children are unfairly villianized and are a part of a discrete and insular minority whose free speech rights need to be protected in order to protect the free speech rights of everyone.


Nice.

That's not the only thing of interest going on at girlchat over Jack:

Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 19:01:15 -0700
From: "Anthony D. Zinnanti"
To:
Subject: Please post the following message -

Please post the following message -

Please see to it that Jack gets this message. This is serious. It's not a hoax.

Tell Jack that I had a long conversation with [edit - see reply]. It was a good talk. I know the whole story now. Further, Dale vouches for your whereabouts December 2, 2005.

They want you to come home. So, they are hoping that you will point the car north and go. Things have mellowed out in the neighborhood. They get some reporters now and then, but the neighbors are on good terms.

Look - you can't go around saying a bunch of stuff that implicates you in things. Sooner or later it's going to catch up with you. Just remember that. Don't agitate the media any more. It's not helping you.

To validate that I really spoke with them, they wanted me to tell you that Kiwi misses working on the car with you.

Call [edit] and let him know what's going on and how you're doing.

Tony

Anthony D. Zinnanti, Esq.
LAW OFFICES OF ANTHONY D. ZINNANTI
A Professional Law Corporation
23822 W. Valencia Blvd, Ste 210
Valencia, California 91355-5349
Telephone: 661.287.6100
Facsimile: 661.554.0197
E-Mail: adz@adzlaw.com


Now, it seems that despite my great post about how Jack isn't likely to be a murderer... people just cant help themselves:
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Now he is being sought as a possible suspect in thr death of 10 year old Adreanna Jackson of Lakewood, Wa. where jack McClellan also happened to live at the time. Read the story below and the coincidences just pile up.


Buying into the bullshit. Sad.

Even worse is that the news media is just jumping on this completely insane theory:

At the end of the 45 minutes of incredible Law and Order-like radio, Rick tries to nail McClellan down. Rick invites McClellan to come to the radio station, along with Zinnanti, to sit and answer more legal questions regarding this murder.


Other than just referring you back to my post on why this nonsense isn't likely, let me say this, which I recently stated in an email:

That's not to say that he didn't get a high off of knowing about the case. I believe that Jack, used his participation in girlchat in order to sort of live vicariously off of the the stories of the other members, and the children they claim to have in their lives. He introduced his site to them, as a sort of exchange- it was something that he thought would make him equal to the others, despite not being able to claim a "little friend".

I just don't think killing a child would be in Jack's nature- his attraction to hookers was based on the fact that he believed that they wouldn't be judging him... his decline into pedophilia was based upon the same lines of thinking. His comments, this is a man that is looking for a long term victim to satisfy his desire to be accepted. He believes that if he could quickly befriend a child- then he could perhaps convince that child that he was worth loving, despite his inability to offer the child much. In fact- most of his reluctance for doing it the "old fashioned way" where he befriends parents of children is that he is keenly aware of his being on a lower mental and social scale- thus limiting the chance that he would find acceptable adults with children to interact with.

Personally, I'd say that if Jack did have any victims out there, it'd be the child of a poor single working and struggling mother, in need of a not so much a friend, but someone willing to watch her children.


And I have to provide the response to those comments, because I believe that everyone has the right to know what is going on here:

I agree with you. I don't see Jack actually doing a killing. But, I believe he could be indirectly involved. He's in that circle and I think he must know something. He's also great at playing people.


Interesting, as it was the very same day as the radio interview.

Look, Jack is creepy. His desires are unnatural. He sickens me, and most of the public. But... are we really willing to go down this road where we convince ourselves that he's the next Joseph Duncan, despite evidence that he's not- just to feel better about the fact that he disgusts us?


(Side note, I've had all this information for days, and have it documented to prove it. I didn't post it sooner- because I had hoped people were better than this. I'm saddened to see that they aren't.)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

TCB Carnival


This week, Bonnie of MyLifeOfCrime was kind enough to host the weekly Carnival of the True Crime Blogs. She's done a great job of rounding up this weeks best posts, so be sure to stop over and check out what was typed out in the crime blogs this week. For inclusion in future True Crime Carnivals, you can submit your posts on Blog Carnival.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Round Up


Brief round up of sex offenders in the news:

Collage tells sex offender to stay away:

A convicted sex offender accepted to the College of Staten Island was told to stay away from the school this week after administrators decided his presence on campus would be inappropriate.


And on the opposite side of the fence, it seems the Army opted to open it's arms to a convicted sex offender:

Sapp is a registered sex offender, put on probation after serving time for a 2005 incident involving a 15-year-old girl. But with barely enough time to change his mailing address, the Army decided to assume responsibility for Sapp's probation.

Assistant State Attorney Jonathan Sacks, who worked on Sapp's case, says he's surprised and troubled that the army has let Sapp back in. Sacks also says he has no idea how a registered sex offender is allowed to fight and be in active duty.


GPS proves how worthless it really is:

A 23-year-old convicted sex offender was sentenced to the maximum by an Orange County judge Tuesday for raping a 12-year-old girl while he was wearing a court-ordered GPS tracking monitor.


And, here's another GPS story... this time the offender was nice enough to warn people that wearing the bracelet wouldn't stop him from committing a crime... and then proved it:

In March, Michael Goins talked about his new GPS bracelet after he became the first sex offender to have one in Gaston County.

According to the Gaston Gazette, police arrested Goins on Saturday after he allegedly violated his probation by hanging out in the children's section at a Books-A-Million store.


And, then in the most shocking news this week... someone is actually starting to notice that sex offender treatment isn't everything that wimpy judges who give out light prison sentences and treatment, pretend it is.

Velez and Adhahn offer glimpses into the conflicted world of sex-offender therapy. Despite inconsistent research findings on the subject, sex-offender treatment is not only a fixture in criminal justice, but also a burgeoning field, with the number of certified therapists more than doubling statewide in the last 10 years.


It's this semi headline that gets me the most "Therapists often fooled" and leaves me wanting to respond with "No shit, Sherlock."

Beulah Baptist Church and Day Care Center

Philly, the city of brotherly love and evidently open forgiveness and unrelenting trust, is home to Beulah Baptist Church and Day Care Center, which has caused a stir among parents after hiring a new employee.

West Philadelphia neighbors who said they were disturbed that 41-year-old Lee Anderson was hired and want the man out contacted Harry Hairston and the NBC 10 Investigators.

While I believe that organizations have every right to hire whom ever they want... I do believe that they have a serious obligation to think long and hard about what sort of organization they are, and what sort of employee they are desiring to hire.

In this case, it turns out that the daycare center and Church opted to hire Anderson- despite his standing as a registered sexual offender. They then went beyond proving that their lights aren't working on the top floor by failing to information parents that their new employee had this criminal history:

Hairston made a phone call to the probation office, they said Anderson is not allowed to work around children, and Hairston shared that information with deacon Jenkins.

"Endangering the welfare of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, false imprisonment, corrupting a minor, statutory sexual assault, false imprisonment, indecent exposure," Hairston said.


Idiots. Stupid thoughtless idiots.

What's On AMW

This Saturday, September 1, 2007, AMERICA’S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK will be airing the following cases on your local Fox station. You can also visit their website, AMW.com for more information on these and other cases.


Goose Creek, South Carolina…DAN HIERS…Ever since he was profiled on AMW in March 2005, tips on the whereabouts of accused murderer and child molester Dan Hiers, have been pouring in. This ex-cop is on the U.S. Marshals' 15 Most Wanted List and is one of AMW's Dirty Dozen. Hiers is accused of murdering his wife, Ludimila, in March, 2005 and of molesting a young girl months earlier.


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma…KENNETH COFER…AMW tipsters have provided several clues that investigators followed up on, but nothing concrete has panned out in the search for Kenneth Cofer. Cofer is accused of killing Larry Buchanan in an argument over patriotism after the 9/11 attacks.



Metairie, Louisiana…EDMUNDO CERDA-ANIMA…A nationwide manhunt is underway for murder suspect Edmundo Cerda-Anima. Authorities in Louisiana say Cerda-Anima was in the area to make some money helping to fix the damage of Hurricane Katrina. But police say he's inflicted far more damage on the community than he'll ever be able to fix.



Queens, New York…MAXIE DACOSTA…A suspected killer is on the loose after wriggling out of handcuffs and jumping from the third story of a New York police precinct. An all-out manhunt is underway for Maxie Dacosta, a 27-year-old Queens man who is being questioned in connection with a murder back in July.



Phoenix, Arizona…William “Bubba” Ray Plemons…Police say William Plemons has a reputation as a real romantic, at least until you get to know him better. Plemons carried on a series of relationships from behind bars, but according to authorities, he was more interested in money than love. When one woman threatened to unravel his alleged scheme, police say Plemons turned from Casanova into killer.



Tustin, California…JUAN PALACIOS…It's hard to believe that anyone would kill over a dispute concerning sixty bucks, but Tustin, California police say that's exactly what Juan Palacios did on January 5, 2003. Witnesses to the argument say that Palacios actually got his money, but cops say it was his wounded pride that led him to kill his co-worker, Mario Santomaria.



Pleasanton, California…DANIEL ANDREAS SAN DIEGO…The FBI says Daniel San Diego is a cold-blooded terrorist, accused of savagely bombing the offices of medical researchers in California. His distinctive tattoos may be the clue that leads to his capture, and cops need your tips to bring him in before he detonates another one of his deadly weapons.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Jack, Just a Pedophile or a Murderer too?

(this is going to be very long... but don't speed read it)


Everyone knows Jack McClellan. He's the pedophile who has been all over the news, the web, and the gossip benches. We all know... Jack likes little girls- in a purely sexual manner. We also know that Jack likes drugs, and used to like hookers. We know that Jack doesn't work because he's depressed. We know he used to have websites telling pedophiles where to find little girls. We know he lived in Washington, and now resides in his car in California, and is considering yet another state move.

So, we know Jack, or so we think. I mean, how much can one really ever know about someone else? Jack says he has no victims... but we can't really know for sure. We must assume that there is that possibility that he is telling the truth, as hard as that might be.

Today, I received this:

This release regards the possible connection between self-described pedophile Jack McClellan and the death of 10 year old Adre'anna Jackson of Lakewood, Washington. Several news organizations have undertaken to report on this matter.

SUMMARY:

Self-described pedophile, Jack McClellan, cased and reported on the very intersection where 10 year old Adre'anna Jackson was last seen alive. Her badly decomposed remains were recovered four months later and her case remains unsolved.

==================================

Death investigation:

Adre'anna Jackson, a 10 year old fourth grader, was last seen on December 2, 2005 near the intersection of Portland Avenue SW and Orchard Street SW in Lakewood, Washington. Adre'anna's decomposed remains were discovered April 4, 2006 approximately two miles from the location of her disappearance.

A person of interest, Spencer Douglas Grant, a transient, was briefly held in connection with Adre'anna's death. However, police determined Grant could not have been reponsible for the crime as he was in custody at the time Adre'anna disappeared.

In a possibly related matter, Terapon Adhahn, a local handyman was charged with the rape and murder of 11 year old Zina Linnik of the Tacoma area. Zina disappeared in 2000. Adhahn led authorities to Zina's remains in exchange for withdrawal of the death penalty.

Both of Adre'anna's parents were given polygraphs and have apparently been excluded as suspects.

Despite police investigation into Grant, Adhahn and the parents, the circumstances of Adre'anna's death remain unsolved. The case is open.

==================================

McCLELLAN Connection:

Between January 2005 and September 2005, Jack McClellan published the "Seattle - Vancouver Street Prostitution Guide." This guide listed locations whereat it was possible to buy sex. Further, McClellan published information to assist in evading law enforcement when buying sex at the listed locations.

McClellan posted very detailed first-hand information including the color of undercover police vehicles, the laws and orders enforced by local authorities, the reports of prostitution and "john" arrests, observation of sting operations and the typical probationary terms of offenders. McClellan's blog entries go further in setting forth the dates and frequency with which prostitution arrests were reported.

The intersection where Adre'anna Jackson was last seen alive is one of the areas on which McClellan reported; specifically, the intersection of N Thorne Lane and Portland Avenue SW. (See http://web.archive.org/web/20050914224217/http://svstreetguide.org )

From Janaury to September 2005, McClellan's blog entry on Lakewood was considerably augmented to include reporting of several additional surrounding blocks and updating law enforcement activity in the area.

The location described by McClellan is approximately two blocks west of Tillicum Elementary School, the location to where Adre'anna was headed when she was last seen. McClellan's supplemental information over the several months suggests personal familiarity with the location. There is no question that McClellan was in the area of Tacoma at the time of Adre'anna's disappearance.

McClellan's last update of svstreetguide.org was approximately three months before Adre'anna's disappearance. At the bottom of McClellan's blog entry, he states that he is finished with prostitutes and has realized his affinity for pre-pubescent girls.


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Investigative considerations:

There was a new push to solve Adre'anna's case in March 2007. This push entailed the publishing of billboards in the Tacoma area. The billboards, conspicuously yellow and with Adre'anna's picture, bear the slogan, "Who killed me?"

It appears that the billboards went up between late March and mid-April 2007.

McClellan left the Tacoma area for Southern California approximately two to three weeks after.

Further, McClellan mentions Adre'anna's case on his blog "stegl.info." The link can be found by going to http://archive.org and putting stegl.info at the search bar. The link is the eighth link under the subheading "News" which was last updated by McClellan on March 20, 2007.

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Relevant statements by McClellan:

Inquiry into the matter should regard McClellan's statements to the press and on his blog, stegl.org (which was in addition to stegl.info). Specifically, as is now part of the court papers in support of the restraining order, McClellan blogged about visiting a food pantry as a place to get close to small children. His blog entry reads, "There might have been a single mom or two with kids as well, but they all arrived in cars, so I didn't have the 'need a ride?' offer to use, and the kids never separated from the parents (there weren't any playing in the park's playground on this cold day)."

It is also notable that McClellan stated on the John and Ken Show (KFI 640 AM) on August 10, 2007 at approximately 5:40pm that he would engage in illegal sexual activity with a minor child if he was 100% sure he wouldn't get caught. The archive of the interview can be found at http://kfi640.com at the "KFI On Demand" link near the bottom of the home page.

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There was a little more to it, but the relevant part is what I included. It came from a respectable source.

When I first read this, I quickly headed to do a news search on this. I wanted to see just what was being said out there. The single link I found pointed me to Crime Library. Where Tori Richards has "investigated" this new information. While her 'story' read well, there were a few finer points that stuck out... she never mentions the lead investigator on Adre'anna Jackson case- Sgt. Lawler. One would think that she would have spoken with him, perhaps verified that they had received the tip (or given the tip to him), or at least verified that they were indeed considering this a viable lead in the case and investigating it. The very wording of her title leads one to believe that police are indeed looking at Jack as a possible suspect. "Police Eye McClellan in Unsolved Washington Murder"

A few leading quotes from her story:

He has professed attraction to a child actress who looks similar to Jackson and left his home state of Washington after the start of a billboard campaign to find the killer.


Other than hair length and color, I personally see little resemblance between the two children. And almost everyone is aware of the simple fact that Jack left Washington due to the press coverage and being forced to leave his parents home.

McClellan's website had information on death of 10-year-old Adre'anna Jackson


The 'information' was a link to a news story, one of hundreds that Jack posted over a few years time.

McClellan's site had a section called "News and Analysis." On April 19 it was updated to include a link to Tacoma News Tribune story on the reward for Adre'anna's murder. A May 20 version of the site had a category named "News" and a link to the story he labeled "New push to solve 2005 murder of cute Lakewood 10 F."


And I've linked to thousands of stories, as has Crime Library (okay... so they haven't LINKED them, but I know of a few spots where they "lifted" from them).

What the 'story' fails to mention is what made this worth posting. Personally, I'm one for verifying things... like whether Jack is really being 'eyed' as they called it. So I called the investigating officer in the murder case. It might have saved a little bandwidth for CL if Tori Richards had done so before publishing this piece.

Sgt. Lawler, the lead investigator confirmed that they had received a tip siting all of this information. And, confirmed that the police would look into the tip just as any other tip they might receive. But, he also confirmed something else- that while Jack was admittedly in the area, there were no reasons to connect him to this crime. He offered the quote that he didn't believe there was a reasonable link between McClellan and Adre'anna Jackson's murder.

Richards also failed to offer another interesting point in her 'story'... that police have already presented a possible suspect to the public, and are actively investigating the connection. Some of you may recall that back in July, in Washington a young girl was kidnapped and murdered outside of her home. This is especially odd that she choose to leave this bit of information out- since it is well known by at least one person connected to this case.

The suspect, Terapon Adhahn was arrested and charged with the killing of 12-year-old Zina Linnik. On July 31, reports were released that included information from investigators with possible evidence linking Adhahn to Adre'anna Jackson:

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Detectives in Lakewood spent Tuesday digging through the backyard of a home where suspected child killer Terapon Adhahn used to live, and detectives say they unearthed evidence that could link Adhahn to the abduction and killing of 10-year-old Adre'anna Jackson.


So, why would Tori Richards, of Crime Library fail to provide this more reasonable theory for this murder... rather than just pointing to the barely news worthy 'tip' that police are looking into? It's no secret that police can receive thousands of false leads on a high profile case.... and they are still required to investigate any possible tips that come in, but it doesn't compute into meaning that they are "eyeing" every single person they hear about. They look for valid connections... and frankly- there are just not any in this case.

But the odd behavior of Crime Library doesn't end there, they have continued pounding the theory that Jack is responsible and being investigated by updating their page on Adre' anna Jackson's case:

UPDATE: Adre'anna's remains were discovered in an abandoned field in April of 2006. The police did find a homeless man that they took in for questioning in the case, but released him for lack of evidence. Currently, the police are looking at the possibility that Jack McClellan, a self-professed pedofile, may have been involved, though they have released no information to the public due to the on-going investigation.


Love the last line, especially since the words "I'm a blogger in Ohio" got me a quote down playing any real hopes of a connection between Jack and this case from the investigating officer.

It'd be hard for CL to deny knowing about the real suspect in the murder and kidnapping, as it was talked about on their forum, and even had links to the news stations that covered the ongoing investigation.

The likelihood that McClellan had any connection, that this is anything more than barely existent coincidences is almost laughable. Almost, because when you look at the effects this could have, at the willingness of a major crime media outlet to publish such nonsense in an attempt to create some hyped attention- it's sad and disturbing.

The simple fact is that, as much as we are sickened by Jack... it doesn't mean he is a killer. And, trying to spin that it does is nothing short of irresponsible and highly unethical.

It's one thing for people to question the possibility that Jack is connected to one crime or another... but printing it up and giving it hype just to gain a few clicks of the mouse is quite different.

Texas Murders...

Steve Huff, of Crimeblog.us has breaking news on a murder spree in Texas:

Authorities in Texas are seeking Paul G. Devoe, age 43. Devoe may have murdered 5 people since Friday, including 4 people in a suburban home in little Jonestown, TX.

Check out CrimeBlog.US for exclusive info on Devoe and at least three of his alleged victims -- background you won't find anywhere else on the Web or the airwaves, at the moment. A 15-year-old girl who may have been in the home in Jonestown was also among Devoe's MySpace friends.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Foot & Mouth

There are many things in this world that I will never, never be able to understand, or putting a reasonable spin on. The actions of Todd Wayne Hall seem to be in the list of "what the hell is wrong with you people?", and something I will never understand.

Todd Wayne Hall, 34, faces a felony second-degree battery charge, said Bentonville Det. Mark Jordan. Jordan said the boy was 5 when Hall bit his toes, causing holes to appear in his toenails.

Hall was being held in Benton County jail pending a hearing.

Jordan said he's never seen anything like this in his 13-year career. Police arrested Hall in 2000 for the same crime involving his 11-month-old daughter while they lived in Bentonville, Jordan said. Hall was convicted, but paperwork did not show if he served any jail time.


The fact that this isn't the first time he's done this is just disturbing.

Who is next?

First it was Washington. Then California. And now, we're sitting back waiting to see just which state Jack McClellan is going to begin haunting this time.

"I have to leave the state, really, I can't live here under this Orwellian protocol," he told KABC-TV. "It's nightmarish."


I'm sure the fact that he's decided to pick flight over fight makes California citizens feel much better, but it leaves a lingering question about whether or not they actually stopped Jack.... or just pushed him across the border. After all, he's said he is done with the websites, and said he is done stalking children.... but then he also said he'd never done anything illegal- and we all know that's not exactly the truth.

Personally, I just am holding out hoping that the lil perv doesn't end up in Ohio.

About time...

Despite the fact that he will receive a few dozen years worth of appeals, and likely sit on death row for longer then Jessica was alive- John Couey was sentenced to death for the 9 year old girls kidnapping, rape and murder.

Mark Lunsford, Jessica's father, cried off and on when taking questions from reporters after the hearing.

“I’m grateful that the outcome was what it was,” Lunsford said, wearing a tie with Jessica's photo on it. “No matter what, it’s not bringing my daughter back.”
Related

Lunsford has led a national crusade for harsher sentences for child murderers.

“Justice was served for this little girl, but what about the rest of them?” Lunsford asked, pleading for state laws to change for harsher sentences for child sex offenders.


Read full coverage via FoxNews...

Seeing Sex Offenders

Butch from 123beta has pointed out a post from TechCrunch linking a valuable service from Vision 20/20.

Techcrunch says:

It does seem like a rather logical use for a maps mashup, and it functions well. According to Vision 20/20’s publicity there is 650,000 registered sex offenders in the United States, now everyone can find out where they live.


(<--- look at all the Lima Pervs) The feature, available here, is not only impressive to me as a "wanna be informed" concerned parents, but the tech loving side of me is quite impressed with it also- this is better laid out than the Sex Registry site ran by the Gov.

New crime blog

Almost everyone knows what Craigs List is- but for those that don't, it was one mans answer to putting classified ads online. While the idea is appealing- and was ahead of it's time by years and years... it's also been a bit of a problem as people began using the free service as a way to participate in criminal activity. Drugs, theft, prosecution... they are all weekly activities going on thanks to the user submitted ads.

Of course, I wouldn't be mentioning Craigs List if I didn't have a good reason to- and thankfully Trench of CrimeNews has given me just that reason. In a spin off of his ever popular MyCrimeSpace blog, Trench has started CraigsCrimeList, a collection of the crimes related to Craigslist users.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

10 Witnesses, 90 Minutes

Video camera's caught 10 people either peeking out their windows/doors or in the worst case- walking right past the man and woman. Not one offered help. Not one attempted to step in. Instead, the 10 people listened to the woman's screams, watched as she was beaten and sexually assaulted... and then went on with their lives- without giving the woman a second thought.

FoxNews A security video from an apartment hallway shows at least 10 witnesses ignored a woman's cries for help for more than an hour as a man beat and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors in Minnesota said.

The surveillance video clearly showed men and women looking out their apartment doors or starting to walk down the hallway before retreating as the woman was assaulted for nearly 90 minutes, police spokesman Tom Walsh said.

Police said they responded to a call of drunken behavior and found Somali immigrant Rage Ibrahim, 25, and a woman lying unconscious in the hallway early Tuesday. The woman's clothing had been pulled up and she had fresh scratches on her face and blood on her thigh, according to the criminal complaint.


Sometimes, I'm left wondering just what the hell is wrong with people.

Kevin Clewer


On March 24, 2004 Kevin Clewer of Chicago, was stabbed 42 times in his own apartment by his unknown killer. There is no suspect, and no motive.

His family is hoping that you might have some answers as to why this happened, and who could have done it. They've set up a website, with links to news coverage of his case and a stretch of the last known person to be seen with him. Please take a few moments to click over and check it out. WWW.4CHICAGOKEV.COM

The Weather...

This was 1913 in Lima, during another flood. I wasn't around then.

There was some flooding the other night. We escaped most of it, except for a little water in the basement, and a few days of marsh-like yards. We were a lot luckier than Findlay Ohio.

I'm just hoping that we're as lucky this time around... since it seems the rain and flash flooding is coming AGAIN.

Forecast for Allen Show | Hide
Updated: 10:43 PM EDT on August 23, 2007
Flash Flood Watch in effect from 2 am EDT Friday through late Friday night...
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Rest of Tonight
Partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

TCB Carnival Time


This week, Trench has kindly buried himself in crime stories just to host our weekly True Crime Carnival.

For inclusion in future TCB carnivals, please feel free to submit your crime related post via Blog Carnival.

Today, In Sex Offender News

As shocking as it may be (and I say that with complete sarcasm)it seems that a ever growing number of sex offenders are making headlines across the US lately. Rather than break them down and write about them case by case, I've opted to be lazy tonight and just offer you a quick list to browse through:

Gregory Turner, 44, has been arrested after a six year old girl told her father that the registered sexual offender "kissed her genital area". He was released from the Oxford County Jail after posting $50,000 bail.

Larry David Lee Jr., 33 is headed back to court (and hopefully prison for a very long time) after charged with first degree rape, lewd molestation, and forcible oral sodomy in regards to his assault against a seven year old girl. He had previously been convicted of second degree rape on March 22, 2000 he received 3 years suspended with 3 months in jail.

Patrick Leno has been charged with felony gross sexual imposition after allegedly assaulting a 3 year old girl. He has a previous 2002 conviction for indecent exposure for exposing himself to a 4-year-old girl while working at a McDonald's. He was out on bond during the most recent incident, a ($5,000 bond in the case) which involves a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old ans child sexual abuse.

Oscar Rivera, 30, is being held on $250,000 bond after allegedly breaking into a house and sexually assaulting a teenage girl at knife point. He's charged with aggravated first-degree sexual assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree unlawful restraint, risk of injury to children and threatening. His previous crimes include second-degree burglary and fourth-degree sexual assault. He served TWO whopping years.

Michael Gordon, 23 has been charged with charged with felony sexual assault and corruption or solicitation of minors, and misdemeanor failure to register as a sex offender. He also has a criminal history with sexual offenses.

Of course, I suppose it could be worse. Our prison system could have given these monsters Viagra, like the system in the UK did for Francis Evrard, 61:

The case of Francis Evrard, 61, who was arrested last week after kidnapping a five-year-old boy, stirred outrage because of the circumstances of his release from prison last month after serving 18 years for child rape.

Among these were that Evrard was given Viagra, the anti-impotence drug, by two doctors shortly before he left the prison in the Normandy city of Caen. He had also collected paedophile pictures and talked to prison officers in crude language about his continuing attraction to children just before his release, Le Figaro reported.


Hat tip to Lisa on that last one.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Coming Up On AMW



This week, America's Most Wanted will be covering the following cases:

Tempe, Arizona…PAUL EISCHEID UPDATE…The ATF and police in Tempe, Arizona have charged outlaw biker Paul Eischeid with an act of savagery in the desert. Now, they need your help to get their hands on him.



Deer Park, New York; Cranston, Rhode Island; and Chicopee, Massachusetts…UNKNOWN EAST COAST BANDITS…First, it was a bank in Chicopee, Massachusetts; then, Cranston, Rhode Island. Now, the FBI says the same group of thugs has robbed a bank on New York's Long Island. Investigators say these guys are dangerous -- and they're wielding some big weapons.



Sturgis, South Dakota…OPERATION FALCON 2007…AMERICA’S MOST WANTED teams up with the U.S. Marshals Tasks Force for Operation FALCON; a nationwide fugitive apprehension operation. Over the course of its history, Operation FALCON has captured more than 30,000 fugitives during three total weeks. This year, John Walsh rides along with South Dakota police as they wage war against outlaw motorcycle gangs.


Raleigh, North Carolina; Guilderland, New York; Boston, Massachusetts…CARL DINATALE CAPTURE…Police say Carl Dinatale isn't the most creative felon who has allegedly robbed dozens of jewelry stores all along the East Coast. But, thanks to great police work and some help from AMW, the crooked thief is behind bars.


Tulsa, Oklahoma…VINCENT LEDOUX CAPTURE…For ten years, Vincent Ledoux was able to hide out and make a new life for himself. But thanks to an AMW viewer, the accused sexual predator is in custody, and AMW was there for the takedown.



Portales, New Mexico…RAYMOND GATES CAPTURE…With the help of an AMW tipster, Raymond Gates is finally in police custody. New Mexico cops collaborated with the U.S. Marshals in Texas to take down the wanted sex offender on June 26, 2007, making him direct capture #950.



Miami Beach, Florida…JOSE PEREZ…Ingrid Perez has a powerful story to tell. She longs to bring to justice the man who she says took her innocence away and the man cops say sexually assaulted her.



Raleigh, North Carolina…UNKNOWN JENNA NIELSEN KILLER UPDATE…Raleigh police are still on the hunt for the murderer of Jenna Nielsen, an 8-months-pregnant mother of two. An autopsy report has confirmed that Jenna had a deep, single stab wound to her neck which ruptured her jugular artery. The report also states that she was found partially undressed, but police say a rape kit showed no other signs of sexual assault.



Milwaukee, Wisconsin…ARTHUR LOPEZ…U.S. Marshals in Milwaukee hadn't heard from Arthur Lopez since they say he went on the run to dodge murder and cocaine charges in 2001. That is, until he was profiled on AMW -- then cops say he decided he would call to taunt the investigators searching for him.



Fairborn, Ohio…CHI DU…When a jealous ex spotted his former girlfriend with another man, he decided that if he couldn't have her, then no one would. Police say a brutal attack soon followed, and Chi Du left two stunned victims behind.


Easton, Pennsylvania…STANLEY OBAS…Cops in Pennsylvania are trying to track down a man accused of torturing and murdering a 13-year-old girl, then burying her body in a cemetery.

You can catch AMW at 9pm on your local Fox station, on Saturday Nights. You can also visit their website, for more information on these cases, and others.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

New blog

Stephen from CrimeSceneBlog had recently highlighted a new blog, and I'd popped over to see it. I've added the link in my recommended blogs, but I thought that a proper introduction was warranted in this case.

It should come as no shock to anyone that if you are a blond woman 18-30 years old, and you come up missing... you have a good shot of making it to national news level, and a extremely better shot in making it compared to anyone else who might be missing. The Nancy Grace's of major media news outlets eat up missing white girl stories... which is great. If your missing loved one happens to fit into that category. If your loved one isn't... well don't expect (Insert any major media news program here) to be offering much help.

While there is little we can do, other than complain, about the major networks- we can take steps to ensure that we aren't personally as one sided as them. One blogger has decided that for her, the time was right to step forward and start highlighting some of the missing persons cases that we otherwise might not hear about.

Black and Missing, is exactly what you would expect to find- a blog dedicated to those that are missing and black. Personally, I think it was about time someone picked up this area of crime blogging- because it really does seem to need the attention. And perhaps, at some point- the other forms of media will see the need to cover these stories too.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hostile Takeover

*Warning Personal Blog, Not Criminal*

I tend to like to dabble in things- to learn about as many subjects as possible. I've always been this way, and for the life of me... I've never figured out how to put very much of my dabbling to work for me. I just really like learning about stuff. But, it's all useless knowledge. Until now.

I was playing with the kids, who all have (thanks to Cartoon Network) imaginary friends. Their friends were doing their thing- working, cleaning the imaginary house, walking the imaginary pets- when I was informed that one friend of my oldest had opened a store. This new development annoyed my youngest, who promptly decided that his friend wanted a job there. Only friend #1 didn't want friend #2 employed there. At a time like this, there is really nothing that friend #2 could do, despite really wanting a job there.

I felt bad for friend #2, and my youngest who was clearly heartbroken. And, trying to be fair I issued a "Corporate Warning" to the oldest kid and friend #1- that if they made people mad, they could later face a hostile takeover.

Seeing how none of my children are business majors, the idea of a hostile takeover was new to them, so I had to explain it (hence, the new way to use my vast supply of useless to me knowledge).

As of today, friend #2, under the care of the youngest kid, has managed to acquire almost all of the business related real estate within the bonds of the imaginary world my kids have designed- pet shops, cafes, malls, hotels, toy stores, and the grocery- via his new favorite weapon- hostile takeover.

I've been formally served with a "don't give him any more ideas" order from the remaining kids, and their imaginary friends. I suppose now I'll have to explain how to stop him, via use of a poison pill.

And she lit it on fire....

Christina White had a 6 month old son. Last month, she had wrapped him up in his blanket, and then at some point, for a reason I can not even begin to imagine- she lit the blanket on fire, burning the child.

The baby died from his burns two weeks later in a hospital.

White is due in court Sept 18th, on 1st degree murder charges.

What's in your pocket?

73-year-old James Rivers might have really wanted to catch the local high school football game. That really could be the reason he was caught there, but it wouldn't really help explain the knife that LE says he had in his possession at the game. And, it really really doesn't explain the used and unused condoms that he had stuffed in his pockets when police arrested him for carrying the knife.

Of course, this story may not be as interesting if we leave out the part where Rivers is a convicted sexual offender- having served time for first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping back from a conviction in 1978, and another conviction in 2000 for failing to abide by the the state sex offender registry law.

One has to wonder what a sex offender with a history of kidnapping and sexual assault is doing at a high school game, carrying used condoms and a knife. Add to it what deputies later found in his car, and I'm raising an eye brow...

Deputies also searched Rivers' car and found a large amount of candy, several hand-rolled cigarettes, a Nerf football and a Polaroid camera.


A knife, condoms, candy, a football and a camera.... and a sex offender. Great.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Hearing Postponed

Raye Dawn Smith's sentencing hearing has been postponed until Sept 11th at 10 am, at the request of her new lawyer, former Timothy McVeigh attorney Stephen Jones of Enid. Raye Dawn was convicted of enabling child abuse in the death of Kelsey Briggs.

Also of importance, I've been informed that Lance Briggs will be on FoxNews (national news, not local) tomorrow at 4:30pm to give an interview on the case.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hey Susan, it' called RAPE

Just a side note before I get into this case...

A sexual interaction between a man and a child under 12 is not just "sex", it's rape. The child can not consent, and therefore the man has no legal right to engage in the activity- thus making it RAPE. It bugs the hell out of me when a reporter belittles the crime by merely referring to it as "sex".


Now, onto the case:

A man facing up to life in prison for allegedly having sex with a child under 12 posted a $300,000 bond and left jail earlier this year.


(wonderfully worded story by By Susan Spencer-Wendel, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer)


Domingo Ortiz, 44, alleged child rapist, showed up to appointments with his bondsman, and his lawyer. But, then decided to skip out on the most important appointment- his court date.

Go figure.


His bondswoman, Alma Mariles, said Wednesday she hasn't heard of a person jumping a bond so steep. Ortiz had always reported regularly and gave no indication he might disappear, she said.

The firm Mariles works for, Gun Club Bail Bonds, would end up owing the money to the court if Ortiz is not found. Therefore, she's offering a $10,000 reward for information.

"He needs to come back and face what he did," Mariles said.

According to court records, Ortiz posted two homes he owned as collateral for the high bond.

Detective Allyson Farrington of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, who investigated the case, said she was surprised when Ortiz got a bond at all. "The scary thing is he already harmed one person. If he is out-and-about that could very easily happen again."


Um... if he's out and about? Seriously? Because he's been "out and about" the entire time he's been released on bail. How stupid are these people? They think he's only a danger now that he failed to show up to court, but he wasn't a risk before the court date? Was that some sort of magical date , was he under some special spell that he was only a danger if he failed to show up to court???

Listen, this is really really simple- as long as they are OUT of jail, whether it's because they are out on bond, out on probation, out on parole, or just "out" period... these people are a danger. If you want to limit the danger they pose... KEEP them in jail.

TCB Carnival

Once again it's time for the weekly Carnival of the true crime blogs, and it appears that I am the lucky host. So, let's get started:
Trench of CrimeNews has an interesting update on the trial of killer accused killer Richard Henderson Jr, who is charged with murdering his family, from court testimony to some great commentary:

Let me stop Dr. Chalupa right there for a second. Since Henderson's cuts were superficial it sounds like to me he was just an attention whore. Real cutters hide their cuts. And the group suicide plot was more than that, it was also a plan to attack a high school. Which is how I got interested in this case. But let's get back to Dr. Chpotle...


Bonnie, of My Life of Crime has an update on the Melissa Shook murder:

Unfortunately, I was not surprised to see this turn of events. It seems like lately every time a woman goes missing (and many times she is pregnant, althought not in this case), it turns out to be her


HSH of HomeSweetHome has been following the case of Martin Fitzgerald, who is wanted by police:

On Saturday about 1:10 am, a woman jumped out of a window of an apartment. I have seen her age listed variously as 19 and 24. She was on fire. Inside the burned apartment, firefighters found the body of Deshon Tucker, 40. Ms. Tucker had been the girlfriend of Martin Fitzgerald.

Police have said that Fitzgerald allegedly walked into the apartment on Sat. and poured gasoline on Ms. Tucker and lit it. The neice caught on fire and jumped from a window. He allegedly bolted the door as he left. Ms. Tucker died, her niece was burned over 70% of her body.


Laura James of CLEWS does an interview with True Crime Author Morley Swingle

Add the fact that said author is steeped in the true crime genre, and the book, unseen, earns my utmost approbation. I must insist that my Clewsians purchase a copy; we can jointly fund his retirement so he can permanently take up the pen.


MCA of When A Child Goes Missing looks at the case of missing Madeleine McCann:

There are many theories, rumors and allegations of the possible involvement of missing Madeleine McCann’s parents in her disappearance. Since the parents are waging such a public campaign, surrounded by professional’s, why would they make these type statements?


Mark Gribben highlights the interesting historical case of the 1938 execution of Anna Marie Hahn,

“Don’t do this to me,” she cried after a matron and three guards carried her to the electric chair. Anna managed to walk into the death chamber in the old Columbus prison, but collapsed in a heap when she saw the chair where she would die.
“Ow! Please don’t,” she said as they tightened the straps. “Think of my boy! Can’t you help me? Won’t anyone help me?”
The first woman to die in Ohio’s electric chair, Anna was the second woman to be executed in Ohio (the first was in 1840). She was executed for the murder of 73-year-old Jacob Wagner of Cincinnati in 1937 and was suspected in several other poisoning deaths.


Parents Behaving Badly brings us Donielle M. Maki:

In West Bend, Wisconsin, Donielle M. Maki, 23, and her friend bought 10 LSD-laced SweeTarts. Maki went home, and passed out on the couch after putting her two-year-old daughter to bed. When she woke up the next morning, her daughter was sitting with one of the drug-laced candies in her hand.


MyCrimeSpace looks at Walmart's mother of the year, Tina Lynn Tatum.

She’s the trailer-trash mom accused of beating her son bloody in an Arizona Wal-Mart. It’s not her first run-in with child abuse charges either.


CrimeBlog.us is working on the Criste Reimer case:

In 1998 a woman felt moved to write a message in an online guestbook. The guestbook was attached to a site telling the story of a man who lost his wife after a struggle with heart problems.


The guys at CrimeRant have answers from Dr. Joyce Brothers:

Here are the answers to the Dr. Joyce Brothers criminal test from the other day.



Missing and Murdered children is discussing the odd case of Joseph Burgess, a young boy that recently went missing.

At this point according to the news account Joseph was attending the Cowley County Fair in the Winfield, Kansas Fairgrounds with his mother, Lorna Burgess. Joseph asked his mother at about 9:20 p.m. if he could go on one of the rides at the fair and his mother gave him permission. According to Lorna Burgess her son never returned to her.


Crime, Interrupted has been posting on the Taegen McKinney case:

Taegen McKinney was just 17 months old when her babysitter's boyfriend allegedly murdered her. Her brief time on Earth has touched the hearts of many.

John R. Myers, II

John Myers and his family have fought for years to prove that he was wrongly charged with the murder of a 19 year old woman in 2000. They kindly ask that you visit their site for case history and details of why they have fought so hard all these years.

http://www.justiceforjohnsite.com/


Brief history by Indiana Daily, which also has documented the case from the start:

The Behrman case started six years ago, when 19-year-old IU sophomore
Jill Behrman went on a morning bicycle ride in the Bloomington countryside and never
returned home. Her disappearance made national headlines, igniting the concern
of the town and the university and
raising serious questions about safety.

In March 2003, hunters in rural Morgan County stumbled upon Behrman’s
remains and a grand jury was convened to look into her death. Though information
the grand jury procured during the last three years, they were able to indict
Myers – who pleaded not guilty – in April 2006.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Chicago Sexual Assault Suspect

Belmont Area Detective Division of the Chicago police have released information regarding the suspect in a series of sexual assaults against women in the North Side. Police have described the suspect as being a white Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, 5' 6" to 5' 9" and weighing 170 to 200 pounds with short dark hair combed back, a medium complexion and no facial hair.

In each of the incidents, the suspect has approached a lone female from behind, knocked her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault them before fleeing on foot.

Most of the attacks have occurred during the early morning hours from 2-3:30 a.m., but on Saturday, Aug. 11, a woman was knocked to the ground about 11:30 p.m. as she walked in the 700 block of West Fullerton, the alert said.


Anyone with information is asked to call the Belmont Area Homicide, Sex, Gang Crimes Unit at (312) 744-8261.

{CBS Chicago}

Past Coverage:

For Joan, and all the others

Joan Green was a friendly woman, a mother of six and a Sunday school teacher. She lived in the house where she'd raised her children, the one her and her husband had spent decades in, in Bellefontaine Ohio. She was preparing for what would have been one of the most cherished events of the year- a Christmas with her family. Her family believed that she was safe in her home, and there was never any sign that they should have been concerned.

On December 23, 2006, in a home a few doors down from Joan's, a teenager was reaching his breaking point. Christopher Tindall had been assigned to live in the home- a group home for troubled boys ran by Rick and Mary Burgbacher and overseen by the Logan County Residential Home Board, better known as Logan County Commissioners John Bayliss, Jack Reser and David Knight (by state law commissioners are required to oversee such homes- after being convicted of sexually assaulting a female student at a school he'd previously attended.

The entire story of what happened that night, along with the criminal case that followed, can be found in my archives labeled Christopher Tindall, but to make it short- Tindall walked away from the home, and went on a crime spree that ended with the rape and murder of Joan.

Now, Tindall is serving a 30 years to life sentence for his actions that night... but as of yet- no one else has been held accountable for their failures which lead up to that horrible night. Despite the fact that the residential home he lived in was reported as having 43 violations uncovered in an inspection by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services which issued the group home license, no one has been sited for their part in those violations.

Hopefully, that will be soon changing:

Survivors of Joan Green are seeking $5 million in damages in federal civil rights lawsuit filed thsi week, claiming Logan County officials were negligent when they placed a convicted juvenile rapist in a residential group home.

Named in the lawsuit were Logan County Family Court Judge Michael E. Brady; family court employee Robert E. Beightler Jr.; and Logan County Commissioners John Bayliss, Jack Reser and David Knight.

[...]

In the lawsuit filed in the Columbus location of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Green family questions Judge Brady's role as administrator for the group home and Mr. Beightler's lack of training and supervisory skills.

The commissioners failed Mrs. Green by not meeting and acting as the Logan County Residential Home Board as prescribed by state statute.

Mrs. Green's Fourth and 14th Amendment rights were violated by the county's negligence because they knew Mr. Tindall was a violent offender who continued to be at "high risk" to reoffend, the lawsuit says.

"By the widespread practice so permanent and well-settled as to constitute custom and usage, the policies and actions by (Judge Brady and the commissioners), were deliberately indifferent in training, supervising, disciplining the operations of the group home and/or failed to adopt policies necessary to prevent constitutional violations all of which created a specific danger to Joan M. Green," the lawsuit says.


As always, I send my prayers and thoughts to Joan's family- who have managed to show remarkable strength in dealing with this painful experience, and I sincerely hope that those who could have prevented this are held responsible. Not just for Joan and her family, but for those that could one day be standing in the same situation due to the lack of action by these people.

{More information atBellefontaine Examiner}

Dead Men Talking...

I'm pleased to be able to share another highlight from an upcoming MSNBC program with you.

MSNBC announced that it will premiere a new three part crime series called "Dead Men Talking" on August 21st at 11pm ET.

MSNBC joins a team of Louisville, Kentucky investigators and medical examiners as they use forensics to uncover the truth behind several crime and death scenes in "Dead Men Talking." Following and expanding on the August 20th "Dateline" broadcast on this team of medical examiners, the three-part series takes viewers inside this rarely reported-on part of the criminal justice system. The MSNBC series will air on consecutive Tuesday evenings at 11 p.m. ET/PT beginning August 21st and is narrated by NBC News' Victoria Corderi.