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, February 29, 2008

America' Most Wanted 3/1/08

Brianna Denison Killer: Reno, Nev. cops announced that a pair of thong underwear found near Brianna Denison's body contains both the DNA of an unknown female and that of the serial rapist who kidnapped and raped -- and may have murdered -- the 19-year-old college student. Police do not believe that the black, "Pink Panther" thong belonged to Denison and are hoping that someone will come forward to claim the underwear.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=53281

Ahmet Gashi: Kemal Kolenovic was a New York welterweight champion who took one hit from which he'd never recover on New Years Eve 2006. Cops say a vicious foe, Ahmet Gashi, came at Kemal with some heavy armor, and he's been on the run ever since.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=45323

Unknown New Mexico “Boots” Jane Doe Killer: It was one of New Mexico's most mysterious unsolved Jane Doe cases: a pair of hikers found a murder victim, buried in a shallow grave in the unforgiving desert. But when AMW brought you the story two weeks ago, a tipster called our hotline and helped cops crack the case. The "Boots" Jane Doe now has a name: Sandra Jean Brady.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=52074

Thomas Gleason: BMX Racing and teenage boys are not a good combination for Tom Gleason: after years of coaching kids in the extreme sport, police say he went too far and victimized several members of his team. Now, he's racing to stay away from the cops and families aching for justice who want him caught.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51044

Pamela Biggers: Police have very few clues in the search for 52-year-old Pamela Biggers who went missing while on a business trip in Panama City, Fla. on January 28, 2008. The Bay County Sheriff's Office says Pam was last seen at 7 p.m. the night before at the La Quinta Inn, but the next morning, she was gone.

http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/brief.cfm?id=52948

Nai Yin Xue: FIRST ON AMW.com: It's been more than five months since the international manhunt for self-proclaimed martial arts master Nai Yin Xue began. Now, police say the search is over after Xue was captured in Chamblee, Ga. after Chinese-American locals recognized him and hogtied him until authorities arrived. Authorities say Xue killed his wife and abandoned his young daughter in a train station.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=49159

AMW All Star Week One Winner: A Christiansburg, Va. police officer who was one of the first to respond to the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University and is credited with saving the life of a gravely-injured student has become the first weekly finalist in the 2008 America's Most Wanted All-Star Contest, sponsored by Sprint.

http://www.amw.com/features/feature_story_detail.cfm?id=2573

Thursday, February 28, 2008

We're not blaming this on Devil-Worshipping, are we?

A word, I need a word here.. and I can't for the life of me think of it. It's a mix of insanity, stupidity, ignorance, and just is leaving me annoyed beyond belief.

This is the headline:
Devil-Worshipping Rapist Attacks Fiancée During Prison Leave
And this, this is the piece of insanity that I just can't quite accept:

The woman told a jury that the relationship took a turn for the worse when the convicted criminal "started saying 'there's no such thing as God,' and then started praying to Satan."

I agree, in MOST relationships, that might be the point were the relationship turned bad... but I'm doubting that it's the case in this one. In fact- I'm going to go out on a limb and tell you the very point in this 'relationship' that I believe it 'took a turn for the worst'.

In my humble judgement- it would be the very moment that this woman decided that rapist in prison made good boyfriends. I know.. strong words there- but just look at how the story starts out:
A British woman who regularly visits prison inmates fell in love with one, and it almost got her killed, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports. The West Yorkshire woman, whose identity was not released, fell for a convicted rapist serving a life sentence and would visit him for several hours every few weeks.

Do you see just how many red flags there are in that short little paragraph? Cause from where I sit- I can see the flags, which are being hit with a flashing neon spotlight the size of Texas.
Of course, it gets worse... after falling in love with the prison inmate who was serving a life sentence for rape... she allowed him into her home to visit, and then allowed him to stay weekends... and what? Thought that suddenly this convicted creep would be 'fixed' and able to maintain a normal relationship? Am I getting Punk'd here??
After the prisoner was released on parole to a hostel, he began spending weekends at her home and they eventually became engaged, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

"For the first six months things went very well," the woman told a jury, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports. "He was very kind and very caring; I always found him to be like that when he was in prison."

Honestly, I don't think I can take this sort of insanity a moment longer.
She went on to say that her fiancé would go "absolutely crazy," insisting that they were not having intercourse often enough. When she tried to end the relationship the man allegedly attacked her with a carving knife at her home, holding it to her throat, saying, "Well, this might make you change your mind," the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Sorry, that wasn't the devil worshipping- that was the fact that he just another sexual deviant running around free. Attacking people is sort of their 'thing'.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

America's Most Wanted All-Star

Virginia Police Officer is First 2008 AMW All-Star Finalist

Credited With Saving Life At Virginia Tech Massacre

February 25, 2008 - A Christiansburg, Virginia police officer who was one of the first to respond to the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University and is credited with saving the life of a gravely-injured student has become the first weekly finalist in the 2008 America’s Most Wanted All-Star Contest, sponsored by Sprint.

The tragedy at Virginia Tech claimed 32 lives. When Officer Gary Fields arrived on the campus on April 16th, 2007, he was met with a horrible scene: dozens of students dead and injured. But one girl caught his eye when he noticed her blinking. She'd been shot three times and was playing dead to protect herself. Officer Fields realized this, and immediately helped the seriously-injured student. He's credited with saving her life. Officer Fields received a commendation for his bravery that day, and was named 2007's Officer of the Year. Officer Fields continues to serve his community fighting crime, despite recently being diagnosed with cancer.

Officer Fields is the first of eight weekly finalists to be chosen by the public in the AMW All-Star Contest. Any first responder, such as police, firefighter or EMT, is eligible for the contest, and any member of the public can nominate and vote for their favorite first responder online at AMW.com. The nomination process is simple; all people have to do is fill out a short online form naming their favorite first responder and explaining what makes them an All-Star.

Each weekly finalist will be profiled on America’s Most Wanted (Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT on FOX). Then, through its online votes, the public will choose the grand prize winner. AMW Host John Walsh will present the 2008 AMW All-Star winner with a check for $10,000 at the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series™ All-Star Challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Nominations are open at AMW.com until April 1, 2008. Members of the public will be allowed to vote for their favorite All-Stars once a day, every day. Finalist voting runs until April 13 at midnight, and the Grand Prize winner voting will run from April 17 to May 6.

Friday, February 22, 2008

America's Most Wanted 2/22

Bobby Weatherton: U.S. Marshals say Bobby Weatherton -- accused of rape, kidnapping, attempted murder and violating his federal probation -- very nearly killed a female friend he'd assaulted and held prisoner. She managed to escape, and now the Feds are hot on Bobby's trail.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51177

Cops Helping Cops In New Orleans: In August 2005, Michigan Sheriffs responded to the needs of the Gulf Coast. They set up camp at a parking lot and slept in tents when they were not working to preserve peace and rescue and recover victims. Years after she first struck the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Katrina is still wreaking havoc. One organization is working to alleviate some of the pain and get some deserving first responders' homes back functioning and livable for their families.

http://www.amw.com/features/feature_story_detail.cfm?id=2539

Edmunda Cerda Anima: The manhunt for accused killer Edmundo Cerda-Anima has gone international. Police now believe the former Hurricane Katrina contractor may be going back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico -- and if he's caught, he'll have to answer for a lot more than crossing the border.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=38919

William Greer: A year after William Greer showed up in the woods, naked from the waist down and apparently confessing to the murder of his live-in girlfriend Tammy Myers, cops in Houston, Texas still don't have him behind bars. Greer has been spotted in New Orleans and Georgetown, Ky., and cops even believe that he may have been involved in a shooting that took place in the midst of a drug investigation in Paris, Ky. It is clear that AMW viewers and cops have been walking in Greer's shadows, but they are still hoping these near-misses will turn into a long-awaited capture.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=43686

Juan Garcia Diaz: On December 17, 2005, Juan Garcia-Diaz and Melina Fuentes De Rosas ate dinner together at a Scottsdale, Ariz. restaurant but police tell AMW that the couple's relationship had been on the rocks for quite some time. This was the last supper for the pair because hours after the meal, Melina's strangled body was found in a car halfway submerged in a canal. Now, cops are on the lookout for Juan Garcia-Diaz and hope that AMW viewers can help put this bad boyfriend behind bars.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=45021

Bruce Veniero: For a fleeting moment, U.S. Marshals say they had a big fish when they arrested Bruce Veniero in Miami on drug charges. But while in custody, Veniero pulled a bold move: tricking the authorities and leading him to freedom. Ever since, cops have been searching for him, and now, they're turning to AMW for help.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=52718

Jacqueline Highberger: Chesterfield County, S.C. detectives are looking for a woman who they say helped kill a man who volunteered with the Carolina Miracle League, and who coached basketball and football at the S. C. School for the Deaf and Blind. Police say Jacqueline Highberger, together with John Jackson, killed Thomas Sartor and left his body under a fake Christmas tree.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51571

Mo Atat: A worldwide manhunt is on for Mustapha "Crazy Mo" Mohamed Atat, who many consider to be a legend on the off-road drag racing circuit. Cops think he may be traveling between Lebanon and the U.S., and they hope someone can turn this accused killer in to authorities before his dangerous hobbies get someone else killed.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=25656

Dwayne Edward Lee: Most people have heard of the cheap shot, the unexpected attack from a cowardly opponent. But most of the time, the cheap shot is ultimately harmless. That's not the case when it comes to Dwayne Edward Lee, a young man police say isn't afraid to take a cheap shot that'll kill.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51699

AMW All-Star: America's Most Wanted is once again asking the public to help give special recognition to the police, firefighters, EMTs and other first-responders who dedicate themselves to protecting us. Any first-responder is eligible for nomination, and the process is simple. Fill out a short online form naming a first-responder, and explain what makes this person an All-Star.

http://www.amw.com/features/feature_story_detail.cfm?id=2537

Thursday, February 21, 2008

People annoy me

Annoy... it's not really the right word to use... anger, piss me off... nothing seems to have just the right amount of pending disgust that I need to really get my point across on how deeply I dislike certain members of the human race.

First we have Gregory Ray Brooks- he's a convicted sex offender, who Limestone County sent to jail in 2004 for first-degree sodomy on an 8-year-old victim... I'm thinking they didn't do a good enough job keeping this perv behind bars- especially given his recent acts. Brooks, a twenty something no-way-in-hell-he'd-pass-for-a-teenager evidently missed all the fun he used to have at school dances, so he got himself a 14 year old date to gain entry into one held by Athens Middle School. Thankfully, school officials questioned his age, and disagreed with his notion that he was just 17.

Athens Middle School faculty members stopped Gregory Ray Brooks at the gym door because he appeared to be much older than his date at the Friday dance, Athens Superintendent Orman Bridges Jr. said.

"He didn't look like the 17-year-old he said he was," Bridges said. "The faculty did an excellent job of monitoring who was coming in and catching this guy. They kept him from other students and maybe helped this young lady out of a bad situation." FOXNEWS


Then there is Allenna Ward, a former teacher and 24 year old sexual deviant who liked to pick dates from her classroom roster. She's going to be spending a little time in jail- but I'm thinking it's not even half as long as it should be.
A former middle school teacher was sent to prison for six years Tuesday for having sexual encounters with five teenage boys.

Authorities said Allenna Ward, 24, met 14- and 15-year-old boys at the school where she taught as well as at a motel, a park and behind a restaurant.

"I apologize from the depths of my heart," Ward said in court. FOXNEWS


Then there is the pride and joy of Yankers, Kyeisha Fuller. She clearly has some bent up anger issues.. and a desire to be the pretties girl ever, or at least for people to think that.
Yonkers Police Lt. Sean Mullins said Fuller, who's 23, argued on Tuesday with a guest of her roommate, and it turned violent after the "ugly" remark. She allegedly used a kitchen knife to stab him in the shoulder. FOXNEWS


We have a mother who decided she just couldn't handle her boys anymore, so she abandoned them, leaving them to care for themselves, and called it a 'strike'... I never knew parenthood was unionized. And then there is the 'father' who forced his 12 year old daughter to help dispose of the body of her mother after he allegedly killed and decapitated her.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The man behind the mask...

There are things in this world that I've never been able to grasp the logic behind... and this story seems to be filled with those things.

James Leshkevich, also know online as Yankee James, or Yankee Jim had a lot going on in his life- an activist with a Neo-Nazi group called National Alliance he could often be found pandering his beliefs to others on forums and blogs. Fellow blogger from Red-Alerts gives a personal description of "Yankee James" stemming from experiences he's had with him:

I have had several contacts with “Yankee James” other wise known as James Leshkavich and know him to be a coward, a bully and a creature so corrupted by his love of hatred as to give up the right of being called a man long ago. I received the occasional email or comment where Leshkavich would pretend to be a Jewish supporter of Red Alerts who’d make some outrageous claim designed to make Jews look petty and evil. This, according to the swine he affiliated himself, with was evidence of his “genius.”

But it seems that Yankee James' problems didn't end with his dislikes of blacks or Jews... he also seemed to be paranoid about his wife, and shared his problems with her on his personal blog-
I will not name the "nice guy" here (maybe later) as he was led to believe (by my wife) that we are legally separated, but still living together under the same roof for economic reasons, and "each doing our own things"...so I can't really blame the "nice man" for any of this. I wanted to link the phone conversation MP3 audio file to this writing, but chose not to. (It's simply too embarrassing)

Evidently, he caught her cheating... after recording her phone conversations. And later at some point he went as far as to buy a GPS tracking device.. which he mentions and tosses a "Oh...I blew $240 on a GPS tracking device which is being delivered today. I never even got a chance, or had to even use it!"

The above linked post is updated 4 times, over a period of him clearly becoming more and more disturbed about the entire situation- which began evidently sometime around June, 2007 and continued from then on. The post starts pretty much at the beginning, providing a one sided glance into the emotional breakdown of Yankee James.

According to new, he lost the battle...
State investigators are looking into the unexplained deaths of two residents of a Morgan Hill Road home.
State police checked on the residence of James and Deborah Leshkevich around 11 a.m., after Deborah’s co-worker grew worried about her welfare. Police entered the home to find both James, 52, and Deborah, 55, dead in separate parts of the house.

The last known written words (the last ones available for viewing) regarding the situation with his wife in hindsight may be a little more telling than anyone could have foreseen.
This will also be the last post on The Hudson Valley Freeman for a while. I'm just too depressed over all this to continue. Hopefully that'll change in the future.

Why the fuck did it have to end like this?!!!


I've never understood the need for outright hate of another person, but it's clear by his posting that he was full of it. And, I've never been one to understand how someone can so easily take the life of another person- especially one that they know. And never will I get why so many seem to see suicide as a means to an end of their misery.

A quick search and you might be surprised to find many of Yankee James' fellow Neo-Nazis expressing sympathy for a man that murdered his wife in cold blood... and you'll even find a few that take the time to praise him for what he has done.

If you ask me, murder and suicide have always been quite cowardly acts...

tip of the hat to Red Alerts, for sharing this.

UPDATE:
Recent news reports indicate cause of death for both, although the timeline is still being investigated:
BCI Capt. Wayne Olson said Deborah was struck over the head seven times with a blunt object and then strangled and suffocated to death by her husband. It was after he killed his wife that James hung himself in the garage of their home on Morgan Hill Road in Hurley on Tuesday.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Folsom Prison Blues

In 1956 Johnny Cash made the song 'Folsom Prison' famous, and in 69 he preformed at the famous prison in a live concert. Being a fan, anytime I hear Folsom- I think Cash... and the melody sort of strums through my head for a moment.

Shannon Lee Graling however, has a different connection to the prison which has housed many famous inmates over the years... he called it home. The 53 year old was serving a 400-year sentence, plus a 25-year-to-life sentence at Folsom for a list of sex crimes that included counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, failing to register as a sexual offender. He also had prior convictions: six-year conviction from Santa Cruz County under the name Edward Gail Neal for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14.

Graling will no longer be able to work towards completely his sentencing (not that he'd have ever came close to finishing up those 400 years to begin with) after a recent run in with fellow inmate Steven Matthew Schultz.

Schultz is currently serving a 26-year-to-life sentence for the 1997 murder of his mother. Officials said Schultz, who was 17 years old at the time, strangled his 40-year-old mother Barbara Schultz in their Rocklin home. Her body was found chained to a propane tank and weighted down in a rock quarry.


Schultz is believed to have used a homemade knife to slash Graling's throat, killing him. Prison officials said that while they often have run ins between inmates, it's rare that it ever leads to murder.
“It doesn’t happen often, we may go a few years without a homicide,” she said. “We do have frequent stabbings and assaults that don’t result in homicides.”

During the investigation into Thursday’s attack Schulz will be housed in a “segregated” area of the prison.

Schulz has provided no motive for the alleged attack, officials said.


Source.


Still like Johnny Cash's song.

If Looks Could Kill...

Press Release from author M. William Phelps:

February 15, 2007; New York, New York: The case has been profiled on Dateline and truTV’s “Murder By the Book,” Oxygen’s “Snapped” series, and other cable crime programs. Now comes the entire story for the first time, IF LOOKS COULD KILL (March 4, 2008; Kensington/Pinnacle Books and Brilliance Audio), veteran journalist M. William Phelps’s seventh book, detailing the sordid, salacious, fatal tale of the life and death of Akron, Ohio resident Jeff Zack and his long-time lover, Cynthia George’s possible role in that murder.



Acclaimed attorney Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter and Reclaiming History, calls M. William Phelps “one of America’s finest true-crime writers.” Regarding IF LOOKS COULD KILL, Bugliosi says, “Phelps has written a compelling and gripping book about an intriguing … murder mystery ultimately resolved by circumstantial evidence. Readers will thoroughly enjoy this book.”



Jeff Zack was shot in the face at an Akron BJ’s Wholesale Club fuel station in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon. He was having an affair with wealthy Akron socialite Cynthia George, wife of millionaire restaurateur Ed George. Cynthia was beautiful and luxurious, a mother of seven, a former Mrs. Ohio runner-up, who was later arrested, tried, convicted, and finally released from prison after winning her appeal.



In his new book, investigative journalist Phelps digs deep into a case that has been only glossed over in newspapers and on television, relying on over 100 interviews and exclusive access to the entire case file. Phelps tells Cynthia George’s complete story—and why her other lover, John Zaffino, the shooter, never fingered Cynthia for the crime. Furthermore, Cynthia claims Jeff Zack raped and beat her. Phelps exposes the truth behind the lies and other accusations made by Cynthia George.



If Looks Could Kill“This is a book about money and power,” Phelps says. “How a woman was able to manipulate two lovers and fool her husband and seven kids into thinking she was some sort of prudish, devout Catholic. But more than that, as the Akron PD was accused of putting blinders on and focusing on only Cynthia and Ed George, I lay out the vast and detailed investigation that led them to Cynthia’s doorstep. In my opinion, the evidence against Cynthia is stunning: but you be the judge. Read the book and tell me if a guilty woman walked.”



The new book, IF LOOKS COULD KILL, explores the controversial relationship between Cynthia George and John Zaffino, shedding light on exactly how Cynthia sought out Zaffino and molded him into what she needed, how John Zaffino was caught, and what role his first wife played in his arrest? Go behind the scenes with Zaffino’s second wife, Christine Todaro, and find out how and why she decided to wear a wire and go undercover for the Akron PD, thus putting her life in jeopardy to catch a killer.



Zaffino family members sent Phelps e-mails after Phelps began corresponding with Zaffino. One said, “I don't believe that Cindy or John got a fair trial. [Jurors] took the word of a less than reliable … that is, a crack addict, [someone who] would give sex for drugs … I think there is a story here, but I think that it involves political people and some very wealthy people.”



“John Zaffino’s friends and family told me I didn’t know the ‘real’ John Zaffino,” Phelps says, “that he was set up by the Georges. Yet they offered me no evidence to prove any of those claims.”



In his exclusive interviews with the detectives who solved the case and Christine Todaro, along with those who knew Jeff Zack and Cynthia George best, Phelps was able to get to the bottom of this multi-layered crime story and, with access to thousand of pages of documents, interviews and telephone recordings, he closes the case.


For more about M. William Phelps, please see his website or visit Crime Rant, his crime blog.

Friday, February 15, 2008

America's Most Wanted

AMW All-Star: AMW, together with Spring, honors All-Star first responders – law enforcement officers, fire fighters, EMTs and others – who go above and beyond to keep our communities safe every day of every year. This Saturday night, we’ll kick off the 2008 installment of the annual AMW All-Star contest.
http://www.amw.com/allstar/2008/

Unknown Randi Gorenberg Killer: In a community where violent crime is nearly unheard of, residents in Delray Beach and Boca Raton, Fl. are fearful knowing a murder mystery remains unsolved. The murder of Randi Gorenberg, a well-liked woman who lived and shopped in these safe neighborhoods, has people wondering whether the killer lives among them.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=44363

Unknown Nancy and Joey Bochicchio Killer: Police in Boca Raton, Fla. are still looking for Nancy and Joey Bochicchio's killer. Cops say their best lead is a composite sketch of a man wanted in another violent attack in Boca Raton: the similarities between that case and the Bochicchios' murders are eerily similar, and police believe the man in the sketch could be involved with the vicious double murder of mom Nancy and 8-year-old daughter Joey.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51704

Heather Riggio: Heather Riggio's family says the 20-year-old has had a tough time in her short life, and now they worry something even worse could be happening to Heather right now. She disappeared May 6th, and hasn't been heard from since.
http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/brief.cfm?id=45480

Omar Maldonado: It's been seven years since cops say Omar Maldonado shot and killed 17-year-old Leah Tadeo at a San Diego area house party. Since then, law enforcement on both sides of the US-Mexico border have been hunting high and low for the diminutive Maldonado who police believe began working for a drug cartel south of the border. Maldonado's luck finally ran out on October 9, 2007 when cops in Tijuana, Mexico arrested the 5'2" fugitive after an AMW tipster pointed them in the right direction.
http://www.amw.com/captures/brief.cfm?id=31733

Gustavo Raygoza Mares: Thanksgiving Day 2006. Cops in Irvine, California receive a heartbreaking call that a woman has been murdered. Even worse, her body was discovered by her 9-year-old son. Police say that 36-year-old Brandi Mares was stabbed in the back with a screwdriver by her brother-in-law, Gustavo Mares.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=43813

Paul Edmund Carpenter: Horst Fietze saved for years to afford the vacation that he and his wife took to Santa Monica, Calif. in October of 1998. The house painter from Lobeau, Germany was enjoying his final evening in Southern California as he walked with his wife and another German couple by the luxury hotels and palm trees dotting the Santa Monica beachfront. Cops say the carefree atmosphere vanished the minute Paul Edmond Carpenter approached with a gun and three friends in tow. Now, the FBI has named Carpenter to their 'Featured Fugitives' list in hopes the last suspect in the murder of Horst Fietze will soon be behind bars.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=24497

Jacob Corey Gordon: Maryland State Police are searching for accused rapist Jacob Corey Gordon, who police say raped a woman at knife point with another man in the back of Gordon's van seven years ago. While his accused accomplice is awaiting trial, police say they need your help to haul Gordon back to face justice.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=52532

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Quick Links

I know, I know... I'm slacking here. But- just so I don't seem as if I've gone completely lazy on ya'll... I figured I'd share just a few of the interesting cases I've been reading up on.

Steve's doing his homework on a gruesome murder case that is sure to leave you feeling the creepy crawlies on the back of your neck- and that also comes complete with an odd list of 'bring along' supplies.

It sounded like the sort of murder a screenwriter might concoct: respected psychologist hacked to death by cleaver-wielding patient. To anyone who entered the office of Dr. Kathryn Faughey after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, it was a terrible reality.


Trench is looking into a possible new law that seems as silly as schools accepting a 'note from your mom' explaining you were ill on senior skip day in high school.
State legislators in Illinois are trying to pass a law that would require sites like MySpace and Facebook to get written parental permission before kids would be allowed on the site.


Our own personal serial killer 'expert' Stephen has put up some information on a possible serial killer in Boca Raton, complete with his thoughts regarding the cases and the suspect behavior.

Dreamin Demon has a candidate for worst teacher of the year.

And HomeSweetHome has the case of domestic violence turned into a murder charge... although it's a plot you're not likely to see coming.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sex Offender has a new job

A sex offender in Hamilton County Ohio seems to have found a new calling in life- bail bondsman.. of course there is a little twist to this new job, and payment for his services might end up costing more than the bail would have been.

A judge noticed 28 year old Jason M. Lee lurking in the back of her courtroom during a nearing for a 20 year old woman charged with domestic violence, when the judge became curious as to just who the man was- she got a response that was more than an ear full:

When Allen Tuesday asked the woman who Lee was and what his involvement in her case was, the woman’s mother said Lee posted her daughter’s bond even though he was a stranger – and that he got his daughter’s name by searching the Hamilton County Clerk of Court’s web site.

Court documents show Lee posted the woman’s $100 bond Oct. 27.

“Jason Lee took her that day (her bond was posted) and forced her to have sex with his friends,” the judge said.

The friends, the judge added, then gave Lee money and drugs for the sex.

“My fear,” Allen said, “is that this guy has done this for other girls, posting bond for girls he finds on our web site.


Lee also has outstanding warrants, and a history of sex crimes- having been convicted in 2000 of importuning and corruption of a minor.

It's likely he won't be charged for this yet- as the woman in the case refused to talk, unless the judge lets her out of jail.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Random Updates

China Arnold, who LE believes microwaved her baby has been given a gift from Dayton Ohio Judge John Kessler... a new trial.

A judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case of woman accused of killing her month-old baby by burning her in a microwave, finding that new defense witnesses bolster her innocence claim. FoxNews...


Daniel Snay got lucky when he recently won $10 Million, but the news of his lotto winnings also stirred up a few questions as to why the man labeled a 'dangerous sex offender' wasn't exactly following registration guidelines.

Connecticut Trooper William Tate said Snay could face up to five years in prison if convicted of failing to notify authorities of his change of address, a felony. He said Snay hadn't confirmed his address for the Connecticut sex offender registry since May 2004, though that state requires address verification every 90 days.


And Amy Fisher, the once upon a time teen who attempted to murder the wife of her lover has decided to air her feelings regarding her victim, Mary Jo Buttafuoco.
"I feel no sympathy for Mary Jo the multimillionaire! The fact that Mary Jo has a bullet in her head means nothing! I still have silicone in my boobs, and you don't hear me complaining. She can't feel her bullet, and I can't feel my silicone." FoxNews


There this is the worthless idiot woman who went to a hospital, complained of belly pains- walked into a HOSPITAL bathroom, gave birth and instead of just walking up to a nurse and handing them the child... she tossed the baby in the trash.
Granados then wrapped the baby in paper towels before putting him in the trash bin in the restroom while she waited to see a doctor, investigators said.

"She apparently delivered this baby by herself. She tells us she cut the umbilical cord and placed the baby in the trashcan when she knew the baby was not breathing," said Estella Olguin with Child Protective Services.

A cleaning crew found the baby and officials were able to revive him. He was taken to Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he is receiving treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit. He is listed in critical condition.

The mother of two other children- Genny Granados, 29 claims she didn't know she was knocked up... because of course that's something most women who have already given birth twice tend to fail to recognize.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Piano Teacher Gets Three Years

A piano teacher, William J. Hosch, who was convicted of sexually abusing an 8 year old girl while he was suppose to be giving her lessons has been sentenced to 3 short years, with 20 years on extended supervision after his release.

Assistant District Attorney Corey Stephan, who asked that Hosch spend at least five years in prison, said Hosch groomed the girl by convincing her over time that his practice of bouncing the girl on his lap and fondling her after piano lessons was a game played as a reward for a good job. He was her piano teacher from January 2006 to May 2007.

"It was sex for him, a game for her, " Stephan said.

The girl 's father told Flanagan that since the assaults ended, the girl has had a difficult relationship with her mother. He said Hosch deserved to be kept in prison for the rest of his life for violating the trust the girl and her family had put in him.

"This monster has destroyed our faith in humanity, " he said.


Yeah, the slap on the wrist 'punishment' of just three years pisses me off to.

Open Door Policy

I've never been one to believe in a "Open Door Policy", allowing people to come and go as they see fit. I mean, I can understand why some places might have them- Churches have a special understanding that a persons need to be close to God might not always fall on a Sunday morning- a hospital would be shamed if they only accepted the injured and sick on a 9 to 5 basis- and lets not even start on the police department or firehouses. But, generally speaking- having open doors is not a good idea for most places. Especially, say... a jail.

Abel Morin was sentenced to life in prison for to five concurrent life terms for sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary in the rapes of a mother and daughter. However, he didn't plan on sticking around long enough to serve 24 hours, let alone the entire sentence:

A convicted rapist escaped from a South Texas jail by dashing through an unlocked door, just one day after he was sentenced to life in prison.

Abel Morin, 24, escaped from the Jim Hogg County Jail in Hebbronville late Tuesday while being moved between cells. He remained at large Friday.

On Monday, he was sentenced to five concurrent life terms for sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary in the rapes of a mother and daughter in Duval County. Just hours after deputies took Morin to Hebbronville, he escaped.

Jim Hogg County Sheriff Erasmo "Kiko" Alarcon acknowledged that at least one door at the jail was left unlocked, allowing Morin to run away.

Morin is described as very dangerous, and so police are actively looking for him. Hopefully- when they catch him, and bring him back to jail, they remember to lock the doors.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Where's your compassion?

Your sitting in your living room, petting one of the two dogs that roam the place you call home while taking in the refreshing smell of dinner cooking in the kitchen, and exhaust fumes bellowing in from up on the roof. Suddenly you're confronted with someone telling you you must leave the only home you now have, and move both yourself and your possessions elsewhere. Even though you might be willing to bow to this demand, you find that you'll have to jump through hoops in order to do so- you can't live in certain areas, can't be within a given distance of particular building structures, and you can't even reside with some of your current roommates. And no one is telling you just how you are suppose to fund this move, pay for this new place- or even find it... rather they just tell you you have to do it. Your objections to this treatment, to this life of being an outcast go unheard... and you resent it.

Well buddy, don't feel too bad- there is a good life lesson in this- had you not been a sexual deviant, casting out the objections of your victims in order to gratify your own perverted sexual desires- you wouldn't be in this position now. I feel no compassion for those who willingly victimized another person.

SOURCE The state is trying to dissolve a community of sex offenders living under a bridge that includes a gym, kitchen, living room and two dogs.

The men have lived under the Julia Tuttle Causeway for a year. They say limited money and strict local ordinances make it nearly impossible for them to live anywhere else. But state officials are telling them to leave.
[...]
On pillars supporting the bridge, and on the slope, residents have spray-painted their thoughts: "We 'R' Not Monsters." "They Treat Animals Better!!!" "Why?"

Juan Carlos Martin, a 29-year-old on the sex offender list for lewd or lascivious exhibition to a victim under the age of 16 -- a crime he says he didn't commit -- said it's been impossible for him to leave the bridge. He has been rejected from 15 jobs because of his record and can't find a place he can afford that's in compliance with the law.

Martin sits on his couch and sucks on a cigarette as a tiny white kitten peaks out from behind a stereo that no longer works. A gold crucifix hangs from his neck. He is off probation now, but he says he feels no freedom.

"What the law's doing to us is totally wrong," said Martin, who has lived here about six months. "Society will see that we aren't animals."

Alright, they have a small point- they aren't animals... after all animals normally behave better.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Short on time...

I've been busier than you can imagine, but I've had some interesting cases come across my desk (read that to mean my email has been working overtime) in the last few days that I couldn't help but share with you.

Dallas police are looking for a serial predator, whose sexual attacks date back to 2005. He's known for approaching women while they are near their cars, and most of the attacks have taken place in parking lots of apartment complexes late at night.

Police describe the suspect as a 25- to 35-year-old black man who is either bald or has very short hair. He's said to be 5' 8" to 6' tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds with a heavy build.

Police say this is not the same suspect who has struck in other North Texas cities during the same time period, including Plano and Frisco. According to police, that man has struck a total of 19 times in various North Texas cities.SOURCE


Registered sex offender Angel Sistrunk has once again been arrested, this time for having sexual contact with a 14 year old girl. Despite his attempt to move away when he learned of the impending investigation, police were able to catch him. SOURCE And they say sex offenders don't re offend. Ha.

Of course if that one doesn't prove we have a problem, this one just might. A registered sex offender was arrested after police searching him home found a 14 year old girl...
Police executed a search warrant at the home of a registered sex offender only to find a 14-year-old girl under the covers in a locked bedroom wearing a dog collar, according to a probable cause document filed Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court.


Jonathan Rapoport doesn't like being best known for his conviction relating to the sexual abuse of boys in the 1990's, even though his attacks date back into the 70's. Instead, he'd like to be once again known as a lawyer- his career which ended when the bar stripped him of his license due to the conviction.
A former Stamford lawyer who has spent time in prison for molesting children is seeking reinstatement of his law license. SOURCE


And, I'd be shamed if I didn't share with you some of the cases being covered by some of my favorite blogs:

Trench at Psycho for Love has updates on the case of the teacher/student relationship which lead to the two taking off to Mexico.

LA Crime Scene has a post on promoting peace that is well worth the click over. (okay... did NONE of you notice I wrote piece rather than peace??? told you I was short on time :D)

Stephen of Crime Scene Blog is looking at the case of missing Brianna Denison and some clues in the case that I'm sure you'll find interesting.

And Home Sweet Home has the case of a 10 old girl who is now a mother... if this one doesn't boil your blood, then nothing will.

Friday, February 01, 2008

America's Most Wanted

BIG NEWS! The 2008 AMW All-Star contest website goes live today! Nominations start on Feb. 6th. If you have an exceptional first responder in mind that you think is worthy of the AMW All-Star reward, be sure to nominate!


Now to the cases…

Richard Regalado: When cops in California chased after a bank robbery suspect, they were surprised at the lengths he'd go to avoid capture. But when they found out who they were chasing, it all became clear.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=52277

Gustavo Mares: Thanksgiving Day 2006. Cops in Irvine, California receive a heartbreaking call that a woman has been murdered. Even worse, her body was discovered by her 9-year-old son. Police say that 36-year-old Brandi Mares was stabbed in the back with a screwdriver by her brother-in-law, Gustavo Mares.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=43813

Paul Carpenter: Horst Fietze saved for years to afford the vacation that he and his wife took to Santa Monica, Calif. in October of 1998. The house painter from Lobeau, Germany was enjoying his final evening in Southern California as he walked with his wife and another German couple by the luxury hotels and palm trees dotting the Santa Monica beachfront. Cops say the carefree atmosphere vanished the minute Paul Edmond Carpenter approached with a gun and three friends in tow. Now, the FBI has named Carpenter to their 'Featured Fugitives' list in hopes the last suspect in the murder of Horst Fietze will soon be behind bars.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=24497

Jacob Gordon: Maryland State Police are searching for accused rapist Jacob Corey Gordon, who police say raped a woman at knife point with another man in the back of Gordon's van seven years ago. While his accused accomplice is awaiting trial, police say they need your help to haul Gordon back to face justice.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=52532

Omar Mora: Omar Mora killed his wife and another man in May of 2007. After Mora went on the run, the trail went cold until July, when Chicago police found Mora's truck on the Windy City's north side. Now the trail has gone cold again and police say they need your help. Police aren't sure if Mora is still in the U.S. or has gone south of the border, but they are sure that they need to get justice for the two victims and their families.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=45464

Brianna Denison: Reno Police Cmdr. Ron Holladay has confirmed to AMW that two other Reno assaults are related to the Brianna Denison disappearance, according to DNA evidence obtained at the crime scenes.

http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/brief.cfm?id=52576

Lamont Cooke: Philadelphia police say that Lamont Cooke was one of a group of Jamaican men who conspired to kidnap and hold a business owner for ransom. Once Cooke and his cohorts had kidnapped the man, police say they demanded $600,000 from one of his relatives in exchange for his safe release.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=49890

Shawn Clarke: Philadelphia police say that Shawn Clarke was one of a group of Jamaican men who conspired to kidnap and hold a business owner for ransom. Once Clarke and his cohorts had kidnapped the man, they allegedly demanded $600,000 from one of his relatives in exchange for his safe release.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=49771

Wheaton Bank Robbers: Five years after the Wheaton Bank Robber first started targeting Chicagoland banks, the FBI says they've finally got a picture of the man behind the mask. Armed with a sketch, agents hope to finally end the bandit's long string of successful robberies.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=26473

Travis Mullis: When cops in Galveston found a dead infant, they wondered if identifying him would turn into another Baby Grace case. But just days after the discovery, cops are hot on the trail of a man they think may know something about the horrific scene.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=52796

George Saravanos: Many times, fugitives flee the country in their flight from justice. After running from Queens, N.Y., accused killer George Saravanos fled to Ecuador, was shot inside a brothel, and was eventually arrested after an AMW tipster dropped a dime on the fugitive. AMW traveled to South America to find out just how cops were finally able to track him down.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=30436