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

Thursday, October 09, 2008

America's Most Wanted

Once again, it's time for highlights from the upcoming episode of America's Most Wanted, which airs at 9pm on your local Fox station. You can also check out their website for information on these cases, and many others at

Leo Cisneros
More than 15 years after a brutal murder, Florida cops have arrested almost everyone who they say was involved in the cold-blooded plot. Leo Cisneros, the accused mastermind, is still on the run, and cops have turned to AMW for help.

Paul Jackson
Police believe that siblings Paul Jackson and Vance Roberts lured teenage girls to a homemade sex-torture chamber they built in the residence they once shared. While Roberts turned himself in and was sentenced to 108 years in prison, Jackson's still wanted, and cops hope AMW viewers can help put him behind bars.

Luann Chase
All over the nation, police officers go into classrooms to talk to students about the dangers of child abusers and pedophiles. In January 2000, Det. James Harpenau says he went into an Evansville, Ind. classroom with a presentation on child abuse -- and left with a case that haunts him to this day.

Bradley Chase
James Harpenau has been a police officer for 26 years and a sex crimes investigator for nine, but the one case that has always haunted him is "the one that got away." Police allege that Bradley "Butch" Chase and his wife Luann sexually abused and molested two children for a number of years, and now, Harpenau wants AMW to put them behind bars for good.

Timothy Marino
Police say Orange County, Calif. rape suspect Timothy James Marino videotaped himself raping an acquaintance before fleeing the state. Now, he is believed to be living in Acapulco, Mexico, where he's thought to be running a pornographic website.

Jose Hernandez
Cops in Florida are looking for a man who they say stabbed his roommate to death. The two went out with friends on a typical Saturday night in July, but an argument over a cell phone cut their fun short. Now, cops need your help to catch a dangerous killer.

Erik Salguero
June 10, 1997, New York cops say Jessica Zapata and her infant son were walking in the Bronx, when they were plowed down on the street -- by a driver with an agenda to kill.

Vincente Bastida
Cops say 25-year-old Vincente Bastida is on the run from charges that he raped a female relative on September 23, 2008. Cops say after the alleged rape, he took off and hasn't been seen since; cops fear he could have taken off toward Mexico.

Unknown “Fort Myers Eight” Killer
Detectives recovered a cache of bones from eight men in a wooded area of Fort Myers, Fla. in 2007; now, skeleton "C" has been identified as that of Jonathan Tihay, a Fort Myers man who disappeared in 1995, just short of his 26th birthday. Cops are working to identify the five other victims, and whether or not a serial killer is behind the gruesome mystery. AMW teamed up with a forensic artist to bring the men's likenesses back to life; do you recognize the faces, and can you help break the case wide open?

Kareem Hack
Cops say Kareem Hack offered a woman in dire financial straits $20 to have sex with her young children. She called the police, and they arrested Hack in a high-tech sting operation, but cops say he cut off his electronic ankle bracelet and fled before trial -- and law enforcement needs your help to catch him.

David Wayne French
Less than two weeks after notorious transgendered murder suspect David Wayne French was profiled on AMW, he was caught in Rapid City, S.D. after a bus station employee recognized French from a flyer that local law enforcement had passed around the city. French, also known by the alias Zalia Crizta, is expected to be back in court in December 2008 on murder charges.

Christopher Maribel
Patrolman Christopher Mirabal, known by his family and friends as Chris, died on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. While in pursuit of a suspicious vehicle, Patrolman Mirabal lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown to his death. Chris was a nine year veteran of law enforcement at the time of his death.