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, March 26, 2009

Air Force Col. Philip Michael Shue 48 Hours Mystery



In the spring of 2005, two years after losing his life in a violent car crash near San Antonio, Texas, Air Force Col. Philip Michael Shue was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. But while his widow, Tracy, accepted the traditional tri-folded American flag in his honor, the circumstances surrounding Col. Shue’s death were anything but traditional.

The cause of death was never in dispute. Col. Shue had suffered fatal brain injuries as a result of the crash. But exactly what led to this accident was beyond curious. Shue’s chest had a large gash, both his nipples had been removed and duct tape was wrapped around both his wrists and his boots. This accident turned into a bizarre case, one that would launch several investigations, by the military, the Texas Rangers and the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department.

Was there a crime committed? There were endless theories surrounding Col. Shue’s death. Was he a troubled man, driven to mutilation and suicide? Was he abducted and tortured?

A series of letters may hold the cryptic answers and an extraordinary court ruling may finally help Col. Shue’s wife and friends find the justice they seek.

48 HOURS MYSTERY brought in private investigator Joe Moura to sort through the theories and unusual evidence as correspondent Troy Roberts reports on “The Curious Case Of Colonel Shue” Saturday, March 28 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. This broadcast is produced by Peter Henderson. Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

Editors' Note: Click here to watch a preview of the broadcast. CBS News 48 HOURS MYSTERY broadcasts are now available on iTunes.

Crime Related Widgets

For those that have websites/blogs/myspace pages etc.... it's time to make sure you have the latest widgets.

First, the FBI has rolled out a Top Ten Wanted widget... you gotta love that.

And of course, while you're adding things in- no page can be complete without a AMW widget, and they have two to pick from:


So, what are you waiting for? Grab one now.

Who's the true hero?

Officer John Hege served Oakland California, getting up everyday to put on his uniform and work the streets serving those he swore to protect. And even after his death, Officer John Hege has touched the lives of countless others.

SOURCE Oakland police Officer John Hege saved four lives by having his organs donated after being fatally shot in the line of duty Saturday, according to the California Transplant Donor Network.

Hege's organ donations saved the lives of four Californians and his tissue donation will enhance the lives of as many as 50 other people, according to the network.

The network released a statement saying "we know those who are receiving his gifts thank him and his family with gratitude and a shared sense of loss at his passing.

"All of us at the California Transplant Donor Network thank Officer Hege for these generous gifts, and on behalf of the more than 21,000 Californians who desperately wait for the gift of life from those like Officer Hege," the statement said.

Hege, 41, was shot along with four other officers Saturday and died Monday after being removed from life support.

For those that are confused about what a hero really consists of- the paragraphs above should give you a pretty clear idea. But, I'll do one better and give you an idea of who shouldn't be considered a hero.

26 year old thug Lovelle Mixon was released from prison in October of 2007 after serving five of a six year sentence for assault with a firearm. By Feb of 2008 he was considered a "possible suspect" in homicide. Charges were not filed, but he was sent back to prison for various other parole violations until November 3 of 2008. By the 18th of Feb of this year, his parole agent has lost contact with him prompting him to file a parolee-at-large report and a warrant.

On March 20th, Mixon's DNA is confirmed as a match in a rape case. The child in the case, a 12 year old girl, had been pulled off the street and raped at gun point. Police now believe that Mixon could be linked to as many as five more rape cases. *source*

Sadly, before he could be tried and sent to prison for the rest of his life, he decided to prove what a scum bag he really was.

March 21: Mixon is pulled over by Oakland motorcycle officers for a traffic violation shortly after 1 p.m. Authorities said he began shooting at the officers, killing Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, and fatally wounding Officer John Hege, 41. After trying to hide in a nearby apartment building where his sister lives, Mixon kills Oakland SWAT sergeants Ervin Romans, 43, and Daniel Sakai, 35, before he is shot and killed by police. SOURCE

Two very very different men, and clearly only one of them was worth being called a hero. Yet, it seems that those who "knew Mixon best" are either too confused to understand the meaning of the term, or to damn stupid to see Mixon for the low life thug he was.

As the city prepares for a massive public funeral for four police officers slain in the line of duty, dozens took to the streets in a show of support for the man authorities say was their killer.

Organized by International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, the march Wednesday evening took participants near a police substation within sight of the two locations where Lovelle Mixon allegedly shot the veteran officers before being slain himself.

Loved ones and supporters walked through the streets chanting, "OPD you can't hide, we charge you with genocide!" There were no officers patrolling the march route.

"I don't condone what he did, but it's bringing to light the frustrations between the community and the police," said Uhuru Movement member Kihad Deen. "This gives people a chance to speak their minds."

Mixon's cousin, Dolores Darnell, 26, addressed the small crowd, calling him "a true hero, a soldier." source yahoo news


Eugene Snitily

Eugene Snitily's lawyer believes the sentence he received for molesting his 4 year old granddaughter is too harsh, so he's considering appealing it.

While that's not unusual, because no one ever thinks their sentence is fair, I think this lawyer might just be trying to redefine the term "harsh". After all, two years probation barely even hints at being a real punishment.

The judge in the case, who served on the March of Dimes board with Snitily in 1981 believed the sentenced was justified, and "said it was appropriate in light of the guilty verdict. He said Judge Randall relied on psychological testing and expert assessments. "The court made the decision that Mr. Snitily is at very low risk of acting out in any sexual manner."

Meanwhile, the County Attorney also plans on appealing the sentence, stating " "We felt that sentence was inappropriate and excessively lenient so therefore, I'm filing an appeal.""

The girl's mother, who is not being identified in order to protect the victim, says last week's sentence left her daughter without justice.

"It's ripped us apart. It's been horrible and traumatic," she told Channel 6 News. "Every piece of it from the second this happened until now has just been horrid."

She says she never expected the sentence would actually be appealed. "I'm really glad. I'm really glad. I think it was thanks to all the people that called and sent e-mails and wrote letters. Without them, I don't know if this would have happened."

Full story.

For those who would like to voice their thoughts:

4th Judicial District Court of Nebraska
Hall of Justice
1701 Farnam Street, 5th Floor
Omaha, NE 68183
(402) 444-7004

Judge Gary B. Randall
Bailiff: Jill Lustgarten
Phone: 444-7012
Fax: 996-8151
Court Reporter: Sonya Kennedy
Court Reporter Phone: 444-7548

Monday, March 23, 2009

Eight years vs possible 25?

To make it clear, I don't condone any abuse of animals. I understand the seriousness of abusive crimes against animals. I do. Yet, it's hard for me to grasp just how we can justify sending two teenagers to jail for 25 years for torturing a cat, yet we're suppose to be okay with the fact that molesting a child is only worth 8 years.

I'm not saying that what was done to the cat isn't horrific, I'm just saying that I believe what was done to a 7 year old girl was worse- in that one is an animal, one is a child.

Two teenagers could spend 25 years in prison for allegedly torturing and killing a cat they set on fire when they broke into an apartment in New York City.

Angelo Monderoy, 18, and Matthew Cooper, 17, allegedly broke into a vacant apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., on or around Oct. 7, 2008. Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said the pair held the cat down as they poured charcoal lighter fluid on it.

Hynes said they then set the animal on fire, causing deep wounds and fourth-degree burns. The blaze also damaged the building, which has other units that are occupied.

Yes, horrific. But it's an animal.

Pantoja allegedly made a seven-year-old female neighbor touch his penis and put it in her mouth several times, and also made her watch pornographic movies at his apartment. If she told anyone, he allegedly told her, she wouldn’t be allowed to play with his daughter, who was five years old at the time. source

This child will have to live with this the rest of her life, her father- who learned of the abuse when he caught Socorro Pantoja abusing her at the apartment pool- will have to live with the image of his child being sexually abused for the rest of his life. The entire family of this child will struggle with what had happened, and with any effect that abuse has. Even the family of the abuser will face their own emotional issues dealing with this.

But, it's only worth 8 years of prison. Two entire families devastated. The effects are long lasting:

Ochoa allowed for the girl to sit with her back to Pantoja while she gave her statement so she didn’t have to look at him. “I was sad because I was going to sit over there and he was going to be looking at me,” she said. “He should stay in jail for a long time. If he gets out he’s going to do more things to more little girls.”

The victim’s father gave a passionate plea through an interpreter, asking Ochoa to drop the weight of the law upon Pantoja. “It was very hard to stand the desire to take justice into my own hands against this man,” the father said.

Said prosecutor Joyce Dudley after the sentence was handed down: “The upper term of eight years was appropriate given the devastation this crime had on the child and her family.”

I'm sorry, I just find it hard to see how an criminal act on an animal justifies more of a sentence than an act against a child. Especially given that it's unlikely these boys will torture another cat, but we all know the prospect of Pantonja molesting another child.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

America's Most Wanted 3/21/09

This week the following cases will be aired on America's Most Wanted. You can watch AMW at 9pm on your local Fox network, Saturday nights. Or, visit their website for more information on these cases, and many others.

Wendale Davis Killer: Wendale Davis, 16, was known as 'Sweets,' and to those who knew him, the name was a perfect fit. On April 23, 2006, Wendale was talking with a female friend outside her Bakersfield, Calif. home when a car driven by gang members rolled up looking for trouble.

Wendale Davis Foundation: The Wendale Davis Foundation was born out of a senseless murder, and now uses that tragedy as a platform to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in the community of Bakersfield, Calif. and beyond.

Kisha Rutledge: Milton, Ga. police say escort service owner Kisha "Key" Rutledge had one of her clients killed because he was paying his prostitutes directly, cutting out the vicious madam's commission. Cops say they need your help to bring Rutledge to justice.

Michael and Teven Collins: Cops say a sex offender and his fugitive son are on the run after beating a cross-country skier nearly to death in the forest.

Jessica Martinez: It's a 19-year-old question that still plagues the family of a murdered little girl, and authorities in Bakersfield, Calif. haven't given up hope. On May 10, 1990, Jessica Martinez vanished while playing near her home, before the 4-year-old's body was found in a field, nearly 15 miles from home.

Mark Everett: Former child star Mark Everett has been identified by authorities as the man at the center of a deadly police standoff in a Los Angeles suburb on December 23, 2008. Investigators say Everett, 39, took his 7-year-old son, Benjamin, on the run after the 2004 murder of the child's mother -- Everett's ex-girlfriend. Now, the FBI tells AMW that Everett was killed when police attempted to rescue Benjamin and take the fugitive father into custody.

Duncan and Jack Connolly: An AMBER alert has been issued in Illinois for 7-year-old Jack Connolly. Cops say Jack, and his 9-year-old brother, Duncan, were abducted by their father, 40-year-old Michael Connolly.

Also, be sure to check out week four of the AMW All-Stars, a copy of the press release is available for viewing here.

48 HOURS MYSTERY, Traci and Scott Rhode



From high school sweethearts to doting parents of three, Traci and Scott Rhode seemed a devoted couple, even after 20 tumultuous years together. Then on October 15, 2003 the life they knew together ended when Scott suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the couples’ Brownsville, Texas home. And for Traci the ordeal was just beginning.

Was this a murder made to look like a suicide? After a tireless two-year investigation, Traci was arrested in the death of her husband, dividing the couple’s Brownsville community. With some crying for mercy and others crying for blood, Traci’s fate lay in the hands of the jurors, who were about to deliver a jaw dropping decision.

Harold Dow reports on 48 HOURS MYSTERY: "Point Blank," Saturday, March 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This broadcast is produced by Liza Finley. Judy Tygard is the senior producer and Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

Editors' Note: Click here to watch a preview of the broadcast. CBS News 48 HOURS MYSTERY broadcasts are now available on

Friday, March 06, 2009

America's Most Wanted

America's Most Wanted airs at 9pm Saturday nights on your local Fox Station. This week AMW is asking for your help on the following cases:

Unknown Ben Bradley Killer: Benjamin Bradley was an was extraordinary snowboarder. Just before his 29th birthday, Ben was killed on his way to a Wyoming ski resort. But his one-of-a-kind snowboard is still missing, and finding it could help police crack this murder mystery wide open.

Darak Williams: Cops in Pennsylvania say Darak Williams and Kashema Reddish, who have been on the run since Feb. 21, 2008, now face first-degree and third-degree murder charges, respectively, in connection with the death of Reddish's 3-year-old daughter, Kavannah Salvador.

John Snyder: As John Snyder's marriage crumbled, cops say his sanity went along with it: police tell AMW that he's a neo-Nazi activist, and he committed one of the most violent and depraved sexual assaults they've ever seen.

Adrian Gonzalez-Cruz: Authorities in Arizona say Adrian Cruz is a vicious child predator who was serving life in prison for raping and impregnating a 9-year-old girl, but escaped from a county courthouse. Cops say he's a parent's worst nightmare, and has stalked his young victims while working on local ice cream trucks.

Kashema Reddish: Cops in Pennsylvania say Darak Williams and Kashema Reddish, who have been on the run since Feb. 21, 2008, now face first-degree and third-degree murder charges, respectively, in connection with the death of Reddish's 3-year-old daughter, Kavannah Salvador.


Unknown Baby Bones Killer: The skeletal remains of a child authorities know only as "Baby Bones" were found in the woods of New Jersey, and cops are working to figure out who she was.

**For more information on these cases, and many others- be sure to check out the AMW website- which will be launching a new format tomorrow. Each week, the site will be adding new features- one of which you can get a look at now- an interactive investigation into the murder case of Ben Bradley.