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, April 23, 2009

Enrique Gonzalez has 7 year old tattooed

Enrique Gonzalez is evidently a member of the Bulldog gang, and evidently was intent on making sure that his 7 year old son knew it.

Police say that the 26 year old thug took his young son to another gang member who agreed to tattoo the child as Enrique Gonzalez held him down.

"The boy did not want to have the tattoo put on, but the father forcibly restrained the boy, pinning him to the ground while his friend who is a 20-year-old validated bulldog gang member put a Bulldog paw print on the young boy," said Cardinale.

Travis Gorman was taken into police custody on Tuesday at a home in Central Fresno. Tattoo paraphernalia was also found and confiscated.

"The tattoo artist was positively identified by the young child as being the one who put the tattoo on him," said Cardinale.

The child was placed in his mother's custody after she filed a police report on Monday, April 20th against Gonzalez for having their son tattooed. Police say Gonzalez also goes by the name Henry Gonzalez.


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Bobby Joe Flores Has a STD

Bobby Joe Flores had gonorrhea. And so did the 1 year old child he had previously babysat. But, do to a Indiana state law that protects the privacy of people with sexually transmitted diseases, neither the Allen County Sheriff’s Department or the Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department would allow any of their employees to testify to Flores condition, so prosecutors decided to offer him a plea deal.

Since his plea hearing, however, Flores has attempted to change his guilty plea – saying he was dissatisfied with his court-appointed attorney. Surbeck took his request under advisement, but told him his odds of success were small.

During Monday’s hearing, Flores again tried to get the judge to reject his guilty plea.

Surbeck declined and sentenced Flores to eight years in prison, but suspended six years and ordered them to be served on probation, leaving just two years to be served.

With 189 days of jail credit, Flores could be released from prison in as little as six months because Indiana law grants prisoners in the Department of Correction two days of jail credit for every day served without a disciplinary action.


So in six months, a man who gave a one year old child a STD is eligible for release.

In April 2008, the girl’s mother took the child to the hospital after she noticed symptoms consistent with gonorrhea and the child began crying when her diaper was changed. In May, Flores, 21, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and while in jail received treatment for what was later determined to be gonorrhea, according to court documents.

In June, Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck issued subpoenas on behalf of prosecutors for Flores’ medical records at the jail, as well as his records at the Allen County Board of Health.


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CINDY ANTHONY TELLS CO-ANCHOR MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ THAT SHE TOO WROTE A SUICIDE LETTER – IN PART TWO OF AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

ON CBS NEWS’ “THE EARLY SHOW”



Cindy Anthony told co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez, during part two of an exclusive interview broadcast earlier this morning on THE EARLY SHOW (7:00-9:00AM, ET/PT), that she too has written suicide notes. Rodriguez conducted the first interview with the Anthonys since the body of their granddaughter was found in Dec. 2008.



Click here to watch part two of Rodriguez’s exclusive interview.

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MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ, CO-ANCHOR: This morning, we continue our conversation with the parents of Casey Anthony, who is awaiting trial in Florida for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Cindy and George Anthony are speaking out for the first time since the discovery of Caylee's body in December.



Today, in this exclusive interview, they talk candidly about the investigation, their personal trials and their unwavering support for Casey.



(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)



RODRIGUEZ: Tell me about your daughter. What was she like growing up?



CINDY ANTHONY, CASEY ANTHONY'S MOTHER: Oh, gosh. Casey was just full of energy. And she was very inquisitive. She loved to read. She started reading at a very early age. George used to take her to the library, and she'd get four or five books every week, and she'd read them all.



RODRIGUEZ: What kind of young lady did she grow up to be, George?



GEORGE ANTHONY, CASEY ANTHONY'S FATHER: Oh, very sensitive. I mean, very caring. The kind of daughter that any father is proud of. I mean, I'm proud of my daughter. And to watch Caylee grow up, you know, like she did, I mean, she's like watching her mom being -- coming up again, watching my daughter grow up again.



RODRIGUEZ: What are your fondest memories of Caylee?



CINDY ANTHONY: Oh, my gosh.



G. ANTHONY: I don't think we have enough time to even talk about it.



RODRIGUEZ: So many, right?



CINDY ANTHONY: Oh, man. Her goal was to make us smile and make us laugh. She was very sensitive. If, you know, I came home from work, and she could tell I had a bad day, she'd grab my face and go, C.C., I love you.



RODRIGUEZ: Aww.



CINDY ANTHONY: You know? I mean, that's the type of child she was.



RODRIGUEZ: How do you deal with her being gone? How do you fill that void?



CINDY ANTHONY: You don't. I mean, you don't. There's nothing that can fill that.



RODRIGUEZ: Do you think that you have dealt with her death, the brutal reality of her death?



CINDY ANTHONY: You know, we're dealing with it the best that we can. It's very hard. It's very difficult. You know, there's days that...



RODRIGUEZ: But do you allow yourself to think about that? Or is that something that you just need to block out of your mind, what happened to Caylee?



CINDY ANTHONY: Well, we don't know what happened to Caylee.



RODRIGUEZ: Well, we know that she was murdered.



CINDY ANTHONY: But we don't know what happened to her. That's the thing.



RODRIGUEZ: What finally prompted you, Cindy, to call the police?



CINDY ANTHONY: I could -- when I saw Casey, I could tell something was wrong.



CINDY ANTHONY, 911 CALL: There's something wrong. I found my daughter's car today, and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car.



RODRIGUEZ: Do you regret making call?



CINDY ANTHONY: No, I don't regret anything I did. How can I? I don't know how I would react any differently. You know, I know after I made the first 911 call, Casey thanked me in the car because she said I did something that she couldn't do, was to go to the police.



RODRIGUEZ: What questions would you have for her? What has she not answered for you that you need to know?



CINDY ANTHONY: You know, I can't ask those questions. I can't -- you know, I can't answer that. I mean, I had time with Casey to ask questions.



RODRIGUEZ: Are you satisfied with the answers she gave you?



CINDY ANTHONY: You know, I'd love to know -- I'd love to know more.



RODRIGUEZ: Like what?



CINDY ANTHONY: I want to know what happened.



RODRIGUEZ: She claims that the babysitter snatched her.



CINDY ANTHONY: Yes.



RODRIGUEZ: George, shouldn't she have reported her missing?



G. ANTHONY: Again, I can't say what my daughter was thinking and what she was doing. We just don't know.



RODRIGUEZ: Do you fault her for anything?



CINDY ANTHONY: How can we? We don't know what she's been through.

I don't know what that girl has been through. I mean, George and I are living the same nightmare, but I don't know and I can't judge George for certain things that he's done, you know.



I understand certain things. I understand his suicide attempt. A lot of people don't know. I was there, too. I wrote suicide notes back in end of July and August. No one knows that.



RODRIGUEZ: You did?



CINDY ANTHONY: Yes, I did. Because I couldn't bear not having Caylee around and not knowing. You know, you get to a point when you miss someone so much that you think life's not worth living.



RODRIGUEZ: And what kept you from going through with it?



CINDY ANTHONY: Actually, Casey. Once Casey came home, the first time that Casey came home, the very first night, being able to see her and hug her.



RODRIGUEZ: Have you been able to speak with Casey?



CINDY ANTHONY: Not since October 14th.



RODRIGUEZ: Why?



CINDY ANTHONY: Unfortunately, we have laws in Florida where, you know, anything is up for grabs as far as media has access to whatever, so if we go in for a normal visit, it's going to be on videotape.



CASEY ANTHONY, MOTHER OF CAYLEE ANTHONY: She's not far. I know in my heart she's not far. I can feel it.



CINDY ANTHONY: We go to her hearings and get to see her.



RODRIGUEZ: And she's really close to you, but you can't reach out and touch her.



CINDY ANTHONY: We can't reach out and touch her.



RODRIGUEZ: What's that like for you, George, to have her so close and not be able to touch her?



G. ANTHONY: Oh, it hurts. It hurts very much. I want to be able to let her know that I'm here for you. I want to give her some strength.



CINDY ANTHONY; We haven't even had a chance to grieve with her.

I've not been able to hug my daughter.



RODRIGUEZ: What do you say to people who say the evidence is hard to refute?



G. ANTHONY: Well, I guess I can answer in one way is, has any case ever gotten all this kind of exposure? No.



BRAD CONWAY, ATTORNEY FOR GEORGE AND CINDY ANTHONY: And can I answer that?



RODRIGUEZ: Sure. Of course.



G. ANTHONY: Yes.



CONWAY: The evidence is for trial. There's no evidence out there right now. What there's out there right now is discovery. There's reports, there's photos, but that's not evidence.



RODRIGUEZ: What do you say to people who concluded that your daughter is guilty?



CINDY ANTHONY: She's presumed innocent. You know, the facts have not all come out.



RODRIGUEZ: But people have said some things about her character.

They've said that she was a liar. That was well-documented. Why should people believe her now, when her life is at stake?



CINDY ANTHONY: Well, her life is at stake.



RODRIGUEZ: Do you feel that, since you couldn't save Caylee, at least you will try to save Casey?



CINDY ANTHONY: I don't know what we can do, you know? All we can do is stand behind our daughter, you know. That's all we can do right now.



RODRIGUEZ: Unflinching support.



CINDY ANTHONY: Unflinching support. I believe in her.



G. ANTHONY: You know, there's some people that just say, well, we should just be done with it. Just, you know, like, go like this and just be done with it. You can't. That's our daughter, you know.



RODRIGUEZ: No matter what she may or may not have done?



G. ANTHONY: No matter what, that's still our daughter. No matter what.





RODRIGUEZ: George and Cindy Anthony have created a foundation in Caylee's honor to help other families of missing children get all the tools they need in their searches for their kids. As for Casey, they say that she spends her days in jail reading, mainly law books, and looking forward to the day which she is convinced will come, that she is acquitted.



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America's Most Wanted 4/25/09

Albuquerque, New Mexico WESLEY WILLIAMS CAPTURE… An airing of AMW has helped solve one of New Mexico’s biggest murder mysteries. Police are charging Wesley Williams with a murder that went unsolved for nine years: the shooting death of Sandra Jean Brady, whose unidentified body was discovered buried in the desert outside Albuquerque.

http://www.amw.com/captures/brief.cfm?id=62701

NationwideGANG TECC Most Wanted…With the rise in gang-related violence becoming a problem nationwide, America’s Most Wanted is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Gang TECC unit to announce a new “Most Wanted” list containing the worst of the worst gang bangers in the country. In addition to the announcement in the broadcast, information about the twelve fugitives will be unveiled on AMW.com this Saturday, April, 25th at 9 p.m. ET.

FloridaJulio Bonachea Julio Bonachea is wanted for violent home invasions, armed robberies, attempted murder and for escaping from prisons in two different countries. Authorities across the state of Florida -- and overseas -- need your help to find him.

Stone Mountain, Georgia DERRICK YANCEY…Authorities say former DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputy Derrick Yancey murdered his wife and another man, and then fled. He hasn't been seen since he cut off his ankle monitoring device. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=64701

Woodstock, OntarioVictoria Stafford MISSING Police in Canada have released a composite sketch of the woman seen on surveillance video with abducted 8-year-old Tori Stafford. While authorities have been searching local waterways and canvassing neighborhoods near Tori's home, cops say that the search for the little girl has expanded beyond Woodstock, Ontario.

http://www.amw.com/missing_children/brief.cfm?id=64826

Albuquerque, New MexicoMystery Beneath the Mesa When an Albuquerque resident and her dog went for a walk on the city's West side, the stroll took a grotesque turn when they found a human bone. The discovery would eventually lead investigators to what has become the nation's largest crime scene, spreading out over 100 acres. So far, the remains of eleven women and one unborn child have been unearthed from the desert, and cops have no leads to who might be responsible.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

British groups challenge Oprah Winfrey’s decision to interview parents of missing Madeleine McCann

Press Release:

British groups challenge Oprah Winfrey’s decision to interview parents of missing Madeleine McCann

A media release, 20 April 2009, to the U.S. media from The Madeleine Foundation - an organisation founded to campaign for truth and justice for missing Madeleine McCann

British groups and individuals concerned about what really happened to missing Madeleine McCann have been challenging Oprah Winfrey to ask tough questions to Madeleine’s parents when they appear on her show on 4th May - two years after their daughter Madeleine was reported missing.

Their concern is based on the belief that Madeleine McCann died in the McCanns’ holiday apartment in Portugal. That view was reinforced when the original senior detective in the case, Goncalo Amaral, published a book on the case last year, titled: ‘The Truth About A Lie’, in which he explained how the evidence pointed to Madeleine having died as a result of an accident in her parents’ apartment. He was removed from the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance amid strong suggestions of British government interference in the enquiry. He then resigned from the police force in order, he said, to bring the world the truth about the ‘disappearance’ of Madeleine. Last week (14 April) a documentary based on his book was shown on Portuguese T.V. and will shortly be seen on many other European T.V. stations - but not in Britain. Mr Amaral’s book has been translated and published in many European countries - but again, not in Britain.

In December last year, The Madeleine Foundation published a 64-page booklet: “What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 Reasons which suggest she was not abducted”. This booklet has been translated into Spanish, German and Dutch, has received extensive publicity in Portugal (but once again not in Britain) and was recently sent to every Member of the British Parliament. The Madeleine Foundation sent a copy to Oprah Winfrey several weeks ago when the McCanns’ appearance on her show was first rumoured.

A crucial piece of evidence in the case came in August 2007 when 
two highly trained British sniffer dogs came to Praia da Luz. One, Eddie, had a 100% success rate in detecting the scent of a human corpse, and found the smell of death at four places in the McCanns' holiday apartment, on two of Dr Kate McCann's clothes, on one of the children's clothes, on Madeleine's pink soft toy, Cuddle Cat, and in two locations in a car later hired by the McCanns. The other dog, Keela, found blood in some of the same locations. The only corpse that could have lain next to all of those items would have been that of Madeleine McCann. A neighbour made a formal deposition to the Portuguese police saying that in the weeks before the dogs arrived, she saw the boot of the McCanns’ hired car open all night long, every night.

The investigation was suspended by the Portuguese judicial authorities in July 2008, there being insufficient evidence to charge anyone with a criminal offence. However, in a 58-page report, the Attorney-General said that there was evidence that Madeleine had died in her parents’ apartment, but that it could not be proved how she died. Unlike in Britain and the U.S., the Portuguese police have now released for public viewing on DVDs thousands of documents in the case, including dozens of witness statements, videos of the cadaver dogs in action etc. These are being analysed by hundreds of volunteers on the internet - see list of sources below.

The British groups campaigning for the truth about Madeleine McCann have been writing to Oprah Winfrey suggesting she ask key questions of the McCanns, fearing that, as with other recent Oprah interviews, there will be no challenge to the parents’ claim that Madeleine was abducted. A list of some of these questions can be viewed at this thread:
http://the3arguidos.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=31071

Among the questions The Madeleine Foundation suggests Oprah Winfrey asks the McCanns are the following:

Why did you originally claim that the abductor had forced his way into the flat by jemmying open the shutters to the apartment?
Why, after the police and the owners of the complex you were staying at found no evidence that the shutters had been forced, did you then change your story to saying that you had left the patio door open and the abductor must have entered that way?
Why would the abductor - as you now claim and have done for two years - exit with Madeleine through a small window in the children’s room, when the patio door was already open?
Why did you delete messages from your mobile ’phone before the police arrived on the night Madeleine was reported ‘missing’?
Why have neither of you ever physically searched for Madeleine?
Why did Dr Kate McCann refuse to answer 48 questions put to her by the Portuguese police on 8 September 2007?
How do you explain the findings of the cadaver dogs?
Why did you and your friends who were out in Portugal with you all refuse last year to attend a police reconstruction of the events of 3rd May?

The British groups’ concern about the Oprah Winfrey show was heightened when they learnt that Ms Winfrey was also planning to interview George and Cindy Anthony, the grandparents of murdered 2-year-old Caylee Anthony. Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, is currently in prison awaiting trial for Caylee’s mother.

Deborah Butler, Madeleine Foundation Chairman, said: “In nearly all cases where parents claim that a child of theirs has been abducted from their own home, it later turns out that the child is dead - and that a family member is in some way responsible, whether by accident, negligence, neglect or deliberate act. One such case was that of the death of 8-year-old Joana Cipriano in Portugal, where the girl’s mother, Leonor Cipriano, also claimed she had been abducted. It was Goncalo Amaral, the same detective who investigated the ‘disappearance’ of Madeleine McCann but was removed from the enquiry when he was getting too close to the truth, who successfully proved that Leonor Cipriano and her brother killed little Joana. The pair are now serving lengthy jail terms. We think it would be much better for Oprah Winfrey to interview Mr Amaral, the man who has, as in Joana’s case, brought us the truth about why Madeleine McCann is no longer with us”.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND CONTACTS

The Madeleine Foundation website: www.madeleinefoundation.org
Chairman: Deborah Butler 07867 887066
Secretary: Tony Bennett 00 44 1279 635789 or 07835 716537
e-mail: ajsbennett@btinternet.com

Madeleine Foundation contact in the U.S.
Mrs. Heather McKinnon 303-410-9508 e-mail: colomom@msn.com
For over a year she moderated a popular U.S.-based internet forum on Madeleine McCann.

Interviews: Heather McKinnon (U.S.) is available for interview. Tony Bennett (U.K.) is also available. He has appeared in several TV and radio programmes about Madeleine McCann, including on Portuguese TV and Al Jazeera, and on radio shows in Britain and Spain. He is willing to assist with pre-recorded or live interviews at any reasonable time (between 7am and 12midnight U.K. time). An excerpt from one of his interviews (in Spain) may be found on this YouTube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5c3ld0j1Yo
A more hostile interview of him by a British radio presenter can be found on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5lCyfAmw9g

Further Information about the case:
1) Our book: “What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 Reasons
which suggest she was not abducted” will be sent free on request to any U.S. journalist - and can be e-mailed instantly to you by e-mail Word attachment.
2) Goncalo Amaral’s book: A Verdade da Mentira - ‘The Truth About A Lie’ (English language summaries of this are available on the internet)
3) Portuguese Tvi24’s documentary transmitted on 14 April 2009 - see English translation at www. joana-morais.blogspot.com
4) www.mccannfiles.com - a wealth of original source material about the McCann case compiled by U.K. resident Nigel Moore
5)www.truthformadeleine.com - more source material and analysis by a British expat living in eastern U.S.A.
6) a video of the cadaver dogs finding the smell of a corpse in the McCanns’ apartment and in their hired car is available at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRvgK6M2_7Q
7) www.the3arguidos.net - U.K. based internet forum with useful research material on this link:http://the3arguidos.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=39
8) an informative 10-minute video on Madeleine McCann is at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRvgK6M2_7Q

George and Cindy Anthony On The Early Show


GRANDPARENTS OF CAYLEE ANTHONY TOLD CO-ANCHOR MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ THAT THEIR DAUGHTER WON’T ACCEPT A PLEA DEAL TO SPARE HER LIFE – IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ON “THE EARLY SHOW” ON CBS

GEORGE ANTHONY ALSO TALKS ABOUT WHY HE CONSIDERED SUICIDE

PART TWO OF RODRIGUEZ’S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WILL BE BROADCAST TOMORROW ON “THE EARLY SHOW”

Co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez conducted an exclusive sit-down interview with George and Cindy Anthony this morning on THE EARLY SHOW (7:00-9:00AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This was the Anthony’s first interview together since the body of their granddaughter, Caylee Marie, was found in Dec. 2008. During the interview, the Anthonys told Rodriguez that their daughter won’t accept a plea deal to spare her life. George Anthony also talked about why he once considered suicide. Part two of Rodriguez’s exclusive interview will be broadcast tomorrow (23) on THE EARLY SHOW.

Click here to watch Rodriguez’s exclusive interview.


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MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ, CO-ANCHOR: Joining me now for an exclusive interview are Caylee's grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony, as well as their attorney, Brad Conway. Good morning to all of you.



GEORGE ANTHONY, CASEY ANTHONY'S FATHER: Good morning.



CINDY ANTHONY, CASEY ANTHONY'S MOTHER: Good morning.



BRAD CONWAY, ATTORNEY FOR GEORGE AND CINDY ANTHONY: Good morning, Maggie.



RODRIGUEZ: I can see on your faces this is so difficult, so thank you very much for being here. Most people don't think of it this way, but you have suffered two losses. Your beautiful granddaughter, Caylee, was murdered, and your daughter, Casey, was taken from you as well because she went to jail and charged -- and was charged with this crime. You've had two tragedies in your family.



C. ANTHONY: Yes, we have.



RODRIGUEZ: So, this is doubly hard for you?



G. ANTHONY: Yes, doubly hard. It is hard.



RODRIGUEZ: Do you think that people don't realize that, antagonize you and not realize how much you are suffering?



C. ANTHONY: Yes, I think sometimes it gets lost that, you know, we've lost someone very close to us and we have someone else that's hurting. And we miss her dearly, too.



RODRIGUEZ: And she must be especially hurting now because the latest development in this case, a little over a week ago, prosecutors decided to seek the death penalty against Casey. There's a big difference between thinking that your daughter may spend her life in prison and realizing that she may even be put to death. What was that realization like for you?



C. ANTHONY: You know, we can't think about what's to come. She hasn't even had her trial yet, you know. Casey's presumed innocent, and, you know, we can't think about that right now.



RODRIGUEZ: Will this, you think, George, change anything in Casey's defense? Will she consider now accepting a plea deal to spare her life?



G. ANTHONY: Well, you know, again, this trial is only about probably a year away. I don't really believe that her defensive team is going to do anything to jeopardize anything in the future for her. So, the answer to that question, it's -- we're just going to have to wait and see what plays out. I don't believe that's going to happen with her.



RODRIGUEZ: Would you encourage her to do that?



C. ANTHONY: No.



RODRIGUEZ: No.



G. ANTHONY: No.



C. ANTHONY: Absolutely not. I don't think Casey would take a plea deal. You know, Casey's not going to admit for something that she hasn't done.



RODRIGUEZ: How are you so sure? Why do you say with such conviction that she didn't do this?



C. ANTHONY: We love our daughter. We stand behind her. We know what kind of mother she was.



RODRIGUEZ: Is it because you love her (ph) daughter that you need to believe this or because you believe unflinchingly that it's not possible that she did this?



G. ANTHONY: I don't think it's possible for my daughter to hurt anyone. And she wouldn't definitely hurt her own child. I mean, my gosh, I've seen the love every single day that she had for her. You know, she took care of her being with us. So, I mean, she wouldn't hurt her.



RODRIGUEZ: But Cindy, your first instinct when you called 911 was to say, quote, "It smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car." When you take that, plus all the evidence that prosecutors say they've gathered, it doesn't bode well for Casey.



CONWAY: You know, Maggie, those are issues that are going to come up at trial. And they're anxiously awaiting that. And there's been so much pretrial publicity that's going to affect the ultimate outcome and her ability to get a fair trial. So, the questions that have to do with the statements that they gave, they want to wait, and they want to tell the truth in front of a jury and let a jury decide.



RODRIGUEZ: OK. But people will want to know why we should believe that Casey didn't do this when there is so much evidence. What do you say to those people?



C. ANTHONY: You know, again, she's presumed innocent. You know, I think the truth will come out at trial, and that's what we have to wait for. You know, the defense is going to do their job. We're confident that they're going to do their job. And, you know, they'll be able to see for themselves that it's -- you know, there's more to it.



RODRIGUEZ: Yes. There is what has to be an excruciating question for any parent, but I'm sure you've asked yourselves the question in the course of this. If she did commit this crime, should she be punished because whoever killed Caylee deserves to be, or would you like to see leniency because she's your daughter?



C. ANTHONY: Again, you know, we want the truth, you know. But, again, we have to wait for everything to come out in trial.



RODRIGUEZ: Prosecutors will try to use some of Casey's own words and actions in the trial. They'll say even though she believed that her daughter had been taken by a baby-sitter, she didn't call you guys in a panic and say, Mom, Dad, look what happened. She didn't report Caylee missing. Cindy, do you find her behavior odd?



C. ANTHONY: You know, I don't understand what happened. I don't know what happened. And again, you know, I think we'll probably learn a lot more, you know, as time goes on.



RODRIGUEZ: But have you had a chance to ask Casey why she didn't report Caylee missing?



C. ANTHONY: Yes. She was afraid. I mean, that's the answer -- she was afraid.



RODRIGUEZ: What was she afraid of?



C. ANTHONY: She, you know, I can't answer that right now.



RODRIGUEZ: But she told you she feared for, what, her life?

Caylee's life? Both?



C. ANTHONY: She feared for all of our lives.



RODRIGUEZ: Yes. What about you, George. In those 30 days they were missing, did you ever -- I know that at one point, you confronted Casey. What did you say to her?



G. ANTHONY: The only time I really confronted Casey was when I saw her again on July 15th. I mean, I just wanted to know where she's been, and what she told me is what she told Cindy, you know, also.



RODRIGUEZ: That she was afraid.



G. ANTHONY: She's afraid.



RODRIGUEZ: And at that point, she said she believed that Caylee was still alive?



G. ANTHONY: Yes.



RODRIGUEZ: And you, Cindy, you had never gone more than two days without seeing Caylee, and yet you didn't report her missing until 30 days later. Why is that?



C. ANTHONY: Because she was with her mom. And I believed that, you know, she was with her mom. And I have never had a reason not to trust Casey with Caylee.



You know, Casey made Caylee her priority, and it was very evident, anybody that saw Casey and Caylee together, that Caylee was number one for Casey. So, I never had a reason. I mean, Casey was Caylee's -- I mean, Casey was Caylee's mom. Caylee belonged to her.



I'm just the grandmother. You know, there's a lot of grandmothers that don't know every, you know, everything about their grandchildren.

Just because she lived with me doesn't mean that, you know, Casey wasn't in charge of Caylee.



RODRIGUEZ: Even though there had been -- and this is well-documented -- times when she had lied to you, you never once thought, something is not quite right with the story she's telling us?



C. ANTHONY: No, there was never a red flag until July 15th.



RODRIGUEZ: This is going to be a very difficult question, but when they finally found Caylee dead, a quarter mile from your house, can you tell me what went through your mind, George?



G. ANTHONY: Sorrow. Didn't want to believe it. Still have a hard time coping with that -- I really do -- now that my granddaughter is no longer here. It's hard. And to know...



RODRIGUEZ: Yes. Do you think about her every single day?



C. ANTHONY: Every single day.



G. ANTHONY: Every single day. Every single day. I mean, we can't walk around our home without thinking of her. Waking up in the morning and walking out and seeing the photo of her, hearing her little voice.



C. ANTHONY: Driving in the car listening to a song, you know.

There are so many things. You know, just walking outside, looking at the stars at night. I mean, everything.



And, you know, this was our year to do more with her because she was getting older. I mean, you know how it is when they're toddlers, and she was the age, the perfect age to, you know, take her, you know, places and that. And it's very difficult.



RODRIGUEZ: A little more than a month after she was found dead, George, you had a very difficult moment. You almost took your own life. You ready to talk about that now?



G. ANTHONY: I can talk some about it. I mean, to try to keep your family together no matter what, to have so much put on you every single day, to be scrutinized, to be -- have people come at you in so many different directions like protesters at our house and stuff. All that weighs on you after a while.



I mean, to think how they tried to destroy my wife. Tried to destroy my son. Came after my daughter. Said negative things in such a way that I'm going to protect my family no matter what. And got to the point on that one day that there's just so much a person can take.



I mean, sure, that was the wrong direction to go in, and I know that. And I want to talk to more people about that kind of stuff. You can't give up, even though the days get very hard for you, there's still other ways. There's people to talk to besides your own family, but people you can reach out to and talk. They're going to be there for support to help you.



RODRIGUEZ: All right. George, Cindy, thank you very much. Brad, thank you for coming as well.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're welcome, Maggie.



RODRIGUEZ: We will continue our conversation with the Anthonys tomorrow here on "The Early Show." We'll talk more about Caylee, Casey, the case and what the Anthonys are doing now to help other people in a similar situation.





Zev Shalev is the executive producer of THE EARLY SHOW.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

George & Cindy Anthony to be on The Early Show


GRANDPARENTS OF CAYLEE ANTHONY WILL BE INTERVIEWED TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THEIR GRANDDAUGHTER'S BODY WAS FOUND -- EXCLUSIVE TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH “EARLY SHOW”

CO-ANCHOR MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ TO BEGIN ON APRIL 22

The Anthonys will join Rodriguez in THE EARLY SHOW’s

New York City Studio

George and Cindy Anthony will sit down for an exclusive two-part interview with co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez, which will be broadcast on Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23 on THE EARLY SHOW (7:00-9:00AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This will be the first time that the Anthonys have been interviewed together since the body of their granddaughter, Caylee Marie, was found in Dec. 2008. Rodriguez will talk to the Anthonys about the investigation into their granddaughter’s death, including the timeline of events leading up to the arrest of their daughter, Casey, for the crime. The Anthonys also will talk about how their daughter is handling the prosecution’s recent decision to seek the death penalty in their case against her.

Zev Shalev is the executive producer of THE EARLY SHOW.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Born To Win

According to his tattoo, Fred Dilts was "Born to Win", but according to the Indiana Sex Offenders list, so far his biggest raise to fame has been a 1987 conviction for rape and evidently he's now adding a notch to his belt after disappearing with a 16 year old Amish girl.

Investigators said Sara D. Troyer, 16, of Warsaw Township's Reynoldsville neighborhood, was last seen last Monday leaving Fred Dilts' house in the Aultman area of Center Township with her 18-year-old brother and another man in a car driven by Dilts, a convicted sex offender.

The man returned to the house on Tuesday but Troyer remained with Dilts. On Thursday, Troyer was reported as a run away.


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Prison is cheaper

He's been convicted more than once. He's admitted to molesting more children that he's been ever been charged in connection with. And he's labeled a "sexually violent predator". But he's free, at a cost of $30,000 a month to tax payers and the safety of children everywhere.


According to his neighbors, Rasmuson is living in a mobile home on the fenced acreage while repairs are being made to the house he’s renting on the land. Though the 47-year-old is employed, Rasmuson is still paying the state back for previous care and financial support, meaning taxpayers are also footing the $4,500 monthly rent on the $1.5 million property. In addition, according to the state’s Department of Mental Health, there’s an $800 daily expense for the court-ordered security detail assigned to protect him—for his safety and that of his neighbors. The current set-up is costing taxpayers close 
to $30,000 a month from the state’s general funds.


Seriously, read the entire article.
And then tell me why this is justifiable, when prison would be cheaper and safer.

Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes liked kids. So much so that he often babysat for various children, and worked in the child care portion of a gym. Perhaps Reyes liked them too much, and for the wrong reasons- because police say he's now been arrested and charged with molesting a now 17 year old boy for incidents that happened over a three year period starting when the boy was just 9.

Assistant Prosecutor Robert Laurino said Reyes was a friendly neighbor back then and was enthusiastic about babysitting for all kinds of children.

"He would watch over the young man and at times would take him to his house," Laurino said at a news conference in Newark on Thursday afternoon. "Apparently he enjoyed babysitting and therefore any other individuals that he knew he would offer himself as a babysitter."

Reyes has since moved from Bloomfield to Newark and when prosecutors went to check on his whereabouts they were alarmed to find him working in the child care center of an upscale gym in Short Hills.

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Well, the paperwork is in now..

The Palm Beach County State Attorney's office claims that they allowed 50 year old Richard Jones out of jail because the West Palm Beach Police department didn't file all their paperwork on time. Of course the West Palm Beach Police department disputes that claim by saying simply that they did file it on time. Regardless of who is right and who is lying, all of the paperwork is now filed, and the State Attorney's office has said they can now request a judge to set bond again for Jones- which would allow him to be brought back into jail. Problem seems to be that even though they can, as of the release of the article they hadn't. Which means Jones is still roaming around the same neighborhood as his young male victim.

50 year old Richard Jones of Riviera Beach is accused of molesting the 12 year old boy behind a vacant house on Pinewood Avenue in West Palm Beach March 8, and he was interrupted by three good Samaritans who were walking along some nearby railroad tracks and grabbed him and held him until police arrived.

The boy's mother was astounded to find out that Jones is out of jail, and she didn't know it until her son spotted him in the neighborhood on Easter Sunday.

"I was horrified. Because how can I protect my son if I don't know that this guy is here in the neighborhood?" she said.

She says no one, not the West Palm Beach police who arrested Jones, or the state attorney's office called her to alert her that Jones was getting out.


Honestly, one can't help but wonder who really screwed this up, and more importantly- why no one sees the need to rush and correct it. This man grabbed a young boy, molested him and was only captured because of sheer luck that 3 people happened to walk by. Perhaps the State Attorney's office should take a quick measure of how lucky they are to be this far into the case, and rather than depend on remaining lucky enough that he doesn't skip town, or worse victimize another child- they ought to do their job and talk to that judge a little faster.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Reporter gets fired...

There are people who go to work, do their jobs and then go home at the end of the day never thinking twice about the last 8 hours they spent dedicating their time to accomplishing something. In fact, the biggest concern they have regarding their career is just what to do with the check they've "earned".

Then there are the people who don't have a career- they have a passion, the fact that they are going to get paid to do it is the last thing on their minds. They are those rare people who you just know, would be doing it regardless of a check because what they do is so ingrained into who they are.

Take reporters for instance. If you read enough of their work, you'll quickly be able to see who does their job and who is living their life's dream- that person who'd be telling the story to everyone because he's moved by it rather than because well... he happens to be able to punch out a few lines and pick up a check every other week. Now, reporters come in all shapes and sizes covering all sorts of stories but some stories, some cases take a very special person to retell them which is why I tend to believe that some of the best reporters out there are investigative reporters who have to go beyond merely rehashing whatever tidbit might have been slipped into their ear, and really get in depth to see the case well enough to make their readers feel like they are a part of it.

I know a reporter that can do that. That can open up a cold case dating back 20 years and tell it so well, you can envision it as if you were standing right there. I want to tell you about him.

A couple years ago, I get this email out of the blue from some Cleveland Ohio guy. He starts if off by telling me about a cold case involving the murder of a 10 year old girl in 1989. 1989 folks. And then he mentions that in 1989 he was just a few months older than the girl herself. Now, years later he's a journalist, and he's set his sight on solving her murder. I read his blog. I buy his book. I can see the passion he has for this case, and almost think that perhaps, perhaps maybe there was so much passion dedicated to this one story that this is going to be his one hit wonder. Not that he won't continue writing- but that it was unlikely someone could be so deeply involved with a case like that and still have the ability to be just as passionate about other cases that I felt would eventually make their way to his desk.

My doubts were not just unfounded- they were completely insane. Because a year later, this same reporter emailed again, with another case he'd been working on. And he told the story filling it with the same passion that connected me to the previous case. Maybe he was a two hit wonder.

And then, he emailed again. My god this reporter/author/blogger is just too much. Always coming up with something so intriguing, it leaves me wanting to peek into his hard drive and see what he'll be sharing next.

So, fast forward past all the amazing things he's written and I've got his blog(s) bookmarked, and a few of his books sitting on my shelf and just so you know- it's not just me who thinks this reporter is impressive. He's liked by a lot of people. Crime bloggers, other reporters, authors-- he's impressive and talented and he's earned their respect. Which is probably why I was so shocked to find he'd been fired as a reporter.

I didn’t just love my job. I adored it. I started freelancing for Cleveland Scene back in 2003, when it was still owned by New Times. Left in 2005 to finish my book on the Amy Mihaljevic case. In November of that year, I went to work for my old editor from Scene, over at the Free Times. After the merger of Cleveland’s two alt-weeklies last year, I found myself–quite literally–at my old desk in the offices of Scene, now owned by media conglomerate Times-Shamrock.

Yesterday, I got fired for daring to question the judgement of Times-Shamrock CEO Matthew E. Haggerty.

Of course, James Renner offers a link to a fuller explanation of what happened here.
But after reading his post, and the one he linked to... I'm still left with two lingering questions- one: wth was Haggerty thinking and two: who will be the lucky paper to catch this gem as their new investigative reporter.

After reading what happened, and reflecting upon the incredible work he's done in the past- I am shocked and angered that he was treated with such a lack of respect.

I couldn't actually find contact information for the twit that made this decision, and to be honest I don't really have anyone (as in Mr Renner's) okaying my idea here, however- I do know that a good deal of you have always enjoyed James' guest posts and other posts regarding his work... so if you're so inclined I'm sure that someone at the Times Shamrock or Cleveland scene might be able to assist you in contacting Haggerty.

Cleveland Scene Contacts here.

The Times Shamrock contact list can be found here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kenneth McBride

In 1996 Kenneth McBride was convicted of a sexual crime against an 8 year old girl. He served his time, and then was released. Now police say he's being charged in the murder of his live in girlfriend.

Kenneth McBride, 35, was arrested two weeks ago after Clay County detectives acting on information from a witness found the body of Roberta Laws.

"She was covered up and there were items, like some boards and things like that, over the area where the body had been recovered. The body was fairly well-hidden and would not have been easily discovered by anybody who might see the back yard," Clay County Sheriff Rick Beasler said after McBride's arrest.


The witness in the case, McBride's new live in girlfriend had been aware of the crime, but waited five weeks to turn him in due to threats he'd made against her life if she ever spoke about the crime.

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Yong Heng Du

When a California mother spotted her young daughter walking away from the playground with 53 year old Yong Heng Du, she quickly followed behind to catch up with the two. Police say that while she was able to catch Du sexually assaulting her child. After the allegations, police investigated Du and were able to locate other victims:

The mother called police and the child was then interviewed by specialists. Detectives also interviewed other parents in the apartment complex and found two other girls who Du had allegedly molested, Musgrove said.

The three victims are 7, 8 and 9 years old.

Du was arrested on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years old and false imprisonment, Musgrove said.

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Students Poison Teacher

Two heathens at Sequoyah Middle School decided to start summer break a little early this year, and hopefully they'll end up spending it in some sort of military reform school/ and or juvenile detention center.

During first period, a teacher took a sip of her coffee and soon became seriously ill. The teacher was rushed to the hospital, but not before telling administrators what she had seen earlier -- kids lingering at her desk.

"The administrators put two and two together and talked to those students to find out if, in fact, they were involved in putting something in her coffee," said Diane Turner with the Federal Way School District.

The students admitted to having added Ipecac, a syrup that induces vomiting, to their teacher's coffee.


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Byron Shane Carpenter isn't dead.

Not my usual crime related post, but this one just annoyed me more than you can imagine.

Those reading Byron Shane Carpenter's obit were probably divided on their feelings. Those that knew and loved him may have felt some pain and grief over their sudden loss. But something tells me that MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) was less than impressed, and more angry than sad.

Carpenter filed the fake obit, then waited just long enough to ensure that a few people had seen it before prompting his wife to call his lawyer crying and inform him that Carpenter had been in a fatal car accident in order to avoid going to court.

It is ironic that Carpenter would choose "fake fatal accident" as his means of fake death- especially given that his upcoming court date was related to charges that while driving drunk, Carpenter struck another car, killing a woman.

Carpenter faces charges of homicide by vehicle, great bodily injury by vehicle and aggravated driving while intoxicated from a 2006 crash in Edgewood that killed a woman and severely injured her elderly stepfather.


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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Side Note, With a Request

While I try to make it a rare occurrence, sometimes I feel the need to ask for readers to look at something, and then do whatever they may be motivated to do to help out. I try to reserve requests for help- because I don't want to ever appear as if I am imposing upon anyone. And, given the current state of the economy- I want to assure you that I've given much thought to asking for assistance on this... there's nothing requiring anyone to help, and no expectation of what that help should be if you find yourself willing and able.


That being said... here it goes.

For victims, finding a friend within the criminal justice system can be a blessing like no other. Having someone there to offer support, to stand beside you at your greatest time of need- and to remain there willing to be a shoulder to lean on even years later, is one of the biggest comforts imaginable.

I can honestly say that without the support of organizations such as Crime Victims Services, many victims would fall through the cracks of the justice system, would remain in a state of feeling lost... My local Crime Victims Services couldn't possibly ever be praised enough for the support they have given countless people in our community, including myself.

Sadly, their work doesn't come without a cost- and due to recent economic pressures- their budget has been greatly reduced. This reduction in income impacts victims, along with the employees at CVS who have dedicated their lives to "being the voice" for victims everywhere.

SOURCE "The cuts were from Lima/Allen County, so we kept [our] cuts and position reduction in Allen County," Voth said.

The Prosecutor's Office will take over the required notifications, but Voth said that doesn't pick up other work the agency does.

"Even though [victims] will get a notice, they won't have a person they can call to help them walk through the system and support them emotionally."

Further budget cuts included eliminating raises for the seven employees at the Lima office and four at Ottawa's office ($11,000) and cutting training and travel that is not job-required ($5,000). In all, the agency has slashed $43,000 from its budget. Through donations and an unexpected state grant, $22,000 was added to the budget, working out to the $30,000 deficit.

"At this point I'm waiting to make more cuts to try to figure out if we can get more grants, more donations or the stimulus money and not have to make more cuts," Voth said.

He said a decision would come in about 30 days.

"I need to balance the budget, because if I don't, I'm using up money I may need next year," Voth said. "There's a limit to the amount of money I can spend that I don't have. We will not borrow money. ... We'll just cut until we stay within our budget."



I spend a lot of time reading and talking about the suffering that victims all to often encounter, first there is the actual crime committed against them. Sadly, it rarely ends with just the crime itself. Too many times, victims are forced to relive their suffering as they work their way through the justice system. For them, being able to have someone reach out and offer support, to listen to them, to carry the burden with them- is the one think that makes it more bearable. When you have someone who has been there before, who knows the process most importantly is willing to reach out and help it can bring the first steps in the healing process. Every single victim deserves the services that Crime Victims provides- and I know many that probably wouldn't be where they are today, had Crime Victims not been there to help. In fact, one of the reasons why I'm writing this now- is because I was once one of those victims and I have experienced first hand the wonderful work that they do.

With that said, I'd like to ask that those of you who might have the means and the desire to, take a moment and consider making a donation. I know, economically times are difficult for people everywhere, and so this is a big request that I'm making. However, I'm holding out hope that a simple request might be able to make a difference in the lives of those who deserve it most- even in these difficult times.

For those able- and no one is required to- and willing to donate, information can be found here. And please accept my heartfelt thanks in advance.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

It doesn't add up

I could ramble the list of "male" crimes off in my head without a second thought. I imagine most people could. There are just certain crimes that seem to have committed themselves to being considered a "mans" crime. If I start talking about a rapist- how many people imagine a man? If I start talking about serial killers- do you envision a male or a female? And, if I told you that someone kidnapped a killed a child they weren't related to- who would you picture the suspect being- a woman or a man? It's strange, yet these seem to be crimes we associate with men. Don't get me wrong- women have earned their own set of crimes that we've resigned to associating with a female perp rather than a male.

The case of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu seems to have caught a good deal of people off guard. As horrible as a missing child is- we've slowly grown use to the flash of cute pictures and the stories of towns banning together to hang missing persons fliers everywhere. And, tragically- despite the pain of it- we've even taken the burden of knowing that some of these missing child cases will not end with a happy reunion. We don't wish for that, we don't enjoy that, but we've come to accept it. Because we've been there so many times before. But what makes this case so different- what caught so many off guard was, well, the suspect.

We've come to expect that when a non family member abducts and murders a child, and the police stand in front of camera's to make the "suspect in custody" statement, that they will no doubt unveil the image of some man, usually white, older, some sort of criminal history. Once in a while, maybe it's a younger guy, maybe not a white person, maybe they have no criminal history. And while it's surprising- we'll accept that. What we can't understand is when everything we expect of this "unveiled" suspect doesn't meet the actual suspect. We expected a he. We got a she.

When news that 28 year old Melissa Huckaby, a Sunday school teacher and the mother of a 5 year old playmate of Sandra Cantu was arrested and charged with kidnapping and murdering the child- there was an strange feeling of shock. Just how could the suspect be a woman? The mother of Sandra Cantu's friend? The very same woman who helped search for her, who told reporters that Sandra Cantu had been to her home that day wanting to play... it just doesn't seem right that a woman could actually be responsible for this. The scenario is hard to swallow.

Police said Huckaby lives in the same mobile home complex where Sandra lived with her family; the Tracy Press reported Huckaby lives with her grandparents.

Police noted "inconsistencies" between comments Huckaby made to the newspaper and a previous statement she gave authorities, Sheneman said. It was one reason police asked her Friday to come to the station to be interviewed again. She drove there about 6 p.m. Friday, he said.

Authorities believe Huckaby lied about the suitcase being missing, Sheneman said.

Asked whether authorities believe Sandra's death was planned, Sheneman said the question is "not something I can answer right now" but "we do have an indication." He said authorities have found where they believe the girl was killed, but would not divulge that location to reporters.

"I couldn't begin to theorize what her motive is," Sheneman said of Huckaby.


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Justices Gerry Alexander, Charles Johnson, Richard Sanders, Tom Chambers, Susan Owens and Debra Stephens hate kids

Justices Gerry Alexander, Charles Johnson, Richard Sanders, Tom Chambers, Susan Owens and Debra Stephens have joined together to shine a spotlight on their true feelings for victims. And in the process, left one lone Justice to dissent on their decision while being the only one moved to uphold the idea of justice being served.

Randy J. Sutherby was arrested after a five year old female relative came forward about him crawling into bed with her, and molesting her while he was on an overnight visit at her families home. Sutherby was investigated, and eventually charged with child molestation and child rape charges and unrelated child porn charges due to material found by police during a search.

In the appeal at issue, Randy J. Sutherby argued that Grays Harbor County prosecutors erred by charging him with seven counts of possession of child pornography while consolidating that case with child molestation and child rape charges related to an alleged assault on a 5-year-old girl. Six of the high court's nine justices agreed, ordering that Sutherby receive a new trial on the assault allegation and that he be resentenced on a single child pornography count.

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In Thursday's ruling, the six-justice majority found that Sutherby's lawyer -- a privately hired defense attorney -- failed to provide his client with effective assistance by not arguing that the child pornography case should be separated from the molestation charges. They also agreed with a Court of Appeals ruling that Sutherby should only have faced a single count of possession of child pornography, not the 10 counts prosecutors initially offered.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Gerald Fuller, who argued the appeal for the Grays Harbor Prosecutor's Office, said he and his colleagues will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider the case while weighing their appellate options.

"I'm disappointed, and, frankly, I think Justice Johnson got it right," Fuller said Thursday. "Our point of view was that our proof of the conduct with the child was corroborated by the possession of the pornography."


The dissent by Supreme Court Justice James Johnson, would have only served us better had it been the majorities ruling. While it does indeed weigh the questions of law brought about by the appeal, it also shows a remarkable consideration for the rights and well being of the victim.
The majority's ruling fails to adequately protect innocent child victims and misapplies the test set by the United States Supreme Court to determine truly constitutionally ineffective assistance of counsel. Therefore, I dissent.

And what about ## - She did everything a little girl in her situation should have done. She told her mother what her grandfather had done. She gave the same account to two doctors and to a child interviewer. She recounted the incident at a competency hearing, and she honestly described the events again to the jury. She knows the number one rule of the court is "[n]ever lie." VRP (Nov. 1, 2005) at 59. And she did not lie; indeed, the jury -- our system's lie detector -- properly made that determination. But now, several years later, the majority's decision means she will have to relive these traumatic events at another trial (or see her victimizer plead down to a reduced sentence). It would be possible to explain to ##. why she has to go through such a horrible experience if the constitution required that result, but it does not. I dissent. Poor little ##.




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Thursday, April 09, 2009

America's Most Wanted All Star

AMW Press Release:


Fredericksburg, VA Cop Becomes Finalist in AMW All-Star Contest


April 8, 2009 – A police officer from Fredericksburg, Virginia whose quick thinking helped end a tense and violent confrontation has been chosen by the public as the latest finalist in the 2009 America’s Most Wanted All-Star Contest, sponsored by Sprint. The iconic crime-fighting TV show’s contest recognizes outstanding achievements by first responders nationwide.


While on evening patrol of June 6, 2008, Officer Joe Young became was called to a domestic violence call involving an armed suspect. As another officer pursued the gun man, Officer Young decided to distract the suspect by opening the door of his cruiser with the radio blaring. It worked – and Officer Young was then able to place himself between the armed suspect and the entrance to his intended victim’s apartment. As the suspect attempted to return to the apartment, Officer Young confronted him and gunshots were exchanged. The suspect was wounded in the gun battle, and then took his own life. It was later discovered that the suspect had killed another officer.


Joe Young received the Officer of the Year award from the Fredericksburg Police Department for his heroic actions that day, and he and the slain officer were awarded the department’s first-ever Medals of Honor.


Officer Joe Young becomes the seventh of eight weekly finalists chosen by the public in this year’s 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 vote for their favorite first responder online at AMW.com.


Each weekly finalist will be profiled on America’s Most Wanted (Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on FOX). Through their online votes, the public will choose the grand-prize winner. In May, AMW Host John Walsh will present the 2009 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.


Members of the public may vote for their favorite first responder once a day, every day. Finalist voting runs through April 12, and the grand-prize winner voting will run April 16-May 5.



Thursday, April 02, 2009

Corey Deen Saunders gets life

Corey Deen Saunders, the convicted sex offender who police say lured a 6 year old boy into a bathroom in a library and raped him in 2008 was sentenced to life in prison. Just don't release that sign of relief just yet. It turns out Saunders, who is 27 will be eligible for parole in just 15 years.

The very fact that this latest attack could have been prevented only serves to make the story more disturbing.

Saunders was released from prison in December 2006, despite objections from prosecutors and three psychologists who said he was too dangerous to be let out. He is a Level 3 sex offender, a designation given to those believed most likely to re-offend.

The case reignited debate over a civil commitment law that allows prosecutors to request that sexual offenders be locked up indefinitely after completing their prison terms.

Prosecutors sought to have Saunders committed after he served his term. But a judge rejected the request, citing Saunders' history of being sexually abused as a child and his lack of sexual crimes while in prison.


And, for the record- I'm sick of having to explain that child rapists usually don't commit sexual crimes while in prison, but I'm going to do it yet again. Perhaps someone should have pointed out to this two bit idiot in a robe that it wasn't a shock Saunders didn't commit sexual crimes, seeing how it's so rare to find a little boy roaming around a prison these days.

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Stephen E. Quick and Samantha Light,

I've mentioned before that I believe some people should be banned from being around the rest of society... especially children. Now, thanks to a reader tip- I have the perfect example of two folks who fit that description: Stephen E. Quick and his girlfriend Samantha Light.

It seems Fountain County law enforcement officials began investigating the two after a young girl that had been left in their care made extremely unsettling comments to her mother about activities Quick and Light were engaging in.

a young girl told her mother that the couple had touched her inappropriately and photographed her while she was being baby-sat at their home on Feb. 28.

"I asked her if they were just helping her in the bathroom and she said, 'No mommy, they took pictures," the girl's mother, who wanted to remain anonymous,


After obtaining a search warrant, police found evidence hinting at how depraved these two were:
They also found a videotape that showed several sexual acts involving both Quick and Light and at least four different children between the ages of 2 months and 6 years old, Kemp said.

Several sex toys that appeared in the video were seized during a second search of the couple's residence, police said.

"In 15 years of doing this job, it's the worst thing I've ever seen or imagined," Kemp said. "Just horrible, just horrible … It's a new low."


Honestly, there isn't a prison sentence long enough to equal the punishment that these two deserve.

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James Renner

Many of you should recall investigative reporter/author James Renner, who has been mentioned once or twice by me here.

James has a special gift in bringing life back to cold cases, and telling their stories with vivid passion. Which is why it delights me to be able to share his new blog with you. www.jamesrenner.wordpress.com Go ahead, click over and see what he's been up to.

America's Most Wanted All Star Press Release

AMW Press Release:

NYPD Officer Who Combines Compassion with Crime-Fighting

Is Named Finalist in AMW All-Star Contest

March 31, 2009 – A New York City cop with a big heart has been chosen by the public as a finalist in the 2009 AMW All-Star contest, sponsored by Sprint. The contest recognizes outstanding achievements by first responders. Members of the public who voted at the America’s Most Wanted website, AMW.com, recognized Officer Susan Porcello’s humanity in a job that often calls for emotions to be put aside.

Officer Porcello has been with the NYPD since 1998. Last July, she responded to a 911 call from the residence of an elderly man who was ill. Gasper Musso had no family or friends, but after assisting him, Officer Porcello changed that. Not only did she open her heart to him, but for the next six months, she and her partner provided Mr. Musso with the things he needed to care for himself. And when she learned that he was a retired U.S. Marine, Officer Porcello was determined not to let his service to our nation be forgotten. When Mr. Musso died in November, 2008, Officer Porcello and her partner made sure he received full military burial privileges. In addition, she provided for his wake, the mass and burial at her own expense. Officer Porcello received the Public Servant of the Year Award from Little Italy Merchant Association (LIMA), and the Rocco Laurie Memorial Award for outstanding police work for her demonstration of compassion and dedication to Gasper Musso in Life and Death. She recently was also given THE SHIELDS of Long Island award for Police Officer of the month for her ability, courage and understanding, which have won the respect, confidence and admiration of her fellow police officers.

Susan Porcello becomes the sixth of eight weekly finalists chosen by the public in this year’s 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.

Each weekly finalist will be profiled on America’s Most Wanted (Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on FOX). Through their online votes, the public will choose the grand-prize winner. In May, AMW Host John Walsh will present the 2009 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 4, 2009. Members of the public may vote for their favorite first responder once a day, every day. Finalist voting runs through April 12, and the grand-prize winner voting will run April 16-May 5.

America' Most Wanted

This Saturday, America's Most Wanted will be airing the following cases:

Jesus “Chuy” Canales: Family members tell AMW that Lucy Preciado was tired of her lazy husband fighting and mistreating their children, and that she was moving out of their home. But he refused to let her go, and cops say he impaled her with a sword right in front of their kids. Investigators believe their suspect may have fled as far as El Salvador and they need your help in tracking him down.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=62974

Jeremy Dunn: America's Most Wanted has worked to solve some of the coldest cases in America, but one murder investigation would lead cops to seven other unsolved slayings. Right now, watch this week's five-part online series going behind the scenes with an exclusive look at the captures produced by AMW's Evan Marshall.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=41958

Edward LeBlanc: Friends and family say Kristin Miner was a shy, thoughtful and caring person who often doted on her friends' children. In 2007, Kristin had fallen on tough times when she made a new friend, a man named Edward LeBlanc. However, when Kristin turned up dead, authorities traced the clues to back to LeBlanc, who is now the prime suspect in her murder.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=62567

Martin Gonzalez: On an Autumn morning in 2008, a barrage of bullets rang out in a Holbrook, Ariz. mobile home. Cops say the assailant killed one, injured three others and is hiding out somewhere in the American Southwest.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=63005

Rickey Robbins: Police in South Bend, Indiana tell AMW that a man who looks like Rickey Allen Robbins is actually not the serial sex offender. Multiple times in the last few weeks, authorities say that someone resembling Robbins has been spotted at the Indiana University South Bend Campus -- first in a parking garage and then in an administration building. Now, the manhunt for the serial sex offender continues and authorities believe he could be somewhere on the West Coast.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=62126

Juan Acevedo: Authorities in Arizona are on the lookout for Juan Salvador Acevedo, a man who they say broke into a Phoenix townhouse and attempted to molest two young siblings. Acevedo's rap sheet also includes an arrest for peeping at another young girl and cops believe he could be continuing his antics.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=62561

Jeffrey Marshall: When the short courtship of Elizabeth "Lynne" Waterson and Jeffrey Marshall ended, the ambitious, beautiful Lynne continued to deflect Marshall's unwanted advances. For months, cops say an obsessed Marshall stalked his former girlfriend and refused to take no for an answer until one day in April 2007, when he took his twisted infatuation to a deadly breaking point.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51389

Sandra Cantu: To those who know her, 8-year-old Sandra Cantu is the epitome of the friendly, personable girl next door, but friends and family members hope that someone didn't take advantage of the second grader's trusting nature. Cops in Tracy, Calif. say Sandra went missing on March 28, 2009 and now the FBI has joined the effort to find her.

http://www.amw.com/missing_children/brief.cfm?id=64597

Carvell Baker Killer: Cops in West Los Angeles are trying to piece together a murder mystery involving a homeless man and the man who shot him in cold blood. Luckily, authorities were able to get surveillance video of the murderer before and after the incident, and they hope that the public can help identify a killer.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=46346

And don't forget, you can check out their website for updates and other cases at www.amw.com