The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, May 29, 2009

America's Most Wanted: Special Edition

America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back is known for it's dedication to putting criminals behind bars, but this week you can be apart of their efforts to help one convicted killer gain his freedom... and prove his innocence.


“America’s Most Wanted” Investigation Shows

Justice May NOT Have Been Done.

(May 28, 2009), Washington, D.C. – For more than two decades, “America’s Most Wanted” has profiled fugitives and asked the public to help cops chase them down. But in a special episode this Saturday May 30th (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, AMW Host John Walsh will ask viewers to consider whether one man caught, tried and convicted of murder should NOT be behind bars. In a turnabout for a show that has helped thousands of people get justice, Walsh will investigate a case that raises the question of whether justice has truly been served.

When police found the body of a Missouri woman floating in a river, with a cement block tied around her waist, they immediately suspected the victim’s son, Dale Helmig. Investigators felt that Helmig knew too much about the crime. During his trial, prosecutors argued he killed his mother because she would no longer support him financially. A jury agreed, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But now there’s evidence that Helmig may not have received a fair trial, and that the jury that convicted him may have been misled. In the special broadcast, John Walsh reconstructs the murder, the investigation and the trial, and asks whether the actual killer is still on the loose.

>>Arrest and Interview of Dale Helmig
>>Norma Helmig Murder Police Report
>>Country Kitchen Incident

In its 22 seasons, AMW has helped law enforcement capture more than 1,060 dangerous criminals. Now for the first time, the series may help lead to the release of an innocent man.

AMERICAS MOST WANTED airs Saturdays, 9 PM ET/PT, 8 PM CT on FOX. AMW is produced by STF Productions; Inc. Lance Heflin is Executive Producer. Steve Katz is Co-Executive Producer.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

48 HOURS MYSTERY: "Blood and Money on Horseshoe Bay,"


Charlie White was a larger-than-life Texas millionaire. Ambitious, bold and brash, he lived a lavish lifestyle that included a private jet, luxury vacations, parties and beautiful women. But it all came to a gruesome end in 2005 when police were called to his lakeside mansion. The eccentric millionaire had been murdered, mercilessly beaten, with an extension cord wrapped around his neck several times.

By first impression, White was a very likeable person, but as police began investigating his murder, a darker image of White began to emerge, one of a cruel man with a dangerous mean streak sharpened by arrogance, alcohol and women. With an unbridled passion for the fairer sex, White bedded and rated the sexual prowess of over a thousand women, including strippers and prostitutes. And White didn’t stop there, satisfying his sexual appetite with the girlfriends of his own son Darin, who he also used to pick up women to fulfill his needs.

With his outrageous lifestyle and sexual conquests, White had no shortage of enemies.

“Somebody had had enough,” says a family friend, “somebody wanted him dead.”

Correspondent Peter Van Sant reports on 48 HOURS MYSTERY: "Blood and Money on Horseshoe Bay," Saturday, May. 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This broadcast is produced by Jay Young and Jenna Jackson. Anthony Batson and Peter Schweitzer are the senior producers and Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

Editors' Note: Click here to watch a preview of the broadcast. Click here for Peter Van Sant's reporter's notebook. CBS News 48 HOURS MYSTERY broadcasts are now available on iTunes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Melecio Camacho would like a public defender

Melecio Camacho, the Mexican national who was living in South Sioux City for perhaps months, who has family still back in Mexico and who was recently arrested, would like a public defender. Not for just another petty crime, but for the vicious rape and murder of a 3 year old girl.

"It was an extremely vicious and brutal crime,"said South Sioux City Police chief Scot Ford.

He said evidence shows that in the middle of the night, Camacho brutality raped and murdered a 3-year old girl while her parents slept.

"The daughter was a victim of an extreme sexual assault," he said.

Apparently Camacho knew the family. The attack took place in the home where the little girl lived with her parents, her brother and a months-old sister. Her mother discovered the crime when she woke up to take care of the baby.

Ford said the suspect apparently entered the home through a window that didn't work properly, and did not wake the family inside the house.

Police say, Camacho fled the home on foot. He had blood on his shirt when a South Sioux City police officer stopped him early Saturday morning. When asked by police why his shirt was bloody he said he was walking home after a scuffle with friends.

After police learned details of the heinous rape and murder, and a sibling of the child was able to provide information on Camacho, he was located in Sioux City, where he was living with three other men all who were arrested on immigration violations.



Saturday, May 23, 2009

Kenneth Eugene Jackson

Kenneth Eugene Jackson starting abusing his two stepdaughters when they were 9 and 7. The abuse went as far as even getting the older child pregnant. Jackson had a previous conviction for sexual abuse prior to his encounters with the young girls. Thankfully, this time the judge seems to have gotten it right when sentencing this sexual predator:

Dressed in a mustard-colored jailhouse uniform, Jackson avoided eye contact with family members of the victims, who were in court for Wednesday's sentencing hearing.

During the emotional hearing, the victims' aunt pleaded with Judge Carol Ash to "throw the book" at Jackson, saying both girls have been through an unimaginably traumatic ordeal. The aunt said the older girl required a C-section operation to deliver her baby -- and couldn't walk across the stage for her eighth-grade graduation because she was in the hospital.

"She has that scar for the rest of her life," she said. "Mentally and physically, (the victims) are torn up. I don't think they will every get over it."

The victims' mother held back tears while speaking to Ash, saying that she cries about it "every other" day. "He took a whole lot from me and my children," she added.

The pleas of the women didn't fall on deaf ears. Ash issued a sentence of 130 years to life -- which means Jackson will be dead by the time he's eligible for parole. Ash called the crime "horrific," particularly because it resulted in a pregnancy.


Ever notice...

I always tend to find it annoying, no wait, infuriating when people decide after the fact that perhaps they need help. Too many times, these willful pleas for "help" are nothing more than a begging for leniency. Such is likely the case of Robert Charles Heydorn, who is currently facing six counts of molestation of a child and one count of sexual abuse. Heydorn waiting until after molesting a 9 year old girl, and after finding out that he was being investigated for it to head down to police and inform them he had a problem...

Heydorn was first interviewed by police in 2008 and denied any wrongdoing. He learned he was being investigated again recently and reportedly went to Surprise police officers and said he needed to get some help for “hurting the girls.” He also said he would continue to molest girls if he did not get any help.

First he denies any wrong doing, and then he decides to come clean and ask for help? Nice how that works out for him, he just victimizes a child and then thinks maybe it's time to ask for some sort of "help". I guess next we'll be hearing how his lawyer believes that the "help" should come in the form of a short sentence and a bit of treatment.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

America's Most Wanted.

The following cases will be airing this week on America's Most Wanted, Saturday night at 9 pm on your local Fox station. And, you can always find more on these cases and many others at their website,

Hendersonville, North Carolina… JAIME AROCHE… In 2005, a Hendersonville, N.C. teenager found her mother’s dead body under a pile of dirty blankets in their home. Her mother’s boyfriend, Jaime Aroche, was charged with the murder. Now, AMW is teaming up with cops to help find him.

Middletown, Rhode Island… JAMES BELL … Parents near Providence, R.I., were in for the shock of their lives when they found out that James Bell -- the trusted gymnastics coach at a local YMCA -- was accused of molesting their children. What's more, cops say this is just one incident in a long history of sexual abuse and manipulation. Now, Bell has disappeared, and police are on the manhunt for a predator who they say is responsible for victimizing girls across the country.

Clovis, California… LOVEKESH KUMAR… Cops say in 2003, when Lovekesh Kumar’s wife left him to move in with her parents, Kumar killed her and her mother. A short time later, in an apparent suicide attempt, police say Kumar threw himself into oncoming traffic in a busy California street before jumping into a car to escape.

British Columbia, Canada… KEVIN VERMETTE… In 1997, cops say Kevin Vermette started an argument with four fellow local gym users about the fitness room's musical selection. When the argument escalated, instead of taking his aggression out on the punching bags, police say Vermette killed the men in cold blood.

Weld County, Colorado… DARRIN DEVOE… Cops say Darin DeVoe was good at making friends. So good in fact, that they say he convinced 19 financially desperate people to invest their money in a fraudulent scam that in the end would only benefit DeVoe and his businesses. But now, cops say this con-artist's luck has run out. And after a grand jury handed down an indictment, he hit the road.

East Tremont, New York… ANTHONY VELEZ… Police say when Anthony Velez got into a fight over a drug dealer's territory in East Tremont, N.Y., he lost big time and left with a bruised ego. A week later, cops say Velez was ready for a rematch, but this time, he wasn't going to lose.

Winnebago County, Wisconsin… VINCENT BOYD… Vincent Boyd, a convicted sex offender, is accused of molesting his own cousins in 2003. Two years later, police say Boyd did it again. Now, cops in Wisconsin have come to America’s Most Wanted for help in bringing him to justice.

Rancho Cucamonga, California… GEORGE AND LYNDA TAYLOR KILLER… Moments after returning home from dinner, Los Angeles County Judge George Taylor was shot and killed by an unknown assailant while he sat in his car. When George’s wife, Lynda, rushed outside to see what happened – she too was murdered in cold blood. Now, cops are searching for clues in hopes of finding their killer.

Concord, North Carolina… SUNDROP HOMICIDE… Police are looking for the person who killed two people in a robbery at the Concord, N.C. Sundrop Bottling Company last June. Longtime employee Donna Barnhardt and job applicant Darrell Noles were shot to death, and the man who murdered them is still on the run.

Houston, Texas… HAPPY PHAM…Cops in Houston, Texas have been searching for 24-year-old Happy Tran Pham for more than two years. They say Pham was "unhappy" because the girl he was dating went back with her old boyfriend. Houston detectives believe Pham's jealousy led to the murder of 29-year-old Pierre Mai, and they have surveillance video of the crime.

Peoria, Arizona... 2009 AMW ALL-STAR WINNER… William Weigt, a detective with the Peoria, Ariz. Police Department, has been chosen as the 2009 America’s Most Wanted All-Star Contest Grand Prize Winner. Weigt, who was paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by a suspect, will be profiled as the nation’s top first responder on AMW this Saturday night.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

THE MAD ONES by Tom Folsom

Author Tom Folson has written a new book: THE MAD ONES, about gangster Crazy Joe Gallo. His website can be found here.

THE MAD ONES: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld (Weinstein Books; May 5, 2009) is a powerful collision of true crime and pop culture, telling the family tale of the notorious Gallo brothers, Crazy Joe, Larry, and Kid Blast, and bringing to life one of the most vibrant antiheros in American history. Joey is steeped in legend from Bob Dylan’s eleven-minute ballad “Joey” to fictionalizations central to The Godfather trilogy and Jimmy Breslin’s The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. Robert Kennedy called Joey a “Hollywood Grade B Gangster.”

Truth behind the fiction Coinciding with this year’s 40th anniversary of the publication of The Godfather, in The Mad Ones, author Tom Folsom brings to life the real life events that inspired Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola’s opus. “Sleeps with the fishes?” “Going to the mattresses?” These famous terms originated with the Gallos, once called the toughest gang in New York by the NYPD, hailing from the rough Red Hook neighborhood on the Brooklyn waterfront, now home to IKEA.

Hollywood-worthy ending Here, for the first time, is the complete story of the Gallos’ war against the powerful Cosa Nostra, an epic crime saga that culminates in Crazy Joe's murder on the streets of Little Italy, where he was gunned down mid-bite into a forkful of spaghetti in 1972. To this day, it is the one of the great, unsolved mob killings.

Not your typical mob book What does the summer of love have to do with gangsters? Capturing the revolutionary spirit of the sixties so popular with the Obama generation from recent Broadway revivals of West Side Story and Hair, Joey aspired to be more than a common hood and immersed himself among the Beatniks and bohemians of the Village. Yearning to live the life of an artist, Joey wrote poetry, painted, and got his kicks devouring existential philosophy. Celebrated as the “king of the streets” by Dylan, Joey was embraced by the nation’s leading cultural figures.

The Mad Ones is a wildly satisfying entertainment and a significant work of cultural history, now the subject of an upcoming major motion picture by Weinstein Films. Folsom is available to take reporters and film crews around the key sites of The Mad Ones, including Umberto’s Clam House and Elaine’s, where Joey made the rounds of high society with actor Jerry Orbach.

TOM FOLSOM is a writer, director, and producer of television documentaries for A&E and Showtime, and the co-author of Mr. Untouchable, written with its subject, drug-kingpin Nicky Barnes, portrayed in the film American Gangster. Folsom lives in New York City.

48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Daddy’s Girl”




On Thursday July 19th, 2007, the day after his 63rd birthday, Timothy MacNeil, a prominent defense attorney, was shot to death in his San Diego, Calif. home. The only witness was his 17-year-old stepdaughter, Brae Hansen, who was found tied up nearby. She told police a masked gunman had broken in and committed the murder, but left her alive.

Thinking Brae to be the victim of the crime, authorities looked to Brae as their best witness to help solve the case. But as she recounted the details of the murder to authorities and to her family, puzzling inconsistencies began to emerge, including the fact that she described the masked gunman by name – Nathan. Brae soon went from being a victim to being a suspect.

When questioned, Brae stunned the cops revealing details of a diabolical plot she said she and her brother Nathan had hatched to hire a hitman to kill their stepfather. Brae claimed that she changed her mind about committing the crime when the hitman didn’t show up, but that Nathan went through with it himself.

“[I did] everything in my mind that I could think to stop it,” Brae says in an exclusive interview with 48 HOURS MYSTERY. “I did think about calling the police once or twice and I had it dialed. I just couldn’t push the send button. I was too afraid.”

However, when Nathan was taken into custody, he said he wasn’t even there, and that Brae was using him as a scapegoat to cover up the murder. “Personally I had more to gain from [Tim] being alive,” Nathan says. “My sister had been angry [with Tim]…My sister probably went into a panic mode and automatically blamed me.”

With brother and sister squarely pointing the finger at each other, prosecutors made the unusual and dramatic decision to try the siblings at the same time, in the same courtroom, but with two separate juries. Was the murder of Timothy MacNeil a crime concocted by two greedy siblings to kill their stepfather? Or, was one set up by the other? Who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Tracy Smith reports 48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Daddy’s Girl” on Saturday, May 16, (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The broadcast is produced by Marcie Spencer, Gayane Keshisyan and Ira Sutow. Paul Ryan is the senior producer. Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

Editors' Note: Click here to watch a preview of the broadcast and click here for Tracy Smith's reporter's notebook. CBS News 48 HOURS MYSTERY broadcasts are now available on

America's Most Wanted 5/16/2009

The following cases will be airing on America's Most Wanted tonight, at nine pm on your local Fox station. And don't forget to stop by the AMW website, for more on these and other cases. Press release for the newest AMW All Star can be found here.

Nationwide… MEXICAN DRUG VIOLENCE INFECTS AMERICA… John Walsh and America’s Most Wanted investigate the dark heart of the war on drugs, taking viewers to the source of the violence that’s spilled over our borders and is infecting American cities. Thousands of people have been killed in Mexico, as the drug cartels battle the government and each other for control of a multi-billion dollar illicit business.

Douglas, Arizona … JOAQUIN “CHAPO” GUZMAN-LOERA … When Mexican authorities seized 23.5 tons of cocaine from a ship at a port in Manzanillo last year, governments north and south of the border bolstered search efforts for the man they say is responsible: one of the world's most notorious drug lords, Joaquin Guzman-Loera. The seizure -- deemed to be by far the largest in Mexico's history -- had an estimated street value of $2.7 billion.

Phoenix, Arizona…PHOENIX GROUND ZERO… Phoenix, Ariz. is the nation's fifth largest city -- a fast-growing metropolis that's become Ground Zero for a unique problem that has law enforcement coming face to face with a new form of an age-old crime. In the Valley of the Sun, the new trend in kidnapping for ransom is criminals targeting other criminals. Because of Arizona's prime location on the U.S.-Mexico border, police say that most kidnap victims and suspects have ties back to Mexico's seedy underworld.

Laredo, Texas… JOSEPH GARCIA… At only 21-years-old, cops say accused killer Joseph

Garcia is a member of the Zetas, the main enforcement group for the Mexican Gulf Drug Cartel. Police say Garcia killed for the first time in 2003, and in November of 2008, the U.S. Marshals named him to their 15 Most Wanted list.

Phoenix, Arizona PHOENIX GUNS… A large number of the high-powered weapons smuggled into Mexico and used by killer drug cartels begin their journey south after being purchased in the U.S. Many of the weapons are sold by gun dealers in the four border states: California, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina… BRITTANEE MARIE DREXEL… Brittanee Marie Drexel, a 17-year-old high school junior, disappeared during a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. late last month. Cops have had little to go on but are now investigating a possible sighting of Brittanee at a convenience store just outside of Myrtle Beach.

Skamania, Washington… MICHAEL AND TEVEN COLLINS… Thanks to AMW tipsters, Michael Collins and his 16-year-old son Teven were captured in late March after allegedly attacking a skier in Washington State and making off with his SUV. The Collins boys are charged with attempted murder and first degree robbery and are now awaiting trial.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Timothy Burke

After failing to convince the court that the blame for his acts of molestation against two children laid with the allegation that he had been molested as a child himself, Timothy Burke was sentenced to 30 years to Life in prison.

It is very difficult for me to explain what happened,” the 37-year-old Shelby man told the court. “The potential was created the first time I was molested.

“I have no better explanation for my sudden rash of behaviors. I behaved as that child, exploring the forbidden and unknown.”

Burke was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for 16 sex-related counts involving children. Burke molested a boy and a girl, both younger than 10, and videotaped a naked preteen girl between Sept. 4 and Dec. 3.

Last month, Burke rejected a plea bargain in which he would cop to five counts in exchange for a recommended sentence of 30 years to life. He instead pleaded guilty to all counts and took a chance he would get a lesser sentence. He could have received a minimum of 15 to life and a maximum of 88 to life.

I've never believed the notion that a child who is molested is destined to grow up to be a molester himself, rather I believe it's rarely anything more than an attempt to continue to shift the blame to someone else. In fact, the very idea that Burke first refused a plea offer hoping to sway the court into believing he was "innocent" of these crimes only proves the fact that once again, we have a sexual deviant attempting to sweep away any responsibility he actually has for his actions.

But it's not just his willingness to overlook the gravity of his actions that is disgusting- this thing actually had supporters in the court with him, willing to brush away the serious nature of his actions and pretend that a new found belief in God should redeem him.


Jared Ravin Yaffe

Jared Ravin Yaffe has been arrested after attempting to escape charges by fleeing to Brazil. Yaffe is currently charged in connection to allegations that he paid a babysitter to molest children while he videotaped the acts.

Yaffe faces 17 counts, including lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, manufacturing child pornography and procuring a child to engage in a lewd act. He also faces one count of kidnapping and one count of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The babysitter Aaron Zendejas was arrested in January. Full story.

Would be rape turns rocky

A would be rapist got more than he was asking for when the woman he'd dragged into a wooded area by the hair fought back, hitting him in the head with a rock.

State police are still looking for a man who tried to rape a 29-year-old woman who walked near some woods near her western Pennsylvania home.

State police in Mercer say the woman was able to fend off the attacker by hitting him in the head with a rock.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

Friday, May 01, 2009

48 HOURS MYSTERY-- Tom and Jackie Hawks



Good met evil in the cold waters off Newport Beach, CA on Nov. 15, 2004, when Tom and Jackie Hawks lay on a bed in the cabin of their yacht, handcuffed and blindfolded by Skylar Deleon and two accomplices. The victims of a vicious plot hatched by Deleon and his wife, Jennifer, the couple signed over the yacht and their life savings in the hopes of being spared. They were not. Tied to an anchor, the Hawkses were yanked into the deep ocean.

Tom Hawks was a probation officer and single father of two sons when he fell in love with Jackie. The couple, who married in 1989, shared a love of adventure and upon Tom’s retirement they sold their Arizona home, went to California and purchased the Well Deserved. Life on the 55-foot yacht was an endless fantasy cruise for the couple who would sail up and down the Mexican coast.

Skylar Deleon was living a very different life. A former child actor who appeared in several episodes of “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers,” Skylar was living with his wife Jennifer and their child in the Long Beach basement apartment of her parents’ house. Unable to hold a job, Skylar found a living in burglary, until it landed him in jail. Soon after his release, the couple found themselves struggling to get out from under $87,000 in debt. They found that way out in a boating magazine.

Newly grandparents and wanting to be close to their family, the Hawkses decided to sell the Well Deserved, placing their ad in a magazine. That’s when they met the Deleons and their baby. Convinced he had a serious buyer Tom agreed to take Skylar and two friends out to test the boat, unaware that he would soon be forced to sign away the life he had worked so hard for to a man who hardly worked an honest day in his life.

“I don’t think anything was even 100-percent serious until it was too late,” Skylar says about that night. In the interview with 48 HOURS MYSTERY Skylar explains that it was actually his wife’s idea to kill the couple. “She threw it out there, ‘what if they’re not here?’ and I agreed.”

In the spring of 2005, Skylar and Jennifer Deleon and their two accomplices were charged with murder. The first to stand trial, Jennifer was found guilty and sentenced to two life terms. On April 10, 2009, Skylar Deleon was sentenced to death.

Tom and Jackie Hawks’ bodies were never found.

Correspondent Maureen Maher reports on “Dark Voyage” Saturday, May 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. This broadcast is produced by Jamie Stolz. Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

Editors' Note CLICK HERE to watch a preview of the broadcast. CLICK HERE to watch Maher's Notebook. CBS News 48 HOURS MYSTERY broadcasts are now available on