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, June 19, 2009

America's Most Wanted 6/20/09

This SATURDAY, June 20, 2009, AMERICA’S MOST WANTED will be airing the following cases.

Harlem, New York… CARLOS THOMPSON… New York cops say rapper Carlos Thompson handed a .38-caliber revolver to a 13-year-old boy and ordered him to murder another teen. Now, more than a year later, Thompson is in custody.

Stone Mountain, Georgia… DERRICK YANCEY… Newly-released surveillance video shows Derrick Yancey, a former sheriff's deputy accused of killing his wife and another man, in his first hours on the run. Investigators say Yancey is seen buying a Greyhound bus ticket to California, but his whereabouts are now unknown.

Whitewater, Wisconsin… RICKY HOWARD… Cops in Whitewater, Wisc. say Ricky Howard is a perpetual danger to society. Throughout his life, Howard's been in and out of jail, but cops say in December of 1999, he reached a new low when he violently raped a 12-year-old girl. Nearly ten years later, Howard is still on the run and police need your help to find him.

Garland, TexasCESAR OROZCOAuthorities are searching for Cesar Orozco, a man who they say shot and killed 26-year-old Joe Castillo last March. Police suspect that Orozco killed Castillo because he thought he was seeing his ex-wife.

Nationwide... JOHN PARIGIAN… After being convicted of wire fraud, cops say Boston con-man John Parigian rented a plane and vanished into thin air – literally. Now, police are piecing together his trail, and believe he could be hiding out in New York or Massachusetts.

Atlanta, GeorgiaVERNON COLEMANThe U.S. Marshals and the DEA have teamed up to bring down the Black Mafia Family, a major drug trafficking organization. They were successful in arresting all but one of the suspects, and the only straggler is Vernon Marcus Coleman, known as Big Wu on the streets.

Anchorage, Alaska… JOHN PEZZENTI KILLER…On December 3, 2007, detectives were called to a two-story shack in Anchorage, Alaska, where they found a body, soon identified as acclaimed wildlife photographer John Pezzenti, Jr. With no signs of forced entry or robbery, cops say John knew who pulled the trigger, and they hope that AMW viewers can help solve the murder.

Nationwide... PATRICIA PARDO… In 2000, cops say Patricia Pardo stole the identity of 17-year-old Joanna Saenz. Eight years later, Pardo was arrested but quickly disappeared after posting bond. Now, Joanna is determined to fight back and help police track down the woman they say changed her life forever. This Saturday, AMW will put Pardo on national TV in hopes of bringing her to justice.

Houston, Texas… TIMOTEO RIOS… In April of 2008, 39-year-old Tina Davila headed to a Cricket store in Houston, Texas to pay her cell phone bill. But before she got inside, cops say she was attacked in an attempted carjacking by Timoteo Rios. With her 4-month-old baby in the backseat, Tina fought back, but police say Rios stabbed Tina in the chest, killing her at the scene. Cops say Rios escaped in his own car, but that this was just the beginning of a crime spree that lasted all afternoon.

Washington, D.C…. TOP COPS 2009… Once a year, the bravest and most heroic police officers -- the nation’s TOP COPS -- are honored in a ceremony hosted by AMW Host John Walsh. This year’s TOP COPS AWARDS showcased some truly inspiring stories, with the night’s top honor going to a Georgia Police Officer who single handedly stopped an armed robbery and saved the life of a cashier who was taken hostage.

48 HOURS MYSTERY: "Into Thin Air,"



As the wife of promising engineer Eugene Zapata and mother to three children, Jean Zapata was not your typical stay-at-home mom. Strong and independent, she was a trailblazer, one of the few female flight instructors of her day. But in 1976 she vanished from her Madison, Wis. home leaving behind friends, family and a mystery that would take 30 years to resolve.

After just three weeks, the initial investigation into her disappearance went cold. The Zapatas’ youngest daughter Linda, who was 11 years old at the time, grew up thinking her mother had abandoned them. Linda remained haunted until she received a visit from local authorities 28 years later. Thanks to the persistence of Jean’s lifelong friend Peggy Weekley, the case had been reopened. And with the help of Madison detective Marianne Flynn Statz, these women were united in their quest for answers, one that would involve sexually explicit photos, hidden documents, a safety deposit box and a secret that would tear the Zapata family apart.

Richard Schlesinger reports on 48 HOURS MYSTERY: "Into Thin Air," Saturday, June 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This broadcast is produced by Brian Leonard. Nancy Kramer is the senior producer and Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

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

No Room for Doubt: A True Story of the Reverberations of Murder

Guest blogger: Angela Dove, author of No Room for Doubt: A True Story of the Reverberations of Murder (Berkley/Penguin 2009).

I was on the phone when the world dropped out from under my feet. Twice.

The first time was when my father called me in 1988 to say my stepmother was dead. He didn’t use the word murder; he talked around it. Someone had killed Debi, and it was not an accident.

During the next few hours, I learned that I had been the last to see Debi alive; she had been killed in our Modesto, California home, with one of our knives, only a couple of hours after I left for spring break. My 3-year-old sister slept through the attack only a few feet away. And that person I had heard breathing in the back bedroom was not my father after all.

Fast forward twenty years. Debi’s mother had asked me to write her story, and I was honored.

Jacqueline “Jacque” MacDonald had channeled her grief over Debi’s death into a one-woman crusade to find Debi’s killer. It took her nine years, but she did it. And in the meantime, she started helping other survivors through her local television and radio show, “The Victim’s Voice.” (The show is now broadcast to millions of homes throughout California’s Central Valley). As a columnist, I am always drawn to stories that can bring hope and inspiration to others, and I couldn’t think of a better story for my first book. Of course Debi’s death had been devastating, and

I didn’t really want to revisit that pain, but I knew it would be worth it.

In order to talk about how Jacque had supplemented the detectives’ efforts, I had to get educated about the investigation. Criminal court procedures and documents vary from state to state, and as a North Carolina resident, I needed to learn more about those variations. So I cold-called a criminal defense firm in Modesto, and, as luck would have it, a harried senior partner

answered the phone.

“I don’t want to take up much of your time,” I explained. “I’m an out of state journalist doing some research on an old murder case out there, and I just needed to ask some procedural questions. Is there a secretary or legal assistant I can talk to?”

“Now, hold on a minute,” the guy answered, intrigued. “Tell me which case you’re looking into.”

“The Debi Whitlock murder. You probably don’t remember it—“

“Of course I do!” he exclaimed, and he started listing facts from the case. “She was killed in her house. Throat cut. No sign of forced entry. No sign of struggle. Had a little girl who slept through

the whole thing.”

I was impressed, and I told him so.

“Well, don’t be,” he replied. “That was our most famous case up until Laci Petersen.” He paused for a moment, then continued in a confidential tone. “You know, the police always knew Debi Whitlock’s husband had killed her. It just took them years to arrest him.”

That was the moment, right there. This man was right about so many aspects of the case—how could he be so wrong about my father? I wanted to think this attorney was simply mistaken. Dad had never been arrested to my knowledge, and was certainly deceased now (as opposed to serving time for Debi’s murder). But somehow, I knew there was truth in what this attorney was telling me. All of the anger, and the sadness, and , well, the guilt I had sensed in my father during his final years. . . . Somehow I knew I was going to get answers to questions I had never thought to ask.

What I uncovered during my research was horrible. I grew to see the investigation through the eyes of the lead detectives, and the community, and to realize how clear was the portrait of my father’s guilt. He had motive and opportunity. He made bad decisions. He had horrible luck. Things kept happening that contributed to the plausible reality of his guilt. And what I finally came to understand was that I couldn’t blame people for suspecting him. However, I could use this book to say, “In spite of all the evidence to the contrary, my father was not involved in his wife’s murder.”

Most importantly, I realized that when Jacque MacDonald, the avenging mother and hero of my story, finally found justice for her daughter, she had also cleared my father’s name. I didn’t need another reason to admire this woman, but there it was.

My book, No Room for Doubt: A True Story of the Reverberations of Murder, was published by Penguin in March 2009. It has received solid reviews, but the praise that means the most to me is that from readers. Every day, people contact me through my website at to tell me their stories, and how they were touch by ours. I’ve heard from first responders and detectives who appreciate how I represented the strong bonds they forge with bereaved and victimized families. I’ve spoken to groups of advocates and law enforcement officers, sharing our story and applauding the work they perform on the job, and the way they frequently take it home with them at night. But mostly I hear from those who are still seeking answers. The world is telling them to give up, to move on. Through my book, Jacque MacDonald is telling them the same thing that sustained her throughout her quest for justice: “You can die with your loved one, or you can choose to live. And where there is life, there is always hope.”

No Room for Doubt is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon at

Monday, June 15, 2009

Kidnapped: Shawn Hornbeck’s Incredible Story




In October 2002, at the age of 11, Shawn Hornbeck, was kidnapped. Over the course of the next 4 ½ years, Hornbeck suffered horrific abuses at the hands of his abductor, Michael Devlin, until he was rescued by FBI agents in January 2007. In an exclusive interview with 48 HOURS MYSTERY correspondent Tory Roberts, Hornbeck speaks about what happened during the time he was missing.

“Nobody knows the real story except for me,” Hornbeck tells Roberts in the revealing interview. “There wasn’t a day when I didn’t think he was just gonna kill me…[sometimes] it seemed I was better off dead than living through that.”

Hornbeck describes what he endured during the years that he was missing – from the instant Devlin knocked him off his bike near his home to the moment he was rescued. “The thing that sticks out the most is [Devlin] said, ‘You were just in the wrong place at the wrong time,’” recounts Hornbeck.

For years, Hornbeck lived every day fearing for his life. “From day one, he had the gun, he had the power,” Hornbeck tells 48 HOURS. Threatened with death and the death of his parents, Hornbeck made a deal with the devil, in this case Devlin. He took on the life Devlin dictated, posing as his son and even making friends. Devlin wielded such terror that Hornbeck never revealed his real identity to anybody, despite numerous opportunities to ask for help. Hornbeck even expresses the trepidation he felt when he first saw the FBI enter Devlin’s front door. “I knew when they came in the door, it was either going to be something very good or very bad,” he recalls. “It was a new feeling for me to say who I really was.”

Troy Roberts reports on 48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Kidnapped: Shawn Hornbeck’s Incredible Story,” Tuesday, June 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This broadcast is produced by Katherine Davis, Mead Stone, Clare Friedland and Chris O’Connell. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer and Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

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

Sunday, June 07, 2009

America's Most Wanted, Press Release


FOX-TV’s “America’s Most Wanted” Highlights Florida’s First-in-the-Nation Statewide CyberCrime Sweep Using Groundbreaking Technology to Fight Online Predators

The Internet may have revolutionized communications, but it’s also provided a dark cover for some of the most twisted predators: perverts who make and distribute child pornography. State- of-the-art technology is now revolutionizing the way law enforcement fights back. This week on AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (Saturday, June 13th 9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX), host John Walsh will show viewers how authorities in Florida are using sophisticated technology – and how it’s yielded big results.

Governor Charlie Crist created Florida’s CyberCrime Unit in 2005, while serving as the state’s Attorney General, with a mission to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. Under Florida’s current Attorney General, Bill McCollum, the CyberCrime Unit has expanded to include a staff of more than 30 in five offices throughout the state.

A task force made up the CyberCrime Unit, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and local authorities recently conducted “Operation Orange Tree.” AMW crews were on hand as agents used the new high-tech tool to pinpoint locations where child porn was being downloaded – and to take down the suspected predators. While highlighting the advanced technology, the crime-fighting TV show will also ask its viewers to help cops locate several suspected predators who’ve slipped through law enforcement’s net.

In its 22 seasons, AMW and its viewers have helped capture more than 1,060 dangerous criminals, including dozens of child predators.

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, June 04, 2009

Craigslist Rape

While I normally shy from all things Craigslist, and while Craigslist rapes aren't a new thing- I could not help but be horrified by this one.

Police say a NC man used Craigslist to enlist another man in the rape of his wife.

His wife called police early Sunday morning and said a man with a knife raped her in the bedroom of their home in Kannapolis, about 25 miles northeast of Charlotte, authorities said. Her husband was in the room, police said. Their two young children were also home, but were unaware of what was happening, authorities said.

The husband sought someone in the ads to come to his home and have sex with his wife using "scare tactics," police said. It was without her knowledge or consent, police said.

Authorities are still investigating the identity of the man who attacked the woman and it wasn't known if the husband paid him to do it. The woman was not seriously injured, but was treated at a hospital and released.


Sometimes, I wonder just how sick people can really be. Let's hope a divorce is in the near future for this demented asshole.

Jose Carrasquillo

When neighbors of an 11 year old rape victim spotted Jose Carrasquillo, whose photo had been released by police as a "person of interest" in the brutal rape, they could have stopped and called police. Instead, the angered crowd beat him- with wooden sticks, their fists and their feet. The attack on Carrasquillo was caught on tape by a nearby camera.

Jose Carrasquillo, 26, is currently in stable condition after the videotaped beating by about a dozen West Kensington residents, according to police.

The mob pummeled Carrasquillo for several minutes with wooden sticks, their fists and their feet, authorities said.

Click here to watch the video.

He suffered head injuries and was taken to Temple University Hospital. Police said Wednesday that he has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

The 11 year old rape victim had been on her way to school when her attacker approached her, began walking with her and then claiming to have a gun dragged her into a nearby backyard and brutally raped her.

Carrasquillo has not yet been charged in the attack of the girl, and police have said the "mob" handing out a little "payback" will not be charged in the beating.