Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category
Just one day after police in Cambridgeshire, England announced a manhunt for a 7 foot, 3 inch man and a woman with a “distinctive” face tattoo (both wanted for questioning in a murder case), authorities reported they have managed to find them. Imagine that. How did they do it so quickly? Just great detective work, I guess.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning said in his initial statement Monday that the suspects, 47-year-old Gary Stretch, whose last name is perfect, and 30-year-old Joanna Dennehy, whose last name should, according to the constraints of this story, be “Facetattoo,” were “very recognizable – even more so if they are together.”
This kicked off what were likely a tense few hours for every platonic best friend duo consisting of one (1) giant man and one (1) woman with “a distinctive green tattoo on her right cheek,” who hadn’t stabbed a man and dumped him in a ditch by a major road over Easter weekend.
James Holmes death penalty decision: ‘I want to watch him die’ say victims of Colorado theater shooting | Mail Online
The prosecutor’s decision today to seek the death penalty for Dark Knight ‘killer’ James Holmes has been applauded by victims and friends of victims who say they want to watch him die.
One friend of Holmes’ 12 victims even said he wants to watch the alleged killer die.
‘I don’t know if it’s painful. I want him dead. I just want to be there in the room when he dies,’ Bryan Beard told ABC outside the Colorado courthouse. ‘He took one of my friends from this Earth. Death equals death.’
Beard’s close friend Alex Sullivan was one of the 12 people killed in the shooting on July 20 last year. It was his 27th birthday.
On July 15th, 1995, in the quiet Southern California city of Whittier, a 33-year-old black man named Curtis Wilkerson got up from a booth at McDonald’s, walked into a nearby mall and, within the space of two hours, turned himself into the unluckiest man on Earth. “I was supposed to be waiting there while my girlfriend was at the beauty salon,” he says.
So he waited. And waited. After a while, he paged her. “She was like, ‘I need another hour,'” he says. “So I was like, ‘Baby, I’m going to the mall.'”
Having grown up with no father and a mother hooked on barbiturates, Wilkerson, who says he still boasts a Reggie Miller jumper, began to spend more time on the streets. After his mother died when he was 16, he fell in with a bad crowd, and in 1981 he served as a lookout in a series of robberies. He was quickly caught and sentenced to six years in prison. After he got out, he found work as a forklift operator, and distanced himself from his old life.
But that day in the mall, something came over him. He wandered from store to store, bought a few things, still shaking his head about his girlfriend’s hair appointment. After a while, he drifted into a department store called Mervyn’s. Your typical chain store, full of mannequins and dress racks; they’re out of business today. Suddenly, a pair of socks caught his eye. He grabbed them and slipped them into a shopping bag.
A Texas district attorney and an assistant DA who were killed within months of each other both seemed to know they might be targeted.
Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were gunned down in their home this weekend — two months after Assistant DA Mark Hasse was shot in broad daylight near a courthouse. They were both reportedly armed all the time and on high alert before they were killed.
After Hasse’s death, authorities considered that it might be payback from the white supremacist prison gang, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. In November the Kaufman County DA’s office helped indict 34 alleged ABT members, 10 of whom could get the death penalty.
Dana Leland, Rhode Island Man, Used Counterfeit Bills At Target That Pictured The Wrong Face: Police
A Rhode Island man police say used counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at a Target store made a critical mistake.
The bills had a picture of President Abraham Lincoln on them. Real $100 bills bear a picture of Benjamin Franklin. Lincoln’s portrait graces the $5 bill.
An exotic dancer from Tucson has been booked into jail on six counts of human smuggling, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said.
Maria Bustamante, 33, was carrying $1,000 at the time of her arrest Friday night, PCSO said.
A deputy pulled her over for several traffic violations on Interstate 10 near Milepost 216 and discovered six men inside.
Bustamante identified her passengers as friends, but when questioned, she could not provide the names of any of the people, PCSO said.
The six men were asked where they were headed and one of them said California, sheriff’s investigators said. When asked if they were U.S. citizens all of the men shook their heads and said “no.”
There are times when the crime lab at the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office functions like an episode of CSI: NY. Take, for instance, the case of the Hilton Netherland Plaza security guard who was stabbed to death December 7 in a stairwell of the hotel.
About a week after the slaying, video surveillance led investigators to a suspect. The prosecutor called coroner Lakshmi Kode Sammarco late on a Friday night wanting to know how quickly the suspect’s DNA could be tested. The crime lab received the sample on Monday morning, and 72 hours later their results showed a match between the suspect’s DNA and evidence at the crime scene. The suspect, Joseph Tucker Jr., was quickly indicted—he’s now awaiting trial for the murder of guard Richard Campbell—and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters publicly thanked the crime lab for their work. Made-for-TV stuff.
But there are other scenes at the crime lab that are decidedly at odds with the way the public imagines the high-tech world of forensic science. Investigators on television don’t have to dry marijuana on the floor of a boiler room the way Hamilton County analysts do; their hallways aren’t lined with desks because they’ve outgrown the office space; they don’t have to worry about where to plug in a new piece of equipment; they’re not traveling two floors away to perform basic lab tests.