Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
What some people don't know is that before my 2 accidents that now cause me so much pain that I have to take medication and physical therapy to fix I used to be a daredevil. Seriously, I was a total daredevil. I'd skateboard with padding, injured my shin bone before going to China at age 15, archery injuries, etc. Now I complain about my scoliosis every other time I speak. Luckily, it's improving. Its much better to the point of me not mentioning my back killing me as much. It'll still killing me but losing weight, getting stretched out (and stronger) has helped. I'm still going to need pain killers as needed but my back is how I became a daredevil in the first place. I wanted to test my limits and I was thrilled I could do what I love while still occasionally getting hurt, which showed me my limits.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Jessica Ridgeway was an American girl who, at the age of 10, was kidnapped in Westminster, Colorado, and murdered by Austin Sigg on October 5, 2012. Her dismembered body was found five days later. Sigg was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder in November 2013. Events: Ridgeway was reported missing on the evening of October 5, 2012 after she failed to return home from school, and an AMBER Alert was issued. Two days later, her school backpack, containing her glasses, was found on a sidewalk. On October 10, her dismembered remains were found in a park in Arvada. Later that month, a 17-year-old boy named Austin Sigg confessed to killing Ridgeway. He told police that he kidnapped her as she walked towards where he had parked his Jeep, and then he bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties and took her to his house. There, he forced her to change out of her clothes and into a pair of shorts and a t-shirt before he strangled her, dismembered her body, and hid her remains in a shed, before dumping them in the park in Arvada. Under a 2005 Supreme Court decision, Sigg was not eligible for capital punishment because he had not turned 18 yet. In the court case, he was tried as an adult. Sigg was sentenced to life imprisonment on November 19, 2013.
Kristal Anne Reisinger is a resident of Crestone, Colorado that has been missing since July 13, 2016. A mother of one, Reisinger relocated to Crestone from Denver in order to achieve enlightenment and sobriety. While in Crestone, she temporarily worked at the Crestone Brewing Company. Her last known confirmed sighting was on July 13 at her residence in downtown Crestone, but some have stated seeing her at a later date. In 2018, Saguache County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation now believes foul play was involved surrounding Reisinger's disappearance. Personal life: An Arizona native, Reisinger was relocated to Denver to be with her aunt after a difficult childhood upbringing. This arrangement became strained, leaving Reisinger as a ward of the court at the age of 15. At this time, Reisinger moved in with Rodney and Debbie Ervin after dating their son. Thereafter, Reisinger spent a few years with the Ervins before attending Western State College in Gunnison. That is where she met her best friend Michael. During the summer vacations from college she would live with Michael's family and after college she remained living between Michael's family and the Ervins. In 2014, Reisinger moved from Denver to Gunnison, Colorado, teaching a course and taking coursework in psychology and sociology at Western Colorado University. Later that spring, she moved to Crestone in the San Luis Valley. Reisinger was a very spiritual person with interests in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Native American religion. She is also been known to be a clairvoyant and medium that practices tarotology. She has one daughter with her former boyfriend Elijah Guana. Disappearance of Kristal: The Saguache County Police Department was notified of Reisinger's prolonged absence by her landlord, Ara McDonald on July 13, 2016. Once inside the apartment, investigators found Reisinger's cell phone and medication. Numerous Crestone residents claim to have seen her at the Full Moon Drum Circle gathering the night of July 18, 2016. McDonald and multiple sources claim the last person to have called Reisinger is a local man with a criminal history involving drugging and assaulting victims. A $20,000 reward has been issued for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her disappearance. Media: In August 2018, the podcast Up and Vanished hosted by Payne Lindsey focused on the case in its second season.
On Monday, October 15, 2018, a 911 call was received from the Barron, Wisconsin, United States home of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and her parents. Upon arrival by police, Closs's parents were discovered shot to death and the teenager missing. According to police, Closs is believed to have been abducted and is not a suspect in her parent's deaths. Description: Jayme Lynn Closs was 13 years old at the time of her disappearance. An Amber Alert was issued nationwide around 3:30 pm on October 15; Closs was described as 5 feet tall, 100 lbs, with blonde or strawberry-blonde hair. She was last seen on October 14 at a family member's birthday party. The Barron County Sheriff announced she had been found alive on January 10, 2019. Disappearance: The night of the disappearance a 911 call was made from the home of the Closs family around 1:00 am. While the operator did not speak with anyone, they heard a disturbance and a lot of yelling. When the dispatcher attempted to call the number back, they received the voicemail of Denise Closs. Upon arrival four minutes after the call, police noticed that the front door had been kicked in, and her parents, James Closs (56 years old) and Denise Closs (46 years old), were dead from gunshot wounds. The family dog was still in the home when officers arrived, and it was believed that Jayme was home at the time of the shooting, based on details in the 911 call and evidence from the home. No gun was recovered after searching the home. Two vehicles were spotted on surveillance footage near to the home, with police identifying them as vehicles of interest, and as a red or orange 2008 - 2014 Dodge Challenger and a black 2006 - 2010 Ford Edge or 2004 - 2010 Acura MDX. Neighbors also claimed to hear two gunshots around 00:30 am on October 15, but dismissed it as hunting was common around their home and did not call 911. Investigation: Investigators have received more than 2,000 tips in the case and have reviewed a large majority of them. There was an initial search on October 18, where searchers concentrated on the sides of US Route 8, which is near the home. On October 23, 2018 volunteers spent the day searching for the missing 13-year old. A US$25,000 reward for any information leading to the location of Closs was issued on October 24. On October 26, the reward was doubled to $50,000. Recovery: On January 10, 2019, the Barron County Sheriff's Department announced that Jayme Closs had been found near Gordon, Wisconsin and a suspect had been taken into custody. Late on January 10, investigators blocked all roads leading to a cabin in the 14100 block of South Eau Claire Acres Circle as they combed for evidence. A cabin at that address was previously owned by Patterson's parents, but ownership was turned over to the Superior Choice Credit Union about a week after the Oct 15 abduction. In a Facebook post at 7:55 pm, Sheriff Fitzgerald announced that the Douglas County Sheriff's Department had located Closs alive. He stated: "Shortly after this a suspect was taken into custody in regards to this case. We do not have any other details at this time as this is a very fluid and active investigation. We will not be answering any questions or taking calls on this tonight." A KMSP-TV report said the relatives of Closs did not recognize the name of the kidnapper. According to reports by KSTP, a station based in St. Paul, a Douglas County woman was walking her dog Thursday afternoon when she was interrupted by a teenage girl who ran up to her screaming that a man had murdered her parents. The woman took her to a neighbors' house in order to call 9-1-1 and for shelter. Jayme was found in Gordon at 4:43 p.m. and the suspect was taken into custody at 4:54 p.m. Child safety advocate and kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart described the recovery as a miracle and described Closs as a hero, commenting: "What a brave, strong, and powerful survivor! No matter what may unfold in her story let’s all try to remember that this young woman has survived and whatever other details may surface the most important will still remain that she is alive." Suspect: Minutes after Jayme was found, a Douglas County sheriff's deputy spotted a car described by Jayme as belonging to the suspect. Authorities took the driver, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, into custody. Patterson faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Patterson had no previous criminal history in Wisconsin. Patterson is in custody in Barron County, authorities said at a news conference on the morning of January 11.
Michelle Yvette Busha was a formerly unidentified murder victim discovered in Blue Earth, Minnesota in 1980. Her murder was solved in 1989, but she remained unidentified for years following the confession of Robert Leroy Nelson, who was a former state trooper for Minnesota. Busha's remains were identified in 2015 after a DNA profile was obtained following the exhumation of her remains. Disappearance: Busha and her sister were raised by their mother and stepfather, who were Jehovah's Witnesses and they were home schooled. Consequently, the sisters were "highly isolated." Michelle ran away from home when she was 17. She was found by police over 1,000 miles away in Burlington, Colorado by police, who proceeded to contact her father, Don Busha, Sr. She was later brought to his residence in Bay City, Texas, which she initially refused. Busha, described as having a "rebellious" personality, left home after an argument with her father while living in Bay City, Texas. Don Busha admitted he slapped her and she made the decision to leave Bay City. She was last seen in December 1979 while she was travelling to Louisiana. She made calls to her family from the states of Mississippi and Indiana, between the months of January and May 1980. After the calls stopped, loved ones feared for her safety. On May 9, 1980, she was reported missing. Michelle's father kept the same phone number and address, hoping she would contact him again. Murder: Nelson, while on duty, offered Busha a ride on May 26, 1980 after witnessing her being dropped off by a vehicle near the Bricelyn overpass along Interstate 90. Busha had been raped, beaten, tortured and strangled with a ligature. Her fingernails were removed while she was still alive and her head had been shaved, except for an area in the back of the head, which was left about an inch long. After her murder, the body was moved to a ditch along Interstate 90 and her clothing and personal items were removed and disposed of. The body was later buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth in an unmarked grave. The decomposed, face-down and nude body was discovered about three days to one week after her death. Heavy rains had washed her body into a visible area, where it was discovered by a farmer among broken corn plants. The unidentified victim was estimated to be between the ages of 20 and 35. It appeared she was a transient, as her feet were "heavily calloused." She was 5'3" and weighted 128 pounds. Her left ear, at least, had been pierced and she had an overbite. Near the scene, bloodied clothing and a Texas drivers license were found. The blood was later found to be that of an animal and the license was counterfeit. Investigation: After Busha was reported missing on May 9, 1980, various efforts were made to locate her. In February 1984, a potential match was noticed with a set of remains discovered in New York. In May 1984, her dental records were compared to that of an unidentified woman, known as the Cheerleader in the Trunk who was discovered in Maryland in 1982. She was excluded as a potential match to both decedents. The unidentified victim's fingerprint and dental records were compared against missing persons from Colorado and Minnesota but was excluded to be any of the potential matches. Fliers describing the case were distributed nationally. Henry Lee Lucas confessed to killing a young woman along Interstate 90 in the area, but when questioned in prison during 1983, he gave details inconsistent with the murder and was excluded as a suspect. In June 1988, former State Trooper Robert Leroy Nelson confessed to murdering the victim while on duty while in police custody in Smith County, Texas. He claimed he did not know her name, but she apparently was travelling to Idaho or Oregon and she had spent time in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. He admitted to handcuffing her to prevent her escape. Police found his confession credible, as he stated he had removed her fingernails, a fact that had not been released publicly at the time. He pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, while he was already serving two life sentences. He was sentenced to an additional 86 months on August 25, 1989. Nelson had left Minnesota after becoming involved with a religious cult. Blue Earth resident Deborah Anderson became intrigued by the case in 2002 and made efforts to bring the murder into public eye. Anderson met with officials and presented a plan to raise funds for the victim's exhumation and it was ordered in late July. On August 12, 2014, the body was exhumed for DNA information, which was successfully obtained. The process would have cost approximately $10,000, but the services of exhumation were performed without cost by a local funeral home and construction companies, leaving a $1,000 cost for the DNA testing. In 2004, hairs from the body were examined and a mitochondrial DNA profile was developed, yet the profile was much less specific to a nuclear profile. Authorities had previously taken her dental information and obtained a single fingerprint from the remains to compare against potential matches. Following the exhumation, a new facial reconstruction was created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children via an MRI scan. Isotope testing was also performed on a tooth by the Smithsonian Institute to identify regions the victim may have lived prior to her death. Results from the examination indicated the victim was 17 to 23 years old and was likely white with a possible African admixture. On March 5, 2015, samples obtained from her family in 2007 were matched to her remains. Additionally, dental records were compared as well. The body was officially identified on March 13. The remains were then cremated and released to the Busha family on April 9, 2015.
Friday, December 7, 2018
i'm taking a bikini to Florida with me along with another swim suit. the reason i need 2 swim suits rather than just 1 is because 1 is for medical treatment. also i'm not 100% sure how my body will react to the more exposed sunlight on my less adjusted skin. mom said not to wear a bikini as my skin won't be used to it but i'm like you know what? it's for treatment. also i'm going to have my suntan lotion so i can use it to help with my body using the sun. i'm a little excited since i'm losing weight and i'm not in bikini shape but my body is getting slimmer.
The Lady of the Hills is a name given by the media to the body of an unknown female discovered in 2004 on the mountain Pen-y-ghent in Yorkshire, England. The woman was found to have originally come from somewhere in South-East Asia and despite an international police investigation, the identity of the woman, how she arrived at the location and the cause of her death remain a mystery. Discovery: On Monday 20 September 2004 at 11:30 am, a man walking in the vicinity of Pen-y-ghent alerted the police to the discovery of the body of a dead woman. The man had discovered the body in a well-trafficked location on the Pennine Way between Pen-y-ghent and Horton in Ribblesdale in a stream called Sell Gill Beck which flows into a cave called Sell Gill Hole. It was thought that the body had been in the stream for some time and that the woman could have died up to three weeks prior to the discovery. The cause of death was not initially apparent and no signs of violence were reported. Description: The woman was thought to be of South-East Asian origin, had dark, shoulder-length hair and was about 1.5 metres tall (4ft 11ins). She was believed to be aged between 25 and 35. The woman had healthy teeth which had a noticeable gap at the front. She was found wearing green jeans, a green and white striped T-shirt and was wearing a wedding ring. The ring was found to be 22 carat and to have been made in Bangkok, Thailand. The woman had pierced ears but no earrings were found. No shoes, warm outer clothing, personal bags of other effects were found at the scene of the discovery. The woman weighed 10 stone but appeared to have gained weight in the years prior to her death and wore a size 12 dress. Initial investigation: Immediately after the discovery, North Yorkshire Police commenced an extensive investigation. Police questioned walkers using the Pennine Way, conducted house-to-house enquires in the locality and issued letters to local holiday accommodations that appealed for witnesses in multiple languages. Police investigated every sighting in the Yorkshire Dales of women matching the description of the unidentified body dating back to 1 August 2004. A postmortem was undertaken which suggested the woman died between 31 August and 13 September but it did not provide enough information to enable investigators to establish the cause of death. The postmortem indicated that the woman had probably been pregnant at some point during her life. Detective Chief Inspector Pete Martin who was working on the investigation stated that the death was unexplained rather than suspicious. A search of missing persons databases did not produce any matches. A number of countries were identified as the potential origin of the woman. These countries included: Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Analysis of the body indicated that the woman had been in the UK for at least two years prior to her death and that she had probably lived in Cumbria, Lancashire, or the west Yorkshire Dales. Subsequent investigations: In December 2004 the Police produced an e-fit photograph of the woman which was issued to the embassies of a number of Asian countries. At this time time it was believed that the woman could have originated from the Philippines, China or Korea. No meaningful response was received from this appeal. In February 2005 an appeal was made on the BBC programme Crimewatch. In May 2007 the inquest heard that the investigation found no evidence of trauma, assault or drowning and it recorded an open verdict. In 2011 the police announced that they were reopening the investigation of eight unsolved deaths. The 'Lady of the Hills' was one of these cases along with the Sutton Bank Body. In 2018 an appeal was made by the North Yorkshire Police. The appeal was made on Facebook in the Filipino, Thai, and English languages so that the messages could be shared internationally.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Ali Mahmood Awad Irsan is a convicted murderer held on Texas death row. Originating from Jordan and a naturalized U.S. citizen, he was sentenced for the murders of his son-in-law, Coty Beavers, and Gelareh Bagherzadeh, a friend of one of his daughters, in Greater Houston. Multiple media reports described the crimes as honor killings. Background- Ali Irsan and his family: Irsan, using a student visa, came to the United States in 1979, and became a naturalized United States citizen. He lived on a 3-acre property in a rural area, in unincorporated eastern Montgomery County, Texas, near Conroe. Craig Malisow of the Houston Press stated that Irsan "considered himself to be a devout Muslim." Irsan studied in a "medical laboratory" program Kirkwood Community College, receiving his degree in 1978. He stated in court filings that he studied in a medical program at a tertiary institution in Jordan, and he also stated that he had a Houston Community College "diploma of auto -mechanic". Irsan, then 22, married his first wife when she was 17. Robin Dahl first met in 1979 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa while he studied in community college and she worked on her GED. They married circa 1980, and moved to the Houston area by 1984. The couple had four children, with their first being born in 1981. In 1994 Irsan divorced his first wife. When Irsan was 35, he traveled to Jordan and entered into an arranged marriage with a girl Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, who was approximately 15 or 16. The first wife left the house shortly after Irsan married the second wife. Alrawabdeh, a Jordanian national, arrived in the U.S. circa 1995. In federal court Irsan stated that he married her in Jordan but that he did not legally marry her in the United States. Alrawabdeh had eight children with him while they lived in the United States; including the children from the other wife, the total fathered by Irsan is 12. She naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2001. In 1999 Irsan killed Amjad Hussein Alidam, the husband of Irsan's daughter Nasemah Rachelle Irsan, Irsan's eldest daughter, at Irsan's residence. Alidam was an Iraqi immigrant to the U.S. and a Shia Muslim. Irsan stated that he did the killing in self-defense. Irsan never received criminal charges in that case, as area law enforcement believed him to be innocent. A Montgomery County grand jury no billed possible charges against Irsan. Nasemah was sent back to Jordan. Nesreen Irsan Beavers, Nadia Irsan, Gelareh Bagherzadeh, and Coty Beavers: Two of Irsan's daughters, Nadia, and Nesreen, were children of the previous wife. Nadia is a U.S. citizen, and the family previously educated them through homeschooling. They enrolled in a biology program at Lone Star College-Montgomery. A professor at Lone Star who taught the women stated that, as paraphrased by Malislow in a Houston Press article, Nadia and Nesreen "fought hard to convince their father to let them enroll". In 2010, the younger of the two, Nesreen, met Beavers and his twin brother, Cory, there. Beavers was a Christian, while the girls came from a Muslim family. At the time both wore hijab. The two women and Cory Beavers were admitted to University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's molecular genetics program, where Nesreen met Bagherzadeh, an Iranian. Bagherzadeh, a medical student and medical researcher, had molecular genetics as her area of study. She was born in France and was from Tehran. She studied biology in Tehran and later attended university in Budapest, Hungary, before moving to Houston in 2007 to join her parents, who bought a house near Uptown Houston (the area around the Houston Galleria) so she could live there; this residence was within the Woodway Point townhomes, and an area street would become the site of her death. Nesreen introduced Cory Beavers to Bagherzadeh. Bagherzadeh publicly protested in favor of women's rights on numerous occasions and criticized the Iranian government. She participated in the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests that were held in Houston and also protested against the Al-Hadi Mosque, which she accused of being connected to the Iranian government. Lomi Kriel of the Houston Chronicle wrote that "she was outspokenly critical of Islam, even becoming embroiled in an argument with her father's bosses about their faith." She was a member of Second Baptist Church, as she had converted to Christianity in 2011. When Nesreen chose to leave Islam and become a Christian, Bagherzadeh gave her support, and Bagherzadeh also suggested that Nesreen marry Beavers. Nesreen and Coty Beavers became romantically involved in secret. Brian Rogers of the Houston Chronicle stated that Nadia felt jealousy over the relationship; Irsan told his daughters that they were not allowed to date. According to court testimony, Irsan threatened the girls with death if they engaged in romantic relationships, and also stated he would kill the boyfriends in that case. According to Texas prosecutors, Nadia wished to be in a relationship with Cory Beavers, but he declined. The relationship between Nesreen and Nadia deteriorated. Kidnapping, escape, harassment, and marriage: Irsan learned about Nesreen's relationship to Beavers while he was in Jordan. In June 2011 Alrawabdeh held her against her will at Irsan's residence; Nesreen accused Nadia of also holding her against her will. The persons/people holding her captive had discovered e-mails, text messages, and voice mails sent to and from Coty Beavers on Nesreen's communication device. She escaped through a window and went to be with Beavers at his residence, then his mother's house in Spring. In November 2011 Cory Beavers and Bagherzadeh became boyfriend and girlfriend. Nesreen stated she was afraid that her father would harm her. Her father and other members of the family looked for her and sent messages to Bagherzadeh, who refused to divulge the information. He remained unaware of the location of her residence. Beginning around fall 2011, Irsan harassed Nesreen, Coty Beavers, and Bagherzadeh, and the group experienced acts of vandalism against their property. Nesreen, who was 23 at the time, got a protective order that banned her father from contacting her, but he continued to look for her. For those reasons she chose not to attend the graduation ceremony for her class. Circa July 2012, Nesreen married Coty Beavers, taking the name Nesreen Irsan Beavers, and only holding a civil ceremony to avoid getting unwanted attention, doing so at the Harris County Courthouse. The two moved to a new residence a significant distance away from their previous one; they were at the Legacy Park Apartments in unincorporated northwest Harris County, which would become the site of Beavers's death. Nesreen and Beavers chose a gated apartment complex specifically for their protection, and they rented a third-floor unit to minimize their possibility of being attacked. Whenever Nesreen left the apartment to travel to and from work, Beavers escorted her to protect her. Federal fraud convictions: Nesreen told authorities that Irsan had committed fraud related to Social Security. The family received money from the Social Security Administration (SSA), called Supplemental Security Income (SSI), for people who are unable to work and do not have resources, but Irsan and his family concealed their resources even though he told the government that beginning in 1990 he was unable to find work. Irsan held his money in multiple bank accounts, with some under the names of his children while having de facto control over them, while also claiming benefits and hiding the true amount of money he controlled. He also possessed multiple false credit cards, some under false names and some in the names of family members. The criminal schemes began in 1995. Agencies investigating included multiple agencies in the federal, state, and local levels, among them the FBI, SSA, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Homeland Security Investigations, and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. A group of police, with the FBI leading, arrested Irsan, Alrawabdeh, and Nadia on May 22, 2014, accusing them of offenses related to fraud perpetrated against the social security system. Irsan was held in the Joe Corley Detention Facility/Joe Corley Processing Center, a private correctional facility in Conroe, Texas, operated by the GEO Group which, in addition to housing immigration prisoners, acts as a detention center for the U.S. Marshals Service. All three suspects were also held at Federal Detention Center, Houston in Downtown Houston. Federal authorities did not allow him to post bond; Alrawabdeh and Nadia were also held. Six of Irsan's children who were still minors were put in the custody of child protective services (CPS). The prosecuting federal attorneys were Jim McAlister and Mark McIntyre. Lawyer John Floyd represented Irsan in regard to his federal prosecution. The FBI raided the house another time on June 5, 2014. Irsan was initially charged with conspiracy to benefits fraud in a continuing scheme, defraud the United States, and theft of public money over $1,000. On April 3, 2015, Irsan pleaded guilty, to "conspiracy to defraud the United States", while and Alrawabdeh and Nadia were convicted of "making false statements". All were sentenced to serve time in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Irsan received a federal sentence of 45 months and a fine of $290,651 from Judge Lynn Hughes. Alrawabdeh and Nadia each received 24 months. The arrests and prosecutions were not covered in the Jordanian news media. Murders:- Bagherzadeh's murder: Bagherzadeh was murdered while in her father's car, outside of her parents' residence on January 15, 2012. Bagherzadeh was 30 at the time of her death. The triggerperson, using a .380 handgun, shot Bagherzadeh through Alrawabdeh's passenger side window, hitting Bagherzadeh in the head with one bullet that went through the passenger side window of the car she drove. Alrawabdeh stated that Nasim Irsan, Irsan's son, was the triggerperson. Bagherzadeh was driving from the residence of her boyfriend Cory Beavers to her parents' residence, while talking on the telephone with a former boyfriend. Up to three other bullets were fired at her car. Her car hit a townhouse's garage, and police found her body around 12:30 PM; a shooting had been first reported around 11:45 PM. Prosecutors stated that Irsan; Alrawabdeh; and Nasim Irsan, Irsan's son and Nesreen's brother, were together in a car. At 12:30 A.M. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer stopped the car going 79 miles per hour, above the speed limit, on Interstate 45, while it was going back to Montgomery County. Irsan was given a warning and allowed to leave after he stated he was trying to get a drink to deal with a diabetic condition. Initially no leads were announced, and Crime Stoppers stated that there was a $250,000 reward for information that could solve the case. Craig Malisow of the Houston Press described the award as "record-high". This became the highest reward in U.S. Crimestoppers history. Shortly after the killings, Bagherzadeh's allies and friends believed that the Iranian government had Bagherzadeh assassinated. Beavers's murder: Coty Beavers was murdered at his residence at the Legacy Park apartments, on November 12, 2012. According to Alrawabdeh, Irsan personally shot Beavers. He had entered the apartment while it was unlocked and stayed inside while Beavers was with Nesreen; Beavers went with her to her car, before she drove away to her workplace, around 5:45 A.M. Irsan shot him after Beavers re-entered the house. Irsan was in hiding inside a bedroom before he killed his victim, 28 at the time of his death. Alwarabdeh was also present at Beavers's murder. Nesreen found Beavers's body, at about 4:30 P.M. Two days prior to the killing, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO), a suspect asked people in Legacy Park for the whereabouts of Beavers. Cory Beavers stated to the news channel KPRC that his brother "said basically if I'm ever killed or murdered it was Ali Irsan. I mean he was that specific about it." Beavers's mother, Shirley McCormick, stated in Irsan's state trial that "We knew who was responsible, but we didn’t know who all had helped him. I told the police officers it was Ali Irsan, and he also had to be the one who killed Gelareh." Motive: Texas authorities stated that Nesreen's conversion and marrying a Christian man motivated the father to commit the murders. In her court testimony, Alrawabdeh stated that Irsan planned to also kill Nesreen, Cory Beavers, and the Beavers twins' mother. She stated "If a girl ran away from home, it would bring disgrace to the family." Stating that the difference in religion and the element of premarital sex would reflect poorly on Irsan, Alrawabdeh stated, "I’m from an Arabic country and I’m aware of the culture. The family would kill her to clean their honor." According to prosecutors, Irsan wished to kill Nesreen's loved ones first to inflict emotional distress on her, before killing her at a later date. Devon Anderson, the Harris County district attorney in 2015, stated that Irsan "believed that Nesreen and others, including the two victims, had violated his honor as a Muslim." Prosecution- Investigation, arrest, and pre-trial detention: Officers of the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) searched Irsan's residence nine days after Beavers's death. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted surveillance on the suspects. On the day Irsan was arrested for federal fraud charges, May 22, 2014, Harris County prosecutors announced that Irsan was also being charged for Bagherzadeh's murder. By March 2015 those charges were dismissed, but the Harris County authorities stated they would file additional charges. Harris County district attorney Anderson did not say why the initial charges were dropped with newer ones later filed; Michael Barajas of the Houston Press stated "It appears that decision was purely strategic". After prosecutors established the connection between the two killings, new capital murder charges against Irsan were filed on April 22, 2015, charging him for the murders of both Bagherzadeh and Beavers. According to Texas state law, capital murder can be filed if two killings are connected as part of the same scheme. Irsan's lawyers stated that he had no connection to either murder and the circumstances of the murders were not known. They also stated that the murders of Bagherzadeh and Beavers were not connected. The federal government continued to hold Irsan, Alrawabdeh, and Nadia while Harris County prosecutors announced new criminal charges in 2015. Nadia Irsan received charges accusing her of stalking her sister, a felony to the third degree; the maximum possible sentence, if conviction occurs, is 10 years. Prosecutors can file murder charges against her if they find she helped plan any murders, due to the rule of parties statutes. Nasim, charged with Bagherzadeh's murder, was arrested on April 22, 2015 and moved to the Harris County jail; he was 21 at the time. His bail was set to $500,000. Alwarabdeh also was charged with Bagherzadeh's murder, as she allowed the triggerperson to use her window to kill Bagherzadeh. By May 1, 2015, Nadia remained in federal incarceration while her father and stepmother were moved to the Harris County jail. In the courtroom, Irsan asked for the state to not notify the Jordanian government, citing that he was a citizen of the United States. Later in 2015 Nadia was moved to the Harris County Jail, and she was moved to house arrest in January 2017 with $250,000 bail. Texas State District Judge Jan Krocker marked Nadia's stalking trial for July 2017. In the meantime Krocker chose house arrest since Nadia had been accused of stalking. After state criminal charges were announced, an anonymous person stating to be one of the children of Irsan created a petition stating that "racial prejudice and discrimination" had victimized the family. While Montgomery County authorities stated they were re-investigating the 1999 death of Alidam, they would only file charges on the matter if new evidence is presented. Murder trial and punishment: Irsan's capital murder trial began on June 25, 2018. It was held at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in Downtown Houston. The normal venue for state felony cases, the Harris County Criminal Courthouse in Downtown, had sustained damage from Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and the post-storm restoration was not yet complete. The prosecutors sought the death penalty against Irsan, making it the first death penalty prosecution in Houston in 2018, and also the first death penalty case during the tenure of Kim Ogg, the Harris County district attorney since January 1, 2017. Anna Emmons, Marie Primm, and Jon Stephenson were appointed special prosecutors, since Ogg's first assistant, prior to the beginning of the murder trial, represented a suspected co-conspirator in another case; Ogg recused. Allen Tanner and Rudy Duarte were attorneys appointed by the judge to represent Irsan, while Katherine Scardino was the attorney appointed for Alrawabdeh. Jan Krocker served as the state district judge. Nesreen testified against her father, as did Cory Beavers, who lost his twin brother and girlfriend, and McCormick, who lost her son. Alrawabdeh entered into a plea deal that gave her a conviction of kidnapping instead of murder, and as part of the plea deal she testified against Irsan. Alrawabdeh was to be released with time served after the end of the trial. In addition Dahl testified against her first husband, and first daughter Nesemah testified against her father. Two younger sisters of Irsan flew from Jordan to the U.S. to testify in his favor. Two sons of Irsan also testified in favor of their father. Even though his lawyers asked him not to, Irsan testified in his own trial. Irsan was declared guilty on July 26, 2018. The jurors came to this conclusion after 35 minutes of deliberation. In the punishment phase, which lasted two weeks, the jury deliberated between two possible outcomes for a capital murder conviction under Texas law: life without parole or the death penalty. Prosecutors presented a witness who accused Irsan of boasting about murdering Alidam without consequence in 1999. Nesreen testified that Irsan used severe corporal punishment, and that he praised the September 11, 2001 attacks and suicide bombings while living in the United States. On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Irsan received a death sentence. The jury held a deliberation for nine hours before reaching the sentence. Irsan went into the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) on August 20 of that year. Men sentenced to death under Texas law are normally held at the Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas. Aftermath and analysis: Governor of Texas Greg Abbott wrote on Twitter that people who commit honor killings in Texas would be sentenced to death. Brian Rogers of the Houston Chronicle stated that experts considered the case to be unusual because usually only the offending woman is killed in an honor killing, and that the Irsan affair increased attention given to honor killings in the United States. Michael Creed, another brother of Coty Beavers, said "You don’t have to be Muslim to be a victim of an honor crime. These are not infrequent events that happen in some random part of the world. They’re happening in America and they’re on the rise." Beavers's father, Dennis Beavers, also stated "If we in this country are not careful, a tragedy like ours could happen to your family." Relatives of Coty Beavers and Bagherzadeh stated that they became more fearful after the murders, with Cory and another brother of Beavers having guns for protection. On January 23, 2012 Bagherzadeh's funeral was held at Second Baptist Church. Her parents sold their Houston house and moved to Maryland, where their eldest son lived. Ebrahim Bagherzadeh, Bagherzadeh's father, stated that being in Houston reminds them of their daughter and makes them feel sad. The Houston Crimestoppers Memorial in Midtown Houston has a memorial to Bagherzadeh.
Helen Marlene Major (née: Oakes), best known by her middle name and posthumously by her maiden name, was an American woman who was murdered by her estranged husband in 1980. The victim's partial skull was located near the pair's home not long after her death, but it was not identified until 2001 after mitochondrial DNA testing confirmed the identity of the remains. Disappearance and murder: Oakes was known to have an affair with a man, Glen St. Hillaire, who lived on their property who was also employed by her husband, William "Bill" Major. William Major allegedly "encouraged" the relationship. He had been married to Marlene for nine years and was also rumored to be involved with another woman. Oakes, who kept a diary, wrote at around the time of her murder, she had witnessed her husband sexually assaulting the pair's son, Donald. She made plans to take her son and daughter from the household and travel elsewhere. William Major reportedly told several individuals he would murder Marlene if she was to end their relationship and went into detail of the steps he would take to make her body unidentifiable. Oakes had given St. Hillaire her diaries to ensure their survival. Marlene had written in her diary that Major had agreed to sign divorce papers if the abuse was not made public. Oakes wrote that if he changed his mind, she would tell her mother in law. Major dropped the two children off at a neighbor's residence but claimed to St. Hillaire that Marlene had left and abducted the children. He gave several firearms to another neighbor and expressed the desire to move to Rhode Island. There was no evidence Marlene had taken anything with her, except for her vehicle (now believed to have been disposed of in the Ohio River), yet her drivers licence was left at the residence. Major told Donald and LaLana that their mother had abandoned them due to her involvement with drugs, alcohol and prostitution. Authorities did initially find the suggestion that Marlene left due to an unsatisfactory marriage somewhat plausible but searched the property with no results. Her dental records were frequently submitted to respective agencies when a woman's body would be found matching her description. St. Hillaire and William Major denied to police any involvement in Marlene's disappearance. A partial skull, lacking teeth was discovered a mile from the Major residence by a hunter on November 29, 1981 but could not be identified for years after its discovery. The cause of death was determined to be due to multiple gunshots and through examination, the victim was determined to be a white female around 30 years old. Evidence of dismemberment was also noted. Traditional nuclear DNA testing was determined impossible due to the deteriorated condition of the bone. After William remarried soon after Marlene's disappearance, he remarried in 1981 but his second wife reported the sexual and physical abuse to police in 1984 after his children told her and he had previously threatened to kill the other sibling if one was to report him. He served eleven years, despite a fifteen year sentence. After his release in 1996, he was set to face additional charges but due to the statute of limitations, further action was not possible. Donald and LaLana moved in with Marlene's mother following the conviction. Oakes' mother immediately suspected William for the disappearance. After gaining custody, she told LaLana she presumed Marlene had been dead since her disappearance. LaLana took the initiative to investigate "on her own" and began building knowledge by watching true crime documentaries. When she was twenty, Boone County police gave her access to their file on Oakes' case and began interviewing witnesses. She also searched for additional remains but was unable to find any. "I told him not to touch me ever again. and if he touches Donald, I'll kill him. I could be the biggest whore to walk the streets of Verona and no judge would dare to give him custody of my kids before me." - Marlene's entry in her diary after discovering her husband abusing their son. Identification and conviction: In 2001, LaLana submitted DNA for a mitochondrial DNA test to be compared to that of the unidentified skull. The type of DNA was easier to obtain but less specific in genetic information. The county initially declined to pay for the nearly $20,000 test but eventually changed their minds. Oakes' sister had previously offered to sacrifice her retirement funds to pay for it. The testing concluded that LaLana was maternally related to the individual the skull belonged to. William Major was arrested in June 2001 for the murder of Marlene, following the identification of her skull. Major's father told authorities that he had confessed to him about the murder years earlier. As this statement was insufficient on its own, authorities were given permission to put a phone tap on a telephone at the father's residence as he made a call to William, who admitted guilt in the crime. He later confessed to police and stated he felt no remorse. Major's defense stated a stroke he suffered in 1995 caused him to be "delusional." Major was charged formally in July 2001. The jury deliberated a mere forty-three minutes before releasing a guilty verdict. In popular culture: -Cold Case Files detailed the case in a 2001 episode titled "Daddy Knows Best." -Forensic Files also depicted the case in a 2004 episode titled "A Daughter's Journey."
Friday, November 30, 2018
The Fort Worth Missing Trio refers to an unsolved missing persons case that began on December 23, 1974, when Mary Rachel Trlica, Lisa Renee Wilson, and Julie Ann Moseley, went missing from the Seminary South Shopping Center at 4200 South Freeway in Fort Worth, Texas, while Christmas shopping. The car the girls were driving, a 1972 Oldsmobile 98, was left behind in the Sears parking lot at the mall, but the girls have not been seen since. Victims: The oldest of the girls, Mary Rachel Trlica (née Arnold), was 17 years old at the time of her disappearance. She is known to go by her middle name of Rachel. She is a Caucasian female, 5 feet 6 inches in height, 108 pounds, with long brown hair, green eyes and has a chipped upper front tooth and a small scar on her chin. She was a married high school student at Southwest High School in Fort Worth and drove a 1972 Oldsmobile 98, the car the girls took to the mall that day. At the time of her disappearance, Rachel had been married to her husband, Tommy Trlica, for about six months and she wore a wedding ring. Lisa Renee Wilson was 14 years old at the time of her disappearance. She is known to go by her middle name of Renee. She is a fair-skinned Caucasian female, 5 feet 2 inches in height, 110 pounds, with light wavy brown hair, brown eyes and has a scar on the inside of one of her thighs. Clothing she was known to be wearing when she disappeared includes bluish-purple hip hugger pants, a white pullover sweatshirt with "Sweet Honesty" in green letters (some have reported it as a pale yellow t-shirt with green letters), red and white oxford shoes, and a promise ring with a single clear stone. The youngest of the girls, Julie Ann Moseley, was 9 years old at the time of her disappearance. She is a Caucasian female, 4 feet 3 inches in height, 85 pounds, with shoulder-length sandy blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a small scar under her left eye, a scar in the middle of her forehead and a scar on the back of her calf. Clothing she was known to be wearing when she disappeared included a red shirt with dark pants (jeans) and red tennis shoes. The case shocked Fort Worth and left the families to painfully adjust to life without their children. Thousands of leads have been followed, dozens of searches completed and hundreds of people interviewed. All have proven fruitless. Disappearance: On the morning of December 23, 1974, a little before noon, Rachel Trlica and Renee Wilson, along with Julie Ann Moseley set out to go Christmas shopping. Julie Ann asked to tag along at the last minute because she “didn’t want to spend the day alone”. The older girl told her she would need to get permission to go. Julie Ann ran inside and called her mother, Rayanne Moseley. She would later recall, “"I was working for an electrical contractor, and my husband and I were separated. It was a bitter, bitter time. I remember that Julie called and wanted to go to Seminary South. I said, 'No. You don't have any money. You just stay home.' I knew Renee and her mother, but I really didn't know Rachel. But she Julie kept whining about how she wouldn't have anybody to play with. . . . I finally gave in, but I told her to be home by 6”. The older girls, specifically Renee, wanted to be back by 4 p.m. because she had a Christmas party she wanted to attend with her new boyfriend who had given her a promise ring that morning. She wanted plenty of time to get ready." The girls first headed to the Army Navy store in Fort Worth to pick up some layaway items that Renee had waiting. From there, they headed to the Seminary South Shopping Center at 4200 South Freeway in south Fort Worth. Several witnesses have reported seeing the girls in the mall that day. When the girls did not return home, the families became concerned and traveled to the shopping center to search for them. They arrived around 6 p.m. that evening to find the car was parked in the Sears upper-level parking lot. It appeared the girls had made it back to the car that afternoon because the gifts they had purchased were found in the car. The family stayed at the mall all night waiting for the girls to return. Search and investigation: When the girls did not return, the Fort Worth Police Department was called and the case was quickly handed over to the Youth Division of the Missing Persons Bureau . The girls were presumed to be runaways by the police. As if to prove this point, the next day Tommy Trlica, Rachel’s husband, received a letter in the mailbox at their home that appeared to be written by Rachel. It read: "I know I'm going to catch it, but we had to get away. We're going to Houston. See you in about a week. The car is in Sears' upper lot. Love Rachel" Strangely, the letter was written in ink but the addressed envelope was written in pencil, and the letter was written on a sheet of paper that was wider than the envelope. It was addressed to Thomas A. Trlica, instead of the less formal Tommy, as Rachel called him. ”Rachel” was written in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope. It appeared to be initially misspelled, as the “l” in her name was written as a lower-case “e”, but then it had been gone over again to form the correct “l”. The postmark did not contain a city, only a blurred zip code that appeared to be “76083”, however the number “3” appears to either be backward, as though maybe it was applied by a hand-loaded stamp, or an impartial “8”. It is assumed that the zip code was meant to be either 76038, which comes from Eliasville near Throckmorton, Texas or 76088, which comes from Weatherford, Texas. During the 1970s and '80s, handwriting experts across the nation examined the letter including the FBI, who examined it three times, but each time the results came back inconclusive. Despite receiving the letter, the families did not believe that it was written by Rachel nor that the girls had run away. Rayanne Moseley, Julie Ann's mother, stated, "I know my daughter, and I know those other girls and they are not runaways". Judy Wilson, Renee’s mother, is noted to have said: "I could have told you that night that they didn't run away. Renee wanted to go to that party. And no nine-year-old is going to run off two days before Christmas. Everybody knows that!". Francis Langston, Rachel's mother, believed the girls had been abducted saying: "A lot of people may think they left with someone they knew, but I'll always think—until the day I die—that the girls were taken". Not willing to give in, the families continued their search by distributing handbills and missing person fliers throughout the state and contacting newspapers across the country. Eventually, tips began to come in and witnesses began to come forward. In early 1975, one young man claiming to be an acquaintance of Rachel’s stepped forward and said that he saw them in the record department of a store inside the mall just before they disappeared. Apparently he and Rachel saw each other and spoke briefly. The man claimed that another person appeared to be with the girls. During this same time, some women’s clothing were found in the Justin, Texas area and were investigated, but it was determined that they did not belong to the girls. By spring of 1975, the families grew frustrated with the Police investigation and decided to hire a private detective named Jon Swaim. In August 1975, Swaim discovered that a 28-year-old man was making a string of obscene phone calls in the area. This man had worked for a store in south Fort Worth where Rachel had applied for a job just before Christmas. It was discovered that he was using his position to obtain information from young women who had either applied for a job at his store or who were listed as references. Six women who had applied at this store had been receiving obscene phone calls. He also once lived in the neighborhood of Rachel's parents but moved away shortly before she married and moved away. In the end, nothing ever came of this suspect. In April 1975, Swaim went to Port Lavaca with 100 volunteers to search under bridges in the area after receiving a tip that the girls had been killed and taken there. However, no trace of the girls were found. A year later, it was reported that three skeletons were found in a field outside of Alvord, Texas by an oil drilling crew. Mr. Swaim had the bones checked against x-rays and dental records of the girls, but it turned out that the bones belonged to a teenage boy about 15-17 years of age and two other females who were not identified as being any of the girls. In March 1976, a psychic called one of the families and told them that the girls could be found near an oil well. For some reason, the searchers focused on the small community of Rising Star outside of Abilene, but nothing was ever found. In 1979, Jon Swaim died following a drug overdose; his death was subsequently was ruled to be suicide. Upon his death, he ordered that all of his files on the case be destroyed. In the spring of 1981, police investigators were called to a location in Brazoria County after human remains had been found in a swampy area. After a month of investigation, they discovered that the bones did not belong to the three girls. In January 2001, the case was reopened and assigned to a homicide detective, Tom Boetcher. He believes the girls left the mall with someone they trusted. He stated, "We can say that they were at one point seen with one individual, but we believe there was more than one involved". Over the years, searchers have continued to comb through Texas brush and have explored hundreds of back roads. The families have walked creek beds and country roads only to come up with nothing. Decades after the girls disappeared, there have been no reports of new developments in the case. Other possible witnesses: A store clerk came forward around the time of the girls' disappearance and said that a woman told her that she had seen the girls at the mall that day. The woman reported that she saw three girls being forced into a yellow pickup truck near Buddies grocery store at the mall. The truck was described to have lights on top of it. This witness, however, could never be located by police and the story never verified. In 1981, years after the disappearance, a man said he'd been in the parking lot that day and he'd seen a man forcing a girl into a van. The man in the van told him it was a family dispute and to stay out of it. Later developments: In 2018, two cars were raised from Benbrook Lake because they were thought to have a connection to the case. These efforts however yielded no results.
Cheryl Grimmer was a three-year-old toddler who went missing on 12 January 1970 from a Wollongong beach, in Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia. She had been in the shower block at the beach when witnesses claim a man took her and ran off. Grimmer's disappearance has been without explanation for over 45 years. A suspect was arrested and charged in March 2017. Life before disappearance: The family emigrated from Knowle, a suburb of Bristol, England to Australia in 1969 when Cheryl was two years old and they were living in a hostel near to the beach where she disappeared. The family was mother Carole, father John and sons Ricki, Stephen and Paul. Cheryl was the Grimmers' only daughter. Disappearance: On the morning of 12 January 1970, the Grimmer family went to the beach at Fairy Meadow in Illawarra except for John Grimmer who was away working as a sapper for the Australian Army. When the weather turned at 1:30 pm, Carole Grimmer decided it was time to go home. The children all went to the shower block together whilst Carole Grimmer packed up their belongings. Ricki went back to Carole Grimmer ten minutes later saying that Cheryl was refusing to come out of the shower block. She followed Ricki back to the shower block moments later only to find that Cheryl had disappeared. There has been no trace of her since. Theories into Cheryl's disappearance: At the time, witnesses claimed that a man was seen holding Cheryl up to drink from a water fountain and then ran off with her wrapped up in a towel. She was also spotted being driven off in a white car. New South Wales Police Minister Michael Gallagher said that it is entirely possible that both Cheryl and her kidnapper were dead but that someone may know the truth. He also alluded to the possibility of someone being alive today suspecting that they may be Cheryl. One reason for this is that Cheryl had a medical condition that made her belly button protrude outwards by 10 millimetres and this would be easily identifiable if that person were alive today or if they had surgery to correct this. In 2012 a woman thought that she might be Cheryl. She submitted a DNA swab taken from her inside cheek, but this proved to not be a match for Cheryl Grimmer's DNA. Investigation into Cheryl's disappearance: Her disappearance sparked a massive manhunt and three days later, police received a note demanding $10,000 and saying that the child was unharmed. The police staged a drop for the money in Bulli, but the kidnapper never showed despite police earnestly believing the note was credible. The police disguised themselves as council workers for the ransom drop, but they fear this led to the kidnapper being spooked and that the large police operation may have also deterred the kidnapper from coming forward to claim their ransom. The case became famous in Australia and the family relocated back to England for ten years afterwards to escape the notoriety. A local man confessed to killing Cheryl, but police investigations revealed that his confession was false. Aftermath of the case: In May 2011, a coroner ruled that Cheryl had died sometime after going missing due to an undetermined cause, but Carole Grimmer stated that she believed her daughter was still alive. Both Carole and John Grimmer have since died without knowing what happened to Cheryl. Despite the coroner's ruling, police posted a $100,000 reward for information regarding Cheryl's disappearance. In 2016, a review of the evidence was carried out and all of the evidence and witness statements were computerised for the first time. The review threw up many leads and information that was not pursued thoroughly enough in 1970. Wollongong detectives and the Homicide Squad's Unsolved Homicide Team combined efforts into a new task force called 'Strike Force Wessell'. Police announced in December 2016 that they had a credible lead on a man who was seen carrying a fair-haired child at the time of Cheryl's disappearance from the beach. Police said that he was a teenager at the time, so would be in his 60s now, and appealed for him to come forward. On 23 March 2017, it was announced that a man had been arrested and charged with Grimmer's abduction and murder. Police stated that it is unlikely that Cheryl's body will ever be found as there has been substantial development of the once-rural area in the 47 years since the abduction. In April 2017, NSW police stated that they were trying to trace a family who gave a witness statement on the day of the abduction. The family moved soon after to Papua New Guinea and then back to their native Nottinghamshire in England. Interpol helped to trace the witness, now 80-years old, whose testimony is expected to be crucial in the upcoming court case. In May 2017, it was revealed that the suspect who was arrested in March 2017 had confessed to Cheryl's abduction and murder back in 1970. However, police at the time did not believe him. The accused is a 63-year-old man who was born in Britain and has been in Australia since the late 1960s. He has not been named, as he was 16-years-old at the time of the alleged offence and therefore a minor.
i loved working with little babies when i was working in a daycare. the little babies loved me. they were happy i was there. 1 had a big jelly belly and another's mom came up and introduced me to her daughter before to me. they're so cute. once i had to hold a screaming baby and i was able to calm to down granted i had to take my necklace off.
Richard Cowden, his wife Belinda June Cowden, and their children, David James Phillips and Melissa Dawn Cowden disappeared from their campground in the Siskiyou Mountains near Carberry Creek, Copper, Oregon, on September 1, 1974. Seven months later, in April 1975, their bodies were discovered approximately 7 miles from their campsite. While law enforcement has suspected convicted-killer Dwain Lee Little in their murders, their case remains unsolved. The family's disappearance resulted in one of the largest search efforts in Oregon history, and their murders have been described as one of the state's most "haunting and baffling" mysteries. The family's disappearance received nationwide attention at the time of its occurrence, and their murders have been profiled in numerous national media such as the New York Post and others. Their murders were also the subject of a chapter in the book But I Trusted You by crime writer Ann Rule. Background- Cowden family:Richard Cowden (age 28), his wife Belinda (age 22), and their children David and Melissa were residents of White City, Oregon. Richard supported the family working as a logging truck driver. Prior to disappearance: The Cowden family made last-minute plans to camp near Carberry Creek in Copper, Oregon, over the Labor Day weekend, 1974. On August 30, the family, along with their pet Basset Hound, Droopy, arrived at a campground near the creek, an area they had frequented in the past. They parked their 1956 Ford pickup truck on Carberry Creek Road, a short distance from the campsite. Disappearance- September 1, 1974: On September 1, 1974, Richard Cowden and his son, David, arrived at the Copper General Store at approximately 9 am, where Richard purchased milk. The two then departed the store on foot, heading toward their campsite. This was the last sighting of any of the Cowden family. Later that evening, Belinda's mother, who lived less than 1 mile from the campground, was expecting the family to come over for dinner on their way home. When they failed to arrive, she went to their campsite near the creek, but found nobody there; the family's belongings, however, were all present: A plastic dishpan full of cold water lay on the ground, while the keys to the family's truck as well as Belinda's purse were in plain sight on a picnic table. A diaper bag as well as the camp stove, fully assembled, were also in plain view, and the carton of milk Richard had purchased earlier that morning sat on the table, half-full. Unable to locate her daughter, son-in-law, or grandchildren, Belinda's mother grew increasingly panicked when she noticed several items belonging to Richard lying on the ground: These included an expensive wristwatch as well as his wallet, which contained $21; she also found an opened pack of cigarettes, which she identified as being the brand Belinda was known to smoke. The family's truck, which was parked on the road, still contained their clothing, with only their bathing suits missing. Belinda's mother left the campground to notify police, after which the sheriff, troopers, and the District 3 Office of the Oregon State Police arrived at the scene. Lieutenant Mark Kezar who headed the case would later state that the investigation had been "delayed for maybe a day" because of the lack of indication that anything violent may have occurred at the campsite. A state trooper, Officer Erickson, recalled: "That camp was spooky; even the milk was still on the table." The following morning, the Cowdens' pet Basset Hound, Droopy, was found scratching at the front door of the Copper General Store. Search efforts for the family: The search investigation for the Cowden family was one of the largest in Oregon history, and included assistance from state and local police, numerous volunteers, Explorer Scouts, the United States Forest Service, and the Oregon National Guard. The U.S. Forest Service searched 25 miles of roads and trails surrounding the campsite, and helicopters and planes were flown over the area equipped with infrared photography, which would detect recently overturned dirt. Despite massive search efforts, law enforcement was unable to find any evidence of a crime. The Oregon State Police and Jackson County Police conducted interviews with over 150 individuals in their early investigation into the family's disappearance. A $2,000 reward (equivalent to $9,924 in 2017) was offered in exchange for information regarding the family's disappearance. With the impending hunting season, Richard Cowden's sister wrote a letter to the Medford Mail Tribune, pleading that hunters be alert to "anything that could be connected to a man, woman, a five-year-old child, or a five-month-old baby. Even though we try not to let our hopes dwindle that they will be found alive, we ask that you will even check freshly turned piles of earth. We will truly appreciate any clue or help that some hunter may find." Over two-hundred citizens wrote to then-Oregon senator Mark Hatfield requesting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation begin looking at the case. The petition, however, was denied on the grounds that there was "no evidence that the Cowdens had been kidnapped or taken across state lines." At the time, there were a total of eight reported missing women in Washington and Oregon, and law enforcement attempted to seek a connection between these disappearances and that of the Cowdens (the disappearances of these eight women, however, would later be linked to serial killer Ted Bundy). Discovery of bodies: On April 12, 1975, two gold prospectors from Forest Grove, Oregon, were hiking through the woods near Carberry Creek when they discovered the decomposing body of an adult male tied to a tree on a steep hillside. In a small cave nearby, the bodies of an adult female, a child, and an infant were discovered. Positive identification of the bodies as those of the Cowden family was made via dental records. The location where the bodies were discovered was approximately 7 miles from the family's campsite. Autopsies revealed that Belinda and David had died as a result of .22 caliber gunshot wounds; five-month-old Melissa had died from severe head trauma. Law enforcement suspected Richard Cowden died at the site of where his body was found, but were unable to determine a cause of death. It was surmised by investigators that Belinda and their two children could have potentially been killed elsewhere and subsequently concealed in the cave. Law enforcement searched the surrounding area for a murder weapon, but were unable to recover one. Investigation into the murders: Interviews were conducted with numerous persons who were at the campground on September 1. One family from Los Angeles had arrived at the campground at 5 pm that day. While walking in the park that evening, they witnessed two men and a woman parking nearby in a pickup truck; the father recalled: "They acted like they were waiting for us to leave, and frankly, they made us nervous—so we moved on." Based on the location of Belinda and the children's bodies inside the cave, Lieutenant Kezar suspected that the person responsible was a local resident who knew the area and was aware of the cave location. After the family's remains were recovered, a resident of Grants Pass who had volunteered in the search told police that in September he had searched the cave where Belinda and the children's bodies were found, and that they were not there at that time. To confirm he was referring to the same cave, law enforcement had the man escort them to the cave he had searched; it was the same cave where the bodies had been discovered. Suspects- Dwain Lee Little: Law enforcement consider Dwain Lee Little of Ruch, 25 at the time of the family's disappearance, a suspect in their murders. Little had been paroled from the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem on May 24, 1974, three months prior to the Cowdens' disappearances. At 16, in 1964, he had raped and murdered teenager Orla Fay Fipps. State police were able to determine that Little had been in Copper over the Labor Day weekend at the approximate time the Cowden family disappeared. Little's girlfriend told law enforcement that she had seen him with a .22 caliber gun during Christmastime 1974; on January 12, 1975, his parole was revoked after she informed police of his possession of a firearm. Little was paroled again on April 26, 1977. On June 2, 1980, Little picked up a pregnant 23-year-old named Margie Hunter, whose car had broken down near Portland, Oregon, and sexually assaulted and beat her. Hunter and her unborn child survived, and Little was charged and convicted of attempted homicide and sentenced to three consecutive life sentences. Police later suspected that the two men and woman in a truck reported by the Los Angeles family at the campground were in fact Little and his parents, as their truck matched the description provided by the family. Little and his parents denied any knowledge of the Cowdens' disappearances; however, a miner who owned a cabin nearby claimed that Little and his parents had stopped by on Monday, September 2, 1974, and signed a guestbook he kept for visitors. Rusty Kelly, an inmate who at one time shared a cell with Little, would later claim that Little confessed to the Cowdens' murders. Despite the "voluminous" circumstantial evidence, Little has never been charged with the murders of the Cowden family.
Dear 13 year old Jackie, how is your back? pretty prominent right? is it ever gonna get better? will you ever find someone interested in you? yes it'll get better and you'll find someone. how are you dealing with your parents divorce? still hard? you think friends won't understand your issues? you ever gonna get used to it? yes it's hard but it's easier.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
The Cline Falls axe attack refers to an unsolved attempted homicide that occurred on the evening of June 22, 1977, at the Cline Falls State Park in Deschutes County, Oregon United States. The victims were two female college students, Terri Jentz and her roommate, Avra Goldman, who were on a cross-country cycling ride along the Trans America Trail. Both women decided to spend the night along the Deschutes River at the park near Redmond. During the night, they were awoken by a vehicle that drove over their tent, injuring both. The driver of the vehicle exited his car and proceeded to attack both women with an axe. Both women survived the attack, suffering significant injuries, but their attacker has never been positively identified. Timeline of events- Background: In the summer of 1977, 19-year-old Terri Jentz of Western Springs, Illinois, and her roommate, 20-year-old Avra Goldman of Wellesley, Massachusetts, were both Yale University students who decided to cycle across the United States via the newly-opened Trans America Trail. Upon completing their tour, which ended in Astoria, Oregon, both women headed east through the state. On the night of June 22, they stopped at the Cline Falls State Park in rural Deschutes County and decided to camp there overnight along the river. Jentz would later recall being unnerved by the location, and that both women felt as though they were being watched: "It was an animal instinct of danger, and we both had it, we both had it separately and we shared it with one another." Attack: Around 11:30 p.m., while both women were asleep in their tent, they were awoken by the sound of a truck pulling up to their campsite. Jentz initially believed the vehicle was driven by partying teenagers who had driven up to the campsite. The vehicle then proceeded to drive over the tent before stopping, its tires pinning Jentz to the ground at her chest, breaking both of her arms, one leg, her collarbone, and several ribs, as well as crushing her lung. A man exited the vehicle carrying an axe, and struck Goldman in the head with it around six times. After, the man stood over Jentz. She recalled: I looked up at him and opened my eyes and I said, 'Take anything but leave us alone, please leave us alone. He brought the ax down slowly, and I caught it in my hands right above my heart, grabbed the blade in my hands... and then he withdrew it. After Jentz begged the man, he returned to his vehicle and drove away. Though severely injured, Jentz managed to stumble to a nearby road, where she flagged down Bill Penhollow and Darlene Gervais, two teenagers who were passing by. Gervais recalled that Jentz was "so bloody it was dripping off her hair... the ends of her hair." Penhollow and Gervais drove to the campsite to tend to Goldman, who was severely injured, and while doing so noticed a pair of headlights appear in the distance at the edge of the park, which frightened them as they assumed it to be the attacker returning to the scene. The vehicle, however, drove away. Investigation- Initial response: Police arrived at the Cline Falls campsite after midnight on June 23, and began investigating the scene. Police officers who inspected the scene examined tire marks left in the dirt; they determined the vehicle likely had two bald tires in the rear which were 6 inches (150 mm) in width; one of the front tires was possibly bald, while the other had significant tread. Both Jentz and Goldman were taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, where Goldman underwent a nine-hour emergency brain operation. Interviews and suspects: Detectives were unable to obtain a rounded description of the attacker from the victims; Goldman, who had sustained serious brain trauma, remembered nothing of the attack. Jentz, who was conscious throughout, did not see the face of the assailant, but described him as a physically-fit, "young cowboy" based on his clothing and stature. In the weeks following the attack, a local woman in Redmond told authorities that she had been told that the attacker was a local young man named Richard "Dick" Damm (born November 10, 1959), then 17-years-old. Damm was interviewed by detectives on several occasions, and it was discovered he had been in a fight with his girlfriend, Janey Fraley, around the date of the attack, though he never disclosed his specific whereabouts the night of June 22. Fraley denied that the two were fighting on that day, though she stated the two did fight often. After a polygraph examination taken by Damm proved inconclusive, he was given a second polygraph on July 14, 1977. The results of the second polygraph were shown to be "deceptive," though the validity of these results were called into question when it was discovered Damm was under the influence of methamphetamine during the examination. The results of both polygraph examinations were subsequently analyzed by laboratories in Salem, the state capitol, and it was the opinion of the analysts that Damm showed deception in both. Fraley later told authorities that she had noticed Damm changed the tires on his truck shortly after the attack, and that a toolbox located in the truck bed had been removed. She also conceded to police that Damm had been abusive to her throughout their relationship. Another suspect in the attack was convicted child rapist and murderer Richard Wayne "Bud" Godwin. After the attack, Godwin was imprisoned for the murder of a five-year-old child, whose skull he used as a candle holder. On the night of Jentz and Goldman's attack, a female relative of Godwin's–with whom he had allegedly had a sexual relationship–was possibly staying at the Cline Falls park. Despite law enforcement's considering of Godwin as a suspect, Jentz stated that he did not resemble the man she recalled attacking her. Later developments: Both Jentz and Goldman survived their attack and recovered from their injuries, though Goldman was left with vision problems resulting from her head trauma. In September 1977, Goldman's parents donated $3,000 to St. Charles Medical Center into a fund for critical-care monitoring equipment under the names of Penhollow and Gervais, the two teenagers who found Jentz and Goldman and helped save them. In 2006, Jentz published a book recounting her life after the attack, titled Strange Piece of Paradise. While researching in preparation for the book, she discovered that the official records of the attack, including interviews, physical evidence, and crime scene photos, had been inadvertently lost.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
My friend Gordon and I both understand French to an extent. I sent him a video of the code lyoko theme song in French. That's 1 of the only videos I can understand in French as I haven't spoken it since I was 17. Gordon apparently used to have conversations IN French
Saturday, November 24, 2018
I'm rarely, if ever, dragged to church. To drama programs, doctors appointments, dad's place, maybe to somewhere fun but rarely to church. The 1 time I was dragged there was because I'd lost my grandfather and my mom said I needed to go to church. Honestly all I'd wanted to do was stay at home and cry for 2 days until I had class that Tuesday. I managed to have a brave face until the end of sacrament meeting where I revealed the passing of my grandfather. I was asked if I needed anything. I'm like no. Everyone was so sweet. I got to stay for break the fast. I left and dropped everyone for 5 weeks.
i've given tons of donations to people at the church. whether that's bringing stuff to parties or offering up my family for whatever. they're very nice to me so giving stuff is nice. once it "paid off" as i was asked to give the closing prayer while giving a card to a grieving family.
I asked a woman from my church how closely related her husband is to Mitt Romney as their last names are the same. The answer: distant relation. She and her husband got that a ton while Mitt was running for office. I said I'm so sorry and she understands why I asked
Friday, November 23, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
i love the movie the freedom writers. it's based on a book of a slightly different name (the book's name is the freedom writer's diary). the book is written by Erin Gruwell's students. my favorite scene in that movie is when 1 of the student's (Eva in the movie) witnessed a shooting. she's called to testify. she's told to protect her own. before the trial she and her class meet Miep Gies who helped Anne Frank during the holocaust. she says everyone can turn on a small light in their own ways which makes Eva reconsider her testimony in the trial. on the stand she stalls saying, "i saw .... i saw .... i saw..." before admitting her boyfriend killed the guy not the 1 on trial. after that she gets excommunicated from her gang and her and her classmate Sindy, who also witnessed the shooting ended their feud.
Cédrika Provencher was a Canadian girl from Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada, who disappeared aged 9 on 31 July 2007. Her disappearance resulted in one of the biggest police search in Québec's history. She was declared "missing" on 31 July 2007 (but some commentators in the media already believed that she was kidnapped), and "likely abducted" 72 hours later. Despite the offer of a reward, her whereabouts remained unknown for more than eight years. On 12 December 2015, Québec provincial police (SQ) announced that her remains had been found by hunters in a woody area not far from Trois-Rivières. Nobody has yet been charged in relation to this. Disappearance and search: It is believed that Cédrika was asked by a man to help search for a lost dog, and agreed to help. She cycled around the area, knocking on doors and asking residents if they had seen the dog. She was seen emerging from a wooded area with a friend, closely followed by a man. She was then seen on her bike in a local park and on various nearby streets. At 8:30 pm, her bicycle was found leaning against a fire hydrant on the corner of streets Chabanel and Chapais. On 2 August 2007, 72 hours later, municipal officers suggested that she had been abducted, even though it was already known since day one that a man asked her about a dog. The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) therefore took over the investigation from the smaller Trois-Rivières police service, as per law. Neither police forces declared the AMBER Alert. Hundreds of citizens assisted in the search for Cédrika, to no avail. On 13 August, while around 60 investigators are working full-time on the case, a reward of C$80,000 is offered in exchange of information. It was raised to C$170,000 in 2009. Between August 2007 and July 2008, various newspapers published information on various aspects of the search, but no concrete information surfaced to be able to find Cédrika or even to establish whether she was still alive. Discovery of remains: On 11 December 2015, three hunters stumbled upon a set of human remains in the woods in Saint-Maurice, a small town near Trois-Rivières close to Highway 40, about 15 km from the last place Cédrika had been seen. On 12 December, it was confirmed that the remains were Cédrika's although police had no further information at the time and said they would need to carry out further investigations. On 16 December, Radio-Canada revealed that investigators were still looking for a person of interest who had been seen around the area where Cédrika disappeared. Suspect: Jonathan Bettez has been considered a prime suspect since early on, but has never been indicted due to a complete lack of direct evidence. The fact that he was the main suspect was publicly revealed by journalists on 29 August 2016 after he was arrested and charged with six counts of possessing and distributing child pornography. He was however acquitted on 12 October 2018 by judge Lacoursière, before the beginning of hearings, as the proof against him was considered to have been obtained illegitimately. In December 2015, a day or two after the finding of Cédrika's remains, investigators involved in the case decided to look into whether Bettez, the sole suspect, could be a user of such pornography. Without any warrant, they were given by Facebook inc. 12 IP addresses associated with his account within the last year or so. Their request was motivated by a sense of "urgency" inherent to the recent finding of the corpse, and worry that evidence could be imminently destroyed (judge Lacoursière found however that there was no urgency and that a proper warrant should have been obtained). The querying of an international police database then showed that one of the IP address, which investigators learned was from his place of work (a small company owned by Bettez's father, with more than a dozen of employees using a computer), had been used to view and share illicit content between 2010 and 2011. With this in hands, police officers chose, instead of asking a judge for a specific search warrant, to only request a "general warrant" from a justice of the peace, which is easier to obtain and was only intended as an "overview browsing" of Bettez's seized goods. The detailed and thus unauthorized inspection of his electronic devices subsequently revealed traces of a number of illegal files that had been deleted. Investigation: The case against him, at least what was revealed in media, is strictly circumstantial and goes as follow. Around the presumed time and place of the kidnapping on 31 July 2007, someone witnessed a "suspicious" red sedan car with chromed door handles. Since this car was also recorded by a surveillance camera at a nearby gas station, the police managed to boil it down to the 2004 red Acura TSX model, which is assembled with such handles. The news that the police was looking for a "red Acura" quickly spread through media outlets. In the summer of 2007, there were 258 vehicles of this model and color registered in the province. Only six exactly matched the characteristics that were sought and Bettez was the only owner whose alibi could not be corroborated. He met with investigators for the first time on 6 September 2007, and on five more occasions before 24 October. From then, he has been the object of intense police surveillance, including the use of hidden cameras and wiretapping. On 6 September he initially accepted to let his vehicle be searched, but at that time the car was in a repair shop to have bodywork done on its rear. Investigators only gained access to the car in December after obtaining a search warrant, but no meaningful forensic evidence was retrieved. In the meantime, the SQ announced through media in November that it was "certain" the infamous Acura rouge car was involved in the kidnaping. Bettez has always refused to take a polygraph test one way or the other, and according to crime journalist Claude Poirier, he was at some point planning to flee to Switzerland, a country which has no extradition treaty with Canada. According to court documents filed during pre-hearing and obtained by journalists, he was the object in 2009 of a year-long undercover operation similar to the "Mr. Big technique", so as to elicit confidences concerning Cédrika — to no avail. Even before 2016 he was already rumored to be involved in the case. In 2011, a journalist from the investigative television program J.E. tried to interview Bettez, which he declined on camera. At the time, the segment aired on TVA channel but the suspect was kept unnamed and his face blurred.
Julie Surprenant is a missing Canadian woman who disappeared in Terrebonne, Quebec on November 15, 1999. scary as this is around my younger brother's birthday. Disappearance: Julie Surprenant was last seen was getting off a bus near her home in Terrebonne, Quebec, north of Montreal on November 15, 1999. She was wearing a floral skirt, with a blue petticoat, navy blue socks over black tights, a blue scarf with a fish pattern, a green wool jacket and a dark brown leather coat. She was also carrying a black canvas backpack on which she had drawn a peace symbol. Investigation and aftermath: At the time of Surprenant's disappearance, the family's neighbour, Richard Bouillon, was considered a prime suspect. Bouillon was a convicted sexual predator. In 2011 it was revealed that he had made a deathbed confession to two hospital employees in Laval in 2006, admitting that he had murdered Surprenant. He told a nurse that he had killed her, stuffed her body into a sports bag with some bricks, and thrown it into the Rivière des Mille Îles across the way from a church in Terrebonne. The coroner's report, released in 2012, concluded that Bouillon likely raped and killed her. He was never charged as the authorities had insufficient evidence to do so. In 2014, Surpernant's family and friends created a monument in her memory. Her remains have not been found.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Mary Elizabeth Quigley was an American murder victim whose death was a cold case for nearly 30 years before it was finally solved. Mary was a senior at Santa Clara High School in California. She had attended a beer party and left late in the evening of Friday, September 9, 1977. Her body was found the next day approximately 300 yards away, hanging from a chain-link fence in Washington Park (now War Memorial Park) in Santa Clara. Coroner's evidence indicated that she had been raped and strangled. Prosecutors were eventually able to use DNA profiling to identify her killer, Richard Archibeque, because of California's Proposition 69 which allowed the state to collect Archibeque's DNA for inclusion in its DNA Database as a result of his conviction two years later for the rape of another teenage girl. Discovery of the crime: On the night of Friday, 9 September 1977, Quigley, a student at Santa Clara High School, attended a back-to-school beer party at a house near the corner of Monroe and Market Streets in Santa Clara, California. An acquaintance had given her a ride to the party on the back of his motorcycle and had promised to offer her a ride home. However, he left the party and did not return until after Quigley had departed. Witnesses at the party last saw Quigley leaving the event around 11:45 p.m. alone and on foot, headed toward the house of a friend who lived nearby. In the early daylight hours of the following morning, a groundskeeper noticed, at a distance, an object up against a fence that separated some apartments from the Santa Clara High School athletic field. Around noon of that same day the groundskeeper investigated further and discovered that the "object" was in fact the body of Mary Quigley. Quigley's body was discovered nude. Debris on the body suggested that she had been dragged to the fence. She had been hung by the neck to the fence. An item of her clothing had been used to fasten her there. Aftermath: No immediate suspect was identified, and the murder eventually became a cold case. In 2005, Detective Sergeant Kazem resubmitted evidence from the Quigley homicide investigation to the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory for DNA analysis. On December 27, 2006, the Crime Lab informed Sergeant Kazem that a computer database search of DNA profiles of known offenders identified a Santa Clara resident, Richard Armand Archibeque (age 47, DOB 01/26/59, a classmate of Quigley's), as the suspect. Later that day, Archibeque was arrested by detectives. Archibeque was convicted of first degree murder in San Jose, California, on 2 March 2 2009 and was sentenced to 7 years to life in prison. The immediate crime scene remains largely unchanged. The entire fence panel has been removed and a small plaque has been placed there. Quigley's friends and classmates have lobbied the City of Santa Clara for a memorial bench and plaque to be placed in her honor at War Memorial Playground. They also intend to rename the park Mary Quigley Memorial Playground. Media coverage: Quigley's case was featured on the Investigation Discovery television show "Murder Book" on December 10, 2014.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018
The 'Teardrop' rapist is a moniker for an unidentified rapist responsible for 35 sexual assaults on women, including minors, in Los Angeles, California. The assaults began in 1996 and have continued through 2012. He is believed to be a Hispanic male with a light complexion, and received his nickname from at least one teardrop tattoo under his eye. The perpetrator was thought to have stopped his assaults in 2005, but in November 2011, a 15-year-old girl was attacked, and DNA evidence was linked to the same rapist, however, the victim did not see the tattoo that many of the previous victims had, perhaps due to tattoo removal. After an attempted assault on June 15, 2012, police announced plans to canvas the Hispanic neighborhoods of Los Angeles and offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. On 27 July 2013, LAPD announced their collaboration with the FBI, and increased the reward to $100,000, with $25,000 coming from the FBI. Also released was a new set of composite sketches. Crimes: DNA evidence from 11 of the sexual assaults were conclusively linked when the rape kits were tested. Exoneration: In 1999, Luis Vargas was sentenced 55 years to life for three sexual assaults that occurred throughout 1998 and 1999. The conviction relied mostly on eyewitness testimony by the victims, all three of whom identified Vargas as their attacker. Despite this, Vargas maintained his innocence the entire time he was in prison, filing as many appeals as he could. When the appeals went nowhere, Vargas contacted the California Innocence Project. The CIP requested that the evidence from the first victim who was allegedly attacked by Vargas be tested for DNA. The request was granted and it was found that the DNA from the rape kits did not match Vargas' DNA, but rather another man who had been sexually assaulting women for 16 years. Vargas was exonerated of the crimes in 2015. Suspect profile- Physical Characteristics: While descriptions of the suspect have varied in sketches released by law enforcement, authorities believe the man who committed these crimes has these qualities: -Hispanic male, possible light complextion -Brown hair -Approximately 5'2" to 5'6"in height -Approximately 130 to 170 lbs -May have a teardrop tattoo or some type of scar underneath an eye, if not removed -Most likely between 40 and 55 years old currently if still alive Method of Operation- Throughout his crimes, this offender has exhibited similar behavior in his crimes: -Preys on women and girls who are on their way to work or school -Attacks between 5am and 8am -The use of a handgun or a knife -Talks to the victim beforehand, often asking for directions
The Potomac River Rapist is an unidentified serial rapist and murderer who was active from 1991 to 1998. Ten sexual assaults and one murder in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area have been linked to the suspect by DNA. Crimes: The perpetrator is known to be responsible for ten sexual assaults, one of which ended in murder. Each of the attacks have been linked by DNA: Sexual Assaults: 1 -Monday, May 6, 1991 Gaithersburg, Maryland 2 -Thursday, Sep 5, 1991 Germantown, Maryland 3 -Thursday, Nov 21, 1991 Bethesda, Maryland 4 -Wednesday, Dec 11, 1991 North Potomac, Maryland 5 -Friday, Jan 24, 1992 North Potomac, Maryland 6 -Tuesday, March 8, 1994 Rockville, Maryland 7 -Saturday, July 20, 1996 The Palisades, Washington, D.C. 8 -Wednesday, Feb 26, 1997 Rockville, Maryland 9 -Friday, Nov 14, 1997 Silver Spring, Maryland 10 -Saturday, Aug 1, 1998 Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Murder of Christine Mirzayan: On August 1, 1998, at around 10:30 to 11 pm EDT, Christine Mirzayan was walking home in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. when she was dragged into the woods. Mirzayan yelled out and a man responded, asking if she was okay. There was no response from Mirzayan so the man continued on. The next day, she was found raped and murdered by a blow to the head. The police asked for the public's help after the murder and another person who had heard Mirzayan scream during the murder came forward and provided law enforcement with a description of a man who they saw running out of the woods moments after the scream. This description was enough to provide the public with a composite sketch of the suspect. Investigation: In 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a new website in an attempt to bring public attention to the cold case. The site includes a podcast about the crimes, videos, and other information about the case. On November 13, 2019, Giles Warrick, a 60-year-old man from Conway, South Carolina, was arrested and charged in connection with the rapes and murder.
"Mr Cruel" is an Australian paedophilic serial rapist who attacked three girls in the northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and is the prime suspect in the abduction and murder of a fourth girl, Karmein Chan. A subsequent newspaper headline referred to the perpetrator as "Mr Cruel," a name adopted by the rest of the media. The perpetrator has never been identified and his three confirmed attacks and suspected murder remain unsolved cold cases. There is a reward of $200,000 for the two abductions. In April 2016, 25 years after the 1991 abduction and murder of Chan, Victoria Police increased the reward for information that leads to Mr Cruel's arrest and conviction from $100,000 to $1,000,000. Police describe Mr Cruel as highly intelligent. He meticulously planned each attack, conducting surveillance on the victim and family, ensured he left no forensic traces, protected his identity by covering his face at all times, and left red herrings to divert family and/or police attention. He was soft-spoken, and his behaviour was unhurried, as he took a break during an attack in a victim's house to eat a meal. He threatened to kill his victims with a large hunting knife or a handgun. Crimes: -On 22 August 1987 in Lower Plenty, a man broke into a family home at 4 a.m. armed with a knife and a gun. He tied the hands and feet of both parents and locked them in a wardrobe. The son was tied to a bed and the 11-year-old daughter was attacked. He cut the phone lines. -On 27 December 1988 in Ringwood, he broke into the back door of a house at 5.30 a.m., armed with a knife and a small handgun. He bound and gagged the parents, and demanded money. He grabbed their 10-year-old daughter, Sharon Wills, put tape over her eyes, a ball gag in her mouth and abducted her. She was released eighteen hours later on the grounds of Bayswater High School. -On 3 July 1990 in Canterbury, he broke into a house at 11.30 p.m. and tied and gagged 13-year-old Nicola Lynas. He placed tape over her eyes, disabled the phones and searched for money. He then drove her to another house and molested her for fifty hours before releasing her at a power sub-station in the suburb of Kew. -On 13 April 1991 in Templestowe, armed with a knife, he abducted 13-year-old Karmein Chan (who went to the same school as Lynas). Her body, with three gunshot wounds to the head, was found a year later. It has been reported that a few detectives had doubts whether Mr Cruel committed the murder. Detective Chris O'Connor answered a journalist question in 2013 whether Mr Cruel was responsible "...we just don't know if it was Mr Cruel who murdered Karmein...we just can't be sure because there isn't enough evidence to make a value judgement about whether it was or wasn't him in the Karmein case." Investigation: Mr Cruel is believed to have videotaped or perhaps taken still photographs of his attacks. Detectives believe that if he is still alive, he will have kept the tapes and/or photos and will still collect, and possibly swap, child pornography. They say he almost certainly continues to collect pornography through the internet and may communicate with children using chat lines. He plans his crimes – for example, in one case he abducted a girl and told her he would release her in exactly 50 hours, and he did. He bathed his victims carefully, with one victim describing the act as "like a mother washing a baby". In one case, he took a second set of clothes from the girl's home to dress her before she was freed. In another, he dumped the girl dressed in garbage bags so police could not test her original clothes. The modus operandi was the same in the home invasions/abductions in the three attacks and victim statements provided confirmation to police it was the same offender. Two of his victims were able to provide police with details of the house where they were kept. Both were shackled to a bed with a rough neck brace. One told detectives she heard planes landing, leading police to believe the house was on one of the flight paths to Melbourne Airport. Police checked houses in Keilor East, Niddrie, Airport West, Keilor Park and Essendon North. On 14 December 2010 Victoria Police announced that a new taskforce had been established about eight months earlier following substantial new intelligence. The new taskforce has been reviewing both the Spectrum Taskforce investigation and some new leads that have come in the last year or so. Police have searched 30,000 homes and interviewed 27,000 suspects over the attacks, at a cost of $4 million. There is an A$300,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Mr Cruel. Police have admitted that some evidence retrieved from the crime scenes at the time has gone missing. One missing item is the tape used to bind one of the victims, which could have provided DNA samples of Mr Cruel using new forensic technologies. In April 2016, in the lead up to the 25th anniversary of Karmein's murder, Victoria Police released a 1994 dossier (nicknamed the "Sierra files") to the Herald Sun newspaper containing intimate details of the case that had previously not been released to the public. The dossier, which had been prepared with the assistance of the FBI, contained information about seven possible suspects, including details concerning the prime suspect. The newspaper stated that they had obtained the names of these suspects and also attempted to contact them for information, to varying degrees of success. Victoria Police subsequently increased the reward for information to $1 million. By April 2018, comparisons were also being drawn by police to California's Golden State Killer. Earlier crimes: The police have never released specific details of suspected attacks. However, there have been varying reports by the media of suspected earlier attacks prior to 1987. In a 2001 interview, a decade after the attacks, Detective Stephen Fontana answered a journalist's question on earlier attacks "that there just wasn't enough known about him and he didn't want to speculate".