Sunday, April 29, 2018
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Friday, April 27, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Butcher of Mons is a media name given to an unidentified Belgian serial killer, who committed five murders between January 1996 and July 1997 in or near the city of Mons. The name was allegedly chosen because of the high precision of dismemberment the victim's bodies had endured. Then they were placed in plastic bags "clearly visible on the roadside or on a channel embankment". In February 2007, Smail Tulja was arrested in Montenegro at the behest of the United States authorities after being suspected of committing the murders in Belgium as well as a similar murder in 1990 of his wife in New York. Also, in Albania two murders are said to have been committed, which also put Tulja under suspicion. In February 2009, in the US, the suspect was charged with the murder of his wife (according to another source), while Montenegro did not extradite him as a citizen. The suspect was sentenced in July 2010 by a Montenegrin court for the murder of Mary Beal to twelve years in prison. In 2012, Montenegrin media reported that Tulja died in prison in February of that year.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
The Golden State Killer is a serial killer, serial rapist and serial burglar who committed 50 rapes in Northern California during the mid-1970s and murdered twelve people in Southern California from 1979 through 1986. Other monikers include the Original Night Stalker, East Area Rapist, the East Bay Rapist, and the Diamond Knot Killer. The "Golden State Killer" moniker was coined by true crime writer Michelle McNamara. The crimes initially centered on the then-unincorporated areas of Carmichael, Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova, all east of Sacramento, where at least fifty women were raped between June 18, 1976, and July 5, 1979. Some suspect that earlier incidents in Visalia are also connected. In 2001, several of the Northern California rapes were linked by DNA to murders in southern California. All of the DNA-linked assaults occurred in Contra Costa County, but the distinctive modus operandi (MO) of the rapist makes it very likely the same man was also responsible for the attacks in the Sacramento area. His last known crime, the only one after 1981, took place in 1986. Several suspects were cleared through DNA, alibi, or other investigative means and methods. On June 15, 2016, the FBI and local law enforcement agencies held a news conference to announce a nationwide effort and a US$50,000 reward for his capture. On April 25, 2018, Sacramento Police announced the arrest of suspect 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo on two counts of first-degree murder. Investigation into this case- Detectives connect the crimes: Prior to officially connecting the Original Night Stalker to the East Area Rapist in 2001, some law enforcement officials, particularly several from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, sought to link the Goleta cases separately to the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker. These postulated links were considered primarily due to similarity in modus operandi. One of the already linked Original Night Stalker double murders did take place in Ventura, California, 40 miles southeast of Goleta, while the remaining murders took place in Orange County, California, a further 90 miles to the southeast. In 2001, several rapes in Contra Costa County believed to have been part of the East Area Rapist series were linked by DNA to the Smith, Harrington, Whithuhn, and Cruz murders. In 2011, DNA evidence proved that the Domingo–Sanchez murders were committed by the Original Night Stalker. Suspects eliminated- Throughout the course of the investigation into the Golden State Killer murders, the following persons were eliminated as suspects: Brett Glasby – From Goleta, California, considered a suspect by investigators in Santa Barbara County. He was murdered in Mexico in 1982, prior to the murder of Janelle Cruz, so was eliminated as a suspect. Paul "Cornfed" Schneider – A high-ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. Schneider was a career criminal living in Orange County, California, when the murders of the Harringtons, Manuela Witthuhn, and Janelle Cruz occurred. In the late 1990s, while serving time at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California, Schneider provided a DNA sample to authorities. This sample cleared him as the Golden State Killer. Joe Alsip – A business partner of the victim Lyman Smith. Alsip was a friend of the Smiths and visited their home on High Point Drive in Ventura the day before the murders. Alsip's pastor claimed that he had confessed to him, during a family counseling session, but this confession was considered dubious by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. Nevertheless, Alsip was arraigned for the murders of Lyman and Charlene Smith in 1982. After the preliminary hearing, however, all charges against him were dropped. He was also tested in 1997 for DNA and was cleared. In November 2002, journalist Colleen Cason wrote a newspaper series about the Golden State Killer murders for the Ventura County Star. According to Cason's articles, Detective Larry Pool of the Orange County Sheriff's Department visited California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in an attempt to locate the Golden State Killer. Detective Pool suspected that the Golden State Killer had been captured and sentenced to death for some other violent crime. Nevertheless, none of the genetic samples collected from Death Row inmates at San Quentin matched the DNA of the Golden State Killer. Continuing investigation: On June 15, 2016, the FBI released further information in relation to the crimes including new composite sketches, along with testimonies from victims and local/federal investigators. A press conference was held this same day in Sacramento, local and FBI law enforcement agencies announced a US$50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the East Area Rapist. The initiative includes a national database to support law enforcement investigating the crimes and to handle tips and information. Joseph DeAngelo arrest: On April 25, 2018, Sacramento Police announced the April 24 arrest of a suspect in the case; 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo (born November 8, 1945). DeAngelo, a former police officer in both Auburn and in Exeter, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Responses: The Original Night Stalker/East Area Rapist case was the motivating factor in the passage of legislation leading to the establishment of California's DNA database, which authorizes the collection of the DNA of all the accused and convicted felons in California. California's DNA data retrieval and storage program is considered by researchers to be second only to Virginia's in size and effectiveness in solving cold cases. While the California DNA database motivated by this case has solved numerous previously unsolved cold cases across the country, no suspect for the original case was identified until 2018. Significance: The case was a factor in the establishment of California's DNA database, which collects DNA from all accused and convicted felons in California and has been called second only to Virginia's in effectiveness in solving cold cases.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
The best-known victim of the circus fire was a young blonde girl wearing a white dress. She is known only as "Little Miss 1565", named after the number assigned to her body at the city's makeshift morgue. Oddly well preserved even after her death, her face has become arguably the most familiar image of the fire. Her true identity has been a topic of debate and frustration in the Hartford area since the fire occurred. She was buried without a name in Hartford's Northwood cemetery, where a victims' memorial also stands. Two police investigators, Sgts. Thomas Barber and Edward Lowe, photographed her and took fingerprints, footprints, and dental charts. Despite massive publicity and repeated displays of the famous photograph in nationwide magazines, she was never claimed. Barber and Lowe spent the rest of their lives trying to identify her. They decorated her grave with flowers each Christmas, Memorial Day, and July 6. After their deaths, a local flower company continued to decorate the grave. In 1991, the body was declared to be that of Eleanor Emily Cook, despite the fact that her aunt and uncle had examined the body and it did not fit the description they provided. The Connecticut State Police forensics unit compared hair samples and determined they were probably from the same person. The body was exhumed in 1991 and buried next to her brother, Edward, who had also died in the fire. Proposed identifications: In 1981, Lowe's widow announced that Lowe had identified the child and contacted her family, but they had requested no publicity. In 1987, someone left a note on the 1565 gravestone reading Sarah Graham is her Name! 7-6-38 DOB, 6 years, Twin. Notes on nearby gravestones indicated that her twin brother and other relatives were buried close by. In 1991, arson investigator Rick Davey (along with co-writer Don Massey) published A Matter of Degree: The Hartford Circus Fire and Mystery of Little Miss 1565, in which he claims the girl was Eleanor Emily Cook and from Massachusetts. Davey also contends that there was a conspiracy within the judicial system to convict the Ringling defendants, and that Segee was the arsonist. Prior to writing the book, Davey spent six years researching the case and conducting his own experiments as to how the fire really may have started. He described the original investigation both "flawed and primitive", though he did not work on the original case. Eleanor's brother Donald Cook had contacted authorities in 1955 insisting that the girl was his sister, but nothing came of it, and Donald later worked with Davey to establish her identity. Donald believes that family members were shown the wrong body in the confusion at the morgue. Ongoing questions of the girl: Various assertions put forth in A Matter of Degree have been fiercely disputed by investigators who worked on the case, as well as by other writers, most notably Stewart O'Nan, who published The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy in 2001. O'Nan points to the fact that Little Miss 1565 had blonde hair, while Eleanor Cook was a brunette. The shape of Little Miss 1565's face and that of Eleanor Cook are dissimilar, and the heights and ages of the two girls do not match up. Perhaps most significantly, when shown a photograph of Little Miss 1565, Eleanor's mother Mildred Corintha Parsons Cook immediately stated that this was not her daughter. She firmly maintained that stance until her death in 1997, age 91. Badly injured in the fire, Mrs. Cook had been unable to claim her two dead children, and was too emotionally traumatized to pursue it later. She had been told that Eleanor was not in any of the locations where bodies were kept for identification. She believed that Eleanor was one of two children who had been burnt beyond recognition and remain unidentified. O'Nan thinks she may be body number 1503. He further points to the differences in the dental records of Eleanor Cook and the records made of Little Miss 1565 after her death. As O'Nan and others have pointed out, the most likely scenario is that a family claiming a body early on mistakenly identified Eleanor Cook as their own child and she is buried under that child's name. Even when "Little Miss 1565's" picture ran in the papers, they failed to recognize her as their own due to their desire to put the traumatic event behind them. While DNA analysis could end this debate definitively, the logistics of exhuming all the likely candidates for this mix-up make this unlikely. With the questions over whether Eleanor Cook is the true identity of Little Miss 1565 still unanswered in the eyes of many, the body was exhumed after the release of A Matter of Degree and buried in Southampton, Massachusetts, next to the body of Edward Cook, the brother of Eleanor Cook and a victim of the circus fire himself. In 1992, her death certificate was officially changed from the previous identification of "1565". Since then, the Cook family has raised questions about whether the body is indeed that of Eleanor Cook, and some investigators have come to believe Eleanor's body may have been another of the unclaimed bodies from the fire and not Little Miss 1565.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
i'm a 23 year old bi-racial (Asian and white) female. My full name is Jacqueline Grace Tzou but I go by Jackie a lot more. I’m left handed, wear glasses and am the eldest and only girl in my family. I run my own YouTube channel about daily life of being me and what it’s like. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFUFd6uUMNKrSzMphh7GcOw?
A little girl once dreamed about the future of her family. She dreamed that she was OK but that her daughter was in the hospital. No one could understand why the girl was having visions. In a few years, they had forgotten the visions. They were abruptly reminded when they overheard about them. They had remembered once she had more. The kids were having more of the visions. She’d had more visions about her own kids and family. They were wondering why she was having more than usual. She explained, “They’ve always been there. I’ve not mentioned them more often since I’m teased for them; even by you all so I kept quiet.”
this is the story of a girl; a girl whose only friend is her diary. She wrote in it and carried it around with her since she was alone in the world. She had “friends” in school she would “talk to” but she wasn’t close to them. One day she forgot her diary. She panicked. She looked everywhere for it. When she located it she saw everyone had written in it. Her teacher saw it and saved it for her. Her teacher asked to see her after school so she could give it back privately. When the girl was given the book back the teacher was there along with the principal and school guidance counselor. The girl asked what was going on. The teacher asked why she wrote in her diary all the time and asked if she knew what other students were commenting on in the book. The girl said, “No she didn’t know anyone else read the book.” The teacher, principal and guidance counselor all looked at the girl. The teacher said there were some nasty comments in the book once the other kids got their hands on the diary. The girl asked for her diary back. The principal said they couldn’t give it back because it was evidence. “Evidence?” the girl asked, “Evidence of what?” “Evidence of abuse; of being bullied and harassed; of being isolated,” the principal explained. The girl knew instantly what they were getting at. They knew about her parents abusing her and her family. They knew why she was always writing in her diary all of a sudden. They said they were there to help her out of her situation with her family. They said they called in an anonymous tip about her and her family and that the police were on their way to arrest the parents and get the kids to safety. The girl cried. She didn’t want to leave the security of her house and family. The principal said, “You and your siblings needed this. Your family has been thru hell and we’re trying to help you now.” The girl cried and continued to cry since the kids were worried about this and being separated into different foster homes. The principal said she’d help the family out as much as they could. The counselor asked why the kids didn’t come forward sooner. “This is why” the girl said thru sobs. She and her siblings couldn’t bear to be alone, she explained. The school was able to keep most of the underage kids together with relatives and the older kids were set up with group homes. In the end the girl came out of her shell, relinquishing the book that had been her safety net all these years and lead a relatively normal life.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Karl-Erivan Haub: missing since April 7, 2018 is a German-American billionaire businessman, and the managing director and part owner of Tengelmann Group. Life and family prior to disappearence: Karl-Erivan Haub was born on March 2, 1960 in Tacoma, Washington. He is the oldest son of Erivan Haub the former CEO of Tengelmann Group. From 1978 to 1983, Haub studied economics and social sciences at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. At the same time, he was a trainee at Tengelmann Group. According to Forbes, his family is one of the richest in the world. Disappearance: Haub is an experienced ski mountaineer. On April 7, 2018, he went training for a skiing tour in Zermatt, Switzerland and did not return, thus being reported as missing. Reportedly, he intended to take part in the Patrouille des Glaciers, the world's biggest ski touring race which starts in Zermatt (respectively in the valley to the west, Arolla), and ends in Verbier. He had been taking part in this 53 km long race for several years. Following his disappearance, Tengelmann announced that his brother Christian W.E. Haub would be appointed sole CEO of Tengelmann Group effective 18 April 2018. Career: He worked for Nestlé and McKinsey & Company before joining Tengelmann again. In 2000, Haub became CEO of Tengelmann Group.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
breaking news: Marcia Lenore King, formerly known by the nickname "Buckskin Girl" was a previously unidentified female murder victim discovered in 1981 in Troy, Miami County, Ohio. She is known for her distinct hairstyle along with the tasseled suede jacket she wore. The victim may have been murdered by a serial killer who had killed many sex workers or dancers in the area, although this specific case had no indication of sexual activity. Nearly 37 years after her body was found, the Miami County Sheriff Department formally identified "Buckskin Girl" as Marcia King of Arkansas. She was 21 at the time of her death. Discovery and death: The victim was found within thirty-six and fifty hours of her death off of Ohio State Route 55, near Greenlee Road in Newton Township, Troy, Ohio after police responded to a call stating that a woman's body had been found along a road. A passerby had first noticed the victim's poncho and soon after discovered the victim's body. The woman had been placed along the road in a fetal position on her right side without shoes or socks. The victim had suffered trauma to the head and neck, was strangled and had a lacerated liver. Authorities believed that she had been killed elsewhere and left on the road after her death. It had been speculated that she may have been a teenage runaway or a possible victim of a serial killer who had murdered multiple sex workers in the region. However, the scene showed no signs of sexual assault, rape or other sexual activity, indicating that she had not been a sex worker. Because of the absence of footwear, some believe she may have been murdered by an abusive significant other. A retired investigator stated that the victim was not likely from the area where she was found. Description: The young woman's naturally reddish-brown hair was braided into pigtails on both sides of her head. Blue rubber bands had been used to hold the braids in place. Her eyes were a "light brown" and she had many freckles across her face. Her nose was described to be "very pointed" as well. Her personal hygiene was described to be well maintained, and all of her teeth, including the wisdom teeth, were in good condition and had no evidence of fillings or other dental work, except for a porcelain crown on her upper-right incisor. The victim had a ruddy complexion, indicating she spent a lot of time outdoors. She was between 5'4" and 5'6" and weighed 125 - 130 pounds. Several scars were also found on the body, including a vertical scar under the chin, on one wrist, the arms and the ankle. Her bra size was 32D. She wore Wrangler jeans, a patterned brown and orange turtleneck pullover sweater, a white bra, as well as a deerskin poncho that appeared to have been handmade with purple lining. She wore no shoes or socks. Investigation: The body was autopsied on the afternoon that it was discovered. The coroner officially ruled her death as being the result of strangulation. Early efforts to identify the Buckskin Girl involved the creation of a sketch of the face that would be published in local newspapers and television networks on April 28, 1981. About two hundred leads were followed as a result of media attention, yet none resulted in any solution. She was eventually buried, but her clothing remains in storage at the local police department. Because of the short time the victim had been deceased, it was possible to obtain her fingerprints. Her dental information and DNA were also taken. In 2008, the victim was entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System where her fingerprint, dental and DNA information were made available for law enforcement 226 missing women and girls had been ruled out as possible identities of the victim. Some believed that she had been a runaway teenager or a transient wanderer, although her excellent personal hygiene suggested that she had access to hygiene products not too long before her death. Since her body was located near a town road instead of a highway, the probability of her being a "wanderer" for a significant amount of time was initially thought to be negligible. Authorities stated that the likely reason why she has remained unidentified for so long was due to her dying far from where she originated, also stating she had not spent a long period of time in Ohio. In 2016, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released a forensic facial reconstruction of the victim and added her case to their website, depicting her with and without her braided hairstyle. Later that year, the Miami County Police Department approved forensic palynology tests on the victim's clothing, which suggested that she had spent time in the Northeastern part of the United States, as well as in the Western part of the country, or northern Mexico. Soot particles were also found on some of her clothing, which suggested she had been in a populous region, most likely near vehicles. Isotope testing showed she had spent a total of around four months in areas such as Fort Worth, Texas and southern Oklahoma, spending two months there on two separate occasions. Serial killer theory: Some investigators speculate that King was the first of many victims killed by an unidentified serial killer who perpetrated his murders in the 1980s and 1990s, continuing until 2004, in Ohio. Such a serial killer was suspected to have killed approximately seven to ten other women, presumed sex workers and exotic dancers, in Ohio. In 1991, a press conference preceded the creation of a task force which attempted to connect various murders in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois. These cases were originally connected by a reporter who discovered similarities between unsolved murders in the area. On an episode of Unsolved Mysteries, the case was briefly detailed along with several other cases connected to the unidentified serial killer. The program connected this case with the murders of Shirley Dee Taylor, Anna Marie Patterson, Hebron Jane Doe (identified in 2017 as Patrice Corley) and other murder cases. All of the victims had been beaten or strangled and had some clothing or jewelry missing. She wore no jewelry, had her footwear removed, and died in a similar manner to that of the other victims. There are, however, several indications disputing this theory. The victim was missing shoes when she was found, but there was no indication that she had participated in any sexual activity prior to death. Furthermore, she was fairly well-groomed, unlike many of the other victims. Some, like Corley had participated in sexual activity before their deaths, a factor which indicated that they were sex workers. Also diverging from the theory, Patterson's body had been wrapped in a sleeping bag and was likely stored in a refrigerated area for "nearly a month" before it was located on the side of a highway. It is thought that the women who may have been victims of the serial killer could have met with a man at a truck stop while working as sex workers. In the case of Anna Marie Patterson, there was a suspect, identified over a CB radio as "Dr. No", believed to be between the ages of 25 and 40. Patterson's husband, who was involved with her work as a sex worker, stated that she was uncomfortable accepting the man's requests, as other local sex workers, some speaking over the radio, had expressed that they were suspicious of the man and did not wish to meet with him. Police have suspected that this person may have been her killer, and that he may also have been involved in the death of King. Earlier, it was presumed that she had been a victim of a different span of killings, known as the Redhead murders, but this theory has been ruled out Early speculation also made a connection to the murder of a 27-year-old woman in February 1981, yet police never made an official link between these two murders. Identification: King was announced to have been identified on April 11, 2018. This is the first case for the newly formed DNA Doe Project. This nonprofit organization led by Colleen Fitzpatrick and Margaret Press applied genetic genealogy tools to the identification of this "Doe". The Victim's DNA was obtained from a blood sample that had been in storage since 1981; it was processed using advanced DNA techniques and uploaded to a public genealogy database. The The match between her and the unidentified victim was confirmed on April 9. She was originally from Little Rock, Arkansas and had not been reported missing by her family, although her family continued to search for her. King's mother resided at the same residence, kept the same phone number in case her daughter would ever contact her. She will remain buried at the Riverside Cemetery, but the headstone reading "Jane Doe" will eventually be replaced to bear her name.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
At 4:43 p.m. on August 12, 2013, Tiffany Daniels left her job as a theater technician at Pensacola State College in Pensacola, Florida. She told her supervisor that she would not be returning for a few days, but did not say why. Although she returned home briefly afterwards, her housemate was busy with a telephone conversation and did not see her. She has not been seen since. Because she had told her supervisor she would be taking time off, Daniels was not reported missing until the end of the week, after she had failed to return to work. Her friends and family were unaware of any plans she might have made that would explain her absence. Tiffany's housemate also reported that she had left unusually early for work that day after some strange activity even earlier that morning. A security camera on the Bob Sikes Bridge connecting Pensacola and Santa Rosa Island recorded her car crossing the bridge almost three hours after she had left work. Eight days after her disappearance, the vehicle was found at a parking lot in Pensacola Beach, along with her bicycle, purse and cell phone. Residents in the area said the car had only been there a few days, and reported seeing an unidentified male around it. Two unidentified fingerprints were found on it, but a search of the surrounding beach area found no trace of Daniels. Several theories have been put forth to account for Daniels's disappearance, ranging from foul play to an accidental drowning. Based on an anonymous tip and several reported sightings further west along Interstate 10, her family believes she was a victim of human trafficking and may still be alive. The case was the subject of a 2016 episode of Investigation Discovery's Disappeared, which i've got to see. Background of the case: A native of the Dallas area, Daniels distinguished herself in high school through her interest in art and her outgoing personality. Her family, who described her as "free-spirited,” say she could often lift the mood of those around her simply with her presence. She enjoyed painting, and eventually took a job at the Pensacola State College theater in Florida, where she painted sets. When she was not at work, she took advantage of Pensacola's cultural and natural attractions. In the city's downtown, near her job, she often organized and attended blues and swing dance parties. From her house, a short distance from the Bob Sikes bridge to Santa Rosa Island in the Gulf of Mexico, she often went hiking or biking in the dunes. A pescetarian, she had tattooed four images atop her feet showing a plant's growth and blooming. Despite her apparent satisfaction with her life, she had financial problems. Her parents said that by summer of 2013 they had noticed she had a pattern of paying the rent for a series of housemates who were either disinclined or unable to pay their share. In July of that year, after another one had moved out, she advertised on Craigslist for a new roommate. Gary Nichols, the 54-year-old father of one of her friends who was separating from his wife and wanted to live closer to his job, answered her ad and moved in. Daniels' parents were uneasy about her sharing living quarters with a man more than twice her age, but he was able to pay his share of the bills, and the two had similar interests. He, too, liked bicycling and followed a similar diet. Disappearance of Tiffany: On August 11, Tiffany started the day with a farewell breakfast for her boyfriend, who had been accepted into the graduate robotics program at the University of Texas in Austin. He had encouraged her to move there with him, but she demurred. Her friends said that while she still loved him and wanted to continue the relationship, to the point of making plans to visit him later in Austin, she was not ready to move from Pensacola yet. After the breakfast, he left. Nichols recalls that she was slightly depressed for the rest of the day, but that was tempered with enthusiasm for a later visit to Austin, a town her friends believed she could easily adapt to. Daniels and the theater department were scheduled to start preparing sets for a production of Spamalot that fall. That night, she and Nichols decided to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the film on which that musical is based, for inspiration and relaxation, after which the two retired to their bedrooms as they both had to work the next morning. At 5 a.m., Nichols recalled that he heard the door to the house open and close several times. He looked outside from his room, thinking it might be Daniels, but did not see her. When he got up later and left for work around 7 a.m., Daniels' car, a gray Toyota 4Runner, was gone. He assumed she, too, had gone to work. Her parents, however, say it was unusual for her to get up early; in situations where she had to, she would usually leave only right before the time she had to be wherever it was. Daniels arrived at work on schedule for the beginning of her shift painting sets. She asked her supervisor if she could leave a little early that day, and also let him know that she would be taking some time off, possibly the whole week, but did not explain why other than "things she had to take care of." He assented, and she punched out at 4:43 p.m. as she left the theater. No one has reported seeing her since. That night, Nichols grew concerned when Daniels had not returned home by 10 p.m. She did not return his calls. He called his daughter Noel, who told him not to worry as Daniels was an adult and might want to hang out with friends closer to her age. He agreed with her and went to bed. Nichols again attempted to call Daniels when she had not returned by the next morning, but again could not reach her. That evening, he returned and found that the electricity to the house had been turned off. He assumed that his housemate had failed to pay her share and again called his daughter to inform her that Daniels still had not returned. This time he suggested she get in touch with her parents, which she did via a private Facebook message. Noel and Daniels' mother Cindy soon began working through the extensive list of Tiffany's friends that they knew of. None had seen her all week either; they all assumed that if she was anywhere she was visiting other people she knew, all of whom Cindy and Noel had already called. Meanwhile Tiffany had not turned up. By the end of the week they realized it was time to call the police and report her missing. Investigation into Tiffany's disappearance: Cindy Daniels at first went to the Escambia County sheriff's office, which seemed to her to be dismissive of the case. They took the information she gave them but seemed to believe that her daughter had gone out partying and would turn up soon of her own accord. However, because Tiffany had been living in the city of Pensacola and was last seen there, he referred the case to that city's police department, who Cindy found showing much more interest in the case. Detective Daniel Harnett met Cindy at Tiffany's house and searched it. He found no signs of foul play, and Tiffany's tent was still in her room. If she had decided to leave town, she was not going camping, he realized. When Harnett learned that Tiffany's boyfriend had left Pensacola the day before, he began exploring that angle. He had called Tiffany upon his arrival in Austin on the 11th, but not at all on the 12th. He was cooperative and provided fingerprints and DNA samples, and his cell-phone records showed he had indeed been in the Austin area all weekend, suggesting he had not secretly returned to Pensacola. Harnett also considered that perhaps Daniels had been depressed over his departure. Her sister later told Disappeared that she had seemed a little less vivacious than usual earlier in 2013. But she had plans for the immediate future: besides the trip to Austin she had planned a dance in two weeks time. It did not seem like she had taken her own life, or started a new one elsewhere. The investigation did find, however, that at some point after her early departure from work Daniels returned to her house briefly. Nichols was present at the time, and talking on the phone with his own girlfriend out of state, but does not recall her presence. Cindy Daniels is skeptical that he could have missed that she was there, both due to an open space between the top of her closet wall and Nichols' statement that he had heard the front door opening and closing in the morning, but police believe his account and do not consider him to have engaged in any wrongdoing, noting that he was the first to raise concern about Tiffany's whereabouts. Discovery of her car: Over the first weekend after Daniels disappeared, the case was publicized. The news media reported on it, and her friends and family distributed fliers on the street and posted them. Early the next week, it produced the first evidence related to her disappearance. A jogger, who also was a friend of the Daniels family, recognized Tiffany's 4Runner in a parking lot at Park West in Pensacola Beach near Fort Pickens, at the western end of Santa Rosa Island, on August 20, eight days after she had last been seen. She had often gone hiking in the nearby dunes of Gulf Islands National Seashore, despite her mother's warnings not to go to the beach alone (Cindy Daniels says that the car's discovery there suggested to her something terrible had happened to her daughter). Within it were her bicycle, cell phone, purse with wallet, some clothes, paintings, a jug of water and a jar of peanut butter. After it was towed to the police garage for examination, investigators found two fingerprints, one on the door handle and the other on the steering wheel, that could not be matched to Daniels or any of the investigators who had worked on the car. A resident of a nearby condominium said the car had "definitely" not been there until two days earlier. Two other residents said that they had seen a man getting out of the car earlier that day. To establish when the car had been driven to the island, Detective Harnett examined security camera footage from the toll booths at the Bob Sikes Bridge, the only road connection between Pensacola and the island. They showed that the 4Runner had passed through the tolls at 7:51 p.m. on the evening Daniels had disappeared. It could not be determined from the footage if she was driving the car, however. It remains in the police impound lot, its contents intact, in case new information comes to light for which it might be relevant. The question still remained as to whether anyone had seen anything or anyone who might have left the car in the parking lot where it was found. Two large residential complexes serving the island's summer vacation population are adjacent to it; it was possible someone there might have seen something. Friends and family again circulated flyers in the area and canvassed residents, but found no leads. At the police garage, investigators found sand on the bicycle tires but none on the cars floorboards. This suggested to Harnett the possibility that if Daniels had gone for a bike ride on the beach that evening, she might have decided to go for a swim afterwards (a friend of hers noted that the Perseid meteor shower was happening at that time, which he said was the sort of thing she might have decided to watch on the beach). If she had, it was possible that she had drowned. However, no bodies were found on the shore, and Harnett says it is usually common for them to wash up after a drowning. It was also possible that she had met with an accident or foul play somewhere on land. However, there was then no way to be sure. Santa Rosa Island is 50 miles (80 km) long, and the police did not have enough manpower to search even its beaches, much less the dunes, thickly vegetated in some areas. The weekend after the car was found, the KlaasKids, a volunteer organization founded in the wake of the Polly Klaas case, in coordination with local police and the U.S. National Park Service, which has jurisdiction over the National Seashore, searched much of the island with humans and search dogs. A few fragments of clothing and pieces of jewelry were found, but they did not belong to Daniels. Possible Louisiana sighting: With all searches and investigative procedures in Pensacola exhausted, no further physical evidence was likely. Daniels' friends and family set up a Facebook page to further the search and found themselves busy sorting through the many tips that initially poured in. One, from a convenience store clerk who claimed to have seen her several days after she had last been seen, seemed credible at first, as he recalled her foot tattoos. However, the store's security camera footage for that day failed to corroborate the account. Several months after Daniels' disappearance, in January 2014, the Facebook page yielded what her parents considered a more credible report of a later sighting. A woman who worked as a waitress at a restaurant in Metairie, Louisiana, outside New Orleans, reported that shortly after the disappearance she had seen a woman matching Tiffany's description come in with two other women, one roughly the same age and the other older, possibly Latina, and more nicely dressed. The younger women behaved strangely, both wearing long-sleeved shirts despite the warm weather, with the cuffs pulled over their hands, and never looking the waitress in the eye. Mostly they seemed to let the older woman do the talking for the group. When the waitress told one of the younger women she looked like that woman who had been reported missing in Florida, the group got up and left. Unfortunately the restaurant's security cameras had been taped over since the date of the encounter and thus it was impossible to find any documentary confirmation of the waitress's story. Tiffany's parents strongly believe this was her, for two reasons. First was that putting her sleeves over her hands was something she frequently did when she was cold. Second, the waitress recalled that the woman who resembled Tiffany had, when looking over the soups on the menu, asked whether one of them used a fish or chicken broth. Cindy Daniels recalled a similar incident when she had been eating out with Tiffany and the restaurant had substituted chicken broth in Tiffany's soup since it had run out of fish broth, a difference Tiffany could taste as she was a pescetarian and normally avoided any chicken-based foods. The Daniels family began to fear that Tiffany had not been found because she had somehow left Pensacola during that week between the last sighting and the beginning of the search—and not voluntarily. They began researching human trafficking as a possible explanation. They saw possible similarities between Tiffany's unsolved case and that of another woman who had recently been drugged and abducted from nearby Panama City and taken to New Orleans by two men who told her she was to work as a prostitute. While traffickers prefer to target women in their late teens, according to experts, they will occasionally attempt to abduct women closer to Tiffany's age, and her parents believe she would have been trusting enough to fall for whatever pretext they used to approach their daughter. Interstate 10, which passes through Pensacola and New Orleans, has been described as one of the major trafficking routes in the U.S. Detective Harnett, however, says he has found no evidence to support the trafficking theory, although he qualifies that by saying police have ruled nothing out at this point. Subsequent developments in the case: The second anniversary of Daniels's disappearance, in 2015, led to two developments in the case. The Investigation Discovery cable network decided to revive its series Disappeared, which profiles missing-persons cases, and her case was one of those chosen. A crew from the network went to Pensacola, filmed locations associated with the case and re-enactments, and interviewed Detective Harnett, Tiffany's parents, sister, and some of her friends who had helped with the investigation. The episode aired in April 2016. Before the episode aired, the first new evidence in the case since the original investigation surfaced. In December 2015, the Daniels and the police disclosed that in the wake of coverage of the case's second anniversary four months earlier, a citizen had come forward and told the police that on the day Tiffany's car was discovered, they had seen a man in his thirties wearing red shorts and no shirt opening up the car's tailgate, a report consistent with the two witnesses who said they saw a man leave the car after it was parked there. The witness remembered this because the car had been parked unusually, facing oncoming traffic, in an area reserved for wildlife.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Paturis Park murders are a series of 13 murders of gay men committed between February 2007 and August 2008. The murders took place in Paturis Park ("Parque dos Paturis") in Carapicuíba, Brazil, and were perpetrated by an unidentified killer dubbed the "Rainbow Maniac". this is horrifying since most of the world it seems accepts LGBT people. Murders and investigation: The killings took place between February 2007 and August 2008 in Paturis Park. The victims, all gay men, were aged 20–40. All but one were shot, 12 of them in the head; one died from blows to the head. The last victim was shot 12 times. According to Brazilian media, the park is in an area frequented by prostitutes. Police dubbed the killer the "Rainbow Maniac", a reference to the gay pride flag. The first murder occurred on 4 July 2007 and the last on 15 March 2009. Officials from the São Paulo State Public Safety Department announced that the killer could be a state police officer. As of 2008, tests are underway to see if the same gun was used in each murder. Suspect arrested: On 10 December 2008, police arrested a retired state police sergeant, Jairo Francisco Franco, based on witness statements implicating him in a murder which occurred on 19 August 2008. A witness claims to have seen Franco shoot a black gay man 12 times that night. Another witness told police that Franco often visited the park to look for gay men and victims. Suspect released: On 23 August 2011, Jairo Francisco Franco was released after the trial, having been declared not guilty by the jury by 4 votes against 2.
The Phantom of Heilbronn, often alternatively referred to as the "Woman Without a Face", was a hypothesized unknown female serial killer whose existence was inferred from DNA evidence found at numerous crime scenes in Austria, France and Germany from 1993 to 2009. The six murders among these included that of police officer Michèle Kiesewetter, in Heilbronn, Germany on 25 April 2007. The only connection between the crimes was DNA, which as of March 2009 had been recovered from 40 crime scenes, ranging from murders to burglaries. In late March 2009, investigators concluded that the "Phantom" criminal did not exist, and the DNA recovered at the crime scenes had already been present on the cotton swabs used for collecting DNA samples; they belonged to a woman who worked at the factory where they were made. The events were fictionalized in the 6th season episode "Dead Reckoning" of CSI: NY and the 15th season episode "Death Has No Dominion" of Silent Witness, which i want to see. Investigation: An analysis of the mitochondrial DNA from the samples collected in Austria showed that it was most often found among people in Eastern Europe and neighbouring Russia. This was not discovered in the German investigations as the analysis of DNA may not be used in criminal proceedings to determine personal attributes of a suspect other than sex. The investigations were concentrated in a special task force "parking lot" at the Heilbronn police department. In January 2009, the reward for clues regarding the whereabouts of the person was increased to €300,000. The existence of the Phantom had been doubted earlier, but in March 2009, the case took a new turn. Investigators discovered the DNA sequence on the burned body of a male asylum-seeker in France - an anomaly, since the sequence was of a female. They subsequently came to the conclusion that the mysterious criminal did not exist and that the laboratory results were due to contamination of the cotton buds used for DNA probing. Although sterile, the swabs are not certified for human DNA collection. The cotton swabs used by many state police departments were found to have been contaminated before shipping. It was found that the contaminated swabs all came from the same factory, which employs several Eastern European women who fit the type the DNA was assumed to match. Bavaria, although a region central to the crimes, obtained their swabs from a different factory. They had no reports of crimes committed by the Phantom. Associated crimes: The DNA attributed to the "Phantom" was found at the scene, as well as purportedly at the sites of the following crimes: -on a cup after the killing of a 62-year-old woman on 25–26 May 1993 in Idar-Oberstein, Germany (the DNA was analysed in 2001) -on a kitchen drawer after the killing of a 61-year-old man on 21 March 2001 in Freiburg, Germany -on a syringe containing heroin in October 2001 in a wooded area near Gerolstein, Germany -on the leftovers of a cookie in a trailer that was forcefully opened on the night of 24 October 2001 in Budenheim, Germany -on a toy pistol after the 2004 robbery of Vietnamese gemstone traders in Arbois, France -on a projectile after a fight between two brothers on May 6, 2005 in Worms, Germany -on a stone used for smashing a window, after a burglary on 3 October 2006 in Saarbrücken, Germany (DNA was discovered and analysed only 2008) -after a March 2007 burglary at an optometrist’s store in Gallneukirchen, Upper Austria -after 20 burglaries and thefts of cars and motorbikes between 2003 and 2007 in Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Saarland, Germany; Tyrol, Austria; and Upper Austria -on a car used to transport the bodies of three Georgians killed on 30 January 2008 in Heppenheim, Germany (the DNA was analysed on 10 March 2008) -after a burglary on the night of 22 March 2008 in a disused public swimming pool in Niederstetten, Germany -after four cases of home invasion in Quierschied (twice), Tholey and Riol, Germany in March and April 2008; -after an apartment break-in in Oberstenfeld-Gronau during the night of 9 April 2008 -after the robbery of a woman on 9 May 2008 in a club house in Saarhölzbach -in the car of an auxiliary nurse who was found dead at the end of October 2008 near Weinsberg, Germany