Monday, September 30, 2019
Ann Marie Burr was an American girl who vanished under mysterious circumstances from her home in North End section of Tacoma, Washington, United States. Her disappearance made national news headlines for years following her disappearance. Her case received renewed attention when it was theorized that serial killer Ted Bundy might have been responsible for her abduction. The first of four children of a middle-class Catholic family, Burr was raised in Tacoma alongside her three siblings. On the night of August 30, 1961, Burr went to sleep in an upstairs bedroom of the family's home, which she shared with her 3-year-old sister. At some point during the evening, Burr awoke her mother, Beverly, notifying her that her younger sister, recovering from a broken arm, was crying. After comforting the 3-year-old, Beverly put both girls back to bed. At approximately 5:30 a.m. on August 31, the family realized that Ann was no longer in her bedroom. Searches of the home revealed the front door had been left ajar, a living room window left open, and Ann nowhere to be found. Burr's disappearance sparked a significant manhunt, utilizing United States soldiers from Fort Lewis, as well as members of the National Guard. Though several individuals were considered potential suspects in the years immediately following the disappearance, none led to Burr's recovery. After Ted Bundy was apprehended in 1978, he was considered a suspect when it was revealed that Bundy had resided near the Burr residence, and worked as a paperboy in the neighborhood, and Burr's house bisected his paper route, and was a matter of meters from one of Bundy's earlier childhood homes where his favoured great-uncle lived. An unknown size 6 shoe imprint was found outside the window, consistent with a teenage perpetrator. After corresponding with Bundy prior to his 1989 execution, Burr's parents publicly stated that, based on circumstantial evidence, they believed their daughter's remains may have been buried on the University of Puget Sound campus. In 2011, forensic testing of material evidence from the Burr crime scene, yielded insufficient intact DNA sequences for comparison with Bundy's. As of 2019, her whereabouts remain unknown. Life: Ann Marie Burr was born December 14, 1952 in Del Norte County, California, into a Roman Catholic family. She was the first of four children, with two younger sisters—Julie and Mary—and one younger brother, Gregory, born to Donald and Beverly (née Leach) Burr. Disappearance: On the evening of August 30, 1961, Burr and her three siblings were sent to bed around 8:00 p.m. by their parents, Donald and Beverly, at their home in the North End section of Tacoma, Washington, located at 3009 North 14th Street. Earlier that night, Burr had eaten dinner at the nearby home of a friend. Burr and her sister, Mary, age 3, shared an upstairs bedroom, while brother Gregory and sister Julie shared a bedroom in the basement. At some point during the evening, several members of the house reported hearing their pet Cocker Spaniel barking. In the early morning hours of August 31, Burr woke her parents in their first-floor bedroom, complaining that Mary was crying. At the time, Mary was healing from a broken arm, which was in a cast. Their mother Beverly recalled soothing Mary before sending both girls back to bed, though she could not determine the time this occurred. At approximately 5:30 a.m., Beverly realized that Burr was missing when they went to check on Mary, who was again crying, and discovered her alone in the bedroom. The front door of the home, which had been locked, was slightly ajar, while a small window in the living room was left open. Grass from the front lawn was found inside the house, and a bench that had been overturned was discovered against the side of the home. Investigation- Initial search efforts: Upon searching the home, law enforcement noticed that a table of figurines beside the open living room window was oddly undisturbed, despite the appearance that someone had entered the home this way. A footprint, partly indistinguishable from rainfall that occurred overnight, was found near the overturned bench outside. Law enforcement estimated the shoe that impressed the print was likely a Keds sneaker, size six or seven. None of Burr's clothing or other personal items were missing from the home. It was determined that Burr had left the residence wearing only her blue nightgown, and a chain necklace with an engraved medal of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, an identification tag, and a medal of Saint Christopher. On the morning Burr was reported missing, approximately 100 soldiers from Fort Lewis, as well as 50 National Guardsmen from Camp Murray, aided local police in the search for Burr. By 11:00 p.m., over 75 square blocks surrounding the Burr residence had been searched, included wooded areas, but no sign of her was found. Additionally, dive teams searched Commencement Bay for sign of Burr, but found nothing. Due to the lack of concrete evidence indicating an abduction had occurred, the Federal Bureau of Investigation only assisted the case on a stand-by basis. A report submitted in the days following Burr's disappearance came from neighbors who heard screaming emanating from a vehicle with California license plates on the morning Burr went missing. However, when the driver of this vehicle was located, they explained that the noise had merely emanated from the radio and was mistaken for screaming. On September 8, 1961, Donald and Beverly voluntarily took polygraph examinations in response to rumors that they had withheld information in their daughter's disappearance. Both were found to be truthful in their responses. The following day, Burr's maternal grandmother, Mrs. Roy Leach, posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of her granddaughter. The reward was increased to $5,000 after allocation of additional funds. Over 1,500 persons were interviewed within the first 12 days of Burr's disappearance. On October 31, 1961, law enforcement interviewed 31-year-old Hugh Bion Morse, an ex-Marine and suspect in the 1959 murder of 9-year-old Candy Rogers in Spokane, Washington. In June 1962, an employee at a service station in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (directly across the U.S. border from Grand Forks, North Dakota), told law enforcement he saw a girl who appeared to be Burr, accompanied by a man and woman who "spoke a little too sharply" to be her parents. The employee claimed the girl mentioned that she was from Tacoma. In the winter of 1964, law enforcement attempted to arrest Ralph Everett Larkee in Portland, Oregon; Larkee had been accused of kidnapping Gay Lynn Stewart, and was considered a possible suspect in Burr's disappearance, but he committed suicide with a pistol before police were able to apprehend him. Potential involvement of Ted Bundy: After serial killer Ted Bundy was apprehended in 1978, he became a suspect in Burr's disappearance when law enforcement discovered he was a resident of Tacoma at the time of her disappearance, then age 14. At the time Burr disappeared, Bundy worked as a paperboy, and delivered newspapers in the Burrs' neighborhood, with his paper delivery route crossing near by the Burr family home; he also had a great-uncle, who he often visited, who taught music at the University of Puget Sound, which was located several blocks from the family's home. Bundy would have crossed very near to the house where Burr disappeared, as he had to pass 6th Avenue and N. Fife Streets, where the office manager for the route was. An unknown size 6 shoe imprint was found outside the window from which Burr was abducted, consistent with a teenage perpetrator. When questioned in Burr's disappearance, Bundy told law enforcement that he "wouldn't have hurt a little girl," and denied involvement. In 1987 Bundy confided to Keppel that there were "some murders" that he would "never talk about", because they were committed "too close to home", "too close to family", or involved "victims who were very young". Burr's parents told the media at this time that they believed their daughter's body had been buried in excavation sites on the University of Puget Sound campus, where construction was underway in 1961. However, they claimed neither they nor their daughter knew Bundy. Beverly Burr stated that, after two letter exchanges with Bundy while he was on death row, "he avoided the real questions, talking instead about the Green River murders and world events." In one correspondence, Bundy insisted that, in 1961, he was "a normal fourteen-year-old boy. I did not wander the streets late at night. I did not steal cars. I had absolutely no desire to harm anyone." Donald Burr later told crime writer Ann Rule that he believed he saw Bundy in a ditch on the University of Puget Sound campus the morning of Ann Marie's disappearance. In 2011, contact evidence from the crime scene was compared to DNA samples of Bundy, but testing failed to link him to the Burr residence due to the fact that a full DNA profile could not be produced from the evidence. Aftermath: In July 1963, nearly two years after Burr's disappearance, her parents adopted an infant girl. Burr's family held a memorial service for her in 1999. Donald Burr died in 2003 at age 77. Beverly Burr died of congestive heart failure on September 13, 2008, at her residence in Tacoma.
Julie Ann Weflen is a missing woman who was last seen on September 16, 1987. Disappearance: Weflen worked as an operator for the Bonneville Power Administration in Spokane, Washington. She parked her minivan in the gravel lot along Four Mound Road and logged into the Spring Hill Substation near Riverside State Park at 2 p.m. on the day she disappeared. BPA workers have stated that she probably finished work and returned to the minivan about 3:45 p.m. Weflen was last seen heading toward a substation at Four Mound and Coulee Hite Road. Her hard hat, toolbox, a water bottle, and a pair of sunglasses were located on the ground beside her truck and the driver's side door and back hatch were found open. Her purse was discovered in the rig where she had worked. Investigation and aftermath: A reward of $25,000 has been issued for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in Julie Weflen's disappearance. Since she disappeared, the BPA and local law enforcement officials have received plenty of information, but nothing has ever helped in finding her. Weflen's mother died in 2006.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Jacob Erwin Wetterling was a boy from St. Joseph, Minnesota who was kidnapped from his hometown and murdered at the age of 11 on October 22, 1989. His abduction remained a mystery for nearly 27 years. On September 1, 2016, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension recovered human bones from a pasture near Paynesville, Minnesota, about 30 miles from the site of the abduction. On September 3, the family announced that the bones were those of Jacob, and local law enforcement stated that the identity of the bones had been confirmed by dental records. The location was revealed by Danny James Heinrich, a long-time person of interest in the abduction of another boy, Jared Scheierl, in the nearby town of Cold Spring. On September 6, 2016, Heinrich confessed to kidnapping and murdering Jacob Wetterling, as well as abducting and sexually assaulting Jared Scheierl. Kidnapping: On Sunday, October 22, 1989, just after 9:00 p.m. (CDT), Jacob Wetterling (11), his younger brother Trevor (10) and a friend, Aaron Larson (11), were biking home from a Tom Thumb convenience store in St. Joseph, Minnesota, where they had gone to rent a video, when Danny Heinrich, wearing a stocking cap mask and armed with an unloaded revolver, came out of a driveway and ordered the boys to throw their bikes into a ditch and lie face down on the ground. He then asked each boy his age. Jacob's brother was told to run toward a nearby wooded area and not look back or else he would be shot. Heinrich then demanded to view the faces of the two remaining boys. He picked Jacob and told Aaron to run away and not look back or he would be shot. This was the last time, apart from his captor, Jacob was seen alive. Investigation: On January 13, 1989, roughly ten months before the Wetterling abduction, 12-year-old Jared Scheierl was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and physically threatened by an unknown adult man. The victim's statement given on that night showed the modus operandi was similar to that of the Wetterling case: the perpetrator, who was later identified as Heinrich, used a gun and, upon releasing the boy, told him to run and not look back or else he would be shot. That incident occurred ten miles from where he would later stop the Wetterling brothers and their friend. On June 30, 2010, investigators with search warrants descended upon a farm near the abduction site. "Items of interest" were found and hauled away in six truckloads of dirt from the site to be searched for evidence. However, forensic testing was unable to "establish, distinguish or identify potential evidence". Person of interest: In May 2014, investigators confirmed that they were taking another look at a series of attempted and actual child molestations that had occurred in the Paynesville area in the two years preceding the Wetterling abduction and murder. Between the summer of 1986 and the spring of 1987, five teenage boys were attacked, but no one was ever arrested. The authorities interviewed some of the victims again and worked with the Internet blogger who had brought the information to light. After months of research and interviews with some of the victims, investigators believed that these attacks were not random and that the culprit could be connected to the abduction of Wetterling, located just 40 minutes from the other crime scenes. Danny James Heinrich: In October 2015, Danny James Heinrich was publicly named as a person of interest in Jacob Wetterling's disappearance. He had been questioned by the FBI on December 16, 1989 and a DNA sample was taken, but he was not charged with a crime and was released. Heinrich's DNA was matched to the abduction of twelve-year-old Jared Scheierl, in Cold Spring, in January 1989. The statute of limitations had expired for the Cold Spring kidnapping, meaning Heinrich could not be arrested and charged with that crime. However, a search warrant was granted, and child pornography was found in Heinrich's house, leading to his arrest on October 28, 2015. Plea and discovery: Heinrich decided to cooperate with authorities as part of a plea bargain and, on September 1, 2016, led investigators to a burial site. Jacob's clothing and human remains were unearthed from a pasture near Paynesville, about 30 miles away from Wetterling's home and abduction site, and a short distance from where Heinrich was living in 1989. On September 3, the remains were confirmed through dental records to be Jacob's. Jacob's mother, Patty Wetterling, told television station KARE11, a local NBC affiliate, that the remains found were indeed Jacob's. She said: "All I can confirm is that Jacob has been found and our hearts are broken. I am not responding to any media yet as I have no words." In the plea agreement, Heinrich agreed to plead guilty to one count of the 25 federal child pornography charges brought against him. In addition to revealing the location of the body and pleading guilty, he also agreed to testify as to the details of the Wetterling crime. At a court hearing before Judge John Tunheim of the United States District Court in Minneapolis, Heinrich testified that he kidnapped and handcuffed the boy, drove him to a gravel pit near Paynesville, molested him, killed him and buried his body. Heinrich said that he was able to avoid police that night by listening to a police scanner. He said that he came back to the site a year later and moved the body after noticing that Wetterling's jacket had become exposed. During the court hearing, Heinrich also admitted to kidnapping and sexually assaulting Jared Scheierl earlier that year. In exchange for Heinrich's plea, the prosecutors agreed not to charge him with Wetterling's murder. In accordance with the plea agreement, Heinrich was sentenced to the maximum prison term of 20 years for the child pornography charge. In addition, the plea deal will allow state authorities to seek his civil commitment as a sexual predator at the end of his federal prison term, which could prevent him from ever going free. In sentencing Heinrich, Judge Tunheim said: We won't pretend that this crime and sentence is about child pornography. It is also about changing the lives of so many children and parents, who prayed for Jacob's return, and also feared you coming out of the dark every child knows the story of Jacob Wetterling. You stole the innocence of children in small towns, in the cities of Minnesota and beyond. Although Heinrich could possibly be released in 17 years from the start of his prison sentence, Judge Tunheim told him that it was unlikely, as "this crime is so heinous, so brutal and awful that it is unlikely society will ever let you go free." In January 2017, Heinrich was transferred to Federal Medical Center, Devens, a federal prison in Massachusetts, to serve his 20-year sentence. Legacy- -Four months after Wetterling's abduction, his parents, Jerry and Patty Wetterling, formed the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, an advocacy group for children's safety. In 1994, the federal Jacob Wetterling Act was passed and named for Jacob. It was the first law to institute a state sex-offender registry. The law has been amended several times, most famously by Megan's Law in 1996 and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act in 2006. -In 2008, the foundation started by Jacob's parents became the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. It carries on the work started by the Wetterling family "to educate the public about who takes children, how they do it and what each of us can do to stop it". -The Bridge of Hope, a crossing of the Mississippi River near St. Cloud, is named in Jacob's honor.
Friday, September 27, 2019
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once i made a comment about my mom's minivan to a guy leading a trip to Ohio. he asked if they could borrow the car. i said let me ask. long story short my mom refused to let my brother borrow the car on a trip HE wanted to go on. if my mom refused her own flesh and blood what chance would stranger stand?
Monday, September 16, 2019
i have to get ready for Renn fest. i just shaved, have my costume all picked out and now just have to get all the jewelry for it. I'm not getting my hair, make up and nails professionally done for it. I'll get my toe nails done but that's for a different occasion.
Friday, September 13, 2019
so back in the spring a couple guys came into game night asking if it was the YSA branch game night. i said it was and gave them the whole rundown of food and where everyone was. a little while later i realized i didn't introduce myself so i went into the food area and introduced myself. a few minutes later while i was playing a solo game of pool they asked why i was playing alone. i said because everyone else is busy
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The Watts family murders occurred on the early morning of August 13, 2018, in Frederick, Colorado. While being interviewed by police, Christopher Lee Watts admitted to killing his pregnant wife Shan'ann Cathryn Watts (née Rzucek, born January 10, 1984 in New Jersey) by strangulation, which caused the death of their unborn son, Nico. Their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, died by asphyxiation due to smothering. He then disposed of his daughters' bodies in oil tanks and buried his wife in a shallow grave at his worksite. Watts pleaded guilty on November 6, 2018, to multiple counts of first-degree murder as part of a plea deal when the death penalty was removed from sentencing. He was sentenced to four life sentences without the possibility of parole, three to be served consecutively and two to be served concurrently. Background: Christopher Lee Watts and Shan'ann Cathryn Watts (née Rzucek) were natives of Spring Lake and Aberdeen, North Carolina, respectively; they were married in Mecklenburg County, on November 3, 2012, according to online records. They met in 2010. They had two daughters: Bella Marie Watts and Celeste Cathryn "Cece" Watts (born July 17, 2015). The family lived in a five-bedroom home in Frederick, Colorado, purchased in 2013; the couple declared bankruptcy in 2015. Chris Watts was employed by Anadarko Petroleum, while Shan'ann was an independent representative for the multi-level marketing company Le-vel, selling a product called Thrive. At the time of her death, she was fifteen weeks pregnant with a baby which they planned to name Niko Lee Watts. Shan'ann’s due date was January 31, 2019. Disappearance: Shan'ann returned home from a business trip to Arizona, about 1:48 a.m. on August 13, 2018, having received a ride from friend and colleague Nickole Utoft Atkinson. Chris was home with the children. Later that day, Shan'ann and the two children were reported missing by Atkinson, who had become concerned when Shan'ann missed a scheduled OB-GYN appointment and failed to return text messages. After Shan'ann missed a business meeting, Atkinson went to the Watts' home at approximately 12:10 p.m. When the doorbell and knocks went unanswered, Atkinson notified Chris and called the Frederick Police Department. Officers arrived to conduct a welfare check at about 1:40 p.m. Chris, who had arrived home from work, talked with the officers and discussed ways to locate his missing family. During the welfare check, Chris gave the police permission to search the house, but none of the family were found. The searchers discovered Shan'ann's purse, phone, wedding ring, and keys inside; her car and the children's car seats were also at the house. The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation joined the investigation the next day, August 14. Chris gave an interview to Denver station KMGH-TV outside his house pleading for his family's return. Investigators with cadaver and search dogs could be heard on the property during the interview. Legal proceedings- Arrest and charges: Watts was arrested late on August 15, 2018. According to the arrest affidavit, Watts failed a polygraph test and subsequently confessed to murdering Shan'ann. Watts asked to speak to his father before confessing. According to the affidavit, Watts was having an affair and claimed to have asked for a separation from his wife. During the investigation, Watts claimed Shan'ann had strangled the children in response to his request for separation, and in a fit of rage, he strangled her and then transported the three bodies to a remote oil-storage site where he worked. The authorities located the bodies of Watts' family on the property of Watts' former employer, Anadarko Petroleum, on August 16. Watts had been fired from his job on August 15, the day of his arrest. The children's bodies were found, hidden in the oil tanks. Shan'ann was buried in a shallow grave nearby. On August 21, Watts was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, including an additional one count per child cited as "death of a child who had not yet attained 12 years of age and the defendant was in a position of trust"; unlawful termination of a pregnancy; and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. The case has been connected in the media to the crime of family annihilation. Many of these crimes occur in August, before school starts, which may delay detection and investigation. According to former FBI profiler Candice DeLong, cases such as Chris Watts's are rare, because "family annihilators usually commit suicide after the murders", an action that Watts claimed to have contemplated out of guilt for his actions. In an interview with Dr. Phil, Watts's lawyer claimed that Chris confessed to killing Shan'ann after an argument regarding divorce. During the murder, Bella walked in. Chris Watts then told his daughter that her mother was sick. He loaded Shan'ann's body into the back of his work truck and his daughters without car seats in the back. Later he smothered both children, one after the other, with a blanket in the back seat of his truck. Plea deal and sentencing: Chris Watts pleaded guilty to the murders on November 6. The death penalty was not put forward by the district attorney on the request of Shan'ann's family who did not wish for any further deaths. They were supportive of the decision to accept the plea deal. On November 19, Watts was sentenced to four life sentences – three consecutive and two concurrent – without the possibility of parole. He received an additional 48 years for the unlawful termination of his wife's pregnancy and 36 years for three charges of tampering with a deceased body. On December 3, 2018, Watts was moved to an out-of-state location due to "security concerns". On December 5, 2018, he arrived at the Dodge Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison, in Waupun, Wisconsin, to continue serving his life sentences. Media accounts: On a December 2018 episode of the ABC News television news magazine 20/20, Shan'ann's parents, Frank and Sandra Rzucek, were interviewed for the first time since their daughter and granddaughters' murders. HLN aired a special report show in December 2018 titled Family Massacre: Chris Watts Exposed in which police body cam and video recorded police interviews of Chris Watts were revealed. In a newly released Colorado Bureau of Investigation video-recorded interview with Watts' mistress, she revealed his behavioral changes in the days prior to the murders. On a December 2018 episode of the American talk show Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil consulted with four crime experts: former prosecutor and TV journalist Nancy Grace, former FBI profiler Candice DeLong, law enforcement consultant Steve Kardian, and body language expert Susan Constantine. The experts analyzed the motivation, secret life, and profiling of Chris Watts. On a January 2019 episode of the talk show The Dr. Oz Show, commentary is provided on the Watts case by the neighbor who helped build the case against Watts, who is interviewed in-studio.