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South African Serial Monsters

I have already written about the 5 men that were bound and killed in South Africa. There is an uproar over the fact that many feel that the police are not taking the cases seriously because the murdered men are homosexuals.  (Great article here by David Lohr.) I hope that they are wrong but they might be right.

“Cases of this nature are not taken seriously by the police or the justice department,” he said.

“It is our firm belief that the Department of Constitutional Development and Justice has to come to the party in ensuring that the plight of LGBT (and intersexed) people (receive the necessary attention and investigation),” he added.

All four victims mentioned in The Star’s report on Monday were killed in the past 10 months. They were tied up and strangled inside private homes within the greater Joburg area.

Police reported no signs of forced entry and believe these killings may be the work of a serial killer or a homophobic gang.

The lack of break-ins may mean the victims knew their would-be killers and could have invited them in.

The victim who has come to light after the previous report in The Star is Manolis Veloudos. He was found in his home in Greenside in April last year.

He was bound and murdered, seemingly by someone he had invited into his home. Again, there was no sign of forced entry onto the property, and very little was stolen.

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South African serial killer / rapist Sello Phalane will be heading to court this week. He is charged with 5 counts of rape, murder and robbery.

“The man allegedly raped, robbed and killed five women between 2008 and 2009 around the Dennilton area,” Lt-Col Mohale Ramatseba said on Friday.

He was arrested at Diskom taxi rank in Zebediela in September 2009, while selling CDs, Ramatseba said.

Eva Lekalakala, 41, was the first of his alleged victims and was killed in June 2008. Her remains were found at Spitpunt, in Dennilton. She was later identified through DNA tests, said Ramatseba.

Josephine Manamela, 38, was killed in August 2008 and her decomposed body was found at Ga Maria village between Vall Bank and Dennilton.

In February of 2009, the naked body of an unknown woman, around 30, was found in the bushes at Driefontein in Dennilton.

The remains of Margaret Seretlo, 41, were found at Driefontein in Dennilton in July 2009, as were those of Elizabeth Kobe, 36.

The trial is set down from Monday until Friday.

Phalane was not granted bail and remains in police custody.

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The last article that I am going to make you aware of is also out of South Africa and deals with the worst kind of monster.  There is one suspect linked to 21 child rapes and one child who was murdered.

Police believe that a series of child rapes, which occurred over 16 months, was the work of a single suspect.

But it was only after the Khayelitsha community rallied that police were able to track a suspect to an informal settlement in Philippi.

A 25-year-old man was arrested and initially charged with the failed abduction of a six-year-old girl, but police say investigations have linked the suspect to a string of other cases.

He has now been charged with 22 counts of abduction, 21 of rape and one murder, all involving girls aged between two and nine.

Police are investigating whether the suspect was involved in more crimes. 

How can anyone find a child ‘sexually arousing’? At 2 years of age? This is so beyond my understanding that I do not even try to make any sense of it.

It is alleged that the suspect conducted a 16-month reign of terror in the area around Monwabisi Park, Harare and Lingelethu West in Khayelitsha, but it was only after a four-year-old girl was murdered and a six-year-old girl managed to escape after allegedly being abducted that residents and police realised they had a serial rapist on their hands.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer said police were continuing to investigate, scanning reported cases to find out whether the suspect was involved.

On September 12, Aviwe Speelman was playing with her two-year-old brother in the yard of her parents’ home in Endlovini. Her parents were inside at the time.

After 20 minutes they realised Aviwe was gone and were told by her tearful brother that a man had taken his sister to the shop to buy chips, but he had been ordered to stay behind.

Her family, neighbours and police searched through the night for the little girl. The next day residents brought their dogs to join the search and later that day dogs sniffing in the bushes that border Monwabisi Park found Aviwe’s body.

Police Warrant Officer November Filander said Aviwe had been raped and strangled.

Her body had been covered with twigs and leaves, and her clothing lay next to her, Mbuwako said.

Just days later, the six-year-old disappeared.

Mbuwako said that at 4pm that day, the girl was seen with a man. She was holding chips. When residents chased the pair, the man let go of the girl’s hand and fled.

Mbuwako said that after this incident, residents had held a meeting during which some said they knew the man.

Residents had speculated that the man could be responsible for a spate of rapes in Harare and Lingelethu West.

He said there had been many rapes in those areas, but residentshad no way of knowing whether the same person was involved.

Three girls had been raped in one week, he said.

Police had been investigating the six-year-old’s abduction and this had led them to an informal settlement in Philippi, Filander said.

A man was arrested on the night of September 20 and initially charged only with the girl’s abduction.

At the time, police said the abduction and Aviwe’s death were unrelated.

When the man was arrested, forensic evidence had not yet been finalised, Lamoer said.

“Last week, thanks to forensic evidence, we started putting the picture together,” he added.

DNA evidence had linked one suspect to both crimes, along with 20 other abductions and rapes.

It was clear from the sheer number of rapes that police were dealing with a serial rapist, Lamoer said.

The crimes for which the man has been charged date from April last year to last month. All the victims were girls aged between two and nine, he said.

“We will continue investigations and see if other reported cases can be linked,” said the commissioner.

With Aviwe being raped and murdered by strangulation I am guessing that the killer was ‘advancing’, escalating in his desires. Rape was not enough anymore, even if it was the rape of a small child. He needed more to be fulfilled. I would be willing to bet that there would have been many more little girls raped and murdered after poor Aviwe.

The suspect appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Friday. The case was postponed to November 1.

Dey said residents in areas like Khayelitsha took crimes against children very seriously and authorities often had to step in to calm angry residents down.

When children were raped in Khayelitsha, some residents threatened to take matters into their own hands, Dey said, because these crimes were “not an accepted thing”.

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There are all kinds of mythical monsters said to be living in South Africa but it is the real monsters that horrify me.

Serial Killer Ted Bundy Not Linked to Murder of 8 Year Old

Investigators were unable to link notorious serial killer Ted Bundy to the disappearance of an 8-year-old Tacoma girl, Ann Marie Burr, who vanished from her home some 50 years ago. Evidence from the unsolved case was sent to the Washington State Crime Laboratory for analysis back in August. Tacoma police reported this week that forensic scientists failed to develop a DNA profile from the evidence that could have potentially linked the girl’s disappearance to Bundy. Speaking of the DNA link, Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said, “This avenue hit a dead end, but the investigation itself is not over.”

Ann Marie was reported missing by her parents on August 31, 1961. Police believe the abductor entered the house from the back door and exited with Ann Marie out the front door. Many have speculated over the years that the girl was Bundy’s first victim. Bundy had a paper route near where Ann Marie lived, and an uncle he would visit in the neighborhood. Despite the DNA setback, detectives are determined to continue the investigation into the disappearance of Ann Marie.

Ann Marie Burr went missing August 13, 1961. Many believe she was the first victim of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
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I had hoped that there would be a link so that her family could find some sort of closure.

 

Sherry Marino Will Finally Know if Gacy Killed Her Son

For more than 30 years, Sherry Marino has faithfully visited her teen son’s grave site in Hillside, finding solace there in his memory. But one feeling has continued to elude her: peace.

Officially, her son, Michael M. Marino, is listed as body No. 14 recovered from the Norwood Park Township home of John Wayne Gacy. Authorities identified his remains during the spring of 1980, using dental records — the principal means of identification before DNA testing.

But his mother has always carried doubts. Why did it take the medical examiner a year and a half to identify her son?

Now, her quest to find the answer to whether it’s her only son buried in that grave — or if he is still missing after three decades — is likely to come to an end. A Cook County judge Thursday ruled that his body could be exhumed by the family and tested for DNA.

“Mrs. Marino has been waiting some 35 years to finally determine whether this is in fact her son,” said attorney Steven Becker. “And now she’ll have a chance to actually find that out and give her some necessary closure.”

Uncertainties remain. Is there enough DNA on the body to allow for testing? If it’s not him, who is it?

Marino’s attorneys say they’re confident the remains will provide enough DNA for testing. The autopsy report indicated the body was partially mummified, making it highly likely testable DNA could be collected and compared to the boy’s mother, they said.

DNA testing on decades-old bodies has been successful. Fifty years after the 1955 murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi, his body was exhumed from suburban Burr Oak Cemetery as part of an FBI reinvestigation. The DNA testing of bone marrow in his thigh confirmed Till’s identity.

Now that the family has authorization, it will begin raising the $9,000 to $10,000 needed to pay for the exhumation and DNA testing, Becker said.

The family hopes to exhume the body in about a month, said attorney Robert Stephenson.

When that happens, it will be the beginning of the end to a long, painful chapter for the Marinos.

Michael Marino, 14, vanished Oct. 24, 1976. He and a friend, Kenneth Parker, were last seen near a hamburger restaurant near Clark Street and Diversey Parkway. Testimony would reveal the serial killer picked up many of his victims near that intersection.

“Michael was a sweet, kind boy,” Sherry Marino, 67, said Thursday in an email. “He was not the best student, but he tried hard and rarely, if ever, got into trouble. He loved sports and music. He was an excellent drummer. … He had big dreams of being a musician when he grew up.

“On the day he disappeared, he made me a sandwich and we were planning to go to a movie at 6 p.m. As soon as he was more than 10 minutes late I knew something was wrong because Michael was always on time.”

When police arrested Gacy on Dec. 21, 1978, authorities called on relatives of missing males to submit dental records. Marino’s mother “promptly submitted two sets of dental records and X-rays,” according to the exhumation petition.

Authorities said the bodies were buried on top of each other in a common grave under Gacy’s home.

Experts who worked on the case say the task of identification was not easy.

There were 29 bodies on Gacy’s property and four pulled from Illinois rivers, all in varying states of decomposition. Some were skeletons. Others were less decomposed but still difficult to identify, in part because there were so many matches to examine from missing children in the area.

Adding to the challenge was that the forensic tools, dental records and X-rays — while cutting edge in the 1970s — are fairly primitive ways to identify someone.

“It might have been state of the art at the time, but it was as much an art as it was science,” said Clyde Snow, a forensic anthropologist who worked as a consultant to the Cook County medical examiner’s office on the Gacy case. “Thank God for DNA. Now we can know with some real certainty.”

Marino’s attorneys said discrepancies nagged at her, including that the body was found in different clothing than she last saw on him.

She hired attorneys and private investigators over the years, but each inquiry ended in a dead end.

It wasn’t until April of this year, when she heard that authorities had discovered another location with possible Gacy victims, that she redoubled her efforts. She hired Becker and Stephenson, who are experienced with Freedom of Information Act laws and obtained her son’s pathology and autopsy reports.

The documentation furthered her doubts. The 1979 report indicated the victim had fractured his collarbone and suggested his molars were coming in. X-rays provided by Marino’s dentist months before the boy’s disappearance show not all his molars had grown in, and he had never broken his collarbone, his mother said.

On Thursday, she gripped her purse tightly as the judge ruled. Her daughter put her arm around her. Becker said she holds out hope her son is still alive.

“I think she’s relieved,” said Stephenson. “It’s almost 35 years to the day that her son disappeared. … And again, a lot of the questions are, if not him, then who? But to her, the main question is, is it him?”

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It breaks my heart that she does seem to be hanging onto a hope that her son is alive. It is worrisome that she is going to break apart if it is him.

I just can not see this boy dissapearing so many years ago and never contacting his family. It would just add to her pain if it is not him and she begins a futile search.

I suppose that I might do the same if it was my kid.

I hope that whatever the DNA tests come up with she finds peace.

South African Serial Killer?

Four violent murders in which gay men were bound and strangled to death have police and forensic specialists investigating the possibility that a serial killer, or homophobic group, is stalking Joburg’s gay community.

All of the victims, discovered in the past 10 months, were found tied up and strangled inside private homes within the greater Joburg area – with police recording no signs of forced entry.

Police working on all four cases believe the minimal theft means robbery was not a motive. It is believed the lack of break-ins may mean the victims knew their would-be killers and could actually have invited them in.

The most recent victim, Barney van Heerden, 39, was found bound and strangled in his Orange Grove home on September 19. The murder was discovered by security guards, after they noticed his car gate was open and his front door unlocked.

Police believe Van Heerden may have known his attacker or attackers, as half-full glasses of wine were found on the kitchen table. Since the incident was reported, distraught relatives, friends and other members of the gay community have come forward, describing other recent violent crimes that seemed similar.

Three of these reported murders bear striking similarities to Van Heerden’s case.

In the first attack in December 2010, Jim Cathels was found at his home in Berea. He had been strangled and bound, and there were no signs of forced entry.

Four months ago, Oscar O’Hara, 33, had been house-sitting in Kensington for friend and author Ivan Vladislavic. He was bound and strangled by an unknown assailant or assailants. His body was discovered a few days later, when the author returned home from the UK.

Siphiwe Selby Nhlapo, 36, was killed in a similar manner at his flat in Kliptown, Soweto, on September 11, a week before Van Heerden’s death. One element set his murder apart: his killer(s) poured acid on the body after his death from asphyxiation.

Forensic specialist Dr Mark Welman said two facets of a group of killings can help to identify a serial killer: repetitive patterns in modus operandi and similarities in victims. A serial killer may leave “signatures” that multiple investigating officers might miss if the dockets are not centralised and investigated together.

“It would be remiss of investigating authorities to not consider possible links, and they should certainly be drawing on their specialised behavioural science unit on these cases,” said Welman, when given details of the four murders.

Yet, more than 10 months after the first victim was discovered, police have yet to bring in a task team.

Welman acknowledged that the acid poured on Nhlapo was a major difference in modus operandi, but the killer may have been attempting to destroy DNA evidence that he or she may have left on the victim.

“What I find noteworthy is that all of the victims were strangled. Apart from the fact that this represents a thematic connection between the cases, let’s also note that to strangle a victim, the killer either has to be considerably stronger, or have the victim at some disadvantage. If they are bound, they obviously cannot fight back.

“But a perpetrator operating alone might find it hard to tie a victim up. So one also would not want to rule out the possibility that the perpetrator had one or more accomplices,” he added.

Sex games could have been involved. Violence or threats of violence could make someone allow themselves to be tied up. If you think a person just wants to rob you and will let you live you might allow yourself to be restrained.

A blow to the head would also ‘work’.

The victims could have been drugged or even just drunk.

All four of the victims were said to have internet savvy, and The Star confirmed that at least two of them had profiles registered on gay dating websites that they used to meet other men.

Welman has warned that those who fit the victim’s profile should remain cautious of inviting strangers into their homes.

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I am doubting a homophobic group. If they are found in homes with no signs of forced entry they probably knew the killer. The wine mentioned hints at an intimate meeting, not necessarily sexual but private at least.

The acid bath might also have been a trial run. A budding serial killer sometimes experiments. Acid is nasty and not as easy as some might think to work with. There is also the smell that comes from pouring acid on a body.

I hope the South African police begin to get an investigation team together soon.

David Owen Brooks Denied Parole

ANGLETON, Texas — Relatives who were told a Houston serial killer may be days away from release expressed relief as his parole was turned down just hours after they addressed Texas Parole Board members, Local 2 Investigates reported Friday.

“I think we got some action, some positive action, from the meeting,” said James Dreymala, whose 13-year-old son, Stanton, was the last victim to die in the 1973 killing spree.

He and other relatives addressed a Texas Board of Pardons and Parole panel member in Angleton Friday, near the prison where David Owen Brooks is serving a life sentence in the killings of at least 29 boys from the Houston Heights.

“I think he’s a human being, and I left it with the fact that any person with any feelings whatsoever would vote no on his parole,” said Dreymala.

His family said that a parole board member told them that parole was likely days away for Brooks, but that attitude changed after Local 2 Investigates reported on the case Thursday night.

Parole Board member Cornith Davis, who was appointed by the governor, shook the families’ hands and told them he had just met with Brooks behind bars Friday as he prepared to make a decision.

Brooks is serving a life term, along with Elmer Wayne Henley, for rounding up boys for serial killer Dean Corrl to torture and kill at a Pasadena home. The crime spree was discovered in 1973 when Henley shot and killed Corrl at that home.

Dreymala’s sister, who was 9 years old when her brother was murdered, said after the meeting that, “I feel like things have changed.”

“I just feel like he’s aware that there’s a lot of power behind us, and that there’s a lot of people that feel the same as we do that, not just victims’ families, but members of society, that don’t want to see him out of prison,” she said.

Facebook page set up by the family to drum up support proudly announced the parole board’s ruling Friday.

Two of the three members of the parole board panel assigned to the case in Angleton cast votes against the parole Friday after the family’s meeting, which formally turned down Brooks’ parole.

 Davis also told the family that he spoke to a relative of Brooks’, who contacted him after the Local 2 Investigates report, and she also urged that parole be denied.

 Brooks will be eligible for parole again in three years. This now makes at least 18 times that his parole has been denied since his 1975 conviction.

James Dreymala said, “I want to see him stay there until he dies, personally.”

 The parole board did turn down the family’s request to have the time between each parole review extended. Instead of being up for parole every three years, they asked the board to extend that to five years between each review.

The board turned down that request.

 Outside the parole board panel meeting in Angleton, city of Houston crime victim’s advocate Andy Kahan said, “There’s no reason for this family and other families to be put through this procedure every few years when it’s within the board’s discretion to give this family more time to heal and go about their lives. This is what you would call a no-brainer case, not to release a serial killer and there’s no reason to every few years to be up here taking the time and resources.”

He said the parole board only extends the time to the state maximum, five years between each parole review, in a fraction of one percent of the eligible murder cases statewide.

 The relatives of Stanton Dreymala said they will meet face to face with parole board members in the same fashion any time that Brooks or Henley come up for parole in the future.

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I just can not understand why these families have to keep going through these hearings. Even his own family does not trust him to be out on the streets.

He claims he never killed anyone, but he brought those boys to Corill to be killed. Even if you believe Brooks what he admits to is no different than if he fed the to pigs alive.

From Time Magazine

In all, I guess there were between 25 and 30 boys killed, and they were buried in three different places. I was present and helped bury many of them but not all of them . . . On the first one at Sam Rayburn [Reservoir] I helped bury him, and then the next one we took to Sam Rayburn. When we got there, Dean and Wayne found that the first one had come to the surface and either a foot or a hand was above the ground. When they buried this one the second time, they put some type of rock sheet on top of him to keep him down.

—David Owen Brooks, in his statement to Texas police.

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He minimizes his role every time he speaks.

He guesses there were 25-30? He seems to have so much compassion for the victims doesn’t he?

I agree with Mr. Dreymala, keep him locked up until he dies.

 

David Brooks was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1955. Like Wayne Henley and Dean Corll, he was the product of a broken home. His parents were divorced in the early 1960s when David was only five years old. He spent part of his time in Houston with his father and the rest of the time with his mother in Beaumont.

Wayne Henley (right), David Brooks (left)

Wayne Henley (left), David Brooks (right)

Despite the divorce of his parents, David had a promising beginning as a student, making excellent grades in elementary school. Then in junior high, his grades plummeted. Around this time, he became associated with Dean Corll, who paid him for his sexual favors. Corll had such a grip on the young man that he dropped out of high school shortly after he started so that he could spend all of his free time with Corll.

A sympathetic (IMO) look at David and Wayne from the Crime Library.

Only 3 years to go until his next chance at freedom.

Jennings, Louisiana Unsolved Serial Killings

psychowatcher:

“Kirk Menard mentions that his end of the investigation has slowed down somewhat due to the upcoming Sheriff election. There is concern that whatever tips might be submitted at this time might fall on “deaf ears” until a candidate is in office. He does still have one employee that works undercover in an attempt to continue to gather information. His agency still submits any new tips/leads to the Task Force but now just pretty much gets a “thank you” whereas in the past (prior to the election in progress) they might be asked to try to gather more info on the tip…..go back to the source and ask additional questions. KM was more or less kept at a distance prior to submitting his DNA sample and feels that after he was ‘cleared’ the TF pulled him in closer and at times, even emailed him for information…..and that they were willing to taking any information they could get.”

Originally posted on Murder In Jeff Davis Parish:

Behind The Yellow Tape – A Serial Killer in Jennings, LA – Part 12

Host:  Joey Ortega
Guest
:  Kirk Menard & Michael Dubois
Airdate:  Fri, Sep 16, 2011

A little ‘disclaimer’ prior to the re-cap…..due to my own time constraints lately, the following was basically typed out without much regard to sentence structure, grammar or punctuation.  In other words…..it’s rather raw.  None-the-less, I trust that all reading will get the full gist of the interview.  I was ‘alerted’ via several emails, AND phone calls, that if I hadn’t listened to this particular show yet….I REALLY needed to soon.  It took me a little longer than I would have liked it to but, I did finally listen to it.  I have to say, those that ‘alerted’ me about the show WERE right!  Parts of it were quite surprising and really ‘eye opening’ and some of it rather…

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New York Serial Killer Case: Tips Are Coming In.

The police are getting tips in the NY Serial Killer case. Hopefully we will hear something new soon.

Chilling sketches of a man and a woman found at a serial killer dumping ground on Long Island have spurred dozens of fresh tips about their identities, according to a source close to the case.

Suffolk County cops released the renderings of an Asian man and a white woman yesterday in an attempt to kick-start their investigation into ten sets of remains found at Gilgo Beach.

The victims – eight women, the lone man and a female toddler – were discovered during sweeps of the desolate stretch over the past 10 months and only half have been identified.

A police source said that the Asian male – who likely worked as a prostitute – was wearing a short skirt and some form of female leggings.

The sketch of what the male victim in the Long Island killings may have looked like.

The sketch of what the male victim in the Long Island killings may have looked like.

The source said his discovery initially threw the investigation for a loop because the other identified victims were all petite female hookers. But the cross-dressing revelation makes it plausible, the source said, that their slayer could be one in the same.

There is only one Asian male listed as missing in New York State but no match was made to the Gilgo victim.

The discovery of a female toddler at the site – the other clear departure from the Gilgo pattern – has also frustrated cops. The body of the child’s likely mother was discovered 7 miles away near Jones Beach.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer has not determined if the grisly Gilgo finds are the work of one or more killers.
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