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Parents Grieve

Joanna Parrish: ‘We just want to know who killed our daughter’

Twenty-one years after the unsolved murder of an English student in France, the parents of Joanna Parrish still search for answers. Last week, they learnt they may never find justice.

It was a last, desperate attempt by Pauline Murrell to discover who killed her daughter Joanna more than 20 years ago: a heart-rending three-page letter to the wife of the suspected killer, begging her “as one mother to another” to tell her the truth.

“I hope that you will be able to give us a bit of the peace of mind that we have been seeking for so long,” reads the letter. “We need to know the truth and you are the only person who can help us… Madame, I beg you to re-examine your conscience and tell me the truth.”

“I thought that, as a mother of three sons, she would understand; that maybe she would have the same parental feelings as a normal person,” says Mrs Murrell sadly, sipping a cup of tea. We are sitting in the handsome Gloucestershire cottage owned by Roger Parrish, Joanna’s 67-year-old father. The couple are divorced, and Pauline remarried, but their shared grief means they remain close friends.

Joanna Parrish’s parents have spent more than two decades fighting for justice for their 20-year-old daughter who was found raped and strangled in a river in Auxerre, Burgundy.

With no help forthcoming from Monique Olivier – the wife of the French serial killer Michel Fourniret, who was suspected of Jo’s murder but never tried – the couple have had to rely on the French police investigation, which they feel has been inadequate.

Then last week they received another crushing blow, one that almost certainly means they will never know who killed their daughter. They were informed that a Paris prosecutor had asked a judge to rule that there is “no case to answer” against Fourniret and Olivier.

“We had been dreading the day when we would hear this news,” says Mr Parrish, a retired civil servant. “That’s why we sent the letter. It is a terrible shock. It means the case is closed and we will never know who killed Jo. All we ever wanted was the truth so that we could move on with our lives. That almost certainly won’t be possible now.”

Joanna, a languages student at Leeds University, was found dead on May 17, 1990, a week before she was due to finish teaching English as an assistante at a lycée in Auxerre, where she was spending the third year of her four-year course.

Her parents had planned to visit her and take her belongings home. Meanwhile, Joanna was set to travel on to the Czech Republic to join her boyfriend Patrick, another Leeds student spending a year abroad.

According to a flatmate, Jo had received a phone call from a man responding to a newspaper advert she had placed offering private English classes. He said he wanted Joanna to teach his son. She arranged to meet the mystery caller outside the Banque Populaire in Auxerre at 7pm – but she never returned home. Her naked body was found the following day in the River Yonne, three miles outside the town. She had been raped and strangled.

The death of such a popular, friendly girl, with her adult life just beginning, shattered her family. “She was at that age when she was slipping free of the apron strings,” Mr Parrish says as he flicks through photographs of Jo – his “bright, happy, caring” daughter – as a sweet 14-year-old; Jo aged 16 as Sleeping Beauty in a pantomime; Jo with her brother, Barney, three years her junior. “She was sailing across a smooth sea. She was at a top university, with a bright career ahead of her, and in a fulfilling relationship. She was doing well and was happy. Then she was taken from us, from everyone, in such a terrible way.

“She had done nothing wrong, she was innocent. I cannot find the words to describe the impact her loss has had – and is still having – on us. It was like the end of our lives.”

Once, even twice, a year following their daughter’s murder, her grief-stricken parents would travel to France to hand out leaflets, appeal for information, and search for clues, witnesses, anything that might help.

Then in May 2008, Michel Fourniret, now 68, was jailed for life for murdering seven women aged between seven and 21 in north-east France and Belgium. He was dubbed The Beast of Ardennes. His wife, Monique Olivier, who had helped lure the victims, was also given a life sentence for complicity.

Mr Parrish says there are “too many similarities” with the other murders. At Fourniret’s trial, they heard how he was obsessed with raping and killing girls and young women, preferably virgins, aided by his wife, who was described in court as “a deceitful witch”. His victims were strangled, like Joanna, or shot or stabbed to death with a screwdriver, mostly in the forests of Ardennes.

In several cases Olivier gave a lift to a girl, sometimes with her baby son in the back of the car, and would then “pick up” Fourniret who would be waving an empty petrol can at the roadside. He was eventually caught in 2003 after a 13-year-old girl he had abducted escaped from the back of his white van when it stopped at traffic lights. She told police Fourniret had said to her: “Shut up or I’ll kill you. You must give me pleasure.”

Monique Olivier has thrice told prosecutors that she had seen her husband murder a young woman in Auxerre and then dump the body in the Yonne river in 1990 – which is precisely what happened to Joanna. But each time she had retracted the confession, claiming it was made under duress.

Joanna’s parents remain calm and dignified, but they are still angry that the police did not do more to find Jo’s killer. The investigation has been beset by blunders and delays as the Auxerre police “lost” crucial DNA evidence that, with today’s technology, could have led them to the murderer.

Crucially, officers also failed to trace the phone call made to Joanna to arrange the English lessons. “There is something very wrong with the way the investigation was handled,” says Mr Parrish. “It’s been incredibly frustrating.”

Parents never recover from the loss of a child; they can only cope as best they can. Mr Parrish says the torment is worst at night. He has had to take sleeping pills every evening since Jo’s death.

Joanna’s mother is similarly tormented. “Never a day goes by that we don’t think about her.” She admits she didn’t cry for months after her daughter’s death, partly because she was in denial, partly because they were used to Jo being away from home for long periods. But the reality hit her in October, and the tears flowed, when she read a copy of the post-mortem report. The details of Jo’s death were gruesome. “I told Roger not to read it, but he did. It was just so horrible,” she says.

Their turbulent emotions include an element of guilt, irrational perhaps, but real to those who are left behind when children die. “It feels we have let her down,” says Mrs Murrell. “I think that perhaps we could have done some things differently.”

Indeed, memories of Jo come back to haunt them at unexpected times – when they hear a song or music that she loved, for instance, such as Pachelbel’s Canon or Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, which the family would sing as “before you Jo-Jo”.

Stumbling across something that belonged to their lost daughter can also trigger powerful emotions. “I found her school scarf the other day and I just started crying,” says her mother.

Jo’s brother, Barney, was “knocked sideways” by his sister’s death. “He saw her as a guiding light and was a lost soul when she was killed,” says Mr Parrish. “He didn’t talk about Jo for months.”

Barney missed the summer term of his lower sixth and, though he returned to school for his upper sixth year, was unable to sit his A-levels. He also had to cope with another shock: the news that his parents were separating.

They had decided to split up six weeks before Jo was killed. Roger and Pauline had told Jo who, they say, “understood”, but didn’t plan to tell Barney until his sister was back from her travels. In the end, he had to deal with both blows at once.

“He was a young 17 and we were worried about him,” says Mr Parrish. “It took him until he was well into his thirties before he settled down.”

Jo and Barney’s parents went ahead with the separation but remain close. Barney, now 39, and his wife Hayley have given Roger and Pauline three grandchildren – a source, they say, of immense comfort.

Locals in the picture-perfect village of Newnham on Severn, where Jo spent most of her teenage years, rallied round after the murder, calling in regularly to check on the family. Her funeral was held at the local St Peter’s church, with 600 people attending the service. “Neighbours still ask me about the investigation,” says Mrs Murrell.

Even today, the family receives emails from many of Jo’s French pupils and university friends. Her boyfriend Patrick, now married with two daughters, visits the family and puts flowers on Jo’s grave every year.

Her family gathers on Jo’s birthday – July 30 – to “celebrate” her life, while her parents also meet, more quietly, on the anniversary of her death.

But Joanna’s parents have also had to cope with criticism of their quest to find the truth about what happened to their daughter. When they went on their regular trips to France to check on the investigation and make their own inquiries, one teacher accused them of giving the Lycée Jacques Amyot, where Joanna had taught, a bad name. Others in the town said they were damaging the reputation of Auxerre and putting off tourists. Mr Parrish was even criticised for saying the fact that Joanna was dragged to the river along a small, hidden track suggested the killer was a local person.

Twenty-one years after their daughter’s murder, her parents know that the last legal door has probably been slammed in their faces, even though their lawyers will challenge the decision. The case against Fourniret can be reopened if new evidence emerges in the next 10 years – but they know this is unlikely.

But Joanna’s parents have not yet given up hope entirely. The couple are pinning their hopes on Monique Olivier – perhaps even Fourniret himself – confessing before they die.

“They will both get older and they may just decide to say something,” believes Mr Parrish. “And we have to cling to that hope.”

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The case has been closed. 
Crime Library Story on Fourniret and Olivier.

Operation Phoenix.

THE world’s first online murder database will make it easier for cops to snare serial killers such as Peter Tobin.

Operation Phoenix goes live today across the Strathclyde Police force area.

And it is hoped the web-based system, which identifies patterns and trends, will be rolled out across Scotland next year.

Phoenix has been four years in the making and was developed for just £32,500 by Scotland’s biggest police force and the national Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).

To date, 2277 murders are on the database, dating back to 1940, as well as scores of long-term missing persons.

The Record was the first paper to be briefed on technology that has the potential to revolutionise the investigation of both cold and live cases.

Strathclyde Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Field said: “From an investigative perspective we think we have got something here that is pretty unique.

“As part of the development of Phoenix, we have already identified murders where there are fresh lines of inquiry or opportunity.”

Field, who chaired the working group which created the virtual reference library, would not be drawn on cases where a breakthrough could be imminent. But he said the technology could prove invaluable in hunting down monsters such as Peter Tobin, who committed murders in Glasgow, Bathgate and Kent.

Asked if Tobin could have been caught sooner if Phoenix had been operational, Field said: “Although the system will never actually physically identify an individual as a suspect it will assist in quick identification of links with previous detected and unresolved cases.

“This will identify quickly any possible suspects.”

The top cop added: “It’s about creating a legacy and learning from our investigations.”

Phoenix was inspired by Operation Trinity, a homicide database developed to examine links between a series of unsolved murders from the 1970s, including the World’s End case.

It involved the compilation of data on every female murder in Scotland since 1965.

Since 2008 a dedicated team of Phoenix analysts have created dossiers on 2277 murders.

While all unresolved murders will be fed into the database, details of resolved cases – around 1200 – have only been recorded back to 1995.

Field said Phoenix will save a massive amount of police time and resources.

He said: “If you pick out a murder that is 20 years old and find out who actually worked on it, that will take a month.

“To get that small amount of information there you would probably have to search police officer’s lofts and garages.”

Karyn McCluskey, deputy head of the VRU, said: “For Trinity they had to invite old detectives in to tell war stories because there was nothing written down. That’s why Phoenix is so unique.

“It is cutting edge and it is designed to get an outcome for victims’ families.”

Ms McCluskey said it is also an invaluable tool for crime prevention in that it can be used to identify trends.

She added: “No murder is ever forgotten.

“If you have got a 70-year-old out there who has committed a murder 50 years ago on a 20-yearold female then it is still live and people are still looking.

“The victims are always remembered. The 2277 murders is not a statistic Scotland should be proud of. We must learn from it and do better in future.”

VRU analyst Maighread Townsend said the database includes a complete overview of a crime, with everything from scene pics and CCTV footage to post mortem reports and behavioural information for the victim and offender.

The old database had 48 fields but Phoenix has 358 – and rising.

Maighread said the “golden section” of the database is the action log which contains details of all the decisions – good and bad – taken during the course of the investigation.

Cops can also use mapping software to chart the previous addresses of a suspect and undetected crimes which have occurred nearby.

Officers can then explore coincidences in dates and descriptions.

After every case has concluded full debrief must be held within 28 days to allow key aspects of the inquiry to be preserved while they are still fresh in the minds of those who worked on the case.

Detective Inspector Pat Campbell said the debriefs take the form of an “honest debate” and allow for both best practice and mistakes to be recorded for all posterity.

And since 2009 Strathclyde Police have held 75.

They aim to ensure priceless expertise is not lost when senior officers retire but rather is preserved for future generations of detectives.

Field said: “The loneliest place on the planet is when you are the senior officer in a murder. Phoenix is about giving you support and a virtual critical friend.” Strathclyde Chief Constable Stephen House said: “The message is a simple one.

“We will catch you and you will be brought to justice.”

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I am excited to see how this goes. If it does work as well as they are stating this could be a great asset for law enforcement world wide.

Peter Tobin Wants Sick Pay

Peter Tobin is unbelievable. This ‘man’ needs to be destroyed.

Monster Peter Tobin is demanding sick pay from the taxpayer to sit around doing nothing in jail.

The serial killer thinks he is entitled to more than £560 a year in prison “wages”.

And with Tobin, 64, certain to spend the  rest of his days behind bars, hard-up Scots could end up shelling out thousands of pounds to him before he finally dies.

Tobin has lodged a formal complaint with prison bosses in a bid to get his hands on the cash.

If he wins his case, he’ll get hundreds of pounds extra to spend on luxuries at the prison shop.

A source at Saughton jail in Edinburgh told the Record: “Tobin’s a complete chancer. Other inmates can’t believe his brass neck.”

At the moment, Tobin only gets £4.80 a week “wages” because he insists he is too old and ill to take a prison job.

The killer, who has a long history of feigning illness to get sympathy, spends his days lazing in his cell in a wheelchair while other Saughton cons go off to work.

Tobin whiles away the time playing poker with his pals, rapists Kevin “The Thing” Fyffe and psychopath Michal Marchlewski.

But our source told us: “He insists he is entitled to full pay – £10.80 a week – because that’s the amount he could earn if he was working.

“Tobin’s launched a complaint through the prison’s internal procedure.

“The staff think it’s a joke and the other inmates are going off their heads about it.

“They have to go to their jobs all week while Tobin gets wheeled about by Fyffe and other hangers-on.

“All he does is play poker during recreation time.”

The insider added: “Tobin’s claiming he’s not fit to work because he’s too old and unfit from a bad back.

“He’s always moaning about something being wrong with him, or something he wants.

“He had a job in the laundry, but that ended months ago when he took to his wheelchair.”

The Scottish Prison Service said: “We do not comment on individual prisoners.”

Tobin showed no mercy to his three known murder victims, Vicky Hamilton, 15, Dinah McNicol, 18, and 23-year-old Angelika Kluk.

But he’s spent most of his time since being caged for life whining in a bid to get special privileges.

He’s already allowed to eat his meals in his cell – where Fyffe acts as his waiter – because he’s scared he’ll be attacked if he goes to the canteen.

And in April, the Record told how he had demanded a cushion to make his wheelchair more comfy, even though guards are convinced he is perfectly able to get around without it.

An insider said at the time: “Tobin was greeting and moaning to the nurse in the prison surgery about his wheelchair being uncomfortable. The nurse told him that if he wanted a cushion, he’d have to pay for it himself.

“Tobin wasn’t happy. It makes everyone’s blood boil.”

The killer is waited on hand and foot by hulking thug Fyffe, who has at least 76 convictions, and Marchlewski, who snatched a young woman off the street in Edinburgh and raped her eight times in eight hours.

He has few other friends in Saughton. A source told us: “The other prisoners, even the sex offenders, think he’s a scumbag.

“They think Fyffe and Marchlewski must be as sick as him for helping push him around in his wheelchair.”

Tobin has refused to help police piece together his horrific criminal history.

The special operation to map his crimes, Operation Anagram, was wound down last week after helping to solve the murders of Vicky and Dinah. But police insist their effort to unlock Tobin’s secrets will never end.

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This is ridiculous. He should not be getting paid anything. He is a frigging killer!

The families of his victims are not happy about his existence either.

THE father of murdered school girl Vicky Hamilton has hit out at her killer’s demand for sick pay in jail.

Whingeing serial killer Peter Tobin insists he is entitled to more than £560 a year in “wages”.

Sickened Michael Hamilton, whose daughter was raped and murdered by the monster in 1991, branded his pay bid “outrageous”.

He said: “It makes me sick.”

Tobin, 64, will spend the rest of his life in jail for murdering Vicky, 15, Dinah McNicol, 18, and 23-year-old Angelika Kluk.

Michael, 60, said: “He should be entitled to nothing. He never spared a thought for the girls he murdered or their families.

“I’m almost tempted to commit a crime so I can get put inside and deal with him myself.”

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I can only imagine the pain all this causes the families.

Casey Anthony

Casey Anthony has been found Not Guilty.

I think those 12 people, the jurors, made the wrong decision. I hope that they think about letting her go every day of their lives.

I also hope that the defense team is haunted by the memory of the baby that was denied justice.

Seems cruel? So is killing a baby, so is letting a mother that killed her baby go free.

I do have wonder if the death penalty being on the table had anything to do with the verdict. Did the fact that a guilty verdict could have wound up with capital punishment being used effect the jury?

I am pro capital punishment but I know many others are not.

Maybe they really did not believe the prosecutor proved the case well enough. They might have wanted a smoking gun, they might have watched too much C.S.I. or  Law and Order. They wanted that big t.v. Perry Mason moment and expected someone to have an elaborate computer set up with multiple screens to explain it all.

I don’t know what think or to say.

I hope that the jury does eventually come forward and explain how they came to the decision that they did.

I would wish that Caylee’s death and memory being a form of justice on Casey’s head and heart but I do not think that will happen. I agree with others. She is going to enjoy the attention and the money that she will make to the fullest.

She is a psychopath.

Revised Psychopathy Checklist

Factor 1: Measures a selfish, callous, and remorseless use of others and contains most of the personality characteristics considered central to the traditional clinical conceptions of the disorder. These traits are inferred, as opposed to explicit.

  • glibness/superficial charm
  • grandiose sense of self-worth/narcissism
  • pathological lying
  • conning, manipulative behaviour
  • lack of remorse or guilt
  • shallow affect
  • callousness/lack of empathy
  • failure to accept responsibility for actions

Factor 2: Measures social deviance, as manifested in a chronically unstable and antisocial lifestyle. These traits are more explicit than those in the Factor 1 group.

  • need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
  • parasitic lifestyle
  • poor behavioural controls
  • early behavioural problems
  • lack of realistic, long-term goals
  • impulsivity
  • irresponsibility
  • juvenile delinquency
  • revocation of conditional release

Other factors:

  • promiscuous sexual behaviour
  • many short-term marital relationships
  • criminal versatility
R.I.P. little Caylee.
You, little princess, will never be forgotten.
R.I.P.

Laurie Depies Search

Police are searching in south-central Wisconsin for the remains of Laurie Depies in an effort to verify Larry DeWayne Hall’s confession that he abducted and killed the Appleton woman in 1992.

Town of Menasha Police Lt. Mike Krueger told Gannett Wisconsin Media that a team of plainclothes law enforcement authorities have spent three days digging for evidence of Depies — or other potential victims of Hall — at an undisclosed remote location. Authorities are using ground-penetrating radar and specially trained police dogs in the search.

“He told us there were four bodies in that location,” Krueger said last week, declining to specify where the site is or when it was searched. “We haven’t found what we’re looking for. We’re done for now but we’ll be going back again and doing more.”

Depies was 20 when she disappeared Aug. 19, 1992, from a town of Menasha parking lot where she had driven after working at the Fox River Mall. She never made it to her boyfriend’s apartment.

In mid-May, Gannett Wisconsin Media reported that Hall admitted buying a T-shirt from Depies at the Fox River Mall store where she worked and later following, abducting and killing her. Less than two weeks later, Hall told The Associated Press that he “picked up 39 women altogether between 1980 and 1994″ and an undetermined number of them, including Depies, ended up dead.

Gossett said more specific and incriminating evidence is needed before charges could be filed.

“I’m not saying he did or didn’t do it,” he said. “If he did kill her and there’s a way to corroborate it, all is good. If we can’t (corroborate the confession), it makes me a little suspicious that it’s really the right person.”

Gossett, who was informed of Hall’s confession last fall, is hopeful that incriminating evidence will surface.

“Even without a body, he could be prosecuted,” Gossett said.

“But it really comes down to (the fact that) this guy has nothing to lose. He’s saying he did it — now give us the details.

“You don’t want to rack up (Hall’s) personal scorecard if (he) didn’t do it.”

Krueger thinks technology and science, especially DNA analysis, will be key to any cases advancing against Hall, a former bank janitor.

Authorities say Hall has been fastidious about not leaving behind any physical evidence or forensic residues, perhaps due to his fascination with True Detective and other crime magazines and to his familiarity with cleaning supplies and techniques.

“It’s kind of a needle in a haystack kind of thing,” Krueger said of the sizable search area that is concealed from view from any roadway or residence.

The police dogs picked up on the scent of human remains, a scent that can migrate over time. “We were explained to that when a body is buried, when it breaks down and decomposes, the gases will spread through the ground,” Krueger said.

Over the years, the gases or scents can make their way into root systems and into plants or trees.

“We could be a foot away (from a body) and never know it,” Krueger said.

Hall declined to provide specific information about the other three bodies he claims are at the same site.

“He gave us no names (other than Depies’),” Krueger said. “He just said four bodies and one is a boy.”

The boy, Krueger was told, died accidentally when Hall — who claimed he was driving and not paying attention — hit him and panicked, not knowing what to do.

“The boy died. Is that fantasy? I don’t know. He could have made that all up,” Krueger said.

Krueger, however, is undeterred, convinced that Hall is providing investigators with information to the best of his memory about disposing of Depies’ body after killing her — rather than falsely confessing and fabricating stories.

Hall is known to have traveled extensively as a Civil War re-enactor and an old car enthusiast. Authorities said he used only cash and often stayed in his van, leaving behind few clues as to his whereabouts.

He has been in custody since November 1994, when he was arrested in connection with the 1993 abduction of Roach, the Illinois girl whose body was found in an Indiana cornfield several weeks later.

Hall was convicted on a federal kidnapping charge for crossing state lines in the Roach case and sentenced to life in prison.

A byproduct of Hall’s admissions in the Depies case is that Krueger is fielding calls from other police investigators.

“Now I have other police agencies calling with no evidence and people who just vanished,” Krueger said.

“That was a real big plus that we made it aware that some of these other local agencies in states are tuning in on Larry because they had nowhere to go on their investigations.”

Krueger said the 39 abductions that Hall told the AP reporter about was a “big number,” but he recalled that the handwritten list police seized from Hall in 1994 had “17 or 19 names” including one entry that read: “Lori – Fox River Mall.”

In other cases that Hall has been linked to, he told detectives he buried his victims with their clothes and belongings, along with the “means of death” such as ropes or belts, Krueger said.

When pressed by Krueger, Hall couldn’t remember if he buried Depies’ purse with her. The purse has never been found.

“I think he’s holding back on certain things,” Krueger said. “I don’t think he’s given us everything that he can on Laurie.

“At this point, he just doesn’t want to. (I’ve been told) these are his personal pieces of property and he doesn’t want to give them up. These victims are his.”

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That holding back is common with serial killers. It gives them a sense of power, it allows them to keep control and it adds to their fantasies.

Hall is probably also hoping to get to show them where he buried the bodies. It would be exciting for him. He not only gets attention and out of his cell for a while he also gets to go back to the area where he disposed of the bodies. Many serial killers return to where they killed or buried their victims. Sometimes they go there to masturbate and some even take girlfriends there and have sex on top of where the body is.

I am not say Hall did any of that, although I do not doubt it. I am just thinking of reasons for he might have began confessing.

Mixed Bag Of Killers

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Police have found the remains of a Walnut Creek woman who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by the serial killer known as the I-5 Strangler in 1977.

Walnut Creek police said Monday that a Napa County sheriff’s deputy found the body of 21-year-old Ellen Burleigh in a dry riverbed near Lake Berryessa.

Roger Reece Kibbe was convicted of murder of Burleigh and five other women in 2009. As part of a plea agreement, he agreed to help locate her body.

The Contra Costa Times reports Burleigh disappeared after meeting Kibbe to talk about a secretary job opening.

Kibbe was in prison for strangling a teen prostitute when San Joaquin County prosecutors charged him in 2009 with murdering six women and dropping their bodies along freeways between 1977 and 1987.
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I hope that finding her body gives the family and friends some peace.

France police are on high alert since it is rumored that suspected serial killer / known rapist Larry Murphy is going to try hiding out there since hiding out in other places around Europe did not work.

SUSPECTED serial killer Larry Murphy has fled Ireland again after spending three weeks holed up in Dublin hotels.

Authorities here breathed a sigh of relief today after the rapist left the jurisdiction without incident.

But police in France are now on high alert after it was reported that Murphy (46) had decided to relocate to Paris for the moment.

Since being freed from jail last year he has moved around Europe staying in both Amsterdam and Spain for extended periods.

He is reportedly staying in the ‘red light districts’ and trying to avoid contact with people. I can not imagine why unless he is slightly afraid that someone might kill him.

Murphy remains the chief suspect for the disappearance of several Irish women in the 1990s.

He has been linked to the cases of Annie McCarrick (26), Jo Jo Dullard (21) and Deirdre Jacob (18) all of whom went missing without trace.

He has served 10 years in prison for the horrific rape and attempted murder of a Carlow businesswoman, but was released last August.

He did not undergo any significant rehabilitation treatment while behind bars and detectives feared that he may strike again.

Source for both quotes.

A video from when he was released.

Joseph Nasso’s preliminary hearing has been postponed until Sept. 9, 2011 so that he has more time to prepare his case.

Nasso is the 77 year old who is defending himself against charges that he killed  four women: Roxene Roggasch, 18, dumped between Fairfax and Woodacre in 1977; Carmen Colon, 22, found near Port Costa in 1978; Pamela Parsons, 38, found in Yuba County in 1993; and, Tracy Tafoya, 31, found in Yuba County in 1994.

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A video about Nasso

In Germany a man being called only Jan O or the Cannibal Killer has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

(CBS/AP) BERLIN – German man Jan O., dubbed the “cannibal killer” after he confessed to eating the flesh and drinking the blood of one of his teenage victims, has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The 26-year-old, whose last name has been withheld in accordance with German privacy laws, was convicted in Goettingen state court of two counts of murder Monday for the November slayings of a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy.

During the trial the defendant confessed to licking blood from a wound of the girl and biting flesh from her neck. He killed the boy five days later.

DAPD news agency reports Presiding Judge Ralf Guenther says the murders showed an “almost unimaginable dimension of criminality.”

According to Sky News , Jan O. had lured a victim identified only as “Nina B.” into the woods intending to rape her, but instead cut her throat. He returned to visit the body several times, and during one return visit, took the life of his second victim, named “Tobias L.”

The boy was allegedly sexually assaulted before being stabbed to death.

Jan O. admitted to committing “vampiristic” acts both before and after they died, Sky News  reports, adding that the perpetrator apologized to the victim’s families and said: “I don’t know what came over me.”

Defense attorney Markus Fischer says he’s considering an appeal.

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How can there be an appeal when Jan O confessed to drinking blood and apologized the way that he did? Appeal What?

Another article has even more disturbing information.

Nina had gone missing in mid-November 2010 after she ran away from home. According to O.’s confession, he lured the young girl into the woods with the intend to rape her. But he instead hit her on the head with a beer bottle before slashing her throat.

As the girl died, according to the confession, O. ate flesh from her wounds and drank her blood. “I did not want sex anymore, just flesh and blood. The taste of it made me addicted,” O. wrote in his confession, details of which shocked the European nation.

In the days after the brutal murder, O. returned to the body several times and repeatedly took advantage of her. He also filmed several clips with his mobile phone as he touched the lifeless body.

In addition, a message was found on O.’s Facebook page in which he said: “Slaughtered a girl yesterday. One everyday until they catch me.” O.’s other online profiles indicated he was looking to meet girls between the ages of 10 and 16.”

In the days after Nina’s murder, during one of his visits to the corpse, O. came across Tobias who he mistook for a young girl. He kidnapped him and stabbed him to death when he discovered that Tobias was a boy, not a girl. Although there is evidence to indicate that Tobias was still sexually assaulted, O. denied this and said he rejects homosexual acts.

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That article also goes on to state that even though he was given a life sentence he could be released one day if he is no longer considered a threat. That is insane.

Serial Killer Mack Ray Edwards Suspected In 1961 Disappearance, Dogs Find ‘Area Of Interest’

Investigators now believe Ramona Price, a 7-year-old girl who went missing 50 years ago in Santa Barbara, may have been a victim of serial killer Mack Ray Edwards, who is thought to have killed as many as 20 children.

On Wednesday morning, specially trained cadaver dogs searching for the little girl’s remains of found “an area of interest,” in a stretch of construction near Winchester Canyon Road and the 101 Freeway, said police, according to the L.A. Times.

At the time of Price’s disappearance, Edwards was “a heavy-equipment operator” working on area construction projects, including the Winchester Canyon Road bridge.

Edwards hanged himself at San Quentin in 1972 after being convicted in the murder of three children. According to Santa Barbara Police Chief Cam Sanchez, Edwards remarked in prison that his other murders would never be discovered because, “no one would tear up a freeway.”

Said Sanchez, “A cold case does not mean a forgotten case.” Ramona Price’s parents have died, however her older sister, now 60, is “still devastated.”

Edwards’ monstrous legacy is still unfolding. Three years ago, authorities excavated an exit ramp off the 23 Freeway in Ventura County, seeking the bones of 16-year-old Roger Dale Madison of Sylmar. Edwards, a neighbor and friend of the Madison family, had admitted stabbing the boy near the freeway when it was under construction in 1968. He worked on that project too, and authorities believe the boy’s body may be buried beneath the roadway. After five days of digging, police called off the search[...][H]is crimes were extraordinarily brutal. In 1953, he kidnapped 8-year-old Stella Darlene Nolan, molested her, strangled her and threw her off a remote bridge. When he returned the next day to find the Norwalk girl was still alive and had crawled 100 yards, he stabbed her and buried her in an embankment that became part of the Santa Ana Freeway.

 

For decades, police have been attempting to follow Edwards’ trail in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Torrance and other areas where children went missing in the time that Edwards was at large. Four years ago, Santa Barbara authorities allowed Pasadena-author Weston DeWalt to view their files for a book he was writing on the Edwards murders. DeWalt reportedly had unearthed information indicating that Edwards worked for a highway contractor in Santa Barbara at the time of Ramona Price’s disappearance.

 

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Too Soon To Tell If Skeletal Remains Belong To Ted Bundy Victim, Expert Says

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There has been speculation online and in the media that skeletal remains found in Washington State could be linked to notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. It’s not the first time the discovery of human remains has sparked such a report, but at least one expert says it is far too soon to begin drawing any parallels between this victim and the dozens claimed by Bundy.

“It is reasonable to wonder but it’s also reasonable to be open-minded enough to realize that a lot of murders happen and they weren’t all committed by an infamous killer. As always, one has to look at the evidence to sort that out,” Dr. Park Dietz told The Huffington Post.

Dietz is president of Park Dietz & Associates, which has given court testimony or been consulted on numerous serial killer cases, including those involving Jeffrey Dahmer, the Green River murders and the D.C. snipers.

Twenty-two-year-old Kerry May-Hardy’s remains were found in a shallow grave near Suncadia Resort, a golf course in Roslyn, Wash., on Sept. 6. A backhoe operator was digging a waterline ditch when he made the discovery about two feet below the surface, police said.

When authorities exhumed the remains, they discovered the victim had been buried in blue clothing and wore a 14-karat gold ring.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office used DNA that was previously obtained from May-Hardy’s mother during the course of the Green River Killer investigation to make the positive identification.

Prior to the testing, family members had contacted law enforcement when they saw a forensic artist’s composite sketch of the victim. The family felt the sketch closely resembled their missing loved one, police said.

May-Hardy was last seen in June 1972, near the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. According to police, she was married at the time and her disappearance was reported to the Seattle Police Department by her mother.

“She was fun … she was my sister,” May-Hardy’s sibling, Carlee Norwood, told Seattle’s KIRO-TV Channel 7.

Even though she was just 9 years old when her sister disappeared, Norwood said neither she nor any of her family members has ever forgotten her.

“She was very close with our whole family, with everybody,” Norwood said.

Kerry Mayhardy
Kerry May-Hardy

Now that the identification of the victim has been made, officials have the daunting task of trying to determine who buried her in the shallow grave nearly four decades ago.

According to local media reports, the location where May-Hardy was found was isolated and wooded at the time she went missing. Its location is also about five miles from Interstate 90 — an area familiar to Bundy, who had dumped victims along the same corridor.

Bundy is believed to have murdered dozens of women in Utah, Idaho, Washington and Colorado throughout the 1970s. He was captured in Florida in 1978 following the murders of two college students and a 12-year-old girl.

Bundy received the death sentence for the Florida crimes. On Jan. 24, 1989, he was executed.

Before his execution, Bundy confessed to killing more than 50 women. Some suspect the true number could be nearly double that.

The majority of Bundy’s known victims were attractive young women with long, straight hair parted in the middle. A recent photo police released of May-Hardy is eerily similar to the images of many of Bundy’s victims, but Dietz warned not to put much stock in it.

“I know that it is considered one of the obvious truths among layman that serial killers look for a common type — and Bundy is one source of that myth — but it is generally not true,” the serial-killer expert said. “They look for whoever is available and attractive enough. So, any resemblance between this woman and Bundy’s victims, I don’t find very persuasive.”

The Kittitas County, Wash., Sheriff’s Office did not return calls for comment.

Speaking with Seattle’s KOMO News, Undersheriff Clayton Meyers said investigators were still looking into the possibility that May-Hardy could be a Bundy victim.

“We’ll look into everything,” he said. “We’ll be working with the Seattle and King County investigators who are responsible for those [Bundy] cases. We don’t have anything at this point — it’s very early.”

Investigators will have to start, Dietz said, by determining the “circumstances of this girl’s life before she disappeared and where Bundy was in 1972.”

Anyone with information regarding Kerry May-Hardy in 1972 is asked to contact Detective Andrea Blume at (509) 962-7069.

By David Lohr

Peter Dupas Gets a Beating in Prison

SERIAL killer Peter Dupas was taken to hospital by paramedics after a jailhouse beating 06/05/11.

Dupas suffered head injuries after being attacked at the maximum security Barwon Prison, near Geelong.

It is believed Dupas is being held in a protection section. Corrections authorities have assessed that he is at risk of being attacked in mainstream sections of the prison because of the nature of his crimes.

It is unclear what sparked yesterday’s violence. A Corrections Victoria spokesman yesterday declined to comment on the identity of the attack victim.

“A 58-year-old prisoner was treated in hospital for minor injuries following an incident at Barwon Prison. He has since been returned to the prison,” the spokesman said.

Dupas is currently appealing his conviction over the murder of Mersina Halvagis at Fawkner Cemetery on November 1, 1997.

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This one has a story and a video.  Both articles report that he is back in his cell so it was not a very severe beating.

Convicted killer Peter Dupas has been beaten up in jail, according to newspaper reports.

Dupas suffered head injuries after being attacked at the maximum security Barwon Prison, near Geelong, on Sunday and was taken to hospital but was now back in his cell, News Ltd papers report on Monday.

Dupas, 58, was convicted for the murder of Mersina Halvagis at Fawkner Cemetery on November 1, 1997

 

I have a hard time feeling bad for him. Crime Library begins their story on him like this:

Peter Dupas was a predatory sex monster of the worst kind: A cruel and calculating fiend who meticulously went about his depravity and could then melt into a crowd in a heartbeat.  A man so ordinary and inconspicuous that it was almost impossible to believe that he could commit such atrocities. That is the way his victims saw him and, time and again, they allowed him into their company.

He left those who survived so traumatized that some could never again go to sleep with the light off or walk down their own hallway unaccompanied. No sooner was Peter Dupas out of jail than he would re-offend, each time worse than the last, until he killed and was finally locked away, where he would never be allowed to hurt anyone again.

He was born into a loving family but was still a criminal by age 15.

On October 3, 1968, while wearing his school uniform, Dupas went to the house next door and asked his friendly 27-year-old neighbor, who was nursing her five-week-old baby, if he could borrow a sharp knife so he could peel some potatoes. As the woman commented on what a good boy he was for helping his mother with the cooking, he lunged at her with the knife and stabbed her in the stomach without saying a word.

“He knocked me down onto the floor and fell on top of me,” the woman told the police. “He kept on stabbing me with the knife and I kept trying to ward him off. I felt the knife cut into my hands, mainly my right hand, my face and my neck.

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He was given probation.

He went on to rape, rob, and murder.

This is from Wikipedia’s Article on Dupas:

Chronology

  • 6 July 1953 born
  • 3 October 1968 at age fifteen he stabbed his female neighbour and received eighteen months probation
  • 25 July 1974 sentenced to 5 to 9 years imprisonment for rape aged 21
  • 1979 approximately two months after his release from prison, Dupas again molested women in four separate attacks over a ten day period.
  • 28 February 1980 Dupas received a five year minimum prison sentence for three charges of assault with intent to rape, malicious wounding, assault with intent to rob, and indecent assault.
  • 1985 February released from prison
  • 28 June 1985 Dupas was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment for rape that was committed four days after his release from prison.
  • Less than two years after his release from prison, Dupas was arrested on charges of false imprisonment over an incident at Lake Eppalock during January 1994
  • 18 August 1994 after entering a guilty plea to one count of false imprisonment, Dupas was sentenced to three years and nine months imprisonment, with a minimum period of two years and nine months.
  • 1996 September Dupas released from prison
  • 4 October 1997 The murdered body of Margaret Josephine Maher was discovered.
  • 1 November 1997 Mersina Halvagis murdered. Body discovered the next day.
  • 19 April 1999 The murdered body of Nicole Amanda Patterson was discovered.
  • 22 April 1999 police arrested Dupas
  • 22 August 2000 Sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Nicole Patterson with no minimum period.
  • 16 August 2004 Dupas was convicted of the murder of Maher and sentenced to a second term of life imprisonment.
  • 11 September 2006 police charged Dupas with the murder of Mersina Halvagis
  • 9 August 2007 Dupas was convicted of the murder of Mersina Halvagis.
  • 27 August 2007 Dupas sentenced to serve life imprisonment for the murder of Mersina Halvagis.
  • 17 September 2009 Dupas’ appeal upheld against conviction for the murder of Mersina Halvagis, verdict set aside.
  • 25 October 2010 second trial for the murder of Mersina Halvagis begins.
  • 19 November 2010 Dupas is convicted for a second time of the Halvagis murder.
  • 26 November 2010 sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Mersina Halvagis, with no minimum term.
I have no sympathy for his beating at all.

A few updates

Michael Wayne McGray has been charged in connection with the death of Jeremy Michael Phillips.

On the morning of Nov. 23, 2010, Phillips, 33, was found dead in the prison cell he shared with McGray–who had been previously convicted of six murders and recently moved from maximum-security Kent Institution to medium-security Mountain Institution.

Phillips had been serving a six-year, nine-month sentence for an aggravated assault that took place after a failed drug deal.

McGray has been moved to a new federal prison and is no longer in British Columbia.

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I just hope this time they have him in a cell by himself!! I also hope that they have put him into a maximum security prison.

 

The trial of Anthony Sowell is beginning. Jury selection has started.

About 200 prospective jurors are being divided into groups of 15 and brought to the courtroom for orientation. Individuals in each group are then being interviewed privately about their views on the death penalty, according to court officials.

Anthony Sowell, 51, a former Marine, stood at military attention to face jurors as they entered. He was dressed in a white golf shirt and wore a goatee. He has been charged with the murder of 11 women in an 85-count indictment.

If Sowell is found guilty, the jury must then decide whether to sentence him to death. The decision must be unanimous.

Sowell was arrested on October 29, 2009, two days after the initial discovery of bodies in and around his home. The decomposing bodies were found by police who were responding to a report by a woman who said she had been attacked in the home.

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If Sowell is not found guilty I hope we make the jurors share custody of him..

Here is a page with video clips regarding the Sowell trial. 

In New York police are searching the beaches of Long Island again.

Police in New York say they will resume a search for bodies in the ongoing investigation into a possible serial killer on Long Island.

State police say recent FBI aerial photography is prompting a return to the area on Tuesday. State police did not specifically say if the photos, taken in April, yielded additional evidence.

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I am going to take a guess and say that the photos showed them something. Maybe not more bodies but something had to be seen if they are going back out there.

 

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