Archive for March, 2011

Another Body Found on N.Y. Beach

Police have found another set of remains in the area of Gilgo Beach. They were looking for Shannan Gilbert when they came across the latest set of remains.

New York (CNN) — Police say they have discovered more human remains on a Long Island, New York, beach near where the corpses of four women were discovered last year.

The remains of a fifth body were located west of Cedar Beach, Long Island, approximately one mile from where the other corpses were discovered in December, according to Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer.

“There may be clues available now with this body that will help the homicide investigation and will help it move forward,” Dormer said.

An investigation will be conducted to identify the remains.

Meanwhile, police say, the hunt for a potential serial killer continues, as does the search for Shannan Gilbert, 24, whose disappearance resulted in the finding of the other bodies within a quarter-mile of each other.

The four bodies have since been identified as Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Connecticut; Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of Erie County, New York; Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon, New York; and Megan Waterman, 22, of Scarborough, Maine.

All four women found dead advertised for prostitution services on the website Craigslist, police said. The bodies were found in various stages of decomposition, and at least one could have been there for as long as two years, Dormer said.

CNN Story

Some still believe that this killer is the same one from Atlantic City, NJ.

Another set of remains may be the 5th body found in the Gilgo Beach serial murder investigation in New York. The case has eerie similarities to four bodies found in Atlantic City behind the Golden Key Motel.

Examiner Story

I do not have enough information to really have an opinion, but, since this is my blog I can guess. I do not think (guess) it is the ame killer based on the little information that I can find.

Asbury Park Press Story

Investigators have questioned a man who lives on Long Island, N.Y., who appears to have been Gilbert’s last client. WCBS-AM said he was also given a lie detector test.

Police began an intensive search of the area this week to take advantage of the lack of vegetation and people during the winter, WCBS said.

U.P.I Article

It is unclear exactly how the police were able to so quickly determine who the body wasn’t, but relatives of Gilbert are guessing it was the jaw (Gilbert had previously injured hers). “I am just scared that it’s going to turn into a cold case, and we’re never going to find her,” Gilbert’s sister told Newsday

Gothamist Article

Dorothea Puente, Serial Killer Dies At 82

Dorthea Puente

Dorothea Puente, boarding house operator who killed tenants, died at age 82 on Sunday March 27, 2011.

Her macabre story, including allegations that she buried several victims in the yard of her Victorian-style home a few blocks from the state Capitol, made headlines across the country.

At 64, Puente was tried for nine murders after police unearthed seven bodies around her home. Two more bodies, including that of a former boyfriend found in a box in the Sacramento River, were discovered later. After a five-month trial, jurors deadlocked in 1993 on six of the murder charges.


Puente ran a boarding house during the 1980s and cashed the Social Security checks of her elderly and mentally disabled boarders. When tenants complained, they were killed and buried in the yard. Puente maintained her innocence, claiming that they died of natural causes, but was found guilty and imprisoned. In 1998, she began exchanging letters and recipes with Shane Bugbee who later published her recipes in the 2004 book.


Crime Library Story

Another example showing that serial killers come in many shapes, sizes, sexes and ages.

Many people found humor in her being able to release a cookbook from prison. It was not looked at, by many, as murderabilia. I a unsure why, maybe her age?

Possible Serial Killer in Memphis

Three prostitutes turned up dead and another was shot in the face multiple times, thrown from a car, and left for dead. All of these incidents happened within a 30 day span, from January until the end of February and all within the same area.

“We haven’t seen that kind of pattern in Memphis very often, but it does happen around the nation. Unfortunately, there are some very mentally ill individuals out there,” said Richard Janikowski, an associate professor at the University of Memphis’s Department of Criminology and Justice.

*Note from me: Most serial killers are not mentally ill. They are psychopaths with aggressive and anti-social characteristics. They know right from wrong and choose to do wrong.

Woman Lives to Give Description

Memphis police released a sketch of a suspect they believe is responsible for the shooting case that happened on Ledger Road on February 26th. That woman survived and gave police this description. After doing some digging, sources tell FOX13, the same person is responsible for the deaths of the three prostitutes.

44-year old Rhonda Wells and 28-year old Jessica Lewis were both shot. Their dumped bodies were discovered at the Mount Carmel Cemetery four days apart. Weeks before Lewis and Wells were found, 31-year old Tamikia McKinney was found murdered on Hemlock Street which is also close to the cemetery.

“This is a crime of violence and power and hate against women. It’s not vigilantism. This is the kind of crime that is not related to profit motive. This isn’t like a robbery or a burglary. This is a crime of violence against women,” said Janikowski,

Janikowski said it’s common for killers in these cases to favor a spot where they dispose of the bodies. He believes the killer either lives in the area or grew up in the area.

Police Still Search for Answers

No new cases have emerged or been reported since the deaths of Wells, Lewis or McKinney. Something Janikowski said is not surprising.

“Sometimes, they will desist for a period of time. But with this kind of pattern, they will start again,” said Janikowski.

Memphis police spokesmen still have not come out and said they’re looking for a serial killer. Janikowski said this is typical and said doing so could hinder an investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.



Another Fox article

Another article

Baltimore Serial Killer William Brown


Arrested in 2008 after 5 women strangled

By Stephen Janis
William Vincent Brown, a petty drug dealer and one-time bus driver pleaded guilty to a string of murders that left at least two women dead and one disfigured over a 10-month stretch between 2003 and 2004, according to online court records.

The plea directly links the murders of two women and the vicious beating and rape of another to Brown, making him a full-fledged serial killer who haunted Northwest Baltimore, leaving in his wake the broken bodies of women and fears of a man terrorizing city streets, that police dismissed.

Brown entered the pleas just before facing trial for the murder of Emma O’Hearn, whose head was crushed against a sidewalk after she was raped in June 2003. O’Hearn was in a coma for six months before she died in December of that year.

He also pled guilty to the rape and murder of Antania Mills, a 15-year-old Northwest Baltimore girl who was sodomized, strangled, and left for dead in a North Baltimore schoolyard in March 2004.

Last month Brown was found guilty of raping and then disfiguring a Baltimore woman he picked up on Poplar Grove Street in the summer of 2003. The victim testified in court that Brown drove her to Leakin Park, raped her in the back of his car and strangled her before cutting off her ear.

Brown was convicted of attempted murder and rape by a city jury.

The admission of guilt, along with the conviction handed down last month, ties Brown not only to the string of murders and rapes that occurred in Northwest Baltimore in 2003 and 2004, but gives credence to claims made by other women that Brown assaulted them as well.

In 2008 shortly after Brown was arrested, several sex workers in the Wilkins Avenue area said they had violent encounters with a man they identified as Brown.

One of those woman, Dawn Wolford, identified Brown as a man who had beaten her shortly before he was arrested.

Wolford was questioned by police and allegedly identified Brown from a line-up but he was not charged with her assault.

Brown’s arrest occurred in 2008 shortly after five women with records of prostitution were strangled in the Northwest and Southwest areas of the city.

Four of those cases remain unsolved.

Brown told police that he frequented the Poplar Grove area, where he would drink with friends and then cruise the streets searching for drug-addled women, the same area where a mysterious phone call alerted police to the

whereabouts of the body of Brenda Hatfield, the last victim of the five women who perished in the summer of 2008.

Hatfield’s body was left at the end of a secluded trail on a secondary parking lot of a West Baltimore Church. She had been raped and strangled.

In 2005 police linked the DNA found on the bodies of O’Hearn, Mills, and the victim who survived, to a single person. However police did not make a positive match to Brown until July 2008.



Just an hour before Judge Timothy Dory sentenced William Vincent Brown to consecutive life sentences for the murders of two women and brutal beating and rape of another, Brown heard from his only living victim one last time.

“You tried to take my life!” said the woman who Brown was convicted of raping and strangling on a dark and desolate stretch of road in Leakin Park, and leaving for dead in the summer of 2003.

“But God let me live,” she said, tears streaming from her eyes.

“And God is telling me to pray for you.”

It was one of several dramatic confrontations between the 43-year-old Brown and his victim, encounters that left jurors in tears during his trial for strangling and disfiguring her — he cut off part of her ear before leaving her for dead — confrontations that seemed to evince the raw edges of inchoate anger that lingered in the courtroom as a phalanx of nearly a dozen corrections officers surrounded Brown in a circle of institutional muscle.

In pre-sentencing arguments prosecutors read details into the record about the deaths of O’Hearn and 15-year-old Antiana Mills, who Brown pled guilty to brutally raping and strangling.
“She was left naked on the side of the road next to a trash can, with underwear around her neck,” said prosecutors of the teenaged Mills

Brown’s mother, Viola Lindsey, also spoke, telling the court that the man with 14 lifetime convictions, including four violent crimes against women, was raised in a loving home.

“He is a decent man,” she said.

“I pray for both sides.”

But it was the testimony of the one surviving victim that transfixed the packed courtroom yet again.

Fixing her gaze upon Brown the victim described how he turned into a monster the evening he raped her on a deserted stretch of road in Leakin Park.

“There is something inside you,” she said. “There is something wrong with you.

“But standing here I can’t hate you, I can only pray for you.”



America’s Most Wanted Daytona Beach S.K.

Update on the Daytona Beach Killer

Tips pour in after TV show on Daytona serial killer

March 26, 2011 12:05 AM
Iwana Patton, found Feb. 24, 2006
Julie Green, found Jan. 14, 2006
Laquetta Gunther, found Dec. 26, 2005
Stacey Gage, found Jan. 2, 2008

DAYTONA BEACH — With zero to go on in the case of four murdered women, police here are hoping that a dozen or so new tips could lead them to a serial killer and fire up the cold case that has confounded them since 2006.

Ever since the case of the Daytona Beach serial killer was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” last Saturday, 50 new tips have rolled in. Police say about one-third of those are solid.

“We’ll be immediately looking into those,” said Sgt. Clem Malek, a retired Daytona Beach detective who was brought back to the agency to investigate the case.

It was 2006 when detectives learned the shooting deaths of three women was the work of a serial killer.

Police compared the DNA the killer left on two of those first three victims with DNA samples stored in the FBI’s national database. The DNA kept in the database belongs to other violent criminals from across the country.

But there was a sticking point. The man responsible for the local deaths had apparently never committed a violent crime or had never been caught committing one; his DNA sample was not in the FBI database.

Then, in January 2008, a fourth woman was found in a wooded area near an old church. There was no DNA because her body had been exposed to the elements for about a month. It was the only case where the body of the victim was not found immediately following the murder. But the killer left behind other clues that were “eerily similar” to those left behind in the other three shootings, Police Chief Mike Chitwood said at the time.

One thing was certain. All four victims had been shot with the same weapon, a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber Sigma Series VE. Police have been trying to find their suspect by identifying, via paperwork, who may have purchased the weapon but it is a lengthy and difficult process.

A few weeks ago, though, police released a few more clues about their wanted man in this newspaper and then on the popular TV show.

Based on tire tracks left at the scene of one of the shootings, investigators believe the killer may have been driving — or still drives — a 2003 Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable. The tires that left their mark in the mud at that murder scene — the second killing in January 2006 — were the factory tires placed on either the Taurus or the Mercury when those cars rolled off the assembly line, Malek said.

Malek also said the car could be someone’s company vehicle.

Additionally, all four women were found nude, but the killer left socks on three of his four victims, police said.

The clues are significant because police are hoping that someone out there knows something about the tires, the car or the socks.

“We have nothing,” Chitwood said Friday. “That’s why we went on (“America’s Most Wanted”). At least now we have something to go on. There are about a dozen tips that we have to jump all over.”

Malek, however, wants the public to know that while police have fresh leads to pursue, the case is by no means solved.

“We are still welcoming phone calls,” he said.

If you have any information concerning any of these murders, please call the hotline, 866-419-8573.


The America’s Most Wanted Episode

My earlier ‘articles’ on the killings here and here.

Lawsuit filed in McGray’s Prison Killing


Jeremy Phillips was found dead in the cell he shared with Michael McGray at Mountain Institution in B.C. 

Jeremy Phillips was found dead in the cell he shared with Michael McGray at Mountain Institution in B.C

Brian Hutchinson, National Post · Mar. 23, 2011

VANCOUVER — Correctional Service of Canada officials ignored warning signs and mercy pleas before a prison informant forced to bunk with a notorious serial killer was found dead, the deceased’s parents allege in an $11-million lawsuit filed this week in federal court.

Jeremy Phillips, 33, was discovered lying face down in his cell at Mountain Institution, a medium security penitentiary near Aggasiz, B.C. Sitting across from his lifeless body was Michael McGray, 45, one of Canada’s most prolific killers. McGray is serving concurrent life sentences for the six murders he committed during a long spree of violence in Eastern Canada.

Again and again, why the Hell was McGray in a MEDIUM security anything? Even if he was not making threats he is a violent serial killer! No one has explained moving him.

According to a police investigation report, McGray confessed to assaulting Phillips with a “ligature” made from a bed sheet; however, no charges have been laid.

I am curious as to why he has not been charged yet. He confessed, Mr. Phillips is dead. What more is needed to make a charge?

A mandatory Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) internal investigation is underway but the lawsuit filed this week accuses prison staff of “reckless indifference” and negligence. Before his death in November, Phillips had “pleaded with prison officials for a cell relocation as he was terrified of McGray,” the lawsuit reads. “Both McGray and Phillips had asked for single cell accommodation but this was denied even though there was no shortage of empty cells in the prison at the time.”

If there was not a shortage of cells what was the problem? Was it some kind of power play between McGray and prison officials?


According to his parents’ lawsuit, Phillips was known inside Canada’s prison system as an informant. “The Correctional Service of Canada knew or should have known that being labelled a ‘rat’ puts an inmate in a vulnerable situation for aggression,” the lawsuit reads. “The fact that Phillips and McGray were requesting separate accommodation and the fact the inmates were coming to CSC to seek separate accommodation should have been regarded as a precursor to violence.”

I agree with the Phillips family. This should never have occured. McGray should not have been in this prison. Once Phillips said that he felt threatened he should have been moved at once. If Phillips was known as a rat that just makes it so much worse for the officials that made this series of bad choices .

An RCMP “investigational summary” filed in B.C. Provincial Court describes the scene inside Mountain Institution on November 21, the night before Phillips was discovered dead. A lock-down was in effect; all prisoners were confined to their cells. Phillips and McGray were both counted by prison staff later that evening.

Twelve hours later, reads the RCMP report, McGray called prison officers to the locked cell. “Phillips was observed to be laying on his stomach with his hands at the top of his head,” the report reads. He “was found to be unresponsive, blue, cold and stiff.” He had blood on his face “with trauma around his nose and cheek area.” A prison doctor attended and Phillips was pronounced dead.

Why was there a 12 hour gap? Not that I think it would have saved Phillips life, I am just curious. I know the prison was on lock down but no one checked any of the prisoners for 12 hours?

While escorting McGray to a separate holding cell, a prison official asked if he had assaulted Phillips. “McGray replied, ‘yes.’ McGray further stated to Correctional Manager Brian Mathieson that he used a ligature made from a bed sheet and flushed it down the toilet,” says the RCMP report. “McGray stated that this — the murder of Phillips — took place approximately seven minutes after the count last night.”

The report notes that an RCMP constable arrived to examine the scene and observed marks on the side of the deceased’s face. These marks “appeared to be consistent with being hit by an object. A cat scratch post with exposed staples was also found near Phillips’ bed. The staples appeared to match the marks on Phillips’ face.”

Another question, why was there a cat scratch post in the cell? Do they allow pets? In the cells?

Investigators obtained a search warrant and seized dozens of items from the cell, including bed sheets, the top of the cat scratch post and a pair of McGray’s size-40-waist pants. The RCMP said they found “reasonable grounds to believe that the following offence has been committed: Murder contrary to section 235 of the Criminal Code.”

RCMP spokesman Dale Carr says police have completed their reports and are still “packaging everything up” to send to B.C.’s Attorney General department, which can then determine whether to lay a charge. The Crown will have the police package in about a month, said Cpl. Carr.

I can not imagine that they have any other choice!

McGray, meanwhile, has been transferred to a special handling unit penitentiary in Quebec, where some of Canada’s most dangerous offenders are housed in segregation.

National Post

In my opinion this is where he should have been the entire time. I am so curious as to why he was moved, given a room mate and why there is a cat scratch post in the cell. What the hell is going on in the Canadian prison system?

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. Indictment Unsealed


Prosecutors unsealed an indictment on Thursday charging an accused serial killer dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” with murdering 10 girls and women during a Los Angeles-area crime spree that spanned three decades.

The suspect, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 58, who worked as a neighborhood mechanic, has been jailed without bond since he was arrested outside his home on July 7, partly on the basis of DNA evidence linking him to the killings through genetic material of his son.

He is accused of shooting to death or strangling seven of his victims between August 1985 and September 1988 and three others between March 2002 and January 2007. The suspect was dubbed “the Grim Sleeper” because of a gap of more than 13 years between the killing sprees.

The girls and women he attacked ranged in age from 14 to 36, and many were prostitutes. Some were raped before they were slain. Their bodies were dumped in alleys and trash bins and covered with debris.

The indictment spares prosecutors the need for a preliminary hearing to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to take their case against Franklin to trial.

“The families of the victims should be accorded timely resolution of the allegations of the murders of their loved ones,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a statement.

Franklin is due in court April 4 for a pre-trial hearing.


CNN Article

Link to an article about familial DNA.

Since 2008, California has allowed so-called familial DNA searches, in which investigators look for close-but-not-exact matches between DNA evidence collected at crime scenes and the state’s data bank of DNA collected from 1.3 million convicted felons. The method has a longer history in the United Kingdom, where it led to a conviction in a murder case in 2004. In Colorado, the only other U.S. state to allow it, the method led to a guilty plea in a car-theft case in Denver last year.

California allows familial DNA searches only for violent crimes in which the perpetrator is still believed to be a danger to society. Sims and Myers say they have run 10 searches so far. The first nine came up empty, including a 2008 search with DNA evidence from the Grim Sleeper crime scene. “We did not find anybody in the database who we thought was a potential relative,” says Sims.

However, a second search in April 2010 did turn up a potential match: a young man named Christopher Franklin who was convicted last year on a felony weapons charge. The DNA search, along with the dates of the murders cast suspicion on Christopher Franklin’s father. After an internal review of the evidence, investigators at the Bashinski lab notified the L.A. police, who followed the elder Franklin and eventually got a DNA sample from a discarded piece of pizza. Lonnie Franklin’s DNA matched DNA from the crime scenes, and police arrested him at his home last week.


I am not even going to try to state that I understand all the details of familial DNA searches. Even this article only seems to scratch the surface. Science is not my strongest subject.

I do know that it has been helpful in catching a few criminals.

Some people are against using familial DNA but I think in violent cases we, society, and the law must do everything to try to catch the offender. Law enforcement should be able to try new things, even if it is a little invasive. In violent, especially serial, murders the public has to give a little if they want law enforcement to be able to catch the criminal.

Serial killer photos

Grim Sleeper Unidentified Photos

Jack Mogale; Multiple Life Terms

Judge Frans Kgomo sentenced Mogale, 42, to 16 life sentences which are to run concurrently. He will serve another 23 years thereafter, without the possibility of parole.

This was because Mogale was a danger to society, Kgomo said.

As Mogale left the court on Friday, he shouted in Sepedi at the families of his victims, saying “You are also coming, I pray I will be out soon.”

Kgomo said Mogale was evil and should be kept away from women and society.

Mogale was found guilty on Wednesday of nine kidnappings, 19 rapes, 16 murders, attempted murder, three robberies with aggravating circumstances, fraud or theft, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, sexual assault and escape from lawful custody.


I hope that the courts in Africa do not ever let this monster out.

I also hope that they hold to the no parole.

It sounds to me as if he threatened the families and I bet he’d at least try to follow through if he got out.

Diana Gonzalez says: “I’ve waited 14 years to just fall apart.”

A confessed serial killer pleaded guilty Tuesday to the 1997 murder of a 10-year-old Beaumont boy as part of a plea deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty in California.

Joseph Edward Duncan III entered the guilty plea in Indio to the kidnapping, rape and murder of Anthony Martinez in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of parole. Duncan is expected to be sentenced April 5, when he will face two life sentences.

The plea came after Riverside County prosecutors accepted a plea deal offered by defense attorneys representing the 47-year-old man.

“What is your plea, guilty or not guilty?” Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Downing asked Duncan.

“Guilty,” he said.

The judge said Duncan would have been 70 years old before he could be put to death in California.

Diana Gonzalez dabbed her eyes with a Kleenex at times during the hearing. A few hours later in Riverside she wore dark sunglasses during an indoor news conference. When it was her turn to speak, she rubbed her hands together, stepped to a podium and spoke softly.

“I have no idea what I’m going to say,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t write anything down. I’m just going to speak from the heart, and just let everyone know that  …  it was 14 years almost, just within two weeks of being exactly 14 years that we’ve waited to get to this point where we’re at now  …  and it was the longest road that I’ve ever been on.”

She said she agreed to the plea bargain “because it had just been so long, we just didn’t want to wait.”

“I’ve waited fourteen years to just fall apart,” she said. ” … Now we can mourn Tony’s death the way we should have in the beginning. When we buried him we didn’t know who did it.”

Sterling said that Duncan admitted to luring a group of boys at a Beaumont home by asking them to help him find a lost cat “and offered each of the kids $1.”

Duncan then pulled out a knife and forced Anthony into a car before driving 50 miles to a remote desert area in Indio, which is near Palm Desert.

“(Duncan) forcibly removed all of Anthony’s clothing,” the prosecutor read. “My (Duncan’s) intent in touching Anthony was so he could control him to perform sexual acts on him. Joseph Edward Duncan then proceeded to rape Anthony.”

Sterling said Duncan admitted to binding the boy with duct tape before hitting him over the head with a rock, killing Anthony.

“His intention also was to exact revenge against society,” according to the prosecutor.

By pleading guilty, Duncan waives his right to appeal the guilty plea.

As I understand it relates to this case only,” Duncan told the judge.

Duncan has already been sentenced to death for the killing of an Idaho boy. He also faces six life sentences for kidnapping the boy’s sister and killing three other members of their family.

Source and Full Article

I read quite a bit on Joseph Duncan. The ‘man’ is despicable. I understand the family wanting to settle this after all these years and since he has already received a death sentence and will be serving life I’d have let the deal go as well.

I would still be happier if he was put to death.

Joseph Duncan Wiki Page

The Cellar

No link for these but if you want to hunt the scumbag’s journal’s here is the info from Wikipedia:

Duncan recorded many of his violent sexual fantasies, even to the extent of becoming a sex offender advocate working for the repeal of sex offender law. He published his ideas on the Internet. He titled it “The Fifth Nail”, which is also the URL for his personal Web site. The website depicted Duncan’s day-to-day life as a sex offender.

Investigators are also considering the possibility that a “Minnesota girl” (Minnesotan) mentioned in his online diary could be related to another minor who is listed as missing.

“The Fifth Nail” advocates for sex offenders and contained material that called for the legal reform law aimed at sex offenders, calling them, “State Sanctioned Discrimination.” Duncan was particularly angered by the requirement for sex offenders to participate in a public registry.

With the help of a “ghost blogger”, Duncan posted to his new blog, “Fifth Nail Revelations”, from prison. He wrote his blog entries by hand and mailed them to the “ghost blogger”, who posted them exactly as written. According to media reports, law enforcement agencies have been watching the contents of the new blog in hopes of gathering incriminating information about Duncan’s crimes, both known and unknown.

The Cellar does go into depth about the journal and all of Duncan’s personalities, so to speak. Duncan was a transsexual and bi sexual according to his online journals. Unfortunately The Cellar is not being worked on right now but I believe the forums are still open. Even still it has a lot of information on this monster.

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