Archive for April, 2012

Just Creepy Serial Killer Naso Can View Pantyhose

A Marin County judge ruled Friday that an accused serial killer can view four pairs of pantyhose removed from a murder victim 35 years ago.

Joseph Naso, 78, will not be allowed to touch or manipulate the evidence, which was found with Roxene Roggasch’s body in 1977. But he will be able to examine the evidence from a distance of several feet under supervision by authorities.

Naso, who is representing himself in the case, filed a motion previously for access to the evidence. The motion was heard Friday afternoon before Judge Andrew Sweet.

The evidence in question includes four pairs of pantyhose — one found shoved in Roggasch’s mouth, two others tied on her body and a fourth she was wearing. Authorities say semen on Roggasch’s pantyhose matched Naso’s DNA profile, and that Roggasch was strangled with pantyhose that contained the DNA of Naso’s wife.

It is unclear why Naso wants to view the pantyhose, but criminal defendants are entitled to examine the evidence against them. Naso told the judge there is something about the pantyhose that “concerns me.”

“I promise I won’t jump on them or do anything to damage or destroy them,” he said.

The judge instructed prosecutor Dori Ahana to prepare guidelines for his approval on how, when and where Naso can look at the evidence.

In addition to Roggasch, Naso is charged with the murders of 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.

Naso, a retired commercial photographer, was identified as the suspect after a 2010 probation search at his Reno home revealed a vast collection of photographs of dead or unconscious women in various states of undress, incriminating writings, sadistic magazines, and diaries describing sex crimes, investigators said. Authorities are still investigating whether he can be linked to additional homicides.

Naso has pleaded not guilty. He says the photos are his private artwork and that the women are in staged poses.

All four murder cases are being prosecuted in Marin under an agreement among county authorities. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The trial is scheduled to begin in November.

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I just get this disturbing image in my head of him smiling and stroking them. *shivers* 

This old man creeps me out anyway and this just adds to it.

Really, just look at him. Do you want him touching your pantyhose?

Cuffe Parade Murder(s)

Note: This is actually about 3 children that were murdered. Their cases may or maynot be connected. Still waiting on more information.

Cuffe Parade murder case: Mumbai Police fail to make headway

Mahima Sikand

MUMBAI: The police, probing the rape and murder of a three-year-old girl whose body was found floating in the sea near Maker Towers in Cuffe Parade, seem to have hit a dead end. The footage obtained from CCTVs installed in and around Maker Towers has not shed any light on the identity of the killer. Said a senior officer involved with the probe, said on Tuesday that the police had checked footage from the area from the time the victim went missing late last Wednesday till her body was discovered the next morning.

“We checked the footage closely, but couldn’t spot anyone coming and dumping the body in the sea.” We will check how the accused managed to go undetected,” he said.

Such a sad case. They might be looking at a family member (seems dad is most suspected) or family friend. I do not think that they have said for sure that this option has become a dead end.

Cuffe Parade murder: Killer removed bulb before abducting kid


DNA / Preety Acharya / Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:00 IST

In the incident of rape and murder of the two-and-a-half Angel Sharma at Cuffe Parade, the killer apparently had the bulb in the house removed before kidnapping the baby, apparently to avoid detection.

Police are now taking fingerprints of Angel’s grandmother Rani, uncle Albert Fernandis, step-father Ashok Jadhav, grandfather James Fernandis and a few other neighbours. Confirming this, a officer from the the Cuffe Parade police said, “We are taking fingerprints of the people who had access to the child as well as those living close to the Fernandes home. We will match the fingerprints with those found on the bulb.”

The police suspect there is a big chance of some known person being involved in kidnapping the minor from her house. In fact, they interrogated Ashok and James for over 48 hours besides taking their DNA samples. Apart from checking the phone call records of all the male family members, the police have taken the DNA samples of nearly 20 other people, including relatives and neighbours. All 20 were first taken to the Colaba police and then to Nagpada police hospital before being taken to JJ Hospital for a medical check-up.

“As the child was raped, we will be checking for any matching of the DNA samples to identify the killer,” added the officer.

Mother of the deceased Suzan Sharma, however, has claimed harassment at the hands of the police. “I have already lost my daughter, and now the police are harassing me by not allowing my husband and father to go free. We don’t have an issue with the police collecting DNA samples as they are doing it for my daughter. But why torture my husband even before the results are out. On Thursday night, they beat up my father very badly,” she complained.

I have to wonder why they suspected the father, is it just because that does happen or was there another reason. Again, I don’t think this angle has been dismissed completley yet. I guess the DNA results will tell about the rape but not the kidnapping.

There are other reports that believe that there is a serial killer on the loose with 2 other little girls being murdered in the same way.

Joshua Patnigere
Mumbai : Having initially suspected the father of 3-year-old Angel Sharma for murdering her, officers part of the joint investigating team of the Colaba and Cuffe Parade Police on Saturday said the killer wanted for murdering two other girls in the area may be responsible for her murder as well.

Ambedkar Nagar resident Angel had gone missing from her house around 2 am on Thursday. Her body was found near the sea line close to Maker Tower L in Cuffe Parade around 8.30 am the same day. Post-mortem reports revealed that Angel had been raped and then strangled.

A joint team of officers from Colaba and Cuffe Parade police are probing the earlier murders of two minor girls from the area. The victims — Colaba resident Karishma Chavan and Cuffe Parade resident Jagruti Patel — were found dead near the Nariman Point Fire Brigade Depot. While Jagruti was found dead on November 13 last year, Karishma was found dead on January 18. Both girls were around three years old.

The police had said both murders could be the handiwork of the same person as the victims had died of a fatal blow to the head. However, no arrests have been made yet in either case.

An officer part of the investigation said there were many similarities in the cases. “Jagruti was kidnapped on October 20 and then killed. Karishma was found dead on January 18 and Angel was found murdered on April 19. The time between all three murders is nearly three months. This may not be a coincidence considering that the victims are all girls in the 3-4 age group,” said the officer.

The officer said, “All three victims either stayed with their grandmothers or were with them when they went missing. Jagruti stayed with her grandmother, but was with her parents on the fateful night. Karishma was kidnapped from Sassoon Docks in Colaba on January 17 when she was with her grandmother. Angel was kidnapped while she was sleeping next to her grandmother. There is a possibility that the killer prefers such victims,” the officer said, adding that the suspect may be a local.

However, the officer added that if the same killer was involved, he strayed from his pattern when murdering Angel.

“The first two victims died of head injuries but Angel was strangled. The first two bodies were found in a secluded spot, while Angel’s body was found near the sea. The killer may have strayed from his pattern because of police presence near the crime scene,” the officer said.

Meanwhile, the police sent Angel’s father along with several other suspects to seek their DNA tests.

Is it sad that I hope that it wasn’t the father? That I would actually think in my head, “please let it be anyone other than the parent”?

RIP little girls and I hope that this is sorted out soon and that the killer rapist of these children is brought to swift, painful justice.

Serial Killer’s Brains

Full Article

New tools for solving the ultimate crime mystery

By Katherine Ramsland in Shadow Boxing

Edward Rulloff believed that one day his brain would be valuable for science, but not for the reasons he anticipated. He was a self-proclaimed genius, but also a serial killer and it was the latter that attracted scientific attention. After Rulloff was executed in 1871, Dr. George Burr took possession of his skull and brain, believing that these items would yield important information about criminal dispositions. They didn’t.

More than a century later, cognitive neuroscience appears to be on the brink of confirming what Burr and other past researchers suspected, that certain forms of violent criminality have a neurological substrate. During the late nineteenth century, prominent anthropologists and anatomists examined scores of criminal skulls and brains for signs of criminal insanity.

Among the most infamous subjects was Joseph Vacher, who had brutally slaughtered many young men and women in France.

After his conviction and execution in 1898, his brain was divided and distributed to learned men from diverse disciplines. Each studied his piece, but they reached no consensus. Although one expert spotted signs of syphilis, another compared Vacher’s highly developed speech center to that of a prominent French statesman.

Twentieth-century psychiatrists acquired the postmortem brains of the likes of serial killers John Wayne Gacy and Fred West, as well as mass murderers Michael Ryan and Richard Speck.

(Dahmer‘s brain was fought over but ultimately denied to science.)

Charles Whitman, who shot at numerous people from a tower in Texas in 1966, believed his brain was disturbed. In a suicide note, he requested an autopsy. It turned out that a tumor the size of a walnut impacted the hypothalamus and amygdala. Thirty years later, the brain of Thomas Hamilton, who slaughtered 16 children in Scotland in 1996, showed evidence of a thyroid disorder associated with mental confusion and impulsive violence.

Dr. Adriane Raine was the first to focus certain types of brain scans exclusively on murderers. He got his start in neuro-developmental criminology by attaching sensors to inmates’ skin to measure their agitation when he made a loud sound.

In another study, he discovered that children from a small island who had slower heart rates and reduced skin responses when exposed to challenges or loud noise got into more trouble than other children. However, nutrition and improved education helped to reduce their criminality later in life. It was thought that because they did not experience normal fear or distress, they did not learn from risky behavior. They also did not learn empathy.

I am not so sure how much this proves. Hungry uneducated kids are usually going to behave worse than kids that are fed well and given an education. If nothing else kids that are not going to school have more time to get into trouble. This is common sense, not really science.

This will need much more study to make any impact on the criminal justice system.

In a review of literature in 2008, Raine and his colleagues surveyed the results of different types of brain imaging on inmates diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. They described fMRI, PET, SPECT, and aMRI as the most widely used approaches. They examined blood flow patterns and the anatomical structure of gray matter, concluding that there are visible structural and functional impairments in antisocial, psychopathic and repeatedly violent individuals.

They narrowed down the affected areas of the prefrontal cortex to the orbitofrontal and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and also looked at the superior temporal gyrus, amygdala-hippocampal complex, and the anterior cingulate cortex. The researchers predicted that people with these disorders would not respond normally to the threat of punishment, would be impaired in their moral judgments, and would poorly grasp the emotional implications of their behaviors.

Neuroscience today appears to be on track to demonstrate that psychopaths, the most persistently dangerous and criminally diverse of all offenders, fail at remorse because their brains are just different. They might be unable to fully appreciate their behavior and would have reduced incentive to guide it in prosocial ways.

Neuroscience is still young, and the images on a brain scan are not yet definitive, but as the data mount and the instruments become more precise, we’ll have to come to terms with the possibility of changes in how we deal with the most dangerous people in our midst. As yet, biology is not destiny, but those nineteenth-century scientists who made a grab for criminal brains (with the exception of Dr. Frankenstein) had the right idea.

He just realized that he has no clue either!

My main problem with these studies is that they can never say that All serial killers have a -insert ‘condition here’. Some, not all, serial killers have had head injuries. A few, not all, serial killers have had tumors in their brains. No, it does not even follow that the ones with tumors are the ones that did not have head injuries.

There is also the troubling fact that many who do not kill have had the same defect, condition or problem as serial killers. I know many people who had concussions that did not go on to slaughter people in the future. I am sure that you do as well.

It is kind of the same thing with social contributors. Child abuse, over bearing mother, absent father, teasing, neglect, on and on have all been given as reasons for someone becoming a serial killer. I know many people that were abused, neglected, had a bad mom or dad or no mother or father and so on and again, they did not go on to slaughter people as adults.

Even the doctors and scientists cannot agree and come to a conclusion. Nature, nurture, brain defect, DNA, none of the experts can say what is or is not to blame, if it is a combination of these things and what is the magic ‘make your own serial killer’ recipe.

Here are a few articles dealing with some of the different theories.

The Psychology of a Serial Killer

The human brain is the most complex organ in the human body and yet it is extremely sensitive and delicate requiring maximum protection.  The human brain is so fragile that any type of brain trauma can cause serious psychological complications. According to one research study the brains of 70 serial killers were examined and of those 70, all of them showed some type of trauma or damage done to the frontal lobe. The frontal lobes are located behind the forehead and are responsible for our speech, our thoughts, the way we learn, how we react to emotions, and control our movement.  According to Pennie Packard, the frontal lobe “is responsible for much of the behavior that allows humans to live together in stable social relationships. It is what stops most human beings from acting on their inherent violent tendencies.” (Packard, 2011)

'Normal' brain vs 'Serial Killer' brain

The psychology of serial killers continues to be an ongoing mystery.  Even though there have been many studies to determine that serial killers could have suffered some type of brain trauma there are other studies reviling that what makes one become a serial killer is inherited DNA.  The “warrior gene” or its scientific name MAO-A gene (monoamine oxidase A) has been found in many serial killer’s DNA.  Dr. James Fallon, a neuroscientist at the University of California-Irvine has studied the brains of psychopaths for the last 20 years.  According to Fallon there are 12 genes related to aggression and violence.  MAO-A-gene was the most common one found in many of the brains Dr. Fallon has studied. (Hagerty, 2010)  Dr. Fallon and others have concluded that those who have a certain version of the warrior gene suffer from irregularities of serotonin in the brain.  Serotonin is what affects our mood (like Prozac) and carriers of this gene have shown that their brains cannot respond to the calming effects of serotonin. (Hagerty, 2010)  In the picture above the brain on the left is that of a normal human being whereas the brain on the right is that of a serial killer.  Can you see any differences?

Again, it is ‘many’ of them, ‘some’ of them not ‘all’ of them. In the brain scans they only did 70 and obviously did not include Bundy’s in the study since his brain showed no damage or differences.

What Makes Serial Killers Tick?

By Shirley Lynn Scott

Brain Defects

“After I’m dead, they’re going to open up my head and find that just like we’ve been saying a part of my brain is black and dry and dead,” said Bobby Joe Long, who suffered a severe head injury after a motorcycle accident. According to many researchers, brain defects and injuries have been an important link to violent behavior. When the hypothalamus, the temporal lobe, and/or the limbic brain show damage, it may account for uncontrollable aggression.

It can cause, not that it does cause. There are many people who have had injuries to the head, even severe, that do not have long term reactions.

The hypothalamus regulates the hormonal system and emotions. The “higher” brain has limited control over the hypothalamus. Because of the physical closeness of sexual and aggressive centers within the hypothalamus, sexual instinct and violence become connected for lust murderers. The hypothalamus may be damaged through malnutrition or injury.

The temporal lobe is highly susceptible to injury, located where the skull bone is thinnest. Blunt injuries, including falling on a hard surface, can easily damage this section of the brain, creating lesions, which cause forms of amnesia and epileptic seizures. Damage to the temporal lobe can result in hair-trigger violent reactions and increased aggressive responses. As a child, Ken Bianchi fell off of a jungle gym, and landed on the back of his head. He soon began to have epileptic seizures.

Researcher Dominique LaPierre believes that the “prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain involved in long-term planning and judgment, does not function properly in psychopathic subjects.” Paleopsychologists also believe that there is some sort of malfunction in the brain of serial killers, that somehow their primitive brain overrides the “higher” brain: reason and compassion take a backseat to lust, aggression, and appetite. A study by Pavlos Hatzitaskos and colleagues reports that a large portion of death-row inmates have had severe head injuries, and that approximately 70% of brain-injured patients develop aggressive tendencies.

Some of these brain injuries are accidental, but many of them were inflicted during childhood beatings. Among the many serial killers who had suffered head injuries are Leonard Lake, David Berkowitz, Kenneth BianchiJohn Gacy, and Carl Panzram, who, as a child, had some sort of head infection. “Finally my head swelled up as big as a balloon. … I was operated on in our own home. On the kitchen table,” he wrote. “I would sure like to know if this is the cause of my queer actions.”

Carl Panzram

Ted Bundy, however, had extensive X-rays and brain scans, which revealed no evidence of brain disease or trauma.

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy was as cruel and vicious as they come and there was no sign of damage or disease in his brain. So how can damage be considered an ingredient in making a serial killer if only some have it?


Studies show that the lack of physical touch can be harmful to the child’s development. In a study of chimpanzees, the babies who were not handled became withdrawn, and later began to attack others. Some serial killers had been separated from parents at early age, or were denied their mother’s love and physical touch.

 Many, who are not violent, have brain injuries and biological abnormalities. A lump on the head is no singular forecast for a serial killer. Can evil be reduced to a chemical equation? Perhaps it is a combination of environment and chemical predispositions. What we do know is that no singular pattern emerges for serial killers. Many of these biological studies are new, so perhaps in the future the chemical profile of serial killers will be revealed.


What about nonviolent people who have the same brain scans and DNA of serial killers but, well, aren’t? Wouldn’t it be even more interesting if the nonviolent person with the brain and DNA of a serial killer was one who studies serial killers? How do we explain this? How much credit can we give to the scans when they do not occur only in violent offenders?

A Neuroscientist Uncovers a Dark Secret


The criminal brain has always held a fascination for James Fallon
(Yes, the same one as in the article above!). For nearly 20 years, the neuroscientist at the University of California-Irvine has studied the brains of psychopaths. He studies the biological basis for behavior, and one of his specialties is to try to figure out how a killer’s brain differs from yours and mine.

About four years ago, Fallon made a startling discovery. It happened during a conversation with his then 88-year-old mother, Jenny, at a family barbecue.

“I said, ‘Jim, why don’t you find out about your father’s relatives?’ ” Jenny Fallon recalls. “I think there were some cuckoos back there.”

Fallon investigated.

“There’s a whole lineage of very violent people — killers,” he says.

One of his direct great-grandfathers, Thomas Cornell, was hanged in 1667 for murdering his mother. That line of Cornells produced seven other alleged murderers, including Lizzy Borden. “Cousin Lizzy,” as Fallon wryly calls her, was accused (and controversially acquitted) of killing her father and stepmother with an ax in Fall River, Mass., in 1882.

A little spooked by his ancestry, Fallon set out to see whether anyone in his family possesses the brain of a serial killer. Because he has studied the brains of dozens of psychopaths, he knew precisely what to look for.

“People with low activity [in the orbital cortex] are either free-wheeling types or sociopaths,” he says.

Fallon says nobody in his family has real problems with those behaviors (with ethical behavior, moral decision-making and impulse control). But he wanted to be sure. Conveniently, he had everything he needed: Previously, he had persuaded 10 of his close relatives to submit to a PET brain scan and give a blood sample as part of a project to see whether his family had a risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

After learning his violent family history, he examined the images and compared them with the brains of psychopaths. His wife’s scan was normal. His mother: normal. His siblings: normal. His children: normal.

“And I took a look at my own PET scan and saw something disturbing that I did not talk about,” he says.

What he didn’t want to reveal was that his orbital cortex looks inactive.

“If you look at the PET scan, I look just like one of those killers.”

Fallon cautions that this is a young field. Scientists are just beginning to study this area of the brain — much less the brains of criminals. Still, he says the evidence is accumulating that some people’s brains predispose them toward violence and that psychopathic tendencies may be passed down from one generation to another.

And that brings us to the next part of Jim Fallon’s family experiment. Along with brain scans, Fallon also tested each family member’s DNA for genes that are associated with violence. He looked at 12 genes related to aggression and violence and zeroed in on the MAO-A gene (monoamine oxidase A). This gene, which has been the target of considerable research, is also known as the “warrior gene” because it regulates serotonin in the brain. Serotonin affects your mood — think Prozac — and many scientists believe that if you have a certain version of the warrior gene, your brain won’t respond to the calming effects of serotonin.

Fallon calls up another slide on his computer. It has a list of family members’ names, and next to them, the results of the genotyping. Everyone in his family has the low-aggression variant of the MAO-A gene, except for one person.

“You see that? I’m 100 percent. I have the pattern, the risky pattern,” he says, then pauses. “In a sense, I’m a born killer.”

Fallon’s being tongue-in-cheek — sort of. He doesn’t believe his fate or anyone else’s is entirely determined by genes. They merely tip you in one direction or another.

And yet: “When I put the two together, it was frankly a little disturbing,” Fallon says with a laugh. “You start to look at yourself and you say, ‘I may be a sociopath.’ I don’t think I am, but this looks exactly like [the brains of] the psychopaths, the sociopaths, that I’ve seen before.”

PART 2: Inside A Psychopath’s Brain:The Sentencing DebateJune 30, 2010

PART 3: Can Your Genes Make You Murder?July 1, 2010


I also fear that by trying to blame brain damage / dysfunction the general public might start to (again?) see Serial Killers as ‘crazy’. That is worrisome on a few fronts; it allows the serial killer to hide easier. The general public will be looking for ‘crazy looking people’ (whatever that means) and not aware that monsters look just like the rest of us.

The ‘crazy’ idea also makes court proceedings dangerous. Since juries are formed from the general public if the majority of the public thinks of serial killers as ‘crazy’ insanity defenses and ‘cured’ parolees become a risk.

Psychopaths and serial killers are subject to constant research. Not only are people fascinated by their callousness, but people also want to learn what makes them what they are. It is always said that knowledge is power. If we could gain enough knowledge through research, then it may be possible to reprogram these violent people.

John Douglas explained in his book, The Mindhunter, that most serial killers are not psychotic. “Psychotic” implies that a person has a psychosis that has caused him to lose touch with reality, and have episodes like hearing voices or delusional behavior, and serial killers do not have this condition. He says that serial killers are psychopaths who suffer from chronic mental disorders coupled with violent and aggressive social behavior (Douglas, 1996). Does this mean that serial killers are crazy or insane? The answer is no. Serial killers are the most extreme form of psychopaths, but are not crazy or insane in any sense of those words.


So we are right back to where we were we do not know what causes a person to become a serial killer. Nature, nurture, brain damage, DNA, abuse, neglect, divorce, maybe diet?

Serial Killer Murdered Women on 9th of Every Month Arrested


The police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested a serial killer, who has allegedly killed two women and a girl after sexually assaulting them during the last few months.

He would dismember the bodies of his victims and dump the pieces in different parts of the city. The police also claimed that serial killer, Rafiq Soomro would commit his crimes on a particular date, the 9th of every month.

A rickshaw driver, Soomro picked his victims from roads as passengers and took them to his house in Patel Para, where he raped them before strangulating them to death. After the murder, he used a knife to cut the bodies into pieces.

SP Jamshed Town Abdul Salam said that they arrested Soomro during a raid in Darban Bazar in Patel Para. During the initial interrogation, the suspect disclosed that he kidnapped woman who traveled alone in his rickshaw . Soomro allegedly told the police that he, along with his friend Iqbal alias Puppu, first gang-raped the kidnapped women and then strangulated them. Then, they would cut their bodies into pieces, packed them in gunny bags and dumped them in various parts of the city.

The SP said that Soomro had admitted to killing one young girl in Sukkur and two women in Karachi. According to the suspect, he had dumped the body parts of the women in Jamshed Road, Grumandar, Soldier Bazar, Mazar-e-Quaid and MA Jinnah Road.

The SP said that Soomro hailed from Sukkur and had previously been arrested in a sexual harassment and murder case of a nine-year-old girl. One of Soomro’s victims was 39-year-old Nasreen. After murdering her, the suspect made a mistake – he made a call from the woman’s cell phone. It was then the police traced Soomro.

The police said the mother of five, a resident of Quaidabad, had been kidnapped by Soomro from Mazar-e-Quaid.The SP claimed that the alleged killer suffered from some psychological disorder as there was no apparent motive behind his crimes. Also, there is a pattern in the execution of murders – he killed the women on 9th of every month, the official said.

Commenting on the arrest of Soomro, the psychiatrists said people with “sadistic personalities” could commit such crimes just for thrill or pleasure. Dr Saeed Akhar, a renowned psychiatrist associated with a public psychiatric hospital in Karachi, said anti-social personality disorder could be one of the conditions in which a person could commit murders in a specific manner and pattern, like targeting a particular section of society.

But in most of the cases in Pakistan, such people commit crimes just for thrill and pleasure, to satisfy their sadistic desires and have no remorse on their acts,” he said, adding that the identification of such disorders was possible.

The expert was of the opinion that in societies where people had no fear for punishment, the rate of such crimes was high as criminals believed that they would get away with their acts of crime.

Another Psychiatrist and head of the JPMC’s psychiatry department Dr Iqbal Afridi was of the view that personality and psychotic disorders could lead a person to commit anti-social activities, including gruesome murders, but it was not difficult to diagnose such conditions.

“People become psychopath due to certain mental disorders, including the anti-social personality disorder or psychotic disorders, but that can be diagnosed easily with the help of tools and assessments,” he said, adding that the British law even described such mental conditions. According to him, the disorder was difficult to treat.

Kamran Mansoor and M. Waqar Bhatti

I am interested in why on that same day. Was that a day that they could both be available or is it a more ritual inspired reason?

Harper government budget cuts affect convicted murderers

What do CBC employees, food inspectors, and convicted murderers have in common?

They’re all victims of the Harper government’s budget cuts.

According to the Globe and Mail, the government has axed funding for LifeLine, a Correctional Service Canada program aimed at helping people with life sentences — or “lifers” — successfully re-integrate into society once they’ve been paroled.

“Lifeline pays about 28 successfully-paroled lifers a starting salary of about $38,000, to mentor other lifers who are still incarcerated or who have been recently released on parole,” notes the article.

On itswebsite, CSC actually boasts that the program is targeted at killers but not necessarily serial killers.

“Lifers have committed the ultimate offence against society, but the vast majority are not calculating, experienced criminals. While serial killers and assassins exist, they are not the typical lifer. Most murder victims are usually a relative or close acquaintance. Most frequently, lifers’ crimes are triggered by circumstance, substance abuse, emotional trauma, or a combination of these. They are among the most likely to succeed on parole,” one section notes.

Do serial killers and assassins ever get offered this program? If so, that is wrong.

“The Mission of LifeLine is to provide…an opportunity to motivate inmates and to marshal resources to achieve successful, supervised, gradual reintegration into the community.”

Facts about Lifeline:

– The program was created after Canada officially removed capital punishment from the Criminal Code in 1976

– In Canada, offenders serving a life sentence for murder may be considered for parole after serving 15 years of their sentences. Offenders serving life sentences for first-degree murder can be eligible for full parole after 25 years.

Why do they call it ‘life in prison if it does not mean life? It should not be a vague threat, life in prison should mean life. No wonder criminals do not take sentences seriously.

– About 4300 offenders are serving life sentences. Of this number, one-third are under parole supervision in the community for the rest of their lives, while the remaining two-thirds are serving their sentence in an institution.

– In 2010-11, Lifeline provided support to 2,280 lifers.

– The total annual cost of the program is estimated to be about $2 million.


A Serial Predator Haunts Fayetteville, NC

Hiding in plain sight: A serial predator haunts Fayetteville, NC

By Maurice Godwin

Nested among pine trees Ramsey Street is dotted with townhouses, apartments and a number of nice subdivisions, where most enjoy a quite standard of living. The Ramsey Street area has seen a huge growth over the past 10 years primarily due to the recent influx of military personnel from the Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC).

Ramsey Street is located in North Fayetteville. Some refer to Ramsey Street as 401 North or Raleigh Road. The road is the major artery that runs from Fayetteville to Lillington, NC and on to Raleigh, North Carolina. The area has some established businesses like Methodist University and the Goodyear tire plant but there have been a lot of new businesses which have opened in recent years.

With the transient population of military families moving in and out of the area many newcomers to Fayetteville are not always aware of past crimes in their neighborhoods. For example, between 1987 and 1999 there were seven murders of prostitutes in the Fayetteville/Cumberland County area. Another example are the over fifty unsolved murders in the Cumberland County/Fayetteville area since the late 1970s. Like most murder cases the crimes make the local headlines and are the focus of police investigators but then disappear from the headlines. The lack of continued media pressure and police not publicly talking about unsolved crimes allows violent predators to hide in plain sight while committing more crimes.

Has a serial predator been targeting women for years on Ramsey Street?

In 2010 seven women reported rapes and sexual assaults in the Fayetteville area. A number of the crimes occurred near Glenwick Drive and Radford Road. The attacks were similar. Also, between 2006 and 2008, a series of five rapes or attempted rapes were reported along Ramsey Street. The rapes to date have not been solved. Police investigators indicated early on that they didn’t see any links between the attacks.

Sometime on the evening of March 31, 2012 around 9:00 p.m. a lady was jogging in a wooded area off Carvers Falls Road near Ramsey Street when she was attacked and raped. The crime remains unsolved.

In the early morning hours on Saturday April 14, 2012 Kelli Bordeaux, 23, left the Froggy Bottoms bar, which is located at 6326 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville. She has not been seen or heard from since. Pfc. Bordeaux is a combat medic with the 44th Medical Brigade at Ft. Bragg, NC.

The distance between Carvers Falls Road and the Froggy Bottoms bar where Pfc. Bordeaux was last seen is approximately  0.7 tenths of a mile.

Bordeaux remains missing.

Has a serial predator been hiding in plain sight?

Note: This article is not about the Kelli Bordeaux case. Rather, the article’s purpose is to point out that there has been a violent predator operating in the Ramsey Street area for a number of years.

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If you or someone who you know lives in this area be very aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to cars parked or driving, pay attention to faces, and pay attention to your neighbors. Notice if someone you normally see is not around and report it to the police.

Even if there is not a serial predator being a little more aware and keeping an eye on your neighbors is never a bad thing.

Another Cleroux Victim?


Ottawa police have found human remains in a forest off of Albion Road, which they believe could be linked to the case against accused serial killer Camille Cleroux.

Cleroux, 58, is accused of killing ex-wives Lise Roy and Jean Rock, as well as former neighbour Paula Leclair, over a period of two decades.

albion road and heatherington road, ottawa

Police returned to an area called the Fairlea Woods near the Trainyards neighbourhood to search for evidence connected to the trial, police say. The coroner was also at the scene Friday.

Police were also searching a second location in the same woods, about a kilometre away.

A woman at the scene who identified herself as a friend of Rock told reporters Friday she was desperate to find out if the remains were her friend’s.

The woman — who gave only her first name, Diane — said she and Rock’s family are looking for closure.

The search is expected to last a few days, police said. The remains will be sent to a Toronto forensic centre and the results may not be available for several months.

Accused killer agrees to trial

In March, Cleroux agreed to end his preliminary hearing and stand trial on three counts of first-degree murder. The hearing had originally been on hold while police examined remains found at his former home on Heatherington Road in south Ottawa.

Cleroux was arrested and charged in 2010 in the death of Leclair, 64, after her body was discovered in a wooded area south of the high-rise building on Fairlea Crescent where she lived.

Cleroux lived in the same apartment building as Leclair and had taken over her apartment, prompting her son to report her missing.

He was later charged in the deaths of two former wives. His first wife, Roy, disappeared in 1990, and his second wife, Rock, was last seen in 2003.


Fundraiser to Boost Reward in Long Island Serial Killer Case

The Day – Fundraiser to boost reward in Long Island serial killer case | News from southeastern Connecticut.

Some friendships are born through shared hobbies, mutual friends or professions. For Missy Cann and Lorraine Ela, it was a tragic loss that brought them together.

Cann’s sister, 25-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes, of Norwich, and Ela’s daughter, 22-year-old Megan Waterman, of Scarborough, Maine, are believed to be victims of a killer dubbed the “Long Island serial killer,” or “Gilgo killer.”

Ela is traveling from South Portland, Maine, to Norwich and will stay with Cann to attend a fundraiser Saturday in Colchester. The event will feature stunt motorcycle riding, a magician, live music and other entertainment, with the goal of boosting the $25,000 reward that Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering.

Police have not provided the women with any information about the crime other than that the victims were asphyxiated and wrapped in burlap bags.

“I’m hoping that the extra money will provide an incentive to come forward,” Cann said. “I believe the person who will come forward will be in the same business as the girls. This person is afraid and will probably need money to start over.”

Really can’t find more information so if anyone has more please let me know.

Convicted Fla. Serial Killer Once Again Guilty

Convicted Fla. serial killer once again guilty – Florida Wires –

The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — A convicted serial killer has once again been convicted in the 1986 fatal stabbing of a Tampa area woman.
A Hillsborough County jury found 50-year-old Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. guilty Thursday of second-degree murder. Previous first-degree murder convictions and death sentences in the killing of 25-year-old Natalie Blanche Holley were overturned on appeal, so prosecutors this time went for the lesser charge.
While receiving only a life sentence for Holley’s murder, Bolin already has death sentences for the 1986 murders of 26-year-old Teri Lynn Matthews and 17-year-old Stephanie Collins.

Seems that Oscar did not have such a great relationship with his ex-wife. Surprised?

Surprised that she would testify against him? I’m am, not because she did the right thing trying to help get a killer locked away. I was surprised that she was able to testify against him since she is dead.


A dead woman testified in a two-decade-old murder trial in Hillsborough County on Wednesday.

Cheryl Jo Coby, the ex-wife of serial killer Oscar Ray Bolin, died in 1992 (of diabetes), but a taped deposition allowed Coby to provide testimony bring a conviction for Bolin in the 1986 murder of Natalie Holley.

Bolin is on trial for the fourth time in the Holley murder. Past convictions and death sentences in the case
have been overturned on appeal.

Bolin remains on death row for two other murders.

In court Thursday, jurors watched Coby’s deposition on a television as she testified about Bolin’s actions at their home, shortly after Holley was murdered.

“He was changing his shoes,” Coby told prosecutors in the video.

“Did that cause you to notice anything about his shoes that he was first wearing?” the prosecutor asked.

“Yes,” Coby said. “There was blood on his shoes.”

Coby talked of a purse Bolin had with him at their home that night. Coby said she got in the car with Bolin and they drove to a highway. Then, Coby said, Bolin threw the purse and shoes out the window. She said Bolin thoroughly washed the car the day after the murder.

Bolin’s attorneys said Coby couldn’t see very well because she was legally blind. And defense attorneys also pointed to the Crimestopper reward money Coby received after providing information to detectives.

Coby’s testimony wasn’t the only testimony jurors heard Wednesday. Bolin’s cousin took the stand and stated Bolin confessed to him.

“He asked if I had heard about the girl from Church’s Chicken; they found her dead,” Frank Bolin said.

“And what did the defendant say after that?” the state prosecutor asked.

“He said, ‘I did that girl,'” Frank Bolin said.

The state attorney showed a suicide letter that Oscar Ray Bolin allegedly wrote. The words were blown up for jurors to read.

The suicide note read, “If there’s anything else you really want to know about then you’ll have to ask Cheryl Jo, because she knew just about everything that I was ever a part of. She knew about this homicide which I’m charged with, because it was her idea on how to dump the body out.”

Cheryl Jo is Bolin’s ex-wife.

I hope that the sentence sticks this time, that there is not some miniscule issue that sets this back into motion.
I also hope that the sentence of death is put through soon. It is time to stop playing games with this ‘man’.

New Information in the Oakland County Child Killer Case

There is going to be a press conference for 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the Detroit Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI.  It is being held by attorney Paul Hughes who represents the estate of murder victim Kristine Mihelich, and her mother Debbie Jarvis.

He says he will address new developments in the case, evidence, and suspects previously unknown to investigators. Also the concerns related to the handling of the investigation, Federal relief being sought, and the requests for an independent investigation by the Department of Justice.


The families are very upset at the way that the case has been handled. They believe that there is a police cover up going on. I found this article that was released in 2011.

Published On: Nov 02 2011 02:52:37 PM ED

There have been 4 new discoveries revealed in the In Oakland County Child Killer Case.

1. White animal hair connects all four cases.

2. A DNA match from new hairs discovered on one of the victims leads to this new suspect.

3. Police find a startling drawing at a suspect’s home.

4. A police report surfaces from the 1970s that sent investigators looking around a northern Michigan cottage Tuesday afternoon.


It seems as if nothing has been done by law enforcement since then. The reaction by L.E. to the press conference did nothing to make the families feel better.

Late Tuesday in response to the announcement of a Press Conference next week Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper’s Office Released This Statement: “Conspiracy theories flourish in a vacuum. But that vacuum is necessary and long overdue for an effective investigation without interference and wild speculation from conspiracy theorists.” A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office also said the Department of Justice does not have jurisdiction over local murders, no matter how old they are.

It appears that the only vacuum that is flourishing is the one inside the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office. A vacuum that is preventing the truth from being learned through an ineffective investigation being led by Jessica Cooper and the Oakland County Prosecutors Office that has failed to solve any of these serial abductions and killings of children.


Hughes also suggests in his press release that as many as 11 additional victims may be tied to the serial killings.

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Much of the new information seems to come from the investigations carried out privately by the families of the 4 confirmed children that were murdered.

The father of one of the Oakland County Child Killing victims from the 1970s says he is now more convinced than ever that he knows the identity of his son’s killer.

Barry King believes his son Timmy was murdered by Christopher Busch, the son of a former General Motors executive and that there may have been a cover-up.

Busch has been dead for more than 30 years, but after scouring thousands of pages of police records, King is more convinced than ever that Busch had a hand in his son’s murder. “If I was sitting on a jury right now and that’s all the evidence I had I would say that Busch was involved,” King told Action News.

King suspects Busch, a convicted pedophile who committed suicide in 1978, is the elusive Oakland County Child Killer who murdered his 11-year-son Timmy and three other kids.

All 4 children were abducted and murdered in the mid 1970s. Their bodies, cleaned and fully dressed, were found dumped along roadsides.

Barry King came to his conclusion after reviewing 3,400 pages of investigative records he got from the Michigan State Police. Police tried to keep the records secret but King got them under court order through a Freedom of Information lawsuit.

“I did not find anything in the 3,400 pages which would have absolved Christopher Busch and I found some corroborating evidence that I wasn’t aware of until I went through it which makes me more and more suspicious Christopher Busch was involved in my son’s killing,” King said.

Christopher Busch was convicted of raping four children and was under investigation by the Oakland County Child Killer task force in the 70s until he passed a polygraph test.

King says he suspects there was a cover-up in this case, because records that police told him no longer existed, were later given to him by third parties.

“I’m surprised that looking at this case, when Christopher Busch has been dead for over 30 years, why everybody seems to think he’s got more rights than my family of the families of those other children,” King told Action News.

The police records obtained by King say kids who we’re molested by Busch and his partner Gregory Greene told police the two men would drive them around and have them lure kids closer to the car by talking to them.

King says Busch’s father, a prominent General Motors executive, paid off some victims to keep them from talking to police and Busch himself got off very easy.

“I don’t understand to this day how you can be found guilty of criminal misconduct against minors four times and not spend a day in jail and yet your cohort, Greene, was sentenced to live in prison,” King said.

Captain Harold Love from the Michigan State Police declined to comment on the release of records.

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If you have never heard of these murders you’re not alone. You would think that a case of at least 4 little kids being murdered would carry a notoriety that would rival Ted Bundy and Ed Gein but it doesn’t. The murders were gruesome and creepy.

 Four Murders

Mark Stebbins, 12, was the first to disappear.  He left the American Legion Hall in Ferndale after telling his mother he was going home to watch television.  It was Feb. 15, a Sunday afternoon.  Four days later his body was found on a snowbank in the parking lot of an office building on Ten Mile Road. He’d been strangled and sexually assaulted.  His wrists showed evidence of rope marks.

On Dec. 26, 1976 the body of Jill Robinson, 12, was found alongside Interstate 75 in Troy.  She was killed by a shotgun blast to the face.  Jill had disappeared four days earlier after arguing with her mother.

Kristine Mihelich, 10, was last seen on Sunday, Jan. 2, 1977 around 3:00 p.m., buying a magazine at a 7-Eleven in Berkley.  Her body was found 19 days later in Franklin Village.  Her arms were folded across her chest.  She’d been smothered.

Timothy King, 11, was a straight-A sixth grader from Birmingham.  On Wednesday, March 16, he borrowed 30 cents from his sister to buy candy at the Hunter-Maple Pharmacy in a shopping center near his house.  It was around 8:30 p.m. when he left the store through the rear entrance, which opened to a parking lot, and disappeared.

On March 22, Tim’s body was found in a ditch in Livonia.  He’d been suffocated and sexually abused.  Marks on his wrists and ankles suggested he’d been bound.  Like the other children he showed evidence of having been cleaned; even his clothes had been washed and pressed. 

It was now apparent Oakland County had a serial killer on its hands, and a particularly twisted one at that. While Tim was missing Marion King, his mother, had written a letter to the Detroit News saying that she wanted him home so she could serve him his favorite meal, Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Tim’s autopsy report revealed he’d eaten fried chicken before he was killed.

Source with a lot of information.

Yeah, the killer fed the kid his favorite food before killing him. I know that killers normally follow the news coverage they create but it is still creepy as hell that he did that.

The cleansing ritual and pressed clothing is also strange but it is not uncommon for killers to have these types of rituals.

I hope that the killer is identified and that the families and the community can find some peace. I also hope that the police are not covering anything up, I want to trust L.E., but I admit that I would not be surprised if they did.


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