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Catherine Birni remains in prison

The Prisoners Review Board began the review in January and the final decision was made this week by Attorney-General Michael Mischin.

“The attorney-general has accepted a recommendation from the Prisoners Review Board that Catherine Birnie not be released on parole,” a spokeswoman said.

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Under law, Birnie’s life sentence is reviewed every three years, so her next statutory review will be in 2016.

Why is her sentence reviewed every three years? I will never understand why society does that, why we tempt fate by even entertaining the possibility of releasing serial killers.

Former Attorney-General Christian Porter, who last year left state politics for a tilt at the federal arena, in March 2010 decided Birnie would not be placed on parole or put into a re-socialisation program.

WA’s attorney-general in 2007, Jim McGinty, said Birnie should never be freed from jail.

 

Birnie and her late partner David Birnie raped, stabbed, strangled and clubbed to death four victims in their Willagee house, in Perth’s southern suburbs, in 1986.

They were caught only when a fifth intended victim escaped after they abducted her at knifepoint.

The pair were handed strict-security life sentences for the murders.

David Birnie hanged himself in his protective custody Casuarina Prison cell in 2005. She wasn’t allowed to attend his funeral.

A 2007 review of Birnie, who is serving her sentence at Bandyup Women’s Prison on Perth’s north-eastern outskirts, found she was at low risk of reoffending but her release was rejected because of the extreme nature of her crimes.

Birnie, now 62, left her husband and six children in 1985 to live with David Birnie.

She did not marry him but took his surname.

 
I can only imagine how Kate Moir feels every 3 years when she has to worry about the woman that abducted and tortured her getting out.
 

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Serial Killer Elmer Wayne Henley is up for parole

HOUSTON (FOX 26) -An infamous serial killer is up for parole. Elmer Wayne Henley participated in a plot that ultimately took the lives of almost 30 Houston-area teenagers. Many of them vanished from The Heights in the early 1970s. One of them was an 18 year old named Frank Aguirre. One month shy of graduation, Aguirre clocked out of his job at a Heights fast-food restaurant and vanished.”He was fun,” recalled his younger sister, Deborah Aguirre. “He was fun-loving, had a lot of friends. And Henley was one of them.”

Frank Aguirre didn’t know it, but Elmer Wayne Henley was helping an older man, Dean Corll, satisfy his sadistic desires.

 “[Henley] was the one that sought out the boys, brought them there,” said Houston victim advocate Andy Kahan, “knowing full well that they were going to be not only abducted, raped and tortured, but eventually murdered in a horrific manner.”

And so it continued. For three years.

Boys from the working class Heights would go missing. Many of them were friends of Elmer Wayne Henley.

 “Couple months after my brother disappeared, [Henley] actually did come back to our house,” remembered Deborah Aguirre. “[He] asked my mother, ‘Have you heard anything?’ He knew where my brother was. He helped bury him.”

Police eventually found them – bodies stacked upon bodies – but only after Henley shot Corll dead on the heels of an argument.

“Even though he got six life sentences in 1973 — in 1980, because of the way the statutes were written, he was eligible for parole,” said Kahan.

Life needs to mean life!

 It’s unprecedented, says Kahan, but this is the 20th time Henley has come up for parole.

Through a quirk in the law, he adds, while murderers can be set-off up to five years until their next review, capital murderers can only be set-off three years, max.

“Criminal justice and logic sometimes don’t meet. This is living proof of that.”

It’s a joyless hamster wheel for folks like Deborah Aguirre. They’re constantly battling to keep behind bars Henley and his accomplice, David Brooks.

 The victims’ relatives now have a Facebook page devoted to denying the killers parole.

I have tried to friend them.

And Aguirre has just a few questions she wants to ask the panel that will ultimately decide Henley’s fate, this summer.

  • “Would you want this guy living next door to you?
  • Do you have small children?
  • Do you have little boys? Because that’s what he likes.”

She hopes to have her say in August at Henley’s review.

But it will give her no more joy than visiting her brother’s burial plot at Forest Park Lawndale.

Deborah at Frank’s grave

“It’s hard to go there,” said Deborah Aguirre. “That’s all we have left is a headstone.”

The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office told FOX 26 News that two victims of the murderous trio remain unidentified, to this day.

The ME’s office is actively seeking DNA samples from the families of young men who disappeared, here in Houston, between 1970 and 1973.

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What is a psychopath?

Tell me that these ‘kids’ do not fit the description.

Jeeze.

 

Scary thing is that these ‘kids’ will (probably) are back on the streets.

 

 

What should be done with the brutal young offenders who fit into adult classifications yet are to young to be classified?

Son of Sam Speaks of God

At 58, he’s balding, and his remaining hair is solid white. But the biggest difference is in his eyes.

Oh! Give me a BREAK! *Sorry, couldn't stop that outburst*
 

Do you see a difference?

 

When David Berkowitz made headlines in the 1970s as the serial killer “Son of Sam” in New York City, his bold glare was brazen and threatening. Thursday, on videotape from a prison in Fallsburg, N.Y., there was a near-peaceful glint in his eyes as he addressed the 28th annual Suffolk Leadership Prayer Breakfast.

“I came to prison with no hope, no direction, no reason to live,” he said from a screen suspended above the meeting room at the Suffolk National Guard Armory. “After 10 years in prison, I met Christ, confessed to God. I asked him to please forgive me.”

Berkowitz, who now calls himself “Son of Hope,” spoke at the breakfast that is held each year on the National Day of Prayer. Organizers typically don’t announce who the guest speaker is going to be, but this year’s video appearance by Berkowitz was more of a surprise than usual.

“It was different,” City Councilman Leroy Bennett said afterward. “I talked with people when it was over, and I think everybody was impressed. It was interesting. I think he has honestly changed his life and feels the Lord has blessed him.”

Through Norfolk lawyer Stephen D. Lentz, who was sent to New York to interview Berkowitz, the convicted killer said his message is that God can forgive anyone.

The selection of Berkowitz as speaker was a marked contrast to other recent speakers – people such as a retired Air Force colonel who was a POW in Iraq, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

“No matter where you go or what you’ve done, you can’t get away from God,” said lawyer Randy Singer, who introduced Berkowitz to the capacity crowd at the early-morning event.

Berkowitz was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and adopted by the owners of a hardware store. In the murders he was convicted of in 1978, he claimed a demon-possessed dog owned by his neighbors commanded the slayings. Berkowitz was arrested in August 1977.

The writer of this story does not say how Berkowitz later admitted to lying and that he actually killed because he hates women. We will get to that. I am curious as to why the writer does not mention all that though.

When finally captured, he said, “You got me. What took you so long?” according to a website about his history. Berkowitz, who killed six and wounded several others in eight total shootings, was known for using a .44-caliber Bulldog revolver.

In 1987, he became a born-again Christian after an invitation from another prisoner and now devotes his time to a prison ministry. He has in recent years refused to attend his parole hearings, saying he believes he needs to spend the rest of his life in prison.

“You are one prayer away from God doing something miraculous in your life,” Berkowitz said. “God bless each and every one of you.”

Pilot writer Jeff Sheler contributed to this report.

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I can not believe that people are buying Berkowitz’s b.s.!

I know, you want to ask how can I know that it is bull? Isn’t it between him and God? How can another see inside a man’s heart?

Well, let’s start with the fact that his parole is coming up in May. He might not ‘fight’ for it but he still comes up for it. If he gets it he can not say “no thank you.” either. So it would seem like he was forced to leave prison. He can still get paroled and I believe 100% that he is hoping for it. He is posturing for the board. Every time that he has a parole date coming up he starts with some kind of outreach and his website becomes more active. He gets his “Christian” message out. His last parole chance was in 2010, it was the 5th time he had been denied.

Let’s also look at the fact that he has used religion repeatedly to try to get what he wants. Originally it was demons in dogs and his neighbors that made him kill. Remember?

Howling dogs in the neighborhood kept Berkowitz from sleeping and in his deranged mind, he turned their howls into messages from demons that were ordering him to go kill women. He later said that in attempt to quiet the demons, he began to do what they asked. Jack and Nann Cassara owned the home and in time Berkowitz became convinced that the quiet couple was in truth, part of the demon conspiracy, with Jack being General Jack Cosmo, commander in chief of the dogs that tormented him.
A Thirst for Blood:
When he moved away from the Cassaras into an apartment on Pine Street, he failed to escape the controlling demons. His new neighbor, Sam Carr, had a black Labrador named Harvey, who Berkowitz believed was also possessed. He eventually shot the dog, but that did not offer him relief because he had come to believe that Sam Carr was possessed by the most powerful demon of them all, possibly Satan himself. Nightly the demons screamed at Berkowitz to go kill, their thirst for blood unquenchable.

David later admitted that was bull.

While he was still active, Berkowitz was profiled as being a paranoid schizophrenic believing himself to be the victim of demonic possession. He later admitted in an interview conducted by FBI veteran Robert Ressler in prison that he had pretended to be insane to get a lighter punishment and that he actually killed out of resentment towards his mother and contempt for women in general.

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I know, you are thinking he was still “messed up” then. David could have changed since then. He really could have found God and changed. The problem there is that he is still lying and he still does not accept full responsibility for what he has done.

A while back David was contacted by a writer named Maury Terry. Mr. Terry was jumping on the Satanic Panic  boat that was sweeping the world at that time. His book basically blamed Satanists for almost every crime ever committed. In just a quick search can you find quite a few links showing how wrong Mr. Terry was. He even settled lawsuits out of court due to the misinformation in his book.

There was 1 church that Terry (and an associate Ed Saunders) really had their minds on, The Process Church. Now I am not saying that I know all about them but they are really not a secret organization and getting information is not hard at all.

The Process Church combined community activism with a peculiar set of beliefs: Jehovah, Christ, Satan and Lucifer were not enemies, but all equal parts of Creation

For an in-depth article on the Process Church (and splinter groups) as well as a good look at the conspiracy theories this next site is excellent!

In The Ultimate Evil, Terry attempts to paint a picture (with a very, very broad brush) of a super-secret, underground Satanic network of serial killers, rapists, drug dealers and child pornographers running amok on the American landscape, including an “Occult Superstar” he calls Manson II. Most of Terry’s claims that the Process splintered and went underground to form a bloodthirsty group of gore gangsters, are simply too absurd to be believable and he offers almost no credible substantiation for his claims. More here

Once Mr. Terry spoke with Berkowitz he (Berkowitz) decided that he had done some (not all) of the killings and was a look out for the Process Church in NY. Oh! He also became a Satanist. Just like other serial killers. He was part of the cult and the killings were rituals (because ALL cults sacrifice people using guns, have for ages!) Yep, that’s the ticket. Not the old lie of Demon Dogs and Demonic Neighbors. It was really Satan himself and his minions in the evil Cult that did the murders. David only went along out of fear, I guess.?  Maybe he wanted to be one of the cool kids and since all the other cool kids were killing people?

 He still makes these claims (in various forms) to this day, on his sites. Yes, he has sites and an online journal! Of course he does not have internet in prison but he has people on the outside that run the sites for him.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

In 1975 I met some guys at a party who, I later found out, were heavily involved in the occult. I had always been fascinated with witchcraft, Satanism, and occult things since I was a child. When I was growing up, I watched countless horror and Satan-type movies, some of which totally captivated my mind.

Now I was 22 and the forces of Satan were becoming more and more evident in my life. I felt as if something was trying to take control of my life. I began to read the Satanic Bible by the late Anton LaVey who founded the Church of Satan in San Francisco in 1966. I began, innocently, to practice various occult rituals and incantations.

I am utterly convinced that something satanic had entered into my mind and, looking back at all that happened, I realize that I had been slowly deceived. I did not know that bad things were going to result from all this, yet over the months the things that were wicked no longer seemed to be such. I was headed down the road to destruction and I did not know it. Maybe I was at a point where I just didn’t care.

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That all started right after he met Maury Terry. Neither of them were very good at getting facts straight about things that they were either involved in or that they were supposed to be experts about.

More recently, a book was published that claimed a second mass murderer, David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam” was also a member of The Process. The book stated that The Process was a network of killers and that Berkowitz was a look-out who did not take part in all of the killings. This conflicts with the police investigators who believed that Berkowitz was operating on his own. If they thought otherwise, the police certainly would have investigated the Church. Berkowitz claimed to have been a Satanist, and to have converted to Evangelical Christianity in prison. He claimed that the “Sam” in “Son of Sam” came from the name of the Celtic God of the Dead, Samhain (which he pronounced “Sam-hane”). His story is suspect, because:

bullet his pronunciation of “Samhain” is incorrect;
bullet the Celts never worshiped a God of the Dead;
bullet there is no Celtic God by the name of Samhain;
bullet Satanists do not worship Celtic Gods, and
bullet the Process Church no longer existed at the time of the Son of Sam murders.

In reality, Samhain means “end of summer.” It was a Celtic seasonal day of celebration, and remains a Wiccan Sabbat.

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There is this as well

I first learned in 1987 that some of the conspiracy literature regarding The Process Church was either dishonest or was poorly fact-checked. After hearing a rumor that Robert de Grimston was listed in the Staten Island phone book under his given name Robert Moor, I called him up—that is, after certain hesitation. After all, Maury Terry’s

The Ultimate Evil informs us that de Grimston is a diabolical mystery man who had removed himself from the world at large to pursue the practice of evil. What was he doing so easily reached in the phone book? And how confident could I be of Maury Terry’s research if he couldn’t even bother locating Robert de Grimston by calling the Information operator?

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Yeah, so forgive me if I am doubting his authenticity now.  David Berkowitz has a history of trying to use religion to get himself whatever he wants.

He apologizes all the time now. They are obviously empty. Let’s just take a second to think about those apologies.

Either Berkowitz killed all those people himself, no cult or occult directives or he knows who actually did the killings that he did not through the cult connection.

He could give the families closure, he could have the bad guys taken off of the streets, he could but he hasn’t and he won’t.

His apologies are empty without truth and this ‘man’ is a liar.

Liars are not Christians.

Berkowitz (imo) can not be a Christian since he can not be truthful.

Berkowitz: “I made a lot of bad choices. I made a lot of bad mistakes. I’m truly sorry for the lives that were destroyed. I’d like to say that I’m very, very sorry.”

He is just not sorry enough to either testify before a grand jury and move the whole supposed conspiracy case forward or close it forever by admitting once and for all, he was in fact the lone gunman responsible for the Son of Sam shootings.

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I do wonder what else he gets for being a “Good Christian Leader”. There have to be little perks, if not from the prison than from all the actually good (and naive) people who write to him, the write for him, that add to his commissary and accept his calls so that he is not lonely. I am sure some even visit. It is sad that he is being allowed to do all of this.

R.I.P

Serial Killer Lyle Brummett Might be Getting Out

Jesse Sublett received a letter from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in March saying that the man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and another woman in the 1970s would be released on parole.

His reaction was visceral.

“‘Stunned’ is not the word,” Sublett said. “It’s like getting run over by a truck. You can’t even move.”

In March, Sublett and relatives of two other murder victims tied to convicted killer Lyle Richard Brummett received three different letters with conflicting information about whether Brummett would be released.

One letter said that he would be paroled, but the last one said the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has flagged Brummett for “special review.”

Brummett has been up for parole before, and Sublett said that each time, family and friends of his victims have written letters to the parole board asking that he not be released. This is the first time they’ve received a letter saying Brummett had been approved for release.

Now, Sublett says he and others will travel to Huntsville on May 11 to address the board members in person. They said based on his history of multiple rapes and murders, they hope to make the case that Brummett, now 55, should not be released.

“This guy is not someone who has just made a few mistakes,” Sublett said.

Rissie Owens, the presiding officer for the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, said the board will review new information that is sent to them. After May 11, she said, they could grant or deny parole to Brummett.

“All options are open at this time,” Owens said. “We will review all information and make a decision at this time.”

The information sent to the board could include letters, phone calls and statements from victims’ family members.

It was not clear whether Brummett has an attorney.

On Aug. 16, 1976, Sublett returned to his South Austin home to find his girlfriend, 22-year-old Dianne Roberts, lying in their bed naked with a pillowcase wrapped around her neck.

Sublett, a musician and member of the influential Austin punk band the Skunks, said investigators initially suspected he was the killer. But he pointed them to Brummett, a laborer and friend of his roommate’s who had recently been charged with and was awaiting trial on two rapes in Kerrville, he said.

When Brummett was arrested and questioned by Austin police, he told them that he had killed two other young women in Kerrville — different crimes from the rapes he had been charged with.

Police drove to the city northwest of San Antonio and began searching a grassy pasture around midnight.

Eight hours later, they found the remains of Beth Pearson, 15, and Carol Ann London, 18. Both had been missing for nearly a year, and their families had assumed they had run away together.

Brummett told investigators he had an accomplice in those crimes: Alan Ladd Woody, then 20. Investigators said Woody and Brummett picked up the two girls after their car broke down and then raped and killed them.

Based largely on Brummett’s testimony, Woody was convicted of murdering Pearson in April 1977.

A few days later, Brummett pleaded guilty in Kerrville to London’s murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Later that month, Brummett pleaded guilty in Austin to Roberts’ murder as well and was given a second life sentence to be served concurrent with the first.

When will a life sentence actually mean that? The Justice System has to stop using it as a threat and maybe then criminals will worry about getting that as a sentence. Right now I have a feeling most hear “Life” and think “ok, so about 10-15 years tops?”

Jeeze!

Life in prison should mean just that you WILL spend your LIFE, the whole thing, in prison!

On March 5 of this year, the department sent a letter to the families of Brummett’s victims saying he had been denied parole.

Then on March 15, another letter was mailed, this time saying Brummett was “tentatively approved … for release to parole supervision.”

Owens said a board panel interviewed Brummett and voted to release him into treatment but then realized he did not qualify for it.

Finally, on March 23, after calls and letters from the families of the victims, a third letter was sent, saying that because of the receipt of “additional information not previously available to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles,” Brummett is being considered for “special review.”

Verna Lee Carr, an Austin-based victim advocate, said that in her 22-year career working with victims of violent crimes, she has never seen three conflicting documents mailed out as they did in this case.

“I was furious” after seeing the letter saying Brummett would be released, said Pearson’s brother, Martin Valance.

“You’ve got a serial rapist and a serial killer on your hands, and I don’t think the state cares,” said Valance, who now lives near Tyler. “I’ve got a family who’s scared to death.”

Why is his case under “special review”? What reason(s) could they possibly have to put the families (and the communities) through all of this? Does the parole board have no conscious?

Did he find God or learn to poop rainbows in prison? (By the way, that whole finding God is not impressive to ma At All!)

Why are they even considering letting him out?

I can only imagine what these families are going through. This is sadistic. Why are they doing this to the families? My heart goes to them. They deserve peace not continued abuse. They especially do not deserve to be getting abused by the very system that is supposed to protect them from monsters like this.

I signed the petition. I hope that it helps.

To read Jesse Sublett’s full account of this horror please read his blog here.

If you would like to let the parole board know how you feel about letting this serial raping murderer out of prison click here

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.

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Killer Michael Keith Moon Released

 

 

 

Michael Keith Moon, “is a cold calculated killer,” says  Det. Chuck Gaynor.

Moon, 63, has been released from Donovan Prison and has been living in a half way house in downtown San Diego, reports CBS 8 News.

“It is appropriate for the public to be aware of the fact there are people like Michael Moon out there, and these people pose a risk to society,” said Gaylor.

Moon was raised in San Diego and his story is far from being an upstanding citizen.  He was convicted of killing Rhonda Salazar in Reno in 1978.  He plead guilty and was sentenced to life in prison with parole and was released in 1990.  
Moon barely managed to stay out of trouble for a year, before he attacked an elderly man in Woodstock, Illinois in 1991.  Moon probably would have killed him, if a passing citizen had not stopped him.  Moon was charged with attempted murder and was released in 2000.  Moon’s parole was revoked and was sent back to prison until 2005.

In 2007, Moon was arrested for the the 1977 murder of Liborio Lindin, a migrant worker who he beat to death in a garage at a home under construction on Falconer Drive in Escondido. 

Lindin’s murder case remained unsolved for 30 years until Gaylor, who was hired as a reserve officer in 2007 to be part of a cold-case homicide team reopened the case, which tied Moon to Lindin’s murder, reports the San Diego Union Tribune

One partial bloody fingerprint processed by the Dept. of Justice came back as a match to Moon, according to the North County Times.  The team began their long tedious investigation by gathering information and interviewing people that should have brought justice to Lindin’s family with the arrest and conviction of Moon, but it seems to fall short.  

You would think that after the latest conviction that Moon would never be allowed out of prison, but instead he was sentenced to 8 years and after serving four, he was let out of jail again.  It is hard to understand why, after killing two people, and according to Gaylor, probably more that he got away with, that Moon is allowed any freedom at all.  

Even more sobering is that the justice system valued Rhonda Salazar’s life so little that Moon only served 12 years for her murder, but it is even more upsetting that Liborio Lindin’s life was only valued a little over four.

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Unbelievable.

There is another article about this insanity here.

There is a video report here but it comes with this:

WARNING: Some of the video and photos in this video report may be extremely disturbing.

Well, maybe after he kills his next victim the state will keep him locked up.

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