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Serial killer Michael Hughes sentenced to death

As the judge handed down the death sentence for convicted murderer Michael Hughes, the room murmured in agreement. Heads nodded and a few people even smiled.

The 56-year-old South Los Angeles serial rapist and murderer was sentenced to death Friday for killing three women between 1986 and 1993.

Adell McKinley had been waiting four years for this day.

“It brings some closure in the fact that my sister has been vindicated and justice has been served,” said McKinley, who was notified by detectives four years ago that they had linked the death of her sister, Deborah Jackson, to Hughes.

I am so happy that she is finding some kind of closure.

Hughes was convicted in November of first-degree murder in the slayings of Jackson, 32; Yvonne Coleman, 15; and Verna Williams, 36. A month later, a jury ordered that he be sentenced to death. He was already serving a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole for four other killings.

4 other victims that we know of making 7 victims for this one guy.

All of the women’s bodies were found in public places, at least half-naked and posed in an explicit manner. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe said these acts “show[ed] an intent to shock the public.”

At the sentencing, Rappe rejected an automatic motion to reduce the sentence to life without the possibility of parole, citing later that the “aggravating evidence substantially outweighs the mitigating evidence.”

I appauld this judge. There is no reason to let this predator off easy, or to put the staff of the prison at risk for the resrt of his life. Michael worked hard to earn that death sentence, let him have it.

Hughes is “nothing short of a sadistic sexual predator…. [We’re] looking at a man that is a serial killer,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Beth Silverman said in opening arguments.

Defense attorney Aron Laub argued that early life circumstances should be taken into account when considering punishment. Hughes was beaten as a child and witnessed his mother perform a forced abortion on his sister.

Several victims’ family members who arrived in the morning at the downtown courtroom said Hughes had to take responsibility for his actions.

“I’m not a serial killer,” said McKinley, who said she was sexually molested until she turned 12. “That’s his choice.”

Thank you Ms. McKinley. That is so important a serial killer makes the choice to kill. There are so many abused, mistreated, neglected kids that do not become serial killers as adults and it is almost insulting that someone would make that claim. That someone would say that they for some reason have a ‘right’ or excuse to kill others because of what someone had done to them.

“Everyone in here has been through something as a child,” said Jackie McFarlin, mother of one of the victims in the earlier case, Theresa Ballard. “I have no love for this man.”

Very true, we all have our histories but none have a right to harm another because of our past.

At the time of his conviction in the current case, Hughes was already doing time for the slayings of Theresa Ballard, 26; Brenda Bradley, 38; Terri Myles, 33; and Jamie Harrington, 29. At the time the killings took place in the 1980s and ’90s, Los Angeles was facing a rash of violence. At least five serial killers were active in the South Los Angeles area, authorities said.

I know that this is California and that more than likely he will die of natural causes but the sentence fits and should be seen through.

Serial Killers in Russia

 

Map of Russia

 

Since I did a post about various serial killers in China I figured that I would see what was going on in Russia. I think the mention of Zhang Yongming (so far charged with 11 murders) being a chess- playing  farmer made me think about the Chessboard Killer, Alexander Pichushkin.

Alexander Pichushkin aka Chessboard Killer

I have also been reading some articles that compare the video that Luka Rocco Magnotta made to the video (being called 1 guy 1 ice pick by some) made by the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs. I have not seen the Magnotta video so I can not compare personally and since I did see the one made by the Dnepropetrovsky Idiots the comparison makes me want to see it even less.

Just in case anyone did not hear, or has forgotten, the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs were 3 kids from the Ukraine that recorded themselves committing crimes including beating people to death on a cell phone in 2007.

 

Dnepropetrovsk Idiots IMO

 

 (Just a note as well, they started by abusing animals as well and filming it.)

There is a video floating around online usually called 3 Guys 1 Hammer that shows one of the victims dying as he is beaten in the face with a hammer. It is a gory and horrible video. It gets worse when you read the back story of this victim.

The man whose murder is recorded in the leaked video was identified as Sergei Yatzenko from the village of Taromskoye. His murder took place on July 12, 2007, and his body was found on July 16.

Yatzenko was 48 years old. He had recently been forced into retirement due to a cancerous tumor in his throat. The treatment left him unable to speak for some time, but Yatzenko was unhappy with being unable to work and continued to find odd jobs around the village. He took on small construction projects, fixed cars, wove baskets, and cooked for his family. He was beginning to regain his voice by the time of the murder. Yatzenko was married and had two sons and one grandchild. He also had a disabled mother whom he looked after.

Basically the man beat cancer only to have a bunch of  wanna be thugs beat him to death.

As I said, I did see the video way back when it was still considered a possible fake. It gave me nightmares even before I found out it was really a live man being beaten literally to death. I am sure that it is still available online but be aware if you watch that it is graphic.

With these thoughts I did a quick search out of curiosity and found out a few things.

According to an article in Rianovosti :

“Russia registered over 500 serial murders in the past three years. Investigators solved 132 murders in 11 serial killer cases in 2007-2008,” Alexander Bastyrkin said in an interview published on the Prosecutor General’s Investigation Committee website.

That is a lot of murders. 48 of them were attributed to Pichuskin. I do not know how many of them have been ‘solved’ how many are still open and a search did not give many more answers.

I did find an article on Irina Gaidamachuk. She is a mom and she has confessed to entering the homes of her elderly victims, aged between 61 and 89, killing them with a hammer (what is it with hammers?) and then robbing their homes. She was arrested in June 2010. She has killed at least 17 older women.

I can find the news about her trial starting but no verdict as of yet even though the trial appears to have started in January.  Seems like an awful long time since she confessed.

There is also Vladimir Mirgorod who was given a life sentence in January 2012 for sexually attacking and then strangling to death 15 women and a 13-year-old teenager.

Vladimir Mirgorod, 32, was found guilty of carrying out the series of murders after raping or sexually assaulting his victims between 2002 and 2004 in Moscow and deserted areas around the capital, the prosecutor’s statement said.

He had just gotten out of jail (for rape and robbery) when they threw him back in for the serial murders. Let’s just hope he stays in jail. All too often ‘life’ does not really mean life.

Sergei Martynov is about to go on trial in Russia for killing at least eight women in a series of murders and rapes.

The suspect, identified only as Sergey Martynov, is believed to have begun a series of violent crimes in 2005 and moved through more than 10 regions of Russia before he was finally caught by authorities in 2010. He has been charged with intentional infliction of a grave injury, hooliganism, murder of two or more persons, and violent sexual actions.

Martynov was previously convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1992 and served nearly 14 years in prison before he was released in 2005. He was placed on a wanted list shortly after his release for attacking a young girl in Kemerovo, a city in Kemerovo Oblast, but was able to evade police for years.

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Another gem that was caught and then released. I am hoping that Russia makes sure that he does not get anymore chances to rape and murder.

Before the world started to thing that America and Canada have a strong hold on cannibals right now meet Aleksandr Bychkov.

 

Aleksandr Bychkov

 

An alleged serial killer who practiced cannibalism has been arrested in Central Russia. The detainee has confessed to at least six murders, but the number of victims could be higher. Reports say the accused wanted to impress his girlfriend.

­Twenty-four-year-old Aleksandr Bychkov was initially arrested in Russia’s Penza Region on suspicion of involvement in a hardware store robbery. However, while being questioned Bychkov suddenly began telling police about corpses he had buried in a ravine near his home.

According to the police spokesperson, investigators found the remains of six people. They were “recovered from the ground and sent for examination.”

The examination revealed that Bychkov had chopped his victims into pieces. He then cut out their livers and ate them.

“The facts of cannibalism in some episodes did take place,” a high-ranking source from law enforcement body in the region confirmed to Izvestia newspaper.

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From another article on 05/26/12

“A burial ground of six people was found there,” (behind his house) Mariya Orlova, a representative of the local investigative committee, told Izvestiya newspaper.
They found a diary at Bychkov’s house which described how he cut up the victims and ate their livers.

Detectives believe the alleged killer may be responsible for more murders because a series of people have gone missing without trace from around the small town of Belinsk in the last two years.

His mother, Irina, said she did not believe he was guilty. “It’s impossible to leave the house,” she said. “People are accusing not just my son, but the whole family. They think I made mince out of the victims and sold it on the market.”

The diary, the bodies buried behind the house, the confession and the fact that he told the police where the bodies were without them having to ask just don’t add up for the mom I guess. ?

I understand wanting to believe the best in your child but sometimes you just have to take off the blinders.

I am curious why others think she sold the meat (not again *shivers) for others to eat. Probably no proof, just other people panicking. At least I hope so.

I also found an interesting article in a Russian newspaper.

But in Russia, serial killers do their stuff and, with very few exceptions, are forgotten about – a snap poll among friends and acquaintances here saw the vast majority only able to name one domestic mass murderer (apart from Stalin, of course). So, for their and your enlightenment, here is a guide to four of the Soviet Union’s and Russia’s most accomplished serial killers.

The rest here.

Serail Killer / Rapist Dead

Now, don’t everyone cry at once.

Serial killer and rapist Geoffrey Evans — who chillingly planned to abduct, rape and kill one woman a week — has died at the age of 69 on May 20th.

Wanted to rape and kill 1 woman a week.

With his accomplice and fellow Englishman, John Shaw (70), Evans was convicted in 1978 of the rape and murder of two women, Elizabeth Plunkett and Mary Duffy, and sentenced to life.

Shaw is still behind bars in Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon. The pair — who confessed to the killings when arrested — were among the longest-serving prisoners in the State.

Both men were only in their 30s when they arrived here in 1974 but they had built up a string of criminal convictions and were wanted by UK police in connection with three rapes.

Evans, the smaller of the two, was also said to be the smarter — and he worked out the logistics while former coal miner Shaw provided the brawn.

The men had decided to fund a pre-planned murder spree in Ireland — with the aim of killing at least one young woman a week — by carrying out house burglaries. However, they were caught in Cork the following year and got two-year jail terms for the break-ins.

Due to an administrative blunder, they were freed after 18 months and disappeared before they could be tracked down for their crimes in the UK.

Nice one! 2 women raped and murdered due to a ‘blunder’.  Trust me, I have a feeling the families call it something else.

In late August 1976 they drove to Brittas, Co Wicklow, where they spotted Elizabeth Plunkett, a 23-year-old clerk, from Ringsend, Dublin. Shaw and Evans offered her a lift and drove to Castletimon Wood where she was raped repeatedly.

Evans then told Shaw to kill her and he choked the young woman with the sleeve of a nylon shirt.

Suspicion

The men arrived in Galway on September 10 and bought a mobile home at a caravan park in Barna, outside the city and then stole a green Ford Cortina, changed the number plates and painted it black.

But they aroused suspicion when they walked into a shop in Maam, Connemara, and bought petrol. The shopkeeper noticed the poorly painted car and their English accents. He took down the car’s registration number.

The next day, the two arrived in Castlebar as local cook Mary Duffy (24) was trying to arrange a lift home to the family farm at Deerpark, Belcarra.

Shaw and Evans abducted, beat and raped her in the back of the car and then drove to Ballinahinch, Connemara, where she was again raped and tied to a tree. Shaw subsequently suffocated her by putting a cushion over her head.

On the night of September 26, however, a passing garda spotted their car and the two were taken in and confessed to their murderous crimes.

– Tom Brady Security Editor

Irish Independent

Won’t it be nice if there is an afterlife and sickos like these 2 get to have their fates settled by those that they victimised?

Serial Child Killer Dead

Child killer Joseph Kondro dies at state prison

Notorious murderer Joseph Kondro, who was serving a life sentence for raping and killing two Longview girls, died in the state prison at Walla Walla on Thursday of natural causes, state corrections officials reported Friday. He was 52.

In 1999, Kondro was convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and strangling 8-year-old Rima Traxler in 1985 and 12-year-old Kara Rudd in 1996. Authorities also suspected Kondro killed 8-year-old Chila Silvernails of Kalama, who disappeared in April 1982 and was later found dead. But they never developed enough evidence to prove it.

Friday, Kara Rudd’s grandfather said he was “happy” to learn of Kondro’s death, adding that the years since Kara’s murder have been tough on the family.

I am glad that he has closure now. 

“He’s burning in hell right now,” said Dennis Rheaume of Longview. “I hope he’s suffered.”

I agree. Serial killers make me hope there is a Hell. They are even my be proof that real evil exists, especially child raping killers.

Police have said they don’t believe an admitted child serial killer could go from 1985 to 1996 without killing, but attempts to connect Kondro with other missing children’s cases have been fruitless.

He actually could go that long, life happens, jobs, relationships, family issues. I agree though, I doubt that he did. I fear that there are more missing babies that he killed.

“I still want to see that death certificate … just to lock up that little bit of fear in my heart that he could do this again,” said Cowlitz County Prosecutor Sue Baur, who participated in the legal proceedings against Kondro.

“I have only twice in 25 years felt the presence of true evil,” Baur continued Friday. “When he and I would look at each other in the courtroom, it was a feeling that there was nothing there in those eyes. … I just never got any shred of humanity from him.”

On Jan. 4, 1997, a search team found 12-year-old Kara Rudd’s body beneath an abandoned car in the woods on Mount Solo, six weeks after her mother reported her missing.

Kondro, then 37, was the prime suspect in her disappearance. He was already in jail, facing charges of witness tampering and first-degree child rape and molestation of three girls, ages 7, 9 and 10.

For two years, Kondro had refused to cooperate with investigators, even though his DNA linked him to Kara’s body. Then, in a bombshell courtroom announcement, Kondro pled guilty to raping and strangling her — and confessed to killing Rima Traxler 14 years earlier. Rima’s remains never have been found.

Kondro, a drug addict and petty thief, had been longtime friends with both victims’ parents and had no trouble luring the girls into his car.

In answering to both crimes, Kondro dodged the death penalty. Superior Court Judge Jim Warme sentenced him to 55 years with no chance of parole at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. Kondro never expressed any remorse for his deeds and vowed to kill again, even behind prison walls. He hinted there have been other victims but saw nothing to gain by confessing.

“If you hook up a meter to my emotions, they’re flatline,” he said in a 1999 prison interview with a Daily News reporter. “I don’t know where my emotions are. … I couldn’t give a damn what anybody thinks.”

Friday, Kara’s mother said Kondro’s death was “a big weight lifted off.”

“I know Rima’s mom and us, we lived in horror and terror for a long time. Now it’s finally over,” said Janet Holden, 50, of Longview. “Now we just live our lives as best we can. Not much else we can do.”
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If you look (I will not give direct links) there appears to be quite a few online murderabilia sales for him. He obviously liked the attention he received for being a baby murderer / rapist.

There is an interview with this POS that reveals much about him.

WALLA WALLA — He tells his story casually, between yawns, revealing unspeakable horrors the way most people talk about the weather.

Joe Kondro, shackled at the wrists, rests a chin on his big hands as he tells how he used them to rape and kill a little girl, and get away with it for a dozen years.

Get away with it long enough to do it again.

And if he had a second chance, he says, he wouldn’t be in this small room being watched so intently by armed guards.

If he could change just one thing, Kondro says, he would’ve been more careful in hiding his final victim’s body. Then, he’d be free now to rape and kill again.

Much more here!

No tears shed and I hope he felt himself die, painfully.

I hope the families find some kind of peace from his death.

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

Group Wants Serial Killer’s Street Renamed

Cleveland Group: “Rename Serial Killer’s Old Street”

 CLEVELAND (AP) – Some neighbors of a now-demolished home where the remains of 11 murdered women were found want the street renamed to escape the stigma of the crimes.

A task force representing residents, business owners, ministers and relatives of victims are proposing the renaming of Imperial Avenue, the street where Anthony Sowell lived in the impoverished Mount Pleasant neighborhood east of downtown.

Some relatives say the victims’ families should memorialize the women as they choose and that the city should leave the property empty and not add the names of victims to any memorial.

“My mother is resting now, and I don’t want her name on anything over there,” said Donnita Carmichael, whose mother Tonia Carmichael was killed by Sowell.

“Would your kids play in that park? Would you eat or plant anything that came from a community garden grown on that soil? I don’t think so.”

The house was fenced off and kept intact for Sowell’s trial last year, when the jury toured the site. It was demolished in December.

City Councilman Ken Johnson said the task force was a council-driven effort, and the group is expected to make a recommendation to council members in the next couple months.

“It is a bad memory for the people on the street, and the landlords can’t rent their property,” Johnson said. “Nobody wants to live there because of what happened.”

Sowell, 52, is appealing his conviction and death sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court.

How? On what basis? Is he serious? What is his excuse for the bodies found in his house and yard going to be? Gremelins planted them?

The murdered women began vanishing in 2007. Police discovered 10 bodies and a skull at Sowell’s house in late 2009 after officers went there on a woman’s report that she had been raped at the home.

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What is your opinion?

Do you try to move on? Make a garden, a park or something?

Do you have a plaque, a bench, a memorial at all?

Do you just leave it empty, open, fenced off as a reminder? For how long?

I say made a nice garden, with benches, small seats one for each victim. It does not have to be a place where children play, I can see the public being uncomfortable with that.

I also think that the families need to have a say, a strong say.

 

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

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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 Murdered Women on 9th of Every Month Arrested

Karachi

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
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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?

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.

Serial Killer Robert Ben Rhoades

A Texas trucker who kept a torture dungeon in the cab of his long-haul rig has avoided the death penalty by accepting life prison sentences for murdering a hitchhiking couple two decades ago.

Robert Ben Rhoades, who already is serving a life sentence for killing a 14-year-old girl in Illinois, pleaded guilty to two counts of capital murder when he appeared before a West Texas judge this week. He has no chance of parole.

Yeah, but he can escape, torture then kill other inmates, prison workers and all other kinds of things. Maybe, like Richard Speck, he can make a video while doing coke, growing boobs and having sex with another prisoner?

Oops, sorry about the rant. It’s all true but came out a bit harsh. Oh well.

Described by authorities as a sadistic killer, Rhoades was charged with the 1990 abductions and slayings of newlyweds Douglas Scott Zyskowski, 28, and Patricia Walsh, 24. Authorities said the couple left Seattle in November 1989, and were hitchhiking to Georgia to preach the Christian gospel when they accepted a ride from Rhoades near El Paso.

Zyskowski’s body was found in January 1990 along Interstate 10 east of Ozona, about 500 kilometres east of El Paso. He’d been shot, and his body wasn’t identified until 1992. The remains of his wife were found in October 1990 by deer hunters in central Utah, but they weren’t identified until 13 years later by dental records.

Police believed Rhoades held the woman captive for about a week, systematically torturing and assaulting her before shooting her several times.

Rhoades was initially charged in Utah with her death, but he was later extradited to Texas where authorities said the kidnappings took place. Prosecutors in Ozona said they would seek the death penalty, but his trial was repeatedly delayed since 2009.

Under the plea agreement accepted Monday, the life prison sentences in Texas would keep him behind bars if he somehow gets out of prison in Illinois.

See what I mean?!?!?!?!?

The 66-year-old also agreed to waive any rights to appeals and parole. It’s unclear whether he’ll stay in a Texas prison or be returned to Illinois.

Investigations continue

FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap in Houston said agents couldn’t comment on the case because investigations involving Rhoades are continuing. District Attorney Laurie English was not available Thursday, and messages left with Rhoades’s lawyers were not immediately returned.

Rhoades’s Illinois conviction stems from the abduction and slaying of Regina Walters, a 14-year-old runaway from Pasadena, Texas. She disappeared in February 1990 with an 18-year-old boyfriend who told friends they planned to hitchhike to Mexico.

Her body was found months later at an abandoned farm near Greenville, Ill. Her companion has never been located.

By the time Walters’ remains were found, Rhoades was in custody — after authorities discovered what was inside his truck.

A state trooper near Casa Grande, Ariz., stopped on I-10 to check on a tractor-trailer with blinking lights in April 1990. He discovered Rhoades inside the cab with a hysterical naked woman who had been chained and shackled to a wall.

She later told investigators that she’d been tortured and whipped, that Rhoades told her he was known as “Whips and Chains” and had been involved in such activity for years.

Houston police found another woman who’d managed to escape from Rhoades and told a similar story of torture. FBI agents called into the case searched his Houston apartment and found torture devices and photos of a teenage girl handcuffed and shackled and in various poses at a barn. The girl subsequently was identified as Walters, who had been strangled with baling wire attached to a piece of lumber.

Rhoades was convicted and sentenced in Arizona on aggravated assault, sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment charges stemming from the woman being held in his truck, then was charged with the Illinois slaying. He pleaded guilty.

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