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FBI to Search Lake for Ray’s Murder Victim

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Investigators think he could be one of the worst serial killers ever in New Mexico. Problem is, they’ve never found any bodies to prove it. But now the FBI says new tips, and the drought, have prompted a new search of Elephant Butte Lake.

David Parker Ray‘s toy box is infamous; his Butte trailer home was a little slice of hell, filled with sinister devices he used to rape and torture women. But there may be another place ray used to keep his victims.

FBI agents will search Elephant Butte Lake again next week, all on a new tip that Ray’s forgotten victims will be found. The FBI isn’t talking except to say it has new information, and a chance now with the drought to search caves and ravines once covered by water.

Ray was arrested in 1999 after a woman wearing just a dog collar and padlocked chains escaped his house of horrors he called his toy box, full of torture devices he called his friends.

He was convicted of kidnapping and sexually torturing three women, all of whom lived to tell their stories. From the start investigators have suspected he was a serial killer.

In 2002, shortly after Ray was sentenced to life, he dropped dead of a heart attack in prison. After his death police released audio tapes he played for his captives, where he hinted he was a serial killer.

“I’ve tortured girls in ways that I’m not very proud of. When I’m p***ed off, I don’t mind having blood all over the place, and sometimes they didn’t survive,” Ray says on the audiotape.

Investigators also found Ray’s diary in his home with a timeline of his abductions dating back to 1955, when he was just a teenager.

Investigators believe Ray may have killed up to 60 people. Ray’s girlfriend Cindy Hendy helped kidnap and torture the women. She accidentally left a set of keys out, that’s how the woman escaped, bringing Ray’s reign of terror to an end. Cindy Hendy is serving 36 years in prison.

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I do wonder if Hendy is trying to cut some new deals or get privileges. I doubt the police are just now acting on her previous statements. It does sound as if the leads that they were following fell through though.

No bodies were found during a search of a reservoir for possible victims of a man known as the Toy Box Killer, convicted a decade ago of kidnapping and sexually torturing women.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said federal and local law enforcement agents searched a canyon in New Mexico for three hours on Tuesday but found only animal bones.

“We plan to come back in the near future to do a more thorough search of a few points there,” Fisher told The Times. “There are some areas we want to take our time with.”

About 30 people fanned out on the southern end of Elephant Butte Reservoir on Tuesday after authorities received information about possible remains of the missing victims of David Parker Ray.

Authorities have long believed that Ray, who died behind bars in 2002 while serving a life sentence, chose the reservoir as a burial site for some of the 40 people he claimed to have killed.

None of the bodies have been found there, however.

New Mexico police suspect that the remains of 22-year-old Jill Troia, who disappeared in 1995, may be buried near the reservoir in southern New Mexico, about 150 miles south of Albuquerque.

Ray wrote that he sexually tortured his victims in the trailer he dubbed his “toy box” in the New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences, within view of the reservoir, Fisher said. Ray said he then buried his victims, including an Asian woman investigators believe may have been Troia.

Ray was arrested in 1999 after a naked woman fled from his home wearing only a dog collar and chain.

The woman told police Ray had tortured her. Investigators who searched his home found a “Satan’s Den” sign on the wall, skull-shaped candelabra, surgical tools, video cameras, a makeshift coffin and a black box he apparently used to cover victims’ heads when he tortured them, the Daily Mailreported.

In 2001, Ray pleaded guilty to kidnapping and rape charges in the case of the woman who had fled his home; he was also convicted of kidnapping and torturing a Colorado woman.

Ray’s girlfriend at the time of his arrest, Cynthia Lea Hendy, told police that Ray disposed of bodies in Elephant Butte Reservoir. Hendy was sentenced 11 years ago to 36 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to accessory and kidnapping charges, and agreed to cooperate with investigators to avoid a life sentence. She remains in prison, Fisher said.

Troia was last seen in October 1995 at a restaurant in Albuquerque with Ray’s daughter, Glenda Jean Ray, whom she had dated. Albuquerque police have long believed Ray and his daughter were connected to Troia’s disappearance, which remains the Albuquerque Police Department’s only known cold case related to Ray. But neither was ever charged in connection with the case.

In 2001, Glenda Jean Ray pleaded no contest to kidnapping charges and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, plus five years of probation in connection with her father’s sex torture case. She was later released, Fisher said.

Fisher said authorities are reopening other missing persons cases from the same time period to see if they might be connected to Ray. A new missing persons DNA database could help identify remains, he said.

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I would think that decomposition in that type of condition (lake in the desert) would be quick and pretty complete. I wonder what would / could be left after all this time?



Investigation Discovery on Hendy

South African Serial Monsters

I have already written about the 5 men that were bound and killed in South Africa. There is an uproar over the fact that many feel that the police are not taking the cases seriously because the murdered men are homosexuals.  (Great article here by David Lohr.) I hope that they are wrong but they might be right.

“Cases of this nature are not taken seriously by the police or the justice department,” he said.

“It is our firm belief that the Department of Constitutional Development and Justice has to come to the party in ensuring that the plight of LGBT (and intersexed) people (receive the necessary attention and investigation),” he added.

All four victims mentioned in The Star’s report on Monday were killed in the past 10 months. They were tied up and strangled inside private homes within the greater Joburg area.

Police reported no signs of forced entry and believe these killings may be the work of a serial killer or a homophobic gang.

The lack of break-ins may mean the victims knew their would-be killers and could have invited them in.

The victim who has come to light after the previous report in The Star is Manolis Veloudos. He was found in his home in Greenside in April last year.

He was bound and murdered, seemingly by someone he had invited into his home. Again, there was no sign of forced entry onto the property, and very little was stolen.

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South African serial killer / rapist Sello Phalane will be heading to court this week. He is charged with 5 counts of rape, murder and robbery.

“The man allegedly raped, robbed and killed five women between 2008 and 2009 around the Dennilton area,” Lt-Col Mohale Ramatseba said on Friday.

He was arrested at Diskom taxi rank in Zebediela in September 2009, while selling CDs, Ramatseba said.

Eva Lekalakala, 41, was the first of his alleged victims and was killed in June 2008. Her remains were found at Spitpunt, in Dennilton. She was later identified through DNA tests, said Ramatseba.

Josephine Manamela, 38, was killed in August 2008 and her decomposed body was found at Ga Maria village between Vall Bank and Dennilton.

In February of 2009, the naked body of an unknown woman, around 30, was found in the bushes at Driefontein in Dennilton.

The remains of Margaret Seretlo, 41, were found at Driefontein in Dennilton in July 2009, as were those of Elizabeth Kobe, 36.

The trial is set down from Monday until Friday.

Phalane was not granted bail and remains in police custody.

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The last article that I am going to make you aware of is also out of South Africa and deals with the worst kind of monster.  There is one suspect linked to 21 child rapes and one child who was murdered.

Police believe that a series of child rapes, which occurred over 16 months, was the work of a single suspect.

But it was only after the Khayelitsha community rallied that police were able to track a suspect to an informal settlement in Philippi.

A 25-year-old man was arrested and initially charged with the failed abduction of a six-year-old girl, but police say investigations have linked the suspect to a string of other cases.

He has now been charged with 22 counts of abduction, 21 of rape and one murder, all involving girls aged between two and nine.

Police are investigating whether the suspect was involved in more crimes. 

How can anyone find a child ‘sexually arousing’? At 2 years of age? This is so beyond my understanding that I do not even try to make any sense of it.

It is alleged that the suspect conducted a 16-month reign of terror in the area around Monwabisi Park, Harare and Lingelethu West in Khayelitsha, but it was only after a four-year-old girl was murdered and a six-year-old girl managed to escape after allegedly being abducted that residents and police realised they had a serial rapist on their hands.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer said police were continuing to investigate, scanning reported cases to find out whether the suspect was involved.

On September 12, Aviwe Speelman was playing with her two-year-old brother in the yard of her parents’ home in Endlovini. Her parents were inside at the time.

After 20 minutes they realised Aviwe was gone and were told by her tearful brother that a man had taken his sister to the shop to buy chips, but he had been ordered to stay behind.

Her family, neighbours and police searched through the night for the little girl. The next day residents brought their dogs to join the search and later that day dogs sniffing in the bushes that border Monwabisi Park found Aviwe’s body.

Police Warrant Officer November Filander said Aviwe had been raped and strangled.

Her body had been covered with twigs and leaves, and her clothing lay next to her, Mbuwako said.

Just days later, the six-year-old disappeared.

Mbuwako said that at 4pm that day, the girl was seen with a man. She was holding chips. When residents chased the pair, the man let go of the girl’s hand and fled.

Mbuwako said that after this incident, residents had held a meeting during which some said they knew the man.

Residents had speculated that the man could be responsible for a spate of rapes in Harare and Lingelethu West.

He said there had been many rapes in those areas, but residentshad no way of knowing whether the same person was involved.

Three girls had been raped in one week, he said.

Police had been investigating the six-year-old’s abduction and this had led them to an informal settlement in Philippi, Filander said.

A man was arrested on the night of September 20 and initially charged only with the girl’s abduction.

At the time, police said the abduction and Aviwe’s death were unrelated.

When the man was arrested, forensic evidence had not yet been finalised, Lamoer said.

“Last week, thanks to forensic evidence, we started putting the picture together,” he added.

DNA evidence had linked one suspect to both crimes, along with 20 other abductions and rapes.

It was clear from the sheer number of rapes that police were dealing with a serial rapist, Lamoer said.

The crimes for which the man has been charged date from April last year to last month. All the victims were girls aged between two and nine, he said.

“We will continue investigations and see if other reported cases can be linked,” said the commissioner.

With Aviwe being raped and murdered by strangulation I am guessing that the killer was ‘advancing’, escalating in his desires. Rape was not enough anymore, even if it was the rape of a small child. He needed more to be fulfilled. I would be willing to bet that there would have been many more little girls raped and murdered after poor Aviwe.

The suspect appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Friday. The case was postponed to November 1.

Dey said residents in areas like Khayelitsha took crimes against children very seriously and authorities often had to step in to calm angry residents down.

When children were raped in Khayelitsha, some residents threatened to take matters into their own hands, Dey said, because these crimes were “not an accepted thing”.

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There are all kinds of mythical monsters said to be living in South Africa but it is the real monsters that horrify me.

Winston Mosley Up For Parole & Testing New Laws

Nearly half a century after the Kitty Genovese murder shocked the conscience of New York City and became a national symbol of urban apathy, her killer is coming up for parole for the 15th time. But this year the deal is a bit different for Winston Moseley, her assailant.

For the first time since he became eligible for parole in 1984, Mr. Moseley will appear before a parole board that now is being directed to look beyond his crime and criminal record, and consider if the 76-year-old who committed hideous crimes 47 years ago is the same person seeking freedom.

Nestled into budget legislation this year was a revision of Executive Law §259(c) that requires the parole board to establish and apply “risk and needs principles to measure the rehabilitation of persons appearing before the board” and the likelihood of success should the offender be released. In the past, the board “could” consider those factors; as of today it “must” consider them.

I hope that the same budget cuts that formed this law put aside money for all the criminals that will return to prison once they are pushed out.

Oh, wait. I guess the ones that pushed this figure they will be out of office by that time.   ?

Mr. Moseley will be among the first inmates evaluated under the revised system when he meets the parole board the week of Oct. 31. Advocates who have long promoted parole reform are watching the process closely. 

Halloween week, how fitting.

“We have always had a list of factors the board was supposed to consider, such as the seriousness of the crime, criminal history and participation in [rehabilitative] programs,” said Philip M. Genty, a professor at Columbia Law School and director of its Prisoners and Families Clinic who has written about the new law for the New York Law Journal (“Changes to Parole Laws Signal Potentially Sweeping Policy Shift,” Sept. 2).

The new law requires the parole board to adopt procedures that incorporate a growing body of social science research about assessing post-release needs and recidivism risks, according to Mr. Genty.

“The devil is in the details and it will depend on what regulations actually get written, but the change both rationalizes and modernizes the parole laws in ways that are long overdue,” said Mr. Genty.

The risk assessment tool is under development and is expected to be in use by November, according to Peter K. Cutler, a spokesman for the new Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which was created this year through the merger of the prison and parole systems.

Mr. Moseley is hardly a sympathetic figure.

Records indicate that in the early morning hours of March 13, 1964, he was cruising the streets of Queens when he confronted Ms. Genovese, the 28-year-old manager of a Jamaica Avenue sports bar, after she got out of her red Fiat and began walking the 100 feet to her Kew Gardens apartment. Ms. Genovese attempted to escape, but Mr. Moseley caught her and stabbed her in the back twice as she screamed for help.

Mr. Moseley fled briefly, but when no one came to Ms. Genovese’s aid he resumed his hunt, following her trail of blood. He found her collapsed in a hallway, where he  raped and robbed her, and then stabbed her another 15 times,  including several times in the throat in an effort to silence her, according to the prosecution.

The New York Times, in an account that is disputed but nevertheless bred a legend, reported at the time that more than three dozen New Yorkers heard and ignored Ms. Genovese’s continual pleas for help as Mr. Moseley chased her down and attacked her again and again.

A month earlier, according to the prosecution, Mr. Moseley broke into a home, shot a 24-year-old woman six times and had sex with her dead body. He later explained that he had an “uncontrollable urge to kill” and claimed to have committed at least five rapes and 35 burglaries before his encounter with Ms. Genovese, according to the Queen’s District Attorney’s Office.

He killed a teenage girl and another woman. He likes killing.

Moseley quickly confessed to the Genovese killing and two others. He told cops he had killed Barbara Kralik, 15, on July 20 in Springfield Gardens, Queens, and shot Annie Mae Johnson, 24, of South Ozone Park, Queens, on February 29. Both were savage killings and may have involved sexual assault. 

Mr. Moseley was sentenced to the death penalty, although the sentence was reduced to 20 years to life.Then, in 1968, while Mr. Moseley was serving time at Attica state prison, he was brought to nearby Buffalo for minor surgery and escaped. He broke into a home in Buffalo, tied up a man and raped his wife. 

A little more detail on his escape might warrant mentioning,

In 1968, a year after the appeals court made his death sentence a life sentence Moseley was on his way to a hospital to get (tax payer funded) surgery. He overpowered a guard and proceeded to beat him to the point where the guard’s eyes were bleeding. He then stole guard’s gun.

He then took 5 people hostage. During his 2 day crime spree he also raped a woman while her husband watched .

He surrendered after a half hour-long standoff with a FBI detective. He had held his gun on the agent who had his gun on Moseley during the standoff.

Moseley was also involved in the Attica Prison Riots.


At his most recent parole interview, in 2009, the board cited Mr. Moseley’s “heinous” offense, “total disregard for the life of another human being” and apparent lack of insight into why he killed Ms. Genovese or committed the rape in Buffalo, although he did stress that he sent letters of apology to The New York Times for the Genovese murder and to the Buffalo News for the rape.

The board noted in passing that Mr. Moseley has a good disciplinary record, and made “positive use” of his time in prison by earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology and working as a teacher’s assistant. But the panel, basing its decision on Mr. Moseley’s violent past, concluded that his release would be “incompatible with the welfare and safety of the community.” 

At one parole hearing Moseley said:

“For a victim outside, it’s a one-time or one-hour or one-minute affair,” Moseley said. “But for the person who’s caught, it’s forever.”

He has also said:

“The crime was tragic, but it did serve society, urging it as it did to come to the aid of its members in distress or danger (sic).”

Yes, he tries to place himself into the role of a victim!

He blames his parents and society for his actions.

Riots, beating guards, escape, assault and rape. Also no remorse, no empathy and a reflection of blame.

Why is he getting a hearing and who the Hell thinks this is a “good disciplinary record”???

JoAnne Page, president and chief executive officer of The Fortune Society, a social services and advocacy group that promotes successful re-entry from prison had this to say.

“People change,” Ms. Page said. “If there is anything I know from my 22 years heading Fortune, it is that people who have been menaces to the community have the capacity to become good neighbors and make a positive difference in the world. And the people who committed the most horrific crimes and served decades [in prison] are beyond the age when people tend to recidivate.”

I say that everyone that is released based on this social reform gets a house in Ms. Page’s neighborhood. She seems to want to welcome them to the outside. Let her have them.

At the age of 76, Mr. Moseley is statistically unlikely to re-offend, but the Queens District Attorney’s Office opposes his release and maintains “there is no question that if Winston Moseley is released he will again commit crimes against society and the citizens of New York.”

In a March letter to Mr. Moseley’s parole officer, Executive Assistant District Attorney Charles A. Testagrossa described the inmate as a “callous, vicious, violent man who is a serial rapist, burglar and multiple murder,” and who has no “compassion or sorrow for his victims and is not capable of living a law-abiding life.”

The letter, written before the change in law, references nothing that occurred since 1971, when Mr. Moseley took part in the Attica prison riot.

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Even if Mosley doesn’t re-offend he is still supposed to be punished.

Prison is not just about reformation, it is about punishment. This man destroyed people and shows no remorse.

Let him rot, I do not care if he is bed ridden, which he isn’t.

Oh, as for his age, a 76 year old serial killer / rapist in good health is a threat. Let’s not discriminate based on age.


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In 1977, Moseley wrote a long letter to The Times airing his thoughts on his killings and life in prison. As for the Catherine Genovese murder, he said, “The crime was tragic, but it did serve society, urging it as it did to come to the aid of its members in distress or danger (sic).” The Times, apparently seeing something profound in Moseley’s words, saw fit to publish the entire article in its Op Ed section under the alluring title Today I’m a Man Who Wants to Be An Asset on April 11, 1977. The story spanned 4 columns, replete with graphics and Moseley’s own description of a “different” and “constructive” multiple killer. “The man who killed Kitty Genovese in Queens in 1964 is no more,” Moseley wrote, “Another vastly different individual has emerged, a Winston Moseley intent and determined to do constructive, not destructive things.”

Moseley realized he would become eligible for parole and he began a concentrated effort to gain release from prison. He read books from the prison library, and using taxpayer funds, was able to enroll in a college program. In the late 1970s, he became one of the first inmates in New York State to earn a college degree when he received a B.A. in Sociology from Niagara University. He wrote letters to newspapers and continued his campaign to obtain a parole.

During the period 1984 through 1995, Moseley appeared before the state parole board six times. His appearances were marked by his bizarre, self-serving comments to the panel, and he frequently assumed the role of society’s victim. “For a victim outside, it’s a one-time or one hour or one minute affair, but for the person who’s caught, it’s forever,” he said in 1984. “People do kill people when they mug them sometimes,” he added. At one parole hearing, Moseley claimed he had written a letter to the Genovese family “to apologize for the inconvenience I caused.” The Genovese family strongly denied receiving any such communication nor did they wish for one.

In 1995, at the age of 60, Moseley thought he had found a way out of prison. He appealed to a federal court to give him a new trial because he claimed that his attorney, Sidney Sparrow, had a conflict of interest during his trial. Sparrow had once represented Catherine Genovese on a minor gambling charge and, therefore, Moseley surmised, he could not represent him when he was accused of her murder. This time, however, the Genovese family did attend. All three brothers, Vince, Frank and Bill, who lost both legs in 1967 during the Vietnam War, and a sister, Susan, were there. “It was tough to hear it all again,” said Bill recently, “but it was tougher on Vince who testified.” Sparrow, then 82 years old, also attended the hearing and later said that Moseley was a liar “trying to get out of prison anyway he can.” On November 13, 1995, a federal judge denied Moseley’s request for a new trial saying that Sparrow in 1964 “gave Moseley effective, competent and capable counsel under difficult circumstances.” He was returned to prison once again.

Kitty Killer: I’m Victim Too Says Notoriety Causes Him Hurt

Referring to the Genovese killing, Moseley said: “There were worse murders, and more serious or ones that are just as serious but this case, for some reason, is unprecedented in the annals, in perhaps the last 25 years, in the way it’s been publicized. “It does cause, of course, hurt for me,” he said.

Later, after telling a commissioner he “never intended to kill Miss Genovese,” Moseley said, “What happened then would be called mugging. . . . People do kill people when they mug them sometimes.”

So Many Signs Missed With Budding Serial Killer

The girl did not know the tall boy with jet-black hair.

He might not have known her, either. Centennial High School is a big place.

But he wasn’t interested in a formal introduction.

As the 16-year-old girl disappeared into a school bathroom, the boy followed. And when she tried to exit her stall, he pounced.

She screamed as the boy’s hands clamped around her throat. He forced her back into the stall and jammed her against the toilet.

It’s unclear how long the assault in 2009 lasted. It ended after another student heard screams and followed the sound into the bathroom.

That student was the person who later identified the boy to Clark County School District police: Javier Righetti, then 17, and now charged with murder in the brutal rape and killing of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba over Labor Day weekend.

Because Righetti was a minor, the juvenile court sealed the case. The Review-Journal learned about the Centennial incident through multiple sources with knowledge of the offense.

Experts now say the attack may have been the first documented incident in a pattern of behavior pointing to a budding serial killer.

Righetti, now 19, was expelled from Centennial, in the northwest valley, after the 2009 assault. He was charged with felony kidnapping, coercion and battery, according to sources. He was sentenced to one year at the Caliente Youth Center, a secure facility.

What troubled investigators — at the time of the Centennial assault and again after Otremba’s death — was that Righetti was not charged with a sex offense in the bathroom attack.

Because of that, he probably wasn’t treated as a potential sex offender while incarcerated, said Alexis Kennedy, a criminal justice professor at UNLV and an expert in youth sex offenses.

“If he wasn’t charged with anything sexually related, they probably wouldn’t have done a sex offender assessment,” Kennedy said. “It wouldn’t have been on their radar.”

Rehabilitation is the primary goal of juvenile justice, Kennedy said. But how do you fix a sex offender if you don’t know he’s a sex offender?

Katherine Ramsland, a criminal justice professor at DeSales University in Pennsylvania and an expert on serial killers, said courts are hesitant to label juveniles.

Although authorities may have suspected Righetti was a potential sex offender, labeling him as one in 2009 would have been premature without additional evidence.

“No matter what their opinions were, if you overreach and label a kid as a sex offender, that could be detrimental for life,” she said. “But this kid has shown, he was on his way.”

I understand not classifying the kid publicly but we, as a society, have to warn officials.  Since he did not get ‘help’ (although I wonder if there is help for serial killers even as teens) the local police and school system should have been told.

Actually I can not understand why he was not forced into some kind of therapy in the juvenile facility. That should be mandatory.

The similarities between the 2009 assault and Otremba’s killing were striking.

In both cases, Righetti was accused of approaching a girl whom he did not know in a busy area. In the first case, it was at school; in the second, a well-lit, heavily traveled street.

In both cases, the motivation was sexual, sources said. But in the Centennial incident, there was no physical proof of a sexual assault.

“He just didn’t have time to do anything to her. This guy was a sick puppy,” said one source, who requested anonymity.

Otremba was not as fortunate.

The Arbor View High School freshman was raped before being stabbed more than 40 times, Las Vegas police said. Her body was then doused with gasoline and set ablaze.

Righetti confessed to police, according to his arrest report. In the interview with detectives, Righetti also admitted to another rape and robbery. Detectives are investigating those claims as Righetti awaits his fate in the Clark County jail.

One law enforcement source called Righetti a “monster” who was already a serial rapist with a growing compulsion to kill.

Ramsland agreed, assessing that the suspect fits the profile of a budding serial killer.

“He’s got the anger issues, he uses weapons, he has brutalized people, he takes risk, and he’s starting young,” she said. “Those are all pretty big red flags.”

Why was not addressed while he was locked up? Why was he allowed to go free?

In both incidents, authorities said Righetti attacked girls despite a high probability of being caught.

That’s an impulse act, as opposed to a calculated plan, Ramsland said.

“The opportunity was there, and he had the compulsion to act,” she said. “The driving need usually comes from a rich fantasy life where he (a serial killer) does things like that. When he sees an opportunity to actually do it, he may act.

“Only after the feelings recede does he realize the risk he took,” she said.

Kennedy said it’s natural to cast blame toward authorities after a heinous event, but predicting behavior in teenagers is an imprecise science.

“Human behavior is so hard to predict,” she said. “This was the worst possible outcome of the worst possible scenario.”

Because juvenile records are sealed, the public doesn’t know exactly how Righetti’s case was handled.

Kennedy said the “choking” aspect of the Centennial incident should have concerned authorities. That’s a sign of escalating violent tendencies, she said.

Could Otremba’s death have been prevented? No one can know, Kennedy said. Even in the best-case scenario, with all the right treatment and therapy, Kennedy said sex offenders may relapse.

“Everyone in corrections at juvenile justice is saying, ‘I hope I haven’t had this person,’ ” Kennedy said.

“Every system that had contact with him is second-guessing themselves, looking at what they might have done differently.”

They should be second guessing themselves. This kid was a time bomb and no one seems to even have tried to diffuse him.

Baseline Killer Trial Update

Some time around 9 p.m. on June 29, 2006, Jose Reyes was talking on the phone to his girlfriend, Carmen Miranda, who was vacuuming the inside of her car at a car wash on Thomas Road near 29th Street.

Suddenly, Reyes heard a deep voice on Miranda’s side of the call, but because he doesn’t speak English well, he could make out the words, “Give me,” but not what the man wanted her to give. Then he heard Miranda scream and the line went dead.

Reyes called her back, but when Miranda didn’t answer, Reyes called her son, Jaime Coronado Miranda, to see if he knew which car wash she’d gone to.

Jaime was at a store nearby, and he rushed to the car wash where he found one of the floor mats from his mother’s car.

He raced to the apartment he shared with his mother, and when she wasn’t there, he called police and then headed back to the car wash.

Hours later, police found Miranda dead in her car behind a barbershop a half block away.

She was sprawled on the backseat, with her pants pulled down to her knees and a bullet in her head. Her lip was split and there were grip marks on her arms and legs, showing she had struggled with her killer.

Miranda, 37, was the ninth murder by the “Baseline Killer” and last victim.

Both Reyes and Coronado took the stand Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court to testify in the trial of Mark Goudeau, who prosecutors believe killed Miranda and committed a 13-month series of rapes and robberies. He is charged with 74 felonies in the case and, if convicted of any of the murders, faces a possible death sentence.

He is already serving more than 400 years in prison for sexually assaulting two sisters in south Phoenix in 2005.

Miranda’s abduction was caught on surveillance video. It shows a blurry image of a man racing around the back of her car, grabbing her violently and throwing her in the backseat. Then her car can be seen exiting the car wash.

Police descended on the scene within minutes of the 911 call – they were on hair-trigger alert, given the Baseline Killer’s crimes and a serial-shooting spree that was going on at the same time.

But even though Miranda and her attacker were just 100 yards away, police did not find her in time. Her attacker had vanished.

Goudeau lived just two blocks away.

“Carmen Miranda had no way of knowing that the car wash was just blocks from where a serial predator lived,” prosecutor Patricia Stevens said.

Stevens told the jury Monday that the medical examiner extracted a bullet from Miranda’s head that matched the gun used in all the Baseline killings.

Shortly after the murder, police contacted Goudeau as they canvassed the neighborhood. They’d also culled his name out of thousands of tips that came in through Silent Witness.

He was arrested Sept. 6, 2006, after his DNA was identified on one the rape victims, though it took several more months for police to connect him to the murders.

The prosecution is expected to rest its case next week.
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Serial Killer Putt Waives Parole Hearing

The actual new report about Killer Putt almost makes him seem somehow worthy of sympathy.

For the third time in the last eight years, a serial killer who terrorized Memphis in the summer of 1969 has waived his appearance before the state parole board.

George Howard Putt was a 23-year-old misfit who had just moved here from Tupelo with his wife when he went on a 29-day killing spree, leaving five victims and a shaken city.

Although he is serving a 497-year sentence, Putt has had four parole hearings since 1993, even though he had indicated he does not want them.

“I have signed waver (sic) papers the last two times I was to meet with the board,” Putt said in a message to a parole officer earlier this month. “Please call me up to sign this time before said hearing.”

A hearing was held anyway and parole was denied with this brief finding: “The release from custody at this time would depreciate the seriousness of the crime of which the offender stands convicted or promote disrespect of the law.”

By law, the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole is required to hold a hearing for every eligible inmate at least once every six years, said spokeswoman Melissa McDonald.

“July of 2017 is six years from now,” she added, “and we will conduct a hearing at that time.”

Putt’s waiver notes his “intent to waive his hearing to expired sentence.”

His sentence expires Dec. 20, 2432.

Putt, 65, works for 34 cents an hour as a commercial cleaner at the Turney Center Industrial Prison and Farm in Only, about 50 miles southwest of Nashville. He has not had a single disciplinary write-up.

It almost makes him sound like a messed up kid who is now some what accepting responsibility and maybe even somewhat possibly remorseful.

There is also a statement from the son of Putt’s victims that seems to try to lessen the brutal horror this man created.

Their son, who discovered his parents’ bodies when they failed to show up for a birthday party, was dumbfounded when he learned eight years ago that Putt could be considered for parole.

For more than four decades, Michael Dumas of Cordova has struggled to find peace, relying heavily each day on his faith as a Christian.

“I cannot speak against George Howard Putt as for 43 years I have prayed for Putt and all the families and victims of the five people that Putt murdered,” said Dumas, who nevertheless keeps close tabs on Putt’s parole status.

“I long ago have forgiven Putt for his crimes…. I continue to pray for George Howard Putt

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I do hope that Michael has found peace.

Here is the twist though. In another article I found we learn the true depth of the horror of Putt’s crimes.

George Howard “Buster” Putt was born in New Orleans, LA in the mid-1940s.  His parents were drifters who brought Buster and his siblings up amid abuse and neglect.  The brothers were not allowed to go to school because of the rambling nature of the parents.  Eventually Putt’s parents went to prison for passing bad checks and the seven children went to North Carolina to live with their grandparents.  Within a relatively short period of time the grandparents sent the whole crew of children to an orphanage in Richmond, VA.

Putt later landed in the Richmond Home for Boys, where it was noted that he had “a morbid preoccupation with blood and gore”.  He was described as “seriously disturbed” in a report by one of the school’s counselors.

By the time Putt was 16 he was under arrest for his second attempted rape.  He had escaped after the first arrest and fled Virginia.  The second attempt occured when he forced a woman into his car in Texas and subsequently wrecked the vehicle.  Putt was then put in a maximum security facility for juveniles in Texas.  One psychiatrist there described Putt as “a pyschopath capable of committing almost any crime”.

When Putt turned 21 he was released and immediately left Texas.  He drifted to Mississippi and later to Memphis where he married his brother’s pregnant ex-girlfriend who he had only know for a few weeks.  Mary Bulimore, the new Mrs. Putt, worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.  Mary had the baby and the couple named him George Jr.  For whatever reasons the couple soon ended up in Tupelo, Mississippi where Putt worked at a gas station and Mary as a clerk in a local hotel. 

In May of 1969 Putt was arrested for burglary and sentenced to six months at the county penal farm.  Very soon he escaped by simply driving a truck away.  The couple headed for Memphis to escape the Mississippi justice system.

The couple floundered around Memphis taking small jobs, selling blood etc.  They made no friends.  George seemed “odd” to most folks he met and never kept a job for long.  Their last residence was on Bethel in North Memphis.  Around the time George lost a job for stealing from the register the “Putt Murders” began.

The murder spree began in midtown Memphis at 1133 South Cooper, home of Roy and Bernalyn Dumas.  Roy Dumas was disabled from wounds suffered in World War 2 and his wife worked as a nurse at Baptist Hospital.   It was a hot day, August 14, 1969.  George Putt, still only 23 years old and only 2 years outside of the juvenile penal system somehow gained entry to the Dumas home where he tied and gagged both occupants.  Putt brutally murdered both in such a horrible way that it became difficult to determine cause of death.  The police commissioner called it, “the most atrocious and revolting crime he had seen in years.”   Putt took Mrs. Dumas’ purse on the way out the door.  Some rifling through the house was apparent, so robbery was listed as the motive for the crime.

Police were holding back certain gruesome details, chief of which was that Bernalyn Dumas was apparently molested with a pair of scissors.  Mr. Dumas was not as badly mangled as his wife’s.  The killer had left the scene of the crime with no witnesses and only a partial fingerprint on a piece of silverware. 

That night George Putt watched the television news coverage with his wife.

Twelve days later Putt struck again.  This time the victim was 80 year old Leila Jackson who lived at 21 N. Somerville.  Mrs. Jackson was found by her grandson much the way Bernalyn Dumas had been found.  Both had a lamp shining directly down on their body, a stocking wrapped around their neck and both were sexually molested with a sharp object, this time a butcher knife.

The police knew immediately that this was the same killer.  Fear began to grip the city with a vengeance.

That evening, George Howard Putt showed his wife the afternoon paper and said, “Remember that old lady I tried to rent the room from over near the Terrace Hotel?  That Mrs. Jackson? Remember her? Somebody killed her just like that Dumas couple!  There must be some kind of really bad nut loose in this town.”

Five days later, 21 year old Glenda Sue Harden was robbed and abducted as she got into her car leaving work.  The police began a manhunt, but the search came to a bad end.  Miss Harden was found, hands bound by her own pantyhose laying in the grass of Riverside Park.  She had been stabbed 14 times in the back, chest, neck and head.  Now there were four people dead in two weeks.  Each crime not only wanton, but heinous.  In each case the victim was robbed, but also assaulted in a way that appeared almost inhuman.

The newspapers warned caution, but warnings were hardly necessary.  All over the city new locks were being installed.  One hundred and thirty-five detectives and vice squad officers were assigned to the case as the largest manhunt in the city’s history began.  Clues were nowhere to be found.  A twenty thousand dollar reward drew no takers.  FBI assistance was sought for lab work.

On September 11, 1969 George Howard Putt commited his last murder.  He was less careful now.  He was seen by a number of people as he skulked about the apartment building at 41 N. Bellevue.  Christine Pickens, who was just turning 59 that day came home at a very inopportune time.  Putt had already failed in a ruse to get another resident, Grace Oldham, to open her door and now he abducted Christine as she entered her apartment. 

Things did not go as smoothly this time.  The victim began to scream for help and yelled “Murder!”.  Emma Gross who lived right above Christine ran to her aid.  As she arrived Putt entered the hallway covered in blood, holding a knife and a woman’s purse.  Putt decided not to kill Emma, probably because the scene was getting hot.  He threw the purse and ran.  Emman roused another neighbor, Wayne Armstrong from sleep and Armstrong began to give chase in his underwear while firing his pistol at Putt (Armstrong had left his glasses behind).  The chase went on through midtown as Armstrong screamed “He’s a murderer! Catch him!”

The chase was joined by two more men, Ray Brenner and Roger Meckley.  The two had limited success chasing the younger Putt, but the chase and Armstrong’s continuous firing of his pistol had drawn police protection.  Putt had actually shaken his pursuers by the time two officers spotted him, pants and forearms covered in blood.  Police officers Glenn Noblin and Phil Scruggs made the arrest on Linden Avenue. 

Christine Pickens had died in the meantime from 20 stab wounds.

Putt confessed to the murders within 48 hours.  He told police that the motive was robbery, but he was not going to leave any witnesses that might send him back to prison.  His victims were picked randomly except for the fact that each appeared vulnerable.

Later Putt recanted his confession, but he was tried for the murder of Christine Pickens and sentenced to death.  That sentence was later commuted to 99 years prompting prosecutors to also try him for the murder of the Dumases.  In all Putt received a total of 497 years.  Without the additional convictions Putt would have been eligible for parole in 1999.

Putt is currently serving his sentence at the Turney Center Industrial Prison in Only, Tennessee.  He now advocates a “Universal Law” philosophy and maintains that he murdered his victims “because that is the way it’s supposed to be”

Mary Putt learned the identity of Memphis’ serial killer just like everyone else… on the evening news.

He was raping the women with sharp objects. Robbery was not the main motivation, sexual gratification was. He has a long history of sexual crimes.

His wife had to be horrified when she read in the papers that her husband was the killer.

What really gets me is that he is not remorseful, he believes that was the way it was supposed to happen. He does not take responsibility, he blames it on some cosmic type plan.

I am glad that he is not going to be trying for parole. I think that the money that he makes should go to a victim’s fund and in some part to pay for his living expenses. I don’t care if it is only $.05 taken from his ‘check’. Every time he gets a check he should be reminded that he is paying for HIS crime not some warped cosmic design.

Acquittal of serial killer in murder case triggers scare

By Mizan Rahman
The acquittal of serial killer Roshu Kha, 35, on 08/22 in a case relating to rape and killing of a girl Poppy in a Chittagong court, has created a stir among villagers.
Residents of Modna village in Chandra Union of Sadar sub-district in Chandpur district are surprised to see the notorious criminal going scot-free. Although Roshu Kha has gone scot free in the murder case, the chances of his release from prison are extremely remote as he is implicated in seven  other murder cases, lawyers said yesterday.
After visiting Modna, newspaper reporters yesterday could not trace Roshu’s mother and brothers.  Locals said family members of the criminal have long fled from their ancestral village. His cousin, Anwar Khan, was unhappy at Roshu’s acquittal.

Newly elected Union Parishad (UP) chairman, Mohd Yusuf Khan, expressed surprise and told Gulf Times: “Roshu Kha is a notorious criminal. He should have been punished. He has tarnished the good name of this union.”
The “speedy trial court” should have taken place at Chandpur, instead of Chittagong city, as it would have helped people eager to give evidence against the criminal.
It is difficult for villagers to travel to the far-away south-eastern port city from Chandpur to give evidence against Kha, he added.

Local UP member in ward number 5, Md Mofu, told newsmen that villagers would be safe if the dangerous criminal was behind bars.  “About 15 years ago, Roshu and his family members were ousted from the village by angry residents,” he added.
Shafique, a villager, said: “We want Roshu to be hanged after a trial.”
He urged the government to shift the trial court from Chittagong to Chandpur for the convenience of villagers.
On October 7, 2007, the criminal was arrested by the Faridganj police from a Nirashpara house in Tongi in connection with theft of ceiling fans from a mosque at Gazipur Bazaar in Faridganj sub-district of the district.
When he was remanded, Roshu told the police that he had raped and killed 11 young women between September 30, 2007 and 2009 in Chandpur, Faridganj and Haimchar.
In his confessional statement, Roshu said he had killed these women to avenge his past. He had vowed to kill 101 women when the girl he was in love with, rejected him 15 years ago.



Family helps to catch a predator

Imagine waking up to a man standing over you in bed with a knife.

Imagine hearing your 15 year old child making a noise in the other room. You get up to see why and find a man standing over her with a knife.

Imagine finding out that that man has killed before.

A very brave and lucky family in Massachusetts does not have imagine any of that. It happened to them.

Adam Leroy Lane entered a home through a door that had been left unlocked.  He held a knife to the throat of a 15 year-old girl, threatening to kill her if she made any noise. The teenager did make a few muffled cries that were heard by her parents. Her parents entered her room and found Lane over their daughter with a knife, he was attempting to rape the 15 year old girl.

Kevin McDonough seized Lane and held him in a headlock on the floor. Jeannie McDonough  grabbed the knife cutting herself in the struggle.  Shea ran out of the house and called police.

While Jeannie McDonough’s husband struggled to hold down the masked intruder who had attacked their sleeping daughter, the man tried to convince the mother to let him walk away.

“He said he was nobody and to just let him go,” McDonough said.

But McDonough knew she couldn’t let Adam Leroy Lane escape. What she wouldn’t learn until later was that her family had helped capture a man suspected in a string of unsolved crimes along the East Coast.

In court, Jeannie McDonough glared at Lane as she described the psychological trauma the attack caused.

“Realize this, Adam Leroy Lane, that someday you will be held accountable — not only in a court of law,” she said.

About a month after Lane’s arrest in Massachusetts, he was charged in Massaro’s killing. Pennsylvania authorities said they were investigating Lane in connection with the July 13 fatal stabbing of Darlene Ewalt, 42, in her West Hanover Township house, and the July 17 slashing of a Conewago Township woman who survived.

Wikipedia has very little on him but you can read it here.

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Bloomsbury killer Adam Leroy Lane sentenced to life in Pa. murder


BLOOMSBURY — A former trucker already sentenced to decades in prison for the murder of a Bloomsbury woman and the stabbing of a Massachusetts girl was sentenced in Harrisburg, Pa. on June 28 to life plus up to 20 years for similar attacks in Pennsylvania.

“He will die in prison,” Francis T. Chardo, Dauphin County’s first assistant district attorney said Wednesday.

Adam Leroy Lane, 45, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges for the July 2007 murder of Darlene Ewalt outside her Harrisburg area home and the attempted slashing murder of Patricia Brooks while asleep in her York, Pa. area home. The plea deal spared Lane from the state’s death penalty.


The Pennsylvania attacks began a 17 day string of attacks by Lane in three states during July of 2007. In all four cases, prosecutors said the former North Carolina trucker picked his victims at random near the interstate highways he traveled, attacking them at their homes.

Lane was sentenced in October 2008 to 50 years in New Jersey state prison for the murder of Monica Massaro of Bloomsbury during a July 2007 home invasion. Prior to that sentence, Lane had been extradited from Massachusetts where he was serving at least 25 years for the knife attack of a 15-year-old girl just days after Massaro’s attack.

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Killer’s daughter objects to docudrama

I am having a hard time writing this article. It is always hard to find a balance between intellectual ideas and emotional reactions, so often they clash.

The victims of crime are always forward in my mind when I write, and I believe that their voices should always be heard and counted when they speak an opinion or comment on the crimes and criminals.

In the case of Fred and Rosemary West their most susceptible victims were their own children. What they made these children see, hear, do and know was beyond horrible.

Fred raped the girls as Rosemary held them down. The one daughter who mentioned it to a friend was killed and her brother was forced to help bury her in the yard.

The children knew of the other murders, one of which was one of Fred’s daughters from a previous relationship. Rosemary murdered her while Fred was in jail.

The kids were constant victims and pretty much prisoners in their own home by the people who were supposed to love them the most and protect them from as much as possible.

In 1976, the Wests enticed a young woman, designated as Miss A by the courts, from a home for wayward girls. At Cromwell Street, Miss A was led into a room with two naked girls who were prisoners there. She witnessed the torture of the two girls and was raped by Fred and sexually assaulted by Rose.

One of the girls that Miss A saw was probably Anna Marie, Fred’s daughter who was a constant target of the couple’s sexual sadism. As if Fred’s rape and torture of his daughter was not enough, he brought home his friends to have sex with her.

In November of 1978, Rose and Fred had yet another daughter who they named Louise, making a total of six children in the bizarre and unwholesome household. Fred also impregnated his daughter Anna Marie, but the pregnancy occurred in her fallopian tube and had to be terminated.

The children were aware of some of the goings on in the home. They knew that Rose was a prostitute and that Anna Marie was being raped by her father. When Anna Marie moved out to live with her boyfriend, Fred focused his sexual advances on Heather and Mae. Heather resisted her father and was beaten for it.

In July of 1983, Rose gave birth to another daughter who they named Lucyanna. She was half-black, like Tara and Rosemary Junior. Rose became increasingly irrational and beat the children without provocation.


West’s sexual interest in his own daughters didn’t wane either, and when Anne-Marie moved out to live with her boyfriend, he switched his attentions to younger siblings, Heather and Mae. Heather resisted his attentions and, in 1986, committed the cardinal sin of telling a friend about the goings on in the house. The Wests responded by murdering and dismembering her, and burying her in the back garden of No 25, where son Stephen was forced to assist with digging the hole.


In England they are about to release a docudrama about Fred West and his relationship with Janet Leach, a social worked to whom he confessed. It is called Appropriate Adult.

Producers have spent three years painstakingly researching the ‘docu-drama’ that focuses on the period between monster West’s arrest and his suicide in 1995.

The two-part show, which is due to be aired next month, tells the ”untold story of how Fred and Rosemary West were brought to justice”.

It also shows the role of Janet Leach, played by Emily Watson, who was installed as an ”appropriate adult” – who represent the interests of accused during police interview – to extract information on the killings.

Mrs Leach was a voluntary worker who listened to the horrific confessions in spring 1994. During her time as appropriate adult she listened to over 40 interviews and West refused to talk to anyone else when she was not present.

Executive producer Jeff Pope said: ”Our intention is to produce a sober and thought-provoking drama based on a true story.

”We have developed the script over the past three years and it provides a unique insight into the police investigation which led to the conviction of Fred and Rose West and the crucial role Janet Leach played as the ‘appropriate adult’.”


One of Fred West’s daughters has come forward with her objections about the show. She has not seen it but she does not want it aired.

Anne-Marie Davies said the ITV programme ‘Appropriate Adult’ would ”open old wounds” and affect those who had lost their ”loved ones”.

She was raped and beaten as a child by her dad and attempted suicide by drowning in 1999 by throwing herself from a bridge in Gloucester, but was rescued.

Anne-Marie’s partner, who asked not to be named, spoke out as she was ”too upset” over news of the programme, which is due to be aired next month.

He said: ”We feel sorry for all the family members and people who have lost loved ones who will be affected by such programmes.

”When this rears its ugly head again it just opens old wounds and prevents those who suffered from being able to put it to bed.

”Sadly these programmes are more about making money than making a point and it has a detrimental effect on us.”

Appropriate Adult executive producer Jeff Pope said: ”Our intention is to produce a sober and thought-provoking drama based on a true story.

”We have developed the script over the past three years and it provides a unique insight into the police investigation which led to the arrest of Fred and Rose West and the crucial role Janet Leach played as the ‘Appropriate adult’.”

A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire Police said they had been consulted with by ITV over Appropriate Adult.

She said: ”We are assured that the producers are sensitive to the continued distress experienced by those who were both directly and indirectly affected by the horrific crimes committed by the Wests.”

Film director Derek Jones, who made a Channel Five documentary on Fred West in added: ”Anything that rakes up the story is going to be upsetting to the family (of West) and to the families of the victims – I completely understand that.”


I understand the wish and want to sweep the past under a carpet. I know that with every mention of the crimes the victims have to relive some of the pain. This has to be horrible for them.

I also know that even if no one ever mentioned the crimes again they would still suffer. The memories would not erased by society not speaking of what happened. The pain and emotional scars would still creep into the daily lives of the victims.

I think that is important for people to remember. I think we all need to know that the tidy house next door might not be so bright inside. We need to learn to look for clues, for hints that there things wrong. We need to open the eyes of some to the fact that humans wear masks and if they do not look close enough they could be missing a chance to save a life, perhaps even their own.

As a society we need to recognize the fact that monsters do not have green skin and bolts in their necks.

Think what could have been if someone, a neighbor, a postal worker or dog walker had noticed something was amiss. Perhaps some of the horrors could have been prevented if the somebody rallied for the children, and victims, that were unable to speak for themselves. If someone knew what to look for, if someone felt that they could trust their feelings and speak out to the authorities. I know that even when things are said the authorities do not always listen, but it still gives a better chance than ignorance does. The more people who know, that watch, that speak out, the more that there is a chance things like this can be stopped. Not only in this case, but in so many others.

I am also against censorship even though that bares very little weight in this case.

I do think that this show and others about serial killers need to be shown. I hate the exploitative ones but they have a touch of truth and education in them. I do not know how profitable they are but I guess profits are expected. It would be nice if the people profiting would give something back to victim’s groups but I do not think that should be forced, just hoped for.

I wish that there was some way to protect the victims from the advertising and viewing of shows that depict their pain but that is not really possible. I guess all we can do is hope that she does not watch. That someone close advises that she not watch. That she protects herself and spends the nights that the show is on taking a bath, having a glass of wine and being with a loved one.

I know that it is so much easier for me to say than for her to do.

I wish her well and my heart goes out to her.

Original article about the docudrama.

Article about daughter slamming show.

Wikipedia article on Fred West

Biography Of Fred West

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