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FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony – WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg – Top Stories

It is about time. The connection between the abuse of animals and abuse of humans has been known about for a very long time.

It won’t catch every twisted killer but it will help law enforcement keep an eye on the soon to be killers.

FBI studies show that serial killers like Dahmer impaled the heads of dogs, frogs and cats on sticks; David Berkowitz, known as the “Son of Sam,” poisoned his mother’s parakeet; and Albert DeSalvo, aka the “Boston Strangler,” trapped cats and dogs in wooden crates and killed them by shooting arrows through the boxes.

FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony – WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg – Top Stories
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Death penalty upheld for serial killer William Suff

Another serial killer who really should have been stopped LONG ago.

In 1974 William Suff and his wife at the time beat their 2 MONTH old daughter to death. He was sentenced to 70 years but got out in ten.
>enter sarcasm: Isn’t parole a great thing for baby killers?<

 

There is very little that can be said about this guy that is ‘good’. I heard that he came across as

grandfatherly, a mild-mannered guy in the courtroom

but look at his track record:

Sept. 25, 1973 – Suff kills 2-month-old daughter, Dijanet. She dies of ruptured liver and numerous broken bones.
April 11, 1974 – Suff and his first wife Teryl convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 70-year prison terms. Teryl’s conviction later overturned.
Feb. 3, 1984 – Suff paroled from Texas to California.
Oct. 9, 1986 – Suff hired by Riverside County as a warehouse clerk.
March 9, 1987 – Suff discharged from parole but required to continue annual reporting. Jan. 18, 1988 – Body of Lisa Lacik, 21, of San Bernardino, found near Highway 330 in San Bernardino National Forest. Suff is prime suspect but not charged.
January 1989 – Prostitute Rhonda Jetmore attacked in Lake Elsinore. She escapes and reports attack to police, but crime wasn’t linked to serial killings until 1992, when she identifies Suff as her attacker.
June 28, 1989 – Body of Kimberly Lyttle, 28, found in Cottonwood Canyon area.
Dec. 13, 1989 – Body of Christina Leal, 23, found off Goetz Road in Quail Valley area.
Jan. 18, 1990 – Body of Darla Ferguson, 23, found in Cottonwood Canyon area south of Canyon Lake, a half-mile from where Lyttle’s body was found.
Feb. 8, 1990 – Body of Carol Miller, 34, found in Highgrove.
Nov. 6, 1990 – Body of Cheryl Coker, 33, found in northeast Riverside.
Dec. 21, 1990 – Body of Susan Sternfeld, 27, found in dumpster near where Miller and Coker were found.
Jan. 19, 1991 – Body of Kathleen Milne Puckett, 42, found northwest of Lake Elsinore.
April 26, 1991 – Body of Cherie Payseur, 24, found in Riverside.
July 4, 1991 – Body of Sherry Latham, 37, found in Lake Elsinore.
Aug. 16, 1991 – Body of Kelly Hammond, 27, found in Corona.
Sept. 13, 1991 – Body of Catherine McDonald, 30, found in Lake Elsinore.
Oct. 26, 1991 – Suff’s 3-month-old baby, Bridgette, suffers serious injuries in the home and is removed by San Bernardino County authorities.
Oct. 30, 1991 – Body of Delliah Zamora, 35, found in Mira Loma near Highway 60.
Dec. 23, 1991 – Body of Eleanore Ojeda Casares, 39, found in Riverside orange grove, a half-mile from a police station.
Jan. 9, 1992 – Suff is stopped for traffic violation in Riverside. He is questioned and later jailed for failing to report to authorities under Texas parole.
July 28, 1992 – Grand jury indicts Suff on 14 murder counts and one attempted murder count.

Timeline from this very detailed article.

Murderpedia with pictures of victims and more detail into their brutal deaths.

 

He did not just kill these women, he made them suffer. This is just an example of what he did to 1 of his victims.

The young woman was later identified as 23-year-old Michelle Yvette Gutierrez, a former resident of Corpus Christi, Texas.   An autopsy revealed she suffered severe trauma to the anal and vaginal areas and multiple stab wounds were discovered on her face, chest and buttocks.  Ligature marks on her neck suggested that she had been strangled as the gruesome mutilations took place.  In the end, investigators had a brutal murder on their hands and few clues to follow.

 

Sadly, this is in California so this piece of crap will probably die of old age before the sentence is fulfilled but at least he is locked up.

Still unpacking but had to share

Still unpacking but had to share

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (KTLA) — Richard Ramirez, the convicted rapist and serial killer known as the Night Stalker, died Friday morning.

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1984 arrest mug shot of Ramirez

Ramirez, who terrorized Southern California in 1984 and ’85 with a series of murders and rapes, died at Marin General Hospital of natural causes, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Satanic symbols were left at murder scenes by Ramirez, who entered homes through unlocked windows and doors.

He was captured Aug. 31, 1985, after being identified and severely beaten by an angry mob in East Los Angeles as he was trying to steal a car.

Police had to break up the mob to prevent them from possibly killing Ramirez.

He was convicted Sept. 20, 1989, of killing 13 people and was awaiting execution on death row.

Ramirez was 53 years old.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/06/07/report-night-stalker-richard-ramirez-has-died/#ixzz2Va5m3KjK

 

My happy thought for today. No more appeals, no more wild claims and no more even remote possibility of him getting out.

I hope there is a Hell, I am sure he would not enjoy it as much as he thought he would.

Heidi Balch murder connected to Joel Rifkin

 

 

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A woman whose severed head was found on a New Jersey golf course more than 20 years ago has been identified, and police say the trail leads to a notorious serial killer.

 Authorities say 25-year-old Heidi Balch likely was the first victim of Joel Rifkin, who is in prison in New York after admitting he killed 17 women in the early 1990s. They cite physical evidence and Rifkin’s statements in linking Balch’s killing to him.

 State Police Sgt. Stephen Urbanski says Balch worked as a prostitute in New York City and used numerous aliases.

 The severed head was found in 1989 in Hopewell, a town north of Trenton.

 State and local detectives found Balch’s aunt in New York, who identified her picture this month. DNA tests confirmed her identity.

 Hopewell Police Chief George Meyer tells The Times of Trenton that New York authorities have no interest in prosecuting the case because Rifkin is already behind bars.

 Rifkin, a former landscaper, was stopped by police on a routine traffic stop when a Long Island officer noticed his front license plate was missing, CBS New York reports.

 An odor in Rifkin’s truck led to the discovery of a body. Rifkin admitted to the 17 slayings after his May 1994 murder conviction in Nassau County. He also pleaded guilty to two murders in neighboring Suffolk County.

“Certain things are very hard to stop,” Rifkin said. “You think of people as things.”

 He said he disposed of the bodies in threes.

 “There were mini clusters, little sets of three,” Rifkin said. “Three were dismembered. Three were in oil drums. Some were in water. Some were on land. It’s like my own little nightmare scenarios.”

 Rifkin painstakingly covered up his crimes. He researched past crimes for details.

 “Water is harder to investigate than land because it washes everything,” he said.

 Throughout his trial and incarceration, Rifkin still could not explain one thing: why.

 “I don’t know. Why do people try to quit smoking for their entire lives?” Rifkin said. “As much as I say I wanted to stop, there probably would’ve been others.”

Why? How?

Recently 2 different people that were thought to be victims of John Wayne Gacy were found alive. I kept wondering how they could just go missing and not contact their families. Other have asked the same thing.

Oregon Live spoke with the most recent person to be found and although it did not satisfy my curiosity I’m going to share it here. It does answer in a shallow way.

 More than 30 years ago, Theodore Szal abandoned his car at a Chicago airport and didn’t look back.

“I threw my keys away down the sewer grate so I couldn’t change my mind,” Szal said, 59.

When Theodore “Ted” Szal, then 24, disappeared in March 1977, his family did not report him missing to authorities because he had a history of disengaging from his family for periods of time, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

In November, Cook County authorities sought to identify serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s remaining victims. The circumstances of Szal’s disappearance matched the Gacy victim profile, authorities said.

Authorities interviewed the family, only to find that there were no matches between Szal’s parents’ DNA and the seven remaining unidentified Gacy victims. Authorities then performed background checks on Szal and located him in Beaverton.

On Monday, Beaverton police confirmed Szal’s identity. A Cook County detective told Szal that his family in Chicago was looking for him.

Man thought to be John Wayne Gacy victim found alive in BeavertonMan thought to be John Wayne Gacy victim found alive in BeavertonTed Szal left Chicago in March of 1977, abandoning everything, and his family suspected he was a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Instead his family found out this week he was alive, living in Beaverton.

Growing up, Szal said he felt like the “black sheep” of his family. While his three pretty sisters were cheerleaders in school, he was more of a class clown, he said.

After a family disagreement in which he felt betrayed, Szal decided to leave for good. 

“I just had to leave town,” Szal said. “I just had to go. ”

Szal rebuilt a new life, traveled through Colorado and lived in California for about a decade, working in construction.  In 1989, one of his jobs brought him to Springfield. He met and married a woman he met at a Safeway store that he was remodeling.

Szal and his wife, Debbie Szal, later moved to Beaverton and settled into an apartment near the downtown area. Szal worked maintenance jobs, while his wife worked as the property manager of their apartment complex.

john-wayne-gacyjpg-9389f1b8caa08d9e.jpgThe Associated Press John Wayne Gacy

During that time, he occasionally thought about calling or writing his family, but the pain of the betrayal was too great, he said. “Not just everyone writes their family off,” Szal said. “But I did.” He thought that with the advances of the Internet, his family could easily find and contact him.

His family didn’t forget about him. Szal’s father, Ted Szal Sr., carried a picture of his son in his shirt pocket since he left 34 years ago, he learned this week from a Cook County detective.

Szal relayed a message to his father from the detective: He was still fishing, just the way his dad taught him when he was growing up.

He has no other words for his family yet, he said. He’s still trying to digest everything that has happened. Yes, he left home, bitter and thick-headed, he said. But that’s changed. He didn’t know his family thought he may have been dead, and now he wants to make amends.

Give him a few days, he said, and he’ll call.

“I’ve forgiven them,” Szal said.

— Dominique Fong

I do not understand even still. I hope the disagreement was a doozy. I could never have done that to my family. If nothing else I would have called 1 a year or so just to try to piss them off. LOL

Ian Brady Continues to Cause Families Pain

HOW CAN IAN BRADY GET HIS DAY IN COURT WHILE MY BROTHER LIES IN AN UNKNOWN GRAVE?

By James Murray

The brother of Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett has launched an impassioned plea to stop serial child killer Ian Brady from having his day in the public eye because it would be a travesty of natural justice.

Alan Bennett says Brady’s human rights are being viewed as more important than his and today accuses the killer of mounting a macabre publicity stunt.

Keith was just 12 when he was taken to Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester, and murdered by Brady and his evil accomplice Myra Hindley in 1964.

“I see no reason why the system should pander to his whims when my brother still lies on Saddleworth Moor, having been abused and murdered by Brady in that lonely place,” said Alan.

Brady, 73, wants to be moved from Ashworth high security prison in Merseyside to a prison in Scotland, where it is thought he believes he would be allowed to take his own life. Astonishingly, Brady persuaded mental health tribunal Judge Robert Atherton to allow the public to see his face and hear his arguments.

It would be the first time he has been seen in public for 45 years after he was jailed in 1966 for killing John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17.

Alan’s mother Winnie, 78, has said she wants to attend the hearing to ask Brady why he killed her son and where he buried his body.

Alan told the Sunday Express: ‘‘Although this is a public hearing, I doubt very much whether I, or any other members of the victims’ families, will be permitted to attend.

Brady’s human rights have long been regarded as more important than ours. I also suspect that this wish for a public hearing is nothing more than a publicity stunt. Let us not forget how he used the press before, and the system, in order to gain release from prison and into a secure hospital.

Now he wishes to do the same in reverse because he hasn’t found Ashworth an easy option.

“His disgusting whinging and repulsive ever-present complaints are being rewarded once more. In all the years that Keith has been missing, Brady has never genuinely tried to help us find his body.”

Terry Kilbride, 57, whose brother John disappeared in November 1963, said: “This hearing should be done behind closed doors and the public should be told about it afterwards. I think he will upset people again and I don’t think people want to hear it.”

Judge Atherton granted Brady’s request to have the hearing made public in October but the ruling was only revealed last week.

The date and arrangements are still being arranged but one possibility is that it will be held in a secure room at Ashworth with limited seating available to the public.

There is an option of having the proceedings filmed to allow journalists and the public to follow events in an adjoining room.

Under the terms of tribunal hearings the judge would sit with a consultant psychiatrist and a specialist lay member.

The psychiatrist would examine Brady and verbally report on his mental state to the judge in private.

At the public element of the hearing the judge would tell Brady’s lawyer about the findings of the psychiatrist.

Brady denied killing Keith Bennett for many years but eventually confessed to the murder and that of Pauline Reade, 16. Hindley died behind bars in 2002, aged 60.

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I feel so bad for these families.

If it was up to me I’d just let Brady die. His only contribution to society is now to bring pain.

I doubt he will ever tell Keith’s family where his body is. Brady enjoys the control and power he gets from it.

Tex Watson Denied Parole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The self-described right-hand man of cult leader Charles Manson, who was convicted of orchestrating the Tate-LaBianca slayings 42 years ago, was denied parole from a California prison Wednesday for the 16th time.

Charles “Tex” Watson, 65, was ordered to continue serving his life sentence after a hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, in the Sierra foothills 50 miles southeast of Sacramento.

A two-member panel of the California Board of Parole Hearings ruled that he cannot seek a new parole hearing for another five years, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It was his 16th denial, she said, contrary to information previously provided by corrections officials that it was his 14th parole hearing.

Four relatives of Watson’s victims asked that his parole be denied for killing actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant, and four others at her Beverly Hills home on Aug. 9, 1969. The next night, he helped kill grocery owners Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

“There’s no question these were some of the most horrific crimes in California history in terms of the brutality, the multiple stab wounds, the gunshots, the large number of victims over a two-day period,” Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira said. “For a group of people to just slaughter strangers in hopes of igniting a race war is extremely horrifying.”

Watson’s attorney, Cheryl Montgomery, did not return repeated telephone messages.

Watson read a statement but did not answer questions from the parole officials during the nearly five-hour hearing, Sequeira said, leaving them without enough information to decide if he is ready to be released.

“Basically the prison panel found they could not measure his true remorse or his measure of understanding of what caused him to become involved in these gruesome murders,” Sequeira said. “I think he lacks insight and understanding, I think he lacks true remorse. I think he has remorse for his being in prison all these years.”

Sequeira said he believes Watson still is a public safety risk because “he’s a man who is at the center of the Manson family. He was aware of all the crimes that all the Manson family members were involved in.”

Watson married and divorced in prison and has four children from conjugal visits, but his family did not respond to a request for comment that was left through the website that promotes Watson’s prison ministry.

The website says he was raised in Copeville, Texas, north of Dallas, and headed to California in 1967 after dropping out of college. A brief biographical sketch on the site said Watson believed Manson “offered utopia, but in reality, he had a destructive world view, which Charles ended up believing in and acting upon. His participation in the 1969 Manson murders is a part of history that he deeply regrets.”

A book he wrote while in prison is titled, “Manson’s Right-Hand Man Speaks Out!” In the past, Watson has argued that he is a changed man who has been a model prisoner and no longer is a danger to the public.

Like a killer would say anything else!

He did not attend his last parole hearing in 2006 but was portrayed in a psychiatric evaluation at the time as “a very devout fundamentalist Christian … a young, naive and gullible man (who) got into drugs and bizarre company without appreciating the deviance of the company he was keeping.”

This has to be a joke? Tex was a “good boy who just hung with the wrong people”??? No! Tex is a mass murdering, self centered, sociopath who robbed and killed people.

He was not some kid who accidently had a gun go off in a robbery or a drunken car accident.

Charles Tex Watson was, is and always will be a murderer.

Anthony DiMaria, a nephew of victim Jay Sebring, contested that view of Watson and other Manson disciples.

“They’ve often been portrayed as these victims of Manson, and they are killers. They’re mass murderers,” DiMaria said in a telephone interview before the hearing.

Agreed

He attended the hearing with his mother and sister.

Debra Tate also spoke on behalf of her late sister, Sharon, who at the time was married to film director Roman Polanski.

Tate said she was disappointed that Watson can seek parole again in five years.

“I was hoping for more than that, especially given the evidence that was laid out on the table,” she said afterward. “I was hoping for a minimum of seven.”

If he is truly repentant, Watson should provide what information he can on other crimes committed by the Manson family even if he wasn’t directly involved, she said.

Watson was convicted in a separate trial after Manson and three female followers were found guilty of the seven murders. Their death sentences were commuted to life when the U.S. Supreme Court briefly outlawed the death penalty in 1972.

DiMaria said his mother has considered it her mission to speak out on behalf of her brother.

“I know that our family, myself included, feel no hatred, anger or vengeance toward them. We actually go out of love for the victims, and we also go out of justice. This is calculated, cold-blooded mass murder in which bodies were desecrated,” DiMaria said. “We want to bring the memories of the victims into the room as the commissioners deliberate on whether to parole the inmate.”

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Discovery Article

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