In cases of unidentified bodies -- if the body was buried and not cremated, then it can be exhumed. DNA removed from exhumed bodies can be used, with the new techniques available, to identify the relatives of the deceased. This has solved a lot of old John and Jane Doe cases recently.
Felipe Santos was last seen being arrested for driving without a license in Naples, Florida. Records show he was never booked and Officer Steve Calkins claimed to have changed his mind and let him go. Three months later, another man, Terrance Williams, disappeared after being arrested by Calkins.
September 14, 1963. Bowmanville, Ontario. 13-year old Noreen Greenley leaves her best friend’s house and heads towards the bus stop, but never returns home. Shortly thereafter, one of Noreen’s sisters is nearly struck by a car and hears a female scream from inside, and it turns out the car matches the description of a vehicle seen near the bus stop minutes earlier. Five decades later, a tipster comes forward with an allegation that his deceased father confessed to killing Noreen and buried a car containing her body, but an excavation fails to turn up any evidence.
November 28, 1985. Tarrant County, Texas. The family of 44-year old Joe Blount gathers together for Thanksgiving dinner in their trailer at the Hilltop Mobile Home Park. After making a trip to a convenience store later that night, they return home to discover a briefcase on their front doorstep. When the briefcase is opened, a bomb goes off, claiming the lives of Joe, his 15-year old daughter, Angela, and Joe’s 18-year old nephew, Michael Columbus. Fourteen years later, a suspect named Michael Roy Toney is convicted of the bombing and sentenced to death, but it turns out the prosecution withheld evidence supporting Toney’s innocence at trial. As result, Toney’s conviction is overturned and he is released from prison in 2009. Who was actually responsible for planting the bomb which killed three members of the Blount family and what could their motive have been?
The Los Angeles Police Department said they found the elderly man with "numerous contusions and lacerations" at an address in Encino at around 12:50 p.m on Thursday, March 18.
Police were previously called at around 11:40 a.m. to reports of an armed man, Officer Drake Madison told KTLA. Officers later found a 34-year-old man with a minor laceration to his arm.
More than an hour later, police were called to another report of a man armed with a hatchet. The 102-year-old man, identified by his family as Youssef Mahboubian, was then found inside his home in the 17700 block of Alonzo Place in Encino.
Mahboubian's grandson, Jason Shakib, told ABC 7: "My wife is horrified to hear he was murdered by some axe-wielding psychopath. [....] "I just thought he slipped and fell because he was an older man. I had no idea there was a guy with a machete running around killing people." [....] Speaking to KTLA, Shakib added: "He came to this country from Iran decades and decades ago and they've been living peacefully at Alonzo Place for 30 years."
Police have arrested 47-year-old Adam Dimmerman on suspicion of the murder of the 102-year-old, as well as the attack on the 34-year-old. After he was taken into custody without further incident, officers recovered an axe and a knife from the scene.
Mesfewi worked as a shoemaker and trader in Marrakesh. Assisted by a 70-year-old woman named Annah, Mesfewi would kill young women who came to his shop to dictate letters. He would use drugs to incapacitate his victims before decapitating them with a dagger. Moroccan authorities found the remains of 20 mutilated bodies in a deep pit under his shop, another 16 were discovered in the garden outside. He was caught after the parents of one young victim traced her movements back to his shop. Annah died under torture and Mesfewi confessed that he killed them for their money; often the sums were very small.
nitially Mesfewi's execution was supposed to be crucifixion on May 2, 1906. But owing to protestations from foreign embassies, the decision was taken to behead him. However, public sentiment in Marrakesh was for him to suffer. Every day he was led from his cell to the market square, where he was lashed ten times with rods made from the thorny acacia. It was then decided that, because of the heinous nature of his crimes and as a warning for all, Mesfewi would be walled up alive in the bazaar that stood in Marrakesh's marketplace on June 11, 1906.
Two masons created a hole in the bazaar's thick walls about 2 ft (0.61 m) deep and wide and about 6 ft (1.8 m) high. Chains were fixed to the back wall to keep Mesfewi standing. He apparently was not told what his fate was to be because on the day of his execution, he began screaming for mercy and fighting with his gaolers when he was led to the wall. After he had been chained up, bystanders threw filth and offal at him. The masons then came forward and began laying courses of masonry to brick up the opening. After his entombment, the crowd would be silent, but then cheer every time they heard him scream inside. For the first two days he was heard, before falling silent on the third day. Many in the crowd voiced their anger that he had died too quickly.
Danguolė Rasalaitė (19 May 1983 – 10 January 2000) was a Lithuanian girl who was sold as a sex-slave in Sweden in late 1999. Her mother had abandoned her when she was 14 years old and left for the USA. When she was 15-16 years old, she was sent from Lithuania by an older man who pretended to be her boyfriend. He promised her a job as a berry picker in Sweden and gave her a fake passport. When she arrived in Sweden, a man welcomed her and locked her in an apartment in Malmö. He said she had to pay him 20,000 kronor for her passport and the transportation from Lithuania to Sweden. She soon understood she would be working as a prostitute.
Rasalaitė was forced to work as a prostitute for two weeks before she escaped the apartment she was imprisoned in. On 7 January 2000, she jumped off a bridge in Malmö after escaping from the apartment and getting raped by a group of men who pretended they would help her. She died three days later at a hospital. Her case stirred much debate on human trafficking.
Around Christmas 2002, bartender Doyle went out drinking with pal Michael Wright and Wright’s girlfriend. As they all walked home, Wright thought Doyle was hitting on his girlfriend, and witnesses later told cops they saw a man getting “the s–t beat out of him.” He was heard screaming, “No, don’t break my legs!” and another witness said he saw someone throw Doyle down an open manhole.
The drop was 18 feet. At the bottom was a pool of boiling water, from a broken main. Doyle didn’t die instantly — in fact, as first responders arrived, he was standing below, reaching up and screaming for help. No paramedic or firefighter could climb down to help — it was, a Con Ed supervisor said, 300 degrees in the steam tunnel.
Four hours later, Sean Doyle’s body was finally recovered. Its temperature was 125 degrees — the medical examiners thought it was likely way higher, but thermometers don’t read any higher than that. When Melinek (the NYC Medical Examiner) saw the body on her autopsy table, she writes, she thought he’d “been steamed like a lobster.” His entire outer layer of skin had peeled off, and his internal organs were literally cooked.
He otherwise had no broken bones and no head trauma, which meant he was fully conscious as he boiled to death.
“The worst nightmares I ever had in my two years at OCME,” Melinek writes, “came after I performed the postmortem examination of Sean Doyle.”
An Alaskan man was accused of rape based on DNA evidence extracted from the scene of the crime. The case would have been open and shut if not for one technicality -- the accused man was already in prison at the time.
After some careful detective work to figure out how the suspect was phantom-molesting people from his prison cell, they finally found the answer -- he'd previously received a bone marrow transplant from his brother, and his brother had actually committed the crime. The marrow transplant literally meant that his brother's DNA was floating around in his blood.
ASOTIN - The man who allegedly stole a woman's wallet from a Clarkston convenience store says he didn't do it, despite video surveillance camera footage that appears to catch him in the act.
Michael Millhouse, 43, of Clarkston, was pictured twice on the Lewiston Tribune's front page Dec. 13 - painting Christmas greetings on the windows of a Lewiston business directly above a surveillance camera image from the Clarkston Zip Trip on Bridge Street.
The coincidence of the two pictures running one on top of the other led to Millhouse's arrest that morning in connection with the alleged theft.
According to a Clarkston Police Department report, an officer states that while Millhouse was at the counter of the store paying for coffee, cream soda and a meat stick with money in his own wallet, he snatched the woman's wallet.
The woman accidentally left the wallet, which she claimed contained $600 cash, three credit cards, her Social Security card and drivers' license.
Millhouse told police he brought the wallet to his Lewiston business and intended to return it, the report states, but had forgotten about it and was too busy.
Police recovered the wallet from Millhouse's business, police said, but the money was gone. The other contents were recovered.
In 1978, Mary Vincent had every reason to look to the future with optimism and hope. She was 15 and a competitive dancer, her instructors confident she could have a career in dance if she wanted it. She dreamt of traveling the world performing. But one night when Vincent was hitchhiking to her grandfather’s house in California, the future she’d envisioned for herself was torn away from her. Not just her future, either — what happened to Mary Vincent that night, and the events that unfolded in the decades following, have changed California law.
Hitchhiking was a common practice in 1978, in a time when many people didn’t own cars. Vincent was with two other hitchhikers at the time, trying to escape the conflict between her parents, who were in the middle of a divorce, and stay with her grandfather instead. Lawrence Singleton, a 50-year-old man, pulled to the side of the road and offered a ride to Vincent only, claiming there wasn’t room for anyone else in his empty van. He promised he’d take Mary as far as Interstate 5, and 15-year-old Mary Vincent climbed into the van.
But Singleton hit on her during the van ride and did not stop at Interstate 5. When Vincent pointed it out and demanded he turn back, he pretended it was an honest mistake and turned the van around. After a few more miles, Singleton pulled the van to the side of the road, saying he needed to go to the bathroom. Vincent got out too, to get some fresh air. While she was bent tying her shoe, Singleton hit her over the head with a hammer. He tied her hands and shoved her in the back of the van. Singleton raped her repeatedly over the course of the night. The next morning, he cut off both of her arms with a hatchet, apparently in an attempt to make it more difficult to identify her body, and threw her into a 30 foot culvert pipe where he left her to die.
As traumatized and broken as she was, 15-year-old Mary Vincent was not ready to die. She packed the stumps of her severed arms with earth to try to stop the bleeding and then climbed up the 30-foot incline and back to the road to try to find help. She kept her arms raised in the air to prevent further blood loss and, according to court documents, to prevent muscles from falling out. She walked three miles from the culvert pipe where Singleton had dumped her.
One car drove right past her after the two men in it saw Mary’s condition. The next vehicle, carrying a young couple, immediately pulled over and rushed Mary to the hospital.
Mary’s description of Singleton was so clear and detailed that when the police sketch went live, Singleton’s neighbor immediately recognized him and reported him to police. Tragically, the laws at the time were so lenient that the maximum penalty Singleton could receive was 14 years in prison, which was the punishment he got after being found guilty of kidnapping, attempted murder, rape, and a series of other serious crimes.
Larry Singleton was released after eight years for “good behavior” even though at the trial, as he was leaving, he told Mary, “I’ll finish this job, if it takes me the rest of my life,” and even though multiple psychiatrists at the San Quentin prison where he was held had reported he was “a paranoid personality, severe,” “schizoid” and capable of “angry and destructive outbursts on those weaker than he.”
Sure enough, in 1997, 19 years after he tried to kill Mary Vincent, Singleton attacked again, this time a woman named Roxanne Hayes, a 31-year-old mother of three and sex worker. He’d been living in Tampa, Florida, and stabbed the woman to death in his own home.
Mary Vincent is 58 now. She’s lived a difficult life filled with trauma and PTSD because of the man who attacked her. But she had two sons and became proficient at tinkering with spare parts from broken down refrigerators and old stereos to create her own prosthetics, as high-end prosthetics are incredibly expensive.
nowhereman: If you didn't see Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey on Netflix...yikes. I was aware of most of that stuff but when it's all explained chronologically in great detail holy cow. Those FLDS people are out there.
Jun 12, 2022 2:22:32 GMT
mcfetty: YEahhhhh, just watched it and that was insane!
Jul 4, 2022 16:08:22 GMT
vivazapata: Peoples Investigates 2 hour show on "The Hammer Killer" in case anyone interested
Jul 12, 2022 4:12:24 GMT
billthom56: Just noticed this shoutout from SammyT. Thank you so much. Bill Thomas
Jul 18, 2022 18:42:27 GMT
sammyt: You're well deserving a shout out Bill. You put yourself out there, year after year. A truly inspirational person within the true crime world.
Jul 24, 2022 21:46:30 GMT
sammyt: After the new 12-26-75 book, perhaps it's time for a similar investigation into the CPK crimes. Seems like there were a lot of dirty police chiefs around back in the day...
Jul 24, 2022 21:54:28 GMT
sammyt: And big shout out to daedra.. another really good researcher on here!
Jul 24, 2022 21:59:34 GMT
kg: Thanks SammyT. I have to give credit to SammyT for the fact that I am still plugging away on Coe. If it were not for his candid feedback and encouragement I am sure I may have landed in the looney bin a long time ago but most likely I would have quit.
Aug 3, 2022 1:42:45 GMT