Saturday, November 5, 2011

George McKenzie Campbell

Pretoria - "I heard his cheeks were tear-streaked and that his mouth was open as if he had wanted to say something before they shot him in the head," said heart-broken blind father Deon Campbell.

The Elardus Park father was talking in Pretoria on Sunday.

The bodies of his son, George McKenzie Campbell, 18, and Ben van der Berg, his employer of a month, were found next to the N14 highway in Tarlton near Krugersdorp on Friday.

The men apparently had been forced on to their knees before they were killed by a single bullet to the head.

Campbell said: "Police said their hands were tied to their ankles behind their backs. They fell forward after being shot. It was an execution, but they shot the wrong people."

The bodies were found about 11km apart. Campbell said police suspected his son was shot about three hours after Van der Berg had been killed.

"I wonder what was going through his head, and if he had begged them not to shoot him."

The post-mortems would be done on Monday, said Campbell.
'I would have heard it in his voice'

Because Campbell is blind, his wife and a family member, Johan Booyse, had to identify his son's body.

Campbell said: "My son was very careful, and he would never have become mixed up with anything untoward.

"I would have heard it in his voice if he had been in trouble, because, as a result of my blindness, I'm very tuned in to sounds.

"The only comfort I have is that he was religious and that he read his Bible every night.

Van der Berg farmed sheep and ran a nursery at Tarlton. Martie Nel, who lived with him on the farm, was still shocked on Sunday about his death.

"This is terrible. I keep wondering why they were going out that time of night. They were barefoot.

'Doesn't seem like a hijacking'
"Were they on their way to buy cool drinks? Was it a hijacking that had gone wrong?"

Paula Nothnagel said on Sunday police were following up all possible leads.
"The motive for the murder is still unknown, but it doesn't seem like a hijacking - it was murder."

Van der Berg's parents didn't want to comment.

Brian Muha and Aaron Land

There have been 10 lonely Christmases and 10 missed birthdays since the families of Brian Muha and Aaron Land first entered a courtroom to face the man accused of kidnapping and killing the young men on a wooded hillside in Washington County.

This week, relatives and friends will gather for yet another confrontation with Terrell Yarbrough, who after years of delays will stand trial a second time in a second state for the slayings of the university students in 1999.

Mr. Yarbrough, 29, formerly of East Liberty, was convicted of 12 counts, including aggravated murder, and sentenced to die nine years ago in Ohio. A jury in Steubenville found he was the triggerman in the kidnap-slayings of Mr. Land, 20, of Philadelphia, and Mr. Muha, 18, of Westerville, Ohio.

Weeks earlier, another jury in Steubenville had convicted his co-defendant, Nathan Herring, of Steubenville, of aggravated murder and other charges. Mr. Herring was sentenced to life in prison. The men also were convicted of carjacking a Squirrel Hill woman.

The case initially sparked a jurisdictional battle before prosecutors in Ohio and Pennsylvania eventually concluded that the slayings and carjacking resulted from a series of crimes that began in Steubenville with the kidnappings of Mr. Muha and Mr. Land. Prosecutors opted to hold one trial for each defendant in Ohio rather than trials in both states, saying it would be more efficient and compassionate for the victims' families.

But the Ohio Supreme Court in 2004 overturned the convictions for murder and conspiracy after reviewing Mr. Yarbrough's case, as it does in all death-penalty proceedings. The court ruled that the case should have been tried in Pennsylvania, where the bodies of Mr. Muha and Mr. Land were found.

The Ohio Supreme Court upheld Mr. Yarbrough's convictions for kidnapping, robbery and other related offenses, for which he currently is serving a 59-year sentence in that state. Mr. Herring also will be retried in Washington County for homicide and conspiracy after Mr. Yarbrough's trial concludes.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Mr. Yarbrough again could face the death penalty.

Mr. Yarbrough and Mr. Herring are accused of robbing and kidnapping Mr. Land and Mr. Muha, who were students at Franciscan University in Steubenville, after breaking into their off-campus apartment on May 31, 1999. Mr. Land and Mr. Muha, who planned to attend summer classes, were forced into the Chevrolet sport utility vehicle owned by Mr. Muha's mother.

Investigators maintain their abductors drove them east into Pennsylvania, then shot them on a hill off Route 22 in Robinson. Their bodies were found several days later under a thicket of wild roses near what is now the highway's intersection with the Findlay Connector.

The victims' families were shocked by the Supreme Court decision in 2004, and are frustrated at the justice system's failure to resolve the case quickly.

Since authorities moved Mr. Yarbrough to Pennsylvania for arraignment in 2006, his trial in Washington County Common Pleas Court has been postponed nine times. Most of the postponements were ordered after his lawyers sought investigators, experts and a mental-health evaluation for him.

"It became a joke, because of it constantly, constantly, being pushed back," said Mr. Muha's mother, Rachel Muha, of the Columbus suburb of Westerville, recalling the e-mails she repeatedly sent to inform relatives of trial delays. "I think it's ridiculous."

The court also had to rule on a series of pretrial skirmishes and issues pertaining to evidence and witnesses for the new trial. Three different judges have been assigned to the case at various times.
"Once it came to Pennsylvania, there was a lot of pretrial litigation," said Assistant District Attorney Michael Lucas, who will try the case.

Relatives of Mr. Muha and Mr. Land said they dread facing Mr. Yarbrough again despite the strategies they've developed over the years to manage their grief.

"The thought of sitting across from [him] is going to be very difficult for me," said Aaron Land's mother, Kathleen O'Hara, of Philadelphia. "He is still alive and my son is buried in the ground."
Before her son's slaying, Ms. O'Hara was a psychotherapist. She has become a grief counselor and is the author of "A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love."

Her book, which Ms. O'Hara said began her healing process, has been her vehicle to keep her son's memory alive through lectures, book signings and helping other victims of violent crimes from as far away as Ireland and South Africa.

"I try to take my experience and make it help other people," she said. "That's what keeps Aaron alive."
Spurred by testimony during Mr. Yarbrough's first trial, Mr. Muha's family has channeled its grief into helping neglected and underprivileged children.

During the penalty phase of Mr. Yarbrough's trial in Steubenville, witnesses and evidence pointed to a childhood spent shuttling between relatives, a drug-addicted mother and a father who eventually died of AIDS.

At the time, Mr. Yarbrough's attorneys said he'd never visited a dentist, and had been so neglected that they likened him to "a feral child" who was "like Romulus and Remus, raised by wolves." Witnesses in Mr. Herring's trial also testified of his apparent breakdown and drug use after a beloved older brother died.

Ms. Muha said she doesn't believe the men's pasts excuse the crimes they are accused of committing, but their experiences may help to explain their behavior.

"That just haunted me," she said. "They weren't born killers. They became that."

Through a scholarship fund set up in her son's memory, Ms. Muha began a program several years ago that aims to provide better lives for children in inner-city neighborhoods of Columbus.

So far, 100 children are enrolled in the after-school and summer program. Last week, Ms. Muha said she and other volunteers delivered 37 beds to children who previously had been sleeping on floors.
"This is just wonderful work for me to do," said Ms. Muha, who said her son, Brian, aspired to become a doctor and work in under-served areas.

Her other son, Chris, now 30, became so interested in the legal system during the previous trials that he enrolled in law school at Yale University. He graduated on the seventh anniversary of his brother's death.

When a jury is seated and testimony begins this week, Mr. Yarbrough's attorneys said they will argue that he was not involved.

"I believe the evidence will show that Terrell Yarbrough didn't kill anybody," said his lawyer, Kenneth Haber, of Pittsburgh. He declined to elaborate, but said he doesn't believe evidence shows his client was the triggerman, as the jury in Steubenville concluded.

Mr. Haber said he plans to introduce evidence, such as IQ tests, to prove that his client is on the borderline of mental retardation.

"Terrell has tested in the mentally retarded range since his grade-school years," Mr. Haber said.
Mr. Lucas said he plans to call about 30 witnesses, almost all of whom are Ohio law enforcement officers. The largest contingent, he said, will come from the Steubenville Police Department, which initially investigated the case.

Mr. Lucas said police had no trouble recollecting details of the crime.

"They went through two trials," he said. "They've already been down that road."


Angelia Headrick

A Florida jury convicted a man of murdering a 17-year-old high school cheerleader, putting her body in the trunk of a car and setting the vehicle on fire in an orange grove.

The Bartow jury deliberated for about seven hours Thursday before convicting Eric Rodriguez. The same jurors will return Tuesday to consider whether the 23-year-old Haines City man should receive the death penalty.

Investigators said Rodriguez was one of three men who confessed to luring Angelia Headrick to an apartment in January 2007, robbing her of money and a small amount of drugs, then killing her.
One accepted a plea deal sentencing him to 15 years in prison in exchange for his testimony. The other has yet to stand trial.


Macayla Carpenter

It was December 1, 2003 when 16-month-old Macayla Carpenter died from repeated blows to her head.

"A nightmare," said Miranda Carpenter, Macayla's mother. "The last six years has felt like 60."
The years dragged for Macayla's parents, in part because justice seemed like it would never come.

Larry Clay, Jr. was the only adult with Macayla when she died. He was arrested and charged with her death just days later. After nearly six years, he had yet to stand trail. Clay backed out of a plea deal, skipped out on his bail and his case had been postponed nearly two dozen times.

"Where is the justice for Macayla?" Miranda said. "There is none."

It seemed justice would finally come for the family on Friday. Macayla's family said Franklin County prosecutors told them to expect a guilty plea from Clay, as well as a 15-year sentence for the crime. But the guilty plea that Clay gave was not good enough for Macayla's parents.

Clay struck a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter with a recommended sentence of three years.

The Carpenter family said prosecutors told them a key piece of evidence would not be allowed at trial: the testimony of Macayla's then four-year-old sister, who witnessed the crime.

With more two years time already served, Clay could be free before the end of the year.

"The most a parent could hope for is some kind of...punishment would be done to see that this man never hurts another child again or hurts anybody else again but it wasn't today," said Macayla's father, John Carpenter. "It's disappointing when a man hurts a child and he only gets three years."

In the guilty plea Clay entered, he maintained his innocence but conceded his chances at trial were not good.

"You know you pray, and you pray for this day to come and it has not been worth the wait," said Miranda Carpenter outside the Franklin County Courthouse.

NewsChannel 5's attempts to talk with the prosecutor in this case were unsuccessful. Clay will be back in court in October for the judge to decide on the recommended three year sentence.


Dustin M Powell

Panama City, Fla. -
UPDATE: The Panama City Police Department would like to announce the arrest of Markel Latrae Bass, 19 years of age. Bass is being charged with one count of Murder.

Detectives with the Panama City Police Department have been working tirelessly to investigate the shooting death of Dustin Powell. Through the course of the investigation Bass was developed as a suspect and information was released as to three other individuals believed to also be responsible in the case. Bass turned himself in at the Springfield Police Department.

We would like to thank the Bay County Sheriff's Office and the Lynn Haven Police Department for their assistance in this case.

If you have any information in reference to this or any other crime please contact the Panama City Police Department at 850-872-3112 or on the web at You can also report your tips to CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS.


Update Monday afternoon- News Release from the Panama City Police Department:

The Panama City Police Department continues to investigate a homicide that occurred behind My Place Apartments located at 801 West 13th Street.

At approximately 7:05 A.M. on October 9, 2011 the Panama City Police Department received a call about an injured or sick person behind the apartment complex. Officers arrived on scene and found the body of 19-year-old Dustin Mitchell Powell. Officers notified the Criminal Investigation Division, which has been investigating the death since that time.

We have obtained arrest warrants for Markel Latrae Bass, 19 years of age. Bass is now wanted for the shooting death of Dustin Powell. We also have arrested 3 individuals in reference to this investigation.

Those arrested are:

Daquan Donte Whitley, 19 years of age, charged with Principle To Murder.
Marquise Chakar Jones, 17 years of age, charged with Principle Sale Of A Controlled Substance, Unlawful Use Of A Two Way Device and Principle to Murder.
Emery Bernard Abraham, 17 years of age, charged with Principle to Murder.

Detectives and Investigators continue to search for Markel Latrae Bass and we will update this information as it becomes available.

If you have any information in reference to this or any other crime please contact the Panama City Police Department at 850-872-3112 or on the web at You can also report your tips to CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS.

Previous Story by Andrew Ruiz:

Police are investigating the murder of a Panama City man. His body was found in a wooded area off West 13th Street early Sunday morning. Police have identified the 19-year-old victim as Dustin Mitchell Powell of Panama City.

His friends say they last saw him just before 11 o'clock on Saturday, when he left them to go to a party.

A friend of Powell's, Guiamil Velez says, "I honestly don't think he deserves to die, he's done nothing wrong."

19-year old Dustin Mitchell Powell of Panama City was last seen hanging out with his friends late Saturday night. They were at the 13th Street Apartments, a normal routine for them.

"We were all getting ready to leave and he said he was leaving to go to a party and he said it was with his friends. About ten minutes later we heard a shot." John Betliskay said.

Betliskay says he called Powell but got no answer and the group walked to the My Place Apartment complex next door.

"After we all heard the gun shots, we all came over here looking for him everybody that over there. We looked everywhere." Jake Smith said.

"We had called him, and called him and called him, and it was just ringing and we couldn't get a hold of him so we didn't know what. We called Bay County Sheriff's Office, black and white, went to Gulf Coast Medical, Bay Medical and there was nothing." Betliskay added.

Residents inside of the My Place Apartments say around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, they heard two gun shots, but didn't notice anything until a maintenance guy was doing a routine and found the body lying in the woods.

Police arrived at the scene shortly after seven Sunday morning. "I've never lost anybody and it hurts to see somebody like that go down like that." Smith said.

Friends describe Powell as someone who loved to be among friends and was always in a great mood. "He's energetic and he's always having a good time. He appreciated his life. Everyday he wasn't mopping around, just nothing. He was down to hang out." Betliskay said.

If you have any information about this murder, contact the Panama City Police Department at (850) 872-3112, or you can always remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (850) 785-TIPS.


Carissa Horton

TULSA, Oklahoma -- The Oral Roberts University community is banding together to pray for the families of two young people who were brutally murdered in a Tulsa park Monday morning.

Police say 21-year-old Ethan Nichols and 18-year-old Carissa Horton were walking through Hicks Park when they were shot and killed on the jogging trail near a children's playground.

"Carissa Horton, a freshman and a resident of Claudius dormitory, was killed in an off-campus incident," ORU President Mark Rutland said in a message on the university web site.

"The Tulsa Police Department is investigating the incident, and we are working with them. Please be in prayer for her family, wingmates and all those who were impacted by her life."

Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Price and 21-year-old Jerard Davis for the crimes. They say Price was driving the stolen car that belonged to Ethan Nichols.

Reports show Davis told officers the two men saw the couple walking a dog near a jogging trail. Each man told officers the other is the one who had the victims get on their knees, then shot them each once in the head execution style, according to arrest reports.

Police say it was a cold blooded execution for no reason at all.

Horton had only been at college for a month, but those who knew her say she was sweet and kind.
"She had a very humble spirit about her. She was a music major so she and her roommate Alexis were always singing, you could hear them down the hall, beautiful voice and she always had the cutest shoes, I was like Carissa, I love them," said Jessica Fitzgerald, an RA at ORU.

Fitzgerald said the girls on Carissa's floor have cried and prayed together and take comfort knowing Carissa is with God.

"When they went into her room, there were scriptures posted everywhere. Even though she was quiet, she was so sweet and open and honest with everyone,"Fitzgerald said.

Reports say Price told officers where the gun was located. After getting a search warrant, police recovered the weapon in the bathroom of an apartment.

Police said one of the suspects had Nichols' cell phone and Nichols' parents told officers they'd received a text message from it at 12:15 p.m. Monday. Officers said a plan was devised to set up the suspects using a text to lure the suspects into a meeting to exchange money.

Price recently posted on his Facebook page that his baby was due in April. He said, "this is the new me, I'm a father, now first and foremost, no more young goon."

The other suspect, Davis, has a brother in jail already also charged with murder.

According to the ORU Oracle, Nichols and Horton were dating. Nichols worked at the Blue Bell Creamery in Broken Arrow, and Horton was killed one week before her 19th birthday.

They were childhood friends from Iowa. He moved here a couple of years ago, she moved here this year for college.

Carissa Horton's parents drove all night to reach Tulsa.

Dorothy Stratten

Dorothy was 20, and her husband Paul Snider was 29. She was a hot hot hot Playboy model/actress, and he was a sleaze bag loser.  They met in their native Canada, and married in Las Vegas in June of 1979.

Snider was obsessed with Dorothy and her career. He forbade her to drink coffee, because it would stain her teeth, and he supposedly poisoned her pet dog because he was jealous of it. It eventually caused their relationship to deteriorate, and by August of 1980 they were separated, pending a divorce.

Dorothy took up with (Cybill Sheperd's ex) Peter Bogdonovich.

Snider hired a private investigator to follow Dorothy around, because he was insane.

Dorothy moved into Bogdonovich's Bel Air home.   Snider was sharing an apartment with a friend, Dr. Stephen A. Cushner, M.D. Originally Dorothy and Paul lived in the apartment together, but she moved out. Cushner stayed upstairs and Paul had the suite that he and Dorothy used to share, on the ground floor next to the garage. I honestly cannot figure this out, but there were two other women living in that apartment as well.  They probably had barbeques here.

Paul was a fanatical "get rich quick" kind of guy. He once took to making weight benches, and with the scraps made a bondage bench he was hoping to market. He was inspired when visiting The Pleasure Chest, a sex shop in LA. The Pleasure Chest opted not to buy the bench, and it stood in a corner of his bedroom for months.  Funny that The Pleasure Chest drew the line there.

On the morning of August 14th, 1980, Dorothy agreed to meet Snider at the apartment, and showed up just after noon. She was wearing flats and slacks, carrying a big zippered handbag. She had withdrawn $1000 in cash to give to Snider, and hoped to settle her split from him, once and for all. At 12:30, the private investigator called Paul, and Paul told him that "everything was going fine." Whatever.

At 5 in the afternoon, the two female occupants of the apartment came home and noticed the two vehicles (Dorothy's and Paul's) in the driveway. They saw that Paul's door was closed, and they heard no sounds. They assumed that Paul and Dorothy wanted privacy. At 6:00 they watched the news, and then went out to eat. At around 7, Dr. Cushner came home and he too decided to give them privacy. At 8, the women returned home. At around 11, the investigator called the Doctor on his private line (no one was answering Snider's phone, and it was continually ringing), and suggested they take a peek into the room. Boy oh boy did they get a surprise. They called the cops.

Cops arrived at 12:30am. They found Dorothy lying across the end of a low waterbed. Get this: she had black ants crawling all over her. Wild, eh? They found a bullet hole from a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun (that Snider had bought from and ad in a local newspaper) on her cheek, blood on the walls and curtains, and she was missing the tip of her left index finger.

No one knows for sure what transpired during their meeting, but blonde hair was found in Snider's fists. The only scenario that makes sense, was that Dorothy was sitting on a corner of the bed when Snider put the gun up to her cheek. She tried to shield her face with her left hand, thus destroying her left index finger when Snider pulled the trigger. A half an hour later, Snider turned the gun on himself, and fell on top of the shotgun. Kinda makes you wonder what he did for 30 minutes. No wait, I don't want to know. There were bloody handprints on Dorothy's buttocks. Oh yeah, Paul had ants crawling all over him too.

Near Dorothy, was the "love seat." According to police, it was set in a position for "possible rear entry intercourse." There was evidence that the seat had been used, and she had been fastened to it with medical tape.

Dorothy was cremated and buried on August 19th, at Westwood Memorial Park. I thought it was Peter Bogdonovich who penned the insane epitaph for her tombstone, but friend Todd Dale informed me that it is from the novel, "A Farewell To Arms," by Hemingway.  As for Bogdonovich,  he married Dorothy's sister a couple of years later. Psycho.  

Dorothy is buried in Westwood Cemetery.


Robert W Cameron

BARTOW | Jeffrey L. Green Jr. was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for fatally shooting a former star swimmer at Lake Region High School.

It's the second time Green has been given the same punishment for the killing of Robert W. Cameron, 19, of Winter Haven.

Investigative reports state Green and four other men planned to take marijuana and money on Aug. 22, 2007, from Cameron's home at the Winterset complex off Cypress Gardens Boulevard.

Two masked men with pistols climbed over the balcony of the second-floor condo and entered through an unlocked sliding glass door, reports state.

Cameron struggled with one gunman and was shot. The bullet passed through his arm and into his body, causing fatal injuries. 

Prosecutors identified Green, 27, of Auburndale, as the shooter, and relied on testimony from Green's accomplices to build a case against him.

In 2008, a jury found Green guilty of the murder and related charges. He was sentenced to life in prison.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Feb. 10, 2010, that Green should receive a new trial because prosecutors improperly commented on Green's right to remain silent by saying he "refused" when given an opportunity to talk to detectives.

Green's retrial was held last month. His lawyers argued Green took no part in the botched robbery and was set up by those responsible.

However, a second jury found Green guilty July 28 of first-degree murder, armed burglary and armed robbery.

During a brief Thursday sentencing hearing, Circuit Judge Donald Jacobsen ordered Green to serve a mandatory life sentence for the murder.

The four other men have taken plea deals for their participation.

Kelly Washington pleaded no contest to burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Antonio "Red" Neal and Desmond "Des" Davis pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, armed robbery and armed burglary. They were each sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Henry "Bud" Jones III pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, armed robbery and armed burglary. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.


Kathryn Filiberti

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Police made an arrest Wednesday in the murder of a college student who was killed five months ago in Hyde Park. Police said 23-year-old Stephen Shand killed 18-year-old Kathryn Filiberti back in March.

Police charged Shand with homicide and a grand jury began hearing evidence Thursday. An indictment and more details about the case are expected next week.

“We believe that Mr. Shand and Ms. Filiberti did not know each other and there is not evidence of premeditation at this time,” said Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian Anderson.

A poignant memorial marks the spot where Filiberti’s body was found on March 19th. Her friends called her “Kate,” but her death made sense to no one.

“Everybody was devastated, you couldn’t believe it. That it would happen in a small town like this,” Dutchess County resident Jack Edelheiser told CBS 2′s Tony Aiello.

“I go running on the trails a lot around town, and I wasn’t allowed to because no one knew who it was,” Courtney Fox said.

Police believe Shand encountered Filiberti while he was driving on his early morning newspaper delivery route in Hyde Park while he was working for the Poughkeepsie Journal. Filiberti was walking home from a house party at the time.

“His paper route is between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. and that coincides with what we believe was the time Ms. Filiberti was killed,” said Anderson.

During the 5 month investigation, all kinds of stories were flying through the close-knit community.  They prompted unusual public denials of involvement from rumored suspects, including Filiberti’s boyfriend and a Town of Hyde Park police officer.

Investigators kept pressing, tracking down everyone who might have been on Green Tree Road in the overnight hours. Police say the body of the 18-year-old Dutchess Community College student was found a day later in a nearby park.

Residents who live near Shand’s home in Hyde Park say he lives there with his parents and several children. No one seemed to know much about the family because residents said they keep to themselves.

Police arrested Shand Wednesday morning at the end of his delivery route. Investigators say Shand’s car has been taken into evidence. They promptly told Filiberti’s family who are still dealing with the pain of losing their daughter, a talented gymnast known for her big smile and generous spirit.

“While this case is not yet 5-months-old and the wounds have not had time to heal, this development has surely reopened up those wounds and will continue to do so as the prosecution stage begins to move forward,” said Chief Charles Broe of the Hyde Park Police Department.

Police wouldn’t say how they identified Shand as a suspect, only saying they had their eyes on him for quite some time. The teenage boy who found Filiberti’s body came to the Dutchess County police headquarters to hear officials speak about the case. He told CBS 2′s Kristin Thorne that he wanted to see everything come full circle.

Shand is being held without bail.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Kelli O'Laughlin

The arrest record of Kelli's killer...

His record....
MITTIMUS: 02CR2221201
CUSTODY DATE: 08/16/2002
SENTENCE: 11 Years 0 Months 0 Days

CUSTODY DATE: 05/17/2001
SENTENCE: 2 Years 0 Months 0 Days

MITTIMUS: 93CR2815301
CUSTODY DATE: 11/17/1993
SENTENCE: 7 Years 0 Months 0 Days

MITTIMUS: 93CR2133201
CUSTODY DATE: 11/17/1993
SENTENCE: 1 Years 0 Months 0 Days

CUSTODY DATE: 02/18/1991
SENTENCE: 5 Years 0 Months 0 Days

CUSTODY DATE: 02/18/1991
SENTENCE: 5 Years 0 Months 0 Days

Kelli O'Laughlin


Suspect charged in Teen's Slaying

The 30-year-old Black thug murdered a 14-year-old White teen girl. Then, he taunted the victim's mother by sending her text messages about it.

Because the "suspect" is Black and the victim is White, there is no mention of the accused perpetrator's race.

But, he is Black.

For some reason, the video now doesn't show at the above link any more (at least, for me), though there is a brief article and some pictures. Maybe, the video is in the process of being "sanitized"--removing any indication of the perpetrator's picture, exposing the fact that he is Black, which might otherwise disturb the community, neglecting what has been done in this hateful act.

The media always--somewhat conveniently--seem to overlook these facts when that is the case, lest it somehow be exposed that Whites are suffering disproportionately at the hands of Black criminals, which doesn't support the mindset of the converse.

Of course, you can be assured that, if the situation were reversed and it was a 30-year-old White guy who raped a 14-year-old Black girl (which is a virtual impossibility, according to numerous studies of past FBI reports of interracial crimes), the media would be screaming at the top of its lungs, "White Racism Exists[!]" (think Tawana Brawley).

Nevertheless, when something like this occurs, the media turn a blind eye, and you rarely hear about such related matters.

In such cases, the Black perpetrator will probably be freed after a few years.

In the alternative reality, where our tyrannical government fabricates charges against Whites (e.g., in the cases of David Duke, Rev. Dr. Matt Hale, Attorney Edgar Steele, etc., ad nauseam), one can be assured of the harshest penalties imagined--with whatever other penalties that can be fabricated out of thin air--being used against the parties.


UPDATE: A source close to the investigation tells WGN-TV that charges have been approved against a suspect in the stabbing death of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin in southwest suburban Indian Head Park last week. The suspect is due in bond court Friday morning.

Law enforcement sources say the suspect is a state parolee in his 30's with an extensive criminal history. But the most chilling detail they've revealed is that the 14-year-old's constant companion -her cell phone- was taken from the crime scene and used by the killer to call and text Kelli's mother, Brenda, taunting her.

That's just part of the dark picture investigative sources are painting of their suspect.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Kevin Kennelly

James Malecek, 19, pleaded not guilty in the beating death of Kevin Kennelly, 17, who died during a fight on a Northwest Indiana beach over the Fourth of July weekend. 

Police say at least four people -- friends of Kennelly -- witnessed the fight, according to court documents obtained by ABC 7 News, and said Malecek delivered the fatal blow, described as a "sucker punch" to Kennelly's head.

He is charged with aggravated battery, involuntary manslaughter and battery.

"Investigation is ongoing. The Long Beach Police Department are still interviewing witnesses and trying to get statements, so we can now pin down as best we can as to what actually happened," said Robert Neary, LaPorte County, Ind., chief deputy prosecutor.

Police did not say what led to the attack, citing conflicting statements from people on the beach. However, according to some reports, a friend of Kennelly's insulted Malecek's sister, which led to the fight. Kennelly's father said that was all a misunderstanding.

"The only thing they can think is she had him confused with somebody else. There's hundreds of kids up and down the beach there in different groups. Maybe somebody else said something to her, and he happened to look like this kid. I don't know," Kevin Kennelly, Sr., said.

Kennelly Senior also disputes a 911 caller's account of the incident.
  • Dispatcher: He's intoxicated, you said?
  • Caller: Yeah, very much so.
  • Dispatcher: Do you know who he is?
  • Caller: No, I don't. Actually, I was just on the beach. And his friends are freaking out because he's underage, so nobody wanted to call.
Kennelly Senior is a trained paramedic. He says his son appeared sober when he saw his son less than hour before the fight.

"Would it have made any difference if they called five minutes earlier?" Kennelly Senior said. "I don't think so. The kid had massive brain trauma."

Malecek referred all questions to his attorney, who has not responded to multiple calls and emails from ABC 7. Malecek is free on a $25,000 bond. He will appear in court next on September 1.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Jennifer Wilson

A 9-year-old girl from Yuma on vacation in Flagstaff with her family was riding her bicycle on Old Walnut Canyon Road on June 6, 1988.

It was hot that day when police found her bicycle alongside the road. There was no sign of Jennifer Wilson; she was nowhere to be found.

City and county officials launched a search for the little girl.

Her body was found 19 days later on June 25, 1988, on Sheep Hill on the east side of the city. She had been tied up, molested and beaten to death with a blunt object.

The man accused of Wilson's kidnapping, molestation and murder, Richard "Ricky" L. Bible, now 49, was convicted and sentenced to death. Throughout the investigation, the trial and afterward, Bible has maintained his innocence.

On June 30, just over 23 years after Wilson's murder, Bible is scheduled to be put to death by the state of Arizona.


According to Bible's May 19, 1990, presentence report, Jennifer had been riding her bicycle from a home in Flagstaff to a nearby ranch, where she was to meet her mother and siblings.

"Mrs. Wilson contacted her daughter while en route to the ranch and instructed her to hurry to her destination, which was between one-half mile and one mile away," the report stated. "Mrs. Wilson then proceeded to the ranch and became alarmed a short time later when her daughter failed to arrive."

She went out to look for Jennifer and found her daughter's bike along the dirt road.

During the ensuing search, Mrs. Wilson remembered seeing a four-wheel drive vehicle in the area and described it to authorities.

"The defendant was identified as a possible suspect in that he was reported to be driving a vehicle similar in description to the one observed in the area by the victim's mother," the report stated.

Bible was arrested after a short chase on unrelated charges.

"Shortly after the defendant's arrest, he was interviewed in regard to the missing girl and he adamantly denied any knowledge of the girl or her possible whereabouts."

Her body was found in an area a short distance from where Bible was living and where he had been many times as a child and as an adult. His shirt had blood on it that turned out to be Jennifer's.

Evidence found at the scene where her body was discovered was also found in Bible's possession.


After a jury convicted Bible, he told the presentence report writer that he was innocent. He also said that he did not receive a fair trial.

At the six-week trial, the jury heard of his 1981 conviction for kidnapping, tying up and raping his underage cousin. She survived and Bible served six years in prison.

In a June 5, 1990, sentencing recommendation by the Coconino County Attorney's Office, attorneys Fred Newton and Camille Bibles stated the death penalty was appropriate, in part, because killing Jennifer would prevent her from testifying at any trial -- unlike Bible's cousin, who testified about what had happened to her. The manner in which she died fit the criteria of cruel and heinous.

The attorneys for the state found no redeeming qualities to Bible that would allow for mercy from the death penalty. His juvenile and adult criminal histories were extensive; his violence toward people was evident.

"The defendant is and always has been a violent thug who preys on the weak and the innocent," the attorneys concluded.

The defense asked Judge Richard K. Mangum for mercy, saying that Bible was addicted to alcohol and drugs and had a difficult family history.

The defense wrote in its sentencing memorandum, "The defense asserts that neither revenge nor the desire to satisfy a community's thirst for blood is recognized as an adequate basis for sentencing."

When asked by the presentence report writer about Bible's feelings toward Jennifer's family, he wrote, "Mr. Bible stated that he feels sorry for the Wilsons and for the grief that they are going through.

However, the defendant did not wish the Wilsons to feel gladdened by his conviction because, 'I didn't kill her -- the real killer is still out there.'"


In the intervening years, Bible has appealed his conviction through the state and federal court systems. The families, investigators and attorneys have all moved on with their lives.

Bible's appeals state that the jury, the judge and the attorneys made errors in the case. All were denied. His last appeal was stopped at the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 2009.

Bible's current attorney, Dan Maynard, is scheduled to argue for clemency from Gov. Jan Brewer on June 27. If clemency is not granted and there are no further stays in the case, Bible will take his last breath three days later in the execution room at the Arizona Department of Corrections in Florence.

In the 1990 presentence report summary, the writer stated, "Once what was, is no more. What was once a happy and prosperous family has been left an empty and grieving shell of its past. What brought about this change was not only the death of a loved one, but the violent and heinous manner that this loved one was prematurely taken from them."

The report continued, "In cases such as this, it is not only the family, but the community as well as society as a whole who are indeed the true victims. The victim in this offense is beyond pain; the living will grieve forever."

The report writer said Bible's removal from society was the only way to keep society safe.

"Perhaps without fear of the defendant, the Wilsons and the community can start healing again. Unfortunately, regardless of the healing, the wound will never go away."


Kristen Warneke

Never Heard Of The Pearcy Massacre? One Guess Why Not!

Diane Sawyer devoted some of the world's most expensive and precious airtime on ABC World News January 28 to Scott Roeder, who during his trial confessed on the witness stand to killing abortionist George Tiller.
But you won't see Sawyer—or NBC's Brian Williams or CBS' Katie Couric, for that matter—devoting any of her precious airtime to the November 12 mass murder in rural Pearcy, Arkansas, of
  • 80-year-old Edward Earl Gentry Sr.,;
  • his 56-year-old son, Edward "Eddie" Gentry Jr.,;
  • Eddie's 52-year-old wife, Pam;
  • Eddie and Pam's 24-year-old son, Jeremy;
  • and Jeremy's 19-year-old girlfriend, Kristen Warneke.
All of the victims were shot to death. All the corpses, save for that Edward Gentry Sr., were burned when the killers set the son's family's mobile home on fire. 
Both homes were at 3450 Old Airport Rd. Edward Earl Gentry Sr. was found dead in his house; his son's mobile home was next to it.
Some expensive wire rims and flat screen TVs were missing.

Edward Gentry Sr. was a decorated U.S. Navy veteran who had served in World War II, the Korean War, and the War in Vietnam.
Pearcy is about 15 miles southwest of Hot Springs and 55 miles southwest of Little Rock.

Jeremy Gentry Kristen Warneke

The five murders were committed on November 12. But the only national media coverage I have found were two brief items from CNN.

Since when is mass murder not a national story? 
When the victims are all white, and the suspects are all black—that's when.
The late Marvin Lamar Stringer Suspect Samuel L. Conway   Suspect Jeremy Pickney
About 15 minutes before the fire at the Gentry place was called in, Edward Earl Gentry Sr.'s pickup truck was found burning in nearby Hot Springs, the Garland County seat.

On November 18, Little Rock's KTHV reported police as having said that "the suspects stayed a while", and that the four victims whose corpses had been burned had to be identified via dental records. [Five Murder Victims Identified And Released To Family, by Katherine-Marie Yancy, November 18, 2009.]

The "stayed a while" remark had ominous echoes of other recent home invasions—such as the Knoxville Horror, in which black thugs tortured, raped and murdered a young white couple, also trying to burn one of the corpses, and the "Wichita Massacre", in which black thugs tortured, raped and murdered four young whites (one survived).

KTHV's November 18 report added,

"Officials with the Garland County Sheriff's Department say they don't have any suspects at this time, but evidence leads them to believe folks in the community shouldn't feel threatened."[Five Murder Victims Identified And Released To Family,] (My emphasis)

After all, it was just a gang of racially-motivated black mass murderers victimizing white folks!
And folks up North think that Arkansas is backward. Why, Arkansas is Clinton Country!

During the first week, Garland County Sheriff's Department Lt. James Martin reportedly said that "investigators have had dead-end leads and calls the case aggravating. He says FBI agents from Hot Springs began working the case Tuesday."[FBI joins investigation into Pearcy deaths Associated Press - November 19, 2009]

On the night of November 19, sheriff's deputies sought to execute a no-knock warrant—i.e. they can break down the door without warning, a sign the suspects were viewed as dangerous—to arrest Marvin Lamar Stringer, Samuel L. Conway, and Jeremy Pickney in Room 139 in the old National Park Inn in Hot Springs.

Stringer, 22, opened fire, shooting Deputy Jason Lawrence in the arm. Conway and Pickney fled. The deputies shot and killed Stringer and, over the course of a long night, managed to effect separate arrests of Conway and Pickney [2 others arrested in Pearcy killings Suspects face capital murder, robbery, arson charges By: Don Thomason, The Sentinel-Record, November 21, 2009] (subscription required).

Deputy Lawrence was initially in serious but stable condition, but has since fully recovered. So has Deputy Felix Hunter, whose pre-existing heart condition had kicked in during the shootout.
According to KARK 4 News, "Arkansas State Police, Hot Springs Police, the F.B.I., and the U.S. Marshal's Service assisted [Garland County] with the investigation." [Update: Suspects ID'd in Garland County Shootout, Murders, November 20, 2009

Though they didn't admit it at the time, the Garland County Sheriff's Department apparently had leads beginning the day after the murders. A confidential informant told investigators that "Conway showed him a gun and Pickney offered the stolen wheel rims and televisions for sale the day after the killings," saying that the items were from a "lick" (robbery). But it took some time before a judge signed off on the necessary search warrants. (Conway and Pickney were both reportedly from Hot Springs.)

At a press conference the day after the bloody shootout, Lt. James Martin of the Garland County Sheriff's Department announced, "No questions now, no questions tomorrow, please don't wear us out, callin,' because you're not going to get anything".

Lt. James Martin, Garland County Sheriff's Dept.

I was able to reach Lt. Martin on January 29. Although he was congenial and as helpful as he could be, as the following exchanges show, he was handcuffed from giving me the information that I sought.

Nicholas Stix: "I'm calling regarding the November 19 incident, in which your department attempted to make three arrests … regarding the Pearcy mass murder case.
"I haven't seen any updates on the conditions of Deputy Jason Lawrence and Deputy Felix Hunter."

Lt. James Martin: "Correct, and you won't. There's a gag order in effect on all of that. I can tell you that they're both doing good, and that's about it."

NS: "So does that mean I'm wasting my breath, trying to get a hold of the autopsy?"
Lt. Martin: "Uh, no. I mean, you can contact the crime lab, and do what you can do about getting a copy of that from them. We haven't gotten anything yet, and as far as we know, the [Hot Springs] Police Department hasn't, either…."

NS: "There was a vague statement that I read somewhere. It wasn't attributed to anyone, it was a police official, so I don't know if it was you or someone else. It said that the killers "stayed a while" over at the Gentry place, and I was wondering if that was referring to them having done other things like maybe rape or something."

Lt. Martin: "No, I don't know who that statement would have come from, but I haven't heard that one, myself."

NS: "You haven't heard anything about any rapes occurring before the murders?"
Lt. Martin: "I haven't heard anything about it. I've distanced myself from it, and they distanced their self from telling me anything, so that I can't screw up and tell you [we both laugh]!"

NS: "Wow. So, you don't know anything about hate crimes being charged or anything then?"

Lt. Martin: "No, haven't heard anything like that, either."

NS: "Then the next hearing's in March, right?"

Lt. Martin: "I'm not even sure about that. You know, public relations or media relations or whatever are a very small part of my job. I'm actually the training officer…."

Perhaps the most valuable information Lt. Martin gave me was that it was Garland County District Court Judge David Switzer,[Email him] who had imposed the gag order. Judge Switzer was not cited in that context by any available print news sources.

Garland County District Court Judge David Switzer
On the telephone with the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory's Rick Gallagher, I explained what I sought. In response, he patiently explained Arkansas law to me.

Rick Gallagher, ASCL: "Let me explain to you what the law in Arkansas allows. Once anything comes to our laboratoryand the medical examiner works for the Arkansas Crime Laboratoryunlike most states. The state law states very plainly that we do not control the records after that information comes here. They are strictly within the purview of the prosecuting attorney that would have jurisdiction over the case. And he, and he alone, or a judge from the circuit court of that county, are the only two ways that those records can be released. Even after they go to trial. [Emphasis by the speaker.]

"And so, even though they are generated by us, and are given back to the prosecutor and the law enforcement agency of record, we do not control them. I can't give them to you, because they don't belong to me. It's essentially what that means.

"You would have to have permission, authorization, so to speak, of the prosecuting attorney, which Garland County, "Pearcy, is within the purview of Mr. Stephen Oliver, he's the prosecuting attorney in the 18th Judicial District East…

"And he is in total control of it. And like I said, even after they had a court trial, and of course you would think then that if it's in open court, that the record becomes public. Well, in a sense it does, but to me, the way the law is written, it never becomes public.
"I still have to have the authorization. I have a file on my desk right now, that I'm waiting on the prosecutor to give me permission to talk to somebody, it's 33 years old…."

Next stop was Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Oliver's office, where a staffer responded to my request: 

"I wish I could give out the information, but there's a gag order".

Back on November 22, Larry Auster wrote in his View From The Right blog:

"I have not seen any reason for the gag order. But it's not hard to guess: the authorities in liberal society automatically understand the need to conceal, tamp down, soften, and delay the release of any facts about blacks murdering whites."

However, the terrible truth is that, given the politically correct gag order already in force in the newsrooms of today's Main Stream Media, there really was no need for one from Judge Switzer.

Of CNN's two brief items on the motel shootout and the arrests, the original story on the shootout, now available only in cached form [Police: Suspect in slayings killed in shootout November 20, 2009 10:37 a.m. EST](and soon to disappear into the ether), provided no photographs of the victims or suspects. It has since been replaced, at the same URL, by a story on the arrests, which carries pictures of the suspects, but none of the victims. [Two charged in Arkansas killings, November 20, 2009 10:51 p.m. EST]

The AP's Jon Gambrell wrote a couple of stories on the crime, one of which was rich in details and was run by Arkansas Online with pictures of the suspects (but not the victims). But his stories typically ran without photographs, got little play outside of the South, and always suppressed the crime's racial character. 

Archive searches of the New York Times turned up nothing.

A Times search for the same periods under "Hot Springs," however, proved more fruitful. The Times had run two stories about Hot Springs, Arkansas in the past 30days alone! But both of them about horse racing (here and here). Mass murder didn't rate space in the self-proclaimed "newspaper of record".

The most popular blog, the leftwing Huffington Post, reduced Gambrell's story to a brief, 185-word item that suppressed all mention of race. Republican web site ran the identical version.
Of all of the stories that I have seen on this atrocity, only one, by Don Thomason in the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record (November 21, 2009—subscription required), showed pictures of both the victims and the suspects.

And none, of course, gave any contemporary or historical context of black-on-white violence.
By contrast, MSM news stories and opinion pieces alleging racist white-on-black violence routinely cite purportedly similar previous cases—even when either the previous or current case consists of a race hoax.

Heck, not only did the national MSM variously refuse to report on or suppress knowledge of this racist atrocity—even the Republican Web site Free Republic censored it.

There was a discussion of the atrocity there last November. But either GOP activist-censor Jim Robinson, who maintains the site through users' (?) donations, or one of his deputy censors, killed the thread—exactly as Larry Auster predicted.

Robinson has never had much stomach for threads about black crime, or for that matter seriously debating immigration. His function seems to be to divert the populist energy of Middle American protest into paths that instead serve the Republican National Committee—in other words, to help the very GOP elites who have long been busily destroying Middle Americans' lives.

The savage 2008 rape-torture-murder of Anne Pressly did receive some national coverage because she was a celebrated Little Rock TV anchor. But even that included the New York Times' morally perverse gloating over the crime: 

"The beating startled much of the state and horrified Ms. Pressly's neighbors in the prestigious Pulaski Heights neighborhood, an enclave of old houses, and where residents considered themselves essentially exempt from violent crime."[Arrest in Killing of a TV Anchor, November 27, 2008]

Pressly's killer, Curtis Lavelle Vance, has since been convicted of the crime. But he was not, needless to say, sentenced to death.

Seeing that Marvin Lamar Stringer sought to kill the Arkansas law enforcement officers who went to arrest him, I think he can safely be removed from the "suspects" category, and added to that of "murderer-robber," etc. 

Samuel L. Conway and Jeremy Pickney are now defendants, charged with capital murder, aggravated residential burglary, and arson.

Their next court date is scheduled for March 5.

According to court papers, police and prosecutors claimed that the motive for the five murders was "robbery."
"Robbery"? What does mass murder have to do with robbing people of some flat screen TVs and wire rims?

Similarly, the AP's Jon Gambrell wrote, "Court documents outline a case of robbery gone horribly wrong".

The theme of a "robbery gone wrong" (often expressed as a "botched robbery") has become law enforcement and journalistic boilerplate to cover up racially-motivated, black-on-white murders.
Arkansas needs a Freedom of Information law, so that prosecutors and judges do not have the right to sit on crime files in perpetuity. 

Such a law could have conditions requiring the redaction of the names of confidential informants and undercover officers, whose lives might be endangered by being publicly revealed.
My conclusion:

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men is the celebrated 1941 book by writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans recording the lives of three "invisible" white sharecropper families in the Deep South.
The Pearcy Massacre must be added to the ever-growing list of racial atrocities committed by blacks against whites (and against blacks who love whites) made equally invisible by the national MSM:
As far as the MSM—and our political elite—is concerned, it can truly be said of the victims, in the words of the passage in Ecclesiasticus from which Agee drew his title: 

"And some there be, which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born."