Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Anna Beshnova

Oct. 1, 2008

Anna Beshnova Rape and Murder

Anna Beshnova was found in morning by her school. The suspect who according to police abused the girl for several hours was in custody. He apparently strangled the victim in order to hide the rape. She was 15 years old.


In the wake of the rape and murder of an ethnic Russian school girl in Moscow's Mozhaysk district by a migrant worker from Central Asia, migrants are leaving the neighborhood fearing indiscriminate revenge attacks, according to a November 7, 2008 report posted on Jewish.ru. Russia's largest far-right group, the Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI), prominently featured the murder in its anti-migrant propaganda, and on November 4, the body of an ethnic Turkmen was found near the Kuntsevo movie theater. Witnesses stated that a group of young men attacked him. Later that same night, another Central Asian man was attacked nearby.

"Tajik and Uzbek migrant workers are trying to return home," said the head of communal services in the Mozhaysk district, a fact reaffirmed by another local official, who said that ten migrant workers in charge of maintaining her apartment block have already left. Those who remain are trying hard to return home from work before dark. 


This is the kind of story that you will never hear from the "free Western media" which slanders Russia at every opportunity and attempts to portray migrants from the former Soviet republics as the helpless victims of Russian violence and "racism" when in fact it's the other way around more often than not.
Beshnova's murder is the latest of several crimes — purportedly committed by dark-skinned migrants or natives of the North Caucasus — that have caused simmering racial tensions across the country to boil over in recent years.

The most prominent of these was an August 2006 fight at an Azeri-run restaurant in the Karelian town of Kondopoga that left two local Russians dead. The fight ignited riots in Kondopoga, where tensions between ethnic Russians and traders from the Caucasus had simmered for years.

On Oct. 1, Beshnova was returning home from her boyfriend's apartment at about midnight on Ulitsa Kubinka, near the Kuntsevskaya metro station, when she was attacked by a man described by witnesses as "non-Slavic" and wearing a jacket commonly worn by city maintenance workers. The assailant raped her, strangled her and left her body in the bushes near an apartment building, investigators say.

Several local residents have told the media that they watched the rape and did nothing because they believed that it was consensual sex. The assailant slept next to Beshnova's body for several hours before fleeing, according to media reports.

Two weeks later, some 200 activists from the ultranationalist Movement Against Illegal Immigration, or DPNI, and several other nationalist groups staged an unsanctioned protest at the crime scene, demanding that authorities "cleanse" Moscow of migrant workers.

DPNI was the leading organizer in the 2006 Kondopoga protests that metastasized into full-scale riots.

Police arrested Farkhod Tursunov, 31, a city maintenance worker from Uzbekistan, on Oct. 23 and have charged him with raping and murdering Beshnova, said Viktoria Tsyplenkova, a spokeswoman for the Moscow branch of the Investigative Committee. ...


Scarlett Keeling


Scarlett Keeling trial: moment body was found

Trial of two local men accused of killing British teenager in Goa begins 

An Indian policeman told a Goan court yesterday of the moment he found the British teenager Scarlett Keeling's naked, battered body lying half-submerged in the sea.

More than two years after the teenager's death, the trial of two men accused of sexually assaulting and killing her began yesterday.

The trial, which has been described as a test of India's commitment to protecting tourists, is expected to last the rest of the year.

Scarlett's mother, Fiona MacKeown, 44, who fought a long campaign for an investigation after Indian police initially dismissed the death as an accident, was not present yesterday but is expected to give evidence later.

The 15-year-old from Devon was on a six-month holiday in India with her family when her body was found on the beach on 18 February 2008. Her mother, whose alternative lifestyle has come under intense scrutiny, had left her behind when she headed off to the neighbouring state of Karnataka with six of her siblings.

Yesterday police constable Gurunath Naik told the Goa Children's Court in Panaji how an anonymous call had come in to the police station reporting a body near the Shore bar, a popular rave spot on Anjuna beach.

The 29-year-old constable described how he found the naked body of a girl lying face down with the waves lapping around it.

"The eyes were partly open, the mouth was partly open too with froth, while orange-coloured slippers were lying two to three metres away from the body," he told the president of the court, BP Deshpande.
He dragged her out of the water and covered her with a sheet. Then he informed his superiors and waited for other officers to turn up.

Post-mortem examinations revealed that Scarlett was intoxicated by a cocktail of drink and drugs – ecstasy, cocaine and LSD – on the night she died and was attacked and raped. Her body was covered in bruises and the cause of death was asphyxia and drowning in sand and shallow water.

Challenged by the defence during cross-examination over discrepancies between his evidence and statements made earlier to Goa police and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the constable said he had improved his reports on the instruction of the investigating officer. But CBI counsel SR Rivonkar told reporters after the hearing: "These are minor contradictions and are bound to happen."
Two local people, a bartender, Samson D'Souza, 30, and businessman Placido Carvalho, 42, are charged with culpable homicide, sexual assault, outraging modesty and destroying evidence.

Mr Rivonkar said statements would be heard from more than 70 witnesses, including Scarlett's boyfriend, Julio Lobo, and Ruby Caso, a Spanish friend who was with her hours before she died.
It is unknown whether Mrs MacKeown, who was cleared of negligence for leaving her teenage daughter alone, will give evidence in person or through video conferencing.

Last month, the mother of nine pleaded guilty to falsely claiming £19,000 in benefits and was warned she could face a custodial sentence.



Scarlett Keeling

 Scarlett e-mailed friend on rapists 

In an e-mail to a friend, Scarlett Keeling, a 15-year-old British national who was murdered on Goa's Anjuna beach in February last year, wrote that she was raped by six men.

The Observer quoted police sources as saying that Keeling sent the email to a Spanish friend two days before her death. In the email, Keeling reportedly wrote: "Got a taxi back to Curlies and slept there, but the boys showed me some hardcore porn movies on a phone, then they all took it in turns trying 2 rape me."

Police say the alleged rapists could have killed Scarlett. They have not been arrested because the police are waiting to speak to Fiona MacKeown, Scarlett's mother.

The email also shows that Keeling went to a rave party, which was raided, and that she took drugs like LSD and ecstasy. She then returned to a beach bar just yards from where she was found dead later that week.

The newspaper said the "boys" referred to in the email were "six young Indian men who had gained the trust of Scarlett's mother Fiona MacKeown."

Scarlett Keeling

Scarlett Keeling's missing vital organs recovered

Could help investigators piece together mysterious circumstances of British teenager's death

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has finally managed to lay its hands on the missing organs of Scarlett Keeling (15), who was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Goa's popular Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008. The organs were recovered from Goa Medical College, which  had carried out autopsies on her body.

The vital organs -- both kidneys, the stomach and uterus -- were found missing when forensics pathologist Dr Gayan Fernando, attached to the Coroner's Court in Devon, UK, cut open Scarlett's body to conduct a third autopsy in the first week of April, 2008.  Experts say the organs would have helped investigators piece together the mysterious circumstances of Scarlett's death.

Forensics experts in Devon had told Scarlett's mother Fiona Mackeown that the lack of kidneys made testing for drugs more difficult. The missing stomach made it difficult to show what level of alcohol she may have ingested on the night she was killed and the lack of a uterus made it difficult for them to prove whether she was sexually assaulted and if so, by whom.

Meanwhile, Vikram Verma, Fiona's lawyer in Goa, said, "We have been informed by the CBI that they have recovered Scarlett's organs from the Goa Medical College. The organs include a piece of the uterus and parts of the spleen and pancreas. However, both her kidneys were used for laboratory examination."

A senior CBI officer supervising the investigation said that the organs would be sent to Fiona shortly and that  a CBI team would be leaving for London to record her statement.

Advocate Verma is confident that the English pathologist can finish off the studies within two weeks of receiving the organs and will release Scarlett's body, which will get a proper send-off more than two years after her demise.

Scarlett Keeling


Scarlett Keeling still awaits descent burial...

Mortal remains of the British national, murdered in Goa, two years ago, still lies in a United Kingdom morgue

Today, (February 18), the mortal remains of Scarlett Keeling (15), a British national murdered two years ago in Goa, lies in a UK morgue deprived of her right of a decent burial, because of all the bureaucratic wrangling shrouding the case. 

It has been a nightmarish two years for Fiona, Scarlett's mother, who is also awaiting some kind of 'closure' by hoping to bury Scarlet in a garden outside her home in North Devon, UK. Yet, Fiona is unaware of when that would happen.

The half-clad body of Scarlett (15) from North Devon, UK was found on Goa's popular Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008.

An emotional Fiona spoke to MiD-DAY from Devon and said, "It is unfortunate that Scarlett awaits a descent burial even after two years of her demise."

"A young girl who was brutally assaulted, raped and murdered and the criminal justice system gave ample time and opportunity to the perpetrators of this crime to destroy all evidence of the crime.

Today, two years later the body of the child remains unburied and the criminals are walking free. The criminal justice system should be an icon of faith, but in this particular incident the creditability of the criminal justice system is severely dented," said Advocate Vikram Varma.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the investigation from Goa police on June 5, 2008 and filed a chargesheet in the case on October 14, 2009 and named three accused Placido Carvalho, Samson D'souza, and Julio Lobo who were booked under Sections 304, 354, 328, 201, 109 and Section 8 (1)(2) of the Goa Children's Act.

However the irony was that Julio Lobo, who had earlier admitted of sleeping with Scarlett before the murder, retracted his statement and it could not be corroborated during the trial with evidence and Lobo was finally acquitted within one-month of filing the chargesheet.

Samson D'souza, who works as a barman at Louis shack was arrested by Goa police on March 9, 2008. He had allegedly offered drugs, assaulted Scarlett and caused sever injuries to her resulting in her death. However, he was out on bail on September 22, 2008.

Placido Carvalho also known as Shana Boy was also arrested in the case for sexually abusing her. He was arrested on March 12, 2008 but was released within 22 days from the date of committing crime.



Scarlett Keeling

Scarlett's Story Told In Film

Panaji, July 2: The seamier side of Goa will unravel on the silver
screen with 'Anjuna Beach', a Bollywood film set on the 2008 murder and
sexual assault of British teen Scarlett Keeling.

More than three years after Scarlett was left to die at Anjuna beach,
Bollywood producer Sikandar Khan re-tells the story in the film
releasing July 29.

The vivacious teenager who rode elephants, hung out at beach shacks and
is said to have occasionally done drugs will be played by
Italian-Ukranian model-cum-actress Nataliya Kozhenova.

Nataliya says that the film projects the deceased Scarlett as a young
girl who loved life and lived it to the hilt.

'The story is very nice. It tries to protect Scarlett like she was not
into drugs and is in favour of foreigners. It is scheduled for release
on July 29,' Nataliya, who has been working in Bollywood for the last
two years, told IANS. Nataliya claims she worked as a model in Italy
before moving to India.

'It was fantastic to get a chance to play Scarlett. It just happened by
chance one day that director Shakeel Saifee asked me if I could play the
role... My Hindi was zero at the time, but later I managed to even
deliver my dialogues in Hindi,' said the 24-year-old.

'Anjuna Beach', produced by Sikander Khan and directed by Shakeel S.
Sai, also stars Kiran Kumar and Iranian actress Farhanaaz.

Scarlett's sexual assault and death in 2008 marks a watershed period in
Goa's image as a safe holiday tourism destination, with the gory episode
exposing Goa's seedy underbelly as a destination for drugs. Abhishek
Bachchan-starrer Hindi film 'Dum Maaro Dum' also tried to show the murky
side of Goa.

After the Scarlett case, Goa has seen a string of events that led to the
state gaining infamy as a drug haven and as an unsafe tourist
destination especially for foreign women.

International media attention towards Goa's crumbling and corrupt law
and order edifice did not help matters, especially after Scarlett's
mother Fiona Mackeown campaigned for justice for her slain daughter and
exposed how the police and politicians were involved in covering up the
death as a suicide.

Later, during the trial of her daughter's alleged assaulters - both
beach shack hands - Simon D'Souza and Placido Carvalho, Fiona named Home
Minister Ravi Naik and his son Roy. They were alleged to have been
linked to the drug mafia operating in the state, a charge the Naiks
rejected as false.

Nataliya says she knew nothing about the Scarlett story.

'Really, before I got this role, I never knew about the Scarlett story.
I came to know everything during shooting at location (Anjuna beach),
and everybody who had seen Scarlett in real, they tell me I look very
similar to her,' she said.

Similarities they may share, but both are different in other ways too.
While Scarlett's post mortem viscera examination showed a cocktail of
drugs in her system, Nataliya claims she has nothing to do with drugs.

'I have nothing to do with drugs and I do not understand people who are
into drugs. In my movie Scarlett is just a girl who loves life but she
is not into drugs,' she said.

Scarlett Keeling


Scarlett mother 'fears cover-up' 

The mother of a British girl murdered in India has vowed to keep pressure on police there to ensure her death is fully investigated and not covered up. 
Fiona MacKeown's daughter, Scarlett Keeling, 15, from Devon, was found dead on a beach in Goa on 19 February. Police initially said she had drowned.

Ms MacKeown fears that Indian federal investigators could drop the case.

The results of tests to check if Scarlett had been raped are expected in the next few days.

Worst fear
Ms MacKeown said her worst fear was that the tests would come back negative and the case would then be left with local police, rather than being taken over by the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

She said: "I want it to be properly investigated, not covered up. They are worried about embarrassment but it will just get bigger if they don't deal with it."

If this evidence has been tampered with, it would confirm my worst fears that it is being covered up
Fiona MacKeown
Ms MacKeown, 43, from Bradworthy, north Devon, said she would continue her campaign even if the case was not taken on by the CBI.

Scarlett was on holiday with her family when she was killed. The rest of the family were travelling elsewhere in the region when she was killed in the beach resort of Anjuna.

After police initially said the teenager had drowned after drinking, Mrs MacKeown campaigned for a second post-mortem, insisting her daughter had been attacked.

After fresh tests, police said they now believed she had been drugged, raped and murdered.

After returning from a nine-day trip to India in a quest for answers earlier this month, Ms MacKeown said she believed she knew the identity of her daughter's killer.

She claimed the Indian authorities had tried to cover up what happened because the culprit was a "powerful" person.

She also said she had been forced to fly home without some of Scarlett's internal organs, which had been removed during a post-mortem examination.

Their absence was revealed after Scarlett's body was brought back for a third post-mortem in the UK.
Ms MacKeown said: "I believe they won't give me her organs because they don't want them to be tested over here. And if this evidence has been tampered with, it would confirm my worst fears that it is being covered up."

The Indian authorities have said Ms MacKeown's request for Scarlett's organs to be returned was "unprecedented" and there was no system in place for it to be carried out.

Two men have been arrested over Scarlett's death.

Samson D'Souza, 28, has been charged with rape and is in police custody.

Placido Carvalho, who was questioned on suspicion of involvement in Scarlett's rape and murder, was granted bail by a court in Goa on 4 April.


Scarlett Keeling

Murdered Scarlett Keeling's body had 50 injuries

The mother of murdered British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling broke down in tears yesterday as she visited the beach in Goa where her daughter's body was discovered.

Fiona MacKeown, who is giving evidence today at the trial of the alleged killers, spoke out bitterly to the Daily Mail after it emerged that her 15-year-old daughter suffered 50 separate injuries in the attack in 2008.

All but five of these were missed in the original post mortem.

Details of the extensive nature of Scarlett's wounds, which covered large areas of her head and body, were found in a second post mortem and are listed in police files seen by the Mail.

It is the first time Mrs MacKeown has returned to Goa since she campaigned for the Indian authorities to open a murder inquiry.

She said: 'The police treated me with no respect. They wanted to protect the apparent idyllic life in Goa and a murder inquiry would expose its seedy underbelly.

'These files show how poorly the police and the original pathologist acted.

'They show how much corruption goes on in the police. No professional should have missed all those injuries.

'I could see many of them with my own eyes when I had to identify the body. It has made it much harder to get justice but I'm still hopeful.'

The second examination, only carried out after Mrs MacKeown, 46, spent weeks campaigning for the death to be reinvestigated, paints a vastly different picture from the first.

Then, Dr Silvano Sapeco recorded only five external injuries. In a brief summary, he concluded that Scarlett had drowned accidentally and failed to suggest she might have been held under water by her attackers.

Three doctors concluded that she was held underwater for 'five to 10 minutes' after being 'rendered senseless and defenceless by alcohol or drugs'.

They also said she may have been raped. Scarlett, of Bideford, Devon, was staying with her 25-year-old Goan boyfriend while her mother travelled around India when she was killed.

Samson D'Souza, 30, and Placido Carvalho, 42, are on trial for her murder and rape.

The pair, who are both on bail, deny culpable homicide, sexual assault, outraging modesty and destroying evidence.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Kyleigh Crane

 Docs reveal Crane murder confession

CUMBERLAND, Ind. (WISH) - Two men have been formally charged after the shooting deaths of 21-year-old Jeremy Crane and his 7-year-old niece, Kyleigh.

Michael Bell and Jeremy Priel are each facing two charges of murder, one charge of robbery and one charge of carrying a handgun without a license.

A lengthy court document now spells out the investigation into the murders, along with an evening request by Bell to speak to police to “confess.”

The two men continually appeared to point fingers at each other for the slayings. Priel told police in one interview he waited by a car wash area for Bell, who returned with a PlayStation and Xbox.

While in jail at 7 p.m. Monday, Bell requested to speak to police to offer a confession, court documents say. Bell began to tell police one story, but later changed it. Finally, he told police the plan was for Bell to knock on the door and ask Jeremy Crane if he could use the bathroom. Then, Priel was supposed to come in and rob everyone.

Bell described being in the bathroom when he said Jeremy Crane yelled for him to get out of the bathroom. When he did, Bell said Priel put a gun in his face and told him to get on the floor, according to the probable cause affidavit. Bell said Priel made everyone get on the ground, and then Priel shot Jeremy Crane. Due to his proximity, Bell said blood splattered on him.

Police explain in court documents that Bell’s knowledge of the crime scene was so detailed that he had to have been there. Bell said after Jeremy Crane was shot, Bell got up to gather the video game systems. He said Priel shot him again. Bell said he didn’t know how Kyleigh Crane was shot because he ran out of the house.

During the investigation, officers talked to multiple people who interacted with the accused men.
One witness told police Bell was in her home on the day of the deaths and was insistent about watching the news at 6 p.m., the probable cause affidavit says. When the story came on about the Cranes being found dead, the woman said Bell called them his “adopted brother” and “adopted niece.” Yet, she said Bell showed little or no emotion and did not cry.

Family members of the victims characterized Bell as a close family friend who once lived in their home.

A woman associated with Priel said she introduced Priel to Bell. She said Priel’s demeanor would change when he saw news coverage of the Cumberland murders, according to court documents. She also said Bell told Priel on the bus, “I laid my thing down and did what I had to do.” She was the same woman Bell requested throw away his jeans, despite her offers to clean them for him.

 Merry Christmas Kyleigh...

Jayme Thomas

Johnny Rourn: Charged in murder of Des Moines teen Jayme Thomas

A Washington's Most Wanted viewer is credited with helping to lead police to murder suspect Johnny Rourn.

King County prosecutors filed murder and assault charges Monday against Rourn, accusing him of fatally shooting a woman and wounding a man Nov. 5 in Des Moines.

Authorities said Rourn, 29, of Des Moines, shot and killed 19-year-old Jayme Thomas of Des Moines. Thomas was sitting in the back seat of a parked car; the gunfire also wounded 24-year-old Scott Kennedy, who was a friend of Thomas.

Prosecutors said Rourn opened fire on a crowd of people after leaving a party and hit Thomas three times. Kennedy talked about his injury in an exclusive interview with "Washington's Most Wanted."

Rourn was arrested Dec. 7, after a tip from a WMW viewer, and is jailed on $1 million bail. He will be arraigned on December 22 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

In court documents, detectives said Rourn admitted he was the shooter, but that he had been drinking and didn't know Thomas was in the car. They said he was "apologetic and kept repeaing he wished he could trade places with Thomas."

However, prosecutors said he changed the rims on his car after the shooting and got rid of his clothes, making it seem as if he was attempting to conceal items that could identify him.