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 Posted: Sat Apr 21st, 2018 03:13 am
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"Residents of two suburban Maryland counties were on the alert today for suspicious signs which might lead police to a masked rapist who has attacked 26 women over the last year. Officials of Prince George's County, which adjoins the District of Columbia, disclosed Friday that massive police efforts to trap the attacker had failed and the public was being called on for help. Police said the man's usual method of operation was to force his way into dwellings, threaten his victims with a knife or gun and assault them He wears Ku Klux Klan type hood, its color and material varying, according to his victims. Completely Clothed He has usually worn gloves and has been so completely clothed that until recently his race or age could not be determined, police said. But this sketchy description was finally compiled: White, in his late teens or early 20s, slender and of medium height. Police said the rapist's victims ranged in age from 18 to 50. When a victim's husband was at home, the husband was tied up and the woman assaulted in another room. Some of the women were beaten, officials said, and their homes burglarized."

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https://melmagazine.com/arturo-alva-moreno-was-9-11-victim-2-754-or-was-he-987ab8e4a6f0

Arturo Alva-Moreno Was World Trade Center Victim #2,754. Or Was He?
His daughter is certain he died at the World Trade Center. But as far as the government is concerned, he never even existed
Her father said he worked at the top of the Tower, midway between the ground and the sky. So he must have been in there, somewhere, when the plane hit and the Tower vanished on September 11, 2001.

He wasn’t supposed to be there. Not really. He was an undocumented immigrant. He had no work permit. His papers were forged. But he was definitely there, right at the top. She was sure of it. Where else could he be?

Arturo had told her he washed dishes at Windows on the World, the fancy restaurant at One World Trade Center, up on the 106th floor. He made a few bucks an hour, but he sent cash to Mexico whenever he could. The cash stopped in the second week of September 2001, and there were no more stories from the restaurant at the top of the world. But there was another phone call. The man on the line was from the Mexican Consulate, the one opposite the Chrysler Building. Someone had found Arturo’s wallet in the rubble, hidden beneath the twisted metal and scattered debris. The call confirmed what Laura already knew: Her father died in the World Trade Center.

“Many Mexicans worked in the U.S. under a false name or with a fake ID, which made it difficult for their loved ones to claim them,” Padilla explains. They — the undocumented — worked menial jobs, had no Social Security numbers, got paid in cash, sacrificed their identities. Arturo was part of this underground labor force — one of the invisible, careful not to leave a paper trail. Now, the feds wanted proof he lived in New York — “A document with his name on it, or a witness,” Padilla remembers — or his family wouldn’t receive a death certificate.

Padilla chews over the few clues. “Maybe Arturo was living under a different name like many other illegal immigrants,” he says. “But maybe he didn’t live in New York. Maybe he didn’t die in the 9/11 attacks. Who knows! The family’s payment from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund could’ve reached $7 million. Can you believe that?”

He wonders if Arturo seized an opportunity — the ultimate opportunity — to disappear; if he exploited an American tragedy. “Many people I talked to in New York thought he was alive and living in California,” Padilla says. “I was thinking of searching for him, but I need time and money to do that.”

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Seven-year-old Yamato Tanooka of Hokkaido, Japan, was throwing rocks at people during a family outing in summer 2016. His parents wanted to teach him a lesson. So they pulled over by the side of a road next to the woods, removed him from the car, and drove away. They returned five minutes later, hoping that their punishment had worked. But he was already gone.

Yamato remained missing for six days. The woods had tall grass and plants that the search party needed to comb through to be sure that they didn’t miss finding him, in case his body was lying on the ground. It was cold at night, and it also rained, which made it seem even more hopeless to find him alive.

Meanwhile, Yamato truly believed that his parents had abandoned him because of his bad behavior. He decided to go deeper into the woods to look for shelter. After walking for 5 kilometers (3 mi), Yamato came upon an empty military base with small huts. He opened the door of one and found a thin mattress on the floor. He was able to sleep comfortably. But aside from drinking rainwater, he had nothing to eat for six days.

When the search party finally found him, Yamato was taken to the hospital. Aside from hunger and mild hypothermia, he physically recovered.

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https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/dna-test-proves-vietnam-man-is-not-missing-army-sergeant-1.282643

A man who claimed in a controversial documentary that he was U.S. Special Forces soldier lost during the Vietnam War is an imposter, according to the missing soldier’s family, which cited DNA test results.

In “Unclaimed,” Dang Tan Ngoc alleged he was Army Sgt. 1st Class John Hartley Robertson, who went missing following a helicopter crash over Laos in 1968. The film, which premiered in the U.S. last year at the annual GI Film Festival, evoked impassioned responses from all sides of the POW/MIA issue.

At the time of the documentary, friends and members of Robertson’s family were convinced he was the missing GI. But, it was not to be.

Gail Metcalf, daughter of Robertson’s sole surviving sister, Jean Robertson-Holley, who was featured during an emotional reunion with Ngoc in the film, thanked Faunce and others for bringing Ngoc to their attention, something they have accused the government of neglecting to do. The family members reiterated that they believe the man is an American and will continue to seek his U.S. family.

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On July 3, 1990, a traveling portrait photographer from the Vancouver, Washington area walked into a local tavern. He had been in the Roseburg area working at a local store taking family photographs for about two weeks. He invited two women, Tracy Lee Poirier and Tamara Marie Upton, to a game of pool.

The next day the authorities found his naked four foot-four inch body on the Umpqua River near Elk Island not far from the Washington Avenue Bridge. He had been kidnapped, robbed, and killed in a “caveman-style killing”, this according to prosecutor Bill Marshall. The women had killed him by beating him with rocks. Later the prosecutor said that the man, Donald James Fish, had traveler’s checks and cash stolen from him. Police said the motive was robbery.

“Shortly after the slaying” the women were arrested. During this arrest it was found that they were driving a stolen vehicle from the Salem area.


Tracy Lee Poirier and Tamara Marie Upton, of Keizer, Oregon were charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, and robbery.

Flash forward to May 1997. Tracy Lee Poirier is temporarily transferred to the Coos County Jail and enters into a romantic relationship with one of her guards, Pamela Kay Trimble. Even after Poirier is transferred back to the Womens Correctional Center she and Trimble continue to correspond.

In July 1998 Trimble quits her job after Coos County officials find out that she was still corresponding with Poirier and they had informed her of an impending investigation. She would have been fired if it was proven that there was private communication between the two women. Later, it was verified in the news agencies that Trimble did believe she was in love with Poirier and she had conspired to help her escape from prison by trying to get tools to her while incarcerated.

Poirier was found missing from her jail cell on August 28, 1998 after a routine breakfast time check. Apparently, she had squeezed through her jail cell window that had been pried from the outside by Trimble. Then she fled the prison on foot through a newly created hole in the fencing installed at the perimeter of the prison. She had to cross Mill Creek on foot before she could get into Trimble’s red pick-up truck. The pick up was found abandoned two days after the escape was made.

This escape led to a month long road trip where the two women, using the assumed names of Robin and Ciara Marcel, lied their way from Oregon to Providence, Rhode Island. First they headed to San Francisco but, they left San Francisco August 31 and arrived in Providence via bus on September 3. They told folks that they had left Washington state and that Poirier was escaping an abusive husband.

The FBI and California State Police assisted in looking for the women while they were on the lam.

Finally, the two women were caught on Sept 28, 1998 in Rhode Island after being recognized. A television show, “America’s Most Wanted,” had ran the story in order to help law enforcement.

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“Baby Doe” – Cold Case Case # 040491-0016

On April 4, 1991 at 10:00 AM Nags Head Officers were dispatched to the 8600 block of East Tides Drive in reference to a deceased infant in the trash can rack. When officers responded, the found the mummified body of an infant. An autopsy revealed the infant was Caucasian with blond hair. The infant was approximately 5-7 pounds at birth and 18-19 inches in length. The sex is unknown due to the condition of the body when it was discovered. The estimated age of the infant is less than 3 month. It is estimated the body was placed in the trash rack in February.

The autopsy suggests that the baby was killed with an object jammed into it's throat (death record says hair curler) which caused asphyxiation.

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A forthcoming documentary suggests a Hobart woman who's serving a life sentence in prison for her role in two killings may have been a serial killer who also fed the remains of her dismembered lover to neighbors at a barbecue in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Investigation Discovery, a crime-themed cable network that reaches 85 million U.S. households, will air the true crime thriller "Dead North" about Kelly Cochran, a Northwest Indiana woman who pleaded guilty to the 2016 murder of her husband, Jason Cochran, at their home on the 7100 block of Mississippi Street of Hobart.

Cochran told Hobart police she injected her husband with heroin and smothered him with a pillow as revenge for the murder of her lover Christopher Regan, who she lured to her other home in Iron River, Michigan, with the promise of sex. Her husband burst out of the basement and shot Regan in the head with a .22 caliber rifle during the act, which the couple had plotted after making a "pact to kill off anyone involved in extramarital affairs," according to the documentary.

"Dead North" reveals that former Iron River police chief Laura Frizzo investigated whether Kelly Cochran had as many as nine victims.

The upcoming show follows Frizzo as her investigation of missing person Regan leads her "down a rabbit hole that alludes to cannibalism, reveals human remains and uncovers a deadly love triangle," according to Investigation Discovery.
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...h-noisy-pagan/
Adruid witch was attacked and stabbed by his neighbours after they had enough of his noisy pagan rituals, a court heard.

Mark and Anne Denyer attacked John Bennett as he conducted his latest back garden ceremony, which involved chanting and rhythmic beating of drums - something he did every full moon.

Denyer exchanged insults over the fence with Mr Bennett, who goes by the Pagan name Bearheart, before storming round to his bungalow with his wife

Mrs Denyer, 52, armed herself with an umbrella which she used to hit the bearded druid over the head with while her 56-year-old husband had grabbed a carving knife from the kitchen and made a "short jab" with it towards his victim.

Because Mr Bennett weighs 22 stone and has a "big belly" the blade didn't penetrate his abdomen and he suffered superficial injuries.
But fellow residents spoke of the strange noises and smells that sometimes wafted from Mr Bennett's garden.

One neighbour, who didn't want to be named, said: "We sometimes heard odd, not normal, music and smells like joss sticks and things. John has a personalised number plate for his car that says 666, which is a bit worrying.

"I think he's quite open about saying he's a witch."

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