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 Posted: Mon Feb 12th, 2018 09:13 pm
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Married Jo wrote: I haven't scrolled through this entire thread but anyone watch "Killing Fields" on Discovery? Season 3 is on now and that's the first wife and I have watched of it, I'm almost certain now it's pretty near impossible to kill someone and get away with it now unless you've lead a PERFECT under the radar life. The DNA stuff now will nail you every time..

Not always.  In the Green River Killer case, the cops had Gary Ridgway's DNA but this wasn't enough for a conviction. As his lawyer pointed out, it only meant Ridgway had sex with the prositutes, not that he killed them. It was paint chips from his job  at the truck company where he worked that finally sealed the conviction.Also, OJ got off, despite DNA evidence.


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This story may not have as many bizarre elements as many of the others posted here, but it involves a cousin of mine so I thought I'd share it. 

My dad's family, parents and 4 kids, all spent their entire lives in our hometown, with the exception of my dad's older sister Gracia -- the oldest of the siblings.  Her husband's career took them first to another town in our county and then to Boardman, Ohio, outside Youngstown.  They moved to Boardman, which is about 3 hours away from our Western New York hometown in the early 70's.  My aunt and uncle also had 4 kids, three boys and one girl.  At the time of this incident, John (who's my godfather) was 17, Eileen 15, David 13, and Tom 11. 

On the night of Friday January 17th, 1975 David disappeared.  My grandmother had come down from our hometown to spend some time with the family and before dinner she and my aunt decided to walk to the post office and a nearby plaza.  John and Eileen were going to a high school basketball game that night and around this same time of day David asked John if he had an extra ticket.  John didn't and reported that he and David made some small talk for a bit and that David then went out for a walk.  My uncle Pete got home from his job shortly afterward and he, David, and Eileen (not sure where Tom was at this time, though he was likely home and just omitted from newspaper accounts) had a dinner that my aunt had prepared earlier in the afternoon and left in the oven. 

My uncle was taking night classes in engineering management at Youngstown State and after finishing his food, left the house for a 6:15 class.  When he got to the corner of his street he saw David walking on the sidewalk.  He called him over to the car and David reported that he had been checking out the ice on Boardman Lake to see if it was fit for skating, however, he'd found it was too slushy and was on his way home.  He also told my uncle that he hadn't seen my aunt or grandma while he was out.  That would be the last reported sighting of David alive. 

Around 9 PM my uncle got home from class.  My aunt and grandma had returned home at some point that evening and the three of them quickly realized that David had never come home since last seen by my uncle.  Worried, but wondering if David had gone to the basketball game after all, my uncle called the high school and got a hold of Eileen, who then found John.  Neither of them had seen David at the game.  Increasingly concerned, my uncle then got in his car and began combing the neighborhood.  When he turned up nothing he called the police and also three local hospitals.  David was a fairly severe diabetic.  He required twice daily injections of insulin, which he administered himself at 7:30 AM and 7:30 PM.  My uncle worried that if he'd been hit by a car, a hospital might have given him medications that would detrimental to his health. 

Finally, at 11:30 PM, David's red hat was found at the very corner where he'd last spoken to my uncle.  It was said that snow was trampled down for a few feet around it.  At that point, a massive community man hunt was underway, one that stretched on for days.  I was just shy of my 4th birthday at that point so I don't have any recollection of the events, but my mom said that my dad immediately hopped in the car and drove down to Boardman to help in the search.  It was to no avail. 

The following Thursday, six days after David had gone missing, his body was found, frozen, in a lot several blocks from his home.  The coroner's report attributed his death to diabetic coma, which isn't surprising, but given the severity of David's diabetes this should have happened well before 6 days elapsed.  That said, the coroner was unable to establish a time of death. He also reported that David's stomach was nearly full, indicating he had eaten within a couple hours of his death (remember, on the night he disappeared, he had left the house before eating dinner).  He had a broken right wrist as well as contusions on his face.  Oddest of all was a puncture wound in the small of his back, roughly 1/2" an inch deep.  No matching hole was evident on his clothes.  There were no signs of molestation. 

Given the circumstances -- the missing hat, the injuries, the ingested food, and the fact that he was last seen a stone's throw from his own home and heading in that direction -- it seems very reasonable to conclude that he was abducted.  However, the Boardman police never produced a single suspect.  A little while ago, I came across my grandma's collection of newspaper clippings about the incident and wondered if I could find out any more information about it.  The most informative thing I found was a 10 year old thread on an online bulletin board from the Boardman area.  It discussed not just the case of my cousin but of another boy who had disappeared in the Boardman area just two years earlier and whose body was found in a dumpster a few days later.  It too remains an unsolved case.

http://forums.vindy.com/read.php?1,28878,page=1 

As I got a little older I gathered bits and pieces of what I just wrote here, but not enough to really know what had happened.  I just knew that it was assumed he was kidnapped and it created an ungodly fear of kidnapping in me.  My dad gave me his used pocket knife when I was about 9 years old and I would take it with me to Little League practice or my youth bowling league because I often had to wait alone for my ride to pick me up and I was worried about being snatched. 

And to show you how serious David's diabetes was, my cousin Tom passed away in his 30's from diabetes related complications, after having lost his eye sight just a couple years earlier.  My aunt and uncle are also deceased but John and Eileen are still with us.  But to the best of my knowledge, no plausible suspect has ever been posited for David's death.   


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lobo316 wrote: Married Jo wrote: I haven't scrolled through this entire thread but anyone watch "Killing Fields" on Discovery? Season 3 is on now and that's the first wife and I have watched of it, I'm almost certain now it's pretty near impossible to kill someone and get away with it now unless you've lead a PERFECT under the radar life. The DNA stuff now will nail you every time..

Not always.  In the Green River Killer case, the cops had Gary Ridgway's DNA but this wasn't enough for a conviction. As his lawyer pointed out, it only meant Ridgway had sex with the prositutes, not that he killed them. It was paint chips from his job  at the truck company where he worked that finally sealed the conviction.Also, OJ got off, despite DNA evidence.



I'm not disagreeing with your assessment at all, but I would think DNA technology has come so much further since both of those were put to bed that it would make DNA evidence even more of a solid when prosecuting a case than before.



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http://www.mynbc5.com/article/missing-whiteface-skier-found-in-california/17764938

New York State Police said Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, 49, of Toronto, was found 2,900 miles away Tuesday in Sacramento.

On Feb. 7, Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis was reported missing after he disappeared from a ski trip to Whiteface Mountain in upstate New York. Oddly, his car was still in the parking lot and all his belongings were intact at the ski lodge. Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers, New York state police, and resort staff headed up the search that grew to include the New York state Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Department, several of Filippidis’s coworkers, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Yet nobody could find the Candian skier.

Until he turned up in Sacramento this Tuesday, alive and unharmed, six days after going missing. Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies found Filippidis around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning by the car rental zone at Sacramento International Airport. He was wearing the same clothes he wore when he went missing, had a credit card and $1,000 in cash, did not know where he was or, and remembered very little about the previous few days. He said he thought he had sustained a head injury of some sort, and that he made his way across the country in a “big rig” before being dropped off by a “McDonald’s near a tall building” Monday night.
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http://abc7ny.com/archive/9534621/

At approximately 6:00 PM on February 14, 2014, 17-year-old Houston teen Antonio Saldivar borrowed his mother’s car to go visit his girlfriend. He was planning to deliver a teddy bear to her as a Valentine Day’s gift. Antonio wound up missing his curfew that night, which led his mother to repeatedly call and text his cell phone. At 4:00 AM, Antonio finally answered his phone and let his mother know he was on his way home. Within a half hour, Antonio totaled his mother’s vehicle by crashing into a concrete pillar. Antonio was nowhere to be found at the accident scene, but strangely, his shoes were left behind in the car.Antonio remained a missing person until February 27, when an employee from a Texas Port Recycling scrap metal plant discovered Antonio’s body, which was trapped underwater beneath a dock inside the Houston Ship Channel. He was found approximately 3 kilometers (2 mi) from the accident scene. It’s possible that Antonio became disoriented before wandering away from the scene and drowning, but a lot of strange details didn’t add up. Antonio never actually made it to his girlfriend’s house that night, and the Valentine’s Day teddy bear was found inside his pants between his legs.One witness told police they saw a dark SUV run Antonio’s car into the pillar. Antonio was also found inside a secure area near the scrap metal plant, which was inaccessible to the search volunteers who had been looking for him. So how did his body end up there?

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/jul/31/iran-acid-woman-pardons-attacker

In 2004, Iranian Majid Movahedi threw acid over Ameneh Bahrami as she walked home from work, blinding her. Bahrami had previously turned down his offer of marriage, and in Movahedi’s disturbed mind, that slight apparently demanded a face full of acid. But here’s where things get interesting. Iran operates under strict sharia law, and sharia law allows “eye for an eye” style punishments. In Bahrami’s case, she took this literally.

When Movahedi came to trial, she asked the court for a special favor. She wanted Movahedi blinded by acid. And the court said yes.For the next three years, Movahedi lived knowing he was going to feel the exact same pain and fear that his victim had. In 2011, he was taken into Tehran hospital and sedated, knowing he’d be blind when he woke up. Before you think I’ve gone totally mad and started advocating cruel and unusual punishment, I should add that Bahrami called off the procedure at the last second, saying she’d never intended to actually go through with it and would rather forgive her attacker. Movahedi got to keep his sight, but crucially he got to understand exactly the sort of fear and misery his victim must have felt all those years before.

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http://www.nytimes.com/1993/02/21/us/death-in-a-jailhouse-the-ruling-a-suicide-the-fear-a-lynching.html?pagewanted=all
In the summer of 1992, Andre Jones was 18-years-old and about to start his freshman year of college. His mother, Esther, was President of the Jackson Mississippi branch of the NAACP. His stepfather, Charles X. Quinn, was a Nation of Islam minister. In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 22nd, Andre and his girlfriend, Tanisha Love, were driving home when they approached a sobriety checkpoint. At the time, Andre was driving a friend’s pick-up truck.
A half hour later, Andre’s parents were awakened by a phone call from Tanisha. Andre had been arrested. At 2:00 AM, Andre called his parents from the Brandon Police station. He said he was unaware of what he’d been charged with. At 4:00 AM, Andre telephoned again, this time to say he had been transferred to the Simpson County Jail, 40 miles south of Jackson. According to Andre’s mother Esther, her son still didn’t know what the charges were against him.
Then at midnight on Saturday, the Quinns heard a knock on their door. It was a Jackson police officer. According to Esther, the officer handed her a piece of paper:

“It only had a phone number for the Simpson County Jail. There was not a note. There was not a message. It was only a number.”

Esther immediately called the police station and received some devastating news:

“I was informed that Andre had committed suicide. I was casually informed… as if they could’ve been talking to someone that didn’t even know who he was.”
According to Andre’s parents, he had never shown suicidal tendencies. He had never even suffered from depression. Andre had no previous arrest record, so when Esther and Charles Quinn started to look into his death, they naturally began with the circumstances of his arrest.
According to the police, Andre stopped just short of the checkpoint and tossed something out the window. Police identified the object as a .38 caliber handgun. Inside the truck, police said there was an open can of beer. And finally, the truck—which Andre had borrowed and driven for more than a week—turned out to be stolen.
However, Tanisha Love’s version of the events was quite different from the police report. According to Tanisha, the moment that the officers heard Andre’s name, their attitude immediately changed:

“After they asked him his name, they all went to… a little huddle, you know a football huddle… I don’t know what they were talking about because they were talking low. And after that, that’s when they came to the truck and asked Andre again, did he have his license and he said no sir, don’t have my license. And they asked him to step out the truck and that’s when they handcuffed him. They shackled his feet and they had him handcuffed at the same time. I didn’t understand what was going on.”

But according to the State Public Safety Commissioner Jim Ingram, Andre Jones was never shackled. In fact, Ingram disagreed with Tanisha’s entire account:

“There was no confrontation whatsoever with young Andre Jones. In fact, the officers were very amazed how cooperative he was.”

Charles Quinn, however, said that an inmate in Brandon told him that police used racial slurs to intimidate his son:

“One of the inmates who was transferred with Andre said that the officer said, ‘Do you know what happens to niggers for stealing a white man’s truck?’ And of course, other statements were said to put fear in Andre.”

The next day, Andre was transferred to the Simpson County Jail. That night, his body was found in a shower stall at the end of a dimly lit corridor. Authorities state that Andre tied his own shoelace to an iron grate above the showerhead and hung himself. When Charles Quinn was allowed to visit the cell, he estimated the grate was about eight feet above the floor:
Dr. Steven Hayne, the state-approved pathologist who performed the autopsy, said investigators had demonstrated that it was possible for Andre to have hung himself unaided:

“That position was easily reached by a member of the sheriff’s office who was acting as the decedent.”

Less than a week after Andre’s death, his parents hired an independent pathologist, Dr. James Bryant, to examine the remains and review the case:

“I think that he was strangled. Someone did this to him. In the usual case of a suicide by hanging, the ligature mark is along the side of the neck and doesn’t go all the way around. It’s in this fashion, whereas in the case of Andre Jones, the ligature marking went along the side of the neck and all the way into the back and criss-crossed in this fashion. This suggests to me that… someone had to come behind and wrapped the ligature around his neck.”

The official autopsy report listed no evidence of bruising on Andre’s neck or anywhere else on his body. However, Dr. Bryant’s observations were different:

“He had some bruising under one of his eyes and also he had some bruising on the shoulder of the same side. The bruising could’ve been right at the time that he died or it could’ve been some time during the day, but apparently… he suffered some kind of blunt trauma some time during the time he was in the jail.”

In fact, evidence of homicide remains elusive. Dr. Bryant's finding of homicide relies largely on a jailer's description of the body and the condition of the cell, an account that is at odds with other reports from the scene. In interviews, neither investigators nor local reporters nor prisoners' lawyers related any reports of prisoners' seeing any jailers entering the cell or hearing a struggle. Dr. Bryant also agrees that there was no evidence of a struggle, like another person's skin beneath Andre Jones's fingernails.
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http://abcnews.go.com/News/ohio-women-boy-stabbed-dismembered/story?id=12204374

Tina Herrmann was a single mother of two who worked at a Dairy Queen in Ohio. On November 10, 2010, the typically reliable Herrmann failed to show up for her shift and wasn’t answering her phone. Her boss became concerned and notified authorities. Police arrived at Hermann’s house to discover it empty and covered in blood splatters.

A search led police to the home of Matthew Hoffman, where Herrmann’s 13-year-old daughter was found bound and gagged in the basement. Hoffman was arrested for kidnapping. While in custody, he provided the location of the girl’s mom and brother. The corpses of Herrmann, her son, and a close family friend were found inside a hollowed-out tree. The three bodies had been stabbed repeatedly and stuffed into plastic garbage bags. Even Herrmann’s miniature pinscher had been killed and hidden inside the tree.Hoffman was a tree trimmer. His neighbors described him as a strange man who built fires on his front lawn to roast squirrels before eating them. Hoffman committed the murders not long after being released from a Colorado prison. He had been serving a term for arson and burglary.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/3758209.stm

In 2004, a 14-year-old boy was stabbed in a frenzied attack in Manchester. His 15-year-old attacker plunged a kitchen knife once through his chest and again through his stomach, but didn’t quite manage to kill him. To the first cops on the scene, it must have sounded like a typical tragedy: both boys were former best friends who’d become involved with the same woman. But then other, atypical details began to emerge; like how the “woman” was a middle-aged spy they’d met in a chat room, or how the younger boy was secretly in love with his older friend.
And then things got really weird.It transpired that the woman had ordered the murder. It also transpired that she didn’t exist, despite having had frequent webcam sex with the older boy. In the subsequent investigation, detectives discovered a complex web of fiction spun around the older boy, with one purpose: to end its author’s life. It turns out the 50,000 messages the “three” had sent each other were nothing more than a perverse suicide bid on the part of the 14-year-old. At the end of the trial, the judge announced that “skilled writers of fiction would struggle to conjure up a plot such as that which arises here”.

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