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News segment about surveillance video of one of Jeff Davis Parish’s recent victims of an unsolved homicide.

Eight women, murdered. They were different ethnicities and they ranged in age from late teens to mid-30s. Folks in Jeff Davis Parish, Louisiana fear the women fell victim to a single killer. A serial killer with a taste for troubled women.


Cassius Turner has been found safe. Police are questioning Alex Lakhno.

Bottom l: Cassius Turner Top, Right: Alex Lakhno

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An Amber Alert has been issued for 3-year-old Cassius Turner. He was last seen in the company of Alexander “Alex” Lakhno, age 28. The brown-haired, brown-eyed Sarasota, Florida toddler was clad only in his pajamas.

Cassius is just 2 feet tall and weighs about 50 lbs. Alex Vladimir Lakhno is 6’4″, nearly 250 lbs and has brown hair and eyes. The pair may be in a silver, 2001 Toyota Solara with Pennsylvania plates, #HBM 5426.

Lakhno was on probation for a felony count of grand theft auto at the time of the disappearance.

At least one source described this abduction as the result of a custody dispute.

Please contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office at 941-861-4900 if you have any information regarding the abduction of Cassius Turner.

[, Miami Herald/AP

Dan and Alyssa Kopp really can’t catch a break. The video above was made at their home on Broyles Street in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta on the morning of October 27, 2008. It shows a number of young men who came to the scene in a Nissan Pathfinder breaking into the Kopp residence and just a-robbin’ it. Any homeowner might watch this and wince. The Kopps, however, put it up on YouTube and Alyssa told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the couple had recovered the stolen items “within a week.” So it’s all good then, right? Well, no.


​Mark your calendars and make some notes, y’all:

September 15, 2009: Paul LaRosa and Maria Cramer’s true crime hardcover Seven Days of Rage: The Deadly Crime Spree of the Craigslist Killer hits bookstores. LaRosa is also a producer for CBS but if he keeps it up he’ll became a name in true crime print as well. I’m looking forward to reading Seven Days, very soon.

September 19, 2009: I will be on CBS’s 48 Hours Mystery discussing some of what I uncovered for this blog about Phil Markoff, the former med student now called “the Craigslist Killer.” 

When I did the interview earlier in August we discussed the dual life that Markoff led online, as sexaddict5385 and sexaddict53885. Seriously, it was really hard for the veteran, Emmy-winning journalist with whom I spoke and I to tapdance around this subject matter, too, but we gave it a shot. That journalist, Richard Schlesinger, is the man, by the way.  

As for those notes you need to make:

– One last thing about CBS – seems they’ve got a crime blog now – check it out, see what you think: CrimeSider

– There’s two of us manning the ramparts here now, so please make note of bylines. Just practically speaking you want to know who you’re talking to if you comment and you should say hi to Pete Kotz, when you get a chance. 

A generalized news report about finding Jaycee Lee Dugard

Today we know that while Jaycee Lee Dugard and her two daughters were living in captivity with predatory psycho Phillip C. Garrido, Dugard was also Garrido’s employee (work slave perhaps a better term). She the main worker behind Garrido’s printing business, perhaps even a bit of a creative force, consulting with clients on style, format and design, using the name “Allissa.” While this provided what many might assume were multiple opportunities for Dugard to tell someone about her plight, she was in a psychological situation more deeply traumatic than most of us will ever understand, and she never seized opportunity. Dugard never conducted herself in anything but a businesslike manner, using an e-mail address registered to Garrido: [email protected].


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Seven people have been found dead in a trailer at the New Hope Plantation Mobile Home Park in Brunswick, GA. Two critically injured victims were removed from the same residence and taken to a medical facility in Savannah. Glynn County police chief Matthew Doering says the crime is one of the worst in county history. Glynn County director of the coroner’s office Jimmy Durben agreed, telling local press that the mass murder was “the worst crime scene” he’d encountered in his 17 years with the coroner’s office. This is a developing story – keep checking back for additional media and updated information. [, UPI]

Fox News segment about alleged Dugard kidnapper Phillip Craig Garrido.

Police in Pittsburg, CA are investigating alleged Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapper Phillip Garrido in connection with a series of prostitute murders. According to the Sacramento Bee, Garrido is being looked at as a person of interest in murders that occurred in the Bay Area in the early 90s. Many of the victims from that spree were found in an industrial area where Garrido worked at the time. This comes on top of the 28 charges leveled against the convicted sex offender in connection with the 18-year-long captivity of Dugard, who vanished from her bus stop when she was 11.

It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Garrido is a viable suspect in these murder cases. He has the requisite history of sexualized violence as well as an apparent psychotic, religious mania often present in the sorts of serial killers who have committed similar crimes in the past.  

Heidi Childs & David Metzler/Facebook

Virginia Tech, a University far too familiar with violent death, has lost two more students to homicide. For many VTU students (including my wife, who is getting her master’s from the Blacksburg, VA institution via online study) the terrible news came via a letter from University President Charles W. Steger. Steger stated the Montgomery County sheriff had informed him that two students were victims of a homicide on Wednesday night. The students were found early Thursday in the Caldwell Fields area, which Steger referred to as “a popular day use area within the Jefferson Forest, about 12-15 miles from campus.” The couple had been shot to death.

Steger continued:

The Montgomery County Sheriff has notified families and subsequently announced the victims as David Metzler, 19, a sophomore in industrial and systems engineering from Lynchburg and Heidi Childs, 18, a sophomore in biochemistry from Forest, Virginia. The sheriff’s office continues its investigation and search for a suspect. Any who feels that they might have knowledge related to this should contact the sheriff at 540-382-2951.


(See the end of this post for an update.)

See also: “Is Phillip Garrido a Serial Killer?”

The 58-year-old registered sex offender arrested in connection with the abduction of Jaycee Lee Dugard is named Phillip Craig Garrido. Garrido, fortunately for those of us who want to see what crazy really looks like, had a blog:

He was also planning to start a website: In case you doubt the blog belongs to Garrido (who gave the GodsDesire URL in the blog), here is the registration address for the owner of

Administrative Contact:

Garrido, Phillip [email protected]
God’s Desire
1554 Walnut Ave
Antioch, California 94509
United States
(925) 754-2687 Fax —

According to court records a search warrant was issued for the address for God’s Desire, 1554 Walnut Avenue in Antioch, CA, on Wednesday. Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, have been arrested and are being held on $1 million bond.

A homemade video about select missing childrens’ cases. Jaycee Lee Dugard at 1:40 in.

UPDATE: “Meet Phillip Craig Garrido.”

From The Charley Project, a website devoted to missing persons:

[Jaycee Lee] Dugard was last seen walking to her school bus stop on Washoan Boulevard in her hometown of South Lake Tahoe, California on June 10, 1991. A gray two-tone 1980 mid-sized Ford or Mercury sedan, possibly a Ford Grenada, Mercury Monarch or Mercury Zephyr, made a u-turn on the street where Dugard was walking between 8:05 and 8:15 a.m. An unidentified man and woman were inside the vehicle. The woman grabbed Dugard and forced her inside the car, then the vehicle sped from the scene.

The following is from an article published today on

CONCORD, Calif. — A young woman walked into the Antioch Police station and announced that she was Jaycee Lee Dugard – the girl who was snatched by an abductor from a Lake Tahoe area school bus stop in 1991.

That’s right. It may be that 18 years after her dramatic disappearance, Jaycee Lee Dugard has resurfaced, alive and physically well, in California.

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