Reading from the Voice Media empire: Recent reports that Nikolas Cruz, who shot and killed seventeen people at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, has been inundated with fan mail and inspired the forming of alternately sympathetic and worshipful social-media groups echo some of the disturbing responses that followed the July 20, 2012, Aurora theater shooting, when James Holmes took twelve lives and injured seventy other patrons at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A state supreme court recently upheld a lower court’s decision to reverse David Bueno’s first-degree murder conviction because evidence that might have helped him was withheld in his death penalty case, Author and professor Michael Radelet sees the Bueno case as a particularly compelling argument in favor of ending capital punishment in the state once and for all, and he sees multiple possibilities for how it might finally happen. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: State pages on GunMemorial.org are eloquent in their simplicity. Under a slogan that reads “Real People, Not Just Statistics,” the site offers an online place to salute, celebrate, remember and mourn every single person in all fifty states who dies from gun violence, no matter the circumstances. Included are photos, links and places for family and friends to share details about loved ones whose lives ended so suddenly. Each item stands as an individual tribute, as well as a single image in a larger mosaic that illustrates how much pain, bloodshed and heartache involving firearms takes place in our state on practically a daily basis. Here’s how this tragic roster came to be. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Parker’s most recent Facebook notes, posted through the day before his first court appearance for killing 65-year-old William “Bill” Connole, form a twisted stream of consciousness characterized by violent or offensive subtext: “Im not the coroner…Dr Duke godamn luke…His 12 bitches lined up pussy squirts on film…I told him 12 ID do it…I sure liked shooting for Paul he paid late night drug steals whores…Blonde offspring guy…I unloaded my four ten…No on paul…Funny farm fucking guy…Bitches lsd he said Marty and Alonso coke blowjobs…They said…Janelle diesel…Paul likes cop pussy made his glasses thicker he said….Then Paul well the coroner shot his dad it was over…You gotta know Paul cop women whore big dick and tells he turned Mexican he had his boy…Always talking about my murder skills…I sold it 30-06 Paul said I would be greater the Charles Manson.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: One of the most disturbing crime stories in the nation over recent weeks involves Vincent Terry, who was arrested in Florida for allegedly killing his pregnant wife, Chrystal Terry, and taking photos of her corpse. But a connection to the case we reported about four years ago makes the incident even more horrific. After an arrest in Florida for another bizarre incident, Terry was transported back to the state where he was wanted for attempting to kill Chrystal. However, she refused to cooperate with authorities, resulting in his release, which made the latest tragedy possible. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In recent weeks, Richard Darling was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for allegedly killing, dismembering and “filleting” the body of Rey Pesina in a homeless encampment on Halloween 2015. The sentence would seem to offer some solace to Candace Chamberlain, who was romantically involved with both men before getting caught in the middle of their fatal conflict. But more than two years later, she’s still struggling to deal with her memories from that awful day. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month has sparked plenty of conversation about whether new gun-control laws are needed. Against this backdrop, Sheriff Lou Vallario has stirred controversy aplenty by way of a Facebook video in which he suggests that blaming weapons for such incidents is flat-out nonsensical. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: An attendee at a town hall after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, says a state representative and Second Amendment advocate attempted to bolster her argument that teachers should be armed by claiming that Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had supported gun control and lobbied the state legislature to make schools gun-free zones to prevent return fire during the lethal April 20, 1999 attack that took the lives of twelve students and a teacher. And a TV news cameraman who covered Columbine backs up the attendees’ account. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Reporters and anchors covering the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have frequently mentioned the disturbing similarity between images from the latest tragic event, during which seventeen people died, and those from the April 20, 1999, attack on Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. But there’s another tie between these tragedies beyond bloodshed and heartache. Politicians and stakeholders desperate to deflect calls for tougher gun laws are once again suggesting that violence in popular culture is more responsible for what happened in Parkland than are easily procured weapons. And as was the case after Columbine, one of the main whipping boys is actor Keanu Reeves. Really. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:This October, former Carolina Panthers star Rae Carruth is scheduled to be freed from the prison where he was sent after being convicted of conspiring to murder Cherica Adams in 1999, when she was eight months pregnant. Cherica’s child, Chancellor Adams, survived the ordeal but suffers from cerebral palsy linked to his traumatic birth, and Carruth wants to have a relationship with the now-eighteen-year-old upon his release, as he makes clear in an open letter. Westword has the story.