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St. Louis Attorney Ernie Brasier was, according to his own mother-in-law, “cut out for the priesthood.” Why would anyone want to kill him? Because that’s what happened to Brasier on December 19, 2006. Two years on, his murder is still unsolved. The suspects? The attorney’s former colleagues. Read about this fascinating unsolved murder in the Riverfront Times: “The Unsolved Murder of Ernie Brasier: A Clayton attorney’s death nearly two years ago continues to mystify police and colleagues.”

From ABC News: “A 19-year-old hotel employee who police believe is in the country illegally has been charged with the murder of Jennifer Hampton…” The man says his name is Valentino Miranda. He is being held in Knoxville on one count of murder in the 1st degree. An associate, Rogelio Melchor, was employed at the same Days Inn. Melchor being held on unrelated charges, but is considered a person of interest in the Hampton case. [ABC News]

karraestarr.jpgBianca Starr died last weekend. She was only 3 years old. Police were called to a Herrin, Illinois apartment complex on Saturday, where they found the little girl with her mother. Bianca was unresponsive.
Bianca’s mother, 18-year-old Karrae Starr, was taken to the Williamson County, IL County Jail, where she is currently being held without bail. Everyone close to Karrae has told local media that they just can’t believe this has happened. Karrae’s ex, not the child’s father, said he knew that Karrae spanked Bianca, but he didn’t see it as abusive.
Something must have happened to Karrae recently, though. Neighbors at the complex where she lived with her daughter spoke of her drinking.
They also said she had blood on her shirt.
Online Karrae presented herself as a tough chick, someone you wouldn’t want to mess with. Her full MySpace headline read, “If you really want to know I am the REAL CRAZY BITCH! and dont forget it.”
She did, however, want her softer side known. Her MySpace profile URL ended with “my_baby_bianca” and her “About me” on the profile page read as follows:

HEY!!! well my name is Karrae Nicole Starr. I just turned 18 on Febuary 1st. go me!! lol anyways I have a beautiful daughter named Bianca Nicole Starr. She is two and a half as of right now. I am single once again. But hey it isn’t so bad. Well I guess I love to sing. I hope one day I will make it. Take a look at the page and let me know what you think. peace love and hair grease!!!

Karrae’s profile indicated that she was in a relationship and that she was bisexual. In her MySpace blog, Karrae posted an entry in February this year titled “I need a hot lesbian.” In that post she wrote, in part:

if i can find a girl that is one hot and two nice and shit then i might just give that up.
I am really getting sick and tired of guys and their thinking that they are superior to women.
Just to let you know, just because you have two heads doesnt mean there are brains in any one of them.

Then again, she seemed to be more frustrated with a relationship she was having at the time than anything, writing earlier in the same post that she was engaged to a guy named Mike but that they were “always fighting” and she “was about ready to give up on it.”
biancastarr.jpgKarrae’s blog also indicated that she’d lost custody of little Bianca at some point. On April 27, 2007, she wrote that she was “getting married” and getting her child back. Karrae wrote that her daughter had been “taken becauese [sic]of finacial [sic]reasons.”
In April of this year Karrae posted a longer entry in her MySpace blog that seemed to reveal a confused, possibly disturbed personality. These were Karrae’s “ten odd facts” about herself:

1. I am very afraid of cotton balls. I hate the saound they make when they are rubbed together. It makes me feel like throwing up.
2. I am a nympho but I can not get off. ( weird I know)
3. I can not sleep naked with a person in the bed with me.
4. I randomly burst into song as though my life is a depressing musical.
5. I have OCD. Every thing has to be in place and in perfect alingment with each other.
6. I am gay ( well bi ) but I have never had sex with a girl. I want to but there aren’t that many girls out there that are actually like that and would be willing to.
7. I am a complete bitch and very angry at the world.
8. I hate the song Cheer up Charlie form the original Willy Wonka movie.
9. I never have to study for any test and or quiz. I pass them with either perfect or almost perfect grades.
10. I want to be back with two of my exes.

Karrae also had a personal profile on Bebo.com. Again, she highlighted how important her daughter truly was to her:

Well, I’m pretty much out going, untill you get me in a awkward positon then I’m not so out going. I love spending time with the peeps and just chillin. I also love my daughter Bianca Nicole Starr. I don’t really have much more to say, so if you want to know just ask.

Karrae wrote on the same profile that she was scared of “COTTONBALLS (I HATE THEM!!!!!).”
Karrae’s next statement about what she was scared of, in light of her current status as her daughter’s alleged killer, was terribly ironic: “Also my daughter being hurt in anyway. I will fuck some one up over her so dont even fuckin try the shit.”
Under the Bebo profile’s place for the owner’s number 1 love, Karrae Starr gave her daughter’s name: Bianca Nicole Starr.
An unstable sense of her own identity, a potentially volatile, sometimes aggressive personality — was the greatest danger in Bianca’s life her seemingly loving mother? At the moment, police seem to think so.
The only silver lining here is that at age 3, little Bianca was far too old for her mother to cry pregnancy-related depression.
This story is disturbing and there’s something about delving into Karrae’s online world that is unsettling, makes me feel as though I need a shower. It also makes me think of what it might have been like if we could have had a good look at the real online presence of someone like Casey Anthony before she had the presence of mind to start scrubbing what she could from the ‘Net. I have to wonder if she didn’t actually have a helluva lot in common with an alleged monster like Karrae Starr.
EXTRA LINK: Check out what my friends at the Dreamin’ Demon have to say about this story: Karrae Starr Is “The REAL CRAZY BITCH!”

[WSIL TV]

Some things are just so awful that there’s not much more to do than report them. Any commentary, blog-style, is rendered moot by the sheer wealth of ugliness in the facts of the case.
It seems like that’s what’s happening in the story of Renee Bowman, in Lusby, Maryland. Apparently, she was the adoptive parent from hell.
On Friday, September 26, the Calvert County Sheriff received a call about a “found child” on Pawnee Trail, in Lusby.
The little girl was 7 years old. According to the Sheriff’s press release, the child “showed signs of extreme abuse and neglect.”
Investigators figured out that the little girl had escaped from an address on Buckskin Trail.
rbowman2.jpgThat’s where they found 43-year-old Renee Bowman.
Bowman said she’d hit the 7-year-old with a “hard heeled shoe.”
She was taken to the Calvert County Detention Center.
Cops needed more evidence, so they entered the Buckskin Trail home with a search warrant in hand to gather whatever they might need to shore up the first degree child abuse charges against Bowman. That was when they opened the freezer in the basement.
According to the Washington Post, there were two small children in the freezer, “encased in a block of ice.”
Investigators learned that at some point, Renee Bowman adopted 3 little girls who had once lived in the District of Columbia. In interviews with the police, Bowman said that the remains in the freezer were her other two adopted children. Bowman said the bodies had been in the freezer since February this year, when she moved to her current address from Rockville, MD.
The Medical Examiner in Baltimore had the freezer moved to the ME’s office. Speaking to the Post, Calvert County Det. Michael Moore said that all they can see right now “is a big block of ice with these two children” inside. Moore said that an autopsy won’t be done until Tuesday because “we’re still trying to thaw them out.”
Like I wrote at the beginning of this post — sometimes no further comment is needed. At least not from me. Feel free to vent below.
[Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and WaPo.]

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On Thursday night, police in Jacksonville, Arkansas arrested a 33-year-old laborer named George Alan Smith. Smith has been charged with murder. The alleged victim was a still-unidentified woman whose remains were discovered earlier in the week in a wooded area, not far from Smith’s place of employment, Wright’s Cabinets.
sks.jpgArkansas authorities believe Smith may be connected to as many as 15 other homicides in several states. They say they aren’t done with their investigation, either.
As for Smith, his sister says, “He was set up.” She believes he was set up by an unidentified inmate currently being held in Faulkner County, AR. That man, according to Smith’s sister, Tiffany Stephenson, “is a suspect.”
The unnamed inmate may be a suspect in a double-murder in Vilonia, AR. George Alan Smith was slated to testify for the prosecution in that case.
The Associated Press reported today that Smith’s prior convictions were for “third-degree domestic battery, carrying a weapon and fleeing from police.” The AP also stated that Smith’s arrest came after investigators discovered what they think may have been the murder weapon in the case of the unidentified woman found in the industrial park.
It isn’t clear as to what Smith’s “involvement” in “at least a dozen” other homicides in other states may have been, but when reading of so many unsolved murders in several states being potentially attributed to one man, the serial killer question must be asked. Any guesses as to what’s really up here are welcome in the comments. Remember — at the moment, police have only said that Smith may be “involved” in the murders. This leaves open the possibility of contract killings, gang-related murders, and yes, serial crimes.
[KATV.com, ArkansasOnline.com and WXVT.com.]


From KMBC Television on YouTube.
Krystal Sweet Ann Halliburton was officially sent to her heavenly reward on January 16, 2006 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Pastors Gary Compton and Deb Barnett presided over the little girl’s service. In Krystal’s obituary, it was noted that her mother, Sweet Cherry Ann Halliburton, was “grateful for having shared” Krystal’s life.
Two years and 8 months later, Sweet Cherry Ann had another baby. The Texas woman had a little boy this time, on August 9.
Sweet Cherry Ann Halliburton drove up to Summit Ridge Hospital in Lee’s Summit, MO on Tuesday, September 23, and walked into the emergency room. She told the employees there that she had a dead baby in her car.
After police arrived, Sweet Cherry Ann waived her Miranda rights and confessed — she’d killed the baby boy in the car. She pulled him into her lap and smothered him to death with an unidentified piece of clothing.
That wasn’t all, though — between little Krystal and the as-yet unnamed baby boy born in August, there was another child, Eiam Enchrist Halliburton (get it? “I am in Christ”). That infant died in September, 2007, in Fort Worth, TX. At the time, it appeared to be a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Sweet Cherry Ann said she’d left the baby asleep and gone to take a shower. When she got out of the shower, he was dead. Her story changed a little later — she told some medical personnel that she fell asleep in the same bed with little Eiam and woke up to find that he wasn’t breathing.
Now police in South Dakota and Texas will re-examine the fates of Sweet Cherry Ann’s other babies.
Sweet Cherry Ann Halliburton reportedly asked a detective from Fort Worth during a recent interview if Texas had the death penalty.
I don’t know what the Texas cop said, but let me tell you — oh, yeah. Texas damn sure has the death penalty, Sweet Cherry Ann. And if there’s one state in the union that won’t hesitate to use it, that state is most assuredly Texas.
Sweet Cherry Ann is currently being held in Jackson County, MO on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
[KansasCity.com and KCTV5.com.]


From KMBC Television on YouTube.
Krystal Sweet Ann Halliburton was officially sent to her heavenly reward on January 16, 2006 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Pastors Gary Compton and Deb Barnett presided over the little girl’s service. In Krystal’s obituary, it was noted that her mother, Sweet Cherry Ann Halliburton, was “grateful for having shared” Krystal’s life.
Two years and 8 months later, Sweet Cherry Ann had another baby. The Texas woman had a little boy this time, on August 9.
Sweet Cherry Ann Halliburton drove up to Summit Ridge Hospital in Lee’s Summit, MO on Tuesday, September 23, and walked into the emergency room. She told the employees there that she had a dead baby in her car.
After police arrived, Sweet Cherry Ann waived her Miranda rights and confessed — she’d killed the baby boy in the car. She pulled him into her lap and smothered him to death with an unidentified piece of clothing.
That wasn’t all, though — between little Krystal and the as-yet unnamed baby boy born in August, there was another child, Eiam Enchrist Halliburton (get it? “I am in Christ”). That infant died in September, 2007, in Fort Worth, TX. At the time, it appeared to be a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Sweet Cherry Ann said she’d left the baby asleep and gone to take a shower. When she got out of the shower, he was dead. Her story changed a little later — she told some medical personnel that she fell asleep in the same bed with little Eiam and woke up to find that he wasn’t breathing.
Now police in South Dakota and Texas will re-examine the fates of Sweet Cherry Ann’s other babies.
Sweet Cherry Ann Halliburton reportedly asked a detective from Fort Worth during a recent interview if Texas had the death penalty.
I don’t know what the Texas cop said, but let me tell you — oh, yeah. Texas damn sure has the death penalty, Sweet Cherry Ann. And if there’s one state in the union that won’t hesitate to use it, that state is most assuredly Texas.
Sweet Cherry Ann is currently being held in Jackson County, MO on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
[KansasCity.com and KCTV5.com.]

msosby.jpgAccording to police in Adrian, Michigan, 17-year-old Marshall Sosby fully intended to kill his parents.
So earlier this week — Tuesday, to be exact — the cops say Marshall picked up his dad’s 9 millimeter semiautomatic and killed his 37-year-old mom, Carmen, and his father, Michael, age 40.
Young Marshall called 911 around 10 that night and told what the police believe was a bit of a fib. Marshall said his mother shot his father before turning the gun on herself. Only she somehow managed to shoot herself in the back of her head, which probably cast a bit of doubt on the suicide claim.
The cops questioned Sosby. It became clear to them that he was the one who pulled the trigger. Speaking to local press, Adrian deputy police chief James Schwartz said that Sosby “gave several reasons” for his alleged actions. One reason was that Marshall’s parents took his cell phone away.
But police don’t believe the elder Sosbys were victims of an impulse crime. Marshall’s act, said James Schwartz, “was premeditated.” Sosby, said Schwartz, “intended to kill his parents.”
Marshall wasn’t just charged with open murder on Wednesday in Lenawee County, MI — he was also charged with witness intimidation, felonious assault, and assorted firearms charges.
It was through questioning Marshall’s friends that police came to believe he planned the whole thing. He’d allegedly discussed what he wanted to do — though I imagine other teens passed this off as so much bullshitting.
Marshall Sosby was ZombieKiller90 on MySpace.com. There were several photos of him holding guns in his profile photo albums — the sort of stuff mainstream news articles always seem to note as if it is somehow significant. But if the kid had easy access to a 9 mm, he probably had easy access to other guns, so photos of him dressed in camouflage and holding guns aren’t really strange or all that notable.
More interesting to me was a post he made to his MySpace blog in July of this year. It, too, was the sort of thing many teens write, think or say, but in light of Marshall’s alleged discussing of the murders with friends, it seems like it might give some insight as to his mindset. He didn’t feel like his family at home was truly his own.
Marshall titled the post “Family” and wrote, in part:

if u want 2 be part of my family talk 2 me and if u can think of any other family thing just say some thing
Girlfriend/wife: Audrey
Favorite sis: Sadie
Little Sis: Mandy, Caroline, heather, erica, miss nikki, Panda, Saria, lauren, sammy
Favorite bro:Austin
Litlle Bro: Matrix, Chase, Torment, Brandon, Jordan, dakota, Aaron,kakashi’ kun
brother in law: tony ,ichigo, itachi
Boy Cousin:David (asian)
Big Bro: edward
long lost sis: Courtney
PETS
kitten: Alexa

Was Marshall Sosby trying to reconfigure his life, hoping that he could jumpstart things by faking his parents’ murder-suicide? Perhaps. He allegedly threatened siblings with the gun after his parents were dead as well; was he thinking of taking it a few steps further? Maybe he was just trying to rid himself of what he perceived as his biggest obstacles — mom and dad.
Sosby is being held without bail in the Lenawee County Jail.
Links:
Copy of Marshall Sosby’s MySpace profile.
Copy of Sosby’s MySpace blog.
[Adrian, MI – Daily Telegram]

msosby.jpgAccording to police in Adrian, Michigan, 17-year-old Marshall Sosby fully intended to kill his parents.
So earlier this week — Tuesday, to be exact — the cops say Marshall picked up his dad’s 9 millimeter semiautomatic and killed his 37-year-old mom, Carmen, and his father, Michael, age 40.
Young Marshall called 911 around 10 that night and told what the police believe was a bit of a fib. Marshall said his mother shot his father before turning the gun on herself. Only she somehow managed to shoot herself in the back of her head, which probably cast a bit of doubt on the suicide claim.
The cops questioned Sosby. It became clear to them that he was the one who pulled the trigger. Speaking to local press, Adrian deputy police chief James Schwartz said that Sosby “gave several reasons” for his alleged actions. One reason was that Marshall’s parents took his cell phone away.
But police don’t believe the elder Sosbys were victims of an impulse crime. Marshall’s act, said James Schwartz, “was premeditated.” Sosby, said Schwartz, “intended to kill his parents.”
Marshall wasn’t just charged with open murder on Wednesday in Lenawee County, MI — he was also charged with witness intimidation, felonious assault, and assorted firearms charges.
It was through questioning Marshall’s friends that police came to believe he planned the whole thing. He’d allegedly discussed what he wanted to do — though I imagine other teens passed this off as so much bullshitting.
Marshall Sosby was ZombieKiller90 on MySpace.com. There were several photos of him holding guns in his profile photo albums — the sort of stuff mainstream news articles always seem to note as if it is somehow significant. But if the kid had easy access to a 9 mm, he probably had easy access to other guns, so photos of him dressed in camouflage and holding guns aren’t really strange or all that notable.
More interesting to me was a post he made to his MySpace blog in July of this year. It, too, was the sort of thing many teens write, think or say, but in light of Marshall’s alleged discussing of the murders with friends, it seems like it might give some insight as to his mindset. He didn’t feel like his family at home was truly his own.
Marshall titled the post “Family” and wrote, in part:

if u want 2 be part of my family talk 2 me and if u can think of any other family thing just say some thing
Girlfriend/wife: Audrey
Favorite sis: Sadie
Little Sis: Mandy, Caroline, heather, erica, miss nikki, Panda, Saria, lauren, sammy
Favorite bro:Austin
Litlle Bro: Matrix, Chase, Torment, Brandon, Jordan, dakota, Aaron,kakashi’ kun
brother in law: tony ,ichigo, itachi
Boy Cousin:David (asian)
Big Bro: edward
long lost sis: Courtney
PETS
kitten: Alexa

Was Marshall Sosby trying to reconfigure his life, hoping that he could jumpstart things by faking his parents’ murder-suicide? Perhaps. He allegedly threatened siblings with the gun after his parents were dead as well; was he thinking of taking it a few steps further? Maybe he was just trying to rid himself of what he perceived as his biggest obstacles — mom and dad.
Sosby is being held without bail in the Lenawee County Jail.
Links:
Copy of Marshall Sosby’s MySpace profile.
Copy of Sosby’s MySpace blog.
[Adrian, MI – Daily Telegram]

smcguinness2.jpgHer name was Siobhan McGuinness. She was only 5 when she died. Someone abducted her from a sidewalk in Missoula, Montana.
Siobhan was brutalized; her killer stuffed her body in a culvert.
The case went cold.
Then, in April of this year, 34 years after Siobhan was taken, the case was re-opened. Police in Missoula began receiving tips again. They received at least 80 phone calls.
It has been 3 decades, but many people in Missoula remember Siobhan…

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