Browsing: Homicide

findingcaylee.jpgCNN has reported on-air that a grand jury in Orange County Florida is prepared to indict Casey Anthony for the first degree murder of her daughter Caylee, who vanished last summer. If this is indeed a true bill from the grand jury, Casey will go to jail and be held without bail until she goes to trial. It didn’t take them long. From WFLA Radio: “The 19 grand jurors — 10 women and nine men — deliberated for about half an hour before returning the indictment.” Yeah, I know — ’bout damned time, isn’t it? [CNN]

Soldier Robert Marko, age 21, wrote the following on his MySpace profile, kept under screen name Rex290:

I’m pure blooded Black Raptor born as human and one day will join the ranks of my fellow people, until till them i will keep fighting against humans and will do so till the day i die, i’m becomeing a true Black Raptor already, i’m becomeing a cold hearted killer and can kill without mercy or reason. Also it is my lifes goal to bring down the word of god by fear and by doing all those that belive in fucking false god will come to fear my name and the name of my people The Black Raptors…

robertmarko.jpgMarko was assigned to the Fourth Brigade, Fourth Infantry Division at Fort Carson, in Colorado. He listed some of his best friends’ names on his profile. It isn’t known whether they were fellow soldiers or not. Marko’s headline read: “*We Ride Together* *We Die Together* *Bad Boys For Life* *JR, Robert, Andy, and Ron Best Friends Until Death*”
One of Rex290/Marko’s 297 or so friends on MySpace was Judilianna Lawrence, age 19. She was Judi to her friends.
Judi’s mother, Aekyong Lawrence, told ABC News that Judi had a learning disability — ADHD. She said Judi was a sweet girl who had struggled with her learning problems since elementary school.
The last time Judi was seen alive was prior to a school bowling trip on Friday, October 10. Judi didn’t go. She allegedly left with a man driving an 8-year-old, yellow Jeep Cherokee.
That man, according to police in El Paso County, CO, was the self-professed Black Raptor and “cold-blooded killer,” Robert Marko.
Marko was arrested Monday night in connection with Judi’s disappearance. Her disappearance, and her murder. Judilianna Lawrence was found Monday afternoon on Old Stage Road in El Paso County.
If police are correct about Robert Marko, then the soldier who seemed bound and determined to become the ne plus ultra of the human apex predator got his start by preying on a good-hearted young woman who had a marked learning disability. If Marko is a killer, he targeted a singularly weak and trusting victim.
Which, if true, would make him nothing but a conscienceless animal. And in prison, it would make him not an apex predator, but one of the targets at the bottom of the food chain.
More links relevant to Robert Markos:
* Marko’s dating profile on Plentyoffish.com.
* Marko’s personal profile at Vampirefreaks.com. He wrote the following on that page:

I’m PFC Marko,Robert of the US Army, as of now i’m fighting for my country in Iraq. Also i’m Know as Rex290, that is who i was in my past life and will become someday and will fight to bring peace to all my people, the Black Raptors. If ur a single female ages 18 to 20 that can accept my belifes and not try to change them, then look me up kk. I also looking for any goth or emo females, same ages who are looking for a semi goth soldier, if u all hit me up, my contact links as follow. MSN: [email protected] Yahoo: dragon_dragon290 AIM: unitedspacecore add me if u wish to chat to me, all others leave me alone is that clear kk Comander Rex290 out

He gave his “likes” as “paintball, snowboarding and death.”
* This link takes you to a post Rex290 made on a message board explaining that “Black Raptors” was a role-playing game (RPG).
* A Rex290 who shared an e-mail address with PFC Robert Marko posted a message in the forum at GetDare.com. Reading it in light of his arrest in connection with a murder, it was hard to view the author of the message as your run-of-the-mill sadist seeking a hookup. Rex290 wrote that he was “seeking a female slave, any age kk.” He was seeking “someone who will do as i say and not question me to much.” He said he respected limits, but preferred “that u dont have any kk.” Rex290 said he was “into pain,” seeing what a woman’s private parts could take. Rex290, however, was not “into bloob [sic].” At least not “to [sic]much.” There was only one other message in the thread, a site staff member chastising him for posting the same message too many times in one month.
* Still another “master seeking slave” ad Rex290 posted at GetDare.com — Anyone else feel like he was looking for more than a willing masochist? This ad was posted on April 4 of this year:

I’m looking for female slave in Colorado Springs,CO region, my current e-mail is down right now kk, i’m looking for possible offline relationship. I only want females in Colorado Springs region kk, u can pm me here or e-mail me at [email protected] kk. […] What i’m looking for is female with no limits and loves pain kk, if u think u are her, hit me up kk

Again, a staff member for the site responded to Rex290’s post: “could I just say no limits is impossible cos that could include cutting her head off for all she knows, so maybe be a bit more spacific about the pain etc…”
* Rex290 tried one more time, on May 22, 2008. He wrote a similar message to the one quoted immediately above, and added the following graphic coda: “The things i going to have u do: […] Nipple/Boob torture/pain, anal, and pussy kk…”
[ABC News via Black and Missing.]

genericrimescenephoto.jpgThe 911 call came in around 11 a.m. on Sunday. Bob and Ellen Sheldon were dead. The Sheldons’ son had grown worried on Sunday when Robert “Bob” Sheldon and his wife Ellen didn’t show up for church. He went to check on his parents at their residence on Black Powder Lane.
Robert Charles Sheldon and Ellen Louise Ogden were 19 and 20 respectively when they married in 1957. The Sheldons and the Old Cabin Shop had been integral parts of the local community ever since. Before the police officially named the couple as the victims of a double homicide, a local who knew the Sheldons wrote about the crime online.
“Scarecrow” posted his message in the general chat forum at MCarterBrown.com. He stated that his “friend and mentor” had been murdered:

A good friend Robert Sheldon and his Wife Ellen were murdered in their home this morning. ‘Bob’ and Ellen Sheldon run the local gun and archery store called ‘The Old Cabin Shop.’ He has been in business over fifty years. When he first opened, my grandfather Bill King was the gunsmith Mr. Sheldon turned to anytime he had a problem he couldn’t fix himself. As Bill King’s grandson I was afforded special courtesy in his shop. Something that few others could say. Bob encouraged me to pursue gunsmithing and metalworking and sent more than a few customers my way.
I can only say that at this time I am seething with anger. I cannot imagine what sort of low life would do this. I am loosing what little regard I have for the human race. I’m sorry to say that here, because there are a lot of good people on this board and in the paintball community. But there are also a lot of people out there in this world who are a waste of resources…

It was a grim irony — Bob and Ellen Sheldon had worked with weapons all their lives, but clearly, someone caught them unawares.
Police have yet to officially disclose the couple’s names. A press conference will be held in Joplin at 9 a.m. this morning.
The investigation is ongoing, and involves police from Carthage and Webb City as well as the Missouri State Highway Patrol. I have a feeling “Scarecrow” wasn’t exaggerating; the deaths of elderly pillars of the community like Bob and Ellen Sheldon is perhaps a bit of a personal cause for local law enforcement now. Hopefully it will just be a matter of time before an arrest is made.
[The Joplin Globe]

Some stories you just note because they make you wonder what the hell is wrong with people. This is one of them. Just before 10 p.m. on Thursday night, some young people got out of a Honda Civic and doused a homeless man with gas. They set him on fire. The heavyset man, called Grimley by area residents, tried to run. The kids gave chase and once again doused him with more fuel before they fled. The LAPD don’t have Grimley’s real name yet and they are looking for at least one 20-something guy seen leaving the area. According to locals, Grimley was dirty and he smelled bad, but he never harmed anyone. Like I said… what the hell is wrong with people? [Los Angeles Times]


KCAL news brief about Miura case.
Kazuyoshi Miura, age 61, arrived in the U. S. early this morning, landing at LAX on a flight from Honolulu. Miura is back in the U.S.A. to face charges that he conspired to have his wife murdered for insurance money as the two visited Los Angeles in 1981.
Miura was arrested in February while visiting Saipan. He fought extradition for months, but after an American judge removed the “murder” part of the murder and conspiracy charges against the Japanese businessman, Miura agreed to return to America. Los Angeles County judge Steven Van Sicklen ruled that putting Miura on trial for murder would amount to double jeopardy.
Miura and his wife were shot while they were in LA 27 years ago. He was injured, she was struck in the head. It took a year and returning to Japan, but Miura’s wife finally died from her wound.
Prosecutors think Miura was motivated by the $750,000 in insurance money he eventually picked up after his wife’s demise.
A Japanese court found Miura guilty 14 years ago, but the conviction was eventually overturned.
If Miura is convicted of the conspiracy charges against him, he could face anywhere from 25 years to life in prison.
Prosecutors in LA aren’t letting go of the murder charge yet. They filed a brief yesterday seeking reinstatement, stating that Miura’s acquittal under Japanese law might be irrelevant in the United States.
Miura will be arraigned next Tuesday.


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Google Street View of the Padilla residence.
Police in Independence, Kentucky are still trying to sort out the tragedy of the Padilla family. So far, it’s looking like a murder suicide.
A call came in about a fire at 1866 Freedom Trail in Independence on Tuesday night. Emergency responders were able to rescue a 2-year-old little girl found close to the front door of the burning home, but just after they recovered the child, they realized someone was shooting at them from inside the house.
The gunfire stopped and police and fire officials entered the home to find three dead bodies: Lori Padilla, age 45; her 43-year-old husband Seaward Padilla; and their daughter Jessica Padilla, age 22. The Padillas died from gunshot wounds.
Authorities haven’t told local media whether or not they recovered a weapon. They also gave no indication as to who may have fired the shots. Independence Police Sergeant Scott Paul told a local publication that a “tragedy of this nature takes some time to unravel.”
It seems clear that someone in the house was alive when EMS first got there, and that they died at some point after the child — Jessica Padilla’s daughter — was rescued.
Usually in cases like this — but not always — the father is the killer.
Yet Seaward Padilla, at first glance, didn’t fit the mold of the hyper-controlling and often rigid personality that tends to surface in investigations into family annihilations. The most classic example of such a “family annihilator” was John Emil List, a pathologically uptight Episcopalian accountant who was on the lam for almost 18 years after murdering his family in November, 1971. Then again, there may be substantial differences between men who kill their families and then commit suicide and men who murder their families and go on the run.
Padilla had been a bus driver in the past, and he was so good at his job that a parent once nominated him for an outstanding work award from the county school board, saying in part that Seaward was “absolutely wonderful” and “good with the children.” Seaward, who drove bus 17, was “the best bus driver we ever had.”
Seaward Padilla was also a photographer. He had a MySpace profile to host his photos: MySpace.com/SeawardPadilla. In his “About me” on that page, Seaward told a great deal about himself — including the fact that he struggled with something he referred to as “severe pain”:

I find it very relaxing while takening photos. I have a lot of PRO cameras and lenes and I feel (and many other people have told me) that I know how to use them. Because of my medical issues I sometimes will shoot a wedding for them. I just have such a peace when I have a camera in my hand. The phototgraphy has a way of helping me with my severe pain. I am sorry for having to place the initials SP in the majority of my pictures but since some of my pictures are for sale I must try to protect myself. I am sure that you can understand. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Kentucky about 9 years ago. There were many plusses and minuses about the move but overall I would never think about moving back to CA. I am happily married to my lovely wife Lori, for almost 15 years and I look forward to living the rest of my life and getting old with her. I am a VERY PROUD GRANDPA! If you can stand to look at ALL of my shots of her you can see that she is worthy of every single shot and then some. Please check back often as I update the site. Thank you for sharing a moment of your time with me. I hope you will enjoy the eye candy and look forward to hearing from you soon…

The photos were clearly the product of a trained eye and for the most part, professional in appearance. One of Seaward’s more arresting photos was the one he chose for his profile pic. It showed a man in a fishing cap sitting at the end of a pier, the ocean stretching away to the horizon. The well-composed scene was both tranquil and lonely. Looking at it after reading about the death of the Padilla family lent the image a ghostly, mysterious quality. I wondered who the man was, and if it was Seaward, why he chose the photo for his MySpace. His last login was on October 7 — Tuesday.
That was the last day his daughter Jessica logged in as well. Her profile was private, but she was clearly a proud mother to her daughter, for her profile title was “Jaycee’s Mommy.” Jessica’s last mood icon read “excited.”
Picking apart someone’s online presence only yields guesses in the end, though. To figure out why a man might destroy his family along with himself is something that can only be done by studying that family’s history and how they interacted with one another.
Most of the time, that doesn’t happen. Such tragedies are usually too great to bear for those left behind. Talking in-depth about what might have led up to the fatal moments in question ends up being salt in the wounds. So we may, in the end, be left with that last image on Seaward Padilla’s profile, of the lone figure sitting in the sunlight at the end of the dock, the rolling blue sea in front of him or her. Peaceful, yes, but also mysterious and utterly alone.
[nky.com]


From CantonRep on YouTube: an interview with one of Brett Smith’s neighbors.
A neighbor with whom murder victim Brett Smith has had confrontations in the past has been arrested and charged with felony vandalism. Police arrested William Douglas Perry, age 41, on Monday. They have not said if Perry is suspected of killing Smith.
Brett’s decapitated remains were found by his mother Judy, who called 911 and said, “His head isn’t there.” It looked as though someone also attempted to burn some rugs in the oven in Brett’s kitchen.
In August, Brett Smith told police that William Perry hit him in the face. Perry’s arrest appears to be connected to an incident that took place on September 30, when someone busted the glass cover on Brett’s electric meter.
While Perry does have a criminal history and has served prison time, his girlfriend, Susan Lockard, defended him to local media, saying “there are other suspects out there.”
William Perry is in the Stark County, OH jail on $100,000 bail.

zreid.jpgAuthorities in Neenah, Wisconsin have charged 16-year-old Zachary B. Reid with his father’s murder. Cops found Brett Reid, age 53, in the trunk of his own vehicle, which was parked in an elementary school parking lot.
One of Zach Reid’s mistakes was confiding in his friends. In fact, he evens sought their help.
On October 5 police came to the home that Suzanne Cayse shares with her 14-year-old daughter. The daughter, who hasn’t been named, had a story to tell. She and her boyfriend (they were referred to as KAC and JMTR in court documents published online by the Appleton Post-Crescent) had received a weird call that morning from their mutual pal Zachary B. Reid.
At first Zach said he couldn’t go out. Then he called back and said no, he could go out. Could they give him a ride?
The teen couple went to Zach’s home. He came out and told them to wait, he wanted them to follow him in his father’s car.
Zachary Reid came down the steps dragging a body inside a white bag. He lay the grisly package in the grass for a moment and went back to his friends. He told them that he’d murdered his father. Naturally, the couple became a little nervous.
Zach said they didn’t need to worry. According to court papers, he said he had it covered. Then Zach told them what happened.
The 16-year-old (the criminal complaint indicated that he was born in December, 1991) said he’d approached his father from behind and strangled him to death.
Zach allegedly then put his father’s body in the trunk of the victim’s car and his friends followed him over to an elementary school parking lot.
That was where police found Brett Reid. He was wrapped in a white blanket. A white plastic bag was over Reid’s head. The bag was secured to the dead man’s head with a black belt.
Police brought Zach Reid in for questioning. The criminal complaint against the teen states that he “choked the victim with the intent of causing him to pass out” but he “went too far” and killed his dad. Zach tried to enhance the story. He said that his father had pulled a knife on him. Here Zach tried to be the hero — he told police that he put his father in a chokehold. He said his father dropped the knife but Zach wanted him to pass out, so he maintained the hold, even as he said his father tried to kick him in the balls.
But Brett Reid died, and Zach set about wrapping his dad’s body to take it out to dump. Zach told the detectives that carrying his father’s body down the steps was awkward, and even noted his father’s head bouncing on the steps as Zach dragged him along.
Zach Reid was searched prior to being taken to jail. Police found a prescription bottle full of oxycodone with Brett Reid’s name on the label. They also found some weed.
Lisa Reid, Zach’s mom, may have revealed the reality of the situation — she told police that Zach had been grounded. She also said that she’d never seen any sort of physical confrontation between Zach and his dad. She did say, though, that Zach was physically larger than his father, and that her son had appeared to sometimes use this to his advantage. Lisa Reid told the cops that her husband was, in the words of the criminal complaint, “probably afraid” of his son.
The DA for Winnebago County, WI told the Post Crescent that Zach Reid had a journal in which he spoke of killing Brett Reid, removing his teeth and burning the body. He also alleged that Reid has threatened to cut out the tongues or even kill people who pissed him off.
Zachary Reid is being held on a $300,000 cash bond.
[Postcrescent.com and MyFoxNEWisconsin.com.]

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Emergency Dispatch: North Canton Emergency.
Caller: Ah, yes, this is Judy Smith. I-I’m at my son’s trailer park.
Dispatcher: Aha.
Caller: And, we just broke in and it looks like he’s in the bathroom, but his head’s missing.
Dispatcher: But what?
Caller: (Makes a noise) His head isn’t there. I don’t know, I know it sounds really weird, but —
Dispatcher: Wait a minute. You’re in his trailer. And —
Caller: Yeah —
Dispatcher: You see him in the bathroom?
Caller: It looks like him. The legs do.
Dispatcher: There —
Caller: I don’t know. Ah, could you just dispatch an officer?

Brett Smith doted on his 4-year-old niece. When he didn’t show for his regular visit last Saturday, his mom went to his trailer home to see what was wrong.
The transcript above makes it clear as to what happened next.
Police arrived at Brett’s Balsam Street residence around 7:30 and they found that the dead man’s mother was correct — Brett Smith’s head was gone. The Stark County (OH) coroner confirmed it for North Canton, Ohio media. Speaking to a local paper, a police investigator stated that Smith’s head was found inside the trailer.
Another resident of the Evergreen Mobile Home park told a Cleveland news station that there “was blood on the wall” inside Brett’s trailer and “burnt rugs in the oven.” Those seemed to indicate an attempt to burn the place down.
While the cops are being close-mouthed about their investigation, it seems as though Brett had some trouble with a neighbor. His neighbors Les and Mary Louise Erb told the Canton Repository that Brett was rarely unhappy, save for the day he came in to use their phone. The Erbs said Brett looked like he’d been in a fight.
In August, Brett filed a complaint with police, saying he’d been struck in the face by another man. Then on September 30, Brett had another complaint — someone had broken the glass cover on his electric meter.
Police have searched the home of one of Brett’s neighbors in connection with the murder.
It looks like the victim was BrettSmith33 on MySpace.com. There wasn’t much to his profile — he last logged in some 9 months ago. Under “About me,” Brett wrote that he was “Single and Looking for Miss Righet [sic].” He stated that he lived on his own and had his own car. Brett was “Looking to fine [sic]me a women [sic]that would love to have my kids for me some day soon.”
In General, Brett posted that he loved working out in the garden and loved to get his hands “massiy” [sic].
Brett Smith’s profile photo showed him with a little girl. He captioned it “me and my neice [sic].”
Speaking to the Fox affiliate in Cleveland, North Canton Police Chief Mike Grimes said that since he has investigators “actively working the case” he would give no details about the investigation into this gory crime, as he didn’t “want to do anything that’s going to hamper this investigation.”
That’s a good thing. You really don’t want to do ANYTHING that might mess with an investigation into someone psycho enough to behead another man. The inhuman criminal who killed Brett Smith needs to be off the street as soon as humanly possible.
[CantonRep.com and MyFoxCleveland.com.]

I fear that there may be more variations on this theme to come. A jobless financial advisor described as “despondent” killed himself and his family this weekend in the upscale, gated Porter Ranch community in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. No names yet, but the man killed his wife, age 39, and his three sons who range in age from 19 to 7. He also killed his 70-year-old mother-in-law. The gunman left some explanatory letters behind. A police spokesman said the man’s letters “attested to some financial difficulties.” [LAT]

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