Browsing: Homicide

Under “Who I’d like to meet” on his MySpace page, 22-year-old Tim McLean wrote the following:

People, a dinosaur, an alien, the wolfman, frankensteins monster, a vampire, every kewl canadian, every kewl american, every kewl every body, ppl that drink, ppl that dont, ppl who smoke, ppl who dont, ppl that work, ppl that that dont, ppl who drive, ppl who dont, ppl that get married, ppl that dont, ya get the point. either way i like meeting new people all the time and most importantly i want to meet ppl that DO!

Earlier this week, riding on a Greyhound across the night-shrouded Canadian prairie, McLean met a monster.
According to Canadian authorities, the monster who took McLean’s life was Vince Weiugang Li, age 40.
Li, of Edmonton, Alberta, allegedly and without motivation began stabbing McLean in the neck and chest. The bus came to a stop and terrified passengers exited, but police believe Li just kept cutting and stabbing. One witness described Li’s actions as robotic, calm, unemotional.
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Tim McLean was beheaded and gutted. At one point, witnesses say the killer walked to the front of the bus with McLean’s head in his hand. He showed it to the horrified passengers, dropped it to the floorboards, and returned to continue mutilating McLean’s remains. There have even been allegations that Li ate small parts of McLean’s remains.
Li was brought to a Canadian courtroom today, where he remained silent, only nodding when he was asked if he understood his rights. There was no clear motive for the attack. Li is set to undergo psychiatric assessment.
Meanwhile, on Facebook and MySpace, Tim McLean’s friends began to mourn: “… I can’t believe you’re gone… stay with me always and I’ll love you forever. You were never far from my thoughts, or my heart.”
[BBC]

A restraining order taken out against anthrax letter suspect Bruce E. Ivins shortly before Ivins committed suicide reveals a good deal more about his behavior towards others.
Maryland court records show that Ivins ended up in a Maryland psychiatric in July after he made death threats counselor Jean Duley. Ivins was Duley’s long-time client up until early July of this year.
On July 9, according to Duley’s petition to the court, Ivins made “threats of homicidal intent.” Ivins was committed to a mental hospital, but he signed himself out on the 24th. That was when Duley asked for the restraining order because, in her words, “client has a history dating to his graduate days of homicidal threats, actions, plans, threats & actions towards therapist.”
Duley continued, writing that Dr. David Irwin, Ivins’s psychiatrist, called the researcher “homicidal” and “sociopathic.”
Duley’s handwritten testimony on the back of the petition ended by noting that the FBI was “involved” and that Ivins was going to be charged with “5 capital murders.”
In the end the petition was rendered moot by Ivins’s July 29 suicide.
[The Smoking Gun]

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On Tuesday, July 29, 2008, a well-respected scientist named Bruce Ivins died in Maryland, an apparent suicide. Doctors say Ivins may have ingested an overdose of Tylenol mixed with codeine. If the Federal Bureau of Investigation is right about Bruce E. Ivins, he may have had good reason to go.
In June, 2008, the United States Government paid a scientist named Steven Hatfill nearly six million dollars. For 6 years or so Hatfill had been the FBI’s main suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
The attacks started shortly after September 11, 2001. Letters containing a finely milled, powder form of the toxin were mailed to NBC, the New York Post, and the National Enquirer. When all was said and done, five people were dead and the public was terrified. The anthrax scare served to ratchet up the national level of paranoia over terrorism to a true fever pitch. It briefly crippled even the venerable U.S. Postal Service.
Steven Hatfill’s payday came about because by 2006 the FBI had begun to move away from him as a suspect in the case. They simply couldn’t connect the man to the weaponized anthrax. Nothing would stick.
By the time Hatfill received his money and an exoneration on June 27, 2008, the feds had another suspect in the crosshairs. The Los Angeles Times reported early Friday that soon after it was clear that Steven Hatfill was safe to take his money and sink back into blissful anonymity, 62-year-old U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) scientist Bruce Ivins began to sweat.

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A judge in Boise, ID will permit convicted serial killer Joseph Edward Duncan III to act as his own attorney during Duncan’s sentencing hearing. Duncan could be sent to death row when all is said and done.
Legally, the judge had to allow it — psychological evaluations of the killer found him competent to act in his own defense. The judge questioned Duncan about the decision, but the prisoner wouldn’t budge.
Duncan sought to dismiss his current representation and act on his own behalf in May. His explanation for doing so? His attorneys could not “ethically represent” his “ideologies.”

Crimes as savage and public as the murder that took place on a Greyhound bus traveling the Trans-Canada Highway from Edmonton, Alberta, to Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday night (already mentioned here) are truly rare. Hearing the details of the bus murder also bring home how surreal the attack must have seemed to those who witnessed the event.
Garnet Caton was a passenger on that bus, and he has been extensively quoted in the press. No wonder. The tale he tells of the attack on the as-yet unnamed young, male passenger by a knife-wielding maniac is the stuff of nightmares.

rodlynpetitbois.jpgThe Massachusetts State Police have put out an Amber Alert for these 4 children: 1-year-old Lauren Petitbois; Lyndsey Petitbois age 2; 11-month-old Roddick Petitbois; and Ryan Petitbois age 3.
Also missing is Louna Eveillard, age 26. Eveillard is black, has short hair and a slim build. She is from Haiti and speaks “broken” English with an accent. One of Eveillard’s hands may be newly-injured. She may be wearing a bandage on the hand and be in need of medical attention. State Police spokesman David Procopio told the Boston Herald that authorities do not think Eveillard was “a willing participant in this.”
The Petitbois children and their mom were taken around 1 a.m. Wednesday from what the MSP says was the scene of a murder at 99 High Rock Rd. in Lynn, MA. Police say the murder victim was a 32-year-old woman, and she was stabbed in the face.
Police believe the children and their mother were abducted by Rodlyn Petitbois, age 25. Petitbois is a black male and may be wearing either cornrows or dreadlocks. He may also have a beard. Rodlyn Petitbois should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone who sees Rodlyn Petitbois or Louna Eveillard is urged to call 911.
[Amber Alert; Boston Herald]
**UPDATE HERE.**

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* Casey Anthony, at the Bottom and Digging — (Orlando, FL) Casey Marie Anthony‘s story is that her little girl Caylee vanished on June 9, after Casey left her with a babysitter named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. Casey then tried to find her daughter, even going to clubs she thought Zenaida might frequent. I guess that’s how Casey ended up in a series of good-time party-girl photos made on June 20, smiling as if she didn’t have a care in the world. Wonder what her mom Cindy (who has been great with coming up with excuses for Casey since prompting her daughter’s arrest) will say to explain those? And did Casey Anthony break into a shed in her parents’ yard to steal gas cans some time early in July? Her parents reported a burglary around that time. Whatever happened, it looks like no one should expect the truth from Casey any time soon. [Fox News]
* Illinois Gothic: Mother Allegedly Kills Newborn, Burns Home (Champaign, IL) Illinois authorities say Cayla Wheeler, age 23, gave birth to a baby on July 2. They believe she drowned the child and hid the remains in a hole in the woods near her home. Wheeler wasn’t done with mayhem, though. One week later Wheeler allegedly burned her and her husband’s home to the ground. Wheeler’s recent pregnancy came to light during the investigation into the house fire. Cayla Wheeler has been charged with arson, concealing a homicide, and murder in the first degree. [AP/MSNBC]
* Former NBA Ref Sentenced to 15 Months — (Brooklyn, NY) NBA referee Tim Donaghy took part in a betting scandal that sent shockwaves through the NBA. On Tuesday Donaghy learned his fate: 15 months in a federal pen. Donaghy gave a brief statement in federal court. He said, in part, “I brought shame upon myself, my family and the profession.” Donaghy could have been sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison, but he earned the less lengthy term by cooperating with authorities during the investigation. [NYDN]
* Blue-Clad Men Rob Armored Truck in West Palm — (West Palm Beach, FL) A robber shot a Loomis armored truck guard outside a Wachovia Bank branch about 10 a.m. this morning in suburban West Palm. It sounded like a pretty organized robbery. A group of robbers with handguns and an assault rifle arrived as the Loomis guard was re-stocking an ATM. Shots were exchanged and the guard was hit in the leg. He was in good enough shape to take himself to the hospital. Police say they have one suspect in custody, but they’re looking for at least four others. Witnesses report that the robbers all wore blue and they left in a blue van. [WPTV]
* Boyfriend of Woman Stuck to Toilet Gets Probation — (Wichita, KS) It was one of the weirder stories in recent memory: a woman discovered on the toilet in her boyfriend’s bathroom, where she’d been stuck on the john for a month. Her muscles had atrophied and her skin basically glued to the seat. Her boyfriend, Kory McFarren, was arrested and charged with mistreating a dependent adult. McFarren was sentenced yesterday to one year of probation and a mental evaluation for his part in the whole thing. [KAKE]
* THIS DAY IN TRUE CRIME HISTORY: Jimmy Hoffa — (Oakland County, MI) On July 30, 1975, labor leader (and pardoned ex-con) Jimmy Hoffa vanished from the parking lot of the Machus Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Twp, MI. Hoffa’s disappearance and presumed murder — still unsolved, to this day — soon became part of American pop culture. Jimmy Hoffa has been joked about during late night talk show monologues, been the central figure in pop songs and the subject of numerous books and movies. [TruTV]

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Someone, possibly the killer of 23-year-old Army Spc Megan Touma, sent a letter to a Fayetteville, NC paper. In it, he tried to imply that he was the second coming of a legendary, still unknown killer. All the letter-writer had to do to make his message clear was sign the letter with a circle quartered by crosshairs. That symbol could only bring to mind the Zodiac Killer.
Authorities have arrested someone in connection with Touma’s June, 2008 murder, and the truth may be this: there never was a new serial killer. There was only a young man who didn’t want to be a father. Only a soldier named Edgar Patino Lopez, who happened to be studying psyops at Fort Bragg when Touma was murdered.

On August 19, 1982, David J. Steffen murdered Karen Range, of Roselawn, Ohio. Steffen came to her door under the pretense of selling cleaning products. He forced his way in, intent on assaulting the 19-year-old woman.
The ensuing crime was so gruesome that some jurors from Steffen’s murder trial would later tell of knots in the stomach, of nausea and queasiness. Others described feeling faint, shaky or nervous. After all, jurors were subjected to images of Karen Range’s beaten and bloodied body, her slashed throat. They ended up handling her bloodstained clothing.
The jury found Steffen guilty of aggravated murder and rape. They gave him the death penalty.
David Steffen seems to have been a peculiarly honest killer. He has admitted that he beat and stabbed Karen Range. Steffen admitted that he tried to rape her.
But he always insisted that he never actually raped the victim. The semen found inside Range’s body in 1982 wasn’t his.
Turns out he was telling the truth.

During a press conference in Knoxville today, police revealed troubling new details about the Sunday morning shootings at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.
Jim David Adkisson, the alleged shooter, apparently hated liberals. In a letter found after his arrest, he pledged to strike out against the “liberal movement.” The Unitarian Universalists are about as liberal as you can get, as churches go.
According to Knoxville police, Adkisson entered Tennessee Valley Unitarian intending to kill just as many people as he possibly could. The congregants who tackled Adkisson and held him until the police arrived saved a good number of lives.
What was one of Adkissons supposed triggers, aside from TVUUC’s perceived liberalism? What could have caused this military veteran to strike out in authorities are now investigating as a hate crime?

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