For the first time, an Orange County (FL) investigator has confirmed that the FBI found scientific evidence that Caylee Anthony’s remains were in the trunk of her mother’s car. The evidence was gathered from hair found in the trunk. Hair believed all along to have come from Caylee Anthony.
cayleeanthony.jpgSgt. John Allen, from the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept., told WESH TV that Caylee “was in the trunk of that car,” and that she was dead. Allen also said, that the information received from the FBI “clearly helped us focus our investigation.”
Caylee Anthony’s grandmother, Cindy Anthony, remains unconvinced. According to WESH, she believes Caylee is still alive, and that the Orange County Sheriff owes her “an apology.”
Cindy continued, “We need to start looking for a little girl that’s walking and living and breathing and someone actually has her.”
I honestly don’t know what would be more appropriate at this point — looking into charging Cindy Anthony with obstruction of justice or perhaps pursuing a Baker Act commission, because she seems more and more unhinged with each new report. [WESH Orlando]

findingcaylee.jpgBest true crime news of the day: Casey Anthony has been arrested again.
According to Orlando TV station WKMG, a group of people crowded around the Anthony home in suburban Orlando cheered as the 22-year-old was led out in handcuffs, wearing a t-shirt with her missing daughter’s face on it.
Casey’s arrest may not have been connected to her missing and most likely dead 3-year-old, Caylee Marie Anthony. This time it appears as though she’s been popped for stealing and — according to WKMG — “perhaps check fraud.”
Just in time, too — attention whore bounty hunter Leonard Padilla had reversed himself again and decided to not try and revoke the bail he and his nephew Tony provided Casey after all.
Here’s the thing — if you’ve been following the case for a while, you know that these charges may come from her own mother, Cindy Anthony, who initially accused Casey of similar crimes when she very first reported her granddaughter missing. That’s just a guess on my part, of course — but who would blame Cindy Anthony if she finally decided she was right about Casey in the first place?
That said, the charges probably don’t come from Cindy, after all — she once again outed herself as perhaps a bit unbalanced today, shaking a hammer at reporters and once again making it seem as though the media is somehow to blame for her daughter’s lies and evasions. On Thursday she raged at the press, calling them “leeches, parasites” and maggots. On Friday, Cindy Anthony suggested that the evidence that a decomposing body had been in Casey’s car could have been left because “someone put a body in the car after it was towed to the tow yard.”
Yep, the pitchforks and torches are out in Orlando, and the Anthonys collectively seem to be inviting the mob to their door with their stunning denials and conspiracy theories concocted to try and shield their daughter.
Casey Anthony is most likely a remorseless, self-absorbed sociopath. With this arrest, she’s just going back to where she truly belongs. [WKMG Orlando and WFTV.com.]

findingcaylee.jpgBest true crime news of the day: Casey Anthony has been arrested again.
According to Orlando TV station WKMG, a group of people crowded around the Anthony home in suburban Orlando cheered as the 22-year-old was led out in handcuffs, wearing a t-shirt with her missing daughter’s face on it.
Casey’s arrest may not have been connected to her missing and most likely dead 3-year-old, Caylee Marie Anthony. This time it appears as though she’s been popped for stealing and — according to WKMG — “perhaps check fraud.”
Just in time, too — attention whore bounty hunter Leonard Padilla had reversed himself again and decided to not try and revoke the bail he and his nephew Tony provided Casey after all.
Here’s the thing — if you’ve been following the case for a while, you know that these charges may come from her own mother, Cindy Anthony, who initially accused Casey of similar crimes when she very first reported her granddaughter missing. That’s just a guess on my part, of course — but who would blame Cindy Anthony if she finally decided she was right about Casey in the first place?
That said, the charges probably don’t come from Cindy, after all — she once again outed herself as perhaps a bit unbalanced today, shaking a hammer at reporters and once again making it seem as though the media is somehow to blame for her daughter’s lies and evasions. On Thursday she raged at the press, calling them “leeches, parasites” and maggots. On Friday, Cindy Anthony suggested that the evidence that a decomposing body had been in Casey’s car could have been left because “someone put a body in the car after it was towed to the tow yard.”
Yep, the pitchforks and torches are out in Orlando, and the Anthonys collectively seem to be inviting the mob to their door with their stunning denials and conspiracy theories concocted to try and shield their daughter.
Casey Anthony is most likely a remorseless, self-absorbed sociopath. With this arrest, she’s just going back to where she truly belongs. [WKMG Orlando and WFTV.com.]

fifthnail.jpgI don’t care if it makes sense or not — you can’t kill a monster like Joseph Edward Duncan III too many times, for my taste. So now Riverside County, CA D.A. Rod Pacheco has made it clear that he wants to prosecute the convicted serial killer for the 1997 abduction and murder of Anthony Martinez, age 10.
Pacheco made the following statement about Duncan, “The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is eagerly awaiting Joseph Duncan’s return to Riverside County to face murder charges in one of the most heinous crimes in Riverside County history.”
I say it’s worth the expense to the taxpayers, even though a jury in Boise, ID gave Duncan the death penalty last week.
The thing is, we will never know the depth of this man’s monstrosity. He’s said so, and Duncan has had the habit — peculiarly, for a sexually sadistic psychopath like him — of occasionally just stopping all the bullshit and admitting to what he’s done, admitting to being a monster in human form. I’ve been told a few things by sources close to the investigation, and without revealing anything too specific, I can say this — Duncan was even more vicious and evil towards his victims than the public truly knows. There may even allegations of necrophilia in the future (which, incidentally, would again put him in that relatively small group of profoundly sick and evil killers like Ted Bundy). Duncan was just that depraved. Bank on it.
Have at him, Riverside. May the best state, the fastest state to the plunger on the needles or the switch on the electric chair win. [KTVB.COM]

fifthnail.jpgI don’t care if it makes sense or not — you can’t kill a monster like Joseph Edward Duncan III too many times, for my taste. So now Riverside County, CA D.A. Rod Pacheco has made it clear that he wants to prosecute the convicted serial killer for the 1997 abduction and murder of Anthony Martinez, age 10.
Pacheco made the following statement about Duncan, “The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is eagerly awaiting Joseph Duncan’s return to Riverside County to face murder charges in one of the most heinous crimes in Riverside County history.”
I say it’s worth the expense to the taxpayers, even though a jury in Boise, ID gave Duncan the death penalty last week.
The thing is, we will never know the depth of this man’s monstrosity. He’s said so, and Duncan has had the habit — peculiarly, for a sexually sadistic psychopath like him — of occasionally just stopping all the bullshit and admitting to what he’s done, admitting to being a monster in human form. I’ve been told a few things by sources close to the investigation, and without revealing anything too specific, I can say this — Duncan was even more vicious and evil towards his victims than the public truly knows. There may even allegations of necrophilia in the future (which, incidentally, would again put him in that relatively small group of profoundly sick and evil killers like Ted Bundy). Duncan was just that depraved. Bank on it.
Have at him, Riverside. May the best state, the fastest state to the plunger on the needles or the switch on the electric chair win. [KTVB.COM]

sks.jpgIf there was a serial killer in your community, wouldn’t you want to know?
Don’t you think the authorities would eventually tell you about it? Especially if the killer was prolific, elusive, and long-lasting?
You’d think.
Los Angeles has been plagued by a serial killer since the 1980s. He is the most enduring killer you’ve never heard of.
He targets black women. He uses a .25 caliber firearm. The killer goes after women from poverty-stricken, sometimes crime-ridden areas. The same psychopathic killer has killed at least 11 troubled women. L.A. Weekly has dubbed him the Grim Sleeper. Why? Because beginning in 1988, he ‘went to sleep’ for more than a decade.
Christine Pelisek, writing for L.A. Weekly, tells us more:

Under orders from Chief Bernard Parks, in 2001 the LAPD began delving into a backlog of unsolved cases from the violent 1990s, ’80s and earlier, testing bits of hair and skin saved from cold crimes. The LAPD’s lab workers in 2004 and 2005 hit pay dirt. Like a long-delayed tripwire, the tests found matches between new killings in 2002 and 2003 and old human traces left at the eight Western Avenue shootings in the ’80s […] A monstrous Phoenix, the 1980s killer, had re-emerged.

The Grim Sleeper hasn’t just faded into the dark alleyways again, either. On the first day of January, 2007, someone discovered the nude body of Janecia Peters inside a black plastic bag, secured with a twist tie. The 25-year-old single mother was killed by the Grim Sleeper.
Police fear that the 11 women they know about are just the tip of the bloody iceberg with this particular killer. One investigator told Christine Pelisek that he believed 11 may be just “half of what he has done.”
In L.A., the police chief will hold off-the-cuff pressers about Lindsey Lohan’s love life, but apparently neither he nor many others at City Hall feel the need to let the public know there’s a maniac killing women on the South Side of town. Is this because the victims are poor and black?
Read the article in L.A. Weekly — linked below — and see what you think. [LA Weekly]

tbehl.jpgAccording to 88-year-old psychiatrist Merritt W. Foster Jr., Ben Fawley didn’t murder Taylor Behl.
Even though Fawley is currently in prison for the murder, having copped an Alford plea in 2006 — essentially stating that he wasn’t pleading guilty, but he couldn’t fight the evidence against him.
Fisher told Richmond’s Style Weekly that “Right is right and wrong is wrong,” and “Ben Fawley, I don’t think, ever had a fair trial.”
The article about Foster’s contention that Fawley is innocent — the groundwork for a plea Fawley’s attorney recently filed to vacate the earlier verdict — doesn’t really do this psychiatrist any favors. He comes across as shockingly insensitive to the family of the victim, Taylor Behl. In one portion of the piece, which was written by Chris Dovi, Foster says, “There’s a fine line between intensification of an orgasm and erotic asphyxiation that causes death.”
Later, the piece reveals Foster’s contention that the two antidepressants found in Taylor Behl’s bloodstream after she died may have contributed to an inability to orgasm. Dovi writes, “Foster maintains that it was under the influence of these drugs, possibly suffering from a frustrating inability to reach sexual climax, and with a diminished concern for taking risks, that Behl may have insisted on trying erotic asphyxiation — starving the brain of oxygen as a means of heightening sexual stimulation.”
According to Dr. Foster, Ben Fawley wasn’t a “domineering older man,” he was under the control of Behl. Ben has apparently said that Taylor would whisper the word “jailbait” to him whenever they parted. This was supposedly to reinforce her control of the relationship.
Janet Pelasara, Taylor’s mother, is very clear on the subject of Ben Fawley and guilt: “Ben Fawley is guilty, he admitted his guilt […] There is nothing in here that’s new evidence, which is one of the requirements for this to be heard. I believe in my heart that [Fawley’s attempt to get a new trial] will not go anywhere.”
A woman who had a relationship with Ben shortly before he met Taylor Behl agrees with Janet Pelasara. I’m not giving her name, but this is what this particular ex had to say about Ben Fawley’s efforts to do a little takesies-backsies on the whole Alford plea deal: “It’s not right. The bastard did it, everyone knows he did it. Who else would have dumped her where we found her? He’s the one who had, as the crime dramas say, ‘means, motive and opportunity’. This can’t possibly be happening.”
I wrote her back and reassured her that I tended to agree with Janet Pelasara; I will be surprised if Fawley’s plea goes anywhere. That said, I can certainly believe it’s happening — Ben Fawley is undoubtedly a sociopath. He is a clever, psychologically astute manipulator of others. He feels no remorse for what he did to Taylor Behl. And he is plenty smart enough to pull the chain and pluck the heartstrings of a sympathetic, 88-year-old psychiatrist. Ben Fawley is just running a game. If this gambit fails, he will try another. That’s how guys like him amuse themselves once they end up behind bars, where they truly belong. [Style Weekly]

Since tests done at the UT Knoxville Body Farm indicate a human body was decomposing in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s Pontiac Sunfire, Leonard Padilla has decided that he sees the light. He and his nephew Tony are going to try and revoke Casey Anthony’s bond. My guess is that they concluded it wasn’t such a good idea to throw a half-million bucks worth of credit at a demonstrated liar and textbook female sociopath.
findingcaylee.jpgThis news comes along with a report from WFTV in Orlando that DNA tests performed on hair and a stain in the trunk of that car belonged to Caylee. Those tests allegedly show that Caylee is dead.
Cindy Anthony, her daughter’s most staunch defender when speaking publicly about Caylee’s disappearance (“sociopath” crack made to Casey’s friends in the past notwithstanding), told the press that there was “no new development.” She then ordered them to “get the hell” off her property.
Have I mentioned that I just can’t do any objective news writing about this case? It just turns into a classic, rant-y blog post.
I can’t help it. There are rumors afoot in the Orlando-area media that the State may cut some sort of “limited immunity” deal with Casey regarding her daughter’s death. I truly hope that’s doesn’t happen. If Casey Anthony killed her daughter so she could continue partying and going to the beach with her friends, she deserves the harshest penalty allowed by law. I don’t believe (as Leonard Padilla says he does) that Casey Anthony is mentally ill. She won’t meet legal standards for insanity. No, I feel certain she’s legally sane. Most calculating, lying, antisocial personalities are, confusingly, eminently sane.
That’s what makes them — if you believe in this sort of thing — so freaking evil. [WFTV Orlando — see also: MyFoxOrlando.com’s index of documents released in this case so far.]

fifthnail.jpgIt only took the jury in Boise 3 hours to sentence Joseph Edward Duncan III to death for the murder of Dylan Groene.
The verdict was unanimous.
If Duncan makes it to Riverside County, CA, and a trial for the murder of Anthony Martinez, he may face the death penalty there, as well. California doesn’t typically put the death penalty into action, but I’ve a feeling that won’t matter, in the end.
Duncan should be studied by those who seek to prevent future “Duncans.” Profilers, forensic psychiatrists, you name it. But then he should be given his punishment. I doubt he ever expected any less.
I must agree with the federal prosecutor in this case, who told KXLY TV, “We believe this is a good result, a fair result.” [KXLY.com]


AP video: Casey Anthony allegedly wanted to give her child up for adoption when she became pregnant with Caylee in 2005.
WESH TV in Orlando has published a report indicating that there was a good reason the car driven by Casey Anthony smelled like a dead body — tests of air samples from the trunk of the Pontiac Sunfire found abandoned after Caylee’s disappearance have revealed evidence of human decomposition.
The tests were conducted by the University of Tennessee Body Farm, located in Knoxville. The Body Farm is essentially an open-air lab where the decay of human remains is studied in a wide variety of outdoor settings.
WESH reports that while the odor results may be admissible in court — should Casey Anthony be prosecuted for murder — they aren’t as compelling as DNA evidence.
DNA tests are being conducted on hair samples and a stain found in Casey’s car, but those have not been completed. [WESH Orlando]