pink503.jpgOregon authorities say they’ve arrested a suspect in the bombing of a Woodburn, OR bank on Friday. The alleged bomber is 32-year-old Joshua Abraham Turnidge, of Bend, OR. Per KATU.com, the charges against Turnidge are:

* Manufacturing and possessing a destructive device
* First- and second-degree assault
* Conspiracy to commit aggravated murder
* Two counts of attempted aggravated murder
* Six counts of aggravated murder

Turnidge was arrested shortly after Marion County Sheriff Russ Isham released suspect photos culled from bank security footage on Sunday. Police say Turnidge was not apprehended as a result of tips from the public.

Two police officers were killed in the blast on Friday and another officer was severely injured. The victims are: Capt. Tom Tennant of the Woodburn PD; William Hakim, an Oregon State Trooper; and Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell, who remains in critical condition.

Police are keeping details of how they tracked the suspect close to the vest. Turnidge’s motives remain elusive as well. Suffice it to say, though — bomb-making is something that requires a bit of planning and forethought.

Turnidge had a low profile online. At least it seems that way, so far. I was able to find evidence that he’d been an active paintballer in the past, and he had a denuded MySpace account under the screen name, “pink503.” Turnidge’s last login was November 24 of this year and he had only 2 friends as of Monday night — one of them MySpace’s ubiquitous “Tom.”

Any tips or suggestions about a possible online handle or profile for Joshua Turnidge are welcome — post in the comments below or e-mail, using the address found in the sidebar.

Police say they’d still like tips in this case — if you have something relevant to the investigation, you can call 1-888-780-5678. [KATU.com]


AP video package about the bones found near the Anthony residence.

George and Cindy Anthony have released a statement about the bones found near their home last. Police believe the bones are likely those of the Anthonys’ missing granddaughter, Caylee Anthony, who vanished last June.

From the statement:

In the event this is not Caylee, we will immediately continue our search for our beloved grandaughter […] Please respect our privacy and understand that we will not be making
any statement or appearances in the near future. We would ask you to
continue your prayers for Caylee and all other missing children.

If the remains are indeed Caylee Anthony, they will be given to the family after autopsy.

Casey Marie Anthony remains in jail, charged with Caylee’s murder. Jail officials have said that she is under ‘psychological’ observation and in isolation.

I had a feeling we’d not be hearing much out of the Anthonys after this find. Looks like I might have been right about that. Maybe they’ve finally received a very ugly reality check, one so strong that even their denials can’t stand up under its weight. One can hope. [ABCActionNews.com]

A suspect was arrested on Sunday in connection with the bombing at a Woodburn, Oregon bank on Friday. Two police officers were killed in the blast and another as critically injured. Marion County Sheriff Russ Isham told the media that the arrest was “the result of an intensive round-the-clock investigation” by local, state and federal agencies. The suspect, who has not been named, was arrested near Salem, Oregon. [CNN.com]



(I’ve been knocking it off on the weekends. This story was too intriguing to wait till Monday.)

His name is Clint Horvatt. He tells a harrowing story in the video above. Clint tells the story in great detail.

And he seems like he is either still in shock, or he’s simply far too calm considering what happened to him and his fiancee on Friday.

Clint and his fiancee Summer Smith were driving to Gainesville, FL on Friday afternoon when Clint says Summer asked him to pull over and help a man they saw parked on the side of the road.

Summer, according to Clint, recognized the man’s seemingly broken-down truck.

The man was black, over 6 feet tall, had his hair in corn rows, and was wearing an unzipped hoodie and work boots. He allegedly came up to the passenger side after the couple pulled over. He allegedly tried to rob the couple, then he shot Summer Smith in the head.

Clint Horvatt says he backed up and sped away. He wasn’t injured. Clint managed to flag down an emergency services vehicle.

Summer later died at the hospital.

Now Clint seeks the public’s help. A flyer is circulating in the Gainesville area describing the suspect’s dark red Ford Ranger with a missing tailgate and drooping rear bumper.

In the video, FirstCoastNews.com’s raw footage of Clint’s interview, the man drops some oddly specific details. The killer took a wallet from Summer Smith with his left hand, then shot her with his right. The killer used a revolver. The interior of the Ford Ranger was also a shade of red, like the exterior.

Do you believe Clint Horvatt’s story? I’m not going to give my opinon yet. Mind you, in the article linked below, it states that police say Clint “is not in any way a suspect in the case.

[FirstCoastNews.com]


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Google Street View of the West Coast Bank on Newberg Highway in Woodburn, OR.

Sometimes you spot a crime story and you just have to watch it, even though few details are available. This is one of those times.

A police officer was seriously injured inside a Woodburn, Oregon bank Friday night. He was on the scene investigating a suspicious device found outside the bank. The device had been taken inside the West Coast Bank on Newberg Highway after it was found in the parking lot outside. According to CNN, two bank employees also suffered injuries and trauma as a result of the blast.

Three law enforcement entities were actually involved in the investigation when the bomb went off — the Woodburn PD, Oregon State Police and the FBI. It’s probably no coincidence that a bomb threat had been called in earlier on Friday against the Wells Fargo branch located just a few yards from the West Coast Bank. Police checked that threat out around 10:30 in the morning and found nothing.

Bombers are serious business — like I said, this may be a story to watch, unless the police can trace the bomb maker quickly. [CNN.com]



CNN Headline News segment about developments in the Caylee Anthony mystery.

The rumor has persisted since skeletal remains were found yesterday near the Anthony home: duct tape was found on the mouth of the skull inside the plastic bag. WFTV reports this evening that “the body size and hair color” of the bones found in the woods a quarter mile from the home Casey and Caylee Anthony sometimes shared with Casey’s parents are “similar to Caylee’s.” WFTV has also published a transcript of the 911 call made by the meter reader who discovered the bones. The caller reports finding a skull that they “believe is human” very close to “the Caylee Anthony area.” Think about this — duct tape might be an awfully good medium for preserving a
fingerprint, or three. Check out the link in brackets to hear the audio and read the full article — be sure to note the mention of George and Cindy Anthony and “obstruction of justice.”  [WFTV.com]

danielleblack.jpgOn November 8, 2008, 15-year-old Danielle Renee Black’s MySpace page — screen name psychogirl1993 — sported the following headline: “~R.I.P~I love u dad!!~We will miss u!~” Beside Danielle’s profile photo was this quote: “wats there 2 say??…my heart is broken from so many guys….my father is gone….i need help from my ppl…my real ppl…u kno who u r….there is only 3 of u….but only 2 r here now….”

Danielle was referring to the murder of her father, Billy Lee Black, age 47. Black was found brutally stabbed to death on October 31, 2008. He’d been attacked in the early morning hours beside the work truck he parked behind his family’s row house in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Danielle’s friend Alec Scott Eger, age 19, was Alec Scott Draven and 911r3ap3r911 (911reaper911 for those who can’t read leet speak) on MySpace.com.

Prior to December, 2008, Alec’s “About me” was a lengthy, pseudo-Nietzschean screed about how to live your life. An interesting quote from the end of Alec’s little lecture, spelling and punctuation mistakes intact:

The only thing left is the need for vengeance against those who cause pain, sorrow.People get away with things they should never have done yet no one punishes them. Killers, child molesters, rapists, wife beaters, etc. So the question I ask is this. Is it wrong to extract vengeance on those who deserve it, in defense and revenge for those who cannot protect themselfs. Because in this world of unjust ignorance you are the only one who will stand up for the those who need help.

Emphasis was added.aleceger.jpg

On Wednesday, December 10, Danielle Black was arrested in Hagerstown and charged with solicitation of first-degree murder. Alec Scott Eger was also taken into custody. Eger was charged with first-degree murder.

Police believe Danielle Black approached another male prior to her father’s murder and asked him to kill Billy Lee Black. Danielle allegedly told her friend that her father would be entering the truck he used for work around 5 in the morning. The teen said he wouldn’t get anything out of it and refused.

But court papers referenced by the Washington Post indicate that Alec Scott Eger held the unsupported belief that his friend Danielle was being abused by her father. Eger decided to do something about it.

The assistant state’s attorney for Washington County, MD told the Post that the only problem Billy Lee Black really had was “with his daughter and her group of friends.” Dunlap believes that Danielle and Alec were members of a goth “crew,” and that they were into “sucking each other’s blood, cutting each other.”

Charging documents cited by the Post state that Alec Eger has confessed to killing Billy Lee Black. He approached Black that Halloween morning intending to confront the older man about the alleged abuse. They struggled, and Black managed to wrest a knife from Alec’s hands. But Alec (who gave his height as 6’5″ on his MySpace page), had another knife and he used that weapon to repeatedly stab Billy Lee Black about the head and neck.

Alec took some money from the dead man’s wallet. As he fled the scene he threw his weapon, the wallet and bloody clothing in a dumpster.

As often happens in cases like this, Alec Eger’s MySpace page has been changed since his arrest. Images of marijuana leaves and the Nietzschean screed have been deleted and the following message has been posted on his profile:

For those who may not already know, Alec has gotten into some serious trouble in Hagerstown, MD while trying to help a young women who he beleived needed his help. If anyone has any information regarding this situation, please contact Jerry Joyce at the Hagerstown Public Defender’s Office at 301-791-4735.

Until she was detained by Hagerstown authorities on Wednesday, Danielle Black was updating her page on a regular basis…

By now you know that bones were found in Orlando today. You know they were a stone’s throw from the residence Casey Marie Anthony shared with her daughter and George and Cindy Anthony. You might just know that a meter reader working in the area apparently found himself between a rock and a hard place and while searching for a private place to pee, he found a plastic bag on the ground. Naturally curious, he picked it up.

The skull of a small child rolled out of the bag.

Local law enforcement authorities are striving hard to be professional about the find. They have hinted that the skull and the bones that were still in the bag might be those of little Caylee Anthony, who vanished sometime in June, 2008. But they can’t declare the remains are Caylee’s until they’ve run forensic tests to prove it.

Tim Miller, of Texas Equusearch, has no such constraints, and Miller told the Orlando Sentinel that the bones “appear to be Caylee.” Miller also said “It looks like finally it’s over with.”

The bones have been taken to the medical examiner’s office. Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary has said that they are ‘a top priority’ for the FBI and the forensic investigators working on the find.

Their Orlando attorney said that George and Cindy Anthony were “obviously shocked” about the find.

Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, has filed an emergency motion in an Orlando court asking that the defense be present during all forensic tests on the remains. A judge will hear the motion on Friday.

If the bones prove to be those of Caylee Anthony, it will be interesting to see how George and Cindy Anthony respond to the news. In their vocal, visible and sometimes seemingly delusional defense of
Casey, the Anthonys have become nearly as controversial as
their pretty, flat-eyed daughter.

They have proven remarkably inventive in their attempts to circumvent common sense when speaking publicly about the case against Casey. From insisting that the smell of decomposition in the car Casey drove after Caylee vanished was old food to later implying that someone placed the decomp material found in the trunk in the car after it was impounded, the Anthonys have been object lessons in active, insistent denial.

How will they be able to deny this, if the bones were once a little girl named Caylee? What will Casey say to her parents, no doubt pinning them to their chairs in the jail visiting area with her big, innocent but unblinking baby blues? Reasonable people would like to think they’d withdraw into their grief and let the system take over. That would make sense, and perhaps be better for them. But nothing in the Anthony case has made much sense. The Anthonys might not miss a beat — they may now come forward proposing police target neighborhood sex offenders, or insist that it was all an accident, and the only crime was a cover-up. People tired of hearing about this case in the news would do well to not sit back and say the story is over — it may have only just begun. [OrlandoSentinel.com]

findingcaylee.jpgOrange County law enforcement and the FBI are investigating the remains of a child found at a location less than a quarter-mile from the home Casey Anthony shared with her missing daughter Caylee and Casey’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony.

A meter reader seeking a hidden spot to relieve himself discovered the body in a plastic bag around 9:30 this morning near the intersection of Chickasaw Trail and Suburban Drive. According to MSNBC, a responding officer stated that the remains appeared to be those of a small child.

Drew Tate, who has helped in the search for Caylee, spoke to a local reporter and said he felt certain that the remains were Caylee Anthony’s. A spokesperson for Texas Equusearch told WESH TV that the area where the bag of bones was found was under water during one search by the volunteer recovery group and then blocked off by a hurricane fence during another search.

A public information officer told media at the scene that the Anthony family and corrections officials have been informed about the grisly discovery. George and Cindy Anthony were out of town and are on a plane returning to Orlando.

Local media has reported that Casey Anthony occasionally frequented the area where the remains were found — one reporter termed the area a “hideout.”

No one has said that the body is that of missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony. Police do not yetweshcap.jpg know whether the remains are those of a boy or a girl. Local reporters, however, are describing the police response to the scene as “major” and “massive.” They have compared it to this false find from mid-November and say law enforcement seems to be much more serious about this find. All the Orange County law enforcement “top brass,” including Sheriff Kevin Beary, have headed out to the scene. Speaking to reporters, Beary would say little other than the skull, possibly of a small child, was found 20 to 30 feet from the road.

Beary did indicate that he felt this find likely marked the end of the search for Caylee Anthony.

This discovery comes on the morning that Casey Anthony saw her murder trial postponed till early January, 2009.

If this is indeed the body of Caylee Anthony, I would be surprised to see any more of George or Cindy Anthony on TV anytime soon. But you never know. Nothing about this case is sane or normal.

One thing we probably can guarantee — these aren’t the bones of Trenton Duckett — but that’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax. [FoxNews.com, WESH.com live video]

The video above was Amanda Knox’s first unwitting foray into acting onscreen for a large audience, as she tried to convince a friend and some cute guys that she was drunk after just one and a half shots of some sort of liquor. The video came to light after Knox was arrested along with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and an Ivory Coast native named Rudy Hermann Guede and charged with the murder of Knox’s flatmate during her year of study in Perugia, Italy, Meredith Kercher. Kercher was found dead in early November, 2007, and Italian prosecutors have focused on Knox, Sollecito and Guede ever since, insisting that Kercher’s death was the result of some sort of sex play gone awry.

Now the London Times is reporting that an Italian filmmaker has used Amanda Knox’s pretty face for an experimental film about prisoners daydreaming of freedom. From the Times:

The film, entitled The Last City (L’Ultima Citta) features 12
women inmates at Capanne prison just outside Perugia, where Ms Knox has been
held since Ms Kercher was killed in November last year.
[…] Claudio Carini, the former theatre actor who directed the movie, said he had
shot ten hours of film which had been cut in the final version to 55
minutes. It was made on a budget of €10-15,000, and filmed entirely in the
prison.

The film apparently begins with close shot of Knox’s “striking blue eyes,” before the shot widens to show Knox gazing “wordlessly” into the camera. According to filmmaker Claudio Carini, the film then tells of an “imaginary journey” for the the 12 women prisoners in which they visit both the real world and the worlds of their dreams.

Amanda Knox recites a Shakespeare soliloquy in the film and verses by Arthur Rimbaud, Fernando Pessoa and Pedro Calderon de la Barca. Knox reportedly told other prisoners that she had a “beautiful experience” making the movie.

The Last City‘s release in Perugia has been delayed in order to avoid another round of publicity like the publicity surrounding the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito (her lover at the time of Kercher’s murder) were supposed to go to trial this month but procedural snags postponed the trial date to January 16. Rudy Hermann Guede is already serving a 30-year sentence for his part in the Kercher murder after a “fast track” trial in October.

We won’t know if Knox is a murderer (in the eyes of the Italian judiciary, anyway — many Americans believe she’s being railroaded) until early 2009, but one thing already seems clear — the camera loves her, and she loves being the center of attention. In the end, this may be her downfall. It may also be the true beginning of a bizarre sort of long-lasting celebrity for Knox. No matter the outcome of Knox’s trial in January, it will be a career born in blood and the Kercher family’s tragedy. [TimesOnline.co.uk]