jleehampton.jpgA fisherman found a body floating in the Clinch River in Knoxville, TN on Saturday. No one seems sure yet as to the identity of the dead young woman, but the family of missing Alabama woman Jennifer Lee Hampton will hold a press conference this morning.
Hampton family attorney Eddie Daniel told local Knoxville media that the family realizes “the probability that the body is Jenny.” As a result, the family is making funeral arrangements.
At the moment it isn’t even clear how the 21-year-old woman died. At the moment the only safe guess is that her death wasn’t natural.
That said, Knoxville police have already stated that they believe Jennifer met with foul play. Now the most important question is simply who killed her? And are they in a position to kill again one day, if the opportunity arises?
[WBIR.com]

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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.]


The update and link in a moment, but first take a minute to hear comedian Kevin Craft expressing what I find to be a totally legitimate sentiment with this question: “Are white kids more important than black kids?”
Of course they’re not — but you’d never know it from mainstream media coverage of the Anthony case — or the Holloway disappearance, or the murder of JonBenet, etc., etc….
As I write this there are 7 active national Amber Alerts. Two of the children, Pablo and Alicia Hernandez, are hispanic. How many people reaching this post through a Google search on the Anthony case have heard of them? Damned few, I’d bet.
We who cover the disappearance of Caylee Anthony are in a damned if you do and damned if you don’t situation — we know there are a lot of people seeking info, and if you write a blog for pay and have advertisers on the blog, you need that traffic. If you run a news channel, you need those eyes on your advertisers’ commercials. At the same time, I am sure a lot of us recognize the inequity that Kevin Craft talks about in the video above. All I can say is that it drives me a little batty, too. I try to correct it when I can, but I rarely succeed. I’d like to know how to fix such a thing — I believe, as Mr. Craft does, that all missing children are important. I don’t know how to fix the inequity in coverage at the moment. I do know it’s a matrix — it isn’t all on the shoulders of folks broadcasting, writing, blogging about these things. It is partly on the shoulders of average citizens hitting the Web searching for information. I guess I’m saying we all need to search ourselves where this subject is concerned and try and find an answer to Kevin’s question. All children are important, and it is desperately important that we let the world know when a single one of them is missing and endangered.
That said, here’s your damned Anthony case update. It’ll be quick, because I can only hold my nose for so long.


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.]


Video via JerryHecks on YouTube.
Call it a personal cause thing with me — my wife had her identity stolen a couple of years ago, causing us no end of grief. Identity theft is a nasty crime that ruins credit, can even cause the arrest of innocent people when an identity thief uses their info to do something illegal. Don’t underestimate the toll this sort of thing can take on an individual or on society.
The woman in the video above is suspected of taking part in some robberies and of using stolen credit cards, a stolen International Press ID and NY State drivers license as well as Social Security numbers.
All the information in question was stolen on September 10, 2008.
The chick is wanted in Santa Monica, zip code 90405. She’s either white or hispanic and has some large tats on her lower back. I’m thinking she could be preggers, but she could just be dumpy-ass loser, too. Her hair is dark, and may be dyed. She was seen driving a white Audi with a sunroof. She may have at least 2 male accomplices.
Call the Santa Monica PD at either 310-458-8495 or 310-458-8410 and refer to September 10 robberies and identity thefts if you think you have information that might bring this woman and any accomplices to justice.


Video via JerryHecks on YouTube.
Call it a personal cause thing with me — my wife had her identity stolen a couple of years ago, causing us no end of grief. Identity theft is a nasty crime that ruins credit, can even cause the arrest of innocent people when an identity thief uses their info to do something illegal. Don’t underestimate the toll this sort of thing can take on an individual or on society.
The woman in the video above is suspected of taking part in some robberies and of using stolen credit cards, a stolen International Press ID and NY State drivers license as well as Social Security numbers.
All the information in question was stolen on September 10, 2008.
The chick is wanted in Santa Monica, zip code 90405. She’s either white or hispanic and has some large tats on her lower back. I’m thinking she could be preggers, but she could just be dumpy-ass loser, too. Her hair is dark, and may be dyed. She was seen driving a white Audi with a sunroof. She may have at least 2 male accomplices.
Call the Santa Monica PD at either 310-458-8495 or 310-458-8410 and refer to September 10 robberies and identity thefts if you think you have information that might bring this woman and any accomplices to justice.