One of the most hated men in Kentucky, killer Mel Ignatow, suffered one of the more ironic deaths you’ll ever read about.
Ignatow killed Brenda Sue Schaefer in 1988. He was tried for her murder and acquitted. Evidence was found after the acquittal that made it clear that Ignatow raped, tortured and murdered his former girlfriend. Double jeopardy prevented a new trial, though, and Ignatow only got put away for less than a decade for perjury.
mignatow.jpgThe most telling evidence against Ignatow came in the form of photos, made by his girlfriend at the time of the murder, Mary Ann Shore. Though Ignatow’s face never showed, marks and moles on his body were a perfect match for the male seen brutalizing Schaefer in the photographs.
These photos showed Brenda Sue Schaefer bound to a glass coffee table.
Mel Ignatow’s fate must have seemed appropriate, even to him. He fell on a glass coffee table.
When he fell, Ignatow apparently cut his arm and hit his head. Evidence suggests he roamed his apartment for a bit before he succumbed to his injuries.
The man who remorselessly degraded and murdered a woman to whom he’d once been engaged died slowly, alone in his apartment.
He made no attempts to call for help.
Maybe he saw the irony and the justice just as clearly as the rest of us. [Louisville Courier-Journal]

UPDATE
The New York Post is reporting an arrest and confession in the murder of Kevin Pravia. From the paper:

The suspect allegedly told investigators that he bought drugs from Pravia before they went to the apartment – though police sources said they doubt the drug buy claim.

The suspect allegedly accompanied Pravia back to the student’s Chelsea apartment. Pravia, who was reportedly very drunk (see below), eventually fell asleep. Then the as-yet-unnamed 22-year-old suspect allegedly struck Pravia, wrapped a cord around his neck, shoved a plastic bag in his mouth, and strangled him (NYC’s ABC affiliate says the suspect allegedly smothered the victim with a pillow). Police say the suspect then took off with Kevin Pravia’s iPod, laptop and cell phone. Some of the items were later sold on the street. [Hat-tip to reader “LoisDenominator.”]
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kmpravia.jpgThe New York Sun is reporting this morning that Kevin Michael Pravia‘s death is being investigated as a homicide.
The 19-year-old honors student at Pace University was found Sunday by his roommate, Josephine Madonna, in the apartment they shared in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Pravia was strangled with some kind of cord and a plastic bag was stuffed in his throat. According to the Sun, “a police report released yesterday indicated that they were investigating the death as a homicide.”
Pravia was wearing a t-shirt and boxer shorts when he was found. He was laying face up in his bed, covered with a sheet.
An article published this morning in the New York Daily News states that Pravia left a party around 5:30 Saturday morning. He was inebriated and had to be helped to a taxi and given cab fare home.
After he left the party, Pravia called at least five male friends. Police have already confirmed the alibi of one friend.
Further confirmation that Kevin Pravia was murdered may be inferred by the Daily News report that “Detectives were also looking for Pravia’s cell phone and laptop computer, which were missing from his apartment.” Other valuable items in the apartment, such as Josephine Madonna’s jewelry, were not taken.
While preliminary results from an autopsy were not conclusive, police say there was no sign of forced entry into the apartment and that Pravia was not sexually assaulted.
Friends who spoke to the press and at least one acquaintance who left a comment on this blog were clear about the issue of Kevin Pravia possibly being suicidal — he wasn’t. His high school friend, Kirk Emerson, told the Sun, “He wouldn’t do that.” An acquaintance who blogged about Pravia’s death described Kevin as a “chill ass dude.”
A commenter who posted here as Patrick Quinn wrote that “there is absolutely no way that Kevin killed himself. [If] you’d like to know a bit more about one of the most amazing people i’ve ever known, feel free to email me.” [New York Sun and the New York Daily News.]

From the “it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy” department: Mel Ignatow is dead.
mignatow.jpgWho is Mel Ignatow? He’s a guy who got away with murder. Also known to many in Kentucky as a downright evil, psychopathic shitbag.
On Sept. 24, 1988, Brenda Sue Schaefer vanished. She had been planning on breaking up with her boyfriend, Mel Ignatow. Long story short (you can read the full CBS 48 Hours account of the Ignatow case by clicking a link at the bottom of this post), Schaefer’s body was found on Jan. 10, 1989, and 2 years later, Mel Ignatow went on trial for her murder.
He was acquitted.
Cut to some 6 months after Ignatow’s trial: a contractor was doing work in the home owned by Ignatow when Brenda Sue Schaefer disappeared. The contractor found a baggie filled with jewelry and photographs of Mel Ignatow raping and torturing Schaefer. The photos had been taken by the star witness for the State of Kentucky, the woman who basically helped ruin the State’s case and get Ignatow acquitted, Mary Ann Shore. The photos depicted the exact events Shore described during her testimony at Ignatow’s murder trial.
Mel Ignatow couldn’t be tried again. Double jeopardy was in effect. So the State got him on perjury charges. During his perjury trial, Ignatow confessed to killing Schaefer.
He went away for a 5 to 8 year sentence, and was released from prison in 2006.
There’s still no word from Louisville on how Ignatow died, but let’s hope it was a painful and lonely death. If there is a hell and people burn there, Mel Ignatow is crispier than the Colonel’s chicken right about now. [WAVE 3 TV Louisville, KY and CBS 48 Hours.]

Nineteen-year-old Kevin Pravia either committed suicide in a very strange way, or he was murdered by a strong, committed, twisted killer.
kpravia.jpgPravia’s roommate discovered the Pace University honors student dead in the apartment they shared in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on Sunday night. Pravia lay face-up in his bed, a cord around his neck. Plastic had been jammed into his mouth.
But the New York Daily News reported that there was no sign forced entry into the apartment Pravia shared with his female roommate. Additionally, even though Pravia’s death appeared on the surface to be the result of a homicide, investigators haven’t ruled anything out. He could have died from suicide or even misadventure.
If Pravia was murdered, he may have been killed by a physically powerful and motivated killer — various search engine hits revealed an athletic background while he was still a high school student in Pittsfield, MA. Photos on Facebook show a trim young man, likely still in good shape. If he committed suicide, the whole story becomes much more murky — why? Was it intentional, or was he experimenting, in some fashion?
Those are questions that really need not be answered publicly. If Pravia killed himself, his death will be a private tragedy for his family and friends to deal with. This sounds a little too much like murder, at the moment. If he was killed by someone else, all of Chelsea should be on the lookout. [MyFoxNY.com and the New York Daily News via Gothamist.]

Nineteen-year-old Kevin Pravia either committed suicide in a very strange way, or he was murdered by a strong, committed, twisted killer.
kpravia.jpgPravia’s roommate discovered the Pace University honors student dead in the apartment they shared in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on Sunday night. Pravia lay face-up in his bed, a cord around his neck. Plastic had been jammed into his mouth.
But the New York Daily News reported that there was no sign forced entry into the apartment Pravia shared with his female roommate. Additionally, even though Pravia’s death appeared on the surface to be the result of a homicide, investigators haven’t ruled anything out. He could have died from suicide or even misadventure.
If Pravia was murdered, he may have been killed by a physically powerful and motivated killer — various search engine hits revealed an athletic background while he was still a high school student in Pittsfield, MA. Photos on Facebook show a trim young man, likely still in good shape. If he committed suicide, the whole story becomes much more murky — why? Was it intentional, or was he experimenting, in some fashion?
Those are questions that really need not be answered publicly. If Pravia killed himself, his death will be a private tragedy for his family and friends to deal with. This sounds a little too much like murder, at the moment. If he was killed by someone else, all of Chelsea should be on the lookout. [MyFoxNY.com and the New York Daily News via Gothamist.]

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]