The gunman’s timing seemed particularly tragic. Nearly 200 parishioners inside the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church [website] in Knoxville, TN were listening to children sing a song from Annie Jr. in service this morning when all hell broke loose. According to church member Steve Drevik, a 40-something man with long blond hair walked in and started shooting. The weapon of choice was a shotgun, and the man was firing at random.
Before the man was tackled by three men from the congregation, 6 people were critically wounded. A seventh person was killed.
The dead man was named Greg McKendry, and according to witnesses, McKendry lost his life in an act of sheer heroism.
I really did throw up in my mouth a little when I read today that the attorneys defending serial child killer Joseph Edward Duncan III in his death penalty proceedings want to make a certain video public.
See, I knew about this video long before most folks. I was one of the first people to break the story, alluding to it in a blog long before I wrote the article found at the other end of the preceding link. It was so inflammatory when I first broke it on my blog that I actually removed the post for a while.
The blogger who runs this site covering Duncan probably knew before I did, and may have known more about the content.
Duncan made the video during the time he held young Dylan and Shasta Groene captive at a remote cabin in a national forest.
The video is said to show Duncan doing his thing to the boy. Duncan’s thing was, as the Associated Press noted, “sadistic sexual torture.”
Duncan’s lawyers seem to think that closing the courtroom and only showing the video to jurors and officers of the court somehow violates the First Amendment. They also contend that a closed showing might violate Duncan’s right to have a public trial.
I can’t muster a single objective thought on this subject. Only the word “violates” seems appropriate. That the horrific videos this monster made still exist at all simply violates all that is decent in the world. One can only hope Duncan’s videos are under heavy lock and key. And that when they are finally no longer needed, they meet their appropriate fate in the hottest incinerator available — a fate that would also be fitting for Duncan himself.
[LocalNews8.com; Jet Duncan’s blog, The Fifth Nail.]
Cindy Anthony’s 911 calls made on July 15 just keep coming back to haunt her. A third conversation was released today.
It reveals Anthony as anything but her daughter’s defender. On July 15, she was worried sick about her granddaughter, 2-year-old Caylee, and contemplating taking the child away from Casey Anthony if Caylee was found.
The most tell-tale portion of the newly-published transcript (which you can read in full by clicking the link at the bottom of this post) was a conversation recorded between Cindy and Casey, when they thought the 911 operator was switching them over to another operator.
Speaking to Casey, Cindy Anthony said, “My next thing will be to file a child thing and we will get her […] If that is the way you want to play, we’ll do it.”
Casey Anthony responded, “That’s not the way I want to play.”
Cindy said, “Well then you have…” and Casey cut her off, saying she wanted “one more day.”
Cindy Anthony said something then that seemed to express just how bizarrely patient she’d been with her daughter, “No,” she said, “I’m not giving you another day, I’ve given you a month.”
* Murder Comes to Reinholds — (Reinholds, PA) Until this week, West Cocalico Twp. PA has never had a murder. Then Jan Roseboro, age 45, was found dead at the home she shared with husband Michael. The mother of 4 was severely beaten and then drowned in the Roseboros’ swimming pool. Michael Roseboro called 911 on Tuesday, July 22. When emergency services arrived they found Roseboro performing CPR on Jan. No arrests have been made, but 41-year-old Michael Roseboro, a funeral home director in Denver, PA, was home at the time. Still, police say they have no person of interest or suspect at this time. [Lancasteronline.com]
* Spam King Murder-Suicide — (Bennett, CO) Edward Davidson ran a spamming outfit called Power Promoters. Between 2003 and 2006 he racked up millions of dollars in profits from his spam ads, but then it all caught up with him. He was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the IRS and sentenced to nearly 2 years in prison. Davidson had just begun serving his time at a minimum security facility when he basically just left, possibly assisted by his wife, Amy. He wasn’t really going on the lam, though. Davidson, his wife, and their 3-year-old daughter were found dead Thursday. Apparently the “spam king” (and Kim Zetter at Wired is right, every spammer ever caught and tried seems to get that nick) killed his wife and child and then committed suicide. [Threat Level/Wired.com]
Missing Orlando, Florida toddler Caylee Anthony’s grandmother refuted claims made in court that detectives could smell decomposition in a vehicle used and later abandoned by Caylee’s mom, Cindy’s currently-incarcerated daughter, 22-year-old Casey Marie Anthony. Here is what she said to Fox News: “Do me a favor […] Put a little piece of pizza or any piece of garbage in your car today and leave it shut up for 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 days in this heat and then come back to me in 19 days and tell me what it smells like.”
Cindy Anthony’s increasingly desperate-seeming statements on her daughter’s behalf smack more of a woman who has lost a grandchild and now finds herself valiantly trying to hang on to her daughter, who may eventually be charged with that grandchild’s murder.
Because in 911 calls made July 15, when Cindy first contacted police about Caylee’s disappearance, she didn’t seem so self-assured about issues like the nasty odor coming from her car.
Police in Phoenix believe the young man who opened fire in a computer lab at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix on Thursday is a 22-year-old former SMCC student named Rodney Smith.
Smith is currently in custody. A 19-year-old male, one of the 3 victims of the shooting in the SMCC tech services building, is still hospitalized in critical condition. The shooting may have been part of a long-standing feud.
Three years ago a methodical monster stalked two small children he’d first spotted as they played in front of their home just outside Coeur dAlene, Idaho. The monster had night-vision goggles, firearms, restraints, transportation — everything he needed. He’d bought it all on a big shopping trip at Wal-Mart in Fargo, North Dakota.
Then, on the night of May 15, 2005, Joseph Edward Duncan III killed Brenda Groene, her oldest son Slade, Brenda’s boyfriend, Mark McKenzie, and Duncan kidnapped Dylan and Shasta Groene. For the next several weeks he kept them in the woods, repeatedly raping and torturing both children. Dylan was ultimately killed. Shasta walked into a Coeur d’Alene Denny’s with Duncan on the night of July 2, 2005. Someone recognized the little girl, the cops were called, and we all learned what the Boogeyman looked like.
It called itself Jet. It kept a blog.
A lunatic opened fire on the campus of the South Mountain Community College in Phoenix Thursday afternoon, injuring three. Two victims are in critical condition.
The shooter was arrested, but the damage was done. A female pharmacy student, age 22, was shot in the torso, a 17-year-old boy in the leg, and a 25-year-old man was also wounded in the leg.The 22-year-old woman and the older male victim are in critical condition. One witness told a local Phoenix news outlet that the gunman “started randomly shooting” after some kind of “scuffle” in the hallway on the 2nd floor of the SMCC tech services building (Map of SMCC campus). The East Valley Tribune reported that “the suspect apparently was known to the victims.”
SMCC canceled classes for the rest of the day and for tomorrow.
One source is reporting that the “scuffle” broke out in the computer lab on the 2nd floor of the tech building. A black male pulled out a gun and shot the person with whom he was arguing, then opened fire on others in the room.
The East Valley Tribune reports that the 17-year-old victim is Christopher Taylor. Taylor and the critically wounded victims were taken to Maricopa Medical Center.
(Further updates will be below the break.)
The police in Orlando seem to doubt there’s anything to the story of the slab being poured on the 4th of July. It may be as solid as the supposed sightings of Caylee in Georgia.
Missing 2-year-old Caylee Anthony’s family may have poured a new concrete slab in their backyard over the July 4th weekend. That’s the word from a tipster in Orlando, where the little girl was last seen alive around June 9, this year. The Anthony family — her mother Casey, 22, who is currently in jail on charges related to Caylee’s disappearance — and Caylee’s grandparents, have not confirmed or denied the tip.
On July 4, Caylee had been missing for nearly a month. Eleven days after the holiday, Casey Anthony finally went to police with her bizarre and unbelievable story of leaving her toddler with a babysitter and then just never seeing her again. Though Casey’s mother may have prompted the young woman’s meeting with the authorities, Cindy Anthony has since been her daughter’s staunch defender, insisting there’s no way Casey killed Caylee. Cindy has promoted tips from the public stating that her granddaughter has been seen on planes going from Orlando to Florida, and made statements to the effect that her daughter is trying to tell the police what happened, the problem with the cops is they just want the story to be clear.
Bad people, doing bad stuff, everywhere. What follows is a quick list of current true crime headlines of interest.
* Christian School Principal Charged with Rape — Mark Evan Brown, age 37, has been charged with one count of third-degree rape. During Brown’s 3-year tenure as the principal of Highland Christian School, he allegedly exchanged texts and phone calls with a 14-year-old female student. Brown may have even prodded the girl into running away from home. When she did run away on June 12 this year, Brown allegedly set her up in a little room at the school, complete with a bed and television. Ever the good Christian role model, police say Brown then provided the girl with alcohol and some old-fashioned molestation. Court papers indicate the girl tried to protect Brown until this week, when she finally gave him up.[KING5.com]
* Don’t Ask Christian Bale For Money — The source of the alleged dust-up earlier this week that led to Dark Knight star Christian Bale spending several hours with the London Metropolitan Police may have been a request for money. A report out of London states that Bale’s sister Sharon asked for $200,000. He refused the loan, his mama Jenny started talking smack about Bale’s wife, and the 34-year-old actor allegedly went ballistic. [NYDN]