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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Military charges sergeant in HIV cases, Wichita Kansas

September 21, 2010
Right: David Gutierrez via http://www.smokinggun.com/
McConnell Air Force Base Military charges sergeant in HIV cases involving sex/swinger clubs
WICHITA, Kansas -- A sergeant at McConnell Air Force Base has officially been charged for allegedly having unprotected sex with multiple people in Wichita without telling them he HIV positive.
Tech. Sgt. David Gutierrez is accused of one charge with 11 specifications of aggravated assault, one charge of violating an order on multiple occasions, one charge of indecent acts on multiple occasions, one charge with 10 specifications of adultery and one charge of obstructing justice...
Read entire article here
It is peculiar that local news has kept this story very quiet other than when the initial story broke. The story is reported, but as though it simply involved "multiple partners, not the sex club/swinger party business. The following reports are national and a bit more revealing. Investigators allege he participated in at least 21 Wichita-area sex parties called "swinger" events from January 2009 until this past July, according to the affidavit.
Air Force Swinger in HIV probe
Sergeant Charged With Not Telling "Swingers" Partners About HIV Status
HIV positive American airman David Gutierrez faces jail over ...
Air Force Sergeant May Have Exposed Others to HIV at "Swinger" Sex ...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Portland architect admits to being part of international child porn network

Portland architect admits to being part of international child porn network Right: Paul E Pavlock, Portland, Oregon
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Emily E. Smith, The Oregonian
Paul E. Pavlock, a Portland architect who pleaded guilty Tuesday to downloading pornographic videos of children was one of at least 85 players in a global network of collectors in the United States and at least 19 foreign countries. Paul E. Pavlock, 44, faces a maximum penalty of just under nine years in prison (?) when he is sentenced Nov. 19 in Washington County Circuit Court, Attorney General John Kroger announced.
Kroger described Pavlock as a player in the distribution of vast amounts of child pornography by untold numbers of people. "These ... are giant networks of individuals," he said, "some of them producing the images and distributing them, others receiving the images and then passing them on to other people."..."It's like dropping a pebble into a pool," Kroger said. ...Pavlock alone possessed nearly 10,000 images and videos, which depicted at least 135 children...Pavlock is an active member and volunteer at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Southeast Portland...A man connected to Pavlock, 46-year-old Portlander Michael S. Price, was caught in a separate child pornography investigation. Price was sentenced in February to 45 days in jail and five years of probation for his conviction on two counts of encouraging child sexual abuse.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Kyron Horman, missing over three months

September 16, 2010

Kyron Horman Update: Special Task Force to Take Over Investigation

PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS/KOIN) Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton announced Wednesday that a special task force will take over the ongoing investigation of missing Oregon boy Kyron Horman...[and] said the investigation has reached a "critical phase," according to CBS affiliate KOIN.

"It's time to scale this down," said Staton. "We've reached the point - the info we've gathered, resources we've dedicated - we've narrowed it down to a scope...I'm very confident and feel very comfortable continuing the investigation in the manner we outlined," said Staton..."

Police have yet to identify a suspect in the second-grader's disappearance, but appear to have focused much of their attention on the boy's step-mother, Terri Horman. After Kyron went missing, the boy's father, Kaine Horman, divorced Terri.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Tip Line at 503-261-2847.

Sheriff Staton said during his 9-16 interview "...He said he had seen no evidence that indicated Kyron was not alive. When asked if people would be shocked to find out what they know, Staton took a long silence. "I know I'm taking a long pause on that, I have to think through that answer. I think there are things that come out of this investigation that will surprise you, that you'll think about later on when it's over. We have a knowledge of things we don't want to know about ... of things we wish we didn't know," he added.

I'm posting these articles from a child sex abuse ring that was investigated and "ended" last year in Newberg, Oregon, a little town about 30 miles from Kyron's school, about a 50 minute drive through Portland. My question is, for each of the four arrested, how many were not?

Police arrest four in Newberg 'sex abuse ring':

Details of this story are still emerging, but you can read more about this story here, here and here...All of these individuals are facing multiple charges in connection with the case. OregonLive.com lists the charges against the suspects...In addition to the photo and evidence found on the computer of 14 and 15 year old girls being abused, police also uncovered images showing a 4 year old being abused as well... That child is being taken care of at a child abuse “assessment center” at this time...The 4-year-old will go before a grand jury.

The Newberg Oregon Sex Abuse Ring, thought to now have been disbanded, was discovered when an ad was posted on CraigsList...The suspects are all facing enough charges that they will never be free again...I’m guessing that child abusing pedophiles who force their underage victims to have sex with a dog, as well as multiple adults aren’t going to fare well in prison...

Darrin Daily has been arrested in connection related to allegations of a sex abuse ring organized on Craigslist. The Newberg, Oregon sex abuse ring came to light after a 15 year old girl told police that Daily had given her marijuana and alcohol and then engaged in sexual activities with the girl. One computer image discovered was of a 14 year old victim having sex with multiple adults as well as Daily’s dog. Daily was arrested on September 11, 2009, and since that time more and more details have emerged and multiple arrests have been made.

Thirty-one-year-old Alisa Nice, of McMinnville, made her first court appearance in Yamhill County Court. She is facing sex abuse charges.

The three other men accused of responding to the Craigslist ad and taking part in the sex abuse are Patricio Moreno, 43, of Forest Grove; Robert D. Thompson, 34, of Portland; and David Garcia, 41, of McMinnville. They also were jailed in Yamhill County, although Garcia posted bail.

Does Terri Horman have any connection to any of these people? Is that where Kaine believes Terri got the 350K?

Graphic details emerge on Newberg 'sex abuse ring'
By KATU.com and News Wires October 7, 2009

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Alicia Debolt Great Bend, Kansas

The Prairie Chicken
September 2, 2010

Alicia DeBolt Update: Attorney General "Confident" Charges Will Be Filed

GREAT BEND, Kan. (CBS/KWCH) Kansas Attorney General Steve Six told reporters outside a District Court Monday that he is "confident murder charges will be filed," in the tragic death of Kansas teenager Alicia DeBolt, according to The Wichita Eagle.
Six's comments came shortly after a hearing for 36-year-old Adam Longoria, who is a "person of interest" in the murder of the14-year-old whose body was found severely burned Aug. 24 in an asphalt plant in central Kansas.
Longoria was charged with one count of Vehicle Burglary and one count of Theft of property...in connection with a 2002 white Ford Explorer that was reported stolen from...the asphalt plant where DeBolt's body was found, according to CBS affiliate KWCH...
Longoria, also known as "Rocco,"... Another hearing is scheduled for Sept. 7.
Complete Coverage of Alicia DeBolt on Crimesider.

The police version of "bait and switch," charge him with the theft to keep him locked up until all the loose ends are tied on the murder/kidnapping/possibly rape charges. Luckily for him, Kansas prisons now are air-conditioned and heated--most of them...

Alicia DeBolt Missing: Body Found Near Rural Kansas Town Amid ...
Body identified as Alicia DeBolt - gbtribune.com News

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hasanni Campbell's foster dad remains chief suspect in disappearance

August 25, 2010
By Terry McSweeney and Alan Wang
OAKLAND, CA (KGO) -- One year ago 5-year-old Hasanni Campbell was first reported missing. Oakland police say the prime suspect is still the child's foster father, 39-year-old Louis Ross...
A year to the day after the child was reported missing by his foster father at a shoe store on College Avenue in Oakland, and after the distribution of more than 10,000 fliers with Hasanni's picture and heavy media coverage, there is no trace of the boy...
Ross failed an FBI polygraph. E-mails were discovered where Ross told the boy's foster mother he wanted to abandon the cerebral palsy victim at a BART station. Ross and Campbell were arrested for murder, then released for lack of evidence...
The couple had a child together and moved to Arizona where they broke up. Ross is now in Maryland, but Campbell is still in Arizona -- a single mother looking for a job...
A group of supporters still remain committed to finding Hasanni, Ross and Campbell have stopped talking to them and since being released from jail, they have made no effort to help find the boy themselves.
also read:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Update on Mitrice Richardson

The Prairie Chicken
August 15, 2010
Below is the 60-page internal review of the circumstances surrounding the arrest and release of Mitrice Richardson and LASD (Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept) response to her subsequent disappearance.

Los Angeles Office of Independent Review Report
It is filled with crap like the two tidbits below:
"...Inside her car, deputies found no money or credit cards that could be used to pay Ms. Richardson's restaurant bill. Without any means of paying her bill, the restaurant manager placed her under a private citizen's arrest and demanded that deputies take custody of her..."
"Without additional information as to whether or not deputies saw a cell phone in Ms Richardson's car, the facts surrounding Ms. Richardson's lack of access to her cell phone can not be more completely discussed at this point..."
It's a big long cover-your-ass report that is filled with denials and finger pointing (up to and including Mitrice's 91-year-old great grandmother.) Its 60 pages of "see, the deputies did nothing wrong, it was the restaurant, the family, the victim herself." Where is the line between doing nothing wrong and negligence?
I also ran across this web page for Geoffrey's Malibu and was quite interested in the review section. It has some current nasty comments regarding Mitrice, and then reading back for several years there are bad review after bad review, mostly about the snarky staff and manager. And food preparation and taste not in conjunction with the price.
Also Read the lastest news reports:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mitrice Richardson's life comes to tragic end

Right: Mitrice Richardson

The Prairie Chicken
August 13, 2010
On Monday, August 9, a County employee looking for marijuana fields ready to
harvest found the skelatal remains of Mitrice Richardson in a brushy ravine reportedly 2 1/2 miles from where she was last seen in the Monte Nido neighborhood on Piuma Rd, off Cold Canyon Rd. She was positively identified through dental records.
Best regards to her family and friends.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Has Mitrice Richardson been found?

The Prairie Chicken
August 11, 2010

from examiner.com national

Bones found in Malibu Canyon may be linked to missing Los Angeles woman

On Monday, park rangers in a remote area of Malibu Canyon found what appeared to be human remains.

Authorities are now investigating the find and trying to determine if the bones found belong to missing Los Angeles woman Mitrice Richardson...

read entire article here

The Prairie Chicken
August 11, 2010

Unfortunately I feel that even though the found body has not been positively identified as Mitrice, she has been found.

The upcoming days will tell the tale, but I want to know where she was found. How far away from the back porch where she was last seen was her body?

In the last few weeks I was appalled that LA and Malibu 'officials' were playing up so hard the alleged sightings of Mitrice in Las Vegas. They ignored her father when he thought he saw her there early on, yet when a man she hadn't seen in years said he saw her, law enforcement behaved as though that solved the case!

Of course Mr. Richardson's report was made long before he and Matrices mother filed suit against the LA County for a barrage of offenses.

There is a deputy sheriff officer that knows exactly what happened to her, in my opinion.

If this is Mitrice, my heart goes out to her family, as it has since she disappeared. My wish is that they have the stamina and resources to hold the city of Malibu responsible to the very end.

I hope the Geoffrey's' staff feel their part of the responsibility. If they had accepted her Grandmothers credit card over the phone, none of this would have happened. I pay over the phone and Internet every day. Geoffrey's saw a black woman acting odd and their deep set prejudice kicked in. Do they realise that this woman would be alive right now if they had shown a little compassion and reason?

All statements in this post are the personal opinion of the author of this blog.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Santiago tells Texas jury he didn't starve 3 children

ap via msnbc.com

July 26, 2010

DALLAS — A man accused of keeping three emaciated children locked in the bathroom of a Dallas hotel for as long as nine months told a jury Monday that the starving youngsters refused to eat the meals he prepared for them.
The children were gaunt and filthy when they were found by police in July 2009 in a hotel alongside a busy Dallas highway. A doctor who treated them described the children as having sunken cheeks and flaky skin and said they emitted a repugnant odor.
Alfred Santiago, who took the stand in his own defense, said he gave the children breakfast and lunch each day...
Alfred Santiago said his former girlfriend repeatedly told him that she was responsible for her three children. He said he was "careless" in not notifying authorities of their condition. He also said it was Abneris' idea to keep her children locked in a bathroom..
Her trial is scheduled to begin after his ends. The former couple share a last name but were not married...

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Adam Herrman missing, Valerie and Doug Herrman charged with theft

Right: hopefully where the Herrmans end up.
July 7, 2010

The Wichita Eagle
via kansas.com

Doug and Valerie Herrman walked out of the Butler County Jail on Wednesday afternoon after they were booked on charges of felony theft...

Left: Fourth-grade photo of Adam Herrman released by the Butler County Sheriff's Department 01/05/2009. Herrman was last seen in 1999 when he was 11 or 12 years old. An investigation is proceeding in the case.
EL DORADO — The adoptive parents of Adam Herrman, who disappeared from his Towanda home at age 11 more than a decade ago, were charged today with felony theft.
The charges are related to the alleged fraudulent receipt of over $50,000 in government assistance for Adam's care, according to Butler County Attorney Jan Satterfield.
Doug and Valerie Herrman each posted a $50,000 bond. The couple voluntarily went to the Butler County Jail in response to warrants that were issued against them.

Charges were filed today to avoid questions of whether the five year statute of limitations on the charges has expired. The Herrmans allegedly cashed the last adoption state subsidy check on July 8, 2005, according to Satterfield, six years after Adam's disappearance.

The boy disappeared in 1999, but Butler County authorities didn't learn of Adam's disappearance until late 2008.

"This is not the beginning and end. This is just the beginning for the Herrmans," said Satterfield of the charges. Adam would be 23 if he were still alive.
Thank you Jan. Sincerely. Don't let them slip through the cracks. What about the Internal Revenue Service? If they cashed those adoption checks and claimed them as dependents, I'd bet they claimed him on their federal taxes as well.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

More on Joran

Does anyone know why Beth Twitty no longer broadcasts with Greta van Susteran? I about fell off of my chair when I actually saw her talking on Nancy Grace one evening. Holy Moly. Maybe it was an old clip from 2005.

Van der Sloot's Mom: Maybe He Missed a Chance to Become an Actor

The mother of Joran van der Sloot -- who police say is a confessed killer -- says her son is no monster and suggests that he missed his calling as an actor.

In an interview with Dutch news station The Telegraph, obtained by ABC News, Anita van der Sloot talks about her reaction to people saying her son is guilty, saying, "As a mother, you don’t want to hear things like 'He's a serial killer or he’s a monster,' because he is not. I don’t have that image of him, so it's very hard to hear that."

As the ABC report points out, the accusations started not with the death of Stephany Flores in Peru but in Aruba after the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005. While Joran has never been officially charged, he remains the prime suspect in that ongoing investigation...

Over the course of the next few days, more details emerged. "My husband told me Natalie's family and uncle, mother -- with police -- had already come to the door," she says. "There had been a lot of yelling ... He thought these things should be discussed at the police station."

The situation confused her, she says, because "Joran had always been friendly with girls, why would this happen now? Why would he do something to a girl? So I didn't believe that, that he could hurt a girl in some way. As a mother, I was convinced he was incapable of it."...

"Then I thought if you lied because of this, then stop now because it's very hurtful for the parents," she says. "I felt so much for parents of Natalee. I could not imagine how it could be to lose a child, even if it was still thought that she ran away. I wanted to do everything to help."

As Joran's story changed, multiple times, his convincing tales led her to believe he had a talent for theatrics. "Maybe he missed a chance to become an actor," she says. "Maybe that should have been a role in his life ... I can hardly believe that he can fake this."

To the parents of his alleged victims, she says, "If they’d be here right now, I'd cry with them and give them a big, big hug."

The parents of Stephany Flores were quoted by ABC news saying they appreciate Mrs van der Sloot's words of support, but they worry this is all part of a scheme to create some sort of insanity defense.

Joran 's lawyer intends to appeal the rejection . If van der Sloot is convicted , he can be prisoned between fifteen and 35 years .

Monday, June 21, 2010

Joran van der Sloot denies Judge an interview

Prairie Chicken
June 21, 2010

It appears Joran van der Sloot, Dutch student turned career criminal, today refused to give his confession to Judge Carlos Morales Cordova. The judge arrived at Miguel Castro Castro for the required meeting at 10:00am and left the prison at 11:20, when Joran refused to speak. Note: this was not a suggested get-together--he is required to make a formal statement to the judge.

"My client did not make statement before the judge, because we await the result of habeas corpus. Here we say that it has violated due process because he had no attorney (during police questioning) and they looked at his laptop without a warrant, among other things," said the lawyer to the AFP news agency.

Van der Sloot , 22 , it was stated in the newspaper Dutchman De Telegraaf, police say he only admitted to having killed the girl because Police had promised to extradite him to Holland.

Of the murder of Stephanie Flores says Van der Sloot : "I am framed . How exactly is it all gone, I'll tell you later . My lawyer focuses first on any procedural irregularities that have been made . I did not need to sit here ."

The entire matter was conducted in a confidential manner and the judge filed a report which stated that the defendant refused to answer questions , according to judicial sources.

Van der Sloot will stay in a separate corridor of the jail where four thousand prisoners are incarcerated. According to the Dutchman, rats creep at night through a toilet in his cell. However, the Dutchman has a very comfortable cell per Peruvian concepts. He has his own mattress and eats the same food as the prison director and guards. What's a rat or two?

I think he just stepped on his pee-pee again. He just pissed off the one person who holds Joran's future in his hand.

Joran van der Sloot

The Prairie Chicken
June 21, 2010

Today we wait with bated breath to hear which version of the "truth" Joran van der Sloot decides to tell to Lima Superior Court Judge Juan Buendia. I have no doubt he will have a story, but which one?

He told arresting officials in Chile that two intruders came in his room and killed Stephany when he went to get coffee and breakfast pastry.

That is also the scene he was trying to set up when he left the room for a few minutes, then asked a hotel employee to open his room for him. I believe he wanted the employee to find Stephany beaten and bloody, so he could stand there with the cups and say, no I'm clean, see, no blood, couldn't have been me. But instead, the employee simply unlocked the door and stepped back.

What could van der Sloot have been thinking when the plan didn't work? When he realized that the security camera was only a couple of meters from his door? Since he carried the story to Chile with him, I am guessing he was taking a chance that the cameras were not operating.

Lots of businesses put camera's in place to deter theft, but they aren't hooked up to anything, or they tape over every so often, destroying any images, to save the cost of a few tapes.

I have to tell you I am very impressed with Peru. Last night Dateline showed even more video--of Stephany cashing in before they left the casino, and another of Stephany before she entered the casino. To call Lima "third world" hardly seems appropriate.

And the gentle nature of most Peruvians was exhibited when Nancy Grace asked Stephany's father via telephone if he and the family was calling for the death penalty (not that Nanc would instigate blood letting...) Her father responded, "no, here we have no death penalty," and said it with a genuine show of support and respect for the laws of Peru.

There is much speculation as to why Mama van der Sloot hasn't flown to be by Joran's side. In fact, speaking of the devil, Nancy Grace ridiculed her about how to buy airline tickets: "you pick up the phone, you dial the airline, etc..." The Mrs. has never appeared too sharp, if you know what I mean, but when the Aruban reporter told ole' Nanc that mama was trying to figure out how to get tickets, I'm pretty sure she meant that the van der Sloots are low on funds.

Once Paulus died, she lost his income and now is making it on a teachers pay. According to newscasts, the family had depleted their savings five years ago paying off lawyers (and probably judges and any witnesses as well.)

She gave a statement to a Netherland news source that she wouldn't be going to Peru, but staying on Aruba. Good for her. Why should she run out to a country where she doesn't know the language, or have any friends, or know where to stay, or what the procedures and customs are there. What if she got over there and was taunted like Joran was when they took him to jail? She may have been overindulgent with her son, but she loves him.

It seems like early on in the Natalee Holloway case, mama van der Sloot said Joran had been in counseling in for his temper, so she is not in total denial. While she still believes Joran to be innocent of Holloways disappearance, she said it appears very clear that he is responsible for the death of Flores.

But you know what? This guy is 22 years old. That is SO young. What could have made this p.o.s. a murderer at such a young age and to completely ruin the life laid out before him? He is smart, evidently charming (altho I don't see it) and with a good education he could have done anything.

One more thing about Nancy Grace. Of course, she is following this case closely and Jean Casarez from tru.tv is in Lima reporting live every day. But Nancy must have been told that she is not allowed to speak rudely to Jean. I thought it was odd at first that Jean was escaping the wrath, but towards the last of the week it was obvious. Nancy is almost shooting smoke rings out of her nose, but is still quite polite to Jean. On Friday, she even waited until Jean was no longer on the line, then said to one of her whipping boys "What Jean just said is total BS." tsk.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Police issue questionnaire asking about Kyron Horman's stepmother, vehicle

Helen Jung, The Oregonian
Friday, June 18, 2010
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is distributing a flyer showing photos of Kyron Horman's stepmother and the type of pick-up truck she is believed to have driven on the day the 7-year-old disappeared from his school.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office declined to answer questions about the flyer or whether Kyron's stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, is considered a person-of-interest in the investigation...
authorities are asking students, teachers, parents and anyone who was at Skyline School...to answer the questions, which can be viewed here.
Police ask that people return the questionnaire on Sunday, between 9 am and 7 pm to Skyline School.
I sure was hoping it wouldn't lead to this.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pondering the disappearance of Kyron Horman

The Prairie Chicken
June 17, 2010

This kids smile goes right to my heart. He is adorable.
But anyway, trying to figure out what happened the day that Kyron disappeared from Skyline Elementary School in Portland Oregon has been confusing at least. It would help if the police could be a little more specific as to what, if any theory they are looking at. Or even speculating.
I looked through the articles for the first week and came up with a timeline of sorts. Not so much a timeline as a list of what happened as given by others that saw Kyron and his step-mom Terri Horman:

Who’s who, a very incomplete list as of 6 June, 2010:

MCSO= Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office—PPB=Portland Police Bureau

Captain Jason Gates of the Multnomah County sheriff's office spokesperson?

Ben Keefer, principal of Skyline Elementary School, at 11536 N.W. Skyline Blvd, Portland Oregon.
Kristina Porter, Kyron's teacher

Gina Zimmerman, the president of the school's PTA, also parent.
Kaine Horman, Kyron's father
Terri Moulton Ecker Horman, Kyron’s step-mother
Desiree McCullough Horman, Kyron’s mother
Carol Moulton, step-mom’s mother and Kyron's grandmother.
June 4, 2010, Friday
Portland Public Schools spokesman Matt Shelby said Kyron Horman was at school Friday.
They arrived sometime after the school opened about 8 a.m., went to his classroom, dropped off his coat and backpack.
Terri Horman, Kyrons stepmother, took Kyron to a science fair at the school Friday morning, where they walked through a number of classrooms looking at displays.
Parent Gina Zimmerman, the president of the school's parent teacher association, was at the school for the science fair and saw Kyron pose for the photo Terri Horman took of him in front of his science display on red-eyed tree frogs.
His stepmother, Terri Horman, left at 8:45.
Tanner Pumala, Kyron's classmate, said he last saw his friend at about the same time (as when Terri left, at 8:45) when Kyron told him he was headed to look at another student's science project.
"He walked by the hallway and I'm like, 'Hi, Kyron,' and he's like, 'Hi. I'm going to go see this cool one. It's electric.' I'm like, 'Alright, bye.' And that's the last time I saw him," Tanner said. "He never did make it back to class."
According to the sheriff’s office, the stepmother saw the boy walking toward his classroom at 8:45 as she left the building but officials with Portland Public Schools said Horman’s teacher never saw him in class which started at 10 a.m. The teacher marked him absent.
What happened after that is unclear.
But these are additional reports from various sources that I find interesting:
Carol Moulton said the kids were supposed to report to their classes and be divided into small groups of a few students each. Each group was supposed to tour the science fair with a chaperone. Afterward, when they returned to their classes for roll call, Kyron wasn't there, she said. He apparently was not in any group and no one noticed.
In another report Zimmerman said everyone went into their classroom for the science fair and broke into parent-led groups of four or five. She wasn’t sure what group Kyron was in, but she said the last time she saw him was at 8:45, when the groups began going from class to class.
Again, according to the sheriff’s office, the stepmother saw the boy walking toward his classroom at 8:45 as she left the building but officials with Portland Public Schools said Horman’s teacher never saw him in class which started at 10 a.m. The teacher marked him absent.
Kyron's backpack and jacket were found in his classroom. The children pointed out to the teacher that Kyron was missing and she never called his parents.
Kristina Porter, Kyron's teacher has said that Terri Horman had previously told her that Kyron had an upcoming appointment but Porter didn't remember the date. She said she assumed he was at that appointment, having seen him with his step-mom that morning.
When Kyron didn’t get off the bus in the afternoon, his parents called police.
Gates said Saturday that police received a 9-1-1 call at 3:45 Friday afternoon.
Portland Public Schools spokesman Matt Shelby said two teachers saw Kyron with his stepmother and thought the two left school together.
Nora Schreiber, a Skyline parent and volunteer, said the school has three main entrances and one secure exit. Two of the doorways are near the main office and are monitored, while a third on the north side of the school is not. Kyron's classroom is adjacent to that door, which opens onto a rear parking lot.
I've heard it is now a criminal investigation. That can't be good.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Joran van der Sloot new video 2

(Frecuencia Latina)--

testing my embed tools.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Joran van der Sloot: What the Dutch have to say

Do not miss this video:
Joran van der Sloot simuló como coartada no tener llaves del cuarto donde asesinó a Stephany Flores video is in spanish, but watch anyway...

Joran alleen in cel uit angst voor moord

The Prairie Chicken
12 June 2010

Just a note--the Dutch translation for van der Sloot is "of the ditch", which makes me smile every time I read it. In the Netherland news agencies, he is called Joran of of the ditch.
When van der Sloot was transferred from Miguel Castro Castro to the Palace of Justice, he got a head of rotten lettuce thrown at his head. In the heat of the battle, I wish I could come up with stuff like that. There is always something rotten in my frig. Note to self... van der Sloot now admits that he lured Stephany Flores to his room to play Internet poker after he was filmed on security tape with her both in the Atlantic City casino and in the lobby and hallway of this hotel. Now he says he broke Stephany's nose with the elbow shot, then strangled her while she was still stunned from the facial blow. I still have to wonder how he managed to dislodge her eye with a right hook, elbow to the nose and strangle to the neck.

Afterwards he stole her change purse and drove away in her jeep. He stole money with a value of almost 250 euro (? 5,000 US dollars do not equal 250 euros), and two credit cards. The murder in conjunction with robbery can warrant the longest sentence allowed in Peru, life in prison. It is still unclear when its process starts...
For five long years the Holloway family has suffered the lost of their daughter Natalee, an American on a group senior high school vacation. van der Sloot was never charged. He was never condemned, for lack of proof...
Now Joran wants to admit to the murder of Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005. He is hoping that this will buy him a ticket back to the Netherlands where faces are a bit more friendly to him. I imagine Aruba will send a couple of guys over to Lima to interview him--but we must remember that as late as last week, the Aruban officials contended that there is no evidence that a crime ever happened at all.
I'm afraid he now has to play the cards that were dealt to him. I can picture him cowering at Castro Castro. It's a much different visual than he being the big man, beating the hell out of small women, taking what he wants. Killing them.
But the Netherlands/Aruba still consider him a golden son, for some odd reason. Maybe it's just anti-American sentiment. But if Aruban officials don't think a crime has been committed in Aruba, why would they want to fly all the way to Peru? To hear yet another version?
One website (above) I read complained that it was cruel and inhumane to make Joran stand in front of the Peruvian press and let them photograph him to their hearts content. Check out the look on his face. He is pissed. He is not used to being treated with such a lack of respect. Poor Joran.

Joran van der Sloot: His Confession, or How can Dutch dweeb cause such international outrage?

The Prairie Chicken
June 12, 2010
La confesión de Joran van der Sloot: “La tomé por el cuello y la estrangulé
The above link is the Spanish version of today's article in Peru's El Comercio.pe, which gives a bit more detail about Joran van der Sloot's confession to police concerning the homicide of Stephany Flores Ramirez in room 309 of the Hotel TAC.
According to “90 Seconds” noticieron (news station), the admission was offered by the Dutch citizen in the presence of an appointed counsel and with the aid of a translator who transferred the questions to him from the authorities in his own language. In agreement with the narration, van der Sloot and Flores Ramirez entered his room about 5:30 a.m. of day 30 May after playing in the Atlantic City casino.
As van der Sloot recounted, he suggested to Stephany that they could play poker on the Internet and for that reason they went to his room. Then - he says he received an e-mail that said “I am going to kill you mongolito (retard)”, which referred to the murder of Natalee Holloway, the young American whom he also admits to have assassinated in Aruba in 2005.
Next, van der Sloot spoke to Stephany about the case and he told her they had stopped investigating the crime. She - according to Joran - had a strong reaction and he gave her a blow with his fist on the left side of her head. The Dutchman states that he reacted by hitting her with an elbow, leaving Stephany “in a faint”. He said in addition that the reaction of Stephany affected him so much that he took her by the neck with the two hands and strangled her “in the space of a minute”.
Later, van der Sloot left the hotel in Stephany's SUV, but after leaving the vehicle parked in Furrow, he approached a taxi that took him to Ica and another taxi took him to Arica. According to his testimony, he told both taxi drivers that "they" were accusing him wrongly of murder.
Both of the taxi drivers are under investigation for having aided van der Sloot in leaving the country.


Joran van der Sloot moments after rotten lettuce was lobbed at his head. You have to love the passion of the Latinos!

Joran van der Sloot: "Temo que me maten en la cárcel" ("They will kill me in jail!)
The confessed killer of Stephany Flores Ramirez is afraid that he will be killed in prison for revenge.
The coward is asking to plead to a sentence in Aruba in an attempt to escape the Peruvian prison system. He has offered to give up the location of the remains of Alabama student Natalee Holloway and while his motive has not been announced, it's my belief that he is hoping for a prison sentence in Aruba with his fathers old cronies and his mother to bring him cookies. Then in the mean time, Daddy's lawyer friends could figure out what to do with Peru.
Dutchman asked to plead to sentence in Aruba: The Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot expressed fear that "they" will kill him after being committed in the penitentiary of maximum security Miguel Castro Castro. “I do not want to be imprisoned in Peru. I am scared...”, said between sobs during the confession to Police. He is also said to have cried and wailed on the telephone with his mother, claiming he was badgered into making a confession.
van der Sloot was transferred in an ambulance to the carceleta of Palace of Justice under much security and with a great amount of journalists.
Please forgive my rough translation

Joran van der Sloot New Hotel TAC Video!

The Prairie Chicken
June 12, 2010

In the above video, just released by El Comercio.pe, Joran van der Sloot is caught on the security camera of the Hotel TAC before his much publicized exit from the hotel.
At 8:35 am, 30 May, AFTER Stephany Flores had been beaten to death, van der Sloot leaves his room with two empty disposable cups. He hesitates before he actually closes the door tight, engaging the lock.
He then seemingly pretends to be just returning and performs some phony knocks on the door as though trying to gain entrance. I can say the knocks are phony because, at times, his fist does not even touch the door. About here is where he spots the camera.
He then leaves the scene but returns two minutes later with a hotel employee who uses a pass key at 8:39 am to open the door.
The employee simply pushes the door lightly and backs away, instead of entering to find the melee' inside the room.
Finally, the Dutchman entered to the room where Stephany Flores body was, ate his breakfast, then left the country.
Was Joran trying to manipulate the hotel employee into finding the body? Was his idea to claim someone must have killed her when he left the room for coffee? He has already changed clothes.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Jordan A Brown, 11, to be tried as adult for murder

Lawrence County Judge Dominick Motto on Monday, March 29, 2010 ordered the now 12-year-old boy to be tried as an adult.

March 29, 2010

Jordan A Brown, a Pennsylvania boy who was 11 when he allegedly killed his father's pregnant fiancee with a shotgun will be tried as an adult in the death of both the woman and the 8 month fetus. Jordan Brown is charged...in the death a year ago of 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk and the unborn boy in their western Pennsylvania farmhouse.
Lawrence County Judge Dominick Motto on Monday ordered the now 12-year-old boy to be tried as an adult. Per Pennsylvania law he could be convicted of anything from involuntary manslaughter to first-degree murder and could face up to life in prison...

A psychiatrist for the prosecution had argued the boy wasn't likely to be rehabilitated in juvenile court.

Boy faces adult trial in death of Pa. woman, fetus
A judge's ruling that a 12-year-old boy will be tried as an adult on charges of fatally shooting his father's pregnant fiancee is an unprecedented move, an advocate for defense attorneys says.
Joe Mandak AP March 30, 2010. This article has a bit more detail about the proceedings.

The disgrace of Arlington National Cemetery

Army inquiry finds 211 graves mishandled at Arlington Cemetery
By Mike Mount, Senior Pentagon Producer
June 11, 2010

Washington (CNN) -- Potentially hundreds of American veterans and their family members who were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery were misidentified or mislocated...the investigation culminated in a change in leadership at the historic cemetery that has been home to U.S. veterans since 1864.

...Army investigators found a "lack of established policies and procedures, a failure to automate records, and long-term systemic problems..."

Can't we do anything right? It just does not seem too hard to make a note of who went in each grave and mark the location. It's not rocket science.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Joran van der Sloot's tangled web...

The Prairie Chicken
June 8, 2010

This from Isabel Guerra, reporter
Joran van de Sloot's confession may be a strategy to lighten his sentence for murdering Stephany Flores, says criminal defense attorney Mario Amoretti. In opinion of Amoretti, van der Sloot may be trying to convince the authorities that he had not planned to murder Flores, but did it because of an emotional overreaction, because he got mad at her when he found her searching for his background. In this scenario, he could be sentenced to six years of imprisonment, and could apply for benefits and be released in three years for good conduct.

However, if prosecution can prove that the crime was premeditated, his sentence could range between 15 and 35 years. That's why it is very important to verify and check facts with the casino, to find out exactly how much money did each one won and lost that night...

According to Peruvian newspaper La Republica, Van der Sloot told police: "I did not want to do it. The girl intruded into my private life. She had no right. I went to her and I hit her. She was scared. We argued and she tried to escape. I grabbed her by the neck and I hit her."

Additionally, the correspondent in Colombia of the Netherlands ANP agency, Wies Ubags, confirmed to Peruvian press that Colombia is sending two homocide detectives to interrogate van der Sloot in the disappearance of two young women in the two days before he landed in Lima. These women were patrons of casinos on the nights of their vanishings, and van der Sloot did attend several casinos while his staying in Bogota.

The Columbia of the Netherlands, Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANP) is the largest news agency in the Netherlands.

U.S. prosecutors say $15,000 was transferred to a Dutch bank account in his name on May 10. He arrived in Peru four days later, his visit coinciding with the runup to a June 2-5 Latin America Poker Tour tournament with a $930,000 prize pool.

And just another personal note while listening to Nancy Grace screech at the camera tonight... Joran did not go 'fetch' coffee for Stephany. He had a dead girl in his room and had been up all night. He showered, shaved, changed clothes then had two cups of coffee to wake himself up. He needed to get out of the country. The story that she snooped in his laptop is bullchit.

If he was using the ruse of a computer for sale to get her to his room, as I speculated in my last post, he would need to explain her prints/dna on the computer once the police confiscated it.

Remember how he made sure he was in class the day after Natalee died, so as not to raise suspicion? And remember his stories about how Natalee 'wanted it'--trying to blame the victim?

Joran Van Der Sloot Asks to See His Mother Check out this webpage with lots of stuff re Joran.

Kyron Horman, missing from school in Portland, Oregon

The Prairie Chicken
June 8, 2010

Kyron Horman was last seen on Friday, June 4, 2010 inside Skyline Elementary school at 9 a.m. That day the school hosted a morning science fair and afternoon talent show. Authorities launched an intensive search and investigation into his disappearance that afternoon when Kyron did not get off of his bus, and continued through the weekend to no avail.

Some 1,200 tips reaching into Washington state have been called in. At the same time, he expressed frustration that some people have called in nonsensical tips, making jokes.

Law Enforcement previously reported that Kyron's stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, was the last to see the boy about 8:45 a.m. as he walked to his classroom. The two had attended a science fair, where Kyron posed for the photo now shown on the missing fliers and news media.

Investigators now say Kyron was last seen at 9 a.m. inside the school, but declined to say by whom or where.

Missing Kyron Horman Facebook
Kyron Horman search attracts 1,200 tips, but still no sign of the Portland second-grader
Kyron Horman search turns up no new clues, investigators say today

Joran van der Sloot: Sloppy serial killer?

The Prairie Chicken
June 8, 2010

What a mess the "most hated man in the world" has gotten him into this time. It's all over the news, so there is no reason really to get you caught up, but thought I'd provide a few good links for the latest.

We hear this morning that Joran van der Sloot has confessed to the murder of Stephany Flores, a lovely Peruian student from a well-known family. According to van der Sloot, he went to get coffee and when he came back she was accessing his computer and viewing his files on Natalee Holloway. He said "I didn't WANT to kill her. She intruded into my private life." hmmm.

Before I post the links, I have a few observations to throw out there, of course. While his story sounds quite feasible, he told 27 different versions of Holloway's death, and still hasn't come clean. Either Peruvian interrogation is much more effective than that of Aruba or this is the first of many stories.

Now, why would a young woman who is openly gay go to a hotel (and a very cheap one) with a man she had just met? After seeing the video of van der Sloot and Flores entering his room that morning I doubt there was any sexual promise in it.

What we know is that Stephany had won $5000 that night, while Joran lost a few hundred. Her father has said he gave her $1000 for a new computer--was in her 3rd year of business college and worked for the family business.

What Joran knew by the end of the night was that this young woman had $6000 in her pocket and was looking to buy a computer. I suggest that he lured her into his room under the pretense of having a laptop to sell with the intention of raping her, robbing her, and leaving her dead.

He obviously changed clothes afterward, and after seeing the enter/exit video, he apparently shaved as well before he took off for Chile. Pretty cold blooded.

Monday, May 24, 2010

June 14 trial date set for Drew Peterson in Savio death

Jury selection to start then in ex-Bolingbrook cop's murder case

May 22, 2010
Staff Reporter
Drew Peterson will stand trial beginning June 14 for murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, a Will County judge ordered today.
Judge Stephen White ordered jury selection to begin that day for the 56-year-old former Bolingbrook cop, who's charged with drowning Savio in her bathtub during their bitter divorce.
Peterson, who remains jailed, has denied any involvement in her death — which initially was ruled accidental — or in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, who remains missing...

Still to be decided: whether the judge will allow the jury to hear that hearsay evidence — statements that other witnesses say were made by Savio and Stacy Peterson.
also read:
Drew Peterson eager for trial after a year in solitary : "guess he thinks he getting out..."
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/01/19/illinois.drew.peterson.hearsay/index.html : Stacy Peterson had disturbing things to say about her husband, Drew

Anthony Hopkins Sentenced to Life Plus 51 Years in death of wife Arletha, stored in freezer

by Steven Norris
Thu, May 20, 2010

Mobile, AL - Anthony Hopkins, the traveling preacher convicted of killing his wife and stuffing her body in a freezer, was handed the maximum sentence for his conviction: Life plus another 51 years.

Anthony Hopkins was found guilty on April 9 for the murder of Arletha Hopkins, and also for the rape of his stepdaughter. Hopkins was arrested almost two years ago in July 2008, after Arletha's body was found in a freezer at the family's home on Rylands Street.

He was taken into custody while preaching at a revival in Jackson, AL. Investigators believe Arletha's body had been hidden for more than three years.
also read:
It has taken a long time for Hopkins to be dealt his sentence. For a while there was not a word written about the case. Its a good thing he's a "man of god". whew, that'll save his soul, huh?

Friday, April 23, 2010

60 percent of Americans support medical marijuana

April 23, 2010

WICHITA, Kansas – Supporters of medical marijuana told a house panel it’s a good substitute for pain relief prescriptions on the market now. A new poll from the Associated Press and CNBC shows that it’s a feeling that millions across the U.S. share – marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes.

"The poll suggests that Americans are in favor of marijuana for medicinal purposes,” said Trish Regan with CNBC. “In fact, 60 percent told us that. Also, the majority of Americans, better than 70 percent, tell us that they believe that there's some medicinal benefit to marijuana."

Democratic Representative Gail Finney from Wichita introduced a bill this year that would allow marijuana be used legally for medical purposes.

"There are people that silently use marijuana for their pain and for their comfort and I don't think they should be criminalized for it,” Finney said.Some even say medical marijuana could help solve state budget problems.

That poll showed between $16 billion and $20 billion in new revenue nationwide from taxing marijuana. Right now, 14 states allow it, but that poll shows that it’s still a topic Americans feel strongly about.

“One-third of the country is saying, ‘Yes, we should legalize pot for any reason, recreational, medicinal, you name it,’ and 55 percent of Americans say, ‘We're still not sure,’” Regan said.

Many lawmakers in Kansas are in that camp. Representative Scott Schwab, a Republican from Olathe said it “has no benefit for pain management.”Finney’s bill stalled in committee and is dead for this legislative session.

read entire article here

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Labs To Analyze Haleigh Cummings Evidence

April 20, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. --
Evidence collected during a search for Haleigh Cummings along the St. Johns River in Putnam County has been sent for analysis, officials with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said...
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement assisted in the search, but an expert said the FDLE laboratory is usually called to analyze physical evidence, which includes human remains or items found near a body.
The University of Florida was also at the search. The same expert said UF specializes in body evidence, which includes analyzing any bones or body parts that are discovered...
read entire article here
Law Enforcement authorities still hold to the statement that no remains have been found.
I wonder if they are Croslin cousins too. just kidding. At least Leonard Padilla wasn't there, so they more than likely aren't chicken bones. I wonder if the bones that were found were attached to the cinder blocks that were removed from the river.
It was mentioned early on that there were cinder blocks stacked about 50 feet from the house, on the property of the rented Cummings trailer, and that was where the block holding open the door had probably come from. Cinder blocks can be matched by manufacture mark, or by examining the composition of blocks themselves--measuring the ratio of concrete to coal ash & remnants. Maybe even the composition of the concrete.

Helplessly hoping they have found her so her spirit can rest...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Judge Strickland disqualifies himself from Casey Anthony case!!


Chief Judge Belvin Perry, known for being no-nonsense, will handle Casey Anthony’s case

The Orlando Sentinel
April 19, 2010

The man who arguably became Central Florida's most recognized judge — without ever making public comment about the case that thrust him into the national spotlight — left some piercing, parting words for Casey Anthony's defense attorneys on Monday.

In an order granting Anthony's request for him to step down from the case, Orange County Circuit Judge Stan Strickland wrote: "At its core, defense counsel's motion accuses the undersigned of being a ‘self-aggrandizing media hound.' Indeed. The irony is rich."

Anthony's defense team filed a motion late Friday asking Strickland to disqualify himself from her first-degree murder case because of a "personal relationship" he has with a blogger who has been critical of their client...

According to the defense's motion, Anthony feared she wouldn't get a fair trial because of the relationship between Strickland and blogger Dave Knechel — known online as "Marinade Dave."
In his order, Strickland noted that he did talk to the blogger in court — with a TV camera rolling, microphones on, and in front of the attorneys.
Strickland wrote that he recently began looking at Internet material and blogs to get an idea of what people are saying about the case, which is relevant to the defense's motion for change of venue...

STRICKLAND STEPS DOWN: Read His Order Judge Appointed

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The latest on the new search for Haleigh Cummings

The cousin denies the allegations. The search for Haleigh Cummings continues.
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2010

The grandmother of Misty Croslin told The Florida Times-Union that she received a phone call from Croslin's brother in jail last weekend. He told her that a cousin, who now lives in Tennessee, took 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings in February 2009, according to Jacksonville.com. The cousin denies it.
read entire article here

Cousin vs. cousin over Haleigh Cummings' disappearance
The Florida Times-Union
April 14, 2010

Last weekend, a grandmother said, she had to decide which of her grandsons to believe about what happened to Haleigh Cummings.

The first grandson, Hank “Tommy” Croslin Jr., called from jail saying his cousin entered the Satsuma trailer with a knife that night in February 2009 and left with 5-year-old Haleigh.

The other, Joseph Overstreet, says he’s sorry for what the family is going through but swears he didn’t hurt the girl.

Ultimately, Flo Hollars says, she immediately called authorities, spurring a revived search for Haleigh and a quick trip by Putnam County detectives to Nashville, Tenn., to interview Overstreet...

Near the end of their news conference, a reporter told Overstreet she spoke with his grandmother. Immediately, he clenched his fists and walked away from the cameras. His mother followed to console him. She came back a few minutes later, alone.
EXCELLENT, INFORMATIVE ARTICLE by writers Jim Schoettler, Kate Howard, Dana Treen.
read entire article here

Ex-FBI Agent: I've Solved Haleigh Case

Misty Croslin Seen At Haleigh Search Site
wkmg local 6
April 14, 2010

Misty Croslin, the last person to see Haleigh Cummings before she disappeared in February 2009, was spotted Wednesday at the scene of a search for evidence in the case...

It was unknown what investigators were saying to Croslin at the dock, but from their body language, it appeared intense as they pointed to the murky water. At one point, Croslin covered her face with her hands as detectives spoke to her. She spent only a few minutes at the dock before a female detective slowly walked her back to an unmarked patrol car.
read entire article here