RIVERTON, UT – The two men arrested in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak have been set free, and the hunt for her killer(s) continues.
It’s been almost a year since Anne’s body was found in the Jordan river. She had been beaten so badly that she had to be identified by her scars, clothing and cosmetic dentistry. A search warranted described defensive wounds on Anne’s hands, and a pushed back fingernail.
She was last seen by her family the night before, after going into her bedroom to listen to music. At some point she sneaked out of the house and reported her as a runaway when her parents found she was not in her room and would not answer their calls or reply to text messages.
Before Anne left her home, she spent 30 minutes talking on her cellphone to people with unavailable phone numbers. Her family tracked the location of the Anne’s cellphone, noticing that it seemed to be moving slowly before quickening, as if she were in a moving vehicle.…Continue Reading
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – Shortly after Edward Archbold won a cockroach eating contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store, he collapsed in front of the store and died.
The 32-year-old had been participating the store’s second annual Midnight Madness sale that included a cockroach eating contest. The winner of the contest would be the proud owner of an $850 Ivory ball python which, if he won it, Archbold had planned on selling to the friend who brought him there.
Around 30 people were compteting for the python, but Archbold was victorious after downing dozens of cockroaches and worms. His victory was short lived, however, as after the contest was over Archbold became ill and started throwing up. I have seen some horrific vomit in my life, some of it my own, but just thinking of what came back out of Archbold’s mouth almost trips my gag reflex.
Paramedics ended up being called to the scene after Archbold collapsed in front of the store. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Currently, the cause of Archbold’s death is a mystery, but hopefully that will be resolved whenever his autopsy report is complete.…Continue Reading
SAN DIEGO – At a bit after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, a woman walking down an alley near the Park View Apartments complex probably had the contents of her nightmares altered forever: she spotted something odd on the ground, and when she moved closer, she realized it was an infant.
It appeared that the little boy had fallen from one of the complex’s windows. She immediately called authorities, who discovered, upon arriving, that the child was severely injured. (Odd how falls from a significant height seem to affect infants that way.) Medics performed CPR and transported the boy to the hospital, but the little guy didn’t make it to 6:00 p.m.
Currently, there are more questions than answers on this case, but let me share what we do seem to know: (1) The infant’s injuries were caused by a fall from a 3rd-story window. (2) The police initially detained the boy’s 33-year-old mother for questioning but have since arrested her and are now investigating the death as a homicide; they indicate she will be charged with first-degree murder. (3) The mother, who goes by the brain-bending and seemingly unlikely name of Zewoinesh Badasso, is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.…Continue Reading
Anchorage, Alaska – Police are pretty positive the body recovered from an Alaska lake yesterday belongs to 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who went missing in February, and they have a suspect in custody.
Koenig disappeared while working as a barista at a coffee stand in Anchorage. When her boyfriend arrived to pick her up, she was not there and the Common Grounds stand had been locked up. A co-worker arrived the next morning to find the security alarm had not been set, money was missing and some of Koenig’s belongings were still in the stand.
A check of surveillance video would solve part of the mystery, as a man wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap can be seen forcing Koenig to accompany him. Based on Koenig’s demeanor and the man’s actions, detectives stated there was no doubt she had been abducted.
After months of few leads or information being released to the press, police in Texas arrested 34-year-old Israel “Izzy” Keyes in connection to Koenig’s disappearance. Keyes is a self-employed contractor whose website states he moved to Alaska in 2007 to start his own business.…Continue Reading
Big Spring, TX - Hailey Dunn, the missing thirteen-year-old from Colorado City, Texas, may have been found. Fifteen months after her December 2010 disappearance, a body was located on Tuesday afternoon near an air park in Big Spring. UPDATE 12:07 PM 3/23/12 – Apparently not. The body, on autopsy, appears male and is not Hailey Dunn. So that’s that – and Hailey is still missing. (imp)
Hailey’s case captured the nation’s attention at the time of her disappearance because Nancy Freakin’ Grace put up Hailey’s eighth grade cheerleader picture and called her “Missing Texas Cheerleader” in one of the more egregious cases of Missing White Girl Syndrome we’ve ever seen.
Within weeks, though, even the ol’ NG was off the case when it became clear that Hailey’s family life was more jacked up than a vintage Chevy in a redneck’s front yard.
From early on, it was clear to many of Hailey’s supporters that the bright, funny teenager was probably dead. Both her mother, Billie Dunn, and her mother’s boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, reportedly failed polygraphs regarding the circumstances of Hailey’s disappearance.…Continue Reading
SACRAMENTO, CA - I wasn’t going to post about the murder of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam, especially since Nancy Grace and a couple of silly “psychics” are on the case and will have this solved in no time, but when I saw Google considers an opinionated Gather article a news source, I died a little inside and figured I would put up my own article.
I know a lot of you have already heard about the murder of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam, but for those of you who haven’t, her body was found in a dugout of a baseball field last Tuesday morning. She had been strangled, stabbed and beaten.
The last person known to have seen her alive was her mother, Tara Funk-Haslam, who says her daughter ran out of the house to meet someone after an argument. She says she chased after her but was unable to catch her.
Armchair detectives are already fingering her as the prime suspect, speculating as to why her mother waited until the next morning to call police, or why she didn’t try to contact her friends or her father, Allen Porter.…Continue Reading
RIVERTON, UT – Police and family members of 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak are asking for the public’s help in finding her killer. The teen’s body was found floating in a Utah river Sunday afternoon.
The teen was last seen alive leaving her mother’s house about 7:45 p.m. Saturday. Her family thought she just went out for a walk, but when she failed to answer her phone or respond to their text messages, they began to worry. She was reported as a runaway at 8:43 p.m. that same night.
Family members used GPS to track the location of the Kasprzak’s cellphone, noting that Anne first seemed to be moving slowly before her movement quickened, as if she were in a moving vehicle. When they were no longer able to track her, they assumed her cell phone battery had died and continued looking for her until the early morning hours..
The next morning, police would would find a bloody sneaker on a pedestrian bridge in the same area her family had been searching. Later that afternoon, Kasprzak’s body would be found floating in the Jordan River.…Continue Reading
HONOLULU, HI – If you know of a child missing some fingers recently, police in Hawaii would really like to talk to you after a child’s fingers were found in a dumpster behind a low-income housing complex.
A woman was looking for bottles and cans in a dumpster behind the Kukui Gardens Housing Complex when she found a ziploc bag containing what she thought was ginger root.
“I saw a plastic ziploc bag, which I thought were ginger root starting to dry out. I’m a gardener, and I recycle, and I thought I’d be able restore them. So I threw them in my purse,” said Gina Rose Vendegna.
She later realized what she had found was not ginger root when she noticed the fingernails. She showed the fingers to some other people who weren’t convinced they were actually fingers, or if they were, once belonged to a monkey.
“I thought just by chance I’m going to call the Police Department, turn ‘em in and let them decide,” Vendegna said.
Tests determined the fingers, two complete and four partial, belonged to a female child between two-and-a-half and four years old.…Continue Reading
Los Angeles, CA – If you left a man’s severed head underneath the Hollywood sign, the Los Angeles police would like to have a word with you.
On Tuesday, two female hikers were walking nine dogs in Bronson Canyon Park when they noticed two of the dogs playing with an object in a bag. The object was a man’s severed head.
“One of the dogs ran into the brush and came out carrying a plastic grocery bag,” police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. ”As the dogs shook the plastic grocery bag the severed human head fell out of the bag and onto the ground.”
Initial reports were that the head belonged to an Armenian American in his 40s with salt and pepper hair. Investigators do not feel the head was there long as there were no signs that any animals had gotten to it before the two dogs did.
Police were back out there today with cadaver dogs and found two severed hands they feel belong to whoever is also missing a head.…Continue Reading
Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee has joined Las Vegas as the only two U.S. cities who have a website featuring the real pictures of their unidentified dead.
They hope this will help them solve some of their cold cases instead of just relying on sketches and those creepy clay models that leave you standing in the furthest depths of uncanny valley.
If the site of dead adults, infants and fetuses in varying states of decay are your thing, then head on over to the Milwaukee medical examiner’s unidentified persons site and take a gander. For those of you with weak stomachs, let me warn you as these are the real deal and some of it is fascinasty™.
But no worries if you accidentally click the link, as your desktop won’t immediately be flooded with images of bloated corpses. Forensic investigator Michael Simley is aware of the sensitive nature of the photographs and places more than enough warnings on the site before you actually get to the meat.
Smiley is also aware of how desperate this seems, but says that in the 17 cases featured, they have simply run out of options.…Continue Reading
GILGO BEACH, NY — It’s been a year since we first reported on four bodies being found in the bushes along a quarter-mile strip of beachfront property in Long Island. Since then that number rose to a total of 10 bodies.
The first four bodies have been identified and all advertised prostitution services on Craigslist and police feel all of the deceased had some connections to the sex trade. Initially, police felt that the bodies were not the work of one person, but rather multiple people using the desolate stretch of beach as some kind of dumping ground. But now they say they’re dealing with one serial killer who has been littering the beach with dead women as far back as 1996.
“Looking at the common denominators involved with the dumping ground, the type of victims, the dismemberments, all on Long Island. Our theory is that it’s probably one serial killer,” Richard Dormer said. This contradicts his earlier statements of there being multiple killers derived from the fact that the person responsible took the Henry route and did not “necessarily do the same thing all the time.”
The hunt for a serial killer started after 23-year-old Shannan Gilbert went missing in May.…Continue Reading
LEWISTON, Maine - The whereabouts of a woman who went missing 28 years ago may have been discovered after a body was found in a freezer owned by a man who died recently.
Frank Julian was 52-years-old when his on-again-off-again girlfriend, 29-year-old Kitty Wardwell, went missing back in 1983. Julian was the last person to see her alive and told authorities that the last time he saw her was when he dropped her off at a motel after a fight.
Wardwell has never been seen or heard from since and police said she probably was the victim of foul play. Julian was interviewed by police on several occasions, but never got enough evidence to warrant searching his property. Now the mystery of what happened to Wardell may have been solved after Julian died unexpectedly on October 1.
Some of Julian’s family members were cleaning out a storage unit he rented when they found an unplugged freezer that contained a gruesome surprise; human body parts.
The freezer was removed with the remains inside to be taken to the chief medical examiner for an autopsy and DNA test. The autopsy report and DNA test results may be released as early as today.…Continue Reading
BETHANY, Oklahoma – Police confirmed on Monday that the body found stuffed inside a duffel bag last week was 19-year-old Carina Saunders, who was reported missing earlier this month.
According to police, an animal rescue group found Saunder’s body while searching for feral cats in a wooded area behind a Homeland and called 911. Yesterday Police Chief Phil Cole would reveal the body, which had been there for two to three days, belonged to Saunders after dental records were matched.
The medical examiner has not released an official cause of death, stating the autopsy has not been completed, but has ruled the teen’s death as a homicide.
According to her friends and family, Saunders was last seen on Sept 28 getting into a Chevy Blazer driven by a white man about 40 years-old, with gray hair. Cole said that there were reports of Saunders being spotted at an apartment complex on October 8 or 9, adding this wouldn’t be unusual as she had friends there and frequented the area.
The FBI are now involved and police said they have several leads but no motivation for the killing.…Continue Reading
Aruba – Here’s a missing person story I am sure you have all heard about, especially since the person missing is a pretty, blond, American woman who has vanished while in Aruba… from the same resort town where teenager Natalee Holloway was last seen six years ago. DUN DUN DUNNN!!!
Did you hear a sound like a parachute opening? That was Nancy Grace’s vagina opening up like a blooming rose.
What is currently being reported is that 35-year-old Robyn Gardner went on a 5-day vacation with 50-year-old Gary V. Giordano, who is from Maryland. Giordano says he last saw Gardner as they snorkeled together off Baby Beach. He claims the tide got rough so he tapped informed Gardner they should swim to shore. When he got out of the water he realized she was not with him and went back in to look for her.
After having no luck locating her, he alerted local police who used ships, helicopters and divers, to search the area where Giordano said he had last seen her, but they were also unable to find any sign of Gardner.…Continue Reading
PUTNAM LAKE, N.Y. — We have a lot of suicide stories on D’D, but none that I recall were a suicide by snake. But some unanswered questions surrounding the death of a woman found dead in her home after succumbing to the poison from one of the most deadliest snakes in the world, has some close to the victim feeling she may have allowed herself to be bitten.
Aleta Stacey, 56, was a snake lover who kept 75 snakes in the home she shared with her boyfriend. One of these snakes was the extremely deadly Black Mamba, reportedly the fastest venomous snakes in the world that also delivers a bite with a mortality rate of 100% if not treated immediately with antivenom. Typically, a bite from one of these bastards means you have about 20 agonizing minutes to make sure your corpse is found wearing clean underwear.
On Tuesday, Stacey’s boyfriend found her dead in their bedroom. She had snake bites on her arm and the Black Mamba was loose from its enclosure that was usually secured with a padlock.…Continue Reading
Spokesman Rex Evans of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department said the office received an anonymous report Tuesday that there were dismembered bodies of children at the home.
When County Sheriff’s Department Deputies arrived at the private property, they saw blood and sought a warrant to search the property.
The F.B.I. is on the scene along with at least one cadaver dog assisting in the search effort for as many as 30 bodies, all of them reportedly to be the bodies of children.
Ok, I had to add an important update. The tip reportedly came from a psychic. *rolleyes*
A neighbor told reporters that police seemed to be congregating around the home of Joe Bankson, a long-haul trucker who is currently in Dallas with his wife. When contacted he said he was on his way to Georgia and had left on Sunday. ”I haven’t killed anybody,” he said.…Continue Reading
SOUTH BERWICK, ME — It’s been almost two days and police have yet to identify the body of a boy found dead along a gravel road in South Berwick on Saturday.
What makes this even more disturbing is the fact that as of today, no one has reported anyone missing that matched the boy’s description.
Police released one of those helpful, yet creepy computer-generated photos of the boy shown to be around 4 or 5 with short, wavy dark blonde hair and blue eyes. He was 3 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed 45 pounds wearing a gray colored camouflage hooded sweatshirt, tan colored khaki pants, and “Lightning McQueen” black sneakers.
Police are also looking for a navy blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. It has an extended cab and a full cap over the bed with a white license plate. Anyone with information on the boy’s identity or the pickup truck is asked to call Maine State Police in Gray, Maine, at (207) 657-3030.
Sonoma, CA — Sonoma police are investigating an unsolicited enema as a sexual assault case. This after a visiting nurse convinced a man to receive an enema that doctors claim had not been ‘prescribed, ordered or approved.’
During the afternoon of Sunday, May 1, a visually-impaired Sonoma man, 53, was visited at his apartment by a woman unknown to him. Her visit was reportedly unannounced and unexpected.
The man told investigators the woman explained that she was there to give him an enema. He had recently undergone intestinal surgery and apparently believed that a doctor’s order for the procedure seemed reasonable.
By his account, he and the woman went to his bedroom where she had him lower his pants and lie face down on his bed. She then reportedly gave the man the enema and promptly left. The woman did not leave a card or any other identifying information.
By Tuesday, the enema recipient had grown so suspicious of the incident that he contacted police. An investigating officer called the man’s doctor and was told no enema had been prescribed, ordered or approved.…Continue Reading
Police were giving out little info at the time, but now it is being reported that Filiberti, a freshman at Dutchess Community College, was stabbed multiple times in the face and the chest and that police are currently questioning two people.
A teen who identified himself as Filiberti’s boyfriend stated he was not happy with the investigation into his girl’s murder. “I do believe (police) are trying, but I think they could try harder. I just really want to find” her killer, 19-year-old Mike Delarm said.
He also added he was the last one to see her alive at a party the night before she was found dead. He says that she left the party because someone was there that she did not like. He says they argued about it and she left to walk home alone. “I could have stopped her from leaving,” he said.…Continue Reading
Florida – If you packed two kids in some luggage before tossing them into a Florida canal, police sure would like to talk to you.
Police are out searching a Florida canal after a a homeowner alerted police to a duffel bag floating about midway across the canal that separates Delray Beach from Boca Raton. Inside the bag was the body of an African-American girl between 6 and 10. As investigators searched the bank for evidence, they found a suitcase containing the body of an African-American boy believed to be 10 to 12.
Police believe the deaths are related (man, I sure hope so), and are asking the public to get involved. No word on cause of death or how long they kids were in the water, but Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said the bodies were intact, showing no obvious signs of trauma aside from being affected by the immersion.
“If anyone has not seen their grandchild, their niece, their nephew, please give us a call,” Guerriero added.…Continue Reading