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GAINESVILLE, GA — Police say that 16-year-old Hannah Truelove made several posts on Twitter regarding her fear of a stalker in the days leading to her being found brutally murdered behind the apartment she shared with her mother.
Truelove was reported missing after not returning home last Thursday night. The following evening, her body was found by a man walking along a trail in a wooded area located behind the apartment complex. Police have not released a cause of death, but did say that her injuries “were indicative that she died from a violent death.”
What’s been making headlines in this case, aside from the murder itself, is the fact that in the days leading to her murder, Hannah made several ominous posts on Twitter, one of them regarding a stalker. On August 12 she posted, “I got me an uglyass stalker -__-” Then, on Aug 18, she posted, “So scared right now :/” On the day she was reported missing, Truelove posted, “I need to move out of these dang apartments.”
Of course none of this means she was actually killed by the stalker she mentions as she also makes a lot of comments on Twitter that indicated a bad relationship and the fact that she liked someone else.…
HERE, NOW — You may be as surprised as we are to learn that we occasionally get free movies and books to review. I mention this because, in full disclosure, SCALENE was sent to us by Breaking Glass Pictures to review. But do not fear, DD reader, as I would never risk damaging my reputation for providing excellent choices in movies and books by recommending crap just to get free stuff.
In the case of SCALENE, a film directed by Zack Parker, I can honestly say you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. Not only does it delve into a bit of the headlines often featured on this site, as well as some of the re-occurring discussions they produce, but Margo Martindale delivers one of the best performances I have seen all year. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Told from three points-of-view, SCALENE is a perceptual thriller that revolves around a mother’s revenge (Margo Martindale, Emmy Winner, F/X’s “JUSTIFIED”, Showtime’s “DEXTER”, MILLION DOLLAR BABY) after her mentally-challenged son (Adam Scarimbolo, A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, LYMELIFE, STAKE LAND) is accused of sexual assault by his student caretaker (Hanna Hall, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN, FORREST GUMP).…
SPANAWAY, WA — A man turned himself into police after his wife and 11-year-old daughter were found shot to death in their home.
Dean Holmes, 40, has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder after he walked into a police station and admitted to killing his wife, 41-year-old Kristi Holmes, and daughter, 11-year-old Violet Holmes.
After confessing, police were dispatched to his home and could see that Dean was telling the truth when they looked through the window of the master bedroom and saw the lifeless bodies of Kristi and Violet.
Dean told police that at around 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, he shot Kristi as she was sleeping. He then woke up Violet and a friend of hers who had spent the night. They got into a car and Dean dropped off Violet’s friend at her house. He then drove around with Violet for a bit before pulling over and shooting her as she slept in the backseat. Then, with his dead daughter still in the backseat, he went to McDonald’s to get some food because, you know, nothing gets you hankerin’ for an Egg McMuffin like a bit of familicide.…
Romania -34-year-old taxi driver Nicolae Stan, 34 and father of three, claims that a 30-year-old woman everyone seems to be claiming is an Angelina Jolie “look-alike” raped him at knifepoint, forcing him to jam his bone in her snatch, and then lick her presumably lovely lady-parts.
It all started with what Stan says was a typical cab ride to Luminita Perijoc‘s home. He told police that she asked him to help her with her bags, but that once he was inside her residence, she demanded sex from him. However, once he refused her undoubtedly attractive offer, she supposedly pulled a knife, forced him to undress and insert his penis into her wanton vagina…I believe some of you call this “sexual intercourse” or some such nonsense.
“I think she wasn’t used to anyone saying no because she flew into a rage when I declined. She took out a knife and forced me to undress and have sex with her,” Stan claimed.
When the boning wasn’t quite enough, she reportedly forced him to perform cunnilingus on her. …
RAWDON, Quebec — A new bride was swept into a river and drowned while posing for pictures in her wedding dress.
Last week, 30-year-old Maria Pantazopoulos drowned while posing for “Trash the Dress” wedding pictures in the Ouareau River. When the subject of marriage ever comes up, I always suffer from a reaction akin to a vampire exposed to sunlight, so I was not aware of the “Trash the Dress” phenomena some recently married women partake in.
For those of you unaware, “Trash the Dress” is a a style of wedding photography that details a bride destroying her wedding dress instead of letting it rot in a closet while she slowly destroys a man’s soul. New bride’s will wear their dress one last time while on a beach, garbage dumps, fields, or abandoned buildings. A simple Google search pulls up tons of such images.
In the case of Pantazopoulos, the photographer she hired suggested a shoot at the Ouareau River. One account states she was standing on a rocky area in about a foot of water when her dress became so heavy from getting wet that she was pulled off the rocks and into the river.…
FAIRFIELD, Maine — Here’s a story you may want to keep your eye on, regarding the July death of a 3-month-old girl that has since turned into a homicide investigation.
Back in July, Nicole Greenaway left her 3-month-old daughter, Brooklyn, in the care of friend and co-worker, Amanda Huard. The plan was for Brooklyn to spend the night but at 1:34 a.m., Haurd called 911 to report Brooklyn wasn’t breathing and was unresponsive. Six minutes later, paramedics arrived and rushed Brooklyn to the hospital but sadly, she didn’t make it.
The next day Huard would post on Facebook that she was living a nightmare.
“My friends 3 month old daughter stopped breathing in her sleep last night:( in devasted that it didn’t realize it soon enough. For the cpr to work:(,” she posts, adding that her daughter was the one who found the baby unresponsive.
Yesterday, reports were that the death was now being considered a homicide. Greenaway told WMTV that police have told her that Brooklyn was sleeping in the bedroom of the Haurd’s 10-year-old daughter.…
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Two teenage boys have been charged in connection to the murder of 5-year-old Isabella Tennant.
The girl was spending the night at her great-grandmother’s house when 16-year-old John Freeman allegedly killed Bella with his bare hands. Her official cause of death was listed as mechanical obstruction of the airway and compression of the neck. There were no signs of sexual assault.
After he killed Bella, he placed her body in a garbage bag and had one of his friends, 18-year-old Tyler Best, help place the little girl’s body in a garbage can three streets away. Best ended up going to police the next day and showing police where Bella’s body had been stashed.
Freeman was arrested and charged second-degree murder while Best was charged with tampering with evidence. Both have pleaded not guilty when they appeared in court on Tuesday and ordered back to jail until their Sept. 7 court date.
Bella’s mother, Crystal Walker, told reporters that she was working late that night at a sports bar, and that Freeman often took advantage of her grandmother’s kind heart.…
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The man from San Diego who was killed by a grizzly bear while hiking in Alaska’s Denali National Park took photos of the bear moments before it attacked and killed him.
Despite having undergone mandatory bear awareness training before being allowed to hike in the park, and given specific instructions on what to do in case of a bear encounter, photos from 49-year-old Richard White’s camera show he chose to ignore those instructions before he was attack and killed by the bear he was photographing.
Rangers inform hikers to stay at least a quarter mile from a bear and to slowly back away if you find yourself any closer to one, but photos taken by White show the man was taking pictures within 40 to 50 yards of the grizzly moments before the attack.
The last photos taken by White, which have not been made public, show the grizzly with his head down while grazing along the Toklat River gravel bar. The last series of photos span about 15 seconds, and show the bear lifting its head, looking toward the camera, then moving towards White.…
Mount Clemens, MI — A 29-year-old man has admitted to getting his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter pregnant.
On Tuesday, Trevaun C. Brooks pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Because the victim was under the age of 13, Brooks is facing a mandatory minimum term of 25 years in prison, up to life, when he is sentenced on Sept. 27.
Prosecutors say Brooks had sex with the child in her bedroom last year while living with his girlfriend and her daughter. The victim, now 12, gave birth in August and medical tests proved that the child was his. The girl told investigators she didn’t even know she was pregnant until she gave birth.
After giving birth, the victim and her baby were removed from her mother’s home and placed in the care of state protection services. However, they are both expected to be placed back with the girl’s mother at a later date.
Brooks was a fugitive for almost a month after tests proved he had sex with the 11-year-old, but he was arrested in September after police found him living with another girlfriend.…
Canton, OH — A woman found on the side of a rural Ohio road severely burned with a rope tied around her neck, has died.
On Sunday, a passing motorist discovered a 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman on the side of a Zainesville, Ohio, road. She was naked with a rope around her neck and suffering from severe burns.
“I have a woman right here. She’s burned severely, she’s been raped and she’s been beat up,” the man told the 911 dispatcher as Fronsman could be heard moaning in pain. “She’s got a rope around her neck, she’s totally without clothes and she’s severely burned.”
Even though Fronsman had been raped and tortured, suffering from fourth-degree burns that went as deep as the muscle and bone (*shudder*), she was still alert and pleading for help. She was able to tell the motorist what happened, as well as responding police and medics.
She was flown to the Wexner Medical Center burn unit at Ohio State University in Columbus, where she remained in critical condition for two days before dying yesterday.…
Portland OR — Here’s a great story out of Portland where a mother stopped a teenager from abducting her 6-year-old daughter, then used a 2×4 to deliver a bit of street justice in the process.
Antoinette Robinson’s daughter, Xavier, had been outside playing when a 17-year-old male grabbed her and tried to pull her into some bushes. That’s when Robinson sprang into action and the teen realized he had just messed with the wrong Mama Bear.
“I thought I heard something and then I looked and the man had my daughter in a bush with his hand over her mouth & around her waist,” said Antoinette Robinson. “I jumped up and ran out of the house and I just socked him in his face. Then I went to go hit him again and he let her go and we both rolled down the hill.”
The teen let go of her daughter and took off, but Robinson got into a car with neighbors and chased him down. When they found him, Robinson jumped out of the vehicle armed with a 2×4…and she wasn’t planning on building a house.…
KALISPELL, MT — If anyone would have ever old me that one day I would be using an image of Harry from HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS in an article on this site, I would have never believed it. Hoped for? Yes. Believed it? Nope.
But that day has come, thanks to a man in Montana who was killed after being struck by two cars while dressed as a sasquatch.
According to friends, 44-year-old Randy Lee Tenley wanted to start a Bigfoot hoax by dressing in a military-style camouflage ghillie suit, and making appearances along Highway 93. So on Sunday night, Tenley donned his garb and stood in the right-hand lane of the highway, in hopes of scaring passing motorists.
Tenley’s plan may have worked out a lot better had he not decided to stand on the highway at night. In clothing designed to help you blend in with foliage. At the same two teenage girls were driving on it.
Tenley was first struck by a vehicle driven by a 15-year-old girl who says she was unable to avoid hitting him.…
UNION COUNTY, SC — A man in South Carolina has been arrested after botching an illegal tattoo for a woman who wanted a tattoo of her stillborn baby on her arm.
Leshannon McBeth has a few tattoos already, but decided she wanted to get another on her upper arm of her stillborn baby. She went to Jody Rector, a friend of her cousin, who said he was a licensed tattoo artist and would give her what she wanted for $150. After paying, McBeth says that the work he was doing did not look anything like her stillborn infant and asked that he make it look like her older son instead.
Rector agreed, but what McBeth ended up with is a tattoo that she says looks like Frankenstein’s monster. I think it looks like Betty Boop, but either way, it was a mess. Rector refused to refund McBeth her money, and she found out Rector wasn’t even licensed to tattoo in South Carolina. On top of that, the tattoo became infected and would not stop bleeding.…
Kirk, CO – Tyler Withrow, 30, has been arrested for murdering his mother and grandmother. He appeared in court Wednesday where he was charged with first degree murder with premeditation. Withrow was being monitored for mental health issues at an Aurora hospital just two weeks before the murders.
Aurora police officer Frank Fania says Withrow was put on the mental health hold after he allegedly broke car windows and a neighbors window on July 27. Police say that found him naked in a neighbor’s garage and used a stun gun to subdue him. Withrow was briefly hospitalized for minor injuries and for his disturbed mental state before being released. Police were never notified of Withrow’s release because it’s against federal law for the hospital to have done so.
A 911 hang-up call at 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday led sheriff’s deputies to the residence where the bodies of Withrow’s mother and grandmother, Dianna and Elva Doddridge, were discovered. Deputies say they also found Withrow at the scene and arrested him without incident.…
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — A man charged with the murder of a 3-year-old girl has admitted to beating the girl to death because she had soiled herself.
Last Tuesday, police were called to a home where they found 21-year-old Jose Cruz hysterical and his girlfriend in a bedroom with her 3-year-old daughter, Carmen. Police say the girl was not breathing and was “covered in bruises from head to toe.” She was rushed to the hospital and placed on a ventilator, but Carmen was pronounced dead on Wednesday. A medical evaluation determined the girl’s bruises were the result of beings struck with a flexible object, and that she had blunt force trauma to the abdominal area.
Cruz, who was initially arrested on preliminary charges of attempted murder, told investigators that he became upset over the fact that Carmen had soiled herself. In response, he says he beat Carmen with a brown leather belt, shook her, pulled her hair and threw her into a television. Police would later retrieve a brown leather belt from the home as well as a black power cord.…
ORANGE COUNTY, FL — A Florida man has been accused of participating in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl on a Carnival cruise ship.
Casey Dickerson, 31, was arrested on a federal sex charge after he and several teenage boys allegedly raped the girl in Dickerson’s cabin on the Carnival Sensation last weekend. According to the FBI, Dickerson was on the cruise with his wife where he and four other teenage boys got a 15-year-old so drunk that she was unable to stop the train they ran on her.
According to the complaint, the victim said that she had went to Dickerson’s cabin with her friend and four teen boys. After being given alcohol, Dickerson and the teens took turns sexually assaulting her while her friend was held inside a bathroom. She said that while she was being assaulted on the floor of the cabin while wearing only a bra, someone knocked on the door and one of the boys answered it. After the person who knocked at the door left, Dickerson and the teens continued their sexual attacks — even telling each other to “switch” into different positions.…
Oregon City, OR – I love cats, mainly because they can be really vindictive bastards sometimes. Unlike the lion’s share of dogs (nudge nudge), cats almost invariably require you to earn their affections over long periods before gracing you with their acceptance. They’re distrustful predators who will bite the ones they love at the slightest provocation too. In short, they’re awesome.
Lisa Nunes, 54, former Oregon City police lieutenant, learned these facts in spades on June 23rd when her husband, Thomas, 61, upset with his wife’s apparent sexting with a younger male, conferred with his feline friends about what to do. As it turns out, they apparently told him to get a gun and fire it a foot from his wife’s head while she slept. See? I told you they were a-holes.
Just in case you’re thinking that the marital troubles between the Nunes was a new development at the time of the shooting, let’s rewind the clock to 1995, when Mr. Nunes decided, after a day of heavy drinking, to grab several of his wife’s handguns and a bullet-resistant vest for a bit of random shooting. …
Newark, NJ – Bawer Aksal, 48, is accused of forcibly fondling a sleeping woman while in-flight from Phoenix to Newark, NJ on a Monday-night United Airlines jaunt. He is a Turkish national with U.S. citizenship.
The unidentified victim was reportedly seated adjacent to the window, wearing headphones and sleeping. Aksal was seated in the middle seat, and another passenger sat next to him on the aisle. The victim says she awoke to one of Aksal’s hands down her shorts, and his other up her blouse, grabbing at her breasts.
He was reportedly breathing heavily and asked several times for her to kiss him, which prompted her to remove his hands and slam the armrest between them down. The passenger in the aisle seat offered to help the woman and escorted her to the rear of the plane to alert airline personnel and corroborate her story. He would later tell authorities that he had witnessed Aksal’s hand under a jacket the victim had draped across her legs.
Aksal was detained and sequestered on the plane until its arrival at Newark Liberty Airport, where federal officials were waiting to take control of the situation. …