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RIVER GROVE, IL – Police say that Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year-old autistic boy, was found stabbed to death in the River Grove apartment he called home. On Sunday, prosecutors said they had the two people they believe were responsible for the murder in custody—Spourdalakis’ mother and a second woman who acted as the boy’s caregiver and was also his godmother. Must be one heck of a family…
Dorothy Spourdalakis, 50, and Jolanta Agata Skrodzka, 44, were each charged with first-degree murder. Dorothy was ordered held without bond Tuesday. The boy’s body was discovered in his blood-soaked bed by his father and uncle, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Prosecutors allege the mother and godmother colluded in the child’s murder, after growing frustrated with having to attend to the teen around-the-clock. Personally, I’m kind of wondering how Alex felt about the people responsible for taking care of him. Prosecutors also said that the two had initially plotted to kill the teenager using sleeping pills. When that plan didn’t work for the humanitarians, they say Alex’s mother stabbed him repeatedly in the chest and then slit his wrists, while Skrodzka joined in, also stabbing him multiple times.…Continue Reading
BRAZIL, IN – A man in Indiana woke up to find that his 6-month-old pit bull had chewed off two of his toes.
Roger Brown, 46, is diabetic and disabled. After falling asleep on the couch, he woke up around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday to find his dog, Bo, licking his left foot. When he looked down he found that Bo had chewed off his pinky toe, his big toe and a “good chunk” of his foot.
Medics responded and wrapped his foot before transporting him to IU Health Methodist Hospital by medical helicopter. We all know that the pit bull develops a taste for human flesh while still in the womb, but Brown says this incident was entirely his fault.
Brown says that his foot was infected and had an open flesh wound that he says is a result of his diabetes. He has no feeling in the foot and Bo had tried to take the bandages off the foot the day before while he was awake. Brown usually keeps the foot tightly wrapped and the wound covered, but on the night he was left disfigured he had not done so.…Continue Reading
St. Petersburg, FL – A woman in Florida used an image in a Target ad to help police arrest the man who was using Facebook to prey on her 11-year-old daughter.
The woman had unlocked her daughter’s phone and found she had done something she had been forbidden to do – she had created a Facebook account. She also found that 23-year-old Michael Bradley had friended her daughter on Facebook and was horrified to see he expressed a desire to have sex with her daughter and had asked for nude pictures.
The quick-thinking mother decided she was going to give the man what he asked for and sent him a picture from Target store circular that featured a young woman wearing nothing but a bra. ”I just grabbed my cell phone, took a picture of it, and sent it to him,” the woman said.
That was enough for Bradley, who replied with nude pictures of his own along with sexually explicit messages. This evidence was all Florida police needed to arrest Bradley.…Continue Reading
MASTIC BEACH, NY – A 13-year-old boy in Long Island fatally stabbed his mother’s ex-boyfriend during a domestic dispute.
Police were called early Monday morning after 31-year-old Natasha Bivens told 911 dispatch that her ex-boyfriend, 48-year-old Norman Shields, had entered her home with a handgun and had an altercation with her current boyfriend.
Shields attacked Bivens when she tried preventing him from entering a bedroom and Shields fired one shot from his handgun. No one was hit, but the commotion woke up Biven’s 13-year-old son who grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Shield in the chest several times. Shields, who has an extensive criminal record, would be pronounced dead at the hospital.
Bivens and Shields have a child together, a 4-year-old girl, who was in the home at the time of the incident but was not injured. Bivens’ current boyfriend apparently fled the scene at some point.
No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed as homicide detectives continue to investigate the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.…Continue Reading
Lynnwood, WA – A woman who was raped in 2008 is suing the the Lynnwood police, saying they discounted her story, ignored evidence and ended up charging her with making a false statement to police.
In August 2008, a man with a butcher knife broke into the apartment of the then 18-year-old victim, gagged her, bound her hands with a shoelace and raped her. Before leaving, he told her he’d taken photos of her and knew her name.
The victim reported the attack immediately, and police would gather evidence from the house, including stained sheets, the shoelaces, blindfold and gag. A medical examination of the victim would show she had injuries to both her wrists and abrasions on her genitals. Doctors would also collect DNA specimens from the victim.
The lawsuit alleges none of this evidence mattered to detectives Jerry Rittgarn and Sgt. Jeff Mason. They did not believe she was telling the truth based on comments from three people who doubted her story. One was her former foster mother and the other was a friend who had spoken to the victim on the phone the night she was raped.…Continue Reading
Here, Now - We have been talking about putting out some t-shirts for a long time now, but I never liked using some of the drop ship companies because of their graphic limitations and the cost of the shirts. So we decided to start making our own, starting with a black t-shirt featuring a design created by one of you.
We are looking for a graphic to use on a t-shirt that compliments the D’D style and attitude. What we are looking for currently is any kind of graphic in the grindhouse, exploitative tradition. Graphics normally reserved for the covers of true crime detective magazines, or creepy tales comics.
We will be taking entries until June 30, at which time we will choose three of our favorite entries before using a poll to let you people decide which graphic you like best. The artist of the winning graphic will earn the distinction of having their work on our very first shirt and, less importantly, win $500.…Continue Reading
Jackson, MI – Horrific details emerging in a case out of Michigan where a man arraigned on 12 counts of first degree sexual misconduct admitted he sexually assaulted his three-year-old daughter “too many times to remember.”
The 27-year-old has also been accused of taking elicit photographs of her for his own sexual gratification and even made her watch child porn. His wife admitted she helped her husband penetrate their daughter by holding her hands “so it wouldn’t hurt so much” while he held her legs if she tried to get away.
The girl’s mother, who has a history of being sexually abused, also admitted she and her husband watched pornography and had sex in front of the girl. She also said her husband has raped her too, and once grabbed her throat after she saw him physically abuse her sons when they were ages 2 and 4. He threatened to throw her out a window if she ever called police.
Police got involved after someone called to report the girl’s sexualized behavior, behavior that included her “humping her stuffed animals” and asking her brother for sex.…Continue Reading
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ – Police said a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his father, 35-year-old Justin Thomas, while they were visiting at a friend’s house.
Thomas and his son had driven to Prescott valley from Phoenix for an unannounced visit to see his former roommate. Within minutes of being inside the home, Thomas’ son found a gun, picked it up and asked what it was while pulling the trigger.
The gun fired, and Thomas was hit. He was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition, and later died from his injuries. Police said it’s standard procedure to investigate any death as a homicide anytime someone dies of anything other than natural causes, but probably will not be filing charges against the owner of the gun.
“At this point, it does appear that this is just a tragic accident from this child, and we will look to see if there’s any negligence issues there,” said Prescott Valley police Sgt. Brandon Bonney. “But, at this point, the information we have is it’s just a tragic accident that was unforeseen.”
Bonney also said the gun should have been locked away, but that Thomas’ friend was caught off guard by the unannounced visit and that no kids lived in the home.…Continue Reading
YACOLT, WA – Search crews are still looking for 19-year-old Maureen Kelly after she wandered away from a campsite to embark on a spiritual quest wearing nothing but a fanny pack.
Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said a friend of Kelly’s reported the girl missing in the early Monday morning when Kelly didn’t return to the campsite at Canyon Creek Campground.
Kelly went on her quest naked, only wearing a fanny pack that contained a small knife and a compass. Search crews were able to determine Kelly managed to cross a creek and climb up to Forest Road 54, on the other side of the canyon from the campground.
“Where she entered the creek is amazingly steep. It’s called Canyon Creek Campground for a reason,” said Sharon Ward, with Pacific Crest Search Dogs. “It’s very, very steep. So how she got down there barefoot is a wonder. And how she came up out of the bottom is a wonder.”
Ward said Kelly’s tracks stopped on the paved road, and search crews have not determined if she ever left the road and re-entered the woods.…Continue Reading
JESSIEVILLE, AR — A five-year-old boy from Oklahoma was killed in Arkansas Sunday after he was attacked by a family friend’s Bullmastiff.
The boy and his 2-year-old sister were staying with 50-year-old Lynn Geiling and her husband while their family rebuilt their home destroyed by the deadly tornado that swept through Moore, Oklahoma last month.
The siblings had been staying with the couple for about two weeks when the couple’s Bullmastiff attacked the boy as he was putting on his shoes and, according to Geiling, throwing a tantrum.
“The child was putting on some shoes and was crying and upset,” said Garland County Deputy Scott Hinojosa. “The dog possibly took that as being aggressive and at that time the child was attacked.”
Geiling told police she tried to pull the dog off the boy, but by time she did the boy had already suffered “major lacerations” to his head and neck. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs.
The dog ran away after attacking the boy, and animal control were still searching for it late Sunday night to have it euthanized.…Continue Reading
FAIRBORN, OH -Kodi Weatherspoon is in jail after he assaulted his wife and somehow scalped their one-month-old baby she was carrying in the process.
On June 5, police were called to an apartment where Weatherspoon had gotten into a physical altercation with his wife while she was holding their infant son. During the assault, Weathersppon managed to rip off a portion of the boy’s scalp, exposing bone. Allegedly, Weatherspoon could be heard on the 9-1-1 call saying “I’m sorry.”
When officers arrived at the residence they found the mother of the child, Shauna Weatherspoon, sitting on the couch with a bleeding facial laceration holding the boy. As she was talking to officers, she pulled back a blanket to show officers that the little boy was missing a portion of his scalp.
Weatherspoon told them she thinks her husband pulled off the baby’s scalp by pulling its hair while he was trying to pull her hair. “The injury provided me with the observation of what appeared to be bone to the head,” the reporting officer wrote in the a report.…Continue Reading
Houston, TX – Police have arrested Ana Trujillo and have accused her of stabbing a man to death with a stiletto heel inside a luxury high-rise condo.
Police were called to the Parklane Building around 4am Sunday, after another tenant called to report an assault in progress inside a condo on the 18th floor. When officers arrived, Trujillo answered the door and officers found the 59-year-old victim’s body hallway between the entryway and the kitchen.
The man, who has not been identified, had been was stabbed multiple times by, what police believe, a stiletto heel. She was cooperative with detectives until she was taken to a precinct for additional questioning. That’s when she clammed up and then placed in custody on suspicion of murder.
Trujillo doesn’t live in the building and hotel staff told authorities she appears to have arrived at the condo that night. The 44-year-old’s relationship with the victim is not known at this point, nor is a motive for the murder. The high-rise luxury condominium primarily houses faculty and staff at the University of Houston.…Continue Reading
CALEDONIA, WI – Before any of you start thinking this is another “pit bulls are evil” stories, I wrote this one up because it’s a story that seems to be incompetent dog ownership that led to a 15-month-old getting bit in the face by a pit bull.
On June 5th, police responded to a home where a child had been bitten in the face by the family’s pit bull. According to reports, the child had been sitting on the kitchen floor eating a cookie when the pit bull, named Mary Jane, presumably bit the child while trying to get the cookie from the child’s mouth.
The child had to be taken to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin suffering from severe facial tears, puncture wounds and missing teeth. Of course this could have happened to anyone with an animal in the home with young children, but it’s the other details being reported that make this incident so rage inducing and avoidable.
“This particular animal the family took in and they knew it had been abused in the past so they had taken this dog in and they told us that the dog is not friendly towards children,” said Lt.…Continue Reading
About three months after a contentious divorce in 2011, the West St. Paul woman struck up an extensive online relationship with a man named Aaron Carpenter. Not unlike many online relationships, the woman shared a number of personal details with her new beau, including the difficulties she had been having with her ex-husband, a 36-year-old man named Brian Cornelius.
Over the course of the year-long romance, “Carpenter” had talked her into some presumably one-way webcam action, and even managed to talk her out of appearing at a court date to request a protection order against Cornelius, who had allegedly assaulted her in March of 2012. The protection order request was dropped at a result.
Eventually, in August, the woman began putting two and two together, when Cornelius started cropping up in places she told Carpenter she would be. The Carpenter persona had begun to slip, mentioning to the victim things that only Cornelius would know. …Continue Reading
HICKORY, NC — Here’s a story to freak you out a bit the next time you plan on staying in a hotel or, at the very least, relay to friends when they say the “body under the bed” story is just an urban legend. Police in North Carolina are at a Motel 6 after a dead woman was found rotting underneath a bed in one of the rooms.
Hickory police said an employee at the motel discovered the woman’s body underneath the bed on Friday after a guest complained about smelling a foul odor. ”I heard some screaming and I don’t know what happened after that,” said Tim Brown, who was outside of the motel when the body was found. “I didn’t know anything was going on, to be honest with you, but wow.”
Police still do not know the identity of the woman, but believe a couple had been staying in the room and are now asking for help locating them. They have released a photograph of a white Previa Toyota van seen leaving the motel Friday morning and are calling the pair “persons of interest.”
Aside from the locating the couple, police hope to learn more about the woman, and how she died, from her autopsy. …Continue Reading
Chicago, IL - DD’s most talked-about victimizer, the dreaded pit bull, seems to be suffering a bit of karma lately at the hands of the human penis. We just posted about a pit bull getting sexed up by a man in an alley, now we have Gerardo Perez. The 50-year-old was arrested after he sexually assaulted a pit bull in a Chicago animal shelter. Oh, how the mighty pit bull has fallen.
Perez was on a group tour of the Chicago Animal Care and Control Facility when he broke off from the group and was found by an employee going into a restricted area. The employee told him he needed to leave, but returned later to find Perez had not left. Or more specifically, the employee found Perez had not left and was inside a kennel, on his hands and knees, next to a grey and white pit bull. Apparently, he was just “finishing up.”
Perez made “inculpatory statements” regarding his having sexual conduct with the dog to several employees, police said. …Continue Reading
Detroit, MI – A group of boys were headed to school saw a naked man having sex with a dog and did what any normal kid today would do when seeing a man having sex with a dog – they whipped out their cell phones and filmed it.
After arriving at Denby High School, the boys rolled that beautiful bean footage for school security, who then called police. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the mid-30-year-old man sitting between two vacant houses. He was naked, bleeding from the head, and still had his pit bull mix with him.
The man rushed a female officer before he was quickly apprehended and taken to St. John Hospital for an evaluation. The female officer the man rushed also had to be taken to the hospital for exhaustion after she collapsed at the scene.
Police think the man injured his head trying to get into a stolen car that was also found at the scene. The man’s brother would not speak to reporters, but told police that his sibling was a drug user and had mental health issues. …Continue Reading
WESTFORD, MA - Police have charged 18-year-old Kelsey Gallagher with trespassing after Gallagher dived head first into a someone’s empty pool a little after midnight Monday, and ended up with a spinal injury, a fractured skull and a broken wrist.
According to Westford Police Department spokesman Capt. Victor Neal, police were called to a North Main Street home around 12:30 a.m. where they found Gallagher in the pool unconscious and breathing. Her friend, 20-year-old Alexis Mcauliffe, was there as well and told police the pair had been out looking for pools to swim in.
“It appears from the investigation that Gallagher dove head first into the empty pool,” Neal wrote in a press release. “Also alcohol may have been a factor in this incident but no alcohol was found at the scene.”
After Gallagher took her header, Mcauliffe banged on the door of the pool’s owner, begging for help. He immediately called 911 and then went to check on Gallagher. “Seeing someone at the bottom of the pool like that. That time of night.…Continue Reading
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Because voices from the television told him to, Martin Montano stabbed his mother and a man, stuffed them in a car trunk then tossed his mother off a bridge.
According to Albuquerque police, Montano beat and stabbed his mother, Hope, and a man named Francisco Dominguez. The 26-year-old then loaded their bodies into the trunk of a car and drove them to to the Rio Grande Bridge. That’s where he pulled his mother out of the trunk and tossed her off the bridge.
A passerby was able to intervene before Montano had a chance to throw Dominguez over the bridge, and Montano took off running. Using information from witnesses at the scene, police were able to apprehend Montano shortly afterward.
Martin Montano was arrested and charged with an attempt to commit a violent felony, attempted murder, tampering with evidence, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and aggravated burglary.
He told police that he was watching television when voices informed him that his mother and Dominguez where clones, and that his real family were living underground.…Continue Reading
Providence, RI – Melissa Lawrence was arrested after being caught on camera threatening a news crew and instructing her pit bulls to attack an ABC 6 news crew.
The new crew were there to get Lawrence’s reaction regarding her teenage daughter being shot at a kindergarten graduation party. Although the crew were never on Lawrence’s property and remained on a public street, Lawrence was not happy with them being there and her reaction was more than the crew bargained for.
After cursing at the crew, she throws a rock at the cameraman’s head. She then grabs a baseball bat and instructs her two dogs to attack the crew. The dogs end up gong after reporter Abbey Niezgoda. The dogs end up biting her forearm and chase the poor woman into the backyard of another home before Lawrence finally calls them off.
After Niezgoda was treated for a dog bite and received a tetanus shot, the news crew filed a police report. Lawrence was subsequently arrested and has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon.…Continue Reading