Phelps County, Missouri - The rape and murder trial of Chris Collings, 35, was set to start on Monday. Instead, Phelps County Judge Mary Sheffield declared a mistrial this morning because Collings’ prosecution and defense were unable to come up with a jury, even on a change of venue from Barry County and a two-year delay. Join me in a chorus of ” THIS FRIGGING SUCKS” by Imp and the Dammit Dammits, won’t you?
We first reported on Rowan Ford over three years ago. Rowan Ford was nine years old in November 2007. She was an elfin little girl, sweet-natured despite her repeated bouts of head lice and general air of neglect. Rowan often slept in the back of her mother’s car while Colleen Spears worked the overnight shift at Wal-Mart. Rowan slept there when the weather was good because she was afraid of her stepfather, David Spears. The extent of Rowan’s fear was sadly proven correct when her battered, raped body was found bloody and strangled in a small cave a week after her disappearance.…Continue Reading
Mequon, WI – Police have arrested a 20-year-old man, accusing him of shooting both of his parents to death after an argument over gas money.
According to prosecutors, 20-year-old Dennis Markov got into an argument with his father, 45-year-old Victor Markov, after Victor refused to give him $5 for gas. Dennis responded by retrieving a rifle and shooting his father multiple times in the back of the head. When his mother, 39-year-old Larissa Markov, returned home from running errands, Dennis shot her to death as well.
When Larissa did not show up for work and no one was able to contact her, police were asked to check on her. When they arrived at the home, they were let inside by Dennis and they discovered both Victor and Larissa’s dead bodies in the garage. They also found ”a hand saw on a work bench adjacent to the bodies, a miter saw on a stand nearby, as well as a quantity of plastic bags.”
One of the most chilling aspects of this senseless murder is the absolute lack of remorse displayed by Dennis.…Continue Reading
SUMMERFIELD, FL — Six people have been arrested and charged with killing a 15-year-old boy, burning his body and then shoveling the ashes into paint cans. This story is just like the one detailed in the movie BULLY, about another group of young geniuses from Florida who murdered a peer, but on a seemingly higher level of retardation.
Police say that 15-year-old Seath Jackson (facebook) received a text message from his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend, Amber Wright (facebook), wanting to get back together. This text was sent sometime after Jackson had declined an offer by Wright to meet her at the home of 18-year-old Charlie Kay Ely.
With this new text, Jackson went to the home and walked right into a trap. He was unaware that he had walked into an ambush by a group of people that included Wright’s new boyfriend, 18-year-old Michael Bargo, a teen he had fought with several weeks prior.Continue Reading
Daytona Beach, FL – Police are saying that a 4-year-old boy may be the person responsible for the drowning death of his 3-year-old sister.
Tanya Causey, 38, told investigators that on Tuesday evening she left her two children in the garage playing in an inflatable pool to go use the restroom. The pool measured 10 to 12 feet long and contained less than 2 feet of water. When she returned she found her daughter,Victoria Cunningham, underwater.
Paramedics carried the little girl into the ambulance as her brother was seen running around the yard, but she would be pronounced dead a short time later. At first the death was deemed accidental, but that soon changed. ”During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the brother may have had some involvement with his sister’s death,” Daytona Beach police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.
The little girl’s brother, who reportedly has mental issues, told his mother he held his sister’s head underwater because he was mad at her. The Florida Department of Children and Families have now gotten involved, but even if it is proved that the boy intentionally drowned his sister, he is too young for any charges to be filed against him.…Continue Reading
LOUISVILLE, Ky – I know I usually meet opposition on this subject from some of our readers, and on some levels I even understand their points. But whenever I read about another person who killed someone while driving drunk being convicted on murder charges, I can honestly say it pleases me greatly.
Back in July, Angela Baumia had left a birthday party where she admitted she had been drinking for hours. She would end up striking and killing 11-year-old Dylan Geitgey who was riding his bike in the street. She was ultimately charged with murder, wanton endangerment, and driving under the influence. Her trial started this year and yesterday she was found guilty of murder.
Her defense attorney’s tried painting a picture of a battered woman who was being abused by her boyfriend moments before the collision. They also stopped short of blaming Geitgey for his own death, as he was not riding on the sidewalk. But prosecutors did a good job of dismantling her defense. They informed jurors of the open beer in the car, her admission of drinking for hours before leaving the party, her not being able to recollect if she had stopped at the intersection and the fact that she cursed out the nurses and EMT workers after the accident.…Continue Reading
Arlington Heights, IL – Bail has been denied for the Arlington Heights teen who was charged with the murder of his father.
Matthew Nelleson had recently began living with his father after a stint in jail on burglary charges. He was angry with his dad, 55-year-old George Nelleson over not getting money he felt he deserved. So with the help of 20-year-old Marlon Green, a man he met in prison, he devised a plan to rob his father.
On April 12, Nelleson, Green and 20-year-old Armon Braden, waited for his father to return home from work. Once home, the elder Nelleson was threatened with a pellet gun and then bound to a chair with duct tape. They forced the man to write them a $100,000 check as he begged his son not to steal his retirement money. They also stole $800 from his wallet, retrieved his ATM banking passwords and PIN. When George Nellessen threatened to call the police, prosecutors say Nelleson decided that his father needed to be killed.…Continue Reading
Houston, TX – A couple have been charged after their 11-year-old son, who had cerebral palsy, was found dead inside a cardboard box in the back of a SUV.
Saturday night, police arrived to the home of 41-year-old Tina Madrid and 45-year-old Jeffrey Singer to check on their son, Jonathan Singer, after receiving a call from a concerned uncle. The boy was not there but Madrid assured the police that he was fine and was with his father visiting his grandfather.
Five hours later, Jeffrey Singer arrived at his father’s home and “made a comment to his father that something bad had happened … that his son had been killed,” Pasadena Police Department spokesman Vance Mitchell said. He also admitted that his dead son was currently residing in a cardboard box in the back of the vehicle he arrived in.
When police arrived on the scene, they detected a foul odor coming from inside the box in the back of the SUV “It would suggest that it’s probably been several days since it occurred,” Mitchell said.…Continue Reading
I was waiting for police to officially release the name of the person they were questioning in the case, even though it was pretty evident from the start who it was that fled the home and led the cops on a high speed chase.
19-year-old Matthew Nellessen is being held in connection with the death of his father, 55-year-old George Nellessen. Police were called to the family’s home at 8:45 am. When they arrived they found the slain body of George, who was still duct-taped to a chair and gagged. It was also evident that the man’s throat had been slashed. Police were told that Matt, the victim’s son, had abruptly fled the home and drove away in a tan Mercury Grand Marquis. Police located the teen about 45 minutes later. When the teen failed to stop, a high-speed chase ensued, leading about 15 squad cars through several Chicago suburbs, including Hoffman Estates, Barrington Hills and Dundee, where the Nellessen’s tire was shot out and he was apprehended.…Continue Reading
FORT WORTH, Texas — Here’s a real messed up one to think about over the weekend. Cops say a man killed his two young sons, then sent a picture of one of the dead children to their mother.
Police say that on Wednesday, Gabriel Armandariz, 28, began sending his ex-girlfriend disturbing images of her children to her cellphone. One consisted of their two sons, 2-year-old Gatlin and 6-month-old Luke, lying with Armandariz on a bed. Underneath was the message, “We love u goodbye.” She wasn’t sure what to make of the photos, but after she received another that appeared to show Luke hanging, she contacted police.
This triggered a frantic, all-night search for Armandariz and the two boys that ended with the discovery of their dead bodies on Thursday. Police are not releasing how they died or where their bodies were found, but Armandariz has been charged with their murder and is being held on a $1.5 million bond. Armandariz had taken the children a few months back and their mother, identified as Lauren Smith, had been working with an attorney to get her sons back.…Continue Reading
Mokena, Illinois — For those of you who don’t remember Keith Randulich, let me refresh your memory. He’s the teenager who confessed to murdering his 4-year-old sister, Sabrina, because he thought a relative was abusing her. Makes sense, right? Today he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the pointless murder.
As Rotten Apple reported back in 2009, the honor student called 911 the night of May 22, and told police he had murdered his step-sister in the basement of their home.
He did more than just murder her, he straddled her tiny body in the basement of the home and stabbed her 30 times in the throat with a 5 inch steak knife. He then called 911 three times to report the crime and then met police at the front door and told them he wanted to get this over with.
“I just told her I loved her and I took out the knife and she smiled at me,” Randulich said after his arrest. “I really loved my sister.”
The teen had apparently argued with his mother that evening over his request to use some of his high school graduation money to buy a gun to kill the alleged “molester.” Randulich told police it would have been impossible for him to kill the suspected abuser without a gun, so decided to murder Sabrina instead.…Continue Reading
Sheraden, PA — Tushon Brown, the registered sex offender accused of fatally stabbing 14-year-old Lauren Deis last year, will spend the rest of his life in prison under a plea deal reached Thursday. Brown, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in exchange for a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole.
Deis’ mother, Lisa Deis, cried as she read a statement to Brown during the hearing. “My daughter was just 14 when you stole her life away,” Lisa Deis said. “You had the nerve to tell detectives lies about my daughter. My daughter’s mistake was to trust you.”
Lisa Deis recounted a letter left by Brown’s daughter at Lauren Deis’ memorial.
“I love you Lauren. We’re so ashamed and embarrassed of our father. But don’t worry, you’re an angel now and he’ll never be able to get out,” Lisa Deis quoted from the letter.
Brown stared straight ahead for most of the hearing. ”I apologize to the family of Lauren and her friends.…Continue Reading
NEWBURGH, N.Y. – I was too busy troubleshooting why our search function wasn’t working yesterday to read the news about the woman who packed her four kids in a minivan then drove it into the Hudson River. Sadly, she and three of her kids drowned, but her 10-year-old son was able to escape the sinking van and swim to shore.
Earlier that day, 25-year-old Lashanda Armstrong picked up her four kids, ages 11-months to 10-years-old, at the Young and Unique Christian Development Child Care. One of the workers noted she seemed stressed out. Later that night, a relative called 911 after they heard Lashanda arguing with Jean Pierre, the father of Armstrong’s three youngest children.
By time police arrived at the home, no one was there. They did not know that shortly after the 911 call was made, Armstrong had packed Lashaun Armstrong, 10, Landon Pierre, 5, Lance Pierre, 2, and 11-month-old Laianna Pierre into a minivan and then drove it off a boat ramp into the 45-degree water of the Hudson.
Police believe that 10-year-old Lashuan was able to use the power window button to roll down the window and get out of the van before it was completely submerged. By the time he crawled out of the water and on to the boat ramp, the van had already disappeared.…Continue Reading
Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Rhonda Cook discovered a bloody knife Monday at a home where a mother and her two children were stabbed to death, prompting police to investigate how detectives missed a key piece of evidence.
DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said detectives thought they had recovered the main weapon they believe 21-year-old Eugene Quatron McCoy used to stab to death his 45-year-old mother, Sheila Irons, and his half-siblings Zion McPherson, 11, and Chasity McPherson, 8. Apparently not…
Cook said she found the second knife — with bright red blood on its blade — under a chair on the front porch hours after police completed their investigation and removed crime scene tape from the home. She had gone to the neighborhood to interview people about the crime.
“There was glass all around the porch, and the knife was laying in the middle of the glass,” Cook said.
Cook, who has been a reporter since 1978, didn’t touch the knife. She called her editor and stayed on the phone with him while she knocked on the door, but no one answered, Cook said.…Continue Reading
LOUISVILLE, KY. – We posted about the twin brothers who lived with their dead mother for months, today we have twin sisters accused of abusing and endangering their two young boys following the murder trial of a third sister accused of killing one of the boys.
I know that may be a bit confusing, but part of my job is to take all of these news articles, chew them up, digest them and then poop them back out on this site in chewy, bit-sized morsels.
Janet and Jeanette Allen, both 22, lived together with their two 2-year-old sons, Christopher and Wyatt, until August of 2008. That’s when Child Protective Services took both boys and placed them in the care of the women’s sister, Nereida Allen and her boyfriend Joshua Peacher. The boys, who shared the same father, were removed because their home contained 14 dogs, animal feces, urine, and trash.
But it was out of the frying pan and into the fire for these two boys, and within three days, Christopher was dead after having been beat to death.…Continue Reading
PROVO, UT — A man residing in a Utah Mental Facility has been charged with strangling his roommate because he could no longer take the man’s snoring.
If you click on James Clyde Norman’s mugshot, you will see more clearly that this guy is batshit crazy. It’s always in the eyes, impossible to hide. But it doesn’t seem as if Norman was trying to hide anything as the 33-year-old’s behavior lead to him enjoying a bit of R & R at the Utah State Mental Hospital.
His behavior included inappropriately touching a teen girl, sexual battery, disorderly conduct, interfering with an arrest, impersonating a police officer, assault by a prisoner and head-butting his defense attorney.
Also spending some time at the mental hospital was 28-year-old Omar Abas Sharif. He was Norman’s roommate and, as it turns out, snores in his sleep. It’s a condition that effects 30% of all men over the age of 30 whose cause is derived from a myriad of different reasons.
There are also a lot of different ways snoring can be stopped, including medications, surgery, a well-placed pillow firmly placed on the face (Jaded’s favorite), and in the case of poor Sharif — Norman’s bare hands.…Continue Reading
Fort Worth, TX – Police allege that a sex offender tried to evade rape charges by killing a homeless man he thought looked like him in an attempt to fool police into thinking he was dead.
Michael A. Gilbert, 42, was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl in 1987. Since then he has been in and out of jail for several parole violations and the subject of a couple sexual assault charges. In an attempt to get out of charges that he raped a 16-year-old girl, he decided to fake his own death. Police say he shot a man he thought resembled him then stuffed his dead body in the trunk of his car before setting it on fire.
The part of Gilbert’s plan that was to link him to the burning car worked great. The part where police were to be tricked into thinking he was the dead man in the trunk was thwarted by a simple dental records comparison. Gilbert would end up in a standoff with police when they came to arrest him at his apartment on Tuesday.…Continue Reading
New York – Raul Barrera, 33, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after he showed up at the police station early Sunday morning, covered in blood. Barrera told police he and his girlfriend had gotten into a fight and that when he left the apartment they shared, he wasn’t sure if she was even alive any longer.
When police arrived at the third floor apartment at 63 Clinton St. shortly after 2:30 a.m. and found 23-year-old Sarah Coit in the living room in a pool of her own blood. She was suffering from multiple stab wounds, including a gash to her neck that police say nearly decapitated her. “Her whole neck was cut all the way,” said a neighbor who lives downstairs and saw Coit on a stretcher. “Her head was almost cut off.”
The former Hunter College student was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Barrera was subsequently arrested and charged with second-degree murder. In a taped confession Barrera told police the couple were arguing about her moving out of the apartment when she grabbed a knife and cut him.…Continue Reading
Ashley Nicole Steele, along with a companion/possible accomplice, reportedly went to the home of Derrick Grey on February 4th. It was there that Steele and Grey argued over the alleged STD sharing. At one point, Grey went into the bathroom and closed the door. This is when police say Steele decided to get her revenge on the victim. She found his gun and opened fire through the closed door.
It isn’t clear if Steele and/or her companion called the police or if it was a neighbor who heard the shots, but police did arrive at the victim’s apartment shortly before midnight. They were unable to gain access to the residence and firefighters had to come and break down the door. Inside they found Grey, face down, with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
An autopsy performed later that day determined Gray died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was obviously ruled a homicide. Steele was arrested on Tuesday and has been charged with first-degree murder.…Continue Reading
San Bernardino, CA — Got an update, of sorts, on the story Morbid posted about Ian Roderiquez last week. You remember him, right? He’s the man accused of torturing his family, killing his son in the process. Well, it appears as if the story is a lot worse than most of us could have imagined.
According to a police report filed on Friday, Ian’s 12-year-old son, Gabriel, told investigators the proverbial shit started hitting the fan at about 10:00 Tuesday evening, after Ian accused his family of stealing his drugs. Gabriel told police Ian began beating the family with a monkey wrench, and the beatings and torture continued for nearly 11 hours.
Daughters Daniella,10, and Yasmine, 8, told investigators their father forced them to walk barefoot on broken glass. When Daniella refused to lay down in the glass, she said her father poured bleach on her and threatened to set her on fire. Both girls also claim to have been beaten with a metal pipe.
Gabriel told police his father stabbed his mother, Sujal, with a pair of “shears” and bludgeoned her with the monkey wrench.…Continue Reading
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – DJ Megatron, aka Corey McGriff, was found dead with a gunshot wound to his chest. Reports are the 32-year-old was killed while heading to a store near his home at around 2 a.m. on Sunday.
Not gonna lie…I have no earthly idea who this guy is. Hell, I’d only heard of 106th and Park after the news reported on Chris Brown’s appearance on the show following his hissy-fit in his Good Morning America dressing room.
But from what I can gather he was a popular DJ who worked for R&B stations in Boston, Philadelphia and New York’s Hot 97 radio before hosting a segment on the BET show titled “What’s New.” Currently, police have no suspects or witnesses and are asking anyone with any information regarding McGriff’s murder to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).
McGriff had just recently moved into his new home with his longtime girlfriend. He had just celebrated the birth of their 3rd child together.