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Argument Over Family Dog Leads to Murder-Suicide

February 22, 2011 at 3:50 am by  

Palatine, IL — Police say a 49-year-old man shot and killed his daughter’s 21-year-old boyfriend before turning the gun on himself after a fight over the family dog.

On Sunday night, Christine Kuemper showed up at the home she once shared with her estranged husband, Edward, in an attempt to retrieve the family dog. Edward denied the request. A short time later, the couple’s teenage daughter arrived with her boyfriend, Bradley Morrison, in the hopes of convincing the man to relinquish the animal. Edward continued to refuse and the quarrel intensified.

The argument took a deadly turn when Edward took his .40-caliber handgun and shot the young man twice in the head. Moments later, he turned the gun on himself. Police found Bradley’s body on the front porch and Edward’s on the front lawn. Both were reported dead at the scene.

“They were a good family, we went to the same church,” said neighbor Bob Waldmann. “There was never any sense of aggression. [Kuemper] never said anything remotely considered negative about anyone.” Other neighbors claim that the tension between Edward and Bradley was apparent.…

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Man Sought After Meth Lab Fire Kills Three Children

February 21, 2011 at 10:06 am by  

Atlanta, GA – Police are looking for 26-year-old Ivan Gonzalez after four pounds of meth went up in flames in a house fire that would claim the lives of three children living there.

On Thursday, emergency crews responded to the fire to find Gonzalez trying to douse the flames with a garden hose. Neighbors, including Joshua Kaste and Conor Walsh, both 18, used a ladder to pull Isaac Guevara, 4, Ivan Guevara, 3, and, 18-month-old Stacy Brito through an upstairs window.

Sadly, all three children would die from their injuries. One died on Thursday and the other two died on Friday morning.

Gonzalez, who was suffering from burns to his arms, told police at the scene that he was the children’s father and was going to follow the ambulance so that he could be with his children. Turns out he wasn’t their father and he never showed up at the hospital.

This probably has to do with the meth lab investigators found in the home, including 4,555 grams of liquid methamphetamine, about one pound of “finished” meth and $192,155 within the walls of the home.…

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Ontario, CA – Days before being evicted from the shed they lived in, cops say a mother used a hammer to kill her 10-year-old son then killed herself by slitting her own throat.

The woman’s landlord said he heard screams coming from the 8-foot-by-12-foot shed he rented to the woman the night before, but did not call police. When he checked on the woman and her son the next day, he found their dead bodies and called police.

Police believe Libia Lopez, 41, first killed her son, Eddie Lopez, 10, by beating him to death with a hammer before trying to overdose on anti-depressant pills. She then took a quicker route by using a knife to slit her throat.

Neighbors say Lopez had just recently lost her job and was about to be evicted for not paying rent. But Sgt. David McBride said that after subsequent interviews, the upcoming eviction may not have been the motive behind the murder-suicide.

I’m not saying that other people’s misfortune should negate any gripes anyone else has about their own life, but damn if reading this kinda shit doesn’t help ground me a bit.…

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Philadelphia, PA – Our resident forum Overlord posted a story back in November of last year regarding a teenager who was accused of beating his mother to death with a claw hammer. He tried to hide the body behind the house, but was busted a few days later when family members became suspicious.

It is now being reported that the motive behind the attack was because 16-year-old Kendall Anderson had his Playstation 3 taken away from him after an hours long argument with his mother, 37-year-old Rashida Anderson.

Kendall admitted to pacing  for a few hours before finally coming to the conclusion that he must murder his mother because he “was tired of all the arguing.” He waited until she had fell asleep before hitting her over 20 times with a claw hammer. But she wasn’t dead.

Kendall tried to finish his mother off by cremating her in the oven. When that did not turn out like he planned, he smashed her head in with a chair leg, then dragged her body out into the alley behind their house and covered it with debris.…

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — The body of a missing Ohio mother was found in her mother’s basement today and police are calling her mother’s boyfriend a person of interest.

Tiffany Brown, 26, went missing six days ago while out running errands. I saw a bit of this story on Nancy Grace (shut up) the other day and it seems that after she dropped her two kids off with a neighbor, she vanished.

Her Honda Civic was found parked at an apartment complex with the keys inside, on Monday and it was revealed that on Saturday her cell phone was turned on and a call or text sent to Chicago. An “illiterate” text I remember one of her friends or family saying on the show.

But now Tiffany has been found. While police were interviewing Brown’s mother, Deb Neely, Wednesday night they found some bloody clothing in an upstairs area of her home. After searching further they found Brown’s dead body hidden in the basement where 37-year-old Samuel K. Littleton lived. He is Neely’s live-in boyfriend.…

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Las Vegas, NV -- Police say that a Vegas man was so pissed at a woman for breaking off their relationship, he drove to Phoenix and brutally beat and stabbed the woman to death.

Reports are 53-year-old Wade Ridley drove to the home of his ex-girlfriend, 62-year-old Anne Simenson, and stabbed her multiple times with a machete and a butcher knife. He then stole her car as well as some jewelry and electronics.

After he was pulled over driving Simenson’s car and arrested outside the Hard Rock Hotel, he admitted to the murder, robbing a Safeway pharmacy of some oxycodone shortly afterwards and that weeks earlier, he had tried to murder another ex-girlfriend.

In that incident, Ridley told police he was so angry with a woman he met on Match.com for breaking up with him, he broke into her garage and waited for her to come home with the sole purpose of killing her. He told police he wanted to make her pay “for how she mistreated him.”

When 49 year-old Mary Kay Beckman arrived home, Ridley admitted to knocking her to the ground and stabbing her multiple times until the blade of the knife broke inside her. …

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Mother, Toddler Found Dead In Dumpster

February 15, 2011 at 3:27 am by  

BROCKTON, Mass. – Someone digging through a dumpster made a gruesome discovery Sunday night when they found the dead body of a young woman inside it.

Police arrived after the person called 911 anonymously to report their find  and found the body of 25-year-old Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela inside the dumpster. Tragically, after doing a little more digging inside the trash bin, they also found the body of her 2-year-old son, Brian Palaguachi.

“It’s a terrible crime scene, especially when you think about what happened to a small child and his mom,” said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz today. “I mean, who would do that to a 2-year-old child?’’

No report on cause of death at this point, the only official word being that they were fully intact. But Cruz did give out a little info, stating he did not believe the crime was random and that he was concerned about a suspect fleeing. Some rumors floating around are that her body was stuffed in a duffel bag and that her boyfriend has been questioned.…

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Hickory, NC — Police have charged a 19-year-old with murder after a man was killed in what some investigators are calling one of the most bloodiest crime scenes they’ve seen in years.

Early this morning, Michael Anderson, 19, called 911 to report he had shot his roommate, 36-year-old Stephen Starr. When police arrived at the home, they found Starr’s dead body laying on a bed in the front bedroom.

He’d been fatally shot with both a handgun and a shotgun then had his body hacked up with an axe. Not quite satisfied with their handiwork, the killer used a knife to carve words into his body. A pen was used to write even more.

Anderson was taken into custody at the scene and charged with murder this afternoon. He told WBTV’s Steve Ohnsesorge that he was “sorry” to Starr’s family.

Investigators are also trying to determine exactly what the relationship between Starr and Anderson was besides them being roommates. Anderson told police that the two were just friends, but a neighbor said Starr introduced the teen as his son — which he is not.…

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Maksim Gelman Captured After 24 Hour Murder Spree

February 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm by  

BROOKLYN, NY – Police finally caught 23-year-old Maksim Gelman, the Brooklyn man who went on a killing spree that started Friday morning.

Police say that Gelman arguing with his stepfather, 54-year-old Aleksandr Kuznetsov, over the use of his car, Gelman stabbed the man to death. Gelman then took his stepfather’s car and struck a 41-year-old crossing guard as he fled the scene. The man he struck survived, suffering a broken leg.

Gelman would remain hidden until later that afternoon when he went to the apartment where his ex-girlfriend and her mother lived. Gelman stabbed 56-year-old Anna Bulchenko more than a dozen times before chasing her daughter, 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko, outside the building and proceeded to stab her more than a dozen times as well.

By time police arrived at the scene both women were dead and Gelman had fled after stabbing 60-year-old Art DiCrescento and stealing his car. DiCrescento was taken to the hospital in critical condition after walking a block in the snow and screaming for help.

A mile away, Gelman struck 60-year-old Steve Tannenbaum with DiCrescento’s car.…

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PHOENIX - Here’s a strange one out of Arizona. A woman initially thought to have died in a car crash had actually been choked to death by her son before the accident.

Tina Ferlet, 41, and her 74-year-old grandmother had travelled to Southern California from Oklahoma to pick up Tina’s teenage son, 16-year-old Nathan Ferlet and his 20-year-old girlfriend. They were on their way back to Oklahoma to try and get Nathan help for his mental illness.

At around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, while his grandmother was driving through Phoenix, the teen leaned up from the backseat where he was sitting with his girlfriend, and began choking his mom sitting in the passenger seat.

The grandmother pulled into a convenience store parking lot and got out to get help, only to jump in the backseat when the teen got in the driver’s seat and drove off.

Nathan’s grandmother and girlfriend tried to get him to stop the car but he didn’t until an hour and 42 minutes later when he struck another vehicle.…

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VERO BEACH, Fla. – Police say they have arrested a man after he allegedly used a crowbar to beat a man to death after arguing over a light bulb.

Deputies were called to the apartment of 56-year-old Theodore Pulliam and found Claude Williams dead on the floor in a pool of blood. A crowbar was laying nearby.

Pulliam was still in the apartment and had blood on his pajamas and cuts on his hands. He told police that Williams attacked him with the crowbar, but he was able to take it away. He added that Williams’ injuries came from when he fell and that he never touched the man with the crowbar.

One of Pulliam’s neighbors said she heard the two men arguing about a light bulb.…

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DuPage County, Illinois. — For the second time, a Naperville man was convicted of killing his 16-year-old step-daughter.

Back in 2007, 44-year-old Laurence Lovejoy had been convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 16-year-old Erin Justice. A new trial was ordered by the Illinois Supreme Court after they determined DNA evidence had not been given to Lovejoy’s attorneys in time for them to prepare a defense.

In 2007 it took the jury five hours to deliberate. This time it took them only one hour to find him guilty of murder and guilty of murder that was brutal and heinous and indicative of wanton cruelty.

Erin, a Waubonsie Valley High School sophomore, had claimed that Lovejoy raped her in the family’s home on March 3, 2004 after allegedly convincing her she needed a massage.

Police and prosecutors were waiting for DNA evidence when Erin’s body was found 24 days later in the Aurora townhouse she had moved to with her mother.

The “wanton cruelty” charge comes from what prosecutors say Lovejoy did to Erin when inside that townhouse.…

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Texas -- A lot of you may not know Lou Perryman by name, but you have probably seen him before. Most horror fans know him as L.G. in TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, but many of you may remember him from POLTERGEIST as Pugsley, the worker helping the Freelings put the pool in their backyard (and helping himself to some of Diane Freeling’s coffee). In April of 2009, the 67-year-old was viciously murdered by an ax-wielding, mentally ill drug-addict named Seth Tatum.

At 26, Tatum had already served several years in prison for burglary and had been deemed mentally ill, bi-polar and a drug addict. A month before he would kill Perryman, Tatum had stopped taking his medication because he felt they were not helping him. The night before the murder, he asked his mother to try and admit him into the hospital, but she told him she could not afford it.

The next day, a mentally unstable Tatum attacked his mother’s boyfriend, fracturing his skull with garden shears and an iron fireplace poker before running from the home.…

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Teen Charged With Murdering 9-Year-Old Amy Dye

February 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm by  

GUTHRIE, Ky. – Not a whole lot of information on this one, but an arrest has been made in connection to the beating death of 9-year-old Amy Dye.

Dye was reported missing on Friday but found dead sometime in the early morning hours of Saturday. Her body was found under some brush about 100 yards from her home. Autopsy results show the 4th-grader died of multiple blunt force trauma.

On Sunday afternoon, police arrested a 17-year-old and placed them in the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center after charging them with murder as well as resisting arrest. Police are not revealing if Dye and the teen suspect knew each other.…

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Maywood, CA — Authorities said Moises Meraz- Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Station with an unidentified family member Friday afternoon, asked for an officer, and confessed to killing his mother.

While investigating the gruesome claim, authorities discovered the body of a dismembered female in the freezer of the home Espinoza shares with his mother. She had apparently been hacked into several pieces with a saw before being frozen. Though police haven’t confirmed the woman’s identity, relatives say Espinoza’s mother hasn’t been seen since last Monday.

Family members told KTLA that Espinoza had been acting strange lately and may have been suffering from depression after his girlfriend was killed in a car crash four months ago.

One family member reported that she got a phone call from Espinoza in which he admitted to cutting up his mother with a saw. “I knew either he was gonna harm himself or someone but not just her, not her,” she said.

Espinoza was booked on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail.…

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Dead 4-Year-Old Had Blood Alcohol Level Of .272

February 3, 2011 at 10:16 am by  

Alpharetta, GA — Though the investigation into the death of 4-year-old Shakira Decelien is ongoing, and though the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t officially pinpointed the cause of death, police say the child died as a result of “extreme alcohol toxicity.” How extreme? Her BAC was .272 – more than three times the legal limit for an adult driver.

According to authorities, Shakira’s father, 34-year-old Wilguens Decelien, and 40-year-old Mara Decelien, the child’s aunt, have both been arrested and booked on charges of child cruelty and murder.

It isn’t exactly clear how the child came to ingest so much alcohol, but one source claims the two adults were “feeding” the child alcohol hours before she died, and another claims Shakira “got her hands” on some rum left laying around in the home. Either way, Shakira’s aunt waited nearly three hours to call an ambulance once she realized the kid was fuggered up.

Police say the home was littered with trash, and several liquor bottles were found scattered around. Five children were removed from the home and are being held in state custody.…

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PLACERVILLE, Calif. – The principal of a Northern California elementary school was shot to death by the school janitor yesterday morning, police said.

Sam LaCara, 50, was shot in the torso in his office at Louisiana Schnell School. Arrested at his home without incident was the school janitor, 44-year-old John Luebbers. The shooting was believed to have stemmed from a dispute between the two men. At least one student may have witnessed the attack.

LaCara was taken to a nearby hospital, but would be pronounced dead shortly after 11 a.m. LaCara’s family say that he loved his job and parents stated he did a good job at the school. Some parents told reporters that Luebbers was “grumpy” and often “rude” toward the students.

Teachers and staff say that Luebbers was not fired or laid off, but that he was angry with something that had happened Tuesday. It is also being reported that LaCara and Leubbers were good friends who golfed together. The two even went shopping for a gun together, according to a friend of Leubbers.…

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Jacksonville, FL – You guys remember Alexandra Tobias, right? Shes the 22-year-old mother who shook her 3-month-old son like a Polaroid picture because his crying was interrupting her while she was …

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