Back in 2009, we posted about Victoria ‘Tori’ Stafford. She was the 8-year-old girl from Ontario Canada who was abducted from her school, raped and then murdered. Tori Stafford’s body would be found the following July, buried in garbage bags. An autopsy would reveal she had been raped and beaten so badly that it caused lacerations to her liver and broken ribs. Her death was the result of repeated blows to the head with a claw hammer.
Eventually police would arrest and charge 21-year-old Terri-Lynne McClintic and her then boyfriend, 31-year-old Michael Rafferty with Tori’s murder. McClintic would plead guilty to first-degree murder charge and is serving life in prison. Her ex would plead not guilty to Tori’s abduction, rape and murder and his trial has been ongoing this week.
Yesterday McClintic took the stand against Rafferty and gave some of the most disturbing, day-wrecking testimony in regards to exactly what happened to Tori in her final moments.…
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating an apparent murder suicide in which a man shot his estranged wife in a car before shooting himself, while the couple’s three young sons sat in the back seat.
On Tuesday, police found 24-year-old Alyshia Alexander and 25-year-old Jedidiah Alexander dead from gunshot wounds in what appeared to be a murder-suicide as they sat in the front seat of a car. In the back seat, covered in blood and covering their ears, they found the couple’s three young children.
Jedidiah and Alyshia got married in 2009, but the relationship was troubled and plagued with domestic abuse according to relatives and court records. The couple eventually separated, but Alyshia continued to let Jedediah see his boys. That Tuesday, she had driven to Jedidiah’s mother’s house to let the boys visit their father.
The three boys, 3-year-old Jedidiah, 2-year-old Jerimiah, and 1-year-old Jaedin, were not physically harmed and our currently staying with their maternal grandmother.
“They think that they’re just spending some time at Nana’s house.…
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.…
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.…
Las Vegas, NV — A woman accused of stabbing her 6-year-old daughter to death with a pair of scissors reportedly told police she did so because she felt an “evil presence” in her home and believed her child may have been possessed by a demon.
After being found naked on the streets of Las Vegas, covered in blood from what she claimed was “the Lamb of God,” 27-year-old Danielle Slaughter apparently expressed disbelief that she had disposed of her child in such a way.
“Did I kill my daughter? Is she dead?” Slaughter questioned police, later claiming that “wasn’t like her.”
Slaughter, who apparently began taking the dietary supplement Hydroxycut about four days prior to the murder, reportedly told police she had felt an evil presence in the home and claimed “she never felt this way before,” she just wanted to remove the evil from the house.
Slaughter claims 6-year-old Kyla Franks began speaking and laughing in an evil voice Sunday evening. When Kyla began kicking and clawing at her, Slaughter said, she grabbed a pair of scissors and stabbed the girl multiple times.…
Vancouver, WA — A man accused of putting a bullet in his roommate’s head, after “accidentally” shooting him in the back of the neck, is apparently trying to convince police that he did so as an act of mercy.
Police say 19-year-old Matthew Starr was out target shooting with roommates Joshua Schenk and Zachary Mattson late last month, when, according to Starr, Mattson slipped and almost fell. Starr said Mattson grabbed him, causing him to stumble and accidentally fire off a round. The bullet struck 25-year-old Schenk in the back of the neck.
Starr reportedly told police he knew medical help was more than five minutes away, so instead of calling 911, he just went ahead and put Schenk out of his misery with a direct shot to the head. “Like you would a deer that was injured or suffering,” Starr told police.
Since dead guys have no need for cash, Starr allegedly swiped $300 from Schenk’s wallet. Starr and Matson then dragged Schenk’s body off the trail and covered it with a tarp, where it was found by a hiker two days later.…
JACKSONVILLE, FL – A teacher fired from a Florida religious school Tuesday morning returned later that day and killed the head of the school before killing himself.
Police said that shortly after 28-year-old Shane Schumerth was fired from his job as a Spanish teacher at Episcopal High School, he returned to campus with an AK-47 hidden in a guitar case.
He made his way to the administrative office where he shot the head of school, 63-year-old Dale Regan, multiple times before turning the gun on himself.
No word yet on why Schumerth was fired, but some students say he had to be escorted off campus. A parent of one of Schumerth’s students said that he rarely focused on the Spanish he was supposed to be teaching the students this semester.
“Over the last several weeks, he seemed dark,” said Rob Cantrell, whose son was in Schumerth’s class. “He repeatedly talked about the Communist Manifesto and Marxism. Something wasn’t right.”
“Something wasn’t right” seems to be the general consensus when people describe Schumerth.…
Police say a woman in Florida purposely left her 1-year-old son in a bathtub to drown because she hated him. According to the reports, 32-year-old Neha Patel admitted that she hated her son, Isham Patel, since the day he was born and blamed him for her depression.
On Thursday, she was alone with the 1-year-old when he began crawling towards her. In an effort to curb Isham from ever approaching her, she told police she slapped him before putting him in his crib for a nap.
When he woke up, she placed him in a half full bathtub and then walked out of the room. When she returned 10 minutes later, she found Ishan submerged and unconscious. Instead of calling 911 or performing CPR, she loaded the boy in her Toyota Sienna and took a road trip.
First she drove to a supermarket parking lot, then back home, then to Ocala and then to Tampa International Airport.…
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A man has been accused of stabbing his neighbor to death after an argument over dog shit, making this the second story this year involving disputes over dog defecation.
Police say that sometime around 10 a.m. Sunday, 37-year-old Robert Wright took his dog out for a walk. Witnesses say he got into an argument with his next-door neighbor, 56-year-old Ellsworth Colbert, after Wright’s dog crapped in his yard.
I cannot find any articles stating anyone witnessed Colbert stabbing Wright, but Wright was found minutes later suffering from stab wounds. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An hour later, Colbert was arrested and later charged with second degree murder while armed.
Colbert was a volunteer worker for the D.C. City Council campaign of Kevin B. Chavous, an insignificant point being brought up by most news articles leading to Chavous releasing the following statement:
“The first thing I want to say is that my deepest condolences go out to Mr. Wright’s family. This is an awful tragedy.…
REDDING, Calif. — Here’s an absolutely gruesome story out of California where a man went on a rampage and murdered two innocent men with a splitting maul.
Police say Thomas McDonald got into an argument with friends he was staying with over some missing medication he felt had been stolen. Investigators say a fight broke out that ended with McDonald stabbing Captain Cappy Ricks and Gary St. Pierre with a fork before running outside.
That’s when they say McDonald approached 84-year-old Ralph Torborg who lived a few houses down and was out doing yard work. Torborg had lived at the home for 40 years and died in his front yard after McDonald inexplicably beat him to death with a splitting maul. The beating was so vicious, Torborg’s face was crushed, one of his hands had been cut off and one foot had been partially severed.
But McDonald wasn’t finished spilling blood, however. At a nearby houseboat repair shop he found 54-year-old Karl Bradshaw sitting in his truck on a lunch break.…
Port Royal, SC– Last Friday, a small coastal town was terrorized by a nude man who commandeered a fire truck then struck and killed a pedestrian during a destructive joyride.
It seems that Kalvin Hunt, 26, decided to abandon his escort during a stroll outside of the Beaufort Naval Hospital, where he had been admitted for reasons unknown due to federal privacy laws.
Once he had absconded, Mr. Hunt happened upon an idling fire truck which was innocently participating in a medical call in a nearby apartment complex. Likely fulfilling a childhood dream that involved big trucks, lights and sirens, he hopped in, got naked and drove away in the $663,000 vehicle.
Sadly, his funny-crazy stunt took a sharp turn into psycho-crazy when he veered into oncoming traffic and hit six cars, then struck and killed a pedestrian, 28-year-old Justin Miller, before running into some trees and totaling the truck.
Despite being pinned inside the truck, Mr. Hunt was able to fight off two police officers and a paramedic.…
According to police, Matthew Pellegrini, 21-year-old Kevin Beindorff, and another person were sitting in a car outside Beindorff’s home late Tuesday evening when Beindorff showed his friends a revolver. For whatever reason, Pellegrini apparently asked Beindorff to shoot him. Being a real gem of a friend, Beidorff complied, firing one shot directly into Pellegrini’s forehead.
Police say Beindorff then drove his friend to a local hospital for treatment.
Initially charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action, Beindorff’s charges were upgraded to murder Thursday, after Pellegrini was taken off life support. Bond has been set at $300,000.…
GADSDEN, ALA. – The grandmother and step-mom of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin are currently in jail, both accused of forcing the girl to run for three hours straight until she had a seizure and later died.
According to police, 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard and 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, were punishing the girl for eating candy bars and then lying about it. They forced her to run around their double-wide trailer until she eventually collapsed. Her mother called 911 but Savannah would die days later at the hospital.
Her father was working overseas when he found out that his daughter was in the hospital and took eight flights to be with her. Four hours later, Savannah would be taken off the ventilator.
A state pathologist ruled Savannah’s death a homicide after finding she was extremely dehydrated and had a very low sodium level at the time of her death, suffering from a condition common in marathon runners.
“Basically she was caused to undergo physical exertion to the point in time where she just got dehydrated and her electrolyte levels got to the point where she couldn’t survive life,” Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp said.…
FORT LEE, N.J. — Police in New Jersey have arrested a man, accusing him of murdering his girlfriend by repeatedly running her over with his car.
Charles Ann, 26, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder after police say he repeatedly ran over his girlfriend of one year, 25-year-old Aena Hong. She and Ann had been walking and arguing just before the incident, apparently over Hong wanting to end their relationship.
Ann allegedly got into his 2011 Hyundai Sonata and intentionally ran Hong down as she crossed the road. Not quite finished, he put the car in reverse and backed over her body before driving forward over Hong again. He did this approximately three more times before fleeing the scene.
Hong was rushed to the hospital but would die from her injuries. Ann was later found hiding at a friends house where he was arrested. The coward had a large amount of cash and his passport with him when he was caught.…
Angela Allen, 16, was last seen on Feb 10 at around 7:30 p.m. after telling her grandmother that she was going out for a walk in the neighborhood. When she never returned, her family called police to report her as a possible runaway.
After doing some investigating, police found that Allen had been communicating with 36-year-old Lloyd Jones, a convicted rapist, on a social networking site. The pair had also been texting for the last few days, Jones allegedly posing as a boy in the 11th grade.
“They conversed back and forth,” said Chief Kenneth Bell with the Van Buren Police Department. “He groomed her. They built a relationship. He picked her up.”
Jones was eventually picked up and placed in police custody on an aggravated assault charge. He eventually gave police information that led to them to a plastic barrel buried three feet deep in a shallow grave on property owned by Jones’ family.…
Stover, MO — Thomas Presley and his unidentified girlfriend are both in police custody after police say they attempted to conceal the beating death of the woman’s toddler by staging a hit and run accident.
Presley apparently told authorities he had stopped his vehicle along Highway 135 for a bathroom break early Thursday morning, when the toddler, identified as 3-year-old Blake Litton, darted into the road and was hit by a car. Presley claimed the car fled the scene.
Blake’s death was initially reported as a hit and run, but after further investigation, authorities essentially called bullsh*it on the man’s story. No skid marks were discovered at the scene, police say, and Blake’s injuries, which included violent trauma to the head and torso area, weren’t consistent with a car accident.
“We have determined the child was assaulted at a home in Stover, resulting in his death,” said Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty.
Sheriff Petty also has reason to believe Presley told the child’s mother what really happened to her little boy, and she was fully aware of the staged hit and run, but played along “to keep him out of jail.”
Presley, 21, is being held at the Morgan County Jail pending formal charges of second-degree murder.…
Based on what police and neighbors are saying, the alleged gunman, 27-year-old Tyrirk Harris, has been allowing his two dogs to roam the neighborhood unleashed for months, leaving neighbors to clean up the foul packages the Chihuahua and German Shepherd left behind.
Apparently fed up, Santana confronted Harris just after 4:00 Tuesday evening. The two had words, and at some point, Harris pulled a 9mm out of a holster on his hip.
After a brief struggle over the gun, 47-year-old Santana lay dead on the sidewalk. Police say Harris fired multiple shots, striking Santana in the face and chest, and twice in the neck.
Harris, 27, was arrested on scene. He’s been booked on charges of murder, firearms violations and possession of an instrument of crime. According to investigators, Harris, a former school police officer, was, at one time, licensed to carry a gun but the license may have been revoked.…
ALBANY, Ga. — 13-year-old Darius Wallace died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen on Saturday, and now two juveniles have been arrested — including the alleged 11-year-old shooter.
The 11-year-old has been charged with felony murder and tampering with evidence while a 15-year-old has been charged with possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence. Both are being held in a youth detention center. Reports on what led up to the shooting of Wallace are sketchy, especially since no one seems to be talking, but additional charges could be pending as the investigation continues, according to Dougherty County Child Death Team Investigator Greg Blackmon.
“We’re trying to unravel what’s going on. Like I said the appropriate charges will be based on everything that is revealed from the investigation. We want to find out what happened with the forensics of the situation. What the witnesses are saying,” District Attorney Greg Edwards said.
What is being reported is that Wallace and some other kids were inside the home of the 15-year-old charged boy where no adults were present but a small caliber handgun was.…