While in court before a judge answering to murder charges, 27-year-old Jewell Hendricks admitted she smothered her infant son.
“Are you doing it because you are, in fact, guilty?” Second District Court Judge Michael DiRida asked Hendricks. “Yes, your honor,” Hendricks said, sobbing.
Prosecutors say that Hendricks felt that the stress of being the new mother of premature twins could be substantially alleviated if she were short one kid.
She liked 2-month-old Robert the least, so in January 2010, she covered his crying face with a sleeping bag and bear-hugged him until he stopped, then reportedly sat on his body for several hours.
Robert would die from blunt force trauma to the head and smothering. Court documents stated Robert had a skull fracture, bruising on the head and arms, a broken collarbone and bleeding of the eye.
As part of Hendricks’ plea deal, prosecutors dropped child abuse charges and will only recommend she serve 15 years in prison.…
Phoenix, AZ – I hate to start the morning with these kind of stories because they are infuriating. As some of you may remember, last week I posted the tragic story of a girl who reportedly died while playing hide-and-seek.
The reports at the time were that 10-year-old Ame Deal was playing the game with other kids late at night, when she climbed into a box in the backyard. She was not discovered untl the next morning, dead from possible positional asphyxiation or suffocation.
In the article I asked a couple questions that had me feeling something wasn’t quite right with the story. Why were these kids were out playing hide and seek unsupervised late at night and why didn’t kids notify adults immediately when they could not find the missing girl. Now we know why. It was all a lie.
The girl was padlocked inside the box overnight as punishment for taking a popsicle. Now, 23-year-old Samantha Allen and her 23-year-old husband John Allen, face first degree murder charges for putting Ame in the box. …
Ilagan, Phillipines – A Filipino woman suspected of murdering her 1-year-old baby girl and eating her heart has been committed a mental hospital, authorities said. The 28-year-old mother, who was not identified, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, said Baltazar Israel, police superintendent in the town of Ilagan.
Neighbors called police Tuesday when they saw the woman carrying a sack while having blood spilling from her mouth. She was caught as she tried to discard the sack and the body of the baby was found inside. The baby’s throat was cut.
The 1-year-old victim’s heart was missing, and police are now investigating whether the mother ate it or threw it away.
The mother and child had been alone at home prior to this time. The woman’s partner reportedly said that she had been looking for a knife before he left.
According to Isreal, the mother had been on medication but “her medication was halted due to financial problems.” Well… as long as there is a good reason.
One news report said that the woman expressed regret , stating “”Hindi ka dapat namatay kung hindi ka pinatay ng demonyo.” When I ran the quote through an online translation, it came back with: “You must not die if you killed the demon.”
Not quite the expression of remorse I was looking for. …
MESA, Ariz. — Police have arrested a man and charged him with murdering his girlfriend and then living with her corpse for over two months.
Like most men, 35-year-old Erik Grumpelt wasn’t pleased when his girlfriend, 39-year-old Malinda Raya, informed him she had slept with other men in their bed. Instead of punching her in her whore mouth, he kneed her in the stomach until she died.
When he realized she would never again have sex with other guys in their bed, or breathe, he claims to have performed CPR on Raya for 30 minutes before calling it.
Figuring his reaction to his girlfriend’s infidelity may have been a bit excessive, and really illegal, he panicked and shoved her under the bed, wrapped in sheets. Fearing he would get caught if he tried to dispose of the body in some fashion, Grumpelt decided to just do nothing and let her rot away inside their apartment, hoping that no one would notice.
He changed the locks on the apartment in an effort to thwart his landlord from discovering Raya’s body and later, after Raya started getting ripe, he began placing room fresheners and sprinkling her corpse with carpet deodorizer.…
PLAINVIEW, N.Y. — A mother in has been charged with manslaughter in the death of her 8-year-old, disabled daughter. Police say she killed her daughter — in a way that I’m pretty sure we’ve never reported on before — before trying to kill herself.
Just hours before she was supposed to participate in her cousin’s wedding as a flower girl, Julie Cirella was found lying dead beside her unconscious mother, 30-year-old Veronica Cirella.
The mother and daughter were found in the basement of the home they shared, Julie laying dead on a mattress with Cirella laying beside her unconscious and a cord wrapped around her neck.
Cirella was taken to the Nassau University Medical Center and charged with manslaughter. Prosecutor say she purposely fed her daughter food she was allergic to then withheld her allergy medicine as she suffered an attack. Julie died from her throat closing as she went into anaphylactic shock
Victoria then tried to kill herself, but was less successful. They also claim Cirella left a note that said detailed her intentions to kill her daughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and that she “should die.” The girl’s father is currently in jail after violating an order of protection taken out by Veronica.…
Raleigh, NC — Police have arrested a man and his wife after a woman who went missing in North Carolina was found dismembered in a Texas creek.
Laura Ackerson was last scene on July 13 dropping her two young boy off at their father’s Raleigh apartment. She was to pick them up two days later but her ex, 32-year-old Grant Hayes, says she never showed up at the planned meeting spot. The following day a co-worker of Ackerson’s reported her missing when she did not show up for work.
Police would find her vehicle a a few days later, parked near where Hayes currently resides, at an apartment complex she, Hayes and their kids used to live a year earlier. She and Hayes have been involved in a year long custody battle regarding their two boys.
In June, a judge granted Hayes temporary custody of the two boys because Ackerson was unemployed at that time and living with Hayes’ parents.…
Port St. Lucie, FL — According to a police report released Wednesday, Tyler Hadley, the teen accused of beating his parents to death with a hammer, told a friend about the brutal attacks at the party he threw the night of the murders.
The friend, identified as “MM,” told police Hadley called him early Saturday and talked of killing his parents. M assumed it was nothing but an empty threat as Hadley had spoke of killing his folks numerous times in the past. Later that day, M told police, Hadley made the same threat again.
At the party that evening, M said Hadley asked to speak to him in private – he then confessed to the murders. When M wasn’t convinced, Hadley pointed to his parents’ vehicles, still parked in the driveway. When that didn’t convince M, Hadley reportedly pointed out a bloody footprint in the garage. When that failed to convince his friend, Hadley then led the teen to his parents’ bedroom. It all fell into place when M looked in the bedroom and saw the elder Hadley’s legs buried beneath a pile of household items.…
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — On June 2, a guest at the Capitol Motel went to the manager and complained about an awful smell in her room. Employees searched for the source of the smell and found it was emanating from the corpse of 26-year-old Jessica Irene Jensen.
She had been stabbed to death and stuffed under the mattress five days earlier.
After police found that Thomas Kumalac, 28, had previously rented the room and had checked out a few days earlier, they released his name to the media as a person they would like to talk to.
On June 2, after seeing Kumalac’s name on the news, the estranged husband of Kumalac’s new girlfriend handed police some very interesting Facebook messages. The messages detailed both her and Kumalac’s involvement in Jensen’s murder.
Acting on a tip that same night, detectives stopped a bus and apprehended Kumalac and his girlfriend. Kumulac would admit to murdering Jensen in the hotel room and hiding her body between the wooden frame and the mattress.…
Port St. Lucie, FL — Tyler Hadley, 17, is behind bars after police say he hammered his parents to death and partied with his friends as their bodies stiffened in their bedroom.
From what I gather, at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Tyler posted an invitation on his Facebook, inviting 40-60 friends to a party at his house later that evening. A neighbor later told police Hadley’s parents, Blake and Mary Jo Hadley, refused to let the teen have a party. And for that, they were reportedly beaten to death with a 22-inch framing hammer.
After beating the pair about the head and torso, Tyler dragged them into the master bedroom and covered their bodies in a pile of books, files and towels. Authorities suspect Tyler killed his mother first. No idea where dad was while mom was being hammered, but I sure would like to know how Tyler managed ’em both. With the pesky ‘rents out of the way, Tyler was free to break out the Chex Mix and get his freak on.…
Kitty Hawk, NC — A teenage girl who had been a part of a nationwide alert has been found dead inside the trunk of a car owned by a 19-year-old childhood friend of the victim who has been arrested and charged with her murder.
Police in Kitty Hawk, N.C. had put out a nationwide alert for Enrico Mascaro (mugshot) and 18-year-old Danielle Dennis-Towne after finding what they believed to be a possible homicide scene that included a weapon, shoes and other items.
Police were able to track Mascaro’s cell phone and locate his car parked in the small town of Clifton Forge, Virginia. Police watched the car for about an hour until Mascaro showed up and was apprehended. When police popped the trunk, they found Danielle’s body inside.
Dennis-Towne had been in North Carolina visiting relatives when she and Mascaro went missing. Not a lot of details regarding the actual crime other than that. I’d really like some background on where the crime scene was located and how police were alerted to it in the first place.…
Stafford, Va. – Remember Ashleigh Dye? She’s the 17-year-old chick I posted about last week who was charged with murdering her mother during some kind of domestic altercation. Well it looks like my comment of about a guy being involved was 100 percent correct after the teen’s boyfriend was also arrested and charged.
For those of you who aren’t aware of this story, and cannot click links, Brenda Dye, 62, was found dead inside her home sometime around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. She was found by her husband and son in one of the home’s bathrooms where she had been shot in the upper torso with a shotgun. Ashleigh, her daughter, was quickly picked up and charged with committing the murder.
Details from court records reveal that the house had been rummaged through with papers, medications and other items having been tossed around in multiple rooms. One affidavit states Ashleigh admitting to detectives that she shot her mother and then left in her mother’s vehicle.
Ashleigh’s 18-year-old boyfriend, Eddie Wayne Chewning, was charged with being an accessory before the fact of first-degree murder and being an accessory before the fact of using a firearm in the commission of a felony because, according to the affidavits, Ashleigh reportedly texted him before and after murdering her mother.…
Bushnell, Florida — A little over two years after we first posted about the couple whose little girl was killed by the family’s pet python, the couple were on trial fighting murder charges.
Yesterday they were found guilty on all counts against them. It took a jury less than two hours to find Jaren Hare, 21, and Charles “Jason” Darnell, 31, guilty of manslaughter, third-degree murder and child neglect.
The couple were charged after they woke up one morning in 2009 to find that their 8-foot long python named Gypsy had gotten out of its tank and was firmly fastened to 2-year-old Shaiuanna Hare’s head.
Darnell was able to get the snake off of her by stabbing it multiple times, but it was too late, the girl had been strangled to death. It would later be reported that the snake had not been fed in a month, that the tank it was being kept in was inadequate and that Gypsy had escaped from it on multiple occasions — including earlier the day the little girl was killed.…
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — You just can’t keep a good psycho down it seems. Travis Forbes, 33, is a suspect in the disappearance of 19-year-old Kenia Monge who went missing back in April. Now he is in jail after police say he sexually assaulted a woman before attempting to kill her.
Forbes had been in jail on unrelated vehicle theft charges but was released when those charges were dropped. Six days later police say Forbes physically assaulted a 30-year-old woman inside her apartment. The woman escaped by jumping from a second-story bedroom window after Forbes intentionally set the place on fire.
He was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder, sex assault, assault, arson and aggravated motor vehicle theft. Hopefully police can keep him behind bars where they wanted him, as they are pretty sure he has murdered Monge.
Monge disappeared April 1 after leaving a Denver nightclub, leaving behind her purse and cell phone. Forbes has admitted he gave Monge, who he claims was drunk, a ride to a Denver gas station where he says she left with another man.…
WAYNE COUNTY, Indiana — I was just about to write up the lame story regarding EquuSearch suing Casey Anthony when I noticed a much more interesting story in a sidebar. A woman in Indiana has been charged with murder after admitting to burning her father alive.
Court records show 30-year-old Nina Holbrook intentionally set her 50-year-old father on fire and admitted to doing it. She told investigators that she called Carl Holbrook to her bedroom where she splashed a cup of camper fuel into his face, then shoved a lit candle into his chest. After setting her father on fire, she climbed out her bedroom window, crossed a field and began walking down the road.
A person who was to meet Carl at the house found him with most of his clothes burned off and suffering burns to most of his body. He would be taken to the hospital, but would later die from his injuries. Carl was able to tell people that it was his daughter who set him on fire, but it really wasn’t necessary.…
Houston, TX —Back in April I posted a story about Edward and Edwin Berndt, 48-year-old twin brothers who were charged with murder after living with their mother’s corpse for several months. Yesterday a Harris County grand jury refused to indict the brothers.
For those of you too lazy to click a link to one of my fabulous stories, 88-year-old Sybil Berndt fell inside her home where she lived with her two boys. Her husband had died fiver years earlier and her kids were each a few cans short of a six-pack after being born oxygen-deprived. So after she fell, the boys didn’t know what to do and just left her lying there.
It took three days, but one day after her 89th birthday, Sybil finally died. The brothers then lived with her corpse for several months until a welfare check revealed her fate and Edward and Edwin were both charged with murder. Some analyst argued the boys were so mentally disabled that they should never have been charged in the first place.…
LIGONIER, Pa. — Police have arrested a man after they say he shot a man to death in a bar after the victim refused to change the television channel.
Donald Holler, 65, was holding the remote to the television at Fat Daddy’s Place on Monday evening. When a news story came on talking about the war in Iraq, 40-year-old Stephen Fromholz, an army veteran, asked him to change the channel. An argument erupted between the two men when Holler refused.
Fromholz reportedly left the bar and retrieved a semi-automatic rifle from his vehicle. Witnesses say he staggered back inside and opened fire, shooting Holler once in the back. Two other patrons grabbed the gun and detained Fromholz until police arrived.
Holler was pronounced dead at the scene and Fromholz allegedly told the arresting officer’s he shot Holler and asked them to kill him. They didn’t oblige and arrested him instead. Fromholz is being held without bail on one count of criminal homicide.…
RENTON, Wash. – Police have arrested a man and charged him with the murder of a teen who went missing nearly a year ago.
Kathy Chou, 19, left her home on April 18, 2010 and was never heard from again. Friends and family stated she had learning disabilities and was very naive. Police conducted searches and interviewed friends, but the case had gone cold with no leads as to her whereabouts. That is until June 23, a little over a year since Chou was last seen, when a man came to police and told them he was pretty sure he knew what had happened to the teen.
He said that on the night she vanished her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Ezekiel J. Watkins, came to his home with dirt and blood on his clothes. Watkins had been interviewed by police before, as he had dated Chou after meeting over the Internet, but he claimed they had broken up months ago. He also had an alibi in the form of a friend who told police on the night Chou went missing, Watkins was at his home.…
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — A jury proved me wrong today when they sentenced Jerome Ersland to life in prison with chance of parole. The Oklahoma pharmacist was charged with first-degree murder after killing a teen who tried to rob the pharmacy he worked at, and I stated I didn’t think a jury would convict him of it.
Jerome Ersland, 59, was working at the Reliable Discount pharmacy back in 2009 when Antwun Parker, 16, and an accomplice entered and tried to pull off an armed robbery. Ersland responded to their demands for money at gunpoint by pulling out a handgun of his own and shooting Parker in the head.
At this point in the story most feel he was justified, including prosecutors. It was what he did next that resulted in him being charged with murder and has people split between calling Ersland a hero or calling him a cold-blooded murderer.
After Parker fell to the floor unconscious, Ersland chased his accomplice out of the store. When Ersland returned, he grabbed a second gun, stood over Parker like Paul Kersey, and fired five more bullets into the teen’s abdomen.…