Katelynn Arnold’s aunt became concerned when she did not return home from a bicycle ride around the neighborhood on Thursday and started looking for her. She did not find her with any of the friends she normally played with and returned home to find the girl in the backyard, hanged from a tree with an old tire swing rope.
Rescuers removed the girl from the tree and rushed her to the hospital where she would be pronounced dead. An autopsy would show cause of death to be ligature strangulation. Investigators would immediately call the death “very suspicious” but would not say why. That is until early the next day when they arrested Katelynn’s 14-year-old half-brother and charged him with murder.
The teen has admitted to police that he killed the girl by hanging her from the tree and has provided them with a motive that they have yet to reveal to the public.…Continue Reading
According to witnesses, Michael Sadler had just cashed a check at the Asher One stop convenience store Thursday, when 14-year-old Michael “Lil Flip” Stanley rode by on his bike and jacked his wallet before pedaling down the street.
Incensed, Sadler hopped into his mini-van and gave chase, jumping the curb and tearing through several yards before finally mowing the kid down in a vacant lot.
Once the kid was immobilized, Sadler reportedly dragged him out from underneath the van and began beating the holy hell out of him. One witness told police Sadler even tore the kid’s clothing off in an attempt to find the wallet.
“He ran over him than pulled him out from under the van and started beating him up and choking him. That’s what I saw.” said witness Dewayne Turner. ”He [Stanley] is well loved; you know kids are going to be kids.…Continue Reading
A security guard at a Motel 6 contacted police to report he had heard a loud argument going on between a man and women in one of the motel’s third-floor rooms. He told them that when he went to investigate, he witnessed Cristal Richardson walking down the hall naked and covered in blood.
Responding police were let into the room by the motel manager, and there they found the dead body of 34-year-old Cedric Owens. According to the medical report, Owens had suffered, “multiple stab wounds to his upper body, his throat was cut and there was traumatic amputation of the penis and scrotum.”
Richardson was treated at the hospital for minor, offensive injuries to her hands before being booked on a charge of murder with bond set at $200,000.
The two were casual acquaintances who both have criminal records that include assault and drug related convictions. Richardson’s attorney said she had simply acted in self-defense.…Continue Reading
WINTER PARK, Fla. — Police have announced they have a suspect in custody in connection to the execution style murders of two teenagers whose bodies were found burning alongside a popular walking trail.
Last month, some bicyclist riding along the Cady Way Trail found the burning bodies of 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart, best friends who both attended Winter Park High School.
It is now being revealed that police have a suspect and have had him in custody since two days after the boys were found. His name is Jessie Davis and it may come as a shock, judging by his picture, but the 30-year-old is an alleged drug dealer with a lengthy criminal history. He also lives one mile from where the murders occurred.
Davis was arrested on April 17 on charges of violation of probation, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery. These charges are not related to the deaths of Presha and Stewart.…Continue Reading
The proverbial sh*t apparently hit the fan shortly after a verbal confrontation between Whaley, his grandmother, 69-year-old Barbara Denmark, and another relative as the family was preparing to return home from a mini-vacation in Daytona Beach.
“Chris is exceptionally angry because he’s been forced to come home and couldn’t stay with new best friends,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “So angry that he decided to kill his grandma who he’d been living with for the last five years.”
Family members told police that Whaley lived with Denmark for the last five years because, due to his “mischievous” behavior, she was the only one that would take him in. Shocking.
Anyway, upon his return home, Whaley began plotting. He decided to off grandma first, then figured he’d head on over to the aunt’s house and kill her, too.
With a knife in each hand, Whaley allegedly entered his grandmother’s bathroom and proceeded to slash and stab, leaving the woman with nearly 25 stab wounds.…Continue Reading
In January 2010, Barnes traveled from North Carolina to visit her half-sister in Baltimore during Christmas break. She disappeared from her sister’s apartment complex on Dec 28 shortly after leaving to get something to eat. On April of 2011, her dead body was found floating in the Susquehanna River.
On Wednesday, police arrested Michael Johnson, the ex-boyfriend of Barnes’ older sister and the last person to see her alive. Johnson had been questioned several times during the investigation and was asked to provide a DNA sample. He dated Barnes’s sister for over 10 years, according to Barnes’ father.
This arrest comes on the heels of the lead investigator, Detective Daniel T. Nicholson IV, being suspended after being accused of using his position to investigate his own daughter’s disappearance last weekend. She was eventually found safe, but an investigation was launched into whether or not Nicholson improperly used departmental resources in his search.
Johnson’s lawyer, Russell Neverdon, hinted that this arrest is simply an attempt to salvage the credibility of the case following Nicholson’s suspension.…Continue Reading
Puyallup, WA – A Washington state man faces more than 25 years in prison after being found guilty of murdering a female roommate and then concealing the crime. He was also found guilty of an additional charge related to his “kissing” the genitals of the victim before burying her in a shallow grave.
On September 12, 2011, the ex-wife of Kelly Merz, 51, walked into the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department precinct to report that Merz had just called her and confessed to killing 33-year-old Cori Lewis. An investigation followed.
According to a prosecutor’s press release, in August 2011, the victim, 33-year-old Cori Lewis began renting a bedroom in Merz’ two-bedroom apartment with a friend. After “tension among the roommates,” Lewis and her friend were given an eviction notice by Merz. This reportedly lead to an argument between Merz and Lewis that “turned violent.” In his interview, Merz reportedly told investigators that, during the altercation, he, “tried unsuccessfully to break her neck.” According to prosecutors, “intent on killing Cori, he pinned her to the floor, pulled a .380 handgun from his back pocket, placed the muzzle to her head and fired once,” killing her.…Continue Reading
SAO PAULO, Brazil – Police have arrested three people who have confessed to murdering two women, eating parts of their bodies and then using their remains to make meat pies sold to neighbors, schools and hospitals.
Police were first alerted to 51-year-old Jorge “Sweeney Todd” Negroponte, his wife, Cristina da Silveira, and his mistress, Bruna da Silva, after they used the credit card of a missing woman.
According to reports, a 5-year-old girl living with the suspects showed police where the remains of two missing women, Alexandra Falcao, 20, and Gisele da Silva, 30, could be found buried in the backyard of the house.
After the three were picked up by police, they confessed to their crimes. They told police they were part of a cult they created called ”Cartel” that seeks to purify the world and reduce the population. They planned on doing this by killing three people a year. A spirit helped choose their victims for them, pointing out people who were bad. They would then lure the mark to their home by offering them a job as a nanny.…Continue Reading
Brooklyn, OH - An Ohio father was killed by police after shooting and killing his wife and daughter – and critically wounded a second daughter – during the murdered daughter’s birthday party at Cracker Barrel. This after the wife told him that she was divorcing him.
According to police records, on Thursday evening Katherina (Kate) Allen, 42, brought her daughters Kerri and Kayla, both 10, to Cracker Barrel to celebrate Kerri’s birthday with their father Kevin Allen, 51,. Because of an “incident” that had occurred Easter Sunday, Kate Allen had left the family home with the girls to stay with a family friend. Kevin Allen arrived to the restaurant separately.
During the course of the dinner, Kate Allen reportedly called police saying she had just told her husband she wanted to end their marriage and that he had left the restaurant and was circling the parking lot. She added that she feared ‘he might become violent.’
Her fears were not unfounded. Three minutes later, Kevin Allen would walk back into Cracker Barrel carrying a loaded shotgun.…Continue Reading
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Rayshawn Laster pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his mother in the head last December, admitted doing so in a text to a neighbor and then provided updates on Facebook while on the run from police.
On December 30, police received a call from 49-year-old Brenda Laster-Taylor in regards to an argument she was having with her 26-year-old son, a known gang member. Laster had already fled the premises by time the officers arrived, but returned around 7:30 p.m. and shot his mother in the head while she talked on her cell phone.
He immediately admitted to shooting his mother in a text message to a neighbor that read, “i killed brenda.” After failing to carjack a man outside of a bar, he posted as series of status updates on Facebook using a cell phone.
“To all my solids n my real friends. Forever hustlin. Even after death. Solid 4 life,” one read. At around 9 p.m. an update stated, “I’m sorry for nothing. My journey has come to an end.”
At 10:20 p.m.…Continue Reading
MONROE, Wash. – Last year we reported on the heinous murder of Jayme Biendl, the 34-year-old prison guard at the Monroe Correctional Complex, who was murdered in the prison chapel by inmate Byron Scherf. His videotaped confession has been made public, one in which he explains why and how he killed Biendl.
Scherf was serving a life sentence for rape and assault when he was noticed missing during a head count last year. He was eventually found sitting in the prison’s chapel where he often volunteered, suffering from scratches and bite marks to his arms and hands.
He explained he had been attacked by a pack of Mexicans and had fallen asleep in the chapel. It was an hour later, while Scherf was being questioned in the shift lieutenant’s office, that Biendl’s body would be discovered inside the chapel. She had been strangled to death with an amplifier cord.
Scherf would be charged with Beindl’s murder and the prison would suffer some fallout in regards to Biendl’s fellow employees trying to cover their incompetence, and even some changes that improved worker safety.…Continue Reading
Providence, RI – Police have confirmed that the body found in a backyard storage shed of a home in Rhode Island does belong to the autistic teen who went missing in Massachusetts last month.
Joseph Webster, 19, was last seen at a Motel 6 on March 13. His family became increasingly worried when the teen never returned home because he had never stayed out overnight before.
He also suffered from mild autism and severe diabetes that required him to take insulin every eight hours. Even more distressing was the fact that Webster did not have enough insulin with him to survive the length of time he had been missing.
Police would eventually arrest 19-year-old James Howze and 22-year-old Lara Corey in connection to the teen’s disappearance, accusing the pair of assaulting Webster and stealing his car.
Corey had been staying in Room 214 at the Motel 6 where Webster was last seen and at the time he vanished. Prosecutors said blood and a shovel were found at the hotel and Howze had tried selling Webster’s car in Rhode Island.…Continue Reading
On Wednesday, 19-year-old Brian Douglas White entered the home of his ex-girlfriend, 17-year-old Desiree Staperfene, and used an axe to kill her mother, 46-year-old Angela Kim Staperfene, as well as Desiree’s new boyfriend, 19-year-old Jacob Lee Burns. Both would die from multiple axe wounds to the head.
Reportedly, Desiree was forced to watch as her mother and boyfriend were murdered. She was injured during the attack, but the Stevenson High School senior was able to flee the home and call 911. When police arrived on the scene, they found White dead after having blown his brains out.
Desiree was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released from the hospital. Friends say White recently confronted Desiree at school and say his controlling nature is the reason she recently broke up with him.
Anchorage, Alaska – Police are pretty positive the body recovered from an Alaska lake yesterday belongs to 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who went missing in February, and they have a suspect in custody.
Koenig disappeared while working as a barista at a coffee stand in Anchorage. When her boyfriend arrived to pick her up, she was not there and the Common Grounds stand had been locked up. A co-worker arrived the next morning to find the security alarm had not been set, money was missing and some of Koenig’s belongings were still in the stand.
A check of surveillance video would solve part of the mystery, as a man wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap can be seen forcing Koenig to accompany him. Based on Koenig’s demeanor and the man’s actions, detectives stated there was no doubt she had been abducted.
After months of few leads or information being released to the press, police in Texas arrested 34-year-old Israel “Izzy” Keyes in connection to Koenig’s disappearance. Keyes is a self-employed contractor whose website states he moved to Alaska in 2007 to start his own business.…Continue Reading
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The 33-year-old woman accused of murdering her aunt’s boyfriend and her grandmother, beat the odds and was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
On Feb. 6 2009, Kern drove from her home in Georgia to her father’s home in Florida where she broke in and stole some items, including a .357 magnum. From there she would drive to her aunt’s house where she shot and killed her aunt’s boyfriend, William Chapman. Afterwards, she drove to her grandmother’s house where she stabbed and beat her grandmother to death with a tire iron.
After she was arrested, she told police she was Jesus and that her father was the devil — which also sounds oddly like an average phone conversation with Jaded. But this was no ploy at acting nuts. While in her 20s, Kern was diagnosed as bipolar and schizophrenic. Her lawyers say she never got the proper psychiatric treatment she needed.
Amy Kern was facing two first-degree murder charges but on Monday, after psychiatrists concluded that Kern was insane when she committed the killings, Judge Jeffrey Colbath accepted a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.…Continue Reading
Dallas, TX – This is one of those horrendous child abuse stories that keep me from typing up another child abuse story for a week or so. But if you are looking to hate anyone today, I give you Aaron and Elizabeth Ramsey, a Texas couple who admitted to starving a 10-year-old boy to death.
Police began looking into the disappearance of Jonathan Ramsey after the child’s grandfather contacted them last week, concerned that the boy had not been seen since January 2011 and the boy’s father was giving him different reasons why.
After being questioned by police, 34-year-old Aaron and 31-year-old Elizabeth would finally admit that the boy was dead and that Aaron had disposed of his body in an unknown location. But an affidavit has been released that details exactly how the boy was killed and the details are absolutely sickening.
According to Elizabeth Ramsey, who is the boy’s stepmother, they began starving the boy in March 2011 after the boy punched her in the stomach while pregnant with triplets, supposedly causing her to lose the babies.…Continue Reading
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Here’s a depressing one out of Utah where a woman has been charged with murdering her 18-year-old daughter while allegedly botching a suicide pact.
On March 21, 52-year-old Mary Ethyl Hansen drove to a neighbor’s home to tell them she had shot her daughter and asked if they could call 911.
When police arrived at Hansen’s home, they found her suffering from a non-fatal, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. In one of the bedrooms they found the dead body of Hansen’s daughter, Virginia Ray Hansen. She had been shot twice in the head.
Hansen told officials that she and her daughter suffered from mental illness and wanted to die. She had just failed to honor her end of the agreement they supposedly made.
A friend of the family said that Hansen was living on Social Security benefits, had fibromyalgia and was having financial difficulties. her daughter had few friends and took online courses instead of going to school. According to the friend, the Hansen and her daughter spent most of their time together inside the house and rarely went out.…Continue Reading
Phoenix, AZ - Jaded first reported on 35-year-old Angela Simpson back in 2009 when she was accused of torturing and murdering 46-year-old Terry Neely, a disabled man that had been missing for three days. Simpson would eventually make a callous jailhouse confession and has now pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.
Neely had been last seen after he left an assisted-care facility in his wheelchair. During her jailhouse confessions, Simpson admitted she lured the man to her apartment.
“I killed Terry by deceptively luring him to apartment 201. Sitting him down and beating him with various objects until he was unconscious and then I slit his throat. How long did I beat him? 45 minutes…an hour…well I killed him and cut him up,” Simpson admitted.
Police say she did a lot more than just beat the man. Simpson also pulled out Neely’s teeth, stabbed him close to 50 times, drove a nail into his head, bashed him with a tire iron, and strangled him.
She told police that after Neely was dead, she partied a bit before chopping him up.…Continue Reading
Rolla, MO - Well, praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. A Phelps County jury has recommended the death penalty for Christopher Collings, who killed nine-year-old Rowan Ford in 2007. Yesterday at 6:17 p.m., the jury returned the verdict after forty-eight minutes of deliberation. Can I get an amen up in here?
Rowan Damia Ford was a sweet nine-year-old who made As and Bs in school even though sometimes her teachers had to make sure she ate. She helped with the Angel Food ministry at her church, and often arrived there hours early on Sunday, even though nobody else in her house went. She was happy on her bike, riding around town. She liked Disney princesses, spaghetti and the color purple. Rowan was 3’11″ tall and weighed 62 pounds, with long, wavy brown hair, big brown eyes, and freckles across her nose. Rowan did not need to die.
It won’t help us to go over the details of the brutal rape and the strangulation that ended Rowan’s life. It’s enough to know that she would likely have bled to death, but instead she got a cord around her neck and a horrific end in a dirty trailer. Rowan was found dumped into a hole that led to a cave, half naked, because Collings and Rowan’s own stepfather, David Spears, are the worst kind of pedophile baby-killers imaginable.…Continue Reading
Rolla, MO – Remember Rowan Ford? If you don’t, maybe you haven’t been here in awhile. Or maybe it’s been so long since the nine-year-old’s murder in 2007 that you forgot. I’d forgive you if you blocked it out from trauma – Rowan’s murder was heinous.
Long story short, Chris Collings (who is 6’6″) and Rowan’s stepdad David Spears (who’s six feet wide, give or take) thought it would be really fun to pull a train on a nine year old girl. Then one or both of the men garroted Rowan with a cord and dumped her body down a cave entrance, where she laid half-clothed and decomposing for nearly a week. Nice, huh? NO.
Collings has admitted to abducting Rowan from her bed and taking her to a trailer, where he raped and killed the child. Spears has also admitted to raping and killing Rowan, which is a slick strategy if you like defense maneuvers for later appeals.
This week, a Phelps County jury finally convicted Christopher Collings of first-degree murder for killing Rowan during the commission of statutory rape.…Continue Reading