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Who Killed These Girls?

From the author of Crossed Over, Who Killed These Girls?: Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders is another masterful account of a horrible crime: the murder of four girls, countless other ruined lives, and the evolving complications of the justice system that frustrated the massive attempts–for twenty-five years now–to find and punish those who committed it.

The facts are brutally straightforward. On December 6, 1991, the naked, bound-and-gagged bodies of the four girls–each one shot in the head–were found in an I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt! shop in Austin, Texas. Grief, shock, and horror spread out from their families and friends to overtake the city itself. Though all branches of law enforcement were brought to bear, the investigation was often misdirected and after eight years only two men (then teenagers) were tried; moreover, their subsequent convictions were eventually overturned, and Austin PD detectives are still working on what is now a very cold case. Over the decades, the story has grown to include DNA technology, false confessions, and other developments facing crime and punishment in contemporary life. But this story belongs to the scores of people involved, and from them Lowry has fashioned a riveting saga that reads like a Russian novel, comprehensive and thoroughly engrossing.

At Texas church where mass shooting occurred, pastor keeps faith through holidays

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy said he turned the radio to his daughter’s favorite Christmas station on Wednesday morning because he knew she would be disappointed if the tragic mass shooting here also killed her family’s holiday spirit.

“It is hard to cope right now,” he told NBC News in an exclusive broadcast interview Wednesday, his voice starting to strain as he wiped a tear from his eye. “But I know Annabelle would have still wanted that Christmas music on. She would want the holidays to proceed — it was her favorite time of the year.”

The hero cop who brought mass murderer’s rampage to an end

A heroic police officer who shot dead and ended the murderous rampage of a mass killer has been honoured by his colleagues.

The family of Alan Nicholls have spoken for the first time about how he shot dead maniac Billy Hughes to end one of the UK’s most notorious crimes – the Pottery Cottage murders.

Hughes stabbed two prison officers in the neck when on the way to court to face charges of GBH and rape in 1977. He fled across Derbyshire until he stumbled on the Pottery Cottages in Eastmoor where over 55 hours he killed four members of the same family, including a young child.

Alan Nicholls - the officer that shot dead murderer Billy Hughes

Alan Nicholls – the officer that shot dead murderer Billy Hughes

Hughes fled in a car with a woman hostage. After a 50-minute long negotiation with her life in the balance,

Read more at: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/hero-cop-who-brought-mass-817240

Ohio man threatened historical mass shooting at Las Vegas casino

An Ohio man is facing federal charges after he allegedly threatened to stage a historic mass shooting at a Las Vegas casino where his estranged wife was employed at the time.

FBI officials said Wei Li, of Cuyahoga Falls, also threatened to carry out a mass shooting at a church with at least 1,000 people in attendance, according to a department release.

Authorities said the 28-year-old suspect made the threats through a series of text messages to his wife sent Nov. 6–9.

“There are 1,000 people in our church,” Li said in one message, according to court documents obtained by Cleveland.com. “I will make the biggest in history.”

The name of the casino has not been released. 

Photo: CUYAHOGA FALLS POLICE

Ohio man threatened historical mass shooting at Las Vegas casino …

An Ohio man is facing federal charges after he allegedly threatened to stage a historic mass shooting at a Las Vegas casino where his estranged wife was employed at the time.

FBI officials said Wei Li, of Cuyahoga Falls, also threatened to carry out a mass shooting at a church with at least 1,000 people in attendance, according to a department release.

Authorities said the 28-year-old suspect made the threats through a series of text messages to his wife sent Nov. 6–9.

“There are 1,000 people in our church,” Li said in one message, according to court documents obtained by Cleveland.com. “I will make the biggest in history.”

The name of the casino has not been released. 

Photo: CUYAHOGA FALLS POLICE

Apple served with warrant for Texas mass killer’s iCloud data

Here we go again: another mass shooting, another killer’s iPhone that police can’t get into, and potentially another legal battle over Apple’s encryption.

Earlier in the month, the FBI announced it couldn’t break into the iPhone of Devin Patrick Kelley, the shooter in the mass murder of 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Now, court records seen by the San Antonio Express-News show that two days after the FBI’s announcement – and its bemoaning of the way Apple’s encryption hampers law enforcement – a Texas Ranger obtained search warrants for data belonging to the Sutherland Springs killer.

One warrant, issued on 9 November, is for files stored on an iPhone SE found near Kelley’s body and on a second LG phone. Another warrant seeks files stored in Kelley’s iCloud account – specifically, phone

Read more at: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/11/22/apple-served-with-warrant-for-texas-mass-killers-icloud-data/

Police show how to counter attempted mass shooting

Be aware. Have a plan.

Those were just two tips Palestine Police Lt. Gabriel Green gave to about 50 people at Monday night’s Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events at the Triple SSS Cowboy Church.

The training came in response to a gunman’s slaughter on Nov. 5 of 26 church members at First Baptist Church of Sutherland in South Texas.

Green told members of the audience – many from area churches – they must be able to respond to a potential deadly event when these “monsters” attack.

Green and Sgt. Jeremy Jenkins showed videos of mass shootings, including the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School shootings, where two students killed 13 people, and the April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech shootings, where a gunman killed 32 people.

Green refused to name the perpetrators, arguing they sought fame, even if it came after their deaths. During Columbine, the two killers, who killed themselves, talked about what movies

Read more at: http://www.palestineherald.com/news/police-show-how-to-counter-attempted-mass-shooting/article_f5cd6cec-cf11-11e7-ac26-b7fb29d59914.html

Local University Student Faces Charges In Connection With Claims Of Mass Shooting Or Bombing

SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) — A John Brown University student is accused of making explosives and threatening to bomb or commit a mass shooting, according to the Siloam Springs Police Department

Police were dispatched to J. Alvin Brown Hall on the John Brown University campus regarding a suicidal student who made references about committing a mass shooting or bombing, according to police.

Timothy Constantin, 20, of Gainesville, Fla., was reportedly found in a dorm room with an AK-47 rifle, a .9mm pistol, a Maverick shotgun, a bullet proof vest, several magazines, ammunition, as well as numerous knives including a machete in his possession. He was arrested Nov. 14 on suspicion of committing criminal acts involving explosives, police stated.

According to court documents, Constantin told police if he wanted to do a mass killing, “he would use explosive devices because they are easy to make, easy to conceal, easy to synchronize, inflict mass chaos and mass

Read more at: http://5newsonline.com/2017/11/21/local-university-student-faces-charges-in-connection-with-claims-of-mass-shooting-or-bombing/

Neighbors Called Sheriff 21 Times To Complain About Tehama Mass Killer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies responded 21 times in the last year to calls involving a Rancho Tehama Reserve man who had been feuding with his neighbors before he committed a shooting rampage last week, killing five people and wounding at least eight others.

The information released Tuesday in response to a public records request details a quickly escalating feud between gunman Kevin Neal and his neighbors in the tiny rural neighborhood of Rancho Tehama Reserve.

Neal’s neighbors, including two of the people killed in the shooting rampage, had called the sheriff’s department at least six times to report that Neal had been firing a gun, sometimes at their homes and cars.

Records show seven calls were initiated by Neal and his wife, Barbara Glisan, often reporting foul odors and neighbors possibly cooking methamphetamine.

Neal screamed out loud that he was going to kill neighbor Danny Elliott and then go to the elementary

Read more at: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/11/21/tehama-mass-killer-had-escalating-feud-with-neighbors/

Q&A: Donations for victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting

Millions of dollars in donations have poured in for the victims of the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival, leaving local officials and national experts to sort how to fairly and quickly distribute the money.

An online fundraiser launched hours after the Oct. 1 shooting has topped $10 million, and millions more have been collected by nonprofits, businesses and others.

Donation amounts have ranged from $5 and $10 anonymous contributions to a $3 million gift from the MGM Resorts International, the owner of the concert venue and the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino, where the gunman perched from a 32nd floor

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/21/q-donations-for-victims-las-vegas-mass-shooting.html

When The Scars Of A Mass Shooting Aren’t Left By Bullets

But a minority of people develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which occurs when the mental and physical responses to danger don’t switch off. These responses, which are normal and often helpful in traumatic situations, linger on and become an intrusive, sometimes intolerable part of daily life. Regular, everyday stimuli can jolt a person back to the day they thought they were going to die, cuing hypervigilance, crying, panic attacks or worse.

Read more at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mass-shooting-survivor-trauma_us_5a0a0848e4b0b17ffcdfa6f5