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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.

Authorities provide update on Las Vegas mass shooting investigation

Read the LVMPD Preliminary Investigative Report here.

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas authorities provided an update Friday on the investigation of October’s mass shooting.

Investigators say they have still not determined why Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from his high-rise hotel suite, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters Friday that investigators believe Paddock acted alone in the Oct. 1 shooting at the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel.

Lombardo says he does not expect charges to be filed against Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who had been previously called a person of interest in the case.

Lombardo said the investigation found that Paddock had possessed child pornography.

Friday’s news conference wase Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo’s first since October 13, when he altered the department’s timeline of the shooting. Lombardo has spoken about the investigation publicly since then in interviews with various media outlets.

The announcement of the news conference came

Read more at: http://fox59.com/2018/01/19/authorities-expected-to-provide-update-on-las-vegas-mass-shooting-investigation/

To catch mass killer, focus on fentanyl shipments

With people across the country dying at the rate of 53 a day from overdoses of fentanyl and similar compounds — now the leading killers in the opioid epidemic — efforts to stop this scourge ought to come from every corner of the federal government.

But even as President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, some agencies have failed to act as if it is one.

Just last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama administration policy on marijuana, signaling that the Justice Department may prosecute people selling or using the drug. Regardless of your views on marijuana, deploying limited federal resources to prosecute pot cases amid a raging opioid epidemic is like telling firefighters to inspect smoke detector batteries in one home while the house next door is engulfed in flames.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service could be doing more to intercept packages of illicit fentanyl coming

Read more at: http://www.harlandaily.com/2018/01/19/to-catch-mass-killer-focus-on-fentanyl-shipments/

Man who sold gun used by Munich mass killer to slay nine people sentenced to 7 years in jail

MUNICH, GERMANY (AFP) – A German court jailed a man for seven years on Friday ( Jan 19) for supplying a pistol to a teenager who killed nine people in a 2016 rampage at a Munich shopping centre.

The court found Philipp Koerber, 33, guilty of nine charges of manslaughter as well as bodily harm and illegal weapons dealing.

At seven years, the sentence comes close to the term called for by prosecutors, who said Koerber shared German-Iranian killer David Ali Sonboly’s extreme far-right views, knew of his plans and bore a share of responsibility for his crimes.

Victims’ relatives had called for an even harsher sentence for aiding and abetting murder.

“The accused is guilty of deliberate illegal arms trading, in concurrence with manslaughter and bodily harm,” judge Frank Zimmer said.

“He is undoubtedly a right-wing radical… a convinced adherent of the Fuehrer of the Third Reich” Adolf Hitler and a “can certainly be

Read more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/man-who-sold-gun-used-by-munich-mass-killer-to-slay-nine-people-sentenced-to-7-years-in

Man who supplied weapon used in Munich mass shooting sentenced to seven years

The man who illegally sold a pistol to an 18-year-old who carried out a mass shooting in Munich in 2016 was sentenced to seven years and two months in prison on Friday.

A Munich court found the 33-year-old man, identified as Philipp K. in line with Germany’s privacy laws, guilty of nine counts of involuntary manslaughter, five counts of involuntary bodily harm, and violating weapons laws. 

Philipp K. sold a gun and ammunition to Iranian-German David S., who went on to kill nine people and then himself in July 2016. Another 27 people were injured in the rampage. 

Read more: In Munich, recovery after shooting comes with frustration

“I would like to express my condolences to the relatives and the survivors — I never wanted that, I am sorry,” Philipp K. said in a closing statement that presiding Judge Frank Zimmer read out in court.

It was the first time that an illegal weapons dealer in Germany was

Read more at: http://www.dw.com/en/man-who-supplied-weapon-used-in-munich-mass-shooting-sentenced-to-seven-years/a-42219253

Man who supplied weapon for Munich mass shooting sentenced to seven years

The man who illegally sold a pistol to an 18-year-old who carried out a mass shooting in Munich in 2016 was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison.

A Munich court found the 33-year-old man, identified as Philipp K. in line with Germany’s privacy laws, guilty of nine counts of involuntary manslaughter, five counts involuntary bodily harm, and violating weapons laws.

Philipp K. sold a gun and ammunition to Iranian-German David S. who went on to kill nine people and then himself in July 2016.  

Read more: In Munich, recovery after shooting comes with frustration

“I would like to express my condolences to the relatives and the survivors — I never wanted that, I am sorry,” Philipp K. said in a closing statement that presiding Judge Frank Zimmer read out in court.

It was the first time that an illegal weapons dealer in Germany was found to be partly responsible for an act that he did

Read more at: http://www.dw.com/en/man-who-supplied-weapon-for-munich-mass-shooting-sentenced-to-seven-years/a-42219253

Controversial drama about Gianni Versace murder hits the small screen

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” is the second edition of a crime story franchise whose first iteration won rave reviews and a bevy of awards for revisiting the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial.

The latest nine-episode series begins airing on television network FX late Wednesday, before being released on demand in Europe later this week. Like “The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” which won two Golden Globes and nine Emmy Awards, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” is a 1990s celebrity crime story, uniting fame and wealth with the darker underbelly of human nature.

Like “The People,” which spun a larger narrative of racial tension between black and white Americans, “The Assassination” paints a wider portrait of gay life in America in the 1990s, prejudice, hostility and bigotry.

Versace is played by Venezuelan heartthrob Edgar Ramirez, Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz is Donatella — the hard-headed sister who took over the label after her

Read more at: https://www.thelocal.it/20180119/controversial-drama-gianni-versace-murder-small-screen

Did Thor: Ragnarok Turn Hulk Into A Mass Murderer?

Thor: Ragnarok was a fun, fast-paced, dynamic superhero film that restored the mighty Thor to greatness, but it may have also given us an incredible Hulk bent on murder. Wait. What? Did you and I see the same movie? I’m dead serious.

You’ll recall that at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron a sadful Hulk — unable to control his rage — fled the scene in a Stark Quinjet, headed for parts unknown. Sometime later he appeared on the backwater planet of Sakaar, where he was (somehow) tossed into a gladiator pit. Jeff Goldblum’s maniacal Grandmaster pitted the green goliath against all comers (although we do not see any of his previous bouts). Hulk not only survived, he prospered and became the face of the Grandmaster’s endless tournament.

Related – Mark Ruffalo Thought Thor: Ragnarok’s Version Of Thor And Hulk Could Break

Read more at: https://lrmonline.com/news/did-thor-ragnarok-turn-hulk-into-a-mass-murderer/

Ariz. Spree Killer Murdered Mom, Stepfather and 7 More in 2017, Police Claim

Phoenix police say they have linked the slayings of nine people to a 35-year-old man who has been behind bars since Dec. 17, when he was arrested for allegedly murdering his mother and stepfather.

Cleophus Cooksey Jr. has been described as a suspected serial killer by investigators, who claim they have uncovered evidence tying him to as many as seven other unsolved homicides over less than a month, PEOPLE confirms.

His mother, 56-year-old Rene Cooksey, and his stepfather, Edward Nunn, 54, were fatally shot on Dec. 17.

Authorities also alleged that Cleophus killed Andrew Remillard and Parker Gregory Smith, who were shot to death on Nov. 27, and Salim Richards, who was killed five days later.

What’s more, investigators suspect he was behind the Dec. 11, shooting death of his ex-girlfriend’s brother Jesus Bonifacio Real, the Dec. 13 killing of LaTorrie Beckford and, two days later, the slaying of Kris Cameron.

A day before he

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/suspected-serial-killer-arrested-nine-murders-phoenix-arizona/