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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.

Dylann Roof wants to fire his lawyers because they’re not white

Racist mass murderer Dylann Roof wants to fire his lawyers — calling them “political and biological enemies” who can’t be trusted — because one is Jewish and the other is Indian.

The convicted Charleston church shooter filed a handwritten request with the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday from death row to have his appointed attorneys replaced on account of their ethnicity, The State newspaper reports.

“My two currently appointed attorneys, Alexandra Yates and Sapna Mirchandani, are Jewish and Indian, respectively. It is therefore quite literally impossible that they and I could have the same interests relating to my case,” Roof explained in his motion.

“Trust is a vital component in an attorney client relationship, and is important to the effectiveness of the defense,” he said. “Because of my political views, which are arguably religious, it will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political

Read more at: http://nypost.com/2017/09/18/dylann-roof-wants-to-fire-his-lawyers-because-theyre-not-white/

Fundraiser held for family of accused mass murderer | News | WKZO

KALAMAZOO (WKZO AM/FM) —  Kalamazoo is a remarkably forgiving and supportive community, traits that have been tested and demonstrated by the mass shooting, and the bicycle tragedy, and most recently when five teens died in a fiery crash in Comstock Township. 

It was demonstrated again over the weekend when a fundraiser was held for the family of Jason Dalton, the suspected gunman in last year’s mass shooting.

Carol Dalton filed for divorce shortly after.   The event held at Comstock High included a silent auction and the sale of other goods. 

The proceeds are intended to help his wife and two children get back on their feet.

Organizer Ashley Bilyk says Dalton’s family members are victims too, in their own way.  

 She has also organized and conducted a fundraiser for Abigail Kopf, one of Dalton’s victims.

 

 

Read more at: http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2017/sep/17/fundraiser-held-for-family-of-accused-mass-murderer/

Fundraiser held for family of accused mass murderer

KALAMAZOO (WKZO AM/FM) —  Kalamazoo is a remarkably forgiving and supportive community, traits that have been tested and demonstrated by the mass shooting, and the bicycle tragedy, and most recently when five teens died in a fiery crash in Comstock Township. 

It was demonstrated again over the weekend when a fundraiser was held for the family of Jason Dalton, the suspected gunman in last year’s mass shooting.

Carol Dalton filed for divorce shortly after.   The event held at Comstock High included a silent auction and the sale of other goods. 

The proceeds are intended to help his wife and two children get back on their feet.

Organizer Ashley Bilyk says Dalton’s family members are victims too, in their own way.  

 She has also organized and conducted a fundraiser for Abigail Kopf, one of Dalton’s victims.

 

 

Read more at: http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2017/sep/17/fundraiser-held-for-family-of-accused-mass-murderer/

Taxpayer cost for mass murderer Scott Dekraai’s case tops $2.5 million

If all goes as expected, the worst mass killer in Orange County history, Scott Dekraai, will be sentenced Friday, Sept. 22, to eight terms of life without parole, one term each for the people he fatally shot in Seal Beach six years ago.

But the sentence comes with a relatively high price tag after a judge rejected the death penalty and concluded local prosecutors and sheriff’s deputies had engaged in misconduct, according to records and interviews.

As of Sept. 6, the Dekraai case has cost taxpayers at least $2.5 million, according to an analysis by the Southern California News Group. That estimate would make the case more than twice as expensive as an average death penalty case – $1.08 million – from the date of arrest to sentencing, according to a 2011 study by a Loyola Law School professor and a senior federal appellate court judge.

Fundraiser held for ex-wife of Kzoo mass shooting suspect …

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A fundraiser was held Saturday for the ex-wife and kids of accused Kalamazoo mass shooter, Jason Dalton.

A silent auction and vendor show was held at Comstock High School, with the proceeds going to Carole Dalton and her two kids.

She filed for divorce just days after the shooting spree in February of 2016.

Ashley Bilyk organized Saturday’s fundraiser. She put on a similar event for shooting survivor Abbie Kopf earlier this year.

Bilyk said Carole and her kids have had to start over and start a new life.

“We want to provide them that cushion, that security

Read more at: http://woodtv.com/2017/09/16/fundraiser-held-for-ex-wife-of-kzoo-mass-shooting-suspect/

Fundraiser held for ex-wife of Kzoo mass shooting suspect

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A fundraiser was held Saturday for the ex-wife and kids of accused Kalamazoo mass shooter, Jason Dalton.

A silent auction and vendor show was held at Comstock High School, with the proceeds going to Carole Dalton and her two kids.

She filed for divorce just days after the shooting spree in February of 2016.

Ashley Bilyk organized Saturday’s fundraiser. She put on a similar event for shooting survivor Abbie Kopf earlier this year.

Bilyk said Carole and her kids have had to start over and start a new life.

“We want to provide them that cushion, that security

Read more at: http://woodtv.com/2017/09/16/fundraiser-held-for-ex-wife-of-kzoo-mass-shooting-suspect/

Christopher Columbus, the murderer

Recently, a Facebook friend posted the link to a Los Angeles Times article that reported that the Los Angeles city council has decided to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. Columbus Day, a public holiday across the United States, is celebrated on the second Monday of October every year.

Christopher Columbus, of course, was the Italian explorer who set off to find a sea route to India, landed in the Bahamas in 1492, and believed that he had reached his destination. His fundamental working principle was correct—that, since the world is round, if you keep sailing west from Europe, you will reach India, but he had no clue that the vast landmass of the Americas lay in between.

Columbus is generally remembered today as a great adventurer, a master sailor and a tenacious and passionate entrepreneur—he lobbied various European kings to fund his voyage for five years, before the Spanish Crown

Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Sundayapp/23nihEItoCYOAdHZ0y7JxK/Christopher-Columbus-the-murderer.html

The Revolution in Syria Against Assad Has Failed. For Now

This article first appeared on the Atlantic Council site.

From the perspective of September 2017, it seems that all the wrong people are celebrating the state of affairs in Syria: Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin, and Ali Khamenei top the list.

The first has inflicted mass homicide on defenseless civilians for years without shame or remorse.

The second intervened decisively two years ago, to save a politically useful mass murderer from military defeat.

The third complemented the second by introducing more than a hundred-thousand foreign fighters to prop up a client willing to subordinate Syria to Iran and Hezbollah.

All three celebrate the fact that they now dominate militarily some 85 percent of Syria.

Although Assad, Putin, and Khamenei know all too well that their way forward in Syria will be far from easy, each has reason to feel good.

Ridiculed

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/revolution-syria-against-assad-has-failed-now-666184

Mother Of Plano Mass Shooting Victim: "It Was Her Reclaiming Her Life"

Screencap via NBC DFW

She was reclaiming her life. That’s what the parents of Meredith Lane—one of eight people gunned down by Lane’s ex-husband at an NFL watch party she hosted last weekend—have told local reporters back in Texas in the days following the mass shooting. The gathering was to watch the Atlanta Falcons game, followed by the Dallas Cowboys. The gathering that day, including people who had been in her wedding party, was about celebrating a fresh start to Lane’s new life after filing for divorce from her estranged husband, Spencer Hight.

“It was officially ‘out with the old and in with the new,’” Debbie Lane told WFAA on Tuesday. “It was her reclaiming her life, and she was thrilled to be doing that. It was the happiest she’d been in

Read more at: http://deadspin.com/mother-of-plano-mass-shooting-victim-it-was-her-recla-1815147379