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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.

George Brauchler says he will bring Aurora theater shooter back to Colorado

DENVER — George Brauchler, a Republican candidate for Colorado governor, says he will bring the Aurora theater shooter back to Colorado if he is elected governor in 2018.

Brauchler tweeted the message out on Friday morning.

“As Governor, I will return Aurora theater shooting mass murderer back to CO to serve his sentence here, where he committed his evil crime,” the current District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District of Colorado tweeted.

Thursday marked five years since the horrific shooting that left 12 innocent people dead and 70 others injured during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20, 2012.

Almost all of the 12 victims were young — including a 6-year-old girl who had just learned

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Alleged murderer’s competency called into question in Collier co …

A man accused of killing his wife and five children told a Collier County judge Friday that he wants to plead guilty and be executed.

Mesac Damas is charged with the murders of his wife and five children.

In court Friday, Damas wouldn’t answer the judge’s questions, and instead told the judge he wanted to plead guilty and get it over with.

“I would like to represent myself. I would like these two gentlemen to be removed from the case, and I would like to plead guilty now,” Damas said.

He’s asked multiple times to fire his attorneys and said he wants to face the death penalty — but neither of those things happened in the courtroom.

After Damas refused to answer some of the questions that were asked of him, the judge ordered another competency evaluation. He’s unsure that Damas is competent to represent himself.

Two more doctors will evaluate him, a process that’s been done multiple times since

Read more at: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/35939172/watch-live-colliers-most-gruesome-murder-case-could-be-over-today

Alleged murderer’s competency called into question in Collier court

Collier County’s most gruesome murder case is coming to a close. Accused mass murderer, Mesac Damas, said he wants to plead guilty and be executed.

He’s the man charged with the murders of his wife and five children.

It seemed like Damas had an agenda in court on Friday. He wouldn’t answer the judge’s questions, and instead told the judge he wanted to plead guilty and get it over with.

“I would like to represent myself. I would like these two gentlemen to be removed from the case, and I would like to plead guilty now,” Damas said in a court hearing.

He’s asked multiple times to fire his attorneys and said he wants to face the death penalty – but neither of those things happened in the courtroom.

After Damas refused to answer some of the questions that were asked of him, the judge ordered another competency evaluation. He’s unsure that Damas is competent

Read more at: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/35939172/watch-live-colliers-most-gruesome-murder-case-could-be-over-today

Accused family killer calls for his own execution

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. –

Collier County’s most gruesome murder case soon come to a close.

Accused mass murderer, Mesac Damas, told a judge last month he wants to plead guilty and be executed.

“I would like to represent myself. I would like these two gentlemen to be removed from the case, and I would like to plead guilty now,” Damas said in the court hearing.

Damas is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Damas, and the five children they shared.

On Friday, a judge has to decide if Damas is competent to represent himself and if he’ll accept his guilty plea. 

If the judge accepts Damas guilty plea, Damas still has the opportunity to have a jury decide his sentence or he can have the judge sentence him.

“If the judge finds he is competent to make those

Read more at: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/35934611/accused-family-killer-calls-for-his-own-execution

Australian woman shot by police: This is how U.S. gun control stacks …

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Who is James Holmes and where is he now? Aurora, Colorado shooting gunman who killed 12 in movie theatre …

MASS murderer James Holmes slaughtered 12 innocent people after opening fire at a cinema in Colorado in the summer of 2012.

The flame haired killer was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Here is his story.

James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the movie theatre massacre that was one of the worst mass shootings in US history

James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the movie theatre massacre that was one of the worst mass shootings in US history

Who is James Holmes?

James Holmes was born in 1987 and was originally from Riverside, California.

His neighbours said lived alone and kept to himself.

He studied neuroscience at the University of California in 2010.

Holmes was academically gifted and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado medical centre but withdrew in June 2012.

His lawyer said he

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4061363/james-holmes-aurora-colorado-shooting-gunman-movie-theatre-massacre/

Who is James Holmes and where is he now? Aurora, Colorado …

MASS murderer James Holmes slaughtered 12 innocent people after opening fire at a cinema in Colorado in the summer of 2012.

The flame haired killer was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Here is his story.

James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the movie theatre massacre that was one of the worst mass shootings in US history

James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the movie theatre massacre that was one of the worst mass shootings in US history

Who is James Holmes?

James Holmes was born in 1987 and was originally from Riverside, California.

His neighbours said lived alone and kept to himself.

He studied neuroscience at the University of California in 2010.

Holmes was academically gifted and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado medical centre but withdrew in June 2012.

His lawyer said he

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4061363/james-holmes-aurora-colorado-shooting-gunman-movie-theatre-massacre/

My Daughter Was Murdered in a Mass Shooting. Then I Was Ordered to Pay Her Killer’s Gun Dealer.

Sandy Phillips and her daughter, Jessi.

At 24 years old, my daughter, Jessi, was sparky, beautiful, and ambitious, with red hair that mirrored her fiery spirit. In summer 2012, she was finishing her final year of college in Colorado and looking forward to pursuing a career as a sports journalist. On the night before she had an interview for a dream job, she went with her close friend Brent to a midnight movie.

I was up late that night, unable to sleep, and texted her just to say hi. I was set to travel from our home in Texas the following week to help her furnish a new apartment.

“I can’t wait for you to come visit,” Jessi pinged back. “I need my mama.”

Less than an hour later, Brent called me from inside the theater in Aurora where they’d

Read more at: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/my-daughter-was-murdered-in-a-mass-shooting-then-i-was-ordered-to-pay-her-killers-gun-dealer/

Killers make better cell mates – here’s why I’d rather share with a murderer

Killers make better cell mates - here's why I'd rather share with a murderer
(Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

During my time in prison, I had quite a few different cell mates.

They ranged from decent blokes through to the violent, odd and even predatory.

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However, people are often surprised when I tell them that I’d much rather share a jail cell with a murderer than with a drug addict or a thief.

The vast majority of killers only ever kill once. In some cases, it was a crime of passion, or even a moment of madness fuelled by alcohol or drug use. Some may claim it was an act of self-defence, even if the jury didn’t agree.

Perhaps it is

Read more at: http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/20/killers-make-better-cell-mates-heres-why-id-rather-share-with-a-murderer-6783697/