Category Archives: Mass Murderers

Letters to the Editor for August 23, 2017

Bail reform is needed

To the Editor:

At a time when our country seems to be more divided than ever, it is refreshing to see a bipartisan effort to jump-start bail reform at the federal level.

But Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul aren’t the only policymakers reaching across the aisle on bail reform. Here in California, Republican state Senator Joel Anderson joined Democrats to help pass bail reform legislation at the state level.

There’s a reason policymakers on both sides of the aisle are championing bail reform: it’s not just morally the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.

Like the Pretrial Integrity and Safety

Read more at: http://www.uniondemocrat.com/opinion/letterstotheeditor/5537781-151/letters-to-the-editor-for-august-23-2017

Confessed mass killer Kori Muhammad incompetent for trial, doctors say

Two court-appointed doctors say confessed mass killer Kori Ali Muhammad is incompetent to stand trial in connection with an April shooting spree that left four dead, it was announced Tuesday.

One doctor hired by the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, however, said Muhammad is competent to stand trial.

The 2-1 vote typically means Muhammad would go to a state hospital until his competency is restored. But because it’s a high-profile case, the prosecution’s next move is unclear.

At a brief hearing, Superior Court Judge Brian Alvarez scheduled a hearing for Sept. 12 to go over the doctors’ reports.

Muhammad is charged with murder in the April 13 shooting death of a motel security guard Carl Allen Williams II. He also is charged with murder in an April 18 shooting rampage that killed Zackary David Randalls, 34, of Clovis; Mark James Gassett, 37,

Read more at: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article168621072.html

Mass killer spared death penalty over Calif. jail informant scandal

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Southern California mass killer will be spared the death penalty amid a long-running scandal over local authorities’ use of jailhouse informants, a judge decided Friday.

Judge Thomas M. Goethals said Scott Dekraai would not be sentenced to death after pleading guilty to killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at an Orange County hair salon.

The ruling leaves only the possibility that Dekraai, 47, will be sentenced to life in prison.

It’s rare for a judge to bar prosecutors from seeking a death sentence. While acknowledging the “horrendous” nature of Dekraai’s crime, Goethals found that failures by the prosecution team would prevent a fair penalty phase of the trial.

Dekraai’s defense attorneys had argued that repeated failures by sheriff’s authorities to reveal records related to informants in the county jail show the agency can’t be trusted to turn over evidence that could favor their client.

Goethals noted authorities

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mass-killer-spared-death-penalty-over-calif-jail-informant-scandal/

Mass killer spared death penalty over Calif. jail informant scandal …

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Southern California mass killer will be spared the death penalty amid a long-running scandal over local authorities’ use of jailhouse informants, a judge decided Friday.

Judge Thomas M. Goethals said Scott Dekraai would not be sentenced to death after pleading guilty to killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at an Orange County hair salon.

The ruling leaves only the possibility that Dekraai, 47, will be sentenced to life in prison.

It’s rare for a judge to bar prosecutors from seeking a death sentence. While acknowledging the “horrendous” nature of Dekraai’s crime, Goethals found that failures by the prosecution team would prevent a fair penalty phase of the trial.

Dekraai’s defense attorneys had argued that repeated failures by sheriff’s authorities to reveal records related to informants in the county jail show the agency can’t be trusted to turn over evidence that could favor their client.

Goethals noted authorities

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mass-killer-spared-death-penalty-over-calif-jail-informant-scandal/

Paul Greengrass directing Netflix movie about mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik

One of the most heinous crimes of the century will be adapted in a film for Netflix by director Paul Greengrass, Deadline reports.

Greengrass, who is known for his contributions to the Bourne franchise, the Tom Hanks-starring Captain Phillips, as well as the breathtaking September 11 chronicle United 93, will direct from his own script the story of a 2011 Norwegian terror attack that left 77 dead, many of them children. The murders were committed by a single killer, Anders Behring Breivik, an extremist who dressed as a police officer while using guns and a bomb to carve a trail of carnage in the worst attack the nation of Norway has experienced since the days of World War II. 

The majority of the murders were committed at a youth camp for the nation’s Labor Party on Utoya Island, with many of Breivik’s victims trapped with him on the 26-acre island in Norway’s lake Tyrifjorden.

The film will reportedly shoot

Read more at: http://www.looper.com/81481/paul-greengrass-directing-netflix-movie-mass-murderer-anders-behring-breivik/

Paul Greengrass directing Netflix movie about mass murderer …

One of the most heinous crimes of the century will be adapted in a film for Netflix by director Paul Greengrass, Deadline reports.

Greengrass, who is known for his contributions to the Bourne franchise, the Tom Hanks-starring Captain Phillips, as well as the breathtaking September 11 chronicle United 93, will direct from his own script the story of a 2011 Norwegian terror attack that left 77 dead, many of them children. The murders were committed by a single killer, Anders Behring Breivik, an extremist who dressed as a police officer while using guns and a bomb to carve a trail of carnage in the worst attack the nation of Norway has experienced since the days of World War II. 

The majority of the murders were committed at a youth camp for the nation’s Labor Party on Utoya Island, with many of Breivik’s victims trapped with him on the 26-acre island in Norway’s lake Tyrifjorden.

The film will reportedly shoot

Read more at: http://www.looper.com/81481/paul-greengrass-directing-netflix-movie-mass-murderer-anders-behring-breivik/

Paul Greengrass directing Netflix movie about mass murderer – Looper

One of the most heinous crimes of the century will be adapted in a film for Netflix by director Paul Greengrass, Deadline reports.

Greengrass, who is known for his contributions to the Bourne franchise, the Tom Hanks-starring Captain Phillips, as well as the breathtaking September 11 chronicle United 93, will direct from his own script the story of a 2011 Norwegian terror attack that left 77 dead, many of them children. The murders were committed by a single killer, Anders Behring Breivik, an extremist who dressed as a police officer while using guns and a bomb to carve a trail of carnage in the worst attack the nation of Norway has experienced since the days of World War II. 

The majority of the murders were committed at a youth camp for the nation’s Labor Party on Utoya Island, with many of Breivik’s victims trapped with him on the 26-acre island in Norway’s lake Tyrifjorden.

The film will reportedly shoot

Read more at: http://www.looper.com/81481/paul-greengrass-directing-netflix-movie-mass-murderer-anders-behring-breivik/

Prosecutor Misconduct Spares Mass Murderer from Death

The worst mass murderer in Orange County, Ca., history will not face execution, the Orange County Register reports. Judge Thomas Goethals took the death penalty off the table for confessed killer Scott Evans Dekraai, 47, citing misconduct by prosecutors and sheriff’s officials. Dekraai pleaded guilty to killing eight people and wounding another in a 2011 . . .

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Read more at: https://thecrimereport.org/2017/08/19/prosecutor-misconduct-spares-mass-murderer-from-death/

25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown | The … – The Spokesman

Twenty-five years ago this summer I sat in a trailer in North Idaho trying to convince a white separatist holding a gun that I was not an FBI agent.

I explained that I was a reporter from Spokane looking for insight into his old neighbor, Randy Weaver – the figure at the center of the shootout and 11-day standoff at Ruby Ridge.

His eyes narrowed. I didn’t “look like a reporter.” And how did I explain the “fed car” I was driving? (It was a company car, a Ford Tempo checked out from The Spokesman-Review garage.) And what about my “fed haircut?” (My dad cut my hair then and he had only two styles: crew cut and flattop.)

But nothing I said could convince him.

I find myself thinking about that frustrating, surreal conversation, and about Ruby Ridge, more and more lately, as I watch our country riven by these deep divisions –

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/20/25-years-after-ruby-ridge-our-divisions-have-grown/

25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown – The Spokesman

Twenty-five years ago this summer I sat in a trailer in North Idaho trying to convince a white separatist holding a gun that I was not an FBI agent.

I explained that I was a reporter from Spokane looking for insight into his old neighbor, Randy Weaver – the figure at the center of the shootout and 11-day standoff at Ruby Ridge.

His eyes narrowed. I didn’t “look like a reporter.” And how did I explain the “fed car” I was driving? (It was a company car, a Ford Tempo checked out from The Spokesman-Review garage.) And what about my “fed haircut?” (My dad cut my hair then and he had only two styles: crew cut and flattop.)

But nothing I said could convince him.

I find myself thinking about that frustrating, surreal conversation, and about Ruby Ridge, more and more lately, as I watch our country riven by these deep divisions –

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/20/25-years-after-ruby-ridge-our-divisions-have-grown/