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The Batman Killer – a prescription for murder?

She continues: “I sit through church service and sift through the Bible, uninspired. I’m fuzzy. Weird dreams. Crying used to be a release. Now I cannot cry, or laugh. I hate this feeling.”

Arlene Holmes, a nurse, wrote that she stopped taking the pills before the trial, telling her doctor she wanted to be able to feel things and to cry if she wanted to.

If she had a bad experience with an SSRI antidepressant, what would she make of David Healy’s view of her son’s case?

I contacted the couple’s lawyer explaining my own background in investigating antidepressants and suggesting that Arlene and Bob Holmes might hold information that could, ultimately, help prevent future tragedies.

A few weeks later an email from Arlene dropped into my inbox. Short and to the point, it requested more information and asked me not to share her contact details

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/aurora_shooting

Gianni Versace’s Cold-Blooded Murder Outside His Mansion — 20 Years Later: ‘There Was Extraordinary Pain’

It’s been 20 years since Italian design icon Gianni Versace was gunned down by a serial killer on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion, Casa Casuarina, in Florida on July 15, 1997.

Much has changed in the decades since Versace became the final victim of Andrew Cunanan’s multi-state murder spree. But some things endure — chief among them, perhaps, Versace’s name and the fashion empire that bears it.

“He has a legacy that’s still vibrant, and that’s the true test of somebody’s greatness,” friend Hal Rubenstein told PEOPLE earlier this month. “You still think of him. And that’s pretty glorious.”

The circumstances of Versace’s slaying — a morbid, sudden end to a glamorous global life — continue to exert a

Read more at: https://www.yahoo.com/style/gianni-versace-apos-cold-blooded-215944421.html

Gianni Versace’s Cold-Blooded Murder Outside His Mansion — 20 Years Later: ‘There Was Extraordinary Pain’

It’s been 20 years since Italian design icon Gianni Versace was gunned down by a serial killer on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion, Casa Casuarina, in Florida on July 15, 1997.

Much has changed in the decades since Versace became the final victim of Andrew Cunanan’s multi-state murder spree. But some things endure — chief among them, perhaps, Versace’s name and the fashion empire that bears it.

“He has a legacy that’s still vibrant, and that’s the true test of somebody’s greatness,” friend Hal Rubenstein told PEOPLE earlier this month. “You still think of him. And that’s pretty glorious.”

The circumstances of Versace’s slaying — a morbid, sudden end to a glamorous global life — continue to exert a pull.

“It epitomizes Miami Beach, for many people. It was the confluence of celebrity, a spree killer of

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/gianni-versace-miami-murder-anniversary/

After 20 years, the spectacle of the Versace murder still intrigues and baffles

An international fashion icon gunned down in broad daylight on Miami Beach’s most famous street. A flamboyant psychopath on a cross-country murder spree. A mammoth manhunt, marked by missed chances.

The slaying of Gianni Versace — on a postcard-perfect morning 20 years ago Saturday — was never a whodunnit. Within hours, police knew that a serial killer named Andrew Cunanan had pumped two bullets into the designer’s head at the entrance of his elegant seaside mansion, fatal wounds that stained the coral keystone front steps in red.

But the 24/7 search for the killer over nine days riveted and rattled South Florida more than any murder in the two decades since. It was a time before Twitter, but rumors and false sightings spread with social-media speed, particularly in gay dance clubs Cunanan was known to frequent.

He was here. He

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article161299258.html

Anders Breivik: Norwegian far-right mass murder changes his name to Fjotolf Hansen

Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer who killed 77 people, has changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen.

The move, confirmed by his lawyer, came after an appeal by the killer against the “inhumane” conditions in prison.  The appeal was rejected by Norway’s Supreme Court.

Hi lawyer, Oeystein Storrvik, did not say why his client had chosen the common surname of Hansen, or the very rare first name of Fjotolf.

In a country of five million, more than 52,000 people are called Hansen.

“He told me some reasons but I don’t want to talk about what he told me,” Mr Storrvik told Reuters.

Norwegians are allowed to change their names in the country’s official register as long as they do not cause offence or harm to the person concerned.

In 2011, Norway was rocked by two terror attacks that killed 77 people and injured close to 240.

The Norwegian agricultural company the killer created to

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/anders-breivik-norway-terrorist-mass-murderer-changes-name-fjotolf-hansen-a7784186.html

Alleged Misconduct Jeopardizes Death Penalty In OC Mass Murder Trial

SANTA ANA, CA — Two Orange County sheriff’s deputies asserted their constitutional right against self-incrimination Thursday when called to testify in an evidentiary hearing alleging outrageous governmental misconduct in the case of Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Sheriff’s Deputies Ben Garcia and William Grover, who have been on paid administrative leave for the past several months, took the stand and invoked their Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to testify.

Deputy Seth Tunstall is expected to do the same thing when he is called to testify next week.

Garcia’s attorney, Bob Gazley, told City News Service his client has not been told why he was put on leave.

Tunstall and Garcia have previously asserted their Fifth Amendment rights in another murder case involving a jailhouse informant last year. That prompted an Orange County Superior Court judge to order a new trial for Eric Ortiz, who was again convicted of

Read more at: https://patch.com/california/fountainvalley/alleged-misconduct-jeopardizes-death-penalty-oc-mass-murder-trial

Mass killer pleads no contest to seven counts of murder

OAKLAND, Calif. — One Goh pleaded no contest May 2 to seven counts of first-degree murder and three counts of premeditated murder for killing seven people in a shooting rampage at Oikos University in Oakland five years ago.

Goh, 48, also pleaded no contest to the special circumstance allegations of committing a murder during a kidnapping and committing multiple murders for the shooting at Oikos, a Christian vocational school located near Oakland International Airport, on April 2, 2012.

Goh’s plea deal calls for him to receive seven consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 271 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner on July 14. Goh’s plea agreement came only two weeks after doctors determined that after receiving years of treatment at Napa State Hospital, he’s now been restored to competency and could face a trial.

Goh’s

Read more at: http://www.nichibei.org/2017/05/mass-killer-pleads-no-contest-to-seven-counts-of-murder/

Murder by Design: Did Gianni Versace know his killer?

Produced by Lisa Freed and Marcelena Spencer

Gianni Versace, the Italian fashion designer who dressed some of the most famous women in the world, including Princess Diana, was shot dead on the morning of July 15, 1997. The killer walked up, shot him twice execution style, and then walked off, leaving the 50-year-old bleeding to death on the steps to his Miami Beach, Fla., home.

“Versace helped put Miami on the international map. … he brought with him his entire world of fabulosity,” says Tara Solomon, former columnist for the Miami Herald. “When Versace was killed … There was pure pandemonium.”

The death also rocked the fashion world. “I remember it profoundly,” “Project Runway’s” Tim Gunn tells “48 Hours” correspondent Richard Schlesinger. “I opened up my computer and it flashed before me that Gianni had been murdered. I was stunned.”

The investigation into what happened would uncover a killer who thrived on attention

Read more at: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gianni-versace-murder-did-iconic-designer-icon-know-killer-andrew-cunanan/