Shooting spree across Calif county leaves 4 dead
Feb 19, 2013, - 0 Comments

Feb. 19, 2013 Associated Press

TUSTIN, Calif.  — The violence stretched across 25 miles in Orange County and was as brutal as it was fast-moving.

In less than an hour, a 20-year-old student wielding a shotgun killed a woman in his home and two commuters during carjackings early Tuesday, shot up vehicles on a Southern California freeway and committed suicide as police closed in on him, authorities said.

One driver was forced from his BMW at a stop sign, marched to a curb and killed as witnesses watched in horror.

"He was basically executed," Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. "There were at least six witnesses."

The shooter, Ali Syed, was an unemployed, part-time student who lived with his parents at the Ladera Ranch residence where the first victim was slain, Tustin police Chief Scott Jordan said. Authorities said Syed was taking one course at Saddleback College, a two-year community college.

Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said the woman killed at the home was in her 20s. She was not identified and was not related to the shooter, he said, adding that it wasn't known what she was doing at the home.

Newtown shooter motivated by Norway massacre, sources say
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Feb. 18, 2013 CBS News

Law enforcement sources say Adam Lanza was motivated by violent video games and a strong desire to kill more people than another infamous mass murderer.

Sources say Lanza saw himself as being in direct competition with Anders Breivik, a Norwegian man who killed 77 people in July 2011.

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Breivik killed eight with a bombing in downtown Oslo. He then moved to a nearby island where hunted down and fatally shot 69 people, mostly teenagers attending a summer camp.

Two officials who have been briefed on the Newtown, Conn., investigation say Lanza wanted to top Breivik's death toll and targeted nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School because it was the "easiest target" with the "largest cluster of people."

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Evidence shows that his mind, sources say, Lanza was also likely acting out the fantasies of a video game as he killed 20 first graders and six adults at the school. For Lanza, the deaths apparently amounted to some kind of "score."

A Terrible Case of Mistaken Identity - 1851
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Seal of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee

by Michael Thomas Barry

On the late evening of February 19, 1851, two men entered the Jansen & Bond Company, on Montgomery Street in San Francisco, knocked manager J.C. Jansen unconscious, and fled with over two thousand dollars in gold coin.

A Look at the Murder Case Facing Oscar Pistorius
Feb 18, 2013, - 0 Comments
South Africa Pistorius Shooting.JPEGFebruary 18, 2013 By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press

Pistorius hasn't entered a plea in the case, though his family has said they strongly deny the 26-year-old double-amputee runner committed murder. They have not, however, denied outright that Pistorius shot Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law school graduate who is featured in a South African reality television show.

Green River Killer Pleads Guilty to 49th Murder - 2011
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Gary Leon Ridgway

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 18, 2011, Gary Leon Ridgway pleads guilty to the 1982 aggravated, first-degree murder of his 49th victim, 20-year-old Rebecca Marrero. Her remains were found in December 2010, decades after her murder, in a ravine near Auburn, Washington.

Union Leader Bill Hayward and others are arrested - 1906
Feb 17, 2013, - 0 Comments


Charles Moyer, Bill Hayward & George Pettibone (1907)

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 17, 1906, union leaders Bill Hayward, Charles Moyer, and George Pettibone are taken into custody by Idaho authorities and the Pinkerton Detective Agency. They are put on a special train in Denver, Colorado, following a secret, direct route to Idaho because the officials had no legal right to arrest the three union executives in Colorado.

Former Ms. Washington Sentenced in Murder Case
Feb 17, 2013, - 0 Comments

Feb. 17, 2013 TV Guide

Peggy Sue Thomas, a former Ms. Washington, was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the murder of a former colleague's husband, ABC News reports.

Thomas accepted a plea bargain in January, one week before she was due to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge. She pleaded guilty to rendering criminal assistance in the first degree and prosecutors recommended a four-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea.

In the case, prosecutors alleged that Thomas and her then-boyfriend, James Huden, lured Russel Douglas into a remote area so Huden could shoot him. He was found dead in a car in Freeland, Whidbey Island, two days after Christmas 2003.

At his trial last year, Huden declined to reveal why he targeted Douglas and rejected a deal to testify against Thomas. Huden was convicted of first degree murder and was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

The ex-beauty queen, who was named Ms. Washington back in 2000, also declined to come clean about the murder when given a chance in court on Friday. However, she apologized to the family when she accepted her plea bargain in January. "I'm not the woman that's been portrayed in the papers over the last few years," she said. "I would want to tell Russell Douglas and his family that I am so sorry for their loss."