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Mass Murder in Rural Connecticut - 1780
Feb 3, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Portrait of Barnett Davenport

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 3, 1780, Barnett Davenport murders Caleb Mallory, his wife, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren in rural Connecticut. Davenport was born in 1760; he enlisted in the American army as a teenager and had served at Valley Forge and Fort Ticonderoga. In the waning days of the Revolutionary War he took a job with Caleb Mallory, a farmer who operated a grist mill in Washington. Mallory and his wife Jane had two daughters who lived in the area.

Texas man arraigned on murder charges in shooting of "American Sniper"
Feb 3, 2013, - 0 Comments

 

Feb. 3, 2013 Reuters

The man accused of gunning down former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a prominent military sniper, and a second man at a Texas shooting range has been arraigned on two counts of capital murder, the Texas Department of Public Safety said on Sunday.

Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was accused of killing Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, a neighbor of Kyle, on Saturday afternoon at the Rough Creek Lodge, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, the department said.

"They were shot at close range," said department spokesman Sergeant Lonny Haschel said.

Kyle, considered one of America's deadliest snipers after killing 160 people during his career as U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, wrote the book "American Sniper" about his military service from 1999 to 2009.

Routh, described in local media reports as a former Marine who suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), was arrested at his Lancaster, Texas home several hours after the shooting, having led police on a chase in his pickup truck.

"He was taken into custody after a brief pursuit," Haschel said.

According to a posting on a website run by members of the Special Operations Forces community, Kyle had been volunteering his time to help Marine Corps veterans suffering from PTSD and mentoring them.

British Serial Killer "Jack the Stripper" claims first known victim - 1964
Feb 2, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Hannah Tailford is the first known victim of Jack the Stripper

by Michael Thomas Barry

Jack the stripper was the nickname given to an unknown British serial killer responsible for what came to be known as the London "nude murders" between 1964 and 1965 (also known as the "Hammersmith murders" or "Hammersmith nudes" case). He murdered six — possibly eight —prostitutes, whose nude bodies were discovered around London or dumped in the River Thames.

Prosecutors allege police role in deadly Egypt soccer riot
Feb 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

Feb. 2, 2013 McClatchy Newspapers

The rivalry between Port Said’s al Masry soccer club and Cairo’s al Ahly team is legendary, so angry and violent that for many years police made a habit of escorting fans into and out of the stadium for fear of violence.

But on Feb. 1, 2012, those precautions were forgotten. The melee that followed the game that day left 74 people dead – and heaped more fuel on Egypt’s simmering cauldron of discontent.

Last weekend more than 60 people died in riots that were triggered when a judge sentenced 21 people to death for their roles in last year’s stampede. On Friday, thousands turned out for protests around the country to mark the anniversary of the tragedy, with many using the occasion to renew their calls for the resignation of President Mohammed Morsi. Some threw Molotov cocktails over the walls of the presidential palace and battled with presidential guards. One person was killed and at least 48 people were injured near the palace.

Yet for all the attention the events of that day have received in Egypt, few people know the details of what happened. Egyptian journalists have been forbidden, under penalty of jail, from reporting on the specifics of the criminal cases lodged against 75 defendants. No official report has been issued on the incident. If there had been, people might be even angrier.

A 200-page summary of the prosecution’s case, obtained by McClatchy, claims that what took place was a planned assault that could be blamed as much on police as on overzealous fans.

Woman allegedly uses car test drive to rob bank
Feb 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan 31, 2013 Yahoo

A California man became an unsuspecting getaway driver when a woman taking a test drive in his car stopped to rob a bank.

The Manteca Bulletin first reported that Gail Castle asked to take the 1987 Chrysler 5th Avenue for a test drive but that the owner, who asked to remain anonymous, insisted on coming along for the ride.

A few blocks into the ride, Castle allegedly asked the man to pull over to a nearby Bank of America so she could withdraw the necessary funds to pay him the $2,200 asking price for the vehicle.

She reportedly emerged a few minutes later, “flashing him a purse stuffed with bills,” according to local Fox affiliate KTXL.

The pair then headed to the man’s house to complete the transaction. However, the police were also on their way.

Castle, 51, reportedly handed the Bank of America teller a note reading, “This is a robbery and I don’t want anybody to get hurt.”

Hollywood Director William Desmond Taylor is Murdered - 1922
Feb 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

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William Desmond Taylor

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 1, 1922, Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor is murdered. His body is found the next morning inside his bungalow at the Alvarado Court Apartments, in the West Lake Park area of downtown Los Angeles. Taylor was an Irish-born American director and actor. He directed 59 silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915. He was a popular figure in the growing Hollywood motion picture colony of the 1910s and early 1920s.

Kaufman County, Texas Assistant DA Shot & Killed Near Courthouse
Jan 31, 2013, - 0 Comments

Mark Hasse (credit: Kaufman County Sheriff's Office)Jan. 31, 2013 CBSDFW.COM

KAUFMAN COUNTY – An assistant district attorney with the Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office has been shot and killed. The shooting happened around 8:50 a.m.

Officials have confirmed to CBS 11 News that Chief Prosecutor Mark Hasse was shot in the parking lot of the department of motor vehicles, which is across the street from the county courthouse. Hasse was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman where he was pronounced dead.

During a 10:30 a.m. press conference officials confirmed that Hasse was walking to his office, from the parking lot, when he was assaulted by an unknown person and “shot multiple times.” Mark Hasse graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1981 and had been licensed to practice law since 1982.

Thursday afternoon SMU issued a statement saying, “The SMU Dedman School of Law community is deeply saddened and shocked at the news of the death of our alumnus and dedicated public servant, Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Hasse’s family and friends during this very difficult and painful time.”

Hasse, 57, had been a Kaufman County District Attorney since July of 2010.

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