Archive for November, 2012

Menendez (right photo) Boehm (left photo) 

Sarah Rae Boehm, a fourteen-year-old female teen, was described as a good student, cheerleader, and participated in her former school’s band.  The last time she spoke to her parents was 10p.m. on July 14, 1994, telling her that she was planning on staying at a friend’s house. She was reported missing less than 24 hours later to local law enforcement in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Several months later, on November 4, 1994, Sarah’s remains were discovered in the “Berlin Reservoir,” located within a Ohio state park, Portage County, Ohio. This rural community in Ohio was located approximately two hours away from the victim’s home in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Kathryn Menendez, another female teen victim, went missing on August 21, 1994, and her nude body was found several days later on an oil road near the “Berlin Reservoir.” Kathryn had been strangled to death. Both Sarah and Kathryn’s bodies were located approximately 1/2 mile apart in the same Ohio state park. Seventeen-year-old Kathryn was from Portage County, Ohio.

Information is being sought in both cases. Specifically, how Boehm from Pennsylvania ended up murdered in Ohio and information regarding the murder of Menendez. Investigators believe the two cases may be related. The FBI from both Pennsylvania and Ohio have been working closely with local law enforcement from Portage County, Ohio, as well as Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

KATHRYN MENENDEZ POSTER & SARAH RAE BOEHM POSTER

BYRON SMITH: Murder or Self Defence?

Byron Smith (center) and the teens he shot — Haile Kifer (left) and her cousin Nicholas Brady (right).

According to 64-year-old retired State Department worker Byron Smith, two Little Falls teens broke into his rural home on the Mississippi River when he shot and killed them in self-defense. He then let the bodies sit in his house for more than a day before authorities, following up on a suspicious vehicle report, came to Smith’s home and he told them about what happened.

The criminal complaint says that Smith shot the two as they came down his basement stairs several minutes apart on Thanksgiving Day. The complaint adds that he shot them numerous times – each in the head after already critically wounding them.

He then waited a day before asking a neighbor to alert authorities, the document added.

According to Smith, his home was burlarized on multiple occasions (eight) and he believes the teens had something to do with atleast a few.

Smith told investigators he shot Schaeffel as he walked down the stairs, then shot him again in the face as he lay on the floor looking at him.

“I want him dead,” Smith told police.

Smith said he sat down in a chair when Kifer started walking down the steps. Smith shot her and she also fell down the stairs. He tried to shoot her a second time, but his rifle jammed. When the gun jammed, Kifer laughed at him, fueling his anger.

“If you’re trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again,” he told police.

Smith told police he then shot Kifer “more times than I needed to” in the chest, leaving her gasping for air. He ended her suffering with a “good, clean finishing shot” under her chin.

“Smith acknowledged leaving the bodies in his home overnight before calling a neighbor to ask about a lawyer and to request that authorities be notified,” the Strib reports.

Source: blogs.citypages (clicking on the photo of Smith and the murdered teens will link you to the source.)

Raquel Gerstel: The 15-year-old was found 'full of bullets' by local resident Monique Jefferson, who told her: 'Stay with me angel. You¿re safe now'

Raquel Gerstel: The 15-year-old was found ‘full of bullets’ by local resident Monique Jefferson, who told her: ‘Stay with me angel. You¿re safe now’Bobbie Sartain: The 16-year-old had had an argument with her mother's boyfriend on the night she was murdered

Bobbie Sartain: The 16-year-old had had an argument with her mother’s boyfriend on the night she was murdered

Oakland police are offering a $10,000 reward for any information regarding the teenagers’ homicides.The girls were killed near where Minna Avenue meets Brookdale Park, an area that is typically crime free

 The girls were killed near where Minna Avenue meets Brookdale Park, an area that is typically crime free

Click here for full article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk

Above are photos of Jason Derek Brown, keep in mind, these photos were taken prior to the murder and one of the last CONFIRMED sightings claimed Brown looks different, with longer hair similar to the age-progressed photo below.

jason-derek-brown-wanted-fbiAge progressed photo showing what Jason Brown may look like at 43 years old.

Charges
  • Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution
  • First Degree Murder
  • Armed Robbery
Alias Jason D. Brown
Derek Brown
Greg Johnson
Harline Johnson
Greg Harline Johnson
John Brown
Jay Brown

Authorities having been searching for Jason Derek Brown, 43, who has been on the run since late 2004 when he shot an armored car guard and fled with stolen money in Phoenix, Arizona, right outside of a Phoenix movie theater.

Immediately after being named the suspect in the homicide, Brown fled Phoenix and went to Henderson, Nevada and later travelled to Las Vegas. While there, he had swapped his BMW for a black Escalade. In January, 2005, authorities found Brown’s Cadillac Escalade abandoned in the parking lot of Portland International Airport in Oregon.

The one-time Salt Lake City resident and Laguna Beach native who attended Laguna Beach High School, could now be taking advantage of Mormon church members to stay hidden from public view, the FBI’s lead agent on the case said.

Although Brown is described as a ‘show off’ who likes to party, authorities believe he could be hiding among the Mormon and say he is a ‘skilled liar’ who has a ‘surfer dude’  appearance and a common name which could help him easily blend in among a crowd. He also speaks fluent French and is a former Mormon who once served LDS mission in France.

On December 8, 2007, three years after his first degree murder charge, Brown was listed on FBI’s Most Wanted List as the 489th Most Wanted fugitive and FBI has been looking for him ever since. It’s now 2013 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has now upgraded him to FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives.

In 2005, less than one year after the murder, authorities received over 200 leads with the majority of leads being outside of Arizona, even some possible sightings in Canada. Most of the sightings haven’t been confirmed however, if it is then he could be on the move in any state.

The most recent confirmed sighting was in August 2008, when an acquaintance of Brown recognized him while they were stopped at a traffic light near Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Their mutual recognition prompted Brown to drive through the stoplight. Aware that Brown was a fugitive, the witness informed police of the sighting. According to him, Brown had longer hair and a deeper tan than in the 2004 photograph of his wanted poster. Brown is considered armed and extremely dangerous and those with a possible sighting should contact police immediately and avoid confronting Brown themself.

Date(s) of Birth Used: 
July 1, 1969;
January 17, 1971
Place of Birth: California
Height: 5’10″
Weight: 170 to 180 pounds
Build: Medium
Occupation: 
Golf Equipment Importer
Hair: Blond
Eyes: Green
Complexion: Light / Fair
Sex: Male
Race: White
Nationality: American
Possible Location(s): Brown has ties to California, Arizona, and Utah. In the past, he has traveled to France and Mexico. Additionally, he may be in the possession of a Glock 9mm and a .45 caliber handgun. 

Personality: Brown speaks fluent French and has a Master’s Degree in International Business. He is an avid golfer, snowboarder, skier, and dirt biker. Brown enjoys being the center of attention and has been known to frequent nightclubs where he enjoys showing off his high-priced vehicles, boats, and other toys. Brown was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and completed his Mormon mission near Paris, France.

There is a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Jason D. Brown.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI
Your local Police and FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also leave a tip on http://www.fbi.gov/

For a description of Brown and additional age enhanced photos, please click here.
Click Dailymail for a November 26, 2012 update regarding this case.
Brown’s case was featured on America’s Most Wanted with the latest airing on April 20, 2012 – Jason Derek Brown WIKI – Click the Wiki link for before and after information on Brown.

11/26/12, DALLAS, TEXAS — Dallas Police are searching for a killer or killers of a triple homicide at a Motel 6 Yesterday Morning. .people, two male, one female, after they were found shot to death at a Motel 6 Yesterday Morning.

The motel is located north of the High 5 interchange in the 13000 block of Central Expressway and I-635 LBJ Freeway in North Dallas, TX.

Cleaning crew stumbled upon the bodies of Marco Barajas, 27, Manases Perez, 26, and Ingrid Ramirez, 22, on Saturday morning between 11a.m. and 12p.m.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the names of the victims and were waiting until after notifying the relatives. They described the victims are two males, one Caucasian and one Latino, and one female, Latino.

Motel 6

Three murdered bodies were discovered by hotel staff in a Dallas Motel 6 and now police are searching for the culprit

The shocked employees who discovered the bodies after going in the room to clean have declined to comment.

Police are still searching for suspects and a possible motive. Authorities are asking the public for any information regarding this triple homicide to please contact: Dallas Police Department

Dallas Police Department have a Facebook page set up and have listed the incident, saying:

The three victims of the triple murder that occurred on November 24, 2012 at the Motel 6, 13185 N. Central Expressway have been identified. The victims are; Marco Barajas L/M/10-16-85, Manases Perez L/M/07-28-86 and Ingrid Ramirez L/F/07-20-90. Next of kin notifications have been made. The incident has been documented on case numbers; 291441-Z, 291773-Z and 291774-Z. There is no suspect information at this time.
Followed up with:
On November 24, 2012 officers responded to the Motel 6 at 13185 N. Central Expressway when the cleaning crew entered the room and discovered a W/M, a L/M and a L/F deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The investigation is ongoing.Positive identification has not been made nor has next of kin notifications. No further information at this time
As of right now, police have no suspects or motive and are asking the public for any information to please contact: Dallas Tip-line by clicking here.

 

Click on the links to view their wanted poster and description. Those named below are wanted in South Dakota by authorities.

POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: Jeremy Phelps

GANG AFFILIATION/GRAND THEFT: Derek Bissonette

GANG AFFILIATION/GRAND THEFT: Danny Bissonette

GANG AFFILIATION/ESCAPED:  Zachary Linco

Possession of Marijuana: William Vandervier

 

If you have any information regarding the above, please get the contact information on their wanted poster.

Cold case: Donna Willing was sent to the store to fetch bread when she was killed

Pictured: Donna Willing was nine years old in 1970 when she was raped and murdered after being sent to the store to pick-up bread in a Wisconsin town

11/18/12 MILWAUKEE, WI — Virginia Davis describes says the pain left behind by her 9-year-old sister’s 1970 rape and strangulation as being like “a million holes.”

Only 4 years old at the time, Davis knew little about the crime. The subject remained off-limits for the next four decades for many in a family that hoped to forget the hurt. But Davis couldn’t forget, and after years seeking help to solve her sister’s killing, she’s preparing to face the man police believe is responsible.

On Monday, prosecutors will argue that a childhood neighbor and convicted sex offender – who they say confessed to the killing but has since recanted – should go to trial in the death of Donna Willing. With physical evidence in the case lost or destroyed, prosecutors say the will argue under the state’s sex offender law that Robert Hill, 73, is a sexually violent person and must remain in custody indefinitely.

Davis says that when she was a child, her sisters would scold her for talking about Donna, warning, “You don’t want to make mom cry, do you?” Most of the siblings don’t discuss it even now.

Horror: Donna Willing was just blocks from home when she was raped and murdered in 1970

Pictured above: Donna shortly before her murder, stands in-front of her home with a hula-hoop around her

Unsolved: Virginia Davis, right, has spent her life helping to track down the man who strangled her sister, center

UNSOLVED: Virginia Davis, right, has spent her life helping to track down the man who strangled her sister, center

But Davis needed answers. At 15 she found the courage to go to the library and read news coverage about her sister’s death. Every detail discovered since has helped.

“I didn’t feel like so lonely, I didn’t feel so empty, I didn’t feel like I had a million holes anymore,” said Davis, now a mother of three who lives in suburban Milwaukee. “I just started feeling like it’s easier, it’s easier, it’s easier now. I can talk about her now. I can speak her name.”

Davis clearly remembers the afternoon of Feb. 26, 1970. Her big sister Donna was reading to her from a favorite book about animals as they sat on the couch. Her mother wanted Donna to go to the bakery for bread, but Virginia purposely delayed the trip, begging for one more story.

“I remember seeing out the window, it was getting dark and thinking `Mom won’t make her go if it gets dark. She’ll send (my brother) or somebody else. She can’t go,’” Davis recalls. “We were afraid of the boogeyman and stuff back then. The boogeyman will get her if she goes out after dark.”

Donna walked out at 5:15 p.m. A witness later saw her get into a green car. Less than two hours later, a man discovered her bruised and bloodied body under a car in his garage about a mile away.

Newspaper reports at the time said police had people of interest, but no leads panned out.

In 2004, Virginia Davis saw a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about police arresting an 83-year-old man for a 1958 murder based on DNA evidence. She called the reporter for help getting police to take another look at her sister’s case.

A cold case unit that formed in 2007 did, and soon focused on Hill. He had lived next door with his wife and five children and Davis said she remembered playing with his son. She also remembered his wife, who always yelled, but not him.

Prosecutors soon discovered physical evidence in Donna Willing’s case had been lost during a flood or when detectives cleaned out the evidence room in the 1990s, according to police Lt. Keith Balash. So investigators in 2008 began interviewing Hill in prison – where he was serving a 10-year sentence for sexually assaulting four children under the age of 10 between 1995 and 2002.

Hill first told police he sexually assaulted Donna after she got into his car that night, according to court documents. She began to squirm and slapped him. He became angry, afraid she would tell on him. He strangled her and dumped her in a garage. It all took about 10 minutes, he said.

In another account outlined in court documents, Hill said he molested Donna for years, picked her up and had sex with her. After she screamed, he put his hand over her mouth and strangled her.

Hill, who is now being in held a supervised facility, has since recanted both statements. Balash said Hill knew specifics of Donna’s injuries that hadn’t been released.

Hill’s attorney, Robert Prifogle, didn’t return a phone call seeking comment before Monday’s hearing.

Before her mother died in 2009, Davis finally asked why she needed Donna to go to the bakery. Her mother said she wanted to make French toast for dinner. That filled a big hole. This year, Davis met the man who discovered his sister’s body – another big hole filled. She said she had blamed herself when she was younger for delaying her sister’s trip until after dark, but no more.

Davis chokes up when talking about her gratitude for the cold case detectives who pursued the case.

“I want to invent or create a word and I can’t come up with anything yet that is the equivalent to how I feel,” she said.

Source: Huffingtonpost

UPDATE 11/18/12, NYC — Picture of the .22 Caliber Killer: ‘Methodical’ gunman behind Brooklyn store owner’s murder linked to two other shootings 

  • Casings from the same .22 caliber handgun found at all three crime scenes
  • Killer may have chosen stores based on lack of surveillance cameras
  • All three victims are Middle Eastern, prompting fears of racial motivation
  • Police offering $12,000 reward for information

Murder

Suspect: Following one homicide at a 99 cent store that used the same gun, police released this sketch of the suspect

A sketch of the killer has been released after a witness told police he noticed a disturbed man at a previous victim’s store just before a body was discovered, muttering to himself about putting a bullet in someone’s head.

He is said to be roughly 5-foot-5 and around 140 pounds.

Click here for full updated article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk

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11/17/12, NYC — Authorities say a New York City boutique owner was shot to death in the head Friday night with the same gun that killed two other shopkeepers in the same borough over the summer. Ballistics tests matched in each killing, all of which occurred in Brooklyn shops with an ’8′ in the address. The Daily News reports that the shop owner Vahidipour Rahmatollah of Great Neck was behind the counter of She She in Brooklyn’s Flatbush section when he was shot Friday night.

BoutiqueScene: Police believe the killer may have been casing the shop, as it had no security cameras to catch him in the act

The gunman dragged the victim’s body toward the back of the store and covered it with clothing.  Police found the 78-year-old with two gunshot wounds to the head and one to the torso, DNA Info reported.

Rahmatollah
Pictured above: Victim,  Vahidipour Rahmatollah
Murder
Pictured: Composite Sketch of potential suspect
When he didn’t come home at the usual time his family called the police, who discovered his body. It wasn’t not clear if the killer actually took anything, or if the murder was his sole motivation. ‘He never had in his whole life one enemy, he didn’t have, he was a very kind man,’ his sobbing wife, Naima Rahmatollan, told reporters.  Saturday he was supposed to be at his grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. Police believe the murderer had been watching the store in preparation for the attack, noting that he’d chosen a shop with no security cameras. The other two merchants were killed July 6 and Aug. 2 with the same .22-caliber gun. Mohammed Gebeli, 65, was shot to death at his clothing store at 7718 Fifth Ave. and Issac Kadare, 59, was found dead in his Bensonhurst store at 1877 86th St.  No one has been arrested in any of the killings.

Article written and published by Dailymail.co.uk on 11/16/12

Do you know these young woman?

These photographs were discovered in the Summer of 1969 in an abandoned hanger located in Berks County, PA. The hanger was a hot-spot for a local motorcycle gang at the time. The female’s in the photo were never identified nor has anyone ever claimed to know them. There was also no missing person reports in the local community and it is believed that the two were not from the area.
Authorities have received information indicating that these photos could be instrumental in identifying  both Jane Does.

 

Jane Doe Number One (Left)

Discovered On August 22, 1968 In A Wooded Area Along State Route 82, Caernarvon Twp, Berks County, Near The Chester/Berks County Line.
Estimated Date Of Death: August 14, 1968
Cause Of Death: Multiple Gunshot Wounds – 5 Shots To The Chest And Abdomen, One To The Left Temple.
Estimated Age: Initial Estimate Was That She Was 15-20 Years Old, However, When Doctors Examined Calcium Formations In The Bone Joints, It Was Decided That She May Have Been As Old As 30.
 
Approximate Height & Weight: 5’3″, 125-130 Lbs
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brunette Hair With A Reddish Tint.  Eye Color Unknown.  No Scars Or Tattoos.
Clothing: Black Nehru-Type Blouse With Zipper Down The Back;  Black Bra, Size 36B;  Sandy Colored Nylon Stockings; White Girdle; Nico Brand White Sandals, Size 8M, Made In Italy.  No Slacks Or Skirt Found.
Jewelry: Bronze, Four-Way, Religious Medal On A Heavy, Endless Chain.  The Medal Depicted The Crucifix On The Front.  On The Back Was The Inscription: “I Am A Catholic.  In Case Of Emergency, Call Me A Priest”.  She Was Also Wearing A Sterling Identification-Type Bracelet With A Flexible Band On Her Left Wrist.  There Was No Inscription On The ID Bracelet. 
Other: 22-Caliber Short Bullets Were Removed From The Body.  Extensive Facial Decomposition.
Agency Case Number: L01-0026607
NCIC Number: U-294925792

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Jane Doe Number Two (Right)  

Was Located On April 18, 1969 In French Creek State Park Which Is About 3-1/2 Miles From Where Jane Doe Number One Was Discovered. She Was Deceased And Her Skeletal Remains Were On A Large Flat Rock And Scattered Within A 12-Foot Radius With No Attempt To Conceal Or Hide Her. She Was Missing Three Teeth And Was Wearing No Clothes But One Sandal And A Pair Of Underwear Was Next To The Victim. The Elastic Part Of The Underwear Was Rolled Up, As If It Had Been Rolled Off Of The Victim.
DNA And Fingerprints Are Not Available.
It Is Unclear If Victim Number Two Lost 3 Of Her Teeth Due To A Struggle, Or If They Were Missing Prior To Her Death.
She Is Described As Having Brunette Colored Hair, Standing 5’1” Tall, With An Estimated Age Of 21 Years.
Estimated Time Of Death: Summer 1968
NCIC Number: U-294927902  Agency Case Number: L01-0033856

Photo of the victim’s sandals, the pair of sandals on the left belonged to victim number one and the sandal on the right belonged to victim number two, the other sandal belonging to victim number two were never located

The bracelet and bronze medal belonged to victim number one. On the medal was the description: I am a Catholic in-case of an emergency, call me a priest

 

If you have any information regarding this cold case you’re asked to please contact: Pennsylvania State Police 610-378-4035

You may also leave a online tip by emailing – contact@pennsylvaniamissing.com
Those who choose to leave a tip can remain anonymous

Marked for death: Brett Hartman claims he had nothing to do with the brutal 1997 murder of Winda Snipes in Akron, Ohio

Pictured: Bret Hartman Akron, Ohio Death Row Inmate set to die tonight

Ohio is set to execute a man on Tuesday who claims he is innocent of stabbing a woman 138 times, slitting her throat and cutting off her hands.

Brett Hartman, a convicted killer who admitted to having sex with Winda Snipes early on the morning of Sept. 9, 1997 at her Akron apartment, claims that when he went back to Snipes’ apartment later that day, found her mutilated body and panicked before trying to clean up the mess and calling 911.

While Hartman still maintains his innocence, he has been found guilty by numerous courts over the years.

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal by Hartman on Monday.

Reports indicate that the convicted killer asked the high court on his appeal that he be allowed to renew arguments that his original attorneys did a bad job presenting evidence that could have led a jury to spare him.

Hartman came within about a week of execution in 2009 before federal courts allowed him to pursue an innocence claim. The claim failed before he had a new date set last year. That date was eventually postponed due to a federal lawsuit over Ohio’s execution policy.

Three separate efforts for clemency on Hartman’s part have been denied by the Ohio Parole Board, which cited the brutality of the Snipes’ slaying and the “overwhelming evidence” of Hartman’s guilt.

A long held argument by Hartman’s attorneys has been that crucial evidence from the crime scene and Snipes’ body both have never been tested. The argument essentially raises questions about Hartman’s innocence.

According to the AP, the evidence includes fingerprints allegedly found on a clock and a mop handle. Hartman also argues the evidence could implicate an alternate suspect.

The AP further reports that Hartman’s attorneys say their clients behavior in prison has been exemplary and shows he is a changed man. They cite his devotion to religious studies, his development as an artist and community service projects in prison.

Hartman would be the 49th inmate put to death since Ohio resumed executions in 1999.

The death row inmate slept for about three hours early Tuesday, spoke on the phone with a friend, then visited with an aunt, a sister and another friend Tuesday morning, prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith told reporters.

He ate most of his last meal Monday, including steak, baked potato and fried shrimp, then declined breakfast Tuesday, Smith said.

Source: Ibtimes