Posts Tagged ‘Child Murder’

  • Death Row Debbie’s’ conviction due in part because of detective lying under oath
  • Judge decided to believe police officer over mom of four-year-old son
  • Milke would have been the first woman executed in Arizona since the 1930s
  • Prosecutors failed to disclose lead detective, who claimed he obtained a confession, had past misconduct issues

An Arizona mother who had spent 22 years on death row after being found guilty of murdering her four-year-old son is set to be released.

Debra Jean Milke’s guilty verdict was overturned earlier this year – but now prosecutors have failed to file an expected appeal meaning she will be released in just weeks.

Known as Death Row Debbie, 48-year-old Debra Jean Milke’s was found guilty in 1989 for the gruesome slaying of her toddler son Christopher who was shot three times in the back of the head and dumped in the desert.

Debra Jean Milke has been on Arizona's death row for nearly 20 years for plotting her 4-year-old son's murder
Ready for release: Debra Jean Milke, above, had her murder conviction overturned after spending more than 20 years on death row for the killing of her 4-year-old son, Christopher, below, in December 1989
Christopher, 4, was reported missing on December 2, 1989

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michael-lawrenceWanted For: Murder
Last Seen In: Saginaw, Michigan
Full Name: Michael Duane Lawrence
Race: Black
Current Age: 23
Height: 5’10
Weight: 160
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Possible Location(s):
Ann Arbor , MI
Michigan
Anywhere in the United States

Mugshot photo of Michael D. Lawrence

Layla Jones was a 6-year-old child from Saginaw. On August 29, 2012, while she was celebrating her father’s birthday in her family yard, Michael Lawrence drove by an opened fire, killing the little girl instantly.

Saginaw County District Court has an arrest warrant charging Lawrence with first-degree premeditated murder, conspiring to commit that crime, five counts of assault with intent to murder, single counts of discharging a firearm from a vehicle, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, carrying a concealed weapon, and possessing a firearm as a felon, and nine counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony-second offense .

He’s been on the run ever since and authorities are asking the public for help in locating in. He is considered Armed and Dangerous so do not attempt to approach him, instead, contact police immediately.

Crime Stoppers in Michigan are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Information regarding this or any felony, call Crime Stoppers at 800-422-JAIL.

 

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Regina Mae Armstrong

Age: 6
Sex: Female
Race: Caucasian
Missing Since:
Body Found: 06/18/85
Location: Oviedo, Orlando, Florida
Zip Code: 32762
Possible Suspect: Unknown

On the afternoon of June 18, 1985, Regina Armstrong, then 6, was playing with her 9-year-old sister and their babysitter’s chid outside their babysitter’s  Semoran Terrace apartment complex on south Semoran Boulevard in Orlando, FL, when she was kidnapped.

Armstrong_Suspect_CompositeAfter police were alerted, a massive search for Regina was immediately conducted. The little girl’s sister gave police a description of the kidnapper and police were able to have a composite sketch drawn.

The sketch depicts what the abducted may have looked like in the 80′s. He was described as a man in his 40′s  who wore a plaid shirt and old blue jeans. He had a cut on his lip and stubble on his face. He talked to the three children briefly and then left, but reappeared about 30 minutes later as the children play near the apartment mailboxes.

The man lured Regina Mae to follow him, most likely under false pretenses, and promised the other two children that he would pay them each $2 to watch a door at the nearby Beau Barton apartments where he said he and his wife lived.

 

According to Regina’s sister, the abductor had a broken lip and had an odor to him.

“He smelled oily, like he worked for a mechanic or on cars, he didn’t smell like a normal guy.” recalled Christina Worsham, Regina’s sister,  during an 2010 interview.

When Christina realized her sister wasn’t coming back, she tried to warn their baby sitter. But the woman, for some reason, wouldn’t listen to Christina’s pleas and instead locked the door. It wasn’t until nearly two hours later when the baby sitter’s boyfriend and another brother returned, that Christina finally got help.

“I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do or who to call,” Worsham said. “I was just shaken. I didn’t know if I was going to be in trouble or what was going to happen.”

Police were finally notified at 4:30 p.m. when Donna Armstrong returned to pick up her daughters.

“It was unreal. I just didn’t have any idea what was going on,” Donna Armstrong said. “It’s a day I’ll never forget.”

Many hoped for a safe return but sadly, a little over two years after the abduction a construction worker found the skull and weathered, dirty sundress Regina was last seen wearing, in a Oviedo housing development approximately 15 miles from where she was kidnapped.

The findings matched that of Regina Armstrong and what became a hopeful rescue turned into a manhunt for her killer. However, almost 28 years later and the person responsible remains unknown and Regina’s murder remains unsolved.

“The key to solving this case is finding somebody who knows something,” Detective Michael Moreschi from the Orlando Police Department said to reporters. “Either that, or [DNA] technology will finally have caught up with the crime.”

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact: Florida’s Crimeline – 1-800-423-8477.

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

Pictured: Victim – April Marie Tinsley

FORT WAYNE, IN, COLD CASE → April Tinsley was your typical eight year old but that all changed on good Friday, April 1st, 1988, also known as ”April fools day”. April was on her way home from a friend’s house in Fort Wayne, Indiana when she was kidnapped, raped and murdered by an unknown killer,  Three days later, her body was found on the side of the road, approximately 20 miles away, in an area of farmland.

Fort Wayne police department and other law enforcement agencies worked around the clock looking for April’s killer, media ended up drawing in many tips and leads which all lead to dead ends. April’s case has even made it to ‘America’s Most Wanted’ to no avail. However, John Walsh, host of the show, visited Fort Wayne on August 20th, 2012 to film the second episode of April’s murder hoping for answers or information.

Very little information or details are known about the killer. He is male, Caucasian or Hispanic and was last seen in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Below is a composite sketch of what April’s killer might look.

Two years after the murder of April Tinsley, a note appeared on a barn door near where her body was found. The note, seen below, read “I kill 8 yea old April Marie Tinsley. I will kill again”  Near the message, “ha ha” was faintly scrawled. Fourteen more years had passed when four more notes in a similar handwriting began appearing at several Fort Wayne residences. Three were left on little girls’ bikes; the fourth was in a mailbox. Whom ever wrote the notes claimed responsibility for the murder of April Tinsley and threatened to kill again.  They were written on yellow lined paper and placed in baggies that included used condoms and/or Polaroid photos. The notes stopped in 2004 and the killer hasn’t been heard from since. This could indicate a couple of things, he passed away or is currently in jail for a separate crime.

Police say this note was placed in a ziplock bag that also included a condom. They also say the DNA on the condom matches the DNA found on April Tinsley.

Police say this note, pictured above, was written by the killer , it was placed in a zip-lock bag that also included a condom. They also say the DNA found on the condom, matched the DNA found on April Tinsley.

_____FBI Profiler Jennifer Eakin says writing experts believe that the killer may have the writing disorder known as disgraphia.

FBI Profiler Jennifer Eakin says writing experts believe that the killer may
have the writing disorder known as disgraphia.

Authorities found this sex toy 20 feet from the crime scene. The device is called a Ben Wa Squirmy Manual Crank, and investigators are looking for more information on the device.

Authorities found this sex toy 20 feet from the crime scene. The device is
called a Ben Wa squirmy Manual Crank, and investigators are looking for more
information on the device.

A disturbing threat was scrawled across a barn door in Fort Wayne, Ind., two years after April Tinsley was brutally killed. Cops believe the person responsible for April

A disturbing threat was scrawled across a barn door in Fort Wayne, Ind., two
years after April Tinsley was brutally killed. Cops believe the person
responsible for April’s murder is the same person who wrote this message.

Cops say this bedspread may be a key clue in identifying April

Cops say this bedspread may be a key clue in identifying April’s killer.
Included with the fourth and final note he left specifically for a young Fort
Wayne girl to see, were pictures of the suspect himself lying on a blue-green,
paisley-patterned bedspread.

Whoever murdered April Tinsley enjoyed taunting the young girl’s family, police, and the community, especially other little girls. The sick man got some type of twisted pleasure out of it. He needs to be caught, dead or alive so April Marie Tinsley and her family and anyone who has been victimized by this individual, can have justice and closure.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please leave a tip by calling or emailing: +1-866-60A-PRIL or email aprilinfo@ci.ft-wayne.in.us

Photo: 7/22/2012: Celina Cass Murder Case Update: CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Nearly a year after an 11-year-old girl vanished from her northern New Hampshire home and was found slain a week later, no arrests have been made, and investigators still aren't revealing any details about her death. The anniversary of Celina Cass' disappearance and death has brought media back to West Stewartstown, population 800, but locals say the fear and anxiety never subsided.</p><br />
<p>"It’s not an old wound," says Shannon Towle, owner of the local convenience store. She says she and others are rankled daily by the lack of an arrest.</p><br />
<p>Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Jane Young says the investigation remains open and active, with three state troopers from the nearby Twin Mountain barracks assigned nearly full-time.</p><br />
<p>"Sometimes these cases are marathons, not sprints," Young said. "It’s clearly not a cold case."</p><br />
<p>Celina’s body was retrieved from the Connecticut River on Aug. 1, near the borders of Canada and Vermont and less than a quarter-mile from her home. Prosecutors have labeled her death a homicide but have not revealed how she died.</p><br />
<p>Young acknowledged the community’s frustration with scant information from authorities, but stressed her goal is to bring Celina’s killer or killers to justice. That way, she said, authorities can ensure that they obtain first-hand information from any suspects, rather than details suspects might have learned from news reports on the case.</p><br />
<p>Celina’s disappearance launched a massive search unprecedented in recent state history, with more than 100 law enforcement officials turning the Stewartstown Elementary School into a makeshift barracks. Searchers used police dogs and helicopters. A mobile cellphone tower was trucked in to enhance communications between teams in the field.</p><br />
<p>Meanwhile, children under the watchful eye of parents distributed flyers bearing Celina’s picture to drivers on the town’s main thoroughfare, a stone’s throw from the girl’s house. She was last seen hunched over the family’s computer at about 9 p.m. July 25, after watching her favorite television show, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," with her mother.</p><br />
<p>Her Facebook page, which vanished shortly after she did, carried the post, "You can’t stand to live with your family but you can’t stand to live without them" with a heart symbol where the punctuation would be.</p><br />
<p>[NOTE: (From Seeking TheLost): Under the photo Celina uploaded to her Facebook profile featured on the far left she wrote something to the effect of: "This is really me!" She was a beautiful girl with some horrible teethe. I hope she didn't feel ugly or get teased because of them. End.]</p><br />
<p>Celina’s 13-year-old sister, Kayla, with whom she shared a room, was sleeping over at a friend’s house that night.</p><br />
<p>In the days following her disappearance, candles burned on picnic tables in a local park where children and adults held vigils to pray for Celina’s return. Friends said she was timid, a stickler for getting her homework done early and would not run away from home.</p><br />
<p>Her body was located in the water near a dam and railroad trestle that is a popular fishing spot for locals, easily accessible by a wide dirt path and visible from the road. The vigil of hope turned to one of grief.</p><br />
<p>At the time of her disappearance, Celina lived with her mother, Luisia, her sister, her stepfather, Wendell Noyes (RIGHT), and 22-year-old Kevin Mullaney — the son of one of Luisia’s former boyfriends.</p><br />
<p>Mullaney and Wendell Noyes have been subpoenaed to testify at grand jury proceedings on Celina’s case.</p><br />
<p>Mullaney has been imprisoned since June 12 on convictions on charges unrelated to the Celina Cass investigation. Those charges include reckless conduct, receiving stolen property, possession of a weapon by a felon and criminal mischief. He will not be eligible for parole until at least January 2014.</p><br />
<p>Noyes, 47, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was committed to a state psychiatric hospital in 2003 after breaking into the home of an ex-girlfriend and threatening to harm her. He has been in and out of hospitals since Celina disappeared.</p><br />
<p>"I’d just as soon not talk," Wendell Noyes said last week. Asked if he had been warned not to talk about the case, he replied, "Yeah, more or less," but declined to say by whom.</p><br />
<p>Noyes’ mother, Eunice Richards, who was also subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury, said the past year "has been a living hell for the whole family."</p><br />
<p>"It’s so sad, so sad," Richards said. "They’ve got to have something to nail it to somebody."</p><br />
<p>Celina’s mother separated from Wendell Noyes within months of her disappearance, after a year of marriage.</p><br />
<p>Luisia Noyes’ cellphone is out of service, and she could not be reached for comment.</p><br />
<p>Celina was cremated. Her mother and Kayla wear crosses containing some of Celina’s ashes; the rest of the ashes are buried with her maternal grandmother in Groveton.</p><br />
<p>A memorial service will be held Thursday in the same small park where the community vigils were held.</p><br />
<p>SOURCE: <a href=http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/1-year-later-no-arrest-in-missing-NH-girl-s-death-3726167.php&#8221; width=”403″ height=”403″ />

Celina Cass Murder Case Update: CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Nearly a year after an 11-year-old girl vanished from her northern New Hampshire home and was found slain a week later, no arrests have been made, and investigators still aren’…t revealing any details about her death. The anniversary of Celina Cass’ disappearance and death has brought media back to West Stewartstown, population 800, but locals say the fear and anxiety never subsided.

“It’s not an old wound,” says Shannon Towle, owner of the local convenience store. She says she and others are rankled daily by the lack of an arrest.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Jane Young says the investigation remains open and active, with three state troopers from the nearby Twin Mountain barracks assigned nearly full-time.

“Sometimes these cases are marathons, not sprints,” Young said. “It’s clearly not a cold case.” (more…)