A dad whose daughter is marrying the notorious serial killer Charles Manson has told how he has finally come to accept it.
Phil Burton’s daughter Afton (26) told him she was marrying the infamous killer (79) after striking up a relationship with Manson in jail from her home in Illinois. She moved to be near him when she was 18 after she secretly began writing to him in his California jail cell.
Her father, Phil, reveals how the family feels about the relationship. “We have not, we are not going to and we never will, no matter what she does in her life, disown our daughter,” he explained.
Ex-boyfriend of 'Call Girl Killer' reveals details of "frantic" phone call
The former boyfriend of the accused ‘Call Girl Killer’ Alix Tichelman today revealed she made a 'frantic' call to him on the night she allegedly killed a Google executive with a heroin overdose and said he fears she could have been planning to take his life shortly before she was arrested.
High-priced Tichelman contacted Chad Cornell wanting to see him one last time - just days before he was shocked to find out she had been arrested on July 4 over the death of married father-of-five Forrest Tim Hayes on his yacht moored in a harbor in Santa Cruz, California.
Cornell, a general contractor and heavy metal singer, said they had undergone a nasty breakup after a seven-month relationship, and he found it strange how she suddenly changed her tone toward him.
South Afircan "axeman" must be treated as a serial killer
Pretoria - If convicted, former Blue Bulls flanker and alleged axe-murderer Joseph Ntshongwana must be dealt with as a serial killer - a danger to society who could not be “fixed” because no one knew what triggered his alleged violent killing sprees.
This was the essence of Wednesday’s evidence by Professor Gerard Labuschagne, an expert on serial killers who also holds the rank of brigadier and is head of the police’s psychological investigations section.
He was testifying in the Durban High Court trial in which Ntshongwana is facing four murder charges - in which it is alleged he hacked off his victims’ heads with an axe which he hid in a disused dog kennel at his Yellowwood Park home - and two attempted murder and rape charges.
Betty Portenlanger's heart breaks every three years. Every three years for the past 44 when she is faced with horrific details of her sister's murder, as the woman's killer asks a review board to grant his parole.
Every three years, Portenlanger relives the nightmare: The call in January 1970 that 27-year-old Jean Bianchi was missing. The three-day search throughout McHenry County. The details of her sister's final moments.
"It's horrendous to think that the earth opened up and swallowed someone you loved," said Portenlanger, of Chicago. "The whole ordeal, it's just unimaginable."
The state’s initial assault on the final appeal filed by convicted serial killer Reinaldo Rivera has proved unsuccessful.
Attorneys at the Georgia attorney general’s office filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss Rivera’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Such a writ orders a person in custody to be brought before a court.
The attorneys contend that Rivera missed a one-year deadline to appeal the Georgia Supreme Court’s ruling that affirmed his 2004 conviction and death sentence, but the judge ruled that Rivera had not missed the deadline because an attorney filed a state habeas corpus petition for him even though Rivera wrote to the court that he was abandoning all appeals
Wisconsin man pleads not guilty in suitcase bodies case
ELKHORN, Wis., July 17 (Reuters) - A Wisconsin man accused of stuffing the bodies of two women in separate suitcases and dumping the luggage in a roadside ditch pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday.
Steven Zelich, 52, is charged with two felony counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County, 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee, and investigations are continuing in another Wisconsin county and in Minnesota into the deaths of the women.
Zelich told investigators he accidentally killed Jenny Gamez, 21, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, and Laura Simonson, 37, of Farmington, Minnesota, during sexual encounters at hotels, according to court documents.
The high-priced prostitute accused of injecting a Google executive with a fatal dose of heroin is now considered a suspect in the death a former boyfriend in Atlanta.
Alix Tichelman, 26, has been charged with manslaughter and drug charges after 51-year-old Forrest Hayes was found dead November 23 of a drug overdose on his yacht. Former flame Dean Riopelle, also 51, reportedly died under similar circumstances only months prior.
The investigation into Riopelle's death - from an overdose of heroin, oxycodone and alcohol - has been reopened, police have said. 'It's still conjecture looking at the similarities of the two situations, but obviously we're going to go back and look at it and make sure that everything determined to be correct, almost a year ago, is still factual and still accurate,' said Capt. Shawn McCarty with the Milton Police Department.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The suspect in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in suitcases dumped on a rural Wisconsin road stalked women while working as a police officer – and tried to sell them cellular service in a side job that ethics experts said abused his authority.
Steven Zelich, 52, held at least three side jobs while working for the West Allis Police Department, according to personnel files released this week. One of those enterprises was a partnership with another office in cell phone service sales. Women told officers during an internal investigation that Zelich would hand out business cards and promote his service while on duty. One said he had even asked to see her cell phone bill, saying it would tell him how much she could save by switching services.
Police said the case represents abuse of power and provides a warning about what can happen when departments fail to establish and enforce policies against conflicts of interest and misuse of authority. Several agencies said they didn’t track complaints tied to side jobs, and officials said they thought such instances were rare. But Greg Peterson, president of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, which sets standards for police agencies, said the lack of numbers also reflects a lack of awareness.
Lawyers for Colorado theater gunman oppose videotaping sanity exam
DENVER (Reuters) - Attorneys for an accused mass murderer who claims he was insane when he shot 12 moviegoers to death at a Colorado cinema two years ago oppose the videotaping of their client as he undergoes a new psychiatric examination, court records show.
Lawyers defending James Holmes argued in a motion filed on Friday that they were not notified that the latest sanity exam sessions would be recorded and insisted the taping could violate his constitutional right against self-incrimination.
Holmes, 26, is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder for opening fire inside a suburban Denver movie theater during a midnight showing of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in July 2012.