Dr Anthony Garcia back in court; 'Now he's angry,' attorney says
A doctor accused of a serial killing was back in court Thursday – renewing his request that prosecutors turn over reports on evidence in the case against him.
Dr. Anthony Garcia walked into court head down. Noticeably thinner, he sported a full bushy beard and filled his attorney's ear – talking to him through much of the hearing as Judge Duane Dougherty ensured that prosecutors were continuing to turn over reports in the case.
After the routine hearing, his attorney Bob Motta suggested that the defense will have plenty to investigate as far as other suspects in the killings.
Serial killer Duncan found competent by federal judge
A convicted serial killer, who kidnapped and murdered a 10-year-old Beaumont boy in 1997, was found competent Friday, Dec. 6, by an Idaho federal judge which could clear him for execution.
U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge found that Joseph Edward Duncan III, 50, was competent during his 2008 federal trial in the murder of four family members in Idaho. He was given three death sentences and nine life terms in prison.
Duncan’s death penalty was placed on hold in July 2011 by a federal appeals court that said Duncan should have been given a competency hearing before he waived his right to appeal for his federal conviction. Duncan underwent a six-week retrospective competency hearing starting in January of this year.
"Grim Sleeper" Lonnie Franklin to get the cable tv treatment
Los Angeles’ “Grim Sleeper” serial killer is getting the Lifetime movie treatment, Dateline.com reports. The project will be directed by veteran TV film producer Stanley M. Brooks, who left the TV movie industry in 2010 after filing for bankruptcy.
Sitcom star Dreama Walker set to star in the movie as LA Weekly investigative reporter Christine Pelisek.
“It was Pelisek’s work, with support from the relatives of the victims, that put pressure on the LAPD to make the case a priority,” the article reports. “A suspect, Lonnie David Franklin, was arrested in 2010, some 25 years after the first murder, using a novel approach called 'familial DNA,'
Three people were killed and 260 people were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The sisters-in-law of dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev testified on Thursday afternoon before a federal grand jury looking into the attack, their lawyer told The Associated Press.
Amato DeLuca, who represents Tsarnaev's widow, Katherine Russell, and her family, said Anna and Rebecca Russell testified at the federal courthouse in Boston. Their parents, Judith and Warren Russell, testified before the grand jury in September, but Katherine hasn't been called.
Walter E. Ellis, the serial killer serving several life sentences for the slayings of seven Milwaukee women over two decades, died Sunday.
Ellis, 53, was incarcerated at a South Dakota prison under an interstate agreement. He died of apparent natural causes at a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital, according to a South Dakota prison official. An autopsy will be conducted.
Ellis was arrested in 2009 after Milwaukee police said his DNA matched semen samples found on six homicide victims and a blood sample on a can of pepper spray discovered at the scene of the seventh slaying. The homicides occurred between 1986 and 2007. All seven victims were strangled. One also was stabbed.
Human remains from serial killer’s victims secretly destroyed by police
Human remains of some of serial killer Harold Shipman’s victims were kept for more than a decade by police before they were secretly destroyed without the families’ permission, it has emerged.
The samples were taken from 12 women to establish cause of death, police said. They were kept in storage for a number of years to ensure that police had the appropriate evidence should the murderer or his family appeal against his conviction.
But in 2011 police decided to “respectfully dispose” of the tissue samples without telling the families.
Greater Manchester Police chief constable Sir Peter Fahy said officers “agonised” over whether or not to tell the families but decided not to, to save them reliving “upset and distress”.
Dennehy stands by guilty plea to three brutal murders
Lawyers for 31-year-old Joanna Dennehy say she has not changed her mind after admitting knifing three men to death and dumping their bodies in ditches.
Female serial killer Joanna Dennehy will stand by her guilty pleas to the brutal murders of three men who were knifed to death and left in a ditch. The bodies of Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, Kevin Lee, 48, and John Chapman, 56, were found in Cambridgeshire in March.
Dennehy, who has a green star tattoo below her right eye, took officials by surprise when she insisted: “I’ve pleaded guilty and that’s that.”
Donal MacIntyre's Crime World: How serial killers build their brand
* EDITORIAL PIECE*
Serial Killers are attempting to brand themselves like movie franchises even from behind prison bars despite attempts to thwart them.
Serial killers are narcissists and Dennis Nilsen’s recent efforts at promoting his brand through the unauthorised distribution of his banned autobiography, “ History of a Drowning Man”, demonstrates just how egocentric and self aware they are of their brand image and the public profile as predatory monsters.
This is a battle for a place in pantheon of killers and serial killers like Nilsen trade off their trophy kills in a bid for a higher ranking at the top table of horror and murder.
BERLIN — A German police officer has been arrested on suspicion of killing and chopping up a man he met on the Internet who had long fantasized about being killed and eaten, authorities said Friday.
The handwriting and document analysis specialist was arrested on Wednesday at his workplace, the Criminal Technical Institute in the eastern city of Dresden, authorities said. He told investigators that he fatally stabbed the victim in the throat on Nov. 4, hours after the two met in person for the first time.
The 55-year-old said he then chopped up the body into multiple pieces. The suspect pointed officers to a number of places around his property, south of Dresden, where he had buried the remains, city police chief Dieter Kroll said at a televised news conference.
Lawyer: Homeless slayings suspect killed self with Ajax
SANTA ANA, Calif. — A former Marine who was awaiting trial in the deaths of six people, including four homeless men, died after ingesting Ajax in his jail cell, his lawyer said Friday.
Itzcoatl Ocampo, 25, apparently accumulated the cleaning product over time while in custody, said his attorney, Michael Molfetta, who was briefed on the death. The incident raises serious questions about how well Orange County jail deputies were supervising Ocampo, who had mental health issues, Molfetta said.
Ocampo was found shaking and vomiting in his single-man cell Wednesday and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon, said Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock.
Hamilton serial killer Sukhwinder Dhillon dies in prison
Sukhwinder Singh Dhillon, a crooked Stoney Creek used car salesman and serial poisoner at the centre of an investigation that took Hamilton detectives — and journalists — to India, has died a natural death.
Dhillon had been serving a life sentence at the Warkworth Institution in Campbellford, east of Peterborough. He turned 54 last May. The Peterborough Examiner reported that Dhillon died in a Kingston hospital, and police and the coroner are investigating. A source told The Spectator the cause of death was cancer.
Dhillon murdered his wife, Parvesh Kaur Dhillon, in Hamilton in January 1995, and his friend and business associate Ranjit Singh Khela in June 1996. The motive in each homicide was insurance money.