Alleged serial killer Michael Madison pleaded 'not guilty' in 2nd arraignment
Convicted sex offender 36-year-old Michael Madison pleaded not guilty killing three East Cleveland women in court Thursday.
The Cuyahoga County Grand Jury re-indicted Madison because prosecutors are now seeking the death penalty in the case. That's why Madison was arraigned for the second time.
Madison has been charged with 14 counts including six counts of aggravated murder in the deaths Shetisha Sheeley, Angela Deskins and Shirellda Terry. The women's bodies were found in trash bags in East Cleveland in July.
Michael Madison is expected back in court for his pre-trial hearing November 5. He's being held without bond.
Felix Vail has something to say to “shrimpy, evil reporter”.
An editorial piece written by Jerry Mitchell
Klansmen have called me a “white traitor,” prosecutors have called me a “pain in the ass,” and now serial killer suspect Felix Vail is calling me a “shrimpy, evil reporter.”
I’ll have to add it to my resume.
On May 17, Louisiana authorities arrested Vail, a Mississippi native, for the 1962 murder of his first wife, Mary, in Lake Charles, La. He maintains he is innocent and that he and his wife were trotline fishing when she accidentally fell out of the boat. Vail happens to be the last person known to be with 3 women: his first wife, Mary; his common law wife Sharon Hensley, who disappeared in 1973; and his teenage wife, Annette, who disappeared in 1984.
District Attorney Vern Pierson announced today that the jury in the penalty phase trial of convicted serial murderer Joseph Michael Nissensohn has concluded. After deliberating for approximately 90 minutes, the jury returned with a verdict in favor of the death penalty.
District Attorney Vern Pierson commented, "Our thoughts are with the many victims of this man who have waited far too long for justice to be served. While nothing we do can bring back their loved ones, it's our hope this outcome gives them some small measure of closure."
On October 31, 2013, Joseph Nissensohn was convicted in a South Lake Tahoe courtroom for the 1981 Monterey County murder of 13 year old Tammy Jarschke, 14 year old Tanya Jones, and for the 1989 South Lake Tahoe murder of 15 year old Kathy Graves.
A son's torment: Believing a serial killer strangled his mother
Matthew Feldman peers across his cluttered kitchen, his eyes ringed with dark folds of skin from lack of sleep. He straightens his back, as his voice cracks with anger.
He is sickened, he says, about what the FBI believes happened to his long-disappeared, drug-addled mother — about her possible fate and how she might have died. And even as his voice grows calm, the confusion and desperation come through. “Every child can say that at points in their life they hate their parent,” he offers. “As much as I hate (my mother) though, no human being deserves what happened to her.”
Feldman is 24 years old and just six hours earlier, he learned that the FBI believes his mother was victim number eight of confessed Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes. Then age 48, Debra Feldman, Matthew’s mother, was last seen on April 8, 2009. “It’s surreal,” Matthew spits out, “because I thought it was a closed case”
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.”