Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alstory Simon Released from Prison after Serving 15 Years for Double Murder

Alstory Simon, who confession to a 1982 double homicide that helped free an inmate from death row in 1999, was released from prison last month. Simon was in prison for 15 years for the double murder, the same case in which Anthony Porter, an alleged neighborhood gang banger, was convicted and later freed.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Amanda Knox Now A Reporter for Her Local Newspaper

According to several sources, Amanda Knox has found a job as a writer for the Westside Weekly newspaper in her hometown of Seattle. Westside Weekly publisher, Ken Robinson, confirmed to AOL News that Knox has been a freelance arts reporter at the publication since the summer. Robinson said that Knox has written about 10 articles for them, even though she has flown under the radar for several months.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sollecito Asks for “Separate” Trial

With just a few months to go before their final appeals, Raffaele Sollecito drops a bomb on the Knox camp. Sollecito allegedly demanded that his and Knox’s cases be tried separately. Sollecito’s legal defense team is reportedly lobbying to Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation to overrule his case and order a retrial.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Missing Realtor, Beverly Carter, Found Dead: Suspect in Custody

It all started last Thursday when Arkansas real estate agent, Beverly Carter, went missing. Beverly went to show a home near Little Rock, but never returned home. By 8pm that night her husband, Carl Carter, became suspicious when Beverly had not returned. So, Carl went to the home she was showing and found her car in the driveway with her purse inside, but no sign of his wife. Nothing was missing from her purse, and the door of the home was left open. Carl received texts from Beverly’s phone that night that did not sound like they came from her.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

‘Walking Dead’ Guest Star Shannon Richardson Sentenced to 18 Years for Mailing Ricin to Obama

Yesterday the sentencing of Shannon Richardson, who had minor roles on TV’s ‘The Walking Dead’ and the Sandra Bullock movie ‘The Blind Side,’ took place yesterday. CBS News reports that Richardson was arrested last June for sending letters with the deadly toxin ricin to President Obama and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Richardson pled guilty last December.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty Today

Just minutes ago Judge Thokozile Masipa found OscarPistorius guilty of “culpable homicide” after fatally shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door on Valentine’s Day last year.
The court did, however, clear Pistorius of the more serious charge of premeditated murder, saying that the state had failed to prove such a charge. In the judge’s words: “The state clearly has not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder. There are just not enough facts to support such a finding.”

Sentencing for Pistorius is scheduled for October, at which time he could face up to 15 year in prison for culpable homicide.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Italian Horror House Gets Old, Yet, Familiar Visitor

The bizarre behavior exhibited by Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito throughout this tragic nightmare has been the source of much talk and controversy. Although it pales in comparison to other peculiar actions exhibited by the two throughout, Raffaele Sollectio added to that when he brought his new love to visit the home where he was convicted of brutally murdering Meredith Kercher.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Curse of Amanda Knox: Realtor says “Italian Horror House Hard to sell”

The Italian cottage where Amanda Knox, Raffaelle Sollecito, and Rudy Guede  have been convicted of butchering Meredith Kercher was put up for sale in December of 2013. Due to the infamous circumstances, said a Perugian agent for the Tecnocasa real estate agency, which is handling the sale, “…it has not been easy to find potential buyers who are willing to overlook the fact that a brutal murder took place there.”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Raffaele Sollecito now admits having questions about Knox’s behavior following Kercher’s murder

As if the Amanda Knox case could not get any more bizarre, Raffaele Sollecito has upped the ante. In a recent exclusive interview on an Italian TV news broadcast, Sollecito said he has several “unanswered questions” for his former girlfriend, Amanda Knox. This adds yet another waiver to the many different versions Sollecito provided over the years about the same details. In the official story, the part that remained consistent, at least, Knox and Sollecito both claimed that Knox left his flat the morning after Kercher’s murder and returned home, where she noticed the door left wide open and witnessed blood spots in the bathroom. Knox claimed that she found it odd and just assumed that one of her roommates was menstruating and left blood behind. She proceeded to take a shower and returned to Sollecito’s flat and ate breakfast. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Craigslist Killer, Miranda Barbour, says she “stopped counting after 22 victims”

Miranda Barbour, 19, shocked the world on Valentine’s Day (2014) when she claimed she committed between 22 and 100 murders over a six-year time span covering five different States as part of a satanic cult. Dubbed the “Craigslist Killer,” the Pennsylvania teen is accused of killing Troy LaFerrara, 42, of Port Trevorton after she met him on Craigslist. Miranda said she met LaFerrara on Craigslist and agreed to have sex with him for $100 in November (2013). They met in the parking lot of the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Hummels Wharf, and drove nearly six miles to Sunbury. She said she planned to let LaFerrara out of her Honda CRV but “he said the wrong things.” Barbour said she told LaFerrara that she had just turned sixteen-years-old. “He told me that ‘it was OK.’ If he would have said no, that he wasn’t going to go through with the arrangement, I would have let him go.” Laferrara was killed on November 11, 2013, and his body was found in the backyard of a home in Sunbury on November 12th.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ten Top TV Trials of the Modern Era in America

The OJ Simpson Murder Trial
Dubbed the case that changed modern courtroom coverage, over a 100 million people tuned in on October 3, 1995, to watch Simpson receive an acquittal verdict for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. It was the trial that Lawyer Jonnie Cochran coined the phrase, “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.” 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Amanda Knox’s Conviction is Upheld

After a long wait the Italian Supreme Court’s verdict in the Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito case was finally revealed on Thursday: guilty. The judges in Florence overruled her previous acquittal and sentence her to 28 years and 6 months in prison, while Knox’s ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was also found guilty and given 25 years in jail. But their lawyers vowed to appeal to Italy’s highest court—a process that will take at least a year and drag out this legal saga even further. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Determining Postmortem Interval: Forensic Entomology

Investigating murders incorporates a host of different forensic professionals, all scientifically collaborating in an effort to corroborate their findings. Forensic entomology combines the study of insects and other arthropods with criminal investigations. In the case of a forensic entomologist; their job, when investigating a homicide, is to help determine the postmortem interval (or time elapsed since death; PMI) of a corpse based on the age of the insects present in the body. To do so, they must first identify the species of the insect. Each species of insect may have vastly different habits, behaviors, and growth rates.