June 29, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, who presided over McVeigh's trial, released the bill accrued by the U.S. Justice Department in the defense of Oklahoma City bomber. According to the figures, the federal government spent $13.8 million in public funds to defend McVeigh during his trial in Colorado as well as other cost that were incurred up to his death. Stephen Jones, who represented McVeigh at trial, said before the figures were released that the expenses were justified and that McVeigh got a good defense.
June 26, 2001 - Andrea Yates - Associated Press reported rumors that infanticidal mom Andrea Yates tested pregnant after killing her five children. In related news a judge imposed a gag order on the case to avoid any tainting of the jury pool. The order prohibits any attorneys, police officers or witnesses in the case from talking about it.
June 24, 2001 - Infanticide in New Delhi - A housewife in the Indian capital of new Delhi fed lethal doses of pesticide to her four daughters and then killed herself, a police spokesman said. Saroj Devi and three of her daughters, aged between 10 and 16 years, died while the fourth was rushed to hospital in critical condition. The father of the girls, a junior staffer at a New Delhi bank, was not home at the time of the murder suicide. Police said poverty and the family's mounting debt were the most likely motive.
June 24, 2001 - Andrea Yates - Suburbanite Houston infanticidal mom Andrea Yates was charged with one capital murder charge for the "death... by drowning" of her two oldest sons, Noah and John. Prosecutors added that other charges in connection with the murders of her other three children could follow. Defense attorney George Parnham said his client was in "a very deep psychosis" and will probably plead insanity. "I've accumulated evidence in the last 24 hours that strongly suggests that the mental status of my client will be the issue, which means entering a not-guilty plea by reason of insanity," he told the Houston Chronicle.
June 22, 2001 - Murder Suicide in Aurora - Four people were found dead inside a condominium rented by a police officer in Aurora, Colorado. Police spokeswoman Fran Gomez said the case appeared to be a murder-suicide. An officer responding to a 911 call shortly after 9 a.m. saw the bodies of a man, a woman, a young boy and a young girl, Gomez said. The officer said one of the children had what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The two other members of the family -- two teen-age boys -- called police after finding the bodies. The boys - from an earlier marriage of one of the adults - were later interviewed by police and are presently not considered suspects.
June 21, 2001 - Infanticide in Houston - As news that a mother in the Houston suburb of Clear Lake had systematically drowned her five children trickled through the air waves, a Houston-area radio disk jockey called her a bitch and said she should be shot. Ironically the squad car taking her into custody was playing that very station and the arresting officer said that only then he saw her show any emotion over what she had done. Her husband, Russell Yates, said that his wife Andrea was driven to commit infanticide because she was suffering from a severe case of post-partum depression.
June 20, 2001 - Possible Serial Killer in Vancouver - Former Vancouver detective inspector Kim Rossmo is suing the Vancouver Police Department for their lack of interest investigating the disappearence of 30 women form the city's skid row since 1998. Rossmo named Deputy Chief John Unger -as his principal nemesis during a five-year stint when Rossmo piled up awards and garnered prestige for the VPD for his ground-breaking work in the field of geographic profiling. He also accused police Inspector Fred Biddlecombe of being a roadblock in the investigation of the missing women.
June 15, 2001 - Jerry Frank Townsend - A retarded man who confessed to six murders and spent 22 years in jail in Florida was freed after DNA evidence indicated he didn't commit the killings. "It is abundantly clear that he is the victim of an enormous tragedy," said Judge Scott Silverman. In 1979, Townsend, 49, was convicted of two murders and pleaded guilty to four others after confessing to the six killings. But his confession was thrown in doubt when DNA evidence in two of the murders cleared him and pointed at Eddie Lee Mosley, a suspected serial killer in jail, as the killer.
June 15, 2001 - Dylan Klebold & Eric Harris - Ghoulish shock-rocker, Marilyn Manson, has rejected pleas from Columbine victims' families and Colorado's governor, Bill Owens, to cancel his first concert in the Denver area since the Columbine massacre. "I am truly amazed that after all this time, religious groups still need to attack entertainment and use these tragedies as a pitiful excuse for their own self-serving publicity," Manson said on his Web site. Media outlets and some Columbine students have said the two gunmen were influenced by Manson's macabre lyrics. People who knew the killers denied that. After the attack, Manson issued a statement expressing sympathy for the victims. In an article that appeared later, he said he and other entertainers were being blamed unfairly for the shootings. Manson said that during his coming performance, he plans to balance songs with Bible stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrifice. "Now that seems like 'entertainment' to me," he added.
June 14, 2001 - Cary Stayner - A taped confession of Cary Stayner was played to a stunned courtroom in which the former Yosemite handyman said he had plotted for a year to rape and murder women and had targeted two other groups before ensnaring Carole Sund, her 15-year-old daughter Juli, and her 16-year-old friend Silvina Pelosso. As the two hours of tape played at a court session in the Mariposa County Superior Court, Stayner wept and blocked his ears. At one point the father of Silvina Pelosso leaped to his feet and screamed, "Son of a bitch!" A bailiff had to escort him out. After ordering Stayner to stand trial, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Thomas Hastings set his arraignment date for July 16. If found guilty of murder and sex charges, Stayner could face execution.
June 14, 2001 - Paul Frederick Runge - A 31-year-old man has been charged in Chicago with murdering and sexually assaulting six women and a 10-year-old girl in a string of sex attacks in Cook County and DuPage County between 1995 and 1997. The suspect, Paul Frederick Runge, has been behind bars since 1997, when he was arrested for a parole violation. Police said Runge has confessed to all seven killings and was linked to two of the crimes through DNA.
June 13, 2001 - Ivan Milat - Australian investigators announced that serial killer Ivan Milat is now suspected in three more murders committed at least ten years ago in New South Wales. In 1996, Milat was convicted of murdering seven hitch-hikers on the road connecting Sydney and Melbourne.
June 13, 2001 - Aileen Wuornos - In an attempt to go forward with her own execution, convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos said she wouldn't hestitate to kill again, if she was given the chance. Wuornos asked for a hearing to end all remaining appeals of her six death sentences. She's also issuing another rejection of her original claim, in which she blamed the killings on self-defense.
June 12, 2001 - Dylan Klebold & Eric Harris - The woman who helped Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris obtain a rifle and two shotguns used in the Columbine high-school massacre agreed to pay a $300,000 fine and give a videotaped statement for other lawsuits.
June 12, 2001 - The McVeigh Virus - Hours after the execution of Timothy McVeigh, a computer virus popped up throughout the internet offering a video of his execution. Instead, the virus downloaded a malicious program that allowing hackers to take control of the infected computer.
June 12, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - Prison authorities said the black hearse seen leaving the execution chambers of the Terre Haute prison following the McVeigh execution was a decoy used as a security measure. The body of the unrepentant Oklahoma City bomber was actually removed from the U.S. Penitentiary in a van shortly after the execution. Explaining the use of the decoy Dan Dunne, the spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, told the Associated Press: "Someone could have tried an ambush or something. There are all kinds of possibilities that could have happened." McVeigh's body was taken to a local funeral home, where he was cremated and his ashes given to one of his attorneys, said the Rev. Ron Ashmore of St. Margaret Mary Church.
June 11, 2001 - Possible Angel of Death in Nothern Texas - Authorities in Texas began exhuming the bodies of 10 former patients who may have been fatally drugged at the Nocona General Hospital. Investigators are attempting to determine whether two dozen hospital patients were lethally dosed with Mivacron, which is normally used to temporarily stop breathing during insertion of breathing tubes. The 10 bodies being exhumed initially are those deemed to be the best candidates for autopsies, Montague County District Attorney Tim Cole said.
Several vials of the drug were reported missing from the hospital in late January. Hospital officials then noticed that deaths had doubled in December and January, all on the same shift. No one has been arrested, but authorities say they are focused on one suspect they believe acted alone.
June 11, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - Unrepentant Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh died at 8:14 a.m. with his eyes open after receiving a lethal drug cocktail of sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride from federal prison authorities. Instead of making an oral statement, McVeigh, 33, issued a copy of the 1875 poem "Invictus," which concludes with the lines: "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." According to witnesses McVeigh acted as if he was in control, was cooperative, and defiantly stared straight into close circuit TV camera. The execution was broadcast from Terre Haute to Oklahoma City were 232 survivors and victims' relatives watched the encrypted feed. No hacked versions of the execution have yet surfaced on the Internet.
June 8, 2001 - 8 Dead in Osaka - A man with a kitchen knife burst into an elementary school in Osaka, Japan, slashing eight children to death and wounding 18 other children and three adults. The 37-year-old man, identified as Mamoru Takuma, was subdued by a vice principal and a teacher before police arrived. He was arrested at the scene, but was taken to a hospital, reportedly with self-inflicted injuries. The victims -- six girls and two boys -- were first- or second-grade students, ranging in age from 6 to 8. Two children were killed immediately and another six died at hospitals after the attack. Six more victims were in serious condition.
June 8, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - Ending three weeks of legal turmoil, Timothy McVeigh said he wanted to stop all further appeals on his behalf and is prepared to die. McVeigh's decision, which clears the way for his execution, came minutes after a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his request for an execution delay. He could have petitioned for the full appeals court to consider his request, taken the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or asked President Bush for clemency. Instead, McVeigh was prepared to die, said attorney Rob Nigh.
June 8, 2001 - William Lembcke - According to court documents, family annihilator William Lembcke killed his family after a confrontation with his father over secretly videotaping his 18-year- old sister, Jolene, while she undressed and showered. Lembcke, 16, shot to death his parents, Robert and Diana Lembcke, his sister and his 11-year-old brother Wesley in their home in Colville, Washington, on December 23, 2000.
June 6, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - The judge in the Oklahoma City bombing case refused to delay the execution of Timothy McVeigh, saying newly released FBI documents do not change the fact that he is guilty. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch issued the ruling even though he had commented to lawyers that he found it "shocking" that the documents had been withheld until last month. He said the findings of the jury, which convicted McVeigh in 1997, still stood. The execution is scheduled in five days. Attorneys for McVeigh, 33, said they would appeal Matsch's ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "We are extremely disappointed in the court's ruling today," McVeigh attorney Rob Nigh told reporters outside the courthouse.
June 5, 2001 - King Gyanendra - Police in Nepal imposed a second curfew to prevent protests against King Gyanendra, as the probe into the royal massacre that put him on the throne failed to start as planned. As the three members of the panel quarreled over how to proceed with the investigation, tension reached new heights on the streets and palaces in Katmandu.
June 4, 2001 - Nepal's Crown Prince Dipendra - Two days after being named king of Nepal, alleged royal rampager King Dipendra died in the hospital were he was in a coma resulting from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Hours after his death, Prince Gyanendra, the late King Biendra's brother and uncle of just-enthroned King Dipendra, was named king. The new king said he would name a commision headed by Nepal's chief justice to investigate the royal massacre. Previously, King Gyanendra declared the royal blood bath was due to, "a sudden burst of an automatic weapon," implying it was an accident.
June 2, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - Timothy McVeigh's attorneys asked for a delay of his execution so they will have enough time to review recently released FBI documents and possibly identify others who played major roles in the Oklahoma City bombing. In a brief filed in U.S. District Court, the attorneys also said the government continues to withhold evidence.
June 2, 2001 - Nepal's Crown Prince Dipendra - According to reports from military and government officials, Nepalese Crown Prince Dipendra gunned down the royal family during a family dinner and then turned the weapon on himself because the queen would not allow him to marry the woman he loved. However, no one in Katmandu believes the story that the prince was responsible for the killings. Instead all types of conspiracies of Shakespearean proportions have taken hold of this mountaneous kingdom. "Because of the lack of credible official information, it is not surprising that people are engaging in all kinds of rumors," said sociologist Krishna Bhattchan. The official report stated that King Birendra, his wife and six royal relatives died from automatic weapons fire during a dinner in the royal palace. Five others were wounded, one being the brother of the late king who died in the hospital.
May 31, 2001 - Khalil Abu Olbeh - A Palestinian driver who plowed his bus into a crowd of Israelis in February was sentenced Thursday to eight life terms, one for each person he killed. Khalil Abu Olbeh, 35, had driven a group of Palestinian workers from Gaza to Tel Aviv on February 14 when he spotted Israeli soldiers and civilians waiting at a bus stop in Azur, just south of Tel Aviv.
Abu Olbeh, who lived in Gaza City and had a work permit for Israel, turned his bus around, sped up and rammed the vehicle into the crowd, killing seven soldiers -- four of them women -- and a female civilian. Twenty-one more people were injured. Abu Olbeh was sentenced to an additional 21 years in prison for the 21 people injured. After ramming the Israelis, Abu Olbeh led police on a 22-mile high-speed chase. One of the officers shot him in the chest, and he crashed the bus into a truck. Injured in the crash, Abu Olbeh later had to have a leg amputated.
May 31, 2001 - Robert Burns Springsteen IV - Yogurt shop murder suspect, Robert Burns Springsteen IV, was convicted of capital murder for the murder of one of four victims resulting for a 1991 botched robbery. Springsteen, 26, bound, gagged and shot in the head 13-year-old Amy Ayers and three other teenage girls during a robbery of an Austin, Texas, yogurt shop. Springsteen will face life in prison or the death penalty as the same jury will reconvene for the penalty phase.
May 30, 2001 - Michael Carneal - School rampager Michael Carneal turned 18 and is now expected to be transferred to an adult prison to serve the remainder of his sentence. "I realize I can receive the best treatment for my condition as an inmate in an institution operated by the Department of Corrections; this is where I want to be," Carneal said in an affidavit filed in the court were he will be resentenced as an adult. According to the document Carneal believes his life sentence without the possibility of parole for 25 years is appropriate. Previous court documents indicate he suffers from schizotypal personality disorder, which can involve paranoia, odd beliefs and eccentric behavior. Although court documents indicate he has responded to treatment, they also show relapses that have led to depression and suicidal thoughts. In any case, he rather be in prison than in a psychiatric institution.
May 30, 2001 - Michael Fortier - Furthering the Oklahoma bombing legal free fall, attorneys representing Michael Fortier said Federal prosecutors lied in an effort to get a harsher sentence for their client. Fortier, 31, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after testifying that he helped his army buddy Timothy McVeigh sell stolen weapons to raise money for the bombing.
May 30, 2001 - Richard W. Rogers Jr. - The Manhattan district attorney's office said nurse Richard Rogers, accused of murdering two men found dismembered on New Jersey highways, is fighting extradition from New York. Rogers is also under investigation for as dismemberment deaths of men last seen in Manhattan gay bars in the early 1990s. The murders, attributed to "The Last Call Killer," remain unsolved.
The dismemberment killings of at least two other men will probably be tied to Rogers, said Carl Locke, director of client services for the New York Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. Locke wondered whether links to more murders will be uncovered: "I can't believe that a man who was a serial killer and mutilated men would just stop."
Officers from the Ocean County prosecutor's office, the Pennsylvania State Police and Rockland (N.Y.) County prosecutor's office searched Rogers' condominium in Staten Island, N.Y., looking for hairs, blood stains and surgical toolsthat would link Rogers to more killings. Rogers, 50, was arrested at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, where he has worked for more than 20 years, and charged him with two murders, which took place in 1992 and 1993.
Remains of the victims were found in plastic bags. The break in the case came three weeks ago when fingerprints from the bags were matched with prints of Rogers in Maine, where he beat a manslaughter charge 27 years ago.
Rogers was 22 and a graduate student studying French at the University of Maine in 1973 when he became a suspect in the death of a Frederic A. Spencer, who lived in his apartment building in Orono. Spencer's body was found a few days after his death by two bicyclists riding along a deserted road near Old Town. After his arrest, Rogers told police he caught Spencer in his apartment and that Spencer came at him with a hammer. He said he managed to get the hammer away and beat Spencer until he died. Six months later, Rogers was acquitted of manslaughter in Penobscot County Superior Court.
Another brush with the law came August 19, 1988, when Rogers was arrested on Staten Island and accused of drugging, binding and injuring a Manhattan man who visited his apartment a month earlier. Rogers is now charged in the murders of Thomas R. Mulcahy, of Sudbury, Mass., and Anthony E. Marrero, of Manhattan. Ocean County Prosecutor E. David Millard said the two had been "meticulously dismembered with a knife and handsaw."
The killing of Michael Sakara, 56, of New York, was linked last year to the murders of Marrero and Mulcahy. Sakara's head and arms were found July 31, 1993, at a rest area known as "'The Lookout" off Route 9W in Haverstraw, N.Y., a day after he was last seen leaving a gay bar. His legs and torso were recovered August 8, 1993, about eight miles farther north on Route 9W.
Locke, of the gay rights group, said Rogers is probably responsible for the deaths of Sakara and Peter Stickney Anderson, 54, of Philadelphia, whose remains were found along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1991.
May 25, 2001 - Ed Gein's Tombstone - Police raided the first performance of the Angry White Male Tour in Seattle and confiscated what was billed as serial killer Ed Gein's "real live" tombstone which has been missing for over a year. It is unclear whether the gravestone was the real thing or a fake used for publicity by the promoters of this deviant performance tour.
May 23, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - In a rush to be the first to publish a picture of Timothy McVeigh after his death, the Weekly World News came out with a photo on their cover showing the convicted Oklahoma City bomber on a "morgue slab." Curiously, Mcveigh is still very much alive and his execution date has been pushed a month back to June 11.
May 23, 2001 - Roger Leroy Johnson - A man suspected of killing a grandmother and three children took his own life atop his late wife's grave. Police found Roger Leroy Johnson, 48, lying face-down at the Vherokee Memorial Park & Funeral Home. He had cut the main artery in at least one arm, police said. Johnson was accused of killing Pearl Burks, 48, and her grandchildren Ashley Burks, 6, Bobby Burks, 4, and Mikhala Burks, 5, at a home just southeast of Stockton. Authorities said Johnson, armed with a handgun and knife, attacked the family because he was upset over a breakup with Rhonda Burks, Pearl Burks' daughter.
May 23, 2001 - Murder in Spokane - Former LAPD bad-boy Detective Mark Fuhrman released a new true-crime book accusing Spokane police of bungling the investigation that led to the arrest of Spokane serial killer Robert Yates. In his book, "Murder in Spokane: Catching a Serial Killer," Fuhrman claims that Yates could have been caught two years earlier if police had relied less on technology and more on footwork and intuition. However, the secong-guessing Fuhrman should learn from detectives in Spokane who, unlike him, were able to convict their suspect.
May 23, 2001 - Michael Wayne McGray - Police in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have charged convicted serial killer Michael McGray with the murder of a hitchhiker 16 years after her battered body was found on the side of a rural road. The victim, 17-year-old Elizabeth Gale Tucker, was found dead in a wooded area in 1985. RCMP Sgt. Wayne Noonan said police officials have spent the last year checking evidence and trying to substantiate claims McGray made more than a year ago, in which he admitted killing Tucker. "We had to corroborate some of the things that were said and try to find witnesses and evidence," Noonan said.
May 16, 2001 - Four Dead in Stockton - Police in Stockton are searching for a six-fingered man believed to have shot to death a woman and three of her grandchildren. The suspect, 48-year-old Roger Leroy Johnson, is the ex-boyfriend of the mother of two of the children. He is missing four fingers on his right hand. The San Joaquin sheriff's office said the mother had left her children with their grandmotherto go to the courthouse to try to get a restraining order against Johnson. One 10-year-old boy was able to escape from the killer and call 911. "We received a frantic phone call from a 10-year-old boy that there were people dead in his house and he was being chased by the killer," said sheriff's Deputy Joe Herrera. The boy was the brother of two of the victims. The third youngster killd was a 4-year-old cousin.
May 15, 2001 - Terry Nichols - In light of the FBI-documentgate Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols is asking for a new trial claiming that his defense was based on the existence of the elusive John Doe Number 2. Most of the documents that were not handed in to defense lawyers involve the John Doe investigation.
May 14, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - President George "Witless" Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft met at Camp David to discuss the FBI's bungling of 3,135 pages of records in the Oklahoma City bombing. Thousands of miles away in Terre Haute, Indiana, Timothy McVeigh is said to be reconsidering his refusal to appeal his conviction and is leaving all options open. McVeigh's attorney, Rob Nigh, said his client, who had already come to terms with his imminent death, was frustrated and possibly reconsidering his earlier decision against challenging the execution order. "He's distressed about this in that he knows the impact that it has upon his family and those who care about him," Nigh said.
May 12, 2001 - Danilo Afalla - A cruise ship employee who allegedly murdered his wife and three children in the Philippines was arrested by U.S. government agents near the Port of Miami. Danilo Afalla, a 40-year-old Philippine national, surrendered without incident when confronted by U.S. marshals and Immigration and Naturalization Service agents, officials said. Afalla is suspected by Filipino officials of the murder of his 40-year-old wife, Recy, daughter Chinny, 13, and sons Mark, 11, and Michael, 5. Officials said their bludgeoned and hogtied bodies were found April 18 wrapped in sheets in a shallow grave alongside a river. Afalla fled the Philippines shortly after the discovery and was working on a cruise ship on April 24 when it docked in Kingston, Jamaica. Authorities believe he caught a flight to Miami on the pretense of flying home, but did not take his connecting flight and remained in South Florida.
May 11, 2001 - Thought Crime in Eastern Florida - Reaching new heights in Orwellian thought crime, school police in Oldsmar, north of St. Petersburg in Florida, handcuffed a fifth-grader after a teacher found drawings he had made of weapons, school officials said. The 11-year-old, who is not being named because of his age, was not charged with a crime. The boy was taken to meet with his parents and counselors after classmates at Oldsmar Elementary School told school officials about the drawings. "There were some drawings that were confiscated by the teacher," principal David Schmitt said. "The children were in no danger at all. It involved no real weapons."
May 11, 2001 - Richard Baumhammers - Unemployed rascist immigration lawyer Richard Baumhammers was sentenced to death for killing five people in a shooting spree through suburban Pittsburgh. Baumhammers, 35, was sentenced by the same jury that found him guilty of the April 28, 2000, racially motivated attacks. Baumhammers showed no expression as the sentence was read and nodded slightly to his parents as he left the courtroom.
During the trial, psychiatrists testified that Baumhammers was tormented by delusions that the FBI and CIA were on his tail, that the family maid was a spy and that his skin was peeling off. Defense lawyers asked jurors to spare his life, saying his mental state made it impossible for him to control his actions. Prosecutor Ed Borkowski acknowledged that Baumhammers was mentally ill but said he was "controlled, deliberate, calculating and selective" in picking victims, avoiding attention and eluding police. He added that Baumhammers read racist and anti-immigration literature, saw Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as heroes, and wanted recruit others to help him fight against non-white immigration.
May 11, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - After turning over thousands of withheld FBI documents to attorneys representing Timothy McVeigh, Attorney General John Ashcroft postponed his execution until June 11. Apparently, 3,135 documents from 46 FBI offices were "inexplicably"withheld from Tim's lawyers before his 1997 trial. Prosecutors said much of the material involved interviews and information about the suspected John Doe Number 2 which they later called a dead-enbd investigation. Lawyers representing Mcveigh have started the lengthy review of the documents to determine if there was any evidence pointing at the bombing being part of a larger conspiracy or a solitary act perpetrated by their client. Separately, lawyers for convicted conspirator Terry Nichols, who is serving a life sentence for his role in the bombing, told CNN he will file a new appeal for Nichols with the U.S. Supreme Court.
May 10, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - The hollier than though eBay auction site issued a statement announcing a ban on all Timothy McVeigh related merchandise on their web site. "It has long been eBay's policy to disallow the sale of items that promote hatred, violence or racism. As the eBay community expands to include many nations, it is important that our policy regarding these items be consistent throughout our global marketplace", declared the new policy statement posted to the eBay marketing announcement board. Curiously the new rules are not set to take effect until May 17, the day after the scheduled McVeigh execution date. Until then eBay -- who in reality puts money way above policy -- will continue allowing the sale of McVeigh-related items.
May 9, 2001 - Alberto Serrano - A psychiatric patient in Port St. Lucie was indicted on four counts of first-degree murder for violently rampaging through a hospital. The suspect, 6-foot-2, 230-pound Alberto Serrano was also indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of robbery. Attorney Mark Harlee said Serrano, a professional wrestler hopeful, was incompetent to stand trial.
Serrano was sent to Savannas Hospital on April 10 under a state law allowing officials to involuntarily commit people who are a danger to themselves or others. According to a St. Lucie County sheriff's report, nurse Alda Ellington was left alone with Serrano who proceeded to beat her to death. Then he assaulted five elderly patients sleeping in their rooms. Three later died.
May 9, 2001 - Timothy McVeigh - A Los Angeles composer has created a 12-minute musical "prequiem" that will, he hopes, escort Timothy McVeigh's soul to heaven when he is lethally injected on May 16. David Woodard said he has been in contact with McVeigh and is trying to coordinate a performance of the piece, called "Ave Atque Vale" (Onward Valiant Soldier), to be broadcast on an Indiana radio station just before his execution. Woodard, 33, said he does not support McVeigh's anti-government cause, but is "awed by who (he) is and his circumstances." Woodard originally composed the piece for Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan doctor who has assisted in numerous suicides. It was first titled "Farewell to a Saint."
May 10, 2001 - Eddie Lee Mosley - Prosecutors in Fort Lauredale, Florida, said they would ask a judge to dismiss four murder convictions against a man who has served 21 years for pleading guilty to six killings and a rape, after DNA tests proved he did not commit two of the murders. Broward County prosecutors cleared 49-year-old Jerry Frank Townsend of four of the murders because they said the DNA results found no credible evidence to support his confessions. The tests for the two murders found DNA from another man, Eddie Lee Mosley, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said. Mosley was found incompetent to stand trial in 1987 for the murder of a 22-year-old woman and has been in a state psychiatric hospital since.
May 10, 2001 - Possible Multiple Killer in Worsester - Police in Worsester, Massachusetts, have found two women found dead behind a building leading them to believe they have a multiple murderer on the loose. One victim was identified as 40-year-old Jane Downs of Warren. She was killed by blows to the head. The body of the second woman is believed to be that of Carol Tebeau, but police say a positive identification has not yet been made. One of the bodies was found by a passer-by in a sparsely-populated industrial area of the city. When police searched the area, they discovered the second body a short distance away from the first. Police say the bodies could have been there as long as three days.
May 8, 2001 - Robert Burns Springsteen - Nearly 10 years after the murders of four girls at an Austin, Texas, yogurt shop, the first of four men accused of the crime is going on trial. According to prosecutors Springsteen, 26, confessed to taking part in the 1991 robbery at the I Can't Believe It's Yogurt shop where the four girls were murdered. The victims, Eliza Hope Thomas, 17, Amy Ayers, 13, and sisters Jennifer and Sarah Harbison, ages 17 and 15, were forced to strip, then were bound, gagged and shot in the head. After the store was set on fire.
Police pursued thousands of leads for several years before Springsteen and three other men were arrested in 1999. Charges against one of the men were dropped last year. Springsteen is charged with killing Ayers, who was shot twice and strangled. Prosecutor Robert Smith told the jury that Springsteen cased the store where two of the girls worked and returned with his friends to rob it. Though prosecutors have no fingerprints or DNA evidence against Springsteen, they do have a 1999 videotaped confession at a police station in Charleston, West Virginia, with details only the killers would have known. Springsteen now claims police coerced a false confession.
May 8, 2001 - Robert Fisher - Scottsdale police think Robert Fisher -- suspected of killing his wife and two children last month -- might have changed his appearance and identity to keep from being caught. Fisher is accused of murdering his wife and two children before setting his home on fire on April 10. Fisher's SUV and dog were found in the wilderness near Young, Arizona two weeks ago, but Fisher himself is still on the loose.
May 3, 2001 - Possible Hospital Murders in Texas - Following a twofold increase in patient deaths at the Nocona General Hospital in rural Texas, authorities want to exhume the bodies of at least 12 patients to see if they were given lethal drug overdoses. Investigators suspect that more than 20 patients in all may have received lethal doses of mivacurium chloride, which is used to stop breathing while breathing tubes are inserted. Several vials of the drug were reported missing from the hospital in late January. Authorities say they have a suspect who has not yet been arrested. District Attorney Tim Cole said the exhumations will be conducted within the next 30 days. The Texas Rangers and FBI are among those investigating. Nocona General Hospital is the only medical facility in Nocona, an agriculture and oil town of about 3,100 people about 50 miles east of Wichita Falls.
May 1, 2001 - Thomas Blanton - A jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicted a former Ku Klux Klansman on murder charges in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls. Thomas Blanton Jr., 62, was accused of helping other Klansmen plant a powerful bomb that went off at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963. Blanton was immediately sentenced to life in prison. Before he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. Blanton is the second former Klansman to be convicted of the church bombing. The victims, Denise McNair, 11, and Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson, all 14, were in the downstairs lounge at the time of the blast.
Defense attorney John Robbins said the swift verdict showed the jury was caught up in the emotion surrounding the notorious case. He said he would seek a new trial, arguing the case should have been moved out of Birmingham and Blanton's right to a speedy trial had been violated. He also said the lack of white men on the jury -- which was comprised of eight white women, three black women and one black man returned the verdict -- "absolutely hurt Blanton." Perhaps a couple Klansmen in the jury box would have helped Blanton's cause.
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