June 30, 1999 - Jorjik Avanesian - Family annihilator Jorjik Avanesian, 43, was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder for setting a fire that killed his wife and his six children. Angry that his wife would not grant him a divorce, the lethal arsonist poured gasoline on a towel, lit it and tossed it into a room where his children ages 4 to 17, and 37-year-old wife slept. Defense lawyers argued their client was "delusional" and feared his family was tainted by drugs. The family of immigrants from Iran moved to Glendale about nine months before the fire.
June 30, 1999 - Suspected Forest Park Serial Killer - The possibility of a serial killer operating in Portland has prompted 11 social service and religious groups to demand more emergency beds for homeless women, who face a seven-week waiting list at the city's only publicly operated women's shelter. All three women found strangled in Portland's Forest Park were transients and heroin users who frequented downtown. At least two were prostitutes at some point.
June 30, 1999 - Angel Reyes Resendiz - The uncle of suspect Angel Reyes Resendiz (formely known as Rafael Resendez-Ramirez) said he doubts the guilt of his nephew who lived with him for years. But he urged authorities to stop using the wrong name for their suspect because he is the real Rafael Resendiz Ramirez. Speaking to his nephew through the press, Resaendiz Ramirez said: "I am becoming famous because of you... I have not killed anybody."
June 30, 1999 - Mark Profit - Though serving life for one north Minneapolis murder, Mark Profit wants to be tried for one of three other 1996 killings in which he has long been the suspect.
June 30, 1999 - Suspected Englewood Killer - Chicago police have linked a sixth murder to a suspected serial killer who, since 1995, has slain women in abandoned buildings in the Englewood and New City communities on the South Side. Police said DNA taken from the body of the latest victim, Constance "Tiny" Bailey, 41, matched DNA found with five other women's remains, according to police spokesman Pat Camden.
June 29, 1999 - Angel Reyes Resendiz - There will be no criminal charges against a man who shot and killed a neighbor who he feared was suspected serial killer Angel Reyes Resendiz (formely known as Rafael Resendez-Ramirez), officials said. The Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney declined to press charges against David Charles Booher, 33, who fatally shot Debra Ann Poch, 44. Booher told authorities he had thought the person banging on his door just a few minutes before midnight was Resendez-Ramirez. Authorities said that Booher and Georgia Mae Burns were together in the house when Poch began banging on the door. When Poch didn't respond to his yells, Booher fired his 9 mm pistol four times through the door; the fatal shot struck Poch in the head.
June 28, 1999 - Terry Todd Wedding - Fatricidal rampager Terry Todd Wedding, 27, was being held without bond for killing his parents and two neighbors. Wedding pleaded innocent Monday to four counts of murder and one count of theft for allegedly taking $1,200 from his parents' home.
June 28, 1999 - Bernard Gilbert Chilala - Suspected serial killer Bernard Gilbert Chilala vowed not to return to the Lusaka magistrate's court because he has no clothes to change into. Appearing before magistrate Richard Kaonga, Chilala who is charged with four counts of murder complained that police had not implemented a court order to allow him have his confiscated clothes and a radio. When he appeared for mention two weeks earlier, Chilala had applied for a court order compelling the police to give him clothes and a radio that had been confiscated at the time of his arrest. "Your honor, they apprehended me and not my clothes. The clothes have nothing to do with this matter," he said.
June 28, 1999 - Anthony McNight - Oakland, California, officials announced that a convicted serial rapist who is already serving a 63-year prison sentence was linked through DNA evidence to a 14-year-old series of murders. Anthony McNight, who in 1985 had been one of the top suspects in the slayings of five Bay-area women, was charged with the crimes after DNA samples taken from the sexually assaulted victims linked him to the killings.
The five women -- who ranged in age from 13 to 24 -- were all raped and killed in secluded areas in Oakland and surrounding areas. Police suspected McNight was behind the killings, but because DNA testing was not commonly used then, the crimes went unsolved.
In the meantime, McNight was convicted of committing a series of rapes in the area and sent to prison for 63 years. Nevertheless, police continued to pursue the 1985 murders, and after two years of scientific investigation they were able to file charges.
The victims were: 22-year-old Betty Lynn Stuart of Oakland, a mother of one who was killed in Berkley; 17-year-old Diane Stone, who was found dead in Oakland; 13-year-old Talita Dixon, who was found on a secluded jogging trail in East Bay Regional Park; Monique Franchone Davis, 18, who was found dead behind a warehouse in Richmond; and Beverly Ann Bryant, 24, who was found in an Oakland schoolyard.
June 28, 1999 - Familicide in Wales - Welch investigators searched for clues in a burnt out home where four people from three generations of one family were clubbed to death. The four victims were Doris Dawson, 80, daughter Amanda (Mandy) Power, 34, and her children Katie, 10, and Emily, 8. Mandy was naked and had been sexually assaulted. "There is a clear sign that an attack has taken place in the house," Investigators said. "The fire is merely a way to try to conceal what has taken place."
June 30, 1999 - Charles Ng - Serial killer Charles Ng was sentenced to death for participating in the murders of 11 people -- six men, three women and two baby boys -- in Northern California in the mid-80's.
June 28, 1999 - Marie Noe - A 70-year-old woman pleaded guilty in a Philadelphia court to smothering 8 of her 10 children decades ago. Marie Noe, who was once featured in numerous press articles as the unluckiest mother in the world, admitted killing the children between 1949 and 1968. She was sentenced to 20 years' probation, the first five under house arrest, and must undergo mental health treatment sessions with a psychiatrist to determine the cause of her repeated infanticide.
June 28, 1999 - Terry Todd Wedding - Accused of killing his parents, a popular police officer and his pregnant wife, Terry Todd Wedding, 27, pleaded innocent to four counts of murder. According to police Wedding shot and killed his mother, bludgeon his father to death with a baseball bat, then shot and killed police officer Joey Vincent, a pastor and Wedding's first cousin, and Vincent's wife.
June 27, 1999 - Rafael Resendez-Ramirez aka Angel Reyes Resendiz - Though the FBI describes him as a drug-using killer residents of Rodeo, a small Mexican village Rafael Resendez-Ramirez has a wife and infant daughter, know him as a hardworking man called "Angel." According to relatives his real name is Angel Reyes Resendiz. According to the FBI Resendez-Ramirez was last seen in town June 13 when a transit cop gave him a parking ticket. Two days later, on June 15, the suspected railroad killer struck again in Gorham, Illinois, shooting an 80-year-old man, George Morber, and beating to death his 52-year-old daughter, Carolyn Frederick.
June 26, 1999 - Rafael Resendez-Ramirez - Immigration officials say they didn't know Rafael Resendez-Ramirez was a suspected serial killer when they took him into custody on June 2. The INS arrested Resendez-Ramirez in the El Paso and immediately deported him to Mexico. Two days after authorities believe he killed a 73-year-old woman west of Houston. Then, the following day, he allegedly killed a 26-year-old Houston schoolteacher at her home.
June 25, 1999 - Rafael Resendez-Ramirez - FBI agents said Resendez-Ramirez was seen at a homeless shelter in Louisville, Kentucky, and other unconfirmed sightings place him in El Paso, Texas. In addition, more than a dozen police agencies from around the country have called about cases with simmilarities to the ones Resendez-Ramirez is either charged with or sought for questioning about.
June 25, 1999 - James D. Gunning - A Pennsylvania auto mechanic has been charged with attempting to murder three New Jersey women is now a suspect in the strangulation of 10 suspected prostitutes in three states. James D. Gunning, 28, was being held on $1 million bail as police throughout the region used DNA and other evidence in investigations that could link him to a string of unsolved murders.
June 25, 1999 - James D. Gunning - Parents of one of the Columbine High School gunmen are fighting a judge's order to release their son's autopsy report. District Judge Henry Nieto last month sealed the autopsy reports for Klebold, Harris, the 12 students and teacher who died in the April 20 rampage. He said releasing the reports would do substantial harm to the public's interest by prolonging grief for families in the community.
June 25, 1999 - Chevie Kehoe - White supremacist Chevie Kehoe was sentenced to life in prison for the 1996 murders of three Arkansas residents. Kehoe and partner Danny Lee, who was already sentenced to death, were convicted in what prosecutors said was a plot to overthrow the government and set up a new nation where people of Asian, black, Hispanic and Jewish descent would be banned.
June 25, 1999 - Possible Kenner Serial Killer - The bodies of tree young men were found dumped in or near garbage guards or alongside isolated roads in Kenner, leading authorities to suspect the existence of a possible serial killer. The victims sold drugs, consumed drugs or both. Two knew each other and were neighbors. All were asphyxiated and were missing their shoes when they were found.
June 25, 1999 - Todd Rizzo - A Conneticut jury yesterday recommended a death sentence for a 20-year-old man who confessed to killing a 13-year-old neighbor with a sledgehammer because he wanted to know what it felt like to kill. Todd Rizzo pleaded guilty to the Sept. 30, 1997 slaying of Stanley Edwards. He confessed to luring the boy into his yard under the guise of hunting snakes and hitting him 13 times with a 3-pound sledgehammer. He told police he wanted to see what it felt like to kill someone. Police had said Rizzo told them he had an intense interest in Jeffrey Dahmer and other serial killers.
June 25, 1999 - Gary Heidnik - The state Supreme Court granted Gary Heidnik's request to be put to death, ruling that Heidnik's daughter had no right to try to block the execution on his behalf. In a unanimous decision the court ruled that Heidnik was mentally competent and could make his own decisions regarding an appeal, denying "standing" to his daughter, Maxine Davidson White, a Temple University student.
June 23, 1999 - Jose Augusto dos Santos - Brazilian police arrested a voodoo priest on suspicion of robbing graves and making human sacrifices after finding 16 skulls and other bones buried beneath his home. Jose Augusto dos Santos, 40, is being investigated for allegedly sacrificing a small child and a man in a rare Afro- Brazilian religious ceremony aimed at winning favors from the devil.
June 23, 1999 - Simon J. Gonzales - Colorado police killed Simon J. Gonzales, 30, in a shootout after he apparently killed his three young children and then started shooting up the police station. The shootout happened about 3:25 a.m. when Gonzales, 30, drove up to the station in a white pickup, got out and started firing into the one-story brick building. Officers inside returned fire, fatally wounding Gonzales. Moments later they discovered the bodies of the three girls, ages 7, 8 and 10, inside the cab of the pickup. Police said Gonzales' estranged wife, whose name was not released, called police hours before the shootout, concerned about the girls' safety. She mentioned that her husband had suicidal tendencies.
June 22, 1999 - Juan Chavez - A man who said he killed five gays to stop the spread of AIDS was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Juan Chavez, 35, got five consecutive life sentences for the 1986 and 1989 killings. He said he killed the men to stop the spread of AIDS. He agreed to the life sentence under a plea bargain that saved him from the death penalty.
June 22, 1999 - Glen Rogers - Cross country killer Glen Rogers was convicted in Los Angeles of first-degree murder forthe strangling Sandra Gallagher, 33-year-old mother of three. Prosecutors believe that her murder was the first of five killings by Rogers during a month-long, cross-country rampage in 1995.
June 22, 1999 - The Kosovo Genocide - FBI forensic crime scene experts began work today at the sites of two alleged massacres in Kosovo. "The province of Kosovo is now one of the largest crime scenes in history," FBI Director Louis Freeh said at a press conference. A team of 59 agents, chemists, forensic dentists and other specialists are working inside a house where prosecutors assert that 20 people were herded and shot by Serb troops. Federal agents will also excavate another site in the same Kosovo town, Djakovica, where prosecutors allege six ethnic Albanian men were executed and buried in March.
June 22, 1999 - Possible Serial Killer Duo in Chicago - Authorities issued a warning to residents of Chicago's Englewood neighborhood suspecting there are two separate serial killers active in an area bounded by 51st and 59th between Halsted and Damen.
June 22, 1999 - Rafael Resendez-Ramirez - Northwestern Illinois officials ruled out Resendez-Ramirez as a suspect in the weekend slayings of couple near Apple River, instead arresting a local man for the killings. The couple lived near railroad tracks, fueling speculation that Resendez-Ramirez may have killed them.
June 22, 1999 - Theodore Kaczynski - Unabombing Theodore Kaczynski asked an appeals court to review his conviction for the deadly Unabomber attacks, saying the judge at his trial was unfair and his lawyers wrongly went ahead with a mental illness defense.
June 21, 1999 - Richard Ramirez - Satanist killer Richard Ramirez was injured in an altercation on the yard in the San Quentin prison. He was taken to the infirmary for treatment of a blackened left eye and lacerations to his eyebrow, lip and finger. Then, he was sent to solitary confinement and lost his telephone and visiting privileges for an unspecified duration of time.
June 17, 1999 - Rafael Resendez-Ramirez - More than 200 police, FBI and U.S. Marshalls and 100 bounty hunters are on the trail of Resendez-Ramirez. Still, there are no signs of the fugitive killer. The Jackson County Sheriffs Department would neither confirm nor deny whether Rafael Resendez-Ramirez is linked to the murders of an elderly man and his daughter in Gorham, Ill. However, they did say a truck found in the parking lot of Emerson Elementary School in Cairo belonged to one of the victims, George Moreber, Sr.
Police in Williamson County, Texas, thought they had arrested Ramirez, but after realizing that a snake tattoo identified with the suspected rail-riding killer was on the wrong arm, announced they had the wrong man. Earlier in the day, FBI agents followed leads to a train station in Fulton, Ky., but found nothing. The man in custody, who has not been identified, was arrested along with four other people while riding a Union Pacific freight train between Round Rock and Hutto in Williamson County, about 30 miles north of Austin.
June 16, 1999 - Glen Rogers - Cross country killer Glen Rogers pleaded innocent to first-degree murder in the rape and strangulation of Gallagher in the San Fernando Valley in 1995. The mother of three had offered him a ride home from a Van Nuys bar where she had been celebrating a $1,250 lottery win. Her charred body was found inside her torched pickup. Rogers repeatedly challenged questions by Deputy District Attorney Pat Dixon, such as when she asked whether he often picked up women in bars. "I like to go to bars to drink," Rogers said. "I don't see a law against that."
June 16, 1999 - Daryl Holton - Infanticidal dad, Daryl Holton, 36, was sentenced to death for lining up his three sons and the boys' half sister and shooting them after he had told them they were going Christmas shopping. Holton refused to let anyone defend him.
June 16, 1999 - Herbert Baumeister - Investigators announced that DNA tests show Herbert Baumeister buried the bodies of eleven men behind his house near Westfield, not eight as it was previously determined.
Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, a forensic anthropologist from the University of Indianapolis, said 25 bone and tooth samples were submitted for DNA testing. Though some of the samples did not yield enough DNA for testing Sheriff's Detective Bill Clifford said, "A total of 11 DNA signatures were found among 19 specimens." Of the three still-unidentified victims, Nawrocki said, "They had enough DNA. It's just a question of finding someone to match them with."
In related news, Hamilton County authorities met with the families of the eight identified victimas and gave them the remains.
June 16, 1999 - Christine Malèvre - French authorities announced that Christine Malèvre, the nurse who has admitted to killing 30 terminally ill patients at François Quesnay Hospital in Mantes-la-Jolie on the outskirts of Paris,, will be charged with murder.
June 16, 1999 - Steve Hale - A Jefferson County jury convicted Steven Hale, 22, of first-degree murder and several other counts in two shootings that were the culmination of an April, 1998, two-state shooting spree. The prosecution called Hale a murderer who calmly waited -- gun in hand -- as two defenseless men walked into a "kill zone" at the end of a rural Edwards County drive. Defense attorney Sharon Costa, however, called Hale a "befuddled follower" who was forced to participate in the Albion shootings and three in Indiana that preceded them by pal Chalk Wessell, who died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound hours after the shooting.
June 14, 1999 - Killer Art An Internet-based promotion for the book "Killer Art: Art That Has Maimed, Killed or Caused General Destruction Through the Centuries" is offering a painting by serial killer John Wayne Gacy as a prize for answering correctly five serial killer related questions. drawn the criticism of prominent victims' rights groups. The painting, was obtained by author Lynn Powers at an Internet auction, and is worth about $500.00.
June 14, 1999 - Rafael Resendez-Ramirez Police in the border city of Del Rio, Texas found a 1993 Honda that belonged to Noemi Dominguez, the 26-year-old school teacher beaten to death in her rail-side Houston home on June 5. The car was parked near a bridge crossing the Rio Grande into Mexico, but investigators did not yet know if Resendez-Ramirez had fled south of the border. FBI spokesman Rolando Moss said Sunday that Mexican authorities are helping in the search for Resendez.
June 13, 1999 - Mohamed Elsayed Ghanam - The Egyptian tourist guide arrested in connection with the murder of six foreigners in Thailand was involved in a fracas with reporters while his house was being examined by police. Witnesses said Mohamed Elsayed Ghanam kicked and spat at a crowd of about 40 local journalists and shouted insults as they stood outside his home.
June 12, 1999 - Joseph Brooks Jr. - A Michigan psychiatrist and a woman were shot to death by a severely disturbed patient. Four others were wounded. Joseph Brooks Jr., 27, killed Dr. Reuven Bar-Levav and a woman and injured four others before killing himself at Bar-Levav's office. The gunman had been diagnosed elsewhere as a paranoid schizophrenic and had come to the office several times, said Dr. Leora Bar-Levav, who practiced there with her father. The man could not be treated because he refused necessary medication and hospitalization, she said.
Following the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., the 72-year-old Bar-Levav wrote in an article that a return to family values and controls on permissiveness were necessary to prevent senseless shootings. Bar-Levav was the originator of Crisis Mobilization Therapy and of A Unified Theory of General Human Motivation and Behavior, both dealing with the treatment of emotional stress. Born in Berlin in 1927, he fled Nazi Germany with his family before coming to the United States.
June 11, 1999 - Herb Baumeister - Remains of nine young men found buried on the Hamilton County estateof Herb Baumister are being returned to the victim's families. Investigators believe Baumeister picked up young men for homosexual liaisons, then murdered them, burned the bodies and buried the remains.
June 11, 1999 - Oscar Ray Bolin - In a ridiculous turn of events, the Florida Supreme Court overturned the conviction and death sentence of serial killer Oscar Ray Bolin for the murder of Terri Lynn Matthews. Bolin was just retried this year in the 1980's murders of three Tampa Bay area women. He was convicted again, and sentenced to death again, in all three cases. But justices ruled that his defense attorneys in the Pasco case weren't allowed to question potential jurors about what they'd heard, seen, or read about the case. Bolin will now go on trial for a third time in the case.
June 10, 1999 - The Forest Park Killer - Ever the media whore, Happy Face Killer Keith Jesperson sent a letter to KOIN 6 News reporter David Okarski detailing his thoughts on the three murdered women recently found in Forest Park. In related news, the Portland Police department send memo to all officers calling for a press blackout on the investigation.
June 10, 1999 - Michael Carneal - In court documents filed in Paducah, attorney Dennis Courtney said convicted killer Michael Carneal was suicidal and severely medicated, and access to him should be limited. Courtney said Carneal attempted suicide several times after a meeting with his own attorneys.
June 9, 1999 - Summer of Sam - In an astonishing attempt at media manipulation the Walt Disney Co. tried to use sex slayer Paul Bernardo and other serial killers to help market Spike Lee's new movie Summer Of Sam. Publicists for Buena Vista Pictures, Disney's distribution wing, contacted journalists in cities across North America, offering to assist in the research for promotional stories comparing local serial killers with the Son of Sam. A public uproar erupted in Toronto when reports surfaced of Disney's plan to use their local sex-slayer, Paul Bernardo, in their unprecedented promotional campaign. Once the publicity stunt became public, the studio vehemently denied any knowledge of it.
June 8, 1999 - Glen Rogers - Testimony began in the Los Angeles trial of Glen Rogers. Known as the "Cross-Country Killer," Rogers is charged with the 1995 murder of Sandra Gallagher, a San Fernando Valley woman he met in a Van Nuys bar. In an unexpected turn of events his lawyer told jurors he would prove that another man -- not Rogers -- killed Gallagher. Rogers has already been convicted and sentenced to death in Florida for the murder of Tina Marie Cribbs.
June 8, 1999 - Courtroom Rampage in Lebanon - At least two Gunmen opened fire in a Lebanon courtroom, killing three judges and the prosecutor, and wounding five others. The gunmen shot into the courtroom through ae window before retreating toward the beach, leaving behind two AK-47 assault rifles and a grenade launcher. About 30 empty cartridges were found at the scene. Lebanese officials said it was too early to speculate on a motive for the daring attack.
June 8, 1999 - Jorjik Avanesian - The trial of Jorjik Avanesian, a 43-year-old Armenian immigrant accused of killing his wife and six children by setting the family apartment ablaze, is set to begin in Los Angeles. Defense lawyers contend that Jorjik ill. Prosecutors say he is a mass murderer and want the death penalty. Avanesian was arrested Feb. 6, 1996, just hours after the bodies of his family were found in their smoldering apartment in suburban Glendale.
June 8, 1999 - Rafael Resendez-Ramirez - Several law enforcement agencies in Southeast Texas and Mexico are looking for Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, a known vagrant freight train rider, who has been linked to six deaths in Texas and one in Kentucky, all brutal beatings that took place near railroad tracks. The latest victim, Josephine Konvicka, 73, was linked to Resendez-Ramirez, 38, by fingerprints found in her home. Like the other alleged victims, she lived near the Southern Pacific railroad tracks.
June 7, 1999 - Spokane Serial Killer - A new Women's Shelter in downtown Spokane has opened its doors to the city's wayward women in an attempt to quell the fear incited by a local serial killer. The shelter will house single women without children regardless of whether they are sober. All other women's shelters in the city tend to close their doors to those with chemical dependencies.
June 6, 1999 - Saeed Qashash - A 20-year-old Jordanian convicted of shooting to death 11 members of his family and a friend last year was hanged in his prison cell. Saeed Qashash was executed shortly before dawn at Swaqa Prison, 60 miles south of the capital, Amman.
June 5, 1999 - Possible Portland Serial Killer - Portland's Police Chief Charles Moose said that the discovery of a third strangled woman in a city park has led investigators to believe the slayings are the work of a serial killer. The latest victim was identified as 17-year-old Alexandria Nicole Ison, of Portland, had at least one drug arrest, a runaway background and was known to lead "a transient lifestyle."
June 6, 1999 - Zane Michael Floyd - The man accused of shooting four people to death in an Albertsons supermarket in Las Vegas is also suspected of raping an escort service employee just before the killing spree. Floyd allegedly told the escort he had 19 bullets and was going to kill the next 19 people he saw.
June 5, 1999 - Oscar Ray Bolin - A Tampa jury sentenced Oscar Ray Bolin again to death for the murders of two Hillsborough County women. Chained hand and foot, Bolin faced the judge and showed no emotion.
June 5, 1999 - Chanam Said Muhamad - An Egyptian tour guide has been arrested in connection with the murder of six foreign tourists who vanished after arriving at Bangkok's Don Muang airport over the past eight months.
June 3, 1999 - Zane Michael Floyd - A man dressed in camouflage and a sporting a shaved head opened fire in a supermarket in Las Vegas, killing four people. The 23-year-old man, identified Zane Michael Floyd, was disarmed and taken into custody outside the store. Three of the dead were employees of the Albertsons supermarket, the fourth was a shopper. A fifth person was critically injured.
June 2, 1999 - Keith Gardner - A man wanted in Virginia in connection with the deaths of his parents and grandfather, was arrested by sheriff's deputies in Penascola, Florida. Keith Gardner, 39, of Fairfax, Virginia, was arrested for a probation violation at a hotel parking lot along U.S. Highway 29, sheriff's spokeswoman Lisa Lagergren said. Gardner had been wanted since May 11, when police found the bodies of his parents, Jimmy Wayne and Jannis Gardner, and his grandfather, Elmer, sealed in an underground World War II-era bomb shelter behind the family home.
June 2, 1999 - Claremont Serial Killer - Following the disappearances of two "sex-workers," authorities are denying the possibility of another active serial killer stalking the streets of the Australian city of Perth. Investigators probing the disappearance of 23-year-old Jennifer Jean Wilby, a mother and massage parlour worker, say it is unconnected to the disappearance last November of prostitute Lisa Jane Brown. Still at-large in Perth is the Claremont Killer who in 1996 kidnapped three women outside a popular nightspot south-west of Perth. Sergeant Tony Potts, spokesman for Operation Storm, the task force formed to search for the missing women, stressed that there was no second serial killer, nor had the Claremont killer struck again.
June 2, 1999 - Gerald Gallego - Convicted sex slave killer Gerald Gallego was found mentally competent to be resentenced for the 1980 murders of two Sacramento-area teen-agers.
June 1, 1999 - Steven Hale - Jury selection began today in Albion, Illinois for the trial of 22-year-old Steven Hale, accused of being part of an April, 1998, interstate murder spree. Hale and 19-year-old Chalk Wessell, are accused of committing three random murders in southern Indiana, then crossing into Illinois to kill another person. Wessell was also found shot to death when Illinois officials found them. Police have never clarified whether Wessell's death was suicide or homicide.
June 1, 1999 - Possible Vancouver Serial Killer - Investigators in Vancouver have talked with King County detective, Tom Jenson, the only investigator still working the Green River killer case. With Vancouver just 117 miles north of Seattle, there is some thought that if a serial killer could be operating on both sides of the border.
May 30, 1999 - Possible Arson Murder in Chicago - A fire in a Chicago apartment that killed two children, their mother and their grandmother, may have been deliberately set, police said. Arson-sniffing dogs detected an accelerant inside the three-story brick building. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the dead as 5-year-old Juanita Jones; Jackie Jones, a 6-year-old boy; Gloria Jones 32; and Juanita Jones, 53.
Authorities said there were no smoke detectors in the apartment where all six victims were discovered. Jakes said Juanita Jones was also the grandmother of a boy, then 8, who was charged with a 7-year-old friend last summer in the slaying of 11-year-old Ryan Harris. The case against the boys was dropped and a 30-year-old convicted sex offender was charged with the murder.
May 29, 1999 - Possible Vancouver Serial killer - Two more prostitutes have vanished from Vancouver's red-light district. A spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department said that Andrea Fay Borhaven 27, and Linda Jean Coombes, 40, have been added to its list of missing "sex-trade workers." Both were drug addicts. The number of missing prostitutes now totals 25.
May 28, 1999 - Christopher Carrera - Another teen killer, Christopher Carrera, 18, was charged with capital murder for the April 1998 killings of three Brownsville teenagers. Carrera and a 14-year-old teen are suspected of drag-racing the victim's Chevrolet Camaro the night of April 25, 1998, then killing the three teenagers after trying to sell them pot. Police believe the 15-year-old boy shot them in an attempted robbery. The bullet-riddled bodies were found hours later next to the Camaro. The 15-year-old has not been arrested. Last year, when Brownsville police first mentioned him as a suspect, they said he was probably hiding with the help of a family in Matamoros.
May 28, 1999 - Gary Ray Bowles - A Jacksonville jury took less than an hour of deliberation to again recommend the death sentence ofr 37-year-old Gary Ray Bowles. Once on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list as a serial killer of gay men, Bowles first received the death penalty in 1996 for the 1994 murder of Walter Jammell Hinton. However,the sentence was overturned.
May 28, 1999 - Australian Bank Vault Murders - South Australian police have confirmed the identity of five of the bodies found in a disused bank vault at Snowtown. The bodies identified are of four males and one female, but are not yet divulging the names of the victims. Meanwhile the patience of the residents of Snowtown has been wearing thin following their week of media attention. Snowtown's councillor Barbara Turner asked the media and sightseers to let their town get back to normal. "We're a quiet little rural community and we're just not used to all this: the media and the TV crews and helicopters and that," she said.
May 27, 1999 - Spokane Serial Killer - Spokane's Police Chief Alan Chertok resigned following the furor resulting from an off-the-cuff remark to a high scchool class in which he said his predecessor, former chief Terry Mangan, had been identified as the suspected serial killer. Mangan, who now works for the FBI and was never seriously considered a suspect, was not amused by the comment.
May 26, 1999 - Revenge Killings in Southern France - Investigators believe the two Dutch couples murdered in southwestern France could have been slain on orders from disgruntled creditors. The inquiry focused on a possible settling of scores over a business deal that went wrong. The couples' bodies were found in an isolated holiday home near the village of Montfort. State Prosecutor Guy Etienne, who is leading the probe, said police were looking into whether the killers came from abroad or could be local thieves.
Autopsies showed the two couples were killed with extreme savagery The two women, Mariane van Hulst and her sister Dora van Nieuwenhuizen, had their throats slit four times. Johan van Nieuwenhuizen was stabbed 12 times, six of them in the back. Artie van Hulst, the owner of the house, was shot three times in the back and once through the heart with a 12mm shotgun.
May 26, 1999 - Cpl. Ahmad Dakamseh - The Jordanian government is considering releasing a Jordanian soldier who shot to death seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997. Sources at the Jordan Bar Association said that Prime Minister Abdul Raouf Rawabdeh recently told the association's president that the "government may decide to free ."
May 26, 1999 - Alexander Pogosyan - According to his girlfriend, Nicolle Peterson, 16, Alexander Pogosyan admitted taking part in a shooting rampage that left six people dead in Aurora over Labor Day, 1998. Peterson testified in court that Pogosyan told her he'd killed at least three of the victims. "Alex said he was either going to kill himself or spend the rest of his life in jail... He was ... on the verge of tears." Pogosyan is accused of killing five of the six people who died in the September 7 shootings. Authorities say the sixth victim, Michael Martinez, helped Pogosyan carry out the crime. Martinez later was found shot to death in a field, but no one has been charged in his death.
May 26, 1999 - Australian Bank Vault Murders - The alleged "bank vault" murderers, John Bunting, Mark Haydon and Robert Wagner appeared briefly in court, and were jointly charged with the murder of an unnamed person between August 1993 and the present. Meanwhile Australian police found a second body about 10ft below and directly beneath the first body discovered in the Adelaide garden.
May 25, 1999 - James Allen Kinney - Still at large, James Allen Kinney has become the focus of a nationwide manhunt for the suspected Grand Rapids serial killer. He is wanted for the slaying and rape of a 20-year-old woman in Washington. He also is a suspect in the 1997 slaying in Grand Rapids of 22-year-old Billie Jo Watson, and is wanted for questioning on several other killings.
Kinney, then 50, had been a resident of the Creston Heights area until shortly after Watson's death. A Vietnam veteran, Kinney is believed to have traveled the country since the 1980s, checking in and out of veteran's facilities. He came to Grand Rapids in 1996, checking into the veteran's clinic at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave. NE, according to police. He remains on the FBI's fugitive task force wanted list. Investigators also have said Kinney's victims suffered mutilation of a ritualistic sexual nature.
May 25, 1999 - Ralph Andrews - Chicago police indicted 54-year-old Ralph Andrews for the 1977 murder, rape, and aggravated kidnapping of 16-year-old Susan Clark. Police said Andrews was always considered a suspect in the murders of Clark and two other women Amy Alden, and Arvella Thomas, who were fatally shot and stabbed multiple times, and their bodies dumped in Skokie. Authorities are also looking into up-to 20 murders that could be related to Andrews.
May 24, 1999 - Australian Bank Vault Murders - In what's become Australia's worst serial murder case, police said they have found the remains of nine people -- eight in vats in the deserted bank vault, and one buried in a suburban backyard of a house once occupied by one of the suspects. Detective Superintendent Denis Edmonds said welfare fraud was believed to have m otivated the killings. Robert Joe Wagner, 27, John Justin Bunting, 32, and Mark Ray Haydon, 40, have been charged with one murder.
May 23, 1999 - Four Dead Tourist in France - French police said on they had discovered the bodies of two Dutch couples, all with fatal throat wounds, in a holiday home in the southwestern Gers region. State prosecutor Guy Etienne told a news conference three of the bodies had been bound and gagged and their throats slit. The fourth victim, shot in the throat, was found in another part of the house and had apparently been hiding. Nothing appeared to have been stolen from the house.
May 23, 1999 - Possible Serial Killer in Calgary - In a 19-month period in the early 1990s five women, four of whom where prostitutes, disappeared and their bodies were later found dumped around the outskirts of Calgary. Then the killings stopped -- and there have been no more prostitute murders in Calgary for the last six years. Police believe a potential suspect for the killings might have been jailed for another murder.
May 21, 1999 - Possible Fort Lauredale Serial Killer - Florida police investigating the death of Delia Lorna Mendez, whose severed body was found in a dumpster along Federal Highway in Hollywood, are now looking for connections with four Fort Lauderdale prostitutes who worked the highway at one time or another that have also turned up dead.
May 21, 1999 - Charles Ng - Orange County sheriff's investigators discovered a juror's phone number in Charles Ng's jail cell, substatiating her claim that the convicted killer called her. Ng could be charged with tampering with a jury, a felony, but a decision will not be made until after his formal sentencing on June 20.
May 21, 1999 - Australian Bank Vault Murders - Following the arrest of three men, Australian police broke into a disused bank vault in Snowtown, a sleepy country town north of Adelaide, to find the decomposing bodies of at least two and perhaps up to six murder victims. The bodies were found in six plastic vats possibly filled with acid or some other corrosive material. The three arrested men appeared in court in Adelaide where they were charged with murder.
May 20, 1999 - Possible Vancouver Serial Killer - British Columbia has backed away from funding a controversial offer to buy cell phones for Vancouver prostitutes. The offer was retracted on the grounds the phones would be used by the prostitutes to solicit business and because the money could be better used to address issues that force women into the illegal sex trade.
May 20, 1999 - Atlanta High School Rampager - In what is rapidly becoming commonplace, a student with two guns opened fire at his Atalanta-area high school, wounding six schoolmates. The suspect was quickly taken into custody. The suspect was described as a 15-year-old sophomore at Heritage High School who according to a friend had recently broken up with his girlfriend. The gunman had two weapons, a .22-caliber rifle and a .22-caliber revolver, District Attorney Richard Read said.
May 20, 1999 - Gianni Versace - Little, Brown and Co. has decided not to publish the tell-all book, "Undressed: The Life and Times of Gianni Versace," even though copies were already shipped to reviewers. Offering no explanation, a spokeswoman for Little, Brown said author Christopher Mason, who announced his book deal just hours after the murder of the fashion mogul, had withdrawn the manuscript.
May 19, 1999 - Darius Warren & Sonya Love - Fire investigators in Manatee are saying the blaze which killed four in a family of seven, was probably started by one of the parents. The fast-burning fire claimed the lives of 3-month-old Daneisha Warren and her 3-year-old brother, Darian Warren, as well as their parents, 25-year-old Darius Warren and 23-year-old Sonya L. Love. Neighbors reported hearing the parents arguing about 10 minutes before the fire broke out.
May 19, 1999 - "Summer of Sam" - A real-life survivor of the Son of Sam recounted her experience with the chubby killer during a promotional press conference in Cannes. "Listening to you explain it sent chills right up my arms," said the dark-haired New York woman to Spike Lee's description of how fear gripped NYC during the "Summer of Sam.". The brunette said she was on her way to dye her hair blonde when she noticed Berkowitz staring at her inside a yellow car like the one police had warned about near a park in Long Island.
May 18, 1999 - Guenter Ewen - The German gunman suspected of killing five people in Germany and France committed suicide as police stormed his Luxembourg hotel room. Ewen was apparently already slightly injured as a result of a car crash while fleeing police.
May 18, 1999 - Shon Miller - Wheelchair-bound church rampager Shon Miller pleaded not guilty to killing his mother-in-law at her home, and his wife, Carla, two- year-old son, Shon Junior, and Vanario Jackson as they sat in the church's Bible study. Miller was left paralyzed when police surrounded him in a shed after the shootings and one officer tripped and his gun accidentally fired.
May 17, 1999 - Gunter Hermann Ewen - Police in three countries are searching for a spree-killer of five people. The fugitive, Gunter Hermann Ewen, 36, is believed to be hiding in remote forests near the French, German and Luxembourg borders. He was believed to have fled on foot into thick woodland east of the town of Sierck-les-Bains.
May 15, 1999 - Kristen Gilbert - Federal prosecutors decided to seek the death penalty for 31-year-old VA nurse Kristen Gilbert who is charged with killing four frail patients in their beds. "The four murders were especially cruel and heinous," said United States Attorney Donald Stern, who is charging under a federal law that authorizes the death penalty even in states where there is no capital punishment.
May 14, 1999 - Charles Jackson - DNA evidence has linked convicted killer Charles Jackson to the 1981 murder of an Albany couple in their home. Charges have not yet been filed against Jackson, 62, who is serving a life sentence in Folsom for a 1982 Oakland murder. Scientists are doing more DNA testing on evidence from a string of other deaths that might implicate Jackson.
May 14, 1999 - Tonya Avery - 28-year-old Tonya Avery, who suffered hallucinations and thought everyone was out to get her, killed her three children with a shotgun before taking her own life. Tonya left a suicide note telling Danny Patterson, her boyfriend and father of the two girls, "that she and the children loved him," police said. The note gave no reason for the killings, but police said investigators were told Tonya had "exhibited recent signs of paranoia."
May 14, 1999 - Possible Charlotte Serial Killer - Three weeks after creating a task force to solve the murders of five black women, Charlotte police have arrested a man and charged him with one of the killings. Jafar Abdul Talib, formerly known as Willie James Lynch, was charged with one of the killings. H
May 14, 1999 - Joseph Corcoran - Four days before going to trial defense lawyer John Nimmo announced that his client Joseph Corcoran -- who is accused of murdering his brother and three other men -- was guilty. "What we're here for, what it all boils down to, is the sentencing phase," Nimmo said. "It's going to be like an Al Pacino movie. I don't let them convict my client. I'm going to convict my client."
May 14, 1999 - Masumi Hayashi - Japanese mass poisoning suspect Masumi Hayashi, in the first day of her trial, admitted to insurance fraud. Yet she added she had nothing to do with the poisonings, which killed four last July.
May 13, 1999 - Possible Vancouver Serial Killer - Amid fears that a serial killer is preying on Vancouver's prostitutes, the Canadian province of British Columbia agreed on to provide cell phones to women plying the sex trade in a depressed city neighborhood. Provincial officials said the phones would allow the women to call the police for help if they were attacked.
May 12, 1999 - Gerald Gallego - During his competency hearing Gerald Gallego slept under a table in his cell and communicated with doctors through a food slot in the door. According to Dr. David V. Foster, such behavior, combined with evidence of organic brain dysfunction, is indicative of a mental state that renders him incapable of assisting counsel in a retrial of his penalty-phase proceedings.
May 12, 1999 - Possible Oregon Serial Killer - Oregon police, unsure whether they are tracking one or more killers, continued to comb a 3-acre section of Forest Park for evidence in the strangulation of two Portland women found a quarter-mile apart in the heavily wooded recreational area. "We are not saying if one person killed them," said Detective Sgt. Cheryl Kanzler, a Portland Police Bureau spokeswoman. "There are similarities and differences in each crime scene."
May 11, 1999 - Killer Rats in Namibia - From the non-human mass murdering front, Namibian press reported that dozens of poisonous rats have invaded households in the northern section of their country, causing the death of at least 38 people. The increase in the population of the poisonous rats was attributed to heavy rainfalls after which rats are usually seen in the neighbourhood. (From www.africanews.org)
May 11, 1999 - Deadly Alcohol in Bangladesh - More than 100 people have died of alcohol poisoning in Bangladesh from drinking illegal homemade liquor. Still 100 others were seriously ill after drinking the liquor in the town of Narsingdi, about 50 miles northeast of the capital Dhaka. Some newspapers said the death toll might reach 150. Police have arrested six people for selling poisonous home-brewed liquor and closed several shops.
May 11, 1999 - Daniel Lewis Lee - According to prosecuting attorney Lane Liroff, Daniel Lewis Lee is a psychopath who would pose a danger even to fellow prisoners and prison guards and thus should be sentenced to death. The murderous skinhead was convicted, along with the strangely named, Chevie Kehoe, of three counts of murder and conspiracy to overthrow the state and create a white's-only nation.
May 10, 1999 - Joseph Ture - Convicted murderer Joseph Ture was indicted by a Stearns County grand jury on four counts of first-degree murder in the 1978 shotgun killings of Alice Huling and three of her four children in their home near Clearwater. The children, Susan, Patti and Wayne, were shot to death in their beds in the middle of the night. A fourth son, Billy, survived by lying still in his bed after shots were fired at him.
May 10, 1999 - John Wayne Gacy - Five years ago today the state of Illinois executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy for the murders of 33 young men and boys. Before his murderous habit was discovered Gacy, a family man and respected community leader, was known for dressing up as Pogo the Clown to cheer up hospitalized children. After his arrest he became a proficient artist and may have started the fad of serial killer art collectibles.
May 10, 1999 - David Copeland - Neo-nazi engineer David Copeland, 22, accused of murdering three people in the London nail bombings last month, appeared in court for a second time only to confirm his name and address. The budding skinhead bomber is charged with three counts of murder and three charges of causing an explosion. Copeland was ordered to be held in custody until June 6, when he will appear in court again.
May 10, 1999 - Possible Oregon Serial Killer - Police have identified two homicide victims whose bodies were found last week in Forest Park as Lilla Faye Moler, 28, and Stephanie Lynn Russell, 26, both of Portland. The state medical examiner's office said both had been strangled.
May 10, 1999 - Chevie Kehoe - A federal jury decided to give white supremacist Chevie Kehoes a life sentence, sparing him from the death penalty. Prosecutors had asked that Kehoe be put to death for the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.
May 9, 1999 - Possible Oregon Serial Killer - The bodies of two women were found separately in steep terrain off a dirt roadwayin Portland's popular Forest Park. They were less than a quarter-mile apart, and Kanzler said police have yet to determine if their deaths are connected.
May 9, 1999 - Charles Ng - In a jailhouse interview with the Sacramento Bee, convicted serial killer Charles Ng said he was shocked and angry for being sentenced to death. "It's a strange experience," he said. "It's just like the doctor telling you that you have a terminal disease... You think you are psychologically prepared for it, but it's still like a big shock."
May 8, 1999 - Keith Scavo - Convicted triple killer Keith Scavo, after being sentenced to death, told the judge in a prepared speech that it was the jurist who would be shaking hands with the devil.
May 8, 1999 - Robert Shulman - A Long Island jury decided that serial killer Robert Shulman should die for his crimes, recommending the state's third death sentence since capital punishment was restored in 1995. Shulman, 45, a former Hicksville, L.I., postal worker, was convicted March 4 of killing and dismembering three prostitutes he picked up in Queens.
May 6, 1999 - Wayne Adam Ford - Detective are awaiting DNA test results to see if Wayne Adam Ford can be linked to a girl's disappearance 17 months ago, possibly bringing his body count to five victims. Ford remains in Humboldt County's jail in lieu of $1-million bail. He was indicted last month by the local grand jury on one count of murder, for the woman he allegedly strangled to death and dismembered in his trailer. Her identity has never been determined. Trial is set for July 21. Meanwhile, investigators from several agencies are trying to link Ford to other unsolved murders, although none will talk about those efforts because of the gag order.
May 6, 1999 - Old Sparky - Florida's infamous electric chair "Old Sparky," after being used to execute more than 200 people since 1923, has been retired. Corrections officials recently replaced Old Sparky with a sturdier model after it was found to be falling apart, The Miami Herald reported. The new chair, like the original, is made of oak and has the same electrical system. But unlike the original, which was made by inmates, the new chair was made by guards. Ironically, Florida's old chair may be headed for the state prison museum in Tallahassee where the new chair had sat for months after then Florida Secretary of Corrections Harry Singletary last year ordered it built. Inevitably, the new chair will be nicknamed, "Sparky II," or, "Son of Sparky."
May 5, 1999 - Seth Privacky - Familicidal teen, Seth Privacky, pleaded no contest to shooting five people to death before his family's Thanksgiving dinner, guaranteeing himself a lifetime prison term with no chance at parole.
May 8, 1999 - Edson Isidora Guimaraes - A Brazilian nursing assistant, saying she wanted to ease suffering, has admitted causing the deaths of at least five coma patients by taking away their oxygen masks. "They were patients suffering in a coma and I eased the anguish of the families who were in agony," said the confessed angel of death
May 7, 1999 - Seth Privacky - An 18-year-old boy from Muskegon, Michigan, pleaded no contest to shooting his family to death just before Thanksgiving dinner. Seth Privacky will be sentenced to an automatic life term without parole for the November 29 shootings of his father, mother, grandfather, brother and his brother's girlfriend. Police said Privacky confessed to systematically shooting each victim point-blank in the head, then calling best friend Steven Wallace, also 18, to help him move bodies around the house.
May 7, 1999 - Robert Shulman - A jury recommended the death penalty for former Long Island postal worker and convicted serial killer Robert Shulman. The Suffolk County Court jury deliberated about five hours before recommending death by lethal injection for the murders of three prostitutes. "This defendant was a killing machine," said. "The jury was right on the mark in its decision."
May 6, 1999 - The Spokane Serial Killer - One day after being criticized by police union leaders, Chief Alan Chertok came under fire for tying his predecessor to Spokane's serial killer investigation. Sheriff Mark Sterk said that his office has investigated comments Chertok made last month to a high school class about former Chief Terry Mangan's possible involvement in the serial killer case.
Detectives were trying to determine whether Chertok had jeopardized the serial killer case when he mentioned that at least one tipster had told investigators they should consider Mangan a suspect in the case, Sterk said. The sheriff said tips about Mangan did come in, along with hundreds of others, but quickly were dismissed. Mangan is not a suspect in the serial killings and "never will be," said the sheriff. Chertok said his off-hand comment about Mangan wasn't meant to be taken seriously.
May 6, 1999 - Joseph Franklin - A neighborhood ballfield in Cincinnati is being dedicated to the memory of two young Bond Hill cousins, Dante Evans Brown, 13, and Darrell Lane, 14, who were slain by racist serial killer Joseph Franklin. The teens - who were walking to the grocery store were gunned down by Franklin.
May 6, 1999 - "Hannibal" - Producer Dino De Laurentiis is near a deal to purchase screen rights to the sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs" for more than $9 million, the most ever paid for a feature adaptation. The exact purchase price for Thomas Harris' "Hannibal" remains unconfirmed. None of the parties involved with the negotiations would comment, but the finalization of a deal over the next few days will set in motion a chain of events that will land the property at Universal. The studio might then enter into a co-production arrangement with MGM for what is among the hottest movie packages in years.
May 6, 1999 - Four Dead in El Monte - A man who got into an early morning argument at an El Monte, California nightclub, returned to the scene with a semiautomatic handgun and shot a man in the head, then gunned down three others seated near him. All four were killed. The shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. inside the International Club, about 12 miles east of Los Angeles. About 20 patrons were inside when the shooting ocurred.
May 6, 1999 - "Murder.com" - After recieving an e-mail pitch, Hollywood producer Larry Thompson signed a low six-figure deal with Philip Devereaux, the 23-year-old French uncredited writer, for the film and TV rights to Internet thriller "Murder.com" The story is about a French serial killer who brandishes a human virus for a weapon, and torments his victims through e-mail.
May 6, 1999 - Marylin Lemak - A court-appointed psychiatrist said Marilyn Lemak -- accused of drugging, then suffocating her three children -- was found unfit to stand trial on first degree murder charges. Prosecutors said they want to study the report before deciding whether to have their own experts examine her. Police said Lemak admitted giving her children a combination of prescription drugs before putting them to bed, then suffocating them.
May 5, 1999 - Arturo Juarez Suarez - The trial for Arturo Juarez Suarez, a 31-year-old Auburn ranch hand charged with the rape of a Galt woman and the murders of four members of her family, is set to begin on October 12. Suarez could be sentenced to death if convicted of killing Jose Luis Martinez, 37, a Galt landscaper; his son, Jack, 5; daughter, Arele, 3; and brother, Juan Manuel Martinez, 28, and the rape of his 32-year-old wife. All four homicide victims were found buried in a common grave on the ranch where Suarez was employed as a seasonal worker.
May 5, 1999 - Charles Ng - A Santa Ana jury recommended the death by lethal injection for Hong Kong-born and former U.S. Marine Charles Ng for murdering 11 people. Ng, 38, stared blankly as a court clerk read the jury's decision. Family members of Ng's victims, some holding hands, broke into tears in the front row of the courtroom.
In related news, court transcripts revealed that Ng may have contacted one of the jurors in his case. The juror said she was called by a man named "Charles" who repeatedly asked if she was Juror 12. Then she asked: "Is this Charles Ng?" And he said, "Oh, I am sorry. I just wanted to tell you, you are very nice." She said the caller told her that a friend helped him get the number. "I said, 'You can't call me,' and I hung up and called (the bailiff) and that was it."
May 5, 1999 - James Floyd Davis - The families of two men killed when a fired worker went on a shooting rampage in North Carolina have won $7.9 million from a jury that found the company was negligent in protecting them. The jury awarded $3.9 million to the family of Gerald Allman, 52, and $4 million to the family of Frank Knox, 62. Both men were shot and killed on May 17, 1995, by James Floyd Davis at the Union Butterfield tool distribution plant in south Asheville.
May 4, 1999 - Robert G. Sabetta - The families of three Foster, Rhode Island, teenagers slain by a suspended Foster police officer in 1993 have instituted civil lawsuits against the former patrolman and the Town of Foster. Although no dollar amounts have been mentioned, the families are seeking compensatory damages from both Robert G. Sabetta, currently serving three consecutive life sentences for the murders, and the town, which they have accused of negligence.
Sabetta had been suspended from the force at the time of the killings. He was awaiting trial on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon after having knocked out the teeth of one of the victims, Frank L. Sherman, with a flashlight after the youth and his family had reported to authorities that Sabetta had beaten him up in a previous encounter. On the night of April 14, 1993, the three youths, Sherman, 16, his brother, Charles, 17, and Jeremy R. Bullock, 19, were working on their cars at Wilson's Garage on Route 6 in Foster. Shortly after midnight Sabetta charged into the garage and killed the three victims.
May 4, 1999 - Chevie Kehoe & Daniel Lee - Two white supremacists were convicted of engaging in a murderous scheme to set up a whites-only republic in the Pacific Northwest. Chevie Kehoe and Daniel Lee, both 26, could get the death penalty for the 1996 killing of an Arkansas gun dealer, his wife and her daughter.
May 4, 1999 - Littleton Massacre - A rash of classroom-clearing bomb threats, rumors and other scares following the Littleton massacre has swept through the nation. None of the threats in the week after the April 20 Columbine High School shootings were substantiated. School closing were reported on April 30 -- the anniversary of Hitler's suicide -- at high schools in suburban Phoenix, Charlotte, N.C., New Jersey and the District of Columbia.
National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston said that better pursuit of criminals, not new gun laws, is the best way to prevent a repeat of the Colorado high school shootings. Banana-clip loving Chuck added that the administration's proposal to impose new background checks on gun purchasers smelled "of tyranny." Predictably, he would also oppose President Clinton's attempt to limit handgun purchases to one a month.
May 4, 1999 - Darrell Rich - Shasta County serial killer Darrell Rich -- convicted of four murders in 1978 -- is slated to be the next prisoner to be executed in California. Rich, 44, of Cottonwood, was convicted of three first-degree murders, one second-degree murder and sexual assaults on five other women, all committed between June and August 1978.
May 2, 1999 - David Copeland - London police charged white supremacist David Copeland with murder in a nail-bombing campaign against gays and ethnic minorities that killed three people and wounded at least 116.
May 2, 1999 - Possible Serial Killer in Bogota - Five young girls have been abducted from a three-block stretch in Bogota's Miguelito neighborhood from November 1995 to July 1997.
March-April, 1999 - Morgue Archives - Previous entries to the Morgue Archives. March-April, 1999.