Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Mystery surrounding death of Italian designer explored in new series

In order to fund his expensive tastes, he became a prostitute – falling into a pattern of relationships with wealthy older men who bankrolled his pursuit of “a life like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, according to American broadcaster John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted. “He’s living in million dollar homes in La Jolla [San Diego]. He’s travelling to Europe, to France, to Italy, to Spain,” Walsh said. “He’s going to these social events that he never would have had a chance to go to otherwise.”

But by the time 1997 rolled around, he was likely to have been undergoing a crisis of confidence. Cashing in on his looks and charisma was a game of diminishing returns. He’d gained weight, and his most recent rich lover, Norman Blachford, had dumped him a year earlier. Perhaps it was frustration about his waning power that prompted the senseless, violent rage

Read more at: https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/the-assassination-of-gianni-versace-mystery-surrounding-death-of-italian-designer-explored-in-new-series-36444239.html

The killing of Versace

In order to fund his expensive tastes, he became a prostitute – falling into a pattern of relationships with wealthy older men who bankrolled his pursuit of “a life like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, according to American broadcaster John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted. “He’s living in million dollar homes in La Jolla [San Diego]. He’s travelling to Europe, to France, to Italy, to Spain,” Walsh said. “He’s going to these social events that he never would have had a chance to go to otherwise.”

But by the time 1997 rolled around, he was likely to have been undergoing a crisis of confidence. Cashing in on his looks and charisma was a game of diminishing returns. He’d gained weight, and his most recent rich lover, Norman Blachford, had dumped him a year earlier. Perhaps it was frustration about his waning power that prompted the senseless, violent rage

Read more at: https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/the-killing-of-versace-36444239.html

NV prosecutors seek new trial against Bundys, say evidence violations were ‘inadvertent’

Prosecutors on Friday urged a federal judge to allow them to retry Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a fourth man, arguing that any failure to provide evidence to the defense in the last trial was simply “inadvertent” or because they reasonably believed the law didn’t require them to share the material.

“The Brady violations found by the court are regrettable and benefit no one,” Nevada’s Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre wrote in a 55-page legal brief. “But because the government neither flagrantly violated nor recklessly disregarded its obligations, the appropriate remedy for such violations is a new trial.”

The prosecutors claim they couldn’t simply turn over all the material, citing “harassment and threats” made to witnesses, victims and officers in the case who would be in jeopardy if personal information got out, especially on social media.

They also cited the massive volume of documents, videos and emails from two federal

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2017/12/nevada_prosecutors_seek_new_tr.html

NV prosecutors seek new trial against Bundys, say evidence …

Prosecutors on Friday urged a federal judge to allow them to retry Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a fourth man, arguing that any failure to provide evidence to the defense in the last trial was simply “inadvertent” or because they reasonably believed the law didn’t require them to share the material.

“The Brady violations found by the court are regrettable and benefit no one,” Nevada’s Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre wrote in a 55-page legal brief. “But because the government neither flagrantly violated nor recklessly disregarded its obligations, the appropriate remedy for such violations is a new trial.”

The prosecutors claim they couldn’t simply turn over all the material, citing “harassment and threats” made to witnesses, victims and officers in the case who would be in jeopardy if personal information got out, especially on social media.

They also cited the massive volume of documents, videos and emails from two federal

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2017/12/nevada_prosecutors_seek_new_tr.html

1st homicide in Lawrence County?

I find that I tend to gravitate toward the crime/detective-type genre when I have free time to watch television shows. I grew up watching Columbo, Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Father Dowling, Perry Mason. I can’t keep track of how many different versions of Law and Order, CSI, and other type of criminal profiling, crime scene investigation, and detective-solving-mystery-type programs continue to be created, so at any time, there seems to be plenty of options from which to choose. 

In the same way, headlines about these kinds of topics catch my eye, no matter the year they were written, and such was the case for today’s topic, found in the Aug. 13, 1908, edition of the Deadwood Pioneer-Times, which had reprinted an article from the July 15, 1876, edition of the Black Hills Pioneer. The headline reads, “Murder of John Hinch of Pioche, Nevada First Homicide in the Diggings.”

The article begins, “It

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Police investigate spate of rapes in Malmö

“We suspect more than one perpetrator was involved,” said Mats Karlsson, deputy police chief in Malmö, at a press conference on Friday morning, but added that the investigation is still in its early stages.

It is the fourth attack in two months following a similar pattern – one woman attacked outside by more than one person, and police have called in a national group specializing in criminal profiling.

The group will look at if the attacks could be connected, however police do not necessarily suspect that they are. “We see no direct links, but we are not ruling anything out,” Karlsson told journalists.

“We need to treat these types of crimes with caution. It’s a person who has been through something deeply traumatizing,” he added, saying a lot of resources have been allocated to the investigation.

The woman, who is over 18, was able to get home and called the police shortly before 1am.

Read more at: https://www.thelocal.se/20171229/police-investigate-spate-of-rapes-in-malmo

Unsealed motions detail missteps by the prosecution in Bundy trial

By Maxine Bernstein

The Oregonian

In a July 5 email, Ryan Payne’s lawyers asked prosecutors for copies of all threat assessments prepared before the April 2014 standoff between Cliven Bundy’s supporters and federal officers trying to impound Bundy’s cattle for years of failing to pay grazing fees and fines.

Prosecutors characterized the defendants’ continued push for the assessments as another in their “long list of frivolous and vexatious pleadings.”

Prosecutors didn’t turn over the assessments to Payne, Bundy and Bundy’s two sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, until the four were in the midst of a trial last month and a government witness under cross-examination acknowledged familiarity with one of the reports.

The threat assessments by the FBI Behavioral

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Scoop: Coming Up on CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS – Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Scoop: Coming Up on CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 On the episode “Bad Moon on the Rise” – The BAU is called to New York when several casualties of a brutal nature are reported in Central Park, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 17 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.

The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases.

Other members include Special Agent Emily Prentiss, the daughter of high-powered diplomats who returns to the team after being the head profiler at Interpol; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a classically misunderstood GENIUS whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual

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Unsealed motions in NV Bundy case detail prosecution’s violations

In a July 5 email, Ryan Payne’s lawyers asked prosecutors for copies of all threat assessments prepared before the April 2014 standoff between Cliven Bundy’s supporters and federal officers trying to impound Bundy’s cattle for years of failing to pay grazing fees and fines.

Prosecutors characterized the defendants’ continued push for the assessments as another in their “long list of frivolous and vexatious pleadings.”

Prosecutors didn’t turn over the assessments to Payne, Bundy and Bundy’s two sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, until the four were in the midst of a trial last month and a government witness under cross-examination acknowledged familiarity with one of the reports.

The threat assessments by the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, the Southern Nevada Counterterrorism Task Force, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and Gold Butte Cattle Impound Risk Assessment found the Bundys weren’t likely to use violence.

They were just one example of the prosecution team’s callous disregard of its

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2017/12/newly-unsealed_motions_in_nv_b.html

‘Criminal Minds’ season 13 episode 10 spoilers: BAU investigates backyard pool murders


Facebook/ CriminalMindsPromotional poster for “Criminal Minds” on CBS.

In the next episode of “Criminal Minds,” the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) led by Agent David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) investigates a string of backyard pool murders in California.

The synopsis and promotional photos for the upcoming installment, which is titled “Submerged,” were recently released, and they show the team in their private jet on their way to the site of the serial murders in California. They eventually get to the crime scene of the latest homicide in the backyard pool of a house.

Rossi looks around for important clues around the pool. Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney) and Dr. Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler) check out the dead body and look for anything that can lead to the direction of the killer. The investigators need to form a preliminary profile of the killer so that the local

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