Monthly Archives: August 2017

August 18, 2005: The BTK Killer Receives 10 Consecutive Life Sentences

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On August 18, 2005 Dennis Rader, also known as the BTK killer, received 10 consecutive life sentences for a series of murders.  The serial killer’s moniker stood for “bind, torture, and kill.” He terrorized the Wichita, Kansas area for decades and when his identity was revealed it stunned his community: The seemingly normal Rader was married with children, a Boy Scout troop leader and an active church member. But he had a much darker side.

In 1974 he strangled four members of the Oteros family in their home.

After the killings, he began toying with police and the media, and seeking out fame for his crimes. He placed a letter in a public library book, claiming responsibility for killing the Otero family. In it, he wrote: “It’s hard to control myself. You probably call me

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Teacher Arrested For Hitting Neo-Nazi Says Standing Up To Fascism Is Not A Crime

The middle school teacher who was filmed repeatedly punching a neo-Nazi demonstrator at a 2016 protest claims standing up to fascists shouldn’t be against the law. “Standing up against fascism and the rise of Nazism and fascism in this country is not a crime,” Yvette Felarca told San Francisco’s KPIX outside court last week. “We have the right to defend ourselves.”

Felarca teached humanities at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California. She is also a member of the activist group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), which describes itself on its website as “a mass, democratic, integrated, national organization dedicated to building a new mass civil rights movement to defend affirmative action, integration, and the other gains of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and to advance the struggle for equality in American society by any means necessary.”

In June of 2016, Felarca travelled with BAMN to Sacramento to

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Face-Biting Killer Frat Boy Austin Harrouff Won’t Face Death Penalty

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against the Florida State University student who savagely murdered a couple and attempted to eat the face off one of his victim’s, according to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper. Austin Harrouff, 20, faces a litany of charges, including first-degree murder, for the attack which occurred exactly a year ago Tuesday, and resulted in the deaths of Michelle Mishcon, 53, and John Stevens III, 59.

“After careful review of the case and applying the statute that controls the seeking of the death penalty, it was decided to not seek it,” said assistant state attorney Jeff Hendriks, who is prosecuting the case. Members of the victim’s families were told about the decision earlier in the week, including John Stevens IV, who had previously told West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV he had hoped the state would seek Harrouff’s execution.

It was August 15, 2016, when the bodybuilding

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New Lawsuit Says Nestle Is Lying About What’s In Your Poland Spring Water

A new lawsuit is claiming that Poland Spring Water is committing “colossal fraud” by claiming on its bottles that it contains “100 percent natural spring water” from Maine, USA Today reports.

The legal complaint, filed Tuesday, claims that Nestle is instead simply bottling common groundwater that doesn’t qualify as spring water.

“For more than twenty years, Nestle Waters’ marketing and sales of Poland Spring Water has been a colossal fraud perpetrated against American consumers,” the lawsuit claims.

“To consumers, ‘spring water’ from a naturally occurring spring signifies purity and high quality and commands a premium price compared to Defendant’s non-spring drinking water products or filtered tap water,” the lawsuit continues.

A representative from Nestle Waters disputed that claim to USA Today, saying that their water meets all federal and state regulations for spring water.

Previously Nestle settled a 2003 lawsuit that alleged its water was not sourced from the Maine wildness.

[Image: Getty Images]

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Couple Loses Home, Cats And Dogs In Possible Hate Crime Attack

Police are investigating whether a fire that erupted at a Michigan home was the result of a hate crime, according to Towleroad.

The house was owned by Nikki Joly and Chris Moore, the former of whom is the director of the Jackson Pride Center. The pair lost their pets in the blaze.

Pride Source says that firefighters are “suspicious” of how quickly the fire grew. There is “still a lot of work left to do,” says Elmer Hitt, the director of police and fire service in the city of Jackson. FBI Public Relations Officer Timothy Wiley added that the Ann Arbor Resident Agency of the Detroit Field Office of the FBI is providing assistance to the Jackson Police Department in attempting to confirm whether this was, in fact, a hate-violence incident.

Hitt added that an “accelerant” had been used to grow the fire and that detection dogs were employed following reports about the

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Business Executive Steals $5.8M From Company To Fund Escort Girlfriend’s Absurd Requests

Federal prosecutors have obtained a grand jury indictment against Scott Kennedy and his escort Crystal Lundberg after it was discovered the two spent $5.8 million from a suburban drug-delivery company to fund their opulent lifestyle, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Kennedy and Lundberg met through Backpage.com, an escorting site, while Kennedy was working at Nemera in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Kennedy gave Lundberg access to company credit cards in 2015 after she asked for help in buying her children Christmas presents.

In 2016, the couple’s charges had already amounted to millions. Kennedy was fired when the company discovered his spending.

“Earlier this year, we became aware of possible improper financial activity by Scott Kennedy, the financial controller at our Buffalo Grove plant, and began an immediate internal investigation,” said Nemera in a statement. “This included the hiring of an independent accounting firm and outside counsel to lead the review. Based on

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‘Twin Peaks’ Actor Charged With Attempted Murder After Video Shows Him Beating GF With Bat Over Fight About Kool …

An actor who appeared on an episode of “Twin Peaks: The Return” allegedly beat a woman with a baseball bat on Wednesday in Washington.

According to a press release from the Spokane City Police Department, police were called to a business after calls of an attack. They spotted actor Jeremy Lindholm, 41, fleeing out the back of the business with the baseball bat. He then gave up and let police take him into custody in a nearby ally.

Linholm told police he and his girlfriend were fighting all day. According to KREM, the actor became enraged after his girlfriend didn’t get him Kool Aid. She then left to buy him some, but never returned. So, Linholm went to her workplace to assault her. 

The incident was captured on a security camera. Police called it “extremely violent.”

Lindholm has been arrested for attempted second-degree murder. The victim was treated at a

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Woman Who Survived Month In Wilderness Finally Speaks Out: ‘I Couldn’t Even Hear Any Cars’

A missing woman feared dead showed up 28 days after she vanished, after surviving alone in the wilderness.

She lived off berries and mushrooms in the dense forest of rural Alabama.

Lisa Theris, 25,  was reported missing nearly a month ago, according to Alabama NBC affiliate WSFA. She had fled a hunting lodge after two men she was with committed a robbery. Theris, a radiology student and waitress, did not want to be an accessory.

Manley Davis, 31, and Randall Oswald, 36, stole $40,000 worth of items, including four-wheelers, ATVS, and chainsaws, the Daily Mail reported.

Last Saturday, a woman driving down a country road spotted a woman looking for help.

“I just passed a road and there’s a lady that, she came out of the woods naked and she’s been sick. She’s been in the woods for three weeks,” the caller told 911 dispatchers. Initially, she thought that Theris

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40-Year-Old Gym Teacher Arrested For Having Sex With Middle …

A Georgia middle school gym teacher was arrested on charges that she had sexual relations with a 15-year-old student in 2013, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

The student was between the 8th and 9th grades at the time of her alleged assault by Shawnetta D. Reece, 40, who was charged with child molestation and sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.

Authorities were just recently tipped off to the alleged relationship, according to the GBI’s press release.

Reece taught at Union County Middle School in Blairsville, Georgia. It’s not clear when she last worked at the school, according to People magazine.

She has reportedly not yet entered a plea in the case.

[Image: Union County Jail]

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40-Year-Old Gym Teacher Arrested For Having Sex With Middle School Student Years After Affair

A Georgia middle school gym teacher was arrested on charges that she had sexual relations with a 15-year-old student in 2013, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

The student was between the 8th and 9th grades at the time of her alleged assault by Shawnetta D. Reece, 40, who was charged with child molestation and sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority.

Authorities were just recently tipped off to the alleged relationship, according to the GBI’s press release.

Reece taught at Union County Middle School in Blairsville, Georgia. It’s not clear when she last worked at the school, according to People magazine.

She has reportedly not yet entered a plea in the case.

[Image: Union County Jail]

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