Some 50 employees of Bellum Entertainment have filed wage claims against the company with the California Labor Commissioner. The company even stiffed former FBI agents and ex-cops who appeared as experts on its true-crime shows, and Bellum’s former vice president – the nephew of its owner – says he’s owed money too.
“The claims mostly allege non-payment of wages and have been filed by actors, producers, crew members and others,” said Paola Laverde, a spokeswoman for the Labor Commissioner’s office. “Some have settled and some have not and are in different stages of the wage claim process.”
Bellum, the Burbank-based producer of reality such shows as It Takes a Killer, Corrupt Crimes, I Married a Murderer and Bizarre Murders, has been having trouble meeting its payroll since June, when CEO Mary Carole McDonnell told
The FBI is assisting the Kansas City Police Department in its investigation of four killings on or near walking trails. The murders have taken place over a nine-month span, according to the Kansas City Star.
Kansas City police have stated that the murders shared “obvious similarities.” All the victims were white males between the ages of 54 and 67. Three of the four were walking dogs and all four were found in close proximity of each other.
“We’ve asked the FBI to come and look at it to see if they see something that we don’t. To get some different on eyes on it,” Officer Darin Snapp, a Kansas City police spokesman, wrote in an email. “There is still zero evidence linking any of them together.”
Jeff Lanza, a retired special agent with the Kansas City division of the FBI, said the bureau often is called on to assist city
The FBI is investigating if a University of Maryland visiting student committed a hate crime.
According to NBC Washington, 22-year-old University of Maryland student Sean Christopher Urbanski has been charged with first and second-degree murder in addition to first-degree assault in the death of 23-year-old Richard Collins III.
Collins was at a bus stop with two friends near the University of Maryland’s Montgomery Hall on Regents Drive about 3 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Collins was waiting for the Bowie State University’s shuttle bus with friends when they realized the shuttle bus had stopped running for the night. The three called an Uber and were waiting for its arrival when they heard Urbanski screaming nearby. Urbanski approached them. According to court documents, Urbanski said, “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you,” and Collins said “No.” Urbanski then pulled out a knife with a 3- to 4-inch silver blade and