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Nashville Church Shooting Victim Describes Horrific Attack: ‘I Just Laid Quietly And Played Like I Was Dead’

A Tennessee man was arrested yesterday after opening fire in his former church, killing one person and injuring at least six others, police said.

Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, allegedly arrived at Nashville’s Burnette Chapel Church of Christ with a handgun shortly before 11 am, just as morning church services were ending, he told police. He was charged with first-degree murder, and other charges are expected.

Catherine Dickerson, one of the injured church parishioners, told USA Today what she saw. 

“I looked to my right and didn’t see anything,” Dickerson said. “Then another gunshot went off and someone said, ‘He’s got a gun!’”

“He was in black and had a black mask with white little markings on it,” Dickerson added. “He had the gun straight ahead of him, holding it with both hands. I saw one lady and she was going down.”

She ran toward the church, at which point the gunman shot her

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Man Sexually Assaults 11-Year-Old In Hospital, Blames Victim For Being ‘Sexually Provocative’ With Popsicle

A registered sex offender has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in a Missouri hospital.

Fifty-seven-year-old Dave Saffeels was charged Saturday with nine felonies, according to CBS News. He also allegedly molested a 2-year-old girl. The two girls were allegedly victimized within a one-month time span. 

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Saffeels is currently jailed on $500,000 bond. The probable cause statement says the older girl was repeatedly assaulted in August in a patient room of Cox South Hospital. The 11-year-old was visiting the hospital to see a woman who just had twins, and somehow she and Saffeels ended up in a room alone together.

Cox spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell said the hospital was not aware of the allegations at the time.

“We are fully cooperating with the Springfield Police Department and are taking this matter seriously,” McConnell said.

A few weeks later, Saffeels allegedly raped the girl at her home while she

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August 26, 2009: Kidnapping Victim Jaycee Dugard Found Alive After 18 Years

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On August 26, 2009 kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard was found alive after being missing for more than 18 years.

Jaycee went missing on June 10, 1991 near South Lake Tahoe, California. She was 11 years old. She was abducted on the street as she walked from home to a school bus stop. Her stepfather watched her get kidnapped. He chased her abductor on his mountain bike.

On both August 24 and 25, 2009, convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido visited the University of California campus in Berkeley with two young girls, aged 11 and 15. Suspicious of the trio, someone alerted authorities.

Turns out, the two girls were Jaycee’s daughters, fathered by the sex offender. Phillip, 58, and his wife, Nancy Garrido, 54, of Antioch, were arrested by police for kidnapping, imprisonment, and sexual assault on August

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Teacher Convicted Of Raping 15-Year-Old Student Now Has To Pay Victim $1 Million

An Oklahoma City federal judge has awarded $1 million in damages to a teenage boy who was raped by his middle school teacher, according to The Oklahoman newspaper

Jennifer Caswell, 31, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, five of which were suspended, after pleading guilty to six counts of second-degree rape, child enticement and forcible sodomy in June 2015.

In his judgment, U.S. District Judge Robin J. Cauthron wrote that following the incident, which garnered national headlines after Caswell appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show, the victim experienced “depression, isolation, and self-blame for the events that transpired.”

The boy and his father sued Caswell and the Hollis Oklahoma school district in 2015 due to the boy’s emotional duress and in order to bring attention to the plight of sexual abuse by teachers, according to their attorney Bob Wyatt.

Following the judgment, Wyatt said, “”We are pleased that the judge

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Mom Of Charlottesville Victim Killed By White Supremacist Speaks Out: ‘I Want Her Death To Be A Rallying Cry’

The mother of the woman murdered during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend said her daughter’s death should be “a rallying cry for justice.”

Thirty-two-year-old Heather Heyer died after a man plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

“Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred,” Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother told HuffPost. “Heather was about bringing an end to injustice. I don’t want her death to be a focus for more hatred, I want her death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion.”

Twenty-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. has been arrested for the attack. He was photographed demonstrating at the rally, carrying symbols of Vanguard America, a white nationalist group.

Federal law enforcement are conducting a civil rights investigation into the incident, which has been called an act of domestic terrorism by numerous politicians and officials. The incident injured 19 others.

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Northwestern Professor Accused Of Killing Hair Dresser Sent Video To Victim’s Family: ‘Worst Mistake Of My Life’

A Northwestern University associate professor and an Oxford University employee have each turned themselves into police after the pair became suspects in the death of a 26-year-old man, People magazine reports.

Police found the body of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau at the home of Wyndham Lathem, 42, an associate professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern. The victim was apparently stabbed to death.

Police searched for Lathem and Andrew Warren, 56, for more than a week before they agreed to turn themselves in.

While on the run, Lathem allegedly sent a video to Cornell-Duranleau’s family, apologizing for “the worst mistake of my life,” investigators claimed.

One of the suspects also made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Cornell-Duranleau’s name, the Associated Press reports.

Lathem, who has been placed on administrative leave and banned from Northwestern’s campuses, plans to plead not guilty to the charge of murder, his attorney told People.

[Image: Chicago Police Department]

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Parents Of Texting Suicide Victim React To Michelle Carter’s Light Sentencing: ‘We Want To Put It Past Us’

Conrad Roy’s mother is ready to move on following the suicide death of her son. “We want to put it past us. We want to move on. Best way we can,” Lynn Roy tells 48 Hours after hearing Roy’s girlfriend, Michelle Carter, may never have to serve jail time for her role in the death. 

Roy and Carter were on the phone together when the 18-year-old was dying of carbon monoxide poisoning inside his truck in July 2014. She never called for help. When Roy apparently got out of his car, she told him to get back inside. Carter sent several texts encouraging Roy, who suffered from depression, to kill himself. One stated, “Hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself I don’t know there’s a lot of ways.”

“Michelle Carter exposed my son’s weaknesses and used him as a pawn. Where was her humanity?” asked Roy’s father.

Prosecutors in Plainville, Massachusetts charged her with involuntary manslaughter.

Carter

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Murderer Laughs In Court As Victim’s Mom’s Statement Is Read …

It was an emotional and shocking scene in a Michigan courtroom. A teenager who admitted to killing 18-year-old Jordan Klee, grinned and laughed as a statement written by the victim’s mom was read.

“I’ve lost my only child, my son, my baby, my friend. More than that, I lost laughter and love. I no longer have the hope of having grandchildren,” a family member read on behalf of Klee’s mother as the mom weeped and wiped tears from her eyes.

Seventeen-year-old Danta Wright smiled and shook his head as the statement was read. After the statement, he made a statement of his own, saying, “I just want to tell y’all I’ll be home soon…I love my family.”

The judge was less than impressed.

“Watching you sit there, smile, laugh, shake your head like this was no big deal— I’m very tempted to just say, ‘I’m not going to accept this sentencing agreement and we’ll

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Video Shows Murderer Laughing In Court As Statement From Victim’s Crying Mother Is Read

It was an emotional and shocking scene in a Michigan courtroom. A teenager who admitted to killing 18-year-old Jordan Klee, grinned and laughed as a statement written by the victim’s mom was read.

“I’ve lost my only child, my son, my baby, my friend. More than that, I lost laughter and love. I no longer have the hope of having grandchildren,” a family member read on behalf of Klee’s mother as the mom weeped and wiped tears from her eyes.

Seventeen-year-old Danta Wright smiled and shook his head as the statement was read. After the statement, he made a statement of his own, saying, “I just want to tell y’all I’ll be home soon…I love my family.”

The judge was less than impressed.

“Watching you sit there, smile, laugh, shake your head like this was no big deal— I’m very tempted to just say, ‘I’m not going to accept this sentencing agreement and we’ll

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John Wayne Gacy Victim Finally ID’d After 40 Years

After four decades, James “Jimmie” Byron Haakenson has been identified as one of the 33 men murdered by serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The Minnesota victim went missing when he was 16 years old.

“He had so much life ahead,” his older sister, Lorie Sisterman told the Star Tribune. “But he didn’t get to do that — have fun, get married — because of this awful man. It’s so sad.”

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois announced Wednesday that Haakenson was identified as one of the serial killer’s victims. Another seven victims remain unidentified.

Haakenson left Minnesota summer of 1976. He called his mom on Aug. 5, 1976, telling her he was in Chicago. He was never heard from again.

“My brother has been missing for so long, and it’s so nice to know that we’ve found our brother now, even though now it’s not good,” Sisterman told the Chicago Tribune.

According

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