Monthly Archives: August 2016

Nine things to know about the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women

What is this all about?

For decades, indigenous women in Canada have been disappearing and dying violently at alarming rates. An unprecedented RCMP report, released in 2014, found there were 1,181 police-reported cases of homicides and long-term disappearances involving indigenous women and girls between 1980 and 2012. Shortly after the RCMP report was published, 15-year-old Tina Fontaine’s body was pulled from a Winnipeg river – a high-profile homicide case that reignited calls for a national inquiry into the violence. Although the RCMP have emphasized a “strong nexus to family violence,” that is not the whole story. A Globe and Mail investigation determined that indigenous women are roughly seven times more likely to be slain by a serial killer than non-indigenous women. Advocates believe the RCMP figures underestimate the crisis because they do not include deaths unduly deemed not to be suspicious or disappearances that were never reported. Some believe the true

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What Is The "Smiley Face" Murder Theory? The Controversial Idea Remains Unproven

When a young man’s body is recovered from a river after a night of heavy drinking, the simplest explanation is that he drowned in his intoxicated state — tragic, but not necessarily the stuff of national headlines. But what if dozens of men died in a similar manner? According to the “Smiley Face” murder theory, the drowning deaths of approximately 40 college-aged men across the Northeast and and Midwest might be more sinister than they appear at first glance. Put forth by two retired New York City detectives, Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte, the theory claims their deaths could be the work of an alleged serial killer or organized group, rather than fate. The incongruous name comes from the alleged killer’s supposed calling card: A graffiti smiley face found near the scenes where the bodies washed ashore.

If you’re thinking all this sounds a little too far-fetched to

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Arizona’s Top Cops Boost Reward, Plead for Help in Serial Street Shooter Case

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced on Thursday that his office was boosting the bounty on the Phoenix Serial Street Shooter to $75,000. (From left: Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Mayor Greg Stanton, Police Chief Joe Yahner, Brnovich, and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.)

At a press conference on Thursday, Arizona’s top law-enforcement officials announced that they have increased the reward for information about the Serial Street Shooter, saying they urgently need the public’s help to crack the case.

The news conference at Phoenix police headquarters included Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Arizona U.S. Marshal David Gonzales, Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner, FBI assistant special-agent-in-charge Michael Caputo, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assistant special-agent-in-charge Mark Murray, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski. Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead wasn’t there, but DPS is

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Review: Don Henley tries life in the country lane

Don Henley arrived on the Minnesota State Fair grandstand stage Thursday with his usual stern face. When the crowd cheered, he merely nodded. And darned if Mr. Self Serious didn’t melt the coldness before you could say “the Eagles don’t exist anymore.”

Henley broke the ice with gorgeous, twangy, a cappella harmonies on the opening “Seven Bridges Road,” a staple at Eagles concerts. He soon diffused his stiffness with humor, giving a shout-out to Jerry Seinfeld for helping to make “Witchy Woman” a hit, thanking a fan for yelling a “rare” request to “turn it up” and pointing out how a carnival ride in his eye view was turning his stomach.

Henley, who is prone to pontificating in concert, kept the politics to a minimum (a short speech about how he’s tired of the current political season as a prelude to a cheeky, crowd-pleasing reading of Tears for Fears

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A Bullet Hole and a ‘Miracle’: Local Driver Tells of His Close Call with Phoenix’s Serial Street Shooter

The exit hole made by a bullet that passed through a Phoenix resident's car. Police have linked the shooting to the serial killer who has terrorized west Phoenix since March.EXPAND

The Phoenix man who narrowly escaped being killed in July by the Serial Street Shooter doesn’t want his identity revealed.

“I’m just an ordinary young man who experienced an extraordinary miracle,” he says with a grin.

He may be right about that. On July 11, the unknown assailant, who appears to choose his victims at random, riddled the man’s car with bullets at point-blank range in a quiet neighborhood near 30th Street and Thomas Road. One bullet whizzed past the man’s 4-year-old nephew, who was in the passenger seat, before leaving a ragged exit hole on the outside of the door.

Neither of the car’s occupants was hurt.

The killer, whom

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Phoenix murder: Is Maryvale man latest victim of serial shooter?

A man has been shot dead in a Phoenix neighbourhood where a serial killer street shooter has left seven people dead since March. The Maryvale area has been plagued with seemingly random street murders that police believe are linked, although they have not yet said whether the shooting of a man on 17 August is to be counted among the string of related attacks.

The man was shot at around 10pm, and managed to walk to a house in Maryvale before he collapsed and died from his injuries, CBS News reported.

The most recent confirmed attack of the serial street shooter was on 11 July, when a man shot at a vehicle with a 21-year-old man and four-year-old boy inside it, although both escaped the attack unharmed.

Since March this year, six people have been shot dead in the Maryvale area and one nearby, with several of the victims

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‘No room for mistakes’ in missing, murdered women inquiry: BC families

As a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women gets under way, relatives and advocates in British Columbia, where cases such as that of serial killer Robert Pickton and the Highway of Tears have focused attention on the issue for decades, say the process must result in action instead of simply more talk.

The province had an inquiry examining the police investigation of Mr. Pickton and broader issues surrounding missing and murdered women that ended with a series of recommendations in 2012.

But those hearings were frequently criticized by aboriginal leaders and the women’s relatives, and many have since complained that change has been slow. For example, the provincial government only recently acted to improve transportation along Highway 16, often referred to as the Highway of Tears, even though B.C.’s Missing Women Commission of Inquiry called for such improvements in 2012.

“This national inquiry needs to be done right,” said Lorelei Williams,

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