Monthly Archives: September 2016

Suspected Ohio serial killer described as ‘charmer’

The alleged Ohio serial killer linked to at least five deaths has been described as having a magnetic personality as he faces charges for the murder of two women.

Shawn Grate was charged with aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse and burglary after the remains of Elizabeth Griffith and Stacey Stanley were found earlier this month at a home in in Ashland, southwest of Cleveland.

The 40-year-old Grate was arrested when a third woman in the house called 911 and said she had been kidnapped and raped.

A SEPT. 14, 2016, FILE PHOTO.

Grate faces charges for the death of Stacey Stanley (pictured) and Elizabeth Griffin.

(Ann Sanner/AP)

Those who knew the occasional drifter said that he could become friends with almost anyone, though one man said he ended their friendship with

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/suspected-ohio-serial-killer-charmer-article-1.2811862

A&E tackling AC serial killer, one of NJ’s most notorious unsolved crimes

Nearly 10 years after four bodies of prostitutes were discovered in a drainage ditch behind a strip of seedy motels outside Atlantic City, two documentarians are digging into the murders in a true-crime investigative series for AE.

The bodies of the women — Kim Raffo, 35, Molly Dilts, 20, Barbara Breidor, 42, and Tracy Roberts, 23 — were all barefoot and positioned with their heads facing east. Two were determined to have been strangled, although the two others were too badly decomposed to rule on a cause of death. Some labeled them victims of the “Eastbound Strangler.”

In “The Killing Season,” executive produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney of Summit, Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills attempt to link the so-called Golden Key murders – for the $15-a-night motel behind which the women were found — to the bodies of sex workers found in 2010 and 2011 on Long Island beaches. The Long Island prostitutes had all booked recent

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2016/09/eastbound_strangler_atlantic_city_long_island_seri.html

A&E tackling A.C. serial killer, one of N.J.’s most notorious unsolved crimes

Nearly 10 years after four bodies of prostitutes were discovered in a drainage ditch behind a strip of seedy motels outside Atlantic City, two documentarians are digging into the murders in a true-crime investigative series for AE.

The bodies of the women — Kim Raffo, 35, Molly Dilts, 20, Barbara Breidor, 42, and Tracy Roberts, 23 — were all barefoot and positioned with their heads facing east. Two were determined to have been strangled, although the two others were too badly decomposed to rule on a cause of death. Some labeled them victims of the “Eastbound Strangler.”

In “The Killing Season,” executive produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney of Summit, Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills attempt to link the so-called Golden Key murders – for the $15-a-night motel behind which the women were found — to the bodies of sex workers found in 2010 and 2011 on Long Island beaches. The Long Island prostitutes had all booked recent

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2016/09/eastbound_strangler_atlantic_city_long_island_seri.html

Overnight traffic to be impacted starting Sunday as INDOT works to ‘modernize’ downtown I-65 bridges


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded a $4.6 million contract to Proshot Concrete for maintenance and modernization of the Interstate 65 bridges spanning the north side of downtown Indianapolis from Senate Avenue to Alabama Street.

Work is underway underneath the bridges, including concrete patching, painting steel and wrapping bridge piers with a fiber-reinforced plastic to protect and strengthen the structure.

Construction on the bridge decks above is scheduled to begin Sunday, Oct. 2 and will significantly affect overnight traffic.

During a maximum of 20 overnight closures, crews will seal joints between each bridge span to prevent moisture from penetrating and deteriorating the structures’ concrete and steel.  Concrete pavement will also be repaired during the overnight closures.

Northbound I-65 closures

On Sunday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Oct. 3, the northbound I-65 Exit 113 ramps to and

Read more at: http://fox59.com/2016/09/29/overnight-traffic-to-be-impacted-starting-sunday-as-indot-works-to-modernize-downtown-i-65-bridges/

Dark Truth Behind 8 Sex Workers Murdered in the Bayou

The details of the Jeff Davis 8 murders are so incredible – and so quintessentially bayou – that if they were fiction they’d seem a little heavy-handed. Between 2005 and 2009, eight women from the town of Jennings, Louisiana, in Jefferson Davis Parish, were murdered, their bodies dumped in crawfish ponds and canals in the area. For years, the police department has implied that a serial killer was in the parish’s midst, but it’s been over a decade since the killings began, and the cases remain unsolved. It sounds like the plot of True Detective, but when the details are laid out all at once, as they are in Ethan Brown’s mesmerizing new book Murder in the Bayou, it starts to make the hit HBO show seem downright restrained – and the bayou look a lot like the rest of the country.

Though the victims’ causes of death varied –

Read more at: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/the-dark-truth-behind-8-sex-workers-murdered-in-the-bayou-w441927

Bristol Aggie on a mission to save the monarchs

NEW BEDFORD — Students from Bristol County Agricultural High School gathered at the Buttonwood Park and Zoo on a warm fall day to try to do one thing: save the monarchs.

The monarch butterfly population has declined by 90 percent in the last decade, Carrie Hawthorne, education curator at the zoo, told more than a dozen students before heading over to the butterfly garden to plant eight different species of plants.

They mostly looked like dirt even though they’ve been growing at Bristol Aggie since around June. But Mary Rapoza, director of parks, recreation and beaches, said appearances can be deceiving.

The plants, which include milkweeds, are “an important part of a species’ life cycle,” Rapoza said.

Aaron Caswell, a Bristol Aggie natural resource management instructor, explained the plants are native or as close to native as possible so they’ll be able to

Read more at: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20160923/bristol-aggie-on-mission-to-save-monarchs

What Are The Texas Killing Fields? This Mystery Will Keep You Up At Night

Over the past 40 years, one desolate strip of land in South Texas has become synonymous with the disappearance and murder of young women and girls. This area has a mysterious and terrifying history, and once you ask “What are the Texas Killing Fields?” you will immediately wish that you didn’t know the answer. The bone-chilling name given to this rugged 25-mile piece of land bordering the Calder oil field and League City is something out of a real-life horror story. Four bodies have been found within its limits, about a mile from the I-45. The Texas Killing Fields are part of a 50-mile stretch that runs along Interstate 45, between Houston and  the Island city of Galveston, Texas, dubbed the “highway to hell.” There have been 30 bodies found in this haunted place since the early ‘70s.

The remote rugged wasteland that lies between deserted oil fields and the interstate

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/articles/185757-what-are-the-texas-killing-fields-this-mystery-will-keep-you-up-at-night

Woman Says Area Program Saved Her From Life Of … – CBS DFW

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DALLAS (CBS11) – On a countryside road in a remote area of Dallas, Jammie Kelley said she was left her for dead back in 2004.

She was a prostitute.

“I’ve been on the side of the highway. I just happened to live through it,” said Kelley. “Nobody would have been looking for me, nobody would have known I was missing.”

At the time, the FBI noticed a big problem on highways nationwide: Hundreds of women disappeared.  Their bodies were discovered years later.

The FBI found that the women were murdered by truck drivers who became serial killers.

So the agency began the Highway Serial Killings initiative.

Joe Costa, now DeSoto’s Police Chief, worked in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office when law enforcement noticed the trend.

“It’s a problem throughout the United States,” said Costa. “There are hundreds of truckers that are serial murderers, and this became an issue for us.”

Costa said he worked with Sgt. Louis

Read more at: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/09/19/woman-say-area-program-saved-her-from-life-of-prostitution/

Woman Says Area Program Saved Her From Life Of Prostitution

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DALLAS (CBS11) – On a countryside road in a remote area of Dallas, Jammie Kelley said she was left her for dead back in 2004.

She was a prostitute.

“I’ve been on the side of the highway. I just happened to live through it,” said Kelley. “Nobody would have been looking for me, nobody would have known I was missing.”

At the time, the FBI noticed a big problem on highways nationwide: Hundreds of women disappeared.  Their bodies were discovered years later.

The FBI found that the women were murdered by truck drivers who became serial killers.

So the agency began the Highway Serial Killings initiative.

Joe Costa, now DeSoto’s Police Chief, worked in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office when law enforcement noticed the trend.

“It’s a problem throughout the United States,” said Costa. “There are hundreds of truckers that are serial murderers, and this became an issue for us.”

Costa said he worked with Sgt. Louis

Read more at: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/09/19/woman-say-area-program-saved-her-from-life-of-prostitution/

Woman Say North Texas Program Saved Her From Life Of …

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DALLAS (CBS11) – On a countryside road in a remote area of Dallas, Jammie Kelley said she was left her for dead back in 2004.

She was a prostitute.

“I’ve been on the side of the highway. I just happened to live through it,” said Kelley. “Nobody would have been looking for me, nobody would have known I was missing.”

At the time, the FBI noticed a big problem on highways nationwide: Hundreds of women disappeared.  Their bodies were discovered years later.

The FBI found that the women were murdered by truck drivers who became serial killers.

So the agency began the Highway Serial Killings initiative.

Joe Costa, now DeSoto’s Police Chief, worked in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office when law enforcement noticed the trend.

“It’s a problem throughout the United States,” said Costa. “There are hundreds of truckers that are serial murderers, and this became an issue for us.”

Costa said he worked with Sgt. Louis

Read more at: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/09/19/woman-say-area-program-saved-her-from-life-of-prostitution/