Monthly Archives: February 2017

Bill in Olympia dies; convicted criminals’ DNA still untested in Seattle

After a KIRO 7 investigation showed that DNA from more than 100 convicted criminals in Seattle was not being tested — mostly from sexually motivated crimes — Republican and Democratic lawmakers pledged to take action this year.

But the bill to solve the problem died in Olympia, and the growing caseload of untested samples will not go into the international criminal database for at least another year and a half, if a solution is found at all.

“It’s common sense,” Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said of the needed fix. “It will make sure we can solve crimes and probably prevent crimes, so it’s important that we do this.”


Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes.


The DNA of convicted criminals is not being tested because of a legal issue that needs to be fixed by the Legislature.

Convictions for the sexually motivated

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Documents reveal more disturbing details in case of suspected serial killer

WYFF News 4 has acquired documents released by the Spartanburg County Clerk of Courts Office that include new details in the case of suspected serial killer, Todd Kohlhepp.

The more than 100 pages of documents include grand jury indictments, warrants and portions incident reports from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office that are connected with the abduction of and imprisonment of Kala Brown, and the recent deaths of Charlie Carver, and Megan and Johnny Coxie. The documents also include information about the 2003 deaths of Scott Ponder, his mother, Beverly Guy, and their employees at Super Bike Motorsports, Brian Lucas and Chris Sherbert, who were killed at Super Bike Motorsports.

Related: Woman held captive by suspected serial killer tells her story | Serial killing suspect divulged details of other murder to captive woman, she says

A grand jury indicted Kohlhepp Feb.

Read more at: http://www.wyff4.com/article/documents-reveal-more-disturbing-details-in-case-of-suspected-serial-killer/8990875

Todd Kohlhepp case: Indictments reveal new details on alleged SC serial killer

SPARTANBURG, S.C.– Indictments reveal new information in the investigation of a South Carolina real estate agent facing seven murder charges.

Indictments say Todd Kohlhepp revealed in an alleged confession that he used a storage container at his Woodruff property to restrain Spartanburg woman Meagan Coxie for six days before shooting her. Kohlhepp told investigators he also used an automatic weapon to shoot her husband, Johnny, in the chest and back, CBS affiliate WSPA reports.

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Suspected serial killer Todd Kohlhepp indicted on all charges …

SPARTANBURG, SC. (WSPA) – A grand jury has indicted Todd Kohlhepp on all charges, according to documents.

Those documents also reveal new details about the investigation into Kohlhepp.

Documents reveal that Johnny and Meagan Coxie were on Kohlhepp’s Woodruff property on December 19th, 2015. Kohlhepp told investigators he hired them to clean his property and homes for sale.

Kohlhepp said he went to deliver cleaning supplies to them, when Johnny tried to rob him. Kohlhepp said he used and automatic weapon to shoot Johnny in the chest, twice. Kohlhepp then restrained Meagan and went back to shoot Johnny once more in the back.

Documents reveal that he used the storage container to restrain Meagan for 6 days, before shooting her from behind on the property with an automatic weapon as well.

These documents also echo Kala Brown’s interview with Dr. Phil, stating that she claimed she was sexually assaulted. Kohlhepp told

Read more at: http://wkrn.com/2017/02/28/suspected-serial-killer-todd-kohlhepp-indicted-on-all-charges/

Accused Killer of Two NJ Women Now Faces Third Murder Charge

The 20-year-old New Jersey man accused of killing a college student and another woman in the last few months will now be charged with the murder of a Philadelphia woman as well, Essex County prosecutors said Monday.

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver is accused in the Sept. 1, 2016 murder of 19-year-old Robin West. Prosecutors say he killed her in Orange, then set fire to the empty home.

West, previously described by sources as an escort, was living in Union Township at the time, and was reported missing in September. Wheeler-Weaver is also accused of attacking another 34-year-old woman who survived the attack, prosecutors say.

Wheeler-Weaver has already pleaded not guilty to murder charges in late December in the death of 33-year-old Joanne Brown, who was last seen Oct. 22 in Orange and whose body was found in a vacant house in Newark on Dec. 5.

Arrest in Murder of College Student From

Read more at: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Accused-Killer-of-Two-NJ-Women-Now-Faces-Third-Murder-Charge-414892993.html

Plane That Flies Washington Governor Doubles As ‘Con Air’

 If you’ve ever seen the movie “Con Air,” you know that high-risk prison inmates are sometimes moved around the country on charter flights. It turns out the state of Washington has its own version of Con Air.

Records show that between January of 2013 and September of 2016, the Washington Department of Corrections used State Patrol planes nine times to transport 14 inmates. Some trips were to move problematic inmates to out-of-state prisons. But most were flights to pick up probation violators who had fled the state.

The longest and most expensive King Air flight we found was to Florida in 2014 to pick up two probation violators. That round trip cost taxpayers $34,000.

“We know it’s more expensive for us,” said David Flynn who oversees inmate transportation for the Washington Department of Corrections. He said the state is “legally obligated” to retrieve probation violators. But usually, they’re brought back on commercial flights.

“However, when we’ve gone through

Read more at: http://www.opb.org/news/article/washington-governor-plane-king-air-prisoner-transport-inmates/

Serial Killer Thriller The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson Announces Home Video Release Date

The serial killer thriller The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson has revealed that it will coming out on DVD on March 28th via Wild Eye Releasing. The film is writer/director Corynn Egreczky’s debut feature, who will be providing commentary on the release. It can be pre-ordered via Amazon.

The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson stars WWE superstar Tommy Dreamer (ECW, Beyond the Mat), James Duval (Independence Day, Donnie Darko) and Nick Principle (Hatchet 2, Laid To Rest). It is already out on streaming services such as DirecTV, FiOS, Dish, iTunes, Amazon Instant, and Vudu.

 

Synopsis:
Kidnapped after spurning a man’s advances, a young woman slowly falls for the charms of her captor. He eventually sets her free, but is he the serial killer the police have been hunting for? Only Jennifer Grayson can help them stop him once and for all.

Read more at: https://www.dreadcentral.com/news/216265/serial-killer-thriller-abduction-jennifer-grayson-announces-home-video-release-date/

Serial killer Udayan paid Rs 1100 to watchman to create grave of his parents

RAIPUR: Serial killer Udayan Das (32) after killing his parents quietly took the help of a watchman who was deployed at the under-construction building adjacent to his Sunder Nagar residence in the Chhattisgarh capital of Raipur.

Udayan, who is on transit remand brought by the Chhattisgarh police from Kolkata for further probe, told the security guard that he required a person to dig a wide pit in the courtyard of his house for a septic tank, the police said. The watchman called his brother Manoj Yadav who agreed to accomplish the task.
“Udayan revealed that he engaged Yadav for digging about a 3 feet deep pit and gave him Rs 1100 and a bottle of liquor for the work. Yadav asked for Rs 500 but was given more money by Udayan on the condition that he had to complete digging work before midnight. Yadav didn’t know that the wide hole he

Read more at: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/feb/27/serial-killer-udayan-paid-rs-1100-to-watchman-to-create-grave-of-his-parents-1575390.html

Suspect in 2005 NYC beheading says ‘I’m not a monster’ – NY Daily …

A suspect charged in the cold-case beheading of a Brooklyn man said he is “not a monster,” and that the victim was like “family” to him.

Kwauhuru Govan, in a Rikers Island interview with the Daily News, insisted cops got the wrong guy, even though he was already being held on charges that he kidnapped, murdered and dismembered a Brooklyn girl in 2004.

“I’m not a monster,” said Govan, who was hit with the second set of murder charges last week in the 2005 slaughter of Rashawn Brazell, 19, an aspiring web designer who vanished on Valentine’s Day morning 2005 after leaving his family’s Bushwick home.

Three days later, a bloody plastic bag containing Brazell’s legs, an arm and part of his torso was found in a subway tunnel between the Franklin Ave. and Nostrand Ave. subway stations on the A line. Workers at a Greenpoint recycling plant that handles garbage

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/suspect-2005-nyc-beheading-not-monster-article-1.2982960

CLAUDIA ROWE – THE SPIDER AND THE FLY: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder

Author: Claudia Rowe

Book: THE SPIDER AND THE FLY: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder

Publishing: Dey Street Books (January 24, 2017)


coverSynopsis (from the Publisher):

“Extraordinarily suspenseful and truly gut-wrenching. . . . A must-read.”—Gillian Flynn, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl

In this superb work of literary true crime—a spellbinding combination of memoir and psychological suspense—a female journalist chronicles her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and her search to understand the darkness inside us.

“Well, well, Claudia. Can I call you Claudia? I’ll have to give it to you, when confronted at least you’re honest, as honest as any reporter. . . . You want to go into the depths of my mind and into my

Read more at: http://kscj.com/2017/02/26/claudia-rowe-spider-fly-reporter-serial-killer-meaning-murder/