Monthly Archives: December 2017

Charles Manson was penpals with Indianapolis ‘angel,’ however he by no means requested ‘the’ query

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Charles Manson, a cult leader whose crimes loom large in the American psyche, died in the early hours of Monday, the Associated Press confirmed. He was 83. Time

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Charles Manson died on Monday. This is part of a phone conversation he had with local resident Bill Bruton about Manson’s recollections about Indianapolis, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Robert Scheer/IndyStar

In the basement of his home on the east side of Indianapolis, Bill Bruton picks up a three-ring binder from the pool table and leafs through the pages.

The handwritten letters, cards and drawings carefully tucked into protective sleeves are reminders of what Bruton describes as a 27-year relationship with a man many have called evil incarnate, a man who was one of America’s most notorious and enigmatic mass murderers.

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Bill Bruton, with letters and music

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SC serial killer tried selling a tracing of his hands | Charlotte Observer

For $89, someone with enough interest could purchase a signed pencil tracing of serial killer Todd Kohlhepp’s hands from prison.

Or at least that was until the listing was removed from the website that specializes in true crime collectibles, or memorabilia from high-profile killers known as “murderabilia.”

Supernaught.com had listed the tracing of Kohlhepp’s hands for sale among hundreds of other items that include string artwork from Charles Manson and signed prison letters from Ted Bundy.

The item that had been first listed at $100 was taken down Thursday after the Herald-Journal contacted the site.

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It is unclear as to whether the item was sold or simply removed. An email seeking comment did not get a response by Thursday night.

According to the state’s criminal code, an inmate is prohibited from profiting from their crime. The

Read more at: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article192293919.html

2017 in Florida: A hurricane, a serial killer hunt, #metoo

GAINESVILLE — Florida in 2017 was ravaged by a powerful hurricane, transfixed by the hunt for a serial killer in Tampa and rocked by a stream of political resignations after sexual misconduct allegations.

The year’s biggest news stories chronicled a historic hurricane season that had nearly all of Florida in its crosshairs. Hurricane Irma knocked out power for millions across wide swaths of the state, destroyed homes and disrupted lives.

Fuel shortages paralyzed residents, hindering many peoples’ ability to evacuate as Irma roared toward the Florida Keys, where it made landfall. Keys residents saw their slice of paradise bulldozed by winds and storm surge; residents died at a Hollywood nursing home that lost power; and the state’s iconic citrus groves suffered.

A different kind of storm reached Florida’s capital: the #metoo movement.

A powerful state senator and Republican candidate for governor resigned the

Read more at: http://www.theledger.com/news/20171230/2017-in-florida-hurricane-serial-killer-hunt-metoo

Top Stories 2017: Hurricane Irma; Serial Killer; Halladay Crash – Patch

Tampa Bay’s top stories of the year included a threatening hurricane that spared much of the Bay Area, a serial killer that terrorized the Seminole Heights neighborhood and a plane crash that took the life of an All-Star pitcher who died in the Gulf near New Port Richey.

No surprise that stories tracking Hurricane Irma were five of the top 10 viewed articles in 2017 as it appeared for several days that the Tampa area was in the crosshairs of the deadly storm. The top viewed article reported on the mandatory evacuation order for Pinellas County residents living in low-lying areas and mobile homes. Patch readers were checking their evacuation zones and shelter locations ahead of the storm that tore through the Caribbean.

Hurricane Irma made landfall at Marco Island about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. The storm had weakened to a Category 2, but still packed maximum sustained winds of 105

Read more at: https://patch.com/florida/southtampa/top-stories-2017-hurricane-irma-serial-killer-halladay-crash

Court: Families of serial killer’s victims can sue detective


Two local deaths in two days have prompted Dayton fire officials to warn about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The causes of death have not been determined for the unnamed man and woman, who died in two separate incidents, but high levels of CO were detected at both residences, fire officials said.

The deaths were on Bluecrest Drive on Friday evening and and on Speice Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

RELATED: 1 dead, 1 critically injured in Champaign County active shooter incident

Bryan Adams, Dayton Fire Department fire prevention specialist, said CO detectors are free for Dayton residents and the best way to protect against being poisoned by the gas, which is odorless and difficult to otherwise notice.

“Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer. So it’s colorless, odorless, tasteless. So you’re not aware that it’s happening or that it’s present in your

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VIPD: No record of accused serial killer in territory

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A Serial Killer’s Signed Hand Tracing Was Being Sold as a Collectible

(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) — A listing purportedly selling a tracing of the hands of a South Carolina man convicted of killing seven people has been removed from a website and he has been placed in solitary confinement.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that a signed pencil tracing of the hands of Todd Kohlhepp was listed for sale online at Supernaught.com for $89.

State law prohibits South Carolina inmates from profiting from their crimes.

Prisons spokesman Jeffrey Taillon says Kohlhepp’s mail has been stopped during an investigation and officials are seeing if he tried to sell anything else.

The tracing was removed Thursday after the Herald-Journal contacted the website. It wasn’t clear if the tracing had been sold.

Kohlhepp is serving life in prison after pleading guilty in May to seven counts of murder.

Read more at: http://time.com/5082338/a-serial-killers-signed-hand-tracing-was-being-sold-as-a-collectible/

2017 in Florida: A hurricane, a serial killer hunt, #metoo – News4Jax

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida in 2017 was ravaged by a powerful hurricane, transfixed by the hunt for a serial killer in Tampa and rocked by a stream of political resignations after sexual misconduct allegations.

The year’s biggest news stories chronicled a historic hurricane season that had nearly all of Florida in its crosshairs. Hurricane Irma knocked out power for millions across wide swaths of the state, destroyed homes and disrupted lives.

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2017 in Florida: A hurricane, a serial killer hunt, #metoo

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida in 2017 was ravaged by a powerful hurricane, transfixed by the hunt for a serial killer in Tampa and rocked by a stream of political resignations after sexual misconduct allegations.

The year’s biggest news stories chronicled a historic hurricane season that had nearly all of Florida in its crosshairs. Hurricane Irma knocked out power for millions across wide swaths of the state, destroyed homes and disrupted lives.

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Accused serial killer, already doing life, also gets ‘hard labor’

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Comments on the sentencing of Felix Vail for the death of Mary Horton Vail.

A Louisiana appeals court rejected Mississippi native Felix Vail’s appeal, concluding that the sentence for the suspected serial killer, already serving life without parole, must also include “hard labor.”

“I’ve often heard justice delayed is justice denied,” said District Attorney John DeRosier, whose office prosecuted the case, “but it’s still good for the people who got it after 54 years.”

Related: Families, DA wish justice had come sooner

In 2016, a jury in Lake Charles, Louisiana, convicted Vail of the 1962 murder of his first wife, Mary. It is the oldest conviction of an alleged serial killer in U.S. history.

Vail is also the last known person with Mary and two other women he called his wives: Sharon

Read more at: http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/journeytojustice/2017/12/29/alleged-serial-killer-already-serving-life-gets-hard-labor/989319001/