REPORT: Uber driver admits to murdering six strangers between fares

KALAMAZOO, MI (New York Post) — A man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday in Michigan.

Jason Dalton’s surprise move occurred as lawyers and a judge planned to pick a jury in Kalamazoo County court. There was no deal for Dalton: He pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder, and he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole.

“I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while,” Dalton told a judge.

He answered “yes” to a series of questions, admitting that he shot eight people at three locations in the Kalamazoo area in 2016. Four women, a man and a 17-year-old boy were killed.

After Dalton’s arrest, police quoted him as saying a “devil figure” on Uber’s app was controlling him on the day of the shootings. He was found competent to stand trial and last week dropped an insanity defense.

Defense attorney Eusebio Solis said he advised Dalton not to plead guilty. But he said his client wanted to spare families more grief during a trial.

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COLD CASE BREAKTHROUGH: Indiana man arrested in 1988 rape, murder of 8-year-old girl after DNA is found to be a match

GRABRILL, IN (The Indianapolis Star) — Thirty years after the murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley, police arrested a man in connection to her death on the same day the cold case was to be examined during a prime-time crime documentary.

John D. Miller, 59, of Grabill, was arrested at his home Sunday morning by members of the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Indiana State Police, according to court documents.

According to the FBI, the investigation began April 1, 1988, when April was abducted from her Fort Wayne neighborhood while walking from a friend’s house. Three days later, a jogger discovered April’s body about 20 miles to the north in a ditch along a country road in DeKalb County.

Officials also found one of April’s shoes about 1,000 feet from the body. Police said April had been raped. The killer left his DNA, but authorities couldn’t find a match.

The case saw new life in 1990, when her killer scrawled a message on a barn door: “I kill 8-year-old April Marie Tinsley. I will kill again.”

In 2004, 16 years after April’s death, the killer left threatening notes, photos and used condoms on three girl’s bicycles and in a mailbox in the Fort Wayne area. The pictures showed a man’s nude lower body. DNA in the condoms matched that found on April’s body.

“Hi honey. I been watching you,” one note released by the FBI read. “I am the same person that kidnapped, raped and killed April Tinsely. You are my next victim.”

Court documents reveal a break in the case in May of 2018. That is when a detective arranged for DNA testing and analysis to be done on the suspect’s evidence sample at Parabon NanoLabs.

On July 2, the lab was able to narrow the DNA sample to two brothers, one being Miller. Investigators then began conducting surveillance on Miller.

On July 6, police searched Miller’s trash in an attempt to find items bearing the suspect’s DNA, according to court documents. In the trash, they found three used condoms.

On July 9, investigators learned that the DNA from the used condoms found in Miller’s trash matched the DNA from the condoms found in 2004, and the DNA found on the victim.

On Sunday morning, police explained to Miller that they had connected his DNA to the 1988 slaying. When asked to explain what happened to Tinsley, Miller looked at police and said “I can’t,” according to court documents.

Miller then admitted to abducting April from Hoagland Avenue in Fort Wayne on April 1, 1988, taking her to his trailer, sexually assaulting her and killing her, court documents said.

Miller told police that he choked the victim so that she wouldn’t tell police what happened, and that it took 10 minutes for the little girl to die. He then told police that he drove April’s body to Spencerville the next morning and dumped her in a ditch.

Miller was taken to the Allen County Jail, where he is being held on suspicion of murder, child molesting and confinement. He is slated to make his first court appearance Monday.

IndyStar reporter Vic Ryckaert contributed to this story.

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REPORT: ‘Golden State Killer’ who police say killed 12, raped 45, taken into custody

San Francisco, CA (SF Gate) — A suspect believed to be the notorious East Area Rapist, or Golden State Killer, was reportedly taken into custody early Wednesday morning in the Sacramento area — more than 30 years since he allegedly committed 12 murders and 45 rapes from 1976 to 1986.

Former Auburn Police Officer Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and booked on two counts of murder into the Sacramento County Jail at 2:30 a.m., according to jail records. He is being held without bail.

The Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office said they plan to make a “major announcement” at a noon press conference about the East Area Rapsit, who has also gone by the monikers Original Nightstalker and Golden State Killer.
A suspect believed to be the notorious East Area Rapist, or Golden State Killer, was reportedly taken into custody early Wednesday morning in the Sacramento area — more than 30 years since he allegedly committed 12 murders and 45 rapes from 1976 to 1986.

Former Auburn Police Officer Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and booked on two counts of murder into the Sacramento County Jail at 2:30 a.m., according to jail records. He is being held without bail.

The Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office said they plan to make a “major announcement” at a noon press conference about the East Area Rapsit, who has also gone by the monikers Original Nightstalker and Golden State Killer.

Authorities have not officially confirmed that DeAngelo is the suspected East Area Rapist, whose victims spanned across northern and central California. Victims lived in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Yolo, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Billy Jensen, one of the researchers of the recently published book “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”— written by late author Michelle McNamara, who worked with investigators on the East Area Rapist case — announced on Twitter that a big break in the case would be announced Wednesday.

He tweeted a 1962 photo of DeAngelo and said, “If this is him, that’s enough time to lose the baby fat in his face.”

DeAngelo is a former Auburn police officer who was reportedly fired from the department in 1979 after he shoplifted a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a Sacramento drug store, according to archives from the Auburn Journal. His attorney at the time, Maurene Wheland, told The Chronicle on Wednesday that she did not remember representing him and hadn’t heard of his arrest in the cold case.

In 1967, the Journal reported that DeAngelo had returned from serving in the U.S. Navy in North Vietnam, where he worked on the gun line.

In addition to violent murder and rapes, authorities suspect the East Area Rapist in more than 150 residential break-ins across the state.

Read more at SF Gate

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REPORT: FBI was ‘actively’ monitoring Islamic sympathizer who murdered young Florida boy prior to attack

PALM BEACH, FL — FBI officials had been “actively monitoring” Corey Johnson in the weeks leading up to his murdering a 13-year-old boy, according to published reports.

Johnson, who claimed his Muslim faith commanded he stab the victim to death on March 12, had been “on the FBI’s radar” since the agency discovered he had reached out to ISIS contacts online and expressed a desire to join the terror group.

The bloody attack occurred during a sleepover at the victim’s home. Another 13-year-old boy and the boy’s mother were also repeatedly stabbed but survived the assault.
Police reports confirm that Johnson admitted to the carnage and claimed his motive was “Islamic Jihad”.

“Interim Chief Clint Shannon said Jupiter police, Palm Beach County School District police and the FBI previously investigated Johnson for “alleged violent tendencies” that they received through “intelligence gathering” in the northern part of the county,”  a report by the Palm Beach Post states. Federal investigators had reportedly been monitoring Johnson’s social media accounts for indications that he may be planning on carrying out an act of terror.

Upon his arrest after briefly barricading himself inside a bedroom of the victims’ home, Johnson told police officials he awoke at around 4 a.m. Monday at his friend Kyle Bancroft’s home and decided to kill Kyle’s mother, Elaine Simon; Kyle’s brother, Dane, 13; and Dane’s friend, Jovanni Sierra, 13, while they slept.

Johnson told police he stabbed Jovanni Sierra and slit his throat with a knife he had brought with him to the house. The other victims were stabbed a short time later.

According to the arrest report, Johnson further stated that he had read the Quran before going to the house “to give him courage to carry out his intentions.”

FBI records show that in January 2017, several local law-enforcement agencies met with FBI officials at William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, where Johnson was the a student. A sheriff’s detective conducted a mental-health assessment of Johnson based on his reaching out to ISIS online and reported that the teen admitted to sympathizing with terrorist organizations.

The report also reveals that Johnson had made numerous anti-Semitic statements and idolized Adolf Hitler. School police said they received information that Johnson “had violent tendencies,” and “had spoken about inappropriate places to bomb.”

On March 5, 10 days prior to the murder, Florida police officials checked in with the FBI to see if and when the agency planned on bringing federal charges against Johnson and were advised that the affidavits would be “coming in the next several weeks.”

The charges were never filed.

Johnson faces one count of murder and two attempted-murder charges in the stabbings.

On Tuesday, Judge Daliah H. Weiss ordered Johnson be held in a juvenile detention center to await a grand jury’s determination as to whether or not he should be charged as an adult in the killing.

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THE PLOT THICKENS: Coroner defies court order to release autopsy results of alleged Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock

LAS VEGAS, NV — Clark County Nevada Coroner John Fudenberg on Wednesday defied a court order to release the autopsy report of Stephen Paddock, the man police say was responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Paddock, 64, who investigators say killed 58 people and wounded close to 700 others during an outdoor concert in Las Vegas last October, was found dead in a Vegas hotel room, the victim of what police claim was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

District Court Judge Timothy Williams ordered the coroner Tuesday to immediately release the results of Paddock’s autopsy, but Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg has thus far refused to do so, stating that he would continue to do so until the report was “finalized”.

Williams’ refusal to release the report was quickly met with outrage from media outlets who say investigators are “playing games”.

“I don’t believe this is consistent with what the court ordered,” Las Vegas attorney Maggie McLetchie, who represents the Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Associated Press in their November action demanding the release of the reports told the Las Vegas Review (https://www.reviewjournal.com/investigations/judge-orders-release-of-las-vegas-shooting-autopsy-reports/). “They (the coroner’s office) have delayed this for too long, and whatever stage the coroner’s report on Paddock is in, it should be provided to the Review-Journal and Associated Press without further delay. No more games. Release the records.”

“The shooter’s body was cremated Dec. 21,” said Review-Journal Editor-in-Chief Keith Moyer. “How can the autopsy report not be ‘finalized’ when the body was cremated more than five weeks ago? The law is squarely on the side of the public’s right to open government.”

This isn’t the first time that officials charged with investigating the attack have fought to keep the results of their inquiries from the public.

In January a judge ordered the coroner to pay about $32,000 in legal costs to the Review-Journal for refusing to release public records to the newspaper, claims McLetchie.

“The court correctly recognized the presumption of public access to records, even when a mass tragedy occurs,” McLetchie said. “(The judge) also rejected arguments by the coroner’s office that there were any privacy interests with regards to the autopsy of Stephen Paddock, let alone any that outweighed the strong presumption of access to records in Nevada.”

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a provisional report Jan. 8 on the shooting but gave very little information in regard to Paddock’s activities leading up to the shooting or the result of his autopsy.

“Preliminarily, the injuries noted were on the posterior of both calves and a gunshot wound to the upper palette inside the decedent’s mouth with obvious damage to the upper teeth,” the department stated.

“The cause of Paddock’s death was an internal gunshot wound and the manner of death was ruled a suicide,” the report concluded.

Family members of several of the shooting victims have also expressed outrage over how the investigation is being handled.

“We can’t even get a response from the coroner’s office,” Adam Castilla, brother of Andrea Castilla, a 28-year-old California woman killed during the shooting, told the Review-Journal. Castilla added that, despite multiple requests, his family still has not received a copy of his sister’s autopsy.

“It’s been over 100 days and I’ve called at least 20 times,” said Castilla. “I haven’t gotten one call back. I feel like they’re definitely trying to protect someone or themselves.”

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HELL’S NEW RULER: Self declared ‘devil’ Charles Manson dead at 83

CORCORAN, CA — Infamous cult leader Charles Manson has died.

The self-declared “devil in the flesh”, who was serving a life sentence for ordering murders of a least 7 people in the summer of 1969, died of natural causes, according to a statement issued by the California Department of Corrections late Sunday night.

Manson, the leader of a murderous cult which referred to itself as “the Manson family” died at 8:13 p.m. PST at a hospital in Kern County, said a spokesperson for the state Department of Corrections.

The charismatic and unapologetic Manson, born to a single teenage mother who once reportedly tried to sell him for a pitcher of beer, was denied parole 12 times for his role in the horrific slayings of actress Sharon Tate, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time of her murder, hairstylist Jay Sebring, heiress Abigail Folger, writer Wojciech Frykowski, teenager Steven Parent, and business owners Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. All of the victims were stabbed to death.

Although prosecutors at the time admitted that Manson, himself, did not commit the actual murders, he was charged and convicted as the mastermind behind the slayings.

“He was the dictatorial ruler of the (Manson) family, the king, the Maharaja. And the members of the family were slavishly obedient to him,” former L.A. County prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi told CNN in 2015.

According to Bugliosi, Manson’s motive for carrying out the horrific killings was to create a sort of race war, an ideat which he believed was being communicated to him through the Beatles song “Helter Skelter”.

The murders occurred over the course of two nights beginning on August 9, 1969, when a handful of Manson’s “family” entered Sharon Tate’s Hollywood Hills home. After murdering the actress, who the killers say repeatedly begged for the life of her unborn baby, the killers went on to murder everyone in Tate’s home. They left the scene after writing “pig” and “Helter Skelter” on the door with the victims’ blood.

The following evening, Manson, unsatisfied that the previous night’s carnage wasn’t “gruesome” enough, accompanied a handful of his cult members to the home of Leo and Rosemary LaBianca, where the wealthy couple was tied up and stabbed to death.
The words “rise” and “Helter Skelter” were also left written in blood on both the refrigerator door and couples’ front door.

After evading police for several weeks, Manson and his murdering followers — Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, and Tex Watson, were captured after Atkins, who was being held in jail on an unrelated charge, bragged to a fellow inmate about Tate’s murders. Atkins, the inmate told police, said they did it “because we wanted to do a crime that would shock the world.”

In 1971, manson and his followers were convicted and given the death penalty; however, those sentences were overturned when the California Supreme Court overturned the death penalty in 1972. Despite the death penalty later being reinstated, the commuted sentences stood under California law.

In the years following Manson’s conviction, he became a sort of pop icon, with his face gracing everything from t-shirts to posters, worshiped by those who remained fascinated by the crimes.

Defiant until the day of his death, Manson, who spent most of his life in and out of prison and reform schools, never apologized for his role in the slayings, instead insisting that whatever he was, the prison system helped to create.

“My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system,” Manson once said. “I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you.”

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POLICE: Body of missing pregnant woman discovered in river; baby found alive

FARGO, N.D. — The body of a woman who disappeared when she was 8 months pregnant has been discovered, say police, in a river not far from where she disappeared.

Law enforcement sources say the body of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind was discovered by kayakers on Sunday after her body washed up on shore. Police have confirmed that the body was wrapped in plastic and appears to have been intentionally dumped.

The gruesome discovery comes more than a week after Greywind was reported missing on August 19.

According to a report published by The Duluth News Tribune Greywind was last seen last Saturday after a woman living in a third-floor apartment knocked on her family’s basement door, asking LaFontaine-Greywind if she would model a dress the woman was sewing (http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4316286-somethings-wrong-disappearance-pregnant-fargo-woman-still-mystery).

When Greywind failed to return a short time later, her mother knocked on the door of the upstairs apartment and was told her daughter had left.

“I immediately knew something was wrong because her car is here,” her mother said. “She’s eight months pregnant. Her feet were swollen, so she wouldn’t have taken up walking like that. There was pizza here that she hadn’t eaten. She would not just leave that lady’s apartment and go somewhere.”

“She’s in danger,” her mother said at the time. “Something’s wrong.”

Days after her disappearance, a two day old baby girl was discovered inside the apartment building in which Greywind lived. The infant was reportedly in good health and showed no signs of trauma.

William Henry Hoehn, 32, and 38-year-old Brooke Lynn Crews have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping in connection with Greywind’s case but have refused to answer questions about how they gained possession of the child.

Although DNA has not yet confirmed that the child found in the apartment is related, police sources say they have every reason to believe that the child is Greywind’s.

Both Hoehn and Crews remained jailed on Monday and it remains unclear whether they have entered a plea or obtained legal counsel.

A news conference is planned for Monday where Fargo Police say they will offer additional updates to the case.

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COINCIDENCE? PHOTO SUGGESTS LINK BETWEEN WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ AID IMRAN AWAN AND DNC STAFFER’S MURDER

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A newly surfaced photograph suggests a potential link between disgraced Debbie Wasserman Schultz aide Imran Awan and murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, according to Trump administration insider Roger Stone.

Stone, a political consultant, lobbyist, and strategist for the Republican party, has been vocal in his belief that Rich, who was found murdered in July of 2016, was victim of a hit by the DNC.

Rich, who many suspect to be the source behind thousands of emails that were leaked to WikiLeaks, worked as the Voter Expansion Data Director for the Democratic National Committee and had access to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s iPad when the DNC emails were leaked to Wikileaks.

Shortly after the emails were obtained by the anti-secrecy group, Rich’s lifeless body was found lying face down in a suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds. Although his death was ruled by police the probable result of a robbery gone bad, the fact that his cell phone, wallet and credit cards were left untouched on his person left many to question law enforcement’s official story.

Friends of Rich have claimed there around 90 minutes of of “unaccounted for” time between the time Rich is known to have left the bar he had visited just before his death and the time his body was discovered. Now, a photo released to social media on Tuesday, appears to show Awan with Rich at the bar just moments before he left.

“FACT – Wasserman-Schulz “IT consultant” Awan was partying with Seth Rich the night of his murder ! Eat it @TheAtlantic !” Stone tweeted of the discovery (https://twitter.com/RogerJStoneJr/status/892265715780026368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.infowars.com%2Froger-stone-seth-rich-was-partying-with-imran-awan-on-the-night-of-his-murder%2F).

According to Stone, Awan also had access to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s iPad and hard drives later recovered from Awan’s home were found to be smashed up with a hammer.

Awan, who records show received more than twice the average Congressional I.T. employee salary (http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/22830/Imran-Awan), was arrested at Dulles airport last week after wiring $300,000 to Pakistan and attempting to flee the country.

In light of Awan’s arrest, Wasserman Schultz terminated his “part-time” employment last week and is now coming under mounting pressure to explain why she kept the IT worker on the payroll despite a months long criminal investigation. The Florida congresswoman who led the Democratic National Committee until she was removed from her position after it was alleged that she “fixed” votes within the DNC to ensure Hillary Clinton’s nomination is facing increasing calls from Republicans to testify as to what she knows.

“I think she should testify,” Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told conservative radio host Dana Loesch on Monday. “If I had a staff member, an IT staff member, who had access to all of our data and all of our infrastructure and he had come under investigation … you better believe I would be cooperating.”

Meanwhile, in a related development, a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Fox News network by Rod Wheeler claims the cable news giant worked with the Trump administration and wealthy Republican Trump supporter to concoct a false story about the death of Rich, an allegation that both the network and the president has vehemently denied.

“The president had no knowledge of the story,” White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a White House briefing on Tuesday, “it’s completely untrue” that he or anyone at the White House was involved with the story.”

In a separate statement the Fox News network called the allegations “completely erroneous.”

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‘THEIR KILLER IS OUT THERE’: INDIANA POLICE RELEASE SKETCH OF SUSPECT IN MURDER OF 2 GIRLS

LAFAYETTE, IN– Indiana State Police on Monday released a sketch of who they believe to be the killer of two young girls found murdered in a wooded area last February.

Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were found slain on Feb. 14, one day after the pair were reported missing in Delphi, Indiana, located approximately 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Shortly after the girls’ bodies were discovered, police officials released a grainy photo of a man walking on a nearby bridge snapped at around the time of the pair’s disappearance. Police also released a recording of a man seemingly matching the description of the individual in the photo saying “down the hill” which they say was obtained from German’s cellphone. The photo released Monday by authorities is the first depicting the man’s face.

The suspect, described by police as a white male standing between 5-feet-6 and to 5-feet-10 weighing 180 to 220 pounds, and having reddish brown hair and goatee, has eluded capture despite law enforcement’s best efforts.

During a press conference held as the composite sketch was released, Sgt. Kim Riley told reporters that investigators had been working on the drawing “for a while” and that they were releasing it now because “it needed to come out.”

“We’re going to get to the bottom of this sooner or later,” Riley said. “If the composite helps us get there sooner, that’s what we’re hoping for.”

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said the comoposite was drawn by an FBI sketch artist based on “recent information” from a witness who claims to have seen the suspect at the time of German and Williams’ deaths.

“This case is not dried up. It’s not a cold case,” Riley adding, noting that authorities receive anywhere from “5 to 10 tips” every day.

Residents of the tight knit town say they hope the newly released sketch brings closure to the case.

“It’s obviously on everyone’s mind. Life has changed in that regard … You can’t drive through here without talking about it,” Mark Northam told the Journal and Courier (http://www.jconline.com/story/news/crime/2017/07/17/new-details-released-delphi-double-homicide-investigation/483717001/). “I think it’s nice to have more information if it is an accurate sketch. It seems like the opportunity to resolve this is sort of fading.”

Siera Farr, a Delphi resident for three years, said the tragedy has left the community gripped with fear.

“A part of me is scared with being out,” Farr said, “but I have to face that fear.”

“Someone here knows something,” she added, “and I just wish they would speak up.”

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