Beth Holloway describes van der Sloot extortion attempt for Dutch TV

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Birmingham, Al  (WIAT)  Beth Holloway outlines for a Dutch TV show how the prime suspect in the disappearance of her daughter Natalee tried to extort money from the grieving family.

The interviews by Dutch crime reporter Peter de Vries air tonight in the Netherlands. The video has also been sold to the CBS syndicated show The Insider which has promoted the video for Monday. You can watch The Insider weekdays on CBS42 at 1:05 a.m. 

Last person to see Paige Johnson to be released

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• October 30, 2010

COVINGTON - The convicted felon last seen with missing 17-year-old Paige Johnson is set to be released from the Kenton County jail without any new charges filed against him.

Unless Covington police come up with some evidence that links 22-year-old Jacob Bumpass to some crime, state probation and parole documents reveal that his sanction for violating his parole on theft charges will be to complete a residential drug rehabilitation program.

Bumpass will remain locked up until a bed opens at a Newport halfway house that offers drug treatment, probation and parole district supervisor Christie Feldman wrote in a letter to The Enquirer. Officials said they didn't know how soon that would be.

Covington police have avoided calling Bumpass a suspect, or even a person of interest, despite the fact that they have searched his Taylor Mill apartment, searched his family's cars and subpoenaed his mobile phone records.

The phone records led to several searches this month of the 10,000-acre East Fork State Park in Clermont County for the missing girl, but investigators didn't find anything. The search concentrated on the park because a text message from Bumpass' phone was sent from the area about 4:18 a.m. on Sept. 23 - the morning Paige disappeared from Northern Kentucky.


Baby Found In Ditch, Father Arrested Family Says Baby Will Be OK

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POSTED: Sunday, October 31, 2010
UPDATED: 11:29 am EDT October 31, 2010
A Jacksonville father was arrested Saturday night for child abuse after police said they found his baby on the side of a Southside street.

A neighbor called police to the 3200 block of Dorothea Road, where they found the child inside a stroller in a ditch. The baby, named Larry, was alone but unharmed.

A little later, police said they arrested 25-year-old Stephen Broughman on suspicion of leaving the baby alone.

A close family friend told Channel 4's Steve Douglas the child's mother woke up about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and couldn't find the baby or the baby's father.

"The baby, the stroller, her car keys and the father of the child was gone," said family friend Liz Kearton. "(The mother) was very upset. She asked me if I had heard from him (Broughman), but I said no I had not. She said she was up all night with the baby, she woke up and when she woke up, there was no note, there was no message, he would not answer the cell phone and he was gone."

Friends said the baby's mother is endlessly devoted to her child, but got the scare of her life.

"She stays home with the baby all day," Keaton said. "She does everything with that child."

The young baby was returned safely to his mother.

"Baby Larry, I love him. I love that baby," Keaton said. "She does everything for that kid. She would never harm him, she never leaves him by himself, she never goes outside without taking the kid with her."

Broughman was being held at the Duval County jail on child abuse charges with a $20,000 bond.

Man Could Face Death Penalty In Student Death Toni Keller (Video)

State Attorney's Office releases discovery in Katie's Kids case

Casey Anthony Hearing 10/29 - links

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Townsville soldiers go bush with brave kids (Zahra 2008)

September 22nd, 2008
TOUGH ... Trooper Cory Holland and Zahra Baker, 8, of Giru. Bone cancer patient Zahra joined about 30 other unwell North Queensland children at the weekend for a Camp Quality experience of a lifetime at a special army camp with Townsville-based soldiers

THEY don't make them much tougher than little Zahra Baker. The eight-year-old Giru girl has overcome more challenges than most people would in a lifetime, but nothing could wipe the smile off the bubbly youngster's face yesterday.
Zahra joined about 30 other North Queensland kids and their companions to embark on the Camp Quality experience of a lifetime. 

Parents of missing Madeleine McCann watch Everton victory at Goodison

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Sun 31 Oct 2010 14:32
Gerry and Kate McCann at Goodison
 The Liverpool-born mum of missing Madeleine McCann was spotted at a football game during a visit to her home city this weekend.

Kate McCann, 42, pulled on her team's colours as she watched Everton's clash with Stoke at Goodison with husband Gerry.

The couple cheered and clapped as Yakubu's goal saw the Blues gain a 1-0 victory over the visitors.

GP Kate was born in MOssley Hill but now lives in Rothley, Leics, with Gerry and the couples' twins Sean and Amelie, 5.

Blonde Maddie was nearly four when she went missing from an apartment during a family holiday in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz on the Algarve on 3rd May 2007.

Earlier this year, a prayer service was held at Kate's parish church of Our Lady of the Annunciation Bishop Eton, in Woolton, to mark the third anniversary of the little girl's disappearance.


Missing girl did not want to leave Australia Part 1 of a 2 part series (Zahra)

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By Monte Mitchell | JOURNAL REPORTER
Published: October 31, 2010

She was known for her enthusiasm and spirit despite fight with bone cancer

This is the first of a two-part series examining the life of Zahra Baker, the Hickory girl who was first reported missing on Oct. 9 and who authorities believe is dead. 

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Fears for woman missing since giving birth

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Missing woman Tammy Williams
Nick Ralston
October 31, 2010 - 10:39AM
A Sydney woman has gone missing only days after she gave birth at her Randwick home without medical assistance.
Police said they hold grave concerns about Tammy Williams, who they believe gave birth to a girl sometime in the past week.
Missing woman Tammy Williams Photo: Photo supplied: NSW Police
Officers went to the 29-year-old's home on Friday evening following a tip-off after about the birth from a member of the public but found the Howard Street address empty.
Police have not been able to locate Ms Williams, her partner or the child since. It is believed the woman and the child have been without medical assistance since birth.
Anyone with information about any of their whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Zahra Baker: Illegal dump sites searched again

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By Richard Gould
Published: October 30, 2010
Updated: October 30, 2010 - 11:47 AM
Hickory investigators spent Friday searching near the area where they found a prosthetic leg believed to be Zahra Baker’s on Tuesday.
Investigators were checking wooded areas, illegal dump areas and walking along Christie Road about half a mile from Pine Mountain Road, said Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones.
“We’ve got about 20 to 25 people down there—about what we had here the other day,” said Detective B.J. Fore of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. “They’ve (the Hickory Police Department) asked us to assist, so that’s what we’re doing.”
Deputies manned roadblocks at either end of the 3-mile road. Fore said residents were allowed to go to their homes, but general traffic was blocked to keep officers safe as they searched because the road is very narrow.

Antero Salmeron Cruz, 23, In Connection With Death Of Ahlyja Pinson, 14

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- A man remained jailed Saturday, arrested for the second time for allegedly beating and stabbing a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in an abandoned house on Golden Hill on New Year's Eve 2007.

Antero Salmeron Cruz, 23, was arrested about 9 p.m. Thursday in the 2800 block of Clay Avenue for the Dec. 31, 2007 death of Ahlyja Pinson, according to San Diego police homicide Lt. Ernie Herbert.

The arrest comes more than a year after prosecutors dropped charges against Cruz, citing insufficient evidence to win a conviction. But SDPD homicide detectives reviewed their case and said additional evidence justified police to arrest Cruz again in the slaying, Herbert said.
But he would not say what that evidence is.

In 2007, a homeless man found Pinson's body in an abandoned house at 29th and E streets, about five hours after she left a relative's home to meet up with a cousin to go to Seaport Village. The house was frequented by squatters and drug users.

Cruz was an acquaintance of Ahlyja's and was first arrested in the case on Jan. 10, 2008 because witness statements and physical evidence in the abandoned house tied him to the death, according to police.

But prosecutors decided against charging him four days after his arrest.

Cruz was booked into jail Thursday on a suspicion of murder warrant. He is being held on $1 million bail.Read more at

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Suspect charged in NIU homicide appears in court (Toni Keller)

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October 30, 2010
William P. Curl hung his head Saturday as he appeared via closed-circuit TV to face charges he killed 18-year-old Northern Illinois University freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller of Plainfield.
Wearing glasses, dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, his hands cuffed behind his back, Curl only said five words — a couple of "Yes, sirs," and a "No" as Judge James Donnelly laid out the charges in DeKalb County's first death penalty case in years.

William "Billy" P. Curl, 34, of DeKalb, was charged with murder, sexual assault and arson in the death of 18-year-old Antinette "Toni" Keller of Plainfield.

DeKalb man charged with murder of NIU student
Because he is accused of committing first-degree murder, combined with arson and rape, "You could be sentenced to death," the judge said.
Curl, who hung his head at times, had no reaction.
Bond has been set at $5 million on the charges of murder, arson and criminal sexual assault; $50,000 on the charge of unlawful use of a loaded vehicle, and $15,000 on the charge of obstructing justice, which means he would have to post approximately $506,500 to remain free. Curl is accused of damaging Keller's cell phone, camera and clothing with the arson.
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Missing Ben Needham Is 21: Madeleine McCann Is Getting Older

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KERRY Grist is the mother of Ben Needham. He is the child who went missing on the Greek island of Kos in 1991. He was 21 months old. He was born on October 29, 1989. He would be 21 now. But he does not age. His photos remains the same at his family’s home. He, like all the families of missing, are trapped. For them life does not go on. It stops.
But someone knows what happened. Someone always knows.
Kerry Grist wants the Prime Minister to start a new investigation. Says she:
It seems more painful. It seems to be dragging me down really. I can feel a depression setting in. It’s getting harder to find the strength to keep going.”
The milestone birthday is a chance for Ben Needham’s name to get into the news. The last chance was when Madeleine McCann vanished. In May 2007, as the voracious media turned a missing child into Our Maddie, Mrs Grist’s words were of interest to the press. She saw Kate McCann on the TV:
“It was like a mirror image, the look on her face, the fear, the worry, everything. It was like seeing myself 15 years ago.”
“The only thing I can try and advise her on is to stay strong, stay in control of everything – the police investigation, the media side of it – just stay focused and stay strong.”
Madeleine McCann has not been found. And neither has Ben Needham. For all the media’s power, both children remain gone.
Says Kerry Grist on Sky News:
“It’s not a celebration for us. It’s just marking the day that he was born into our family. And now somebody else is celebrating his birthday with him – he probably doesn’t even know that it is his birthday. He probably has a different one now.”

Warrants served on Adam Baker while in jail

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Published: October 30, 2010
While Adam Baker was in jail for several warrants that Hickory police served from Caldwell County, he was also served with outstanding warrants from Catawba County, as well
hdr_adam bakerOn Monday, police arrested Baker, 33, after he voluntarily came in for an interview at about 3:15 a.m. He was arrested for five counts of worthless checks, three counts of communicating threats and one count of failure to return rental property. The charges all stemmed from incidents in Caldwell County

Elisa Baker in court for worthless checks & has more than 20 counts in several counties still pending against

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Published: October 30, 2010
Elisa Baker did not appear in court on Friday alongside her attorney, Scott Reilly. He asked to be appointed as Baker’s attorney for her worthless check charges in Catawba County
Reilly already represents Baker on the charge of felony obstruction of justice in the case of Baker’s missing 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra. Baker admitted to writing a false ransom note, asking for $1 million.
Baker was scheduled for court Friday for seven counts of worthless checks: four under her married name, Elisa Baker, and three under another name she sometimes uses, Elisa Young. The worthless check charges Baker was due in court for on Friday were:
$64.88, Fresh Air Galaxy
$136.49, Food Lion
$122.47, Food Lion
$158.04, Food Lion
$243.53, Walmart
$80.98, Walmart
$110.57, Walmart
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DeKalb man charged with NIU student's murder (Toni Keller) (Video)

Police charge DeKalb man in murder of NIU coed (Toni Keller)

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Oct 29, 2010 09:29PM
DEKALB — A DeKalb man who fled to Louisiana and Mexico has been charged in the death of Northern Illinois University freshmen Antinette “Toni” Keller, who vanished earlier this month, DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen said Friday night.
William “Billy” P. Curl, 34, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Covington, La., and extradited back to DeKalb Friday morning.
He was charged later in the day with five counts of first degree murder, criminal sexual assault and arson.
“This was a gruesome murder,” Feithen said at a press conference.
Curl is being held in the DeKalb County Jail on $5 million bail. He has a court hearing at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
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Justus Kebabe Pleads Guilty To Killing Wife, 2 Kids

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Oct 29, 2010 5:32 pm US/Central
A 43-year-old man pleaded guilty to killing his wife and two of their
children in their Vadnais Heights apartment, the Ramsey County
Attorney's Office announced Friday.

County Attorney Susan Gaertner said the Attorney's Office will ask for Justus Ogendi Kebabe to be sentenced to three consecutive 25 1/2-year sentences, for which he would actually spend approximately 50 years in prison.

Kebabe admitted in court that he struck his wife, Bilha Omare, in the head with a golf club and also strangled her. He also admitted to giving the two kids cranberry juice with Tylenol PM pills, drowning his son in a bathtub and strangling his daughter until she died.

"The defendant has admitted guilt for committing one of the most horrific crimes I can recall," Gaertner said. "His plea cannot undo the tragedy of three senseless murders, but it does bring a measure of swift justice."

Kebabe's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2011 at 9 a.m.
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Mom's defense for drowning her children a 'snow' job: Crown

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TRACY McLAUGHLIN, Special to the Toronto Sun
Last Updated: October 29, 2010 6:08pm
BARRIE - Elaine Campione tried to “snow” psychiatrists by saying she doesn’t remember killing her kids to try to get out of a murder rap, a Crown attorney charged yesterday.
On the witness stand for the past three days, a psychiatrist for the defence stuck to his story that Campione was paranoid and psychotic when she drowned her kids in the bathtub to protect them from her alleged abusive ex-husband.
Dr. Jeff McMaster testified he couldn’t question the mother about why she drowned Serena, 3, and Sophia, 1, in the bathtub because she has no memory of it, which he attributed to her mental illness.
“It can be difficult to form memories when you are psychotic,” McMaster testified.
But prosecutor Enno Meijers scoffed at that account.

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Doug Stewart trial delayed

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CENTREVILLE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3)  -  Doug Stewart's trial was set to begin next week but we've now learned it's being delayed.
In just about two weeks a judge is holding a hearing to see if certain evidence will be allowed in court.
The family of Venus Stewart was hoping the trial would start next week and hoping to see Doug Stewart have his day in court but they'll have to wait a little longer.
NEWSCHANNEL 3 has learned a hearing is now scheduled for November 5th surrounding the murder trial of Douglas Stewart.  He's the man accused of abducting his estranged wife Venus Stewart, killing her, and getting rid of the mother's body.
A judge will decide whether proposed hearsay statements from Venus are admissible in court.  This means the trial start date with jury selection scheduled for the end of next week is being pushed back.
"The grief clouds everythings. We're just living in limbo. We'll be glad to get this part of it behind us," said Larry McComb Venus' Father.
Venus tells NEWSCHANNEL 3 Douglas Stewart's defense attorneys along with police and the prosecution were at his house on Wednesday.  They inspected the inside and outside of the home on Driftwood Drive in Colon looking for information.  Her father was there but not involved in this visit.
"That was between Doug's defense team and the state police. They had their thing they had to do to see about the crime scene and I hope it helped them and they'll be able to move forward soon," said McComb.
Family and friends continue to search for any clues to the whereabouts of Venus.  Her body is still missing.

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Chris Coleman trial set for February 15 - Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty

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Waterloo, Ill. (KSDK) -- Jury selection will begin in the murder trial of Chris Coleman on February 15, a judge said Friday afternoon.
Coleman is accused of killing his wife, Sheri and their two sons, Gavin and Garett, in their Columbia, Illinois home in May 2009.
A judge ruled earlier in the case that the trial will be held in Monroe County, but jurors will be pulled from elsewhere in Illinois. Coleman's attorneys contended that finding jurors who had not heard about the Coleman case in Monroe County would be nearly impossible.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Coleman, who once worked as a bodyguard for televangelist Joyce Meyer.
Prosecutors allege that Coleman fabricated threats leading up to the day of the killings to make it look like someone else committed the murders.
Coleman was known to have a mistress in Florida, and prosecutors believe he killed his wife and children to avoid getting a divorce, which would cost him his job with Joyce Meyer Ministries.

Police Return To Site Where Prosthetic Was Found

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Posted: 12:49 pm EDT October 29, 2010
Updated: 5:19 pm EDT October 29, 2010
CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- Investigators returned Friday to the area where a prosthetic leg believed to be 10-year-old Zahra Baker’s was found earlier this week.

VIDEO: Police Return To Site Where Prosthetic Was Found

The prosthetic was found off Christie Road in Caldwell County late Tuesday afternoon, Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said. Police are still working to positively confirm that it is Zahra’s prosthetic through a serial number. 
MAP: Christie Road
Investigators haven’t said why they are returning to the Christie Road area or what specifically they are looking for there. Police did say that they received complaints of a foul odor in the area, but said they think it may have come from a dead animal found nearby. 
Police have wrapped up their search of the yard around the Hickory home of Zahra, her father and her stepmother. Investigators spent Wednesday and Thursday digging up areas around the home. They photographed and removed several items from the ground and collected them in plastic bags, but have not said what those items are. 
VIDEO: Investigators Dig Through Bakers' Yard
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IMAGES: Searchers Back At Baker Home

They also spent time inside of the home, and are expected to continue going through it over the weekend. Police confirmed they have a search warrant for the property, but it is sealed. 

Search for Zahra being scaled back after week of progress

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Posted: Oct 09, 2010 10:05 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 29, 2010 5:52 PM EDT
HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Investigators scaled back a search at the Hickory house where missing 10-year-old Zahra Baker lived.
At the same time, the search resumed in Caldwell County along Christie Road, where what is believed to be the child's prosthetic leg was found late Tuesday. The search was expanded from the area the leg was found to include both sides of the pavement along the two and a half mile road.
Two teams with investigators and cadaver dogs walked along the highway. "They weren't cutting back brush, just walking and looking," said Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones.
Back at the house in Hickory, investigators were gone by lunchtime, but an SBI investigations truck was parked in the driveway, crime scene tape was still up around the property, and two Hickory Police cars with officers inside could be seen.
One guarded the front of the property, the other, the back. Officials acknowledged it was a sign that they are not finished looking at the house and the property just yet.
Since Wednesday, crews have been sifting through mulch piles, wood piles and holes dug by a backhoe. SBI investigators were also spotted inside.
Officials say it has been a week of progress with the prosthetic leg being found, a mattress in question being discovered at the landfill and Elisa Baker talking with police.
Despite that, they say a lot of work is still ahead before they have the answers to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the ten year old girl.

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Search for Zahra returns to Caldwell County

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CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- Officers investigating the disappearance of 10-year-old Zahra Baker have returned to the location where they found a prosthetic leg earlier this week.
Investigators have expanded a search area along Christie Road outside of Hudson.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office would not say why searchers have returned to that area.
Zahra Baker wore a prosthetic leg. Police are awaiting medical records to see if the leg found earlier this week is a match to the missing girl.
Meanwhile Friday, Elisa Baker was scheduled to be back in court Friday, but the case was continued until Dec. 17.
Baker was to appear in Catawba County court on charges of writing worthless checks.
Baker's attorney, Scott Reilly, said in court Friday that he will be representing Baker for all charges against her, including the obstruction of justice charge that she faces in connection with her stepdaughter's disappearance.
Baker is now cooperating police in the search for Zahra, who was reported missing on Oct. 9.
Investigators will not say if Baker provided the information that led them to Caldwell County, where they found the prosthetic leg.
Investigators have also been digging in the backyard of Baker's Hickory home. On Thursday, investigators used a backhoe to turn over piles of dirt, mulch and wood chips before painstakingly using rakes and sometimes just their hands to look for clues.
Hickory police Chief Tom Adkins would not say what investigators hoped to find, only that they returned to the house based on new information that had been provided to them.
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