Cleveland kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight thanks Cleveland police

By: Jen Steer,
CLEVELAND - Michelle Knight, who was held captive for more than a decade, wrote a thank you to the Cleveland Division of Police Second District.

Knight went missing in 2002 and was found inside Ariel Castro’s house on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland on May 6. Since then, more than $1.3 million has been donated to the Cleveland Courage Fund, which benefits Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, and many people dropped off items at the second district police station.

“Dear Commander (Keith) Sulzer, officers and staff,

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Calhoun DA: Anniston boy killed for wetting pants

Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:58 pm
Updated: 2:03 pm, Wed Jul 31, 2013.
ANNISTON, Ala. (WBMA) - Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh says 5-year-old Gregory Caver was murdered in Anniston last week after urinating in his pants.

"He wet his pants, and he died for it." McVeigh said.

Caver's mother, 28-year-old India Kimble, and her 26-year-old boyfriend, Vonta McClellan, have been charged with capital murder in connection with the boy's death. Kimble was arrested in Mobile Tuesday by U.S. Marshals and has since been transported back to Anniston, booked into jail.

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Oklahoma mom who police say set daughter on fire facing charges

5:29 PM CDT Jul 31, 2013
PITTSBURGH COUNTY, Okla. —A Pittsburgh County mother faces charges after the gasoline she poured on her 5-year-old to fight lice accidentally caught fire.

Shana Suggs, 25, was charged with felonious child abuse July 22 after her daughter suffered second- and third-degree burns to over 60 percent of her body in January.

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Ariel Castro to speak at sentencing, lawyer says; so will at least 1 victim

Posted on: 4:27 pm,
July 31, 2013, by
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By CNN Staff
(CNN) — Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who imprisoned three women in his home for nearly a decade, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in a Cuyahoga County courthouse, and will speak at the hearing, his attorney, Craig Weintraub, said Wednesday.

Castro’s sentencing comes after he agreed to plead guilty last week to 937 counts including murder and kidnapping. The hearing is expected to last hours and will feature witnesses and evidence gathered over the course of the investigation, a Cuyahoga County court source told CNN on Tuesday.

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Medical examiner investigating Gibson family deaths

July 31, 2013 12:00 pm
By Lara Schroeder
Global News
WINNIPEG – The chief medical examiner is investigating the deaths of Lisa Gibson, 32, and her children Anna, 2, and Nicholas, three months.

“In accordance with the Fatality Inquiries Act, a thorough investigation is being conducted regarding the circumstances under which the deaths occurred,” the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said in a news release Wednesday morning.

Investigators will gather and assess the relevant information and make a decision about the course of action that needs to be taken to prevent similar future deaths, the news release says.

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Ohio man pleads not guilty to serial killings - Video

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By Thomas Sheeran, 
Associated Press
A convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty Wednesday to kidnapping and killing three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags earlier this month.

Michael Madison, 35, appeared via a video feed from jail for his arraignment, for which he was handcuffed and wearing orange jail scrubs. When the judge asked him how he was, Madison answered, "I've been better."

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Teacher’s aide returning to work after accepting plea deal

July 30, 2013; 03:29 PM

Her daughter was found naked in her car. She took a misdemeanor plea and has regained custody

A Temecula teaching assistant, who was charged with misdemeanor child endangerment after her 12-year-old daughter was found wandering a neighborhood naked, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, court records show.

Tracy Lynn Betts, 42, of Murrieta, pleaded guilty July 8 to disturbing the peace as part of an agreement with prosecutors and the child endangerment charge was dismissed.

Betts was sentenced to 10 days in a work release program, four years’ probation and 120 days of community service. She also has completed a 32-week parenting class, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney’s office.

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Unresponsive boy, 3, covered with fleas found alone in home

By Barbara Hijek
7:59 a.m. EDT, July 30, 2013
On Friday, an Ocala officer was dispatched to check out a report concerning a small child being left all alone at home, according to a news release from the Ocala Police Department.

The officer found the door to the residence to be slightly ajar and nobody answered when she knocked. The officer then entered the home, which was in extreme disarray and very hot with no air circulating, according to the report.

The officer smelled an unpleasant odor in the home, according to the report.

She then noticed a rolled up blanket on the couch. When she pulled on the blanket, she found a 3-year-old unresponsive boy covered in sweat and fleas inside of it, according to the report.

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Brother of Leila Fowler appears in court for 2-minute hearing

By Kevin Oliver
2:24 PM PDT Jul 31, 2013
SAN ANDREAS, Calif. (KCRA) —Attorneys for a 12-year-old Calaveras County boy accused of killing his sister were granted more time to review evidence before a trial date is set.

The boy, who is accused of killing 8-year-old Leila Fowler at their Valley Springs home earlier this year, made a brief appearance in court during the hearing, which lasted a total of two minutes.

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Clinton Township police say they have person of interest in double killing

JULY 31, 2013 AT 4:24 PM
Clinton Township — A stuffed animals and candles sit on the porch serving as a humble memorial Tina Giger, 46, and her daughter Krissy, 12, found dead in their Parkway Village apartment, near Metro Parkway and Harper Tuesday afternoon.

A security guard was sent to the apartment after the complex’s manager reported the woman and her daughter hadn’t been seen for several days, police Capt. Richard Maierle said.

Police announced Wednesday they have a person of interest in custody in connection with the double slaying.

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Father of 24 children found dead inside Detroit building

Published July 30, 2013
A Detroit man who reportedly sired 24 children has been found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a night club venue.

Detroit Police Department homicide detectives are probing the death of Deon Taylor, 45, who was found dead by his brother inside the venue at Colfax and Warren streets, where he earlier prepared for an upcoming graduation party for one of his sons, reports.

"His children are devastated,” said sister-in-law Ramona Harper. “His grandchildren are devastated, and all I can say is we're trying to deal with this. It's hard.”

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Etan Patz Murder Suspect Could Face Trial Next Spring

July 31, 2013 5:04 PM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A New York judge says the murder trial for a man accused of killing a 6-year-old boy who vanished in 1979 will likely be held next spring.

Pedro Hernandez appeared briefly in court on Wednesday. He was charged with murder in 2011 after he confessed to choking Etan Patz. The little boy was last seen on his way to a Manhattan school bus stop on May 25, 1979 when he disappeared.

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$1 Million Bond Set for Man Held in Alanna Gallagher's Murder

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013
Updated 10:14 AM CDT
Bond has been set at $1 million for a hospitalized North Texas teenager charged with killing a 6-year-old neighbor and wounding an officer.

Tarrant County jail records Wednesday listed 17-year-old Tyler Holder of Saginaw as in custody while hospitalized after being shot in the head by police.

Defense attorney Rose Anna Salinas said Wednesday that she's visited her client. Salinas declined to release Holder's condition or comment further.

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Jason Young appeals conviction in Raleigh beating death of wife Michelle

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Citing a long list of alleged errors made at his trial, Jason Young's defense team asked that his conviction be overturned Tuesday.

Young was found guilty of first-degree murder in March 2012 for the 2006 beating death of his pregnant wife Michelle. Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced the 39-year-old to life in prison without parole.

In the appeal filing, Young's lawyers contend Judge Stephens should not have allowed jurors to hear about a wrongful death civil lawsuit filed against Young by his wife's family.

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Man charged in Family Dollar homicides due in court Wednesday

JULY 30, 2013 AT 2:02 PM
Dearborn — The man charged in the double homicide at the Family Dollar store earlier this month is scheduled for a preliminary examination Wednesday.

More details about the shocking murders are expected to come out during the hearing, which is scheduled before Judge Sam Salamey in 19th District Court.

Lavere Bryant, a 34-year-old former employee of the discount store on Newman near Michigan Avenue and Military, was charged July 24 in the murders of Joseph Orlando and Brenna Machus, who were working at the store July 15, the night police believe Orlando was shot to death and left in the store.

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Mont. prosecutor says confessions in Sherry Arnold killing was voluntary

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
July 30, 2013 - 6:19 pm EDT
BILLINGS, Montana — A Montana judge will decide if a confession from an illiterate man charged in the killing of a high school teacher should be thrown out because of the defendant's mental disabilities.

Defense attorneys have sought to suppress Michael Keith Spell's alleged confession to his role in the murder of 43-year-old Sherry Arnold.

They claim that Spell, 24, could not understand what was happening to him during an interrogation following his arrest in South Dakota in January, 2012, six days after Arnold disappeared from a Sidney street.

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Starbuck woman charged with child's murder - Report: 4-year-old died from abdominal trauma

Published July 30, 2013, 01:54 PM
By: Amy Chaffins, Alexandria Echo Press
Amanda Lea Peltier, 31, of Starbuck has been charged with the murder of 4-year-old Eric Parker Dean, her fiance’s son.

Eric was the son of Sommar Kemp of Glenwood and David Dean of Starbuck. Peltier was reportedly David Dean’s live-in fiancee at the time of the boy’s death.

Peltier was charged July 24 with one count of second-degree unintentional murder.


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Theresa May's plea over Madeleine #McCann search

By Jerry Lawton
Published 31st July 2013
HOME Secretary Theresa May yesterday sent an official request for Scotland Yard to set up their headquarters in Portugal to help find Madeleine McCann.

The letter also asks Portuguese police to help UK detectives collect new evidence in the case.

Police chiefs claim it is a significant step in their bid to solve a mystery that has gripped the world for six years.

Madeleine, then three, vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia La Luz in May 2007 while her doctor parents Kate and Gerry, both 45, dined with pals in a nearby tapas bar.

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Craigslist sued for letting doctor who raped and killed pregnant mother, 23, by injecting her with heroin place ad

PUBLISHED: 19:28 EST, 30 July 2013
UPDATED: 19:29 EST, 30 July 2013
The family of a pregnant woman injected with heroin, raped and killed is suing over her death.

Filed Monday in Ohio, the lawsuit holds former doctor Ali Salim, the hospital he used to work for and Craigslist accountable for Deanna Ballman’s death, and is seeking $40million in damages.

Mr. Salim has been charged in connection with the death of both the 23-year-old expectant mother and her unborn child.

The website should have known Mr. Salim was a danger to women after numerous complaints were made to both local police – who notified the site of the danger he posed – and directly to the site by abused women, according to the suit.

‘Craigslist was on notice and knew or should have known defendant Ali Salim was inherently dangerous to its Internet users,’ the suit said.

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DCF led multiple investigations into Cherish family home

Published: 7/29 7:17 pm
Updated: 7/30 12:15 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Newly released documents from the Department of Children & Families not only paint a new picture of the life of Cherish Perrywinkle, but raise questions about her home life and whether something could've been done earlier.

Cherish, 8, disappeared from a Lem Turner Walmart on June 21, 2013. Police found her body behind a church near her home the morning after.

A sex offender, Donald Smith, is in jail facing murder charges and potentially the death penalty in her kidnapping and killing.

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Search for missing baby Levon Wameling to resume Wednesday

By Meera Jagannathan
Contributing writer
on July 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM,
updated July 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM
Utica, N.Y. — The Utica Police Department will continue its search Wednesday for 11-month-old Levon Wameling, according to police.

The infant was last seen May 29 on the front porch of 748 Jay St. around 11:30 p.m., police said.

Police have not yet announced where they will search on Wednesday, Sgt. Steve Hauck said. Officers will meet media in North Utica tomorrow morning.

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Mult. Co. Sheriff's Office: Kyron case update

by Frank Mungeam, Staff
Posted on July 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM
Updated yesterday at 3:37 PM
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office released the following statement Tuesday afternoon, a few hours after Kyron Horman's mom, Desiree Young, announced she would drop her civil lawsuit against Kyron's stepmom so as not to interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation into Kyron's disappearance:

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is aware that Desiree Young has withdrawn her civil suit against Terri Horman. The Kyron Horman investigation remains an active, ongoing criminal investigation. While the civil suit was of interest, it did not affect the course of action or goal of the investigation. We continue to work with our investigative partners and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office as we maintain the case integrity, development of leads and information gathered through the course of the investigation.

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Police release new clue in Amber Bass murder

Posted: 3:38 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013
By Paris Carerra
Another plea to the public to help solve the murder of a young woman murdered on the Westside.

22-year-old Amber Bass was shot outside of her home on July 19. Her sister Robin says Amber's unsolved murder is troubling for the entire family.

"It's very hard for us to move forward with our lives knowing that someone is out and could potentially hurt someone else's family."

Police released a new clue Tuesday afternoon at a JSO press conference.

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Man uses hammer to disfigure 4-year-old ( Ethan Stacy )

Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013
A Utah judge ruled there's enough evidence for a man accused of killing his 4-year-old stepson to stand trial on murder charges.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Nathanael Sloop and his wife malnourished and abused the boy for days until he died in May 2010. Sloop is accused of using a hammer to disfigure Ethan Stacy's face and burying his body in the northern Utah mountains.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Second District Judge Glen Dawson on Thursday ordered Sloop to stand trial on charges of aggravated murder, child abuse, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body. Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty against Sloop, who pleaded not guilty to the charges last year.

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Evidence hearing set for mother of Ethan Stacy

By Emiley Morgan, Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, July 30 2013 2:39 p.m. MDT
FARMINGTON — A woman charged with capital murder in the death of her 4-year-old son will have a hearing on the evidence against her in December.

Second District Judge Glen Dawson said Tuesday that he wanted to see the case against Stephanie Sloop, 30, proceed to a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors agreed and defense attorney Mary Corporon requested that it take place in November or December to allow her time to prepare.

The judge scheduled the hearing, spanning four days, to begin Dec. 10.

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Pretoria woman pleads guilty to bestiality, child pornography

Sapa | 30 July, 2013 08:41
According to Beeld, Jana Smith, 32, pleaded guilty on Monday to four counts of bestiality and one of trying to use a child to create child pornography.

In an explanation of plea, she reportedly claimed she was manipulated and controlled by her former boyfriend, Morne Fourie, 38, and that he had fantasised about bestiality.

The newspaper reported that Fourie would appear separately in October on charges of distributing bestiality-related pornography, and of creating and distributing child pornography.

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Hector Rodriguez trial: State, defense rest in Cady Way Trail killings

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
5:49 p.m. EDT, July 30, 2013
The state and defense on Tuesday wrapped up testimony for Hector Rodriguez's murder trial in the slayings of two Winter Park High students, after his alleged co-conspirator refused to testify — citing voices in his head.

By the end of the day, both sides had rested their cases. Closing arguments are expected 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Jesse Davis, 31, was expected to be a key witness for the defense: Davis confessed last year to shooting 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart on the Cady Way Trail and setting their bodies on fire.

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Memorial service planned for Winnipeg mom and her kids ( Lisa Gibson )

WINNIPEG -- A memorial service will be held Thursday for a Winnipeg mom and the two young children who died tragically while in her care.

The service for Lisa Gibson and her two children, two-year-old Anna and three-month-old Nicholas, will take place Thursday afternoon -- eight days after police were first called to the family's home to check on the well-being of the kids.

When they arrived, police found the children dead in the bathtub and their mother, believed to be the last person who saw them alive, missing. Her body was recovered from the Red River three days later.

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Chauncey asks for new lawyer in ‘Juliette’ child abuse case

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:51 pm
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A former Gering man charged in with causing the death of a 2-year-old girl five years ago is asking for a new trial.

Dustin Chauncey, 26, is currently scheduled to be tried on a charge of child abuse resulting in death, a Class IB felony, in the July 11, 2008, death of Juliette Geurts. Geurts died of blunt force trauma injuries and her death has been ruled to have been a homicide. A delay in filing charges prompted supporters to petition for a grand jury investigation.

In a filing Monday, Chauncey’s attorney, Scotts Bluff County Attorney Bernard Straetker asks to withdraw as Chauncey’s attorney. A letter from Chauncey is attached to the motion.

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Difference between dueling experts small; interpretation is key in Mobile child-murder case

By Brendan Kirby
on July 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM
MOBILE, Alabama – After nearly three hours of testimony from dueling expert witnesses Tuesday, prosecutors and lawyers for accused child-killer John DeBlase found little disagreement over public opinion, which will help decide where the trial will be held.

Both sides agreed that a portion less than 50 percent of eligible jurors in Mobile County believe the defendant is guilty of murdering his two young children.

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Feds: California teen alleges captivity, sexual abuse on marijuana 'farm'

By Natalia Perez-Segnini, CNN
July 31, 2013
(CNN) -- Two Northern California men are due in federal court Wednesday in what began as another big pot-growing drug bust but what has become a horrifying story of one teenager's alleged torment, captivity and sexual abuse.

The criminal complaint against the two men -- Ryan Balletto, 30, and Patrick Pearmain, 24 -- outlines the allegations of a 15-year-old girl's ordeal of being held in a coffin-like box for hours on end at a marijuana-growing "farm" where she worked trimming plants.

Balletto and Pearmain were criminally charged in federal court earlier this month -- and are in custody without bail -- with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute more than 1,000 marijuana plants and with using a minor in a drug operation. Additionally Pearmain faces state charges of kidnapping to commit robbery or rape and unlawful sex with a minor. Balletto faces state charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child.

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Prosecutors oppose moving Anthony Bennett trial ( Carnel Chamberlain )

The Morning Sun
Posted: Tuesday, 07/30/13 04:34 pm
Updated: Tuesday, 07/30/13 08:44 pm
Federal prosecutors say there’s no need to move the trial of the man accused of killing a 4-year-old Mt. Pleasant boy in 2012.

The attorney for Anthony Michael Bennett argued in court documents that there’s been too much negative publicity about the case. Bennett, 21, is charged with killing Carnel Chamberlain, whose burned remains were found buried last summer outside the boy’s home on Tomah Road on the Isabella Reservation.

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Abducted girl and siblings removed from parents

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:54 pm
Updated: 5:49 pm, Tue Jul 30, 2013.
By Felicia Tackett
Times-Journal Writer
JACKSON— As the Jackson Police and BCI continue to piece together the events leading to the abduction of Macey Stewart, they have plenty of conflicting accounts of her disappearance to look at.

Macey disappeared from the porch of her home on Friday, July 26, at approximately 1:30 a.m., but there were different versions of events leading up to the time she disappeared.

Area law enforcement agencies, fire departments, water rescue teams, The Red Cross, and Emergency Response Units, spent the better part of the day searching for Macey in the area surrounding her 207 North Chestnut Street home. At a little after 4 p.m. Friday evening, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office received a call that Macey was discovered in the back yard of an Oakland Road home in Liberty Township. She had suffered some injuries and was unclothed.

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Doctor: Hypothermia, malnutrition contributed to Williams girl's death

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:00 pm
Updated: 6:37 pm, Tue Jul 30, 2013.
By Gina Cole
MOUNT VERNON — A forensic pathologist confirmed in court Tuesday that a girl whose adoptive parents are accused of abusing her to death died of hypothermia hastened by malnutrition and a stomach condition.

Dr. Daniel Selove of Everett performed an autopsy on Hana Williams’ body about 12 hours after she died. Hana collapsed around midnight in the backyard of the family’s Sedro-Woolley home on a rainy night in May 2011. She had been out in the cold for several hours wearing a T-shirt and cutoff sweatpants.

Larry and Carri Williams are now charged with homicide by abuse and first-degree manslaughter, as well as first-degree assault in connection with alleged abuse of their adopted son. They have each pleaded not guilty.

As prosecutors showed photos of Hana’s 5-foot-tall, 78-pound body on Tuesday, Selove noted her visible ribcage and described her as “abnormally thin.” Hana dropped almost a quarter of her body weight sometime between 2009 and 2011, but her medical records do not show how quickly the change happened.

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37 potential jurors selected for Andrea Sneiderman trial

Posted: Jul 30, 2013 1:35 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 30, 2013 5:23 PM EDT
By Portia Bruner, FOX 5 reporter
Attorneys have made a lot of progress in selecting a jury in the trial against Andrea Sneiderman.

With 37 qualified potential jurors selected as of Tuesday afternoon, it appeared likely that the total of 40 potentials requested by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams could be reached soon.

Day two of jury selection in the Andrea Sneiderman trial followed a somewhat brisk pace. Ultimately, 12 jurors and a few alternates will be chosen to play integral roles in Sneiderman's fate.

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Husband pleads not guilty in cyanide death ( Autumn Klein )

10:30 PM EDT Jul 30, 2013
By Julia Lull CNN
(CNN) —A University of Pittsburgh research professor accused of killing his wife with a lethal dose of cyanide pleaded not guilty Tuesday, according to Mike Manko, spokesman for the Allegheny County District Attorney's office.

Robert Ferrante was extradited from West Virginia to Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning, where he later appeared via video conference at his arraignment, according to the Allegheny County District Attorney's office. The arraignment lasted only five minutes.

Ferrante pleaded not guilty in the death of his wife, Autumn Klein, 41, former head of women's neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, according to the district attorney's office.

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David Lee Simpson: Police still searching for explosives in Jodi Arias stalker case

Posted: 07/30/2013
Last Updated: 12 hours and 24 minutes ago
By: Associated Press By: Associated Press
PHOENIX - Authorities continue to search for pipe bombs a New York man claimed to have dumped in a rural Pennsylvania waterway before he set out to kill two national TV commentators over their Jodi Arias trial coverage, police said Tuesday.

David Lee Simpson, 48, of Bath, N.Y., is jailed in Phoenix on five felony counts related to Twitter death threats against Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell, both hosts of shows on Turner Broadcasting's HLN network who regularly covered the nearly five-month trial and focused heavily on Arias' guilt. Authorities say Simpson told them he was in love with Arias.

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Raymond Michael Brasiel charged with 5 counts of murder in deaths of Bobby Lee Jenks, Amber Whited

Posted: July 30, 2013 - 5:02pm
Updated: July 31, 2013 - 1:06am
By Terry Dickson
BRUNSWICK - Raymond Michael Brasiel has been indicted on five counts of murder, five counts of aggravated assault and other crimes in the deaths of Amber Whited July 16 and Bobby Lee Jenks three days later.

The indictment returned Tuesday by a Glynn County grand jury says that Brasiel, 20, used a belt to strangle the 22-year-old Whited, hid her body in woods and stole a car stereo from her.

District Attorney Jackie Johnson said her office still has not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

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Kaine, MCSO committed to ‘bringing Kyron home’

By KOIN 6 News staff
Updated: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 11:43 pm
Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 2:20 pm
BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Kaine Horman held a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the Wall of Hope, just hours after the mother of missing Kyron Horman said she dropped a civil suit that may have been keeping the boy’s stepmother, Terri Horman, from revealing what she knows about his disappearance.

“We still have extreme confidence that they’re going to drive resolution to the case,” Horman said to reporters around 3:15 p.m. He said law enforcement is “again asking us to help protect the information as much as we can, so it doesn’t interfere with the integrity of what they’re doing. And we’re doing our best in the civil arena to do that.”

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Mother, boyfriend charged with capital murder in death of Anniston 5-year-old

Posted: Jul 30, 2013 2:18 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 30, 2013 6:03 PM EDT
By Tom Allen
After a 5-year-old was found in Anniston last week, his mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder in his death.

Gregory Caver was pronounced dead last Friday after he was taken from his home to Children's Hospital after an emergency call at his house.

Investigators interviewed mother India Kimble and her boyfriend, Vonta McClellan, after the incident and released them pending the results of the autopsy. But, during a follow-up on the case Sunday, Calhoun County Department of Human Resources personnel discovered one of McClellan's children was at the house at the time of the incident and had been abused.

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4 DCFS employees to be fired in Fernandez investigation

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Four employees of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services will be terminated as a result of an investigation of the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy, the chief executive of Los Angeles County said Tuesday.

An internal investigation was launched in the death of Gabriel Fernandez, a boy who was tortured and fatally beaten allegedly by his mother's boyfriend while she was present. DCFS social workers had visited the home but did not remove the boy.

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Updated: 12:01 pm
Published: 11:50 am
MONTROSE COUNTY, Colorado (ABC 4 Utah) – The remains of an unidentified female were found on the Uncompahgre Plateau near the area known as Windy Point on July 7, 1994.

This area is a popular hunting and camping spot.

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$4,000 reward offered in Amber Bass' killing

Author: Elizabeth Campbell,
General assignment reporter
Published On: Jul 30 2013 11:52:51 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 30 2013 01:45:22 PM EDT
A reward of up to $4,000 was announced Tuesday afternoon in the Westside neighborhood where 22-year-old Amber Bass was shot and killed 11 days ago.

Bass' killer has not been caught. Bass was killed early the morning of July 19 in a driveway.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest, and $1,000 for the weapon that was used to kill Bass.

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Jason Young appealing murder conviction

Posted: Jul 30, 2013 12:57 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 30, 2013 1:33 PM EDT
by Dane Huffman
Jason Young is appealing his conviction on first-degree murder, according to documents in the North Carolina appellate courts.

Young was convicted March 4, 2012, of killing his wife, Michelle, on Nov. 3, 2006. Judge Donald Stephens presided over the trial in Wake County Superior Court. A jury in the summer of 2011 could not reach a verdict, leading to a second trial.

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Mom of Kyron Horman plans to give update on civil case

Posted: Jul 30, 2013 1:05 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 30, 2013 1:19 PM EDT
By FOX 12 Staff
Desiree Young, the mother of missing boy Kyron Horman, plans to deliver a statement Tuesday on her civil case against the boy's stepmother.

Her statement will be read in downtown Portland at 11:30 a.m. PDT

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12-year-old suspected of killing sister in court Wednesday ( Leila Fowler )

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:02 am
Updated: 8:09 am, Tue Jul 30, 2013.
By Stephen Crane
The 12-year-old Valley Springs boy involved in the murder case that grabbed the nation’s attention in April is headed back to court in Calaveras County on Wednesday afternoon.

Isaiah Fowler, who is suspected of killing his 8-year-old sister Leila, is scheduled for a jurisdictional hearing at 1:15 p.m. in Department 1 of the Calaveras County Superior Court, where he will appear in front of Judge John E. Martin.

A jurisdictional hearing is “the equivalent to what you might call a pretrial in an adult case,” the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office said.

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Suspects Plead Not Guilty in Gail Spencer Murder

11:45 AM, Jul 30, 2013
Jeff Ofgang
Tom George
Two of the suspects in last October's killing of legal secretary Gail Spencer pleaded not guilty to malice murder and other charges.

Prosecutors say Tracy Michelle Jones and Michael Brett Kelly suffocated Spencer at her home on Stinsonville Road. They believe Spencer was killed as part of an embezzlement plot against the Macon law office where she worked.

District Attorney David Cooke says, based on the evidence in the case, he's decided to try Kelly first.

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Expert testifies about retrieving Sandusky emails

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:26 am
Updated: 11:31 am, Tue Jul 30, 2013.
Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A second day of testimony has begun in a hearing to determine if three former Penn State officials will face trial on accusations they covered up molestation accusations against Jerry Sandusky.

The head of computer forensics for the state attorney general's office testified Tuesday about unearthing emails that ended up as evidence in the case.

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North Texas road rage killer of 2 set for execution Wednesday

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Posted on July 30, 2013 at 9:46 AM
Updated today at 10:04 AM
HUNTSVILLE -- Fifteen years after a pair of North Texas road rage killings took Douglas Feldman off the streets and into a death row cell, the rage still appears to exist.

The 55-year-old Feldman is set for execution Wednesday evening in Huntsville.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials declined to make him available to reporters as his death date approached after one media session never even got under way because he ripped the telephone from the prison visiting cage.

It's among 136 disciplinary cases Feldman's has accumulated while on death row.

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Conrad Murray will be a free man in just THREE months after serving less than TWO YEARS for killing 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson

PUBLISHED: 19:53 EST, 26 July 2013
UPDATED: 19:53 EST, 26 July 2013
The doctor found to be responsible for the death of pop icon Michael Jackson will be freed from jail in just three months - after serving less than two years following his 2011 involuntary manslaughter conviction for giving the 'King of Pop' a lethal dose of the powerful sedative propofol.

Conrad Murray is scheduled to be freed from the Los Angeles County Jail on October 28, after serving less than two years of a four-year sentence - and members of Jackson's family reportedly are livid.

Murray served his time in county jail - rather than state prison - due to overcrowding in the the California prison system.

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Police: Man put shock collar on son

8:24 AM CDT Jul 30, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Iowa —A Knoxville man was arrested and charged after police said he put a shock collar on his son.

Daniel Hardwick, 35, is accused of using the shock collar on his son who is 12 years old.

Hardwick was charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person last week.

"One of the allegations in this investigation was that a parent had placed an animal shock collar around a child's neck and used that to encourage the child to do things within the home," said Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada.

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Almost half of potential jurors think accused child-killer DeBlase is guilty, survey suggests

By Brendan Kirby
on July 30, 2013 at 6:33 AM,
updated July 30, 2013 at 6:34 AM
MOBILE, Alabama – Almost half of potential jurors believe it is definite or probable that a local man charged with capital murder is guilty of slowly poisoning his children to death, according to a survey commissioned by the defendant’s lawyers.

The survey, conducted by Jerry Ingram of Southeast Research in Montgomery, indicates that more than a third of potential jurors know a moderate amount or a great deal about the accusations against capital murder defendant John DeBlase. Another 29 percent knew a little bit about the case.

DeBlase’s lawyers have offered the survey to bolster their argument that pretrial publicity has tainted the jury pool. They have asked Mobile County Circuit Judge Rick Stout to move the trial to a different county.

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Pittsburgh police: Man jumped out window carrying 2-week-old son

July 29, 2013 11:59 am
By Liz Navratil / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh police arrested an East Liberty man early this morning and accused him of jumping out a window and running away with his 2-week-old son while officers attempted to serve him with a protection-from-abuse order.

Justin Comans, 32, faces charges of kidnapping, recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of a child and interfering with child custody.

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DCF speaks about Cherish Perrywinkle's family

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Author: Vic Micolucci
Published On: Jul 29 2013 09:06:28 PM EDT 
Updated On: Jul 29 2013 11:10:00 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Department of Children and Families has released documents showing the history of their involvement with Cherish Perrywinkle's family before the 8-year-old was killed.

 Police said the little girl was kidnapped, raped and killed by sex offender Donald Smith last month on Jacksonville's Northside.

Since then, sources have confirmed Cherish's half-sisters were taken away from their mother, Rayne, after a DCF investigation.

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Public hearing on Horman restraining order canceled Tuesday, judge says

By Maxine Bernstein,
The Oregonian
on July 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM,
updated July 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM
Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Henry Kantor said today that a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on Terri Moulton Horman's motion to contest her estranged husband's renewal of a restraining order has been canceled.

The judge said he still plans to meet in chambers Tuesday morning, starting at 9 a.m. with attorneys representing Terri Horman, Kaine Horman and Desiree Young to discuss scheduling matters in the pending divorce and civil suit.

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Amber Whited's autopsy could take a month; Family needs closure - Video

Reported by: Alyana Gomez
Published: 7/29 5:56 pm
Updated: 7/29 8:22 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A week later and the family of Amber Whited is still fighting to bring the murdered mom home.

Investigators are awaiting an autopsy to determine how she died, but Action News has learned it could take another month, making it difficult for this local family to put the tragedy behind them.

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Arrest in Steinfurth case brings hope to family - Video ( #BabyElaina )

by Chris Delcamp
Posted: 07.29.2013 at 6:22 PM
Toledo, OH - The boarded up house and empty lot at the intersection of Federal and Leonard Streets in East Toledo is no longer being occupied by family and volunteers searching for Elaina Steinfurth, however Terry Steinfurth Senior, Elaina's paternal grandfather, still stops by on a regular basis.

"I still stop by here several times a day just to see if anybody needs any flyers down here," says Terry.

Posters and flyers are still on the trees and poles throughout the neighborhood, and a pile of stuffed animals still occupy the front porch of the old house.

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Teen kept in box - Video

Updated: Monday, July 29, 2013, 10:23 am
Published: Monday, July 29, 2013, 10:22 am
LAKE COUNTY, California (KCRA) – Federal investigators say a teenager from Lake County, California was held for days at a time in a 4′x2′x2′ toolbox used in a large-scale marijuana operation.

Two men, Ryan Balletto and Patrick Pearmain, are accused of running the drug ring and holding the runaway teen against her will.

Air holes were drilled into the toolbox so the 15-year-old girl could breathe.

Two men, Ryan Balletto and Patrick Pearmain, are accused of running the drug ring and holding the runaway teen against her will.

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Ohio woman convicted in 4-year-old son's death ( Alonza Lenoir )

Published 2:54 pm, Monday, July 29, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A woman has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in her 4-year-old son's death last year in southwest Ohio.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. says 26-year-old Heaven Lenoir was convicted after pleading guilty Monday to the charges in Alonza Lenoir's death last year.

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Myra Hindley Jailbreak to Brazil with Lesbian Prison Officer Lover Foiled by IRA Bomb Scare

July 29, 2013 1:31 PM GMT
Moors Murderer Myra Hindley hatched a plan with a prison officer to escape from jail so they could flee together to Brazil, according to Scotland Yard documents.

The previously secret files - seen by the Sun - reveals that the serial killer could have succeeded with the plan in 1973 were it not for an IRA bomb scare.

It has been revealed that Hindley planned to escape from Holloway prison in north London and run away to Brazil to work as a missionary after falling in love with a female prison officer.

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Nationwide child prostitution sweep rescues 105 kids, arrests 150 pimps from 70 cities including Atlantic City

PUBLISHED: MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013, 11:59 AM
UPDATED: MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013, 3:33 PM
In raids across the country, 105 youngsters were rescued from prostitution by officers, who also arrested 150 alleged pimps, the FBI announced Monday.

Mostly all girls, the minors ranged in age from 13 to 17, and one girl told authorities she had starting turning tricks at 11. Underage prostitutes often work venues such as the Super Bowl, NCAA play-offs and tourist hotspots such as New Jersey's Atlantic City, authorities said.

“Many times the children that are taken in in these types of criminal activities are children that are dissaffected, they are from broken homes, they may be on the street themselves,” acting Executive Assistant Director Kevin Perkins said Monday at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

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John Deblase in Court Tuesday ( Chase and Natalie DeBlase )

Updated: Monday, July 29 2013, 05:28 PM CDT
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) The man charged with killing his two small children is expected to be in court Tuesday.

John Deblase is accused of poisoning his 3-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter in 2010.

His trial was supposed to begin last month, but was delayed. It has now been pushed back to October or November.

Heather Keaton is also charged in the childrens' deaths. She is not expected to be at Tuesday's hearing.

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Appellate court denies Inman II request for new trial ( Summer Inman )

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 11:25 pm
Updated: 1:48 am, Tue Jul 30, 2013.
By Marika Lee
Logan Daily News
LOGAN — The Fourth District Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the jury that found William Inman II guilty of killing his wife and denied his request for a new trial Monday.

Inman was found guilty of aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse by a jury in June 2012 for kidnapping and killing his wife Summer Inman and disposing of her body behind the Faith Tabernacle Church in Nelsonville.

He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Inman committed the act with his parents, William and Sandra Inman. William Inman was convicted of the same charges by a jury and Sandra pleaded guilty to similar charges.

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Attorneys for James Holmes accuse prosecutors of wrongdoing

POSTED: 07/29/2013 04:10:35 PM MDT
UPDATED: 07/29/2013 10:56:34 PM MDT
By John Ingold
The Denver Post
Attorneys for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes have accused prosecutors of breaches of legal ethics and have thrown into question the case's February trial date.

Holmes' attorneys on Monday filed two motions for sanctions against prosecutors.

One motion suggests prosecutors have been urging witnesses not to speak to defense investigators and have been telling witnesses who did talk to the defense to report back to prosecutors about what they were asked. Prosecutors allegedly told witnesses that, if they spoke to Holmes' attorneys, their words would be manipulated and twisted around, according to the defense motion.

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Father who killed kids denied transfer to Manitoba ( Allan Schoenborn )

The Canadian Press
Posted: Jul 29, 2013 5:22 PM CT
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2013 5:20 PM CT
Allan Schoenborn, the British Columbia father who killed his three children, will not be transferred to a psychiatric hospital in Manitoba, as he'd requested, the B.C. criminal justice branch announced Monday.

Schoenborn asked for the move at a review board hearing in February, saying his mother and other family members could visit him in the Selkirk Mental Health Centre facility near Winnipeg.

The review board panel had recommended the transfer but the responsible B.C. justice official declined consent.

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by Laura Simon
Posted: 07.29.2013 at 9:20 PM
OTTUMWA -- The parents of Kathlynn Shepard, the Iowa teen who was kidnapped and murdered nearly two months ago by a paroled convict, are pushing for a law that will protect Iowa children from the tragedy they recently suffered.

Kathlynn's Law would be based on a similar measure called Chelsea's Law, which passed in California in 2010. That legislation enforces a one-strike provision for sexual predators who rape children, and additionally requires enhanced monitoring of paroled sex offenders and other criminals thought to be dangerous to children.

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Mother sentenced to 12 years in prison for harming infant

 Jul. 29, 2013 11:54 AM 
Written by Valerie Boateng
 Staff Writer 
COSHOCTON — The woman who told authorities she squeezed her infant’s face with her hand and caused other physical harm intentionally made her final appearance in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court today.

Judge Robert Batchelor sentenced Kelsey Starkey, 20, to 12 years in prison on the two counts of endangering children, both second-degree felonies. She previously pleaded guilty to the charges on a bill of information.

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Parade, celebration scheduled to support Danielle Sampson

Monday, July 29, 2013, 10:14 AM
Family, friends and the community will come together Monday in an effort to show support for Danielle Sampson.

Sampson was shot in the head on July 29, 2012 while riding in her family's minivan in the Pine Hills area when they were caught in the middle of a gunfight.

Earlier this year, the man cops said pulled the trigger, Tyrone Mosby, was convicted of felony attempted murder.

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Post-Trial Hearing Set in Chandra Levy Case

WASHINGTON July 29, 2013 (AP)
Attorneys are returning to court for a hearing in the case of murdered Washington intern Chandra Levy.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected in court Monday for additional post-trial proceeding in the case of Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted of Levy's death and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

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Tia neighbour ‘gave police false sighting after murder’

Published: 29 July 2013
Updated: 12:13, 29 July 2013
A neighbour of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp wasted police time by claiming he saw her leave her grandmother’s house when she was already dead, a court heard today.

Stuart Hazell, 37, who was the lover of Christine Sharp, Tia’s grandmother, had strangled 12-year-old Tia the previous night and hid her body in the loft of the house in New Addington, Surrey, in August last year. In May, Hazell admitted her murder and was jailed for life.

Hazell told police he had not seen Tia after she left to go shopping in Croydon and Paul Meehan’s evidence seemed to confirm this, Croydon magistrates’ court heard.

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Murdered child's ID still a mystery, 22 years later

Published: July 28, 2013 9:24 PM
By COLLEEN LONG. The Associated Press
It was more than 20 years ago when a highway worker smelled something rotting inside a picnic cooler discarded near the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan.

He flipped it over and out tumbled the bound, decomposing body of a little girl and a few full cans of Coke.

Despite the efforts of New York Police Department detectives who worked the case for years, she remains anonymous even today, known only as Baby Hope, age 3 to 5. On July 23, the 22nd anniversary of the discovery, cold-case detectives canvassed the Manhattan neighborhood near where the blue cooler was tossed, plastered notices on signposts and announced a $12,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in the unsolved crime.

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Hindley plotted with lesbian guard to flee prison... for Brazil: Pair copied keys to the jail using bars of soap

PUBLISHED: 06:07 EST, 28 July 2013
UPDATED: 03:58 EST, 29 July 2013
Moors murderer Myra Hindley hatched an audacious plot to escape from jail and work as a missionary in Brazil with her lesbian lover.

The notorious child killer planned to copy jail keys using bars of soap and use them to flee over the perimeter wall after falling in love with a prison officer who had previously been a nun.

During months of meticulous preparation for the plot in the early Seventies, Hindley studied the movements of the guards at Holloway in North London, changed her name by deed poll and applied for a driving licence in the name Myra Spencer.

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