Parkland School Shooter’s Fans Echo Those of Theater Killer James Holmes

Reading from the Voice Media empire: Recent reports that Nikolas Cruz, who shot and killed seventeen people at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, has been inundated with fan mail and inspired the forming of alternately sympathetic and worshipful social-media groups echo some of the disturbing responses that followed the July 20, 2012, Aurora theater […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: Recent reports that Nikolas Cruz, who shot and killed seventeen people at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, has been inundated with fan mail and inspired the forming of alternately sympathetic and worshipful social-media groups echo some of the disturbing responses that followed the July 20, 2012, Aurora theater [...]

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NYC Nanny Convicted of Murder; Insanity Defense Fails

Yoselyn Ortega is found guilty of killing two children in a luxury apartment. It was another example of how rarely the insanity defense is successfully invoked.

A New York City jury convicted a former nanny of murder, concluding she understood her actions when she fatally stabbed her two young charges with a kitchen knife in 2012, the Wall Street Journal reports. Yoselyn Ortega, 55, was found guilty of killing 6-year-old Lucia “Lulu” Krim and her 2-year-old brother, Leo. Ortega could face life in prison when Justice Gregory Carro sentences her on May 14. The Krim tragedy is “the worst nightmare any parents could ever endure,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. For two years, Ortega had worked without incident for the Krim family, who lived in a luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

On Oct. 25, 2012, Marina Krim came home to find her children’s bloodied bodies in the bathtub with the nanny making an apparent suicide attempt by slashing her throat. Juror David Curtis said jurors ultimately agreed the defense hadn’t proved that Ortega didn’t understand her actions. The six-week trial was unusual because  Ortega’s guilt rested not on whether she killed the children but on her mental state. The former nanny pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, meaning she admitted killing the children but wasn’t in her right mind. The insanity defense is rarely used and even more rarely succeeds. In New York state, out of about 5,000 murder cases resolved from 2007 to 2016, six defendants were found not guilty by reason of insanity, says the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services.

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Missouri Tops Nation’s Black Homicide Victimization Rate

Missouri’s rate of black homicide victimization in 2015, the latest year available, is nearly two and a half times the national rate, says the Violence Policy Center. Missouri was followed in the list by Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Alaska, and Nebraska.

Missouri had the nation’s highest black homicide victimization rate in 2015 with a rate of 46.24 per 100,000, which is nearly two and half times the national black homicide victimization rate and 10 times the overall homicide rate nationwide, reports the Violence Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.

The center’s annual study ranks the states’ black homicide victimization rates based on unpublished data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR). The most recent year for which comprehensive national data is available is 2105.

Daily, the number of black homicide victims exceeds the toll in the Parkland, Fl.,  mass shooting, said center director Josh Sugarmann, who added that, “The devastating and disproportionate impact homicide, almost always involving a gun, has on black men, boys, women, and girls in America is an ongoing national crisis.”

In 2015, the national black homicide victimization rate was 18.68 per 100,000, and the overall homicide victimization rate was 4.62 per 100,000. Some, 86 percent of black homicide victims were killed with guns. After Missouri, other states in the top ten for black homicide victimization as computed by the center were Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Alaska, Nebraska, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kansas, and West Virginia.

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Three Ways to Kill One State’s Death Penalty

Reading from the Voice Media empire: A state supreme court recently upheld a lower court’s decision to reverse David Bueno’s first-degree murder conviction because evidence that might have helped him was withheld in his death penalty case, Author and professor Michael Radelet sees the Bueno case as a particularly compelling argument in favor of ending capital punishment in the […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: A state supreme court recently upheld a lower court’s decision to reverse David Bueno’s first-degree murder conviction because evidence that might have helped him was withheld in his death penalty case, Author and professor Michael Radelet sees the Bueno case as a particularly compelling argument in favor of ending capital punishment in the [...]

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Online Gun Memorial Doesn’t Want Any Victim to Be Forgotten

Reading from the Voice Media empire: State pages on GunMemorial.org are eloquent in their simplicity. Under a slogan that reads “Real People, Not Just Statistics,” the site offers an online place to salute, celebrate, remember and mourn every single person in all fifty states who dies from gun violence, no matter the circumstances. Included are photos, links and places […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: State pages on GunMemorial.org are eloquent in their simplicity. Under a slogan that reads “Real People, Not Just Statistics,” the site offers an online place to salute, celebrate, remember and mourn every single person in all fifty states who dies from gun violence, no matter the circumstances. Included are photos, links and places [...]

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Inside the Mind of Christopher Parker, Tied to Murder in Mysterious Crime Spree

Reading from the Voice Media empire: Parker’s most recent Facebook notes, posted through the day before his first court appearance for killing 65-year-old William “Bill” Connole, form a twisted stream of consciousness characterized by violent or offensive subtext: “Im not the coroner…Dr Duke godamn luke…His 12 bitches lined up pussy squirts on film…I told him 12 ID do it…I […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: Parker’s most recent Facebook notes, posted through the day before his first court appearance for killing 65-year-old William “Bill” Connole, form a twisted stream of consciousness characterized by violent or offensive subtext: “Im not the coroner…Dr Duke godamn luke…His 12 bitches lined up pussy squirts on film…I told him 12 ID do it…I [...]

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Vincent Terry Allegedly Killed Wife Who Could Have Put Him Away Four Years Ago

Reading from the Voice Media empire: One of the most disturbing crime stories in the nation over recent weeks involves Vincent Terry, who was arrested in Florida for allegedly killing his pregnant wife, Chrystal Terry, and taking photos of her corpse. But a connection to the case we reported about four years ago makes the incident even more horrific. After an arrest […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: One of the most disturbing crime stories in the nation over recent weeks involves Vincent Terry, who was arrested in Florida for allegedly killing his pregnant wife, Chrystal Terry, and taking photos of her corpse. But a connection to the case we reported about four years ago makes the incident even more horrific. After an arrest [...]

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Richard Darling Dismemberment Murder: A Survival Story

Reading from the Voice Media empire: In recent weeks, Richard Darling was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for allegedly killing, dismembering and “filleting” the body of Rey Pesina in a homeless encampment on Halloween 2015. The sentence would seem to offer some solace to Candace Chamberlain, who was romantically involved with both men before getting caught […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: In recent weeks, Richard Darling was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for allegedly killing, dismembering and “filleting” the body of Rey Pesina in a homeless encampment on Halloween 2015. The sentence would seem to offer some solace to Candace Chamberlain, who was romantically involved with both men before getting caught [...]

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Blaming School Killings on Guns Is Like Blaming Burglaries on Locks, Sheriff Says

Reading from the Voice Media empire:  The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month has sparked plenty of conversation about whether new gun-control laws are needed. Against this backdrop, Sheriff Lou Vallario has stirred controversy aplenty by way of a Facebook video in which he suggests that blaming weapons for such […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire:  The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month has sparked plenty of conversation about whether new gun-control laws are needed. Against this backdrop, Sheriff Lou Vallario has stirred controversy aplenty by way of a Facebook video in which he suggests that blaming weapons for such [...]

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Did Columbine Killers Lobby for Gun-Free Schools Before Attack?

Reading from the Voice Media empire: An attendee at a town hall after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, says a state representative and Second Amendment advocate attempted to bolster her argument that teachers should be armed by claiming that Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had supported gun control and lobbied the state legislature to make […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: An attendee at a town hall after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, says a state representative and Second Amendment advocate attempted to bolster her argument that teachers should be armed by claiming that Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had supported gun control and lobbied the state legislature to make [...]

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