Domestic Violence Accounts for Half of Women’s Killings

More than one-third of the 280 men implicated in a domestic killing in five major cities had a previous restraining order against them or had been convicted of domestic abuse or a violent crime, including murder, the Washington Post finds.

An analysis of 4,484 killings of women in 47 major U.S. cities over the past decade found that 46 percent of the women died at the hands of an intimate partner, reports the Washington Post. In many cases, they were among the most brutal deaths. In five of the cities, the Post found that more than one-third of all men who killed a current or former intimate partner were publicly known to be a potential threat to their loved one ahead of the attack. In Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Diego and St. Louis, 36 percent of the 280 men implicated in a domestic killing had a previous restraining order against them or had been convicted of domestic abuse or a violent crime, including murder.

Nearly a quarter of the 2,051 women killed by intimate partners were stabbed, compared with fewer than 10 percent of other homicides. While a gun was used in 80 percent of all other deaths, just over half of all women killed as a result of domestic violence were attacked with a gun. Violent choking is almost entirely confined to fatal domestic attacks on women. It’s also a warning sign. Those who attempt to strangle an intimate partner are far more likely to later commit extreme acts of violence, and many in law enforcement believe it to be a strong indicator that an abusive relationship could turn fatal. The analysis is part of an effort to examine homicide in major cities and the extent to which authorities fail to solve killings. Unlike other types of homicide, domestic slayings often involve killers who leave a long trail of warning signs or signal their intent, in some cases threatening to kill their victims.

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Death Penalty Sought for Border Patrol Agent

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four sex workers told investigators he wanted to “clean up the streets” of his Texas border hometown, a prosecutor said.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four sex workers told investigators he wanted to “clean up the streets” of his Texas border hometown, a prosecutor said. Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said a grand jury indicted Juan David Ortiz for capital murder, the Associated Press reports. Alaniz will seek the death penalty for the September slayings. He said evidence presented to the grand jury showed Juan David Ortiz killed the women “in a cold, callous and calculating way.”  Alaniz said Ortiz was “targeting this community of individuals who he perceived to be disposable, that no one would miss and that he did not give value to”

Alaniz said Ortiz, 35, believed law enforcement didn’t do enough to curb prostitution, so he was “doing a service” by killing the women. Three of the women were shot to death, and the fourth was also shot but died of blunt force trauma. Ortiz has been held on murder charges in the Webb County jail on a $2.5 million bond since his Sept. 15 arrest in Laredo. The Border Patrol intel supervisor and Navy veteran seemed to be living a typical suburban life with his wife and two children when the killings occurred. He was arrested after one victim was able to escape him and asked a state trooper for help.

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How the Christopher Watts Lawsuit Treats Confessed Killer Like O.J. Simpson

Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Chris Watts became infamous nationwide thanks to sweeping coverage of his arrest and subsequent conviction for killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, three-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella. But a civil suit filed by Shanann’s parents, Sandra and Frank Rzucek, and brother, Frank Jr., on behalf […]

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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Chris Watts became infamous nationwide thanks to sweeping coverage of his arrest and subsequent conviction for killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, three-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella. But a civil suit filed by Shanann’s parents, Sandra and Frank Rzucek, and brother, Frank Jr., on behalf [...]

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How the Christopher Watts Lawsuit Treats Confessed Killer Like O.J. Simpson

Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Chris Watts became infamous nationwide thanks to sweeping coverage of his arrest and subsequent conviction for killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, three-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella. But a civil suit filed by Shanann’s parents, Sandra and Frank Rzucek, and brother, Frank Jr., on behalf […]

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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Chris Watts became infamous nationwide thanks to sweeping coverage of his arrest and subsequent conviction for killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, three-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella. But a civil suit filed by Shanann’s parents, Sandra and Frank Rzucek, and brother, Frank Jr., on behalf [...]

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Should Film Fest Near Where Columbine Happened Warned About Columbine-like School Shooting Scene?

Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Art can and should be ugly at times. But what is the responsibility of the artist and exhibitor in terms of preparing a viewer for such material? And does this obligation change depending on where and how the art is displayed? These subjects arose during closing night of the […]

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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Art can and should be ugly at times. But what is the responsibility of the artist and exhibitor in terms of preparing a viewer for such material? And does this obligation change depending on where and how the art is displayed? These subjects arose during closing night of the [...]

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It Won’t Be Easy to Put Alleged Deputy Killer Dreion Dearing to Death

Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Prosecutors in the 17th Judicial District DA’s office will seek the death penalty against Dreion Dearing, who’s accused of killing Deputy Heath Gumm on January 24. At first blush, this move is unsurprising: Gumm died during a 42-day period from New Year’s Eve 2017 to February 10, during which […]

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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Prosecutors in the 17th Judicial District DA’s office will seek the death penalty against Dreion Dearing, who’s accused of killing Deputy Heath Gumm on January 24. At first blush, this move is unsurprising: Gumm died during a 42-day period from New Year’s Eve 2017 to February 10, during which [...]

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Serial Killer Samuel Little Confessed to Get a Prison Move

The FBI said Samuel Little, convicted in 2014 of three killings, confessed to 90 murders dating back to 1970 in exchange for moving to a new prison. Authorities have corroborated 34 of the killings with several others awaiting confirmation.

The FBI said Samuel Little, convicted in 2014 of three killings, confessed to 90 murders dating back to 1970 in exchange for moving to a new prison, USA Today reports. Authorities have corroborated 34 of the killings with several others awaiting confirmation. If all his confessions are confirmed, he could be among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history. The FBI is working with the Texas Rangers, and multiple state and local law enforcement agencies to corroborate Little’s confessions.

Little, 78, was arrested in 2012 in a shelter in Kentucky, then extradited to California on a narcotics charge. Los Angeles police obtained a DNA match to Little on three unsolved murders in the area in 1987 and 1989. In 2014, he was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole. As Little was awaiting trial in Los Angeles, authorities in at least nine other states began scouring cold case files to see if Little may be connected. Little confessed to killings in 16 states. “He went through city and state and gave … the number of people he killed in each place. Jackson, Mississippi — one; Cincinnati, Ohio — one; Phoenix, Arizona — three; Las Vegas, Nevada, — one,” said Christina Palazzolo, a crime analyst with the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program.

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Louise Frost’s Murder and One State’s Horrific History of Lynchings

Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: On the evening of November 8, 1900, Louise Frost, the twelve-year-old daughter of a prominent rancher, was found dying in the tall grass. She had been stabbed, beaten and raped. With its customary hack hyperbole, the Denver Post proclaimed the murder “the most fiendish crime ever perpetrated in Colorado” — an […]

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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: On the evening of November 8, 1900, Louise Frost, the twelve-year-old daughter of a prominent rancher, was found dying in the tall grass. She had been stabbed, beaten and raped. With its customary hack hyperbole, the Denver Post proclaimed the murder “the most fiendish crime ever perpetrated in Colorado” — an [...]

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In Plea Deal, CO Man Gets Life For Killing His Family

Christopher Watts killed his pregnant wife and two daughters without explanation. The judge called it “the most unhumane and vicious crime I have handled.”

Frank Rzucek leaned forward and sobbed as a prosecutor detailed the horrible ways his pregnant daughter and two young granddaughters were murdered by Christopher Watts, the husband and father whom the victims loved and trusted, the Denver Post reports. The details were gruesome. Four-year-old Bella bit her tongue while fighting back as her father smothered her to death. Her body was scraped as Watts shoved her through a small hatch in the oil tank where he hid her body. New facts disclosed at Watts’ sentencing hearing Monday didn’t answer the question repeatedly asked by the victims, including Watts’ parents: Why did Watts kill his wife and daughters? How could a seemingly normal husband and father commit such horror?

“I trusted you to take care of them. Not to kill them,” said Rzucek, his voice breaking as he recited in court the names of his murdered daughter, Shanann, and granddaughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, and unborn grandson, Nico. A prosecutor theorized that Watts wanted a fresh start with a new girlfriend. When given the chance to explain himself, Watts declined. Weld County  Judge Marcelo Kopcow sentenced him to life in prison without parole, ending a criminal case that has drawn widespread attention since a friend reported Shanann and the girls missing on Aug. 13. Watts, 33, pleaded guilty on Nov. 6 in exchange for the prosecutors’ agreement that they would not pursue the death penalty. “This is perhaps the most inhumane and vicious crime I have handled out of the thousands of cases I have seen,” Kopcow said.

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Why Christopher Watts’s Sentencing Won’t Be Last We Hear of Family Killer

Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: This morning, November 19, Frederick’s Chris Watts will be sentenced for the murders this summer of his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two daughters, three-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella. But unfortunately, this formality won’t be the last time we hear about him or his terrible acts. Indeed, thanks […]

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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: This morning, November 19, Frederick’s Chris Watts will be sentenced for the murders this summer of his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two daughters, three-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella. But unfortunately, this formality won’t be the last time we hear about him or his terrible acts. Indeed, thanks [...]

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