Marcus Leyba, Drunken Asshole, Crushed His 9-Week-Old Baby’s Skull In

  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: When paramedics arrived, Lilian Leyba was not breathing and cold to the touch — and no wonder, since her skull was crushed. One described the back of her head as feeling like “mush.” Westword has the story.

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  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: When paramedics arrived, Lilian Leyba was not breathing and cold to the touch — and no wonder, since her skull was crushed. One described the back of her head as feeling like “mush.” Westword has the story.

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Robert L. Johnson Shows Up at Police Station With 80-Year-Old’s Body In His Car

  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: He originally showed up on a minor warrant, but his conversation with cops led them to believe he might have explosives in his car. They ended up finding a dead body instead. Westword has the story.

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  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: He originally showed up on a minor warrant, but his conversation with cops led them to believe he might have explosives in his car. They ended up finding a dead body instead. Westword has the story.

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Brooks Kellogg, Real Estate Big Shot, Tried to Order Hit on Guy Who Was Suing Him

  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: Stephen Bunyard had already won a $2.5 million judgment against Kellogg’s company. Another $500,000 suit was pending. So when Kellogg decided to clip him, his mistress ratted him out. Westword has the story.

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  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: Stephen Bunyard had already won a $2.5 million judgment against Kellogg’s company. Another $500,000 suit was pending. So when Kellogg decided to clip him, his mistress ratted him out. Westword has the story.

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Brooks Kellogg, Real Estate Big Shot, Tried to Order Hit on Guy Who Was Suing Him

  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: Stephen Bunyard had already won a $2.5 million judgment against Kellogg’s company. Another $500,000 suit was pending. So when Kellogg decided to clip him, his mistress ratted him out. Westword has the story.

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  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: Stephen Bunyard had already won a $2.5 million judgment against Kellogg’s company. Another $500,000 suit was pending. So when Kellogg decided to clip him, his mistress ratted him out. Westword has the story.

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‘Pockets of Impunity’ — Where Police Can’t Find Killers

The Washington Post identified the places in dozens of U.S. cities where murder is common but arrests are rare. The newspaper analyzed up to a decade of homicide arrest data– 52,000 cases — from 50 large cities. The analysis shows block by block where police fail to catch killers. The overall homicide arrest rate in the 50 cities is 49 percent, but in areas of impunity, police make arrests less than 33 percent of the time.

The Washington Post has identified the places in dozens of U.S. cities where murder is common but arrests are rare. These pockets of impunity were found by analyzing up to a decade of homicide arrest data– 52,000 cases — from 50 large cities. The analysis shows block by block where police fail to catch killers. The overall homicide arrest rate in the 50 cities is 49 percent, but in areas of impunity, police make arrests less than 33 percent of the time. Despite a national drop in violence to historic lows, 34 of the 50 cities have a lower homicide arrest rate now than a decade ago. Some cities, such as Baltimore and Chicago, solve so few homicides that vast areas stretching for miles experience hundreds of homicides with virtually no arrests. In other places, such as Atlanta, police manage to make arrests in a majority of homicides, even in the city’s most violent areas.

Homicide arrest rates vary widely when examined by the victim’s race. An arrest was made in 63 percent of killings of whites, compared with 48 percent of killings of Latinos and 46 percent of killings of blacks. Almost all of the low-arrest zones are home primarily to low-income black residents.  Police blame the failure to solve homicides on insufficient resources and poor relationships with residents, especially in areas dealing with drug and gang activity where potential witnesses fear retaliation. Families of those killed, and some officers, say the fault rests with apathetic police departments. The Post data are more precise than the national homicide data published by the FBI, which fail to distinguish whether a case was closed due to an arrest or other circumstances, such as the death of the suspect. There are 17 cities where killings have spiked over the past decade but where police make fewer arrests. In Indianapolis, only 64 of the 155 criminal homicides last year resulted in an arrest.

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Suspect in Four Phoenix Murders Kills Himself

Police say a man suspected of murdering a prominent forensic psychiatrist, a psychologist and two paralegals at their offices, committed the killings because of what he saw as a conspiracy to rig a divorce case and steal custody of his son.

Dwight Lamon Jones, who police found dead Monday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Scottsdale, Az., hotel room, is suspected in a string of shootings over the last week, The Arizona Republic reports. Before he started, Jones, 56, apparently created almost 10 hours of online video outlining what he saw as a conspiracy by his ex-wife, psychiatrists, lawyers and the judicial system to rig a divorce case and steal custody of his son. A YouTube channel titled “exposing lowlifes” housed 18 videos that included a taped interview between his ex-wife and a famous psychiatrist and a long letter to his estranged son. Forensic psychiatrist Steven Pitt, who was killed last Thursday, was one of the people named. The forensic psychiatrist was retained by his wife’s attorney to complete a psychiatric assessment of Jones in 2009.

Jones told Pitt that his wife had abused their son and had multiple affairs, yet she was the one attempting to make him look violent and paranoid so she could have full custody of their child. Jones would ultimately lose custody. Nine years later, police said, he killws Pitt. The next day, police believe, Jones walked into the office of his wife’s former lawyer with a loaded gun. Regardless of the intended target, only two paralegals — Veleria Sharp and Laura Anderson — were in the office on Friday. Police said Jones shot both of them dead. Later that day, police believe, shot Marshall Levine. The psychologist, life coach and hypnotherapist had no apparent involvement in Jones’ long divorce case. He shared an office space with his son’s counselor. She had tried to convince his son to fear Jones, he insisted in a video. It was his ex-wife’s new husband who figured it out. On Sunday afternoon, Jones killed another man and a woman, police said.

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Logan McClelland, 18, Shoots Tire Center Worker 7 Times in Beef with Dad

  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: Logan McClelland was at a tire store when his dad got into a beef with an employee. But instead of letting it be — it’s a goddamned tire store, for chrissakes — he unloaded seven bullets. Westword has the story.

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  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: Logan McClelland was at a tire store when his dad got into a beef with an employee. But instead of letting it be — it’s a goddamned tire store, for chrissakes — he unloaded seven bullets. Westword has the story.

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Genesis Sims May Have Been Buried Alive After Being Beaten for Soiling Herself

  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: Monique Lynch said the family had a “memorial service” for the 9-year-old girl before burying her in a crawl space. But in the worst race card play ever, she claims she didn’t call police because they’re prejudiced. Westword has the story.

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  ​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: Monique Lynch said the family had a “memorial service” for the 9-year-old girl before burying her in a crawl space. But in the worst race card play ever, she claims she didn’t call police because they’re prejudiced. Westword has the story.

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Mexico Has Just One Gun Shop, Yet Is Awash in US Firearms

All legal gun purchases in Mexico must be made at a tightly secured army facility in Mexico City, following an arduous process of background checks. About 38 guns are sold there each day. Meanwhile, more than 500 guns are smuggled daily into Mexico from the U.S.–a poignant figure as the country suffers through unprecedented levels of homicide.

The only gun shop in all of Mexico is behind a fortress-like wall on a heavily guarded military base on the outskirts of Mexico City, reports the Los Angeles Times. To enter the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, customers must undergo months of background checks, which require submission of six documents. The facility embodies the country’s cautious approach to firearms, and a visit there illustrates the dramatically different ways two neighboring countries view guns, legally and culturally. Like the 2nd Amendment in the United States, Mexico’s Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, but it also stipulates that federal law “will determine the cases, conditions, requirements and places” of gun ownership. For many Mexicans, even those who love guns, the thought of an unfettered right to owning one is perplexing.

Yet as with so many aspects of life in Mexico, the influence of its powerful neighbor is keenly felt: Each day the army gun store sells on average just 38 firearms to civilians, while an estimated 580 weapons are smuggled into Mexico from the U.S. That paradox is increasingly relevant given Mexico’s unprecedented gun violence, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the last decade. Last year was Mexico’s deadliest since the government began releasing homicide statistics in 1997. This year, it is on track to surpass that record. American firearms are directly driving the violence. About 70 percent of guns recovered by Mexican officials from 2011 to 2016 were originally purchased from legal gun dealers in the U.S., according to the ATF. Mexican leaders have long complained about the phenomenon.

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Tracy Lee Ottoway, Weird Rich Guy, Tries to Run Over Valet in Phone Dispute

​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: It began when a Marriott valet wouldn’t let him use his phone. But Skippy Otoway wouldn’t overlook this slight. He tried to run over the “fucking Arab” valet in his black Escalade. Westword has the story.

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​ Breakfast reading from the True Crime Report archives: It began when a Marriott valet wouldn’t let him use his phone. But Skippy Otoway wouldn’t overlook this slight. He tried to run over the “fucking Arab” valet in his black Escalade. Westword has the story.

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