Parole Finally Granted for Jesus-Loving “Fatal Attraction” Killer Jennifer Reali

Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jennifer Reali, popularly known as the “Fatal Attraction” killer, hasbeen granted parole following a bumpy ride through the criminal-justice system. In 2011, her sentence for murder was commuted by then-governor Bill Ritter, but the state parole board subsequently rejected three appeals centered largely on the depth of her Christian faith. Westword has the story.

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jennifer Reali, popularly known as the “Fatal Attraction” killer, hasbeen granted parole following a bumpy ride through the criminal-justice system. In 2011, her sentence for murder was commuted by then-governor Bill Ritter, but the state parole board subsequently rejected three appeals centered largely on the depth of her Christian faith. Westword has the story.

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Homicides Increase For Most American Cities

Observations 2014 to 2015, the largest one-year percentage rise in the U.S. homicide rate since 1968. The number of homicides in the big cities increased by 10.8 percent between 2015 and 2016. Most large cities experienced homicide increases in 2015 and 2016. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state […]

Observations 2014 to 2015, the largest one-year percentage rise in the U.S. homicide rate since 1968. The number of homicides in the big cities increased by 10.8 percent between 2015 and 2016. Most large cities experienced homicide increases in 2015 and 2016. Author  Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state […]

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Archivist Hargrove Has 27,000 More Homicides Than FBI

Ex-journalist Thomas Hargrove has a file of 751,785 murders since 1976, about 27,000 more than appear in FBI files. Using computer code he wrote, he searches for statistical anomalies among ordinary murders resulting from lovers’ triangles, gang fights, robberies, or brawls. Each year, about five thousand people kill someone and don’t get caught. Hargrove intends to find them with his code, which he calls a serial-killer detector.

Homicide archivist Thomas Hargrove now has the largest catalogue of killings in the country—751,785 murders carried out since 1976, about 27,000 more than appear in FBI files, reports The New Yorker. States are supposed to report murders to the Department of Justice, but some report inaccurately, or fail to report altogether, and Hargrove has sued some of these states to obtain their records. Using computer code he wrote, he searches for statistical anomalies among ordinary murders resulting from lovers’ triangles, gang fights, robberies, or brawls. Each year, about five thousand people kill someone and don’t get caught, and a percentage of these men and women have killed more than once. Hargrove intends to find them with his code, which he calls a serial-killer detector.

Hargrove created the code, which operates as a simple algorithm, in 2010, when he was a reporter for the now defunct Scripps Howard news service. The algorithm forms the basis of the Murder Accountability Project, a nonprofit that consists of Hargrove, a database, a website, and a board of nine members, who include former detectives, homicide scholars, and a forensic psychiatrist. Through data aggregating, the algorithm gathers killings that are related by method, place, and time, and by the victim’s sex. It also considers whether the rate of unsolved murders in a city is notable. Statistically, a town with a serial killer in its midst looks lawless. In 2010, Hargrove noticed a pattern of murders in Lake County, Indiana, which includes Gary. Between 1980 and 2008, fifteen women had been strangled. Many of the bodies had been found in vacant houses. Gary police denied a problem. Eventually, Hargrove heard from a deputy coroner, who had also started to suspect that there was a serial killer in Gary.

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Prosecutors Don’t Mourn The Late Charles Manson

Hippie cult leader Charles Manson died Sunday at 83 after nearly half a century behind bars for the deaths of actress Sharon Tate and six other people. The leader of a prosecutors’ group says it is Manson’s victims who should be mourned.

In the summer of 1969, Charles Manson, a scruffy ex-convict with a magnetic hold on young women, sent disciples into the night to carry out a series of gruesome killings in Los Angeles. Manson, the hippie cult leader who died of natural causes Sunday at 83 after nearly half a century behind bars, orchestrated the slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people, butchered at two homes on successive nights by intruders who scrawled “Pigs” and “Healter Skelter” in the victims’ blood, the Associated Press reports. Despite overwhelming evidence, he maintained his innocence. “I have killed no one, and I have ordered no one to be killed,” Manson said.

He and three women were found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Another defendant, Charles “Tex” Watson, was convicted later. All were spared execution and given life sentences when the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972. Manson also was convicted in the killings of stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea and musician Gary Hinman. Manson and his female followers appeared sporadically at parole hearings where their bids for freedom were repeatedly rejected. Michele Hanisee of  Los Angeles’ Association of Deputy District Attorneys said, “Manson’s victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death.” She quoted Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Manson, as calling him “an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values.”

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Columbine No Longer in Top Ten of Worst U.S. Mass Shootings

Reading from the Voice Media empire: The day after Devin Kelley murdered 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 5, filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted that the tragedy has pushed the April 20, 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, the subject of his 2002 Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine, from the list of America’s ten worst mass shootings. Westword has […]

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Investigating the Homicide Bump: Federal Report

A federal report released Wednesday examines FBI crime data in big cities, considering two possible explanations for the “sudden and unforeseen” spike in homicides nationwide.

A federal report released Wednesday examines FBI crime data in big cities, considering two possible explanations for the “sudden and unforeseen” spike in homicides nationwide.

According to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) study, which focuses on cities with a population of 250,000 or more, preliminary evidence suggests that expansions in illegal drug markets have driven the considerable increase of homicide rates among whites. In 2015 and 2016, drug-related homicides increased to a greater extent than other types of homicide.

The second hypothesis authors consider is the so-called Furguson effect, which resulted in “de-policing, compromised police legitimacy, or both.”

NIJ stipulates that “current evidence that links de-policing to the homicide rise is mixed, at best,” and that it remains an “open research question”– since arrests-offense ratios and arrest clearance rates had been declining for years, as were homicide rates, before the recent spike.

Neither explanation is meant to stand alone; in particular, growing tensions between African Americans and police do not account for the abrupt increase in homicides among whites beginning in 2013.

A look at the numbers

Nationally, 2014-2015 saw the largest percentage rise in the homicide rate since 1968, according FBI data; an increase of 11.4% over the previous year, or from 4.4 to 4.9 homicides per 100,000 people.

National homicide rates continued to increase by 8.2% in 2015-2016, and 10.8% in big cities. In 2015, Cleveland and Nashville saw the biggest absolute homicide increases, while Austin and Chicago topped the chart in 2016.

Only two cities bucked this upward trend: Miami and Tuscon both experienced a decline in homicides over the two-year period.

Despite the recent incline, the homicide rate in 2016 was still 35.4% lower than it was in 1995. “Even at the elevated rates of increase in 2015 and 2016,” note the authors, “it would take about five more years for the U.S. national and big city homicide rates to return to the levels of the early 1990s.”

‘Sudden and unforeseen’

In the search for external ‘shocks’  that could explain the rapid and unexpected nature of the recent homicide increase, NIJ finds two plausible candidates, both of which have parallels in contemporary U.S. history: the opioid epidemic, echoing the crack-driven homicide escalation of the 1980s–and anger over police brutality and fatal use-of-force, such as precipitated the civil unrest of the 1960s (and corresponding “crisis of institutional legitimacy,” according to some analysts).

Researchers need better data to measure the affects of the opioid crisis, according to the report. Drug arrests are not a reliable indicator, since they are “a product of both police
enforcement and criminal conduct,” and since “policymakers and law enforcement officials alike have viewed the heroin and synthetic opioid epidemic as more of a public health than a criminal justice problem.”

There is some data to suggest a link between heroin and increased homicides: arrests for heroin or cocaine were falling between 2010 and 2013, but heroin use was on the rise. Arrests then rose in 2014 and 2015, coinciding with the accelerating homicide rate.

Data also needs to be disaggregated by race, in order to “determine whether, as expected, whites have entered local drug markets in greater numbers over time as both buyers and sellers.”

Police activity and community “reservoir of discontent”

When considering the influence on homicide rates of police enforcement, legitimacy, and community alienation, reliable indicators are also hard to chase down.

Arrest rates not only measure crime, but police activity, as noted above. “Arrests fell in Baltimore in 2015 after the Freddie Gray incident, and in Chicago in 2016 after the delayed release of a video of a controversial police shooting there.” The reduction in arrests was then followed by an increase of homicide in both cities.

However, researchers say that it “remains to be seen whether comparable decreases in arrests preceded increases in homicide elsewhere.” The link between homicide and arrests/de-policing needs to be further examined at the neighborhood level, since homicide rates vary substantially across neighborhoods.

Calculating police legitimacy and community alienation is “onerous,” and largely measured through opinion surveys– “for the time being,” say the authors, “it appears that strategic case studies and one- or two-time snapshot surveys will have to suffice.”

There are two empirical indicators that can be measured, however, if police departments are willing to release the data: calls for police service, and complaints against the police.

“If the community alienation hypothesis is correct, investigators should expect to observe a reduction in calls for service and an increase in complaints in cities where controversial use-of-force incidents and outbreaks of community unrest have occurred, particularly in African-American communities. Increases in homicide…should be greater in those cities and communities than in others.”

The dark figure of homicide

Finally, and critically, “it is important not to overstate the precision of these figures,”say researchers. “Like all UCR crime data, they are based on the classification of homicide events by local law enforcement agencies, and crime classification criteria and procedures can differ across agencies or within the same agency over time.”

Homicides with unknown circumstances are omitted from the FBI’s Supplemental Homicide Report– and “the circumstances of fully 39.9 percent of homicides were unknown to law enforcement officials in 2015.”

To locate many of the indicators that researchers have identified, researchers will have to go beyond FBI data and work directly with public health and police sources, say authors of the report.

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More Questions Answered About Alleged Walmart Triple Killer Scott Ostrem

Reading from the Voice Media empire: Earlier this month, 47-year-old Scott Ostrem was arrested for allegedly killing three people at a suburban Walmart. In the immediate aftermath of the slayings, we learned much more about Ostrem’s victims, Victor Vasquez, Pam Marques and Carlos Moreno, and the man who apparently took their lives at random. Far from being a terrorist, Ostrem […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: Earlier this month, 47-year-old Scott Ostrem was arrested for allegedly killing three people at a suburban Walmart. In the immediate aftermath of the slayings, we learned much more about Ostrem’s victims, Victor Vasquez, Pam Marques and Carlos Moreno, and the man who apparently took their lives at random. Far from being a terrorist, Ostrem [...]

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James Holmes’s Post-“Satan’s Lake of Fire” Moves Land Him in Pennsylvania Pen

Reading from the Voice Media empire: Theater shooter James Holmes has been on the move within the prison system since a 2015 attack on him by Mark “Slim” Daniels, who apologized in a letter for being unable to send the man who killed twelve people and injured seventy others at the Aurora Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012, to “Satan’s lake […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: Theater shooter James Holmes has been on the move within the prison system since a 2015 attack on him by Mark “Slim” Daniels, who apologized in a letter for being unable to send the man who killed twelve people and injured seventy others at the Aurora Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012, to “Satan’s lake [...]

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Rebecca Bartee’s Alleged Killer Stayed Near the Scene of the Crime for 18 Years

Reading from the Voice Media empire: More than eighteen years after deputy DA Rebecca Bartee’s June 7, 1999 murder, authorities have made an arrest, booking Robert Lee Williams, a seventy-year-old who was still living in the apartment building where the slaying took place. Here’s how they got him. Westword has the story.

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: More than eighteen years after deputy DA Rebecca Bartee’s June 7, 1999 murder, authorities have made an arrest, booking Robert Lee Williams, a seventy-year-old who was still living in the apartment building where the slaying took place. Here’s how they got him. Westword has the story.

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Fatal Attraction Killer Jennifer Reali Hopes God Will Help Her Win Fourth Bid for Parole

Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jennifer Reali, nicknamed the “Fatal Attraction” killer, after slaying her lover’s wife, has been denied parole three times over the past six years. She’s now made her fourth appeal, arguing that “I can’t honor my victim’s death by being a hooligan” and touting a religious rebirth that has included the release of multiple gospel music […]

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Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jennifer Reali, nicknamed the “Fatal Attraction” killer, after slaying her lover’s wife, has been denied parole three times over the past six years. She’s now made her fourth appeal, arguing that “I can’t honor my victim’s death by being a hooligan” and touting a religious rebirth that has included the release of multiple gospel music [...]

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