As jury selection begins in Luka Magnotta’s murder trial, it’s time to revisit Starks Shrink’s excellent post in which he comprehensively reviews what is known about this distinctively unusual alleged murderer.

by Starks Shrink

Luka Magnotta, dubbed by the media as the “cannibal killer”, is a Canadian who stands accused of the brutal murder and dismemberment of Montreal Concordia University student, Jun Lin. He is also accused of mailing the body parts of his victim to members of the Canadian parliament in Ottawa and two schools in Vancouver — charges to which he has pleaded not guilty. In addition, he is charged with distributing obscene material for a video posted on an Edmonton website called “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick”, which depicts parts of his gruesome deed in graphic detail. His trial is expected to begin in September of 2014.

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by John Palucci

I would like to shed some light on one particular question that has attracted a lot of attention in Ferguson, MO; why was the body at the crime scene for so long?

Looking at it from a forensic perspective, the position of the body and its spatial relationship to the other evidence in the crime scene is essential to reconstruct the events that transpired. I am avoiding the use of names intentionally to depersonalize this as much as possible.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Although it doesn’t exist in reality, it almost seems that there is a nationwide conspiracy among child abusers to come up with new and creative ways to abuse children. A recent alleged abuser, Adam Morton, 27, of Berlin, New Hampshire appears to have come up with a novel form of abuse that was very painful to the victim and virtually effortless on his part. He merely placed the victim in his girlfriend’s clothes dryer, turned it on and gave the boy a “ride”

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by John Paolucci

11:30 at night, South Bronx, NYC, in the basement of a Housing Project, a dozen cops congregate in the back of a dingy room. Some are sitting, some standing, talking, smoking, writing in their memo books. Any sign of shoe polish or even the original black dye have been scuffed from their leather boots and gun belts.  The leather thumb locks on their holsters have been worn to a suede texture from drawing and holstering their revolvers so many times.  The backing plates for their shields are piled high with medals and memorial bars worn to commemorate fallen officers.  A Sergeant walks in:

“Thanks for showing up, guys.  Time for roll call.”

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Note: David Lee Simpson’s trial is apparently set for September 15th. Let’s hope it goes forward this time.

It is well-known that a great many of the women who closely followed the Jodi Arias trial despise the very ground (or currently concrete) that she walks upon. I imagine it is some combination of the fact that she brutally slaughtered the fresh-faced Travis Alexander — with his boy next door good looks and his apparently pleasing motivational-speaker ways — combined with the fact that Jodi is perceived by many as a prevaricating, promiscuous, manipulative, anal-sex loving, prima donna.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Here on All Things Crime Blog, we’ve seen several stories in which abusive parents lock their children in cages as part of an overall pattern of abuse. Now we have a new story in which a full grown woman, 30-year-old Joelle Lockwood, was held captive in a wooden cage in a mobile home in Indiana by a twisted couple, reportedly for baby-making purposes, which means she was raped regularly by the man of the house, a certain Rick House.

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by Lise LaSalle

nicolekish_jpeg_size_xxlarge_letterbox-300x200On March 10th, 2014, the Canadian newspapers, especially in Ontario, were abuzz with headlines such as “Toronto panhandler loses stabbing appeal of man who refused to give cash’’ and “Panhandler loses appeal of her second-degree murder conviction.’’

The ‘Panhandler’ they are referring to in these articles is Nicole (Nyki) Kish who was charged and convicted of second-degree murder on March 1st, 2011 and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 12 years in the stabbing death of Ross Hammond.

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compiled by Patrick H. Moore

Based on the photographic evidence, 18-year-old Isabella Guzman of Aurora, Colorado is quite an attractive young lady. Her Facebook page contains selfies which seem to combine poise and a natural loveliness that are striking. Nonetheless, Isabella now stands charged with 1st-degree murder for slashing her mother, 47-year-old Yun-Mi Hoy’s, throat and stabbing her a total of 79 times in the upstairs bathroom of their suburban home on the evening of August 28, 2013.

It’s not yet clear what specifically caused Isabella to go berserk as if she were a psychopathic monster. Yet she did.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

One of the things I find most remarkable is the way a great many parents with handicapped children nevertheless manage to bestow the same degree of love and care on those children as they would had they been blessed with “normal” children. I say this because, recognizing myself for the selfish person I am, I suspect I’d have a very tough time caring for a handicapped child properly.

On the other hand, here on All Things Crime Blog, we’ve covered several cases where the parents of handicapped children have grievously abused them. I suspect there is a third group of parents who do a reasonably good job of caring for their handicapped child but, at a certain point, withdraw just enough so that they may not recognize signs of trouble when they occur.

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by Darcia Helle

“I didn’t do it, but I know who did.”

Imagine you are a 20-year-old, uneducated man-child who has spent his entire life in a small, crime-infested community. Your family defines dysfunctional, but you don’t think about that because you don’t know what a functional family looks like. Add to this the fact that you’re a minority in a city where prejudice runs rampant. One day you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, and suddenly you find yourself arrested and charged with the brutal murder of a young woman. You tell everyone who will listen that you did not kill her. In fact, despite your fear, you provide police with the name of the real killer.

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