In a rare move a Cambodia appeal court has released Olivier Van Den Bogaert, main suspect in the brutal murder of a young French tourist in February 2013, on bail after almost a year in detention. Under Cambodian law Van Den Bogaert could have been held for another six months before going to trial. The prosecuting judge has 15 days to appeal the decision.

The naked body of 25-year old Ophelia Begnis was pulled from the Kampot River on 10 February last year. Her face had been devastated with a heavy sharp instrument like a machete or chopper. She had left the guesthouse she was staying in, Les Manguiers, the previous afternoon on a rented bicycle and was not seen alive again. She was reported missing the next morning when she was due to leave Kampot by bus but did not appear.

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by Thomas Davidson

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Literary genius supports aggrieved gorilla?

 “Many years later, as he faced a firing squad of military biplanes, King Kong was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover the unpolluted beaches of Skull Island.”

— Gabriel Garcia Marquez, New York Times, 1933 (Op/Ed letter from Marquez, a five-year-old Columbian boy)

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Tomb of the Unknown Mojo

 

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by Patrick H. Moore

Here at All Things Crime Blog we come across some very weird cases — some of which, of course, are very disturbing. There’s nothing funny, for example, about a 250 pound sadist plotting to sexually molest and cannibalize a young boy. Once in a while, however, we discover a case which — while undeniably disturbing — can also be viewed as darkly amusing, at least to one of jaundiced sensibility. The case of Meloney and Michael Selleneit of Centerville, Utah fits into this category and is unlike any case I have ever encountered, reading more like a Philip K. Dick novel than a true crime story.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

We probably all have certain secrets that we would probably not want to see the light of day. Extra-marital affairs, financial crimes (including tax evasion), skeletons in the family closet, cowardice (or even worse atrocities) while serving in the military, these are but a few of the guilty secrets we might try to suppress. One guilty secret most of us probably do not harbor, however, is infanticide, unless of course we lump therapeutic abortion within the general category of baby-killing.

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by Robert Emmett Murphy, Jr.

Cliven Bundy says his battle for Freedom may escalate into the Next Ruby Ridge.

No it won’t, in part because it’s not really about his freedom, but his lawlessness.

This guy is fast becoming a folk-hero for his stand against the Federal Government, but how many of Cliven Bundy’s fans ask themselves what the fight is really about?

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by Bob Couttie

If you’ve watched Les Miserables, then you will have seen Eugène François Vidocq not once but twice, as Jean Valjean the reformed criminal and as Police Inspector Javert. Why was this man, almost unknown today outside Francophile and police history circles, given two bites of the cherry by Victor Hugo in his classic historical novel set in 19th century France?

Vidocq was so influential that Edgar Allan Poe based his detective character C. Auguste Dupin on him in the classic The Murders in the Rue Morgue. In a possible fit of pique, Conan Doyle’s Study in Scarlet dismisses Vidocq under the name Lecoq as a “miserable bungler” while borrowing some of his techniques.

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compiled by Patrick H. Moore

On June 30, 1976, the notorious serial killer,Ted Bundy, was sentenced in Utah to 1 to 15 years in state prison with the possibility of parole for the kidnapping of Carol DaRonch. Thus, Bundy found himself serving real time. While he was incarcerated in Utah State Prison, investigators began searching for evidence to connect him to the murders of Caryn Campbell and Melissa Smith. The die was cast and from this point forward, Bundy’s legal problems were only going to get worse. Rachel Bell of Crime Library writes:

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by Lise LaSalle

It’s not Damien Echols first plea to the authorities to try to right the wrong that he and his two compagnons de misère suffered after the brutal murder of three boys in his hometown.

 

 

by Darcia Helle

In our modern, enlightened American culture, we keep our executions quietly behind closed doors. There was a time, though, in the pre-modern world, when this would have been regarded as no better than murder. Executions were public events. When our ancestors decided a person needed to die for his/her crimes, the entire town was expected to attend.

Many people of that time believed executing a criminal privately robbed that person of the right to say his final words, which was often a full-blown speech. A private execution also deprived the government of its show of power, as the criminal was paraded through town in an elaborate spectacle.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

The fact that life is rarely completely fair is something most of us gradually come to accept. This sobering reality is captured nicely in the irony inherent in the old adage: “Be careful what you wish for. It just might come true.”

One of the things a lot of guys and a lot of women desire is to be a magician in bed, a transcendent lover who catapults your partner to dizzying heights of passionate intensity. Well, that’s a lot to live up to but certainly a worthy goal.

But suppose you were that guy who could drive his lover mad with pleasure. Or suppose you were his partner and with your perfect communion with your lover you experienced indescribable pleasure. At first blush, this would seem to be a good thing, wouldn’t it? Why sure…

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