commentary by Patrick H. Moore

We’re used to our teachers getting arrested for having sex with their students, and we’re used to our students getting abused at home by their twisted parents, but what we’re not used to is what happened to a 7-year-old special needs child at Viking Elementary school in Fresno, California.

It seems that last May Ledelldra Brooks, the mother of the special needs child in question, paid an unanticipated visit to her daughter’s school. Perhaps she had a premonition or perhaps she simply wanted to make sure things were proceeding apace. When Ledelldra arrived, however, she was appalled to find her daughter “sitting in a soiled diaper while locked in a makeshift cage.”

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by John Paolucci

The investigation into the Cleveland kidnappings is in many ways just beginning.  It brings to mind the case of a murdered 8 year old Hasidic boy by the name of Leiby Kletzky, who was dismembered, packed into a suitcase and discarded in a dumpster by the perpetrator Levi Aron, who performed the dissection of the child in his Brooklyn apartment.  Aron kept a souvenir of the incident, the boy’s feet, which he stowed in a freezer in the apartment.  In the Cleveland kidnappings, like in the Kletzky case, there appears to be a wealth of incriminating evidence against the perpetrators.  In cases like these, the investigators need to have the scenes speak to them, hopefully answering the question, “Are there more victims?”

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Book Review of Cicero’s Dead by Darcia Helle

Cicero Lamont dealt drugs in massive quantities making huge profits and lots of enemies until one night he was introduced to the steel bumper in a hit-and-run and now he’s dead. His daughter, Jade, has also just learned that her mom has committed suicide and now her brother, Richie, is missing. She hires Nick Crane to find him and to track down whoever murdered their father, but as the old saying goes, ‘be careful what you wish for’ because 300 million dollars cuts an awful lot of family ties.

Published: November 2014

Amazon / Amazon UK

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Although unlike Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy rarely elicits much sympathy or compassion from the “typical” true crime fan, oddly enough, his death by electrocution in the Florida State Prison, in the aptly named town of Starke, appears to have aroused compassion in the minds and hearts of certain individuals who witnessed his death, some of whom spent time with him prior to his execution. It must be admitted, however, that the vast majority of the crowd assembled near the prison were over-joyed by Mr. Bundy “frying in the hotseat.”

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

In Coney Island Baby, the late Lou Reed intones in his distinctive manner, “And just remember certain people have peculiar tastes.” This is undoubtedly true, as we’ve seen so many times here on All Things Crime Blog. And as a certain peculiar “event” that occurred Monday night at the world-famous TCL Chinese theater in Hollywood demonstrates, certain people also have “peculiar ways” of dealing with the stress of confrontation.

ace9I came across this bizarre story on a rather neat website called Mashable.com. Josh Dickey reports on a peculiar woman who, not unlike Chad Oulson, the victim in the Land ‘O Lakes Florida shooting/murder case, was confronted by a theater patron who asked her to turn off her phone because its glowing screen was bothering him. Unlike Chad, who was shot and killed by retired police officer Curtis Reeves at a screening of Lone Survivor, in this case, as their argument escalated, Ms. Glowing Screen arguably got the best of the of the requestor.

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by JJ Rogers

I was born in Clarkston, Washington and grew up across the Snake River in Lewiston, Idaho.  The two cities are located in a deep valley at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers.  They are not large cities and they didn’t traditionally experience the horrors of serial killers that metropoleis are known for.  That is, until the late 70’s and early 80’s when I was in my teens. That’s when everything changed.  That’s when one man, filled with loathing and complete disregard for human life, selected a series of girls and young women as the objects of his dark desires.

Every spring the Valley filled with excitement in anticipation of the Asotin County Fair, which was held on the Snake River just north of both cities. Everyone who possibly could attended. It was April 28, 1979. I was there. So was Christina White, a 12-year-old child.

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by Mike Roche

Chad Oulson, 43 and his wife Nicole, 33,  of Land O’ Lakes, Florida decided to sneak away for an afternoon matinee screening of the movie Lone Survivor.  Chad, who had a day off from his job as a finance manager, joined his wife, Nicole, who played hooky from her job at USAA to enjoy the movie with her husband. Their three-year-old daughter was in pre-school.

Curtis Reeves, 71, a retired police captain, and his wife traveled from their retirement home to the same movie theater in Wesley Chapel, Florida, to watch Lone Survivor. The two couples sat one row apart. Before the movie started, one moviegoer was dead, one wounded, and a third escorted out of the theater in handcuffs and charged with murder.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Since the early days of All Things Crime Blog, I’ve been on the soapbox telling all and sundry to beware of child molesters and pedophiles. Now, I’m not sure whether to be pleased or appalled, but it turns out that an English family-oriented amusement park called Puxton Park has a strictly enforced policy that does not allow single men or women into the park. At all! Stay away!

att9Anyone who has been following the English Paedophile Sweepstakes is aware that pedophilia is apparently a huge problem in Merrie Olde England – perhaps even larger than it is here in the U.S. Still, never did I suspect that paedophobia would reach such heights that singles would be completely banned from a public commercial venture that primarily caters to children.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

In a case that’s sure to ignite boatloads of anger on the part of true crime followers everywhere, Melinda Lynn Muniz, 25, of Plano, Texas, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the suffocation death of her fiancé’s daughter, even though she claimed she had been assaulted by an unknown male on the morning of the incident.

In an attempt to deflect suspicion, Muniz allegedly went so far as to stage a break-in on January 9th at the apartment she shared in the 1500 block of J Place with her fiancé Mitch Ford. The investigators, however, simply are not buying her story and have stated that her explanation is full of holes.

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by Peter Prasad

Why write a crime thriller?

The modern-day sonnet comes packaged as a crime thriller. Imagine Shakespeare counting syllables on his fingers, trying to make the rhythm work. It imposes form and structure on creativity. If you can seed your plot with an exciting story line and credible characters, then you might have something worth reading purely for entertainment value.

pete3All literature is escapist, like bath beads in a sudsy tub, with the promise of being transported far away on a flight of imagination, rich with thrills and danger. Isn’t it amazing how reading can make a hero’s quest appear so real in the space between your ears. It’s been so since before recorded time when we sat around the fire, gnawing on a haunch, transported beyond cave and daily cares.

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