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Saturday, September 13, 2008

A boy is gone, mother's hope stays - The Boston Globe

A boy is gone, mother's hope stays - The Boston Globe

Giovanni Gonzalez has been missing since August 16th. His mother says she dropped the child off at his father's apartment On August 15. Neighbors report seeing the boy with his father on the 16th. The father claims the mother never dropped the child off and that he had not seen the child in a week.

Amber Alert Issued for Sandy, Utah Teen

Police believe mentally disabled teen, Robyn Atkinson, may have been abducted. She was last seen entering her home Friday afternoon by her bus driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sandy Police Departmentat 801-840-4000

Ambert Alert issued for Sandy teen

Judge Burnett denies motions for new trials for West Memphis Three

Judge Burnett has denied the motions based on newly discovered DNA evidence for new trials for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley. Hearings for Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelly for their claims of ineffective assistance of coucncil are scheduled for later this month.

In the news

September 11, 2008
Defense to appeal in West Memphis killings case

WM3 slam of Jonesboro judge

September 10, 2008
Judge: No new trial in 1993 Ark. boys' slayings

Friday, September 12, 2008

Toni Lawrence is "happy with life right now..."

Toni Lawrence walked out of prison in 2ooo after serving nine years of a twenty year sentence for criminal confinement for her inlovement in the 1992 torture slaying of twelve year old Shanda Sharer

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Toni went back to Madison Indiana to start her new life. She is now 32 years old and is reported to have two children. Evidently, things must be going pretty well. On her Myspace page she states "Toni is happy with life right now"

Toni Lawrence's myspace page

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Poor Charles Ng is in need of penpals

Charles Ng, the infamous sidekick of Leonard Lake, it seems is lonely. He is advertizing for a pen pal. His ad reads like millions of others on various dating sites. He describes his physical traits, his upbringing, and is following all the dating advice ever given out to put your best foot forward. He even shows his sensitive side in the following passage...

I always feel a special kinship in my struggle for survival as those faced by the endangered animals I depict in my artwork. To me, art is a universal emotional expression of all cultures, and wildlife art a spiritual reference for all things wild and free; and a way for me to immortalize my love and intimacy to
those who are dear and special to me.

Read his entire appeal here

While I understand that many people fudge a bit about themselves in these types of situations, Charles Ng has left out some pretty pertinent information. Like that he and his buddy kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered women. That there are videotapes featuring him engaging in these acts. That there are many men, women, and even babies who will never have the chance to seek out pen pals because he had a part in ending their lives. He evidently didn't feel any kinship in their struggle to survive.

I am not a proponent of the death penalty. It's applied arbitrarily, innocent people get caught up, and have most likely been executed,and endless appeals cost millions of dollars. I understand and share the feelings of those who fight for the end of the death penalty, but to give a forum to psychopaths for the purpose of them making "friends" disturbs me. Particularly in his case where there can be no doubt as to his guilt.

Diane Downs Up For Parole

Stop me if you've heard this before. A single mother falls in love with a man who doesn't want to be around her when she's with her children, so she decides the best way to deal with the situation is to get rid of the children. Oh yeah, let's throw a mysterious bushy haired stranger into the mix for good measure.

On June 14, 1984, Elizabeth Diane Downs was convicted of one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder in the first degree. Convicted of the premeditated shooting of her three children.

The shootings occured in the late evening of May 19, 1983 on a desolate backroad in Oregon. Diane Downs claimed that a bushy haired man had been in the road and she had stopped to see if he needed help. According to Downs, he demanded the car and, when she refused, shot her children.

(Investigators doubted Diane's story and found convincing circumstantial evidence that she had shot her children. Including testimony that she owned a gun that she had denied owning that fired the same type of bullets that had been used to shoot the children.)

Downs drove the children to the hospital at what a witness estimated was the speed of about five to seven miles an hour. Her seven year old daughter Cheryl was declared dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. Her other two children, eight year old Christie Downs - who would later identify her mother as the shooter in court- survived along with her three year old brother Danny.

Diane Downs will be up for parole in December 2008.

Diane Downs up for parole -

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Child Murderer Free in New Hampshire

Raymond Guay, convicted of the 1973 murder of twelve year old John Lindovski, has been realeased from prison. New Hampshire authorities tried to keep him out of the state, but it has been ruled that he must be allowed to stay. His history suggests that parents should keep an eye on their children if they live anywhere near this man.

September 9, 2008-Mayor Demands Convicted Child Killer Be Removed From City

September 8, 2008-Child killer returns to NH

August 2, 2008-Mother writing letters to keep son’s murderer jailed