Link to Washington Post Database About Police Involved Shootings

The Washington Post has compiled an ongoing database of Police Involved Shootings.  It allows users to sort out the information through various filters such as race, gender, type of weapon, unarmed, etc.  Please take a look at what they have compiled.  In certain cases, it looks like information is incomplete.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings-database/The 

Being a police officer is one of the toughest jobs in the world.  Sure there are bad cops.  But the vast majority of them, never want to use that service revolver in the line of duty.  The occupation is stressful and many officers have taken their lives due to the trauma they saw & experienced including in some cases that of taking a civilian’s life.

Victim Identified in Unsolved LISK Serial Killing Cases

Valerie Mack - Presumed Victim of LISK KillerThe Suffolk County Police Department announced that “Jane Doe #6” also known as “Manorville Jane Doe” has been identified as Valerie Mack.  The break in the case was identified through genetic genealogy technology.

The then 24, year old victim had gone missing in 2000 while  working as an escort in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Her partial remains were found that same year in a wooded area off Halsey-Manor Road in the town of Manorville in New York.  Eleven years later, additional remains were located along Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach in the southern part of Long Island.

There are still several unidentified victims that are believed to as a result of the LISK.  An Asian male,  who may have identified as a female, a white female as well as a light skinned black woman and her toddler daughter.

(source: https://abcnews.go.com/US/6th-victim-long-island-murders-identified-genetic-genealogy/story?id=70931197&cid=clicksource_4380645_7_heads_posts_card_hed)

Twitter & Unsolved Cases

We’re going to take a different approach that we normally do in these posts in that this one will not focus on a cold case.

For many years I have used social media to promote this website and the cases on it.  I’ve posted links through Disqus, Facebook, Reddit, & Twitter. We’ve had success especially with reddit and facebook getting attention for unsolved murders & other crimes.  Twitter on the other hand is frustrating.  I get more likes and responses if I comment on something political than posting about a cold case.  There have been times where I have engaged in angry discourse with other people about their opinions which at times have been hateful & prejudiced.  In the end, it just leads to more frustration & anger.

Anger & Hatred have been on the internet for decades.  We’ve seen it in the old internet forums where people would comment and post.  It’s there on sites in the comment sections of TMZ.  ((Incidentally, TMZ will remove my links to a cold case but leave on racist, antisemitic, and other vile comments against other groups (religious, Gender, lifestyle) in their news stories)).

Freedom of speech is important and people have the right to their comments (hateful or not).  Corporations also have the right to censorship, whether we like it or not. The racist, hateful content that we often see on twitter was always a better fit when it was done on smaller forums rather than mainstream social media.

What we now see on twitter in particular is the disparaging comments spewed by such people the President of the United States Donald Trump, various Congressional/ Senatorial figures (Maxine Waters anyone) and members of the mainstream media.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Everyday, average people are doing the same as well as people paid by foreign governments & special interests to make everyone mad and distrust one another.  There is a tone on Social Media in particular on Twitter right now which is dividing this country apart.

 

 

A Younger Brother Still Looks for Justice

This is a copy of a facebook post by Jason White whose brother Chad White was murdered and Chard’s fiancee Dixie Kinser was seriously wounded on May 21st 1993 in the town of Corning, Iowa. 

Hello everyone,
Murder of Chad White - May 1993 Corning, IowaAs many of you know. On this day 27 years ago my brother Chad William White was murdered in his home, and his fiancé Dixie Kinser was shot, but survived. I was graduating high school in 2 days, and Dixie was to have her bridal shower the next day. I showed up right after it happened. Dixie was still laying on the ground outside of their home. Many of my friends and family were coming to my graduation, but they ended up staying for a funeral. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion for my family, but its been a nightmare for us ever since. My father could not handle my brother’s murder, and killed himself a year later. Causing even more heartache for myself and my family.

No one was ever arrested or convicted of my brother’s murder. In a town so small where everyone knows everything about everybody, I truly cannot believe no one knows anything about this murder. It has haunted me for 27 years now, and what hurts me the most is that I cannot do anything to help my brother. Also, that no one is helping solve this case. There is no Cold Case department in Iowa. I’ve tried to get the case file, so I can maybe do my own investigation. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department and the DCI of Iowa have been less than helpful when it comes to solving Chad’s murder. I have been the only one for years who calls and checks on Chad’s murder investigation.

So, this year I’m asking all of you to give your voice for Chad. I’m leaving the cell phone numbers for Alan Johannes, the Adams County Sheriff and the DCI agent currently in charge of Chad’s case, Jared Kastner, at the end of this message. I would like each and everyone of you to repost my message, and call these people to voice your frustrations, like mine, about nothing being done about my brother, Chad William White’s murder on May 21st 1993.

Also, if you or someone you know knows anything about this case, or thinks they know anything about this case. I strongly encourage you to contact these two people or 1-800-Crime Stoppers. I’m really sad and frustrated being the only one that wants something done about Chad’s murder. Please help me. I don’t know what else I can do, but somebody needs to start doing something. This has hurt myself and my family for too long. Thank you, Jason White
Alan Johannes-712-621-6887
Jared Kastner-712-251-9212
This is for Chad. I love you, and I will never forget you, or what was done to you. You didn’t deserve to be murdered at 21 years old.

For more details about this case you can visit Iowa Cold Cases.

(Picture from Jason White)

As Jennifer Dulos Remains Missing, a Multi-Million Dollar Mansion Could still hold Answers.

Jennifer Farber Dulos Missing 2019While much attention has been paid to Jennifer Farber-Dulos’s home in New Canaan, Connecticut (near the the New York border) as well as the last house where she and her husband Fotis Dulos lived in Farmington, Connecticut.

It seems as if Law Enforcement is taking a look at another house the couple lived in for a few months Fotis Dulosback in 2010.  A house off of Sky View Drive in Avon which last sold for 3.5 million dollars back in 2010.  Fotis Dulos was even hired years later to  perform major interior work after the home sustained serious water damage from a burst pipe.  Law Enforcement is reported to have looked at the residence after entrance to Former home of Fotis & Jennifer Dulosthe mother of 5 young children went missing from her New Canaan home on May 24, 2019.   However, Police are silent about whether or not they are still looking at the large amount of woodlands that surround the property.   There is quite a bit of woodlands surrounding the property, where evidence and even a person could be hidden.

For a news story about the property and the connection to the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos

(Sources: Channel 61 WTIC & Hartford Courant)

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Murder of Commune Member Remains a Mystery….

peterlubanWhen the commune group “The Brotherhood of Spirit” was formed,  people from all over New England and elsewhere came together to live in a Utopian society.  Led by a charismatic leader named Michael Metelica Rapunzel, the group had several properties in the towns of Warwick, Gill and elsewhere in Massachusetts. In the mid seventies the group would soon start to change directions and thus changed their name to Community Renaissance. By the mid 80s the group would be fractured due to different ideologies as well as banning the founder (Metelica Rapunzel) from all of their properties.

The commune would entertain many members and their children over the years and that included many transients and locals that often had violent tendencies. In September of 1973, a member of the group named Peter Luban was murdered. The 18 year old had worked at the Whatley Diner and is believed to have been murdered as he hitch hiked to his home to 88 Main Street in the town of Northfield.  His body was found about thirty five feet behind a rest stop on Interstate 91 in the town of Deerfield, a few towns south of  the Vermont border.  Lubbans died from being stabbed in the throat. It was rumored that he may have been killed by locals that were upset with the presence of the commune in their community.  However, that has never been proven and to date, no one has even been identified as the killer of the young man.

Years earlier on January 1st, 1967, the body of 13 year old teenager Stephen Bak was found beaten to death in a snow gully at a Rest Stop on Interstate 91 in Whately.  The murder of the Northampton resident is not believed to be connected to Lubens.  His case also remains unsolved.