April 21, 2013 |
OXFORD, Miss. - The stories from family and acquaintances of a Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and other officials describe a caring father and enthusiastic musician who struggled with mental illness and pursued a conspiracy theory to its farthest reaches. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, wrote numerous Web posts over the last several years describing the event he said "changed my life forever": the chance discovery of body parts and organs wrapped in plastic in small refrigerator at a hospital where he worked as a janitor more than a decade ago. He tried to talk to officials about and publicize what he claimed was an elaborate conspiracy theory to sell body parts on the black markets, but he thought he was being railroaded by the government.
March 22, 2013
Q: I was single most of my life. I raised my children alone. Throughout my life, I was frequently invited to events and attended alone. I have reached the point in my life where my daughter's friends are getting married. The problem is I got married two years ago, and I am still receiving invitations addressed only to me. I understand that when you have a catered event, the number of guests is very important. I would love to attend these special events with my husband, but I don't want to be rude.
January 21, 2013
ALGIERS, Algeria - The death toll from the terrorist siege at a natural-gas plant in the Sahara climbed to at least 81 Sunday as Algerian forces searching the refinery for explosives found dozens more bodies, many so badly disfigured it was unclear whether they were hostages or militants, a security official said. Algerian special forces stormed the plant on Saturday to end the four-day siege, moving in to thwart what government officials said was a plot by the Islamist militants to blow up the complex and kill all their hostages with mines sown throughout the site.
January 1, 2013 |
Staff Sgt. Zoltan Dobovich's family knew he died in the crash of a B-17 in the Alps on the Italian-French border on Nov. 1, 1946. And they knew remains found at the crash site the following summer were buried in a common grave at Arlington Cemetery under a tombstone listing the names of all eight Army Air Force officers and airmen killed. But they did not know whether any of the body parts recovered then or in subsequent decades as the glaciers on the Mont Blanc range retreated belonged to the radioman from Bucks County - until now. Thanks in part to some detective work by a Haddonfield genealogist, the military was able to conduct DNA testing that identified some of the remains as those of Dobovich.
November 20, 2012
NEW YORK - A New York City police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges that he plotted to abduct and cook women so he could eat their body parts. Gilberto Valle entered the plea Monday in federal court in Manhattan. Authorities arrested the 28-year-old NYPD officer last month based on a tip from his estranged wife. The FBI says it uncovered emails from Valle to an unidentified co-conspirator "discussing plans to kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat body parts of a number of women.
November 16, 2012
Laquanta Chapman, 33, of Coatesville, who was convicted Friday of murdering and butchering a Coatesville Area High School student because of a drug deal gone bad, was sentenced to death Wednesday night by a Chester County jury. "Thank you, Jesus," was the soft-voiced reaction from a cluster of family members of the slain Aaron Turner, 16, when the jury forewoman announced the sentence. Jurors deliberated from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. On Oct. 30, 2008, prosecutors charged, Chapman took Turner, who lived across the street in Coatesville, to Chapman's basement, stripped him naked, and shot him dead.
October 26, 2012 |
The body of a missing 10-month-old child has been found at the King of Prussia apartment complex where she was snatched as her grandmother tried to save her life, authorities said today. The body of Saanvi Venna was discovered at 4:30 a.m. in a basement area of the apartment building, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman. Police arrested Raghunanean Yandamuri, a family friend, who they said had sought a $50,000 ransom. Yandamuri, who lives in the same Marquis apartments complex, left a chilling ransom note.
September 26, 2012 |
MAYBE IT'S because they live just a few miles from a stone memorial to Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson's severed left arm. But when a group of residents from Virginia's Northern Neck heard that the cremated body parts of American troops had been dumped unceremoniously in a local landfill, they knew what to do: Mark the place - rotting garbage and all - as sacred ground. "People bring trash here. That's what it is, a dump," said Richard Lorey, an Army veteran who lives a few miles from the King George County Landfill just east of Fredericksburg.
August 29, 2012 |
PENSACOLA, Fla. - A former medical examiner crudely preserved human brains, hearts, and lungs in soda cups and plastic food containers found inside a storage unit in Florida, authorities said Tuesday. A man bought the contents of a storage unit at auction last week in Pensacola and made the gruesome discovery after being overpowered by a strange smell while sifting through furniture and boxes. Investigators found formaldehyde, a chemical used to embalm and preserve bodies, leaking from a 32-ounce drink cup with a cracked lid that was holding a heart, said Jeff Martin, director of the District 1 Medical Examiner's Office in Pensacola.
August 16, 2012 |
STERLING HEIGHTS, MICH. - Contractors found about a dozen pieces of human flesh and other body parts Wednesday while they were clearing debris in a sewer pipe 50 feet below a busy suburban Detroit roadway. Workers stumbled upon the parts about 8:30 a.m. while beginning their daily work in the 9-foot, 6-inch-wide pipe in Sterling Heights. "It's not like there were arms or legs, it was small pieces," said Sterling Heights Police Lt. Luke Riley. "One of the pieces has what appears to be part of a tattoo.