November 9, 2015 |
Homicide detectives were continuing their investigation Saturday into the shooting deaths of a man and woman discovered inside an SUV on Friday afternoon in East Fairmount Park. Police said that based on interviews with family members, the two - a 25-year-old African American man and a 32-year-old Hispanic woman - evidently had been dating. Maintenance workers removing trash from a gazebo on the grounds of the Lemon Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park found the grisly scene while checking on a white Toyota Sequoia parked on the grass about 2:40 p.m. Friday.
November 8, 2015 |
The maintenance workers who arrived at Lemon Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park on Friday afternoon to pick up the trash thought little of the white Toyota Sequoia parked on the lawn when they pulled up. Confused park visitors, they figured, who didn't know they weren't allowed to park on the grass. One of the workers walked over to tell whoever was inside to move the car - and that's when he saw that the SUV's back window had been blown out. Then the workers peered through the shattered glass into the vehicle and saw the bodies of a man and a woman sprawled on the backseat.
October 15, 2015 |
AMBER CRANE began Monday morning by playing the Facebook game "Criminal Case," wherein she virtually investigated crime scenes and murders to pass the time. By the end of the night, Crane, 27, was in the middle of a real crime scene when three armed men broke into the Kingsessing home she shared with Tony Harris and shot him to death in front of two of the couple's three young children. Now police are investigating the possibility that a Facebook photo that Harris posted Oct. 5 - of Crane holding several large stacks of cash with a caption that read "I misplaced $60,000.
September 6, 2015 |
CHAOS CUT THROUGH the humidity of Friday night, deadly gunfire that caught one man among a crowd of hundreds on South Street. The incident happened just after 8 p.m., as throngs of people lined up outside the Theatre of the Living Arts, on South near 3rd, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Lil Durk, a Chicago-based rapper, was set to perform at the venue, when a scuffle broke out among a group of men near the front door. Officers assigned to South Street saw the violence and then heard the subsequent gunshots.
August 7, 2015 |
THE PROSECUTOR in Aaron Fitzpatrick's murder trial began her opening statement yesterday by describing the case as unusual. Just nine hours after Fitzpatrick, 22, allegedly shot his girlfriend in the back of her head in her South Philadelphia home, he went to the police and confessed to her murder, Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore told a Common Pleas jury. His girlfriend, Tiffany Gillespie, 24, was five months' pregnant. Her unborn child died shortly after Gillespie was shot.
July 26, 2015 |
A man who killed his father in 1982 was charged Friday with the rape and murder of Jasmine Wright, a recent Drexel University graduate who was found dead last week in her West Philadelphia apartment. James Harris, 56, had worked as a maintenance man at Wright's apartment building, Homicide Capt. James Clark said Friday. Harris was fired from his job there a week before Wright's death, but still had keys to the building. Wright, 27, was found dead, apparently strangled and beaten, on July 16 in her third-floor apartment on the 200 block of South 50th Street.
July 2, 2015 |
A PAIR OF faded chalk circles, marking the spot where shell casings tumbled to the ground, were the only reminders yesterday of a nightmare in West Oak Lane. A 32-year-old pregnant woman was shot in the back about 10:15 Monday night on Thouron Avenue near Limekiln Pike, police said. Investigators found her inside a Dodge Caliber, leaking blood like a sieve. A 47-year-old man, believed to be her boyfriend, was on the ground nearby, bullet holes in his legs. The woman, whose name was not officially released, lost her 19-week-old fetus, police said.
June 26, 2015 |
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - They'd been learning about this place and the terrible history it holds for months. So when the Anderson Monarchs entered 16th Street Baptist Church at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, nearly the exact time a deadly bomb exploded there on Sept. 15, 1963, they did so as solemnly as mourners. Almost immediately in this place they were told was "hallowed ground," their wide eyes were drawn upward to a spot high on a sanctuary wall. There the projected faces of the four black girls killed in that horrific act 52 years ago smiled down upon them like welcoming angels.
April 16, 2015 |
IT'S UNCLEAR from court testimony who put the white towel over Lauren Fenningham's head - perhaps it was her killer, or perhaps the person who found her - but it was someone who knew that few could handle seeing what had happened to her young body. Darren Williams, 26, is on trial in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court this week for the murders of Fenningham, 18, and Sean Neal, 23, inside Neal's house on Sebring Road near Shelly in Northeast Philadelphia on Aug. 6, 2013. Williams faces the death penalty if convicted by Judge Steven Geroff, who is presiding over the bench trial.
December 23, 2014
A story Sunday about the murders of six people in Montgomery County misidentified one crime scene. Joanne Gilbert and Patricia Hill were killed in Lansdale. In addition, the research database cited did not include a 1982 case in Wilkes-Barre in which 13 people were killed.