March 23, 2007 |
In the first chapter of Karen Moncrieff's five-episode film The Dead Girl, a young woman strolling in a field encounters the corpse of a bloodied blonde. Like her counterparts in subsequent chapters, seemingly tangential figures each connected to the corpse in some way and profoundly affected by it, the woman has an out-of-body experience. Death, in its stark finality, redefines and renews her life. A challenging film populated with characters who are depressed, on antidepressants, or strung out on mood-altering drugs, The Dead Girl is a downer with resonance.
December 7, 1996 |
A teen-age girl killed Thursday night in a North Philadelphia automobile accident that also took the life of another passenger was under custody of the city Department of Human Services. A second teen-age girl also under DHS custody was in critical condition yesterday as a result of the accident. Both girls had run away from the Carson Valley School, a Montgomery County group home for dependent children, on Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown. The school's director, John Taaffe, said neither girl returned to the school after the Thanksgiving holiday.
August 22, 2001 |
Police have identified three suspects in last week's early-morning street shooting in South Philadelphia that killed a 15-year-old girl and wounded five people. None of the three - Steve Henden and Rafeeq Smith, both 22, and Felix Summers, 21, all city residents - was in custody last night, and police were asking for the public's help in tracking them down. "These males, naturally, are to be considered armed and dangerous, and we're asking for anyone with information to contact Homicide," Lt. Richard Ross said at an afternoon news conference.
September 1, 1998 |
Amanda Wheeler burst into tears Sunday night as she studied the dark-skinned girl with the bangs and chipped tooth on a gurney in the city morgue. It wasn't her daughter, Candesha, 14, who has been missing since Saturday. Still, "I can't seem to get her out of my mind," Wheeler said of the dead girl, during an interview at her house yesterday. "It's really eerie. "A sheet was over her up to her breast. She didn't have no scars. She looked so still. She looked so peaceful.
November 24, 2001 |
Dead girl, injured woman found at AC casino garage A dead girl and critically injured woman were found yesterday afternoon by an Atlantic City casino employee in the fifth floor of the parking garage of the Trump Taj Mahal. The girl, between 5 and 8 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene about 3:30 p.m. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death. The woman was taken to Atlantic City Medical Center where she was in critical condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.
August 23, 1999 |
Constance Roberts, the operator of an unlicensed West Oak Lane day-care facility where a 4-month-old girl was killed, was ordered held without bail yesterday on charges of first-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child. Roberts surrendered to police Saturday, denying any part in the infant's death. She said she fell asleep in front of a TV set and found the dead girl in the arms of a 3-year-old child when she awoke. A preliminary hearing for Roberts was scheduled for Sept.
August 14, 2009 |
A fire ripped through the top floors of a South Philadelphia rowhouse early yesterday, killing a girl and injuring six other people, officials said. Sharonne Harris, 40, who lived in the house at 1920 Carpenter St. with seven of her children, said her 11-year-old daughter, Masha Harmond, was killed. Harris, who was treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said four of her children remained hospitalized in various conditions. Some had escaped by jumping out of windows, Harris and officials said.
August 13, 1999 |
Vincent Pratt refuses to take responsibility for his 2-year-old daughter's death on July 15. He says he merely bounced the girl a little and smacked her once. "I'm sorry," Pratt, 30, of 3rd Street near Somerville Avenue, told Homicide Detective Ivan Pitt, "I didn't mean to do anything to cause her any injuries. " Assistant District Attorney Arlene Fisk said Pratt, a maintenance man, killed his daughter. She said he battered her to death. Yesterday, before Pratt was ordered to stand trial on a murder charge at a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Felice R. Stack, Fisk said little Dahlia Rogers died of "multiple blunt injuries.
June 18, 1997 |
A 24-year-old Lindenwold man already caught in a web of sexual assaults pleaded guilty yesterday to murdering his former girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter because the toddler wet her pants. Camden County prosecutors had sought the death penalty against Jerome Fooks, of the 2000 block of the South White Horse Pike, because authorities said he also had raped the little girl when he killed her on July 13, 1994. Acting Camden County Prosecutor Lee A. Solomon said yesterday that his office had agreed not to seek the death penalty and to drop other charges if Fooks pleaded guilty to felony murder and accepted a possible sentence of life in prison.
August 28, 1990 |
Two canoe paddles were propped against a wall in a shuttered secondhand store in Kensington yesterday. The last time that neighbors saw the canoe that went with the paddles, it was tied to the top of a car bound for a Sunday family outing. Yesterday morning, the bodies of the 45-year-old Kensington shop owner and his 4-year-old daughter were recovered from the Schuylkill, half a mile west of Flat Rock Park in Lower Merion Township. They were killed in an accident about 6 p.m. Sunday when the canoe, with seven people aboard, was capsized by waves from a passing motorcraft, Lower Merion Police Capt.