March 19, 2012 |
SEATTLE - With formal charges looming against his client within days, the lawyer for an Army sergeant suspected in the horrific nighttime slaughter of 16 Afghan villagers was flying Sunday to Kansas and preparing for his first face-to-face meeting with the 10-year veteran. John Henry Browne of Seattle said he planned to meet Monday with Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is being held in an isolated cell at Fort Leavenworth's military prison. Bales, 38, has not been charged in the March 11 shootings, which have endangered relations between the United States and Afghanistan and threaten to upend U.S. policy over the decade-old war. Formal charges are expected to be filed within a week, and if the case goes to court, the trial will be in the United States, said a legal expert with the U.S. military familiar with the probe.
March 28, 2011
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California woman who was convicted of killing her elderly tenants and burying them in her back yard has died in prison. State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said that Dorothea Puente, 82, died yesterday of natural causes at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla. Puente drugged her elderly tenants and stole their money. She escaped to Los Angeles while investigators were unearthing bodies at her Sacramento home in 1988, but was caught a few days later.
September 21, 1994 |
More than 200 people crowded the roll-call room at a West Philadelphia police station last night to voice their fears and demand answers about rumors that a serial killer might be targeting women in Powelton and Mantua. In voices that could barely be heard above the din of comments, questions and accusations, top police officials tried to reply. The rumors, they insisted, were just that - stories being spread with no basis in fact. Yes, one woman, Darlene Roland, 39, was found partially nude and strangled on July 6 in a building on Powelton Avenue, the officials said.
June 22, 1990 |
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer will not make a killing at the box office. Leave that profiteering to the summer blockbusters overflowing with blood and violent death. The difference between John McNaughton's incredibly chilling film and the usual serving of screen carnage is the difference between the mind of a murderer and the cynical and manipulative depiction of mindless murder. Henry is, quite simply, unforgettable. And, it should be hastily added, in some scenes almost unwatchable, even for the strong of stomach.
November 9, 1988 |
Child's Play effectively exploits every parent's nightmare that the must- have toy the kid demands is inhabited by a psycho-killer. And just in time for Christmas shopping, too! Behold the Good Guy, a three-foot-high talking doll - the perfect pal for lonesome 6-year-old boys. One such latchkey kid is Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), whose widowed mom, Karen (Catherine Hicks), works at the Chicago department store Carson Pirie Scott. All Andy wants for his birthday is a Good Guy, perhaps because the freckled, red-haired toddler-size toy spouts such reassuring platitudes as "I like to be hugged" and "I'm your friend till the end. " Little does Andy know his Good Guy intends to hug him to death, and wants to be his friend till a particularly bitter end. And naturally no one believes him when Andy says the doll is a killer.
March 2, 1988 |
Jury deliberations were to resume today in the trial of triple-murder suspect Reginald Jackson, 28, whom police described as a "serial killer. " The jury, which deliberated for about four hours yesterday, is apparently trying to resolve whether to convict Jackson of first- or second-degree murder. The panel returned to court before retiring for the night to ask Common Pleas Judge Michael R. Stiles to redefine the two degrees of murder. Jackson, of 22nd Street near Montgomery Avenue, is accused of shooting three men to death during a 10-day crime spree in 1986.
January 27, 1995 |
An anonymous appeal has prompted the state Supreme Court to review sentencing in the seven-year-old conviction of serial killer Harrison "Marty" Graham, a move that could land him on death row. The court, meeting in Philadelphia yesterday, heard argument on whether Common Pleas Court Judge Robert A. Latrone imposed a legal sentence when he ordered Graham to serve one life sentence for the first killing and imposed six consecutive death sentences for...
December 8, 2011 |
Do cinematic serial killers scare us anymore? The species has become so nearly ubiquitous in the 20 years since Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs won the Oscar for best picture, they've become toothless stock characters in pictures that try to outdo one another in body count and gore. Not so Fred West, the real-life British rapist and killer portrayed with unnerving cunning by The Wire 's Dominic West in one of the few truly terrifying serial-killer films in years, Appropriate Adult , which the Sundance Channel will telecast Saturday night at 10. A stunning 150-minute shocker, it's all the more remarkable since it doesn't show a single drop of blood.
April 17, 1998 |
It wasn't a good idea when Dutch director George Sluizer remade his creepy The Vanishing into a Hollywood thriller, and it isn't a good idea now as Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal remakes his '94 thriller Nattevagten into Nightwatch, a bit of cheap chicanery about a serial killer preying on prostitutes. I haven't seen Nattevagten (the press notes say it was a box office record-breaker in Denmark) so I can't tell you if this is a faithful remake or a Miramax-y rethink. (Technically it's Dimensions Films, Miramax's genre division.
March 19, 2004 |
At a certain point in the evolution of cinema, bright, able-bodied actors and directors are going to find better things to do with their time than rehash stylishly grim serial-killer thrillers such as Seven and The Silence of the Lambs. As Taking Lives is testament to, that time has not yet arrived. Angelina Jolie stars as Illeana Scott, an FBI profiler whose deductive skills are right up there with Sherlock Holmes' - and whose voluptuousness is right up there with, well, Angelina Jolie's.