Friday, September 25, 2009
Atkins died at 11:46 p.m. PT Thursday (2:46 a.m. Friday ET) at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, said Terry Thornton with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Atkins, California's longest-serving female inmate, was suffering from terminal brain cancer. Since she entered prison in 1971, she became a born-again Christian who worked to help at-risk youth, victims of violent crimes and homeless children, among others, according to a Web site maintained by her attorney and husband, James Whitehouse.
But Atkins was best known for her actions in 1969 when as a 21-year-old she and other Manson family members participated in seven murders over two days, a rampage that terrorized Los Angeles.
By her own admission, Atkins held Tate, who was the eight months' pregnant, down as the 26-year-old actress pleaded for mercy, stabbing her 16 times. In a 1993 parole board hearing, Atkins said Tate "asked me to let her baby live. ... I told her I didn't have any mercy on her."
After stabbing Tate to death, Atkins -- known in the family as Sadie Mae Glutz -- scrawled the word "pig" in blood on the door of the home Tate shared with her husband, director Roman Polanski, according to historical accounts of the murders.
Polanski was not home at the time, but three of Tate's houseguests -- Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring and Voytek Frykowski -- were killed. Also slain was teenager Steven Parent, who was visiting the home's caretaker in his cottage out back.
All of those involved -- Manson, Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles "Tex" Watson -- were convicted in connection with the five deaths that night and the killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the following night. Atkins also was convicted in the earlier murder of music teacher Gary Hinman.
They were all sentenced to death. But their sentences were automatically commuted to life in prison when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the nation's death penalty laws in 1972.
Atkins' brain cancer was diagnosed in March 2008, Whitehouse wrote on his Web site. On May 15, 2008, doctors predicted she would live less than six months. But she passed that deadline, he wrote, and celebrated her 21st wedding anniversary on December 7.
In July 2008, Atkins requested a "compassionate release" from the California Board of Parole Hearings. It was denied by unanimous decision. Her request was opposed by Tate's sister, Debra, Los Angeles County prosecutors and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others.
On September 2, a panel from the Board of Parole Hearings denied Atkins' suitability for parole in a hearing, her 13th. Atkins' hospital bed was wheeled into the hearing room for the proceeding, and she appeared to sleep through much of it. For her statement, her husband helped her deliver the 23rd Psalm. She spoke in a high, cracked voice.
During the roughly six-hour-long hearing, Debra Tate asked the board commissioners not to free Atkins.
"There has never been any hate in my heart for these people," she said. "I am incapable of hating. I commend them -- always have commended them -- for their good deeds that they have managed to accomplish within the walls of confinement. However, I do believe that the death of my sister, my nephew -- which would be turning 40 years old right now, this week -- is not an irrelevant cause."
Atkins was described as a model prisoner who accepted responsibility for her crime, but Tate said Atkins had never offered her an apology.
Sebring's nephew, Anthony DiMaria, also spoke at the parole suitability hearing. "I feel genuine compassion for Ms. Atkins as she deals with this disease," he told parole commissioners, "but in no way should an illness dealt by fate mitigate punishment for crimes of this magnitude."
Atkins was housed in the California Institution for Women at Frontera until May 2008 when her declining health prompted a move to Central California Women's Facility. On his Web site, Whitehouse wrote that as of spring 2009, Atkins was paralyzed over 85 percent of her body and could not sit up in bed or even be moved into a wheelchair.
Like most of the other former Manson family members, Atkins shunned Manson during her incarceration. "He is a liar, a con artist, a physical abuser of women and children, a psychological and emotional abuser of human beings, a thief, a dope pusher, a kidnaper, a child stealer, a pimp, a rapist and a child molester," she wrote in a manuscript posted on her Web site.
"I can attest to all of these things with my own eyes. And he was all of these things before he was a murderer."
Atkins gave birth to a son while living at Spahn Ranch, an old movie set, with other members of the Manson family. While she was on death row, she wrote, he was legally taken from her because no one in her family was willing to raise him.
"His name and identity have been changed and sealed, so I have no idea where he is or how he is doing," she wrote. "I have since been told his name was changed to Paul, and whether or not that is true I like it. ... My continuing separation from my son, even after all these years, remains an incredibly poignant and enduring loss."
Ironically, Sharon Tate planned to name her unborn son Paul. The gravestone bears the inscription Paul Richard Polanski.
Police say the man, identified as Wesley Stuart Brown, approached the boy playing outside Thursday afternoon in Paul's Park Trailer Park off Warwick Boulevard. The suspect then put the child in a wagon and walked off right in front of the toddler's grandmother, Angie Craig.
The grandmother's screams got the neighborhood's attention and neighbors surrounded the man. Police say two women drove up and took the child from Brown and put him in their car until police arrived.
William Rhodes, on his way home from work, heard Brown say, "I'm not going to jail. Everything's ok. He wants to go with me! He wants to go with me!"
Officers got the young boy to safety and took the man into custody.
Craig said, "When [the neighbors] found out what was going on, they all came running because that's what they do here. And they do it every time, especially when it's a child."
Brown is charged with one count of Abduction.
The grandmother told police she did not know the suspect and did not know why he had taken the child.
Of the neighbors who helped protect her grandson, Craig said, "Words can't describe how much I appreciate what everyone did for me today."
It was August 10, 1990. Schuett was 8 years old and lived alone with her mother in the first floor of an apartment complex in Dickinson, Texas. The bedroom windows faced the parking lot.
Investigators were never able to identify a suspect, but new DNA testing may change that.
CNN normally does not identify victims of sexual assaults. But Schuett wants to go public with her story-- and her name-- to increase the chances of finding and prosecuting her attacker.
"It's not about me anymore," she explained. "It's about all the little girls that go to sleep at night. I know there are so many girls out there who have been raped and hurt. You have to fight back."
For that, Schuett, 27, is relying on her voice, her memory and advances in DNA testing.
"I remember everything; I've always wanted to remember everything, so I can find the person that did this," Schuett told CNN during a phone interview. "If I had blocked this out of my memory, the investigation wouldn't have come this far. I'm a fighter."
Schuett says she was alone in her bed when a man came creeping in through the window. She remembers waking up in a stranger's arms as he carried her across a dark parking lot.
"When I opened my eyes, his face was the first thing I saw and he covered my face and mouth," she said. "He ran with me to his car. He told me he was an undercover cop and that he knew my family. He seemed calm -- not nervous, not aggressive."
After they left the parking lot, he drove her through the streets of Dickinson, Texas, pulling into a mechanic shop next to her elementary school.
"Watch the moon. The moon will change colors and that is when your mom will come to get you," she recalled him saying. "Oh, it looks like she is not coming."
Schuett said he drove her to an overgrown field next to the school and raped her.
"He had a knife to my throat and touched my face and offered me Reese's pieces," she said. "I was scared but I knew I couldn't be fast enough to get away. Cars would drive by but I couldn't get away to get help."
She believes she passed out. "I woke up to him dragging me by my ankles," she said. "I felt thorns ripping the skin off my back. I would see him turn to look at me and I would play dead."
She passed out again, and awoke at daybreak. "I remember feeling dew around me and I couldn't figure out why when I screamed I couldn't hear myself," said Schuett.
She lay naked on top on an ant hill with her throat slashed from ear to ear, and her voice box torn.
Much later, she said, "I heard children playing hide and seek. That is when one of the kids tripped over my foot," said Schuett.
She was found at 6 p.m. on a hot August day. She had been lying in the field for nearly 12 hours. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
"Three days after the attack, I started giving a description. The doctors told me I would never be able to talk again, but I proved them all wrong," said Schuett. She believes she got her voice back so she could tell her story.
"I never wanted to play the victim role. I wanted to be a strong survivor," she said.
But the attack left its mark. "For the first two years, I had nightmares and was scared," she said. "But I never wanted sympathy. ... If I had given up, he would have won, and I wanted to show him: 'You didn't win.' "
Shuettt said she is now "on a manhunt."
Houston FBI Special Agent Richard Rennison is one of the lead investigators in the case, along with Dickinson police Detective Tim Cromie.
Both men were discussing the case, when Rinacin received a memo from the FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team, saying they were looking for cold child abduction cases that could be retested for DNA evidence. The Schuett case was one of the cases selected.
Rinacin, who has 10 years of experience in child abduction cases, said he has never seen a case like Schuett's.
"This is the only one that I can think of that the victim has suffered some traumatic injuries and survived," he said, "The main reason the CARD team picked this case was because she was alive. In cases of child abduction it is rare that the child is recovered alive. Frequently you recover a body and most times you never find them." Schuett is a living witness who can help put the pieces together.
The investigators found evidence collected 19 years ago, which can be retested. It includes the underwear and pajamas Schuett was wearing, as well as a man's underwear and T-shirt, which were found in the field where Schuett was left for dead.
The clothes were tested in 1990, but the sample wasn't large enough for conclusive results. But now, modern techniques allow DNA to be isolated from a single human cell.
Once they get back the DNA results -- "any time now," Schuett said -- they will run them through the FBI's criminal database and see if they get a match.
The FBI has also offered a $10,000 reward for information that could lead to a break in the case. And last weekend Schuett appeared in "America's Most Wanted," which resulted in several leads from viewers who called in with information.
"Someone might remember something about that night," Schuett said. "Dickinson is a really small community. Everybody knows everybody. I know someone in town knows something."
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
According to the Palatka Daily News, Croslin, Jr. made the claim during questioning last week at the Putnam County Jail.
His statement contradicts his sister's story.
Misty Cummings said she was babysitting Haleigh that night. She said she went to sleep, but when she woke up, Haleigh was gone.
Croslin, Jr. told investigators he went to the house about 10 p.m. at the request of Ronald Cummings, Haleigh's father.
He said he had been trying to reach Misty by telephone for two hours, but his calls went unanswered.
So Croslin, Jr. went to the house, but no one was home.
MAHWAH, N.J. (WPIX) - Authorities are looking for the estranged husband of a woman who was stabbed then run over, and left for dead in a Rockland County hotel parking lot Friday morning.
Police say the woman was stabbed then dumped in the lot of the Sheraton Crossroads in Mahwah off Route 17, shortly before 9am. She reportedly sustained further injuries after being run over a vehicle, police said.
The woman was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition, after hotel guests found her motionless and called police. The Record of Bergen County reports that the victim still had a pulse when emergency responders arrived to the scene.
Sources tell PIX News that the brutal attack was the result of a domestic dispute.
At this hour, police are searching for a blue sports utility vehicle.
The couple reportedly have two children and live in Valley Cottage. Police found the couple's two children safe at their school in Rockland County. The school has been placed on lockout as a precaution as police search for the children's father.
Stay with PIX News for updates to this developing story.
Police obtained a warrant overnight to arrest Mesac Damas, 33, on suspicion of six counts of first-degree murder, the Collier County, Florida, Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "This warrant was obtained based on information and evidence collected thus far in the investigation and statements made by Damas to a federal agent after his detention in Haiti," the statement said.
The body of Damas' wife, Guerline Damas, 32, was found Saturday in the family's North Naples, Florida, home, along with those of the couple's five children -- Michzach, 9; Marven, 6; Maven, 5; Megan, 3; and Morgan, 11 months, police said.
Authorities have not said how the five were killed, but Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk described the scene as "horrific."
Police released few new details in the case at a Tuesday news conference, except to say they think the killings were premeditated. They added that under the law, "premeditated" does not necessarily mean a crime was planned far in advance.
Damas was last seen about 9 p.m. Thursday at the Naples restaurant where he was employed as a cook, authorities said. On Friday, he is thought to have arrived at Miami International Airport about 7 a.m. He boarded a flight for Haiti about 10 a.m., Rambosk said. His car was found at the airport. He purchased a one-way ticket to Haiti, police said Tuesday.
Police had asked the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for help in finding Damas. The FBI's legal attaché in the Dominican Republic notified Collier County authorities that a man believed to be Damas was taken into custody Monday by the Haitian National Police.
"Information obtained by CCSO shows Damas was found hiding near a hotel in the capital city of Port-au-Prince," a sheriff's statement said Tuesday.
The judge who signed the warrant ordered that Damas be held without bond upon his return to Collier County, authorities said. If convicted of six counts of first-degree murder, Damas could face life in prison or the death penalty.
Collier County investigators are traveling to Port-au-Prince on Tuesday to interview Damas, the statement said.
Rambosk said authorities are looking into two options to return Damas to Florida: following the normal extradition process, or having him deported from Haiti, since he is a U.S. citizen.
Mesac and Guerline Damas had a history of domestic violence, police said. Mesac Damas was arrested in January, and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery charges against his wife in June. Police said they did not believe he served any jail time, and did not think a restraining order was currently in place regarding the couple.
However, an arrest warrant was issued Monday for Damas on charges of violating probation stemming from the January arrest.
The Damases had been married about 10 years, Rambosk said. He did not know how long they had lived in Naples.
The six bodies were found about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a day after police had visited the home to check on the family, Collier County sheriff's Capt. Chris Roberts said.
A family member asked police to conduct a welfare check on the home Friday, saying a resident there had not been heard from, Roberts said. Responding officers knocked on the door and got no answer, he said, but they saw nothing that aroused their suspicions.
The following morning, the family member became more concerned and filed a missing persons report, Rambosk said. Later, authorities requested a key to the house from property management, as well as authorization to enter.
Rambosk said Tuesday the victims' family members are "extremely emotional and distraught."
Susan Paget marveled at the eerie red view from the balcony of her apartment in Manly, a suburb of Sydney, and said she took the day off work to avoid the dust storm mess.
"It just feels dirty and rusty," Paget told CNN. "It was totally bizarre to wake up around 5:30 a.m. and see such a red bizarre sky."
A video Paget submitted to CNN's iReport showed thick haze, which made it difficult to see her neighbors' homes. Watch Paget's updated iReport
Health officials in Sydney warned residents to stay in indoors if possible, especially if they had asthma or heart and lung conditions.
"Avoid spending too much time outdoors due to the high particle levels and hazardous air quality," the New South Wales Department of Heath Web site said.
The Ambulance Service of New South Wales said the dust storm had kept it busy with emergency calls.
"We have already seen an increase in calls to people suffering from asthma and other respiratory problems," the agency said in a statement.
iReporter Mark Clarke told CNN he woke up earlier than usual with a stuffy nose and cough at his home in Stanmore, a suburb of Sydney.
He pulled the curtains back and saw a "strange red orangish glow coming from outside."
"It feels and smells like a vacuum cleaner exploded," he said.
The country's bureau of meterology attributed the red haze to strong north-westerly winds which blew the dust overnight to Sydney and regions west of the capital.
During the day, the dust blanket moved north onto the Queensland capital of Brisbane.
The bureau of meterology's senior forecaster Tony Auden told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the haze was likely to continue moving north.
"It should make its way up into the Sunshine Coast and into those Capricornia and central coast areas soon," he said. "For the south-east expect it to probably linger for the rest of today and hopefully settle out of the air overnight."
See images of the dust storm »
"He feels he can speak to you and me and everyone else using this box," said Garrido's friend and former business client, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"He was a whack job, but he was a whack job who sounded like he had a really good heart," the friend added.
Garrido and his wife, Nancy, were arrested last month and charged on more than two dozen counts, including kidnapping and rape.
Authorities say the Garridos held Jaycee Dugard, 29, captive for nearly two decades in their backyard. Both have pleaded not guilty. Authorities have said Garrido, a registered sex offender, fathered Dugard's two children.
A few days before his arrest, Garrido delivered some documents touting the device to the FBI.
The black box is simple, with a handle, a metal switch and jacks for plugging in headphones. But it provides some insight into the mind of 58-year-old Garrido.
Garrido told his friend and customers of his printing business that the box allowed him to communicate without speaking.
"He would move his lips and not speak ... and you would be able to hear his voice through the headphones," the friend said.
Three years ago, Garrido demonstrated the box for clients of his printing business. The clients, some of them at least, went along with his claims for the device.
"I didn't want to tell him you're a kook and you don't know what you're talking about," said Tim Allen, who owns a glass shop in Antioch.
Even so, Allen and several other former Garrido clients signed declarations saying the device worked.
"People believe in things. I didn't think it was my place to shoot him down," Allen said.
Garrido so believed in the power of his invention that he wanted to have the device patented, so he solicited the help of a private investigator last year.
"He was speaking normal, dressed normal, acting normal," said Ralph Hernandez, who spent 30 years in law enforcement before becoming an independent private investigator.
Hernandez said he agreed to help Garrido verify the testimonials that the product actually worked, but he never saw the box. Garrido told him it would be best if he didn't, the investigator said.
Hernandez said he provided all the requested information to Garrido.
"This was like the last part before he would take whatever he had had to a lawyer to prepare for patenting," Hernandez said.
Documents obtained by CNN include a news release that Garrido produced:
"A Bay area man has made a major discovery concerning the phenomenon of voice," the release says, accompanied by a photograph of Garrido. Read the news release
Though it's not known whether Garrido hired a patent attorney, there's no record at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of a patent application or a patent granted to him. But 48 hours before he was arrested, Garrido gave the device to his friend for safekeeping.
"I can only guess that he knew something bad was going to happen,'' he said.
Meanwhile, investigators will begin excavating part of the Garridos' California property Monday afternoon after two sheriff's dogs trained to find human remains alerted authorities of possible buried bones, officials said.
The search is in the same area as a canine alert last week, said Lt. Chris Orrey of the Hayward, California, police department. Ground-penetrating radar also found an "anomaly" in that area, Orrey said Monday.
Investigators have already found bone fragments at the property in unincorporated Contra Costa County but have not said whether they are human.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
From New York Times, Published: January 22, 1983
"The seven people who were fatally injured Wednesday in a fiery crash of a tractor-trailer and four cars at the Stratford tollbooth on the Connecticut Turnpike were all women and children, the state police said today.
Positive identification was delayed until dental and medical records could be checked at the State Medical Examiner's office in Farmington.
According to the police, the six people killed instantly in the crash were Tammy Bartron, 18 years old, and her brother, Joseph Piscitelli, 6, both of Milford; Maria Kaliska, 55, of Milford; Edith Martin, 29, and her son, Patrick, 8 months, of Stratford, and Fiona L. Johnson, 29, of Bridgeport.
A seventh victim, Brian Thall, 5, of Milford, a passenger in the Bartron car, died Wednesday night at Bridgeport Hospital. Adam Berluti, a state police spokesman, said the investigation into the accident was continuing. He said the driver of the truck, Charles L. Kluttz, 35, of Cooleemee, N.C., was too weak to be interviewed after surgery Wednesday. Two other people - Warren Lutzel of Rhode Island and Mark Piscitelli, 3, brother of Joseph - were treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital Wednesday.
"The L'Ambiance Plaza collapse was one of the worst disasters in modern Connecticut history. L'Ambiance Plaza was a 16-story residential project under construction in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Its partially erect frame completely collapsed on April 23, 1987, killing 28 construction workers.
Failure was possibly due to high concrete stresses on the floor slabs by the placement process resulting in cracking ending in a type of punch through failure. There was a school of thought that this accident highlighted the deficiencies of the lift slab construction technique[clarification needed]. This accident prompted a major nationwide federal investigation into this construction technique as well as a temporary moratorium of its use in Connecticut."
A jury in Miami, Florida finds vocalist Jim Morrison guilty of profanity and indecent exposure for taking his penis out at a Doors concert in Coconut Grove the previous year.
Sep 20 1973
A Beechcraft D-18 charter plane crashes into a tree near Natchitoches, Louisiana, killing singer/songwriter Jim Croce, his lead guitarist, and the entire flight crew.
Sep 20 1986
Officials in Latvia test the structural integrity of a 40-year-old bridge by driving 14 heavy vehicles containing gravel on top of it. A 250-foot span of the bridge collapses, killing ten people.
Sep 20 1989
A jury finds Richard Ramirez ("The Night Stalker") guilty of 43 counts, including 13 murders and assorted incidents of burglary, rape, and sodomy. Ramirez terrorized Southern California during a string of murders, sexual attacks and burglaries. He would scrawl a pentacle in his victim's blood on the wall of each crime scene.
Sep 20 1992
Nine months prior to the infamous Bobbitt incident, a Los Angeleno named Aurelia Macias castrates her husband with a pair of scissors. Macias is found innocent by reason of insanity, and the case never generates much publicity. [It turns out that such deeds are not uncommon in certain third world countries, notably Thailand and the Philippines.]
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Phillip Paul was able to elude a massive manhunt in Spokane County, Washington, after escaping on Thursday, a spokesman for the sheriff's department said.
Though Paul had been confined in a mental institution because of a murder confession, he was allowed to be part of a trip to a county fair Thursday.
Paul, 47, escaped from the fair around noon, which launched the massive manhunt and brought criticism from many, including state government officials. Sheriff's officials told CNN affiliate KREM-TV that Paul also escaped briefly in 1991 and assaulted a law enforcement officer.
A review has been launched on the incident along with the policy that allows patients to take trips, said Susan Dreyfus, secretary of the state's Department of Social and Health Services.
Dreyfus said she was concerned about Paul's escape and another recent brief escape by a patient at a different local mental facility.
"These incidents, separate and coincidental, have raised serious questions about the security readiness of our two state psychiatric hospitals," Dreyfus said.
Paul was committed to Eastern State Hospital after admitting he strangled and slit the throat of community activist Ruth Motley in 1987, KREM-TV reported. According to court documents obtained by KREM, Paul believed Motley was a witch and killed her in response to voices in his head.
He subsequently burned a deer carcass as a sacrifice, according the documents.
The extent of Paul's illness was disturbing even to mental health professionals, KREM reported.
"He's the only paranoid schizophrenic -- I've seen hundreds, maybe thousands of them -- that frightened me," Dr. Frank Hardy, a licensed psychiatrist, says in one of the documents, according to KREM. "The first time I took one look at him -- and I've never done this before or since -- I asked the jailer to remain in the room while I examined him.
"I believe he would respond to his delusions and his voices again" if released, Hardy wrote.
But Paul "Coyote" Neumann, a disc jockey at Spokane radio station Kix 96-FM, has an entirely different view of the escapee. Neumann has known Paul for 12 years through volunteering at the hospital and correspondence by mail.
Paul is a talented artist, Neumann told KREM-TV.
"I was just amazed by his ability. I always took him as a savant," Neumann said. "I never knew that he had murdered somebody until three or four or five years later."
Neumann described Paul as a "gentle soul."
"I've never seen him raise his voice; I've never seen him get frustrated; I've never seen nothing but kindness from him," he told KREM.
"I get mixed emotions because I do see the sweet, softer side of this individual, but I've never seen him unsupervised, I've never seen him not medicated," Neumann said. "But that's not to say in another 12, 15, 20 hours without those medications that he doesn't revert to those demons."
Authorities report that the operator of the ill-fated tour boat drowned himself in the Adirondack lake that claimed the lives of 19 Michigan residents and one person from Ohio.
The Associated Press reported that divers recovered the body of 44-year-old Matthew Quirk of Queensbury on Saturday from Lake George, 50 miles north of Albany. The death was ruled a suicide.
Divers searched the lake Saturday after a boat owned by Shoreline Marina was found adrift. Quirk had taken the boat out himself.
Joyce Chapman, 75; Earl Hawley, 76; and Francis Wrock, 87, lost their lives after the 40-foot Ethan Allen capsized in Lake George on the afternoon of Oct. 2, 2005.
Fourteen senior citizens from the Trenton Travelers club were on a fall color tour of the region when the boat overturned on the narrow lake, killing 20 of its 47 elderly passengers.
Among the 27 survivors were 11 other members of the Trenton Travelers, composed of Trenton and Gibraltar residents. The group’s coordinator, Margaret Kidon of Trenton, survived.
Quirk’s family owned the Ethan Allen, which was believed to have been rocked by a wake from a boat or multiple boats. A grand jury heard conflicting testimony from survivors. Some said there was no wave; others said there were 6- to 8-inch waves.
The National Transportation Safety Board concluded in 2006 that the 40-foot boat was dangerously unstable because of structural changes done over the years and should have carried fewer passengers.
State and federal weight limits have since been modified.
The Quirk family’s company, Shoreline Cruises, recently settled lawsuits by family members of 17 victims for an undisclosed sum.
In March 2007, Shoreline and boat Capt. Richard Paris each pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge, admitting there were not enough crewmembers aboard the Ethan Allen.
State navigation law required at least two crewmembers, but Paris was alone. Paris and the company each were fined $250, and Paris agreed to serve more than 200 hours of community service instead of 15 days in jail.
"Laugh-In" actor was known to me by his awesome role in "Burbs", with Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, etc.
Yet another lovable celebrity that's died of cancer this year...
You will be missed. =[
Friday, September 18, 2009
Either a plea deal or charges are possible for the man, identified as Najibullah Zazi, the official said.
A spokeswoman for Zazi's attorney said Zazi began meeting in Denver with the FBI at 9 a.m. Friday for the third consecutive day, and was still there by nightfall. Zazi's father Mohammed met for three hours Friday afternoon with the FBI, then returned to his home.
The alleged terrorist plot, which came to light this week after raids in New York, may have been targeting a major transportation center, such as a large railroad or subway station, sources close to the investigation told CNN on Thursday.
There were plans for an attack, presumably in the New York area, where crowds are large and security screening for travelers who are not flying is lax, the sources said.
"While DHS and FBI have no information regarding the timing, location or target of any planned attack, we believe it is prudent to remind transit authorities to remain vigilant," the Department of Homeland Security said Friday in a written statement.
Two sources familiar with the investigation said that Zazi had video of New York's Grand Central Terminal, a massive junction of rail and subway lines, as well as shops and restaurants, through which pass a half-million people per day.
A former counterterrorism official briefed on the investigation said bomb instructions were found but could not say where. (rest of article)
HOW CAN WE POSSIBLY THANK YOU... FOR PLANNING TO KILL OUR INNOCENT, OUR WOMEN, OUR CHILDREN, OUR BABIES?
He's actually mentally disabled to a certain extent, but it's so hard to tell in basic conversation- to me, he just seemed a bit nagging-like, and attention seeking, and yet he's very high functioning, and can drive, just has the handicapped-sticker.
Authorities will use ground-penetrating radar equipment on Friday to examine the area, and "we will eventually be digging in that location," said Hayward police Lt. Chris Orrey.
The Garridos face a combined 29 felony counts in the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, then 11, from South Lake Tahoe, California. Authorities believe the couple held Dugard in a hidden compound behind their home for 18 years and have said Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, fathered her two children.
On Tuesday, police from Hayward and Dublin, California, began executing search warrants simultaneously on the Garrido property and an adjacent property to which Garrido had access.
They are seeking any evidence in the 1988 abduction of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht of Hayward and the 1989 disappearance of 13-year-old Ilene Misheloff of Dublin. Both agencies have said that while Garrido has not been named a suspect in either case, he cannot be eliminated as a suspect.
On Wednesday, authorities said they had found bones on the Garrido property as well as the adjacent property but do not know whether they are animal or human. The bones are being analyzed, Orrey said on Thursday, and no new information was available about them.
In addition, a bone fragment was found on the adjacent property last week. Police said it was probably human, and it is being tested at the state DNA lab.
Police said the spot that the dogs showed interest in was in "open ground" on the Garrido property. The first dog gave a tentative indication of something there, so the second dog was brought in and made a more definite indication, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson of Alameda County Sheriff's Office. The dogs, which undergo between six months and a year of training, are trained to find human remains.
It is possible for the dogs to give "false positives," Nelson said -- a reason why the second dog was brought in. However, since both dogs showed interest, going forward with the other methods is recommended, he said.
Orrey said the digging could begin as soon as Friday, but was not sure when it would occur.
Police have disassembled some horse sheds and a deck on the properties, Orrey said, and plan to overturn the concrete slabs they were built on in order to have the dogs check the spots out. There are other slabs on the property as well, she said, some of which are "randomly placed" and "piqued our interest," she said.
Authorities have seized documents from the home, apparently some writings by Garrido -- "it appears he was a pretty prolific writer," Orrey said.
Police also have taken some things for Jaycee and her family, and "a few things we want to take a second look at," she said, adding, "nothing compelling so far has been taken." Officers are "doing a lot of photo-documentation" in case anything turns out to be connected to another case, she said.
The operation may wrap up midweek next week, Orrey said. The home is in unincorporated Contra Costa County, near Antioch, California.
Meanwhile, officials at Contra Costa County Animal Services Department said Dugard and her daughters will be reunited with pets taken from the Garrido home after he and his wife were arrested in late August -- five cats, two dogs, three cockatiels, a pigeon, a white mouse and a parakeet.
Officials said the animals appeared to be well cared-for. It was unclear when Dugard would get them back.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Oneida County Undersheriff M. Peter Paravati says the paperwork says no extra security will be needed for her, and State Police also tell Action News that they have no plans for extra security for the now-60 year old woman who's done 34 years in prison for pointing a gun at then-President Gerald Ford back in 1975.
Undersheriff Paravati says because Ford is dead, the perceived threat is lessened. Fromme will, however, have to report her whereabouts to federal prison authorities.
Many Marcy area residents we spoke with were ok with her becoming a neighbor. "If she served her time," George Herder told us, "either put her back in prison or leave her alone."
Fromme was a follower of cult muderer Charles Manson, though she was never charged with his killing sprees. As for why she's moving here, Undersheriff Paravati says he has no idea, but 'Marcy is a nice place to live.'
Her name is Samantha Michelle Nance.
Unlike the recent high-profile homicide of Yale University graduate student Annie Le, the death of the 20-year-old Dallas woman, known as Shelley to her friends, has captured virtually no media attention outside Texas.
Nance, a third-year student at the Art Institute of Dallas, was found stabbed to death Saturday in her apartment.
She was majoring in animation, with about a year to go before getting her bachelor's degree, said Sarah Stockton, public relations director at the school.
The institute is "a design, media arts, fashion and culinary post-secondary school," according to its Web site.
"She was a very talented animation student," Stockton said. "She actually won a scholarship for her work when she was still in high school." Nance beat out about 60 other applicants to win the partial scholarship to the institute, Stockton said.
She was a fan of Vincent van Gogh and author Frank Beddor, according to her personal Web page on the deviantArt site.
Her apartment was in Dallas' northeastern Lake Highlands neighborhood in a building complex home to dozens of students from the institute. "They have security there," Stockton said.
Dallas police said officers were asked to investigate after Nance had not been seen for several days.
Sgt. Eugene Reyes said officers entered her apartment Saturday and found her body.
"She had multiple stab wounds," Reyes said. The police report indicates Nance was "stabbed with an unknown cutting tool."
Nance, who was from Italy, Texas, will be laid to rest Thursday. The school will hold a memorial service Friday.
In a statement, the institute said that "Samantha made many close friends during her time at the Art Institute, and she will be missed very much by students, faculty and staff."
Reyes said officers are in the process of interviewing people. "We have a couple of people we are pretty interested in," he said. "We are waiting for DNA."
He also revealed that while police haven't identified a suspect, homicide detectives believe the killer knew the victim.
The Art Institute is making grief counselors available to students, noting, "This is a hard time for everyone and there can be a range of emotions that are felt."
Stockton added a bulletin board has been set up for anyone to post memories of Nance. She said the remembrances will be given to her family.
"She was a great student, always came to class, always involved on campus," Stockton said. "It's just a tragedy."
(CNN) -- An Australian man has been arrested for allegedly fathering four children with a daughter he repeatedly raped for more than 30 years, local media reported Thursday.
The man, in his 60s, began the abuse in the 1970s when the daughter was 11 and continued almost daily until 2007, said the Herald Sun newspaper, which first reported the case.
The assaults resulted in four children, all with birth defects, the paper said. One later died.
Authorities in the southeastern state of Victoria would not confirm details of the case to CNN, citing an overarching court gag order that bars the release of any information that may identify the man.
A clerk with the Melbourne County Court would say only that the man was arrested on charges of rape and incest.
Lisa Neville, Victoria's minister for community services, said her agency is investigating.
"As a parent, this is just a horrific and appalling story," she said. "Court proceedings and a very broad suppression order make it impossible to go to the specifics of the story," she said.
The case has created a stir in the country, with many comparing it to that of Josef Fritzl, the 73-year-old Austrian man who kept his daughter imprisoned in a basement for 24 years and fathered seven children with her.
Local media outlets have also compared it to the recent case of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kidnapped from South Lake Tahoe in California at age 11, kept a prisoner for 18 years, and bore two children with her captor.
The suspect in the Australia case denied raping his daughter, but was arrested after DNA tests revealed otherwise, the newspaper said.
The alleged victim's mother told the newspaper she was unaware of the abuse, despite living in the same house.
"We lived in a big house, so I wouldn't have known," she said.
She said her daughter was vague about who fathered the children.
"She used to say something about going out to nightclubs and meeting a fella, but then she would clam up," the mother told the newspaper.
The newspaper said the victim, now in her 40s, first reported the abuse to authorities in 2005 at the urging of a neighbor, but then refused to cooperate because she feared for her safety.
She came forward again in June 2008, after which authorities conducted the DNA tests on her father.
The man was arrested in February, but someone tipped off the newspaper to the case only recently.
The woman and her three children were taken to a safe house.
Another neighbor told the Herald Sun she had her suspicions about the father but did not want to interfere.
"I didn't go to anybody, because it wasn't anybody's business," she told the paper.
She added that the woman who encouraged the victim to contact police "has always been a busybody."
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Charges have been dropped against four men accused of raping an 18-year-old student at Hofstra University after the woman recanted her allegations, prosecutors said.
A judge dismissed all charges Wednesday night and ordered the release of the four men -- Jesus Ortiz, 19; Stalin Felipe, 19; Kevin Taveras, 20; and Rondell Bedward, 21; all of the New York metropolitan area, according to Nassau County, New York, District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
They had been arrested, arraigned and jailed, with bail set at $500,000 each. Each was facing five counts of first-degree rape.
"Late this evening, during the continuation of the Nassau County Police Department's investigation of the allegation, and under questioning by my office's chief trial attorney and chief sex crimes prosecutor, the alleged victim of the sexual assault admitted that the encounter that took place early Sunday morning was consensual," Rice said.
She said her office has launched a criminal investigation into the statements and reports given by the woman.
The student had told Nassau County police that she had been lured from a club, forced into a men's bathroom at a university dormitory, bound and assaulted.
The woman then called the university public safety office, which alerted local police.
The reported rape shocked the Hofstra University community. The university had announced that it was increasing safety patrols on campus, as well as establishing a support hotline for students and parents.
More bones of undetermined origin also were found on property adjacent to the home, Lt. Chris Orrey of the Hayward Police Department said.
"We have located what appear to be bones on both properties," Orrey told reporters. "We can't tell at this point if those bones are human or animal."
The evidence has been sent to a laboratory for analysis, Orrey said.
Searchers were looking for evidence linking the Garridos to the disappearances of Michaela Garecht in 1988 and Ilene Misheloff in 1989.
Hayward Police executed a search warrant Tuesday in connection Garecht's case. She was 9 when she was last seen, police said.
In addition, police in Dublin, California, obtained a search warrant for the same locations in their investigation of the 1989 disappearance of 13-year-old Misheloff, police said.
Both warrants were executed simultaneously Tuesday, near Antioch, California, in unincorporated Contra Costa County, east of San Francisco.
Investigators will continue Thursday to remove debris in anticipation of using search dogs and ground-penetrating radar, Orrey said.
About 75 percent of the debris on the Garrido property has been searched for possible evidence, she said. Three truckloads of trash, debris and trees have been carted away, but another eight to 15 truckloads remain, she said.
"We haven't found anything that breaks open our case," she said.
Garecht's mother said Tuesday that she holds out hope that her daughter will be found alive.
"I know that if Jaycee Dugard can be found alive and come home after 18 years, then my daughter can be found alive and come home," Sharon Murch told reporters at a news conference.
The Garridos face a combined 29 felony counts in connection with the 1991 kidnapping of Dugard, then 11, from South Lake Tahoe, California.
Authorities believe the couple held Dugard in a well-hidden compound behind their home for 18 years and have said Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, fathered two children with Dugard. The Garridos live near Antioch, California, in unincorporated Contra Costa County, east of San Francisco.
Police from both agencies said that while Garrido has not been named a suspect in the other abductions, he cannot be eliminated as a suspect in either case. Neither police department has interviewed Dugard, police said.
Garecht was abducted by a stranger in front of a market in south Hayward on November 19, 1988, according to Murch's Web site on her missing daughter, MissingMichaela.com.
Over the past two decades, police have followed some 13,000 tips in investigating her disappearance, Orrey said.
She said Hayward police have also noted similarities between the Garecht and Dugard cases. The victims were similar in age and appearance, Orrey said, and both were abducted in daylight, in a "brazen" manner.
The suspect vehicle in the Garecht case is also similar to the sedan found on the Garrido property, she added, and in pictures from that time, Garrido appears to resemble a sketch of a suspect based on a witness description.
Murch said she also noticed the similarities in their cases and thought it could lead to finding her daughter.
"My first thought when I heard Jaycee was found was please, God, let Michaela be with her," Murch said.
Misheloff failed to make it home from school on January 30, 1989, Dublin Police Lt. Kurt von Savoye said.
"For 20 years, we have been attempting to determine what happened." There is no eyewitness that could say with certainty she was abducted, and evidence in the case was limited, he said.
A witness did report seeing Misheloff getting into a vehicle, a sedan similar to one found on the Garrido property, at the time of her disappearance, von Savoye said. Garrido "has demonstrated a propensity to abduct young girls," police said in a statement, and he was released from prison a few months before Misheloff disappeared. Dublin is about 40 miles from Antioch.
Misheloff's family is aware of the search warrant execution but are out of town on a family emergency, von Savoye said.
In the property search, there are no current plans in place to raze structures, Orrey said, but "we are very interested in what might be behind walls, under flooring, under the ground." Authorities are prepared to disassemble structures if needed, she said.
Raymond Clark was apprehended about 8:10 a.m. ET at a Super 8 motel in Cromwell, Connecticut, where he had spent the night after being released Wednesday following his submission to DNA testing.
Bond for Clark has been set at $3 million, New Haven Police Chief James Lewis said.
Annie Le's body was found in the basement wall of an off-campus medical research building Sunday. She had been strangled.
Le, 24, a pharmacology student, was last seen alive September 8, the day she appeared in a surveillance video entering a four-story lab at 10 Amistad St., about 10 blocks from the main campus.
Her body was found on what was to have been her wedding day.
Lewis said the arrest "went smoothly."
He could not release details about the charges or whether DNA results led police to arrest Clark, who was initially described as a person of interest in the case.
"This arrest warrant has been sealed, so no further information can be released in order to comply with this court order," Lewis said.
He called the killing "an issue of workplace violence."
Clark could have been arrested Wednesday if he had declined to provide DNA samples and allow police to search his home, but he was released after complying, New Haven city spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga.
Two other search warrants also were executed Wednesday -- one on property belonging to Clark that was not named in the first warrant, and a second for Clark's vehicle, which was being processed Wednesday evening, Lewis said earlier.
He said Clark is a technician who does "custodial-type" work at the building. He answered police's questions for a while at first, but later retained an attorney and stopped, Lewis said.
Lewis said Clark and Le worked in the same building and passed in the hallway, but he refused to comment further on whether they knew each other.
Investigators have collected about 250 pieces of evidence, Lewis said.
"If we have one match on a person we know was at that location," police will seek an arrest warrant, he said Wednesday. Lewis earlier said police had reviewed about 700 hours of video and interviewed more than 150 people, some more than once.
A senior police official disputed Yale University President Richard Levin's claims that the suspect pool would be a "limited number" of people who had been in the basement the day Le disappeared.
"We know everyone that was in the basement ... and we passed that on to police," Levin said. "There is an abundance of evidence."
But the police official, whom CNN is not naming because of the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation, said investigators believe dozens of people could have had access to that area of the building.
Authorities have not released information on what DNA evidence may have been found, although investigators said earlier that bloody clothing was found hidden above tiles in a drop ceiling in another part of the building.
Police have not described the clothes that were found, nor said to whom they might have belonged. Teams of investigators at a Connecticut State Police lab worked through the weekend processing and examining the bloodstained garments.
But Thomas Kaplan, editor in chief of the Yale Daily News, said a Yale police official told the college paper that the clothes were not what Le was wearing when she entered the building.
Lewis said Wednesday that processing of the building was nearing completion and police would likely clear it Thursday morning.
Le was to have been married Sunday on New York's Long Island to Jonathan Widawsky, a Columbia University graduate student.
Le was from Placerville, California, and seemed to have been aware of the risks of crime in a university town. In February, she compared crime and safety at Yale with other Ivy League schools for a piece for B magazine, published by the medical school.
Among the tips she offered: Keep a minimum amount on your person. When she walked over to the research building last week, she left her purse, credit cards and cell phone in her office.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The suit was filed earlier this summer by Katherine Throckmorton and Ricardo Parisot against a Wilton couple whose son they allege tied the rope; it claims damages in excess of $15,000.
On Sept. 4, defendants Barbara and Glenn Knight, of 97 Hickory Road, Wilton, filed an answer to the complaint denying all allegations. Their attorney, Kevin Murphy, of Bridgeport, did not return calls seeking comment.
The complaint filed by Parisot's attorney, David Golub, said that a private investigation places blame for the fatal accident on the Knights' 12-year-old son.
James Bernardi, supervisory assistant state's attorney in Stamford, said that a criminal investigation of the death is still ongoing and no arrests have been made.
Bernardi said investigators could obtain any depositions or other publicly available information turned up during the civil case for use in a future criminal proceeding.
Golub said that depositions with Barbara and Glenn Knight, their 12-year-old son and his brother have been scheduled for later this month.
On June 13, 2008, Nicholas Parisot was riding his Honda dirt bike on a North Wilton trail when he struck a rope, which police believe was intentionally tied across the path. A rope was seized at the scene, along with other evidence, police said soon after the accident.
In what police call a criminal homicide, Parisot died of his neck injuries suffered on the trail.
Parisot's parents said his death was caused by negligence because the Knights should have known their son was placing "traps" on the trail and failed to supervise their son's activities, the complaint said.
Golub said that his investigation of the incident was wide-ranging.
"We conducted an investigation of many different sources, including people who had info about what happened and people who had spoken to the Knights. We were aware of the info from Wilton police. We also met with police and prosecutors, and from all those sources, we put together the information that is in the complaint," Golub said.
In the complaint, Golub said Nicholas and other youths for years had ridden the trails in a wooded property next to the Knights' Hickory Road home.
He said the Knights' son knew that and "decided to set a trap across the trail."
On June 11, the Knights' son and a friend took a rope from his home and tied over the trail between two trees behind his family's house, the complaint states. The two took the rope down when no one passed by.
Two days later, the Knights' son, this time alone, tied the rope between the trees, according to the complaint, Parisot was riding on the trail and suffered the fatal injuries.
After the accident, the complaint said the Knights' son picked up one piece of the rope that was severed during the incident and took it away. Police have said they found another length of rope at the scene.
When he was interviewed by police, the 12-year-old tried to conceal his involvement by giving false statements about his actions with the rope on June 11 and 13, the complaint said.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
A judge has issued a search warrant and a body warrant on Raymond Clark, 24, of Middletown, police said.
The body warrant allows police to collect DNA from Clark, who will be arrested if he does not comply but will be released if he does, police said.
Le's body was found Sunday in a wall of an off-campus medical research building, police said.
Clark is a lab technician at Yale, police said at a news conference Tuesday night.
Earlier Tuesday, a senior police official told CNN that investigators have interviewed more than 200 people in the case.
The official also disputed Yale University President Richard Levin, who had indicated that the suspect pool would be a "limited number" of people who had been in the basement the day Le disappeared.
"We know everyone that was in the basement ... and we passed that on to police," Levin said. "There is an abundance of evidence."
But the police official, whom CNN is not naming because of the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation, said investigators believe dozens of people could have had access to that area of the building.
Le, 24, disappeared September 8. She was last seen on surveillance video as she entered the four-story lab at 10 Amistad Street, about 10 blocks from the main campus. After going over hours of tapes, authorities said they had not found images of her leaving the building.
The police official said that investigators were unlikely to make any arrest until DNA evidence is returned from analysis and that the probe could take days.
Police have not released information on what DNA evidence may have been found, although investigators said earlier that bloody clothing was found hidden above tiles in a drop ceiling in another part of the building.
Authorities have not described the clothes that were found, nor said to whom they might have belonged. Teams of investigators at a Connecticut State Police lab worked through the weekend processing and examining the bloodstained clothes.
But Thomas Kaplan, editor in chief of the Yale Daily News, said a Yale police official told the paper that the clothes were not what Le was wearing when she entered the building.
On Sunday, New Haven Police spokesman Joe Avery said that Le's killing was not a random act but would not elaborate.
Meanwhile, a home in Middletown, Connecticut -- believed to be the home of a Yale technician -- was the scene of a large police presence Tuesday. Police, however, would not say whether their presence at the home was related to their investigation of Le's death.
Le, a graduate student in Yale's pharmacology program, was to have been married Sunday on New York's Long Island to Jonathan Widawsky, a graduate student at Columbia University.
Her friend Vanessa Flores said Le was overjoyed about getting married.
"She was just so excited about this wedding and everything from, you know, her flowers to her wedding dress and just certain details about it," Flores told HLN's Nancy Grace. "We talked about this back in 2008. She was already thinking about the weather, whether June, July was going to be too hot, August, so September, would it be nice?"
Le was from Placerville, California, and seemed to have been well aware of the risks of crime in a university town. In February, she compared crime and safety at Yale with other Ivy League schools for a piece for B magazine, published by the medical school.
Among the tips she offered: Keep a minimum amount on your person. When she walked over to the research building on September 8, she left her purse, credit cards and cell phone in her office.
Wok Kundor has been happily married for four years to her husband, a man 70 years her junior.
But since he left their village in northern Terengganu state for a drug rehabilitation program in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, Wok has had a gnawing feeling.
"She said that she has been feeling insecure lately and she needs to find out whether he still loves her or not," said R.S.N. Murali, a reporter for The Star. The English-language Malaysian daily was among several local media outlets reporting on the lifelong romantic.
"She is worried he might not come back after his program and find himself a younger wife," Murali said.
If so, Wok has her eyes set on a 50-year-old man, but hopes it does not come to that.
"I realize that I am an aged woman. I don't have the body nor am I a young woman who can attract anyone," she told the newspaper.
"My intention to remarry is to fill my forlornness," particularly during the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, she said.
Malaysian media, which has previously reported on the woman, said Wok has been married 22 times. That would make her marriages last an average of four years.
Wok would not discuss past relationships, Murali said.
"Some of her better halves have passed away or have divorced, but she doesn't want to talk about them or her children," he said.
Wok and her current husband, Mohammed Boor Che Musa, hail from the same village and met there.
Muhammad, 37, was quoted in an earlier report as saying the couple fell for each other because it was "God's will."
On Monday, he told The Star that he is still very much in love with his wife and cannot dream of life with someone else.
But Wok wants to hear him say it, Murali said.
Soon, the centenarian plans to make the journey to Kuala Lumpur -- if she can find a neighbor to drive her there.
January 2: Jett Travolta (Age 16) : Son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Pic : COD: Fatal blow to the head after seizure.
January 3: Pat Hingle (Age: 84) : Commissionor Gordon of first Batman series. Pic : COD: Leukemia.
January 14: Ricardo Montalban (Age 88) : Most famous for his Khan role on Star Trek. Pic : COD: No official cause yet.
January 18: Bob May (Age 69) : Played The Robot on Lost in Space. Pic : COD: Congestive Heart Failure.
January 28: Billy Powell (Age 56) : Keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pic : COD: Heart attack.
January 29: John Martyn (Age 60) : British guitarist who has worked with Phil Collins and Eric Clapton. Pic : COD: No official cause yet.
February 4th- Erick Purkhiser a.k.a. Lux Interior (Age 62) : Lead singer and founding member of punk band The Cramps. Pic : COD: Heart condition.
February 6: James Whitmore (Age 87) : Actor who starred in Shawshank Redemption and The Relic Pic : COD: Lung Cancer
February 10: Jeremy Lusk ( Age 24) : American motocross rider. Pic : COD: Head injuries due to a stunt.
February 22: Howard Zieff (Age 81) : Director of My Girl, My Girl 2, and Private Benjamin. Pic : COD: Complications from Parkinson's disease.
February 26: Clarence Swensen (Age 91) : A Wizard of Oz munchkin. Pic : COD: No official cause of death.
March 1: Marquis Cooper (Age 26) : Professional football player for Oakland Raiders. Pic : COD: Possible hypothermia and/or drowning.
March 1: Corey Smith (Age 29) : Professional football player for Detroit Lions. Pic : COD: Possible hypothermia and/or drowning.
March 14: Jeff Komlo (Age 52) : Former QB for Detriot Lions and Tampa Bay Buccs. Pic : COD: Car crash.
March 18: Natasha Richardson (Age 45) : British actress married to Liam Neeson. Pic: COD: Traumatic brain injury.
March 18: Moultrie Patten (Age 89) : Actor in television series Northern Exposure. Pic : COD: Pneumonia.
March 29: Maurice Jarre (Age 84) : Composer for the films Ghost, Dead Poets Society, Fatal Attraction, and Dreamscape. Pic : COD: Cancer.
March 29: Andy Hallett (Age 33) : Actor in Angel TV series. Pic : COD: Heart failure.
April 2: Lou Perryman (Age 67) : Actor who had roles in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Poltergeist. Pic : COD: Murdered by stabbing.
April 7: Jack Wrangler (Age 62) : Porn actor who, majorly preformed in gay adult films, was in Devil in Miss Jones 2 and Guess Who's Coming? Pic : COD: Lung disease.
April 9: Nick Adenhart (Age 22) : Baseball pitcher for the Anaheim Angels. Pic : COD: Car crash.
April 12: Marilyn Chambers (Age 57) : Legendary porn actress who starred in Behind the Green Door. Pic : COD: Unknown cause of death.
April 19: J.G. Ballard (Age 78) : British Novelist of the celebrated novel Crash later turned film directed by David Cronenberg. Pic : COD: Prostate Cancer
April 25: Beatrice Arthur (Age 86): One of the Golden Girls. Pic : COD: Cancer.
April 28: Buddy Rose (Age 56): Professional wrestler nicknamed "Playboy." Pic : COD: Unknown cause of death.
May 1: Danny Gans (Age 52): American entertainer who circuited on the Vegas strip and was also a pro baseball player as well as an extra in Bull Durham. Pic: COD: Fatal reaction to painkillers.
May 4: Dom Deluise (Age 75): American actor who played in numerous Mel Brooks movies such as Space Balls, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and History of the World Part I. Pic: COD: Kidney failure and respiratory problems.
May 5: BJ Flores (Age 30): Professional boxer who held the U.S. Amateur Heavyweight Belt 2001-2002. Pic: COD: Collapsed during fight and died 5 days later by possible body/head injuries.
May 6: Ean Evans (Age 48): Bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pic: COD: Cancer.
May 7: Micky Carroll (Age 89): One of the munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Pic: COD: Natural causes.
May 7: Linda Dangcil (Age 67): Sister Ana on the Flying Nun TV show. Pic: COD: Throat Cancer
May 8: Dom DiMaggio (Age 92): Baseball player and brother of Joe DiMaggio. Pic: COD: pneumonia.
May 8: Blue Iris (Age 62): Member of Howard Stern's The Wack Pack and a performer in granny porn. Pic: COD: Heart attack complications.
May 20: Lucy Gordon (Age 28): Actress in Spider-Man 3 and The Four Feathers. Pic: COD: Suicide by hanging.
May 26: Exodus Tyson (Age 4): Daughter of former heavy weight champion of boxing Mike Tyson. Pic: COD: Accidental strangulation with a treadmill cord.
May 31: Millvina Dean (Age 97): Last survivor of the Titanic that sank in 1912. Pic: COD: Pneumonia.
June 3: David Carradine (Age 72): Star of the widely popular Kung Fu TV series and co-starred in Tarantino's Kill Bill movies. Pic: COD: Autoerotic asphyxiation.
June 4: Shih Kien (Age 96): Played major roles in various kung fu and Bruce Lee movies such as Enter the Dragon and Revenge of the Dragon. Pic: COD: Natural causes.
June 8: Johnny Palermo (Age 27): TV Actor who played in Just For Kicks. Pic: COD: Car accident.
June 9: Michael Roof (Age 32): Actor in the xXx movies and Black Hawk Down. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
June 23: Ed McMahon (Age 86): Popular sidekick of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Pic: COD: Various health irregularities.
June 25: Farrah Fawcett (Age 62): Actress in popular T.V. series Charlie's Angels and former playboy model. Pic: COD: Anal Cancer.
June 25: Michael Jackson (Age 50): King of pop music. Pic: COD: Cardiac Arrest.
June 28: Billy Mays (Age 50): Infomercial seller and co-star of the Pitchman show. Pic: COD: Heart disease.
June 28: Fred Travelena (Age 66): American entertainer and comedian. Pic: COD: Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and prostate cancer.
July 1: Harve Presnell (Age 75): American movie and broadway actor who had memorable roles in Fargo and Saving Private Ryan. Pic: COD: Pancreatic cancer.
July 1: Mollie Sugden (Age 86): British actress who appeared in Are You Being Served? television sitcom series. Pic: COD: Natural causes.
July 4: Steve McNair (Age 36): Quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens. Pic: COD: Murder-suicide.
July 6: Oscar Mayer Jr. (Age 95): Chairman of Oscar Mayer meat company. No Pic: COD: Natural causes.
July 13: Dash Snow (Age 27): Photographer and sculptor who portrayed violence, drugs, and explicit sex in his work. Pic: COD: Heroin overdose.
July 17: Walter Cronkite (Age 92): American broadcast journalist. Pic: COD: Cerebrovascular disease.
July 21: Les Lye (Age 84): Had numerous roles on the adult children program You Can Do That on Television? Pic: COD: Natural causes.
July 25: Clayton Hill (Age 78): Lead zombie in Dawn of the Dead and also played a priest in Hellraiser 3. Pic: COD: Complications from pneumonia
August 1: Naomi Sims (Age 61): First African American supermodel. Pic: COD: Breast cancer.
August 4: Blake Snyder (Age 51): Screenwriter who wrote Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot! and also wrote the kids' comedy Blank Check. Pic: COD: Cardiac arrest.
August 6: John Hughes (Age 59): Director and writer who became famous for such films as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and Ferris Beuller's Day Off. Pic: COD: Cardiac arrest.
August 11: Eunice Kennedy Shriver (Age 88): One of the Kennedys. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
August 13: Les Paul (Age 94): Inventor of the solid-body electric guitar. Pic: COD: Complications from pneumonia.
August 13: Allen Schellenberger (Age 39): Drummer for the American alternative rock band Lit. Pic: COD: Brain cancer.
August 19: Don Hewitt (Age 86): Inventor of 60 Minutes television program. Pic: COD: Pancreatic cancer.
August 23: Ryan Jenkins (Age 32): Canadian reality star who was a major suspect in the murder of a co-star. Pic: COD: Apparent suicide by hanging.
August 25: Ted Kennedy (Age 77): Brother of John F. Kennedy and a memeber of the U.S. Senate. Pic: COD: Brain cancer.
August 26: Dominick Dunne (Age 83): American novelist and screenwriter. Pic: COD: Bladder cancer.
August 28: Adam Goldstein (Age 36): A popular disc jockey who most notably survived a fatal leerjet accident with Blink-182's Travis Barker. Pic: COD: Suspected drug overdose.
September 1: Jake Brockman (Age 53): Keyboards for the band Echo and the Bunnymen. Pic: COD: Motorcycle accident.
September 11: Larry Gelbart (Age 81): Main comedy writer behind the MASH TV series and also co-wrote Tootsie. Pic: COD: Cancer.
September 11: Jim Carroll (Age 59): Poet and music artist who formed the new wave/punk band The Jim Carroll Band. Pic: COD: Heart attack.
September 13: Paul Bruke (Age 83): American TV actor who also played the lead role in Psychic Killer. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
September 14: Patrick Swayze (Age 57): Lead actor of Point Break, Ghost, Dirty Dancing and Road House. Pic: COD: Pancreatic cancer.
September 14: Henry Gibson.
September 18: Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary.