Israeli con artist wanted in Germany arrested in the Philippines

An Israeli man wanted in Germany was able to avoid detection in the Phillippines for over a year before being arrested by the Bureau of Immigration in Manila, the agency said on Tuesday. Kfir L., 43, has been charged by authorities in Bavaria of allegedly swindling more than €6.3 million ($7.3 million) from some 200 unsuspecting victims. He was reportedly a member of a larger criminal syndicate that operated a dubious online trading platform that used email and telephone calls to persuade people to invest huge sums of money in fake portfolios, promising huge rewards. His alleged crimes were carried out between … Continue reading Israeli con artist wanted in Germany arrested in the Philippines

John Wayne Gacy murder victim named 45 years after vanishing

A man from North Carolina who vanished in the 1970s has been identified as one of dozens of victims murdered by serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Francis Wayne Alexander’s remains were among those found in the crawl space of Gacy’s Chicago-area home in 1978. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart ordered eight unidentified victims’ bodies to be exhumed in 2011 in an effort to identify them through DNA testing. Alexander is the third Gacy victim to be identified in the last decade. He would have been 21 or 22 when Gacy killed him between 1976 and 1977, Mr Dart’s office said. … Continue reading John Wayne Gacy murder victim named 45 years after vanishing

Sad: Florida man kills neighbour after cat wanders onto his property

A man in Florida was arrested for allegedly killing his neighbor on Wednesday after he got angry when a cat walked onto his property. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Clifton Anthony Bliss Jr., 58, first allegedly threatened to shoot the cat that belonged to his neighbor, James Arland Taylor Jr., 41. “Through their investigation, detectives learned that Bliss became angry when his neighbor’s cat had entered his property. Bliss then retrieved a firearm and threatened to shoot the cat,” the Marion County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook on Thursday. “The owner of the cat, James Arland Taylor Jr., asked Bliss … Continue reading Sad: Florida man kills neighbour after cat wanders onto his property

Barbaric: Texas man sentenced to prison for strangling wife to death after night at strip club

Jay Patrick Hammersley A Texas judge has issued a sentence for a man convicted of strangling his wife to death and then burning her remains in a backyard shed. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg on Wednesday announced that 46-year-old Jay Patrick Hammersley was sentenced to 40 years in state prison for murdering his 29-year-old wife Mara Vestal in February 2019.  A jury agreed with prosecutors that the defendant then discarded his wife’s remains, which were never recovered, according to a report from Houston NBC affiliate KPRC-TV. Prior to handing down the verdict, the Harris County Court judge permitted several members of Vestal’s family to address the … Continue reading Barbaric: Texas man sentenced to prison for strangling wife to death after night at strip club

Michigan men charged with stealing $1.5 million worth of textbooks from Amazon

It’s a textbook case, a group of men in Michigan have been charged with stealing $1.5 million in books from Amazon.com’s textbook rental service and selling them for cash. Prosecutors say the men, led by Geoffrey Mark Hays Talsma, 36, of Portage, Mich., allegedly rented thousands of books over a five years period with no intention of ever returning them. Textbooks are notoriously expensive, so Amazon’s Textbook Rental Program allows students to rent books for a period of time for a fee far lower than the book’s purchase price. The program limits the number of books that can be rented … Continue reading Michigan men charged with stealing $1.5 million worth of textbooks from Amazon

Frenemies: Professor Pleads Guilty to Trying to Kill Friend in Four-Hour Attack

Professor Rie Hachiyanagi The attempted murder case against a Massachusetts college professor nears its end. Rie Hachiyanagi, 50, who taught art at Mt. Holyoke College, pleaded guilty on Friday to trying to kill a friend in a four-hour attack. “She expected to get away with murder — my murder,” survivor Lauret Savoy, herself a professor of geology and environmental studies at the school, said in her victim impact statement, according to The Greenfield Recorder. Assistant District Attorney Matthew Thomas told the court in Greenfield, Massachusetts, that Hachiyanagi arrived at Savoy’s home unannounced late Dec. 23, 2019 and hid until the geology professor realized her presence … Continue reading Frenemies: Professor Pleads Guilty to Trying to Kill Friend in Four-Hour Attack

Prominent Rohingya leader shot dead in Bangladesh refugee camp

A prominent Rohingya Muslim leader has been shot dead in a refugee camp in southern Bangladesh.Mohibullah, centre, formed the Rohingya group ARPSH in a Bangladeshi camp months after the influx hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing prosecution in Myanmar in 2017. Mohibullah, who was in his late 40s, led one of the largest of several community groups to emerge since more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar after a military crackdown in August 2017. He was talking with other refugee leaders outside his office after attending evening prayers when a gunman shot him at least three times, Mohammad Nowkhim, a … Continue reading Prominent Rohingya leader shot dead in Bangladesh refugee camp

Dutch police arrest politician over suspected plot to murder PM

Dutch police have arrested a politician in the Hague on suspicion of involvement in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The prime minister’s security service said Arnoud van Doorn, the leader of The Hague Unity Party, was arrested on Sunday. He “displayed suspicious behaviour” as he walked through the same area of the city as Mr Rutte, the service said. Mr van Doorn was released on Monday after a police interrogation. His lawyer Anis Boumanjal told the BBC he should not have been arrested because there was no reasonable suspicion of guilt. The arrest was reported on Tuesday, … Continue reading Dutch police arrest politician over suspected plot to murder PM

WHO employees reportedly sexually abused 50 women in the Congo during Ebola outbreak

Nearly two dozen World Health Organization employees sexually abused 50 women during the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an independent commission said during a media briefing on Tuesday, Reuters reported. A 35-page report said there were sexual abuse allegations against 83 aid workers – and declared that 21 out of 83 alleged perpetrators were employed by WHO – between 2018 and 2020. About 29 out of the 50 women that were raped or coerced into having sex became pregnant and some of them were forced by employees to have abortions, Reuters reported. A 44-year-old woman told Reuters reporters … Continue reading WHO employees reportedly sexually abused 50 women in the Congo during Ebola outbreak

Bus driver stabbed to death on bus filled with kids

An on-duty school bus driver in Pasco, Washington, was fatally stabbed by a man with a knife at Longfellow Elementary school last Friday, according to police. The man attacked the bus driver while a bus full of horrified students watched, the Pasco police department said in a Facebook post. The driver was identified as 72-year-old Richard Lenhart. The alleged killer, who was identified today as Joshua D. Davis, 34, got on the bus in front of the elementary school around 3 p.m. after all the students boarded and stabbed the driver. The driver struggled since he was still buckled into the … Continue reading Bus driver stabbed to death on bus filled with kids

Face Of A Killer: Rwanda genocide ‘kingpin’ Théoneste Bagosora dies in prison

A former Rwandan army colonel convicted for his role in the massacre of some 800,000 people in the 1994 genocide has died in Mali, where he was in prison. Théoneste Bagosora, 80, was a senior figure in Rwanda’s ministry of defence at the time of the killings. A UN-backed criminal tribunal sentenced him to life in prison, but this was later reduced to 35 years. His son Achille told reporters he died at a hospital in Bamako, where he was being treated for heart issues. Around 800,000 people – mostly from the Tutsi ethnic group – were killed in 100 … Continue reading Face Of A Killer: Rwanda genocide ‘kingpin’ Théoneste Bagosora dies in prison

Operation Ironside has confiscated AU$31 million of assets so far

Australian Federal Police (AFP) has so far seized over AU$31 million of assets through Operation Ironside, the message decryption sting operation that was labelled as the country’s “most significant operation in policing history”.Australian Federal Police AU$6.1 million worth of seized cash. The update was provided as part of an AFP announcement that it made its first multi-million cash forfeiture as part of the sting operation, confiscating AU$6 million of cash from a Western Australian man. The man, who was a member of a criminal syndicate, has pleaded guilty to various criminal offences and will face five years of imprisonment. The AU$6 million … Continue reading Operation Ironside has confiscated AU$31 million of assets so far