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Monday, October 05, 2009

Monday Night's Murders 

SF Investigators Explain Why Hugues de la Plaza's Cause of Death Remains 'Undetermined' (With video)

In mid-September, attendees at the annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners got to see a detailed, audio-visual presentation aiming to explain why the bizarre 2007 death of French immigrant Hugues de la Plaza was not ruled a murder -- despite protests of friends, family, and French investigators that this was a clear case of homicide.


Here you will be told stories of headless horsemen, of figures that are half man and half beast and of a black dog with luminous eyes who roams the countryside seeking victims.

According to legend, he who gazes upon the black dog is doomed. To this day, it is believed that the close-mouthed inhabitants of the area practice witchcraft.

A creepy true tale.

Jonesboro’s witch trials of 1994

This past weekend the Greene County Fine Arts Council put on a marvelous rendition of Arthur Miller’s 1952 classic drama, “The Crucible.” As I watched our own local thespians bring to life the vengeful Abigail Williams, the sensible John Proctor and the greedy Rev. Parris, I couldn’t help but compare the drama on stage to the infamous West Memphis Three trial held in Jonesboro in 1994.

Murder houses are hot property

Houses in which brutal murders are committed are now becoming hot property as home buyers put aside superstition and fear in their quest to find their cheap dream home.

Mysterious death leaves son seeking truth in Clay Co.

Josh Sparkman is tired of the media asking him about his father, Bill Sparkman, who was found naked, tied to a tree in Eastern Kentucky last month, bound and gagged with the word “fed” scrawled on his chest. He is frustrated with police. And he feels that his family hasn't been there for him.

The unfolding of a cruel crime in Farmville, and a strange one

The killings and the arrest of Emma Niederbrock’s boyfriend, Richard Samuel Alden McCroskey III, 20, of Castro Valley, Calif. — an aspiring rapper with songs about murder, rotting bodies and voices in his head — have shaken the Farmville community of 7,300. Residents are alarmed not only at the cruelty of the crime, but also its utter strangeness.

The Tough Women of the Amanda Knox Case

Most accounts of the Amanda Knox trial, now winding into its final phase, pit the American girl against Perugia's chief prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini, the man who officially charged Knox; her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito; and the son of an African immigrant, in the case of the grisly murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher two years ago. But anyone watching the trial soon notices that the case rests on the work of a band of fierce women who bear no resemblance to the caricature of the womanhood in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Italy.

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