In the late 1990s, the corruption of the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division’s Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) anti-gang unit came to light. Disgraced officers were convicted of offenses such as planting false evidence, stealing, dealing illegal drugs, bank robbery, and perjury. Cops were proven to have committed unjustified beatings and shootings.
On February 13, 1973, Herb Mullin planned to bring some firewood to his parents’ home. But a telepathic message came from his father: “Don’t deliver a stick of wood until you kill somebody.” The voice suggested Uncle Enos, but when Herb resisted, the voice wasn’t as particular. Just kill somebody, anybody. So he did, claiming his 13th and final victim.
On February 8, 1990, farmers working at an orchard discovered the nude body of Carol Lynn Miller, 35, a known prostitute and drug addict, who had gone missing one month earlier, one of 19 victims of the Riverside Prostitute Killer, aka the Lake Elsinore Killer, mild-mannered county government employee Bill Suff.
Former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner has killed three near Los Angeles after vowing in an online manifesto to take revenge against those responsible for his 2008 termination. A large-scale manhunt for Dorner is underway in Southern California and Nevada where he is believed to be at large. He is well armed and extremely dangerous.
When Kathryn Eastburn and her daughters were brutally murdered just before Mother’s Day 1985 police quickly closed in on suspect Master Sergeant Timothy Hennis. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Later he was acquitted, only to be convicted and sentenced to death again, this time by a military tribunal, in this controversial case.
The trial of Mariano Antonio Castro, 58, of Santa Anna, Calif., began on February 6, 2013, for allegations that he sexually assaulted a female relative regularly over the course of nine years, from age 8-17, impregnating her at the age of 11. The unnamed girl had the child at age 12, and kept it, but the abuse continued.
From our friends at the Daily Dot: Homeless hitchhiker Kai in West Fresno, Calif., may have saved two people’s lives Friday after they were attacked by a giant, epithet-spewing racist who claimed to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. The bizarre episode unfolded around 2 p.m. when a man hit a black electrical worker with his car and pinned him.
On January 25, 1947, police found a leather purse and one open-toed pump belonging to aspiring starlet Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, a few miles from where her butchered body had been found ten days prior.
When the mutilated body of Jasmine Fiore was found stuffed in a suitcase, suspicion immediately turned to her husband, millionaire and former reality show contestant Ryan Jenkins.
Samantha Runnion, a 5-year-old southern California girl, was snatched July 15, 2002, by a stranger outside her apartment while she played with a friend. Samantha went kicking and screaming, as her mother had taught her to do, but her efforts were for naught.