Martin Lee Anderson was 14 in January 2006 when he was sent to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Boot Camp in Panama City, Fla. He died there that same month under disturbing circumstances.
Carlie Brucia disappeared on Super Bowl Sunday 2004. Though her mother called 911 immediately, the amber alert was not issued until 18 hours later when police found a surveillance video of the girl’s abduction. By then it was too late.
Appledorf, a popular professor of nutrition at the University of Florida known for extolling the nutritional value of junk food on talk shows, was suffocated by two killers and a sixteen-year-old accomplice, bent on taking the doctor’s money, goods, car and life.
A 1961 a robbery in Florida resulted in the arrest of small-time criminal Clarence Gideon. Too poor to afford a lawyer he represented himself. Gideon received the maximum sentence on August 27, giving him time to study the law, and file the criminal case that led to an accused person’s right to legal representation.
This charming Florida child was abducted from her home in February 2005 by drugged-out, repeat-sex-offender John Couey. A look back at the case in photos.
In a police interview in July 2012, victim Ronald Poppo, the homeless man who was assaulted by Rudi Eugene, aka the Causeway Cannibal, in Miami speaks of the cannibalistic face-eating attack for the first time. By the time police had gunned down a nude Rudi Eugene, Poppo had lost both eyes and a great deal of his face. No reason for the brutal attacked was ever discovered.
Chad Moretz died in a standoff with police. They found his missing friend’s remains in the wall of his squalid home. Now it seems that what neighbors suspected, and the Moretz family knew, police never even guessed at. In a case of violence begetting more violence, Moretz was not the only victimizer, nor his friend the only victim.
Florida man Scott Tobiassen and Gerard Longo had a volatile friendship. They met in January 2011. By June Longo snapped Tobiassen’s sunglasses in two, and Tobiassen was arrested for punching him. The next week Longo filed for a restraining order. Why they ever became roommates is unknown, but we do know that it ended tragically.
According to a police report filed on August 8, 2013, police in Indian River County pulled Devin Langford over on suspicion of DUI. The Deputy on the scene, Brian Bell noted that Langford had "red, glassy, and bloodshot eyes," slurred speech and "a plethora of empty beer cans" in his vehicle.
The first animal control officer on the scene knew better than to attempt to apprehend the ducks on his own. Backup arrived and the second officer seemed perplexed, “They’re just ducks,” he said. To which the first officer replied, “They’re not just birds. They’re strong. They’ll mess you up.” A fact to which Wilmer Neumann, 91, can attest.