RAF CASERT | October 27, 2012 |
BRUSSELS — The story goes that when Prince Baudouin took the oath to succeed his father after years of tumult over the monarchy, Communist leader Julien Lahaut shouted from the crowd: "Long Live the Republic!"
A week later, two men turned up at Lahaut's door in Belgium's coal and steel heartland and shot him four times with a Colt 45 revolver at point blank range. The killers sped away by car into the gathering darkness and were never caught.
If ever a murder had the hallmarks of a political assassination, the August 1950 slaying was it. But, who was behind it? And why? It's a murder mystery swallowed up in the fog of Cold War politics. Now, 62 years later, the Belgian government has approved fresh funds to solve the crime, convinced the moral implications echo down to this day.
The probe is part of a historical reckoning in which Belgium is revisiting several buried crimes, citing a "duty to remember." They include the involvement of authorities in the persecution of Jews during the Nazi era and government links to the assassination of Congolese prime minister Patrice Lumumba in 1961.
It's up to silver-haired historian Emmanuel Gerard to crack the Lahaut case. Read More
LA JOYA, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper who fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter and killed two illegal immigrants during a chase through the desert was trying to disable the vehicle and suspected it was being used to smuggle drugs, authorities said Friday.
The disclosure came a day after the incident that left two Guatemalan nationals dead on an isolated gravel road near the town of La Joya, just north of the Mexico border.
State game wardens were the first to encounter the truck Thursday. After the driver refused to stop, they radioed for help and state police responded, according to Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman Mike Cox.
When the helicopter with a sharpshooter arrived, officers concluded that the truck appeared to be carrying a "typical covered drug load" on its bed and was travelling at reckless speeds, police said.
After the shots were fired and the truck's tires blown out, the driver lost control and crashed into a ditch. State police said a preliminary investigation revealed that the shots fired from the helicopter struck the vehicle's occupants.
Eight people who were in the truck were arrested. At least seven of them were also from Guatemala. No drugs were found. Read More
More than 17 years after they were imprisoned for a murder they have long said they did not commit, Eric Glisson and Cathy Watkins walked free on Wednesday outside the Bronx County Hall of Justice, prompting an emotional scene there and ending a chapter in what may come to be seen as an extraordinary breakdown in criminal justice.
“I never thought I’d see this day because I had a life sentence,” Mr. Glisson said after both appeared outside the courthouse, each addressing crowds of friends, relatives and other supporters.
“I worked hard,” he continued. “I persevered, and with effort and determination I’m standing here before you.”
Earlier in the day in court, a Bronx prosecutor told a judge that the district attorney’s office had decided to take the “unprecedented” step of allowing Ms. Watkins, 44, and Mr. Glisson, 37, to be released, each wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet, while the office continued to investigate findings that strongly suggested they were innocent. Read More
With the purpose of writing about true crime in an authoritative, fact-based manner, veteran journalists J. J. Maloney and J. Patrick O’Connor launched Crime Magazine in November of 1998.
Their goal was to cover all aspects of true crime: from organized crime to serial killers, from capital punishment to prisons, from historical crimes to celebrity crime, from assassinations to government corruption, from justice issues to innocent cases, from crime films to books about crime. Read More