Inmates Allege Hot Sauce Abuse By Prison Guards
Dec 4, 2012, - 0 Comments

The Smoking Gun

North Carolina warden suspended after sextet's shocking allegations

DECEMBER 4--In the wake of prisoner claims of mistreatment and humiliation at the hands of guards, a North Carolina warden has been suspended while state officials investigate the troubling allegations.

Lafayette Hall, who runs the Sampson Correctional Institution, has been placed on paid administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation probes the prisoner accusations, which are contained in a “To whom it may concern” letter sent several months ago to a federal magistrate judge in Greensboro. A second corrections worker has been reassigned.

The July 23 letter carries the name of six inmates at Sampson, a medium security facility. The missive carried the return address of Gary Parker, a 34-year-old habitual felon who is serving a 105-month sentence (and is due for release in August 2015). The inmate letter sought help in finding a lawyer to help file a class action lawsuit against the state prison system.

Prohibition Era Mob Boss Dapper Dan Hogan is Murdered - December 4, 1928
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Danny "Dapper Dan" Hogan

by Michael Thomas Barry

Danny "Dapper Dan" Hogan  was a charismatic Irish mob boss in St. Paul, Minnesota during Prohibition. Due to his close relationships with the officers of the deeply corrupt St. Paul Police Department, Hogan was able to act as a go between. Known as the "Smiling Peacemaker" to local police officials, Police Chief John "The Big Fellow" O'Connor of Saint Paul allowed criminals and fugitives to operate in the city as long as they checked in with police, paid a small bribe and promised not to kill, kidnap, or rob within city limits.

Wyo. campus killer 'near genius' at odds with dad
Dec 3, 2012, - 0 Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man who killed his father in front of a computer science class at a Wyoming community college was a "borderline genius" upset by the belief he had inherited Asperger's Syndrome from his dad, an aunt of the killer said Monday.

Christopher Krumm, 25, blamed Asperger's for his trouble keeping jobs after he got a master's degree in electrical engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2009, said Barbara Nichols, of Bakersfield, Calif.

"Nice to be around. Never caused any trouble of any kind," said Nichols, who'd briefly lived with her sister's family in Casper in the early 1990s.

Asperger's is a mild form of autism. Asperger's is associated with difficulty making social connections but is not normally associated with predilection to violent behavior.

Former Crime Stoppers boss sentenced for stealing from program
Dec 3, 2012, - 0 Comments

Dallas Morning New

A former Dallas police officer was sentenced Monday to nearly four years in federal prison for defrauding Crime Stoppers of at least $250,000 in the years that she oversaw the popular cash-for-tips program.

U.S. District Judge David Godbey called Theadora Ross’ crime an “outrageous betrayal of the public trust” in handing down a 46-month sentence. The judge said he likely would have given her a harsher sentence if not for the fact that she has an adult daughter with Down syndrome and other health problems who relies on her for care.

But Godbey said it appeared Ross was motivated by greed and not concern for her daughter.

“This went on for years, and she recruited other people to help her in this criminal enterprise,” Godbey said. “I wonder if she thought about what would happen to her daughter if she got caught.”

Five-Year-Old Melissa Brannen disappears without a trace - 1989
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Melissa Brannen

Melissa Brannen

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 3, 1989, five-year-old Melissa Brannen disappears without a trace from a Christmas party in Fairfax, Virginia. After interviewing everyone who had been at the party, investigators determined that Caleb Hughes had left the party at roughly the same time that Brannen was discovered missing. When detectives visited Hughes' home at 1 a.m., they found him washing his clothes, shoes, and belt.