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Hollywood Director William Desmond Taylor is Murdered - 1922
Feb 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

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William Desmond Taylor

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 1, 1922, Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor is murdered. His body is found the next morning inside his bungalow at the Alvarado Court Apartments, in the West Lake Park area of downtown Los Angeles. Taylor was an Irish-born American director and actor. He directed 59 silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915. He was a popular figure in the growing Hollywood motion picture colony of the 1910s and early 1920s.

Kaufman County, Texas Assistant DA Shot & Killed Near Courthouse
Jan 31, 2013, - 0 Comments

Mark Hasse (credit: Kaufman County Sheriff's Office)Jan. 31, 2013 CBSDFW.COM

KAUFMAN COUNTY – An assistant district attorney with the Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office has been shot and killed. The shooting happened around 8:50 a.m.

Officials have confirmed to CBS 11 News that Chief Prosecutor Mark Hasse was shot in the parking lot of the department of motor vehicles, which is across the street from the county courthouse. Hasse was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman where he was pronounced dead.

During a 10:30 a.m. press conference officials confirmed that Hasse was walking to his office, from the parking lot, when he was assaulted by an unknown person and “shot multiple times.” Mark Hasse graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1981 and had been licensed to practice law since 1982.

Thursday afternoon SMU issued a statement saying, “The SMU Dedman School of Law community is deeply saddened and shocked at the news of the death of our alumnus and dedicated public servant, Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Hasse’s family and friends during this very difficult and painful time.”

Hasse, 57, had been a Kaufman County District Attorney since July of 2010.

Atlanta: Student shot at Price Middle School
Jan 31, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan. 31, 2013 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A 14-year-old student shot in the head at an Atlanta school Thursday is “alert, conscious and breathing,” said police.

The shooting occurred outside Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta, said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos.

The victim has been taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

A teacher has been injured. One suspect is in custody, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Channel 2’s Tom Jones said students have been taken into an auditorium and are not being released at this time.

An AJC reporter at the scene said the area has been cordoned off by police and concerned parents are waiting outside.

Police helicopters are overhead.

Atlanta Public Schools have scheduled a 4 p.m. press conference.

The Atlanta public school is located north of the Lakewood area at 1670 Benjamin Weldon Bickers Drive S.E.

Lynda Ann Healey second known victim of serial killer Ted Bundy is abducted - 1974
Jan 31, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Ted Bundy

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 31, 1974, the second known victim of serial killer Ted Bundy, Lynda Ann Healey disappears but there is no real consensus to when he actually began his murder spree. She had been bludgeoned while asleep and abducted; her skull and mandible were eventually recovered at the Taylor Mountain site. Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy was born Theodore Robert Cowell on November 24, 1946 he was an American serial killer who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier.

3 hurt in hotel explosion near SeaWorld San Diego
Jan 30, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan. 30, 2013 Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego from a room where authorities say a couple was extracting hash oil, sending guests fleeing for safety.

A 22-year-old man in the room suffered life-threatening injuries. Also hurt were a woman in the room and a young man staying next door, authorities said. All three were hospitalized.

Julie Jordan of San Diego was sleeping with a friend's baby in a nearby room at the three-story Heritage Inn Sea World Hotel when she felt the building shake violently, then heard a loud explosion. She ran outside and saw a shattered window and a badly injured man sitting at the bottom of some stairs moaning.

"People were screaming and running, and a man was burned from head to toe," said Jordan, 30. "His skin was falling off."

Investigators found several boxes containing canisters of butane inside the room where the blast occurred, police Lt. Joseph Ramos said.

The butane apparently was ignited by a cigarette, Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque said. The second-floor room looked like a "war zone," he said.

"It was a very intense and devastating explosion," Luque said.

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