Monday, August 31, 2009

New Theresa Allore Blog

John Allore has created a new blog as we await restoration of "Who Killed Theresa?" This includes old and new material, and also the petition. While Google/Blogger has provided such good service for so many of us, it is sad to find they are not working so well for the best crime blog I know of today. We always find, however, that there is a "never surrender" attitude among advocates of victim's rights, and WKT? is no exception.
So Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the new "Who Killed Theresa's Blog?"

Fighting the never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way! Hey hey hey! What can I say?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Jaycee Lee Dugard

Unlike the last missing person I have mentioned, this one has been found alive.

On June 10, 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was last seen by her stepfather being abducted at her school bus stop, in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

On August 27, 2009, 18 years later, a 29-year-old woman entered a police station in Northern California, claiming to be Jaycee Lee Dugard. Before the end of the day, her identity had been confirmed.

The news traveled fast, and before long, it was all over the USA. The captors, now safely locked away, had forced her to work as a sex slave during her 18 years of captivity, along with two daughters she had with her male captor, Phillip Garrido.

You don't need me to provide a link for you on this story. Just type "Jaycee Lee Dugard" into any search engine, and you can spend all day picking out which articles you want to read about her.

The question that weighs on my mind now is how the child's development has been affected. Those 18 years were among the most important years of her life, including the rest of her childhood, all through her teens, and into early adulthood, During captivity, Jaycee and the other girls have never been to school, or had any contact with the rest of the world. I can't help wondering what her rehabilitation will be like.

The good news, of course, is that Jaycee now has a chance at a normal life. But how much of a chance remains to be seen. Still, it is not often that any person, child or adult, who has been missing for over a decade, is ever found alive. In this regard, we can say she is indeed very fortunate.

Of all the missing persons websites I know of, I believe it was the Charley Project that was the first to cover this story. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another Missing Person Found

You absolutely must read this.

Another missing person has been found, Alice Donovan, thanks to a special person in Wilmington, NC, and her cadaver dogs.
(good doggies!)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Who Killed Theresa's Blog?

If you go to visit Who Killed Theresa today, you may be in for a surprise. It seems the blog has come under a spam attack, making it disappear.
John Allore informs me he has appealed to Google to restore WKT. In the meantime, he has temporarily moved to this location.

Topics currently being discussed shall continue here, until WKT has been restored.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Important Question(s)

Why isn't Christopher Lamont Cooper a suspect in the murder of Ira Yarmolenko?

Back in February I posted this link, saying, "Nothing more for me to say here." Boy, was I ever wrong!

Another question; (okay, more than one)
Why did WSOC-TV not take advantage of the opportunity to be the first to report receiving a written confession from Cooper? Were they under gag order? Why have they STILL not mentioned it?

This is all I've found this year on blogs still active discussing the murder of Ira Yarmolenlo.

First there's Topix,

then "Don't Worry I'll Think of a Title,"

Morons in Chapel Hill,

and of course, Chris's Crime Forum.

If I've left anyone out, please let me know.

This year there seems to be a division among the bloggers between those who believe the Gaston County Police have arrested the true killers, and those who believe they have not. (I think you know which side I've taken.)

Now there's a problem I want to see fixed. Police are no longer looking for the TRUE killers, and the case is getting colder. Cold cases are difficult to solve. I say it's time to get back on the bandwagon.

Come on people. Let's get it together. We have a murder case to solve. Let's start by asking and answering the right questions.

I'm sorry, I DID leave someone out.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Remains Found in Eno River Park

Yesterday evening a hiker found decomposed human remains in Eno River State Park and reported it to Durham Police. No information yet on race, gender, or cause of death. Police say the remains have been there a very long time.
UPDATE August 4. -- It's a MAN.

and some more to read.
It is Jonathan Richard Gardenour, missing Durham man.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Probation Reform Bill

From WRAL News

Governor signs probation reform bill.
Posted July 30, 2009

Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Bev Perdue has signed a bill that will give law enforcement and probation officers the authority to perform warrantless searches in certain situations and give probation officers limited access to juvenile records.

"With these reforms, I really do believe, we in North Carolina are on the right pathway to make sure we do all that we can do to help these 115,000 to 120,000 people who are on probation in our system understand we mean business," the governor told a crowd outside the Raleigh Police Department Thursday afternoon.

"When you're on probation, you're still a ward of the court, you're still a ward of the system, and we'll put you back in a city minute, if you play outside the box."

The new law allows any law enforcement officer to perform a search of a probationer without court permission, if he or she has reasonable suspicion that a probationer is involved in criminal activity or has a weapon.

"We're going to draw a strong box around that search," Perdue said. "It’s not going to be used for anything other than what it is."

Effective immediately, all warrants for parole-commissioned violators will also be expedited immediately, regardless of the infraction.

"We've eliminated the idea of routine under this administration," Perdue said. "There is absolutely no warrant in this state that should be deemed routine. Every warrant is important to somebody."

The legislation also allows officers to examine juvenile records of a probationer for offenses that would have been felonies had they been committed while the offender was an adult. Juvenile records are usually sealed.

The disclosed records will help a probation officer determine what kind of supervision the adult probationer needs.

"This is important stuff," Perdue said. "You've seen what's happened."

Problems with the probation came to light in the wake of the 2008 shooting deaths of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato in January and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson in March.

Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. and Demario James Atwater, who are charged in Carson's death, were on probation at the time.

Officials later said Lovette – who is also a suspect in Mahato's death – was charged with nine different crimes during six weeks while he was on probation but that he never met with his probation officer.

Atwater's case was handled by 10 different staff members who failed to follow procedures between 2005 and 2008, the state has said.

Atwater was twice ordered to be placed under intensive probation, which includes mandatory curfews, weekly contact and warrantless searches, but the officers handling his case never did so.

Carson was killed a few days after Atwater was first scheduled to appear on a probation violation resulting from firearms charge to which he had pleaded guilty eight months earlier.

He was sent to the wrong courtroom and the probation hearing was delayed.

Reviews of the probation system – both internally and by the National Institute of Corrections – found that inadequate staffing, high turnover rates, case reassignments and lack of training led to deficiencies in supervision.

Two other high-profile cases this summer – including a man in North Carolina recently paroled from prison whom authorities believe killed five people in South Carolina before he was shot and killed in Gastonia – have also highlighted strains in the state's probation and parole system.
See the rest of the story here.