Tag Archive: stabbing

Person of interest in Chanel Petro-Nixon’s murder jailed on new murder charge

Chanel Petro-Nixon

Chanel Petro-Nixon

Chanel Petro-Nixon was 16 in 2006 when she was strangled to death in Brooklyn, but to date no one has been charged with her murder. As recently as 2014 the NYPD said that they had a person of interest in her murder but could not physically connect him to the crime.

The story took a strange turn recently as the person of interest, 29-year-old Veron Primus, has been arrested on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent for allegedly stabbing another woman to death. Primus is accused of murdering 24-year-old real estate agent Sharleen Greaves last year. Primus was a classmate of Chanel’s back in 2006 and was the last person believed to be with her before she disappeared. Primus was being questioned about the alleged kidnapping of another St. Vincent woman when, from what I understand, found evidence implicating him in the murder of Ms. Graves and possibly one other woman.

I hope for the sake of Chanel’s family that this somehow will finally allow New York police bring justice for Chanel.

I’ll post more on Primus and his more recent alleged crimes as information becomes available and time allows.

Resentencing ordered for one of Jennifer Parks’ killers

James Zarate

James Zarate

James Zarate was 14 when he and his brother Jonathan brutally murdered and dismembered their neighbor, 16-year-old Jennifer Parks, in 2005. The younger Zarate was tried as an adult and sentenced in 2009 to life in prison with the eligibility of parole after serving 76 years of his sentence.

Now a New Jersey judge has ordered a resentencing for James Zarate based on the recent court rulings that mandatory life without parole for teens in cruel and unusual. Let’s not forget how cruel and unusual the Zarate brothers were to Jennifer Parks. Not only did they stab and bludgeon her to death but they dismembered her body so they could stuff it in a trunk which they tried to throw into the Passaic River. That’s not even including how cruel and unusual Jennifer’s murder was to her family. Not only did Jennifer’s parents divorce after her murder but her father, David Parks, died of a heart attack only two years after Zarate’s conviction. I’m sure this order for resentencing has opened old wounds for the Parks family making them relive this nightmare again. Is that not cruel and unusual?

The only saving grace here is that out of the cases that I’m following none of the cases appealed on these recent rulings have resulted in reduced sentences.

Laurie Parks can’t appeal to have Jennifer brought back to her so James Zarate should not be returned to his family any time soon or ever.

Torey Adamcik denied new trial or re-sentencing

Cassie Jo Stoddart

Cassie Jo Stoddart

Late last week a judge denied Torey Adamcik’s request for either a new trial or a reconsidered sentence. Adamcik’s attorney argues that recent court rulings that say mandatory life sentences for teens are cruel and unusual however the judge disagreed that those rulings applied in the case of Adamcik.

Along with cohort Brian Draper, Adamcik was tried as an adult, convicted and sentenced to life for the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Cassie Jo Stoddart. The pair had bragged about the murder on videotape after stabbing Cassie 29 times. Draper was also a fan of the Columbine shooters, what I call a mutant and what Tumblr users call a columbiner.

Did lax parenting lead to the murders of the Bever family

The Bever's house

The Bever’s house

I originally posted about the Bever brothers here. 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, allegedly killed most of their family because they wanted to be more famous than Columbine and not unlike Columbine a similar pattern appears.

Recently police investigators testified that the Bever’s 13-year-old sister had said that the signs were there a year in advance.

One officer was there when the surviving sister was interviewed. She told them her brothers talked about murdering people for about a year and were buying and collecting body armor and knives.

She told officers she mentioned it to her parents, but said they didn’t see it as a threat, more just boys seeking attention.

I really hate to victim blame here but these aren’t things that can be ignored anymore. I mean we’re talking body armor here. That has only one purpose and unless your kids are also being protected by the Secret Service it’s not a good one. In case you were wondering it is legal in Oklahoma to own body armor but illegal to use it in the commission of a crime.

However the elder Bever brother is alleging an instance of child abuse against his parents…

Robert told police his parents beat him when he was 13 and remembered thinking he wished they were dead. He said his father dragged him up the stairs once because he left a light on and that his mother slapped him so hard it left a mark.

He said he believed his parents hated all the kids and kept having them for a tax benefit.

That could entirely be true considering that the Bevers were not the most social of families.

By many neighbors’ accounts, the Bevers kept to themselves – the siblings played alone in the backyard, walked down neighborhood streets bunched together and their parents didn’t socialize much.

While that doesn’t guarantee that child abuse took place it can be an indicator however that does not excuse the brutality the brothers are accused of committing. Then why also kill their brothers Daniel, 12 and Christopher 7, and their sister, 5-year-old Victoria?

However let’s get back to my initial point. Are the Bever parents responsible for their own deaths and the deaths of some of their children because they ignored obvious signs? While the Bever brothers are ultimately responsible for their alleged crimes the inactivity of their parents did in fact allow this atrocity to take place.

These days as parents we can not allow unhealthy obsessions with things like Columbine and serial killers to go unnoticed and unimpeded.

Many charges dropped in NY roommate killing

Many charges dropped in NY roommate killing

Dylan Lentini

In the almost 16 years of this website I have believed that only three people who I’ve posted about were either wrongly convicted or arrested. I may now have a fourth.

I originally posted about Dylan Lentini here and here. He was arrested last year for the alleged stabbing murder of 66-year-old Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York.

Since that time all the counts of robbery in the first degree have been dropped as have three of the four murder in the second degree charges. Lentini has maintained that he killed Wimbert in self-defense stating that Wimbert kept trying to force himself upon the teen. Lentiti had a laceration of his own in his hand and yelled to neighbors to call 911 after fleeing the scene.

The only thing that keeps me from fully believing that Lentini acted in self-defense is the amount of stab wounds that Wimbert received and that was 24. Although with the robbery charges dropped I’m not seeing much of a motive for murder.

I’ll continue to keep an eye on this story for further details.

UPDATE 5/8/2016: Lentini recently gave a jailhouse interview claiming that Wimbert had raped him.

Kik used by Va. Tech student in murder of teen

David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers

David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers

I’ve been taking mental break from the website for the past week or so but I read something tonight that demanded my attention.

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, Virginia. She went missing last Wednesday after sneaking out of her house. Her body was later found across the border into North Carolina. Police believe that she was allegedly stabbed to death by 18-year-old Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer. Also arrested was 19-year-old Natalie Keepers who is being charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder and helping dispose of Nicole’s body.

It’s believed that Eisenhauer met and communicated with Nicole through the smart phone messaging app Kik. Unfortunately that makes a lot of sense to me. For the past few years I’ve been posting just some of the examples of how Kik is used by sex offenders and pedophiles. Nicole, by all accounts, was a very vulnerable child. She was bullied not only in school but also online. She had survived several health scares when she was much younger, one of which left her with a visible scar. She seemed to be insecure about her looks and looked for approval online. That’s fertile ground for any kind of online predator. They live to prey upon the insecurities of their victims. Nicole honestly believed that Eisenhauer was her boyfriend.

The thing is any girl could have been Eisenhauer’s victim or the victim of another predator. There’s no profile for the type of victims on Kik. They can be smart, popular, cool, nerdy, loners or what have you. What I’m trying to say is that any kid using Kik is a potential victim. Have a talk with your kids. Let them know that if someone that old is showing ‘romantic’ interest in them it’s more than likely not for a good reason. And above all else educate yourself on these smart phone and tablet apps. Even if a cell phone is inactive it can still use a wi-fi signal to connect to these apps.

When I was young my parents could afford to be technologically illiterate and let the VCR flash 12:00. In today’s world where there are so many online avenues to your kids that luxury no longer exists.

UPDATE 2/12/2016: According to CNN Eisenhauer killed Nicole allegedly because she was about to make their ‘relationship’ public, however law enforcement has not commented on what kind of relationship they were having.

Trial set to start for the murder of Jaymie Adams. Is the wrong man being tried?

Jaymie Adams

Jaymie Adams

Since I started posting about the murder of Jaymie Adams I’ve contended that her husband, Justin Adams, was her killer. Not only was he prostituting her on craigslist while she was pregnant but he was also allegedly having an affair and had taken a life insurance policy out on his wife. Oklahoma City police originally arrested Adams and charged him with his wife’s murder.They then did an about-face and lessened the charges to manslaughter and under a plea deal allowed him to walk out of court a free man.

All of a sudden they arrested a man by the name of Jospeh Cyr and made him the prime suspect. The police say that Cyr was a john and killed Jaymie Adams although they never said, to my knowledge, what his motive was. They claimed that Cyr’s DNA was found on Jaymie even though it was not mentioned in the autopsy report. Now Cyr’s trial is set to start this coming Monday and we’re finally getting a glimpse of what kind of tactics the prosecution has planned.

From NewsOK…

Prosecutors plan to discuss Cyr’s past sexual interactions with women during the trial. They allege Cyr “repeatedly intertwines sex and violence” and desires to impregnate women against their wishes.

They also allege Cyr often pressured the women he impregnated into aborting “the very pregnancy which he sought and caused.”

This is the first I’ve heard of any such behavior like this from Cyr. I’m not saying it’s not true it just all seems very vague as far as motives go. In the time around Cyr’s arrest I had been contacted by Cyr’s girlfriend at the time and she did not give any indication to me about any violent sexual behavior towards her from Cyr.

The whole situation seems like the Oklahoma City PD screwed the pooch on this one. As far as I’m concerned the entire investigation was mishandled and should have been handed off to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) like the investigation into the murder of Carina Saunders.

In today’s climate where every police action is questioned and scrutinized and documentaries of police mishandling capture the country’s imagination why is no one questioning why this investigation was such a clusterfuck from the beginning?

Boyfriend of woman stabbed to death in craigslist confrontation tells his side

bloody_knife

I originally posted about the stabbing death of 41-year-old Robin Smith, from Fresno, California, here. Now her boyfriend, who was present at the time of her stabbing, is taking to local media to tell his side of the story.

He claims that Smith contacted the man “to get some transmission fluid for her broken down vehicle”. However the article doesn’t say why he thinks that the man stabbed Smith if it wasn’t self-defense. He claims that he only accosted the man after Smith was stabbed. However the article does state that Smith had worked as a prostitute in the past which would lend credence to the report that the craigslist ad that stared the whole thing was for ‘companionship’.

Again that doesn’t mean she deserved to be killed however I am finding the transmission fluid story a little hard to believe. When people’s cars break down to some take to craigslist for immediate help? That would not be my first avenue of choice in that situation.

Police are still investigating and so far no charges have been filed.

Was Fresno craigslist stabbing self-defense?

bloody_knife

For a while now craigslist has been described as the ‘Wild West’ of the internet. I think this story drives that point home better than most.

On New Year’s Eve 41-year-old Robin Smith, of Fresno, California, was stabbed to death, but was she a victim or an aggressor?

The man who killed her claims that he met Smith through craigslist regarding an ad for what the ABC 30 article calls companionship. The man also claims that Smith began asking for money and then Smith’s boyfriend allegedly attacked the man. The man then claims he stabbed Smith in self-defense. Fresno police are saying that the man is cooperating with police.

While we don’t know for sure I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much this sounded like a prostitution deal gone south. Does that mean Smith deserved to be stabbed to death? It’s hard to say at this time.

In true Wild West fashion there are no ‘good guys’ in this story but what led to her death remains to be seen.

New twist in NY roommate killing

In my last post about the murder of 66-year-old Michael Wimbert in West Nyack, New York, I said that it did not appear to be ‘roommate with benefits’ situation. I may have been wrong about that. The Rockland County Times is saying that this could be the ad placed by victim Michael Wimbert…

wibertad

In my opinion that looks exactly like a roommate with benefits ad.

This is important now because the alleged killer, 19-year-old Dylan Lentini, has pleaded not guilty and is claiming that Wimbert tried to molest him and he acted out of self-defense. However I have doubts about that too since Wimbert was recovering from eye surgery and I wonder if lethal force was a necessary self-defense.

I’m still not ready to classify this as your ‘normal’ craigslist killing. Also how sad is it that there are craigslist killings that are considered normal?