Castillo gets trial date

Date set in Orange High shooting trial:

You remember Alvaro Rafael Castillo don’t you? He’s the nut case who shot and killed his father while his father slept and then went to Orange High School in North Carolina and shot the place up. Luckily only two students were injured. He is also a mutant of the highest order. Not only did he have an obsession with Columbine but he also e-mailed Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis shortly before going on his spree.

Anyway he was in court yesterday to receive the date of his trial which is set for May 5, 2008. And he did this to piss somebody off.

After Morgan agreed to the date, Castillo smiled and tossed a slight wave over his shoulders to the courtroom before being led out of the back of the building to a sheriff’s car.

It pissed me off anyway. People who are on trial for murder should not smile ever.

Arkansas says be patient to WM3

AG spokesman: Review in West Memphis appeal will take time:

The Arkansas State Attorney General’s Office said that it would take some time for the DNA “evidence” that has been presented in regards to the West Memphis 3 case to be processed.

In a statement, a spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said state officials are seeing the evidence put forward by lawyers representing Damien Echols for the first time.

“As litigation goes, this process will likely take months and possibly years,” spokesman Gabe Holmstrom said. “Indeed, counsel for Echols has taken years to develop these claims so it will take the state a fair amount of time to properly respond.”

And for those of you that keep calling the trial a witch hunt…

The state Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Baldwin and Echols’ convictions in 1996, citing what it called substantial evidence of guilt.

In 2002, the state Supreme Court authorized further DNA testing in the case. In 2005, the high court rejected an effort by Echols to reopen the case so he could argue that his trial lawyers mishandled his defense.

The State Supreme Court aren’t a bunch of country bumpkins that got their law degrees from a box of Moon Pies. But since most of y’all have a prejudice against the south you think they are. Little Rock is a far cry from West Memphis.

But hey, keep drinking the Kool-Aid if it makes you feel better. Just know that you’re giving a convicted killer exactly what he wants.

Death penalty sought in burning death

Man Who Allegedly Set Girlfriend On Fire Could Get Death Penalty:

It’s been over a year since we’ve heard anything about Dane Abdool. He’s the man, and I use that term loosely, from Florida who is accused of killing his girlfriend, Amelia Sookdeo, by setting her on fire. The last we heard the State’s Attorney’s Office was more than likely considering the death penalty for Abdool. That consideration is now a reality as they have made it official that they are seeking the death penalty. The trial is set to start in February.

More on the WM3 DNA evidence

West Memphis Three: Defense Attorney Says New Evidence Clears His Client:

A press release was issued yesterday by the public relations firm that represents the defense team for convicted killer Damien Echols, he of the infamous West Memphis 3. Click the link if you want to read the entire release otherwise it basically just talks about the DNA evidence that was originally made public back in July.

Apparently the lawyers got around to filing the papers about the DNA and felt that it was so important they needed a PR firm to issue a press release about it. What’s next? The next time Echols drops a deuce are they going to issue a press release about it? It just screams of attention whoring. Hey remember us, we have this DNA stuff that we think will set a killer free. Please look at us. Then again the WM3’s best weapon has been the media and they wield it well. I mean look at how many sheep they’ve collected in the past 15 years.

Like I discussed before they’re now claiming that the DNA evidence points to Terry Hobbs the step-father of one of the victims. However the WM3 supporters pointed the finger so long at Mark Byers it’s almost like they can’t be taken seriously.

As I’ve also discussed before the press release states that Hobbs’ ex-wife and mother of one of the victims thinks that Hobbs is capable of the murders. Like she wouldn’t have a reason to lie.

Basically the WM3 team is grasping at straws while trying to make themselves look like they just found Jimmy Hoffa. As far as I’m concerned the highly lauded DNA evidence neither proves nor disproves anything.

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I’m writing this part up a couple of hours after I wrote the above part. I just went to two different threads on two different websites about the WM3. One was a respected blog that had a handful of commenters and the other was a huge site devoted to news links. In both threads WM3 supporters are still hanging on to Mark Byers just because he looked guilty in the documentaries. If you’re going to support a cause do some research people. At least pay attention to the latest news.

New Dio/Sabbath album

Heaven And Hell To Record Album:

There’s been much speculation of a forthcoming Black Sabbath reunion with the original line-up with Ozzy Osbourne at the helm, but founding member Geezer Butler has adamantly denied such rumors.

Heaven and Hell are currently in discussions with various record labels about recording a brand new studio album in 2008,” says Butler.

Good because we all know who the best Black Sabbath vocalist is.

All hail his name m/

All hail his name m/

Suspect held on $1M bail in the death of Katherine Ann Olson

Bail set at $1 million for suspect in craigslist killing:

Bail was set at $1M for suspected craigslist killer Michael John Anderson. He’s the suspected killer of Katherine Ann Olson whose body was found a day after she responded to a phony employment ad on craigslist. It’s alleged that Anderson was the one who took out the ad.

An additional detail mentioned in the article is that they believe that Anderson shot her in the back of the head with a .357 Magnum.

Police believe Olson was killed in Anderson’s house sometime after she arrived Thursday morning. Investigators found blood splatters in the man’s bedroom and on his mattress, as well as bloody drag marks down the stairs of the home.

They also discovered a .357 Magnum and a shell casing from the gun in his room.

During Olson’s autopsy, a bullet was found in her stomach.

Authorities said there is no initial evidence of a sexual assault, but final results are not in, police said.

The man initially denied having contact with the woman, but eventually admitted to being present when she was killed. He said a friend killed Olson because he “thought it would be funny.”

At a press conference after the bail hearing, police claimed that only Anderson was involved in the killing.

More details as they become available.

Craig himself on the murder of Katherine Ann Olson

Charges expected Tuesday in Craigslist killing:

Craig Newmark, the founder of craigslist, had the following to say about the murder of Katherine Ann Olson.

The founder of Craigslist.org believes that Olson’s death is the first killing ever linked to the website.

“I can’t recall a single case like it,” Craig Newmark told KARE 11 News. “This is the worst that I can recall.”

“I’d just like to express my condolences,” Newmark said by phone from California Sunday. “This is a real tragedy and we’re more eager than ever to help deal with the bad guy.”

Newmark says Craigslist works closely with authorities to investigate crimes tied to the website. Those crimes include identity theft cases, scams, robberies and sex crimes.

Does he not see anything wrong with the fact that these crimes are happening on his website?

SJU gunman found incompetent

Queens student found incompetent for gun trial:

Omesh Hiraman, the St. John’s student who brought a loaded single shot rifle on to campus, was ruled incompetent to stand trial.

A Queens Criminal Court judge ordered Omesh Hiraman on Monday to be held at a state psychiatric facility. If convicted, he would have faced up to a year in jail.

No word yet on how long his stay there will be. Hopefully he’ll get the help that he needs.

Katherine Ann Olson and Donna Jou

Craigslist users wary after killing of baby-sitter:

Susan MacTavish Best of craigslist had the following to say about the murder of Katherine Ann Olson

“We were shocked and saddened to hear of this terrible tragedy, and our deepest sympathies are with the victim’s family and friends,” said Susan MacTavish Best, a spokeswoman for craigslist, an international network of online communities that features free classified advertising.

Best said there’s never been a homicide linked to craigslist since it was founded 12 years ago.

“Assuming the craigslist link is confirmed, this would be the first time,” Best said, referring to Olson’s death.

Best said craigslist officials work with law enforcement whenever they receive a request, but she wouldn’t comment specifically about their involvement in the Olson investigation.

I bet you think I’m going to rip her again but I’m not. Unlike when defending the erotic services section Ms. MacTavish-Best did not use this as an opportunity to tout how great craigslist is. However this may not be the first craigslist murder. In a sort of twisted backwards way but with no disrespect meant towards anyone involved there is still the matter of Donna Jou.

Donna Jou went missing in July and was last seen leaving on a date with a guy by the name of John Burgess that she met on craigslist. Unfortunately as of yet she has not been found and even less unfortunately police are unable to charge Burgess with anything due to lack of evidence. However it’s entirely possible that Donna Jou may be the first craigslist murder.

Now you may thing that there’s a difference between answering a personal ad and a job ad on craigslist. There is but only slightly. Predators don’t usually use job ads to attract victims but it’s not unheard of.

This past July I posted a story about a woman who was approached sexually by a man she thought was a prospective employer.

I guess what I’m saying is that since criminal elements lurk in the rest of craigslist it was only a matter of time before they seeped into the employment ads as well. So no matter what kind of ad you’re placing or responding to on craigslist it doesn’t hut to be overly cautious. The old saying holds true here, just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

Be careful out there.

MN woman killed after responding to craigslist ad

Online nanny ad ends in slaying:

The employment ads on craigslist used to be the only trustworthy part of their site. They’re the only paid ads on the site. Those days are now over.

Katherine Ann Olson was a 24-year-old from Minneapolis who had used craigslist many times before to find nanny jobs. It seemed that the last one she answered was no different. That was until her body was found in the trunk of her car Friday night. She had responded to an ad looking for a nanny that she thought was placed by a married couple in Savage, MN. The ad was actually placed by a 19-year-old man who police believe is her killer.

Police aren’t releasing the suspect’s name or how Katherine Ann Olson was murdered. The suspect must be one sick SOB to take a paid ad out on craigslist just to kill an innocent woman.

I’ll post more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Being the expert blogger that he is Steve Huff has a more detailed post and the name of the suspect which is Michael John Anderson.