Police: Woman found 10 years after kidnapping, Dozens charged in New York City child porn case, Atlanta elementary school principal indicted in sex sting, Ian Watkins: Six police officers accused of ‘gross misconduct’ over investigations into paedophile singer, Nebraskan convicted in ’85 cult murder gets commutation
May 22, 2014 Comments Off on Police: Woman found 10 years after kidnapping, Dozens charged in New York City child porn case, Atlanta elementary school principal indicted in sex sting, Ian Watkins: Six police officers accused of ‘gross misconduct’ over investigations into paedophile singer, Nebraskan convicted in ’85 cult murder gets commutation
Police: Woman found 10 years after kidnapping
by GILLIAN FLACCUS of Associated Press 5/21/14 SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP)
A woman who disappeared as a teenager a decade ago was reunited with her family after she went to police and told them her mother’s ex-boyfriend drugged and kidnapped her in 2004, forced her to marry him and fathered her child.
Isidro Garcia, 41, of Bell Gardens, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment, the Santa Ana Police Department police said.
Police described a decade during which the victim — abused mentally, physically and sexually by her captor — was moved at least four times and given multiple fake identities to hide her from family and authorities.
Garcia allegedly told her that her family had stopped trying to find her, and that if she tried to contact them they would be deported.
“Even with the opportunity to escape, after years of physical and mental abuse, the victim saw no way out of her situation and lived a life with Garcia under sustained physical and mental abuse,” police said in a written statement.
Neighbors were stunned, describing them as a seemingly happy couple who doted on their young daughter and liked to host parties at their apartment in the working-class community of Bell Gardens, about 20 miles from where she originally disappeared….
Dozens charged in New York City child porn case By TOM HAYS of Associated Press 5/21/14 NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer, a paramedic, a rabbi, a nurse and a Boy Scout leader were among at least 70 people arrested in the New York City area in recent weeks as part of a sweeping investigation into the anonymous trading of child porn over the Internet.
The five were among at least 70 men and one woman charged in a five-week operation by the Homeland Security Investigations arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Federal officials, who planned to announce the arrests a news conference later Wednesday, call it one of the largest local roundups ever of people who collect images of children having sex — and a stark reminder that they come from all segments of society.
Consuming child porn “is not something that is just done by unemployed drifters who live in their parent’s basement,” said James Hayes, of ICE’s New York office. “If this operation does anything, it puts the lie to the belief that the people who do this are not productive members of society.”
Authorities say an alarming number of the defendants had access to young children, though there were no reports of abuse. The Boy Scout leader also coached a youth baseball team. The rabbi home-schooled his children and others. Another person had hidden cameras used to secretly film his children’s friends.
One defendant was already on bail following his arrest last year on charges he used the Internet to direct women to record sex acts with young children. Court papers allege he “indicated the last video he had downloaded and viewed depicted a mother sexually abusing her 3- or 4-year-old child.”….
Atlanta elementary school principal indicted in sex sting By Reuters 5/9/14 ATLANTA (Reuters)
A suburban Atlanta elementary school principal has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly trying to entice a minor female to have sex with him, court records showed on Friday.
John McGill, 56, was arrested in March in a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) sting operation called Operation Broken Heart. The investigation was aimed at people who meet children online and then travel to meet them for sex, according to the GBI.
McGill was one of 14 people arrested in the operation, the GBI said. He was suspended after the arrest, the school system announced….
Ian Watkins: Six police officers accused of ‘gross misconduct’ over investigations into paedophile singer May 21, 2014 By Cathy Owen
One officer from South Wales Police, three from South Yorkshire Police and two from Bedfordshire Police have been served with the notices The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has served gross misconduct notices on three South Yorkshire Police officers, two Bedfordshire Police officers and a South Wales police officer as part of its ongoing investigations into the handling of allegations against Ian Watkins, it was announced today….
The IPCC is also investigating Bedfordshire Police’s handling of information from a member of the public who reported an allegation of child abuse against Watkins to the force in October 2012. A sergeant and a constable have been served with notices advising them their conduct is under investigation…. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/ian-watkins-six-police-officers-7150665
Nebraskan convicted in ’85 cult murder gets commutation Grant Schulte, Associated Press May 20, 2014 LINCOLN, Neb.
A Nebraskan who participated in a gruesome, cult-related murder in 1985 was granted a rare commutation Tuesday that will end his lifetime parole sentence later this year.
The Nebraska Board of Pardons voted unanimously to grant Timothy Haverkamp’s request to stop his parole supervision. Haverkamp was released from his prison in 2009 after serving 23 years of a 10-years-to-life sentence….
Haverkamp, 52, was convicted of second-degree murder for his role in the torture and murder of James Thimm, a fellow cult member, at a farm compound near Rulo in southeastern Nebraska. He pleaded guilty and later testified against cult leader Michael Ryan, who remains on death row. Haverkamp also was a key witness against Ryan’s son, Dennis….
Michael Ryan ordered Thimm’s murder because he had displeased Yahweh, their god. Michael Ryan also was convicted in the beating death of the 5-year-old son of a cult member.
The Ryans and about 20 cult members lived on the farm. The group hated Jews and stored weapons in preparation for a final battle between good and evil….
Demand for return of hundreds of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria mounts, Heartbroken father claims his married daughter, 32, was ‘driven to suicide’ by a ‘death dance cult leader’ who made her his ‘sex slave’
May 6, 2014 Comments Off on Demand for return of hundreds of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria mounts, Heartbroken father claims his married daughter, 32, was ‘driven to suicide’ by a ‘death dance cult leader’ who made her his ‘sex slave’
Demand for return of hundreds of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria mounts
By Azadeh Ansari and Tia Brueggeman, CNN May 4, 2014
Washington (CNN) — International pressure on Nigeria is mounting with protesters taking to the streets around the world to demand the rescue of hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by the terror group Boko Haram….
In Nigeria, angry citizens contend authorities are not doing enough. They took to social media using hashtags #BringBackOurGirls and #BringBackOurDaughters to demand more from the government, a move that appears to have ignited a global call for action.
Despite the recent public outcries, the Nigeria’s Defense Ministry said it is committed to the search.
Even so, protesters have said not enough is being done….
“Can you imagine if 234 girls were abducted from their school in Paris or in Chicago? This would be a nightmare, this would be an uproar,” Nicole Lee, president of TransAfrica, an African-American foreign policy organization, said at the Washington demonstration.
“… People would care, people would take action and we would want the same for the girls in Nigeria.”….
Heartbroken father claims his married daughter, 32, was ‘driven to suicide’ by a ‘death dance cult leader’ who made her his ‘sex slave and plied her with mind-bending drugs’
Sharon Stern, 32, from Hollywood, Florida, committed suicide after being driven insane by her ‘butoh’ master, Katsura Kan, her family claims
Butoh is a form of Japanese dance that explores themes of pedophilia, homosexuality and death
Stern fell in thrall of Kan after she moved with her software engineer husband to Boulder, Colorado
She began to travel the world with him to put on dances and then he also allegedly began to ask her for money – totaling $30,000
In 2011 her distraught family found her in a psych ward in Denmark – her father claims Kan had given her mind-altering drugs
She divorced her husband to prove her love for Kan, and after one last disturbing email, committed suicide in 2012
Family is suing Kan for wrongful death claiming he ‘stripped her of her free will’ and ‘used her as a sex slave’. She called him ‘god’
By Donna Andersen 5 May 2014
….’Katsura Kan brainwashed her against her family and her life,’ her heartbroken father told MailOnline, echoing the claims he made in the lawsuit.
He alleged: ‘He made her forget everything that was happy about life, and told her she needed to experience pain and suffering, until he had full control over her. She called him god.’
The lawsuit, which Kan has not responded to, alleges that Kan ‘systematically stripped away Stern’s human dignity, free will and self-respect by subjugating Stern to Kan’s total control.’
It reads: ‘Kan seduced Stern to engage in a sexual relationship with him, abused, publicly humiliated, criticized, insulted and derogated Stern, induced Stern to ingest narcotic drugs.’
Kan has not responded to a request for comment by MailOnline.
Before meeting Katsura Kan, Sharon Stern never had a mental health issue in her life.
March 24, 2014 Comments Off on Mexico: Knights Templar Drug Cartel Initiation Rite, Nigerian police discover ritual killings
has graphic descriptions of violence
– Mexico: Knights Templar Drug Cartel Made Recruits Eat Children’s Hearts in Initiation Rite
– Rotting Corpses and Chained Kidnap Victims Found in Nigeria’s ‘House of Horrors’
– Nigerian police discover ritual killings
Mexico: Knights Templar Drug Cartel Made Recruits Eat Children’s Hearts in Initiation Rite By Umberto Bacchi March 21, 2014
New members of an infamous Mexican drug cartel were forced to eat children’s hearts as part of a gruesome initiation rite, informers told authorities in the western state of Michoacan.
Officials investigating an organ trafficking ring allegedly run by the Knights Templar cartel said there is evidence the late gang boss Nazario Moreno demanded that recruits proved their loyalty through an act of cannibalism.
“At [an] initiation ceremony they used the organs, in this case the heart, and forced people going through this initiatory process to eat it,” Alfredo Castillo, the federal government’s envoy to Michoacan, told a local radio….
Moreno, who founded La Familia cartel before starting up the Knights Templar, was first declared dead by the Mexican government in December 2010 after a shootout with federal police, even though no corpse was found.
Earlier this month, police arrested Manuel Plancarte Gaspar, another member of the Knights Templar, on organ trafficking charges….
Rotting Corpses and Chained Kidnap Victims Found in Nigeria’s ‘House of Horrors’ By Tom Porter March 23, 2014
Nigerian police have found rotting bodies, skeletons and people bound in chains in a house in Ibadan that has been dubbed the House of Horrors.
They said that emaciated people had also been found wandering in the grounds of the property, reports AFP….
In Nigeria, kidnapping victims are often killed in black magic ritual sacrifices or for their organs or body parts, which are sold on in the southern region of the country.
Corpses are often found abandoned on roadsides near the country’s cities with parts of their bodies missing, including their eyes and genitals.
Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper last year reported that three dealers in body parts and kidnapped people had revealed a “price list”, where a live person could be bought for about £150, a human head for £30 and genitalia for £36.
The Nigerian Tribune newspaper reported that about 15 people were found chained up in the property in Ibadan, and six guns and several cutlasses recovered from a neighbouring house….
Nigerian police discover ritual killings
Nigerian police have discovered a site where ritual killings were performed and the body parts sold for use in medical potions
23 Mar 2014 Source AAP
Nigerian police rescued 16 people from an underground dungeon believed to be a ritual killing site, the local newspaper Leadership has reported.
The officers also discovered several decomposing bodies and body parts, hundreds of human skulls, old clothes, photographs and voter cards in the chamber located in a forest near Soka in the western state of Oyo….
Every year, hundreds of Nigerians lose their lives to ritual killings. Their body parts are sold for large sums of money to people who believe they will become more powerful through magical potions containing human flesh and blood.
Satanic killing man ‘lived in fantasy world’, Sickening smile of teen accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 15-year-old girl in ‘satanic ritual’ so his friend could ‘sell his soul to the Devil’
February 12, 2014 Comments Off on Satanic killing man ‘lived in fantasy world’, Sickening smile of teen accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 15-year-old girl in ‘satanic ritual’ so his friend could ‘sell his soul to the Devil’
– Satanic murderer was ‘rejected as a child’
– Satanic killing man ‘lived in fantasy world’
– Sickening smile of teen accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 15-year-old girl in ‘satanic ritual’ so his friend could ‘sell his soul to the Devil’
– Two suspects charged in brutal killing of teen found in Clear Lake area apartment
Satanic murderer was ‘rejected as a child’
February 11 2014 By SAPA
Johannesburg – Lindon Wagner, found guilty Kirsty Theologo’s murder, had a troubled childhood and was rejected by his father, the High Court in Johannesburg sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court heard on Tuesday.
Lydia van Niekerk, for Wagner, said the rejection Wagner suffered during his childhood when he tried to reach out to his father had a serious impact on him.
Wagner started taking drugs from an early age, became an addict, and had a long history of drug abuse….
Cousins Wagner and Robin Harwood were found guilty for their part in the murder of Theologo as well as attempted murder and assault.
Theologo and her friend, who was 14 at the time and may not be named, were assaulted, doused with petrol and set alight in a Satanic “soul-selling” ritual on a hill in Linmeyer, Johannesburg, in October 2011….
Satanic killing man ‘lived in fantasy world’
February 11 2014 By Getrude Makhafola
Johannesburg – Robin Harwood, found guilty of the murder of Kirsty Theologo, lived almost in a fantasy world, the High Court in Johannesburg sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court heard on Tuesday.
“He was immature, almost lived in an unreal, fantasy world,” his lawyer Gail Sidwell said during arguments in mitigation of his sentencing.
She said Harwood and his friends took drugs and alcohol, and that drugs made him aggressive.
Cousins Lindon Wagner and Harwood are to be sentenced for their part in Theologo’s murder, as well as attempted murder, and assault….
Theologo and her friend, who was 14 at the time, were assaulted, doused with petrol and set alight in a Satanic “soul-selling” ritual on a hill in Linmeyer, Johannesburg, in October 2011.
Theologo died in hospital of her injuries a week later. Her friend survived the attack….
Sickening smile of teen accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 15-year-old girl in ‘satanic ritual’ so his friend could ‘sell his soul to the Devil’
Corriann Cervantes’ body was found half-naked with an upside-down cross carved into her stomach
The 15-year-old was abducted Wednesday and found dead, with religious items around her, on Saturday
Jose Reyes confessed to kidnapping, killing and raping her
A 16-year-old classmate of Cervantes has also been arrested and charged as a juvenile
By Michael Zennie
11 February 2014
A 15-year-old girl has been horrifically murdered in Houston in what appears to be a satanic ritual killing. She was found with an upside-down cross carved into her stomach and religious items placed in a circle around her partially naked body.
Police say Corriann Cervantes was abducted, then raped and bashed in the head with the lid of a toilet tank and an ashtray until she died. She was kidnapped on Wednesday, but her body was not found until Saturday morning.
Police arrested 17-year-old Jose E. Reyes and a 16-year-old classmate of Corriann’s, who knew her from the alternative high school they both attended in Clear Lake, Texas.
Reyes confessed to the horrific crime and said he had killed Corriann so that his younger friend could ‘sell his soul to the devil,’ according to KTRK-TV….
One of the neighbors who found her body said there were religious items placed around her body, according to KTRK….
Two suspects charged in brutal killing of teen found in Clear Lake area apartment Monday, February 10, 2014
HOUSTON (KTRK) — Houston police have arrested two suspects for the vicious murder of a 15-year-old Clear Lake girl, whose body was found in an apartment that police say had evidence of “occult activity.”
….According to law enforcement sources, Reyes confessed to killing Cervantes with a friend, so his friend “could sell his soul to the devil.” Cervantes was found partially clothed and had severe head trauma and numerous brutal injuries. They say she had a broken toilet tank lid around her head and an upside-down cross carved in her stomach.
Police arrested the Reyes after receiving information from the Webster Police Department that he had confessed to a family member. The 16-year-old suspect was arrested at Clear Path Alternative school in the Clear Creek School ISD….
Police say they’ve identified more victims of man accused of 110 child sex offences, Narok gripped by fear of ‘cult whose aim is to kill, maim’
January 26, 2014 Comments Off on Police say they’ve identified more victims of man accused of 110 child sex offences, Narok gripped by fear of ‘cult whose aim is to kill, maim’
Police say they’ve identified more victims of man accused of 110 child sex offences
January 24th, 2014 TRACY MCLAUGHLIN | QMI AGENCY
ORILLILA, ON — Police say there are eight additional child victims in a sexual assault case that includes accusations of bestiality, conspiracy to kidnap and rape a child, voyeurism and the making of child pornography.
Police have also introduced new allegations that some children were drugged before they were sexually assaulted.
Shayne Lund, 22, of Midland, Ont., has been in custody since October on 110 sex-related charges.
Two female friends of his are also in custody. It is alleged the women helped Lund get access to children between the ages of two and five.
Avery Taylor, 20, is facing 20 charges. Kathryn Thompson, 19, faces 26 charges. Both are from Orillia.
The new allegations against the three accused include administering a noxious substance to children as young as two years old, coercing children to have sex with animals, coercing them to commit voyeurism and videotaping them in sexual acts….
Narok gripped by fear of ‘cult whose aim is to kill, maim Friday, January 24th 2014 By KIPCHUMBA KEMEI
Narok town residents are living in fear of a gang whose apparent mission is to hack to death as many people as it can.
Since September last year when the first attack was reported, the machete wielding gang has killed at least three people. Several others have been permanently maimed.
The gang has been operating day and night unhindered in the densely populated Majengo, Mukuru and other estates in the town’s outskirts, forcing residents to retire to their homes early for fear of being attacked. Some parents have withdrawn their children from school to safeguard them from the gang whose number, mission and mode of operation have puzzled the police and the National Intelligence Service….
Narok County Police Commander Grace Kaikai believes the gang is a cult whose mission is only to kill in for what they have been made to believe. “There are strong indications that it is a cult. The way it operates and the fact that it’s members don’t take anything from their victims lend credence to that. We are working round the clock to identify its members and have them answer for the deaths and injuries,” she says. …
Neighbor of Ariel Castro pleads guilty to murders, rapes, kidnappings; Priest Released, Monsignor William Lynn, Priest Formerly Convicted In Child Abuse Scandal, Released
January 4, 2014 Comments Off on Neighbor of Ariel Castro pleads guilty to murders, rapes, kidnappings; Priest Released, Monsignor William Lynn, Priest Formerly Convicted In Child Abuse Scandal, Released
Neighbor of Ariel Castro pleads guilty to murders, rapes, kidnappings
By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News 12/30/13
A man nabbed by Cleveland police because of the proximity of his house to the late serial rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to murder and rape charges on Monday in connection with the killings of two women.
Elias Acevedo Sr. was sentenced to 445 years in prison without parole for the murders of the women and multiple counts rape that date back as far as two decades, according to NBC affiliate, WKYC….
Acevedo, who lived doors away from Castro, pleaded not guilty in October to 293 counts, including 173 counts of rape and 115 counts of kidnapping.
On Monday, in a plea deal, Acevedo pleaded guilty to strangling Pemberton in 1994 and killing a pregnant Adkins the following year. Adkins’ body was discovered in October….
Monsignor William Lynn, Priest Formerly Convicted In Child Abuse Scandal, Released
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A church official who recently won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal was released from custody Friday, and the city’s Roman Catholic archbishop defended the decision to use church funds to help with bail.
Monsignor William Lynn was staying at an undisclosed location in Philadelphia after being processed at a city jail and being fitted with an electronic monitoring device Friday morning, defense attorney Thomas Bergstrom said. He was due in court Monday for a bail hearing.
Lynn, who left a state prison on Thursday after 18 months behind bars, is the first U.S. church official to have been charged for hiding complaints that priests were molesting children.
City prosecutors had charged him with felony child endangerment, but the state Superior Court ruled that the law that existed at the time did not cover people who did not directly supervise children.
November 6, 2013 Comments Off on Ariel Castro’s captive: ‘I told him he was a monster’
Ariel Castro’s captive: ‘I told him he was a monster’
Marisol Bello, USA TODAY November 5, 2013
….Knight’s short stature, spiky red hair and lip and nose piercings belie the backbone of a fighter who can teach others how to survive in the worst of circumstances, say mental health experts who work with trauma victims.
In her first public interview, Knight describes in graphic detail how her kidnapper, Ariel Castro, abused her and tied her up “like a fish.”
With apparent poise, she described how Castro abducted her while she was lost trying to get to an appointment. He lured her into his house by telling her he had puppies that he would give her. He tied her up in the basement with rusted chains and put a helmet on her head.
Knight was matter-of-fact as she talked about how Castro tied her up after he lured her into the house….
“I hated him,” she said. “I told him he was a monster.”….
Psychologists who work with trauma and sexual abuse victims say the Cleveland woman is an example of resiliency.
“She’s a survivor,” says Charles Figley, professor of disaster mental health at Tulane University and editor of the Encyclopedia of Trauma. He says she took charge during her captivity, bore the brunt of Castro’s attacks and survived.
“Now that she’s out, she’s taking charge again,” he says. By telling her story her way, it’s clear that Knight doesn’t want to be cast as a victim, he says….