Child Sexual Exploitation Ring: 22 arrested, Amanda Spencer found guilty of running child sex ring in Sheffield, Prostitute raped, tortured, crucified in Italy, serial killer. speculation that the murder could have been a ritual killing

May 9, 2014 Comments Off on Child Sexual Exploitation Ring: 22 arrested, Amanda Spencer found guilty of running child sex ring in Sheffield, Prostitute raped, tortured, crucified in Italy, serial killer. speculation that the murder could have been a ritual killing

– Child Sexual Exploitation Ring: 22 arrested
– Amanda Spencer found guilty of running child sex ring in Sheffield
– Prostitute raped, tortured, crucified in Italy; case mirrors 2013 attack
– Italy: Florence gripped by fear as police hunt serial killer “speculation that the murder could have been a ritual killing”

CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION RING: 22 arrested
By Folkestone Herald   May 07, 2014

POLICE have arrested 22 people in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation across the UK.

Officers carried out a series of early morning raids at addresses in Kent, the Midlands and Yorkshire, in an operation focused on an organised criminal network believed to be involved with the sexual exploitation of young girls from the Slovakian Roma community, in Margate, Folkestone, Dover and Gravesend.

Chief Superintendent Alison Roden of Kent Police, who has been co-ordinating the operation, said: ‘We have arrested a number of people across the country as part of an ongoing investigation into child exploitation offences.

‘This is part of an in-depth investigation and today’s operation is a response to reports from the community and intelligence gathered about allegations of child exploitation in Margate, Dover, Folkestone and Gravesend. Arrests have also been made in Leeds and Birmingham.

‘The protection of children and vulnerable young victims is a key priority for Kent Police and our partner agencies….
http://www.folkestoneherald.co.uk/Police/story-21067808-detail/story.html

Amanda Spencer found guilty of running child sex ring in Sheffield
Kashmira Gander Author Biography
Friday 02 May 2014

A woman from Sheffield has been found guilty of running a child sex ring, after she reportedly coaxed “weak and vulnerable” underage girls into prostitution using drugs and alcohol.

23-year-old Amanda Spencer was found guilty of 16 counts relating to child prostitution at Sheffield Crown Court on 1 May.

On Friday, the jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict on 14 remaining charges, according BBC News.

She was cleared of seven charges including arranging or facilitating child prostitution, intentionally causing or inciting a person to become a prostitute, and one count of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.

Spencer ran the ring between 2006 and 2011, and made girls have sex with men, both at her own flat, and at other homes across South Yorkshire.

During the trial which lasted over two months, Prosecutor Michelle Colborne QC told the court that Spencer supplied the girls with alcohol and drugs and “when [they were] weak, introduced them to a life of prostitution,” according to BBC News.

“She hung around the town centre identifying and befriending vulnerable children.

“She made them feel loved, she gave them a shoulder to cry on, a friend who purported to understand whatever sadness they were experiencing in their lives and in turn lured them into a life of abuse, which she exploited and profited from.”….
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/amanda-spencer-found-guilty-of-running-child-sex-ring-in-sheffield-9318958.html

Amanda Spencer trial: ‘Grotesque’ abuse of Sheffield child sex ring victims  6 May 2014
A victim of child sex ring leader Amanda Spencer has described the shocking physical and psychological brutality she used to trap vulnerable girls in a life of prostitution.

Spencer, 23, from Sheffield, has been convicted of 16 charges relating to child prostitution after jurors heard her victims were controlled using drugs, alcohol and violence.

She was just 16 when she began befriending her victims – some as young as 13 – and forcing them to have sex for cash.

One girl, who had been sleeping rough in the city’s Abbeyfield Park, told Sheffield Crown Court she thought Spencer would protect her but was left fearing for her life when she was locked in a room where seven men paid to abuse her….
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-27290220

Prostitute raped, tortured, crucified in Italy; case mirrors 2013 attack
Romanian immigrant Andrea Cristina Zamfir was found dead Monday morning, her wrists taped to an overpass in Florence. Authorities say the 26-year-old’s murder is similar to the near murder of 46-year-old Alle Bartoline, who was found naked and screaming, her wrists taped to the same barrier.

BY Meg Wagner  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  Wednesday, May 7, 2014

talian police are hunting for a monstrous serial attacker who raped and tortured a prostitute in Florence before “crucifying” her naked body on a bridge.

The brutal killing mirrors another attack on the same overpass last March.

Police found the body of Romanian immigrant Andrea Cristina Zamfir on Monday morning. The 26-year-old had been forced to kneel with her outstretched arms taped to a horizontal barrier under the bridge, Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Police said she had been sexually tortured before she was left to die, and bruising showed she struggled throughout the horrific assault, police say. Her clothes and purse were found about a half-mile away….

During the past 10 years, six or seven more prostitutes have been killed in the area, Florence investigator Lorenzo Bucossi told the Daily Beast….
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/prostitute-raped-tortured-crucified-italy-article-1.1783067

Italy: Florence gripped by fear as police hunt serial killer
gbtimes Italy, Milan
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A mysterious homicide is reviving painful memories in Florence after the body of a prostitute was found under a bridge on Monday. Andrea Cristina Zamfir, 26, a Romanian national, was strapped to a bar, tortured and left to die slowly, her wrists tied in a crucifixion-like pose.

There is “a real possibility that a new serial killer is on a rampage,” ANSA news agency writes, quoting sources close to the investigation. According to the Italian press, six other attacks on women over the past 8 years bear resemblance to this latest incident, but only this one ended in the victim’s death.

There are similarities between the killings in the choice of the victims, who are all drug-addicted prostitutes, and in the area where the crimes took place as well as the use of torture. The proximity of a cemetery is also fueling speculation that the murder could have been a ritual killing….
http://gbtimes.com/world/italy-florence-gripped-fear-police-hunt-serial-killer

Italy’s bishops pass Vatican-backed rule that child molestation does not have to be reported, Harris pleads not guilty to 2011 murder charge (practiced voodoo), Children of serial killer Robert Pickton’s victims will split $4.9M in compensation fund

April 2, 2014 Comments Off on Italy’s bishops pass Vatican-backed rule that child molestation does not have to be reported, Harris pleads not guilty to 2011 murder charge (practiced voodoo), Children of serial killer Robert Pickton’s victims will split $4.9M in compensation fund

Italy’s bishops pass Vatican-backed rule that child molestation does not have to be reported
Kashmira Gander Friday 28 March 2014

Italy’s bishops have adopted a policy, with backing from the Vatican, that states they are not obliged to inform police officers if they suspect a child has been molested.

The Italian Bishops’ Conference said the guidelines published on Friday reflected suggestions from the Vatican’s office that handles sex abuse investigations.

Victims have denounced how bishops systematically covered up abuse by moving priests while keeping prosecutors in the dark.

Only in 2010 did the Vatican instruct bishops to report abuse to police — but only where required by law.

Italian guidelines cite a 1985 treaty between the Vatican and Italy stipulating that clergy aren’t obliged to tell magistrates about information obtained through their religious ministry. The guidelines remind bishops, however, they have a ”moral duty“ to contribute to the common good….
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italys-bishops-pass-vaticanbacked-rule-stating-they-do-not-have-to-report-if-a-priest-has-molested-a-child-9222501.html

Harris pleads not guilty to 2011 murder charge
Harris trial in late June could take a week and a half

March 31, 2014

By Steve Fry

LYNDON — A defendant charged with using a garrote to kill an older man in 2011 pleaded not guilty to the murder charge Monday in Osage County District Court.

The trial of James Paul Harris, 29, will start June 23, and is expected to require 11/2 weeks….

A part of the victim’s skull was discovered March 24, 2012, at a house in rural Carbondale in Osage County. Shirley Johnson, who lives with Jeff Harris, the defendant’s father, testified she was searching for mushrooms when she found a “ball” — the top of Gerety’s skull — and took it inside to show Jeff Harris. He called police. Another witness, Topeka police Detective Brian Hill, testified Bobbie Williams, Harris’ girlfriend, told him during questioning that Harris kept the victim’s head nearby so he could talk to it. Harris was into voodoo and practiced it, Hill said Williams told him.
http://cjonline.com/news/2014-03-31/harris-pleads-not-guilty-2011-murder-charge

Children of serial killer Robert Pickton’s victims will split $4.9M in compensation fund
THE CANADIAN PRESS March 18, 2014
VANCOUVER — A man whose mother was the last to be reported missing in connection with serial killer Robert Pickton says $4.9 million in government compensation for the 98 children of women who disappeared provides some recognition for decades of pain.

“It’s been a long battle to get this far,” Troy Boen, 28, said Tuesday after the federal, B.C. and Vancouver governments announced the fund that will provide $50,000 for each of the children of 67 missing and murdered women, mostly Pickton’s victims.

Boen’s mother, Yvonne Marie Boen, went missing on March 16, 2001, soon after they’d planned to spend spring break together. He called her back repeatedly, but there was no answer.

A 2012 report from a public inquiry that outlined years of police failures made 63 recommendations, including compensating the offspring of the women who’d disappeared up to 2002, when Pickton was arrested.

Boen’s DNA was later found on Pickton’s pig farm in Port Coquitlam, where the killer lured vulnerable women from Vancouver’s impoverished Downtown Eastside….
http://www.theprovince.com/news/Children+serial+killer+Robert+Pickton+victims+will+split/9631594/story.html

Miranda Barbour “Satanic cult” kept a horror journal detailing murders, Arrest Of Rabbi For Distributing Child P_rn, Action by Campus Rape Victim, One Third Of E.U. Women Suffer Abuse

March 7, 2014 Comments Off on Miranda Barbour “Satanic cult” kept a horror journal detailing murders, Arrest Of Rabbi For Distributing Child P_rn, Action by Campus Rape Victim, One Third Of E.U. Women Suffer Abuse

– ‘My life with the thrill-kill cult’
– ‘If I get out of here I’d do it again’: Mother admits Craigslist killer kept a horror journal detailing murders
– Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Arrest Of Brooklyn Rabbi For Distributing Child Pornography
– Landmark Civil Rights Action Filed by Campus Rape Victim to Halt New Federal Law
– World E.U. Study: One Third Of E.U. Women Suffer Abuse

‘My life with the thrill-kill cult’
By Francis Scarcella March 1, 2014

Two months after her arrest for murder, Sunbury, Pennsylvania’s most notorious resident wrote me a letter. “I put you on my visitor’s list,” she wrote in neat handwriting. “The rest is up to you.”
Sideways was her signature: Miranda Barbour….

Now Miranda, all of 19 years old, wanted to tell her side of the story.
It was Valentine’s Day. She sat behind the glass, impassive in an orange prison suit, and gestured for me to pick up the phone. A voice came on the line, warning us that the conversation was being recorded.

“Wish you could have had your pad and pen,” Miranda said.
They didn’t let reporters record conversations, I explained. Memory would have to do. “I have a lot of things I want to say,” she said. “Some of which will be difficult to hear.”

Her voice was very soft and high, like that of a little girl.
“This isn’t the first time I’ve done this.” Lured a man on Craigslist?
“This was the first time on Craigslist, but I’ve killed before.” It took me a moment to absorb that. How many times? “Less than 100.”
Miranda, I said, no one in the world is going to believe you killed 100 people. Give me a number.
“Well,” she said, “I stopped counting at 22.”….

As a teenager, Miranda began to hang out with older men and would run away from home.
“She would be gone for days at a time,” Dean said. “I would be out on the streets looking for her.”

Miranda always returned home, but sometimes with stories that were hard to believe, her mother said. She also was in and out of treatment for cutting herself; “One time she cut herself so deep it was into the tissue,” Dean said.

The family moved to Florida for a year after Miranda’s father took a job. “She told me about things that would happen to her there,” Dean says, crying, “She said she would walk on the docks and piers and smoke weed and sleep with other guys.”….

Miranda fills in the missing days of her childhood with stories of horrors. She was part of a Satanic cult, she says, a gang that would perform occult rituals in the Alaskan woods.

She first killed at age 13.
“I lured a man into an alley that owed the gang leader money,” Miranda said.

“He shot the man and then gave me the gun and told me it was my turn. I hate guns and I couldn’t do it, so he put his hands on my hands and we pulled the trigger,” she said.

Authorities are still trying to find out if there is any truth to what Miranda is claiming. Miranda explained at that point she knew she had something bad inside her and that Satanism let her embrace it.

After that, she said she only targeted “bad people” and those who had hurt children. She says she’s willing to “pinpoint on a map” where she murdered.

An ex-boyfriend, meanwhile, has given Dean an old journal he claims is Miranda’s — a diary the mother will not release but wants to talk to her about.  “There are things in here that just can’t be true,” Dean said. “Some of this I just don’t believe. “I don’t believe she has done any of what she is saying, and I don’t know why she is saying all of these things.”

“Who’s to say how many,” Elytte said about his wife’s claims during a phone call placed to reporters. “I know what she told me was 50-50.”
http://nypost.com/2014/03/01/my-life-with-the-thrill-kill-cult-teen-serial-killer-tells-all/

‘If I get out of here I’d do it again’: Mother admits Craigslist killer kept a horror journal detailing murders as she claims she would have spared her married victim if he’d told her 16 was too young for sex

Miranda Barbour, 19, says that she is confessing to the killings to keep her behind bars so she won’t kill again
Her mother Elizabeth Dean says she has a diary with stories that ‘can’t be true,’ but would not confirm or deny they were records of murders
Miranda Barbour said the original plan was to let victim Troy LaFerrara go if he backed when she said she was underage – but he didn’t
The self-confessed serial killer was molested at age 4 and may have decided to kill other child molesters

By Ryan Gorman
1 March 2014
The self-confessed Satanic serial killer who claims to have murdered more than 22 people may have kept a record of the slayings.

Elizabeth Dean confirmed an ex-boyfriend of daughter Miranda Barbour, 19, gave her a diary he claimed was her’s just as the teen appears to have revealed a motive for the supposed killings – revenge.

Miranda Barbour told the New York Post from jail that she would have let Troy LaFerrara, 42, of Sudbury, Pennsylvania go had he stopped groping her when she said she told him she was barely 16-years-old – she was molested at age 4.

Dean did not deny the horror journal was filled with details on the murders, but stopped short of confirming exactly what was scrawled on its pages….

‘There are things in here that just can’t be true,’ she told the paper. ‘Some of this I just don’t believe.

‘I don’t believe she has done any of what she is saying, and I don’t know why she is saying all of these things,’ Dean continued.

The mother also confirmed a claim made by her daughter that she was molested at age 4, saying she immediately went to police and the man was arrested.

Revelations of the murder memoir come as Miranda Barbour claims she is confessing to the killings so she remains behind bars….

‘I still love her,’ Barbour said over a secure telephone line from the jail where he’s awaiting trial for allegedly luring a man through Craigslist, strangling and stabbing him 20 times with his love, three weeks after they were married.

Speaking to CNN Wednesday, heacknowledged, ‘Everyone wants to know about her credibility,’ but wouldn’t comment on whether her confessions were valid.

However, he said she was upfront with him in ‘about 50/50’ of the alleged slayings, with respect to specific names of victims and the locations of the murders….
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2571246/If-I-Id-Mother-admits-Craigslist-killer-kept-horror-journal-detailing-murders-claims-spared-married-victim-hed-told-16-young-sex.html

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Arrest Of Brooklyn Rabbi For Distributing Child Pornography
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and James T. Hayes, Jr., the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), announced today the arrest of SAMUEL WALDMAN for distributing child pornography. WALDMAN, 52, a rabbi and a teacher at a girl’s seminary, was arrested by HSI agents this morning at his residence in Brooklyn, New York. He was presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge James L. Cott in Manhattan federal court.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Samuel Waldman’s position of trust in the community, as both a rabbi and a teacher, makes his alleged distribution of child pornography all the more disturbing. As we have said repeatedly, we have zero tolerance for the exploitation of children and we will prosecute and punish those who engage in this conduct.”….

According to the allegations in the criminal Complaint filed today in Manhattan federal court, in or about November 2013, WALDMAN distributed child pornography over the Internet by making available for downloading through file-sharing software multiple videos depicting minors engaged in sexual acts.
http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/March14/SamuelWaldmanArrestPR.php

Landmark Civil Rights Action Filed by Campus Rape Victim to Halt New Federal Law

University of Virginia rape victim files suit to stop Campus SaVE Act from undermining federal investigations of UVA’s alleged mishandling of her sexual assault case

A University of Virginia rape victim represented by the Marsh Law Firm has filed a landmark civil rights action to stop a new federal law from undermining pending federal investigations of UVA’s mishandling of a sexual assault case on campus.

Two separate cases—each filed as a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus and Equitable Relief—were lodged with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday, February 21, 2014 and docketed today. The cases are:

Jane Doe v. United States Department of Health and Human Services and Kathleen Sebelius, Civil Action No. 14-0366

Jane Doe v. United States Department of Education and Arne Duncan, Civil Action No. 14-0367

The cases were filed in an effort to halt the Campus SaVE Act—a new federal law that will substantially weaken the rights of sexual assault victims on college campuses guaranteed under Title IX—which is scheduled to take effect on March 7….

One in four to one in five women is sexually assaulted during college in the United States, according to recent studies. Under federal civil rights laws, students are guaranteed the right to an education free from violence and harassment….
http://www.childlaw.us/landmark-civil-rights-action-filed-by-campus-rape-victim-to-halt-new-federal-law/

World E.U. Study: One Third Of E.U. Women Suffer Abuse
Kharunya Paramaguru March 5, 2014
One in ten claims to have experienced sexual violence by age of 15

A comprehensive and damning report published Wednesday revealed the “extensive” levels of abuse faced by women across the 28-member states in the European Union.

Published by the E.U. Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the survey of 42,000 women aged 18-74 across the E.U. found a third of women in Europe (62 million) had suffered a physical or sexual assault. 1 in 10 women also said they had experienced some kind of sexual violence from an adult by the time they reached 15. Another 1 in 10 had experienced sexual violence since the age of 15….
http://time.com/12705/study-one-third-of-e-u-women-suffer-abuse/

 

Craigslist Killer: Miranda’s dad supports daughter’s execution if verdict is guilty, Miranda Barbour’s Husband: ‘Who’s to Say’ If She’s a Serial Killer?, Is this the world’s worst serial killer? Miranda Barbour reveals where her victims lay

February 21, 2014 Comments Off on Craigslist Killer: Miranda’s dad supports daughter’s execution if verdict is guilty, Miranda Barbour’s Husband: ‘Who’s to Say’ If She’s a Serial Killer?, Is this the world’s worst serial killer? Miranda Barbour reveals where her victims lay

Miranda’s dad supports daughter’s execution if verdict is guilty  By Francis Scarcella The Daily Item  February 19, 2014

SUNBURY — If Miranda Barbour is convicted in the murder of Troy LaFerrara and sentenced to death, Sonny Dean says he will hold the hand of LaFerrara’s widow as his daughter is executed.

Dean on Wednesday also said he believes his daughter may have been involved in one murder other than her alleged participation in the slaying of LaFerrara, the 42-year-old Port Trevorton resident who was fatally stabbed Nov. 11 in Sunbury.

Sunbury police accuse Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte, 22, in the killing.

Dean, speaking to the media for the first time since his daughter was arrested Dec. 3 in connection with the murder, said Miranda was a heroin addict, is the most manipulative person he knows and is a liar.

His daughter is not, he believes, a mass murderer….

The father of Barbour’s child, also a satanist, was murdered, she said during the jailhouse interview.

“I didn’t kill him,” Barbour said. “But I know all about it.”….

Dean did not dispute Miranda’s claim of being a satanist.

“Satanism is real,” he said. “It is a growing cult that will go to great lengths to seize our children. You don’t have to be affiliated with the ‘Church of Satan’ to worship him.”….
http://www.dailyitem.com/0100_news/x1783679838/Miranda-Barbours-father-Killing-spree-unlikely

Miranda Barbour’s Husband: ‘Who’s to Say’ If She’s a Serial Killer?  By Steve Helling 02/20/2014

….Meanwhile, police and FBI agents are scouring five states to find more possible victims of the petite 19-year-old mother. So far, there have been no results. “Investigators are looking into a couple of cases, but have not connected anything else to Miranda Barbour,” an FBI source tells PEOPLE. “We don’t have proof that she committed other murders.”

….Some of Miranda Barbour’s claims seem too outrageous to be true. In her jailhouse interview, she said she was a member of a Satanic cult and had a murderous alter ego named “Super Miranda.” She also reportedly admitted to having a favorite knife that had notches on it, one for each victim. “There might be a knife with notches,” the FBI source tells PEOPLE, “but that proves nothing. We need solid evidence.”

So is Barbour a serial killer? Law enforcement officials in Alaska, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have found no evidence of other murders. Why would she lie?

“Attention. Psychosis. Strategy,” says the FBI source. “Maybe she wants to look crazy as a way to gain sympathy. On the other hand, she may have killed before. We need to check it out.”
Reporting by ELAINE ARADILLAS and SUSAN KEATING
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20788732,00.html

Is this the world’s worst serial killer? Miranda Barbour reveals where her victims lay
AFTER years of killing, Miranda Barbour found it hard to keep track. “When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” the pretty teenager says. “But it’s less than 100.”
By: Peter Sheridan
Published: Thu, February 20, 2014

….Barbour met her husband after they joined the Satanist cult which has dominated her life and allegedly led to her first killing at the tender age of 13.

She traces her murderous desires back to the age of four when she was molested by an uncle.

Her mother Elizabeth Dean, 41, confirms that her sister’s husband was sentenced to 14 years in prison for child sex abuse. “It was bad,” says Dean. “I never let her stay anywhere except for my sister’s house and I was devastated when I found out.”

Nine tormented years later, Barbour joined a Satanic cult in Alaska, where her family was living and was quickly inducted into a life of murder.

The cult leader took Barbour along to meet a man who owed him money, she recalls.

“It was in an alley and he shot him,” says Barbour. “Then he said to me that it was my turn to shoot him. I hate guns. I don’t use guns. I couldn’t do it.

“So he came behind me and he took his hands and put them on top of mine and we pulled the trigger. And from there I just continued to kill.”….

And the newlyweds decided to celebrate their third week’s anniversary by murdering someone together.

“He is proud of what he did,” she says. “I will always love him.”….

She shows no remorse and, against her lawyer’s advice, wants to come clean and stop living a lie.

“By no means is this a way to glorify it or get attention,” she says. “I feel it is time to get all of this out. I don’t care if people believe me. I just want to get it out.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/460712/Is-this-the-world-s-worst-serial-killer-Miranda-Barbour-reveals-where-her-victims-lay

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