Everything We Know So Far About The Deadly Attacks In New Zealand

All times and dates featured in this article are in local New Zealand time.

At least 49 people are dead and 20 more are seriously injured following a pair of mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Two Locations

Both attacks began at lunchtime on Friday while the mosques in Christchurch’s city center were crowded with worshipers.

Police reported that 41 people were killed at the al Noor mosque as another seven were killed at the Linwood mosque. Another victim died in hospital.

Police responded to the attacks after receiving the first reports at 1:40 p.m.

Witnesses described gunmen opening fire for “10 to 15 minutes,” as one told reporters he prayed the shooter would “run out of bullets.”

Police discovered a pair of explosive devices attached to a vehicle following the attacks and worked to disable them. A number of weapons were also recovered at both shooting locations.

Another “location of interest,” over 200 miles away from Christchurch in Dunedin, was evacuated on Friday night.

Authorities were treating the incident as ongoing Friday evening, and warned Christchurch residents to stay indoors.

Attacker Live Streamed Shooting

One of the attackers appeared to post a lengthy manifesto to social media just before the attack, and police say that one of the shootings was live streamed on the internet.

“We would strongly urge that the (video) link not be shared,” New Zealand police said. “We are working to have any footage removed.”

Representatives for Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter have publicly announced they will work to keep video of the attacks off their platforms.

Australian Suspect Charged With Murder

Four people were arrested Friday, but police say one was “not related to these events.”

An Australian man in his late twenties has been charged with murder. He is set to appear in court Saturday morning. Two other men and one woman were arrested in relation to the attacks, but one of those detained was later released.

Police say it’s still unclear what role the other two suspects in custody played in the attack.

New Zealand Police have declined to discuss “the offenders’ possible motivations,” but Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the shooting was committed by an “violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist.”

Reactions From World Leaders

In a press conference on Friday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the attack one of the country’s “darkest days,” and said the perpetrator’s “extremist views” have no place in New Zealand.

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She also said the shootings “can now only be described as a terrorist attack.”

President Trump offered his condolences on Twitter, extending his “warmest sympathy and best wishes” to New Zealand.

“Forty-nine innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” he wrote. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”

British Prime Minister Theresa May also expressed her “deepest condolences” to New Zealand, calling the day’s events a “horrifying terrorist attack” and a “sickening act of violence.”

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II wrote that she was “deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today,” before paying tribute to emergency services and volunteers supporting victims of the attack.

Pope Francis offered his “heartfelt solidarity” according to the Vatican’s Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, and said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless act of violence.”

[H/T: CNN, BBC]

Our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand and the victims of these terrible attacks.

Man Charged In Death Of Girl Found In Suitcase Was Her Mother’s Boyfriend

Last week, the country was shocked by the news that the unidentified body of a young girl had been discovered stuffed in a suitcase in Los Angeles County, California.

A police sketch of the girl – in the pajama pants and “Future Princess Hero” shirt she was found in – went viral as the public reacted with outrage to the tragic news.

This week, police have identified the victim as 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, and charged Emiel Lamar Hunt, 38, with her murder.

Hunt was reportedly the boyfriend of Trinity’s mother, and was previously convicted of child abuse in San Diego County in 2005 according to officials.

Trinity’s body was found by county workers last Tuesday, near a hiking trail in the Hacienda Heights neighborhood. Investigators said her body was “partially hidden” in a black duffel bag suitcase with wheels.

Police later released sketches of Trinity and a photo of the suitcase she was found in to the public, in the hope that someone could identify her.

Hunt was arrested Saturday morning after investigators found him asleep in his car near the San Diego International Airport.

Emiel Lamar Hunt
Authorities say Hunt has a previous conviction for child abuse.Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Office previously announced that two persons of interest had been detained in relation to the case, and said on Tuesday that “information regarding the second person of interest is being withheld pending further investigation.”

The coroner said that Trinity’s cause of death is also being withheld, but investigators believe she was killed on or around March 1.

At a memorial near where Trinity’s body was discovered, family members and strangers have left flowers and other mementos for her.

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Police are withholding Trinity’s cause of death, as a second person of interest is investigated.Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Her father, Antonio Jones, told NBC Los Angeles his daughter was “full of character, full of life, full of joy.”

Hunt is charged with murder, and has already made his first court appearance but did not enter a plea. He’s due back in court April 16.

[H/T: ABC News]

Out thoughts go out to Trinity’s family in this difficult time.

Police Warn About “Catnip Cocktail” That Causes Bizarre Behavior

Just when you think you’re caught up on all of the dangerous new trends, police share an urgent warning about another one.

This time, the warning comes courtesy of the Fairfield, New Jersey police department, and concerns a strange drink called “Catnip Cocktail.”

The product is supposedly an animal sedative, but police say customers are buying it to get high and experience bizarre side effects.

Fairfield police seized 61 bottles of the drink during a raid at a nutrition store last week, and warned the public about the product’s unusual side effects in a press release.

In 2018, police responded to a call at a Fairfield mall to find “an individual who was dancing, yelling and generally acting abnormally in front of a hair salon.”

Police described the man as experiencing dramatic mood swings, and investigators found six bottles of Catnip Cocktail in his possession.

In November, a 40-year-old man pulled over for dangerous driving was found to be “extremely confused, totally unaware of his surroundings and unable to answer simple questions” by police. They later discovered eight bottles of Catnip Cocktail in his car.

Other strange incidents linked to the drink led police to the Nutrition Zone store, where they seized dozens of Catnip Cocktail bottles, along with 29 bottles of human growth hormone, other chemicals, several high-capacity handguns, and rifle magazines.

Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Mann called the drink “a very dangerous product” and said “its improper use is on the rise.”

Lieutenant Charles Zampino said that drinking the cocktail “gives you a feeling of euphoria” and depresses the nervous system.

Catnip Cocktail
Despite being advertised as a pet sedative, Catnip Cocktail’s ingredient list is not safe for pets.Catnip Cocktail

A website for Catnip Cocktail calls the drink “the ultimate mood enhancer for your dogs and cats,” but warns it is “NOT approved for human consumption.”

The ingredients list for the drink does not include catnip. But it does feature 1,4-butanediol, which the National Drug Intelligence Center warns will metabolize into the “date rape” drug GHB after being ingested.

Catnip Cocktail also contains caffeine, which is toxic to pets.

The man listed as the Nutrition Zone’s general manager, John Sirico, 48, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (under New Jersey law) and intent to distribute, along with illegal possession of high-capacity magazines.

[H/T: Washington Post]

Have you heard of Catnip Cocktail before?

Rock Thrown From Overpass Kills Mother Of Three

A Texas family is in mourning after losing a mother of three to a senseless crime.

Keila Flores, 33, was killed on Saturday after a stranger hurled a rock into her car from a highway overpass.

Now, her family is asking the person responsible to step forward and face the punishment for their crime.

Keila Flores
The mother of three was killed after a rock smashed the windshield of the car she was riding in.Flores Family

The young mother was in the front passenger seat of the car as her boyfriend, Christopher Rodriguez, drove her and her three children under the age of 14 down Interstate 35 outside of Temple, Texas.

Rodriguez described the horrific scene in an interview with Good Morning America:

“It was a loud impact, almost like an explosion, that went off in the car,” he said.

“When it impacted the car, my instinct was to turn away, not knowing what happened. When I looked over to my right I see Keila just laying there with no response.”

Thinking quickly, Rodriguez pulled to the side of the road. While a bystander pulled over to help give Flores CPR, she was unresponsive when EMTs arrived.

Highway overpass
The rock was hurled from a railway overpass above Interstate 35.Google Maps

Flores was pronounced dead at a local hospital the next day. The Temple Daily Telegram reports that she was struck in the head by the rock. An autopsy has been ordered.

“It’s very frustrating,” Rodriguez said about losing his partner. “There’re so many emotions, like anger. You just kind of want to take things into your own hands, knowing that’s not the right thing.”

Explaining just what happened to Flores’ three children is even harder for him, despite the fact that they were in the car with their mother.

“It’s something you don’t forget,” Rodriguez said. “I just hope that it doesn’t affect them in the long run, and that they will realize what a good mother they had.”

Keila Flores
Police asked the public to share any information they may have about the suspect.Flores Family

Flores’ younger brother, Luis, said losing her so suddenly feels “unreal.”

“I wish it was a very long dream,” he said. “I still don’t believe it because that day we talked on the phone and we texted before everything happened. It’s just unreal. I don’t understand it.”

The victim’s family say that police have already interviewed a person of interest in the case, but so far no charges have been filed.

The Temple Police Department says Flores’ death is being investigated as a homicide, and ask any members of the public with information to contact them.

You can call the Temple Police Department at (254) 298-5500 to submit a tip, or visit BellCountyCrimeStoppers.com.

[H/T: Good Morning America, Temple Daily Telegram]

We hope police can crack this case, and bring some peace to Flores’ family.

Police Release Sketch Of Girl Found Dead Inside Suitcase

In a newly released police sketch, a slim girl in pyjama pants and a “Future Princess Hero” shirt stares out at the viewer.

This is the girl homicide detectives from Los Angeles County, California are trying to identify, after her body was found stashed in a suitcase along a hiking trail.

Police say the body was discovered Tuesday morning by county workers in the city’s Hacienda Heights neighborhood. The girl had been partly hidden inside a black duffel bag with wheels.

“Her upper torso and head were protruding from the open bag,” Lieutenant Scott Hoglund told reporters at a press conference Wednesday.

Investigators say the girl’s remains had been left near the hiking trail less than a day before, and that the victim had died just a few days at most before she was discovered.

“Investigators believe the victim was dumped sometime during the late evening hours of Sunday, March 3, and discovered on the morning of March 5,” Hoglund said.

Detectives describe the victim as a thin, African American girl between the ages of 8 and 13, around 4’5”, and say she weighed around 55 pounds. The sketch by a police artist features the actual clothes she was found in: gray pants with panda bears on them and a long-sleeve shirt with “Future Princess Hero” printed on the front.

While homicide detectives are involved, police are calling the investigation a suspicious death. They say there are no signs of trauma on the victim’s body, and are waiting for an autopsy to confirm her cause of death.

Police have already reached out to local schools and missing child organizations, but hope their sketch of the girl will help the public recognize her.

“We don’t have any motive,” Hoglund told reporters.

“We don’t have any reason for why this happened, or how this happened. And that’s the purpose for being here today — to get the public’s assistance and hopefully identify the victim so our investigators can head down that path.”

Hoglund said that even experienced investigators were moved by this “horrible, tragic case.”

“These are the hardest cases to handle–anything involving a child is very sad.”

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

[H/T: Fox 5, Epoch Times]

Let’s hope police can catch whoever is responsible for this!

Clever Waitress Calls Cops On Alleged Child Abusers

Police are praising a sharp-eyed Olive Garden waitress who called them when she noticed signs of abuse at one of her tables.

Jordan Cooper, a 21-year-old server at a location in Paducah, Kentucky, seated a family in her section last Sunday. The group included a man and woman, an 11-year-old girl, and a female toddler.

The waitress told local news that she had a bad feeling about the family from the moment they walked in.

“I first walked around to the baby. She looked at me with a face that said help,” Cooper told WPSD.

“The baby was sitting in a highchair with a blanket over her head,” she described to Yahoo. “When the blanket came off, her face had a lot of black-and-blue bruises.”

The waitress also caught the man shoving breadsticks into the baby’s mouth, saying, “You’d better eat this.”

Thinking quickly, Cooper alerted her coworkers, who managed to photograph the family in secret with the help of another table of customers.

Child abuse waitress
Other customers helped the wait staff snap a photo of the couple.Jordan Cooper – Facebook

Cooper also noticed the man making a pair of trips to the men’s room, with the crying baby in tow but no diaper bag. On his third trip, Cooper asked him, “What are you doing?” The man immediately rushed back to his table and asked for the bill.

But Cooper – who is eight months pregnant – followed the pair into the parking lot and copied down their license plate number. At the same time, she saw the couple speed off without strapping their baby into a car seat.

The server called the police and the Department of Children and Family Services, but her picture of the couple tracked them down even faster when it was seen on Facebook by a 911 operator.

The pair were arrested the same evening, and charged with child abuse and aggravated assault.

Mugshots
Mark Lee Pierce and Jessica Woodsworth were both arrested for child abuse and aggravated assault.Paris Police Department

“I heard the conditions of the home were so horrific, a police officer had to collect himself outside,” Cooper shared with Yahoo.

The toddler was treated in the emergency room, and both children were taken into the state’s custody.

Paris Police Department Investigator Derrek Colley said that Cooper “did an outstanding job” by acting on her instinct.

“If she hadn’t noticed something and done all that, we wouldn’t have gotten the information.”

For Cooper, who says she was so worried she couldn’t sleep after her shift that night, her good deed for those children was its own reward.

“It makes me feel good to know these children will be better off,” she said.

It was a stroke of good luck that Cooper was even in the restaurant that night – she usually takes Sundays off to care for her niece and nephew.

As of Thursday, both parents remain in custody in Tennessee, with their bond set at $200,000 each.

[H/T: Yahoo]

Remember: if you see something, say something!

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Paying For Sex

A police raid on a Florida day spa caught an unlikely suspect: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Kraft, 77, a businessman with a diverse group of assets in the paper, packaging, sports and entertainment fields, has owned the Patriots since 1994 and seen his team compete in 10 Super Bowls (including one earlier this month).

The team owner has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting someone to commit prostitution, in pair of incidents connected to two different spa visits.

The Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida has been under surveillance for several months, according to Police Chief Daniel Kerr.

Kraft is one of at least 25 people charged in relation to the investigation there, and police say they have video evidence against “all of the individuals being charged.”

The news is part of a widespread investigation by local police, Homeland Security, and the IRS into human trafficking and prostitution in the West Palm Beach area which has resulted in more than 200 warrants being issued in recent days.

Police also shared details of the investigation at Orchids of Asia, which featured undercover police wearing body cameras, hidden cameras, and ongoing surveillance of the spa.

A police spokeswoman clarified that charges have been filed against Kraft, but he has not been arrested. A warrant will be issued for his arrest instead, and Kraft will be sent a court summons in the mail.

Kraft could face a year in jail, probation, or fines for the charges. He would also face disciplinary action from the NFL if he is found guilty, because of the league’s personal conduct policy.

In a statement, Kraft’s spokesperson “categorically” denied he committed a crime. “Because it is a judicial matter,” they said, “we will not be commenting further.”

[H/T: CNN]

We’ll share more updates on this story as they arrive.

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Paying For Sex

A police raid on a Florida day spa caught an unlikely suspect: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Kraft, 77, a businessman with a diverse group of assets in the paper, packaging, sports and entertainment fields, has owned the Patriots since 1994 and seen his team compete in 10 Super Bowls (including one earlier this month).

The team owner has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting someone to commit prostitution, in pair of incidents connected to two different spa visits.

The Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida has been under surveillance for several months, according to Police Chief Daniel Kerr.

Kraft is one of at least 25 people charged in relation to the investigation there, and police say they have video evidence against “all of the individuals being charged.”

The news is part of a widespread investigation by local police, Homeland Security, and the IRS into human trafficking and prostitution in the West Palm Beach area which has resulted in more than 200 warrants being issued in recent days.

Police also shared details of the investigation at Orchids of Asia, which featured undercover police wearing body cameras, hidden cameras, and ongoing surveillance of the spa.

A police spokeswoman clarified that charges have been filed against Kraft, but he has not been arrested. A warrant will be issued for his arrest instead, and Kraft will be sent a court summons in the mail.

Kraft could face a year in jail, probation, or fines for the charges. He would also face disciplinary action from the NFL if he is found guilty, because of the league’s personal conduct policy.

In a statement, Kraft’s spokesperson “categorically” denied he committed a crime. “Because it is a judicial matter,” they said, “we will not be commenting further.”

[H/T: CNN]

We’ll share more updates on this story as they arrive.

Colin Firth’s Wife Admits To Affair With Their Stalker In Bizarre Scandal

While Colin Firth has made a name for himself starring in hit romantic comedy films, he’s already found his happy ending.

The Bridget Jones’s Diary and Love Actually actor has been married to Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli since 1997.

By all accounts, the pair seemed to have a perfectly happy Hollywood romance. Dividing their time between England and Italy, the couple have two sons together, Matteo and Luca.

But a surprising twist in their love story was revealed this week, when the couple filed a criminal complaint in Italy.

The pair allege that an Italian journalist, Marco Brancaccia, has been stalking them for months.

In a statement, a spokesman for the couple says the journalist sent them threatening text messages. e-mails, phone calls, and threatened to write unflattering stories about the couple.

They say that Bracaccia carried out a “frightening campaign” of  abuse against them.

Giuggioli and Firth.Angela George

But Brancaccia has fired back with his own stunning claim: that Giuggioli is trying to cover up her affair with him from years ago.

After Brancaccia revealed the affair to The Times, the couple confirmed it took place in a statement, saying Firth and Giuggioli made “the decision to separate” in 2015.

Giuggioli then began an affair with Brancaccia, who is called a “former friend” of hers in the statement. But she and Firth add that they are now back together.

While police are investigating Bracaccia for harassing the pair, he’s sharing his side of the story, and says his affair with the producer almost tore the famous couple apart.

O.J. Simpson Finally Confesses To Murder

The trial of O.J. Simpson was well-documented on TV, in papers, and basically anywhere else that covered news. In 1994, O.J. Simpson was alleged to have killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. His lawyer, Robert Kardashian, worked hard to let O.J. walk free, and it worked. Because one of the gloves in evidence didn’t fit, O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman’s murders.

When Simpson walked free, he wrote a book about the murders called If I Did It. Seriously. The entire book was a hypothetical detail-for-detail account of just how he would have murdered those people.

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At the time of his book release, O.J. gave an interview with Judith Regan, who helped the accused murdered write his book. That interview never made it to air, but it never fully went away.

Airing March 11th on FOX, the lost interview will reveal some chilling admissions from O.J. Simpson about the night Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman were killed.

Simpson allegedly talks about how the murders might have been committed, similar to in his book. He then goes on to talk at-length about an accomplice who hypothetically helped kill Brown and Goldman. The accomplice is never named, but it’s clear that O.J. (hypothetically) did not act alone.

All those hypothetical answers have apparently been confirmed, however, after news about a confession has surfaced.

‘America’s Most Wanted’ Started With A Father’s Quest To Solve His Own Son’s Murder Case

Very few TV shows manage to make a real impact on the world, but there’s no denying that America’s Most Wanted did.

For more than 25 seasons, host John Walsh shared stories about our country’s most dangerous fugitives, urging viewers with helpful information to call a special hotline.

Tips from the show’s viewers helped catch more than 1,000 criminals, including over a dozen from the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

But very few of the show’s fans realized that Walsh was trying to solve a murder case in his own family, a cold case that baffled police for decades.

The story begins in 1981, at a department store in Hollywood, Florida, where Walsh’s wife, Revé, and their six-year-old son, Adam, were shopping.

Revé took her eyes off Adam for just a few moments to look in a different aisle, and when she returned the boy was gone.

Police were called, teams of men with dogs searched the area, and even a helicopter looked for signs of Adam, but he had vanished without a trace.

It was two weeks before Adam’s remains – only a severed head – were found in a nearby canal.

The case was heartbreaking, and it drew national attention. But even though there were no leads on Adam’s killer, Walsh and his wife were determined to get justice for their little boy.

Just days after his funeral, they began campaigning to change the way police investigate missing children’s cases.

John and Revé in a 1981 file photo.Miami Herald

Their efforts led to the passing of the Missing Children’s Act and the founding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which introduced the famous missing children ads on the sides of milk cartons.

The couple became associated with unsolved crimes and the hunt for missing children, which is why Walsh was picked to host America’s Most Wanted in 1988.

The show became just another part of Walsh’s search for justice, but he admits that interviewing parents with their own missing and murdered children was hard for him.

“I’ll always be the parent of a murdered child,” Walsh explained in a Nightline interview in 2009.

“Adam will always be in my mind. Your heart is broken. It doesn’t matter if it was six months ago or 27 years ago. Your heart is broken. People deal with it differently. Some descend into hell in different ways and you live in that hell.”

But after decades of waiting and praying, Walsh and his wife finally received the justice they had been praying for.

Airline Employee’s Eye For Detail Saved Two Teens From Being Human Trafficked

Human trafficking is one of those terrible crimes that sadly doesn’t get enough attention in our society.

The Justice Department estimates that as many as 17,500 Americans are trafficked every year, and become the victims of sexual assault and other crimes.

The Global Slavery Index reported that 50,000 people in America could be the victims of human trafficking right now.

Children are more vulnerable than adults, and the Department of State says a stunning 244,000 children are “at risk” of being trafficked.

That’s why American Airlines employee Denice Miracle is being recognized by the sheriff’s department in Sacramento, California.

The quick-thinking airline employee may have saved two teenage girls from a living hell.

The girls, 15 and 17 years old, walked up to Miracle’s counter with luggage but no ID, hoping to fly from Sacramento to New York on prepaid tickets. Miracle says she knew something was off right away.

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“I think the way they kept looking back-and-forth at each other, like they weren’t really sure,” she told KOVR about her instinct.

“And then they were texting someone on the phone, and that person was giving them answers.”

A little digging revealed the pricey first-class tickets had been purchased with another person’s credit card.

“It just doesn’t feel right to me,” Miracle thought, and she called the local sheriff’s department.

But even they were surprised by how close these girls came to something truly horrible.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department says the two teenagers were defensive about their tickets and travel plans.

Eventually, they revealed they had met a man named “Drey” on Instagram, and he had bought the tickets.

The girls said Drey had offered them $2,000 to appear in a music video as models. That’s when the police pointed out a chilling detail.

Notorious Hollywood Detective Says The Truth About Michael Jackson Is Worse Than Anyone Knows

A private detective serving time behind bars for his own crimes said he knows the truth about Michael Jackson in a rare jailhouse interview.

Private eye Anthony Pellicano developed a reputation as one of Hollywood’s toughest “fixers” – someone who takes care of messy or unsavory problems for their clients – before he was sentenced to 15 years in jail for crimes including wiretapping.

His long list of famous clients includes musicians and actors like Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Roseanne Barr, and Courtney Love.

There are even rumors that Pellicano worked for both President Donald Trump and the Clintons, but he won’t confirm or deny them.

While he allegedly helped his famous clients get out of trouble, Pellicano was sent to prison himself in 2008.

Authorities found more than 150,000 pages of illegal recordings in his possession, along with explosives.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pellicano insisted he could have “saved myself, or at least done less time, if I had even slightly co-operated with the government.”

Pellicano refused, insisting that snitches were “worse than child molesters.”

But while Pellicano remains uptight about almost all of his famous clients, there was one celebrity he wasn’t afraid to talk about.

Michael Jackson with Jordan Chandler.Rex

The disgraced detective was allegedly hired by singer Michael Jackson, when the “King of Pop” was facing accusations of child molestation in the ’90s.

What Pellicano revealed about Jackson in the interview has many people seeing the famous case in a new light.

The allegations against Jackson came from dentist Evan Chandler and his son Jordan.

Jordan was one of the many children who visited Jackson at his Neverland Ranch estate, and he even traveled with Jackson on his Dangerous world tour.

Jackson eventually settled out of court with the Chandler family, but a laundry list of other accusers followed suit.

To this day, both the LA County Police Department and California’s Department of Children and family services say they never found any evidence of child abuse by the singer.

But the normally tight-lipped Pellicano hinted that he knew the real truth about Jackson’s case.

Former CIA And FBI Analyst Weeps On CNN While Talking About Florida High School Shooting

On February 14, a senseless tragedy occurred in Parkdale, Florida, when a gunman opened fire at his former high school.

The attack resulted in the death of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with dozens more injured.

Assistant football and security guard Aaron Feis was one of the gunman’s victims, who sacrificed his life to protect his students.

“It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis,” the school’s football team’s Twitter account posted early Thursday morning. “He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”

While people across the country are coming together in mourning, some are finding it difficult to keep their emotions in tact.

Almost A Decade After Her Abductors Were Caught, Jaycee Dugard Is Helping Victims Heal

Her kidnapping made headlines in the ’90s, but now Jaycee Dugard is attracting attention for a totally different reason.

Dugard was famously abducted while walking to a school bus stop near her home in Tahoe, California.

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A woman pulled the 11-year-old into a passing van, and even though her stepfather chased after Dugard on his mountain bike, she wouldn’t be seen for another 18 years.

The woman, Nancy Garrido, later admitted that Dugard had been targeted by her husband Phillip because she was “cute.”

Nancy and Phillip Garrido, Jaycee’s abductors.AP

Phillip Garrido was a registered sex offender, who had already spent time in jail before kidnapping Dugard. He and his wife kept the teenager in sheds and tents on their property in Antioch, California.

The Garridos’s backyard in Antioch.EPA

During her time as Phillip’s prisoner, Dugard was sexually assaulted by him, and gave birth to a pair of children.

“I can’t fathom how I kept it together,” Dugard remembered about the ordeal years later, “or, you know, I must’ve been checked out, you know, on a different level.”

“You know, [I was] present, but not present for, you know, some of it, because it’s terrifying on its own. But being alone, how did I even do that?”

This cover photo of Dugard was the first image of her as an adult.People

Of course Dugard was rescued in 2009, but since then she and her daughters have kept out of the public eye.

But it turns out Dugard has been very busy making the world a better place for victims like herself and her daughters.

They Were Told Their Daughters Ran Away – Ten Years Later, A “House Of Horrors” Revealed The Truth

What were you doing in 2002? I was still in school, and really had no idea of the horrors the world had to offer. Unfortunately, not everyone had the same experiences as your or I. In 2002, a decade of torture and despair started at the hands of Ariel Castro.

Michelle Knight, who was 21 years old at the time, was kidnapped by Castro on August 23, 2002 in Cleveland, Ohio. She accepted a ride from Castro after leaving her cousin’s house and was never seen again. Knight was the oldest of Castro’s victims, which police admit is part of the reason their investigation was not as focused on her. It was just assumed that Knight had run away after losing custody of her son.

Amanda Berry was Castro’s next victim. She disappeared in April of 2003, just one day before her 17th birthday. Berry called her sister just moments before she was kidnapped, saying she was getting a ride home from her job at Burger King. For about a week, the FBI just labelled Berry as a runaway. However, when an unidentified male called Berry’s family using her cellphone, they knew it was serious

“I have Amanda. She’s fine and will be coming home in a couple of days,” the call said.

Georgina “Gina” Lynn DeJesus disappeared when she was just 14 years old. She was abducted on April 2, 2004 by Ariel Castro, who she willingly got into the car with. DeJesus was friends with Arlene Castro, Ariel’s teenage daughter, so she never thought twice about getting a ride home from him. Arlene and Gina had wanted to have a sleepover, but Arlene’s mom said no, which is when Ariel offered to drive her home. No Amber Alert was issued for DeJesus’s disappearance because it was believed she had just run away.

“The Amber Alert should work for any missing child ,” DeJesus’s father said in 2006. “Whether it’s an abduction or a runaway, a child needs to be found. We need to change this law”

One by one the girls were taken into captivity, but none of them could have imagined the horrors they were about to face.

His Murder Spree Made Headlines, But His Final Evil Act Shook The Nation

On January 17, 2018, the anthology series American Crime Story released its second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, while simultaneously renewing public interest in one of the largest failed manhunts in the history of the United States.

Who was the fugitive?

Andrew Cunanan, a 27-year-old serial killer, who was responsible for murdering multiple men across the country, including the famous Italian-born designer, Gianni Versace.

Versace’s story got the television show treatment because he happened to be the most famous of Cunanan’s victims, but the dangerous criminal had at least four other victims before ending his murderous spree on July 17, 1997.

Prior to Versace’s assassination, Cunanan murdered architect Lee Miglin, gas company manager Jeffrey Trail, millionaire David J. Madson, and cemetery groundskeeper William Reese

Here’s a look at Cunanan’s victims, what drove him to commit such heinous crimes, and what became of him in the end:

Cunanan was born on August 31, 1969 in National City, California to a Filipino-American father, Modesto “Pete” Cunanan, and an Italian-American mother, Mary Anne Schillaci. Pete, who was serving in Vietnam War, wasn’t around when his son was born, but upon his return, he made sure that his youngest child was always well taken care of.

He enrolled Cunanan, who had an above average IQ of 147, at an Episcopal independent day school so he could receive the best education possible. Aside from his talkativeness and zest for knowledge, there were no signs that indicated Cunanan would someday inflict harm on other people.

The Terrible Secret That Led To A Beloved Child Star’s Murder

It’s hard to imagine that a child’s life could be filled with anything but love and affection, but for young Judith Barsi, her childhood was anything but ordinary. Some may assume that becoming a Hollywood star would be the dream, but for Judith, her dream quickly turned into a nightmare.

Judith was discovered when she was only five years old. It was 1983, and the young girl was at a skating rink at the same time that a commercial was being shot. The crew members noticed her and helped her land her first commercial for Donald Duck Orange Juice.

She would go on to star in over 50 commercials in her short career. Her parents were thrilled with their child’s success, at least at first. Her parents, Joszef and Maria Barsi, were both from Hungary. They met in California where they were married and had their daughter. It was well known that Maria had always wanted their daughter to become a star.

But she didn’t know that it was that drive that would create a situation that would lead to her daughter’s death.

17 Years Later, There Are Still More Questions Than Answers In The Murder Of Chandra Levy

In Spring 2001, the mysterious disappearance of Chandra Levy rocked the nation.

In a case that could have been likened to a plot of a thriller, the 24-year-old master’s student vanished without a trace on May 1, raising a mixture of publicity and fear throughout the country.

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A year before her disappearance, Chandra had moved to Washington D.C. to intern with the Bureau of Prisons for her master’s program at the University of Southern California. She was studying public administration in hopes of one day working for the FBI.

“She managed to be working for the state here [in California] at the governor’s office, and also the mayor of Los Angeles,” Chandra’s mother, Susan Levy told 20/20’s Deborah Roberts. “She had these high political internships. … She was an honor student, had good grades … maybe a student aggressive enough to go after these really good positions.”

On May 6, Levy’s parents alerted authorities they had not heard from their daughter in the past five days. With no initial indication of foul play, it came as a shock when Chandra’s father, Robert Levy, revealed she was having an affair with an older, married U.S. congressman, who he believed to be U.S. Representative Gary Condit.

Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent who was the lead investigator in the case, said the couple became involved after Chandra and a friend visited his office and he gave them a tour of the Capitol.

After the pair began their affair, Garrett said Chandra “led a very insulated life once she started this relationship with Gary, because the only time[s] she’d really see him were after hours. Her life basically going to [work], back home and then to Gary’s house.”

The Preventable Tragedy That Left Five Children Dead And Their Mother On Trial For Murder

To a great many people, the death of a child is one of the most tragic events that could possibly happen. While someone living to old age has meant they’ve at least been able to go out with a full life behind them, some children unfortunately only get to grace the Earth for a few years before their lives are tragically cut all too short. It’s a subject that saddens just about everybody.

Most parents are especially sensitive to the possibility, as they have to live every day with the fear that something could happen to their most precious treasures. Many parents I know can’t even watch a movie where a child dies without ending up a mess of tears, much less even entertain the thought of losing their own.

So, it stands to reason that it’s pretty unthinkable that a parent would ever want to willingly kill their own children, right? I mean, parents are supposed to be the first ones to throw their lives on the line to save their kids, what reason could they ever possibly have to take their lives instead?

Well, in 2001, we all got the shock of our lives when a mother was charged not just with murdering her five children, but with doing so in a way that was absolutely horrific. Her name was Andrea Yates, and her trial was one that the world will never forget. This is especially thanks to the fact that, in retrospect, the signs were all there.

The Beginning

Born in Hallsville, Texas in 1964, Yates was the youngest of five children, and by all accounts was pretty much the definition of the all-American student. She was her high school class valedictorian, captain of the swim team, and even an officer in the National Honor Society.

The Downward Spiral

However, she also had her first recorded brushes with mental illness as a teen too, something that would prove to come back throughout her life. She suffered from bulimia and clinical depression, and even described the desire to commit suicide to a friend at 17. These thoughts would ebb and flow even after her graduation from the University of Texas School of Nursing, and her marriage to her husband, Russell “Rusty” Yates.

Yates ended up having five children with her husband while they relocated between Texas and Florida several times, but trouble started to flare up after the birth of their fourth child, Luke.