If your wife is a “messy” housekeeper, should you stab her 84 times and put a pig mask on her face

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A jury convicted a New Jersey man on Wednesday of murdering his ex-wife, who he called a messy housekeeper and whose body was found stabbed 84 times and wearing a pig mask.

594-1y0Um.Em.55Jurors deliberated less than five hours before reaching their verdict in the trial of Anthony Novellino, 67, who prosecutors said used an 8-inch kitchen knife to slay Judith Novellino, 62, in June 2010.

He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 12.

As the jury forewoman read the verdict in Morris County Superior Court, Novellino sat impassively. He was found guilty of all charges, including murder, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon, hindering his own apprehension and tampering with evidence.

Judith Novellino was killed in her former home in Denville, New Jersey, when she came back to retrieve some of her belongings soon after they divorced.

“Hopefully, Judy Novellino’s family can now have some sense of solace that the defendant was convicted of this heinous crime,” Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a statement after the verdict.

Anthony Novellino’s attorney, Michael Priarone, who said he would not be representing Novellino after his sentencing, declined to comment on the jury decision or on why he would no longer represent his client. He said Novellino has a right to appeal the verdict.

In her closing argument on Tuesday, Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Margaret Calderwood said the pig mask that Novellino placed on the face of his ex-wife’s body signaled a deliberate state of mind that warranted a jury verdict of murder.

“You don’t methodically go to the closet and pull out a pig mask and put it on her” without being fully aware of your actions, she said.

Priarone in his closing argument asked the jury to find that his client suffered a kind of temporary insanity, which could have reduced a murder charge to manslaughter.

Attorneys for both sides said Anthony Novellino had emailed photos of the unkempt condition of the home to friends and relatives and had complained that Judith Novellino kept a sloppy home, which was a sticking point in their divorce proceedings.

Tom Greer, 80, Has No Regrets About Shooting Pregnant Intruder To Death

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A home burglary turned to shit for two people after the 80-year-old homeowner walked in on them and ended up shooting a woman to death.

Tom-GreerTom Greer said he came home Tuesday night to find a man and woman inside his home. Greer said they both tackled him and jumped on top of him before robbing his safe of thousands of dollars.

What the couple didn’t know was that Greer was not defenseless… he had a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver in his pocket. The pair ran from the home when they saw Greer was armed, but the woman wasn’t quick enough.

After firing at her in an alley behind his house, Greer said the woman stumbled and then begged for her life. “She says, ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant! I’m going to have a baby!’ And I shot her anyway,” Greer said.

When asked what happened next, Greer said he shot the woman a second time. “She was dead. I shot her twice, she best be dead … (The man) had run off and left her,” he said. “I shot her so that’s going to leave a message on his mind for the rest of his life.”

Greer was taken to the hospital to treat a severe shoulder and collarbone injury. Police have not identified the woman, who was found dead at the scene, aside from saying she was in her ’20s.

One of Greer’s neighbors told reporters that the couple may have stolen Greer’s car in another incident and that Greer had been robbed several times before. “Apparently the couple has been doing this neighborhood for quite some time,” he said.

Long Beach Police are still investigating, but at this time no one has been arrested – including Greer. I’m not sure what a jury would do to Greer if he is charged and stands trial, but from what little I read on California’s castle doctrine his actions were not quite covered by the law. According to California Penal Code Section 198.5, homicide is excusable if:

Any person using force intended or likely to cause death or great bodily injury within his or her residence shall be presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily injury to self, family, or a member of the household when that force is used against another person, not a member of the family or household, who unlawfully and forcibly enters or has unlawfully and forcibly entered the residence and the person using the force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry occurred. As used in this section, great bodily injury means a significant or substantial physical injury.

Personally, I have no sympathy for people who are killed while committing home burglaries. But prosecutors may have to charge Greer despite the circumstances. That first shot may have been excusable, even though the woman was running away, but that second shot may cause Greer some serious legal issues – double trouble if it turns out the woman actually was pregnant.

Man Beat His Two Cats To Death With Golf Club Because They Betrayed Him

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An Erie man pleaded guilty Monday in Erie County Court to beating his two cats to death with a golf club.

Christopher-BisbeeChristopher J. Bisbee, 32, pleaded guilty to one second-degree misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals in a plea deal that dropped an additional cruelty to animals count.

According to court records, Bisbee attacked the cats after one of them scratched him. He told investigators he felt “betrayed” by the animals.

He said he “struck both cats numerous times with a golf club until they no longer were moving.”

As part of the agreement, Assistant District Attorney Mark Richmond said, Bisbee, of the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, may not own any domestic animals while serving his sentence. He also must pay $263 restitution to the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Oct. 7 before Judge Shad Connelly.

Bisbee’s lawyer, Stephen Sebald, said Bisbee waived his right to a preliminary hearing and applied to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, a special probation program for nonviolent first-time offenders, but he was denied admission.

Bisbee also “proactively sought mental health counseling,” Sebald said. A report from Bisbee’s doctor will be submitted to the court before sentencing, Sebald said.

Erie County Detective Greg Acri filed the charges after an investigation by Humane Society Animal Enforcement Officer Merle Wolfgang.

Wolfgang said a tip triggered the investigation. According to the criminal complaint, several peo ple at Bis bee’s residence implicated Bisbee in the animals’ deaths.

She retrieved the cats’ bodies from Bisbee’s trash June 25, 2013, and discovered that they had “apparent trauma to their heads.”

An examination at the North East Animal Hospital indicated the cause of death was “focused blunt force trauma to the head.”

In an interview with investigators in August, Bisbee admitted he had killed the cats.

“I am glad one of the charges stuck.” Wolfgang said Monday. “If there are mental health issues, I am glad he is getting some help.”

Man Sentenced For Beating Toddler To Death While Trying To Turn Her Gay

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An attorney called his client “deranged” just before a judge sentenced the man to prison for biting and beating his two-year-old daughter to death in what officials said was an attempt to make her gay.

Donovan-HaynesGenesee Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah said Monday, July 21, that the allegations against Donovan Lamar Haynes were “astonishing” and among the most unconscionable he’s heard during his time on the bench.

Haynes, 23, was sentenced Monday to 18 years, 9 months to 40 years in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree murder for the beating death of his daughter, Ti’Airra Woodward. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.

Farah also sentenced him to serve a concurrent 5-15 years in prison for first-degree child abuse.

The sentence was agreed to by both sides as part of the plea agreement.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said the victim’s family was in agreement with the agreement.

Before Farah handed down his sentence, he read briefly from a pre-sentence investigation report that outlined the circumstances surrounding the girl’s death.

The report claimed that Haynes beat the girl in an attempt to turn her gay in hopes that she would avoid men like him, who had a history of treating women poorly.

“You don’t beat her in hopes she’s going to turn gay,” Farah said, adding that Haynes should have used his own life experience to teach his daughter how to avoid problem men.

The judge said Haynes also beat the girl in an attempt to toughen her up.

However, Farah added Haynes’ actions made it so no one would ever have to worry about the girl being tough.

“Dad took care of that,” Farah said. “He took care of it in one fell swoop.”

Ti’Airra was pronounced dead at Hurley Medical Center after she stopped breathing at a home on Donal Drive in Flint Township in what police call a child abuse case.

A medical examiner’s report indicated she died of internal bleeding from a lacerated liver.

Adult human bite marks were also found all over the girl’s body, police said.

Prosecutors said Ti’Airra was found unresponsive in the basement of Haynes’ mother’s Flint Township home.

Attorney Elbert Hatchett, who represented Haynes, had strong words for the man he was hired to represent.

“This case is a case that defies reason, logic, common sense,” Hatchett said. “(It’s a) tragedy to see the life of an innocent child snuffed out for no reason at all.”

Hatchett said Haynes is “deranged” and that he needs to undergo psychological counseling while in prison.

“I don’t have any sympathy for him,” Hatchett said of his client. “Hopefully, judge, he will repent.”

Ti’Airra’s mother, Nakeesha Woodward, left the court in tears after briefly addressing Farah before Haynes was sentenced. She returned to the courtroom in time to hear her daughter’s killer get sentenced to prison.

“I lost a child,” a tearful Woodward said as she lobbied Farah for a stiff maximum sentence.

State sentencing guidelines would have allowed Haynes to be sentenced to more than 31 years in prison if a jury convicted him of second-degree murder, according to Farah.

Haynes also initially faced charges of open murder, first-degree murder and torture that could have earned him life in prison without parole if convicted.

Before being sentenced to prison, Haynes attempted to withdraw his no contest plea.

Haynes told Farah that he felt his attorney could have secured a plea agreement that included less prison time.

He addressed the court briefly before Farah handed down his sentence, thanking his family for their support and the court’s time in hearing his case.

Hatchett, however, said that his client was being pressured by family members to take the case to trial rather than go forward with the plea agreement.

“There is no likelihood — none — that he would be found not guilty by a jury of his peers,” Hatchett said.

However, Leyton said his office pursued the plea agreement after flaws developed with the case.

“We had some concerns about the testimony of a key witness,” Leyton said.

Farah refused to let Haynes withdraw his plea, saying that a withdrawal was not in the interest of justice.

“I felt that he was playing with the court,” Woodward said. “He has no remorse.”

Two Die After Falling into Smelly Cesspit

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Two people reportedly died after falling into an open-pit toilet.

UntitledIn Xinxiang City, in China’s Henan Province, a woman dropped her cell phone worth US$300 into a cesspit.

Her husband, in an attempt to get back her phone, climbed down into the pit. However, he lost consciousness while inside the knee-deep pit due to a lack of oxygen. The woman’s mother-in-law tried to jump in to save her son, but also passed out.

After the woman shouted for help, neighbors came, and many tried to rescue them, but some of them also fainted.

“The smell was too strong. I lost consciousness before I could see anything,” a neighbor said.

After finding a rope, the people pulled a total of six people out of the cesspit.

The husband and his mother had weak pulses immediately following the rescue, but they were both pronounced dead upon the arrival of medical respondents.

Three Teens Charged With The Beating Deaths Of Two Homeless Men

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Three teenagers have been charged with murder, accused of beating two homeless men to death.

24qmwd3Albuquerque Police called it a heinous crime on Sunday, saying at least one of the suspects involved admitted that the group was targeting transients and have done it many times before.

Alex Rios, 18, Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, and Gilbert Tafoya, 15, are all charged with murder. APD say the three boys beat two homeless men to death in a vacant lot on 60th and Central early Saturday morning.

“Very heinous crime,” said Officer Simon Drobik of the Albuquerque Police Department.

APD is still trying to identify the two men who were killed.

While the crime tape has been cleared, what happened at the lot is something many officers won’t forget anytime soon.

“I mean, I was sick to my stomach,” said Drobik. “It’s just horrific … kids.”

Gilbert-TafoyaAccording to a criminal complaint, the beating took place after the three teens said they came home from a party.

“They went over there with the intent to hurt these individuals in that lot,” said Drobik.

Police say someone called 911 after finding two bodies on a mattress behind a e-cigarette shop along 60th Street.

Police found the bodies and shortly after, caught up with a third victim who was alive but hurt after running from the scene.

“Really badly beaten, he was able to tell us that he had been beaten up in that area before and he thought he knew who the offenders were,” said Drobik.

According to the criminal complaint, two of the boys involved in the case live in this home just a few hundred feet away from where the two men were found dead.

jqg65gPolice then went to the home and quested Tafoya and Carrillo and their friend Alex Rios, who was said to be sleeping over at the home.

Officers saw blood on Carillo’s pants and then asked to search the home. According to the complaint, Tafoya and Carillo’s parents consented to the search.

Inside, officers found more bloody clothes and an ID card of one of the men thought to have been killed.

Police then interviewed the three boys. Each admitted to having a role in the beating the men, using sticks, metal poles, bricks and cinder blocks. Tafoya even told police that the group had been attacking Albuquerque’s homeless population at random for the last year.

According to the complaint, Tafoya also told police that he “estimated that they have attacked 50 people” in the last couple months.

Police say that an large number of unsolved homeless beatings is not on their radar right now.

“It’s hard getting some transients to come forward to express that they were victims of crime,” said Drobik.

Officers are now looking for other victims, neighbors are stunned.

“It’s horrible, that’s horrible,” said Charles Jones.

Jones, who lives in the area, used to be homeless. He says he’s not surprised no one has come forward.

“The homeless are not going to run and tell anybody because then nobody listens to us, you know?” said Jones.

He hopes people will step forward, though.

“They have to be held accountable for that,” said Jones.

KRQE News 13 spoke to a few family members of Gilbert Tafoya and Nathaniel Carrillo at their house today, but they didn’t have a comment.

The District Attorney’s Office for Bernalillo County will determine whether or not the boys will be tried as adults

Kidnapped Girl Shot Dead as Police Open Fire on Her Captor

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kidnap20n-3-web-383x214 A 5-year-old Kansas girl who was kidnapped on Friday night died in a gun battle between police and her abductor following a high-speed chase, police said on Saturday.

“The matter unfolded quite rapidly,” said Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens,” calling the girl’s death tragic. “We are still trying to sort out specifically what happened.”

Police said the sequence of events began about 7:30 p.m. on Friday when Cadence Harris of Leavenworth was reported kidnapped. Police said there was some relationship between the child and her abductor but would not provide details.

Police in both Missouri and Kansas were involved in the chase as the suspect crossed the state line before the incident ended in the northeast Kansas town of Leavenworth. At some point the suspect got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at officers and they exchanged fire, Kitchens said.

“Anytime we have the loss of a small child it is devastating,” Kitchens told a new conference, adding that officers on the scene had tried to revive the girl.

He said it was not clear if the child was shot by her abductor, who was seriously wounded and is hospitalized in Kansas City.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) was called in to help investigate. Stressing that the probe only just getting under way, KBI Special Agent in Charge Mark Malick said it did not appear the girl was hit by bullets fired by police officers.

“Evidence we have at the scene at this time does not support any indication that gunfire struck the car or the victim, and specifically gunfire coming from law enforcement,” Malick said.

An autopsy was being carried out and would not be completed on Saturday, he told reporters.

‘You’ve still got your socks on’: Husband’s last words before dying of heart condition during sex

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Mark-and-Lucie-enjoying-each-others-company-on-the-beachA young mother has written a moving account of how her husband died as they made love – uttering his final words ‘You’ve still got your socks on’.

Lucie Brownlee found herself widowed at 36 following Mark Johnston’s sudden death.

The pair had been trying for a baby and were making love at what was judged to be the best possible time to conceive.

But the Government intelligence analyst suffered a catastrophic arrhythmia – an abnormality in the heartbeat – and could not be revived.

Lucie first wrote a blog, then a book about the intensely personal journey which helped her cope with her own grief – and helped others who have lost loved ones.

She told how Mark’s last words were: “You’ve still got your socks on” and explains her feelings since with searing honesty.

Lucie, 38, who has a six-year-old daughter by him, said: “I was just at a complete loss as to what to do after Mark died and I started the blog and then the book as a way of handling it.

“I had to be completely candid. I was watching the programme ‘One Born Every Minute’ on TV and thought that was the most intimate moment of someone’s life to show on telly.

“But nobody speaks about death and I just felt it was so traumatic and so completely shocking that I had to tell it all, exactly as it happened.

“It almost removes a bit of the power of death. I understand that some people feel such things should be private and I also respect that.

“But I have been very, very candid about it and the lovely thing is that I have had other widows and widowers read it, and tell me ‘thanks for being so honest’.”

A lecturer as well as an author, Lucie, who lives near Sedgefield, Co Durham, went through months of being unable to work after Mark’s death, but then used her writing to give voice to her feelings.

Mark, who worked at GCHQ and was just 37 when he died, had collapsed four years prior to his death. Medics discovered that his aorta had ruptured. But he was believed to be fit and healthy after an op.

On the day of his death, they had been making love at Lucie’s mother’s house.

Lucie recalled: “It wasn’t ideal but we didn’t want to miss out on the window to conceive. We had only just started making love when he collapsed.

“His last words to me were, ‘you’ve still got your socks on’. I thought he’d collapsed with his heart, but it didn’t cross my mind that he wouldn’t wake up.

“I don’t think you can ever reconcile that – you cannot accept it because it is unacceptable.

“The person I was before 8.14 on the evening of February 11, 2012 is completely different to the person I was after 8.15.

“I have become stronger and done things I never thought I would be able to do, and yet been as fragile as sponge sugar.

“A new person emerges, and this is what I mean about writing about the most intimate things – it is not that I don’t care what people think, it is just there are no rules on what you need to get through.”

Lucie admits she ‘drank like a fish’ and embarked upon a ‘completely inappropriate’ affair in the wake of Mark’s death.

She added: “I had a fling with a plumber who had come round to do some work on my house.

“It was completely inappropriate, and my friends and family were worried that I wasn’t coping in the right way.

“But there is no appropriate way to deal with grief. Mine has been chaotic and unruly. There are no rules.”

Lucie started writing a blog in April last year and has just published “Me After You”. She added: “Once I did write again, it was lovely, because it was as though I was spending time with Mark every single day.

“He was such a positive person, so friendly and so loving.

“He was a one off in every possible way, including the way he died.”

Parents Claim Son Committed Suicide After Masturbation Video Went Viral

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The parents of a teenager who committed suicide last year say he took his own life after another student filmed him masturbating in a school bathroom then posted the video online.

Matthew-BurdetteMatthew Burdette killed himself on November 29. His family had noticed the once happy, popular teen had become withdrawn in the days leading up to his suicide, but say they never saw it coming.

Matthew left a note that stated he had no friends and that he could no longer handle school. Wanting answers, his family started asking questions – starting with school officials at University City High School.

They say school officials wouldn’t tell them anything about what may have happened at the school to have caused Matthew to suddenly hate school so bad that it would be part of his reasoning for ending his own life.

However, other students didn’t have such issues. They told Matthew’s family that their son was being relentlessly bullied over a video that was posted online that went viral.

Two weeks before Matthew committed suicide, he was asked to leave a classroom for eating sunflower seeds. As he wandered the halls, he made a stop in one of the school’s bathrooms. Unbeknownst to him, another student videotaped him in a stall, allegedly masturbating.

The student who filmed him then used SnapChat and Vine to post the video online and within hours, the video had gone viral.

“It went beyond his school. It went to other schools in California. Kids in the neighborhood who didn’t go to Matthew’s school had heard about it and seen the video that was taken of him,” said the boy’s aunt.

As you can imagine, the last two weeks of Matthew’s life was pretty shitty as he was teased and harassed mercilessly by his peers. His family has now gone public with the story in hopes of getting more answers, have changes made within the school district and to get through to other kids.

“I don’t have hatred for the kid who took this video. He was a dumb kid who did a dumb thing. But these kids don’t get it. They don’t realize how big the cyber bullying world is,” said Burdette’s aunt.

The family have also filed a claim against the San Diego Unified School District. You can read their claim here.

Attorney Allison Worden, who is representing the family, said the teacher kicked Matthew out of class with no direction on where to go, leaving him to wander the school. She also said the school district failed to protect Matthew under the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 and the California Safe Place Act.

The school district released the following statement:

“At San Diego Unified, the safety and well-being of our students is a top priority. The district also adheres to the privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations related to students, families and ongoing investigations. For this reason, the district cannot provide details about Matthew Burdette’s death. Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with his family and loved ones.”

Two Men Convicted For Murdering Friend With Speedboat Over Argument About Cigarettes And Beer

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This is the chilling moment two killers try to remove a severed limb from a boat propeller after using the vessel to deliberately run down a friend.

Paul Gerlach and Louis Borzoni murdered aspiring rapper Rico Dardis after a drunken fight broke out between the three men on board the speedboat.

The pair pushed Mr Dardis into the sea and then drove the speedboat’s propeller over the drowning 30-year-old father-of-one, ripping both his legs from his body.

The boat, called No Chance, washed ashore and Gerlach, 51, and Borzoni, 50, were seen trying to unclog one of the limbs from the propeller.

A member of the public photographed the suspicious duo. The image shows Gerlach looking over the side while a blood-soaked Borzoni checks the stern.

A passing couple then saw a torso floating in the sea off Christchurch, Dorset, but were told by Borzoni it was merely a shop dummy.

 

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Jailed: Paul Mark Gerlach and Louis Borzoni

 

 

The police were called and one of Mr Dardis’ severed legs was found entangled in the propeller. His torso was later found floating in the surf near the abandoned Maxum speedboat.

Gerlach and Borzoni were both jailed for life on Monday after a jury found them guilty of murder.

The Honourable Mr Justice Blake said the last thing Mr Dardis would have heard before he died would have been the sound of a propeller approaching.

Sentencing the pair, the judge said: “Neither of you have shown any remorse for his (Mr Dardis’) death.

“You have shown a callous disregard for his dignity as a human being. You, Mr Gerlach, deliberately drove the boat over him causing catastrophic injuries.

“You, Mr Borzoni, were aware of what he was going to do and were in agreement with it.

“You have deprived a family of a son and a nine-year-old of a father and that relationship and guidance for the rest of his life.”

Police also released the last ever photo of Mr Dardis, taken by Paul Gerlach on the speedboat as they headed out of Christchurch Harbour on the day of the killing.

In the picture taken on May 27 last year, Mr Dardis, from Boscombe, is seen sitting in the back of the boat cradling a duck.

Shortly after the photo was taken a fight broke out between Gerlach, Borzoni and Mr Dardis, who had been drinking vodka and beer.

Mr Dardis was pushed off the back of the boat into the sea.

With Mr Dardis struggling to stay afloat, Gerlach then turned the speedboat round, ‘whacked the throttle down’ and drove it over him.

After abandoning the speedboat on the beach, Gerlach and Borzoni took a taxi to nearby Southbourne to buy more alcohol.

After the taxi driver spotted blood on them they joked ‘Yeah, we murder’ before adding ‘ Ha, just joking’.

Both were later secretly taped confessing to the murder – Borzoni to his brother and Gerlach to his estranged wife.

Gerlach claimed Mr Dardis’ death had been an accident while Borzoni chose not to give evidence at the two-week trial at Winchester Crown Court.

Gerlach, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to life in jail with a minimum term of 17 years while Borzoni, from Boscombe, must serve a 15-year minimum term.

In a statement the family of Mr Dardis, who sat in court for the sentencing, said: “Rico was a loving, caring son, brother and dad.

“We have been blessed to have had him in our lives.

“The horrific way Rico lost his life will stay with us forever.

“It has been the most difficult and heartbreaking time of our lives.

“But his light and spirit will live on, and we will make him proud and remain strong as a family unit.”