A Calculating Cold Blooded Killer Closes In… #Forensic #Mystery #NewRelease

 

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Fascinating Forensics: 2 High-Profile Murders Solved by Unusual Evidence

In modern law enforcement, forensic scientists are a crucial component in a criminal investigation. In addition to conducting routine analysis on a myriad of non-violent cases, they are vital in assisting police solve murders. And, more to the point, forensic investigators are often the prosecutor’s key ally in locking up cold-blooded killers.

Whether these investigators specialize in botany, accident reconstruction or anthropology, one thing is for sure—these scientists cobble together unusual pieces of evidence with the goal of connecting killers to their crimes.

Here are two cases in which forensic scientists gathered somewhat unusual evidence that led police to the killer.

Maple Tree Solves a Murder

In the farmlands of Indiana, a gruesome murder occurred in the summer of 1981. Charlotte and Fred Grabbe had been married for a tumultuous 23 years. Then, one day, their dismal marriage came to a tragic end when Fred strangled Charlotte to death in their barn.

After choking the life out of Charlotte, Fred ditched his wife’s car in a remote location and then dumped her body into a 55 gallon steel drum. After dousing his wife’s corpse with fuel, he set the body ablaze underneath a maple tree on the banks of a nearby river.

Charlotte’s disappearance was reported to the police, but her body was never found.

Despite never recovering Charlotte’s remains, Fred was convicted for the murder of Charlotte. That conviction, however, was overturned. So, in order to ensure Fred never saw the light of day, the local police—using a tip from Fred’s mistress—began to investigate a new evidence lead, which was the maple tree where Charlotte’s body was allegedly torched.

That’s when the expertise of two forensic scientists came into play. Combining the talents of a plant pathologist and an organic chemist, the prosecution was able to determine that—years prior (1981, to be exact) – a petroleum product had damaged the maple tree.

The evidence further revealed that this oil-based product traumatized the roots, leading to the stunting of the maple tree’s growth. Fred’s mistress revealed which side of the tree that the killer had set-up the drum. Amazingly, her testimony was corroborated by the scientists, who proved that only the branches on one side of the tree had been damaged. Specifically, the side of the tree where the victim’s body was incinerated.

All of this new evidence combined with prior witness testimony was a bittersweet victory for the prosecution.

Years after killing his wife, Fred Grabbe was finally sentenced to life in prison.

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Bike Paint Helps Lock-Up Child Killer

In September 1984, tragedy struck a small Arizona town after the kidnapping and murder of an 8-year old little girl named Vicki Lynne Hoskinson. On that horrific day, young Vicki left her house on a bike in order to mail a birthday card to her aunt. And she never returned.

Upon finding Vicki’s bike on the side of the road just a few blocks from home, Vicki’s family contacted the police. The best lead received by law enforcement came from a coach at the nearby elementary school. He revealed witnessing a suspicious man parked in a car—on the day of Vicki’s disappearance in the alley next to the school. The witness was so suspicious of the man, that he memorized the car’s license plate number.

That license plate led to Frank Jarvis Atwood, a 28-year old man from Los Angeles who was out on parole after serving time for kidnapping and child molestation.

The police knew they had their guy. But the problem was—no body had been recovered, and there was no physical evidence linking Atwood to Vicki. This is when the forensics team worked their magic.

After conducting a thorough analysis and testing of Atwood’s car and the area where Vicki’s bike was found, the forensics team made some startling discoveries. A trace amount of pink paint on Atwood’s bumper was an exact match of the paint on Vicki’s bike, and the small damage on one of Vicki’s pedals matched with some damage to the car’s gravel pan.

Also, some nickel from the car’s bumper was matched to some nickel found on her bike. The investigators also determined that after hitting Vicki’s bike with his car, Atwood also drove into the mailbox. And the pattern of the damage on the mailbox matched damage found on Atwood’s car.

About a year and a half after her murder, Vicki’s skeletal remains were found scattered in a nearby desert.

Atwood was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death.

These true crime stories prove that with the right team of detectives and forensic investigators, any crime can be solved. And that even the smallest – or most unusual – piece of evidence can be effectively used to lock up killers. Do you know of any recent high-profile murders solved with the aid of trace evidence?

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Are COLD CASES on the Rise? A Chat with Cold Case Detective and Crime Media Consultant Joe Giacalone

I’ve been concerned about the rise of unsolved homicides in California as well as across the entire US for some time now. Most that follow me know that I’ve voiced my concerns about crime and cold cases. I’ve been hearing some of the reasons why, or excuses, as to why police aren’t closing more homicide cases. In fact, over the past three years cold cases have risen. Many law enforcement agencies claim it’s the lack of manpower, training, and budget restrictions. With the widespread use of the Internet, social media, and advancement of DNA and other forensic applications, cold cases should be falling in number–not rising. 

I’ve had the privilege to meet and talk with various individuals in law enforcement from California to New York. I’ve spent more than a thousand hours on patrol ride alongs, observing criminal investigations, conducting research, interviewing police officers, listening to community concerns and answering police-community questions. I’ve also been a part of numerous radio shows highlighting and discussing both missing and cold cases. Cold cases are a continuing problem—they need to be addressed—and we need some answers.

I’m very excited to sit down and chat with Joe Giacalone, retired NYPD Sergeant, former Commanding Officer of the Bronx Cold Case Squad and Adjunct Professor at John Jay College. He’s definitely one of my favorite experts to talk about crime with. Today I’m going to ask him some difficult questions about cold cases.

Let’s see what he has to say…

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Does the declining clearance rate for homicides across the country concern you?

Joe Giacalone:

Yes, it has been a problem for decades. From 2016 alone, there are almost 7,000 additional cases that need to be cleared. As a former commanding officer of the Bronx Cold Case Squad I know how time consuming and overwhelming a case load like this can be. Many departments don’t have a cold case squad that is solely focused on solving them. Each one of those cases is a victim and a family waiting for justice.

Do you think the status of homicide cold cases will continue to rise? Why or why not?

Joe Giacalone:

The trend for the past two years has been up. Homicides were up a combined 19% in 2015 and 2016. The 2017 numbers haven’t been calculated yet. Shrinking police departments, a lack of candidates, and a lack of experience have all led to the decline in good policing. Add that to the negative attitude towards police and you have a formula for “de-policing”. Police departments are not proactive anymore. In the face of public and political scrutiny, many cops have resorted to reactive policing—waiting for it to happen.

What procedures or investigative techniques have changed in the past 5 years to help assist cold case investigations? The last 10 years?

Joe Giacalone:

What I refer to as the Three (3) Forensic Horsemen will move a case forward:

Cellphone records

Internet Records

Video Surveillance

I think the advancements of DNA such as what we saw with the Golden State Killer Case and DNA Phenotyping are exciting areas. My only concern now are the courtroom battles and admissibility issues with cases such as GSK. We have standards that the new technology must pass through. Depending on your state, it’s either Frye or Daubert. Frye is the much tougher standard.

If you could make a statement to all police chiefs and sheriffs across the nation in regard to cold cases, what would it be?

Joe Giacalone:

I would make three points:

  1. Your homicide clearance rates are probably miserable. If you close a cold case today, no matter how old it is, it counts towards the clearance rate in the year it was closed. That should help.
  2. If you don’t have a cold case unit, no matter how small, you are doing the public a disservice.
  3. Cold cases are long-term endeavors. They need personnel, resources and the patience to deal with them.

What would be a way to begin to clear cold cases (procedure, personnel, forensic applications) if this was your responsibility?

Joe Giacalone:

  1. One investigator—one case
  2. Group—a number of investigators on one case

Each one has it’s pros and cons, but in my opinion, choosing the right case is the most important step. Not every case can be solved, so stick with the ones that have the most solvability factors.

My best advice for cold case investigators is to read the investigative reports last. If you read them first, you will more than likely be lead down the same path the other investigator was on. Since the case is still open, that is not a good idea. When you start examining one of these cases, investigator error is a strong likelihood on why it was open. If the body dropped today, would you have access to reports? No. So, start with the crime scene photos and move forward from there.

What would be a way for the public to assist local police departments to help clear more homicides?

Joe Giacalone:

Crowdsourcing. There are members of the public that have requisite skills to search for information on the Internet and some have the extra time too. The only thing is that they have to think in evidentiary value. If they find something interesting, a record of screen shots, web links as well as date and time found must be kept.

Family members can help too. Start a Facebook Page, halo disseminate police flyers, and contact they local Crime Stoppers office for reward money. There are many things the family and the public can do that are free besides your time.

Finally, what would you like to add in regard to cold cases?

Joe Giacalone:

Cold Case investigators are the last liaison between the police and the public. If police chiefs are interested in building bridges to the community, this is a way to do it. With all of the new technologies, advancements in forensics and databases, police departments need to get their act together. There should be no reason why clearance rates keep on dropping. I don’t think DNA or forensic science has let us down, it’s the leadership in police departments that has accomplished that.

If you are concerned about privacy issues that the GSK revealed and you are not concerned with all the data breaches, I think you need to reexamine who you give your personal information to.

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Thank you so much Joe Giacalone for your candor and taking the time to answer some important questions. This gives us so much to ponder.

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More information about Joe Giacalone:

Joe is a retired NYPD Sergeant, former Commanding Officer of the Bronx Cold Case Squad, Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators 3rd Ed.

Joe is a frequent TV media guest who has been published in the USA Today, Baltimore Sun, NY Newsday and the Buffalo News.

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Ingenious Forensics: Two High-Profile Cases Solved by Extraordinary DNA Evidence

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Recent advancements in DNA technology has helped law enforcement lock up criminals who, years ago, would have most likely escaped justice.  But, thanks to the efforts of forensic scientists, DNA analysis has dramatically increased in accuracy and reliability.

Here are two cases where ingenious DNA analysis methods led to the arrest of high-profile killers.

The Killing of Yara Gambirasio

In this case—an Italian child killer was arrested because of DNA evidence found on the back of an old postage stamp. That’s right. The arrest of a murderous villain was due to the tireless efforts of Italian law enforcement and their smart use of amazing DNA technology.

The horrible saga began in November 2010 with the disappearance of 13-year old Yara Gambirasio in the quiet Italian village of Brembate di Sopra.  After the girl’s mutilated body turned up in a field near her home, the police began an unprecedented manhunt for the killer.

Using DNA evidence found on the girl’s clothes as a starting point, the police collected over 18,000 DNA samples during their lengthy investigation. Many of the samples were given voluntarily from the local male population.

Particularly, a significant amount of the DNA samples were taken from young men who frequented a nightclub located near where the young girl’s body was found. This is when the police received their first lead. One of the men from the nightclub had DNA very similar to that of the killer. The police now knew that the killer was a close relative of this man.

The police then began to investigate the family of their only solid lead. The problem was, this man’s family was huge. Eventually, the investigation led to the home of a deceased uncle—Giuseppe Guerinoni. By this point, the investigation was two years old, and the police were growing frustrated.

The wife of the deceased uncle provided the police with a box containing documents, one of which was a letter with a stamp affixed to it. So, the police tested the back of the stamp for DNA. Voila! There was a DNA match. The problem was, this man had already been dead for 11 years prior to the murder.

The genetic soap opera then led to the revelation that this man had an unknown illegitimate son. So, the police had to continue their investigation by testing over 500 women who had encountered Guerinoni during his lifetime, with the hopes of finding DNA similar to that found on the victim’s body.

Eventually, the police identified the mistress. And, they also identified the main suspect, which was her son, Massimo Giuseppe Bossetti, a married father of three. Using the rouse of a roadblock and breathalyzer test, the police obtained Bossetti’s DNA. It was a match.

Bossetti was soon arrested, tried for murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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Golden State Killer

In this widely publicized case—a serial killer, who avoided justice for over 40 years, was brought down by a crime writer and a commercial genealogy website.

On April 24, 2018, California police arrested 72-year old former police offer Joseph DeAngelo for the murder of eight people. Known as the “Golden State Killer,” DeAngelo committed murder, rape and burglary over a 12-year period, spanning from 1974-1986. And, although DNA evidence has only been able to link him to eight murders, police believe that he has killed at least 12 people, raped 50, and burglarized over 100 homes.

DeAneglo’s crime spree occurred in both Southern and Northern California. And over the past 27 years, he lived a quiet suburban live while working as a mechanic. His short time as a police officer in the 1970s ended when he was caught shoplifting. And, it is now known, that some of his horrific crimes overlapped with his time in law enforcement.

Several years ago, the now-deceased crime writer Michelle McNamara took an interest in this case. She dubbed DeAngelo the “Golden State Killer,” and her goal was to aide police in finding this psychopath. At the time of her unexpected death, McNamara was working on a book regarding her investigation into DeAngelo. The book was finished by her actor husband Patton Oswalt, as well as a case researcher and an investigative journalist. Her investigation into the killer is believed to have helped reignite a renewed law enforcement effort into capturing DeAngelo.

A few months prior to his arrest, police uploaded DeAngelo’s DNA profile into a personal genealogy website known as GEDmatch. The killer’s profile was obtained from an intact rape kit that had been collected from one of his victims in Southern California. The genealogy website identified 10 to 20 distant relatives of DeAngelo.

Based on this evidence, police were able to narrow the suspects down to the Golden State Killer and one other man, who was eventually ruled out due to further DNA analysis. This left DeAngelo as the prime target. About a week before his arrest, DeAngelo was tailed into the parking lot of a department store. The police swabbed his car’s door handle for DNA evidence. Then, they went to his home, and collected a DNA sample from a tissue found in his garbage.

Only four months elapsed from the time of law enforcement’s search on the genealogy website to his arrest. In that time, police utilized all available DNA technology to their advantage. And, the result led to the incarceration of one of the most dangerous men this nation has ever seen.

DeAngelo is behind bars awaiting trial for his horrific crimes.

These cases prove—once again—that truth is often stranger than fiction. And although modern technology has its drawbacks with respect to privacy and common decency, cutting edge DNA analysis is certainly one advancement that has yielded positive results.  

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Law of the Land: 4 Landmark Criminal Justice Supreme Court Decisions

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The United States Supreme Court is the final authority on all cases that arise from American federal law or Constitutional issues. Over the past 50 years, the Justices of the Court have rendered a plethora of landmark criminal justice decisions. Here are four of those monumental judgments.

Escobedo v. Illinois (1964)

In January 1960, Danny Escobedo was arrested for the murder of his brother-in-law, Manuel Valtierra. Immediately upon his arrest, the police conducted an extensive interrogation of Escobedo, but they uncovered insufficient evidence to implicate him in the murder. So, Escobedo was released from police custody.

Shortly after his release, another suspect was arrested, and that perp provided credible testimony that Escobedo was the killer.

Escobedo was once again taken in by the police. He was told repeatedly to confess, but Escobedo refused to do so. Although Escobedo was not yet arrested, he was still in police custody – so he consistently requested to speak with an attorney. But, the police refused to allow Escobedo to speak with his lawyer. After 14 hours of interrogation, Escobedo provided enough statements to result in his arrest and subsequent murder conviction.

Escobedo appealed on the basis that he was refused his right to an attorney as guaranteed in the Sixth Amendment. In opposition, the government argued that he had not been formally charged and arrested, so his right to counsel had not yet attached.

The matter climbed the appeals ladder and made it all the way to the US Supreme Court. In its decision, the Court held that any person in police “custody,” has the right to speak to counsel. Meaning, a person does not have to be formally charged or arrested to be granted this right. Basically, the right attaches once the police hold the person against their will in any capacity.

This was a monumental holding by the Court, and it had a direct impact on how police conducted interrogations going forward.

Terry v. Ohio (1968)

In October of 1963, Cleveland Police detective Martin McFadden was on a routine patrol in downtown Cleveland. While on his beat, Detective McFadden noticed three men acting suspiciously in front of a jewelry store. Utilizing his 39 years of experience, McFadden had a strong feeling that these men were “casing” the joint for a potential robbery.

So, like any diligent police officer, McFadden confronted the men, identified himself as an officer of the law, and asked for their names. The men merely “mumbled” things under their breath and did not provide their names.

Detective McFadden then decided to frisk the men. And what he discovered was that one of the men was unarmed, but two of them were armed, including John W. Terry. Specifically, Terry had a pistol, whereas the other guy – Richard Clinton – had a revolver.

At his criminal trial, Terry moved to have the evidence of the gun suppressed claiming the police conducted an unlawful search and seizure. This matter rose through the appeals process and was eventually brought before the US Supreme Court.

In one of the nation’s most important criminal procedure judgments, the Court decided on two very crucial issues related to the Fourth Amendment (which focuses on unreasonable governmental searches and seizures).

First, the Justices held that police may stop a person if they have “reasonable suspicion” that such person has committed or is about to commit a crime. Second, the police are permitted to frisk (i.e. search) a suspect for weapons if they have “reasonable suspicion” that the person may be armed and dangerous.

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Enmund v. Florida (1982)

Early in the morning on a random day in April 1975, Earl Enmund sat in a getaway car, while his two cohorts robbed an elderly couple at their farmhouse. During the robbery, something went horribly wrong. The elderly couple wound up murdered. All three men were arrested for murder and eventually sentenced to death.

Throughout the criminal proceedings, Enmund maintained his innocence as to the murder. He argued that the state had no evidence that he participated in the murder, had any intent to kill, or had any knowledge that his accomplices were intending to kill. Because of his position, Enmund argued that sentencing him to death was in violation of the “cruel and unusual punishment” clause of the Eighth Amendment.

The US Supreme Court agreed with Enmund. The Court declared that a person convicted of a felony (during which a murder occurred) may not be sentenced to death if that person did not actually murder someone, attempt a murder, or intend that a murder take place.

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld (2004)

In 2001, while fighting in Afghanistan, the United States military detained Taliban soldier Yaser Hamdi. He was promptly moved to Guantanamo Bay. Labeled by the government as an “enemy combatant,” Hamdi only spent a relatively short period of time at Guantanamo before being sent to a military prison in Virginia.

Hamdi’s transfer was a result of the revelation that he was – in fact – an American citizen. At this juncture, Hamdi was being held indefinitely, with no trial date or access to an attorney. So, Hamdi’s father filed a legal petition on his behalf declaring that his son’s detention was unconstitutional. The argument was Hamdi’s indefinite detention violated the Due Process clause of the Fifth Amendment.

In rebuttal, the government argued that, in time of war, anyone who fights against the USA  can be labeled an enemy combatant. And with that nefarious status comes restricted access to the American court system.

In a powerful judgment, the Supreme Court upheld the government’s right to designate certain people as enemy combatants, including US citizens. But, the ruling had a caveat – enemy combatants that are American citizens have the right to Due Process and to challenge their status in an impartial court of law.

This is just a small sample of the major criminal justice issues decided by the Supreme Court. Have any recent Supreme Court cases piqued your interest?

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Chip Palmer is Back in a New Book: SCENE OF THE CRIME #NewRelease #Mystery

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The second installment in the Award Winning Forensic Crime Series, SCENE OF THE CRIME, features the eccentric, reclusive criminalist and profiler Chip Palmer and Inspector Kate Rawlins together again. There is a killer on the loose and sparks are flying!

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SYNOPSIS:

A calculating cold-blooded predator closes in…

When a community has barely recovered from a ruthless serial killer six months earlier; now two more horrifying murders hit the radar again. It leaves police burdened with two of the most shockingly contaminated crime scenes ever documented in California’s law enforcement history. The Slayer works behind the scenes as a sinister puppet master, precisely pulling the strings, taunting the police without leaving any viable evidence, and orchestrating his killer hit squads.

The sheriff and district attorney bring in the best investigators. Reunited again, Dr. Chip Palmer, a reclusive forensic expert, joins DA Inspector Kate Rawlins to sort through the crime scene aftermath in search of the truth—all without a probable suspect or a solid motive. Complicating the investigation—sparks reignite between the two.

Ratcheting up the suspense, Chip suffers a nasty fall hitting his head, impairing his perception and giving him a mind-blowing ability for specific detailed recall. Palmer and Rawlins assemble an unusual team including a rookie detective, a forensic supervisor, and an ex-military operative turned bodyguard. After one of their own is kidnapped and the investigation is taken over by the FBI, the now rogue team must pull together their own resources—alone—with a killer waiting to take each one of them out. SCENE OF THE CRIME takes no prisoners and leaves everyone fighting to stay alive.

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FBI’s Most Wanted: 3 Infamous Fugitives Caught!

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Every so often, some violent criminal slips through the fingers of local law enforcement. Or maybe they get lucky and escape prison. But usually, the fugitive’s days are numbered. Because once they enter the proverbial crosshairs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, justice will eventually come knocking on their door.

Although these sociopaths may dodge the feds for a time – their misdeeds sooner or later come back to haunt them. Here are three criminals who were eventually caught after reaching the notorious status of being one of the FBI’s Most Wanted.

Ted Kaczynski

Prior to becoming a recluse living in the mountains of Montana, Ted Kaczynski was a well-respected, Harvard educated math whiz who taught at the prestigious university, UC Berkeley. At some point, though, Kaczynski stopped caring about algorithms and started to focus on his rapidly developing anti-government and anti-technology philosophy. So, he left the academic world behind and went off the grid – for a very long time.

And, to demonstrate his disdain for modern life, Kaczynski mailed bombs to universities and airlines for a 17-year period beginning in 1978. In total, Kaczynski’s bombs killed 3 people, while injuring another 23. The feds eventually dubbed Kaczynski as the “Unabomber,” which was an acronym for UNiversity and Airline BOMber.

For years, the FBI was stumped as to the identity of the Unabomber. This was because Kaczynski was masterful at leaving false clues and ensuring his mail bombs were untraceable. Then, in 1995, the feds got their big break – the Unabomber released a 35,000 word “manifesto,” in which he discussed the problems of modern society.

After the manifesto was published by media outlets, Kaczynski’s brother happened to read the content. He immediately recognized his brother’s voice and thoughts through the manifesto. Shortly thereafter, Kaczynski’s brother alerted the FBI, who then arrested the Unabomber in 1996. Two years later, Kaczynski was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Ruth Eisemann-Schier

In December 1968, Ruth Eisemann-Schier became the first woman in history to earn a spot on the dishonorable list of the FBI’s Most Wanted.

How did she achieve such notoriety? Well, Ruth and her boyfriend, Gary Krist, got themselves involved in a bit of trouble by kidnapping Barbara Mackle, the college age daughter of a wealthy land magnate. And then demanding that the affluent family cough up $500,000 for Barbara’s safe return.

While negotiating the ransom demands with law enforcement and the victim’s family, the kidnappers buried Barbara in a shallow grave, where she was locked inside a ventilated coffin that contained a small amount of food and water. Fortunately for the victim, the perpetrators’ attempt to collect the ransom – and to vanish unscathed – didn’t work out very well. Krist was arrested soon after collecting the ransom money. And shortly thereafter, Barbara was found in the grave – relatively unharmed.

Although her boyfriend was captured, Ruth escaped and was on the lam for 79 days. Eventually, the law caught up with her at the University of Oklahoma where she was pretending to be a 19-year old college kid.

Ruth was sentenced to a prison term of seven years, but only served four after being deported back to her native Honduras.

Leslie Rogge

A true menace to society, Leslie Rogge was a Canadian born crook who spent his life in a revolving door of American prisons. Rogge’s first prison stint began in the 1970s at the infamous US Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. He was locked up for grand larceny and car theft.

Once he was released from Leavenworth, Rogge didn’t waste any time getting back in the game. He proceeded to rob a bank in Florida and was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison. This time, though, he wasn’t going to wait to be released. After about a year in lock-up, Rogge successfully bribed a prison guard, who helped him escape.

Following his gutsy jailbreak, Rogge went on to commit a slew of bank robberies. Eventually, the FBI had enough of this guy’s dangerous shenanigans, and added him to the Most Wanted list. Rogge remained on the list for 6 years. Then, he was finally brought down in Guatemala. That’s right, he had made his way down to Central America and was living under the alias of “Bill Young.”

Rogge’s downfall came after someone in Guatemala recognized him after seeing his photo on the FBI’s website. In response, the Guatemalan authorities began a nationwide manhunt. And, instead of getting potentially gunned down by foreign police, Rogge turned himself in at the US Embassy. He’s currently serving a 65-year prison sentence in Oregon.

Rogge holds the not-so-illustrious honor of being the first criminal on the FBI’ s Most Wanted list to be brought down with the help of the internet.

Justice was certainly served with the capture, arrest and prosecution of these dangerous fugitives. There are obviously a lot more outlaws from the FBI’s Most Wanted that have been captured.  Any story stand out in your mind?

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