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The Superpredator Scare | Retro Report | The New York Times        8 April 2014

 

After a surge of teen violence in the early 1990s,

some social scientists predicted the future

was going to be a whole lot worse.

 

Reality proved otherwise.

 

Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/1swJRQR

Watch more videos at: http://nytimes.com/video

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YidALyBwat0&list=PL4CGYNsoW2iAOqPtxm4RHo205w_R1IWuH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opinion | Bloggingheads

Bloggingheads: Mugged by Reality

 

Blogger Brian Beutler, right,

in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic,

discusses how being the victim of a violent crime

has affected his politics.

http://bloggingheads.tv/nyt_clips/16395

 

added 10 December 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/
1194835047483/bloggingheads-mugged-by-reality.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

public safety

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/06/us/
In-Cash-Starved-Oregon-County-Citizens-Take-Up-Patrols.html

 

 

 

 

crime

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/25/
nyregion/25newark.html

 

 

 

 

crime spree

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/27/
606624218/in-hunt-for-golden-state-killer-investigators-uploaded-his-dna-to-genealogy-site

 

 

 

 

crime-ridden city > Camden, N.J.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/nyregion/
100000005000271/in-one-crime-ridden-city-police-try-a-new-tactic-patience.html

 

 

 

 

Citizens Against Crime        Oregon

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/06/us/
In-Cash-Starved-Oregon-County-Citizens-Take-Up-Patrols.html

 

 

 

 

crimes of passion

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/nyregion/
linda-riss-pugach-whose-life-was-ripped-from-headlines-dies-at-75.html

 

 

 

 

fight crime

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/29/nyregion/
overrun-by-crime-camden-trades-in-its-police-force.html

 

 

 

 

crime surge

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-24-
crime-surge_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

violent crime

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-06-09-fbi-crime_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-01-07-fbi-crime_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-09-city-violent-crimes_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-09-24-crime_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-12-18-crime_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-10-12-violent-crime_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-09-18-violent-crimes_x.htm

 

 

 

 

crime spree

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-08-11-indianapolis_x.htm

 

 

 

 

killing spree

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/
documentary-uncovers-detectives-persistence-in-boston-strangler-case/

 

 

 

 

terrorizing spree

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/16/us/
ken-landwehr-who-played-key-role-in-capture-of-serial-killer-dies-at-59.html

 

 

 

 

stabbing spree

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/nyregion/
13stab.html

 

 

 

 

rampage

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/nyregion/12stab.html

 

 

 

 

rising crime

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-30-
police-summit_x.htm

 

 

 

 

hate crime

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/09/
us/politics/09hate.html 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-11-19-
hate-crime_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-28-
seattle-shooting_x.htm

 

 

 

 

hate-crime killer

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/30/
nyregion/30patchogue.html

 

 

 

 

cybercrime

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computersecurity/infotheft/2006-10-11-
cybercrime-hacker-forums_x.htm

 

 

 

 

stem crime

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-06-
new-orleans-curfew_x.htm

 

 

 

 

perpetrate a crime

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-25-
sniper-shootings_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

youth violence

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/us/
politics/killing-on-bus-recalls-superpredator-threat-of-90s.html

 

 

 

 

superpredator

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/
opinion/echoes-of-the-superpredator.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/us/
politics/killing-on-bus-recalls-superpredator-threat-of-90s.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rob

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/nyregion/
four-men-are-arrested-in-new-jersey-gunfight.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/02/nyregion/
robber-in-brooklyn-hits-3-banks-in-30-minutes.html

 

 

 

 

robbery

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/us/
darren-wilson-identified-as-officer-in-fatal-shooting-in-ferguson-missouri.html

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/16/us/
16missouri-policereport.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/nyregion/
four-men-are-arrested-in-new-jersey-gunfight.html

 

 

 

 

armed robbery

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/nyregion/
jersey-city-officer-is-fatally-shot-while-responding-to-robbery.html

 

 

 

 

bank robbery

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-06-15-
bankrobberies_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-13-
bank-standoff_x.htm

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Jean Buck        1947-2010

 

The Brink’s robbery

endures in the national memory

as a powerful example

of a politically motivated act

gone violently awry.

 

Carried out by a coalition of radical groups

that included the Weather Underground

and the Black Liberation Army,

the holdup netted nearly $1.6 million,

which was recovered immediately.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/06/
nyregion/06buck.html

 

 

 

 

robber

 

 

 

 

get away

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/
nyregion/four-men-are-arrested-in-new-jersey-gunfight.html

 

 

 

 

getaway car

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/
nyregion/search-for-gunman-in-midtown-murder-focuses-on-queens.html

 

 

 

 

bank heist

 

 

 

 

hold up

 

 

 

 

at gunpoint

 

 

 

 

seize

 

 

 

 

hostage

 

 

 

 

hostage-taker

 

 

 

 

take hostages

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-13-
bank-standoff_x.htm

 

 

 

 

standoff

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-31-
body-driveway_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-11-23-
standoff-chicago_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-05-14-
fatal-standoff_x.htm

 

 

 

 

standoff with the police

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/us/
aurora-colo-shooting-kills-four.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzmPgXHsPKI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

carjack

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/
suspect-in-brooklyn-killings-captured-after-subway-stabbing/

 

 

 

 

getaway car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FULL INTERVIEW: Inside the hunt for the 'Golden State Killer' with investigator Paul Holes        ABC7 News - SF Bay Area        27 April 2018

 

Paul Holes of the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office was preparing to retire

when the biggest moment of his career happened outside the home of John Joseph DeAngelo.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?time_continue=409&v=NoaxbElKJeM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

investigation

 

 

 

 

investigator

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/27/
606624218/in-hunt-for-golden-state-killer-investigators-uploaded-his-dna-to-genealogy-site

 

 

 

 

release a composite sketch of N

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/04/
682106384/police-release-sketch-of-man-wanted-in-slaying-of-child-in-texas

 

 

 

 

DNA

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/04/
608653787/hope-for-new-dna-leads-in-zodiac-killer-case

 

 

 

 

DNA database

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/27/
606624218/in-hunt-for-golden-state-killer-investigators-uploaded-his-dna-to-genealogy-site

 

 

 

 

cases

 

 

 

 

open cases

http://www.npr.org/2015/03/30/
395069137/open-cases-why-one-third-of-murders-in-america-go-unresolved

 

 

 

 

cold case

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/27/
606624218/in-hunt-for-golden-state-killer-investigators-uploaded-his-dna-to-genealogy-site

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/
opinion/sunday/a-cold-case-of-cold-blooded-murder.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/
science/isotope-analysis-provides-clues-in-a-florida-cold-case.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-25-
missing-women_x.htm

 

 

 

 

solve a case        27 April 2018

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?time_continue=409&v=NoaxbElKJeM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

charge N

with six counts of second-degree rape

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/nyregion/
new-york-city-teaching-assistant-charged-with-rape-of-mentally-ill-student.html

 

 

 

 

charge suspected serial killer N

with three (...) counts of murder

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/29/
503723064/suspected-s-c-serial-killer-charged-with-3-more-murders

 

 

 

 

 be charged

with sexual battery and second-degree kidnapping

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/09/
683711899/two-woman-charged-in-alleged-attack-on-trans-woman-in-north-carolina-bar

 

 

 

 

face preliminary charges

of murder, attempted murder and criminal recklessness

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-25-
sniper-shootings_x.htm

 

 

 

 

be suspected of or charged in crimes

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-25-
sniper-shootings_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

confess to N

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/29/
503723064/suspected-s-c-serial-killer-charged-with-3-more-murders

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/us/
tulsa-murder-suspects-have-bail-set-at-9-1-million.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-10-27-
snipers_x.htm

 

 

 

 

falsely confess to three murders

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/nyregion/
george-whitmore-jr-68-dies-falsely-confessed-to-2-murders-in-1964.html

 

 

 

 

confession

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-25-
sniper-shootings_x.htm

 

 

 

 

fabricate / manufacture a confession

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/21/nyregion/
man-framed-by-new-york-detective-to-get-6-4-million-without-filing-suit.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/06/nyregion/
judge-to-hear-accusations-against-police-by-an-inmate.html

 

 

 

 

rogue detective

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/21/nyregion/
man-framed-by-new-york-detective-to-get-6-4-million-without-filing-suit.html
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

alleged

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-04-22-
alaska-school_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

violence

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/nyregion/
why-violence-toward-inmates-at-rikers-grew.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/
opinion/sunday/goodbye-albuquerque-land-of-violence.html

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/05/29/
can-therapists-prevent-violence

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/09/us/
violence-revisits-virginia-tech-after-two-are-killed-in-shooting.html

 

 

 

 

culture of violence

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/05/nyregion/
us-attorneys-office-reveals-civil-rights-investigation-at-rikers-island.html

 

 

 

 

"RV" — Random Recreational Violence

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-08-05
-phoenix-friends_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

plot
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-04-20-kansas_x.htm

sting
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-04-04-homeland-official-arrest_x.htm

hanging
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-05-29-children-killed_N.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

assailant

 

 

 

 

victim

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-12-08-chicago-
shootings_x.htm

 

 

 

 

self-defense

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-09-
hunter-killing_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

attack

 

 

 

 

power saw attack

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-06-
subway-saw-attack_x.htm

 

 

 

 

vicious attack

 

 

 

 

attacker

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-06-01-indianapolis-
slayings_x.htm

 

 

 

 

motive

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-28-
school-shooting_x.htm

 

 

 

 

witness

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/15/nyregion/
witness-accounts-in-midtown-hammer-attack-show-the-power-of-false-memory.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

beating

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/26/
opinion/a-beating-in-detroit.html

http://www.wxyz.com/news/
mother-talks-about-son-getting-hit-by-utashs-truck-in-detroit

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-01-13-
homelessbeating_x.htm

 

 

 

 

fatal beating

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/nyregion/
family-mourns-at-site-of-a-fatal-beating.html

 

 

 

 

be beaten to death

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-01-18-
ny-child-mourned_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-01-18-
homeless-beating_x.htm

 

 

 

 

torture

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-09-15-
torture-wva_N.htm

 

http://usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-01-21-
child-death_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wound

 

 

 

 

injure

 

 

 

 

die

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-29-
principal-shot_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-27-
colorado-school_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-02-
university-shooting_x.htm

 

 

 

 

dead

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-12-18-missouri-deaths_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-23-illinois-kids_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-03-newark-shooting_x.htm

 

 

 

 

be pronounced dead at the scene

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-29-
new-orleans-shootings_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bullying

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/
sports/football/for-the-nfl-a-question-of-hazing-or-abuse.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/03/
weekinreview/03schwartz.html

 

 

 

 

hazing

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/us/
13-charged-in-hazing-death-at-florida-am.html

 

 

 

 

Florida antihazing law    2005

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/
us/13-charged-in-hazing-death-at-florida-am.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blackmail        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/oct/02/
david-letterman-sex-blackmail-plot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

arson

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/12/us/
texas-fertilizer-plant-explosion.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/us/
cars-set-on-fire-and-los-angeles-set-on-edge.html

 

 

 

 

arsonist

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/nyregion/
julio-gonzalez-arsonist-who-killed-87-at-new-york-club-in-90-dies-at-61.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

assault

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/nyregion/
07mineo.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stalk

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/05/nyregion/
winston-moseley-81-killer-of-kitty-genovese-dies-in-prison.html

 

 

 

 

stalker

http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN1163290620080312

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-08-
stalking_x.htm

 

 

 

 

stalking

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/nyregion/
police-release-video-in-killing-of-brandon-lincoln-woodard.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-23-
vt-stalking_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-18-
virginia-tech_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-08-
stalking_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guardian Angels

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-07-23-
phoenix-patrol_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Whitmore Jr.,

Falsely Confessed

to 3 Murders in 1964,

Dies at 68

 

October 15, 2012

The New York Times

By PAUL VITELLO

 

George Whitmore Jr., an eighth-grade dropout who confessed in 1964 to three New York murders that he did not commit, and whose case became instrumental in establishing historic legal reforms — including the Supreme Court’s 1966 “Miranda” ruling, which protects criminal suspects, and the partial repeal of capital punishment in New York State — died on Oct. 8 in a Wildwood, N.J., nursing home. He was 68.

The cause was a heart attack, his daughter Regina Whitmore said.

Mr. Whitmore was 19 in April 1964 when he was first picked up on a Brooklyn street, in Brownsville, for questioning about an attempted rape in the neighborhood the night before. A soft-spoken young man, he had grown up in a house in a junkyard that his father owned in Wildwood, N.J. He had tried hard in school but dropped out at 17, moved to Brooklyn and was waiting for a ride to work when the police pulled their car over and started asking him questions.

He would later tell interviewers that he had secretly been pleased at being asked for help in solving a crime, and at the prospect of having a good yarn to tell his friends.

But when his interrogation ended several days later, Mr. Whitmore had confessed to the attempted rape, and to the rape-murder a few weeks earlier of another woman in the neighborhood, Minnie Edmonds. He had also confessed to the double murder in Manhattan, on Aug. 28, 1963, of two women whose bodies were found bound and stabbed numerous times in the apartment they shared on East 88th Street.

Called “the Career Girl Murders” in newspaper headlines, the killings of Janice Wylie, 21, a researcher at Newsweek magazine, and Emily Hoffert, 23, a schoolteacher, had been the focus of an eight-month investigation.

Mr. Whitmore recanted his confession, and he consistently claimed afterward that the police had beaten him and that he had signed the confession without knowing what it was. He said he was innocent. And in the case of the Wylie-Hoffert slayings, he said, he could provide the names of a dozen people who saw him on that day and who would remember it, because it was the day of the civil rights march on Washington, when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. He and everybody else in Wildwood had watched it on television and talked about it incessantly, all day, he said.

In 1964, Mr. Whitmore was convicted by a Brooklyn jury on the charges of attempted rape. Though the verdict was overturned because jurors were found to have been reading newspaper accounts of the case, which referred to Mr. Whitmore as the “prime suspect” in the Career Girl Murders, he was tried a second time. He was convicted again, but the verdict was again thrown out, on different grounds.

By 1965, Manhattan prosecutors had evidence that Mr. Whitmore was wrongly accused in the Wylie-Hoffert murders. They had linked the brutal slayings to Richard Robles, a recently released prisoner who would later be convicted of the crime, and who remains in prison.

Still, while Mr. Whitmore now faced a second trial, in the murder of Ms. Edmonds, his indictment in the Wylie-Hoffert case remained in place. News accounts said that by refusing to dismiss the indictment, prosecutors hoped to deny Mr. Whitmore’s defense lawyers an argument: that the dismissal of the double-murder indictment proved it had been coerced, and that Mr. Whitmore’s confession to the Edmonds murder, elicited in the same long interrogation, had therefore been coerced, too.

Selwyn Raab, a reporter then for The New York World-Telegram and Sun, and later for The New York Times, had found a dozen witnesses who remembered seeing Mr. Whitmore in Wildwood on the day of the double murder. They had bumped into him in the homes of friends and relatives while watching Dr. King’s speech, Mr. Raab wrote in a front-page story in The World-Telegram.

“Whitmore’s case showed how fragile the whole system was, and still is,” Mr. Raab said in an interview on Sunday. “Even now, police use the same techniques to manipulate suspects into giving false confessions. And 90 percent of convictions are still based on confessions.”

The police and prosecutors at the time denied any misconduct. Legal reformers asked Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, a Republican, to appoint a panel to investigate, but he declined.

Yet Mr. Whitmore’s legal troubles were far from over. With the Manhattan district attorney still refusing to clear him entirely in the Wylie-Hoffert case, Mr. Whitmore went to trial for the murder of Minnie Edmonds, solely on the evidence of his “confession.”

In the debate in the New York State Legislature over a proposal to abolish the death penalty, Mr. Whitmore’s case became a warning cry against the killing of innocents. “In Whitmore’s case,” said Assemblyman Bertram L. Podell of Brooklyn, “we have learned to our shock and horror that a 61-page statement of completely detailed confession was manufactured and force-fed to this accused.”

Governor Rockefeller signed a bill in 1965 abolishing capital punishment, except in the killing of police officers. (The death penalty was reinstated in 1995, and declared unconstitutional in 2004.) The Supreme Court cited Mr. Whitmore’s case as “the most conspicuous example” of police coercion in the country when it issued its 1966 ruling establishing a set of protections for suspects, like the right to remain silent, in “Miranda v. Arizona.”

Mr. Whitmore was tried several times in the murder of Ms. Edmonds, with each trial ending in a hung jury.

As a result of the various cases in which he had become entangled, he was in and out of prison, for months and years at a time, until April 10, 1973, when the Brooklyn district attorney, Eugene Gold, dismissed the last case against him — a retrial of the attempted rape case — with new evidence exonerating Mr. Whitmore. On his release from custody that day, Mr. Whitmore said that what he felt was “just beyond expressing,” adding “I’m not bitter. I appreciate greatly what the D.A. did.”

His life after prison was marked by depression and alcoholism, said T. J. English, author of “The Savage City: Race, Murder and a Generation on the Edge,” in which Mr. Whitmore’s life is chronicled.

Mr. Whitmore moved back to Wildwood, operated a commercial fishing boat for a time, and was later disabled in a boating accident. He was unemployed for long stretches.

Mr. Whitmore’s daughter Regina said he had children but never married.

Besides her, she said, his survivors include three other daughters, Aida, Sonya and Tonya, and two sons, George and James, all of whom have taken the name Whitmore, and more than 20 grandchildren.

“He told us about what happened to him,” she said. “But he said he never held it against anybody. He was always a very sweet man with us. He wanted us to grow up happy.”



This article has been revised

to reflect the following correction:

Correction: October 15, 2012

An earlier version of the headline with this article incorrectly stated the number of murders to which Mr. Whitmore confessed.

It was three, not two.

George Whitmore Jr., Falsely Confessed to 3 Murders in 1964,
Dies at 68,
NYT,
15.10.2012,
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/nyregion/
george-whitmore-jr-68-dies-falsely-confessed-to-2-murders-in-1964.html

 

 

 

 

 

Coroner Identifies Man

Whose Head Was Found

in Hollywood Park

 

January 19, 2012

The New York Times

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coroner's officials on Friday identified a man whose dismembered head, hands and feet were found in a Hollywood park as a 66-year-old from Los Angeles, and police continued to hunt for his killer.

The victim's name is Hervey Medellin, coroner's Lt. David Smith said. Public directories show Medellin lived in a Hollywood apartment near the rugged, hillside park where his remains were found.

Investigators served a search warrant Thursday night on a Hollywood apartment in the area, but it wasn't immediately clear if it was Medellin's apartment.

"They did serve a search warrant last night. They are following clues, and the case is progressing. Guys are working around the clock to find out who did it and find the rest of the body," police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Friday.

He did not elaborate on why the warrant was served or what, if anything, detectives found.

"We don't want to give out too much information because the investigation is ongoing," Smith said.

Medellin's head was found Tuesday by a dog walker at Bronson Canyon Park, and police searchers discovered the hands and feet during a two-day search that ended Thursday. The park, a brushy, wooded expanse of rolling hills just below the Hollywood sign, reopened Friday.

Although police have concluded no other body parts were dumped in the park, visitors who find anything they believe are related to the victim's death should contact authorities, Smith said.

More than 120 police officers, firefighters and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies searched 7 acres of the park after the head was discovered in a plastic grocery bag. The hands and feet were found nearby.

Police have said they believe the victim was killed elsewhere and his remains dumped just inside the park, which attracts hundreds of hikers and dog walkers on most days.

Although rustic, it is located just a short distance from film studios and other Hollywood attractions.

Police believe the body parts were left there no more than a day or two before the head was found because they had barely decomposed and had not been attacked by coyotes that roam through the park at night.

Authorities don't believe the Los Angeles case is connected to a case in Tucson, Ariz., where police found a torso on Jan. 6. They say if the two were related, the remains would have been more badly decomposed.

Medellin's head was found after the dog walker let one of the animals she was shepherding through the park off its leash and it began playing with a plastic bag. When it shook the bag, the head fell out.

Smith said whoever dumped the head had gone to some effort to conceal it.

"If it had not been for the dog walker, we might never have found it," he said.

___

Associated Press writer Bob Christie in Phoenix

contributed to this report.

    Coroner Identifies Man Whose Head Was Found in Hollywood Park,
    NYT, 19.1.2012,
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/01/19/us/AP-US-Human-Head-Found.html

 

 

 

 

 

Foul Play Unlikely

in Student's Death

 

September 11, 2007
Filed at 1:20 a.m. ET
The New York Times
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

PROVO, Utah (AP) -- An autopsy done on the body of a student found dead in a canyon after an extensive search has turned up no evidence that her death was a homicide, police said Monday.

Results of the autopsy conducted Monday on Camille Cleverley's body were not immediately released, and the investigation was continuing, but Provo police Capt. Cliff Argyle said, ''Nothing we have found so far has pointed us toward foul play.''

The body of the 22-year-old Brigham Young University student was discovered by searchers at the base of a 200-foot cliff on Sunday, 10 days after she was last seen.

Utah County Sheriff James Tracy said it appeared she had made her way up a rocky talus slope halfway up Bridal Veil Falls, then followed a series of angled ledges to an outcrop, where she fell. Pine trees and heavy brush on the steep slope made her body difficult to see.

After her body was found, a campus candlelight vigil Sunday night was turned into a memorial service attended by more than 1,000 people. The city flew flags at half-staff Monday.

Cleverley, of Boise, Idaho, was last seen riding her bicycle in Provo on Aug. 30. Police got a break in the case Sept. 6, when two people heard about the search for Cleverley and admitted stealing a bike that resembled hers from a rack near Bridal Veil Falls.

Before the discovery, the possibility that Cleverley might have been abducted chilled some students in this college town 40 miles south of Salt Lake City.

    Foul Play Unlikely in Student's Death, NYT, 11.9.2007,
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Missing-Student.html

 

 

 

 

 

Uniformed Eyes and Ears

on the Front Lines

 

March 15, 2007
The New York Times
By JAMES BARRON

 

They form a kind of shadow police force, uniformed but unarmed and unpaid. Part community-minded volunteers and part would-be officers, they go on neighborhood patrols, help with crowd control at places like Yankee Stadium and serve as an official-looking eyes and ears.

The city’s 4,800 or so auxiliary police officers are never far from trouble, but usually, said John W. Hyland, the president of the Auxiliary Police Benevolent Association, trouble goes the other way when they come around.

“For the most part, you’re on routine patrol,” he said. “For the most part, the bad guys can’t tell the difference whether it’s an auxiliary cop or a regular cop. It’s one of the best crime deterrents that there is.”

So is the seven-pointed star that auxiliary officers wear. Few, other than sharp-eyed criminals, could tell that it is different from the shield that regular officers wear. And few would know that officially, anyway, auxiliary officers do not have the power that regular officers have: the power to make arrests.

“It’s a citizen’s arrest,” Mr. Hyland said. “You’re the eyes and the ears. You make the call.” Meaning, most of the time, an auxiliary officer reaches for his or her radio and calls for regular officers.

Until last night, six auxiliary officers had been killed in the line of duty in the half-century since the auxiliary police force was organized. Before the two deaths in Greenwich Village, the most recent was Milton Clarke, killed 14 years ago when he heard shots in the street outside his garage in the Bronx. Carrying his own licensed .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, he confronted a suspect who opened fire and struck him six times. Mr. Clarke’s gun jammed after he pulled the trigger once.

Facing street crime was not the original mission of the auxiliary force, which was organized as a civil-defense group in the 1950s. Its mission reflected the nuclear paranoia of cold-war America: to direct crowds to subway stations and school basements that doubled as bomb shelters.

Auxiliary officers attend classes on topics like handling their nightsticks and giving Miranda warnings, even though they rarely make arrests. The Police Department requires that auxiliary officers be older than 17 and younger than 60, though those over 60 may apply for administrative duties. The department’s Web site also says that auxiliary officers must be United States citizens or have a valid visa or alien registration card, must live or work in the city, must be able to read and write English and must have a clean record.

“A lot of the younger guys are using it as a steppingstone to go into law enforcement,” Mr. Hyland said. “It gets them in the door. They see, do they really want to do this?”

Uniformed Eyes and Ears on the Front Lines,
NYT,
15.3.2007,
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/15/nyregion/15auxiliary.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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