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10 Disturbing Unsolved Cases Of Missing Heads 0

10 Disturbing Unsolved Cases Of Missing Heads

Crime Robert Grimminck February 21, 2016 Decapitations are unsettling simply because they re gruesome. Yet, despite the barbaric nature of the act, there are plenty of reasons why someone chooses to decapitate another person. It s even more disturbing when someone s head is cut off and the head is never found.

10 Robert Hollis On the afternoon of June 4, 2015, 75-year-old Robert Hollis s son was checking in on him after neighbors grew concerned because they hadn t seen the elderly man, affectionately nicknamed Mr. Bojangles, in a few days. When the son entered his partially blind father s Inglewood, California, apartment, he made a gruesome discovery: His father was dead and decapitated.

Even more disturbing, the killer took Hollis s head when he or she left the apartment. It has never been found. Hollis s family is unsure who would have killed the elderly man because he didn t have any enemies.

He was even friends with his ex-wife. His family also said that valuables in the house were untouched. Police are still looking into the death.

The mayor of Inglewood also arranged a $50,000 reward for information regarding the murder. Despite this, no arrests have been made.

9 The Cheltenham Torso Mystery On February 3, 1938, fishermen on the Severn River near Cheltenham, England, found a man s torso tangled up in their nets. When it was examined, officials said that it appeared to be the torso of a well-fed, middle-aged man.

One arm had been removed cleanly, but the other one had been hacked off with an axe. The river was dragged. The man s legs and arms turned up, but no head or hands could be found.

Without them, police weren t able to identify the body or determine the cause of death. Speculation arose that the body belonged to 52-year-old Captain William Butt, who had lived in Cheltenham with his invalid wife and her live-in nurse, Irene Sullivan. Butt had gone missing in January 1938.

The theory was that Irene Sullivan and her 28-year-old son, Brian, were arranging illegal abortions. Brian, who worked as a dancer and a gigolo, was also having a sexual affair with Butt. At some point, something went wrong with the relationship, and Butt threatened to expose the illegal abortion ring.

Two weeks after the torso was discovered, Brian committed suicide by gassing himself inside his home. Under some flagstones on his property, police found Butt s keys and his coat, which was covered in blood. As the body was never identified, the case remains unresolved.

8 Wallingford Body In A Box On the morning of August 8, 1886, a man was walking his dog in the township of Wallingford, Connecticut, when he came across a box that was 75 centimeters (30 in) long and 30 centimeters (12 in) wide. It looked like the box was full of shoes. As the dog got closer, it became interested in the box.

But the man could smell an awful aroma emanating from it. The man went home, gathered up some neighbors, and they went back to the box. They opened it and found that the box was lined with tar paper.

Inside, there was also a man s torso. The medical examiner found no marks on the chest that would indicate how the man died, and there was not much decomposition. During the autopsy, it was discovered that the man s stomach was full of arsenic.

So the medical examiner believed that the man had been poisoned. The ME also thought that the man had been about 30 years old and had probably weighed around 80 kilograms (175 lb). After the murder, the townspeople found a bag at the bottom of a well.

But when they returned the next day to retrieve the bag, they couldn t find it. The only evidence that it had ever been there was a piece of human scalp that was found next to the well. It was believed that the killer was hiding near the well and then moved the bag after it was discovered.

Later, in September 1886, the legs and arms were found near the body wrapped in paper similar to the tar paper that had lined the box. The police traced the box from a shoe company in Fall River, Massachusetts, to a wholesaler in Chicago. The wholesaler had kept the box in the backyard of his store until it was purchased by a young man who supposedly disappeared.

Any eyewitnesses either recanted their stories or refused to answer any questions. Eventually, all the leads went cold.

7 Russell And Shirley Dermond Russell Dermond, 88, and his wife, Shirley, 87, lived in a waterfront gated community on Lake Oconee in Georgia. They had been married for 68 years.

On May 6, 2014, some friends went to the Dermonds house. Inside the garage, they found Russell s headless body, but Shirley was missing. Ten days later, her body was pulled from the lake by a pair of fishermen.

She had been killed by multiple blows to the head, possibly with a hammer. Police said that they had forensic evidence but no suspect to whom they could match it. They believe that the motive for the double murder of the couple was most likely robbery or extortion.

They also think that the killer or killers arrived at the house via a boat. This is how the killers would have avoided cameras at the gated community. Police believe that at some point, the killer went into the yard where he was seen by eyewitnesses.

But no description was given, except that it was a man.

6 The Norfolk Duchess On August 27, 1974, near Swaffham in Norfolk, England, a man walking on the beach found a badly decaying woman s body wrapped in a plastic sheet that was bound with some rope. When the police opened the plastic sheet, they found that the victim was headless, her hands and feet were bound, and she was wearing a pink 1969 Marks & Spencer nightdress. The medical examiner said that the woman was probably between the ages of 23 and 35.

Besides the body, the police had a few unique clues to investigate. The plastic sheet had the National Cash Register s logo printed on it, and it was one of only six sheets made. The rope was also unusual.

It was made using four threads, but most rope is made from three or five threads. Yet, after a long investigation, the sheet and the rope didn t lead anywhere. In 2008, the body was exhumed, and tests were performed.

They learned that the woman had probably given birth, had drunk water in Scotland, and had eaten a lot of fish and crab. From reports, it is believed that she might have been a prostitute, known only as The Duchess, who came from Denmark and worked the Great Yarmouth docks. The Duchess disappeared around the time that the body was found.

Police are hoping that DNA will help them to identify the woman s family in the near future.

5 St. Louis John Doe Photo credit: Warren County Sheriff s Office via foxnews.com In 1987, a hunter came across the headless and handless body of a man in a wooded area near St. Louis, Missouri.

Police believe that the man was between 35 and 45 years old. He was white and had seven broken ribs. He also had a scar on his abdomen, possibly from an old gunshot wound that wasn t treated professionally.

The man was dressed well. He was wearing a dark blue T-shirt from that year s Rose Bowl. It declared the Michigan Wolverines as the champions.

He was also wearing new, white Nike high-tops and Oscar de la Renta jeans. In his pockets, there was 82 cents and a token from the Kansas City International Airport. There were also traces of alcohol and cocaine in his system, leading to some speculation that the headless man was involved in the drug trade.

It was also believed that he had died four or five days prior to being found and then his body was dumped in the wooded area. In March 2015, the body was exhumed with the hopes that further tests would help to identify the victim. If he was identified, that information has not been made public as of February 2016.

4 Julia Baez Photo credit: Jackson County Sheriff s Office via wqow.com On October 10, 1990, body parts of a woman were found in two shallow graves in an industrial park in Brockway, Wisconsin. The dismembered body parts were wrapped in garbage bags, but the head was nowhere to be found. The recovered body parts were buried, and the case went cold.

The woman would remain a Jane Doe for 25 years until her body was exhumed in 2015 and a DNA test was performed. When compared to a database for missing and unidentified people, they discovered that Jane Doe was really Julia Baez, a 36-year-old mother of four from Milwaukee. Her home was about a three-hour drive from the grave where her body was found.

The last time anyone had seen Baez was in June 1990. Her family had spent years looking for her, and her children had given their DNA to the database, which is how investigators made the match. Police hope that identifying the victim will give them new leads as to who is responsible for Baez s death and dismemberment.

3 The Kharkiv Beheadings On the night of December 15, 2012, police believe that at least two people entered the home of Volodymyr Trofimov. He was a judge in Kharkiv, Ukraine s second-largest city. Once inside the home, the intruders attacked the judge, his wife, Irina, his 30-year-old son, Sergei, and his son s 29-year-old girlfriend, Marina Zoueva.

The judge, Irina, and Marina were all killed and then beheaded with some type of long blade. Sergei, on the other hand, was decapitated while he was still alive. Their heads were never found.

There are three main theories as to why the judge and his family were murdered. According to the first theory, the attack was symbolic. In Ukraine, December 15 the day of the deaths is known as Judge s Day, a day to celebrate the country s judges.

Ukrainians were unhappy with their justice system at the time of the murders. So the decapitations could have been a symbolic attack against the justice system. The second theory is that the murders could have been revenge for any number of cases that Trofimov presided over during his 30 years as a judge.

The final theory is that the murders occurred as part of a robbery. The judge was a world-renowned collector of coins and antiques. A number of antiques were stolen after the murder, but it is unclear if that was actually the reason for the murders.

With so many theories and not enough clues, the high-profile case has gone cold.

2 Peter Levine After school on February 24, 1938, 12-year-old Peter Levine of New Rochelle, New York, was walking home with a friend. Along the way, Peter stopped off at a hardware store. After he left the store, he disappeared.

Peter was from a well-off family. His father was a high-end New York lawyer. The family received three ransom notes demanding $60,000.

Peter s father tried to follow the instructions on the notes, but the kidnapper(s) went silent. The kidnapping made national headlines. It was made into movie reels shown in movie theaters, and it was talked about on national radio programs.

On May 29, three months after the kidnapping, Peter s headless and mutilated corpse washed up on the shore of Glen Lake, not far from where he had disappeared. His hands and feet were also missing. The boy s body was bound in copper wire, and he was wearing the same clothes that he had been wearing when he went missing.

Stitched into his clothes was his name, confirming that it was Peter. The FBI investigated the kidnapping and murder, but no suspects were ever named.

1 St. Louis Jane Doe On February 28, 1983, a car carrying two men broke down near an abandoned apartment building in St.

Louis, Missouri. The two men ventured into the building looking for a pipe to repair their car. Instead of finding what they needed, the men came across the headless body of an African-American girl.

The medical examiner believed that the girl was 7 12 years old. She had been strangled three to five days before her body was found. After her death, she had also been decapitated with a long-bladed knife.

Her hands were bound, but it wasn t clear if she had been sexually assaulted. Lastly, she died and was decapitated elsewhere, and then her body was dumped in the building. The police checked all of the schools in the area to see if any children were missing, but everyone was accounted for.

When no one claimed the body, she was buried as a Jane Doe. The case went cold, but it wasn t forgotten. In 2009, the police tried to exhume the body.

But the cemetery had become defunct over the years, and the donated marker was placed on the wrong grave. So no one knew the actual location of the body. A group of volunteers finally found the grave, and the body was exhumed in summer 2013.

Through mineral tests, it was determined where the girl had probably spent most of her life because of the water she had drunk. It is believed that she probably lived in one of 10 states in the Southeast: Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina, or South Carolina. The identity of the girl, the whereabouts of her head, and the person or persons involved with her murder remain a mystery.

Robert Grimminck is a Canadian freelance writer.

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Africa, Islamic Terrorism, and the West: An Interview with Evans … 0

Africa, Islamic Terrorism, and the West: An Interview with Evans …

While focusing on terrorism and the rise of the Islamic State over the last 18 months, I have spent a lot of time talking with a variety of interesting people with unique perspectives on the issue, including academic, military, and law enforcement experts. Yet one of the more interesting people I have come across is Evans Gumbe, who is particularly noteworthy for his life experiences. Evans is a budding scholar, fluent in English, German, Luo, Abagusii, and Kiswahili.

He also has a basic knowledge of Spanish and French and his goal is to become a history professor. To this end, he has completed a M.A. in history from Egerton University in Kenya (2011) and then completed a second master s degree in Leadership and Management (2014) at York St John University in England, where he also worked as a Researcher and teaching assistant.

His research to this point focuses on ethnicity and sex and its role in the peace making process in Kenya. His most recent publication, reflecting these interests, is The Role of Women in Inter ethnic Peace Building in South Nyanza, Kenya, 1850-2008, in The International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies (2015). While at York, Evans met his German wife Johanna and in 2015 they moved to her home country where he is now enrolled as a Ph.D.

student in history at Bielefeld University, Germany. By all appearances he will have a great career as an academic, but it is what he has lived through up to this point that provides his greatest insights. Picture: Evans, Johanna, and their child, August, 2015.

Originally from Kenya, Evans developed an interest in conflict and terrorism studies due to what he describes as the Al Shaabab problem. He was born in a self-described Kenyan slum, which resulted in a difficult childhood as he grew up in the midst of the extraordinary ethnic rivalries and conflicts of the last few decades and witnessed firsthand the consequences of repeated terrorism in both Kenya and broader Africa. Consider, for example, how Somalia has been a failed state for decades due to the impact of the terrorist group Al-Shaabab, Al Qaeda, and even recently even Islamic State affiliates.

As Evans pointed out, not just Somalia, but also Eritrea, Algeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Niger, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and other states have also suffered from Islamist terrorism at the hands of a variety of competing groups. But of course Evan s particular interest has been in the effects of terrorism on his homeland in Kenya. Yet even as a very young man, witnessing such often terrifying events that may have paralyzed other youths, Evans was not passive and worked to improve his country.

Indeed, while still in high-school, he become the president of his school s journalism club and boldly oversaw the launch of a magazine titled Hotline. The magazine criticized and exposed the corruption of local government officials and helped organized public demonstrations against corruption and that sought to highlight the violence of local officials in inciting hatred among the local tribes. For his efforts as a human rights campaigner and student journalist, he was arrested no fewer than three times before he graduated from high school.

Evans human-rights activism in Kenya was inspired by his father. In 2001, Evan s final year of high school, his father had retired to a quiet village, looking after his cattle and tilling the land, where Evans believed he was poisoned and killed by local government officials. With Evans long willingness to fight for justice, and sacrifice so much in its pursuit, it is not surprising that he now hopes to find ways to reduce the impact of terrorism in Kenya through his studies and his future research as a professor.

By responding to the following questions, Evans has kindly agreed to provide his insights on the unique troubles facing Kenya, and Africa more broadly, as they relate to Islamic extremism. What do you see as the major future terrorism threat to Kenya, specifically, and Africa more broadly? What are the terrorists goals?

I think that the main terrorist threat to Africa in general and Kenya in particular is rise and spread of Islamic State in the region and the ease with which ISIS and Al-Qaeda affiliates are able to radicalize and recruit fighters in Africa. Terrorism has been a common problem in Kenya since 1980 when Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi CBD was bombed, killing 20 people and leaving 87 people wounded. This would later be followed by other serious attacks for instance The 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi (67 killed), 2014 Mpeketoni attack (60 killed), 2015 Garissa University attack (150 students killed) as well as 23 other attacks in various locations in which a total of 542 people were killed.

Images: Survivors attempting to flee during the Westgate Mall attack (L) and some of the 150 victims of the Garissa University attack in which the attackers freed Muslims and killed those identifying as Christians (R). Since early 2015 when the Somali terror group Al-Shaabab announced its allegiance to ISIS, the group seems to have increased its capacity to attack not only the villages but also to confront the 22,000 AMISOM military operation in Somalia. The latest successful attack was on January 15 2016 in which they killed 61 Kenya Defence Force KDF soldiers and confiscated 30 Lorries, tanks and armored vehicles.

Although earlier studies have shown the long existence of Africa s revolutionary sub-national and state terror, contemporary writings in the last decade have shown a significant activity of ISIS in Africa that can be said to have given African terrorism an international outlook. African terrorist groups such as Al-Shaabab (Somalia), Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb AQIM (Niger, Mauritania and Mali), The Al-Mourabitoun Battalion (Mali and Burkina Faso), Boko Haram (Nigeria), Ansar al-Sharia and Muammar Gaddafi s Quadhadhfa tribe (Libya, Tunisia and Algeria) have pledged allegiance to Abu Bakhr al-Bahgdadi, the ISIS leader, and carried out attacks for ISIS, both in Africa and in the west. ISIS currently has an estimated 4000- 5000 operatives in Libya (The NY Times November 29, 2015), drawn from Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Nigeria and Sudan.

The execution of Libyan leader, Muhammar Gaddafi in 2011 created a power vacuum which made it easy for ISIS to set up their capital at Sirte, from where they have been able to coordinate terrorist attacks both in Africa and in Europe. The main goals of these terrorist groups are not only economic domination but also to create an Islamic state based on the Islamic Sharia Law. With the huge unsolicited support from the African-based terror groups coupled with the lack of capacity by the African governments to contain radicalization, ISIS future presence in Africa could be both long term and devastating.

Why should be the west be concerned about the threats you describe above and what can the west do to help Africans minimize them? The west should definitely be concerned about ISIS because of the groups capability to carry out deadly attacks in the developed world. Since the summer of 2006 when ISIS came into prominence, the group has evolved into one of the most sophisticated of all its predecessors.

Its effective use of the social media as a propaganda machine as well as a recruitment tool is concerning. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris in which 130 people died and 368 were injured and the fact that French authorities could not manage to determine all the masterminds is also concerning. Can the west help Africa minimize the threat by ISIS?

I think not. Most Africans view the west as the source of the problem due to its colonial and neo-colonial policies on the continent. The main motivation of African terrorism can be attributed to the many years of Africa s colonial subjugation by the west.

The colonial physical oppression, economic exploitation, racism, sexism, authoritarianism, corruption, destruction of traditional African political structures and social values laid the foundation for the appeal of the first organized terror groups in Africa. These oppressive colonial policies have since been furthered by most of the current corrupt and authoritarian African governments, thereby making a vast majority of unemployed and dissatisfied population an easy target for terrorist recruiters. In Algeria for instance, 132 years of French colonial rule and the subsequent Front de Liberation Nationale (FNL) oppressive militaristic policies (from 1962) which banned Islamic groups such as Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), created a brand of radical Algerian Muslim groups to fight for equality and justice.

The main goal of groups such as the Al-Qaeda trained but later ISIS affiliated Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) is to create an Islamic state through blood and martyrdom. The neoliberal western economic policies imposed by financial institutions such as IMF and World Bank, have pushed many African governments further into debt and poverty. These economic hardships have pushed more young people towards extremism.

For instance, in Nigeria, n eoliberal reforms were not concerned with social issues but with market efficiency, which worked against the basic tenets of human rights and constitutional safeguards for Nigerian citizens. A substantial number of people have resorted to criminal organizations such as Boko Haram. This also explains in part why arson, kidnapping, and other criminal activities and social vices are thriving in the Niger Delta region and other parts of the Nigerian state (Olumide, 2014).

If terrorism is to be defeated in Africa, then we need to see a return to the more socialist policies that many countries followed after independence in the 1960s and 70s, policies that produced higher levels of employment and greater social justice. The focus of your studies is sex, ethnicity and peace. How do sex, gender and ethnicity relate to modern terrorism in Africa?

Africa has experienced interethnic conflicts since pre-colonial times. These resource-based conflicts have however intensified in the post-Cold War era due to unequitable distribution of resources by the tribal corrupt governments. For instance, in Kenya and Uganda, appointment to a public office is not based on merit but on which tribe one belongs.

Tribes that belong to the opposition party are often denied access to public opportunities despite the fact that they pay taxes equal to the tribes in power. The Somali tribe in Kenya which comprises approximately 2% of the total population has been denied access to economic opportunities since independence in 1963. These minority groups inhabit North Eastern part of Kenya where the Al-Shaabab terrorist group often recruits young dissatisfied fighters.

It is in the same area where the militant group attacked Garissa University in 2015, killing more than 150 students in cold blood. African society can be said to be highly patriarchal. Gender equality between men and women has not been achieved in almost all African nations with women viewed as incapable victims of conflicts rather than actors.

Among the Somali for instance, political decisions are purely a men s affair and women are usually not consulted neither are they viewed as security threat. However, over the past decade, African terrorist groups such as Al-Shaabab have been recruiting more women and girls to act as spies, to transport weapons through military checkpoints as well as to carry out suicide attacks. During my recent study on the role of women in conflicts, one of my female informants described how a woman carrying a baby on her back and a number of AK47 rifles tied together with firewood on her head, would pass through AMISOM security checkpoints unsuspected.

Therefore, ethnicity and gender seems to play a significant role in African modern terrorism studies As a well-travelled man, deeply familiar with both European and African societies, what do you see as the primary weaknesses of these societies in their ability to prevent terrorism? What are their strengths? The primary weakness of the African society with regards to terrorism is the lack of an efficient counter-terrorism strategy.

This includes lack of capacity to deal with radicalization, poor intelligence collection mechanisms and corrupt judicial systems. However, there exists a strong sense of national unity and pride among the African people.The European society on the other hand boasts of advanced level of technology and ultramodern intelligence collection mechanisms. Nevertheless, European counterterrorism laws, in my opinion, seem to be too lenient.

Freedom of Speech for example, is one of those laws which give terrorists a lot of freedom to radicalize a lot of young people. What is the most important thing westerners do not understand about the issue of terrorism in Africa? If you could make them aware of one important thing, what would it be and why?

The westerners do not understand that they are a part of the African terrorism problem and cannot directly be part of its solution. This is important because the general perception about the west in Africa is that of a neocolonialist whose main aim is to keep the African person economically and politically subdued. As a result, there are significant levels of distrust.

Since 2013 for instance, there has been a concerted effort by most African countries to pull out of the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court, with allegations that the court is has only tried Africans and not a single European. While the main motivation of most African terrorism is economic, as I described above, terrorist attacks in the west seem to be more socially or culturally inspired. In as much as Africa needs more time to sort out its economic and ethnic problems, an increase in terrorist activity in the continent is likely to affect the west.

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Northeast Dallas bar manager catches suspect in overnight break-in … 0

Northeast Dallas bar manager catches suspect in overnight break-in …

Published: October 22, 2015 8:32 am A bar manager foiled a burglary attempt early Thursday by holding onto the suspect until officers arrived to arrest him, police say. Eddie Barrientos The Heroes Lounge and Sports Bar s manager received a call around 2 a.m. from the alarm company about an activated motion sensor at the bar in the 7400 block of Greenville Avenue.

The manager found Eddie Barrientos, 44, walking out of the bar with a TV, police said. The manager held Barrientos until police arrived and arrested him on a burglary charge. Barrientos is now behind bars in the Dallas County jail,.

County court records show he has several convictions, including family violence assault, burglary of a building and burglary of a vehicle.

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