Ex-DEA Agent Known as the ‘White Devil’ Sentenced

A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent known as the “white devil” to drug dealers was sentenced Thursday to more than 13 years in prison for stealing money from suspects, falsifying government records and committing perjury during a federal trial, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo said the longtime agent, Chad A. Scott, caused “far reaching” damage “to the administration of justice.”

“He undercut law enforcement and he disgraced the entire judicial process. He was sworn to uphold the law but instead, he broke it for his own selfish purposes,” federal prosecutor Timothy Duree told the first jury that convicted Scott.

The sentencing capped a five-year case that shook the DEA and resulted in convictions of three other members of a New Orleans-based federal drug task force.

Prosecutors portrayed Scott as more dangerous than the most hardened heroin dealers he locked up, saying the Louisiana lawman “broke every rule in the book” to enforce his “own approximation of justice.” They had asked Milazzo to sentence Scott to nearly two decades in prison.

Scott, 53, was found guilty at successive trials of a long list of corruption counts. The charges stemmed from an expansive federal investigation into misconduct claims that had surrounded Scott for much of his 17-year career, even as he racked up headline-grabbing drug busts between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Scott told Milazzo he was “ashamed of being here,” adding he had long since been “convicted in the press and public opinion.” But he sought to underline his contributions to law enforcement and the DEA’s mission, in which he said he had truly believed. He was twice the target of murder-for-hire plots, he told the judge — “an example of the length people will go to to remove me from drug trafficking investigations.”

Scott’s remarks — his first since his 2017 arrest — came during an unusual sentencing hearing this week that revealed details of crimes Scott was alleged to have committed but for which he was not charged. The alleged victims included a Louisiana man who accused Scott of planting an ounce of marijuana in his truck in 2005 and a Houston man who said Scott twice lashed his mouth with the medallion on a necklace he was wearing during a 1999 arrest that brought no charges, then confiscated the chain and took nearly a year to return it.

Scott was convicted in 2019 of orchestrating false testimony against a Houston-based heroin and cocaine trafficker — perjury that tainted the dealer’s conviction and allowed him to walk free. The same federal jury found Scott falsified paperwork for a Ford F-150 pickup — a vehicle he directed another drug trafficker to buy so the DEA could seize it and give it to Scott.

Earlier this year, a separate federal jury convicted Scott and Rodney Gemar, a former member of his task force, in what prosecutors described as a long-running scheme to steal money and property from suspects they arrested.

Two other former members of the task force, Johnny Domingue and Karl E. Newman, pleaded guilty and testified against Scott. Both were Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies who were detailed to the DEA.

Scott is among a growing list of DEA agents who have been accused of abusing their authority in recent years. Another veteran agent, Jose Irizzary, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring with a Colombian cartel money launderer, filing false reports and ordering DEA staff to wire money slated for undercover stings to international accounts he controlled.

At least a dozen DEA agents across the country have been criminally charged since 2015 on counts ranging from wire fraud and bribery to selling firearms to drug traffickers, according to court records. That includes a longtime special agent in Chicago who pleaded guilty to infiltrating the DEA on behalf of drug traffickers and another accused of accepting $250,000 in bribes to protect the Mafia.

California Dad Shot Fishing Spears Into His Children Because They Had “Serpent DNA”

A San Diego, California surfing teacher and self-proclaimed QAnon theorist, has confessed to driving his two toddler children across the Mexican border in a sprinter van and killing them with a spear fishing gun.

Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, faces charges for the foreign murders of two United States citizens, his 10-month-old son and 2-year-old daughter, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court.

The two children’s bodies were found on an agricultural property, the Rancho Del Descanso in Rosarito, about 35 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border, with multiple wounds, according to Mexican authorities.

Coleman told authorities “he was enlightened by the QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories and was receiving visions and signs revealing that his wife…possessed serpent DNA and had passed it onto his children,” according to court documents.

Coleman and his two children were reported missing from Santa Barbara on Saturday by his wife, the mother of the two children. According to the criminal complaint, she was concerned because the family had planned to go on a camping trip together, but Coleman had left with the kids without telling her where they were going and without taking the car seats.

The couple’s sprinter van was missing, and Coleman was not responding to the wife’s texts but the mother did not believe her children were in any specific danger, according to the complaint.

Santa Barbara authorities discovered Coleman and the children were in Mexico through the Find My iPhone application and the FBI took over the case, then alerted U.S. Border Patrol agents to be on the lookout for Coleman and the children, the complaint said.

Coleman was seen on surveillance video checking into a Rosarito hotel with his two children, according to the Baja California Attorney General’s Office. At about 3 a.m., Coleman was seen leaving the hotel with his two children. He returned hours later without them. Then, he checked out of the hotel, according to the Attorney General.

When Coleman tried to re-enter the U.S. without his children on Monday, he was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, who were warned to be on the lookout for him.

Coleman confessed to the murders during an interview at the border.

“Coleman stated that he believed his children were going to grow into monsters so he had to kill them,” the complaint read.

In the confession, Coleman said he used a spear fishing gun to shoot his children through the chest. He said he then hid their bodies in the nearby brush and told authorities where their bodies were located.

“Coleman was asked whether he knew what he did was wrong. M Coleman stated that he knew it was wrong, but it was the only course of action that would save the world,” the complaint read.

Millionaire Fatally Shoots Man He Thought Was a Bear

One of Russia’s richest public officials told police he mistakenly shot dead a man while he was trying to target a bear that was posing a danger to the local community.

Igor Redkin, a local assembly deputy in the remote Kamchatka region in the country’s far east, said that he had wanted to go after the bear because it had been wandering around a landfill.

“I took the weapon and decided to scare him away,” he said, according to a statement on Tuesday to his lawyer, provided to the local news outlet Kam 24.

He said he fired at what he believed to be the animal around dusk on August 2. However, he later found out that a local resident had been wounded in the same area of the shooting, before eventually dying.

“I shot at the bear,” said millionaire lawmaker Igor Redkin. “Later I learned that a local resident was wounded in the area around the same time and died in the hospital”https://t.co/uImK7OGL89— The Moscow Times (@MoscowTimes) August 11, 2021

Kam 24 had earlier reported that 30-year-old Andrei Tolstopyatov was found dead and a bullet had been removed from his body. Media have also disputed Redkin’s account, with some reports saying he had been shooting in the area while drunk.

Redkin owns fishing and aviation businesses. Forbes Russia listed him as the country’s 20th richest public official with a net worth of 715.7 million rubles ($9.7 million).

Redkin said he had suspended his membership in United Russia, the country’s ruling party, and would end his re-election campaign to the regional assembly in next month’s elections.

The city court of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky said that the lawmaker had been placed under house arrest for two months, pending a murder investigation, news agency Tass reported. Newsweek has contacted the court for further comment.

However, Redkin could face lesser charges of manslaughter that may only result in a two-year sentence, according to local news outlets.

Kamchatka is a remote peninsula, over 4,000 miles away from Moscow. It is home to around 20,000 bears who frequently pose a danger to the local population, especially when they are drawn to human settlements by garbage.

In 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a posthumous award to a 16-year-old who sacrificed his life to save his brother from a bear attack in the region.

Rodion Burakov was mauled to death after he distracted the animal, which had attacked his 13-year-old brother in Kamchatka’s Milkovsky district.

The victim was found partially buried when hunters and firefighters arrived at the scene where they shot the predator on the spot. In August 2018, a 23-year-old employee at Kamchatka’s Kronotsky Nature Reserve was killed by a bear.

The Horrifying Murder of Sylvia Likens

Truly brutal and heinous crimes, the kind you usually see in horror or slasher movies, do happen in real life. And despite what you may think, they are not a recent phenomenon. One of the most shocking murders of a young teen-aged girl happened over 50 years ago and still brings tears to the eyes of even the most hardened police detective. 

It was called the most terrible crime ever committed in Indiana, and over half a century later, that title still holds. On October 26, 1965, police found Sylvia Likens’s emaciated corpse—covered with more than 150 wounds ranging from burns to cuts—sprawled on a filthy mattress in the Indianapolis home of 37-year-old Gertrude Baniszewski, mother of seven and the architect of the girl’s untimely gruesome death.

The details of her demise, revealed at the 1966 trial, defy belief. Sylvia’s carnival-worker parents boarded her and her sister Jenny with Baniszewski for $20 a week. But when one of their checks arrived late, Baniszewski took out her frustration by beating the girls. Weeks of escalating horror followed. The attacks focused almost exclusively on Sylvia, grew ever more violent and sadistic. Several of Baniszewski’s children and a gaggle of neighborhood kids, some as young as 10, watched or joined in on the beatings and torture. None reported what they saw.

“A lot of people have compared this to Lord of the Flies,” says attorney Natty Bumppo, a former Indianapolis Star reporter who covered the case. “But that was just a bunch of uncontrolled children. In this case, they had an adult supervising what they were doing. It wasn’t children going wild. It was children doing what they were told.”

On the surface, the Likens murder is not much different from any number of heinous crimes. It was a Cinderella story without a happy ending — a teenage girl left under the care of a strict authoritarian whose idea of discipline is physical abuse that escalates until the abuse victim dies. If that was the extent of it, this case would likely have been lost to history long ago like so many other long-forgotten murders.

This case was somehow more disturbing than other crimes, mainly because the abuse was carried out not just by the caregiver but also by her own children, some as young as 10, and by other children in the neighborhood. For weeks, even months, the torture of Sylvia Likens was casual entertainment for the kids in the neighborhood, something to do in the afternoon before dinner and favorite TV shows. At least a dozen children participated or at least watched, and none felt sufficiently disturbed to tell their own parents.

But that is not the only detail that makes Sylvia’s case so brutal and so sad. Other adults occasionally came to the Baniszewski house for various reasons and saw Sylvia’s battered appearance. None pushed to be sure she was safe.

Sylvia herself and her younger sister Jenny had opportunities to tell adults at school or church — they even had adult relatives living nearby. Neither said a word because, as Jenny would later explain, they thought it would only make things worse. Neither could conceive of the possibility that authorities would move to protect them, remove them from the house or arrest their tormentors.

A Disturbing Death and Arrests

Arrests did come, but only after it was over – and way too late for Sylvia.

On October 26, 1965, Indianapolis police were called to 3850 E. New York St., where Sylvia’s body lay on a mattress. Baniszewski told them the girl had been attacked by a gang of boys, and she even produced a note written in Sylvia’s own hand that seemed to confirm that story. But the cops could tell by the condition of the victim that this had been no single incident.

Sylvia’s body was malnourished and covered with sores, burns, and bruises, many of them old. She had been branded in one spot by a hot metal object, and the words “I am a prostitute” had been etched on her stomach.

When Baniszewski realized Sylvia might be dying, she forced her to write a note saying a gang of boys beat her. The plan was to blindfold her and dump her in nearby woods with the note. Sylvia tried to escape, but Gertrude and one of the boys stopped her, beating her again and throwing her back into the basement.

Sylvia Likens died Oct. 26, 1965. The cause of death was determined to be brain swelling, internal hemorrhaging of the brain, and shock induced by Sylvia’s extensive skin damage. Sylvia also suffered from extreme malnutrition. She was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.

The Trial of Gertrude Baniszewski

On May 19, 1966, a jury found Baniszewski guilty of first-degree murder while Paula Baniszewski was found guilty of second-degree murder. Hobbs, along with Baniszewski’s son John and another neighborhood boy, Coy Hubbard, were convicted of manslaughter. Gertrude and Paula Baniszewski were sentenced to life terms at the Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis. The boys were sentenced to two-to-21-year terms at the Indiana State Reformatory in Pendleton.

The ghastly details of the brutalization of Sylvia that came out during the trial were incomprehensible. It started with Gertrude using a “fraternity style” paddle on Sylvia and Jenny for various offenses, such as exchanging soft drink bottles for change at a nearby grocery. When she suspected Sylvia of stealing, she used matches to burn the girl’s fingers. Sometimes Gertrude felt too weak from her asthma to discipline the girls properly, so her 17-year-old daughter, Paula, helped.

Neighborhood children began to crowd the home to participate in the torture. The children took turns practicing their judo on Sylvia, hurling her against a wall. Some began kicking and beating her. Others extinguished their cigarettes on her skin. As Gertrude and a gang of teenagers watched, Sylvia was forced to undress in the living room and insert an empty Coke bottle into her vagina.

After the beatings, Sylvia was forced into a scalding hot bath so she would be “cleansed of her sins.” She was severely beaten and burned for wetting her mattress while asleep, and Gertrude decided that Sylvia was no longer fit to live with her children.

Near the end, Sylvia was no longer permitted to leave the house. She was thrown down the cellar stairs and locked in, given crackers for food, and refused the right to use a bathroom.

The second-oldest of the Baniszewski children, Stephanie, was 15 at the time of the crime. Though she admitted to participating to some degree in Sylvia’s abuse, she was granted a special trial, and then all charges against her were dropped, likely because she agreed to turn state’s evidence against her family. She reportedly changed her name, married, had children, worked as a teacher, and now lives in Florida.

The 2007 movie, An American Crime, directed by Tommy O’Haver, was based on the horrific life and tragic death of Sylvia Likens.

From an internet sensation to convicted murderer, ‘Kai the Hitchhiker’

Looks like “Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker” will spend a long time behind bars.

A New Jersey state appellate court has denied the appeal of the murder conviction of Caleb McGillvary, who’s better known as “Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker,” the man who almost instantly became internet famous after he hitchhiked in Fresno and provided an animated television interview nine years ago.

McGillvary was trying to overturn a court’s decision from 2019 when he was found guilty of first-degree murder of a 74-year-old man and sentenced to 57 years in prison.

McGillvary, 32, will not be eligible for parole until October 2061, when he will be 73 years old.

Two appellate judges found little merit with any of McGillvary’s arguments why his conviction should be overturned, according to NJ.com.

Among the arguments filed by himself in his official appeal, McGillvary said he wanted a “real” lawyer and that the trial should have been moved out of Union County, where the victim, Joseph Galfy was a former law partner of the presiding criminal judge in the county.

McGillvary also stated that the judge who oversaw his conviction trial, Robert Kirsch, made errors and treated him “disrespectfully” during the trial.

“The record does not suggest a miscarriage of justice occurred,” the appeals judges wrote in their 36-page decision. “The jury assessed defendant’s testimony and proffered defenses and rejected them.”

McGillvary, who is from Canada, became an internet sensation in 2012 and even appeared as a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show following a bizarre incident that occurred in Fresno.

McGillvary had hitchhiked with a man who suddenly decided to try to run over a PG&E worker on the side of the road and tried to attack two women who had rushed to the worker’s aid.

But McGillvary intervened, using a hatchet to “smash, smash, smash” the back of the attacker’s head.

The strange encounter along with McGillvary’s animated television interview as he described what happened soon after went viral.

And the nickname “Kai the hatch-wielding hitchhiker” was born.

Eventually, McGillvary had made his way across the country in 2013, being offered food and places to stay by people who knew him from the internet before ending up in New York City, mycentraljersey. com reported.

There, he met Galfy in Times Square and was invited back to the lawyer’s home in New Jersey.

McGillvary testified at the trial Galfy tried to sexually assault him and that he attacked back in self defense.

“I was trying to get him away from me,” McGillvary testified. “That’s all I can remember.”

Days later, McGillvary was arrested at a bus terminal in Philadelphia.

At the trial, a medical examiner testified that Galfy “who stood 5-foot-5, weight 230 pounds and had a stent in his chest due to a heart condition” sustained numerous blunt-force injuries to his face, head, neck, chest and arms, including three skull fractures, four broken ribs and severe contusions and bleeding.

The presiding judge in McGillvary’s murder trial had stern words for the defendant during sentencing:

“You are crafty, you are cunning, you are disingenuous, and you are manipulative,” Kirsch told McGillvary at the sentencing according to mycentraljersey.com. “And when you become eligible for parole, you will still be younger than Mr. Galfy was when you murdered him.”

Cuomo Could Face Criminal Charges According to Police

A local sheriff said Saturday that embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) could face misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations from a former aide that the governor groped her last year while they were alone in a room at the executive mansion.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, who spoke to reporters on Saturday, stressed that they were in the early stages of their investigation and would not provide a timeline on how long the investigation would take, NBC New York reported.

“I have no timeline whatsoever,” Apple said, according to the NBC affiliate. “I can tell you I had a female come forward, which was the hardest thing she has ever done, and made a criminal complaint against the governor, and we have a proven record of helping people, and we will do everything in our power to help her.”

The case stems from allegations made by a former aide who accused the third-term governor of reaching under her shirt and inappropriately touching her last year while they were in the executive mansion, according to The Associated Press. Speaking with investigators from the state attorney general’s office, she also claimed that Cuomo had touched her rear end while they took a photo together.

The woman, an executive assistant whose name has not be publicly released, was referred to in a report released earlier this week by state Attorney General Letitia James as “Executive Assistant #1.”

Officials said that the former aide had met with investigators from the sheriff’s office earlier this week and that they planned to have her return to do a longer interview, though no additional details were provided regarding when she would return.

In the meantime, Apple said his office had reached out to both Cuomo’s lawyers and the state attorney general’s office for material to supplement the sheriff office’s investigation, NBC New York reported.

“We are in the infant stages of the investigation,” Apple told reporters, according to the outlet.

“We have lots of fact-finding to do and a lot of interviews, and I won’t rush it because of who he is, and I won’t delay it because of who he is. It would be totally premature for me to comment on any of that,” Apple added.

Cuomo has denied inappropriately touching the aide’s breasts, saying, “I would have to lose my mind to do such a thing.”

Cuomo’s lawyer has also said that the allegation was not true.

“He is 63 years old. He has spent 40 years in public life and for him to all of the sudden be accused of a sexual assault of an executive assistant that he really doesn’t know, doesn’t pass muster,” Cuomo’s lawyer Rita Glavin said, according to the AP.

The Hill has reached out to Cuomo’s lawyer for comment.

Cuomo delivered a lengthy video address earlier this week in which he refused to resign following the bombshell report released by James’s office, which detailed instances where it said the governor sexually harassed 11 women.

Police shoot armed 13-year-old boy who falsely claimed he killed 3 people

A 13-year-old boy was shot and wounded by police in San Bernardino, Calif., Thursday after he fired a gun in a cemetery and falsely claimed he killed three people, police said Friday.

The boy allegedly called the San Bernardino Police Department dispatch center at 1:52 p.m. local time Thursday and reported the fictitious slayings while making an ominous threat to responding officers, police said.

During the phone call placed from Pioneer cemetery, he allegedly fired multiple shots heard by the dispatcher, police said.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533

When officers arrived at the scene, they allegedly found the boy armed with a handgun loaded with an extended magazine.

As the officers were preparing to make contact, he allegedly fired an additional shot, police said.

The boy purportedly ignored numerous commands to drop the firearm and was shot and wounded after he allegedly pointed the weapon at officers, according to police.

He was transported to a hospital for treatment, police said. Further investigation determined his claims about killing others were “untrue,” police said.

Investigators allegedly found two handguns, four additional magazines and “a large cache of ammunition” in the boy’s possession, “indicating that he was prepared for a prolonged confrontation,” police said.

Officials did not release any immediate details on how the child obtained the weapons and ammunition.

They did release two grainy photos showing the boy and a bystander in the background and said the investigation remains ongoing.

Man Records Himself Murdering His 94-Year-Old Grandfather – Sent Footage to Family Members

A man allegedly recorded himself murdering his nearly century-old grandfather and sent that footage to family members, an investigator testified. This account laid out in clear detail how and why Seth Ellis Donald, 36, allegedly killed Maurice Sill, 94, in Cabell County, West Virginia.

Authorities at first did not think the death was suspicious. Police and paramedics responded to the Woodlands Retirement Community on June 6, 2019 after Donald made a call about the death, Sgt. Jason Davis testified in a preliminary hearing Thursday, according to The Herald-Dispatch.

The grandson allegedly said he took Sill into the woods to nature watch,  but the man had a medical episode, falling face first to the ground. He tried to save Maurice but could not. The medical examiner chose not to go to the scene because Sill’s wounds synced up with Donald’s story, and also because of the man’s age, according to testimony.

At least person, however, believed the death was suspicious. A family friend called this into police in January 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down the investigation.

That changed in July 25, however. Cops in Beverly Hills, California called to say Donald wanted to turn himself in. He admitted to killing Sill, authorities said.

Donald allegedly recorded a 9-minute video in which he sat with his grandfather on a bench. He told his grandfather he was going to kill him, Davis testified.

“Mr. Donald told him that basically that we were wasting resources on him and people like him and their future in this world,” said Davis. “He tried to stand up, and when he tried to stand up the camera drops to the ground and is facing upwards. You can hear a struggle ensue.”

Sill pleaded with his grandson to stop, but Donald covered his face with what seemed to be a rag, said Davis.

“You hear the victim say multiple times ‘Help, help, help, no, you’re killing me, stop,’ things like that,” Davis testified, according to WSAZ. “Mr. Donald is struggling saying ‘Let it come. It’s OK Grandpa. It’s time. I’m sorry.’”

Donald picked up the camera again, and panned it down to record Sill on the ground, said Davis.

“One hand is covering [Sill’s] face, and his legs are wrapped around his body,” he said.

Donald allegedly sent this footage to friends and family. According to testimony, he said he waited to confess until his finished a three part “presentation.” The contents of this was described as an introduction for the general public, an introduction for an “academic” audience, as well as video saying why he killed Sill, according to WCHS.

Sill was a well-traveled sociology professor, pilot, and missionary who started the local Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, according to WSAZ.

The post Man Recorded Himself Murdering His 94-Year-Old Grandfather in the Woods of West Virginia and Sent Footage to Family Members, Investigator Testifies first appeared on Law & Crime.

Human Dracula: Japan’s most feared serial killer

One of the most disturbing and freakish serial killers in recent years was Japan’s Tsutomu Miyazaki. He earned the nickname of “Human Dracula” because he was born with deformed fingers and hands, similar to that of the fictional horror character. In the late ’80s, Miyazaki terrorized Tokyo and was behind some of the most horrific crimes against young girls in Japan, which were called “The Little Girl Murders.” Between 1988 and 1989, he committed crimes including kidnapping, assault, murder, and mutilation against four girls. He was also an admitted necrophile and cannibal, and performed unspeakable things to the corpses of his victims. Ultimately, the serial killer was captured and brought to justice.

Per The Infographics Show (posted on YouTube), Miyazaki had a very rough upbringing. Because of his odd behavior, he was not close with his sisters or his parents. At school, his deformity made him the subject of teasing by his peers. 

The making of a serial killer

Tsutomu Miyazaki was born on August 21, 1962, in Tokyo, Japan, to an affluent family. His oddly shaped hands and fingers were a result of his premature birth. Sadly, people’s fear of his hands did not gain him any friends, and he was rejected by others, including his sisters, per the book “Supernatural Serial Killers.”

From early childhood to high school, Miyazaki spent most of his time by himself. Despite this reclusive behavior, as he got older, Miyazaki performed well at Meidai Nakano High School. But at some point, his grades started to tumble. While he had dreams of attending a more prestigious university to become a teacher, he had to settle for a junior college. Afterward, he began studying to be a photo technician. However, the future Human Dracula would use his affinity for photography and film for a much more sinister purpose.

Tsutomu Miyazaki’s murderous streak

Tsutomu Miyazaki allegedly became obsessed with watching violent horror films and pornography. According to “Supernatural Serial Killers,” he would show up at sporting events to take photographs of participants and use them to sexually gratify himself. His odd behavior would only worsen from there. 

Miyazaki targeted young girls for his crimes, which purportedly began in August 1988. His first victim was 4-year-old Mari Konno. After killing her, Miyazaki discarded the body, but he later returned to retrieve some of her limbs (via Case Closed). Further proving his demented nature, he also burned part of her remains and sent the ashes and a briefly detailed postcard to her family.

By October 1988, he had moved to his next victim: a 7-year-old girl on a walk. He lured the girl, killed her, and left her corpse. 

Two months later he struck again, and this time with another 4-year-old victim walking alone. He followed his usual modus operandi of luring his young victim before attacking and taking her life. He continued to taunt the families with eerie postcards, per “Supernatural Serial Killers.”

His final victim was a 5-year-old girl, whom he abducted in June 1989. Similar to his other crimes, he mutilated her remains before burying her.

Authorities capture a child killer

Tsutomu Miyazaki was eventually captured on July 23, 1989. On that day, the Human Dracula was taking pictures of a nude 6-year-old girl. Fortunately, the girl’s father showed up and scared him off, but Miyazaki was later picked up by authorities.

After he was arrested, officials found videos of his victims, along with a massive collection of horror movies and other disturbing films. During questioning, he admitted to consuming the flesh and blood of two victims, reported Japan Today. The trial would also reveal his estranged relationship with his father, who did not financially contribute to his attorney fees (via Case Closed). 

After his capture, Miyazaki would say odd things and often reference an alter ego named Rat Man. On April 14, 1997, he was convicted and sentenced to death, per The Japan Times. In 2006, prison mental health officials declared he was suffering from a personality disorder, but was mentally competent at the time of his crimes. Tsutomu Miyazaki was executed by hanging at 45 years old on June 17, 2008 (via Japan Today).

Cold Murder Case Solved After 32 Years Using Smallest DNA Sample Ever

A 32-year-old murder case that many considered unsolvable has finally been brought to a resolution – and it all came down to the equivalent of just 15 human cells.

While the techniques that made the achievement possible are not new, what made this case truly extraordinary was the amount of DNA that was available: just 0.12 nanograms. That is less than for any case in history – to put the achievement into perspective, the amount of DNA used by commercially available tests is about 750 to 1,000 nanograms.

Stephanie Isaacson was just fourteen years old when she was sexually assaulted, beaten, and strangled to death on her way to school. DNA evidence from her killer was left on her shirt, but multiple attempts through the years at finding a match proved fruitless. For more than three decades, her case was cold.

However, nine months ago, a Texas-based genome sequencing company called Othram approached the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) with an offer. They had recently received an anonymous donation to be used to fund the investigation of one cold case. It didn’t matter which, as long as it came from the LVMPD.

“Stephanie’s case was chosen specifically because of the minimal amount of DNA evidence that was available,” explained LVMPD Lt. Ray Spencer at a news conference concerning the discovery. “As a result, we have identified Darren Roy Marchand, who has been positively identified as the person who sexually assaulted and murdered Stephanie in 1989.”

DNA analysis has come a long way in the past few decades. What was once the preserve of science fiction can now be bought as a (sometimes ill-advised) birthday present. These commercial DNA tests don’t just tell you about your ethnic background or medical predispositions – they are used in medical research, they’re helping beat the coronavirus pandemic, and yes, they even fight crime. Back in 2018, for example, genetic genealogy techniques helped catch the Golden State Killer who murdered 12 people and raped 51 more throughout the 70s and 80s.

Isaacson’s killer was identified using a similar technique. Over seven months, Othram built a genetic profile from the remains of the DNA evidence, which they compared with ancestry databases. They were able to match the DNA to the cousin of Isaacson’s suspected murderer, and from there, they identified the killer himself – a man previously charged in 1986 with strangling 24-year-old Nanette Vanderberg to death (that case was dropped due to lack of evidence, and the suspect killed himself nine years later).

“When you can access information from such a small amount of DNA, it really opens up the opportunity to so many other cases that have been historically considered cold and unsolvable,” Othram chief executive David Mittelman told the BBC

While there’s no way to know whether Isaacson knew her killer, Lt. Spencer said that it appeared to be a random attack – known to dramatically decrease the chance of closure.

“I’m glad they found who murdered my daughter,” Isaacson’s mother wrote in a statement read at the news conference. “I never believed the case would be solved.”

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