Police Release 911 Call in ‘Gruesome’ Piedmont Park Stabbing of Woman and Her Dog

As Atlanta police continue to hunt the killer who stabbed a woman and her dog to death in a city park last week, investigators have released the chilling 911 call that the victim’s girlfriend made when she discovered her body.

“Sir, I’m at the entrance of Piedmont Park,” a frantic Clark told the 911 dispatcher. “I just was searching for my girlfriend because I couldn’t find her. She’s dead! She’s here at Piedmont Park. Please help.”

Katherine Janness, 40, and her dog Bowie were both killed inside Piedmont Park in the city’s Midtown neighborhood on July 28. Janness’ partner, Emma Clark, discovered the bodies around 1 a.m. after going looking for Janness, who had taken her dog for a walk after dinner and never returned.

Police redacted parts of the call but Clark can be heard crying and breathing heavily as she answers the dispatcher’s questions.

“Did you just see that?” Clark can be heard asking someone nearby. “That’s my f—— girlfriend.” The bystander can be heard yelling in the background.

Police released the 911 call on Wednesday.

Police have described the scene of the stabbing as “gruesome,” but have released little other information since the killing.

Investigators on Tuesday released images of potential witnesses seen near the park at the time of the killing. Police said they hope these individuals may have seen something that can help in the investigation.

The FBI is assisting Atlanta police in the investigation.

The homicide “was so unique that I felt that we needed to collaborate with as many resources as we possibly can,” said Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant during a briefing on Tuesday.

Detectives have also gone door-to-door in neighborhoods near the park, asking neighbors and businesses for surveillance footage. Police have said that all nearby cameras under their control were operational at the time of the killing and investigators are reviewing all footage.

Police have yet to determine a motive. No names or images of a potential suspect or person of interest have been released as of Thursday.

Officials this week have dispelled rumors that the murder in Piedmont Park was connected to another murder at a local park 20 miles away after false information of a serial killer was spread on social media.

“I know there have been several rumors that there is a serial killer on the loose in our city,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at the briefing. “We don’t have any evidence of that.”

Atlanta has been on edge recently amid a citywide rise in crime.

As of July 24, murders in Atlanta were up 11% citywide year-to-date compared to 2020, with 83 reported so far this year, police statistics show.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information regarding Janness’s murder. The animal rights group PETA is offering its own $10,000 reward. 

Woman Dies in Arizona Desert After Hike With Man Who Has History of Lying

Angela Tramonte had been in Phoenix for less than 24 hours when she was found dead on a hiking trail last Friday. Now her friends are asking questions about her relationship with an off-duty cop who was with her that day—and who has a documented history of lying.

Tramonte, 31, had flown into the city to meet with Dario Dizdar, an off-duty Phoenix Police Officer, fire officials told The Daily Beast on Monday. Friends said the pair had been speaking online for two months, and that it was the first time they met in person.

Dizdar began a hike with Tramonte Friday afternoon, but kept going when Tramonte became tired and “overheated,” fire officials said in a news release. Later, Dizdar did not find Tramonte in the car, and called to report her missing. Her body was found hours later, and she was pronounced dead.

No one has been charged with any crime in connection with Tramonte’s death, and the cause of her death is listed as “pending” by the local coroner.

Meanwhile, Dizdar, who has been with the Phoenix Police Department since 2007, was previously disciplined for lying to Arizona police about his identity during a 2009 criminal investigation, according to internal affairs documents viewed by The Daily Beast.

Dizdar’s identity and his relationship to Tramonte were first reported on Monday by ABC 15. Initially, it was unclear whether the cop identified himself to emergency responders last week as a police officer. But Rob McDade, a spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department, told The Daily Beast that Dizdar did just that early on.

“He did let us know,” McDade said.

Dizdar did not respond to a request for comment for this story. The Phoenix Police Department also did not respond to a request for comment. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office told The Daily Beast that no charges against Dizdar or anyone else have been filed related to Tramonte’s death.

Tramonte flew from Boston to Phoenix Thursday, according to a GoFundMe account created on Sunday by Melissa Buttaro, who identified herself as a friend of Tramonte’s. Tramonte had been speaking online with Dizdar for two months and, less than 24 hours after she landed, the pair went for a hike up Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Buttaro wrote.

According to Buttaro, Tramonte was born and raised in Saugus, Massachusetts, and had an active lifestyle that included trips to the gym every morning, weekly meal plans, and drinking lots of water. Buttaro wrote that because of this, there were “many inconsistencies” in the timeline and facts surrounding her death that “just don’t make any sense.”

The Phoenix Fire Department received a call at 1 p.m. from Dizdar, who said Tramonte was visiting from out of town and became “overheated” halfway up a trail on Camelback Mountain, according to McDade. Dizdar kept going on the hike while Tramonte turned around to return to the parking lot. But when he returned to the car, Tramonte’s stuff was there but she was not, McDade said.

A 30-man rescue team searched the mountain, assisted by a helicopter, McDade continued. Around 5 p.m. Tramonte was found off the trail, near a home on the northeast side of the mountain. She was unresponsive and pronounced dead.

McDade told The Daily Beast the trail is “highly technical” and that even physically fit people can find it challenging if conditions aren’t optimal. He noted that Friday’s temperature reached 105 degrees. From where Tramonte was found, McDade said, he believes she might have lost sight of the trail and headed toward nearby homes for help.

“Once you get off the trail you’re in trouble,” he said. “Now you’re just walking through the Sonoran Desert.”

But Buttaro took aim at Dizdar, writing that he should have known better than to leave Tramonte alone given that he is a police officer and first responder. “He clearly has no regard for her safety,” she wrote.

When reached by The Daily Beast, Buttaro said she was aware of Dizdar’s history of police misconduct, but declined to comment further, citing the open investigation into Tramonte’s death. Attempts to reach Tramonte’s family for this story were unsuccessful.

According to internal Phoenix Police Department documents published by ABC 15 in 2020, Dizdar was previously disciplined and placed on a Maricopa County Attorney’s Office “Brady list” that tracks police officers with integrity concerns because of past misconduct. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office told The Daily Beast that Dizdar is still on the list.

According to an internal investigation file, Dizdar was at a Sangria Lounge in Glendale, Arizona, in September 2009, when a Glendale Police officer questioned him about an unnamed friend who’d allegedly been assaulted earlier outside the bar.

Dizdar was not a witness to the assault, and identified himself as a Phoenix Police officer, according to the report. But he provided a fake name and date of birth to the officer, according to the file. He also gave the officer the wrong number for the victim.

Before his next shift, Dizdar, according to the file, told his supervisor the truth about what happened, apologized, and cooperated with a Glendale detective investigating the assault.

Gov. Cuomo Guilty of Sexually Harassing Multiple Women According to Probe

An investigation into Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo found that he sexually harassed multiple current and former state government employees, state Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday.

The nearly five-month investigation, conducted by two outside lawyers who spoke to 179 people, found that the Cuomo administration was a “hostile work environment” and that it was “rife with fear and intimidation.”

People interviewed included complainants, current and former members of the executive chamber, State troopers, additional state employees and others who interacted regularly with the governor.

“These interviews and pieces of evidence revealed a deeply disturbing yet clear picture: Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of federal and state laws,” James said at a press conference on Tuesday.

On at least one occasion, the investigation found, Cuomo and his senior staff worked to retaliate against a former employee who accused him of wrongdoing. Cuomo was also found to have harassed women outside of government, the investigation found.

James said the investigation wouldn’t have been possible without the “heroic women who came forward.”

Cuomo faced multiple allegations last winter that he inappropriately touched and sexually harassed women who worked with him or who he met at public events. One aide in his office said he groped her breast.

Another, Lindsey Boylan, said Cuomo kissed her on the lips after a meeting in his office and “would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs.”

After Boylan first made her allegations public in December, the Cuomo administration undercut her story by releasing personnel memos to media outlets revealing that Boylan resigned after she was confronted about complaints she belittled and yelled at her staff.

Boylan has said those records “were leaked to the media in an effort to smear me.”

Other aides have said that the Democratic governor asked them unwelcome personal questions about sex and dating. One former aide, Charlotte Bennett, said Cuomo asked if she was open to sex with an older man.

“Some suffered through unwanted touching, and grabbing of their most intimate body parts. Others suffered through repeated offensive, sexually suggestive, or gender-based comments,” Joon Kim, one of the lawyers leading the investigation, said at the press conference. “A number of them endured both. None of them welcomed it. And all of them found it disturbing, humiliating, uncomfortable and inappropriate.”

Last winter there was a chorus of calls for Cuomo’s resignation from many top elected Democrats in New York, including two U.S. senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. But Cuomo refused to quit and has been raising money for a fourth term in office.

His position on the allegations has also hardened into one of defiance. Cuomo has always denied touching anyone inappropriately, but he initially said he was sorry if his behavior with women was “misinterpreted as unwanted flirtation.” In recent months, he’s taken a more combative tack, saying he did nothing wrong and questioning the motives of accusers and critics.

He has also questioned the neutrality of the lawyers hired by the attorney general to investigate the allegations. Kim, was involved in previous investigations of corruption by people in Cuomo’s administration when he was a federal prosecutor in Manhattan. Cuomo hasn’t expressly said why he believes that would make Kim biased.

In the hours leading into James’ announcement, Cuomo’s office issued numerous press releases including the completion of mixed-use housing in Buffalo plans to build a new $3.9 billion terminal at Kennedy Airport and JetBlue’s decision to keep its headquarters in New York. As James was speaking, Cuomo’s publicists sent out a release about reclaiming the sites of old power plants.

The attorney general’s report is expected to play an important role in an ongoing inquiry in the state Assembly into whether there are grounds for Cuomo to be impeached.

The Assembly hired its own legal team to investigate Cuomo’s conduct, plus other allegations of wrongdoing. The legislature is looking into the help Cuomo got from senior aides to write a book about the pandemic, special access that Cuomo relatives got to COVID-19 testing last year, and the administration’s decision to withhold some data on nursing home deaths from the public for several months.

Some members of the judiciary committee have said they expect James’ report to be “critical” for the impeachment investigation.

New York state regulations say sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature — from unwanted flirtation to sexual jokes — that creates an offensive work environment, regardless of a perpetrator’s intent.

The governor, in contrast, has repeatedly argued that he did not intend to harass anyone. His office has said he took the state’s mandated sexual harassment training, but has not provided any documentation proving he did.

Cuomo championed a landmark 2019 state law that made it easier for sexual harassment victims to prove their case in court. Alleged victims no longer have to meet the high bar of proving sexual harassment is “severe and pervasive.”

Creep Followed 17-Year-Old as She Jogged – Knocked Her Out Before Fleeing

Cops are looking for a man who allegedly creeped on a 17-year-old girl and put his hands in his pants before knocking her out. This incident happened in Culver City, California. Cops responded at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday.

According to officers, the girl was jogging north on a bike path alongside National Boulevard.

“The suspect seemed to be intently watching her, while one of his hands was in his pants, possibly committing a lewd act,” cops wrote. “The victim became scared and attempted to run away when she was hit in the head with an unknown object.  The victim fell to the ground and momentarily lost consciousness. The victim regained consciousness and saw the suspect ride away north onto National Boulevard.”

The girl was taken to a local hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening injury to her head.

Now police want to catch the man responsible. They describe him as Hispanic, with short black hair, a thin build, wearing black sweatshirt, and camouflage sweatpants on a black bike.

From cops:

Anyone with any information related to this crime is asked to contact Culver City Police Department Public Information Officer Assistant Chief Jason Sims at 310-253-6391 or the Watch Commander at 310-253-6202.

Officers consider this an isolated incident but treat this as a reminder for runners to keep an eye on their surroundings, according to KCAL.

“Stay vigilant, know their surroundings no matter what time of the day that they’re jogging and just keep a phone with them while they’re jogging just in case they don’t feel safe, and they need to contact the police,” said Sgt. Carey Grant.

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Illinois teen found beaten to death, 55-year-old neighbor arrested

An Illinois man is facing murder charges after a teen boy who lived around the corner was discovered beaten to death in a roadside ditch Friday, according to authorities.

Steven Butler III, a 14-year-old from Champaign, Ill., was reported missing by his father on Thursday evening.

According to the nonprofit Missing Person Awareness Network, the teen had left home at around 5 p.m. Thursday. Police said in a statement the father reported him missing about two and a half hours later.

Police searched the neighborhood and took other investigative efforts to locate Steven without success.

At around 7 a.m. Friday, a pair of bicyclists found a body about 1.4 miles away, police said. Investigators determined it was Steven’s.

With help from the local sheriff’s department, police identified Daryl Vandyke, 55, as a person of interest and took him into custody by 11 a.m.

Before securing a warrant for the murder charge, police arrested him on an outstanding warrant in Douglas County, the Champaign Police Department said in a statement.

After taking him into custody, police said they found “a potential crime scene” and obtained a search warrant for a private residence, where they recovered more evidence. 

That evidence led to first-degree murder charges, the statement said.

Vandyke was an acquaintance of Steven’s father, Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz told the News-Gazette, an area newspaper. She also said the cause of death appeared to be blunt force trauma and that an autopsy was set for Monday.

Champaign County jail records show Vandyke has a criminal record stretching back to 1986, including an allegation of sexual abuse and more than a dozen drug-related charges.

He was being held there on $2 million bond.

Man Beheads Girlfriend Because She Tried to Break Up with Him While on Their Way to Court

A criminal complaint filed Friday in the alleged decapitation murder of a Minnesota woman says that the defendant confessed to the police that he beheaded his girlfriend because she tried to break up with him while traveling with him to a court appearance in an earlier case.

According to the police and prosecutors, America Mafalda Thayer, 55, of Shakopee, died Wednesday afternoon when her boyfriend, Alexis Saborit, 42, also of Shakopee, cut her head off with a knife and fled. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. and was recorded on video by at least one witness, the police confirmed earlier in the week.

Prosecutors filed a single charge of second-degree murder against Saborit on Friday in Scott County, Minn.

The eight-page charging document says a reporting party “observed a male throw a headless body out of a car at the intersection” of Fourth Avenue and Spencer Street. From the complaint:

Officers arrived at the scene and observed a female, naked from the waist up, lying with her feet towards the curb and her shoulders near an open car door. The woman had been decapitated and her head was lying approximately one foot away from her body. There were large amounts of blood on the ground and in the passenger side of the vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim’s vehicle was parked nearby.

The document continued by relating the story of the killing as given to the police by several witnesses.

Witness 1 stated he was driving westbound on 4th Avenue and stopped at the intersection with Spencer Street. Witness 1 saw a dark colored vehicle stop heading southbound. Witness 1 saw the driver of the vehicle by the passenger side swinging an object in the air and bringing it downward repeatedly. Witness 1 said the object was black and looked like a police baton. Witness 1 continued on 4th Avenue and returned southbound on Spencer Street where he saw a body lying on the ground.

Witness 2 stated she was driving southbound on Spencer Street. There was a vehicle several cars in front of her that she thought was maybe having mechanical issues. A vehicle in front of her drove around the stopped vehicle and another made a U-turn. Witness 2 could then see the driver of the stopped vehicle standing by the passenger side making a hitting motion. The driver threw an unknown object into a yard and then dragged something out of the car that looked like a body. The driver then grabbed an object which Witness 2 eventually realized was a human head with blonde hair. Witness 2 could see blood on the head. Witness 2 said the driver left, walking eastbound down the alley.

The criminal complaint also notes that a witness recorded a cell phone video of “part of the murder.” The brutally gruesome and disgustingly graphic video has been shared widely online — much to the irritation of the police. The complaint describes in summary fashion, however, what is sure to be Exhibit A at the defendant’s trial:

The video was taken from inside a residence. Through a window, the suspect can be seen pulling Victim’s body out of the vehicle. The suspect picks up Victim’s head and moves it away from the body. At the end of the video, the suspect is seen reaching into the back seat of the vehicle.

Officers located “an empty, black sheath that appeared to be for a machete-style knife” in a grassy area “a few feet from the crime scene,” the document goes on to indicate. And then they found a few pieces of other key evidence:

In an alley approximately one and a half blocks east of the crime scene, officers found a white shirt, white shoes, and a knife in a recycling bin. The white shoes and white shirt both appear to have blood-like substance on them.

According to the criminal complaint, both the victim and the defendant were known to the police.

Some officers at the crime scene were familiar with Victim and knew her to have a boyfriend—ALEXIS SABORIT, born 3/30/1979 and Defendant herein. The Defendant matched the description of the suspect.

During the search for the suspect, officers observed the Defendant in the area of Shenandoah Parkway and Highway 101. While officers waited for more backup to arrive, the Defendant appeared to notice them watching him. The Defendant changed course and walked north into the Murphy’s Landing parking lot. Officers approached the Defendant and took him into custody.

At the time, the Defendant was wearing black pants which appear to be the same as seen in the video taken at the crime scene. The red underneath his pants was determined to be shorts. The Defendant was wearing a black hoodie.

A third witness told the authorities that he was with both the victim and the defendant at a park about 15 minutes before the slaying occurred.

Witness 3 stated he was with Victim and the Defendant at Memorial Park around approximately 2:15 p.m. that day. He said Victim was trying to convince the Defendant to go to court, so he did not get into trouble. Witness 3 said Victim was upset that the Defendant may get into trouble for missing court, but things seemed fine between the two of them. Witness 3 mentioned that Victim told him the Defendant often carries a machete on him.

The defendant allegedly confessed to the police after they read him his rights. According to the complaint, Saborit said Thayer tried to dump him while he was on his way to to the courthouse for an earlier legal matter that is not fully described in the charging documents. And, despite his own legal history of abuse, Saborit tried to blame Thayer for abusing him. Again, from the court record:

In a post-Miranda statement, the Defendant stated that he and Victim had been dating for several years. The Defendant said they were together earlier in the day and went to the park. The Defendant said they were going to go to his court appearance together. On the way to court, Victim told the Defendant she wanted to get rid of the Defendant and end her relationship with him. The Defendant said he used a knife to kill Victim because she had “gone too far” in her abuse of him and in her comments about ending their relationship.

Another witness eventually came forward to help the police find the alleged murder weapon:

On July 29th, 2021, a known woman, Witness 4 herein, called to report that her dog had found a knife in a garden near the intersection of Spencer Street and 4th Avenue. Officers responded to the area and observed a black handle sticking up from the ground, concealed in a bush. The knife was almost entirely concealed and difficult to see. It appeared as though it had been plunged into the dirt somehow. The knife was a black machete with a partially serrated edge. The blade was covered with blood-like substance and there appeared to be strands of hair on the blade. The knife appears to fit the sheath found at the crime scene.

A second-degree murder conviction in Minnesota carries a possible prison sentence of up to 40 years.

[Image of America Thayer via Facebook, Alexis Saborit via Scott County, Minn. jail booking photo]

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British ‘Cat-Killer’ Stabs At Least 16 Pets

A string of horrific crimes has resulted in the sentencing of 54-year-old Steven Bouquet of Brighton, England.

Known as the “Brighton cat killer,” Bouquet was accused of stabbing 16 cats—nine of which were killed—between October 2018 and June 2019, reported BBC News. According to the news outlet, he denied all 16 of the criminal damage charges leveled against him but was found guilty regardless and sentenced to five years in prison.

The U.K. has several laws in place to protect animals against abuse and cruelty, including the expansive Animal Welfare Act of 2006. However, as explained by the Crown Prosecution Service [CPS], in instances where the defendant is accused of killing or injuring a pet that does not belong to them, they will frequently be charged with “criminal damage,” as Bouquet was. In those cases, the pet “may…be classed as property capable of being ‘damaged or destroyed’ under the terms of the Criminal Damage Act 1971.”

When the cats’ deaths were first reported in 2018, the Sussex Police began to investigate potential foul play. Explained Detective Inspector Chris Thompson in a report on the case: “We needed to determine whether there was human involvement in these cases and submitted two cats for post mortem examinations by a specialist vet at the Royal Veterinary College. It was found that one of the cats had been stabbed by a sharp implement deliberately, but the other had too much surgical intervention to make a definite conclusion.”

“However, there were no witnesses to the savage acts and there was no indication as to who was responsible,” added Thompson.

The case’s “breakthrough” came in May 2019, when Bouquet was eventually caught on camera committing one of his crimes. Stewart Montgomery, whose kitten, Hendrix, was murdered, reportedly spotted a CCTV camera overlooking a trail of blood near his home, left over from the crime. His neighbor had placed the camera there after their cat had been killed the year prior.

The footage is said to show Bouquet petting the cat before allegedly taking something out of his backpack and making a “sudden jerk.” “This is the moment we say that the defendant stabs Hendrix with some force,” explained prosecutor Rowan Jenkins, reported The Guardian.

Additional evidence included a knife with both feline blood and Bouquet’s DNA on it, location tracking that matched his cell phone data with the time and place of several stabbings, and a picture of a dead cat on his phone. The Sussex Police added that “his laptop computer showed that he had repeatedly accessed a website in relation to lost cats in the city, paying particular attention to a cat that was killed.”

Judge Jeremy Gold QC called the killings “cruel,” noting that Bouquet’s spree “was sustained and…struck at the very heart of family life.”

Traumatized pet owners, meanwhile, were glad Bouquet will no longer be able to harm helpless animals.

“I’m pleased his trial is over but I really hope that while he’s serving his time, he is made to get psychiatric help so he never hurts an animal or human for the rest of his life,” explained actor Terry Mynott to The Guardian. “I’ve already lost so it is hard to feel anything toward him. The worst that could happen happened.”

Stateside, similar cases have made headlines in recent weeks. In June, ex-animal rescuer Michelline Toulouse was accused of hoarding at least 50 cats, 10 of which were found already dead, in cruel, unlivable conditions.

Saving Sage Animal Rescue, which was Toulouse’s former employer, took in the cats rescued from her care. Said their president, Gina Vlasek: “It was just the most horrific thing that you could ever imagine. No food, there was urine in the water bowls and at least one of the cats died within the last 12 hours and was eaten halfway down.”

She added: “She had every opportunity not to do this to the animals that she claimed that she loved. This isn’t love, this is selfish.”

3 People Murdered Execution-Style After Stealing $600

Wisconsin authorities investigating a triple-homicide last week in Hamilton have taken two men into custody, and believe a dispute over $600 preceded the fatal violence.

Nya Kou Thao, 33, and Khamthaneth Rattanasack, 41, are accused in the execution-style shootings of Trevor Maloney, 23, and Nemo Yang and Peng Lor, both 24.

The two men were apprehended at separate locations, and at this time, no formal charges have been filed against them.

They are due in court later today.

All three victims were found on July 23, at the entrance to a quarry in Hamilton.

According to La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf, who addressed the media Thursday, the arrests were the result of the “excellent work of numerous investigators” from multiple jurisdictions.a man looking at the camera: Khamthanet Rattanasack and Nya Thao © La Crosse County Jail Khamthanet Rattanasack and Nya Thao

“Investigators worked tirelessly to bring resolution and arrests in the case,” Wolf said. “The agencies cannot be commended enough for the great work they have done and the work yet to take place.”

A witness approached detectives the day after the killings.

criminal complaint, obtained by the La Crosse Tribune, alleges the witness told police she pulled into the Holiday Inn in Onalaska and briefly went inside. When she returned, Thao entered her vehicle, sitting in the back seat on the driver’s side. Yang sat in the front passenger seat, she said.

She was told to follow Rattanasack, who was driving a Mercedes. Upon arriving at the quarry, the witness said Rattanasack ordered the three victims to get on their knees and crawl toward the gate. She said Rattanasack then handed a gun to Thao, who shot all three men multiple times.

She said Rattanasack and Thao left in their vehicles after allowing her to return to her car and leave.

Investigators do not know why the witness’ life was spared.

Police also received what they described as a reliable tip from another witness, who said Rattanasack accused Yang of stealing $600 from him — by using his credit card.

It was unclear Friday if either defendant had a lawyer.

The Terrifying Ice Box Murders

On June 23, 1965. a pair of Houston police officers forced their way into elderly couple Fred and Edwina Rogers’ house after they failed to answer their phone calls for days. Upon entering the home, they found nothing amiss.

That was until they opened the refrigerator door and were greeted with a grisly discovery. In the refrigerator, the officers who were called in to do a simple wellness check found what appears to be several cuts of washed, unwrapped hog meat sitting on the shelves. They still did not think much of the unusual contents until they found the couple’s heads in the vegetable drawer!!

An article from the local newspaper, the Amarillo Globe-Times, published the next day, described the scene. “On all the shelves and in the freezer compartment were their dismembered bodies, cut in unwrapped, washed off pieces smaller than individual joints. The officers realized what they were dealing with after opening the crisper to find two human heads.”

Investigators later concluded that Edwina had been shot in the head, while Fred had been beaten to death with a hammer before both were dragged to the master bathroom, drained of blood, chopped into pieces, and placed in the fridge. “Whoever did this apparently took their time and knew what they were doing,” the medical examiner on the case told the Globe-Times. “The dismembering was a fairly neat job.”

By the next morning, police had focused on just one suspect — the couple’s son, 43-year-old Charles Rogers, a recluse who only communicated with his parents via notes slipped under his bedroom door and was rarely seen by neighbors. The house had been carefully cleaned, but blood was discovered on the keyhole of his bedroom door.

But the police didn’t get the chance to speak with Charles, who, despite a nationwide manhunt, was never seen or heard from again. He was declared legally dead in absentia in 1975.

With Charles, the number one suspect, being declared dead, the case remains open to this day. In 1997 a Houston couple, Hugh and Martha Gardenier began reinvestigating the Ice Box Murders, as they became known—even self-publishing an e-book on the subject. They believe they’ve figured out who did it, and they agree with the original investigators on the case, Charles, of course.

But what was Charles’ motive to dispense of his parents in such a grisly way? The Gardeniers say that Charles was physically and emotionally abused by his parents well into adulthood and that at the end of their lives, they were defrauding him by forging his signature on deeds of land that he owned. 

It was Charles who actually owned the house they all lived in, not his parents, and Edwina had apparently taken out loans on it and pocketed the money. According to the authors, after the murders, Charles escaped to Central America, where he later died.

But the fact that his body was never found and there is not, nor has there ever been any confirmation of his death, means that the murderer disappeared and was free to kill again – and that is what really makes this true crime one of the scariest murders of all time!

Woman’s Body Mistaken as Mannequin – Put in Dumpster by Police

Police and firefighters in Quebec mistakenly threw a woman’s body into a dumpster after they believed her to be a mannequin.

The Sherbrooke Fire Department in Canada received a call from employees of a factory near Roy and Cabana streets on July 23. They reported to emergency services that a mannequin was on fire in a nearby wooded area, and smoke was visible to the factory workers, according to Radio-Canada.

Both police and firefighters responded to the bakery factory, and fire crews extinguished the fire. Officials on the scene thought the burnt woman was a silicon life-size doll or a store mannequin at the time.

“When they arrived, witnesses declared that someone had lit a silicone mannequin on fire,” Sherbrooke Police Chief Danny McConnell said at a Thursday press conference.

The emergency crews discussed briefly what to do with the woman’s body, which they believed at this point was a charred “dummy.” They took the body back to the police station and threw it in the dumpster, believing that to be the best way to dispose of it.

The dumpster was behind the police station and not accessible to the public, according to McConnell.

About four hours after the police responded to the fire, a missing person’s report was filed with the station by the partner of a woman who had disappeared. The police located the woman’s phone signal, which was later found in her car parked near the factory, according to police.

The police recognized the description of the woman in the missing person’s report and with the car being found by the fire, they decided to check the dumpster. The “mannequin” the police and firefighters had thrown into the department’s dumpster was discovered to be the woman’s body around 6:30 p.m.

“We are obviously sorry about this situation and rest assured the family is being advised about every key detail of this investigation,” McConnell said. “Our hearts are with the family, her partner and the kids in this very dramatic situation.”

The coroner has launched an investigation into how the woman died. The Crown Investigation Agency and the Independent Bureau of Investigators [BEI] are independently investigating the incident, while the Sherbrooke police are looking into the case as a suspicious death.

Details about the incident that occurred Friday were just made public nearly a week later, promoting the police and fire chiefs to address the public. Stéphane Simoneau, Sherbrook’s head of the fire department, wanted to clear the “lack of transparency.”

“I’m quite stunned by this news and I can say that my entire team, the entire department, as well as those who were there that day, are in shock,” Simoneau said. “People were overcome by certain emotions, so we have to manage that situation in order to stabilize our teams, psychologically, and that’s what we’ve been doing,”

Flowers were placed in the wooded area where the ground was charred and the woman’s body was first discovered.

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