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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Amazon 'Hot New Release'


by EPONYMOUS ROX
Subject: True Crime > Mass Murder
Top 50 Category: Criminology
Edition: Kindle eBook - $2.99
(synopsis below)



Killing is just child’s play. A game. In fact, it’s so easy, you can plan it out on a computer, if you’re smart enough. And he is smart. A real genius, they all say: honor student, salutatorian, class vice president. So…what is that magic number then? How many times can he get away with murder?
 
On the outside, the quiet and withdrawn 17-year-old seemed just a harmless high school nerd, preoccupied with technology, money, computer games, and college. But on the inside he was a seething psychopath, conspiring with classmates to massacre his family so he could have a six-digit inheritance all to himself.
 
Meet the wily Wyley Gates, twisted mastermind of an assassin-style program called Infierno, which he used in 1986 to execute a bloodbath so heartless and gruesome it was dubbed “the crime of the century” in upstate New York.
 
DUNGEONS DRAGONS MURDER methodically pieces together physical evidence, autopsy findings, police accounts, trial testimonies, and even the confessions of the killer and his accomplices, to reconstruct the Gates family shootings and the other carefully orchestrated criminal acts designed to lead up to it.
 
Third in the 'Killing Killers' true crime series by Eponymous Rox, this special report reveals a chilling portrait of a remorseless and deeply disturbed mass-murderer set free on a technicality to slay again. And shows why it’s possible that he has killed at least once before the massacre—and since.
 
 
 
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dungeons, Dragons, Murder...


 
DUNGEONS, DRAGONS, MURDER
by EPONYMOUS ROX
Killing is just child’s play. A game. In fact, it’s so easy, you can plan it out on a computer, if you’re smart enough. And he is smart. A real genius, they all say: honor student, salutatorian, class vice president. So…what is that magic number then? How many times can he get away with murder?
On the outside, the quiet and withdrawn 17-year-old seemed just a harmless high school nerd, preoccupied with technology, money, computer games, and college. But on the inside he was a seething psychopath, conspiring with classmates to massacre his family so he could have a six-digit inheritance all to himself.
Meet the wily Wyley Gates, twisted mastermind of an assassin-style program called Infierno, which he used in 1986 to execute a bloodbath so heartless and gruesome it was dubbed “the crime of the century” in upstate New York.
DUNGEONS DRAGONS MURDER methodically pieces together physical evidence, autopsy findings, police accounts, trial testimonies, and even the confessions of the killer and his accomplices, to reconstruct the Gates family shootings and the other carefully orchestrated criminal acts designed to lead up to it.
Third in the Killing Killers true crime series by Eponymous Rox, this special report reveals a chilling portrait of a remorseless and deeply disturbed mass-murderer set free on a technicality to slay again. And shows why it’s possible that he has killed at least once before the massacre—and since.
 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Amy Bishop Trial - Breaking News


Dr. Amy Bishop, the Harvard-educated professor who gunned down three of her colleagues and injured three more at the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 2010, and who pleaded guilty to mass murder earlier this month, has just been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
 
Prosecutors in Massachusetts have been eagerly awaiting the Alabama jury's sentencing decision in order to determine how to next proceed in a trial soon to be calendared there. Bishop must now face justice in that state as well for the shooting death of her 18-year-old brother Seth in 1986.
 
All late-breaking Bishop updates will be posted on this site. Download the complete case profile and analysis of this killer and career criminal, including details of the murder of her brother in Braintree Massachusetts, HERE or HERE

Closure nearing for Huntsville Massacre


BISHOP MASS MURDER TRIAL BEGINS @ 10:00 AM TODAY:  Now that Dr. Amy Bishop has pled guilty to the Huntsville Alabama campus rampage she planned and executed in 2010, she no longer has to fear the death penalty; nor will she be able to bog down Alabama's cash-strapped justice system with proving her insanity defense. Sane or not, doesn't matter anymore. But because she faces, instead, life without parole for slaying three of her fellow biology professors and wounding three more, she must still sit through an abbreviated trial for sentencing purposes. That finally begins today.
 
Whatever the final legal disposition of this contest should be, it's not the last we'll hear from or about The Butcher of Braintree, since she'll also have to face trial in Massachusetts soon for the 1986 murder of her younger brother Seth. Breaking news regarding that matter, and all other Bishop updates, will continue to be posted here on Killing Killers.
 
Have a NookReader? Download my Bishop case study here.
 
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bishop pleads GUILTY


Mass murderer Dr. Amy Bishop The Butcher of Braintree pleaded guilty yesterday to the Huntsville Massacre she planned and executed in February of 2010. This spares victims and their loved ones of a grisly trial which had, after a number of strategic delays, been slated for the 24th of this month. Instead, a brief sentencing trial will take place on this date. Her guilty plea removes the prospect of the death penalty, however.
 
Professor Debra Moriarty, who bravely helped commandeer Dr. Bishop out of the faculty room that day when Bishop's gun jammed, said she was relieved. "I had a horrible dream about the trial last night. I'm glad it's a recognition of the crimes she committed and not trying to get out of something through claiming a mental defect." 
 
The guilty plea and speedy sentencing will now pave the way for Bishop to face trial in Massachusetts for the 1986 murder of her 18-year-old brother Seth. Prosecutors there say they are awaiting the sentencing verdict in the Alabama case in order to decide how they will proceed next.
 
Amy Bishop brutally shot her brother to death in the kitchen of their parents' home in Braintree Massachusetts, fled the scene with the loaded shotgun, attempted a carjacking with it, and refused to disarm and surrender when finally surrounded by police. An apparent coverup then went into play, resulting in her release to her mother only hours later. She was never charged for anything and the record of the event was mysterously removed from law enforcement files soon thereafter. It only resurfaced again because of her apprehension in the Huntsville Alabama slayings almost three decades later. In between these two dates, Bishop committed other serious offenses as well, including assault, for which she also escaped justice virtually unscathed.
 
Bishop butchered three of her fellow biology professors in the 2010 campus rampage and wounded three others, leaving two of them in critical condition and maimed for life. Faced with a death sentence in Alabama for the killings, she had finally pled not guilty by reason of insanity. It is not known if she intends to do the same in Massachusetts.
 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Jury selection begins in Huntsville Massacre


Lawyers for Dr. Amy Bishop, the Butcher of Braintree, are preparing their strategy for selecting sympathetic jurors in her upcoming capital murder trial later this month. Bishop is charged with gunning down her fellow professors at the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 2010 and faces the death penalty in Alabama if convicted.
 
There are two separate phases of the trial that her defense team has to concern themselves with now: presenting the evidence, which for Bishop is quite damning, and the sentencing aspect itself. They're seeking to mitigate the case for capital punishment against their client with an insanity plea, and, thus, hoping to find jurors who are receptive to the alternative of life in prison without parole.
 
Lawyers from both sides are permitted a certain number of strikes when selecting prospective candidates from the jury pool, establishing "cause" for eliminating  those individuals they feel are "incapable of being fair" either because they too strongly favor the death penalty or else are staunchly opposed to it on religious or philosophical grounds.
 
In the end, however, it's typical for jurors with either opposing point of view to be approved and seated, since they're under oath throughout the selection process and have sworn they can consider the facts of the case without bias.
 
But all this pretrial strategizing may prove for naught anyway because, according to Alabama law, a judge is not bound by a jury's sentencing recommendations. And, should this one feel that Bishop's penalty is too harsh or too lenient, they'll simply overrule it and substitute the form of justice they think is most appropriate.
 
A decision which can (and most likely will) be promptly appealed, considering that this is such a high profile case and that Bishop has also been charged with a separate homicide conviction for which she must still stand trial in Massachusetts, where she murdered her teenage bother Seth in 1986.
 
 
 

Friday, August 17, 2012

New Release - True Crime




Killing Killers presents: THE BUTCHER OF BRAINTREE, by Eponymous Rox. Available now at all Amazon kindle stores. Only $1.99 digital download. Murder, mass murder, mayhem, and more.



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Launching new feature at Killing Killers



To keep visitors and readers apprised of Killing Killers ongoing true crime investigations and to allow those who may have tips and/or evidence to submit material for consideration in the related future publications, we've added a new feature to this website: You can now click the CASE QUEUE tab on the menu bar above for sneak peeks and a contact link to get actively involved in crime solving.

Loaded into the queue on 8/14/12 are the unsolved homicides of The Parkway Predator.

Check it out!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"Jack the Pusher"

A DROWNING-MEN  PANDEMIC?


A spate of cold weather river drownings -- 17 in one year alone -- has ignited fears in France that the deaths may be the work of a serial killer. And so certain are French citizens that this is in fact what's happening that they've even named the mystery murderer "Jack the Pusher".

Residents of  the affected cities, towns and villages have also organized massive public protests demanding an official investigation into the matter as well as calling for heightening of security all along their riverbanks.

Police, community leaders, and even bars and restaurants, are also warning young males, who are the exclusive targets for this death-by-drowning scenario, to be on their guard at all times whenever they're out partying now, especially late at night or very early in the morning:

33-year-old John Ani disappeared October 7, 2010 after a night of drinking. His body was found Oct. 11, 2010 in the Deule River. Toxicology testing confirmed alcohol and drugs in his system, according to French media reports.

On Februrary 5th, 26-year-old Thomas Ducroo disappeared while walking home and turned up dead in the same river on the 23rd of February. Toxicology tests also confirmed drugs and alcohol in his body tissues.

And, on February 21st, Jean-Meriadec Le Tarnec, age 22, also mysteriously vanished. Rescue divers located his body in the Deule River on Feb. 25th. Toxicology results are still pending.

In 2011, nearly 1000 protesters marched along the riverbanks in Lille France demanding answers in these troubling deaths. Autopsies concluded they all were accidental drownings, but family members and friends of the victims totally disbelieve it.

Posters in the town of Lille now warn students to watch out for a killer nicknamed "Jack the Pusher."

Attorney Laura Robinson, a 28-year-old Californian who's younger brother now resides in Lille, said the issue is a very curious one indeed, "because the victims all left nightclubs in the center of the old part of town, but their bodies were found in the Deule River near a wooded area on the outskirts of the city."

She added that repeated police rulings of 'no foul play' in these drownings "doesn't make sense" because "after falling into a river and possibly landing on rocks, there must be bruises and cuts present on the bodies."

But, as with similar drowning in the northern US,  there aren't...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Missing/Drowned in 2012

More Serial Drownings, Or More Serial Murders?

The following are just a few new cases for this year that I'm still tracking and/or waiting on toxicology reports for, but which aren't included in my special investigatory report THE CASE OF THE DROWNING MEN:



1. Honor student Eric Duffey briefly spent the eve of his twenty-first birthday at a bar in Stevens Point Wisconsin in the company of his many classmates and friends. He left that establishment relatively early--and alone--because he had plans to meet his family the very next morning. They were coming into town to celebrate the special occasion with him.

But Duffey never made it home that night. Instead, his drowned body was discovered days later in a location which was in the opposite direction from where he had been headed:

"Preliminary autopsy reports show a 21-year-old University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student died earlier this month from accidental drowning.  Eric Duffey went missing March 3 after leaving Joe's Bar in Stevens Point. His body was found March 5 in the Wisconsin River. The Stevens Point Journal reports Portage County Coroner Scott Rifleman released the preliminary autopsy results Friday."

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2. Boston College honor student Franco Garcia quickly stepped out of a local bar he'd been attending with his friends so that he could withdraw some funds from an ATM machine. He would be right back, he texted to them from just around the corner."Don't leave without me."

But, ultimately, those friends had to do just that, because Garcia never returned from his errand. His corpse was discovered many weeks later in the nearby reservoir, a place which had already been exhaustively searched by authorities and dive teams at least a half a dozen times, or more...

"The Boston College student whose body was recovered yesterday in Chestnut Hill Reservoir, seven weeks after he went missing upon leaving a nearby bar, died of an apparent accidental drowning. Officials said 21-year-old Franco Garcia's preliminary autopsy indicated that 'there are no signs of foul play. Everything is consistent with accidental drowning.' But Justin Billard, a private investigator working for the family, questioned how Garcia could have fallen down the gently sloped wall of granite blocks that line the inside of the reservoir, considering there was no ice on the warm night of Feb. 22 when the student disappeared."  There were no signs of injury on Garcia, and water in his sinus cavity."

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3. Pre-Med student Colin Gillis, 18 of Tupper Lake New York, had returned home in early March to visit with his parents and friends during school break. He was last observed walking to his residence after attending a party several miles away...but he never made it back to his family. An exhaustive search of a massive area involving every local authority imaginable, including military personnel (and equipment) from the nearby training base has yielded no results except, according to rumor, one of his shoes and his driver's license, items allegedly found placed at the side of the highway. Colin Gillis is still missing and unaccounted for today...

"More than 1,000 volunteers have contributed so far to the search for missing Tupper Lake teenager Colin Gillis. State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger Capt. John Streiff said that that means 10,000 hours have been spent by volunteers searching the woods. Gillis, 18, had just returned home on spring break from SUNY Brockport when he went missing after leaving a party on foot early Sunday morning. It's believed he was last seen on the side of the road near the line between Franklin and St. Lawrence counties, where Tupper Lake and Piercefield meet. Anyone with any information that might help find Gillis is asked to call State Police at 518-897-2000."

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4. Recent Harvard Business School grad, Nathan Bihlmaier, was celebrating in Maine with his buddies in advance of their pending graduation ceremonies at Harvard, when he was mysteriously booted from the bar they were drinking at. Bihlmaier went missing shortly thereafter and an all out search was launched the next day for him when he did not return to the hotel situated across the street from the pub. A few days later, police divers fished his body out of the nearby harbor. Thirty-year-old Nathan Bilhmaier was married and the couple was expecting their first baby. He was also a highly-skilled swimmer and a certified lifeguard in his youth...


"The account given by the security manager at Ri Ra Irish Pub who told Nathan Bihlmaier to leave the bar shortly before he drowned in nearby Portland Harbor is not supported by videotape from the bar, police said Friday. After being ejected from the establishment, Bihlmaier got separated from his friends. He last spoke with them at 12:15 a.m. Sunday and then his cellphone went dead at 12:54 a.m. His body was found on Tuesday in deep water alongside Custom House Wharf. Police said the security video from the Ri Ra Pub shows the bouncer escorting Bihlmaier from the bar and returning 28 seconds later, which is inconsistent with 'walking a block and a half with Bihlmaier' and trying "to get him into a cab'. The video does not show the two outside the bar, and police still don't know where the vicitm was the prior 90 minutes before his phone went dead."