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December 27, 2007

No New Trial for Donald Blom

He’s guilty as hell, a sadistic killer and possibly a serial killer as well — so should it matter that he didn’t get a fair trial?

December 12, 2007

A Tale of Two Girlfriends

Why the Death Penalty Does Matter (Even in New Jersey and California)

December 11, 2007

Safer Malls

Filed under: Bill Bickel, Crimeweek, murders, Nebraska, Omaha, security, shopping malls, Westroads Mall — Cidu Bill @ 6:34 am

Omaha’s Westroads Mall, where a 19-year-old went on a shooting spree Wednesday killing eight people (and then himself), reopened Saturday morning with “increased security.”

They didn’t specify what this “increased security” entailed; but realistically, what could they do — and for that matter, does anything need to be done at all?

I’m interested in your comments, but not here: I’m toying with the idea of moving the crime site to a blog format similar to this one, so please pop over to the new Crimeweek site (there’s also a place for feedback about the site itself).

December 6, 2007

Where is Stacy Peterson?

Filed under: Bill Bickel, crime, Drew Peterson, evidence, missing women, murders, Stacy Peterson — Cidu Bill @ 11:13 pm

November 19, 2007

Weird World of Crime

November 18, 2007

The Disappearance of Stacy Peterson: Some Semi-Rhetorical Questions

Stacy PetersonOctober 29, Drew Peterson reported his wife Stacy missing. She is his fourth wife. His third wife died under suspicious circumstances; and Stacy’s disappearance led authorities to exhume the ex-wife’s body, and Friday’s autopsy revealed that her “accidental” drowning was, indeed, murder.

Now, let’s assume for a moment that Peterson killed both women: What is the thought process by which, having gotten away with one murder, you would risk a second one when even the mere suspicion of the second murder would probably lead to the exhumation of the first body (right now, it might be easier to prosecute him for killing his ex-wife than for killing Stacy, because there’s physical evidence)? Stupidity? Peterson’s a police sergeant: He knows how investigations work. Arrogance and a sense of invincibility? Even O.J. Simpson waited until after he was acquitted and immune from further criminal prosecution before breaking the law (again) in any major way. (more…)

November 14, 2007

The Coin Toss

In Virginia, Judge James Michael Shull was faced with of two divorced parents, each wanting custody of their child for Christmas. Since there was no compelling reason to choose one parent over the other, Judge Shull tossed a coin. The Virginia Supreme Court ruled last week that Judge Shull “failed to uphold the dignity of the judiciary,” and removed him from the bench: a rather draconian punishment, given the behavior of some judges who are allowed to keep their gavels and robes (such as Philadelphia judge Teresa Carr Deni, appointed to another 6-year term earlier this month, despite her decision last month to downgrade the alleged at-gunpoint rape of a prostitute to a “theft of services” charge).

And exactly how should Judge Shull have resolved this issue? This was the proverbial coin-toss decision, which made tossing a coin rather appropriate. Would the Virginia Supreme Court have preferred he ask for a sword and suggest a more Solomonic solution?

October 9, 2007

McStrip Search

October 8, 2007

Weird World of Crime (October Edition)

September 18, 2007

Why Fred Goldman Must Be Smiling Now

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All that sports memorabilia O.J. Simpson allegedly tried to steal at gunpoint last week, claiming it was legally his… whether or not Simpson is found guilty, any of the memorabilia that turns out to have been legally owned by Simpson… will get handed over to the Goldmans.

And the publicity generated by the robbery couldn’t not have increased sales of the book (as of Tuesday morning, it’s the #2 best seller at Amazon.com).

  • If Who Did It (September 17): Okay, what’s the weirdest thing about last week’s release of O.J. Simpson’s hypothetical double-murder confession (as if this whole affair needed any more weirdness)? No mention of Simpson’s name on the cover. It’s a confession without a confessor.Or even worse than no confessor: Amazon.com is marketing the book as “If I Did It by the Goldman Family”.
  • September 6
    Barnes and Noble decides to carry O.J.’s book after all, and Lisa Nowak will try an insanity defense (article)
  • August 14
    O.J. Simpson’s hypothetical double murder confession, the rights to which are now owned by the family of murder victim Ron Goldman, has been contracted to a publisher [updated article].
  • July 30
    So… Now that the rights are owned by Ron Goldman’s father, who plans to rename it Confessions of a Double Murderer, is anybody more inclined to read the thing? And will it become the best-seller HarperCollins originally expected it to be? [article]

August 24, 2007

9-Year-Old Jessica Lunsford’s Killer Sentenced to Death (OT)

August 7, 2007

A Nice Place to Visit, But… (OT)

Filed under: Bill Bickel, crime, Crimeweek, foreclosures, murders, real estate, Stephen Grant, Tara Grant — Cidu Bill @ 12:32 am

Last month, dozens of people came to visit Stephen Grant’s Michigan home, on display in advance of a foreclosure sale (the bank had taken over the home because Stephen hadn’t made any payments since February, when he allegedly dismembered his wife Tara, hid her torso in the garage and other parts of her body nearby, then reported her missing) — but when it came time to place a bid on the house, nobody was interested.

The home was listed at just over $220,000, more than $45,000 below its appraised value. A local real estate agent says he doubts a house with this history could sell for more than $150,000.

So I’m going to throw out a question here: What sort of discount would it take for you to buy a home that was the site of a recent, gory, highly-publicized murder?

Additional information and the rest of Monday’s Crimeweek column

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