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Alarmed neighbours twice called police to kidnap home but say officers never went in
Police are today facing questions over their handling of the case of three women discovered in a Cleveland house after neighbors revealed a string of horror stories about the property.
One neighbor says a naked woman was seen crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard of the house a few years ago. Another neighbor says he heard pounding on the doors and noticed plastic bags over the windows.
Police showed up at the house both times, the neighbors say, but never went inside.
Now, after three women who vanished separately about a decade ago were rescued from the peeling, rundown house Monday in a discovery that exhilarated and astonished the city, Cleveland police are conducting an internal review to see if they overlooked anything.
“In one alleged act of retaliation, two officers delivered a fierce beating to a prisoner who earlier had spoken to an ACLU representative on the block, “hitting him repeatedly in the face and knees with a flashlight” (he later received stitches on both sides of his face) before pepper-spraying him and throwing him down a flight of stairs. As the man lay bleeding, one of the deputies allegedly called out, “‘You fucking whiners, tell this to the ACLU, I dare you.’”
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“Help me, I’m Amanda Berry.”
With one frantic 911 call on Monday evening, three women missing for years were found in a Cleveland house where they had been held against their will by three brothers, police in Ohio said.
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“She’s trying to manipulate you.”
That’s what the prosecutor told the jury Thursday, as closing arguments began in the most watched murder trial of the year: the Jodi Arias case. It’s been going on for 17 weeks, with a made-for-TV mix of kinky sex, horrifying violence, and, at the center of it all, a slight, soft-spoken defendant who admits she killed her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
The question for jurors is: Why?
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A man shot himself to death Thursday at the main Houston airport after firing into the air with an assault rifle, witnesses and law enforcement sources told NBC News.
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Kriss Kross Rapper Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly Dead at 34.
Chris Kelly, member of nineties rap duo Kris Kross, is dead, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to the Huffington Post. Kelly was 34.
The Medical Examiner’s Office said it could not provide more details about the circumstances of his death at this time.
Unnamed sources told CBS Atlanta that Kelly was found dead at his Atlanta home.
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Criminologist Adrian Raine on what the fact that he has a brain scan similar to that of serial killer Randy Kraft (above) says to him:
It makes you wonder, you know, what put me on one side of the bars in those four years in top security prison when I was interviewing someone when maybe with a different life course and other factors in my life it could have flipped just the other way around? I’ve got a low resting heart rate. I’m a bit of a stimulation seeker and, yes, I’ve got a brain scan like a serial killer. I had poor nutrition as a kid. … What stopped me [from] becoming a killer, for example, or becoming a violent offender? I was anti-social from the age of 9 to 11. I was in a gang, smoking cigarettes, setting fire to mail, letting car tires down. …
But I’ve been intrigued: why didn’t I stay on that pathway? And it’s an area that we need to do so much more on: protective factors. What protects some people who have some of the risk factors from actually becoming an offender? I think in my life, for example, I had parents who sort of loved me. I always felt loved. There was always a roof over my head. There was always a secure environment. And I got on with my brothers and sisters. You know, and maybe that’s the critical ingredient: some love.”
Three taken into custody, including Dias Kadyrbayev (shown right, with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev), are suspected of removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the attack, sources said Wednesday.