June 10, 2008
A car abandoned that is registered to a hedge-fund swindler who was supposed to report to federal prison was found on the Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson River, near West Point and about 40 miles north of New York City. On its hood, etched into the dust and pollen, were the words “Suicide is Painless,” the name of the theme of the classic “MASH” television show. The song was sung during the original movie. The car, a 2006 GMC Envoy, was registered to Samuel Israel III of Armonk.
Investigator Bruce Cuccia said suicide has not been established, no corpse has been found and no one saw a suicide jump. As a result, the FBI has joined the investigation and a search is under way.
No other note was found, Cuccia said. The police have not been able to reach Israel, in part due to the fact that no home telephone number was listed for him.
Israel had been sentenced in April to 20 years in federal prison for illegally getting investors to put more than $450 million into now-collapsed hedge funds and was ordered to pay back $300 million to his victim-investors.
Judge Colleen McMahon called him the mastermind of the scheme and said the prison term was meant to show that “people who commit crimes while wearing a tie do not get a break”, and set Monday as the deadline for Israel to surrender at the federal prison in Ayer, Mass at 2 p.m. State police aircraft and boats from the Westchester and Rockland county police searched the Hudson River and the boats resumed the search Tuesday morning. No sign of him so far.
May 28, 2008
Michel Fourniret, 66, was given the maximum sentence by the jury in northeast France having been accused of seeking young virgins to rape and kill. He was sentenced to life in prison, and he cannot be considered for parole before serving 30 years behind bars. His wife, Monique Olivier, 59, also was convicted of complicity in four of the murders and sentenced to life in prison, too. At least 28 years must be served before she can be considered for early release.
The verdict closes a two-month trial that shocked France and neighboring Belgium, the location of one of the murders. All aged 12 to 21, the victims were strangled, shot or stabbed with a screwdriver between 1987 and 2001. These acts, according to prosecutors, were done in an effort to feed Fourniret’s obsession for virgins. Fourniret also was convicted of kidnapping and rape (or attempted rape) of all seven victims.
May 22, 2008
Apparently, an effort at fairness, justice, and responsibility has been made in the trial of a police office, Arthur Tesler. The Atlanta police officer has been sentenced to 4 years and six months in prison, six months of probation, and 450 hours of community service for lying to investigators after a drug raid ended in the death of a 92-year-old woman.
Kathryn Johnston died in a storm of bullets when raiding narcotics officers burst into her northwest Atlanta home on November 21, 2006, using a special no-knock warrant to search for drugs. Perhaps, this will serve as a reason to adjust this policy.
Tesler was convicted Tuesday of making false statements and was the only officer to go to trial.
April 30, 2008
In Catlettsburg, KY, a man wrapped his head in duct tape to hiide his identity, and then he robbed a liquor store. He pled guilty to second-degree robbery on Tuesday.
Under terms of a plea agreement, 25-year-old Kasey G. Kazee was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence.
According to police, Kazee went to an Ashland liquor store on August 10th, 2007 with his entire head, except for openings at his eyes and mouth, wrapped in duct tape.
Kazee told a cashier that he had a knife, threatened to harm her if she didn’t give him the money from the cash register, but never actually showed the knife, police said. The worker did as he instructed, and the man left.
Before the “Duct Tape Bandit” could make his getaway, another store employee tackled him in the parking lot, police said. The employee and several other men who came from another store held the suspect until law enforcement arrived.