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A Trail of Rape and Murder over Decades

One morning in July 1974, Anita Andrews, the owner and bartender at Fagiani’s Cocktail Lounge in Napa, California was found dead in her bar–raped, beaten, and stabbed to death in a bloody frenzy. She’d last been seen alive the night before talking to a drifter who sat at the end of the bar, playing cards and flirting with her. But the stranger, along with Anita’s Cadillac, had disappeared. Unable to locate a suspect, police investigators sadly watched the case grow cold over the years.

Meanwhile a month after Anita’s murder, young Michele Wallace, was driving down a road in the mountains near Crested Butte, Colorado, when she gave two stranded motorists, Chuck Matthews and a man named Roy, a ride. Dropping Matthews off at a bar in Gunnison, she agreed to take “Roy” to his truck. She was never seen alive again, nor could a massive search of the mountains locate her remains. The trail leading to her killer also ran into deadends.

Fourteen years later, Charlotte Sauerwin, engaged to be married, met a smooth-talking man at a Laundromat in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. The next evening, her body was found in the woods; she’d been raped, tortured, and her throat slashed. The police suspected her fiance, Vince LeJeune, though he proclaimed his innocence to anyone who would listen. Meanwhile, the man from the Laundromat couldn’t be located.

The three murders would remain unsolved, eating at the hearts, minds and lives of the women’s families, friends and communities. Then in the early 1990s, a rookie Gunnison County sheriff’s investigator named Kathy Young began looking into the Wallace case and identified a suspect named Roy Melanson, a serial rapist from Texas. It would lead her and other investigators looking into murders and rapes in other states to a serial killer who struck again and again with seeming impunity. Smooth Talker: Trail of Death is the story of Melanson, his depredations, and the intrepid police work that went into bringing him to justice not just in Colorado, but California and Louisiana.

Attempted rapist offers surprising ‘thank you’ to victim who fought him off

A man who tried to abduct and rape a 22-year-old stranger as she walked along a Southeast Portland street did the unexpected Friday: He thanked the woman for fighting him off that night.

Just before he was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for the 2016 attack next to the Eastmoreland Golf Course, David Abraham Marcus commended the woman for her courage.

“Your safety, security and perhaps most of all your freedom were put in jeopardy by my selfish, cowardly act,” Marcus said in Multnomah County Circuit Court. “I can imagine how your life was affected in a variety of different ways because of my actions. But it was not your fault.

“I let myself get to the point where I thought it was OK to rape a woman. But you didn’t let me,” he said. “Your strength and your bravery won out. Thank God they did. Thank God that I was weakened

Read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/01/attempted_rapist_offers_a_surp.html

Serial rapist sentenced to 90 years in prison

DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) — A 31-year-old Delaware man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for crimes including rape and attempted murder committed against a number of women.

The Delaware Department of Justice said in a news release Friday that Temourise Taylor of Dagsboro was a serial rapist who would get women into his car, drive them to a secluded location and sexually assault them while threatening to kill them or physically beating them.

He pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and no contest to second-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment, strangulation and terroristic threatening.

The department says Taylor will have to complete sex offender treatment and anger management counseling while in prison.

Read more at: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/serial-rapist-sentenced-to-90-years-in-prison/

Wagner Certified Bail For Accused Sexual Predator While a Bondsman

Gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) is known for owning Penn Waste, one of Pennsylvania’s largest trash companies.  Prior to founding Penn Waste, Wagner spent time as a bail bondsman in York County.  

On December 11, 1984 Wagner signed a certification of bail and discharge for Jeffrey Markey as surety.  Markey was charged with corruption of minors and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.  Part of Wagner’s job was to ensure that Markey showed up for his trial date.  

While he was out on bail on May 30, 1987 Markey is accused of taking a 13-year-old to a park and forcing him onto a bench and performing oral sex on him.  

On November 29, 1990 York County entered a judgement against Markey and Wagner “on forfeited bail bond” for Markey missing his court date.

Read more at: http://www.politicspa.com/wagner-certified-bail-for-accused-sexual-predator-while-a-bondsman/86109/

Pope Feels the Heat for Defense of Alleged Sexual Predator

The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, is wrong, says Juan Carlos Claret, one of the many victims of sexual abuse connected to the case against Chilean priest Fernando Karadima.

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“There are so many testimonies that both the Chilean and the Vatican courts have decided to find the reason for the victims in 2010,” said Claret, a spokesman for Laicos de Osorno. He added that following the Pope’s visit, it was painfully clear that the pontiff was protecting Archbishop Juan Barros, who is accused of aiding and abetting Father Karadima.

“It was confirmed that Pope Francis is defending a bishop who is seriously accused of (covering up) sexual abuse of the greatest pedophile in the history of the Chilean Church,” Claret said.

On his departure from the South American country, the pope finally voiced his opinion on the highly controversial statement, essentially dismissing the

Read more at: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Pope-Feels-the-Heat-for-Defense-of-Alleged-Sexual-Predator-20180119-0013.html

John Worboys: Black cab rapist’s victims to launch own legal challenge to stop release after Government drops efforts

Victims of “black cab rapist” John Worboys have vowed to challenge the Parole Board’s decision to release him, after the Government decided to not to seek a judicial review of the ruling. 

Lawyers acting for women abused by the sex attacker have already raised almost £30,000 through a crowdfunding page. They said that they will launch proceedings next week.

The action was announced hours after Justice Secretary David Gauke said “it would not be appropriate” to seek a judicial review of the Parole Board’s ruling to free Worboys after less than 10 years.

The former taxi driver was convicted in 2009 of 19 offences against 12 victims – including one woman who was raped. He served less than a year for each of his victims. 

Police have however, linked him to more than 100 attacks where female passengers were drugged with spiked champagne and sexually assaulted.

Harriet Wistrich, a solicitor representing victims, said the decision did not weaken their case.

“They are convinced

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/john-worboys-latest-updates-prison-release-black-cab-rapists-judicial-review-legal-challenge-victims-a8168656.html

Authorities search for sexual predator sentenced to life for battery on child

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – A Tallahassee man sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 for four years is wanted by authorities. 

A family’s plea for the capture of a wanted man resulted in over 1,000 shares on Facebook:

Court documents show that on Jan. 10, Brad Milligan was sentenced to life in prison for three counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 years old and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation. 

He was also sentenced to 15 years in prison one count of lewd or lascivious act in the presence of a child under 16 years old. That sentence will be served concurrently with the life sentence. 

Milligan was out on bail pending trial back in Jan. 2017, but failed to appear for trial on January 10, 2018. Despite not being present, Milligan was sentenced and was declared a sexual predator by a circuit judge

Read more at: http://www.wtxl.com/news/authorities-search-for-sexual-predator-sentenced-to-life-for-battery/article_fde18f4e-fd2e-11e7-b873-afe9818a3aba.html

Child rapist sentenced to 90 years

A jury convicted Lamarjrick Malone of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a child under 14 on Jan. 12, 2018. The jury then sentenced Malone to 90 years of confinement. First Assistant District Attorney Will Thompson and Assistant District Attorney Ken Leatherman tried the case in the 13th Judicial District Court.

The jury found that on June 14, 2016, Malone forced himself onto his 7-year-old daughter. This brave young child then called 911 while Malone was in the bathroom after the attack. Even though she was terrified, she still managed to tell the arriving officer what happened to her. The subsequent investigation and DNA analysis found Malone’s semen inside her.

Thompson praised the consummate professionalism of everyone involved in the investigation and prosecution: 911 dispatcher Jordan Bauer, Corsicana Police Officer Joe Aguilar, Det. Michael Dockery, and Forensic interviewer Lydia Bailey. Each of these individuals played a critical role in getting this young child to

Read more at: http://www.corsicanadailysun.com/news/child-rapist-sentenced-to-years/article_78ac001a-fd34-11e7-bdc6-7768f9426b17.html

Sexual predator jailed for 19 years for abusing young girls

A sexual predator who abused two young girls will spend 19 years behind bars.

Jason Bennett Thomas, of Caerhun, Bangor, had denied 11 charges of abusing the girls in offences that took place 16 years apart but was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Thomas, 47, showed no emotion as Judge Huw Rees passed sentence: “You have been found guilty of the most serious sexual offences by a jury.

“You ingratiated yourself into their lives for your own selfish purposes.”

He said Thomas had chosen to deny the offences and had given a “totally lying account” to the jury and forced his victims to give evidence.

Jason Bennett Thomas, 47, of Caerhun, Bangor, at Caernarfon Crown Court

Jason Bennett Thomas, 47, of Caerhun, Bangor, at Caernarfon Crown Court
(Image: David Powell)

The judge told Thomas he must spent 19 years in prison and

Read more at: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/sexual-predator-jailed-19-years-14178194

Pope Francis accuses victims of notorious pedophile of slander

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for his crimes in 2011. A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.

“As if I could have taken a

Read more at: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/19/pope-francis-accuses-victims-of-notorious-pedophile-of-slander

‘Offensive & painful’: Abuse victims slam pope over slander accusations

The pope made the comments on Thursday as he brought his six-day visit to Chile to an end. The trip was seen by many as a bid to revive the church’s credibility in the South American country after a sex scandal in which Bishop Juan Barros was accused of concealing the crimes of the pedophile Reverend Fernando Karadima. Barros has denied the claims.

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Asked about the allegations against Barros, Francis said: “The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak. There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny [defamation]. Is that clear?”

Karadima was first reported to the church in 2002 over allegations he would kiss and fondle his adolescent parishioners in the Chilean capital of Santiago. An official Vatican investigation was launched in 2010 after his victims went public with their

Read more at: https://www.rt.com/news/416401-pope-sex-abuse-cover-up/