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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.

Seven life terms for Galeshewe serial rapist

Julies was this week found guilty of 34 charges of a sexual nature, ranging from the rape of minor girls to rape with aggravating circumstances and attempted rape, committed in various towns in the Northern Cape and the North West over a period of more than four years.

The rapes took place in Galeshewe, Ritchie, Olifantshoek, Upington, Kathu, Kuruman, Postmasburg, Pampierstad and Mahikeng from August 2011 until Julies’ arrest on February 22 2015.

During this time, Julies travelled roughly 3 210 kilometres between different towns, where he raped his victims as he “criss-crossed the country and spun his spider web while running as a fugitive from justice”.

The accused targeted his victims in isolated areas and threatened to kill them, beat them up and raped them.

The female victims are between the ages of 13 and 23.

Kgomo, during Thursday’s historic sentencing, highlighted the “nightmares” that Julies’ victims had to endure

Read more at: http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/seven-life-terms-for-galeshewe-serial-rapist-9353208

Catholic school teacher ‘threatened to expose colleague’s abortion’

A Catholic school teacher, accused of rape, has admitted in a Queensland court he threatened to expose a colleague’s planned abortion, but claims it was only a bid to save his unborn child.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape and gave evidence at the Southport District Court on Thursday.

He said he threatened to send an email to the staff and parents of the school where the couple worked if the woman went through with a planned abortion.

She did not have the abortion at that time but did undergo the procedure in December 2013 without the man’s knowledge.

A school teacher accused of paring a colleague once threatnening to expose her. Photo: AAP

It is alleged the man later

Read more at: https://au.news.yahoo.com/qld/a/35649040/accused-catholic-school-teacher-rapist-claimed-he-threatened-to-expose-alleged-victims-abortion/

Convicted metro Detroit serial rapist receives 50-88 years, tells judge ‘f— you’

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Ikeie Smith, 33, convicted of nearly three dozen rape and home invasion cases across metro Detroit.

– A man who faced nearly three dozen rape and home invasion charges across metro Detroit was sentenced Thursday to 55-80 years.

Ikeie Smith, 33, was charged for crimes dating back to 2011 in at least five metro Detroit cities, including Allen Park, Dearborn, Garden City and Redford Township.

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No one will give this sexual predator a home. One option offers a fresh set of problems

A Superior Court judge learned Thursday that no one has come forward to rent a home to Fresno sexual violent predator Jeffrey Snyder ever since his last potential residence was destroyed by fire five months ago in Squaw Valley.

Because it’s been difficult to find Snyder a home, defense lawyer Curtis Sok suggested for the first time in Fresno County Superior Court that Snyder could be housed temporarily in a motel until a permanent residence can be found for him.

But Judge Gary Hoff said he was not ready to entertain the idea until authorities come up with a plan to strictly monitor Snyder if released to a motel.

Court records say Jeffrey Snyder, now 61, began molesting boys, nearly 10 of them, starting in 1979, causing him to live most of his life behind bars.

Court records say Snyder, now 61, began molesting boys, nearly 10 of them, starting in

Read more at: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article152661899.html

Upland police search for young sexual predator targeting women in workout clothes – KABC

Upland police are looking for a sexual predator, and investigators say the suspect could be as young as 13 years old.

Officials said the suspect has been involved in five incidents in the shopping center on the 1600 block of North Mountain Avenue.

According to investigators, the suspect grabbed the victims by the buttocks or hips. He appeared to target women in their 30s who were wearing workout clothing or yoga-type pants.

The suspect did not say anything to the victims during the assaults. In each case, he ran away to a BMX-style bicycle and fled the area.

The suspect was described as a white or Latino male between 13 and 18 years old, standing at around 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slim build. His BMX-style bicycle is black and has a rear reflector on the back.

The suspect’s clothing has varied during the incidents, but officials said he was wearing a camouflage

Read more at: http://abc7.com/news/upland-police-search-for-young-sexual-predator/2036217/

ICE arrests nearly 190 immigrants in Southern California, including convicted rapist



U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested nearly 190 people in Southern California in a five-day operation that targeted “public safety threats,” including criminal foreign nationals, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives, authorities announced Thursday.

About 90 percent — 169 of the 188 people — arrested in the six-county enforcement operation that ended Wednesday had prior criminal convictions, the agency said. Among them were 15 people convicted of sex crimes, including a convicted rapist, a previously deported cocaine trafficker, and two people convicted of cruelty to a child.

“It’s a win for us and now we’ve taken these convicted criminals off

Read more at: http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170525/ice-arrests-nearly-190-immigrants-in-southern-california-including-convicted-rapist

Serial rapist gets 7 life sentences and 373 years imprisonment | IOL

Kock said the rapes took place in various areas including Galeshewe, Ritchie, Olifantshoek, Upington, Kathu, Kuruman, Postmasburg, Pampierstad and Mafikeng from August 2011 until February 2015.

“The last offences were committed about a month before his arrest on January 23, 2015. The accused brutally raped all the victims targeting them in isolated areas, and threatened to kill them, beat them up and forcefully penetrated them without their consent,” Kock said.

Julies’s victims were between the ages of 13 and 23 years old. Julies was also recorded in the register of sex offenders.

Read more at: http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/northern-cape/serial-rapist-gets-7-life-sentences-and-373-years-imprisonment-9344835

Serial rapist gets 7 life sentences and 373 years imprisonment

Kock said the rapes took place in various areas including Galeshewe, Ritchie, Olifantshoek, Upington, Kathu, Kuruman, Postmasburg, Pampierstad and Mafikeng from August 2011 until February 2015.

“The last offences were committed about a month before his arrest on January 23, 2015. The accused brutally raped all the victims targeting them in isolated areas, and threatened to kill them, beat them up and forcefully penetrated them without their consent,” Kock said.

Julies’s victims were between the ages of 13 and 23 years old. Julies was also recorded in the register of sex offenders.

Read more at: http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/northern-cape/serial-rapist-gets-7-life-sentences-and-373-years-imprisonment-9344835

Convicted rapist charged in 1987 Richmond rape – Palladium

A man convicted of rapes in Ohio and Florida has been brought to Wayne County to face charges stemming from a 1987 rape in Richmond.

Richard Dennis Gwinn, 64, was transferred Wednesday from the Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, Ohio, to the Wayne County Jail. He is charged with two Class A felony rape counts, one for threatening deadly force and one for being armed with a deadly weapon.

Since 1990, Gwinn has been serving a sentence of 15 to 125 years, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction online records. He was convicted of two rapes and two aggravated burglaries in Auglaize County, rape in Shelby County, rape and aggravated burglary in Hamilton County and rape in Clark County. His next parole hearing is scheduled for April 2020. 

In January 2014, Gwinn was also convicted of

Read more at: http://www.pal-item.com/story/news/crime/2017/05/25/convicted-rapist-charged-1987-richmond-rape/346040001/

Convicted metro Detroit serial rapist recieves 50-88 years, tells judge ‘f— you’

– A man who faced nearly three dozen rape and home invasion charges across metro Detroit was sentenced Thursday to 55-80 years.

Ikeie Smith, 33, was charged for crimes dating back to 2011 in at least five metro Detroit cities, including Allen Park, Dearborn, Garden City and Redford Township.

His trial ended early on May 1 when Smith decided to plead guilty to all the charges, leading to his sentencing Thursday. The prosecution and defense both had opportunities to suggest sentences to the judge, then the judge spent a lengthy amount of time reading through his sentences for each of the nearly three dozen charges.

After the judge was finished and the sentences issued, Smith was taken away — but not before looking at the judge and saying, “f— you.”

FOX 2 was able to find his cases in Wayne County Circuit Court records, but the sentences for each charge

Read more at: http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/256930033-story