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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.

Dangerous sexual predator found on popular app

Authorities say parents need to keep a very close eye on what mobile apps their children are using after an alleged sexual predator from Biloxi’s arrest. Police say the messenger app the Biloxi man had a profile on is not an uncommon gateway for dangerous pedophiles.

Forty-three year-old Kristopher Thomas of Biloxi is behind bars. Police say he was arrested before completing his plans to have sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl, that’s how old Gulfport mother Analyn O’Dell’s daughter is. “Distributed with this situation. I want my child to be safe.”

According to authorities, Thomas has a past with having sexual relations with minors, first meeting them online and using popular mobile apps to message kids on. O’Dell says she’s very familiar with the dangers of apps that allow users to message through. “I keep telling her not to communicate with strangers that you don’t know. Only friends and some classmates,

Read more at: http://www.stltoday.com/news/world/dangerous-sexual-predator-found-on-popular-app/html_b1874b4a-4675-559e-b2a4-12f68a2ba9ee.html

Pope Francis: No pardons possible for pedophile priests

If this statement sounds a little late in coming, Pope Francis agrees. The pontiff told  commission fighting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church that the leadership “arrived late” to the issue, and that he’s had to learn the hard way that pedophilia and sexual predators cannot be pardoned. Francis admitted that he’d made a mistake in 2014 with a clemency action early in his pontificate, and that it would never happen again:

Pope Francis, in some of his most candid and personal comments on the sexual abuse of children by priests, said on Thursday that the Catholic Church had “arrived late” in dealing with the problem.

Francis, speaking in unscripted remarks to a commission advising him on how to root out sexual abuse, also acknowledged that early in his papacy he had made one bad call in being too lenient with an Italian priest who later went on to abuse again.

He

Read more at: https://hotair.com/archives/2017/09/21/pope-francis-no-pardons-possible-pedophile-priests/

Child rapist Richard Miller denies needing monitoring on his release

A Napier man convicted of sex crimes against young girls is arguing against intensive monitoring when he’s released back into the community.

Richard Miller, 55, will have served his full sentence of nine years and nine months’ imprisonment next month, after being convicted of raping and sexually abusing four young girls between 1990 and 2008.

Miller has never admitted his offending and has also claimed collusion between the victims, their families and the police.

Today at the High Court in Wellington, Miller’s lawyer Matthew Phelps said they weren’t arguing against an extended supervision order for when Miller was released back into the community. But they didn’t agree with the length of the order or the intensive monitoring conditions.

“It is unnecessary in the circumstances of the case.”

However, a Department of Corrections psychologist, whom the Herald is

Read more at: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11925271

Yucaipa sexual predator nabbed after sending nude photos to … – KABC

Yucaipa police nabbed a sexual predator who sent nude photos of himself to investigators pretending to be a 13-year-old boy on a social media site, authorities said.

Detectives were conducting an investigation in which they pretended to be a 13-year-old boy on a social media site.

During this investigation, authorities discovered that 22-year-old Armando Vergara of Yucaipa was utilizing the same site.

Vergara sent nude photos of himself to the decoy, fully knowing the decoy’s age, detectives said.

Vergara then proceeded to make arrangements to meet the decoy at a specific location in Yucaipa to perform various sexual acts with the decoy, according to investigators.

On Wednesday, police officers located Vergara in Yucaipa and interviewed him. Vergara was arrested on suspicion of sending harmful matter to a minor and arranging to meet a minor for sexual acts.

He was booked into the Central Detention Center, where he was being held on $50,000 bail. Early Thursday morning,

Read more at: http://abc7.com/yucaipa-predator-nabbed-after-sending-nude-photos-to-police-decoy/2439628/

Yucaipa sexual predator nabbed after sending nude photos to police decoy – KABC

Yucaipa police nabbed a sexual predator who sent nude photos of himself to investigators pretending to be a 13-year-old boy on a social media site, authorities said.

Detectives were conducting an investigation in which they pretended to be a 13-year-old boy on a social media site.

During this investigation, authorities discovered that 22-year-old Armando Vergara of Yucaipa was utilizing the same site.

Vergara sent nude photos of himself to the decoy, fully knowing the decoy’s age, detectives said.

Vergara then proceeded to make arrangements to meet the decoy at a specific location in Yucaipa to perform various sexual acts with the decoy, according to investigators.

On Wednesday, police officers located Vergara in Yucaipa and interviewed him. Vergara was arrested on suspicion of sending harmful matter to a minor and arranging to meet a minor for sexual acts.

He was booked into the Central Detention Center, where he was being held on $50,000 bail. Early Thursday morning,

Read more at: http://abc7.com/yucaipa-predator-nabbed-after-sending-nude-photos-to-police-decoy/2439628/

Cape Town serial rapist receives life sentence – eNCA

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape High Court on Thursday sentenced Cape Town serial rapist, 31-year-old Ayanda Ndziweni, to life behind bars and 115 years.

The sentences will run concurrently and in addition, Ndziweni’s name will be added to the national sex offenders register. Ndziweni terrorised women in the Kraaifontein area between 2011 and 2014. Last month, he pleaded guilty to a range of charges which included five counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, two counts of kidnapping, three counts of sexual assault, three counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, one count of attempted robbery and one count of compelling children to witness sexual offences.

READ: Man sentenced to over 300 years imprisonment for rape

Acting judge Deidre Kusevitsky, in her sentence, described the trauma and terror experienced by the youngest victim who was just 13-years-old when she was attacked

“The accused took her to the other side of the

Read more at: http://www.enca.com/south-africa/cape-town-serial-rapist-gets-life-and-115-years-behind-bars

Cape Town serial rapist receives life sentence

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape High Court on Thursday sentenced Cape Town serial rapist, 31-year-old Ayanda Ndziweni, to life behind bars and 115 years.

The sentences will run concurrently and in addition, Ndziweni’s name will be added to the national sex offenders register. Ndziweni terrorised women in the Kraaifontein area between 2011 and 2014. Last month, he pleaded guilty to a range of charges which included five counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, two counts of kidnapping, three counts of sexual assault, three counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, one count of attempted robbery and one count of compelling children to witness sexual offences.

READ: Man sentenced to over 300 years imprisonment for rape

Acting judge Deidre Kusevitsky, in her sentence, described the trauma and terror experienced by the youngest victim who was just 13-years-old when she was attacked

“The accused took her to the other side of the

Read more at: http://www.enca.com/south-africa/cape-town-serial-rapist-gets-life-and-115-years-behind-bars

Pope Francis admits Church was ‘a bit late’ in confronting pedophile priests

Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice of moving pedophiles around rather than sanctioning them was to blame.

Francis met Thursday for the first time with his sex abuse advisory commission, a group of outside experts named in 2014 to advise him and the Catholic Church on best practices to keep pedophiles out of the priesthood and protect children.

In his prepared remarks, Francis promised to respond with the “firmest measures possible” against sex abusers. He said bishops and religious superiors bore “primary responsibility” for keeping their flocks safe from abusive priests and would be held accountable if they are negligent.

But Francis also spoke off-the-cuff, admitting that the church’s response to the scandal was slow. Indeed, the Vatican for decades turned a blind eye to the problem and local

Read more at: https://www.dailysabah.com/world/2017/09/21/pope-francis-admits-church-was-a-bit-late-in-confronting-pedophile-priests

On local screens the week of Sept. 21-27

There may be an additional fee for 3-D and IMAX.

Accessibility devices are available for some movies at Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 IMAX.

Movie times are subject to change after press time. Check the daily newspaper or bendbulletin.com for the most current movie times.

Heads Up

“Chasing Coral” — This Sundance Film Festival winner follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists who set out on an ocean adventure to discover why coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. This film screens at 6 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend. Suggested $5 donation, students free with ID. 93 minutes. (No MPAA rating)

There may be

Read more at: http://www.bendbulletin.com/entertainment/go/5611440-151/on-local-screens-the-week-of-sept-21-27