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John Wayne Gacy ‘victim’ found alive 40 years after presumed death in killer clown case
A man presumed dead for decades as a potential victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been reunited with his family after investigators found him alive and well in Montana.
Robert Hutton was located in April after his sister submitted his name as a possible Gacy victim, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Thursday. Investigators in Dart’s office collected DNA samples two years ago from the remains of eight unnamed victims in an effort to identify them.
Hutton was last heard from in 1972, when he told his mother he was travelling from New York to California. Hutton presumably passed through Chicago, where Gacy lived; Hutton fit the profile of a Gacy victim; and it was the year Gacy killed his first known victims. (File)

John Wayne Gacy ‘victim’ found alive 40 years after presumed death in killer clown case

A man presumed dead for decades as a potential victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been reunited with his family after investigators found him alive and well in Montana.

Robert Hutton was located in April after his sister submitted his name as a possible Gacy victim, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Thursday. Investigators in Dart’s office collected DNA samples two years ago from the remains of eight unnamed victims in an effort to identify them.

Hutton was last heard from in 1972, when he told his mother he was travelling from New York to California. Hutton presumably passed through Chicago, where Gacy lived; Hutton fit the profile of a Gacy victim; and it was the year Gacy killed his first known victims. (File)

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Teen would-be burglars convicted of felony murder receive ‘extreme’ 50-year sentences for ‘crimes they didn’t commit’
They were five young men with time on their hands, but the attempted burglary in Elkhart, Ind., turned into the equivalent of life sentences for four of the teens and death for the fifth.
That’s because of Indiana’s felony murder law, which comes into play when anyone is killed during commission of a crime, such as burglary or rape.
In the Elkhart case, the dead man was Danzele Johnson, 21, one of the would-be burglars, shot by Rodney Scott, owner of the house they were trying to rob. He has not been charged with any crime.
Last month, Elkhart Circuit Judge Terry Shewmaker in Goshen, Ind., sentenced Blake Layman, 16 at the time, and Anthony Sharp, 18, to 55 years and Levi Sparks, 17, to half a century behind bars.
Sparks did not enter the house as he was standing on guard. The fourth accused, Jose Quiroz, 16 at the time, got 45 years even though he pleaded guilty.

Teen would-be burglars convicted of felony murder receive ‘extreme’ 50-year sentences for ‘crimes they didn’t commit’

They were five young men with time on their hands, but the attempted burglary in Elkhart, Ind., turned into the equivalent of life sentences for four of the teens and death for the fifth.

That’s because of Indiana’s felony murder law, which comes into play when anyone is killed during commission of a crime, such as burglary or rape.

In the Elkhart case, the dead man was Danzele Johnson, 21, one of the would-be burglars, shot by Rodney Scott, owner of the house they were trying to rob. He has not been charged with any crime.

Last month, Elkhart Circuit Judge Terry Shewmaker in Goshen, Ind., sentenced Blake Layman, 16 at the time, and Anthony Sharp, 18, to 55 years and Levi Sparks, 17, to half a century behind bars.

Sparks did not enter the house as he was standing on guard. The fourth accused, Jose Quiroz, 16 at the time, got 45 years even though he pleaded guilty.

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Toronto’s new $594-million ultra-modern jail features ‘fresh air’ rooms, flat-screen TVs

The province on Thursday flung open the doors to the Toronto South Detention Centre, a new facility slated to begin accepting prisoners within weeks. In advance of public tours this weekend, the Corrections Ministry guided a throng of journalists through several areas of the $594-million jail, which will house 1,650 inmates. The National Post‘s Megan O’Toole pulls out the tour highlights. (Photos: Tyler Anderson / National Post)

‘Like a brand called Hitler’: Drug lord Pablo Escobar’s family wants to trademark his name for clothing line 
Pablo Escobar is a name that still stirs strong emotions 20 years after his death. The Colombia drug lord ran a vast cocaine empire, ordered thousands of enemies killed and became one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world in the 1980s.
Now the name is making headlines again as the drug lord’s family try to establish the Escobar brand on a range of clothing. Escobar’s son wants to trademark his father’s name, fingerprint and signature, but the Colombian government has rejected the application.
“It’s like you went to Germany and tried to create a brand called Hitler,” said Jose Luis Londono, delegate of industrial property for the superintendent of industry and commerce in the Colombian capital Bogota.

‘Like a brand called Hitler’: Drug lord Pablo Escobar’s family wants to trademark his name for clothing line 

Pablo Escobar is a name that still stirs strong emotions 20 years after his death. The Colombia drug lord ran a vast cocaine empire, ordered thousands of enemies killed and became one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world in the 1980s.

Now the name is making headlines again as the drug lord’s family try to establish the Escobar brand on a range of clothing. Escobar’s son wants to trademark his father’s name, fingerprint and signature, but the Colombian government has rejected the application.

“It’s like you went to Germany and tried to create a brand called Hitler,” said Jose Luis Londono, delegate of industrial property for the superintendent of industry and commerce in the Colombian capital Bogota.

Missing Hamilton father Tim Bosma found dead, remains burned: policeHamilton Police say that missing Ancaster, Ont. father Tim Bosma has been found dead. Police said the remains of Bosma were found burned.Bosma, 32, went missing on May 6 after he went on a test drive with two men interested in buying his black Dodge Ram truck.Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire did not indicate in a short statement to the media where Bosma’s body was found or what the cause of death was.“A number of searches have taken place and human remains have been located,” he said. “We are convinced by the totality of the evidence, that these are the remains of Tim Bosma. The evidence indicates that the remains have been burned.“This investigation is long from over,” he said. “We require more time to work as we pursue those that are responsible for Tim’s death.” (Family handout)

Missing Hamilton father Tim Bosma found dead, remains burned: police
Hamilton Police say that missing Ancaster, Ont. father Tim Bosma has been found dead. Police said the remains of Bosma were found burned.

Bosma, 32, went missing on May 6 after he went on a test drive with two men interested in buying his black Dodge Ram truck.

Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire did not indicate in a short statement to the media where Bosma’s body was found or what the cause of death was.

“A number of searches have taken place and human remains have been located,” he said. “We are convinced by the totality of the evidence, that these are the remains of Tim Bosma. The evidence indicates that the remains have been burned.

“This investigation is long from over,” he said. “We require more time to work as we pursue those that are responsible for Tim’s death.” (Family handout)

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Alarmed neighbours twice called police to kidnap home but say officers never went inPolice 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.

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.

Two women, missing for a decade, found alive in residential Cleveland home Three women who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, within a few miles of where they disappeared.  An unnamed man has been arrested.Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found Monday and seemed to be in good health.Berry and DeJesus disappeared as teenagers in 2003 and 2004, respectively. The Plain Dealer newspaper reports Knight had been missing since 2002. Police say a 52-year-old man was arrested. There’s no immediate word on charges. (AFP PHOTO / FBI)

Two women, missing for a decade, found alive in residential Cleveland home
Three women who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, within a few miles of where they disappeared.  An unnamed man has been arrested.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found Monday and seemed to be in good health.

Berry and DeJesus disappeared as teenagers in 2003 and 2004, respectively. The Plain Dealer newspaper reports Knight had been missing since 2002.
Police say a 52-year-old man was arrested. There’s no immediate word on charges. (AFP PHOTO / FBI)

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This man allegedly impregnated four of his guards while running a criminal empire from prisonA shocking indictment of 13 Baltimore prison guards last week is an extreme example of what happens when people on the “lowest rung” of the criminal justice career ladder succumb to corruption.The Baltimore case is the most disturbing case of prison guard corruption in recent memory. Guards allegedly snuck cellphones and other contraband to Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gangsters and gave them free rein over their own prison. BGF leader Tavon White also allegedly managed to impregnate four guards, two of whom got tattoos with his name. (Anne Arundel County Police Department)

This man allegedly impregnated four of his guards while running a criminal empire from prison
A shocking indictment of 13 Baltimore prison guards last week is an extreme example of what happens when people on the “lowest rung” of the criminal justice career ladder succumb to corruption.

The Baltimore case is the most disturbing case of prison guard corruption in recent memory. Guards allegedly snuck cellphones and other contraband to Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gangsters and gave them free rein over their own prison. BGF leader Tavon White also allegedly managed to impregnate four guards, two of whom got tattoos with his name. (Anne Arundel County Police Department)

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British grandmother to be executed by firing squad for smuggling cocaine after Bali court rejects appealAn Indonesian court upheld the death sentence against a British woman convicted of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine into the resort island of Bali, a court official said Monday.The Bali High Court rejected an appeal from Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, who was convicted in January by a district court and sentenced to face a firing squad, said court spokesman Makkasau. Sandiford was arrested last May when 3.8 kilograms of cocaine was discovered stuffed inside the lining of her luggage at Bali’s airport. During the trial, she said she was forced to carry the drugs by a gang that threatened to hurt her children. (Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP / Getty Images files)

British grandmother to be executed by firing squad for smuggling cocaine after Bali court rejects appeal
An Indonesian court upheld the death sentence against a British woman convicted of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine into the resort island of Bali, a court official said Monday.

The Bali High Court rejected an appeal from Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, who was convicted in January by a district court and sentenced to face a firing squad, said court spokesman Makkasau. 

Sandiford was arrested last May when 3.8 kilograms of cocaine was discovered stuffed inside the lining of her luggage at Bali’s airport. During the trial, she said she was forced to carry the drugs by a gang that threatened to hurt her children. (Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP / Getty Images files)

Thieves make off with five tons of Nutella in chocolate-hazelnut heist worth more than $20,000These thieves might really have sticky fingers. Police said Monday an unknown number of culprits made off with 5 metric tons of Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread from a parked trailer in the central German town of Bad Hersfeld over the weekend.The gooey loot is worth an estimated $20,710.

Thieves make off with five tons of Nutella in chocolate-hazelnut heist worth more than $20,000
These thieves might really have sticky fingers. Police said Monday an unknown number of culprits made off with 5 metric tons of Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread from a parked trailer in the central German town of Bad Hersfeld over the weekend.

The gooey loot is worth an estimated $20,710.

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‘Shameless Mick’ gives obscene gesture as he’s sentenced to life for killing six of his children in house fireA father of 17 who killed six of his children in a house fire was jailed for life Wednesday after a judge said he cared about no one but himself.Mick Philpott, dubbed Shameless Mick by the British press for his jobless lifestyle which he bragged was paid for by state benefits, remained defiant to the end, giving spectators in court an obscene gesture after he was sentenced.Philpott, his wife, Mairead, and a friend, Paul Mosley, set the fire while six of the couple’s children slept. The plan was for Philpott to rescue the children and emerge a hero. The blaze would also be blamed on Philpott’s former mistress so he could gain advantage in a bitter custody battle over five of his other children.But the fire quickly got out of control and Jayden, Jesse, Jack, John, Jade and Duwayne, aged five to 13, all died. (Mark St George / Rex Features)

‘Shameless Mick’ gives obscene gesture as he’s sentenced to life for killing six of his children in house fire
A father of 17 who killed six of his children in a house fire was jailed for life Wednesday after a judge said he cared about no one but himself.

Mick Philpott, dubbed Shameless Mick by the British press for his jobless lifestyle which he bragged was paid for by state benefits, remained defiant to the end, giving spectators in court an obscene gesture after he was sentenced.

Philpott, his wife, Mairead, and a friend, Paul Mosley, set the fire while six of the couple’s children slept. The plan was for Philpott to rescue the children and emerge a hero. The blaze would also be blamed on Philpott’s former mistress so he could gain advantage in a bitter custody battle over five of his other children.

But the fire quickly got out of control and Jayden, Jesse, Jack, John, Jade and Duwayne, aged five to 13, all died. (Mark St George / Rex Features)

‘The siege in Chertsey is finished’: Inmates caught after daring escape from Quebec jail by clinging to rope lowered by helicopterA second inmate who staged a daring escape from a jail in Saint-Jerome, Que. on Sunday was back in custody early Monday.Two men had staged a dramatic daylight jailbreak when they climbed a rope into a hovering helicopter, but their freedom was shortlived as police moved swiftly to track them down.Just before 8:30 p.m. E.T., about six hours after the escape, police confirmed they had arrested Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau and two other suspects.An hour later, police had located the second escapee, Danny Provencal, and had set up a perimeter around the area where he was found. (Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press)

‘The siege in Chertsey is finished’: Inmates caught after daring escape from Quebec jail by clinging to rope lowered by helicopter
A second inmate who staged a daring escape from a jail in Saint-Jerome, Que. on Sunday was back in custody early Monday.

Two men had staged a dramatic daylight jailbreak when they climbed a rope into a hovering helicopter, but their freedom was shortlived as police moved swiftly to track them down.

Just before 8:30 p.m. E.T., about six hours after the escape, police confirmed they had arrested Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau and two other suspects.

An hour later, police had located the second escapee, Danny Provencal, and had set up a perimeter around the area where he was found. (Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press)

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Oscar Pistorius granted bail in Reeva Steenkamp murder trialOlympian Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail while he awaits trial in the shooting death of his girlfriend.A South African magistrate laid out the reasons for his decision for nearly two hours today, saying there was no reason to believe the double-amputee athlete is a flight risk. (Themba Hadebe/The Associated Press)

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Oscar Pistorius granted bail in Reeva Steenkamp murder trial
Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail while he awaits trial in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

A South African magistrate laid out the reasons for his decision for nearly two hours today, saying there was no reason to believe the double-amputee athlete is a flight risk. (Themba Hadebe/The Associated Press)

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‘Totally weird’: Pistorius detective faces attempted murder charges for firing on bus full of passengers
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority acknowledged Thursday that the timing of attempted murder charges against a policeman leading the investigation into Oscar Pistorius was “totally weird” and that the policeman should be dropped from the case against the world-famous athlete.

Bulewa Makeke, spokeswoman for the NPA, said it was a decision for police and not prosecutors whether to take detective Hilton Botha off the case that has riveted the world’s attention and is bringing scrutiny on South Africa’s justice system. Botha testified on Wednesday in the case, acknowledging that nothing in Pistorius’ account of the fatal Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend contradicted what police had discovered. That testimony in the double amputee’s bail hearing marked a setback for the prosecution.

The lead detective in the Pistorius murder case is himself facing attempted murder charges for firing on a minibus full of passengers, South African police said on Thursday as prosecutors argued in court to deny the athlete bail. (ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

Graphic: In his own words – How Oscar Pistorius Killed Reeva SteenkampIn an affidavit, Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee track star, has told how he accidentally killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Graphic: In his own words – How Oscar Pistorius Killed Reeva Steenkamp
In an affidavit, Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee track star, has told how he accidentally killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.