Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rape reports: here's why we do what we do (the ugly file) Any Given Day

These from the Ugly file:  Do not read unless you are prepared to be wounded. On Any Given Day there are 20 like this in the news.

One.
5 charged in New Jersey child rape case  By the CNN Wire  --
Police in Trenton, New Jersey, on Saturday announced more arrests in the case of a 15-year-old girl who allegedly allowed men to have sex with her and her 7-year-old stepsister for money, Trenton Police Director Irving Bradley said at a news conference Saturday evening.
Police say they believe as many as seven men and boys paid for sex with the two girls during a party Sunday night. Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer said, "The police will not rest until we get every individual who was involved in this,
"Officials say the 15-year-old was baby-sitting her stepsister on the afternoon of March 28 when she encountered two males who invited her to "hang out" with them. She agreed and brought the 7-year-old along to an apartment.The 15-year-old first agreed to have sex with the men for money, Trenton police Capt. Joseph Juniak said. She then gave the men permission to "touch" the 7-year-old, he said, adding that it's likely the 15-year-old gave the 7-year-old some of the money she had received.
Molestation of the 7-year-old "quickly escalated to rape," Juniak said.
The men held her down and said they would kill her if she screamed, he said.
The 7-year-old was found
after she left the building by two women who escorted her home, according to police.
The older girl is charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint, endangering the welfare of a child, and promoting prostitution, police said.
Early Thursday morning, police conducted a raid at Rowan Towers, the public housing apartments where the assault occurred, and arrested 27 men and women on outstanding warrants from unrelated cases. Some residents said they were upset and frightened by the raid, but that it was time police started paying attention to the building.
Several Rowan Towers residents said the empty apartment where the attack occurred was known as a place "where trouble happened." One elderly female resident said groups of young men and women would go there and hold drug- and alcohol-fueled parties "at all hours of the night."Trenton authorities said Saturday that the cooperation of community members was key to making the arrests."People came forward to get justice for this innocent 7-year-old angel who was brutally gang-raped by a bunch of pedophile animals," Palmer said.

Two.
Woman Dies After Brutal Rape Behind Olney Deli  By VINCE LATTANZIO
A North Philadelphia mother has died after she was viciously attacked, beaten and raped behind a neighborhood deli. Eraina Merritt, 47, died Monday morning of the injuries she sustained after being beaten into submission and raped behind the Olney Steak and Beer Deli along the 5600 block of N. Broad Street Wednesday night, police said.
Two deli employees were taking out the trash around 10 p.m. when they witnessed a man beating the woman as she lay naked in an alley behind the store, police said.
The employees immediately broke up the attack, but the suspect was able to get away.

Merritt, who is known to family as Tia, clung to life for five days after being admitted to the intensive care unit at Albert Einstein Medical Center, according to authorities.
Investigators say they were never able to discuss the attack with the woman since she was left unconscious in its wake.
Tia was a mother of four -- her children ranging in age from 11-years-old to 28-years-old. The attack has left her family devastated.
"People just don't care no more," Tia's father Larry Merritt said Monday. "It makes me mad, real mad. God will take care of it and the law will hopefully take care of it."
The unidentified suspect was caught on surveillance video inside the store a mere 20 minutes before the attack, authorities said.
He is described as a black male in his 20s. He is believed to be 6 ft. tall and has a heavy-set build. Cameras also showed him wearing jeans, Timberland boots and a black AERO hooded sweatshirt that was left at the scene.
While her family is glad the deli employees stopped the attack, they wonder why others didn't try to help.

"There's also other people out there that saw that," Larry said. "That's a busy intersection...it really wasn't that late at night, so I know people was outside...I don't understand how a man can walk by and watch a man beating a woman and don't say nothing."
Police believe the suspect frequently visits the area and they are hoping someone who may recognize his photo to come forward.
First Published: Mar 29, 2010 7:28 PM EDT   A Man has been arrested: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/topics/?topic=Sharod+Graham

Three.
(CNN) -- Ohio prosecutors announced new charges against accused serial killer Anthony Sowell on Thursday in connection with the rape of a 34-year-old woman in his Cleveland, Ohio, home.Sowell already faces murder, attempted murder, rape and attempted rape charges in connection with the killings of 11 women and attacks on four other women. He was arrested after the bodies of the slain women were found at his house last fall, and he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.The grisly discoveries in Sowell's home have led to the case being called a "house of horrors."The latest indictment, which includes 10 counts, brings the total number of criminal charges against him to 95. No details of the new indictment were immediately released.Read the indictment (PDF)Sowell served 15 years in prison for a 1989 attempted rape and was released in 2005. He was required to register as a sex offender.Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason has said that his cold case unit is reviewing unsolved murders that occurred during the time Sowell lived in Cleveland and East Cleveland, Ohio, to see whether there are any connections. Mason said the group is working its way through 75 cases.He said evidence is not scheduled to be presented until June for the initial case involving 85 charges.Most of the women whose remains were found in Sowell's home were strangled by ligature -- which could include a string, cord or wire -- and at least one was strangled by hand, officials said. Seven still had ligatures wrapped around their necks. A skull is all that remains of one victim. It was found wrapped in a paper bag and stuffed into a bucket in the home's basement.

Four.
Former 'Dating Game' contestant to die for murders, By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- A onetime contestant on "The Dating Game" was sentenced to die Tuesday for murdering four women and a child, Orange County, California, officials said.Rodney Alcala, 66, was convicted in February of kidnapping and murdering a 12-year-old girl and raping and murdering four Los Angeles County women in the 1970s."Losing Robin, we lost so many things," said Marianne Connelly, the mother of Robin Samsoe, 12, whom authorities said Alcala murdered in 1979."We didn't get to watch her grow up. We didn't get to see her graduate high school or college, see her have a dance career, get married and/or have children," Connelly told the court Tuesday. "He took her life, her future and our joy."Deidreann Parenteau, Jill Parenteau's sister, said she never understood why her sister had to die at Alcala's hands."If there is a hell, I hope Rodney Alcala burns eternally," she told the court. "I wish he would experience the terror that he put his victims through."The crimes took place between November 1977 and June 1979, and covered a wide swath of suburban Los Angeles, California, from Burbank to El Segundo, authorities said.A jury recommended this month that Alcala receive the death penalty.He was found guilty February 25 of murder, kidnapping and an array of sexual offenses. He acted as his own attorney during the penalty phase of the trial.In 1978, Alcala was a winning bachelor on the television show "The Dating Game." At the time, he had been convicted in the 1968 rape of an 8-year-old girl, authorities said. He served a 34-month sentence.A year earlier, according to the Orange County district attorney, Alcala had raped, sodomized and killed two women: Jill Barcomb, an 18-year-old New Yorker who had recently moved to California, and Georgia Wixted, a 27-year-old nurse.The district attorney said Alcala used a large rock to smash in Barcomb's face and then "strangled her to death by tying a belt and pant leg around her neck." Her body was left in a mountainous area in the foothills near Hollywood.Wixted was beaten with the claw end of a hammer, the district attorney said. Alcala "strangled her to death using a nylon stocking and left her body in her Malibu apartment," according to the district attorney's Web site.On "The Dating Game," Alcala -- who was introduced as a "successful photographer" who might also be found sky diving or motorcycling -- succeeded in charming bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw from behind a wall."Who will it be?" the host asked Bradshaw at the end."I'll take One," she said, and Alcala strode out.Three more murders followed Alcala's appearance on the show, the district attorney said.In June 1979, he beat, raped and strangled Charlotte Lamb, a 33-year-old legal secretary, with her shoelace in the laundry room of her El Segundo apartment complex, according to the district attorney's office.The case was investigated but went cold. The same month, according to the district attorney's office, Alcala raped and murdered 21-year-old Parenteau in her Burbank apartment. She was also strangled with a cord or nylon.Alcala's blood was collected from the scene after he cut himself crawling out a window, the district attorney said. "Based on a semi-rare blood match, Alcala was linked to the murder," the district attorney said.Though he was charged with murdering Parenteau, the case was dismissed after his first conviction in the Samsoe case.In that 1979 case, Alcala approached the 12-year-old at the beach in Huntington Beach and asked her to pose for pictures, the district attorney said. She did and then rode off on her bicycle to dance class.She never made it. "The defendant kidnapped and murdered Samsoe and dumped her body near Sierra Madre in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains," the district attorney said.Alcala was convicted in 1980 of Samsoe's murder and was sentenced to death, but the conviction was overturned by the California State Supreme Court.A second trial in 1986 also resulted in a conviction and death sentence, but it was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.As he awaited a third trial, Alcala's DNA was linked to the crime scenes in the Barcomb, Wixted and Lamb cases. He was charged with the four Los Angeles murders, including Parenteau's.Police investigating Alcala discovered dozens of photographs of women and children in a storage unit he kept in Seattle, Washington. The locker also contained earrings belonging to Samsoe, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.Police have asked for the public's help in determining whether any of the people in the photographs are victims of Alcala's.

I don't retreive these stories every day, but on Any Given Day there are plenty in the news to pick from.
Until it is your family, it is easy to say, let's not talk about this.

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