Category Archives: Crime

LAPD Shooting Anything That Moves


I am pro cop. Let me get that out of the way. My son-in-law is a police officer and I have full respect for the police. That said, given what’s going on in Los Angeles right now, there is a deep-rooted problem within the LAPD. There’s also a massive problem with the media. Why is it that there’s just a brief article in the LA Times about what happened during the on-going search for ex-cop and killer Christopher Dorner. Some other media outlets gloss over what happened. My question is why. What happened you ask? Here’s the first few paragraphs from the LA Times. Read the rest of this entry

UPDATE: Body Found in Louisiana–Strongly Believed to be Mickey Shunick


She was last seen May 19 on a surveillance video camera, riding her bike home like any other day. Today, police say they have found the body of 22-year-old Mickey Shunick.

Lafayette, LA – On the morning of August 7, 2012, investigators involved in the Mickey Shunick case received credible information as to the location of Mickey Shunick’s body. Investigators were directed to a section of property off of Louisiana Highway 10, near its intersection with Louisiana Highway 13, in Evangeline Parish. Upon going to the site, they discovered an area where a buried body was located. Working with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Lafayette Metro crime scene technicians began processing the scene with forensic experts from LSU. Read the rest of this entry

Hot Case: Missing Girl’s Bike Found


Mickey Shunick

After spending the evening with a friend, 21-year-old Mickey Shunick did something she’s done hundreds of times. Rode her bike home. This time, she didn’t make it and yesterday, just over a week since she was last seen, her bike was found beneath the Whiskey Bay Bridge in her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana. Here are some pictures and some details from the site Find Mickey Now. Time is running out.

There is a $25,000 Reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of Mickey Shunick, no questions asked.  The reward is capped at this amount.

LAFAYETTE, LA: 21-year-old Mickey Shunick (pictured) was last seen at about 2:00 am (May 19) riding a black and gold Schwinn Cutter bicycle with glittery gold handlebars from a friend’s home in the Saint Streets area of Lafayette. She was riding back home to the area near Ambassador and Congress, but never made it home and hasn’t been seen since. She is 5’1″ tall, weighing about 115 pounds, has shoulder length curly blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a small tattoo of a bicycle on her right outer ankle and a nose ring on her left nostril. She was last seen wearing a pastel multicolored striped shirt, light wash denim skinny jeans, and silver ankle boots. She was also carrying a light brown leather backpack, a black and yellow Vera Bradley wallet, a black Verizon slider phone and a small pink container of pepper spray. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Lafayette Police at 337-291-8633 or email findmickeyshunick@yahoo.com

Last known photo of Mickey. Detectives were able to identify a bicyclist believed to be Mickey Shunick travelling on Versailles Blvd and Saint Landry Street. At approximately 1:47AM the bicyclist is captured on Versallies Blvd travelling towards St. John Street. She then travelled on St. John Street and crossed over University Avenue, continuing west on St. Landry Street where she was captured on video at approximately 1:48PM. Investigators are seeking information regarding a white newer model four door pickup truck, which was captured on video after Mickey Shunick travelled on both streets. Anyone with information about the case of the pickup truck is encouraged to call the tips line at 337-291-8633 or Crime Stoppers at 337-232-TIPS.

I Am Back!


It’s been a while…I know. I’d like to blame it on jet lag but, I’ve been back for a few weeks now.  Anyway, there’s more to come on Joe Helt and next up, let’s take a look at what happened to Gail Palmgren shall we?

Make Joseph Kony (Google him) Famous in 2012!


JOSEPH KONY IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S WORST WAR CRIMINALS AND I SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO ARREST HIM, DISARM THE LRA AND BRING THE CHILD SOLDIERS HOME.

Make Joseph Kony famous in a way he will never be able to hide. Watch this video. You won’t be able to stop. Joseph Kony.

 

Statutes of Limitations: New York, Mississippi, Illinois


Just for the heck of it, here are some statute of limitations in a few states.

“Statutes of limitations” are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a “civil” lawsuit, like a personal injury lawsuit, or how long the state has to prosecute someone for committing a crime. These time limits usually depend on the legal claim or crime involved in the case, and they’re different from state to state. For example, in some states you may have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit after you were hurt in a car accident, but in other states you may have two years. As a general rule: Read the rest of this entry

Kidnapped Girl’s Father: I Am Coming


Two weeks ago, Samantha Koenig was selling coffee in an Anchorage, Alaska hut common for the region. Surveillance tape shows someone breaking in, robbing the place and taking Samantha by force. She hasn’t been heard from since although some news reports indicate police are making “some progress.” Below is a message Samantha’s father has for whomever did this. Like James Koenig says, do the right thing. Read the rest of this entry

Corrections to the Lacey Gaines Story


Getting things right is what we strive to do but from time to time, some misinformation gets through. Usually it’s not done intentionally, it’s the way memories work or stories passed down getting a little tweak here or there. In any case, Lacey’s mom Gilda Gaines, who reads here, let me know what the discrepancies are. And here they are for you. Read the rest of this entry

Paging Dr. McGarry: More Evidence of Nikki LaDue January’s Botched Death Investigation


Dr. Paul McGarry is getting more attention than he probably wants right now. You remember him. He is the one Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove and lead investigator Thomas Pustay said examined Nikki LaDue January’s body after she was found with a gunshot wound to the head.  Well, it appears the good doctor isn’t that good at all. Last year, in a story NOLA.com did on the investigation into police brutality and the death of an inmate, McGarry’s work ethic was hung out for all to see. And it’s ugly.

In his testimony, the medical examiner harshly criticized the work of the Orleans Parish coroner’s office, especially former pathologist Dr. Paul McGarry.

McGarry never examined Robair’s ruptured spleen. Nor did McGarry examine or dissect Robair from the waist down. If he had, he would have found massive hemorrhaging and bruising, consistent with baton strikes or kicks, Sperry said. Though these injuries may not be seen with the naked eye, it’s imperative that pathologists look beyond the skin for clues, especially in a death that might have stemmed from a police encounter, Sperry said.

“It should be classified a homicide,” Sperry said of Robair’s death.

Coroner Frank Minyard, relying on McGarry’s autopsy, ruled Robair’s death accidental. In announcing his ruling in August 2005, Minyard said Robair had suffered his fatal injuries before  his encounter with police. Minyard also said the autopsy did not find any wounds indicative of a police beating.

As if that weren’t enough, PBS Frontline did a documentary called “Post Mortem”. The description of the program? WARNING! Don’t die in the wrong state. And who do they spend a good deal of time talking about? That’s right, Dr. Paul McGarry. It’s an interesting program. It lasts an hour but if you’ve got the time, here you go.

Post Mortem

 

What’s Coming Up…Cold Cases and/or Botched Cases


First let me put this out there. If there’s anyone out there with writing skills and a desire to help give exposure to cases that have gone cold, contact me (Norm.Holliston@gmail.com). Every day I get letters from people asking to look into their loved ones’ cases. I only wish I had the time to do them all. But I’d be happy to take on new writers who are willing to do this unpaid but very fulfilling job. Send me a writing sample about why you want to do this and I’ll get back to you. Now on to the current cases to be covered in the coming days and weeks.

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