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The Time J. Edgar Hoover Enlisted the Army to Assist in a Nationwide Manhunt

The bullet that pierced the heart of Patrolman Joe Zanella in a small Pennsylvania town was the opening moment of a crime story with few parallels.

It wasn’t the robberies, rapes, the daring escape or even the cop killing that catapulted Stanley Barton Hoss to the FBI’s most wanted man, but it was the broad daylight kidnapping of the lovely young mother and her child. In a nearly unprecedented step, J. Edgar Hoover enlisted the army to assist in a nationwide manhunt. An engaged public followed the drama by hour, day and week – and year to year … for when all thought the carnage was over, it wasn’t. And how Hoss struck again, in virtually impossible circumstances, and who fell, brought a governor to a funeral and provoked racial divide in a county.

Distinguished by Hoss’s  exceptional cruelty, heartbreak and landmark trials, this story about a resolute criminal is one of superlatives, thick with intrigue, blunder and surprise. It was a guess which legislature more often referenced Stanley Hoss as the perfect reason for capital punishment.

Beyond researching traditional sources and having been granted access to previously sealed state and federal archives, as well as Hoss’s most personal and revealing letters, the author has interviewed scores of individuals who lived the roles depicted on the pages of Born to Lose: Stanley B. Hoss & the Crime Spree That Gripped a Nation (True Crime History). Hoss’s victims of assault and rape, police and prison personnel, assorted cutthroats, the prosecution and defense, judges, the wife, mistress, all have talked for the first time on record.

Yet, it wasn’t precisely what Hoss did in Pennsylvania and Maryland, it was to whom and why and how that his reign of violence has sunk into the psyche of a region. This notable saga is a natural read for any true crime devotee, but will as well captivate an audience drawn to a dark tale that explores – and explains – how occasional human error and the very systems set in place to protect us can so easily be the cause for tragedy.

Tulsa teen asks to withdraw blind guilty pleas in teacher’s slaying, rape of elderly woman


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2 arrested in Mississippi suspected in crime spree, including murder, police say

Two people were arrested in Warren County overnight in connection with a two-state crime spree, that includes a killing in Georgia, police said.

The McDonald’s on Crossgates Boulevard in Brandon was robbed by two men around 9:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

“The suspect crawled in through the drive-in window with two guns — one pink gun and one black gun. I thought the pink one was unusual. They got away with a very small amount of money and fled the scene in a gold Chevrolet Impala,” Brandon Police Chief William Thompson said.

Investigators believe the duo, identified as Sharae Threadgill, 21, and Jaylen Benton, 18, are involved in the robberies of businesses in Meridian and another in Demopolis, Alabama, and a murder in Georgia, Thompson said.

After the Brandon robbery, the suspects fled west on I-20 to Warren County, where deputies pulled them over near Highway

Read more at: https://www.wapt.com/article/brandon-mcdonalds-last-store-hit-in-two-state-crime-spree/26942855

Man pleads guilty to EIGHT offences in Somerset town crime spree

A man who has pleaded guilty to multiple shop thefts, assault, criminal damage and using threatening behaviour will learn his fate in court tomorrow (March 27).

Wayne James, of Linkmead, Fosse Way, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, will appear at Bath Magistrates’ Court to be sentenced for eight separate charges.

The 44-year-old pleaded guilty to all eight charges, committed on October 26, 2018, November 1, 2018, and on February 9.

According to the court lists, James was charged with common assault against a man at Sainsbury’s, High Street, Midsomer Norton, on October 26.

Many of the crimes took place along this street in Midsomer Norton
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On the same day he was charged with stealing £80 worth of alcohol from the same Sainsbury’s store.

On November 1, James was charged with six different offences.

In one instance he admitted to damaging a Land Rover in Midsomer Norton High Street by smashing its windscreen

Read more at: https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/in-your-area/man-pleads-guilty-eight-offences-2686412

Cars stolen, homes broken into during Kingscliff crime spree

TWEED Police say four cars were stolen with two Audi sedans still missing after thieves wrecked havoc in Kingscliff and Casuarina on Sunday morning.

Between 1am and 6am on Sunday, police responded to four stolen motor vehicles, a whopping 21 stealing offences and three break and enters in the Kingscliff and Casuarina area.

Police have since recovered two of the stolen vehicles, while a fraud offence was committed in Ashmore on the Gold Coast with a stolen credit card.

Two Audi sedans are still missing and have the following registration details:

DTQ42L 2018 Q2 Sedan White

DHR27E 2016 Audi A3 Sedan Grey.

Residents in the area have been urged to lock the doors of their homes and vehicles and cancel any credit cards which may have gone missing.

“Police are continuing to investigate these matters with the assistance of Queensland Police, local residents and businesses in the area,” the Tweed Police Facebook page stated.

Anyone with

Read more at: https://www.tweeddailynews.com.au/news/cars-stolen-homes-broken-into-during-kingscliff-cr/3682387/

Kaysville Police seeking person of interest in burglaries, vehicle theft

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KAYSVILLE, Utah — Kaysville Police hope someone will recognize a person of interest in a recent crime spree.

Police released new surveillance photos (above) showing the person of interest and a black Audi Q5 believed to be connected to the crimes.

On Saturday, police said someone attempted to break into the “Biker’s Edge” cycling shop around 6:30 a.m. using a pipe wrench, but was unable to get through the door.

“So about 30 minutes goes by (7:00 AM) and our burglar shows up at Big O Tires, breaks a window in a garage door then climbs through the jagged hole into a bay where he immediately commandeers a Toyota Sequoia, backing through said garage door to make his escape,” a

Read more at: https://fox13now.com/2019/03/25/kaysville-police-seeking-person-of-interest-in-burglaries-vehicle-theft/

Suspect arrested over ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ crime spree by couple

The man and his female accomplice are suspected in a string of robberies in counties Longford, Roscommon, Kildare, Offaly and Westmeath, as well as thefts from three hospitals in Dublin.

It’s believed staff were targeted by the pair at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, St Vincent’s Hospital and Tallaght Hospital.

The man was being questioned last night at Longford garda station but officers have not yet arrested the woman, believed to be a mother of five.

The man, who was living in Dublin but is originally from Co Longford, was arrested last Thursday in the midlands town just two and a half hours after he was suspected of stealing a handbag at a health centre in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, at 2.30pm that day.

When Longford gardaí arrested the suspect he had already allegedly used an ATM card stolen in the Mullingar crime on several occasions.

However the officers in Longford were looking to

Read more at: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/suspect-arrested-over-bonnie-and-clyde-crime-spree-by-couple-37951433.html

Chehalis Woman Sentenced to More Than Three Years for February Crime Spree

A Chehalis woman accused of going on a crime spree the evening of Feb. 15 into the morning of Feb. 16 was sentenced to more than three years in prison Monday morning.

Kimberly R. Terrell, 42, pleaded guilty to two burglaries and for causing intentional damage to a bank and a residence. One of the burglaries was at I-5 Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT, where she broke into a shop and drove a truck into a garage door, causing some significant damage.

Terrell, during a change of plea and sentencing hearing in Lewis County Superior Court Monday morning, faced three open cases. Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello said a charge had been referred on a separate case, in which Terrell allegedly damaged a window to a house. Rather than open a separate case filing, the charge of third-degree malicious mischief was added to an already open case.

ll sentences were

Read more at: http://www.chronline.com/crime/chehalis-woman-sentenced-to-more-than-three-years-for-february/article_5716e958-4f4d-11e9-916f-97374d47b3e1.html

Crime spree ends in French Quarter with man shot 18 times after flashing headlights, NOPD says

A Georgia man on Sunday opened gunfire on a motorist in the French Quarter, capping a three-state crime spree that included a shooting in his hometown and an armed robbery in Alabama, according to New Orleans police.

The driver was shot 18 times, including three times in the head. He miraculously survived. 

Kwane Brown, 25, told police that he panicked when the driver inched up behind him on Decatur Street and flashed his lights, according to court records filed Monday detailing the incident. He said he thought the motorist “was after him” so he “handled it” by getting out of his car and shooting the man.

Police soon tracked Brown down and jailed him on a count of attempted murder.

The shooting victim was listed in stable condition at University Medical Center late Sunday, according to court documents.

He apparently drove himself, badly wounded, to the Hyatt Hotel in the 800 block of Iberville Street about

Read more at: https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/crime_police/article_cf6f7542-4f29-11e9-8b0a-231bfd32aa28.html