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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.

Gang member sentenced to 35 years for Aurora crime spree

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — An admitted gang member has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in a violent crime spree in Aurora, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office. 

Arapahoe County District Court Judge Andrew Baum sentenced Joshua Alonzo Cunningham, 20, of Aurora, after he pleaded guilty May 6 to one count of attempted first-degree murder in one case, and to aggravated robbery with a firearm in a second case. Other charges he faced were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, the release states. 

On Dec. 8, 2017, Cunningham fired at a victim from a vehicle in a drive-by shooting on East 14th Avenue, where, according to the release, he and other gang members targeted an individual they believed to be a rival gang member. 

On Feb. 12, 2018, Cunningham robbed an O’Reilly Auto Parts store on South Havana Street with a handgun, where he

Read more at: https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/gang-member-sentenced-to-35-years-for-aurora-crime-spree/73-b9b9b6d7-7387-4ea3-ac13-14afd805ec09

Teens arrested in ‘violent’ armed robbery, high-speed wrong-way chase on I-75


Sumter County deputies say four teens have been arrested and one adult is on the run after a crime spree Friday that involved two carjackings, an armed robbery and a high-speed chase going the wrong way on Interstate 75. 

“In Sumter County, we aren’t used to that level of violence,” Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Capt. John Galvin said. 

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video of the armed robbery at the Mobile Gas Station at near I-75 near State Road 44 around 11:55 p.m. Friday. 

In the video, three men armed with guns rush in

Read more at: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/teens-arrested-in-violent-armed-robbery-high-speed-wrong-way-chase-on-i-75

Man who kidnapped 2 Texas sisters in bizarre crime spree gets life in prison – KTRK

AUSTIN, Texas — A man accused of fatally beating a Central Texas woman, kidnapping her daughters and sexually assaulting one of them for five months was sentenced Tuesday to life in federal prison.

Terry Allen Miles, 45, was convicted in February of several charges, including two counts of kidnapping.

Authorities discovered the body of the woman during a welfare check at the home she shared with Miles in Round Rock near Austin in December 2017. The check had been requested after she didn’t turn up to work.

Police believe Miles beat her with a heavy flashlight. Her eldest daughter, then 14, testified that she saw Miles punch her mother and knock her to the floor. She said Miles later came to her with blood on his clothing.

Miles was not charged in the mother’s death.

After the beating, Miles fled with the girls, then aged 7 and 14, investigators said. Sheriff’s deputies traced a cellphone

Read more at: https://abc13.com/man-learns-fate-for-kidnapping-2-girls-in-bizarre-crime-spree/5311420/

Alford plea in drunken crime spree in Forest City

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Kathleen Boutain pleads guilty to theft in connection with 2017 U. student murder case

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft in connection with a two-state crime spree that culminated in the October 30, 2017 murder of University of Utah student ChenWei Guo.

Kathleen Boutain, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by receiving stolen property Monday in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake County, according to court documents.

She originally was charged with three counts criminal solicitation and an additional count of theft by receiving stolen property, but those charges were dropped Monday as part of Boutain’s plea agreement with prosecutors, court documents show.

Boutain’s husband, 25-year-old Austin “AJ” Boutain, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in September 2018. He is currently serving a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole, which he agreed to as part of a plea deal.

The violent case began in Golden, Colorado

Read more at: https://www.ksl.com/article/46556811/kathleen-boutain-pleads-guilty-to-theft-in-connection-with-2017-u-student-murder-case

Suspect In Redmond Crime Spree Arrested

REDMOND, WA — Redmond police have arrested a Tacoma man who they say went on a crime spree at the end of March, carrying out burglaries and car thefts in the Willows industrial area.

The suspect, Logan Malcom, 21, was arrested because of “excellent” security footage of his crimes. Police were also able to use the King County Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to identify Malcom.

The crime spree in Redmond began on March 25 and lasted into the next day. In one incident, a couple woke up in their apartment to see Malcom walking out the door with their stuff, police said. In another incident, police tried to stop Malcom while driving a stolen vehicle. He was able to dodge stop-sticks they placed on the roadway.

All told, Malcom is facing charges of burglary, car theft, possession of a stolen car, eluding, second-degree theft, and

Read more at: https://patch.com/washington/redmond/suspect-redmond-crime-spree-arrested

Man Accused in Brutal Attacks on Homeless to Be Back in Court

Witnesses will testify Wednesday in a San Diego courtroom to help determine if a man accused of attacking 12 people in a 2016 crime spree is mentally fit to stand trial. 

Homicide investigators say that in some incidents, the attacker used a railroad spike to impale his victims. 

Jon David Guerrero, 39, faces four murder charges, three attempted or premeditated murder charges, two arson charges and five assault charges in attacks on several homeless people and other San Diego residents, some of whom were killed with railroad spikes.

In July 2017, Guerrero was found not competent to stand trial and sent to Patton State Hospital for treatment. 

Suspect in San Diego Homeless Killings Pleads Not Guilty

[DGO] Suspect Accused of Attacking 12, Some Fatally, Pleads Not Guilty

Chilling details of the suspect’s crime were detailed in court Tuesday. NBC 7’s Bridget Naso was there.

(Published Tuesday, April 4,

Read more at: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/David-Guerrero-San-Diego-Attacks-Homeless-Mental-Competency-510214751.html

Car Batteries Stolen From Vehicles in Series of Thefts on UCLA Campus

Students are told to be on alert after a series of car battery thefts on the UCLA campus.

The strange crime may not be isolated to Westwood.  Students said they’ve heard of this happening on other college campuses and UCLA police said this is happening in Glendale too.

Bob Lyman has been in the auto repair industry for four decades and says he’s never heard of anything like what happened on the UCLA campus in Westwood earlier this month.

According to the UCLA police department, at least 20 car batteries have been stolen from vehicles parked in different structures on campus, and right now investigators have no suspects or leads.

“I think it’s probably kids, they’re selling them to the recycling place. I think it’s about 50 cents a pound for lead, so it’s 25 dollars a battery, so why they doing it for that amount of money, to carry that kind of weight,

Read more at: https://ktla.com/2019/05/20/car-batteries-stolen-from-vehicles-in-series-of-thefts-on-ucla-campus/

Shoplifter must pay for Brighton crime spree

His crime spree started in October last year when he took Lego from WH Smith worth £280.

Eaton also stole Yankee Candles from Boots worth £100 and vodka worth £90 from Marks and Spencer. The 30-year-old admitted 14 theft charges at Brighton Magistrates’ Court this month.

Eaton, of Buckingham Place, Brighton, was ordered to pay more than £2,000 back the shops, and complete 25 rehabilitation sessions.

Read more at: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/17653120.shoplifter-must-pay-for-brighton-crime-spree/