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.
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WCTV) — Bainbridge Public Safety has arrested three men in connection to the recent theft of more than a dozen guns from a Bainbridge business and a series of ensuing burglaries and armed robberies.
On Thursday, investigators arrested 22-year-old James Earl Jenkins and 23-year-old Michael Rashad Jones on charges of Possession of Firearms by a Convicted Felon and Burglary. Friday morning, investigators arrested a third suspect, DeMarcus Smith. He is being transported to the Decatur County Jail.
BPS says an investigation revealed the three broke into Flint River Outfitters on Monday night and stole 13 semi-automatic pistols. Police say the suspects were involved in multiple incidents involving firearms after the burglary occurred on Monday.
The first incident happened on Tuesday at the Jamestown Apartments. A resident said he heard a knock on his door around 9 p.m. and when he answered, he saw three
SLIDELL – Three people are dead and another is recovering in the hospital after a violent series of events on the northshore last week.
The violence began after Slidell Police responded to a suspected overdose Nov. 8 on Gwen Drive around 10:15 p.m. Detectives believe the woman’s son, 29-year-old Joshua Cox, soon learned of her overdose and asked his wife to take him to the hospital.
Authorities say that on the way to the hospital, Cox and his wife got into an argument, ending with Cox shooting her in the chest. Cox then dropped her off at the medical center and fled the scene in the vehicle.
Police began searching for Cox throughout the night and into the early morning.
Cox wasn’t seen or heard from until around 4:30 a.m. the next morning when police responded to reports of a shots fired call at an apartment complex on Lee Street. At the scene, police
Police say a homeless man wielding a knife and another man using his father’s compact car as a getaway vehicle this week stole clothing and cash from a mall store, gas station and a man who was walking down the street.
James Jay Bradley Jr., 43, who is homeless, and Brandon Jerome Allen, 31, whose address on the 2300 block of Crosshill Street, Eastover, are each charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of conspiracy and three counts of possession of stolen property.
Bail for each was set at $300,000.
Details of Bradley and Allen’s alleged crimes are documented in warrants, a police report and other public records.
The incidents began around 2 p.m. Tuesday when police say Bradley was the Lane Bryant women’s clothing store at Fayetteville’s Cross Creek Mall. Bradley is accused of going into the store to steal coats and pants, according to warrants.