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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.

Those who knew victims in deadly crime spree remember their…


HOUSTON – Flowers mark the entrance of a locked door at the Mattress Firm near Willowbrook Mall. For many, the sense of loss is still raw.

“There is a different feeling in the air, its kind of sad around here right now,’ said Robert Guzman. Guzman works in the area and said that part of his days used to include periodically speaking with his friend, Allie Barrow, who worked at the Mattress Firm.

He said news of her death has been tough to handle. “She added a smile to the place,

Read more at: https://www.click2houston.com/news/those-who-knew-victims-in-deadly-crime-spree-remember-their-spirit

Jose Rodriguez, suspect in deadly crime spree, speaks at first…


HOUSTON – Jose Rodriguez, the man accused in a crime spree that included three homicides, spoke in court for the first time since his arrest.

Rodriguez, 46, appeared in court Tuesday evening on one of the two capital murder charges he is facing.

Prosecutors read the probable cause document in connection with the death of 62-year-old Pamela Johnson, whose bound body was found in her Cypress

Read more at: https://www.click2houston.com/news/jose-rodriguez-suspect-in-deadly-crime-spree-speaks-at-first-court-hearing-since-arrest

Double home invasion, ‘crime spree’ lead to arrest in Kalamazoo …

 

KALAMAZOO, MI — Police said they arrested the suspect of a Kalamazoo-area crime spree that involved a pair of home invasions and a vehicle theft.

The spree began before 2:14 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, when Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Crest Avenue in reference to a home invasion. 

A woman called the police after she returned home to find an individual inside her residence. She told police the suspect fled on foot. 

Officers investigating the incident found a person who matched the description of the home invasion suspect. As police approached, the individual fled on foot and broke into an occupied house in the 2400 block of Amherst, police said. 

Inside the residence, the suspect allegedly grabbed a set of keys, ran outside, and stole a vehicle parked in the driveway. That

Read more at: https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2018/07/arrest_made_after_double_home.html

Five teens arrested in crime spree – Winston

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Five teenagers arrested following alleged crime spree

Five teenagers were arrested following a robbery, several attempted robberies and a store break-in early Monday morning in Winston-Salem.

The first robbery was reported at 12:15 a.m. Police say a 22-year-old man was riding his bicycle on Banner Avenue near Broad Street when four or five men in a white Honda Civic drove up. One of the men got out of the car, pointed a gun at the victim and stole his money and a cell phone.

Thirty minutes later, police responded to Cash Pawn on Peters Creek Parkway on reports of a break-in. Police say video surveillance shows a white Honda Pilot was driven into the business, allowing four men to walk in. Nothing was stolen.

Officers then responded to Broad Street near Fifth Street at 12:50 a.m. A woman said she was sitting in her car when two people walked up with guns and told

Read more at: http://www.wxii12.com/article/five-teenagers-arrested-following-crime-spree/22270830

Couple Accused Of Using Kids In Crime Spree « CBS Los Angeles

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA)  — A Moreno Valley couple is accused of using two kids in a series of robberies, officials said.

The couple appeared in court for the first time Tuesday.

“It’s crazy,” says Robyn Flores of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, “how many agencies, how many locations are involved.”

Authorities said Darrell Campbell, 32, showed the kids how to steal and Jeammie Preston, 31, was the getaway driver.

The crimes were committed in nine Inland Empire stores, CBS2’s Nicole Comstock reported.

These included two Home Depot stores and a Target in Moreno Valley in April and May and several other major retailers last year.

The alleged crimes also took place in Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Eastvale, Glendora and San Bernardino.

Flores said the suspects told the kids what to say and coached them on how to steal.

The criminal complaint alleges Campbell and Preston used threats, commands and persuasion to get the children — a 16-year-old boy and am

Read more at: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/07/17/couple-accused-of-using-kids-in-crime-spree/

Couple Accused Of Using Kids In Crime Spree

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA)  — A Moreno Valley couple is accused of using two kids in a series of robberies, officials said.

The couple appeared in court for the first time Tuesday.

“It’s crazy,” says Robyn Flores of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, “how many agencies, how many locations are involved.”

Authorities said Darrell Campbell, 32, showed the kids how to steal and Jeammie Preston, 31, was the getaway driver.

The crimes were committed in nine Inland Empire stores, CBS2’s Nicole Comstock reported.

These included two Home Depot stores and a Target in Moreno Valley in April and May and several other major retailers last year.

The alleged crimes also took place in Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Eastvale, Glendora and San Bernardino.

Flores said the suspects told the kids what to say and coached them on how to steal.

The criminal complaint alleges Campbell and Preston used threats, commands and persuasion to get the children — a 16-year-old boy and am

Read more at: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/07/17/couple-accused-of-using-kids-in-crime-spree/

REST IN PEACE: These are the victims of the Houston-area crime spree that left 3 dead – KTRK

The lives of three people were taken after a parolee released from prison last year reportedly went on a violent crime spree around the Houston area.

Authorities identified the suspect as 46-year-old Jose Gilberto Rodriguez. He’s linked to the Mattress One murder, the murder of a female worker Saturday at the Mattress Firm near Willowbrook Mall, and the killing of a 62-year-old widow in Cypress last Friday.

Here’s what we know about the victims of this crime spree.

Eduardo Magana

Eduardo Magana was found dead Monday afternoon along the North Freeway near Crosstimbers.

Authorities say Magana, who was an employee at Mattress One, was found dead in the back of the building.

A GoFundMe page has been launched to help his family with funeral expenses.

Allie Barrow

Allie Barrow, 28, was found shot to death inside of a Mattress Firm store located in the 7000 block of FM 1960.

Officials say the store manager found Barrow’s

Read more at: http://abc13.com/the-victims-3-people-killed-in-houston-area-crime-spree-/3774090/