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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.

Teenage boy charged over alleged crime spree

A TEENAGER has been charged over a breaking and entering spree in Kelmscott which caused damage to several businesses.

Police allege the 17-year-old boy used a rock to smash the front doors of a service station on Albany Highway about 3am on September 14.

The boy allegedly threw items around inside the store and knocked over stands after entering the premises.

It will be further alleged he approached a white Geely sedan at the carpark of a fast food restaurant in Albany Highway at 3.15am.

Armadale Detectives have charged a 17-year-old boy with a number offences that occurred in Kelmscott on Saturday…

Posted by Armadale District – WA Police Force on Thursday, 19 September 2019

He allegedly tried to steal the car by threatening the man inside and smashing a window but the driver removed the keys during a wrestle.

The driver fled into the restaurant.

It will be further alleged the boy smashed

Read more at: https://www.communitynews.com.au/comment/news/teenage-boy-charged-over-alleged-crime-spree

New Bedford crime spree suspect found dangerous, held

NEW BEDFORD — A city man charged with going on a one-man crime spree last month was found dangerous Wednesday and ordered held without bail, court records say.

Matthew Lariviere, 39, will now be held for up to four months as he awaits trial for stealing an 18-year-old New Bedford woman’s vehicle at knifepoint on Aug. 6 and then using it to rob the Shop ‘n Save convenience store, 807 Ashley Blvd., also at knifepoint, of $263, according to court documents.

Judge Sabine M. Coyle found Lariviere dangerous and determined the only way to protect the public was by holding him without bail after a dangerousness hearing Wednesday in New Bedford District Court. His detainment ends Jan. 17, 2020.

Lariviere is charged with armed carjacking, two counts of armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for police, according to court

Read more at: https://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20190919/new-bedford-crime-spree-suspect-found-dangerous-held

Vieux Fort crime spree continues with late night burglary

The chilling crime spree in Vieux-Fort continued on Tuesday night when another business, this time a restaurant and bar, was burglarized.

The incident occurred close to midnight at The Old Plantation Yard, located on Commercial Street while police were patrolling in its vicinity.

The bandits stole hundreds of dollars worth of alcoholic beverages, a number of kitchen towels, seasonings and a few plates of cooked food.

The building in which the canteen is located

According to the proprietor Imogene Eugene – who was wide awake at her workplace, in which she sleeps at times – she heard sounds in the kitchen but did not think a burglary was happening.

“I thought it was cats making the noise, so I did not bother to check,” Eugene told Loop News.

She said she is convinced that the thieves are from Vieux-Fort and that they knew she

Read more at: http://www.loopslu.com/content/vieux-fort-crime-spree-continues-late-night-burglary