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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.

Shawn Adam Newton: Murder accused was on crime spree, court …


July 26, 2017 15:20:12

Rebecca Gascoigne standing in a strappy black and white top.

Rebecca Gascoigne’s body was found in a car on Perth’s Mitchell Freeway. (Supplied: WA Police)

A man accused of killing a Perth mother, whose body was found in a car on the Mitchell Freeway, embarked on a string of crimes both before and after the alleged murder, a court hears.

Shawn Adam Newton, 42, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court today charged with the murder of Rebecca Gascoigne, 35, whose body

Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-26/freeway-murder-shawn-adam-newton-rebecca-gascoigne-court/8743932

Four men sentenced for violent crime spree last summer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va — Four of the six individuals responsible for a crime spree last summer that included a series of armed robberies, kidnappings, an armed home invasion, and a carjacking were sentenced today, authorities announced.

These four men were responsible for the armed robbery of five commercial establishments throughout June and July 2016, officials say.

The crime spree culminated with a home invasion, carjacking, kidnapping, and armed robbery, all of which took place on the evening of July 18, 2016, according to authorities.

In separate hearings today, Terence Tyree, Kentavia Jones, Jaquarius Johnson and Isaiah Wilson were sentenced for their various roles in the conspiracy.

Tyree, 19, is set to serve 30 years in federal prison while Jones, 19, received a 225 month sentence.

The others, Johnson, 19, and Wilson, 24, received 126 month and 68 month sentences, respectively.

A fifth individual, Demetrius Steppe will be sentenced Friday, July 28, 2017.

Read more at: http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Four-men-sentenced-for-violent-crime-spree-last-summer-436586213.html

Suspects in two-county crime spree could face life in prison after indictment on federal charges – Casper Star

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4 men charged in violent Montreal-area crime spree have hearing delayed

Four men who are alleged to have gone on a lengthy crime spree — including the sexual assault of a woman in Lachine — while they were under intense police surveillance, have seen their cases carried over to September.

All four of the men appeared before Quebec Court Judge Yves Paradis at the Montreal courthouse on Monday where they agreed to delay decisions on how their cases will proceed. The hearing on Monday was scheduled as a date where all four — Yossi Avadov, 24, James Craigwell, 44, Vincent Parent Lévesque, 24, and Clayton Roach, 38 — had the options of choosing whether they want trials before a jury or a judge alone. Instead, lawyers involved in the case asked that the hearing be carried over to a date early in September. Paradis was informed that the reasons for the delay varied as one accused wants to switch lawyers and another

Read more at: http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/4-men-charged-in-violent-montreal-area-crime-spree-have-hearing-delayed

LETTER: Don’t blame crime spree on bail reform

The July 20 article “Fugitive in Monmouth County crime spree in custody,” on the arrest of a suspect in connection to recent robberies unfairly characterizes bail reform and wrongly implies that the new system is to blame for these crimes.

The article ignores how unsafe the old system was, as well as the benefits of the reform. Under the old money bail system, decisions about who was released from jail before trial were based on an individual’s access to cash rather than their potential risk to public safety. The suspect in this case would have been given a money bail

Read more at: http://www.app.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/07/25/bail-reform-new-jersey/103978352/

Duquesne professor touted as ‘leading consumer expert’ facing charges in crime spree

She’s a well-respected Duquesne University professor and known as a leading consumer expert. Dr. Audrey Guskey’s interviews have been seen on cable news and the networks.

But Bridgeville Police say she’s also an accused criminal– facing charges in a crime spree that’s spanned three months.

Dr. Guskey is accused of repeatedly keying five separate cars over that 3-month span.

According to court documents, Guskey admitted to damaging ‘4 or 5 cars’ because she didn’t like when vehicles parked in front of her Bridgeville home.

Read more at: http://www.wtae.com/article/duquesne-professor-touted-as-leading-consumer-expert-facing-charges-in-crime-spree/10354699

Okanagan woman sentenced for involvement in crime spree spanning two provinces

PENTICTON – A Kelowna woman implicated in a crime spree spanning two provinces was sentenced on multiple charges in court today.

Bree-Anne Alicia Buhler entered guilty pleas on 11 charges including three counts of break and enter, one count of theft under $5,000, four breaches, one count of dealing with an identity document without legal excuse, one count of being in a vehicle without the registered owner present, and one count of possession of a controlled substance in Penticton court today, July 24.

Buhler, who was 21 at the time of the crimes, was arrested along with William Gaddy of Osoyoos and Waylon Faulhafer of Scotch

Read more at: http://infotel.ca/newsitem/okanagan-woman-sentenced-for-involvement-in-crime-spree-spanning-two-provinces/it44580

Man accused of carjacking, kidnapping and more after alleged crime …

by: Lynn Casey
Updated: Jul 24, 2017 – 10:15 PM