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October 5, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The former model at the center of one of Orange County's most notorious murder cases will go before a state parole board Wednesday seeking her freedom two decades after she killed her husband, cooked his body parts and ate them. The detectives and prosecutors who handled the original case are lining up to oppose Omaima Nelson's bid for parole, but the effort is forcing them to relive the most horrific case of their careers. Orange County Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Randolph J. Pawloski said he will never forget the day in 1991 when he visited the Costa Mesa apartment Nelson shared with her new husband, William.
October 5, 2006 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
When the Marines opened the ancient freezer in the abandoned building Wednesday, they found ... body parts. The squeamish need go no further. The macabre tale began Wednesday morning on the grounds of the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the noted county hospital in Downey, where a group of U.S. Marines were using abandoned buildings as part of a military exercise. The troops spotted a freezer inside one of the buildings.
August 29, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
FLORIDA * A University of Florida neurologist professor was arrested after police found preserved heads, brains, arms and other body parts at his house, some stored in Tupperware containers. Joseph James Warner, 49, was charged with illegal storage and preservation of human remains and with domestic battery, both misdemeanors. He was held on $5,000 bond. Warner said he "conducted research at his home, including dissections of human and animal body parts," Gainesville police said.
April 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A construction worker checking a remote road found carcasses and body parts of about 150 dogs, sheriff's officials said in Gate City. "When we got to the scene, you just could not believe the smell, and the amount of dogs down there was just unbelievable," sheriff's investigator Chris Holder said. "I've never seen anything like it. It looks like a deliberate dumping."
April 18, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Border Patrol agents found $5.5 million worth of marijuana and cocaine stashed among body parts in the back of a truck at a checkpoint in Falfurrias, 80 miles north of the Rio Grande. Agents made the discovery searching bins full of dirty hospital laundry in the truck after a drug-sniffing dog went after it, said the patrol's Leti Garza. She said the Drug Enforcement Administration believes the body parts came from hospitals in the area and were used to try to mask the smell of the drugs.
May 31, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A 51-year-old San Bernardino woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after she was discovered on a city street pushing a trash can containing a man's dismembered body, Ontario police said Monday. Carmen Montenegro was taken into custody after Ontario residents in the 700 block of Holmes Avenue spotted her about 3 p.m. Sunday pushing a foul-smelling trash bin and alerted police, Det. Jeff Crittenden said. Body parts were found inside the bin, he said. After Montenegro's arrest, detectives began an exhaustive search of the home and yard of a relative on the same street, Crittenden said.
July 31, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
An exotic dancer accused of keeping human body parts in her home plans to plead not guilty to charges of unlawful disposal of human remains, her attorney said. Linda Kay, 31, was charged after police found six human skulls and a hand in a jar of formaldehyde in her bedroom. A former roommate said the hand was a gift from a medical student. Kay's mother said she thought the skulls were bought from a mail-order catalog.
October 9, 1998 | From Associated Press
The partial remains of a pregnant woman who vanished nearly a month ago after being lured from her home by the promise of free diapers have been found in the trash in Tijuana. The discovery is the latest development in the disappearance of Margarita Flores, a macabre case that continues to baffle police. Josefina Sonia Saldana, 40, who is accused of kidnapping Flores on Sept. 14 from her Fresno home, remained in jail in lieu of $1 million bail and is the sole suspect in the case.
March 17, 2004 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
A prominent Los Angeles law firm filed a lawsuit Tuesday against companies that it alleged had bought body parts stolen from cadavers that had been donated to UCLA's medical school. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the widow of a man whose body had been donated to UCLA. The suit was seeking class-action status for other donors and was at least the second such suit to be filed since the scandal about the sale of body parts broke earlier this month.
Let's first clear the air on "Body Parts." Yes, the timing of this movie is, shall we say, inopportune. On the other hand, is there ever a good time to release a horror movie about limb transplants? "Body Parts" (citywide) is based on the French novel "Choice Cuts," which was penned by the same French writing team, Boileau-Narcejac, responsible for the book on which Alfred Hitchcock based "Vertigo."
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