October 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Chowchilla, Calif. -- A woman who killed, dismembered and cooked her husband was deemed a risk to society and denied parole Wednesday in a lengthy and at times emotional hearing. Omaima Nelson, 43, a former nanny commonly compared to the fictional cannibal killer Hannibal Lecter at the time of the murder in 1991, held that she was a changed woman, eager to live the "good life God meant. " But first came the recounting of Nelson's earlier life: by her account, the victim of almost unimaginable abuse as a child in Egypt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1992 |
A 17-year-old Dorsey High School baseball player died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while aboard the team bus as it returned from a game Tuesday, police said. Wilford Wright, the team's starting shortstop, was playing Russian roulette in the back of the bus when his .22-caliber pistol went off, said the team's coach, former Dodger outfielder Derrel Thomas. But Los Angeles Police Department investigators said the shooting could have been a suicide.
February 1, 1989 |
The search continued Tuesday for the missing companion of a young woman killed in a shark attack last week, while news of the UCLA graduate student's violent death stunned classmates and faculty members on the Westwood campus. Members of Roy Jeffrey Stoddard's family were arriving at his Malibu home, still hopeful that he would be found alive, even though it has been more than five days since he set out from Malibu on a short morning kayaking excursion with his girlfriend, Tamara McAllister.
April 29, 1990 |
Since November, when the Berlin Wall fell, it has been expected that the dominance of East German sports would also crumble. But few could have expected it this soon. If there can be such a thing as a rout in gymnastics, it happened Saturday. The United States women beat the East Germans by five points in a exhibition dual meet. The United States scored 192.75 points to 187.588 for the East Germans. The American score wasn't particularly high, but still solid.
September 14, 1997
Last Sunday, TV critic Howard Rosenberg wrote a column that accompanied The Times' news coverage of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. The column elicited a heavy response--pro and con--from readers. In what will no doubt be a flood of angry letters in response to Howard Rosenberg's insightful article "A 'Masterpiece Theatre' of Pomp and Puff," please take comfort in knowing there are some like me who wholeheartedly support his views. In fact, after reading his article, I rose from my couch and gave him a standing ovation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1997 |
Over the objection of defense attorneys, a judge decided Wednesday that prosecutors may show jurors a portfolio of modeling photos taken of accused murderer Diana Haun in the 1980s. Prosecutors want to use the snapshots--which show the 36-year-old defendant in a variety of glamorous poses with different outfits and hairstyles--to bolster their claim that she altered her appearance to kidnap Sherri Dally. Deputy Dist. Atty.
January 15, 1994 |
Diana Ross, essentially forgotten as an actress, has re-emerged after a shockingly long, self-imposed 16-year absence from the movies. And what a considerable return it is. "Out of Darkness" (at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC, Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42) is Ross' shattering portrait of a woman's battle with paranoia/schizophrenia, experienced even in her better moments as "voices and demons." The pop diva image is nowhere to be seen.
December 10, 1989 |
Despite the current glut of movie sequels, they're hardly new. In 1939, the same year MGM distributed "Gone With the Wind," the studio also released its third "Thin Man," its second and third "Dr. Kildares," and its seventh, eighth and ninth "Andy Hardys." Yet, for half a century, "GWTW"--the most successful movie of all time, based on the most popular American novel (more than 25 million copies sold since 1936)--has eluded sequelization. But that may change.