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August 31, 1999 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After sifting through 1,100 leads and conducting countless interviews, the detectives on the South Bay molester task force still could not identify the man who had assaulted about a dozen elementary school girls in a southern swath of Los Angeles County. Finally, in desperation, they turned to Sheriff's Sgt. John Yarbrough, Southern California's only "profiler," who specializes in providing psychological portraits of killers or sexual predators. Yarbrough scrutinized witness reports.
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August 31, 1999 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After sifting through 1,100 leads and conducting countless interviews, the detectives on the South Bay molester task force still could not identify the man who had assaulted about a dozen elementary school girls in a southern swath of Los Angeles County. Finally, in desperation, they turned to Sheriff's Sgt. John Yarbrough, Southern California's only "profiler," who specializes in providing psychological portraits of killers or sexual predators. Yarbrough scrutinized witness reports.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Army's chief of chaplains has begun an official inquiry into reports that a Southern Baptist chaplain in Iraq has been offering U.S. troops baths in exchange for being baptized. "It's simple. They want water. I have it, as long as they agree to get baptized," Josh Llano, a 32-year-old chaplain who describes himself as a Southern Baptist evangelist, told the Miami Herald.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three KROQ-FM disc jockeys who masterminded a much-publicized on-air murder confession hoax last summer have been temporarily suspended, station sources said Thursday. The suspensions came the day that a Times article revealed the hoax and more than a week after station management acknowledged the stunt in a letter to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time since an on-air murder confession was revealed to be a hoax, KROQ-FM officials commented publicly on the incident Thursday, blaming it on the intense competition for ratings and insisting that the disc jockeys involved will not be fired. Morning personalities Kevin Ryder and Gene (Bean) Baxter admitted publicly last Friday to concocting the phony confession along with fellow KROQ deejay Doug Roberts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1998 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As many as 125 investigators had worked on the case, checking over 1,700 leads but coming up empty in their frustrating search for the man whose abductions and sexual assaults on young schoolgirls terrified several South Bay communities two years ago. On Thursday, law enforcement officials announced that they believe they have found their man--in a cell in Men's Central Jail.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a six-month investigation, the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday took limited, largely symbolic action in regard to a phony murder confession broadcast by radio station KROQ-FM (106.7) last year, issuing a four-page letter admonishing the management for its "deliberate distortion of programming."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1997 | MATT MYGATT, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Billy Darnell sees an almost otherworldly color on his New Mexico ranch this spring day: green. "I'm looking out now, and I can see some green grass in a flood plain and a lot of yuccas blooming. And they're shining yellow in the sun," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will bill KROQ-FM (106.7) more than $12,000 for the time the department spent investigating a phony murder confession broadcast by the station last June. The much-publicized confession, which aired during the morning drive-time program of KROQ deejays Kevin Ryder and Gene (Bean) Baxter, was revealed last month to be a publicity stunt concocted by the duo with the help of an Arizona deejay, Doug Roberts, who subsequently was hired at KROQ.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Times staff writer Rene Lynch contributed to this story
The case files were so thick they could reach the ceiling of the police office, encompassing more than 1,100 leads that ultimately led nowhere, detectives said. Pleas for help went out on TV's "Unsolved Mysteries." Psychics even rushed forth to offer visions of the people who gunned down millionaire car-racing pioneer Mickey Thompson and his wife in front of their 13-car garage in the San Gabriel Valley in 1988. But still, no arrests.
NEWS
March 15, 1996 | DUANE NORIYUKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
he Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department evidence warehouse is a graveyard of sorts. There is a macabre undertone, a cadaverous stillness caused by the nature of its stock. Warehouse manager Peter Zavala walks slowly upon the concrete floor, through canyons separating shelves that reach toward a 35-foot ceiling--past computers and bootleg software, slot machines and a bird cage. He pauses at a stack of furniture.
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