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March 11, 1993 | From Associated Press
Two 17-year-old girls have been sentenced for torturing and butchering an elderly woman, less than three weeks after a pair of 10-year-olds were charged with murdering a toddler. Again, a troubled nation is asking, how could this happen? Edna Phillips, 70, was throttled with her dog's leash and stabbed or slashed 86 times. The mental images of the crime have shocked the nation just as the video pictures of little James Bulger being led to his death did last month.
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June 21, 2001 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were 10-year-old truants when they lured an unsuspecting toddler away from his mother in a suburban shopping mall near Liverpool, beat the boy to death and left his body on railroad tracks to be severed by a train. The abduction was captured on a security camera, and blurred pictures of every parent's worst nightmare were broadcast around the world.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1988 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
On May 30, 1944--in the midst of World War II--U.S. Army Pvt. Alex F. Miranda stood before an American firing squad in England and spoke his last words. "Pray for me," the 20-year-old soldier from Santa Ana beseeched a chaplain. "And may God have a place for you in heaven." Then Pvt. Miranda, who had fatally shot his sleeping sergeant almost three months earlier, was felled by a volley from 10 rifle-bearing soldiers.
NEWS
January 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A man and woman convicted of murdering an 8-year-old girl whom they had beaten and starved received life sentences, and the British government ordered an inquiry into why authorities who had been alerted to the girl's plight bungled the case. Anna Climbie, born in the Ivory Coast, had 128 bruises on her body when she died of starvation and hypothermia in London last February, according to court testimony.
NEWS
July 31, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an apparent sharp escalation of the Irish Republican Army's campaign to bring violence closer to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative Party, a senior lawmaker who was considered Britain's most strident IRA opponent was killed Monday when a powerful bomb ripped through his car.
NEWS
March 15, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Six Irishmen wrongly convicted and jailed 16 years ago in the Irish Republican Army's deadliest attacks in Britain won their freedom in a court hearing Thursday, ending a case that shook faith in Britain's justice system and police. The appeal by the "Birmingham Six" followed the quashing of other convictions in connection with bomb attacks in Britain by the Irish Republican Army.
NEWS
February 18, 1993 | From Associated Press
It was just another shopping trip on just another day: a woman and her young son heading into a butcher shop. She turned away for just a moment. She never again saw her child alive. But the 2-year-old boy has become hauntingly familiar to millions of Britons who have watched security camera film of James Bulger toddling away from his mother and into the hands of two teen-age boys. Two days later, his body was found.
NEWS
February 23, 1993 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An enraged crowd outside a courthouse in Liverpool tried Monday to attack two 10-year-old boys accused in the brutal killing of 2-year-old James Bulger--a crime that has stunned and outraged Britain. Six persons were arrested when members of the crowd of 300 screamed profanities and rushed two police vans taking the boys back to a detention center after the youngsters appeared in court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1996
Arthur R. Jackson, the Scottish drifter who brutally attacked actress Theresa Saldana in 1982, will be arraigned today in an English court on murder charges for the shooting death of a civilian during a Chelsea bank robbery 30 years ago. Jackson, who completed his sentence this month for the knife attack that nearly killed Saldana, was transferred Wednesday from a California prison to a jail near London where he will be tried for the 1966 murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Tarzana film stuntman has been arrested by FBI agents in the kidnap and murder of a wealthy accountant in England, it was disclosed Tuesday. Nevile Vandermerwe, 28, was taken into custody without incident Monday night as he was about to enter a Woodland Hills gym. Sought by British authorities for the last two years, the muscular South African is being held without bail pending an extradition hearing.
NEWS
January 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
A judge has barred the media from disclosing the new identities of two teenagers who will soon be eligible for parole in the torture slaying of a toddler--one of the most notorious killings in recent British history. In an unprecedented order Monday, Judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss said she was convinced that Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, both now 18, would be in danger if the public knew who they were and where they lived.
NEWS
October 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two boys who were 10 years old when they tortured and killed a toddler in 1993 are eligible for parole, a British court ruled, reversing a politician's decision to nearly double their minimum term. The two, who were tried as adults, could be released as early as February, Lord Chief Justice Woolf said. The ruling reversed a decision by a previous court and a Cabinet minister to increase their minimum terms to 15 years.
NEWS
July 24, 2000 | From Reuters
Britain's News of the World tabloid came under heavy fire Sunday for printing the names and photographs of 49 convicted pedophiles as the nation reels from the abduction and killing of a young girl. Public anger at child sex offenders has been running high since 8-year-old Sarah Payne disappeared close to her grandparents' home in southern England on July 1. Her naked body was found dumped in a field July 17.
NEWS
May 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
British police Sunday charged a man with the murder of television personality Jill Dando, more than a year after she was gunned down on the doorstep of her London home. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said that Barry Michael George, also known as Barry Bulsara, had been charged in the death of the popular TV newscaster and would appear today before West London Magistrates Court.
NEWS
May 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Police arrested a man suspected of killing Jill Dando, a popular British television personality who was fatally shot on her doorstep last year. The suspect, who was not identified, was detained at daybreak in a raid on a London house, police said. Dando, 37, appeared on news and current affairs programs for the British Broadcasting Corp. She was shot in the head at close range in April 1999 outside her west London home.
NEWS
April 29, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A reclusive farmer convicted of fatally shooting a 16-year-old burglar in the back with an illegal shotgun has become the unlikely poster boy for victims' rights in Britain. Tony Martin, who lived in a rundown Victorian estate called Bleak House and carried a teddy bear to court every day, received a mandatory sentence of life in prison last week for the killing. One of the dead intruder's accomplices was jailed for three years, the other for 2 1/2 years.
NEWS
November 19, 1991 | Reuters
A U.S. judge on Monday found that Curtis Howard, an American, may be extradited to Britain to be tried in a case British newspapers have dubbed the "Fatal Attraction" killing. Extradition is not expected soon, however, since several avenues of appeal remain. Howard, 23, is accused of killing Englishwoman Catherine Ayling, 24, with whom he allegedly was romantically obsessed.
SPORTS
November 2, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The moment was so exhilarating that the well-bred Alex Scott forgot his English drawing-room manners. When Sheikh Albadou, a 3-year-old colt, hit the wire three lengths ahead of Pleasant Tap in the 1991 Sprint Stakes, becoming the first European horse to win a Breeders' Cup race on dirt, a euphoric Scott raced down from his box seat to track level at Churchill Downs, while shouting a salty anti-American epithet in the direction of trainer Wayne Lukas.
NEWS
March 31, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain's most notorious female prisoner lost her bid for freedom, as five law lords unanimously ruled that a life sentence was justified for her participation in murdering children. Myra Hindley, 57, has been in prison 35 years, convicted of helping her lover, Ian Brady, murder a 10-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy. She also was convicted as an accessory in a third killing and confessed to two other murders but was not prosecuted.
NEWS
March 23, 2000 |
Police in London cracked down on racial intolerance, arresting three men in connection with the April 1993 killing of a black teenager, and rounding up 100 suspected racists in separate raids. The slaying of Stephen Lawrence, 18, by a gang of white youths and the failure of the police to investigate adequately prompted a national debate about racism. The arrests came after Lawrence's family appealed on a BBC program for help in solving the crime.
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