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October 4, 2000 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal investigators are preparing to search a garbage-strewn hillside near downtown Tijuana for the graves of three people who an informant claims were buried there by former Los Angeles Police Department officers Rafael Perez and David Mack, law enforcement sources confirmed Tuesday. The search, expected to occur within days, is part of an ongoing federal investigation aimed at corroborating the allegations of 23-year-old Sonia Flores, Perez's former lover.
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February 23, 1993 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dimitri Vadetsky waved a meaty, muscular hand toward the tree-shaded campus at Reseda High School and spoke sternly--a tone befitting his job as assistant principal: "I defy you to find . . . one hair out of place. We're so proud of this school. That's why this shooting doesn't make sense. It just doesn't." The 59-year-old Vadetsky is a symbol of this San Fernando Valley high school. He's proud to a fault.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1994 | THOM MROZEK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A grand jury indicted a Woodland Hills man Thursday in the abduction, sexual assault and slaying of 8-year-old Nicole Parker, whose body was discovered in the defendant's bedroom closet, sources close to the case said Friday. Hooman Ashkan Panah, 22, who faces the death penalty, will appear in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment Tuesday morning, when the indictment is scheduled to be unsealed, the sources said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1992 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
The city is sprinkled with sites of the untimely deaths of the famous and the fated. From John Belushi to the Black Dahlia, Los Angeles has been the backdrop for many a notorious demise. Solved or unsolved, some murders and suicides become part of the cultural fabric, spawning books, movies and even sightseeing tours. Here is a look at episodes from the city's homicidal history. 1.
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August 12, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A 21-year-old gang member was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in what authorities have characterized as the revenge killings of a South-Central Los Angeles minister's wife and her teen-age son. Eric Dicks, who was convicted by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury after a week of deliberations, could be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, the district attorney's office said.
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January 17, 1997 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and MAYRAV SAAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Casting doubt upon a Houston man's story that his co-worker fell to her death from a City of Industry hotel balcony while the two were having sex, Los Angeles County coroner's officials Thursday ruled the woman's death a homicide. Sandra Orellana, 27, was "assisted" in toppling over the balcony railing outside her room at the Industry Hills Sheraton in November and plunging 11 stories to her death, coroner's spokesman Scott Carrier said. Thursday's was just the latest twist in the macabre case.
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February 21, 1996 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Snoop Doggy Dogg, one of the nation's preeminent rap artists, was acquitted along with his bodyguard Tuesday of first- and second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a gang member at a Palms park. Jurors also acquitted the 24-year-old rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and bodyguard McKinley Lee on one charge each of conspiracy to commit assault in connection with the August 1993 death of Philip Woldemariam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
John C. Holmes, the world's premier pornographic film star, sobbed as he sat in a steaming bathtub early one morning in July, 1981. Haltingly, Holmes confessed to his wife that he had played a central role in four brutal murders earlier that month in a drug dealers' hillside home in Laurel Canyon. "There's somebody out there who wants to kill me," Holmes told Sharon, his wife of 16 years. Frightened, she asked, "Why?" For a time, John Holmes was silent. Finally, he replied: "The murders . . .
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July 22, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Displaying a gruesome photo and a bloodstained pair of tennis shoes, prosecutors began building their case Wednesday against Lyle and Erik Menendez, accused of murder in the 1989 shotgun slayings of their parents. The photo, posted on a bulletin board for jurors to examine, shows the brothers' father, Jose Menendez, slumped in the corner of a white couch, his head at an odd angle and his white shirt covered with blood.
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January 17, 1997 | GREG BRAXTON and SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
To the extent that the world knew Ennis Cosby, it was as a shining star of his father's hilarious imaginary life. He was the sly adolescent whose first words upon turning 16 were, allegedly: "Wanna Porsche." He was the kid who shaved his head for no reason and attacked his sisters with wet towels. He was Theo Huxtable, the TV son on "The Cosby Show," whose relationship with his father redefined, with long-overdue dignity, the entertainment industry's portrayal of African American families.
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