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October 29, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Halloween is my favorite time of year. And I love to be scared. Over the years, I've been through my fair share of theme park mazes, independent haunted attractions and backyard spookfests. I even dress up every Halloween as a chainsaw-wielding maniac in a hockey mask and scare the neighborhood kids at the haunted house on our block. So I like to think I've seen it all - from the mundane to the extreme. But I've never experienced anything like McKamey Manor . > Photos: Inside the McKamey Manor backyard haunt in San Diego On Friday night I went through the backyard haunt tucked behind the three-bedroom, brick-and-stucco home of Russ and Carol McKamey in an otherwise ordinary San Diego subdivision near Poway.
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April 18, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
The father of a man accused of raping and killing four women in Orange County said he doesn't believe his son is capable of carrying out the attacks. Dean Gordon said the family is embarrassed and trying to cope with the accusations. "He's been charged with something that is very serious," Dean Gordon said. "I'm devastated but I don't think my son is capable of that. " Steven Dean Gordon, 45, and Franc Cano, 27, are charged with the rape and murder of four women who disappeared in Orange County since last fall.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as the Night Stalker who terrorized Los Angeles County and was convicted in 1989 of 13 murders, died Friday morning, California corrections officials said. He was 53. Ramirez died of natural causes in Marin General Hospital, the department said in a statement. No other details were released. Sentenced to death, Ramirez, who was housed at San Quentin, was one of 735 offenders facing execution and one of 59 who died from natural causes since capital punishment in California was reinstated in 1978.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Surrounded by police, a suspected serial killer in Anaheim quickly sliced the GPS device from his ankle, hopped on a bicycle and pedaled across the street. The registered sex offender didn't get far, said Ian Pummel, the owner of an Anaheim auto body shop where Steven Dean Gordon worked. Gordon and a second man are now in custody, charged with raping and killing four women. Police said both were on probation and wearing court-issued GPS devices when they committed the crimes, which date to last fall.
NATIONAL
November 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Joseph Paul Franklin, a racist who targeted African Americans, Jews and tried to assassinate Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, was executed Wednesday morning in Missouri, officials said. The execution came after Flynt, who has used a wheelchair since the 1978 attack, unsuccessfully pleaded for mercy for his assailant. It also came after a string of failed last-moment legal appeals delayed the execution by several hours. Technically, Franklin, who was executed at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Mo., went to his death for killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper attack on a St. Louis synagogue in 1977.
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November 28, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The death on Thursday of an accused serial killer awaiting trial on charges of murdering six people infuriated the friend of one of his alleged victims, who called him a “piece of slime.” Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo died after being found sick in his jail cell, authorities said. Ocampo, 25, was charged last year in a “serial thrill-kill” rampage in Orange County that left four homeless men and a woman and her son dead. “All this guy did was take away from people,” said Ron Cady, a friend of Paulus “Dutch” Smit, a 57-year-old homeless man who was stabbed more than 60 times in December 2011 outside the Yorba Linda Library.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
Los Angeles police officials said they plan to comb through scores of old unsolved murders to see whether a reputed 72-year-old serial killer carried out slayings in the city beyond the three women he is suspected of killing in the 1980s. Samuel Little, who authorities allege also killed women in Florida and Mississippi, currently is being held at California's Wasco state prison. He was charged Monday and is expected to return to Los Angeles for arraignment this week on the counts of murder with special circumstances.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Israel Keyes never told investigators about everybody he killed. And in the final bloodied, crumpled notes in his Anchorage jail cell when guards found him strangled with hands slit on Dec. 2, he didn't say much else either. Instead, Keyes -- who claimed to have killed at least eight people across the U.S. over a period of several years -- wrote angst-ridden, morbid poetry on the four pages released by the FBI on Wednesday. "Turn a blind eye back to the screen, soak in your reality shows.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
The jail-cell suicide of suspected serial killer Israel Keyes, held in the killing of Alaska barista Samantha Koenig, has seemingly solved one other murder mystery, and has brought closure for one family -- even as it has left the grieving Koenig family feeling as though justice was yanked from their grasp. Midsummer in Vermont, searchers spent weeks digging through a landfill, looking for the bodies of Bill and Lorraine Currier, reported missing in June 2011. At their home in Essex, there were signs that they had been abducted -- a garage window broken, a handgun missing and the phone line to the home cut. A statement from the U.S. attorney for Vermont in July said a "person believed to have committed the murders is in custody in another state and will remain in custody.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Jail couldn't keep Israel Keyes out of trouble, not even with himself. The prolific serial killer had already been caught and jailed by authorities months ago for his final butchery -- the kidnapping and slaying of 18-year-old Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig, one of the eight people he'd alluded to killing over years of attacks across the country. But a new report released this week by the Alaska Department of Corrections detailed the extent to which the 34-year-old construction worker continued to cause trouble with his captors even as he cooperated with investigators working to discover whom he'd killed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For those of us grown weary of the tortured white male detectives/criminals who occupy so much prime television real estate, "Those Who Kill," which premieres Monday on A&E, offers some small comfort. Not only is the tortured detective lead a woman, she's played by Chloë Sevigny, a performer of inevitable creativity and fearlessness. Here, she's Catherine Jensen, a new but fiercely brilliant homicide detective in the great city of Pittsburgh. Adapted by Glen Morgan ("The River," "The X-Files")
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January 30, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Despite the sunshine, gentle breezes and placid waters, something wicked this way comes in "Stranger by the Lake," French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie's tantalizingly erotic fable of love, passion and death. Though Guiraudie's work often circles around the complexities of sexual urges among gay men, he's never gotten as close to reality as he does in this film. At the same time, the writer-director casts a wide metaphorical net to examine that most fundamental human connection. Though the sex is fevered and explicit, the camera roaming over bodies with abandon, the questions raised are more abstract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
An independent pathologist on Monday will conduct an autopsy on an accused Orange County serial who is believed to have swallowed a household cleanser in his cell to avoid trial. A contractor was hired to perform the autopsy on Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, who died in custody, to avoid any conflict of interest, said Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The county coroner's office is under the umbrella of the Sheriff's Department. Deputies found Ocampo in his single-man cell at Central Jail in Santa Ana on Wednesday, shaking and vomiting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Hailey Branson-Potts
The accused serial killer who died Thursday was found by deputies in his Orange County jail cell shaking and vomiting, a sheriff's spokesman said Friday. Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo, 25 -- who was accused of killing six people, including four homeless men, a woman and her son -- was set to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing in January. Deputies discovered an ill Ocampo inside his single-man cell and transported him to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana on Wednesday about 6:35 p.m., said Lt. Jeff Hallock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The attorney for an accused Orange County serial killer who died after deputies discovered he was ill in his cell said his client died after swallowing some Ajax, an industrial cleaner. Michael Molfetta said investigators believe his client, Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo, accumulated enough Ajax for a lethal dose that he then ingested. Deputies found Ocampo in his single-man cell about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, shaking and vomiting. Ocampo, 25, was taken to a hospital, where he died in the intensive care unit about 1:40 p.m. Thursday.
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November 28, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The death on Thursday of an accused serial killer awaiting trial on charges of murdering six people infuriated the friend of one of his alleged victims, who called him a “piece of slime.” Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo died after being found sick in his jail cell, authorities said. Ocampo, 25, was charged last year in a “serial thrill-kill” rampage in Orange County that left four homeless men and a woman and her son dead. “All this guy did was take away from people,” said Ron Cady, a friend of Paulus “Dutch” Smit, a 57-year-old homeless man who was stabbed more than 60 times in December 2011 outside the Yorba Linda Library.
NATIONAL
December 4, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Israel Keyes was a thorough and meticulous killer who selected his victims at random, and he financed his attacks with money made from bank robberies, officials said Tuesday. Authorities also asked for the public's help in their sprawling investigation into eight killings Keyes may have been responsible for. Keyes apparently committed suicide Sunday while in custody in Anchorage, Alaska. Keyes, 34, had initially been charged with the kidnapping and killing of 18-year-old barista Samantha Koenig, but the investigation quickly expanded far beyond the attack on Koenig.
NATIONAL
December 5, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Newly released details about suspected Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes' attacks  showed two abduction-killings and notable similarities. Keyes -- a 34-year-old Anchorage construction worker who was found dead in an apparent jailhouse suicide Sunday -- scouted his locations and selected isolated targets to attack, authorities said. He kidnapped his victims and used zip ties to bind them. In the two cases, his victims tried to escape. Bill Currier, 49, and Lorraine Currier, 55, fled after he'd brought them to a barn after kidnapping them from their Essex, Vt., home, authorities disclosed this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2013 | By Hailey Branson
A man charged in a "serial thrill-kill" rampage that left six people dead, including four homeless men and a woman and her son, died Thursday after being found sick in his jail cell, an Orange County Sheriff's spokesman said. Deputies found Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo, 25, ill in his single-man cell about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, said Lt. Jeff Hallock. Medical staff at the jail attended to him and paramedics transported him to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Hallock said.
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