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May 16, 1989
The unidentified woman whose body was found alongside Coast Highway near Crystal Cove State Park was strangled, according to preliminary autopsy findings. Officials are asking for public assistance in identifying the victim, according to Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Richard J. Olson. The number to call is (714) 647-7000. Olson described the woman as white; 25 to 40 years old; 5 feet, 2 inches tall; 158 pounds; hazel eyes, and shoulder-length, bleached-blond hair with dark roots.
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April 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Over a decade beginning in 1996, Megan Huntsman gave birth to at least seven babies in her home at Pleasant Grove, Utah. One died at birth and the other six were strangled or suffocated, their bodies concealed in boxes that were stored in the garage, she told police, according to documents released by state authorities on Monday. Huntsman, 39, was being held on $6 million bail -- $1 million for each of the babies she is accused of killing -- after a preliminary court appearance on Monday, a spokesman for the Utah County jail told the Los Angeles Times.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2010
Los Angeles County homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the death of an inmate last week. William Hansbrough, 36, was declared dead just after 10 a.m. Thursday at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Sunday. Hansbrough had been strangled, according to the county coroner's office. Guards conducting a security check were "told by an inmate that he had killed his cellmate," according to the Sheriff's Department. The men were housed in a jail module designated for mentally ill inmates, sheriff's officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A Compton man was convicted Thursday of using a belt and electrical cord to strangle his girlfriend to death during an argument. Jeffrey Lee Dixon, 51, was found guilty of second-degree murder for the 2012 killing of Monique Diane Burton , 51. It took a jury less than a day to reach a verdict. Dixon was staying with Burton in Long Beach when they had an argument that turned deadly. Authorities say Dixon strangled Burton to death with a belt and electrical cord then tried to hide her body in the garage by digging a hole, but was interrupted and ditched the effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1989 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
Jurors on Tuesday recommended the death penalty for convicted serial killer Louis Craine. Two of the murders for which Craine was convicted on April 26 had been linked to the so-called Southside Slayer killings of prostitutes in South-Central Los Angeles. Craine, 31, also had been found guilty on several counts of sexual assault in connection with the strangulation murders. He was acquitted on a fifth count of first-degree murder. Called Relatives 'Liars' An unemployed construction worker from Watts, Craine had confessed to police shortly after his 1988 arrest.
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May 31, 1989 | GARY LIBMAN, Times Staff Writer
Tina Shubin stepped onto the patio of her Fullerton home at dusk on a warm spring night a year ago and saw her son Matthew, 3, on the back-yard swing set. "I called his name. I said, 'C'mon, sweetie,' " she recalled. "He looked like he could be holding on to the bar on top. He did not come. As I got closer, I realized he was suspended by his sweater. I screamed." Her husband, Bill Shubin, dropped the kitchen phone and ran to the yard. When he arrived, he could see his son was not moving.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1988 | Staff Writer Jerry Hicks
Prosecutors in the Randy Steven Kraft murder trial say a paper with 61 entries, found in his car trunk when he was arrested May 14, 1983, is a death list--Kraft's own score card of how many young men he had killed dating back to late 1971. Kraft's attorneys deny it is a death list, and call it meaningless information that will only inflame his jury. Kraft himself, in a 1983 interview, called the list nothing more than references to friends of his and his roommate at the time.
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July 19, 1998 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be a brief stop at the Primadonna casino, 43 miles south of Las Vegas, but one poker game led to another. By 3 a.m. May 25, 1997, Jeremy Strohmeyer and David Cash were tired of hanging around the arcade, waiting for David's dad. Bored, the two 18-year-olds decided to urinate on two coin-operated games. David chose Big Bertha, whose polka-dot dress flared when players hurled balls into her gaping red mouth. Jeremy selected a helicopter game. Then a wall socket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
In an unusual move, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday sentenced a Santa Monica chiropractor to life in prison for strangling his wife and throwing her overboard on the last night of their honeymoon cruise to Mexico. "This is one of the cruelest murders I've ever seen," said U.S. District Judge James A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
A homeless man who is accused of strangling two people in Santa Monica more than a decade ago pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder charges, prosecutors said. The man, Edric Dashell Gross, 48, faces two counts of murder with enhancements connected to the rape of both victims and the burglarizing of one of their homes, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Gross is accused of strangling Dana Caper, 41, and Jacqueline Lee Ovsak, 42. Ovsak's body was found in 2001 in an abandoned building on 7th Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A homeless man is due in court Thursday in connection with a pair of stranglings in Santa Monica more than 10 years ago. Edric Dashell Gross, 48, is scheduled to be arraigned on two counts of murder with enhancements for allegedly raping both victims and burglarizing one of their homes. He is accused of strangling to death Jacqueline Lee Ovsak, 42, and Dana Caper, 41. Ovsak's body was found in 2001 in an abandoned building on 7th Street. Caper's body was found in Palisades Park in 2002.
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October 9, 2013 | By Lee Romney
NAPA, Calif. - It has been nearly three years since psychiatric technician Donna Gross was strangled on the fenced grounds of Napa State Hospital - a slaying that helped expose a systemwide problem with patient violence. Although safety has improved since then, violence is still far too high, exacerbated by an increasingly prison-savvy population with predatory tendencies, an Assembly committee was told Wednesday. The committee focused its attention on the Napa facility, but will also be examining the other four state-run mental hospitals.
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July 11, 2013 | By David Zucchino and Devin Kelly
On Jan. 4, 1964, young Mary Sullivan was strangled and raped in her Beacon Hill apartment in Boston. Among the evidence collected by police was seminal fluid from her body and from a blanket. DNA testing did not exist back then, but the Boston police crime lab has held on to the evidence in hopes it might one day lead to the killer of the 19-year-old. On Thursday, authorities in Boston announced that the nearly 50-year-old evidence has produced a DNA match that links Albert DeSalvo, long suspected as the Boston Strangler responsible for 11 slayings, to Sullivan's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Last month, as they ate lunch outside a fancy London restaurant, world famous art collector Charles Saatchi physically roughed up his wife, the TV chef Nigella Lawson. Unaware that a paparazzo was snapping away , Saatchi squeezed Lawson's windpipe four times and shoved his finger up her nostril. Lawson, teary and fearful, dabbed at her eyes. Saatchi stalked out and got in their car, as she followed, sobbing. Tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic went crazy. "Arti Choke," blared the inimitable New York Post.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A Riverside County man was convicted Thursday of killing his girlfriend, whose body was found stuffed into a suitcase and left at a Poway motel, prosecutors said. Joseph David Dorsey, 28, was found guilty by a jury of one count of first-degree murder, according to a statement from the Riverside County district attorney's office. Dorsey, whose sentencing date hasn't been scheduled, could face up to 57 years to life in state prison.  In August 2012, prosecutors said, Dorsey checked into a Best Western motel in the San Diego County city of Poway but left without checking out. Motel employees went through the possessions left in his room, including a large rolling suitcase.
NEWS
November 17, 1991 | From Associated Press
Asphyxiation appears to have caused the death of an 8-year-old girl who had disappeared with her parents, but officials may never know for sure, an investigator said last week. The bodies of Emily Brendel, her mother, Alice, 46, and father, Ernest, 53, were found Nov. 7 in shallow graves at the edge of field in suburban Barrington, about half a mile from their home. They had been missing seven weeks.
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March 23, 1990 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Authorities this morning identified the body of the woman who was strangled and then dumped behind an industrial park in Laguna Hills two days ago. Sheriff's Lt. Richard J. Olson said the woman has been positively identified as Lori Mae Calhoun, 41. Her last known address was in the Long Beach area, he said. Calhoun's fully clothed body was discovered about 3 a.m. Wednesday by Leisure World security officers behind the Laguna Hills Commercial Center in the 23000 block of Ridge Route Drive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 | By Mike Anton
Theirs was a messy marriage that ended in divorce. Five years later, their rocky relationship rekindled, the Orange County couple flew to Europe for a romantic cruise. But on the morning of May 26, 2006, Lonnie Kocontes reported his ex-wife, Micki Kanesaki, missing to ship authorities. Her body was found a day later in the sea off the Italian coast. “I wish I knew what happened,” Kocontes told a reporter at the time. He added that his ex-wife could be an angry drunk and had talked about harming herself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Kelly Soo Park's DNA was all over the crime scene where an aspiring model lay strangled. It was on the victim's clothing and the inside of the locked front door of her Santa Monica apartment. It was on the victim's cellphone, which had been used to make a 911 call that did not go through, and the knob of a stove that was left on, filling the home with gas. It was even on the victim's neck. The evidence was overwhelming, a prosecutor told a jury last month, arguing that Park killed Juliana Redding as part of a business dispute.
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