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November 12, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old man was sentenced to death Tuesday for raping, torturing and fatally stabbing an 84-year-old widow after breaking into her Anaheim home. Authorities said Anthony Darnell Wade drank champagne and smoked a cigar as he left the crime scene. Wade, a Los Angeles resident, broke into the home of Bessie Whyman through a broken window on January 2010 and attacked her. He raped Whyman and bound her hands and feet before punching and kicking her, according to Orange County prosecutors.
November 10, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Usually, human rights activists and victims are on the same side of a conflict. But the case of Israel Arzate has put the two allies in opposite camps in Mexico, a reflection of how the absence of justice distorts reality in this violent country. Arzate, 28, was one of a small handful of people formally accused by authorities of perpetrating one of the most notorious massacres in recent Mexican history. Fifteen mostly young people were shot to death as they celebrated a soccer victory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez in January 2010.
November 8, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Two men were arrested Thursday on suspicion that they kidnapped a Lancaster teen who was then  tortured with lighted cigarettes, cut with Samurai swords and beaten, authorities said. The victim, identified only as an 18-year-old man, was abducted Sept. 25 in Lancaster, and after enduring the torture, was released near 20th Street West and Avenue J, according to the the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. The men were arrested after sheriff's deputies served search warrants at a home in the 8300 block of West Avenue F and at Ston Skoth Martial Arts Academies on 10th and 45th streets where several samurai swords were recovered.
October 18, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- The United Nations' lead torture investigator says he is worried about increased use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and wants access to California lockups to ensure that prisoners' rights are being protected. "We should have more justification" for putting prisoners in isolation, Juan Mendez, the UN's special rapporteur (reporter) on torture told The Times' editorial board Friday. He called for greater scrutiny of prison systems that routinely put inmates in solitary confinement.
October 10, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Deliberately paced but not so deliberately thought out, the horror entry "Cassadaga" tries to scoop up enough tropes to satisfy a wide range of potential fright fans but lacks the cohesion to ever truly be effective. Kelen Coleman sympathetically plays Lily, a deaf art teacher spurred by the tragic death of her younger sister to relocate to sleepy, moss-covered college town Cassadaga, where seance-holding spiritualists roam, a vengeful dead woman begins haunting her and the town weirdo might be a serial killer.
September 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A Sacramento woman who tortured her incarcerated fiance's 12-year-old daughter with staples, hot irons and electrical cords was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. Duewa Abeana Lee, 37, was convicted in July of torture and other felony counts related to a period of abuse in 2011 that ended when the victim asked a stranger at the Department of Motor Vehicles for help. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan said during the sentencing hearing that "there are no words, really" to describe what she called “horrific, unspeakable abuse” and the “relentless cruelty” the girl suffered, the Sacramento Bee reported.
September 12, 2013 | By Maryrose Fison
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Lighting candles, singing songs and carrying placards with photos of victims, Chileans gathered outside Santiago's national football stadium to honor the thousands tortured and killed following the military coup that 40 years ago overthrew President Salvador Allende. Hundreds of demonstrators laid red flowers Wednesday night at the gates of the stadium where many of the 4,000 victims killed or disappeared under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet met their fate.
August 27, 2013 | By Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County woman was sentenced Tuesday to two life terms in prison for the torture and murder of her 3-year-old daughter, who had been found beaten and burned, prosecutors said. The sentence against Yolanda Guadalupe Pena was handed down by Judge James Hawkins in Indio. A jury found Pena guilty in June of one count each of murder, torture and assault on a child resulting in death, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office. Pena, a resident of La Quinta, was also convicted of one count of inflicting injury on a child, relating to another daughter, who was 12 years old at the time of the crime, prosecutors said.
August 15, 2013 | By Tony Perry and Jason Wells
SAN DIEGO -- Search warrants unsealed Wednesday provided graphic details about the abduction of Hannah Anderson and the slaying of her mother and brother. The warrants said the mother and son were tortured but did not elaborate. This occurred before the 16-year-old San Diego County teen was abducted from cheerleading practice, according to search warrants. The warrants also reveal details of what investigators discovered when they responded to a fire at suspect James Lee DiMaggio 's home.
August 14, 2013 | By Tony Perry and Jason Wells
SAN DIEGO -- Hannah Anderson's mother and brother were "tortured and killed" before the 16-year-old San Diego County teen was abducted from cheerleading practice, according to search warrants released Wednesday. Authorities did not elaborate on how the torture was carried out, but the warrants reveal some gruesome details of what investigators discovered when they responded to a fire at suspect James Lee DiMaggio's home. Authorities found a crowbar near Christina Anderson's body, with blood near her head.
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