12/18/14

Christina Regusters Pennsylvania Update

Holy crap, has this case exploded since we last discussed it, and what a horrifying case it is. For reasons unknown Christina Regusters impersonated a Muslim mother and kidnapped a young five year old girl, Nailla Robinson, who she raped and tortured for hours before finally dropping at a playground. Her defense is mistaken identity.

Christina was a daycare worker in a South Philly school where the victim attended class. She dressed as the girls mother and checked her out of school without an I.D. Several school staff were fired in the aftermath. She walked the girl several blocks to the home she shared with her aunt. Christina put Nailla into a fabric laundry bag and carried upstairs. The girl was blindfolded, undressed, tortured and raped to the point of injury. She was released the next morning in the early hours. A man heard her crying and went to investigate. She ran out from under a slide. She was wearing only a t shirt. It was 30 degrees.
Nailla Robinson

The little girl was injured so badly she required multiple surgeries but was eventually able to lead police directly to the home she was held in. She had described her ordeal complete with tales of a huge, talking bird which her captors told her would peck out her eyes if she screamed or crawled out from under the bed.

She was also told a bad man was there and had been the one hurting her and was actually shown a cell phone picture of a black man. All a ruse by Christina to cover her tracks, police say.

Police searched the home and found evidence of the girls story and Christina, age 19 at the time, was arrested. Strange Japanese torture anime and child pornography was found on her computer. The t-shirt the little girl was found in carried DNA evidence.

Christina was raped by her father multiple times throughout her life before he was finally prosecuted. She had been accused in the past of  fondling little girls. Her trial was a high profile, big deal in Pennsylvania this year. Witness after witness testified against Christina, including her own cousin who claims she molested her daughter. That part of the testimony, however, got a little murky when the alleged victim changed the date of the attack when notified the defendant wasn't in the state at the time originally stated. The trial was postponed once because Christina had a melt down and screamed at the witness and cried and blubbered to her attorney. She was upset at her cousin and pleaded with her attorney to understand she was lying. The little girl herself even testified.

At the end of the day she was found guilty on six charges, Aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse with a child involving serious bodily injury, kidnapping, unlawful contact with a minor, unlawful restraint of a minor and concealing the whereabouts of a child. She waits for January 20th to find out her fate. She could receive life in prison.




12/10/14

My First Appearance in a True Crime Book

The best of true crime writing on serial killers over the year is brought together in this second volume of the annual Serial Killers True Crime Anthology.

RJ Parker Publishing releases second annual Serial Killers True Crime Anthology on December 15. Available for Pre-order. 1
This is the second volume of the bestselling annual, Serial Killers True Crime Anthology, a collection of some of the best true crime writing on serial killers over the year.

Several of these authors who appeared in Volume 1 of the Anthology, return this year to Volume 2 with new stories.

2015 Serial Killers True Crime Anthology Volume 2:

Peter Vronsky in the chilling story "Zebra! The Hunting Humans 'Ninja' Truck Driver Serial Killer" describes the carnage perpetrated in 2007 by Adam Leroy Lane, a long haul truck driving serial killer who after repeatedly watching in his truck cab a serial killer DVD movie he was obsessed with, forayed out in the night from Interstate highway truck-stops dressed in Ninja black to re-enact the movie scenes by killing and mutilating unsuspecting women in their homes until he was captured by a fifteen-year old girl and her parents when he attempted to kill her as she slept in her bedroom.


RJ Parker in "Demons" introduces us to the little known story of Canada's serial killer Michael Wayne McGray who murdered men, women and children indiscriminately and whom even prison could not stop from continuing his killing. In the "Grim Sleeper" Parker describes the brutal crimes of Lonnie Franklin, Jr. who over a 23-year killing career, took a fourteen-year hiatus (thus his nickname) before resuming his murders of women in Los Angeles.


Katherine Ramsland in "The Babysitter" brings us up to date on the still unsolved horrific1976 mutilation child murders in Detroit that inspired Bill Connington's one-man Broadway play and Joyce Carol Oates 1995 novella Zombie. In "Really! The Other Guy Did It." Ramsland explores the bizarre case of serial killer Douglas Perry who after killing several women underwent a transsexual change into a woman, Donna Perry, who when apprehended, claimed the murders were perpetrated by his former male self who no longer existed. Ramsland asks, "Is guilt in the body or the soul?"


Michael Newton in "Bad Medicine" and "Angel of Death" describes two serial killers where we least expect them: health care workers. Physician Dr. Harold Shipman who murdered 250 victims in Britain and might be history's most prolific serial killer, and the smiling mild mannered Ohio medical orderly 'Angel of Death' Donald Harvey, who confessed to murdering 87 helpless patients, stating, "So I played God."


Sylvia Perrini, Britain's true crime chronicler of female serial killers in "The House of Horrors" revisits the notorious case of Rosemary West who teamed up with her husband Fred in the rape, torture and murder of ten young women in their rooming house, including her own daughter. In "The Mum Who Killed for Kicks" Perrini looks at the recent case of Joanne Dennehy, a mother of a thirteen-year old who inexplicably went on a thrill kill serial killing spree in which she tortured and murdered three men with a knife and attempted to kill two others.


Kelly Banaski, a newcomer to true crime writing, brings us "Stripped of his medals and female panties", the strange case of a Canadian air force base commander, a colonel who piloted senior government officials and even the Queen of England, who suddenly began to commit a series of panty fetish burglaries that eventually escalated to horrific rape-torture murders of women.


Enjoy and be horrified!!

12/8/14

Krysten Webber and Bridges to Life

Check in from Krysten Webber this week. In it, she details a program she has been working in prison called Bridges to Life. Female inmates listen to the stories of survivors of violent crimes. Krysten says,
"You hear it from their perspective. Just how far and wide it reaches in a persons life to be victimized. It is very moving and it brings me to tears every time." 
The testimonials are given in person or recorded on DVD. The program also requires the inmates to share their own stories. They are required to report the details of their actions that brought them to prison. They also discuss their past as in childhood, adolescence and adult years pre-crime. They must answer pointed questions about their behavior and the devastation they have caused and are forced to confront their own crimes and others in the most personal way possible.

According to Krysten, it forces each participant to look at and consider things they may never have or may have chosen not to in the past. Doing so is terrifying, especially when you are listening to the stories of child killers. To hear what made that person into who they are points the finger at so many others besides the person who committed the crime. What is amazing, Krysten reports, is watching the countenance of 10 other people turn from judgemental to compassionate during the course of the program.

This program is working for her and others in her prison community. They are finding a way to resign to their fate and live a peaceful, fulfilling life inside. And yet, they are underfunded and lack volunteers.

What so many fail to realize is if we have thoughtful compassionate lifetime inmates, they work to keep others from returning. They use their experiences and newfound knowledge to counsel others on repairing their life on the outside. They change lives, sometimes ours.