5/31/15

Michelle & Alyssa Gipson Murdered their Husband/Father Arizona

Michelle and Young Steven
Michelle Gibson enlisted the help of her daughter Alyssa 17, son Steven, 15 and a 16 year old friend, Erik McBee, to murder her husband in 2013. The household was well known by police from the many domestic violence calls that always ended in wasted time because Michelle would refuse to press charges. Steven was charged with assaulting an officer and DUI once.
On March 1, 2013 911 received a call for help from Michelle saying,
"There's blood everywhere! I'm with my kids and I just got home and my husband's out in the garage dead."
Steven was found in his garage beaten and stabbed to death. The crime scene held several questions which eventually led to their convictions. Thats when the plot unfolded. Michelle had enlisted her children and their friend Erik to kill her husband saying she was afraid of him and he was going to kill her or the children eventually. Erik agreed to participate for $2000.

 The murder-for-hire plan involved incapacitating her husband with chloroform while he slept in his bed. Using the victim's truck, they would take his body to a nearby park where one of the teen killers would shoot him in the back of the head. To make the murder look like a drug deal gone bad, they planned to spread pills on and around his body.
Alyssa Gibson

     As is often the case in murder-for-hire schemes, things did not go as planned. At ten-thirty on the night of February 28, 2013, Erik McBee used a baseball bat to beat Steven in the head as he slept in his bed. Steven Gibson, Jr. then stabbed his dying father three times in the chest, and slashed his throat. Using a dolly, Erik and Steven rolled Steven Sr.'s corpse into the garage. Because Erik McBee fled the scene at the sound of a distant police siren, the dead man never made it to the park. Later that day, Erik, a Popeye's Chicken employee, turned himself into the police.

 
Erik McBee
   When Michelle Gibson returned home around midnight with her daughter, she allegedly helped her son clean up the bloody murder scene. At two that morning, after disposing of physical evidence, Michelle called 911 to report the discovery of her husband's body in the garage.

Steven Jr plead guilty to second degree murder and received 22 years.
Michelle received natural life without parole.


5/30/15

Angela Marinucci Convicted of Torture Murder in Pennsylvania

Angela and Ricky

In 2010, when Angela Marinucci was 17 years old, she and a group of roommates tortured mentally disabled Jennifer Lee Daugherty for two days before killing her.  She was tied up, forced to consume feces, urine and detergent; beat with a towel rack, a vacuum cleaner hose, and a crutch, had her head shaved, face painted with nail polish, forced to write a fake suicide note, and then stabbed her to death.

Marinucci was only 17 at the time of the crime and unable to receive the death penalty but it does indeed, from her own confessions, seem that she was the ringleader in the gruesome death that ended with Jennifer wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper and dumped in a garbage can.

Angela Marinucci lived in the home with Jennifer, her boyfriend Ricky Smyrnes, 23, and friends Robert Loren Masters, Jr., age 36, Melvin Knight, 20, Peggy Darlene Miller, 27 and Amber Meidinger, 20. Angela felt that Jennifer and Ricky were spending too much time together and rallied her roommates to commit the horrific crimes.

Angela received life in prison but supporters have brought to light the fact that life sentences for criminals under 18 is forbidden in the state. She has appeals coming up with experts to say that she was young and is able to be rehabilitated and others to say the crime was too violent and she cannot. Time will tell.
Jennifer


5/25/15

Shirley Turner Cross Country Killer

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On November 6, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was found dead in a parking lot for day use at Keystone State Park in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. He had been shot to death. There were five gunshot wounds as well as blunt force trauma to the back of the head. He had been shot in both the face and chest as well as the back of the head, back and buttocks. He was left face down in the parking lot in his scrubs, next to his Toyota Corolla. He died there. 

The bizarre murder case of Andrew Bagby entails far more than death, although it has that threefold. It also brought to light a woefully inept Canadian legal system and the frighteningly dark mental descent of a woman scorned. While evidence was steadily mounting against her, Dr. Shirley Turner dropped everything, left her car, apartment and every worldly possession, and went back to Canada. 

By the time Pennsylvania had an open warrant on her, she was in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. There, she gave birth to Andrew's son, Zachary. While in jail, she wrote to a judge. Against legal precedent, this judge wrote her back and gave her legal advice on how to proceed with her case. The United States presented evidence of her crimes and their investigation and findings thus far. It was overwhelming. Her lies were exposed, her gun casings matched and witnesses placed her car next to his at the time of the murder.  

What happened next is one of the strangest decisions in legal history.


 

5/22/15

Jamie Silvonek Pennsylvania

Janet Tyburski Ohio


Janet Tyburski murdered her own daughter, 26 year old Rachele Tyburski, and then dumped her body in a field where she was found in March of 2015. Authorities say she suffocated Rachele in their home in Lakewood on March 13th. 

Her body was located by the landowner who called police. Police issued information on the body to the public in hopes someone could recognize her. Janet actually called the hotline to say she believed the body to be her daughters. 

Rachele's father died in 1999. Her mother was left to raise three children alone. Rachele had bipolar disorder and was often violent and destructive. Rachele's grandmother described the mother/daughter relationship as contentious. 

Janet is being held on a 2 million dollar bond. No other information is available.


5/20/15

Heather Birden Connecticut

Holly Aeschlimann
Holly Aeschlimann, 19 was murdered in Connecticut in April of 2015. This case is amazingly close to that of Rachel Wade. Holly and her killer, Heather Birden, 20, had a longstanding dislike for each other. Heather had stabbed another girl, a juvenile, once before in 2014. She was held in Niantic Correctional Facility for next three months before the murder as a result of a violation of her probation, and was then released to an in-patient substance abuse rehabilitation facility.

Reports state that Birden asked her boyfriend for his knife and then left his house to find Holly stating "I have to end this tonight." Witnesses say Heather arrived and the two began to fight, ending in Holly being stabbed in the head and neck at a crosswalk outside an apartment complex in Torrington, CT.  Her friends rushed her to the hospital where she died. 

Heather was hiding under a vehicle a short distance away and feigned confusion when police found her. She spent the next several hours under investigation alternately crying and showing confusion before eventually admitting to stabbing Holly. 
Heather Birden


Witnesses and friends of the two girls say they had never gotten along and bickered and fought all through high school. News reports stated this particular fight was over a boy Holly was dating and Heather was friends with. 

A witness captured the fight on cell phone video. Police say it was Holly who threw the first punch and can be seen clearly pummeling Heather who is under her at one point. From her position under Holly, she swings the knife and slices Holly's throat. Holly stand up and holds her throat. Blood is seen escaping through her fingers and she screams for someone to take her to the hospital. 

She was officially charged with murder in on May 1, 2015 and is in jail on a $1.2 million bond.

Takisa Matthews Massachusetts

Victim Maria Sanchez
Late on an October night in 2014, a party was going on in Dorchester, a historical neighborhood in Boston. Two groups of rowdy women began to fight over a cigarette and the police were called. The fight had spilled into the yard where Takisa Matthews had already stabbed a woman six times causing major lacerations and various serious injuries. She then turned to Maria Sanchez, mother and law student, and stabbed her several times in the back. Matthews ran away but was arrested at her home later.

The other woman stabbed was the victims aunt. She survived her six stab wounds but Maria later died at the hospital. Three other women were also injured in the fight. The family has a GoFundMe account in p lace to help with burial expenses.

Takisa Matthews was arrested and held without bail in March of 2015.




5/17/15

Elita Maldonado's Sister Calls Out a Commentor

I wrote about the curious case of Elita "Gaby" Maldonado back in February. She is the mentally challenged woman who heard the voices of her children while servicing a john in Nevada back in May of 2014. She killed him by beating him with a 40 lb barbell and stabbing him. She did some things that made her seem very NOT crazy. Like, carrying empty boxes to the car in an attempt to make her presence seem normal. She was know for being and acting crazy, however, and was seen more than once rambling along the road, talking to herself. She was sentenced to 28 years to life in April of 2015.

A few weeks ago I received a rather strange and rambling letter from Elita's sister, Gloria Maldonado. In it she said she had no issue with my blog post on her sister saying "it is what it is" but she found great issue with the comment from Jay Bald.
..the comment of Jay Bald is total fraud and false Information. Yes, Elita did have a rough life BUT she had those around her who tried to help her but she was held captive by drugs and alcohol issues and also mentally unstable growing up.  You can't force a person to change unless they want to change themselves! 

Oddly enough, she asked me if I have to check each commenters mental health before I allow them to comment. Um, no. She claims that she does indeed know Mr. Bald and that he himself is mentally unstable and has terrorized her family for years after another of her sisters divorced him for abuse.

Just know that he is not a person of right mind. He continues to hurt this family no matter which way possible and has now gone to the extreme of commenting false information. We are already suffering enough with the incarceration of my sister and separation of our nieces that we DO NOT need people putting negative comments about what they assume or make the family out to be! Jay Bald will continue to hurt this family no matter what extent because he has never gotten over the fact that his wife divorced him (for safety and sanity reasons)! 
She then encouraged me to look him up on the Wisconsin Courts website.  I did and found nothing. She claims he harasses the family at every turn and purposely tracks down articles about Elita to hurt the family. SO, theres that,

The jury rejected her insanity plea and found her guilty of first-degree murder and robbery in the death of William Sanford. When her attorneys spoke for her they talked of a lifetime of methamphetamine use and how that had changed her brain forever. That isn't exactly the same as a mental disability.

When Elita took the stand she talked of flying cars, Big Brother, Big Bertha and forgiveness.

“This man’s blood is going to be on my hands the rest of my life, and I’m never going to forget what I’ve done — ever,” she said. “No matter what kind of medication I take or what kind of therapy I go under.”

She talked of being in prison, where “Big Bertha punks me out, and I’m all the sudden her bitch,”

“Big Brother, the eye in sky, is going to be more intense,” she said of the time when she could possible get parolled. “By the time I’m 60, I hope cars will be flying. I have a dream I’ll be hovering around in spacecraft with my family.”

She isn't mentally disabled. She's an addict and they still have to pay for their crimes. It would be ideal if she could get the help she needs in prison but sadly, we know she will not. Gloria is right about one thing, however. Drug addiction is a terrible thing and you cannot help someone who doesn't want to be helped.

Ohio 11 Year Old Kills Baby

This one is just baffling me, folks. Can you believe this? An eleven year old girl in Ohio took the 2 month old baby her mom was babysitting to a room upstairs in her home and beat her to death while her mother was sleeping.

The girl has yet to be identified but the babies name was Zuri Whitehead.
Trina Whitehead, her 31 year old mother told the New York Daily News that she is very close to the girl's mother and that she had insisted on taking the two month old for the night to give her some rest. Trina also has two other daughters ages 7 and 8 who she had let spend the night there previously and says she has never noticed any signs of strange behavior from the girl.

Reports say the mother, daughter and baby Zuri fell asleep on a couch in the downstairs area of their home. After the mother fell asleep the daughter took the baby upstairs and beat her to death. She came back down with the baby in distress about 45 minutes later and woke her mother. Zuri late died at the hospital from her multiple wounds including blunt impact injuries to the head, neck, body, arms and legs and liver lacerations.

The 11 year old was charged with murder on Monday.

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