4/18/19

Stephany LaFountain Killed her 2 Children 2 Years Apart

Stephany was an Army wife. We have all been told how hard that can be. They are home alone for months or years at a time to take care of the family without aid of a spouse. She is charged with killing her two daughters. One in 2015 and another in 2017. Her case made the news when cops found a search for how to get away with murder on her computer an hour before calling 911 for the death of her second child. She also searched for best ways to suffocate and other nefarious topics.
She got away with the first murder. Two years later she killed another one. I guess feeling brave since she'd done so well with the first.



On Nov. 20, 2017, Stephany LaFountain called authorities for help at her home on the Fort Wainwright military base in Fairbanks, Alaska, according to police reports. Her 13-month-old had stopped breathing. She called her in-laws, telling them she'd been trying CPR. She called her husband, who was away on deployment. He rushed home while their baby girl was flown to the hospital. She died four days later. As police investigated the crime scene and found her morbid search history, they reopened her first child's death.

LaFountain, 23, who has changed back to her maiden name, Bilecki, was indicted Aug. 29, 2018 in the deaths of her two infant daughters. She has been charged with murder in the first and second degree in both cases. She was arrested in 2017 and was held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $2 million bail. The maximum sentence for first-degree murder in Alaska is 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

When her 4-month-old died Sept. 15, 2015, police thought it was an accident, an isolated tragedy. As she did with the 13-month-old, two years later, Stephany LaFountain called emergency 911 responders saying the baby had stopped breathing. She called family members just as she did later as well. The infant, whose father was from a previous relationship, died later that day. The cause of death was undetermined, according to police reports, but the body showed signs of suffocation.

I did a little checking around at the request of our Patreon subscriber Neva, and found out from a colleague at the News Miner Newspaper that Stephany plead not guilty in September of 2018. This is also when her name was officially changed back to her maiden name. I had to search court records for Bilecki because Stephany LaFountain disappeared after September 2018.  

Stephany LaFountain’s children had two different fathers. Members of both families were present at the arraignment and left the courtroom immediately after her hearing was concluded. She does not have any other children.

LaFountain was scheduled for an omnibus hearing at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and a calendar call Oct. 5. Her trial was scheduled to begin Oct. 15 but was set off for a later date, as is common in homicides and other serious felony cases.

At her omnibus hearing at the Rabinowitz Courthouse in Sept 2017, she blurted out
“Your honor, I just told my lawyer that I did not want to waive my right to a speedy trial, And I don’t want my trial in December!”

According to Alaska’s criminal procedure Rule 45, defendants must be brought to trial within 120 days of the time they are served with charging documents or indictments. Bilecki/LaFountain,  was indicted Aug. 30 on two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder for the 2015 death of her 4-month-old and the 2017 death of her 13-month-old. She was arraigned Sept. 5 in Fairbanks Superior Court and her trial date was set for the week of Oct. 15. An omnibus hearing was held Thursday and a calendar call was scheduled for Oct. 5.

Omnibus hearings are held so the judge can determine whether any motions will be filed, whether both sides have access to important evidence and whether the trial is likely to start on the scheduled date. Trial dates are commonly delayed for a variety of reasons, including pretrial motions, requests for continuance, competency hearings or the availability of witnesses.

At her omnibus hearing, Bilecki’s public defender, Justin Racette, asked Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy to reschedule the omnibus hearing for Dec. 13 to allow him time to get up to speed on the case.

“I just received a pretty large volume of evidence on a hard drive just this last week. I’ve only begun to scratch the surface in going through it,” Racette said. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Crail agreed that the amount of evidence, known as discovery, was “voluminous.”

“I will note that he should have all, or nearly all, of what we have at this point, but the investigation proceeds. So if we get any additional information we’ll be passing that on,” Crail said.
McConahy, noting “the nature of the case and the representation of the volume of discovery,” granted Racette’s request and rescheduled the trial for the week of Dec. 31.



At that point Bilecki, clad in an orange prison uniform and handcuffed to two other female defendants, loudly voiced her objection. McConahy calmly asked Bilecki whether she knew her Rule 45 dates, to which she replied that she “wasn’t sure.”

McConahy told Bilecki they could “address any speedy trial issues” at her Oct. 5 calendar call.
“I think we’re well within it at this point. If I’m wrong, just bring it up,” McConahy said.

It looks like she would like to get her trial underway ASAP, as would most, but she is pleading not guilt. I assume it will be some sort of post pardum defense but police haven't even issued any thoughts on a  motive yet, so I just don't know.

Much of this was pulled from info from News Miner

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4/17/19

Reasoning of the Heart

The reason for this blog began years ago when I began working as a crime reporter for a small town newspaper. I had an interest in female crime and the job gave me access to information I had not previously been able to access.

One of the first things I began to realize is how many more women commit murder than we, the public, were assuming at that point. This was before Snapped, and the ID Channel were making waves.

The next thing I noticed was how many of these condemned women were actually innocent. Sometimes not so much innocent of their crimes, but innocent of the situation. When women kill it is most often because of a REASON. By this I mean that men will kill on a whim, because they are angry or hurt. Women rarely commit murder without a very clear and defined reason.

As I started to write to these women on death row and in orison for life, I learned that they are simply women. Hurt, broken, lost women. Some admit their crimes and try to explain their frame of mind at the time. Some are sorry, some are not. Some are wrongfully accused. Most are not.

The one radiant, glowing fact that I have taken away after some 20 odd years of writing these women is that it could easily be me sitting there behind those bars. One wrong move. One twist of fate. We are all just one Butterfly Effect away from landing face down on a bunk in cell block D.

I often have to remind people that my compassion for condemned women does not mean I have none for the victims or their families. Quite the contrary. There is enough love and compassion for everyone. I donate portions of my book profits to victims funds and girls homes in my state. I support other charities such as Aid to Inmate Mothers as well.

So, I do what I can to raise a bit of money for them. To raise awareness about their cases. To bring some light to the darkness that descends on the world when a life is taken away. Once in a while, I get a letter from a woman who has received something from me and she will tell me how a small thing can make big changes. She will go on to touch other women she comes in contact with and although she will never be free, she is changing the world.

4/13/19

Patreon Alert Scandelaous Video Unveiled


A quick reminder to our Patreon subscribers. A new video went up today. I put it up early in this true crime journey of mine. I was excited to be getting these letters. I was one of the first people to try a true crime-ish channel. I wish Id stuck with it because so many are just covering the net now.

But I gave it a shot and no one liked my general attitude. I was called scandalous, shameful, etc. I got a lot of death threats and threats against my children. I think I talk about Josh Wade and some giant amazon lady called my house for 6 months after. Anyway. I took it down, but for a limited time it is available to Patreon subscribers this week so enjoy laughing at me :)





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4/10/19

Margie Thompson Killed Her BFs Mom and Gpa in Indiana


Indiana state troopers and Dearborn County detectives found the bodies of Walter Bryant Jr., 78, and his daughter Faith Craig, 58, inside their Douglas Drive home as they conducted a welfare check Jan. 19. An investigation quickly pointed to Faith Craig's son, Cody Booth and his girlfriend, Margie Thompson. Police began searching for them and found them in Kentucky.

Booth told police he woke up dope sick that Wednesday morning, along with his girlfriend Margie, and the only thing he had on his mind was getting money and more drugs to keep them from getting sicker. He admitted to killing his mom and grandfather, who was a decorated vet. They stole money, military medals, and jewelry.

His first plan was to strangle his mom. He crept up behind her as she sat in her favorite chair. He had a belt in his hand but lost his nerve. He sat in her lap. He told her he loved her. He told her he was struggling. She must have felt his madness slipping in because she told him he was about to do something he didn't really want to, that he would regret. He told her she was right and then put her in a headlock. She tried to scream for her dad, but he closed his hand over her mouth. She bit his fingers to the bone.

Cody yelled for Margie to get a knife. She did and carried it to her boyfriend as he fought to restrain his mother. Things get a little confusing here, as both of the accused has said the other one did the stabbing.

They left Faith's body in the basement where police later found her, still in her chair. Cody had asked his grandfather, Walter, for money earlier in the morning. He said no and suggested Cody and Margie go to a detox facility.  Walter had just finished taking off the trash and was washing up for a coffee date with friends. Cody lured him to the basement stairs and shoved him with all his might. Walter tumbled to the ground and laid on his face moaning. Margie came down and stabbed him until the moaning stopped.

The deadly couple left with money and jewelry to find drugs. They returned later to gather more things to sell and pawn.
Booth told police he "put a marker in Faith's hand and wrote a bullshit note about them having Booth," implying he intended it to look like a kidnapping. The knife stayed in Walter's chest until that return trip, Booth said. He rinsed it and hid it under the basement freezer. Later that afternoon, they went to a friend's house in Cincinnati. Booth and Thompson tried cashing a $1,000 check that Booth wrote to Thompson on Bryant's account, but the bank wanted more verification. At some point, Booth said, they made yet another trip to the house, raiding it for items to sell for drug money. While they were there, Faith's husband Daniel pulled in the driveway. Booth told detectives he went downstairs, dialed *67 to call Daniel Craig and claimed he needed a ride from somewhere in Lawrenceburg. He said he was trying to lure Daniel Craig away from the home so he and Thompson wouldn't be caught that night.

Booth also told detectives he wrapped Bryant in a blanket and tried to take him upstairs, but he couldn't lift the body. He claimed the plan was to put his dead grandfather and mother into his grandfather's red car and dump it into the Ohio River. Instead, they took Bryant's televisions and headed toward the Markland Dam, then toward Cincinnati "to avoid detection," according to the affidavit. At a friend's house in Cincinnati, Booth traded one TV for $50 and "a gram." On Friday, he bought more drugs.

Later, they pawned three of Bryant's golf clubs for $50. That Friday afternoon, they drove to Booth's father's home in Somerset. Booth got $230 from his father, and they came back to Cincinnati to buy more drugs, the affidavit says. Then they spent the night at a Super 8 in Florence.
Dearborn County deputies went to the home Jan. 19 to check on Bryant, since he hadn't been seen for a few days. Booth said he found out on the Saturday morning news that
police found the bodies.  So he and Thompson decided to "hit the road," he told detectives. They stopped at the first rest area in Northern Kentucky and threw away a checkbook, garage door opener and other property.

While they were driving, Booth said he knew police were onto them: He talked to his father, who was crying. Police eventually caught up to them in Kentucky. Booth was driving his grandfather's red car, and Thompson was in the passenger seat. At first, she claimed she wasn't involved at all, then later claimed they stabbed Craig and Bryant together. According to the affidavit, she led police to the items they'd tossed out at the rest stop.




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4/8/19

Reyna Gomez Female Gang Murderess Gets 350 Years

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Reyna Gomez of Whittier, California was sentenced in October 2018 for one murder, 14 attempted murders, kidnapping, and car-jacking. Twenty-seven-year-old Reyna and her boyfriend, Alajandro Lazo, carjacked a man in Pico Rivera and rode around for hours shooting at people and cars on the streets around them. Both are known gang members with lengthy arrest records. 

The violence began about 1 p.m. on a Saturday in the 10000 block of Carmenita Road in South Whittier. A man was wounded in the leg in a drive-by shooting. The attackers, later identified as Lazo and Gomez, were in a white Kia Rio when they carried out the Carmenita Road shooting.

The suspects turned up again about 2:15 p.m. in the 11100 block of Rosehedge Drive in Pico Rivera, where they carjacked a man at gunpoint and fled in his green Nissan Pathfinder SUV. The victim was unhurt.

Just over an hour later, another shooting linked to the couple was reported behind a Starbucks coffee shop at Whittier Boulevard and Colima Road. Gomez is accused of shooting a man in the groin as he walked down the street. The victim, a man in his 50s, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspects then headed down Colima Road in the carjacked Pathfinder and opened fire at two motorists who were stopped at a traffic light near Lambert Road. No one was injured in the car-to-car attacks.

The shooters continued south to Imperial Highway and La Mirada Boulevard, where they shot a man in the arm as he was sitting in a car about 4 p.m.
“Norwalk Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to the La Mirada shooting but quickly learned another shooting occurred just south of them, at the intersection of Santa Gertrudes Avenue and Alicante Road.

“The fourth victim, Jose Ricardo Sahagun, a 44-year-old father of two little boys, was struck multiple times with gunfire as he sat in his car, waiting at a traffic light. Other victims in nearby vehicles were also fired upon indiscriminately, but Jose was the only person injured and he was pronounced dead at the scene,” Police said.

Sahagun succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. The search for the killers continued for more than two hours before deputies found the carjacked Pathfinder abandoned at Amelia Mayberry Park in South Whittier shortly after 6 p.m. “It was there the suspects unloaded the vehicle they used as a mobile gun turret,” said authorities.

But gunfire erupted again about 8 p.m., this time outside a motel in the 15000 block of Carmenita Road, authorities said. This time, it was the suspects who had been wounded in a shooting.
“Both suspects were shot in the torso and when they realized the gravity of their injuries, they flagged down a concerned citizen and asked her to dial 911 for them,” said police spokespersons.

Lazo and Gomez were found sitting in the white Rio believed to have been used in the first shooting, officials said. A gun was recovered from the car and has since been linked to the numerous nearby crime scenes.

The circumstances of Lazo and Gomez’s shooting remained under investigation by the Whittier Police Department. No suspect description was available.

Detectives described both Lazo and Gomez as gang members but declined to name the gang they belong to.

Both were released from jail late 2017 after serving time for prior convictions, officials said.
Los Angeles County court records show Lazo pleaded guilty to extortion and assault with a deadly weapon on Feb. 23, 2016. On the same date, he was also convicted of possession of methamphetamine in a separate case. He pleaded no contest to petty theft on Dec. 26, 2014.

Gomez pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 6, 2015. She also pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine on July 9, 2015, and to possession of methamphetamine for sale on Jan. 8, 2014.

Gomez was convicted of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and possession of marijuana for sale on June 11, 2012. She pleaded no contest to four counts of vandalism on Sept. 23, 2010, and one count of vandalism on Jan. 31, 2011. She was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon on Oct. 20, 2009.

They were both no strangers to trouble and violence. Both gang members now gangbanging from the inside.


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4/5/19

Jamie Silvonek New Information

Jamie Silvonek is the Pennsylvania teen that conspired with her older boyfriend to murder her mother. I was looking for something recent to tell me what shed been up to since the trial. I could find nothing really relevant to her specifically. I did see where her boyfriend, Army Spc. Caleb Barnes of El Paso, Texas was found guilty of first degree murder in 2016. He was accused of killing Cheryl Silvonek in March 2015 in Pennsylvania. Her now-18-year-old daughter, Jamie, pleaded guilty and is serving 35 years to life. Jamie Silvonek, testified for the defense and described how Barnes slit her mother's throat. Both of them escaped the death penalty.

The only thing you could consider recent is this March 2018 article Jamie wrote for The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange  titled; We Women With Long Sentences Still Keep Hope Alive. She talks about her guilt and looking for redemption. She also talks about her higher chances of getting a commutation. Interesting read.

Jaime Silvonek (headshot), smiling teenager with light brown hair, pink jacket.
Jamie and her father, David.

4/1/19

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

The True Crime Community is truly some of the most awesome people in the world. Interesting, generous, open-minded. Just cool, folks. A bunch of them have sent me some cool stuff to give to my readers during the month of April. The really cool part is the pot will grow all through the month as I get more donations and find other cool stuff to add to it.

Here is the other cool part. It is the simplest contest in the world. Comments. That's it. During the first week of May I will count up the comments made in April and top poster wins the prize! Ill be giving more information on prizes and additional ways to enter soon. In the mean time, you better comment on this post!!