Weekend Reads

Check out these news stories I’ve been following:spiral2

A Waffle House waitress tried to have her husband killed by her lover on Memorial day while she was out on a picnic with her kids.

A bitter divorce ends in murder-suicide while the couple’s three children are in the home.

California doctor is arrested for the murder of his professor wife Dr. Doris Knapp; she was also part of a medical team that won a Nobel Prize.

The Massachusetts Parole Board approved the release of a man convicted as a juvenile of first-degree murder; first release of its kind in the state.

Man who killed a Houston postal worker, received 75-year sentence, served less than half of it and has now been released. Victim’s mother: “I would like to blow him off this earth, that’s what I’d like to do.”

Drug informant and former Cocaine Kingpin, portrayed by Johnny Depp  in the movie “Blow,” has been released from prison after 17 years.

Man who is accused of stabbing two children in a Brooklyn elevator has a long history of severe mental illness but had “fallen through the cracks.”

Seattle Pacific University shooter Aaron Ybarra has a history of being hospitalized for problems with “rage;” had tried suicide-by-cop in order to become famous; was obsessed with Columbine; went on a shooting spree to kill as many people as possible  and then kill himself.

Police kill an 18-year old mentally ill teen after family calls 911 for help. Police say she lunged at them with a knife. The family is devastated wondering why they didn’t just taze or tackle her. This is the second shooting of a mentally ill person by an officer in the San Mateo county police department.

Marissa Devault, who was convicted of killing her husband with a hammer, was sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole.

A man claims his cat is to blame for him killing his stepfather.

The New York Times describes the horrific conditions in one southern jail: “Pictures don’t lie…I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years, and I’m pretty convinced that there is nothing out there that has been made public that is this shocking.”

All states should follow: Colorado bans long-term solitary confinement for people with serious mental illnesses.

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