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My Life as a Crime Scene Cleaner

“I felt pain in my heart for this man. It’s sad when someone leaves this earth, but the ones left behind are the most affected. We are the ones who go on living…and remembering.” What is left in the silent moments after the grim reaper has come and gone? The author of Bloodstains and Ball Gowns: My Life as a Crime Scene Cleaner discovers the answer once she leaves a glamorous life in the beauty industry to begin her ‘secret life’ in the underworld of crime scene cleaning. She enters a world that tells what happens in the neighborhood when the sun goes down, when blood is spilt and lives are lost. Her world becomes one of caravan parks, views of dried grass and withered trees through smashed windows, and the blood, gore and aftermath of tragedies when love goes wrong. Her job is to make it look as though it never happened.

‘STRANGER THAN FICTION’: Death sentence for man who used hoarding to hide murder victims

He had been busted after burglarizing two beauty salons for fast cash, but as he sat in jail in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in the spring of 2017, Thomas Knuff Jr. was plotting to cover up a double murder.

The smell at the crime scene was getting worse. Neighbours were complaining to police. But somehow, when police finally did go inside the home, they didn’t find the bodies. They found a “hoarder’s paradise,” said prosecutor Anna Faraglia, Cleveland.com reported, and they believed the foreclosed home was so neglected that it had to have been abandoned. Trash bags lined the hallways. In the kitchen, they found raw meat on the counter. They threw it in the garbage, believing they had found the source of the stench, and left.

But the smell stayed, continuing to haunt neighbours. So as Knuff sat in jail for burglary, he wrote to a friend with detailed

Read more at: https://torontosun.com/news/world/stranger-than-fiction-death-sentence-for-man-who-used-hoarding-to-hide-murder-victims

An ex-con got out of prison and killed his pen pal and roommate. Police walked right past their bodies.


Thomas Knuff, center, as he is sentenced to death in court Wednesday for the murders of Regina Capobianco and John Mann. (YouTube/Fox 8 News Cleveland)
Meagan Flynn August 15 at 7:06 AM

He had been busted after burglarizing two beauty salons for fast cash, but as he sat inside the Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland in the spring of 2017, Thomas Knuff Jr. was plotting to cover up a double murder.

The odor at the crime scene was getting worse. Neighbors were complaining to police. But when police finally did go inside the home, they didn’t find the bodies. They found a “hoarder’s paradise,” said prosecutor Anna Faraglia, Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/15/prison-pen-pals-murder-thomas-knuff/

An ex-con got out of prison and killed his pen pal and roommate. Police walked right past their bodies.


Thomas Knuff, center, as he is sentenced to death in court Wednesday for the murders of Regina Capobianco and John Mann. (YouTube/Fox 8 News Cleveland)
Meagan Flynn August 15 at 7:06 AM

He had been busted after burglarizing two beauty salons for fast cash, but as he sat inside the Cuyahoga County Jail in the spring of 2017, Thomas Knuff Jr. was plotting to cover up a double murder.

The smell at the crime scene was getting worse. Neighbors were complaining to police. But somehow, when police finally did go inside the home, they didn’t find the bodies. They found a “hoarder’s paradise,” said prosecutor Anna Faraglia, Cleveland.com

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/15/prison-pen-pals-murder-thomas-knuff/

N.B. Police Commission denies negligence in conduct investigation of ex-deputy chief

The New Brunswick Police Commission and its former executive director deny any wrongdoing in how they handled a conduct complaint against the former deputy chief of the Saint John Police Force in connection with Dennis Oland’s murder trial.

Glen McCloskey is suing the commission and Staphan (Steve) Roberge for alleged negligence, bias, unlawful conduct and violation of public trust in their investigation into allegations he tried to influence another officer’s testimony about his presence at the bloody scene of Richard Oland’s murder.

The independent civilian oversight body and Roberge, in their statement of defence, contend they “conducted themselves in good faith, in a lawful manner, in accordance with the Police Act and at no time did [they] engage in illegal or wrongful conduct.”

They claim they are protected from the lawsuit in carrying out their duties under the act and point out it was the appointed investigator, former Fredericton police chief Barry MacKnight, who conducted the

Read more at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/nb-police-commission-lawsuit-glen-mcloskey-saint-john-oland-1.5243927

UNITED SIKHS ASSIST ELDER BRUTALLY BEATEN IN SUSPECTED HATE CRIME

WASHINGTON D.C., Aug. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

The UNITED SIKHS legal team is working with the family of an elderly Sikh man after receiving a report today that he encountered several brutal attackers inside his own home during a suspected hate crime. According to details provided by the family, who wish to stay anonymous during this hardship, the home is now a bloody crime scene in the Washington D.C. area. The elderly citizen, known as “Mr. Singh,” suffered a fractured cheek bone and other bodily injuries requiring emergency surgery.

Immediately following the report, UNITED SIKHS notified local authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The family is working with police to identify the perpetrators, who remain on the loose.

“No family should have to go through this under any circumstances,” Mr. Singh’s daughter said. “These are monsters that prey on elderly people and are desperate.”

“We will ensure justice is served,” said UNITED SIKHS Trustee Sarndeep

Read more at: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/08/13/1900799/0/en/UNITED-SIKHS-ASSIST-ELDER-BRUTALLY-BEATEN-IN-SUSPECTED-HATE-CRIME.html

The home where Jayme Closs was kidnapped and her parents were killed has been demolished


BARRON, Wis. – The Barron, Wisconsin, home in which a 21-year-old man killed two people and abducted their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs, has been torn down, CNN affiliate WQOW reported.

It was the house where Jayme had spent most of her life until last October, when she was dragged out of the bloody crime scene, sparking a massive search. The home has been empty since, the affiliate reported.

Jake Patterson barged into the home on October 15, shot both of Jayme’s parents and then held the teen captive for 88 days.

In his confession to police, Patterson said he took a number of steps to carry out his plan.

He stole a pair of license

Read more at: https://fox43.com/2019/08/12/the-home-where-jayme-closs-was-kidnapped-and-her-parents-were-killed-has-been-demolished/

Victims, families and America’s thirst for true-crime stories – Waco Tribune

For Bill Thomas, his sister Cathy’s murder is a deeply personal tragedy. For millions of true-crime fans, it’s entertainment.

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I had been with Bill Thomas for only a few hours when a woman came up to us in tears. She had heard him recently on a podcast talking about his sister Cathy’s still-unsolved 1986 killing and recognized his face from the social media accounts he uses to push out updates and thoughts on the case. Coincidentally, she was about to go camping near the site of the murder, the Colonial Parkway in Williamsburg, Virginia. “It’s been so heavy on my mind,” she said in a choked voice.

She wanted to know if anything bad had happened on the parkway since the so-called Colonial Parkway Murders – a potential serial killer case involving the deaths of four young couples, including Cathy and her girlfriend, Rebecca Dowski.

Thomas spoke in a comforting voice. “Well, the

Read more at: https://www.wacotrib.com/news/trending/victims-families-and-america-s-thirst-for-true-crime-stories/article_1b48ed36-e813-5e63-a80c-8ac2baf4369e.html

Home Where Jayme Closs Was Kidnapped, Parents Were Killed Has Been Demolished


BARRON, Wis. — The Barron, Wisconsin, home in which a 21-year-old man killed two people and abducted their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs, has been torn down, CNN affiliate WQOW reported.

It was the house where Jayme had spent most of her life until last October, when she was dragged out of the bloody crime scene, sparking a massive search. The home has been empty since, the affiliate reported.

Jake Patterson barged into the home on October 15, shot both of Jayme’s parents and then held the teen captive for 88 days.

In his confession to police, Patterson said he took a number of steps to carry out his plan.

He stole a pair of

Read more at: https://5newsonline.com/2019/08/08/the-home-where-jayme-closs-was-kidnapped-and-her-parents-were-killed-has-been-demolished/