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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Victim Of Tulsa Serial Rape Suspect Calls His Death 'Karma'

7-9-2014 Oklahoma:

TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa County District Attorney, Tim Harris said Tuesday the serial rapist who terrorized seven Tulsa women is dead. Police said Desmond Campbell crashed his car minutes after the final attack.

He was in a coma for more than a week before he died, and with the death, Harris called the case closed. He said DNA linked Campbell to three women who were attacked and other forensic evidence connected him to all seven victims.

Officers said Campbell had his victims' clothing inside his car when it crashed.

One of the women who was attacked called Campbell's death karma and said it’s amazing what women can live through while not letting it define their lives. We're not identifying the woman.

“I was so angry, so angry,” the 68-year-old said about being attacked in her own home.

The anger was her instinct, but she said fear was never a factor.

“I was fighting for my life,” she said. “I was too angry to ever be scared. I was never scared; I was never terrified.”

Commerce police say man in stolen truck takes his own life

7-14-2014 Georgia:

COMMERCE - A man died by his own hand Sunday night after being caught driving a stolen truck in Commerce.

Commerce police said they pulled the truck over, and 64-year-old Glenn Ogden immediately pulled out a gun and shot himself to death in front of deputies.

Chief John Gaissert said that wasn't the end of the danger for people in the area.

"When the officer secured the vehicle, they observed what appeared to be a hand grenade in the rear floor board of the pick-up truck," Gaissert said.

"They (officers) secured the vehicle and the area. We evacuated a 300 foot radius," Gaissert added.

The University of Georgia Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was called in and secured the device.

Ogden was a convicted felon and sex offender, but the invesitgation continues into who stole the truck, and why he committed suicide. ..Source.. by Georgia News Network

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wanted sex offender found dead in Picayune

6-6-2014 Mississippi:

PICAYUNE – Authorities said a sex offender wanted on a rape charge in Picayune has been found dead in a vehicle.

Pearl River County Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said the body of Johnny Washington, 50, was found Wednesday night in Picayune.

Police Chief Bryan Dawsey said the rape for which Washington was being sought allegedly involved a 14-year-old girl.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said the department received a call from family members, who found Washington in the vehicle. Tucker said the vehicle matched the description of the suspect vehicle wanted by the Picayune Police Department.

Patrol deputies and investigators arrived on the scene where they determined Washington had been deceased for some time.

County Coroner Derek Turnage said it appeared Washington had been dead for three or four days. A toxicology report is expected to be able to determine the cause and manner of death, Turnage said.

Four people died in mobile home fire in Tahlequah

6-27-2014 Oklahoma:

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - — The Talequah Sheriff's Office told FOX23 a mobile home fire broke out around 2:10 a.m., Friday.

The mobile home was located in The South Breeze Trailer Park off Keeler Drive and East Willis near Tahlequah. Police told FOX23 the man who lived in the trailer is Hurley Pitts a man with a criminal history that includes possession of a controlled substance in May and formerly was a registered sex offender.

FOX23 confirmed on scene with a firefighter that one person was flown to a Tulsa hospital. They also said four people died in the fire. A family member talked to FOX23 and said two of the victims were her sister and three-year-old nephew. PItts and his wife and daughter made it out of the mobile home safely.

Neighbors told FOX23 they heard a boom and saw flames. Another neighbor that used to live in the trailer said it appeared the fire started in the kitchen.

Fire crews have requested the State Fire Marshall's assistance in investigating the cause of this fire. ..Source.. by Janai Norman

Former NC teacher implicated in sexual abuse commits suicide

6-16-2014 North Carolina:

DURHAM — A former teacher accused of sexual abuse decades ago at Carolina Friends School has committed suicide, the school said in an email Monday to alumni, parents and staff.

The former teacher, Charles William “Bill” Butcher, 71, died Thursday in West Jefferson. His death came a day after the school emailed a letter naming Butcher and a former principal who were suspects but not criminally charged.

Five former students, all male, had alleged that they were fondled by a former principal during a six-year period from 1969 to 1975. One of the five also said he was inappropriately touched by a former teacher, identified as Butcher, in 1976. The allegations were reported by former students in the fall of 2012.

The school had hired child and sexual abuse experts and reported the allegations to law enforcement in Orange County, where the school is located. The actions would have been misdemeanors and thus could not have been prosecuted decades later, the school had said.