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Aurora Cinema Shooter ‘Sent Warning Package To Doctor’

Alleged movie theater gunman James Holmes mailed a notebook “full of details about how he was going to kill people” to a University of Colorado psychiatrist before the attack, but it sat unopened in a mail room until Monday, Fox News reported.

According to Fox, police and FBI agents were called to the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus in Aurora on Monday after the psychiatrist said he received a package he thought was from Holmes. While that package turned out to be from someone else, a search of the mail room netted another package for the psychiatrist with Holmes’ name in the return address.

“Inside the package was a notebook full of details about how he was going to kill people,” a law enforcement source told Fox. “There were drawings of what he was going to do in it – drawings and illustrations of the massacre.”

According to Fox, “among the images shown in the spiral-bound notebook’s pages were gun-wielding stick figures blowing away other stick figures.”

One source said the package had been in the mail room since July 12, eight days before the shooting.

The notebook is now in FBI possession. The agency declined to comment on the matter, citing a gag order on the case.

According to Fox, the psychiatrist the package was meant for is a professor at the school who treated patients at a psychiatry outpatient facility. It was not clear whether the psychiatrist had ever had contact Holmes, who dropped out of the school’s neuroscience doctoral program last month.

Twelve people were killed and 58 others injured when Holmes allegedly opened fire during a midnight screening of the new Batman film, in City of Aurora, Colorado, last week.

Ref: The Blaze

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Suspected serial killer arrested in Estonia

37-year old Andres Võsa, arrested for murder of 21 year old Erika Adamas, has confessed another murder. His newest victim is 55 year old Karin Mikiver, who was suspect’s neighbour – they lived in the same house – in Audru, Pärnumaa.

Andres Võsa


Suspect in gruesome murders has already been convicted of homicide as well as arson.

Suspect said the motive for the killing of 21 year old, was robbery, which is probably incorrect. Accused killer said he wanted to steal woman’s laptop, however sexual assault is very likely. 55 year old victim went missing in November, last year. Her body parts were found in local river by divers today. Suspect has confessed both murders.21 year old Erika went missing in April on her way to her boyfriend’s house just few yards away and her body was found the next day. She was buried close to the local cemetry.
Perpetrator has been charged with two counts of murder.

He was sentenenced to life in prison, which in Estonia means minimum of 30 years.


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Is Denmark’s Dagmar Overbye one of the worst serial killers in world’s history?

Well, the answer is simply ‘we don’t know’.

In Denmark everything that can be covered up, will be covered up, and everything that can be denied will be denied, which means victim count in this case can be anywhere between 9 – ca 200.

However , she is one of most notorious female serial killers not only in Denmark but in world’s history. She is also one of the most merciless, because all her victims were infants. 

Dagmar Overbye committed her crimes during a seven-year period from 1913 to 1920. Apparently she confessed ca 20 murders, but was eventually convicted of 9.

She ran some sort of babyfarm’ or ‘unofficial’ adoption agency in Denmark. According to some reports she was a ‘foster mother’ to children born outside of marriage which seems to be far from truth. Babies ‘in her care’ were killed by strangulation or drowning, some were burnt to death in her masonry heater. The corpses were either cremated, buried or hidden in the loft.

She was sentenced to death in 1921,  however he sentence was later commuted to life in prison. She died in prison at the age of 42.

The motive of the killings is not clear. She likely received money from parents who gave up their babies for adoptions or simply wanted to get rid of them. Babies born out of wedlock were considered shameful and unacceptable back then.

I have doubts that all parents were in dark about what is going to happen to their babies. Perhaps they wanted the woman to do the ‘dirty work’, perhaps they just didn’t care. It is also clear that the matter given the circumstances was extremely discreet, so there was no follow-up. Apparently after her arrest, as many as 180 children were reported missing. All disappeared from Overbye’s ‘baby farm’.  It is possible that parents reported their babies missing because they feared their own deeds may be exposed. However she was eventually arrested, after alarm was raised by someone concerned about missing child.

The case likely involves cover-up from authorities, the extent of the horrors were downplayed. However, during Overbye’s notorious trial all hell broke loose and reportedly ‘new childcare legislation’ was introduced.

There are many classifications of serial killers: Perhaps she saw herself as missionary type – her mission was to get rid of unwanted babies . To hide shame and to bury their mothers’ secrets with them. No questions asked.

Perpetrator is sometimes described as professional child caretaker – whatever that means. She took care of those unwanted babies, her own way.

The irony, apart from gruesome case, is indeed rich. 


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Police: Josh Powell set fire that killed him, his two sons

Susan Powell with her two sons

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A beleaguered Josh Powell — under suspicion for the 2009 disappearance of his wife and fighting an uphill battle for custody of his two young boys — killed himself and his sons on Sunday by setting fire to his Washington state home, officials said.

Calling it a “double murder/suicide,” authorities said late Sunday the blaze that leveled Powell’s Graham home was “very well-planned” and was fueled by accelerants spread throughout the residence.

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New lead’ in girl’s murder

10-year-old Holly Piirainen went missing in Hampdon County, Massachusetts 18 years ago.

Massive police searches and a leaflet campaign for the missing girl followed, hunters found her remains 2 months later. No arrests have ever been made in connection with the case.

Hampden County District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni will convene a press conference Tuesday to discuss the unsolved 1993 homicide of 10-year-old Holly Piirainen.

He will update the public on the status of the investigation, including recent forensic findings that have resulted in new investigative leads for the case.

“We’re very hopeful that this is what they need, what they finally need,” Holly’s father, Rick Piirainen, told the Herald yesterday. “We had met with them earlier this year, hoping they could put some pressure on to reinvigorate the case. It’s been 18 years already.”


Investigators named David Pouliot, a Vietnam veteran who worked for a juvenile detention center, as a ‘person of interest’ in the disappearance of 10-year-old Holly Piirainen. Pouliot died in 2003. Investigators apparently found forensic evidence to link him to the crime, using modern techniques.

References Boston Herald, Telegram