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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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Danish police accidentally blocks 8000 internet sites including Google and Facebook

by RT News

Imagine logging on to Facebook only to find it had been shut down for offering child pornography? Visitors to some 8,000 websites in Denmark faced just that, when a “human error” by Danish police labeled most of the internet a sexual predator.

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With the Internet under attack by a string of abbreviations ranging from ACTA to SOPA, avid web surfers have been a bit jumpy as of late.

In these troubled times, imagine the shock many Danish users of the Siminn internet service provider (ISP) received when a casual workday visit to Google or Facebook left this message ominously glowing on the screen:

“The National High Tech Crime Center of the Danish National Police [NITEC], who assist in investigations into crime on the Internet, has informed Siminn Denmark A/S, that the Internet page which your browser has tried to contact may contain material which could be regarded as child pornography.”

For several hours Thursday, that message appeared on the screens of 8,000 different websites, virtually bringing down large swaths of the Internet across the country. 

How did it all happen?

According to NITEC chief Johnny Lundberg, it didn’t take much.

The whole fiasco apparently began when an employee at the police center switched seats with his colleague.

With a few misguided mouse clicks, police were able to blacklist 8,000 websites instantly.

While Lundberg apologized and claimed that blocking sites in the future would require two people instead of one, the question remains:  should authorities have the power to take down the Internet in the blink of an eye?

Reference RT.com

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Madeleine McCann: The Forbidden Investigation

Madeleine McCann: The Forbidden Investigation was written by former police detective Gonçalo Amaral, who led the Madeleine investigation in the first five months after the three-year-old’s disappearance from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal in October 2007.

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Chapter 1

Precipitation? Certainly not

February 2008, nine months after Maddie’s disappearance – it’s Carnival Sunday:

In the distance the shots of the hare hunters can be heard, resounding above the low-growing vegetation of the Barrocal.

On waking, I decide to stay at home. Recently, I’ve had no wish to go out, to go walking or to meet people. I yearn instead for peace and silence. That morning, the sun was shining, promise of a lovely day: but in the afternoon, the rain began to fall, ruining the fête and the parades.

From the window I admire the Algarve countryside: the pink and snowy-white of the almond trees contrasting with the blue of the sea that is glimpsed in the distance.

Suddenly, the ringing of the telephone – more and more unusual of late – brings me out of my lethargy; I have to face reality.

Suddenly, the ringing of the telephone – more and more unusual of late – brings me out of my lethargy; I have to face reality.

From the receiver, a friendly voice, swinging between anger and sadness, asks me:

– How are you? Have you heard our national director’s interview?

I reply no and wonder what the clearly perceptible anxiety of my questioner is due to.

– He says we were precipitous. That placing the couple under investigation was premature….I wonder what’s come over him. He totally validated that decision. What is he intending to do? End the investigation?

He is alluding to the investigations undertaken after the disappearance of a little English girl of nearly four years of age during the night of May 3rd to 4th 2007, at the Ocean Club, one of the many tourist complexes in the village of Luz in Lagos, Portugal. She was called Madeleine Beth McCann and she was sleeping in a bedroom in the apartment block, beside her sister and her brother – twins aged 2 years.

Suddenly, the ringing of the telephone – more and more unusual of late – brings me out of my lethargy; I have to face reality.

From the receiver, a friendly voice, swinging between anger and sadness, asks me:

– How are you? Have you heard our national director’s interview?

I reply no and wonder what the clearly perceptible anxiety of my questioner is due to.

– He says we were precipitous. That placing the couple under investigation was premature….I wonder what’s come over him. He totally validated that decision. What is he intending to do? End the investigation?

He is alluding to the investigations undertaken after the disappearance of a little English girl of nearly four years of age during the night of May 3rd to 4th 2007, at the Ocean Club, one of the many tourist complexes in the village of Luz in Lagos, Portugal. She was called Madeleine Beth McCann and she was sleeping in a bedroom in the apartment block, beside her sister and her brother – twins aged 2 years.

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Each Sunday and Wednesday we will publish the latest chapters of Madeleine McCann: The Forbidden Investigation – the book written by Police Detective Gonçalo Amaral who, for the first crucial five months after the disappearance of little Maddie, led the police investigation.

We at NOTW Online have considerable sympathy for the McCann family who have obviously suffered terribly from this tragedy. We have no views and can offer no theory behind the disappearance of young Madeleine – that is not our role.

What we believe however, is that as responsible publishers we must allow the reader the option of deciding. It is for this purpose that we have elected to publish the view of former Portuguese police detective Gonçalo Amaral.

The book, originally written in Portuguese, has been translated into English. We neither affirm nor deny the contents of the book, but we at NOTW Online have the duty of delivering news and support the right for English speaking people to read it and decide the truth for themselves.

 

More at link newsoftheworldonline.eu/

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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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Press Release: Cease-and-Desist Letter issued to Gerry and Kate McCann, parents of Missing Madeleine McCann

PRESS RELEASE

Gerry and Kate McCann, parents of the missing Madeleine McCann, find themselves for the first time at the other end of a potential legal action.

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Top defense attorney, Anne Bremner, counsel to the Friends of Amanda Knox and the families of Rebecca Zahau and Susan Cox Powell, has issued a cease-and-desist letter (content posted below) on behalf of American criminal profiler Pat Brown whose book, Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, was removed from sale by Amazon following a claim by the McCanns that the book was defamatory. In recent years, the McCanns have instructed their solicitors, Carter-Ruck, to send numerous cease-and-desist letters to people who have publicly questioned their possible involvement in their daughter’s disappearance nearly five years ago while on family holiday in Portugal.

Next week, on February 8th, retired solicitor Tony Bennett faces English prison as the McCanns’ fight to shut down his efforts to bring focus to aspects of the missing child case that point to the parents’ possible involvement. Also, the McCanns have sued the detective on their daughter’s case, Dr. Goncalo Amaral, for libel and have had his book, Truth of the Lie, pulled off the worldwide market. The trial is scheduled in Portugal for April. Now, Pat Brown has fought back for the cause of freedom of speech and justice, alleging that the McCanns have interfered with her right to conduct business and have damaged her professional reputation with their successful removal of her book from sale. On Monday, Pat will leave for Portugal to continue her quest for truth and justice in the case of Madeleine McCann.

The Find Madeleine Campaign operated by Gerry and Kate McCann has spent some 2.5 million pounds on the supposed search for their daughter, Madeline, who vanished in Praia da Luz, Portugal while on vacation with the family nearly five years ago and have come up empty handed. Since last May, a 37-man team headed up by Scotland Yard has spent 1.5 million pounds on salaries plus many more pounds following up supposed leads with no sign of success. Altogether, four million pounds has been forked out to locate a missing child with zero results. What, then, does American criminal profiler Pat Brown hope to accomplish with her two week trip to Portugal, beginning next week on February 6, with her small band of assistants and a few hundred euros of her own money?
 
She could find the truth. She could find Madeleine. She could find nothing but at least she won’t be costing the taxpayers millions or draining the pocketbooks of kindhearted donators chasing useless leads.

Pat Brown will be following up on the theory she purported in her Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, her eBook which was pulled by Amazon at the request of the British solicitors Carter-Ruck on behalf of Gerry and Kate McCann. Amazon was told the book was defamatory in spite of the fact Ms. Brown clearly stated facts in the case, developed a theory based on those facts, and repeated numerous times that she makes no claim that the McCanns are guilty of any involvement in their daughter’s disappearance (other than leaving three children unattended night after night in the resort apartment). Since Gerry McCann clearly stated during the Levinson hearing, “I strongly believe in freedom of speech” and “I don’t have a problem with somebody purporting a theory,” it is difficult to understand why the McCanns wanted the book to be repressed, except that it was selling well and that the theory she presented was being considered credible by a number of readers.

During her trip to Portugal, Pat Brown will study the town of Praia da Luz and environs, reconstruct the crime, and examine possible locations as to where Madeleine might have been taken, dead or alive. If she discovers evidence to support a theory other than the one that was the focus of her book, she will pursue that information. She is looking forward to meeting with Dr. Goncalo Amaral, the ex-detective on the McCann case. Meanwhile, it is her hope and that of her lawyer, Anne Bremner, that the McCanns rethink their actions regarding the Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann and instruct their solicitors to have Amazon return the book to the market (now available at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble online).

For interviews and media appearances, please contact:

Pat Brown
The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency
she2000@comcast.net
301-633-1151
http://www.patbrownprofiling.com
http://www.sheprofilers.com

Anne M. BremnerStafford Frey Cooper, PC
3100 Two Union Square
601 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101-1374
abremner@staffordfrey.com
206.623.9900
http://www.annebremner.com

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Cease-and-Desist Letter

Anne M. Bremner
Stafford Frey Cooper, PC
3100 Two Union Square
601 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101-1374

February 1, 2012

Adam Tudor
Carter-Ruck
6 St Andrew Street
London EC4A 3AE
England

Dear Mr. Tudor,
In July 2011, American criminal profiler, author, and television commentator, Pat Brown, released on June 15, 2011 a self-published book of thirty-pages on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Amazon.de, for the price of US2.99. It was titled Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, sold 850 copies over the next five weeks and garnered 49 nearly all five star reviews on Amazon.uk alone. Then, the book vanished from sale on all three sites. Upon questioning, Pat Brown was informed by Amazon that they had received communications from Carter-Ruck on behalf of their clients Gerald and Kate McCann that the book was defamatory.
Mon 7/25/2011 7:27 PM

Dear Pat,
We have received a notice of defamation from Carter-Ruck Solicitors that says the content of Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (UPDATED) B0055WYVCQ, contains defamatory statements regarding their clients, Gerry and Kat (sic) McCann.

Because we have no method of determining whether the content supplied to us is defamatory, we have removed the title from sale and will not reinstate it unless we receive confirmation from both parties that this matter has been resolved.
Carter-Ruck can be reached at:

6 St Andrew Street
London EC4A 3AE
T 020 7353 5005
Best regards,
Robert F.
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 This was quite a surprise to Pat Brown as she had never received any communications from the McCanns nor their solicitors concerning any defamatory material in this book, nor had she ever received any communication concerning any defamatory material in her blogs on the case she has posted online at The Daily Profiler over the last four years. As Ms. Brown is an analyst of evidence, she is careful to not state anything as a fact that is not a fact and to clearly state what is a hypothesis or a theory as opposed to proof. She has publicly and repeated explained to anyone reading her analyses of crime that criminal profiling is a methodology which explores the possible and theoretical scenarios that might be considered as logical based on evidence connected with the crime – forensic, linguistic, or behavioral. Any findings resulting from investigative tools which are not acceptable in certain courts of law (such as cadaver dogs or polygraphs) are noted as suitable for speculation, but not as solid proof of anyone’s guilt or involvement in criminal activities. Criminal profiling itself is an investigative tool and not a finding of guilt as Pat Brown clearly notes in her book.

Due to the speculative, if analytical, nature of Deductive Criminal Profiling, the methodology used by Pat Brown, she was careful to repeat numerous times throughout her publication that she was not accusing the McCanns of being involved in any crime or in the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine. She was clearly only “purporting a theory” and exercising “free speech,” both manners of communication Gerry McCann stated he strongly supported under oath at the Leveson Inquiry on November 23, 2011 in London:
"I would like to emphasize that I strongly believe in freedom of speech, but where you have people who are repeatedly carrying out inaccuracies and have been shown to do so, then they should be held to account. That is the issue. I don’t have a problem with somebody purporting a theory, writing fiction, suggestions, but clearly we’ve got to a stage where substandard reporting and sources, unnamed, made-up, non-verifiable, are a daily occurrence.” Gerry McCann

Pat Brown also believes in free speech and the right to purport a theory, it would seem she and Gerry McCann are in agreement that any work that purports a theory as opposed to false statements of fact is acceptable under freedom of speech. Pat Brown’s Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann opens up discussion of what happened to the McCann’s daughter, further stimulating interest in the case, and keeping Madeleine in the minds of the public. As the McCanns claim this is what they want, Pat Brown’s book is in accordance with this desire. In fact, it is the McCanns themselves who have clearly encouraged massive interest and speculation on this case. Pat Brown is in no way, therefore, infringing on any wish to keep talk about the case to a minimum.
By speaking and writing out quite often and in such a high profile manner, the McCanns have succeeded in making Madeleine McCann the most well-known missing child in modern history (since the Lindbergh baby in 1932). They have stimulated debate worldwide as to what happened to Madeleine. They have publicly purported their own theories; that someone took Madeleine because they wanted to raise a child, that she is being held captive in a sex ring, and that a pedophile had taken her. They have publicly disclosed many details of the case and repeatedly told their version of what occurred before, during, and after the disappearance of the daughter. They have discussed their emotions, behaviors, and opinions. Pat Brown is carrying on that discussion.

Utmost of importance in the entire matter, is the handling and funding of child abduction cases, the prevailing attitudes toward these crimes, and the future of catching child predators. Because the victims are so young and innocent, missing children are among the most publicized cases in the world. In the last three decades with the increase of the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle, awareness of child sex predators and stranger child abduction has radically increased fears of parents that their child will be taken and murdered. In reality, stranger abduction continues to be exceedingly rare for children of Madeleine’s age. Regardless, the paranoia that is engendered when a small child goes missing is a great stress to the community, the police, and resources. Therefore, it is extremely important that each and every case be properly analyzed and understood so that wrong ideas aren’t promulgated and funding and efforts are wasted investigating such crimes improperly. Each child that goes missing is a terrible tragedy for the parents, siblings, relative, friends, and community. Pat has great empathy for any family of a missing child and, most of all, compassion for the innocent young person who has suffered abuse, terror, sexual assault, and, possibly, an early death at the hands of others.

We are requesting that you respect Pat Brown’s right to free speech and to purport a theory as Gerry McCann has stated is not a problem for him. We request that the claim of libel be retracted for the Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the book permitted to be returned for sale at Amazon.

Respectfully,
Anne M. Bremner

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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.”

UPDATE:

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

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‘Horror movie killing’ baffles Swedish police as gang war rages on in Malmö, Sweden.

The shooter who killed one man and injured two others at a cafe in Malmö in southern Sweden on Monday wore a mask similar to those worn by robbers in the 2010 Hollywood film “The Town”, according to police.

The Town is a 2010 crime film starring, co-written, and directed by Ben Affleck adapted from Chuck Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves.

Of 49 murders committed between 1975 and 1992 in Charlestown, Massachusetts (a one-square-mile neighborhood of Boston), 33 of them remain unsolved. The issue: witnesses feared retaliation if they cooperated with the cops. Most of Charlestown’s murders can be traced to drugs, armored car robberies and informants who ignored the code of silence.

The Charlestown Code of Silence is dramatized in the movie “The Town.

The 27-year-old victim, who died from his injuries, was sitting at a table playing cards when the masked man entered the café shortly before 8pm on Monday. The shooting took place on an industrial estate where police previously have raided several illegal nightclubs.

Police believe he was the sole target. Two other men were injured in the shooting.  Police don’t believe they were targets.  Most likely, the two were hit in the chaos that erupted when the masked man began firing. There are contradictory reports as to whether the gunman had one or two weapons, but it has been ascertained that many shots were fired.  Man who died in the shooting has criminal record, two others have links with criminal gangs. No arrests have been made so far.

Is Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city’, Swedish’ Charleston?

There are several criminal gangs that operate in Malmö. Swedish police seem rather helpless in tackling widespread violent crime in the area. In past 15 years the rate of violent crime in Malmö has been doubled. Members of these gangs are often immigrants from many countries, commonly from Middle East and former Yugoslavia. There have been at least 27 gang-related shootings in Malmö this year, bombs exploded at least 15 times. Most commonly shootings are carried out in public places. Seven people have died in Malmö this year in so-called gang war.

References The Local, Huffington Post,  Snaphanen.dk