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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

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Finnish murder case in Spain. Woman brutally murdered for refusing to smuggle drugs

FINLAND: A BODY discovered on a property in Mijas is that of missing Finnish teenager, Jenna Lepomaki, Malaga National Police have confirmed.

 

Four people have been arrested, three of them in Finland.

The 19-year-old came to the Costa del Sol on holiday invited by two Finnish men, aged 18 and 20, who she had met online, as the mother of one of them lived in Mijas.
Her family attempted to dissuade her from coming, but the men paid for her trip and she arrived on June 20.
She spent the first few days in a hostel in Fuengirola, but when the young man’s mother, 37, and her partner, 47 and also Finnish, went away, Jenna moved into the house.
In July, her family reported her missing in Finland, and this was communicated to the Spanish police.

They discovered that the teenager had reported them to the Guardia Civil in Mijas because they had allegedly attacked and threatened her when she refused to transport cocaine from Spain to Finland.
She also reported that they had taken away her passport. From June 29, her mobile phone was turned off.
Spanish police discovered that the two men had left Spain, travelled to Ireland and then back to Finland, where they have now been arrested, and focused their investigation on them both for their involvement in Jenna’s disappearance and their possible links to cocaine trafficking.

18 year old suspect gives the finger during court hearing (Iltalehti)

It is reported by Finnish press, that the parents one of the murder suspect helped to cover up the crime. They are both arrested. Also another 18 year old man was arrested in Finland accused of killing 19 old Jenna, apparently co-perpetrator. It appears she was killed inside the house and the killers attempted to cut her body into pieces and then burn her remains, but having failed to do so, they hid it.

Jenna’s almost mummified body was found wrapped in a sleeping bag hidden amongst some bushes and leaves. The body was missing both legs and one arm. Part of the arm was found in a barrel located on a construction site nearby.

Family rented a property in Spain.  All accused are Finns.

EUROWEEKLY

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Mistrial Declared In Eileen Adams Case

Eileen Adams, 14 old Ohio schoolgirl, was supposed to go to her sister’s west Toledo home after school on December 18 of 1967 – but she never got off the bus.

Eileen Adams


A month and a half later, two Michigan brothers found a rolled up rug tied up with a lamp cord in a field.

She had a three inch nail drilled in the back of her heard and cord wrapped around her neck.

An autopsy concluded Adams had been strangled.

Case went cold pretty soon and lingered in police files for decades.

Until 1981 when Robert Bowman’s ex wife went to police and said Bowman killed Adams and she was a witness:

She said she heard some noise in the basement, she opened a wooden door and was stunned to find a naked young girl tied-up and ‘hanging like Jesus’. Her arms were outstretched and she had tape covering her mouth.

Ms Bowman said she knew the girl was alive because: ‘I looked in her eyes.’

‘I was horrified, I was screaming, I was shaking,’ she added. ‘I didn’t know what to think.’.

Victim’s was found hogtied with telephone cables and with a nail driven in her head

(crime scene photo/Daily Mail)

Officers found Bowman in Florida living in a shell of a burned out building. Inside the burned out building, officers found Bowman had suspended a Spider man doll from the ceiling upside down with string binding the dolls ankles. The string was also wrapped around the doll’s neck and down its back.

There was also a Ken doll that had a nail in the back of his head. Bowman lived with roaches, rats, and snakes which he named and treated like pets.

However prosecutor said there was not enough evidence to charge him.

In 2006, police reopened the case again at the request of Adams’ parents. This time, detectives tested for DNA, also victim’s body was exhumed.

Robert Bowman was arrested and charged with murder. At the time he had been living under a tarp in the desert in California.

Bowman went on trial in August 2011. Experts testified during the trial about DNA found on the victim’s clothing. According to testimony, the random likelihood that the DNA would be found in the general population was 1 in 4.15 million. Bowman’s ex-wife was a prosecution key witness. She stated that she was afraid of Bowman who threatened to kill her and their newborn daughter if she told anyone.

After about 2 days of deliberations jury was unable to reach a verdict and mistrial was declared. Jurors voted 10-2 vote to convict, Toledoblade reported.

Robert Bowman, now 75 year old, in court. Wtol.com

A gag order has been issued in the case preventing attorneys from discussing the previous trial or any future plans. Judge Gene Zmuda set an Aug. 29 pretrial.

Bowman remains charged with murder in the first degree and was returned to the jail after the mistrial was declared. If convicted on the charge, he faces up to life in prison.

UPDATE Bowman was found guilty of murder in the  first degree and was sentenced to life in prison Friday, October 28, 2011. Bowman said he intended to appeal the conviction.

Toledoblade.com

Daily Mail

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Kiesha Abrahams Was Never Missing But Killed At Family Home

Kiesha Weippeart (Abrahams) was reported missing in August 2010 in Sidney, Australia.

Kiesha’s mother Kristi Abrahams alleged she went missing in the middle of the night. She explained she put Kiesha to bed as usual and in the morning she was gone.

However no one, except the parents had not seen the girl 3 weeks prior to her disappearance.

The police found blood in the family apartment, using luminol, it was reported.

Kiesha’s remains were found in a shallow grave in April 2011 near the couple’s home . The couple was unaware they had been monitored by police and they unknowingly led police to the child’s burial site. They headed into the forest, clutching a bunch of flowers to mark her 7th birthday, and walked into a police trap, The Daily Telegraph reported.

She allegedly died after being thrown against the wall and knocked unconsious, causing blood to seep out of her ears. She was then put in the shower and, still wet, put to bed.

Police allege that the next morning, the six-year-old was dead but her parents left her body in the house until July 18, when they packed her remains into a suitcase and took it to the bushland in Shalvey.

Kiesha’s mother Kristi Abrahams and stepfaher Robert Smith are in custody and they are charged with her murder.

FOUR months after they allegedly murdered their six-year-old daughter, Kristi Abrahams and Robert Smith willingly posed for a photo shoot and pleaded for the child’s safe return.

Source Daily Telegraph