|Posted on September 1, 2017 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
Neighborhood Blames ‘Squatters’ In Fatal Shooting
Neighbors claim a man’s death last Tuesday might not have happened if the city had listened to their cries for help with the rundown squatter home in the neighborhood. The house was an eyesore with an overgrown lawn and broken-in windows. Residents of the Northwood Hills Historic District say the house has been filled with squatters since the owner died a few months ago. Yet despite their many calls for help to police and city officials, the unwanted guests still frequented the home. Neighborhood blames ‘Squatters’ in fatal shooting.
Squatters take up residence in a home that’s been foreclosed upon or abandoned by its owners, and they’re not always easy to spot. Some go as far as to hang up their pictures, move their furniture in, and turn the power on. Real estate agents and neighbors are often the first to discover them. One of the signs to look for is a lot of foot traffic coming and going from the house. Often, police aren’t alerted until they’re called to the scene because of drug-dealing or selling of parts from stolen vehicles.
It can be hard to determine whether a new face is a renter or a squatter. They don’t like to draw attention to themselves, which is why many squatters begin moving in around 11 p.m. or 1 a.m., and continue throughout the night while it’s dark. Without keys, squatters often have to drill out a vacant home’s locks. Neighbors or homeowner association members may spot someone changing the locks early in the morning.
If you suspect squatters have moved into a home in your community, call your local police’s non-emergency line and ask to speak with someone in the community-oriented policing unit. And if you’d like to read a story about another Palm Beach murder, check out author, Denise Wallace, and her true crime book, Daddy’s Little Secret.
|Posted on August 30, 2017 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
Relatives Fear Facebook Posts Led To Murder
It took rags to riches mom, Makeva Jenkins, just two years to work her way from homelessness to financial success. Late Wednesday evening, she reached out and wrote the following post on FaceBook: “I’m in awe of how far I’ve come … Fast forward to now: We overcame being homeless in 2013/2014 to reaching my six-figure mark in 2015…” Early Thursday morning at around 2 a.m.—barely two hours after that post—a masked man knocked on the front door of Makeva’s home in Palm Beach County and fatally shot Jenkins. Relatives fear Facebook posts led to murder.
More FaceBook Murders
Wife Killed For Changing FB Status To Single
26-year-old Sarah Richardson decided to move back in with her parents after separating from her husband, Edward. She then decided to change her FaceBook relationship status from ‘married’ to ‘single.’ Apparently, that was crossing the line. Edward snuck into the house and stabbed her to death.
Ex-Wife Murdered To Stop Child Support FB Posts
Adam had had enough of his ex-wife, Lisa, posting about his lack of child support payments on FaceBook, so he decided to beat her with a hammer and slash her throat. And, as if that weren’t enough, he left her body for the couple’s five-year-old son to find the next day.
Man Kills His Friend for "Poking" His Girlfriend
Poor Richard Rovetto, 29, made the fatal mistake of “poking” his friend, Scott Humphrey's girlfriend on Facebook. Later, in a cab on the way home, Scott, 27, repeatedly punched Richard, then pushed him out onto the ground. Richard died when his head hit the pavement.
If you’d like to read a story about another Palm Beach murder, check out author, Denise Wallace, and her true crime book, Daddy’s Little Secret, a daughter’s quest to solve her father’s brutal murder.
|Posted on August 28, 2017 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
A Fort Lauderdale Southern Rocker Is Shot And Killed
Richard Pierce Jr., 57, a guitarist for the Southern rock band, Rambler, was shot several times in the 400 block of North Andrews Avenue early last Thursday morning. Pierce was approached by Stevens Jean, 29, who shot him several times and then fled before being charged with first-degree murder. Rambler opened for established Southern rock bands like BlackFoot and Molly Hatchet. Their albums have sold approximately 60,000 copies.
Three Other Musicians Who Died In 2017
Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band died in May of this year at the age of 69. Gregg’s brother, Duane, preceded him in death back in 1971, but the band lived on. In 1975, they finally broke up and Gregg began his solo career, only to get back with the band later on. Gregg struggled with alcohol addiction, drug abuse, and health problems throughout the years before dying of complications from liver cancer.
Chris Cornell, the front man for Soundgarden and Audioslave, also died in May died after a concert in Detroit. He was 52. Chris formed Soundgarden in 1984, which became huge in the Seattle grunge alternative rock scene with hits like “Spoonman” and "Black Hole Sun.” The band broke up in 1997, but got back together for a reunion tour in 2010. Chris committed suicide by hanging.
Boston drummer, Sib Hashian, died this year while performing on a rock and roll cruise ship that was sailing to the Bahamas. He was 67. Sib replaced Jim Masdea as Boston’s drummer back in 1975, but was then replaced by Masdea after several years. Sib later sued the band. He died this past March after collapsing in the middle of a set from a heart attack aboard the cruise ship.
If you’d like to read a story about another Palm Beach murder, check out author, Denise Wallace, and her true crime book, Daddy’s Little Secret.
|Posted on August 23, 2017 at 1:40 AM||comments (0)|
A Palm Beach Murder Trial From My True Crime Book, DADDY’S LITTLE SECRET
Rodney Clark, a fifty-year-old man from Jackson, Miss., is being tried in Palm Beach this week after being charged with first-degree murder in the 1987 death of Dana Fader. It will be the first death penalty case to be tried in the county since Florida got a new death penalty law in March. This is a Palm Beach murder from my true crime book, Daddy’s Little Secret:
“Detective Venetucci was not just a dedicated detective, he was also the drummer for the department’s rock band called “Night Beat” … He also became aware of how many murders might be deemed utterly senseless. Among these was the death of an attractive twenty-seven-year-old mother of three who was strangled in the backseat of her Ford Fairmont, and a seven-and-a-half-month-old who was beaten in the head with a clothes iron by her twelve-year-old brother…”
Fader was found still wearing the same dress as the night before, however, it was pulled up around her waist. A semen-stained pillowcase was found partially covering her left leg, finger imprint marks were found on her neck, and a “bite mark-like injury” was found on one of her nipples. An autopsy revealed that she’d been strangled. Fader was a seamstress and divorced mother of three.
In 2012, investigators matched Clark’s DNA to a blood and semen stain found on Fader’s dress. Clark could also not be excluded from the DNA on the pillowcase found in Fader’s car, and his palm print was matched to one taken from the right rear window. After finally being located in Jackson, Miss., Clark told detectives he lived in Palm Beach County in 1987 but denied ever knowing Fader. He also denied ever having sex with her, or being in her car. Clark was arrested for murder and extradited to Florida in 2013.
|Posted on August 2, 2017 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
Congratulations to Linda Decker, who's won a signed copy of Daddy's Little Secret!
|Posted on July 26, 2017 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
SAVING SANDOVAL Reveals the True Story of the U.S. Army Sniper Tried For Murder After A Shooting on the Battlefields of Iraq
Saving Sandoval is the story of the trial told from the men who were there–Specialist Sandoval and his assigned military defense attorney, Captain Craig W. Drummond. The book quotes testimony from both the pre-trial hearings and the trial itself, which took place in a makeshift courtroom on a U.S. military installation just outside of Baghdad. The Associated Press and reporters from around the world were present throughout the trial. The jury was comprised of senior military and enlisted officers, all of whom were then deployed to Iraq.
|Posted on July 1, 2017 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted on June 12, 2017 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted on May 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Jacqueline McLaughlin's workshop "Spring Clean Your Mind"
May 10, 2017. Jacqueline is a graduate of Jack Canfield's "Success Principles," and Jack inspired me to write my book, Daddy's Little Secret, so I highly recommend it! Clear emotional & intellectual clutter, focus on what matters to you (unapologetcially), & create dreams with a deadline.
|Posted on March 27, 2017 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
True Crime Page:
Author, Michael Fleeman interviews Denise Wallace on True Crime Page. DENISE WALLACE CONFRONTS HER SLAIN FATHER’S DOUBLE LIFE IN ‘DADDY’S LITTLE SECRET’. Check out the interview here: