Christa Pike (Female Death Row Inmate)

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Mugshot photo of Christa Pike

Christa Gail Pike was the youngest female ever to be sentenced to death in the United States. Born March 10, 1976 she was 18 years old at the time she committed murder and 20 when she was sentenced to die by lethal injection.

Pike lived a troubled life growing up. She allegedly endured sexual abuse and was doing drugs with her mother before she had even hit her teen years. She had behavior issues including bipolar and dropped out of high school. In 1994 she joined the Job Corps in Knoxville, Tennessee, a government program aimed at helping troubled youth by offering vocational training and career skills. There, Pike met and fell for a young man named Tadaryl Shipp, one year her junior. Together they “dabbled” in the occult and devil worship.

Pike became jealous of fellow Job Corp student Colleen Slemmer, then 19. She believed Slemmer was trying to “steal” her boyfriend from her although friends of Slemmer deny the accusations, Pike was set on a vendetta and started harassing Slemmer. One day she had snuck into her dorm room and watched the victim sleep. It got so bad that days before the murder Slemmer had called her mother telling her she wanted to come home but her mother told her she couldn’t due to signing a 2-year contract.

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Photo of Victim Colleen Slemmer

Pike, Shipp and a friend named Shadolla Peterson, 18, came up with a plan to lure Slemmer to an isolated, abandoned steam plant close by on the University of Tennessee Campus. They choose the wooded area due to it being isolated.

On January 12, 1995, Pike, Shipp, Peterson, and Slemmer signed out of the dormitory and proceeded to the woods where Slemmer was told they wanted to make peace by offering her some marijuana. Upon arrival at the secluded location Slemmer started to become nervous and asked Pike if they were really planning on smoking some weed. Pike then turned on Slemmer and started to yell at her and attacked her. For the next 30 – 40 minutes she was taunted, beaten, and slashed, and a pentagram was carved in her chest with a box cutter. A meat cleaver was also used in the attack. Sometime during the torture Pike had said “The bitch wont die” followed by “I want to see her brains flow” and it was then that she lifted a large chunk of asphalt paving over Slemmer’s head and proceeded to smash her skull until brain matter started flowing out of her head. Pike kept a piece of her victim’s skull and began to show it off around the school and within 36 hours the three were arrested.

Below are crime scene photos of Colleen Slemmer

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Smaller full body shot of Slemmer’s brutalized corpse

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The Stalking Murder of Mindy Schloss

ImageViewMindy Schloss was 52 in the Summer of ’07 and a popular, ambitious nurse psychologist. The happy, dark-haired woman was attractive and when she smiled her eyes reflected her happiness. In the weeks prior to her murder, she had been making good on plans for the next stage of her career. After spending the majority of her working life laboring for others — and commuting long distances to Fairbanks, Alaska — she had recently signed a lease for an office in Anchorage. She was going to start her own practice and become her own boss, accomplishments that would have also benefited the citizens of Fairbanks. People with her expertise were, after all, rare in those parts. Sadly, Mindy Schloss would not live to realize her longtime dream of professional independence.

Joshua Wade, resided at 6902 Cutty Sark Road, the house next door to her own. He was already, in his own mind, living intimately with her, watching her, fostering a sexual rage and waiting to take that intimacy to the next, deadly level. His bedroom window allowed him voyeuristic access to Schloss’ kitchen and, as a result, it’s safe to assume that Joshua Wade’s watched Schloss going about her daily domestic routine as his life spun ever more wildly out of control, and that his sexual frustration, anger, and violent, lethal rage settled on Schloss.

Rewinding back to Wade’s earlier years, he spent most of his life in detention centers and when he wasnt in a detention center he was being arrested (then released) for one crime or another.

According to documents introduced into evidence by the prosecution, Wade “has demonstrated violent and aggressive behavior from on or about the age of 10 and continuing into his adult life, and between 2000 and 2007, has violently killed two women.” Wade’s first brush with the law was at age 12. At 16 he was caught carrying a handgun, and by 19 he was an accused-but-acquitted felon. Unfortunately Wade’s criminal career was only getting started.

The next year, at age 20, Wade violently raped and murdered Della Brown, a 33 year-old Native American woman by bashing her head in with a rock. When he was through, all that was left of Schloss was decomposing in the woods near Wasilia, Alaska.

Della-BrownDuring the trial the coroner testified that Brown’s skull was so damaged it resembled a “bag of ice.” Brown’s hair had either been cut or ripped out; and burnt matches littered the shed’s floor near her body. Brown’s body had been found by unsympathetic gawkers who paraded through the shed for days, lighting matches to see her battered corpse. No one called 911. Although initially Wade confessed to the murder, he soon recanted. His lawyer claimed that Wade had merely been trying to impress his associates.

The jury was swayed by his defense, and Wade was acquitted of Della Brown’s murder. He was, however, convicted of evidence tampering in the case.

After the acquittal, Wade, who has the unfortunate tendency to grandstand, stated, “Even though 12 people said I’m not guilty, everyone believes I am guilty….I just want to say thank you to my jury for being fair.”

He went on to say, “The only thing at all in this case that I’m sorry for is I did not call the police whenever I found that lady’s body,” clearly showing no remorse for the crime of which he had been convicted.

Fast-foward to the night of August 3rd, 2007. Wade turn’s his sick fantasy into reality.

Wade and his housemates threw a party. This was the end of a long, difficult week at work for Wade. He had several combative exchanges with his supervisors, and had even gone so far as to walk off of the job. The day of the party Wade arrived at his job only to be sent home for his argumentative and aggressive behavior.

Sometime around 1:30 a.m. Mindy Schloss signed out of her email and shut down her computer. According to the timeline established by investigators, she then went to sleep. Not long after, Wade made his way into Schloss’ home, subdued her, and painfully bound her arms and legs with plastic restraints, zip ties commonly used by law enforcement. With Schloss immobilized, Wade returned to his house, retrieved his Glock and returned to abduct Schloss in her own vehicle. They stopped at several locations, including at least one ATM where Wade withdrew cash from Schloss’ checking account.

After her disappearance when police canvassed the neighborhood, a neighbor reported hearing a woman’s screams in the early morning hours of August 4. According to court documents, this “witness observed a small red car matching generally the description of the victim’s car in the parking lot of a bank, and heard a woman’s voice in that area screaming loudly ‘Rape!’ and ‘Call the police!’ or words to that effect.” Although the court documents do not specify, it seems, sadly, that no witnesses contacted police that night with this information.

After Wade was done robbing Schloss, he drove her nearly an hour away to Wasilia, Alaska, where he marched an abused and tortured Schloss into the woods and unceremoniously executed her.

It took nearly a month before her decomposed remains were discovered.

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The story Nguyen Thi Nhu Y abused by her own mother

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Nguyen Thi Xuan Lan (pictured) was a nine-month-old Vietnamese-Taiwanese girl who suffered horrific abuse from her mother and step-father in the southern province of Dong Thap. She was slapped, burned,  beaten and covered in scorch marks as well as three deep wounds to her left thigh and in the soles of her feet which, doctors said, have been caused by hot objects applied to the skin.

On September 16, 2010, following a tip-off from a neighbor, a health officer in Long Hau commune Lai Vung District found Nhu Y covered in bruises and wounds from head to toe.

The neighbor along with witnesses said they heard the baby crying and the mother screaming and cursing. Prior to that they didn’t know about the abuse, as the girl was kept inside the house at all times.

According to doctors from the Dong Thap General Hospital, Nhu Y had bruises and wounds all over her legs and feet and all across his little body. They concluded that she suffered a 25% permanent injury.

The police would later find out that she was beaten and tortured by her own mother,  Nguyen Thi Xuan Lan, and 34-year-old stepfather, Le Thanh Tam. The couple not only took turns beating Nhu Y, but her step-father even video taped the gruesome footage.

When Nhu Y was being hospitalized, the mother was permitted to enter the hospital to care for her. However, Lan was not interested, so she was separated from the child. It took police no time at all to realize who was guilty.

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Photo of  Nguyen Thi Xuan Lan holding Nguyen, who must have been scared when that photo was taken. She was probably wondering why this awful woman was holding her.

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Photo of Nhu Y’s step-father in handcuff’s

The mother and step-father were brought in for questioning and it didn’t take long to get the both of them to confess.  They told police they beat the baby girl because she often cried and they believed she was a source of bad luck for the family. They believed that hitting her would drive misfortune away.

The child’s step-father, Tam, was the first to claim she was possessed by demons and told Xuan Lan that she (the baby) had to be ‘treated’ by him. Xuan Lan agreed and on August 14, 2010, Tam used his chin to press hard into Y’s two cheeks while his hands squeezed tight onto his step daughter’s mouth and face. This particular incident was being taped.

Both the mother and her husband (Nguyen’s step-father) were arrested. Area police have prosecuted her for abusing her baby.

According to reports, the neighbor who alerted police, was the same neighbor who took custody of the child while her mother was being sentenced. The aunt took custody shortly after.

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Photo of Nhu Y and her grandparents

Norfolk man tortured to death by his ‘drinking buddies’ earlier this year in a sadistic murder similar to Resident Evil video-game

Derek Blake, 44, who met his killers in a hostel, was a vulnerable and mentally fragile man

Derek Blake (pictured) was tortured to death earlier this year in a flat located in his hometown of Yarmouth, Norfolk, the same town where his sadistic killers lived

Derek Blake was a 44-year-old man from Norfolk who was described as very vulnerable and mentally fragile. He had issues with consuming alcohol but was described as a ‘happy drunk.’ Earlier this year he had met Ricky Roys, Andrew Brown and Helen Cooke at a local hostel and from there, the four of them became ‘drinking buddies.’

Killers, from left: Ricky Roys, 20, Andrew Brown, 42, and Helen Cooke, 19. Roys told a witness the murder was 'like something out of Resident Evil'

From left: Ricky Roys, 20, Andrew Brown, 42, and Helen Cooke, 19

Roys, Andrew and Cooke are all from St Nicholas Road, Great Yarmouth and according to sources, the three had drinking problems. Roys had lived a very crazy and drunken lifestyle and Cooke had begun drinking at thirteen, dropped out of highschool in her mid-teens and was living with her parents prior to her new home at the prison cell.

On May 24, 2012 he was lured to a hostel in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, by the sadistic group where he met his death. At the flat, Blake was subjected to  ‘sadistic’ levels of torture, described as being similar to the horror series Resident Evil.

Blake was discovered dead, emerged in a bath full of water in a flat in his hometown of Great Yarmouth, According to the pathologist, the murdered man hadn’t died from drowning and was placed in the water after his death. He had over 100 injuries threw-out his body. The Norwich Crown Court listened to grueling testimony describing the  ‘painful and humiliating’ ordeal involving the use of a boning knife and claw hammer, Norwich Crown Court heard.

The attacked was dragged-out, making the ordeal even more torturous and according to testimony, Blake was most likely conscious threw most of the attack and was most likely in ‘extreme pain’

One of his killers later compared the alcohol-fuelled attack to Resident Evil.  A series of horror movies that involve blood and gore.

The attack included pouring boiling water over Mr Blake, inflicting cuts and burns all over his body and torturing him with a pool cue. During the torture session, the letter J was carved into his face.

When police were called to the flat, they found the murder weapons which included A claw hammer, a boning knife and another knife.

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CAUGHT ON TAPE: The three murderers stepping onto a public bus after the horrific attack. Cook is seen in the back, carrying bags which hid the victim’s blood-soaked clothes

Shortly after the murder, the three went on to describe their horrendous deeds to people they knew.

Cooke, a drop-out who started drinking age thirteen, told one person who became a witness: ‘We battered him.’

Roys told another: ‘It was like something out of Resident Evil.’ – Roys defense claimed he had lived a very out of control lifestyle which involved alot of drinking.

Brown’s defense claimed he was to ‘consumed with alcohol to remember many of the events that night.

Judge Peter Jacobs said: ‘This was a murder involving sadistic conduct. ‘This went far beyond a punishment beating and the infliction of this many injuries confirms you intended to kill him. You had been overtaken by the gravity of your own actions. ‘It is obvious Brown took the lead but this must be balanced against the obvious sustained involvement of each person.

Roys, Brown, and Cooke were sentenced to life imprisonment with Roy serving twenty-years before being eligible for release, Brown serving a minimum of twenty-three years and Cooke serving a minimum of eighteen.

After the court hearing, the family of Derek Blake issued a statement saying: ‘This has been a very trying time for all our family.

‘These three people have left three daughters without a father and their children without a granddad. They have also taken a much loved son, brother, uncle and friend.

‘While we do not think that any sentence would be long enough due to the brutal, torturous and sadistic nature of Derek’s murder, we believe justice has been served and these people will be locked up for a long time unable to harm any other members of the public.’

The latest Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 6, was released in early October, 2012.

The fifth instalment of the film series, Resident Evil: Retribution, came out in cinemas in these recent months.

Both feature scenes of extreme violence and gore. The games involve killing enemies using a range of weapons.

Source: Thesun.co.uk and Dailymail.co.uk

The Unfavored Child – Sean Michael Sowards

Sean Michael Sowards was born on September 23, 2004 to Crystal Conklin and Michael Sowards of Warren, Michigan, who had been together for 8 years. Baby Sean was Michael and Crystal’s first-born son, they also had a little girl, Angelique “Angel” who was a year older.

In 2003, the girl tested positive for weed in her system, DHS provided services to the family.

In 2005 DHS received a report that Crystal was beating on Sean, they said she would wake the baby up just to beat on him. DHS was told “She doesn’t want him and only kept him because the father wanted him,”

Elizabeth Herd, Sean’s paternal grandma also called DHS;

“My concerns were Sean was being injured in his home,” she said. “I told them my 4-month-old grandson was being spanked by his mother because he wouldn’t stop crying.” She said she was told that “unless he is seriously injured or dead, they would not investigate.” and “They said parents have a right to discipline their children, and it was none of my business,” she said.

In 2006 Elizabeth was told by Crystal that her grandson had an eye infection, it was after this that she was kept away from Sean. Elizabeth also reported that she saw bruises and cuts on Sean but was always told that Angel did it.

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Sean Michael Sowards and sister

Michael came home from work on the evening of June 11, 2007 and saw his son in desperate need of medical attention. Sean was laying in bed unconscious in his own vomit. He picked his son up and rushed him to the emergency room at St. John Oakland General Hospital where it was learned that he had extensive head and brain trauma among many other injuries that were new and old.

When Sean arrived at the hospital he was unresponsive, covered in bruises and cuts from head-to-toe, he had a cut on his forehead that should have received stitches but was already healing, his toenails on his big toes were torn away, replaced with blood, he was essentially blind from from his eyes being burnt from most likely nail polish remover being poured on them, he had a broken finger, bite-marks and was underweight.

Sean was then transferred to St. John Hospital in Detroit for emergency surgery. Although the doctors did a heroic job and worked on baby Sean in surgery to relieve the fluid on his brain he still died 2 days later on June 13th. It was at this point his tragic nightmare-ish life story began to unfold in the news.

Crystal and Michael both were arrested on the 13th. On the 14th, after investigators spoke with Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office they released Michael from jail. Crystal was charged with felony murder and child abuse.

The couples 3-year-old daughter Angel was placed into the custody of Macomb County Child Protective Services. She was never abused, Sean was the only target of his mothers hatred.

Crystal was 7 ½ months pregnant and complained of labor pains so she was taken to the hospital. She returned to her cell as soon as they discovered there was nothing wrong with her.

During Crystal’s arraignment she cried uncontrollably and Judge Walter Jakubowcski Jr. told her he wasn’t impressed with her theatrics and said she was a danger to all children and he hoped God would save her soul before setting her bond at $500,000 cash.

Crystal and Michael told Krystal Magnan, a DHS worker;

” that he (Sean) was clumsy and he would bump into walls a lot, and (his sister) was physically aggressive toward him. She also said DHS investigated 2 complaints but they were not serious and were closed. “She didn’t really give me answers,” Magnan said. “She piggy-backed on what the dad said, what Mr. Sowards said.”

These excuses would be used many times by Crystal when talking about Sean’s injuries.

On April 18th Dr. Marcus DeGraw of St. John Hospital in Detroit testified against Crystal saying that;

“There was a repetitive infliction of pain for discipline, almost a torture scenario,” “He was abused … repetitively throughout his existence.”

Dr. Degraw treated Sean in the hospital and said he died of blunt force trauma to the head, a single blow “causing immediate symptoms.” He said the type of injury Sean had is what you would see in a high speed accident or falling from a window several floors high.

He said that Sean was undernourished and half the weight a child should be at for his age. During his testimony he said;

“To me, it was neglect, a restriction of food,” DeGraw said. “You would have to work extremely hard to make a child not gain weight like that.” You can feed a child 5 meals a week and he will still gain weight.”

Forensic nurse, Marnie Van Dam said in court that Sean had over 3 dozen bruises from head-to-toe and was covered in cuts and abrasions. His big toe toenails were ripped off, Sean’s eyelids were red and swollen and his corneas were cloudy. His bruises were in various stages of healing, proving that his abuse was recurring.

Macomb County Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz agreed that Sean died of non-accidental blunt-force trauma to the head.

Assistant Macomb prosecutor Therese Tobin told reporters”He was battered head to toe,” “He was basically blind” from being shaking or hit on the head.

Photos of Sean’s battered and beaten little body were shown to jurors, pictures of his bed room were also included. There was blood covering the closet walls, the door, his sheets and the carpets. There was also blood on his clothes on the utility room floor and in the washer were more clothes with blood and the stench of vomit according to Officer Marlene Niedermeier.

Mathew Conklin, Crystal’s uncle testified that she treated Angel a lot different than Sean. He said he once warned her about it when Sean tried to climb up in her lap saying “Mommy, mommy” and she grabbed him by his forehead and pushed him back forcefully. Mathew said the boy hit his head hard enough it bounced off of the coffee table “like a ball.”

He said when Sean started crying;

“Angel looked at me and started screaming. She (Crystal Conklin) put her attention to Angel. She picked up Angel and said, ‘Poor Angel.’” “Angel got all the positive attention and positive interaction,” he said. “It seemed Sean was always dished off to the side.”

Mathew stated that Crystal and Michael stayed with him for weeks at a time due to their financial situation.

He also said while being sworn in and questioned by Prosecutor Therese Tobin that he believed Sean had not developed correctly for his age because of how he was treated by his mother. Crystal complained frequently that the baby cried all the time and never slept through the night.

“She was very upset at his crying,” he said. “She once said that something was wrong with him and then said she thought he was doing it on purpose.”

Mathew also testified that “Sean’s face was always covered with blankets” and she tried to keep him in his playpen down in the dark, wet basement or out in the garage so she didn’t have to deal with him.

Mathew also saw bruises and cuts on the boy but was given the same excuse as everyone else.

When Mathew was cross-examined by defense attorney Ronald Goldstein he said his niece did come to his home while Sean was in the hospital and she was upset and nervous. She told him that Sean had a seizure.

When Michael Sowards’ initially took the stand he said that he had not seen his girlfriend hit their son. He retorted and later testified that he did see her hit him. He said the reason he lied in the beginning was;

“at the time I couldn’t believe she could do that to my son. I didn’t believe what was happening. It was a nightmare. I didn’t think someone who I cared about so much could do that to my son. I believed she was excessive at times, but I didn’t believe she was capable.”

Michael also acknowledged his role by saying he didn’t do enough to stop the abuse of his son.

Cpl. Chad Richardson also testified and said that he interviewed Crystal twice. She told him that Sean vomited and she put him in his bed. She checked on him later and said “Seany, Seany” and he would not wake up. That was when she noticed that he had vomited a couple more times.

In the 2nd interview she said her and Sean were in the bathroom and he “slipped and fell, and she couldn’t catch him in time,” but that she never laid a hand on the child other than for discipline. Cpl. Richardson told the court “She said he was acting like a ping pong ball bouncing against the walls in the hallway,”

“We had her in custody for seven hours and she did not ask once about her son,”

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Michael at Sean’s funeral

Kathleen Conklin said she visited her sister the weekend before Sean’s death and his legs were both in one pants leg to restrict him from moving. It was normal for Crystal to wrap him in 2 blankets and either put him in a car seat or high chair so he wasn’t able to move around. She said she didn’t feel like her sister loved Sean “there was always so much anger towards him.”

When the prosecutor asked Kathleen how she thought her sister, Crystal felt about Angel she said, “She loved Angel. Angel was allowed to be a kid. She allowed her to play.”

Crystal suddenly had her own version of the story that Michael was the one that abused and murdered Sean except she had not mentioned one word about it until she took the stand that very day.

Attorney Tobin said in closing arguments;

“Michael Sowards failed his son. He admitted that to you,” Tobin told the jury. “He will answer for that later.” She also asked the jurors to consider both testimonies, Michael’s and Crystal’s.

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Sean’s marker

“Sean’s last week was spent almost blind. He would put his hand over his eye for some comfort, for some assistance. He was a 2-year-old walking around the house. He was trying to find his own way with this own hands,” Tobin said. “If your child couldn’t see, do you let him feel his way around the house or do you get him in a car, or get him in an ambulance and get him to a doctor? The reason [Conklin] didn’t is the dirty little secret. Sean was abused.”

“For some reason, Crystal Conklin did not treat her son the way she treated her daughter. Why is that? I don’t know,” Tobin said. “What we know are the ramifications of those feelings. What we know is that there was a bruised and battered Sean for whatever reason”

Michael cried through much of the court proceedings and said “The only thing that matters, is justice for my son,”

Crystal Conklin was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. She was also given 9-15 years for the first degree child abuse charge and it will run concurrently.

On July 10th Michael Sean Sowards was sentenced to 9 months in jail and five years probation for second degree child abuse for failing to be aware of, stop or report the abuse.

Michael read the following letter in court;

Your Honor, Mrs. Tobin,

Everyone has regrets and choices in their life that they wish they could change or do over, do differently. I know I do! I just want to say, I love my children! I love them with all my heart! They were the most precious gift in my life and anyone who knows me knows how much I loved them. I made extremely bad decisions. I stayed in a very bad relationship in the hope that I could fix things, I could make everyone happy, or make everything ok as long as I never gave up trying. My judgment, my entire thinking process was clouded by years of verbal, mental, physical abuse and manipulation by a very ill woman. But never in my worst nightmares did I even think that all of this could ever happen. Like the saying, “Hind site is always 20/20″. Now that I have had time to reflect and have been away from Crystal for some time. I realize now more than ever how beat down mentally I was. But I kept thinking to myself, I had a baby on the way, plus Angel and Sean and all I wanted was for us to be a family. And the harder I tried the worse Crystal would be. Of course I wish I had left her, but she made that almost impossible. Your honor I failed my son, my children. But I always loved them and I never hurt them. I tried my best with what I knew and what I thought at the time was possible. But always that wasn’t enough. Losing my son, my daughter, my babies has crushed me! I can’t imagine any kind of pain worse than that of losing your children. I would give my life in a heartbeat for the chance to change things, to leave Crystal and protect my son. That’s my regret.

He has also given up parental rights to Angelique and Brianna so that they may have a better life.

Sean's family is very active in child abuse awareness and activism.

Sean’s family is very active in child abuse awareness and activism.

Crystal’s whole defense was that she was a “battered woman” that was scared to death of her boyfriend Michael. She attempted to blame Michael for Sean’s murder and abuse and said that she could not tell or Michael would retaliate on her.

Crystal lied from the moment she was arrested and she is probably lying as you are reading this article. She changed her story so many times and had absolutely no evidence to back up her story. Her own family knew she was rotten and once they were sworn in they had no choice but to tell the truth about how despicable she was because they didn’t want to be held in contempt.

Crystal even tried to blame her son’s death on her own child, Angel. Can you imagine the damage that would do to a child if she were to ever find out that her own mother blamed her for that.

In what scenario is it ever ok to spank a 4-month-old for crying? I don’t understand what reasoning DHS used when they said there was no reason to investigate the claim of abuse because “parents have a right to discipline their children” Elizabeth Herd, Sean’s grandmother said there were 10-12 complaints filed with DHS that went unnoticed.

As mentioned before Crystal attempted to claim the “battered partner syndrome” however no one believed her. In fact, it was believed that Michael was actually physically, mentally and emotionally abused by Crystal and perhaps was to weak to leave Crystal and protect his son from her.

This in no way excuses the fact that Michael had the responsibility to protect his son from being abused. He was the adult and Sean was the helpless child.

With that being said, there are not nearly enough resources for men that are abused. Men are supposed to be strong, be the protectors and the head of the household. Main stream society doesn’t accept weakness’s in men. It’s estimated that out of 100 domestic violence situations 40 of those involve men as the victim. It’s said that even those numbers may be a lot higher because a lot of men won’t come forward because of the stigma attached.

It’s hard to get women to report abuse even after all the programs that are offered, when is the last time you saw a commercial for a men’s shelter or abuse hotline for DV? If you see a man with a bruised face what’s your first reaction? I think it’s pretty obvious we have a lot of work to do in this area.

Please visit Seans Voice at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001033050337

Elizabeth and Danny Herd are very active in their community and work to prevent child abuse. Thank you for making a difference in so many children’s lives. Through you, Sean’s memory will always live on.

 God Bless You Sean Sowards is a website created in memory of Sean Michael Sowards

Source: Unforgottenangels

The brutal Murder of Dystiny Myers

The picture above is Dystiny Myers, she was a 15-year-old high school student in Santa Maria, California. She was placed in a group home after her mom went to jail 2 months before her murder for a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of an illegal drug.

She was raised by her grandmother and everyone who knew her described her as being full of life. Her Pastor, Rick Bloom said she loved to sing and perform. He also said she was the lead in the majority of the children’s choir programs. She also attended church camps and consistently volunteered to feed the homeless.

She dreamed of being a model and even won a local competition. She could be the all-American girl right?

Pastor Bloom told reporters, “Everyone thinks about what we could have done. I know her grandmother and she did the best she could in very difficult circumstances,” “She didn’t get a chance to grow out of whatever she was going through,” Bloom said.

Dystiny’s 7th grade science teacher Mr. Bob Quirk said “She could have gone to college she could have done anything. Very bright. Very talented person. Sang. She was in our talent show,”

It wont let me post up the video right now so to view Dystiny singing in a school Talent Show, click link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA_lIm9J6zM&feature=player_embedded (Dystiny starts singing at 3:35)

She looks like any other normal teenager in this picture but unfortunately she got caught up with some adults that she shouldn’t have. She ran away from the home and stayed with Rhonda Wisto, a known drug addict and alleged dealer.

On September 26, 2010 the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office received a phone call at 5AM to come to a location and investigate a body that was found on the outskirts of town. At first it was the fire department who showed up believing there was a grass fire but they soon found out that wasn’t the case. Deputies would soon find out that the person that was purposely thrown into shallow grave and set on fire was a 15-year-old local girl.

Later that day deputies arrested Jason Greenwell (20), Ty Michael Hill (28), Frank York(19) and Rhonda Wisto (47). They are all being charged with Dystiny Myers murder and special circumstances of torture, kidnapping and aiding and abetting.

The following day Cody Lane Miller (20) was arrested. He was in the hospital receiving care for his injuries.

All five of them are being held without bail and they have all entered not guilty pleas.

On October 4 the news released an article that said perhaps Dystiny was not the girl everyone thought she was, they also released this picture of her. It was from her MySpace account.

Dystiny takes a photo of herself, her appearance is slowly changing

In reality Pastor Bloom says she was once that girl he spoke of earlier on but she had gotten off track in the last year and lost her way.

Sadly, Dystiny had begun hanging out in the streets where she called herself “Spa3dz” and her past times included partying, drinking hard liquor, getting high and smoking “cancer stix” as she called them.

Dystiny Myers colors her hair black, her attitude starts to change as well, and she begins hanging with the wrong crowd

“wats crakn,mi name is dystiny but they call me (SPAD3Z) i luv2 par-t(haha)i dn’t drink beer though”IMA A HARD LIQUOR HYNA” i luv smokn MARIJUANA!!!(STONRS 4 LIFE) i’m also a nicotine fein,i luv my CANCER STIX.. ima helza good homie..no mattr wat my homies always cme 1st there my FAMILIO u can fuk with me but once u fuk with my homies there will be BLOOD SHED!!! i gots lots of h8rs…i aint evn trippn off them bitches all they are is (DRAMA) DNT HATE DA PLAYER,HATE DA GAME!!! L8TRS”

Click here to view Dystiny Myers Myspace – It list her age as 19 years old, the age she would be today.

Rhonda Wisto, the mother of Jason Greenwell, urged her son to go through with the horrific murder of Dystiny Myers. She also helped the group hid her body.

She also started hanging out in known drug dealers houses that had been raided in the past. Mr. Quirk, her former teacher said she dropped out of school after the first 5 weeks of high school. “If a kid like this can end up in this situation, it can happen to anybody,” Quirk said.

On February 7, 2011 all 5 suspects appeared in court for their pre-trial hearings. Normally a first degree murder charge would carry a 25 to life sentence but since there are special circumstances in Dystiny’s murder they can all be sentenced to death or life without parole.

Photo of Ty Hill who took part in Dystiny’s murder, he was also the one who shot her up with heroin moments before the attack
Ty Hill admitted to shooting Dystiny up with heroin before they beat her, he shot her up every night so she wouldn’t have suspected anything was wrong.

He then started beating the hell out of her with a baseball bat before handing it off to another guy and saying “Mark McGwire” her legs.

Jason Greenwell said the noise from the “bat bashing against her legs was making him sick and he couldn’t think,”

An expert testified that Dystiny more than likely died from mechanical asphyxiation but was also suffering from methamphetamine toxicity and blunt force trauma to her head.

MUGSHOT: Frank York

Forensic Specialist Kenneth Jones said he found a baseball bat in Rhonda Wisto’s truck that had finger prints and blood on it. He also testified there was a palm print that matched Frank York’s prints.

Mr. Jones also found three samurai swords and brass knuckles in that same blue pick-up truck; two of the swords had blood stains and strands of long, dark hair on them. There were numerous blood stains in the pickup; the blood has not been tested for DNA yet.

Deputy Stuart MacDonald from the coroner’s office said when they discovered 15-year-old Dystiny Myers’ body she was wrapped in a canvas bag, duct tape, several comforters and nylon rope. The young teen was also hog-tied and had sweatpants tied tightly around her neck and gloves in her mouth and throat.

Cody Miller being arrained in court back in 2010

Dystiny also had bruising on her body from her face to her back and down to her legs. She also had fractures on her skull and her eye had been gouged out. Parts of her body, including her face had been burnt beyond recognition.

Detective Eric Twisselman from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department testified that Cody Miller told him that they all beat Dystiny at Rhonda Wisto’s house. After the beating took place they “stuffed her into a duffel bag and taken outside the residence and ultimately placed into the back of a pickup truck,”

Dystiny was still alive at this point and once they got out to the location Cody claims he was “forced” to beat her more, dig a hole and hog-tie her.

When Ty Hill asked how he knew she was dead Cody said that “he rammed a glove down her throat and that he plucked her eye out,”

Detective Burgeson testified that at least two of the suspects admitted to beating Dystiny with a baseball bat, brass knuckles, hands and feet. “I asked Miller why he had kicked Dystiny, and he told me that she was making noise and that he kicked her twice and that she stopped making noise,”

MUGSHOT: Jason Greenwell

Rhonda Wisto is Frank York’s mother. He told his mother while all this was going that killing someone was the wrong thing to do. Rhonda told her son, sometimes “stuff” has to be done. “She told him that he would be okay and that she loved him and that she wanted the best for him,” Det. Burgeson testified.

They also planned to kill Cody Miller, the plan was to murder him and cut his head off according to Ty Hill. He said after they set Dystiny on fire Ty Hill hit Cody Miller in the head with a shovel and baseball bat, he planned to kill him to because he believed he was a police informant. Cody was able to get away and ran into woods.

They got in the truck and went to Jack in the Box where they spent $8 on tacos and then went home.

Sheriff’s detective Patrick Zuchelli testified that all 5 suspects were under the influence of methamphetamines while they beat and murdered the teenager. He said it was unclear if Dystiny was voluntarily using drugs by the suspects statements.

Mugshot of Cody Miller whose nose was broken due to getting attacked immediately after  Dystiny’s death.

Det. Zuchelli also testified that Frank York also told him he wanted to back out before the beatings began because he was scared but was encouraged not to by his mother.

Ty Hill tried to minimize his role in the plan but eventually gave up and told the detectives everything he knew including he was the one that actually made a “check list” of everything they would need to murder Dystiny and pull the plan off without getting caught. Police found the list when they found the baseball bat that had Dystiny and Cody’s blood on it.

So far the only motive for killing Dystiny is because she was being disrespectful.

The judge has agreed that there is enough evidence to carry the case to trial and all 5 suspects were sentenced and will never see the day of light again.

The family and friend’s of Dystiny all gathered shortly after her brutal murder to remember the good memories of the bright teenager they knew and loved.

The family and loved ones gathered shortly after the brutal murder to celebrate the short  life of Dystiny Myers

Although five suspects were arrested and are awaiting trail… Dystiny’s grandmother, Kathy Clark said she has no closure.

“There really isn’t. We take it one day at a time and we know that Dystiny is with Jesus. I think that’s what keeps me personally going, knowing that Dystiny is at peace with her maker,” said Kathy.

She said her granddaughter was full of life. A generous spirit, involved with the youth program at her church and a volunteer at a homeless shelter.

“When she walked in the room, the party started. Everyone knew Dystiny was there,” said Kathy.

But she said Dystiny was also a teenager who, shortly before her death, started making bad decisions and hanging out with people Kathy didn’t know.

“She went astray and I’m the first to admit it. She went astray. Dystiny was teetering in between the two worlds. She knew right from wrong. But unfortunately when we get caught up with something, it’s so hard to get out of it,” said Kathy.

How does a child go from being active in the church and feeding the homeless to being sucked in by the streets and drugs? A lot of people will blame the mother because she was obviously an addict herself but Dystiny did not live with her mother. Dystiny’s grandmother raised her according to every report I have read and family/friends statements. Surely there were signs that this young girl was getting in over her head so why didn’t someone do something? I guess none of these questions matter now, she is dead. What does matter is that this can happen with any child, it’s up to the parent or guardian to stop it.

Source: Unforgottenangels

Witch Murders in the 21st Century? The torture murder of Rubiya Bibi

Defenceless Woman Branded ‘Witch’

Defenceless Woman<br/> Branded ‘Witch’

Rubiya Bibi pictured with one of her children

Click here to watch a video which explains the plight of Rubiya Bibi

Despite a law in place, poor women from marginalized communities in Jharkhand continue to be branded as ‘witches’ and tortured, murdered, evening burning at the stake.

Mukesh Rajak describes the plight of Rubiya Bibi – a poor Muslim woman and a mother of 4 children from his own district who has been declared as a witch by her rich and influential villagers and brutally tortured. All the torturers were men.

The video shows how, along with the women accused of witchcraft, her children and family also are victimised and isolated from the society. The woman is also not allowed to work.

 

Jharkhand was one of the first Indian states, to adopt a law against witchcraft-related cruelties and crimes against women. The law – Witchcraft Prevention Act, 2001 provides for severe punishment for those who brand/torture/kill women as ‘witches’.

 

Ironically, the state still continues to top the list of women branded as witches. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) records state that Jharkhand has witnessed deaths of 249 persons (mostly women) between 2001 and 2008 for “practising witchcraft”. The Jharkhand Criminal Investigation Department figures maintain that as many as 1,200 witches managed to survive torture and attacks between 2001 and 2009. The figures suggest that there has been a rise in the number of attacks on women accused of being a ‘witch’.

 

While the attackers aim to kill the victim, some lucky ones manage to escape. Rubiya was also lucky to have survived. But her in-laws threw her out of their house. Rubiya’s husband who is mentally unstable, was unable to protect her.

 

Uneducated and denied work, Rubiya has no means to support herself or her children. For her father, a daily wage labourer, its extremely difficult to feed so many mouths. It’s this unjustified sufferings of Rubiya and her family that made Mukesh take up her case to report. He is especially bitter about the way Rubia’s children are ostracized, beaten and taunted every day.

 

During the shoot of this video Mukesh also spoke to several other victims of witchcraft like Rubia. These meetings made him realize that it is only the poor and defenceless women who are handpicked by their rich and powerful neighbours to be declared ‘witches’.

 

Mukesh is keenly following the case filed by Ribiya Bibi. He wants  people watching this video to create pressure on the  police of Deogarh to act on the case, so that this woman can get justice under the existing anti-witchcraft law.

Click here to watch a video which explains the plight of Rubiya Bibi

Source: Indiaunheard.videovolunteers

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Other photos showing the tragedy of witch murders in the middle east

1998 Witch Murder –  An African woman was labelled a witch, tortured and burned alive by her community. Photo shows how horrific these tragedies are.

Nigeria news reported that many Nigerian child are homeless, forced to live on the streets after being driven out by families or communities because they were suspected of being ‘witches’ In alot of cases, these African children are tortured and even murdered after being branded witches.
 

Nigeria Child Witches Pictures & Photos

Nwanaokwo Edet, 9, is a Nigerian child who’s father forced him to drink acid days after the families pastor branded the child a “witch.” Photo shows the child lying in a hospital bed in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Sadly, he died from his injuries one month after the attack. Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of “witch children” reviewed by the Associated Press, and 13 churches

Woman’s Commission wants action on witches killing – Bengal Newz

Roughly 200 woman are killed every year in India for being ‘witches’

Dimbeswari Bhattarai (front), a witch doctor, or ojha, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Uttarkuchi village in India's northeastern state of Assam September 7, 2006. Police say that around 300 people have been killed in the state in the five years from 2001 for allegedly practising witchcraft. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah

Dimbeswari Bhattarai (front), a witch doctor, or ojha, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Uttarkuchi village in India’s northeastern state of Assam September 7, 2006. Police say that around 300 people have been killed in the state in the five years from 2001 for allegedly practising witchcraft.