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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Smiley in Cali? Paulo Netto found drowned in San Francisco

With confirmation that 22-year-old Paulo Netto has been found drowned near Pier 48, the search is still on for the Frisco Five missing under ominously similar circumstances. 

Brazilian-born Netto came to the city in October 2013 in order to explore art schools there. He vanished one night after placing a frantic call for help to his sister.

THE CASE OF THE DROWNING MEN, by Eponymous RoxPolice say they tracked the youth's cellphone but "no one was there" when they arrived shortly thereafter. They then began suggesting that Netto's "state of mind" must have been impaired somehow, although never elaborating on the reasons for their theory.

Paulo Netto's missing persons case mirrors hundreds of "Smiley Face Killer" ones accumulated nationwide over the past 16 years -- including a handful from the specific area he was visiting.

The west coast, however, is a recent hot spot for these kind of disappearances and drownings, having never before made it on the map.

So far there are five other missing young men in the California cluster since 2010, all of whom vanished without a trace and from the exact same San Francisco district:  

1. The body of Derrick Shao, 20, washed ashore on November 7, 2013, eight days after the college student went missing;.
2. Nineteen-year-old Sean Sidi has been missing since May 21st of this year;
3. Shawn Dickerson, a 24-year-old, has been unaccounted for since 2011;
4. Businessman Cameron Remmer, 31, hasn't been heard from since checking out of his hotel room in October 2011;
5. Jackson Miller, 23-years-old, likewise mysteriously disappeared in May of 2010;

The badly decomposed body of Paulo Netto was actually found floating in McCovey Cove last month, but it allegedly took all these weeks for the coroner to positively identify those remains.

His cause of death has not been released yet.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

CSI SUNDAY: Was 9-11 a Controlled Demolition?

Without much doubt, the 9-11 destruction of the Twin Towers displayed "all of the characteristics of destruction by explosives," says an organization of architects and engineers bent on getting the truth out:

1. Destruction proceeds through the path of greatest resistance at nearly free-fall acceleration;

2. Improbable symmetry of debris distribution;

3. Extremely rapid onset of destruction;

4. Over 100 first responders reported explosions and flashes;

5. Multi-ton steel sections ejected laterally;

6. Mid-air pulverization of 90,000 tons of concrete & metal decking;

7. Massive volume of expanding pyroclastic-like clouds;

8. 1200-foot-diameter debris field: no "pancaked" floors found;

9. Isolated explosive ejections 20–40 stories below demolition front;

10. Total building destruction: dismemberment of steel frame;

11. Several tons of molten metal found under all 3 high-rises;

12. Evidence of thermite incendiaries found by FEMA in steel samples;

13. Evidence of explosives found in dust samples...


Friday, December 13, 2013

Newlywed Murder Plea In Glacier Park Death

"GUILTY" is newlywed murder plea

First Jordan Graham claimed she didn't do it, then she said her victim made her do it, and now she's just plain shut her mouth and pled guilty to pushing her husband of only eight days to his death.

Thus brings an end to the bizarre and circuitous tale of a union gone sour in just the span of one week. So sour in fact that the honeymooners viciously quarreled atop a steep cliff in famed Glacier Park ... and only one of them returned home that evening.

It's been a case which baffled both experts and onlookers alike, but finally the newlywed murder plea of "guilty" has been entered into the record this week, circumventing trial proceedings already underway, as well as other charges pending against a lying Montana bride who slew her hapless hubby.

Justice served in the cruel and roundabout murder of Cody Johnson -- may the groom rest in peace.


Monday, December 9, 2013

MISSING PERSON ALERT: Gianfranco Villagomez

BREAKING NEWS: Body matching description of  Gianfranco Villagomez -- missing since December 7th -- has been found today in or near his own home, and not far from where he was last seen. Read today's update HERE / original story below:

With the weird disappearance of Gianfranco Villagomez-Saldana on Saturday, yet another young male appears to have done the Kansas Vanish:

In fact, Villagomez, a grad student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, lives only about a half hour from missing man Brad Cook, who was recently found dead in an area thought to have been thoroughly searched already.

GianfrancoVillagomezBoth young men abruptly disappeared after dark and are only in their early twenties -- an age (and gender) generally considered suspect by law enforcement...

On Friday night Gianfranco Villagomez, 23, had attended a small party with a few close friends, and they all say he left on foot early Saturday morning for his girlfriend's house nearby.

According to the group, Villagomez didn't appear inebriated, yet for some reason he never made it to his destination. 

He was last spotted at the intersection of Ninth and Michigan at 2:30 AM, but hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Villagomez, who hails from Peru, is dark-haired, brown-eyed and wears glasses. The 5-foot 9-inch tall industrial-design student weighs 165 pounds and was wearing a blue shirt with a KU Jayhawk logo on it, a long-sleeve gray shirt, black jacket, blue-jeans, and white tennis shoes when he went missing.

Anyone with knowledge of his current whereabouts or of what happened to waylay him is urged to call the Lawrence police at 785-832-7509 or CrimeStoppers at 785-843-8477.

Also read/share his missing person alert on GatherNews.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

LIVE FREE OR DIE: Searching for Abby Hernandez


In the mountainous, sparsely populated state of New Hampshire there are probably as many dead people as there are alive, although police insist the woodlands and high peaks are not teeming with corpses.

Searching that vast, rustic terrain this October for missing teenage track-star, Abigail Hernandez, who disappeared in thin air while walking home after school, officials immediately stumbled upon two bodies already: one badly decomposed and the other skeletal.

But neither of these remains belonged to the girl they are desperately seeking.

In fact, day ten since 15-year-old Abby Hernandez went missing and all the leads in her case -- even those which once seemed so solid -- have evaporated. The truth about what really happened to her now shrouded as densely as the thick clouds that sometimes hide the White Mountains.

Surely those towering, picturesque peaks, painted red and orange and gold by Mother Nature in autumn, hold the key to solving the Abby Hernandez mystery, for they lure both locals and tourists alike to come and admire them.

Rugged individuals who call the largely uninhabited state of New Hampshire home understand, however, that their alluring wilderness is more than just quaint. They know from experience that their mountains are not merely pretty places for skiing and hiking and camping. 

These can be deadly, and many a climber and Cessna has suddenly disappeared on them throughout the years, never to be seen or heard from again.

In the shadows of these mighty sentinels sit historic villages and cities that thrive on a brisk tourist trade year round.  

North Conway, where missing schoolgirl Abigail Hernandez lives with her family, is one of these municipalities, and the road she was last seen traversing on foot, known simply as the North-South Highway, is a route well traveled by residents and out-of-state visitors.

That's especially true during the Columbus Day holiday week, the height of the 'leaf-peeping' season, when the Hernandez girl strangely disappeared.

Vermont, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado, Texas, Rhode Island, Connecticut ... even visitors from as far away as California make the annual pilgrimage by vehicle to view New Hampshire's splendid fall foliage this time of year.

Could Hernandez have been hit by a distracted driver and dumped somewhere in a panic? Was she kidnapped by a prowling predator taking advantage of all the bustle? Or did she secretly rendezvous with someone she connected with on social media?

That's the $20,000 question now, the reward amount posted just yesterday by the FBI, for any information which will lead to the prompt return of young Abby Hernandez, dead or alive.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Trial and Tribulation of Lauren Spierer

Three male students -- former friends of Lauren Spierer -- are reportedly the last people to have seen the still-missing young woman alive in the early morning hours of June 3rd, 2011. But if they know anything they're not talking:

This year that recalcitrant trio finally found themselves sued for her presumed and wrongful death. 

Not only do the missing girl's parents adamantly believe that these fellows were responsible for giving their petite blonde daughter too much alcohol and/or drugs, leading to her injury and  disappearance, but they also accuse the boys of deliberately "stonewalling" them.

Thus, at the two-year mark of Spierer's high-profile missing persons case, a civil action was filed seeking reasonable compensation for the untimely loss of a loved one.

This week, however, a judge patently disagreed with the Spierers and their attorneys on the subject of who is or isn't a bad guy.  At least as pertains to one of the defendants ... READ FULL LAUREN SPIERER TRIAL UPDATE HERE.