Neighbours shocked as remains of three babies found in London, Ont., home
Frenchwoman on trial for 'freezer baby' murders
Agence France-Presse - Published: Tuesday, June 09, 2009TOURS, France -- A Frenchwoman who confessed to killing three of her newborn babies, hiding two of them in the freezer of her expat home in South Korea, broke down in tears at the opening of her trial Tuesday.In a case that has gripped France, Veronique Courjault, 41, faces life in jail after admitting smothering two baby boys born secretly in Seoul in 2002 and 2003, and a third child born in France in 1999.
Agence France-Presse - Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A veteran Los Angeles Police Department detective appeared in court yesterday after being charged with murdering the wife of an ex-boyfriend 23 years ago, officials said. Stephanie Lazarus, 49, a seasoned LAPD detective with several high-profile cases under her belt, is alleged to have beaten and shot dead her rival, Sherri Rasmussen, in February, 1986. She also left bite marks on the body. The crime had remained unsolved until cold case officers re-examined files from the original investigation into the killing of the 29-year-old hospital nursing director, three months after her marriage to John Ruetten.
Mike McIntyre, National Post - Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2009The Crown is seeking up to 17 years in prison for a former Winnipeg police officer who spent days carefully plotting the violent home invasion and rape of his terminally ill former wife. Sentencing began yesterday for the 53-year-old, who cannot be named under a court order to protect the identity of the victim. He has pleaded guilty to break, enter to commit aggravated sexual assault.An agreed statement of facts tendered in court reveals details about the July, 2008, attack, which came after the man had already been arrested five previous times since 2006 for breaching a protection order the victim obtained against him.
Family offers secrecy with $170k 'bonus' for Girl, 9, Vanished; 'We want to know what happened to Cedrika
Graeme Hamilton, National Post - Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
For nearly two years, the parents of Cedrika Provencher have suffered the anguish of not knowing what happened to their nine-year-old daughter, who vanished on a summer evening while playing near her Trois-Rivieres, Que., home. The massive police search, the ubiquitous "Missing" posters and the promise of a $100,000 reward have all led nowhere. Now, as the police investigation continues, the family is taking the unusual step of enlisting a prominent lawyer to act as an independent investigator. Guy Bertrand yesterday appealed for anyone with knowledge of the missing girl's fate to come forward, dangling a $170,000 "good-deed bonus." The family's hope is that the nightmare of uncertainty will end. The hitch is that even if Mr. Bertrand identifies Cedrika's abductor, he says he will be bound by professional secrecy law and will not provide the information to police.
Sam Cooper And Jack Keating - National Post Published: Thursday, June 11, 2009Parents in a British Columbia community are rattled after police issued an unusual warning that an Asian child will be kidnapped from an elementary school in the next few weeks. Families in Richmond, B. C., whose population is more than 50% Asian, are now largely in a state of panic, fearful that the child to be abducted is their own. The alert asks parents to be vigilant in guarding their children. "That kind of warning would make anyone who had an Asian child, or any child for that matter, extremely anxious and overprotective," said Dr. Sam Ozersky, a Toronto psychiatrist. "It would be extremely provocative in terms of generating anxiety and fear."Dr. Mike Webster, a psychologist who consults with police forces around the world on kidnapping negotiations, said the unusual warning must have been justified by credible information.Police shed little light on the threat, saying they received the information on the possible kidnapping Tuesday afternoon.
These are all beyond shocking and disturbing.
- How is it possible that a 32yr old women would become pregnant three times and no one is aware or asks about the absence of the children? (friends, family - boyfriend) Does "my body - my choice" become "don't ask - don't tell"? What kind of psychopathology describes these women - given that the fair sex has accredited themselves with a richer emotional spectrum to "inferior" men, which I guess accounts for their higher rates of mental illness including depression?
- Are women so bent on having children, and society so set on accommodating them - that we never consider it possible they are unsuitable for having or raising children until it is too late? This applies to Octomom as well as Veronique Courjault.
- That a "cold-case" murder suspect would be a LAPD officer is bad enough but is it not obvious that "crimes of passion" are just as likely for women to commit as men? Remember Lisa NOWAK, former NASA 2006 Shuttle Discovery mission specialist who attempted to murder a rival for the affections of another officer. Police and military are able to use skills acquired "on the job" to help intimidate spouses.
- Parental or Stranger Abductions? Which is worse? Do single mothers find themselves involved with unsavoury men out of desperation? Does this not put their children at greater risk? Are they held to account to the father of their child if it turns out badly? Recently a Toronto women called police to report a "stranger abduction" of her daughter. The police found the man and it was revealed it was her husband. She was charged with "mischief".