Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Some Christmas Murders, as discovered on Google News.
Hans Baldung Grien, Death and the Maiden, 1518-20
Horresco referens.

"Happy Chap store owner Naushad Virani was shot and killed on Christmas evening by Stevie Ray “Bubba” Walder during a robbery of the store."-Liberty County Vindicator, Liberty, Texas

"A Detroit woman has been charged with murder, accused of fatally beating her 2-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve and covering up her death. The woman's boyfriend is also charged in the case."-AP

"A convicted felon now charged with first-degree murder in the Christmas Eve slaying of an elderly Hyde Park man on was ordered held without bond Saturday."-Chicago Sun Times South Side, Chicago

LIVONIA, Mich. (WXYZ) - Livonia Police are investigating the murder of a 68-year-old man whose body was found on Christmas Day.Officers went to do a wellness check at a house on Auburndale at around noon. At the house the found the body of Geofrey Charlesworth in the back bedroom. Investigators say Charlesworth's arms and feet were bound with duct tape and that it looked as if he had been assaulted over the course of several days."-WXYZ, Detroit

As police in North Little Rock, Ark., continue to search for two suspects who shot and killed a Salvation Army major in front of his three young children on Christmas Eve, the reward money has been increased to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.-New York Daily News

DOVER, Del. - Investigators say the kidnapping and murder of a Maryland girl, whose body was found on Christmas Day, calls out for the death penalty."I was a believer in capital punishment before this, but I'm a stronger believer today," says Wicomico County Sheriff Michael Lewis.- WTOP

A 55-year-old man from Universal City has been charged with murder following the shooting death of an Austin man on Christmas Day in Temple. - Temple Daily Telegram, Temple, Texas

Glasgow, Scotland-Police investigating the murder of a Glasgow man on Christmas Day say they have received a good response to their appeals for information....Mr Spence had been celebrating Christmas with friends at a house party in Dalmarnock. After leaving the house, he and a group of friends became involved in a brawl which was believed to have involved at least 10 people. BBC News

Glasgow, Scotland-Police are to carry out door-to-door inquiries to try to establish the motive behind the "brutal" murder of a 63-year-old in her Glasgow home.Hannah Smith was found on Monday after a "prolonged attack" in her flat in Cranhill's Soutra Place. She last spoke to her family on Christmas Day. BBC News

The teenage girl accused of fatally stabbing a man in Queens was arranged on murder charges today.Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 16-year-old Cyan Brown was arraigned on charges of first-degree manslaughter and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.Cyan Brown is accused of killing Thomas Winston, 29, at the Queensbridge-21st Street Station on Christmas Eve.-NY1

After firing the first gunshot of his life on Christmas Day into his son's chest, pastor Kirk Caldwell dropped to the ground and cradled his 21-year-old child's dying body, according to court documents.In the moments before the shooting, Caldwell's son, Jordan, had been brandishing a knife and hitting and throwing family members - including his father - around during a Christmas gathering of 15 to 18 people at the Caldwell home in Darby Borough, police and court documents

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies say a South Carolina homicide suspect has been found dead in southwest Florida.South Carolina police put out an alert for Leon Johnson just a day earlier in the death of his girlfriend.Deputies say Johnson's body was discovered in an abandoned restaurant near Davis Boulevard AND U.S. 41. Right now, deputies are treating it as a death investigation, but they tell us his death isn't being treated as suspicious.Johnson was the main suspect in the death of 42-year-old Angela Vance. Her family believed the suspect and victim were out of town together for Christmas; in fact, they thought Johnson was getting ready to propose. The family became suspicious when vance didn't answer the phone. Her body was found Tuesday, but the exact cause of her death hasn't been released.-WINK News Now

Jake Johnson, 19, sustained fatal injuries after plunging 30ft into an alleyway in Cheltenham, Glos.He was taken to Cheltenham General Hospital shortly after 11pm on Christmas Day but was pronounced dead at 2.25am the following morning. Two men, aged 18 and 25, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.Police said one man was arrested at the scene and the other was arrested shortly afterwards at a separate address. A total of six people had been arrested in connection with the

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - There are new details in the brutal murder of an IU English professor.Court documents reveal Bloomington police believe Don Belton was brutally stabbed in a "crime of passion."Michael Griffin, the man suspected of killing Belton, appeared in court Wednesday for the first time to face the charges.The probable cause affidavit said Belton wrote in his journal the week before Christmas that, "(Belton) is very happy that an individual by the name of Michael has come into his life."Police believe that "Michael" is 25-year-old Michael Griffin.Officers tracked down Griffin after finding a card near Belton's home computer that had his name, phone number, e-mail and directions to his home. Griffin's girlfriend also told police she thought he may have been involved in Belton's death. Police said Griffin admitted stabbing Belton several times with a knife he bought before serving in Iraq. Griffin claimed the attack was the "result of Mr. Belton sexually assaulting him two times on the evening of Christmas." - WISH TV8

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