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True Crime Headlines, 4/04/08

This won’t be the only kind of entry in this blog from now on, but I liked the one I posted yesterday, so expect “True Crime Headlines” on a regular basis. I haven’t arranged the headlines in any particular order. I may also add to the entry throughout the day.

Please clearly reference the story you’re discussing if you post a comment below.

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Marine missing; authorities investigate her husband

The lede: “A Long Island woman who left New York to become a Marine has gone missing in California, and military authorities are investigating her disappearance as a possible kidnapping by her newlywed husband, a fellow Marine…” [NewsDay.com]

The last time anyone saw Margaret “Maggie” McMahon, she was on her way to do some paperwork to legally change her last name. She and fellow Marine Pfc George “Kevyn” Reid were married in January of this year. Reid is also missing. There’s been no activity on Maggie McMahon’s MySpace page, but her husband or someone with access to his profile logged in as recently as yesterday. NCIS and civil authorities are investigating.

Maggie McMahon’s profile: http://www.myspace.com/paymyway
Kevyn Reid’s profile: http://www.myspace.com/kevyn015

Part of Kevyn Reid’s “About me”: “[…] I like to think of myslef (sic) as a fun, outgoing, charming, smart, talkitive (sic), friendly person. Though many tell me I am different. They say I come off cocky and arrogent (sic).If you really know me then you know I am 99% joking and 1% serious most of the time. Not to say I am childish because I am not. I am going to Iraq this summer. I hope this will help me get a better job. Needless to say Im (sic) not happy because where I work now is fine. I am always a happy person, I never seem to find myself upset or depressed. I *always* wear a smile!”

Woman Set Ablaze At Mobile Home Park

The lede: “ORLANDO, Fla. — Deputies in Orange County are looking for clues after, they said, a woman was set on fire Friday morning…” [WESH.com]

Steve’s rewrite of the lede: Deputies in Orange County said they were looking for clues after a woman was set on fire Friday morning… Come on, people. Basic writing ability matters.

Only the basic details of this gruesome story are available at the moment. A number of men dragged a woman into the woods near a mobile home park and set her on fire. She has 3rd degree burns over most of her body and is — obviously — in critical condition. Police are on the scene with choppers and K9 units.

If King Had Lived, What Now?

The lede: “The preacher in him would have continued speaking out against injustice, war and maybe even pop culture. He would likely not have run for president. He probably would have endured more harassment from J. Edgar Hoover…” [ABCNews.go.com]

Call it what you want — assassination, homicide, whatever — 40 years ago today, in Memphis, Tennessee, a great man was murdered by a small man with a gun. Perhaps because I’m 40 now, I was struck for the first time by the fact that the great man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was only 39. In the article linked above, AP writer Allen G. Breed wonders what could have been.

Police: Texas teen tried to flush newborn

The lede: “BAYTOWN, Texas – Authorities in Texas said a baby born to a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom was alive before she tried to flush it down the toilet, killing him…” [MSNBC.com]

There are no words. Seriously. Nauseating comes to mind, but that’s about it.

Web missive leads to big gun seizure

The lede: “Calin Chi Wong’s biggest mistake wasn’t owning rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition, or even telling Homestead police about it…” [MiamiHerald.com]

Apparently, Calin Chi Wong wanted to be the next Seung-Hui Cho. Writing on a message board as “thehumanabc,” Wong referenced the Virginia Tech massacre from April, 2007, saying he had “no choice” but to do “what Cho did.”

Even though he allegedly made such a dramatic threat, Wong’s bond was only $7500, and he’s a free man at the moment.

Extras:

Police raid Texas FLDS compound

The lede: “EL DORADO, Texas (ABC 4 News) – Police and state officials have been involved in a raid or a siege at the FLDS Church compound near El Dorado, Texas where polygamous followers of Warren Jeffs live…” [ABC4.com]

Warren Jeffs according to Wikipedia: “Jeffs gained international notoriety in May 2006 when he was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on Utah state charges related to his alleged arrangement of extralegal ‘marriages’ between his adult male followers and underage girls…”

The El Dorado Success is also covering this developing story.