Man Murders Wife And 3 Mos. Old Child

Perpetrator: Craig Vandewege

The holidays are supposed to bring the best out of us but more often than not, troubled people often snap around the festivities.

Craig Allen Vandewege is one such person who “broke” in this way. He leveled brutality on his wife and children, that can only be described as sick.

The 35 year old Vandewege is currently being held in Colorado facing a Capitol Murder charge in Fort Worth, Texas. It is there that he is suspected of murdering his wife Shanna, and their son Diederik. Apparently leaving them next to each other in bed, with their throats slit. Diederik was only three months old.

Victims: Shanna and Diederik Vandewege

According to local ABC news, a co-worker of Vandewege, alleged that Craig was hearing voices urging him to kill someone. He also heard the suspect talk about “pushing” his then pregnant wife “down the stairs”.

Once again, I am left wondering, why this person did not report these discussions to police or a manager of some sort? Could someone have intervened and perhaps saved a life? We will never know the answer but, I find that indifference to such comments, lends itself to the crime.

To add to the touch of crazy that is Craig Vandewege, he was found to have his wedding ring in his pocket along with an assortment of condoms along with stating to homicide detectives that “he was headed to Las Vegas to see Donald Trump to work it out with him.

Along with the condoms, after his arrest in Colorado, detectives later discovered an AR-15, .22 Caliber revolver, boxes of ammunition, and camouflage clothing.

I am not legal counsel but it seems to be that Vandewege was caught trying to sow his wild oats and setting up the crazy defense.

As always…my prayers go out to the family.

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Family Matters: Man Murders Parents To The Irony Of Thanksgiving

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Perpetrator: Joel Michael Guy Jr.

Thanksgiving is the one time of the year where we take account and are appreciative for whatever blessings, no matter how meager, we have accrued through the year.   Well, someone should have told that to Joel Michael Guy, who raged about what he did not have.

You see, Joel, was in a pinch.  He was a 28 year old resident of Baton Rouge, Lousiana.  He had just recently taken a “sabatical” from his studies at Lousiana State University where he had been pursuing a degree for (ahem) NINE YEARS!  Somehow, word got around to Joel that his parents, Lisa and Joel Michael Guy Sr.  (the people that raised him presumably) were cutting him off financially.   Now I don’t know the ins-and-outs of the financial consideration, but when left to our imaginations, I think we can put 2 and 2 together.

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Victims:  Lisa and Joel Michael Guy Sr. 

 

So when this past Thanksgiving occured Joel met with his parents at their home along with his sisters.  Everything seemed right and reasonable at the time the sisters left.  What occured after they left was anything but.  Sometime between late-Friday and mid-Saturday, Joel attacked his parents, and killed them.   But not only did he kill them, he expressed a certain savagery that is inhuman.  He stabbed them to death.  He then decapitated them.  Lastly, he then attempted to dissolve their bodies in an acid bath.

Who knows what the tipping point was for Joel?  Was he cold and calculating?  Or was he incensed in the moment?  Regardless,  I hope the measure of his brutality is met with compensatory jusitce.  My prayers to the family.

Source(s)

USA Today

Knoxville News Sentinel

Murdered By A Symbol Of God?

I am not one to dispute the existence of Angels and Demons, but when I see stories such as this, I am compelled to believe these crimes are a melding of religious doctrination and mental illness.

Juanita Gomez, was so convinced that her adult daughter, Geneva Gomez, was possessed by the devil, that she proceeded to stuff a crucifix down her throat. Thusly, killing her daughter.


Apparently a fight ensued where the older Gomez beat the younger (33 years of age) into submission and forced the crucifix down her throat. The mother watched her dauggter die and then posed the body in the sign of the cross.

This is not an isolated incident as a couple of years a family attempted an exorcism…in their van…In a Walmart parking lot (because where else would you hold an exorcisn?)

My thoughts and prayers (because praying is a more amiable spiritual committment to another human being) are with the family.

Sources:

Huffington Post

People

Man Murders Girlfriend And Post Pictures On Facebook

Perpetrator: Kenneth Alan Amyx

This is a developing story of a Plano man, Kenneth Alan Amyx, who is accused of stabbing to death his live-in girfriend, Jennifer Streit-Spears. He then proceeded to take pictures of Ms. Spears’ bloodied body and a picture of his own self covered in blood, with the caption: ‘Please Pray For Us’. Presumably this was his way to get the word out that he had done something horrific. Police came at the request of Spears’ sister who saw the images. They found the victim deceased and the assailant with several self-inflicted stab wounds.

Victim: Jennifer Streit-Spears,

Amyx is currently being held on $600,000 bond for the murder of Ms. Speirs. And to go along with that charge, it seems as though he was also wanted for the charges of continued sexual abuse of a child and indecent exposure to a child.

Clearly, Mr. Amyx is a very disturbed individual, and my heart goes out to the family of Ms. Speirs.

In Parenting News: Scalding Water Is Not An Acceptable Punishment

Perpetrator: Anna Ritchie

Anna Ritchie is garnering all the wrong type of attention for her parenting skills.   As a matter of fact it is said she resented being a parent at all.  While her husband worked, she was tasked with taking care of young Austin Cooper, who was her stepson.  That parenting  dynamic proved detrimental and deadly, as Ritchie thought a fitting punishment for the child to be to soak his legs in 135 degree temperatures for upwards of 20 minutes.

For us to gain a true appreciation of the pain Austin suffered, a normal adult shower is taken at 105 degrees.  The water was so hot and he was in there for so long that the skin began to peel from his legs. 

Instead of taking him to the hospital, Anna Ritchie put Austin to bed with his injuries.  When Austin’s father  checked on him in the morning, he was no responsive.  It was said he died of fluid and blood loss due to the burns, which if treated immediately, would have had a 95% chance of survival.

Robert Ritchie III, the father of Austin Cooper, is speaking out after his son died from severe burns. (Photo courtesy WDTN)

Robert Ritchie III (father) with son and victim Austin Cooper

Anna Ritchie was originally charged with Child Endangerment, but after facts came to light, those charges have been upgraded to include murder.   The father has not been charged as of yet, but will undboutedly have moments of reflection as to what he did and didn’t do to protect his son.

I pray for Austin and the loss that his family suffers.  I pray for mother and father’s well being and peace of mind especially with regards to the culpability of the latter.

Sources:

http://www.wsfa.com/story/31489569/police-4-year-old-dead-after-stepmom-puts-his-legs-in-scalding-hot-water

http://wjtv.com/2016/03/19/mother-speaks-after-her-son-killed-in-scalding-water/

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2029340-anna-ritchie-woman-burned-stepson-austin-cooper-with-scalding-water-charged-with-murder/

http://www.wxyz.com/news/national/ohio-woman-who-scalded-4-year-old-charged-with-murder

 

Pomona Man Lights Girlfriend Ablaze On Christmas

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Perpetrator: Clarence Duwell Dear

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Perpetrator: Dawn Hensley

It was a very unhappy Christmas season for one Ponoma, California woman. Clarence Duwell Dear and Dawn Hensley were having a domestic argument that escalated. It escalated to the point where Mr. Dear doused his fleeing girlfriend, Ms. Hensley, in gasoline. As she attempted to run from her assailant, he lit her ablaze, in all likelihood with as something as nonchalant as a cigarette.

After a few days of being on the run from the authorities for a couple of days Mr. Dear was apprehended by police in the town of Altaneda. He is being charged with murder.

I know i have talked about this before, but the use of fire to hurt another person, particularly men against women, is more proliferative than we would want to think. There have been several stories of men setting women ablaze. It’s very similar to the stories we hear in India and Pakistan where men throw acid in the faces of women who have ‘dishonored’ them in some form of fashion.

The male ego is so very fragile and the repercussions for it’s wounding have resulted in some simply terrifying incidents.

Source(s)

People

Daily Mail

NY Daily News

Man Murders Father, Wounds Mother, Kills Bystanders

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Perpetrator: Michael J. Bryant

Mr. Michael J. Bryant is an expert in compounding disaster.  The Springfield, Oregon man assaulted and murdered his father, Jefferson Bryant, in his own home.  He ‘tried’ to murder his mother, Elizabeth Bryant, who is now in the hospital.  He then proceeded to burn their mutual home to the ground and hop into the Toyota Outlander and make his escape.  In his mad dash to elude authorities, he hit an killed, Richard Dean Bates. Then 20 minutes later into his escape, he hit and killed, Marc Jay Sanford, and critically injured his wife Lorre Marie.

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Victims: Jefferson and Elizabeth Bryant

At this juncture, nobody knows what set Michael J. Bryant off aside from some long standing grievance with his parents.  But we do know is that, three families are suffering an incredible loss due to one man’s selfish actions.   The pain that he was able to inflict is unmeasurable.   He is now in custody.  If more reveals itself to this story, I will certainly update.

Source(s)

KATU

NY DAILY NEWS