11.16.2018

THE MURDERER'S DAUGHTER: SOLVING COLD CASE MURDERS USING DNA


The Murderer’s Daughter

Carol S would like her DNA to be entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) to see if her father was involved in any other cold case murders. There are several cold cases in Michigan and a few out west that should be tested.

This is another interview referring to GedMatch.com below. However, we need to take Carol's DNA to the Cold Case investigators for testing.


The co-founder of GEDmatch, the internet tool that deserves credit for the recent wave of murder-case solutions, is Curtis Rogers, 80, a professional court-appointed legal guardian from Florida.

Until it emerged that his search engine had helped bring about the arrest of the Golden State Killer, he had no idea that police were even using it.

Curtis Rogers of GedMatch.com

Rogers told me that reports of the suspected serial killer being arrested made him slightly suspicious. “I wonder if we were involved,” he said to his wife that day, April 25, which by chance also happened to be International DNA Day. The answer came a day later when he arrived at his office and found TV-broadcasting vans waiting outside.

“It came as a big surprise, no question,” he said, although it was clear from his tone that the initial astonishment had passed and that he’s now proud of his role in solving the cases.

Rogers founded GEDmatch in 2011 together with John Olson, 67, an electrical engineer from Texas. Rogers still works almost nonstop, he says, but recently decided to retire from his day job and devote himself full-time to the website.

The basic idea of GEDmatch is simple. A commercial breakthrough in 2009 – the sale of autosomal DNA tests directly to the public – enabled genealogists to locate living relatives and not only those who died long ago, as earlier techniques had made possible.

“Suddenly you had this mass of people you knew you were related to,” Rogers says, adding that the enthusiasts began bombarding each other with emails in order to decipher the family ties between them. The process was long and tedious, and Rogers asked Olson to build an algorithm that would computerize the search. The two developed what turned out to be GEDmatch, and decided to invite the world to use it.

There are significant differences between GEDmatch and similar, commercial sites. First, Rogers and Olson offer their service for free, apart from a few features that cost $10 a month. The two men obviously operate the site out of love for genealogy.

They also do not do DNA testing and don’t have a lab. Instead, users upload to their site the genetic data they have received from commercial testing firms. GEDmatch also makes it possible to upload DNA sample from every one of the firms, provided it comes in the right type of file, and to compare profiles, something that cannot be done in the case of people who were tested by different companies.

In addition, the commercial firms have a tough policy about opening their databases to legal authorities. The 23andMe genetic testing service, for example, reported that it had rebuffed all five requests it received from authorities for information.

GEDmatch, however, is open to all, including law enforcement agencies. “We realized quickly that we have no control over that. Law enforcement can put the information on our site and we would never know,” Rogers explains. Accordingly, he and his partner revised the site’s terms of use and announced that they would allow the police to use it only for solving rape and murder cases.

According to Rogers, visitors to the site were now apprised that the authorities had access to it and that they were invited to delete their information if they wished. “We became very open and honest, and we try to educate our people that that’s a possibility,” he says, referring to the possibility of law enforcement using the site.

Rogers was apprehensive about users’ reactions, following the arrest of the Golden State Killer. After all, though the police were already using the site, those who had uploaded their DNA profile weren’t necessarily aware of that. So he was relieved to get many messages of support.

One of the more dramatic examples of such support came from Carol S., whose father murdered her grandfather in Detroit in 1979.

Carol’s father had been in and out of mental institutions throughout his life. She told me that he had been tried for his father’s murder, found insane and sent to an institution again, this time for a lengthy period.

“I felt and I do feel that my father was responsible for many crimes,” she related. “I asked [the site]: How do I make sure that my GEDmatch profile is available publicly for law enforcement purposes.”

She hopes her decision to allow the authorities to access her DNA profile will bring some comfort to victims’ families: “Suffering when your loved one is murdered is hard enough, and that’s why I feel it’s so important,” she says.

SAMUEL LITTLE MAY BE MOST PROLIFIC SERIAL KILLER IN AMERICAN HISTORY


Kristv 6 Samuel Little 78 is serving a life sentence for three murders in California. He was extradited to Texas earlier this year to face charges of killing Denise Brothers in Odessa in 1994. Texas is a death penalty state.

Little, 78, has provided investigators details on a “multitude” of murders he may have committed from 1970 to 2005 in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, California, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico, and South Carolina, according to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. Little is currently incarcerated at the office’s jail. (not Michigan!)

One prosecutor says victims’ families may finally get some justice.



“I always feel like justice can be delayed but it doesn’t necessarily mean it can be denied,” Bobby Bland, Ector County District Attorney, said. “And in this case, there are people all over this country that haven’t had answers, haven’t had justice, but now they will. So even though it was delayed, it will not be denied.”

If convicted in all cases, the 78-year-old would be one of the most prolific serial killers in US history.

Little has a court appearance on Nov. 26. Read More

ACE OF SWORDS: CUTTING THROUGH CONFUSION


Things may have been uncertain recently. Perhaps there has been confusion and you have been wondering about where you stand in a certain situation or in regard to another person. The Ace of Swords represents a blade cutting swiftly through all the confusion, smoke and mirrors.

Things may suddenly appear to be very clear, as the Ace of Swords brings clarity and allows one to view things in a logical and balanced way.


On a deeper level, this card can be linked to feelings of déjà vu, love at first sight, strange coincidences and feelings that destiny has brought you to this point in your life.

This may also indicate the commencement of battles, triumph achieved with force, harsh words, passion and problems solved by cutting right to the heart of the matter.

Sometimes this swift approach is exactly what is needed. Cutting away what lies on the surface and getting straight to the root. Perhaps what is revealed leads to heartbreak, but the Sword is not the cause of the heartbreak, it merely cuts away what was preventing you from seeing the truth.

Love yourself, you are amazing!

11.15.2018

*NEW BOOK* THE RUBY SLIPPERS OF OZ 30 YEARS LATER


Exposing the clandestine and often treacherous underground of movie memorabilia, this Hollywood mystery may be the film industry's most bizarre account of ambition, greed, obsession, and deception.

Something's afoot here as a colorful group of characters are spellbound by the charm and curse of the screen's most indelible and iconic image: The Ruby Slippers of Oz. Updated for the first time in 30 years, with many new revelations, this is a fascinating read for any Oz movie buff and those who love a good mystery.



11.14.2018

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 PREMIERES IN APRIL OF 2019!


HBO has announced the final season of “Game of Thrones” will launch this April.

The news was revealed in a promotional video released by HBO on Tuesday, which teased that all of the conflict fans have seen in the show thus far has all been building to this final confrontation with the White Walkers.



Though no specific date in April is offered in the video, it nevertheless gives fans their first indication of when they can expect the highly-anticipated eighth and final season of the show that has become a global phenomenon.

It will also no doubt come as a welcome surprise to the show’s loyal viewers, who will recall they had to wait until July last year when Season 7 premiered. Seasons 1-6 of the series all bowed in April or late March.



And although the flagship series is ending, HBO has multiple projects set in the “Game of Thrones” universe currently in development. The premium cabler has already ordered the project written by Jane Goldman to pilot.

Goldman’s show takes place thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.

And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend–it’s not the story we think we know.

The Goldman pilot has begun casting, with Naomi Watts recently cast in a lead role along with “Poldark” actor Josh Whitehouse.


TO DREAM OF A BRIDGE


Bridge

To dream that you are crossing a bridge signifies an important decision or a critical junction in your life. This decision will prove to be a positive change filled with prosperity and wealth in the horizon.


Bridges represent a transitional period in your life where you will be moving on to a new stage. If the bridge is over water, then it suggests that your transition will be an emotional one. If you fall off the bridge and into the water, then the dream indicates that you are letting your emotions hold you back and prevent you from moving forward.


Alternatively, the bridge may indicate that you are trying to "bridge" or connect two things together.

MOTT THE HOOPLE NEW WORLD TOUR!!


Mott The Hoople Class of ‘74
with support from Tax The Heat

Mott The Hoople have announced a UK tour for April 2019. With a set based around the 1974 albums The Hoople and Live, plus the non-album greatest hits, ladies and gentle-men, please welcome the “Golden Age Of Rock ’n’ Roll”, as Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, regroup once more for seven shows across the UK.

From 1969 to 1973, Mott The Hoople were a two-headed beast, with songwriting duties split between Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs, as well as the odd notable exception from Verden Allen. By the end of 1973, Mick and Verden had both left the band to see what else was out there for them. This left Ian Hunter as the sole songwriter, with the notable exception of Overend Watts fan favorite, ‘Born Late ’58’.

With Hunter now given free reign, 1974’s “The Hoople” explored ideas and concepts that are now widely credited as having influenced everyone from the punk movement to Queen, with the latter supporting the band and cited by Brian May as the only band that Queen ever supported. 1974 was also arguably Mott’s most intensely creative period with the studio album, four hit singles – ‘Roll Away The Stone’, ‘The Golden Age Of Rock ’n’ Roll’, ‘Foxy Foxy’ and ‘Saturday Gigs’ - plus a live album, half of which was taken from their week long stint at the Uris Theatre, Broadway.

The live album highlighted the talents of Mick and Verden’s replacements - Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher respectively, who breathed new life into classics and crowd favorites alike, ‘All The Young Dudes’, ‘All The Way From Memphis’, ‘Honaloochie Boogie’, ‘Rose’, ‘Rest In Peace’ and ‘Walking With A Mountain’ forming the core of the live al-bum.

In 2009 and 2013, the 1969 / 1973 line up completed two highly successful reunion tours. At the time, many fans asked whether it would ever be possible to see the “Class Of ’74” - Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher - back together again.

As it would have been impossible to try and replace Mott’s rhythm section, Overend Watts and Dale “Buffin” Griffin, who are both now sadly deceased and with Mick Ralphs having suffered health issues which would preclude him appearing, the time seemed right to try something a little different.

In 2018, the trio of Hunter, Bender and Fisher, augmented by Ian’s long-term backing band, The Rant Band, played three festivals, their first live shows since 2013. It’s fair to say that the festival performances took people by surprise, the band showing a renewed energy and spirit and the press claiming their songs to be “the soundtrack to a genera-tion” and still sounding “as fresh as they did back in the day” , whilst describing Ian Hunter as “the epitome of rock and roll cool, and one of the great singer-songwriters of our time.” (National Rock Review, 2018)

Tickets for Mott The Hoople’s shows go on sale Friday 16 November at 10am.

Full tour dates – Mott The Hoople Class of ‘74

APRIL 2019

Friday 19 - Academy, MANCHESTER
Saturday 20 – Barrowland Ballroom, GLASGOW
Sunday 21 - Symphony Hall, BIRMINGHAM
Monday 23 - Sage, GATESHEAD
Friday 26 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, LONDON
Saturday 27 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, LONDON

Lookout soon for news about further shows in 2019 in North America

11.12.2018

MARVEL COMICS GENIUS STAN LEE DIED AT 95


Legendary Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee — famous for giving the world beloved superheroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk — died Monday. He was 95.

According to TMZ, Lee suffered a number of illnesses over the last year, including pneumonia. His daughter J.C. told the site, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”

Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber to Romanian-born Jewish immigrants in New York City, spending much of his early life in Washington Heights. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx at 16, and after working odd jobs, was hired as an office assistant at Timely Comics — where his cousin’s husband worked — eventually moving up to an interim editor position by the early 1940s.



He first used the pseudonym Stan Lee, which he would later adopt as his legal name, in the May 1941 issue of “Captain America.”

Lee took a brief respite from the comics industry in the early 1940s, when he enlisted in the US Army and served in the Signal Corps, repairing communications equipment, and also worked in the Training Film Division, where he wrote manuals, slogans, and cartoons.



He returned to Timely Comics in 1945 and married wife Joan two years later. They welcomed their daughter, Joan Celia “J.C.” Lee, in 1950; their younger daughter, Jan, died at just 3 days old in 1953.

In 1950, Timely Comics publisher Martin Goodman tasked Lee with creating a new superhero team to rival DC Comics’ Justice League. By that time, the public’s view of comics had taken a downturn, and a disheartened Lee considered leaving the business until his wife urged him to write one story he “really liked” before quitting, he recalled to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016.


“I always wrote for myself,” he reflected of his career. “I figured I’m not that different from other people. If there’s a story I like a lot, there’s got to be others with similar tastes.”


Lee’s first team of heroes, whom he co-created with artist Jack Kirby, was the Fantastic Four in 1961. Following the success of the foursome, Lee and Kirby went on to create...


Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Black Panther and, most famously, Spider-Man in 1962. The characters would eventually team up, as well as with resurrected Timely Comics characters like Captain America, to form The Avengers.


Timely was renamed Marvel Comics, and Lee was named publisher and editorial director of the company in 1972, when he wrote his last two issues of “Fantastic Four” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

In the 1980s, he transitioned to a brand ambassador for Marvel, leading to his famed film cameos in Marvel franchises.


In 1998, Lee launched Stan Lee Media, which would become POW! Entertainment. Despite his massive success, he conceded to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016 that he wasn’t as business-savvy as he could have been, most notably regarding the 1998 deal in which he signed over his percentage of a film’s gross profits in exchange for a flat $10 million and $1 million per year for the rest of his life.

Considering that “The Avengers” and “Black Panther” each grossed over $500 million alone, Lee’s contract cost him a significant chunk of change within the last decade.

In addition to creating iconic comics and characters, Lee worked to tackle social issues. In 1968, Lee wrote an essay condemning racism and bigotry in his “Stan’s Soapbox” column, writing, “Racism and bigotry are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed supervillains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them — to reveal from the insidious evil they really are.”



The comic book legend faced some hardships late in his life.

In August 2015, Lee’s former assistant sued him for “severe mental abuse.”


In July 2017, Lee’s wife of 69 years, Joan, passed away at 93 years old. Six months later, a then-95-year-old Lee was accused of sexually harassing his nurses and home aides. In February 2018, Lee was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath, and later was treated for pneumonia.

That same month, police investigated Lee’s home and bank accounts after $1.4 million reportedly went missing from his funds.

Lee is survived by his daughter. https://pagesix.com/2018/11/12/marvel-comics-co-creator-stan-lee-dies-at-95/?utm_source=maropost&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news_alert&utm_content=20181112&tpcc=nypbreaking&mpweb=755-7431481-719171552Read More on Pagesix

NEW BREAKING BAD MOVIE SET FOR 2019!!

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman

“Breaking Bad” may have had its finale in 2013, but Variety has confirmed that series creator Vince Gilligan is working on a new film with ties to the beloved series.

Gilligan is working on a two-hour film, though whether it’s destined for multiplexes or television is unclear.


Details are sparse, with no information on what shape the movie would take — a prequel like “Better Call Saul” or something else — or whether any of “Breaking Bad’s” stars will return. The Albuquerque Journal includes a logline stating the film “tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”



The Journal also reports the title as “Greenbriar,” though whether that’s the final title is in the air as well. Production in the Duke City is scheduled to begin mid-November through early February, according to the Journal.

NEW TOY STORY 4 MOVIE OPENS JUNE 21 2019!!


Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie.

But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.


Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.



MICHAEL C HALL SAYS DEXTER MAY MAKE A COME BACK!


Despite Dexter ending over five years ago, the show’s star Michael C. Hall hasn’t ruled out reprising the role of everyone’s favorite secret serial killer.



Dexter, which focused on the misadventures of Dexter Morgan (Hall), a blood splatter analyst by day and murderous vigilante/serial killer by night, was a smash hit when it premiered in 2006.



Unfortunately, over time, the show – which ran for eight seasons – suffered a decline in viewership until it eventually wrapped itself up (in sheet plastic) with a divisive series finale. The finale upset fans everywhere....anticlimactic to be sure...


Hall stood by the shows ‘lumberjack’ ending explaining it didn’t make sense for Dexter to wrap itself up in a neat little bow.



He explained how it made sense to him how the character would fake his own death to escape his life, and dismissed concerns it stretched credibility:  READ MORE




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