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Michigan man who killed 7, self ‘just lost it’

In domestic law on October 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

He told his friend Willie Cunningham that he was upset with his estranged wife, Jennifer Heeren-Dantzler, 29, because she had taken his 12-year-old daughter for three days and not returned her.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An ex-convict who killed seven people in July before taking his own life in a Grand Rapids shooting spree had pledged in a suicide note to take his mother-in-law “with me.”

Dantzler’s suicide note “obviously indicated his frustration” with his estranged wife and her parents, Belk said. “Why he continues his rampage throughout the day . . . I don’t think we’ll ever know.”

Dantzler shot at four police officers July 7 as he led them on a 12-minute chase through city streets and nearby highways, a prosecutor’s report said. He wounded two people in downtown Grand Rapids during the chase and took three people hostage in a four-hour standoff. He released one before killing himself.

In a suicide note left for his mother, he complained, “it seems like everyone that loves me walk (sic) out of my life.”

Dantzler blamed his mother-in-law for talking Heeren-Dantzler into leaving him, writing, “I dont (sic) have anything nice 2 say about her! I gonna take her with me!!!”

“It would appear that he was simply a very angry man,”

Dantzler previously dated Kimberlee Ann Emkens, 23. He also killed her sister, Amanda Renee Emkens, 27, and her niece, Marissa Lynn Emkens, 10.

Dantzler had a criminal record as far back as 1992, when he was charged as a juvenile with breaking and entering and car theft. That was followed over the next eight years by charges of trespassing, domestic violence, destruction of property, larceny and assault.

He couldn’t legally own a firearm because of his criminal record but used a stolen .40-caliber handgun in the shootings.

He told Cunningham he’d killed his father-in-law first and then his mother-in-law, estranged wife and their daughter. He also said he’d killed someone else but didn’t mention he’d killed seven people in all.


This photo provided by the Grand Rapids police via WOOD-TV shows Rodrick Dantzler, 34, an ex-convict who shot and killed seven people and wounded two others before fatally shooting himself in Grand Rapid, Mich., on July 7, 2011. Police planned to release audio and video recordings in the case on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Grand Rapids Police via WOOD-TV)

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Alarming number of kids killed in domestic violence incidents in New York State in 2010

In domestic law on August 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Mothers are not allowed to leave with their children.

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Domestic violence murders jumped 10% in New York last year.
Domestic violence murders jumped 10% in New York last year.

ALBANY – Domestic violence murders jumped 10% in New York last year – and it’s kids who are increasingly getting caught in the cross hairs.

A new report by the state Criminal Justice Services division determined 37 minors were killed in domestic violence incidents in the Empire State last year, up from 17 in 2009.

And the jump appears to be largely city-centric, with 25 kids killed last year, compared with seven in 2009.

“All of those trends are alarming,” said Michele McKeon, chief executive officer of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The surge in children’s deaths drove the overall number of domestic violence deaths in the state to 144, including 77 that took place in the five boroughs, the report found.

In 2009, domestic violence resulted in 131 deaths, down from 147 in 2008.

The Daily News reported earlier this month that the total reported domestic violence cases in the city rose more than 12% last year.

Attacks on women by “intimate partners” went up even more – 17.3%.

Advocates blamed a combination of factors for the increases but pointed to a tough economy and funding cutbacks for prevention and awareness programs as key reasons.

“The sense is that there are more and more requests for service, and certainly less services are available,” McKeon said.

McKeon said state funding for domestic violence programs has dropped from just over $3 million three years ago to $510,000 now.

“Unless we are talking about prevention, we are just putting Band-Aids on bullet holes,” McKeon said.

Officials told reporters yesterday that the state is undertaking a number of steps to stem domestic violence, including new training programs for police officers.

NYPD chief spokesman Paul Browne argued that last year’s figures were an anomaly, noting that so far this year homicides for children ages 9 through 17 are down 27% and that slayings of kids even younger are down 45%.

One bright spot in the state report was a 19% drop last year in homicides committed by the victim’s “intimate partner” – 73, down from 90.

The report also showed that 44% of adult female homicide victims in the state were killed by their husband, boyfriend or girlfriend. “That means the least safe place for a woman in New York State is her own home and that the person that’s most likely to kill that woman is a loved one,” said acting Criminal Justice Services Commissioner Sean Byrne

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Father-of-four who ‘killed wife and children before burning house down’ is remanded in custody

In domestic law on August 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

A father-of-four accused of stabbing his wife and four young children before setting fire to their house and killing all five victims has been jailed on a charge of aggravated murder.

Amplify’d from www.dailymail.co.uk

Jordan Adam Criado, 51, was discharged from the Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford and was immediately taken to the Jackson County Jail.

Criado was in hospital as a result of smoke inhalation in the July 18 fire and was unconscious and on a ventilator for days.

Tragic: Jordan Adam Criado (right), 51, is under police guard in hospital after his wife Tabasha (left) and children died following the blaze at their home in Medford, Oregon
Tragic: Jordan Adam Criado (right), 51, is under police guard in hospital after his wife Tabasha (left) and children died following the blaze at their home in Medford, Oregon
Criado’s wife Tabasha and children died following the blaze at their home in Medford, Oregon.
Firefighters desperately gave CPR to the
family on the lawn in front of their home, but quickly realised they
also had stab wounds.
Heartbreaking: Kathryn Hasha, of Medford, Oregon, says a prayer at a memorial set up in front of the home where police say Criado killed his wife and four children

The deaths of Mrs Paige-Criado, 30, and her
children – Elijah, 7; Isaac, 6; Andrew, 5; and Aurora, 2 — was officially listed as smoke inhalation. Stab wounds to the neck were listed as an additional cause of death for Isaac and Andrew.

An autopsy has also shown Tabasha Paige-Criado was stabbed multiple times in the neck and abdomen.

Police chief Tim George said: ‘The front yard looked like it was a plane crash or something, the people working on those folks.

Neighbours described Mr Criado a
single father, devoted to his children, who worked as a ‘shade-tree
mechanic’ – fixing cars out of his home.

Wiped out: Firefighters desperately try to resuscitate Tabasha Paige-Criado, 30, and her four children after they were pulled from their burning home in Medford, Oregon

Wiped out: Firefighters desperately try to resuscitate Tabasha Paige-Criado, 30, and her four children after they were pulled from their burning home in Medford, Oregon

Desperate: All five were rushed to hospital after firefighters realised they also had stab wounds, but they did not survive

Desperate: All five were rushed to hospital after firefighters realised they also had stab wounds, but they did not survive

Two weeks ago, they described hearing Mr Criado and his wife arguing loudly late at night.

Chris
Bennett, 23, an Oregon National Guard infantryman who lives nearby,
said: ‘He just bluntly told her “Hey, you need to calm down, the kids
are asleep”.’

Fiance Shilo Croswell, 22, added: ‘It was always her yelling. Anytime we saw him it was just him and the kids.

Shock: Neighbours line the pavement near the family home in Medford, Oregon, as emergency services try to save them

Shock: Neighbours line the pavement near the family home in Medford, Oregon, as emergency services try to save them

‘Then we saw this woman. She kept asking him who we were, and he was not responding because he was talking to us.’

Earlier on Monday, Mr Criado called police to report his wife as missing, Mr George said.

Officers found her a few blocks away at a convenience store and gave her a ride home, he added.

‘They both met and conversed. What happened between 7:30 and 9:30 in roughly a two-hour time span is what we are trying to figure out right now.’

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Oregon woman killed with her children had wanted divorce

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm

An Oregon woman killed with her four children in a rampage of arson and stabbings linked to her husband was long aware he was a convicted child molester but never expressed any fear of him, her brother said on Thursday.

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Tabasha Paige-Criado, 30, was pulled from the family’s burning home in Medford, Oregon, last Monday along with her three sons, aged 5, 6 and 7, and a 2-year-old daughter. All five were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Her 51-year-old spouse, Jordan Criado, was found injured and unconscious in the house from smoke inhalation. Hospitalized in custody, he is the only individual police have named as a “person of interest” in the killings, though he remains in a medically induced coma.

His brother-in-law, Jesse Adams, told reporters during a tearful news conference on Thursday that his sister was unhappy in her marriage.

“We knew she wanted a divorce,” he said, adding that “she obviously didn’t see anything coming or feel threatened.”

Medford police recently confirmed that Criado at one point had served prison time in California for child molestation.

Adams said that his sister knew of Criado’s past when she married him. “He served his debt to society, and it has no bearing on what happened now,” he said.

Preliminary autopsy results released on Thursday indicate that the mother died of multiple stab wounds to the neck and abdomen. Carbon monoxide poisoning contributed to the deaths of all four children, officials said, but two of the boys also were stabbed in the neck.

Investigators combing through the charred home discovered the fire had been deliberately set in multiple locations.

In another bizarre twist to the case, police said the husband had reported his wife missing four hours before the fire, but police found her safe nearby and brought her back home. Officials said she did not seem fearful or agitated at the time.

The killings unnerved many residents in Medford, a western Oregon city of 75,000 people about 275 miles south of Portland, they said.

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FATHER Shot and Killed his two Children and estranged wife

In domestic law on June 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

He was denied access to his children because he had already held them at gun point before.

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The Dexter, Maine house where a man allegedly killed his estranged wife and two children before killing himself is shown Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Glenn Adams)

DEXTER, Maine (AP) — A father angry over being denied access to his children and legally barred from seeing them went to their home Monday morning and killed them, his estranged wife and then himself.

Lake was frustrated by an ongoing custody dispute
Lake, 37, shot and killed 38-year-old schoolteacher Amy Lake and their two children, 12-year-old Monica and 13-year-old Cote, with a shotgun

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Women at risk when trying to end abusive relationships

In domestic law on June 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Andria is in the process of divorcing her abusive husband, which puts her in even more danger right now, domestic violence experts say.

Three-fourths of people killed by domestic violence either were leaving or had just left an abusive relationship and filed for divorce and or orders of protection.

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a man who shot and killed his wife last Sunday as they met to exchange custody of their children at a Fulton County shopping center.
he very next day, Andria learned that a man shot and killed his wife who was divorcing him in Jackson County, then committed suicide near downtown Athens.
I hate that these women keep dying, and the only thing I can say that’s keeping me from being killed depends on how much (my husband) doesn’t want to go to jail,”
ndria is in the process of divorcing her abusive husband, which puts her in even more danger right now, domestic violence experts say.

Andria believes she might be murdered some day.


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Carlotta A. Shields and Anthony Tyrone Appling were married in 2008. He killed her and then himself June 6.
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Carlotta A. Shields and Anthony Tyrone Appling were married in 2008. He killed her and then himself June 6.

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Her fear was re-enforced when she heard about a man who shot and killed his wife last Sunday as they met to exchange custody of their children at a Fulton County shopping center.

The very next day, Andria learned that a man shot and killed his wife who was divorcing him in Jackson County, then committed suicide near downtown Athens.

I hate that these women keep dying, and the only thing I can say that’s keeping me from being killed depends on how much (my husband) doesn’t want to go to jail,” said Andria, a 33-year-old Athens woman who asked to be identified by first name only.

Andria is in the process of divorcing her abusive husband, which puts her in even more danger right now, domestic violence experts say.

Three-fourths of people killed by domestic violence either were leaving or had just left an abusive relationship, said Maggie Reeves, research coordinator for the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, which documents domestic-related killings in an annual Domestic Violence Fatality Review.

“Georgia’s Fatality Review consistently finds that domestic violence homicide victims had taken steps toward independence just prior to the homicide,” Reeves said.

That’s what happened last week to Carlotta Shields Appling, a 39-year-old Jefferson woman whose divorce soon would be final. She moved out of the home she’d shared with her husband a month earlier, and had a court order that forbade him from having any contact with her.

But as Carlotta got ready for work Monday morning, 42-year-old Anthony Appling forced his way into her home and shot her to death in her bedroom, police said.

He drove Carlotta’s car to Athens – where he used to live and was twice convicted of stalking and assaulting a former girlfriend – and after police searched for him most of the day, Appling shot and killed himself on a street near Clarke Central High School.

The murder-suicide shows how pending divorce and protective orders aren’t enough to ensure an abused woman’s safety, Reeves said.

“Legal options can be a great tool, but for the abusers, they can be seen just as a piece of paper,” she said.

Women should consider developing “safety plans,” according to Reeves.

Andria – who left her husband and filed for divorce three months ago – meticulously follows a plan she formed with the help of an advocate from Athens-based Project Safe, a nonprofit that provides counseling, shelter and other services to victims of domestic violence.

She knows the violence her husband is capable of.

He assaulted her last summer – four months into their marriage – and she miscarried two days later, according to documents filed in Clarke County Superior Court.

Six months ago, while pregnant with another child, Andria’s husband pressed two knives to her stomach, but stopped when her 2-year-old daughter came into the room and begged, “Please don’t hurt my mommy,” according to the documents.

Andria knew by then it was only a matter of time that she would be seriously hurt or killed if she didn’t leave the relationship.

But before making a break she sought counseling from Project Safe advocates, who devised a plan for her to pack her stuff and move while her husband was at work, so there couldn’t be a violent confrontation.

“Safety plans are the bread and butter of our individual work with everyone,” said Joan Prittie, Project Safe’s executive director. “They try to anticipate the places and times when the victim might be most vulnerable and compromised.”

Under her plan, Andria bought a new car that her husband wouldn’t recognize, shops at different stores, and basically varies her routine each day to make it harder for him to stalk her.

“I drive to different places to buy gas, even if it costs me 10 or 20 cents more a gallon,” Andria said.

For good measure, Andria also convinced a judge to issue a temporary protective order, which states her husband can be arrested if he contacts or comes within 100 yards of her.

“They might just be pieces of paper, but a recent study actually showed that TPOs are, for the most part, effective,” Prittie said. “They are not a magic bullet, but for some people they are going to help if their abusers don’t want to go to jail.”

Andria’s husband knows where she works, so her employers have a copy of the protective order and know to call the police if they see him, she said. Even employees at her daughter’s daycare center and Andria’s obstetrician’s office have copies.

Still, she won’t hold eye contact for long if someone strikes up a conversation outdoors. Andria constantly looks around to make sure she sees any danger coming her way.

“People have told me that he’s starting to crack, that he doesn’t look too good and has been kind of violent, which means I have to be more careful,” she said. “I hate to say it, but you get used to living this way.”

Anyone who is in an abusive relationship may want to consider calling Project Safe’s 24-hour hotline, at (706) 543-3331.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Sunday, June 12, 2011 report an error

Andria is in the process of divorcing her abusive husband, which puts her in even more danger right now, domestic violence experts say
Three-fourths of people killed by domestic violence either were leaving or had just left an abusive relationship,
Georgia’s Fatality Review consistently finds that domestic violence homicide victims had taken steps toward independence just prior to the homicide,
That’s what happened last week to Carlotta Shields Appling, a 39-year-old Jefferson woman whose divorce soon would be final. She moved out of the home she’d shared with her husband a month earlier, and had a court order that forbade him from having any contact with her.
But as Carlotta got ready for work Monday morning, 42-year-old Anthony Appling forced his way into her home and shot her to death in her bedroom,

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Children speak up for father who killed wife 25 years ago

In domestic law on May 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm

These children for over 25 years have been told by the murderer of their own mother how kind he is– how bad she was. He KILLED their Mother for Christ sakes.
Can you say Stockholm Syndrome? What else are they going to say?
Its not like after 25 years they have a any real memories of their mother.
No normal human being condones murder- let alone the murder of their own mother because she was ‘moody’?

Amplify’d from www.theage.com.au
John Vincent McDonald is on trial for his wifes murder almost 25 years ago.

A MAN convicted last month of murdering his estranged wife 25 years ago has been described by his children as a devoted, loving and loyal father who was never violent.

Read more at www.theage.com.au

 

Tampa man killed girlfriend’s toddler

In domestic law on May 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm
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Tampa — Before Ezekiel Mathis was thrown across the room, before his 13-month-old body was beaten badly enough that his spleen was damaged and his liver bled, there were warning signs.
His 2-year-old sister had been removed because investigators suspected physical abuse and medical neglect. His mother was…

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Killer Dad Kills two because Girlfriend had Custody of 9 month old daughter During a PFA

In domestic law on May 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Note how the media likes to blame the mom– or gave excuse that this is a ‘reason; dad went on a murder suicide rage.
Gimme a break.

The man was dangerous, obviously, thank God the mother and the 9 month old were not killed which likely would be the case had the PFA not been issued.

We need to STOP coddling these daddy’s.

Amplify’d from www.timesleader.com
 HANOVER TWP. – A day after Shaundra Langille received temporary custody of her daughter, her ex-boyfriend came to her Hanover Village apartment to kill her. But, authorities said, James Cooper instead shot and killed a neighbor and wounded two other people before turning a gun on himself.
Langille said she hid in her closet protecting her 9-month-old daughter Yasmine and the child of her neighbor,
“It was an apparent murder-suicide,”
Cooper, 39, of Scranton, and Langille, 28, had been in Luzerne County Court on Thursday to deal with protection from abuse orders each one had taken out against the other. Under the order that was put into effect for a year, they were not to harm one another and were prevented from having personal contact. Musto Carroll said that in the case of a mother and father filing reciprocal PFAs and when children are involved, the mother usually gets custody.
“We believe that may have been the motive,”

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