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Did arrest warrant for murder in 2 year old's death lead to mass murder in Modesto? State of CA vs. Martin Martinez

Dr. Amanda Crews led a busy life.  She was a physician in Modesto and the mother of two young children.  When she left her 2 year old son Christopher in the care of boyfriend Martin "Marty" Martinez, she couldn't have imagined the child would be in danger.  After all, she was just going to pick up her daughter.  Before she left, she reportedly asked Martinez to change Christopher's diaper.  The date was September 30, 2014.  When Crews returned, Christopher had suffered a head injury and was rushed to the hospital where he died on October 2, 2014.

Martin Martinez gave police and doctors different accounts of how Christopher got the injury.  Although initially ruled an accidental death, Crews allegedly assisted Martinez in retaining attorney Steve Foley.  It must have been difficult for Dr. Crews to imagine Martin purposely harming her child.  But she was a doctor - she had to have had questions in the back of her mind that began to plague her.  Christopher's biolog…

Could the "Cold Justice" team get justice for Stacy Peterson?

As you may know, I am a huge fan of the reality TV show "Cold Justice".  In it's fourth season and now with Oxygen, former prosecutor Kelly Siegler teams up with seasoned detectives and travels across the country assisting law enforcement in smaller towns review their unsolved homicide cases.  They have had surprising results. Their work has helped to net many arrests, confessions and new information on some very old cases.  This is a great show.  There is a case that I'd LOVE to see them tackle; although it doesn't particularly fit their criteria because the case didn't occur in a small town with scare resources.  The case has been worked by many law enforcement agencies and I don't believe resources were an issue.  Nonetheless, why not try? The case I'm talking about is the disappearance (and presumed murder) of Stacy Peterson.

It's been a decade plus since the suspicious disappearance of former cop Drew Peterson's fourth wife Stacy.  Unfortu…

Another arrest for "Cold Justice" Team

"Cold Justice" has assisted another police department in securing an arrest warrant on a cold case homicide.  The reality television show is in it's 4th season and continues to net results with the case profiled on the first show of this new season.

Larry Leflore was arrested in June of 2017 after a grand jury indicted him in the 1991 murder of his ex wife Mary Jane LeFlore.  Although he had been a suspect during the course of the original investigation, authorities did not believe they had enough evidence to secure a conviction and the case went cold.
From the outside, Mary Jane Leflore and Larry LeFlore appeared to be a typical married couple living in Huntsville Texas with their young son Brandon. Both of the LeFlores worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Mary Jane as a socialologist.  Friends say both were known to have had extra marital affairs during their marriage, and friends and collegues of Mary Jane reported seeing her come to work with clumps of…

"Cold Justice" Episode 2 - What happened to photographer Morten Aigeltinger?

The second episode in Oxygen's "Cold Justice" series looks at the suspicious disappearance of well known local photographer Morten Aigeltinger.  Aigeltinger was by all accounts an accomplished photographer who was very passionate about his art.  He lived on a large farm property in West Virginia with his long time live in girlfriend and her mother.  For the life of me, I have not been able to locate the name of the girlfriend or her mother in any online article.

Morten was a well respected photographer originally from Norway who came to the United States approximately 30 years ago.  Now 56 years old, Morten settled into a quiet life on a farm in West Virginia while he continued to work as a photographer.  On September 9, 2015 he allegedly left his home early in the morning for a photo shoot he was scheduled to do - the location of the shoot was said to be less than an hour away, and law enforcement immediately became suspicious of this timeline provided by the girlfriend.

Martin Martinez Murder Trial - Next Preliminary Hearing Set for August 21, 2017

No new information has been released following the pre trial felony hearing yesterday involving murder defendant Martin Martinez.  Martinez, who is accused of killing 5 people including his ex-girlfriend, her 6 year old daughter, his own mother, his niece and his 6 month old daughter in a Modesto home on or around July 18, 2015.

Among the deceased are Martinez's former girlfriend Dr. Amanda Crews and his 6 month old daughter with Crews named Rachel.  Law enforcement has been tight lipped about the circumstances surrounding the mass killing, although a review of court documents discloses that special circumstances involving the use of a knife against Crews and Martinez's mother are present.  It is not known when the actual killings took place or how Martinez was able to subdue this many victims, although 3 of the victims ranged in age from 6 months old to 6 years old.
There are many questions to be answered in this tragic and senseless story.  What drove Martinez over the edge to…

Preliminary hearing for Modesto man charged with killing 6 - Martin Martinez

A preliminary hearing has been set for August 2, 2017 in the case of the State of CA vs. Martin Martinez.  Martinez, a 30 year old man accused of killing 5 people in a Nob Hill Court home in Modesto on July 18,2015.  Martinez is facing the death penalty if convicted of the multiple murders.

The family connections in this case are heartbreaking and a little hard to follow. The victims names and relationship to Martinez are as follows:
Dr. Amanda Crews, ex-girlfriend (38 years old)Rachel, daughter of Amanda Crews and Martin Martinez (6 months old)Elizabeth, daughter of Amanda Crews (6 years old)Anna Brown Romero, mother of Martin Martinez (57 years old)Esmerelda Navarro, niece of Martin Martinez (5 years old In a separate case, Martinez is facing charges for the death of Amanda Crews' 2 year old son Christopher Ripley who died from a head injury in October of 2014 while in the care of Martinez.  Initially ruled an accident, the manner of death was later changed to a homicide and poli…

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Cold Justice Returns July 22, 2017 on Oxygen

Great news for fans of the true crime series "Cold Justice".  I was very happy to see that Cold Justice will return for a forth season, with a few notable changes.  TNT dropped the show, however Oxygen wisely snatched it up to bolster it's new "Crime Time" format. I am a big fan of this show, so I was saddened that Yolanda McClary will not be returning this season - she is said to be "exploring other projects". I thought McClary and former prosecutor Kelly Siegler had great working chemistry so I will miss watching them dissect these cold cases together.  The show has netted some impressive real world results. In just 3 seasons, their work has resulted in 16 convictions and 30 arrests.  Not bad considering some of the cases they tackled were 20-25 years old, making locating and re interviewing (aging or now deceased) witnesses difficult.

Sure this is a television show with lights and cameras and production crews following the team around - and televisi…

Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore Proclaims Her Innocence From Prison

Dee Dee Moore has been in a Florida prison for several years now following her conviction for the murder of lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.  If you have seen the various police interviews of Dee Dee shown on Dateline and many other programs, you know she has told many stories about Abraham's disappearance which ultimately turned into his death investigation after his body was discovered buried in a deep hole covered by concrete - on property owned by Moore.  In 2016, Moore met with reporter Michelle Meredith from WESH and continued to proclaim her innocence.  She now says Abraham offered her $300,000 to bury his remaining lottery money in her yard. Hmm....does the dirt pay more interest than the banks?  She has NO idea how the body ended up buried under concrete on her property. Tha fact that no cash was ever recovered from the concrete tomb didn't seem to phase Moore.


Moore befriended Shakespeare approximately a year after he won the Florida lottery under the guise that sh…

Retired Judge Belvin Perry Comments on Casey Anthony Case

It seems like with the upcoming 3-part special presented by Investigation Discovery ("Casey Anthony - An American Murder Mystery") we are beginning to hear more about the mystery surrounding the death of 2 year old Caylee Anthony and the surprising acquittal of her young mother Casey.
The residing judge on what has been referred to as "the social media trial of the century", Judge Belvin Perry was interviewed by USA Today and he believes Casey Anthony probably killed her daughter Caylee, but not intentionally.  He still believes there was sufficient evidence to take the murder case to trial and he didn't say whether or not he agreed with the verdict.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/02/judge-casey-anthony-probably-killed-her-daughter-but-accident/98625596/
I always find it interesting to see what Judges think about the cases they reside over.  Their job is to ensure the defendant receives a fair trial, however they have to have their own th…

Why is Casey Anthony Talking Now??

Regardless of what you think of the Casey Anthony case and the verdict, there are some things that simply will never make sense to me.  With Casey speaking out after years of silence about her experience with the trial, she still hints at her father's involvement in the cover up of a simple accidental drowning.  This never made sense to me - George was in law enforcement at some point in his life.  Police officers tend to do the right thing.  If Caylee did truly drown in the pool, unfortunately a common occurrence in Florida, why go to such great lengths to cover up an accident?

Secondly, George's grief at his granddaughter's absence/disappearance seemed genuine to me.  It's difficult to fake that type of anguish.  You saw it every time Cindy & George were caught on TV.  You could sense that although outwardly they were suppo rtive of their daughter, I don't believe George trusted her or believed her story.  But his wife Cindy is a very strong and outgoing woman…

Investigation Discovery airing 3 part series on Casey Ànthony case

Investigation Discovery is airing a 3 part series called "Casey Ànthony - An American Murder Mystery" beginning on April 9, 2017 at 10PM ET.  The series takes a close look into the investigation of Casey Anthony, the trial and the verdict that shook the nation.

Participants of the series includes Anthony's parents George and Cindy, jurors and Judge Belvin Perry who resided over the circus-like trial.  As you'll recall, it all started with a frantic 911 call from the worried Cindy Anthony who was by this time suspicious of her daughter Casey because she would not bring her 2 year old daughter Cables home or let her talk to Cables on the phone. Casey and Caylee lived with Cindy and George and the grandparents were very attached to their granddaughter.

That 911 call was on July 15, 2008 and the next three years this story would be in the news daily. Untangling Casey's web of lies was fascinating. She ultimately claimed her daughter Caylee had been kidnapped by Zanny…

What happened to Amber Hilberling? Suicide or foul play?

I realize this is not a new story but it's one that's had me wondering what really happened to Amber Hilberling in that prison cell. Serving a 25 year sentence for pushing husband Josh Hilberling and causing him to shatter the glass window in their high rise condominium and fall 17 floors to his death, Amber was found hanging in her cell by another inmate last October. She was 3 years into her 25 year sentence.  Prior to her high profile trial, Amber was offered a much reduced sentence to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter that would have had her serve only 5 years in prison.

Amber turned down the deal and rolled the dice with a jury and ended up losing 20 more years of her life. Amber was very pregnant at the time of the crime and gave birth to her son before her trial began.  Her defense was two fold - that it was an accident and she never meant to hurt Josh with a bit of self defense thrown in. Amber claimed Josh was coming at her and she pushed him away to protect her u…

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Hello,

I'm so sorry but I've recently had to use a tablet to write this blog while my computer continues to be on the fritz. I want to reply to the comments from some of the old posts that I only recently read, but for some reason this tablet won't allow me to at the moment.

I am working on getting my laptop back up and running and hope to start posting again soon. I've missed reading your comments and opinions, especially Nancy  B who pointed out that one of my postings was linked on a HLN regulars Facebook page. That's exciting to hear and I probably never would have known about it if not for Nancy B.

More to follow! There has been some interesting things in the news that I'd love to discuss.  Please check back soon! Have a great week.

Where are they now - the key players in the Jodi Arias trial

It's been a few years since Jodi Arias relocated to the Perryville Prison in Goodyear Arizona. News of Jodi's activity have mostly dropped out of the media, except the occasional sensational reports of prison weddings and the desire to become a mother!

Most people are savvy enough to realize that most of this talk is pure fiction created primarily for page views or pure gossip. I guess there aren't any alien or Elvis sightings in AZ. I have found myself wondering what she has been up to in prison and a simple inmate search online gave me the scoop. 

According to public prison records, Jodi has only had that one disciplinary infraction since she was transferred to Perryville,and that was the well publicized incident of being disrespectful to prison staff. That infraction occurred on 2/3/16. The infraction cost her contact visits for a period of time but since then she has kept her conduct record clean.

Records show she's had several classification reviews and was denied a …