True Detective Stories

Since my first day on the job, one of the hard and fast rules of policing in this town is when there is a murder, the Homicide Unit takes full control of the assignment. As a patrol officer, you protect the scene and patiently – or impatiently – make sure no one crosses the police line, and wait for the detectives to arrive.

What you NEVER do is speak with witnesses, or molest the crime scene in any way. Well, that used to be the policy.

On Sunday night at approximately 5pm, we had our first homicide. The victim was shot multiple times and was pronounced at the hospital. We were ready to head to the scene, then were informed the victim expired. The Homicide Unit was notified, which absolved us of any responsibility. So, we went back to our usual grind of robberies, assaults, etc.

About a half hour later, the Night Commander called the division and asked where we were. Well, we were sitting at our desks because Homicide was handling the job. The Commander – who used to be the commander of Homicide – demanded to speak to our supervisor. The Commander then told our supervisor that we were to send two detectives and a supervisor to the murder scene and to start interviewing witnesses.

Um… what?

The supervisor asked the Commander if he was joking – I thought the same because I never heard of anything close to this – and he was not. At all. The supervisor has a good head on is shoulders, so he acknowledged the order, but called the Homicide Unit to let them know what was going on…

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Hauling Parts

Philadelphia Police stopped a U-Haul rental truck after it was seen in a report of a burglary. Unfortunately, when officers checked the vehicle they found something more inside than stereos and televisions.

Philadelphia police are investigating after multiple body parts were discovered at two crime scenes on Thursday. Investigators said the cases could be connected. Around 9 a.m. on the 1000 block of Sanibel Street in the city’s Somerton section, officers found a dismembered body in a trash bag in the back of a U-Haul van during a traffic stop.

The location of this homicide is less than two miles from my home.

On Thursday night, officers found more body parts, specifically a leg and a hand, in a dumpster behind a Wawa at Kelvin Street and Bustleton Avenue less than a third of a mile away from the first crime scene. Police said the body parts could belong to the same victim.

Police have not said if the body found in the U-Haul was positively identified as Peter Gerold. Sources, however, said investigators also found pieces of body parts in an unattached garage behind his home and it looks like someone tried to burn the body, too. (H/TMike AKA Proof)

The Somerton neighborhood has a very large Russian/Ukraine population. There has always been a mob presence in Northeast Philadelphia, and honestly, this seems like the case here. Philly usually uses handguns. Dismembering a body is not a weapon in our usual thug’s arsenal.

Some Men Just Need A Hangin’

After my mother’s services were finished, I wanted to become a better person. More forgiving, more patient, etc. Then I read this story, and realized there are truly terrible people in this world.

Meet Jason Mesich of Minnesota. Jason claims he was not getting enough sex at home, and instead of calmly discussing the topic, he allegedly murdered his wife and shot his neighbors afterward.

Jason Mesich, 48, told deputies that he got in an argument Sunday night with his wife, Angela Lynn Mesich, over the amount of sex they were having, according to a criminal complaint from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. As the argument intensified, he said he “probably” went inside and got a gun, then pointed the gun in his wife’s face and “probably emptied” it shooting her, authorities allege.

The woman’s dead body was later recovered with “numerous” gunshot wounds in her neck and upper body.

Meanwhile, several of Mesich’s neighbors were outside helping move items into a U-Haul truck. Mildred Saulter and her 29-year-old daughter Canisha were carrying items, while the Saulter’s 12-year-old daughter Makayla was holding her infant niece, the Rev. Marcia Westbrook, the girls’ aunt, said.

When Mesich allegedly opened fire, Makayla immediately turned to shield the infant with her body, Westbrook said. She was shot in the head, while Canisha was shot multiple times in the legs.

Mesich was charged with three counts of second-degree murder, and hopefully he will receive the death penalty; instituted by the state or by his new friends in prison.

True Detective Stories

One of the more delightful aspects of big-city law enforcement is the hard work which goes into skirting your responsibilities and not doing your job. This is likely a problem in every department, but the police officers and detectives in my town have made passing the buck a veritable art form.

Tuesday night, like every night, was busy from the start. We had a victim who claimed someone stole his five – FIVE – handguns, a dead body which had been decomposing for maybe a week, and another body which was found in a bag on the street.

That body was allegedly a homicide from Upper Darby, a suburb of my awful town.

Eventually, the patrol supervisor at the homicide scene called the division and asked for guidance. (If I had a dollar for every time a supervisor asked me for “guidance,” I could have retired five years ago.) My sergeant told the patrol supervisor to call our Homicide Unit to see if they wanted to assist in their investigation.

Now the Homicide Unit, like the Special Victims Unit, works very hard at getting out of work. Homicide, for instance, will not leave the building if someone is not officially dead. That may seem obvious, but we get many victims who are brain dead, and Homicide will not come out until the organs are harvested. They’re effectively the department’s debutantes…

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Til Death Do Us Part?

A Texas man was arrested after he allegedly shot and killed his fiancee four days after he proposed.

A Texas man who proposed to his fiancée on New Year’s Eve has been arrested and charged with her murder just four days into their engagement.

Kendrick Akins allegedly shot Dominic Jefferson in the parking lot of her apartment complex close to midnight on Saturday night after witnesses say they engaged in an argument, according to ABC News’ Houston station KTRK.

A witness who saw the confrontation at the Holly View Apartments in Harris County, Texas, was also allegedly shot at when they ran to help Jefferson after she had been shot.

Now I have seen some despicable crimes in my day, but how does someone propose to a woman then murder her four days later? What the hell is wrong with people?

Jeffrey Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself

The FBI will be investigating the death of uber-pedophile Jeffrey Epstein while he was in federal custody. Epstein, who many believe had dirt of all sorts of powerful and political bigwigs, was found dead of an alleged hanging but several questions popped up after the incident.

The FBI is reportedly looking into a possible “criminal enterprise” involved in the death of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

According to Fox News, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer testified on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, revealing, “The FBI is involved and they are looking at criminal enterprise” in his death.

Epstein died in Manhattan Correctional Center in New York City in August in what was ruled a suicide. However, his death a spurred a number of theories about other possible causes of his death.

Now I have ZERO faith in the investigative efforts of the FBI. In my opinion, it is a sham to satiate those who demand “transparency.” That said, the fact his two guards failed to check on him the night of his death, and the fact all video the footage “malfunctioned” makes me believe he was murdered.

Every Rose Has Its Scorn

Meet Melissa Rose Turner of Riverview, Florida.

Melissa is a professional cosplay model – as if that’s even a thing – and apparently she takes her roles seriously. For instance, if she plays a blonde, she dyes her hair, and if she plays a psychotic killer. well…

When Melissa Rose Turner called 911, she told the dispatcher she found her boyfriend’s cold, bloody body on the back patio of the couple’s Riverview home. Turner, 26, said she tried to revive 25-year-old Matthew Trussler but didn’t know what had happened to him.

She later changed her story and detectives found chilling surveillance footage that captured audio of a heated argument. Within hours, Turner was charged with murder.

In fact, an arrest report says, Turner stabbed Trussler. She told Hillsborough sheriff’s detectives that “things escalated” during a fight the morning of Oct. 18. She waited four hours to call for help.

“If it was an accident, then I would have called 911 and not just let him die,” Turner told detectives.

If you, like me, are completely stunned, allow me to re-emphasize what happened. Turner “allegedly” stabbed her boyfriend in the back, watched him crumple to the ground, and refused to call an ambulance for four hours until she sure the boyfriend was dead.

There is a special place in Hell for people like Melissa Rose Turner, and I sincerely hope she sees it sooner rather than later.

True Detective Stories

In most major metropolitan police departments, the most trusted and respected investigators are usually assigned to the homicide division. Of course, there exceptions to this rule, especially is certain departments on the east coast.

Yesterday we received a phone call from a patrol officer, who stated he was on the scene of a “suspicious death.” Apparently the victim – sadly, a teenager – was dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The officer said the victim was shot in the head, and there were projectiles and casings near the scene.

Naturally, we told the officer to call the homicide unit.

A few minutes later, the officer called again. He said the homicide unit was not taking the case, and they told the officer our division should handle it. I asked him to again repeat what he found on the scene, and he replied, “The victim, some casings and projectiles.” Being a brilliant detective, I asked a pertinent question:

“Is there a gun on the scene?”

The officer said there was not. So again, being a brilliant detective, I played Devil’s Advocate. “So the victim was shot in the head, there are projectiles and shell casings several feet away, and no gun on the scene. Officer, do you think this was a suicide?”

Long pause… “Um, no, I guess not.”

Thank you. Tell homicide we said hi.

A Little Something For Everyone

Today begins two glorious days off. In fact, it is the first time in a month where my days off haven’t been occupied with college visits or hospital stays. As such, I am doing nothing today or tomorrow. Literally. Nothing. I will, of course, be posting, but I’m trying to rest the heart a bit before going back to work. In the meantime, here’s a smorgasbord of news which I found interesting.

This is the case we walked into at 7am yesterday. There are no words.

Police on Tuesday found the body of a 2-year-old child partially buried in a wooded section of Kemble Park in Philadelphia’s Ogontz section.

Homicide Capt. John Ryan told reporters that officers went to the park after the female caregiver of the 2-year-old went to police late Monday and led them to the park. Police used cadaver dogs in the predawn hours Tuesday to look for the remains and called in the Crime Scene Unit and the Medical Examiner’s Office after daylight.

Ryan said the body had been partially buried with the top of the head exposed. He indicated the remains had been there for some time.

People are savages. This “caretaker” took a week to report the child missing. A week. Let that sink in…

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Hot Tuna

There’s an old Irish saying which transaltes loosely to “You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna genitals.” It sounds better when repeated in Gaelic.

AN IRISHMAN and two others have been jailed for the manslaughter of a homeless man found naked at Malaga Airport with his genitals in a tuna can.

James O’Byrne, 59, was sentenced to two years in prison alongside Finnish nationals Jussi Munck, 41, and Mike Soininem, 48. The victim, 51-year-old Steven Allford, was discovered lying face-down on a bench outside the Spanish airport’s arrivals lounge on October 21, 2016.

The Londoner was found with his trousers down, ham on his exposed buttocks and his genitals placed inside an empty tuna can. He was also bound with cable ties.

Thankfully, the genitals were packed in water, instead of the less-healthy oil.