Michael Gargiulo, nicknamed the “Hollywood Ripper”, has been found guilty of murdering two women. Prosecutors in Los Angeles painted Gargiulo, 43, as a “stone-cold serial killer” who preyed on women in planned attacks. He was also found guilty of attempting to kill a 26-year-old in 2008, who survived and testified against him. Actor Ashton Kutcher also testified, having arranged a date with one of the victims on the night she was killed.
Canadian police say they are going to reduce the intensity of the search for two teenagers suspected in the murder of three people. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were last seen near the remote community of Gillam, Manitoba province. Police have focused their “exhaustive” manhunt around there for over a week, but have found no trace of the pair.
Two Canadian teenagers thought to be on the run are now the main suspects in the double murder of a young couple. A burnt-out camper van belonging to the lifelong friends – Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18 – was discovered on Friday along the highway in northern British Columbia. Days before, two tourists were found shot to death 500km (310 miles) away. Police say Mr McLeod and Mr Schmegelsky have since been spotted driving out of the province and are now suspects.
An Airbnb host has admitted killing a guest at his home near Melbourne, Australia, who could not afford to pay. Jason Colton, 42, denies murder, but has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ramis Jonuzi in October 2017. In an earlier statement, Airbnb said it was “deeply saddened and outraged” by what had happened, and that it had removed the listing from its site. “There is no place on Airbnb for such an abhorrent act, which violates everything our global community stands for,” the company said.
New York police is investigating the deaths of two Saudi Arabian sisters whose bodies were found duct-taped together in the Hudson River last week. The sisters were found facing each other and their bodies showed signs of trauma. The Farea sisters moved to the US in 2015 and had recently applied for asylum.
Law enforcement officials in Iowa charged 24-year old Mexican undocumented immigrant Cristhian Bahena Rivera with the first-degree murder of 20-year old college student Mollie Tibbets. A body recovered Tuesday morning in a farm field is believed to be Tibbets. Rivera admitted to the murder during questioning on Monday and led authorities to the body.
Jahseh Onfroy known as rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed at the age of 20 in Deerfield Beach, Florida during an apparent robbery on Monday. Onfroy previously faced accusations of violent crimes against a woman. Onfroy was an upcoming artist whose latest album premiered at Billboard No.1. Police are searching for two suspects in Onfroy’s death.
Mexican immigrant Cristhian Bahena Rivera accused of murdering Iowa student Mollie Tibbets claims to have no memory of her death. Police claim Rivera lived in the US illegally but a document was filed on Wednesday stating he was working legally in Iowa. President Trump blamed US immigration laws for Tibbets’ death, reigniting the national debate.
A leading journalist and editor in Indian-administered Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, was attacked near the office of the Rising Kashmir newspaper and shot dead by an unidentified gunman on Thursday. Eurydice Dixon a 22-year old comedian was raped and killed in Australia, sparking public anger. Jaymes Todd, 19, turned himself in for the rape and murder.
Tampa police have charged 24-year old Howell Emanuel Donaldson III with four killings in the same neighborhood. The suspect was caught, Tuesday, after being reported by a coworker. Donaldson admitted owning the gun, but not committing the murders. He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, and could face the death penalty if convicted.