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West Columbia Man Stabbed to Death with Butcher Knife

Lexington County deputies are hunting the killer of a West Columbia, South Carolina area man who died early Sunday after being stabbed with a butcher knife. William Lee “Willie” Adams, 41, was stabbed to death at his home at 233 Pine St. The Lexington County coroner’s office said Monday that an autopsy showed that Adams had died within minutes of being stabbed. The knife perforated his aorta, causing massive internal bleeding, the coroner said. More information here.

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February 8th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

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Joliet, IL Man Found Stabbed to Death

Alfredo Preciado-Ortega, 22, of the 500 block of Scribner Street in Joliet, was found dead with 23 stab wounds to his chest and back about 3 a.m. this morning in Joliet. It is the first homicide of the year in the southwest suburban city.  More information here.

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February 8th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

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Sex offender convicted in WI triple homicide

A convicted sex offender was found guilty Tuesday of strangling and stabbing his neighbor and her two teenage children in their trailer home in southern Wisconsin. Jurors deliberated for only about 90 minutes before convicting James Koepp of Janesville of three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 38-year-old Danyetta Lentz, her 17-year-old daughter, Nicole, and her 14-year-old son, Scott. Koepp faces mandatory life in prison when he is sentenced April 27. District Attorney David O’Leary said the victims’ DNA on Koepp’s clothes and his DNA under Lentz and Nicole’s fingernails was crucial in convincing jurors. Koepp could not explain how it got there, O’Leary said. More information here.

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February 8th, 2010 at 5:12 pm





Woman Fatally Stabbed While Helping a Family Member with Laundry

On Monday morning, 73 year old Florence McCollum of Chicago was fatally stabbed in a building owned by her cousin, who had asked for her help with the laundry. She was in a downstairs apartment of her cousin’s building in the 3400 block of South Giles when she was attacked, possibly by a burglar. McCollum was known as an individual who volunteered at a food pantry, taught religion, and cared for her older cousin, according to friends and family. More information here.

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April 29th, 2009 at 10:57 pm





Woman’s Father, Sister, and Grandmother Killed; Mother Critically Injured

Enraged that his girlfriend walked out on him with their child, a Hoffman Estates man fatally stabbed the woman’s father, sister and grandmother and critically injured her mother during a bloody attack outlined by prosecutors Saturday. Most of the eight people there were sleeping when Howard showed up at 1:30 a.m. Friday, prosecutors said. Soon the couple began arguing again—waking those sleeping above the first-floor family room. A bloody killing spree soon followed.  More information here.

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April 18th, 2009 at 10:23 pm





Woman stabbed to death, police seek boyfriend

Chicago police are searching for a 19 year old man who is wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend. Police say that they have probable cause to believe that 19 year old Orlin Ortiz fatally stabbed his girlfriend, Maribel Moreno, of the 4300 block of West Thomas Street. Moreno was found dead Thursday at 2:30AM in her home. Witnesses say that multiple people were fighting in the residence immediately before the stabbing occurred. More information here.

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April 10th, 2009 at 1:45 pm





Home invaders brutally stab Streamwood man

A pair of teenagers, aged 16 and 18, have been charged with attempted first degree murder, armed robbery, and aggravated battery in connection with the home invasion robbery and stabbing of a Streamwood man. Police say that a 16 year old Schaumburg High School student, 18 year old Carmichael Nation (a Jamaican national), and a 3rd accomplice who is at large, entered the home of a Streamwood man to steal a safe on Saturday morning. The suspects allegedly held down the victim, stabbed him in the stomach, chest, and legs, and robbed him. The victim has undergone extensive surgery to repair the damage caused by the stabbing that he suffered, and is reportedly in stable condition as St. Alexius Hospital. More information here.

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March 4th, 2009 at 2:19 pm





Mother and daughter stabbed during Northwest Side home invasion

Shortly before midnight on Valentines Day, a mother and her daughter were brutally stabbed and left in critical condition. Police say that an ex-boyfriend allegedly entered the woman’s home, which is on the 2500 block of North Lowell Avenue in the Hermosa neighborhood, and then attacked. A suspect is in police custody, but has not yet been charged. The victims are being treated at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to a city official.  More information here.

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February 15th, 2009 at 5:56 pm





Home Invaders Murder Father, Pistol Whip Wife and Children

58-year-old small business-owner Robert Chae was pronounced dead at his home with multiple stab wounds, after home invaders entered his home to steal money. Police said the suspects attacked Mr. Chae as he was preparing to leave for work. Chae’s wife and two children were forced into the basement where they were bound with duct tape and pistol whipped. More information here.

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January 10th, 2009 at 10:51 pm





Chicago Man Charged with Home Invasion and Stabbing

Kenneth Shaffer, 53, of the 1300 block of West 115th Street was reportedly charged Friday morning with home invasion and aggravated battery, according to police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien. Shaffer is a convicted felon with a “lengthy” arrest record, according to O’Brien. Shaffer allegedly broke in, despite burglar bars, and attacked a woman was in her bedroom.  More information here.

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October 24th, 2008 at 5:58 pm





Mother Stabbed While Young Children Watch

Police in Michigan reportedly said that a man used an 8-inch knife to attack the 44-year-old woman, who had a protection order barring him from contacting her, as her young children watched. More information here.

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October 22nd, 2008 at 12:23 am





Woman’s throat slashed by criminal during violent home invasion

Police in Swansea, MA are searching for a criminal that forced his way into a home, and slashed a woman’s throat with a knife after she tried to call 9-1-1.  More information here.

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October 9th, 2008 at 12:43 am





Man Sentenced to 60 Years for Rape and Murder

Robert Pettus, 22, was reportedly found guilty of raping and murdering Martha E. Byrd, who lived in the 500 block of Hilltop Terrace SE in Washington. Byrd’s nude body was found in her bed with a 12-inch knife protruding from her chest. Pettus was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the rape and murder. More information here.

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October 5th, 2008 at 8:46 am





Woman Killed in Home Invasion for $6

Police in Florida say that ateenager has admitted he stabbed a woman to death during a burglary; and a witness says the teen used the $6 he stole from her to buy beer. More information here.

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October 1st, 2008 at 8:58 am





Fatal home invasion in Chicago

Christopher Jackson, 32, allegedly forcibly entered an ex-girlfriend’s home in Chicago’s Douglas Park neighborhood armed with a gun, police said. He allegedly fatally shot Gonzalez’s current boyfriend, Robert White, and stabbed Gonzalez several times, police said. An order of protection had previously been in effect. More information here.

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September 28th, 2008 at 8:14 am





Home Owners Injured in Violent TX Home Invasion

An intruder died and his victims were harmed during a violent home invasion in northwest Tarrant County, TX late Saturday night. Police said the criminal demanded money after breaking into the house in the 9200 block of West Fork Trail near Eagle Mountain Lake around 10:30 p.m. When the residents said they didn’t have much to give him, a struggle ensued, during which the home owners were injured and the criminal was killed in self defense. More information here.

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September 22nd, 2008 at 3:48 am





A Father and Son Accused of Home Invasion and Attempted Murder

Donald Samber Jr. and his son, Donald Samber III, were allegedly looking for prescription pills when they stormed into a mobile home on Victoria Avenue, fired a shotgun at their victims, and got stabbed by one victim, authorities say. The men were caught a few hours later and have been charged with attempted murder and home invasion. More information here.

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September 18th, 2008 at 6:38 am





Man Stabbed and robbed in home invasion

A 42-year-old man was in his home when he heard pounding on his front door. As he went to the door, it was kicked open by criminals. During the incident, the victim was assaulted, battered and robbed, police said. One of the women was armed with a knife, and the victim received a large cut to the back of his head after being struck by an unknown object. More information here.

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September 14th, 2008 at 12:16 am





Oakland, CA man convicted of 1994 rape and murder

An Oakland, California man faces life in prison without parole after being convicted of a brutal rape and murder more than a decade ago. Authorities connected Willie Latimore, 58, to the case after he was forced to give a DNA sample subsequent to a robbery conviction. The DNA proved to be a match DNA taken from the body of 35-year-old Gwendolyn Evans, who was found beaten, raped, and stabbed in an abandoned apartment on November 11th, 1994. More information here.

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September 13th, 2008 at 9:50 am





Residents stabbed, pistol-whipped in 2 Oakland Home Invasions

Police are investigating two apparently unrelated home invasion robberies Wednesday in Oakland, CA. The first home invasion reportedly occurred at about 10:15 p.m. in the 3600 block of Laguna Avenue. A man 35, and a woman, 24, were stabbed. In the other home invasion, on the 2000 block of Montana Street, 4 male robbers confronted the resident in his home and beat him with a rifle during the robbery. More information here.

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September 11th, 2008 at 1:51 pm