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*excerpt: An 11-year-old sexual abuse victim has died days after prematurely giving birth to a child fathered by a 43-year-old man. Francinildo Moraes groomed and sexually abused Luana Costa from the age of nine and continued to have sex with her during her pregnancy in Brazil. Police said Moraes convinced the youngster to pose in photographs with him as though the pair were in a normal adult relationship. Luana was in her fifth month of pregnancy when she had to be induced. She died four days after the birth, on 27 October. The crimes occurred in the rural municipality of Uruara, in the northern Brazilian state of Para. Luana's family members only became aware of the sexual abuse when they noticed changes in her body and they took her to see a doctor, who revealed she was five months pregnant. The girl then told the family about the abuse she had suffered over three years. According to her aunt, the man threatened the girl not to tell anyone, and he carried out his crimes far from the family's village. The suspect had uploaded dozens of photos of the pair to his social media pages, showing an apparently affectionate bond between the two, despite the illegality of their 'relationship'. Police are looking for the suspect, who remains at large and may have fled. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8888157/Sex-abuse-victim-11-dies-days-giving-birth-prematurely-child-fathered-43-year-old-man.html
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*excerpt: A former police captain and supervisor of security operations for eBay's European and Asian offices pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a cyberstalking campaign. It included having live spiders and other disturbing deliveries sent to a Massachusetts couple, David and Ina Steiner, who published an online newsletter on ECommerceBytes.com that was critical of the online auction site. Philip Cooke, 55, of San Jose, California, who was the a former captain with the Santa Clara force, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses, according to a statement from federal prosecutors in Boston. He is scheduled to be sentenced February 24. Each charge carries a maximum of five years in prison but he is likely to be given a 30-month sentence after a deal was reached with prosecutors. He is the fifth former eBay employee out of seven charged in the case to plead guilty including onetime eBay security executives James Baugh and David Harville, who prosecutors said targeted the Steiner's in Natick with threatening messages and unwanted deliveries such as a box of live cockroaches and funeral wreaths. Prosecutors said the defendants also sent pornography in the couple's name to neighbors and conducted covert surveillance in a bid to terrorize them and deter them from criticizing eBay. They did so after two top executives expressed frustration with the online newsletter, EcommerceBytes. The executives included former Chief Executive Devin Wenig, who a person familiar with the matter has said is the 'Executive 1' identified in court papers. Prosecutors said Wenig texted the other executive after the newsletter's editor published an article about eBay, saying it was time to 'take her down.' Wenig has not been charged and has denied knowing about the scheme. Wenig's spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Earlier this month Stephanie Popp, 32, former senior manager of global intelligence, and Veronica Zea, 26, a contractor who worked as an intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and to tamper with witnesses. Former eBay senior director of safety and security James Baugh, 45, and David Harville, 48, ex-director of global resiliency, are accused of leading the campaign. They are also charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to commit witness tampering. Two other former eBay employees, Brian Gilbert, 51, of San Jose, a former senior manager of special operations for eBay's global security team; and Stephanie Stockwell, 26, of Redwood City, California, former manager of eBay's Global Intelligence Center, are also scheduled to plead guilty on Thursday. The harassment campaign started in August 2019 and included three distinct parts, prosecutors said. One part included sending disturbing deliveries to the couple's home, including a preserved fetal pig and a book on surviving the loss of a spouse. The strange packages continued to arrive over a period of several weeks, with the content of each growing increasingly bizarre. Fly larvae, spiders and roaches. were all delivered. After the bloody pig mask was delivered, Ina Steiner received a message on Twitter saying: 'DO I HAVE UR ATTENTION NOW????,' court documents show. The employees also sent pornographic magazines with the husband's name on them to their neighbor's house and took out an ad on Craigslist inviting 'singles, couples and swingers' to come over to the newsletter publisher's home to party each night. The second phase included sending private Twitter messages and public tweets criticizing the newsletter's content, the posting of their home address, and threats to visit the victims, authorities said. They also planned to break into the couple's garage to install a GPS device on their car, and advertised things like yard sales at their address and encouraged strangers to knock on the door if the pair wasn't outside, officials said. The third phase of the twisted plot involved surveillance, and secretly surveilling the victims in their home. The victims spotted the unusual behavior reported it to local police, who started the investigation, prosecutors said. The defendants then allegedly tried to stymie that investigation, including deleting digital evidence, prosecutors said. Joseph Bonavolonta, the FBI special agent leading the case, said the group was inspired by the movie Johnny Be Good, a 1988 sports comedy in which friends arranged a series of 'unwanted and distracting items and people' delivered to their football coach's home, including an elephant and a male stripper. Court documents allege that Baugh, Gilbert, Popp and another eBay security employee planned the messages to become increasingly disturbing, culminating with 'doxxing' the victims by publishing their home address online. It is alleged that the eBay staffers intended then to have Gilbert, another former Santa Clara police captain, approach the victims with an offer to help stop the harassment in an effort to promote good will towards eBay and generate more favorable coverage in the newsletter. An internal investigation was launched after eBay was notified by law enforcement in August 2019 of 'suspicious actions by its security personnel,' company officials wrote in a prepared statement. The victims were targeted after their newsletter published an article about a lawsuit filed by eBay that accused Amazon of poaching its sellers, investigators said. San Jose, California-based eBay fired the employees. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8886021/5th-former-eBay-employee-pleads-guilty-harassment-scheme.html
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*excerpt: A psychologist in Washington state fatally shot her 7-year-old twin daughters in their sleep before turning the gun on herself in a shocking murder-suicide that followed a custody dispute over the girls, according to reports. Deputies responded to the Sudden Valley home of Michele Boudreau Deegan, 55, at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday after a roommate at the residence reported finding his landlord and her two children dead, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators determined that the custody dispute was the “primary motive” behind the murder-suicide, which occurred sometime Friday evening. On her website, Deegan wrote that her “goal is to teach clients new ways of perceiving their problem, healthy coping behaviors for responding to their problem, and healthy attitudes & communication skills for working with their families, partners, or work environment so they can make changes in their own life.” Under the heading “Life Can Be Better,” she wrote that “there are many great therapists in our community and I am humbled to be able to stand amongst them as a supporter of freedom, hope, healing, acceptance and love.” On the day of her twins’ death, she shared an article on ScaryMommy.com titled “Narcissistic Parents Are Literally Incapable Of Loving Their Children” on her professional Facebook page. “Really right now, I’m just in shock, I can’t believe this happened,” a neighbor told local TV station KIRO 7. Other neighbors told the outlet that the girls had rarely been seen outside their home. One person who knows the family told KIRO 7 that child welfare authorities had also been alerted at one point. One of Deegan’s friends reacted to the tragedy on a Facebook post, saying the mother was “mentally ill,” according to the Daily Mail. “Michelle was a wonderful woman….she HAD TO HAVE BEEN trying (in an absolutely sick, unimaginably twisted way, obviously) to ‘protect’ the girls from a life with their dad without her,” Jen Mindlin wrote. “She was a kind and warm friend, bright and empathetic, a psychologist with a local practice that helped so many people, including me, and my daughter,” she continued, adding that Deegan was “in a horrific custody battle, with a man she had a domestic violence protection order against.” She wrote that “every time she believed her divorce was almost final, she would be dragged into a new frivolous and expensive renegotiation, she had been bankrupted by litigation, right or wrong, she worried for her girls with their dad…..(the sad irony is not lost on me)……this was a mental health tragedy, not a terrible person.” Mindlin added: “Compassion is truly in order here. I loved (and nannied) those girls, and I’m angry too….I just really want everyone to know that Michelle did NOT abuse the girls, she loved them. She was just sick….and scared.” Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said: “It’s a real tragic situation that we’re still investigating, trying to get more information on what might have motivated someone to do something this horrific.” https://nypost.com/2020/10/28/therapist-kills-7-year-old-twins-self-amid-custody-dispute/
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*excerpt: An illegal immigrant in a red devil mask butchered his girlfriend and her sister in Louisiana, wrapping the innards of one of his victims around his neck, authorities and a witness said. Oscar Urias, 23, is accused of killing his 31-year-old girlfriend, Elizabeth Tornabene, and her 15-year-old sister in a vicious onslaught that sheriff officials said started Sunday at a home in LaPlace when an argument broke out between Urias and Tornabene, NOLA.com reported. After the pair went into a bedroom, Tornabene came out moments later and was followed by the mask-wearing Urias — who began stabbing the woman with a pair of knives, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said. When they tried to intervene, Urias turned his rage to his own siblings, a 15-year-old brother and 17-year-old sister who were visiting Urias from Baton Rouge, Tregre said. “His little brother and sister tried to stop him, and he turned on them and stabbed them,” the sheriff said. Urias then chased his brother and Tornabene’s sister from the home, ultimately catching up to her inside a garage down the street where he fatally stabbed her — as a homeowner desperately tried to keep him outside as he tried to bust in, NOLA.com reported. “I knew I couldn’t let him in here,” the homeowner said, adding that he saw a “machete” in Urias’ hand and heard the teen’s final moments. “I know what he was doing,” the 63-year-old man said. “The last thing I heard her say was, ‘You’re gonna kill me.’” The homeowner spotted Urias leaving his garage with parts of the girl’s innards around his neck, with other remains later recovered from his driveway, he said. “I looked him in his eyes,” the man recalled. “He looked like the devil.” Urias, an El Salvador native who was in the US illegally, is facing two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. He has confessed to the slayings, Tregre said. Tornabene started caring for her 15-year-old sister, Hattie, full-time last year, Tornabene’s father told NOLA.com Tuesday. Urias’ sister, 17, was in critical condition Monday at a hospital in New Orleans, while his 15-year-old brother was treated and released on Sunday, the outlet reported. “This was a vicious attack,” Tregre said. “This is probably the top, worst that I’ve seen in my 32 years of law enforcement.” Urias, meanwhile, was transferred Tuesday to state corrections facility. It’s unclear what may have prompted the attack. https://nypost.com/2020/10/28/louisiana-man-killed-2-wounded-siblings-in-gruesome-machete-attack/
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*excerpt: A former police captain and supervisor of security operations for eBay's European and Asian offices pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a cyberstalking campaign. It included having live spiders and other disturbing deliveries sent to a Massachusetts couple, David and Ina Steiner, who published an online newsletter on ECommerceBytes.com that was critical of the online auction site. Philip Cooke, 55, of San Jose, California, who was the a former captain with the Santa Clara force, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses, according to a statement from federal prosecutors in Boston. He is scheduled to be sentenced February 24. Each charge carries a maximum of five years in prison but he is likely to be given a 30-month sentence after a deal was reached with prosecutors. He is the fifth former eBay employee out of seven charged in the case to plead guilty including onetime eBay security executives James Baugh and David Harville, who prosecutors said targeted the Steiner's in Natick with threatening messages and unwanted deliveries such as a box of live cockroaches and funeral wreaths. Prosecutors said the defendants also sent pornography in the couple's name to neighbors and conducted covert surveillance in a bid to terrorize them and deter them from criticizing eBay. They did so after two top executives expressed frustration with the online newsletter, EcommerceBytes. The executives included former Chief Executive Devin Wenig, who a person familiar with the matter has said is the 'Executive 1' identified in court papers. Prosecutors said Wenig texted the other executive after the newsletter's editor published an article about eBay, saying it was time to 'take her down.' Wenig has not been charged and has denied knowing about the scheme. Wenig's spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Earlier this month Stephanie Popp, 32, former senior manager of global intelligence, and Veronica Zea, 26, a contractor who worked as an intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and to tamper with witnesses. Former eBay senior director of safety and security James Baugh, 45, and David Harville, 48, ex-director of global resiliency, are accused of leading the campaign. They are also charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to commit witness tampering. Two other former eBay employees, Brian Gilbert, 51, of San Jose, a former senior manager of special operations for eBay's global security team; and Stephanie Stockwell, 26, of Redwood City, California, former manager of eBay's Global Intelligence Center, are also scheduled to plead guilty on Thursday. The harassment campaign started in August 2019 and included three distinct parts, prosecutors said. One part included sending disturbing deliveries to the couple's home, including a preserved fetal pig and a book on surviving the loss of a spouse. The strange packages continued to arrive over a period of several weeks, with the content of each growing increasingly bizarre. Fly larvae, spiders and roaches. were all delivered. After the bloody pig mask was delivered, Ina Steiner received a message on Twitter saying: 'DO I HAVE UR ATTENTION NOW????,' court documents show. The employees also sent pornographic magazines with the husband's name on them to their neighbor's house and took out an ad on Craigslist inviting 'singles, couples and swingers' to come over to the newsletter publisher's home to party each night. The second phase included sending private Twitter messages and public tweets criticizing the newsletter's content, the posting of their home address, and threats to visit the victims, authorities said. They also planned to break into the couple's garage to install a GPS device on their car, and advertised things like yard sales at their address and encouraged strangers to knock on the door if the pair wasn't outside, officials said. The third phase of the twisted plot involved surveillance, and secretly surveilling the victims in their home. The victims spotted the unusual behavior reported it to local police, who started the investigation, prosecutors said. The defendants then allegedly tried to stymie that investigation, including deleting digital evidence, prosecutors said. Joseph Bonavolonta, the FBI special agent leading the case, said the group was inspired by the movie Johnny Be Good, a 1988 sports comedy in which friends arranged a series of 'unwanted and distracting items and people' delivered to their football coach's home, including an elephant and a male stripper. Court documents allege that Baugh, Gilbert, Popp and another eBay security employee planned the messages to become increasingly disturbing, culminating with 'doxxing' the victims by publishing their home address online. It is alleged that the eBay staffers intended then to have Gilbert, another former Santa Clara police captain, approach the victims with an offer to help stop the harassment in an effort to promote good will towards eBay and generate more favorable coverage in the newsletter. An internal investigation was launched after eBay was notified by law enforcement in August 2019 of 'suspicious actions by its security personnel,' company officials wrote in a prepared statement. The victims were targeted after their newsletter published an article about a lawsuit filed by eBay that accused Amazon of poaching its sellers, investigators said. San Jose, California-based eBay fired the employees. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8886021/5th-former-eBay-employee-pleads-guilty-harassment-scheme.html
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*excerpt: A psychologist in Washington state fatally shot her 7-year-old twin daughters in their sleep before turning the gun on herself in a shocking murder-suicide that followed a custody dispute over the girls, according to reports. Deputies responded to the Sudden Valley home of Michele Boudreau Deegan, 55, at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday after a roommate at the residence reported finding his landlord and her two children dead, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators determined that the custody dispute was the “primary motive” behind the murder-suicide, which occurred sometime Friday evening. On her website, Deegan wrote that her “goal is to teach clients new ways of perceiving their problem, healthy coping behaviors for responding to their problem, and healthy attitudes & communication skills for working with their families, partners, or work environment so they can make changes in their own life.” Under the heading “Life Can Be Better,” she wrote that “there are many great therapists in our community and I am humbled to be able to stand amongst them as a supporter of freedom, hope, healing, acceptance and love.” On the day of her twins’ death, she shared an article on ScaryMommy.com titled “Narcissistic Parents Are Literally Incapable Of Loving Their Children” on her professional Facebook page. “Really right now, I’m just in shock, I can’t believe this happened,” a neighbor told local TV station KIRO 7. Other neighbors told the outlet that the girls had rarely been seen outside their home. One person who knows the family told KIRO 7 that child welfare authorities had also been alerted at one point. One of Deegan’s friends reacted to the tragedy on a Facebook post, saying the mother was “mentally ill,” according to the Daily Mail. “Michelle was a wonderful woman….she HAD TO HAVE BEEN trying (in an absolutely sick, unimaginably twisted way, obviously) to ‘protect’ the girls from a life with their dad without her,” Jen Mindlin wrote. “She was a kind and warm friend, bright and empathetic, a psychologist with a local practice that helped so many people, including me, and my daughter,” she continued, adding that Deegan was “in a horrific custody battle, with a man she had a domestic violence protection order against.” She wrote that “every time she believed her divorce was almost final, she would be dragged into a new frivolous and expensive renegotiation, she had been bankrupted by litigation, right or wrong, she worried for her girls with their dad…..(the sad irony is not lost on me)……this was a mental health tragedy, not a terrible person.” Mindlin added: “Compassion is truly in order here. I loved (and nannied) those girls, and I’m angry too….I just really want everyone to know that Michelle did NOT abuse the girls, she loved them. She was just sick….and scared.” Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said: “It’s a real tragic situation that we’re still investigating, trying to get more information on what might have motivated someone to do something this horrific.” https://nypost.com/2020/10/28/therapist-kills-7-year-old-twins-self-amid-custody-dispute/
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*excerpt: An illegal immigrant in a red devil mask butchered his girlfriend and her sister in Louisiana, wrapping the innards of one of his victims around his neck, authorities and a witness said. Oscar Urias, 23, is accused of killing his 31-year-old girlfriend, Elizabeth Tornabene, and her 15-year-old sister in a vicious onslaught that sheriff officials said started Sunday at a home in LaPlace when an argument broke out between Urias and Tornabene, NOLA.com reported. After the pair went into a bedroom, Tornabene came out moments later and was followed by the mask-wearing Urias — who began stabbing the woman with a pair of knives, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said. When they tried to intervene, Urias turned his rage to his own siblings, a 15-year-old brother and 17-year-old sister who were visiting Urias from Baton Rouge, Tregre said. “His little brother and sister tried to stop him, and he turned on them and stabbed them,” the sheriff said. Urias then chased his brother and Tornabene’s sister from the home, ultimately catching up to her inside a garage down the street where he fatally stabbed her — as a homeowner desperately tried to keep him outside as he tried to bust in, NOLA.com reported. “I knew I couldn’t let him in here,” the homeowner said, adding that he saw a “machete” in Urias’ hand and heard the teen’s final moments. “I know what he was doing,” the 63-year-old man said. “The last thing I heard her say was, ‘You’re gonna kill me.’” The homeowner spotted Urias leaving his garage with parts of the girl’s innards around his neck, with other remains later recovered from his driveway, he said. “I looked him in his eyes,” the man recalled. “He looked like the devil.” Urias, an El Salvador native who was in the US illegally, is facing two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. He has confessed to the slayings, Tregre said. Tornabene started caring for her 15-year-old sister, Hattie, full-time last year, Tornabene’s father told NOLA.com Tuesday. Urias’ sister, 17, was in critical condition Monday at a hospital in New Orleans, while his 15-year-old brother was treated and released on Sunday, the outlet reported. “This was a vicious attack,” Tregre said. “This is probably the top, worst that I’ve seen in my 32 years of law enforcement.” Urias, meanwhile, was transferred Tuesday to state corrections facility. It’s unclear what may have prompted the attack. https://nypost.com/2020/10/28/louisiana-man-killed-2-wounded-siblings-in-gruesome-machete-attack/
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