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MOST RECENT UPDATES:
Bright explosion on moon visible from Earth, NASA says - May 18, 2013. PREDICTION FULFILLED. See comments.
China quake toll climbs to 207 as rescue teams search for survivors - April 22, 2013.
China earthquake shears off mountainsides, kills 186 people - April 21, 2013.
Earthquake kills 157, injures 5,700 in China's Sichuan - April 20, 2013. PREDICTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED. See comments.
Is Natasha Jugo's Odd Disappearance Connected to Gilgo Beach Murders? - March 21, 2013.
Why Did Natasha Jugo Go to Gilgo Beach? Was Someone Following Her? - March 21, 2013.
Police Identify Missing Gilgo Beach Woman - March 20, 2013.
Missing Queens woman's belongings found by Gilgo Beach - March 19, 2013.
Golden Pig May Hold Clues to Possible Serial Killer Victims Identity - January 24, 2013.
Remains of young woman found in Nassau County may be linked to Gilgo Beach serial killer - January 23, 2013.
Human Remains Found Buried In Nassau County - January 23, 2013.
RED ALERT: Major quake strikes off Japan, setting off small tsunami - December 7, 2012.
Deadly Quake Rattles Southwest China - September 10, 2012. PREDICTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED. See comments.
Death toll rises to 80 after China earthquakes; hundreds injured - September 8, 2012.
Quakes hit southwestern China, killing at least 80 - September 8, 2012.
Russia wants naval bases abroad: report - July 27, 2012.
Russia seeks to set up naval bases abroad -- Naval chief confirms talks with Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles about setting up overseas facilities for Russian ships - July 27, 2012.
Iran renews Hormuz closure threats - July 15, 2012.
Two more US carriers, dozens of mini-subs rushed to Hormuz - July 12, 2012.
U.S. warships 'easy' target for Iran -- Tehran ratchets up threats as latest talks fail - July 3, 2012.
WAR ALERT: U.S. Adds Forces in Persian Gulf, a Signal to Iran - July 3, 2012.
Iran test-fires dozens of missiles - July 3, 2012.
RED ALERT: Oil prices surge on Iran tensions, Norway strike - July 3, 2012.
WAR ALERT: Iran drafts bill to block Hormuz for Gulf oil tankers - July 3, 2012.
WAR ALERT: Iran threatens oil blockade - July 2, 2012.
WAR ALERT: Iran Drafted A Bill To Block Tankers In The Strait Of Hormuz - July 2, 2012.
WAR ALERT: From Iran, new threats to close key oil route - July 2, 2012.
Stocks plummet on Europe jitters - June 25, 2012.
Was Shannan Gilbert a victim of the Long Island serial killer? - June 23, 2012.
World markets slump on double dose of bad news - June 22, 2012.
RED ALERT: ATM's TO BE TARGETED FOR MONEY RATIONING: EU admits discussing plans to limit withdrawals from cash machines and impose border checks if Greece quits euro - June 12, 2012.
RED ALERT: Half of Detroit could potentially go dark under Bings plan - May 30, 2012.
Half of Detroits Streetlights May Go Out as City Shrinks - May 24, 2012.
Investigation Discovery Probe: Is Shannan Gilbert Connected to the Long Island Case? - April 18, 2012.
Pimp of hooker slain by serial killer pleads guilty - April 11, 2012.
Man With Gilgo Case Ties Admits Transporting Prostitutes - April 11, 2012.
Iran threatens Hormuz and world oil supply after trade links cutoff - March 18, 2012.
Iran prepares for kamikaze attacks -- Tehran military on high alert with planes, speedboats in Persian Gulf - February 26, 2012.
Oil price rise raises specter of global recession - February 26, 2012.
Record sterling oil price sparks fears - February 22, 2012.
Florida Drivers Shelling Out Nearly $6 A Gallon At Some Gas Stations - February 22, 2012.
Long Island murder mystery: New body parts found; now 11 victims - February 21, 2012.
Oil prices at nine month high after Iran dispute - February 21, 2012.
Gas Prices Soar Due To Tensions With Iran, Refinery Closures - February 20, 2012.
For boomers, it's a new era of 'work til you drop' - February 20, 2012.
Police find more human remains in Long Island town where four others connected to serial killer previously found - February 19, 2012.
Jobless disability claims soar to record $200B as of January - February 19, 2012.
Gas prices are highest ever for this time of year - February 18, 2012.
U.S. carrier crosses Hormuz amid rising Gulf tensions - February 14, 2012.
Iran begins naval exercises near Strait of Hormuz - February 4, 2012.
Tokyo sees high quake probability, scientists warn - January 24, 2012.
WAR ALERT: Iran 'definitely' closing Strait of Hormuz over EU oil embargo - January 23, 2012.
Britain, US and France send warships through Strait of Hormuz - January 23, 2012.
Hillary Clinton: Iran's Straits of Hormuz threats 'provocative and dangerous' - January 11, 2012.
Russian, French warships off Syria, Iran, US drones over Iranian coast - January 9, 2012.
Iran Has Ability to Block Strait of Hormuz, U.S. General Dempsey Tells CBS - January 9, 2012.
Police release victim sketch in Long Island serial killer case - January 8, 2012.
Report: Britain dispatches advanced warship to Persian Gulf - January 7, 2012.
Exclusive: West readies oil plan in case of Iran crisis - January 6, 2012.
Iran, Israel and US plan Gulf exercises - January 6, 2012.
Royal Navy sends its mightiest ship to take on the Iranian show of force in the Gulf - January 6, 2012.
State media: Iran to hold military drills in the Strait of Hormuz - January 6, 2012.
Saudis, Gulf states on war alert for early US-Iran clash - January 5, 2012.
U.S. Iran War Imminent in Straits of Hormuz? $200 a Barrel Oil? - January 3, 2012.
RED ALERT: Iran Warns the United States Over Aircraft Carrier - January 3, 2012.
Iran warns U.S. over aircraft carrier - January 3, 2011.
US threatens war in the Persian Gulf - December 31, 2011.
RED ALERT: US-Iran Tensions Flare After Carrier Transited Strait of Hormuz - December 29, 2011.
U.S. Fifth Fleet says won't allow Hormuz disruption - December 28, 2011.
U.S. Navy won't tolerate 'disruption' through Strait of Hormuz - December 28, 2011.
RED ALERT: Iran threatens to stop Gulf oil if sanctions widened - December 27, 2011.
Oil price climbs amid Iranian threat - December 27, 2011.
'Hormuz naval drill, message to West' - December 26, 2011.
Iran says it warns off foreign helicopter near naval maneuvers - December 26, 2011.
Iran begins naval drills in Strait of Hormuz -- Tehran's latest display of military power will bring it into close proximity of US warships in strategic oil route - December 25, 2011.
Tens of thousands of protesters pressure Vladimir Putin -- Protesters shout "Russia without Putin" and "New elections, New elections" - December 24, 2011. PREDICTION HALF-FULFILLED. See comments.
Mikhail Gorbachev calls for Putin to resign - December 24, 2011.
Thousands take to Moscow streets, calling for fair elections - December 24, 2011.
RED ALERT: Iran navy starts 10-day wargame in Strait of Hormuz - December 24, 2011.
Oil price near $100 on global security concerns - December 23, 2011.
Mother of escort Shannan Gilbert wants FBI to probe L.I. serial killer, says Suffolk County cops have bungled case -- Doesn't believe police account that daughter drowned - December 20, 2011.
Police ID bones found in Long Island as belonging to missing NJ woman Shannan Gilbert - December 19, 2011.
Tragic hunt for Shannan is over -- New body likely gal who vanished last year - December 14, 2011.
Oil: Iran's Hormuz Strait Threats Could Wreak Global Economic Havoc - December 13, 2011.
'If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure': Iran threatens to shut Strait of Hormuz with military exercise - December 13, 2011.
RED ALERT: Iran to hold war game on closure Hormuz Strait: MP - December 13, 2011.
Russias opposition unites in massive anti-Putin protest - December 11, 2011.
50,000 rally against Russian polls, Putin - December 11, 2011.
"Putin Out," Russian protesters chant - December 10, 2011.
All predictions for the period August through December 2011 have been moved to the new 2011 (Part Four) page - December 10, 2011.
Putin accuses U.S. of encouraging Russia election protests - December 8, 2011.
Russia's anti-Putin protests grow -- Tens of thousands say they are prepared to take to the streets in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government - December 7, 2011.
250 Putin protesters, Russian opposition leader arrested at rallies - December 7, 2011.
Russia shaken by anti-Putin rally - December 6, 2011.
Moscow Police Clash With Anti-Putin Crowds - December 6, 2011.
Clinton cites 'serious concerns' about Russian election - December 6, 2011.
Cops tracking serial rapist in Kensington - December 6, 2011.
Thousands protests against Putin after Russia vote - December 5, 2011.
RED ALERT: Iran will retaliate "outside its borders" for US drone, also blockade Hormuz - December 4, 2011.
Russia's Putin and party suffer election blow - December 4, 2011.
Putin party suffers big decline in Russia: exit polls - December 4, 2011.
Opposition protesters arrested as Putin's party suffers losses - December 4, 2011.
Long Island serial killer has covered his tracks and evaded capture by 'watching CSI shows' - December 2, 2011.
Cops: Shannan Gilbert's body may be at Gilgo - November 30, 2011.
Long Island Gilgo Beach bodies linked to serial killer -- Police in New York believe a lone serial killer was responsible for 10 unsolved murders in Long Island - November 30, 2011.
Gilgo Beach Murders Committed by One Killer, Police Say - November 30, 2011.
Investigators Believe Single Serial Killer Behind Gilgo Beach Bodies - November 30, 2011.
British workers strike over retirement benefits - November 30, 2011.
Russian backlash over Putin booing denial - November 26, 2011.
In Quiet Part of Russia, Putins Party Loses Steam - November 25, 2011.
Dow, S&P Log Worst Thanksgiving Week Since 1932 - November 25, 2011.
Flash Mob Shoplifts at Silver Spring 7-Eleven -- 50 shoplifters hit 7-Eleven at once - November 22, 2011.
Crowds boo Vladimir Putin - November 21, 2011.
US oil climbs above $100 on pipeline switch - November 18, 2011.
U.S. Stocks Drop After Fitch Warns of Debt Contagion; Crude Oil Tops $102 - November 16, 2011.
Oil Soars Past $100, Seaway Reversal to Ease Glut - November 16, 2011.
Attack on Iran could risk Gulf oil supplies - November 14, 2011.
Stocks get hammered by Italy fears - November 9, 2011.
Giant asteroid to pass close to Earth Tuesday - November 8, 2011.
Huge asteroid headed for close encounter with Earth - November 4, 2011.
Asteroid Heading Near Earth Nov. 8 - October 29, 2011.
Big rock heading toward Earth: Enjoy the view - October 28, 2011.
EU bank failures will crash Wall Street -- again -- Commentary: 8 warnings for Washington and Occupiers - October 18, 2011.
Occupy London protesters set up tent city in the City - October 18, 2011.
Day of 'Global Revolution' comes to London as thousands of demonstrators take over the City - October 15, 2011.
Dow's worst week since October 2008 - September 23, 2011.
Long Island Serial Killer Hunt: Police Release Sketches of Victims - September 20, 2011.
Death toll rises to 9 in Nevada air race crash; close to 70 injured - September 18, 2011.
'Mass casualties' reported after plane crashes at Nevada air show - September 16, 2011. PREDICTION FULFILLED. See comments.
Mysterious bluish-green light spotted streaking over the Southwest was likely not a UFO but a meteor - September 15, 2011.
Multicolored fireball in sky dazzles Southwest - September 15, 2011.
Jobless Claims, Inflation Rise, Manufacturing Gets Weaker - September 15, 2011.
Mortgage default warnings surged in August -- Report: Mortgage default warnings spiked in August, signaling potential new foreclosure wave - September 15, 2011.
Consumers paid more for range of items in August -- Consumers paid more for gas, food, rent and other items in August, raising inflation pressures - September 15, 2011.
Video shows teens mob clerk, rob convenience store in Red Bird area of Dallas - September 8, 2011.
Hundreds of union workers storm Wash. state port, hold guards hostage, damage RR - September 8, 2011.
Meteorite blasts across skies of Peru leaving forest fires in its wake - August 26, 2011.
Astronomers confirm fireball meteor entered Irish atmosphere -- Urgent appeal by scientists for video footage of an historic event - August 25, 2011.
Indiana stage collapse death toll reaches seven - August 23, 2011.
Lee Grace Dougherty & Dougherty gang: 76 counts, 16 for attempted murder - August 23, 2011.
Slowdown Fears Slam U.S. Stocks - August 18, 2011.
Obama heads to vacation as economic woes deepen - August 18, 2011.
Stocks get demolished - August 18, 2011.
Jobless Claims in U.S. Top Forecast - August 18, 2011.
Police scramble to fight flash-mob mayhem - August 18, 2011.
Fireball Leads to Midwest Meteorite Alert, NASA Warns - August 18, 2011.
575-Ft Asteroid To Zoom Past Earth on November 8th In Third Cosmic Close Call of 2011 -- "This will be the closest approach to date by an object this large that we know about in advance" - August 17, 2011.
ESA Plans Armageddon-like Mission to Deflect Incoming Asteroid - August 17, 2011.
'Flash mob' robs Maryland 7-Eleven in less than a minute, police say - August 16, 2011.
Horrific moment the stage collapsed onto screaming crowd at Indiana State Fair killing at least five and injuring 45 - August 15, 2011.
Concert stage collapses in Indianapolis, killing five - August 14, 2011. PREDICTION FULFILLED. See comments.
Stage collapses at Indiana State Fair, killing five - August 14, 2011.
State to seek death penalty in mother's murder case - August 13, 2011.
U.S. Consumer Confidence Drops to Three-Decade Low Amid Economic Headwinds - August 12, 2011.
Dow falls another 500 points as Wall Street tumbles AGAIN on fears French economic problems could cross the Atlantic - August 11, 2011.
Stocks Dive Again on Europe, Economy Fears - August 11, 2011.
No rest for investors: Dow plunges 520 - August 10, 2011.
Economic Uncertainty Leading to Global Unrest - August 9, 2011.
Economic Uncertainty Leading to Global Unrest - August 9, 2011.
World in crisis: Markets dive. Mobs burn London - August 9, 2011.
World in crisis: Markets dive. Mobs burn London - August 9, 2011.
Fresh trouble flares across Manchester and the Midlands as police warn 16,000 officers on London's streets could use plastic bullets - August 9, 2011.
Forced to strip naked in the street: Shocking scenes as rioters steal clothes and rifle through bags as people make their way home - August 9, 2011.
Burning hatred as riot victims flee for lives -- Residents jump off blazing buildings - August 9, 2011.
Cameron Deploys 10,000 More Police During Riots - August 9, 2011.
Riots spread across and beyond London - August 9, 2011.
London violence extends into third day, other areas also affected - August 9, 2011.
Panic grips Wall Street as Dow plunges 600 POINTS and desperate investors rush to sell after U.S. credit rating downgrade - August 8, 2011. PREDICTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED.
A 634 Point Stock Market Crash And 8 More Reasons Why You Should Be Deeply Concerned That The U.S. Government Has Lost Its AAA Credit Rating - August 8, 2011.
Dow plunges after S&P downgrade -- Wall Street had its worst day since the 2008 financial crisis - August 8, 2011.
Fears of more violence after worst London riots for years - August 7, 2011.
New unrest in north London a night after rioting - August 7, 2011.
Did rock-throwing teenage girl's 'beating' by police spark London riots? Pictures that show how Tottenham turned into a war zone - August 7, 2011.
Crowds burn cars, buildings to protest man's killing in north London - August 7, 2011. PREDICTION FULFILLED. See comments.
S&P downgrades U.S. credit rating - August 6, 2011.
United States loses AAA credit rating from S&P - August 5, 2011.
Leaders seek to quell financial anxiety gripping globe - August 5, 2011.
Asian markets follow Wall Street sell-off - August 5, 2011.
Global Markets Tumble Amid Economic Fears - August 5, 2011.
Asian markets follow Wall Street plunge - August 5, 2011.
Global stock sell-off continues - August 5, 2011.
Global markets destabilized by 'toxic' cocktail - August 5, 2011.
Stocks: Worst day since 2008 financial crisis - August 4, 2011.
Dow average plunges 513, worst drop since 2008 - August 4, 2011.
"NEW DEAL" NOT MUCH BETTER THAN DEBT CRISIS: "A SATAN SANDWICH WITH A SIDE OF SATAN FRIES" - August 3, 2011. CLOSE CALL, FULFILLMENT TO COME LATER. See my update.
Grapes of Wrath: Debt Default Could Mean Civil War - July 30, 2011.
Default deadline looming large; lawmakers can't agree - July 30, 2011.
Default Scenarios Include Questions About Fate Of Medicare, Medicaid, Government Workers - July 30, 2011.
Fear grows over Social Security checks - July 29, 2011.
Social Security to panicked seniors: 'We don't know' - July 28, 2011.
Debt ceiling: Will I get my Social Security check? - July 28, 2011.
Veterans Stand To Lose If Debt Deal Isn't Reached Soon - July 27, 2011.
Hundreds scramble for Dallas County rental vouchers - July 14, 2011.
Woman tied to Utah hot-tub scandal strangled to death - July 12, 2011. PREDICTION FULFILLED. See comments.
Woman tied to Utah lawmaker scandal murdered - July 12, 2011.
OUT OF MONEY: Obama says he cannot guarantee Social Security checks will go out on August 3 -- "There may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it" - July 12, 2011.
Italy debt concerns plague world markets - July 11, 2011.
Stocks spooked by European debt woes - July 11, 2011.
Major 7.1 earthquake strikes off the northern coast of Japan - July 10, 2011.
Japan tsunami alert lifted after 7.1 quake - July 9, 2011.
Family awaits arrest in killing that happened in shadow of Kensington strangler cases - July 7, 2011.
Man grabs French president before being tackled by security - June 30, 2011. CLOSE CALL. See comments.
Dozens of protesters arrested just yards from Downing Street after violence breaks out on strike march - June 30, 2011.
UK: 'Hundreds of thousands' of public sector workers strike - June 30, 2011.
Oil prices rising a week after SPR release - June 30, 2011.
Asteroid to Pass Extremely Close By Earth On Monday - June 24, 2011.
Giant asteroid to 'narrowly miss' Earth -- A newly discovered asteroid the size of an office block will narrowly miss the Earth on Monday - coming 23 times closer than the moon - June 24, 2011.
How Miserable? Index Says the Worst in 28 Years - June 17, 2011.
Suffolk increases reward in beach bodies search - June 16, 2011.
US Housing Crisis Is Now Worse Than Great Depression - June 14, 2011.
Jersey City prostitute still missing after 13 months of searching - June 12, 2011.
Mobs Attack on City Buses: Police -- Gang of teens storm bus, attack victims and run off with their belongings, police say - June 7, 2011.
Officials: Flash Mobs Already Plague South Side - June 7, 2011.
Random attacks cause concern in Chicago - June 6, 2011.
Chronic unemployment worse than Great Depression - June 5, 2011.
More Americans Think Economy Will Never Recover - June 3, 2011.
US house price fall 'beats Great Depression slide' - June 1, 2011.
Wall Street Baffled by Slowing Economy, Low Yields: Trader - June 1, 2011.
RED ALERT: Horror for US Economy as Data Falls off Cliff - June 1, 2011.
Stocks Plunge Amid Global Recovery Fears - June 1, 2011.
Asteroid 2009 BD To Narrowly Miss Earth On June 2 - May 19, 2011.
Obama Gives Sacrifice To Ancient Sun God Of Mound Builders - May 16, 2011.
Iran president takes over oil ministry and becomes head of OPEC - May 16, 2011.
Jessica Taylor Identified as Skull on Ocean Parkway - May 9, 2011.
Giant Asteroid To Pass Between Earth And Moon In November - May 6, 2011.
Giant asteroid to pass between earth and moon - May 6, 2011.
Monster asteroid labelled 'potentially hazardous' by NASA - May 6, 2011.
Mob of Thieves Swarms Las Vegas Convenience Store - May 5, 2011.
Gulf belongs to Iran declares top military officer -- "The Persian Gulf has always, is and shall always belong to Iran" - April 30, 2011.
Economic growth slows as inflation surges - April 28, 2011.
Wal-Mart: Our shoppers are 'running out of money' - April 28, 2011.
US Banks Warn Obama on Soaring Debt - April 27, 2011.
Shawna Forde, Kid-Killing Minutewoman, Sentenced to 65 Years in Prison -- in Addition to Death Sentence - April 26, 2011.
Japan's Earthquake Death Toll Climbs to 14,300 - April 24, 2011.
Bright, married and has access to burlap sacks: 'Craigslist Ripper' profiled as new set of remains found - April 23, 2011.
'Awakening' Moon Shocks Scientists As Massive Asteroids Near Earth - April 21, 2011.
Killer Combo of High Gas, Food Prices at Key Tipping Point - April 21, 2011.
RED ALERT: Asteroid To Pass Between Moon And Earth in June - April 20, 2011.
$6 Gas? Could Happen if Dollar Keeps Getting Weaker - April 20, 2011.
JAPAN IS SINKING: Liquefaction After Japanese Earthquake Larger Than Expected - April 19, 2011.
Wall Street shares slump as S&P downgrades US debt outlook - April 19, 2011.
Donald Trump's Solution on Gas Prices: Get Tough With Saudi Arabia; Seize Oil Fields in Libya and Iraq? - April 18, 2011.
Internet Sex Forum Reportedly Wanted 'Revenge' Against Long Island Escort Later Found Murdered - April 17, 2011.
World Bank president: 'One shock away from crisis' - April 17, 2011.
Gasoline averaging $4 a gallon in 5 states - April 15, 2011.
Food and gas costs push consumer prices higher - April 15, 2011.
Regulators shut 6 banks in Ala., Ga., Minn., Miss.; makes 34 US bank failures in 2011 - April 15, 2011.
Oil-Price Shock Is Hitting American Consumers Hardest - April 14, 2011.
Suicide Rates in U.S. Increase as Economy Declines, CDC Researchers Find - April 14, 2011.
Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise; Inflation Pressure Grows - April 14, 2011.
Craigslist Long Island serial killer update: Details of murders emerge - April 13, 2011. PREDICTION FULFILLED and PREDICTION IN PROGRESS. See comments.
Serial Killer: More human remains, including skull, found on Long Island - April 12, 2011.
In Atlantic City serial murders, a new lead, a solid connection - April 12, 2011.
Police Find New Bones in Long Island Serial-Murder Search - April 12, 2011.
Japan to raise Fukushima crisis level to worst - April 12, 2011.
Gas Prices Climbing Toward $5 Per Gallon - April 11, 2011.
Magnitude-7.4 quake kills 3, injures 140 in Japan - April 8, 2011. PREDICTION FULFILLED ... again. See comments.
Aftershock rattles disaster-weary Japan; 2 dead - April 7, 2011.
Japan nuclear plant workers evacuated following quake - April 7, 2011.
The moment shaking skyscrapers terrify Tokyo AGAIN... but this time Japan escapes destruction after fresh 7.1-magnitude earthquake - April 7, 2011.
Oil tops $110 after Japan suffers another blow - April 7, 2011.
Huge Asteroid to Pass Near Earth in November - April 6, 2011.
Now there are seven: Growing horror as police find bodies of three MORE 'Craigslist killer' victims on Long Island beach - April 4, 2011.
Japanese volcano blows its stack -- Geologists monitor latest eruptions at Sakurajima, which is sending large amounts of ash into the air - April 4, 2011.
Japan dumps thousands of tons of radioactive water into sea - April 4, 2011.
UFOs spotted at Sakurajima, Japan after volcano erupts April 3, 2011 - April 4, 2011.
Fifth body near Oak Beach, NY not missing woman Shannan Gilbert; Cops fear serial killer - April 1, 2011.
Tokyo region to face rolling blackouts through summer - March 31, 2011.
Asteroid 2005 YU55 to Approach Earth on November 8, 2011 -- PHA is 400 meters (roughly 1/4 mile) long - March 30, 2011.
Mysterious Fireball Filmed Over Australia - March 30, 2011.
Inflation worries push consumer confidence lower - March 29, 2011.
Japan Issues Volcanic Ash Warning After Sakurajima Explosion - March 28, 2011.
Japan Nuclear Crisis: Radiation Detected on Land and at Sea Outside Plant as Officials Fear Partial Meltdown -- Contaminated Water Extends at Least a Mile Into the Ocean Near the Plant, Officials Say - March 28, 2011.
Housing market: 13% of all U.S. homes are vacant - March 28, 2011.
Radiation in seawater off nuclear plant spikes to 1,250 times normal - March 26, 2011.
After blitz of the Ritz, it's the siege of Fortnum & Mason: Anarchists hijack the anti-cuts demo and go on rampage in central London - March 26, 2011.
Up to 500,000 protestors attend anti-cuts demo - March 26, 2011.
Demonstrators swarm central London to protest spending cuts - March 26, 2011.
Japan disaster: over 27,000 dead or missing - March 24, 2011.
Concern in Tokyo over radiation in tap water - March 23, 2011.
In northeastern Japan, hope dwindles as death toll mounts - March 22, 2011.
Oil tops $105 per barrel - March 22, 2011.
Smoke spews from 2 reactors at stricken Japanese nuclear plant - March 21, 2011.
Libya attacks spark oil price surge - March 21, 2011.
Existing-Home Sales Plunge, Setback for Housing Recovery - March 21, 2011.
Medvedev, Putin clash over Libya in rare moment of public discord - March 21, 2011.
Agency: Japanese nuclear crisis on par with 3 Mile Island - March 18, 2011.
Nuclear Crisis: NRC Says Spent Fuel Pool at Unit Four Lost Massive Amounts of Water; Japan Disputes Claims - March 16, 2011.
U.S. shows growing alarm over Japan nuclear crisis - March 16, 2011.
Panicked residents start to flee Tokyo as radiation levels rise after THIRD blast at stricken nuclear power plant - March 15, 2011.
Radiation plume could reach Tokyo: U.S. scientists - March 15, 2011.
Earthquake refugees battle for survival in freezing northeast Japan - March 15, 2011.
Tide of death: 2,000 bodies wash ashore on one stretch of coast as scientists warn Japan faces SECOND monster quake and tsunami - March 15, 2011.
Japan prepares for the worst -- New reactor blast raises fears of meltdown; final death toll could reach 'tens of thousands'; markets crash over fears of economic fallout - March 15, 2011.
Monster aftershock could strike within days - March 14, 2011.
And the aftershocks go on: 275 new tremors hit quake-torn Japan as fears grow for missing 10,000 in flattened port town - March 14, 2011.
Japan battles nuclear meltdown - March 14, 2011.
Explosion rocks another Japanese nuclear reactor building - March 14, 2011.
Japan crisis: third explosion raises spectre of nuclear nightmare - March 14, 2011.
Report: 2,000 bodies found in northeast Japan - March 14, 2011.
Japanese volcano erupts - March 13, 2011.
World Warned Doomed After Japan Megaquake Disaster - March 13, 2011.
Trains tossed around like discarded toys: Terrifying pictures reveal full horror of Japan's worst quake - March 13, 2011.
The town that drowned: Fresh pictures from the port where 10,000 people are missing after it was swept away by the megaquake - March 13, 2011.
Victims of the killer megaquake: Over 1,000 feared dead after tsunami sweeps Japan -- Magnitude revised upwards to 9.0 - March 12, 2011.
More than 1,200 dead or unaccounted for in megaquake - March 12, 2011.
Nuclear Authorities: Nuclear Reactor Facing Threat Of Meltdown - March 12, 2011.
'1,000 dead' in Japan quake; nuke plants overheat - March 12, 2011.
Widespread destruction from Japan earthquake, tsunamis - March 12, 2011.
Hundreds killed, thousands missing in Japan tsunami - March 11, 2011.
Powerful quake, tsunami kills hundreds in Japan - March 11, 2011.
People flee for their lives as ten-metre high tsunami washes away buildings after massive 8.9 quake strikes Japan - March 11, 2011.
Massive 8.9-magnitude quake hits Japan - March 11, 2011. PREDICTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED. See comments.
25 killed, 250 injured in earthquake in China - March 11, 2011.
Japan quake causes tsunami, fires, landslide - March 11, 2011.
Tsunami hits Japan after 8.9 earthquake - March 11, 2011.
China quake kills at least 25 - March 10, 2011.
7.2 earthquake hits off coast of Japan - March 9, 2011.
Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits northeast Japan - March 8, 2011.
Obama Warned Is Preparing World For Return Of "The Moon God" - March 4, 2011.
McAnulty transported to Oregon woman's death row, appeal begins - February 25, 2011.
Jury: Death sentence for mom who tortured teen daughter to death - February 24, 2011.
Shawna Forde gets death sentence in killing of girl, dad - February 22, 2011.
Canada pipeline blast shuts highway; town of Beardmore, Ontario, partially evacuated; cause unknown - February 21, 2011.
Life or death: Jury to decide Angela McAnulty's fate - February 18, 2011.
A Meteor Zoomed Toward New York at 33,500 MPH Yesterday - February 15, 2011.
Meteor Streaking Over New York City Yesterday Afternoon Caused Alarm - February 15, 2011.
Large Fireball Sighted Over East Coast - February 15, 2011.
McAnulty Could Be First Woman Executed in the State of Oregon - February 14, 2011.
Police: Waterman, 3 others slain by serial killer - February 14, 2011.
Asteroid fragment said to hit in Allentown, PA Feb 9. 2011 - February 13, 2011. PREDICTION FULFILLED and RED ALERT for Garabandal Warning prophecy. See comments.
Antonio Rodriguez 'Kensington Strangler' Suspect Had Sex With Dead Victims -- Victims 'Enjoyed' Being Choked During Sex - February 11, 2011.
'Kensington Strangler' suspect Antonio Rodriguez: I had sex with victims after they were dead - February 10, 2011.
More prank phone calls revealed in murder of craigslist hooker Melissa Barthelemy - January 28, 2011.
Craiglist serial killer? Cops ID 3 more missing prostitutes found dumped along Long Island beach - January 24, 2011.
With fresh DNA match, Rodriguez charged with 3 Kensington slayings - January 20, 2011.
Experts: Kensington Strangler Is Classified as 'Sexual Serial Killer' -- Kensington Strangler Among Uniquely Sadistic Type of Killer Who Likes to Prolong Death - January 20, 2011.
Strangler suspect confesses to four murders - January 18, 2011.
Kensington Strangler Suspect Antonio Rodriguez Confesses - January 18, 2011.
Police arrest suspected Philadelphia strangler - January 18, 2011.
Philly "Kensington Strangler" Suspect Taken In -- Antonio Rodriguez, 21, Taken Into Custody in Philly as "Kensington Strangler" Suspect; Young Women Raped, Murdered - January 17, 2011.
Has Philadelphia Strangler Claimed Fourth Victim? - January 11, 2011.
Woman's Body Found in Area of 'Kensington Strangler' - January 11, 2011.
Colorado D.A. offers Philadelphia help in Kensington strangler case - January 10, 2011.
Denver DA Offers DNA Help to Philadelphia Strangler Case - January 10, 2011.
$37,000 reward for Kensington Strangler arrest - January 8, 2011.
Sylvie Cachay Murder: Designer Was Strangled, Drowned Says NYC Medical Examiner - December 30, 2010.
Woman Claims She Was Choked in Kensington - December 30, 2010.
Phila. police: Woman claims being raped, choked - December 30, 2010.
The Kensington Strangler Is Putting Philly On the Map - December 30, 2010.
Awaiting Soho 'murder' charge - December 29, 2010.
Woman Found Dead in Kensington Rooming House - December 24, 2010.
Philly police find woman's body in Kensington home - December 24, 2010.
We're looking for a serial killer, Philadelphia authorities say -- DNA has linked the slayings of three women - December 22, 2010.
3rd death linked to Philadelphia serial strangler by DNA - December 22, 2010.
7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Felt in Tokyo Following Total Lunar Eclipse - December 22, 2010.
7.4 magnitude quake near Japanese islands triggers tsunami warning - December 21, 2010.
Kensington Strangler has claimed his third victim, police said, officially classifying the assailant as a serial killer - December 21, 2010.
Police use DNA to connect strangling victims - December 20, 2010.
Kensington strangling victims were easy prey for a killer - December 20, 2010.
Reward To Be Offered In Kensington Case - December 20, 2010.
More police, Guardian Angels patrol Kensington for strangler - December 20, 2010.
Guardian Angels hit the streets of Kensington - December 19, 2010.
Is Philadelphia killer posing victims? - December 19, 2010.
Philadelphia police suspect serial killer after strangling - December 17, 2010.
Strangled Philadelphia Woman May Be 3rd Serial Strangler Victim - December 17, 2010.
Woman Found Dead in Kensington Was Strangled -- Police believe the Kensington Strangler has killed again - December 16, 2010.
Woman found dead in Philadelphia lot was strangled - December 16, 2010.
Police Recall 'Frankford Slasher' In Search For 'Kensington Strangler' - December 13, 2010.
Opposing theories given in death of swimsuit designer - December 12, 2010.
Nicholas Brooks Strangled Girlfriend, Then Went for Drinks, Says DA - December 11, 2010.
Nicholas Brooks Charged with Attempted Murder and Strangulation of Swimsuit Fashion Designer Sylvie Cachay - December 10, 2010. PREDICTION FULFILLED. See comments.
Bathtub Murder Victim was Designer Sylvie Cachay - December 10, 2010.
Swimwear designer's bizarre bathtub death - December 10, 2010.
Cops release video of suspect in 'Kensington Strangler' probe - December 10, 2010.
Kensington prostitutes more likely to step up to help find strangler - December 10, 2010.
Death at Soho House; Composer's Son Is Questioned - December 9, 2010.
Fashion designer Sylvie Cachay identified as woman found dead in Soho House bathtub - December 9, 2010.
Woman found in dead in Soho House hotel bathtub was strangled - December 9, 2010.
Philadelphia police searching for serial strangler after 4th woman found murdered in Kensington - December 8, 2010. PREDICTION FULFILLED and ONGOING. See comments.
Profiling the Kensington Strangler - December 8, 2010.
Fear Mounts in Kensington After Another Violent Attack - December 7, 2010.
Elmer Smith: Stay on alert for this remorseless, maniacal killer - December 7, 2010.
These are the victims - December 7, 2010.
Investigators trying to connect dots among Kensington choking attacks - December 7, 2010.
Police Release Sketch of Kensington Assault Suspect -- Authorities are investigating whether this incident is related to seven other cases - December 6, 2010.
Another woman attacked in Philadelphia - December 6, 2010.
Police ID 3rd strangulation victim as Allison Edwards, 23 - December 5, 2010.
Links to Nov. deaths sought in 3d strangling - December 5, 2010.
Woman found strangled in Juniata may be linked to others - December 4, 2010.
Person of Interest In Ronni Chasens Death Commits Suicide - December 4, 2010.
Choking incident similar to recent attacks in Kensington - December 1, 2010.
Quaids predict they will be hanged, stabbed or drugged by 'star whackers' - December 1, 2010.
Murdered Hollywood publicist was gunned down by 'expert marksman', coroner reveals - December 1, 2010.
2 Kensington stranglings tied to one perp - November 24, 2010.
DNA links two stranglings in Philadelphia - November 24, 2010.
East London woman found strangled to death - November 24, 2010.
Was Ronni Chasen's Murder a Professional Hit? - November 23, 2010.
Hollywood publicist's killing raises fear and speculation - November 20, 2010.
4th attack may be linked to 'Kensington Strangler' - November 19, 2010.
Another Woman Attacked in Kensington - November 19, 2010.
Philly Cops Investigating Possible Serial Killer - November 19, 2010.
Philadelphia Serial Strangler? Surviving Victim Helps Cops with Sketch - November 17, 2010.
Police: Survivor's story suggests a serial strangler - November 17, 2010.
Police: Kensington stranglings may be related - November 16, 2010.
3rd Woman Survives Attack in Kensington - November 16, 2010.
Strangulation Deaths Investigated - November 15, 2010.
Police investigate second Kensington strangling - November 15, 2010.
Police hunt for serial killer after three women are found strangled to death - November 5, 2010.
Quaids insist they are sane, and 'star whackers' are out to get them - November 1, 2010.
This page created, split off from 2011 (Part Two) - October 28, 2010.
Randy and Evi Quaid's 'Hollywood Star Whackers:' Real Threat or Bizarre Excuse? Hollywood Couple Flees to Canada, Saying Clan Will Kill Them - October 26, 2010.
Body found outside old YMCA identified -- Police: Murders of two women may be connected - October 19, 2010.
Authorities ID woman found strangled outside Houston YMCA - October 18, 2010.
Trade unions in Bulgaria threaten to stage protests over pension reform - October 12, 2010.
Bulgaria pension protest draws 10,000 people, despite government concession - October 7, 2010.
Bulgarian NGO Remembers Politkovskaya, Protests 'Putinization' - October 7, 2010.
Workers take to the streets in Bulgaria, Macedonia - October 7, 2010.
Bulgarian Police Raid Suspected Radical Islamists, Locals Protest - October 7, 2010.
Woman found strangled near downtown Co-Cathedral - September 30, 2010.
Expert eyes serial-killer theory in Delta teen's murder - September 30, 2010.
Teresa Lewis dies by lethal injection, executed in Virginia despite thousands of appeals to save her - September 24, 2010.
Va. to execute first woman in nearly a century - September 23, 2010.
Did Iran attack Japanese oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz? - July 30, 2010.
Supertanker damage raises alarm in Persian Gulf - July 28, 2010.
Japanese Oil Tanker Damaged by Explosion in Persian Gulf - July 28, 2010.
Blast hits Japanese oil tanker off Oman, cause unclear - July 28, 2010.
Iran gets fast sporting powerboat for arming with Russian torpedoes - April 5, 2010.
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|Death toll rises to
9 in Nevada air race crash; close to 70 injured
September 18, 2011 -- Updated 0200 GMT (1000 HKT)
Reno, Nevada (CNN) -- The number of people killed when a pilot lost control of his vintage plane and crashed into spectators during an air race over Reno, Nevada, rose to nine Saturday. Seven people died on the tarmac, including the pilot, and two more died in hospitals, Reno police said. Officials had previously put the death toll at three. Close to 70 people were injured in the incident, which occurred Friday.
National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said investigators are looking at whether the plane's apparently damaged elevator trim tab -- whose breaking apart was captured in a photograph -- played a role in the nosedive crash. Authorities do not know why the aircraft went down.
"We're aware of that, and in fact, a component has been recovered in the area where it was observed, but it's critical at this point to note that we have not identified this component," Rosekind told reporters. "It will be examined, so we don't know what the component is and whether it came from this particular aircraft." He said later that investigators had identified and recovered portions of the accident aircraft tail.
Investigators will be poring over a trove of spectators' videos and photos, he said. "It seems there were a tremendous number of cameras and video that was captured," he said. "On the one hand, it's an excellent source of information, but on the other hand, there's not a lot of other specific components from the wreckage that at this point we can identify."
At the time of the crash,
three NTSB investigators happened to be at the air show
-- a common practice -- and one of them has been
appointed investigator in charge, Rosekind said. The
board will look at safety oversight and the placement of
the grandstands for the air race, Rosekind said.
Investigators are also looking into whether the plane had
a black box, Rosekind
Reno Mayor Bob Cashell told reporters that the air race spectator fatalities were the first in four decades. The Reno Air Race Association was founded in 1964, according to its Facebook page. "This is the first time in 40 years, I think, that we've had a visitor injured or killed," Cashell said Saturday. "We've lost some pilots, but we've never had a major catastrophe."
When asked if the high-speed air race was held too close to public viewers, Cashell responded: "I'm not an expert on that. It's going to be up to the airport authority and it's going to be up to the air race board, and it's going to be up to these guys," referring to the NTSB investigators. "We would like to see if we can keep it open," the mayor said about the air race and its future.
One local hospital, Renown Medical Center, received 34 patients, six of whom were in critical condition as of Saturday evening, a spokeswoman said. Two of the six critical patients suffered major head injuries and their prognosis is "guarded," according to Dr. Myron Gomez, chief of trauma services. Two patients -- a male and a female -- died, the hospital said Friday. Dr. Mike Morkin, the medical director of emergency services at the hospital, was on duty when the call about the crash came in Friday. "The severity of this accident was the worst I've seen since I've been at Renown," Morkin, a 16-year veteran at the hospital, said, adding "it was traumatic."
Renown South Meadows Medical Center received and discharged five patients, the hospital said Saturday. St. Mary's Hospital in Reno said it had accepted 28 patients from the accident: two were in critical condition, seven in serious condition, and five in fair condition as of Saturday afternoon. Fourteen other patients were treated and released Friday.
The pilot, identified as Jimmy Leeward, a real estate developer from Ocala, Florida, was killed in the crash, according to a show official. The 74-year-old was flying a P-51 Mustang.
Saturday races were canceled in the wake of the crash, the show said. A memorial service scheduled for the pilot in Reno was also canceled because his family left the area, said Valerie Miller, a race spokeswoman.
'Mass casualties' reported after plane crashes at Nevada air show
September 17, 2011 -- Updated 0216 GMT (1016 HKT)
Reno, Nevada (CNN) -- "Mass casualties" were reported after a plane crashed Friday into the box seat area in front of a grandstand at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nevada, a spokesman for the show told CNN. Mike Draper said he's been told there are "likely fatalities," but it has not been determined how many or who they may be.
The pilot, identified as Jimmy Leeward, a real estate developer from Ocala, Florida, was likely killed in the crash, the show said in a statement. He was flying a P-51 Mustang.
A Reno, Nevada, hospital said Friday evening on its website that it had received a "total of 21 patients" after the plane crashed. "No further patients are expected at this time," the Renown Regional Medical Center reported at 5:45 p.m. PT. The conditions of those patients were not released.
Video from the scene, posted on YouTube, showed a plane plummeting from the sky, sending up clouds of dust and debris. Shocked spectators rose to their feet.
Fred Scholz, a witness, said he saw the plane seemingly "coming straight down."
"I thought he was coming right on top of us," he said, noting that the aircraft ultimately hit about 100 feet from him, in an area of box seats, filled with folding chairs. "Luckily there was no fire, which surprised me," said Scholz, a 59-year-old from Truckee, California, who says he goes to air races ever year. "It just happened so quickly."
The plane, called the "Galloping Ghost," was taking part in a qualifying round in the "unlimited class" division of the air race when it went down around 4:15 p.m. PT Friday, Draper said. The final rounds had been slated for the weekend.
The aircraft was about a lap into the race when the pilot sent out a "Mayday signal" and pulled "out of the lap" before crashing into a box seat area that is in front of a grandstand at the "very large race field," located about 15 miles north of Reno, Draper said. "It was clear that (the plane) was pulling up and was in distress," he said. He added that authorities do not yet know why the aircraft went down.
Besides the Federal Aviation Administration personnel already there to assist the National Transportation Safety Board in any investigation, the show's spokesman said that National Guard members -- who were on-site practicing before the incident -- are helping emergency personnel to clear the area. "There are people still being escorted out of that area with various injuries," Draper said.
Local fire officials are reporting multiple fatalities and critical injuries, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman with the FAA. He said the aircraft did not catch fire, but there was a wide debris field following the crash.
CNN's Mike Ahlers and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.
COMMENTS (9/17/11): My God, who could believe this was possible?? This apparently was even worse than the stage collapse last month. Massive casualties and many deaths are being reported from other news sites, although an accurate count has not been determined as of yet. This report from CNN is not stating how horrible the accident scene was. Limbs and body parts were strewn about the field according to some very credible news sources.
What is also very eerie is how similar the images of the grandstand (being on the left side) and the panicked crowd at the air show is to the image I used in my prediction above with the grandstand of the car racing accident and panicked crowd also on the left. This event more closely resembles my prediction than the stage collapse. I hope this is the last PREDICTION FULFILLED for this kind of tragedy. I only wish I could have been spot on with the months (August and September instead of June) and that my warnings could have been heeded. But something tells me that if the dead and injured had avoided the box seats, this plane would have crashed all the more deeply into the grandstand itself, killing and injuring even more people.
collapse death toll reaches seven
August 23, 2011 17:04
A seventh person has died following the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair on August 13.
Meagan Toothman, a 24-year-old cheerleading coach, passed away yesterday (August 22) after suffering brain injures following the tragic incident, reports Contact Music. Toothman had been on life support for nine days. Her family released the following statement:
"Late [Sunday] night it became apparent that our Meagan was no longer with us. The decision was made to allow to her to be at peace... She is scheduled for a surgery that will provide gifts of sight, health, and life to dozens who are in need."
Strong winds toppled the metal scaffolding holding lights and equipment, sending it plunging into fans awaiting a concert by country outfit Sugarland. Several people were killed instantly, and over 40 people were injured.
On Saturday, it was revealed that a 22 year old college student was the sixth fatality after injuries suffered at the festival, according to Billboard.com.
Jennifer Haskell died on the morning of August 19 at a hospital in Indianapolis. Her uncle, Mike Whited, announced her death in a statement. Haskell was entering her senior year at Ball State University, where she was studying sports medicine.
Last Thursday, storms brought stages down at Belgium's Pukkelpop festival, killing four.
Horrific moment the stage collapsed onto screaming crowd at Indiana State Fair killing at least five and injuring 45
8:20 PM on 15th August 2011
This is the horrifying moment a stage collapsed during a storm last night at the Indiana State Fair, killing at least five people and injuring dozens more.
Fans screamed hysterically afterstrong winds caused the stage rigging for the outdoor concert to collapseon top of them shortly before 9pm as a country music band were about to perform.
Emergency crews were called to the scene to tend to those trapped beneath the stage and workers set up a command centre to treat to those who were injured. Children are said to have been among 45 people who were badly hurt.
Thousands of concert-goers were being evacuated to a nearby building because of high winds of up to 60 mph (96 km/h) when the rigging for the stage fell onto the track where some were seated.
'It was like it was in slow motion,' concert-goer Amy Weathers told the Indianapolis Star. 'You couldn't believe it was actually happening.'
Those who were injured were being moved to a tunnel below the stage, the Star reported. A hole was being dug to try to reach those trapped beneath the rigging.
One of those killed was stagehand Nate Byrd, 51, who was on the rigging to run the show's spotlight. Mr Byrd was crushed after he fell to the ground with the stage and died on Sunday at Methodist Hospital.
Also killed on the scene were Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah, Indiana; Glenn Goodrich, 49, of Indianapolis; Alina BigJohny, 23 of Fort Wayne and Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago, according to the Marion County Coroner's office.
Alina, a 23-year-old teacher, can be seen in pictures happily smiling for the camera before the accident claimed her young life.
Other shots show Christina Santiago, 29, who also died in the accident.Miss Santiago was manager of programming for the Lesbian Community Care Project at Howard Brown Health Center, in Chicago. She leaves behind a long-term girlfriend.
'Its a tragic moment,' Todd Taylor, a neighbour of Santiago and her partner, said. 'Theyre good people. They had two pets they loved and adored. They were very much in love with each other. For this to happen with them being so young is tragic.'
A 17-year-old boy may never walk again after his back was broken in the accident, his mother said.
The lead singer of the country duo Sugarland said she has watched recaps of last night's deadly stage collapse with horror and 'there are no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity. I am so moved,' Jennifer Nettles said. 'Moved by the grief of those families who lost loved ones. Moved by the pain of those who were injured and the fear of their families. Moved by the great heroism as I watched so many brave Indianapolis fans actually run toward the stage to try and help lift and rescue those injured. Moved by the quickness and organisation of the emergency workers who set up the triage and tended to the injured.'
Gov. Mitch Daniels called
the collapse a 'freakish accident', but he praised the
response as instantaneous and highly professional.
One man who narrowly escaped the falling stage said: 'When the stage collapsed, it missed my foot by about a foot and a half.' After making sure his girlfriend was alright, he said he helped try to lift the scaffolding off people who were trapped.
'It's the way it fell. There were many people that were trapped underneath it but it didn't land on everybody,' he told local station WTHR. 'It was the most traumatic thing I've ever seen,' Crystal Wilbur told the station. 'Everybody just came in together as a team.'
Tony Francis was in the second row with his wife. He said: 'I saw at least five [possible fatalities] myself.' 'When I left they had just lifted the master speakers and they found two more underneath that.'
Mr Francis told WTHR his wife 'triaged about ten or twelve people with compound fractures, lacerations, a lot of head injuries and neck injuries.'
Natalie Prater, who is a nurse, said the injured included a child. She described the 'amazing team effort' in the aftermath of the collapse. 'There was no way we could be forewarned that something like this could happen,' she told WTHR.
She was leaving the concert with her husband when the stage collapsed. 'We heard things popping and we took off running. People were pushing. We turned around and saw the stage collapsing. 'Then we ran back, hopped over rafters and went to help as many people as we possibly can.'
She estimated there could be 50 injured or more.
Photographer Darron Cummings was in the audience attending the concert shortly before the collapse. He said an announcer gave the crowd instructions on how to evacuate if the weather worsened, but said they hoped to get Sugarland, the country band set to perform, on stage soon.
Mr Cummings said he and his friends went ahead and sought shelter in a nearby barn after seeing the weather radar. 'Then we heard screams. We heard people just come running,' Mr Cummings said.
Witnesses told WTHR that some of the injured were in a VIP section in front of the stage known as the 'Sugar Pit'. The witnesses said a wall of dirt, dust, rain and wind came up the main thoroughfare of the fairgrounds just before the collapse. 'Panic kicked in when they seen the dust bowl coming in from the Midway,' concert-goer Darryl Cox told WTHR.
Another person at the concert, Emily Davis, told WTHR that there was lightning and the sky had gotten dark but it wasn't raining when the wind suddenly toppled the rigging. 'It was horrible, people were running and going crazy,' she said.
Concert stage collapses in Indianapolis, killing five
At least five people died and more than 40 were injured when a concert stage collapsed during a sudden storm at a state fair in Indianapolis
A crowd of 12,000 had gathered in front of the stage at the Indiana State Fair to see country music performers.
Witnesses however said a burst of high wind toppled the rigging and sent steel scaffolding toppling into the front section of the audience.
Hundreds of concert-goers rushed in to try to lift heavy beams, lights and other equipment in an attempt to save people below.
Many of those injured were said to have suffered head and neck injuries and broken bones.
The collapse happened during a break in performances. Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles had finished less than 30 minutes earlier, commenting on what a "beautiful night" it was before she left the stage.
Country band Sugarland, who have sold more than nine million albums, were due to perform next.
Witnesses said a "wall of dust" suddenly engulfed the stage. Jason Scofield, who was in the audience, said: "All of the sudden there was a gust and the stage started to twist slowly. The grandstand started to shake. Everyone started to run instantly to try and get out."
Jamie Roberts, 25, said: "It really did look like slow motion. All we could do was hold hands."
Minutes before the storm struck an announcement was made that severe weather was possible, and instructions were given to the crowd on what to do if an evacuation became necessary.
However, the announcement also said concert organisers hoped the show would go on and many fans stayed put.
Indiana state police sergeant Dave Bursten said emergency services and fair officials had been monitoring the weather. He said preparations had been underway to evacuate the area but the "significant gust of wind" struck before the evacuation plan was activated.
Sgt Bursten said: "As we all know, weather can change in a very rapid period of time." He added that some people had suffered "very serious injuries" and there was a "very likely possibility" the death toll could mount.
The dead included Nate Byrd, 52, a stage hand, who was on the stage at the time. The injured included at least three children.
Police identified those killed as Alina Bigjohny, 23, from Fort Wayne, Christina Santiago of Chicago, 29, and Indianapolis residents Tammy Vandam, 42, Glenn Goodrich, 49, and Byrd, 51, who died in hospital overnight.
Concert-goer Darron Cummings said he and his friends had already sought refuge in a barn before the collapse, having seen weather predictions. He said: "Then we heard screams. We heard people just come running."
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels called it a freakish accident. He said: There was no way we could have foreseen how a gust of wind could have harmed structures there. Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fair, said the event would reopen on Monday morning with a remembrance gathering.
The event runs from Aug 5-21 and Janet Jackson is due to perform on Wednesday.
Stage collapses at Indiana State Fair, killing five
Aug 14, 2011 11:11 AM ET
By Susan Guyett
INDIANAPOLIS A fifth person has died from the collapse of an outdoor concert stage in heavy wind just before a weekend show at the Indiana State Fair, authorities said on Sunday.
More than 40 people were injured in the collapse on Saturday night, Indiana State Police said.
The collapse occurred just minutes before the country duo Sugarland was set to begin performing.
Concert officials had informed spectators that the show might have to be postponed due to the winds, but a strong gust blew the stage over before any official evacuation order was issued.
Authorities had initially put the death toll at four.
One of those killed was stagehand Nate Byrd, 52, who was on the stage at the time of the accident.
An amateur video posted on YouTube showed a heavy gust of wind blowing down the stage rigging. People in the crowd can be heard screaming.
Spectators tried to hold up parts of the collapsed stage that fell into the standing area below to help anyone who might be trapped, eyewitnesses said.
The fair was closed on Sunday but expected to reopen on Monday.
Sugarland sent a Twitter message about the incident, saying: We are all right. We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope youll join us. They need your strength.
COMMENTS (8/16/11): Close enough. PREDICTION FULFILLED. Indianapolis, eh? Not the Indianapolis Speedway, though. Unless there is going to be a sportscar racing disaster besides involving many dead spectators, I would say this was the event instead. Even though this was a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair (in Indianapolis), and not a catastrophe at a racing event (for which Indianapolis is well-noted for) I am stunned by the timing and the scope of the tragedy. In all , thus far, 5 dead and 45 or 50 injured. The video tells all. Horrific and terrifying. All that's missing is that Hindenburg reporter guy, you know the one who cries out, "Oh, the humanity!" Oh, yeah ... here he is:
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NEW PREDICTION: 3/27/09 -- The nude body of a 45-year-old woman will be found lying, raped and strangled, in her bed about the middle of June 2011. She will be strangled with her panties, pantyhose, or other lingerie item. Three more will die before the month of June has ended. Another four will die before the year is over. In all, thirteen women between the ages of 19 and 65, and a fourteenth victim, an underage female between 12 and 16 years of age, will be murdered by the sex strangler by January 2013. Victim number 13, coincidentally having the last name of "Kennedy," will be strangled on the same day President Obama is assassinated. The final victim, a minor, will be raped and strangled in January 2013. However, the strangler will horrify police and public by hanging her naked body by the neck from a light fixture in the bedroom ceiling.
The strangler may disappear during a period of global chaos and never be captured or he may be caught after attempting to murder a 19-year-old college girl in October 2013. This all depends on exactly when Planet X conducts its inbound and outbound passages, and which passage is the most severe ... or if Planet X and global war are postponed for another 30 years.
The last serial murder(s) on this timeline: there were two: 1) The Baseline Killer (aka The Baseline Rapist) and 2) The Serial Shooter. The two spread fear across the Phoenix area from summer 2005 to summer 2006. However, because the Baseline Killer's crimes also included rape (without homicide) and robberies, some sources place the beginning of his reign of terror shortly after he was paroled and released from prison in spring 2004. I mistakenly gave myself a zero for predicting this series of slayings would begin in summer 2004. Technically, I should have scored a 1.0 because 1) Baseline's rapes began in 2004, but were largely unreported by the news media and 2) 2005 was adjacent to 2004. The base 7 system allows for the occasional overlap of one calendar year either late or premature.
This Strangler series, however, should not be late. It should begin pretty much on schedule in June 2011, unless there are a few early cases in autumn 2010.
|Is Natasha Jugo's
Odd Disappearance Connected to Gilgo Beach Murders?
By John Kays, NewsBlaze.com
March 21, 2013
Natasha Jugo's 2009 blue Toyota Prius is found abandoned Sunday on the south side of Ocean Parkway (which is in Nassau County, New York). At 11:20 AM on Sunday 911 received a call, a resident of Gilgo Beach reported finding a driver's license and wallet on the beach near Ocean Walk. Furthermore, some clothing items were found down on the beach, resembling ones Natasha Jugo was seen wearing on Saturday when she left her home in Queens. Along with a light-splotched NYPD photo, confusion reigns!
That is, footprints from Natasha's Prius to the beach where the clothing was found (which includes a bathrobe she was seen wearing) apparently trace her path. Yet the first question that pops up in my head, is how close (or how far away) were the clothing items to the spot on the beach where the driver's license and wallet were found?
If they were a sizable distance apart, this would indicate to me some type of intervention or interference with Natasha at this beach shore. While it doesn't entirely prove the presence of a second party, it is highly suggestive of this reality, where foul play is easily suspected. I mean, why would Natasha toss out her DL and wallet down by the water? And why would she take off some of her clothing? Very suspicious and troubling!
The greatest source of consternation and sustained apprehension comes from the eerie locale (really, haunted), Gilgo Beach. I can't even begin to wrap my mind around this; the Long Island Serial Killer hasn't yet been nabbed, but a Nassau police spokeswoman has emphasized there's no apparent connection between a missing Natasha Jugo and a cache of bodies found along the skanky Ocean Parkway beach front? Maureen Roach is opening a can of worms by denying a known connection!
The thing is, all along, this mystery Long Island killer has been evading detection with shards of treacherous cunning; Shannon Gilbert was discounted as having any connection to the women who were victims of the Long Island Serial Killer. And now they're discounting a tie-in with Natasha Jugo. This may be a premature assessment; the way this guy operates, yea, he avoids detection. That's not to say this isn't just another odd one-off coincident. It could very well be; but there are eerie similarities in the two MOs.
Natasha's mother said that her daughter thought someone was following her; you might remember, when Shannon Gilbert ran into the thicket, she was fleeing from someone who was chasing after her. Shannon feared for her life; was it the Long Island mystery man who was chasing after her? Later, the authorities claimed she was delusional. Will they say now, Natasha Jugo was delusional? Maybe someone really was trailing her?
Again, the news stories available on Natasha Jugo are sparse, and some unsavory contradictions exist. What time did she really leave the city? Some articles say 4:30 AM, Saturday and some say 4:30 PM. It makes a big difference! I suspect it was 4:30 PM; why would she leave at 4:30 in the morning? That doesn't make any sense! And did anybody hear her say where she was heading to? Why would she be heading to Gilgo Beach, of all places?
And why was she dressed so oddly when leaving home? Pink pajama bottoms, a gray hooded sweatshirt, a black robe, black coat, and black boots; a neighbor (her home is on the Bayside and Queens Village border) sees her donning this unusual (to me) wardrobe. Did Natasha meet someone in the interim (between Queens and Gilgo Beach)? Good detective work should not be hasty in making unrealized connections, but at the same time, should not be opaque to such connections, if they're slapping you in the face!
Long Island murder mystery: New body parts found; now 11 victims
Los Angeles Times
By Tina Susman | February 21, 2012, 6:40 a.m.
A murder mystery that is haunting Long Island has taken a new twist with the discovery of more human remains, bringing to at least 11 the number of possible slaying victims found since a woman's disappearance in May 2010 indicated a serial killer was on the loose.
The remains of the missing woman, Shannan Gilbert, a prostitute who advertised on Craigslist, were discovered in December in a marshy area of Long Island near Oak Beach, where she was last seen alive. Police eventually concluded she probably was not murdered but drowned after falling into a swamp, perhaps while fleeing in the dark from her last customer.
The months of searching for her remains, however, uncovered several other bodies or parts of bodies, and police speculate that one or more serial killers have for years used the woods, dunes and other isolated areas of eastern Long Island to dump victims.
The skull found Friday by a man walking his dog was about 40 miles from the area where Gilbert was found and from where most of the other remains have turned up. But two full corpses, and the remains of two headless women, have turned up in the same forested area within a few miles of the skull. The women's heads were found in an area close to where Gilbert vanished.
Police said it was too early to say if the skull belonged to a man or a woman, or whether it had any ties to the other apparent murder victims.
Matt Samuel, who found the skull, said he initially thought the white object lying some 300 feet off the road in Manorville was a rock. When he looked more closely, he said he saw that it was a skull.
"I probably walked by it a hundred times before, and I saw it kind of sticking out of the ground, and it looked unusual," Samuel told The Associated Press. "I looked a little closer and from there discovered that it was human remains," he said. "It was wrapped in bedsheets and a plastic bag, It was a whole body, but just the bones, there was trees growing up through it, so it has been there a long time."
Police find more human remains in Long Island town where four others connected to serial killer previously found
Last updated at 4:56 PM on 19th February 2012
Another human skeleton has turned up in a wooded area on the eastern end of Long Island, in a town where at least four other sets of human remains have been discovered in recent years. The latest set of bones was discovered at around 6:30 p.m. Friday in a pine barrens in Manorville.
A resident of the town, Matt Samuel, said he was walking through the area with his dog when he made the find. 'I probably walked by it a hundred times before, and I saw it kind of sticking out of the ground, and it looked unusual. I looked a little closer and from there discovered that it was human remains,' he said, adding that it looked like the body had decomposed many years ago.
'It was wrapped in bed sheets and a plastic bag, It was a whole body, but just the bones, there was trees growing up through it, so it has been there a long time.' Suffolk County Police said the undergrowth suggested the body had been dumped about five years ago, but an anthropologist was being brought in to examine the site. The age, gender and identity of the person were unknown.
Four other sets of remains have been found in the same area since 2000, including two belonging to Gilgo Beach victims, but police say it's still too early to tell if this body is related. The body adds to a growing list of unsolved mysteries involving corpses found in the town, some of which lies within the Long Island Central Pine Barrens, a protected forest that is one of the wilder areas on the heavily suburban island. Between 2000 and 2003, four bodies were discovered in the town's forests.
Two were men, found not far from the site of Friday's discovery, near where the Long Island Expressway cuts through the town. They have never been identified. Two others were women who had been beheaded and dismembered, possibly by the same mass murderer. Suffolk police said on Saturday that it's still too soon to tell whether the Manorville bodies are connected to any other cases. The heads and other parts of the women's bodies were discovered last spring when police on the trail of a suspected serial killer searched a long stretch of beach highway on a barrier island 45 miles to the west.
That search also turned up eight other corpses, several of which belonged to missing prostitutes. Others remain unidentified, and police are still unsure how many of the killings are related. Investigators also discovered the body of an 11th person on the same stretch of barrier islands in December, but have said they believe that woman, also a missing prostitute, drowned accidentally. One of the women whose remains were partly found in Manorville has been identified as Jessica Taylor, 20, of New York City.
Her torso was found about four miles from the site of Friday's discovery. Suffolk County Deputy Inspector Kevin Fallon told reporters Saturday that it was too early to tell whether the new skeleton is related to any of those other cases.
Police release victim sketch in Long Island serial killer case
Sunday, 08 January 2012 02:58PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police released a sketch of a third unidentified victim in the hunt for a possible Long Island serial killer preying on prostitutes advertising on Craigslist. Ten sets of human remains have been found on local beaches since police began their investigation in December 2010.
Suffolk County police on Sunday said they released a photo of the third unidentified victim in the case to ask for the public's help in finding out more about her. Police said remains from the woman's body were actually found in April 1996, but her skull was found on an Ocean Parkway beach last April in the midst of their current investigation. Police would not comment on the circumstances that led to her death.
According to the online database of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, the woman's left and right legs were found in April 1996 with scars on both of them. Red toenail polish was found on each of her toes, said the database, which estimates she was between the ages of 18 and 50.
The investigation into a possible serial killer was prompted by the search for Shannan Gilbert, a New Jersey prostitute who went missing in Long Island in May 2010. Police found her body last month. Police have said they do not think Gilbert's death is connected to the suspected serial killer.
The search for Gilbert led police to find five bodies wrapped in burlap sacks on Gilgo Beach in December 2010. The bodies have been positively identified as prostitutes advertising on Craigslist. Since then, five more bodies have been found.
The other two unidentified victims in the case were also believed to be prostitutes advertising on Craigslist. Police in September released sketches of an unidentified woman and man.
The woman, estimated to be between the ages of 18 and 35, is believed to have a tattoo on her right ankle and was apparently killed in 2000. The man was Asian and between the ages of 17 and 23. Police said he was found wearing women's clothing and believed he died a violent death at least five years ago.
Mother of escort Shannan Gilbert wants FBI to probe L.I. serial killer, says Suffolk County cops have bungled case -- Doesn't believe police account that daughter drowned
New York Daily News
Tuesday, December 20 2011, 12:58 PM
The mother of prostitute Shannan Gilbert demanded Tuesday that the FBI take over the Long Island serial killer probe from clownish local police. Mari Gilbert said she is certain her daughter was murdered like the ten others whose bodies were dumped on Gilgo Beach and that she didnt accidentally drown like Suffolk County cops think she did.
The investigation thats taken place so far is comparable to something youd find in Podunk County, said Gilberts lawyer, John Ray. He accused Suffolk police of violating the civil rights of the victims by bungling the investigation and said he will file a lawsuit if the FBI doesnt step in.
Gilbert, 24, traveled from Jersey City, N.J., to meet a john in Oak Beach, L.I., before she disappeared in May 2010. Her skeletal remains were found in a marsh in Oak Beach, L.I., last week. Police believe she fled the johns home in drug-induced hysterics, got lost, stumbled in the marsh and drowned.
An autopsy is under way to determine the cause of death, though the family may request an independent post-mortem.
The Suffolk police commissioner has said he does not believe Gilberts death is linked to the bodies found on Gilgo Beach, a few miles away even though police were looking for her when they found those remains.
Like Gilbert, most of the other victims were escorts who advertised their services on line. I believe that Shannan was murdered and I believe she is part of the serial killer case, said her mother. We are tired of theories, now we need the truth.
FBI New York spokesman Jim Margolin said the agency has provided assistance to Suffolk County Police numerous times since the first bodies were found a year ago including aerial mapping and forensic expertise. We will continue to do that as requested, Margolin said. For the FBI to take the lead on a case, however, would require evidence that a federal crime had been committed, he said.
Suffolk County police had no immediate comment.
Ray claimed local cops have not relied enough on the FBI to solve the mystery. The police department has been clownish in their approach, he said.
Police ID bones found in Long Island as belonging to missing NJ woman Shannan Gilbert
December 19, 2011 11:54 AM
(CBS/AP) OAK BEACH, N.Y. - The bones found last week in a Long Island wetland have been identified as the missing New Jersey woman whose May 2010 disappearance led to the discovery of 10 sets of remains believed to be the victims of a possible serial killer.
On Saturday, Suffolk County Police confirmed that the skeletal remains found early last week are the body of Shannan Gilbert. She was a prostitute who was last seen fleeing a client's home, headed toward the marsh where her remains were discovered.
A cause of death has yet to be determined.
According to CBS New York, investigators found Gilbert's remains on Tuesday in a marshy area about a quarter-mile from where her cell phone, purse, jeans, shoes and lip gloss were found December 7.
Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Richard Dormer has said he believes a single serial killer is responsible for the deaths of the other 10 people whose remains were found in the area. He also believes that Gilbert's death may have been the result of accidental drowning.
"Our condolences to the Gilbert family and her friends. We hope this brings them closure and peace," he said.
CBS New York reports that Gilbert's friends and family disagree with Dormer's hypothesis and have said they believe the fact that her clothing and purse were found far from her remains suggests foul play.
Investigators Believe Single Serial Killer Behind Gilgo Beach Bodies
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 | Updated 12:01 PM EST
Police on Long Island now believe a single serial killer may be responsible for the 10 bodies found along a deserted oceanside highway, shifting their theory away from multiple killers as they previously believed.
Police also don't believe the disappearance of Shannan Gilbert is connected to the killings.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer told NBC New York Tuesday that police now think a single person is behind the deaths of the human remains found on Gilgo Beach, most of them in the last year.
Most were young women, but one body was a child and another was a man.
"The common denominators that we have now indicate that it's possibly one killer," Dormer said in a phone interview. "We've had the same dumping ground, sex workers, young women -- even though there were the Asian male and the toddler -- but we think they were connected to the sex trade in some way. And these common denominators indicate we have the one person committing these crimes."
Five of the bodies have been identified as working prostitutes. One woman's mother, Lorraine Ela, told NBC New York on Wednesday that she was not surprised by the single-killer theory, and had believed it herself since the beginning.
The mother of Megan Waterman said she feels like law enforcement has not had much compassion for the families of the women. "I think the reason they don't have the compassion that they should have is all these girls were escorts," Ela said. "They're still human beings. It doesn't matter what they did for a profession -- they did not deserve to be murdered by somebody."
Newsday also reported that Dormer doesn't think the death of Gilbert, a sex worker who was seen frantically running from a house in Oak Beach early May 2010, is connected. Her body has not been found. "We believe that it's just a coincidence that she went missing in Oak Beach and the bodies were found on Gilgo Beach, which is right across Ocean Parkway and farther west," he told Newsday. "The M.O. is completely different, the scenario is completely different."
But Dormer acknowledged the fear there will be new victims. "That's why we are moving as fast as we possibly can to apprehend this person," he told the paper. In the interview with NBC New York, he added that another initial theory that the killer worked in law enforcement has been "debunked."
"It's not unusual for people to be very familiar with how police conduct investigations, and how criminals try to evade capture," Dormer said. "That came up early in the investigation, but it's not credible at this time."
Between December 2010 and April of this year, the remains of eight women, a male and a female toddler were found dumped along a stretch of Ocean Parkway. Five of the women were identified and found to have been working prostitutes.
Among the remains still unidentified are the toddler and a woman believed to be her mother, and the man, also believed to be a sex worker.
Initially, police said there could be as many as three killers behind the bodies, all using the brush along the parkway as a dumping ground. But, Dormer told NBC New York Tuesday, police now believe one killer is behind the dumped bodies, though even "that could change" as the investigation moves forward.
Detectives also believe the killer is from Long Island. "The person has got to be comfortable with the locations," Dormer said, citing the long distances between Manorville and Gilgo Beach, and from Davis Park to Gilgo Beach. "That's the theory, that it's a Long Islander."
"That's a huge distance, so somebody has to be familiar with the Long Island area and comfortable with that area," Dormer said. Dormer said the case remains "high priority," and that police are "still actively investigating this."
Long Island Serial Killer Hunt: Police Release Sketches of Victims
Sept. 20, 2011
Police released sketches of two unidentified victims dumped on a Long Island beach by at least one serial killer, including a man dressed as a woman and a woman who may have worked as a prostitute.
The skeletal remains of a female toddler found this past April were linked by DNA to the skeletal remains of a woman found seven miles away, police said. "It is likely that these two individuals were mother and child," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said today.
In addition to the sketches, Dormer released pictures of jewelry and other personal details about the five unidentified sets of remains found along on a stretch of beach off of Ocean County Parkway in Long Island, N.Y. "We are hopeful that the release of this additional information will aid our investigation in helping identify the unknown victims and their killer or killers," Dormer said at a press conference.
Since December of last year, New York investigators have found 10 sets of human remains in Suffolk and Nassau County. Five of those remains have been identified as prostitutes, and the rest remain a mystery.
One of the sketches released was of a slightly built male victim (above left) who police said was wearing female clothing at the time of his death. Police said the Asian man was between 17 and 23 years old and approximately 5- feet-6. The man was missing both his top and bottom molars and one of his top front teeth, police said. The death could have occurred between five and 10 years ago, police said.
The toddler is non-Caucasian and was wearing hoop earrings and a rope necklace, Dormer said. She was between 16 and 32 months old. The child's adult relative had two bracelets on when she was murdered, one bracelet with Xs and Os with stones resembling diamonds and a snake chain, police said. The two could have disappeared between one and five years ago, police said.
Another victim identified as Jane Doe 6 (above right) was described as having been between the ages of 18 and 35 and approximately 5-feet-2. Her head, hands and right foot were recovered on April 4. Dormer said that DNA taken from those remains were linked to a torso found in Manorville, N.Y., in November 2000. A sketch showed a Caucasian woman with hair to her shoulders.
"To narrow the focus this woman would have been last seen alive in the late summer or fall in 2000 Consider that this woman may have been working as a prostitute in New York City during that time This woman may have had a tattoo or other identifiable characteristic on her right ankle," Dormer said.
A forensic artist is working on a third sketch of a woman whose legs were found in April. DNA from her remains has been linked to remains discovered on Fire Island in Nassau County, N.Y., in 1996.
Suffolk County police, who are being assisted by Nassau County cops as well as state police and the FBI, have been tight lipped about the investigation. Law enforcement sources told ABC News that all of the victims appear to have been slain elsewhere, dismembered and transported to the beaches for disposal.
Four of the identified bodies were found wrapped in burlap in December 2010 and were prostitutes. They have been identified as Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello. All of the women advertised their services on Craigslist.
The most recent set of remains to be identified belonged to prostitute Jessica Taylor. In April, authorities recovered Taylor's skull and hands. The rest of her body had been found 30 miles away in Manorville, N.Y., in 2003, the same area where Jane Doe 6's torso was found.
Dormer made an appeal for help from New York City's escorts. "We also want to reach out to the people in the escort business to come forward with information. We are not interested in their occupation and feel that their information will be very valuable to this investigation," Dormer said.
The Suffolk Police have not identified any suspects in the killing and will not say how many killers they believe may have used the beach as a dumping ground.
In December of last year, police first began scouring the pristine Gilgo Beach in the search for missing prostitute Shannan Gilbert. Her remains have not been recovered and the investigation into her disappearance is ongoing, police said.
Jessica Taylor Identified as Skull on Ocean Parkway
Long Island Press
By Jaclyn Gallucci on May 9th, 2011
The skull of one of the victims of a likely serial killer on Long Island has been identified as 20-year-old Jessica Taylor, a woman whose dismembered body was found in Manorville in July of 2003, with her head and hands missing, and a tattoo gouged off her hip, just off Halsey-Manor Road, Suffolk County police said Monday. This new development is the first official link between two Manorville cold cases and the homicides on Ocean Parkway.
Taylors body was found just east of Megan Watermans body. Waterman was the first Gilgo Beach victim to be identified by name. She disappeared in June 2010. Taylor went missing just weeks before her nude body was found by a woman walking her dog in July 2003 off a utility road just off Halsey Manor Road and the Long Island Expressway.
Taylor was working as a prostitute near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City and had recently left Washington, D.C. when she went missing. We know that Ms. Taylor had lived and worked as a prostitute, said Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota at a press briefing Monday morning.
Taylors skull, hands and forearm were found in the brush of Ocean Parkway along with the bodies of nine others, beginning in December of 2010 with the discovery of the bodies of four women who advertised as escorts online near Gilgo BeachMegan Waterman, Amber Lynn Costello, Maureen Brainard-Barnes and Melissa Barthelemy.
This investigation is not an episode of CSI or Criminal Minds that is going to be solved in an hour, said Spota. Another of the partial remains found on Ocean Parkway have been linked to another murdered, but unidentified woman, in Manorville, whose torso was found within miles of Taylors body. Police are still working to identify this womans identity.
Another of the bodies, also yet to be identified, is believed to be that of an Asian male, Spota said.
The only Asian male to have gone missing on Long Island and listed in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System is Yim Yeung Tsui, of New Hyde Park, who went missing on August 26, 1998. Yeung Tsui was 140 lbs, 58? and a student in his third year at Stony Brook University when he went missing. He was last seen at 8:30 a.m. in New Hyde Park. He was 20 years old when he disappeared.
Spota also said the last of the four most recent bodies found on Ocean Parkway is that of a child between 18 and 24 months old and wrapped in a blanket, found 200 feet away from Taylors skull, police say, but the child is not believed to be connected to Taylor or any of the other victims at this time. The childs death has also not been confirmed a homicide at this time.
Spota said the killer went to great lengths to hide the identities of Taylor and the unidentified woman in Manorville, but did not make any attempts to hide the identities of the four women originally found near Gilgo Beach. He also said that the Manorville murders are significantly different than the four women originally found near Gilgo.
Spota also said that the murders of the Asian man and the child, believed to be a girl, do not appear to be related to the murders of any of the women. It is clear that the area in and around Gilgo Beach has been used to discard human remains for some period of time, Spota said. As distasteful and disturbing as that is, there is no evidence that all of these remains are the work of a single killer.
Homicide Squad detectives have not yet released the results of high-resolution images taken by FBI aircraft that may indicate additional areas that need to be searched.
Police made the first discoveries while searching for 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert of Jersey City, New Jersey, a woman who advertised escorting services online and was last seen after meeting a client in Oak Beach. Investigators are still searching for her.
Police have not said if they believe these murders are connected to other unidentified and dismembered homicide victims found on Long Island.
A handless, headless, legless torso was found in Hempstead Lake State Park during the summer of 1997. She was wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag and stuffed into a dark-green Rubbermaid container with a floral pillow sham and frayed red towel. The only identifying mark on her body: a bitten heart-shaped peach tattoo on her left breast with two drops underneath.
Although police said it was unlikely due to the most recent undisclosed evidence, investigators are also looking into the possibility these homicides could be related to the four unsolved homicides of four prostitutes found murdered behind the Golden Key Motel in Atlantic City, New Jersey in a drainage ditch in November 2006.
Molly Jean Dilts, 20, Kim Raffo, 35, Tracy Ann Roberts, 23, and Barbara Breidor, 42, were found on their stomachs in the water by two women walking behind the motel.
They were all strangled.
They were all mothers who left young children behind.
CRAIGSLIST RIPPER VICTIMS
Internet threats to NY hooker weeks before she was 'killed by Craigslist ripper'
18th April 2011
Members of an Internet sex forum hatched a revenge plot against one of the Craigslist ripper victims, just weeks before she went missing. Online messages show that Amber Lynn Costello was threatened by an angry client eight weeks before she disappeared. The message board members became heated in July 2010 when one man claimed he was robbed by men who barged into the home of Miss Costello, 28, after he had paid $200 to have sex with her.
Tell her we are all coming over there with baseball bats wrote one member in a series of ominous threats posted alongside Miss Costellos address, after the alleged incident. The threatening messages started eight weeks before the twice-divorced drug addict disappeared on September 2.
Her body was found in December dumped in a cloth potato sack alongside the remains of three other victims on Long Island. The bodies of the four women were discovered around 500 feet apart along the same road that runs the length of Gilgo Island, a southern sandback of Long Island. All had been strangled and stuffed in sacks. They are all thought to be victims of the macabre killer who has become known as The Craigslist Ripper.
The online threats first started on July 11 2010 when a message board member using the name Humiliatrix69 raged that he had been suckered by Miss Costello in the alleged incident at her home in West Babylon, New York.Seemed really friendly, his angry post read. Provided the donation. She slipped away and got comfortable, and so did I. Then there was a knock at the door.
Humiliatrix69 claimed two men, one of whom said he was Miss Costellos boyfriend, rushed at him armed with baseball bats before fighting with him on the front lawn. I made it clear that it wasn't over, so after posting this... I gotta go handle this, he wrote.Shortly after, a fellow member called italyrider asked for her address and posted: No one from this board needs to be involved. I have friends who can take care of this s**t. Humiliatrix69 replied with Miss Costello's address, a description of her home, and her phone number. He also shared raunchy pictures that he had taken from her advert on newyorkbackpage.com where she advertised herself as a Southern girl named Carolina, who was short, sexy & a lot of fun. Humiliatrix69 wrote on the forums: I want to be spiteful and get revenge, I will go by there tonight. I could seriously do some time for the things I want to do to this provider and her boyfriend. But he then admitted to having cold feet and said revenge would not be worth it.
Three days later, another member using the nickname Morrie wrote: A friend of ours told me today that You won't hear from those 2 girls anymore! Humiliatrix69 replied: Thanks for all the help. On January 24, the message board exploded with talk about Miss Costello again after Suffolk County Police announced the identities of the Craigslist ripper victims. Humiliatrix69 wrote: Hey, I posted my experience in frustration and anger cause I got ripped off, but I wouldn't wish death on no one.He added, Hate to say it, karma is truly a b****.
The homepage of Longislanderotic.com lists it as a place for escorts, adult entertainment, massage parlors, strip clubs, sex. Joseph Palminteri, 63, who lived across the street from Miss Costellos home, told a U.S. newspaper that the police were called to the home too many times to count. It was always something. Lots of screaming, lots of yelling, lots of drugs, he told the Daily News. Sometime last July a naked man was banging on my door at 10 at night. He came from [Miss Costello's] house. He was screaming, Don't let them kill me! He's going to kill me!
Craigslist Long Island serial killer update: Details of murders emerge
April 13th, 2011 1:32 am ET
Melville, NY - After a human skull and additional remains were found Monday just east of Jones Beach State Park, details were released Tuesday regarding the Craiglist Long Island serial killer case.
In total, 10 sets of remains have been found thus far, eight of them along Gilgo Beach in Suffolk County.
Sources with intimate
knowledge of the case informed the Boston Herald about
significant details regarding the case, including more
information regarding the unusual remains found.
Due to the discovery of remains in both Suffolk County and Nassau County, police are investigating the possibility that there may be more than one killer involved in the slayings.
Police have also publicly theorized that the killer may be involved with law enforcement in some manner due to his apparent knowledge of police technique and procedure.
Serial Killer: More human remains, including skull, found on Long Island
April 12th, 2011 4:37 pm ET
LONG ISLAND, New York -- The search for a serial killer in the Long Island, New York area has intensified as two more sets of human remains were found Monday. ABCs Good Morning America reports that police are narrowing in on several persons of interest. More human remains were found on Monday, not far from where eight others were found in December and earlier this month.Police believe the killer may actually be living a normal life in the Long Island area.
Searchers face difficult search conditions as they press forward to try to uncover if there are more bodies in the area. They are dealing with thick brush, poison ivy, and ticks. GMA reports its a great place to dump human bodies. In December police were looking for one woman 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert who went missing last May. They gave up searching due to weather conditions when one lone officer went to the area to train a cadaver dog. It was this officer who made the gruesome discovery of human remains.
Police at that time found a total of four sets of human remains, including the one found by the officer training his dog. All four were prostitutes who advertised their services on Craigslist.
Families are coming forward stating their loved ones were strangled. All of their bodies were buried and wrapped in burlap, IrishCentral.com reports. The women found were identified by police as Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Amanda Costello, and Melissa Barthelemy.
According to the New York Post the mothers of two of the women found in December, Lorraine Ela and Lynn Barthelemy, have received the death certificates for their daughters. The certificates confirmed that the women died of "homicidal asphyxia" or strangulation.
Another four sets of human remains were found last week. Those remains have not yet been identified, though police say they are not those of Shannan. They have her DNA so they can quickly rule her out. Police now say among the four sets of remains found last week, one belongs to a young child.
It was reported that some prostitutes who have young children are sometimes forced to bring them along when responding to calls. ABC News reports, Its not uncommon that these women have children. Did he get into a situation with one of them that her child was and so he just disposed of the child as another witness, ABC News consultant and former FBI investigator Brad Garrett said.
As of Monday police said a human skull found brings the total to nine sets of human remains found since December. Others predict that number could be higher. IrishCentral.com also reports that in 2006 the bodies of four prostitutes were found floating face-down in a drainage ditch behind Golden Key Motel in West Atlantic City.
The women killed were Barbara Breidor, 42, Molly Jean Dilts, 20, Kim Raffao, 35, and Tracy Ann Roberts, 23. Their murderer was never found. Two of the women were strangled and the cause of death of the other two could not be established because they had been in the water too long.
In Atlantic City serial murders, a new lead, a solid connection
April 12th, 2011 3:58 pm ET
A connection between the Atlantic City serial murders and those being investigated in Long Island, New York runs through murder victim Kim Raffo, a prostitute who was in both places during a serial killer rampage in 2006. In the month before Raffos strangled body was found in Atlantic City, she spent five weeks in a Jericho motel only 25 miles from Gilgo Beach. Up to 10 bodies were found on the beach, they too appear to be murder victims. Raffo may have known her killer and according to L.I. police, they may now have a solid lead.
Raffo worked as a prostitute in Atlantic City and possibly during her days on Long Island. She had grown tired of her life and addiction to crack cocaine, according to her estranged husband Huge Auslander, who took her to Jericho. They wanted to get their children back from foster care, he said. They argued and Raffo left on a bus back to Atlantic City, according to Auslander. She was never heard from again.
Her body was found three days after her murder behind the Golden Key Motel. The location is known as a place where prostitutes and drug dealers see their customers. Her grave became a drainage ditch behind the hotel on a dark and grim service road. She was laid out with three other murdered prostitutes. Her shoes had been taken and her face was turned towards Atlantic City.
The similarities between the cause of death, strangulation, and the number of victims laid out in a graveyard style senario, has not been lost on investigators who are not even sure if they have found all the murder victims to date on Long Island.
Authorities are now questioning whether the killer used several methods of murder and display in order to confuse authorities or if more than one murderer is involved in the gruesome discoveries.
Police search again for clues in what may be two or more serial killer cases
10:15 a.m. CDT, April 12, 2011
TOBAY BEACH, LONG ISLAND (PIX 11) Police searched dense marshland by helicopter near Jones Beach on Tuesday, looking for new clues in what may be the case of two or more serial killers dumping victims' bodies near the ocean near the Suffolk - Nassau County line. Investigators may also be closer to nabbing a suspect or suspects.
The developments come after searchers made two different finds of human remains on Monday in Nassau County. They found a skull in a bird sanctuary at Tobay Beach, and more remains about a mile-and-a-half away, near the side of Ocean Parkway near Jones Beach.
The discoveries bring to ten the potential number of bodies found along Ocean Parkway since December, when investigators carried out the first of three different searches. In that operation, between Oak Beach and Gilgo Beach in Suffolk County, searchers turned up the bodies of 4 women, all prostitutes who advertised online. Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard- Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, and Amber Lynn Costello may have all been strangled, and their remains were wrapped in burlap.
Then, in between late March and earlier this month, cops found the remains of four more victims near Gilgo Beach. Their remains were not wrapped in burlap, as the prostitutes' remains were. Instead, some of the body parts found in the last few weeks were in black plastic bags. Wrapped in a blanket, however, were the remains of a child under five years old.
The difference in how the bodies found in each search were left implies that there may be two different serial killer cases. Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told PIX 11 News that he could not comment on that possibility, citing an ongoing investigation. He also said that he cannot say anything about information from unidentified police sources indicating that there are persons of interest in these cases.
Police Find New Bones in Long Island Serial-Murder Search
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 New York
New Bones in Killing Probe Skull and Remains Near Beach Could Be Nos. 9 and 10 in Suspected Serial Case
Investigators probing the deaths of eight people found a ninth set of remains and a skull Monday in the scrub brush lining a string of Long Island beaches, possibly widening a suspected serial-killer case with prostitutes as victims.
The discovery of the remains and the skull, about 1.5 miles apart and both believed to be human, adds to authorities' suspicion of a serial killer or killers. It would be one of the biggest cases in New York City and adjoining Long Island in decades, exceeding David Berkowitzthe "Son of Sam" killer who terrorized New York City in 1977 before being convicted of six murdersand approaching Joel Rifkin, who confessed to 17 slayings after his arrest in 1993.
The discoveries came as the search of a barrier island that includes two New York counties moved west into Nassau County. On Thursday, police on the eastern, Suffolk County side of the island wrapped up their second search, during which four bodies, which have yet to be identified, were found. The first search, by Suffolk County police in December, turned up the skeletal remains of four women in the brush off Ocean Parkway. "Collectively we want to bring to justice this animal that has obviously taken the lives of a number of people," said Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.
After the first four bodies were discovered in December, snowstorms caused authorities to suspend search efforts for more than three months. When they resumed the hunt, they found another body in March and three more last week. Police will now try to determine whether Monday's discoveries are connected to the bodies found in Suffolk County. If they are, only Mr. Rifkin, an unemployed Long Island landscaper arrested with a dead woman in the back of his pickup truck, will have taken more victims in recent memory.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said Thursday the police were suspending their hunt for bodies left along Gilgo, Cedar and Oak beaches after conducting "a very exhaustive, comprehensive search." "We have pulled out all the stops," Mr. Dormer said.
Mr. Dormer said that while the police wait for the medical examiner's office to identify the most recently discovered bodies, they are focusing on a "common denominator," the fact that the first four women all advertised on Craigslist. "Suffice it to say we're checking into any contacts [the identified victims have had] over the last years and months. Technology certainly is something we're looking into," said Mr. Dormer, who wouldn't discuss other details of the investigation.
Now there are seven: Growing horror as police find bodies of three MORE 'Craigslist killer' victims on Long Island beach
11:23 PM on 4th April 2011
Searchers scouring the dense undergrowth of a New York beach for victims of a suspected serial killer have made the gruesome discovery of three more bodies, authorities revealed today. The chilling find brings the total of victims police believe were murdered by the 'Craigslist killer' to at least seven. An eighth body has also been found but investigators have not officially connected it to the case yet.
The search was originally sparked by the disappearance of a New Jersey prostitute named Shannan Gilbert. Despite the discovery of seven other bodies, she has not yet been found. An eighth body has also been found in the area, along the highway that leads to Jones Beach. But police say they have not positively connected it to the serial killer yet. That victim has not yet been identified, but it is not believed to be Shannan Gilbert.
Gilbert, 24, was last seen in Oak Beach on May 1, 2010, after apparently meeting a client she had booked through Craigslist.
The most recent human remains were found on Cedar Beach, only half a mile away from where the other bodies were found on Oak Beach, Long Island. The bodies of the four other women, who also worked as Craigslist escorts and were in their 20s, were found along the same highway by police searching for Gilbert. Suffolk County police said that there were substantial similarities in how the four women discovered in December died but declined to reveal their causes of death at the time. The four dead prostitutes were found in December in the area, a four-foot-tall tangle of sea grass punctuated by scrubby pine trees. Each of those bodies had been wrapped in burlap - a type of sack-like cloth - and were reportedly found clustered within five hundred feet of the other nearest victim. It has not yet been revealed if the new bones were wrapped in the same way.
Authorities believe the women were killed at a different location but then their bodies were dumped on the Long Island beach. It sits on a narrow strip of land that divides the Great South Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.
Fifth body near Oak Beach, NY not missing woman Shannan Gilbert; Cops fear serial killer
April 1, 2011
(CBS/AP/WCBS) NEW YORK - Authorities say a fifth body found along Gilgo Beach, near Oak Beach on New York's Long Island, is not that of missing New Jersey prostitute Shannan Gilbert, who was last seen in the area last May. Suffolk County police found the remains Tuesday west of Cedar Beach about a mile from where the bodies of four other women, wrapped in burlap, were discovered by cadaver-sniffing dogs last December, reports CBS station WCBS.
A police spokeswoman said Thursday that authorities determined the remains were not those of Gilbert, 24, of Jersey City, N.J. An investigation into Gilbert's disappearance continuing. Police did not say whether they had identified the latest victim, gender, or whether the death is connected to the others.
Forensics teams already have DNA matches to all four other victims found in the same area: 24-year-old Melissa Barthelemy of Buffalo, 25-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes of Connecticut, 27-year-old Amber Lynn Costello of North Babylon, Long Island and 22-year-old Megan Waterman of Scarborough, Maine. Police suspect a serial killer may be responsible for the deaths. The bodies were discovered during a search for Gilbert.
Gilbert had arranged to meet a client in Oak Beach last May. A resident of the gated seaside enclave has told authorities a woman believed to be Gilbert came to his door around 4:45 a.m. on May 1, pleading for help. The man said when he attempted to call police, the woman fled. A few moments later, an unidentified man in a sport utility vehicle drove past the house and said he was looking for the woman, but then took off. Neither the woman nor the man was seen by the neighbor again.
The client Gilbert had arranged to meet was investigated by police but is not believed to be a suspect in her disappearance.
Police: Waterman, 3 others slain by serial killer
Maine Sunday Telegram
Monday, February 14, 2011
YAPHANK, N.Y. Four young women who police believe were slain by a serial killer, including a mother from Scarborough, all worked as prostitutes and advertised online, investigators said Monday.
Investigators did not identify a suspect or say how the women were killed, but they were looking into what clients the victims might have met shortly before they disappeared. One of the women was reported missing nearly 3½ years ago; another was seen as recently as September. The four bodies were found in early December, strewn along a quarter-mile of marshy grassland on a beachfront strip on Long Island.
Last week, authorities identified one of the victims as Megan Waterman of Scarborough, who advertised on Craigslist as an escort. She was 22 when she disappeared during a stay in Hauppauge, N.Y., on the weekend of June 5.
On Monday, the other women were identified by law enforcement as Maureen Brainard-Barnes of Norwich, Conn., Melissa Barthelemy of Erie County, N.Y., and Amber Lynn Costello of North Babylon, on Long Island. Brainard-Barnes was last seen in Manhattan on July 9, 2007; Barthelemy reportedly was living in the Bronx when she disappeared on July 12, 2009, police said. Costello was last seen in North Babylon on Sept. 2.Brainard-Barnes was 25 when she disappeared; Barthelemy was 24 and Costello was 27.
District Attorney Thomas Spota said he believes the women were victims of a serial killer. The bodies "probably were in that location for some period of time," he said. Investigators believe the women were killed elsewhere and their bodies were dumped along the beach highway.
Police Commissioner Richard Dormer, who had backed away from early assertions that a serial killer was involved, agreed with Spota. "What activities these victims may have engaged in prior to their murders does not matter," Dormer said Monday. "They were young women whose lives were cut tragically short." Spota said "the actual cause of deaths (appears) to be substantially similar" and "it appears the same person or persons are responsible." He said he would appeal to women who work in the escort business to come forward if they have details about the slain women.
Waterman disappeared after going to New York on Memorial Day weekend with Akeem Cruz, a 21-year-old Brooklyn man described as her boyfriend. Cruz is now serving a 20-month sentence in the Maine Correctional Center for drug trafficking.
Police found the first body on Dec. 11 just steps from the Ocean Parkway, which leads to the popular Jones Beach State Park. The other three bodies, including Waterman's, were found two days later during a follow-up investigation. Police were looking for another missing Craigslist escort when they happened upon the bodies near the beach. They have since said that person, a woman from New Jersey, was not among the bodies recovered there. That case is still under investigation, authorities said Monday.
More prank phone calls revealed in murder of craigslist hooker Melissa Barthelemy
Friday, January 28th 2011, 4:00 AM
The teen sister of a slain hooker said Thursday that she received six menacing calls from a suspected killer saying her missing sibling was "a whore." Melissa Barthelemy's 16-year-old sister, Amanda, got the first call on July 16, 2009, four days after her sister was last seen. The calls continued through Aug. 26 - and then abruptly stopped.
initially said Barthelemy's relatives received just three
calls, but the family revealed the additional
conversations at a press conference yesterday in Amherst,
"The last call was on Aug. 26, and they were always to Amanda," said Jeffrey Martina, who is engaged to Barthelemy's mother, Lynn. During one call, Lynn snatched the phone from her daughter's hand, but the caller hung up after hearing her voice. Amanda said the calls made her feel "terrible."
"It wasn't something that should've been said to a 16-year-old," her mother said. The family wouldn't discuss the content of the creepy calls, describing them simply as crude. But a law enforcement source said the caller taunted the family, saying chillingly, "Do you know what your sister is doing? She's a whore."
Craiglist serial killer? Cops ID 3 more missing prostitutes found dumped along Long Island beach
Monday, January 24th 2011, 7:58 PM
Cops fear a craigslist serial killer is on the loose after confirming that three missing hookers advertised online were among the bodies dumped on a Long Island beach. Suffolk County cops on Monday identified the skeletal remains as Melissa Barthelemy, 24, who lived in the Bronx; Amber Lynn Costello, 27, of North Babylon, L.I., and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, of Norwich, Conn.
It appears the seaside sicko may be hunting a certain type of prostitute - all three were tiny women under 5 feet and about 100 pounds. Their identification came a week after cops identified a fourth body found on Gilgo Beach as Megan Waterman, 22, a Maine sex worker missing since the summer. She was 5-feet-5 and 150 pounds.
Similarities in how the women were killed and dumped, their body types and ages, and use of craigslist to advertise has fueled the theory that a lone maniac is the culprit. "I think it fits within the known definition of what a serial killer would be," Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. Authorities have not said how the women were killed, but a source said, "There are substantial similarities in terms of the causes of death."
Costello, who disappeared last Sept. 2, recently returned to the New York area from Clearwater, Fla., where she turned to prostitution to support a drug habit, a friend said. "She didn't want to do this. The drugs just took over," the friend said. "I talked to her maybe six months ago and she said she was making a living on craigslist and Backpage." She described Costello as "a beautiful-natured person" who "trusted anybody."
"That's why she probably ended up the way she did. She had no fear," the friend said. "This is really sad."
Arrest records in Florida said Costello stood just 4-feet-10 and weighed 100 pounds. "She was a very small girl," her friend said. "She had a body like a child."
Barthelemy, who had been missing since July 2009, grew up in Buffalo and moved to the city to be a stripper about five years ago, her family said. "She's a feisty, little thing. She loved that fast life," mom Lynn Barthelemy described her daughter in a 2009 interview with a Buffalo TV station. She recalled warning her daughter, who was just 4-feet-11 and weighed 95 pounds, to take care. "Before we hung up I always said, 'I love you. Be careful. If you get in trouble, it's not like you're right around the block. It's going to take me seven hours to get to you,' " she said.
A neighbor at the Soundview apartment where Barthelemy was last seen said she disappeared one night and never returned, leaving behind eight cats and all her belongings. "Her mom came later with a bunch of detectives and emptied the apartment. She was really devastated," said Alberto Gonzalez.
Brainard-Barnes has been missing since July 2007, cops said. A missing persons bulletin at the time of her disappearance listed her as 4-feet-11 and 105 pounds.
Craigslist does not accept sex-for-sale listings anymore. The online classifieds site ditched them after medical student Philip Markoff was arrested for preying on hookers he met through the Internet.
COMMENTS (4/17/11): Only now can I claim yet another fulfillment of this prediction ... and this one is getting even more media attention than the Kensington Strangler. The reason I have had to wait, since December 2010 in fact, is that the causes of death had not yet been revealed by police. However, we now know that all the women found, all of them prostitutes, were strangled. In the case of the Kensington Strangler, the bodies of the three murder victims were intact ... they had only died within hours of being found. Establishing cause of death was reasonably quick. And there was also the testimony of the three survivors who had been left for dead. In this situation, however, the bodies were buried and decomposed. Even after forensics were able to establish cause of death, police were slow putting out the information. A few days ago, however, families of the dead women were notified that their daughters and sisters had been asphyxiated by strangulation.
There was also the question as to whether this killer was still committing new murders. That has now been confirmed with the discovery of eight new bodies and recent phone calls by the killer to the victims families. Thus far, the bodies of nine, and possibly ten, victims have been found on Long Island beaches ... and suspicions are now surfacing that the killer may be responsible for the unsolved strangulation murders of four prostitutes in Atlantic City back in 2006.
You see I have another prediction on this website that a serial killer would be captured and charged in August 2010 with a number of unsolved murders and abductions, "cold cases" as they are called, from 2007, 2008, and 2009 and possibly farther back. It appears that this was partially fulfilled when eight "cold cases" of murdered women and a 12-year-old girl, all of them raped and strangled, were linked to serial killer Rodney Alcala, 66, known as the dating-game killer. Alcala has been in custody since 1979 for other serial murders he had committed. In addition a book of photographs of young women who posed for Alcala was found, and some of these women were missing. Besides this, there are a number of unsolved murders of young women, one of them Morgan Harrington, in the region of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia from those three years that may be linked to a killer who has yet to be captured.
When I first read about the Long Island murders, I wasn't sure if the killer was still active or if he was dead or in prison for some other crime. One of the first four murder victims apparently was killed back in 2007, another in 2009, and the other two in June and September 2010. The investigation itself evolved out of an intensive search for a missing woman named Shannan Gilbert who disappeared in May 2010. So, was this a case of someone eventually being charged with past crimes only or someone responsible for recently past murders who is still killing? We know that the killer made six menacing phone calls to Barthelemy's sister, calling her dead sister, who disappeared July 16, 2009, a "whore." The last call was made on August 26, 2010. Also, as it turns out, he apparently is still adding to the body count which is now 10. Therefore these murders are active. And he is a strangler.
So, here we are, facing the worst serial killer quite possibly in history, a strangler as predicted. I did say some of his murders might come to light early ... in the fall of 2010 ... and they did. And apparently he is not finished, nor has he been captured. This could go on well into next year ... even into 2013.
Therefore, this is a second PREDICTION FULFILLED and a PREDICTION IN PROGRESS.
awaits arrest in killing that happened in shadow of
Kensington strangler cases
July 07, 2011 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rumor spread quickly through Philadelphia in December: The Kensington strangler had claimed another victim.
Allison Edwards, 22, died in Juniata Park, not far from where Elaine Goldberg and Nicole Piacentini had been killed weeks before. Like them, Edwards was young and battling drug addiction, and ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Edwards had so much in common with the strangler's victims that it seemed logical to assume that she was one. But the circumstances of her death were markedly different from the strangler's modus operandi, and investigators soon ruled out any connection. The city's media spotlight swung away, and within a few weeks the strangler struck again, killing Casey Mahoney, 27.
Seven months later, Antonio Rodriguez is behind bars and facing the death penalty in the killings of the three women. Edwards' killer has not been caught.
That doesn't mean the case has grown cold. In the days after the killing, police identified a possible suspect - someone whom Philadelphia Police Capt. James Clark, head of the Homicide Unit, described last week as a "strong" person of interest. "We're building a case against this individual," Clark said. "We're hopeful that we will be able to make an arrest in the near future."
While much of the city followed the case of the strangler last winter, Edwards' mother, Karen Emery, tried in vain to keep her daughter in the public eye. She collected more than $1,600 for a reward for information leading to the killer's arrest, created a Facebook page, and held vigils at the crime scene. "It felt like she was just forgotten," said Emery, 49. "We don't want that."
Emery lives in a ranch-style home on a quiet, tree-lined street in Levittown. Edwards last walked out of the house a few days before she died. Photographs of her are everywhere, showing her shiny blond hair, lip piercing, and wholesome, bright smile.
Edwards' life was filled with setbacks, but she died when Emery was hopeful about her future. "Any death would have been hard," Emery said. "But knowing she was stolen, after all the times she fought to live - that's hardest to bear." ...
Antonio Rodriguez 'Kensington Strangler' Suspect Had Sex With Dead Victims -- Victims 'Enjoyed' Being Choked During Sex
Monday, February 11, 2011
In a grisly follow up to his gruesome murder spree, Kensington Strangler suspect Antonio Rodriguez claims to have had sex with his victims after hed killed them and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. During a preliminary hearing where police read Rodriguez confessions that were signed by him they detailed his horrid admissions. The three women Rodiriguez is accused of killing were Elaine Goldberg 21, Nicole Piacentini 35, and Casey Mahoney 27, during a time period between November and December of 2010.
The murders alarmed residents of Philadelphias Kensington area and fears of vigilante justice abounded as residents swore theyd find the killer of the three women.
Rodriguezs confessions stated that the three women were prostitutes who agreed to have sex with him and then he murdered them. Rodriguez did state that he didnt mean to kill Elaine Goldberg however. Rodriguez stated that Goldberg wanted him to choke her and use both hands but the encounter ended in her death. He then states that he realized shed died and he panicked and fled.
More grisly details were laid out by the suspect as he continued. He states that Piacentini whom he met two weeks later enjoyed choking as well and that he was pretty sure she was dead from the act. The same fate was dealt to Mahoney whom he admitted he punched several times. Hes charged with three counts of murder and rape.
'Kensington Strangler' suspect Antonio Rodriguez: I had sex with victims after they were dead
Thursday, February 10th 2011, 1:42 PM
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the man who allegedly has confessed to being Philadelphias dreaded Kensington Strangler, officials said Wednesday. The announcement was made during a preliminary hearing in which police read confessions signed by the suspected killer, Antonio Rodriguez. In the statements he admitted to killing three women, as well as having sex with at least two of them after they were dead.
The Kensington Strangler is believed to have murdered Elaine Goldberg, 21, Nicole Piacentini, 35, and Casey Mahoney, 27, between November and December of last year. The slayings sparked fears of vigilante justice in Philadelphias Kensington area, where outraged residents had vowed to catch the killer. In the confessions, Rodriguez allegedly claims to have approached the women as if they were prostitutes. They agreed to have sex with him, but each encounter took a violent turn.
Rodriguez said he didn't mean to kill Goldberg. The nursing student was found dead in early November. "I asked her if she liked to be choked, and she said yes," the confession said, according to the Philadelphia Weekly. I began to choke her with my left hand, and she told me to use both hands."
Shortly after that, it states, she stopped moving. "She didn't let me know ... she couldn't breathe." When he realized the woman was dead, Rodriguez allegedly panicked and ran, although the confession suggests he may have continued to have sex with her body after she died.
As for Piacentini, who was found dead less than two weeks later, the confession states Rodriguez didn't stop even after he was "pretty sure" she was dead from the choking. "I wasn't done with her," he said.
Mahoney was found dead on Dec. 15. Rodriguez allegedly admits he punched her several times, choked her until "she wasn't moving anymore" and violated her body.
Rodriguez is charged with three counts of murder and rape. The 22-year-old was arrested in January after an anonymous caller tipped off police to his location minutes after a press conference naming him as a suspect. Along with his confessions, prosecutors said DNA evidence links him to the crimes.
Strangler suspect confesses to four murders
January 18, 2011
A new report from police says the Kensington Strangler suspect has confessed -- to four murders.
Antonio Rodriguez confessed to police after being arrested yesterday. NBC10 reports Rodriguez has admitted to four murders, though his DNA has only been linked to three. It's still unclear if he's the person responsible for choking of three surviving women. Philly.com has also reported a confession.
Kensington Strangler Suspect Antonio Rodriguez Confesses
January 18, 2011 01:15 PM EST
The Kensington Strangler is off the streets. Philadelphia police arrested who they believe to be the Kensington Strangler suspect on Monday night. Now, Antonio Rodriguez has confessed to murdering four people.
Kensington Strangler Suspects DNA Match Leads to Arrest
According to a Philadelphia Police news conference on Monday night, they believed there to be a DNA link between 21-year-old Antonio Rodriguez and the three murders that occurred in the Kensington neighborhood back in November and December. As the police were giving a news conference about the Rodriguez, a 911 call came in with word about his location. He was quickly found and taken into custody.
The mayor, Michael Nutter, seemed to be cautiously optimistic about the arrest. He discussed the fact that until the DNA tests are 100% confirm that Rodriquez is the person Philly police have been looking for he will not be too comfortable. "I'll also have that greater sense of comfort knowing that we absolutely, positively, 100 percent have the person off the street that we've been looking for some time," said the mayor. Luckily for the mayor, he didn't have to wait long to have that 'greater sense of comfort.'
Kensington Strangler Suspect Confesses, Bringing Relief
On Tuesday, Antonio Rodriguez confessed to murdering four people, including the three that investigators had linked together. The Philadelphia Police seem to have gotten their Kensington Strangler. This entire serial killer scare started with the rape and murder of Casey Mahoney in December that was later tied by DNA to the November killings of two others, Elaine Goldberg and Nicole Piacentini. The November and December attacks occurred in an area of Kensington that were well known for their drug and prostitution problems.
Over recent years, the neighborhood began to revitalize as younger artists and professionals began to make the area their home. If this is the right person, then it may go a long way to relieving the tension that residents in the area have. This would be a huge win for the community to have a serial killer off of the streets.
The Mayor and Philadelphia Police should come out of looking great, now that Antonio Rodriguez has confessed to being the Kensington Strangler. They were able to work on tips from the area, and when they had zeroed in on a suspect, were able to get word out to the community to find their man and arrest him in a matter of a few minutes time. Getting a quick confession is just an added bonus!
Police arrest suspected Philadelphia strangler
January 18, 2011 -- Updated 0205 GMT (1005 HKT)
(CNN) -- Police arrested suspected serial strangler Antonio Rodriguez on Monday after DNA testing linked him to the sexual assault and murder of at least three women in a central Philadelphia neighborhood, according to Detective Justin Frank.
"We're hopeful that this will put an end to this," Frank said. The announcement came just moments after a press conference in which Philadelphia Police Capt. James J. Clark announced a "major break" in the case, with forensic evidence putting Rodriguez at the scene of the three homicides. Clark had said Rodriguez is a homeless man considered "extremely dangerous. Rodriguez, 21, is suspected of killing Casey Mahoney, 27; Elaine Goldberg, 21; and Nicole Piacentini, 35, Clark said. It is not clear how Rodriguez was located.
Last month, a 33-year-old woman was pulled into an alley and may have been the victim of the same attacker, police said. Despite being choked, punched and hit on the head with a brick, she escaped her assailant, who fled from the scene, according to the police report.
We're looking for a serial killer, Philadelphia authorities say -- DNA has linked the slayings of three women
December 22, 2010 - 0401 GMT (1201 HKT)
(CNN) -- DNA has linked the slayings of three women, Philadelphia police said Tuesday night in announcing they are looking for a serial killer. Authorities are offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in recent homicides and assaults on women. "We now know that this predator is responsible for three murders in this area," task force Capt. James Clark said at a news conference. The reward offer comes as police and federal agents petition neighborhood residents for information in their joint investigation of the three killings and three other attacks on women in the Kensington area of Philadelphia.
The partially clothed body of the latest victim, Casey Mahoney, 27, was discovered December 15, according to police spokeswoman Jillian Russell. Mahoney had been sexually assaulted and strangled. Police say Elaine Goldberg, 21, and Nicole Piacentini, 35, were killed in strangulation attacks in November. Analysis showed the three were killed by the same assailant, Clark said. Previously, DNA from the scene of the two earlier homicides was found to be from a single person, police spokesman Ray Evers said.
Authorities believe the attacker likely is still in the 10-block radius where the attacks occurred. "We have detectives working day and night, following every tip," Clark said. "It's time to bring this offender to justice," said Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. "Help us stop this brutal violence from occurring in the future."
The location, the similar nature of the attacks and the descriptions of the attacker led police to suspect they are connected. The victims all were choked, police said. But authorities say they lack corroborating DNA evidence linking the assaults to the homicides because too much time had elapsed between the initial two assaults in October and when the victims notified police. "The assault victims did not come forward until police began combing the Kensington (neighborhood) for suspects and potential victims following the November homicides," Evers said.
Federal agents joined the investigation earlier this month, bringing in resources from the FBI's behavioral analysis unit, violent criminal apprehension program, and National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. "The investigation appears to be limited to Philadelphia," said FBI spokesman J.J. Klaver. "This could change if there are any indications that the subject or subjects responsible for the crimes ... are linked to similar crimes elsewhere."
The assault victims described the attacker as an African-American male in his early 20s, weighing between 160 and 170 pounds. Police said a third assault victim was pulled into an alley earlier this month. Despite being choked, punched and hit on the head with a brick, the 33-year-old woman escaped, and her assailant fled the scene, according to a police report. All victims were white females involved in prostitution and narcotics, police said.
Reward To Be Offered In Kensington Case
December 20, 2010
There are some new developments in the Kensington strangler murder investigation.
Fox 29s Dave Schratwieser reports that, according to sources, a $25,000 reward could be announced as early as tomorrow. The reward comes as police continue to scramble, looking for what now appears to be a serial killer, a predator who they believe has not only killed two women, but also attacked several others.
Homicide detectives are also tracking down leads and tips as they wait for DNA that could link that 3rd murder victim, Casey Mahoney, to the other two women who were also found strangled last month. That DNA analysis is expected to be completed within the next two days.
Dave also reports that as of this evening, one of the FBI profilers may travel from Quantico to Philadelphia to meet with investigators and possibly visit the crime scenes. No word if this is happening this week, or next week.
More police, Guardian Angels patrol Kensington for strangler
December 20, 2010
A man who has strangled at least two women continues to haunt the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia. Police are waiting for DNA test results to see whether a third victim should be added to the list.
William Fleisher is the director of Keystone Intelligence Network, a private investigative/security consulting firm in Philadelphia. He said the Kensington criminal is getting thrills out of taunting the police, "I think he's playing that 'Catch Me If You Can, game,'" Fleisher said. "It's like a moth to a flame with this guy, they have urges they can't control. They get off on the power and the attack and literally smothering the life out of their victims."
Philadelphia police have stepped up presence in the Kensington area. A police spokesman said there are so many police in that neighborhood that marked police cruisers are pulling over unmarked police cars.
The Guardian Angels are also patrolling the area and offering to escort women home safely and trying to dig up information to help police catch the killer. The group's founder and president, Curtis Sliwa, said members are answering the community's call for more protection. "We said we would do whatever we could to try and provide more visual deterrrants in the streets, to provide escorts for the women - particularly at night - whether they were working swing shift and coming home off the Somerset Station of the SEPTA Market-Frankford line, or even if they were streetwalkers looking to score drugs - just to make sure they got safe from place to place," said Sliwa.
Police are waiting for DNA test results to see if a third strangled woman is also connected to the same perpetrator.
Philadelphia police suspect serial killer after strangling
By Jon Hurdle
PHILADELPHIA | Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:41pm EST
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia police on Friday released the name of a woman found strangled in the Kensington section of the city, whose case may be linked to two recent murders in the same neighborhood.
The body of Casey Mahoney, 27, of East Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania, was found dead near railroad tracks in Kensington on December 15, police said. Mahoney's body was found naked from the waist down, and there were signs of sexual assault.
Police said Mahoney may have been killed by the same person -- dubbed the Kensington Strangler by local media -- who has killed two other women in the same neighborhood since early November. Kensington, on the northeast side of central Philadelphia, is one of the city's roughest neighborhoods, and is notorious for its drug dealing and prostitution.
Elaine Goldberg, a 21-year-old nursing student, was found dead on November 3, while the body of Nicole Piacentini was found on November 13. Both women, whose bodies were found in vacant lots, had been raped and strangled.
The attacks on Goldberg and Piacentini have been definitively linked by DNA testing, said Lt. Ray Evers of the Philadelphia Police Department. The latest attack may also be linked to recent non-fatal assaults on three other women in the neighborhood. They reported being attacked by a man of a similar description, who they fought off before informing police.
"The Task Force is looking at all six incidents as possibly being perpetrated by the same person," Evers said. If DNA tests confirm that Mahoney's death is linked to the first two killings, the attacks will be officially classified as the work of a serial killer, defined as killing at least three victims, Evers said. In the case of Mahoney, "everything looks very similar" to the previous two killings, Evers said.
The man who attacked the three women who escaped is described as black, in his 20s, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, of slender build, with close-cut hair and wearing a hooded sweat shirt.
Strangled Philadelphia Woman May Be 3rd Serial Strangler Victim
Published December 17, 2010 | FoxNews.com
Authorities in Philadelphia have reportedly identified a young woman who may be the third victim of a serial strangler in the city's Kensington section. Casey Mahoney, 27, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., was the victim of a manual strangulation on Wednesday afternoon on East Tusculum Street, MyFoxPhilly.com reports.
Police Deputy Commissioner William Blackburn announced the results of Mahoney's autopsy at a news conference Thursday. "Based on similarities, it appears that it may be the work of the individual responsible for the first two murders," Blackburn said.
Investigators said the body had been "posed," was undressed from the waist down and had bruising around the throat, KYW-TV reported.
The body was found blocks from where the two earlier victims, Elaine Goldberg, 21, and Nicole Piacentini, 35, were discovered last month. DNA evidence has determined that those two killings are linked. At least three other women have reported being attacked by a man who choked, sexually assaulted or hit them, police said.
Police have been scouring the neighborhood for a suspect or suspects, and last week they released surveillance video of a man they think may be connected to the attacks.
Third Kensington strangle victim identified as Casey Mahoney, 27
Posted on Fri, Dec. 17, 2010
Police have identified the 27-year-old woman found strangled to death in Kensington this week as Casey Mahoney of East Stoudsburg in Monroe County. Mahoney was strangled and found Wednesday night, nude from the waist down near railroad tracks off the 100 block of East Tusculum Street. She showed signs of sexual assault, police said. Police believe Mahoney may have been killed by the same man responsible for the strangling deaths of Elaine Goldberg and Nicole Piacentini, who were both found strangled to death in Kensington last month.
Woman Found Dead in Kensington Was Strangled -- Police believe the Kensington Strangler has killed again
10:08 PM EST, Thu, Dec 16, 2010
Autopsy results are in on a woman found dead Wednesday in a vacant lot in Kensington. Police say she was strangled and there were signs of sexual assault. They fear the Kensington strangler may have killed his third victim. "Based on similarities, it appears that it may be the work of the individual responsible for the first two murders" said Deputy Commissioner William Blackburn.
According to investigators, the victim was 27-years old and originally from East Stroudsburg. Police believe she was also the mother of a small child. Officials are withholding her name until her family is notified.
The latest victim was found in a vacant lot within blocks of where two women were killed by a man dubbed the "Kensington Strangler." Investigators think the same man is responsible for three other attacks. Those women managed to escape.
Last week, police released surveillance video of a man they think might be responsible for one of the sexual assaults. "We're asking the public, someone knows this individual, to reach out and contact the police, contact homicide. It's critical that we get this person off the streets," said Blackburn.
Woman found dead in Philadelphia lot was strangled
Associated Press - December 16, 2010 7:35 PM ET
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police say a woman whose body was found in a lot in the city's Kensington section was strangled and sexually assaulted. Investigators fear the woman may be the third victim of a suspected serial strangler in the neighborhood.
Deputy Commissioner William Blackburn announced the results of an autopsy on the 27-year-old woman at a news conference Thursday. Blackburn says it appears the killing may be connected to the same person responsible for two earlier murders in the area.
DNA tests have linked the two earlier killings, which date back to early last month. Police say those women were found beaten, raped and strangled. Investigators also think the same man may be responsible for three other attacks in which the victims were able to escape.
Philadelphia police searching for serial strangler after 4th woman found murdered in Kensington
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Police are investigating a fourth death in Philadelphia's gritty Kensington neighborhood to see if it's part of a recent string of strangulation deaths and sexual assaults by choking.
DNA tests show the same person attacked at least two women who were found beaten, raped and strangled since early November, police said. They don't know if the same person committed two other slayings one last week and one this week and three sexual assaults since Halloween. Two survivors said they had been choked to the point of losing consciousness.
All the victims were white women described by police as prostitutes or drug users, and investigators believe each woman went willingly with her assailant. The attacks all took place in flophouses or empty lots in a high-crime area. "Whatever predator is out there, we know for a fact he sexually assaulted and killed two individuals. When the DNA comes back, we'll learn if he killed any others," Homicide Captain James Clark said at a Wednesday morning news conference where he urged women in the neighborhood to walk in pairs and otherwise be on guard.
The slain women include 21-year-old nursing student Elaine Goldberg of northeast Philadelphia, whose family described her as a struggling addict trying to turn her life around. Her partially clothed body was found in a trash-strewn lot on Nov. 3. DNA tests show the same man killed Nicole Piacentini, 35, of Philadelphia, whose body was found Nov. 13 in a vacant lot, police said. One woman recently told police she was choked and left unconscious on the same lot on Halloween morning. Allison Edwards, 22, of Levittown described by her mother as a young woman trying to overcome drug addiction who wanted to be a dog groomer was found dead Friday inside a Kensington home. She had told her mother last month that she knew one of the women who had been killed, the mother told The Philadelphia Inquirer. Edwards also was strangled, but police are focusing their investigation on a man who lived at that house, Clark said. Still, they have not ruled out a connection to the other cases.
On Tuesday, a fourth potential victim joined the list when a 30-year-old woman was found dead in an abandoned house with bruises on her neck. Her death has so far only been labeled suspicious, but an autopsy and DNA tests were under way ...
These are the victims
Philadelphia Daily News
December 7, 2010
VICTIMS - Nicole Piacentini and Elaine Goldberg have been linked by DNA to the same attacker. Police say that same person may be responsible for a third slaying and five other assaults since early October. The surviving victims are not being identified.
* Allison Edwards was found dead on Friday on Glendale Street near Erie Avenue in Juniata Park.
* Nicole Piacentini was found dead on Nov. 13 on Cumberland Street near Jasper in Kensington.
* Elaine Goldberg was found dead on Nov. 3 on Ruth Street near Hart Lane in Kensington.
* Early October. A woman claims she was sexually assaulted and choked into unconsciousness at an abandoned property on Cumberland Street near Jasper in Kensington, the same location where Piacentini was found dead.
* Oct. 31. A woman claims she was sexually assaulted and choked into unconsciousness on Sergeant Street near Kensington Avenue in Kensington.
* Nov. 14. A woman claims she was raped and choked into unconsciousness a couple of times, before being robbed of $283, on Flora Street near Carlisle in North Philadelphia.
* Nov. 28. A woman claims she was dragged into a vacant lot on Buckius Street near Jasper in Juniata Park by a man with a box cutter and ordered to undress. When she screamed, he put her in a choke hold, but despite that, she was able to continue screaming. He fled on foot without sexually assaulting her.
* Yesterday. A woman claims she was strangled, punched and hit in the head with a brick in the same alley on Sergeant Street near Kensington Avenue where the Oct. 31 attack occurred.
Latest Kensington assault may be connected to others
KENSINGTON - December 6, 2010 (WPVI) -- Police say the description of a man who assaulted a woman on Monday morning is similar to that of a man wanted for other, similar crimes. The attack happened around 2:10 a.m. in the 2600 block of Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia's Kensington section. Investigators say the 33-year-old victim was approached by a man who walked with her for a short distance. Then, police say the man grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into an alleyway at 1800 E. Sergeant Street. The man choked her, punched her and hit her in the head with a brick. During the struggle, police say the man also tried to stab the woman with pair of scissors, but the victim was able to take the scissors from him. Her attacker then ran away.
The man is described as a black male aged 20 to 24 standing between 5'7" and 5'11" tall and weighing 160 to 170 pounds. Police say he had facial hair that was unshaven on the sides. He wore a dark colored puffy coat, a dark sweatshirt under the coat and faded black jeans. He was listening to a white iPod and told the victim his name was "Anthony." Police have released a similar suspect sketch and description for a man wanted for assaulting two women in October in Kensington.
This comes as police probe a number of unsolved homicides in the same area. In mid-November, thirty-five-year-old Nicole Piacentini was found strangled in the doorway of an abandoned building on the 1900 block of East Cumberland. About two weeks earlier, less than a mile away, 21-year-old Elaine Goldberg was also found strangled in an abandoned lot on Ruth Street.
During the weekend, 23-year-old Allison Edwards was murdered in Philadelphia's Juniata Park section, not far from where Piacentini and Goldberg were found. She was found partially clothed and strangled in an apartment on the 3800 block of Glendale Street early Saturday morning.
Another woman attacked in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A woman was assaulted Monday morning at the same Philadelphia corner where another was raped in October, police said. At 2:11 a.m., the 36-year-old woman was hit in the head with a brick and threatened with scissors, police told The Philadelphia Inquirer. The attacker tried to rape her, but she escaped. Authorities have not said if the crime is linked to a series of attacks on women in Kensington and nearby neighborhoods.
Allison Edwards, 22, was found strangled Friday, the latest of three women killed by strangulation since Nov. 3. Four other women report being choked, most to the point of unconsciousness, since early October. One of them was attacked on Halloween at the same location as Monday's victim. Investigators have not officially connected Edwards' death to the two others, which have been linked by DNA evidence.
In an interview Sunday, Edwards' mother, Karen Emery, noted a similarity in the cases: All three victims were found on a date containing the numeral 3, the Inquirer said. Edwards was found Dec. 3. Emery also said her daughter had told her she may have met one of the earlier victims. All three women had longtime drug problems.
Police ID 3rd strangulation victim
Third strangling victim in Philadelphia has been identified as Allison Edwards, age 23.
JUNIATA - December 5, 2010 (WPVI) -- A special task force is now investigating what may be the work of a serial strangler. The latest case involves a woman found strangled in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia. It's not clear yet whether these murders are connected. That will be the job of the homicide task force to figure out. In the meantime, residents in Juniata are clearly concerned - hoping police can crack this case and the recent strangling of two other women.
Residents of Juniata's 3800 block of Glendale Street, right at the corner of Erie Avenue, are on edge after the murder Friday night of 23-year-old Allison Edwards, who the medical examiner says was strangled. Her body was found in the living room of a second floor apartment. Police say Edwards did not live at the apartment where she was found. Edwards was found partially clothed. Her fate was similar that of two other women who were killed in Kensington last month. Edwards leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter.
Police are now looking to see if there is any connection between Friday night's murder and the deaths of two other women in Kensington last month. Police say DNA connects those two attacks to the same man. On November 3rd the body of 21-year-old nursing student Elaine Goldberg was found strangled and partially clothed in a lot on the 2800 block of Ruth Street. 10 days later the body of 35-year-old Nicole Piacentini was discovered behind an abandoned building on the 1900 block of East Cumberland - also partially clothed and strangled.
Two women have come forward to tell police they were also attacked and choked in that same area, and one was able to provide a description of her attacker. A composite sketch of that man was released, but the question remains if he was the one responsible for the two DNA-connected deaths. Is he the man who strangled Allison Edwards on Friday night? Those are some of the questions police will try to answer and residents in Juniata hope the answers come quickly.
One difference in the cass is that Allison Edwards was found inside an apartment, and not outside on abandoned properties where the other attacks occurred. The task force will be looking at all of the elements to figure out if there is a serial strangler out there.
Woman found strangled in Juniata may be linked to others
Sunday, December 05, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - December 4, 2010 (WPVI) -- Philadelphia homicide detectives are investigating a murder that may be linked to two other murders. Investigators spent hours gathering evidence from a second floor apartment where a woman was found strangled to death. The young woman was found in a apartment Friday night on the 3,800 block of Glendale Street in Juniata. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled. Off camera, neighbors tell Action News they heard nothing out of the ordinary coming from that apartment, and only realized something was wrong with the arrival of police.
The latest case has kicked off speculation that it could be connected to other attacks that took place nearby in the past several months. Last month, authorities announced DNA evidence linked two fatal Kensington attacks to the same man. On November third the body of 21 year old Elaine Goldberg was found in a lot on the 2,800 block of Ruth Street, partially clothed. Then ten days later, the body of 35 year old Nicole Piacentini was discovered behind an abandoned building less than a mile away. The Port Richmond woman was also partially clothed ...
4th Woman Assaulted In Kensington
November 20, 2010
A fourth woman has come forward claiming she was assaulted by a man in Kensington. The attack took place in a lot near Kensington Avenue and Sergeant Street, near the scene of another assault in early October. In that case, the woman also survived and has provided police with a description of her attacker. In both instances, the women said they went willingly with their attacker. Both said they were choked. The first survivor told police she was sexually assaulted.
Police believe it may be the same man who strangled two women and assaulted another. The latest victim says she was choked until she lost consciousness in an empty lot.
The two women murdered were found strangled in empty lots. Both women's bodies were partially clothed and showed signs of sexual contact, but police have not determined whether it was consensual. Physical evidence has not linked the crimes, but investigators are looking into whether the attacks are related.
Philadelphia Serial Strangler? Surviving Victim Helps Cops with Sketch
November 17, 2010 3:51 PM
PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) Police say a man who sexually assaulted and strangled a woman until she lay unconscious last month may be responsible for the recent strangulation deaths of two women in the same part of northeastern Philadelphia.
Police hope that the description provided by the surviving victim of the Kensington attacks who came forward Monday may help lead them to the alleged killer.
Earlier this week, police interviewed the woman who claims she was assaulted, strangled, and left to die in early October, but for reasons unknown never reported the incident to authorities.
According to The Philadelphia Daily News, the woman describes her attacker as a black or Latino man in his late 20s or early 30s, between 5 feet 8 and 6 feet, with a goatee and a short-style haircut ...
Police: Survivor's story suggests a serial strangler
A woman who survived an assault in Kensington has provided police with a description of a suspect who might be connected to the recent killings of two women in the neighborhood, investigators said Tuesday.
The woman told police she was sexually assaulted and choked early in October by a man who left her for dead behind an abandoned building in Kensington - the same location where the body of a woman was found Saturday.
With the emergence of the woman who survived the attack, police acknowledged the possibility Tuesday that one man was preying on women in the area ...
Police: Kensington stranglings may be related
KENSINGTON - November 16, 2010 (WPVI) -- Police say the deaths of two women who were strangled in the Kensington section of Philadelphia may be related. Investigators say they are looking to question a man in connection with the crimes, and released a composite sketch in hopes that someone can identify him.
The information came from a possible third victim who was sexually assaulted early last month, police said.
The man is described as either black or Hispanic in his late 20's or early 30's. He is between 5'8" and 6'0" tall. He has a medium complexion and low cut hair. Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3334 or simply dial 911.
Nicole Piacentini, 35 (at left) of Port Richmond was the most recent victim. Her body was found Saturday afternoon behind and abandoned building in the 1900 block of East Cumberland Street. Police say her body was partially clothed. Back on November 3rd, the body of 21-year-old Elaine Goldberg (at right) was found in a lot less than a mile away in the 2800 block of Ruth Street. Her body was also partially clothed.
3rd Woman Survives Attack in Kensington
6:06 PM EST, Tue, Nov 16, 2010
Philly police are trying to figure out if the same man strangled two women in Kensington and choked and raped a third. The two murder victims were strangled in the last two weeks and in both cases, their half-naked bodies were left in vacant lots less than a mile apart.
Now police say a third woman survived being choked and raped in the same spot where the latest murder victim was found -- and her attack occurred before either of the killings. She approached police on Monday when they were canvassing the neighborhood. Homicide detectives are trying to figure out if the cases are connected.
On November 3, Elaine Goldberg, a nursing student at Gwynedd Mercy College, was killed. Her body was found in a lot at 2800 Ruth Street.
Ten days later, Nicole Piacentini's body was found in a lot at 1907 E. Cumberland. Both women were choked to death.
In that very same lot sometime in October, the third victim told police she was choked and raped.
She went willingly to the lot with a man, according to police. He choked her until she passed out and the next thing she remembers is waking up and realizing she'd been sexually assaulted, according to police. The woman was able to give police a description of her attacker. Police say right now they have no physical or forensic evidence to link the murders and attack, but because of public concern, they felt compelled to put out the composite sketch of the third victim's attacker.
She describes him as a Black or Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s. He's between 5-foot-8 and 6-foot with a medium complexion.
Police investigate second Kensington strangling
November 15, 2010
For the second time in less than two weeks, police are investigating the death of a woman who was strangled in Kensington. There is no indication that the killings are connected, Philadelphia Lt. Ray Evers said Monday. "At this time, there is no direct evidence linking the two," he said. "There are some similarities, but that could be a coincidence."
The body of Nicole Piacentini, 35, was found Saturday afternoon behind an abandoned building on the 1900 block of East Cumberland Street. Piacentini's body was partially clothed, police said. Piacentini, who lived in Port Richmond, was found less than a mile from the vacant lot where 21-year-old Elaine Goldberg was found Nov. 3. Goldberg, too, was found partially clothed and had been strangled. No arrests have been made in that case. Investigators are reviewing evidence taken from both scenes. Evers would not comment on whether police had collected DNA evidence. Officials responding to a call for a hospital case found Piacentini's body in the rear of the building on East Cumberland Street about 4 p.m. Saturday, police said. Police have not said who made the call.
Goldberg, who had lived with her family in the Northeast, was found in a trash-strewn lot on the 2800 block of Ruth Street, near an abandoned warehouse and less than a mile from where Piacentini was found.
A nursing student at Gwynned-Mercy College in Montgomery County, Goldberg had recently turned her life around after a bout with drug addiction, according to her family. Relatives said she was thrilled to be clean and sober and had rededicated her life to her education.
Piacentini had several brushes with the law, records show. She was found guilty of prostitution in 2007, and has been arrested on charges of drug possession.
The area where both women were found is near a stretch of Kensington Avenue that is known as a corridor for drug dealing and prostitution, according to police. In October and November 2009, several prostitutes reported being raped and beaten by a man who took them to abandoned areas. In March, police charged Quincy Williams, 38, in several of those attacks, citing DNA evidence. Williams is still in custody, records show.
COMMENTS (12/9/10): Confusion reigns in Philadelphia. One report suggests that police are even considering the possibility that there are two men at work in the area: one a serial killer and one a serial rapist/assaulter. Then again other investigators are attempting to distance the third and fourth stranglings from the first two and make them the work of lone perps, someone each of the last two women knew (ex-boyfriends, "johns," drug suppliers, etc). The trouble is, all of the survivors apparently knew each other and also knew at least three of the four murdered women ... and they all give the same description of the man from which the police sketch was made and is now circulating in the news media. Also the latest strangling victim was found in the Kensington area where two of the three stranglings and all of the close calls have occurred. The Juniata Park victim, Allison Edwards, was isolated from the first two victims, Nicole Piacentini and Elaine Goldberg, because her body was found outside of Kensington and inside of a building instead of outside in the street. But now victim #4 has also been found inside of a building ... in Kensington.
Historically, the case in Philadelphia is reminiscent of the Boston Strangler case (1962-64). This was the precedent I used to come up with this prediction of a new serial strangler in the first place. Some of the victims, it turned out, were not killed by Albert DeSalvo, but a few other individuals terrorising the area around the same time. All the murders were lumped together though and attributed to the Boston Strangler. The same was true of Jack the Ripper: his body count was only five, but more than a dozen Whitechapel and other London district murders of prostitutes were attributed to him.
Thus, perhaps it is best to look at the phenomenon occurring in Philadelphia right now as being similar to Boston and Whitechapel, even if more than one perp ends up having been involved. I did say a few early cases might occur as early as autumn 2010, despite a June 2011 vector. We seem to have more than a few ... and a lot of close calls in the form of strangling survivors. There is enough going on in Philadelphia now and a lot of coverage to be had concerning "The Kensington Strangler" for me to claim this as a PREDICTION FULFILLED and also as a PREDICTION ONGOING. We will see if they catch their man early, if there is a lull until around next June, or if this perp will continually terrorise Philadelphia and surrounding regions for another 25 to 33 months.
COMMENTS (1/18/11): It appears the serial killings in Philadelphia will end now with the capture of suspect Antonio Rodriguez. There is little doubt that he was the one who strrangled at least three women in the Kensington district since there is DNA evidence to back that up. He has confessed to a fourth murder, many speculating that it may have been Allison Edwards (who police denied was linked to the murders rather hastily). The police may attempt to cover up their embarrassment by denying that a fourth victim was strangled.
The arrest occurs much sooner than it might have, sparing the lives of what could have been at least nine more women and one underage teenage girl over the next two years, assuming there were four victims in all. We should note that three additional women claim to have been raped and strangled by this person, but survived. Two of these were strangled into unconsiousness and left for dead. Thus, the total number of victims of The Kensington Strangler could have easily been seven. Again, whether police will admit these close calls were linked to Rodriguez remains to be seen. Then, of course, any recent cold cases in Philadelphia that may match this killer's MO will have to be investigated as well.
I should warn here that for all of the publicity this case has received, the serial killer of this prediction may yet have to strike, perhaps elsewhere in the United States, given the June 2011 vector. If that should happen, then the Kensington Strangler will prove to have been a RED ALERT as well as a technical fulfillment of the prediction.
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Wolfgang Johannes Bekh on the Seer of Waldviertel ~
has already been mentioned that he saw several regional wars and
certain warlike actions before
the beginning of World War III. For example he saw wars in Yugoslavia and Bulgaria and
the destruction of New York among other things ...
OLD PREDICTION: 7/30/03, UPDATED 8/13/09, UPDATED 6/19/10, UPDATED 9/30/10 -- We know that according to both Alois Irlmaier and the Seer of Waldviertel there will be at least two limited conflicts in the Balkans before a third such war in Hungary/Serbia triggers a Russian blitzkrieg. One of these will be in "Yugoslavia" (now Serbia and Montenegro, at the time of the prophecies Bosnia, Croatia, and Slovenia were included). Another will be in Bulgaria.
Ethnic clashes and protests between Bulgarians, Muslims and Roma within Bulgaria and Turkey, as well as building tensions between Bulgaria, Turkey and Romania, will trigger a war in June 2011. There may also be some political instability inside Bulgaria further fanning the flames. Within a month Bulgaria may also be at war with Serbia, with Greece then siding with their historic allies in Belgrade.
Because of the many Turkish and Muslim casualties in the fighting, this may well be a pretext for Iran and its Muslim and Arab allies to later declare war on the region in 2012.
How long the Bulgarian conflict will last, I don't know. It could be quite short and over by August 2011 or drag on for a year until June 2012.
Bulgarians attend an anti-government protest in front of the Bulgarian Parliament in Sofia Thursday Oct. 7, 2010.
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Nostradamus, The Epistle to Henry II ~
the Eastern Kings shall be driven away, beaten and annihilated,
not altogether by the means of the forces
from the kings of the North ... but by means of three secretly united seeking for death by ambushes one
against the other; and the renewal of their Triumvirate (the Whore of Babylon, the Beast, and the False
Prophet) shall last for seven years; yet, the fame of such a sect shall spread the world over, and
the sacrifice of the holy ones of the immaculate host (Christians) shall be upheld ...
Nostradamus, Quatrain 1.76 ~
man will be called by a barbaric name that three sisters will
receive from destiny. He will speak then
to a great people in words and deeds, more than any other man will have fame and renown.
NEW PREDICTION: 6/30/09 -- What shall begin as a sect in April 2011 will become a famous worldwide religion in June 2011. President Barack Obama will undergo a conversion and become a leading figure in this new faith, proselytising many throughout the world with the aid of pop goddesses Madonna and Lady Gaga. Yet, it will later fall to another to become the true spiritual leader and high priest of this religion. All those who follow in Obama's footsteps will be richly rewarded beyond their wildest dreams.
May 16, 2011
A most curious report prepared by the Russian Finance Ministry on the impact of soaring food prices for our world in the remaining months of 2011 says that the deliberate flooding of some of Americas most valued farmland by President Obama was most assuredly done as a living sacrifice to the sun god of the ancient peoples once living in this region known as the Mound Builders.
This report further notes that today Obama is returning to his ancient occult roots in the US State of Tennessee where upon the Great Indian War Path Trail built by the sun god the Americans have anchored their homage to him in this States three largest cities and include, the Sunsphere in Knoxville the Great Pyramid in Memphis and the Great Parthenon in Nashville ...
The knowledge of these Mound Builders, and their sun god ruler, was said to have been known by the Spanish explorer of the New World Hernando de Soto (1496-1452) who through his links with the Knights Templar embarked on an epic journey in 1540 through Tennessee in search of the city of gold this heavenly-ruler was said to inhabit, but which the most ancient legends actually describe as a space port. De Soto died on the western bank of the Mississippi River in 1452 of disease before discovering this city though. [Note: De Soto belonged to the ancient order of Spanish Knights known as The Warriors of the Sun.]
|The knowledge we have today of this
sun god was gained from the mysterious Yuchi
peoples who called themselves The Children of the
Sun and lived in Tennessee when first encountered
by De Soto. The Yuchi peoples, also, maintained a
separate existence from all other tribes and their
language is called a linguistic isolate, not known to be
related to any other language in the entire world. The
destruction of the Yuchi peoples by the Europeans,
through war and disease, decimated them to them to the
point of near destruction with barely a handful of them
surviving into the 1700s.
Though the Yuchi didnt survive into our present times, their ancient memories have, most important of them being their belief that their sun god would return as the world was about to be overturned, again, and would be foretold when the Great River would flood leaving in its wake mass starvation for the entire world. The Great River refers to the largest river in North America known as The Mississippi [Note: the word Mississippi comes from Messipi, the French rendering of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe or Algonquin) name for the river, Misi-ziibi (Great River)] which De Soto named River of the Holy Spirit, and Obama has ordered flooded on a scale not seen in modern history ...
Equally important to note about this sun god of the ancient Yuchi people is his returning to our Earth does seem imminent, especially when viewed in the light of (recent UFO sightings and mysterious explosions of laser show-like light in Fort Hood, TX) and new reports coming from the United States that they have now turned off all of their telescopes meant to detect Near Earth Objects and alien transmissions ...
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NEW PREDICTION: 12/26/09 -- It is almost as though Obama and all those who follow him will be punished for converting the world in the direction of the new religion. Out of nowhere, as though it came from the hand of an angry and jealous god, a large asteroid crashes into the Moon in June 2011. It will cause visible damage and the explosion will be so spectacular that it will be quite easily witnessed, in great dread, from Earth. One long-standing member of my forum, Conor, had a vivid dream where a blood red moon was hanging in the night sky in three large fragments. Perhaps this will be the fulfillment of this event. But if this is asteroid is powerful enough to fragment the Moon, expect to see many, many dangerous smaller pieces strike Earth as a "rain of fire," as is predicted below.
|Bright explosion on moon visible from Earth, NASA says|
|May 18, 2013 -- Updated 1116 GMT (1916 HKT)
(CNN) -- A meteoroid struck the surface of the moon recently, causing an explosion that was visible on Earth without the aid of a telescope, NASA reported Friday. But don't be alarmed if you didn't see it; it only lasted about a second.
"It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we've ever seen before," said Bill Cooke, of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.
NASA astronomers have been monitoring the moon for the past eight years, looking for explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the lunar surface. It's part of a program to find new fields of space debris that could hit Earth. NASA says it sees hundreds of detectable lunar meteoroid impacts a year.
None however can match the size of the explosion they say they saw March 17.
|NASA says the meteoroid was about 40
kilograms and less than a meter wide, and it hit the
moon's surface at 56,000 mph. It glowed like a 4th
magnitude star, NASA says, thanks to an explosion
equivalent to 5 tons of TNT.
"It jumped right out at me, it was so bright," said Ron Suggs of the Marshall Space Flight Center.
Cooke says Earth was pelted by meteoroids at about the same time, but they hit the moon because it has no atmosphere to protect it. "We'll be keeping an eye out for signs of a repeat performance next year when the Earth-moon system passes through the same region of space," Cooke said.
If you're wondering how there can be an explosion on the moon, without oxygen, NASA has the answer for you. It says the flash of light comes not from any type of combustion -- as we typically think of explosions -- but rather by the glowing molten rock at the impact site.
COMMENTS (5/11/13): This is one of those rare "2 years late" prediction fulfillments, although it is unlikely the sight of the lunar explosion lasted long enough to cause much dread. Astronomers are calling this an historic event, and given the recent meteorite explosion over Russia a few months ago, I would have to agree. Given that this impact was predicted using the base 7 system concerning a much more massive collision on the moon observed by monks nearly a thousand years ago on June 18, 1178, being off by two years is no big deal. However, I would epect something bigger maybe ... and possibly soon. However, until then, PREDICTION FULFILLED.
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OLD PREDICTION: 1/24/05, UPDATED 2/24/08 -- Should seismic activity continue to create earthquakes on the high end of the Richter scale as with Sumatra in 2004 and possibly soon in Turkey, East Russia, and the US west coast, "The Great Tokyo Earthquake" and subequent submerging of Japan into the sea, as predicted by the American seer Edgar Cayce, will occur in June 2011. What will begin as an 8.9 magnitude temblor will escalate into a series of super-shocks, destroying Japan utterly.
Catastrophe: The true scale of the devastation that the tsunami unleashed is clear in this picture of the port city of Minamisanriku town where 10,000 people are unaccounted for.
earthquake strikes off the northern coast of Japan
July 10, 2011 -- Updated 0153 GMT (0953 HKT)
(CNN) -- A major earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan Sunday, prompting tsunami advisories for several coastal regions, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 10:57 a.m. at the epicenter, about 130 miles east of Sendai. The earthquake was more than 20 miles deep and had a magnitude of 7.0, the USGS said. The JMA measured the magnitude of the quake at 7.1.
Tsunami advisories were issued for the coastal regions of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, the JMA said. The areas were among the hardest hit by this year's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
No immediate abnormalities were reported at nearby nuclear facilities, according to the semiofficial Kyodo news agency. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, the agency said.
Tremors from the quake were felt as far away as Tokyo.
JAPAN IS SINKING: Liquefaction After Japanese Earthquake Larger Than Expected
April 19, 2011
The level of soil liquefaction that took place as a result of the Japanese earthquake has surprised researchers who have been studying the damage.
Liquefaction is when saturated soils specifically recent sediments, sand, gravel or fill lose their strength and integrity and begin to flow like water during an earthquake. When this happens, foundations shudder and structure can shift or even sink, and as a result, significantly enhances the damage done as a result of the earthquake.
The broad extent of the liquefaction observed over hundreds of miles was daunting to experienced engineers who are normally not so affected by disaster sites, having recently been involved in the clean-up in Chile and New Zealand.
Weve seen localized examples of soil liquefaction as extreme as this before, but the distance and extent of damage in Japan were unusually severe, said Scott Ashford, a professor of geotechnical engineering at Oregon State University and a member of this research team.
Entire structures were tilted and sinking into the sediments, even while they remained intact, Ashford said. The shifts in soil destroyed water, sewer and gas pipelines, crippling the utilities and infrastructure these communities need to function. We saw some places that sank as much as four feet.
A preliminary report about some of the damage in Japan has just been concluded by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance, or GEER advance team, in work supported by the National Science Foundation, and has raised questions for governments in other locations that could suffer a subduction earthquake.
The level of liquefaction in Japan is as a result of the length of the earthquake itself. Some degree of liquefaction is always expected during an earthquake, but the extended duration of the Japanese earthquake some 5 minutes increased the level of liquefaction and thus the damage caused.
With such a long-lasting earthquake, we saw how structures that might have been okay after 30 seconds just continued to sink and tilt as the shaking continued for several more minutes, Ashford said. And it was clear that younger sediments, and especially areas built on recently filled ground, are much more vulnerable.
Theres no doubt that well learn things from what happened in Japan that will help us to mitigate risks in other similar events, Ashford added. Future construction in some places may make more use of techniques known to reduce liquefaction, such as better compaction to make soils dense, or use of reinforcing stone columns.
Magnitude-7.4 quake kills 3, injures 140 in Japan
Monsters and Critics
Apr 8, 2011, 3:31 GMT
Tokyo - At least three people died and some 140 people were injured in the magnitude-7.4 earthquake that struck north-eastern Japan overnight, news reports said Friday. Authorities said at least three people died in Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures, public broadcaster NHK reported.
The Meteorological Agency said the epicentre of the quake, which took place at 11:32 pm Thursday (1432 GMT), was at a depth of about 40 kilometres off Miyagi prefecture. Thursday's quake was believed to be an aftershock of the March 11 magnitude-9 quake that struck the same region. It was the biggest aftershock yet recorded, the agency said.
According to local officials, fires broke out at three locations in the region and 13 cases of gas leaks were reported in Sendai City, the capital of the prefecture. Seven people were injured in Kurihara City in Miyagi prefecture and eight in Tome City.
Some train services were suspended in the region while about 8,300 houses were without water and gas supplies were cut off in a wide area in Miyagi prefecture. More than 3 million households lost power and some mobile phone connections and landline phone services in north-eastern Japan were affected. There was no impact reported at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. The power station was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
The agency issued a tsunami warning to coastal areas of Miyagi and a tsunami advisory to coastal regions of Aomori, Iwate, Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures. The tsunami warning and advisory were lifted shortly before 1 am Friday (1600 GMT Thursday). No visible tsunami was observed, the agency said.
The March quake killed more than 12,600 and about 15,000 people remain listed as missing, Japan's National Police Agency said. Prime Minister Naoto Kan is to visit Sendai and Ishinomaki cities on Sunday, the government said. An official from the agency warned that another big aftershock could hit the same region.
Victims of the killer megaquake: Over 1,000 feared dead after tsunami sweeps Japan
Strength of quake updated to magnitude 9.0
By Daily Mail Reporter
12:56 AM on 12th March 2011
More than 1,000 people are feared to have died after the sixth largest earthquake in recorded history devastated Japan. The massive earthquake - 8,000 times stronger than the one that hit New Zealand last month - sent a catastrophic 33 foot tsunami hurtling across the Pacific Ocean. Last night the strength of the quake increased to a staggering 9.0 on the Richter scale. Thousands of people were also forced to flee for their lives as the 100mph wall of water bore down on them, sweeping away everything in its path.
Last night, huge fires burned unabated across large parts of the country as damaged oil refineries and gas works billowed black smoke into the sky. Half the country was understood to be without power, with four million homes in Tokyo alone being cut off, while the army has been deployed to the quake-hit areas to help relief efforts. However those relief efforts were hampered by at least 50 reported aftershocks, including a 6.6 magnitude tremor which hit Tokyo and caused already damaged buildings to shake further.
Elsewhere, two high-speed bullet trains were missing alongside a cruise ship carrying 100 passengers that was swept away when the wave hit. One of the trains was reported to be carrying 400 passengers.A state of emergency was declared at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima after the quake caused the cooling system to fail. Tonight, the Japanese government confirmed that they would release radioactive vapor to ease high pressure that had built up inside the reactor.
Between 200 and 300 bodies have been found in Sendai city, while another 151 were confirmed killed, with 547 missing. Police also said 798 people were injured. And, with the death toll rising, it is feared thousands more are at risk as the true scale of the devastation, which could total £9billion, becomes apparent.
The tsunami struck Sendai, which has a population of about one million, on the north east coast early yesterday morning. It followed the earthquake which hit at 2.46pm local time (0546 GMT) at a depth of six miles, about 80 miles off the eastern coast, Japans meteorological agency said. The area is 240 miles (380km) north east of Tokyo. Japan is better prepared than anywhere else in the world, with its buildings specifically designed to withstand earthquakes, but many were simply swept away.
Kesennuma, a town of 70,000 people in Miyagi, burned furiously into the night with no apparent hope of being extinguished, Japan's public broadcaster NHK said. Upturned and partially submerged vehicles were seen bobbing in the water, some with drivers and passengers inside. Buildings, including a hotel with 100 guests inside, collapsed and tens of thousands ran from office tower blocks into the streets as the earth beneath them shook. One said it was as if they were standing on the deck of a ship in a storm.
Cars trying to escape the wall of mud and water were picked up and carried along. Some disappeared beneath while others were tossed and turned in the waters. More than 300 homes were washed away in Ofunato City alone. Television footage showed mangled debris, uprooted trees, upturned cars and shattered timber littering streets.
Hundreds of Britons are believed to be in the country. Many have spoken of the terrifying moment that the quake struck. Jide Obandina, a 29-year-old teacher originally from Shropshire and now living in Tokyo, told how he fled a gym in the skyscraper district of Shinjuku. 'It started getting intense and I got up and started walking out briskly, he said. About halfway down the corridor it kicked in, there was a roaring noise and stuff was falling all around me. That was when I ran for my life. There is nothing more terrifying than being surrounded by huge buildings that could come down on your head. You could hear them creak and groan. It was terrifying. ...
Widespread destruction from Japan earthquake, tsunamis
March 12, 2011 -- Updated 0614 GMT (1414 HKT)
Tokyo (CNN) -- The morning after Japan was struck by the most powerful earthquake to hit the island nation in recorded history and the tsunami it unleashed -- and even as the earth continued to twitch with aftershocks -- the disaster's massive impact was only beginning to be revealed. Rescue efforts began with the first light as military helicopters plucked survivors from roofs and carried them to safety.
The 8.9-magnitude temblor, which was centered near the east coast of Japan, killed hundreds of people, caused the formation of 30-foot walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfed entire towns, dragged houses onto highways, and tossed cars and boats like toys. Some waves reached six miles (10 kilometers) inland in Miyagi Prefecture on Japan's east coast.
"The earth shook with such ferocity," said Andy Clark, who said he had gotten used to earthquakes during his 20 years in Japan but never experienced what he felt Friday at the airport outside Tokyo. "I thought things were coming to an end ... it was simply terrifying."
Buildings shook, heaved and collapsed by the score, and numerous fires ignited. Hundreds more people were missing, Japanese media reported, citing local and national police. Tens of thousands of people were displaced, according to Japan's Kyodo News Agency. Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the "enormously powerful" earthquake had caused "tremendous damage over a wide area."
The quake, which struck at 2:46 p.m. (12:46 a.m. ET), prompted the U.S. National Weather Service to issue tsunami warnings for at least 50 countries and territories. The epicenter of Friday's main quake was located off Miyagi Prefecture, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Also in Miyagi, officials reported that a train had derailed and authorities had lost contact with four trains in coastal areas, Kyodo reported, citing the East Japan Railway Company.
Six million households, more than 10% of the total in Japan, were without electricity, said Japan's ambassador to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki. In Tokyo, rail service was suspended overnight, elevated highways were shut early Saturday and surface streets remained jammed as commuters -- thousands of whom had spent the night in shelters -- tried to get to their homes in outlying areas.
Video aired by Japanese broadcaster NHK showed extensive fires in Miyagi and in the port city of Hakodate, in the southern part of Hokkaido island in northern Japan. An oil refinery was burning in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, according to NHK. And Kyodo News said fires could be seen in extensive areas of Kesennuma in Miyagi.
Aerial views of Kesennuma showed plumes of white smoke emanating from the center of the city and large, black areas the flames had already traversed. In the city of Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture, all that was left of many structures were their foundations. Only concrete and steel buildings appeared to have withstood the wash. No people were visible in the streets of the town, whose population on Friday had been 70,000. And a dam in Fukushima Prefecture failed, washing away homes, Kyodo reported.
There was no immediate word of casualties, but the Defense Ministry said 1,800 homes were destroyed. The National Weather Service sent a warning to 50 countries and territories it said could be affected by the tsunami. Scores of aftershocks jarred the country Saturday, punctuated by a pair of strong earthquakes in the early morning, including one with a magnitude of 7.1 and another with a magnitude of 6.8.
A leak occurred in an atomic power plant in northeast Japan, a spokesman for Japan's nuclear agency said Saturday. Cooling equipment stopped working when generators failed in the quake, and the temperature inside the plant in the Fukushima prefecture had risen; officials lowered the pressure inside the plant hangar by venting it, said spokesman Kazuo Kodama. But high levels of radiation led officials to suspend the release, NHK said. Alternative plans were being evaluated, the broadcaster said.
Citing Japan's nuclear safety agency, Kyodo said radiation levels were 1,000 times above normal in the the control room of the facility's reactor. An evacuation order was extended to people who live within 10 kilometers (6 miles) of the plant, named Fukushima Daiichi, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) north of Tokyo. The agency said the radiation amount posed no immediate threat to the health of nearby residents, Kyodo reported.
Cooling problems also appeared to have affected to another of the Tokyo Electric Power Company's nuclear facilities. Kyodo reported the power company alerted authorities that the cooling system at three units of another plant in the same prefecture. That prompted Japanese authorities to add that plant to its emergency list, along with the another plant, Kyodo said. Prime Minister Kan inspected the plant and the rest of the affected region from a helicopter.
The government ordered the evacuation of residents nearest the plant as efforts to keep it cool after it was shut were initially hampered. The death toll rose to 433, the nation's Kyodo News reported Saturday. At least 784 missing are missing, Kyodo said, citing police. Kyodo predicted the death toll would surpass 1,000.
The news agency, citing Japan's defense forces, also said 60,000 to 70,000 people were being evacuated to shelters in the Sendai area of Miyagi Prefecture. The prime minister said an emergency task force had been activated, and he appealed for calm. The government dispatched 8,000 troops to assist in the recovery effort and asked for U.S. military assistance, according to Kyodo.
A spokesman for the U.S. military bases in Japan said all service members were accounted for and there were no reports of damage to installations or ships. By early Saturday, more than 50 countries had offered help, said Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. U.S. President Barack Obama offered his condolences and said the United States was standing by to help "in this time of great trial." The U.S. Navy initiated reconnaissance flights to map the disaster zone and was moving the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan into position to assist the Japanese government with relief efforts, defense officials said.
Images from Japanese media and CNN iReporters showed smoke pouring from buildings and water rushing across fields, carrying away entire structures. "I wasn't scared when it started ... but it just kept going and going," said Michelle Roberts, who lives in central Tokyo. "I won't lie, it was quite scary. But we are all OK. We live on the third floor, so most everything shook and shifted." The quake toppled cars off bridges and into waters underneath. Waves of debris flowed like lava across farmland, pushing boats, houses and trailers in their paths.
The quake also disrupted rail service and affected air travel. Hundreds of flights were canceled, Kyodo said. Some 13,000 people were stranded at the Narita airport, and 10,000 were stuck at the Haneda airport, the news agency said. Flights into and out of both airports had resumed Saturday. At Tokyo Station, one of Japan's busiest subway terminals, shaken commuters grabbed one another to stay steady as the ground shook.
Dazed residents poured into the streets, and offices and schools were closed. Children cried. "This was larger than anyone expected and went on longer than anyone expected," said Matt Alt, who lives in Tokyo. "My wife was the calm one. ... She told us to get down and put your back on something, and leave the windows and doors open in case a building shifts so you don't get trapped."
magnitude of the earthquake and its shallow depth -- 15.2
miles (24.5 kilometers) -- created a lot of energy, said
Shenza Chen of the U.S. Geological
The tsunami brought waves of nearly 7 feet to a harbor in Maui, authorities said, but other areas reported lower levels. On the U.S. mainland, wave heights from Alaska to California ranged from less than a foot to more than 8 feet. The highest measurement, 8.1 feet, was at Crescent City, California.
The quake was the latest in a series around Japan this week. On Wednesday, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Honshu, the country's meteorological agency said. Early Thursday, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck off the same coast. Friday's quake is the strongest earthquake in recorded history to hit Japan, according to U.S. Geologic Survey records. The previous record was an 8.6-magnitude earthquake that struck near the Chubu Region near southwestern Honshu on October 28, 1707, that may have killed 5,000 people, CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said. That quake generated a 33-foot (10-meter) tsunami wave, and some scientists believe the quake may have triggered the eruption of Mount Fuji 49 days later, Morris said.
The world's largest recorded quake took place in Chile on May 22, 1960, with a magnitude of 9.5, the USGS said.
Japan quake causes tsunami, fires, landslide
The Economic Times
11 Mar, 2011, 12.41PM IST
TOKYO: A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing many injuries, fires and a four-metre (13-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline, NHK television and witnesses reported. There were several strong aftershocks and a warning of a 10-metre tsunami following the quake, which also caused buildings to shake violently in the capital Tokyo.
TV pictures showed a vast wall of water carrying buildings and debris across a large swathe of coastal farmland. Public broadcaster NHK showed flames and black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted. Black smoke was also pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area.
TV footage showed boats, cars and trucks floating in water after a small tsunami hit the town of Kamaichi in northern Japan. An overpass, location unknown, appeared to have collapsed into the water.
Kyodo news agency said there were reports of fires in the city of Sendai in the northeast. "The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom grabbed their helmets and some got under their desks," Reuters correspondent Linda Sieg said in Tokyo. "It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago."
Passengers on a subway line in Tokyo screamed and grabbed other passengers' hands. The shaking was so bad it was hard to stand, said Reuters reporter Mariko Katsumura. Hundreds of office workers and shoppers spilled into Hitotsugi street, a shopping street in Akasaka in downtown Tokyo. Household goods ranging from toilet paper to clingfilm were flung into the street from outdoor shelves in front of a drugstore.
Crowds gathered in front of televisions in a shop next to the drugstore for details. After the shaking from the first quake subsided, crowds were watching and pointing to construction cranes on an office building up the street with voices saying, "They're still shaking!", "Are they going to fall?"
Asagi Machida, 27, a web designer in Tokyo, sprinted from a coffee shop when the quake hit. "The images from the New Zealand earthquake are still fresh in my mind so I was really scared. I couldn't believe such a big earthquake was happening in Tokyo."
Japan earthquake: Tsunami causes major damage after large earthquake hits Japan
People flee for their lives as ten-metre high tsunami washes away buildings after massive 8.9 quake strikes Japan
Friday, Mar 11 2011 6AM, 7:26 AM
Huge tsunami waves have washed away buildings and cars after a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The earthquake, measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, sent ten-metre waves surging inland and caused fires in Tokyo. Japan's meteorological agency said the tsunami struck Sendai, which has a population of about one million. Drivers were seen fleeing the waves on highways close to the coast as the impact of the huge quake swept ashore while the car park at Disneyland in Tokyo was submerged.
Dramatic footage showed the surge washing away cars, a bridge and buildings at the mouth of the Hirose-gawa River, which flows through the centre of Sendai, while a roof caved in at a graduation ceremony in Tokyo. A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK, and numerous people are believed to have been injured. Officials were trying to assess possible damage from the quake but had no immediate details.
The quake that struck 2:46pm was followed by a series of aftershocks, including a 7.4-magnitude one about 30 minutes later. The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded the strength of the first quake to a magnitude 8.9.
The meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast of Japan. National broadcaster NHK was warning those near the coast to get to safer ground.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and the U.S. state of Hawaii.
The quake struck at a depth of six miles (10 kilometres), about 80 miles (125 kilometres) off the eastern coast, the agency said. The area is 240 miles (380 kilometre) northeast of Tokyo.
In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently and workers poured into the street for safety. TV footage showed a large building on fire and bellowing smoke in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. In central Tokyo, trains were stopped and passengers walked along the tracks to platforms. Footage on NHK from their Sendai office showed employees stumbling around and books and papers crashing from desks.
Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday.Thirty minutes after the quake, tall buildings were still swaying in Tokyo and mobile phone networks were not working. Japan's Coast Guard has set up task force and officials are standing by for emergency contingencies, Coast Guard official Yosuke Oi said. 'I'm afraid we'll soon find out about damages, since the quake was so strong,' he said.
COMMENTS (3/11/11): Here is the 8.9 quake I predicted, spot on to the exact magnitude. Here are the waves from the tsunami. It is not yet June. Will this be the first of a series that will destroy Tokyo and inundate most of Japan. This is now a PREDICTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED, but the rest of the percentage depends on what follows. This is unquestionably a major event and it is early yet, we have not seen the full extent of the destruction.
April 7, 2011 Earthquake: Magnitude 7.4
COMMENTS (4/8/11): Tokyo really felt this one, a 7.4 magnitude temblor, and there are casualties being reported, although small at this time (three dead, 140 injured). One can see the skyscrapers swaying and a strange blue flash of light on the horizon. It makes me think of the legend of how Atlantis was destroyed in stages, by storm and deluge, but also by their own technology. Tales of strange blue and purple flashing lights are part of the Atlantean destruction legend. The PREDICTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED status is as good as PREDICTION FULFILLED since the March tsunami actually did inundate a good part of Japan ... temporarily anyway. In addition, the explosions at the four nuclear power plants, their partial meltdowns, radiation leakages, and poisoning of food and water, rolling blackouts, all contribute to a truly apocalyptic picture of an island nation going to its destruction in stages like Atlantis.
My personal prediction is fulfilled and in progress, and so too do I believe is Nostradamus' Quatrain 10:49:
Jardin du monde au pres de cité
Garden of the world near the new
We await to see to what degree the prophecy of Edgar Cayce shall be realised.
JAPAN IS SINKING: Severe Liquefaction Has Occurred
The level of soil liquefaction that took place as a result of the Japanese earthquake has surprised researchers who have been studying the damage. Liquefaction is when saturated soils specifically recent sediments, sand, gravel or fill lose their strength and integrity and begin to flow like water during an earthquake. When this happens, foundations shudder and structure can shift or even sink, and as a result, significantly enhances the damage done as a result of the earthquake. The broad extent of the liquefaction observed over hundreds of miles was daunting to experienced engineers who are normally not so affected by disaster sites, having recently been involved in the clean-up in Chile and New Zealand.
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NEW PREDICTION: 12/26/09 -- Despite the various conflicts I have discussed that might occur in 2010 and 2011, it is this event that will truly begin "World War III in the Middle East." A naval blockade is considered by most countries an official act of war ... and the nation or nations that carries it out as beligerents. This is a dreaded event because it pulls Russia into all existing conflicts as a military adversary of the West and possibly Israel. The base 7 vector for this event is June 2011 ... but if the US attacks Iran in 2010, it could happen even sooner.
If a March 2010 attack by Israel or the United States on Iranian nuclear facilities is called off, we might assume that a naval blockade by Russia and Iran means it has been carried out in 2011 instead ... or that the blockade itself will trigger a US air war with Iran. However, other interests shared by Russia and Iran, such as Caspian Sea oil, if somehow perceived to be threatened by the United States and its allies, could just as easily serve as a trigger for the joint naval blockade. Even a 1995-style or 1999-style US-led Nato air war over a limited Balkans conflict, say, in Bulgaria, Albania, or even Kosovo again, could work as a trigger as well. In any event, if US and other allied Western nations are still fighting insurgents in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, peacekeeping or nation-building in Lebanon, and aiding Saudi Arabia in its war against Yemen (as the US recently did when it fired on Yemeni soldiers with its fighter jets), Russia will be pulled into all of these conflicts.
|WAR ALERT ... WAR ALERT ...|
|NAVAL BLOCKADE IN THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ ... ACT OF WAR ...||SHOOTING DOWN OF US & WESTERN AIRLINERS ... ACT OF WAR ...|
|Iran threatened to trigger an international energy crisis when its parliament drafted a bill to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, the waterway to a fifth of the worlds traded oil. The national security committee said it had prepared legislation authorising the closure of the Strait to tankers bound for the European Union. MPs said the move was designed to punish the EU after its embargo on Iranian oil exports came into force on Sunday.||A source who served in Iranian intelligence says the Iranian regime is preparing to down Western airliners in case of an attack on the Islamic Republics nuclear program. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Irans supreme leader, has been preparing for war for some time as the Islamic regime closes in on developing nuclear weapons, says a source who served in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards intelligence and has recently defected to a country in Europe.|
|It remains far from
clear that Iran has the military wherewithal to impose
any kind of blockade, which could trigger a military
confrontation with the West ... however after repeated
threats, this is the first formal proposal of a course of
action that would have severe consequences for the global
Iran threatens oil blockade - July 2, 2012.
|Morteza Mirban, the
deputy commander of the Guards ground forces,
recently told Basij News that the Basij forces have the
capability to hurt aggressors even in their own
countries. Mirban boasted that soon the Guards will
have armaments that the enemy could have never imagined.
Iran preparing to down American passenger planes - July 2, 2012.
|WAR ALERT: Iran 'definitely' closing Strait of Hormuz over EU oil embargo|
23 January, 2012, 22:25
Tensions in the Gulf could reach a breaking point as a senior Iranian official said Iran would definitely close the Strait of Hormuz if an EU oil embargo disrupted the export of crude oil.
Mohammad Kossari, deputy head of parliament's foreign affairs and national security committee, issued the warning in response to a decision by the European Union on Monday to impose an oil embargo on Iran over the countrys alleged nuclear weapons program. The pressure of sanctions is designed to try and make sure that Iran takes seriously our request to come to the table, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.
However, with Washingtons decision to deploy a second carrier strike group in the Gulf, the EUs attempt to pressure Iran economically could greatly increase the likelihood of all-out war in the region.
The Strait of Hormuz is the vital link between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It is also one of the most strategic chokepoints in the world when it comes to oil transit.
world oil output estimated at some 88 million barrels per
day in 2011, the US Energy Information Administration
estimated that some 17 million of those barrels passed
through the Strait.
If economic sanctions sufficiently pressure Iran to retaliate by closing down the Strait, nearly 20 per cent of worldwide oil trade would be impacted, resulting in a massive spike in global energy costs.
With over half a million regular forces and an additional 120,000 personnel in the countrys elite Revolutionary Guard, analysts believe the consequences of a US-led war against Iran would dwarf recent Western-backed military incursions the Middle East.
Thus far, the US decision to maintain two carrier strike groups in the region has been described as a routine activity by Iran.
But the vast US military buildup in the region, which was bolstered when the Pentagon dispatched an additional 15,000 troops to the neighboring nation of Kuwait, was only the latest step in an obvious attempt by Washington to strengthen its military capabilities in the region.
since 1988, when the United States managed to destroy
some 25 per cent of Irans larger naval capability
during Operation Praying Mantis, Iran has spent the last
two decades preparing its Revolutionary Guard naval
forces to exploit the vulnerabilities of the United
States larger conventional forces. According to
Revolutionary Guard commander Brigadier General Jafaari,
"The enemy is far more advanced technologically than
we are, we have been using what is called asymmetric
our forces are now well prepared
for it," he said, as cited by Global Bearings.
Ultimately, the latest round of brinkmanship between Iran and the West may force Iran to the negotiating table over its uranium enrichment program. However, the EU strategy of averting "chaos in the Middle East" by tightening the economic noose around Iran could spark the very conflagration it was ostensibly trying to avert.
Iran threatens to stop Gulf
oil if sanctions widened
| Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:10pm EST
(Reuters) - Iran threatened on Tuesday to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz if foreign sanctions were imposed on its crude exports over its nuclear ambitions, a move that could trigger military conflict with economies dependent on Gulf oil.
Western tensions with Iran have increased since a November 8 report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog saying Tehran appears to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be pursuing research to that end.
Iran strongly denies this and says it is developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
has defiantly expanded nuclear activity despite four
rounds of U.N. sanctions meted out since 2006 over its
refusal to suspend sensitive uranium enrichment and open
up to U.N. nuclear inspectors and investigators.
Many diplomats and analysts believe only sanctions targeting Iran's lifeblood oil sector might be painful enough to make it change course, but Russia and China - big trade partners of Tehran - have blocked such a move at the United Nations.
Iran's warning on Tuesday came three weeks after EU foreign ministers decided to tighten sanctions over the U.N. watchdog report and laid out plans for a possible embargo of oil from the world's No. 5 crude exporter.
they (the West) impose sanctions on Iran's oil exports,
then even one drop of oil cannot flow from the Strait of
Hormuz," the official Iranian news agency IRNA
quoted Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi
The U.S. State Department said it saw "an element of bluster" in the threat but underscored that the United States would support the free flow of oil. "It's another attempt to distract attention away from the real issue, which is their continued non-compliance with their international nuclear obligations," spokesman Mark Toner said.
Rahimi's remarks coincided with a 10-day Iranian naval exercise in the Strait and nearby waters, a show of military force that began on Saturday. "Our enemies will give up on their plots against Iran only if we give them a firm and strong lesson," Rahimi said.
Countries in the 27-member European Union take 450,000 barrels per day of Iranian oil, about 18 percent of the Islamic Republic's exports, much of which go to China and India. EU officials declined to comment on Tuesday. About a third of all sea-borne oil was shipped through the Strait of Hormuz in 2009, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), and U.S. warships patrol the area to ensure safe passage.
Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq - together with nearly all the liquefied natural gas from lead exporter Qatar - must slip through the Strait of Hormuz, a 4-mile wide shipping channel between Oman and Iran.
Iran has also hinted it could hit Israel and U.S. interests in the Gulf in response to any military strike on its nuclear installations - a last resort option hinted at by Washington and the Jewish state.
However, some analysts say Iran would think hard about sealing off the Strait since it could suffer just as much economically as Western crude importers, and could kindle war with militarily superior big powers. "To me, if Iran did that it would be a suicidal act by the regime. Even its friends would be its enemies," said Phil Flynn, analyst at PFG Best Research in Chicago.
COMMENTS (1/24/12): There is without doubt a CRISIS in the strait of Hormuz. It is large enough at this point to qualify this prediction as at least a PARTIAL FULFILLMENT. After all, look when the prediction was made: 12-06-09 ... over two years ago! No one in 2009 (save perhaps individuals like me) would have conceived of an Iranian naval blockade (or threat of one) being the pretext to war in the Persian Gulf and a US-led air and sea military operation against Iran. It really doesn't matter if Iran attempts a blockade or not, the threat alone is driving oil prices skyrocketing and triggering the massing of Western naval military strength from the United States, Great Britain, and France in the waters near the Strait of Hormuz (it should be remembered that France was against the invasion of Iraq in 2003, but they are clearly for war with Iran in this case). Russia is sending signals as well that it will consider an attack on Teheran as an attack on Moscow ... and intervene in the Persian Gulf if war is started there. This kind of verbal support will embolden the Iranian threat of a blockade. Prediction delivered as promised, although it is six months late (the current crisis began in December 2011).
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NEW PREDICTION: 9/1/09 -- Before and after Planet X has passed this phenomenon will cause much destruction. These meteors are discussed by a number of prophets (John the Revelator, Nostradamus, the Seer of Waldviertel, Ursula Southiel, and others) and is called "fire from the sky" by Nostradamus.
According to the Book of Revelation, the worst destruction from "a hail of fire mingled with blood" will come after Planet X passes (the Day of Wrath following the great earthquake and period of darkness discussed in the sixth seal). It occurs after the seventh seal is opened and the first angel sounds his trumpet.
This pre-Planet X meteor storm may be the result of the asteroid impacting the moon and is dated June 2011. Then again, the storm may be a strong indication that Planet X is approaching and will begin its passage in December 2011.
Nostradamus Quatrain 6.97 ~
forty-five degrees the sky will burn, fire approaches the great
Instantly a great flame leaps up, when they want to have proof of the Normans.
Purportedly two small asteroids hit Allentown, PA and Ohio at the same time, same day: February 10, 2011.
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NEW PREDICTION: 12/28/09 -- Fearing he has not acted quickly enough to organise his new religion worldwide, and fearing the recent catastrophic events as a sign he must do much more, Obama passes into law orders for various states to construct temples dedicated to the new god in June 2011. He is to be represented by a horned image similar to Ba'al above the edifice. The time for ritual sex practises and human sacrifices will not be far away and the high priestesses and whore of Babylon, the living incarnation of Ishtar, are to officiate over these in the temples and on the temple grounds. Because of the meteor storms and volcanic eruptions, the sky takes on a pale greenish cast with thick clouds reducing the sunlight considerably.
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NEW PREDICTION: 8/29/10 -- Using the new religion as inspiration, US President Barack Obama and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel will agree a new US-European currency that will replace both the euro and the dollar in June 2011. This will begin the formation of the first global currency.
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NEW PREDICTION: 8/29/10 -- There are currently 53 women on death row awaiting execution throughout the United States. This prediction may not even apply to any of them, as this could be a change in the law regarding how executions may be carried out for federal crimes or "crimes against the state." The person to whom this prediction may apply perhaps has not even been arrested yet, let alone convicted and sentenced to death, for whatever crime it shall be that will be punishable by hanging. However, by June/July 2011, this may cease to be a mystery as the first woman in US history since 1937 is executed by hanging ... and quite possibly the first woman to be publicly executed by hanging since January 1892.
Despite the base 7 calculation used, this prediction is clearly a long shot. However, as we enter times more cruel and outrageous, one never knows ...
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NEW PREDICTION: 12/27/09 -- The first of two powerful earthquakes rocks Israel and the West Bank in July 2011. The second one, even more massive, will not strike until the following year, in 2012. Many deaths will occur, much cursing and loss of faith.
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NEW PREDICTION: 1/2/10 -- At least 800,000 people will die following a 9.6 magnitude earthquake in China in July 2011. The quake will virtually destroy the capital city of Beijing, with the initial death toll of 25,000 climbing to nearly 800,000 over the next few days.
By Michael Martina | Reuters 2013 April 20
By Michael Martina
YA'AN, China (Reuters) - China's worst earthquake in three years on Saturday killed at least 157 people and injured more than 5,700, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.
The magnitude 6.6 quake hit a remote mountainous area of southwestern China's Sichuan province at 8:02 a.m. (0002 GMT), close to where an earthquake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.
The quake struck in Lushan county, near the city of Ya'an, at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was felt in the provincial capital, Chengdu, and in neighboring provinces, causing many people to rush out of buildings, according to social network posts.
Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan. Pictures on Chinese news sites showed toppled buildings and people in bloodied bandages being treated in tents outside the hospital. Water and electricity in the area were cut off by the quake.
Premier Li Keqiang flew into the disaster zone by helicopter to voice support for the rescue operation.
"The first 72 hours is the golden period for rescue," Li told officials, the Xinhua news agency reported. "We cannot delay by a minute."
"Under the strong leadership of the party and the government, as long as we unite as one, and conduct the rescue in a scientific way, then there will be the conditions and the ability to minimize the losses to the greatest degree and to overcome the disaster," Li said.
the vice director of the Ya'an city government earthquake
response office, told reporters: "We believe the
number (of deaths) could rise somewhat, but it won't rise
Xinhua said 6,000 troops were in the area to help with rescue efforts. State television CCTV said only emergency vehicles were being allowed into Ya'an, although Chengdu airport had reopened.
Rescuers in Lushan had pulled 91 survivors out of rubble, Xinhua said. In villages closest to the epicenter, almost all low-rise buildings had collapsed, footage on state television showed.
"We are very busy right now, there are about eight or nine injured people, the doctors are handling the cases," said a doctor at a Ya'an hospital who gave her family name as Liu.
The hospital was treating head and leg injuries, she said.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it was in discussions with the Red Cross Society of China on whether international support was needed.
The China Meteorological Association warned of the possibility of landslides in Lushan county on Saturday and Sunday.
Lushan recorded 789 aftershocks after the earthquake, the China Earthquake Administration said.
A resident in Chengdu, 140 km (85 miles) from Ya'an city, told Xinhua he was on the 13th floor of a building when he felt the quake. The building shook for about 20 seconds and he saw tiles fall from nearby buildings.
Ya'an is a city of 1.5 million people and is considered one of the birthplaces of Chinese tea culture. It is also the home to one of China's main centers for protecting the giant panda.
"There are still shakes and tremors and our area is safe. The pandas are safe," said a spokesman for Ya'an's Bifengxia nature park which houses more than 100 pandas. Shouts and screams were heard in the background while Reuters was on the telephone with the spokesman. "There was just an aftershock, an aftershock, our office is safe," he said.
Sichuan is one of the four major natural gas-producing provinces in China, and its output accounts for about 14 percent of the nation's total.
Sinopec Group, Asia's largest oil refiner, said its huge Puguang gas field was unaffected.
The U.S. Geological Survey initially put the magnitude at 7, but later revised it down. The devastating May 2008 quake was magnitude 7.9.
In 2010, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed 2,700 people in Yushu, a largely Tibetan region in northwest China.
| September 10, 2012
Two earthquakes hit the border of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces in southwestern China on Sept. 7, killing at least 89 people and injuring some 820 others. More than 200,000 are believed to have been displaced following the magnitude 5.6 quakes. The tremors an hour apart mostly struck mountainous areas, triggering landslides that blocked some roads. Local officials say the death toll might rise because seriously damaged telecommunications and traffic infrastructure have made it difficult to collect information.
|Local residents run past a landslide area after a series of earthquakes hit Yiliang County, Yunnan Province, Sept. 8, 2012. At least 89 people were killed in earthquakes that hit the remote and mountainous area of southwest China.|
Residents rest by makeshift tents at an emergency relief center
rises to 80 after China earthquakes;
2012 -- Updated 1950 GMT (0350 HKT)
Beijing (CNN) -- The death toll from earthquakes that rocked southwest China rose to 80 on Saturday, after the tremors destroyed roads and communication lines, and forced tens of thousands of evacuations, state media reported.
More than 800 others were injured in the Friday quakes, according to Xinhua news agency. Officials fear the death toll may rise as they scramble to reach affected areas.
blocked roads, and communication lines and other
infrastructure were downed, hampering rescue efforts.
About 100,000 people have been evacuated and 100,000 others are in need of relocation, state media reported
Premier Wen Jiabao, who will direct rescue efforts, inspected stricken areas Saturday and visited the injured. Initial estimates put the "direct economic losses" from the tremors at more than half a billion dollars, the news agency said.
four earthquakes struck near the border of Yunnan and
Guizhou provinces, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Their
magnitudes ranged between 4.8 and 5.6, according to the
All four quakes struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles). The southwestern region of China is prone to earthquakes. In May 2008, a magnitude 7.9 quake in Sichuan province caused widespread devastation, killing at least 69,000 people.
|Quakes hit southwestern China, killing at least 80|
2012 -- Updated 0220 GMT (1020 HKT)
Beijing (CNN) -- The death toll may climb after a series of earthquakes in southwestern China killed at least 80 people and injured 731, a state-run news agency reported Saturday. More than 6,600 homes were destroyed and about 430,000 damaged in Friday's quakes, Xinhua said.
Premier Wen Jiabao inspected stricken areas early Saturday and visited the injured, the news agency reported. Wen will direct rescue operations.
Jintao called for immediate relief efforts, according to
China Central Television.
Xinhua reported that 100,000 people have been evacuated and another 100,000 are in need of relocation.
Initial estimates put the "direct economic losses" from the tremors at more than half a billion dollars, the news agency said. Xinhua described the mountainous area hit hard by the quakes as poverty-stricken. It said telecommunications and traffic infrastructure were seriously damaged.
earthquakes struck near the border of the provinces of
Yunnan and Guizhou between 11:19 a.m. and 1:12 p.m. local
time, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Their magnitudes
ranged between 4.8 and 5.6, according to the U.S. agency.
The first quake took place near the border between Yiliang County in Yunnan and Weining County in Guizhou, Xinhua said. All four quakes struck at a depth of about 10 kilometers (six miles), the USGS said.
COMMENTS (9/11/12): This was a destructive quake, the worst since 2008, although not something to compare with the one in 1976. It could have been much worse than it was. PREDICTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED.
COMMENTS (4/21/13): PREDICTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED again, only much more so.
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NEW PREDICTION: 10/28/10 -- Base 7 dating: July 2011. No text necessary, but looking for earthquakes magnitude 7.0 or above or, if smaller than 7.0, striking major population centre. Quakes in the 6.0 to 6.9 range that do not cause death or destruction should be considered as "red alerts." If Planet X is really closing in, we should be seeing quakes at least 7.0 if not 8.0 or 9.0.
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NEW PREDICTION: 3/23/11 -- After a lull of many months, in July 2011 France resumes the protests and riots of summer and autumn 2010. At this time, President Nicolas Sarkozy will be overthrown in much the same manner as Mubarak of Egypt. However, it is possible he will also be arrested and executed like the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was in December 1989. Note the first names are variations of the same name: Nicolas and Nicolae. Otherwise, in the absence of rioting and revolution, he will be assassinated. A good time to retire before it is too late.
June 30, 2011
(CNN) -- A man grabbed French President Nicolas Sarkozy by his shoulder and pulled him up against a barricade Thursday before being tackled by security officers. The incident came as Sarkozy visited the town of Brax in southwest France.
Television footage showed the man being wrestled to the ground by four bodyguards. The suspect, who is 32 and works at a local music school, was taken into custody and questioned by police who were already present for security reasons, a police spokesman said. He is now being held at Agen police station, the spokesman added.
Sarkozy appeared to have been seized by the shoulder of his jacket as he shook hands with members of the public lined up behind a metal security barrier in the town, near Agen.
The president was due to attend a meeting of local mayors during his visit to the Lot-et-Garonne region, according to local media reports. Earlier, he was to tour a local factory. Sarkozy, who was elected president in 2007, is expected to seek re-election next year.
COMMENTS (7/1/11): Although a political overthrow or execution during a revolution is featured as the text of the prediction, it concludes with: "Otherwise, In the absence of rioting and revolution, he will be assassinated." To that end, on a somewhat low percentage, this was a CLOSE CALL.
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NEW PREDICTION: 3/23/11 -- After a lull of many months, in July 2011 Great Britain resumes the protests and riots of autumn 2010. They may or may not begin as student protests, but will eventually enlarge to the general public throughout Wales, England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
NOVEMBER STRIKES AND RIOTS
OCCUPY LONDON PROTESTS, OCTOBER 2011
Crowds Burn Cars, Buildings in North London, August 2011
in Central London
COMMENTS (8/8/11): There has been enough havoc in Britain this year, especially around the July 2011 vector (June and August), to satisfy my prediction of renewed clashes, protests, riots, and violence. This still does not meet my standards for revolution or civil war in Britain as predicted for October 2010, but does work nicely here. PREDICTION FULFILLED.
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NEW PREDICTION: 10/28/10 -- Anti-government protests against Vladimir Putin may increase between now and July 2011. There may be other pressures too, including a new financial crisis in Russia and some of a foreign policy nature, perhaps involving China, Iran, North Korea, or the United States. The pressure will be too much and Putin will choose to retire, leaving Dmitri Medvedev in total control.
thousands of protesters pressure Vladimir Putin
Protesters shout "Russia without Putin" and "New elections, New elections"
Dec 24, 2011 7:28pm EST
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of flag-waving and chanting protesters called Saturday for a disputed parliamentary election to be rerun and an end to Vladimir Putin's rule, increasing pressure on the Russian leader as he tries to win back the presidency.
The protesters shouted "Russia without Putin" and "New elections, New elections" as one speaker after another called for an end to Putin's 12-year domination of the country at the second big opposition rally in two weeks in central Moscow.
you want Putin to return to the presidency?"
novelist Boris Akunin asked from a large stage. Whistling
and jeering, protesters chanted: "No!"
Witnesses said at least as many people turned out as at the last big Moscow rally on December 10 to protest against alleged vote-rigging in the December 4 election won by Putin's United Russia party. Police said at least 28,000 attended the rally on Prospekt Sakharova (Sakharov Avenue), named after Soviet-era dissident Andrei Sakharov. But one of the organizers, liberal politician Vladimir Ryzhkov, put the crowd size at 120,000.
lamp-posts or trees to get a better view.
The big turnout is likely to encourage organizers to believe they can keep up the momentum of the biggest opposition demonstrations since Putin rose to power in 1999, although the prime minister seems intent on riding out the protests. "I see enough people to take the Kremlin and the White House (government headquarters) right now!" anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who has emerged as the most inspirational of the opposition leaders, said to loud cheers. "But we are a peaceful force, we won't do it - yet. But if the crooks and thieves continue trying to deceive us and lie to us, we will take (power) ourselves. It is ours!"
organizers did not set a date for the next protest.
Russia is about to start the 10-day New Year holiday when
it would be hard to attract large numbers to rallies.
The protesters were heartened Saturday by the Kremlin's human rights council saying a new election should be held, although it is only an advisory body whose recommendations are regularly ignored by Russia's leaders. Many of the protesters wore white ribbons, the symbol of the protests, and others carried balloons and flags at the rally, which brought together liberals, nationalists, anarchists, environmentalists and urban youth on a bitterly cold day.
last protest made a huge impression and I want others to
come and realize they can stand up for their right. We
all know the election results and we all know how
dishonest they were," said Andrei Chernyshov, a
22-year-old student. President Dmitry Medvedev, who is
stepping aside for Putin to return to the Kremlin after
four years as prime minister, has promised electoral
reforms to relax the Kremlin's grip on power. But the
opposition has rejected these conciliatory efforts and
says Putin and Medvedev have ignored its key demand for a
rerun of the poll, in which United Russia won a slim
The protesters say United Russia benefited from widespread voting irregularities and international monitors said the vote was slanted in the ruling party's favor. "The party of swindlers and thieves are the only ones who benefit from the preservation of the status quo," journalist Leonid Parfyonov said on a video message shown on a screen. Protesters held signs saying: "For Russia without Putin." Others waved condoms blown up like balloons, mocking Putin for saying earlier this month that he had initially mistaken the protesters' white ribbons, pinned to their chests, for condoms. One protester carried a poster showing a doctored portrait of Putin with a condom wrapped around his head.
Dozens of police trucks lined the city's main ring road nearby and the police blocked off roads around the protest site, but they did not intervene. There was no immediate reaction to the protests from Putin but state and other tightly controlled television channels provided coverage of the rally, without any direct mention of the criticism of the 59-year-old prime minister.
COMMENTS (12/25/11): I think enough reports and documentation has come in for me to say that this is a PREDICTION HALF-FULFILLED. That is to say, the cause of a possible Putin resignation or overthrow ... specifically stated as a marked "increase" in "anti-government protests against Vladimir Putin" ... is so obvious one would have to be living in a closet with a blanket over their head not to know about it. The other pressures to Putin "may" happen, I also say, but need not (although one, "a foreign policy" crisis, "perhaps involving" Iran and the United States is clearly in progress as well).
All that remains to be seen for this prediction to be complete is if Putin resigns or is overthrown. It should be added here that there is a report (link below) Mikhail Gorbachev has called for Putin to resign.
There is the possibility of a huge revolution or civil war in Russia in August 2012 instead ... but that is a seperate prediction on 2012 (Part Two).
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NEW PREDICTION: 9/26/10 -- This will be a troubling year for celebrities of nearly all stripes. Many close calls or soft hits will likely be applicable to some of these predictions of suicide, accident, and murder. However, come around July 2011, a well-known and popular fashion designer will be murdered near his or her home, shocking the world. It is even remotely possible one of two serial killers being discussed for this period may actually commit the murder. If so, the method will be consistent with that killer's MO; otherwise, if the killer is unknown, the celebrity designer in question may be killed any number of ways, but most likely shot.
|Sylvie Cachay Murder: Designer Was
Strangled, Drowned Says NYC Medical Examiner
December 30, 2010 11:57 AM
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Sylvie Cachay, the swimsuit designer found dead in an overflowing bathtub at a posh New York hotel earlier this month, was strangled and drowned, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday.
Cachay, 33, was found half-clothed, face-up in a tub at the Soho House hotel Dec. 9 after hotel workers noticed water leaking from the ceiling below her room. The medical examiner's office claimed she had been held underwater and strangled, ruling her death a homicide. Her boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, son of Academy-Award songwriter Joesph Brooks, was arrested and arraigned on charges of attempted murder and strangulation. Brooks was indicted Dec. 16, but prosecutors have not disclosed the charges, which are due to be made public Jan. 4. Meanwhile, he is being held without bail.
The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment on how the medical examiner's findings might affect the case against the 24-year-old Brooks. Jeffrey Hoffman, Brooks' attorney, said he had not yet seen the medical examiner's report and would evaluate it when he does. "Whatever it says is subject to testing by other professionals," he said. "We'll reach whatever conclusions after we can see for ourselves."
According to police, prescription drugs were found in Cachay's room, but Grace Burgess, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, would not say whether any drugs were found in the designer's system. Cachay and Brooks had been dating for about six months, according to her mother, Sylvia Cachay of McLean, Virginia. But she said her daughter had told her weeks ago that their relationship was over.
Sylvie Cachay created a women's swimsuit collection called Syla using high-end fabrics and bright, bold patterns and colors. The suits retailed for $200 to $400 each, but she lost her backing and had to fold after the economy collapsed, according to her former publicist Kate Godici.
Awaiting Soho 'murder' charge
By LAURA ITALIANO
Wed., Dec. 29, 2010, 12:48am
The stoner son of creepy "You Light Up My Life" composer Joe Brooks gets hauled to court today to learn if he's been indicted for murder in the asphyxiation death of his swimsuit-designer ex-girlfriend.
Prosecutors believe it was Nicholas Brooks' hands that strangled stunning Sylvie Cachay at the Soho House last Thursday. Cachay, 33, was found dead and partially undressed in an overflowing bathtub at the hotel.
Her neck was bruised and her eyes were severely bloodshot -- signs of throat compression.
Brooks, 24, is believed to be the last person to have seen her alive. Security footage shows him leaving the hotel just five minutes after the first cascading- water complaint was made by hotel guests downstairs.
Cachay had jilted Brooks the previous night, sources have told The Post.
The tragic beauty was buried in a cemetery near her parents' home in McLean, Va. Her parents are returning to their native Peru today.
Nicholas Brooks Charged with Attempted Murder and Strangulation of Swimsuit Fashion Designer Sylvie Cachay
December 10, 2010 12:07pm
MANHATTAN The boyfriend of glamorous swimsuit fashion designer Sylvie Cachay, who was found dead in a SoHoHouse bath tub Thursday, was charged with attempted murder Friday night, police said. Nicholas Brooks, the son of disgraced composer Joseph Brooks, was charged with second degree attempted murder and strangulation, a new charge that Gov. David Paterson recently wrote into law to help domestic violence victims.
The charges came after police went to court to obtain warrants to search Brooks' body for physical evidence, sources said. Cachay's autopsy could not definitively prove that her death was the result of strangulation, according to the Medical Examiner's office. The ME's office is awaiting the results of toxicology and tissue reports, which could take weeks, to determine the official cause of death.
Brooks, 24, was walked from the 6th precinct house on West 10th Street just before 9 p.m. Friday looking bleary eyed and exhausted. He'd been under police questioning for more than two days after Cachay's body was found partially clothed and slumped in a bathtub in SoHo House early Thursday.
Wearing a grey hoodie and looking at the ground, Brooks did not speak to the throng of reporters who have been gathered outside ever since he went in for questioning. He was put into an unmarked Chevrolet Impala by police to be taken to Central Booking to be formally charged. "They believe she was at least injured by him," a police source told the Daily News.
"We're confident the intent to kill her was there. That's what you need for attempted murder, that he wanted to kill her."
Cachay's autopsy results, released a day after the 33-year-old's body was found, showed no clear cause of death, even though she was found with red marks around her neck. Officials are waiting for drug and alcohol reports before determining the cause, which could take weeks, the city's medical examiner said Friday.
Drugs may have also played a role, sources said. A half-empty prescription pill bottle was found beside Cachay's body, which police found in a bathtub full of water, wearing only a sweater and underwear ...
Cachay designed swimsuits and her line, Syla, had been featured in Vogue, Glamour and on runway shows around the country.
Bathtub Murder Victim was Designer Sylvie Cachay
December 10, 2010
The woman who was found in a New York hotel room bathtub, apparently strangled to death, has been identified as fashion designer Sylvie Cachay. Sylvie had recently broken up with Nicholas Brooks, but the pair of them checked into the hotel together that night. Friends of Sylvie have said that Nicholas was awful to Sylvie and that he was messed up. It is unclear why they would check into a hotel room together, but other reports have said there may have been smoke in her apartment building that night, so she wanted to stay in a hotel.
The police did finally track down Nicholas and have spoken to him, but he was released without being charged.
Yesterday I said she had been found fully clothed in the bathtub, but today, it is being reported she was found in a shirt and panties, and several bottles of prescription pills were also found in the room. They were full, though. Also, the reason the body was discovered was not because of a maid, but because there was water leaking in the room below.
Death at Soho House; Composer's Son Is Questioned
December 9, 2010, 1:34 pm
Detectives are investigating the death of a 33-year-old fashion designer whose partially clothed body was discovered submerged in a bathtub overflowing with water inside the exclusive Soho House hotel in Manhattan, the authorities said. Police officers and paramedics were called to the hotel, at 29 Ninth Avenue, at about 3 a.m. on Thursday after employees discovered the unconscious woman, identified by the police as Sylvie Cachay, in a room on the hotels fifth floor, the police said.
A short time later, the police located the victims boyfriend and are now questioning him at the Sixth Precinct station house. The official identified the boyfriend as a son of Joseph Brooks, a songwriter who won the Oscar for best song of 1977 with You Light Up My Life. Mr. Brooks, now in his 70s, would run into his own troubles with the law and was arrested in Manhattan last year.
Ms. Cachay was pronounced dead at the hotel, the police said. Her body had no obvious trauma, said a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing. She appeared to have some redness around her collarbone, but no conclusion could be drawn from that, the official said ...
Fashion designer Sylvie Cachay identified as woman found dead in Soho House bathtub
Thursday, December 9th 2010, 5:58 PM
The 33-year-old woman found dead in a bathtub at the swanky Soho House hotel Thursday has been identified as a gorgeous Manhattan fashion designer, a source said. Cops were questioning Sylvie Cachay's boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, the son of sleazy Oscar-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks. No one has been charged with a crime and the medical examiner has not released a cause of death.
Cachay's body was discovered about 3 a.m. inside the exclusive Ninth Ave. hotel, with bruises on her neck, sources said. A friend said Cachay and Brooks, who had been dating for about two months, had a rocky relationship. "I don't think it was a healthy relationship," said the pal. "I just think he's unstable from what she's told me." ...
Investigators initially suspected that Cachay, a member of the SoHo House, died of a possible drug overdose, but are now investigating whether she was strangled. There were also signs that her hair caught on fire, leading cops to suspect she was smoking drugs before she ended up in the tub.
Sources said Cachay and her 24-year-old beau checked into the hotel together and settled into a room on the fifth-floor. Cops were summoned there after the bath water, which was still running, flooded the tub and leaked down into the room below. When police arrived, Cachay was found alone and unconscious, wearing a sweater, shirt and underwear. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. Cops discovered some prescription drugs in the room, but no illegal narcotics were found, a source said ...
Woman found dead in Soho House hotel bathtub was strangled
Thursday, December 9th 2010, 3:17 PM
A 33-year-old woman found dead in a bathtub inside the swanky SoHo House hotel Thursday morning was apparently strangled, a police source told the Daily News. No one has been charged with the crime. Cops were questioning Nicholas Brooks, the son of sleazy Oscar-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks. Investigators initially suspected the woman died of a possible drug overdose, but cops then saw bruises on her neck. There were also signs that her hair caught on fire, leading cops to suspect she was smoking drugs before she ended up in the tub.
Sources said the 27-year-old Brooks checked into the Ninth Ave. hotel with a woman he was dating, and drug paraphernalia was found in the fifth-floor room. Cops were summoned to the hotel after the bath water, which was still running, flooded the tub and leaked down into the room below. When police arrived, the unidentified woman was found unconscious, her fully clothed body leaning back. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.
Hotel guest Jim Southwell said he heard "a woman screaming in Russian" when he returned to his room just before 3 a.m. "She was screaming, 'Don't do it. Don't do it,'" said Southwell, 52, a tourist from London, who was staying in a fifth-floor room. "We were pretty smashed. We thought it was some kinky sex thing. We had no idea anything wrong had happened. "The cops came an hour later," Southwell said. "They questioned us but we didn't know anything ... We didn't see anyone coming or going."
Joseph Brooks, 72, who penned the '70s ballad "You Light Up My Life," was indicted last year on 82-counts of sex related charges for preying on nearly a dozen young starlets. The Soho House is a private club and hotel that verifies card-carrying members at the front desk. The private club boasts a 24-room hotel, a screening room, and rooftop pool.
COMMENTS (12/11/10): I'm a bit out of my depth here: can't say whether Sylvie Cachay, who is a fashion designer, is all that famous a fashion designer. Then again, Vogue and Glamour are not little publications and the Syla website and her line of models quite top notch. Her career appears to have been an impressive one, but still on the rise (she was only 33). I cannot say this is merely a "red alert" ... this may be the event in question occurring a bit early. But I did warn there might be some "soft hits" prior to the major one. Time will tell, but I must consider this a PREDICTION FULFILLED, bearing in mind that there may (or may not) be additional fulfillments before 2011 is over.
I have also warned that celebrities of various stripes may be murdered, die in bizarre accidents, or commit suicide in the months ahead. The Ronni Chasen murder is a case in point. How can anyone believe that the man who blew his brains out when he was merely going to be questioned was really the killer? How does a man on a shaky bicycle manage to pull up alongside a moving car and pump five bullets from a rifle nearly dead centre into the heart of the driver? This is clearly a cover-up ... and it lends credibility to the "star whacker" allegations made by Randy and Evi Quaid. Obviously not all the cases that may occur will be attributed to professional assassins ... but it is something we must keep in mind.
What actually happened here in the case of Sylvie Cachay and Nicholas Brooks is not yet certain either: second degree attempted murder indicates this was not premeditated ... and if the murder was "attempted" then what does that really indicate? Cachay's being in the willing company of the murder suspect, indeed someone she knew well, and then being found strangled dead scantily-clad in a sweater and panties suggests some sort of sex play may have occurred prior to the murder.
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NEW PREDICTION: 10/28/10 -- It is possible the woman involved will be an aide to the senator (or other high-ranking government official). It is also possible this will be made to look like an accident, but there will always be doubts. The murder will be reported in the news around July 2011.
to Utah hot-tub scandal strangled to death
By Sheena mcFarland
Jul 12, 2011 11:47 PM
The New Hampshire Attorney Generals Office has confirmed that Cheryl Maher was the woman killed in a New Hampshire murder-suicide over the weekend.
Last year, she was at the center of the nude hot-tubbing scandal revealed 25 years after the fact that ended the political career of then-Utah House Majority Leader Kevin Garn.
Susan Morrell, senior assistant New Hampshire attorney general, said Tuesday that Maher, 41, was strangled by her boyfriends son, 18-year-old Jacob Geiser. Maher also suffered a stab wound to the neck and had sustained at least one blow to the head.
Investigators believe that Geiser killed Maher early Sunday morning before heading to a neighbors home, where he broke in and threatened residents there. Geiser had pulled the trigger on a shotgun, but it misfired, Morrell said.
He then returned to his home in Weare, N.H., where he killed himself with a single shot from a handgun.
Maher moved into the house with her boyfriend, Joseph, just three months ago. Geiser also lived in the house.
Morrell declined to release any information about the motive for the killing.
After her 1985 encounter with Garn, when she was just 15, Mahers life unraveled. She later attributed her problems to the incident.
Mahers revelation last year about her relationship with Garn was one of Utahs most stunning political scandals and led to the fall of one of the states leading political figures.
She came forward in the waning days of the 2010 legislative session, contacting House leaders and reporters, revealing that Garn, who was her boss in 1985, had bought her alcohol and hot-tubbed nude with her.
Garn, who was twice Mahers age, acknowledged the incident, though he denied any physical contact with her. Maher insisted there was but would not elaborate.
In 2002, she had confronted Garn and threatened to go public with the incident, and Garn, who at the time was running for Congress, later paid her $150,000 on the condition she sign a nondisclosure agreement.
Woman tied to Utah lawmaker scandal murdered
Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:48pm EDT
LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) - A woman whose allegations of sexual impropriety against a top Utah lawmaker led to his resignation was killed in an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend, authorities said on Tuesday.
Cheryl Maher, 41, was strangled and stabbed to death in New Hampshire by Jacob Geiser, her boyfriend's 18-year-old son, who later shot himself to death, the New Hampshire attorney general's office said in a statement. The bodies were discovered on Sunday morning.
Maher went public last year with allegations that she and Utah House Majority Leader Kevin Garn bathed nude in a hot tub together in 1985, when she was 15 and he was 28 and married.
Garn, a Republican, confessed to the hot-tub incident in a speech before the legislature but said there was no sexual contact. "I made a mistake that has come back to haunt me," Garn said at the time, according to a video of the speech posted on the Internet.
Garn resigned from the legislature and acknowledged that he had paid Maher $150,000 to keep quiet about the incident in 2002, when he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives.
A woman who answered the phone at Garn's residence in Layton, Utah said he was unavailable for comment.
COMMENTS (7/16/11): This is close enough to be a PREDICTION FULFILLED. My dating of this event and when it would be reported is highly accurate. As portrayed in the picture accompanying the prediction, the woman, Cheryl Maher, was strangled. Regarding the scandal, the person she was linked to was not a senator, but did not have to be as I said "senator (or other high-ranking government official) ..." It is unknown whether or not the murder, committed by the son of Maher's boyfriend, and Maher's going public about the hot tub scandal involving Utah House Majority Leader Kevin Garn were somehow connected or merely a coincidence. However things appear, it is possible there was linkage, but it is unlikely we will ever know for certain.
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NEW PREDICTION: 1/19/11 -- I made this prediction on January 19, 2011 10:29:22 PM on my forum, Prophetic Messenger Service. This is the page of the thread where it appears. I speculated the "triggering events" for complete economic collapse in the US in July/August 2011 (what events will be "officially" blamed) would be skyrocketing oil prices, loss of normal access to major oil supplies, revolutions in Europe as well as the Middle East, and the growing costs of war (new wars in addition to the ongoing military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan). It will be announced that there simply is no more money and virtually all public services and entitlements will cease to exist. Entire neighbourhoods, suburbs, and portions of cities will become deserted and will no longer have functioning streetlights. There eventually will be, not "ghost towns" but "ghost cities." An average block of new houses and what were new homes built in suburbs in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, etc will be mostly dark and uninhabited, with a house here, and a house there still lit with people living in them. I have had dreams of this a long time ago and could not understand why. Here is one of them:
I was walking the city streets, noting very few other human beings doing the same. I walked to the suburbs, where I saw an occasional shadow of a person dart out before me in the distance. Nearly all the houses were dark inside or deserted in appearance. I sensed that no one lived (or was alive) in most of them. When I turned the corner and walked down a familiar street, I noticed a green, vaguely luminous 'snow' falling everywhere. It was already on the ground and on the trees and shrubs. The time in my dream, by the way, was the month of October, not far from Halloween.
It gets much worse.
In another dream not long after I had that one, I was in the outskirts of town, possibly an old section that had once been a suburb in the early 20th Century, in any event the edge of town. It was almost pitch black and no streetlights were working. There was a light in the window of a house of someone I knew. The people inside of the house were frantically preparing to get out, and I went up to help them to my car. We looked out of the upstairs bedroom window and could barely make out a large throng of black shapes moving up from the other end of the street. Just as we reached my car, we saw them more clearly. It was a mob of people rushing at us from barely more than the distance of two houses away. They were howling as they ran and out for our blood ... anyone's blood. We hurriedly got into the car and took off ... fast ... without hardly any time to spare.
I cannot say exactly when all this horror will happen, but my guess is it will begin not too long after the bottom falls out of the US economy this summer.
DETROIT TO BE FIRST US CITY TO BLACK OUT HALF ITS STREET LIGHTS DUE TO WORSENING US ECONOMY
ANOTHER VERY BAD THURSDAY IN AUGUST 2011
COMMENTS (8/18/11): What can I say I havn't already said? Yada yada yada. This remains a PREDICTION PARTIALLY FULFILLED until the bottom ultimately falls out from underneath the economy. Better hope it doesn't happen. It literally means President Obama, and eventually all world leaders, telling the people "There is no more money ... you are all on your own. Good luck and God speed."
If that happens, there may no longer be an internet for me to say "I told you so" ... and have been since I made my first prediction for a Stock Market Crash to happen in October 2008 (which it did, right on time). The banks will close, the ATMs won't work, and the food will all be looted from the supermarkets. Soon enough there will follow either anarchy and revolution or martial law and mass executions. Flash mobs and Bonnie and Clyde types (see below) will be nothing compared to the misery and horror that will come.
BLACK WEDNESDAY CONTINUES AUGUST MARKETS CRASH ...
STOCK MARKETS PLUNGE WHILE LONDON BURNS ...
Dow falls another 500 points as Wall Street tumbles AGAIN on fears French economic problems could cross the Atlantic
August 11, 2011 (Daily Mail Online) -- The rally on Wall Street seems only a temporary breather after stocks fell sharply again today and wiped out most of yesterday's gains on fears of a French banking crisis spreading to the U.S. American financial stocks led the decline on worries that any French bank problems could spread to the U.S., with the Dow Jones, Standard & Poor's 500 and Nasdaq all falling by up to five per cent.
|Large financial firms shares sank -
including Bank of America down 10.9 per cent at $6.77 -
and French banks' shares tumbled in Paris trading even
after Societe Generale denied there was trouble.
'The worst is yet to come', poll finds
Economic fears are weighing heavily on Americans who believe the U.S. is on the wrong track and the worst is yet to come, a poll said.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll reflects fears about the economy, frustration with politicians over the near-default last week, a credit rating drop, stock market falls and high jobless rates.
President Barack Obama's approval rating has fallen from 49 to 45 per cent in a month - and 73 per cent of Americans believe the U.S. is 'off on the wrong track'. Almost half believe 'the worst is yet to come' for the U.S. economy - an increase from 34 to 37 per cent from a year ago.
Stocks Dive Again on Europe, Economy Fears
Dow Sheds Nearly 520 Points; Investors Flock to Bonds Despite Record Low Yields; Rumors Swirl of Weakness in France
|August 11, 2011 (The Wall Street
Journal) -- Stock prices
tumbled Wednesday, led downward by some of the world's
biggest banks. But bond investors offered a potentially
more ominous assessment of prospects for the global
economy, pouring money into the safety of U.S. Treasury
bonds despite yields that are near their lowest levels in
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 519.83 points, or 4.62% to 10719.94, more than wiping out the gains posted in Tuesday's sizable late-day rally. It was the Dow's fourth triple-digit move in five days and brings its declines since its April peak to more than 16%.
The index is less than 500 points away from officially being in a bear market, defined as a decline of 20% ...
In Europe, rumors swirled about the health of French banks and the possibility that France could lose its AAA credit rating as the country's borrowing costs rise. The main indexes for stock markets in France, Germany, Spain and Italy each shed more than 5% of their value.
Economic Uncertainty Leading to Global Unrest
August 9, 2011 (CNBC) -- London is reeling from three nights of rioting that's poured hundreds of people into the streets, leaving several local neighborhoods in shambles. One man is dead, dozens injured and arrested. The protests have now spread to other cities, with violence reported in parts of Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol.
|Great Britain and other parts of the world
are experiencing unrest at a time of global economic
uncertainty and stock market volatility.
Police in London say the violence began during a vigil for a man, Mark Duggan, whod been killed by police. However, those on the streets say what's happening goes beyond one man's death.
In late June, half the public schools in Britain where closed by a massive protest over public pensions cuts, including three major teachers' unions, customs and immigration officers, and air traffic controllers. Some 750,000 people took part in the protest. London's press has reported that discontent has been simmering among Britain's urban poor for years, in neighborhoods like Tottenham, where the riots started.
But as one man told NBC News about an economic protest two months ago, "There was not a word in the press about our protests. Last night (Saturday) a bit of rioting and looting and now look around you."
Some 250,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel, on Saturday over the rising cost of living. Demonstrations actually began last month when a few people set up tents in an expensive part of Tel Aviv to protest rising property prices. The protests have moved to other cities in Israel, where some 50,000 people rallied.
Spain, Greece, Portugal
All three of these European Union nations have experienced protests and rioting in reaction to government austerity programs and bad economic conditions.
In late June, riots broke out in Athens and other parts of Greece as the country's parliament voted to approve severe cutbacks in government spending. Dozens were hurt and businesses destroyed as police battled rioters with tear gas and night sticks. In Spain, thousands of people turned out in late May to protest the country's 21 percent unemployment rate. They also demonstrated against government corruption and austerity measures to reign in the country's debt. Hundreds of people set up tents in a Madrid square and spent a week there in protest. Portugal saw massive strikes and protests last March in response to government spending cuts. At least 200,000 people gathered in Lisbon.
Thousand of workers took to the streets throughout the country in May of this year to march for higher pay. They demanded better wages in light of rising inflation, including higher oil prices.
Nearly 1,000 cab drivers in eastern China blocked traffic and protested on Aug. 1 over rising fuel costs. It was the latest sign of discontent about the country's surging inflation. This past June, thousands of workers battled for three days with police in the capital city of the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. They were protesting declining living standards.
In another legacy from the Arab Spring, protests and riots in Syria against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad have been going on for five months. Reports say at least 1,600 people have been killed by government forces. Last week Assad sent troops and tanks to quell the mostly Sunni Muslim city of Hama in central Syria, and the army launched a similar assault on Sunday against Deir al-Zor.
World in crisis: Markets dive. Mobs burn London
August 9, 2011 (DEBKAfile) -- An air of crisis descended on the world Tuesday, Aug. 9 as markets continued to tumble steeply and in London, large parts of the city succumbed to uncontrolled violence joined by three major British cities. Far East stocks leveled out at 3 percent, Europe fell 3.5-5 percent Tuesday after Wall Street slid 5-7 percent Monday. More than $70 billion were wiped out in global trading Monday hours after US President Barack Obama said America will always be a Triple A country no matter what some agency may say.
August 11, 2011 (2:37 AM EDT): Regarding the continual stock market plunges and a few less than robust efforts to rebound, I really cannot add much more than what appears in my updates below. I called the months of July and August 2011 WELL IN ADVANCE ... you all had a good seven months to prepare for this financial nightmare. What I can say is that it is obvious that, like a pandemic, this disease is very contagious and is now spreading to every nation. In the case of France, it will mean seeing its credit rating degraded like America's. In the case of Great Britain, it has taken the form of a class struggle of the young poor against the greedy rich buggers who have orchestrated this farce in the first place.
|Understand what is going on here: there are
fires in London, there are fires in Chile. The
Arab Spring has more to do with poor economies and class
struggles as it does with "freedom" and a
better brand of "politics."
Below, I have mentioned the more obvious wars we are being allowed to see or read about involving the US and Nato, and those being planned ... not the 100 others that are being secretly fought all over the globe.
Make no mistake: World War III is now being orchestrated by TPTB ... and anyone who has studied prophecy will tell you that global war, civil wars, class struggles, mob violence, revolutions, and a collapsed global economy are all supposed to be a part of the great and terrible conflict that is now raging without a name..
Listen to this man, Darcus Howe, a respected writer and broadcaster living in London, who was telling the truth and being humilated by the BBC whilst in the process. Yes, TPTB really do control the media ... and they really do not want you to know the truth about anything!
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BLACK MONDAY: August 8, 2011
Panic grips Wall Street as Dow plunges 635 POINTS and desperate investors rush to sell after US credit rating downgrade
|Daily Mail Online (8th August 2011): Panic
gripped Wall Street today as U.S. stock markets plunged up to seven per
cent in the wake of the historic U.S. credit rating
downgrade. The Dow Jones fell more than 600 points in a
six per cent drop in New York - while the Standard &
Poor's (S&P) and the Nasdaq both plunged and ended
down a huge seven per cent.
It was the S&P's worst day since December 2008, with every stock in the benchmark index ending in negative territory - and President Barack Obama's speech today seemed to make things worse. Despite expectations that the soothing words of a U.S. President would help calm jittery investors, Mr Obama couldn't help stem losses and said the nation 'will always be a triple-A country' ...
Mr Obama's speech failed to reduce losses on Wall Street today, which actually got worse soon after he addressed the nation from the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday afternoon. The Dow Jones ended down 635 points, or 5.6 per cent, at 10,810; the Nasdaq fell 175 points, or 6.9 per cent to 2,358, and the Standard and Poor's fell 80 points, or 6.7 per cent, to 1,119. Asian stocks also plummeted as early Monday trades gave the first response to the downgrade of U.S. debt on Friday night, fuelling concerns the global recovery is stalling.
|August 9, 2011 (2:47 AM EDT): I can only say that I hope this crashing finally bottoms out, because I am getting tired of having to pile update on top of update practically every day. It should be clear by now that this is becoming less and less a mere "correction" and more and more an economic catastrophe of likely global proportions. To those who say the economy has been up and down ever since the October 2008 crash (which I also predicted), they are ignoring the fact that I specified in my prediction that July/August 2011 was the time to watch out for the bottom to fall out from under the United States economy and the next Stock Market Crash. We have been on a wild ride of crises not seen before in American history: 1) the debt/default crisis and its "Satan Sandwich with a side of Satan Fries" New Deal resolution ... and the president scaring the public on July 12 by saying there might be "no more cash in the coffers" to pay out SS checks and other payments, 80 million of them) 2) followed immediately by the downgrading of the US credit rating and 3) the series of stock market plunges that, if not corrected, will certainly equal one big crash by the end of the week if things continue at the current pace. The economy is driven by fear and greed ... and that means the bottom will fall out very soon. That is what I am on about, for my prediction is now practically FULFILLED. If July 12 - August 2 was a CLOSE CALL, August 3 - now is a PARTIAL FULFILLMENT. This is not likely to be a time soon forgotten, even if there is a rebound of sorts.|
Let us hope we can look back on this as the biggest scare since autumn 2008 and at worst re-enter another recession, rather than crash and burn into a great depression or total economic collapse (that will turn global quickly).
Point Stock Market Crash And 8 More Reasons Why You Should Be
Deeply Concerned That The U.S. Government Has Lost Its AAA Credit
Rating - August 8, 2011.
plunges after S&P downgrade -- Wall Street had its worst day
since the 2008 financial crisis - August 8, 2011.
Stocks: Worst day since 2008 financial crisis
|(CNN) -- Aug 04 4:17pm: In
their single worst day since the 2008 financial crisis,
stocks plunged Thursday, with the Dow tumbling 512
points, as fear about the global economy spooked
investors. "The conventional wisdom on
Wall Street was that the economy was growing -- that the
worst was behind us," said Peter Schiff, president
of Euro Pacific Capital. "Now what people are
realizing is the stimulus didn't work, and we may be
headed back to recession." U.S. markets were already
sharply lower on widespread worries, including the weak
job market ...
There's "total fear" in the market, said Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at the world's largest money manager, BlackRock ... "In the last two weeks, we've been through the ringer," said Rich Ilczyszyn, market strategist with futures broker Lind-Waldock. "When we start looking at the recovery, there's nothing to hang our hats on anymore."
The market's fear gauge -- the VIX (VIX) -- surged 35.8% to a reading of 31.8. A level above 30 signals a high degree of fear ... Fears about a global slowdown are at the forefront of investors' minds amid recent weak economic data. Early Thursday, the latest reading on jobless claims showed a large number of Americans remain unemployed.
Asian markets follow Wall Street plunge
August 5, 2011
(CNN) -- Asian stock markets are recording sharp declines Friday, extending a global equity sell-off after Wall Street had its worst day since the 2008 financial crisis. Australia's All Ordinaries dropped 4%, Japan's Nikkei shed 3.8% and South Korea's Kospi lost 4.2%.
U.S. credit rating downgraded: S&P strips prized AAA status
August 6, 2011: (CNN) Calling its recent deficit deal inadequate, Standard & Poor's downgrades the U.S. credit rating to AA+, removing the world's largest economy of its prestigious AAA status for the first time. "The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government's medium-term debt dynamics," the agency said about the move, which was announced after the markets had closed.
|August 6, 2011 (1:39 AM EDT): See
article immediately below to which this article is
attached as an update.
Well, I may still be "Chicken Little" after all. WE had our angst in July, and have received our "Satan Sandwich with a side of Satan Fries" ... now comes the real deal, it appears, in August. I will repeat: the vector I projected for the bottom to fall out finally in the US economy was July/August 2011. We are here ... and things are rapidly getting worse. This certainly is not going to help things when the Super Congress begins making cuts to various spending programs. A rebound on Friday, following a day of volatile trading in an atmosphere of fear, could not offer a sense of security to Asia, Europe or the US. In the end, the United States lost its AAA credit rating anyway because the debt default agreement worked out on August 2 was judged as being completely unsatisfactory. By the time Monday rolls around, the markets may face another crash, reacting to this and other developments over the weekend.
The recovery was a hoax, people ... the Recession never ended ... now comes the Great Depression ... just as Asian and European markets begin to join in.
Also, just as Libya has triggered World War III by attacking Italian and Nato ships with missiles, at the same time the world community contemplates military intervention in Syria's civil war, while Moscow warns against such action, and as tensions flare once again in Kosovo ... global war appears to be the only way economists and governments seriously visualise restoring a collapsed world economy ...
NEW YORK| Sat Aug 6, 2011 1:16am EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States lost its top-tier AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's on Friday in an unprecedented blow to the world's largest economy in the wake of a political battle that took the country to the brink of default.
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CLOSE CALL or REPRIEVE?
July 29, 2011 (3:15 AM EDT), UPDATED August 3, 2011 (11:06 PM EDT): There is very little time left, but the news is not good. If America goes into default on August 2, its credit rating is reduced which will have devastating consequences not only for US borrowing and spending, but for all of America's trading partners in Europe and elsewhere (except for China to which much of the debt is now owed).
Also, if the US goes into default, the US Treasury must prioritise where the few funds it will have shall be paid. Nearly all of it will go to the bond holders, likely leaving 80 million Americans (veterans, disabled, caregivers, retired, etc) without their only source of income or the lion's share of their source of income. Medicines will have to be paid for at what each med's actual cost is when refilling prescriptions, since Medicare and Medicaid will have no funds to pay. More than 1/3 of Americans depend on food stamps. These will also be stopped.
In short, it's more than just about social security recipients. The 80 million who do not receive their checks are depended upon by many local businesses for revenue. Some grocery store owners have told the news media that if entitlements are not paid, they will lose between 12% to 25% of their customers ... and will be forced to fire up to 25% of their workers.
The ripple effect, in other words, will affect the majority of the population in some manner, including up to 1/4 of the working adult population eventually losing their jobs, skyrocketing food costs, utility costs, rent costs, etc. Nursing homes will eject their patients and leave them to the care of children who will no longer be able to take care of themselves, let alone fend for anyone else. The mentally ill will no longer receive treatment or medications, and clinics will be closed down. There are already plans to close a number of post offices across the country ... how will people who live in a city with only one post office, and that one is closed, get their mail? There are also plans in place to cut public lighting (street lights) between 30% to 50% in various cities. 20% of all home owners can no longer pay their mortgages now ... what happens after August 3??
Only the very, very rich will not be affected. The smaller rich, the well-to-do upper middle class, will eventually be knocked down so many pegs that they will know what it is to be poor and eating shit out of cans for the first time in their silver-spoon-fed lives.
This is NOT a test as some speculate to see how people react to a crisis of this kind, I do not believe. This is the real deal, despite flowery predictions by some congressmen and senators that there is still another six to eight months of available funds in the coffers.
Why do I think this is really it?
I predicted back on January 19, 2011 10:29:22 PM on my forum, Prophetic Messenger Service, that the bottom would fall out of the US economy in "July or August of this year" (2011). This is the page of the thread where it appears. It also appears here as well, obviously.
... and here it is, people! ... July/August 2011.
And that is why I think President Obama is NOT bluffing about the 80 million checks that will probably not go out in August ... and possibly never again for the vast majority of that 80 million!
Why is this happening?? It is part of a long drawn-out plan to introduce Nazi-style eugenics depopulation measures in the United States, by killing off first the elderly, the sick, the disabled, and the poor:
But be warned: what happens in the United States will happen in Europe as well. Very few nations will escape this global depopulation plot through economic attrition and world war.
"NEW DEAL" NOT MUCH BETTER THAN DEBT CRISIS: "A SATAN SANDWICH WITH A SIDE OF SATAN FRIES"
COMMENTS (8/3/11): As we now know, an agreement was reached to end the debt crisis almost literally at three-quarters past the eleventh hour. The compromise deal has been compared by top legislators as a sweet-tasting "Satan sandwich with a side of Satan fries." It will be business as usual for seniors, the disabled, veterans, and the poor ... until what is called "Round Three" begins in the fall of this year when a Super Congress is given the task of making deep cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and various entitlement programs.
This is only a reprieve for the many millions of Americans who would have suffered terribly or died after August 3 and millions more who would have been fired from their jobs due to lack of revenue from those millions affected. When the government tells you 80 million Americans would not have received their monthly payments (originally stated as 70 million by Obama, but later updated to 80 million), the reality of those affected would actually be at least double that (160 million) since at least half of the 80 million have dependants who would also suffer, and businesses and services depending on those 80 million for revenue would suffer, forcing them to fire employees.
Round three of the "New Deal" will address this issue and what did not happen in August will begin to happen in September, October, November, December, and January. It will take longer than what a major default in August would have accomplished ... but the final result will be the same in the end.
The "bottom" did not fall out from under the American economy in July and August: but it came damned close. And what we now have awaiting us in the months ahead will be slow, merciless, and painful ... and ultimately fatal for many. Consider August 2, 2011 as the beginning of the end.
This prediction stands as a CLOSE CALL for the time being, but may well be FULFILLED by the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.
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