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FBI Investigates Murders of Syrian-American Journalist And Her Mom

Halla Barakat was murdered in Syria in September. Photo via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the September murders of a Syrian-American journalist and her mother in Turkey, but local Turkish authorities are refusing to cooperate.

Halla Barakat, 23, and her mother, Orouba Barakat, 60, were found dead on Sept. 21 and were active in the Syrian opposition against the government of President Bashar Assad. They were stranded and stabbed to death in a shared Istanbul apartment.

Investigators believe the murders were carried out by professionals because their bodies were doused with a chemical solution that delays the decomposition of remains, ABC reports.

Because Halla Barakat was born in the U.S., the FBI has legal jurisdiction to investigate the homicides overseas.

“The TNP is awaiting forensic evidence to be analyzed and currently has a suspect in custody who is strongly believed to be the perpetrator of the homicide of Halla and Orouba Barakat,” Piro wrote to the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in the letter. “Due to jurisdictional legalities, the TNP will continue to work this matter and provide updates to our Legal Attache office in Ankara.”

The bureau told CAIR that Turkish National Police “respectfully declined the FBI’s assistance.”

Petition Circulated for Border Patrol Agent Who Was Killed Protecting Family

Javier Vega Jr.

Javier Vega Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Border Patrol Council is pressing for a fallen colleague’s death to be considered “in the line of duty.”

Javier Vega Jr. was shot and killed by two undocumented immigrants in front of his family during a fishing trip in Willacy County two years ago.

Now the National Border Patrol Council has filed a petition for Vega’s family, whom he protected during a robbery attempt, RGVProud reports. 

The argument is that Vega died trying to prevent a criminal act and therefore his death should be considered “in the line of duty.”

“He served his country. He served his community and I believe we owe it to him to honor him properly,” National Border Patrol Council President Chris Cabrera said.

  

Defense Witness In Mobster John Gotti Jr. Case Murdered in Prison

John Gotti Jr./cbs news

John Gotti Jr./cbs news

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

New York mobster Joseph O’Kane, who testified as a defense witness for friend John Gotti Jr. last fall, has been murdered in prison, the website  Gangland News reported.

Joseph O’Kane, 44,  was stabbed to death by a fellow inmate on Sunday in his cell block at a high-security prison in Waymart, Penn., the website reported. The Bureau of Prisons simply listed him on its website  as “deceased”.

His lawyer Joseph Corozzo told the N.Y. Daily News: “It was under investigation, and the prison was on lockdown. He was well-respected in the facility, and I was unaware of any problems with any other inmates or with prison officials. That’s why this is so shocking.”

O’Kane was serving a life sentence for a 1999 murder and racketeering conviction. He testified to counter testimony by government witness John Alite. The jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared. It was Gotti’s fourth mistrial in five years because of a deadlocked jury. The U.S. Attorney’s Office finally agreed to wave the white flag and not go after Gotti for a fifth time.

High-Ranking Anti-Drug Official Murdered After One Day on Job

As the violence rages on, drug traffickers are trying to send a message to the government: Don’t Get in Our Way!

By CNN
MEXICO CITY — A recently retired Mexican army general whose bullet-riddled body was found Tuesday near Cancun had taken over as the area’s top antidrug official less than 24 hours earlier, officials said.
A soldier guards the forensics office where the body of a slain former general was taken in Cancun, Mexico.
Retired Gen. Mauro Enrique Tello Quiñonez, his aide and a driver were tortured before being killed, said Quintana Roo state prosecutor Bello Melchor Rodriguez y Carrillo. He said there was no doubt Tello and the others were victims of organized crime.
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Informant Says John Gotti’s Neighbor Was Dissolved in Barrel of Acid

Just what everyone suspected for decades. Now a snitch is finally confirming it all.

By JOHN MARZULLI
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — The corpse of John Gotti’s Howard Beach neighbor – murdered after he accidentally killed the gangster’s 12-year-old son in a traffic accident – was dissolved in a barrel of acid, an informant says.
John Favara’s grisly fate is disclosed in court papers filed Tuesday in the upcoming racketeering trial of reputed Gambino soldier Charles (Charlie Canig) Carneglia.
He has long been suspected of getting rid of Favara’s body after the father of two was shot in March 1980 on orders of the late Gambino crime boss. Favara’s body has never been found.
Carneglia told a Gambino family associate, who is a government witness, that he disposed of the body by putting it in a barrel of acid, Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Roger Burlingame said.
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