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Homeland Security to Open Center for Victims of Crimes by Undocumented Immigrants

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Americans who were victimized by crime perpetuated by undocumented immigrants will have a new resource under the Homeland Security Department.

The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) is expected to open today. The idea is to inform victims of the immigration proceedings of suspects, the Associated Press reports.

The office is part of an executive order by President Trump, who pledged to open the office during a speech to Congress in February.

Critics question the motive behind the office because studies have indicated that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born U.S. citizens.

Active Shooter Incidents Rise to Record Levels in the U.S., FBI Records Show

gunBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Active shooter incidents are increasing at alarming levels, reaching the highest average of incidents over a two-year period.

New FBI data shows that 2014 and 2015 each had 20 active shooter incidents, which eclipses any two-year average in the past 16 years, ABC News reports. 

The FBI defines an active shooter situation as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”

“Unlike a defined crime, such as a murder or mass killing, the active aspect inherently implies that both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event based upon their responses,” the FBI said in a 2013 study of active shooter incidents.

Between 2014 and 2015, 92 people were killed and 139 wounded in active shooter incidents.

After Pedophile’s Suicide, FBI Begins Arduous Task of Identifying Many Child Victims

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators made a disturbing discovery at the bedside table of a man accused of possessing child pornography – cassette tapes showing him raping and molesting unconscious girls, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Authorities found the cassettes among tens of thousands of images and videos of child porn at the Georgia home of Matthew Coniglio.

But identifying the children won’t be easy because Coniglio hanged himself in jail just days after his arrest on April 20.

Now authorities must try to identify the victims without the help of the perpetrator, and many of the faces on the videos are difficult to make out, the AP wrote.

So far, authorities have only identified a single victim.

Alaska Serial Killer Leaves Behind Bloody Pages of Poetry, Ramblings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

At first, the handwritten notes were too bloody to read.

So the letters, which were found beneath Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes’s body after he committed suicide by slitting his wrists, were sent to an FBI lab in Virginia for restoration, the Associated Press reports.

The notes provided investigators with no details about the crimes, such as the names of victims, but the yellow legal pad contained poetry about American materialism and disturbing writings about an unidentified victim, the AP reported

“Land of the free, home of the lie, land of the scheme, Americanize! Consume what you don’t need, stars you idolize, pursue what you adore it is a dream, then its American die,” Keyes wrote.

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FBI Searches Well for Victims of Speed Freak Killers in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching for the remains of more victims of the Speed Freak Killers in a well in San Joaquin County in California, not far from a site where at least four people were found, the Mercury News reports.

Federal authorities expect the excavation of up to 50 feet will take two weeks.

The FBI took over the excavation from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, which mishandled the operation, Mercury News reported.

The Speed Freak Killers are Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog, who are accused of a methamphetamine-fueled killing spree in the 1980s and ’90s.

“We all remain hopeful that our efforts at this site will ultimately return the remains of victims to their loved ones, but know that such is not a certainty,” Herbert H. Brown, special agent in charge of the Sacramento Division of the FBI, said Monday. “Our hearts go out to the many families who hope that this excavation may bring closure to their long, painful wait for the return of their loved ones. We will not recklessly speculate; our goal is to offer incontrovertible fact to our law enforcement partners, the families of the missing and the public.”

Calif. Man Gets 6 Years for Tormenting Victims in “Sextortion” Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the eyes of authorities, Luis Mijangos was a skilled computer hacker who went on the rampage and tried to extort sexually explicit videos from women and girls in what some referred to as a “sextortion” case.

On Thursday, Mijangos ,32, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who lived in Santa Ana, Calif., was sentenced to 6 years in prison in Los Angeles federal court for his sinister crime.

Authorities said that FBI computer forensics experts determined that Mijangos infected more than 100 computers that were used by approximately 230 individuals, of which at least 44 were juveniles.

The affidavit in the case alleged that Mijangos infected computers around the world with a malicious computer code, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Mijangos then got his victims to download “the malware onto their computers by making the files appear to be popular songs,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated. “After the victims downloaded the malware, Mijangos was able to control their computers, allowing him to send instant messages containing malware from those computers to other people in the victims’ address books. These later victims thought they were receiving messages from friends or family members.”

Authorities said once he got into the computers, he searched for sexually explicit or intimate images and videos of women and girls in ” various states of undress or engaged in sexual acts with their partners.”

Mijangos contacted the female victims and threatened to distribute intimate images and videos to people in their contact list unless they made additional explicit videos for him.

He also told victims he could tell via their computers if they tried calling police, and threatened to release the videos and images if they called authorities, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

On top of all of that, he also allegedly installed a “keylogger” on victims’ computers to record every key strokes on the infected computers and was then able to steal credit card numbers and personal identifying info to purchase merchandise, authorities alleged.

He also hacked into victims’ boyfriends email account, posed as the boyfriends and asked them to create to create pornographic videos for him, authorities said. After that, he contacted the victims — using an alias — and threatened to distribute the explicit videos if they didn’t send him more.

As if that wasn’t enough, on occasion he was able to access webcams to catch victims in intimate situations.

Authorities said Mijangos told FBI agents that he hacked into the computers, but did so on behalf of husbands and boyfriends to see if the women were cheating on them.

“We now live in a world gone digital, relying on our personal computers for everything from banking, to learning, to intimate communications with friends and family,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. in a statement.  “Mr. Mijangos invaded the sanctity of many personal digital worlds and used intimate content to victimize and prey upon unsuspecting victims.”

Added Steven M. Martinez, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, stated: “The sentence imposed on Mr. Mijangos is appropriate based on the chilling impact his behavior had on scores of young women. The FBI has seen a rise in similar cases based on the exploitation of emerging technologies by criminals, and it’s my hope that this sentence serves as a warning for victims of Internet predators to advise law enforcement or a trusted source when threatened, and always refrain from sending compromising photographs via cyberspace.”

Authorities said during Thursday’s sentencing hearing, two sextortion victims described how they were subjected to “nightmare” situations. One young woman said that before Mijangos victimized her she had been a victim of domestic violence, “and I want to tell you, there’s no difference.”

In sentencing Mijangos, Judge George H. King said: “This was nothing short of a sustained effort to terrorize victims.”

 

Bernie Madoff Victims Left Depressed, Bitter, Hopeless

Sympathy is one thing Bernie Madoff won’t see in the courtroom as he appears later this month for sentencing. The Poster Child for Greed, Madoff won’t likely see daylight in the outside world for a long long time. Many are urging the judge to give him the maximum 150 year sentence.

Bernie Madoff

Bernie Madoff

The Associated Press
More than 100 victims of failed financier Bernard Madoff’s multibillion-dollar fraud urged a judge Monday to sentence him harshly, saying he ruined their lives, leaving many of them depressed, bitter and hopeless.

“Please don’t let his brilliant criminal mind loose to do it again,” Steve Norton pleaded in a letter to the judge after describing how he lost $1.1 million in retirement money.

“He took the rest of our lives. Don’t give him his back.” Kathleen Bignell of Gunnison, Colo., said she told her 89-year-old father he cannot die because she no longer has money to bury him. She said Madoff “ought to be able to look forward to just exactly what he has done to us. No hope, no future and no forgiveness.”

In 113 statements, victims from across the country repeatedly referred to the 71-year-old Madoff as a “monster” who, as one victim put it, has “no soul, no remorse, no conscience.” Carl Kornblum wrote that he is 70 years old and his wife is 66, both forced by the Madoff fraud to sell their home and go back to work.

“Can you believe as teenagers and school chums and young marrieds we were once friends with Bernie and Ruth Madoff????” he wrote. “I really can’t believe Bernie could be such a sociopathic low-life!!! Thank you for all you can do to see that justice is served on this scoundrel.”

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Convicted Private Eye Anthony Pellicano Leaves a Trail of Scars

Famous people like to leave legacies. Convicted private eye Anthony Pellicano left a legacy that will go down in Hollywood history for his world-famous, underhanded snooping. Today he’s scheduled to be sentenced.

Anthony Pellicano/youtube photo

Anthony Pellicano/youtube photo

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Victims of former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano say they have never been able to free themselves from the emotional and financial fallout caused by crimes he committed while wiretapping the rich and famous.
A former reporter says she has nightmares about being hunted and raped. A mother says her daughter is mocked by other kids and their parents. An actress who once appeared in a popular television series says she has found little work since.
They are among the victims who have submitted letters to the federal judge who is scheduled to sentence Pellicano on Monday. The former private investigator is already in custody since being convicted of a total of 78 counts, including wiretapping, racketeering and wire fraud, in two separate trials earlier this year.
Federal prosecutors have recommended in court documents that Pellicano, 64, serve nearly 16 years in prison for running a criminal enterprise and for becoming a “high-priced thief who fraudulently obtained prominence through the harm that he wantonly inflicted on others.”
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