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Double trouble: French rape case impeded by twins' identical DNA - RT

Double trouble: French rape case impeded by twins' identical DNA - RT | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
RT Double trouble: French rape case impeded by twins' identical DNA RT Police have charged both men, identified as 24-year old unemployed delivery drivers Elwin and Yohan, over the rapes. Both are being held with bail.
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Koty Emery's comment, February 18, 2013 12:14 AM
It's saddening that both have to be detained until further information is found. I wonder if any fingerprints were able to be found, if so, they could help prove if which one, or both of them, were at the scene of the crime. Also, the link worked earlier for me, but now I can't seem to open this article.
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FBI: Man says he killed wife on cruise over her laughing

FBI: Man says he killed wife on cruise over her laughing | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A Utah man killed his wife aboard an Alaska cruise and told an acquaintance who later walked into the blood-splattered cabin that he did it because she would not stop laughing at him, the FBI said in documents released Thursday.Kenneth Manzanares was found in the couple's room on the Princess Cruises ship Tuesday night with blood on his hands and clothes and blood spread throughout the cabin, according to a criminal complain
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Pell and high water: Australia’s clergy

Pell and high water: Australia’s clergy | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
In recent decades nearly 60 Catholic bishops have been accused of abusing children, but few have ever faced criminal charges. George Pell, an Australian cardinal who—for now—manages the Vatican’s finances, recently became the highest-ranking clergyman to be indicted for such crimes. Today he stood before a Melbourne court accused of multiple historical sex offences. Earlier this year a royal commission inquiry into child abuse in Australia heard allegations that Cardinal Pell mishandled cases against colleagues, and offended against minors himself; he strongly denies the claims. In total, the commission found 1,880 alleged perpetrators of sex crimes within Australia’s Catholic church, a third of whom were priests. In some orders, up to 40% of members were accused of abuse over the 60 years to 2010. So far Pope Francis has rejected calls to remove Cardinal Pell. This case will test his efforts to face up to an unholy mess.
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LA woman who sparked Amber Alert with fake carjacking report gets 60 days in jail

LA woman who sparked Amber Alert with fake carjacking report gets 60 days in jail | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A woman who falsely reported that her Toyota Camry had been carjacked in South Los Angeles with her 16-year-old son inside, sparking an Amber Alert, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report, city prosecutors announced
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Woman pleads guilty in fiance’s kayak death

Woman pleads guilty in fiance’s kayak death | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Angelika Graswald was accused of killing her fiance during a kayaking trip.
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Anna Givens's comment, July 25, 3:23 PM
I don’t understand why she was able to get a plea deal with a lesser charges (even if it stills holds her criminally liable) if during interrogation she said that she wanted him dead and was ok with the fact that he was dead. It sounds like it was premeditated murder according to the prosecutions claim that Graswald removed a plug from his kayak- totally sabotaging him prior to the kayaking trip. Even though she has always maintained her innocence- her behavior during interrogation is odd. She had the right to an attorney- where was he than? She has the right to remain silent- why didn’t she use it? I call bull on her excuses. If she had nothing to do with this she should of exercised her rights from the beginning.
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Two former Fairbanks men charged in rape of woman they shared Uber ride with

Two former Fairbanks men charged in rape of woman they shared Uber ride with | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Authorities say two former Fairbanks residents raped an intoxicated woman in her home after sharing an Uber ride from a bar in Seattle last week.

The Seattle Times reports the two friends from Alaska — Levi Brower, 28, and Dominick Mariutto, 23 —have been charged with second-degree rape in connection with the July 2 assault.

Mariutto is a 2012 graduate of Monroe High School, and Brower is an 2007 alumnus of Lathrop High School.

Prosecutors say the men told the woman they were brothers, which wasn't true, and that they lied about their names and where they were from and that they said they were taking their grandmother to church the next morning. Police in Kirkland were able to identify the pair with information from Uber records, which included Mariutto's cellphone number, coupled with photos posted by the suspects on Facebook.

According to the charges, Brower lives in Kent, Washington, and Mariutto is in the Army and stationed in El Paso, Texas.
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Anna Givens's comment, July 25, 3:53 PM
The only good that comes from this story is that Uber was able to pull the records from the men who most likely requested the ride in the first place. By using fake identities and lying about being related- they most likely would have never been caught without these accounts. It is shameful what they have done but to read that one of the men is currently serving in the armed forces- I hope that the military brings UCMJ upon him or that the civilian courts prosecute him fairly- as with the other man as well. I couldn’t help but search one of the men on social media to see what his ties to Fairbanks were- and I saw that one of them had attended UAF as well. There was a picture of the two men together to and someone had made a comment last year under it stating “TROUBLE” which leads me to believe that these two have been brought negative attention to themselves before.
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No one is well-served by sexism in Japan

No one is well-served by sexism in Japan | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

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No one is well-served by sexism in Japan: Except perhaps the industry catering to the sexually frustrated

AT FIRST glance, Sora Tob Sakana is aimed squarely at the pre-teen market. After all, the pop group’s four members are 14- to 16-year-old girls who sport ponytails and cutesy frilly dresses and pump out bubblegum tunes accompanied by wobbly dancing. Yet at a festival of similar “idol” bands in Yokohoma on July 9th, the fans were mostly single men aged between 20 and 50 who might well describe themselves as otaku—nerds. When asked, some men say they do not need to marry; their idols give them the romantic fulfilment they need.
Creepy? It is true, says Rei Kazama, one of the band members, looking slightly uncomfortable, that many of the fans are ojisan—middle-aged blokes. She would prefer a younger audience. But, she adds, the ojisan are supportive: “It’s like they’re nurturing us as we grow up.” Purity, a band manager says, is a selling-point. The girls are under contract not to have boyfriends—presumably to encourage fans to project their own fantasies onto their favourite band members. (When a member of Japan’s biggest-selling idol band, AKB48, recently announced that she was leaving to get married, fans were as outraged as jilted lovers.) Also essential is offering fans the chance to meet band members, including photographs and 20-second handshakes. It is all part of the setto, as in a set menu, and can cost ¥4,000 ($35) a pop. The promoters have found lots of ways to part otaku from their money.

This is the more palatable end of Japan’s striking knack for transmuting sexual urges into efficient industries. Akihabara, Tokyo’s mecca for manga and anime, is also the heart of a fetish for schoolgirls and their uniforms. There, in “JK salons” (joshi kosei means high-school girl) a young woman in uniform will tell your fortune. Or, for ¥3,000 for 20 minutes, you can lie next to her. In many places that is all you may do. But sex is on offer if otaku know where to look. A new city ordinance barring girls of 17 or younger from working in the JK business may serve only to drive it underground—or onto the internet.
It is, to many, proof of the misogyny of Japanese society: often demeaning and sometimes dangerous to women. Yet some sociologists argue that life in Japan is not much fun for men, either. As evidence, they point to the decline of marriage and romantic relationships. Three-fifths of men between the ages of 25 and 35 remain unmarried. A survey by the research arm of Meiji Yasuda, an insurer, found that 53% of men in their 20s had never gone out (vaguely defined) with a woman; in contrast, 64% of American men claim to have had sex by the age of 20.

Labour practices forged during a high-growth industrial era do men no favours. Male-dominated workforces are expected to put in long hours, often without overtime pay—and then stay drinking in smoky bars with the boss until the last train home. The assumption is that employees have a spouse who is a full-time housewife back home. But even young employees lucky enough to be on permanent contracts now struggle to raise a family on a single income.

As for the growing “precariat” of young Japanese men on non-permanent contracts—forget it. Now that women have more, if hardly stellar, work options, they can afford to hold out for a better partner, ie, one earning a good salary. In canvassing opinion among unmarried women seeking a partner, ¥7m a year seems a common floor among the better educated. The price tag on love and marriage, says Kaori Shoji, a social commentator, seems to go up by the year. Who wants to marry a loser?

Japanese marriages are surely the least fulfilling in the rich world. Open affection is in short supply. Once they have children, sociologists say, mothers feel under intense pressure to go into overdrive at mothering. Lunch boxes are scrutinised critically by other mothers; hiring a babysitter or cleaner is frowned upon. In conventional households the husband has few responsibilities—and offers little help in raising the children or doing housework.

But he also accepts a diminished role. His salary goes straight to his wife, who manages the household finances and hands him back a little pocket money. A wife will often discourage her husband from coming home until after she has put the children to bed. Japanese children sometimes sleep with the mother until they are ten or 11. Toko Shirakawa, who sits on a government panel on gender issues, says: “I don’t know if a separate bedroom for the husband is the norm, but it’s certainly typical.” Sexlessness among married couples appears to be increasing.

Mother’s boys
For many a young male, a doting mother is his chief experience of women. He may feel it is unlikely to be bettered. When young men are asked why they are not looking for a girlfriend, the word they most often use is mendokusai—too much trouble. That covers a multitude of issues. One, says Masahiro Yamada of Chuo University, is the power of the in-group in Japanese society and the fear of gossip, or even bullying, amplified by social media, if you draw attention. A related factor is Japan’s striking social segregation by sex. As Ms Shoji points out, it is common in pubs to see a table of young company men complaining about their bosses next to one of young single women moaning about the lack of suitable men. Yet each group keeps to itself, rather than spying a chance to seek new friendships and possible mates. Japan does lust and passion well, but sucks at love, she adds.
Here the market can be of assistance. With self-esteem among young men low, and fear of rejection by women high, you can see the appeal of teen idols. But why stop there? Orient Industry, Japan’s oldest maker of love dolls—which now have removable heads and genitalia and remarkably tactile silicone skin, and sell for ¥800,000 or more—wants buyers to think of their purchases as works of art. Cheaper than that come curvaceous pillows (also with add-ons) intended to invite their human users into a fantasy dreamworld. After all, a pillow will never humiliate you.

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Boan White's comment, July 21, 9:58 PM
Ouch, Japan sure has some odd customs. It's also kinda sad that they put work before marriage to the point that Japanese look to purchase fulfillment instead, whether it be an object or need pop singer concert.
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Cardinal George Pell returns to Australia to face sexual assault charges

Cardinal George Pell returns to Australia to face sexual assault charges | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
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Boan White's comment, July 21, 9:59 PM
I am not sure who I believe Cardinal George Pell or those that are accusing him of assault. One the one I wish to believe that the Cardinal is innocent, that Australia's most senior Catholic and the Vatican treasurer would go against his faith and spit at his god by committing such a crime as assault it saddening to contemplate. Yet, it would not be the first time that man hid there black hearts behind the cloth.
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'Gotham' actor Donal Logue's daughter is 'safely back home:' rep

'Gotham' actor Donal Logue's daughter is 'safely back home:' rep | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

'Gotham' actor Donal Logue's daughter is 'safely back home:'

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Emma Stone reveals that some male costars took pay cuts for her, so *everyone* could have equal pay

Emma Stone reveals that some male costars took pay cuts for her, so *everyone* could have equal pay | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
While we continue to live in a frustrating world where the gender pay gap still very much exists, every so often we hear stories that restore just a *little* bit of faith.
Over the last few years, many of our favorite actresses have spoken out about the significant pay gap between them and their male costars. Somehow, the problem of a pay gap is nowhere near fixed, but according to Emma Stone, there are actors who see gender pay disparity as the problem that it is — and have taken measures to ensure their female costars are making the same amount of money as they are.
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I think this is amazing. It’s a shame that her male costars even HAD to do this, and that the producers didn’t automatically give everyone equal pay though. This is a great example on how pay gaps still exist, even though many people don’t believe they do. The only real argument I’ve seen people make against the pay gap is that people who THINK it exists are advocating for equal pay for different occupations, and equal pay for different jobs. Which is inaccurate. No one is asking that a doctor should make the same as a janitor. What we’re advocating for is equal pay for equal work.
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What Constitutes Sexual Consent?

What Constitutes Sexual Consent? | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Live call-in discussion: As humans, we can send a lot of mixed signals. This is particularly true in relationships and thus, regarding sexual consent. We're highlighting the conversation and some of the questions caught up in it.
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Bethany M's comment, July 15, 1:27 PM
Consent is such an easy concept to grasp, but it can be so hard to explain. Consent isn’t always a verbal “yes.” Sometimes it’s being the instigator, or playing an equal role as your partner. Consent can be body language too. It’s the difference between actively participating, and being completely still. We must also recognize that some people deal process trauma in different ways, and react to adrenaline and the “fight of flight” response completely differently. Some people will fight and say no when they don’t give consent whereas other people will freeze and find it extremely hard to even move a muscle.
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What is Causing the Mental Health Crisis Among Women in the Nation’s Jails and Prisons? |

A study released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that two thirds (66%) of all women in prison report having a history of mental health problems, as compared to 35 percent of male inmates.

When it came to U.S. jail inmates, the female/male mental health discrepancy is nearly as dramatic, with 68 percent of female jail inmates having been told they had a mental disorder, versus 41 percent of males in jail who had received such a diagnosis.

The June 2017 study—which drills down into a National Inmate Survey conducted from February 2011 to March 2012, in which more than 100,000 men and women in U.S. jails and prisons around the country were questioned—also noted differences in mental health problems across various ages, and races.

But, the most startling differences consistantly had to do with gender.
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Bethany M's comment, July 15, 1:31 PM
I think there are many different factors that contribute to the mental health issues women experience while in jail and prison. First, if any of the women are moms it probably strips them of their motherhood and makes them feel inadequate. Society also has really harsh standards for women. Being thin, having clear skin, being tan, having your nails done, having perfectly shaped eye brows, having carved out cheek bones, defined lips, long lashes, thick beautiful hair, having cute clothes, being put together 100% of the time. Perhaps being stripped of their femininity plays a huge role on their self-image, thus effecting their mental health.
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Aniak couple died together in 2016 plane crash described as ‘act of suicide’

Family described Mark and Cecilia Matter, who was ill with cancer, as inseparable.
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Anna Givens's comment, July 13, 5:10 PM
Very tragic article. Prior to reading this article I read one of the articles you tagged about terminally ill patients being able to get an RX for pills which can end their life should they choose to do it. In a circumstance like this, she should of been able to end her life if she was very sick with cancer. Even going to Oregon or California and becoming a resident is a very simple process. Their adult child was quoted as saying they were very close and clearly that is why they felt the need to "go" together but it is still tragic and I wish his life could of been spared.
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Donal Logue vows to take missing kid back 'no questions asked'

Donal Logue vows to take missing kid back 'no questions asked' | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The desperate search for missing teen Jade Logue entered its eighth day Monday.
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Woman dies after ‘domestic dispute’ on cruise ship in Southeast Alaska, cruise line says

Princess Cruises says a 39-year-old woman died after a "domestic dispute" Tuesday night on one of its cruise ships bound for Juneau.

The ship docked at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday in Juneau, where it was met by the FBI, said a statement from Princess Cruises.

"Since the incident, our fleet security team has been coordinating with the FBI and other local authorities," said the cruise line's statement. "They will be embarking the ship when it arrives in Juneau this morning."
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California Woman Jailed in 'Rape Fantasy' Scheme Files Suit

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A California woman exonerated of charges that she responded to online "rape fantasy" ads to get men to attack her ex-boyfriend's new wife is suing the city of Anaheim, claiming police failed to thoroughly investigate her case.
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SF Prosecutors, San Quentin Inmates Form Unique Partnership

SF Prosecutors, San Quentin Inmates Form Unique Partnership | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has been quietly leading his team into San Quentin State Prison for face to face meetings with the men locked up inside. It’s an effort to humanize th
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Charges: 2 Fairbanks men raped woman in Washington state

The suspects and victim shared an Uber ride from a bar in Seattle, according to King County prosecutors.
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Tennessee judge to inmates: Get sterilized and I’ll reduce your jail time

The program drew fire from opponents who say it violates fundamental constitutional rights.
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Suspects still on the run after KCK police find 3-year-old child in stolen vehicle

Suspects still on the run after KCK police find 3-year-old child in stolen vehicle | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler said the child who was in the back of a stolen car has been found safe.
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Father Charged With First Degree Murder After 'Suspicious' Fatal Shooting of His 22-Year-Old Daughter

Father Charged With First Degree Murder After 'Suspicious' Fatal Shooting of His 22-Year-Old Daughter | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Kailee McMullen is remembered as a bubbly woman who loved helping others.
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Anna Givens's comment, July 25, 4:32 PM
I know that this article didn’t have much information to it so I did look up the latest of the story and I am just so shocked. The article I found had the 911 call that her father made and it was just so heartbreaking. He told dispatch on the phone that she had shot herself in the face and that she was not breathing- but he continued to do CPR with assistance of the 911 operator on the phone. He was able to quickly tell the operator what type of gun was used and honestly seemed more nervous than upset that his daughter was dead. Towards the end of the call his wife could be heard screaming and was clearly very upset while trying to conduct CPR on Kailee Jo. Apparently, there was an affidavit that the DHS has opened an investigation that he had sexually abused his daughter but no charges were filed. Also, it is interesting to note that the father was rolling in the dirt to wipe away blood from his body when police arrived and had to be physically restrained to stop him from doing so. The blood-covered revolver was found in the home- and police found it suspicious that the father had moved the body several times and was trying to clean up blood in the home. It sounds as if he is guilty of murder and I am interested to see how this story plays out. What were the motives here? Was he mad about her allegations of sexual abuse? Were there further disagreements?
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Malala Yousafzai graduates high school and celebrates with her first tweet

Malala Yousafzai graduates high school and celebrates with her first tweet | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Malala Yousafzai, a women's rights advocate recognized worldwide for speaking out against inequality, has picked up a new way of spreading her message: Twitter
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The Latest: Police release names of father, 4 kids killed

The Latest: Police release names of father, 4 kids killed | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Latest: Police release names of father, 4 kids killed
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Trump Administration Announces Shift in Title IX Enforcement - Campus Safety Magazine

Wheeler said a large regulatory review will subject many rules to a cost-benefit analysis weighing the burden of compliance for schools with the benefits they provide students, according to Inside Higher Ed.


Related: How Title IX Complaints are Handled by the OCR
Three areas that seem primed for adjustments are listed below.

1. The Dept. of Ed.’s List of Schools Under Investigation
Jackson sharply criticized the Department of Education’s practice of publicly listing the institutions that are being investigated by the OCR— something the Obama administration had begun in 2014. Jackson said the practice is “high up on that list of things that will soon be addressed as the agency reconsiders various regulatory efforts as part of President Trump’s administration-wide regulatory review.”

Jackson referred to the list as the “list of shame” and said “our job isn’t to threaten, punish or facilitate drawing media or public attention” to colleges and universities.

2. College Title IX Disciplinary Proceedings
Jackson also addressed one of the most controversial aspects of the Department of Education’s guidance: the “preponderance of evidence” standard of proof that schools are required to use during Title IX investigations and disciplinary proceedings.

Jackson said the practice of requiring schools to use that standard of proof is “actively under consideration”, although she did not indicate how it may change.

The standard, which means students must be found responsible for misconduct if evidence suggests it is more likely than not that they committed misconduct, has led to numerous lawsuits and a recent condemnation from the American College of Trial Lawyers.

3. Dept. of Ed. Methods for Resolving Title IX Cases
Jackson insinuated that the Office for Civil Rights would pursue alternative options for closing civil rights cases, including the broadening of “early complaint resolution” options in sexual violence and racial discrimination cases.

Other OCR, Title IX Announcements
In a possible response to civil rights advocates’ criticism (which has sparked an investigation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights), Wheeler and Jackson reaffirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to to the rights of transgender students, with both insisting that such students are protected by existing federal laws.

In February, the Trump administration withdrew federal guidance from a Dear Colleague Letter that allowed students to use school bathrooms that match their gender identity. In withdrawing the guidance, the OCR asserted that states and local school districts should create their own policies. Jackson said the withdrawal “does not leave those students without [civil rights] protection.”

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The judge who presided over Brock Turner's sexual assault case offers first defense of his decision

The judge who presided over Brock Turner's sexual assault case offers first defense of his decision | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

Judge Aaron Persky ordered a six-month sentence for Brock Turner, who had been attending Stanford on a swimming scholarship when he was convicted of sexual assault. (Jason Doiy / Recorder)

A judge who is facing a recall effort over the sexual-assault sentence he gave a former Stanford University swimmer is publicly defending himself for the first time, saying that it's his job to consider lighter sentences for first offenders and that he cannot allow public opinion to factor in his decisions.

“California law requires every judge to consider rehabilitation and probation for first-time offenders,” Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky wrote in the statement filed with the Santa Clara County 

The statement makes no direct reference to Brock Turner. The six-month sentence Persky gave Turner last year spurred outrage and brought on the recall effort.

It cites a review of Persky's rulings by the Associated Press that found that he followed the recommendations of the parole board in every similar case, suggesting that Turner did not receive special treatment for his status as a white collegiate athlete, as many critics have suggested.

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Shavon Randle case: Girl found dead after ransom call; possible motive detailed

Shavon Randle case: Girl found dead after ransom call; possible motive detailed | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Authorities in North Texas say a 13-year-old girl missing for several days and a man were both found dead early Sunday inside a Dallas home.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson says Shavon Randle has been identified as one of two people dead inside the house in Dallas' Oak Cliff area.

The girl was reported abducted Wednesday from her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas. CBS DFW identified the man found dead as 19-year-old Michael Titus, who had been a person of interest sought in connection to her kidnapping. There has still been no word about how Randle died.

The station reports that Devontae Owens, 24, and Laquon Wilkerson, 30, are now behind bars, arrested late Saturday in relation to Randle's kidnapping. Two others are reportedly being questioned.
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Anna Givens's comment, July 21, 2:27 PM
It is so unfortunate that this girl was seen as the middle man and murdered over families drug deals gone bad. How could they take a life for ransom over drugs- one if these things are not replaceable and the other is. And how did the Michael Titus, a man who was being sought for the young girls abduction in the first place, die? It seems very suspicious and the articles states that they have two people behind bars for the kidnapping but didn’t mention any charges relating to murder. Murder-suicide with Michael Titus maybe? I hope that more information comes out so justice can be served for this young girl and her family.