She's now claiming that she killed Travis Alexander in an act of self defense, but just days after Travis Alexander was found slaughtered, Jodi Arias wrote an effusive farewell to her boyfriend on the guestbook for Legacy.com, the online obituary service.
Travis, what can I say to you that I haven't already said? I am so grateful for the endless hours of conversation and amazing experiences we've shared. Thank you for having the courage to share the Gospel with me. You've had one of the greatest impacts on my life, and have forever altered it's course for the better. I love you, my friend, and always will.
Jodi's comments about Travis and the impact their relationship had on her life now seem more than a little creepy in light of the accusations against her.
As RadarOnline.com has been reporting, Alexander's body was discovered by concerned friends on June 8, 2008. He'd been shot and stabbed 27 times, with his throat cut from ear-to-ear.
His ex-girlfriend, Arias, was immediately suspected of the crime, and her long delayed death penalty murder trial got underway on Wednesday.
Introduced as evidence was a camera prosecutors say they found in the washing machine at Alexander's home. It contained photos of Alexander and Arias having sex just before he was killed, as well as photos of his dead body in the shower.
In what investigators say was Jodi's third version of what went down that day, the accused killer claimed Alexander became irate after she dropped the camera in the washing machine and he attacked her.
The trial, which is fast becoming the most watched murder case since Casey Anthony, will resume in Mesa, Arizona on Tuesday, January 8.
Come back to RadarOnline.com for live streaming coverage of all the courtroom drama.
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Al Gentry, a North Carolina man whose brother Harold Gentry was murdered 26 years ago, continues pushing investigators to confirm if the killer was his brother's ex-wife Betty Neumar, who was linked to four other dead husbands before her death last year.
Al, 67, spearheaded the effort to confirm the identity of the killer be it Neumar, who was facing trial, accused of solicitation to commit first-degree murder in Harold's death when she died at 79 of cancer, or someone else (possibly at her instruction).
"The question I have is, 'Who killed my brother?'" Al told the AP. "That person is still out there. I'm going to fight to my last breath until I find out who killed him."
County Sheriff Rick Burris said the open case has hit "a dead end" because of a lack of leads.
"If we get any new information, we'll investigate," Burris said, "We want to bring closure to Al."
In 2008, Gentry re-opened the investigation, showing Neumar had been married five times, with all of her husbands winding up dead prematurely.
The marriages took place in North Carolina, Ohio, Florida and Georgia. Her husbands were: Clarence Malone, who died in 1970 from a gunshot to the back of the head; James Flynn, who Neumar told cops "died on a pier" in New York during the 1950s; Richard Sills, who died of a gunshot wound in 1967; Gentry, who was shot in 1986; and John Neumar, whose death from a sepsis in 2007 came under question from relatives, thinking he might have been poisoned.
Al, who has suffered serious health complications, admits the search for the killer has consumed his life.
"I know that," he said. "But I can't give up."
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Ryan Freel, who won his team's 'hustle award' just five years ago, committed suicide Saturday, killing himself with a self-inflicted gunshot blast to the head.
Freel, 36, was living in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida at the time of his shocking death.
Two years after his final MLB game, the married-with-kids Freel had been named the baseball coach at a Jacksonville high school in June but later resigned the post.
"The Reds family is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ryan Freel," the team said in a statement. "His teammates and our fans loved him for how hard he played the game, and he loved giving back to the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
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Want To Be Friends With An Ayatollah? ‘Hypocrytical’ Khamenei Joins Facebook, Despite Iran’s Strict Ban
By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter
But if anyone is hoping to find out who the Ayatollah's closest friends are, maybe learn about his "interests," get a chance to browse his fun vacation snaps or watch his favorite viral video hot from the streets of Tehran, they are likely to be sorely disappointed, encountering instead much more dry and somber content.
The devoutly religious, pious Supreme Leader had already begun keeping in touch with his followers and fans around the world via Twitter and Instagram, despite both also being banned in Iran, but now the seemingly tech savvy 73-year-old religious head is spreading his message wider, courtesy of Facebook, and has already racked up an impressive 19,458 "likes."
Joining the Western obsession of tweeting and Facebook status updates is an unexpected move for the Ayatollah, whose strict regime has deemed such websites decadent, branding them instances of the so-called "western soft war" conspired by the likes of the "Zionists," the Guardian.co.uk reports.
And the "gross hypocrisy" of doing so has not gone unnoticed by the lucky few in Iran who have the ability to (illegally) access un-censored international news reports.
One of the latest posts on the Supreme Leader's Facebook page is a YouTube video that features Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, and Khamenei, each separately commenting on the concept of the new Middle East.
While many of the thousands of comments below it are from devout followers, some cheeky visitors to the page have added their opinions such as, "So where are the women in your photos?" and: "Merry Christmas to you and all of your wives."
Access to more than 5 million websites is blocked in Iran and people who try to visit blocked addresses are redirected to a web page that reads: "Access to the website is denied according to [Iran's] computer crimes regulations."
One unfortunate blogger who dared to speak his mind about the human rights violations committed by the rulers of his country met a sinister end at the hands of Iran's cyber-police force known as the Fata, according to the Guardian.
When the group failed to silence Sattar Beheshti, 35, online, they reportedly dispatched members to his home, detaining him on charges he was acting against the best interests of national security by posting on Facebook. A week later his family received a phone call telling them to pick up his dead body.
"He went with them safe and sound standing on his own legs; we were then asked to buy a grave for his body," Beheshti's sister told a reporter as she sobbed recounting the ordeal her family had endured.
However, despite the accusations of hypocrisy, with Khamenei's office now active on Twitter and sending out more than 3,200 tweets in Farsi, English and Arabic, many are optimistically interpreting it as a green light to increase Internet activity, especially with the impending presidential elections in 2013. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will step down in June as he is not able to run for President a third time under the constitution.
At the time of Iran's last presidential elections in 2009, social media became an essential tool across the country for campaigning, with many activists taking to Facebook and Twitter to advocate for their favorite candidate.
However, the newly enjoyed openness was soon stamped out following the election result, after people started going online to organize protests, and citizen journalism became a dangerous new threat to the regime.
Meanwhile, Iranian authorities continue to closely monitor the Internet to identify and arrest dissents, with many people detained for extended periods over their online activism.
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In a disgusting con, scam artists are trying to make a quick buck off of the horrifying school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and in particular, the death of 6-year-old Noah Pozner, who was laid to rest on Monday.
Noah's family learned of the scam this week when someone they didn't know was attempting to collect donations on their behalf by creating a Website that even used the little boy's name in the address.
Noah's uncle, Alexis Haller, was so angry he alerted the FBI and asked authorities to find "these despicable people," he told The Associated Press.
"These scammers," he said, "are taking away from families and the spirits of dead kids."
The scam was exposed when a family friend received an email about donating to the fund. The email, which provided details about Noah's funeral and the Pozner family, told donors to send money to an address in the Bronx and listed a New York City phone number to text any questions.
Noah's aunt, Victoria Haller, emailed the person who had originally registered the domain name. The person, who went by the name Jason Martin, wrote back that he'd meant "to somehow honor Noah and help promote a safer gun culture. I had no ill intentions I assure you."
CNN's Anderson Cooper sent a team to the Bronx address, where they confronted a woman named Noel Alba. Alba claimed someone else may have been trying to set her up. She reportedly received $300, but claimed to have returned the money.
Alexis Haller told Cooper he's spent so much time hunting down these fake sites, that "...instead of doing things with our family, I am running around trying to protect the family."
The Pozner family has now taken back the domain name and has set up a legitimate site at NoahPozner.org.
Noah's death has attracted considerable attention because his family released a transcript of their moving eulogy at his funeral, a eulogy that began with his mother saying, "The Sky is crying..."
Sandra Miniutti, the spokeswoman for CharityNavigator.org, which rates charity organizations, said it's not uncommon for con artists to prey on strangers' goodwill after a tragedy, which happened after the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo. in 1999, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., in July.
Miniutti told the Daily News, in general, it's best to avoid charities that you've never heard of.
"Unless you live in the town and you know the people behind the charity, I would stay away," she said. "It's too risky."
Charity Navigator cites the American Red Cross and DonorsChoose as reputable charities getting involved in Newtown, Conn.
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Jacintha Saldanha -- the nurse who hanged herself after a phone prank to Kate Middleton's hospital room from Australian radio DJ’s Mel Greig and Michael Christian received worldwide attention -- blamed the radio personalities in one of the three suicide notes she left, RadarOnline.com has learned.
Jacintha “wrote a short letter in which she expressed her deep anger at the Australian radio presenters and blamed them for her tragic death," Mail Online reported.
The other two notes the 46-year-old wife and mother-of-two left, according to reports, addressed her ire toward King Edward VII Hospital; and her wishes toward burial arrangements.
As for her gripes against the hospital, a source told Mail Online that "Jacintha was involved in a personal disagreement with a colleague several weeks before the prank call. The hospital had decided not to take any formal action but to put the two nurses on separate shifts. Jacintha made clear her disappointment and that she was not happy."
In related news, Jacintha's funeral took place Monday at Our Lady of Health Church in Shirva, India.
Her husband Ben Barboza, 49, and their children Junal, 17 and Lisha, 14, accompanied her body from London a day before. At a Saturday mass held at Westminster Cathedral, Barboza paid tribute to his late wife.
"My wife, you were the light in my darkness, who always showed me the way forward," he said. "From the day we met, you always stood by me in times of hardship and happiness. I feel a part of me has been ripped out. Without your beautiful smile and sparkling personality, the house is an empty place to live.
"Nineteen years of togetherness with a strong bond of affection and understanding will be cherished forever in my life," he said. "Your loss is a very painful one and nobody can take that place in my life ever again. I love you and miss you forever."
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It has taken him up to four decades to admit it but notorious California serial killer Rodney Alcala has finally confessed to the 1970s murders of two New York women.
The shaggy-haired 69-year-old stood in a Manhattan courtroom on Friday and pled guilty to the 1971 rape and murder of TWA flight attendant Cornelia Crilley and the 1977 slaying of Hollywood nightclub heiress, Ellen Hover.
Both women were 23 and their crimes languished in the cold case files until a Manhattan grand jury indicted him in January 2011.
But Alcala only pled guilty to the horrific murders as part of a calculated move to return to the west coast to fight the California death sentence he received nearly three years ago. In February 2010 the creepy photographer was found guilty of killing four women and a 12-year-old girl between 1977 and 1979.
Initially, when asked by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bonnie Wittner if he wanted to end the New York case on Friday, Alcala said: “No, I don’t.”
His stance changed, however, after the judge said there was no guarantee he could get a laptop and “unlimited use” of the jail “library” along with “five cartons of [legal] materials” to fight his California death sentence while behind bars in New York.
According to the NY Post, after whispering with his lawyer, Alcala told the judge that because he couldn't "have the use of the laptop…I’ll go ahead and enter the plea.”
In January he is expected to receive a 25-year sentence.
Seven years earlier Crilley was found raped and strangled in her Upper East Side apartment. And it now transpires Alcala murdered Hover who was found in 1978, 11 months after she disappeared in July 1977.
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He Said WHAT?!! British Singer Morrissey Shockingly Blames Kate Middleton For Nurse’s Tragic Suicide
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Jacintha Saldanha , 46, tragically committed suicide after she was tricked into transferring a call by Australian radio DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian to the pregnant royal's hospital room as part of an on-air prank that went horribly wrong.
But Morrissey, who shot to fame in the 80s as lead singer of The Smiths, isn't slamming the radio personalities that were behind the hoax, and is instead pointing the finger of blame squarely at Middleton and the rest of the royal family.
"It wasn't because of two DJs in Australia that this woman took her own life, it was the pressure around her," the 53-year-old claimed in an interview with New Zealand's 3News.
The musician went on to say that he believes - despite the Royal Palace's announcement Middleton was suffering from a severe form of morning sickness called Hyperemesis Gravidarum - she was in the hospital for "no reason" and launched a scathing attack on the famous family and the way they have dealt with the sad situation.
"Even with the recent story about the nurse killing herself in King Edward Hospital, there's no blame placed on Kate Middleton who was in hospital as far as I could see for absolutely no reason," he said. "She feels no shame about the death of this woman; she's saying nothing about the death of this poor woman. The arrogance of the British royals is absolutely staggering and why it's allowed to be I really don't know."
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, following news of the suicide, a rep for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge immediately released a statement, saying the couple was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy and added: "Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward Vll Hospital and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time."
However, Morrissey continued his outrageous rant: "Does she have a health condition?" He asked. "Is it anorexia or is it pregnancy? I mean morning sickness already? So much hoo haw and then suddenly as bright as a button as soon as this poor woman dies she's out of hospital? It doesn't ring true.
"And I'm sure the Palace and Clarence House put maximum pressure on this poor receptionist and nurse and of course that's kept away from the press."
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As previously reported, Jacintha Saldanha, 46, tragically took her own life after unwittingly transferring a prank call from a pair of Australian radio DJs to the pregnant royal's hospital room.
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Now it has been revealed that the well-respected health care worker was found hanged in her staff housing room at the West London hospital.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Saldanha left a suicide note for her family who, according to Australian media, did not know about the phony call which was made at 5:30 a.m. last Tuesday.
Saldanha's husband, Ben Barboza, 49, and their children Junal, 17, and Lisha, 14, have demanded to "know everything" about the events running up to and surrounding her death.
British Labor MP Keith Vaz, who is representing the family, said his clients were "in the dark about the hoax call" and "hadn't watched the news or seen anything about it." He went on to claim the family knew nothing about their loved one's involvement "until after Jacintha's death."
The DJ's Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who made the call pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, have tearfully apologized for the prank and remain on indefinite suspension from the radio station, 2DayFM.
The station, and its hosts, have faced an avalanche of negative press and backlash following Saldanha's suicide. On Monday, the station announced it was canceling Hot 30, the beleaguered DJ's radio show, and released a statement Tuesday announcing they were pledging a donation to the late nurse's family.
"All profits from advertising on 2DayFM until the end of the year will be donated to an appropriate fund that will directly benefit the family of Jacintha Saldanha," the parent company of the station, Southern Cross Austereo, said.
They pledged at least $500,000, and expressed "deep regret for what has taken place in these tragic and unforeseen circumstances."
A post-mortem examination has taken place on Saldanha's body but the results are not yet known.
An inquest is due to be opened and adjourned Thursday.
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By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter
Jessica Laney, 16, of Hudson, Florida, was a popular soccer-playing high schooler in her real-life, but when she got home to the privacy of her computer she had a busy social media alter-ego on sites such as Tumblr, and Ask.fm, where people can ask questions and make anonymous comments, reported ABCActionNews.com.
The student at Fivay High School bantered with other users on the site under the name Jessica Marieee1, and while many posts were about boys, songs and make-up, some took on a much more sinister tone, calling her fat and a loser.
One visitor asked her, "Can you kill yourself already?" and another commented "nobody even cares about you."
While many of her real friends believe that the taunts from Internet trolls are to blame for Jessica's death by hanging, an official from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says neither Laney's parents nor Laney's boyfriend were aware of any bullying in her life.
"Our thoughts and prayers go to the Jessica Marie Laney's family as they deal with their loss. (Pasco County Sheriff's Office) is not aware of any formal complaint to the Pasco School District or PSO about her being bullied," said Doug Tobin, Public Information Officer for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
However, some telling online comments from Jessica herself on Ask.fm hint at deep rifts in her home-life and trouble with her family. "I miss so many people, but honestly I miss my brother, not the person he is now, but the one he use to be," she wrote two days before her death. "I know he doesn't miss me, but it still hurts to know he will never come back and more than likely never talk to me again."
Many of Jessica's friends are now campaigning to have the controversial website taken down and have launched a petition on Change.org, that has already garnered thousands of signatures.
"After I saw that, I thought they should just delete the website. Nobody should have that, to have people say stuff like that on there," said school pal Laney Torres.
Sheriff Chris Nocco explained that while the quotes are disturbing, there are not many legal avenues that the authorities can take against the site. "What we can say is that we are going through the social network sites right now," he told ABCActionNews.com. "We don't even know if a crime occurred. It could have been nasty words that were said, that led this young girl to take the actions that she did."
"There is first amendment, and the protection of the Internet," he explained, but went on to warn parents to be diligent about what their children are looking at online. "Be in the same room as them. It's OK to be a nosy parent."
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