"The world is dangerous to live in
not because of the people who do
but because of the people who know
about it but do nothing to stop
first names are links that will
take you to websites with more
I would like to give credit to the
Children Who Never Made It Home and
Stolen Innocence webpages for most of the names
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A man
convicted of state manslaughter
charges for strangling a
13-year-old girl he met on the
Internet pleaded guilty Thursday to
federal charges of crossing state
lines to have sex with the child.
Saul Dos Reis, 25, admitted
traveling from New York to Danbury
to meet the girl and also pleaded
guilty to making a similar trip in
1998 to have sex with a 15-year-old
girl he met online.
Authorities say Dos Reis
strangled Christina Long on May 17,
2002, while the two were having sex
in his car after he picked up the
sixth-grader at a Danbury mall.
Police said Dos Reis met her in an
Internet chat room.
The case led to a push in
Congress for a kids-only domain on
Dos Reis was convicted in
March of state charges of
manslaughter and sexual assault in
Christina's death. He entered a
plea under the Alford Doctrine, in
which he did not admit guilt but
conceded the state had enough
evidence to convict him.
Christina's disappearance had found
messages to her Internet account
that led them to Dos Reis, a
Brazilian national who was working
in his stepfather's restaurant in
Port Chester, N.Y. After being
questioned by police, Dos Reis
allegedly led investigators to
Christina's body in a shallow
ravine near Greenwich.
In court Thursday,
prosecutors said Dos Reis tried to
create an alibi after Christina's
death by writing an e-mail asking
her: "So how was that date with
that guy last night?"
Dos Reis, through his
lawyers, had contended Christina's
death was accidental.
Federal prosecutors said they
will seek a 25-year prison term,
the maximum allowed for the two
counts of traveling in interstate
commerce to engage in illegal sex
with a minor, when Dos Reis is
sentenced July 7. Defense attorney
James Lenihan said federal
sentencing guidelines would call
for a six- to nine-year term.
On the state charges, Dos
Reis faces a maximum of 30 years
and is to be sentenced May 6.
On February 13,
1979, Bruce D. Williams, Jr. brutally
raped and murdered fourteen year old
Sandy Hoyt. Williams calculated and
planned his crimes by telephoning Sandy
and introducing himself as a doctor who
required her to baby sit his son at his
He stated to her
that he just received a call to attend
an emergency for one of his patients.
Williams met Sandy on his street while
using his ten month old son as a decoy
to convince her that this was a
legitimate baby sitting job.
In his home, while
Sandy was occupied with his son, he put
a rope around her, tied her to his bed
and raped her. After he completed his
savage rape he warned her not to
disclose to anyone what he did to her.
She told him that she would tell her
parents and the police.
In an angry rage,
Williams strangled her to death, dumped
her body in a wooded area to cover and
conceal his tracks. He never showed any
remorse or responsibility for his
crimes. At the time, he was employed as
a US Postal worker and special
policeman. His father was a Stamford
Parents of Murdered Children website.
CHICAGO March 27,
2003- Authorities say the body of
a young child found in the Vermilion
River has been identified as that of a
Streator boy missing since Wednesday
Thursday, hundreds of searchers were
looking around Streator for Dalton
Mesarchik, 7, who disappeared from in
front of his home Wednesday evening
while waiting for a bus to pick him up.
Streator Police Chief Jeff Anderson and
Livingston County Sheriff confirmed that
Dalton's body had been found by a
fisherman near a tree at the boat club
in Streator shortly before noon. That
location is approximately 2.5 miles from
the boy's home.
"Between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the
body of a white male child was found in
a rural Streator area near a body of
water," Lt. Robert Turner, of the
Streator Police, told reporters Thursday
No cause of death was immediately
available, with autopsy results pending.
NBC5's Lisa Turman reported that police
consider this an active investigation.
As part of their investigation, police
are talking to the 40 or so registered
sex offenders in the area.
Anderson said Dalton had been waiting
for a school bus to take him to a church
program, but the program was canceled
and the van never arrived. When his
parents called him to come back inside
the house, he had disappeared.
HOKE COUNTY, NC-
abducted on the morning of January
7, 1998 as she stood waiting for
the school bus to pick her up from
her residence on Gainey Road in
Hoke County. The following day,
after an intensive search by a
combination of local, state and
federal law enforcement officers
assisted by hundreds of volunteers,
Brittany's body was located in a
drainage ditch next to a farm road,
approximately 3 miles from where
she had been abducted.
Recently, the SBI
formed a task force to continue
this investigative effort.
Significant strides have been made.
Information developed during this
investigation is routinely
re-evaluated and compared with new
information on a daily basis.
Analysis of the physical evidence
is continuing. The SBI Task Force
remains committed to this
investigation and confident that
this case will be resolved.
We must all work together to
protect our community. The only way
we can do that is to remove the
ongoing threat and prevent this
from happening to another innocent
child. Please contact the SBI
Brittany Locklear Task Force or the
SBI Operations Center at the
following numbers. All leads will
be handled in a discreet and
SBI Operations Center,
Raleigh, NC - 800-334-3000
Jan. 24, 2002
-- Larry J. Seeley II, accused of
sexually molesting and then killing
his girlfriend's 4-year-old
daughter last week, may face a
death penalty prosecution.
lawyer J. Kevin Mulroy said
Wednesday the Capital Defender
Office had been put on notice in
the case. Chief Assistant District
Attorney Rick Trunfio confirmed
that and said his office is
considering whether to ask a grand
jury to consider first-degree
murder charges in the suffocation
death of Jocelyn Pennington last
Seeley, 27, of 802 Spring St.,
Syracuse, is to be in County Court
today for the appearance of lawyers
from the Capital Defender Office in
Rochester. The District Attorney's
Office routinely notifies that
office in murder cases.
Authorities charged Seeley with
second-degree murder, alleging he
killed the girl recklessly with
depraved indifference to human
life. Seeley could face a
first-degree murder charge under
the theory that he intentionally
killed her during the commission of
a felony sexual assault.
Police described the attack on the
child as "brutal," and Seeley also
could face a first-degree
torture-murder charge depending on
what evidence the prosecution has
grand jury indict Seeley on a
first-degree murder charge, the
prosecution would have 120 days
from his arraignment to decide
whether to seek a death sentence.
Gautier, MS -- Sept. 3, 1989
April 15, 1994 -- The state Supreme
Court on Thursday reversed the
capital murder conviction of Henry
Lee Harrison, saying a forensic
pathologist went too far in
describing to the jury the injuries
that killed a 7-year-old Gautier
Pathologist Dr. Paul McGarry had
testified that April Sherry
Turner's injuries could have been
caused only during a rape. The
testimony was improper, the court
ruled, because defense lawyers had
not expected McGarry to say that
and because they had no pathologist
of their own to refute his
On Saturday, September 2, 1989,
seven year-old April Sherry Turner
was riding her bicycle with a
friend in Gautier, Mississippi. The
two children rode to a nearby
convenience store and April went
inside. Henry Lee Harrison, the
appellant, was outside the store.
According to the other little girl,
when April came out and got on her
chased her out of sight. April did
not come home that night. On
September 3, 1989, searchers found
April's nude, mutilated body in a
wooded area close to the
neighborhood where she lived. The
child's bloody shirt was knotted
tightly around her neck.
As part of the murder
investigation, the body of April
Turner was examined by forensic
pathologist, Dr. Paul McGarry. Upon
removing the knotted shirt, Dr.
McGarry observed thirty-six stab
wounds to the child's deeply
indented neck and throat. He
observed six more stab wounds on
her forehead and one behind her
left ear. Some of the wounds
appeared to have been made by a
sharp instrument while others
exhibited a "star-shaped
In addition to the stab wounds, Dr.
McGarry documented a deep curved
laceration of the child's forehead
above her right eyebrow. This wound
displayed swelling and hemorrhaging
indicating that April was alive
when the blow fell. The doctor next
noted extensive bruising of the
head and face and extensive
abrasions over the back of the
body. The child's genital area had
been subjected to a "massive
penetrating tearing injury" so
severe that nothing separated her
vagina from her rectum. Finally,
the doctor noted extensive rubbing
type abrasions on the outside and
the inside of
Upon being called by the State at
trial and after being qualified as
an expert witness, Dr. McGarry
offered several opinions based on
the injuries he had observed. He
believed that some of the stab
wounds were caused by something
with a long tapering point and
sharp edges. The curved laceration
above April's eye was consistent
with a downward blow from the
blood-stained metal canister
recovered by authorities. Finally,
Dr. McGarry offered his opinion
that April's vaginal and anal
injuries were caused by the
forceful penetration of a penis.
Thus, he concluded that despite the
lack of positive tests for semen,
April Turner was raped before being
In addition to the above opinions
on the causes of the victim's
various injuries, Dr. McGarry
offered expert testimony to the
effect that April Sherry Turner was
alive and conscious at the time the
injuries were inflicted. His
opinion was that strangulation was
the cause of death.
McGarry and law enforcement
officers noted wounds on the body
of April Turner that appeared to be
bite marks. Accordingly, the
child's body was examined by Dr.
Michael West, a forensic
odontologist. At trial Dr. West was
called by the State to testify to
the injuries he discovered and the
possibility that they were caused
by the defendant. His method was to
directly compare study models of
Harrison's teeth to the wounds on
the victim. Harrison was found to
exhibit a number of highly
dental characteristics. For
example, he was missing a central
incisor on his upper jaw, and he
had only two of the typical four
lower incisors. Dr. David Bonderer,
a dentist who participated in
making models of Harrison's teeth
testified that the defendant's
particular dental configuration was
Dr. West photographed and
videotaped the correlations he
found. Some of the photographic and
videotape comparisons were
introduced as exhibits to his
testimony. West testified that he
was able to identify over forty-one
bite marks on the body that were
inflicted by Harrison. They were
located "from her head to her
ankle, front, backside, rear;
completely covering the body." No
bite marks were found that were
inconsistent with the teeth of the
defendant. Additionally, West
testified that in his opinion, some
of the bites were inflicted while
the victim was alive and responsive
while others occurred while she was
unconscious or dead.
March 23, 2000 -- The man accused
of brutally murdering two Jackson
County girls more than a decade ago
will spend the rest of his life in
prison after entering two guilty
Henry Lee Harrison, 43, admitted to
killing 7-year-old April Turner and
13-year-old Felicia Smith in
separate incidents in 1989.
Vegas, NV -- April 4, 1997 --
Police are arranging forensics
tests to determine whether a sex
assault suspect arrested in
Charlotte, N.C., may be the same
man who killed Diana Hernandez
three years ago.
Also, detectives from Salt Lake
City and Reno suspect the man
charged with kidnapping and raping
a Charlotte toddler may be the same
man who abducted and murdered two
young girls in their cities.
John Brewer Eustace was charged
with kidnapping, rape, taking
indecent liberties with a child,
first-degree sex offense and
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Sgt.
Mike Justice said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sgt. Rick
Sanders, who questioned Eustace for
12 hours, declined to comment on
the investigation but said police
believe Eustace was in the Western
cities at the time of those
Metro Sgt. Kevin Manning said
investigators have placed Eustace
in Las Vegas when he applied for a
work card for employment in a
Detectives have asked Charlotte
police for forensics samples. The
tests "could take weeks," Manning
"What it essentially will do is
eliminate him as a suspect,"
Manning said. Police say Eustace,
31, crawled through the bedroom
window of an east Charlotte
apartment and snatched the toddler.
They say he chose the girl at
The day before Easter in 1994,
Diana disappeared from her parents'
apartment. Police eventually found
her nude body in a trash bin at the
complex. She had been sexually
assaulted and suffocated, police
The following August in Salt Lake
City, someone removed the screen
covering Rosie Tapia's bedroom
window, climbed into the basement
apartment and took the 6-year-old
girl from her bed.
A jogger found her body that
morning in a canal.
Monica DaSilva, 7, disappeared from
her Reno apartment while her
parents slept. They told police
somebody removed a window screen
and took their daughter from her
bed, also in a ground-floor
Monica's skeletal remains were
discovered three weeks later in a
canyon 10 miles east of Reno, but
were not identified as Monica's
until a year later.
No arrests have been made, however,
Michael and Julie Crain, Monica's
parents are suing the police
department, claiming police
wrongfully identified them as
suspects in the disappearance of
their daughter and mishandled other
aspects of the investigation.
Sophie Hook traveled to Llandudno
with her family July 29, 1995,
intending to celebrate the ninth
birthday of one of her cousins with
a barbecue and garden party.
pedophile who murdered Sophie Hook
after abducting her from a tent in
her uncle's garden was given three
life sentences at Chester Crown
Court. Police had been aware of
Howard Hughes's sexual deviance for
15 years before he killed
But they had been unable to secure
convictions against him because the
parents of his young victims were
reluctant to allow them to testify.
In the two-and-a-half years before
his arrest, Hughes, 31, had
allegedly attacked or threatened at
least five girls. A day before
Sophie disappeared from the house
in Llandudno, north Wales, he is
suspected of having tried to abduct
a six-year-old girl but was not
After the unanimous verdicts, the
jurors were told that Hughes had
been charged with raping a
14-year-old girl nine years ago.
That charge will be allowed to lie
on the file. Passing sentence, Mr.
Justice Curtis said the case
represented "a clarion call" for
immediate steps to improve
protection for children. He told
Hughes: "You are a fiend and your
crimes are every parent's nightmare
come to pass.
My recommendation, bearing in mind
your appalling crimes and the risk
you pose to young girls, is that
you are never released." Hughes,
convicted six hours after the jury
began its deliberations, was still
protesting his innocence as he was
He mouthed to the press gallery: "I
didn't do it." Sophie's parents
were too distressed to attend
court. Her uncle, Danny Jones, from
whose garden she disappeared, began
crying as Hughes was led away. The
judge said it was obvious that
Hughes had been assaulting and
spying on young girls.
Yet there appeared to be no
statutory system that would have
enabled professionals to supervise
him. He hoped that the Home Office
would act immediately upon his
recommendation, "so that perhaps
Sophie Hook will not have died
entirely in vain."
Hughes came to police attention in
1981 when he assaulted a
seven-year-old boy, for which he
was given a two-year supervision
order. In the ensuing years he was
interviewed about many allegations.
He was said to have made indecent
suggestions to a four-year-old and
tried to rape a 15-year-old.
However, in some cases parents
declined to pursue their children's
complaints. In others it was
decided that there was insufficient
evidence against Hughes, an
unemployed gardener, who lived with
his mother in Yerburgh Avenue,
Sophie's murder on July 30 last
year came 18 months after Hughes
had told another pedophile of his
wish to have sex with a girl and
murder her. The detective who led
the investigation insisted that
police could have done nothing more
to apprehend Hughes before the
Det. Supt Eric Jones said:
"Everything that could have been
done was done." The Home Office
said later that the issue of
tighter supervision for pedophiles
was under consideration. Michael
Howard, the Home Secretary,
announced plans to give probation
officers a role in supervision of
offenders on release from prison.
Tucson, AZ -- Vicky Hoskinson
disappeared Sept. 17, 1984, while
riding her bicycle home from
mailing a letter. Her body was
found in the desert seven months
Sentenced to death in 1987 for
kidnapping, molesting and killing
Vicky was Frank Jarvis Atwood who
had been paroled from prison five
months before Vicky was killed.
He had been in prison after being
convicted of kidnapping an
8-year-old boy and performing lewd
and lascivious acts.
23, 1999 -- Six years after
9-year-old Angie Houseman was found
dead in a nature preserve, an
anonymous donor has offered a
$250,000 reward for information
that leads to the arrest and
conviction of her killer.
Angie vanished Nov. 11, 1993, as
she walked home from school in this
town of 15,000, according to St.
Ann Police Chief Robert Schrader.
Her parents reported her missing at
around 5 p.m., setting off a
massive search effort, Schrader
In the days that followed, police,
FBI agents and volunteers searched
neighborhood and posted fliers. A
team arrived to check the sewers
for signs of the girl and a
motorcycle group scoured the Busch
Wildlife area, authorities said.
In the end, it was a hunter who
found Angie in the wildlife
preserve Nov. 27. Schrader told
APBnews.com that the girl was naked
and had been tied to a tree. She
had died of exposure only three or
four days earlier. "It was real
cold," Schrader said. "When we
found her, there was a pile of ice
chips on top of her." Police found
a bag with Angie's clothes,
schoolbooks and a coat nearby.
Schrader says Angie must have been
held alive for about a week before
being taken to the woods. During
that time, she was molested, he
In the six years since Angie's
killing, investigators have
received thousands of leads from
around the country, but the case
Schrader says that he hopes the
reward money will encourage anyone
who may know anything about the
case to call St. Ann police at
6, 2001 -- A prosecutor yesterday
withdrew a felony child neglect
charge filed against a South
Richmond woman in the death of her
8-month-old daughter, who
authorities allege was killed
during a sexual assault by her
Betty Osborne was charged about 10
days after the Jan. 22 death of
The father, Steven Douglas Osborne,
was charged with murder, aggravated
sexual battery, felony child
neglect, forcible sodomy and
animate-object sexual penetration.
In July, two psychologists
concluded Steven Osborne was too
retarded to understand the charges
against him or assist in his
defense. He will be held at a state
mental hospital until he is
determined to be competent to stand
trial. His mental status will be
reviewed periodically by a Richmond
Circuit Court judge.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Joy
Hodges Robinson said the Richmond
Department of Social Services has
taken custody of Sierra's
6-year-old half-sister and another
child of Steven and Betty Osborne
who was born after Sierra's death.
Steven Osborne was charged in 1993
with the aggravated sexual battery
of a 3-year-old, but doctors found
him then to be too retarded to
understand the charges against him
or assist in his defense. He was
committed to Central State Hospital
in late November 1994, and a
prosecutor withdrew the criminal
charge in February 1995.
The Department of Social Services
took custody of Sierra and her
6-year-old half-sister last year
because of the condition of the
Osbornes' apartment in the 5800
block of Orcutt Lane.
The Osbornes had married as part of
Betty Osborne's effort to regain
custody of the children.
The department returned the
children to the mother's custody
about three months before Sierra's
death, aware Steven Osborne was
retarded but with no knowledge of
the 1993 incident.
Background checks of biological
parents usually were not conducted
during an evaluation of returning a
child to the parents, as they are
in placements to foster homes or
relatives, a social services
The department now makes checks on
biological parents as a result of
the Osborne case.
Army sergeant pleads guilty to
murder of 11-year-old girl
Staff Sgt. Frank J. Ronghi
July 28, 2000
Web posted at: 4:56 p.m. EDT (2056
WUERZBURG, Germany (CNN) -- A U.S.
Army sergeant pleaded guilty Friday
to premeditated murder, sodomy and
committing indecent acts with a
minor, military sources said.
Staff Sgt. Frank J. Ronghi offered
his plea in a U.S. military court
here concerning the death early
this year of Merita Shabiu, 11, an
ethnic Albanian. He made it as part
of a plea bargain under which he
would escape the death penalty, the
In exchange for Ronghi's guilty
plea, the Army dropped two
charges of rape and felony murder.
Sentencing was scheduled for Monday
afternoon, local time. Ronghi, of
the 82nd Airborne posted to Fort
Bragg, North Carolina, faces a
sentence of life in prison.
Shabiu was found dead January 11
near Vitina, in southwestern
Kosovo. Ronghi was charged with
killing her two days later.
In February, 11 witnesses,
including soldiers from Ronghi's
testified at a hearing. A sergeant
told the court that a soldier under
his command reported that he helped
Ronghi bury the girl. The soldier
said he aided Ronghi out of fear.
The soldier led others along a
trail of blood to the site where
the girl's body was found.
Ronghi had originally told
colleagues that he had found the
girl's body in an apartment
building basement and buried her
because he was afraid, a witness
AMARILLO, Texas 1996-- Robert James
Anderson learned you can work up a
real sweat trying to kill another
human being, even a 5-year-old girl
tortured for the better part of an
The 26-year-old Anderson -- after
snatching her off the street and
into his Amarillo home -- sodomized
the 5-year-old, then stabbed and
stabbed her with a kitchen knife.
He slit her throat. He stabbed her
twice in the back so hard with a
carving fork that the tines bent.
He bashed her in the head with a
metal pipe and a heavy wooden stool
made of 2-by-6 boards. He tried to
strangle her with shoestrings that
At last, he held the little girl
under water in a bathtub.
Feeling no pulse and seeing her
tongue hang out, Anderson thought
the child was dead. He stuffed her
3-foot body into a cooler box,
preparing to dump it.
But Audra Ann Reeves wanted to
live. Audra aroused and stood up in
the ice chest.
Winded and no doubt surprised at
the strength of a small child's
will to live, Anderson asked the
girl one question: "Why don't you
"Because I love you," said the tiny
girl, giving an answer that she
apparently thought might stop the
hurting and spare her life.
The 5-year-old's survival instinct
was enough to wear a guy out, so
Anderson took a break. He left his
victim in the bathroom and went to
the refrigerator for a cold glass
of milk. He smoked a cigarette. He
turned the stereo louder to better
block his little victim's screams
Then Anderson -- a worse monster
than a child could conjure under a
bed or in a closet of a darkened
bedroom -- finished his aerobic
workout. He finally snuffed Audra's
life by holding her under water in
the bathtub for the second time.
He again stuffed the girl's nude
and battered body into a fetal
position in the ice chest and
closed the lid. He put the box in a
shopping cart and pushed it to a
nearby Dumpster. He tossed the box
and child into the trash.
We know what Anderson did to the
child -- what he said, what she
said -- because he nonchalantly
confessed all to police. Police
arrested him about an hour after
the slaying. Several people in the
neighborhood saw Anderson pushing
the cart and cooler box.
The monster's history of abusing
children went back years, to his
upbringing in Oklahoma. Undisputed
was testimony of the abuse Anderson
heaped on family members and his
retarded wife, prior to his
ultimate act of evil.
His strongest sexual arousal was
for children. His wife testified
Anderson once stripped and
apparently molested a diapered
2-year-old girl, whom she was
Anderson wrote about his perversion
in a letter to an inmate, while he
awaited trial for killing Audra.
"I always had a desire for children
when I was younger and growing up.
"I'm not crazy, but I do have a
problem. It's something I can't
control. If I was found innocent,
it would happen again. Maybe not
the killing part, but the desire is
still strong," Anderson wrote.
He said Audra "just happened to be
present when I exploded."
The 5-year-old came to Texas from
Florida to visit her father and
stepmother for the summer. She was
in Amarillo for about a week, when
she went to a nearby park to play
on June 9, 1992. The park, her
parents' home and Anderson's home
were within a small child's walking
distance in a rundown and poor
Anderson was having a bad day. He
had an argument with his wife, and
she left the house.
Audra walked from the park near
Anderson's home. The upset husband
grabbed the child, took her inside,
and locked the door. Then and there
began about 45 minutes of torture.
Anderson confessed to authorities
that first he stripped the girl and
tried to sodomize her. He claimed
he couldn't do it, but the victim
did show evidence of anal rape.
"She was fighting and screaming,
and I could not get her to be
quiet. I commenced to choking her,
stabbing her and hitting, but she
would not die," he told police.
In his confession, Anderson said
Audra asked him why he was killing
"I couldn't give her an answer," he
said in his statement.
A six-man, six-woman Potter County
jury took 39 minutes to find
Anderson guilty of capital murder
on Nov. 10, 1993, and five days
later, needed less than 90 minutes
to sentence him to death.
The district attorney and
Anderson's own court-appointed
attorney said the case was the
most-sickening in their careers.
Authorities and jurors needed
Two appeals of Anderson's death
sentence were denied in 1996, but
more appeals no doubt will keep the
monster alive on death row in
Huntsville, Texas, even in the
state that executes more killers
than any other.