Darrin E. Sanford – Repeat Sex Offender – Pleads guilty to Murder

A 31-year-old convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to aggravated first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a teenage girl in an overgrown field in the southwest Washington community of Hazel Dell.

Darrin E. Sanford entered his plea Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Under Washington state law, the only other punishment for aggravated murder is life in prison with no possibility of release.

Thirteen-year-old Alycia Nipp had apparently taken a shortcut through the field on Feb. 22. According to court documents, Sanford told police he tried to have sex with her. He said he wasn’t able to complete the act and after she laughed at him, he killed her in a rage.

State Department of Corrections records show Sanford as a Level III sex offender – the category considered most likely to re-offend. He was convicted in 1998 in Clark County of luring and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Ronald Edward Kramer – Convicted Sex Offender indicted for murdering baby


A registered sex offender was indicted Friday for the 2008 murder of a Suwannee County toddler. The child’s mother was indicted and pleaded pleaded guilty to child neglect in the same case.

Olivia Rescigno was 18 months old when she was found dead in her crib in her Suwannee County home on March 14, 2008. Her face and legs were bruised and a bite wound was found on her thigh, accoridng to an autopsy report.

A Suwannee County grand jury listened to eight hours of testimony on Friday, then deliberated for 15 minutes before handing down the indictments.

Ronald Edward Kramer, 26, of 15318 CR 250, was arrested Friday evening and booked into the Suwannee County Jail on charges of first degree murder and aggravated child abuse for allegedly biting Olivia’s thigh. It was not immediately known whether the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s office would seek the death penalty for Kramer

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Kramer was designated a sex offender in New Jersey in 1997 for a sex crime involving a minor.

Olivia’s mother, Rebecca Lee Rescigno, 25, was indicted on a charge of third-degree child neglect. She immediately pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Rescignio was released on her own recognizance until sentencing.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Harold David Smeltzer – Repeat Sex Offender – Murderer – BEWARE


New freedoms have been granted to a convicted child killer and pedophile who is now allowed to leave his Regina halfway house without an escort.

In its report released today, the National Parole Board says Harold David Smeltzer must stay away from children in parks, swimming pools, schools and other gathering places “because of your expanded privileges to the community.”

The new conditions were imposed Monday, half a year after Smeltzer was granted day parole. The board extended his day parole for another six months.

Smeltzer is serving a life sentence for murdering his five-year-old Calgary neighbour Kimberley Thompson in 1980. He admitted to raping and exposing himself to 40 girls and women during a five-year reign of terror in a southwest Calgary neighbourhood.

Smeltzer is a pedophile with an anti-social personality disorder, according to the parole board.

Is he still a pedophile with an anti-social personality disorder?

Smeltzer served 28 years in a Prince Albert prison and its minimum security Riverbend Institution before becoming eligible for day parole six months ago.

Before Monday’s decision, Smeltzer was not permitted to leave the halfway house unless he was accompanied by a parole officer or an escort.

“Police were apprised of every outing,” the board wrote in its June 1 report.

“You ostensibly posed no concerns and you have now been giving expanded access to the community and are allowed to leave the facility without escort.”

There have been no incidents with Smeltzer in the past six months, according to the Regina Police Service.

He continues to receive psychological counselling. Smeltzer does not have a job, but completes chores at the halfway house.

The National Parole Board granted Smeltzer day parole last December because he “impressed as aware and genuinely remorseful for (his) tragic choices in your past,” the board wrote in its decision.

The parole board’s decision has been met with anger from politicians, the public, victims, and Kimberley’s grieving mother.

“I was sick, my heart just sunk again. He should be in jail,” said Evelyn Thompson. She was contacted by the parole board about the news on Tuesday.

One of Smeltzer’s child rape victims says her attacker’s added conditions are worrisome.

“I would think that if I lived in the community I would be watching his every move,” said Monique, who cannot be identified because she is a victim of sexual assault.

*****Monique was in Grade 5 when she was sexually assaulted in a garage after Smeltzer grabbed her off a Calgary street in 1978.

*****Two years later, Smeltzer murdered five-year-old Kimberley Thompson, a little girl he knew from his neighbourhood.

*****On Jan. 24, 1980, Smeltzer abducted the girl on an Altadore street intending to sexually assault her. He later drowned her and stuffed her body into a garbage bag.

For five months, Smeltzer walked free, even as suspicion turned to the little girl’s own mother.

*****After an 11-year-old rape victim spotted Smeltzer walking on a street, police arrested him. He confessed to Kimberley’s killing and later admitted attacking up to 40 girls and women during his reign of terror between 1975 and 1980.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

This missing child still holds us ‘Captive’

Before Megan’s Law, Amber Alerts and milk carton portraits, there was Etan Patz.

Thirty years ago this week, the 6-year-old New Yorker walked to the school bus stop for the first time all by himself.

He never came home.

Three decades later, Patz is still the poster child for missing children. Because of his case, laws have changed, there’s a national database for missing and exploited children and the reins to childhood, once slack and carefree, are forever tightened.

Emmy-winning television producer Lisa R. Cohen investigates it all in “After Etan: The Missing Child Case that Held America Captive” (Grand Central, $25.99), a book that took the journalist five years to write.

“I think that, first and foremost, the reason I did it is because there’s never been a book written about it in the 30 years of the case,” said Cohen, who lives in New York. “I produced three stories for the case, the first of which was when I was an associate producer for ‘Primetime Live.’ There are some stories that never leave you. This one got under my skin all those years ago. My friend (former television reporter) John Miller once said, sometimes you follow the story and sometimes the story ends up following you.”

Cohen’s painstaking reporting, gleaned from 20 years of research and hundreds of interviews, detail Etan’s disappearance, the police and prosecutors who doggedly pursued the case, the prime suspect, Jose Antonio Ramos, and Stan and Julie Patz’s life before and after their son disappeared.

“I think since Etan’s disappearance, the perception of the world has completely changed,” Cohen said. “Thirty years ago, most people didn’t understand sexual abuse and molestation. No one knew what a pedophile was. When I was writing this, I realized those carefree days in New York City for kids don’t exist anymore.”

On May 25, 1979, now known as Missing Children’s Day, Etan Patz left his SoHo apartment to walk two blocks to the bus stop. When he didn’t return home from school, a massive manhunt ensued for weeks, yet he was never found. Ramos, the prime suspect in the case, and the boyfriend of Etan’s babysitter, is serving time in a Pennsylvania prison on unrelated child molestation charges.

Though Ramos was never convicted of the boy’s murder, the Patzes filed a wrongful death suit against him. He was found liable in 2004. Ramos is scheduled to be released 16 months early – in 2012.

Stan Patz, who still lives in SoHo with Julie, a retired teacher’s aide, mails to Ramos their son’s missing-child poster on Etan’s birthday and the day he disappeared. There is a simple question on the back:

“What did you do to my little boy?”

“I have done a lot of stories as a reporter over the years and sometimes you find yourself telling good stories about people who aren’t necessarily good,” she said. “But the Patzes are such real, good people who have been through the unspeakable tragedy. I feel like it’s my job to tell people you can go through something like this and survive. You can. The Patzes still think there is good in the world. They are not bitter; they are not full of hate. They are very good-hearted, kind people who astonish me.”

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Darrin Eugene Sanford – Repeat Sex Offender – Kidnapped and Murdered girl


A transient sex offender was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the murder of a teenage girl whose body was discovered in an overgrown field over the weekend.

Darrin Eugene Sanford, 30, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 13-year-old Alycia D. Nipp (pictured below), a Thomas Jefferson Middle School student.

Nipp’s stepfather discovered her body around 2:30 a.m. Sunday while he was out searching for her after she had been reported missing. Nipp had been stabbed multiple times and police believe her body was dragged to a wooded area and left there. All of her clothing was found intact.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Sanford is one of a number of transient sex offenders living in the Hazel Dell area and was known to frequent an abandoned house in the vicinity of the murder. Other details connecting him to the murder were not released.

Sanford is a Level III registered sex offender, which means he was identified as a sex offender who could pose a potential high risk to the community and who might re-offend.

Sanford was convicted in 1998 for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and two counts of luring with sexual motivation. Details about that case can be found on Sanford’s Registered Sex Offender Detail Sheet.

Police would like to hear from anyone who knows of Sanford’s whereabouts over the weekend. If you have information, call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 1-877-274-6311.

Sanford has been booked into the Clark County Jail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Charles Jaynes – Whining Nambla Pedophile

The infamous pervert who’s served 10 years in prison for killing 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley of Cambridge is demanding a new trial, arguing jurors who convicted him had no right to hear he was sexually attracted to little boys.

Charles Jaynes’ attorney, Janet Hetherwick Pumphrey, said yesterday the monstrous murderer does not claim he is innocent of kidnapping the child on Oct. 1, 1997.

Rather, Pumphrey explained, Jaynes’ sexual proclivity was irrelevant because, “This was a kidnapping-murder case. He’s just claiming his trial was unfair.”

With help from his boyfriend Salvatore Sicari, Jaynes smothered Jeffrey with gasoline for refusing to submit to sex and dumped the boy’s naked, concrete-spattered body in a Maine river in a Rubbermaid container. The heartlesness and vile nature of the crime shocked the nation.

Jaynes, 33, maintains that written and oral statements he made expressing his desire for Jeffrey and other boys should not have been admitted into evidence, and that a witness’ remark that he was a “pedophile” should have been grounds for a mistrial, court records state.

Yesterday, the cowardly killer shuffled into Middlesex Superior Judge Hiller B. Zobel’s courtroom to present his case, but panicked upon seeing news cameras and retreated to a holding area, screaming for his lawyer.

When Zobel refused to indulge him, Jaynes agreed to come out with a denim jacket pulled over his head.

Zobel cautioned Pumphrey, “I have not decided if I’m going to have a hearing on this motion.”

The Supreme Judicial Court in 2002 turned down Jaynes’ first bid for a new trial, denying his claim that the public was wrongly barred from a portion of jury selection.

Jaynes was sentenced to life, plus 9 to 10 years, for kidnapping and second-degree murder, could eventually be eligible for parole. Sicari, found guilty of first-degree murder, will serve life.

In his statement, Sicari described the killing. While he drove Jaynes’ Cadillac, he explained, the 250-pound Jaynes sat on Curley in the back seat. As Curley struggled, Jaynes allegedly told him, “Don’t fight it.” Jaynes then placed a gasoline soaked rag to the boy’s mouth and held it there, killing him, Sicari said.

After the killing, Sicari told police, he and Jaynes drove to numerous stores to buy the items necessary to dispose of Curley’s body. Video cameras in two of the stores captured the men at the checkout counter purchasing a Rubbermaid container, a bag of lime and a bag of concrete. The men then left Massachusetts and drove north to Jaynes’ apartment in Manchester, New Hampshire. There, according to Sicari, Jaynes took off Curley’s clothes and molested the boy’s dead body. The sight of this made him ill, said Sicari. When he ran to the bathroom, Jaynes told him, “Don’t be a baby. Come out here and help me — he’s starting to stiffen up.”

Sicari then admitted to helping Jaynes prepare the body. First they placed Curley’s body in the cement-filled Rubbermaid container, put lime on his face and in his mouth to speed decomposition, and sealed the container with duct tape. Then they drove to Maine, where they dumped the container into a river, Sicari said.

Prosecutors believed that Sicari and Jaynes lured Curley into Jaynes’ Cadillac with the promise of $50 and a bicycle. One or both of the men allegedly made sexual advances towards the boy, then suffocated him when he resisted.

Peggy Edenfield – Agrees to testify against husband

Peggy Edenfield has agreed to testify against her husband and son in exchange for prosecutors not asking that she get the death penalty.


The first of three family members charged with the sexual abuse slaying of 6-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. could stand trial this year, prosecutors said.

David Edenfield, 59, of Brunswick faces the death penalty if convicted of malice murder in the killing almost two years ago.

District Attorney Stephen Kelley wants to bring Edenfield to trial in late summer or fall. Edenfield’s son, George, a convicted child molester, also faces the death penalty in the slaying. George Edenfield, 33, could face a special civil trial by the end of the year to determine if he is mentally competent to be tried on the criminal charges, Kelley said.

No date has been set for David or George Edenfield. Nor has a trial date been set for Peggy Edenfield, 57, who faces a life sentence in the killing. She is married to David Edenfield and is George Edenfield’s mother.

The five-county Brunswick circuit had 25 homicide cases awaiting trial as of Friday. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in at least seven of those cases, Kelley said.

None is bigger than those for the accused killers of Christopher Barrios Jr., a case that drew national attention.

The boy was killed March 8, 2007. His body was discovered a week later inside a black plastic trash bag hidden in woods about 2 miles from the Canal Mobile Home Park where he lived.

The three Edenfields were the Barrios family’s neighbors. They remain jailed without bail on malice murder, kidnapping and child molestation charges.

Peggy Edenfield has agreed to testify against her husband and son in exchange for prosecutors not asking that she get the death penalty.

Kelley expects pretrial hearings in David Edenfield’s case to resume within a couple months. It’s been slow going, he said, because of the legal procedures mandated by Georgia’s death penalty law.

“It’s all time-consuming, but it’s part of Georgia’s death penalty process,” he said.

Peggy’s son George Edenfield was a registered sex offender.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Peggy Edenfield – Agrees to testify against husband

Peggy Edenfield has agreed to testify against her husband and son in exchange for prosecutors not asking that she get the death penalty.


The first of three family members charged with the sexual abuse slaying of 6-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. could stand trial this year, prosecutors said.

David Edenfield, 59, of Brunswick faces the death penalty if convicted of malice murder in the killing almost two years ago.

District Attorney Stephen Kelley wants to bring Edenfield to trial in late summer or fall. Edenfield’s son, George, a convicted child molester, also faces the death penalty in the slaying. George Edenfield, 33, could face a special civil trial by the end of the year to determine if he is mentally competent to be tried on the criminal charges, Kelley said.

No date has been set for David or George Edenfield. Nor has a trial date been set for Peggy Edenfield, 57, who faces a life sentence in the killing. She is married to David Edenfield and is George Edenfield’s mother.

The five-county Brunswick circuit had 25 homicide cases awaiting trial as of Friday. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in at least seven of those cases, Kelley said.

None is bigger than those for the accused killers of Christopher Barrios Jr., a case that drew national attention.

The boy was killed March 8, 2007. His body was discovered a week later inside a black plastic trash bag hidden in woods about 2 miles from the Canal Mobile Home Park where he lived.

The three Edenfields were the Barrios family’s neighbors. They remain jailed without bail on malice murder, kidnapping and child molestation charges.

Peggy Edenfield has agreed to testify against her husband and son in exchange for prosecutors not asking that she get the death penalty.

Kelley expects pretrial hearings in David Edenfield’s case to resume within a couple months. It’s been slow going, he said, because of the legal procedures mandated by Georgia’s death penalty law.

“It’s all time-consuming, but it’s part of Georgia’s death penalty process,” he said.

Peggy’s son George Edenfield was a registered sex offender.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Joseph Duncan says "Most sex offenders are just like me"

From Blogging the Fifth Nail

A federal judge in Boise has sentenced convicted child killer Joseph Duncan to three life sentences for kidnapping and sexually abusing two north Idaho children in 2005.

Those life terms are in addition to three more life terms imposed Monday in state court for Duncan’s role in the murder of the children’s mother, Brenda Groene, her fiance, Mark McKenzie, and the children’s brother, 13-year-old Slade Groene.

The federal penalties imposed today by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge follow the three death penalty sentences Duncan received in August for the kidnapping of Shasta and Dylan Groene, and the murder of 9-year-old Dylan.

Duncan was sentenced to three death penalties in August for the kidnapping and killing of 9-year-old Dylan Groene.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Joseph Duncan says "Most sex offenders are just like me"

From Blogging the Fifth Nail

A federal judge in Boise has sentenced convicted child killer Joseph Duncan to three life sentences for kidnapping and sexually abusing two north Idaho children in 2005.

Those life terms are in addition to three more life terms imposed Monday in state court for Duncan’s role in the murder of the children’s mother, Brenda Groene, her fiance, Mark McKenzie, and the children’s brother, 13-year-old Slade Groene.

The federal penalties imposed today by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge follow the three death penalty sentences Duncan received in August for the kidnapping of Shasta and Dylan Groene, and the murder of 9-year-old Dylan.

Duncan was sentenced to three death penalties in August for the kidnapping and killing of 9-year-old Dylan Groene.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte