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Strip Club DJ — ‘DJ Awesome’ — Hires Best Friend To Carry Out Hit On Wife


Atlanta, GA — A popular strip club disc jockey, known professionally as “DJ Awesome,” was forced to face the music after he was found guilty in a murder-for-hire plot involving his best friend.

On October 5, a judge sentenced Andre Jason Pugh, 38 — who was accused of recruiting Adriane Harley to sneak into his home and kill his wife, Tiffany Jackson Pugh, 30 — to life in prison without the possibility of parole on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, at about 6 A.M. on November 23, 2014, Pugh called 911 from the driveway of his East Point home and reported “his wife had been murdered” — though he admitted to the dispatcher he hadn’t gone into the house to check on her.

Pugh also told responding East Point Police Officer David Clickner, “My kids are in there. She is not picking up the phone.” When the policeman entered the residence he discovered Tiffany on a guest room bed with her two-year-old son lying atop her chest, crying, “Mommy. No mommy. Please.” The mother had been shot twice and suffered wounds to her chest and eye, which Clickner noted was “swollen and oozing blood.”

Pugh and 37-year-old Harley, who served as the best man at Andre’s wedding and as pallbearer at the victim’s funeral six days after her death, became prime suspects in the case when police were able to use GPS and cellphone data to show the two men had met with each other in downtown Atlanta a half hour prior to the murder.

After the clandestine meeting, authorities alleged Harley went to the Pughs’ home, snuck in through a window and shot Tiffany with a revolver while she slept. The noise from the gunshots triggered the alarm system, and when the security company phoned Pugh, he returned home and called for help from outside.

Evidence presented in court, including over 20,000 text messages between the husband and his late wife, showed Pugh had been suffering major financial issues when Tiffany, suspecting he was cheating, asked for a divorce, which likely would have pushed the DJ further into debt.

Pugh and Harley were both taken into custody on December 5, 2014, at Club Onyx, the Atlanta strip club where Andre worked.

Harley’s trial has not yet begun.

Read more:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2), NBC11

Main photo: Andre Jason Pugh mug shot [East Point Police Department]

 

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Suspect arrested in New Year’s Eve sex assault of 99-year-old


A man accused of a brutal sex assault involving a 99-year-old woman in her San Francisco apartment on New Year’s Eve was arrested Wednesday, authorities said. The alleged assault took place in the city’s Ping Yuen housing project in Chinatown around 12:35 p.m., the SFGate reported, citing police. Police did not provide details of the woman’s condition. The...
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6 Surprising Facts About The Tragic, Twisted Life Of Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos


Female serial killer Aileen Wuornos has inspired countless headlines, several documentaries, and was played by Charlize Theron in the 2003 movie Monster, but even after being put to death in 2002, she continues to fascinate the nation.

Wuornos, nicknamed “Lee,” was a bisexual former sex worker who admitted to luring seven men to their deaths along Florida’s Interstate 75 between 1989 and 1990.

Here are six lesser-known facts about the outspoken, hard-drinking Wuornos and her tragic, twisted life.

She claimed that she was “not a man-hater.

In the beginning, at least, Wuornos insisted that she killed all of her male victims in self-defense. But despite the horrors and repeated sexual abuse she experienced in childhood, she claimed that she did not hate all men.

I had to kill them,” she told police in a four-hour videotaped confession to police that was made public. “It’s like I’m thinking, ‘You bastards. You were gonna hurt me.’ It was self-defense. It was, like, ‘Hey, man, I gotta shoot you, ’cause I think you’re gonna kill me.’ ”

She later clarified her views in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. She said: “I’m not a man-hater. (I am) so used to being treated like dirt that I guess it’s become a way of life. I’m a decent person.”

She was once married … and her wedding made the society pages. 

Documentaries and movies about Wuornos tend to focus on her lesbian relationship with Tyria Moore, with whom she was living with at the time she committed the string of murders. But before she met “Ty,” Wuornos was married to a man named Lewis Fell.

Wuornos met Fell, who at 69 at the time, in 1976 after hitchhiking to Florida. Their wedding even made the society pages.

But despite the fact that Fell was wealthy and cared for Wuornos, she continued to hang out at bars and drink heavily.

After she assaulted Fell with a cane, he took out a restraining order against Wuornos and had their ill-fated union annulled after just nine weeks.

She was adopted as an adult.

Wuornos was adopted while she was behind bars by Arlene Pralle, a born-again Christian horse trader who had seen her photo in the local newspaper. She has said that she loves Lee more than she loves her husband.

Wuornos later had a falling out with Pralle and the lawyer she hired, Steven Glazer, and accused them of exploiting her story. Neither of them were present at her execution in 2002.

Her nickname as a teen was “Cigarette Pig.”   

After allegedly being sexually abused by her grandfather and other males in her family, Wuornos was — not surprisingly — sexually precocious. Starting at the age of 13, she traded sexual favors with neighborhood boys for the price of 35 cents, and sometimes, oral sex for cigarettes. They cruelly referred to her as “Cigarette Pig” or “Cigarette Bandit.”

It’s still up for debate whether she was a “Sexual Serial Killer.

Since Wuornos’ victims were found nude, sexual activities has taken place, and condoms were discovered nearby, the killings took on a sexual connotation, Sue Russell wrote in Lethal Intent.

But unlike male sexual serial killers, it is not clear whether or not Wuornos experienced arousal by murdering her victims. But male and female serial killers do have some commonalities: Both can be triggered by stress.

“It is plausible and indeed likely that her ‘killing days’ were precipitated by personal crises or extra stresses in her home life. As her feelings of powerlessness heightened, those feelings could in turn have triggered an escalation in her need to exert control over another human being,” Russell wrote

Male serial killers commonly admit that an argument with a woman or parent preceded a murder. And Wuornos had direct conflicts and problems with Ty at the times of the murders of her victims Mallory, Spears, Carskaddon, Siems, Humphreys, and Antonio.

Wuornos is the only female serial killer who FBI profiler Robert Ressler mentioned in his autobiographical history of his 20 years with the FBI.

She had a son. 

Wuornos has repeatedly said that her grandfather sexually abused her, and forced her to strip. After being raped by an accomplice of her grandfather, Wuornos became pregnant in 1970.

She gave birth to a boy at a home for unwed mothers on March 23, 1971, when she was just 14 years old. The child was placed up for adoption, and few months after her son was born. she dropped out of school and began supporting herself by working as a prostitute.

Since it was a closed adoption, it is not known what happened to Aileen Wuornos’ son.

For more on Aileen Wuornos, watch the “Monster” episode of Investigation Discovery’s Reel Crime/Real Story on ID GO now!

Read more: Investigation Discovery, Clark County Prosecutor

Main photo: Aileen Wuornos [Wikimedia Commons]

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De Blasio wants to push for tougher bail for ex-cons


Recidivist criminals committed or were killed in nearly one of every five New York City murders last year — leading Mayor Bill de Blasio to express “real concerns about the parole system” on Thursday. NYPD statistics show that parolees and probationers were involved in 19 percent of the 289 murders recorded during 2018, marking the...
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Recidivist criminals committed or were killed in nearly one of every five New York City

Mom Already In Custody; Now Dad Wanted In Fatal Child-Abuse Case Jumps To His Death


NEW YORK, NY — A father who was wanted for questioning by police in the death of his 13-month-old daughter and the beating of her twin brother jumped to his death Saturday from a New York City hotel.

Mohammad Reza Torabi, 31, leaped from the top of the Renaissance New York Hotel 57 on E. 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. His body landed on a third-floor landing air conditioner, according to MSN.



On Wednesday, police found his daughter Elaina and her brother Kian badly beaten in the couple’s basement apartment in Auburndale, Queens. Elaina later died, and Kian suffered fractured ribs, a broken tibia, and internal bleeding.

Their mother, Tina Torabi, 30, called 911 on Wednesday night when Elaina stopped breathing. She has been charged with felony assault and is being held without bail in connection with the beating of her son.

A child services worker had apparently visited the home just two days before, and had the impression the children were fine and not in danger.

The two battered babies were born in August 2017 with opioids in their systems — they and three other children were taken away from their mother for the first six months of their lives. A judge returned them to their mother in March after no further evidence of drug use was found. It was reportedly Torabi who introduced his wife to using drugs.

Torabi, 31, was estranged from his wife after allegations of domestic violence, which include choking and biting. A restraining order was issued earlier this year.

Sources indicated no suicide note left was found on Torabi. Tina told a reporter from the New York Post that her husband attacked the kids before committing suicide. Still, she may face further charges in connection with Elaina’s death once the autopsy is complete.

Police found horrific wounds — including bite marks, cigarette burns, and lesions — on Elaina in addition to Kian’s severe injuries. The other three children, who are ages two, four, and five, reportedly showed signs of malnourishment.

The investigation continues.

Read more:  MSN, ABC7.com, New York Post

Main photo: Tina Torabi [ABC7 (screenshot)]   

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District Attorney says murders hit record low in Brooklyn


Brooklyn is stayin’ alive. The borough is on track to end the year with fewer than 100 homicides for the first time in nearly 50 years, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez announced today. So far, there have been just 97 homicides in 2018, a record low since “modern” record-keeping began in 1970 — and a stark...
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Bus Driver Suspended For Letting Monkey Steer Bus Full Of Passengers


KARNATAKA, INDIA — A bus driver was suspended from his job on October 6 after he let a monkey go bananas behind the wheel — and the joy ride was captured on a video that quickly went viral.

Five days earlier, the leaf-eating langur accompanied a human rider on board the bus, which was traveling around the southern city of Davanagere. During the trip, the adventurous primate climbed on the steering wheel for around 10 minutes.

Video shot by one of the 30 passengers on the vehicle shows the perched monkey swaying back and forth while staring straight ahead. The 36-year-old driver was recorded laughing and shifting gears. It was all fun and games until the man’s bosses saw video of the wild incident.

Driver M Prakash has been taken off duty for allowing the monkey to sit on the steering wheel and handle it,” state transport spokesperson T.S Latha said. “Passengers’ safety is paramount, and the driver cannot risk it by allowing a monkey on the steering.”

Authorities are conducting an investigation into the matter.

Read more:

YouTube, Channel News Asia

Main photo: Monkey driving bus [YouTube/screenshot]

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Man demanded tacos during crazed carjacking spree: police


Taco ‘bout a food craving gone wrong. A man in Dallas was busted on Christmas Eve after he tried to carjack several drivers at gunpoint to demand that they take him to get tacos, police said. Roberto A. Canamar Garza, 26, remained held on $500,000 bail early Thursday following his Monday afternoon rampage that started...
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Woman Tricked Into Stabbing Friend With Real Knife At Halloween Haunted House


MADISON, TN — A fun group outing at a haunted house turned to horror after a man in skull face makeup tricked a woman into stabbing her friend with a real knife.

Halloween is, ask any of my friends, my favorite time of year… I get really excited about going to haunted houses,” James “Jay” Yochim said of hitting the sprawling Nashville Nightmare complex on October 5 with three pals. “We’d had so much fun, we were jumping around.”

But, according to a police report, their good time ended when the man in costume asked Yochim’s 29-year-old friend if he was “f—ing around with her.” Because the attraction uses actors and elaborate special effects, the woman played along and told him yes. He then gave her a knife and said, “Well, here, stab him.”

Keep in mind, we’d been chased by chainsaws, holding other weapons, all kinds of stuff all night, and it was all fake,” Yochim, 29, later said. “So she stabs at me with it, and everything got really black.”

She had plunged the knife clear through his forearm.

As she pulled back she realized that there was blood on the knife,” police noted in the report. “There was a hole in the victim’s shirt, and blood was squirting from the victim’s left arm.”

The thing I remember is the guy who gave it to her kind of freaking out and saying things like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know my knife was that sharp. I didn’t know. I’m so sorry,’” Yochim said.

Yochim was rushed to Tristar Skyline hospital in Madison, where it took nine stitches to close his wound. Doctors are monitoring his recovery.

To prevent another injury, the company responsible for putting on the event placed the skull-faced employee on leave while they investigate the scary incident. “We are going over all of our safety protocols with all of our staff again, as the safety and security of all of our patrons is always our main concern,” Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group said in a statement.

Read more: The Tennessean

Main photo: skull makeup [iStockPhoto]

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Man charged with killing mom on Christmas Eve, dumping body in trash can


A Chicago man was charged on Wednesday with killing his mother on Christmas Eve and dumping her body in an alleyway, police said. Robert Wallace, 25, is facing one felony count of first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Betty Wallace, 67, who was found unresponsive inside a garbage can in an alleyway with...
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A Chicago man was charged on Wednesday with killing his mother on Christmas Eve and