12 The Baptist pastor made the sign of the cross, bowed his head and began to pray, mouthing the words to himself. On the other side of the Houston courtroom, jurors heard about his affairs with other women, his church that burned to the ground and the 21-year-old son he ultimately persuaded to shoot his wife. When Tracy Burleson was convicted of capital murder for killing Pauletta Burleson on Thursday, it was a stunning fall from grace for the man who told police in taped interviews that he was "supposed to be a man of God." "It's very telling that he said, 'supposed to be,' " prosecutor Kari Allen told jurors. "Tracy Burleson is guilty of capital murder as surely as if he had pulled the trigger himself." The 46-year-old was sentenced automatically to life in prison without parole by state District Judge Susan Brown. Defense lawyers for Burleson argued there was no evidence the pastor … [Read more...] about Houston pastor gets life in murder of his wife
Murders and homicides
Certainty and relief finally came to the families of those who fell prey to Coral Eugene Watts . The confessed serial killer, one of the most prolific in U.S. history, died in a Michigan hospital Friday of prostate cancer at age 53. Although Watts' recent murder convictions in Michigan brought life sentences with little chance of parole, nothing was more assuring than news of his demise. "You hate to be happy when someone dies and is in that much pain, but he has caused so much grief for so many families for so many years that you can't help but be relieved," said Harriet Semander , whose 20-year-old daughter Elena was killed by Watts in Houston. "I feel like his family has suffered, too," Semander said. "There has to be some closure for them. For their sake as well as ours, I'm glad he has passed on. It closes the door for our case and many others." For years, the victims' relatives were gnawed by the real possibility that Watts would escape justice for the dozens … [Read more...] about For families he haunted, Watts’ death brings relief
The year is 2022. Our overpopulated planet is experiencing catastrophic climate change, megacorporations have excessive power over the government, and clean living is a luxury only the 1 percent can afford. It may read like a scan of the front-page headlines, but these predictions were laid out half a century ago in the dystopian film "Soylent Green." Hundreds of films have attempted to visualize the future; most didn't do a great job. "Freejack" (1992) imagined widespread time-traveling assassins by 2009, while box office bomb "The Postman" (1997) predicted 2013 would be post-apocalyptic. But about 50 years ago, Hollywood's prognosticators seemed to hit on the truth. In 1972, the "Planet of the Apes" franchise released its fourth film, "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes." It's set in the year 1991 and imagines Earth in the grip of a lethal pandemic. Draw your own AIDS/SARS/Zika/covid comparisons. But "Soylent Green," released in 1973 and based on a novel by Harry … [Read more...] about In 1973, ‘Soylent Green’ envisioned the world in 2022. It got a lot right.
8 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Tennessee man wanted in the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph in his hometown of Memphis was captured Tuesday in Indiana, while another man was indicted on murder charges, authorities said. A grand jury indicted Cornelius Smith, 32, on first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting that killed Young Dolph, the Shelby County, Tennessee, District Attorney's Office said. Smith, who was arrested last month on an auto-theft warrant involving the vehicle used in Young Dolph's killing, was being held without bond. Separately, the U.S. Marshals Service said Justin Johnson, 23, was arrested, after a murder warrant was issued for him earlier this month. The agency did not say where in Indiana that Johnson was found. Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Thornton Jr., was gunned down in a daylight ambush at a popular cookie shop on Nov. 17. U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller, Memphis Police Chief … [Read more...] about Man arrested in Young Dolph’s death; 2nd man charged