Sunday, February 27, 2005
Family Man Arrested in 10 Slayings
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Dennis Rader, 59, a church-going family man, a Cub Scout leader, a dog-catcher for the trim suburb of Park City, is in custody on suspicion of torturing and killing seven women, one man and two children from 1974 to 1991 — including two victims linked only this week to BTK.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Conspired miscarriage case tests fairness of new law
From the Associated Press, reporting from San Anatonio, Texas.
The would-be teen mother arrived by ambulance last May, her womb empty, belly bruised and lips tightly sealed.
The twin fetuses that 16-year-old Erica Basoria carried for five months had slipped into the bathroom toilet while her boyfriend and his family slept. They awoke to her cries and called 911.
Basoria had bruises on her eye, arm and wrist, so authorities assumed she had been beaten. Her boyfriend, 18-year-old Gerardo "Jerry" Flores, was charged with murder under the state's new law protecting the unborn.
But it wasn't that simple. Basoria eventually told authorities she had been trying to kill her unborn sons for weeks and finally asked Flores to step on her stomach.