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Archive for February 24th, 2008

Jessica Lunsford, nine-years-old, was abducted, raped and murdered by John Couey. She went missing from her bedroom at her grandparents’ home in the middle of the night Feb. 23, 2005. Though later recanting a previous confession he admitted to burying her alive.

Raiford- Couey describes life on death row, writing, “Yes, it is hard in here, and the guards are not nice to me, and no one talks to me much.”

In another passage he blames the media for his troubles, “I do not trust the media, the media made me an enemy to the world.”

Update 02-16-09: Fire guts Fla. trailer where Jessica Lunsford died


HOMOSASSA, Fla. — A suspicious fire has burned down a Florida mobile home where 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford was raped and murdered four years ago this month.

The crime by a repeat sex offender prompted lawmakers in Florida and other states to pass Jessica’s Law, a set of stricter rules for tracking and convicting sex offenders.

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In three separate cases law enforcement is the target of these parent’s frustration and anger. There is a suspect in the Cori Baker disappearance, a person of interest in Jaliek Rainwalker’s and a conviction in the Jessica Lunsford rape/murder.

TULSA The father of a missing 13-year-old Cori Baker  for more than three months criticized the Tulsa Police Department Thursday, saying the force was not interested in finding his daughter due to politics.

GREENWICH The adoptive parents of missing 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker  filed a notice of claim Friday against the village of Greenwich and its police chief over the search of their home last week by police, alleging “trespass and false imprisonment,” among other accusations.

Florida-Mark Lunsford says he will hold a news conference in Jacksonville, Fl. next Tuesday to answer any questions but today the parents of Jessica Lunsford  informed the Citrus County Florida Sheriff’s Office, Citrus County Commission and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement of their intent to sue.

A case with arguably the greatest anymosity between parents and law enforcement is that of missing Madeleine McCann  whose parents are the Portuguese equivalent of suspects.

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