Archive for April 25th, 2009

On the CBS show Criminal Minds a team patterned after the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit becomes involved with a different case each week.

CRIMINAL MINDS revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own.

In this week’s show “Season 4: Episode 21: A Shade of Gray” about a series of child abductions and murders Rossi made this frightening statement. 

“99% of abducted children are killed in the first 24 hours”

Dramatic statistics but not actually correct, at least according to the Case Management for Missing Children Homicide Investigation report by the Washington State Attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice- Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention. The statistic quoted is for those children who were abducted and murdered not for all abducted children.

There are approximately 115 children in the U.S. who are victims of a “stereotypical” kidnapping. These crimes involve someone the child does not know or a slight acquaintance who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently. Approximately 40% of these children are murdered or never recovered.

  • 46.8% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead in less than an hour .
  • 76.2% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead within the first 4 hours.
  • 88.5% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead within the first 24 hours.
  • 97.9% of abducted children who were murdered were found dead within 7 days.

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    The pastor of the Clover Road Baptist Church, 77-year-old Clifford Lane Lawless, is not a suspect in the murder of Sandra Cantu according to Tracy police spokesman Sgt. Tony Sheneman in this Tracy Press article.  His granddaughter Melissa Huckaby is.

    Lawless, a pastor of the church since 1981, has no criminal history and no civil lawsuits against him in San Joaquin County, court records show. The only property he owns in San Joaquin County is his mobile home.

    But the Clover Road Baptist Church seems as physically isolated from the rest of the city, one of the last buildings on a dead-end street, as it seems culturally set apart from other churches in town.

    Several Tracy pastors said they don’t know that much about Lawless; he doesn’t join the 15 or 20 other pastors in town for Thursday prayer breakfasts.

    Tim Heinrich of the Crossroads Baptist Church said Lawless declines to network with fellow pastors in town. Other pastors said the church has few events and focuses on church history because it disagrees with some of the tenets of others churches.

    No one in the neighborhood surrounding Orchard Estates said they attend the Baptist church — surrounded now by yellow crime-scene tape. About a dozen neighbors said they don’t know anyone who does and that it has a tiny congregation.

    Folks from a Jehovah’s Witness church across the street from Clover Road Baptist said they’ve never talked to anyone from the congregation. Pastors, members and elders of a handful of other churches in northern Tracy said the same thing.

    However, F.B.I. agents have searched a church in Washington State and spoke to members of a church in Lewiston, Id. in connection with the Sandra Cantu investigation. There were apparently alleged child abuse at the Lewiston church.

    FBI murder investigation leads to Idaho questioning

    Detectives investigating the murder of a California girl have taken their case to Lewiston, Idaho.

    A television station in Sacramento reports authorities have questioned people at the Warner Alliance Church in North Idaho. Police are questioning people about Pastor Lane Lawless.

    Warner Alliance Church

    Cantu Investigators Visit Washington Church

    Earlier this month, the FBI went to the First Church of God in Clarkston, Wash., to ask questions about Lane Lawless, who is Huckaby’s grandfather and currently serves as pastor of Clover Road Baptist Church in Tracy.

    Huckaby, who was set to return to a Stockton courtroom on Friday, has been charged with murdering Cantu.

    Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation said that in the mid-’80s there were allegations of child abuse and/or molestation somehow connected to the First Church of God. Lawless was working at the Clarkston church at the time and was questioned regarding the allegations, but nobody was ever charged.

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