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3 years after son’s death, mother of SIUC student thanks special prosecutor after suspect indicted

CARBONDALE • In an open letter to her Facebook friends and followers, the mother of a 19-year-old found dead in a patch of Carbondale woods in 2014 thanked the investigating agency and prosecutors who filed murder charges against the man believed to have been the last to see her son alive.

The post was written by Lovely Varughese, the mother of Pravin Varughese, a Southern Illinois University criminal justice student who was found dead Feb. 18, 2014, in a wooded area near Buffalo Wild Wings, some days after he was reported missing on Feb. 13.

On Thursday, a Jackson County grand jury returned an indictment for two counts of felony murder, first degree, against Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Ill.. The 22-year-old Bethune, believed to be one of the last people to see Varughese, said, in one account, that the two fought and that Varughese got out of his car

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3 years after her son’s death, Lovely Varughese thanks special prosecutors after suspect indicted on murder charges

Lovely Varughese, mother of Pravin Varughese speaks Friday, Feb. 13, during a news conference on the death anniversary of of her son at the V.F.W. in Murphysboro. 

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Killer faked own death with victim’s body: Bizarre case on Six Degrees of Murder

Ari Squire headshot

Killer Ari Squire, who staged his own death with his victim’s body

A bizarre murder case where the killer staged his own death with his victim’s body — in a bid to claim millions in life insurance — features tonight on Investigation Discovery’s Six Degrees of Murder series.

Ari Squire, 39, killed 20-year-old Justin Newman after luring him to his home on the promise of a construction job.

He then swapped clothes and wallets with his victim, who resembled Squire, before pinning his body under a truck at his home in Lake Barrington, Illinois, and setting it on fire.

Squire bought blue contact lenses and brown hair dye to try and look more like Newman, before going on the run.

It’s thought Squire was trying to cash in on a $5million

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/killer-faked-own-death-with-victims-body-bizarre-case-on-six-degrees-of-murder/

Investigation Discovery video probes 2014 death of SIU student

CARBONDALE — A popular true-crime television network has sparked renewed interest in the case of a Southern Illinois University Carbondale student who was found dead in the woods three years ago.

Investigation Discovery, which is owned by Discovery Communications LLC, on Wednesday released an eight-minute video on its Facebook page that details the circumstances surrounding the death of Pravin Varughese, a 19-year-old criminal justice major at SIU who disappeared the night of Feb. 12-13, 2014. His body was found five days later in a wooded area off the 1400 block of East Main Street.

Reached by phone on Thursday, Varughese’s mother, Lovely Varughese, of Spring Grove, said Investigation Discovery had contacted her about her son’s case.

“When they came and heard everything, they knew this was going to be something they had to do,” Lovely Varughese said.

She said the network plans to air an hour-long segment on one of

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Death of Angel Doe, girl found dead in a ditch, features on ID’s Real Detective

Real Detective probes thedeath of a 9-year-old girl found dead in the Houston area

Real Detective probes the death of a 9-year-old who became known as Angel Doe

Tonight’s season finale of Real Detective follows investigator Clarence Douglas as he probes the death of six-year-old Raysate Chain Knight — whose body went unidentified for six months after she was found dead in a ditch.

The episode is titled Angel Doe, the name Raysate was known by before she was identified. In it Douglas is determined to find out why her death wasn’t reported and how she ended up being neglected.

Raysate’s body was found on September 9, 2001, showing she had suffered bruising and was malnourished before she died.

She had been killed after sustaining blunt trauma to the head. An autopsy reportedly showed she had suffered from physical abuse for a long period of time.

Her mother Connie Knight, who had a history

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Killing Richard Glossip probes death row inmate’s case, gets greenlit for fifth episode

Richard Glossip, whose case features in Investigation Discovery’s miniseries Killing Richard Glossip

Investigation Discovery tonight launches a new four-part documentary series, Killing Richard Glossip, examining whether the titular death row inmate in Oklahoma is actually innocent.

The miniseries is helmed by Joe Berlinger, best known as the director of Paradise Lost, a trio of feature-length documentaries that contributed to the release of the nationally known West Memphis Three after they spent more than two decades behind bars.

Glossip was slapped with a charge of murder for hire following the brutal killing of Best Budget Inn motel owner Barry Van Treese in 1997.

The maintenance man who committed the murder, Justin Sneed, claims Glossip orchestrated the crime, while Glossip denies the accusation. Sneed is currently serving life without parole.

Glossip has faced execution three times, but they have each been stayed. Most recently, Glossip averted lethal injection after it was discovered that Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections

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Lynn Messer’s mysterious death on Missouri farm will lead cable …

A national cable television channel will turn its attention to the 2014 disappearance of Lynn Messer, an STL area mother and teacher whose remains were recently uncovered.

The show airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on Investigation Discovery.

The episode points its camera at the case of Messer, 52, who vanished in 2014 from her family’s 250-acre farm near Bloomsdale in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. 

In November 2016, one of her sons, Aaron Messer, found human remains on the edge of the ranch. Dental records have identified the bones as belonging to Lynn Messer.

The episode includes interviews with both of her sons, Aaron and Abram Messer; her sisters, Debra Donze and Julie Rayfield; daughter-in-law Elizabeth Messer; and Sheriff Gary Stolzer and Sgt. Austin Clark of the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office.

Lynn Messer’s husband, Kerry Messer, is the founder of Missouri Family Network, a lobbying group that espouses Christian values and supports a pro-family, traditional marriage agenda.

The FBI now is handling the investigation of the case.

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Salem Man’s Parole Denied For 1991 Death

NATICK — The state Parole Board described convicted killer Thomas Maimoni as a “pathological liar” as it rejected the former Salem man’s third attempt at parole for the 1991 murder of Martha Brailsford.

In a blunt rejection of the 71-year-old convict’s appeal for release, the board in its March 7 decision wrote, “Mr. Maimoni has no chance of success on parole in his current state of pathologically lying,” according to the Parole Board’s decision.

At Maimoni’s parole hearing last October, members noted their frustration to Maimoni’s evasive answers to a simple question: What happened to Martha Brailsford?, the Eagle-Tribune reported.

Instead, Maimoni told member he suffers from “survivor’s guilt,” and that he is in treatment “to get the answers,” the Parole Board noted in its decision.

His two prior bids for parole in 2006 and 2011 were denied.

In February 1993, an Essex County Superior Court jury found Maimoni guilty of second-degree

Read more at: http://patch.com/massachusetts/salem/salem-mans-parole-denied-1991-death

Patton Oswalt releases the cause of his wife’s death

Last April, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara, wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, died suddenly in her sleep. Now, Oswalt—who’s spoken movingly about his grief in the intervening year, and the difficulties in raising their daughter alone—has revealed the cause of his wife’s death: a combination of prescription medication and an undiagnosed heart condition.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Oswalt revealed the details of a coroner’s report received earlier today, which showed that McNamara died from an interaction between a condition that caused blockages in her arteries, and Xanax, Adderall, and the pain medication fentanyl. McNamara was 46.

According to Oswalt’s Twitter account, Investigation Discovery’s A Crime To Remember—on which McNamara was a frequent guest—tributed her with a dedication card in its season finale, which aired earlier this week.


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