Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Charged With Aiding And Abetting Her Husband And Obstruction Of Justice

The U.S. Justice Department released the below information:

Noor Salman, 30, formerly of Fort Pierce, Florida, was charged by indictment with aiding and abetting Omar Mateen’s attempted provision and provision of material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and obstruction of justice. If convicted on all counts, Salman faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord and U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III for the Middle District of Florida made the announcement.
Salman was arrested in northern California on Monday, January 16, and made her initial appearance in federal court in Oakland, California earlier today. Salman was temporarily detained pending a status hearing on Wednesday, January 18.
According to the indictment, from no later than end of April 2016 through and including June 12, 2016, Salman aided and abetted Mateen’s attempted provision and provision of material support, namely, personnel and services, to ISIL, and the death of multiple victims resulted. Further, on June 12, 2016, Salman obstructed justice by engaging in misleading conduct towards officers of the Fort Pierce Police Department and special agents of the FBI in order to prevent them from communicating to agents, the U.S. Department of Justice and judges of the United States of America, information relating to the attack at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has violated one or more federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the FBI; the Orlando Police Department; the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida; the Fort Pierce Police Department; the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s Office in Florida; and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Assistance was provided by the IRS - Criminal Investigation division; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in Florida; and the Sebastian Police Department in Florida. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sara C. Sweeney, James D. Mandolfo and Roger B. Handberg for the Middle District of Florida and Trial Attorney Kevin C. Nunnally for the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section 

On This Day In History The Great Brinks Robbery Occurred

As History.com notes, on this day in 1950 the crime known as the "Great Brinks Robbery" occurred.

A team of 11 thieves, in a precisely timed and choreographed strike, steals more than $2 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. The Great Brinks Robbery, as it quickly became known, was the almost perfect crime. Only days before the statute of limitations was set to expire on the crime, the culprits were finally caught.
Tony Pino, a lifelong criminal, was the mastermind behind the audacious theft. Together with Joe McGinnis, he assembled a group that meticulously planned the heist. They staked out the depot for a year and a half to figure out when it was holding the most money. Then, the gang stole the plans for the depot’s alarm system and returned them before anyone noticed that they were missing.
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You can also read the FBI's account of the famous crime via the below link:


Note: The above FBI released photo is a mugshot of Anthony Pino, the mastermind of the robbery.

Monday, January 16, 2017

1981: Joey Coyle Wasn’t Looking For $1 million. Until It Fell Off A Truck

Tommy Rowan, who is offering a series at Philly.com called Crooks, which tells the forgotten stories behind some of the most outlandish crimes, and criminals, in Philadelphia history.

The latest story is about Joey Coyle, a South Philly guy who found, and lost, a cool million that "fell off a truck."

Joey Coyle’s methamphetamine high started fading. 

He was sipping coffee on his Front Street steps on the morning of Feb. 26, 1981, waiting on the mailman carrying his $700 paycheck. But he decided his next binge couldn’t wait. 

He persuaded two young neighbors, John Behlau and Jed Pennock, to drive him to his drug dealer’s house. But the guy didn’t answer the door. On the ride back, Coyle was slumped in the front seat of Behlau’s maroon 1971 Chevrolet Malibu, scanning the South Philly sidewalks for potential metal scraps, when he spotted it. 

Sitting wheels-up on Swanson Street near Wolf was a yellow metal storage container. It would become his salvation, and then his downfall, a bizarre saga splashed across newspaper pages and the silver screen.

As the driver slowed to maneuver around it, Coyle opened his door and righted the container. The lid flaps split, and two canvas bags labeled “Federal Reserve Bank” spilled out.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tyrannical Philly Mafia boss Nicodemo 'Little Nicky' Scarfo, 87, Dies In Prison Hospital

George Anastasia at the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nicodemo "Littile Nicky" Scarfo, the former boss of the Philadelphia Cosa Nostra organized crime family, has died in prison.

Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, the tyrannical mob boss who ruled the Philadelphia underworld in the 1980s, has died while serving a 55-year prison sentence at a federal medical center in North Carolina. He was 87.
Once described in a government sentencing memorandum as "a man who sought and achieved a career in the major leagues of crime," Scarfo was considered one of the most violent organized crime leaders in the country.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

New York Post Editorial Board: Obama Shouldn't Pardon Manning

The New York Post Editorial Board came out against a presidential pardon for former U.S.Army Private Manning.

Pfc. Chelsea (née Bradley) Manning, now serving a 35-year sentence for espionage, is reportedly on President Obama’s short list for last-minute executive clemency. Let’s hope the president declines to act.
Manning leaked 700,000 documents — at the time, the largest-ever theft of classified US material — including confidential diplomatic and military communiques revealing the names of intelligence assets.
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On This Day In History An Explosion Rocked The Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise

As History.com notes, on this day in 1969 an explosion aboard the USS Enterprise killed 29 sailors.

The carrier was off the coast of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when the explosion occurred and on route to combat duty during the Vietnam War.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

William Peter Blatty, 'The Exorcist' Writer, Dies at 89

The Hollywood Reporter offers a piece on writer William Peter Blatty (seen in the below photo), the author of The Exorcist.

William Peter Blatty, the novelist and screenwriter who helped bring the iconic horror movie The Exorcist to theaters in 1973, died Thursday, the film's director, William Friedkin, stated. He was 89. 
No cause of death was disclosed. A rep for Blatty did not immediately respond for comment. 
Blatty, who claimed the screenwriting Oscar for The Exorcist at the 46th Academy Awards, wrote the novel of the same name in 1971. The film version, which he also produced, was nominated for 10 Oscars, including best picture, but won just two trophies.
"Over the years, I understand that people consider it a horror film, and that's where it lives in the public consciousness," Friedkin wrote about The Exorcist in a 2013 essay for The Hollywood Reporter. "But it has never been that to Blatty or myself."

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