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AN INTERNET multimillionaire accused of online piracy who allegedly headed up the global file-sharing website from his luxury mansion north of Auckland faces extradition to the US after he was arrested yesterday by armed police at the request of US officials.

The FBI yesterday shut down, one of the world’s most popular file-sharing websites, after filing an indictment in a US court earlier this month alleging its founder, Kim Dotcom, 37, (also known as Kim Schmitz) and six others, dubbed the ”Mega Conspiracy”, engaged in racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering.

Schmitz, a former computer hacker, and six others were arrested on five charges laid in an indictment by a US grand jury in the state of Virginia.

The US Justice Department and the FBI who led the crackdown said and other related sites generated more than $US175 million ($A168 million) in criminal proceeds and caused copyright holders more than $US500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content.

Megaupload is based in Hong Kong, but some of the alleged pirated content was hosted in the US on leased servers in Ashburn, Virginia, which gave US authorities jurisdiction, the indictment said.

Megaupload has boasted of having more than 150 million registered users and 50 million daily visitors, according to the FBI indictment. At one point, it was estimated to be the 13th most frequently visited website on the internet.

Schmitz founded the Hong Kong-based Megaupload website in 2005, which distributed a myriad of copyrighted works including movies, television programs, music, software and books. Megaupload also offered financial incentives for users to upload popular content and drive web traffic to the site.

Schmitz made $US42 million from Megaupload and other associated websites in 2010, according to the FBI’s indictment.

Despite opposition to the site’s operations from record labels and other copyright holders, many celebrities and artists backed its work – with chart-toppers Kanye West, and P. Diddy starring in a support video last year.

The US indictment paints a picture of a sprawling multinational operation, with more than 20 search warrants executed in nine countries, including New Zealand and the US.

When he appeared in Auckland’s North Shore District Court yesterday, Schmitz, a flamboyant German computer hacker who has past convictions from his home country, said he ”had nothing to hide” when appearing alongside three of his co-accused. ”We don’t mind if there’s press coverage if people want to photograph us, let them,” he said, overriding his lawyer, Auckland QC Paul Davison.

Detective Inspector Grant Wormald said it was ”likely” the men had also breached New Zealand copyright laws, although police had no intention of laying charges in the country.

The men face copyright infringement charges in the US which carry sentences of up to 20 years.

Schmitz is no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law, with a list of convictions including insider trading, credit card fraud, hacking and embezzlement. Schmitz also holds Finnish citizenship, and has Hong Kong and New Zealand residency.

Schmitz was granted New Zealand residency, reportedly after investing $NZ10 million ($A8 million) in government bonds and making a generous donation to the Christchurch earthquake fund.

Possessions taken from his $30 million mansion yesterday provided a hint of the extravagant lifestyles of the accused men.

More than 20 luxury cars worth a combined $6 million were taken from the site, including a 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, with the licence plate ”GOD”. Others including Mercedes Benzes, a Maserati and a Harley Davison motorbike.

Why is it that this seems to be a common occurence with Indian taxi drivers

Two Perth taxi drivers are standing trial in the Perth District Court today, accused of raping a 24-year-old woman who had passed out in a cab after hen’s day celebrations in February last year.

Prabhjit Singh Gill, 37, of Thornlie, and his co-accused Amrit Pal Singh, 32, of Joondanna, deny the charges.

State prosecutor Janelle Scutt told the jury this morning that Mr Singh, who was the woman’s taxi driver, used a mobile telephone to contact his friend, Mr Gill, who joined him at a dark car park on Progress Drive in North Lake at about 10.30pm on February 5.

Ms Scutt said the woman, whose identity is suppressed for legal reasons, had only a vague memory of her driver’s friend trying to have sex with her in the back seat of the taxi, then trying to have oral sex with her very briefly.

Ms Scutt said the woman was “happily married” and had been excited to go to a friend’s hen’s party, at which she consumed close to two bottles of champagne.

The court was told that later in the evening, the woman took a stretch limousine with her friends to King’s Park, where she grew increasingly drunk and was doing “silly things” such as rolling down hills and interrupting family picnics.

The group then went to Leederville’s Hip-E Club where they lined up for about 30 minutes. By this stage the woman was slurring, staggering, swaying and had glassy eyes and bouncers refused her entry, Ms Scutt said.

She then took a taxi but did not remember much of the ride except holding her head in her lap while seated in the front seat of the cab.

The woman later recalled being slumped in the back seat of the taxi while her driver spoke to an older and stockier Indian man outside and that man then tried to force himself upon her, Ms Scutt said.

The woman only remembered these details after she woke up fully clothed in her bed the next day, the court was told.

Medical testing later revealed the woman had sex with her driver, although she had no memory of this.

Mr Singh will admit to having sex with her but will claim that it was consensual, a claim Ms Scutt described as “fanciful”.

Mr Singh’s defence lawyer Steven Shadgett told the court that the woman was not as drunk as the prosecution claimed, and she was purposefully “minimizing her recollection” about how she initiated sexual contact with her taxi driver.

He said that she had begun touching him on the drive home while he was on a conference call with his friend, Mr Gill, and had directed him to the “prominent” car park, which was near Adventure World.

He said his client had not preyed on a vulnerable young lady but had the mistaken belief that she wanted sex.

Mr Gill’s defence lawyer Terry Dobson said his client did not sexually penetrate the woman at all but had been sitting in his taxi nearby while he heard his friend have sexual relations with the woman, who appeared to be “enjoying the activities”.

The trial continues.


The biggest alleged corporate fraud case in New Zealand history will be called for the first time in Timaru on Monday.

The NZ Serious Fraud Office (SFO) laid 21 charges against five individuals involved with South Canterbury Finance’s affairs in December after the finance company was placed in receivership on August 31, 2010, owing about $NZ1.8 billion ($A1.39 billion).

Because it was in the Crown Retail Deposit Scheme, the Crown covered depositors.

The matter will be formally called in Timaru District Court on Monday but it is not clear if those charged will appear, media reported.

The charges allege a variety of offences including theft by a person in a special relationship; obtaining by deception; false statements by the promoter of a company; and false accounting. The offences carry maximum penalties of between seven and ten years imprisonment.

“The value of the fraud alleged to have been committed exceeds anything in the history of white-collar crime in New Zealand,” SFO chief executive, Adam Feeley, said when the charges were laid.

The SFO investigation has been controversial because the finance company’s founder Allan Hubbard, who died last year, has considerable public support in Timaru. He was known for having a modest lifestyle and for charitable work in South Canterbury.


THE Australian Federal Police has warned that online attacks on companies are becoming more common, in the wake of the offshore cyber attack that forced the ANZ and St George banks to shut down their online broking sites.

ANZ’s E*Trade was bombarded by millions of emails in a denial of service attack, forcing it to shut the site to some users for up to two weeks over the Christmas-New Year period. St George’s directshares, which is provided by E*Trade, was also affected.

An AFP spokeswoman said while it did not have an active investigation into the attack on the broking sites, ”the AFP has been working closely with E*Trade throughout the denial of service attack”.

”Online attacks are becoming more common as organised criminal gangs and motivated individuals understand the technology of the internet and take advantage of the anonymity that comes with it,” she said.

”These groups can operate from countries with less developed legal frameworks and are increasingly sophisticated, operating from a high level of technical ability.

”The ability for criminals to use technology to commit crime, attack critical infrastructure, engage in terrorist activity and undermine national security is a very real threat.”

The scope of the threat was highlighted last month in the report 2012 Threats Predictions by security technology company, McAfee. Threats ranged from ”hactivism” – the targeting of business sites for political ends – to the vulnerability of customers using mobile devices and smartphones for banking.

”Attackers have adapted quickly to every change intended to secure banking on PCs. As we use our mobile devices ever more for banking, we will see attackers bypass PCs and go straight after mobile banking apps,” the report said.

”Hactivism” came to prominence during 2010 when activists launched denial-of-service attacks on Paypal, Visa and Mastercard, in retaliation for their refusal to process business for WikiLeaks, a move that was financially crippling the whistleblower site.

”When hactivists picked a target, that target was compromised either through a data breach or a denial of service. They are a credible force,” McAfee said.

”It is not hard to predict the evolution of the Occupy [movement] and other outraged groups to include more direct digital actions. The possibility of mating hactivist goals with industrial controller or SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition] systems is a very real possibility.”

It said industrial and national infrastructure faced more frequent attacks, aided by the inherent weaknesses in the industrial controller systems technology. And with a nod to ”cyber armies” operating out of totalitarian countries, it predicted 2012 would be the ”Year for Cyberwar”.

The AFP spokeswoman said she could not speculate on who was behind the attack on the broking sites. She confirmed that the AFP had not received referrals from other financial institutions during the denial-of-service attack.


Rodney Alcala is a convicted rapist, torturer and serial killer who evaded justice for 40 years.

Dubbed the “Dating Game Killer” Alcala was once a contestant on the show, “The Dating Game,” where he won a date with another contestant, however the date never happened because the woman found him to be too creepy.

Rodney Alcala was born on August 23, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas to Raoul Alcala Buquor and Anna Maria Gutierrez. His father left, leaving Anna Maria to raise Alcala and his sisters alone. At around the age of 12, Anna Maria moved the family to Los Angeles.

At the age of 17, Alcala joined the Army and remained there until 1964 when he received a medical discharge after being diagnosed with a severe anti-social personality.

Alcala, now out of the Army, enrolled in UCLA School of Fine Arts where is earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1968. This is the same year that he kidnapped, raped, beat and tried to kill his first known victim.

Tali Shapiro

Tali Shapiro was an 8-year-old on her way to school when she was lured into Alcala’s car, an act that did not go unnoticed by a nearby motorist who followed the two and contacted police.

Alcala took Tali into his apartment where he raped, beat and attempted to strangle her with a 10-pound metal bar. When police arrived, they kicked in the door and found Tali laying on the kitchen floor in a large puddle of blood and not breathing. Because of the brutality of the beating they thought she was dead and begin to search for Alcala in the apartment.

A police officer, returning to the kitchen, saw Tali struggling to breathe. All attention went to trying to keep her alive and at some point Alcala managed to slip out the backdoor.

When searching Alcala’s apartment the police found several pictures, many of young girls. They also found out his name and that he had attended UCLA. But it took several months before they would find Alcala.

On the Run but Not Hiding

Alcala, now using the name John Berger, fled to New York and enrolled in NYU film school. From 1968 to 1971, even though he was listed on the FBI’s most wanted list, he lived undetected and in full view. Playing the role of a “groovy” film student, amateur photographer, single hot shot, Alcala moved around New York’s single clubs.

During the summer months he worked at an all girl’s summer drama camp in New Hampshire.

In 1971, two girls attending the camp recognized Alcala on a wanted poster at the post office. The police were notified and Alcala was arrested.

Indeterminate Sentencing

In August, 1971, Alcala was returned to Los Angeles, but the prosecutor’s case had a major flaw – Tali Shapiro’s family had returned to Mexico soon after Tali recovered from the attack. Without their main witness, the decision was made to offer Alcala a plea deal.

Alcala, charged with rape, kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder, accepted a deal to plead guilty to child molestation. The other charges were dropped. He was sentenced to one year to life, and was paroled after 34 months under the “indeterminate sentencing” program. The program allowed a parole board, not a judge, to decide on when offenders could be released based on if they appeared rehabilitated. With Alcala’s ability to charm, he was back out on the streets in less than three years.

Within eight weeks he returned to prison for violating his parole for providing marijuana to a 13-year-old girl. She told police that Alcala kidnapped her, but he was not charged.

Alcala spent another two years behind bars and was released in 1977, again under the “indeterminate sentencing” program. He returned to Los Angeles and got a job as a typesetter for the Los Angeles Times.

More Victims

It did not take long for Alcala to get back into his murderous rampage.

  • The Murder of Jill Barcomb, Los Angeles CountyIn November 1977, Alcala raped, sodomized, and murdered 18-year-old Jill Barcomb, a New York native who had recently moved to California. Alcala used a large rock to smash in her face, and strangle her to death by tying her belt and pant leg around her neck.Alcala then left her body in a mountainous area in the foothills near Hollywood, where she was discovered Nov. 10, 1977, posed on her knees with her face in the dirt.
  • Murder of Georgia Wixted, Los Angeles CountyIn December 1977, Alcala raped, sodomized, and murdered 27-year-old nurse Georgia Wixted. Alcala used a hammer to sexually abuse Georgia, then used the claw end of the hammer to beat and smash in her head. He strangled her to death using a nylon stocking and left her body posed in her Malibu apartment. Her body was discovered Dec. 16, 1977.
  • Murder of Charlotte Lamb, Los Angeles CountyIn June 1979, Alcala raped, beat, and murdered 33-year-old legal secretary Charlotte Lamb. Alcala strangled Charlotte to death using a shoelace from her shoe and left her body posed in a laundry room of an El Segundo apartment complex where it was discovered on June 24, 1979.
  • Murder of Jill Parenteau, Los Angeles CountyIn June 1979, Alcala raped and murdered 21-year-old Jill Parenteau in her Burbank apartment. He strangled Jill to death using a cord or nylon. Alcala’s blood was collected from the scene after he cut himself crawling through a window. Based on a semi-rare blood match, Alcala was linked to the murder. He was charged for murdering Parenteau, but the case was later dismissed.
  • Murder of Robin Samsoe, Orange CountyOn June 20, 1979, Alcala approached 12-year-old Robin Samsoe and her friend Bridget Wilvert at Huntington Beach and asked them to pose for pictures. After posing for a series of photographs, a neighbor intervened and asked if everything was alright and Samsoe took off. Later Robin got on a bike and headed to an afternoon dance class.Alcala kidnapped and murdered Samsoe and dumped her body near Sierra Madre in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Her body was scavenged by animals and her skeletal remains were discovered July 2, 1979. Her front teeth had been knocked out by Alcala.


After the Samsoe murder, Alcala rented a storage locker in Seattle, where police found hundreds of photos of young women and girls and a bag of personal items that they suspected belonged to Alcala’s victims. A pair of earrings found in the bag were identified by Samsoe’s mother as being a pair she owned.

Alcala was also identified by several people as the photographer from the beach on the day Samsoe was kidnapped.

Following an investigation, Alcala was charged, tried, and convicted for Samsoe’s murder in 1980. He was sentenced to receive the death penalty. The conviction was later overturned by the California Supreme Court.

Alcala was again tried and convicted for the murder of Samsoe in 1986, and was again sentenced to the death penalty. The second conviction was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Three Times a Charm

While awaiting his third trial for the murder of Samsoe, DNA collected from the murder scenes of Barcomb, Wixted, and Lamb was linked to Alcala. He was charged for the four Los Angeles murders, including Parenteau.

At the third trial, Alcala represented himself as his own defense attorney and argued that he was at Knott’s Berry Farm on the afternoon that Samsoe was murdered. Alcala did not contest the charges that he committed the murders of the four Los Angeles victims, but rather focused on the Samsoe charges.

At one point he took the stand and questioned himself in third-person, changing his tone depending on if he was acting as his lawyer or as himself.

On Feb. 25, 2010, the jury found Alcala guilty of all five counts of capital murder, one count of kidnapping and four counts of rape.

During the penalty phase, Alcala attempted to sway the jury away from the death penalty by playing the song “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie, which includes the lyrics, “I mean, I wanna, I wanna kill. Kill. I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, Kill, KILL, KILL.”

His strategy did not work and the jury quickly recommended the death penalty to which the judge agreed.

More Victims?

Immediately after Alcala’s conviction, the Huntington police released 120 of Alcala’s photos to the public. Suspecting that Alcala had more victims, the police asked for the public’s help in identifying the women and children in the photos. Since then several of the unknown faces have been identified.

New York Murders

Two murder cases in New York have also been linked through DNA to Alcala. TWA flight attendant Cornelia “Michael” Crilley, was murdered 1971 while Alcala was enrolled at NYU. Ciro’s Nightclub heiress Ellen Jane Hover was murdered in 1977 during the time that Alcala had received permission from his parole officer to go to New York to visit family.

Currently Alcala is on death row at San Quentin State Prison.

Profile of Richard Kuklinski

The Iceman

Richard Kuklinski The Iceman
Richard Kuklinski The Iceman

Mug Shot

Richard Kuklinski was one of the most diabolical self-confessed contract killers in American history, who took credit for over 200 murders, including the murder of Jimmy Hoffa.

Kuklinski’s Childhood Years

Richard Leonard Kuklinski was born in the projects in Jersey City, New Jersey to Stanley and Anna Kuklinski. Stanley was a severely abusive alcoholic who beat his wife and children. Anna was also abusive to her children, sometimes beating them with broom handles.

In 1940, Stanley’s beatings resulted in the death of Kuklinski’s old brother, Florian. Stanley and Anna hid the cause of the child’s death from the authorities, saying he had fallen down a flight of steps.

By the age of 10, Richard Kuklinski was filled with rage and began acting out. For fun he would torture animals and by the age of 14, he had committed his first murder.

Taking a steel clothing rod from his closet, he ambushed Charlie Lane, a local bully and leader of a small gang who had picked on him. Unintentionally he beat Lane to death. Kuklinski felt remorse for Lane’s death for a brief period, but then saw it as a way to feel powerful and in control. He then went on and nearly beat to death the remaining six gang members.

Early Adulthood

By his early twenties Kuklinski had earned the reputation as being an explosive tough street hustler who would beat or kill those who he didn’t like or who offended him. According to Kuklinski it was during this time that his association with Roy DeMeo, a member of the Gambino Crime Family, was established.

From Street Punk to Paid Hitman

As his work with DeMeo advanced his ability to be an effective killing machine was recognized. According to Kuklinski, he became a favorite hitman for the mob, resulting in the deaths of at least 200 people. The use of cyanide poison became one of his favorite weapons as well as guns, knives and chainsaws.

Brutality and torture would often precede death for many of his victims. This included his own description of causing his victims to bleed, then tying them up in rat infested areas. The rats, attracted to the smell of blood would eventually eat the men alive.

The Family Man

Barbara Pedrici saw Kuklinski as a sweet giving man and the two married and had three children. Much like his father, Kuklinski, who was 6′ 4″ and weighing over 300 pounds, began to beat and terrorize Barbara and the children. On the outside, however, the Kuklinski family was admired by neighbors and friends as being a happy and well adjusted.

The Beginning of the End

Eventually Kuklinski started making mistakes and the New Jersey State Police were watching him. When three associates of Kuklinskis turned up dead, a task force was organized with the New Jersey authorities and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Special Agent Dominick Polifrone went undercover and spent a year and a half disguised as a hitman and eventually met and gained Kuklinski’s trust. Kuklinski bragged to the agent about his proficiency with cyanide and boasted about freezing a corpse in order to mask his time of death. Afraid Polifrone would soon become another of Kuklinski’s victims, the task force moved quickly after taping some of his confessions and getting him to agree to do a hit with Polifrone.

The End of the Iceman

On December 17, 1986, Kuklinski was arrested and charged with five counts of murder which involved two trials. He was found guilty in the first trial and reached an agreement in the second trial and was sentenced to two life sentences. He was sent to Trenton State Prison, where his brother was serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl.

Enjoying the Fame

While in prison he was interviewed by HBO for a documentary called “The Iceman Confesses,” then later by author Anthony Bruno, who wrote the book “The Iceman,” as a follow-up to the documentary. In 2001, he was interviewed again by HBO for another documentary called, “The Iceman Tapes: Conversations With a Killer.”

It was during these interviews that Kuklinski confessed to several cold-blooded murders and spoke of his ability to detach himself emotionally from his own brutality. When on the subject of his family he uncharacteristically showed emotions when describing the love he felt towards them.

Kuklinski Blames Childhood Abuse

When asked why he had become one of the most diabolical mass murderers in history, he cast blame on his father’s abuse and admitted the one thing he was sorry for was for not killing him.

Questionable Confessions

Authorities do not buy everything Kuklinski claimed during the interviews. Witnesses for the government who were part of DeMeo’s group said Kuklinski was not involved in any murders for DeMeo. They also question the number of murders he claimed to have committed.

His Suspicious Death

On March 5, 2006, Kuklinski, age 70, died of unknown causes. His death came suspiciously around the same time he was scheduled to testify against Sammy Gravano. Kuklinski was going to testify that Gravano hired him to kill a police officer in the 1980s. Charges against Gravano were dropped after Kuklinski’s death because of insufficient evidence.

Kuklinski and the Hoffa Confession

In April 2006, it was reported that Kuklinski had confessed to author Philip Carlo that he and four men had kidnapped and murdered union boss Jimmy Hoffa. In an interview aired on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Carlo discussed the confession in detail, explaining the Kuklinski was part of a five-member team, who under the direction of Tony Provenzano, a captain in the Genovese crime family, kidnapped and murdered Hoffa in a restaurant parking lot in Detroit.

A Family Consumed by Fear

Also on the program was Barbara Kuklinski and her daughters, who spoke about the abuse and fear they suffered at the hands of Kuklinski.

One telling moment which described the true depth of Kuklinski’s sociopathic brutality was when one of the daughters, described as Kuklinski’s “favorite” child, told of her father’s attempt to get her to understand, when she was 14, why if he killed Barbara during a fit of rage, he would also have to kill her and her brother and sister.


Between 1974 and 1991, Dennis Rader killed at least ten people in the Wichita, Kansas area. Rader was known as the BTK Killer, which stands for “bind, torture, kill.” Rader also sent notes to local authorities and media outlets describing the killing process, taunting them for not catching him. It was these letters that lead to his eventual capture in 2005.

After Rader kidnapped his victims he would bind them and strangle them until they passed out. Then he’d let them wake up and do it again, repeating the near-death experience and getting sexual gratification from it. He would eventually strangle the victim to death and masturbate into an article of their clothing.

Rader was caught because police were able to extract a deleted file from a floppy disk the killer had sent them. On the disk was information about Rader’s church, an organization of which he was an active member. It was DNA evidence that eventually busted Rader, and he later confessed to the crimes. He was convicted of 10 counts of murder in 2005. He is still in jail serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole


Ukranian-born Soviet killer Andrei Chikatilo was nicknamed the “Butcher of Rostov,” “The Red Ripper” or “The Rostov Ripper.” He killed at least 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990 and was convicted in 1992 and executed in 1994.

Chikatilo first killed a 9 year old girl in 1979, and during the experience he discovered that he could only achieve sexual satisfaction by stabbing and slashing women and children to death.

Chikatilo was in and out of jail and suspected of crimes for many years, but there was never enough evidence to put him away for good. Finally, in a well-orchestrated police snare, Chikatilo was caught in 1990 and eventually confessed to killing 36 people. He was charged with killing 53 women and children between 1978 and 1990 and was convicted of 52 murders in 1992. In 1994 he was executed by a single gun shot wound behind the right ear


Nicknamed “The Vampire of Sacramento,” Richard Trenton Chase was most famous for drinking the blood of his victims and eating parts of their bodies. He killed six people over the course of one month in northern California in 1977. Chase spent time in a mental hospital after being caught capturing small animals and devouring them raw, sometimes blending the corpses with Coca Cola in a blender to make a milkshake. After being treated with anti-psychotic medications he was released, and that’s when he started killing humans.

Chase murdered six people, including two children, and engaged in sex with their bodies after he murdered them. He would also drink and bathe in their blood and eat their internal organs. Chase was finally caught in 1979 after murdering an entire family. His defense tried to get him a lesser charge due to his history of insanity, but a jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to death by the gas chamber. Chase then killed himself in jail in 1980 by saving up his prescription antidepressent medicine and taking a lethal overdose in his cell.

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