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DIE YOU BASTARDS THE HOME OWNER SAID BEFORE HE SHOT THE TWO TEEN INTRUDERS Byron Smith, who described the teens he killed as 'vermin', takes a break during the first day of his trial Little Falls, Minnesota:  A Minnesota man who killed two teenagers who broke into his home can be heard on an audio recording talking to himself for hours after the shooting and at one point, apparently describing the slain teens as “vermin”.   Byron Smith of Little Falls faces first-degree premeditated murder charges in the deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady on Thanksgiving Day in 2012.   Mr Smith, 65, claimed he was defending himself and feared for his life after several break-ins at his home. Prosecutors say Mr Smith planned the killings. They say he sat in a chair in his basement and waited for the teens to enter his home instead of calling police. Smith waited a full day after he shot them before asking a neighbour to call the authorities.   The day after Mr Smith killed two teens who entered his home, he matter-of-factly described the shootings in chilling detail, telling authorities he finished off one teen with a shot under her chin because a .22-calibre “doesn’t go through bone very well,” according to  an audio recording of a police interview played in court.   The killings stunned this central Minnesota community and stirred debate about how far people can go to defend their homes.


Under Minnesota law, a person may use deadly force to prevent a felony from taking place in one’s home or dwelling, but authorities have said Smith crossed a line when he continued to shoot the teens after they were no longer a threat.   The teens were not armed, but Mr Smith told authorities he assumed they were — and he thought they had taken guns from his house in a past burglary.   Assistant Washington County Attorney Brent Wartner told jurors that Smith thought a neighbour girl had been breaking into his home. On that day, he moved his truck away from his house, sat in his basement “and he waited”, Mr Wartner said.

Haile Kifer was shot dead after entering Byron Smith's house on Thanksgiving, 2012. She was unarmed
Haile Kifer was shot dead after entering Byron Smith’s house on Thanksgiving, 2012. She was unarmed. Photo: Facebook
Nick Brady killed with his cousin Haile Kifer, after breaking into a home in Little Falls, Minnesota.
Nick Brady: killed with his cousin Haile Kifer, after breaking into a home in Little Falls, Minnesota. Photo: Facebook
“He’s down in the basement, in a chair, tucked between two bookcases at the bottom of the stairs. He said he was down there reading a book … with his Mini-14, a .22-calibre revolver, some energy bars and a bottle of water,” Mr Wartner said
Authorities who searched Mr Smith’s home after the killings testified on Wednesday that they found an audio recorder that was turned on and an operating video surveillance system. The recorder was sitting on top of books on a bookshelf, near a chair where prosecutors say Mr Smith waited for the teens.   Prosecutors say Mr Smith planned the killings.
They say he sat in a chair in his basement and waited for the teens to enter his home instead of calling police. Smith waited a full day after he shot them before asking a neighbour to call the authorities.   The day after Mr Smith killed two teens who entered his home, he matter-of-factly described the shootings in chilling detail, telling authorities he finished off one teen with a shot under her chin because a .22-calibre “doesn’t go through bone very well,” according to  an audio recording of a police interview played in court.
The killings stunned this central Minnesota community and stirred debate about how far people can go to defend their homes.   Mr Smith’s home recording also captured the actual shootings, including Ms Kifer screaming after she was shot. Janet Nelson, a special agent with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, testified that the full recording was six hours and 24 minutes long. She condensed it into 29 minutes of highlights, enhancing volume in some areas, and cutting background noise in others.
The tape was presented to jurors as a sequence of events, but defence attorneys raised questions about the recording on cross-examination, noting it had been spliced and altered, and some key pieces of information were left out.   The recording presented in court apparently starts before the shootings, with Mr Smith talking about having someone come over and giving instructions on where to park. Mr Smith also is heard saying: “I realise I don’t have an appointment, but I would like to see one of the lawyers here.”
The next sound played in court was the sound of glass shattering, followed by footsteps and heavy breathing. The recorder captured the sounds of Mr Smith shooting Mr Brady as he came down the stairs, including a groan from Mr Brady after the first shot. A total of three shots were fired, and Mr Smith can be heard saying “You’re dead.”   The criminal complaint says Mr Smith then placed Mr Brady’s body on a tarp and dragged it into another room, then sat down and reloaded his weapon.
Ms Kifer then comes down the stairs. More shots are fired, and Ms Kifer screams. Then Mr Smith said: “You’re dying” and called her “b—-” twice. Another shot was heard soon after. In a statement to investigators, Mr Smith called it a “finishing shot.”   Then, Smith whispers: “I’m safe now,” according to the recording.   Ms Nelson said for the next several hours, Smith can be heard talking to himself, often in whispers.   He is heard repeating the request for someone to come to his house, and repeating the parking directions he apparently recited before the shootings.
He also said: “I was doing my civic duty … I had to do it.”   And he said the girl “was going to go through her life spoiling things for other people.”   In the police interview recordings, Mr Smith can be heard politely recounting details to investigators. As the recordings were played on Monday, Mr Smith sat still at the defence table, at some points crying.   He said he didn’t call police because the teens were already dead and “just cause my Thanksgiving is screwed up I don’t need to screw up yours.” The next day, he asked a neighbour to call police.
Mr Smith is a retired security engineer for the US Department of State.   Ms Kifer and Mr Brady were cousins. The two were well-known in the community, and both were involved in sports. Court documents from another case show Mr Brady had  burgled Smith’s property at least twice in the months before he was killed.



1. Pendulum slicer

The pendulum was an instrument in torture and death via capital punishment used by the Spanish Inquisition. Although designed to cause maximum pain before death, the pendulum was also used to induce psychological fear into the victim, thereby extracting confessions quickly. The victim was first fastened to a wooden bench with ropes so that it was impossible for him to move. Above the victim was a crescent-shaped blade which would begin swinging to and from. Gradually the bar to which the blade was attached would be lowered bringing it closer and closer to the victim’s torso. It would usually be at this point that the victim would confess. If no confession was made, the blade would continue to lower until it began cutting through the victim’s torso. Eventually, the victim would be cleaved in two.

2. Immurement

Immurement is a form of capital punishment where a person is walled up within a building and left to die from starvation or dehydration. This is distinct from being buried alive, in which the victim typically dies of asphyxiation. The folklore of many Southeastern European communities refers to immurement as the mode of death for the victim sacrificed during the completion of a construction project, such as a bridge or fortress. Many Bulgarian and Romanian folk songs describe a bride offered for such purposes, and her subsequent pleas to the builders to leave her hands and breasts free, that she might still nurse her child. Later versions of the songs revise the bride’s death; her fate to languish, entombed in the stones of the construction, is transmuted to her nonphysical shadow, and its loss yet leads to her pining away and eventual death.

3. Lapidation

Lapidation, is a form of capital punishment whereby a group throws stones at a person until the person dies. No individual among the group can be identified as the one who kills the subject. This is in contrast to the case of a judicial executioner. It is slower than other forms of execution, and hence is a form of execution by torture.

4. Back Breaking

A form of capital punishment was merely to break the back of the criminal and leave him to die of thirst. It was a Mongolian method of execution that avoided the spilling of blood on the ground.

5. Iron Maiden

An Iron Maiden is an iron cabinet constructed to kill or torture the condemned. The iron cabinet was built with sharp objects like spikes, knives or nails inside of it. An individual was placed inside standing and the doors of the cabinet were closed repeatedly forcing bleeding and punctures until death due to blood loss or lack of oxygen should lungs be punctured. This form of capital punishment was used throughout the 18th Century in England

6. Execution by Elephant

Execution by elephant was, for thousands of years, a common method of capital punishment in South and Southeast Asia, and particularly in India. Asian Elephants were used to crush, dismember, or torture captives in public executions. The animals were trained and versatile, both able to kill victims immediately or to torture them slowly over a prolonged period. Employed by royalty, the elephants were used to signify both the ruler’s absolute power and his ability to control wild animals. The sight of elephants executing captives attracted the interest of usually horrified European travellers, and was recorded in numerous contemporary journals and accounts of life in Asia. The practice was eventually suppressed by the European empires that colonised the region in the 18th and 19th centuries. While primarily confined to Asia, the practice was occasionally adopted by Western powers, such as Rome and Carthage, particularly to deal with mutinous soldiers.

7. Damnatio ad bestias

Damnatio ad bestias was a form of capital punishment in which the condemned were maimed on the circus arena or thrown to a cage with animals, usually lions. It was brought to ancient Rome around the 2nd century BC from Asia, where a similar penalty existed from at least the 6th century BC. In Rome, damnatio ad bestias was used as entertainment and was part of the inaugural games of the Flavian Amphitheatre. In the 1st–3rd centuries AD, this penalty was mainly applied to the worst criminals and early Christians (Latin: christianos ad leones, “Christians to the lions”). It was abolished in 681 AD.

8. Sawing

Sawing was a method of execution used in Europe under the Roman Empire, in the Middle East, and in parts of Asia. The condemned were hung upside-down and sawn apart vertically through the middle, starting at the groin. Since the the body was inverted, the brain received a continuous supply of blood despite severe bleeding, consciousness thereby continuing until, or after, the saw severed the major blood vessels of the abdomen. The movement of the saw caused a body to sway back and forth making the process difficult for the executioners. The Chinese overcame this problem by securing the victim in an upright position between two boards firmly fixed between stakes driven deep into the ground. Two executioners, one at each end of the saw, would saw downwards through the stabilized boards and enclosed victim.


The execution of criminals and political opponents has been used by most societies—both for crime punishment and to suppress political dissent. Execution of a person by the judicial process as a punishment for an offense is called capital punishment or death penalty. In most places that practice capital punishment it is reserved for murder, espionage, treason, or as part of military justice. In some countries sexual crimes, such as rape, adultery, incest and sodomy, also carry the death penalty. In many countries that use the death penalty, drug trafficking, corruption, cowardice, desertion, insubordination, and mutiny are also capital offenses. Most historical records and various primitive tribal practices indicate that the death penalty was a part of their justice system.However some methods of execution were quite vicious & brutal .They are listed herein

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The garrote was very common once,  but is no longer sanctioned by law in any country though training in its use is still carried out in the French Foreign Legion. The garrote is a device that strangles a person to death. It can also be used to break a person’s neck. The device was often used in Spain until it was outlawed in 1978 together with the abolition of the death penalty. It normally consisted of a seat in which the prisoner was restrained while the executioner tightened a metal band around his neck until he was dead. Some versions of the garrote incorporated a metal bolt which pressed in to the spinal chord, breaking the neck. The victim may pass into a state of severe and painful convulsions and then pass into death. This spiked version is known as the Catalan garrote. The last execution by garrote was José Luis Cerveto in October 1977. Andorra was the last country in the world to outlaw its use, doing so in 1990. However garroting is still common in India according Indian author and forensic expert Parikh.



Scaphism, also known as the boats was an ancient Persian method of executing people & designed to inflict a very torturous death. The naked person was firmly fastened within a back-to-back pair of narrow rowing boats (or a hollowed-out tree trunk), with the head, hands, and feet protruding. The condemned was forced to ingest milk and honey to the point of developing severe diarrhea, and more honey would be rubbed on the body so it would attract insects to the exposed appendages. The person would then be left to float on a stagnant pond or be exposed to the sun. The defenseless individual’s faeces accumulated within the container, attracting more bugs & insects, which would eat and breed within his or her exposed and increasingly gangrenous flesh. The feeding would be repeated each day in some cases to prolong the torture, so that dehydration or starvation did not provide him or her with a quick death. Death, when it eventually occurred, was probably due to a combination of dehydration, starvation and septic shock. Delirium would typically set in after a few days. Death by scaphism was deliberately painful, humiliating, and protracted



Flaying is the removal of skin from a living body. Like a slaughtered animal is flayed in preparation for human consumption, or for its hide or fur; this is more commonly called skinning, flaying is similar method applied to living humans. Flaying of humans was used as both a method of torture and execution, depending on how much of the skin is removed. Flaying is an ancient practice, used by Assyrians and Ming Dynasty.



Known also as slow slicing, Lingchi was reserved for crimes seen as especially severe, such as treason or killing of one’s parents. Also could be translated as slow process, lingering death or death by a thousand cuts, was a form of execution used in China from about AD 900 until its abolition in 1905. The process involved tying the person to be executed to a wooden frame, usually in a public place. The flesh was then cut from the body in multiple slices in a process that was not specified in detail in Chinese law and therefore most likely varied. In later times, opium was sometimes administered either as an act of mercy or as a way of preventing fainting. The punishment worked on three levels: as a form of public humiliation, as a slow and lingering death, and as a punishment after death. In variable forms, it also involved dismemberment i.e cutting, tearing, pulling, wrenching or otherwise removing, the limbs & genetalia of the condemned.



Breaking wheel or the Catherine wheel was a capital punishment device used  in the Middle Ages and early modern times for public execution by cudgelling to death. It was used during the Middle Ages and was still in use well into the 19th century. Breaking on the wheel was a form of torturous execution formerly in use in countries like France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Russia, the US. The wheel was typically a large wooden wagon wheel with a number of radial spokes, but a wheel was not always used. In some cases the condemned were lashed to the wheel and beaten with a club or iron cudgel, with the gaps in the wheel allowing the cudgel to break through. Alternatively, the condemned were spreadeagled and broken on a St Andrew’s cross consisting of two wooden beams nailed in an “X” shape, after which the victim’s mangled body might be displayed on the wheel.



Brazen Bull or the Sicilian Bull is a  execution device designed in the ancient world of Greece. Perillos of Athens, a brass-founder, proposed to Phalaris, the tyrant of Akragas, Sicily, the invention of a new means for executing convicted criminals. Accordingly, he cast a bull, made completely in brass, hollow, with a door on the side. The condemned was placed & locked in the bull and a fire was set under it, heating the metal until it became yellow hot and causing the person inside litterally  roasting to death. The bull was  designed in such a way that its smoke rose in spicy clouds of incense. The head of the ox was designed with a complex system of tubes and stops so that the prisoner’s screams were converted into sounds like the bellowing of an angry  bull. It is also said that when the bull was reopened, the scorched bones of the remains shone like jewels and were made into bracelets & other ornamental items.



Disembowelment or evisceration is the removing of some or all of the vital organs, usually from the abdomen. On humans, as a method of death penalty, it is fatal in all cases. It has historically been used as a severe form of very painfull capital punishment. Finally the last organs to be removed were invariably the heart and lungs so as to keep the condemned alive (and in pain) as long as possible.  Disembowelment played a part in methods of execution and ritual suicides once in Japan.



Where the victim is dipped in a big bowl. This method was used in Russia and Europe 3000 years ago and they used oil, acid or water. This type is considered slow and extremely painful. This penalty was carried out using a large cauldron filled with water, oil, tar, tallow or even molten lead. Sometimes the victim was immersed, the liquid then being heated, or he was plunged into the already boiling contents, usually head first. The executioner could then help speed their demise by means of a large hook with which he sank the person deeper. An alternative method was to use a large shallow receptacle rather than a cauldron; oil, tallow or pitch then being poured in. The victim was then partially immersed in the liquid and fried to death.



This method of execution is probably the most painful and interesting death method. Impalement as a method of  execution involves a person being pierced with a long sharpened stake. The penetration could be through the sides, through the rectum, through the vagina, or through the mouth. This method leads to a painful death, sometimes taking days. The stake would often be planted in the ground, leaving the impaled person suspended until death.  In some forms of impalement, the stake would be inserted so as to avoid immediate death, and would function as a plug to prevent blood loss. After preparation of the victim, perhaps including public torture and rape, the victim was stripped and an incision was made in the perineum between the genitals and rectum. A stout pole with a blunt end was inserted. A blunt end would push vital organs to the side, greatly slowing death. The pole would often come out of the body at the top of the sternum and be placed against the lower jaw so that the victim would not slide farther down the pole. Often, the victim was hoisted into the air after partial impalement. Gravity and the victim’s own struggles would cause him to slide down the pole. This method is extremely painful and was used by the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Greek empire, and ancient Roman Empire.



To be hanged, drawn and quartered was the penalty for high treason in medieval England has remained on the statute books but seldom used in the United Kingdom and Ireland until abolished under the Treason Act of 1814. It was a spectacularly gruesome and public form of torture and execution, and was reserved only for the most serious of crimes, which was deemed more heinous than murder and other capital offences. It was applied only to the male criminals, except on the Isle of Man. Women found guilty of treason were sentenced to be taken to a place of execution and burned at the stake, a punishment changed to hanging by the Treason Act of 1790 in Great Britain. First the convict is dragged on a wooden frame called a hurdle  to the place of execution. This is one possible meaning of drawn, then he is hanged by the neck for a short time or until almost dead. After that he is disembowelled (described above) and emasculated and the genitalia and entrails burned before the condemned’s eyes. Finally the body beheaded and the torso divided into four parts. Typically, the resulting five parts (i.e., the four quarters of the body and the head) were gibbeted (put on public display) in different parts of the city, town, or, in famous cases, in the country, to deter would-be traitors who had not seen the execution.











A 20-year-old science student, who was allegedly kidnapped and tortured over a $5000 debt, has told a Perth Western Australian District Court jury how he feared for his life.

Griffin Xanda de la Hunty Jagoe took the stand late yesterday in the trial against Simon Sun, 46, Ranjadardar Said, 28, and Sammy Conteh, 19.

The three men face a range of charges including kidnapping, extortion and assault occasioning bodily harm, some of which was allegedly videoed on a mobile phone. All three men still deny the charges.

State prosecutor Brett Tooker told the court that Mr Jagoe was “captured nearly 12 hours and repeatedly assaulted in cruel and demeaning ways before being rescued by Tactical Response officers”.

Mr Tooker said the sequence of events was triggered after Mr Jagoe offered to sell Mr Said a replica gun he was given after a night out drinking with a friend in Northbridge.

Mr Said was unhappy about the deal because he wanted a real gun and consequently came back to threaten Mr Jagoe and make him responsible for a separate debt to Mr Said.

Mr Tooker told the court Mr Jagoe had been repeatedly assaulted at Mr Sun’s house in Bentley on the night of October 15 last year and again at Mr Said’s apartment in Perth city the following day.

Mr Jagoe was gagged, had his head shaven, had a glass smoking pipe smashed in his mouth, a syringe stabbed to his neck, which snapped off, and was cut with a knife twice to the upper body and to his clothes.

He also had rusty railway nails tapped into the skin on his head and had an axe ground against his fingers.

“Not hard, just enough to do some damage,” Mr Tooker said.

Mr Tooker said police discovered snippets of video footage taken on an iPhone of those events, which included him being urinated on.

“Something so brazen, something so foolhardy that you’ll hardly believe it’s true,” he told the jury shortly before showing them the footage.

In the footage the jury could see Mr Jagoe gagged on a couch with a man with shaving cream on his face standing over him and someone saying “that’s the style”, followed by footage of one man laughing and clapping as the same man as before appear to urinate on Mr Jagoe, with a third man behind the camera saying “give him massages” in broken English.

Mr Jagoe admitted in court to being an amphetamine dealer for his friends so that he could feed his habit and make some money on the side.

He said he had been contacted by a friend who said he had someone who wanted to buy the replica gun but when the men arrived, which included a man by the name of “Biggie”, who the prosecution says was Mr Said, they wanted a real gun.

They later returned when Mr Jagoe was having a party at his Maylands home on a Saturday night, just after Father’s Day, in September 2010.

“Biggie was upset… [He was] clearly quite agitated & stirred up, giving me serious stares. [He was saying] ‘Why you trying to rip me off’, what I thought I was doing,” Mr Jagoe told the court.

“I got into the back seat to talk to Biggie. I tried to explain it was a misunderstanding. I thought they wanted the replica.

“…I was punched and hit with the butt of the gun. …[He said] ‘ I can get a real gun, don’t f..k with me buddy’. He pointed it at me, pointed it around and hit me to the side of the head.”

Mr Jagoe said he was then told he was responsible for his friend’s debt of $5000 and would have to pay up by midday that following Sunday.

“I thought he was going to kill me,” Mr Jagoe said.

The student said he sold some amphetamines to a friend for $700 that night and then set about trying to sell more drugs to pay back the debt.

He said an African man named “Sammy” also took his property, which included a $10,000 computer tower, which had specialised music hardware he used to produce music part-time.

He said after being threatened on several occasions he had to call in favours of friends and family to pay thousands of dollars towards the debt that was accumulating untold interest.

Eventually after paying $6900 and losing property worth up to $15,000, including a passport Mr Jagoe thought it was over.

“I thought that was all I had to pay… That’s all he said I had to pay,” Mr Jagoe said.

“He was still an intimidating, scary man that threatened me and hit me before so I didn’t want to incite him.”

But that was only the beginning according to the prosecution.

Mr Jagoe will continue to give evidence today.

Meanwhile Mr Said’s lawyer, Ian Hope, said the jury had to judge the reliability of the evidence given by Mr Jagoe who was on “hard, mind-altering drugs”.

Similarly Mr Sun’s defence counsel, Alix McGregor, also reiterated her client was innocent until proven guilty, who denied the charges.

And Mr Conteh’s lawyer, Abigail Rogers, claimed her client had never been to Bentley or been part of the events claimed but had simply been at Mr Said’s apartment, helping him move when police arrived.

Mr Jagoe was formerly of the Army Reserve and was currently studying a degree with a triple major in biomedical science, forensic toxicology and molecular biology.

Steve Bosevski ‘stopped from

helping dying twin’ after cop attack

Natasha Wallace

June 29, 2011

POLICE used capsicum spray in a man’s eyes and a stun gun on his brother without warning or explanation during an NRL grand final celebration at St George Leagues Club, a court heard yesterday.

Steve Bosevski, 35, said he was arrested for assault but was never charged and the police never explained why they had taken him away after a violent brawl erupted at the club on October 4 last year that left his twin brother, Steven, dead.

Mr Bosevski told an inquest yesterday that he had argued with a man shortly before the brawl but there had been no physical violence between them or anyone else before police arrived on the scene and used batons, capsicum spray and stun guns on the crowd.

Steven Bosevski, left, with his twin brother Steve, right,  pictured in Greece.Steven Bosevski, left, with his twin brother Steve, right, pictured in Greece. 

The two brothers were so close that they still slept head-to-toe in the same bed at the Arncliffe home of their parents, Mr Bosevski told Glebe Coroner’s Court yesterday.

The three-week inquest is examining the circumstances of Steven Bosevski’s death, including if his fragile medical state had any significance and whether police used reasonable force. He had been held face down by two security guards and two police officers for four minutes, the court has heard.

An autopsy found he died from a combination of methylamphetamine toxicity and hypertensive heart disease.

Mr Bosevski broke down yesterday as he told of the moment he realised his twin was lying motionless on the floor with officers trying to revive him and he was prevented from going to him.

”I said: ‘please let me go and call my brother because, if he hears my voice, if he has any life in him he’ll come back’, and he [a police officer] said: ‘you shut the f— up’,” Mr Bosevski said.

He said his eyes ”burnt like hell” from the capsicum spray.

His brother, Tony, had moments earlier been shot with a stun gun, he said.

”I’ve never heard him [Tony] scream in my life the way he screamed in that much pain; it hurt me…”

Mr Bosevski said he had been out on the terrace when police approached him and asked him to leave but did not explain why.

He said he was pushed twice from behind by an officer.

”I said: ‘hey, what are you doing? I told you we are leaving’ … he got out his capsicum spray and he got me in the eyes.”

Philip Biggins, appearing for police, put to Mr Bosevski that on three occasions he had been asked by security guards to move away from the bar area and that, after he had argued with Robert Hristovski, a security guard said to him: ”calm down or leave”.

”No, no, that’s wrong,” Mr Bosevski said.

Mr Biggins said that one of his group said: ‘they’re f—ing kicking us out’ and one of you said ‘let’s f—en go back in’. You deny that?”

”It didn’t happen.”

Appearing for the family, Winston Terracini, SC, asked Mr Bosevski if at any point security, police or club staff had asked him to leave because he was intoxicated or because of bad behaviour.

”No,” he replied. He said he was ”not at all” intoxicated. The inquest continues

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