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The Spanish policeman, who shot and killed four terrorists as they attacked civilians with knives and an axe in the resort town of Cambrils, is a former special forces soldier who was working overtime.

The married father, who has not been named for security reasons, served with the Legion – an elite infantry unit of the Spanish army.

He was highly trained in firearms and marksmanship. After leaving the armed forces he joined the Catalan police force Mossos d’Esquadra, where he had hoped for a more stable and less dangerous life.

The officer was not meant to be on duty on Thursday night, but agreed to work overtime, to beef up security, after the attacks in Barcelona earlier that day.

As his patrol monitored the promenade in Cambrils, 120 kilometres from Barcelona, five terrorists drove into the resort intent on causing further death and destruction.

Driving at high speed, the jihadists ploughed a black Audi A3 into pedestrians on a promenade before crashing into a police checkpoint – overturning the vehicle and injuring one officer.

The terrorists, who were wearing fake suicide vests, then jumped out, armed with an axe and knives.

But using his army training and experience, the officer shot and killed four of them, probably saving dozens of lives.

The fifth terrorist got away and stabbed a woman in the neck before being shot dead by another officer.

The Audi A3 used in the Cambrils attack was photographed by a speed camera near Paris about a week before the atrocities in Spain, it has emerged.

French police found the photo while searching for possible accomplices, according to security sources.

Telegraph, London

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A TEENAGER has been arrested and charged with grand larceny after allegedly preying on wealthy men in New York.

Sources claim 19-year-old Alexandra Martinez made a killing in the Big Apple by getting picked up at bars and then ripping off her marks at their homes or hotels.

Martinez targeted at least five men in Brooklyn and Manhattan for a total haul of $58,000 in cash and pricey watches, the sources said. She allegedly slipped Mickeys into cocktails she stirred for at least two victims.

Martinez had an accomplice in the Brooklyn jobs and picked her victims based on the value of their watches, prosecutors said.

“They typically meet the male victims at clubs or restaurants. The victims are usually wearing Rolex watches,” prosecutor Wilfredo Cotto said.

After working their way into the men’s luxury apartments, Martinez allegedly mixed drinks that knocked out the victims, who would later “awake to find their property missing,” Cotto said.

In one case, Martinez and her accomplice allegedly made off with four watches — three Rolexes and a Breitling, worth more than $38,500 — and $4,500 from an apartment.

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Martinez allegedly chose her victims based on the price of their watches.

The victim, 24, told cops he met the women at an Artichoke Pizza outlet before bringing them home at around 3am. Sept. 4, the sources said.

In another case, Martinez and a crony allegedly pulled the same stunt on a 44-year-old man at around 4am. Thanksgiving Day.

That victim told cops he invited the women up to his pad at 111 Lawrence St., where they swiped a $10,000-plus Rolex and about $800, according to court records.

Martinez allegedly worked alone in two of the Manhattan cases, including one in which a 34-year-old victim chased her down and caught her in a cab with his credit cards after she allegedly swiped his wallet while he was in the bathroom in his apartment at 52 Greenwich Ave. on July 22.

Martinez, who is charged with five counts of grand larceny, was released on $50,000 bond.

Defence lawyer Marianne Bertuna said Martinez would “vehemently” fight the charges.

The New York Post has previously reported on an alarming rise in watch thefts in New York this year, including at least 31 Rolexes that have been taken by women going after men in bars and clubs.

Most notably, a Beverly Hills watch dealer, Steven Rostovsky, told cops he lost a $590,000, limited-edition Greubel Forsey watch and $6,000 to two women he brought from a Midtown strip club to The Baccarat hotel in the predawn hours of Dec. 7.

Also, two women stole $750,000 in watches and jewellery from the Tribeca pad of basketball star Derrick Williams, who brought them home after meeting them in a nightclub.

Martinez is not a suspect in either of those crimes.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and was republished with permission.



Published on 4 Mar 2014

Forbes:”If indeed, $50 billion was lost, as apparently Madoff claims, it is the largest such fraud in history, and one that might even shame the conman whose name is attached to this brand of deception. In 1920, Charles Ponzi, an Italian immigrant, began advertising that he could make a 50% return for investors in only 45 days. Incredibly, Ponzi began taking in money from all over New England and New Jersey. By July of 1920, he was making millions as people mortgaged their homes and invested their life savings. As with all frauds, he was discovered to have a jail record and was indicted on 86 counts of fraud. Some tens of millions of dollars were invested with him.”

In the streamlined (if somewhat simplified) opening of Ripped Off: Madoff and the Scamming of America, it is noted that “he puts a face on what we’ve all been feeling.” It’s a succinct and accurate characterization of the man who ran an elaborate, decades-long Ponzi scheme, bilking countless private investors and charities out of an estimated $65 billion dollars. The disclosure of his fraud, in the midst of the worst economic landscape since the Great Depression, grafted the face of a real-life villain onto the greed and excess of the Bush years–it’s hard to personify (or even understand) a credit default swap or a NINA loan, but this was a guy that we could point at and say, “Him! Get him!”

The History Channel’s short documentary examination of the Madoff scandal utilizes interviews with journalists, historians, and victims, in addition to some excellent archival footage (particularly those chilling tapes of Madoff holding court in the late 1990s as a wise elder statesman of the financial world). The special contains some valuable biographical information, not only of Madoff’s humble beginnings as a Queens-born stock broker, but of Carlo Ponzi (the namesake of the Ponzi scheme) and other con artists who operated in Madoff’s style, though perhaps not to his excess.

There’s plenty of solid information to be found here–how the lure of the Madoff investment was its exclusivity (he didn’t let just anyone throw away their money with him) and it’s slow steady performance (one victim notes, quite convincingly, “this was not a get-rich-quick scheme”); the tale of Harry Markopolis, the financial analyst who attempted, for the better part of a decade, to alert the SEC that Madoff was a crook; and the tragic story of Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, the hedge fund operator who responded to the news that his fund’s $1.4 billion investment with Madoff wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on by slashing his wrists in his Manhattan office.

The documentary moves a breakneck pace, a flurry of images and definitions and images and soundbites, though for all of the information it contains, it occasionally sacrifices nuance for the sake of a quick pulse. The misfortune of Ripped Off is that it follows Frontline’s superior examination of the scandal, The Madoff Affair, into the marketplace; that program was simply stronger, with better access to more people on the inside and a more in-depth analysis of the Madoff story. Taken on its own terms, however, Ripped Off is a solid, if less than spectacular, television documentary program.


Henry Sapiecha



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According to The Economist, crime has been falling in most of Europe. But there is a counter-trend hidden in the numbers. Christian Pfeiffer, director of the Criminology Research Institute of Lower Saxony in Hannover, suggests that the eastward expansion of the European Union (eight countries joined in 2004, followed by Bulgaria and Romania in 2007), with full rights of free movement, has created more crime syndicates and gangs with training and scouting networks in Western Europe.

Gangs are typically associated with America. They are the combined symptom of the Second Amendment, a trigger-happy gun culture, poverty, racism, an ailing education system, disenfranchisement, and a host of other aggravating social conditions. However, flawed social conditions exist all over the world. Once people are granted free movement between nations, as is the case with members of the EU, the flawed social conditions not only become more visible, but thieves use the freedom of travel to engage in criminal activities, whether it is groups pickpocketing tourists on the streets of Paris or Roma gangs employing child burglars to plunder German homes. At the same time, there are European gangs that have nothing to do with the eastward expansion of the EU, but have been exerting power and expanding their sphere of influence since the 18th century. Here are 7 of Europe’s most dangerous gangs.

The 36 Boys, Germany

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It is estimated that there are over three million Turks in Germany. Multiculturalism and the integration of immigrants has been a vigorously contested issue in the country, with racist violence increasing dramatically during the economic crisis in the 1980s. Many of those attacks were against the Turkish community, which led teenagers of Turkish immigrants to form gangs in order to protect themselves.

Active from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, the 36 Boys were a group of primarily Turkish immigrants from the Berlin-Kreuzberg borough of Germany. At the height of its power, the gang is said to have had between 300-400 members. The 36 Boys took its moniker from the former Berlin postal code Sudost 36. The gang fought turf wars with Nazis, Skinheads, and the Warriors, a rival gang from the Schlesisches Tor borough. The 36 Boys disbanded in the mid-90s; while some of the members remained in the criminal milieu, others took an active role in helping prevent juvenile delinquency in Germany.

The British Yardies

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A “Yardie” is a slang term originally given to occupants of government yard housing projects in Trenchtown, a neighborhood in West Kingston, Jamaica. When many in the Caribbean community came to England to work in the 1950s, the phrase was used to describe immigrants with lower financial status. However, the term was eventually applied to the gang violence that took place in London’s black community. Yardie culture consists primarily of gun crimes and drug trafficking, particularly marijuana and crack cocaine. The gang has no real structure or central leadership. In 1993, Yardies were blamed for the death of police Constable Patrick Dunne, and in the early 2000s the gang fought a bloody turf war in Bristol with the native Aggi Crew.

Solntsevskaya Bratva (Brotherhood), Russia

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Founded by Sergei Mikhailov, the Solntsevskaya Bratva began operating out of the Solntsevo District of Moscow in the 1980s. The Solntsevo District is located near the M-KAT highway, a major thoroughfare leading to both the Ukraine and the Domodedovo International Airport. By controlling these two strategic transportation hubs, the gang established a name for itself in the car import business. Over the years, Solntsevskaya Bratva has been linked to criminal mastermind Semion Mogilevich as well as esteemed thief Dzhemal Khachidze, which enhanced its reputation amongst established criminals throughout Europe.

Sergei Mikhailov, who fancied himself as more of a businessman than a Don Corleone Mafioso, changed tactics in the ‘90s and moved the gang into the banking sector. This move not only allowed the Bratva to launder their money, but get closer to powerful Russian oligarchs. Today, Solntsevskaya Bratva is involved in nearly every aspect of the Russian underworld, including racketeering, money laundering, prostitution, credit card fraud, arms dealing, human trafficking, and hacking. The organization is also believed to play an integral role in the international cocaine trade, with links to Columbian drug cartels.

The French Connection: Marseille, France

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Marseille has long been dubbed “the Chicago of the South.” It has a murderous history of organized crime and violent gangs, the most legendary being the “French Connection,” a group that ran laboratories processing heroin coming in from Turkey after World War II. By the late 1960s, 80 percent of heroin in the U.S. was coming from Marseille, and in 1971 Hollywood immortalized the city of Marseille in the film The French Connection, which featured Gene Hackman.

While Marseille is no longer the heroin processing capital of the world, the city is at the center of the cannabis trade and a key point in the cocaine smuggling route from South America. According to The Guardian, in 2013 the French government led crisis talks over a spate of gangland murders in Marseille that left 15 dead, including a football boss’s son. Marseille may no longer have the notorious French Connection or Capone-like mobsters with names like The Belgian, The Blond or The Tomcat, but ongoing gang problems have made it impossible for the Mediterranean city to shed its violent image.

The Camorra, Italy

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The Camorra is a crime syndicate that originated in the Campania region of Italy in the 18th century. Unlike the Sicilian mafia, the Camorra doesn’t have centralized leadership; the organization is said to have somewhere around 111 different clans, and each clan, like a gang, works independently of each other. According to investigative journalist Roberto Saviano, the Camorra is the most influential and violent faction of the Italian mafia. The organization’s influence extends to Lombardy, Piedmont, Tuscany, and Emilia-Romagna, and over the years the group has also gained a foothold in the United Kingdom and the U.S.

Roma Gangs

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The Roma, otherwise known as Gypsies, have been part of the Eastern European landscape for centuries. However, as more eastern European countries have joined the EU, cities like Paris, London, and Dublin are having a difficult time with the large influx of Roma, many of whom don’t have jobs and are living in large tent camps on the outskirts of towns. While there is no doubt that the Roma have suffered from discrimination and prejudice over the years, the professional gangs of Roma thieves who are working the streets and tourist attractions of popular European cities are only exacerbating these prejudices, leading to further stigmatization.

The Daily Mail has featured numerous stories on sophisticated gangs of Roma thieves targeting cashpoint customers in Paris. “There are so many Roma working on scams that it is almost impossible for us to do anything about it,” said a Paris police source. “They have look-outs everywhere, and use minors to do the stealing.” In 2011, a network of 27 Roma were accused of committing more than 100 crimes across France, Belgium and Germany, using children as young as 10 as part of a “criminal army.”

The Pink Panthers

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According to American television news magazine 60 Minutes, the Pink Panthers are “the largest, most successful gang of diamond thieves in the word, credited with 370 heists worth over $500 million.” The gang is composed of networks of teams, many of who are ex-Yugoslavs with military training who fought in the Bosnian wars. The loose group of thieves is known to combine expert planning and military discipline, but it is their daring heists that set them apart from other thieves and which earned them the nickname “the Pink Panthers,” a moniker taken from the popular Peter Sellers movies of the 70s and 80s.

Over the past 20 years Interpol has identified 800 core Pink Panthers, but caught only a few. Unlike the Mafia, there is no kingpin or chain of command. The Pink Panthers are responsible for heists in 35 countries, with specialists in everything from alarms to safecracking to stealing cars. While precise timing and well-planned getaways is the Pink Panthers’ trademark, their brazen exploits are the stuff of legend, inspiring legions of copycats throughout Europe.

Henry Sapiecha




Seeking safe haven: A Syrian Kurdish man stands next to other refugees taking cover from the rain. 

The eyes of this man say it all. Bring him & his kind to the western countries for resettlement & let the scum that is IS devour itself.

Isis is eating itself to stay alive. So let them do it & there is only one outcome. Their own destruction. Get the innocents out of harms way.

Urfa, Turkey: Dozens of men have been swept up in a campaign of retribution by Islamic State militants, who appeared determined to make the local population of eastern Syria pay the price for United States-led airstrikes against the Sunni insurgents.

At least 150 people – fighters and civilians – have been arrested over the last three days in the city of Deir al-Zor and there are fears they will not make it out alive, warned Abu Ziad, an activist from the Ahl al-Athar Brigade, a group of mostly tribal fighters dedicated to the overthrow of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“The last group who were arrested yesterday will surely be killed by Da’esh tomorrow,” Abu Ziad, 28, said late on Thursday, using the Arabic name for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIL or ISIS.

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Misery: Syrian Kurds take cover from the rain after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey.

The eastern Syrian province – an IS stronghold and the target of many international air strikes over thepast10 days – is reeling from the impact and citizens say they are now dreading the onset of winter.

The US airstrikes, far from driving Islamic State militants out of the towns and cities they control, have instead pushed them further into civilian areas, he said.

“This makes them less vulnerable to US attacks but it means they have moved from checkpoints outside towns to inside the centre, even inside houses.”

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Sanctuary: Syrian refugees arrive at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc. 

And while many of the air strikes have targeted oil wells controlled by the Islamic State – a key source of wealth for the insurgents that some analysts say earns them up to $US3 million per day – they have also destroyed much of the civilian oil reserves as well.

“In many towns there is no fuel at all for cooking or for cars, in other places prices are so high it is almost unaffordable,” Abu Ziad said.

“Winter is coming and we are not sure how people will survive

Border watch: A Turkish soldier stands guard near a vehicle on the border as smoke billows from the Syrian town of Kobane. Photo: Getty

Just under 300 kilometres to the south-east, Islamic State fighters tightened their hold on the Kurdish Syrian border town of Kobane, with local commanders warning it could be just a matter of hours before the insurgents entered the centre of town.

As terrified refugees continued to flee across the border into Turkey, it is clear two weeks into the campaign of air strikes that civilians were paying a high price for an international military intervention that was having little impact against the group it is trying to crush.

“There is no balance between us and IS,” Kurdish military commander in Kobane Ismet Sheikh Hassan said by phone, as the militants advanced on the eastern side of the town that is also known as Ayn al-Arab.

“They are hitting us with heavy weapons, all we have is Kalashnikovs … once they reach the centre we will be fighting them street by street.”

It was, he said, a desperate situation – one that was likely to end in a massacre.

Across the border in Iraq, extremists had seized most of the town of Hit in Anbar province, where they also control many of the surrounding villages. They announced their assault with three car bombs that caused mass casualties.

The United States, along with its Arab allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, launched an air-campaign against Islamic State militants on September 22.


Other Western countries including Australia, Britain, Germany, France and Denmark have delivered weapons and provided training and other logistical support to Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting IS militants in Iraq.

And with Turkey’s parliament voting overnight on Thursday to both join the international coalition and allow its territory to be used for staging military operations across its borders into Iraq and Syria, the US-led campaign broadened again.

But many Syrians – both those aligned with the Free Syrian Army along with other rebel groups fighting against the Assad regime – say the intervention is too little, too late, and too narrow in its focus.

“How is it possible that the US watched for the last three-and-a-half years while more than 200,000 Syrians were murdered by Assad … and 5-6 million displaced and it is only now that they are acting, and not against Assad but against the Islamic State,” asked one senior tribal leader who asked not to be named.

“Assad used chemical weapons against his people, we were desperate for the West to help and they did nothing,” he told Fairfax Media, echoing the frustrations of many Syrians.

Describing the policies of the US and its allies – including Australia – as “misguided”, the tribal leader said the actions of the international community had resulted in only one change for Syrians: “now we are being bombed by both the Assad regime and the US.”

“We are not radical, we know and respect that people have different religious beliefs, we ourselves believe in democracy, in a civilian government and the power of the vote – why has this not been enough to gather the international support to force Assad to give Syria back to its people?”

And despite the brutality of the Islamic State and the violent campaign of terror it has been waging across much of Syria and Iraq, some Syrians warned the US-led airstrikes were pushing formerly moderate or less radical rebel fighters into the arms of IS.

“We are afraid people are looking at Da’esh with different eyes, wondering if they are less dangerous than the US air strikes,” said one FSA-aligned official.

“They know IS are killers but they have also seen civilian casualties from the US air strikes and they are wondering which is worse.”

Already 200 men from Raqqa City had left more moderate brigades to join IS, while in Aleppo, some fighters from groups such as Ahrar al-Sham have defected to Jabhat al-Nusra, said Abu Aws, an activist from the group, known as the al-Nusra Front in English.

“The US coalition made a big mistake when it attacked Jabhat al-Nusra, and later Ahrar al-Sham [another hard-line Islamist rebel group] in Idlib,” he said.

“We are fighting the Assad regime, we are not fighting against other Muslims, we are not fighting America and we are not aligned with ISIS.

“But what the Syrian people see is the planes of America and the planes of Assad attacking them – one bomb is the same as the next.”

Hassan Hassan, an analyst with the Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi, described the attacks on the Nusra Front as a “blunder”.

“There was an opportunity to draw a deeper wedge between [IS} and other jihadist groups,” he wrote in the Abu Dhabi-based National. “Weeks before the air strikes in Syria, it was clear that Jabhat al-Nusra tried to send signals that it was different from [IS], through the release of kidnapped peacekeepers and an American hostage.”

To many Syrians, Jabhat al-Nusra has been the most efficient force against the regime, he wrote, and to target it while sparing the regime invited people to conclude the air strikes were aiding President Assad.

Henry Sapiecha


‘I haven’t come across a single wallet or mobile’

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Journalist at the MH17 crash scene gives a harrowing account of death and looting.

Walking around the crash site of the ill-fated MH17, freelance photojournalist Filip Warwick witnessed the lives of nearly 300 victims frozen in time.

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“I saw one or two passengers still strapped into their seats,” he told Fairfax Media from Donetsk province, the epicentre of the pro-Russian movement and the region in which the Malaysia Airlines flight fell.

MH17: ‘justice’ demands thorough investigation

Crash investigators face almost unsurmountable challenges, but for the sake of the 298 victims, they must try, says retired US transport investigator Hank Hughes.

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Ukrainian coal miners sift through flower fields in the grim search for remains. Photo: AP

“It’s a very grim sight out there.

“So many bodies are beyond recognition, and then there are one or two with barely a scratch and then other cases just bones.”While Ukraine has invited international aviation representatives to assist with the investigation of the MH17 crash, actually getting those representatives to the site is a separate challenge, said Warwick.”They can arrive to Kiev, but it’s another matter altogether of having them actually access the site itself,” he said.


Members of the public and pro-Russian separatists have been able to access the crash site without restrictions, raising fears the site has been contaminated. Photo: AP

“In terms of the area itself there are a number of checkpoints. Even to get here from Donetsk itself you have to go through six or seven checkpoints.”

Warwick’s arrival at the scene came in the first few hours before there was any security presence, and he believes he saw strong evidence that looting was already well underway.

“I noticed that I hadn’t come across a single wallet with money, or a mobile phone or a camera. They’ve all mysteriously gone missing.”

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A pro-Russian separatist holds up a stuffed toy found at the crash site

Among the shocks for Warwick was the almost complete lack of official presence or signs of investigation, noting: “The place hadn’t yet been roped off.”

When he arrived he said villagers, locals and journalists were walking around stepping on wings and over the wreckage.

Speaking with Fairfax Media more than 24 hours after a surface-to-air-missile struck flight MH17, he noted the absence of organised disaster recovery procedures, such as a “grid”.

“The grid is to make sure you have nothing left uncovered. You would use a grid to make marks of the location and you would also mark the various pieces of evidence on the ground,” he said.

“So a body would be marked in a particular colour, personal items given a particular colour and plane parts a particular colour. This is standard procedure for any crime scene and this is missing as we speak.”

Dr Geoff Dell, an air crash investigation expert from Central Queensland University, also emphasised the importance of proper investigation protocols such as the setting up of a grid when he spoke with Fairfax Media.

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Men search a field in eastern Ukraine for victims of flight MH17.

Warwick said he believed the absence of such protocols suggested that those on the ground lacked “the know-how” in dealing with such circumstances.

He reported that a group of 10 separatist soldiers were situated slightly off from the crash site, but “they weren’t interacting with anyone and there wasn’t anyone interacting with them.

“The only people you could talk to are the emergency services, who are looking for bodies and they won’t comment,” he said.

Local miners, firemen, fathers and sons have all been seen in the crash area, where bodies are being marked by sticks with white ribbons.

The bodies are reportedly “starting to decompose in the fields”, yet Warwick said there was no indication as to when a recovery operation for the victims would take place.

MH17 tragedy: Chaos at crash scene amid reports of looting

Reports of looting are now emerging from the crash site of MH17 as bodies remain strewn across the area more than 24 hours after the disaster.

Adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs, Anton Gerashchenko has reported that “terrorists” have begun collecting valuables belonging to the victims of the tragedy.

“Death-hunters collecting Were not Only Cash money and Jewelry of the crashed Boing passengers died but Also the credit cards of the Victims [sic],” he wrote on his Facebook page.

MH17: ‘justice’ demands thorough investigation

Crash investigators face almost unsurmountable challenges, but for the sake of the 298 victims, they must try, says retired US transport investigator Hank Hughes.

Pro-Russian separatists look at passengers’ belongings at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s special monitoring mission for Ukraine, told ABC News Radio that bodies at the crash site were already “starting to decompose in the fields”.

”It is astonishing to go there and this scene with no recovery going on,” Mr Bociukiw said.

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He said there there appeared to be no tampering with bodies at the site except markers were being placed near to them or to body parts. He said debris seemed to still be in place. He said the crash site could be up to six kilometres wide.

”It is a very, very gruesome scene and it boggles the mind that this could go on, we are going into day two or three now,” Mr Bociukiw said.

He said it was disturbing to find no credible leader in the separatist-held area to establish the facts at the site.

The reports come alongside those of a chaotic investigation being conducted among the wheat fields at the crash site.

There have been reports of looting and gunfire at the site of the wreckage. Questions remained about how many bodies were there and the location of the black box. Mr Bociukiw’s delegation needed to find out whether it was safe enough for international experts to begin their investigation into the disaster. He said many of the separatists appeared ”very aggressive”, under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs.

”It is kind of the world’s biggest crime scene right now,” Mr Bociurkiw said.

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He said his team had been in touch with Malaysian senior officials whose prime concern was that the bodies were treated in a human way.

”One immediate requirement would be refrigerated trailers – anything where these bodies could be moved – so they don’t continue to lie there, exposed to the elements,” Mr Bociurkiw said.

He said, 25 workers from the OSCE had access to the crash site for just 75 minutes before they were forced to leave. He said a gun shot was fired into the air as they left.

OSCE council chairman, Thomas Greminger told Reuters that workers assessing the scene “did not have the kind of access that they expected. They did not have the freedom of movement that they need to do their job. The crash site is not sealed off”.

Denjen Doroschenko, an Australian journalist working in Ukraine told Fairfax Media in a radio interview that separatist organisations on the ground were “clueless about how to control a disaster area at all”.

Dr Geoff Dell, an air crash investigation expert from Central Queensland University, said in any crash investigation it is critical that all on site know what they are doing.

“The longer it stays unexamined the more likely it gets contaminated, especially when there is people that aren’t really familiar with accident scenes, stomping all over it,” he said.

“The longer that goes on the more likely something you’re looking for is either destroyed, or stolen.”

He referred to Lauda Air Flight 004 which crashed in Thailand in 1991, in which a critical component was never found due to looting.

“Overnight a large percentage of the wreckage was pilfered. Pieces of the airplane that you couldn’t for the life of you think someone would want to steal, were taken,” he said.

Dr Dell said it was crucial that proper protocols were followed, such as protecting the perimeter to keep people out and setting up a grid.

“You draw up a grid so you can set up the relationship with the wreckage and identify exactly where each critical piece of evidence came from,” he said.

Armed guards are reportedly guarding the crash site near Torez, in a remote eastern area of Ukraine, where it is said the typical investigation grid is absent.

Dr Dell said bodies that are still at the scene pose a different risk, as the risk of infection and disease to investigators on the crash scene increases.

“It’s inevitable some contamination will take place during the rescue of removal of the bodies,” he said.

“In other parts of the world there is less awareness of that, and I wouldn’t be surprised given what we’ve seen, if the crash site hasn’t already been substantially altered by the actions of the people in the first response.”


A US man has shot and killed the host of a TV program about shooting – while the host was visiting his wife.

TV host Gregory Rodriguez, left, who was shot and killed by Wayne Bengston, right image


Police say 41-year-old Wayne Bengston then beat his wife, took his two-year-old son to a relative’s house and drove to his home about 40 kilometres away, where he apparently killed himself.

The victim was 43-year-old Gregory G. Rodriguez, host of the Sportsman Channel show A Rifleman’s Journal.

Rodriguez's show follows him travelling the world in search of game.Rodriguez’s show follows him travelling the world in search of game. Photo: Facebook

“It’s pretty much an open-and-closed case. Homicide and suicide,” US police said.

Rodriguez and the woman, who works for a firearms manufacturer in the Flathead Valley, met at a trade show and struck up a casual relationship that police do not believe was romantic, Dial said.

She and Rodriguez were sitting at the kitchen table, talking over a glass of wine, when Bengston entered the house and shot Rodriguez, Dial said.

He then beat his wife on the face and head, most likely with the pistol, he said. She was treated at a hospital and released.

A Rifleman’s Journal tracks Rodriguez’s hunting travels to exotic locations.




Incorporating never before-seen archival footage, home movies and interviews with family members, journalists and law enforcement officials, this tells the story of the twisted Robin Hood who founded the Medellin cartel cocaine smuggling organization and became the first billionaire criminal in South America.


Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Austrian Grocery - The Taste of Austria!

Austrian Grocery - The Taste of Austria!

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

John Wayne Gacy.Politician killing young men.

Gacy was a prominent political figure in Chicago when he confessed to the murder of about 33 men. He said that he had first molested them and then killed them. He picked teenagers and buried them under his house. He was given a death sentence and was killed in 1994.

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