ARMED AND DANGEROUS – Katelyn Settle and Zachary Dickman

According to West Virginia State Police, 20 year old Zachary Thomas Dickman Facebook page and 14 year old Katelyn Settle from the Brush Fork area are considered armed and dangerous by troopers after they allegedly assaulted a juvenile at the victim’s home.  From comments on the WVNS Facebook page, Katelyn and Zachary are brother and sister.   While teens wanted for attempted murder is really not something that out of the ordinary, what I did find interesting was the guardian of Katelyn’s comments on Facebook.  When crimes like these happen many always rush to judgment and point a finger at bad parenting. I’ve been guilty of it – I think most of us have. However in this instance. Katelyn’s father  immediately commented to the post and basically said that he did not raise his child that way and if she was found armed and officers were at risk, that they should take … Continue reading →

The Twisted Life of Gypsy Rose Blancharde

A few weeks ago, a friend posted on my Facebook about a missing persons/murder case in her hometown of Springfield, MO.  The mother of a disabled girl was found stabbed to death in her bedroom, and the disabled daughter was gone – nowhere to be found, and her wheelchair was left behind.  A strange message was posted on the Facebook account that they shared.  That in itself caused me to give the ol side eye.  Gypsy Blancharde was allegedly in her late teens yet shared a Facebook account with her mother?  The message posted said “That bitch is dead” followed by an equally disturbing “I fucken SLASHED THAT FAT PIG AND RAPED HER SWEET INNOCENT DAUGHTER…HER SCREAM WAS SOOOO FUCKEN LOUD LOL.” When friends of the Blanchardes couldn’t reach them by phone, they became worried that something was wrong.  It was then that a neighbor crawled into the house and … Continue reading →

Trial Rescheduled: Minor Witness Dies in Fire

This is such an incredibly sad story.  An 11-year old girl and her deaf grandparents died in a house fire in  Youngstown, Ohio.  It is being reported that the young girl was also deaf.  Around 3:30 this morning the neighbors heard a loud explosion followed by a second explosion.  One neighbor said the entire house was engulfed in flames from the bottom up after she heard the explosions.  The little girl was to appear as a witness in the trial against the man charged with raping her. Robert Seman, Jr. age 46, had been charged with four felony counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition, according to  local news.  The victim’s mother contacted police in March, 2014 to report that her daughter told her Seman had been engaging in sexual conduct with her for several years.  The rape charges could put Seman away for life if found guilty.  He … Continue reading →

The Jodi Arias Haterade

…and THIS is why the true crime community is going to shit and many true crime authors are now writing fiction.  Once long ago, it was enjoyable to write about true crime and to interact with intellectual people who discussed the case and the legal process.  That was until they started going full blown potato and tossing all legalities and sanity aside.  Every high profile case has its share of nutters, but from my perspective — those outweigh the rational fans of true crime and that includes the not so high profile case discussion. The Casey Anthony case was the pivotal point where the intellectuals fled the scene like rats on a sinking ship and the participants were replaced with people who screamed conspiracy, foul, “kill the bitch forget Constitutional rights, kill them again – who needs a trial”.  Did I mention “kill them again and their little dog, too“?  … Continue reading →

Reasonable Doubt Part 3

The following is part three of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. – Ella Mentry Find me on Twitter @EllamentryMDW Reasonable Doubt Part 3 Ronald Santiago spent two and one half days in the psychiatric ward at Kaseman Hospital while Secret Service (SS) agent Brian Nguyen began to dig into the self-proclaiming criminal’s past. Santiago had volunteered he committed a crime, was very anxious and gave more information than asked for at their first meeting. This combination gave the agent cause to look deeper. At first glance, Santiago seemed like your standard straight up guy. He told Nguyen he had no prior trouble with the law, held down two jobs – a paid his taxes type fellow. Those jobs peaked Nguyen’s curiosity. Santiago worked at Countrywide, the same office … Continue reading →

Reasonable Doubt: Part II

The following is part two of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. – Ella Mentry Find me on Twitter @EllamentryMDW Reasonable Doubt Part 2 The police descended upon Dover Court, Albuquerque, New Mexico on a Tuesday morning August 2005. No one was allowed to leave the cul de sac, nor was anyone allowed near the area, including the Vigil family. Bernadette Ohlemacher was one of eight Vigil siblings and the youngest child of Dora Vigil. Racing to Albuquerque from Santa Fe, they assembled by the crime tape, unable to get word to Renee or any information from APD. Later that morning, Renee was photographed then transported from the mobile crime van (more like an RV) to police headquarters where she handed over her pajamas and robe in exchange for … Continue reading →

Reasonable Doubt

The following is part one of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. – Ella Mentry Find me on Twitter @EllamentryMDW We have seen it on the weekly network crime shows. The defense attorney never reveals whether or not his or her client is guilty of murder. It makes no difference. The job is all about reasonable doubt and convincing 12 men and women of its existence. We begin with some background. Just before dawn on August 2, 2005 a 911 came into the dispatch center of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). Renee Ohlemacher, 20, was on the other end of the line claiming to be hiding in her bedroom closet because she had heard shouting, screams and gunshots coming from her parents’ room across the hall, followed by heavy … Continue reading →

Limberios Case on Dr. Phil

Earlier this year, the Limberios family through their attorneys, Dan and Lauren McGookey, asked me for assistance in bringing Jake’s case to the public.  Through the use of social media and the persistence of Jake’s family and ardent supporters, that has happened.  I am thrilled to see that Dr. Phil is covering the Jake Limberios case.   This case deserves national attention not only to find the truth about what happened that night, but also to elicit change in the way county coroners handle crime scene investigations and the ability to legally appeal questionable decisions. Jake’s death was  ruled a suicide by the Sandusky County Coroner’s Office having never been to the crime scene, nor did they perform an autopsy until months after his death.  Jake’s parents, Mike and Shannon Limberios actually had to hire forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht to perform a separate autopsy.  Dr. Wecht determined the cause of death … Continue reading →

#JUSTICEFORJAKE: Jake Limberios

I was contacted by the family attorney for 19-year old Jacob Limberios of Sandusky County, Ohio about the shoddy investigation by law enforcement, and the absolute failure of the county coroner to (1) even go to the home where Jake died, and (2) the refusal to autopsy Jake to determine a cause of death.   Rather than doing so, Jake’s death was ruled a suicide by accident.   Jacob died from a gunshot to the head in Sandusky County on March 2, 2012.  Three friends were present and stated that Jake put the gun to his head when he was on the phone and pulled the trigger, even though he knew there was still a live round in the .357 magnum. Statements since that time have conflicted, and evidence was allowed to be discarded or not even collected by Sandusky County Sheriff’s.  One witness during her statement to law enforcement referred to the … Continue reading →

Doctor Indicted in Murder of Deanna Ballman

Ali Salim, 44, a New Albany, Ohio ER physician who previously worked at Knox County Hospital was indicted in the murder of Deanna Ballman and her unborn child by a Delaware County grand jury.  He was arrested at his home yesterday without incident.  I wrote about Deanna’s case last August when she went missing. Deanna disappeared on July 31.  She told her mother that she was going to clean a house in New Albany.  She had answered an ad on Craigslist.  She  left her two children, ages 1 and 3 years, with her mother in Pataskala.  Deanna had just moved back to the area from Colorado where she was an Army Reservist and was going through a divorce.  She was also nine months pregnant with a baby girl she planned to name Mabel Lily. When Deanna did not come home that night her mother became worried and called Pataskala Police … Continue reading →