Clinton Osbourn created a life-sized portrait of activist and sex worker Robyn Matsumi, who died in police custody
An Essex County (New Jersey) jury deliberated for just two hours on Thursday before convicting Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 23, who now faces up to a life in prison plus 80 years. Prosecutors said Wheeler-Weaver, of Orange, killed 20-year-old Sarah Butler, 33-year-old Joanne Brown and 19-year-old Robin West in 2016. They also accuse him of trying to kill another woman, identified in court documents only as T.T. who survived and testified against him at his trial. -Daily Mail Online
CrimeCon — now in its third year and hosting a sold-out crowd of 3,600 (up from 1,000 its first year) — represents a major and unprecedented opportunity. Twenty years ago, if victims’ family members wanted to draw media attention to a crime in hopes of shaking loose new leads and motivating law enforcement, there were just a few options — shows like “America’s Most Wanted” and NBC’s “Dateline.” Today, there are thousands. Entire networks — namely, Oxygen and a Discovery Channel offshoot called Investigation Discovery — are devoted to round-the-clock true-crime coverage. Writers like Ann Rule and Michelle McNamara have pioneered a “citizen sleuth” approach to crime, writing books that recount an active, often highly personal participation in the investigation of a murder.
Mother Jones: How Decriminalizing Sex Work Became a 2020 Campaign Issue
To commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th we pass the mic to Ceyenne Doroshow who interviews long time friend & activist JyAsia Kylee about her experience with violence & the police. For more information about vigils & events in your area visit http://www.december17.org/
We, as one global community renew our commitment to solidarity on December 17,” said Melanie Dante, former sex worker who was one of the organizers at the Philadelphia events this year. "December 17 Events aim to raise outrage at violence against sex workers and strengthen sex worker communities and responses to the systematic, daily violence and exclusion sex workers experience.”
While Hollywood might make you believe otherwise, serial killers are quite rare. Of almost 16,000 homicide victims in the United States in 2015, just 0.3 percent (26 people) died at the hands of a serial killer, according to data from the FBI and the Serial Killer Information Center, a project by researchers at Radford University in Virginia and Florida Gulf Coast University. On average, 20 serial killers were active in the United States in any given year this decade, according to the center. That’s why investigators didn’t immediately recognize that Robin, Joanne Brown, Sarah Butler, and another woman who survived an attack could have fallen prey to the same person.