Cleveland bills Tamir Rice's family for ambulance ride after cop shot him

(CNN) - The city of Cleveland has filed a claim against the estate of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy killed by a police officer in 2014, for his final ambulance ride.

“The Rice family is disturbed by the city’s behavior. The callousness, insensitivity and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill … is breathtaking,” family attorney Subodh Chandra said. “This adds insult to homicide. Ms. Rice considers this harassment.”

The $500 claim and invoice, obtained by CNN, was filed on Wednesday (10/02/16) and lists November 22, 2014, as the date of call. It was the day Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann outside a recreation center…  (ARTICLE)

Shame on you Cleveland, don’t you think you’ve put this family through enough? This is disgusting and horrible, how could you?!?!? 

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17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman’s parents were going through a bitter divorce and on top of that, were looking after their other child who suffered from a brain tumour. As a result, he went to live with his grandparents near Detroit, Michigan in 2011. On 18 May, 2012, Hoffman and his 74-year-old grandmother, Sandra Layne, got into an argument over his use of synthetic marijuana. During the argument, Layne retrieved her semi-automatic handgun and shot her grandson at least five times. He managed to drag himself to the phone where he called 911. During the call, Hoffman becomes quiet - his grandmother has came back into the room. She then shoots him again in the abdomen while he is on the phone to 911. When authorities arrive, Layne confesses that she killed her grandson. He had been shot three times in the chest, once in the abdomen, and once in the arm. Layne attempted to plead self-defence but the 911 call proves otherwise and she is sentenced to 20-40 years behind bars.

The 911 call can be listened to here.

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Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who was known for her extensive study on mountain gorillas. She observed gorillas for 18 years in Rwanda and was staunchly against poaching; something that gained her many enemies. She lived among the gorillas, developed a tight bond with them, and dedicated her entire life to attempting to protect them. Sadly, she was brutally murdered on 27 December, 1985. She was discovered in the bedroom of her cabin which was located in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. She had been bludgeoned and chopped to death with a machete; many believe by poachers she had been tracking. The case remains unsolved.

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On April 10, 1984, 9-year-old Mei Leung was found murdered in a hotel basement where Richard Ramirez was living in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. The girl had been raped, beaten and stabbed to death, and her body was found hanging from a pipe.This, his first known killing, was not initially identified as being connected to the crime spree. In 2009, Ramirez’s DNA was matched to DNA obtained at the crime scene.

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On December 5th 2006, Bryan Kim committed parricide.  18-year-old Kim lived with his parents Richard and Teresa in Spokane, Washington.  Apparently he was diagnosed as bipolar and depressed.  The night before the murder, Richard and Teresa had fought with their son and told him he needed to find another place to live by the end of the year.  Bryan stabbed his father to death and strangled his mother.  He then took 1,000 dollars out of his father’s bank account and put it into his own.  
It was Bryan’s girlfriend who helped the police by telling them about the fight that had transpired between Bryan and his parents prior to the murders.  He told his girlfriend that his parents had gone for a walk and never returned.  His sister, Jessica, also helped by providing bank records showing that Bryan had taken money out of his father’s account.
When he was arrested, an emotionless Bryan told the detectives “Go on with what you’re gonna do. Book me. I’m gonna cry myself to sleep later. Let’s get this going.”
His sister wrote a letter during trial expressing her fear that if he were released, he would harm her or the family she’d build.  She wanted him to be sentenced to life in prison.  A family friend testified against Bryan, saying that he had been given every opportunity to live a normal life and that he should spend the rest of his life in prison for his crime.  Ultimately, Bryan Kim was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Forensic Pathology is the art of examining bodies in order to determine the cause of death. This is usually done during cases where foul play is suspected. There are a lot of postmortem details that can give vital information about the events that took place leading up to the actual homicide. The contents of the stomach, for example, can tell medical examiners not only what the person ate, but where they might have gotten the food (a nearby diner, a specialty food store, etc.). If the food is still relatively intact then it’s obvious that the victim died only minutes after eating. 

Marks on the body can indicate anything from domestic abuse to epileptic seizures. If there is blotchy hemorrhaging on the eye, it is safe to assume that the body was face down for some time after death. Similarly, petechial hemorrhaging can occur on the eyes when the airways of the throat are constricted, thus putting an increased amount of pressure on the head and causing capillaries in the eyes to break. An example of petechial hemorrhaging:

Other signs of asphyxia include a bluish skin tone, a broken larynx or windpipe, and marks around the throat that imply a strong grip or a thick piece of rope that might have been used during the strangulation. 

Bite marks on bodies are examined by forensic odontologists (dentists) who try to match the shape of the bite marks to those of previous bodies or suspected killers. One of the most famous cases of this was for serial killer Ted Bundy who left these teeth marks on one of his victims:

Medical examiners can also tell you what kind of weapon was used. Was there powder on the body? How widely spread were the bullets and at what distance were the bullets shot? Through reconstructions they can even show the impact of things like meat cleavers and blunt objects against the human skull. They also examine the body to see if the person was sexually assaulted as this can help them discover the motivation for the crime. 

Medical examiners are crucial in finding patterns among victims. Some serial killers have even been identified because of the keen eyes of these professionals performing autopsies behind closed doors. The work they do tells us the age of the victim, their weight, why they died, how they died, what they looked like, what kind of life they led, and so much more. Natural death is a slow process, like a spinning coin coming to a gentle tumble and then an eventual stillness. In cases of abrupt, unnatural deaths, it’s up to forensic pathologists to piece together what happened. 

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On the night of 21 January, 1962, a fire engulfed a home at 510 Sarah St,  Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; Edward Maps, his wife, Christine, and their 4-month-old-daughter, Julia Louise, lived in the home. When fire fighters arrived, they discovered the body of Christine. She had been brutally bludgeoned with a heavy object and was unconscious. She was rushed to the hospital but died the following day. Their daughter was discovered under a pile of blankets. She had died due to smoke inhalation. Edward was nowhere to be found. Due to the blunt force trauma of Christine, it was evident that the fire had been an afterthought in an attempt to conceal the murder. Somebody had turned the oven on and had left it’s door open so that gas would pump throughout the house. An investigation revealed that somebody had then set numerous small fires in multiple rooms. Edward was immediately the prime suspect but his wallet, ID, and car, were left at the home, which baffled investigators. According to his friend, Henry Evans, Edward had called him a few days after the fire and told him he couldn’t go to the police because he had things to do. Another woman, who was never identified, claimed he called her and told her, “You’re next.” Multiple massive manhunts ensued and Edward was even featured on the FBI’s Most Wanted List on numerous occasions. Authorities received many phone calls from concerned citizens believing they saw somebody who looked similar to him, ranging in places from the Bahamas to England, over the years. In 1966, flowers were left on the graves of Christine and Julie Louise on their wedding anniversary but it was never discovered who had left them there; many speculated it was Edward. Regardless of the ever growing reports of sightings, in 1971, Edward was declared legally dead; what became of him still remains an enigma.

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Jiří Straka is a Czech serial killer who attacked several women between February 17 and May 16, 1985 in Prague when he was 16-years-old. Three of them were raped and murdered. His first victim died by suffocating on the dirt shoved down her throat, and the others deaths were caused by ligature strangulation. Straka was convicted of three murders, two attempted murders, five rapes, three robberies, and five thefts, but due to his age, the severest sentence he could receive was ten years. After prison, he was institutionalized where he participated in therapy and underwent castration. Straka was released on December 24, 2004.

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British soldier Lee Rigby was walking back to his barracks in South East London when he was brutally attacked and murdered by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in broad daylight.  After driving into him with their car, the pair attacked him with knives and attempted to decapitate him using a cleaver.  While crowds gathered at the scene, Adebolajo, hands still soaked in blood and clutching the cleaver, explained that the attack was a response to the deaths of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Rigby’s body can still be seen in the background of the news report pictured above.

Police shortly arrived at the scene, where the pair charged at them, brandishing their weapons.  Police shot at both of the men, who were taken to separate hospitals and arrested.  Both Adebolajo and Adebowale were sentenced to life imprisonment for Rigby’s murder in 2014.

Types of Female Serial Killers

The two most common types of female serial killers include Black Widows and Angels of Death. Black widows are probably the most common type of female serial killer. These types of killers focus on victims whom they’ve established extensive relationships with. Such as their children, lovers, or husbands. Almost 85% of black widows use poison to murder their victims. The other most common type of female serial killer is Angels of Death. These types of killers are a bit different than black widows. These killers kill in their own care. They could be nurses who kill patients, infants, elderly victims, or childcare workers who murder children in their care.

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In 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. was convicted of murdering his parents and his four siblings– two brothers and two sisters. He shot them all with a .35 caliber lever action rifle at around 3 AM. He would later try to cover up his crime by suggesting that a hitman had been hired to do the job. Ronald ended up confessing to the murders and saying that "Once I started, I just couldn’t stop. It went so fast.“

This mass murder is said to be the base for the experiences of the Lutz family during the Amityville Horror. 

The above pictures were taken at the crime scene.