A 21-year-old college student has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly trying to decapitate a friend who he believed to be practicing witchcraft.
Isaiah Zoar Marin was taken into custody in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in the near-decapitation death of Jacob Crockett, 19. Marin reportedly called police and admitted to killing someone. Court documents obtained by Tulsa World stated that he began "rambling" about sacrificing a person and then told a different dispatcher that he "hacked them to death with a machete."
Marin has been described as a "religious zealot" who was a "heavy drug user" by the victim's brother, who arrived at the crime scene later on Wednesday, after the murder. more >>
The state of Texas executed its tenth prisoner this year on Tuesday, Oct. 28; before dying, Miguel Paredes said he was at peace with his life.
According to reports, Paredes told his friends and family that he loved them and hoped his victims' family members would "let go of all the hate because of all my actions."
"I came in as a lion and I come as peaceful as a lamb," he said for his final statement. "I'm at peace. I hope society sees who else they are hurting with this." more >>
The Internal Revenue Service has seized the bank accounts of hundreds of innocent business owners.
Using the powers granted under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, which was designed to help federal agencies catch drug dealers, terrorists and other criminals, the IRS has been legally seizing the bank accounts of law-abiding business owners who have consistently made cash bank deposits less than the federal bank reporting minimum of $10,000.
The New York Times reported that hundreds of these cash-only business had their entire bank accounts seized by the IRS in the past few years because the agency is permitted, through the process of civil asset forfeiture, to seize assets out of suspicion when a pattern of sub-$10,000 cash deposits are made. more >>
Michael Reed Jr., the 29-year-old man accused of destroying the controversial Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma Capitol, is a devout Christian who wanted to be a pastor but has been wrestling with mental illness for the last two years, according his mother.
"Michael would never be that disrespectful, defacing the Ten Commandments … in his right mind it would break his heart to know that … everyone that knows him is praying so hard right now," his mother, Crystal Tucker, told KOCO.
Secret Service Special Agent David Allison noted in an earlier report that Reed, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was taken into custody Friday after he threatened to kill President Barack Obama and spat on a picture of the president in the Oklahoma City Federal Building. He later told agents that Satan instructed him to urinate on the Ten Commandments monument and destroy it. more >>
A man is now under mental evaluation in Oklahoma after allegedly urinating on and crashing into the controversial Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
The man was identified in The Oklahoman as Michael Tate Reed Jr., 29, and allegedly confessed to U.S. Secret Service agents during an interview on Friday.
Secret Service Special Agent David Allison said Reed, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was taken into custody Friday after he made threatening statements at the federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. more >>
An Iranian woman hanged for murdering her alleged rapist left behind a heartbreaking message for her mother in which she asserts that "death is not the end of life" and that she trusts God with her future, even if it meant death by the Iranian court.
"Let's see what God wants," Reyhaneh Jabbari said in a voicemail to her mother several months ago. The Iranian woman was charged with the murder of her accused rapist and in jail at the time she left the voicemail—her fate had not yet been decided, but she knew that she could easily be found guilty and hanged.
"The world did not love us," she said. "It did not want my fate. And now I am giving in to it and embrace the death. Because in the court of God I will charge the inspectors, I will charge inspector Shamlou, I will charge judge, and the judges of country's Supreme Court that beat me up when I was awake and did not refrain from harassing me … I will charge Qassem Shabani and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me and trampled on my rights and didn't pay heed to the fact that sometimes what appears as reality is different from it." more >>