My Top (Celebrity) Crime Stories for the Week

Jackson Scandal. Amid a family dispute, Katherine Jackson was reported missing over the weekend. LA Sheriff’s investigated, but family members (including Janet, Randy, and Jermaine) declared she was safe in Arizona and under doctor’s care. Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris turned to Twitter to declare something more was amiss. Rumors swirled that Katherine was abducted by family members to pressure her into a plot to overthrow Michael Jackson’s estate. A possible abduction of the children was also rumored by TMZ. Wednesday, a judge appointed TJ Jackson, the son of Tito Jackson, as temporary guardian of Michael’s three children.

Found Safe. Violet Ripken, the 74-year-old mother of Cal Ripkin, Jr was abducted from her home Tuesday morning at gunpoint. After driving around town in her car all day, stopping at places to use her credit cards, the abductor left her in the back seat of her car, hands bound. Police are looking for a white male with a light, thin build in his late 30s to early 40s last seen wearing a light-colored shirt, glasses and “camo pants.” Police consider the man armed and dangerous.

Justice Served. William Balfour, convicted of killing Jennifer Hudson’s relatives received three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole plus 120 years. Balfour was convicted of fatally shooting the singer’s mother and brother in their Chicago home in October 2008. The body of her nephew was found three days later in an abandoned vehicle.

Stolen Guns. A Winchester used by John Wayne in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and a shotgun used by William Holden in “The Wild Bunch” were taken by a thief Tuesday afternoon from a locked display case at the Movie Madness video store in Southeast Portland. Police are looking for a white male in his 30s or 40s, stocky and bald, wearing a white T-shirt, shorts and riding a mountain bike.

Black Madam Murder. A singer known as “Black Madam” has been charged with murder in the death of a British woman who was injected with silicone at a Philadelphia hotel room last year. Claudia Aderotimi, 20 died from a pulmonary embolism because of complications from a silicone injection to her buttocks, supposedly administered by the singer (real name: Padge Victoria Windslowe).

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.

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