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October 23, 2009

Top 10 crimes

Identifying top 10 crimes of any era is a daunting task and my list is far from complete. Readers gave me terrific suggestions but in the end 10 means 10. Except here I give you 15 (save the limit to the print editions).

The first difficulty was to figure out a category – top 10 most brutal? – for example. I decided to look back roughly 20 years, exclude white collar crime (thought that would be a good category for later) and pick crimes that have some lasting meaning beyond the lurid details.

That too proved difficult. Baltimore has experience a lot of witness intimidation crime but I went with the Dawson case because I think that still speaks for all of them – seven people dead, including five children, in a firebombing.

There’s of course the Lackl case and the poor community activist who survived a firebombing and bravely testified against her attackers (though even with them in prison, it was still too unsafe for her to return home). There also was the witness who walked away from a safe house to spend time with his family at Thanksgiving only to get executed as he sat on a bar stool near his home.

All these cases are outrageous in their own way. The murder of a nun in her convent didn’t make it (I thought this case important because it occurred during the city’s most murderous year, 1993, and seemed to speak for crime being out of control. Joe Metheny also got left off the top 10 list, though he was one of the scariest cold-blooded defendants I've ever seen. Many from the suburbs didn't make the list either, but are worthy of mention, including a 1990s murder over a pen in a Dunkin Donuts.

Zach Sowers also didn’t make it, though his attack in Canton and subsequent death spoke volumes about crime in up and coming neighborhoods, about our system that let the attackers plead guilty before Zach died, meaning no life sentences, and the case became political fodder during a campaign.

Difficult decisions all. I look forward to your input. Here's the expanded list:

1. Dontay Carter — Sentenced in 1993 to two consecutive life prison terms plus an additional 190 years for murder and kidnapping in a string of downtown crimes. He famously escaped custody by leaping out of a second-floor courthouse window sparking a manhunt rivaled only by the search in 1964 for the Veney brothers wanted in the killing of a police sergeant. He is the reason there are two images on your driver’s license; the state had to upgrade its design after Carter had easily obtained a replacement license in the name of a man he had murdered.

2. Harold Benjamin Dean — the only inmate to successfully escape from Maryland’s Supermax penitentiary. He had been serving a life plus 105 years in prison for killing a tow-truck driver and critically wounding an armored car guard in a 1981 robbery in Montgomery County. He escaped in 1991 by squeezing through an 8-inch by 22-inch window, getting around razor wire and climbing to the prison roof on a rope make of clothing. He was captured 10 months later.

3. Joseph C. Palczynksi — went on a two-week rampage in 2000 when he fatally shot a couple his ex-girlfriend was living with and a neighbor who had come to her aid. He then kidnapped his ex-girlfriend’s mother, her boyfriend and their 12-year-old son, and two others in a 97-hour hostage ordeal that ended when the woman spiked his ice tea with Xanax and jumped out of a window. Baltimore County police stormed the apartment and shot Palczynski dead with 27 bullets.

4. Anthony Ayeni Jones — a drug lord who ruled over one of the city’s most murderous narcotics organizations in the 1990s convicted of killing and conspiring to kill rival, federal witnesses and their mothers while running a $30,000-a-day cocaine and heroin organization. He had a corrupt cop on his payroll. From federal prison, he developed his own coded language to order hits that were carried out; it took prosecutors months to decipher the code. He calmly popped a Lifesaver into his mouth as the jury found him guilty in 1998.

5. The Dawsons — this case epitomizes a string of horrific witness intimidation cases that later included the murder of Carl Lackl who witnessed a slaying in Baltimore, the killing of another witness on a bar stool over Thanksgiving and the firebombing of a community leaders house. In 2002, a drug dealer firebombed an East Baltimore house whose residents had complained to police, killing five children and their parents. This put Baltimore’s crime problem and difficulties in arresting entrenched drug dealers on the national map.

6. The killing of Sister MaryAnn Glinka — the 50-year-old nun was found bound, gagged and murdered inside her Northeast Baltimore convent in 1993, a crime that shocked a city during its most murderous year on record. She was one of 353 murder victims, a staggering number that forced out the city’s police commissioner. The killing of Glinka scared the city and made it seem that criminals could strike anybody at any time and any where. "This is as bad as it gets," one city official said at the time.

7. John Frederick Thanos — Unrepentant to the end, this killer of three teenagers in a week-long 1990 Labor Day rampage was the first person put to death in Maryland after a 33-year moratorium had ended. Asked if had any last words, Thanos said, "Get on with it" and then uttered "adios" before the lethal injection was administered. He had repeatedly refused to appeal his convictions, fired his attorneys and thwarted others who opposed the death sentence. He told his victim’s families in court that he wished their dead children would rise from the dead so he could kill them again. He argued it was cruel and unusual punishment to keep him alive.

8. Solothal Deandre "Itchy Man" Thomas — Now put away in federal prison, he was the poster child in 2002 for everything that was wrong with Baltimore’s criminal justice system, having dodged two murder and a dozen attempted murder charges in the late 1990s and early 2000s. One Sun article noted that "his case shows how one man, repeatedly indicted for serious crimes, has been freed time after time by faulty and insufficient police investigations, prosecution missteps and frightened witnesses intimidated into silence by a culture of drugs and violence." He once astounded police by scaling a public housing high-rise to elude capture, climbing from balcony to balcony until he disappeared into a vacant seventh-floor apartment.

9. Zach Sowers — the June 2007 attack on the new homeowner outside his Canton Park rowhouse brought into sharp focus the city’s crime problem at a time when officials were trying lure residents back into neighborhoods they had abandon years ago. The housing boom was still in full swing and Sowers and his wife Anna were the target group — young professionals contributing to remaking Baltimore into a viable city. The robbery and attack put Sowers into a coma for 10 months; he died after the suspects had been tried and sentenced, so they could not again be charged in his murder. The suspects had used one of his credit cards to rent two movies, Deja Vu and Smokin’ Aces, and the case became fodder for city elections, a focal point for politicians debating crime and a launching pad for Anna Sowers to rail against what she contended was a too-lenient judicial system.

10. Mark Castillo — The 43-year-old father of three took his kids to the Maryland Science Center in March 2008, then to their 10th floor downtown hotel room, and then systematically drowned each one, ages 2, 4 and 6, in a bathtub, timing the submersion with a stop watch. He lay each body on a hotel bed, tried but failed to kill himself and then called the desk clerk to report what he had done. He said he wanted to get back at his ex-wife.

11. Children slayings, Policarpio Espinoza and his nephew Adan Canela, both immigrants from Mexico, were convicted with three counts of first-degree murder in the May 2004 deaths of a 9-year-old brother and sister and their 10-year-old male cousin at the family’s Fallstaff apartment. The pair beheaded one child and nearly decapitated the other two in a gruesome slaying for which neither police nor prosecutors have identified a clear motive. The two are appealing their conviction

12. Women slain — The December 1999 execution-style killings of five women in a Northwest Baltimore — killed by a drug dealer who wanted to send a message to his rivals by killing female relatives — shocked a city whose residents learned there were no boundaries to drug hits and violence. The dealers were fighting over turf in O’Donnell Heights that was left open after the feds busted a large drug gang there. The mayor at the time called the slayings a "mass murder" and the victims included relatives and friends of the drug dealers. A day later, another family member, a young man, was shot and killed on a school playground, and one of the suspects was found by police lying on a sidewalk with his throat slashed.

13. Joseph R. Metheny — He claimed to have killed 10 people but was charged and convicted of killing only two, including a city prostitute, and burying their remains under his trailer at a Southwest Baltimore pallet company. He was sentenced to die in 1998 but an appeals court overturned the sentenced and sent him to prison for life without parole. At his sentencing, he pleaded to be put to death and said, "The words, ‘I’m sorry’ will never come out, for they would be a lie. I am more than willing to give up my life for what I have done, to have God judge me and send me to hell for eternity." He said he killed because he "enjoyed it" and after being sentenced to death, he kissed his defense attorney on the cheek, who then put her head on the defense table and cried. He had been acquitted in 1998 for killing two homeless men with an ax at a makeshift camp in South Baltimore and admitted later he had lied and gotten away with it when he denied his involvement. He said he threw other bodies in the Patapsco River that were never found.

14. Nicholas W. Browning — the 16-year-old shot and killed his parents and two brothers as they slept in their Cockeysville home in 2008. He cited years of physical abuse and insults he said he had suffered at the hands of his father, a Towson attorney whose 9mm pistol he used. Asked by a detective why he had shot them all in the head, Browning answered, "I just figured it would be quicker. It would just be instant." He pleaded guilty and is serving four consecutive life sentences. At a hearing, prosecutors played the videotape of Browning’s confession to a detective, Matthew Walsh, in which the boy described sleeping late at a friend’s house after the killings and then going shopping at Towson Town Center. On the screen, he was shown taking a break from the interview by ordering a double-bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Diet Coke.

15. Raymont Hopewell — He confessed to killing five people, four women and a man, all age 60 or older. He pleaded guilty in 2006 and apologized to the families and was sentenced to four consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole. He broke into people’s homes and in one case, he raped a woman who used a cane. During the attack, the woman asked him how he would feel if someone did that to his mother and he answered, "My mother’s dead." In another house, he broke in through a kitchen window, grabbed a woman from behind and pressed a knife to her neck. After the attack, he hung around long enough to drink three cans of soda and a loaf of bread.

Posted by Peter Hermann at 6:30 AM | | Comments (52)


One crime that should've made it on here IMO was the double-murder at the Warren House Motel back in 1983. That was the original horrific Baltimore witness slaying, and was brazen enough that it made national news at the time. It's also turned into one of the longest running legal cases in Maryland history, with Vernon Evans and Anthony Grandison still sitting on death row to this day. I would also put Steven Oken's murderous rampage on this list, although one of his crimes took place in Maine.

BTW, Thanos's "get on with it" comment was actually his response when he was asked if he wanted to stop his execution and file a last-minute appeal. As far as I know condemned inmates in Maryland aren't asked if they want to make a final statement.

Anyone remember the killing of Michael Whittaker around 1974-1975. Lochearn/Sudbrook neighborhood. Went missing and after massive search, they found him in the stream with his head crushed by a rock. His retarded 21 year old neighbor did it..
He was my friend and I remember all the activity that night..

You forgot Baltimore City Police Officer Kevon Gavin. He was the policeman killed in April 200; he died a day after his cruiser was struck by a vehicle being pursued by other officers.

This is from the Officer Down Memorial Page:
The suspects were being pursued by officers responding to a shots fired call just after 2000 hours. The suspect's vehicle deliberately struck Officer Gavin's cruiser at over 80 mph, landed on top of it, and crushed its roof. Officers on the scene attempted to remove the vehicle as Officer Gavin's cruiser ignited in flames, but could not free him until emergency crews arrived.

Officer Gavin was transported to a local hospital where he died at 1530 hours the next day. The juvenile driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene and charged as an adult with first degree murder. The suspect was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a semi-automatic handgun. Even though the suspect admitted driving the vehicle, in January, 2001, he was acquitted of all charges, including first degree murder, vehicular manslaughter, use of a motor vehicle as a deadly weapon, transportation of a handgun, and wearing a bulletproof vest.

Officer Gavin had been employed with the Baltimore City Police Department for six years, and is survived by his wife and one-year-old son.

Every one of these could have been avoided if Maryland had gun laws that made any sense. I grew up in MD and moved when I was about 20. I live in NC now, and legally carry a concealed pistol almost everywhere I go. When seconds count, police are just minutes away.

I know it's beyond 20 years ago, but does anyone remember the Christmas Day 1983 decapitation murder of the 13-month-old boy in Randallstown at the hands of his father, Stephen Craig Johnson? Heinous. Johnson is actually out on parole today, and has been since 2005 or so.

"Every one of these could have been avoided if Maryland had gun laws that made any sense."

Yes, I'm sure that Sister MaryAnn Glinka would've gotten a concealed carry permit if Maryland issued them


Good job as always Peter. Any updates on the Jonathan Luna cold case?

"Every one of these could have been avoided if Maryland had gun laws that made any sense."

Ummmm - quit trying to make a political point by saying something that is patently untrue. Most of these could NOT have been avoided if the victims could carry concealed weapons.

Cases in point? The armored car guard that Harold Benjamin Dean injured was likely was armed, and I find it unlikely that the tow truck driver he killed had much time to think before he was killed. A concealed weapon would not stop a firebombing. Mark Castillo drowned his three children. Zach Sowers reportedly was approached by his murderers as they asked for a cigarette; when they got close enough they proceeded to beat him so badly he went into a coma - and likely had no time to have pulled out his concealed weapon if he had one. Espinoza and Canela nearly decapitated their cousins; like the Castillo children, are you advocating that children carry guns against their relatives? And the clincher, Nicholas Browning killed his family, while they slept, with his father's gun - the one his father would have "concealed" if he had been awake and walking around on the street - even if there had "more sensible" gun laws.

It's obvious what side of the debate you're on - but that doesn't give you license to be an idiot. You need fewer pablum-puking talking points and better arguments.

Does anyone remember the 1962 case of Mary Ott- the young girl who went missing in South Baltimore, only to be found buried in the basement of her neighbor's house on Hamburg St? This horrifying story absolutely gripped the city for days and days.

While we will never know if the gun laws would have prevented any of these heinous crimes, you have to ask yourself if these lowlifes would have targeted the victims they did if they thought they "might" be carrying a firearm?

One again, a good job of reporting by Peter.
There have been so many horrible murders. I remember Mary Ott, a school girl who was murdered and found buried in a dirt basement and the "candy stripe murder" where a young hospital volunteer was savagely murdered at the hospital. There was also a Catholic nun who disappeared from her southwest Baltimore home and was found dead behind a mattress factory in Halethorpe. That case was never solved although there was suspicion that a priest murdered her or had her murdered.

Two Words: Geraldine Parrish

I guess the sniper (Muhammad and Malvo) murders don't count because they happened in Suburban Maryland and Virginia? 10 people died.

The sniper case was a hard one. I didn't forget it, but I aiming for Baltimore and its immediate environs. If I extended this out to the Washington suburbs, the list would've been even that much harder. You make a valid argument though that the sniper case eclipses all others for the fear it instilled on the entire region. You could almost put that on a top 10 list of nationwide crimes.

Why is it possible for any of these people to ever get out of jail? I don't care about their mental condition, their age or anything else. Dead is DEAD! Lets start thinking about the victims of these crimes. As a retired police officer, I have experienced what victimization does to people. Attorneys do not, therefore, they do not care. When is the Jessemy going to prosecute Capitol offenses. This garbage about a black jury not convicting a black person of a capitol offense is wrong. Get the "Race Card" out of it, give the jury instructions, and judge the case on the merits of the evidence presented. One capitol ofense prosecuted in Baltimore City in more than 6 years is an absolute disgrace. It won't stop until we deal with career criminals, terrorists and street gangs properly. That is just a REALITY of life in an idealistic society.

Although this is not the venue for this discussion, notice how many of these folks got multiple "life sentences." One has to wonder if having a working death penalty would be a deterrent. I have mixed emotions about the death penalty but, if it is the law, then it should be used and not with a 20-30 year appeal process either. Penalties for breaking the law are not working if they are not applied in a regular and timely manner.

Why wasn't Steven Oken listed on the Top Crimes? He murdered 3 young women, after abusing and torturing them. Two of the women were under the age of 21 and 2 were from Balto. He was convicted and sentenced to death. He was allowed to live 17 more years, because of the appeal process.

There is also the Stebbing case form the 1980's. Bernard Stebbing raped his stepniece Dena Polis as his wife Annette choked her to death. They would ride around with the body for a day with Bernard abusing the corpse before disposing of it in a Fell's point sewer.

Steven Oken didn't make the list only because I was looking back just 20 years. Though he was exectuted in 2004, his crimes occurred in 1987.

The Warren House/Grandison/Evans witness murder case was the single worst violent crime in Baltimore history.

How about the 4 Coppin state students who were carjacked, kidnapped and raped over a period od 3 hours in Druid Hill Park 1993 3 young men ages 17-20 were arrested and sentenced to life plus 60 years.

This is the most racist, biased 'poll' I have ever seen in my life. Just another opportunity to pin all the crime in Baltimore on some poor black person.

There was the Turk Scott murder in July 1973 - that was pretty sensational.

Scott was a member of the House of Delegates who was indicted for conspiracy to transport 40 pounds of heroin from Baltimore to New York. A note was left near his body, and a group called Black October took responsibility for the murder. A similar note was found near the bullet-riddled body of a drug dealer in Pimlico a few days before Scott's murder.

As I recall, a minister's son named Sherman Dobson was arrested in connection with the two slayings, but I don't know what's happened to him. Any idea, Peter?

Great American Melting pot Green. Escaped by "picking his leg iron and chains" at University Hospital; stopped by a trooper in Utah while hitch-hiking but cut loose because the dispatcher had something important to say over a landline; eventually found in NYC with a pass to the federal building so he could deliver sandwiches to the FBI

Oops, just saw your comment about only looking back 20 years. Turk Scott predates that quite a bit.

The two teenagers who were killing hacks - one victim found in his impounded vehicle in HQ - Homicide refused to notice a pattern until one suspect got in a shoot -out off Wildwood Pky with police.

Murderer Donta "Fish" Gregg, person of interest in 6 + homicides in the WD and SW, including 15 year old Dana Mayers in March 2002. Finally arrested by WD 6/15/02 shortly after homicide in the SWD. Serving life but on appeal by Innocents Project.

The Luskins Murder.

Anna Kusch the nearly 90 year old retired Canton grocery store owner who lived by herself on top of her former Dillon St. store. Robbed, beaten and raped in the late 80's. To this day her killer(s) still roams free.

There was another horrible story from the late 70's where two white guys (may have been brothers) tied a young black boy to a board and then lowered him down in the Quarry that used to be back behind Television Hill. They then threw rocks at him for a while and then lowered him into the water. I never could get the horror that poor boy must have felt out of my mind.

Three words Peter, equal one name- Latonya Kim Wallace

I agree revolutionready, I'm a self employed plumber working these mean streets a right to carry is a must to lower the crime rate I applied to the state, took my 180 bucks just to tell me No ''you just want it for protection, that's what were here for'' is that a joke?

Several years ago, a woman's body was discovered wedged among the lights of the Druid Hill Park water fountain. I recall her name was Shirley Parker. Was that case ever solved?

I worked for DOC for 20 years. Division of Correction. I still don't know what we were supposed to "correct". Geraldine Parrish was a Mojo Voodoo Queen. Very deceptive. Annette Stebbing's Father was a Baltimore City Cop. Sad story, probably drug rated? She was on death row at MCIW, when I started DOC in 1985. The Randallstown killing of the baby in 1983 was so bad, that the EMS tech that arrived at the scene first, and was allowed to continue with Johnson while waiting for a hostage negotiator, never returned to work after Johnson ended his siege, by walking out the front door, with the decapitated baby in his arms, and claiming that Jesus had told him that this was their "destiny". We need more bullets, gallows, and training for our DOC Death Squad members, that will pass the liberal muster of Annapolis. If we don't start killing them back, they ain't gonna stop any time soon! P.S. The Johnson case in Randallstown was PCP/Angel Dust related. I would approve of a life sentence without parole for possession of ANY amount of that drug!!!

How about Rita Fisher? The young girl was chained to a table in the basement and starved to death by her mother, sister, and sister's boyfriend. I also thought about Oken before I realized he was beyond the statute of limitations for this analysis. The Warren Motel case is still about the scariest I remember. Also, Latonya Wallace will not be forgotten.

Mr, Hermann please keep up the good work. It is hard to believe that nearly 6000 of my fellow Baltimoreans have been murdered since I moved into the city in 1993. I thought another murder of mention might be that of James Smith III. I believe he was killed on his third birthday in a barber chair in Sowebo. His senseless murder killed off an entire neighborhood. Twelve years later it still hasn't recovered.

The points made here regarding investigation of crimes and enforcement of the law are good ones; however, notably missing is a discussion of mental health.

As a psychologist, there are at least 3 or 4 crimes on this list that suggest the presence of true mental illness in the perpetrator (specifically, bipolar disorder and depression). All of these criminals would classify for a disorder, often psychopathy, or antisocial personality disorder, simply because their behavior was devastating to their own lives and those of others. This is significant because mental disorders are often treatable (moreso with depression and bipolar than psychopathy, but nonetheless relevant).

This list is a reflection of the capability of humans to create "evil". Diagnoses are not permission slips. People remain responsible for their actions, and there are many, many, many men and women who cope with mental disorders but do not perpetrate crimes upon others.

We should lament the crimes and grieve, condemn the criminals, and take revenge; yet, we should also do what we can to prevent these acts, by providing sound care for the mentally ill: availability, evaluation, good diagnosis, and research-based treatment.

It's about Prevention versus Reaction. It is worth our time, money, thought, and heart.

Just curious; how many of these scumbags who committed the crimes had previous records and were let out of jail by either a judge or lawyer? Personally I think Baltimore City should have a new law on the books. Any thug who is released by a judge or the plea of a lawyer and gets arrested again and charged for a violent crime, the judge and/or lawyer should go to jail too. Maybe then the streets of Baltimore will be safe.

"This is the most racist, biased 'poll' I have ever seen in my life. Just another opportunity to pin all the crime in Baltimore on some poor black person"

Statistically, this is exactly what Baltimore City has become. Nothing racist about it. It is what it is. Deal.

Actually, by the time you add in the growing hispanic population... "Whites" are very very quickly the minority.

You have black history month. Yet that's not racist. If there was a white history month, it would be racist.

You have BET. Yet that's not racist. If there was a WET, it would be racist.

You have the African American College Fund. Yet that's not racist. If there was a Caucasion College Fund, it would be racist.

I hate baltimore.

The 'Mary Ott' case actually happened in the summer of 1964. She disappeared in early July from her backyard in the 1100 block of West Hamburg Street.

Police were baffled by the mystery until her body was discovered in mid September of '64, in her next door neighbor's house.

Police reported 19 year old Clarence Cramblitt lured Mary next door, attacked her and threw her down the steps and into the cellar. After she died, he dug a shallow grave under the cellar steps and that's where her body remained until police discovered it.

Mary was 10 years old. She had an identical twin sister named Martha.

Sad story.

Remember Bridgette Williams who was nine months pregnant, raped and kiiled in front of her two yr. old daughter in the Seton Apt. Oct. 12, 1982. Killer never found.

Re the 1964 Mary Ott murder: I played the organ for that funeral. They were family friends from years back.

No doubt an interesting list, and interesting comments. But thoroughly depressing too. What a sad species we are.

I remember Mary Ott...I must have been 9-11 (depending on whether it was 62 or 64) so it really made an impact. I remember the big bold headlines "MARY OTT FOUND"...when her body was discovered.

The Mary Ott case had a major influence on my life. She was a classmate of mine (she disappeared on the way back from watching firemen battle a small fire at our school). After Mary's body was found, my parents decided Baltimore had become too dangerous and moved us to Chattanooga in December of that year.

I remember Mary Ott, she was my girlfriend,she had a twin sister,My aunt lived on hamburg st.I will never forget them days,went she was missing. Her next door neigbor killed her

I remember the Mary Ott case as being earlier than 1964, I thought it was 1962. Does anyone remember that the City Police sent a couple of detectives to discuss the case with a "seeress" in New Jersey?? This woman told them to look for a dirt basement and a green house.
I happened to be one of those people that witnessed the police bringing the killer out of his house. Before leaving the area I walked up the alley in back of the house and was flabbergasted, the fence was, the window and door trimming and I think the door also, WERE ALL PAINTED GREEN. Most row homes back in that day had all the trim painted white.

When I posted my comments about the Mary Ott case a few days ago I left out the fact that the "seeress" lady was also right when she told the police to look for a dirt basement. Police found her body buried in the dirt basement of the killer who lived next door.
They also found that the killer had driven a pipe into the grave. He poured lye, or some other chemical, into the pipe in an attempt to prevent orders from escaping.

I was about thirteen when LaTonya Wallace was found murdered in Resevoir Hill back in 1988. I remember being terrified because I had just been confronted with the evidence that no one is safe and that encluded young kids like me. I am haunted by the fact that her killer has never been found. Sometimes true evil hides beneath the guise of a human face.

I have to ask. Does anyone remember the Myeisha Jenkins case? I guess it was around the mid eighties. Myeishas mother and step father reported that she had gone missing while the three were at Security Square mall. Long story short, surveillance video showed that the child was not with the couple when they entered the mall. The mother later confessed to watching the step father beat Myrisha to death and helping him dispose of her body. My memory is hazy. Help me out if my facts are not straight.

I often thought about the case of Mary Ott as it stuck out in my childhood memory. I serched her name befor on the internet and never came up with anything untill today. I rembered a News American caption and googlrd it ("a little girl with an arrow thru her heare") I was amazed to see the posts from the people that knew about this case. Does anyone know what happend to the perp Clarence Cramblitt?

(Ellsworth) Clarence Cramblitt was committed to a mental hospital after his conviction for the murder. He died in 2005. Mary Ott's mother passed earlier this year, just shy of her 90th birthday. Mary's twin sister married and raised a family.

I have never forgotten Myeisha Jenkins. i remember how much it sickened me that a mother could watch someone kill her child and then help him dispose of the body. I think they dumped her body on the BW Parkway. i still remember Myieisha's little innocent face on the news. Did the mother and her boyfriend get out of jail?

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Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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