Portland police had a suspect in a string of bank robberies in 2017 but they had a problem, he didn’t match the description of any of the tellers who had been robbed. The suspect, Tyrone Allen, has multiple, distinctive facial tattoos, and none of the victims observed any tattoos on the robber. Instead of trying to generate a new suspect that matched the description, the cops decided to double down on Mr. Allen. In order to make him look like the suspect in the robberies (some of which were capture on surveillance video), a technician digitally removed the tattoos from a picture of Mr. Allen. These manipulated photos were then placed in a photo-lineup and a couple of the victims identified Mr. Allen. He is no facing multiple robbery charges. Here’s a side-by-side comparision:
This tactic is extremely troubling, as it increases the potentiality for mis-identification. For that reason, Allen’s attorneys have asked the court not to permit the identifications to be presented to a jury. Courts have often held that identification procedures, if they are unduly suggestive, are not permissible. I’ve never seen this extremely concerning procedure, but it certainly appears to raise concerns that there is a high risk of an erroneous identification. It’s troubling that a man who was not identified by witnesses was only identified after his image was airbrushed.
Portland author Nancy Crampton-Brody, who wrote several novels as Nancy Brophy, has been arrested and charged with the June murder of her husband of 27 years, Daniel Brophy. Daniel had been lead chef instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute [OCI] since 2006, and had been teaching culinary skills long before that. He was shot at an OCI kitchen, where his students found him, dying. There were initially no suspects and no description of any suspects.
Police soon began to suspect Brophy, who admitted to her neighbor that she was considered a suspect. Perhaps it did not help that she had penned books like “The Wrong Husband”, and in 2011 wrote an online essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” with suggestions of how to get away with it (WP located the archive, as the post is no longer public.) The arrest report has been sealed, so there are not many details in why the police have charged her, or what her motive may have been. The sealed report suggests the investigation is still open, perhaps there is an accomplice or yet-unnamed collaborator. If so, Brophy would have been ignoring her own advice in her essay, where she discouraged using hitmen. Whether or not she did it is yet to be decided, but having penned an essay about murdering her husband is not a good look.
Lux, the enraged cat that attacked his owners, cornering them in a bedroom last week, is going to get a visit from Jackson, the host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell” show. Jackson is known for showing up to cat owners with a guitar case full of kitty-helpful remedies. Jackson hopes to find the cause of the cat’s rage, and to give his owners help in creating a positive living environment that’s safe for the family, their kids, and the cat.
This also serves as another chance to link to the 911 call of the owners cowering in their bedroom while the cat is freaking out. He sounds like the Tasmanian Devil- go listen if you haven’t yet! I’m’ serious, here’s the link again: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/03/portland_attack_cat_911_tape_l.html
A 22-pound Himalayan cat went off on its owners recently, forcing them to cower in the bedroom and call 911. The distraught caller, cat owner Lee Palmer, told the 911 operator that the cat has a history of violence. Apparently, the cat scratched the baby, and then he kicked the cat in the butt. The cat went into a rage, and the family barricaded themselves in the bedroom, pinned in by the angry kitty.
Lux the Himalayan
The father explained the situation to the 911 operator, who impressively managed to stay professional. She did confirm with a upservisor that police response was necessary. The caller directed her how to tell the police to get in, since he and the family were trapped in a bedroom. With the dog. Apparently, they we were able to survive there watching TV until the police showed up. You can hear the cat on the 911 call, caterwauling through the door.
I am surprised I haven’t seen this blow up on the internet yet, so I’m going to share it. Thanks to my brother for pointing it out. It’s not really crime related, but police were involved, and its hysterical, so I’m posting it. Do listen to the 911 call!