Archive for November, 2007

Cute, Careless, 18, and Dead.

November 30th, 2007

At 18 years old, it may have been that Emily Sander felt the immortal pull of youth. The sense of being in her prime — young, beautiful, and healthy — in a world full of sensations to seek, with a curiousity that was not easily sated.
She was not perhaps a typical teenager, but like so [...]

Dangerous Choices: Children Placed in Harm’s Way

November 28th, 2007

I. Children at Risk
Nine year old Rowan Ford was brutally raped and strangled by her stepfather and one of her mother’s male friends. Two year old Riley Sawyers was beaten and killed by both her biological mother and her mother’s boyfriend. Four year old Anthony Buhr was tortured to death by the man his mother [...]

Riley Ann Sawyers

November 27th, 2007

Acting on a tip from her paternal grandmother, the identity of “Baby Grace”, whose body was discovered in a storage bin that washed up on the shores of Galveston Bay last month, has now been positively identified as two year old Riley Ann Sawyers, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio.
In a disturbing affidavit, Riley’s mother, Kimberly Trenor [...]

Rowan Ford’s Murder & the MySpace Connection

November 16th, 2007

Colleen Spears told investigators that she last saw her daughter at 8:30 p.m. on November 2.  Rowan, she said, was getting ready for bed as Colleen headed off to her night shift job at Walmart in Jane, MO, approximately 25 miles away.
Colleen, investigators report, returned home 12.5 hours later, at approximately 9:00 a.m. to discover Rowan missing.  The [...]