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November 18, 2019: Hong Kong schools close as protests escalate

5 Things

04:49 min | 9 months ago

November 18, 2019: Hong Kong schools close as protests escalate

"Good Morning I'm Taylor Wilson and this is five things you need to know Monday. The eighteenth of November number two thousand nineteen a reminder. You can tweet us at USA Today. podcast if you have any thoughts about these stories Andrew tweet might be featured on the show. Oh that's at USA. Today podcast now onto the show. Get you started. Schools will be closed on Monday in Hong Kong amid escalating protests. Test their the Hong Kong Education Bureau announced that schools will close quote for the sake of safety on quotes. The move comes. After classes were also cancelled for the nearly one million million students on Thursday and Friday due to traffic and public transport problems related to the protests activists began demonstrating months ago to call out an extradition extradition. Bill that has since been abandoned. The bill would have sent those awaiting trial to mainland China. Many saw it as a sign of growing Chinese interference over Hong Kong long bought. The movement has expanded to a number of other demands including direct elections for the city's leaders over the weekend police fired tear gas and blasted water cannons at protestors armed with bows and arrows who threw gasoline bombs at police. Protesters blame police for the death of a university student earlier this month. The student and fell off a building after police fired. Tear Gas at anti government protesters. Meanwhile a number of American universities including Georgetown and Syracuse are are ending Hong Kong study abroad programs early. Sentencing begins on Monday for a man convicted in three Pennsylvania debts. Twenty two year. Old Sean Kratz was convicted of killing three. Young men on a farm outside of Philadelphia prosecutor said that Croats and his twenty two year old cousin Cosmo Denardo admitted to the killings of nineteen year. Old Dean Finocchiaro. Twenty one year old. Tom Mio and twenty two year. Old Mark Sturgis after luring them to Dinardo's farm for a drug deal in two 2017 Kratz decided to go to trial instead of accepting an offer to plead guilty to third degree murder which would have put him in prison for at least fifty nine years for the crimes instead. He was convicted of first and second degree murder as well as manslaughter. A jury must now decide on the death penalty or life in prison next up that gold fairly. NFL returns to Mexico. Go City for Monday night. Football the match up at his studio us. Decca will take place between the Kansas City chiefs and Los Angeles chargers. The League returns to the Mexican capital Pedal. After last year's November matchup between the chiefs and Los Angeles Rams was moved after the field was deemed unplayable just six days before the game. The stadium hosted concerts weeks before that ruined the field. But this time around the TURF is ready to go the chiefs come into the game at six and four men and first place place in the AFC west while the chargers also in that division are four and six you can tune in at eight fifteen pm eastern time on ESPN AND ESPN deportees. The men's team tennis tournament. The Davis Cup begins on Monday in Madrid and it does so with a new format. Eighteen countries trees playing in six groups of three will compete in a World Cup style competition group winners and the two best second place teams will advance to the knockout stage. Ninety players in all will participate and team. USA begins its tournament on Tuesday and last the twenty four hours for the fifth consecutive year. Mr Ford Murray has message for you. Sir What did he say he said. Ford makes you ugly little cars and factories. And God's you fetch we're GonNa Bury Ferrari Lemond Tom. Ford versus Ferrari left its competition in the rear view mirror with thirty one million dollars at the box office over the weekend. The drama tells the story of Ford Motor Company's companies push to beat the perennial power for Rory at Francis. Twenty four hour lemond race in one thousand nine hundred sixty six. Meanwhile the reboot of Charlie's angels couldn't keep hey bob. The film opened below expectations. With eight point six million dollars domestically and one thousand nine point three million overseas according to studio estimates final numbers are expected elected on Monday. You can catch new episodes of five things Monday through Saturday on apple podcasts. And whatever else you get your audio including the Google home an the Amazon Echo you can also subscribe for free man drop us a rating and review if you'd like five things as part of the U._S._A.. Today podcast network.

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The Murder of Lena and Tommy Peterson pt. 2

Murder Minute

39:15 min | 9 months ago

The Murder of Lena and Tommy Peterson pt. 2

"Look let's go ahead and when people say that God is back God bread it is back. We're taking questions about my upcoming album. I'm a musician now. Please subscribe to call Chelsea Peretti. The podcast you can call and now I've got to get back to playing piano Welcome to murder minute today. Part two of the murder of Lena and Tommy Peterson but I your true crime headlines a southern California cornea high school student opened fire on his classmates killing two and injuring three more before turning his gun on himself. The shooter a student at Saugus High School walked into the school's Quad area at seven thirty. Am and pulled a forty five caliber handgun out of his backpack. He shot several students before using his final bullet to shoot himself in the head. A sixteen year old girl and a fourteen year old boy were killed old and three other teens were injured but we'll survive. It is believed that the shooter fired indiscriminately on nearby students and that the victims were not individually visually targeted classmates described the shooter as a quiet kid who kept to himself but was not threatening. He was a boy scout an Athlete and a good student. A neighbor described the teen as struggling since the sudden death of his father in 2017. A- pregnant mother of two was killed and her husband injured after the couple heard their car alarm go off and stepped outside to investigate gate twenty nine year old Misty Smith Walton was a devoted mother of two boys aged eight and eleven and was six months pregnant with her third child. Built a girl. Misty was the president of her younger son's elementary school. PTA where she was well known and described as an incredibly dedicated mother. The school has brought in grief counselors to assist the students in processing the tragedy. Smith Walton. Her husband heard their car alarm. Go off around around eight. PM last Saturday and were met with a hail of bullets. When they went outside to check on the alarm she died at the scene and her husband and was also shot and was transported to the hospital? Their unborn child did not survive neighbors in their east. Oakland community described up the apartment building as a safe one and expressed shock and disbelief at the shooting. Oakland police are searching for the killer and have offered a fifteen thousand dollar reward reward for information leading to an arrest in the case after more than two days of deliberations ends of Pennsylvania. Jury has found Sean Kratz guilty of first and second degree murder in the two thousand seventeen deaths of three men on his cousins books. County farm arm the jury convicted crowds of first degree murder in the death of nineteen year. Old Dean Financiero involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of twenty one year. Old Thomas Mayo and twenty two year. Old Mark Sturgis. All three men had gone to the farm to purchase marijuana instead. CRATS and his cousin killed them and attempted to burn their bodies in a pig. Roaster Chris's cousin Cosmo Denardo previously confessed to the murders into serving a life sentence. Prosecutors had requested that he testify it Kratz his trial but Denardo rejected their subpoena Kratz. Initially pleaded guilty to third degree murder and was offered a sentence of fifty nine years in prison but he later withdrew that guilty plea and said that it had had been coerced by his former defense attorney. He now faces either the death penalty or life imprisonment. Those are your true crime headlines up next. The story of Lena and Tommy Peterson continues but first a quick break. Have you thought about talking to someone but are unsure of where to start. It's time to to get better help. Better help makes it easy to connect with a licensed professional counselor carrying professionals specializing in the issues. 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Today we continued the tragic story of Lena. And Tommy Peterson. By loyd Tuesday morning April sixteenth. Nineteen O to the trail was thirty. Eight hours coat. A pack of four dogs one full bloodhound. The other three Fox hound mix were brought to the scene of the crime mayor Brenton police chief Ayar Bracket Polk County Sheriff George W Modern Chief of Detectives Williams team Maitland Assistant Chief. John Peterson and detectives detectives. Ed Walsh and Eli Hardin accompanied. The dogs to the murder site ally Hardin called quote one. One of the most experienced and best known detectives in the West was brought in to work the case for twenty minutes after being released on the scene. The dogs did nothing. The handlers took the dog away and back again hoping that they would perform better. The dogs were released a second time but again failed to find a trail. Ally Harden then placed Lena's clothing on the ground immediately. The dogs responded to the sent to were released and ran across the field toward the swamp following the same trail discovered by police the day before both like the police. The dogs lost the trail l. at the swamp their handlers took them back to the murder scene. Again to sniff the clothing this time the dogs started to cause the field through the marsh and then to a road where they paused crossed and stopped at the door of a house. The dogs were taken back to the swamp and started one final time. This time they went straight across the road where they had I stopped then went to the east of a house at the intersection continued south then West and then in south again until they stopped on a gravel road losing the scent again. Investigators concluded that the heavy street traffic had destroyed the scent trail left by the killers they called it quits at five. PM and the handlers brought the dogs in and investigators were disappointed. The dogs did not go north to the mining camps where many had believed the suspects could be the trail. The dogs followed was the root of someone who would have been familiar with the area. Someone who knew how to avoid houses and roads to make matters worse. The dogs had caused such a spectacle but word quickly spread through town but the search for the killers trail was underway. A crowd of onlookers gathered around the scene as the dogs were brought in causing such chaos. Is that mayor. Brenton himself had to order the citizens away from the scene Gordon w hunter of the penitentiary which kept a pack of bloodhounds to track escapees told a moines Capitol reporter quote. The way the bloodhounds were used in. The Peterson. Case was not only amusing but it was absurd to expect any good result. There from the dogs undoubtably doubtedly did the best they could but they had nothing to work on and instead of tracking the murderers very plainly they tracked the children themselves or whoever ever had carried the children's clothing with them that afternoon Iowa Governor Albert B Cummins issued an executive proclamation. A three hundred dollar reward for information in the Peterson case he later raised the amount to five hundred dollars. Equivalent to around fourteen thousand dollars. Today the reward was conditioned to be payable only on conviction conviction of the guilty party to prevent people from falsifying or holding back information for personal gain. The press spread outrageous rumors that a kinky hair was found in Lena's hand that two men and followed the children from waters restaurant that a sandy haired man was the killer and a lame man was involved that the trail of the suspects was followed for eight miles. But Billy waters who owned the restaurant where Lena and Tommy were last seen before their murder debunked a rumor that to highland park. College students had followed them out. There is no truth in that story. I cannot imagine where it came from. He told the press the children were in here about nine o'clock Sunday evening. They had just come from church. Several other people had come in before them also from church. There was no one in the front room with the restaurant but the children and myself in the next room I think there were three couples and a young man who were sitting at tables. The children had nothing to say. They bought some Coconut Candy and bananas and then left in the direction of home. Nobody followed them from here and in fact no person left the restaurant for at least twenty minutes. After they had gone no one followed them into the restaurant. Either gossip was also beginning to spread about. Peter Peterson people speculated that he was mentally unbalanced and that authorities are now investigating the family's home life but Wesley Day and Dr William Back. Who gave Peter Peterson? The terrible news of the deaths of his children on the night of the murder said that Peterson send was sound asleep when they arrived and that they had to call him twice before he finally woke over the the next few days. The murder scene became a sideshow attracting. The curious and amateur detectives one person drove to stakes into the ground. Where the bodies of Lena and Tommy had been found and posted a white paper marking spot? The paper was quickly ripped apart. Small piece at a time by souvenir hunters as hundreds hundreds of amateur. Detectives took it upon themselves to search for clues. The crime scene was trampled over and over destroying any hope finding the killers trade to gain access to the area crowds even toward down section of barbed wire fencing and threw it into the field. Oh destruction worked up a thirst so the early true crime junkies decided to stop at a house to ask for drink. They could've stopped at any one of the houses along Madison but they chose the home of the Peterson's in his grief. Peter Peterson himself. worked the pump and handed out glasses of water to the strangers for several hours shaking hands with anyone who offered according to the Des Moines Daily News. Peter Peterson openly. Agreed with the gawkers. Tommy Tommy I cannot stand this terrible agony when I go into the house and I see the little fellows all those overcoat bought a short time ago hanging on the wall when I sit down to the table and see the absent places of my poor dead children when I look at the vacant chair where Little Leinna sat and think of the terrible death. She suffered it almost drives me mad. I would give my everything if only I had them back if they could only return to me into. This had not happened. I could be happy. Peterson blamed and his wife. Mary and said that he was so against the children going to church that night that they had left and secret I did not want them to go but their mother believes and sending them to church three times a week and on Sunday. Peter told friends I do not believe in it. I told her to keep the children at home. She did not obey and now they're dead dead dead dead what I thought they were home safe in bed. It's all her fault. She is responsible for their deaths. I cannot stand it. It's awful on April sixteenth. And the Peterson family held a brief private service for Lena. And Tommy in their home and at two thirty the two caskets piled with flowers I were placed in separate horse-drawn hearses and driven to find Park Methodist Episcopal church where crowds have been gathering all day. Lena's classmates Louis Preston. Elvis Bevan's this Kenny Margaret. Great Fern Gordon and Cape Donovan Curie. Clean his casket Howard Nichols the Wash Arthur Yarn Grover Welsh freeborn Smith and Clarence Carson. Kenny Tony Nine. Hundred mourners filled the church inch and the windows were opened so that a thousand more outside could hear the service after the service. The caskets were carried to the vestibule near the door where the congregation viewed the bodies as they exited the church then. The the back door was opened for the outside crowd. Who filed past to view the dead children for forty five minutes? Lina Tommy Peterson were calm and beautiful. in-depth The des Moines leader wrote. They're fine and delicately kitten molded features. Told quickly of the innocence and loveliness of character that had been there during lock after the ceremony. The hearses carried Lena and Tommy to their final resting place in Pine Hills. Cemetery I leave it all in God's hands it must have been his will or the crime would never have been committed. Mary Peterson told her mother. And Reverend Griffith we pour mortals cannot understand God's ways my greatest grief is that any human being could so far forget get God as to think of such cry in my prayers. I pray that the murderer may find God before it's too late. Reverend Griffith told the moines capital. It is better to die like Lena. Peterson fighting for her honor than to live longer and be ruined by deceiver after days. Lost pursuing black men on baseless rumors and meaningless enlist clues the authorities finally reconsidered the crime. And it's mood and developed a new profile for the murderer des Moines chief of police a are bracket had a new theory. The killer was not an outsider but likely a white man. The children knew someone who lived nearby was familiar with the children's schedule and understood the lay of the land so that he could commit the act unseen and cover his tracks the killer also bracket believed had a motive which the des Moines daily leader echoed quote. Probably if the truth could be learned the children recognize their assailants called them by name and threatened them with exposure before the crime was committed now that the profile of the killer was a white man. Detective backtracked on their initial statement. That Leinna Peterson had been raped. Despite the fact that they himself had not examined the bodies physicians with access to the autopsy report began to express different opinions from those of doctors. William Back and Eminem Smith saying that the conclusions in the post mortem were inconclusive. Private investigator gator Thomas. Pennington concluded the murderer was insane or crazed with drink or perhaps made insane sane by prolonged use of liquor. Police then focused on the Peterson's neighbors looking for any taint of insanity in families on Sunday April Twentieth Own Moines area ministers preached on the tragedy to packed churches. Some preachers blamed lax morals or lazy and corrupt police. Work one on minister predicted that. The 'cause when discovered would quote prove to be whiskey that afternoon. Police police got a new lead. When a young boy from the Peterson neighborhood brought authorities a rusty eighteen inch long gas pipe with blood and grass on it? He said a man gave it to him and whispered. This is the most important clue yet. In fact police showed the pipe. To Elena. and Tommy's brother Willis who claimed that he'd found it the Tuesday after the murders in pasture near the scene. He said it appeared to have been embedded in the ground for a long time and that he turned the pipe into another field thinking that it was just rusty authorities asked Willis to direct them to where he found the pipe in the grass was bludgeoned. Snake which police decided probably accounted for the blood on April twenty third when asked by Des Moines Capitol reporter how the family was coping. Mariam Peterson said Papa still takes it very hard. It seems that he cannot bring himself to realize that the children are dead every morning when he calls us up he goes to so the stairs and calls lane and Tom just as if they were sleeping sweetly in their bed on April thirtieth just over two weeks after the murders. Peter Peterson appeared at the Des Moines. Police station he accused. Police of negligence expressed oppressed anger and resentment that there had been any speculation that he was involved in his children's deaths and alluded that he might commit suicide. The daily leader reported the incident since the murder. Mr Peterson has been to a degree suffering from mental imbalance Hebrews almost constantly over the loss of his children and said yesterday that now that they were no more he did not feel he had anything to he left. The police station greatly troubled but he had been unable to get any information formation concerning the murders nearly five months later on September fifth constable Ed Sundberg and a Polk County deputy. Sheriff went to the Marcus Coal Mine and arrested twenty eight year old miner. Tom Lewis for the rape rape and murder of Lena Peterson and the murder. Of Tommy Peterson. The murder warrant was sworn out by moines attorney. Ernie H G HOD carpenter. Who claimed that he had worked? The Peterson murders nonstop. Since they had occurred carpenter claimed Tom Tom Lewis fit the profile. He lived near the crime scene. He told conflicting stories about where he was that night and was near the scene of the crime with two companions at the time of the murders as the trial of Tom. Lewis began enormous crowds packed the courthouse. The des Moines Daily News reported quote white men colored men and white and coloured women Babes in arms some of them wailing miserably surged and stewed in the fetid atmosphere of the room. The court room was so crowded that it was impossible for witnesses to move through the crowd. The judge was forced to clear the courtroom room of all accept court officers. Reporters Relatives Friends. Tom Lewis was calm at the proceedings. Things a brother sat behind him and family members surrounded him with love and support Mary. Peterson testified that Selena had never been called on by Louis. Four been on any kind of a magic terms with him. The doctors who performed the autopsy Beck and and Smith both now testified that Lena was not violated and that the blood clots found in her vagina were from her period. Thomas C Morning Star testified that at the crime scene the day after the murder it was mentioned. The murders occurred about nine fifteen and that he heard Tom. Louis standing nearby say that it could not have been true because he and his buddies John Carlson and George Williams were in the area at the time Morningstar admitted however that Lewis made the statement without trying to conceal anything Noma spear testified about hearing the cries that led her boyfriend Ralph Peck to discover the bodies. William Jones testified that he saw three men one. Tom Lewis. Leave the WISCON- dusk he evening of the murders and heard a girl haller to them. Don't stay out too late. Jones also said the pump. Brace at the Lewis Farm had been missing and Tom Lewis told him that he was buying two guns one for his own protection and the other for his sister on Cross Examination Jones said that he heard the three men about eight pm but did not see them go east on Madison and admitted knitted that the gun. Conversation happened after the murders local resident. Gordon Bobi testified defied that he had taken it upon himself to investigate the murder the day after the Crime Bobi said that he followed two sets of footprints and that they led him to tone. Lewis's back door. The prosecution asserted the Tom Lewis being a small man. More a small shoe which fit exactly the footprints leading away from the scene. The aimed to the pin the murders on Tom. Lewis as Willis's friends John Carlson and George Williams. The shoes of Williams and Carlson were introduced and the prosecution claimed that they matched the trail of the two men found at the scene. Detective ally Harden held held up the pump brace purportedly from Lewis pump and proclaimed that. This was the murder weapon. James Connor testified that he was staying with Peterson's not week and on the Saturday after the murder he ran into Tom. Lewis and Lena In Tommy's brother Willis Peterson standing on the road. Tom Lewis he said was explaining how George Williams using Don Carson could exonerate themselves. The three men talked about the size of shoeprints leading away from the scene. Carrie Munson said the Tom Lewis told her that he into men were on a bridge near the murder scene that night another amateur mature. Detective William Murray testified that he too had followed the trail from the scene and found tracks leading to Tom who is his home. Murray stated that he later saw Tom and Jerry Lewis and remarked that it was a good thing. They're sister had not accompanied Leinna that night. Harry Lewis said. She didn't because she wasn't ready and Tom said nothing. Dan Carey one of the men who had discovered. The bodies was a minor at Marksville with Tom Lewis. He testified that Tom Lewis did not come to work the day after the murder. Bit By bit. Defense Attorney Wall to McHenry took apart the prosecution's case mckenry. Henry claimed the Tom Lewis left his home about eight forty five that night with his friends George Williams and John Carlson. The the three sat on the bridge mentioned close to the murder scene and they talked about a horse. They saw an Ghana and parted company. Me Around nine fifteen. The Lewis family provided an alibi for Tom for the rest of the night Tom Lewis went upstairs bears with his sister Nettie whom he shared a room with divided by a small curtain. Nettie testified that she heard Tom Throw his boots on the floor and crawl into bed. She lay awake for some time and said that she did not hear him leave the father. David Lewis was described as quote slightly under the influence of liquor that night so the mother stayed up late to care for him and she testified. The Tom Never left the house the defense then elicited testimony from officers William Brothers others mcnutt and beauty maitland that they covered the same ground before witnesses Bobi and Mary but saw no tracks leading to the Louis resident residents and believed that the two amateur detectives had followed a trail made by police not the fleeing murderer on Friday September twelfth justice Egbert E is worth dismissed. The charges against Tom Lewis and released least him from custody. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald wrote quote. Lewis went home last evening very very happy. Young Man and family jubilee was held at the newest home. Near the residents of Peter Peterson. The police were. We're disappointed not in the outcome but that no further information came out of the trial to help. The case. Many believed the Tom Lewis was tried. Not because police believed that he committed the murders but because he knew who did perhaps Williams and Carlson Donelson with whom he was on the bridge. Police hoped that putting Tom on trial would make him squeal on his friends but he you did not. Many citizens were furious. That time and money was wasted on the trial. The Molten Tribune wrote quote. wrote the evidence against Louis was purely circumstantial which might have been adduced against any person who was in the neighborhood of the crime at the time of its Commission in the newspaper called the trial a huge joke and observed that no one in the courtroom except Attorney Halt Carpenter and a few alleged detectives took the trial seriously a month later on October Thirteenth Nineteen nineteen O two. Peter Petersen requested that a grand jury hear evidence on the murders of his children. Peter claimed that he the quote had been so bothered by the repeated visits and inquiries alleged detectives and Hawk shows that he wanted the matter sifted and settled hold for one and all supported by detective ally Harden and night Captain Miller all of the facts of the murder work and repeated and testimony was taken and on Halloween of nineteen to the grand jury ruled. There was not sufficient evidence to warrant any indictments. The Peterson case went cold for nearly nearly two decades until a new suspect emerged in July of nineteen twenty one. When seventy two year old? Mary Peterson revealed a terrible secret that she had been keeping for almost twenty years. Mary confided in her pastor. Reverend D Winfield Thomson than it was. Her son Willis who murdered his siblings. Leinna and Tommy. Reverend Thomson informed the authorities and on July twenty. Seventh Nineteen. Twenty one willis Peterson now. A wealthy farmer living near Bladensburg was arrested and brought to the moines to answer. His mother's charges in person got within days Willis was released. The Sheriff told the Associated Press that Willis's elderly mother. Mary was suffering from an illness and that her mind was affected. Although law enforcement believed that the accusations against Willis Peterson were the product of an elderly woman's demented mind Willis had always been around on the edges of the investigation Willis claimed that he found and discarded the bloody pipe which was briefly suspected to be the murder weapon. There was also the witness at Tom. Lewis is trial who claimed that he saw and overheard Willis conspiring with Williams and Kalson and about how they could establish. The shoeprints found at the scene were not there's Willis also fit the profile for a white male who lived nearby do the children and their schedules and was familiar. With the lay of the land perhaps willis resented their father's favorite Tommy or lusted for his sister lane and perhaps their mother. Mary Peterson Suspected Willis from the start. If Mary believed that one of her other children had committed the murder it might explain her forgiveness of the killer and her prayers that God have mercy on the murderer and forgive him in one thousand nine hundred ninety three. Peter Peterson died at the age of seventy eight. His wife. Mary Hoffman Peterson. Passed away four years later in nineteen twenty seven aged seventy seven. They were buried near Lena. And Tommy in Pine Mine Hill Cemetery. James Willis Peterson died on February twenty third nineteen thirty six. At the age a fifty eight he too was buried in Pine Hill cemetery near his parents and his murdered siblings. This has been murder minute for true crime anytime. Download the murder minute APP and follow us on Instagram and facebook at murder minute. 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