By Patricia Springer
On March 26 1999, in Saginaw, Texas, 6-year-old Opal Jennings used to be fiddling with different little ones in her grandmother's facet backyard whilst a black automobile drove up. a guy acquired out and snatched Opal, whisking her away in his car. all of it occurred in a flash, ahead of her horrified grandparents might react. neighborhood legislation enforcement and the FBI geared up an important seek during the Dallas-Fort worthy region, whereas Opal's picture used to be extensively circulated in newspapers and on tv. A probation officer famous that on March 27 - in the future after Opal's kidnapping - in general slovenly intercourse criminal Richard Lee "Ricky" Franks, 30, had minimize his lengthy hair and was once clean-shaven and well dressed. Why had he unexpectedly wiped clean up his act? Franks, who'd been convicted of molesting his brother's 8-year-old daughter, admitted to sexually abusing one other younger female family member. He confessed to having had Opal in his automobile, yet claimed he'd basically been giving her a experience and permit her cross unhurt. His first trial led to a hung jury, yet in the end, in September 2000, a moment jury might be certain Franks' guilt within the disappearance of Opal Jennings. but it wouldn't be until eventually December 2003 that facts of her destiny will be stumbled on.
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As of May 2002, nearly six years after Dutroux was taken into custody, his trial had yet to begin. ” Those tests, of course, could reveal how many victims passed through Dutroux’s chamber of horrors. ” Anne Thilly, the aforementioned Prosecutor General of Liege who dismissed as “mad” a key prosecution witness, has been quoted as saying, “there was no need to get the hairs analysed as no one else entered the cage. There was no network so there was no need to look for evidence of one. ” Thilly gave no indication of how she knew there was nothing to find before even bothering to look.
In the late 1970s, as Carl Raschke noted in Painted Black, the “Texas House Select Committee on Child Pornography disclosed…that investigators probing leads to organized crime in Houston, Dallas, and other major cities found that ‘slave’ auctions for sixteen- and seventeen-year-old boys were routinely held in Mexico. S. ” Journalist Nick Davies, writing for the Guardian in November 2000, revisited that investigation, which was centered on a group of British pedophiles living in Amsterdam. The investigation revealed that the men were running gay brothels that were essentially ‘fronts’ for trafficking underage boys, many purchased from the streets of economically ravaged Eastern Europe, and others collected from the streets of London.
Some segments of the Belgian press speculated that the organization was a satanic cult that assisted in obtaining young girls for ritual sacrifices. If the Marc Dutroux case were some kind of aberration, it would still be a disturbing story for the level of unspeakable corruption and depravity of the Belgian political and law enforcement establishment of which it speaks. Far more disturbing is the fact that it does not appear to be an isolated case at all. As 1999 drew to a close, the nation of Latvia was rocked by a child prostitution/child pornography scandal that reached to the very top of the political power 10 • Programmed to Kill structure.
And Never See Her Again (Pinnacle True Crime) by Patricia Springer