True Crime News Roundup: ‘Mommy, They Lit Me On Fire’: Boy, 6, Suffers Burns After ‘Bully’ Attacks, Family Says
Plus: Alleged murderer of Orsolya Gaal seems to have posted troubling videos online; police hunt for killer of New Hampshire couple; Texas woman missing after reportedly taking ride from stranger; jury selection disrupted in Parkland school shooter's trial.
A family alleges a bully seriously injured a boy outside their home by lighting him on fire.
A 6-year-old boy in Connecticut was hospitalized with third-degree burns after a bully allegedly set him on fire, the victim’s loved ones say.
On GoFundMe, Kayla Deegan wrote that her younger brother “has been bullied for a while” by the tenants downstairs and the situation “escalated to a deadly” extent on the afternoon of April 24 while Dominick was playing outside his Bridgeport home.
“As soon as he walked down the stairs, the bully called his name and lured him over around the corner, and in a matter of seconds he came back around the corner screaming, saying 'Mommy, they lit me on fire,’” Deegan claimed to WNBC.
On GoFundMe, Deegan alleged the 8-year-old neighbor “covered a ball in gasoline, lit it on fire, and threw it at Dominick,” resulting in second- and third-degree burns to the child’s face and other parts of his body.
“Even though Dominick can’t talk because he’s in a lot of pain and all swollen, he said to my mom, ‘Please don’t take me back there,’” Deegan wrote.
On April 28, Deegan noted her sibling, who she called “brave” and a “tough little boy” was “in such high spirits” despite still suffering a swollen face and undergoing painful treatments for his injuries.
Police are investigating the incident but no charges have been filed.
“It's heartbreaking, it's sickening to know the family. There's nothing being done about this,” Deegan told WNBC. “This needs to be seen everywhere so everyone knows Dom’s story and what he had to go through, and the extent it went to for someone to hopefully do something.”
NYC murder suspect appears to have posted videos covering everything from stabbings to instructions on how to seduce women.
David Bonola, the handyman accused of the brutal April 16 murder of married New York City mother Orsolya Gaal after she ended their on-off affair, appeared to have shared thousands of disturbing videos online before the slaying.
Hundreds of the clips posted on curated playlists on a YouTube channel under the 44-year-old suspect’s name cover violent New York City crimes, including rapes, murders and shootings, the New York Post reported.
According to the publication, one clip comes from a news report about the stabbing death of Barnard College coed Tessa Majors in 2019, while another details the murder of Drew Carey’s ex-girlfriend, sex therapist Amie Harwick.
The channel also contains a playlist with hundreds of videos discussing relationships, dating and sex, including videos titled “Breakups: What ‘I’m confused’ Really Means” and “How To Make Her Miss You! 4 Tips: When It’s Not Going Anywhere!”
Bonola currently faces multiple charges in connection to 51-year-old Gaal’s death, including murder, criminal tampering, and criminal possession of a weapon.
Authorities investigate the murders of a New Hampshire couple found dead on a hiking trail.
The recent double homicide of a retired couple has rattled a New Hampshire community as police continue to try to identify whoever is responsible for the crime.
Stephen Reid, 67, and his wife, Djeswende "Wendy" Reid, 66, were discovered shot dead on a hiking trail near their Concord home one day after they were reported missing, WMUR reported.
“We are taking this extremely seriously,” Concord Police Chief Bradley Osgood said. “It's our No. 1 priority.”
At this point, law enforcement officials have not publicly identified any suspects in the case and they’ve released few details about the ongoing investigation, which now includes the FBI.
Anyone with tips or information about the murders is asked to call the Concord Crimeline at (603) 226-3100 or submit a tip online at concordregionalcrimeline.com.
Family desperate for answers in the case of a Texas woman who vanished without a trace after her Uber was late picking her up.
The FBI is working with local police on the case of a woman who went missing shortly after she applied for a job in Houston.
On April 15, Felicia Marie Johnson, who also goes by the name Felicia Marie, went to Cover Girls Night Club looking for work. She failed to get a gig, and she was last spotted entering a vehicle with an unknown male — reportedly a customer of the establishment — because the Uber she was waiting for was late, community activist Quanell X said at a recent press conference, KHOU reported.
Johnson’s family hired a private investigator, who located the 24-year-old’s cell phone around a 15-minute drive from the club where she was last seen.
“That cell phone was found discarded on the side of the road at Bear Creek Park,” Quanell said, adding that the device “was covered in blood.”
“I can't put it into words. I'm trying to hold myself together and not break down,” Kevin Johnson said of his missing daughter. “I don't know where my baby is or what's been done to her.”
The concerned father told KHOU that Johnson “wanted to be a dancer, model, anything [that] had to do with glamour” and noted she has a “kind heart” and would give “you the shirt off her back.”
Felicia Johnson is described as Black or Black Hispanic with brown eyes and black hair. She stands about 5’ 4” tall, weighs around 150 pounds and has rose and butterfly tattoos on her right shoulder.
Anyone with any information about her disappearance or whereabouts is requested to call the Houston Police Patrol at (713) 884-3131 or the Houston Police Missing Persons Division at (832) 394-1840.
A courtroom outburst nearly derails jury selection in the penalty phase of Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz.
Courtroom issues nearly led a Florida judge to start jury selection over in connection to the sentencing of Nikolas Cruz, the 23-year-old who pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder after carrying out the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
On April 26, prospective jurors became “belligerent” at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale and one was “mouthing expletives” at the defendant, Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer told Cruz's attorney, CNN reported.
Scherer originally dismissed 11 of the prospective jurors present during the incident and said she would grant the prosecution’s request to start the process over. She later reversed the decision and said the potential jurors would return to court for additional questioning.
The jury that is ultimately impaneled for the penalty phase of Cruz’s trial will be tasked with recommending whether he should be sentenced to death or life in prison.
The penalty phase is expected to last up to six months, according to CNN.