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Jury Sentences the ‘Hollywood Ripper’ To Death

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Jury Sentences 'Hollywood Ripper' To Death

LOS ANGELES (Patch.com) –The Los Angeles Superior Court jury that convicted Michael Gargiulo and found that he was sane at the time of the crimes has now sentenced him to death.

Jurors recommended a death sentence today for the so-called “Hollywood Ripper,” who was convicted of killing and mutilating two Southern California women and attacking a third who survived to testify against him.

Michael Gargiulo — who is set to be formally sentenced Feb. 28 — was convicted Aug. 15 of two counts of first-degree murder for the Feb. 22, 2001, slaying of 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin in her Hollywood bungalow hours before she was set to go out with actor Ashton Kutcher, along with the Dec. 1, 2005, killing of Maria Bruno, a 32-year-old mother […]

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Sexual Assault

LAPD Seeks Additional Human Trafficking Victims of Arrested Pimp

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force is seeking additional victims of human trafficking.

On February 3, 2020, Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force arrested Christopher Moss, 33-year-old from Dallas, Texas for Human Trafficking.

In February North Hollywood Area Officers responded to a domestic violence radio call. During the officers investigation it was discovered that the victim had been engaging in commercial sex acts at the demand of her trafficker.


Operations Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force assumed the investigation and immediately went into action and was able to provide the victim with advocate services.

This investigation has lead us to working in collaboration with other cities and states who may have an investigative interest in this case.

As the officers continued the human trafficking investigation it was obvious more victims were involved and needed to be located. We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating any additional victims. Detectives believe there are additional victims who have not filed police reports.

The above photograph is a tattoo that was branded onto one of the victims. Often times a human trafficker will brand their victims as a sign of ownership in the pimp culture.

The crown represents royalty and when the victim has earned it, the human trafficker will brand them. This specific tattoo also had the letter ‘D’ and inside is the $ symbol.

Christopher Moss moniker is “Daddy Cash” and the ‘D’ represents Daddy and the $ symbol represents cash.

It is important to note that any victim that comes forward, will not be in any kind of trouble. We have resources available to victims that come forward.

Anyone with additional information regarding Christopher Moss, or anyone who may have been a victim are asked to call Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force, Detective Cynthia Gonzales at 818-644-8091.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Emails can be sent to 647tips@lapd.online as well.

Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Assault & Battery

Santa Monica Architect Stabbed in Expo Line Altercation

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By Toi Creel

West Los Angeles (SM Mirror) — Four minors have been taken into custody after a Santa Monica man was stabbed in a violent confrontation on the Expo Line in West Los Angeles.

The incident occurred on the Metro E (Expo) Line Tuesday night at around 8:30 PM.

Former Santa Monica Planning Commission Chair Gwynne Pugh says he was riding the E line back to Santa Monica when two teenage couples, two men and two women, got on the train with a shopping cart filled with alcohol.

Witnesses say the teens were loud, appeared to be intoxicated, and when a […]

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Court TV to Cover Trial of Robert Durst for Murder of Susan Berman

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LOS ANGELES — Court TV will provide coverage of real estate heir and subject of the HBO Docu-series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Durst’s murder trial in Los Angeles, starting March 2.

Jury selection is complete, and the trial has begun. Court TV will air opening statements, closing arguments and the verdict, with on-going reports of the camera-less testimony and the trial’s most significant events.

Durst, 76, is accused of shooting and killing his longtime confident Susan Berman in her Beverly Hills home in 2000 to silence her from telling investigators what she knew about the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathleen, in New York. Making this case more sensational is that the defendant is the subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

In the last scene of The Jinx, Durst went to a bathroom and not realizing his microphone was still on said, “There it is. You’re caught. What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” After The Jinx aired, the investigation into Berman’s death gained momentum as the filmmakers unearthed a letter Durst had written to Berman. The envelope had nearly identical handwriting to a note sent anonymously to police directing them to Berman’s lifeless body. 

Durst has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

The unusual case has already been called “fascinating” by Superior Court Judge Mark Windham, the judge who will preside over the trial.  Judge Windham has told prospective jurors, “If you’re going to have one trial where you’re going to be a juror, this is the trial. These are the best lawyers I’ve ever seen…. You’re never going to have an experience like this.”

This will be the second time Durst has stood trial for murder. He was acquitted of the murder and dismemberment of neighbor Morris Blake in Texas in 2003 in a trial covered by the original Court TV. The former Galveston County Judge who presided over that trial, Susan Criss, will appear on Court TV live this afternoon to be interviewed by Seema Iyer.

About Court TV:
Court TV is devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials. It is a multi-platform network, available to be seen on cable, over-the-air and over-the-top.

Court TV is also live streamed on CourtTV.com as well as the Court TV app for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android and Apple devices. All feature robust and exclusive content from the massive Court TV library, including the nation’s most compelling, high-profile cases over the past 20 years available on demand. 

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