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FBI accidentally releases name of US-based Saudi official suspected of directing support for 9/11 attacks.

It has been one of the most sensitive secrets surrounding the Sept. 11 terror attacks - the identity of a Saudi Embassy official in Washington D.C. who officials believe directed support for the al-Qaida hijackers. The name was accidentally revealed in a FBI legal declaration in response to a lawsuit brought by families of 9/11 victims seeking to obtain the name of the Saudi government officials complicit in the terrorist attacks. Family members say the revelation marks a major breakthrough and shows the FBI believed there was a link between the hijackers and the Saudi Embassy in Washington. Brett Eagleson, a spokesman for the 9/11 families, said, This shows there is a complete government cover-up of the Saudi involvement. It demonstrates there was a hierarchy of

The mysterious death of Michael Hastings – did an automobile cyberattack silence a controversial journalist?

Michael Hastings' controversial journalist career Michael Mahon Hastings, American journalist, author, and contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine, had no second gear. Described as a person who “talked fast, smoked fast” and “vibrated energy”, his aggressive demeanor and penchant for writing the truth with no regard for consequences may have prompted his untimely death. In 2013, Hastings died in Los Angeles in a high-speed automobile accident that some believe to be the world’s first cyberattack against a car. An innocent start - a tragic end Michael Hastings began his career writing children’s stories for Scholastic, an educational magazine for kids. By 2002, he had moved to Newsweek where he earned accolades for his coverage of the Iraq War. In 2007, while based in Iraq, his fiancée, Andrea Parhamovich,

Charles Manson – Helter Skelter guides Manson Family on murderous rampage thru LA

Charles Manson and the Manson Family murders Huddled in Charles (Charlie) Manson’s commune in an abandoned movie set in the California desert,  the Manson Family lived under the belief that an apocalyptic race war called “Helter Skelter” was destined to reap impending doom on the world while bequeathing an enormous power base to the Manson Family. In order to precipitate the war, the Manson Family committed nine murders over four locations during a five-week period in the summer of 69. The events ended the Decade of Love and introduced the world to a real-life monstrosity that prior to, Americans thought only existed in their worst dreams. Who was Charles Manson? Charles Manson’s childhood is difficult to discern because, as with much of Manson’s narratives, the story changed often. He

The bizarre life, disappearances, and deaths surrounding millionaire Robert (Bob) Durst

It’s not difficult to see that Robert (Bob) Durst is different. Born April 12, 1943 in New York City, the oldest of four children, he is the son of New York City real-estate moguls Seymour and Bernice Durst and brother of commercial developer Douglas Durst of the Durst Organization – and an heir to the enormous Durst skyscraper fortune. The first thing you will notice about Bob Durst is his coal black eyes which give him an unusual, otherworldly appearance. Throw in the occasional stutters, a habit of mumbling to himself, frequent squinting and blinking of his eyes, and intermittent references to himself as “we” and it becomes near impossible to see him as anything but different. His unusual physical and behavioral quirks are compounded by

OJ Simpson innocent? Was Nicole Brown Simpson murdered by Jason Simpson, OJ’s son?

Could Jason Simpson be guilty of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman? The book titled “O.J. is innocent and I can prove it” by private investigator William C. Dear, suggests that O.J. may indeed be innocent for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman (see full OJ Simpson murders story here). In the book, Dear suggests that the real murderer is O.J. Simpson’s son, Jason Simpson, who was 24-years-old at the time. Dear proposes that O.J. did visit the crime scene shortly after the two victims were murdered but rather than committing the crimes himself, merely initiated a series of actions to help cover up the crime and protect his son.  It's an interesting theory - but does it bear merit in the case against

Boy captures photo of ghostly apparition emerging from window of storied Cecil Hotel

A Riverside, California boy has captured a picture of a ghostly apparition appearing outside the window of the fourth floor of the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In the photo, you can see what appears to be the transparent figure of a man standing on the ledge of the fourth-floor window. The Cecil Hotel has a storied history including the case of the missing tourist whose body was found in the water tank on the roof of the hotel and the abode of serial killer “The Night Stalker” and murder victim “The Black Dahlia”. The frightened young lad told reporters: "When I looked at that window, it just looked kind of creepy to me, and then I showed my friend, and he kind of freaked out. It

The mysterious case of Elisa Lam – bizarre behavior caught on video prefaces drowning death in hotel rooftop water tank

The mysterious death of Elisa Lam In February 2013, after hotel residents complained of funny-tasting, discolored water and poor water pressure, 21-year-old Elisa Lam, a student from Vancouver, Canada, was found dead inside the Cecil Hotel’s rooftop water tank in Los Angeles. The coroner’s finding was surprising to many – accidental death by drowning – despite the fact that no drugs nor alcohol were found during the autopsy of Lam's body and Elisa showed no previous signs of depression or angst. Even more disturbing, an elevator surveillance tape recorded Elisa’s behavior just moments before her death. The four-minute video shows Lam pressing all of the elevator buttons, talking to an invisible entity, frightfully hiding in the elevator’s corner, and making a series of bizarre arm and

Long-hidden JFK footage that clearly shows second shooter to be aired, then sold, to bidders this week

The Wrap is reporting that long-hidden footage showing a clear view of a second gunman in the John F. Kennedy assassination will be aired, and offered for sale to private investors this week. The footage is currently in possession of Texas real-estate developer, Stephen Bowen, who says he obtained the film from a Houston television news producer who held onto it secretly for more than 40 years. The film is said to clearly show a second shooter hiding in the bushes along the route the presidential motorcade took on November 22, 1963 supporting the theory that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. “You can see a guy in the bushes with a gun,” a source who viewed the film told The Wrap. Bowen is represented by

Gruesome find – mangled body parts turn up in two separate L.A. water treatment plants

Los Angeles authorities said yesterday that body parts have turned up in two separate water treatment plants in L.A. It is believed that the body parts are from the same woman. A woman’s head and upper body were found at a San Gabriel Valley sewage plant (in the 1900 block of Workman Mill Road, east of Los Angeles) while a foot, legs, and pelvis were found 30 miles away at a wastewater plant in the 24500 block of South Figueroa Street in Carson two days earlier. At both locations, the body parts were found in bins that hold debris separated from sewage wastewater. According to USA Today: “County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Rosson said investigators believe the woman's body may have slipped into the county's sewage system, perhaps

Recorded audio evidence emerges proving police officials purposely set Chris Dorner cabin on fire

As we predicted a few days ago, given rumors that special ops units designed to kill on sight had been deployed to California, Chris Dorner would not be captured but instead, would be killed on sight.  Now evidence is mounting that the cabin fire that killed Dorner was purposely set by police (or military) officials in an effort to kill or flush out an already injured Dorner.  Many suspected official arson was in progress when news cameras were instructed to not shoot close-ups of the cabin which Dorner fled into and media were instructed to stop Tweeting about the events taking place (the official tweet has since been deleted).  In a veritable replay of the infamous Waco incident, now he have received transcripts of television news audio

Exploring LA’s dark, abandoned subway system located deep underneath the city of Los Angeles

Alissa writes a wonderful blog and frequently shares stories and photos (on Flickr) about her adventures while “walking through LA”.  She recently took a field trip through the abandoned subway systems of Los Angeles.  For those who didn’t know, LA does indeed have a subway system although the geographical dispersion of LA residents doesn't make it a very popular choice for moving about the city.  Still, in the 1940’s, over 65,000 riders used the LA subway system, a system that has since been abandoned after the new lines were built. Entrances to the underground system have been sealed but readers have noted there are a few ways you can still get in. Unsealed entrances are typically located behind locked gates or inside the old subway system’s boarded-up terminals. Here’s

OJ Simpson murders – who killed Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman?

Bodies of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman found On June 13, 1994, a couple in Los Angeles were puzzled after their dog, a small white Akita, returned home with blood on his paws. The couple took the dog back outside and followed it as it led them directly to a neighbor's home – Nicole Simpson. Peering inside the gate they could see blood, lots of blood, and Nicole’s lifeless body lying on the private sidewalk that led to her front door. When officers from the LAPD arrived on the scene, they discovered a second body which was later identified as 25-year-old Ronald Goldman. The four responding officers – Phillip Vannatter, Ronald Phillips, Tom Lange, and Mark Fuhrman, locked down the scene and began searching the premises. In

The Grim Sleeper serial killer – illusive for three decades, at least a dozen women meet untimely deaths by his hand

  Introduction They had his DNA. They had his fingerprints. They had a description from a survivor. Ballistics tests matched the .25 caliber gun used in the crimes. But the elusive Grim Sleeper serial killer remained on the loose and claiming victims in Los Angeles for over a quarter of a century. The Grim Sleeper is believed to be responsible for between 10 to 20 murders and one attempted murder in Los Angeles since 1985. He killed by gunshot or strangulation and in some cases, both, usually after some sort of sexual contact with the victim. Ten of his victims were black women – several were prostitutes, their bodies typically found discarded in alley ways, most near Western Avenue in South Los Angeles. LA Weekly exposes a hidden

The Battle of Los Angeles

Few are aware that 70 years ago there was a historic and widely documented air battle in the Los Angeles skies against an object that to this day, remains unidentified.  Known as The Battle of Los Angeles or The Battle of LA, the true life event was the basis for a 2011 movie of the same name. On the night of February 24/25, 1942, less than three months after the United States entered World War II, an extraordinary event occurred in the skies of southern California. Known as the Battle of Los Angeles (or The Great Los Angeles Air Raid or The Battle of L.A.), a large number of flares, fires, blinking lights, and a huge UFO appeared in the skies of Los Angeles. As warning