Kevin Funderburk, 25, was charged with sexual assault of a 71-year-old woman in her Hutchinson, Kan., home in December.
By the time his mug shot was taken, he was in a neck brace — from the victim’s frying-pan-swinging defense.
Although police in Mount Vernon, Ohio, aren’t sure of the motive, they know (according to records made public) that the murderer-kidnapper Matthew Hoffman was arrested in a living room piled three feet high with leaves and a bathroom containing 110 bags of leaves attached to the walls.
Hoffman, an unemployed tree-trimmer, later confessed to the kidnap and rape of a 13-year-old girl (whom he kept in a basement on a pallet of leaves) and had stuffed the bodies of his three murder victims in a hollow tree.
An expert on serial killers told ABC News that trees might have given Hoffman comfort, but police haven’t discounted that the leaves were there merely to help him later torch the house.
Detected burglarizing a house in Summerfield, Fla., Laird Butler fled through a window but not from police.
The homeowner’s dog had frightened Butler, who crashed through the glass, cut himself badly, and bled to death in a neighbor’s yard.
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