Crime History, Dec. 20, 1968: Zodiac Killer murders first victims

A composite sketch of the Zodiac Killer.

On this day, Dec. 20, in 1968, the self-named Zodiac Killer murdered his first victims. The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer whose brutal murders, cryptic letters and haunting phone calls terrorized Northern California residents and confounded investigators for decades, even though the last confirmed killing was in 1969. The first victims were San Francisco Bay area high school students […]

The Crime Scene: Teens posting racy photos; firefighter accused of theft; and the latest on D.C.’s ‘shadow campaign’

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We round up the top crime stories because you need to get out of Dodge. • Prosecutor cites links between D.C. officials and contractor (Washington Post) • Boy, 10, tracks down recipient of stolen Christmas package (NBC4) • Md. state police warn of increase sexual postings by teens (WBAL) • D.C. firefighter accused of felony […]

Driving instructor charged with sex abuse of students

Khawaja Vohra

A driving instructor has been charged in the sexual abuse of two students, according to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Khawaja S. Vohra, 63, of Ashburn, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship and three counts of sexual battery of an adult student. Vohra is the owner […]

Caught on camera: Armed gunmen rob, carjack couple in Suitland


Prince George’s County detectives are asking for help to find three armed carjacking suspects, caught on camera. The carjacking and robbery happened Friday night in the 4600 block of Suitland Road in Suitland. The violent videos show a man with a gun run up to a woman and try to take her purse. The woman falls […]

Crime History, Dec. 19, 1935: Blind U.S. senator fatally struck by car on BW Parkway

Thomas Schall

On this day, Dec. 19, 1935, Sentator Thomas Schall was fatally struck by a speeding car as he was walking across the Baltimore–Washington Parkway in Prince George’s County. Schall, a Republican from  Minnesota, lost his sight in 1907 as the result of an electric shock from a cigar lighter, but continued his law practice. He was […]

The Crime Scene. It’s like coffee but with guns and burning statues.

Police said a lampshade caught fire during student offerings at the Testudo statue early Wednesday. (Photo @aboyJustin)

The Crime Scene. It’s like coffee but with guns and burning statues. • In Va. governor investigation, prosecutors agreed to delay decision on charges (Washington Post) • IG Report: Bush attorney planned to “ship out” gay employees to Detroit (The Legal Times) • Testudo statue fire at University of Maryland ruled accidental (NBC4) • Inmate […]

Crime History, Dec. 18, 1991: ‘Texas Eyeball Killer’ convicted in slaying of prostitutes

Charles Albright

On this day, Dec. 18, in 1991, Charles Albright, the so-called “Texas Eyeball Killer,” was convicted of murdering three prostitutes. The killings began in December 1990. Dallas prostitute Mary Lou Pratt was found dead with a .44-caliber gunshot wound to the head. When the medical examiner lifted the 33-year-old victim’s eyelids, her eyes were missing. […]

The Crime Scene: Masked stalker nabbed outside school; ex-White House attorney held liable in wife’s beating; and thieves target church

David H. Shumaker is accused of stalking and attempting to abduct a woman at an area elementary school.

The Crime Scene. It’s the crime scene to be seen. • Former White House attorney held liable for beating wife (Gawker) • Masked man charged in attempted abduction at elementary school (NBC4) • P.G. police officer admits to warning targets of federal drug investigation (D.C. Crime Stories) • Church targeted by thieves during choir performance […]

Former UMd. student caught in child sex sting sentenced to 5 years in prison

Akshay Rajshekar

A former University of Maryland student was sentenced to five years in prison for trying to set up a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl with a man who turned out to be a undercover detective. At the time of his arrest in March, 19-year-old freshman Akshay Rajshekar was awaiting trail in a separate child […]

D.C. child doctor sentenced for possession of child porn

A longtime D.C. pediatrician was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession of child pornography. The arrest of 74-year-old Dr. Robert Paul Dickey at his home office in May shocked the Fort Dupont Park neighborhood in Southeast Washington. Dickey had treated children there for decades. In addition to prison, Dickey also will be required […]