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Postby cptmarginal » Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:28 am


2 Sisters Were Found Dead in the River, Duct-Taped Together. Police Have Few Answers.

Oct. 29, 2018

A person strolling through Riverside Park last Wednesday afternoon spotted something jarring on the riverbank and called the police.

There, below a small pier that juts out from the park at 68th Street, lay the bodies of two young women, bound together by duct tape at their waists and ankles. They had not been in the water long, the police said. Clad in similar black leggings and black jackets with fur trim, their bodies bore no obvious signs of trauma.

The police initially had trouble identifying the young women. Hints that they might be related surfaced a day after they were found when police sketches revealed striking similarities: the same curly dark hair, the same build, the same skin tone.

By Friday, detectives had learned the women were sisters from Saudi Arabia who lived in Fairfax, Va.

Rotana Farea was 22; Tala Farea was 16. They had a history of going missing, and they had recently requested asylum in the United States, the police said.

But beyond that, the circumstances of their deaths have remained a mystery. Investigators have struggled to piece together how two young women from a city more than 250 miles away turned up along Manhattan’s Hudson River shoreline.

The police are investigating the possibility that the sisters may have carried out a suicide pact, taping themselves together and throwing themselves in the river. But detectives have not ruled out murder. The medical examiner’s office has yet to determine the cause of death. No one has claimed the bodies.

“We do not know that a crime took place,” Dermot F. Shea, the chief of detectives, said on Thursday. “We have a terrible tragedy for sure.”

At first, the police theorized the women might have leapt from the George Washington Bridge. People who jump from the bridge often end up in Riverside Park. But the women’s bodies would have had signs of trauma after falling from that height, investigators said. Plus they would have had to have jumped during the day, and a motorist would likely have seen them.

“We are currently looking for what might have been their entry point into the water,” one law-enforcement official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an open investigation. “We are checking both sides of the river.”

It remains unclear where the sisters were staying before they died. The Fairfax County police declined to provide any information about the sisters’ lives in Virginia, citing a law prohibiting sharing any information that would help identify a crime victim under the age of 18.

The Arab News, an English paper in Saudi Arabia, reported that Rotana Farea had been living in New York, while her mother and younger sister remained in Virginia. The mother had reported Tala missing two months ago, the newspaper said, but then called off the search when she discovered the girl was visiting her older sister. The sisters were in contact with their mother until about a week ago, the Arab News said.

But the police in New York said the mother, whom they did not identify, also reported her daughters missing last year. When the local police located the sisters, they asked for protection and were placed in a shelter, the police said.

Earlier this year, Rotana Farea was living in a fifth-floor apartment in a luxury complex on the edge of an outdoor mall in Fairfax Corner, Va., a suburban neighborhood about a 30-minute drive from Washington, a leasing agent there said. Ms. Farea moved out in July.

In late August, Tala Farea was again reported missing to the Fairfax County authorities, who distributed a missing-person poster online. The poster said she might be with her sister Rotana. In October, someone again reported the sisters missing in Virginia, the police in New York said.

The mother also received a call from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, informing her that her daughters had applied for asylum, the police said.

Bound Women Found Floating in River Were Not Decomposed, Medical Examiner Says

Family of Saudi sisters found dead in New York denies suicide reports

"Police initially struggled to identify the bodies as much of the city and the country was transfixed by another mystery: the package bombs sent to a dozen prominent Democrats and CNN’s New York City bureau."

(Was trying to identify who the "brother in Washington they were accompanying" was, but some reports say he was only 18 years old...)
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Postby JackRiddler » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:58 pm


Oh shit, this was covered briefly last week or when they were found. Absolutely bizarre. From the police drawings, obvious sisters. Bound together face to face, washed up on shore of Hudson. One could only think, gangland murder of the kind currently common in Mexico. Or, possibly, Saudi Arabia.

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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

Postby Cordelia » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:28 pm

Next we’ll hear from The Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in N.Y. is that the sisters died in a fist fight.

Flippancy aside, the suspicious and traumatic deaths of these two young women is just so fucking sad.

Relatives of Saudi Arabian sisters found in New York City river reject suicide suggestion

Tala and Rotana Farea were discovered in the Hudson River on October 24 Credit: NYPD

Harriet Alexander, New York

31 October 2018 • 7:09pm

Relatives of two Saudi Arabian sisters found floating in a New York City river, bound together with duct tape, have rejected suggestions that the pair committed suicide.

Tala Farea, 16, and her 22-year-old sister Rotana were discovered in the Hudson River a week ago, on October 24.

The pair were facing each other, fully clothed in the water, and bound together with duct tape.

Police said their bodies bore no signs of trauma, which suggested they had not jumped off the nearby George Washington bridge. But they are still trying to work out how they died.

The pair, born in Jeddah, were living until the summer in Fairfax, Virginia.

Shortly before their deaths, they had applied for asylum in the US, their mother said.

She told detectives, according to the New York Post, that the day before their bodies were discovered, she received a phone call from the Saudi Arabian embassy informing her that the family's residency in the US was in jeopardy because the two had applied for immigration asylum.

She said that she had not seen her daughters since December 2017, when she reported them missing to police in Fairfax.

Virginia police found them soon after, but rather than return home they went to live in a local shelter, and police refused to tell them where it was, The New York Post reported

Tala was reported missing again by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in August, but the English-language ArabNews.com, citing unnamed family members, reported that the mother called off the search when it was discovered the teenager was visiting her older sister at an unspecified college in New York.

The Saudi Arabian consulate in New York issued a statement confirming that the sisters were both Saudi Arabian citizens, and saying they were students, “accompanying their brother in Washington.”

New York police are treating their death as suicide, the NYPD told The Telegraph, but stressed that the investigation was still in its early stages.

“We do not know that a crime took place,” said Dermot Shea, the chief of detectives. He told The New York Times: “We have a terrible tragedy for sure."

However, a relative told Saudi newspaper Arab News that there had not been any family trouble, and dismissed reports they may had taken their own lives.

“They were a democratic family, they never had any issues and the eldest was sent to college in New York City with her family’s blessing,” said the family member.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/1 ... er-reject/

From up-thread...
Earlier this year, Rotana Farea was living in a fifth-floor apartment in a luxury complex on the edge of an outdoor mall in Fairfax Corner, Va., a suburban neighborhood about a 30-minute drive from Washington, a leasing agent there said. Ms. Farea moved out in July.

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Postby Sounder » Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:25 pm

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.s ... iel_b.html

By Sabrina Eaton, cleveland.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Nov. 1 death of Daniel Best, a pharmaceutical executive from Bay Village who led U.S. Department of Health and Human Services efforts to lower prescription drug prices, has been ruled a suicide, officials in Washington, D.C., said Thursday.

Police say Best was found "unresponsive" near the garage door exit of an apartment building in Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard neighborhood at 5:25 a.m. on Nov. 1, and was pronounced dead by medical personnel who responded to the scene.

The city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Thursday said Best died from "multiple blunt force injuries" and it ruled his death a suicide. It would not release further information.

In announcing his death, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the 49-year-old former CVSHealth and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals executive agreed to work at HHS "out of a desire to serve the American people by making health care more affordable."

"He brought his deep expertise and passion to this task with great humility and collegiality," Azar's statement said. "All of us who served with Dan at HHS and in the administration mourn his passing and extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife Lisa and the entire Best family at this difficult time."

So, Danial Best beat himself to death?
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Re: "Suicides" and "accidents" - The official RI thread

Postby cptmarginal » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:39 pm

Commanders getting fired, Carriers in the Gulf, does something stink? - May 24, 2007

6 Navy Commanders Sacked in 6 Weeks.

For the sixth time in as many weeks, the lead officer of a Navy ship has been suddenly relieved of command, DANGER ROOM pal Andy Scutro reports for Navy Times.

Oh gee, WTF are Bush and Cheney up to now? >sigh< SO lets have a look at these 6 officers:

1) April 16th Navy sacks EA-6B aircraft squadron CO.

The U.S. Navy said Monday it had relieved a top officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower who is under an internal investigation on unspecified charges.


Capt. Scott Stearney was sacked on April 16th, but today (May 24th) he is quoted upon his return to Norfolk Virginia with no mention of the incident.

Capt. Scott Stearney, commander of Carrier Air Wing Seven, said Virginia Beach-based F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets assigned to the Eisenhower strafed and bombed targets attacking coalition troops in both nations.

Those aviators, as well as crew members of electronic jamming and surveillance planes and helicopters, often spent 12 to 14 hours a day in the air, much of it over combat zones, Stearney said. Of the 12,000 sorties flown by the wing's 61 aircraft, more than a third were combat flights.

"We supported the soldier on the ground," Stearney said. "They were being engaged in dire situations."

U.S. Navy admiral Scott Stearney found dead in apparent suicide - Dec 1, 2018

Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, who oversaw U.S. naval forces in the Middle East, was found dead Saturday in his residence in Bahrain, officials said. Defense officials told CBS News they are calling it an "apparent suicide."

Stearney was the commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. Rear Adm. Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of the 5th Fleet, has assumed command, the Navy said in a statement.

"This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at 5th Fleet, and for the entire U.S. Navy," Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said. "Scott Stearney was a decorated Naval warrior. He was a devoted husband and father, and he was a good friend to all."

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are investigating Stearney's death, the Navy said, but foul play is not suspected.

Stearney, a native of Chicago, joined the Navy in 1982 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame, according to his official biography. He became an aviator in 1984 and flew the FA-18 Hornet in several fighter squadrons and logged more than 4,500 "mishap free" hours of flight.

Previously the director of operations for U.S. Central Command, Stearney became commander of the 5th Fleet in May 2018, relieving Vice Adm. John C. Aquilino.

The 5th Fleet operates in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean, including the critical strategic choke points of the Strait of Hormuz and the Suez Canal.

Here is the confirmation (dug up just now by me) that he was "sacked" as described back in 2007, if that even matters:


Release Date: 4/16/2007 4:37:00 PM

From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, Persian Gulf (NNS) -- The commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Capt. Scott Stearney, relieved the commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, Cmdr. Christopher Rankin, April 16 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to lead his crew and carry out essential missions aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

I just think that Navy commanders are under some unusual personal pressures, as seen vividly in the ongoing Fat Leonard fiasco.


Today, the Navy remains in the grip of overlapping civilian and military investigations that are slowly unraveling long skeins of misconduct.

So far, four Navy officers, an enlisted sailor and a senior agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) have pleaded guilty to federal crimes and are already behind bars or are facing prison time. So have Francis and two other Glenn Defense executives.

On Friday, three more current and former Navy officers were charged in federal court with corruption-related offenses. Charges are also pending against two former Navy contracting officials who were arrested last year. Many others remain under investigation.

Exactly how many is a mystery. When he pleaded guilty, Francis admitted to bribing “scores” of Navy officials with cash, sex and gifts worth millions of dollars — all so he could win more defense contracts and overcharge with impunity.

A federal prosecutor hinted at the extent of the case last year when he said in court that more than 200 “subjects” were under investigation.

A striking portion of the Navy’s senior brass could be tarnished. In December, Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, summoned about 200 admirals to a special gathering in Washington.

Without naming names, he revealed that about 30 of them were under criminal investigation by the Justice Department or ethical scrutiny by the Navy for their connections to Francis, according to two senior Navy officials with direct knowledge of the meeting.

The damage to the Navy could match the toll from the Tailhook scandal of the early 1990s, when 14 admirals were reprimanded or forced to resign over an epic outbreak of sexual assault at a naval aviators’ convention.

Because all but five of the 14 defendants charged in the Fat Leonard case have pleaded guilty, and no trials have taken place, only a small fraction of the evidence has been made public so far.
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Postby Cordelia » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:26 am

February 6, 2019

Family and Friends of James Brown Believe Singer May Have Been Murdered

Detailed three-part investigation by CNN suggests there may have been foul play involved in the death of James Brown and his third wife, Adrienne

Brown died on Christmas Day 2006 from a heart attack and fluid in his lungs, but there was never an autopsy on the singer’s body. The doctor who treated Brown before his death told CNN he “doubted Brown had died of natural causes. He suspected that Brown died of an overdose, accidental or otherwise.” At least 13 people connected with the singer feel his death should be investigated or an autopsy should be performed; that list included Brown’s daughter LaRhonda Pettit, who has since died.

This is the stuff of a TV series in the not-too-distant future: CNN sifts through an extensive web of lies and conspiracy theories, stories of shadowy figures and estate battles, all connected in some way to one of the most famous soul singers of all time. Many of those who knew Brown best have died, or died while CNN was investigating, making the investigative work that much more challenging.

The epic saga began when a reporter was contacted by Jacquelyn Hollander, a 61-year-old circus performer who was, at various times in her life, a songwriter and a member of Brown’s inner circle. She has collected tons of paperwork and documents about the singer’s life. Her stories seemed fanciful at first, but CNN discovered that many people, including a District Attorney in Gwinnett County, Georgia, thought Hollander was a reliable witness in general. She served as the CNN writer’s entry into the seamy underbelly of Brown’s world.

The first installment of CNN’s three-part investigation details Brown’s legacy of alleged assaults or threats — involving a backup singer, an employee and Adrienne Brown — before offering graphic details about the time in 1988 when Hollander claimed Brown raped her in the back of his van. By then, she was a member of his inner circle, sang onstage with him and helped him raise money for charity causes; they had met when he agreed to record a song celebrating the Atlanta Falcons in 1985.

Part two covers the death of Adrienne in 1996: Though it was ruled an overdose, CNN finds evidence that Adrienne feared for her life in the months leading up to her death, and a police informant alleges that the singer’s wife was murdered by a doctor — his name is kept out of the story “because he has not been named as a suspect in Adrienne Brown’s death” — who then made her death look like an accident. In addition, Brown’s fourth wife, Tomirae, tells CNN that the singer himself believed his third wife had been killed. When confronted, the doctor claimed he has Alzheimer’s Disease and denies any involvement in Adrienne’s death. “I know I had nothing to do with anything you’re talking about,” the doctor says.

The final part of the story is devoted to a list of 15 different questions — for example, why was no autopsy performed on Brown’s body? — that each form the basis for further investigation. Darren Lumar, Brown’s son-in-law, was among those who believed the singer was murdered, but he was shot to death. There are rumors of a second will that has never come to light, a theory that Brown was poisoned, and a story about a mysterious vial of blood taken from the singer’s body the night of his death that can reveal what killed him.

CNN’s research included travel to “nine states,” reading “tens of thousands of pages of police and court records” and interviews with approximately 140 people. CNN asked so many questions, in fact, that Russell Bauknight, the accountant running Brown’s estate, placed the outlet’s reporter on “trespass notice.”

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Postby cptmarginal » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:16 pm

https://news.usni.org/2019/01/03/u-s-u- ... o-stearney

A U.S. and U.K. sailor assigned to U.S. 5th Fleet died suddenly in the days after the Dec. 1 apparent suicide of Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, USNI News has learned.

While investigations are underway into all three of the deaths, several defense officials have told USNI News the circumstances of all three deaths point to suicide.

The closeness of the deaths have raised defense officials’ concerns that Stearney’s high-profile status may have given tacit permission to the other two sailors to end their own lives, two officials told USNI News.

The U.S. sailor was assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 and “died of a non-combat related injury while temporarily stationed in Dubai,” on Dec. 9, according to a statement from U.S. 5th Fleet provided to USNI News.
“No foul play is suspected.” The Navy did not identify the sailor.

On Dec. 10, Royal Navy Lt. Steven Clark, who served with the U.K. Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) based in Bahrain, also died suddenly, Royal Navy spokesperson Lt. Charlotte Wood told USNI News.

“An investigation is underway, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further,” Wood wrote. “Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

A Thursday message left with an NCIS spokesperson on the status of the investigation into Stearney’s and the riverine sailor’s deaths was not immediately returned.
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Postby cptmarginal » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:18 pm

https://nypost.com/2019/06/06/missing-h ... ound-dead/

The veteran NYPD homicide detective who went missing on Thursday, sparking a massive manhunt, was found dead of an apparent suicide, police sources said.

The body of Joe Calabrese, 58, was found near bushes in Plumb Beach in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police sources said.

“I don’t understand it. I don’t understand why he would do this,” said a stunned police officer who knew Calabrese.

The detective, who was assigned to the Brooklyn South homicide squad, was a longtime Detectives Endowment Association board member and union trustee.

“I am shocked and shattered beyond belief,” said Michael Palladino, president of the DEA. “Joseph Calabrese was a dedicated detective, union official, husband and father. He was the salt of the earth.”

Calabrese was last heard from around 2 a.m., after he left Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park, where his wife had undergone a minor procedure, according to sources.

His black Cadillac sedan was found by another detective near the beach just off the Belt Parkway around 3 a.m., about five minutes from his home, sources said.

Calabrese didn’t report to work Thursday and was unreachable, a high-ranking police source said.

Earlier Thursday, at least 100 uniformed and plainclothes officers swarmed the parking lot of the Plumb Beach rest area where Calabrese’s Cadillac was parked.

Two men could be seen collapsing in the arms of detectives on the beach.

Calabrese’s death comes just a day after Steven Silks, the NYPD deputy chief of Queens North, fatally shot himself in the head Wednesday, while sitting in an unmarked patrol car. The 62-year-old chief had been weeks away from his scheduled mandatory retirement.
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