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Thursday
Jun142012

Metallica Helps FBI Try to Catch Fan’s Killer

Rajesh Kashyap/Hindustan Times via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Metallica is helping law enforcement authorities try to catch the killer of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared nearly three years ago after one of the heavy metal band’s concerts.

Lead singer James Hetfield recorded a public service video, posted on YouTube, urging people to come forward with tips.

“Remember, any information -- no matter how small you might think it is -- could be that crucial piece investigators need to help solve the case,” Hetfield said in the video, which is also posted on an FBI website dedicated to the case.

The video is part of a revived effort by law enforcement to find the man who killed Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old aspiring teacher. Harrington disappeared Oct. 17, 2009, during a Metallica concert on the University of Virginia campus. Her body was found in January 2010 at a farm in Albemarle County, not too far away.

The FBI recently released a revised sketch of the suspect who has also been linked to a 2005 sexual assault case in Fairfax City some two hours north. In that case, the suspect grabbed a woman and dragged her to a pool and park area and sexually assaulted her.

Harrington had gone to a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville when she got separated from her friends, who believe she stepped outside for a cigarette.

Surveillance cameras at the concert caught Harrington getting turned away from several entrances as she tried to return to the concert. Later, witnesses told police they saw someone matching her description in a nearby grassy parking lot, and then walking on an adjacent road.

The morning after the concert, Harrington’s purse and cell phone were found in that grassy field and later, her parents Dan and Gil Harrington, called police to report her missing.

The Harrington family is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Metallica has also offering an additional $50,000, bringing the total up to $150,000.

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Saturday
Sep172011

Scarlett Johansson Threatens Legal Action over Leaked Nude Photos 

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Scarlett Johansson threatened legal action against websites that have posted the nude photos of her that leaked earlier this week.

E! News reports her attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to a number of sites in which he ordered them to take down what he refers to as "stolen copyright protected private photographs." If they do not, the letter warns, they will be sued.

The photos—one of which shows Johansson topless—were posted onto the Internet after her cellphone was reportedly hacked. E! News reports that a few sites, such as PerezHilton.com, have taken down the pictures after receiving the letter from her attorney. The FBI said it is investigating the leak.

Mila Kunis' cellphone was also reportedly hacked recently, making her just the latest in a growing list of stars who've had pictures or personal information stolen from them and posted online.

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Wednesday
Apr062011

FBI Releases Files in Notorious B.I.G. Murder

Chris Walter/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation released hundreds of pages of records from their investigation into the 1997 murder of Christopher Wallace, better known as the superstar rapper Notorious B.I.G.

The records, which are heavily redacted, were released to the FBI's Vault website under the Freedom of Information Act and provide few new details about the murder. The bureau's investigation was shut down in 2005; the murder remains unsolved.

Among the new tidbits was that Wallace, who was also known as Biggie Smalls, was killed by "very rare" Gecko 9mm armor piercing ammunition, which is seldom found in the U.S.

He was, according to the newly released documents, carrying with him a plastic baggie of marijuana, an asthma inhaler and three Magnum condoms at the time of his death. He had been wearing size 48 Karl Kani jeans, size 13 Timberlands and a size 54 Bernini sweater.

At the time of his murder, Wallace was one of the biggest stars in rap music -- a gifted storyteller with incredible flow and smart, if violent and often misogynistic, lyrics. There has been no shortage of conspiracy theories surrounding the circumstances of his death, which has served to turn him into a mythological figure in rap.

Wallace's killing came six months after the fatal shooting of rap's other, arguably more brilliant star, the Los Angeles-based Tupac Shakur. A search warrant, served after Wallace's murder, revealed "a shrine of TUPAC SHAKUR and numerous 9mm guns and ammunition, LAPD radios, scanners and other tactical items" in his garage, according to the FBI documents.

Shakur's murder, like Wallace's, has never been solved, and various theories have attempted to establish a connection between the two. Some blame the public rivalry between the East and West Coast rap scenes, specifically pointing to the bitter feuding between the two rappers and their record labels at the time: Marion "Suge" Knight's Death Row Records, based in Los Angeles, and New York-based Bad Boy Entertainment.

There are 359 pages of documents on the murder, and they begin with a description of the night itself:

"On March 9, 1997, CHRISTOPHER WALLACE, aka Notorious B.I.G., was murdered as he left the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles after attending a post Music Awards ceremony. WALLACE was in the middle of a 3-car caravan when a dark Chevy SS Impala pulled next to him and fired several times into the passenger area where WALLACE was sitting. WALLACE died minutes later at a local hospital."

Last April, a long-running federal wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles over Wallace's killing was dismissed.

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Saturday
Nov202010

'Dancing' Scare: Bristol Palin Targeted by Threatening Letter?

Photo Courtesy - ABC/ADAM LARKEY(LOS ANGELES) -- The FBI is investigating the source of a threatening letter containing white powder that arrived Friday night at the Dancing With the Stars production office.

The scare forced the evacuation of the Los Angeles studio used to shoot the ABC television show.

"Measures were taken to secure the area and ensure the safety of personnel,” ABC spokesperson Amy Astley said in a statement. “Ultimately we were advised by the LAFD that the substance was determined to be talcum powder."

TMZ.com reports the letter targeted contestant Bristol Palin, the oldest daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The FBI would not confirm the recipient to ABC News.

It's the latest turn in a controversial week for the show. On Tuesday, Bristol Palin survived a shocking elimination night, advancing to the finals over singer Brandy who earned perfect scores. Outraged viewers flooded ABC with complaints. One man was arrested for shooting his television, disgusted that Palin made it through.

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