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Wednesday
Mar272013

Boyhood Images of John F. Kennedy Jr. Released

Robert Knudsen / JFK Library(NEW YORK) -- The JFK Library released three newly digitized images on Wednesday of John F. Kennedy Jr. sitting in the pilot’s seat of the presidential helicopter as a toddler during his father’s presidency.

The photos, according to the JFK Library, were taken during a weekend trip at the presidential country retreat at Camp David in Frederick County, Md., on March 31, 1963.

Dressed in a bright red jacket, the 2-year-old pint-sized Kennedy grins as he pretends to pilot the helicopter, and mugs to the camera.

The photos were shot by Robert Knudsen, the White House photographer from 1946 until 1974. Knudsen shot for the White House through five presidential administrations: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.

Though these images were previously available on film, the library has now digitized them and posted them to their website and to a Tumblr page.

The photos, though cute, perhaps foreshadow the young Kennedy’s death. As an adult, Kennedy went on to become a lawyer and magazine publisher, as well as a recreational pilot. He died when a small plane carrying him; his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy; and her older sister, Lauren Bessette, went down over the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard on July 16, 1999.

The crash was determined to have been caused by “the pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during a descent over water at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation,” according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Kennedy was 39 when he died.

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Wednesday
Jan092013

James Holmes Smiled and Smirked at Menacing Self-Portraits in Court, Victims Say

Courtroom sketch by Bill Robles(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) -- After two days of apparent indifference, accused Aurora shooter James Holmes smiled and smirked at disturbing self-portraits and images of weapons shown in court Wednesday, according to the families of victims who watched him.

"When he sees himself, he gets very excited and his eyes crinkle," Caren Teves said outside of the courthouse, after the hearing. "Your eyes are the window to the soul and you could see that he was very delighted in seeing himself in that manner."

Teves' son Alex Teves, 24, died in the shooting.

Prosecutors showed photos that Holmes took of himself hours before he allegedly carried out a massacre at a Colorado movie theater. He took a series of menacing self-portraits with his dyed orange hair curling out of from under a black skull cap and his eyes covered with black contacts. In some of the photos, guns were visible.

Those haunting photographs, found on his iPhone, were shown in court Wednesday on the last day of a preliminary testimony that will lead to a decision on whether the case will go to trial. The hearing concluded without Holmes' defense calling any witnesses.

The judge's decision on whether the case will proceed to trial is expected on Friday.

Holmes, 25, is accused of opening fire on a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, 2012, killing 12 people and wounding dozens others during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

The courtroom's setup kept members of the media from being able to see Holmes' face as the photos were displayed, but victims and their families could watch him.

Teves said that Holmes was "absolutely smirking" when images of his weapons and the iPhone photos he took of himself were shown in court.

"I watched him intently," Caren Teves' husband Tom Teves said. "I watched him smile every time a weapon was discussed, every time they talked about his apartment and how he had it set up [with booby traps], and he could have gave a darn about the people, to be quite frank. But he's not crazy one bit. He's very, very cold. He's very, very calculated."

Holmes has exhibited bizarre behavior after the shooting and while in custody. His defense team has said that he is mentally ill, but have not said if he will plead insanity.

"He has a brain set that no one here can understand and we want to call him crazy because we want to make that feel better in our society, but we have to accept the fact that there are evil people in our society that enjoy killing any type of living thing," a frustrated Tom Teves said. "That doesn't make them crazy. And don't pretend he's crazy. He's not crazy."

The photos presented in court showed Holmes mugging for his iPhone camera just hours before the shooting. Half-a-dozen photos showed Holmes with his clownish red-orange hair and black contact lenses, giving the photos a particularly disturbing edge.

Before the prosecution called for the photos, public defender Tammy Brady objected. Prosecutor Karen Pearson said that the photos showed deliberation and extreme indifference. Judge William Sylvester overruled the objection and the photos were released.

In Pearson's closing statement, she said there is an abundance of direct evidence that Holmes "wanted to kill all of them. He knew what he was doing."

She said that Holmes had a "depravity of human heart" and that he "went into the theater without knowing or caring who they are." The prosecutor said he "picked the perfect venue for the perfect crime."

Pearson said prosecutors made a decision not to include all of the people who were in theaters eight and nine that night. If they had, they could have had 1,500 counts against Holmes. Instead, they included anyone who had physical injuries, including those with gunshot wounds and those who were hurt running out of the theater. There are 166 counts in all.

The judge has taken the case under advisement and there will be a status hearing or arraignment on Friday, when the judge will decide whether the case will proceed to a full trial. Holmes' attorneys have not yet said whether they plan on using an insanity defense, in which case Holmes could possibly be deemed unfit to stand trial. Another possibility is that the hearing could set the stage for a plea deal.

This week's testimony has included emotional testimony from first responders, details about Holmes' elaborately booby-trapped apartment, a rundown of his arsenal of legally purchased weapons and descriptions of his bizarre behavior following the shooting.

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Tuesday
Nov062012

Ballot and Polling-Place Photos: Think Before You Instagram or Share

Joanna Stern/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and all the other social media outlets you can imagine are on fire Tuesday with photos of people voting.  But before you snap a shot of your ballot or inside the polling place, you might want to think twice.

As pointed out by Pro Publica, the investigative journalism group in New York City, it is illegal to take a photo or a recording in polling centers in many states.  State laws in Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina and Georgia, for instance, directly prohibit recording inside a polling place.

“No photography is permitted in the polling room or early-voting area,” Section 102.031(5) of the Florida statute says.

In addition to recording or taking photos in polling places, in many states -- including Alaska, New York, New Jersey and Utah -- taking a photo of one’s marked ballot and sharing it is also prohibited.  The Digital Media Law Project provides a breakdown by state of where it is prohibited or allowed to take photos or recordings in polling places.

“In Maryland and in many states, Instagraming the ballot or utilizing other recording devices while voting in a public place is prohibited,” Bradley Shear, a social media lawyer in Maryland, told ABC News.  “People should feel free to exercise their constitutional right to vote without fear that their votes may be captured and posted online for the entire world to see.  Therefore, it is good public policy to restrict the use of cameras and/or video in a public polling area.”

So, what is the penalty if you do it?

“In the states where it is prohibited, it is generally a misdemeanor.  Those are usually penalized by a fine and or up to a year in jail,” Jeffrey Hermes, the director of the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University, told ABC News.  “Some states, most notably Hawaii and Michigan, have provisions for the disqualification of your vote if you disclose it publicly.”

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Wednesday
Oct102012

Satellite Images Appear to Show US Bin Laden Op Training Ground

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A civilian satellite captured what appear to be clear, overhead images of the North Carolina mock-up of Osama bin Laden’s compound used by SEAL Team Six to train for the top secret mission to take out the al Qaeda leader.

The images, posted on several satellite imaging websites as well on the map function for the search engine Bing, show what looks like a brand new, mostly open-air building complex in the rural town in North Carolina that is strikingly similar to the layout of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

One satellite imaging website, TerraServer, provides DigitalGlobe images from different dates, apparently showing that the building was constructed sometime after Jan. 14, 2011, as reported at the anti-secrecy website Cryptome.org Tuesday. While one image reportedly taken from Feb. 15 shows several vehicles at the complex as well as what appears to be a construction crane, another from just two months later, April 30, shows no vehicles at all and the complex apparently abandoned.

[See Images of the Training Compound HERE]

The next day, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a daring raid by American troops.

The final available satellite image of the compound, from November 2011, shows it has been completely leveled.

The book No Easy Day, which was written by a former Navy SEAL on the mission under the pseudonym Mark Owen, revealed that the elite team repeatedly practiced overtaking bin Laden’s home at a look-a-like complex in North Carolina.

“Nestled in a remote part of the base, the practice compound was built to scale using plywood, chain-link fence, and shipping containers,” Owen writes. “The level of detail on the mock-up was impressive. The construction crews at the base had planted trees, dug a ditch around the compound, and even put in mounded dirt to simulate the potato fields that surround the compound in Pakistan … The construction crew didn’t ask why and never said no.”

The CIA, which led the intelligence side of the bin Laden mission, declined to comment and the Department of Defense did not immediately respond to requests for comment for this report.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr182012

Obama Briefed on Photos of Soldiers Posing with Dead Suicide Bombers

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama was briefed on photos published Wednesday in the Los Angeles Times depicting U.S. military personnel posing with the dismembered bodies of suicide bombers.

Carney, speaking with reporters on Air Force One Wednesday, said he did not ask the president if he’d actually seen the images but he noted that “the conduct depicted in those photographs is reprehensible.”

“It does not in any way represent the standards, the high standards of the U.S. military,” Carney said. “And the president certainly shares in the defense secretary’s opinion that this needs to be investigated, and it will be investigated, and that those responsible will be held accountable.”

Carney also added White House Officials were “very disappointed” about the decision to publish the photos. The Pentagon “obviously urged the newspaper not to publish these photos,” Carney said.  He added that editors at the paper were told by military officials that publishing the photos would put U.S. military and civilians in Afghanistan in danger.

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Thursday
Apr052012

New Charles Manson Photos, Same Creepy Stare

California Department of Corrections(CORCORAN, Calif.) -- New photos of helter skelter mass murderer Charles Manson show him older, with a longer beard, but just as intense.

The new mugshot was released by the California Department of Corrections one week before his upcoming parole hearing.

The images were taken at the state prison in Corcoran, Calif., in June 2011. They show a 77-year-old Manson with unruly gray hair, a scruffy beard and his faded swastika tattoo on his forehead.

Photos of inmates are routinely taken when they are transferred to different facilities or when their appearance changes, like Manson.

The last photos of Manson were released three years ago and showed him with a shaved head and a shortly trimmed beard.

Manson was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder for a 1969 killing spree in Los Angeles. The killings included the fatal stabbing of five people in the home of actress Sharon Tate and the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Manson was sentenced to death when he was found guilty, but the sentence was modified in 1977 to “life in prison with the possibility of parole after a 1972 ruling by the California Supreme Court that determined the state’s death penalty statute at the time was unconstitutional,” according to the California Department of Corrections.

Several of Manson’s murderous “family” have been released from prison in recent years.

Manson’s reign of terror was detailed in the best-selling book Helter Skelter by former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.

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Thursday
Feb092012

Cops: Los Angeles Teacher Had 200 More Student Bondage Photos

Krista Kennell/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Police have found 200 more student bondage photos allegedly taken by Los Angeles school teacher Mark Brendt, who is accused of sexually abusing elementary school students.

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Sgt. Dan Scott said Wednesday that the pictures were much like the first 200 collected by authorities in the year-long investigation into Berndt, but at least 25 more students from Miramonte Elementary School are depicted in the pictures.

Investigators are trying to identify the 25 students.

The initial batch of photos showed children blindfolded, with cockroaches on their faces and spoons full of semen in front of their mouths.

The new pictures were found in a Los Angeles pharmacy's photo printing database.

Berndt's arrest last week sparked a ripple-effect of child sex allegations against other current and former teachers. Martin Springer was arrested four days after Berndt and charged with molesting a female student. A second student who had accused Springer later recanted her claim.

An attorney for three of the alleged victims, Brian Claypool, said Monday that a third teacher, a female, had helped deliver students into Berndt's classroom to be abused. Sgt. Scott said investigators interviewed the woman, who was cooperative, and concluded she was not a suspect.

Wednesday, the mother of a former Miramonte Elementary School student told the Los Angeles Times that her fourth grade son was the recipient of inappropriate love letters by a teacher's aide in 2009.

The Los Angeles Unified School District confirmed to ABC News Wednesday that Areceli Luisjuan, a teacher's aide, was investigated for writing the letters to the boy in 2009. A spokeswoman for the district said that Luisjuan had since been fired, but did not specify when the firing occurred.

Luisjuan, who is described by the Los Angeles Times as a woman in her fifties, allegedly wrote that she liked it when the boy put his arm around her and was sad when she was transferred to another school because she would not be able to see him anymore.

In one of her three letters, the aide wrote, "When you get close to me, even if you give me the chills I like that. Don't tell nobody about this!"

The mother of the boy spoke anonymously to the LA Times, telling the paper that she had brought the letters to Miramonte Elementary School administrators and was told she was making up stories. She took the letters to the Los Angeles Sheriff's department, but was told to take up the issue with the school, according to the Times.

Luisjuan was not able to be reached for this story.

The school has been closed Tuesday and Wednesday as its entire faculty is being replaced and interrogated by school officials. The school will reopen Thursday.

An attorney representing alleged victims said the school had a systemic problem of abuse because of teachers who preyed on children of single-family homes.

The lawyer, Keith Davidson, is representing three victims in the case against Berndt. He previously represented three kindergarten-aged students from Miramonte who pressed charges against Ricardo Guevera, a teacher who was convicted of molesting the girls and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Davidson said that in his previous case, Guevera told at least one little girl who was from a single-parent home that he could show her what it was like to have a father.

"Evidence in the Guevera case was introduced that Guevera targeted female kindergarten students who lived in a single mother home. He manipulated them by attempting to be their father figure," Davidson said.

The comments mirror the allegations of current victims represented by Claypool, who said that Berndt tried to lure one female student to his home by saying he could be her second father.

Davidson noted that in a civil suit brought against Guevera, the school district and Miramonte, the plaintiffs were awarded $1.5 million.

"You would think after the prior allegations, and civil judgments in excess of $1.5 million, you would expect Miramonte to be the safest school in the country. In fact it's just the opposite," he said.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Teacher Charged with Taking Bondage Pics of Students

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A former elementary school teacher in Los Angeles has been arrested for allegedly molesting nearly two dozen children after photos of students posed in bondage positions were passed to the Sheriff's Department.

Mark Berndt, 61, a teacher with over 30 years experience at Miramonte Elementary School in south Los Angeles, is charged with molesting 23 children, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Police began the investigation after a photo processing facility passed along suspicious images depicting students blindfolded with their mouths covered in tape. Female students were depicted with a blue plastic spoon containing "an unknown clear/white liquid" in front of their mouths, while other students were pictured with live cockroaches on their faces. In some photos, Berndt had his arm around the children or his hand over their mouths.

Police found the spoon, along with an empty container in the trash in Berndt's classroom and, through DNA testing, determined that both contained Berndt's semen.

The students were between the ages of 7 and 10 years old when the alleged crimes occurred, police said.

Authorities launched a widespread sex crime investigation, interviewing current and former students and school employees and searching Berndt's home. They recovered a total of 390 photographs and an adult "sexual bondage" film which mirrored the photos of the children, according to a statement by the sheriff's department on Tuesday.

More than 26 children from the photographs have been identified; an additional 10 children have not yet been identified, police said.

Shortly after the investigation began, in March, 2011, Berndt was fired from the school. The school did not immediately return calls for comment Tuesday.

Berndt was arrested Monday and charged with 23 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child. He is being held at LA County jail in lieu of $2.3 million bail.

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Sunday
Jun122011

First Photos of Gabrielle Giffords Released on Facebook

Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time since she was shot in January, the public got a chance to see post-shooting photographs of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in snapshots posted on Giffords’ Facebook page on Sunday.

The photos were reportedly taken on May 17 at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, and show a smiling Giffords with short black hair, dressed in red and wearing glasses.

The pictures were taken by photographer P.K. Weis, who in a statement said he has known Giffords for over a decade and that he was asked by her staff to take the photographs because the congresswoman wanted to be around someone she was comfortable with.

"Any photographer in the country would have loved the opportunity to take these pictures and I was delighted to be asked," said Weiss in the statement posted on Facebook.

Sources tell ABC News that Giffords’ condition has improved to the point that she would be allowed to leave the Houston hospital and continue therapy on an outpatient basis in the next few weeks.

Giffords was injured in a shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, in which six people were killed and 12 other people were also injured. A judge has ruled that the shooting suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, is mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The photos can be viewed on Facebook.

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Thursday
May122011

Senator Views Osama Bin Laden Photos, Calls for Their Release

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Jim Inhofe became the first U.S. senator to see photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse during a private visit to CIA headquarters Wednesday. After the visit, the Oklahoma Republican said several of the images depicted “really bad graphic stuff,” but that some can and should be released to the public.

Inhofe told ABC News in an interview that he saw nine photos of a dead bin Laden taken inside his Pakistani compound, likely “30 seconds or so after the hit.”

You see “where actually one of the bullets went in through the left eye and out the right ear,” he said. “The type of ordinance, it has an explosion to it, so it did blow some of the brains, some of the material, out of the left eye cavity.”

“In a couple of them you can see through the eye cavity, you can see the inner parts of the head. Obviously I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know what I was looking at, but it’s pretty messy.”

Inhofe said the CIA provided three file photos from when bin Laden was alive for comparison to the post-mortem pictures.

“There is absolutely no doubt that Osama bin Laden is dead,” he said.

Inhofe said the “most revealing” images were those of bin Laden’s body after it had been prepared for burial and the burial ceremony itself.

“These would be good ones [to release] for two reasons,” he said. “One is he is cleaned up a little bit, and the other is you can tell readily that is Osama bin Laden. There’s no question about it, but he had to be cleaned up to do it.”

Inhofe has argued releasing the photos is important to helping dispel conspiracy theorists who might doubt bin Laden is dead, even though several al Qaeda affiliate websites confirmed the leader’s death last week.

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