Saturday, December 24, 2005

Justice for Christmas

The two major crime stories I've been following here in the city have both reached the first stages of justice, just in time for the victims and their families to (hopefully) find some peace for the holidays. At the risk of sounding like (my admitted favorite) Nancy Grace, I think it's a safe bet that the police have their men:

  • My Bloody Valentine: Ex-Boyfriend Indicted In Dancer's Murder / It seems a bloody fingerprint -- and a shoeprint left on her back are key pieces of evidence against the aspiring musician and personal trainer Paul Cortez (top), who has been charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death of Catherine Woods. A tragedy for all involved. (7online)

  • Sex Offender: Man in Fake-Firefighter Case Is Indicted in Sexual Assault / Peter Braunstein, who pretended to be a firefighter to gain access to a former co-worker's apartment, was charged Friday with kidnapping, sex abuse, theft and arson. What did the pervert ex-Women's Wear Daily scribe steal after assaulting the woman for 12 hours? Police say he took her Gucci fur coat, a Louis Vuitton bag, a driver's license and other items. Merry Christmas, Peter. Let's see how you like to be held captive and sexually abused. I'm sure the guys in the slammer would love to see you in that mink ... (NY Times)
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