Authorities found what they had feared the most during the last few days, the body of 14-year-old Adriana Coronado who had been missing since her dad was discovered severely burned, and possibly shot, in a ditch in Texas.
When the police discovered the body of Cesar Vladimir Coronado in Texas’ Waker County, they believed Adriana had been with him when he was killed and knew she was “in great danger.”
A gardener who had been working near a highway in West Houston discovered Adriana’s body that was already decomposing alongside two other unidentified bodies. Adriana was wearing a bracelet that tipped off the authorities, but she was positively identified by her fingerprints.
Although the motive for their deaths are unknown, authorities released a video of a parked Ford F-150 truck and a man running away from a fire in the city of Conroe.
On June 10th, 2020, a senseless crime was committed. 21-year-old Isabella Thallas was shot and killed while she was out walking her dog with her boyfriend, 26-year-old Darian Simon. Simon, who was shot as well, survived.
Almost immediately after Thallas lost her life, the police were informed of the murderer: 36-year-old Michael Close, who lived in the same building as the couple.
Michael Close had shot the couple from his window with an AK-47. Thallas died almost instantly.
Close was quickly arrested and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and possession of a high-capacity magazine during a crime.
But questions piled up as to why Close committed this crime in the first place. Why did he target the couple? Was the murder pre-meditated? How did this unstable man get his hands on an AK-47?
As the police put the pieces together, the motive was shocking. According to Close, he shot and killed Thallas because her dog defecated in the alley behind his unit.
The story he gave police lined up with Darian Simon’s version of events as well. Simon says that he and Thallas were walking their dog together behind their building. Simon commanded the dog to “poop” when he heard Close yelling at him from the window above them.
“Are you going to train that f—ing dog or just yell at it?” Close allegedly yelled out the window at them. When Simon bent down to pick up the dog’s feces, that’s when Close open-fired out the window. Simon was able to run away with wounds to his lower body. Thallas lost her life.
According to Close’s girlfriend, the man had been mentally unwell for a long time.
He had been diagnosed with depression as well as a personality disorder but refused to seek help. He frequently abused drugs and alcohol after being sober for three years.
The murder of Thallas was a culmination of a tumultuous night where he had been drinking and arguing with his girlfriend for hours. Thallas just happened to be the person who was at the receiving-end of his outburst. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
And recently, some more disturbing information has come to light about Thallas’s murder.
According to Denver Police, the gun that Close used to murder Thallas was taken from his friend, police officer Sgt. Dan Politica.
The close friendship between a police officer and an unhinged murder is, understandably, drawing questions from the Denver community.
The Denver Police Department confirmed that Close and Politica were “close friends”. Thalla’s mother, Anna Thallas, appears to have even more information on the friendship.
“They’re best friends. Life-long best friends for over 20 years. They grew up together,” she told 9News Denver.
Anna Thallas is angry and frustrated that the Denver police aren’t conducting an internal investigation.
The DPD argues that Sgt. Politica did nothing wrong. Thallas points to his failure to report the rifle missing until after her daughter was missing as a massive red flag. It is also worth noting that Politica has a history of violence and disciplinary actions by the DPD.
According to phone records, Close texted Sgt. Politica before the murder complaining about a dog in his neighborhood. After he murdered Thallas, he left Politica a voicemail saying he “really f—-d up bad.”
“That man should be stripped of his uniform,” Anna Thallas said. “Had that officer acted in his capacity and the oath that he took to serve and protect and was a responsible gun owner, Isabella might still be alive. My daughter might still be here.”
Months ago Mileydis Aldana of Colombia disturbed and shocked users online when she went viral for a disturbing video she posted. The content of the video sparked outrage after Aldana captured herself decapitating an owl and then posing with its carcass.
Dubbed the ‘Owl Killer’ Aldana was ultimately questioned by police for killing the owl after Colombia’s environmental agency was notified. According to reports, a local prosecutor Aldana was being probed for animal abuse. But the charges against Aldana have been put on pause after she was assassinated outside her home in the town of Corozal on Sunday.
Six months after Aldana was named the ‘Owl Killer’ for the beheading, she was gunned down outside of her home.
In a story similar to Netflix’s trending series “Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer,” Mileydis Aldana attracted the ire of internet sleuths when she uploaded a video of herself decapitating an owl. Soon after the incident In recent weeks, several threats had been made against her on social media.
On Sunday, two men riding on a motorbike appeared outside Aldana’s home. One of the men shot at her six times before speeding off.
According to DailyMail, in recent weeks several threats had been made against Aldana on social media. Though Colombian authorities have yet to comment on a motive for her death, animal lovers celebrated her death. In their report about Aldana, DailyMail says “Andres Rojas Arenas described the event of her passing as ‘news that brightens the soul’… Meanwhile, Ramirz Juli said: ‘The owl came for her.'”