Produced by Lourdes Aguiar and Cindy Cesare [This story originally aired on April 20, 2016] Every morning for the last 37 years, Jim Alt wakes up terrified -- thinking that it's 1978, and that he's just been brutally attacked on Torrey Pines State Beach. "When I become aware that I'm awake, I do not open my eyes. I put my hands on the bed, and I feel for that sheet or I feel for sand of a beach," said Alt. "You still do that?" "48 Hours" correspondent Richard Schlesinger asked. "Yes, sir," Alt replied. "Before my eyes are open I want to know where I'm at." It wasn't always this way. The beach used to be Alt's second home -- a safe place, a fun place. "You were a big surfer," Schlesinger noted. "Absolutely," Alt said. "There's not a feeling on earth like surfing. It's just -- there's a big rush inside your body." Rick Selga has felt that rush. He was one of Alt's good friends back then. "Who was the better surfer between the two of you?" Schlesinger asked Selga. "Uh, probably he … [Read more...] about Were the murders of California teens the work of a serial killer?
The killer cat runs away
An 11-year-old boy was moments away from stroking the corpse of a mutilated cat after its tail was cut off and stuck to a front door.Natalie Hughes grabbed her son’s hood on his coat as he went to say hello to the cat which had been dumped in a garden in Marion Crescent, Maidstone.Mrs Hughes and Troy were walking to Park Way Primary School on Friday when she noticed the pet had been killed.She later realised the cat’s tail had been severed and hung on the front door of a neighbour’s house.Mrs Hughes said: “I was taking my little boy to school and there is one house where there is a woman with a lot of cats.“In the next garden there was a mutilated cat with the tail cut off and hung it on the front door.“When I got to work I felt terrible.”Police were called to the scene with doubts being cast over the cat being killed in the immediate area due to the lack of blood in the vicinity.Mrs Hughes said: “Lots of people are saying it is a copycat … [Read more...] about Mutilated cat dumped and severed tail stuck to front door
Produced by Susan Mallie, Lourdes Aguiar, Gayane Keshishyan Mendez and Lauren Clark "48 Hours"' investigation of The Golden State Killer first aired on April 22, 2017. It was updated on April 28, 2018. "The Golden State Killer was the most prolific serial predator in the nation. He attacked across the state from Sacramento down to Orange County across 15 jurisdictions," says Investigator Paul Holes. His trail of violence terrorized Californians for decades. "He was the boogeyman," says Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. "He was the man in the bushes that we didn't know who he was and we didn't know when he was going to strike again." Investigators in California have spent decades searching for an elusive criminal who terrorized Californians by committing at least 120 burglaries, at least 50 rapes, and 12 murders. There was also one relentless amateur sleuth. Until her death in April 2016, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara was obsessed with the … [Read more...] about Has “The Golden State Killer” been caught?
Boro seized control of the Championship play-off pack with the demolition of Derby while sorry Sunderland set course for Accrington Stanley in League One. It has been another week of turmoil, joy and angst in the crazy flux of football. Let’s take a look at the weekend’s winners and losers Three Up Play-off pendulum swings Boro’s way Boro had a fantastic weekend. Not only did they deliver when it mattered but almost all their rivals cracked. Just 10 days earlier there was a sickening lurch after defeat at Sheffield United on a night when the pack all picked up points. But Boro have regained momentum. They beat Bristol City when their challengers faltered and found themselves, maybe surprisingly, in fifth. But at Derby they delivered. In a high-stakes game, in a hostile atmosphere, in a crunch game, Boro showed the mental strength and cutting edge to batter the Rams. That could be Derby gone. Their annual implosion has reached a critical point now - and they have … [Read more...] about Britt’s stomach for the fight as Sunderland say bye: 3 up, 3 down
Kilometres matter. If you’ve been anywhere near war, you will know that one kilometre away is better than 100 metres away. Two kilometres is much better than one. Ten kilometres away and your can smoke a shisha pipe while your shaking hands stroke the stray cats, who also understand the power of distance. Since the Iraq war, military strategists on all sides have reached for the safety of distance. If Britain joins US-led strikes on the Assad regime in response to the gas attack on Douma, it will probably fire Storm Shadow missiles, which can cruise to a target up to 560km away from the aircraft that releases them. On the ground in Syria, Russian bases will be protected by S-400 missiles, which can shoot down incoming missiles or aircraft at a range of 400km away, travelling at 5km per second. If this seems to you a long way from the images of retching children, writhing bodies and dead eyes you saw coming out of Douma on Twitter, that is no accident. Human war and machine … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Meet the trade unionist hoping to replace Paul Ryan: “I don’t blame him for running scared” Futile air strikes on Syria won’t defeat Assad and Putin