‘Skullduggery’ tainted Monica Reece’s murder probe – acting Top Cop

first_img“It is very clear that an unprofessional course of action took place at the time when investigation was unfolding,” were words of acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine when quizzed about the Monica Reece cold case.The Monica Reece case was one of three that was reopened – the other two are the shooting to death of Trevor Rose and the brutal murder of Sheema Mangar.Acting Police Commissioner David RamnarineHowever, Ramnarine noted that it was a review of the investigation that revealed some skullduggery had taken place in the year and period when the matter was under investigations.While he could not provide additional information, he added that the investigation is still under review.The body of the 23-year-old woman, a security guard, was dumped from a speeding pickup in the vicinity of the Geddes Grant building (now Courts) on Main Street, Georgetown, on April 9, 1993. It was a Good Friday night that the murder took place.At the time of the murder, now Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix was Crime Chief. He subsequently retired as Commissioner of Police. At that time, there was a prime suspect but he mysteriously vanished.His house was reportedly staked out by the media but from then to now, there is no trace of him.The death of the Loss Prevention Security Guard rocked the nation due to the fact of the manner in which she was killed and dumped.After the dumping the body, an eyewitness, a prominent race car driver gave chase but somehow the vehicle disappeared.In addition, a resident of Tiger Bay had told investigators that she saw the body of the young lady being disposed of from a dark-coloured 4×4 vehicle. She later gave the Police three digits “932” but one of the digits was missing.Four days after the murder, acting on information provided by the woman, investigators detained a man with prominent family ties and more so, dark colored vehicle belonging to the suspect’s father. The registration for the vehicle bore the digits, 9123 which was close to the digits provided to the Police.The young man had denied and claimed that his girlfriend was his alibi since he was with her at the time the body was dumped. The investigating ranks however took several strands of hair that was found in the young man’s vehicle and handed them over to the pathologist.As the investigations continued, another vehicle that matched the description of the one involved in the murder was detained – this one was owned by a son of a prominent government minister. Yet another vehicle was later detained and impounded. That vehicle was also owned by a businessman.The three suspects had all denied knowing Reece and claimed that they only knew of the murder when they saw a crowd on Main Street on the night of April 9, 1993.Investigators had detained 27 pick-ups and questioned 200 persons but mysteriously met a dead end.The Police had even offered $100,000 as a reward for anyone with information that may lead to a breakthrough in the murder case but again, that proved futile.To date, after 24 years, the murderer is still unknown but relatives of the dead woman are optimistic that by reopening the case, the murderer will be unveiled. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Ryan Reynolds shares behindthescenes peek at Detective Pikachu

first_imgDetective Pikachu is a spinoff from the Pokemon gaming franchise, which includes the Detective Pikachu game. Pokemon fans will be able to see the movie when it hits theaters worldwide in May 2019. “Pika-dots,” Reynolds captioned the photo on his Twitter and Instagram.The left side of the image shows Pikachu, while the right side features Reynolds’ face covered in motion capture marker dots. These dots are used to track his facial expressions, which will then be used to make Pikachu’s reactions looks more realistic. In the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie, Pokemon creatures and humans live together side by side.  2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment Tags 77 Photos The Pokemon movie centers on the search for an ace detective named Harry Goodman who goes missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Helping Tim in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokemon partner, Detective Pikachu, described as “a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.” Share your voice Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Knowing your visual effects lingo: From compositing to previz, understand the latest filmmaking terms with this handy glossary of visual effects jargon. 0 In the upcoming live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to the beloved yellow main character.While Warner Bros. Pictures already gave fans their first glimpse at the movie with a trailer in November, Reynolds shared an even closer look at his character on Sunday. More movies Barack Obama lists 2018 favorites: Black Panther, Annihilation Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is the superhero we need right now Movies led by women dominate box office, study finds TV and Movies Pokemon Go Deadpoollast_img read more

The Baltimore Substitute and Poet Whose Classroom Poetics Went Viral

first_imgKondwani Russell’s video of him performing poetry in front of a class has almost 3M views. (Photo credit: Chanet Wallace)Baltimore native and poet Kondwani Fidel Russell is being recognized all over the world for a poem he recited to his class while he was substitute teaching.Russell arrived early, on his first day, to Baltimore City College high school, to be a substitute in a writing class in early October. When he entered the school’s office an administrator asked him to sit in a history class for a few minutes because the teacher wasn’t yet present.He agreed and walked into the history class.The 22-year-old introduced himself to the class as an alumnus of Baltimore City College high school, graduate of Virginia State, and a poet. Once the students heard he was a poet, they asked him to recite a poem.“Kids just like a challenge, they don’t really want to hear my poetry,” said Russell, who was unenthused about the challenge from the students.Russell continued with his plans for the class, but the students would not give up.They encouraged him on saying “You do spoken word, spit [rhyme] something for us.”He finally agreed to perform a poem once they agreed to quiet down.Russell recites poetry and spoken word at local events and restaurants, at least four times a week, and is used to being filmed, so the students pulling out their camera phones seemed like an ordinary thing that happens when he performs.“I always get recorded and I’ve been featured in videos,” said the Baltimore native in an interview with the AFRO. “I’ve even been in plays, so the camera is always around.”The next morning, Oct. 6, Russell woke up to hundreds of social media notifications and alerts.One of the students in the history class uploaded the video to Facebook, where it gained over 2.5 million views, also, made it to WorldStarHipHop and YouTube.“Tyga [a California rapper] posted the video and every hour the video received hundred-thousands of views, from 200,000 one hour to 500,000 the next. Then I saw it hit 2.6 million views, I couldn’t believe it,” he said. As of Oct 26, the video had 2,709,612 views.Russell’s poem described his rough childhood; being raised and encouraged by his grandmother amidst his mother’s struggle with drug addiction and the absence of his father. He expressed his detached relationship with teachers and administrators while growing up.Russell realized at age 19, he wanted to perform poetry and spoken word all over the world. “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life, it made me feel like I can be effective to kids. So I perform to show them they can be what they want to be and that there is a big world outside of all the trauma inner city kids experience. My ultimate goal is to inspire,” Russell said.His poetry and performances take a stand against police brutality, social injustices, and education inequality. They paint vivid pictures of the experiences and struggles of the kids from the broken neighborhoods and his individual hassles from growing up, to help encourage better relationships between students and teachers and bring awareness to the different adversities in the black community.Besides performing poetry for the students, Russell posts video to YouTube including one entitled “Baltimore Bullet Train,” which is also an expression against inequality and a self-published poetry book called, “Asperous Artistry” that was released in August.To view the video of Russell go to http://on.fb.me/1k5lPwdlast_img read more