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Alaskan teenager convinced by online fraudster to murder mentally ill girl for $9 million

Alaskan teenager convinced by online fraudster to murder mentally ill girl for $  9 millionAn Alaskan teenager has been charged with conspiring to murder her friend after a man she met online offered her $ 9 million (£7m) to commit the crime. Denali Brehmer, 18, struck up a friendship with a man she believed to be “Tyler”, a wealthy businessman from Kansas. The man was in fact 21-year-old Darin Schilmiller of Indiana. The pair spoke online about a plan to rape and murder someone in Alaska, sending Schilmiller videos and photos of the act in exchange for the money. Brehmer then recruited a group of friends, and they chose their victim – Cynthia Hoffman, 19, described as one of Brehmer’s best friends, who her father said had a learning disability and the mental age of a 12 year-old. Police said the teenagers agreed to help carry out the murder and in exchange, “all of them would receive a significant sum of money for their part in the planning and/or execution of the murder.” Tim Hoffman, father of Cynthia Hoffman, in court on June 18 On June 2 Hoffman was lured to a hiking trail, Thunderbird Falls, northeast of Anchorage, where she was bound with duct tape and shot once in the back of the head by Brehmer’s accomplice Kayden McIntosh, a homeless 16-year-old boy. Hoffman’s body was then pushed into a river. “I put out search parties,” said Hoffman’s father Tim. He sent Brehmer a text message asking where his daughter was, and Brehmer replied that she would be home soon. “I drove my motorcycle through woods and bike paths. I floored it all over town doing speed limits I should not have been doing looking for my kid,” he said. “When she didn’t come home the first day, I knew something was wrong. When she didn’t come home the second day, I knew something was wrong. And then all I could think about was the knock on the door.” Hoffman’s body was discovered near the waterfall two days later. Authorities say Brehmer communicated with Schilmiller throughout the murder, sending him "Snapchat photographs and videos of Hoffman tied up and of the body afterward." Both Brehmer and McIntosh have been arrested and charged in relation to the murder. Kayden McIntosh, 16, in court in Alaska on June 18 "I know what I did was wrong. I know I could have probably done something different," said Brehmer, during her arraignment. Schilmiller has also been arrested along with three others accused of assisting in the planning or execution of the killing. All six have pleaded not guilty. Schilmiller and Brehmer were also indicted on Tuesday on federal child pornography and child exploitation charges. Police said that a search on Brehmer's phone during their investigation into Hoffman's death revealed that the teen – at Schilmiller's direction – had produced videos depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a minor and sent them to Schilmiller. Court documents say Schilmiller admitted to attempting to blackmail Brehmer after the murder into sexually assaulting young girls. Both face up to life in prison on the child pornography charges. They also face up to 99 years in prison for each of the murder charges, the conspiracy to commit murder charge, and the solicitation to commit murder charge. "All I know is my daughter didn't deserve all this,” said Mr Hoffman. “She should have the friends that she wanted. "I have one thing in my mind right now. And that's to send all six of them to Hell. "And I ain't gonna rest until it's done. And then after it's done I'll show my emotions." Bryan Schroder, US attorney for Alaska, advised parents to keep an eye on how their children were using the internet. “For all of the good the internet can do, it can be a dark place and parents would be wise to monitor the activity of their children online.”



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Florida caregiver charged after mentally disabled woman gives birth

Florida caregiver charged after mentally disabled woman gives birthWillie Shorter, 58, was charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a disabled adult after a test showed his DNA matched that of the child of the woman who was identified only as “DB,” Rockledge, Florida, police said in a court affidavit. Shorter was released on bond on Thursday after being arrested a day earlier, according to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office records. Shorter could not immediately be reached for comment, and a Rockledge police spokeswoman said she did not know if he had an attorney.



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Man accused of murdering and eating his ex-girlfriend ruled mentally fit to stand trial

Man accused of murdering and eating his ex-girlfriend ruled mentally fit to stand trialA man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial by a state psychiatrist. Joseph Oberhansley has been in prison in September 2014, when his ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton was found dead in her home in Jeffersonville, in the US state of Indiana. Mr Oberhansley is accused of breaking into Ms Blanton’s house, raping her, stabbing her to death, then sawing her head and body open to eat her brain, heart and lungs.



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'Police Had a Choice.' Father of Man Shot By NYC Police While Holding a Pipe Says His Son Was Mentally Ill

'Police Had a Choice.' Father of Man Shot By NYC Police While Holding a Pipe Says His Son Was Mentally Ill"Police had a choice"



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White House Doctor Deems Trump Mentally ‘Very Sharp,’ in ‘Excellent’ Health

White House Doctor Deems Trump Mentally ‘Very Sharp,’ in ‘Excellent’ HealthPresident Donald Trump is in good physical and cognitive health following his first medical examination as president, Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, told reporters Tuesday.



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Mentally Ill Or Not, Donald Trump Has Proven He Is Far From 'Stable'

Mentally Ill Or Not, Donald Trump Has Proven He Is Far From 'Stable'Donald Trump and his White House, reeling from depictions in Michael Wolff’s instant bestseller Fire and Fury, were desperate this week to show that the president is in command and mentally fit, following up on Trump’s tweet in response to the book last weekend claiming he is a “stable genius.”



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Jury: Wisconsin girl mentally ill in stabbing of classmate

Jury: Wisconsin girl mentally ill in stabbing of classmateWAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin girl who admitted to participating in the stabbing of a classmate to please horror character Slender Man will avoid prison after a jury determined that she was mentally ill at the time of the attack.



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Mentally Ill William Morva To Be Executed Today

Mentally Ill William Morva To Be Executed TodayMorva’s lawyers had filed a clemency petition with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stating that their client suffered from mental problems and that his death sentence should be lowered to life in prison without the possibility of parole.



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Do Black Lives Really Matter? Seattle Police Shoot Dead Mentally Ill Woman

Do Black Lives Really Matter? Seattle Police Shoot Dead Mentally Ill WomanCharleena Lyles, 30, was shot several times by Seattle police officers in front of her children at her home near Magnuson Park around 10 a.m. local time (1 p.m. EDT) Sunday.



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NYPD Officer Faces Murder Charges For Killing Mentally Ill Woman In The Bronx

NYPD Officer Faces Murder Charges For Killing Mentally Ill Woman In The BronxNYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in shooting of a black person during his court hearing. He shot a mentally ill woman named Deborah Danner in October 2016.



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