Arrests made in killing of five transients in 2008 massacre in Long Beach, CA
- From: Beaver Fever <Beaver_Fever@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:51:17 -0800 (PST)
This was another unsolved true crime case that fascinated me that I
googled for info regularly
Long Beach police have made arrests in the 2008 shooting deaths of
five transients at a homeless encampment off the 405 Freeway.
Details of the arrests were not immediately available, but Lt. Lloyd
Cox of the Long Beach Police Department told The Times "persons are in
custody for the killings" following extensive investigation.
Police discovered the gruesome scene near the interchange of the 405
and 710 Freeway on Nov. 2, 2008. The victims appeared to be massacred,
police said at the time.
An anonymous caller tipped authorities Sunday morning about a slaying
in an area near the 1500 block of West Wardlow Road. When Long Beach
police arrived, they found two women and three men dead, some with
multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.
The crime scene is east of Santa Fe Avenue near Tanaka Park, on
property owned by California that is sandwiched between the 405
Freeway and Kohler Rental Power, a commercial building on the north
side of West Wardlow Road that rents diesel generators and other power
The victims were Vanessa Malaepule, 34; her boyfriend Lorenzo Perez
Villacana, 44, who lived at the camp; Katherine Verdun, 24; Hamid
"Sammy" Shraifat, 41; and Frederick Neumeier, 53.
Authorities believe all five, including Malaepule, who was an
unemployed single mother of six -- ages 8, 10, 13, 14, 15 and 16 at
the time -- were friends and had been socializing with one another for
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