Details emerge in Wilmington massacre

The proliferation of despondent adults killing their families in recent months took a turn for the worse Tuesday morning in Wilmington, where a family was shot to death by a father and husband who then turned the gun on himself.

Ervin Lupoe, 40, killed his wife, two sets of twins and another child before turning a gun on himself in the tiny town near the port.

Prior to the massacre, Lupoe sent a fax to KABC detailing his misery. Apparently, Lupoe and his wife had been fired from Kaiser for some sort of impropriety.

Here’s the closing paragraph of his letter:

“So after a horrendous ordeal my wife felt it better to end our lives and why leave our children in someone’s else’s hands, in addition it seems Kiaser Permanente want’s us to kill ourselves and take our family with us. They did nothing to the manager who stated such, and did not attempt to assist us in the matter, knowing we have no job and 5 children under 8 years with no place to go. So here we are.

“Ervin Lupoe

“(Handwritten:) Oh Lord my God is there no hope for a widow’s son!”

Here’s the latest story on the massacre from the Torrance Daily Breeze, and an excerpt:

Lupoe placed calls to the news desk at KABC Channel 7 and the LAPD’s 911 center just before shooting himself at the family’s home in the 1000 block of North McFarland Avenue, police said.

All of the victims were shot in the head, as was Lupoe, police said. Some of the family members were shot more than once.

Lupoe, an X-ray technician at the medical center, wrote in his letter that a supervisor rebuffed him when he tried to talk about his job status, suggesting,

“You should have blown your brains out.”

LAPD is handling the investigation. Covina police, who handled a similar case on Christmas Eve, have not been contacted for assistance or advice, officials said Tuesday.

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The Wilmington massacre

From the Torrance Daily Breeze:


A Wilmington man, despondent over work issues,
killed his wife, three daughters and two sons before committing suicide
in his home this morning, police believe.

Though officials have not released the man’s identity, he is
believed to be Ervin Antonio Lupoe, 40. His wife is believed to be Ana
Elizabeth Lupoe.

Los Angeles police officers found the bodies of Lupoe and his family
about 8:30 a.m. in various rooms of the home in the 1000 block of North
McFarland Avenue

Police went to the home within minutes after Lupoe faxed a two-page
typed letter to KABC Channel 7 and placed a phone call to the station
to tell them he was going to kill his family, said Los Angeles Police
Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner.

Somebody at the station called the Harbor Division to report the
incident. While they were talking, Lupoe called 911 and told them he
had just gotten home and found that his whole family had been killed.

When police arrived, they could detect the scent of recent gunshots.

Police found the bodies of Lupoe and his wife, his 8-year-old daughter, twin 5-year-old daughters and twin 2-year-old sons.

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The butler did it?

Or perhaps it was a member of the security detail. I’m definitely ruling out Professor Plum in pantry with a briefcase.

In any event, police now believe that a jewelry heist at Paris Hilton’s Mullholland Estates homes was an inside job. Here’s what the LA Times is reporting:


LAPD investigators believe the $2-million jewelry heist at Paris Hilton’s Mulholland Estates mansion last month was probably done by someone familiar with the home’s layout and who knew how to access the socialite’s collection of rings, watches and necklaces.

Detectives are investigating a number of potential suspects based on information gathered from the scene and interviews with Hilton, who is cooperating with police.

Hilton’s bedroom was ransacked during the overnight burglary, but police sources said security video showed a thief who knew the home and was able to quickly find Hilton’s jewelry collection, which includes several family heirlooms. The jewelry was in a place that was not accessible to someone simply searching the home, police said.
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Danish millionaire turns himself in to LAPD

This story turned up in the Los Angeles Times and on the AP wire over the weekend apparently this guy has ties to the Hells Angels in Denmark.

LOS ANGELES – A Danish executive wanted in his home country in connection with an $85 million corporate-fraud scandal surrendered to police and was awaiting return to Denmark, authorities said.

Stein Bagger, chief executive of Copenhagen-based software company IT Factory, walked into a downtown Los Angeles police station Saturday and told officers he was an international fugitive.


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Mummified remains found in home

This story got many of us thinking of Norman Bates in Hitchcock’s thriller “Psycho

From KNBC via the Los Angeles Daily News:

Authorities say the mummified body of an elderly woman — possibly dead for a year — was found in a trash-filled North Hollywood home where she had been living with her son.

Officers were sent to the residence in the 6700 block of Vantage Avenue on Monday evening, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations office said.

The Daily News quoted neighbors as saying that 48-year-old Robert Hunt lived in the home with his mother, Barbara, who is listed as the owner and who would be 86 if alive.

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Michael Crichton dead at 66

The author’s family said he was battling cancer. He died in Los Angeles, according to the AP.

Crichton had several friends at Caltech. Besides the hugely popular “Jurassic Park,” Crichton wrote “The Andromeda Strain” and an interesting book about Japanese-American relations that had an LAPD hook, titled “Rising Sun.”

Here’s a portion of the AP story:

“Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand,” his family said in a statement.

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AMW joins the hunt for “Grim Sleeper”

America’s Most Wanted will devote part of its show Saturday to the tale of the Grim Sleeper. The LA Weekly outlined the story several weeks ago. Here’s a link to the show’s Web site. This from the AMW press release:


AMW host John Walsh and special guest LAPD Chief William Bratton will share the latest developments in the case of “The Grim Sleeper,” a serial killer who earned his nickname after committing at least 11 violent murders in the 1980s, only to resurface and strike again 13 years later.
Walsh will also take viewers to the mean streets populated by the city’s homeless, and ask them to help solve the brutal and senseless murder of John McGraham. McGraham was a fixture on the streets of L.A.’s Koreatown neighborhood, a man who’d been given a raw deal by life but was making the best of it. The community considered him to be one of their own, and protected him as best they could. In October 2008, someone doused the helpless man with gasoline and set him ablaze, leaving him to die in the streets.


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The Grim Sleeper

LA Weekly this week chronicles the case of a serial killer on the prowl in south Los Angeles. The killer who was prolific in the mid 1980s resurfaced in 2002 and 2003, according to the Weekly, who gave the person or persons the moniker Grim Sleeper:

Local journalists haven’t even assigned him a creepy nickname, like Night Stalker (Grim Sleeper was chosen by the Weekly to mark his 13 years of inactivity before killing again).

It’s coincidental that I began my column this week on the crime wave of 1985 and 1986, because apparently the Grim Sleeper was most prolific during this period. Going through teh Tribune archives over the past several days, I believe I read some news accounts of the at least three of the slayings. I’ll post up scans later this week.



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Deputy’s funeral held today

This from ABC7:

Funeral services at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral are held Friday morning for Juan Escalante, an L.A. sheriff’s deputy who was shot to death in front of his parents’ home.

The reward for his killers is nearing $100,000, but the gunmen have still not been found.

A large law enforcement presence gathered for the funeral set to begin at 9 a.m.

As family and friends said their final goodbye, police are still looking for suspects involved in the 27-year-old deputy’s murder.


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