A Month in Review: In the News on Military Justice for All (February 2018)

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Reward offered in case of service dog found shot, dumped at train tracks

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ACTIVE DUTY

Stateside Deaths:
Army Ranger died during free-fall training in January
CMC facing court-martial committed suicide, police say
Altus airman killed in bicycle accident
Special Forces soldier dies in motorcycle crash outside Fort Bragg
Virginia Beach sailor killed in crash had “high aspirations” for a better life in America
Airman from Vandenberg Air Force Base killed in early-morning crash
Air Force identifies airman killed after being run over by bus
Identity revealed of airman killed near Vandenberg; donations being solicited for services
Young Army soldier found dead in parking lot from apparent suicide
Army: Paratrooper, 19, found dead in North Carolina
Army Ranger killed in accidental shooting at training facility has been identified
Officials ID Army Ranger who died at Oregon training facility
Soldier commits suicide after Army wives bullied her, told her she should die
Marine from Riverside who served multiple deployments killed in car crash
Death of 82nd Airborne Paratrooper in Fayetteville under investigation
Shooting death of Army Ranger at Camp Rilea prompts investigation
Soldier dies in accidental shooting at Oregon’s Camp Rilea
Soldier dies in shooting at Oregon’s Camp Rilea

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48 Hours Premiered ‘Rodney Alcala: The Killing Game’ on CBS (2018)


A photographer who was on “The Dating Game” became one of the nation’s deadliest serial killers. Eight years after “48 Hours”‘ first report, new victims emerge. Correspondent Peter Van Sant has the latest Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10/9c on CBS.

Rodney Alcala was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1943. His father abandoned the family when he was young. At 17, Alcala enlisted in the Army but there were problems, allegations of sexual misconduct, a nervous breakdown…the Army discharged him. “The military realized in 1963 that they had him, that he was a sexual deviant.” -Stefano Braccini, Former Cold Case Detective, NYPD (48 Hours)

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Rodney Alcala: On the trail of a serial killer
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Flashback: Serial Killer Appears on ‘The Dating Game’ Mid-Spree
Rodney Alcala The Dating Game Killer: A Psychological Profile
The Haunting Photography of a Serial Killer
Rodney Alcala: The Killing Game (CBS Website)

Oxygen Premiered ‘Killing Versace: The Hunt for a Serial Killer’ (2018)


“Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” re-examines the infamous manhunt for Cunanan through new and revisited expert insider interviews. Watch new episodes of Killing Versace, premiering February 11th at 7/6c, only on Oxygen.

1) Jeffrey Trail was [Andrew] Cunanan’s friend.

According to Newsweek, Cunanan told friends in April 1997 he was headed to Minneapolis “to visit an old friend with whom he had unfinished business.” The old friend was Trail, who had previously been a naval officer. Vanity Fair reports Cunanan described Trail as his best and “my brother.”

CBS News reported Trail was a Gulf War veteran and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Friends called him “an upbeat, fun-loving, compassionate man.” Trail’s father told The Washington Post in July 1997, “Jeff was the kind of guy who was always trying to help people out… He went out of his way to be helpful to people.”

Read more from Harpers Bazaar here.

Related Links:
Five Lives Cut Short (1997)
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First Killing May Offer Clues to Four Others (1997)
Killing Versace: Hunt For a Serial Killer | Oxygen
The Gianni Versace Case, Explained – Very Real | Oxygen
Killing Versace: The Hunt for a Serial Killer – Premiering February 11th at 7/6c | Oxygen
Inside look at the Gianni Versace murder | ABC News
American Crime Story Season 2: The Assassination of Gianni Versace Trailer (HD)
Andrew Cunanan, the Versace Killer | The Crime Network
A Look Back at the Murder of Gianni Versace, 20 Years Later | Inside Edition
Versace’s murderer Andrew Cunanan kills his first two victims
Why Did Andrew Cunanan Go on a Killing Spree? American Crime Story Explores His Motives
Who Were Jeffrey Trail and David Madson? American Crime Story Explores Andrew Cunanan’s First Victims
Who Were Jeffrey Trail And David Madson, Andrew Cunanan’s First Victims?
Who Was Jeffrey Trail? ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Explores Andrew Cunanan’s Alarming Fixation On Him
Who Is Jeff Trail In ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’?
Versace: Watch Jeff Trail’s Real-Life Interview About Being Gay in the Military
‘American Crime Story’: Watch Jeff Trail’s Real ’48 Hours’ Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Interview (Video)

Homicide Hunter Premiered ‘Bring My Baby Home’ on Investigation Discovery: Maritza Beato Rentz & Paul Rentz (February 7, 2018)


A four-week-old girl is kidnapped, leaving her mother in anguish and police scrambling to find her. As days go by with no sign of the baby or demands for ransom, sergeants Joe Kenda and Robert Sapp fear she’s been sold on the black market or worse. -Homicide Hunter, Investigation Discovery

On February 19, 1988, 5 week old Rachel Ann White was abducted from her grandmother’s Colorado Springs, Colorado home. Detective Joe Kenda met Robert Sapp of the Colorado Springs PD Juvenile Crimes Unit at Evelyn Reed’s house. Evelyn explained that she was taking care of Rachel for her daughter Cora Abbott and was interviewing potential baby sitter candidates. One of the potential candidates was a hispanic woman by the name of Sharon Sanchez. Evelyn was interviewing Sharon when the phone rang and Evelyn asked ‘Sharon’ to hold Rachel while she went into the other room to answer it. When Evelyn returned, Sharon and Rachel were gone and when she ran outdoors to see if she could stop her, Sharon was driving away in a light colored vehicle with Texas plates.

Investigators were not sure where to go with the investigation because Sharon Sanchez was an alias but they worked on the case around the clock and used the media to reach out to the public. Then they got a phone call from an Air Force Major. The Major informed Kenda that he had an Air Force officer, Captain Paul Rentz, working for him who said his wife had a baby and this was suspicious because Paul never said anything about his wife being pregnant. The Major and his wife stopped by Captain Rentz’s home to give the baby a proper Air Force welcome and to congratulate them. But his wife Maritza made excuses and was reluctant to let them in the house to see the baby; she eventually relented. After visiting the baby and leaving their home, the Major’s wife said it was not a newborn baby and she definitely wasn’t 3 days old. Then they saw the news that a baby was kidnapped and called the police right away. Kenda and Sapp didn’t hesitate to investigate this promising tip.

Kenda and Sapp went straight to the Rentz’s home. When they arrived at the home, the first thing they spotted was a small silver car with Texas plates that matched the description of the vehicle they were looking for. Kenda and Sapp questioned Maritza Rentz and asked her where she had the baby, who was the doctor, and where was the birth certificate. When Maritza produced a birth certificate, the birth certificate lead one to believe the baby was two days old. Kenda and Sapp knew this wasn’t a real birth certificate because they both had children. They demanded to see the baby. Maritza retrieved the child and she was a perfect match to the composite drawing. They also observed this was not a newborn and they knew immediately it was Rachel White. Captain Rentz appeared to be dumbfounded that the baby wasn’t his. Kenda and Sapp notified Cora Abbott that they found her baby.

Kenda said that when Cora was reunited with her daughter, the daughter she never thought she would see again, it was a very touching moment. Maritza Rentz was charged with kidnapping and Paul Rentz was questioned. He told investigators that Maritza didn’t have sex with him throughout the ‘pregnancy’ because she said it was harmful to the child. She also wouldn’t let him see her body. He admitted that things were rocky. Paul Rentz’ culpability was definitely in question because investigators couldn’t imagine that he didn’t know. But Maritza confirmed Paul didn’t know. She told investigators that she was pregnant but lost her baby and didn’t have the heart to tell Paul. She said she put pillows under her clothes so it appeared she was pregnant. She said she couldn’t see any other way and hoped the baby would help the relationship. When it was time for the baby to be born, Maritza said she was faced with a choice: come clean to her husband or find a baby.

Maritza read the newspaper ads and the difficulty she ran into was that most of the kids were too old. And then she found Cora Abbott’s ad looking for someone to watch her infant while she was at work. Maritza created a false identity, responded to the ad, and visited Evelyn Reed’s home for the interview. She admitted she almost didn’t follow through with the abduction but when the phone rang, the opportunity presented itself and she took it. When she returned home, she called Paul and told him she just got back from the hospital where she had the baby. Paul didn’t question any of it. Kenda reminded the viewer that being stupid isn’t against the law and believing your wife is not a criminal act. He admitted it was difficult to prosecute Paul Rentz because they didn’t have enough evidence to prove anything against him. As a result, he was found not guilty. Maritza pleaded guilty to second degree kidnapping but the judge didn’t give her any jail time. Instead, she claimed mental insanity and was confined to an institution for one year. The happy ending is that Rachel was found against all odds and she is thriving as a young woman.

Editor’s note: With a cable subscription, you can download the free ID Go app and watch all of the Investigation Discovery programming at your convenience. And for those who do not have cable, you can watch “unlocked” episodes on the ID Go app including the latest premieres. Download the ID Go app and binge away. For those who prefer commercial free programming during your binge session, Prime Video has an ID channel: ‘True Crime Files by Investigation Discovery” available for $2.99 a month. It’s a compilation of older seasons but totally worth the cost if you are a true crime addict.

Related Links:
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‘Baby Snatcher’ true story of Maritza Beato aka Maritza Rentz
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Bring My Baby Home | Homicide Hunter | Investigation Discovery (website)
Bring My Baby Home | Homicide Hunter | Investigation Discovery (YouTube)
Cora Abbott with daughters Brittany and Rachael Ann White/Below Kidnapper Maritza Beato Rentz