Fox 29 reports: “An investigation is under way at the scene of a fire where a young mother and child were found dead in Bucks County. … The Bucks County district attorney says it appears the victims were stabbed, and the fire may have been set to conceal evidence. Relatives told FOX 29 News that the victims are 22-year-old Ebony Tally and her 4-year-old daughter, R’mani.”
As the world observes the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, we asked intrepid interns Amanda Wyszynski and Jayson Flores to research Philadelphia’s ties to the tragedy. Here’s what they found:
Gaeton Fonzi: Born in Philadelphia on Oct. 10, 1935, Fonzi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and was a Philadelphia magazine reporter and senior editor. In 1975 he was asked by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to join the JFK assassination investigation. In 1993, he published a book on his research into the JFK assassination called The Last Investigation.
Arlen Specter: Long before his run as U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, the young attorney was assistant counsel for the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of JFK. The late Specter will forever be linked to the controversial “single bullet theory.” He passed away in 2012.
SEPTA spokesperson Gerri Williams tells me that SEPTA police are interviewing “a person of interest” regarding the recent attack on a female Temple med student at the Erie station on the Broad Street Line, allegedly committed by the same person who attacked a woman at Broad and Arch streets on Monday. That woman snapped the above photo of her assailant immediately after he punched her.
The rampage–if that’s what it is–continues. This week, Philly Mag’s Victor Fiorillo has been on the ‘knockout game’ beat, documenting a couple instances in which two separate women were punched for no reason. (Possibly by the same guy.) Well now, Lower Merion police have made two arrests after similar incident. Lower Merion! The Main Line!
UPDATE 11/21 4:45pm: SEPTA police are interviewing a person of interest in the Broad Street attacks.
Over the last two days, we’ve told you about two separate incidents where women have allegedly been attacked by the same man on Broad Street, the man shown in the below photo, which was taken by one of the victims immediately after he punched her.
One incident occurred at Broad and Arch streets and the other at the Erie station on the Broad Street Subway. Both attacks happened in broad daylight, and in both cases, the man has not stolen anything from them. He’s simply punched them and then run away. Some have asked on Reddit and on Facebook whether this is evidence of the so-called “Knockout Game” arriving in Philadelphia. Well, now we have obtained a video. Read more »
Which one of these stories will do more to hurt the reputation of the Philadelphia Police Department?
Last Thursday at 3:40 a.m.*, someone exited the Standard Tap in Northern Liberties and walked to his car, which was parked on Poplar Street between Front and 2nd streets. Shortly thereafter, say police, a man approached the car with a handgun. Read more »
6ABC reports on the Thursday night rape of a 29-year-old woman in Center City: “The attack happened Thursday night on Saint James Street between 12th and 13th streets – just a few feet away from some of Philadelphia’s most popular bars and restaurants. The victim had been socializing with a friend at Tabu Tavern. Around 11:00 p.m., she left the bar to feed the parking meter when she was assaulted.”
6ABC reports: “Police have charged a suspect in the death of an aspiring teacher in South Philadelphia five years ago. The suspect, identified as Marcellus Jones, has been charged with murder and related offenses. Police say Jones shot and killed 23-year-old Beau Zabel on June 15, 2008.”