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Ben Fawley charged with first-degree murder of Taylor Behl

The grand jury handing the case in the death of Taylor Behl returned an indictment today against Ben Fawley. Ben Fawley today was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Taylor Behl. Fawley-benjamin

Fawley, a 38-year-old amateur photographer, had admitted to a role in Behl’s death. Behl, 17, a freshman from Northern Virginia, was last seen Sept. 5. Her decomposed remains were discovered Oct. 5 in rural Mathews County, which is in eastern Virginia.

(Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Man indicted on charge of murdering VCU student Behl

The county commonwealth’s attorney, Jack Gill, said Fawley was T behlindicted on a first-degree murder charge. “I don’t want to go into any of the evidence in the case,” he told reporters outside the courthouse.

The indictment accuses Fawley of killing Behl in a premeditated act and “in the commission of, or attempt to commit, rape, forcible sodomy or abduction.”

Taylor Behl’s mother, Janet Pelasara, was in the court room at the announcement of the indictment. Janet Pelasara also commented on the indictment handed down today.

Reached by phone today, Behl’s mother, Janet Pelasara, told The Associated Press she was pleased with the first-degree murder charge — though it meant Fawley wouldn’t face the death penalty. “

The death penalty would be too quick, too easy, too painless,” she said. “He needs to be put through the pain and … the horridness that he put my daughter through. “When he gets to prison, maybe that will happen.”

(Virginian Pilot)

Taylor Behl’s mom, Janet Pelasara, never at a loss for words when it comes to the venom that she has for the man that has allegedly killed her daughter also made the following comment:

Janet Pelasara said this is a message to Ben “I think Ben will know his spiraling down to the depths of hell has just begun.”

Pelasara came to the courthouse in case she was needed to testify before the Grand Jury. She also said she came “as a voice for my daughter.”
(WTKR 3)

January 17th, 2006 at 07:16pm Posted by | Ben Fawley, Janet Pelasara, Taylor Behl | 2 comments

Luis Pagan’s Body Found in Mexico

As previously reported Luis Pagan was swimming in a strong current while on vacation in Mexico and disappeared. He and a friend were vacationing while on a school break in Puerto Angel, on the Pacific coast.

Mexican authorities have found the body of the Brown University student who disappeared while swimming last Thursday.

Luis Pagan’s mother said the Mexican embassy contacted her on Monday to confirm what his family and friends had feared – that a strong current overtook him and swept him out to sea.

“Its a loss for all of us,” said one of Luis’ friends Makini Chism-Straker. “He’s a part of the Providence community family.”

Luis’ mother told NBC 10 that her son’s body will be returned to Rhode Island for burial.
(NBC 10 News)

A fund has been started to raise money for Luis’ burial. To make a donation, please send your check to:

Burial Fund
Youth In Action
672 Broad St.
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 751-4264

January 17th, 2006 at 01:25am Posted by | Found Deceased, Missing, Missing Teen | one comment

Former Child Actor Joe Pichler Missing for One Week

Former child actor Joe Pichler has been missing for one week. Pichler appeared in two of the “Beethoven” comedies. He appears according to police to have left what police have characterized as a suicide note.

Former child actor Joe Pichler, who appeared in two of the “Beethoven” comedies, has been missing for a week after leaving what police have characterized as a suicide note.

But family members, including Pichler’s mother and oldest sister, say they don’t believe the two pages of poetry and other musings the 18-year-old left in his car was a suicide note.

Police have not been optimistic that Joe Pichler will be found alive.

In a telephone interview Monday from her home in Bremerton, Pichler’s mother, Kathy Pichler, told The Associated Press that police leveled with her early on in the investigation.

She said a detective told her, “I don’t know how to say this to you without sounding really bad, but basically I think your son’s dead and it could take months for him to show up in the water.
(San Francisco Gate)

Update 2: Former Child Actor Pichler Missing

Kathy Pichler said police released the car to the family without fully processing it for evidence: “They haven’t fingerprinted his car. They sifted through it. They were in his apartment for about three minutes. They’ve done nothing.”

Davis said he believed the car had been dusted for fingerprints, but couldn’t say for sure because he was alone in the office and the investigators’ report was not available Monday.

“We have done just about all we can do,” the detective said.

January 17th, 2006 at 01:15am Posted by | Missing, Missing Teen | no comments