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  • Our Sun May Have Been Born With a Trouble-Making Twin Called 'Nemesis'

    12/09/2021 9:21:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 9 DECEMBER 2021 | MIKE MCRA
    As part of the VLA nascent disk and multiplicity survey (VANDAM for short), the researchers mapped the radio waves leaking out of a dense cocoon of dust about 600 light-years away that contained a whole nursery of young stars. The VANDAM survey allowed for a census of stars younger than half a million years old called Class 0 stars – mere babies in star terms – and stars a little older between 500,000 years and 1 million years, called Class 1. Combined with data on the shapes of the surrounding cloud of dust, the scientists found 45 lonely stars, 19...
  • Danielle van Dam case: California Supreme Court upholds David Westerfield death sentence

    02/04/2019 1:39:09 PM PST · by onyx · 87 replies
    ABC/10 NEWS SAN DIEGO ^ | 11:42 AM, Feb 04, 2019 | Jermaine Ong
    (KGTV) - The California Supreme Court Monday upheld the conviction and death sentence for David Westerfield, the man found guilty of killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam in 2002. Young Danielle was reported missing from her Sabre Springs home on Feb. 2, 2002, and her disappearance led to a search that spanned all of San Diego County. Investigators gathered enough evidence to arrest Westerfield, a neighbor of Danielle and her family, for her disappearance and death on Feb. 22. Five days later, Danielle’s badly decomposed body was found along Dehesa Road in Harbison Canyon. In August 2002, Westerfield was found guilty...
  • Antioch Police Looking For Missing 12-Year-Old Girl

    03/07/2003 10:52:37 AM PST · by JudgeAmint · 9 replies · 476+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | March 7, 2003, 9:10 AM | The Associated Press
    <p>Antioch (AP) - - Police in Antioch are searching for a 12-year-old girl who left home early this morning with two men in their 20s.</p> <p>Investigators say they don't know if Holly Messick went willingly - or if she's been kidnapped.</p>
  • Prosecution spent $270,000 on Westerfield case

    02/06/2003 3:57:00 PM PST · by Jaded · 1,243 replies · 2,191+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 2/6/03 | San Diego Union Tribune
    SAN DIEGO – The District Attorney's Office spent nearly $270,000 prosecuting David Westerfield, including thousands for DNA analysis and expert witnesses, it was announced today. Westerfield was sentenced to die for the February 2002 killing of 7-year- old Danielle van Dam. The former Sabre Springs resident and neighbor of the victim is now on death row at San Quentin. According to figures the District Attorney's Office released, more than $35,000 was spent on experts for Westerfield's trial, and more than $146,000 on DNA analysis. More than $62,000 was spent on a telephone survey and a jury questionnaire review.
  • Child killer Westerfield told detectives during interrogation, 'My life is over'

    01/08/2003 3:48:07 PM PST · by libravoter · 6 replies · 371+ views
    Boston Globe Website ^ | 1/8/2003 | AP
    <p>SAN DIEGO (AP) Child killer David Westerfield told detectives interrogating him after the disappearance of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, ''My life is over,'' and he asked the detectives to leave him alone with a gun.</p> <p>A newly released videotape of the interrogation, conducted three days after Danielle was reported missing, shows Westerfield sitting in a small room fielding questions from two detectives, who pleaded with him at one point to admit to the crime and tell them where to find the girl.</p>
  • Child killer has proclaimed innocence in cards, visits

    01/03/2003 7:26:19 AM PST · by Jaded · 451 replies · 526+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1/3/03 | Alex Roth
    Early last month, Dave Laspisa, a Poway businessman, opened his mail and discovered a holiday card from his old friend David Westerfield. "Greetings of the Seasons," the card announced, and inside was a handwritten note of thanks for Laspisa's support. Van Dams file lawsuit against Westerfield During the past year, Laspisa has been fairly vocal in his belief that Westerfield, his camping buddy, had nothing to do with the murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. "Please know that I was not involved in the death of this child," Westerfield wrote. "I'm saying this to you not to solicit more help...
  • Sentencing Set for Friday in Danielle van Dam Murder Case

    01/03/2003 12:30:12 AM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 1 replies · 252+ views
    FOX ^ | 1/3/03 | AP
    SAN DIEGO — A jury has already recommended convicted child killer David Westerfield be given the death sentence in the February 2002 kidnap and murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. On Friday, Judge William Mudd is scheduled to decide his fate. If Mudd follows the jury's recommendation and sentences the 50-year-old engineer to die by lethal injection, Westerfield would be the 617th inmate on California's death row. The judge could opt to sentence Westerfield to life in prison without parole, an option legal observers said was unlikely. In motions filed last week, prosecutors said there was no justification for anything...
  • Van Dams sue Westerfield for damages

    01/02/2003 7:00:42 PM PST · by Jaded · 17 replies · 191+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1/2/03 | San Diego Union Tribune
    SAN DIEGO – The parents of murdered 7-year-old Danielle van Dam sued her convicted killer, David Westerfield, on Thursday, one day before a San Diego judge was expected to sentence him to death for the harrowing crime. Damon and Brenda van Dam seek unspecified damages in their San Diego Superior Court lawsuit against Westerfield, the 50-year-old engineer who was found guilty in August of snatching Danielle from her bed and killing her. Westerfield, a twice-divorced father of two who lived near the van Dams in Sabre Springs and bought Girl Scout cookies from Danielle just days before her February abduction,...
  • A chat room helped Westerfield prosecutors

    12/12/2002 8:19:20 AM PST · by Jaded · 558 replies · 306+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 12/12/02 | Alex Roth
    When a person goes in search of enlightenment, it's usually good advice to avoid an Internet chat room. And yet it was a random posting on the Internet that led to a key piece of evidence in the David Westerfield case. At a luncheon in Mission Valley yesterday, prosecutors Jeff Dusek and George "Woody" Clarke told a number of anecdotes – some of them funny, others poignant and revealing – about what happened behind the scenes in the most publicized criminal trial in San Diego County history. The luncheon was organized by the San Diego Crime Commission and about 100...
  • Defense lawyers in van Dam case ask for new evidence, delay of sentencing

    11/21/2002 2:13:16 PM PST · by Jalapeno · 24 replies · 269+ views
    Court TV ^ | court tv
    Defense lawyers in van Dam case ask for new evidence, delay of sentencing SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lawyers for the man convicted of kidnapping and killing Danielle van Dam requested Thursday that his sentencing be delayed and prosecutors hand over evidence they believe could show the 7-year-old girl wasn't kidnapped. If that were the case, David Westerfield would not face the allegation that made him eligible for the death penalty. Danielle vanished from her bedroom on Feb. 1. Her body was discovered along a rural road nearly a month later. A jury recommended that Westerfield be put to death for...
  • Witnesses picked for Westerfield penalty phase ( SBR penalty Watch).

    08/27/2002 8:55:29 PM PDT · by dread78645 · 223 replies · 548+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 2002-08-27 | Alex Roth , UT Staff
    The judge in the David Westerfield case said yesterday that he has decided which prosecution witnesses will be allowed to testify at the penalty phas e of the murder trial, but he refused to be specific. Superior Court Judge William Mudd made his announcement following a closed-door hearing with the lawyers. He didn't identify the witnesses or the nature of their testimony. He simply said some prosecution witnesses "will testify, others will not". Westerfield was convicted last week of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. She was discovered missing from her bedroom Feb. 2; her body was found more...

    08/21/2002 10:03:52 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 998 replies · 732+ views
    ABC radio
    I just heard this at noon.
  • Westerfield guilty of Danielle van Dam's murder

    08/21/2002 4:19:32 PM PDT · by WellsFargo94 · 8 replies · 379+ views
    CNN ^ | August 21, 2002 Posted: 5:13 PM EDT (2113 GMT) | unknown
    <p>A jury Wednesday found David Westerfield guilty of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, whose nude body was dumped near a desert road last winter.</p> <p>Westerfield, a 50-year-old engineer, sat slightly trembling, his face impassive, as the verdicts were read and the jurors were polled individually on each count.</p>

    08/21/2002 11:24:33 AM PDT · by maeng · 44 replies · 563+ views
  • David Westerfield Verdict in 7-year-old Danielle Van Dam murder .... Guilty !

    08/21/2002 11:16:05 AM PDT · by tophat9000 · 9 replies · 789+ views
    KFI radio LA | 8/21/02 | KFI radio LA
    David Westerfield Verdict in 7-year-old Danielle Van Dam murder .... Guilty !

    08/20/2002 9:37:45 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 201 replies · 845+ views
    Union Trib ^ | August 21, 2002 | San Diego Staff
    Discovery hearing set as jurors deliberate for ninth day SIGNONSANDIEGO August 20, 2002 A request by the prosecution in the David Westerfield kidnap-murder trial to obtain more evidence or information, originally scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. hearing, has been vacated. Word of the hearing's cancellation was relayed to media representatives shortly after 10 a.m. today.The subject of the discovery motion filed by lead prosecutor Jeff Dusek was not disclosed. No reason was given for the hearing's cancellation.Today is the ninth day of deliberation by jurors. Today's deliberating session began at 9:07 a.m., according to a public information officer.Westerfield, 50, is...
  • Mudd Letters Opened To Public: Van Dam Jurors Continue to Mull and Ponder Westerfield's Fate! 8-15

    08/14/2002 9:29:21 PM PDT · by FresnoDA · 929 replies · 1,487+ views
    Union Trib ^ | August 15, 2002 | Union Trib
    Letters to judge opened to public SIGNONSANDIEGO August 14, 2002 The judge in the trial of David Westerfield today allowed reporters to see court log entries of notes from jurors, as well as letters to the judge from the public about the murder of Danielle van Dam. The letters from the public included a variety of theories about the case. Jurors ask to review pictures, interview   One letter-writer sent the following theory to Judge William Mudd: "Danielle van Dam killed herself.'' A nearly illegible postcard with a Spokane postmark alluded to at least one ex-wife "with a drinking...
  • Toaster Watch Continues…Day 1

    08/13/2002 11:34:27 AM PDT · by X-Servative · 17 replies · 214+ views
    KCHN-News | August 13, 2002 | Mr. Clean
    SAND DIEGO, CA -- August 13, 2002 -- At approximately 8:45 AM this morning (PDT), two slices from a Thomas’ English Muffin entered the toaster and have yet to emerge. Onlookers, camped around the toaster on the west side of the kitchen, have been waiting impatiently, casting insults at this valiant duo. "I can’t believe it’s taking this long," said Mrs. Margarine. "This is an open and shut procedure that should be completed in just a few minutes." "I guess English muffins can be just as thick as broccoli stocks," declared Berry Jelly, a sweet preserve for the past six...
  • Van Dam Jury Update, Monday August 12th: Westerfield's Fate Lies In Mudd Instructions?

    08/12/2002 6:39:08 AM PDT · by FresnoDA · 702 replies · 1,644+ views
    Court TV ^ | August 12, 2002 | Court TV
    Jury's time Jurors will resume deliberations Monday in the capital case of David Westerfield, who is accused of killing 7-year-old Danielle van Dam DAY TWO: FRIDAY, AUG. 9, 2002 12 noon ET    Jury enters jury room. 2:30 p.m. ET    Jury goes home for the weekend. DAY ONE: THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2002 1:10 p.m. ET    Jury begins deliberating. After two months of testimony, the capital murder trial of David Westerfield is in the hands of the jurors, who began their deliberations following more than two days of closing arguments. 2:50 p.m.   Jury sends a note to the...
  • Jury begins deliberations -Prosecutor says victim has pointed to her killer (keep it civil)

    08/09/2002 10:42:06 PM PDT · by dread78645 · 575 replies · 908+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | August 9, 2002 | Alex Roth
    Jurors in the David Westerfield trial began deliberating yesterday after hearing a final statement from the lead prosecutor, who beamed a photo of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam onto the wall and urged the jury to focus on the physical evidence. Finishing closing arguments in the two-month murder trial, prosecutor Jeff Dusek called a blood spot on Westerfield's jacket the "smoking gun." And Dusek imagined what Danielle might tell the jury if someone could bring her back to life "just for a moment" so she could answer the question, "Please tell us who did this to you." "I've already told you,"...