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James Spring, an advertising writer and freelance radio reporter in San Diego, was the driving force behind the April 7 arrest of two wanted killers living the fugitive life in Baja California.

Richard Carelli and girlfriend Michele Pinkerton, both 38, were wanted for the odd murder of their roommate, Leonard Milo Hoskins, 49. This happened in late December. Hoskins' body rotted and decayed in Carelli's van at a San Francisco impound yard after it was towed away in January. Police never knew there was a dead body in it; the case made national news and was an embarrassment for the SFPD.

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The embarrassment is called for. This is what happened:

SFPD took custody of Carelli's van January 24. A neighbor reported that on December 22 he had witnessed Carelli hit Hoskins over the head with what appeared to be a piece of lumber and move Hoskins’ body into the van. The neighbor stated Carelli later “emerged covered in blood.” SFPD took the van after cadaver dogs responded to it.

Carelli and Pinkerton were not detained or questioned at the time. The van was stored in an impound yard; authorities did not search the vehicle until February 1. They discovered, with much surprise, Hoskins' badly decomposed body in the back.

By that time, Carelli and Pinkerton had left their home and the country.

James Spring heard a news item that the couple had possibly been “seen” in El Rosario in Baja. He found it uncanny that no arrest had been made; he knew the area well and knew two Americans like them would be noticed by the locals.

Spring took it upon himself to run off 2,500 flyers at a San Diego Kinko’s, costing $150 out of his pocket, with Carelli and Pinkerton’s pictures. He placed the flyers around the Baja town. Quickly, the locals knew who and where they were (Pinkerton was giving dance lessons to local children for $1 an hour) and Mexican officials arrested them and have handed them over to U.S. authorities for extradition.

Spring, the ad man turned amateur sleuth, returned home to write copy for Lloyd’s Pest Control.

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Josh Board April 15, 2008 @ 2:03 a.m.

They should hire this guy, to replace Dog the Bounty Hunter.


SDaniels Oct. 26, 2009 @ 3:59 a.m.



David Dodd Oct. 26, 2009 @ 4:05 a.m.

Actually, SD, all you have to do is to "Report it", and they'll take care of things :)


SDaniels Oct. 26, 2009 @ 4:07 a.m.

But I reallly like writing "SPAM ALERT." It is deeply satisfying. What should I do in this case, gringo? Report AND declare?

Btw, interesting case-- see that first go at it ended in mistrial--for Carelli.


CuddleFish Oct. 26, 2009 @ 9:42 a.m.

I love when you do that SPAM ALERT SPAM ALERT thing!!

Somebody had to go and ruin it!! :(

Does this mean I can't give a shout-out to the fake real estate blogs either? :(


SDaniels Oct. 26, 2009 @ 9:45 a.m.

No, you must! Report AND Declare! :)


antigeekess Oct. 26, 2009 @ 10:12 a.m.

What do you mean by "report" it anyway, refried? Email admin? 'Cuz there's no button to report an entire blog, that I can find.

And while I'm asking questions, how do you change blog titles? Do I have to contact admin for that, too? (No button for that, either.)

Of course, the obnoxious comment problem could be solved if they started running them like YouTube. 6 "thumbs down" votes, and that comment is OUTTA THERE!!!


But, I like doing my little SPAM dance, too. Gets the blood circulating, and all.


CuddleFish Oct. 26, 2009 @ 10:12 a.m.

Well AG's got her SPAM song, think I will use something very Jamaican mon!

We be spamming, we be spamming

We be spamming!!!!!


CuddleFish Oct. 26, 2009 @ 10:18 a.m.

If you want to change the name of your blog, your avatar, your picture, you have to ask admin.

Thread titles you can just hit edit.


SDaniels Oct. 26, 2009 @ 1:04 p.m.

Spammin,' spammin,' spammin' in the name of the Lord...

As for changing avatar pic, I have done it several times. You just resubmit by clicking "Edit" on any one of your blog entries, then upload a photo. The unfortunate thing is that if you change the avatar pic for one blog, they all change. Can't have a different pic for each.

The thread title, same thing--hit "Edit." Problem is changing the actual name of your blog series. How do you ask to do this, CF? Write a note in one of your blog comments?


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