True Crime Writer Chelsea Hoffman

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Oct 22, 2017

A serial killer is linked to at least three slayings in the past 11 days in an otherwise quiet Tampa, Florida neighborhood. Now media attention is increasing on this case, as authorities in the Sunshine State scramble to identify the shooter. Who is stalking innocent people in the Seminole Heights area? In the following analysis, I will offer my thoughts on the unsolved shootings of three Florida people, and provide my profile of a suspect police should be seeking.

Benjamin Mitchell, Monica Hoffa and Anthony Naiboa
The three above-mentioned people are victims of the so-called Seminole Heights Shooter. Authorities believe that a single assailant is prowling the streets of this Tampa neighborhood, randomly selecting targets to fatally shoot. If this is the case, and it appears to absolutely be so, then they're on the race against time. With three victims dead in less than two weeks, it appears that this killer is (or was) on a spree, and it could be anytime that a fourth victim is selected.

Three victims in 11 days, all shot in varying locations in the same neighborhood, may not necessarily equate to the official label of "spree killing," but it's clear that this serial killer claimed multiple people with close to no cool-down period. This is a troubling detail that shouldn't be ignored. Either this particular killer is going to continue killing in this fashion, or he's going to change things up a bit. There's no doubt that news of these unsolved shootings have made media headlines from one end of the country to the other. This unknown gunman has undoubtedly seen coverage of his crimes. I sense that this person is at least of average intelligence, since serial killers of average intelligence tend to use guns the most in their crimes. So if he knows that police are watching his neighborhood of choice, he may begin choosing victims in other locations.

I want to note that this assailant has claimed the lives of three random people, all who were walking near bus stops. Two of his victims were slain near the very same stop, to be exact. This could indicate that the shooter frequents the neighborhood via the bus system. He could very well live in a nearby neighborhood, if not right in Seminole Heights. He could, for all intents and purposes, live on the other side of the city. The fact that the victims were all near bus stops sticks out, though.

I want to also point out that Monica Hoffa was shot approximately 8 minutes away from where both Benjamin Mitchell and Anthony Naiboa were shot. Could this hold any significance in figuring out who the shooter is? Possibly. Her body was discovered further into the residential neighborhood of Seminole Heights, in a bushy, overgrown area.
Monica Hoffa

Surveillance footage in this case shows an unknown male walking at the presumed time of the shooting of one of the victims. It could be speculated that this man is the shooter, though he hasn't been identified or questioned in this case. If this man is the shooter, the direction in which he was walking could very well be the direction in which he resides. That doesn't offer much insight, due to the fact that the footage is grainy and can only be seen for a certain distance. Nonetheless, it's a direction to look (for authorities) and its proximity to the bus stop where Benjamin Mitchell and Anthony Naiboa were slain is worth examining.

Witnesses have described the man as being "in his early 20s" and was wearing a dark colored jacket when he was spotted running from the scene of Benjamin Mitchell's murder. The footage that has been released doesn't show any identifying features, and to be honest it's hard to tell if the person is a male or a skinny female in loose-fitting clothing. Witnesses say it was a man, though, so that is what we have on which to speculate. What "20-something" man would have reason to randomly shoot strangers in one particular neighborhood?

Seminole Heights is a primarily white neighborhood, with Hispanics and Blacks following in the majority demographic. Keeping this in mind, it's logical to speculate that the shooter could be a young white male from the area, who has internalized anger, stemming from behavioral or mental health issues. This person is of above-average IQ for his age group and location, and could be considered a loner or outsider. He may have done poorly in high school, due to social issues and behavioral problems. This person may also perform poorly with romantic interests, and may not be able to socially interact with members of the opposite sex on a normal level.

Oct 21, 2017

The house where Alexis Scott was last seen has been searched by authorities, but what did they find? The latest update in this missing woman's case doesn't come with much information, but it does pave the way for plenty of speculation. Did something happen to the Illinois woman in the "party house" where she was last seen nearly a month ago?

With it closing in on one month since she was last seen, the urgency in finding Alexis Scott is increasing. Detectives combed a property on 125 W. Richmond Ave., in Peoria, in hopes of locating evidence that may lead to the whereabouts of the missing woman. Lt. Mike Boland told media reporters that they were gathering physical, electronic and other evidence from the home, "to get a better sense of where she might be." However, the officer didn't say whether or not they think she may have met foul play in or around the residence.

Any information on what may have been found in the home (if anything) hasn't been addressed by authorities at this time.

While information is sparse in this case, authorities are increasing their efforts in finding out what happened to Alexis. In the meantime, they are asking the public to come forward with any tips or information that might be of use. Alexis Scott is described as a black female, 5'1" and around 140 lbs. If you've seen this woman, please do not hesitate to call the Peoria Police at (309) 673-4521. 

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Oct 20, 2017

An unknown shooter has claimed a third victim in a Tampa, Florida neighborhood. Police are baffled as they continue to investigate a growing number of unsolved shooting deaths, including the homicides of Monica Hoffa, and a young man named Benjamin Mitchell. Will there be more victims as this unidentified assailant terrorizes Seminole Heights?

The latest victim was a 20-year-old man named Anthony Naiboa. Described as an autistic man, Naiboa had accidentally gotten on the wrong bus, which took him to the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Police in the area heard the gunshot, but they were unable to reach the area in time. Anthony Naiboa was pronounced dead shortly after he was shot -- which was approximately 50 feet away from the same bus stop where Benjamin Mitchell was killed.

The unknown serial shooter is already building a sort of modus operandi. In each of the three shootings, none of the victims were robbed, and had been out walking alone in Seminole Heights. Surveillance footage also exists of an unidentified individual, who may have information useful to police. Authorities have not been able to track down this person.

Authorities in Tampa are giving a warning to residents of Seminole Heights, or anyone who may wind up in the area: Do not go walking alone at night. Chief Dugan issued a grim comment with the warning provided to the public.

"If you're walking alone, you're either a suspect or a potential victim, and that's why they need to remember in this neighborhood."

An award in the amount of $18k is currently being offered by Crime Stoppers, to anyone who has information that can lead to an arrest in this string of shootings. You can leave a tip anonymously at (800) 873-TIPS.

Oct 19, 2017

It's been over six years, but the Robyn Gardner case is back in the news. The woman who vanished from Aruba under suspicious circumstances, in 2011, may have fallen victim to foul play. This has long been a suspicion, which may be confirmed with the discovery of a human bone. Is this cold case on the way to being solved?

A human bone was recently found during a search in association with Natalee Holloway. The discovery of the bone was made part of a documentary about the Alabama teen's disappearance. However, the bone does not belong to Holloway. It does, however, belong to a "European-Caucasian" female. Robyn Gardner certainly fits that description as well as Natalee Holloway did.

Gardnery's sister is volunteering DNA to assist in identifying the remains that were found. If it's a match, it would confirm that the bone belongs to Robyn. This would definitely bring an end to the search for her, which has completely gone cold over the course of the six years that have passed. If this bone is confirmed as belonging to Robyn, it could indicate that she was murdered while on vacation with Gary Giordano, who many people believe responsible for her disappearance. Here's to hoping Robyn's case is closer to being solved. 
An eight-year-old Florida girl is dead in a bizarre case of child abuse, and her own cousin is accused of causing her death. The Dreamin' Demon reports that 64-year-old Veronica Posey has been charged with cruelty toward a child, and homicide, after she sat on the child to "punish" her.

Police in Pensacola say that the unnamed child was being unruly, and her 69-year-old mother (yes, 69-year-old mother) couldn't get control of her. The elderly mom recruited the help of Posey, who is 325 lbs., to discipline the eight-year-old Florida child.

Posey allegedly beat the little girl with a ruler and a metal pipe, before sitting on top of her in a chair. She sat on the child for over 10 minutes, admitting that the little girl said that she couldn't breathe. When she did decide to pick her fat ass off of the child, it was too late.

It's no surprise to learn that the Florida Department of Children and Families has had run-ins with this family in the past. It's just a shame to know that they weren't able to intervene with the raising of this child before it was too late. Now she's dead, after suffering a horrifying and bizarre suffocation death. Will there be justice for this little girl?