iStock/Thinkstock(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va.) -- Police investigating the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham searched a wooded and sparsely populated area a day after human remains were found there.
On Sunday forensic teams searched along a road in southern Albemarle County, Virginia, that runs near the vacant home where the remains were discovered. Investigators also interviewed residents in the area.
A team of searchers on Saturday found a skull, bones and a pair of tight, dark-colored pants in a dried-up creek bed behind the home. The pants are similar to a pair Graham, 18, was wearing the night she disappeared.
According to Lt. Carver of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department, a vertebrate bone found among the remains matched the length of a tall person's body. Graham was 5 feet and 11 inches tall.
Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said that forensic testing would be done and the remains transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond.
The remains have not yet been identified.
Graham disappeared on September 13 and was last seen with Matthew at a bar near the University of Virginia campus, according to police. He was arrested in September and charged with abduction with the intent to defile, or sexually assault, Graham. He is being held without bond.
"It is my understanding that the remains found on the abandoned property in southern Albemarle County have been sent to the medical examiner for positive identification," Jim Camblos, Matthew's attorney, said in a statement Sunday.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen Matthew or any suspicious activity in the area to come forward.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Football coaches who also teach at the New Jersey high school embroiled in a hazing scandal have been suspended with pay from both positions, according to an official briefed on the situation.
Among the teachers suspended at Sayreville War Memorial High School were five with tenure, reportedly including head football coach George Najjar.
The suspensions were expected to be discussed Tuesday evening at the district's next school board meeting.
Several of the seven football players at the school accused in the hazing scandal appeared in court Tuesday, the beginning of legal proceedings as investigators try to determine the depths of the alleged abuse.
Seven players -- ranging in age from 15 to 17 -- face charges stemming from the alleged hazing. Three students face sex-crime various charges, and others face charges including aggravated sexual assault to conspiracy and criminal restraint.
They were charged after four victims were allegedly held against their will in four separate incidents, while the defendants improperly touched them in a sexual manner.
The seven suspects have all been suspended from school, with the football season canceled indefinitely amid the hazing investigation.
It is unclear if the teens are being held, or if they are back with their parents. Authorities with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office have not announced whether they intend to charge any of them as adults.
iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, Fla.) -- Neither of the cars at the center of Florida polo mogul John Goodman's DUI manslaughter case will be seen by jurors during his retrial.
The Palm Beach Attorney's Office ordered the release of the $200,000 Bentley driven by Goodman and the Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson after Goodman was convicted in the first trial. The two cars were to be crushed.
Goodman was speeding when he crashed into Wilson's car in Wellington, Florida, sending it into a canal, prosecutors allege. Wilson, 23, drowned.
Palm Beach Homicide Detective Troy Snelgrove testified earlier this week that Goodman appeared inebriated in the hours after the crash. Goodman had watery eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol, he said.
Goodman was not driving while drunk, his lawyers said, but had a drink after the crash to calm his nerves. Goodman has also said the brakes malfunctioned before the crash.
Since the jurors are unaware that this is a retrial, they have been told the Bentley was released after thorough testing.
"His car was a crucial piece of evidence in the first case," said ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams. "This is a much better case for the defense this time around."
Goodman was convicted of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in 2012 and sentenced to 16 years in prison, but the conviction was thrown out when a mistrial was declared because of juror misconduct.
If convicted again, Goodman faces 16 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.
iStock/Thinkstock(SHELBY, N.C.) -- Police were hunting Sunday for a North Carolina man who escaped from prison after five attempts and has so far evaded capture, despite being sought by as many as 45 officers.
Police were conducting an air and ground search for Hoyle Mincey, an inmate at the Wateree Correctional Institution in Shelby, N.C.
Mincey was on the run for a week when he was spotted Saturday morning driving an allegedly stolen van and pulled over by police. But Mincey evaded capture and ran into a wooded area, police told ABC News affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C.
Mincey is supposed to be serving a sentence for a burglary conviction.
This is his fifth attempt at escaping prison, according to WSOC.
Police said that although Mincey is not considered violent, anyone who thinks they see him should still be cautious.
"Nothing in his history is violent, but people do things in desperate times," Shelby Police Chief Jeffrey Ledford said. "Don't engage him. Smile, wave, go back inside (and) call us."
Mincey has tattoos of a snake, dagger, Joker, Vicon, lion's heart, wizard and eagle. His left ring finger is amputated.
Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Remains have been found in the search for Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student who went missing on Sept. 13, Virginia police said.
Police have not confirmed that the remains, which where found behind a vacant home, are those of Graham. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said forensic testing would be done before they could be positively identified.
"Right now we have the discovery of human remains and a great deal of work ahead of us," said Col. Steve Sellers, the chief of the Albemarle County Police Department, which is now taking over the investigation. "We cannot and we will not jump to any conclusions regarding today's discovery, so I ask for the public's patience as we move forward and pursue what is now a new, ongoing death investigation."
He said the remains were found at approximately noon Saturday, when a team of volunteers with the Chesterfield County, Va., Sheriff's Office was searching an abandoned property along Old Lynchburg Road in southern Albemarle County.
Albemarle County Police, City of Charlottesville Police and Virginia State Police spent the afternoon preserving the scene and processing evidence, police said.
The remains will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination, autopsy and identification.
The 18-year-old sophomore disappeared in the early morning hours of Sept. 13 and was last seen with a man who police said was Jesse Matthew, who was arrested last month and eventually charged with abduction with intent to defile.
Police found surveillance footage and witnesses who allegedly saw the pair at a bar together.
Matthew went to the Charlottesville police a week after Graham disappeared, but left before speaking to investigators and allegedly sped off in a car, driving erratically.
Police issued a warrant for his arrest on a reckless driving charge, and named him a suspect in the case.
Four days later, a sheriff's deputy in Galveston took Matthew into custody after receiving a tip from a woman who spotted him there.
Since his arrest, Virginia State Police have said they have found "a new forensic link" between the 2009 murder of Morgan Harrington and Matthew, and police in other jurisdictions around the state began looking into possible links between Matthew and open cases they had.
Christopher Newport University made public a "criminal incident information" report that stated Jesse Matthew was investigated for an alleged sexual assault on campus that occurred Sept. 7, 2003.
The report said the alleged sexual assault took place on the school's campus and was investigated by university police. No injuries were reported in connection to the alleged assault, and the report does not indicate whether any criminal charges were filed.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Texas prosecutor has announced his intention to retry Hannah Overton, who has spent the last seven years in prison for the 2006 salt poisoning death of her adopted son.
The devout Christian was convicted in 2007 of killing her 4-year-old adopted son, Andrew Burd, and sentenced to life in prison. Her family and attorneys have been fighting for her release ever since and just last month, the state appellate court overturned that conviction.
Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka said in a news release Saturday that he would retry Overton on the original charge of capital murder and that "no jury, no trial judge and no appellate court has ever found that defendant Hannah Overton is not responsible for the death of Andrew Burd."
Overton's attorney, Cynthia Orr, said that when she read those words she was "outraged."
"I think it is clearly unprofessional," Orr told ABC News. "The presumption of innocence is something prosecutors should hold dear because that is what the entire system of justice hinges on."
When Orr delivered the news to her client in prison, she said that Overton's reaction was "calm but confident she will be vindicated and looks forward to the opportunity to clear her name."
Her husband, Larry Overton, told ABC News on Sunday that after he learned of the DA's decision he was "disappointed."
"I had hoped that Mark Skurka would look at the lack of evidence in the case and allow our family to heal from our son's death and my children to have their mother back without wasting time," he said. "This is the same unfortunate and misguided conduct that the DA in Nueces County seems incapable of correcting."
Skurka also had the option to retry Overton on lesser charges, offer a plea deal or dismiss the case. It is unclear whether he will try the case himself or assign a new prosecutor.
The original prosecutor, Sandra Eastwood, was terminated for reasons unrelated to this case years after the trial concluded. Overton has accused Eastwood of acting unethically in her case, something Eastwood has denied repeatedly.
The appellate court did not rule specifically on Overton's claims of prosecutorial misconduct, saying that she deserved a new trial on claims of ineffective counsel.
However, three of the judges issued a concurring opinion saying the proceedings in the case were "problematic from the beginning" and cited both issues involving Eastwood, as well as Overton's trial attorneys, who failed to call a salt poisoning expert to the stand.
At Overton's original trial in 2007, the prosecution portrayed her as a mother who had lost control. Frustrated with a naughty child, prosecutors said, she tried to punish him with seasoning mixed in water.
The defense presented the jury with a medical mystery. They speculated Burd might have had pica, an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive appetite, and that he accidentally poisoned himself by consuming a fatal amount of sodium.
Witnesses outside the home said they had seen Burd's bizarre habits, too. The day he died, Overton said she found him in the kitchen pantry but could not determine what he had consumed, if anything.
To find Overton guilty, jurors had to believe either of two scenarios: that she force-fed Burd salt knowing it would kill him or that she neglected to get medical help fast enough. They convicted her based on the latter argument, that she did not seek help quickly enough.
Overton told 20/20 in 2008 that she did not regret trying to adopt Burd.
"I wouldn't take that away," she said at the time. "He had brothers and sisters and a mommy and daddy, what he called his forever family, because we had to go through a lot of pain since then. It's not fair to him. Or to us."
iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A thief was caught on camera stealing a giant, inflatable Halloween cat from the front lawn of a Texas home last week.
The homeowner's surveillance footage shows the man walk up to a home in the San Antonio suburb of Laredo in the middle of the night, according to police. Video shows him turn off the fan that fills the cat with air and then crawl over the ornament until it is deflated.
The video ends with the man gathering the cat's floppy arms and legs, which are twice his size, and walking away with it.
Anyone with information on this cat-napper is asked to call police at 956-795-2800.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(POCONO SUMMIT, Pa.) -- A new possible sighting of suspected cop-killer Eric Frein has Pennsylvania police re-focusing their search, more than a month after the manhunt began.
Frein, 31, is accused of ambushing state police in early September, killing one and wounding another. Since then, police say he has been hiding in the woods of the Pocono Mountains.
"Overnight we had a sighting for which we are assigning a high level of credibility," Lt. Col. George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police said on Saturday. "It was reported in the area of the Pocono Mountain East High School. The individual's description was consistent with Frein and he was observed carrying a rifle."
The woman who saw the man said that his face was "covered with mud," so a positive identification could not be made, but she was about 15 to 20 feet from him.
After learning of the new possible sighting, police shifted the search area, he said.
"I think we've kept a tremendous amount of pressure on him and I think that likely had some bearing on where he's at now, assuming that it is him," Bivens said.
Frein attended Pocono East High School and worked at Camp Minsi, which is also in the vicinity, Bevins said.
Investigators are also analyzing blood found on the back porch of a home near Cresco. They are not sure if the blood is related to the investigation and expect the test results to come back late this evening.
State police say the weather is working in their favor, because as leaves continue to fall, there is a better aerial view from choppers and planes.
Police have been searching the woods, focusing on the border of Pike and Monroe counties, since after the shooting at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12.
Frein, from nearby Canadensis, has been spotted several times, but always evaded police capture because of the thick terrain. He's a self-trained survivalist and war reenactor who focused on Eastern European militaries and weapons.
Police found Frein's Jeep in a swamp shortly after the shooting. They have also found two pipe bombs, an AK-47, food, ammunition, clothing and other supplies in the search.
iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, Fla.) -- Florida polo mogul John Goodman ordered over a dozen drinks in the hours before a fatal car crash in 2010, a bartender testified during his retrial.
Goodman was convicted in 2012 and ordered to serve a 16-year sentence, which was later thrown out due to juror misconduct. He's accused of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.
The bartender who said she served Goodman, Catherine Lewter, testified that he ordered over a dozen shots and drinks in the hours before the crash. She told the court that Goodman spent $272 on 18 drinks at the bar.
When asked what Goodman first did when he walked into the bar, Lewis said he ordered "ten shots of our best tequila."
Goodman's attorney argued most of the drinks were for Goodman's friends and not his client. Lewter testified she saw him drink only the three drinks she served him
Goodman crashed his Bentley into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson, 23, sending the car into a canal in Wellington, Florida. Wilson, a recent college grad, drowned in the canal.
According to prosecutors, Goodman's blood alcohol level was 0.177 - more than twice the legal limit - three hours after the crash.
Criminal investigator Troy Snelgrove testified that Goodman appeared inebriated hours after the crash, saying he had watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.
Goodman’s defense team has argued that the polo mogul only drank after the crash to calm his nerves. He has pleaded not guilty.
If convicted, Goodman could face the same 16-year prison sentence he was ordered to serve at the end of the first trial.
iStock/Thinkstock(KELLER, Texas) -- A man who testified against his mother at her trial for the murder of her husband Gregg Williams says she suggested his brother might have been the trigger-man.
"She said, ‘Do you think your brother could have done it?' She asked me if her own son could have killed Gregg," Andrew O’Brien, 26, told ABC News' 20/20.
"She had to plant a reasonable doubt that someone else could have been there that night, someone else could have squeezed that trigger, [by pinning it on me]," O'Brien's older brother, Lee O'Brien, 28, told 20/20.
Andrew and Lee O'Brien's mother, Michele Williams, 42, from Keller, Texas, is serving a 60-year prison sentence for the murder of her husband Gregg Williams. The brothers are Michele Williams' sons from previous relationships.
Gregg Williams was found dead from a single gunshot wound to his head at his home on Oct. 13, 2011. In an interview with police, his wife initially said an intruder in black clothing hit her and shot her husband.
During the interview, Michele Williams mentioned others that police might want to talk to, including Gregg Williams' ex-wife Kathy Williams, but didn't tell them that her sons disliked her husband.
"I hated him. I don't throw that word around lightly, but I literally hated him," Lee O'Brien said.
"Even though he's not here, I never liked him as a person. He was a horrible human being," Andrew O'Brien said.
After arriving at the scene, police became suspicious of Michele Williams' intruder story. Confronted by police, Michele Williams changed her story and said her husband committed suicide.
She told police she covered up his suicide to protect the couple’s daughter. After five hours, police released Michele Williams.
When they found out Gregg Williams died, the brothers said they went straight to their mother to be there for her. Andrew O'Brien said that after helping Michele Williams clean up the home where Gregg Williams was killed, she took him outside and asked him to do something for her.
"She said, 'I want you to call a friend, and I want you to do this. I want you to have them go and buy an extra-large sweater … Wear garbage bags so that the DNA doesn't get on it. Go out somewhere and shoot a pistol with that sweater on,'" Andrew O’Brien recalled.
He said his mother then told him to plant the sweater in Kathy Williams' car and make an anonymous tip to police that Kathy Williams killed Gregg Williams, so they would search her car and find the sweater with gun residue.
"I was like, 'Okay, I'll do it,' and I wasn't going to do it but … to me it was, '‘She's having a mental breakdown,'" Andrew O’Brien recalled. "I just need to just say, 'Okay,' and walk away."
Andrew O'Brien said that when his mother started to change her story about what happened, he became suspicious of her.
"She told me that someone broke into the house and killed Gregg, that the cops made her say it was a suicide," Andrew O'Brien recalled. "I don't even know how many weeks or how much time goes by but then another story comes out, and this new story is, 'Okay, Greg did kill himself.' And … I was like, 'Why are you lying to me?'"
When his mother asked him if his brother Lee O'Brien could have killed Gregg Williams, he said that was the moment he stopped talking to her.
"My brother, he's got military training. He would not break into someone's house and use their gun," Andrew O’Brien said. "Why would you break into someone's house and take their gun, you know?"
Police said both Lee and Andrew O'Brien had strong alibis. The brothers said they began to realize their mother might be a monster.
"She doesn't even know what reality is any more. She's been lying so long," Lee O’Brien said.
"You know, you got your mother who was a horrible person, but still she gave birth to you and all that. And you just … don't want to believe that she's capable of murder," said Andrew O’Brien.
Prosecutors offered Michele Williams a plea deal which required her to plead guilty to tampering with evidence and deadly conduct with a recommended prison sentence of 18 years.
But while awaiting sentencing, Michele Williams told the national crime television show 48 Hours that she was innocent and that the intruder she originally told police about killed her husband.
A judge then revoked the plea deal and ordered her to stand trial for Gregg Williams' murder.
Andrew O'Brien took the stand for the prosecution and testified in court about how his mother asked him to set up Kathy Williams as the killer.
"It took me a very long time to decide to do it because after I told them, I said, 'I really don't want to go and testify,'" Andrew O’Brien said. "But I had to do the right thin"
After deliberating for seven hours, the jurors found her guilty of murder and one count of tampering with evidence. But the 60-year sentence is little solace for Andrew O'Brien, who considers his mother dead to him.
"Today I can believe it, and it's because I finally let go of trying to believe that I still have a mother," Andrew O'Brien said.
"I'll never speak to her again, and it's because in order to move on with my life, I need to just cut ties completely."
Jeremy Malone saw 30 to 40 crew members with buckets of disinfectant who were lined up on along his hallway as they prepared to clean the ship Courtesy Jeremy Malone(NEW YORK) -- The presence of a woman who helped care for an Ebola patient who died has left a Caribbean cruise ship unable to dock at foreign tourist ports and is now heading back to Texas.
One passenger said the announcement of the woman's presence has created "utter panic" on the Carnival Magic cruise ship, while others remained outwardly unfazed, sunbathing by the outdoor pool.
"People are scared,” passenger Jon Malone told ABC News as the ship was waiting miles off shore from Cozumel, Mexico. "I’ve seen people crying.”
The chaos started Friday morning when there was an announcement on the ship’s intercom saying "that someone who worked in the lab who handled the person in Dallas’ blood was on the ship,” Jon’s brother and fellow passenger Jeremy Malone told ABC. The cruise line said the woman is in isolation on board the ship.
"You're using the same buffet line as someone else, the same waiters, the folks that clean the state rooms. If someone was cleaning their state room and cleaned yours right after, the exposure that you have there to elevators..." he said. "It's very tight quarters and a lot of interaction. It's really difficult to control any type of virus that's on a cruise ship. It's like a floating petri dish. It spreads very rapidly."
Though the cruise line has not released the name of the passenger or her location, the Malones fear that her room may be on their floor because when Jeremy walked outside his room Friday morning, he saw a group of 30 to 40 workers gathered with buckets of what looked like cleaning chemicals.
"Some of them had masks on,” Jon Malone said.
"They had a pink liquid in clear spray bottles and they had little wagons that had grey containers -- like mop buckets -- filled with chemicals,” he said. "They're cleaning elevators. I’ve seen people with pink liquid cleaning the bar area and the handrails.”
The workers wouldn’t answer questions about what room or floor the hospital employee was staying on, but Jeremy said that he fears that she was on the 11th floor because the workers "kind of looked at each other and smiled. They didn’t know what to say.”
The first signs of trouble emerged Thursday night when they did not leave Belize at 6 p.m. as intended to make their way to Cozumel.
"The ship wasn’t going anywhere. We were parked maybe 10 miles from the shore, so that was unusual,” Jeremy Malone said. "Several hours go by and we still haven’t moved and they hadn’t made any announcements or anything.”
The first word they received came while attending a comedy show on board when an employee indicated that a passenger was ill and needed to be taken off the ship, but made no mention of Ebola.
Carnival administrators were notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the passenger's connection to the Dallas hospital on Wednesday evening and they tried unsuccessfully to get her and her travel companion flown home from Belize on Thursday.
Secretary of State John Kerry even weighed in, personally calling the Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow asking him to allow the passenger to be evacuated through the port, but was rebuffed. Kerry then suggested that an American helicopter could land on the cruise ship and transfer the passenger to an American medevac plane at a Belize airport, but that plan was also rejected.
"My decision had been made. The window of opportunity if it had ever existed had slammed shut," Barrow told Kerry, according to two Belizean government officials.
Carnival released a statement Friday confirming the presence of a lab supervisor from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on board the ship, but said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deemed the woman "low risk.”
"At no point in time has the individual exhibited any symptoms or signs of infection and it has been 19 days since she was in the lab with the testing samples,” the statement said. The incubation period for Ebola is believed to be two to 21 days.
Carnival has confirmed that the ship did not receive clearance to dock in Mexico and the ship is now headed back to Galveston, Texas. They will arrive in Galveston by their originally scheduled return time on Sunday morning.
"We greatly regret that this situation, which was completely beyond our control, precluded the ship from making its scheduled visit to Cozumel and the resulting disappointment it has caused our guests," the company said in a statement.
It said that guests are being given a $200 credit to spend on the ship during their remaining two days on board, and will be given a 50 percent discount on a future cruise.
Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Michael Dunn, the Florida man convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal 2012 shooting of a teen over loud music was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.
Dunn was found guilty of attempted murder and firing a gun into a car in February, but jurors could not initially agree on whether he was guilty of the first-degree murder charge. He was convicted on the murder charge in a second trial that began in September.
Dunn got into an argument with Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012, in the parking lot of a Florida gas station, during which he asked Davis and his friends to turn down the music playing from their vehicle. Dunn said he felt threatened, and that he thought he saw Davis point a gun at him, before firing nine bullets into the vehicle, killing Davis.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Dunn apologized to Davis' family prior to his sentencing on Friday. Davis' family also addressed the court.
John Roman/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Police in Ferguson, Mo. say a shooting incident that occurred on Friday was not related to ongoing protests in connection with the fatal officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown.
On Thursday, an official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said, a federally-licensed firearms dealer was burglarized. As part of an investigation into the burglary, ATF officials were surveilling a suspect vehicle on Friday.
During an attempted stop, the officers identified themselves as law enforcement, prompting the driver of the vehicle to attempt to ram the agents with the vehicle.
At least one ATF agent fired his weapon at the vehicle. No one was struck by the gunfire. The car eventually crashed, at which point three suspects were taken into custody.
DanHenson1/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) -- A St. Augustine man is at ease now that his scorned ex-lover is behind bars.
“I finally can breathe again,” Joe Good, 51, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ 20/20. “Now I don’t feel like every time I see a police car that, ‘Oh, they’re coming for me.’”
Good’s former girlfriend of three years, Tawny Blazejowksi, 41, of St. Augustine, would stop at nothing to ruin his life after the two broke up. Her web of lies eventually turned Good’s life into a nightmare.
She succeeded in getting him arrested three times and fired from his job at an insurance company, where he had worked for over 24 years. Blazejowski didn’t stop there. She targeted several others in Good’s life: colleagues, neighbors and even his new girlfriend’s landlord.
Blazejowski was sentenced to nine years in prison last Friday for three counts of threats for extortion, four counts of aggravated stalking and one count of false report of abuse, child neglect or abandonment of 16 people from Florida to Chicago to California.
Life wasn't always bad. Good recalls many times with Blazejowski and their combined six children, all from previous marriages. He says he saw a future with her.
“She was awesome,” Good said. “I mean, I’ve gone on a cruise with her and had a great time. We went to Puerto Rico, had a great time.”
But Good said there were red flags that something might have been off with Blazesjowki. He said she would get upset a lot.
“The timeframe between when she’d get mad got shorter and shorter. It escalated until finally she asked me, ‘Do you want me to just go ahead and cancel the vacation I’ve got planned for you?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, sure, I’m tired of this,’” Good recalled. “Immediately, the phone rang and she [said], ‘Are you sure this is what you want? Because I got everything lined up that I’m going to ruin you.’”
Less than an hour later, Good said he received a text message notifying him that his email password had been changed.
Blazejowski hacked Good’s personal email account and sent pornographic photos of Good to his employer, but it was only the beginning of Blazejowski’s wrath.
Police arrested Good on the night of Oct. 19, 2012, he said. Blazejowski had gone to the sheriff’s office with a bloody face, accusing Good of domestic violence.
“I ended up going to jail that night, because here’s the thing: The girl says a guy hit her. Most people think, ‘Wow, the guy hit her.’ They don’t think the girl’s lying,” Good said.
Blazejowski then called the Florida Abuse Hotline, accusing Good and his teenage son of operating a child pornography ring. Good said it wasn’t true, but investigators didn’t believe him.
“It was total harassment,” Good said. “I did everything I could to stay away from her. She was one step ahead of me the whole time.”
No longer satisfied with ruining Good’s life, Blazejowski began attacking people she didn’t even know.
“She did a Crimestoppers tip to me, accusing me of allegations against my kids,” Jenny Robor, Good’s former colleague at the insurance company, told 20/20. “The things that are on there I can’t even repeat. They’re so horrible.”
Blazejowski anonymously told Crimestoppers that Robor would deliver her young children to Good’s sex ring, none of which was true. Blazesjowski even threatened the landlord of Good’s new girlfriend, Doug Duggan, who received anonymous letters through the U.S. Postal Service.
“It was a big block letter, and it said, ‘If your tenant, Mariela Murphy, is not out of that house within 30 days, I’ll burn down that house and your house,’ and gave the addresses of both of them,” Duggan told 20/20. “[The houses] were really my entire net worth.”
Good struggled to get investigators and lawyers to believe him. That was when he turned to lawyer Bryan Shorstein for help.
“You never knew who would be the target of what it is she was doing,” Shorstein told 20/20. “Does anybody want to get involved with this thing?”
Once Shorstein was certain Good was innocent, he went to the sheriff’s office to convince detectives that Good was no victimizer, but he was actually the victim. After seven months, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Dets. George Harrigan and Shannon Andrews began to finally cut away at Blazejowski’s complicated web of deceit.
“It was hard to keep up with,” Andrews told 20/20. “She was stalking faster than we could investigate.”
When Good’s new girlfriend, Mariela Murphy, reported an anonymous letter threatening her then-17-year-old daughter, Blazejowski had finally taken it one step too far.
“It said, ‘This is what Erin will look like the next time Mariela sees her if she sees or even talks to Joe Good one more time,” and attached was a picture of … a girl’s mutilated body,” Andrews said.
“She was the stalker at one point, but when this happened, she became the stalked,” Det. Harrigan told 20/20 of Blazejowski.
The detectives made a breakthrough in the case when they found out the anonymous reports sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Cybercrimes originated from Blazejowski’s computer.
Armed with a search warrant, the detectives searched Blazejowski’s home. They discovered more than seven full notebooks containing explicit details of Blazejowski’s acts. Hundreds of pages obtained by ABC News details Blazejowski’s web of lies, extortion and stalking that carried on over the span of seven months.
“This is as thorough as it gets,” Harrigan said. “Dates and times, places, people, locations, and not only did she take these notes, carry these actions out, but she kept the notes.”
Blazejowski was arrested that night, charged with making threats to maim and murder. In the end, she pleaded no contest to the eight felony counts against her.
“Not only did I hurt my own children, I hurt other children,” Blazejowski said in court at her sentencing. “I am pleading with you, your honor, to please grant me forgiveness. I ask my victims for forgiveness, and for mercy, and for you to please not take me away from my children who need me.”
Blazejowski’s lawyers argued that she has obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder and that the disorders contributed to her crimes.
St. Johns County Criminal Court Judge Michael Traynor acknowledged her disorders, but said her clearly thought-out acts could not be ignored. In addition to nine years in prison, the judge also sentenced her on Oct. 10 to two years of house arrest and 19 years probation.
She is in the county jail for now, until she is sent to prison. Blazejowski declined multiple requests from 20/20 for an interview.
With three arrests still on his record, thanks to Blazesjowski, Good is now making a living with landscaping jobs. He is working toward getting his clean record back.
“[I] just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving,” Good said. “It’s all you can do.”
Asked what he would say to Blazesjowski if he could tell her anything, Good said, “Why couldn’t you just let go?”