VALACHI, JOE the RAT: Mobsters TV - Mafia’s Greatest Hits TV -
111,172. He worked for years as a foot soldier in the New York Mafia. Then he revealed its secrets to the nation. (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas) Mobsters s1e9: Joseph the Rat Valachi
111,173. His performance was mesmorising. (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas) ibid.
111,174. ‘What do I get out of it? Nothing but misery.’ (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas) ibid. Valachi
111,175. Between 1919 and 1923 the gang burglarized hundreds of New York businesses. (Murder & Mafia & Gangstas) ibid.
111,276. Joe Valachi: hit-man for the Mob. The first man to break omerta – the Mafia’s code of silence. Valachi was the first to give the world the phrase ‘La Cosa Nostra’. Valachi was the first to reveal the names of the bosses and their soldier; he explained the Mafia’s structure, their rituals and secrets. Valachi was the first to expose their bloody history of killings and executions and knew where the bodies were. (Gangstas & New York & Mafia & Murder) Mafia’s Greatest Hits s1e10: Joe Valachi
111,277. Kennedy had huge concerns about Valachi’s credibility. (Gangstas & New York & Mafia & Murder) ibid.
111,278. According to the Justice Department he had at least 33 murders under his belt. And was also now singing for his life. How could anyone be sure Valachi was telling the truth? (Gangstas & New York & Mafia & Murder) ibid.
VALE, FELIX: People Magazine Investigates TV -
133,573. We learnt about three families whose lives became intertwined when they realised they each have a loved one who either died or disappeared after falling in love with the same man. People Magazine Investigates s3e5: Gone Girls
133,574. Louisiana 1960: Felix remains adamant that Mary’s [Horton-Vail] drowning remains an accident. ibid.
VASS, JONATHAN: Stalked to Death: Countdown to Murder TV - Mail online -
16,269. She was a young nurse, a new mum, in her prime of life; he was an ambulance technician, but he was living a life of deceit. When he raped Jane Clough in front of their baby she went to the police – he swore revenge. As Jane Clough walked to work to begin her nightshift, Jonathan Vass stalked her every move waiting to pounce. Stalked to Dath: Countdown to Murder, Channel 5 2013
16,270. Jonathan Vass stabbed Jane seventy-one times, then to make sure she was dead, cut her throat. After he had killed Jane, he went after her family. ibid.
16,271. On May 12th 2012 they succeeded: Jane’s Law allows rape victims to challenge a Judge's bail decisions. ibid.
16,272. A former ambulance worker who stabbed the mother of his child to death after she filed rape charges against him was yesterday sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in jail.
Jonathan Vass, 30, killed his ex-girlfriend, A & E nurse Jane Clough, 26, in a frenzied knife attack in the car park of the hospital where she worked in July.
He had earlier been freed on bail after she had accused him of repeatedly raping her at their home while she was pregnant with his daughter. Mail online article 15th October 2010
VICKERS, DARREN: Real Crime TV - Faking It: Tears of a Crime TV -
106,169. Manchester’s biggest police investigation since the Moors murders. May bank holiday weekend schoolboy Jamie Lavis goes missing … he went out to play but didn’t come back. Real Crime [with Mark Austin] s2e3: Crocodile Tears, ITV 2002
106,170. A crucial witness came forward … Darren Vickers lived round the corner from the Lavis family and he quickly joined in the search for Jamie. ibid.
106,171. But Vickers’ frequent media appeals were about to backfire. Two teenagers who had seen him on television reported that he had tried to lead them into some woods late at night. The police then focused their search for Jamie in that area. ibid.
138,018. He children their child then moved in on the family. The bus driver who hijacked the search for an eight-year-old boy … The judge described his actions as truly wicked. He killed their son, now he was manipulating the family. The leader and incredibly the lodger. On a May bank holiday in 1997 passengers on a Manchester bus noticed something unusual – a small boy alone being allowed by the drive to do anything he liked. The boy is Jamie Lavis, eight years old; the driver, Darren Vickers. (Fake & Murder: Vickers) Faking It: Tears of a Crime s3e5: Darren Vickers, DiscoveryPlus 2020
138,019. ‘How does he [Vickers] know that he was the last person to see Jamie alive?’ (Fake & Murder: Vickers) ibid. Kerry Daynes, psychologist
138,020. It was his TV experiences that would seal his fate. (Fake & Murder: Vickers) ibid.
VILLEGAS, DANIEL: A Fatal Confession: Keith Morrison Investigates TV -
27,337. A once convicted murderer who claims he was forced to confess to a crime he didn’t commit will go before a jury again. (Murder & Miscarriage of Justice) A Fatal Confession: Keith Morrison Investigates, ID 2020, news report
133,578. Villegas was only 16 years old when he confessed to killing two teenagers in a 1993 drive-by-shooting in El Paso, Texas. (Murder & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
133,579. Alfonso Marquez: he had a reputation as a tough successful investigator known for getting killers to confess. (Murder & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
133,580. Texas law allows police to speak to minors without a lawyer or guardian present. (Murder & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
133,581. 2011 I went to visit him – he had been locked up for 16 years by then. (Murder & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
133,582. The interrogation began just before midnight and went on for hours. (Murder & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
133,583. Daniel Villegas [on appeal] walked out into the light of day. (Murder & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
VILLEGAS, TONY: True Crime with Aphrodite Jones TV -
106,397. A routine missing person’s report leads to a tragic discovery … Melissa’s [Lewis] attackers slipped in as she closed the garage door behind her. (Murder & Miscarriage of Justice) True Crime with Aphrodite Jones s2e4: Loyalty, Lies & Loss
106,398. On March 15th 2008 [Tony] Villegas was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. (Murder & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
VIRK, REENA murder: Crime Stories TV - Ripeace online -
16,273. The police discovered it wasn’t the assault that killed Reena, it was what happened next. Crime Stories: Bull Kills
16,274. She had last been seen at a party. Acting on eye-witness testimony from the party-goers the police learned that Rena was assaulted by as many as eight other youths in a brutal attack. ibid.
16,275. A task force made up of three divisions planned a massive sweep of the teenagers who had taken part in the assault. ibid.
16,276. The strategy paid off. ibid.
16,277. Reena Virk was a fourteen year old teen from Saanich, British Columbia. She would have been turning fifteen on March 10, 1983 but sadly, she never made it.
Reena was originally from India and transferred to Canada as a child. Her immediate family was described as ‘a minority within a minority’, as they were of the Jehovah’s Witness religion in the local South Asian community of 3,000 which was predominantly Sikh.
She always had a hard time in school, constantly getting bullied due to her accent and looks and because she was ‘different’.
On the night of Friday November 14, 1997, Reena was invited to a ‘party’ by her friend near the Craigflower Bridge, a popular hangout spot, west of the city of Victoria, British Columbia. She heard rumors that her bullies were going to go there and ‘beat her up’ but that didn’t stop her from continuing her life. At first everything was fine, Reena was enjoying herself and the group were said to be drinking and smoking. But then, the ‘Shoreline Six’ arrived, a group of girls known to bully Reena. They swarmed the teen. Ripeace online Horrific True Stories article
VITKOVIC, FRANK: Crimes that Shook Australia TV -
117,599. Just after 4 pm one December afternoon in 1987 a Melbourne office block became a scene of carnage. Innocent office workers found themselves caught up in a terrifying ordeal as they witnessed friends and colleagues being killed in front of them. The man at the centre of the chaos was a young student whose pent-up anger and frustration would lead to a tragic outcome. The cold-blooded massacre that took place in Queen Street in central Melbourne was a crime that shook Australia. Crimes that Shook Australia s3e5: Queen Street, CI 2018
117,600. The 5th floor was a scene of chaos: staff were confronted by a gunman Frank Vitkovic who was chasing them around the office to stop them escaping. ibid.
117,601. They were tasked with determining why 22 year old Frank Vitkovic had killed 8 people before throwing himself off the 11th floor of the Melbourne office block. ibid.