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Jane Doe #59: Possible victim of the Manson Family identified after 50 years

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A woman found stabbed to death in 1969 and thought to be a possible victim of followers of mass murderer Charles Manson has been identified after nearly 50 years, People magazine reported on Wednesday.

The woman, who has been known only as Jane Doe #59, was identified through DNA testing as 19-year-old Reet Jurvetson, People reported. Jurvetson was born in Sweden and grew up in Montreal, according to the report.

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People, citing interviews with Los Angeles Police detectives, said the initial breakthrough came after a friend of Jurvetson came across a photograph of the slain woman and recognized her.

The magazine reported that Detective Luis Rivera said that while investigators had not yet solved Jurvetson’s killing or linked it to Manson, “We can’t rule out that the Manson Family was involved.”

The Los Angeles Police Department said it was preparing to issue a statement on the case later on Wednesday.

Manson, now 81 and serving life in prison, directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war between whites and blacks.

Among the victims was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was stabbed 16 times by cult members.

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(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Toni Reinhold)


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Former UK consulate worker says Chinese secret police tortured him

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A former employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong said Wednesday that Chinese secret police tortured and interrogated him about London's role in protests in the semi-autonomous city.

Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen, claimed he was shackled to a steel "tiger chair", hung spread-eagled on a "steep X-Cross" and beaten while he was detained for 15 days in August.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Cheng's allegations are credible and that the treatment "amounts to torture".

Raab told BBC radio that he summoned the Chinese ambassador to denounce the "disgraceful" and "outrageous behaviour from the authorities in China" which violate international law.

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Sondland briefed Pompeo on Trump’s Ukraine scheme — and secretary of state signed off on it: report

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President Donald Trump's ambassador to the European Union kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the loop on efforts to pressure Ukraine's president to announce an investigation of Joe Biden.

Gordon Sondland notified Pompeo in mid-August of a draft statement he'd produced with another U.S. diplomat and Ukrainian officials that they hoped would persuade Trump to invite Volodymyr Zelensky to the Oval Office, reported the New York Times.

He and Pompeo discussed later that month the possibility of pushing Zelensky to pledge during a planned meeting with Trump in Warsaw that he would pursue the investigation sought by the U.S. president in hopes of smoothing relations between the two countries, according to two sources who were briefed on the matter.

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MSNBC’s Mika shocked by Morning Joe’s withering criticism of House GOP: ‘I’ve never heard you accuse someone of that’

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski was astonished by her co-host and husband Joe Scarborough's denunciation of congressional Republicans.

The "Morning Joe" hosts agreed GOP attacks on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who earned a Purple Heart fighting in the Iraq War, and other impeachment inquiry witnesses were shameful, but Scarborough went even further in his criticism.

"People talk about the time, 'It's a time we're in,' -- no, it's not," Scarborough said. "It's lack of character among people on these committees, just a lack of character and a lack of love of country that they put their political party above their country."

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