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Girly Chew Hossencofft remembered 10 years after her murder

AUDIO: Former prosecutor Paul Spiers shares memories of “no body” case (runs 53:07)


(Text of audio’s introductory remarks)

Welcome to  I’m Mark Horner.

As I sit at my desk at home this evening…recording these words…I do so thinking about a murder that began to unfold exactly 10 years ago tonight.

For it was right around this time…on the evening of September 9, 1999…that a woman named Girly Chew Hossencofft was kidnapped from her Albuquerque apartment…

Her final breaths unfolding…along with the unspeakable acts that investigators believe led up to her death…and, in an even more grotesque fashion, the acts they say immediately followed Girly’s death.

You see…Girly Chew Hossencofft’s body…her remains, really…still have not been found.


But the evidence…the bloodstained tarp…the ninja sward…the saliva mixed with her blood…well, the prosecution, the police…they say it speaks volumes.

The man Girly was divorcing—the diabolical, severely impish, Diazien Hossencofft… is doing life in prison…So is his girlfriend, Linda Henning…a believer in the teachings of David Icke…to include the belief that many of our world’s leaders are, in their view, shape-shifting, blood-thirsty reptilians…who prefer nothing more than the drink of “starfire”…found within the blood of a freshly killed menstruating woman.

A third person in this case…the guy investigators claimed was the muscle behind the murder…was never convicted of anything resembling the gravity of all of that.  Instead…Bill Miller pleaded guilty to a few misdemeanors related to the tampering of evidence.  He got credit for time served….about 7 weeks in jail.

In fact, Miller’s filed suit against three of the investigators, essentially claiming he was the victim of their “malicious prosecution.”

The suit struck-out in one court.  But the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals recently kicked it back for for another go-round…due to what you might say amounts to a technicality:  The lower court’s addressing the allegations (from Miller) separately…rather than collectively as a single claim.

But back to Girly…for it is all too often that we forget the victim in cases of murder…and other severely brutal crimes…but not tonight.  Not now.

And I assure you the significance of this night is not lost on many people.

To include the lead prosecutor in the case: Paul Spiers.

Earlier today…I spoke with Spiers by telephone.

Shortly after the 2002 Linda Henning trial…Spiers left the DA’s office in New Mexico and went to work for the United States Attorneys’ Office in Albuquerque.   That is where he continues to work to this day as an Assistant US Attorney.

I now share our recorded, unedited, conversation.

I won’t even begin to further lay-out the extremely widespread facts of the case…but feel free to google Hossencofft…H-O-DOUBLE-S-E-N-C-O-DOUBLE-F-T.  Or you might even choose to visit the website I started back in October of 1999…dedicated to this case.  You can find that website at  That’s H-O-S-S.  If you want even more information, you can feel free to look up my book, September Sacrifice. The book is also available on Amazon.

One disclaimer before we hear from Mr. Spiers:  The views he expresses during our conversation are not necessarily the views of the Department of Justice or the United States Attorneys’ Office. He was  speaking to me not as an Assistant US Attorney…rather,  he spoke to me in a personal capacity.

Now, with that said…I’ll share that our discussion began with my mention of this…the 10th anniversary of Girly’s disappearance.  Does Paul Spiers find this benchmark date especially meaningful?

(Please click “play” button at beginning of this post in order to hear the unedited interview with Paul Spiers).


note:  Over the years that transpired during the Hossencofft case, I took hundreds of photographs during my time spent reporting on the investigation and court proceedings.  This all started before digital cameras were mainstream.  So, a typical day involved shooting film, then rushing to TJ’s Camera & One Hour Photo on Tramway Boulevard immediately after work at KRQE-TV (and, in later years, after work at KOB-TV).   I suppose that’s a long-winded way of saying that I also shot a lot of pictures of the large-scale search for Girly’s body conducted west of Magdalena, New Mexico on June 24 & 25, 2000.  You can find 50 of those pictures here.

Unlike that big search in June of 2000, another attempt to locate Girly’s body on the outskirts of Magdalena went undetected by the media.  I had recently become unemployed as my contract had not been renewed at KRQE.  But that didn’t stop me from showing-up at the small scale search on July 7, 2000. Please click here to see pictures from that day (I started work at KOB about a week or so after these pictures were taken).

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A special place


For starters, please allow me to say, “Hello.”  After taking a new job that involves a lot of time on the road, I’ve become a bit of a stranger to those of you who had regularly read this blog.  Sorry for the absence, but there hasn’t been much free time.  And I’ve resisted the temptation to “blog just for the sake of blogging.” I’ve always aimed to put meat on the table, not just garnish.

So, I’m back today with another original offering.  No crime news today.  We’ll ease back into a reasonable blogging groove with a simple video featuring one of my favorite places; a stretch of shore without a sandy beach.  Hardly ideal for the simplest of walks as you may sooner find yourself sinking in mud than moving forward.  Such is the effect of the rivers that end here, the clay of the land and the daily tugging and pushing of a tide that repeatedly fills and empties the bay.

This video was shot along a ting stretch of shore on Camano Island in Washington state.  It stars a family of bald eagles.  The supporting cast includes two ultralights and shorebirds.  The unrehearsed performance all unfolds upon a majestic stage.

Do you have a special outdoor place?  Whether it’s in the mountains, on the water or, perhaps, your back yard, feel free to tell us about it here!

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New: Radio

Keeping up with the most recent audio podcasts from has just become even easier.  I hope you’ll find that a new feature called Radio is a convenient and fun way to enjoy listening to my interviews with many of the newsmakers featured on this blog.

At Radio, simply click on the word “Radio” for the player to appear.  It’s easy to drag the player to any location on the page. The player has a few buttons and a drop-down menu that are easy to navigate.

Beneath the player, you’ll also find brief overviews of each episode.  Accessing additional information about each episode is as simple as clicking the “more” link at the end of each overview.

The player will be updated with new episodes as they become available.

As always, thank you for your interest in

Mark Horner

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DA: Bent has “50/50” chance of 2008 trial date (PODCAST)

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Donald Gallegos mp3

In a phone interview with this morning, District Attorney Donald Gallegos said it’s possible the criminal case against controversial church leader Wayne Bent may not take place this year.  Pressed for a prediction, Gallegos said he feels that there is a “50/50” chance the trial will get underway in 2008.

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Donald Gallegos iTunes

If the Bent trial is pushed to 2009, expect a new judge to be assigned to the case.  Learn the reason why in the podcast interview with Gallegos.

While Gallegos explained that he could not discuss specifics concerning the State’s case against Wayne Bent (yes, that certainly includes evidence), he did provide several insights into the legal process, especially factors that could affect a trial date.

Gallegos stressed that the State is ready to go to trial and that the alleged victims are ready, too.

On May 20, a grand jury indicted Bent on four counts: two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree, unclothed. And two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

TODAY’S *PODCAST (Total run time is 12:39)

*In my introductory remarks in today’s podcast, I reference the British documentary, The End of the World Cult.  If you’d like to watch it, you may do so below:

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Shaw murder named one of year’s top high school sports stories (VIDEO)

Rise Magazine has included the murder of 17-year-old high school football star Jamiel Shaw II in its list of top high school sports stories of 2007-2008.  The list was also published today on the magazine’s Web site,

In beginning its overview of the Shaw case, Rise Magazine writes:

It seems obvious to label the murder of a teenager tragic or senseless, but in the case of Jamiel Shaw, there’s no other way to put it. Shaw was truly one of the best and brightest.

Rise Magazine calls itself “the nation’s leading sports and active lifestyle magazine for teens.”

Jamiel Shaw II was gunned down March 2 as he walked towards his Los Angeles home.  He was speaking to his girlfriend on his cell phone and was so close to making it home that his father heard the sound of the gunshots.

Investigators arrested 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza.  Shaw’s parents say their son was targeted because he was black.

Espinoza, an illegal immigrant, had been released from jail just 28-hours prior to Shaw’s murder.

At the time of her son’s murder, Shaw’s mother was serving her country in Iraq. has followed the Jamiel Shaw II case from the beginning.  To read the entire archive, please click this link.  The most recent article will appear at the top of the page.

Finally, the video below features the March 11 news conference announcing the arrest of Shaw’s alleged killer.  It had already been a very emotional day as a funeral service for Shaw had been held just hours earlier. Many of the people appearing at the news conference had also attended the funeral service.

This video is the unedited footage that had been featured live on’s “News Raw”  web page.

(Total run time is 10:52.  Video may take several seconds to load.)

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Remembering Officer Erik Hite

Update (June 13, 7:47am PST): Unedited aerial video of funeral procession from Phoenix TV helicopter (

Update (June 12, 9:25am PST): This is a link to The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc. entry for TPD Officer Erik David Hite. In addition to the main page, the “Reflections” page is a worthy read.

Update (June 10, 4:53pm PST): On the hottest day so far this year, many Tucsonans lined the streets to say farewell to fallen Tucson Police Officer Erik Hite.

As the mercury climbed to 106 degrees, a massive funeral procession made its way through the city’s eastside. At least one local media outlet reported that the procession was “11 miles long.”

The following video of the procession was shot along Speedway Boulevard near Prudence Road.

Slain Tucson Police Officer Erik Hite will be laid to rest today. The video that appears in this post features scenes from a roadside memorial this morning. It concludes with information about viewing today’s memorial service on the Internet.