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Why Is Annie Le’s Murder Being Called “Workplace Violence”?

We’ve been following the story of Annie Le, the Yale grad student who went missing on Sept. 8, days before her impending wedding. Her murder is beyond sad: The body of Le, who was killed by “traumatic asphixia” or strangling, was found inside a wall in the lab where she worked — found on the day she’d planned to marry her fianceé, Jonathan Widawsky, on Long Island. Yesterday, police arrested Yale lab technician, Raymond Clark III, after his DNA matched samples taken from where Le’s body was found and swipe cards proved he had been in lab rooms at the same time as Le. Clark’s bond has been set at $3 million.

Le was not sexually assaulted before her death, the New Haven Police Chief stated yesterday, which is an oddly consoling bit of information. But what I don’t understand is why police are calling it “workplace violence,” which has been referred to in the New York Post as “work rage.” (USA Today referred to it as “workplace violence” as well.)

“Work rage”? What the hell is “work rage”? That makes it sound like Clark was just some fussy jerk who had a temper tantrum. (Every office has one of those!) But this wasn’t just a temper tantrum. Allegedly, Clark killed her. Keep reading »

Raymond Clark III, Yale Lab Tech, Arrested In Annie Le’s Death

More sad news today: Connecticut police have arrested a Yale lab technician, 24-year-old Raymond Clark III, for grad student Annie Le‘s death. Clark, who mostly did janitorial work in the same building as Le, was arrested this morning at a motel. Police said Clark failed a lie detector test and had scratch marks on his body. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Yale Lab Tech Raymond Clark III Questioned In Annie Le’s Death

  • Raymond Clark III, a 24-year-old lab technician, was taken into custody for DNA samples last night (and subsequently released) as a suspect in Yale grad student Annie Le‘s death. Le, who had planned to marry Columbia grad student Jonathan Widawsky last weekend, went missing on Sept. 8th. She was seen on video entering, but never exiting, her lab and her body was later found stuffed inside one of its walls. Clark, who lives with his fianceé, Jennifer Hromadka, works the same laboratory as Le did, allegedly failed a lie detector test and had scratches on his body. Police said they will either arrest Clark or rule him out as a suspect this week. Meanwhile, a medical examiner pronounced Le’s cause of death was “traumatic asphyxia.” [NY Daily News, Fox News]
  • A high school in England banned female students from wearing their uniform skirts because girls were showing too much leg in them. The assistant headmaster of Bingley Grammar School told the Daily Mail it tweaked the dress code after some girls apparently rolled their skirts up higher and parents complained because “they felt their daughters were increasingly vulnerable.” All but the eldest girls in school are now required to wear black pants with their uniform instead. [UK Daily Mail]
  • —How typical, punishing the girls for their sexuality. What about making all the male students wear blinders instead? Keep reading »

    A Morbid History Lesson On On-Campus Murders

    A Yale professor’s words this week were chilling after Annie Le‘s body was found in the wall of a campus lab: “There is a murderer among us.” Since access to the building is limited to Yale staff and students, it looks like someone in the community is the killer. The cops have already arrested and released one “person of interest” in the case—Raymond Clark III, who some say had an unrequited crush on Le. The police stress that they are still casting a wide net and looking at many different scenarios. [NY Times]

    Luckily, murders on college campuses are very rare. Still, when they happen, they become front-page news. Here’s a brief, morbid history, which includes proof of why you shouldn’t enroll at Eastern or Western Michigan University. Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Annie Le’s Murderer Might Be A Yale Lab Tech

  • A Yale University lab technician is the focus of a police investigation in the murder of School of Medicine grad student Annie Le, 24. Cops say the suspect works in the same building as Le, failed a lie detector test, and had scratches on his body which could be the result of a struggle. Le went missing one week ago today and had planned to marry Jonathan Widawsky, 24, a Columbia University grad student, this weekend. [NY Daily News]
  • An Australian couple will go on trial for purchasing the abortion pill, also known as RU486, over the internet and carrying out an abortion at their home. Tegan Leach, 19, and her boyfriend, Sergie Brennan, bought the pills online from Russia to use last December. Leach faces seven years in jail for the abortion, while her boyfriend faces less time for helping procure the pill. In Queensland, Australia, where the couple lives, abortions are not allowed except to save the life of the mother. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • The Respect For Marriage Act was introduced to the House of Representatives today. The act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 federal law signed by President Clinton. DOMA defined marriage as between a man and a woman and allows states where gay marriage isn’t recognized to discriminate against gay couples who were legally married in other states. [Miami Herald]
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    Police Think They’ve Found Missing Yale Student Annie Le’s Body

    New Haven police have discovered a body stuffed inside a wall at a lab in the School of Medicine where missing Yale student Annie Le was last seen alive on Tuesday. Although police are still waiting to identify the body, it’s fair to assume it’s probably Le. This weekend, bloody clothes were found stuffed in the ceiling of the lab as well. This horrible story is nothing short of tragic: Le had planned to marry her fiance, Jonathan Widawsky, a grad student at Columbia, this past weekend, and on Friday their families canceled the nuptials. Some had initially wondered if Le was a runaway bride, but all evidence indicated she was really excited to get married. Our thoughts go out to Widawsky and the couple’s families. [New York Times]

    UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. on Monday: This is beyond sad. As suspected, the body found in the walls of a Yale School Of Medicine lab belongs to Annie Le. Police are calling the cause of death a homicide. Although the murderer has not been identified, police say Le’s killing was targeted.—[NY Post] Additional reports say the suspect, who police confirm is not a fellow Yale student as previously reported, has flunked lie detector tests.—[NY Daily News] Keep reading »

    Bloody Clothes Found Stashed In The Lab Where Missing Woman Was Last Seen

    Police have discovered bloody clothes stuffed in the ceiling of the lab where Annie Le, who went missing just days before her wedding, was last seen. They have denied reports that a body has also been found, though the building has been labeled a crime scene. They say that further testing needs to be done on the clothing to determine if there’s a link to Le’s disappearance. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

    Is Annie Le, The Missing Yale Student, A Runaway Bride?

    Annie Le, a 24-year-old Yale grad student about to marry her Columbia University fiancée this weekend, has been missing since Tuesday. Le left behind her purse with her cell phone, credit cards and money, police in New Haven, Connecticut, say. On the day she went missing, Le used her Yale student ID at round 10 a.m. to check into a laboratory where she’s working on her doctorate in pharmacology. Police are checking security cameras to see if Le, who is 4’11″ and 90 lbs, was in the building when it was evacuated at around 1 p.m. during a fire alarm. Here’s hoping Le is just a runaway bride with cold feet and she turns up OK. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

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