Who Strangled Michael Giordano?

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Courtesy of Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD)
Cops believe Michael Giordano had been dead about a week when his body was recovered.
Perhaps you remember that case from earlier this month when a body was found in a Garden Grove channel, and the coroner released a photo of the deceased's jeans in hopes someone could identify him. We know his name now: Michael Giordano.

But authorities need help finding the 46-year-old's killer.

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Ring in the New Year by Stopping and Flashing Your Hopefully Not Red Eyes at Cops: Update

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Illustration by Bob Aul/OC Weekly
Don't spill out of your car during the holidays.
UPDATE, DEC. 26, 1:06 P.M.: Partying next door in Long Beach Saturday night? Keep in mind the police department there is running DUI saturation patrols from 7 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.



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Watch the Tearful Interview Gabriel Espinoza Gave Before His Arrest for His Mother's Murder

Categories: 2014 Homicides

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Courtesy of La Habra Police Department
Gabriel Espinoza told of all the things his mother did for him.
Gabriel Espinoza of Santa Maria gave tearful television interviews days after his mother was found dead in La Habra on July 21, saying he "forgave" whoever strangled the 58-year-old Lompoc woman.

But Espinoza was essentially forgiving himself, if La Habra homicide detectives are to be believed.

They arrested the 29-year-old Tuesday on suspicion of murder and booked him into Orange County Jail without bail. Espinoza was charged and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Santa Ana for a special circumstances allegation of murder for financial gain, meaning the Orange County District Attorney could seek the death penalty.

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Probe into Halloween Night Stabbing Murder of Enrique Avila Nets Two 17-year-old Suspects

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Qwik Tape
Murder charges and gang related sentencing enhancements have been filed against two 17-year-olds in the Halloween night stabbing murder of a 19-year-old Long Beach man. The Long Beach Police Department did not identify the suspects because they are minors, although they will be prosecuted as adults so ... uh ... moving on ...

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Junior Rigoberto Lopez Charged in Hit-and-Run That Killed Anaheim Bicyclist Daniela Palacios

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Courtesy of Anaheim Police Department
Anaheim cops released this photo of the suspect vehicle in the Nov. 1 fatal hit-and-run.
You know how some crime posts end with pleas seeking tips from people about an incident, even if they are left anonymously? Such a clue left with Orange County Crime Stoppers led to a Buena Park man being arrested and charged Thursday in last month's hit-and-run that killed a 44-year-old mother of eight, police said.

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One Man Dead and Second Injured After Shots Ring Out on North Jackson Street in Santa Ana

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Tape like this went up on North Jackson Street in Santa Ana.
One man was shot to death and a second was wounded by gunfire Friday night in Santa Ana.

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Weekender Updater: Pair Cops to Roles in Fatal Placentia Fight; SJC Robber Also Cuts Plea Deal

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The fight happened in the 400 block of South Van Buren Street in Placentia.
Just one story to update you on this weekend and it's a pretty recent one: a September fight in Placentia that resulted in a man's death and had prosecutors considering a homicide count against the accused killer.

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Javier Montoya Faces Murder and Other Counts in Fiery Death After Night of Police Chases

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Photo by flickr user Pengrin
Change to pickup truck and add a power pole.
A 40-year-old man is facing murder and other serious charges for a traffic death that happened after the second of two police chases, with the first one having started in Westminster Monday night.

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Steven Dean Gordon Confessed He and Franc Cano Slayed 5 Prostitutes: Grand Jury Report

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Megan's Law
Steven Dean Gordon and his partner pleaded not guilty in May.
Half of the pair of alleged serial killers of prostitutes in Orange County confessed to police about the murders, the disposal of bodies in trash bins and how there was a fifth, yet-to-be-identified victim, according to a grand jury transcript unsealed Monday.

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More Bad News for Drug Rehab Center with Counselor Facing Murder Charge for DUI Crash

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The Shaun Eagleson Memorial Fund
Neil Storm Stephany pleaded not guilty to murdering Shaun Eagleson (shown with wife Olivia).
A Costa Mesa drug and alcohol recovery center that had a counselor charged with DUI murder in October is dealing with more negative press this month: the city claims one of its group homes in a residential neighborhood had 11 more beds than legally allowed after some shady moves to avoid detection.

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