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Murder Victim-Kristine Louise Johnson The victim of kidnapping and murder, whose disappearance became coast-to-coast news.
Known as Kristi, she was born in Los Gatos, Calif., in 1981 and moved to West Michigan with her family when she was 6-years-old.She was a 1999 graduate of Saugatuck High School, and attended Western Michigan University.Johnson vanished on Feb. 15 after telling her roommate she was going to Beverly Hills to audition for a photographer she met shopping at a mall.Her body was discovered March 1,2003 in the Hollywood Hills by hikers.Memorials may be made to the Kristine L. Johnson Scholarship Fund at Saugatuck High School.

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« Reply #1 on: Apr 5th, 2005, 5:10pm »

Thanks Maverick, for remembering Kristi.
Kristine is also remembered at:
http://www.edmund-foundation.com/generic91.html

More news articles surrounding this tragic story.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/news/022703_nw_sm_missing.html
http://www.nbc4.tv/news/2008034/detail.html
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-03-04-missing-woman_x.htm
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4187/is_200303/ai_n9886453
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20030304-0019-ca-womanvanishes.html
http://www.smdp.com/archives/022503.pdf
http://www.cbs2.com/topstories/topstoriesla_story_062202212.html
http://tinyurl.com/5yjj3
http://tinyurl.com/4uy48
http://www.smmirror.com/volume4/issue39/no_arrests_no.asp
http://www.smmirror.com/volume4/issue48/man_charged_with.asp
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/news/051203_nw_kristine_murder.html
http://tinyurl.com/6oejg
http://www.nbc4.tv/news/2202460/detail.html
http://kcal9.com/localnews/localnewsla_story_149184938.html
http://www.nbc4.tv/news/2198803/detail.html
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 5th, 2005, 5:53pm »

Kristine's parent a year later share their heartbreaking anguish over Kristine's murder.
http://hollandsentinel.com/stories/030304/loc_030304002.shtml

Web posted Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Family still coping with loss
It has been one year since body of Kristine Johnson was found in California

By JOHN CHARLES ROBBINS
Staff writer

One year ago today, the lifeless body of former Saugatuck resident Kristi Johnson was found at the bottom of a deep ravine in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles.

The man accused of her kidnapping and brutal murder remains behind bars with no trial date in sight.

Kristine Louise Johnson, 21, a 1999 graduate of Saugatuck High School, was living and working in Santa Monica, had taken classes at Santa Maria Junior College, and had dreams of getting into the entertainment industry.

Kristine's father, Kirk Johnson, said the family is doing the best it can to deal with the young woman's death.

Johnson vanished on Feb. 15, 2003, after telling her roommate she was going to Beverly Hills to meet a photographer for a movie audition and photo shoot.

Her disappearance quickly attracted the attention of newspapers and television news crews in Los Angeles, and soon became a national story.

Hikers found her body 16 days later in a ravine in the Hollywood Hills. She was wearing stockings and underwear and her hands were bound, police said.

It's a sad story played out so many times before, that of an attractive young woman drawn to the sun and fun of the West Coast, in search of fame in the movie business, who instead meets tragedy.

An ex-con, Victor Lawrence Paleologus, 41, of Los Angeles, was charged with her murder.

Paleologus remains jailed, held without bond in the murder case. He's been locked up since his arrest Feb. 17, 2003, in an unrelated auto theft case.

His next scheduled court date is March 25 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, when pre-trial motions will be heard.

The case is not yet set for trial, according to the district attorney's office.

Kirk Johnson, is not surprised by the speed of the case. Prosecutors told him right up front it would be a slow process.

"They're progressing in a timeline that's considered normal," he said. "They originally told me it would be a year before a trial took place."

The district attorney's office is telling him the case might go to jury trial in July. Johnson said he plans to attend.

Paleologus allegedly lured Johnson by posing as a publicity photographer, and telling her she had a good chance of becoming the next James Bond girl in an upcoming film.

Paleologus' criminal record dates back to 1998 and includes felony convictions for burglary, grand theft, fraud, battery, and assault with attempt to commit rape.

In several cases, officials said, he was accused of luring women to locations on the pretense of photographing them for publicity stills for entertainment productions.

Prosecutors brought charges against Paleologus on May 12, 2003.

Along with the murder charge, the district attorney's office has brought two special exception charges of lying in wait, and murder during commission of an attempted rape.

Those special charges could make Paleologus eligible for execution.

Prosecutors filed formal notice on Jan. 29 that they are seeking the death penalty.

"That was a major, major step," Johnson said.

He was unable to attend the hearing and asked the prosecutor about the defendant's demeanor when he learned of the death penalty filing.

"They told me he just sat there, stone-faced. Of course he denies everything, he has no remorse, no nothing," Johnson said.

Paleologus has entered a not guilty plea. His defense attorney, Andrew R. Flier, is convinced Paleologus will be acquitted.

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 7th, 2005, 10:59am »

Kristine's birthday is Mar. 22, 1981 her death day is Feb. 15, 2003
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 31st, 2005, 09:34am »

Prosecutors announced they will seek the death penalty against the accused murderer of Kristine "Kristi" Johnson
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2003/May-2003/05_14_03_Felon_Charged_with_Murder.htm

Felon Charged with Murder of Santa Monica Woman

By Erica Williams
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May 13 -- A convicted felon with a history of luring women with bogus promises of work in the entertainment industry has been charged with the rape and capital murder of Kristine “Louise” Johnson, whose disappearance made national headlines earlier this year, county prosecutors announced Monday.

Victor Lawrence Paleologus, 40, could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering the 21-year-old Santa Monica woman, whose body was found in the Hollywood Hills ten weeks ago. The district attorney’s office said it would not decide whether to seek the death penalty until after the preliminary hearing.

Paleologus -- who also charged with two “special circumstances” of lying in wait and murder during the commission of an attempted rape -- is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Superior Court.

Paleologus has been held at Men's Central Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail since he was picked up in Beverly Hills and for allegedly stealing a car and violating parole two days after Johnson disappeared February 15. He’d been released from prison less than a month earlier after serving a sentence for burglary.

Johnson’s mother, Terry Wark, reacted cautiously to developments in the case.

“At this time I have confidence that justice will prevail,” Wark told The Lookout. “I respect the process which is in motion.”

Wark said she would not comment on the details of the case, adding, “I'll do everything I can to help the district attorney. I do not want to interfere with the DA's (work).”

Asked if she was concerned that it took a long time to press charges, Wark said, “Quite frankly, it’s only been a little more than two months since Kristi’s body was found.

“I myself have just started to heal with my grief and accept her death and the circumstances surrounding her death,” Wark said.

Johnson disappeared after telling a roommate she was going to meet with a photographer in Beverly Hills about auditioning for publicity photos for a movie. She’d met the purported photographer earlier at the Century City Mall.

She never returned from the meeting. Her 1996 Mazda Miata was found parked at the St. Regis Hotel in Century City ten days after her disappearance.

Police, friends and family began a desperate search for her soon after her disappearance. Scores of volunteers scoured local hillsides in an effort to find her.

The search came to an end March 3, when Johnson’s partially clothed body, one hand bound, was discovered by hikers in a ravine about 100 feet off Skyline Drive in the Hollywood Hills.

The Los Angeles County sheriff's coroner still has not determined what caused Johnson's death.

Paleologus is also charged with one count each of identity theft, filing a false financial statement, burglary, grand theft auto, forgery and receiving stolen property. The complaint alleges six prior convictions on various felony counts.

In 1991, Paleologus was tried for attempted rape, assault and false imprisonment of a woman he allegedly lured to a hotel room by promising she would meet celebrities, according to court documents.

The woman was bruised on her face, neck and legs and had rope burns on her wrists after Paleologus tried tying her to a bed. After a jury deadlocked, Paleologus entered a guilty plea to false imprisonment by violence. He was sentenced to three years probation.
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 22nd, 2006, 5:49pm »

Thinking of Kristi on her birthday.
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Over 3 years after Kristine's abduction and murder the death penalty trial against her accused murderer has started today.
http://www.mlive.com/news/muchronicle/index.ssf?/base/news-5/115219898647600.xml&coll=8#continue Quote:

Father expects slaying trial to revive emotions
Thursday, July 06, 2006 By John Tunison
CHRONICLE NEWS SERVICE
Kirk Johnson of Holland is prepared for a flood of emotions inside a California courtroom next week.

After a three-year wait, the trial is set to begin for a man accused of abducting Johnson's 21-year-old daughter under the guise of a photo shoot and strangling her.

"It's all going to come back," he said. "It's all being brought back to the surface."

Johnson said he has waited patiently for justice in the death of his daughter, Kristine Johnson, an aspiring actress who moved to California after graduating from Saugatuck High School in 1999.

"It's always been on the horizon," the Holland man said. "It's been over three years, and now, all of the sudden, bang, it's here."

Jury selection in the capital murder case against Victor Paleologus, 43, is expected to begin Friday in Los Angeles. The trial could last several weeks.

"His past is going to be totally exposed," Johnson said.

Police allege Paleologus lured Johnson to her death by posing as a publicity photographer for movie industry executives. Johnson, who lived in Santa Monica and worked for a cellular phone company, vanished Feb. 15, 2003, after telling her roommate she was going to a photo shoot.

Her body was discovered in early March, wrapped in a sleeping bag at the bottom of a ravine in the Hollywood Hills with her ankles bound.

The search for Johnson after her disappearance and the subsequent charges against Paleologus, initially arrested for auto theft, garnered national media attention.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren is expected to call numerous other women to testify about Paleologus and how he allegedly tried to lure them with a similar photo scheme.

Kirk Johnson plans to attend the first several days of the trial, but said he isn't sure he can handle defense testimony to try to exonerate Paleologus. The suspect was released from prison just three weeks before Johnson's disappearance. He'd served time for a variety of charges, including assault with intent to commit a sex offense and burglary.

Johnson said he expects his brother from Anchorage, Alaska, and his mother from California to attend the trial.

Paleologus faces a possible death penalty because he is a three-time convicted felon and because he is charged with "lying in wait" before allegedly killing Kristine Johnson.

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« Reply #7 on: Jul 16th, 2006, 5:02pm »

The defense as in the Scott Peterson trial is attempting to use the lack of physical evidence to claim innocence. Unlike Peterson however this is a predator with a long history of evil.
http://www.courttv.com/trials/paleologus/071306_ctv.html

LOS ANGELES — James Bond, Disney, stiletto heels, pricey real estate and a string of starstruck Hollywood hopefuls are the pieces of a puzzle that prosecutors say connect convicted felon Victor Paleologus to the brutal slaying of aspiring actress Kristine Johnson.

"This case began as a puzzle, and I'm going to explain to you how that puzzle came together," prosecutor David Walgren told jurors Thursday during opening statements in Paleologus's capital murder trial.

Before he allegedly bound and strangled 21-year-old Kristine Johnson, stuffed her body in a sleeping bag, and rolled her off a cliff into the Hollywood Hills, Paleologus had a 15-year history of luring women with the false promise of fame as a Bond girl, Walgren said.

Paleologus was paroled from prison a month before Johnson disappeared. He served three and a half years for assault to commit rape on a 24-year-old he met at the Sky Bar on Sunset Boulevard in 1998, who will testify that he attempted to bind her wrists and legs during the middle of a fake, private photo shoot for a "007" movie.

Jurors saw photos of Johnson's corpse, her wrists and ankles bound with shoelace, black stiletto pumps — allegedly part of Paleologus' signature request — on her feet.

But the defense claims the pretty ingénue and the six-time felon never met. Defense attorney Andrew Flier told jurors Johnson may have met her killer at a rave party she planned to attend the night she vanished.

Paleologus' defense hinges on the prosecution's lack of crime-scene evidence tying him to Johnson's body.

"No scrapings, no fingerprints, not one little pubic hair, no saliva — nothing," Flier said.

Over the next four weeks, the panel of 10 men and two women will hear testimony from experts and a half-dozen women who will describe chilling encounters with a man who had several aliases, who falsely claimed to be a Disney executive, who promised them roles in a Bond film, and whom they all believe was Victor Paleologus.

A woman he allegedly met in 1991 will describe how he slipped a white, powdery sedative into her drink and then fled the restaurant when she refused to drink it and called police. The defense claims she has the wrong man.

A former girlfriend will describe the time in 1996 when he broke into her home, hid behind her bed, and chased after her with a ligature. The defense says there's no evidence he tried to attack her.

A man who repossessed his car in 1999 will tick off a list of items he found in the vehicle: high heels, nylons, moisturizer, rope, a neck tie, and a "dildo." The defendant retrieved his property the next day.

Paleologus, 43, is charged with seven counts, including murder, burglary, identity theft, and the special circumstances of lying in wait and attempted rape. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

Kristine "Kristi" Johnson moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue film work. She disappeared in 2003 after telling a roommate she was on her way to meet a man she met earlier that day at the Century City Shopping Center, a supposed photographer who promised her a role in a James Bond movie.

At least three women will testify Paleologus approached them in the days before Johnson's death, at the same mall, with the same promises.

"She was murdered about two weeks shy of her 22nd birthday," Walgren told jurors as her photo was displayed on a projection screen.

The blue-eyed, blond, 5-foot-9 Michigan native was interested in becoming a make-up artist, and was sometimes too trusting.

Her death fit Paleologus's signature pattern, Walgren said.
The defendant's M.O., according to the prosecutor, was to flatter attractive women, promise $100,000 paychecks, arrange "test" auditions, and dangle the opportunity to meet Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan.

He'd arrange private meetings on La Cienega and San Vicente Boulevards, in empty buildings that once housed Café Milano, a restaurant he managed before it closed.

He allegedly insisted on specific audition clothing: A white button-down man's shirt, miniskirt, nylons, stilettos, and a man's necktie, which he would provide, to complete the outfit.

Investigators found photos on the defendant's laptop of a naked, gagged woman, her ankles and wrists bound. They also found images of a woman posing provocatively in the clothing that prosecutors say match his signature fetish.

Walgren did not identify the women as he showed their photos. Audible gasps could be heard in the gallery.

Paleologus did not look at the pictures.

The defendant, who is being held without bail, wore clothes that appeared to belong to someone taller and heavier: a dark blazer that fell to mid-thigh, blue jeans rolled up at the hem, a loose-fitting flannel shirt.

His attorney says his family does not care to be involved in the case and did not attend the proceedings

Kristi Johnson's parents and extended family sat shoulder-to-shoulder in the front row of the gallery Thursday.

Her father wiped away tears as he watched security video of his daughter shopping at the Century City Mall on Feb. 15, 2003, allegedly the last day of her life.

She bought a miniskirt, white shirt, nylons, and stilettos — the clothes she had on when hikers discovered her corpse on March 3, 2003.
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