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Couple held in dismemberment of man at L.A. hotel [Updated]

Mugs A couple wanted for allegedly killing and dismembering a man at a downtown Los Angeles hotel were arrested Friday, authorities said.

The arrests of Edward Garcia Jr., 36, and his wife, Melissa Hope Garcia, 25, were made by the U.S. marshal's service and the Los Angeles Police Department at a location on La Brea Avenue near Hawthorn Avenue in Hollywood.

A maid at the Continental Hotel discovered Herbert Tracy White's severed limbs stuffed in a backpack on the morning of Nov. 29. The rest of his body was found wrapped in a blanket under a bed in the hotel room.

The suspects, a Pennsylvania couple who had rented the $40-a-night room, are believed to have tortured White, 49, before killing him.

No more details about their arrests were immediately available. But sources said Melissa Hope Garcia had dyed her hair in an effort to change her appearance.

[Updated at 6:06 p.m.: Sources said the couple were arrested at a flop house frequented by heroin and crack users.

Meanwhile, White's familiy said they were relieved that the suspected killers were arrested so quickly.

"I am just so thankful that they’ve been caught this quickly. I knew they would be," said Elizabeth Peterson, White's mother.

The family said a public memorial service for White is scheduled at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Inglewood Cemetery-Mortuary.]


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Photos: Edward Garcia Jr., 36, and his wife, Melissa Hope Garcia, 25.

Credit: Los Angeles Police Department

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grizzly looking bunch

Hmm, let's see: these two love birds will get the death penalty, sit on death row for years with full room and board, appeal again and again and finally die of old age. Wanna bet?

Fry them why waste time or send them to the Mexican cartels to take care of them for free...

Yeah ,They don't look too harmless!

Nice mugshots - notice the apathetic stares of two psychopaths.

apparently they didn't get too far, did they?


once again we need to be more like texas with capital punishments...
get rid of this garbage off our planet ASAP ...the air they breathe and space they take up is more valuable to us then keeping them around for any second longer

Thank God, they were caught. I feel a lot safer walking the streets. It is sickening that this type of thing, happens all the time. God will be the final judge. May he show them more mercy, than they showed the poor victim.

Wow! Nice, fast capture. These two need to never see the light of day again. They're just sick.

Not a well thought out plan. Put some body parts in a back pack, then place the left overs in a blanket and "hide" it under the bed. Wow, how did anyone find the body? Registering the room in their own names? These two need to be put to death, not for the crime, but just to make sure they do not procreate.

Pond Scum, bottom dwelling vultures who need to be eliminated from this eart.


just in the last 3 months it has been revealed that they absolutely executed one innocent man (Todd Willingham ) and possibly a second (Claude Jones).

The Death Penalty is not a reasonable sentence in a civilized country, which is why no other civilized country on the planet has it.

Boy....they sure are UGLY.

Wow, they found them. I thought they never would, that they were long gone somewhere far away. When I read what they did a few days ago and saw the victims wife on TV describing him as a man with many good qualities, in reaching out to help people always. He was also 6'5'. It is unbelievable that any human being could do what they did. So glad they'll receive their punishment.

Agreed, they deserve the ultimate punishment, but Texas is not a poster child for an effective death penalty program. Body count is not a measure of an effective application of the death penalty.

Hooray - now throw away the key or throw them in a pool full of piranhas. What a horrible, evil, unspeakable crime. .

he was a very kind person herbert was my thoughts and prayers go to his wife and his dog
i worked with him and he was a very kind hearted person he will be missed by all that knew him very sorry.

GOOD, AND GOOD RIDDANCE, whatever happens to them. They were probably spaced out on BOTH heroin and meth -- didn't even try to run, looking for MORE drugs. But JoeGillis is right: we the people will be on the hook for their filthy lives forever now!

Give these people the death penalty.

More than likely drugs played a part in this terrible tragedy. It highlights the importance of continuing the war on drugs.
My condolences to the White family. It appears in this story that Mr. White was trying to help this couple.

These two rolled up on me one night about a month ago a I had a bad feeling about them and left. I saw them several times after that and a few friends saw them a few days ago when they were in disguise and thought that was weird (they didn't know that they were wanted). Glad they got caught because the dude had a real menacing demeanor, but was real nice and I didn't think he was being sincere. I wouldn't have went anywhere especially a hotel room with these people.

God bless Herbert White. I found this article on a local newspaper website here in Florida. Herbie and I were best friends from 6th grade all through high school and into my college years. I knew his family very well, and he was practically one of our family. My parents were devastated at this news. Herbie was a great person and certainly didn't deserve this. I'm not a big proponent of the death penalty, but it seems fair in this case. I think they should be tortured and cut into pieces. RIP Herbie, and my thoughts are with your wonderful family.


I am shocked upon reading this. What is the world coming to when people just kill others and chopped their body to pieces?! There's no more Fear of God in each individual.


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