Killer Nailed by Tattoo Murder 'Confession'
LA gangster tattooed crime scene on his chest
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2011 2:45 AM CDT
This photo of Garcia, taken after he was arrested for driving on a suspended license in 2008, led to his murder conviction.   (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

(Newser) – Los Angeles gangster Anthony Garcia would have gotten away with a 2004 murder outside a liquor store if it wasn't for one slip-up: He tattooed a detailed mural of the crime scene across his chest. By chance, a detective who worked on the case saw the tattoo when flipping through photos of gang members years later, and launched an investigation that has led to a first-degree murder conviction for the 22-year-old killer, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The tattoo—under the banner "Rivera Kills," in reference to the Rivera-13 gang—had accurate details of the Pico Rivera murder scene, including Christmas lights, a street lamp, and even the direction the victim's body fell. Garcia—whose gang nickname is "Chopper"—even added a helicopter firing bullets at the victim. "He tattooed his confession on his chest. You have a degree of fate with this," a police captain says. "The detective who spotted it had been a Pico sergeant who went on to become a homicide sergeant. I never worked the Pico station. I never would have recognized that Pico liquor store."

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May 30, 2011 3:28 PM CDT
This is why people join gangs. They're just too stupid to function as an individual. It takes 30 or 40 of them to equal the intelligence of one normal 15 year old.
Apr 23, 2011 11:08 PM CDT
I predict the next tattoo this dick will have will be one of him being bent over and screwed by some of the homies once he hits the prison circuit.
Apr 23, 2011 6:35 PM CDT
his momma should have either spit or swallowed...what a piece of sh**.......give him the needle. Good riddance