The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Thursday, May 31, 2007

Wendie Ann Schweikert

Clearly, we don't have enough good teachers anymore. It seems that not a week can go by without some lunatic teacher having sex with her students...

WYFF4.com - News - Police: DNA Evidence Supports Claim By Schweikert's Accuser
UPDATE:

It seems that Schweikert has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the rape of the young student. She was charged with eight counts of sexual misconduct and three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of lewd act upon a child. LE found that she had preformed oral sex on the child, and taken him to a parking garage for sex.

Her defense was the usual run of mental issues that everyone likes to throw around:
battling depression for years, she'd been abused as a child, has a borderline personality disorder, a sexual disorder and was recently diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, Yeah. Right.

Wendie Ann Schweikert, 37, was arrested in May 2006 and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and committing a lewd act on a minor. The case inflamed racial tensions because the student is black, and some black residents had argued that the teacher was getting lenient treatment by the courts.

She pleaded guilty and read a three-page apology to the victim, his family, E.B. Morse Elementary School and the community, Laurens County prosecutor Jerry Peace said.

Peace said that he offered a plea deal that would have recommended 14 years in prison for the former fifth-grade teacher, but that she refused and decided to take her chances with the judge.


A former student of the teacher in this case wrote a moving statement, expressing the pain and the effect that the abuse had- not only on the victim but on other classmates.
GreenvilleOnline
n part the student wrote, "I want to know why you did that to my friend and to the whole class. We trusted you so much, we thought you were the best teacher in the school. We don't want you on our minds any more. We hate you."

Peace argued for the maximum sentence of 20 years, saying her actions had a profound effect on the 11-year-old boy, the school and the community.


Although, out of fairness- Schweikert's statement seems to be an attempt at being moving itself. Somehow, I don't by it- but then again, I rarely do.

Schweikert read a prepared statement begging the victim's family to forgive her. "I'm sorry for my sin," she read. "There aren't any words to convey how sorry I am.

"I hope and pray one day you'll know how sorry I am for taking away his innocence. All my life I've wanted to be a teacher. It's what God made me to be.

"I'm sorry fifth-grade parents had to explain my sin to your kids. I've destroyed the very trust I tried so hard to gain with students and parents. I just don't know if I can ever forgive myself."

What is just as interesting as a sick woman sexually abusing a 11 year old boy is the outrage that the case caused from a different stand point.

In two years time, two different teachers where charged with sexual abuse of children. in both cases the children where black students- the perps were white teachers. A group formed, led by Rev. David Kennedy. They believe that these cases are reflective of a abusive pattern against black students. You can read a little more about that here.

I personally don't feel this is a race issue- as much as it is a morals issue. None of our teachers should be sexually abusing any of our students- and the color of skin doesn't make the crime less or more outrageous and unacceptable. From the most famous "teacher/student" sex case, to the ones we never hear about- there is no excuse. In every case a teacher had a role in the child's life- to teach them, to lead them, to help shape them into better people. Instead they opted to cause pain and suffering by taking advantage of them, both mentally and sexually.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Jack McClellan, On the Move

Evidently the heat in Seattle wasn't enough for Jack McClellan, admitted pedophile and sicko behind the sick Seattle Girl Love website.

Nope, Jack's decided to take a small vacation... and is looking for a new home in Cali.

On May 18 I left the state of Washington amidst another flurry of media hysteria over the return of my site. I didn't expect such attention and anger this time because I removed all the pics of LGs from my site -- which is still up, and apparently STILL pissing off people in Seattle nearly 2 weeks later (I just saw the GC post about another KOMO-TV item on me this week). The main reason I left Washington was because my family (who I'd been living with) was being hassled again by the media, and I didn't want them involved in my controversies anymore. I first drove to remote and sparsely-populated southeastern Oregon to trip-out on the stars and Milky Way under the darkest night sky in the lower 48 states. I'd always wanted to go there, and it was a far-out experience (there's something to be said for a place where the only entertainment is staring into space 24/7). However, there were virtually no LGs there, and I decided to leave OR about a week ago and head to Los Angeles -- with the idea of possibly relocating here.


Sick freak.

Aron Pritchard, Update

Months ago, I brought you a case of a "father" who had placed his two young children in a dyer and turned it on.

Thanks to a recent comment on that post, there is a update to the case, which is just as disturbing if not more so. I know... you're asking what on earth could be worse than putting a 2 year old and a 3 year old in a dyer.

Aron Pritchard, 27, was jailed Friday after prosecutors dismissed the original child abuse case and filed a new one, adding 10 sexual assault counts to the original charges. The charges are filed in the alternate, and depending on a jury's findings, Pritchard could face multiple life sentences.


I can almost understand dropping the charges for more serious ones... but I can not even begin to understand why on earth the Judge in this case LOWERED bail. Especially after having read this part:
Pritchard is charged with four counts each of aggravated sodomy and indecent liberties with a child, two counts of rape, and single counts of abuse of a child and aggravated endangering a child.


These aren't "simple" molestation charges... it's RAPE and SODOMY. And he gets a reduced bail? What on earth is the Judge thinking?

I suppose we should be thankful that the judge didn't give in completely- this perv was asking for even less bail-
In asking the court to release him on his original $5,000 bond, Pritchard noted he had not fled the jurisdiction and made every court appearance. His court-appointed attorney, Kiehl Rathbun, also told the court Pritchard has an infant son and he needed "to be a father to his child."

Magistrate Judge Randy McEwen acknowledged Pritchard's cooperation but said he also had to consider public safety. McEwen reduced the bond from $100,000 to $75,000. When Pritchard was originally charged in the previous abuse case, he was released on $750 bond.


Personally, I wish that ALL of the charges would stand, both for the dyer part and now for the sexual abuse. This man is nothing short of a monster and needs to be locked up for life.

What's on AMW this week

This week the team at America's Most Wanted is covering the following cases:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

ALEXIS FLORES…It was a nightmare come to life for a tight-knit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania neighborhood. A 5-year-old girl, Ariana DeJesus, was found sexually assaulted and strangled to death in an empty apartment complex near her house on August 3, 2000. Ariana had gone missing a few days before she was found, and the community was outraged by her horrifying murder. For years, the case went unsolved, until March 2007, when the FBI in Philadelphia got the break they were looking for -- a DNA match from a convicted criminal in another state.


Manhattan, New York
UNKNOWN MIDTOWN JANE DOE KILLER…When an old Manhattan apartment building once known as a magnet for pimps and prostitutes went under construction, workers dug up something horrifying -- a young woman's skeleton. Now, detectives are piecing together clues, hoping to find out who the woman was, whether or not she was sucked into the notorious lifestyle of the apartment building's residents -- and who killed her.

Toledo, Ohio
DAVID SKELLY…Cops say the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl was going on for almost eight months before anybody figured out what was happening. Now, a dangerous fugitive has disappeared.

Hyattsville, Maryland
PEDRO REYES…Pedro Montiel Reyes was living with his girlfriend for several months in her Hyattsville, Maryland apartment, when cops say he became irrationally jealous. After accusing her of cheating in March 2005, cops say Reyes took his rage to a whole new level -- and now he's at the center of a murder investigation.


Walton, Kentucky
LONNIE CRABTREE…Lonnie Ted Crabtree had what many people would consider a nice life. But apparently he wasn't satisfied with his life, and went looking for a little something extra on the Internet. Unfortunately for him, he got a big surprise when he was done surfing the web.


These are just a few of the cases that will be airing this week, for information on some of the other cases, or to view more information, please see the AMW.com website. AMW airs on Saturday nights, at 9pm on your local Fox Station.

Carnival of The True Crime Blogs

Once again, it's time for the Carnival of the True Crime Blogs, this week however- I have the pleasure of hosting, so here's a little peek at what the very best True Crime bloggers have been writing on this week:

Trench at CrimeNews has the story of Michelle Dohn

Michelle Dohm is a grade school teacher from Thurmont, MD. who was arrested and convicted for sending threatening notes to some students at her school. Even after she had been under investigation it is alleged that she still sent correspondence out to some of the students.

Now the news is that she was in a court hearing today and was ordered to have no more contact with her victims.


HomeSweetHome has the tale of a deadly fire, and a man named Robert L. Drown Jr

Two weeks ago fire department officials were called to a mobile home for a report of a fire. Inside the home, the fire department found 3 bodies.

The home was occupied by Jennifer Ison, 31. One of the bodies found was identified as Mrs. Ison. Jennifer Ison had two daughters Shannah, 10, and Marissa, 3. The other two bodies were identified as the children.


Teacher Smackdown has the story of a recently released sex offender, who happens to have been a teacher too.

Former Parma, Idaho middle school teacher Randy Eddy, 37, was convicted on two counts of sexual battery involving a 15-year-old female student. After serving serving six months of his original 10-year prison sentence he was granted parole after taking part in a “boot camp” and sexual offender treatment program.


Stephen from Crime Scene Blog has the case of a missing teenager in Missing: Victoria Ashley, aka “Tori”

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 started out like any other day for the teenager. She left her home for school, arriving that morning. But things took a strange turn sometime during that morning, which led to her disappearance. Later in the morning, her cell phone was found, but Tori was gone.


Other cases of interest floating around the blogroll:

CrimeBlog.us is taking a close look at Summer Lovin’ Gone Bad: The Crimes of Joshua Bean

History’s Miseries is looking at part two of Fame, Love, Murder and Frozen Music, Part 2.

MyCrimeSpace has info on the latest scam- Im in ur 419 rippin u off

End of the Story has WI vs Marquardt: Sentencing

Parents behaving Badly is sharing new information in Microwave baby update: Also put in fridge, hotel room safe and punched in the groin.

New member Till Death Do Us Part recently shared Ann Marie and Peter M. Allouise

The guys at Crime Rant are talking about Depressed Texas Mother Snaps

1947 Project has 12 Angry Men and Women

And ClEWS is talking about Some Southern Broadsides

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Tid Bits...

Or just willing to write about them? There are a few requirements, but rumor has it that a cushy blogging gig, complete with possible hate mail and trolls, has opened up over at CrimeNews.



Other notes of interest:

Georgia police are looking for a serial rapist, who has been known to attack women while they are with their children. In one case, he held a gun to the woman, forcing her and her small child into a car before driving off to a park where he raped her, and then threatened the child.


For those of you who recall Kelsey Briggs, you might be feeling that anger all over again- yet another soldier has had to return home to bury their child due to abuse.

A man beat his girlfriend's 4-year-old son to death after she left the boy in his care while she was deployed to Iraq, police said.

Donell Parker, 23, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Cameron Smith. The boy was found dead in his bed Thursday in a suburb south of Chicago.




Jury finds that sleepwalking is a bad excuse for molesting someone.

A Georgia man has been found guilty of sexual battery even though he claims he has no recollection of assaulting the family babysitter because he was sleepwalking.

The babysitter said she caught Scott Axelburg with his hand in her underwear in the middle of the night in 2004.




Reward for Jennifer Kesse, missing for over a year from Orlando has grown to $1million dollars. New footage of "suspect" released, and police are hoping for leads.

What happened to Jennifer Kesse, the blonde financial adviser from Orlando, Fla., who disappeared 16 months ago? Nobody knows, but a week ago, the Orlando police announced that they may finally have a break in the case. To motivate anyone with information about the case to help investigators, Kesse's boss offered a $1 million reward for information that leads to Kesse's safe return by July 4.




And, lastly- pedofreak Ashford has decided to have a little fun when it comes to the sexual abuse of children. He calls it a parody- but most people know that this sick fuck is "just fine" with the idea of sexually abusing little children for his own deviant gratification. The page he slams is Virginia's Anti Statutory Rape site.

Friday, May 25, 2007

AMW, This weeks show

You can catch America's Most Wanted on Saturday nights at 9pm on your favorite local Fox station. These weeks show will be highlighting the following cases, along with others:

Mamaroneck, New York

UNKNOWN MAMARONECK BUTCHER…New York police are piecing together body parts that washed ashore on opposite sides of the Long Island Sound. Medical examiners have determined that one leg belonged to the same person whose torso was found stuffed in a suitcase. Now, police are putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together to try and catch a killer.


Mason, Ohio
ENRIQUE TORRES…A parent should never have to hear that their child has been brutally murdered, and a parent should not have to wake up every morning knowing that their child's alleged killer is on the loose. But after the events of August 26, 2006, this is something that the parents of Kevin Barnhill must experience every day.


Norfolk, Virginia
Guillermo Ramirez…For Amber Fish, justice has been a long time in coming -- too long. As a child, she was molested by her mother's boyfriend, Guillermo Ramirez. Although Ramirez has already been convicted, police say he's been on the run for more than ten years -- years that Amber has spent waiting for justice.


Charlotte, North Carolina…
LINE OF DUTY – OFFICER JEFF SHELTON AND OFFICER SEAN CLARK…Officer Jeff Shelton and Officer Sean Clark responded to a disturbance call at Timber Ridge Apartments in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 31st, 2007. In an apparent random act of violence, cops say Demetrius Montgomery, a man unrelated to the disturbance call, fatally shot both officers in the head. While many were mourning the loss of these officers, several members of SWAT and other officers attending one of the funeral services were pulled away to capture fugitive Tavarus Simpson. Simpson had been featured on AMERICA’S MOST WANTED and became direct result capture #929.


For more information on other cases, visit the AMW.com website.

Jack McClellan

"Seattle Tacoma Everett Girl Love", it's the website that has shocked and angered parents all over the country. Up until a few months ago, Jack McClellan was happy to sit back and take photos of innocent children and publish them on his peodphile related website. He used his special rating system to alert other pedophile "girl lovers" as to which community events offered the best chances to see little girls. The entire site was nothing more than a "how to" for a pedophile. And, it was enough of an outrage that parents demanded the site be closed. Jack wasn't willing to shut it down, but his webhost was.

And then Jack found another webhost- one that also hosts other pedophile sites such as the boychat forums. So, Jack McClellan put his sick site back up. Only this time, he is less than willing to "talk publicly" about it according to the latest news coverage:


McClellan has not returned any calls for comment. His web site is now run by a Montreal-based web provider, and on the site McLellan says that because of "death threats" he won't make any public statements about his site.


He says he won't make any public statements about the site. That he's just not willing to do it.

Hum.

That's just so... odd. Because last time I checked- things published on a open forum in a public web domain are "public statements". I wonder if Jack forgot.

Let's see, there is the Article on the return of STEGL, and STEGL back up- and a later reply to something on that same thread Re: psychedelics , Hysterical newspaper piece on STEGL and a later reply on that thread to another comment- Re: Don't play semantics. Another thread, although it's not about the site: LG flirted with me yesterday and a reply to a comment on that thread- Re: LG flirted with me yesterday.

And, while you're clicking around, don't forget to check out Is it legal to French-kiss a LG? by Jack.

Evidently Jack's talking more than he thought he was. Can't wait to see what people think of this freakshow, and his "thoughts".


For more coverage, see Crime Scene Blog, who has been following Jack since day one.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Carnival Of the TCB

This weeks Carnival of the True Crime Blogs was hosted by JD of SlabTown Chronicles. Hurry over and see what your favorite crime bloggers have been up to.

Death Penalty For Rape

Erlich Anthony Coker was serving several sentences on a variety of sexually related charges when he escaped from a Georgia prison. During his time on the run, he broke into a home where he raped the women that lived there and stole a vehicle. He was captured and sentenced to death by the jury that convicted him.

This single case would have a lasting effect on the laws regarding the death penalty. Coker appealed to the Supreme Court of Georgia who upheld the sentence. In 1977 the US Supreme Court would take the position that the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution forbid the death penalty from being applied to a case of rape where the victim survives and is an adult at the time of the crime. They decided it was "cruel and unusual" punishment not fitting the crime. The quick read of the case can be found here.
I bring the Coker case up, for two reasons- one because I prefer Chief Justice Burger opinion on the case, he dissented and said this about it:

"the Eighth Amendment does not prevent the State from taking an individuals 'well-demonstrated propensity for life-endangering behavior' into account in devising punitive measures which will prevent inflicting further harm upon innocent victims." If the Court was serious about sanctioning the continued use of the death penalty, it should allow states to use it in appropriate circumstances.

Furthermore, rape is a heinous crime. "A rapist not only violates a victim's privacy and personal integrity, but inevitably causes serious psychological as well as physical harm in the process. The long-range effect upon the victim's life and health is likely to be irreparable; it is impossible to measure the harm which results."


Perfectly said.

The other reason I mention this is to highlight the fact that the 1977 court ruling only effected cases involving adult victims of rape.

I've mentioned before that a new law would allow OK to seek the death penalty for those who repeatedly rape children. And I explained why I favored it. Texas also has a law in the works, and a few states already passed their laws. The main point in most of them is that they are designed to e limited to repeat offenders. I personally disagree with the idea of having to increase the number of victims before we're really willing to do anything to stop these perverts-- but no one asked my thoughts on it.

Louisiana on the other hand is a little different with their laws. They allow for first time child rapist to be sentenced to death. And they even have one sitting there on the row waiting for judgement day already.

The Times: In Louisiana, anyone convicted of aggravated rape in which the victim is younger than 12 may face the death penalty if prosecutors inform the court before trial that they will seek it. The only other sentencing option in such cases is mandatory life in prison without parole.


Patrick Kennedy, of Harvey LA a relative as she was sorting cookies in the garage of the home she lived in. The same day he reportedly bragged that she had "became a lady" that day. Kennedy was sentenced and received the death penalty. He appealed, claiming that the death penalty for rape violated the Eighth Amendment protection against "cruel and unusual" punishment. But, remember that Coker case I mentioned? The one that only applied to ADULT victims? In his appeal, that case was sited, and thankfully, the court kept in following that case, so because Kennedy's victim was a monor child- they upheld the sentence.

In Tuesday's opinion, Justice Jeffrey Victory wrote, "Our state Legislature and this court have determined this category of aggravated rapist to be among those deserving of the death penalty, and, short of a first-degree murderer, we can think of no other non-homicide crime more deserving."

Victory wrote that the Louisiana law meets the U.S. Supreme Court test requiring an aggravating circumstance — in this case the age of the victim — to justify the death penalty.


As the reader who sent this to me said:

"It's about time"

Now, if only the rest of the states would look to Louisiana and take their lead.

Monday, May 21, 2007

More parents who shouldn't be..

He attempted to hire a hit man, and might have succeeded except that the would be hitter was so distraught over his request- which included murdering his 7 year old daughter. Although, he did make one request in regards to her:

...that the girl be shot in the chest and not the head so she could have an open casket at her funeral...


When requestioned about the little girl, he reassured the hitter that he did indead want her killed too. After all, this was about "his wife".


Then we have this winning couple. He microwaves his infant daughter... and she said it's not his fault- the DEVIL made him do it:

Eva Marie Mauldin said Satan compelled her 19-year-old husband, Joshua Royce Mauldin, to microwave their daughter May 10 because the devil disapproved of Joshua's efforts to become a preacher.

"Satan saw my husband as a threat. Satan attacked him because he saw (Joshua) as a threat," Eva Mauldin told Houston television station KHOU-TV.



Please people, remember to spay and neuter your losers- we don't need anymore parents like this running around.

Henderson Predator

Nevada police are on the lookout for a sexual predator:

Henderson police say a man resembling this sketch stalked a 13 year old girl on her way home from school, broke into her home and raped her.

It happened in a neighborhood at Green Valley Parkway and Paseo Verde last month. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, over 6 feet tall, with a medium complexion, brown eyes and black-straight hair.

If you have any information that could help call Henderson police at 267-4765.


You can see the sketch here.

The right to question the accuser

It's not that I don't understand the right for the accused to face their accuser in a court of law. I get that sometimes- a victim is going to be required to testify as to what happened to them. It's part of the entire "right to a fair trial" issue. I understand it- I just don't always like it.

Now, in defense of defense attorneys- most tend to tread lightly when it comes to questioning a child about an allegation of abuse. Most, but not all. They tend to understand the emotional trauma that a child endures while testifying, and a good lawyer will remain mindful of that while still attempting to give their client the best representation as possible.

It's not always that way. Sometimes, a defense lawyer will go above and beyond what is needed to present a "reason of doubt". And, even worse- sometimes the accused represents themselves.

Self representation is a legal, and important option to many people. Some feel that they can better present their side than a third party. While there may seem to be a plus side to representing oneself in court, there are often a like of cons- which can out weigh any benefiting factors.

Lawyers normally have more experience in the court room, they are trained in discerning the law, and they naturally have a better chance at winning the case than someone unfamiliar with the judicial process. I'm personally one that believe that if you have a job that needs done, you are best off finding someone who does that job for a living- otherwise you have no one to blame but yourself when it gets screwed up.

Howard Thompson III of South Carolina is one of the many people who make the choice to represent themselves every day. But he's not handling his case alone, he has a legal advisor working with him on his case.

The issue is that Thompson is accused of molesting a 6 year old boy he babysat for more than fifty times. The boy had been left at his apartment, and when the mother returned to get him, she found Thompson in the bathroom with her son, who was nude. Thompson is also charged with sexually abusing a 13 year old neighbor.

With Thompson representing himself, it makes it very difficult for the child to testify. Let's face it- adults have a hard time looking into the eyes of their perp and recounting the abuse suffered at their hands... it's no question that a small child would be in a even more fragile state, and even more open to emotional distress at facing their abuser.


The parents who say their son was molested two years ago said they won't let him testify at trial because the accused molester is representing himself and would end up cross-examining the child.
[...]

The 6-year-old's father said, "At the preliminary hearing, part of the confession was read. He confessed to assaulting my son more than 50 times. And had we not discovered it, there's no telling how many more times it could have happened."

"I'm worried about it. (I) want to make sure they get a conviction. I want to make sure justice is served and he is punished for what he has done and protect other children in the future so it does not happen again," he said.


I applaud these parents, they've have to make a tough choice which could effect the outcome of the trial. My heart goes out to them, and I hope for their sake and their sons that a conviction is given in this case.

It does however remind me just how much I wish there were limits to the "self representation" laws. I don't believe that a accused child molester should be allowed to limit the prosecution's case by putting them in a situation where if the child testifies- then the accused can personally question them. In cases like these, where it seems the only thing holding the child back is some monster defending himself- there should be an allowance to bring in a "professional" and do the questioning via them.

Sometimes, we make it to damn easy on these sick monsters.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Parents who shouldn't be...

Some people ought to have not been parents. I say that, not because the lack the basic ability to be a parent- but because they are just naturally terrible people. Some of these people shouldn't have pets, let alone kids.

Take for instance, Christine Cole, 32 and her sister Judy Chamberlain, 33. Both were recently charged with second-degree cruelty to a child. I'm not sure why they didn't get slapped with neglect, endangerment, and just plain being stupid.

The mother and aunt of a legally blind 10-year-old boy were booked on cruelty charges after briefly leaving him on the side of a highway because he was misbehaving, a sheriff's spokesman said.

A driver reported seeing someone pick up a child from the side of Interstate 12 on Wednesday about 40 miles east of Baton Rouge and put him in a van. Authorities feared they were dealing with a kidnapping, said Jason Ard, the Livingston Parish sheriff's spokesman.

Investigators found the boy had actually been dropped off as punishment. The van traveled a short distance down the highway before the mother got out and retrieved him, Ard said. It was unclear exactly how long the child was out of the car but Ard said Friday it was probably only a few minutes.


Legally blind? First off, most people wouldn't leave any child on the side of a HIGHWAY, let alone one that is seeing impaired. WFT? My solution to this is simple, blind fold both these animals, and leave them in the middle of the highway.

Then we have yet another loser, Johnnie Jerome Kerns, 29 of Springfield Mo. This asshat was mad at his estranged wife. Rather than just yelling at her, or getting over it- he decided that the WORST thing he could do was the way to deal with his obvious anger issues:

Kerns picked up the woman's five year old daughter, tied a car tire to the little girl and tossed her off a bridge into a cold lake.

A man was sentenced Friday to 70 years in prison for tossing a 5-year-old girl off a bridge into a cold lake to terrorize his estranged wife.

Johnnie Jerome Kerns, 29, received consecutive terms for five felonies, including kidnapping, child abuse and assault.

Kerns was arrested last September shortly after two fishermen pulled the girl to safety. They had heard what sounded like a child being thrown from a bridge and then a vehicle speeding off.


I suppose we could say that since Kerns isn't the child's real father, then it doesn't count. But, if he was married to her mother, then he had some sort of parent-like role in the child's life... and should be barred from ever having children of his own, or dating someone that has children.

Next up is Christine Hutchinson, 22, of Pittsburgh:
Officers got a tip from someone who knew Hutchinson that there was "possibly a baby that was dead and was in a freezer in an apartment in Bloomfield," a working-class neighborhood several miles east of downtown, Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said.

Detectives found what initially appeared to be a late-term fetus in a brown bag in the freezer, police said, though it wasn't immediately clear whether the remains resulted from a miscarriage, late-term abortion or a death shortly after birth.


Sorry, but that's just sick, and clearly evident of someone who has some serious isses.

Jackie, The PedoFreak

Crime Scene Blog is reporting that everyone's least favorite Washington State freak is back online. I discussed the pedofreak previously.

As if the world wasn't sick enough already- now Jack is back.

For those interested- Michigan police have released a poster on pedophile symbols, which include their logos for "girl lovers" and "boy lovers" or as I prefer to call them- predators. This list might come in handy, given the amount of "Jacks" out there.

You might also enjoy one parents response to this terminal cancer on society.

What's on AMW?

This weekend, America's Most Wanted is featuring the following cases, in hopes that you can help bring these wanted criminals to justice:

Dallas, Texas

FRANCISCO JAVIER RAMIREZ…Cops in Dallas say Francisco Javier Ramirez murdered his wife and stuffed her body in a car trunk. He has distinctive tattoos and may be working as an air conditioning repairman.

Michigan City, Indiana
LARRY WOODS…Everyone thought Larry Woods' fate was sealed when he was sentenced to 111 years in jail for shooting his boss. But cops say Woods had different plans. According to police, Woods escaped prison in a garbage truck in 2001 and hasn't been seen since.

Lakeland, Florida
JEFFERY HOLDER…Police say when Jeffery Holder thought he had found the man who allegedly raped his girlfriend; he pulled out a gun and started firing. Police say Holder recklessly took the law into his own hands, and in the process nearly killed an innocent man.

Plainfield, Illinois
LISA STEBIC MISSING…Lisa Stebic left her home in an upscale community 20 miles outside of Chicago on April 30, 2007 around 6 p.m. She has not been seen since that evening.


Lizzette Garvin. She’s a con-woman from New York who got the detective’s number working the case, and started calling her. (Kind of like the movie “Catch Me If You Can”) She was captured as a direct-result of AMW within a day of the show airing.

Along with these cases, AMW is also looking to you for help in capturing Paul Jackson. Police say that along with the help of his brother, this man created a torture chamber and lured young girls back to it with the intent of brutally raping them. While there are others, this is the shorted story of one of the victims of these brothers:
The year was 1990 and Andrea Hood had ran away from home to try to make it on the streets of Portland. The sixteen-year-old was a perfect target for Paul Erven Jackson and his brother, Vance Roberts. Cops say the brothers picked up Andrea one night in June of 1990 and the terror began almost immediately. Andrea told AMW that Vance picked her up in his pickup truck while Paul hid in the back. After sexually assaulting Andrea, she says the men took her back to their home where the torture and rape would continue for three days.

Andrea recalls that "it was like a house of horrors, like a dungeon..." and she had no reason to believe that she would survive being starved, restrained, sodomized, and tortured in a converted soundproof room. However, after three days under the brothers' command, she convinced them to unlock her cuffs. Andrea noticed a single window which did not have bars on it and she made a break for it -- she broke the window and dove through the jagged glass to freedom. Bloody and barely clothed, she ran to a nearby home, begging for help.

For the entire case history, and photos of Jackson, please see the AMW page. It's time Jackson was brought to justice.

A special congrads goes out to Officer Carl Andolina with the Buffalo (N.Y.) Police Department, who won this year's AMW All Star. Be sure to stop by the AMW All-Star Challenge webpage for more details, and past winners. From the press release:
For the third year in a row, the All-Star Challenge sponsored by the television show “America's Most Wanted” and Sprint (NYSE: S) continues to honor extraordinary first responders – law-enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and others – who are first to assist and go beyond the call of duty. This year’s winner, Officer Carl Andolina with the Buffalo (N.Y.) Police Department, will receive the grand prize of $10,000 and an all-star weekend at the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on May 19 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.

"We are very proud of all of this year’s eight finalists. They are extraordinarily dedicated people who put their hearts and souls into serving their communities, while risking their lives. We salute their valor and dedication," said program host John Walsh. "We're also thankful to Sprint for their commitment and for working and helping us to recognize and honor these heroes."

Last year Officer Andolina and his partner Officer Patricia Parete were seriously injured while responding to a fight in progress at a local convenience store. Both officers were shot and injured in this operation. While Andolina is recovering from his injuries, his partner was not so fortunate. Today, Officer Parete remains on a respirator undergoing a slow recovery. Andolina’s selfless actions are still evident as he assists in raising money and providing support for Parete’s family.


You can catch America's Most Wanted on your local Fox station, at 9:00pm on Saturday, you call also check out these cases and more at their website AMW.com- and while your there, be sure to check out their forums.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Pedophiles in the Church

And I'm not talking about just the priests either.

A while back Fox reported that a family had been forced to leave their church, when the leaders of the church decided to show love for the child molested who abuse the little girl. The reaction or "defense" from the church went like this:

College Park Church, which one counseling director called a “hospital for sinners,” would not be doing its job if it did not help "both the crime victim and the victimizer," Doug Pabody, a counseling director, told The Indianapolis Star.

"I've been in churches where things like this would happen and no attempt would be made to minister (to the accused), which is a shame," Pabody told the newspaper. "They're pushed out the door and made to go away, and I, for one, am very proud to be part of a church family that isn't afraid to go into the trenches."


Not long after that, the sicko's at the pedologs were discussing how one would volunteer at his church, in order to get closer to the little girl he was stalking. Although, in fairness, they didn't call it stalking- they had their own bullshit term for it.

This next story, well it wraps up in one horrific event the entire reason why we should be doing everything possible in order to keep these freaks out of God's House. I know, God is a forgiving god. He's loving and generous- however I am forced to believe that there is a special place in hell for this guy:

According to police, the boy was alone inside a restroom of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg when Thomas Umbaugh, 49, allegedly assaulted him.

Police said Umbaugh told them he had an uncontrollable urge while attending the church's spaghetti dinner.

The boy's mother was standing outside the bathroom when the assault occurred, police said. Police said she had no idea what was going on inside.

Umbaugh was under the care of a caseworker as terms of his probation after being released from prison in Armstrong County. Authorities said Armstrong spent 10 years in jail there for molesting another boy.


Some people are beyond sick.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Red Parts

In the late sixties a series of grisly murders captivated the attention, and put a sudden fear in the lives of women in Michigan.

It all started on July 10, 1967 when a college student from Eastern Michigan went missing. Her body was found weeks later, or most of it anyhow. She had multiple stab wounds and was missing both her hands and her feet.

A year later in Ann Arbor, Joan Schell was found murdered, a total count indicated that she had been stabbed 47 times.

In March of 1969, A law student named Jane Mixer was found murdered in Denton Cemetery. She had been badly shot, with a pair of hose tied tightly around her neck. A book was laying neatly beside her.

Weeks later Dawn Basom's body was found. The 13 year old had been strangled to death.

Next, Alice Kalom was found dead, with her throat cut, a gun shot to the head and multiple stab wounds.

On July 23, 1969 Karen Sue Beineman went missing. Days later, her body was found, she had been strangled and beaten to death.

The horrific nature of what would come to be known as "The Michigan Murders" would be blamed on a single man- John Collins. He had gotten sloppy with the last murder, and would be tried and convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

For many, that closed the book on the series of heinous murders- except for one case, that of Jane Mixer. There was something about her case that made it different, and with the use of DNA it would evidently be proven that Collins was not responsible for her death.

Two different DNA samples were found on Jane, one from a convict would would have been four at the time of the murder, and one from a male nurse by the name of Gary Leiterman.

Now, usually I would stick a single link in here, and it would lead you to details about the case. But- because of the history of the case, the background to it, and the fact that the DNA samples provided about as many questions as it did answers- I'm going to cheat a little and link to search results. Trust me, in this case what has been said about the case is as interesting as what has been proven.

Right about now, I should admit that I have a point in perking your interest in this case, despite it being a bit more "historic" than I usually write about.

the red parts
Late last week I read "The Red Parts", a memoir by Maggie Nelson. Nelson is the niece of Jane Mixer, and the book follows her, and her thoughts and emotions as she relives the story of her aunt during the trial of Gary Leiterman for the murder of Jane.

It's not your average "True Crime" book. It has a more laid back approach, as if the author is sitting around a room filled with friends and chatting about what comes and goes through her head. Parts of the story seem to fly by as quickly as a wind gust rustling through the leaves on a tree, others linger on and on like a steady breeze. The way she tells the story, which really is more about her dealing with the case than the case itself is a refreshing break from the norm.

The Red Parts, is taken more from the victims stand point- or in this case the family of the victim- giving a unique look at how the crime can linger on in the lives of those left behind, and effect generations of people. The book is filled with feeling and emotion, and still does a good job of laying out the facts of the case, and the details of the trial that ended with Leiterman's conviction. Somehow though, I ended up feeling that perhaps the author is still battling with her own trials, still left with questions unanswered and emotions still raw from the pain she has been surrounded by. A tragedy she'll never completely escape.

(Lilo's note: I received a copy of this book, via the publisher)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Officer Nets 120

120 years that is.

A former Pass Christian police investigator faces up to 120 years in prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing a child.

A Harrison County jury deliberated nearly seven hours Friday before finding Tom Pustay guilty on five of the six counts he faced.


According to the victim, whose family was friends with Pustay, the abuse went on for seven years starting when she was 9. During questioning, Pustay's wife said he had admitted to having sex with the child when she was 12 or 13. His defense claims she made the statement under "panic".

Pustay worked in law enforcement for 23 years before he resigned after being arrested in March 2005. Pustay denied the accusations and said he lied to Harrison County sheriff's investigators about giving the child a flavored condom. Initially, he told investigators he gave her the condom because he knew she liked to play with them. The packaged condom was submitted as evidence. Pustay testified he gave it to her for protection, saying she had a boyfriend.


NBC15.com

Larry Akins

Larry Akins sat in court and admitted his guilt. He wrote a letter saying all the "right things": that he was sorry, that he wished he could take it all back, that he was ashamed. The letter might have conveyed what he was suppose to feel, but the news reports that as he stood in front of the court, he was motionless, "If Larry Akins felt sorry about his actions, he didn't show it. He stood motionless at a hearing Monday in Crawford County, but there were tears from mothers who sent their daughters to the home-based daycare operated by his wife."

Akins plead guilty to using his wife's daycare as a hunting ground for victims, the charges against him included: 11 rape charges and 9 sexual assault charges. His victims ranged in age from three to eight.

The mothers in the courtroom say the letter didn't offer solutions to the life they've faced over the past nine months, and the agony their daughters will face forever.

"It's been a living hell," one mom said.

The only comfort they get is hoping Akins will spend his dieing days behind bars.

Akins' plea deal will send him to prison for forty years with his first chance of parole being in 28 years, when he's 90-years-old.


Even at 90- I can't imagine this monster ever being free, and hope that death comes before parole for this deviant.

KFSM.com

"a dirty paedophile"

When 19 year old Shane Edward Lee Pedal heard about the 17 year old sex offender, his gut reaction might have been one many of us share- disgust. But, what Pedal and the 16 year old girl who informed him of the sex offender status did crosses all lines of acceptable behavior.

The 17-year-old victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also had a cigarette stubbed out on him and was force-fed cigarette ends and ash, Leeds Crown Court heard.

The teenager was labelled "a dirty paedophile" by attacker Shane Edward Lee Pedal, 19, of Cave Crescent, Lupset, who then squirted him with a fire extinguisher.

A 16-year-old girl, who knew about the victim's sexual shame and told Pedal of it, also joined in the prolonged and violent attack. She beat him with a hand-brush and kicked him as did Pedal.

Prosecutor John Storey said: "At one stage (the girl) told the complainant to kiss
her shoe, which he did apparently out of fear."


At one point in the attack, witnesses heard the suggestion that the beating be videoed, and a response of laughter. Police did not present any evidence of a recording however.

The victim thought it was some sort of sick game or cruel punishment. Pedal was reported to have said he carried out the attack because of what the sex offender had done.

The teen sex offender suffered burns, blisters and multiple bruises.


Shane Edward Lee Pedal, 19, of Cave Crescent, Lupset, was sent to a young offenders institution for two-and-a-half years.
He was also ordered to serve an extra one year on licence when he appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Monday.
A 16-year-old girl, who like the victim cannot be named for legal reasons, got a 12-month detention and training
order for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Judge Stephen Ashurst, passing sentence on them said: "This was no minor scuffle or a sudden loss of temper causing a moderate injury, but a cruel, sustained and almost sadistic attack on a vulnerable young man.
"Your joint aim appears to have been to deliberately cause physical harm to humiliate and terrify your victim and you succeeded."


The charges the victim was convicted for have not been reported, and he was due to be sentenced after the attack occurred.

Sources:
Wakefield Express News, first article, follow up.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lorelei Corpuz, Sort of Sentence?

Lorelei Corpuz, the woman who posed as a young boy to a young girl and her family before assaulting the girl was was set for June 18.

For the background on the case, please see my previous post- Wrong Age, Wrong Sex.

As for the sentence prosecutors say they are seeking... well it's sad. Especially since it was described as being "the maximum". It's not really a sentence, just sort of one.

Prosecutors say they would seek the maximum one-year jail term for Lorelei J. Corpuz, 30, who entered her plea Wednesday.

Guilty plea or not, this women should be seeing the inside of a cell for MUCH longer than a year. Sometimes I'm ashamed of what we call justice.

Read full story from WHAS11

Payback

While nothing will ever amount to an even payback for the pain suffered at the hands of a sexual abuser- I am all for holding then accountable for their actions to the fullest degree of the law.

That includes suing the bastards for the medical expenses that add up while trying to help a child deal with the abuse they have been put through.

Child molesters should be rotting in jail for the rest of their lives... and let's face it- they don't need any of their worldly possessions while they are in there.

I'm hoping they get every dime this man has... along with every dime he'll ever have in the future (including those that he might happen upon while walking down the street):

The parents of two children molested by a Lower Southampton man want to hit him where it hurts — in his wallet.

The plaintiffs, identified only by their initials in a lawsuit filed in Bucks County court in Doylestown, are seeking more than $50,000 in damages and want convicted sex offender John Barry Schneck to pay for expensive psychological counseling they say the entire family will need.

Lawyers say Schneck tried to avoid being sued by selling his $300,000 home to a friend for $1. A court order approved Thursday has put the Wood Road property in legal limbo while the lawsuit winds its way through the courts.

Schneck, 50, was found guilty in February of indecent assault and indecent exposure. County Judge Albert Cepparulo found that Schneck, a family friend of the plaintiffs’, molested one child more than 100 times, starting when he was just 5 years old and a sibling five times, also starting when the child was 5.


Read full story from Courier Times

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Rape, as humor?

I know that I may seem to be a little opinionated on certain subjects, and some may be left to question whether I actually have a "lighter side". I can assure you, I do. In fact... I'm actually more prone to joke around than be serious. I just choose to blog about something which I am passionate about... and something that doesn't happen to be a funny subject.

But, trust me- I know humor.

That being said, I have to admit it's be a long stretch for me to ever make a connection between humor and rape. I just can't imagine what sort of joke about rape could ever bring someone to laughter.

rape-

NOUN:

1. The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse.
2. The act of seizing and carrying off by force; abduction.
3. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice.


Sorry, but I just don't see "the funny" in that. Sadly, other people evidently do:

WASHINGTON — XM Satellite Radio shock jocks Opie and Anthony apologized Friday for airing a homeless man's crude comments that he'd like to have sex with Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth.

The remarks were made on their show Wednesday by a guest the duo call Homeless Charlie. As the name of each woman came up, the guest said he would like to have sex with her -- using language not fit for print.

Opie and Anthony laughed as they imagined Rice's "horror" while describing a violent sexual encounter in which Rice is punched in the face.

I know, they said they were "sorry". But, does that really make it any better? Not long ago, a man lost his job(s) because he called a team of women some less than flattering words. These men LAUGHED at the mental imagine of someone been raped- a crime that doesn't end once the attacker leaves. A crime that is burned into the mind of the victim, that effects them for a lifetime, that comes back to haunt them in indescribable ways.

From Pathfinder= Rape Crisis Information Center:
(read the link, it have valuable information)
The most common long term effects of sexual assault and rape are the invisible ones. The immediate symptoms of rape trauma include having unpredictable and intense emotions. The victim may have an exaggerated startle response (jumpy), may have memories and intrusive thoughts about the assault, nightmares, difficulty sleeping and difficulty concentrating. The long term psychological effects of rape can include PTSD and rape trauma syndrome (RTS), OCD, DID, Eating Disorders, Self Injury, Self blame, Panic attacks, Flashbacks, Body memories and Sleeping disorders. Unfortunately in many cases these effects can be life long if the victim does not get immediate support and care. Some people mask these symptoms in order to cope with society.

Panic Attacks. Nightmares. Flashbacks. Sleeping disorders. Not really fun, and not really funny.

Somehow, the fact that they laughed about it to begin with, makes me wonder just how sincere their "sorry" really was.

Stats:


* Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
* One in six American women are victims of sexual assault, and one in 33 men.
* In 2004-2005, there were an average annual 200,780 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.
* About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30.

One in 6 women, one in 33 men- I'm left to wonder just how funny they find the mental image of a woman's horror of being raped. I'm guessing that they too lack the ability to see "the funny" in it.

New York Child Molester

Police in New York are looking for a teenager who they say followed a young boy into a building and molested him around 9pm on Monday night.

Police released this surveillance video of a young man they say is responsible for a sexual attack on a little boy.

The suspect allegedly followed the 8-year-old boy into the Washington Heights apartment building where he lives, on Monday.

The boy claims the man cornered him in a stairwell, and fondled him.
[...]
Investigators say they want people to be on the look out for a Hispanic man, between 16-and-18 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150 pounds, wearing a pink or red hooded sweatshirt.

If you recognize the man in the video or have any information, police are urging you to call 1-800-577-TIPS


Full story via 7online.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Carnival Of The Crime Blogs

Bonnie of Bonnie's Blog of Crime has this week's Carnival of the True Crime Blogs.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

PA Makes Changes to Law

Pennsylvania has made new changes to it's laws concerning who is required to report suspected child sexual abuse:

Beginning May 28, psychologists, teachers and school counselors will be required to report any suspicions of sexual abuse against children to police or to a children and youth agency.
In the past, only professionals were required to report abuse if the alleged victim was a client.


Personally, I'm not sure why they waited so long. And, I wish that they had included more people in the new law. I believe that every person who has reason to suspect sexual abuse, or physical abuse of a child should be required by law to report it. I don't care if you are a teacher- or a relative, if you have a strong reason to think that someone is hurting a child it is your moral obligation to step up and do something about it. But, of course that's just because I tend to believe that if you fail to stop it... you're just as bad as the one doing it. To many children are lost because someone decided it was more comfortable for them to look the other way than to do the right thing.

Read full news story at Lancaster Online.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

David, The Failure Years (Part II)

(This is the second installment of a mini series of posts, the next installment will appear soon. Previous Post Here.)

After changing his name, under the guise of "finding himself", David Alway could easily forget the family that had raised him, the values that his schooling had taught him and be free to investigate the world.

An entire world, completely open to possibilities...

In early 1992, David was living at 171 St Botolph St, in Boston, Massachusetts. It was here that his troubles really began. He was living in debt, owning money to numerous businesses. His credit was hurting, with outstanding debts with everyone from American Express to Discover Card. He had outstanding taxes due to the State, and medical bills coming in from as far as California. David, did the only reasonable thing for a man like him- he filed bankruptcy- begging the court to grant him pardons on his bills. Later in his life, he'd learn to make good use of his need for handouts.

As bad as David was with handling his own finances, it didn't sway him from attempting to recover and reinvent himself yet again with another bold move. Just months after his chapter 11 adventure, David set off for Prague. He had plans to partner in a business and make a real name for himself.

David and his partner described their new found business as a "consultancy specializing in the fields of telecommunications and information technology". His personal bio for the company didn't include his religious upbringing, or detail his education in the states, instead it seemed to highlight his work at banks, his time overseas, and his employment "widely-respected English-language publication, where he worked as a business reporter, primarily specialized in telecommunications and IT."

Despite their best intentions, the business David and his partner ran couldn't seem to escape the shadow of his past failures, and the telecommunications consultancy company he had once been so proud of broke apart before his eyes. He left the Czech Republic, briefly living in Boston in 2002, before ending up in Milan, Italy by 2003.

But his business wasn't the only thing that David had watched fall apart. In fact, by 2000 David had already seen his short lived marriage fall apart- leaving a young daughter in the wake of a torn relationship. And he was already long parted from the family he'd grown up with, cutting them out of his life for good.

To David it must have seemed as if he was always out of place, always just falling short of being successful, always on the losing side of the game. With a history full of failures, and little money to live on, he'd spend the next few short years traveling abroad, even stopping by South France for a while, but never really being able to find a place to settle down.

But, David would soon be trying his hand at a new game, one the could give him the fame and success that he'd always been searching for...

Sunday, May 06, 2007

David, The Early Years

(This is the first installment of a mini series of posts, the next installment will appear soon.)

In October of 1968, little David Alway was born, although his adoptive parents wouldn't marry until two years later- leaving questions as to just when David came to be in the deeply religious, Californian family.

David spent most of his childhood attending Redwood Christian School (aka RCS). From first until 11th grade, he learned the very principals of RCS:

To instill PURE MORALS in the heart of the student by:
1. Development of an appreciation for the values accrued from our past spiritual and cultural heritage. (Psalm 61:5)
2. Inculcation of the desire to choose right over wrong and to hold to one's convictions under pressure. (Daniel 1:8)

IV. To generate a SPIRIT OF PATRIOTISM by teaching:
1. Loyalty to our country and a recognition of unscriptural teachings which undermine our country's foundations. (I Peter 2:13-17)
2. Recognition of government as God-ordained. (Romans 13:1)
3. The need to become involved citizens of this nation for the Lord's sake. (Acts 13:36a)


In 11th grade, David attended Mt. Eden High School, in San Francisco. Mt Eden prides itself on instilling strong values in it's students, going as far as to declare it a mission:

The mission of the district is to enable all students to recognize and strive to fulfill their potential as caring, thinking, productive, contributing, and responsible participants in our changing world.


David graduated from Mt Eden in 1986, and spent the next three years looking for himself. In 1989, he decided to make a bold statement, and a strategic life altering choice. He would later clarify his reasons for taking this bold step of changing his name by saying:

I needed to 'find myself', and that was one of the things I felt I needed to do in order to do so...Actually, the name is Scottish (even though I haven't an ounce of Scottish blood as far as I know, but since I was adopted, I guess I'll never know...)....But as the Bard said, 'What's in a name...?'"

In all fairness, Shakespeare may have been correct when he penned those famous words, which read in full : "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet." Although, I very much doubt that our David could be compared to a rose- even by Shakespeare's sometimes horrific standards. No, if we are going to give Shakespeare's words to David, I'm sure that Cymbeline's """The game is up.""" is by far a more fitting quote in this case...