Take it to the next level: Robber mocks victim on facebook
A robber who swiped a family’s laptop and iPhone in England this week has returned to haunt them—on Facebook, the Telegraph reports. “I have the laptop, phones OK but a bit scratched itll do,” the thief wrote after hacking into the Facebook page of Victoria Richardson, whose West Sussex home was robbed on Thursday. “TV was rubbish so I left it … regards your nighttime burglar.”
“It felt like they were rubbing my nose in it,” Richardson said. “They have been in your physical space, and then they are in your online space.” Her purse, cash, credit cards, and Nintendo console were also stolen, but the thief seemed to like her laptop best: “now to the porn shop I gooo, thankyou Toshiba is my favourite make.”
Brazilian TV host ordered murders to boost ratings
In one murder after another, the “Canal Livre” crime TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim.
Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show’s host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five of the murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil’s Amazon region is awash in violent crime. Police also have accused Souza of drug trafficking.
“The order to execute always came from the legislator and his son, who then alerted the TV crews to get to the scene before the police,” state police intelligence chief Thomaz Vasconcelos charged in an interview with The Associated Press.
The killings of competing drug traffickers, he said, “appear to have been committed to get rid of his rivals and increase the audience of the TV show.”
Souza denied all the criminal allegations and called them absurd, insisting that he and his son are being set up by political enemies and drug dealers sick of his two decades of relentless crime coverage on TV and crusading legislative probes.
“I was the one who organized legislative inquiries into organized crime, the prison system, corruption, drug trafficking by police, and pedophilia,” Souza said in an interview with the AP.
Souza’s lawyer, Francisco Balieiro, said that the only witness is a disgraced police officer hoping for leniency in nine murders he is charged with.
“There is not one piece of material proof in these accusations,” Balieiro said.
Vasconcelos said the accusations, which have made headlines in Brazil, stem from the testimony of several former employees and security guards who worked with the Souzas, allegedly as part of a gang of former police officers involved in drug trafficking.
Souza’s son, Rafael, has been jailed on charges of homicide, drug trafficking and illegal gun possession.
Police said Wallace Souza faces charges of drug trafficking, gang formation and weapons possession, but has not been charged with any killings.
Souza remains free because of legislative immunity that prevents him from being arrested as long as he is a lawmaker. He is being investigated by a special task force, and state judicial authorities will decide whether the case goes forward.
Vasconcelos said the crimes appear to have served the Souzas in two ways: They eliminated drug-trafficking rivals, and they boosted ratings.
“We believe that they organized a kind of death squad to execute rivals who disputed with them the drug trafficking business,” he said. Souza, he charged, “would eliminate his rival and use the killing as a news story for his program.”
Souza became a media personality after a career as a police officer that ended in disgrace, according to Vasconcelos, who said the lawmaker was fired for involvement in scams involving fuel theft and pension fraud.
Souza denied those allegations, but said he was forced to leave the force in 1987 after being wrongly accused of involvement in a college entrance exam fraud scheme that he was investigating.
He started “Canal Livre” two years later on a local commercial station in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s largely lawless Amazonas state. It became extremely popular among Manaus’ 1.7 million residents before going off the air late last year as police intensified their investigation.
The show featured Souza, in a studio, railing against rampant crime in the state, punctuated with often exclusive footage of arrests, crime scenes and drug seizures.
“When I became a police officer in 1979, bandits weren’t raised in this city _ no way,” he told the audience in one show. Brazil was then a dictatorship, whose police ruthlessly targeted criminals with little concern for civil rights.
One clip showed a reporter approaching a freshly burned corpse, covering his nose with his shirt and breezily remarking that “it smells like barbecue.” Police say the victim was one of the five allegedly murdered at Souza’s behest.
Souza denied any role in that killing and explained how his reporters manage to get so quickly to crime scenes, using well-placed sources and constantly monitoring scanners for police radio dispatches. The show also posted workers at police stations, and at the Manaus morgue, where word often came first about newly discovered bodies.
“To say that a program that has had a huge audience for so many years had to resort to killing people to increase this audience is absolutely absurd,” Souza said.
Souza parlayed his TV fame into a career in the state legislature, getting elected three times _ twice with the most votes of any lawmaker in the state. At the same time, he remained a fixture on television.
Souza’s biography on the state legislature’s Web site says the show, which he ran with his brother, was investigative journalism aimed at fighting crime and social injustice.
“The courageous brothers, as they’re known, bring hope to the less fortunate,” reads the description, “showing a ‘naked and raw reality’ to call authorities’ attention to social problems.”
Disney tourist adds new meaning to the word ‘pervert’
Meet John William Moyer, the 60-year-old Cressona, Pennsylvania man convicted of … get this… groping a woman working as Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World earlier this summer.
Despite protests of innocence from Moyer and his family, an Orange County, Florida judge found the perverted grandpa guilty of misdemeanor battery in a hearing Tuesday. As part of his sentence, Moyer must write a letter of apology to the victim, serve 180 days probation, and complete 50 hours of community service. He must also pay $1,000 in court costs and possibly undergo a mental evaluation.
In addition, he’s been banned from all of Disney’s theme parks and resorts.
Cameron Douglas and girlfriend are retarded addicts
We present to you our nominations for America’s Dumbest Criminals:
The girlfriend of Cameron Douglas, actor Michael Douglas’ incarcerated son, was arrested Monday after trying to pass drugs to the 30-year-old inmate in open court.
Kelly Sott was arrested after a law enforcement official caught the woman attempting to pass Douglas an electric toothbrush filled with heroin.
Douglas was arrested on July 28 after he was allegedly caught dealing methamphetamine at New York’s posh Hotel Gansevoort, The Associated Press reports. It was the second drug arrest for the out-of-work actor, who was also arrested on cocaine possession charges in California in 2007.
Cameron Douglas faces a possible life sentence if convicted.
Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme to be released from jail
The president she once pointed a gun at has been dead for nearly three years, and her longtime idol and leader, Charles Manson, remains in prison.
However, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is about to get her first taste of real freedom in more than three decades.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fromme, now 60, is set to be released on parole August 16.
Fromme is housed at the Federal Medical Center at Carswell, Texas.
For years, she was one of Manson’s few remaining followers, as many other “Manson Family” members have shunned him. A prison spokeswoman would not say whether Fromme continues to correspond with Manson.
Fromme was convicted in 1975 of pointing a gun at then-President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California. Secret Service agents prevented her from firing, but the gun was later found to have no bullet in the chamber, although it contained a clip of ammunition.
In a 1987 interview with CNN affiliate WCHS, Fromme, then housed in West Virginia, recalled the president “had his hands out and was waving … and he looked like cardboard to me. But at the same time, I had ejected the bullet in my apartment and I used the gun as it was.”
She said she knew Ford was in town and near her, “and I said, ‘I gotta go and talk to him,’ and then I thought, ‘That’s foolish. He’s not going to stop and talk to you.’ People have already shown you can lay blood in front of them and they’re not, you know, they don’t think anything of it. I said, ‘Maybe I’ll take the gun,’ and I thought, ‘I have to do this. This is the time.’ ”
She said it never occurred to her that she could wind up in prison. Asked whether she had any regrets, Fromme said, “No. No, I don’t. I feel it was fate.” However, she said she thought that her incarceration was “unnecessary” and that she couldn’t see herself repeating her offense.
“My argument to the jury was, if she wanted to kill him, she would have shot him,” John Virga, a Sacramento attorney appointed to defend Fromme, told CNN on Tuesday. “She’d been around guns. And let’s be realistic: We know the Manson family, at least some of them, are killers.”
Fromme was sentenced to life in prison, but parole was an option at the time, although the federal system later abolished it, said Felicia Ponce, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Prisons. Inmates do receive “good time” — for every year and one day they serve, Ponce said, 54 days are lopped off their sentence.
Fromme became eligible for parole in 1985, Ponce said. According to reports, she for years waived her right to a parole hearing. The Bureau of Prisons would not say whether she changed her mind and requested a hearing, but the U.S. Parole Commission’s Web site says that everyone who wishes to be considered for parole, except those committed under juvenile delinquency procedures, must complete a parole application.
Federal inmates serving life are generally paroled after 30 years, unless the parole commission decides to block the release, according to a commission spokesman. Inmates who are paroled remain under supervision until the commission decides to terminate the sentence.
Fromme was not granted parole until July 2008, Ponce said. She was not released then, however, because of extra time added to her sentence for a 1987 escape from the West Virginia prison, which occurred after her interview that same year. She was found two days later, only a few miles from the prison. At the time, prison officials said they were looking into rumors that Fromme escaped after hearing Manson was ill, according to news reports.
FMC-Carswell spokeswoman Maria Douglas would not comment on Fromme’s behavior in prison in recent years.
Fromme reportedly joined Manson’s family after meeting him in California in 1967. She was not involved in the murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, on August 9 and 10, 1969, that landed Manson and other followers in prison. However, she and other Manson followers maintained a vigil outside the courthouse during his trial.
In the WCHS interview, Fromme said that Manson should not be incarcerated because “he didn’t kill anybody. … I would rather be in, because I know I laid a lot of my thinking in his mind.”
Virga said he told the jury that Fromme assaulted Ford, but did not attempt to assassinate him. If Fromme had killed the president, no one would have listened to her, he said. “She didn’t want people to think she was a kook.”
And she wasn’t, he said, recalling that Fromme was very cooperative during her trial and describing her as “a bright, intelligent young woman” from a middle-class family. “It’s just hard to imagine how she got all caught up with Manson,” he said.
Fromme wanted to be heard on issues including the environment, he said. “She had certain causes that she wanted to talk about. But first and foremost in her mind was always Manson.”
Explaining herself after the attempt, according to the book “Real Life at the White House,” Fromme said, “Well, you know, when people treat you like a child and pay no attention to the things you say, you have to do something.”
During her trial, Virga traveled to Washington to depose Ford, who testified on videotape about the incident.
In the 1978 interview, Fromme called Manson “a once-in-a-lifetime soul. … He’s got more heart and spirit than anyone I’ve ever met.” She said she still corresponded with him. “He’s got everything he wants coming from me, ’cause he gave me everything.”
She said then she didn’t plan to seek a parole hearing: “The parole board does not hold my life in its hands. And I don’t want to be too critical, but men tend to think they do. Charlie never thought he did. He never expressed all this desire for power, this desire for acceptance.”
Ford died in 2006 at age 93. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation did not respond to CNN requests for comment on Fromme’s release.
Virga, who is still practicing in Sacramento, said he had not heard from Fromme since her sentencing in 1975. “I wish her the best, and hope everything works out for her, and hope she stays out of trouble,” he said. “She needs to stay out of trouble. She’s been in prison a long time … it was, in my mind, a tragedy that she wound up a disciple of Manson.”
George Sodoni’s reason for murder?… Lack of sex
George Sodini was apparently driven to murder by utter loneliness.
The man suspected of killing three women in a suburban Pittsburgh gym appears to have left behind an online diary detailing his plans, CNN reports. “Why do this?? To young girls? Just read below,” it promises. In the entries that follow, Sodini complains that he hadn’t had a girlfriend since 1984, and hadn’t had sex since 1990, ending every entry with “Death Lives!”
“Why should I continue another 20+ years alone?” he writes. “This is Auschwitz Syndrome, to be in serious pain for so long one thinks it is normal.”
The entries date back to November 5 (“Planned to do this in the summer but figure to stick around to see the election outcome”) and include several false starts. “I chickened out! [Expletive] I brought the loaded guns and everything,” he writes after one attempt on January 6.
Boo-fucking-hoo, I hope he is rotting in hell.
3 Women get felony charges for super-gluing man’s penis
Four women face felony charges after a bizarre act of revenge against a womanizing husband, the AP reports.
Wendy Sewell, 43, Therese Ziemann, 48, and Michelle Belliveau, 43, all of Wisconsin, teamed up with the man’s wife to trap him at a motel, tie him up, and super-glue his penis to his stomach. Besides being married, the man was dating Sewell and Ziemann, and get this… Belliveau is Ziemann’s sister.
The women left the man bound in the hotel when he started screaming, but took his wallet, car, and cell phone.
Ziemann said she met the man through Craigslist (now, this should have been a clear pointer that the guy was NO GOOD!), and loaned him money to stay at the motel. Last week, however, his wife got in contact to inform her that he was married and using Ziemann and his other girlfriend for money. All four women have been charged with being party to false imprisonment.
Stripper rapes best man: ‘It was a misunderstanding’
A woman in Australia is currently on trial for raping the best man at a bachelor party.
If you’re imagining the world’s most Xtreme lap dance, that’s not quite what went down. Stripper Linda Naggs has been accused of, uh, “breaching” a guy with a sex toy.
The unfortunate best man had ordered an “audience participation” package, which resulted in his ending up buck naked on his hands and knees, at which point Naggs inserted a marital aid right into his holiest of holies. She insists it was a misunderstanding.
The groomsman went to the hospital and he reported the incident to the police the next day. He says had specifically asked Naggs not to stick anything in his butt.