You will never believe the story of this couple and a motel room. Also, bodies found in Atlantic City drainage ditch.
Lots of drownings, but were they accidents?
Covering pervert polygamist Warren Jeffs and wondering how his trial might affect a major upcoming presidential candidate.
A Clinton neighbor's wife dies under strange circumstances and this fellow argues that because the deer was dead when he made love to it that he is not technically guilty of animal cruelty.
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Most people have a hard enough time bowling facing forward, but this guy has mastered the art of bowling backwards. He's used this method of bowling for nearly four years and has an average of 184. Impressive!
1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms.The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?
2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?
3. There are two plastic jugs filled with water. How could you put all of this water into a barrel, without using the jugs or any dividers, and still tell which water came from which jug?
4. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?
5. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
6. This is an unusual paragraph.
I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out.
Could the Warren Jeffs Flap Affect the 2008 Presidential Race?
I hadn't been paying much attention to the ongoing preliminary trial for Warren Jeffs because a)I'd never heard of him and b)he and his story seemed to come out of nowhere.
Recently, however, clips and audio bites from this same preliminary trial caught my interest. My curiosity caused me to listen in.
Seems Warren Jeffs is a cult leader and no other word can describe that group he leads. Warren Jeffs inherited his mighty cultdom from his father.
Upon the death of his father, 49-year-old Warren Jeffs took over as prophet of the FLDS, or Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in September of 2002. Jeff's father, Rulon T. Jeffs, had been the group's prophet for the previous 15 years. He died at the age of 92, leaving an estimated 75 widows and 65 children to mourn him.
Now as I understand it, the FLDS is NOT the same thing as the Mormon church although, unfortunately, the mighty Mormon church of Utah is, however wrongly, associated in many minds with polygamy.
The "Fundamentalist" Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jeffs' cult, a group of former Mormons associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, removed the word "fundamentalist". The Mormon church, centered in Utah, has banned polygamy in the practice of its religion since 1890. Evidently some former Mormons still cling to this practice and those believers were ripe for plucking by Warren Jeffs and his father before him.
· A young woman who says polygamist leader Warren Jeffs forced her to marry -- and have sex -- at age 14 offered dramatic testimony Tuesday in a courtroom in St. George, Utah.
I listened to audio sound bites from the young woman referred to above and also testimony from her sister. I was horrified that such things are going on so blithely in this country.
First, the young woman testifying against Jeffs has parents who were part and parcel of Jeffs' cult. THIS is problem number one.
Yes, the young lady was ordered to marry her first cousin. Her sister describes how she (the accuser) cried and sobbed as she was getting fitted for her wedding gown, how she was miserable and couldn't believe that she was being forced to marry at the tender age of 14.
It was the saddest testimony I ever heard. But I was wrong.
Later I then heard sound bites from the accuser herself as she described her new husband's efforts to remove her clothes on their wedding night, how she sobbed and begged him not to do this, how she asked him why he was doing this to her.
Right then I had to imagine what it was like to be a mere 14 years old and to have to go through something like this. Her new husband continued to remove the child's clothing and told her something like pleasing her husband is her job, that they would be having children, that this was something God commanded her to do.
The accuser's story, told through barely controlled tears, was the saddest testimony I'd ever heard. That woman's adolescence was brutally stolen from her, stolen from her by her crazy parents, her horny cousin and from Warren Jeffs, the cult leader who commanded this 14 year old to marry against her wishes.
I simply had no idea things like this went on in America in this day and age.
I can understand what the prosecutors are trying to do here in the case of Warren Jeffs. For though that young woman's parents are surely guilty of something and her first cousin who paid no attention to her tears and sorrow could have stopped the nonsense, it is Warren Jeffs who needs to be stopped first and foremost.
This preliminary hearing is to determine if Warren Jeffs can be tried for the crime of rape. As but an amateur to these sorts of things, I must wonder how Jeffs can be tried for rape when it was that first cousin doing the actual raping.
The prosecutorial problem here is that there's a whole slew of weird men in this cult marrying young adolescents or God knows who and trying them one at a time is doing nothing to stop the ongoing problem. Because in this FLDS cult, once Warren Jeffs gives the command, a woman must get married whether she wants to or not. Or adolescent, as the case may be.
It is Warren Jeffs who needs to be stopped.
Frankly I have my concerns as to whether this is going to work. We assume that people have a free will. That young lady's parents had a free will yet her own mother continued to make her 14-year-old's wedding gown even though the girl was almost hysterical with fear. And her first freaking cousin went ahead and married her even though she begged to be freed from this commitment for which she had no input or choice. Seems to me that THESE two groups of criminals should be tried first.
Whatever my thoughts on the matter I am no expert on this religion or the Arizona rape laws for that matter. I AM a political junkee of sorts and to this end I must speculate.
Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, is a favorite contender for the Republican nominee for President in 2008. Yes I know Guilliani and McCain are forming exploratory committees and all that, but Mitt Romney has, since his birth, been groomed to ascend to the presidential throne and by me, he has a real chance.
A few weeks ago I attended a meeting of my Republican Womens' Group. We had a speaker, a knowledgeable fellow, and he said to pay no mind to the former NY Mayor behind the curtain or even the nasty John McCain from Arizona. This chapter of the GOP was backing Mitt Romney and as I consider Romney's position, for now anyway, I'm inclined to believe that he will get that GOP nomination.
Romney is a handsome fellow, a good talker, and religious enough to keep the GOP base of evangelicals and generally religious folks. He oversaw the recent Salt Lake City Olympics at a most difficult time and it went off stunningly. He's served as Governor of a very liberal state yet managed to hold on to his conservative credentials. Yes, Romney has a damn good shot at it.
But will this Warren Jeffs' trial hurt Romney in his presidential bid?
Hey, Romney is a Mormon, did I mention this? Yes there is a Mormon Senator already but this is a Senator, elected by people in his own state. For a Mormon to win that presidential seat requires votes from across the fruited plains by people whose only knowledge of the Mormon religion is that they allow polygamy.
Which, again, they do NOT.
This ongoing trial by a wacky offshoot of this Mormon church, complete with all the sad testimony by women used and abused by this cult, might be the sound bites that will condemn Romney to Mormon hell as concerns the American people.
Now this Jeffs' trial might be well over and forgotten by 2008 but somehow I wonder. Sooner or later the mighty American public is going to start paying attention to this Jeffs character and the nuts who follow him. And that same American public is not going to differentiate between the modern and more dignified Mormons of great choral fame and this offshoot of Jeffs'.
They'll sure not vote for any presidential candidate espousing polygamy even if that is not remotely the case.
Just some idle political speculation on my part on a really heart-breaking True Crime currently in the news.
That John Ramsey "48 Hours" Lovefest
I refer yon reader to my TV Tidbit post, HERE for a drop-dead brutal analysis of John Ramsey's apology for the Mark Karr mess he wrought upon this country.
It was damage control but there were some startling revelations about the Karr Geek that John Ramsey dropped as a reason he really, really thought Karr must have had something to do with the murder of his daughter, Jonbenet.
John Ramsey knows full well who killed his daughter and she's now dead and buried. Click the link, read my review.
The Mystery of the Mississippi River Drowning Deaths
Serial killers are often discovered, well, after quite a few people end up dead from the hands of that same serial killer. One death does not a serial killer make is what I'm saying here.
For almost ten years now, young college fellows from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, have ended up drowned in the nearby Mississippi River, all of them drunk. Now the La Crosse authorities are getting very suspicious.
Said suspicion stemming from the fact that one such drowned young man has been declared dead by homicide. Now Wisconsin authorities are doing a look back at the years before and the other drowning victims.
MINNEAPOLIS - Year after year, young men have been found dead in the Mississippi River. All were ruled accidents, but now police believe one of the college students was in fact murdered.
Eight young men from UW-La Crosse have been found dead in the Mississippi River in the last nine years. Some believe a serial killer is on the loose. And while police are not saying a killer is at large, they do believe Chris Jenkins may have been murdered.
The theory by the local authorities had been that these young men went out on the town, got themselves liquored up as college youths tend to do, then took a stroll along the banks of the Mississippi and managed to fall in and drown.
Come on. There are plenty of colleges located along river banks or bays and there's no plethora of drowning victims in that same region. My own home town of Baltimore sits on the Chesapeake Bay and there are several universities right near Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor. It is not a regular thing for bodies of drunken young men to be fished out of the waters of the Bay after a night of drinking. Although go with me here, those Baltimore youths drink and party as much as those folks in La Crosse. All across the fruited plains there are universities near bodies of water and yet only in La Crosse is there a spate of unexplained drownings.
Sure, drunken fellows are susceptible to drowning what with alcohol fuzzing up the brain and preventing decent swimming to safety. But a bunch of these very similar deaths is too much to ignore. Now one of these victims, a Chris Jenkins, has been declared a murder. Now somebody in La Crosse needs to go back and look at those prior deaths a little closer. If some nefarious person is helping these drunken young college men to their deaths, then we call that a serial killer in this neck of the woods.
Below a list of the similar deaths in the La Crosse area over the past ten years or so.
Richard Hlavaty, 18, found July 1997. Blood-alcohol level 0.271 percent.
Charles Blatz, 28, found September 1997. Blood-alcohol level 0.20 percent.
Anthony Skifton, 19, found October 1997. Blood-alcohol level 0.23 percent.
Nathan Kapfer, 20, found April 1998. Blood-alcohol level 0.22 percent.
Jeffrey Geesey, 20, found May 1999. Blood-alcohol level 0.42 percent.
Patrick Runningen, 23, found March 2001. Blood-alcohol level 0.24 percent.
Jarod Dion, 21, found April 2004. Blood-alcohol level 0.28 percent.
Lucas Homan, 21, found Oct. 2, 2006. Blood-alcohol level 0.32 percent.
We'll be keeping a close eye on this one.
The Clintons' Neighbor and Strange Deaths in the Night
It seems that Carlos Perez-Olivo does have a temper. In that the fellow liked to almost throttle a reporter who dared to ask him if he murdered his wife.
This True Crime, ladies and gems, is a doozy.
First, Perez-Olivo is a man in deep trouble in his law practice. He's been disbarred for stealing money from his clients and had been under great stress to somehow keep his wife and family in the lifestyle to which they had become accustomed. The neighborhood of former President Clinton and wife Hillary is a high living area and yes, Perez-Olivo lives three houses down from Bill and Hill and already camera-hog Bill Clinton has been commenting on his neighbor.
Seems Perez-Olivo and his wife were out for a drive when a "Hispanic" man forced them off the road, climbed into the back seat of Perez-Olivo's car then shot Perez-Olivo's wife in the head and shot Perez-Olivo in the abdoman. Perez-Olivo's wife died; Perez-Olivo survived his wound.
From the NY Daily News:
Exploding in anger, the crooked Westchester lawyer whose wife was killed in a roadside shooting attacked reporters outside a police station yesterday when they asked if he had anything to do with the mysterious murder.
Carlos Perez-Olivo began shouting expletives outside the Westchester County police station after a TV reporter asked the 58-year-old, "Carlos, did you kill your wife?"
As for Bill Clinton's comments on the case, they were innocuous. The former President said that so far as he knew the Perez-Olivos were a happy couple and Perez-Olivo was a nice neighbor. Well it's not about Bill Clinton's opinion on the Crime as it is always, it's ALL ABOUT BILL CLINTON.
From the NY Daily News:
Perez-Olivo - whose Chappaqua house is just three doors from Bill and Hillary Clinton's home - has told cops a gunman ambushed him and his wife as they drove home late Saturday, mortally wounding her with a bullet to the head and shooting him in the abdomen.
This True Crime is full of holes as concerns Perez-Olivo's story of the Hispanic who shot him and his wife. First, the Perez-Olivo's car has a lock that stays engaged when the car is in gear. So how on earth could this Hispanic murderer get into the backseat of their car so readily?
Also, scuttlebutt has it that the shots that killed Mrs. Perez-Olivo came from OUTSIDE the vehicle. No proof of this just yet but it's being bandied about.
This case has all the red flags of husband-murders-wife. Now that Perez-Olivo has recovered from his own possibly self-inflicted wounds, look for this investigation to go into high gear.
If we're lucky we'll get Bill Clinton's constant input, I just can't wait.
Just the Strangest and Most Intriguing Story
I first came upon this blurb in a True Crime newsgroup and was intrigued.
Seems a couple left their motel room but left behind some weird stuff. Like a room full of blood, and linens stuffed into a trash bin. The motel staff reported this find to the police because hey, the couple up and left suddenly and who knows, was it their blood left behind? Could the couple have been murdered, the blood the proof and their bodies who knew where?
Then I read, as below, the couple was found alive and well so hey, all okay and hunkey-dorey, right?
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Carson City authorities have found a couple that left behind a bloody motel room, and both were alive and well.
Authorities said Cynthia Markham, 47, and Steven Martinoni, 50, were located Thursday at an undisclosed casino and were being questioned.
Sheriff's deputies began looking for them Wednesday after a maid at the Rand Motel found a large blood stain on the mattress and splatter on the wall of the room they had rented the night before.
Blood-soaked linens were then found in an outside trash bin.
It turns out that, get this, the woman cut open her friend's face with a beer mug and they used SUPERGLUE to hold the nasty gash closed. The lady will be charged, my goodness, with assault by a deadly beer mug.
Charges of battery with a deadly weapon will be submitted to the Carson City District Attorney's Office against a woman who allegedly struck her boyfriend in the face with a beer mug then left the motel room covered in blood.
Investigators became concerned about the couple's welfare Wednesday afternoon after a maid at the Rand Ave. Motel found the walls and mattress splattered with blood and blood-soaked bedding tossed in the Dumpster.
Legros said when the couple was first contacted on Thursday, Martinoni was initially evasive about what had happened, but eventually admitted Markham had struck him the face with the mug, slicing him from his cheek to his chin.
"It was probably about a good three- to four-inch gash, but I couldn't really tell because they had Superglued the bandages to his face," Legros said.
You can't make this stuff up.
Speaking of Stuff You Can't Make Up
They thought he was masturbating in public but he was really having an epileptic seizure.
Seems something about Beloungea's hand movements replicated those involved in masturbation but that's not the worst of it. Beloungea had on, plainly, a Medic Alert bracelet declaring him to be an epileptic and with full contact information.
On most days Beloungea lives the normal life of a 48-year-old single man. But roughly once a week, he loses total control of his body and mind to an epileptic seizure.
A seizure took over Beloungea's body while walking through his suburban Detroit neighborhood last April. When an onlooker in a neighbor's house saw Beloungea having the seizure, which includes rapid repetitive arm motion, she misinterpreted it as criminal conduct. Specifically, she thought Beloungea was masturbating in public.
With that misconception in mind, she called the Oakland Police Department. When police arrived on the scene, Beloungea was still undergoing his seizure, acting disoriented and not responding to questions.
When officers couldn't get through to Beloungea they drew their weapons, shocked him with a high-voltage taser, hit him with a baton and wrestled him to the ground. They then handcuffed him and put him in a police car.
Instead they stunned-gun this fellow to oblivion and beat him up a bit.
Beyond that, while masturbating in public is a bit distasteful, dear Lord, it's hardly a danger to anyone in the surround. I'm just saying, even IF he wasn't having an epileptic fit, which he was.
So why all the police heavy-handedness? It's not clear by the report if Beloungea wouldn't stop his "masturbating" when commanded by police, but hey, if he didn't stop when a bunch of cops told him to, well that should have been a clue right there.
Four Women's Bodies Found in Atlantic City Drainage Ditch
It's rumored they were all prostitutes. Whatever the case, four dead women found in one locale, goodness, this is a serious crime. We'll keep watching for more details.
Atlantic City - WABC, November 21, 2006) - Authorities in Atlantic County, New Jersey are trying unravel the murders of four women.
Their bodies were discovered yesterday in a drainage ditch behind a row of motels on the Black Horse Pike, which is just outside Atlantic City. Those motels are located between route 322 and the Atlantic City Expressway in Egg Harbor Township.
Best Defense of the Year Award
So hey, the damn deer was dead when this fine fellow "made love" with the carcass. So how is this "animal cruelty"?
As for myself, frankly I am glad the deer was dead, at least for the deer's sake.
The defendant, on the other hand, thinks that animal cruelty charges do not apply here as the animal ceased being an animal once it died.
As for charges of crimes against sexual morality, another possible crime by this dead-deer lover, well the defense argues that statute is about HUMAN sexual morality and does not apply in cases of humans making love to deer carcasses.
From the SmokingGun.com:
NOVEMBER 22--A Wisconsin man who argued that he could not be prosecuted for having sex with a deer because the animal was dead at the time, was dealt a legal setback today when a judge rejected a motion seeking dismissal of a criminal charge against him. As a result of Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci's ruling, defendant Bryan James Hathaway, 20, will have to stand trial for his alleged assault last month of the deer carcass.
Again, we can't make this stuff up.
Ending With a Smile
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