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Elizabeth Smart Finally Gets Closure

“It’s a wonderful day,” Elizabeth Smart said to a crowd outside the court house after learning that her kidnapper, Brian Mitchell, was found guilty. After years of waiting — six years just for the case to go to trial and then nine months in the courtroom — Elizabeth finally got her well-deserved moment of justice. She was “glowing” as her mother put it. It has been an arduous eight years for Elizabeth, since Mitchell broke into her Utah home, kidnapped her, raped her repeatedly and abused her for nine months — she was only 14 at the time. Elizabeth was looking forward to facing him in court while giving her gut-wrenching testimony about the horrors she suffered at his hand, but when he started singing in the courtroom, he was removed. As if we needed further proof that he was a completely demented lunatic. Keep reading »

“Ugly Betty” Actor Michael Brea Killed Mom With Samurai Sword

Sad, disturbing news in New York City last night: actor Michael Brea, 31, who had small roles on “Ugly Betty” and in “Step Up 3D,” was arrested after killing his mother with a samurai sword. Police said Brea hacked up and decapitated his 55-year-old mom, Yannick Brea, in the middle of the night while screaming Bible passages. Police had been called earlier in the evening to the apartment for a domestic disturbance, but they left soon after, according to The New York Post. Keep reading »

Man Shoots TV After Watching Bristol On “Dancing With The Stars”


More than a few people are irked by Bristol Palin‘s staying power on “Dancing with the Stars.” And one man in Wisconsin just couldn’t take it anymore. Steven Cowan, 66, was kicking back on Monday and having a few drinks while watching the show. But after this performance by Bristol, he jumped up and yelled “the f**king politics!” Then he went upstairs, got a shotgun, loaded it—and fired a round into his television set. Keep reading »

Kid Pulls Knife On Mom When She Won’t Let Him Trick-Or-Treat As “Gay Justin Bieber”

Yesterday, we read a heartwarming story about a mother who supported her five-year-old son’s “gay” costume choice. But a mother of a 12-year-old boy in Arizona wasn’t so understanding when her son wanted to go trick-or-treating as “gay Justin Bieber.” The mother grounded her son for his “disrespectful” costume choice. And the boy retaliated against this costume censorship by pulling a knife on his mom and threatening to kill her. That’s when the police were notified and the boy was arrested. OK, this is awful. Acknowledged. But I am still trying to figure out what a “gay Justin Bieber” costume would look like. Anyone? It must have been really intense to spark an act of extreme ‘tween disobedience. But then again, J-Biebs just seems to illicit insanity in ‘tweens. [AZ Central] Keep reading »

The Situation’s Brother Accused Of Punching A Woman

If Mike Sorrentino is “The Situation,” we think his brother Marc should start going by “The Predicament.” Because he’s gotten himself into a pretty serious one. The 31-year-old owner of Naughty Limited—which runs several online porn sites—met a woman he met over the weekend while out partying with his brother. The woman says that she left the club with Marc to head back to his place in New Jersey. Only the encounter turned sour, and Mark allegedly punched her in the stomach. She has filed a misdemeanor complaint against him, and will presumably be seeing him in court. Just another reason to steer way clear of any of the guys even tangentially related to “Jersey Shore.” [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Former Playmate Charged With Attempted Murder

In 1968, Angela Dorian was Playmate of the Year. And today … she’s in jail for attempted murder. Keep reading »

“Sesame Street” Costume Used As Punishment For Shoplifting

An 18-year-old Virginia boy who was caught shoplifting at a Halloween store was given a very fitting punishment for his crime. Instead of calling the cops, the Halloween Express owner offered the boy an alternative to a criminal record: stand for six hours outside of the store dressed as Bert of “Sesame Street,” holding a sign that says, “I got caught shoplifting at Halloween Express.” Of course, the boy took the deal. I wonder if Bert was insulted? [The Daily What] Keep reading »

5 Character Actors Facing Legal Troubles

I would imagine that the biggest problem with being a character actor is that you’ll probably be known for one role for the rest of your life, but you’re not famous enough to get out of your legal woes. Jeffrey Jones, who played Principal Rooney in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” spent his 64th birthday in court after failing to update his sex offender registration. In 2003, he was charged after paying a 14-year-old boy to pose in a sexually explicit photo shoot and he will have to register as a sex offender every year now. Since he failed to register last year, Jones was sentenced to three years probation and 250 hours of roadside cleanup community service. Yeah, it sucks to be him right now. [NY Daily News]

We’ve rounded up a few other character actors with recent legal woes. Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: Teenager Confesses To Murdering Mother In Her Sleep

Ugh, this story is so awful. Fifteen-year-old Tylar Witt pleaded guilty to murdering her own mother. Tylar was furious after her mother read her diary and reported her 19-year-old boyfriend, Steven Colver, to authorities for statutory rape. Later that evening, her mother was drugged and then stabbed several times in her sleep. Tylar and Steven dyed their hair and fled to San Francisco where they were eventually apprehended. Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: Woman Admits To Faking Her Own Acid Attack

Bethany Storro, the 28-year-old Vancouver woman who claimed that an African-American woman with a ponytail attacked her and doused her with acid last month, is changing her story. She has come forward and admitted to burning her own face with acid. Keep reading »

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