Here’s another one for “Sick, Sad World.” A 21-year-old woman in Georgia, Jessica Bruce, was clocked doing 85 mph in a 65 mph zone on Wednesday night. A police vehicle turned on its lights, but Jessica refused to pull over, starting a high speed chase. The chase ended with her hitting a car, spinning into oncoming traffic, and causing a pile-up. All signs point to her being drunk at the time of the incident. Jessica is physically fine; however, the baby she was carrying isn’t. Once she is released from the hospital, authorities plan to charge her with “feticide by vehicle,” which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail. Another driver involved in the crash is in the hospital, too. This case is sad on so many levels. All I have to say is, taking the speeding ticket would have been a much, much better idea. [ABC News] Keep reading »
In Brazil, an unidentified 21-year-old vowed to get back at 82-year-old priest Luiz Marques Barbosa, who he claims sexually abused him. And so this 21-year-old knelt by a window, and shot a video of Barbosa having sex with a 19-year-old. In the middle of the act, Barbosa noticed him and yelled, “Who is it? Who’s at the window? Who is it? Who’s there?” This guy then took the video straight to his local news channel. A newscaster confronted Barbosa and asked him if he has sinned. “Who has never committed a sin?” Barbosa said. The newscaster then asked him if he had ever abused boys—he said it was a question he could only answer in confession, which certainly sounds pretty guilty. The network aired both his answers to these questions and the footage from the original sex tape. Naturally, Barbosa has been removed from duty, and a police investigation is under way. We just hope there weren’t more victims in this case. [Newser, CNN] Keep reading »
Marium Varinauskas, a 28-year-old engineer in the U.K., had an interesting reaction when the police arrived at his house after his girlfriend called them to complain about his drunk and disorderly behavior. As a female sheriff approached him, he jumped on the couch, dropped his pants, and started swinging his peen around wildly. Evidently, the officer had to duck in order to avoid getting hit. In court, Varinauskas’ lawyer said, “He has never been so drunk before that day and accepts he has to take full responsibility. He apologizes profusely and is extremely embarrassed.” In the end, he was fined about $900. But the best line of the article on this incident? “The officer suffered no injuries.” Hooray. [Newser] Keep reading »
This New Jersey man will certainly get the Worst Father of the Century award and, hopefully, will spend the rest of his life in jail. After having apocalyptic visions, he raped five of his daughters … and impregnated three. Their babies were born at home and did not get birth certificates. When some of them died, they were buried without authorities ever knowing they existed. The father’s reign of terror lasted for more than a decade and, during that time, the girls also had to endure beatings with wooden boards and steel-toed boots and were often deprived of food. Keep reading »
Apparently, Ryan Jenkins wasn’t the first alleged killer to finagle his way onto a dating show. In 1978, Rodney Alcala appeared on “The Dating Game.” A good looking dude with long, curly hair, he was Bachelor #1. Host Jim Lange introduced him as, “a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the dark room at the age of 13, fully developed. Between takes you might find him skydiving or motor-cycling.” Contestant Cheryl Bradshaw liked that. “What’s your best time?” she asked him. Alcala answered back, “The best time is at night.” Alcala was charming, and Cheryl picked him out of the three guys. Later, though, she refused to go out on an actual date with him.
Good call, Cheryl. At the time of his appearance on the show, Alcala had been convicted of raping an 8-year-old girl 10 years earlier. And a few months after the show, he graduated to killing. He abducted and murdered a 12-year-old girl, and killed four more women in total. He was only found guilty of these crimes last month. He’s currently representing himself to try to avoid the death penalty. Keep reading »
This is an extremely twisted story. Korean couple Kim Yoo-chul, 41, and Choi Mi-sun, 25, met in 2008 in an internet chat room and fell in love over their mutual love of Second Life. Three months ago, they had a baby together—at the same time, they also had a baby in Second Life. But because they were so obsessed with the game, they spent about 12 hours a night together at internet cafes playing it. They fed, clothed, and nurtured their virtual baby while leaving their real baby home alone without food. One night in September, they came home—and their real baby had died of malnutrition. The couple admitted to leaving her alone and feeding her rotten formula and are being charged with child abuse and neglect. Talk about an internet love gone wrong. [Daily Mail]
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Crystal Gail Mangum really knows how to stir up trouble. In case you don’t remember her, she is the stripper who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape back in 2006. Yeah … rape is not really the kind of thing to lie about. The case caused such a stir that the Durham District Attorney lost his job over it. Apparently Crystal didn’t learn her lesson, because she is in trouble with the law yet again. And this time it’s for the attempted murder of her boyfriend. Keep reading »
Phil Garrido‘s trial begins on Feb. 26. In the meantime, he is trying to force prosecuters to reveal where Jaycee Lee Dugard, the woman he kidnapped and than held prisoner for 18 years, fathering two children with her, is hiding. Apparently, Garrido had set up a plan in case Jaycee was ever found—she was supposed to go to a specific lawyer, who would communicate with Garrido off the record. Luckily, she didn’t and prosecuters are seeking a protective order to make sure Garrido stops trying to contact her.
To this end, they’ve released some excerpts of a diary Jaycee kept during her ordeal. They’re pretty wrenching, and show just how much psychological power this dude wielded over her. Keep reading »
Joshua Tabor, a 27-year-old soldier in Washington, won’t be winning any Father of the Year awards anytime soon. He got custody of his 4-year-old daughter a few weeks ago, and he’s already facing charges of second degree assault on a child. Why? When his daughter couldn’t recite her ABCs, Tabor and his girlfriend “held her down on the counter and submerged her head into the water three or four times until the water came around her forehead and jawline.” Those are his words. To put them into more commonly used terms—he waterboarded her. And the poor thing ran and locked herself in a closet because she was so scared. Apparently, this wasn’t the first case of Tabor abusing his daughter. Let’s just hope the girl’s mom will be picking her up shortly. [Newser] Keep reading »
Here’s a super not-cute cat tale. Pennsylvania dog groomer Holly Crawford had a genius idea. She’d take some kittens, pierce their ears, necks and tails, and market the little tykes on eBay as “Goth Kitties.” Last month, her home was raided and she was put on trial for animal cruelty. Crawford plead not guilty. “When I did it, it wasn’t with any cruel intentions,” she said. “They were definitely loved, well-fed, no fleas, clipped nails. And they were happy.” Her defense pointed out that parents pierce their kids ears all the time and that isn’t considered inhumane. Fine, except that Crawford used a 14-gauge needle for the piercings—the same type used for cattle—on little kittens. Plus, vets testified that the ear piercings very possibly damaged the cat’s hearing and that the neck and tail piercings could hinder their ability to balance and jump. Well, yesterday, a court found Crawford guilty. I’m kind of glad to hear that. I won’t lie. I’ve thought about dying a little streak of my cat‘s hair blue to match my own, but I know better than to actually do it. [Discover] Keep reading »