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Officials Think They’ve Found Roma Girl “Maria”‘s Biological Parents In Bulgaria

Blonde Girl Named "Maria" Removed From Gypsy Couple's Care In Greece

Investigators in Europe say they have found the biological parents of Maria, a young girl living with a Roma couple who claimed the child was given away to them years ago, by successfully matching her DNA to two Bulgarians. Keep reading »

Blonde Girl Named “Maria” Removed From Gypsy Couple’s Care In Greece

Blonde Girl Named "Maria" Removed From Gypsy Couple's Care In Greece

A hot international news story: Greece has taken a young blonde girl called “Maria” away from a Roma, or gypsy, couple, though they claim to have adopted her from her biological mother. Authorities instead have accused the Roma couple of abducting Maria, who is age four or five, and of falsifying paperwork for the child and their other children. The Roma couple are accusing officials of coming after them over anti-gypsy prejudice. Keep reading »

This Is The Most WTF Truck Decal Ever

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Brad Kolb owns Hornet Signs in Waco, Texas. Baby genius that he is, Brad got the idea to make non-traditional truck tailgate decals as a means of advertising his company. One features a soldier sniper aiming a gun, another is a zombie, and yet another is an image of a woman hogtied and lying down, her hair covering her face, in the back of a truck. In a segment on Waco’s local Fox affiliate, Kolb says he’s not trying to say he “condones” violence against women, but just wanted to see as, like, an experiment, if the gruesome image would bring in new business. And according to Kolb, one of Hornet’s female employees volunteered to be the kidnapping victim. “It was an experiment for us, and I was really shocked by how much traffic it did drive,” said Kolb, who seems to think that the violent decal was a success — he claims he’s seen an influx in orders. But we tend to think that profiting off of violent imagery that degrades women is a major, major fail. Keep reading »

Elizabeth Smart Felt Like “Chewed Up Piece Of Gum” After Rapes

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“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you no longer have worth, you no longer have value. Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value. … [Kids should know] you will always have value and nothing can change that.”

– Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped at 14, held captive and raped for nine months, spoke recently at Johns Hopkins University on a forum about human trafficking. Here she is explaining why she didn’t run after her captor raped her, which he did daily during her entire ordeal. As the now-25-year-old told Johns Hopkins, she was raised in a religious family and had learned from abstinence-only education that a person whose virginity has been ‘sullied’ is worthless. Her mention of chewing gum is not random: A popular teaching in abstinence-only education, “the gum game,” is to compare people to chewing gum: a person who has had multiple partners is just like dirty, grimy gum that’s been chewed over and over again by multiple people. It’s a way of teaching children to feel ashamed and guilty about sex. And while positing sex before marriage as “slutty” could mess up anyone, for rape victims like Elizabeth Smart, it’s enough to make someone feel like worthless trash. [Christian Science Monitor] [Photo: Getty]

Michaele Salahi Has Been Kidnapped?!

Kidnapping — or publicity stunt? Tareq Salahi of Bravo’s now-cancelled “The Real Housewives of D.C.” claims his wife Michaele Salahi, one-half of the White House party-crashing duo, has been abducted. TMZ reports that Michaele Salahi supposedly left for a hair appointment yesterday, but never made it there and never returned. He claims he got a phone call from his wife from an unfamiliar phone number late last night and she told him she was headed to her mother’s house; when Tareq called Michaele’s mother, she said they had not spoken. Now he is afraid Michaele Salahi has been kidnapped and contacted the police. Police reportedly told him that Michaele already contacted them and said she refuses to go home to Tareq because of “family problems.” Keep reading »

Kate Middleton Is Prepared For A Kidnapping

Now that she’s one of the most famous women in the world, the Dutchess of Cambridge is a prime target for nutters. Kate Middleton had to undergo personal safety training on how to handle a kidnapping. The British Special Air Service, or SAS, trained Middleton on “key survival skills such as noticing anything unusual in routine surroundings, how to react when attacked and how to build a relationship with hostage-takers,” according to the UK’s Sun. Having the glossiest head of hair in the world comes with its risks!
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Morning Quickies: Jaycee Dugard On Giving Birth In Captivity & Megan Fox Has Wrinkles

  • Jaycee Dugard’s memoir, A Stolen Life, comes out next week. Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 and found after 18 years in captivity. In a “Dateline” interview with Diane Sawyer airing this Sunday night, Dugard says when she gave birth to her two children, she had no idea she was having a baby. A couple Frisky writers want to check this memoir out. Will you be reading it? [People, People]
  • A Dallas Cowboys player proposed to his girlfriend, the 2009 Miss Texas USA, by sending a $76,000 engagement ring in the mail. If a man proposes to his girlfriend by mail and the Civil War is not going on out there, he should be tagged and entered in to the database as undateable. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Following Casey Anthony’s acquittal, four states — New York, Florida, West Virginia and Oklahoma — are pursuing legislation called “Caylee’s Law” to require parents to report missing children within 24 hours of their disappearance. [People]

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Elizabeth Smart Faces Her Kidnapper At His Sentencing

“I don’t have much to say to you. I know that you know what you did was wrong … You did it with full knowledge. But I want you to know that I have a wonderful life.”

Elizabeth Smart faces Brian David Mitchell, the man who kidnapped her at age 14 and forced her to be his second wife for nine months, at his sentencing yesterday. He received life in prison after being convicted of felony kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. We are so proud of Elizabeth for being able to say this to him nine years later and for being able to move on with her life and heal. [People] Keep reading »

Jeremy London May Have Been Telling The Truth About That Kidnapping Thing

When actor Jeremy London—Griffin on “Party of Five,” not his twin brother Jason who played Randall in “Dazed and Confused”—claimed over the summer that he had been kidnapped for five hours and “forced to smoke dope,” we thought it seemed kind of suspect. Especially when Jeremy, who has had addiction issues in the past, claimed that his kidnappers said, “Hit this! Hit this or I’m gonna kill you!” But it looks like Jeremy might have been telling the truth. Brandon Adams has plead guilty to charges of false imprisonment and unlawfully taking London’s car. Which sounds a little different to me than saying, “I kidnapped this guy and made him do drugs,” but shows that there was a lot of truth to Jeremy’s story. Keep reading »

Woman Admits To Kidnapping Baby From Hospital 23 Years Ago

Imagine being 23 years old and finding out that your mother is not actually your mother. Devastating, right? Now imagine that you find out that she kidnapped you from a hospital. That’s, like, beyond. This insane scenario is a reality for Nejdra Nance, born Carlina White. The woman she knew as her mother, Ann Pettway, has finally confessed her crime to the FBI.What would possess someone to kidnap a 19-day-old baby and raise her as your own? Ann claimed she had several miscarriages and feared she would never become a mother. Uh, I’m thinking that excuse won’t hold up too well in court. Her err in judgement may earn her life in prison, not to mention the pain she has caused Carlina and her biological family. [People] Keep reading »

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