Thursday, June 30, 2005

Alzheimers linked to periodontal disease?

Child Abuse Study

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

What Is a Son?

A son is a warm spot in your heart and a
smile on your lips.

In the beginning he is charmingly innocent,
putting his complete trust in you.

He comes to you for a hand to hold, and for
the security only your arms can provide.

He shares his tales of adventure, and
knows how proud you are of his discoveries
and accomplishments.

All his problems can be solved by a hug and
a kiss from you, and the bond you share is
so strong it is almost tangible...

Time passes, and your innocent little boy
starts to test his limits. He lets go of your
hand to race into the midst of life without
thinking ahead or looking both ways.

His problems have grown along with him,
and he has learned that you can’t always
make his life better or kiss his troubles away.

He spends much of his time away from you,
and though you long for the closeness you
once shared, he chooses independence and

Discoveries and accomplishments aren’t as
easy to come by now, and sometimes he
wonders about his worth.

But you know the worth of that young man.
He is your past and your future. He is hopes
and dreams that have made it through each
and every disappointment and failure.

In your heart, your son is precious and
treasured. Together, you struggled through
the years trying to find the right amount of
independence for each new stage of his life,
until finally, you had to learn to let him go.

Now you put your trust in him, leaving that
son, whom you hold so dear, totally in his own
care. You hope he always remembers that you
have a hand for him to hold, and arms to
provide comfort or support.

Most of all, you hope that he believes in
himself as much as you believe in him, and
that he knows how much you love him.
-Poem by Barbara Cage

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Was He Supposed to Stand There and Get Shot Too?

A cop was caught on video taking cover after his partner was shot, not returning until after returning fire with the fleeing vehicle. The way the article is written, the cops partner is hit multiple times in the chest and falls. The cop flees behind parked cars and returns fire with the assailant.

WHat? His partner is down. Was he supposed to lay his body over the prone victim and return fire? I am not sure what police protocal is during a situation like that.

Am I wrong?

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Isn't It Ironic

Every Saturday Joseph Cooper went to his son's graveside after work. His son had died in 1996 of pneumonia and Cooper, heartsick would visit his son's graveside on these weekly visits and pray or tell him about his day.

This past Saturday, Joseph Cooper went to his son's graveside like he did every week. He may not have realized that the thunderstorm was as close as it was. Family members have stated he would have gone anyway.

Saturday, Joseph Cooper was killed by lightning as he visited his son's graveside. Lightning struck the tree that was beside his son's grave, traveled down it and into Cooper.

He will be buried next Saturday beside his beloved son, under that tree.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

BTK timeline

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Let the White Dove Sing

Like many people I had been horrified about the ongoing sexual abuse of a blond haired child, the abuse blatently posted on the internet by her abuser for the world to see. I heard this on the radio Friday as I was driving out of town.

Girl in Sex Abuse Photos Found Alive

They feared she was dead. When Toronto police stumbled on the pictures of the child a few months ago there were hundreds of pictures of her being sexually abused over a time period spanning 2-3 years. The pictures had stopped about 2 years ago. The investigators knew that this type of predator would not just suddenly stop documenting this childs torment. Fearing the worst, they began to search for her using techniques not tried before. They digitally removed her from some of the photos of her abuse and posted them on the internet and in newspapers and on television. Leads came pouring in.

ORLANDO — A young girl who appeared in a series of sexually explicit pictures taken at a Walt Disney World hotel and other locations has been found and is now safe, authorities said Friday.

Have you seen this girl?
Originally uploaded by E_llie.
Orange County Sheriff's Office detectives hope someone can identify the girl in this photo. They believe the girl, who is not a victim, can provide information pertinent to an international child pornography case.

There is a child being abused. Her pictures have been considered must haves by pedophiles scouring the internet for child porn. She was 9 when over 200 pictures and videos were taken in 2001. She has long blond hair and would be twelve today. Frustrated Toronto detectives decided to try to do more to find her. They digitally wiped her image from photos in an attempt to locate the hotel or resort she was abused at on more than one occasion. Seconds after Toronto Newstations ran the broadcast showing the pictures, tips began pouring in.

THe hotel has been located. It is a Florida Walt Disney World resort. The name of the resort has not been released.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Happy Mother's Day?

Runaway Bride Run Amuck?

Remember the Runaway Bride? Since her "recovery from captivity" some interesting facts have come out about her. This was not her first alter avoidance. She didn't show for a previous marriage ceremony as well.
She also has been arrested for shoplifting three times. There has been some speculation by mental health experts that she could be have a borderline personality disorder, which means she would be extremely unstable in her relationships and would often do things to draw attention to herself.

Hmmm. You would think her family would have had an insight into her character to not plan a lavish wedding with 600 guests.

Want to know what Jennifer Wilbanks aka The Runaway Bride's home town thinks of her activities?
The Smoking Gun has a link to letters from her home state. They are hilarious.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

"Her Soul is Dancing"

If you like me, have ever surfed the cold cases sites, you have been chilled at the forensic recreations from a skeleton or partially decomposed body. In some instances, you can actually view photos of the deceased victim, placed there in hopes someone will identify that person.

A child's body was found on April 28, 2001. Her body was found a few days later. Her case came to be known as the Precious Doe case. Last week, the child was identified as Erica Green. She was just three years old.

Today, a community said goodbye to her. Included at the funeral was her former foster mom, Betty Brown, who raised Erica from birth to age three, in Muskogee, Okla.

Michelle Johnson and her husband Harrell Johnson have been charged with the murder.

Several teenagers spoke at the funeral including Ailey Pope Coe, 14, she said Erica is anonymous no more and "is crying out her name" for everyone to hear.

"Her soul is dancing," Coe said.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Local Politics Getting Ugly

If you are from Mississippi and have been following Jackson's mayoral election coverage, you will want to read the following article supplied by the Jackson Free Press. The article is from 1994 and was printed in Newsday. It was written by an investigative reporter named Jim Mulvaney. The article revisits allegations never proven that Frank Melven sexually molested 2 boys in his custody. The two boys later turned up dead, "shot to death by a person or person's unknown".
An FBI probe of the incident did not lead to charges.

One Jail's Tale

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Frankenstein Food

Need some more snap, crackle, pop, out of your Rice Crispies?

From Bizarro land comes this little tidbit "Scientists have begun putting genes from human beings into food crops in a dramatic extension of genetic modification"

Thursday, April 07, 2005


Please excuse my lack of recent posting. I have a test in 2 weeks to become licensed for my job. I am studying a huge book. I will return on the 23rd.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Scouting in the Woods

My little brother was a boy scout for a short period of time. He only went to a couple of camp outs. My mother boycotted the Boy Scout idea after the last camp out he attended. He came home filled with stories of massive wedgie attacks (not minor wedgies but horrendous stretch your underwear up somewhere maybe on your head? I don't remember where and I don't have a point of reference not being male) on younger boys by the older troops and troop leaders. (thus in my mind forever after, the boy scout official name has been "Wedgie Boy", I cannot erase the connotation) There were also disturbing tales of rampant nakedness in the woods, both adult and child nakedness.

My mother decided that this particular troop was a little, well, weird. (she probably was not a good judge, she had trouble with the whole raising a boy thing.) I actually agreed with her at the time. (why would an adult give a child a wedgie?) (Why run naked thru the woods? This was many years ago and to be honest the thing that bothered me the most about the naked in the woods thing was the poison ivy. WHAT ABOUT THE POISON IVY YOU FOOLS AS YOU RUN NAKED THRU THE WOODS GIGGLING, AND DOING GOD KNOWS WHAT ELSE!

Don't get me wrong, I have no evidence the Boy Scouts are not a healthy club for boys. To the contrary, I think that the majority of Boy Scout troops are probably great places for boys to learn useful things and to hang out with adult males.

Over the years, I have stumbled on a few stories about Boy Scout leaders going awry. The Boy Scouts aren't the only organization beset by accusations of wrong doing by leaders, any profession or organization that deals with children seems to be fair game for predators.

Nothing like this however:
Longtime Program Director of the Boy Scouts and chairmain of it's Youth Protection Task Force pleaded guilty in court today to a charge of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Makes me feel downright queasy when I think that he could have been giggling naked in the woods and giving poor younger boy scouts wedgies.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Easter Sunrise

Originally uploaded by E_llie.

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said."

Matt 28:6

Happy Easter!

Death Sentence Upheld Today

Florida Judge rejects latest and said to be final, Shiavo Appeal

I have been so upset about this case, I have been unable to blog about it. Terry Shiavo's last appeal against her death sentence was turned down today. She did not have a living will, is not terminally ill, was NOT brain dead since she apparently recognized her parents.

Her sentence, death by slow starvation and dehydration. Her crime? Becoming incompacitated under what can only be called, suspicous circumstances.

I can only pray for her family, and pray that her death will come swiftly.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Cartoons from a Killer

The Smoking Gun website has posted an animated cartoon created by Jeff Weiss, the kid who killed 9 people before shooting himself. In this animated cartoon, the character commits suicide after his bloody rampage. There is also a link to his MSN personal website profile.

If you want a detailed psychological analysis of these cartoons, MSNBC has an interview with Dr. Katherine Newman, author of the book "Rampage" posted on it's website.

Among the things disclosed on these websites:
One of Weiss' favorite movies was Dawn of the Dead.
His favorite quote was "We are little flames, poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes almost go out." - Wehrmacht Private Paul Baumer, All Quiet on the Western Front

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Jeff Weiss Identified as Shooter at Minn School

His name was Jeff Weiss and he was 16 or 17. He killed himself after killing 9 other people, starting with his grandparents.

He dressed in black, wore a trench coat, (note the similarity between Columbine killers), wore eyeliner, wrote stories about zombies, created comic books with graphic pictures of death, and may have posted messages on a neo-Nazi Web site supporting Adolph Hitler using the name Todsengel or Angel of Death.

He had been placed on the schools Homebound program for violation of school policy. He was a loner who was often teased by others (Columbine similarities again). It has been reported that his father committed suicide 4 years ago and that his mother lives in a nursing home, disabled by brain injuries suffered in a car accident. He lived with his grandfather, Daryl Lussier and his grandfather's live in companion, Michelle Sigana.

Link to Red Lake High School where tragedy occured. It has pictures of the school and hallways.

Link to Red Lake Band of Indians web site.
The story below this one gives more details about the incident.

Monday, March 21, 2005

He was Grinning and Waving as He Shot Fellow Students

Updated: The death toll now stands at 10 and it is currently being reported he was grinning and waving as he was shooting....
Star Tribune
In September 2003, central Minnesota's Rocori High School, had a shooting incident that killed two students, Aaron Rollins and Seth Bartell.

It has happened again in Minnesota, this time at the Red Lake Indian Reservation, about 240 miles north of the Twin Cities.

In the worst school shooting since Columbine, a student, whose name has not been released, first shot his grandparents, then he went to his high school and killed 6 students and wounded 14 to 15 more. He was found dead at the scene. It is believed that he killed himself.

There are few details as of yet, but it is being reported that all the dead were in one room. Tribal fire marsal Roman Stately told reporters the shooter entered the school around 2pm, shot a security guard, then walked down the hall to a classroom where he shot a teacher and more students. He was armed with a shotgun and two handguns.

There is no word on a motive at this time.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Nurse to Patient Ratio becomes Law

John Evander Cooey being sought for questioning in disappearance of Jessica Lunsford.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Horrific France Sex Abuse Case

If some of the perpatrators had not confessed you would think this latest sex abuse scandal was fabricated by it's accusers. In the 430 page description of charges, a group of parents and friends have been accused of passing their children around for sexual pleasure. Selling their offspring for booze and cigarettes while the children screamed in the next room. The number of accused stands at 66, the victims 44.

Angers, France
Twenty-seven of the accused are women. The victims, girls and boys, ranged in age from 6 months to 16 years. Some of the defendants have confessed, lawyers said.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Mommy Dearest

Mommy Dearest
Originally uploaded by E_llie.
Police in Instanbul Turkey have arrested a man posing as his dead mother to collect her retirement check.

He showed up at a bank, dressed in womans clothes complete with proper support hose. The officials became suspicious of their account holders deep voice. A manager secretly photographed him and called police.

Serafettin Gencel, told police that his 68 year old mother had been dead 2 years. He had buried her body in the basement at her death to be able to collect her checks.

Police are exhuming the body to see if foul play was involved. The man is being held on various charges.

Animal House?

25.5 Million To Be Paid By U.S. for Nazi Era Plundering

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

How was BTK caught?

If you are looking for one stop shopping for information on Dennis Rader, check out the Johnsville News, a blogger site. The information is comprehensive and contains links to photos of BTK from the 70's thru 2005. It also contains links to court transcripts, videos, and more information about the victims.

You will also find in-depth analysis of the developing case and up to date information on how BTK was caught, and more information to the ongoing question, about Kerri Rader's role in her fathers capture.

Haunted Desert

She was found a decade ago, in a ravine at the bottom of Sycamore Canyon in Yavapai Canyon, Arizona. She had already been dead about a year. She was 9 months pregnant, had on Gap jeans, a solar shield from a recent eye surgery. Her clothes matched, she was well dressed. She was from between 5 foot 2 inches to 5 foot 5 inches tall. She had a straw hat, purple hair clip, a hooded sweat shirt and a day bag. Her black, green and blue bathing suit hung from a tree. Not the description of your typical unclaimed body.

What happened? How did she get there? Was she left to die by the babies father? Was she unable to climb out? Was the bathing suit hung from the tree as a help signal?

Her remains are one of 150 people that Laura Fulginiti, forensic anthropologist stores at her downtown Phoenix office.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Remembering "Bloody Sunday"

Prison Fire In Domincan Republic Kills 133

Like most prisons, this one was overcrowded. Built to house 100, it held 500. The firefighters that responded to the blaze could not get into the building. The locks had been filled with sand by prisoners.

The fire was set by rival gangs fighting to gain control of the prison using knives, machetes an guns.

133 were killed and at least 26 injured.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Pot Smokers Seeking Treatment?

For years it has been touted as a lesser of evils by some, a gateway drug by others.

Chronic pot smokers are stereotyped as being "eternal hippies" laid back and seeking undemanding career paths. Relying on spouses or family members to take on the responsibilities of the world.

A new study released by the federal government claims that more people are actually seeking treatment for marijuana use. The figures given show that numbers of imbibers seeking help have more than doubled since 1992.

Advocates of legalizing marijuana use disagree stating that the laws have changed and people are being given a choice to get help or serve jail time.

Whatever the reason for the increase in treatment, I have observed a few stereotypical pot smokers. Mostly, Peter Pans and Janes that never quite grew up.

One in particular, who is dearly loved and a great friend to his children. A creative, highly intelligent person, who writes poetry on the refrigerator, but works a job far below his capabilities. He lets most of the adult responsibilities fall on his wifes shoulders.

Who knows the things he might have accomplished, the contributions he might have made, had he stopped smoking pot. I don't think it bothers him though. He is a great person, but he doesn't think the pot thing is a problem. He doesn't seem to mind that he could be a college professor or a great writer and that he settled for less. He doesn't seem to care.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

No More Death Penalty for Teen Agers

I know they have committed, in some cases, heinous crimes. Maybe it is because I remember what it was like to be under 18, a teenager and incredibly stupid. Maybe it is because I have teenage kids and see their immaturity. Right or wrong, I am happy that kids under 18 can no longer be sentenced to death.

Here is a list of some real Arizona cases. At the time of their crimes these kids were under 18. They were tried and were on death row until today. As of today, as much as we might hate what they did, they can no longer be put to death for these crimes.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

BTK Daughter Turned in Dad?

Did you ever suspect someone you were close too of doing something horrible in the past or present?

26 year old Kerri Rader, had a horrible secret. She suspected her dad to be the BTK killer. Her suspicions were so strong she went to the police. They took a DNA sample of Kerri's blood which came back as a 90% match for the BTK killer. After the results, they immediately began surveillance on her father.

59 year old Dennis Rader was arrested Friday. He will be charged with 10 counts of murder. He was a one time president of a Lutheran church. He has 2 children and worked for Park City as a compliance supervisor.

*January 1974: Julia and Joseph Otero are strangled in their home along with two of their children, Jospeh Jr. and Josephine.

*April 1974: Kathryn Bright is stabbed to death in her home.

*March 1977: Shirley Vian, 24, is strangled in her home.

*December 1977: Nancy Fox, 25 is strangled in her home, BTK called the police from her home after the murder.

*September 1986: Vicki Wegerle, 28 is strangled in her home.

*Two murders newly attributed to BTK based on new information he had been anonymously providing over the past year, Marine Hedge in April 1985 and Delores Davis in January 1991.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Ex-Boyfriend Admits Murdering Seven Month Pregnant Woman and Son.

Stephen Dale Barbee didn't want his wife to find out about the pregnancy. He had dated Lisa Underwood for 2 years, they broke up when Barbee started seeing another woman.

According to police, Barbee stated that he and Lisa were fighting over him leaving his wife. He suffocated her and when Jaden her 7 year old son interrupted the attack, Barbee suffocated him as well. He put the bodies in the back of Lisa's SUV, took them to some woods near Denton, TX and buried them in a shallow grave.

Court papers further reveal that a suspicious looking mud covered man fitting Barbee's description was stopped and briefly detained by a deputy early Saturday but he escaped into the woods.

We Are Not Amused?

Tattoos Passe?

Friday, February 18, 2005

Outbreak: Plague in Congo

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Childs Death Linked to Voodo Ritual, Human Sacrifice, and Child Slavery Ring

The Baby that Survived 3 Abortion Attempts

I wasn't too sure about this article. I posted it last night but went back and updated and re-published it this morning. I stumbled across it but then had trouble verifying the story other than the Mirror article. So I went back and found another link from two more UK news sources. The mother was given 3 or 4 abortion drugs in an attempt to kill the child over a period of two days. One article states an ultra sound or scan of some sort showed the baby to be dead, the other states she was told the baby was dead. At any rate according to the article, she was sent home and told to come back in 4 days to have the baby removed.

She felt the baby move on her way home and changed her mind. She went into labor shortly after that. The child is now 2 years old.

A BABY survived at least three attempts to abort him before he was born alive at 24 weeks old.
Little one God has a plan.......

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Another Attempted Murder for Baby.

Katherine Smith, 22, had been telling neighbors for weeks she was pregnant. A search of her apartment revealed a nursery full of baby items. She was not pregnant.

26 year old Sarah Brady, 9 months pregnant got a call on Tuesday. A woman on the phone told her a package for Sarah had mistakenly been delivered at her house. The same woman called the next day and stated that yet another package had been delivered for Brady. The woman on the phone was Katherine Smith. Sarah Brady went to Katherine Smith's apartment on Thursday.

When Sarah got to Katherine Smith's apartment, she became suspicious when she saw a document with Smiths name on it. She had been using an alias in her prior conversations. At some point during the visit, some reports state it happened when Smith asked Brady for a hug before she left, Smith attacked Sarah.

``Katie reached into her pocket, pulled out this knife that was already open, put it in the overhand thrust position and attacked her with it,'' Loos said. ``Sarah was able to make it out into the hallway, but Katie reached out, grabbed her by the hair, and pulled her back in.''

During the struggle, Sarah was able to get the knife away from Smith. She stabbed Smith several times before running out of the apartment to flag down a motorist for help. Smith called 911. She bled to death before the paramedics arrived.

Smith had previously worked as a Nanny but lost that job shortly after Thanksgiving when her employer began to doubt she was really pregnant. On her body, police found ultra sound pictures of someone elses twins she had been telling people they were hers and had died at birth. Officials state they were someone elses pictures not hers.

There have been several cases in the news lately about women being killed for their unborn. Thankfully Sarah Smith was not one of them.

Updated Valentines Day Suicide Plot

Woman tells about online coversations held with Krein.
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Update: Now officials are stating that based on old chat room records, Krein had been trying to convince women to have sex with him and then commit suicide for at least 5 years. One statement he made was that he had a beam in his house capable of holding multiple people for the event. No word yet whether he was ever successful.

He was bored and lonely, Gerald Krein hoped to massacre himself and 32 other people tomorrow, on Valentines Day. He was targeting via an incest themed chat room, single women and their children. The manner of death? Hanging naked. The participants were invited either to his home or to die via webcam. He wanted to watch.

So far police have been in contact with two women who were planning to come to Krein's home to die. They were also bringing their children, 7 in all, ages ranging from 4 to 18, to die as well.

Krein has been arrested and is being held on a $100,000 bond. ">Police were contacted after a woman, intending on being a participant herself, learned there would be children involved.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Network of Pedophiles at U.N. in Congo?

New Strain of Drug Resistant HIV

Friday, February 11, 2005

You Might Have a Problem

You know you might have a drug problem when:
You are on probation for methamphetamine and domestic violence charges.
While on probation you:
1. You fail at least 5 drug tests, 3 of them in within a 3 day time period.
2. You get caught using your plastic penis and baggied pee not once but twice.
3. Your name is Tom Sizemore.

Suicide Chat Room

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Attack Fifi Attack!

Deputy Scott Howden tried to stop Girlamo Marinello after he ran a stop sign. Marinello awarded the deputy by ramming his vehilce into the police car. He then got out and started swinging his 4 pound poodle "Baby" at the deputy. (around and around or side ways or towards him? What? I need a video)

Was he ordering the poodle to attack the deputy (sick him Fifi)? Was he using the poodle as a weapon or projectile? We may never know.

He was found mentally incompetent to stand trial. And FiFi, I mean Baby, she is fine and has been adopted.