A farmer in Herkimer County, N.Y. couldn't figure out why his cows seemed more anxious than usual.
When they weren't producing as much milk as usual, he set up a surveillance camera.
What he saw shocked him: two men were rolling in the hay with his livestock, CNYCentral.com reported.
The farmer, whose name has not been identified, contacted authorities who conducted their own investigation.
As a result, Michael Jones, 35, and Reid Fontaine, 31, were arrested for misdemeanor sexual misconduct, UticaOD.com reported.
Authorities said Fontaine attempted to have sex with several cows while Jones filmed the encounters, according to Syracuse.com.
The two were released on an appearance ticket.
The suspects aren't the first men accused of having a cow in the Biblical sense.
In 2008, Brazilian cleaner Getulino Ferreira Paraizo was accused of having sex with 400 cows. He said he preferred the more tranquil animals.
It might be better to think twice before attempting sex with cows or any other animals.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men who have had sex with animals were twice as likely to develop penile cancer as those who stick with their own kind.
Michael Piggin, who allegedly planned to bomb a school, a university and a mosque, wrote a message to one of his friends claiming he hit his mother after fighting the urge to shoot pre-school children in Loughborough.
'After picking up my pistol I was walking past a nursery and felt the urge to shoot,' the 18-year-old said in December 2012.
'I nearly gave in but I fought it and I hit my mum.
'We had an argument and she said some real mean stuff and I just flipped.'
Piggin also wanted to shoot Muslims at a Mosque in the Leicestershire town, the jury heard.
a text message he said: 'When you have got your new air pistol we will
meet up and will both bring pistols and go for a bit of a shooting
session down at the Mosque.'
'I'm sick of being the outcast when there are some scum that enjoy a better life than me.' Piggin said he 'felt sorry' for Seung-Hui Cho who shot and killed 32 people in the Virgina Tech massacre in 2007.
The neo-Nazi teenager planned the widespread attack when he was 17, compiling a ‘hit list’ of pupils and teachers he wanted to eliminate, the court heard.
He said: 'I am going to be a martyr and become famous so people will look up to me.'
The schoolboy is also alleged to have made videos of himself creating Molotov Cocktails out of wine bottles and throwing them against a wall.
Piggin, who was named for the first time this week after turning 18 in January, stockpiled an arsenal in his bedroom, including pipe bombs, partially assembled petrol bombs and air rifles.
Piggin, a neo-Nazi teenager, who can be named for the first time after turning 18 in January, stockpiled an arsenal in his bedroom, including pipe bombs, partially assembled petrol bombs and air rifles
In the first video, shot on February
16, 2012, the defendant tells the camera: ‘This is the URA’s second
attempt at a petrol bomb.’
friend, also covering his face with a balaclava, then prepares the
homemade bomb before throwing it at a wall where it explodes into
Jurors heard the bomb tests were filmed at the back of a leisure centre in Loughborough, which is also home to a creche, between February and April 2012.
Nine partially completed petrol bombs were found in Piggins’ bedroom together with a jerry can full of petrol, the court heard.
Prosecutor Max Hill QC said: ‘Some of the bombs were loaded with ball-bearings or other forms of shrapnel.
‘These items are clearly dangerous and explode. You will have to consider if they are merely play or something more dangerous.
‘Some or all of those clips are intended for some kind of audience.
by the infamous Columbine high school massacre, he compiled a list of
six potential targets, including his former school in Loughborough, the
town’s university, council offices, a mosque and cinema, it is alleged.
Piggin was arrested in February last
year. Police found several notebooks and recordings detailing his
alleged plans in his bedroom, as well as a variety of weapons, including
IEDs, a crossbow and pyrotechnic fuse cords.
was also a stab-proof vest, gas mask, blank firing pistols, three
ball-bearing guns, a military belt and an illegal terror manual,
Mujahideen Poisons Handbook.
Piggin allegedly scrawled the phrase 'the new Columbine' in a notebook, referring to the American high school massacre, carried out by pupils Dylan Klebold (pictured) and Eric Harris
found was a Che Guevara notebook decorated with a Nazi swastika and SS
runes in which Piggin ranted about his sinister plans. He had written
‘EDL no surrender British and proud’ on its cover, the court heard.
A self-proclaimed member of the English Defence League, he wrote rambling notes about the need for ‘Britain and Europe to rise up and fight’ against Islam and warned ‘when order fails, violence prevails’.
in a chilling dictaphone message played to the court, Piggin spoke in
an impassioned voice about the need ‘to hit back at the scum, the
said he hoped his ‘operation’ will ‘inspire the intelligent people to
start some sort of revolution against the current system’.
teenager, who at the time was living at home with his mother, adds:
‘People are living in a world of delusion. I’m ready to die for my
‘How the f*** could anyone treat a fellow person like people’s (sic) treated me. That’s a question you want to be asking, that’s what drives people to do this. Look at all the f****** things in the past.
'Columbine, Virginia Tech, numbers of others. All because of bullying and how people are treated.’
Old Bailey heard that two of the teenager’s friends, who cannot be
named for legal reasons, have pleaded guilty to possessing either petrol
bombs or pipe bombs.
But Piggin, who has
Asperger’s Syndrome, was set apart from his friends and driven by a
paranoia of ‘Islamic invasion of Europe’.
Max Hill QC told the jury that the teenager’s plot and his haul of
weaponry was not ‘child’s play’ but a deadly threat.
said: ‘For an average young man in an average house in Loughborough or
any town you care to name in England and Wales, you may think that is
‘That is what this case is about.
Plans: One of Piggins' alleged targets was Loughborough University
‘The final item is a notebook containing information about the planning of attacks and study of explosive devices.
said of the 1999 mass shooting: ‘That’s something that you’ll want to
assess in this case given that this defendant, not in Colorado USA but
in Loughborough England, was writing "the new Columbine" in his
notebook. Klebold and Harris, the mass killers in Columbine, were aged
17 and 19 at the time of those atrocities. What you have in this case is
denies possessing items for terrorism and a terror manual, but admitted
possession of petrol and pipe bombs and components of IEDs.
The trial continues.
Natalie Lynn Webb, a thirty-year-old mother of four young children from Elk City, Okla., was scheduled to appear in a Beckham County courtroom on Jan. 6 for a preliminary hearing, after being accused of sexually abusing her children while other adults watched.
Police say that Webb raped three of her four children from Dec. 2012 through March 2013, according to an article updated today by The Huffington Post.
Graphic court documents which include interviews from Webb and her children, detail the horrific instances of “repeated rapes, beatings and deplorable living conditions.”
In one excerpt:
Webb's 9-year-old son told investigators that his 8-year-old brother and two 3-year-old sisters were repeatedly raped by their mother as other men and women looked on.
The son described how his sisters would try to resist being dragged into a raping room by their mother, followed by sounds of the two three-year-olds crying and screaming. According to police, the son said that his mother employed a “foreign object” during the sessions of molestation, and that “people may have paid his mother to watch the abuse.”
One of the three-year olds was able to corroborate her brother’s story, adding that being sexually abused by her mother felt “nasty.”
The nine-year-old son told police that his mother also molested his eight-year-old brother, and added that he was able to avoid being abused himself by only by running away and hiding in a dumpster.
The mother confessed to police that she was a meth user, dealt methamphetamines out of her family home, and “sometimes traded her food stamps for meth.” Webb’s nine-year-old son told police that he could recall seeing needles in the house.
"[The child] said these things would happen lots of times. He thinks when mom took the needles it would make her act different ... she would act weird and... her arm would have little dots where it was bleeding," the affidavit says.
And as if allegations of sexual abuse weren’t bad enough, the kids also told authorities that they were routinely beaten, repeatedly thrown up against walls “over and over again,” and starved.
"[The 9-year-old] said his mom would not feed them and he would have to find stuff and cook it in the microwave or pop tarts and stuff," the affidavit reads.
"If there was nothing [the children] would just scavenge the floor. On the floor they would find crumbs or cookies that were there from a week ago."
Although Webb adamantly denied to police that she sexually molested her children, she failed a polygraph test when questioned about the rapes.
Natalie Lynn Webb has a history of previous felony convictions for child endangerment and drug possession, plus “misdemeanor convictions of unlawful possession of paraphernalia, bogus checks and unauthorized use of a credit card.”
Webb, whose four children now live with their grandparents, is being held on a $2 million bond.
Natalie Webb was charged with the sexual abuse of children under 12, and child neglect. No-one can explain why she’s smiling so eerily in her mugshot.
Four employees of a Long Island group home have been accused of running a ‘developmentally disabled fight club.’
Erin McHenry of Brookhaven, Justin McDonald of Lindenhurst, Stephen Komara of East Moriches and Rosemary Vanni of Eastport all face felony charges after being ratted out by a person who received a cell phone video of their depraved game, officials said.
encouraged two developmentally disabled adults to participate in, what I
said on record, is a developmentally disabled fight club,’ prosecutor
Jacqueline Kagan said during a Friday press conference.
Depraved: Erin McHenry (left), 28, and Stephen Komara (right), 58, face felony charges after being accused of running the 'disabled fight club'
One of the group home workers shot cell phone video of the bout while the other three could be heard hysterically laughing, said Kagan, according to WCBS.
The men encouraged to fight are patients at Independent Group Home Living, in Hampton Bays, and are in their 50s, but have the mental capacity of preschool-aged-children, she said.
‘They encouraged them to strike each other – one knocking over the other in the wheelchair – and then rewarding them with praise,’ she added.
One of the two men grabbed the other by his neck and threw him to the ground while sitting in his wheelchair before ‘violently’ stomping his head and neck while being egged on by McHenry, a complaint cited by the Southampton Press said.
Arraigned: Rosemary Vanni (left), 44, and Justin McDonald, 27, (right) also face charges for their actions
‘They’re severely mentally disabled, and these individuals are there to protect them, not be entertained by them,’ Kagan added.
The father of a mentally challenged child went to the court hearings, he spoke to WCBS.
‘I don’t know what the world is coming to – but the fact that they did that, and thought it was funny?’ Patrick Stark said. ‘It wouldn’t be so funny if they were the ones on the other end of the fist.’
Authorities were notified of the disturbing video after one of the four emailed it to a friend, who sent it to the state’s Justice Center hotline.
The employees were fired, and the home says it is cooperating with authorities.
All but Vanni were arraigned Thursday morning, she was arrested later that afternoon and arraigned Friday.
House of horrors: The four workers carried out their sick game at Independent Group Home Living, in Hampton Bays, officials said
McHenry, 28, McDonald, 27, and Komara, 58, were each hit with one felony count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and their bail was set at $10,000 a piece.
Vanni, 44, was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.
All four face jail time if convicted.
Stabbing: Investigators said Jessica Hess, pictured, of Riverview, Florida, stabbed a woman Saturday night
A 19-year-old Florida woman is accused of stabbing a 22-year-old rival five times during a Redneck Yacht Club event, before telling her 'I hope you die.'
said Jessica Hess, of Riverview, Florida, attacked a woman who she saw
riding an ATV with her ex-boyfriend in the muddy Punta Gorda park at
around 9 p.m. Saturday.
The victim, Amy Rachel, stepped in to stop the fight, which is when Hess allegedly stabbed her repeatedly with a three-inch pocket knife.
After the attack, witnesses said they heard Hess tell the woman, 'I hope you die.'
Other onlookers didn't realize what had happened until they noticed Rachel bleeding.
was then brought to the front gate of the park, where EMS responded and
eventually she was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital's Trauma Center
for treatment. She has now been released.
Hess was taken to a Charlotte County hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
After her release, Hess was arrested and is facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
According to NBC News, Hess' former boyfriend said the pair had broken up about a year ago. He said the teen has tried to fight any woman she saw him with since then.
Yacht Club is a muddy park where thousands of young people come to
drive trucks and ATVs and party every year. It's not really a yacht
Drinking: Young women and men drink and dance on their four-wheel drive vehicles at the Redneck Yacht Club (stock photo)
According to police, the event has its own security, but they hire off-duty deputies for traffic control.
However, the off-duty deputies were just arriving to the park when the stabbing happened.
Visitor CJ Townsend told NBC it isn't a matter of security.
'It's normally a fun time. We drink a little bit, but nothing too crazy. It's just irresponsible people,' he said.
According to the network, some 14 people were airlifted from the park from 2009-2012.
Ruben Fox and Amber Fox, both 23, face multiple counts of crimes against nature for filming themselves having sex with dogs and sharing the clips.
A filthy Fort Bragg soldier and his wife remained locked up Tuesday after having sex with dogs and sharing clips of the encounters online, cops said.
Ruben and Amber Fox, both 23, were caught Monday in Raeford, N.C., south of the Army base.
Their capture followed an investigation that culminated two weeks ago, when Fairfax County authorities in Virginia alerted Raeford about the criminal activity, police Maj. Marc Godwin told the Daily News.
The couple has been charged with bestiality, disseminating obscene materials and conspiracy.
Amber Fox was additionally charged with soliciting a crime against nature, police said.
Two mixed-breed dogs and three cats were rescued from the couple’s Raeford home and brought to an animal shelter.
The couple was booked into Hoke County Jail and bail was set at $15,000 each.
Fox is a specialist assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, which is home to the Army’s Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets. A soldier found guilty of a civilan crime may be reprimanded by a commander, a spokesman said.
On her Facebook page, Amber Fox left a cryptic posting Sunday for her friends and mentioned her husband, who goes by the name Chance.
"Please everyone keep Chance and I in youuur prayers," the posting read. "I cannot and will not say what's up so please don't ask. But please just pray for us. Thank you and love you all."
Ordeal: Gemma was raped by her father when she was 12
A young woman who was raped by her father at the age of 12 has shared her story in the hope it will help other victims of sexual abuse.
Schembri, now 21, from Lincolnshire, revealed her father, Mark, had
always been controlling but took his abuse further after he split up
with her mother.
She said: 'He started to sexually abuse me when
I stayed with him and it went on for over a year. He was very
manipulative and controlled my thoughts to make me believe it was
'The first time he raped me he said afterwards, "Well it was better that it was with me than with some random person in a hotel".'
Gemma said she didn't realise what her father was doing was wrong and it took her years to pluck up the courage to reveal she was a victim of abuse.
She explains: 'My mum hadn't spoken to me about sexual abuse and what type of touching was acceptable and what wasn't. It took me two years to tell someone I was being abused as I didn't realise it was wrong at first and then, when I did, I didn't know how to broach the subject with my mum.'
As a result of her ordeal, Gemma is now supporting a campaign by the NSPCC - who supported her as she came to terms with her experiences.
The charity have launched a campaign called PANTS that
encourages parents to have simple, age appropriate conversations with
their children to make them aware of the dangers of sexual abuse.
PANTS stands for
'Privates are private', 'Always remember your body belongs to you', No
means no', 'Talk about secrets that upset you' and 'Speak up someone can
Don't suffer in silence: The NSPCC campaign encourages parents to tell their children not to keep things that upset them secret (posed by model)
They advise parents to tell primary
school children of the 'underwear rule' - that they shouldn't be touched
by anyone else in the areas their underwear covers.
It's something Gemma wishes she had been taught at a young age.
She said: 'I think for me to have known that what was happening was wrong my mum would have needed to have said, "You shouldn't let people touch you in areas that your underwear would cover" so I knew what was acceptable and what wasn't.
'I'd had sex education at school when I was younger but that was just about safe sex and I think a girl should be told about what constitutes sexual abuse by her mum not teachers.'
Help: Gemma finally confided in her mother and the family were supported by the NSPCC and her father was jailed
It was after she finally confided in
her mother that Gemma's abuse at the hands of her father finally ended
and he was arrested, charged and eventually jailed for nine
Gemma explained: 'Telling my mum about the abuse was the
worst conversation of my life.
'I sat down with her and couldn't get it out at first. Then I was just really blunt and blurted it out. Mum was shocked and started crying and we all sat crying together.'
But despite Mark being behind bars, Gemma's ordeal was far from over as she had to cope with the aftermath of his abuse, something she eventually learnt to deal with thanks to the NSPCC's help.
She said: 'Mark was arrested and our family was
in bits. Mum blamed herself and there was lots of arguing. I felt
broken and suicidal and was self harming. I started acting out. I was
drinking constantly and didn't care what I did.
'I had lots of social
workers but they didn't stick around so when I was introduced to a
worker from the NSPCC I told her I didn't like her. But she stuck with
me and was always there for me. She made me realise a lot of things
about myself and helped me understand why I was acting out and helped me
work through it.
'I'm better now and love my life but I think that if
I'd spoken out and stopped the abuse earlier and gotten help earlier I
would have recovered more quickly.'
Victoria, from Dewsbury, who has a seven year old daughter said following the advice of the PANTS campaign has given her more peace of mind.
Moved on: But Gemma wishes she has spoken out earlier about the sexual abuse
She said: 'We had a great discussion, without fear or embarrassment about The Underwear Rule and what she must do should she ever find herself in that position. I feel confident that should my daughter find herself in such a position (which fingers crossed never happens), she'll be able to address the issue in an informed manner and without fear of repercussion.'
Another mother, Gillian, from Clydebank, who has a son, aged five, agreed: 'It
was a difficult subject to approach with my son, but using the
Underwear Rule and the materials provided by the NSPCC gave me the
confidence to start having these conversations with him.'
from Swansea, who has two young girls added: 'I think this education
campaign is a great idea. I have two daughters and when I watch the news
I really fear for them. But I worry about spoiling their innocence;
frightening them and making them feel they can't be normal around
'I know I have
to prepare them for those times I am not with them and that they are
more likely to be abused by someone they know, so I have tried to start
talking to my girls but I worry that I might say the wrong thing or that
they will start to ask questions I can't or don't want to answer! Any
advice on what to say and how to cope with such a sensitive but
important subject is great.
'I am going to start Talking PANTS to my girls, my goddaughter, nephew and all my friends with children - it's much better to talk to our kids about how they can be safe rather than how awful the last report about a child suffering abuse was on the news and now I have got some help to do it well.'
A creep with a fetish for Swiss cheese is terrorizing Philadelphia.
the 'Swiss Cheese Pervert,' the overweight man in his 40s has been
spotted on multiple occasions in the Mayfair area approaching women
while driving his car with his genitals exposed.
to his victims, he then dangles a large slice of Swiss cheese over his
penis and offers to pay the women to perform sexual acts on him using
The Mayfair Town Watch warned local ladies of the lurking man on its Facebook page Saturday, and Philadelphia Police Department has confirmed the Special Victims Unit is investigating the curious case after several women filed reports describing a man with a 'major sexual cheese fetish.'
Cheesy: The Mayfair Town Watch warned women of the 'Swiss Cheese Pervert,' pictured, on its Facebook page Saturday
'I understand that
people may think this is funny, but this is no laughing matter,' Milt
Martelack, the town watch's senior adviser, told the Philadelphia Daily News.
'We've had a couple individuals reach out to us. We're taking this matter very seriously, and we're working vigorously with police to get this guy off the streets.'
The 'Swiss Cheese Pervert' is heavyset and white and drives a silver or black sedan.
The bizarre case shocked
many residents but Gabby Chest, from nearby Bridesburg, recognized the
fetish straight away and made her own report to police.
July 2012, when she was just 19, she set up a profile on dating site
OkCupid and within days had an inbox from a 'really strange guy' with a
very specific request.
said he was looking for someone to perform masturbation on him with
cheese,' Ms Chest told the Daily News. 'He kept saying how strong his
urges were and how desperate he was to find someone to help him with
added: 'There's no doubt it was him; it looked exactly like the picture
on his profile. I was scared and shocked. I never thought the guys you
see on those sites would be so close to me.'
Swiss is best: 'I tried many different kinds of cheese, like American, Provolone, chez whiz, jack, and cheddar, but settled on Swiss as the best,' 'Chris' wrote in an OKCupid message to a 19-year-old girl (stock photo)
In the message, the man called 'Chris' explained he developed the fetish after struggling to find women and start relationships as a young man because he was overweight and always judged on his looks.
'So I developed this fetish to help me deal with my sexual urges,' he wrote.
found that women tend to like dairy products, and settled on cheese to
represent the girl. thus I started having sex with cheese.'
Another woman, commenting on a Phillymag.com story, shared an OKCupid message her sister received from 'Chris' some four years ago, which was even more shocking.
love the way Swiss cheese feels against my penis. Either as slices of
Swiss cheese being wrapped around my penis or a chunk of Swiss cheese
being rubbed against my penis,' he wrote.
love even more when a woman uses the Swiss cheese to pleasure me. Or
simply wraps Swiss cheese slices around my penis and allows me to hang
out with her as I wear the cheese.'
explained that he prefers having sex with cheese over traditional sex
and jokes 'I am lucky I never became a rapist,' suggesting this was an
alternative to his fromage infatuation.
Victim: A woman tweeted this picture of the 'Swiss Cheese Pervert' with the comment 'I met this dude a few weeks ago' #creep
Chis went on: 'I tried many different kinds of cheese, like American, Provolone, chez whiz, jack, and cheddar, but settled on Swiss as the best. First and foremost, if ever a picture of cheese is used, most of the time they use a representation of Swiss cheese. But also because of it's eye patterns, texture, and the way it feels against my penis.'
he didn't offer Ms Chest cash in exchange for the sexual favor, so as
not to suggest she was a prostitute, he did offer this young woman $50
if she'd pleasure him using his preferred method.
He described in the expansive letter, however, that when he was younger he had far more stamina for cheese sex.
'I was able to wrap and wear a good 1 ½ pounds of Swiss cheese against my penis, and wear the Swiss cheese for hours at a time, before I would climax from just having the Swiss cheese on my penis,' Chris wrote.
in a strange twist, he insists he doesn't like Swiss cheese, only
mozzarella, and would never consumer the cheese he has used on himself.
'One last note, I do not like cheese, except for mozzarella, and that is the one cheese I have never used on myself,' he explained. 'So no I do not eat the cheese after I am done using it for pleasure, it is discarded. I am always asked that question.'
An Ohio teacher has been suspended
without pay for allegedly making racist remarks towards a student, and
may be fired from the school.
Fairfield Board of education suspended Gil Voigt on Monday for telling
an African American student earlier this month on December 3, 'we don't
need another black president' after the student expressed interest in
becoming president one day.
has taught at Fairfield Freshman school for 13 years and this is not
the first time he's gotten in trouble for racist remarks. Board
president Dan Murray say the suspension is the first step in dismissing
Gil Voigt has been a teacher at Fairfield Freshman High School for 13 years and may finally get the boot
reported that Assistant Superintendent Roger Martin compiled a list of
all of Voigt's offenses. In 2008, Voigt made an inappropriate racial
comment. That same year he got in trouble for improper use of school
In 2012, he received a verbal warning for calling a student 'stupid.'
is a rare occurrence. This is the first time I’ve faced it since being
named assistant superintendent (in 2011),' Martin told Cincinnati.
The teen was taken out of Voigt's class after his parents complained. Four students interviewed by the school complied with the victim's story.
Voigt believes he was misquoted by the student who he said caused trouble in class.
intend to uphold board policies and to hold teachers accountable for
the essential functions of the teacher job description,' Martin said.
'Obviously we’re very disheartened to have this situation with any of our staff members, Superintendent Paul Otten said.
'It’s not something we’re proud of, and it’s something we must not tolerate,' Martin told The Dayton Daily News.
Fairfield Freshman High School does not tolerate Voigt's behavior so they have suspended him without pay
'Client': Eliot Spitzer, pictured, enjoyed violence in the bedroom, pinning a former call girl to a bed and clutching at her throat until she struggled to breathe, she claims
Eliot Spitzer lusted after violence in the bedroom, pinning a former call girl to a bed and clutching at her throat until she struggled to breathe in a kinky role play, the ex-hooker claims.
In a new
explosive book, Rebecca Woodard tells of the alleged tryst with the
politician who she claims lusted after rough and tumble, forcing her to
pretend she had just taken a self-defense class in the posh, Murray Hill
apartment they had just met for their tawdry tryst at.
In graphic detail, the $1,500 hooker describes how Spitzer pretended to test her karate skills, exclaiming, 'Well, then, let's see if you learned anything,' before pouncing on her.
more struggle there was, the more he was into it,' the blonde writes in
the book, 'Call Girl Confidential,' according to the New York Post.
'When he grabbed my throat, that was too much.'
Spitzer vehemently denies the claims.
is an old story, a complete fabrication, that is unequivocally untrue,'
his spokeswoman, Lisa Linden, told MailOnline on Sunday.
'As the NY Times and NY law enforcement have already debunked the lies in this book, anyone who reprints it is knowingly repeating falsehoods. Eliot has no ties whatsoever to the person in question.'
Woodard, who writes for Simon & Schuster under the alias 'Rebecca Kade,' claims she worked for two notorious New York madams and eventually became a police informant, helping prosecutors take down Anna Gristina, known as the 'Soccer Mom Madam.'
Rebecca Woodard has recalled acting out the
violent fantasies of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. The former
call-girl claims Spitzer would enjoy strangling her and wrestling her
before they had sex in her new book, Call Girl Confidential
Tell-all: Woodard wrote the book, Call Girl Confidential pictured, under the alias 'Rebecca Kade'
'He wasn't squeezing,' Woodard recalls of the then-governor's bedroom antics, according to The Post. 'He was pushing down. I was on my back. I don't know if he was trying to really hurt me, but he was...
'I was nervous. I was worried. This is not OK, I thought...
'It got rough. And then he put his
hands around my throat, strangling me. He wasn't pretending to be a
rapist. But he was like an attacker.'
She said she still had her lingerie on but he was naked and aroused at the time.
'I thought, What do I do to get this part over with? What can I do? At some point, we have to get down to having sex and move on,' she recalls.
does not mention whether Spitzer kept his calf-length black socks on -
which he notoriously did in other encounters with prostitutes.
claims she was warned by the madam who booked the appointment that the
at first anonymous client was 'important,' 'definitely wanted a
struggle' and that 'mainstream intercourse' wouldn't be enough.
now 37-year-old who describes herself as having a 'slim waist' and
'natural breasts' waited for the exploit to begin at an apartment in the
Corinthian on Manhattan's East 38th Street.
Arriving in a shirt and tie, Spitzer told her he didn't want to use a condom, she writes in the book, but she replied that was 'not negotiable.'
Scene: The now 37-year-old who describes herself as having a 'slim waist' and 'natural breasts' claims to have met Spitzer at the Corinthian, pictured, on Manhattan's East 38th Street
The wrestling session then began, she claims.
'He was like some of the guys who envision themselves in a porn movie,' she said of the beginning of the role-playing.
She said she was in charge at first but he gained control.
was all about restraint and holding me down until I was nearly
helpless. He really put on a lot of pressure, pinning me to the bed,'
'It takes a lot to scare me. I've been through a lot. But at this point I was starting to get worried...'
Woodard writes that he ignored her when she begged him to stop and never said 'I'm sorry' or 'Are you OK?' Though she explains he did give her a big tip when he was sated.
Werbicki was arrested at the pizza restaurant by the Palm Bay Police where he worked after authorities viewed surveillance videos of Werbicki repeatedly having sex with the dog.
According to Brevard County Animal Services, the dog remains in the custody of authorities pending the outcome of the investigation
Werbicki could be potentially banned from owning or living with an animal in Brevard County if convicted of the bestiality charge.
The dog's owner told authorities the dog had been limping and behaving very fearfully around family members. The dog's owner then installed a secret video camera which allegedly caught Werbicki in the act.
The lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets has pleaded guilty to multiple child sex offenses, including the attempted rape of a baby.
Ian Watkins pleaded guilty to the "depraved" sex charges in Cardiff Crown Court in Wales on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the BBC reported. He admitted to the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13 years old, "three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal."
Alongside Watkins, two female co-defendants pleaded guilty to various sex offenses against their own children, the South Wales Evening Post reported. He admitted to attempting to rape the 11-month-old baby boy of one of the co-defendants and conspiring to rape the baby girl of the other.
"Ian Watkins was the lead singer of a successful band, The Lostprophets," prosecutor Christopher Clee said, per Wales Online. "He also, by virtue of his plea, accepts he is a determined and committed pedophile. He has engaged in serious sexual offenses against two babies belonging to the female defendants in this case. Not only has he done so but he recorded and kept episodes of this abuse which were recovered by the police."
Clee said drugs played a "significant part in his offending against children," the BBC noted.
"This investigation has uncovered the most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence I have ever seen," DCI Peter Doyle, with the South Wales Police, told reporters outside the court. "There is no doubt in my mind that Ian Watkins exploited his celebrity status in order to abuse young children."
The 36-year-old singer previously denied the 24 charges against him, according to the U.K.'s Daily Star. His trial was slated to drag out for three weeks. He and the two women faced a total of 32 charges.
"After nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time," the band said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. "We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets."Watkins and the two female offenders remain in custody and will be sentenced in December
The PR executive who was summarily dismissed after her racist Tweet sparked a revolt on social media has apologised - as her own father called her a ‘f****** idiot’.
Justine Sacco said that she was ‘ashamed’ over her actions and said she had been ‘cavalier’ in making her tasteless joke about the AIDS crisis in Africa
But her father, who has not been publicly named, was more forthright and said that what she did was ‘unforgivable’.
Flying into the storm: This photo, snapped by Twitter user Zac_R, was taken as Justine Sacco got off a 12 hour flight at Cape Town airport after arriving from London. The PR representative would have just been discovering the furor her racist Tweet had created while she was in the air
He also apparently backed the campaign to name and shame his daughter as, in an ironic twist, it emerged he moved his family from Cape Town to the US in 1994 to escape racism at the end of Apartheid.
Sacco is now thought to be holed up with her family in South Africa and will be spending Christmas coming to terms with her sudden ascent to the Internet's public enemy no.1.
Losing her job as a communications director could also mean losing her US work visa -potentially forcing her to leave America.
Sacco was fired by IAC, a major US media company which owns Match.com and Vimeo, after she sent the Tweet as she was about to board a 12-hour flight from London to Cape Town.
It read: ‘Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just Kidding. I'm White!'
The post was retweeted over 3,000 times and was picked up by media outlets around the world, however Sacco remained completely unaware of it all because she was in the air.
The blonde publicist was pictured arriving in Cape Town looking shocked and talking on her phone.
Moments later the offending Tweet and Sacco's Twitter account disappeared - and IAC announced it had fired her.
Now she has apologised in a statement released to The Star, a South African newspaper.
It read: ‘My greatest concern was this statement reach South Africa first.
‘Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet.
‘There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.
‘For being insensitive to this crisis -- which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly -- and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed.
Justine Sacco has no idea her offensive tweet made the news because she is on a flight to Africa
Career suicide: IAC says that they will take
'appropriate action' against the tweet sent by Justine Sacco (pictured
above in shots from her Facebook account) with the high powered
executive likely to lose her job
‘This is my father's country, and I was born here. I cherish my ties to South Africa and my frequent visits, but I am in anguish knowing that my remarks have caused pain to so many people here; my family, friends and fellow South Africans. I am very sorry for the pain I caused.’
Twitter user Zac_R, who lives in Cape Town, had been so astonished by the story when it erupted he went to the airport to meet Sacco where he spoke to her family.
He Tweeted: ‘Justine's dad is apologeti & basically in tears."I decided to raise her in the US. SA was too racist". Oh, the irony!’
Zac_R also said that Sacco’s father did not seem racist and claimed he said: ‘I'm so incredibly ashamed of her. She's a f****** idiot’. The dad also said: ‘She better know she'll be paying for this!’
Zac_R wrote: ‘Based on the few mins chat, it seemed father made the decision to move to the US. HE believed this to be best for his family.
‘Justine's dad is like many South Africans who fled the country post '94. He believed "the country would be a s***hole".
When Zac_R took a picture of Sacco on his mobile phone her teenager brother shouted at him, but their father apparently stepped in and said: ‘YOU should be apologizing to HIM! What she did was unforgivable!’
Sacco landed in Africa on British Airways Flight 43 about 11.30pm Friday and one can only imagine the number of angry responses she would have received once turning her cell phone on.
Joke's on her: Sacco's tweet inspired twitter users like this one to make a mock page dedicated to her racist comments
You most certainly can: This tweet Sacco wrote in January may have been a self fulfilling prophecy
The hashtag '#hasjustinelandedyet' was trending on Twitter around the world at the time as thousands awaited Sacco's response.
As Sacco’s Tweet went viral on the Internet she blasted for being 'outrageous' and 'inappropriate', with titles like 'Worst Tweet of the Year' stacking up against her.
Before confirming they had fired her - and with Sacco still in mid-air - IAC released a statement condemning her behaviour as 'outrageous and offensive'.
'This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC,’ said the statement.
‘Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action,' a representative from IAC told the International Business Times.
IAC later announced she had been dismissed.
In an ugly twist, Sacco herself is now being subjected to racism herself on Twitter.
Amongst the many brutal Tweets which were sent her way was one from a user calling themselves Beyonce Supreme who wrote: ‘B**** I HOPE A GORILLA RAPE U’.
In-flight internet service provider Gogo was also forced to backtrack after trying to cash in on the row.
On its official Twitter account Gogo wrote: ‘Next time you plan to tweet something stupid before you take off, make sure you are getting on a @Gogo flight! CC: @JustineSacco’
When users complained that such a comment was ‘shameful’ the company made things worse by saying to one user: ‘With inflight connectivity the full story would have already been out there.’
Only when Gogo’s first comment had been retweeted 1,000 times and branded ‘weak and exploitative’ did it change its mind.
What a mess: Sacco will have some explaining to do for her sloppy behavior on twitter
The next Tweet read: ‘@JustineSacco,apologize for response to your tweet.Right or wrong,It’s not our policy to engage on these subjects.We clearly need a review.’
Sacco’s blunder led to scrutiny of not just her racist Tweet, but Tweets she had written before.In
February 2012 she wrote: 'I had a sex dream about an autistic kid last night.'
Then about 12 hours before the racist Tweet, she wrote: 'Weird German Dude: You're in first class. It's 2014. Get some deodorant' -Inner monologue as I inhale BO. Thank god for pharmaceuticals.'
However it was 'joke' about Africa and AIDS that caused the commotion.
Twitter user Stephanie Be wrote in response: 'WOW! Reinforce the ignorant American stereotype much?'
John M. Becker tweeted: 'Are you even real?!? This is utterly ghastly on so many levels.'
Josephine Baker wrote: 'listen, homegirl is about to be FIRED.'
Huffington Post stated that there is a possibility that the young PR executive's account may have been hacked. However that is unlikely as her twitter profile has a number of other tweets that may also be deemed offensive.
Sacco wrote: 'I can't be fired for things I say while intoxicated right?'
Sacco also wrote: 'I like animals, but when it's this cold out I'll skin one myself for the fur' and tweeted the comment directly at PETA, a famous animal rights organization.
The Tulane alum also tweeted: 'Last day of hurricane season. Can't wait for evacuations next year.'
Ironically enough, Tulane is located in New Orleans, a city in which more than half of the population is black, according to infoplease.com.
New Orleans also suffered tremendously after Hurricane Katrina decimated homes, took several lives, and wrecked the local economy.
One Twitter user took it so far as to create a fake profile for Sacco named LOL Justine Sacco. Her Byline reads, 'PR Disaster. Racist idiot. All-around awful.'
One of the mock tweets reads, 'I think the lady across the aisle is clicking at me. I'm sorry...I don't speak Kwanzaa LOL #whitesanta #longestflightever #haveilandedyet'
Another mock tweet reads, '@Paperboy415 Been downing #WhiteRussians all flight in support of #Sochi2014! Seat 5A sent me a Johnnie Walker Black, but I sent it back!'
MailOnline tried contacting IAC's media relations department, and since the contact listed on their website was Sacco herself, no one was available for comment.
On the IAC website her name has been removed and has been replaced with 'corporate communications.' The voice mail which previously gave out her personal cell phone number for media inquiries with a strict deadline, has also been changed.
The reason Sacco is traveling to Africa is still unknown, but chances are that Sacco won't get the warmest Christmas welcome.
According to dosomething.org out of the 34 million people in the world who have HIV, 69 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa. There are around 23.8 million people in Africa with AIDS.
AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is caused by the Virus HIV ( Human immunodeficiency syndrome). It can be transmitted via sexual intercourse, blood to blood contact, or childbirth.
HIV greatly lowers the human immune system making it easier for those infected to carry fatal diseases.
A U.S. army officer accused of sex
offenses in three states is to be allowed to use an 'evil twin' defense
to try and escape being jailed for life.
Lt Aaron Lucas plans to blame his identical twin brother for the crimes.
artillery officer, who was awarded the Bronze Star for valor, is
accused of being a sexual predator who roamed the towns near his
military base in Fort Carson, Colorado, trying to abduct and assault
Decorated artillery officer Lt Aaron Lucas of Fort Carson, Colorado, plans to blame his identical twin brother Brain for a series of sex offenses
He was arrested last year in connection with a child abduction and an attempted child abduction over the summer.
But detectives realized the 32-year-old matched the description of a suspect in as many as 11 attempted abductions.
DNA taken from an attempted
abduction in Colorado matched samples taken from crime scenes in Alabama
in 2007 and Texas two years later.
Lawyers for the officer claim the DNA was from his twin brother Brian, who lived in both states at the time of the attacks. As identical twins the brothers share the same DNA.
'War hero': Lucas is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the fourth highest military honor in the country
Brian Lucas has not been charged and could not be located for comment, reports the Colorado Sprngs Gazette. It said Brian Lucas had previous addresses in Madison and in Texas.
Aaron Lucas' attorneys say an unidentified third man is responsible for the Colorado assaults.
Paso County prosecutors said the Colorado victims' ages ranged from six
to nine and that they were targeted at random in Colorado Springs and
nearby Fountain by a man who tried to coax them into sex with promises
of money and ice cream.
Prosecutors contend three girls were assaulted during the encounters.
The incidents began shortly after Aaron Lucas' arrival at Fort Carson with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
A Colorado Springs police detective, Fred Walker, has testified the assaults stopped while Aaron Lucas was deployed to Afghanistan.
The incidents began shortly after Aaron Lucas' arrival at Fort Carson with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
Lucas received the Bronze Star, the fourth-highest honor given to members of the military, for valor during a deployment to Afghanistan.
In his four years of active duty, Lucas amassed a glowing military resume including 10 medals and awards.
He is being held at El Paso County jail on $1.2 million bond. He goes on trial in January and could face life behind bars if convicted.
A judge in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has said she will allow Lucas to blame his twin brother.
Judge David Shakes ruled Friday it would be 'inappropriate' to bar 1st
Lt. Aaron Lucas' lawyers from presenting his identical twin as an
alternate suspect given the siblings' shared DNA.
'Whether it's persuasive or not that's not my role,' the judge said. 'It's the role of the jury.'
Steinhauser, a criminal defense attorney and adjunct law professor at
the University of Denver, told The Associated Press such an argument is
'I have never seen it, ever,' she said. 'The only time I have seen it was on Law And Order: SVU,' the television show.
The leader of a U.S. Army small-kill team has been charged with two counts of murder for allegedly killing two deaf, unarmed Iraqi boys in a small Iraqi village in March of 2007.
Staff Sergeant Michael Barbera has been charged by military prosecutors
in the fatal shootings of Ahmad Khalid al-Timmimi, 15, and his brother
Abbas, 14, as the boys were tending cattle in a palm grove just outside
As Sadah, about 50 miles northeast of Baghdad.
Additionally, the 31-year-old Barbera 'lying to his commanders, directing fellow soldiers to lie to military investigators and making a threatening phone call to a civilian in an effort to keep what happened from becoming public,' according to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Killer: Authorities say Sergeant Michael Barbera fatally shot two unarmed, deaf Iraqi boys in 2007
Barbera led Charlie Troop, 5th Squadron of the 73rd Airborne Reconnaissance Regiment out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. At the time of the alleged murders, the squadron was involved in counterinsurgency operations in the Diyala province.
That's when military officials say Barbera fatally shot the two boys before lying to his superiors about how they died.
'None of us feel good about this. But I'm glad that the Army is doing the right thing,' Ken Katter, 46, of Saginaw, Mich., the sniper assigned to Barbera's team, told the paper.
'Leader': Barbera led a small-kill team in the Army's 73rd Airborne Reconnaissance Regiment when the alleged murders took place
Katter is one of several
soldiers who brought the killings to the attention of Army officials.
Katter firmly believes that the shootings led to two truck bomb attacks
two weeks later that killed 10 soldiers.
According to the Trib, investigators who reviewed the case recommended that Barbera be charged with two counts of murder. However, those charges never made it to an Article 32 hearing.
Instead, the paper reports, Barbera received a light reprimand and ultimately promoted.
However, whistle-blowers like Katter and others spoke up against their former superior officer.
'All we ever asked was for someone to listen to us and give what we were concerned about — a fair hearing,' Katter said.
Barbera was charged on Wednesday at Alaska's Fort Richardson with two counts of murder. He currently is in the process of being moved to Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, where he will undergo a formal arraignment.
Megyn Kelly was playing offense on Friday in confronting a controversy she stirred Wednesday when she repeatedly told kids that Santa Claus is a white man -- not a black and white penguin – as one writer says he should be.
“This would be funny,” Kelly said of the controversy on Friday, “if it were not so telling about our society, in particular the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst in people – especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel.”
Kelly was addressing a minor media-firestorm that erupted over Wednesday’s segment on The Kelly Files in which several things she said about Santa Claus had become fodder for MSNBC commentators and late-night comedians.
On her show Friday, in fact, Kelly showed a montage of some of the people who have been bashing her.
The controversial Wednesday segment was a discussion about a Slate.com article where writer Alisha Harris asked: “Isn’t it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas?”
From there, Harris argued that Santa should no longer be portrayed as a fat, old, white man, but instead as a cute penguin who resides in the South Pole. Much of the rest of the folklore can remain unchanged, she wrote.
Kelly and her panel of guests on Wednesday treated Harris’ suggestion with a dose of lighthearted commentary mixed with some relatively serious discussion. Where Kelly got into trouble with her detractors is when she, on two occasions, attempted to assure any children who might be watching that Santa Claus is real and that he won’t suddenly change his appearance.
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said during the segment Wednesday. “But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is.”
Later during the segment, she added: “Jesus was a white man, too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa – I just want the kids watching to know that.”
The blow-back was quick, perhaps beginning with Media Matters for America blasting video of the segment to journalists nationwide, and arguably climaxing with a critique from Jon Stewart.
“Who are you actually talking to?” the host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart asks Kelly in absentia after playing a clip her Wednesday segment. “Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 at night? Yet innocent enough to still believe that Santa Claus is real? Yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white?”
Kelly, who has been sick for a week and has been noticeably hoarse, then missed her Thursday show, which encouraged some outlets to theorize that she was in trouble at Fox News for making racially insensitive remarks.
Not so, say Fox News insiders. And prior to her Friday show, Kelly tweeted: “Tune in tonight at 9p where I will address – brace for it – the SANTA controversy!”
“I offered a tongue-in-cheek message for any kids watching,” Kelly said Friday. “Humor is part of what we try to bring to this show, but sometimes that is lost on the humorless.”
See Kelly's Wednesday segment, as well as the Stewart segment, below. See her Friday comments here.
Nelson Mandela, who guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy and became an international icon of peace and reconciliation, died Thursday at age 95.
Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.
"The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to
bridge the chasms that divide us has come," Mandela said in his
acceptance speech on becoming South Africa's first black president in
"We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation."
President Barack Obama hailed Mandela as a leader who left his country with a legacy of freedom and peace with the world.
"He achieved more than could be expected of any man," Obama said at the White House shortly after the announcement of Mandela's death.
"Today he's gone home, and we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth," Obama said.
President Jacob Zuma's announcement of the death late on Thursday
shook South Africa. The streets of the capital Pretoria and of
Johannesburg were hushed, and in bars and nightclubs, music was turned
off as people gathered to quietly talk about the news.
A sombre Zuma told the nation in a televised address that Mandela "passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013".
"He is now resting. He is now at peace," Zuma said.
Tributes began flooding in almost immediately for a man who was a global symbol of struggle against injustice and of racial reconciliation.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron called Mandela "a hero of our time". "A great light has gone out in the world," he said.
Praise also came from African leaders. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said the death "will create a huge vacuum that will be difficult to fill in our continent."
"Today a great freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela has died, one of the
world's most important symbols of freedom," said Moussa Abu Marzouk, a
senior official of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas group, calling Mandela
"one of the biggest supporters of our cause."
In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro declared three days of national mourning.
"Nine months since the passing of our comandante (Hugo Chavez), another giant of the people of the world passed away today. Madiba you will live forever!" Maduro said on Twitter.
Ordinary South Africans were in shock. "It feels like it's my father who has died. He was such a good man, who had good values the nation could look up to. He was a role model unlike our leaders of today," said Annah Khokhozela, 37, a nanny, speaking in Johannesburg.
Mourners gathered outside Mandela's home and spontaneous tributes sprang up around the world.
A teenager who kidnapped, sexually
assaulted and strangled to death a 10-year-old girl before dismembering
her body and keeping her skull will die in prison after a judge labelled
him 'evil' and sentenced him to consecutive hefty prison terms.
Jessica Ridgeway's killer Austin Sigg, 18, was emotionless as Jefferson County District Court Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger went through each of the 15 counts he pleaded guilty to, handing him a life sentence for first-degree murder and then 86 additional years for counts including sexual assault and kidnapping.
is apparently real. It was present in our community on October 5,
2012,' Munsinger told the court, after saying the case 'cries out for a
'I expect you to spend the rest of your natural life in prison,' he added to Sigg.
Sigg chose not to address the judge before being sentenced and didn't react while he learned his fate though his mother, Mindy Sigg, sobbed behind him in the courtroom. Afterward, he was handcuffed and led out without comment.
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Sentencing: Austin Sigg was been sentenced to life in prison in district court in Golden, Colorado, on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Relief: District Attorney Peter Weir and Jessica Ridgeway's mother Sarah Ridgeway, embrace on Tuesday, following the sentencing of 18-year-old Austin Sigg to life plus 86 years for Jessica Ridgeway's murder
Prayers: Wendy Pesavento, Jessica Ridgeway's great grandmother, prays after the little girl's killer was sentenced to die in prison
Defense attorneys had argued state law required the judge to give him a sentence that made him eligible for parole after 40 years because he was a juvenile at the time of the crime. However, Munsinger overruled this.
At a press conference following the sentencing, prosecutors lauded Munsinger's decision and embraced Jessica's mother, Sarah Ridgeway, who appeared relieved her daughter's killer would die in prison.
'We are confident that this
sentence ensures that Austin Sigg will never, ever leave the Department
of Corrections and he will never, ever be in a position to prey on
members of our community,' District Attorney Peter Weir said.
Earlier Tuesday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Hal Sargent described Sigg's October 5, 2012 atrocities, including how he snatched Jessica off the street, lied to her as she begged to know whether she'd ever see her mother again, raped her and then strangled her before cutting up her body for his own sexual gratification.
'We have never seen a crime as
heinous, depraved, whatever adjective we use to describe it....' Sargent said.
'He stole from Jessica her future, everything she was but also everything she would be... no sentence can undo that pain (her family) will carry with them for the rest of their lives. But it can make sure Austin Sigg never has the chance to inflict this pain on another person.
Jessica's disappearance on her way home from school caused panic among parents across Denver, who feared their children were not safe
Killer: The now-18-year-old, pictured center, sat emotionless in court Tuesday as prosecutors recapped the atrocities he confessed to in October 2012
Sentence: District Judge Stephen Munsinger speaks in district court in Golden, Colorado, on Tuesday as he sentences Austin Sigg to life plus 86 years for the killing of Jessica Ridgeway
'I suggest you impose on Mr Sigg a
life sentence and an actual life sentence that ensures he dies in
prison,' he added to the judge.
Sarah Ridgeway left the courtroom before Sargent began his presentation and Mindy Sigg, sat hunched over in her seat, crying as he described the nearly two hours the teen kept the girl in his room after grabbing her off the street on her way to school.
'It's painful to imagine what he did to her in that time,' Sargent said before explaining how Sigg sexually assaulted the child, leaving her with horrific bruises then strangled her to death.
Sigg first tried to strangle Jessica
with zip ties but he told police later that he didn't have 'enough
leverage' so instead used his hands to strangle her for up to three minutes.
When he noticed she was still twitching, Sargent said Sigg filled a bathtub and forced her face into the scalding hot water.
'I don't want to go into all of the details of how he carefully, methodically dismembered her,' Sargent said, but he did explain how he disposed of some of her organs but left her vagina, placing a cross in it.
Defense: Sheriff's deputies escort Austin Sigg from the courtroom after he was sentenced in district court Tuesday. His defense attorney, Ryan Loewer earlier argued his client couldn't receive a life sentence because of his age
The disturbing details came a day after Jessica's family spoke of their heartbreak at the loss of their happy little girl who loved butterflies and the color purple.
'I miss her with every breath,' said Christine Ridgeway, Jessica's grandmother. 'There are no more hugs or kisses or her little toes digging into mine on the couch.'
She added: 'This monster took away the light, at least in my life. I would like to know that Mr. Sigg is in a very small cell for the rest of his life.'
The family spoke about the light Jessica brought to their lives and the fear and loss they've suffered since her murder, but the little girl's mother couldn't bring herself to speak at length.
'I don't think the defendant has a right to hear how he has affected me,' Sarah Ridgeway said. 'Once we walk out of this courtroom, we will no longer remember his name, only the legacy Jessica left behind.'
Jessica's other grandmother, Angie Moss told the court: 'Now when people ask me, "How many grandkids do you have?" I have to say, "Seven, but I used to have eight."'
Holding back tears, she asked the judge to give Sigg the maximum sentence.
'I can't imagine being his mother,
trying to live with the fact that I raised a child like that, to live
with or know that I had raised a child that was capable of doing this,'
Moss said. 'I can't imagine the damage that has been done to his
Sadness: Jessica Ridgeway's aunt Becca Ridgeway, left, mother Sarah Ridgeway and grandmother Christine Ridgeway, right, testify in district court in Golden, Colorano, on Monday
Killer: Sigg remained emotionless on Monday
apart from a short period when he broke down in tears after a video
celebrating Jessica's life was played to the court
Tears: Tears roll down the face of Austin Sigg, center, in district court in Golden, Colorado, on Monday as he watched the video of Jessica
The family had to endure hearing the horrifying details of how their 10-year-old daughter met a grisly end.
Sigg barely reacted as prosecutors
pushed for consecutive sentences on all 15 convictions of Jessica's
murder but he broke down in tears after a video celebrating Jessica's
life was played to the courtroom.
he was 17 when he committed the crime, Sigg was exempt from the death
penalty and eligible for parole after 40 years, but the other charges added up to a life sentence.
A psychologist told the court Monday how Sigg was sexually aroused by dismembering the girl in a bath tub and lied to her about how she would see her mother again.
Expert witness Anna Salter said: 'There's no logical motive for dismemberment other than sexual thrill.'
also told how the teenager had no empathy for Jessica and calmly ate a
snack as he recounted the horrific details of his crime. He strangled
her to death with his bare hands after his first attempt to do so with a
zip tie failed.
added that Sigg kept certain body parts, including Jessica's skull,
which Salter said he was particularly interested in. He also labeled the
organs he removed from her body.
parts of Jessica's body were found in an Arvada field, days after she
was kidnapped. Salter also testified that Sigg's mother found child
pornography on his computer in 2008.
Sigg acted against the advice of his defense team, and plead guilty to killing and dismembering the fifth-grader after kidnapping her on her way to school on October 5, 2012.
Horror: Police discovered Jessica's body in a field off of a highway on October 19, 2012. It had been severely dismembered by Sigg, who admitted he killed her
According to pre-trial hearings, as
well as Sigg's own admissions to investigators made after his arrest,
there were plenty of warning signs indicating that the troubled mortuary
science student was on a dangerous path.
age 16, Sigg has developed an obsession with hard-core child
pornography and spent a year watching violent videos depicting kids
being tortured and raped.
attorney Katherine Spengler told how Sigg's mother often inhaled paint
in the late stages of her pregnancy and fell down the stairs once
shortly before he was born.
Spengler said Sigg was born with an abnormality in his intestines, and that his birth by vacuum extraction also caused him to have a head deformity. She said he had several surgeries before he turned 6.
May 2012, four months before the teen decided to fulfill some of his
sickening fantasies by kidnapping little Jessica on her way to school,
Sigg unsuccessfully tried to snatch a female jogger in Ketner Lake.
Jessica was snatched off the street while walking to school, and her disappearance panicked thousands of residents in Denver's western suburbs.
After Sigg pleaded guilty, the prosecution described how Sigg grabbed Jessica, pulled her
into his car and tied up her hands and feet.
Painful: Jessica Ridgeway's mother Sarah Ridgeway left the courtroom earlier this month as prosecutors described the horrors committed against her daughter by Sigg
Somber mood: District attorney Peter Weir, second from right, and members of his staff leave the courtroom after Austin Sigg pleaded guilty to killing 10-year-old Jessica
Monster: Austin Sigg, 18, had spent a year watching violent child pornography depicting kids being raped and tortured before he kidnapped and butchered 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway last year
Jessica, a fifth-grader who loved purple and performing in a peewee cheerleading squad, left home to walk to school in Westminster on October 5, 2012. She never made it there.
Hundreds of people helped search for her. Jessica's backpack was found two days later in Superior, a town about six miles from her home. Days after that, human remains later identified as Jessica's were found in a park.
Authorities, meanwhile, urged residents to watch for any suspicious changes in neighbors' behavior. Officers guarded crosswalks and photographed cars in the area.
Parents escorted their children to and from area schools. Mailboxes and trees were encircled by ribbons in Jessica's favorite color, purple.
On October 19, 2012, a resident contacted authorities to alert them to Sigg because he reportedly had a fascination with death, Westminster police Detective Luis Lopez testified at a preliminary hearing. FBI agents took a DNA sample from Sigg.
On October 23, Mindy Sigg, called 911, saying her son wanted to confess.
Investigators said Sigg told them some of Jessica's remains were hidden in a crawl space in his mother's home, where he lived.
They said Sigg described how he abducted Jessica as she walked past his car. He said he bound her arms and her legs, drove around for a little bit, then took her to his house.
There, he told investigators, Sigg tried to strangle the girl and then used his hands to kill her. He also allegedly told investigators that he dismembered Jessica in a bathtub.
Lopez said Sigg's DNA was found on Jessica's clothing.
Sigg dropped out of high school after the 11th grade and later earned a GED. Former classmates say he was intelligent but complained about school and was bullied for having a high voice.
When asked about his criminal record on the 911 call, Sigg told the dispatcher: 'The only other thing that I have done was the Ketner Lake incident where the woman got attacked. That was me.'
In the attack on the jogger, investigator Michael Lynch testified that Sigg used homemade chloroform to attempt to subdue the woman. She escaped.
Harassment: Earl Sampson, 28, was questioned by police 258 times, searched more than 100 times, jailed 56 times and arrested for trespassing 62 times at his place of work
A Florida convenience store
owner and his employee plan to sue the city of Miami Gardens and its
police department for racial profiling after his employee was questioned
by police 258 times, searched more than 100 times, jailed 56 times and
arrested for trespassing 62 times.
Saleh, the proprietor at the 207 Quickstop on Northwest 207 Street in
Miami Gardens, said he has more than two dozen surveillance videos to
support his case.
employee at the centre of the controversy, Earl Sampson, 28, says police
officers constantly harass him while he’s at work, sometimes two to
three times a day, without any justified cause.
‘They’re always stopping me, going in my pockets, asking me for my ID, running my name,’ Sampson told CBS4. ‘I feel like I can’t even be in my own neighborhood anymore.’
In three separate instances on the video clips, police can be seen questioning the same man at the same location.
lengthy rap sheet is filled with minor infractions, including more than
60 citations for trespassing, mostly at the 207 Quickstop, where he
‘I’ve seen the outrageous police abusing people in the community. They’ve been treating the people wrong, Saleh said.
Proof: The proprietor at the 207 Quickstop on Northwest 207 Street in Miami Gardens, Florida, said he has more than two dozen surveillance videos to support his case
'Always stopping me': Sampson says the police are always going through his pockets, asking me for his ID and running name checks on him. 'I feel like I can't even be in my own neighborhood anymore,' he says
Shocking: In three separate instances on the video clips, police can be seen questioning Sampson at the store where he is at work
Saleh, Sampson and their attorney Steve Lopez plan to file a federal civil rights lawsuit soon against the police department.
The complaint will allege officers have been instructed to illegally stop and search citizens via racial profiling.
‘They’re stopping people for no reason in front of the business. Anywhere. Illegally search people,’ Saleh told CBS4.
Mayor Oliver Gilbert said he would not comment on pending litigation, however just two weeks ago, following a string of recent shootings, Gilbert explained the city’s crime-reduction strategy.
‘The line is zero tolerance,’ Gilbert explained to Pastrana. ‘So if you break a law, you’re going to jail.’
'Abuse': The convenience store owner, Alex Saleh, says he has seen 'the outrageous police abusing people in the community. They've been treating the people wrong', he claims
Difficult: Sampson, 28, says it is hard for him to have a normal day at work without being stopped by police, sometimes the same ones at the same place, and in the same day
No reason: In this image, Sampson can be seen, bottom right, wearing black clothes, stocking up a fridge as an officer comes in and starts questioning him without any cause
But Sampson argues he has not broken the law the times he was stopped for trespassing at his place of employment.
Gilbert referenced a recent murder outside the Quickstop, but Saleh
said the pattern and practice of profiling people was in place long
before that shooting.
‘There in violence in Miami Gardens, but that doesn’t give them a right to violate people’s rights,’ Saleh explained.
A neglected 13-year-old boy who raped a young girl for two years avoided a jail sentence when a court heard of his own troubled background (file picture)
The schoolboy would sit at his home computer for hours scouring the internet for extreme porn, the court was told.
After looking at the vile images he would play out his sexual fantasies on the young girl – which later developed into attempted rape and rape.
The court heard how he committed sex acts on the girl between the age of ten and 12 when she was aged only seven and eight.
Yesterday the boy, now 13, escaped a custodial sentence after a judge heard how he had been physically and emotionally abused as a young child.
The court was told the boy was brought up in a home that lacked any ‘sexual boundaries’ and may well have witnessed his mother having sex.
His mother was also aware that he was spending hours a day looking at indecent images on the internet but did nothing to stop it, the court heard.
The case comes just days after calls for more restrictions to online pornography following Google and Microsoft’s announcement they would block internet search results linked to images of child abuse.
Now all 20million families in the UK who have an internet connection will be forced to say whether they want access to online pornography. Hundreds of thousands are already signing up to have it blocked.
Mold Crown Court was told the schoolboy began accessing hardcore images on a computer from the age of nine. Referring to the victim, Judge Niclas Parry told the boy: ‘In fact what you were doing was using her to play out fantasies that you had been watching on the internet, images of extreme pornography.’
Judge Parry said the boy had suffered an appalling early childhood and had been subjected to physical and emotional abuse.
He said the boy’s mother chose to ‘ignore that you were accessing for hours a day images of a pornographic nature on the internet’.
court was told there was clear evidence of very poor parenting on
behalf of his mother, which bordered on deliberate neglect.
The judge at Mold Crown Court in North Wales, pictured, described the case as 'extremely sad'
Reports showed this neglect had gone on for around seven years, during which time he had also been abused by his mother’s partner.
And the court heard that the boy’s home environment lacked any barriers to the adult world.
The judge said: ‘You may have witnessed your mother and her partner engaged in sexual activity. You were brought up in a home that lacked any sexual boundaries.’
The court heard the boy, who sat in court with social workers and employees of a children’s development centre where he is now living, was left without support or guidance.
Elen Owen, defending, described the case as ‘extremely sad’. Reports suggested the assaults and rapes were a way of satisfying the boy’s emotional needs rather than for sexual gratification alone. Judge Parry said the boy could have been detained in custody because the crimes were so serious but said he wanted him to be rehabilitated rather than harmed further.
The boy, who admitted committing rape, attempted rape and sexual assault, was placed on a three-year youth rehabilitation order with supervision, as well as a residency order so that he remains at the specialist centre where he is living.
The teenager, from Llandudno, North Wales, was also ordered to register with the police as a sex offender. The court heard he was seeking therapy to overcome his addiction.
The judge said work to counsel the young girl, who is also in care, was under way but that it may take years for her to understand that what happened to her was not normal.
Over the next few months all existing internet users will be contacted by their service providers asking whether they want access to online pornography.
New customers who set up a broadband account or switch providers will have the filters automatically selected, while customers who do not accept or decline will have them activated by default.
The filters will apply to all devices linked to a home wi-fi network and across any public network, such as those that can be accessed from shops, where children are likely to be present. Only adults will be able to change the settings.
A man was arrested for trying to kill
his ex-wife and two small children by placing a bomb underneath the
family's car in Redlands Town Center in California on Monday.
explosive, planted beneath her car parked near the JC Penny, would have
killed people in the car and in the surrounding area had it not been
Hundreds of shoppers were evacuated at 1 p.m. as a bomb squad used a robot device to remove the bomb, reported ABC News.
Steven James Sunny, 28, was arrested for attempted murder after an explosive device was located underneath his ex-wife's car in a Redlands shopping center
Steven Sunny, a 28-year-old
Victorville man, was arrested at his girlfriends residence at a San
Bernardino trailer park Monday night.
He was arrested on three counts of attempted murder: one count for his ex wife, and two counts for his two young children.
'We're pretty clear that the woman was targeted by her ex-husband,'Said Redlands Police Spokesperson Carl Baker to ABC.
Sunny's ex-wife and children were shopping at Redland's Town Center when he planted a pipe bomb beneath her car in the parking lot next to J.C Penny
Police were called after a woman called 9-1-1 at 1 p.m. after noticing a questionable object in a vehicle, reported Redlands Daily Facts.
roped off the suspicious area and shoppers and employees from seven
businesses were left waiting for hours until they could return to their
Finally, the bomb went off sending a loud boom. The San Bernardindo County Bomb Squad surveyed the area to make sure there were no other surreptitiously placed bombs.
'We want to make sure you’re
not leaving with anything else that is a concern,' he said to numbers of
impatient families trying to return to their vehicles. They were able
to return at around 5 p.m.
Bomb Squad identified the device as a pipe bomb and police believe that
Sunny was targeting his ex-wife after a domestic dispute.
pipe bomb is a pipe filled with explosive materials and sealed off. It
is easy to create at home at a low cost and can create a significant
amount of damage.
Sunny is being held at San Bernardino County Jail on $1 million bail.
Luckily someone called 9-1-1 after spotting a mysterious object underneath Sunny's ex-wife's car
A pipe bomb--like the homemade one shown here-- is a sealed off pipe filled with explosive materials
A husband is believed to have killed his estranged wife, their teenage daughter and his brother-in-law before killing himself in a horrific murder-suicide which rocked a Phoenix suburb yesterday.
Officers found Carol Sanders' burned body in the home's back yard after responding to neighbors reports of gunfire.
Inside the home they discovered the couple's 14-year-old daughter Audra who had also been shot dead.
Carol's brother Tom Fitzpatrick, 49, was found shot in his vehicle outside while Michael Sanders, 51, killed himself in a nearby alley.
Tragedy: Police believe Michael Sanders killed his estranged wife Carol and their 14-year-old daughter Audra, pictured
Murder-suicide: Carol and Audra Sanders were killed at the family home alongside Carol's brother Tom Fitzpatrick
Police said the couple had separated and Carol was collecting her belongings from the family home when her husband attacked.
shooting came just hours after they appeared in a Maricopa County
Courtroom over a protective order Carol Sanders, 51, had taken out
Divorce: Police say Carol Sanders filed for divorce from Michael last month
She reportedly filed for divorce last month and had moved out with her daughter some time before, AZFamily reported.
understand he had an order of protection put out against him, and it
may very well be related to that,' Sgt. Trent Crump, a spokesman for
Phoenix police, told the website.
'It certainly is a chilling case .... We believe it was planned out. He left his identification in his vehicle.'
'We understand, by witness accounts, that he first shot the brother seated in his truck in the front driveway.
'He then went into the home were additional gunshots were heard. We believe that was the daughter and the mother. Ultimately, we believe he took his wife out back and set her body on fire. It certainly is a horrific scene.'
Tributes flooded in for Audra, an eighth grade student at Desert Shadows Middle School.
She was described as a good student and a popular member of the school choir.
'Everyone is devastated, we just really are,' said Kim Cooper, a parent at the school told AZFamily.
'Audra was just a bright, bright girl...neat personality, interesting, her teachers loved her.'
statement from Paradise Valley Unified School District read: 'We are
heartbroken over the loss of our student, a 14-year-old child, and her
'The nature of their deaths is
particularly difficult to accept. Audra Sanders was in the 8th grade and
was a member of the school chorus.
principal of Desert Shadows Middle School visited Audra's classes this
morning to inform her classmates and to share with them that a team of
adults is available to them if they need assistance processing their
thoughts and feelings.'
'We will have counseling and support personnel at the school in the days ahead, as long as it appears they are needed.'
Friends said her father was extremely protective of his only child.
Shots: Neighbors reported hearing gunshots around 4pm and called 911 to the Phoenix home
Moving out: Police believe Carol's brother Tom Fitzpatrick was waiting in his truck, pictured, outside for his sister and his niece when he was shot dead by his brother-in-law
Two of the victims of Texas high
school teacher Brandon Ashley McDaniel have taken to the stand in the
sexual assault case against the 38-year-old, sharing similar stories of
the way McDaniel groomed them both into having sexual relations with
McDaniel, a married man, is facing an 80-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to having sexual relations with five female students - one as as young as 14 - at Sam Houston High School in Arlington.
A court has heard how McDaniel, who resigned as chairman of the school's English department following his arrest in February, used text messages to start up relationships with the girls beginning in 2001.
Brandon Ashley McDaniel, 38, had been accused of having sexual relationships with five students at Sam Houston High School in Arlington and could receive a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count
He has pleaded guilty to four charges and could receive a maximum penalty of 20 years for each count.
One of the victims, who is now 20 and attends Texas A&M University, testified that she was 17 when McDaniel sent her texts that gradually grew more sexual over time.
He asked is she were a virgin and one message asked if she touched herself, the Star Telegram reported.
'One day in October, he kissed me,' she said. 'A full-blown, on the mouth kiss.'
McDaniel also allegedly asked her if he was a bad person for wanting to kiss her.
The court heard how, two days after the kissing incident, they started meeting after school in his maroon Dodge Durango.
The girl would take his keys and go to the car, ducking down in the passenger seat and waiting for him to come. They would have oral sex in the car, she testified.
McDaniel allegedly told her he had never cheated on his wife before.
next woman to testify Monday — now a 20-year-old University of Texas
student — told the jury that McDaniel had said the same thing to her
about never cheating on his wife.
Scene: Brandon Ashley McDaniel was the chairman of the English department at Sam Houston High School in Arlington. He had sex with at least one student on the premises, according to the victims testimony, and met others in the parking lot
The woman called McDaniel 'a laid-back teacher' who did not dress professionally.
The two exchanged cellphone numbers after McDaniel asked her to do the lighting for a school dance project.
She claimed she soon got a message from him saying: 'Tell me your darkest fantasy.'
One day while they were in the computer lab, McDaniel started kissing her.
They played truth-or-dare in text messages and had oral sex in a classroom, she said.
'He said he had never cheated on his wife,' the woman said.
Court affidavits filed upon McDaniel's arrest stated all sexual acts were consensual.
One of the arrest affidavits, according to Star Telegram, alleged McDaniel's started a relationship with a 14-year-old.
When she turned 15 she once spent the night at McDaniel's house when his wife was away, and he was also with the teen in her bed.
When her mother suddenly came home, McDaniel's jumped out the window, the affidavit said.
The case against Brandon Ashley McDaniel is being heard here, at Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas
Both women who testified Monday said they initially did not want to take the stand.
Both said their parents were not aware that they were testifying.
woman who testified had told police about having sex with McDaniel but
then completely recanted and signed a statement for his defense
attorneys saying she did not wish to prosecute.
'I thought all parties involved had equal responsibility and it was unfair for just him to be at fault,' she said.
Alana Minton, a Tarrant County prosecutor working on the case, asked the woman if she wanted to be on the witness stand Monday.
'I had put this all behind me,' she said. 'This is just bringing it all back up.'
McDaniel has asked the jury to recommend his punishment.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
The status of McDaniel's marriage remains unclear.