Man Beat 4-Month-Old Daughter To Death Because She Was CryingWoman Smothered Daughter For Talking Back, Tossed Body In DumpsterBoy Fatally Stabbed Himself As His Mother Beat Him With Extension CordParents Charged After Their Dead Baby Found Rotting In Baby SwingWoman Killed After 12-year-old Boy Jumps From Overpass In Suicide AttemptMan Accused Of Raping, Murdering His 9-Month-Old DaughterAutistic Teen Accused Of Drowning Autistic Nephew In BathtubMan Fatally Shot Wife In Front Of Their Children At Indoor Play CenterElderly Man Killed Himself With Chainsaw After Attacking His Wife With HatchetTeen Girl Killed Newborn By Shoving Rock Down Baby's Throat

Monthly Archives: September 2012

Farmington, UT – Michael Selleneit,  54, a man who allegedly shot his neighbor, 41-year-old Tony Pierce, in October 2011, has been found fit to stand trial on charges of attempted murder and illegally possessing a firearm.  Selleneit claims he acted in self-defense, and seems to be leaning toward sticking with a “not guilty” plea.

Selleneit reportedly not only believes that his wife has been “telepathically raped” by Pierce on numerous occasions, but that guitarist Eddie Van Halen sometimes visits him “in his mind” to “help him out.”  In addition, he is apparently under the impression that Pierce had been having sex parties with his wife since the 90’s, and that he controls her mind with crack cocaine.

However, the telepathic message that finally prompted Selleneit to put a bullet in Pierce’s back was “We’re having a sex party tonight. There will be cocaine. If you don’t come, I’ll kill you.”  Let it be noted that the spelling of “come” potentially changes the meaning of this threat to a significant degree.  Pierce eventually recovered from his bullet wound, but may be left with a lingering prejudice against mentally ill white trash.…

Boston, MA – Annie Dookhan, a 34-year-old chemist who has worked as a crime lab chemist for nine years, and whose work has been associated with the cases of over 34,000 defendants, is accused of falsifying results and cutting some major corners.

This is not a typical Puma write-up.  There are no beheadings, no naked lunatics, no masturbatory shenanigans.  It is, however, a pretty significant story, if only because of its impact on so many criminal cases.

Dookhan was known as a “superwoman” at William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute, completing more tests than her colleagues by a ton, having a seemingly unstoppable drive to please prosecutors, police, and her bosses, and often working long hours without putting in for overtime.

Suspicions about Dookhan started swirling a full four years ago, with people wondering how she could possibly plow through 500 samples in a month while her colleagues were only able to test 50 to 150, and her supervisor complaining that he hardly ever saw her in front of a microscope. …

Los Angeles, CAJohnny Lewis, a 28-year-old actor best known for his role as “Half Sack” in the series “Sons of Anarchy,” died falling from a wall he was apparently attempting to scale.  It seems as though his fall occurred very soon after he’d beaten his 81-year-old landlady, Catherine Davis, and her cat, to death.

Initial speculation is that Davis died from blunt force trauma to the head, though only an autopsy will confirm or refute that.

Police arrived at 10:40 AM on Wednesday after receiving calls about a woman screaming and three men fighting.  The exact details of the incident are a bit sketchy so early on, but it would seem as though Lewis got into an altercation with Davis, from whom he was renting a room, killed or seriously injured her, scaled a wall, got into a fight with a painter who was working at a neighboring house, went back over the wall to the Davis house, and then attempted to scale the wall again to fight the painter again, this time including the owner of that house in the fray.…

STILLWATER, OK — Yesterday, 13-year-old Cade Poulos came to Stillwater Junior High School dressed as the Batman villain Two Face, then used a handgun to kill himself in a hallway full of fellow students.

Poulos was in the crowded hallway at around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday. It was Super-Hero Dress Up Day at the school, and for reasons unknown, Poulos arrived dressed as a villain. It was during a prayer time before the morning bell sounded that Poulos pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head.

Immediately after the shooting, the school was locked down, students were evacuated, and parents were asked to pick up their children via a district messaging system.

Initial reports were hinting at bullying as the reason for the teen’s decision to commit suicide, possibly because of some statements made on a Facebook memorial. But Stillwater superintendent Ann Caine said the district had no records of Poulos being bullied and his family have also stated that Poulus was not a victim of bullying.

Whatever the reason was, we may never know what caused Poulos to kill himself in front of his peers.…

WAYNESVILLE, MO – It’s been almost five years since I first reported on 9-year-old Rowan Ford. At the time, she was just a missing girl from Missouri whose stepfather was not being cooperative with police. I didn’t know it at the time, but it would take five years for the case to be resolved, and the details of what happened to that little girl would end up haunting me to this day.

Three days after I posted that article in 2007, Rowan’s battered body was located in a sinkhole where she had been dumped after having been raped and strangled to death. The day after, police would arrest Rowan’s stepfather David Spears (who had previously been on the news pleading for her safe return) and his friend Chris Collings. Police would charge them both with Rowan’s rape and murder after Collings admitted to acting alone in abducting, raping, and strangling Rowan, while Spears confessed to participating in the rape of Rowan and being the one who strangled her to death.…

Man Squirts Soap In Girlfriend’s Mouth For Cursing

September 27, 2012 at 10:52 am by  

Hudson, FL – John Vincent Caruso, 26, was arrested on domestic battery charges after squirting liquid soap into his girlfriend’s mouth.

He reportedly had warned her three times about her cursing, worried that it might wake their two sleeping children.  He also told deputies that his parents would dole out the same punishment to him when he’d been a naughty, naughty boy.

Caruso and his on-and-off girlfriend had been arguing that night because she says Caruso was trying to tell her what to do.  Apparently her word choice was not lady-like and Caruso threatened to put soap in her mouth.  After all, what’s a boyfriend’s purpose if not to discipline his significant other when she’s been using filthy language?

A few minutes later, Caruso reportedly came up behind her as she was sitting on the couch and squirted liquid dish soap into her mouth, down her throat, and onto her shirt.  The woman’s lip also apparently suffered a small cut from the tip of the soap dispenser according to this article.

Woodville, WA – Anna Boyle, 28, was arrested Sunday on drug and child endangerment charges when a state trooper discovered that she had her three young children and a dog locked in the trunk of her 2007 Nissan Sentra.  More charges are likely to follow if the prosecution has its way.

Boyle was reportedly driving 77 miles per hour on a section of I-405 where the limit is 60 miles per hour, and that’s what caused the trooper to execute a routine traffic stop.  When he stepped up to the car, he says he found a very nervous Boyle in the driver’s seat, her mustachioed fiancé, 27-year-old Aaron Johnson, in the passenger seat, and a strong smell of marijuana.

When asked about the odor, Boyle reportedly said she “just took a few hits earlier.”  That prompted the trooper to ask for permission to search the vehicle, which he did.  The search apparently revealed “numerous pipes, two scales and baggies covered in heroin residue.”  Now, that doesn’t sound like recreational drug use to me.…

Rockland County, NY – Eugene Palmer, 74, is accused in the shooting death of his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, 39, effectively ending a protracted battle that had been going on for weeks.  He disappeared soon after the shooting.  Monday’s search yielded nothing of significance, but the hunt continued yesterday.

Tammy Palmer had taken out an order of protection against her husband, John, forbidding him from entering the home where she was living with their two children; a property owned by Eugene Palmer.  This apparently sparked an intense dispute between Eugene and Tammy, who had been reportedly harassing each other for some time.

Last week, Eugene and Tammy had a fight in which Tammy went after Eugene with a log, threatening to strike him.  Eugene also is believed to have tried to punch Tammy during the altercation.

Violet Pannirello, Tammy’s mother, says she doesn’t believe her daughter ever thought that her father-in-law would attempt to kill her.

On Monday, Eugene Palmer reportedly made another appearance at the home and shot Tammy Palmer in the chest. …

WAUKEGAN, IL — The Illinois woman accused of killing a 3-month-old baby, allegedly by violently slamming her down on a table, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Sarah Gumm, 33, is facing life behind bars if she is convicted of the multiple murder and battery charges filed against her in connection to the death of Rylan “Turtle” Koopmeiners, the baby girl she’d been babysitting for six weeks.

On July 27, Rylan was rushed to the hospital after Gumm called 911 to report that Rylan was not breathing. She was pronounced shortly after arrival and an autopsy report would reveal that the girl had a skull fracture and cranial hemorrhaging.

Her cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma, the medical examiner noting a significant amount of force caused the fracture and that Rylan probably died within an hour of receiving the injuries.

Gumm would later admit to investigators that she had gotten angry after Rylan became fussy during a diaper change. “She admitted she put the baby down on a table such that the baby’s head hit the table,” Lake County assistant State’s Attorney Ari Fisz said.…

Killeen, TX – Patrick Meyers, 27, a military specialist stationed at Fort Hood, reportedly shot his friend in the eye while attempting to scare away his hiccups.

Meyers and his unidentified 22-year-old friend, also a soldier, were drinking and watching football on Sunday night when the younger one came down with a case of the hiccups.  Now, we all probably know of at least five different supposed cures for the hiccups.  The one it seems Meyers attempted to employ was the “scare” method; often an effective one in my experience.

Meyers allegedly pointed a handgun at the victim, thinking it contained dummy rounds, and pulled the trigger.  It actually contained live rounds and, as we all probably know instinctively, actual bullets to the head are not only a cure for the hiccups, but also for life.

Police received a call at 10:04.  When they arrived, the victim was bleeding profusely.  He was taken to Skylark Field so he could be airlifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, but he died on the way. …

DELTONA, FL — I’m having technical issues today, but a couple people posted this on our Facebook page and I just had to write something up.

A man in Florida, along with his ex-girlfriend, have been accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl and a 7-month-old infant.

On Friday, police questioned 20-year-old Autumn Ash after images were found on her cell phone that depicted her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Thomas Fleming, raping a 4-year-old girl.

Ash initially denied knowing the images were on her phone, but later admitted that when she dated Fleming he would periodically send her images of himself having sex with the girl. They would then text each other and talk about other things they would like to do with the girl.

When Fleming was questioned by police, he admitted to sending the pictures of himself raping the 4-year-old to Ash’s phone, and that he had used the phone to record himself raping the girl. Police arrested Fleming and charged him with two counts of sexual battery, although they believe he raped the girl on numerous occasions.…

Knoxville, TN – Alexander Broughton, 20, was brought to UT Medical Center at about 1:30 AM Saturday in critical condition with a potentially deadly blood alcohol level of .40.

Broughton is a student at University of Tennessee and a member of the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity.  Police paid a visit to the fraternity house on Saturday morning to get some insight into exactly how Broughton had managed to soar to such heights of intoxication.   The answer ranks fairly high on the “ewww” scale.

When officers arrived, there were several men passed out inside the house and empty bottles of wine were found.

From what police could gather, the party the young men were attending on the previous night had included an activity I can only describe as “misguided.”  It apparently involved their giving each other wine enemas by inserting rubber tubing into each other’s brown eyes and pouring away, a practice affectionately known as “butt-chugging.”  The science behind it is that the alcohol from the wine is absorbed into the blood stream much faster than if it had entered at the opposite end of the body since it bypasses the liver.…

Man Arrested For Having Sex With A Couch

September 25, 2012 at 10:47 am by  

Waukesha , WI – Gerard P. Streator, 46, was arrested in the hotel at which he works on Thursday after being witnessed on the previous night having sex with a couch that had been left on the curb.  He has been charged with one count of lewd and lascivious behavior.

An off-duty police officer was going for a nighttime jog through a Pebble Valley neighborhood at 11:00 PM on September 3rd when he says he spotted Streator face-down on a sofa that had been left on the curb for disposal.  According to the report, he was thrusting his hips as if he were having sex with a person.

When the officer approached the couch and asked Streator what he was doing, the alleged sofa-stuffer abruptly stopped and ran off.  The cop surmised that Steator had been jamming his prick between the cushions, enjoying the heavenly friction one finds only in the age-worn folds of a geriatric piece of upholstered furniture.

One might be inclined to believe Streator was attempting to soothe the recently-abandoned couch.…

Volusia County, FL – Robert Boudreaux, 31, is accused of carjacking a 20-year-old man’s Buick in order to drive his pregnant girlfriend to the hospital.

All one has to do to assess Mr. Boudreaux’s mental presence is to gaze upon his disco shirt and slightly-agape mouth in the lovely mug to the left.  Proving that this book is easily read by its cover is not a task that requires a studied writer, and that’s a good thing from my standpoint.

However, for the benefit of my devout slightly entertained readership, I will number the brainy moves performed by the heroic mouth-breather in question.

Boudreaux and his 22-year-old girlfriend, who is believed to be homeless, were driving her car when it ran out of gas (1).  They exited the vehicle and walked several miles until the woman began complaining of dehydration and bleeding.  At that point, our gallant knight reportedly picked up his damsel in distress and stepped into the path of a Buick (2) being driven by a 20-year-old man.

The driver stopped and Mr.…

WINDSOR, CT — A 16-year-old in Connecticut is facing several felony charges after he posted a video on Facebook depicting a 14-year-old girl having sex with one of his friends.

I could rehash what was stated in the news article I linked to, but I freeze-framed the news video and was able to read some of the charging documents that the reporter holds up to the screen.

In December of last year,  16-year-old Malik McKnight recorded a friend having consensual sex with the 14-year-old girl in the girl’s bedroom. Malik stated that he had been asked into the bedroom and that the couple were aware that he was filming. Court documents state the video shows a naked male having sex with the girl as she is bent over a bed.

Later that same month, Malik and one of his friends went to the girl’s home and told her that if she did not have sex with them, that he would post the video. The girl said she wasn’t sure if Malik still had the video or not, so she had sex with him just in case.…

Man Surrenders To Police Wearing Mini-Dress

September 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm by  

Salt Lake City, UT – David Charles Baker, 47, surrendered to police while wearing a black sequined mini-dress after a stand-off in which he had barricaded himself in his home and claimed his front yard was wired with explosives.

Neighbors had been reporting Baker’s erratic behavior for a few months.  Police describe him as a mentally unstable man with training in explosives; a winning combination in my book.  Baker is also known for posting nonsensical rants on YouTube like this one, claiming to be speaking directly with God.  Police interaction with Baker had been getting increasingly antagonistic with each visit, causing his house to be flagged as one that should not be visited by a lone officer.

An interesting profile of Baker with more information than I feel it’s practical to include in this article can be read here. 

At about 2:30 PM on Sunday, Baker reportedly went to a friend’s house and engaged him in a face-to-face confrontation.  As he left, he placed a package in the man’s driveway and told him that its contents could cause his house to catch on fire.…

SHEBOYGAN FALLS , WI — Police have charged two juveniles with murder after they say the teens used a hatchet and hammer to murder one of the boy’s great-grandmother.

Last week the body of 78-year-old Barbara Olsen was discovered lying in a pool of blood inside her garage. At the time police were calling the death “particularly violent” and that they had two juveniles in custody; her great grandson and his friend. Now that the criminal complaint has been released, the disturbing details of what happened to Olsen have been revealed.

According to 13-year-old Nathan Paape’s admission, he and 13-year-old Antonio Barbeau went to the home of Antonio’s great mother to kill her and steal some money. They got a ride to her home from Nathan’s mother, concealing a hammer and hatchet they brought along with them. After entering Olsen’s home through an unlocked side door attached to the garage, they encountered Olsen.

Olsen told Antonio that she was calling his mother, but when she turned around to do so, Antonio struck her in the back of the head with the blunt end of the hatchet.…


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