LOSANGELES, CA — Earlier this month we reported on a man who was electrocuted while stealing copper, and now we have a man who was burned alive while trying to steal gasoline.
Firefighters were called to a 76 gas station early Tuesday morning on a report of a van on fire in the parking lot. Once the flames had been extinguished, the crew found the charred body of 56-year-old Richard Glover inside the van.
Investigators say the fire started while Glover was using a pump to siphon gas from the station’s underground gas tank into a couple of 55-gallon drums inside the van. The resulting explosion sent a fireball 10-feet into the air and blew out a nearby window, according to the station’s security guard.
Glover’s family told investigators they were aware of Glover’s tendency to steal gas whenever money got tight and had pleaded with him to stop, especially since he’d been burned once before while stealing gas.
“The family’s been asking him to stop, stop, stop, stop doing it,” said Glover’s brother-in-law.…Continue Reading
FORT WORTH, TX — A juvenile court judge has gotten some people upset after she sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to 10 years’ probation for the drunk driving crash that killed four people.
Back in June, Breanna Mitchell’s SUV had a flat tire so she pulled over to the side of the road. Hollie Boyles, 52, and her daughter, Shelby Boyles, 21, lived nearby and had came out to help Mitchell. Brian Jennings, 41, was driving by and also stopped to see if he could lend a hand.
Unfortunately for all of them, 16-year-old Ethan Couch was also on the road, driving drunk. He and some of his seven passengers had stolen some beer from a Walmart hours earlier and were speeding when Couch lost control of his truck, left the road and struck Breanna’s SUV.
Breanna, Hollie, Shelby and Brian were not in the road when the collision occurred, but they were all killed on impact and thrown 50 to 60 yards away. One of Couch’s passengers suffered serious injuries while another remains paralyzed and only able to communicate by blinking his eyes.…Continue Reading
STLOUIS, MO – Remember that face? That’s 23-year-old Ashley Depew. She and her boyfriend made the news after claiming she was randomly attacked by three black males playing the “Knockout Game“. Police have now charged them both, accusing them of making the whole thing up.
Ashley and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Justin Simms, were in the news last month after they called police to report Depew had been attacked in a bar by three African-American men playing the knockout game.
Because the dreaded knockout game was involved, the game threatening the safety of white people everywhere, the story went viral after this Facebook post was made and got over 11,000 shares. I remember the moment the pic went viral, as my dog began barking like mad at the sound of the media banging their spoons together as they furiously stirred a crock of shit.
Not that I’m above sticking my own shit-stained spoon in the mix (it’s the same one I use for pit bull stories), but when it comes stories regarding the knockout game, I need video or I don’t even waste my time. …Continue Reading
MARSHALL, TX – Police have arrested a man who entered a Texas Walmart and began swinging a hatchet, injuring three people.
Three people inside a Texas Walmart were injured early Sunday morning after 27-year-old Christopher Hamilton, a transient from Arkansas, walked into the store wielding a hatchet.
Two of the injured were a Walmart employee and a customer who tried to stop Hamilton’s attack on a female employee. According to police, there is no known motive for the attack, and Hamilton did not know any of the people he injured.
“Evidently [the customer] had grabbed some cans of soup off of the stack and started throwing them at [the man with the hatchet] to get him off of the associate, and I believe he hit him in the back of the head and that’s when the guy took off running,” says Stewart.
After getting hit in the head with a can of soup, Hamilton fled the store and ran into a nearby wooded area. With the help of some K-9 units, police were able to locate Hamilton a little over an hour later.…Continue Reading
NOBLESVILLE, IN - The teen who helped save two children after they fell into an icy reservoir in 2010 was killed after one of her friends carelessly pointed a gun at her and pulled the trigger.
Some of you may remember 16-year-old Aubrey Peters. In 2011, the Red Cross honored Peters and her grandparents as a Red Cross Hall of Famers after they helped save two little girls that had fallen through the ice at the Morse Reservoir.
Unfortunately, the teen died after a total idiot pointed a gun at her chest and pulled the trigger. What makes the entire situation more tragic is the person who pulled the trigger was one of her friends who thought the gun was unloaded.
According to court documents, Peters was with friends in a home when 20-year-old Jacob McDaniel grabbed a handgun and asked Peters if she wanted to hold it. When she said she didn’t, witnesses say McDaniel “dropped the magazine from the gun, pointed it at Aubrey, took the safety off, and pulled the trigger.”
Immediately after being shot, witnesses say Peters clutched her chest and asked, “What just happened?” before collapsing.…Continue Reading
LAKELAND, FL – A 6-year-old girl had to be airlifted to the hospital after being attacked by two pit bulls so severely, her intestines were exposed.
Alicia Battle was playing in the backyard of her home Thursday afternoon when two pit bulls named “Boss” and “Promise” began attacking her. Michelle Williams, 25, heard the girl screaming and ran out of the house to help, only to have the dogs start biting her.
After biting Williams, the dogs ran on to the porch of the home and began attacking 7-year-old Clamorari Williams. Not quite done, the dogs then attacked 45-year-old Sherri Tanner when she stopped and tried to help. Animal control officers arrived on the scene and were able to corral the dogs without killing them, and have since placed them both in quarantine.
Alicia was airlifted to the hospital suffering from severe injuries to her arm and bites to her stomach that exposed her internal organs. She is currently listed in fair condition. Michelle required 8 to 9 stitches to her right calf, Clamorari suffered injuries to his knee and shin, while Sherri received puncture wounds and lacerations on her right thigh.…Continue Reading
LUNENBURG, MA – Last month the news was reporting on an incident in which a high school football player had his house tagged with racist graffiti. In response, the football team had their entire season cancelled. Now it is being reported that police believe they know who was responsible for the racist graffiti – the kid’s mother.
On November 15, Andrea Brazier called police to report someone had spray-painted “Knights don’t need niggers” on the side of her house. Brazier is white, her husband is black, and their son, 13-year-old Isaac Phillips, is biracial. He’s also a player on the Lundeburg high school football team the Blue Knights. Believing a fellow player was responsible for the graffiti, their football season was cancelled when no one one could come forward to claim responsibility.
To show support for Isaac, who transferred to a different school, the town held a candlelight vigil to show racism has no place in their town. Police initially investigated the high school football players, but they were eventually cleared.…Continue Reading
MILWAUKEE, WI — A man accidentally electrocuted himself while on the roof of a building, possibly while trying to steal copper.
Police believe 38-year-old Devon Williams was on a roof attempting to cut power lines to a business in an attempt to disable their security system, or to remove the copper from the cables. If he knew it or not, the wires were hot and he was probably protected by the rubber soles of his shoes and the rubber handle of the bolt cutters he was using.
He had successfully cut some segments of cable without killing himself, but ended up leaning over and making contact with the aluminum siding of the building. For those of you unfamiliar with electricity, this is bad. For those unfamiliar with electrocution, and going by the size of those cables, it’s likely all the muscles in Williams’ body instantly contracted and caused his heart and lungs to stop immediately.
So while it was as stupid death, it was a relatively painless one. Investigators believe that someone was holding a ladder for Williams, but took off when the shit in Williams’ bowels began to boil.…Continue Reading
This story is as sordid as it is unbelievable, if the entirety of the allegations are true. It’s a bit confusing, with a lot of characters, so I will start at the beginning. Brittney Wood was last seen on May 31, 2012 after leaving her home to visit her uncle, Donnie Holland. Supposedly, Brittney wanted to talk to her uncle about some sex abuse allegations. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Two days after being seen in a car with Brittney, Donnie committed suicide.
However, police were had already investigating Brittney’s family a month prior. That’s when Brittney’s uncle, Randall Scott Wood, contacted police to report some family sex abuse. Police say Brittney exchanged messages over Facebook with one of the alleged victims, Donnie’s 13-year-old daughter. The girl claims she was raped by her father along with two of Brittney’s uncles - Randall Scott Wood and Dustin Kent.…Continue Reading
Vancouver, WA - A police scanner enthusiast in Vancouver unwittingly live-tweeted the fatal crash that killed her husband Wednesday afternoon.
It all started after The Columbian started reporting the crash on Twitter based on emergency scanner traffic. Caran Johnson, known as @scancouver on Twitter, has been listening to police scanners since college and also began tweeting about the crash. This isn’t out of the ordinary, as Johnson seems to be known to local news outlets and has more than 13,000 community-related tweets.
Over the next four hours, Johnson tweeted about the crash. She first began commenting on how horrible it was that someone had died, and how much she hated Highway 205. These tweets soon turned to worry about her husband, Craig Johnson, who had left work feeling ill and had not made it home yet. Even worse, he used that same stretch of highway and he wasn’t answering his phone.
After some back and forth between her and police as she tries to get more information regarding the vehicles involved in the crash, her worst fears are realized when she is notified her husband was in one of the vehicles, and he had died at the scene.…Continue Reading
LENEXA, KS - A topless woman chased a Peeping Tom through a Kohl’s department store after she caught him filming her in the dressing room.
Jeanne Ouelette says she was in the dressing room trying on bras when she noticed Jeremy Bradley laying on the floor with his hand under the dressing room wall, using his phone to videotape her.
She was so shocked and angered over the invasion of her privacy, that she ran out of the dressing room topless and chased after Bradley while using her hands to cover her breasts.
“I followed him. I shouted, ‘Stop! Help me!’ I just screamed and chased him topless through the store,” she said. “I know I shouldn’t be chasing someone. I was just enraged. I was at a store in a very private place, and I was enraged and I wanted to get the phone.”
She didn’t get the phone, as Bradley was able to flee from the store. But her efforts were not wasted. The scene created by her screaming through the store holding her titties alerted other customers who took off after Bradley while others contacted police.…Continue Reading
HARRISBURG, PA – A high school field hockey coach has been accused of covering up the alleged rape of one of her players during a weekend athletic festival.
According to court documents, a 16-year-old girl was attending the Keystone State Games with her family this past summer, but had been allowed to spend the night at a hotel with her field hockey coach, 25-year-old Alicia Colon, and two other girls.
It was supposed to be a “girls night” until Colon picked up three men from a nearby town and brought them back to her hotel room. The men had taken taken Ecstasy, and Colon admitted she smoked some weed with them.
At some point that night, the victim woke up to one of the men, 23-year-old Rafael Gomez-Echavarria, kissing on her neck. After telling him to stop five times, he finally did. But two hours later he was scratching at her door again, waking up the victim as he touched her “private areas”.
Gomez-Echavarria then raped the girl, who said she didn’t scream because she was afraid he would hurt her.…Continue Reading
MOORHEAD, MN — A vampire obsessed truck driver has been accused of kidnapping a 19-year-old relative and holding her hostage inside his semi for six months.
Timothy Vafeades, 53, owns and operates Twilight Express Trucking out of Utah. Last week he was stopped at a weigh station in Minnesota for a routine check when it was discovered he had some issues with his log book.
While doing a bit more checking, a state trooper found that Vafeades also had a problem stemming from a protection order that barred him from being with the 19-year-old female currently sitting in his truck, sporting a black eye.
When questioned, the girl told investigators Vafeades had kidnapped her and had been holding her captive for the last six months. She said it all started when she made contact with Vafeades with the hopes of building a relationship with him, and helping him run his trucking company. So in May, she left Florida and met him in Salt Lake City.
The first night there, she said she woke up to find Vafeades performing a sex act on her.…Continue Reading
Atlanta, GA – More than a dozen years after 52-year-old Edward Kramer was accused of molesting three teenage boys, he has pleaded guilty to three child molestation charges in a deal that would ensure he remains out of prison.
Kramer is the well-known editor of a slew of famous sci-fi, fantasy and horror works such as Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Book of Dreams and James O’Barr’s The Crow. In 1987 he helped create Dragon Con, a yearly convention held in Atlanta, Georgia for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and comic books. The first convention drew around 1400 people, but now attendance can reach up to 52,000.
In 2000, an anonymous tip led to Kramer being charged with sodomizing two brothers aged 13 and 15 at his home, over a period of four years. The charges ultimately filed against Kramer led to one of the most delayed trials in the history of Georgia, helped by Kramer’s alleged health issues and the 370 requests and complaints he filed within six months.
Kramer was initially allowed to remain on house arrest, but this was reversed a week later after the courts learned he’d had a teenage visitor.…Continue Reading
EDMONTON, CANADA – A 33-year-old man got himself in a bit of trouble after he allegedly decided the best place to print his child pornography would be at his local grocery store.
According to Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) investigators, Bradley Lenz used the store’s photo kiosk to print out child porn, but the kiosk ran out of paper. After Lenz left the store, an employee replenished the paper in the kiosk which then finished up Lenz’s print job.
The store immediately contacted police to tell them they were in the possession of some child porn left behind by a stupid jackass who used their photo kiosk. Investigators would use the store’s surveillance video to identify Lenz and execute a search warrant on his home.
There they would find more child pornography images, DVDs, and video tapes. Lenz was arrested and charged with possessing and accessing child pornography.
Investigators are now going through all the images in hopes of identifying the victims. “We don’t know if there are potentially other victims, or if this was all data that was sourced from the internet or other external sources.,” said Det.…Continue Reading
The man known only as ”Stephen,” posted a message on 4chan stating he was going to commit suicide on camera as soon as someone could link him to a live stream service. The post read:
“This is it.
Tonight I will be ending my own life. I’ve been spending the last hour making the preparations and I’m ready to through with it.
As an oldfag who’s been on 4chan since 2004, I thought I would finally give back to the community in the best way possible. I am willing to an hero on cam for you all.
All that I request is for you guys to link me to a site where I am able to stream it for you guys, then I will gladly fulfill my promise.“
Another user stepped up to the plate and created a video chatroom on Chateen, which Stepehen then joined.…Continue Reading
Here, Now – Don’t believe the hype that compares this book to GONE GIRL, but Kimberly McCreight’s RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA is an enjoyable crime “thriller” that details a mother’s search for answers regarding her daughter’s fatal plunge from the roof of her school.
Here’s a bit of the official synopsis from McCreight’s official website:
“Kate’s in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive Park Slope private school. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, though the school refuses to say why, at least by telephone. They will say only that Kate must come get her daughter and she must come now.
An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating jumps to her death. Impulsive suicide, tragic and awful, but far more common than anyone realizes. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one that she believes. That is, until she gets an anonymous text : She didn’t jump.…Continue Reading
Here, Now – Normally I post our Pulpit of Doom podcasts the Monday following the night we record them, but here is one from last week that I never got a chance to post because of the server issues we were experiencing. This was a total drunkcast with myself and Jaded.
I would love to tell you what the hell we talked about, but these stories sometimes bleed together. It didn’t help that I was slurring through most of it and brought up stories that weren’t even in the top 10 list – including the guy who fist raped some chick’s asshole.
Speaking of the podcasts, we are moving the Pulpit of Doom from Thursday nights at 9:30 Eastern (the night the women said was best for them) to Friday nights 9:30 Eastern (the night the women said was best for them). Go figure. I try to announce these things on the day of the podcast, but to make things even easier you can simply follow us on our BTR page and you will get an email reminder.…Continue Reading
FLORENCE, AZ - A man approaching his release from prison killed his cellmate so that he would not be sent back to Mexico.
According to a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, 43-year-old Roberto Fernandez was serving time after being convicted of a sex crime. He’s from Mexico, but committed the crime in the U.S and was serving his time in an Arizona prison.
With his release date coming up, Fernandez decided he liked being in prison and did not want to possibly be sent back to Mexico upon his release. To solve that problem, he decided to do something that would ensure he stayed right where he was. He decided he would commit murder.
The person Fernandez chose to kill was his cellmate, 55-year-old Michael McNaughton, who was serving a six year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge.
But simply killing the man wouldn’t do, figured Fernandez. To ensure he received the stiffest penalty possible, he needed to make sure the murder was brutal enough that he was charged with nothing less than first-degree murder.…Continue Reading
WINTER HAVEN, FL — A woman is facing murder charges after police say she accidentally shot and killed her daughter, thinking it was her boyfriend.
According to police, 52-year-old Adele Bing got into an altercation with her boyfriend on Monday. The boyfriend left the home and went to the hospital to treat injuries he says he received after Adele hit him in the head with a gun.
Police responded after being notified by hospital staff, and were interviewing the boyfriend at the hospital when they received a call about a shooting at Adele’s address. When they arrived at the home, they found Adele’s daughter, 22-year-old Ruby Bing, lying dead on the ground in front of her mother’s home.
Turns out that Ruby picked the absolute worst time to pay her mother a surprise visit her 4-month-old daughter. Adele was inside, but said she was afraid the “banging” and “kicking” she heard at the front door was her boyfriend returning to kill her.
Armed with a baseball bat and a .22 caliber handgun, Adele opened the door.…Continue Reading