Here, Now – The latest edition of the Pulpit of Doom Podcast is ready for those of you lame asses unable to make the show last night.
A big thanks to everyone who showed up to listen to me and Athena talk about the new forums and the Workshop addition that allows members to create their own stories for possible publication.
Of course we also discussed the top 10 stories circulating the site for the last week. It was an interesting mix of topics, including Munchausen by Proxy, the Erica Parsons case and why I am still not convinced they murdered the girl, trying juveniles as adults and why, despite what you may think and what they are accused of doing, is normally not a good idea.
We also discuss what size a baby has to be before it will disrupt the normal operations of a toilet, the dangers of masturbating in front of your webcam, and why I have no issues charging a drunk driver with a degree of murder but have big issues doing the same for a teen who kills someone while driving like an idiot.…
RAGLAND, AL – Last year I reported on John Salers, the 15-year-old charged with murder after he hanged 9-year-old Katelynn Arnold from a tree. On Wednesday, Salers was charged as an adult.
When Katelynn Arnold did not return home from a neighborhood bike ride, her aunt drove around looking for her for 45 minutes. She found the little girl when she returned home, hanging by her neck from a tree in the backyard.
Rescuers removed the girl from the tree but she was pronounced dead at the hospital. The next day, police would arrest Katelynn’s half-brother, John Salers, and charge him with murder.
Salers admitted to police that he hanged Katelynn, using the rope from a tire swing, with the intent of killing her. According to the sheriff, he has provided them with a possible motive behind wanting to kill Katelynn, but that information has yet to be revealed to the public.
Salers was initially charged as a minor, but District Attorney Richard Minor’s office sought to have him charged as an adult.…
SPOKANE, WA – An 88-year-old WWII veteran survived being shot in action during the Battle of Okinawa, only to be beaten to death by two teenagers at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane.
Delbert “Shorty” Belton was headed inside the Eagles Lodge to play pool at around 8 p.m. Wednesday when he was attacked by two teens in the parking lot.
“It does appear random. He was in the parking lot, it appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault,” said Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths.
Belton survived the initial assault, but died on Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center from severe head injuries. A motive for the assault has not been officially released, but a friend of Belton’s says that the man was robbed.
“Those people to me are cowards,” said Glenn Longsdorff, Belton’s roommate. “They are cowards when they beat old people that are defenseless. They need to be caught.…
BROOKLYN, NY – A convicted kiddie diddler who’s facing new charges of sexually molesting a teen boy asked a court to dismiss the case. The reason? He claims that under Jewish law he was married to the victim. Oy vey!
In 2012, Andrew Goodman, 28, was convicted of sexually abusing the victim over a period of several years beginning when the boy was 12. For systematic sexual abuse of a child, he got – ready for this? – a whopping two years behind bars.
The teen called the judge’s decision to hand down little more than a slap on the wrist to Goodman (over prosecutors’ objections) “a very grave mistake.” Hope this kid’s got law school in his future.
In October of last year, however, additional charges were filed by the feds because evidence surfaced that Goodman had taken the boy across state lines to abuse him. At the time, the kid was only 15. Goodman took him to Atlantic City, according to an article in the New York Daily News.…
LINDEN, NJ – The owner of a New Jersey delicatessen thwarted a would-be robber by dousing the man in hot oil.
According to a police report, the armed robber entered Cos’s Corner Deli on East Elizabeth Ave around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon. He was wearing a hooded windbreaker pulled up to cover his face, and brandishing a gun.
The suspect, described as a dark-skinned man in his 20s, signaled for the store owner, 46-year-old Harry Bains, to be quiet. Bains stayed quiet all right, slipping into the back while the thief began trying to pull the register from it’s cubby-hole.
“The pan was there. I put on the fryer, and put the hot oil on and threw it at him,” Bains said. “And that’s when he got a little surprised, and he ran out right away.”
Bains estimated that the oil was about 400 degrees.
“To tell you, frankly, I don’t know what was going inside my mind at that time,” he said. “I just did it.”
Officers canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.…
Laredo, TX – The elementary school teacher found guilty of instructing her kindergarten class line up and slap a kid because of his alleged bullying has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Cynthia Ambrose was found guilty of official oppression in June after an incident that was reported by another teacher.
Last May, Barbara Ramirez, a teacher at Salinas Elementary, witnessed 6-year-old Aiden Neely hit another student. Ramirez asked fellow teacher Ambrose how she should handle it, and Ambrose came up with a terrible idea.
Her idea consisted of having the boy sit in her classroom and then instructing her 24 kindergartners to file past him and give him a nice slap.
“He was hit on the head, in the face, on the back. And all the kids hit him twice,” said Aiden’s mother. “He had friends in that class, and friends didn’t want to hit him, but the teacher instructed them to hit him.”
What initially started off as light pats, ended at Ambrose’s insistence. “It started out as a pat,” Ramirez said.…
SHELTON, CT – A convenience store clerk was critically injured on the job while trying to stop the theft of two David Hasselhoff signs. No, I’m not kidding.
The 36-year-old clerk, who works at a Cumberland Farms store, has not been identified. Police say at around 1:15 a.m., he saw a black SUV pull up and its occupants get out and begin to cut down the Hasselhoff signs from a light pole.
When he approached the vehicle to get the signs back, he somehow got hooked to the thief’s SUV as it drove away. Cue the Knight Rider theme.
Shelton Police Lt. Bob Kozlowsky told reporters that, “He ended up flipping backwards, falling on his head.” The clerk was reportedly in critical condition at Bridgeport Hospital, sources said.
Shelton Police are reviewing surveillance footage from a security camera at the River Road store to try and identify the suspects.
The clerk was trying to get back two display signs from the people in the SUV, according to police. The signs advertise Farmhouse Blend iced coffee, making the theft even more questionable.…
GOLDEN CITY, MO — Authorities in Missouri are searching for a 12-year-old girl last seen getting into the vehicle of a family friend who has now been charged with her kidnapping.
Adriaunna Horton was reported missing on Monday after she was last seen at a park talking with 34-year-old Bobby D. Bourne Jr., a one-time neighbor and friend of the girl’s family. Adriaunna’s grandmother said Bourne had worked with her son and that Bourne’s children knew Adriaunna and her two siblings, and that the girls had played together.
Reports are that Adriaunna, her 8-year-old sister, Lydia, and two friends went to the park, located within walking distance of their home, after the first day of school. Bourne allegedly drove up to the girls three times and eventually asked for help finding his own daughters.
Adriaunna told her sisters to stay behind and went to talk with Bourne. When her sisters turned around, Adriaunna and Bourne were gone. One witness said they saw Adriaunna get into Bourne’s truck, but that claim has not been confirmed.…
Knotts Island, NC – The teen convicted of stabbing her newborn to death with a pair of scissors was sentenced to a decade behind bars.
Two years ago, 16-year-old Rebecca Blackmore was charged with first-degree murder after she used a pair of scissors to stab her newborn daughter to death shortly after squishing her out.
Afterwards, she showed up at the emergency room showing signs of having recently given birth, but had no baby. When questioned, she reportedly told police the child was stillborn and they could find the body in her bedroom closet.
She was right about a dead baby in her closet, but not about the stillborn part. An autopsy showed the baby girl was alive at birth and for a short time thereafter. That is, until Blackmore stabbed her newborn daughter with a pair of scissors.
On Monday, Blackmore was sentenced to 10 to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder, said District Attorney Frank Parrish.
What makes this story even more infuriating is that North Carolina, like many other states, has a Safe Haven Law.…
Portsmouth, VA – A mother is facing murder charges after police say she smothered her one-month-old son to death at a Virginia church.
Keisha Holmes is facing first degree murder charges after she took her son to Holy Trinity Church on August 7 and smothered him with a pillow until he stopped breathing.
Afterwards, Holmes called 911 and told a dispatcher what she had done. When police arrived at her home, which was near the church, they found the baby dead in his crib. Paramedics arrived and tried to revive the baby, but were unsuccessful.
“When we got closer we noticed it was a baby. That hurts because we saw a little baby laying in the front yard trying to be revived,” said one of Holmes’ neighbors. “When they lifted that baby up the baby was still limp. It just tore me up. It really broke me up.”
Holmes gave a full confession to police and was arrested at the scene.
Church members said that Holmes was not a regular member of the church and had just started attending within the few weeks before she murdered her son.…
Adelaide, Australia – On December 1, 1948, the body of a middle-aged white man was discovered lying beneath a lamppost on Somerton Beach by several pedestrians taking an early morning stroll along the shore.
That’s it. You now know nearly as much about him as police have figured out in nearly 65 years of investigation.
Theories abound as to the identity of the man. Due to the beginning of the Cold War and heightened tensions, some believe him to have been a spy, although no government has ever claimed him and there is no real evidence to support the espionage theory.
The undisputed facts of the case are these:
- An autopsy was unable to determine any cause of death. The medical examiner at the time strongly suspected poisoning, due to an enlarged spleen and minor damage to the liver and kidneys, but no foreign substance was detected in the body. As retired Adelaide Police Detective Gerald Feltus put it, the man “died of a sudden, acute onset of damned if I know!” In 1994, Victoria Chief Justice John Harber Phillips declares that “there can be little doubt that” the Somerton Man’s death was caused by digitalis, although the autopsy records had been lost for years and Phillips himself is not a physician.
WILTSHIRE, UK – A 23-year-old British man has been banned from every farm in England after getting it on with a goat, says a report in the London Evening Standard.
On Monday, Robert Newman, the goat-fucker in question, pled guilty to the bestiality in North West Wiltshire Magistrates Court in Chippenham. The incident allegedly occurred in April on a farm in Wiltshire.
Newman had initially denied having sex with the animal, but confessed shortly before his trial was set to begin. Wonder what made him change his mind. I mean, it wasn’t like the victim was going to testify.
Newman, of Devizes, is currently out on bail, but conditions of his bond prohibit him from being on any property where farm animals are kept, reported SWNS. Newman also has a curfew, which should keep him from livestock-diddling between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12.
Stories regarding people having sex with animals are quite frequent on this site, but this is the first time a goat has made an appearance.…
Duncan, OK – Just when you think it’s safe to go for an afternoon jog, you get shot by a group of bored teenagers. That’s exactly what happened to 22-year-old Christopher Lane on Friday afternoon.
Lane was a student from Australia attending East Central University on a baseball scholarship. He was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend when he decided to go for a jog, which his father says was part of his daily routine.
Despite the upper-class neighborhood he was jogging in, there were some bad apples hanging around that afternoon. Three teenagers, identified as James Edwards, 15; Chancey Luna, 16; and Michael Jones, 17; spotted Lane jogging past the house they were hanging out at and decided to kill him.
“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,'” Police Chief Danny Ford said. “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.'”
The three teens got into a car and followed Lane, then shot him one time in the back before driving off.…
Lincoln, NE – Police say an argument between two women resulted in one of the women allegedly stabbing the other in the face with a stiletto heel.
According to the police report, 28-year-old Julia Bol and the 41-year-old Rebeca Boss had just left a baby shower when they got into an argument regarding Bol’s relationship with the father of Boss’s kid.
Bol escalated the altercation when she grabbed one of the stilettos Boss had in her hand, then “stabbed her in the face with it.” Bol stabbed Boss so hard that the stiletto heel pierced the victim’s cheek and “had to be pulled out of her face.”
Not satisfied with her handiwork, Bol reportedly knocked Boss to the ground and began choking her. Boss was taken to the hospital to treat some bruising around her neck and a “through and through puncture wound” to her cheek.
Bol was also taken to the hospital to treat a minor arm injury then taken to the Lincoln County jail on charges of felony strangulation and misdemeanor assault.…
OHIO – Police got to do a little fishing while on duty after a suspected burglar tried eluding police and ended up drowning in a pond.
At around 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning, a residence in the 9000 block of Swigert Road called police to report a possible theft in progress. They said a suspicious man was in the area loading items into the back of a pickup truck.
When police got to the location, they spotted the truck fleeing the scene. Police gave chase and followed the truck as it drove into a nearby field. When the truck got stuck the driver, 26-year-old Jeffrey Felix, ran from the vehicle and toward a pond.
While searching for Felix, police heard someone yelling from the pond and spotted him in the middle of the pond struggling to stay above water. Before officers could help him, Felix disappeared under the water where he breathed in a fatal dose of karma.
A few hours later, the Hamilton County Task Force One dive team would pull Felix’s body from the pond while officers pulled stolen property from inside his vehicle.…
PHILADELPHIA, PA – A Pennsylvania woman is facing a slew of charges after a handicapped woman was found by police, tied to a urine-soaked bed in the basement of her Philadelphia home, suffering from sores, multiple wounds, and living in “unsuitable conditions,” according to an arrest report.
As if living in Philadelphia wasn’t bad enough.
Regina Bennett, 46, was arrested and charged with kidnapping, assault, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, public drunkenness and other offences on Sunday after getting into a scrap with a neighbor.
Officers were called to a home on Linton Street to break up a fight between Bennett and a neighbor, identified as Liza Figueroa. While they were there, they were informed that a child may have been in the house. Though police found no signs of children living in the home, they did find the 36-year-old victim, bound to a bed. She was described as “extremely thin,” in the police report, and “appeared to be special needs and has a limited vocabulary.”
Figueroa told NBC-affiliate WCAU, “I would of never imagined that the police officers yesterday, resulting from the altercation that I had with her, [would discover] that she had someone tied up in her basement.”
The unidentified victim was taken to Einstein Hospital for evaluation.…
LAWRENCEVILLE, PA — A woman in Pennsylvania is facing charges after investigators say she smeared feces on her baby’s face and feeding tube in order to make him sick.
According to a criminal complaint, 38-year-old Lauren Buzard had brought 6-month-old baby to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for unexplained illnesses several times since May.
Eventually, doctors suspected that 38-year-old Lauren Buzard may be doing something to harm her baby and surveillance cameras were placed in Buzard’s son’s room. It didn’t take long before the doctor’s suspicions were confirmed.
The cameras captured Buzard using a dirty diaper to smear feces on her baby’s face and nasal feeding tube. The motive? Munchausen by proxy syndrome. Doctors concluded Buzard was “actively harming her child in order to gain the benefit of exhaustive medical evaluation and attention.”
Lauren Buzard was arrested and has been charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment of a child. She is currently in jail waiting to appear before a judge on August 21. The baby has been placed with his father.…
BETHLEHEM, PA – Days after a dead baby was found inside a trash can in a Kohl’s restroom, an employee at a popular sports bar made a horrifying discovery after lifting the tank lid from a troublesome toilet and found a fetus.
David Rank, the owner of Starters Pub, said that employees were cleaning the bathroom at around 10 a.m. Monday morning when they made the gruesome discovery. Rank said that the employee was very shaken after finding the floating fetus and got choked up himself while talking about the incident with reporters.
“My biggest concern are for my employees, the mother, the baby — I just want everybody to say prayers for those people,” said Rank.
Rank said that the night before, the diners and sports fans were patronizing the bar while watching preseason football. He has turned over surveillance footage to police to see if they can identify who upper-decked the toilet.
So far there has been no word on official cause of death or the estimated age of the fetus, but I am going to assume that it was not full-term.…