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.…
Knoxville, TN — I’m a little bit late with this one. Ok, a whole lot late….
drugs alcohol procrastination my volunteer work at the local soup kitchen really takes up a lot of my free time, ya know. Anyways, an unidentified 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday, after police say he tried to roast his teacher by using a lighter to ignite her hair and shirt.
According to police, 23-year-old Gabriela Penalba had turned her back to her students that morning at West High School, when the boy walked up behind her with a cigarette lighter and set her shirt and hair on fire.
Fortunately, the flames were extinguished by her not-so-psycho students before Penalba suffered any burns to the skin.
Afterwards, the boy reportedly tossed the lighter out a window and fled the school on foot.
After a short foot chase, the boy was taken into custody. After admitting to the alleged assault, he was charged with aggravated assault and evading arrest. He’s now chillin’ in a juvenile detention facility.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
Yonkers, NY – A pit bull has been euthanized after it attacked a 5-year-old boy earlier this month inside an apartment in Yonkers, and bit off his penis.
On the morning of Nov 10, the boy was visiting his grandmother, Melissa Pettiford, and asked if he could play a video game. After she refused, the boy wandered into the bedroom of his 13-year-old aunt, who was sleeping in the bed with a 6-year-old pit bull named “Momma”.
When the boy tried crawling in the bed with his aunt, the dog began attacking him. By time the dog was pulled off the boy, the boy had suffered severe bite wounds, lacerations and was missing a penis.
The boy was rushed to the hospital along with his detached penis, which had been placed on ice. He’s been there for the last two weeks and his mother, who is not being named, told reporters that her son was doing fine. No word on whether they were able to re-attach the boy’s penis.
The boy’s grandmother said that the dog has never been aggressive before and that family members have always felt comfortable around the dog.…
Police say 40-year-old Jackie Neal, in full uniform and in a marked car, pulled the victim over and managed to get her handcuffed and behind his patrol car. San Antonio police Chief William McManus said what happened next was “unthinkable.”
McManus has reported that although the on-board cameras in Neal’s vehicle were not working that morning, the GPS system did confirm his vehicle was stopped at the location of the alleged assault for 18 minutes.
“I can’t make any sense of it,” McManus said, “Officers are aware they are being tracked.”
Neal was taken into custody by SAPD Special Victims’ Unit detectives and was arrested on charges of sexual assault.
“I am angry. I am outraged. It’s a punch in the eye to the police department, this kind of conduct,” McManus said. “We won’t tolerate it for a second. And I think the swiftness of the investigation and the arrest is indicative of that.”
During a press conference Saturday, Chief McManus said another woman made similar accusations against Neal a couple of years ago, but then clammed up and refused to cooperate.…
According to police, the 38-year-old woman discovered the video after Whibbey left his phone in a friend’s car. The friend reportedly looked through the pics and videos on the phone and gave it to the woman, suggesting that she have a look-see at Whibbey’s SD card.
In a video apparently dated sometime in October, Whibbey is seen performing an inappropriate act on the sleeping pre-teen. Mom says she doesn’t know if her child is even aware of what happened.
Police said before Whibbey was even questioned, he walked into the room during their interview with the victim’s mother, turned around and put his hands behind his back.
Whibbey was booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center and charged with performing lewd acts with a child under the age of 16. A bond/bail amount is not yet available.…
SOUTH JORDAN, UT – Police have revealed the two boys found shot to death in a Utah basement earlier this month died in a murder-suicide.
I was going to report on this when it first hit the news, but there weren’t a lot of details available aside from a lot of speculation and rumors. The story first made the news when a Taylor Wheeler, 12, and Dayton Gessell, 15, were discovered dead in the basement of a home on November 15.
Police said three other teens were in the home at the time of the shootings, including two brothers who lived there. One of these teens was upstairs with an adult when the shootings occurred. The other two ran from the home moments after the shootings occurred, and flagged down a passing police officer who lived nearby. Aside from the two dead kids, police would also find three guns in the basement.
That was pretty much it for details until now. Police are saying the autopsies have been completed and that Wheeler died of a single gunshot wound and Gessell died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.…
NORTH ROYALTON, OH – Police have charged two people after a heated argument at a child’s birthday party turned into a brawl that was captured on video.
It happened on Saturday night where a kid was having a birthday party inside an Ohio Jump Yard. According to reports, it started with a disagreement between a couple and others at the party. “I think there was some disagreement about who should be invited, and who should not be invited,” North Royalton Police Detective David Loeding said.
When the couple left, they found their vehicle’s tires had been slashed in the parking lot. Instead of calling police, the couple went back inside the Jump Yard and confronted those they believed responsible for the tire slashing. This confrontation quickly turned into an argument, followed by pushing and shoving, and then the punches.
“Unfortunately, it goes from two to three, to three to five people, who are involved in exchanging fisticuffs, ” Detective Loeding said. Fisticuffs. I think I will start working that word into more articles.…
Hallandale Beach, FL – Kayla Mendoza, 20, tweeted “2 drunk 2 care” before she allegedly driving down the wrong side of the road and causing a deadly car accident that killed two women.
Three hours after Mendoza made that tweet, she drove her vehicle the wrong way down the Sawgrass Expressway at 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning. She ended up plowing into another vehicle head-on, killing best friends, Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio, both 21-years-old.
Catronio was pronounced dead at the scene while Ferrante was taken to the hospital and died two days later. Mendoza was taken to the hospital where she was last listed in fair condition. Police are waiting for a toxicology report before deciding what charges will be filed against her.
“It is unknown at this time if Mendoza was driving under the influence,” said Sgt. Mark Wysocky of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Not helping Mendoza right now are the series of tweets she’s made to her “pothead princess” Twitter account in the days and hour before the fatal collision.…
Tulsa, OK — Mr. Sad Face to the left is 37-year-old Brian Hounslow — he was busted this week after a woman told police, and apparently anyone else that would listen, that she witnessed him wankin’ his willy in the ladies room at Walmart.
It all started at about 8:30 Wednesday morning…..
Customer Beth Davis, 61, claims she headed into the shitter that morning and found Hounslow standing in front of the mirror, shirtless, with his pants around his ankles and his wiener in his hand. At that point, Davis did the only thing she could think to do — point and laugh…just kidding… she ran out of the bathroom and started yelling for help.
“There’s a naked man in the bathroom masturbating,” she reportedly shouted for several minutes.
Her screams for help did nothing. Sooooo, Davis took matters into her own hands. When Hounslow exited the restroom, fully clothed, thank gawd, she whipped out her cell phone and began filming.
In the video, you can hear Davis proclaim, again, and quite enthusiastically at that, that she had seen Hounslow fiddlin’ with himself in the restroom.…
Melcher-Dallas, IA – Before I get started with this bullying article, let me say that I think the word “bullying” is used way too much lately, often used in any situation where someone is mean to another – regardless of any signs of continued harassment or if the perceived victim is 8-years-old or 38. I feel this effectively waters the word down, and is an insult to all of the kids who suffer through true bullying every day of their lives.
Honestly, a lot of times I hear the word “bullying” used and can’t help but imagine Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, pointing at someone with his mouth agape, but screaming “Buuuuuuulllllly!!!” in an attempt to direct the anonymous, online horde of professional pitchfork and torch holders to a new target. It’s why I stay away from a lot of bully bandwagon stories that ultimately lead to nothing but online lynch mobs and ridiculous laws being passed to satisfy outraged parents holding voter registration cards.
All that being said, WhoTV reported on 13-year-old Levi Null, a boy in Iowa who has been the target of bullying at Melcher-Dallas High School.…
STPAUL, MN – A teen has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after he raped an elderly woman in revenge for her having him thrown in jail for burglarizing her home.
Curtez Graham was only 16 when he was convicted of burglarizing a 65-year-old woman’s home on two separate occasion in 2011. He was sentenced to Boys Totem Town before being sent to a juvenile correctional facility. While on a 10-day work furlough in June of last year, Graham removed the ankle bracelet monitoring his activities and paid the woman a visit.
He entered the woman’s home for a third time after breaking out a window, and headed to her bedroom on the third floor where she and her male companion were sleeping. They were awakened by Graham as he stood naked in the bedroom brandishing a pair of scissors.
“Bitch, you sent me to prison for 14 months,” he reportedly said before threatening to kill them unless they did what he said. After forcing the man to tie himself up, he raped the woman in front of him.…
Orlando, FL – Police have arrested a 28-year-old man after he allegedly attacked his pregnant sister for eating his chicken nuggets without his permission.
According to reports, Kareem Gordon became furious after he found his 25-year-old sister had eaten his chicken nuggets. After arguing over the nugget faux pas, Gordon followed his sister into her bedroom, yelling “I will punch you down.” He didn’t follow through with that specific threat, but he reportedly grabbed his sister by her neck, pushed her into a nightstand, making her fall to the ground.
Gordon told police he didn’t attack his sister, who is four months pregnant, but was merely trying to have a civil discussion when she slammed the bedroom door in his face. He said she fell after he shoved open the door. Police arrested Gordon anyway, charging him with aggravated battery on a pregnant person. He was booked into the Orange County jail on no bond.
Seems as if Gordon has a history of assaulting women, police saying he has a previous domestic violence incident on record with his wife. …
HAZLE TWP, PA – A man has been arrested after police say he raped a woman and caused her serious internal injuries after he reached into her ass and pulled out a piece of her stomach.
According to reports, 29-year-old Emmanuel Paulino and the victim were about to have consensual sex when he “freaked out” and began choking her. The victim said that Paulino was still choking her when he inserted his closed fist into her anus and pulled something out of her.
The victim said she was screaming throughout the attack, but Paulino did not stop attacking her until one of her minor children, alerted to her screaming, walked into the bedroom. Police were called shortly after 4:30 a.m. and arrived at the apartment to find the victim lying in a fetal position on the floor bleeding profusely from anus.
She was transported to Hazleton General Hospital and flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where she underwent surgery to repair the damage Paulino had done to her. Doctor’s would find that the “something” Paulino had pulled out of the victim was her own stomach tissue.…
HASTINGS, MN – Beatriz Fernandez, 37, is looking at second degree assault charges after police say she ran her husband’s new girlfriend off the road before cracking the woman’s skull with an aluminum baseball bat.
On November 13, someone called police to report a female assaulting another woman on the side of a rural road. When officers arrived, they found the victim suffering from a fractured skull.
The victim told police she was driving with her boyfriend, who also happens to be Fernandez’s husband, when Fernandez began ramming the rear of her vehicle. The victim said she was eventually forced to pull over and stop.
When both women exited their vehicles, Fernandez hit her husband’s lover “two to three times with a bat with full-out swings” after Fernandez knocked the victim on the ground. Fernandez’s husband, who’d reportedly ran from the car, told police he left his wife about six weeks ago and that she’d recently found out about his new relationship with the victim.
Officers located Fernandez a short time later.…
ORCHARD PARK, NY – The idiot who fell 30-feet from the upper deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium while attempting to slide down a rail, has been fired from his job.
For those of you who missed the story, the Bills were playing the Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday when cameras captured Rob Hopkins attempting to slide down an outer rail in the 300 level. His dumbass ended up falling backwards and landing on an unsuspecting spectator in the stands below.
“He kind of bounced off him and landed about two rows down on the ground,” said one witness sitting close to where Hopkins landed with a loud derp.
Hopkins and the person he landed on didn’t suffer any life-threatening injuries, but both were taken to the hospital to be checked out and later released. The Buffalo Bills reacted immediately, banning Hopkins from future events at Ralph Wilson Stadium — for life.
“The irresponsible behavior that occurred at yesterday’s game by the fan who fell from the upper deck is a violation of our Fan Code of Conduct and cannot, and will not, be tolerated.…