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Shery DownsBILLINGS, MT – Police have arrested 52-year-old Shery Downs on a felony charge of assault with a weapon after she allegedly knifed her hubby in the face because he pissed on the bathroom floor.

When police arrived at the couple’s home, Shery’s 68-year-old husbnad was on the front steps holding a bloody towel to his face. Following a blood trail into the home, police found Shery who seemed to be intoxicated.

She told them that her husband had hurt himself after she called police to report he gave a false name to the cable company in an attempt to get free cable installed at the home. She denied hurting her husband or seeing his injury.

Her husband had a different story, claiming Shery got angry with him because he pissed on the bathroom floor. She told him she wanted to “cut him up” before using a cleaver-type knife to slash his throat and face. Afterwards, she told him she hoped he died.

Her husband was taken to the hospital where stitches were needed to treat the cut on his face.…

Bailey Joe MillsSANFORD, NC — Proving that a pedophile running a home day care is probably a bad idea, four people have been arrested after a convicted sex offender’s home day care turned out to be a child porn production operation.

Back in January, 33-year-old Baily Joe Mills was arrested for raping a 13-year-old girl. Mills already had a 1997 conviction of taking indecent liberties with a child, and a 2000 conviction for indecent liberties with a child after he molested an 11-year-old girl at a flea market. He was required to register as a sex offender, but his name was expired from that registry in 2006.

After his latest arrest, police went through Mill’s computer and cell phone and discovered he’d upped his game a bit and was now pimping out children. Investigators say Mills was running a day care and mentoring program from his home to attract young girls who he would pay to have sex with men he found through different social media sites.

Authorities said this operation involved 10 male and female victims ranging from 1- to 14-years-old, and was done with the help of at least four other adults.  …

Dustin Eric GreenKINGMAN, AZ – Dustin Green got himself into some trouble when he got angry over his woman’s inability to serve him a cooked meal within an acceptable time frame, and ended up choking her.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the 27-year-old and his 22-year-old girlfriend got into an argument over her slow cooking that turned physical. After threatening to beat her with a rubber mallet, Green opted to choke her.

The woman told police that she was in fear for her life, but was not going quietly. She grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Green in the leg. In response, Green began beating the woman in the back of the head.

Police arrived at the home and found Green had two warrants for violation of probation and failure to pay fines at two different courts. After being treated at the hospital for the stab wound, Green was booked into Mohave County Jail.

Not surprisingly, Green spent a year in jail after being convicted of assault and domestic violence charges back in 2012.…

Brandon MachettoLUTZ, FL — Police have charged 18-year-old Brandon Machetto with murder after they say he killed his grandmother during an argument inside her home at a Florida nudist community.

Machetto had only been living with his grandmother, 74-year-old Sylvia Schmitt, for a few weeks at the Paradise Lakes nudist community, but reports state that the two argued frequently.

Early Monday, the two were arguing over Machetto’s refusal to take medications prescribed to him after suffering a brain injury when Machetto was 14 or 15.

He’d been attacked by a group of teens who bashed the back of his head with a rock. The teen nearly died, but was never the same. According to the teen’s martial arts instructor for the last seven years, the teen was not aggressive, but had the emotional maturity level of a 13-year-old.

Machetto’s mother was unable to care for him full-time, so he would occasionally stay with his grandmother. This living arrangement resulted in Machett being charged with domestic violence against Schmitt in 2012, but Schmitt would eventually drop the charge.…

Lasasha AllenWinnsboro, LA — A 20-month-old girl was seriously injured Sunday after being tossed from a moving vehicle because her malfunctioning incubator needed some attention from the child’s father.

The incubator in question, 23-year-old Lasasha Allen, sent a text to the child’s father Saturday, claiming that the child had fallen out of a car window and was injured. She did this, she told police, to get a reaction from the child’s father.

The baby’s father apparently neglected to respond to the text, and because Allen doesn’t want anyone thinking she’s a liar or anything, she had to rough up that baby a bit. She loaded up the baby and another child, aged 7, and went for a drive.

Police say Allen drove to some rural location with a lot of curves, and once she hit about 45 mph, opened the passenger door and pushed the baby out. Then, for whatever reason, she just kinda waited at the scene for a bit before finally taking the child to the hospital.

Allen later told police that her intent was to inflict minor damage so that she would not be caught in a lie.…

The student waits to be rescued from the giant vagina sculptureTübingen, Germany — How many firefighters does it take to rescue a dumb American from a giant, 32-ton vagina? Go ahead, think on that for a minute…. we’ll wait. 

If you answered 22, you are correct. No, you don’t win shit.

The unidentified student apparently tried to scale the piece, called “Chacán-Pi,” because social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc) makes people go to great lengths to get a love/tweet/like-worthy picture. Anyways, he slipped and fell. In. And got really stuck. Click right here for the full picture, pervs. I dunno… I think he looks kinda happy in there.

Enter the 22 firefighters. Giggity. One can only imagine the sheer number of YOUR MOM jokes that rippled through the firehouse after they received the call about a person trapped in a stone vulva.

Authorities say the unidentified idiot was soon safely “delivered by hand” and “without the application of tools,” and the vagina was left undamaged. No word on what they used for lube, but I’m just gonna go ahead and imagine it was the spit of 22 annoyed German firefighters.…

Eddye PittmonHALL COUNTY, GA – Three daycare workers have been arrested after an 18-month-old suffered severe burns in their care and was denied medical attention.

When Meagan Seabolt picked up her son from the Discovering Basics daycare center, she noticed her son had what appeared to be a rash on his leg. She was informed that he’d been bitten by a bug and was suffering from some kind of reaction.

Seabolt rushed her son to the hospital when the rash got progressively worse, only to learn he was actually suffering from second- and third-degree burns to his stomach and left leg – likely caused by a hot liquid. The boy was transferred to the Augusta Burn Center where he underwent skin grafts and is now recovering at home.

A police investigation showed the boy was likely burned that morning and went eight hours without any kind of medical treatment aside from one of the workers, 55-year-old Eddye Pittmon, rubbing ointment on the burns. Pittman was arrested last Friday and charged with child cruelty.…

wood chipperDAVIE, FL – It’s been awhile since we’ve reported on a wood chipper death, but a man was killed yesterday afternoon after being pulled through one.

At around 4:15 p.m., the landscaper was pulled through a wood chipper as he and two co-workers cleared debris in a residential neighborhood. One resident described seeing one of the workers running down the street after the incident.

“He was obviously extremely distraught, yelling and flailing his arms around, screaming to another co-worker at a nearby fence and collapsed against it, his knees buckled,” said Cheryl Appel.

Police were called but there was little they could do as the poor bastard that goes through one of these machines completely, gets to experience “total morselization.”

“I’ve been in police work 20 years. I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Capt. Dale Engle with Davie police. “It was a gruesome scene.” Police have not officially identified the man and ave not released the name of the man’s employer because family members had not yet been notified.…

John BalyoGaylord, MI – Christian radio personality John Balyo has been accused of paying to have sex with children after a child pimp was busted by Homeland Security.

Earlier this month, 42-year-old Ronald Moser was arrested after drawing the attention of Homeland Security. Moser was posting child porn involving young boys and posted on an internet site, “looking for people in or around Michigan that r in to kids.”

After a raid on Moser’s home found him living with a 12-year-old boy and being in the possession of child porn, Moser would tell investigators that one of the people “in to kids” was Balyo – the morning host on the Christian radio station WCSG Radio. He told officials that Balyo was a client of his and paid to have sex with young boys.

Using this information, along with evidence found at the scene, Balyo’s home in Caledonia was raided by Michigan State Police, Battle Creek police, and Homeland Security Investigations’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

It has not been revealed what, if anything, was found in the home, but Baylo was arrested on Friday while working at a Christian music festival in Gaylord.…

Jennifer Marie VargasSan Antonio, TX – If you live in Texas and wondered how many years you’d spend in jail if you ripped open your kid’s scrotum then used super glue to close the wound – the answer is two years.

We first reported on 34-year-old Jennifer Vargas last year after she grabbed her 6-year-old son’s genitals and angrily jerked on them hard enough to rip open his coin purse. To stop his testicles from playing peek-a-boo, she went full Macgyver and used super glue to close the gaping wound.

When the boy’s father returned home and found the boy crying in his bed wearing a pair of underwear full of bloody paper towels, he rushed him to the hospital where doctors treated a nearly two-inch tear to his scrotum.

Vargas eventually admitted she was angry at the boy and “grabbed his scrotum and pulled as hard as she could.” She was arrested and charged with assault causing serious bodily injury. She was looking at 10 years in prison, but she pleaded guilty last Thursday and was only sentenced to two years in prison, with an additional five years of supervised release.…

Jeffrey BolgerBALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore police officer Jeffrey Bolger has been charged with felony animal cruelty after he slit the throat of a dog that had escaped from home, authorities said.

Nala, a 7-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei, went missing from her home on Saturday. Her owner, Sarah Gossard, had let the dog out of the house but didn’t notice the gate was open. After realizing Nala had gotten out, she spent the entire day looking for her.

Later that same day, a woman found Nala and was attempting to read the tags on the dog’s collar, which contained Sarah’s phone number, when Nala nipped at her hand. The woman was not seriously injured, but called police to report a stray dog.

When officers arrived, Nala was restrained using a dog pole around her neck. That’s when Bolger went full white knight and used a knife to slit the dog’s throat. According to witnesses, the 20 year veteran of the Baltimore police yelled, “I am going to fucking gut this thing,” before doing so.…

Stacey NikkelTEHACHAPI, CA – Police have charged 34-year-old Stacey Nikkel with child endangerment after her toddler was found in a in a field inside a tipped-over stroller – just days after winning custody of the child.

The 2-year-old girl had been in the custody of a couple who were trying to adopt her, but Nikkel took them court to regain custody. On June 9, a judge said that CPS dropped the ball, and awarded custody back to Nikkel.

This last Sunday, a person found the toddler in a vacant field stuck inside a tipped-over stroller wearing only a t-shirt, shorts and no shoes.. Investigators believe the child was alone in the stroller from about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night until found at about 9 a.m. the next morning.

“My heart just broke for her, because she was sitting here all alone,” said the woman who found the toddler. “She was very dirty, with tears, snots, hair covered in fox-tails.” 

Deputies later located and arrested Nikkel and charged her with child endangerment, child abandonment, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.…

Kayla OxenhamPORT CHARLOTTE, FL – Police have charged 23-year-old Kayla Oxenham with child abuse after they say she branded her two young children so that she could identify them.

According to the police report, Oxenham’s two daughters – ages 5 and 7 – said their mother told them she “forgot how much she loved fire,” before using a lighter to burn a stick. She then used the hot stick to “brand” their arms.

Afterwards, Oxenham told them she did this so that they could have ice cream, and so she could identify them as her children. (o_O) A medical exam would later show at least one of the children had injuries indicative of being burned.

The 7-year-old also told investigators that Oxenham got mad at her little sister for locking a cat in the bathroom so she slammed the girl’s head into a wall several times before kicking her in the side.

Oxenham was interviewed but denied attacking her youngest daughter. She refused to discuss allegations of burning the siblings.

Kayla Oxenham was arrested and charged with felony child abuse and is currently out of jail on $15,000 bond.…

Gabriel GarciaLAS CRUCES, NM – I totally missed this story last week but what the hell – I like it. Gabriel Garcia is facing a slew of serious charges after the woman he allegedly held against her will was able to escape after his pit bull turned on him.

The 26-year-old woman told police she met Garcia at a party where he stole her car keys. He later messaged her via Facebook about returning the keys and the two arranged a time to meet.

Garcia picked the woman up, purchased some alcohol and took her to his home. When the woman asked for her keys and a ride back home, Garcia refused to do either and began making sexual advances towards her. That’s when she called 911.

When Garcia realized she was on the phone with 911, he pushed her down a flight of stairs before siccing his pit bull on the woman. But instead of attacking the woman, the dog attacked Garcia, biting him in the upper arm.

Now extremely angry, Garcia grabbed a hammer and dragged the woman into his bedroom by her hair.…

Barry JerniganCHESTERFIELD, VA – Police say 35-year-old Barry Jernigan fatally shot his wife and two kids before killing himself Sunday evening.

Police were first alerted to the family’s home after Barry’s boss called to report that Barry had left him a message “that sounded threatening and possibly suicidal in nature.” Officers heard gunshots as they approached the home, but it was already too late.

Barry’s wife, 30-year-old Renotta Jernigan, and stepdaughter, 9-year-old Alexis Kellas, had both collapsed in the front yard after being shot. Neighbors who’d heard the gunfire were providing first aid to the victims, but Renotta would die on the scene while Alexis would die later at the hospital.

Inside the home, police would find 2-year-old Seth Jernigan had been shot to death as he lay in his crib. As for Barry, he was also found in the home, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “At this point, the investigation indicates that Barry Jernigan shot his son, stepdaughter and wife before turning the gun on himself,” police said in a statement.…

Amanda EzraOSCEOLA, IN - Police say 24-year-old Amanda Ezra was killed early Sunday morning when her head struck something after she leaned out of the passenger window to vomit.

According to police, Ezra was riding in a minivan with four other people at around 4:40 a.m. when the freak accident occurred. The mother of three had been drinking at a party and was sitting on the lap of a front seat passenger. When she began to feel sick and stuck her head out the window to throw up, her head struck a telephone pole.

After the accident, the driver and one of the other passengers fled the scene but were apprehended later. The driver, a man in his 20s, has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident.

“You’ve got a 24-year-old child, you’ve raised to be a young adult and has their whole life ahead of them and it’s snuffed out because of a decision that was made and because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Michelle Lyman, who lives near the crash site.…

Shawn MillerGROVE CITY, PA — Police have charged 27-year-old Shawn Miller after they say he dragged a 9-year-old boy into a bathroom stall inside a Walmart.

The boy went into the Walmart restroom with his father and 6-year-old brother. After they left the bathroom, the boy was washing his hands when Miller allegedly came up behind him, grabbed him by the waist and dragged him into one of the stalls.

The boy was able to get away, but Miller reportedly grabbed him a second time and began pulling him back into the stall again. He only let the boy go when the boy started screaming for his father.

After running out of the restroom, the boy found his father and told him what had happened. The man was able to find Miller outside of the store, but Miller fled into a nearby wooded area.

Miller was quickly identified and apprehended after police supplied the media with some Walmart surveillance footage. “Walmart has exceptionally good video,” said Lt. Tom Dubovi, of Pennsylvania State Police.…

Cracked Spine Book Club: The Troop

June 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm by  

The TroopHere, Now – I’ve read a lot of books since I last posted a Cracked Spine recommendation, but I just haven’t had time to post anything about them aside for some quick blurbs on our Facebook Page or our forums.

One of these books was The Troop, by Nick Cuter. A nasty, effective horror book I posted about awhile back on Facebook. After numerous responses since, from people who say they loved The Troop and never would have heard of it had I not mentioned it, I decided to give it some front page lovin’.

Hopefully this will turn some more of you horror lovers on to this horrific read. Here’s the official synopsis:

Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder — shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry — stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror.