In The Mean Time...
Back in January, Carie Charlesworth had to call police three times in one weekend due to harassment issues involving her ex-husband, Martin Charlesworth. On Monday morning, when she went to work, she advised the principal of the situation and asked that police be called if he showed up at the school. Not deterred by the restraining order he had just been served, he showed up at the school.
The school went on lockdown, and Martin Charlesworth was arrested on two felony counts. After that incident, Carie was put on indefinite leave with pay and her four children who were attending the school were also banned.
Finally, in April, she received a letter from Holy Trinity School advising her that because of her ex-husband’s threatening and menacing behavior, her presence at the school posed a safety risk to the students and that she would not be receiving a teaching agreement for the next school year. …
HARDIN, TX – Two years ago we reported on the couple who had police and media descend on their home after an anonymous caller told police said they had a mass grave on their property. That claim turned out to be false and the anonymous caller, self-described psychic Presley “Rhonda” Gridley, has been ordered to pay the couple $6.8 million.
A Dallas County judge issued the judgment against Gridley after the couple, Joe Bankston and Gena Charlton, filed a lawsuit against her one year after Gridley called the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and falsely claimed that 25 to 30 dismembered bodies were buried in a mass grave at the plaintiffs’ residence. “Whether it will be collectible, we’re going to pursue that,” said Dallas attorney Andrew Sommerman.
Judge Carl Ginsberg found that Gridley made defamatory statements about Bankson and Charlton when she volunteered false information to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, claiming that a mass grave containing dismembered bodies was at their home. He agreed that the false statement injured the plaintiffs’ reputation and exposed them to public hatred, contempt, ridicule and financial injury.…
Willmar, MN - Former AWA wrestler Eugene “Buck” Zumhofe is facing 12 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct for repeatedly having sex with his daughter between 1999 and 2011, starting when she was just 15-years-old.
According to the criminal complaint, 62-year-old Zumhofe started having sex with his daughter after she moved into Zumhofe’s home in June 1999 – a year after she first met him. The abuse started with his touching her breasts and then moved on to oral sex. After about two weeks, the father and daughter had sex two to three times a day. This would become two to three times a week until she, now 29-years-old, left in June 2011.
She alleges that approximately 1,800 separate acts of sexual abuse occurred during those years and ended up reporting the abuse after seeking therapy and medical care in 2012. Since she left, Zumhofee has become violent and has threatened the woman, her husband, and has threatened suicide.
Even stranger is that various witnesses seemed to be aware of the relationship between the two.…
Dallas, TX – Two 14-year-olds have been arrested in connection to the murder of 61-year-old Sam Morris, a disabled man who was pushed into the path of a hit-and-run driver.
Detectives told Sam’s brother that Sam was attacked Saturday night by a group of teens as he walked home from a convenience store. The 61-year-old had diabetes and a limp, making an easy target for the teens who tried to rob him.
Sam tried fighting back by swinging his grocery bag at his attackers but got hit in the head and then killed by a hit-and-run driver after the teens pushed him into the street. Police found Sam unconscious in the road, but he died of his injuries on the way to hospital.
Police say they have arrested two 14-year-olds and are still looking for a 13-year-old and another 14-year-old. People who live in the are say the neighborhood is usually safe, but that teens roaming the streets at night have become a problem. Sam’s brother said the teens regularly harass the elderly in the neighborhood.…
According to the police, Zipperer was at his home when he became upset because he couldn’t find his mac and cheese. His 47-year-old brother helped his brother look for the food and accidentally knocked over Zipperer’s beer in the process.
Zipperer and his brother then got into an argument, leading to Zipperer getting a knife from the kitchen and stabbing his brother in the stomach, deputies said. Deputies said Zipperer’s brother had a small puncture wound in his stomach and found blood leading from the kitchen to the bedroom.
Randy Zipperer was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and obstructing an officer without violence.
This story is one of many on D’D in which fights have broken out over food items, leading to injury or death. So let’s add macaroni and cheese to the big board, along with Jolly Ranchers, the last beer, mashed potatoes, peach flavored soda, undercooked pizza, a bag of Cheetos, a juicy steak, a loaf of bread, and a tomato.…
CHEVY CHASE, MD – The body of Joshua Davis, a 15-year-old boy reported missing when he did not return home Monday night, was found by his father on Tuesday. Looks like the kid was riding his bike in a wooded trail when a dead tree fell on top of him.
When Davis had not returned home by 10 p.m. Monday night, his father contacted police. A search for the teen proved unsuccessful until the following day when Davis’ father found his son in some woods near his home. The boy had apparently been riding his bike when an old, dead tree fell on him and killed him. Police say that there were several storms active Monday that may have been a factor in Davis’ death. No foul play is suspected.
The Director of Montgomery County Department of Parks said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by last night’s tragic accident in Rock Creek Park Stream Valley #2 claiming the life of a young boy riding his bicycle in the park.…
Port Deposit, MD – Police in Maryland say they have a person of interest in custody in connection to the death of 10-year-old Kami Ring.
On Monday, 10-year-old Kami Ring was reported missing. The straight-A student had been last seen on June 9 inside the home she lived with her grandparents. When she was unable to be located the following morning, 911 was called.
That evening, police found Kami’s body 60 yards away beside a shed in a field across the street. How Kami died has not been released, but MSP spokeswoman Elena Russo says it appears foul play was involved.
On Tuesday, police arrested Kami’s uncle, 29-year-old Richard Madden Jr, who also lived in the home. While searching the home, Maryland State Police homicide detectives found cocaine and marijuana pipes that belonged to Madden. He has a criminal history dating back to 2004, including a recent conviction for theft that had him sentenced to five years in prison.
He was released last October, but these latest charges violate the terms of his probation. …
RIVER GROVE, IL – Police say that Alex Spourdalakis, a 14-year-old autistic boy, was found stabbed to death in the River Grove apartment he called home. On Sunday, prosecutors said they had the two people they believe were responsible for the murder in custody—Spourdalakis’ mother and a second woman who acted as the boy’s caregiver and was also his godmother. Must be one heck of a family…
Dorothy Spourdalakis, 50, and Jolanta Agata Skrodzka, 44, were each charged with first-degree murder. Dorothy was ordered held without bond Tuesday. The boy’s body was discovered in his blood-soaked bed by his father and uncle, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Prosecutors allege the mother and godmother colluded in the child’s murder, after growing frustrated with having to attend to the teen around-the-clock. Personally, I’m kind of wondering how Alex felt about the people responsible for taking care of him. Prosecutors also said that the two had initially plotted to kill the teenager using sleeping pills. When that plan didn’t work for the humanitarians, they say Alex’s mother stabbed him repeatedly in the chest and then slit his wrists, while Skrodzka joined in, also stabbing him multiple times.…
BRAZIL, IN – A man in Indiana woke up to find that his 6-month-old pit bull had chewed off two of his toes.
Roger Brown, 46, is diabetic and disabled. After falling asleep on the couch, he woke up around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday to find his dog, Bo, licking his left foot. When he looked down he found that Bo had chewed off his pinky toe, his big toe and a “good chunk” of his foot.
Medics responded and wrapped his foot before transporting him to IU Health Methodist Hospital by medical helicopter. We all know that the pit bull develops a taste for human flesh while still in the womb, but Brown says this incident was entirely his fault.
Brown says that his foot was infected and had an open flesh wound that he says is a result of his diabetes. He has no feeling in the foot and Bo had tried to take the bandages off the foot the day before while he was awake. Brown usually keeps the foot tightly wrapped and the wound covered, but on the night he was left disfigured he had not done so.…
St. Petersburg, FL – A woman in Florida used an image in a Target ad to help police arrest the man who was using Facebook to prey on her 11-year-old daughter.
The woman had unlocked her daughter’s phone and found she had done something she had been forbidden to do – she had created a Facebook account. She also found that 23-year-old Michael Bradley had friended her daughter on Facebook and was horrified to see he expressed a desire to have sex with her daughter and had asked for nude pictures.
The quick-thinking mother decided she was going to give the man what he asked for and sent him a picture from Target store circular that featured a young woman wearing nothing but a bra. “I just grabbed my cell phone, took a picture of it, and sent it to him,” the woman said.
That was enough for Bradley, who replied with nude pictures of his own along with sexually explicit messages. This evidence was all Florida police needed to arrest Bradley.…
MASTIC BEACH, NY – A 13-year-old boy in Long Island fatally stabbed his mother’s ex-boyfriend during a domestic dispute.
Police were called early Monday morning after 31-year-old Natasha Bivens told 911 dispatch that her ex-boyfriend, 48-year-old Norman Shields, had entered her home with a handgun and had an altercation with her current boyfriend.
Shields attacked Bivens when she tried preventing him from entering a bedroom and Shields fired one shot from his handgun. No one was hit, but the commotion woke up Biven’s 13-year-old son who grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Shield in the chest several times. Shields, who has an extensive criminal record, would be pronounced dead at the hospital.
Bivens and Shields have a child together, a 4-year-old girl, who was in the home at the time of the incident but was not injured. Bivens’ current boyfriend apparently fled the scene at some point.
No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed as homicide detectives continue to investigate the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.…
Lynnwood, WA – A woman who was raped in 2008 is suing the the Lynnwood police, saying they discounted her story, ignored evidence and ended up charging her with making a false statement to police.
In August 2008, a man with a butcher knife broke into the apartment of the then 18-year-old victim, gagged her, bound her hands with a shoelace and raped her. Before leaving, he told her he’d taken photos of her and knew her name.
The victim reported the attack immediately, and police would gather evidence from the house, including stained sheets, the shoelaces, blindfold and gag. A medical examination of the victim would show she had injuries to both her wrists and abrasions on her genitals. Doctors would also collect DNA specimens from the victim.
The lawsuit alleges none of this evidence mattered to detectives Jerry Rittgarn and Sgt. Jeff Mason. They did not believe she was telling the truth based on comments from three people who doubted her story. One was her former foster mother and the other was a friend who had spoken to the victim on the phone the night she was raped.…
Here, Now – We have been talking about putting out some t-shirts for a long time now, but I never liked using some of the drop ship companies because of their graphic limitations and the cost of the shirts. So we decided to start making our own, starting with a black t-shirt featuring a design created by one of you.
We are looking for a graphic to use on a t-shirt that compliments the D’D style and attitude. What we are looking for currently is any kind of graphic in the grindhouse, exploitative tradition. Graphics normally reserved for the covers of true crime detective magazines, or creepy tales comics.
We will be taking entries until June 30, at which time we will choose three of our favorite entries before using a poll to let you people decide which graphic you like best. The artist of the winning graphic will earn the distinction of having their work on our very first shirt and, less importantly, win $500.…
Jackson, MI – Horrific details emerging in a case out of Michigan where a man arraigned on 12 counts of first degree sexual misconduct admitted he sexually assaulted his three-year-old daughter “too many times to remember.”
The 27-year-old has also been accused of taking elicit photographs of her for his own sexual gratification and even made her watch child porn. His wife admitted she helped her husband penetrate their daughter by holding her hands “so it wouldn’t hurt so much” while he held her legs if she tried to get away.
The girl’s mother, who has a history of being sexually abused, also admitted she and her husband watched pornography and had sex in front of the girl. She also said her husband has raped her too, and once grabbed her throat after she saw him physically abuse her sons when they were ages 2 and 4. He threatened to throw her out a window if she ever called police.
Police got involved after someone called to report the girl’s sexualized behavior, behavior that included her “humping her stuffed animals” and asking her brother for sex.…
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ – Police said a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his father, 35-year-old Justin Thomas, while they were visiting at a friend’s house.
Thomas and his son had driven to Prescott valley from Phoenix for an unannounced visit to see his former roommate. Within minutes of being inside the home, Thomas’ son found a gun, picked it up and asked what it was while pulling the trigger.
The gun fired, and Thomas was hit. He was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition, and later died from his injuries. Police said it’s standard procedure to investigate any death as a homicide anytime someone dies of anything other than natural causes, but probably will not be filing charges against the owner of the gun.
“At this point, it does appear that this is just a tragic accident from this child, and we will look to see if there’s any negligence issues there,” said Prescott Valley police Sgt. Brandon Bonney. “But, at this point, the information we have is it’s just a tragic accident that was unforeseen.”
Bonney also said the gun should have been locked away, but that Thomas’ friend was caught off guard by the unannounced visit and that no kids lived in the home.…
YACOLT, WA – Search crews are still looking for 19-year-old Maureen Kelly after she wandered away from a campsite to embark on a spiritual quest wearing nothing but a fanny pack.
Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said a friend of Kelly’s reported the girl missing in the early Monday morning when Kelly didn’t return to the campsite at Canyon Creek Campground.
Kelly went on her quest naked, only wearing a fanny pack that contained a small knife and a compass. Search crews were able to determine Kelly managed to cross a creek and climb up to Forest Road 54, on the other side of the canyon from the campground.
“Where she entered the creek is amazingly steep. It’s called Canyon Creek Campground for a reason,” said Sharon Ward, with Pacific Crest Search Dogs. “It’s very, very steep. So how she got down there barefoot is a wonder. And how she came up out of the bottom is a wonder.”
Ward said Kelly’s tracks stopped on the paved road, and search crews have not determined if she ever left the road and re-entered the woods.…
JESSIEVILLE, AR — A five-year-old boy from Oklahoma was killed in Arkansas Sunday after he was attacked by a family friend’s Bullmastiff.
The boy and his 2-year-old sister were staying with 50-year-old Lynn Geiling and her husband while their family rebuilt their home destroyed by the deadly tornado that swept through Moore, Oklahoma last month.
The siblings had been staying with the couple for about two weeks when the couple’s Bullmastiff attacked the boy as he was putting on his shoes and, according to Geiling, throwing a tantrum.
“The child was putting on some shoes and was crying and upset,” said Garland County Deputy Scott Hinojosa. “The dog possibly took that as being aggressive and at that time the child was attacked.”
Geiling told police she tried to pull the dog off the boy, but by time she did the boy had already suffered “major lacerations” to his head and neck. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs.
The dog ran away after attacking the boy, and animal control were still searching for it late Sunday night to have it euthanized.…
FAIRBORN, OH -Kodi Weatherspoon is in jail after he assaulted his wife and somehow scalped their one-month-old baby she was carrying in the process.
On June 5, police were called to an apartment where Weatherspoon had gotten into a physical altercation with his wife while she was holding their infant son. During the assault, Weathersppon managed to rip off a portion of the boy’s scalp, exposing bone. Allegedly, Weatherspoon could be heard on the 9-1-1 call saying “I’m sorry.”
When officers arrived at the residence they found the mother of the child, Shauna Weatherspoon, sitting on the couch with a bleeding facial laceration holding the boy. As she was talking to officers, she pulled back a blanket to show officers that the little boy was missing a portion of his scalp.
Weatherspoon told them she thinks her husband pulled off the baby’s scalp by pulling its hair while he was trying to pull her hair. “The injury provided me with the observation of what appeared to be bone to the head,” the reporting officer wrote in the a report.…