In The Mean Time...
Josephine and Jeffrey Ruckinger, both 43, allegedly plotted to murder Josephine’s family Friday night because of a decades-long fued, and Josephine’s general hatred towards her family.
According to authorities, the couple went to the home of Josephine’s parents where Josephine rang the doorbell. When 64-year-old Roberta Frew answered the door, Josephine shot her mother in the chest at point-blank range with a sawed-off shotgun.
Josephine’s brother, 47-year-old John Frew Jr., tried to grab a nearby rifle, but was shot multiple times in the chest by Jeffrey. John Frew Sr. managed to run into a rear bedroom and retrieve a .22 rifle. This was real bad news for the murderous couple, as it turns out Frew is a damn good shot.
When Frew emerged from the bedroom, he saw Josephine down on one knee, aiming the sawed-off in his direction. He opened fire and killed her with a headshot.…
Lakewood, CA – A 23-year-old store clerk suffered permanent damage to her eye after a customer sucker punched her in the face over a $1.41 cigar.
It happened three weeks ago at a Chevron in California when a man walked up to the counter to buy a 1.41 Swisher Sweets cigar with only one dollar. When the clerk, Yadira Lara, told the man that wasn’t enough money, he became belligerent.
“He just says, ‘Well, this is all I have….(expletive) whatever.’ And I was like, ‘You need to get out of the store.’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry.’ And he tries to snatch it,” said Lara.
In response, the man reached across the counter and sucker punched the clerk in the face before leaving unhindered by any of the other customers inside the store who witnessed the entire incident.
“I just blacked out for awhile, just looking for my glasses,” Velma recalled. The punch may leave her blind, as it did further damage to an eye injury she suffered as a child.…
Rose Marks, along with her daughters-in-law and her granddaughter, were accused of taking advantage of their clients’ duress and spiritual beliefs to fleece them out of their money and amass a $25 million fortune – $20 million of that fortune coming from best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux, who’d given the money to Marks “to cleanse.”
After a four week trial, the jury found Marks guilty of fraud and money-laundering conspiracies, mail and wire fraud, money-laundering and filing false tax returns. After the guilty verdicts were read, the trial judge ordered Marks taken into custody immediately. She will remain behind bars until her sentencing on Dec. 9.
Marks’ relatives were in the courtroom and didn’t react well to the verdict. Some cried loudly while another threw a Bible on the ground.
“How are you feeling now, Charlie? You did a good job?” one grandson asked retired Fort Lauderdale Detective Charlie Stack, who began investigating Marks in 2008.…
Here, Now – If you missed last night’s Pulpit of Doom, you missed one in which Athena and Jaded joined me for an old fashioned, Friday night Drunkcast. You can listen to it below and read the chat transcript here.
The entire thing is a blur to me, but I don’t think I’ve laughed that much in a while. Although, I did receive word that my “hick motherfucker” accent became more pronounced the more I enjoyed my Kraken.
I do know we talked about the top 10 stories on the site for the last week, including hot car babies, sucker punching strangers, menstruation, killer baggage carousels, women who rape children, and moronic vigilante justice.
I vaguely recall me and Athena getting into an argument over what constitutes a murder charge, me saying the word’s “little girl’s asshole” as well as explaining how to use a turd to avoid a stiff sentence for murder, and Jaded explaining why her kids were never raped at knife-point by a roommate.
After we went off the air, we bullshitted for another 30 minutes about a bunch of stuff, including Athena and Jaded expressing their extreme jealously over my taste in great music. …
ENGLEWOOD, CO – A woman has been arrested and charged with murder after she admitted to beating a man to death with a baseball bat for allegedly molesting her 4-year-old daughter.
According to an arrest affidavit, 30-year-old Forsythia Owen told police that she used a baseball bat to beat 42-year-old Denzel Rainey to death in an alley near her home. Her motive? She told officers her daughter had informed her that Rainey had sexually abused her.
When Rainey was found in the alley early Sunday morning, he was suffering from lacerations to his head and a skull fracture. Both of his arms, six ribs and his left hand were broken. He would die later at the hospital.
After beating the man to death, Owen posted “Going to prison!” on her Facebook wall. When police interviewed her, she described how she “swung her hands back and forth and demonstrated how she struck Rainey over and over again” with a baseball bat that she grabbed from home. She said he was still breathing when she left him.…
Shelby Township, MI – On the same day an Arizona father was charged with murder for intentionally leaving his 1-year-old in a hot car, a mother in Michigan was also charged with murder after she left her two-year-old son in a minivan.
Audrionna Rhoads, 21, has been charged with second degree murder and child negligent abuse after her son, James Nelson, was found dead in his car seat earlier this month.
“We believe the evidence demonstrates that the actions of the defendant showed a reckless disregard of the life of her child,” said Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith in reference to charges against Rhoades.
Rhoades told her family that when she left for work that morning, her son was sleeping on a futon in the mobile home she shared with a roommate. But investigators believe she put her son in the minivan that morning before driving another vehicle to work.
About 10 hours later, a neighbor noticed the boy’s foot through the minivan’s window and alerted the boy’s grandfather.…
LOUISVILLE, KY – A 16-year-old died on Sunday after trying to pull a Halloween prank and accidentally hanged himself in his front yard.
Jordan Morlan had spent all day Sunday hanging up Halloween decorations, when he decided to scare his little sister by pretending to be hanging from a noose he’d put in a tree in the front yard. His stunt worked a little too well.
According to the coroner, Morlan became disoriented after the noose cut off oxygen to his brain within 20 to 30 seconds and, as he’d planned, his little sister found him hanging from the tree. She alerted their mother, who was rushed outside but was unable to cut her son down. What a friggin’ nightmare.
Morlan was rushed to the hospital in a coma and placed on a ventilator until his organs began failing. He died 12 hours later. LMPD homicide detectives have determined Morlan’s death was a tragic accident.
Morlan’s mother said her son, a sophomore honor student at Fern Creek High School, loved to play pranks and loved Halloween.…
SAN LEANDRO, CA – Police are looking for a man who critically injured a California Safeway manager by sucker punching the man in the face.
A store surveillance camera captured the suspect walking into the store Monday morning. He can be seen going up and down the aisles for a couple of minutes before he and the store manager, known by shoppers as Moe, had a brief verbal exchange.
While the conversation has not been officially reported, employees said the suspect told the manager that his wife had lost her purse in the store, and that the manager told him where the store’s lost-and-found was located. Whatever was said between the two, it ended with the suspect knocking the 51-year-old manager to the floor with a sucker punch to the face. Afterwards, the man ran from the store without taking anything.
The manager was taken to the hospital suffering from severe head injuries, where he remained yesterday in critical condition. Friends said he is unable to recognize anyone, including his wife.…
HAYWARD, CA – A 10-year-old girl’s parents didn’t report that their daughter had been shot in the ass until hours later — believing the girl’s bleeding was actually her period.
According to police Sgt. Mark Ormsby, the girl was sleeping in her home around 2 a.m. Friday morning when a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting wounded her in the buttocks. When the girl woke up bleeding and in pain, her parents found no indication she’d been shot. and believed her symptoms were consistent with starting menstruation.
When she woke up in the morning for school, she was still in pain. Her parents checked her bed and found several bullet holes. When they inspected the girl’s body more closely, they located the bullet entry wound and called 911 more than five hours after she’d been shot.
The girl’s doctor told investigators that the entry wound was small and could have been easily overlooked if the family thought she was getting a visit from Aunt Flow. Personally, if my kid was bleeding, I’d have checked them out thoroughly before introducing the Playtex.…
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Police are charging a man with second-degree murder after he intentionally left his 1-year-old son in a hot car while he went to work.
Brokale Marques, 28, was initially charged with child abuse and child endangerment after being accused of leaving his son in a hot car for hours on Saturday so that he could go to work. The boy was rushed to the hospital when he was found lethargic later in the day. When he was taken off life support on Monday, Marques was also charged with murder.
According to the police report, Marques woke up late for his job at International Cruise and Excursions and didn’t have time to get his son to the babysitter. So he took the boy with him and parked the car near his work, leaving the infant in the car seat with the car running.
Marques took a lunch break at around 11 a.m., and his son seemed fine. So he drove to a nearby Burger King for lunch and returned 30 to 45 minutes later.…
Orange, TX – Days after 22-year-old Christopher Philmon posted on Facebook that one day he’ll eat human flesh, he was charged with murdering his uncle and kidnapping his girlfriend.
Last week, Philmon made a post on his Facebook page that stated, “One day I will eat human and finally find out if it really tastes like pork”. At 12:34 a.m. Monday morning, police received a call from Philmon’s girlfriend who claimed he’d kidnapped and assaulted her.
The woman said she picked Philmon up at near the home he shared with his uncle, 50-year-old Roy James Philmon. She said once in the car, he admitted to murdering his uncle and forced her to drive to Louisiana. She eventually convinced him they should go back to Texas where she dropped him back off at his home.
After getting out of her car there, Philmon got into his uncle’s Cadillac and drove away. When police arrived at the home, they found blood that led from the driveway to the front porch. They found Roy dead in his bedroom, with multiple new holes made by a kitchen knife.…
Colton, CA – A 2-year-old boy had his face eaten off by his grandmother’s pit bulls and now she and the boy’s uncle have been charged with his death.
After police received a 911 call around 5:30 p.m. that someone had been killed by a dog, they arrived at a home on the 700 block of West Citrus Street to find 2-year-old Samuel Zamudio suffering from extensive bite wounds to his head and neck. He was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
“It was ugly. His face was all eaten up. He was eaten from the face. He had no clothes,” said a woman who rents a room inside the home.
The woman said she and the Zamudio’s uncle, 23-year-old Marco Zamudio, were watching the boy, his older brother and her two children when he suddenly <air quotes>disappeared</air quotes>. She said they looked for him for about 20 minutes before looking in the backyard and finding his grandmother’s dogs had used him as a chew toy.
“He jumped out of the window, I’m guessing to play with the dogs, and the dogs grabbed him,” said a neighbor. …
Hoboken, NJ – Three teens, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old, have been arrested and charged with killing a homeless man after allegedly punching him in the head during a game of ‘knockout.’
For those of you unaware, the game of “knockout” consists of walking up to a random person and sucker punching them in the face with the hope that they are “knocked the fuck out” with one shot. This will undoubtedly be filmed by laughing accomplices, who haven’t grasped the concept of landscape, then posted on World Star Hip Hop for others to enjoy.
The people who play this game are typically young and dumb, and never seem to pick targets that may offer any form of resistance; usually sticking with older men or the homeless.
While this is bad enough, some who are participating in this game are also learning a lot about our legal system after their victim dies from cracking their head on the pavement or, as in this case, having their neck broken.
The teens reportedly followed 46-year-old Ralph Santiago, a homeless man with mental issues, then sucker punched him in the back of the head in broad daylight.…
UMATILLA, FL – Florida police say a man kidnapped a 14-year-old girl, strangled her and drove over her with his SUV after she refused to have sex with him for money.
According to police, Adrian Mendez became angry when the teen refused his $200 offer for sex. Not taking no for an answer, Mendez pulled the teen into his Ford Explorer by her hair, then strangled her until she lost consciousness.
About 90 minutes later, someone watched as Mendez intentionally backed over the girl with his vehicle and then sped forward, spinning the tires on her body.
“He was on top of her with the vehicle. And I started screaming at him. He backed up, he literally backed up and hit her again and he went to take off because he heard us screaming at him,” said Shane Green, who had been outside barbecuing. “He hit his brakes and was spinning his tires on top of that little girl.”
When police arrived on the scene, they found the girl on the side of the road. …
Las Vegas, NV – A 61-year-old man has been arrested for beating his girlfriend to death with a beer mug after the couple argued about her sleeping around with other men.
On Sept 19, police were called to a mobile home park in reference to a woman bleeding from the head. Once there, police found Jennifer Evanson suffering from multiple head injuries. She would die at the scene. The coroner would later rule Evanson died from multiple blows to the head as a result of a homicide.
Investigators quickly focused on Dana Baker, the boyfriend of Evanson’s who was living with her at the time of her death, but was nowhere to be found on the night she died. They would find Baker about a mile away from the mobile home park, living in a tent in the desert.
Police noted that Baker had blood on his shorts, socks and shoes. When questioned, Baker told police he had been dating Evanson for about three months and had recently moved into her mobile home.…
The special needs toddler and his four siblings, two 9-year-old boys, and two girls, ages 6 and 7, were being cared for at the babysitter’s house Sunday morning when three adult pit bulls began fighting. The dogs began attacking the toddler when he somehow got in the middle of the melee.
The 28-year-old babysitter tried to get the dogs off the boy, but was also attacked and suffered bites to her arms and legs. The toddler was later declared dead at the hospital while the babysitter underwent surgery for her injuries. She’s currently listed in stable condition. No one else was injured.
Police say the babysitter could face charges, but only if it turns out the boy’s death was anything but an accident. Gilbert police detectives were waiting on warrants to enter the sitter’s home Sunday afternoon.…
HOMOSASSA, FL – A couple were arrested after being accused of treating two young boys like ashtrays, burning them with cigarettes multiple times.
According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, they were called on Sept. 11 after a woman said she picked up the boys, ages 2 and 4, from James Huggins. He had been watching the two boys for a few days, and now she’d found they were suffering from multiple burns.
She found them after the 2-year-old began crying during his bath and noticed a burn under his arm. He reportedly told her that “Timmy had hurt him.” When she checked out his 4-year-old brother, she found a burn on his hip. According to the arrest report, the older boy said the burn was from “Timmy’s cigarette.”
Later, one of the boys told deputies that Timothy Huggins was mad when he burned him with his cigarette and that Baker had also burned him multiple times. The victims were taken to the hospital for treatment where it was revealed the 4-year-old had been burned six times.…
Athens, GA – A couple in Georgia have been accused of raping their landlord’s 10-year-old autistic son at knife-point.
Raising an autistic child on your own can be hard enough, but Nancy was raising two – ages 9 and 10. She had no friends or family in the area, so when the youngest boy had a “severe meltdown” she asked her two tenants if they could watch the older boy while she stayed with his brother at the hospital.
Nancy met the couple, Melissa Nicole Jones and Matthew Wilson Freethy-Swimm, after she’d placed an ad on Craigslist looking for someone to rent an efficiency apartment she’d created at her condo. Before moving to Athens, the couple had been living out of their van and provided documentation that showed clean criminal histories.
“This was the one and only time I ever left any of my children alone with them,” Nancy said. “This was an emergency and there was no one else available I could turn to.” She added that the entire time she was at the hospital, she remained in constant contact with the couple.…