In The Mean Time...
Cincinnati, OH – Police have charged Frank Pence, 47, in an Ocean’s Eleven-esque scheme to extort money from a local potato chip company. Thankfully, the elaborate heist was foiled by equally brilliant countermeasures.
Court documents say that, on Wednesday, Pence broke into Grippo’s Potato Chip Factory in suburban Cincinnati. Stolen were a computer disk, titles of company vehicles, random business papers and a book of payroll checks. A note was also left at the scene addressed to the company president.
In the note, the perpetrator or perpetrators demanded that – unless $22,000 cash was paid in accordance with specific methods of delivery – personal matters of Grippo employees would be disclosed and the stolen items would be destroyed. The letter dictated that the $22,000 was to be left – in a bucket – behind a nearby abandoned IGA grocery store for collection. Company officials, realizing that they must have somehow become the unwitting targets of a sophisticated and sinister crime syndicate, called police.
Responding officers – thankfully trained to deal with this level of criminal element – filled a bucket with fake money, put it behind the abandoned grocery store, and set up surveillance.…Continue Reading
PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. – A woman has been accused of shooting and killing four of her family members in an attempt to collect life insurance money.
Police say 48-year-old Susan Hendricks shot her two sons, Marshall Wayne Hendricks, 20, and Matthew Wayne Hendricks, 23, her ex-husband, Mark Wayne Hendricks, 52, and her stepmother, Linda Ann Burns, 64, then tried to stage the crime scene to look as if Matthew had killed the others before turning a gun on himself.
She might have gotten away with it had it not been for
those meddling kids forensic testing that proved otherwise. Well, that and the fact that her statements to police were inconsistent and all four of the dead individuals had named Hendricks as the beneficiary on their life insurance policies for some reason.
Some family members told reporters they suspected Susan Hendricks all along, saying there was no way Matthew would have done something like that. Diane Hendricks was married to Mark Hendricks for seven years and was in court when Susan Hendricks made an appearance.…Continue Reading
NORTH OGDEN, Utah – Police in Utah have named the “persons of interest” in relation to the death of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen, the girl who went missing back in September and whose decompsing body was found earlier this month.
In no big shock to anyone following the case, Eric and Dea Millerberg, the couple Rasmussen was allegedly babysitting for the night she disappeared, are the police’s prime suspects.
For those of you who have not been following this story, reports are that Rasmussen was last seen on Sept 9th while babysitting Eric and Dea Millerberg’s two young children. The couple would say that the teen left later that night to see friends after her mother told her it was ok for to sleep at the couple’s home since it was late when they arrived back home.
On October 18, police found the decomposed body of Rasmussen 35 to 50 yards from a road after acting on a tip from an anonymous caller. Police would announce that her death was homicide, but not necessarily murder.…Continue Reading
Here, Now – I’m an avid reader who, like a lot of you, found it harder and harder to squeeze in quality reading time within a normal day. It got to the point where most of my reading was being done sitting on the toilet. That is until I broke down and bought a Kindle. Now I read everywhere, including the toilet, finishing one to two books every couple of weeks.
That’s the reason for the resurgence of book reviews in Cracked Spine. That and the fact I want to point out books I found worth my time that you may enjoy as well. I’m here to please, people. I may not get to the bad books as I don’t have time to waste on them (although I did finish the highly praised The Priest’s Graveyard that featured a chick so goddamn annoying it took all I could to finish it) but I plan on talking about the good books like the one I read last month.
It’s the debut novel from S.J.…Continue Reading
MESA, AZ - Police say that a burglar and his victim got into a scuffle that ended with the victim losing a portion of his ear and a burglar losing his pants.
When Manuel Corrales and his wife returned home Friday afternoon, they encountered 23-year-old Joshua Kyle Randall in their bedroom rifling through their things.
Corrales and Randall got into a physical confrontation while Corrales’ wife called 911. When she returned to help her husband, Randall grabbed her by the hair and threatened to harm her if Corrales did not let go of him.
She would break free and run screaming to the neighbors for help. After hitting Corrales multiple times with a brass candlestick holder and a piece of a broken sink, Randall would bite off a chunk of Corrales’ ear. Randall would finally get out of Corrales’ grip and run out of the house. But not without leaving some things behind.
“I grabbed him with my legs and he ran out of the room with his boxers on,” said Corrales. “He left without any of our belongings and he left his pants, shoes and a cell phone.”
Randall would be apprehended by police 100 yards away — in his underwear.…Continue Reading
Tampa, FL – Just days after Tampa enacted a law that makes it illegal to panhandle in their city on any day but Sunday, police say a panhandler pulled a knife on a man who would not give him 50 cents.
Juan Lopez told police he was approached by Robert Comacho as he was leaving his cigar shop on Saturday. Lopez told Comacho he did not have the 50 cents he was asking for, prompting Comacho to pull out a knife.
Lopez said that after threatening him, Comacho tried to slash the tires of his truck before he was able to get in and drive away — with the Comacho chasing after him. Nearby police witnessed the tail-end of this confrontation and were able to arrest Comacho on charges of aggressive panhandling.
I’ve never been bothered much by panhandlers and of all the times I’ve been approached, and have only given money to one guy who wanted money for a bottle of Night Train. I got us both one. But there was this one lady we called “Queenie” who hung around outside my work asking people for things no one would normally have on them.…Continue Reading
Kennet, Missouri – Police have arrested a man after witnesses say he drove up to Sonic Drive-in, got out of his car completely nekkid and began jacking-off in front of several people, including children.
Police were called but the derpy ham baster, later identified as 45-year-old Keith O. Smith, had already left the scene before they got there. He was found a little while later after his 2010 Ford Mustang was spotted by police.
Smith was charged with 1st degree sexual misconduct and two counts of 2nd degree sexual misconduct. He is currently in jail on a $12,000 cash-only bond.
I think I’ve been writing these stories too long as the only thing that surprised me in this one was that a Sonic Drive-in had customers. Their food is practically inedible.…Continue Reading
Boston, MA – Thomas Hutchinson, 19, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts was indicted on child rape and child pornography charges after being accused of blackmailing an underage girl into performing sexual acts using a series of fake online identities.
It was reported that early this year, a 15-year-old girl using the social networking website MyYearbook.com was contacted by individual calling herself “Brittany.” “Brittany” reportedly offered to help the victim get into modeling if the victim was interested. According to police, after the victim agreed, a second online persona using the screen name Sexybeast5655@aim.com contacted her. “Sexybeast” claimed to be in the modeling industry.
“Sexybeast” – with full knowledge of the victim’s age – asked the victim to send pictures of herself in bathing suits and various clothing. After a series of message exchanges, “Sexybeast5655″ reportedly asked the victim to send naked pictures and videos.
Police reported that, after the victim had provided the pictures and videos, “Sexybeast” threatened to post them online if the teen didn’t have sex with a “friend.” The victim was also threatened with rape if she refused or told police.…Continue Reading
Police allege that caregiver Julie Patane squeezed a soiled diaper out and dribbled the contents on the child’s mouth, forcing him to eat it. She is also alleged to have placed an actual turd on the kid’s lips and demanded that he swallow it down. Another child in the home reportedly witnessed the child being forced to snack on his own crap.
Oneida Police Chief David Meeker said, “I think she just lost her cool or something trying to potty train the child and unfortunately didn’t know how to handle it.”
Though very few details are available, the child was apparently sportin’ numerous bruises, leading police to believe that Patane may have been responsible.
“It was the number of bruises and where they were located that made it kind of odd,” Chief Meeker said.
Where was this child’s mother, you ask? From what I gather, she has been allowing Patane to care for the child for more than a year now.…Continue Reading
A 21-year-old was in Blue Rock Springs Park Friday night with friends when he bet $100 he could fit his ass into a child’s swing. You know, the plastic ones made for toddlers that are equipped with leg holes.
The man lubed himself up with some laundry detergent and successfully squeezed himself into the swing, winning the $100. Unfortunately, his winning will barely cover the costs of having to be rescued by Vallejo fighters. See, the man got stuck in the swing. Even worse, the man has douchebag friends who did what I would have done when they left him stuck in the swing.
He would not be found until 9 hours later after a park employee arrived and called police upon hearing the man’s screams for help. Ok, up to this point the story is kind of humorous to me. But what happened next is the hilarious part.…Continue Reading
Anaheim, CA — The pathetic lookin’ sack of crap to the left is 24-year-old Joshua Robey – he’s accused of trying to kill his 2-month-old son by repeatedly shaking and punching him and swinging him around by the neck in a “noose-like” blanket.
Robey’s girlfriend apparently suspected him of cheating on her, so she set up a hidden camera in her home to record him while he was alone in the home, caring for the infant. And I can’t even begin to imagine the horror, fear, anger and revulsion she felt when she viewed the recording the next morning.
According to prosecutors, Robey is seen wrapping a blanket around the infant’s neck and picking him up by lifting both ends of the blanket like a noose. He is then seen swinging the child, by his neck, for more than a minute. He was just gettin’ started…
Police said Robey laid the child down and proceeded to punch him in the chest several times with a closed fist. He then slapped the child numerous times, grabbed him by the throat and began to violently shake him.…Continue Reading
According to investigators, the boy shot himself back on August 26, but wasn’t seen at the hospital until October 5. The initial complaint at that time was that the child was having difficulty walking. Now, I’m not a doctor, but I’m guessing that the bullet found lodged in the kid’s hip may have played a factor in said gimpiness.
The boy’s mother, 26-year-old Quinisha Edwards, turned herself in Friday night – her bond was set at $100,000. Mom’s boyfriend, 25-year-old Vincent Massey, turned himself in on Saturday morning and is being held on a $185,000 secured bond. Both are now facing charges of felony child abuse, failure to store a firearm to protect a child, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Massey faces an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.…Continue Reading
Carson City, NV – Jorge Gomez-Dominguez, 37, was arrested last Thursday after 11-year-old twin girls reportedly confided to school officials that he had been molesting them for over a year. The arrest report said that a deputy was called out the girls’ school by school officials. The specific relationship between the girls and Gomez-Dominguez was not reported.
During the initial interview, one of the girls reportedly accused Gomez-Dominguez of touching her genitals and performing oral sex on her. The other girl accused Gomez-Dominguez of touching her as she slept.
The investigator then spoke with Gomez-Dominguez at his job, according to the arrest report. The arrest report goes on to say that Gomez-Dominguez confessed to having oral sex with the first girl on Oct. 19 and inappropriately touching that same girl approximately two months ago while ‘checking her for bugs.’
Well, in that case…
Gomez-Dominguez was booked into the Carson City Jail for investigation of felony sexual assault with a child under 14 and violation of a previous suspended sentence. He is being held on $25,000 bail.…Continue Reading
Solinger admits to smoking marijuana with a female cousin prior to the incident. According to court documents, he doesn’t remember anything after that. The cousin told police, however, that Solinger had taken a couple of hits of a joint, grabbed her breast, and tried to kiss her. She said that, then, he took off all his clothes and ran naked from the house.
Soon after and nearby, a homeowner told police that his wife heard a noise about 2:15AM prompting him to get out of bed to investigate. The police report stated that he saw the silhouette of someone going into his six-year-old daughter’s bedroom. When he opened the door of his daughter’s bedroom, he discovered the naked Solinger with his child in the child’s bed, according to court filings. The father pinned Solinger down and held him until police arrived.…Continue Reading
Eerie, Colo – Last one for me before I start the weekend. Police have arrested a couple after a man returned home to find a frightened boy hiding under his front porch.
Amanda Jolliff, 36, and her boyfriend, Richard Smith, 31, have been charged with child abuse, false imprisonment and crimes against an At Risk juvenile after they say they kept Joliff’s 14-year-old son locked in a room inside their mobile home.
The boy finally escaped after being left in the mobile home alone, but since he didn’t have anywhere to go, he crawled under a neighbors porch to sleep. The man who found the boy told reporters the boy “was terrified” and didn’t want to be home when his mom and her boyfriend got back.
Officers described a disgusting living situation when they entered the mobile home where the boy lived.
“Upon entering the residence, I detected an overpowering odor of animal urine and feces,” Erie Police Corporal Aaron Haddox said. “My nose began running, my throat became irritated, and my eyes were burning.…Continue Reading
Here’s another book recommendation for you. I already missed one day and if I go two days without telling you all about a good book or movie, then it’s all over with. This would just hurt you ’cause if I recommend it, then it’s worth checking out. That’s a fact.
“In the 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32″ Jones were boyhood pals in a small town in rural Mississippi. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry was the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, black single mother. But then Larry took a girl to a drive-in movie and she was never seen or heard from again. He never confessed . . . and was never charged.
More than twenty years have passed. Larry lives a solitary, shunned existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion.…Continue Reading
Plano, TX – The executive pastry chef at Dallas’ Ritz-Carlton hotel, who was also a finalist in Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Deserts last year, has been arrested for child pornography.
The indictment says 38-year-old Morgan Wilson downloaded and viewed child porn on his computer that involved children, ranging in age from 2 to 10, engaged in explicit sex acts.
He got busted because, thank God, he’s one of those idiots who gets their child porn off of Limewire. A law enforcement officer downloaded three videos from Wilson before his apartment was raided.
Wilson, a divorced father of a 7-year-old boy, admitted to downloading and viewing the videos. He was charged with three second-degree felony charges of possession with intent to promote child pornography. He was released on $10,000 bail and will be back to face a judge on Oct 27.…Continue Reading
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A 15-year-old girl and her 16-year-old boyfriend are currently behind bars suspected of killing the girl’s mother and step-father.
According to Lt. Mary Leef of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the victims were reported missing on Tuesday “under suspicious circumstances.” Family members pointed police to the missing woman’s daughter and her boyfriend after she was seen discarding some of her mother’s possessions.
One neighbor said that when she asked the teen where her mother was, the girl told her that she was in the hospital having surgery. Turns out she was actually in a vacant lot rotting in a shallow grave. Her body was found on Saturday after someone walking by noticed a foul odor.
On Wednesday, police would contact the teens who would take police to a vacant lot a block away from the victims’ home. There, inside another shallow grave, was the body of the girl’s stepfather. The teens were arrested that night on suspicion of murder.
Because of their ages, the teens’ identities have not been released.…Continue Reading
The incident happened on the campus playground of an unnamed school where a 6-year-old girl was doing something that really got under 65-year-old Mildred Russ’ skin and had her losing any semblance of patience or control.
First she wrapped her legs around the girl to keep her from moving then tied the girl’s sweater around her neck, squeezing it every time she tried. Russ finally dragged the girl to the principal’s office, pulling her out of her shoes in the process.
For her actions, Russ was arrested on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. I know some will come in here and back this teacher in some fashion, citing disrespectful kids, lack of parenting, etc, etc. But I don’t choke disrespectful kids in the grocery store or in my neighborhood, whether they deserved it or not. If I ever do, I would deserve to be in jail just like Mrs.…Continue Reading
The hackitivst group Anonymous are claiming to have taken down over 40 child pornography websites. going as far as posting one site’s list of over 1,500 members.
I’m not going to get into the technical details of what Anonymous did because it is too early in the morning. Besides, they have posted a timeline of events as well as a handful of related documents over on Pastebin you can peruse.
I found the documents to be as entertaining as they were interesting and informative. The chat log between Anonymous members and the supposed owner of a server that hosted child porn was particularly humorous.
But basically, Anonymous hacked a child porn site, Lolita City, and released the site’s list of over 1500 members, including usernames, how long they have been active on the site and how many images they have shared. They are also claiming to have learned the identities of some of the people on the list and have invited the FBI to contact them if they wanted the details.
They also focused their attention towards Freedom Hosting when they found that over 40 sites that host and distribute child porn were using one of their shared servers.…Continue Reading