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Posted on August 31, 2009 by MJS

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Imperfect Breasts Thwart Perfect Murder

from The Times South Africa

Perfect murder undone by fake breasts


Ryan Alexander Jenkins, 32, is believed to have murdered his wife, Jasmine Fiore. He reported her missing before fleeing the US.

Her teeth had been pulled out and her fingers cut off to prevent her from being identified, but investigators used the serial numbers on her breast implants to identify her.


A model, Fiore worked in Las Vegas and LA , being bodypainted at parties. She had a small part in the horror film The Abandoned.

Jenkins was recently a contestant on Megan Wants a Millionaire, in which wealthy men tried to win over a materialistic blonde.

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Posted on August 31, 2009 by Editor

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Burning Down The Hardback

from The Financial Times

Books: Consolidation is the big story

By Ben Hall in Paris

Published: August 31 2009 04:06 | Last updated: August 31 2009 04:06

The book publishing industry will have to consolidate if it is to stand up to AmazonGoogle and a few other dominant retailers of electronic books, according to the chief executive of Hachette Livre, the world’s second- largest publisher by sales.


Arnaud Nourry said publishers needed to be big to maintain their pricing power in “brutal” talks with the handful of booksellers that would dominate the digital age.

“We are at the beginning of the process of transformation where size and the capacity to impose viable business models will be essential,” he told the Financial Times.

The internet and digitisation were important opportunities to attract new readers and create markets, Mr Nourry said. “E-education” – putting school manuals online with additional interactive tools – was taking educational publishing into the realm of services.

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Posted on August 31, 2009 by Editor

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Double Track Magic

Posted on August 30, 2009 by Editor

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Nozkowski In Canada

from the Toronto Globe and Mail

Do you see what I see? No? Good

By Sarah Milroy

This 2003 untitled painting is part of the National Gallery of Canada’s retrospective of Thomas Nozkowski. To examine one of his works is to examine the archive of your own imagination.

The pleasures Thomas Nozkowski’s paintings afford are simple, but far from simplistic

If the American artist Thomas Nozkowski had a theme song, it would probably be Forever Young . Walking through his current retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada – his biggest exhibition to date, curated by NGC director Marc Mayer – one can’t help but be swept up in the buoyancy of Nozkowski’s vision, moments of lived experience that he has run through the mill of his imagination and reconstituted on canvas with remarkably consistent effect over the course of his more than 30-year career. It’s not possible to talk of a signature style when it comes to Nozkowski, a painter’s painter who has long been a sleeper in the New York art world; each painting seems like a completely distinct imaginative universe, with its own optical characteristics. But Nozowski does have a signature mood: rambunctious, optimistic, just plain friendly.

In this, he expresses a quintessential Americanness.

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Posted on August 30, 2009 by Editor

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Warhol’s Kennedy

from CBS 3 Philly

Kennedy Portrait Installed At DC Museum

BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press Writer 

WASHINGTON (AP) ― The National Portrait Gallery installed an Andy Warhol portrait of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Thursday in a gallery that has recently been converted to portray prominent U.S. figures who have died.

The silkscreen print by Warhol will be on view likely for several weeks, gallery spokeswoman Julia Zirinsky said. It’s part of the museum’s permanent collection and follows special installations of portraits of Michael Jackson and Walter Cronkite.

“People are caught up in the news of the day,” said chief curator Carolyn Carr, “and to see a portrait that we’ve got of a figure is a way of connecting events of the day to our collection and to our audience.”

The portrait is a memorable image of Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign.

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Posted on August 29, 2009 by Editor

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URGH! Finally.

from A.V. Club

Warner Archives releases Urgh!Bad Ronald,Mike’s Murder and more

Warner Archives has been adding roughly two dozen new titles a month since launching, and in the program’s latest wave, they’ve moved beyond little-known movie classics of the studio era and have added more TV movies and cult films–including some titles that have been on “Why isn’t this on DVD yet?” wishlists for years. For example: Urgh! A Music War, the 1980 New Wave concert film that this very website clamored for last year. Also: the controversial 1974 teen horror TV movie Bad Ronald, the 1984  “Ozploitation” favoriteRazorback, the 1983 neo-noir Mike’s Murder, the Jodie Foster/Robbie Robertson/Gary Busey oddity Carny, the Michael Crichton thriller The Terminal Man, and more.

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Posted on August 29, 2009 by Editor

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Tornado Wins – Train Loses

Posted on August 28, 2009 by JK

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Demonic Males, Apes and the Origins of Human Violence

from International Crime Authors Reality Check

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

Those three questions formed the title of Paul Gauguin’s 1897 painting, which he finished while living on a South Pacific Island. It is Gauguin’s vision of paradise. That vision of Eden shaped the attitudes and beliefs of many generations. Ever since there have been painters, writers, explorers, adventurers, there have been individuals seeking to discover an earthly paradise. There is a deep longing to believe that given the right circumstances, we are kind, compassionate, forsake violence, jealous, hatred and rivalry.


But deep long doesn’t make such a belief true. At best, we are left with false hope in a belief that occupies the realm of the supernatural, fantasy, and folktale.


In Demonic Males, Apes and the Origins of Human Violence. Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson examine the legacy of Gauguin, Herman Melville and Margaret Mead who inspired many generations to believe that despite our common history of warfare and violence, there were societies which escaped such terrors.

Gauguin would likely be locked up in the modern world for his preoccupation with preadolescent girls. Young eves populated in idealized Garden of Eden. Animals and humans co-existed in peace and tranquility. He lived a life isolated from others, living out his days in a stone hut on Marquesas Islands. His life’s work revolved many paintings that featured nubile young women.

In contrast, Melville and Mead made a temporary voyage of discovery during their youth to the same general area of Gauguin, and then returned to their homeland to write their accounts. In Melville’s case the book was Typee and in Mead’s case it was Coming of Age in Samoa; a Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation.

Both Melville and Mead’s works fudge the cultural details to suit in the case of Meville an adventure story (passed off as non-fiction)—making him an early example of contemporary authors like James Frey…. 

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Posted on August 28, 2009 by Editor

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For Breakfast Tomorrow

from The LA Times


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STREET MACHINE – Murray moves you faster!

Posted on August 28, 2009 by Editor

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Tintin Dans Le Chambre Forte

from The New York Times

A Library’s Approach to Books That Offend

TinTinRuby Washington/The New York Times
The vault-like room in the Brooklyn Public Library where “Tintin au Congo” was reshelved after a patron took issue with the book.

The cartoonist Hergé is popular again, as is his adventurous reporter Tintin, who will be featured in a Steven Spielberg movie due out in 2011.

But if you go to the Brooklyn Public Library seeking a copy of “Tintin au Congo,” Hergé’s second book in a series, prepare to make an appointment and wait days to see the book.

“It’s not for the public,” a librarian in the children’s room said this month when a patron asked to see it.

The book, published 79 years ago, was moved in 2007 from the public area of the library to a back room where it is held under lock and key.

The move came after a patron objected, as others have, to the way Africans are depicted in the book. “The content is racially offensive to black people,’’ a librarian wrote on Form 286, also known as a Request for Reconsideration of Library Material [pdf].

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Posted on August 28, 2009 by Editor

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Bill Owens’ Altamont


Bill Owens x Altamont Apparel by Karen Day


Selecting Bill Owens‘ photographs from the infamous 1969 Altamont Speedway concert as the new graphics for skate-inspired label Altamont may seem an obvious choice, but the connection runs deeper than a shared name.

The Altamont credo, “Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life,” embodies not just how the brand feels about designing clothing, but also speaks the spirit of Owens and his photographs.

In addition to his books, the Altamont Speedway photos represent Owens’ interest in showing how people really live. On assignment as a photojournalist, he attended the subversive show in upstate California where he captured the enthusiasm of the youth culture during that time.

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Posted on August 27, 2009 by Editor

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Banksy Overwhelms

from BBC News

Banksy visitors overwhelm gallery

Banksy exhibition

Almost a quarter-of-a-million people have filed through Banksy’s homecoming exhibition since it opened in June.

Bristol’s council-owned gallery has been overwhelmed with visitors, with some people queuing for up to four hours to see Banksy vs Bristol Museum.

“We knew it was going to be big but I don’t think we appreciated just how big,” a council spokesperson said.

The graffiti artist’s show, featuring animatronics and installations, was kept secret until the day it opened.

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Posted on August 27, 2009 by Editor

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Bay-Frey Pairing From Hell


Writers Hired For Bay-Frey Pairing From Hell

By Katey Rich: 2009-08-27 09:50:46

When it comes to currently famous douchebags, there aren’t two people much more resented than Michael Bay and James Frey. One of them has come by his millions honestly, by blowing things up for the approval of the public, and one of them got rich by completely fabricating a memoir (A Million Little Pieces, if you’ve managed to forget), but both seem like the kind of guys who started off as high school bullies and never released their power.

And now they’re teaming up, just so you can focus all your resentment in one place. According to Variety, Bay will produce and possibly direct an adaptation ofI Am Number Four, Frey’s new novel about nine aliens who disguise themselves as teenagers on Earth when their home planet is destroyed.

[T]oday’s Variety piece announces that two writers, Smallville vets Al Gough and Miles Millar, will handle the adaptation of the book. Gough and Millar are responsible for writing, however improbably, both Spider-Man 2 and The Mummy 3, so there’s seriously no telling how this will turn out. I just hope they’re prepared to hold on tight when the combined douchebaggery of Bay and Frey threatens to create a black hole from which no innocent screenwriter could possibly escape.

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Posted on August 27, 2009 by Editor

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i sold andy warhol (too soon) by RICHARD POLSKY

from Shelf-Awareness

Book Review: i sold Andy Warhol. (too soon)

i sold Andy Warhol. (too soon) by Richard Polsky (Other Press, $23.95, 9781590513378/1590513371, September 15, 2009)

A wild roller coaster ride is nothing compared to the vertiginous ups and downs of the contemporary art market between 2005 and 2009 described by Richard Polsky (I Bought Andy Warhol). No sooner had he sold his green Andy Warhol Fright Wig painting in 2005 than he had the worst kind of seller’s remorse. Not only had he loved the painting, but he quickly realized he had let it go cheaply–an orange Fright Wig painting sold for much, much more within two years. As he tells us, he had violated the cardinal rule for art dealers–never get emotionally involved in your inventory–and he paid dearly.

In a valiant attempt to downplay the loss he suffered from bad timing, Polsky focuses on the allure that the constantly changing market holds for him. Its shifting seats of power fascinate him in the extreme: gallery owners no longer dominate as auction houses call the shots; people rush from one international art fair to another in search of the next big thing; old-time dealers like Polsky reinvent themselves as “financial art advisors” and connect owners of particularly desirable artworks with auction houses hungry for saleable inventory; advisors recount stories about Wayne Thiebaud’s Bakery Counter to entice collectors to part with collections (bought for $500 in 1962 to hang over a couch, the painting sold for $1.5 million in 1998). The scene is crazy, sexy and never boring for Polsky, even if it is more about doing business than loving a thing of rare beauty.

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Posted on August 27, 2009 by Editor

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Comic Books For Tweakers (and Vaginal Cavities, too!)


Meth ring used comic books to launder cash, authorities say

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) — Investigators in Colorado say they have broken up a massive methamphetamine ring in the Denver area that distributed pounds of the dangerous drug every week and laundered the profits using collectible comic books.

“To launder the money you have to use something that is quick and convenient,” Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said at a news conference Monday. “And in this case, they used classic comic books.”

While arresting the alleged ringleaders, brothers Aaron and Alfonzo Castro, law enforcement officers seized about 100 boxes of first-edition collectible comic books. Investigators say one title alone is worth $3,500 and the total collection of comics is worth half a million dollars.

“It appeared they were working on a startup company for high-end comic books,” said Don Quick, the district attorney in Adams County near Denver.

Quick said the seized comic books included some first-edition Superman and Batman titles. They fragile, vintage comics were stored in plastic bags to protect them.

According to a grand jury indictment released Monday, the Castro brothers arranged for weekly, multiple-pound shipments of the meth from Phoenix, Arizona. The brothers then distributed the drugs to a network of runners that made deliveries to dealers around the Denver area.

Suthers says Castro brothers sometimes used females “as drug mules by having them hide methamphetamine inside their vaginal cavities.” These women would then deliver the meth to a series of houses, and then lower-level dealers would distribute the drug.

“It’s a tawdry piece of information, but it’s a big part of what this group was doing,” he said.

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Posted on August 27, 2009 by Editor

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Get High Now

from TIME Magazine


This is probably not what you think (there is no website for that, yet). Get High Now is a science site disguised as mind-expansion. There are 40 audio and visual illusions (or, if you must, “hallucinations”) to be experienced and, after reading about the brain science that explains them, understood. Risset rhythms seem to get faster and faster, yet not if you time them by tapping your foot. Shepard tones get higher and higher (or lower and lower) yet never change key. Binaural beats and theta-wave synchronizations make you feel different — and you’re not just imagining things; the changes they induce can be seen with fMRI. And then there’s the highly intoxicating chronosynclastic infundibulum, which remains a mystery to science.

See the 50 best websites of 2008.

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Posted on August 27, 2009 by Editor

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Justice By Tongue

from The Chicago Sun-Times

Man with severed tongue to stand trial in 4 rapes

images courtesy of Dr. SpillerMURRIETA, Calif.—- A Southern California man will stand trial in the rapes of four women, including one alleged victim who authorities say bit off the tongue of her attacker.Prosecutors say one of the victims bit off part of McGowan’s tongue in self-defense during a June 5 rape at her apartment. McGowan, of West Covina, was arrested at an emergency room where he went for treatment.

Prosecutors say investigators subsequently linked McGowan to three other rapes between 2007 and 2009.

His tongue could not be reattached.

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Posted on August 26, 2009 by Editor

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Brett Domino Plays Stylophone

Posted on August 25, 2009 by Editor

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It’s All About Enervating The Beneficent Neurons

from The Huffington Post

Can Art Keep You Out of Jail? Rikers Inmates and Alumni Exhibit Paintings

by Glyn Vincent

Few inmates at Rikers Island jail could identify a Picasso or Matisse painting if it was hung in their cell. But the dozen or so young men who are lucky enough to attend Elizabeth Josephson’s art class at the jail can not only identify the masters, many of them do inspired interpretations of their favorite painters’ art, whether it be the work of Marsden Hartley, David Hockney, Jean-Michel Basquiat or Takashi Murakami.

 “I teach them art history,” says Josephson, who curated “Turnstile I,” an exhibition of Rikers inmate art that opens this Thursday, August 6th at the FiveMyles gallery in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. “It’s important that they know who these people are. It teaches them about the real art world and it gives them alternative role models to look up to.”

The show is the first of three exhibits, by or about Rikers inmates, to be shown at FiveMyles in the next year to raise awareness and support for an after-prison arts program that Josephson is planning to open in Crown Heights. “These are talented young men who need someplace to go to develop their skills, discipline and self esteem when they get out of jail,” she told me.

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Posted on August 25, 2009 by Editor

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Kicking The Ass Of All Other Natural Installations

from The Washington Post

Shocks & Awe: Mysterious Art in New Mexico

‘Lightning Field’ Jolts Visitors With an Array of Meanings

By Blake GopnikWashington Post Staff Writer

QUEMADO, N.M. – Only six people are allowed to see it every day, and only for six months of the year.

It’s thousands of miles from the big art scenes on either coast, and hours from the nearest city.

lf.jpgPhotos are not allowed, so it barely even circulates in pictures.

There’s even a tiny chance that, if you don’t follow instructions, it could help you wind up dead.

And yet, for many of the few who’ve made the pilgrimage, it turns out to be “one of the great works of art of the last century.”

That, at least, was the judgment of one art-historian friend, not usually prone to hyperbole, when he returned from a summer visit to “The Lightning Field,” a huge work of “land art” hidden in the middle of New Mexico. His rave got me to go.

A classic patch of sagebrush-covered land, set on an empty plateau 7,200 feet high. A ring of jagged mountains at its edges, out-cliche-ing any Hollywood western. And in the middle, 400 lightning rods, custom-made from stainless steel and laid out in a grid that stretches a mile in one direction and a kilometer in the other. Set 220 feet apart, the rods tower to several times the height of a tall man; whatever kind of mound or furrow they get planted in, their tops all reach to the same table-flat height.

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Posted on August 25, 2009 by Editor

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Posted on August 24, 2009 by MJS

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Children With Knives

from The New York Times

Where Little Chefs Learn the Art of Slicing and Dicing

Ángel Franco/The New York Times

Emily Rios, director of the Creative Cooks Culinary Center in Brooklyn, demonstrating how to make pastelitos. “Being prepared is half the battle in terms of keeping their attention,” she said. More Photos >

Published: August 18, 2009

By the time lunch was over, flour coated all the workstations at the culinary school in Brooklyn. Shards of dough stuck to the surfaces. And a dozen or more flat yellow blobs festooned the floor — each indicating the spot where a chickpea had rolled off the table and been squished by the foot of a cook in training.

Whether any of the students learning how to debone a chicken or slice cheese for a Spanish pastry will ever oversee the kitchen of one of New York’s culinary temples is impossible to tell.

After all, the students are between 5 and 11 years old.

For the last nine weeks, more than 100 children have been slicing, measuring and baking at Creative Cooks, a children’s cooking school in Boerum Hill that treats the culinary arts as an anthropological adventure.

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Posted on August 24, 2009 by Editor

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Sweden’s Got Schlongens

Posted on August 24, 2009 by Editor

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The Hot Tub And The Horny Twin With The Missing Cowboy Tattoo

from Eyewitness News 3 Connecticut

Police: Officer Pretended To Be Twin For Sex

Victim Says She Was Held Down After Realization 

An Orange police officer is accused of pretending to be his twin brother in order to engage in a sexual encounter with a woman.

Officer Jared Rohrig, of Milford, was arrested Friday in connection with the sexual assault.Police said a woman told police that she went to meet Rohrig’s twin brother, Joe, whom she was in a relationship with. The woman got into a hot tub with Jared Rohrig, thinking it was his brother, police said.

Police said the hot tub activity moved into one of the home’s bedrooms, where the two began having sex.

“During the sexual intercourse, she realized the male she was with did not have a tattoo on his left buttocks. The female victim said she immediately began to cry and asked where his tattoo went,” according to the arrest affidavit.

The woman said Joe, whom she had been having a sexual relationship with since March 2009, has a tattoo of a cowboy, according to the affidavit.

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Posted on August 24, 2009 by Editor

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Before INGLORIOUS BASTERDS (and from a time when trailers were trailers)…

Posted on August 23, 2009 by Editor

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Bambi & The Deputy’s AR-15

from the NY Daily News

‘Embarassed’ sheriff reprimands deputies in Midland, Texas for waitress posing on cop car

Friday, August 21st 2009, 1:51 AM


In this photo provided by the Midland County, (Texas) Sheriff, an unidentified waitress at Twin Peaks Restaurant and Bar poses for a photo in Round Rock, Texas.

Midland County deputy and suspended three others without pay after a scantily dressed waitress holding a rifle posed for photographs on the hood of a patrol vehicle.

Round Rock officers were dispatched to the restaurant after someone reported the waitress with the weapon, which had been given to her by one of the deputies who had been attending a training session near Austin.

The incident occurred last week in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant, which promotes its “fun, friendly and sometimes flirty atmosphere!”

The deputies told Painter that they had about three to five beers each.

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Posted on August 23, 2009 by Editor

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“Autopsy results show a 3-inch nail had been driven into his head.”

from The Arizona Republic

Phoenix woman says she enjoyed torturing, killing man

Aug. 21, 2009 09:53 AM
Associated Press

A Phoenix woman accused of torturing and killing a man in a wheelchair says she did it because he was a snitch, and she enjoyed it.

In a jailhouse interview with television station KTVK, 33-year-old Angela Simpson said in a calm voice that she lured 46-year-old Terry Neely to her apartment with a promise of sex and drugs.

Once there, Simpson says she beat Neely with a tire iron, pulled out his teeth and strangled him with a television cable during three days of torture.

Simpson says she dismembered Neely’s body and set it on fire.

Neely’s remains were found burning in a trash container [at] Covenant Grace Christian Fellowship Church, near 7th Avenue and Peoria Road, on Aug. 5. Autopsy results show a 3-inch nail had been driven into his head.

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Posted on August 21, 2009 by Editor

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The Old Man Stared At Her Naked Jugs, Until He Got The Shakes

from The New York Post




A strip club isn’t the only place in town you can see a pole dance — amazed passengers on an L train watched in awe as a naked young woman competed with straphangers for space on a pole.

The performance by actress Jocelyn Saldana, 19, lasted just 30 seconds, and some of the passengers probably thought they were hallucinating or dreaming.

Most were blasé. But one woman started screaming and an elderly man next to her got the shakes.

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Posted on August 21, 2009 by Editor

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The Lady Didn’t Want To Look At His Willy, So He Punched Her In The Face

from Fox Reno

Man Strips Naked On Flight; Assaults Passenger

ws1.jpgOAKLAND, Calif. — A 21-year-old man is in custody at a hospital in Oakland after allegedly exposing himself to a female passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight, punching her and then stripping naked, an Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman said.

Darius Chappille, who has residences in both Oakland and Jefferson City, Miss., was arrested after causing a scene on a plane that took off from Oakland International Airport at about 7:15 a.m. Thursday, sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

During the flight, Chappille exposed himself to a female passenger, according to Nelson. When the female passenger screamed, Chappille punched her, he said.

At that point, flight attendants and other passengers intervened and subdued Chappille, who continued to strip down during the struggle until he was naked, Nelson said.

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Posted on August 21, 2009 by JK

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RAPE STOVE: The Stove That Rapes People

via TC

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