1-2-3 and go! Casey Anthony Verdict – your thoughts?

I did not watch the entire trial, but I did watch closing arguments as well as some of George and Cindy Anthony’s testimonies. Here’s my take: we all KNOW she did it, but the prosecution didn’t have much to work with, ergo, reasonable doubt. No DNA, no definitive motive, no method of death, a body that disintegrated far too long thanks to Police not listening to Roy Kronk, etc.

It will also, IMO, in extraordinarily bad taste for Baez and team to be yukking it up with Champagne right after the verdict. Such shades of O.J. Will Schadenfreude catch up with Casey in the form of perjury charges against Cindy and a big huge bill from the State of Florida? Or will she be wooed with interviews and book deals? All I care is that there is a dead precious baby and one or more of those folks know about it.

And what did you all think of Casey’s glamorous look at sentencing? The hair, the makeup, the broad smiles? Had I dodged that kind of bullet, I’d still be in my schoolmarm phase. OK, go!

Morgan Harrington update

I never like when law enforcement goes “radio silent” on a case, but usually it’s because a) they haven’t got anything new to report or b) they do and they need to keep it from the public while they continue to piece together the investigation. They owe us, the public, nothing and while I know many folks are angry about the lack of information about Morgan’s disappearance, The Hook, a fantastic Charlottesville weekly, has done the best job of covering the story.

Kudos to Courteney Stuart, an editor of the Hook, for her outstanding reporting. Please read this article about what some witnesses are saying.

We pray for the safe return of Morgan to her family and friends. So many unanswered questions.

1) are there any photos of her that night?
2) is there any surveillance video from JPJ Arena?
3) Why is the University of Virginia choosing to remain silent about the case?
4) have the sex offenders in the area been questioned about that night?

Given the massive amount of blog commentary, Courteney has indeed done her homework, though it seems hard to get quite a few of them to stay on topic.

Is Quinn Gray simply bipolar and troubled, or did she try to scam $50K from her husband.


This is such an interesting case – beautiful, wealthy Ponte Vedra, Florida housewife and mother Quinn Gray is alleged to have faked her own kidnapping and rape in order to extort $50K from her husband. Her own husband, Reid Gray, is defending her, as he is an attorney and he believes that her bipolar disorder has played a major role in her claims. Reid Gray believes his wife, despite a 20 minute audio tape of her having seemingly consensual sex with her alleged captor, who is believed to be her co-conspirator and who has rolled on her to the cops.

Her Facebook profile shows a normal 37-year-old wife and mom who liked television, hip hop music and living in her $4 million dollar home with her family. Reid Gray believes she may have been on a manic cycle of her bipolar illness and believed she was in danger or was in danger. The cops aren’t buying it.

Quinn’s 911 call was disturbing, as she claimed a man named Jasmin Osmanovic abducted her along with 3 others. Osmanovic said he was hired by Quinn to stage the whole thing and get the money as she was having marital and substance abuse problems. It seems he believed they were romantically involved. His girlfriend is the one who turned the audiotapes over to the cops.

The whole story is so disturbing, but I do know this – $50K is probably nothing for this woman to get her hands on and I doubt she would have to stage something so elaborate. That said, I believe her mental illness was certainly at play here. What do you think?

Wow. Megan Williams RECANTS tale of horror/rape/beating/stabbing by 6.

We’ve been searching for it, but we blogged about this horrific case about a year ago. A young African-American woman was found in a rural trailer in West Virginia with injuries. She had, she told police, been held captive there by 6 white men and women and repeatedly beaten and sexually assaulted.

It was a horrifying case and those 6 “depraved” (as I then wrote) folks were sentenced to prison for up to 40 years.

Now, Megan Williams has come forward, via her attorney and is recanting the whole story, saying she wanted to get back at her boyfriend. Good God! She is expected to speak to media soon, but not quite yet as she fears for her safety, as well she should. When you mix false reporting and racial tension, it’s a powder keg.

Here’s where it gets weird. The prosecutor is standing by the convictions. Megan Williams never even testified and the 6 that were charged all CONFESSED. Are you following me thus far? Not one of them has filed an appeal and the evidence seems to be solid.

Something in the milk ain’t right. We’ll keep you up to date on this explosive revelation as it unfolds.

Roman Polanski still in Swiss jail.

You know my feelings on this. Extradition could take a very long time given Swiss extradition laws, but he will not be released so that he may live under house arrest in his Gstaad home.

As for the many in Hollywood, lining up to defend him: Scorsese, Winger, Allen, Ratner, Evans, Beatty, Weinstein, Adjani, et.al., I don’t believe that their view of his artistic genius should impact the severity of the charges. Simply because one is a) talented, b) survived the horrors of the Holocaust and c) lived through a grave personal tragedy does not mean he goes free.

Let’s not even discuss Whoopi Goldberg’s “that wasn’t ‘rape-rape'” comment. It’s too stupid to give any time here. Feeding a child drugs and alcohol, then penetrating her vaginally, orally and anally while she begged for it to stop, is rape. Rape. Rape.

What if Sharon Tate’s killer had been set free? Would Mr. Polanski have found that okay? No. Nor would anyone else. I guess what I’m saying is that the moral depravity of some in the Hollywood community is shocking. Well, maybe not.

Why is America so prudish? Leave Meghan McCain alone.

Meghan McCain posted a picture on her Twitter account, clearly in the privacy of her home, wearing a tank top. That she is well-endowed is evident. Since the blogosphere and Twittersphere has become such a place of hatred, she was, inevitably, labeled a “slut” for the photograph.

Since when does being well-endowed constitute being a “slut”? I’m not going to be political here, but the girl defended herself quite aptly regarding the hurtful comments aimed at her. Ann Coulter routinely shows her very long legs. We see photos of President Obama engaging in sports with his shirt off. The First Lady has the right to “bare arms”. Why on Earth this is a partisan issue is beyond me. Well, no it isn’t because any anonymous person with a keyboard can hurl invectives. Once again, back to the idea that in order to post any sort of comment, one should have to register in one’s real name with a credit card.

Because of our insane and Puritanical preoccupation with sex and body image, we are losing sight of the fact that Meghan McCain, merely by being a public person, is a lightning rod for criticism, but, in this case, the WRONG kind. I feel for her. Just because someone has a blog, a Twitter account or is in any way public does not give people the right to be hateful and hurtful. Yes, free speech, blah blah blah. But we’ve taken it too far.

If you want to disagree with her politics, then do so in an intelligent manner. A well-built girl with her clothes on should not be at the receiving end of such hatred.

What is wrong with the world today?

When I first read this headline, I about screamed. Then, I realized perhaps this man was mentally ill (well, of course he is) and needs help. It seems 150 dead dogs were found in freezers in the man’s Dearborn, Michigan home and another 100 or so alive dogs roaming through feces and trash.

Authorities have taken the dogs (and the man) in. I will say that this is no Michael Vick case, but honestly, at what point do neighbors or family NOT realize there are almost 300 dogs, dead and alive, on a property? How do you even fit that many dogs in a home? What the heck?

Wowza – woman fined $1.9 million for illegal download of 24 songs.


On this blog, we usually highlight cases involving kidnapping, rape, murder and the like. It’s not light reading, but most of all, we talk about our perceptions, the sentences, etc.

I think this judge went too far, but I also believe everyone should pony up their 99 cents to iTunes.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset of Minnesota was fined $80,000 PER SONG
for her illegal downloads. The RCAA is pleased with the judgement. I’m sorry, but $1.9 million? How is she going to feed her kids (if they even collect)? Is it really worth this to prove a point?

That said, she has pretty decent taste in music? What are your thoughts?

David Letterman vs. Sarah Palin

Let me begin by saying I really do not care for Sarah Palin. She was unqualified for the Veep nomination and her town charged rape victims and their insurance companies for rape kits (around $1200). Alaska has the highest incidence of rape per capita, by the way.

That said, David Letterman really crossed the line by his comments about Bristol/Willow/whomever. You don’t joke about them being raped, “knocked up”, having sex with older men, etc. Imagine if he had said any of this about Sasha or Malia Obama? I voted for Obama, by the way. Barack and Michelle would have his head on a platter.

What I mean to express here is that while late-night comics clearly use our messed up political follies as great fodder for comedy (and usually successfully!), he really didn’t need to go there. Leave the kids out of it. Whether calling Chelsea Clinton “ugly” or making fun of the Bush twins partying habits, it’s not a good practice and I think he’s wrong. What did you think of his jokes? His half-assed apology?

Justice revisited. An excellent article re: Gary Zerola in BoMag.

A few years ago, we heard a lot of activity around accused and acquitted serial rapist (I’m trying to say he was acquitted here – alleged, accused, acquitted, so don’t parse my words!), Gary Zerola.

Many people weigh in on the status of Zerola, the fundraiser, charmer, survivor of a sad childhood. They also weigh in on his dark side. It’s a well-written article by David Copeland and since I’ve received quite a few emails from some of his alleged victims, I thought we’d revisit it via this article, courtesy of Boston Magazine.

Enjoy and comment. As you know, you can always post here anonymously without fear of retribution as long as you keep it without racial slurs or personal attacks of a false nature. I want this to be a safe haven.