Hermes design house breeding own crocodiles for handbags.

Not my typical post, but this is certainly news of the odd. Hermes, known for the $50,000 (!!!) Birkin bag, has taken to breeding their own crocodiles for the coveted bags. Surely, Victoria Beckham is happy to hear this news. PETA, not so much.

“It can take three to four crocodiles to make one of our bags so we are now breeding our own crocodiles on our own farms, mainly in Australia,” says Patrick Thomas, chief executive of the luxury line. “Hermes already faces a major challenge producing 3,000 crocodile bags a year. The world is not full of crocodiles, except the stock exchange!”

OH, bring the LOLs, Mr. Thomas! But seriously, it takes 3-4 crocodiles to make one of those bags? Crikey! Thoughts?

“She suffered no serious injuries”. Really??? Sickest story of, I believe, the year.

I have long ranted about Craigslist being a haven for criminals (and furniture and babysitters), but it’s time for the government to step in.

This man arranged for the rape of his own wife on Craigslist WHILE HE WATCHED AND HIS CHILDREN WERE IN THE HOUSE. I never use the “f” word on my blog, but what the fuck is wrong with humanity today?

Read and comment please. My heart is broken. I would also like to appeal to the media to use responsible wording in their reports on rape. She will suffer lifelong injuries of the soul and psyche due to this crime. By minimizing the language because she didn’t have, say, obvious lacerations and bruises, you perpetuate the stereotype that rape is not deadly or injurious to victims. You only want to report it properly when the victim is a bloody pulp. Come on, now.

UPDATE: The husband says the wife approved of it and wanted it. Yeah, right. Have we learned nothing about Craigslist?

Should Amanda Brumfeld be charged? I’ll take off my “mom” hat for this one.

Billy Bob Thornton’s estranged daughter, Amanda Brumfeld, was babysitting a 1-year-old girl who fell out of her playpen. She texted the mother about it. Saying the baby was fine (sort of the Natasha Richardson “walking and dying” syndrome maybe), Ms. Brumfeld called 911 2 hours later when the child became unresponsive.

Some say both the mother (who received the text and should have come home) and Brumfeld should be charged. Some say children fall all the time and Brumfeld really didn’t have a way of knowing the child had blunt force trauma to the head. The baby died.

What do you think? I’m on the fence here since the Richardson tragedy. Of course, I would have rushed my child to the doctor immediately as a precaution, but I am not sure about the charges here. Am I wrong?

Disappearing wife, part 8,342. Liza Murphy’s cold case.

This devoted wife and mother had an argument with her husband, stormed out without any of her belongings (purse, cell, cigs) and has never been seen since August 2007. Her husband, an Irish immigrant named Joe Murphy, tried to kill himself in the days that followed.

What is hinky here is that a) he has lawyered up and is no longer cooperating with Police (yes, you can do that), b) he has full custody of the 3 children, c) she was suffering from depression and fibromyalgia, thereby suggesting suicide and not focusing more on the husband. He also will not let the children see their maternal grandparents. Why not?

I don’t mean to point the finger at the husband, but FBI statistics and good old common sense tell us to look at the intimates first. He was very possessive, didn’t like when she went to visit friends…what do you think?

Not surprisingly, new charges for Melissa Huckaby…

Clearly, this woman is deranged (allegedly). In addition to her alleged rape and murder of Sandra Cantu, Huckaby has now been charged (as we thought) with the drugging/poisoning of two others, one a minor child.

I often wonder if the new victims would not have come forward had she not been indicted on the Cantu murder. Would she have continued her deadly spree? Are there more?

This is a vile, twisted case. What troubles me most is the fact that Huckaby herself is a mother and by many accounts, a good one. What is her motivation? What is her mental illness? Certainly, there are female sexual predators and that’s not what confuses me.

Defense Attorney: “He’s a nice young man”. Okay, then.

The parents of the victim of a boyfriend’s hammer attack on their daughter in Mt. Lebanon, PA are bringing PR pressure on the DA to try the 17-year-old young man as an adult for the crime. A judge had previously ruled to try him as a juvenile, thereby setting up sentencing guidelines that would be much lighter – probably anger management and probation.

Sure. Why not? But only if the Judge lets Robertino D’Angelis date his own daughter or niece, in my opinion. Defense Attorney Pat Morrissey claims that the victim, Sarah Iullius and the defendant had a stormy relationship filled with confrontation.

Grace, the victim’s mother, hired a public relations firm to call out the Judge and the DA – her daughter was not even allowed to give a victim impact statement during proceedings. Thoughts? My own case began in Juvenile Court (which is closed to media) because, as the victim, I was a juvenile. The perp had been 19 at the time of my attack.

At what point does someone function as an adult? I say try him as an adult. As for Morrissey, “nice young men” don’t attack girlfriends with hammers, nearly gouging out her eye. Thoughts?

Where is Brittanee? The new Spring Break case.

Brittanee Drexel (what is UP with the way parents spell names – sorry, I digress) is 17-year-old girl from Rochester, New York who went to Myrtle Beach for a spring break trip and has disappeared. There is video of her walking into her hotel alone as well as leaving alone and walking along the street. Foul play is suspected.

Brittannee’s parents were in the midst of a stressful divorce and her mother did NOT give her permission to go to Myrtle Beach. She did anyway and the parents suspect that she was depressed over the impending divorce, which is why she went with her friends on the trip despite their wishes.

Police are now dragging a nearby river. What do you think? Another Natalee Holloway? Drugged, murdered? Suicide? Doing okay but just needs some time to think? Being held captive somewhere in a hotel? Sold into the sex trade?

It’s horrible, no matter what. My thoughts and prayers out to Ms. Drexel and her family. Discuss. And please don’t blame the girl or her parents. It would be so easy to, but we don’t judge here unless blame can be squarely placed. Teens who are depressed will defy their parents. Parents who trust their kids won’t double check – I think.

The Craigslist Killer

The Boston area has been terrorized by a killer (tall, blonde, clean-shaven, well dressed) who meets women through Craigslist who offer erotic services. In this economy, people do turn to extreme measures to make ends meet, so I don’t want to hear about blaming the victims. He has assaulted 2 women and killed one and he’s still on the loose, possibly moving from Boston to another major city. The profilers and cops cannot seem to get a good handle on this guy. Please look at the reports and see if you recognize the guy.

That said, nothing good can really come from Craigslist. I logged on to do a little investigating and had NO IDEA people posted nude photographs on there. I mean, really. If I am looking date someone, a picture of a penis is not really telling me much. Stay with “walks on the beach, movies, fine dining, museums”. Seriously, I almost spit my drink onto my computer screen.

I’m sorry – I digress. Murder is no laughing matter. If you choose to meet someone on Craigslist, tell a friend where you are going, who you are meeting and bring your phone. Better yet, bring the friend. Best – don’t use Craigslist unless you need to sell furniture.

UPDATE: Phillip Markoff was arrested and charged. Today, new charges for him. When the case first broke, his wedding registry was STILL online and I was appalled at the hateful messages sent to his fiancee. Imagine what she is going through?

The awful murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom

Okay – I want to thank Anonymous for bringing this case to light. I had never heard of it in my life and, due to the horrific nature of this crime, I am rather nonplussed that the media has not covered this at all.

I’ll roll it down briefly, but click here for the details. It is simply the most heinous and brutal crime I have read about in recent years. Channon and Christopher went on a dinner date, were carjacked, then brutalized and murdered in ways I cannot describe here. I pray for these poor souls hourly.

It seems that many folks believe, because the perps are black and the victims white, that this is a “hate crime”. You know what? I don’t care what color anyone is – this is a hate crime. The points being made – “where is the Al Sharpton here?”, etc., certainly ring true in that there is no “white” activist as vocal or outspoken as Sharpton. At the end of the day, I am color blind when it comes to crime. I want to know what was going through these perps heads when they did these unspeakable things to the victims.

I call upon the national media to cover this story, not as a racially charged one, but to do honor to the victims, whose lives were cut short in the most horrible ways possible. My prayers to the families. I don’t think I would survive this had it been my child. No way.


Seriously – this girl should NOT be considered a sex offender.

Until legislators figure out what a sex offender is (and it ain’t this girl OR a 19 year old man who has consensual sex with his 17 1/2 year old girlfriend), people are not going to take the term seriously and the sentencing, parole and probationary rules are going to be a big joke. True sex offenders need to be kept away from polite society and the folks they offend – children, women, whatever.

Even Maureen Kanka, mom to Megan of Megan’s Law agrees with me on the case of the girl who took nude photos of herself and posted them on the Internet. The girl’s an idiot but NOT a sex offender. She only hurt herself.

When will the cops and lawmakers get it right? Yes, we need compassion, but I really want action here.