Weird News 12/06/15
Your Weird News of the week from this big blue ball.
A police sergeant in Spokane, Wash. has been charged with rape after allegedly assaulting a female officer during an off-duty party back in October.
KXLY says Sgt. Gordon Ennis turned himself in this week for that second-degree rape charge. This means, according to the report, that the rape did not occur with the use of a deadly weapon or threat of violence.
The incident stems from an October 24 party at Officer Dough Strosahl’s house. Apparently, the report notes, Strosahl was having a get-together with members of the department when the female officer passed out. It was during that time she claims she was assaulted by Ennis.
KXLY says the victim’s statements, along with other evidence such as Ennis’ DNA, helped prosecutors to push the charge forward.
It’s possible that Ennis may have been tipped off to the investigation, reports added. Sgt. John Gately was also at the event that night. KXLY notes that a unit is recommending he be charged with rendering criminal assistance and obstructing a law enforcement officer. Gately allegedly tipped off Ennis to the investigation, and the both of them took “evasive” measures like cutting back Ennis’ fingernails, the report added.
At this point, Officer Strosahl is not facing any charges, but Sgt. Gately may be charged with rendering criminal assistance and obstructing a law enforcement officer. KXLY says those charges are currently being reviewed by the local prosecutor’s office.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich spoke out about his force, saying, “It’s usually two percent of a workforce to cause everybody to have a black eye. This is worn by all law enforcement. And I think it’s time for those of us that work in this profession to say enough.”
Although Ennis officially turned himself in, he was fingerprinted and released within 10 minutes.
A rather disgusting viral video has raised massive health concerns for a Chicopee, Massachusetts, Walmart. The video showed a small group of birds clustering around some frozen hamburger in a Walmart meat case, picking open the packages and chowing down on the meat.
A customer named Scott Conway brought the situation to the attention of employees, and was shocked when the employees didn’t seem overly concerned. In fact, another shopper watched as an employee collected the meat that the birds had been eating and shooed the creatures away, only to have the birds descend once more on the case as soon as the employee was gone.
According to local reports, after a health inspector investigated, a total of 17 wild birds were removed from the store. They also assured reporters that the meat in the case had been discarded. Walmart confirmed to local reporters that they have put additional unnamed safeguards in place to assure that this situation does not happen again, but they declined to elaborate on what those “safeguards” were.
The 19-year-old daughter of a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent is the last person we’d expect to be a “kingpin,” but that’s exactly what authorities are calling her.
According to a police report obtained by USA TODAY, Sarah Furay was busted with 126 grams of high-grade marijuana, 31 grams of cocaine, methamphetamine, 60 doses of a LSD-like substance, and 29 ecstasy tablets.
The Statesman reports that the Texas teen is the daughter of DEA agent Bill Furay, who is currently assigned to work in Panama and is a 20-year veteran with the agency.
“The Furay family is dealing with this private matter as best they can,” DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno said in a statement.
Charged with drug trafficking, The Daily Beast claims Sarah was booked into the Brazos County Jail, took a beaming mugshot, posted $39,000 bail and was released within 24 hours. Since her photo has made the rounds, The Beast reports — to its dismay — that several outlets have downplayed her act, instead describing her photo as the “happiest mugshot in America” and the “jolliest in recent history.” One publication touted the crime as “an entrepreneurial approach to avoiding student loan debt.”
According to the New York Daily News, Sarah is currently facing additional felony charges for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance and drug possession.
According to The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, murderers have been found to have abnormally strong sex drives that may include active fantasies about having intercourse with dead people. In addition, many serial killers have reported having sexual fetishes and/ or acting out on those deviant impulses. Studies have shown that perps who start as harmless peeping toms often move on to rape — or eventually — murder.
Below, we examine the profiles four notorious serial killers who had a depraved appetite for defiling their victims and using sex as a tool to demean them.
GARY RIDGWAY: The Man Who Killed So Many, He Lost Count
- Years Active: 1982 -1998, but could be as late as 2001
- Number of Victims: Convicted of 49, admitted to 71, but believed to be 90+
- Nicknames: The Green River Killer, Green River Gary
- Murder Method of Choice: Strangulation, sometimes employing ligatures
Background: Gary Ridgway remains one of the most prolific serial killers in history. He haunted police for years, earning the nickname “The Green River Killer” when investigators uncovered five of his victims near Green River. As a child Ridgway was determined to have a low IQ and was the target of abuse at school and at home. At only 16 years old, Ridgway exhibited violent behavior, stabbing a 6-year-old boy.
Sexual Depravities: Mary Ridgway, Gary’s mother, often told her son inappropriate stories about her work in the men’s section of a department store. She reportedly discussed how customers would get aroused when she measured them for their suits. She would go into detail, telling her young son how the mens’ genitals smelled.
When he was a teenager, Ridgway admitted to having violent, sexual fantasies about his mother. As an adult Ridgway frequently had sex with prostitutes and requested that his wife have sex with him in public or near the bodies of his dead victims.
Praying on society’s nameless, Ridgway’s victims were almost exclusively prostitutes in Washington and California. Despite killing dozens of women and exhibiting twisted sexual tendencies, Ridgway was married three times and even fathered children. Although his wives were unaware that they had married a prolific killer, the women in Ridgeway’s life described his relentless sexual appetite, noting that he would demand sex multiple times a day. Without remorse Ridgway summed up his disturbing logic:
I hate most prostitutes. I didn’t want to pay them for sex. I also picked prostitutes as victims because they were easy to pick up without being noticed. I knew they would not be reported missing right away, and might never be reported missing.
TED BUNDY: The Very Definition Of Heartless Evil
- Years Active: 1974-1978
- Number of Victims: Confessed to 31, but many believe he could have nearly 100 victims
- Nicknames: Lady Killer, The Campus Killer
- Murder Weapon of Choice: Metal Bar, Strangulation
Background: With 31 admitted murders, it’s no wonder the world is equally fascinated and terrified by Ted Bundy. Bundy was uniquely evil and cunning, committing murders across seven different states in a relatively short period of time. So how did Bundy select and hunt his female targets? His young victims, who bared a striking resemblance to his first fiancé, were often college students. Despite the jarring resemblance between his victims, Bundy balked at the possible connection to his former lover. With his good looks and charismatic nature, Bundy was apt at tricking women by faking an injury and asking for help. Earning the nickname “Campus Killer,” Bundy was known to beat, rape and/or strangle his victims.
Sexual Depravities: Bundy began reading soft-core pornography when he 13 years old and he routinely engaged in necrophilia as he got older. As if Bundy’s murders could get more twisted, he would pleasure himself at the scene of his previous crimes. During years of assaulting and killing women, Bundy married and had several girlfriend and close female friends. Attorney Polly Nelson sums up the killer’s legacy, calling him the“very definition of heartless evil.”
CARL PANZRAM: The Spirit Of Hatred And Vengeance
- Years Active: 1920 – 1929
- Number of Victims: 22
- Nicknames: 10 different alias
- Murder Weapon of Choice: Anything readily available
Background: Carl Panzram confessed to 22 murders and more than 1,000 counts of forces sodomy. Panzam was born in Minnesota and by the age of 12 entered a correctional facility. The training school was nicknamed “The Painting House” because children were deemed blank canvases before they left the facility painted with blood and bruises. Panzram loathed the school so much that he eventually burned the building to the ground. Upon his release from school Panzram claims he was gang raped by a group of roving homeless criminals.
Sexual Depravities: As an adult Panzram lived an endless cycle of alcoholism, criminal behavior and sexual abuse. Panzram detailed his drive to rape the men he robbed, calling himself “rage personified” and contending that his sexual acts were an attempt to dominate and humiliate his victims.
Panzram admitted to raping hundreds of men, as well as killing and raping boys as young as 11-years-old. In his autobiography Panzram described his complete disregard for human life in one sentence:
“Rob ‘em all, rape ‘em all, and kill ‘em all.”
JEFFREY DAHMER: The Loner Cannibal
- Years Active: 1978 -1991
- Number of Victims: 17
- Nicknames: The Milwaukee Monster, The Milwaukee Cannibal
- Murder Weapon of Choice: Strangulation, Botched/Crude Medical Experiments
Background: Although Dahmer’s victim count is the lowest on our list, his twisted and sexually motivated behavior is unparalleled in the history of serial killers. The “Milwaukee Cannibal” began his killing spree in 1978, murdering a hitchhiker after the pair had sex. Dahmer then casually buried the victim’s dismembered body parts in the woods behind his parent’s house. Despite waiting almost a decade before killing again, Dahmer went on to commit some of the most mind numbing acts, including cannibalism, necrophilia and bizarre attempts to preserve the victims’ bodies. Dahmer’s luck finally ran out in 1992 when police discovered photographs of his dismembered victims, included a picture of a head in the fridge. Ultimately, Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms before a fellow inmate beat him to death in 1994.
Sexual Depravities: Experts point to a corrective hernia procedure and the birth of his younger brother as the turning point in Dahmer’s early life. As a teen Dahmer was described as a loner with barely any friends and by 14 years old he became obsessed with the idea of necrophilia and murder.
By late 1985, he he began to frequent gay bathhouses, which he described as“relaxing places.” During these sexual encounters, he reportedly became frustrated when his partners moved during sex. He said, “I trained myself to view people as objects of pleasure instead of people.” During his killing spree, Dahmer targeted namely black gay men, focusing on poor and borderline criminals as a way to find less noticeable victims. He admitted to engaging in sexual acts with many of his victims’ viscera as he dismembered them in his bathtub.
A South African woman was arrested after allegedly attempting to sell her young son online for less than $350.
The unidentified mother was caught after she was met by police at a KFC during a police sting. According to Iafrica, she put up her 19-month-old for sale on a site called Gumtree for 5,000 rand — or $346.
The 20-year-old pled guilty for trafficking in persons, money laundering, and contravening the Children’s Act. In court, she explained how she became pregnant at 17, had to leave school, and wasn’t sure which of her two boyfriends were the father — both of which are absent from the baby’s life. However, one of them recently took claimed the child and started paying monthly support, News 24 reports.
“I admit that my actions were wrongful, unlawful and intentional. I have no defence,” the woman said. With sentencing in February, she is currently free on bail but under house arrest. Officials didn’t divulge where the baby is, but said that he is being cared for.
Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was on break from a joint military exercise in the Philippines when he met up with Jennifer Laude in a bar in Olongapo City, just a little north of Manila. The two hit it off, and left to check into a small hotel nearby. The next morning, Laude was found dead from strangulation; she had also been dunked in the hotel room’s toilet.
According to reports, approximately 30 minutes after they had checked in, evidence showed Pemberton leaving the room and leaving the door open.
Pemberton reportedly testified back in August that he had choked Laude out of anger when he discovered Laude’s transgender status, but insisted that she was alive when he left her in the shower of that hotel room. He also said he had acted in self-defense upon discovering that the person giving him oral sex was not a biological woman (afterward, two fellow Marines reportedly testified that Pemberton had told them, “I think I killed a he/she.”)
In this instance, there is a difference between a finding of guilt for homicide and a finding of guilt for murder. In this case, homicide is not as grave a verdict as murder, which would require premeditation.
Pemberton was sentenced to 6-12 years in jail for killing Laude, but the court chose to include the year he’s already spent in detention since the October 2014 killing as part of his time. The Marine has also been ordered to pay at least 4.5 million Philippine pesos to Laude’s family.
After an elderly man in England died at home, his grieving son moved forward with his regular life. As in, he continued to live with the man’s corpse for at least four months. The 94-year-old father’s body was discovered after a neighbor saw his skeleton, dressed in pajamas and sitting in his favorite chair, The Guardian reports.
That man has been identified as Kenneth Brown, who’d been living a reclusive life with his son and caretaker, 59-year-old Timothy Brown. According to the report, Timothy Brown said his father fell ill after a small fire in his bed at home. Once Brown realized his father had passed, he didn’t have it in him to call authorities.
Instead, Brown propped his father up in his chair and continued living his day-to-day life as the man’s body decomposed. When asked why Brown didn’t just call emergency services — especially because the elder man’s death had been an accident — he said he just couldn’t make the call. He was clearly not ready to face losing his dad.
The Guardian reports that a neighbor made the alarming discovery after stopping by the house to say hello; that’s when he saw Kenneth’s body in his pajamas, sitting beside the fire in the same room where Brown was watching television.
Police were called and Brown was initially arrested and charged, but later released. An inquest heard the case and it was revealed that Brown had been his father’s sole caretaker since his mother passed away a decade ago.
Over the years, Brown and his dad did not have many visitors. Investigators have determined that Brown had no reason to kill his father. At this point, the Guardian says an official cause of death could not be found because of the significant decomposition of the body.
An Indonesian man allegedly not only killed his wife’s alleged rapist, but also cut off his penis, cooked it, and ate it.
After learning that his wife wasn’t a virgin anymore as a result of being raped, Rudi Efendi reportedly decided to seek revenge on the woman’s attacker. According to AFP, the 20-year-old told Efendi she had been raped while she and the suspect were dating.
The wife then lured the rape suspect for a meeting. There the man was met by the 30-year-old Efendi, who allegedly stabbed the dude to death before severing, cooking, and eating his penis. From there, the man’s body was left in his van which was set on fire, AFP reports.
According to the Malaysian Daily Tribun, the victim was found with cuts to the face and ear in addition to a severed penis.
“I was so mad at him for raping my wife that I planned to kill him,” Efendi allegedly commented. “I ate his genitals to assuage my fury. I did it all by myself, my wife had nothing to do with this.”
Despite his anger, he holds that his wife had nothing to do with the crime — something police contest.
Police told the AFP: “The case is still under investigation but we strongly suspect that this is a premeditated murder.”
A 60-year-old pastor has married his pregnant 19-year-old girlfriend. And though it may lead most of us to scratch our heads, here’s one person who is cool with it: his current wife.
According to Metro, Thom Miller is bulding a large house so his new wife, Reba Kerfootruba, and his first wife, 44-year-old Belinda, could live as one family. Currently, the Ohio pastor spends three nights with one spouse and three with the other at a smaller home.
“The whole situation works for all three of us,” Miller explained to Barcroft Media. “I am the only one who is allowed to have more than one partner — and both of my wives understand and appreciate that.”
Not only is Belinda fine with the new arrangement, but she plans to help the teen mother raise her child.
She told the Mirror: “We kind of make jokes about the baby and where he or she will sleep because we’ve got two separate master suites – in case mommy Reba needs a break then mommy Belinda can have the baby for the night.”
Though the pastor admitted to the Daily Mail that he doesn’t have the full support of the congregation, he doesn’t bother trying to hide his relationship.
“I have no problem with homosexuals but I think it’s wrong that their marriage is now recognised by the state but my second marriage is not,” he told the Daily Mail. “I’m going to try and fight the bigotry of that — this is America and my wives and I have the right to live anyway we please, providing we’re not hurting anybody.”
According to a 2003 paper obtained by the Mail, the 60-year-old has a storied past. Fathering 12 children with five different women, Miller was an enforcer for the mob (!). Arrested 20 times and shot on three occasions, after being released from jail, he reportedly took a different path and became a pastor.
In regards to his new lifestyle, Miller echoed the same sentients as Belinda, saying it’s great for everyone involved. “It means they always have a friend with them,” he said.
While on electronic monitoring for another abduction case, an Ohio man allegedly had a young girl sent to his house, held her captive for months, and raped her.
Cody Lee Jackson of Norwood reportedly kidnapped and impregnated the 14-year-old. According to Cincinnati.com, the 20-year-old was already in hot water for allegedly holding two women against their will in September 2014.
They also report that Norwood contacted the girl on Facebook. From there, he began bringing the girl over via taxi and would have sex with her, take her social media accounts, and abuse her after each visit. However a visit in March led to the girl being held captive for four months.
According to the Hamilton County sheriff’s office, he wore a monitoring device from Jan. 22 to July 31. Though sheriffs made unannounced visits, the 20-year-old would have another woman take the young girl out of the house, according to CBS News.
After pleading guilty to the original case, Jackson was taken off of monitoring, fled from Ohio without the girl and was apprehended in Utah in October. The teen escaped and was handed over to her family.
Jackson pled not guilty to federal charges of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in Weird sexual activity, production of child pornography, and transfer of obscene matter to a minor. He also faces additional state charges for rape and kidnapping.
SUSPECTED BURGLAR GETS STUCK IN CHIMNEY, DIES AFTER HOMEOWNER LIGHTS A FIRE.
A 19-year-old California man identified as Cody Caldwell appears to have attempted to break into a Huron home the evening of Friday, November 27. Instead, he became stuck in the chimney and remained there into the next day. Unfortunately for Caldwell, around 3 p.m. on Saturday, the homeowner decided it was time to get cozy and light a fire in the fireplace, completely oblivious to the young man’s presence in his chimney.
When the 911 call came in to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, the homeowner reportedly said that after he lit the fire in the fireplace, he heard screams. It took him a few moments to place that those yells were coming from the chimney. He reportedly told police that as soon as he realized that, he doused the fire and called 911. Firefighters rushed to the scene, and had to smash through the exterior of the chimney to extricate Caldwell. The 19-year-old was reportedly still breathing when they arrived, but had died by the time firefighters were able According to reports, the cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation and burns.
Detectives told reporters that they planned to compare Caldwell’s fingerprints to evidence taken at three nearby homes that were also broken into on Friday.
A Mississippi man is believed to have shot and killed a Waffle House server who asked him to put out his cigarette.
Johnny Mount was arrested at the scene. At around 1 a.m., the 52-year-old employee only identified as “Julie” allegedly made the simple request and was met with a bullet to the head. The NY Daily News reports that Mount was arrested at the scene and had a 9mm pistol tucked under his shirt. According to NYDN, Mount was a former firefighter who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident many years ago, but it’s unknown if that event had any relation to his crime.
Julie was taken to a nearby Biloxi hospital, where she was declared dead. Waffle House has weighed in following the tragic ordeal. WLOX-TV also reports the chain claimed that Julie worked with Waffle House as a salesperson for eight years but had been working at this location for two years.
“This senseless tragedy is a shock for the Waffle House family,” the company’s statement read. “Julie was a friend to many as well as a valued member of the Waffle House team. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with her family, friends, co-workers and customers.”
The station also reports that hours after the incident the restaurant was back up and running. However, a senior manager was available to offer counseling for any distraught employees.
Charged with first-degree murder, Mount is currently held at Harrison County Jail on $2 million bond.
A Missouri man is accused of doing the unthinkable: torturing his young son to death and then feeding his corpse to pigs.
Police believe Michael A. Jones was responsible for “torturing or cruelly beating” his seven-year-old son in addition to his 29-year-old wife. According to NBC News, authorities responded to the Kansas City home after a report of an “armed disturbance.” However, a police release states that “it was alleged that a 7-year-old boy had been missing for an extended period of time and was possibly dead.”
After gaining a search warrant for the property a day later, cops discovered the child’s remains. What is even more disturbing is that the 44-year-old father is suspected of feeding the child’s corpse to large pigs that his wife, Heather Jones, had purchased back in September, KPHO reports.
“There are bullet holes in the walls of that house. So I’m sure you can understand what terror may have been going through that household daily,” Heather Jones’ brother, Michael Williams, told NBC News.
Neighbors have been long concerned with the Jones household, revealing that the $225,000 home was filthy inside and out. According to KPHO, one of the two caregivers for the household’s eight children, aged 1 through 11, said: “Their house was horrible. … The kids lived in filth. Trash everywhere. Dried food all over the house.”
Jones, who is the owner of a jail bonding company, is being held at the Wyandotte County Jail on $10 million bond. He is currently charged with charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery and child abuse.