Weird News 3.28.16
Weird news of the week.
Talk about higher learning. Shop teacher Domonic Leuzzi, 23, was supposed to be teaching students at a high school for academically and behaviorally challenged kids how to build a birdhouse but according to police, he allegedly let three of them mix woodworking with marijuana-smoking.
“Domonic Leuzzi was actually allowing students to smoke marijuana in his classroom,”police Lieutenant Chris Eley told local news station WRIC about the Academy of Virginia Randolph teacher. “We got a call from the administration of Henrico County Public Schools saying they received information from students that a teacher was allowing them to smoke marijuana in a class.”
Hmm, so one of the toking teens tattled? That’s a bummer for Leuzzi, who in addition to being fired, now faces three charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.Weird
A convicted rapist was killed in a freak accident in Memphis, TN last week. According toLive 5 News, Kevin Jordan was walking along a sidewalk along Park Avenue, reportedly watching porn on his cell phone, when he was hit by a runaway trailer that was attached to a truck.
Jordan may have been heading to his house, which was only a few blocks away, when he was struck by the trailer. Fox 8 said the 15-foot trailer, carrying tires, became unhinged after hitting a bump.
Jordan’s fiancée spoke out to the news station after his death. The fiancée, identified as Connie Harris, said since the ’90s Jordan had turned over a new leaf and he wasn’t the same man who’d been convicted in the past. “He had his life in order,” Harris said.
Just last year, according to court records, Jordan was arrested for indecent exposure. He was hauled in after exposing himself outside an office.
Another woman in the Memphis area also spoke out to the news station. Her name and face were not released in the report, because she did not want to be identified. The woman claims Jordan was wearing a trench coat and she saw him in front of her window.
Harris believes the arrest is nonsense. She said Jordan had recently had a kidney transplant and he was on dialysis. Harris said Jordan was urinating and not exposing himself. Harris also made it clear despite all Jordan had done in the past, he did not deserve to die in the horrific way he did.
“It’s a big loss. I love him. I still love him,” Harris said while wiping away tears.
As for the driver of the truck hauling the trailer, as of yet, he has not been charged. It’s unclear if he will face any formal charges. The investigation into this case continues.Weird
According to New York City police, this weekend, a transgender woman was raped inside the bathroom at the Stonewall Inn, a historic bar associated with the start of the gay rights movement which received landmark status last year.
The attack happened around 11:40 on Saturday night. The woman was using the single-occupancy unisex restroom, police say, when a man came in claiming he only needed to wash his hands. He then proceeded to grope and rape her before fleeing the scene.
The victim also left the bar, but returned an hour later and called the police. She was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital for treatment. Police have not made any arrests but say the suspect is a man in his 30s.Weird
Authorities in South Carolina have closed in on a woman who they believe was allegedly performing sexual acts with a dog. WSPA said 23-year-old Hannah Marie Haynes of Chesnee has been charged with buggery.
Investigators believe Haynes allegedly took videos of herself performing sex acts with a Dachshund. After the videos were taken, according to WSPA, Haynes sent them to an unidentified man.
That man turned into a tipster for police, because he contacted the North Charleston Police Department.
Based on the tipster and his videos, an investigation was underway. The report said authorities in North Charleston connected with invsetigators in Cherokee County.
Although Haynes was arrested, she was released on a $5,000 bond, the report notes.
WKRN said this case comes on the heels of another story out of Florida where a woman there was arrested last week for allegedly having sex with two dogs. Miranda Johns, 21, is accused of having intercourse with her two animals in Naples and then allegedly sending the footage to her boyfriend. In that case, the report says her boyfriend turned the files over to authorities.Weird
Henri Désiré Landru never cut an imposing figure; he was a slight and modest man with an unassuming visage and a bushy beard.
In his homeland of France, however, Landru is most commonly associated with a sinister folktale figure named Bluebeard. And it isn’t his impressive facial hair that evokes the comparison.
The fictional Bluebeard was a criminal, who lured women into marriage then slaughtered them one by one, inheriting their wealth.
Indeed, in real life, Landru seduced hundreds of women and swindled them out of their money. Ten of his targets, plus one target’s son, ended up as murder victims, exiting Landru’s residence as smoke through the chimney.
Unlike many serial killers, Henri Landru did not have a miserable childhood or suffer abusive parents. He was born in 1869 to parents who already had a daughter; their intense desire for a son was the inspiration behind Landru’s middle name. Although the Landru family was poor, their household was by all accounts a loving one—to a tragic degree. It is said that when Henri was first arrested for petty theft as a young man, his father, distraught at the thought of his son’s criminality, committed suicide by hanging.
His father’s death aside, Henri Landru’s early life was one of quiet success. He did well in school, was drafted into the military and discharged with the respectable rank of sergeant. Eventually, Landru married a cousin, with whom he sired four children. But this bourgeois existence failed to satisfy the man, who possessed an irrepressible charm and no moral compass.
So Landru began secretly courting, and often marrying lonely women with considerable financial assets. The first known murder victim was Madame Jeanne Cuchet, a 39-year old mother of an 18-year-old son. Landru took an intense interest in both Jeanne and her son—much to Jeanne’s delight. Not long after, however, both Jeanne Cuchet and her son disappeared, while Landru was suddenly 15,000 francs richer.
This influx of wealth led Landru to dozens more seductions and swindles. Some of his female targets were as young as 19, while others were as old as 51. His predatory period ran from 1915 through the dark years of World War I, a time when thousands of fallen soldiers left behind grieving widows.
In 1919, a sister of one of Landru’s victims grew concerned after her frequent letters to her sibling went unanswered. She soon met the sister of another Landru victim, and the pair’s suspicions were confirmed. Together, they approached the mayor of Gambais, where Landru lived, and asked him to investigate the matter.
In April 1919, an arrest warrant was issued for Landru, who, upon noticing the police trailing him, tossed a notebook out of his apartment window. Authorities soon recovered the booklet, and found within its pages a list of women that Landru had dated along with recordings of their financial assets. When they investigated Landru’s home, authorities found more damning evidence: approximately 290 bone and tooth fragments were strewn about the fireplace.
Landru did his best to stonewall the court at his trial. Historical records suggest he showed little remorse when questioned and avoided responsibility when confronted with his crimes.
Such attempts were in vain. In 1921, Henri Désiré Landru was found guilty of 11 murders and sentenced to death. In early 1922, he was sent to Versailles, where he was beheaded via the guillotine.
While Landru’s life ended by the blade that winter day at Versailles, his severed head lived on as a grisly museum artifact. Currently, the desiccated cranium sits in Hollywood’s MUSEUM OF DEATH, where visitors can get face-to-face with the notorious killer.Weird
Back in January, David Newman, a now former ER doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, was arrested after a female patient alleged that he had given her an extra shot of morphine during a shoulder examination and then proceeded to masturbate and ejaculate on her. This week, newly released court documents revealed the cringe-worthy explanation Newman offered for how his semen — which matched Newman’s DNA — could have ended up on the patient’s face.
Citing court documents, the New York Post says that Newman told police, AHEM:
“I am embarrassed because I whacked off in the lounge, and it was possible that the ejaculate may have gone from my hands to the woman’s blanket … Semen may have also transferred from my hand to her face during the time I treated her.”
In other words, the best case scenario here is that this doctor was treating patients needing emergency medical care with jizz all over his hands. This concerns me. Regardless of whether that explanation has any validity – I am dubious and still totally revolted FWIW – the fact remains, this isn’t the only mess Newman is in. See, three other patients have also come forward and accused Newman of groping their breasts during exams.
“Four young women who came to the hospital for medical treatment were sexually abused by the very doctor entrusted with their care,” said Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. “One was sedated to the point of being physically helpless — a nightmare scenario for any patient to endure.”
Meanwhile, Newman’s lawyer says he plans on proving his innocence at trial. I just hope he remembers to wash his hands.Weird
Earlier this month, two North Carolina parents were arrested, and they now potentially face life in prison for horrifying charges against their own children.
Namely, they are alleged to have sexually assaulted their 4-year-old son and daughter, forced the kids to have sex with each other and other siblings, and also allowed adult friends to rape them.
Per the NY Daily News, Lindsey Honeycutt, 29, and Ambrose Heavener, 30, were charged with incest, sexual conduct of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, and engaging a child for sexual performance.
Some of the sex acts reportedly happened at the Myrtle Beach strip club where Honeycutt worked as a dancer, while other instances occurred in people’s homes.
The adult friends they allegedly roped into the disturbing plot were also arrested. One of them is a registered child molester.
The Daily News reports that both kids began getting counseling, and are now living with a state-appointed guardian.Weird
There was quite a scene inside a Studio City, CA sushi restaurant after reports say a man tossed a huge python at employees and customers.
The Los Angeles Times said a man identified as 46-year-old Hiroshi Motohashi ate and paid for a $200 meal inside the Sushi of Tokyo restaurant in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Motohashi, who came to the dinner armed with a smaller snake, was irritated after he was kicked out for showing the reptile off to other customers. The snake owner and his side-kick were tossed out, but Motohashi allegedly wasn’t finished with his show and tell. The accused reappeared with a massive, 13-foot python in tow.
The LA Times spoke to Lt. Jim Gavin from the Los Angeles Police Department, who said Motohashi uttered “[Expletive] you guys,” before he dropped the snake.
Waitress Jessie Davaddo spoke out to CBS Los Angeles and said, “Get this thing out! You know, everyone’s like eating so customers are yelling, ‘Get this thing out! Are you crazy.’”Reports say some customers even took off running.
Although Motohashi walked out, he was later found and arrested and charged with suspicion of making criminal threats. The snake tried to slither off, but got stuck — animal control officers had to come and remove it from the premises.
Animal Control in Los Angeles said they have possession of both snakes and the proper permits will have to be shown before they are released back to their owner.Weird
A 93-year-old woman died of starvation and now her son, who was supposed to be her caretaker, is charged with aggravated manslaughter. The victim’s body was reportedly in such an advanced stage of decomposition inside her Boynton Beach, Fla. home, she was barely recognizable.
It was December 2015 when Local 10 reports 65-year-old Robert Hart called 911 to say his mother died. When authorities arrived to the trailer they found maggots and flies — and the limbs of Violet Barker were flat-out mummified.
According to the report, Hart told authorities he was the only person caring for his elderly mother and since she’d lost most of her mobility, she hadn’t left their home in nearly two years.
Two weeks prior to being found, Hart told deputies Violet Barker wanted to be alone and “hibernate” in her room. For some reason, Barker did not think this was odd and didn’t bother to check on her. Barker said, according to the report, that the last time he saw his mother feed herself was 14 days prior to her death.
When asked why Hart couldn’t smell her dead body, he told authorities reportedly he has allergies. Deputies may not be buying that story because Local 10 said deputies found “several” cans of Febreeze in the home.
Local 10 said authorities told them at one point Hart felt guilty about not helping to keep his mother alive.
Hart doesn’t work and he was supported by his mother’s income and social security deposits. No word on if he’s retained an attorney.Weird
Officials are seeking a female flight attendant after she fled from a security checkpoint, leaving nearly 70 pounds of cocaine behind.
President of the airport police officer union, Marshall McClain, told FOX News that when the woman was selected for secondary screening she dropped a bag and abandoned her Gucci heels before running to an escalator barefoot.
“With her bringing this amount of narcotics in the airport, chances are this wasn’t her first time through,” he explained.
Airport police who inspected the bag turned 69 pounds worth of contraband over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Employees aren’t typically subjected to searches. However, after scanning her crew member badge the computer randomly selected her for an additional check, according to ABC News.
NBC News reports that prior to her departure she nervously called someone on her phone and spoke in a language unfamiliar to authorities.
Los Angeles Airport Police (LAPD) and the DEA are currently investigating the woman’s identity and whereabouts.Weird
People should know by now that anything they post online is fodder for dissection — not just by regular people, but by the cops. Now Ashley Ann Lewis of Richmond, Missouri is being forced to remember that the hard way after someone posted a photo on Facebook of Lewis allegedly smoking meth from a pipe as her 6-month-old daughter chills out on the couch next to her.
Lewis, 28, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and first degree endangering the welfare of a child, according toFox 4 KC.
The original Facebook post, Fox reports, was captioned by a friend, “Please help my friend Ashley Lewis and I stop using meth. We can’t even stop with a baby around. We need help!”
After being alerted to the picture, police reportedly found the hotel where Lewis was staying, and they uncovered a bunch of drug paraphernalia, which she admitted was all hers.
Det. Scott Bagley said Lewis claimed the photo was about four weeks old.
She’s now being held on a $15,000 bond and could face up to 15 years if convicted, while her baby is being held in protective custody.Weird