Weird News 10/9/16
Weird news of the week.
Woman requires emergency surgery after sex toy mishap
A British woman misplaced a sex toy before realizing it was lodged inside her backside – still vibrating – forcing doctors to perform emergency surgery.
Emma Phillips, a 24-year-old student-teacher from the town of Wallasey near Liverpool, was getting busy with boyfriend Lee Miller, 29, on Saturday morning when they couldn’t find their seven-inch-long vibrator
She pressed on her stomach and could feel vibration, according to The Sun newspaper in London.
“We were looking around the bed in case it had fallen out,” Phillips said. “When I leaned on my stomach I could feel it vibrating – it was stuck low down and at one point was even wedged behind my hip.”
Robert Mondrian-Powell, aka Robert Boykin, is being sought as a person of interest the death of Elvira Segura, 67, a retired Santa Fe librarian. He is also believed to have possibly remained for weeks in the home they shared as her body rotted inside a bathroom.
Authorities found Segura’s remains in her residence on September 27, during a welfare check. Three days earlier, a car registered to Segura was found abandoned with its keys inside and windows down. One eyewitness described an older man with a stocky build and a hat walking away from the vehicle.
Upon arriving at Segura’s home, police smelled decomposition and could hear flies. After a search warrant was issued, officers discovered Segura’s body in a bathroom. Additionally, a dead dog lay inside a bedroom. A trail of what was suspected to be blood ran from the kitchen to an attached greenhouse.
At least two neighbors say they heard gunshots late one night approximately three weeks before. Locals also told officers that the woman had shared the home with an older, stocky man they knew only as “Bob” — and that he usually wore a hat. Mail found at the home was addressed to a Robert Boykin.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Robert Boykin legally changed his surname to Mondrian-Powell in 2010. He does have a police record under the name Robert Boykin.
Additionally, neighbors said that Bob had held a yard sale during the week of September 11. Nobody had seen Elvira Segura around for a month or so prior. Police now believe that Bob’s yard sale may very well have happened while Segura’s body was concurrently decomposing in that bathroom.
Is it a real confession of kidnapping and murder? Is it a delusional scrawl? Is it all just someone’s idea of a prank?
Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, are pondering those questions, and others, in response to a note discovered by a Sheraton Hotel worker while he was moving furniture. The missive was taped up behind a framed portrait, as if to make the whole thing just that much more unnerving.
The handwritten screed details elaborate claims that between 2008 and 2010, the writer lured victims to the room to be gagged, sodomized, and made to “go free from this world.”
The worker, who has asked to remain anonymous, told reporters, “It’s scary, to be honest — that someone would put so much thought into that.”
As to the validity of the note, the Raleigh Police Department said at this point it does not appear to be connected to any incidents they are working or have ever worked. As a precaution, however, authorities are holding it in their evidence room.
These are the crime stories making headlines today, October 6, 2016 …
- A Florida man was sent to jail on a domestic-battery charge after slapping his girlfriend in the face with a sex toy, according to police. Micah Norman (above), 34, was arrested Saturday evening following a confrontation with his live-in girlfriend at a residence in Madeira Beach. According to a criminal complaint, Norman was arguing with the 29-year-old victim at around 10:20 P.M. when he grabbed her and hit her “in the face with a sex toy.” Norman was charged with domestic battery, a misdemeanor — and a judge has ordered him to have no contact with the victim. [The Smoking Gun]
- New details have emerged about the Georgia woman who was shot and killed on September 25 as she drove through Atlanta with her husband and best friend. A friend of Diane McIver, 63, said that her husband Claud “Tex” McIver had placed the .38 caliber revolver in his lap because the couple were afraid of Black Lives Matter protesters, when they hit a bump and it went off accidentally. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McIver’s husband was sitting directly behind her in the backseat as her best friend drove. Atlanta police have said the shooting was “more complicated” and they are investigating it as a homicide. [CBS News]
- The dramatic arrest of one of Italy’s most-wanted fugitive mob bosses after five years on the run has been captured on video. Police found Antonio Pelle, 54, hiding on top of an armoire in a homemade bunker at his home in southern Reggio Calabria. Pelle, known as “Mamma,” was serving a 20-year prison sentence for mafia association, arms and drug trafficking when he slipped out of a hospital in September 2011. Pelle is considered to be the boss of the Pelle-Romeo clan of San Luca, in Italy’s southern Calabria region, authorities say. [Ruptly/YouTube]
- A devout Muslim has been jailed after stabbing his wife to death because her job required her to look after men. Imran Khan texted his care-worker wife a string of threatening messages before stabbing her eight times with a kitchen knife, police say. The 38-year-old allegedly believed that his wife was disobeying Islamic law and warned her that her position made him “angry.” The couple wed in 1999, when the killer’s family forced him to go to Pakistan for the marriage. They have three children. [Daily Express]
- Dennis Tito, the first millionaire to buy his way into Earth orbit as a tourist, has been accused of discrimination and harassment by a female employee. Cynthia Loo, who is reportedly the only woman or minority to be an officer or board member of his firm, Wilshire Associates, claimed in a discrimination lawsuit filed October 4 that the company fired her as president of the company’s analytics division because Tito had decided that, at over 55, she was too old. Loo also accuses the defendants of harassing her and discriminating against her based on her gender and race. [Courthouse News Service]
- An emergency hazardous-materials response team from Fayetteville, North Carolina, found a dead body in a car on Monday night. Responders were dispatched at around 11:45 P.M. to the Food Lion parking lot located on US Highway 1 in Aberdeen, and found a note on the car telling whoever found the person not to open the vehicle because cyanide salts had been used. Inside the car they found the body of the 44-year-old victim from Southern Pines. Officials say the victim will be transported to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. [Aberdeen Times]
- A West Midlands, England, police officer who sexually assaulted two women has been sentenced to four years behind bars. PC Steven Walters, 48, left his victims suffering panic attacks, anxiety, and depression after carrying out his attacks while he was on duty, according to testimony heard in Stafford Crown Court. Walters attacked one of the women in her own home, and assaulted the other victim in his police car after offering her a lift late at night. Walters was reportedly confident that his victims would not report him due to his position on the force. [DailyMail.com]
- A former South Dakota police chief has been found guilty of murdering his wife. On Monday, seven years after the death of Leonila Stickney, a jury found her husband Bertram Stickney, 64, guilty of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say that Bertram, who had once served as police chief in Harrisburg, murdered his wife in order to claim $900,000 worth of insurance money — and was also allegedly angry because he discovered she was pregnant with another man’s child.[People.com]
Main photo: Micah Norman [Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
Anatoly Moskvin was more than just a historian, he was also quite the aficionado of cemeteries. That Russian writer’s outspoken passion for such resting places led authorities to investigate Moskvin’s home in the Nizhny Novgorod area following a series of 2011 grave desecrations.
Police not only found out fast that Moskvin was the guilty party, they discovered 29 bone-chillingly eerie dolls displayed throughout the three-room apartment. Most of the dolls, if not all, contained mummified remains from corpses Moskvin had dug up in the violated burial grounds.
Some reports say that it was actually Moskvin’s parents who tipped off the authorities, after returning home from their summer vacation and discovering their son’s horrible horde. One report quoted his mother as saying she’d been aware of his odd doll-making hobby, but had never suspected there were human remains inside of them. Apparently, he would prowl necropolises during the summer, when his parents were away.
Police believe that Moskvin transported a total of 29 bodies from the cemetery to his home, and that he mummified them according to directions in manuals he’d printed out from the internet. Each body was female, and ranged in approximate age from 11 to 30.
Moskvin costumed his handiwork with dresses, old clothing, and even lace stockings, most of which had also come from the graves. Some dolls contained music boxes that played children’s songs automatically if the doll was moved, responding to touch.
Some reports indicate Moskvin made careful notes of the real lives of the girls and women whose bodies he stole, and that he threw birthday parties for them every year. One of them quoted Moskvin addressing the parents of the exhumed girls, after his arrest: “You abandoned your girls in the cold — and I brought them home and warmed them up.”
Searchers also found various headstones, skulls, and maps of other cemeteries among his ghoulish collection. Moskvin, who referred to himself as a “necropolyst,” was apparently working on a book about cemeteries and had visited at least 750 of them for his “research.” He regularly wrote for a publication called Necrologies, whose editor, Alexei Yesin, said of Moskvin’s submissions, “Many of his articles enlighten his sensual interest in deceased young women, which I took for romantic and somewhat childish fantasies the talented writer emphasized.”
After the arrest, court doctors diagnosed Moskvin with paranoid schizophrenia. A 2012 court hearing deemed him unfit for medical trial and remanded him for medical treatment. All requests to the court to continue Moskvin’s treatment have reportedly been approved ever since, and he remains in a hospital facility.
In 2014, the mother of one of the young girls spoke to the Mirror about her ordeal and grief dealing with Moskvin’s exhumation of her daughter, Olga Chardymova, which compounded her anguish as her daughter’s death at ten years old was due to a murder in the first place. Natalia Chardymova said, “We had been visiting the grave of our child for nine years and we had no idea it was empty. Instead, she was in this beast’s apartment.” She also claims that Moskvin would leave notes on young Olga’s grave over the years, marking holidays and milestones such as first days of school. Heartbreakingly, she states, “I still find it hard to grasp the scale of his sickening work, but for nine years he was living with my mummified daughter in his bedroom. I had her for ten years, he had her for nine.”
The following video from Moskvin’s home shows some of the dolls in a space that resembles something from a horror-themed episode of Hoarders. Apparently, the investigators can be heard to say, in Russian, “These dolls are made of mummified human remains.” The video contains images that may be very disturbing to some viewers.
These are the crime stories making headlines today, October 7, 2016 …
- Suspected serial killer Shawn Grate sent two letters to Cleveland TV station WEWS that provided the first details on his claims about a motive in connection with the deaths of five women. In his letter, Grate blamed government assistance for first “taking the minds” of the women. “They were already dead, just their bodies were flopping wherever it can flop but their minds were already dead! The state took their minds. Once they started receiving their monthly checks,” Grate wrote. The letters, which also contained Bible verses, were sent to reporter Megan Hickey after she had requested an on-camera interview with Grate, the station reported. Grate was arrested last month after a woman escaped an Ashland home where the bodies of Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith were then found. [WEWS]
- The family of a Pennsylvania woman who allegedly starved her 11-month-old son says she has “extreme views” on veganism and fed her baby only small amounts of nuts and berries. Elizabeth Hawk, 33, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child after investigators say she failed to give her 11-month-old son sufficient food. In an interview with CBS Pittsburgh, Hawk’s sister-in-law said she had been concerned about her nephew, who she said had a “severe rash” and “couldn’t use his hands at all.” In addition, she claimed that Elizabeth was “going to live on water and sunlight.” [CBS News]
- An Austin couple has been arrested for lewd conduct in public at the Hippie Hollow Park. Police say they saw Mina Ansari, 28, and Jason Hill, 45, on September 28 at about 6:30 P.M. lying on their sides while Ansari masturbated Hill’s erect penis. Court documents say there were several couples close enough to hear and see what was happening. Ansari and Hill were charged with public lewdness. [News 4 San Antonio]
- A Florida man’s decision to throw out his 19-year-old son’s Lego collection triggered a family fight that ended with both father and son behind bars. Police say that 46-year-old Nicholas Melice, Sr., and his son, Nicholas Jr., of Port St. Lucie, had been arguing over the elder Melice throwing out his son’s plastic building bricks. The argument escalated, and they started shoving and punching. Each suffered scratches during the fight. [The Smoking Gun]
- Police are investigating the discovery of what appears to be a human heart at a Lower East Side housing project. A 68-year-old man said he was rummaging through the garbage at the Riis Houses near FDR Drive when he found a pink box containing a plant at around 11 A.M. on Wednesday. Underneath the plant lay the heart. The heart appeared to be human, but police brought the item to the city Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm. [New York Daily News]
- The decomposed remains of an 85-year-old woman who “may have been dead for months” were discovered during a welfare check at a Queens home Wednesday. Police say Christopher Fuhrer, 30, kept the corpse of his grandmother Erika Kraus-Breslin wrapped in plastic bags for about five months because he was afraid of becoming homeless. Police made the grisly discovery in Maspeth after the woman’s daughter became concerned about her well-being. Fuhrer wrapped his grandmother’s body when it began to decompose, and also started placing air fresheners around the house. He was arrested on improper burial and other charges. [ABC 7 News]
- The Smoking Gun reports on what they refer to as the incident that has achieved“Peak Florida.” A 350-pound Florida man, Columbus Henderson, 45, fled from a Walmart Supercenter in Fort Lauderdale on September 26 with a pair of 40-inch televisions worth $298, according to police. As he ran through the parking lot, his pants fell off, and he abandoned them there. His pants contained his identification. Henderson was arrested early Tuesday morning for grand theft, and at the time of his arrest, reportedly had a crack pipe stuffed with Brillo buried in his anus. [The Smoking Gun]
- A Manhattan man who runs the “Dollar Bill’s Psycho Roundup” website that publishes listings of escorts has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and agreed to pay $3.5 million in penalties. The Daily News reported that William Mersey, 66, cut a deal late last month with the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office and admitted that his stated income of $17,564 on a 2011 tax return was false, according to court papers. He faces a sentence of up to three years in prison. [New York Daily News]
Main photo: Letter allegedly sent by suspected serial killer Shawn Grate to WEWS [Photo: WEWS/CNN Newsource (screenshot)]