According to West Virginia State Police, 20 year old Zachary Thomas Dickman Facebook page and 14 year old Katelyn Settle from the Brush Fork area are considered armed and dangerous by troopers after they allegedly assaulted a juvenile at the victim’s home. From comments on the WVNS Facebook page, Katelyn and Zachary are brother and sister. While teens wanted for attempted murder is really not something that out of the ordinary, what I did find interesting was the guardian of Katelyn’s comments on Facebook. When crimes like these happen many always rush to judgment and point a finger at bad parenting. I’ve been guilty of it – I think most of us have.
However in this instance. Katelyn’s father immediately commented to the post and basically said that he did not raise his child that way and if she was found armed and officers were at risk, that they should take whatever means necessary to apprehend the pair. Of course, others got on the thread and told him he was a shitty father because he spoke out and said his daughter was a bad person for being involved in the alleged shooting of his fiance’s son and leaving him for dead. Bottom line, folks. We can’t have it both ways. We call out shitty parenting and make judgment from our keyboards and then others come along and want to pull at the scab by telling the father that he’s a bad parent for calling out his daughter for breaking the law. Some were claiming that he wished her dead. I didn’t read that in any of his comments, but he knows the reality of two armed kids going up against cops. I say good on this parent for calling it like it is. His child made a bad decision and now she must answer to the law for it.
Continue reading ARMED AND DANGEROUS – Katelyn Settle and Zachary Dickman
A few weeks ago, a friend posted on my Facebook about a missing persons/murder case in her hometown of Springfield, MO. The mother of a disabled girl was found stabbed to death in her bedroom, and the disabled daughter was gone – nowhere to be found, and her wheelchair was left behind. A strange message was posted on the Facebook account that they shared. That in itself caused me to give the ol side eye. Gypsy Blancharde was allegedly in her late teens yet shared a Facebook account with her mother? The message posted said “That bitch is dead” followed by an equally disturbing “I fucken SLASHED THAT FAT PIG AND RAPED HER SWEET INNOCENT DAUGHTER…HER SCREAM WAS SOOOO FUCKEN LOUD LOL.”
When friends of the Blanchardes couldn’t reach them by phone, they became worried that something was wrong. It was then that a neighbor crawled into the house and not finding anything amiss, the police were called who entered the house to find Claudinnea “Dee Dee ” Blancharde face down in her bedroom and stabbed to death.
Continue reading The Twisted Life of Gypsy Rose Blancharde
I realize I haven’t really been blogging that much here, and most of it is because I’ve been busy and/or having massive writer’s block or…just don’t have it in me to be passionate about some of the crazy stuff going on in our world, but something was brought to my attention the other day on Facebook and I wanted to share this story for a few reasons. One, because I really don’t talk much about my past and two because I am proud of my hometown and the drive and determination of what amounts to a little mountain town in the hills of Southern West Virginia.
In 2010, the population was 379. It’s very small but very laid out geographically because it’s country. And when I say country I mean one gas station and the nearest grocery store is almost an hours drive or more. It’s rugged but beautiful, and it was home for most of my teen life.
My life there was rough, and we were very poor. This pic is a current satellite view of the area. We literally lived out in the hills. Men worked in the coal mines and women mostly stayed home and cared for their families. I don’t think I ever realized how poor I was until I grew up. Back then we were thrilled when we got a brick of government cheese. YEP! I admit it. I loved that stuff, and going to the Hardee’s in Rainelle or the Dairy Queen was a special treat. It didn’t happen often so when we got to go we were appreciative.
Apparently YouTube has been pulling the video and American mainstream media is not reporting on the interview. With that in mind, I am sharing it because what the NSA was doing and probably continues to do affects all of us.
Beckley, West Virginia police had been trying to identify the person who recorded a vicious fight and posted it to Facebook. After identifying him as Timothy Gibbs, local news WVNS spoke with him to ask why he would record the fight and not intervene.
” I mean, what do they expect me to do? I was just sitting there waiting on the bus, I seen the fight, I thought it was funny. There’s a lot of fight videos on Facebook, I don’t see why everybody is on my case now.”
Anyone who stands by and watches someone get his head stomped into the pavement is an asshole. So, there’s your answer Timothy Gibbs. You are an asshole and a coward.
A few months ago a woman contacted me on my Facebook page to reach out to me for help. She is a victim of domestic violence and what broke my heart is the terror she felt for her pets. She didn’t want to go into a shelter situation because she would not leave her pets behind. Honestly, knowing how much I love my own pets – I could understand her desperation. Given the choice what would you do when faced with shelter or the possibility of your pets being abused as well by leaving them behind?
I reached out to some resources for her and hoped for the best. She created an exit plan and has recently filed for divorce. After being granted a restraining order against her husband, she appeared in court today and the Judge ordered her out of the house by May 8th. Again, she is in a situation of desperation because she has nowhere to go and will not leave her pets with her abuser. She sent me this email and I wanted to post it with some photos and ask that you share her crowdfunding page so that she can obtain safe shelter with her pets. She has three dogs and two cats.
I have been abused and terrorized by my husband of three years and common law husband of 14 years.
He abused me physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. He terrorized my pets. On Feb 26 he abandoned us with nothing. I filed a protection order and now we are divorcing.
Today, despite an amazing abundance of evidence, the judge ordered ME out of the house with 3 dogs and 2 cats on May 8.
My attorney with 20 years experience AND the project safeguard advocates all said they have never seen such a ridiculous order.
I have no money, have only been doing day labor and now will be homeless.
I am Kate of Aurora CO. This is a horrendous ruling beyond the imagination of anyone familiar with the legal system.
Any help will be forever grateful for. Thank you and blessings.
You can assist her or share her page by clicking here.
This is such an incredibly sad story. An 11-year old girl and her deaf grandparents died in a house fire in Youngstown, Ohio. It is being reported that the young girl was also deaf. Around 3:30 this morning the neighbors heard a loud explosion followed by a second explosion. One neighbor said the entire house was engulfed in flames from the bottom up after she heard the explosions. The little girl was to appear as a witness in the trial against the man charged with raping her.
Robert Seman, Jr. age 46, had been charged with four felony counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition, according to local news. The victim’s mother contacted police in March, 2014 to report that her daughter told her Seman had been engaging in sexual conduct with her for several years. The rape charges could put Seman away for life if found guilty. He was to go on trial this morning, but due to the fire, the trial has now been delayed. Also of note, is that Seman was arrested and his bond was revoked this morning just hours after the fire because he allegedly tried to bribe a potential witness in the case.
…and THIS is why the true crime community is going to shit and many true crime authors are now writing fiction. Once long ago, it was enjoyable to write about true crime and to interact with intellectual people who discussed the case and the legal process. That was until they started going full blown potato and tossing all legalities and sanity aside. Every high profile case has its share of nutters, but from my perspective — those outweigh the rational fans of true crime and that includes the not so high profile case discussion.
The Casey Anthony case was the pivotal point where the intellectuals fled the scene like rats on a sinking ship and the participants were replaced with people who screamed conspiracy, foul, “kill the bitch forget Constitutional rights, kill them again – who needs a trial”. Did I mention “kill them again and their little dog, too“? That is excessive, but unfortunately those types of comments reflect the mentality of the current state of the true crime community. Legal rights, procedure and the law mean nothing. What becomes the battle cry of these true crime junkies includes none of those items. Instead, the masses glom onto communal butt hurt and threaten jurors for voting the “wrong way” as they are now doing in the Jodi Arias matter, and as they did in the Casey Anthony case.
Last year I wrote about Leonard “Mac” McQuown who was walking across America under the guise of raising money for homeless veterans. He was met with scrutiny along every step of his journey because he had defrauded others in the name of our veterans before. Well…a grifter’s gonna grift and I have been alerted that he is preparing for yet another “walk” in the name of veterans. In 2011 McQuown allegedly founded a charitable organization called Operation Walk America. McQuown used the “organization” as a ruse to solicit funds and convert them to personal use when no legally registered 501(c)(3) organization existed. During the course of his “walk” and not so charitable fundraiser he defrauded many, including being at the center of romance scams along the way.
McQuown has NEVER shown proof that ANY veterans organization has received donations. In fact, legitimate veterans’ organizations have stated publicly that he defrauded them out of money. Ravens Outreach went public regarding McQuown’s paypal donation. McQuown was under pressure to prove that he was giving the money to veteran’s programs, and he posted screenshots of an alleged paypal donation to prove that he was giving the money to veterans’ programs, and then he rescinded the donation.