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.
Seven years ago I had written about a child murder case in Steubenville, Ohio. The father of the baby, Fred Roman, bashed his son’s head against a wall because he was crying. Today, the mother of that child is in jail on a charge of child endangerment, and her son is dead. COVERED in bruises from head to toe according to Sheriff Fred Abdalla and had burns on his feet.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said the child suffered severe injuries including bruises head to toe, front and back, as well as burns on top of his feet. He said Fleischer walked a mile to the fire department to ask what to do about her dead child rather than ask a neighbor for a phone, which she claims she did not have.
Abdalla went on to say the injuries to the feet happened sometime in December of last year and that Fleischer refused to take the child to the emergency room. Fleischer claimed the baby fell down the steps and was hurt by another child. She told authorities she was afraid Children Services would be involved and take the baby away.
In June 2007 WTOV9 reported about this same woman after her son was murdered:
Drugs Found in Pregnant Woman’s System Posted Friday, June 29, 2007 ; 07:18 PM Updated Friday, June 29, 2007 ; 08:27 PM Watch Story Video
Woman faces judge Friday. Story by Dave Elias Email | Bio
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Seven months pregnant, Channe Fleischer of Jefferson County,Ohio, already has lost a 16-month old son.
Now, authorities fear she could lose an unborn child because of drug uese.
She was in a Jefferson County courtroom on Friday after test results showed high levels of Oxycodone and marijuana. Fleischer’s son Jacob died recently, allegedly at the hands of his father, Fred Roman Jr., according to officials.
Roman had custody of Jacob after Channe was thrown in jail for drug charges. The baby’s head had been smashed against a wall, reportedly because he wouldn’t stop crying.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla wants the charge of harming an unborn child to be filed against Fleischer, but Tom Strauss said those charges are hard to prove right now.
Fleischer was ordered to get treatment for her apparent drug problem. She’s been ordered to undergo an evaluation.
Sheriff Abdalla said that there was no way Nicholas got the bruises from falling down the stairs as is being alleged. The burns on his feet — he was NEVER taken to the hospital for treatment. WHO DOES THIS!!! Who doesn’t have their baby treated for burns? I should probably just shut up now because I have nothing nice to say about this woman or anyone who had any contact with this child knowing that he needed medical treatment.