What a Tangled Web He Weaves

A magistrate’s decision was entered  in the Motion to Suppress Evidence filed on behalf of Deric Lostutter in federal court.  And oh what an eye opener that Recommendation was!!!  For almost 4 years, Deric Lostutter has been telling anyone who would listen what a bad ass he is and that when a search warrant was executed on his property that the FBI and SWAT came storming in, weapons drawn and ordered him to the ground. As it turns out…Deric wasn’t telling the truth when he told his story about the “raid”.  I know…hard to believe, but his testimony and that of his brother were noted to be utterly unbelievable and it was that the cursing, gun wielding,  mean old FBI and SWAT agents were a figment of Deric’s overly active imagination.   When the SWAT team pulled in, his shotgun was resting … Continue reading →

Feeding and Perching

​​ I am so pleased with her development. Yes, he is a she and I am calling her CeeCee. Today she flew to my finger when I called for her and she finally ate mealworms and seeds.  She is getting closer to a time that I could release her, but I’m concerned about her lack of fear around the dogs. She flew to Wilson and sat on his back.  She does seem to be scared of other people so I am playing it by ear for now. I sure do love this little one.  … Continue reading →

Ceefus Takes Flight

I never thought this little guy would make it to be honest.  I’m told that most rejected baby birds in human care will die.  I wasn’t sure I was making the right choice by intervening rather than allowing nature to take its course, but I am so glad I chose to try to save him. He has grown so much since I found him. He had so few feathers and I thought surely he wouldn’t have enough nutrients and was I even hand feeding him correctly.  Tonight he flew from his basket to my shoulder and then across the room. It scared the heck out of me but boy was he ever proud of himself!  I decided tonight that I will try to release him. If he comes back, I’ll keep him but I just can’t make myself put this … Continue reading →

“They Are Harassing Me”, But Let’s Leave a Shitty Comment on the Defense Fund

That’s right.  Deric Lostutter filed a lawsuit against us for who knows what, and while he maintains that we are “harassing” him, it hasn’t stopped him from proving what an impulsive little snot he is.  Yesterday, Deric donated $1 to our legal defense fund page so he could leave a comment. One comment was not good enough for Lostutter, as he left another one this morning. Lie. I was served by deputy sheriff on Tuesday, April 26. Although I can’t go into detail about the case against us, nor our strategy, I will state that he is not helping his case, and ultimately the burden of proof is on Deric…not us. To that end, I am once again asking that the link to the defense fund page continue to be shared, and if you can donate one dollar, that will … Continue reading →

Rhoden Family Murders

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I have been following the Pike County, Ohio case because it is local and the “hillbilly” family dynamics is interesting.  I use the term hillbilly not as an insult but to describe the way of life.  I, myself, am a “hillbilly”.  I grew up in southern West Virginia and can relate to the small town atmosphere and cultural mores.  My life in rural Appalachia was rough.  I know poverty firsthand and what it means to be thankful for what you have.  When I see interviews with the locals from Pike County, I can relate to them.  I was one of them once.  You can take the girl out of the holler, but you can’t take the holler out of the girl. I grew up on Backus Mountain in Meadow Bridge, West Virginia; population less than 400.  We lived in a … Continue reading →

Feeling Homesick

I’m feeling homesick today.  More than usual.  I miss my desert home in Joshua Tree.  Coming back to Ohio was bittersweet and while it is always going to be my home…it isn’t “home”.  The desert was truly my happy place.  I lived in a 6-bedroom house in the middle of the desert.  It was 4 miles either way to get to a main hard road.  Sand for MILES and I loved it. It was so quiet.  I was so far out in the middle of nowhere that I didn’t hear traffic or city noises.  I spent a lot of time sitting out on the deck just enjoying nature.  *sigh*  There was no central heat in the house because it doesn’t stay cold in the desert for long.  At night, I would start a fire in the fireplace.  I miss it … Continue reading →

When You’ve Finally Had Enough

There comes a time when behavior crosses the line from free speech and becomes cyberstalking and criminal harassment.  The free pass given for cyberstalking me and my family for so long has now expired.  For nearly ten years I have turned a blind eye to the harassment.  I didn’t file charges.  I figured that they would get bored and go away, but that hasn’t happened. When these individuals decided to team up with another to assist or provide information for the purpose of harassment, I again turned a blind eye.  I responded publicly when I felt it necessary, but did nothing to force them to stop.  Rather, I let them continue to spew their bullshit and ignored a lot of it. I have turned a blind eye long enough.  What these people are doing is not free speech.  Contacting my … Continue reading →

True Crime Has Gone Tits Up

I’ve blogged about true crime for years and have watched with much dismay, as those who follow cases have become increasingly more aggressive in how they “follow” cases.  There aren’t many of us left who still write about true crime or follow them from the sidelines.  For me, it’s become a chore to get involved with (as in blogging) about some of the cases, and the high profile ones I tend to avoid because of the rabid followers.  Long gone are the days of civil discussion.  Today “discussing” the case means victim blaming, harassing grieving families, stalking and harassing commenters who have a different opinion than the crime groupies.  It’s very disheartening, and probably one of the reasons that I haven’t blogged much for awhile.  I ask myself if the aggravation of dealing with these folks is worth it, and … Continue reading →

Meadow Bridge High School

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 … Continue reading →

“I thought it was funny”

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.” Beckley, Bluefield 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. … Continue reading →