May 4, 2008
Apparenlty, from the descriptions of Josef Fritzl and his household, it was maintained through a culture of fear. Christine R, Fritzl’s sister-in-law, said that her sister likely had no idea because of the constant fear she lived in and a strong desire to keep family together. “When he said it was black, it was black, even when it was 10 times white,” Christine R. said , who was interviewed Saturday evening at her home in Austria. “He tolerated no dissent…”, she went on to say.
Christine R. considered Josef Fritzl as a “tyrant” who created an elaborate cover story that no one questioned of Elisabeth running away to join a cult and abandoning three children on their doorstep, which was ultimately assisted by the fear he had worked so hard to create in the household.
The Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten daily on Saturday printed an excerpt of a 1967 court record found in the state archives in Linz, in which a Josef F. was accused of breaking into the apartment of a 24-year-old nurse and raping her.
History (and psychopathic behavior) seems to repeat itself. Perhaps, Austria needs to look into why they keep breeding psycopathic monsters like Hitler and Fritzl.
In what seems to be a move out of the American legal playbook, Fritzl is reportedly likely to claim insanity to dodge a larger ordeal for himself.
May 4, 2008
Japan’s longest serving death row inmate, Iwao Hakamada, has maintained his innocence for 40 years in the four murders he was convicted of. His confession was coerced, Hakamada says.
The judge who wrote the death-sentence now agrees with him.
“My feelings about Mr. Hakamada remain the same – I believe he is innocent,” said Judge Norimichi Kumamoto. He has revealed that he argued for acquittal but two other judges outvoted him in their secret deliberations before handing down their ruling in 1968. As the junior judge, he was tasked with writing the death sentence order.
The case has brought unprecedented focus on Japan’s secretive criminal justice system, causing a flurry or questions in legal circles and about the death penalty in a country where it’s culturally correct not to question.
Amnesty International, Japanese boxers and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the American boxer imprisoned nearly 20 years for three murders before the convictions were overturned have all come out in Hakamada’s support.
The Japanese judicial system is now be picked through with a fine-tooth comb. Possible results may even include an overhaul and revision of the system itself.
May 4, 2008
Ashley Massaro, one of the divas of the WWE, is part of an investigation the FBI is conducting into the Bella Models Escort Service in California and Florida. Details are vague, as the story is just beginning to come out now. According to Massaro’s MySpace page, she is contacting her lawyers right away saying, “Just got buzzed on some BS that is going around. Dont [sic] believe it for a second. Getting in touch with my lawyer as we speak”.
May 4, 2008
Puerto Montt, Chile is a virtual ghost town since the massive evacuation of the town to avoid catastrophe when the nearby volcano erupted. Interior Minister Edmundo Perez said that 40 to 45 people of a total population of more than 4,500 remain there one day after the Chaiten volcano erupted. Meanwhile, the volcano is still erupting, shooting out ash in plumes as high as twelve kilometers. The Interior Minister is not sure if the citizens of Puerto Montt wiill be able to return to thier homes.
May 4, 2008
If you missed the original story (the link at the bottom of this article), CSI star Gary Dourdan was arrested while passed out in his car in Palm Springs, CA. Found in the car with him was cocaine, ecstacy, and heroin. He was arrested promptly. Now, the CSI star speaks out about the event and what followed in an email to Access Hollywood. Here is an excerpt of that email:
“Obviously I certainly wish I hadn’t been responsible for so many people getting to the festival’s VIP area,” Dourdan wrote, referring to California’s annual Coachella music festival, which he regularly attends. “And the after party, it ran me ragged, but I’m glad pulling over did prevent a DUI. I recommend not driving at all, but a little kip (nap) is always good (on either side of the road.”
“I am blessed that the Sgt. realized that the luggage carrying whatever they found was not mine and that my tests have been coming back negative. I’ve been happy to cooperate in any way to clear myself and go on with my blessed life.”
Says Douchebag: “I am so sorry to all my fans, especially the young ones, like Taylor Swift, who I should’ve been supporting with my daughter instead of driving tired in the desert,” he wrote. “I am planning events to get the word out that you don’t need a bunch of nasty chemicals to have a good time. Just good friends, family, good music and a good honest spirit full of faith.”
The story about Dourdan’s arrest can be read here