California mom who confessed to killing her kids said she ‘social justice warrior’ against human trafficking

California mom who confessed to killing her kids said she ‘social justice warrior’ against human trafficking

A California mother who confessed to killing her three children in a recent jailhouse television news interview described herself as a "social justice warrior" who traveled up and down the state advocating against human trafficking.

Liliana Carrillo, 30, told KGET-TV that she drowned her children -- 3-year-old Joanna Denton Carrillo, her 2-year-old brother, Terry, and 6-month-old sister, Sierra -- in an effort to protect them from abuse from their father, Erik Denton, whom she accused of being part of a sex trafficking ring. She believes Denton was abusing the kids and that they were in danger of being trafficked.

He has denied the allegations.

"I've always been a person who basically been for helping people," Carrillo said. "I've always been a social justice warrior, equal rights, human rights activist,"

She said Denton moved her and the children from Los Angeles to Porterville, a small city in central California where the family lived until the end of February, where she said human trafficking activities have occurred.

"There's something going on in Porterville that needs to be investigated," she said. "I'm hoping to get someone who specializes in human trafficking to representing me because that's exactly what's going on. We were being groomed."

The kids were reportedly stabbed to death on April 10 in a scene that left many shaken, including first responders, some of whom needed counseling afterward. During the interview, she said she drowned them.

"I drowned them," said Carrillo, who was wearing a brown jumpsuit with her arms shackled to her waist and a bandage on her left arm.

"I did it as softly, I don’t know how to explain it, but I hugged them and I kissed them and I was apologizing the whole time," she said. "I loved my kids."

She admitted to being completely sober at the time of the killings, despite what she called a history of postpartum depression and marijuana use. She has not yet been charged in the Los Angeles killings.

The children were found dead Saturday by their grandmother in her Reseda apartment. Carrillo was arrested hours later nearly 200 miles north in Tulare County. She told the TV station that she tried to kill herself by driving off a cliff but her car became stuck in a ditch.

She then allegedly carjacked a vehicle from good Samaritan. She is being held in Kern County on carjacking and auto theft charges, of which she has pleaded not guilty.

In court filings, he said Carrillo was delusional and refused to tell him where his kids were. He also said she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to childhood abuse.

"I am very concerned about my partner," Denton wrote in the custody documents, "and want to get her the help she needs to recover from this mental break and to become stable. I want her interactions with the children to be safe and healthy."

Denton’s court filings tell of Carrillo’s post-partum depression following the birth of their middle child. In texts and social media posts, she said things like "I wish I never had kids" and threatened to kill herself.

She said she did not want her children to endure anymore abuse.

"I wish my kids were alive, yes," she said. "Do I wish that I didn’t have to do that? Yes. But I prefer them not being tortured and abused on a regular basis for the rest of their lives."
Biden proposes summit with Putin in coming months

Biden proposes summit with Putin in coming months

President Biden on Tuesday proposed a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming months, but suggested it take place in a third country – outside of the United States and Russia.

The president spoke with Putin on Tuesday to discuss a number of "regional and global issues."

"President Biden reaffirmed his goal of building a stable and predictable relationship with Russia consistent with U.S. interests, and proposed a summit meeting in a third country in the coming months to discuss the full range of issues facing the United States and Russia," the White House said in a statement Tuesday.

The two also discussed the intent of the U.S. and Russia to pursue a "strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and emerging security issues" to build on the extension of the New START Treaty, according to the White House.The START Treaty enhances U.S. national security by placing verifiable limits on all Russian deployed intercontinental-range nuclear weapons. The treaty began on Feb. 5, 2011, and according to the State Department, the U.S. and the Russian Federation have agreed to extend it through Feb. 4, 2026.

The White House also said, during the call, Biden "made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to Russia's actions, such as cyber intrusions and election interference."

"President Biden emphasized the United States' unwavering commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the White House continued. "The President voiced our concerns over the sudden Russian military build-up in occupied Crimea and on Ukraine’s borders, and called on Russia to de-escalate tensions."

The call comes after a back-and-forth last month between Biden and Putin.

The president, last month, said Putin would "pay a price" following a declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which contained evidence of attempted Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election. Biden had also agreed during an interview whether he thought Putin was a "killer."

"I do," Biden replied during the interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

Putin responded by saying, "It takes one to know one."

Following those comments, Putin told reporter in Moscow that he wanted "to invite President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we actually do it live."

"But with no delays, directly in an open, direct discussion," Putin said, suggesting they hold the live conversation as soon as Friday or Monday, adding that as the world’s two leading superpowers, he thought the dialogue would prove interesting for the American and Russian people, as well as for the international community.

"We are ready any time that is convenient for the American side," Putin added.

The White House turned down the invitation for a "live" public conversation, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying the president was "quite busy" that weekend.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin last month said Putin’s offer was intended to prevent bilateral ties from completely falling apart. Putin made it clear that "it makes sense to have a talk to maintain Russia-U.S. relations instead of trading barbs," and he wanted to make it public to help defuse tensions over Biden's "very bad remarks," said his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States following the president's remarks.
Obama says ‘we need to reimagine policing’ after Daunte Wright death

Obama says ‘we need to reimagine policing’ after Daunte Wright death

Former President Barack Obama said the U.S. needs to "reimagine" how law enforcement works following the death of Daunte Wright, who was shot by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday.

Wright's death occurred at the same time and in the same area as the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murdering George Floyd, whose death sparked protests and riots across the country.

"The fact that this could happen even as the city of Minneapolis is going through the trial of Derek Chauvin and reliving the heart-wrenching murder of George Floyd indicates not just how important it is to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but also just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country," Obama said in a statement.

Obama said he and former first lady Michelle Obama are grieving with Wright's family and "empathize with the pain that Black mothers, fathers and children are feeling after yet another senseless tragedy." He went on to say that they will "continue to ... confront historical inequities and bring about nationwide changes that are so long overdue."

Wright, 20, died after a police officer shot him during a traffic stop. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon on Monday described the shooting as "an accidental discharge." He said the officer intended to reach for a Taser but mistakenly grabbed her service weapon and fired a single bullet.

Obama's comments come as some on the left are calling for radical changes.

On Monday, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., said Wright's death "wasn't an accident" because policing in the U.S. "is inherently & intentionally racist." Tlaib appeared to then call for an end to law enforcement entirely.

"No more policing, incarceration, and militarization," she said. "It can't be reformed."

Many Democrats have been calling for police reform, or in some cases defunding or abolishing police, since Floyd's death in May 2020. Chauvin is accused of killing him by kneeling on his neck while officers tried to arrest him on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill.
Man brought kids up saying mom abandoned them - but she was buried in the garden

Man brought kids up saying mom abandoned them - but she was buried in the garden

Geoffrey Adams' innocent children grew up thinking their mother Colleen had abandoned them, but almost half a century later he finally admitted the grisly truth.

With national parks and miles of remote coastland, South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is an escape from busy life, and back in the 1970s, it was even quieter than today.

Colleen Adams lived in the Peninsula’s small town of Maitland with her painter husband Geoffrey, 26, and their two young children.

It was 1973, and the couple had no phone, no TV, and no car, but it wasn’t unusual when you were living a slower-paced rural life.

Colleen, 24, loved to keep house and was a devoted mother, although living on the Peninsula did have downsides.

The young mom was raising two daughters – Marie, then aged three and a half, and 18-month-old Kaye – without many friends around her. And her nearest family were more than 50 miles away.

Young mom Colleen disappeared in 1973.

When Colleen went quiet for a few weeks in November of that year, it took a while for people to become concerned.

In December, Colleen’s mom Vera reported her daughter missing, but it took a year before police interviewed Geoffrey.

He said that one night he’d returned home from a local meeting and found that Colleen had packed two cases and told him she was leaving.

Geoffrey said his wife had been suffering from the “baby blues” and that she had talked about leaving him.

He told police that Colleen had said, “Goodbye, you little bastards,” on the way out.

She’d then climbed into a white Ford Falcon car driven by a middle-aged lady he didn’t recognize, leaving him and the children behind.

Geoffrey didn't speak to his children Marie and Kaye about their mother.

That was on 22 November, a month before her mother had reported her missing.

Without many close friends, no one could clarify whether Colleen was suffering from postnatal depression.

Whispers of the mum who had walked out on her family spread. Geoffrey avoided talking about her with their children, and they grew up feeling abandoned.

It became the “family shame”. But Colleen’s siblings were sure she would never have left her daughters.

If Colleen had started a new life, why hadn’t she touched her bank account or contacted her family?

Criminal investigation

In 1979, Colleen’s disappearance finally became a criminal investigation. Geoffrey, who had divorced his wife in 1977, was brought in for questioning again.

He said that Colleen had wanted to “live the single life”. He also said that her parents and sisters didn’t care about her, which is why she hadn’t been in touch with them. It was the opposite of what they were saying.

The police were out of leads, but as with any missing person, the case was continuously reviewed and there would be media releases and requests for information about the brown-haired, blue-eyed, 5ft 5in Colleen.

In 1996, a Crime Stoppers episode included a fresh appeal about Colleen, and Geoffrey was interviewed.

Police returned to excavate the family home after Geoffrey's confession.

He was asked how he felt about being suspected by the community of knowing more about Colleen’s disappearance.

“The one who gets left behind is the one who gets the brunt of the blame,” he told the journalist.

“That has been the biggest punishment for me.” Geoffrey said that Colleen’s mysterious vanishing “haunted him”.

Investigators continued to be suspicious about a large concrete slab that Geoffrey had arranged to be laid at his former marital home.

Three years later they arranged for a ground-penetrating radar to see if there was anything buried underneath. They even made a dig but found nothing.

Were investigators wrong? Had Colleen really walked away and was living under a new identity?

Then in 2018, an incredible 45 years after Colleen disappeared, an article about the case appeared in a local paper.

It reignited interest and the local media clustered around Geoffrey’s home in the town of Wallaroo where he’d moved to.

Police warned Geoffrey they were going to pull up the floorboards of his former marital home – and break apart the concrete slab.

A day later, Geoffrey confessed that he’d killed his wife on 22 November 1973.

He said that he’d struck her twice over the head with a metal object during an argument, while their children were in bed.

“I just struck her a bit hard,” he told police. “She fell to the floor and then she died.”

Daughter Kaye's letter was read out by a police spokeswoman.

When asked for a motive, Geoffrey cruelly suggested that Colleen had become impossible to live with.

“It was the continuous having a go at me for nothing, yelling and screaming, it had gone on for too long.”

Geoffrey said he’d left her body on the kitchen floor overnight, before burying her the next day in her pink nightgown in their back garden.

He told police that admitting it was, “The hardest thing I’ve done in my life.”

Diggers brought in

That very day, police went to excavate the ground. Haunting footage of Geoffrey was taken, pointing to a specific spot.

The area was cordoned off and diggers were brought in, as neighbours gathered in utter disbelief.

Before long, under a tented area, the skeletal remains of Colleen were found.

The young mom hadn’t left that night – she was just metres away from her children. The police had excavated in the same area before, they just hadn’t dug down deep enough.

Colleen’s devastated children requested privacy as their dad Geoffrey, then 70, was arrested and charged with killing Colleen.

A month later, she was finally buried with dignity.

Geoffrey pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but not guilty to murder, which led to a seven-day trial in 2020. He had been in custody since his arrest.

At the trial, he admitted killing his wife, but his defence argued it was manslaughter because he hadn’t intended on taking her life.

The prosecution said Geoffrey had spent almost half a century “peddling a story” to everyone.

“He spent 45 years creating a false narrative of a mentally unstable woman who abandoned her children,” the jury was told.

Geoffrey’s police interview was played in court, where he continued to say that Colleen “couldn’t cope”.

He said he’d found it hard to live with her and told officers that even “nice guys get pushed to the limit”.

The prosecution spoke about how Geoffrey had callously left Colleen’s body on the kitchen floor, then buried her in the garden.

He told everyone she had said she was “bloody glad” she was leaving and did not want to see any of them again.

“None of that was true,” the prosecution said.

In August, after four hours of deliberation, the jury found Geoffrey, 72, not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

It was a disappointment to Colleen’s loved ones, and because Geoffrey had made an early lesser plea, it made him eligible for 40% off his sentence.

Colleen’s sister Heather, who had long suspected her brother-in-law, said, “I knew she wouldn’t have run away and left her children. She was a very loving mother. She loved her children and doted on them very much.”

At the sentencing hearing, the couple’s daughter Marie wrote a statement about growing up feeling abandoned, rejected, and like she didn’t belong, and her heartache over discovering her father was not the victim he’d led her to believe.

“The realization that he took her away and she had not left me was devastating. He then lied to me for 45 years,” she wrote.

“I felt like I was living with the sins of my mother, and now I realize it was the sins of my father.”

Marie said she’d never stop grieving. “But the most meaningful moment from all of this has been knowing that my mother did love me and that she didn’t choose to abandon me,” she said.

Colleen’s sisters, Heather Johncock and Kristina Burford, said they had been forced to listen to Colleen being portrayed as unstable and argumentative, so that Geoffrey could make himself look like the victim.

“The victim here is Colleen – she was a wonderful, caring person and I loved her,” Kristina said.

The judge was due to sentence Geoffrey before Christmas, but there was yet another twist in the case.

On 14 December, the judge revealed to the public that Geoffrey had brain cancer. The very next day, it was announced that Geoffrey was dead. He would never face sentencing for his crime.

South Australia’s oldest solved cold case had finally come to an end. The truth about Colleen had been revealed, thankfully before her killer took his secrets to his own grave.
Mother ‘kept babies in freezing car for two nights causing death and leg amputations’

Mother ‘kept babies in freezing car for two nights causing death and leg amputations’

A mother allegedly drove her baby and toddler into the freezing wilderness of northwestern Colorado where they became stranded and one child died while the other had to have her legs amputated. Kaylee Messerly, 36, was arrested on child abuse charges on Friday.

Kaylee reportedly took her 18-month-old and three-year-old daughters on a drive near Craig. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office was notified on the morning of March 11 of a suspicious vehicle by County Road 54, KDVR reported. Arriving deputies found the vehicle empty and stuck in snow and mud.

A search plane found the mother and her two children that same day walking in open terrain about a mile from the car where they had stayed the two prior nights, according to the sheriff’s office. Rescue crews met the family and found the younger child had died. Kaylee and the three-year-old girl were taken to hospitals and the child had severe frostbite and had both of her legs amputated.

A cousin of the girls, Lisa Hernandez, told CBS4 that the three-year-old underwent two more surgeries and her recovery has been complicated by an infection.

‘She is still in hospital though, fighting’, Hernandez said in an email.

Kaylee’s sister Amy Messerly, started a GoFundMe account to help pay for a headstone for Emma, who was buried a week ago. Amy also indicated that not only the three-year-old but her mother was amputated.

‘My sister and my niece, Alena are both amputees due to the same accident, Amy wrote on the fundraiser page. ‘We have been hit mentally, physically, and financially.

Moffat County Sheriff’s Lt Chip McIntyre told CBS4 that an employee for an oil company employee found the car at the intersection of Moffat County Roads 54 and 103, about 10 miles north of Craig. The area is not well-traveled during the winter.

‘If the oil field worker had not gone down that road to check out equipment, who knows when we would have found the car’, McIntyre said.

Kaylee is charged with child abuse resulting in death and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. She is being held in jail on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond and has a court date set for Thursday.
Sen. Ted Cruz doubles down after John Boehner told him to 'go f--- yourself'

Sen. Ted Cruz doubles down after John Boehner told him to 'go f--- yourself'

The Texas Republican tweeted that he wears Boehner’s 'drunken, bloviated scorn' proudly

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz doubled down on his response to former House Speaker John Boehner after he told the Texas Republican to "go f--- yourself" in a leaked audio recording.

"I think he was probably recording at nine or ten in the morning so obviously he had too much wine that day already," Cruz told the Daily Caller on Saturday. "This guy is a little unhinged."

Cruz on Friday mockingly tweeted that he wears Boehner’s "drunken, bloviated scorn" proudly alongside a clip from an upcoming CBS News interview with Boehner in which he calls Cruz a "jerk" and accuses him of "making a lot of noise" but not being especially productive in Congress.

"The Swamp is unhappy," Cruz tweeted. "I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn. Please don’t cry," the lawmaker joked, referencing Boehner's reputation for appearing publicly emotional at various points throughout his career.

The ex-speaker has taken several shots at Cruz, including while recording his audiobook when he reportedly told Cruz to "f---" himself in several off-script moments.

In the CBS interview, Boehner says he doesn’t like to "beat anyone up" but he’d make an exception for Cruz.

"Perfect symbol, you know, of getting elected, making a lot of noise, draw a lot of attention to yourself, raise a lot of money, which means you’re gonna go make more noise, raise more money," Boehner told CBS of how he views Cruz’s political career.

Boehner, an Ohio Republican who served as House speaker from 2011-2015, has been making the interview rounds promoting his book, "On The House: A Washington Memoir," which comes out next week. Boehner represented Ohio's 8th Congressional District from 1991-2015.

Cruz made a joke of it at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida in February, saying, "John Boehner made some news. He suggested that I do something that was anatomically impossible. To which my response was, 'Who’s John Boehner?'" according to The Hill.

Cruz on Saturday noted that the "lead insult on the back on the back of the book is a different insult he directed at me."

"He seems to have a bit of an obsession," Cruz said.

Asked whether he planned to write a book about Boehner in response, Cruz said plainly, "I don't anticipate writing a fortune cookie about him."
Biden to name former NSA deputy director to lead CISA: report

Biden to name former NSA deputy director to lead CISA: report

John C. Inglis, the former deputy director of the National Security Agency, is expected to be tapped by President Biden to head the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency, according to a report late Sunday.

The Washington Post reported that the post is a White House position. The paper said Inglis, who spent eight years in the position at the NSA, is expected to be confirmed with ease. The position was created at the end of last year and will likely have to face growing security threats posed by foreign actors.

The expected Monday announcement comes weeks after reports surfaced that suspected Russian hackers gained access to government email accounts, including one belonging to former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, the Associated Press reported. The accounts were accessed by what is known as the SolarWinds intrusion.

An inquiry by the AP found new details about the breach at DHS and other agencies, including the Energy Department, where hackers accessed top officials’ schedules. At least nine federal agencies were hacked, along with dozens of private-sector companies.
Woman who coughed on brain cancer patient in a Pier 1 store is sentenced to jail

Woman who coughed on brain cancer patient in a Pier 1 store is sentenced to jail

A Florida woman who went viral when she coughed on a customer at a Pier 1 store last year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Debra Jo Hunter, 52, was also ordered by a Jacksonville judge on Thursday to pay a $500 fine, serve six months probation and participate in a mental health evaluation along with anger management.

She was also ordered to cover the costs of the victim's COVID-19 test, said David Chapman, communications director for the state attorney's office in Jacksonville, in an email.

Hunter received credit for one day already served in jail. She was arrested last June after she was recorded deliberately coughing on the other customer during an argument with employees inside the store.

According to investigators, the victim, Heather Sprague, had begun recording Hunter's heated encounter with the employees over an item return.

Victim Heather Sprague (above) had begun recording Hunter's heated encounter with the employees, when Hunter spotted her and became further enraged.

Hunter saw her and made a rude gesture before walking up and saying she would cough on her. And then she coughed on her, an arrest affidavit said.

Sprague, who is being treated for a brain tumor, told the judge she spent days anxiously searching for a place where she and her family could be tested for the coronavirus. The tests ended up being negative, she said.

Hunter's husband told the judge they had faced numerous hardships leading up to the incident, including losing everything they had in a house fire, FirstCoast News reported.

'It was like air being inflated into a balloon, and it finally got to the point where she couldn´t handle any more air,' Hunter´s husband said in court. 'And then she finally rubbed up against something and just popped.'

Hunter told the judge her family has paid the price for her mistakes, adding that her children continue to lose friends, and that they don't go out in their community anymore.

'I watch as my kids lower their heads and turn the opposite direction, so they won´t be recognized or approached,' she told the judge. 'And I know exactly what they're feeling because I do the same thing.'

Sprague said the encounter left her stunned and fearful.

'I worried for the health and safety of my children, and wondered how in the world I could possibly isolate to protect them - in a household of 12 - if I had been intentionally infected,' she said.

She told the judge she believes there should be accountability for Hunter´s actions, which is why she chose to report the incident.

Duval County Court Judge James Ruth said that he is not on social media, and had not yet seen the full viral video of Hunter coughing in Sprague's face as she filmed the tantrum.

During sentencing, Sprauge testified that Hunter had displayed the 'double bird' hand gesture before intentionally coughing on her, a remark that appeared to surprise the judge.

'OK, excuse me, a double bird?' the judge asked. Ruth said that he wanted to see the video, which the prosecution then played for the court.

'Oh my!' Judge Ruth responded to the footage. 'So that's what you said? A double flip?'

'I believe that's what they call it your honor,' Sprague said.

Before ordering jail time, Judge Ruth said he was struck by the fact that Hunter's testimony focused less on how she may have harmed the victim and more on how her actions affected her own family.

'Her children didn't create this problem and her husband didn't, and she talked about how it changed her world and she was getting nastygrams on Facebook and things of that nature and they can't go to their country club or wherever,' Ruth said.

'But I have yet to see any expression, or a significant expression on her regret about the impact it had on the victim in this case!' the judge added.
Trump goes after McConnell, Fauci in off-script Mar-a-Lago speech

Trump goes after McConnell, Fauci in off-script Mar-a-Lago speech

Former President Trump blasted Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, calling him a "dumb son of a b.....," in decidely off-script remarks at a major Republican National Committee donor gathering Saturday night.

The event took place at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where the nation's 45th president delivered a keynote address that often veered away from an advance release of his speech.

"If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b----, Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen," Trump said of the certification of the 2020 election results at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to The Washington Post.

"If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b----, Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen." — Former President Trump

"They would have fought it," Trump said, also referring to the election as "bulls---" at one point.

Trump vowed in the speech he would help Republicans win back the majority in Congress in 2022.

"I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House and we are going to reclaim the Senate," he said in his prepared remarks, according to Reuters.

Trump didn’t say whether he plans to run for president again but assured donors "in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House."

He said any potential announcements of his own candidacy would likely come after the 2022 midterms, according to Reuters.

'Disappointed' in Pence

Trump reportedly strayed from his prepared remarks several times during the approximately 50-minute speech, including when he spoke about McConnell.

The former president also said he was "disappointed" that former Vice President Mike Pence had not fought the certification of the election in January.

"I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures," Trump lamented of the 2020 Electoral College results, according to the Post. "I like him so much. I was so disappointed."

"I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures."— Former President Trump

Neither Pence nor McConnell were reportedly in attendance.

Trump also reportedly repeated claims about the November election being rigged, which state courts rejected.

Condemning the situation at the border, Trump said, "They’re coming in from the Middle East. They’re not sending their best people. You have murderers, you have rapists, you have drug dealers."

Fauci 'full of crap'

Trump also went after Elaine Chao, his former transportation secretary and McConnell’s wife, who resigned after the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. He claimed after he hired Chao she never said: "thank you."

He touted his response to the coronavirus pandemic last year and mocked White House chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for first advising against masks at the beginning of the pandemic and he joked that Fauci now wants Americans to wear "five" masks.

"Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?" he asked of Fauci, according to the Post.

Trump even said someone recently suggested the vaccine should be called "Trumpcine" because of Operation Warp Speed, which helped accelerate the development of the vaccines last year.

He praised Govs. Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Ron DeSantis of Florida for reopening their economies while other states remained closed during the pandemic.

Aside from Saturday night's Mar-a-Lago soiree, a majority of the events during the three-day GOP retreat this weekend were held at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Politico reported.
Kamala Harris has gone 18 days without a news conference since being tapped for border crisis role

Kamala Harris has gone 18 days without a news conference since being tapped for border crisis role

Vice President Kamala Harris’ relative silence regarding the topics of immigration and border security since taking on an oversight role on those issues continued to draw more media scrutiny Saturday.

It was the 18th day that Harris went without holding a news conference regarding her duties on the issues, since receiving the assignment from President Biden.

On Saturday, the Washington Examiner published an article headlined, "Kamala Harris MIA on the border crisis." It recapped the vice president’s recent travels to Connecticut, California, and Illinois on matters unrelated to the migrant situation along the southern border.

The same story quoted White House press secretary Jen Psaki, reacting Wednesday to questions about when Harris would be visiting the border region.

"I’m sure it will be soon," Psaki said, according to the Examiner.

Also Saturday, NBC News published an article titled, "Confusion clouds Harris immigration role."

The NBC story argued that the White House helped create confusion by not clarifying what Harris’ specific duties would be regarding the migrant crisis.

It went on to quote White House aides, mostly anonymously, who asserted that Harris’ focus was on addressing the root causes of migration that exist in the so-called "Northern Triangle" countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – and not on the border region itself.

"The Northern Triangle, which I’m sure you’re aware of, is not the same as the border," Psaki said Wednesday, according to NBC.

The same article then said the unnamed White House aides were claiming Harris has been focused on researching migration issues and holding conversations with Latin American officials in behind-the-scenes work, rather than addressing the issue publicly.

Another unnamed official quoted in the NBC story insisted that the topic of immigration remained "a priority for her."

Meanwhile, the Biden administration announced Friday that Roberta Jacobson, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, would be stepping down as Biden's southern border coordinator at the end of the month.

After the Jacobson departure plans were disclosed, NBC claimed an unnamed "senior administration official" told the network that the Biden administration’s response to border issues would be led by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas – who made his third visit to the border region last week – and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

The report added that national security adviser Jake Sullivan claimed Harris’ role would be in pursuing a broader-based "whole-of-government approach" to immigration issues, a description that NBC claimed contradicted the narrower scope for Harris that other officials had been describing.

Remorseless Woman Kills Little Girl, Judge Gives Lenient Sentence

Remorseless Woman Kills Little Girl, Judge Gives Lenient Sentence

An elderly woman sat through family members’ sobbing testimonies, refusing to apologize for killing their 8-year-old daughter. Despite her expressing no remorse, the judge decided to give her an outrageous punishment for her horrific crime.

For centuries, the West has exemplified the ideas of righteousness and civility, virtuously combining both in our judiciary system. Although our courthouses were created to punish criminality and deter delinquency, there are still cases that veritably slip through the cracks, leaving society with a hunger for justice. Unfortunately for the family of 8-year-old Khloe Nida, this seems to be the reality.

While Khloe was carrying milk from her driveway into her home, 77-year-old Gloria Bartek barrelled through a church parking lot, crossed a busy street, and sped into the yard, running over the little girl, according to WGHP. Although Bartek claimed that her car malfunctioned, investigators found that she never even attempted to hit her brakes.

“We certainly have a lot of hard questions as to what happened and why,” attorney Craig Bashein said. “From the beginning, it seems like this driver has not taken responsibility for what occurred. Immediately after the accident, she claimed a defect or a problem in her motor vehicle, that would cause her car to travel what appears to be over 200 yards at a high rate of speed,” he added.

Sadly, Khloe Nida died shortly after being mowed down by Bartek, prompting authorities to charge the elderly woman with the accidental death of the young girl. Bartek was eventually allowed to plead no contest to a misdemeanor count of negligent vehicular homicide, which carries a maximum penalty of only 6 months in jail. Disturbingly, the judge had other plans.

Nida's distraught parents spoke to the packed courtroom about the grief they feel following their young daughter's death.

Despite never once expressing remorse, offering an apology, or even admitting responsibility for her actions, Bartek was sentenced to just 15 days in jail. She was also placed on probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine. Additionally, her driver’s license was suspended for five years.

While Khloe’s family members read their heartbreaking statements through sobs, Bartek sat stone-faced and utterly silent. Even as she heard about Khloe’s legacy, Bartek stared on with a sour expression, which prompted anger from the child’s family members.

Still, Judge Mark Comstock seemed to trivialize the family’s outrage, explaining that there’s “never enough” when issuing sentences. When it came time for Bartek to deliver her defense statement, she never once took responsibility for Khloe’s untimely death. In fact, she merely said, “I understand what the family’s going through.”

The family has decided to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against Bartek in an effort to obtain a proper punishment. The family hopes that the civil suit will also reveal answers as to how the crash occurred.

“The defendant will have to provide under-oath testimony in our case, and there will be in-depth questioning of what occurred and why,” attorney Craig Bashein said.

For now, Bartek is as tight-lipped as she was during her sentencing. When a FOX News reporter attempted to question the woman, her attorney immediately stepped in and shut down the interview. The same attorney refused to allow her to answer when she was asked why she never issued an apology.

Khloe’s family is demanding justice, and rightfully so. During the sentencing, they hoped that their testimonies would garner the judge’s sympathy. Some even furiously pointed out that Bartek still shows no remorse.

Her mother said, “Khloe was my best friend. We literally did everything together. She was everything to me.”

Her father said, “Gloria had choices. And she could never hit a brake, put her car in neutral, or even honk her horn.”

Bartek will be required to serve her 15-day jail sentence in blocks, divided up so that she will serve several days each year around the anniversary of Khloe’s death. Still, the family understandably says that this isn’t enough. They are tirelessly pursuing justice for their daughter in another court, and we certainly can’t blame them.
Microbes discovered deep underground remain virtually unchanged since 175 million years ago

Microbes discovered deep underground remain virtually unchanged since 175 million years ago

New research has identified what’s very likely the tiniest living fossils so far a group of microbes that feed off radioactive decay.

The team, led by the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, an independent, non-profit oceanography research institute, reports that the microbes have been frozen, evolutionary-speaking, for millions of years. Finding such a case could upturn our current understanding of how microbes evolve and why, and could potentially help guide biotechnology applications in the future (since you want these to not evolve/change over time).

We’re fine as we are

“This discovery shows that we must be careful when making assumptions about the speed of evolution and how we interpret the tree of life,” said Eric Becraft, the lead author on the paper. “It is possible that some organisms go into an evolutionary full-sprint, while others slow to a crawl, challenging the establishment of reliable molecular timelines.”

The microbe species is known as Candidatus Desulforudis audaxviator, and was first discovered in 2008 by a group of researchers led by Tullis Onstott, a co-author of the new study. They live in a gold mine in South Africa almost two miles beneath the surface, swimming merrily in the water-filled cavities inside the rock walls. They feed on chemical products formed by natural radioactive decay processes in minerals at the site, creating a completely independent ecosystem that doesn’t even rely on sunlight to function.

Given their very peculiar living arrangement, the team understandably wanted to know how the microbes evolved to where they are today. They checked other underground samples recovered from around the world and found the species in Siberia, California, and in several other mines in South Africa. Each of these environments was chemically different, the team explains, which spurred them to look for differences among the populations at each site. These groups were obviously separated, and have likely been separate for millions of years, and every one of them had unique conditions they lived in — which would make you think they evolved their own unique quirks.

“We wanted to use that information to understand how they evolved and what kind of environmental conditions lead to what kind of genetic adaptations,” said Bigelow Laboratory Senior Research Scientist Ramunas Stepanauskas, the corresponding author on the paper and Becraft’s postdoctoral advisor.

“We thought of the microbes as though they were inhabitants of isolated islands, like the finches that Darwin studied in the Galapagos.”

So they analyzed the genetic code of 126 individuals retrieved at sites on three different continents — and they were flabbergasted to find that all of them were almost completely identical.

They ruled out the possibility that these microbes could have traveled between the sites. The species is anaerobic and can’t live long in the presence of oxygen, they don’t survive well on the surface; the team also ruled out cross-contamination between these sites.

The best explanation they have so far, the team explains, is that these communities didn’t change all that much, genetically, since they first became separated about 175 million years ago as the supercontinent Pangaea split. 
In essence, they’re living fossils.

“They appear to be living fossils from those days. That sounds quite crazy and goes against the contemporary understanding of microbial evolution,” says Stepanauskas.

The findings offer a unique counterpoint to the much more accelerated rates of mutation and evolution seen in other microbial communities. Populations of bacteria such as E. coli have been noted to evolve (in response to environmental changes) in as little as a few years. The growing antibiotic resistance issue is an example of just how fast bacteria can evolve.

The team’s current hypothesis is that the species’ genetic freeze is due to powerful anti-mutation mechanisms in its genome. We don’t yet know whether that’s true, but if it is, we could have just discovered an extremely rare feature that we can copy and exploit. Developing this into a tool could pave the way towards more stable DNA polymerases (molecules that copy DNA strands), which are a key component of our biotechnology kit. Essentially, it would allow us to make the biological machinery that copies DNA much more stable over time, which sounds unimpressive but is actually a very big deal for the field.

But the findings also have deep implications for how we think about microbial genetics and the rate at which such microscopic organisms mutate.

“There’s a high demand for DNA polymerases that don’t make many mistakes,” Stepanauskas said. “Such enzymes may be useful for DNA sequencing, diagnostic tests, and gene therapy.”

“These findings are a powerful reminder that the various microbial branches we observe on the tree of life may differ vastly in the time since their last common ancestor,” Becraft said. “Understanding this is critical to understanding the history of life on Earth.”

The paper “Evolutionary stasis of a deep subsurface microbial lineage” has been published in The ISME Journal.
Mom Who Googled 'Do People Cry When They're Dying' Arrested In Autistic Son's Death

Mom Who Googled 'Do People Cry When They're Dying' Arrested In Autistic Son's Death

A mom in Connecticut was arrested after police found that she had made concerning Google searches on her phone shortly before the untimely death of her 5-year-old autistic son.

Police arrested Whitney Bosselman on October 15 and have charged her with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the death of her son. The five-year-old was reported missing on May 3 and found dead in the family vehicle later that same day.

Bosselman’s arrest warrant states that police found Google searches on her phone which included phrases such as “do people cry when they’re dying,” “teen dies in minivan,” and “autistic children and reincarnation.” These search terms are being used as evidence against her and partially responsible for her arrest. Bosselman was released on $50,000 bond following her arrest.

The May 3 investigation began when Bosselman alerted authorities that her son was missing. She said that she had left her son in the living room at around 11:30 a.m. while she went into her room for a nap. When she woke up at around 2 p.m. she reported that her son was nowhere to be found, which is when she contacted authorities.

She explained to police that her son was autistic and non-verbal, and had a habit of leaving the house and wandering off.

The boy was found by police minutes later buckled into a car seat in the back seat of a car parked on the property. He was unresponsive and without a pulse, and was pronounced dead on the scene after firefighters and EMS attempted to resuscitate him. It was reportedly 85 degrees that day.

On May 7, police received an anonymous tip which instructed them to check Bosselman’s video gaming accounts to confirm that she was, in fact, asleep during the time when she claimed her son went missing.

The tip read:

“Whitney Bosselman is a gamer with noise-canceling headphones. Please look at her WoW (World of Warcraft) account/computer for active play around the time of her son’s death in case she was gaming and not actually napping.”

Upon investigation, police found that Bosselman had logged into her World of Warcraft account 83 times between April 20 and May 3, and sent 273 chat messages between May 2 at 10:53 p.m. and May 3 at 6:03 a.m.

Messages found in Bosselman’s WoW chat logs troubled authorities. Some of them read, “also would like a bunk bed that I could make into a cage thing for him at night,” “seriously depressing though to have everything destroyed,” and “just tired of poop and scribbles and pee.”

Upon finding these messages, police looked at Bosselman’s internet history and found the aforementioned searches. They also found that a story about a father who confessed to killing his autistic son was visited multiple times in April.

The arrest warrant also noted that Bosselman and her son were living in terrible conditions. Investigators said that they found used diapers, bags of trash, and moldy food on the floor of the home and that it smelled of feces and urine.

Whitney Bosselman turned herself in and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her next court date is scheduled for November 6.

'I had two days with my beautiful baby boy - then I forgot he had been born'

'I had two days with my beautiful baby boy - then I forgot he had been born'

Charlene Jones, from North Wales, asked nurses if they were joking when they told her she had given birth to a little boy, Harri, as she had no memory of it.

After Charlene Jones gave birth to her beautiful, healthy baby boy, she had two days of bliss getting to know her little bundle of joy.

She took photos with her partner Daniel Edwards and enjoyed being a mom to a newborn.

But just 48 hours into Harri's life Charlene, 35, suddenly fell ill with Covid pneumonia and almost died.

She was rushed to ICU and placed in a coma, which she remained in for 10 days, and when she woke up she had no memory of giving birth or of her son. She couldn't remember if she had a boy or a girl or the birth weight.

Mum of four Charlene, from North Wales, says: “I didn’t remember giving birth, I couldn’t remember my baby’s name or what weight he was. I actually asked the nurses if they were joking.

Charlene with her beautiful family.

“They showed me my phone, with pictures of my baby, and his name and I realized that it was all true. It was very emotional and absolutely mind-blowing.

“My partner sent me photos of the baby every day in the hospital, and the thought of my children really spurred me on. Despite what happened, I feel so lucky, because I’ve survived."

Charlene’s diagnosis was the first of a Covid nightmare for the family – which saw an six members diagnosed with the deadly virus - and Daniel was also admitted to hospital.

She said: ”One by one, each of our family was felled by Covid. I want people to be aware, even though lockdown is easing, that it must be taken seriously.”

Charlene and her partner Daniel Edwards, 36, were delighted when she fell pregnant early in 2020 but scans showed her pregnancy was high risk. She was in and out of hospital, with reduced movements.

In November she went into early-onset labour and was admitted to the hospital for steroid injections. She tested positive for Covid, but a later test came back negative, and it was thought she had come to the end of it.

Doctors managed to stem the labour but in December the baby’s heart rate became too high and Charlene was again taken to hospital.

On December 23 Harri was delivered by emergency c-section. He was perfectly healthy and spent two days with his mother on the maternity ward.

Charlene Jones forgot she had a baby son called Harri.

But Charlene became suddenly and seriously ill with Covid pneumonia and was rushed to ICU and placed in a coma. Doctors warned she might not make it.

Meanwhile, her partner, Daniel, was diagnosed with Covid and was himself admitted to the hospital.

Their older children, Megan, 15, Tomos, 11, and four-year-old Freddie, went to stay with Charlene’s mother, Lyn. But when Lyn also tested positive, the children went instead to stay with their grandfather, Stephen.

Little Freddie celebrated his 4th birthday on Christmas Eve but Christmas passed the family by in a blur.

She was in a coma for 10 days.

Charlene did not wake up until January 5.

She says: “I had no idea where I was or what was happening when I woke up. Nothing seemed real. I had completely forgotten those two days I’d spent with my son."

Charlene could not walk or speak at first and it was over a week before she was able to see her Harri.

She says: “Dan sent me photos and videos of all the children too and they certainly helped in my recovery. I knew I had to get better, for their sake.

“I had forgotten those two days I’d spent in the hospital with him so for me, January 13 felt like the first time I had ever seen him.

“I worried about our bond, because I had been apart from him for so long, and of course all of our children had been passed around family members, as they all tested positive, so it had been tough for everyone.

“We didn’t tell the older children that I was coming home. Dan told them he had a surprise and then I walked in. I was sobbing with happiness. It was the best day of my life.

“I came home with a zimmer frame, but within days I was walking round on my own. I knew I had to get better for my children.”

The family’s ordeal, incredibly, was still not over. One week on, little Harri was rushed to hospital with Covid. Fortunately, his symptoms were mild.

Charlene has now been diagnosed with PTSD. She has also suffered with exhaustion, breathlessness, and severe hair loss.
Paedophile teacher, 74, dies after choking on breakfast in prison

Paedophile teacher, 74, dies after choking on breakfast in prison

A paedophile teacher died after choking on his breakfast in prison, an inquest heard.

John McKno, 74, was jailed in 2016 for abusing five boys at boarding schools in Suffolk, Devon, and Worcestershire in the 1970s and 80s.

He was serving the fifth year of a 14-year sentence when he died from cardiac failure at Norwich Prison, Norfolk Coroners’ Court was told.

McKno, who had a number of health conditions, died through misadventure on September 29, the inquest jury concluded, according to BBC.

The serial abuser was jailed for gross indecency, indecent assault, and serious sexual assault.

Four of his victims were under 16, while the fifth was under 14. One boy, who attended an Ipswich school, said he used to sleep in fear with ‘one eye open.

A victim who was 52 years old during the trial said the former maths teacher came across as ‘very nice and fair in the beginning’.

He continued: ‘I can’t go into too much detail but I was abused, which ruined my childhood and my trust of teachers, although it only happened once.

‘I was scared, kept myself to myself, and shut my mouth.’

McKno worked at Beam College in Great Torrington, Devon, St Michael’s College in Tenbury Wells, and Kesgrave Hall School near Ipswich.
Mother ‘slashed 3-year-old daughter’s throat with scissors – then did the same to herself’

Mother ‘slashed 3-year-old daughter’s throat with scissors – then did the same to herself’

A mother has been accused of slashing her three-year-old daughter’s neck with a pair of scissors before doing the same to herself.

Anne Akers, 28, has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill her daughter, whose life was only saved thanks to the actions of quick-thinking police officers who treated her at the scene.

Akers and the toddler were found in a pool of blood by a relative at the mother’s home in Montgomery County, Maryland, on March 27. The family member called the police following the discovery of the two bodies, at around 10.50am, according to the Montgomery County Department of Police.

When officers entered the home they discovered a pair of scissors and blood on the floor of the home, before finding Akers on a bedroom floor suffering from cuts to her neck.

However, when first responders began to assess her injuries, they removed a blanket that Akers had been holding onto and found her 3-year-old daughter underneath with a life-threatening wound to her neck, reports ABC News.

Both mother and child survived the ordeal and Akers has subsequently been charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, and one count of first-degree child abuse.

A statement released by Montgomery police said: ‘Fire and Rescue personnel arrived and transported Akers to a local hospital with serious injuries.

‘A Maryland State Police helicopter transported Akers’ daughter to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

‘Physicians who treated Akers’ daughter at the hospital stated to detectives that in their opinion, without the officers’ immediate life-saving actions, the three-year-old’s injuries would have been fatal.’

Akers has been jailed without bond at the Rockville District Court pending her arraignment in court.
Man Charged With Pot Possession Stages Courtroom Protest — By Smoking A Joint Before The Judge

Man Charged With Pot Possession Stages Courtroom Protest — By Smoking A Joint Before The Judge

A Tennessee man was immediately arrested after allegedly lighting up a joint in a courtroom in front of a judge.

Spencer Boston, 20, was to appear in General Sessions Court in Lebanon, Tennessee, on Monday on a simple drug possession charge.

He was arrested and charged with possession for a second time after deciding to use his time at the podium to allegedly smoke a joint in a push for legalization.

Twenty-year-old Spencer Boston appeared before Judge Haywood Barry on Monday at the Wilson County General Sessions building for a simple possession charge, but could now also be penalized for his behavior during this hearing.

According to courtroom footage, the first minute-and-a-half that the Judge addressed Boston nothing was out of the ordinary. Decked out in a camo jacket, a bright tie-dye shirt, and light brown pants, Boston appeared cooperative and nodded in response to the judge when necessary with both arms folded in front of him. However, the scene quickly began to change when the defendant removed a rolled cigarette from his pocket.

Audio of Boston’s court appearance is unavailable but, according to local news outlet WSMV, Boston made his case for the legalization of marijuana in front of the judge while lighinting a joint.

The scene in the video turned rowdy as security personnel suddenly realized what was happening. One of the guards grabbed Boston’s left arm as the young man was waving his joint about, presumably shouting his arguments for marijuana legalization at the crowded courtroom which appeared to be in a mixed state of shock and amusement.

But before Boston could be ushered out of the court, he turned to the gallery and yelled, “The people deserve better!”

According to Wilson County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Scott Moore, some of the folks who witnessed Boston’s fiery antics laughed out loud. But Moore is among the few who didn’t find the courthouse stunt particularly amusing.

“When you go into a courtroom it demands respect and it was not given yesterday,” Moore said. “This is the first time in law enforcement I’ve seen something like this.” Even some others who saw the humor in Boston’s antics took issue with his behavior.

“Even though everyone in this town’s laughing — because it is funny and we are very impressed that he got that [joint] in the courthouse — but I think his parents are really disappointed,” said resident Jessica Davis.

Another resident named Dwayne argued that he understood Boston’s pro-legalization sentiments but he didn’t agree with the smoker’s approach.

“I think he was trying to prove a point but it went across the wrong way,” Dwayne said. “Maybe if it did it outside the police station it probably wouldn’t have been as bad. Maybe it would’ve been worse.”

Whatever the public’s opinion of Boston’s smoking protest, it’s clear that it was probably not the best idea.

Boston, who isn’t legally old enough to drink yet, was arrested immediately after the incident. He is currently serving 10 days in jail for contempt of court. After that, Boston will be eligible to post a $3,000 bond. He could possibly be faced with an additional possession charge and disorderly conduct charge.

The stunt may be unbelievable to those not under the influence, but people have done stranger things when it comes to weed. In 2018, a Florida man reportedly tried to pay for his fast-food drive-thru order with a bag of marijuana.

There have also been other cases of marijuana smokers confronting authorities directly, as this incident last November when the Kansas City Missouri Police Department was asked via Facebook: “Is weed legal here? I’ve been smoking all night and it only just now occurred to ask.”

It’s unclear whether that person knows about Google.
Florida Man Arrested For At-Home Castration Of Man He Met On Dark Web

Florida Man Arrested For At-Home Castration Of Man He Met On Dark Web

The dark web is a simultaneously fascinating and entirely unregulated space. The inherent privacy is its main appeal, though often for nefarious reasons. Since the dark web isn’t visible to search engines and requires an anonymizing browser, users can pretty much get away with buying and selling anything: like an at-home “doctor” to perform an ad-hoc castration.

Seventy-four-year-old Gary Van Ryswyk of Sebring, Florida, botched the castration of a man he met on “a website for those that have a fetish for castration” and has since been arrested by officers from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Newsweek, Van Ryswyk was charged with practicing medicine without a license which resulted in bodily injury — a second-degree felony.

However, this charge may seem to be utterly reductive of the real-life bloody mess Van Ryswyk made of the man he found online.

After receiving a 911 hang-up call from a residence on Orday Road, deputies made their way to the scene and were greeted by Van Ryswyk at the door, with a rather uncommon first impression. He simply said he had castrated a 53-year-old man.

The deputies walked into the home and found a man lying on a bed, bleeding profusely from his nether region. Naturally, his testicles were sitting close by, in a pink container.

Authorities on site then noticed how the room had been turned into a makeshift surgical center. Medical equipment, painkillers, and even a camera had been set up to record the at-home operation.

According to BuzzFeed News, the arrest report stated that Van Ryswyk told the deputies that he met the bleeding 53-year-old online and that the 53-year-old explicitly asked for the service.

It’s unclear whether or not the patient understood that this was a one-time fetish, though that has probably sunken in by now. It’s also unclear whether the man has had his testicles replaced since being brought to a legitimate hospital.

“I don’t know if he would even want that,” said Scott Dressel, the sheriff’s office public information officer.

The procedure began around 10 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2019. The patient’s Sunday evening soon went south, unfortunately, when the heavy bleeding prevented Van Ryswyk from successfully suturing the wound shut. Van Ryswyk told police the two men had tried this a week earlier, but a complication sprang up when the patient reportedly ejaculated while Van Ryswyk tried to sanitize the penis.

The second attempt, while successful in removing the testes, was not quite as clean.

Meanwhile, this wasn’t even the first time Van Ryswyk dabbled in castration. He had past experiences mostly with animals. He told the 53-year-old that he even removed one of his own testicles in 2012.

Van Ryswyk said he had previously castrated a man in a motel “a few years ago,” and that it concluded in a similarly bloody fashion. He admitted that neither he nor that patient-reported anything to the police at the time. The 53-year-old fortunately received immediate medical care and was flown to a Tampa hospital for “life-saving measures,” where he remains in stable condition.

Law enforcement deals with a wide range of daunting and dangerous situations on a daily basis, from armed criminals and domestic abusers to intoxicated suspects and mass shootings. For those who responded to this particular call, however — they might never witness a comparable situation as long as they live.

“Hang-up calls are pretty routine and deputies respond to many of them per shift,” the sheriff’s office said. “But most of them don’t make the cut when it comes to being memorable. This one will definitely hang around in the memory for a while.”

Van Ryswyk was arrested at the scene on Monday and is now held in jail on a $250,000 bond. While this may be just another casual castration gone wrong for him, “everyone that I talked to that was on the scene has said it was something they will never forget,” Dressel asserted.
How Erin Caffey Masterminded The Murder Of Her Whole Family When She Was Just 16

How Erin Caffey Masterminded The Murder Of Her Whole Family When She Was Just 16

After Erin Caffey’s parents told her she couldn’t see her boyfriend anymore, she sought revenge — by having them all brutally murdered in their sleep.

On March 1, 2008, two men broke into the Caffey home in Alba, Texas, and set out on a horrific killing spree that left two young children and their mother dead.

The only survivors were 16-year-old Erin Caffey and her father, Terry Caffey, who was shot multiple times before the two intruders set the house on fire. Miraculously, Terry Caffey managed to drag his way out of the smoke-filled house and call for help.

The murders shocked the nation — especially when the police revealed that Erin Caffey was behind it all.
Erin Caffey And Charlie Wilkinson’s Dangerous Relationship

The tragic fate of the Caffey family was set in motion five months before they were killed when Erin Caffey began dating 18-year-old Charlie Wilkinson.

The pair met while Caffey was working part-time as a waitress at a Sonic fast-food joint, and the relationship got serious pretty quickly. Wilkinson even gave her a promise ring that had belonged to his grandmother and was open about his desire to marry her.

However, the relationship didn’t bode well with her parents, with Terry Caffey noting that he had reservations about Wilkinson from the start. “There were just things about him that didn’t sit right with me,” he later said. His gut was right.

The Caffeys were also heavily involved with their local church, and this merged with their passion for music. Erin Caffey’s brothers, eight-year-old Tyler and 13-year-old Matthew played the guitar and the harmonica, respectively. Their mother, Penny Carrey, played the piano at church. Erin Caffey was the vocalist of the family — until she met Wilkinson.

At that point, the church-going teen began to slip up in school. Her parents decided to take her to the internet to learn more about this bad-news boyfriend. What they found convinced them that they had to separate him from their daughter.

Wilkinson’s Myspace page was littered with sexual references and talk of drinking alcohol. When Caffey broke her “phone curfew” in February 2008, the Caffeys insisted that she end the relationship.

The Caffey family, with Erin on the far right.

That same month, Erin Caffey started talking about killing her parents in front of friends. Her belief was that it was the only way she could be with Wilkinson.

Erin Caffey consequently hatched a murderous plot with Charlie Wilkinson and his friend Charles Waid.

Accounts differ as to who, exactly, was the mastermind behind it, but Terry Caffey rebuffs the notion that it was his daughter’s idea. Meanwhile, Wilkinson claimed that he had offered for him and Caffey to simply run away together, but Caffey insisted on the murders instead.

On the day of the massacre, Wilkinson and Waid pulled into the driveway of the Caffey home. Outside, Erin Caffey and Waid’s girlfriend waited in the car.

Before entering the property, Wilkinson warned Caffey that he had to kill her younger brothers so that there would be no witnesses left. “I don’t care,” she reportedly said, “just do what you gotta do.”

Once inside, Wilkinson made his way to Terry and Penny’s room and fired away at the sleeping couple with a .22 pistol. After taking multiple bullets himself, Terry Caffey watched his wife die as he lay beside her, unable to move or speak.

Wilkinson’s gun then jammed, so Waid pulled out a samurai-style sword and used it on Penny, almost decapitating her.

The pair then headed upstairs to where Tyler and Matthew were hiding. Terry heard his son Matthew cry out, “No, Charlie. No. Why are you doing this?”

The helpless father drifted out of consciousness as Tyler was shot in the face and Matthew was brutally killed when the pair took turns using the sword on him.

Wilkinson and Waid then looted the house for valuables as Wilkinson had promised Waid $2,000 for his help. Finally, they poured lighter fluid on the furniture and lit the house on fire.

Terry Caffey miraculously gained consciousness as the fire engulfed the house and crawled out of a window. It took him an hour to crawl to his nearest neighbor’s house where the authorities were called. When the police asked the neighbor where Terry was bleeding from, he replied, “where isn’t he bleeding from?”

Terry was rushed into emergency surgery, after which he was stable enough to talk. He told sheriff’s deputies that it was Charlie Wilkinson.

Authorities immediately tracked down Wilkinson and brought him in for questioning. Then, they discovered Erin Caffey in the trailer where he was living, and she appeared to be in a state of shock.

She told the police she’d been kidnapped.

Less than 24 hours after authorities responded to the murders in the Caffey home, all four suspects were in police custody, and they were all talking.

It didn’t take long for Erin Caffey’s kidnapping story to fall apart. Wilkinson and Wade both told the police the same story: the murders were all her idea. But Caffey insisted to her grandparents that she had nothing to do with the murder of her family.

Wilkinson testified that he had insisted they run away together. In the end, Caffey, Wilkinson, Waid, and Waid’s girlfriend were all charged with three counts of capital murder.

Wilkinson and Waid were given life sentences without the possibility of parole. Caffey was also sentenced to life, though she will be eligible to apply for parole after 40 years.

Prosecutors initially sought the death penalty against Wilkinson and Waid, but Terry Caffey stepped in and requested otherwise. Despite all he’d been through, he still believed in the forgiveness that his faith had taught him.

Terry Caffey has maintained a relationship with his daughter, even after the massacre. It reportedly wasn’t easy for him at first, and Erin Caffey still denies her role in the planning of the murder. She insists to her father that she tried to run away from Wilkinson the night of the murder, but was forced to wait in the car.

Her father believes her.