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Alice Crimmins, right, waits in line with the crowd before a session of her 1971 trial.

The “Sexpot” Trial 

The Alice Crimmins case broke in 1965 and grabbed headlines for the next twelve years 

Fifty-two years ago, Alice Crimmins’s children died, and she was the prime suspect. The trials that followed ensured we’d never know who murdered them—only that a woman’s life could be used against her.

Whether Alice Crimmins was guilty of the crimes for which she stood trial remains an open question. She may have been convicted more for her freewheeling sexual behaviour than for the conflicting evidence against her. 

The basic details of the case are as follows: Crimmins was an attractive, redheaded 26-year-old mother living with her two children in an apartment in Kew Gardens, Queens. She was Irish Catholic but clearly lapsed.

Separated from her husband, Crimmins liked to drink and socialise, bringing boyfriends home to the apartment she shared with ­5-year-old Eddie and 4-year-old Alice Marie, or “Missy.” On the night of July 14, 1965, Crimmins left her sleeping children in the apartment and took her pregnant dog for a walk. According to her testimony, Crimmins said that when she awoke the next morning, her children had vanished from the bedroom they shared. Police discovered Missy’s body that same day: She had been strangled. Eddie’s badly decomposed corpse was discovered five days later.

Because of her unapologetic penchant for men, martinis and Maybelline, Crimmins did not win the sympathy of New York police detectives or the public. In fact, she was quickly tagged as the prime suspect. After two years of surveillance that included secretly taping her sexual encounters, detectives arrested Crimmins and charged her with the murders. The case came to trial in 1968 and Crimmins was found guilty and imprisoned. But that was just the beginning of what would turn out to be a dizzying legal seesaw. The verdict was appealed and Crimmins was released, charged again, and convicted in 1971. That second verdict was overturned in 1973; then it was reinstated and Crimmins was imprisoned again in 1975. She was paroled in 1977.

Now 77, Crimmins is out there somewhere; according to rumour, she may even be living in Queens.

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Is it okay to use children in a music video with sexual lyrics?

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Chris Brown has a new music video that includes sexual, violent and ” offensive ” lyrics and the producer of his music video has used young children who act and dance while the following words are being sung.

 

Bitches dancin’ naked in my livin’ room
She straight out of college, just turned 22
Girl, get your money up, I ain’t even mad at you
Got you all on me, makin’ these niggas catchin’ attitudes
Tell ’em don’t start it, my niggas retarded
Fuck the judge and the sentence, huh, I got a good lawyer
I got a few girls on the way, baby girl, you ain’t leavin’
It’s my birthday with the cake, fuck it up, then let me eat it

Shakespeare it’s not.

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Irena Sendler. An unfamiliar name to most people, but this remarkable woman defied the Nazis and saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Irena Sendler. An unfamiliar name to most people, but this remarkable woman defied the Nazis and saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Remembering Irena

A Light that Never Went Out

Arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death, Sendler managed to escape her sentence for smuggling over 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and saving them from certain death.

Irena Sendler, born in 1910, in Warsaw, Poland, was raised by her parents to respect and love people regardless of their ethnicity or social status. She grew up in the town of Otwock, Poland. Her father, a physician, died from typhus that he contracted during an epidemic in 1917. He was the only doctor in his town of Otwock, near Warsaw who would treat the poor, mostly Jewish community of this tragic disease. As he was dying, he told 7-year-old Irena, “If you see someone drowning you must try to rescue them, even if you cannot swim.”

When World War II started in 1939, Irena immediately started protecting her Jewish friends in Warsaw. She worked as a social services director in Warsaw. She would make false documents for Jews in the city and had already started gathering her famous rescue network. When the Warsaw Ghetto was erected in 1940, Irena saw the danger ahead.

When liquidation started in 1942, Irena and her network accelerated the rescue process. The number 2,500, in connection with children rescued, is estimated by Irena and historians to be of this division. About 800 were taken from the Warsaw Ghetto, many of which were orphans. Approximately the same number were in orphanages and convents, Irena and her network assisted in the hiding of these children.

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An Arizona jury found Christopher Alan Carlson of Indianapolis guilty of three of six charges of child abuse stemming from the Aug. 15 and Aug. 28 hikes at Grand Canyon.

An Arizona jury found Christopher Alan Carlson of Indianapolis guilty of three of six charges of child abuse stemming from the Aug. 15 and Aug. 28 hikes at Grand Canyon.

Granddad Gone Bad

Chris Carlson was a guy who felt that he had been Misunderstood

Indiana’s most notorious grandfather wants you to know he’s sorry. But for what? Hard to say. Chris Carlson has been over it and over it, and he’s still not sure what went wrong that day on the Bright Angel Trail. Help him, he says. When did he cross the line? Tell him. Please, sir? Ma’am? Tell him.  Is he sorry for what he did to his grandsons?  Like he tried to explain to the guys at the Florence Correctional Center in Arizona, all of that was completely blown out of proportion by the prosecution and the media.

But when word got out that Carlson was that guy—the one accused of shoving and browbeating and starving his three grandsons on one of the Grand Canyon’s most dangerous trails, in extreme heat—the inmates weren’t forgiving. Roll up or we’ll roll you up! they said, and stepped to him hard. So here he is, in self-imposed solitary confinement, talking to a reporter on a long-distance call from the safety of a prison office.

Is he sorry for taking the hike?

Hmmm. Maybe. But, on second thought, nah, not really. When they got around to tackling the Grand Canyon, Carlson, then 45, and his three oldest grandchildren—then 12, 9, and 8—were practically experts, having spent the summer hiking in nearly half a dozen countries and a good chunk of the western United States. Okay, the boys might have been a little soft when they left Indianapolis at the start of the summer—kind of chubby and out of shape—but by the end they were friggin’ rocks, even the 8-year-old.

Is he sorry for the language he used with them?

Now, come on, Carlson insists. He’s not like other grandfathers—don’t pigeonhole him. He sometimes tries to be the boys’ buddy. And buddies, when they’re working out, when they’re pushing each other, they curse and call each other bad names. Give each other a hard time, you know? Plus, these kids aren’t angels. They’ve even told their own grandmother to —- off, he’s heard.

Is he sorry for withholding food and water from his grandsons?

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In a May 16, 1986 photo, the body of Doris Young is removed by officials after the Cokeville Elementary hostage situation in Cokeville, Wyo. On May 16, 1986, a man and his wife with a bomb took the entire student body at the town's only elementary school hostage. David Young demanded $300 million in ransom. The bomb accidentally detonated, and Young shot and killed his wife and then himself. RICK SORENSON/Casper Star-Tribune

In a May 16, 1986 photo, the body of Doris Young is removed by officials after the Cokeville Elementary hostage situation in Cokeville, Wyo. On May 16, 1986, a man and his wife with a bomb took the entire student body at the town’s only elementary school hostage. David Young demanded $300 million in ransom. The bomb accidentally detonated, and Young shot and killed his wife and then himself. RICK SORENSON/Casper Star-Tribune

The Miracle of Cokeville

Some places are branded by disaster, by the stories of one horrible day that no one can forget: Oklahoma City, Columbine, and the Twin Towers. What sets Cokeville apart is that the story of its horrible day is about what almost happened but didn’t.

Cokeville Wyoming was the sight of a parent’s worst nightmare on May 16th, 1986 when a mentally disturbed man and his wife entered an elementary school with guns and a homemade gasoline bomb.  They kept all the children in a single room while positioning themselves in the middle of it, David and Doris Young began a standoff that would last hours.

David Young, a former town Marshall, he had been the tiny towns only police officer in six months during 1979 and when he was fired, he moved to Tucson, Arizona. He and his wife returned to Cokeville in 1986 and carried out their insidious plan.  Young had a manifesto called “Zero-Infiniti” and proclaimed “this is a revolution!” as he and his wife took an entire generation – over 160 children, teachers, and school staff, he held them to hostage and wouldn’t release them until he was given over 300 million dollars and a personal phone call from the President of the United States.

The heart-stopping events in this remote town — so remote that in 1986 it wasn’t on some highway maps — made headlines around the world.

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Auschwitz 31. Women survivors huddled in a prisoner barracks shortly after Soviet forces liberated the Auschwitz camp. Auschwitz, Poland, 1945.

Auschwitz 31. Women survivors huddled in a prisoner barracks shortly after Soviet forces liberated the Auschwitz camp. Auschwitz, Poland, 1945.

How One Woman Delivered 3,000 Babies During The Holocaust

Auschwitz had all sorts of facilities, such as sleeping quarters, offices, kitchens and latrines. It also had a “sick ward” where, in atrocious conditions, sick prisoners were looked after by physicians who were prisoners themselves. Anyone who appeared unlikely to get well was killed. Thus the physicians were constantly concealing serious cases by falsifying records to permit a longer stay to those who otherwise would have been sent to the crematorium. Almost all survivors of Auschwitz suffered from typhoid, a disease that qualified inmates for liquidation, but was never reported thanks to the courage of the physicians. They were risking their lives since the punishment for breaking any rule in the concentration camp was death. Auschwitz also had a “maternity-ward.” Many of the women who arrived at the camp were pregnant. They were needed for work; their babies were not. One of the midwives working in the ward was Stanislawa Leszczynska.

When Stanislawa Leszczyńska first became a midwife, she never could have imagined that she would one day be whisked away from her home in Poland, where she routinely walked miles to deliver babies, and into the real-life nightmare of Auschwitz. After the murder of her husband in Poland and the forced removal of her son to another work camp, Stanislawa and her daughter entered Auschwitz with only one hope: that they would survive.

Born Stanislawa Zambrzyska in 1896, she married Bronislaw Leszczynski in 1916 and together they had two sons and a daughter. In 1922, she graduated from a school for midwives and began working in the poorest districts of Lodz. In pre-war Poland, babies were normally delivered at home. Stanislawa made herself available at any time, walking many kilometers to the homes of the women she helped. Her children recall that she often worked nights but she never slept during the day.

After the war, she returned to her job in Lodz. Her husband had been killed in the Warsaw uprising of 1944, but all of her children survived and, inspired by their mother’s example, went on to become physicians. Stanislawa supported their education, earning the family livelihood through a devoted service to childbirth.

In March 1957, as her retirement neared, a reception was organized to commemorate her 35 years in the profession. Her son, Dr. Bronislaw Leszczynski, remarked to her before the reception that she might be asked about Auschwitz. Until that time, she had said nothing about her work in the concentration camp. Her son began taking notes and later, during the reception when all the speeches were over, he stood up and told his mother’s story.

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We’ve created a generation where 10% start off mentally ill

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There is only one acceptable view when it comes to mental health issues, these days. And it involves a sympathetic face and blaming someone, usually the government.

I don’t have the former in my repertoire and love the words personal accountability, so I find myself unable to go along with the prevailing consensus.

Listening to Kate Middleton support Children’s Mental Health Week, I am with her all the way. Kids do need to develop resilience in order to overcome life’s hurdles and cope with challenges they face.

Clearly there are genuine cases of family trauma and mistreatment. And these children deserve all the support the state can afford.

But when we are told 1 in 5 children under 11 has experienced mental health issues and 10% of children aged 5-16 have a recognised mental health disorder I can’t help but feel sceptical.

These days everything has to have a label. Normal emotional reactions end up being disorders and a child who doesn’t like being told what to do by teacher is diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance. If you’ve got PDA you can stick two fingers up at teacher and still get Golden Time for not physically assaulting her. Now that’s progress.

This adds to the article the other day that saying that fewer children were getting hurt these days.   We lock them up, mollycoddle them, and then give them neatly packaged labels to excuse poor behaviour.  Read more »

Face of the day

Palestinian children are being taught how to stab a Jewish person as part of their being “brainwashed” with “incitement and hate”

Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon says Palestinian school children are being “taught to hate” instead of learning maths.

… Danny Danon, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, is urging the Security Council to make a statement against what he described as “the incitement that fuels terror”.During his speech he held up a piece of card with a diagram of a human body entitled “How to Stab a Jew”, which he says is “an example of what Palestinian children are being exposed to day in and day out, in school, after school”.He said: “When a Palestinian child returns from school and opens (sic) the television, he doesn’t see Barney or Donald Duck, he sees murderers portrayed as heroes.

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Can you handle the truth?

Here is some of the truth that the Media Party won’t show you, talk about or even acknowledge in their unbalanced coverage of the ‘ refugee crisis. ‘

Ever wonder why Hungary isn’t keen on taking in more Muslims but are happy to help Christian refugees?Left Wing supporters of Gay rights and Gay marriage who ethusiastically support Muslim refugees keep forgetting this inconvenient little truth.

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Face of the day

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Today’s face of the day is an un-named Dublin Father who has a story that sadly will be familiar to many of our readers.

“I have three children; me and their mum separated five years ago and she has recently decided with her new partner that the kids don’t need their father anymore. In the last six months I’ve been fighting for the access I’ve always had. I’ve just been ousted by my ex, the courts have also ousted me and heavily lean in favour of mums… People think that it’s fine for the family court to operate behind closed doors, but it’s not, it’s a social scandal… There’s no consistency. I know people who have committed crimes or had drug problems and they get to see their kids more often than I do. I just want to see my kids, and they want to see me… I’m sure I’m not the only one in these shoes. People talk about equal rights but they must highlight the fact there’s nothing even close to equal rights in the family courts…”

-Human’s of Dublin Facebook