Daily Archives: September 30, 2011
Adopted Parents Of Ethiopian Girl, 13, Arrested For Homicide After Girl Found To Be Abused And Starved For Years
The young Ethiopian girl, Hana Williams, 13, was abused most of her life and finally died after her body could no longer endure the abuse. Her adopted parents, Larry and Carri Williams, had called 911 on May 12th to report that their daughter was not breathing.
According to Carri Williams, the girl was being rebellious and was wandering around the backyard staggering and falling down. She also refused to come inside and stripped herself naked before falling to the ground face down with mud in her mouth. This is a pitiful lie, that thank goodness, no one believed. Both Williams’ were arrested and jailed on a $500,00 bond.
Shortly after 1:30am, Hana Williams was pronounced dead due to hypothermia. She had lost around 30 lbs. in the two years leading up to her death and was unable to survive outside in the 42 degree weather. An autopsy also revealed there was malnutrition and a stomach infection which contributed to the poor girls death.
Larry and Carri Williams were also charged with first-degree child assault due to the regular physical abuse of Hana’s 10-year-old brother, who was adopted with her in 2008.
Both children were treated differently from the couple’s six biological children, who ranged in age from seven to 17, according to an affidavit from the Skagit County sheriff’s office.
The document alleges the Williams repeatedly denied Hana food, locked her in a dark closet and beat her with a long plastic tube.
They also made her sleep in a barn, shower outside with a garden hose and even sit outside while the family celebrated Christmas inside.
Debbie McCann, 48, had never visited Italy and had a strong Glaswegian accent before suffering a stroke that would forever changed the way she spoke. For the first few weeks after the incident, she had completely lost the ability to speak, and as it came back, it was coming back in an Italian voice that she had never heard and didn’t recognize.
‘For the first two weeks, I couldn’t speak and it was very frustrating,’ said Ms McCann.
‘When my voice came back, I sounded Chinese. I couldn’t believe it.
‘Now, people say I sound more like I’m from Italy, yet, I’ve never been to either of those countries.’
‘I’m having speech therapy and every day I wake up hoping my old voice will be back’, she said.
‘We laughed about it in the beginning but it’s become a nightmare for me.’
She said it’s only now she feels brave enough to go out on her own.
The grandmother-of-two added: ‘It’s made me very embarrassed to speak to people. I only go shopping where I used to work because everyone knows me there.
‘Otherwise I’m constantly having to explain myself.
‘I don’t like speaking on the phone. When I called the Job Centre to apply for disability allowance, the lady asked me where I was from.
‘I said Glasgow and she said: ‘No, where are you from originally?’ I had to explain to her I had Foreign Accent Syndrome.
Omaima Nelson, 44, committed a heinous crime back in 1991 when she was just 24-years-old. The notorious Thanksgiving weekend murder took place in their Costa Mesa apartment just one month after the two married.
Nelson, originally born in Egypt was charged with killing her husband, William Nelson, 56 at the time, and has been serving a 27-year sentence. Not only did she kill the man, but she bludgeoned him, chopped up his body and then proceeded to cook him in various ways. Before she began to skin her husband’s torso, cook his head on the stove and fry the hands in oil, she put on a pair of red shoes, a red hat and red lipstick as if she was excited for the endeavor.
After cooking the, what she though were edible, remnants of her husband, she took the rest to ex-boyfriends in separate black bags and offered them each $75,000 to dispose of the evidence. Ironically, her claim was that this was all in self-defense after she was raped the previous night. Right. That makes sense. The makeup, cooking and disposal of his body was all just a way for her to defend herself.
She also claimed she was sexually assaulted by her brother and stepfather and was forced to undergo a female circumcision, a ritual mutilation of the female genitalia practiced in some parts of the world.
The Orange County district attorney’s office opposes freeing her on the grounds that her crimes were especially heinous, and that she had a history of violence before killing her husband.
‘This is probably one of the most egregious mutilations we’ve ever had,’ Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Randy Pawloski, who prosecuted the case, told the Daily Pilot. ‘It is one of the most gruesome and notorious crimes ever committed in Orange County.’
Nelson is scheduled to appear at a parole board hearing next Wednesday in Chowchilla State Prison in Central California.
An earlier bid at parole was rejected in 2006.
- Ex-model who ate husband’s body parts seeks freedom (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
The Delphian, in Sheridan, Oregon, is one of the most expensive boarding school‘s around and is much more unique than most, in many different ways. Scientology, as many of you know, is a religion that gives value to people who share more of their money with the church; For this reason, sending your kid to the most expensive boarding school will make you look great in the eyes of L. Ron Hubbard (regardless of the fact that he’s no longer here) and betters the chances of the children’s continued involvement with Scientology.
Tom Cruise, famous actor and oddball who represents Scientology, sent his daughter with ex-wife Nicole Kidman to the Delphian, to obtain an unaccredited education. Although many have kept the studies a mystery, some past students are beginning to speak out about the unorthodox learning methods that took place at this $42,000/year school.
The 250-student boarding academy, based in an old Jesuit monastery set on an 800-acre hillside campus, was founded by Scientologists in the 1970s.
It does not have academic accreditation and its unorthodox teaching methods, inspired by L Rob Hubbard, have been rejected by mainstream education experts.
In a series of interviews with The Daily, former students said that the curriculum is based around an invention of the Scientology founder called ‘Study Tech’.
It revolves around three main principles – all educational problems arise from misunderstood words, abstract ideas need to be shown in pictures or clay to be understood, and students should not progress in a subject until they grasp each step.
Students, some of whom compared the school to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter stories, told the website that much of the learning comes through daily manual labour and hands-on tasks, with a particular focus on clay modelling.
The most interesting learning methods are the implementation of ‘training routines’ or ‘TRs’. There is one drill where the students must sit still and stare at each other for 2 hours. If you look away or hunch, the drill must be restarted. I don’t understand the educational value of staring at classmates for an extended amount of time unless you plan on going to war or hiding from a killer.
‘You learn to control your body, and to control other people’s – so you don’t feel shy about pushing someone, or getting someone to do what you need them to do,’ one student told The Daily.
‘It starts simple. You tell him to look at the wall. If he doesn’t, you try to make him look at the wall, physically.’
- Check Out ‘Scientology High,’ the $42,000-a-Year ‘Real-World Hogwarts’ [Video] (gawker.com)
- Suri Cruise is attending a Scientology-influenced school. What’s that like? (slate.com)
- Scientology Apostate Part IV: Deciding the Church Was a Fraud (blogs.sfweekly.com)
- ‘Inside Scientology’: an in-depth look at a secretive religion (seattletimes.nwsource.com)