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June 07, 2003

France still reeling from bizarre serial killer scandal
BBC | Submitted by: marc thunderman
"This has been the scandal to end all scandals in France -- a potent brew of sex and politics served daily by the country's media. It has slavery, sado-masochism, rape, drugs and murder. ... He claims to have provided under-age girls for sadomasochistic orgies which allegedly took place at a courthouse and at a chateau owned by the Toulouse town council. ... Alegre said that during the orgies, 'everyone had sniffed coke as hard as they could.' But, he said, he 'imagined this affair would be covered-up, because all the people implicated in it are people with power.'"

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Ashcroft prefers his gays ashamed
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Homosexual rights groups in the United States have criticised a decision by Attorney General John Ashcroft to ban his department's annual gay pride events. Several hundred employees at the Department of Justice (DoJ) were expected to take part in the festivities on 18 June -- but they have now been told they may not do so because President George W Bush has not officially given his sanction. ... Journalists have been unable to reach officials at the DoJ for comment on the decision, which breaks a tradition going back to the early 1990s."

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Teens kill friend for chump change
Philadelphia Inquirer | Submitted by: Stinkbaby
"Her job, according to police sources, was to promise Sweeney sex -- and lead him into a death trap. ... The boys prepared for the ambush at another home by listening to the Beatles song made famous by killer Charles Manson, 'Helter Skelter.' ... As the grisly slaying unfolded, Morley stood off to the side and did not take part, according to sources. When it was over, though, she allegedly shared in the blood money -- $500 -- divided four ways. A total of $125 apiece, for murder."

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Homeless arms, legs mangled in insurance scam
Chicago Sun-Times | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"That was the scam: crush the bones of homeless people so desperate for a buck that they'd allow their own bodies to be maimed for money, then hit up insurance companies with a sob story about how badly and quickly their hurt 'relatives' needed the cash settlements. ... In most cases the injury would be a compound fracture with the bone showing through the skin, Bigg said -- the better to persuade insurance companies to come up with big settlements. ... Once the insurance checks were issued, the perpetrators would cash them at currency exchanges. The injured people 'got anything from nothing to $1,500' on settlements between $10,000 and $100,000."

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Ghana's ex-president: don't vote for the serial killers
allAfrica.com | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings last Tuesday accused fifteen current Cabinet ministers, whom he failed to name, of being perpetrators of the serial killing of the thirty-four women, most of whom were murdered in the run up to the 2000 elections. According to the ex-president, he has intelligence information which exposes the 15 Cabinet ministers as the killers. ... The ex-president noted that it is significant for the investigation of the killings to be conducted whilst the NPP is in power, else if they lose power to the NDC, the killings would start again."

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Spain might extradite U.S. soldiers for Iraq war crime
Asia Times | Submitted by: CronVortex
"On April 8, two journalists were killed in Baghdad. ... Alongside roughly 100 other journalists from virtually every major international news outlet in the country at the time, Protsyuk and Couso were recouping in an officially recognized safe zone -- the Palestine Hotel. But an American tank on the opposite bank of the Tigris River, roughly three-quarters of a mile away, fired directly at the hotel anyway. ... Immediately after the hotel was hit one of the commanding officers, Lieutenant Colonel Philip, started screaming over the radio. 'Who just shot the Palestinian Hotel? Did you just fucking shoot the Palestinian Hotel?'"

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Flynt offers $50k for pix of Scott Peterson mistress
KNBC-TV 4 Los Angeles | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Efforts to sell nude photos of massage therapist Amber Frey are sad and hurtful, an attorney said Friday... Frey, 29, has acknowledged she dated Peterson, but said he told her he was single when they met in November. Peterson is charged with two counts of murder for allegedly killing his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son... Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt said he offered $50,000 for dozens of photographs allegedly showing Frey in the buff."

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WTC memorial design review process getting ugly
New York Newsday | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"As people express their desires for the memorial to those who will select the design, the split between uniformed personnel and civilians who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks has never been deeper. Several firefighters and people whose firefighter relatives died on Sept. 11 repeatedly booed and cursed those people who spoke of equal treatment for all who died in the attacks. ... 'We're not saying anyone is better than anybody, but the deeds of the rescuers were special,' said Finucane, who is still trying to schedule a meeting with LMDC officials. Asked how to honor those civilians who perished while trying to save others, Finucane that's something the LMDC should decide."

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Man admits sedating, mouthraping girls at slumber party
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A man who admitted drugging his daughter's friends and sexually assaulting them during a slumber party was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison. ... Authorities said Bagwell's daughter, who was 12 at the time, invited three of her friends to a sleepover one night in February 2000. At some point in the evening, Bagwell offered the three preteen girls what he said were vitamins... But he had actually given them sleeping pills. Once the girls were sedated, Bagwell undressed them, forced them to perform oral sex, then fondled them, had sex with them, and even photographed them, police and prosecutors said."

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Woman advertises for hit man, keeps growing list of targets
WEWS-TV 5 Cleveland | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"An advertisement in a local magazine for a personal bodyguard turned out to be an ad for a hit man... 'Her offer to me was that she wanted me to whack her brother because he was beaten on her and treating her like garbage or whatever,' he said. Mason said when he refused the offer, he was added to Payton's hit list along with her brother, sister and niece. A Cleveland State parking attendant, who gave her a $3 ticket, was also added to the list and a next-door neighbor."

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City leader arrested again for being naked in public
Des Moines Register | Submitted by: squirrelnuts
"Witnesses told police that a man entered the salon around 2:45 p.m. and said he had lost a bet with his female co-workers, requiring him to wear spandex leggings to yoga class. ... The man then allegedly asked to use the bathroom. At the rear of the salon, the man took the spandex down and exposed himself to a 22-year-old salon employee... In June 2002, [the suspect] pleaded guilty after the Polk County Sheriff's Office found him drunk at a cemetery. He was found inside his vehicle not wearing pants."

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Car thief blows away 2 cops, dispatcher
Wire Services | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A suspect being booked at a small town police station grabbed an officer's gun and opened fire early Saturday, killing two officers and a dispatcher before fleeing in a police car... The two Fayette police officers and dispatcher were shot to death inside the one-story, brick police station, near the town's City Hall, at about 5:30 a.m., said coroner Richard Nelson. ... At the time of the shooting, the suspect was being booked in connection with a stolen vehicle."

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CIA 'five years behind' in computer technology
BBC | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A recently declassified study said the CIA was five years behind the rest of the world when it came to using technology to do its job. It found that workers in the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence made little use of the internet, used primitive, inflexible databases to catalogue information and had none of the software tools common in the business world. The report said the CIA regarded computer technology as a 'bogeyman' rather than an ally."

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Ransom note impugns child pornography industry
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"The chilling note left at Jennifer Walmsley's door warned that if she didn't come up with $20,000 by 1 p.m., her 6-year-old son would be sold to 'the kiddie porn people.' The two-page note described, in graphic details, what [child] pornographers would do to her son if Walmsley missed the Nov. 2 deadline. The author of the note was even more shocking -- a respected speech pathologist and former PTO president at the boy's school." [When are the kiddie porn people going wake up and hire some PR flacks?]

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Florida overdose deaths: 60% legal vs. 40% illegal drugs
South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Of 2,088 deaths caused by overdoses last year, 60 percent were caused by legal medications while 40 percent were the result of illicit drugs... Cocaine and heroin killed more than 677 Floridians last year, but prescription drugs claimed 1,075 lives, a trend underway for several years. ... Not to be forgotten, alcohol directly caused 306 deaths and was a contributing factor in 3,013 others, far and away the most prevalent death-related substance in the report."

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Sims mafia launches protection racket
SiliconValley.com | Submitted by: TRS-80
"An underground group known as the Sims Shadow Government has taken over the fantasy world that is 'The Sims Online,' meting out mob justice. ... The emergence of a seedy underbelly in the online game may reveal more about the dark fantasies of middle-aged suburbanites than anyone suspected. ... 'They show up at your house and they request protection money. "You have to pay me 100,000 simolians if you don't want your house torn down." It's technically harassment.'"

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Armless girl drives away in new Saturn
Detroit Free Press | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Jessica Parks was born without arms. Friday, the 18-year-old put her contact lenses in with a toe, ate breakfast using utensils held in her feet, went to her part-time job as a secretary, then traveled to a Saturn dealership in Oakland County where she was presented with a new car and a cake, which she sliced with a plastic fork gripped between two toes. ... For kicks, she moves her foot to the top of the wheel at stoplights and watches for the reactions of other drivers." [And people say we don't post any 'feel good' stories on Daily Rotten.]

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