• Uncategorized 30.04.2008 11 Comments

    This Weeks Hero Was Suggested By Mary Ann
    Wednesday Hero was started to put a face to the men and women of the American Armed Forces and what they do for us. Vary rarely has there been a member of a foreign military profiled. In fact, in the two years Wednesday Hero’s been going on it’s only been done once before. Here’s the second.

    Lance Corporal Matt Croucher

    Lance Corporal Matt Croucher
    24 years old from Birmingham, England
    40 Commando Royal Marines
    Royal Marines
    L/Cpl Matt Croucher is not only one of the bravest men alive, he’s also one of the luckiest men alive. On the morning of February 9, 2008 L/Cpl. and his unit were searching a compound near Sangin in Afghanistan that was suspected of being used to make bombs to be used in attacks on British and Afghan troops. Walking in the darkness among a group of four men, Croucher stepped into a tripwire that pulled the pin from a boobytrap grenade. His patrol commander, Corporal Adam Lesley, remembered Croucher shouting “Grenade!”
    As others dived for cover, Croucher did something nobody expected. He lay down on the grenade to smother the blast. Lesley got on the ground, another man got behind a wall, but the last member of the patrol was still standing in the open when the grenade went off.
    “My reaction was, ‘My God this can’t be real’,” said Lesley. “Croucher had simply lain back and used his day sack to blunt the force of the explosion. You would expect nine out of 10 people to die in that situation.” L/Cpl. Croucher was that 1/10. Not only did he survive, amazingly he only suffered shock from the blast and a bloody nose. He was saved by the special plating inside his Osprey body armor. The backpack he was wearing was thrown more than 30ft by the blast.
    “I felt one of the lads giving me a top to toe check. My head was ringing. Blood was streaming from my nose. It took 30 seconds before I realized I was definitely not dead,” said L/Cpl. Croucher.
    For his actions that day, L/Cpl. Croucher was in line for the Victoria Cross, the highest award for a British Serviceman, but it has yet to be awarded.

    These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
    We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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  • Uncategorized 29.04.2008 2 Comments

    From CNN:

    The call girl involved in the sex scandal with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer filed a lawsuit Monday suing the founder of the “Girls Gone Wild” video series for more than $10 million.

    Now that her meal ticket has resigned as governor of New York, call girl Ashley Dupre has decided to sue the Girls Gone Wild founder as well as others for $10 million, claiming that she was 17, he knew it, and exploited her.
    Sounds to me like a bunch of bullshit but then again, this dude needs to be sued. He’s out of jail now and apparently hasn’t learned his lesson.

    In the complaint filed in Miami, Florida, Ashley Alexandra Dupre says she was vacationing in Miami Beach when she was approached by agents and representatives of the defendant, Joe Francis, and offered alcoholic drinks.
    While intoxicated, Dupre was persuaded to expose her breasts and then told to sign a release form, according to a statement from her legal counsel, Richard C. Wolfe. Wolfe contends that Dupre “was 17 years old and therefore not legally competent to enter into a contract with the defendants.”

    I don’t guess I’ve ever seen a Girls Gone Wild video and while I am no opponent of porn, actually I like it, child pornography is just pretty sick and the Girls Gone Wild series is close enough to child porn to be included.

  • Uncategorized 28.04.2008 No Comments

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  • Uncategorized 28.04.2008 1 Comment

    Actually the number is 31.

    Out of the 463 children that the government of Texas removed from the FLDS ranch in Eldorado 53 of them were girls between the ages of 14 and 17. 31 of those 53 girls either already have children or are pregnant. That’s 58% of the girls. I’ve seen a bunch of bitching about how now the government is going to start going after catholics or they should be removing kids out of public schools, etc.
    There are usually at least a girl or two in each of the schools around here that end up being pregnant but that certainly doesn’t even approach the 2/3 of the teenage girls that ended up pregnant or with children at the YFZ Ranch. As has been reported, that’s more than an accident, it’s a pattern.
    The Associated Press has done more interviews and has been airing them…

    Also, according to the lawyers at the Texas Rio-Grande Legal Aid society, some of the kids have been hospitalized but nobody seems to be able to provide them with any information. Read the story for more information.

  • Uncategorized 28.04.2008 17 Comments

    It’s like something out of a bad movie or a scary novel.
    Apparently this dude has kept his daughter locked in the basement for 24 years, had seven children by her, burning one of them in the oven when the child died, and his wife never knew about it. Talk about freaky! They’ve got the story up over at CNN.

    A 73-year-old man has confessed to holding his daughter captive in his home cellar for nearly 24 years and fathering seven children by her, Austrian police say. The woman is described as “very disturbed” and having trouble talking about her ordeal. She went missing in 1984, when she was 18, police said.

    Hey, isn’t Austria where that other dude kept the girl captive that escaped last year? Hell, I don’t really remember but it sure is ringing a bell.
    Here’s more of the story from CNN:

    Police spokesman Franz Polzer told CNN that 73-year-old Josef Fritzl admitted holding his daughter, Elisabeth Fritzl, 42, hostage in the windowless cell and fathering seven children by her.
    “The mother had memories [of the outside world] and got used to the situation,” Polzer told a press conference Monday afternoon. “The others knew nothing else.”

    This is just damned creepy. I haven’t found any news video up yet or I would attach it here. I originally ran across the story at the University of Alberta Law blog, thanks guys (or gals)
    I’ve been looking around the net for links to this story and found Bella’s site. She answered my question above about the Austrian Girl. It was Natascha Kampusch that was abducted and lived for eight years in this sick bastard’s basement as a prisoner until she escaped. Now I remember writing about it at the time.

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  • Uncategorized 24.04.2008 5 Comments

    Now that the DNA testing has been getting done over a hundred kids have been removed from the San Angelo Coliseum and are heading into foster care across the state.

    According to a spokesman for the FLDS, the temporary foster care facilities are inadequate because they don’t understand the children. I can agree with that one. It’s going to be pretty hard for these kids to adjust to life outside of the FLDS compound.

    As this next video from CBS news says, the FLDS have opened a public relations web site called FLDS Truth.org showing videos of the raid that took their children into custody. Right now there are about five videos and some photos as well. The videos don’t really show anything particularly disturbing. If anything I see law enforcement officials letting folks take their time and not mistreating them. If the FLDS wants photos or videos to get the American public to change their mind about what’s been going on they need to show something more than these. The one titled “No Search Warrant” is pretty striking though. It deals with the fact that our government is overstepping it’s bounds in law enforcement and interfering with our life, liberty and property. Isn’t that what the constitution is supposed to protect?
    The photos and videos would probably have a bit more effect if they explained some about them. Most of what I have seen are LEOs standing around with their thumbs up their asses and that’s pretty much it.

    In addition to taking DNA from the kids, the ranch residents have also been submitting to give DNA samples as well according to the local San Angelo news site.
    In addition to all of this CNN is now reporting that the person of interest in Colorado Springs does own one of the telephone numbers that were used to report claims of abuse at the Texas Ranch. Oh, by the way, the woman is black, 33 years old, and lives in Colorado. Oh yeah, and she is known for making false reports of sexual abuse to police and other agencies.
    ooops. Fucking ooops.
    Texas authorities of course have not found anyone else that made the calls and although they now could not use any evidence gathered as a result of her phone calls, they say they have found evidence that girls as young as 13 are forced into marriages with older men at the ranch. There’s where I have a problem. I’m all for following the constitution and leaving people the hell alone, but child abuse just ain’t right.
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  • Uncategorized 23.04.2008 3 Comments

    I haven’t really posted much about this case that’s been going on for a while. According to the employer of an accountant who killed himself after his Hilton Head Clients went missing last month says that an audit shows he embezzled at least $2 million from different companies.

    I did post a little about the suicide last month, but here’s a tiny bit of background. Back in March John and Elizabeth Calvert turned up missing. The live part time on their yacht in a Marina that they run in addition to several other businesses there. I don’t guess I have ever met them down there but all of the videos and photos I have seen shown look like the Sea Pines area of the island. The lighthouse is down there along with the Salty Dog, one of my favorite hangouts for kids and adults alike. I don’t know that I have ever been without the girls but it sure would be nice. I don’t see going to Bluffton or Hilton Head anytime soon though. Since the wife’s friend moved overseas she wouldn’t want to be reminded of that.

    Police are looking in more than just Hilton Head but the search for the couple has been fruitless. After questioning the accountant, Dennis Ray Gerwing, police reported about three weeks ago that he slashed himself six times with a steak knife and bled to death in a bath tub.

    According to one of the suicide notes left by Gerwing this sounds like some sort of conspiracy.

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  • Uncategorized 23.04.2008 No Comments

    Somehow I missed this amidst the several hundred emails Monday morning and didn’t get this posted. I really need to sit down and go through my inbox with the delete button. Anyhow, on with this weeks post!


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    Cpl. Markbradley Vincze Hands Out Backpacks To Iraqi School Children
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    Cpl. Markbradley Vincze gives students from al-Raqhaa School backpacks in the Monsouri area of Iraq. Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-76th FA, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., delivered backpacks, soccer balls and notebooks.

    These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
    We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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  • Uncategorized 21.04.2008 3 Comments

    Updated 9:06 PM. The below raw video is of the San Angelo coliseum where lab workers are taking DNA samples from the children held in state custody there.
    More than 400 kids are supposed to undergo DNA testing today to help figure out whose kids they really are. The bottom line is that they are trying to find out which ones belong to statutory rape victims so they can charge the men. Not only that but the government doesn’t want anyone around that hasn’t been numbered and cataloged.

    Now the damnable ACLU has gotten itself involved. You know, the ACLU that is about socialism and Marxism, was founded by socialists and hates success and capitalism. There I was starting to feel sorry for these folks in Texas and the ACLU comes along and gets involved.
    They are claiming as others have that taking away the children from their families is unconstitutional but don’t list any specific instances of human rights or constitutional violations and won’t comment any further on the story.
    Texas Child Protective Services keeps sounding like a broken record. “This is not about religion – this is about keeping children safe from abuse”.
    No, it is about religion. AND child abuse. They certainly don’t need to keep lying about that part. If you are trying to get the polygamy (which I could care less about) and the child-sex to stop in a society that accepts it, how as a government do you get it to stop? Is there some education you can provide them or deprogramming you can put them through? Heck, no. You do what governments have been doing for thousands of years. If you want to stop people from doing something that is at the core of their beliefs then you stamp out the society until it no longer exists and make it even more illegal than before.
    That’s the rub here. Spiritual marriages to kids as young as thirteen and polygamy are at the core of the beliefs of the FLDS and has been since before they splintered off from the Mormons back in the late 1800’s. This isn’t some lame brained idea that Warren Jeffs pulled out of his ass a few years ago. He was but the latest in a line of self-proclaimed prophets that subjugate women and children and promote the idea of rape, wife beating, forced marriages and white slavery.
    I’ve read the comments a few times that “if they can do this why aren’t they removing pregnant 15-year-olds from their homes” around the country. Perhaps they should. Obviously there is something that isn’t being taught to their children. Sure, there will always be the occasional teenager that gets pregnant because they are having sex and if they do they don’t use a damned rubber but that should be the exception to the rule. What do you expect though. How can parents teach their children anything when a large portion of them are stupid and can barely read themselves?

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  • Uncategorized 19.04.2008 13 Comments

    Maybe it wasn’t a surprise to some people but it certainly surprised me since I haven’t been able to follow this the last few days. Judge Barbara Walther ruled that the over 400 kids currently under state custody will remain in state custody. She also ordered DNA testing for all of the children in order to determine who there parents are. Dayum.

    There are sure to be at least a couple of appeals of the ruling and once the DNA testing is finished many of the separate cases will be back before the court. The DNA testing will also be used as evidence in the cases where children under 16 are the mothers.
    Police still haven’t located the girl that supposedly called but they are looking into a Colorado woman as a person of interest who may have done so as a hoax. It doesn’t really matter because it just means that any evidence found by the police as a result of those specific phone calls might have to be excluded. Probably not though since the officers were acting in good faith, which is what the 4th amendment is meant for.

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  • Uncategorized 16.04.2008 No Comments

    Lindell Kay is a reporter with (I think) the Jacksonville Daily News, one of the local North Carolina papers and web sites. There is a blog called Off the Cuff with some really good stories and entries. I don’t believe I haven’t run across the site prior till today but now that I have I will be returning.
    Anyhow, Capt. Rick Sutherland from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department has been answering some questions over there and you may be interested in reading them. Here are a couple of his answers from over there:

    I will try to answer the questions in order. If I skip a question, I can’t talk about it or I have already addressed it. I appreciate all of the questions and the interest in the case. I will do my best to visit this thread a couple of times a week. Also, if some of my answers seem short, they are not a reflection of the question or the person asking the question. They are a reflection of the amount of questions that I am trying to respond to.
    Luminol is a chemical test that is very sensitive to the presence of blood. It is used to try to locate blood where visible blood is not present. The SBI performed the luminol testing in this case for us. They used these tests where necessary to discover evidence and to try to recreate some portions of the crime scene. After the processing of the house, I had a chance to speak to the CSI guys from our Office and we discussed some theories as to what occurred, where it occurred, and then what happened next. The luminol testing was used to prove/disprove those theories and to locate blood evidence not visible to the eye. Evidence developed after the processing of the house validated one of the theories proposed by the CSI guys. We feel confident that we know what happened. The SBI performed the tests we needed to help us to arrive at the facts. That is as specific as I will be.
    The Sheriff said that there were nails/staples in the grave and that they appeared to be from a burned section of the fence. No idea whether more fence is missing or why.
    We feel comfortable that we know who the shoe belongs to and that it will be available to prosecutors if they decide to use it at the trial. It appears to have evidentiary value.
    The El Paso question. There are some answers in this case that could only come from Cesar or Maria. Maria, sadly, is no longer with us, and we don’t know if Cesar will choose to answer some of the other questions that we have.
    I am not sure at what point OCSD/NCIS had contact with Maria’s biological parents. The homicide investigators would know if they had information material to the case and make contact with them at the appropriate time. I can not answer for NCIS.
    We have reviewed the video with our forensic tools and do not think that there is more than one person.
    KDB. I am sorry; I don’t understand the context of the question about the table. Ask it again next round and expound a little.
    There are a lot of people who believe with all of their hearts that Christina is guilty. I won’t begin to try to change your minds. Our Office has access to all of the info in the homicide case and we don’t believe that she had any part in the homicide. There is no cover up; there is no “deal” in exchange for her testimony. We have access to info on Cesar, Christina, and Maria for the time surrounding Maria’s death and our homicide guys drew a warrant and testified before a Grand Jury that they had probable cause that Cesar killed Maria, and that is why we were seeking to apprehend him. There is no way that we could let people look at the case file before trial, but if we were able to fully disclose our info to the public it would change people’s minds. But, our first duty is to proceed with the trial of Cesar and not to reveal all the info we have collected. If we received info tomorrow that implicated anyone in this case, we would discuss that info with the DA’s Office and recommend charges based on the info.
    The DA answered the question about the law regarding communicating with a fugitive.
    We are very confident that Maria bought the ticket.
    Some times given in this case are approximations. Like “he left around 4:00am”. Other times are more concrete based on the supporting evidence.
    We feel that we have identified Cesar from the ATM footage to the point that we could prove our case to a jury beyond reasonable doubt. I have not seen evidence of a second person.
    If you are referring to Christina being a witness in the future (at trial) there is no way for me to speculate on that. If you are referring to the present, any witness, in any case, can provide information that is useful to an investigation even if they do not appear to be 100% “on board” with the investigation.
    We believe that the Pathologists have explained and accounted for the condition of the bodies and we will rely on their examinations, opinions, and testimony as we move toward trial. There may be other “theories” that seem to be consistent, but the ME’s opinions are the answers to our questions.
    No exact time of death, just time parameters.
    Some of the remarks at the Conference were to try to answer questions that have been asked of our Office and some were because of information that is set to be unsealed.
    I can not begin to speak for Christina’s emotions. I can only imagine that she has had to deal with enormous burdens in this situation and she is also suddenly a single parent.
    The truck is still functional.
    The SBI Lab will perform most of the forensic testing and make their experts available to testify at trial.
    In any investigation, we would like to talk to the persons involved to get the story from them. In this case, we believe that we can prove our case beyond reasonable doubt. The evidence to support that belief will be introduced at trial.
    The notes brought to our Office were handwritten.
    The dog is fine, to the best of my knowledge. No idea on the gender or the name. (Can neither confirm nor deny the info posted in this thread on the dog and OCAS)
    I choose not to repeat any info, but the Incident Report by my Office is public record and there is a link on this web site to some info released by the Marine Corps.
    I can check with the homicide guys on the rh/lh question. There is no evidence to support that anyone killed Maria other than Cesar. That is why the Grand Jury found probable cause based on what we presented to them and indicted him.
    Now, allow me to babble a moment. I can not begin to tell you what a great job the FBI, NCIS, the Marshals, and hundreds of state and local entities did in supporting us on this case. It is mind boggling to think of all of the leads that we have investigated in the last 90 days. We could have never reached the point we are at without support from these great law enforcement entities. The resources and intellect that are represented in these agencies and the way we were able to work together despite having different administrations and polices should make people proud of the LEO’s that they have and that fact that our LEO’s are the finest in the world. I am deeply saddened that I had to investigate the death of Maria, I am extremely proud to have worked with these excellent men and women across the country.

    If you want any more information from the thread or want to read some more of the reports you need to head over to Off the Cuff as I certainly don’t want to steal the thunder. It’s a pretty good site and Lindell makes a damn site more sense than I do.
    They have also started a new thread over there with new questions for Sutherland. If you do drop by don’t leave any stupid theories (in that particular thread) as he will not comment on your theories. Pertinent questions only and make sure you read the previous threads to see if your question has already been answered.

  • Uncategorized 15.04.2008 11 Comments

    That’s what some of the folks in the FLDS claim, along with the fact that the great state of Texas has denied them their constitutional rights by taking their children based on an alleged crime that they still don’t have any proof of. Now some of the women are being forced to leave their children in the care of others and either return home without them or go to a state safe house. The mothers of all children five and older were separated from them on Monday. FLDS members say that the mothers returned to the compound but child protective services is saying that six women had gone to the safe house. They also moved the kids to a larger place, the San Angelo Coliseum. Cool, maybe they can practice being gladiators.

    I am still torn on what I believe in this whole deal. I believe in the constitution and I don’t believe that messing with people, how they live or how they worship is a very cool thing to do. On the other hand, forcing children basically into sexual slavery is wrong. If the allegations are true for even say ten of the girls, does that make this whole thing wrong or is Texas right in what they did. What if the great state of Georgia decided that they didn’t like the way I swatted my five year old on the ass when she was throwing a fit and took her from me? They can, you know. DFACs and the equivalent agencies in other states somehow doesn’t seem to fall under the umbrella of things when it comes to their actions. They can force their way into your home with little or no provocation. I’ve seen it in action. For about eleven months one of the wife’s friends and her son lived with us. She was ‘seeing’ this dude over the Internet. It was pretty serious, as a matter of fact she married him and is living in Alaska right now. The thing is there was this other crazy bitch that liked him as well as she called DFACs making all sorts of allegations. They ended up coming to my house to interview her as well as her son and MY WIFE. Needless to say, the proverbial fucking honeymoon was over at that point. I don’t deal with drama. I live life on my own terms and that shit has no place in it. Had the DFACS investigator decided that there was some merit to those allegations she could have taken our friends son and even investigated us for anything they wanted. Assholes.
    That’s the problem with the damned government anyway. Anytime anyone acting in the capacity of officialdom says they are doing something ‘for the children’ you’d better put on your waders cause the shit is going to be getting thick. They are full of it. Whether it be force feeding us the bullshit CRCT tests my kid is taking this month or protecting our children from running on the pavement (my child is only allowed to run on the pavement, not the mulch because they don’t want the kids to get splinters, how fucked up is that?) they are doing it to get more and more power. The dickwads.
    Anyhow, Texas offers an update on the state of the children that have been removed from the compound. State Senator Robert Duncan speaks as well as a doctor.

    Custody hearings start on Thursday for the 416 children. I am really interested in seeing how this battle progresses. The problem is that the folks in the FLDS feel that they are being prosecuted for their religion and compare themselves to the Jews and Nazis. The state (and the Federal government) feels like they are stopping child abuse. Where do you draw the line? I still don’t know. That’s one of the reasons I’ve written about this so many times lately. I just don’t know and my feelings on the matter go back and forth. My daughter is ten. If I were to find that an adult was sleeping with her three years from now I would very likely cut their fucking throat. It’s that wrong.
    The FLDS does have a point though. Let’s say there aren’t the widespread cases of abuse going on that the state wants there to be. The mothers claim that the state of Texas is placing their children in even more danger by exposing them to things they would never have seen at the ranch and learning terrible things just from the questioning that they never would have heard.
    A couple dozen of the adolescent boys have been moved into temporary foster care outside of the San Angelo area according to Child Protective Services. They are saying that it’s just the first of placements and that a judge did order it. Of course a judge ordered it, the question is who asked for the order? They are saying that the boys are remaining together though,which means that they are most likely in some kind of facility together.
    Although this is a very serious constitutional issue that most likely won’t be decided any time soon, every time I hear or read anything about the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all I can think of is ‘Stepford Wives’.
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  • Uncategorized 15.04.2008 No Comments

    Police are investigating whether or not Cesar Laurean may have emailed North Carolina authorities to ask about turning himself in while he was on the run in Mexico.

    The fact that he was using the Internet did help police narrow down the area that they needed to be looking for him in.

  • Uncategorized 14.04.2008 No Comments

    Here is this weeks video and post from Blogs for Borders. You can check out the original post here.
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  • Uncategorized 12.04.2008 6 Comments

    So Cesar Laurean has been captured. It’s all over the Internet and the TV. The Maria Lauterbach case and the hunt for Cesar Laurean has been out of the news for a short while but that doesn’t mean that the investigation hasn’t been going on the whole time. CBS had this report yesterday morning.

    What I find confusing is the fact that at least CNN had reported that they nabbed Cesar Laurean during a roadblock set up by the anti-kidnapping task force. Now it’s being reported that they arrested Laurean walking down the main street in San Juan de la Vina in Tacambaro. The FBI is also reporting that their agents were present at his arrest but did not specify if they actually played a role in the arrest or not.
    Here’s a map of the approximate area where they caught him.
    He made it a pretty good ways. It’s not like he was just right over the border, but then he’s had three months to make it there.
    It’s somewhat confusing getting the conflicting stories, but then again, the initial stories are often wrong particularly considering when it’s another country entirely.
    According to CNN Laurean spoke briefly with the AP while he was held by Mexican police.

    “You know my name. You know who I am,” Laurean said. Asked if he wanted to say anything, Laurean answered, “Proof,” but would not explain.
    Asked what he would do next, he replied, “Do I have a choice? … I don’t know.”

    Also according to CNN people that lived in the area wondered about Laurean and it seems that quite a few simply assumed that he was some sort of drug dealer and seemed quite OK with that. The locals that were interviewed said that Laurean didn’t fight back when he was captured and that he went along peacefully.
    He had told at least one of the locals that he had just come back from Spain and that he was being punished by his parents who were making him live on an avocado orchard.
    Laurean has been living in a wood cabin in the mountains and walked into town on a daily basis so that he could use the local Internet cafe. No doubt to chat with his wife Christina and see if there was any news on his search.
    Apparently he and Christina have been emailing through MySpace. From what I was reading earlier Cesar consistently asked for help from his family and Christina consistently denied it. The prosecutor for Onslow County, NC has said that communicating with him is not illegal just as long as she was not helping him. The local PD also say that she very specifically denied help to him and that they would not have captured him if it weren’t for Christina Laurean’s help. I still don’t have the link to their MySpace pages, at least not current ones. This is one that I know of but it hasn’t been logged in to since January. If anyone has run across them, send me an email or leave a comment.
    The FBI is waiting for him to be extradited to the United States and have been encouraging him to waive extradition, letting him know that regardless of how he fights i, he will eventually be returned to the U.S. Right now he is being held at a Mexico City prison. Dewy Hudson, the district attorney in North Carolina where he will be tried has agreed not to seek the death penalty as Mexico refuses to send anyone back to the United States unless they are assured that they will not face execution. The Sheriff of Onslow County has also promised that Laurean will be treated as any other inmate once he is returned. He made the statement that the alleged killer ‘is not an animal’.

    The United States Navy is also going to perform a paternity test when he is returned to find out whether he was the father of the unborn child or not. They are waiting for his return since they want a reliable DNA sample from him. It is supposed to take at least 60 days to file the extradition paperwork with the Mexican government. I’m sure they could expedite the process but they will most likely want to cross all their t’s and dot the i’s before getting him back so as to not deny him any due process before bringing him home.

    After the capture a sheriff called Mary Lauterbach, Maria’s mother to tell her the news of his capture. Mary said “This has been a terrible tragedy, not only for our family but for Cesar and Christina as well as for their families.
    In at least one of the posts I wrote I mentioned immigration as well as illegal aliens. Tammy Bruce made mention of it in a recent post about Cesar Laurean’s capture, mentioning that’s he’s a ‘scum Marine murderer‘. She’s got that part right but what she doesn’t have right is that she correlates the fact that we need to get the wall built between Mexico and the U.S. to keep murderers fleeing to Mexico in order to avoid the death penalty, or at least that’s inferred. I am all for kicking the illegals out but just as Arizona has taken the lead in enforcing it’s existing laws and forcing the illegals out using plain old economics, perhaps the rest of the country needs to take a look at that and quit with the stupid fucking wall. What a waste of my tax money. All the wall is doing is keeping legal U.S. citizens inside and pissing off tax-paying landowners along the border. Why are we allowing our representatives to turn our country into a police state in the name of freedom. What a crock of shit.
    Anyhow, back to the subject at hand. What exactly did Cesar mean by “proof” when questioned by reporters? That he thinks prosecutor’s don’t have enough or that there is proof he didn’t do it?
    Lauterbach and Laurean were both personnel clerks in the same logistics unit at Camp Lejeune, an expansive coastal North Carolina base that is home to roughly 50,000 Marines. Detectives believe Laurean killed Lauterbach, who was 20 and eight months pregnant, on Dec. 14 after forcing her to remove money from her bank account.
    Detectives have said Laurean left behind a note for his wife in which he denied killing Lauterbach but admitted to burying her remains. In the note, Laurean said Lauterbach committed suicide by cutting her own throat.
    Authorities rejected the assertion, saying evidence indicates Lauterbach died of blunt force trauma to the head.
    Lauterbach accused Laurean of rape last spring, a charge he denied and one that Naval investigators were unable to corroborate. Even though Lauterbach later told investigators she did not feel Laurean posed a danger or threat to her, the pair was separated on base. The Marines have said their regimental commander was intent on taking the case to a hearing that could have led to a trial.
    According to WRAL in North Carolina, Cesar Laurean may have contacted the Onslow County Sheriff via email on March 30th about the possibility of surrendering. The sheriff received an email that purported to be from Cesar Laurean, who wanted to open a dialogue with the sheriff and arrange for his surrender. According to the email the sender wanted to know if they could arrange for immunity from a military trial and that he was afraid to go to Fort Leavenworth or a military chain gang. They have not verified if the email was from Laurean or not. It did appear to be sent from Mexico but misspelled Laurean’s last name.
    After consulting with the district attorney Brown wrote that he could not ensure the sender immunity from military prosecution but that so far the military had let civilian authorities take the lead in the investigation.
    America’s Most Wanted seems to have finally updated their page on Laurean as well. Found the link by way of Websleuths. The forums are a pretty good place to follow crimes like this. Some of the theories seem to be pretty sound, while others may be a bit out there. One that seems to be fairly popular over there is that Christina Laurean masterminded the whole thing. I am kind of ambivalent on that one. It’s entirely possible but I’m still not sure that was the case. The thing that makes it somewhat credible is the fact that he’s still proclaiming his love for Maria and it may be that Christina actually killed her or at least made him do it. She certainly helped clean up after the fact.
    One of the ladies over at Websleuths posted this:

    “Xtina and Cesar together had waged a war of harrasment and abuse towards Maria for a long long time. Recruiting their friends, including lower level superiors of the Marine Corp. All culminating in a final “eff you Maria” celebration BBQ. Xtina was in on the harrasment and abuse from day one. But that involvement suddenly stops the day Maria is murdered? I’m just not buying it.”

    WTF? This is kind of out there. I haven’t seen any references or links that confirm this, just someone else’s opinion, although since 90% of the above is my opinion I guess it’s no better than hers. What facts do you have to show that Christina and Cesar were waging a war of harassment? That she had been harassed by other marines and her car keyed? It happens at corporations where the buddy buddy system is in place too. I wouldn’t exactly call that an escalating war though.
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    According to the prosecutor for Onslow County, North Carolina, he expects Cesar Laurean to waive extradition and be back in North Carolina soon. Later on in a news conference today though he said that depending on how Laurean deals with extradition it might take a couple of days or a couple of years.
    Laurean has been taken to Mexico City where he is being questioned by Mexican federal authorities according to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.
    When asked about whether Laurean was caught by accident, Brown (the prosecutor) said that “I know what’s been going on behind the scenes…I’m confident in saying that the reason Cesar Laurean is in custody is by the professional pursuit that the agencies, all agencies involved, have carried on from the time he left here”.
    Using the information that the FBI gathered when they seized his sister-in-law’s computer they were able to narrow down the area that needed to be searched.

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    I went to bed fairly early last night so I missed the news about the capture of Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean until just a few minutes ago. After having been on the run for three months, Mexican police have finally captured the fugitive according to the FBI.
    When a Mexican reporter asked Laurean if he had killed Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach he replied that he loved her.

    Cesar Laurean was arrested last night around 7 p.m. after he approached a roadblock set up by the local anti-kidnapping task force. When they asked him his name he gave his real one, which of course threw up a red flag once it was entered into a criminal database. The authorities are saying he was peaceful and surrendered with no resistance. He had apparently been sleeping in trees and surviving off their fruit. Laurean is thin and obviously has lost weight from being on the run.
    According to Dewey Hudson, the district attorney for Onslow County North Carolina it might take up to two years to get him back if he chooses to fight extradition. Of course they are happy that he has been captured but Hudson said he was dissapointed that Laurean was captured in Mexico rather than America because now the death penalty has to be taken off the table.
    Recently the FBI seized a computer belonging to Laurean’s sister-in-law. Apparently Christina Laurean was using it to communicate with Laurean through emails. They also seized her diary. According to the FBI Christina Laurean was still very much in love with Cesar Laurean but was also angry with him.
    As long as she was not not trying to help him, it was not illegal for her to be communicating with Laurean as his wife.
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  • Just playing around with my phone while I wait for one of the other district managers. We normally go get a bite to eat before the long meetings. She’s getting her kidneys checked in preperation for a surgery on Monday.

    Anyhow, I figured I would practice typing on the phone while I have a couple of minutes.

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    Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael T. Williams, a kennel master with Task Force Military Police, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines, and his dog “Kitt”, search for ordnance and firearms during a route reconnaissance operation through the western Anbar province of Iraq April 1. The dog handlers conduct operations in support of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion to bring peace and stability to Iraq and its people.

    These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
    We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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    There is a somewhat interesting discussion going on at the post I put up yesterday about the FLDS. It has to do with the government interfering with religion, which is actually a constitutional issue and putting the safety of people that can’t fend for themselves over other people’s rights.
    Don’t get me wrong here. Number one, I don’t have a religious bone in my body. I don’t believe in organized religion and think it’s a waste of time. That being said, it’s not my job, nor do I have the right to question someone else’s faith whether they believe in God, Allah, Buddha or the Great Spaghetti Monster. How you choose to celebrate your religion is also your own business, so long as it’s not interfering with other people’s rights. For millions of people how they choose to worship also dictates how they live. Again, what you do in the privacy of your own home or with other’s that believe in the same things is your own business. Provided that it doesn’t harm anyone or disturb their rights.
    There are certain things in life that are just wrong no matter how you look at it. Murder, stealing from other people, abuse of others whether mental or physical, and imprisoning people for a few examples. Just because you, your parents and grandparents have always slept with children and see nothing wrong with it doesn’t make it right any more than growing up thinking that being a suicide bomber and going to meet the virgins is right.
    Anyhow, just had to interject my opinion in there.
    From what I have been reading it may be that they (the police) were called in falsely, which may be a sticking point. The problem is that they still have not located the 16-year-old girl that supposedly called them twice. According to the call for help the girl was being held against her will at the ranch, she already had a child and might be pregnant. She said that she was beaten several times by her 50-year-old husband. The problem is that they cannot find her and the man police have been searching for, Dale Barlow, may be living in a different state.
    Of course the FLDS is pretty sneaky and underhanded and it certainly wouldn’t be beyond the scope of them to get rid of the girl and have Barlow moved elsewhere if they were tipped to the raid. I doubt they expected for all of the children to be taken into custody like they were. Once investigators arrived they witnessed several pregnant minors as well as others with infants.
    Attorneys for the FLDS are challenging the search, saying that police and social workers overstepped their authority. As much as it pains me to say it, they probably did. It’s a quandary that I would hate to have to decide as a judge. To what lengths are we willing to go to protect people and how many laws are we going to ignore and trample to keep other people safe.
    CBS did a report earlier today on Polygamy and how prevalent it is. The quandary I spoke of above is mentioned. Some people are saying the raid is unconstitutional, and while I tend to agree with that statement, some of the sects supposedly condone sexual abuse.

    It’s only a matter of time before we hear from some of the hundred odd women that have left the ranch voluntarily. Did they leave to be with their children (most likely) or did some of them leave in order to escape being held prisoner against their will? I guess the developing story will let us know eventually.
    CNN has gotten a copy of the affidavit that was made public late yesterday. I have a copy on my server unless traffic gets too high. You can check it out here.

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    More and more details are coming out from the investigation into the Texas compound where several hundred members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints have lived.
    Authorities are starting to release details of some of the accusations of sexual abuse that brought it under Federal investigation.

    All in all, 416 children have been removed from the compound and as the video below explains, police have been interviewing each of them individually.

    CNN has reported that according to court documents released today, authorities were tipped off that girls as young as 13 were being forced to enter into marriage, have sex and bear children. I’m all for spiritual and religious freedom, but disguising pedophilia as religion is pretty messed up. I don’t know what else to call these dudes except pedophiles. I’ve heard the argument that their society accepts this and that’s all they know but that is horseshit. Like it or not they are part of American society and that is completely unacceptable.

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