Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.
Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she loves the man convicted in the notorious murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate.
No date has been set, but a wedding coordinator has been assigned by the prison to handle the nuptials, and the couple has until early February to get married before they would have to reapply.
As if all the dark money weren’t enough, now we have vote influencing experiments from Universities to worry about.
The universities were forced to apologize Tuesday to 100,000 Montana voters who received one of the mailers. Adorned with a state seal, it placed four Montana state Supreme Court justices running for nonpartisan offices on an ideological scale, comparing them to President Barack Obama and former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. “Take this to the polls!” the guide says in large letters.
That led Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch to file a complaint late last week with her state’s commissioner of political practices, saying the mailer appeared to violate several state laws.
The researchers — affiliated with the nonpartisan political science study Database on Ideology, Money in Politics, and Elections — sent similar election materials to 143,000 voters in California and 66,000 in New Hampshire. In fine print, the mailers disclose they are part of a “joint research project” at the universities.
But the universities now acknowledge that was improper.
HOUSTON — Houston-area authorities say they believe a school district police officer who pulled over a motorist and then asked to smell her feet may have made similar demands of others.
Twenty-six-year-old Patrick Quinn is charged with two counts of “official oppression.” He’s free on $2,000 bond.
The Harris County district attorney’s office says Quinn stopped the woman in August and said he found marijuana paraphernalia. Authorities say Quinn told her he has a foot fetish and would release her if she let him smell her feet.
He later said he wouldn’t need to smell them if she gave him her underwear. Investigators say he then changed his mind and let her go.
Quinn has been suspended by the Cypress-Fairbanks school district.
Paris (AFP) - A wave of panic sparked by evil clowns stalking French towns has spread to the south of France where police on Saturday night arrested 14 teenagers dressed as the pranksters, carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats.
A police source said Sunday the group of teens were arrested in the parking lot of a high school in the Mediterranean port town of Agde, as several other complaints poured in about “armed clowns” in the region over the weekend.
In the nearby city of Montpellier a man disguised as a clown was arrested after beating up a pedestrian with an iron bar, while three motorists in different towns complained about “scary clowns” threatening them.
The phenomenon of dressing up as an evil clown and terrifying passers-by — a trend which has also been seen in the United States and Britain — cropped up in the north of France in early October.
In the northern French town of Bethune, a 19-year-old received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while dressed as a clown.
These “clowns” have been “mostly spotted outside schools, but also on public roads, in bushes, in a square. Their targets are often young children or teenagers, but also adults,” a police source in northern France told AFP.
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For some people in Fort Collins, the annual arrival of Count Chocula cereal is a highlight of the year. So when shoppers in the Colorado town went searching for the monster-themed marshmallow delicacy, they were perturbed that they couldn’t find it at either of the local Albertsons locations. “Every year I greatly look forward to the month of October when I can purchase a few boxes of this delicious chococlatey [sic] goodness,” Kristen Clark wrote to the Coloradoan, adding that even though she’s a “vegetarian and organic food eater,” she gives that up at Halloween to get her Chocula fix. The culprit has finally stepped forward: Black Bottle Brewery admitted it scooped up the entire Chocula supply from two Albertsons stores in order to concoct the next variety in its Cerealiously beer series.
KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!
Imagine a spider as big as a child’s forearm that weighs as much as a puppy. That’s how huge the South American Goliath birdeater — arguably the world’s largest spider — can be.
Police in New York were searching today for a man who popped up from a sidewalk subway hatch and lobbed a smoke bomb at a pair of fancy restaurants, sending diners scrambling.
The man was captured on video emerging from a hatch used for emergency exits from the New York subway system. The hatches are used by emergency responders to evacuate riders from the subway if necessary.
On security video, diners were seen fleeing their tables as smoke started to overtake the outdoor eating areas for the Da Silvano restaurant and the Bar Pitti restaurant. According to the New York Police Department, no one was injured.
Reports of creepy clowns carrying knives and other weapons have been scaring people in the California city of Bakersfield for the past week, police said on Sunday.
In the latest incident, a person telephoned the Bakersfield Police Department on Saturday night, reporting a clown armed with a firearm, said watch commander Lieutenant Jason Matson.
“We’ve been having sightings all over the city,” Matson said. “They range from anywhere from a guy carrying a gun to a guy carrying a knife running up to houses.”
The Bakersfield Californian newspaper reported earlier in the week that at least some of the reports were hoaxes. Matson said he did not know whether the incidents were pranks.
The ongoing battle for control of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians took a violent turn when one of the three feuding factions launched an armed takeover of the tribe’s lucrative casino.
On Thursday evening, the Tex McDonald faction and around 10 others executed a takeover of the casino in Coarsegold - 40 minutes northeast of Fresno - using firearms and Tasers, according to a federal lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
“Security personnel for different factions were held at gun point and/or tased during the takeover,” the complaint states. “As the incident unfolded, some of the casino security, not a part of the McDonald faction, were able to maintain control of the surveillance room and are still there.”
Security personnel evacuated the casino and contacted the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, which was given permission earlier this month by a federal judge to patrol the casino.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska couple knocked on the door of their son’s long-time girlfriend Thursday, intending to inform her that he’d been killed in a car accident.
Karen and Jay Priest instead were stunned when the son, 29-year-old Justin Priest, answered the door.