Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 29 1967
Actress Jayne Mansfield is decapitated in a car crash, when her convertible collides with a parked tractor-trailer. To downplay the gruesome death, sources spread the falsehood that only her wig flew off in the accident.

Jun 29 1978
The body of Bob Crane is discovered in bed with an electric cord wrapped around his neck and his head smashed in. When Scottsdale police search the apartment belonging to the former star of television's Hogan's Heroes, they discover a video camera and a large library of amateur porn starring Crane and a parade of random women.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 28 1997
Mike Tyson is disqualified from a championship boxing bout after biting off a large portion of Evander Holyfield's ear. Tyson is later banned from boxing and fined $3 million for the incident.

Tastes like chicken.

Monday, June 27, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 27 1988
Hillel Slovak, original guitarist from sock-friendly rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers dies of a smack overdose in Hollywood.

Jun 27 1995
The LAPD arrests streetwalker Divine Brown on Hawthorn Ave. where she is discovered giving British movie star Hugh Grant oral sex in his white BMW. To be fair, they also arrest Grant for procuring said oral sex.

Jun 27 2001
Police arrest comedian Paula Poundstone in Malibu, California on charges of lewd conduct with a minor. Poundstone's pending criminal trial remains front page news for the next three months, until it is overshadowed by the World Trade Center attacks in September. Soon thereafter, she pleads guilty to a lesser charge, and the details of her indictment are never disclosed to the public.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 23 1993
In the middle of the night, Lorena Bobbitt severs her husband John's penis and drives off, casually discarding the organ in a farm field. Surgeons successfully reattach the penis, allowing John to enter the porn industry. The media devotes 1.3 million column-inches of type to the story as both Lorena and John gain celebrity status; consequently, their last name becomes a verb.

Jun 23 1996
A story by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward in the Washington Post reveals to the world that First Lady Hillary Clinton employed psychic Jean Houston to help her get in touch with her inner "Eleanor Roosevelt."

Jun 23 1997
Malcolm X's widow, Dr. Betty Shabazz, dies after three agonizing weeks in the hospital with third-degree burns covering 80% of her body. The injuries were sustained when her 12-year-old grandson set fire to the family home in Yonkers, New York.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 22 1969
Judy Garland dies of a barbiturate overdose in her London apartment, either by accident or suicide. Quote from Judy: "When I die I have visions of fags singing 'Over the Rainbow' and the flag at Fire Island being flown at half mast."

Jun 22 1993
Dr. Charles Epstein of Tiburon, CA is injured when he opens a padded manilla package containing a surprise gift from the Unabomber.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 19 1953
Atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are electrocuted at Sing-Sing Prison, becoming the first civilians ever executed for espionage in American history.

Jun 19 1999
While taking a walk, horror author Stephen King is struck by a van piloted by a distracted Bryan Smith. King's extensive injuries (broken leg, broken hip, lacerated scalp and collapsed lung) remanded him to a hospital bed for three weeks.

Smith would later die in his sleep on Stephen King's birthday.

Friday, June 17, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 17 1972
The "plumbers" break into Democratic National Committee Headquarters in the Watergate complex, in the course of what President Nixon
will later describe as a "third rate burglary." In actuality, it is an attempt by the Republican Party to illegally wiretap the opposition.

Jun 17 1994
O.J. Simpson fails to turn himself in to the LAPD at a prearranged time and is later spotted in a white Ford Bronco on a Los Angeles expressway. After a low-speed pursuit through the freeways and streets of Brentwood, O.J. is finally arrested live on television in the driveway of his mansion. According to one of the defense attorneys who served on O.J.'s "Dream Team," Simpson tried to kill himself in the car, but the gun misfired. The Juice allegedly told him: "I pulled the trigger and it didn't go off."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 14 1962
Albert DeSalvo murders Anna Slesersby by strangling her with the belt from her robe. She is only the first victim of "The Boston Strangler."

(To me he looks like Christopher from The Sopranos, lol)

Jun 14 1989
Zsa Zsa Gabor is arrested for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer and driving with an expired license. Afterwards Zsa Zsa complains to the press that the handling she received from the BHPD "was like Nazi Germany." Ultimately, Gabor is convicted and sentenced to 72 hours in jail.

Jun 14 1993
During a week-long Product Tampering scare, Pepsi-Cola suspends its advertising campaign after nationwide reports of customers discovering syringes in unopened cans of Diet Pepsi. In response, television host David Letterman suggests ten new slogans, including "200cc's of great taste" and "Every can inspected by Ray Charles" (the company's blind celebrity spokesman).

Sunday, June 12, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 12 1978
David Berkowitz is sentenced to 365 consecutive years in prison without the possibility of parole. Berkowitz killed six New Yorkers between 1976 and 1977, known collectively as the Son of Sam murders.

Jun 12 1991
After 500 years of silence, Mount Pinatubo erupts, making an estimated 100,000 homeless and killing 300. Two U.S. military bases, Clark Air Force Base and Subic Bay Naval Base, are abandoned. The blast is ten times larger than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.

Jun 12 1994
Nicole Brown Simpson and her male friend Ronald Goldman are savagely murdered in front of Simpson's condominium complex in Brentwood, California. The most plausible suspect turns out to be Nicole's estranged husband O.J., who is arrested for the crime a month later.

Friday, June 10, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 10 1942
The town of Lidice (Loditz) is liquidated by the Nazis as penalty for the assassination of Adolf Hitler's favorite general, Reinhard Heydrich. Every adult male is killed, the women sent to the camps, and the town bulldozed.

Jun 10 1973
The 17-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty is abducted in Rome. When the kidnappers demand a $17 million ransom, the billionaire refuses. "I have 14 other grandchildren, and if I pay one penny now, then I will have 14 kidnapped grandchildren." After the grandson's severed ear arrives in the mail, Getty finally coughs up the money.

Jun 10 1980
Percy Wood, president of United Airlines, receives a parcel at his home in Lake Forest, Illinois. Inside is a copy of the book Ice Brothers by Sloan Wilson. When he opens the book, it suddenly explodes, throwing shrapnel into Wood's hands, face, and thigh. The book turns out to be a present from the Unabomber.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Three Years Later, Parisot Homicide Investigation Continues

WILTON -- Nearly three years after teenager Nicholas Parisot was killed while riding his motorized bike on a wooded trail near Hickory Hill and Hillbrook roads, the homicide investigation continues, according to Lt. Donald Wakeman of the Wilton Police Department.

On June 13, 2008, Parisot struck a rope tied to trees across the trail, causing traumatic injuries to his neck and body that killed the teenager -- 15 days shy of his 14th birthday.

Because of the nature of the incident -- friends then and now say Parisot knew those trails better than most people know their backyards -- the case was treated as a homicide.

So far, the investigation has yielded a suspect, according to police, but not an arrest.

"There are no new leads or breaks, and nothing new to report at this time," Wakeman said Wednesday. "The case is still open. We're still talking to the same people, we're still in contact with the Parisot family, we're still in contact with the prosecutor's office. We're still trying to further develop certain pieces of information and hope to develop those into an arrest warrant application, and ultimately get approval for our arrest warrant application."

Wakeman said his department's focus in the case remains constant. He also said the prosecutor's office is willing to review any and all new evidence Wilton detectives can muster.

"We haven't been formally denied for the arrest warrant," Wakeman said. "The application was reviewed by the prosecutor's office, and they are asking for further information. We were never formally denied. Our suspect remains the same, and we're actively seeking more information on that suspect. At this point, we have one suspect we're seeking an arrest warrant for."

A lack of cooperation from a minority of people close to the case has prevented police from getting all the information they need, Wakeman said.

"I can't comment specifically on any families," Wakeman said. "The vast majority of the families involved have been extremely helpful, but not every person has been helpful. It's their right not to talk. People don't need to answer our questions. More than one person involved with this case has done that, unfortunately."

Parisot's mother, Kate Throckmorton, agrees with Wakeman's assessment.

"This crime remains unsolved because the authorities have not gotten full cooperation from at least two families in Wilton," Throckmorton wrote in a letter to the editor. "The state's attorney's office needs one family in particular to provide additional cooperation, but they refuse. We know who they are and where they live."

Throckmorton said those involved, now underage, will not be protected forever.

"The authorities have assured us that this case will not fade away or go cold," Throckmorton wrote. "Criminal homicides do not expire. The on-going secrecy surrounding this case will continue to haunt our family, our friends and our community until the truth is extricated, as it eventually will be. The people of interest in this investigation remain minors and are currently allowed extra protection under the law. That will not always be the case."

Like most people that have followed this case, Wakeman has a difficult time believing that no arrest has been made this long after such a heinous crime was committed.

"Obviously we're frustrated at a law-enforcement level, and we're frustrated for the Parisot family," Wakeman said. "I don't think anyone anticipated this case would still be open at the three-year mark. We remain confident we will obtain the information needed to obtain the arrest warrant."

In 2009, Parisot's parents, Wilton residents Rick Parisot and Throckmorton, of 274 Nod Hill Road, filed a civil suit against Glenn and Barbara Knight, formerly of Wilton, and their son, a minor, claiming the "willful and malicious conduct" of the minor caused the death of Nicholas Parisot.

The civil suit, which seeks more than $15,000 in damages, alleges the Knight's son "strung a rope across a trail in the area of the woods to the rear of his family's property." The court document claims the pre-teen "tied the rope to two trees on each side of the trail to create a sudden and unavoidable blockage of the trail, creating a dangerous condition on the trail that he knew was likely to cause physical injury to persons riding motorized bikes on the trail."

Last January, the Knights responded to the allegations, by way of special defense, stating "injuries or damages were proximately caused by the negligence of the plaintiffs decedent Nicholas R. Parisot at said time and place he failed to keep a proper lookout." The court documents also claim Parisot "failed to keep his motorized bike under reasonable and proper control, he was operating his motorized bike at an excessive or unreasonable rate of speed for the conditions and he failed to exercise reasonable for his own safety under all the circumstances then and there existing."
The civil suit is still pending in Stamford Superior Court.

According to the Town of Wilton, Glenn and Barbara Knight sold their home at 97 Hickory Hill Road on March 2, 2010, for $1,030,000 and moved to Placentia, Calif.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 8 1998
The President of Nigeria, general Sani Abacha, dies of apparent heart failure during a Viagra-driven romp with three Indian prostitutes. Abacha is quickly buried the following day without an autopsy or even a state funeral, fueling speculation that the general may have been poisoned by political rivals. Abacha stole more than $4 billion during his five years as dictator, and his widow Maryam is captured shortly thereafter attempting to flee the country with 30 suitcases full of American currency.

Jun 8 1999
The government of Colombia announces that it will include the estimated value of its illegal drug crops, exceeding half a billion dollars, when calculating its Gross National Product.

Monday, June 6, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 6 1968
Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. The Democratic lawmaker had been campaigning for his party's Presidential nomination when he was shot three times by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.

Jun 6 1981
An Indian passenger train traveling between Mansi and Saharsa jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing, submerging 11 compartments beneath the Bagmati river. Although the government places the official death toll at 268 plus another 300 missing, the actual figure is more like 1,000 killed.

Jun 6 1991
For robbing a Las Vegas video store five weeks earlier, a judge gives former Diff'rent Strokes child star Dana Plato a six-year suspended sentence. Plato's haul from the caper was $164, which she obtained by brandishing a pellet gun at the clerk.

Jun 6 1997
During her senior prom, New Jersey teenager Melissa Drexler gives birth to a healthy baby in a bathroom stall. She then strangles the child with a plastic bag and severs the umbilicus with the sharp edge on the tampon dispenser. After stashing the corpse in the trash, Drexler returns to prom and proceeds to eat a salad, request a Metallica song, and dance.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 5 1968
Seconds after Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot dead by Sirhan Sirhan in a Los Angeles hotel, witnesses wrestle the Palestinian to the ground and grab his smoking .22-caliber revolver. Sirhan later claims to have been acting unconsciously, possibly the result of hypnotic brainwashing.

Jun 5 1975
During the Wish You Were Here recording sessions, Syd Barrett just happens to wander into Abbey Road studio while Pink Floyd are mixing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," a song written about Barrett. At first, none of Syd's former bandmates recognizes the fat, bald lunatic who is compulsively brushing his teeth.

Jun 5 1986
A 52-year old man in Auburn, Washington dies after taking an Excedrin capsule laced with cyanide. This is the first of two Excedrin deaths.

Jun 5 1998
Reuters and ABC News both erroneously report the death of Bob Hope, after Arizona congressman Bob Stump announces the comedian's demise on the floor of the U.S. Congress. This is to the great surprise of Bob Hope himself, who was eating breakfast at the time.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 4 1939
After already having been turned away by Cuba, the SS St. Louis is also denied permission to land in Florida. So it is forced to return to Europe with its cargo of 963 Jewish refugees, most of whom will later die in
Nazi concentration camps.

Jun 4 1989
645 rail passengers are killed in a natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia. Their two trains are torn apart as they pass each other, throwing sparks near a leaky pipeline.

Friday, June 3, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 3 1968
Valerie Solanas, author of the SCUM Manifesto, arrives at the art studio of Andy Warhol and shoots him three times in the torso. Warhol barely survives the attempt on his life. Solanas is later jailed and institutionalized.

Jun 3 1998
15-year-old teen idol Brad Renfro is arrested in Knoxville, Tennessee and charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine.

Jun 3 1998
The world's first fatal high-speed rail accident occurs when a train near Eschede, Germany derails and 101 people are killed.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 2 1996
Ray Combs, host of television's Family Feud,
hangs himself with his bedsheets at Glendale Adventist Hospital. Combs was on a 72 hour suicide watch.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

This Day In History

Jun 1 1926
Gladys Baker gives birth to Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles.

Jun 1 1967
The Beatles officially release their new album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, in both mono and stereo versions.

Jun 1 1968
Helen Keller -- America's all-time favorite deaf, dumb, and blind Socialist -- finally dies in Westport, Connecticut at the age of 87.