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Monday, 31 August 2009

Psychological profile of Rosemary West (the Mother who prostituted herself and her daughters to husband and father)


The Depravity of sexual and physical abuse by one's own parents is shocking.

We have talked about "Parent and Pimp"!
We have talked about "Husband and Pimp"!

Now, we get a shocking profile of both these shocking and terrible situations, and the killing of one's own children and step-children.

Psychological profile of Rosemary West (the Mother who prostituted herself and her daughters to husband and father)
Rosemary Pauline ("Rose") West (née Letts) (b. 29 November 1953 in Barnstaple) is an English serial killer, now an inmate at HMP Low Newton, Brasside, Durham, after being convicted of 10 murders in 1995.
Her husband Fred, who committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial, is believed to have collaborated with her in the torture and murder of at least 10 young women, many at the couple's home in Gloucester, England.

Fred West is known to have carried out 12 murders, but Rosemary had no involvement in the first two, as she had not met Fred at the time.

Early life and marriage to Fred West

Rosemary Letts was born in Barnstaple, Devon, to William Andrew and Daisy Gwendoline Letts after a difficult pregnancy. Her mother suffered from depression and was given ECT while pregnant; some have argued that this may have caused prenatal injury to her daughter. Rosemary grew up a moody teenager and performed poorly at school.

Rosemary's parents split up when she was a teenager. She lived with her mother before moving in with her father at the age of 16; her father was prone to violence and repeatedly sexually abused her.

At around this time, she began dating West. Her father disapproved of the relationship, threatening to call social services and threatening West directly. However, by 1970, Rosemary found herself pregnant by West and caring for his daughter Anne-Marie (by his previous marriage to Rena Costello).

Rosemary West and her husband were convicted of sexual assault in January 1973. They were fined for indecent assault of Caroline Roberts, who escaped the couple's home after being attacked and reported them to the police. The Wests' typical pattern was to pick up girls from bus stops in and around Gloucester and imprison them in their home for several days before killing them.

She also periodically worked as a prostitute, often while her husband watched. One of the most frequent visitors to 25 Cromwell Street was her father, whom she'd been abused by from a young age.
She was often pregnant and was the mother of eight children: Heather Anne (October 1970), Mae (June 1972), Stephen Andrew (August 1973), Tara (December 1977), Louise (November 1978), Barry (June 1980), Rosemarie (April 1982) and Lucyanna (July 1983).

Five of these were fathered by Fred West, while Tara, Rosemarie and Lucyanna were fathered by West Indian clients who had used Rosemary as a prostitute.

It is reported that, even after the birth of her fourth child, Rosemary's father would still visit her for sex, and would then have sex with Fred's daughter Anne-Marie.

Other possible victims
The crimes for which Rosemary West was convicted occurred mainly between April 1973 and August 1978. She and her husband murdered Charmaine West, the daughter of Fred's previous wife Rena, in June 1971, and buried her in their previous home of 25 Midland Road, Gloucester. One of the bodies found at Cromwell Street was that of their daughter, Heather, who was murdered in June 1987 at the age of 16.

In August 1992 Fred West was arrested after being accused of raping his 13-year-old daughter three times, and Rosemary West was arrested for child cruelty. This case against them collapsed in June 1993 when their daughter refused to testify in court. All of the Wests' children were removed from their custody to foster homes. This case brought to light the disappearance of Heather West, who had not been seen since 1987, and triggered the major investigation that followed.

Conviction

Although she did not confess, the circumstantial evidence against Rosemary West was overwhelming. She went on trial in October 1995, nine months after her husband's suicide; he had hanged himself in Winson Green Prison on 1 January that year. The jury was unanimous: West was found guilty of 10 murders on 22 November 1995, and the judge, Mr Justice Mantell, sentenced her to life imprisonment, saying: "If attention is paid to what I think, you will never be released."

The Lord Chief Justice later decided that she should spend at least 25 years in prison, but in July 1997 Home Secretary Jack Straw subjected West to a whole life tariff. This was only the second instance, in modern times, of a British woman being condemned to die in prison, the other being serial killer Myra Hindley (who has since died). In the first two years of her sentence, West was held at the same prison as Hindley.

A November 2002 Law Lords' ruling could see West released in 2019, by which time she will be 66 years old.

The house at Cromwell Street (along with the adjoining property) was demolished in the autumn of 1996 and the site is now occupied by a public walkway. However, the property at Midland Road remains occupied to this day.
In 2001 West announced her intention not to appeal, while maintaining her innocence.

Is this the new Rosemary West (Accomplice of a notorious serial killer)? It is beyond belief Nancy Garrido didn't know what was going on

The punishment of Instigators and Silent accomplices of Sexual abuse of minors is becoming very clear in the civilized world. The quantum of punishment is equivalent (or more) to the punishment given to the main perpetrator.

What about the Instigators and Silent/Invisible Accomplices of Child abuse/Domestic Violence by abusive mothers against their own daughters?

Any comments from Silent accomplices and Violent instigators?

Is this the new Rosemary West (Accomplice of a notorious serial killer)? It is beyond belief Nancy Garrido didn't know what was going on
31st August 2009
The face of 55-year-old Nancy Garrido will come to haunt the world.

Day after day her sunken eyes behind those round glasses will stare out at us - much as the mugshots of Rosemary West and Myra Hindley did - as a haunting reminder that women are as capable as men of appalling depravities.

On Saturday, Californian prosecutors claimed she played an 'equal role' with her husband in their crimes, and charged her directly with kidnapping the blonde Jaycee Lee Dugard 'for sexual purposes'.

Participant: Nancy Garrido is facing more charges than her husband for the abduction and systematic abused suffered by Jaycee Lee Dugard

They also accused her of 'forcible rape', 'committing a forcible lewd act upon a child' and 'false imprisonment by violence'. She faces no fewer than 16 charges - three MORE than her husband.

As the case unfolds, the world will ask how this apparently ordinary Californian woman - who never had children of her own - could have participated in the enforced subjugation of Jaycee.

Some will say that a woman couldn't have willingly committed such terrible crimes, that her husband must have forced her.

But the official biographer of the late serial killer Frederick West, is utterly convinced that Garrido, like Rosemary, not only knew what her husband was doing but was an active participant in the depraved abduction of Jaycee.

Indeed as the investigation expands, she might also face charges associated with the murder of 15-year-old schoolgirl Lisa Norrell and three prostitutes, Valerie Schultz, 27, Rachael Cruise, 32, and Jessica Frederick, 24 - all of whom died in the last two months of 1988.

Police have already declared Phillip Garrido 'a person of interest' for those crimes and it seems highly probable that Nancy, too, will be investigated for her possible complicity.

When Nancy Garrido stands trial, however, there is little doubt that her lawyer Gilbert Maines will try to convince the jury that she was an ignorant bystander.

Maines might also argue that Nancy Garrido knew nothing of the prison in her back garden.

That was exactly what Rosemary West's defence counsel, the late Richard Ferguson QC, attempted to do at her 1995 trial. The ploy failed.

The jury decided that the semi-detached house occupied by Rosemary and her husband was simply too small for Fred to have kept his crimes secret.

Rose WAS an active participant.
Picture:The serial killers Fred and Rosemary West

Comparisons with the Garrido-case are all too obvious. It is simply beyond belief that Nancy could not have known what was taking place in her own back yard.

But why does a woman take part in such depravity? Details of Nancy's life story are still sketchy, but from the scraps of information which have already come to light, a sinister pattern is taking shape.

Psychologists suggest that a woman such as this, who fell for a convicted sex offender and then married him in jail, is subconsciously putting herself into his hands for abuse.

Seeing him as glamorous, and worldly, she would do anything he asked, even though - it is reported - he rarely had sex with her.

Nancy Garrido, like Rosemary West, might also come from an abusive family herself. It is significant that so far we have heard nothing from her parents or relatives - unusual in a high profile case such as this.

What we do know is that Nancy seems to have been raised as a Jehovah's Witness. She met Garrido - who was then serving 50 years for the rape and abduction of a 25-year-old casino waitress in Reno, Nevada in 1977 - while visiting an uncle who was also a prisoner at Levenworth prison in Kansas.

Psychologists think that Nancy, naive, impressionable and sexually inexperienced, would have been impressed, sexualised and then overpowered by Garrido's stories of sexual brutality.

Meanwhile, she served an added purpose for Garrido - she was proof to the prison authorities that he was reformed.

The fact that they married behind bars in 1988, and he was released shortly afterwards, proves how valuable she was.

She gave him what seemed like a family life, and, by implication, proved that he would not offend again.

Garrido took Nancy back to his mother Patricia's house in Antioch - Patricia was separated from Garrido's-father, Manuel.

The manipulative, shrewd Garrido would then have brought both women steadily under his spell - his mother would have become ever more dependent as she descended into dementia.

And it could well be that Nancy's religious upbringing as a Jehovah's Witness provided her new husband with another means of manipulating her - telling her, as he was to tell the world, that God spoke directly to him.

Religion would be a powerful tool in the hands of a man who wanted nothing more than to manipulate - and ultimately humiliate - any woman with whom he had a relationship.

I am certain that Nancy Garrido, like Rosemary West, was groomed and manipulated by her violent husband. But that does not make either woman innocent - they did what they did willingly.

I certainly wouldn't be surprised to hear that Nancy helped her husband rape Jaycee Lee Dugard. Rosemary West did precisely that with her stepdaughter Anne-Marie, just as she did with her own daughters thereafter. Fred insisted he had to 'break them in' for sex, as early as the age of eight - and Rosemary went along with it.

The 'alternative universe' that Nancy's husband had created for her behind their tumbledown shack in Antioch had become the only world she knew - her reality. In that distorted reality, her treatment of Jaycee was normal.

Education Helping underprivileged childrena break artificial barriers in Bangalore

Education Helping underprivileged childrena break artificial barriers in Bangalore
31 August 2009
Forty years in the US did not make them forget their roots. And they came back to light a thousand lamps of hope.

Meet T V Ramakrishna and his wife Vijayalakshmi, founders of the Sahasra Deepika Institute for Education, which operates from a 4-acre plot off Bannerghatta Road. The institute provides a home and education to children who would otherwise end up on the streets.

"They are like our mother, father and God," says Varun, 16, who came here from Kottanur Dinne in 2001. He is perhaps the eldest among 52 boys and girls who have found a new meaning of life here.

"We take children without parents or those who have single or negligent parents. Quite often, mothers who work as domestic help have to leave their children when they go for work. Eventually, the child ends up on the streets. If you give them money or food, they are back for more. But education is one thing they will carry for the rest of their lives," says Ramakrishna, who hails from a village in Kolar. The children lovingly call the couple `Mataji' and `Pitaji'.

The institute was set up as a residential school in 1998. Now, the main building has a hostel, library and computer lab. Diksha High, a school on the same property, teaches these children till Class V, after which they are sent to nearby Kannada- or English-medium schools, depending on the child's interest.

The couple spends a lot of time travelling across the state, and even neighbouring ones, to look for those who need them. They usually approach anganwadis, from where children are sourced. "We once went to a couple of slums in Bangalore. But there wasn't much cooperation for various reasons... We are more considerate toward single mothers, but there is no profiling based on language, caste or religion," adds Ramakrishna.

From here, the institute plans to send the academically-oriented ones to college. For the rest, there are arrangements with industries for vocational training.

The founders are wary of people calling the place an orphanage as people get a different picture by the word one use. Hence, it is called an institute.

A gardener, cook, watchman, house-mothers and much-needed volunteers assist the couple. Employees of some software firms take time off on Sundays to interact with the children.

Danny Khumlo from Infosys teaches the children sports (volleyball) and even songs such as `Country Roads' by John Denver. "We are particular that they know English to be able to compete with others. Danny has been especially valuable because we lacked such co-curricular activities earlier," says Vijayalakshmi.

"These are activities close to my heart and it feels awesome to spend time with the children. It helps me forget my blues. The kids are quick learners. They already have a list of songs and we are waiting for an event to showcase their skills. The senior boys have picked up volleyball really well," says Danny.

Most of the kids interact in English. "We teach them to love books. When they face a problem, they know where to go instead of approaching one of us," says Rupali, another volunteer.

"In fact, the children enjoy the place so much that they are reluctant to go home every summer. I enjoy the garden, and games like kabaddi and kho-kho," says Suma, 14, from Chitradurga.

"I know how the uneducated are ignored. If everyone supports at least one such child, there would be much more development in this country. These kids are not inferior. They just need to be put in the right environment to be productive citizens," says Ramakrishna.

The institute also has an outreach programme that aims to help similarly-placed children in government schools. "The effort is not without pains. But it's the spirit that counts. By God's grace, we have come a long way," says Vijayalakshmi.

Sold for Rs 500 by parents as a Child Labourer and other inspirational stories

Sold for Rs 500 by parents as a Child Labourer and other inspirational stories
31 August 2009
BANGALORE: Gaja is nine years old. At the AHA! International Theatre Festival for Children, he wowed the audience with his bulti-jumping and drum stick tricks.

Little does anyone know he was sold for Rs 500 by his parents from Bihar to a factory owner in Bangalore four years ago. Now, the stage is his world.

Gaja and his friends belong to a troupe called Gondwana Band. They come from different streets of Bangalore and have worked as child labourers at homes or in factories. Having been rehabilitated by Bornfree Arts School, Jayanagar, these kids now learn dance, drama, music, sculpture, photography, film-making and architecture, apart from going to a regular school.

The children have performed at more than 1,000 venues by now. The programmes range from mimes to playing musical instruments. They have teachers who are popular artistes, like Yana Lewis, who coaches them regularly. The money from these arts sustain the 40 children.

The band is also a project of Bornfree Arts School. Children who somehow escape from their torturous life are rehabilitated. "It is usually spread by word of mouth. Children who are now with us tell others they know about the organization. They act as child liberators," said school founder John Devaraj.

When children come here, many are addicted to drugs or tobacco. The rigorous practice of these art forms kick their old habits away. The children are set into the mood by volunteers, who are artistes themselves. "They see us work and try to imitate us. That is the first step," John, an engineer, said. And then the taste develops. "Art is inherent in every human being. It is just a matter of triggering it," he said.

The organization was formed five years ago by John, when he realized the power of art in transforming people. "I do not want to run this as an NGO but want to make it a movement, whereby people realize that child labour is a crime," he said.

Many of them want to find their families and go back, but they know the task is not easy. "They sometimes get emotional when they see other children with parents. But they are tough. They have learnt how to live. Nothing can deter them now," John said.

The children had recently been to Pakistan on a cycle rally to spread the message of love and peace. They bicycled to Lahore from Bangalore and talked to their counterparts.

Compensated dating: One-third of HK teens okay with selling sex for buying designer clothes

One-third of HK teens okay with selling sex for buying designer clothes
One in three Hong Kong teenagers would consider selling sex for money as the trend of so-called "compensated dating" sweeps the city, a survey found

August 30, 2009

Hong Kong: One in three Hong Kong teenagers would consider selling sex for money as the trend of so-called "compensated dating" sweeps the city, a survey found Sunday. Of nearly 600 youngsters aged 12 to 20 questioned in the wealthy city of seven million, 34 percent said they would consider offering compensated dating, a euphemism for prostitution, as a full-time job.

Sixty percent of those who said they would consider compensated dating said they would do it mainly to earn quick cash, while 23 percent said they would do it for their own sexual gratification.

The survey by the Hong Kong Christian Service came despite a grisly case in July in which a 24-year-old man was jailed for life for murdering a 16-year-old girl he met over the internet. Ting Kai-tai murdered and dismembered the girl after she agreed to meet him in exchange for cash and presents and went home with him after he paid her 1,500 Hong Kong dollar ($193).

A survey earlier this year found that teenagers in the fashion-conscious city often got involved in compensated dating to earn money for designer clothes and brand-name products. Police in Hong Kong have arrested several men in recent months for allegedly working as pimps for schoolgirls as young as 13. In one case, a 19-year-old girl was arrested after a video circulated on the internet of her giving a man oral sex on a city bus to earn $25 towards a Gucci handbag.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Brood Parasite: Daughter abducted, killed by illicit father over extramarital affair

This is a tragic end to the 'Brood parasite' or Cuckoo laying eggs in another Crow's nest.

See earlier blog-posting about same issue in Birds and insects.
Who will say Cuckoo now?

Daughter abducted, killed by illicit father over extramarital affair
31 August 2009
JAMNAGAR: In a grisly incident, the body of a six-year-old girl, who had gone missing, was found floating in an abandoned well in Sikka town of the district on Saturday. Incidentally, the kidnapper was a man, who had allegedly fathered the girl and ended his life, fearing police action soon after the body was discovered.

According to police, the incident was the result of an affair between the victim's mother and a youth. "Before this incident, we had registered the kidnapping case on the complaint of Hira Vanjha, who alleged that her daughter Sheetal was abducted by a middle-aged man and a woman two days ago," said sub-inspector RK Taraiyya of Sikka police station.

The girl was fished out from the well and sent for postmortem examination on Saturday. Later, she was identified as Sheetal. Following this, police rounded up suspects and interrogated them. Hira also figured in the list of suspects as her behaviour was fishy from the start of the investigation.

"When we quizzed her, Hira confessed to having had an extramarital affair with Jayesh Bhambhi, 26. It was through this relationship, that Hira had given birth to Sheetal. This had sown seeds of discord in her married life. Hira's husband used to torture her. In a desperate attempt to end this crisis, Bhambhi kidnapped Sheetal and killed her by drowning in the well," Taraiyya said.
On the basis of Hira's confession, police raided Bhambhi's house and asked him to surrender. Bhambhi told police that he would come from the rear door of his house to avoid public attention. However, he ran towards GCC company and jumped before a speeding truck and died on the spot.

Hyderabad City's forsaken 'Arab children' search for parents

India has a lot of links with the Arab world. Biryani, and Flesh & blood.
There have been a lot of links with the Arab world from Malabar region (Kerala) and Hyderabad. Some of the off-springs are lucky. Others are not, especially those women who have been 'purchased' for pleasure as concubines, despite the 'sham marriages'.

Women get hurt when their husbands abandon them. What bout such children?

Hyderabad City's forsaken 'Arab children' search for parents
31 August 2009
HYDERABAD: They are the tragic legacy of Arab men and Hyderabadi women. Born to such marriages, they are returned to Hyderabad and abandoned,sometimes alone, sometimes with their mothers.

In some cases, they have been abandoned in the Gulf countries itself. At least 100 such children are said to be languishing either in the Gulf or in Hyderabad, having been foresaken both by their 'mother' city as well as the city of their birth.

More tragic than the plight of the offsprings is that of the mothers, many of whom have simply gone missing. Here is an example. “My father Mohammed Abdur Rahman Hassan Al-Ali who lived in Ras Al-Khaima performed nikah (marriage) 24 years ago with my mother Zehra Begum. After the marriage, I that is Ahmed Abdur Rahman Hassan Zareef Al-Ali and my sister Mona Abdur Rahman Hassan Zareef Al-Ali were born to our mother. I am in search of my mother. If anybody has any knowledge about her whereabouts, please inform on the following address,” said a prominently displayed advertisement in an Urdu daily recently.

Ahmed had come looking for his mother to Hyderabad with his half-brother. He was able to meet some of the relatives of Zehra Begum, but they too did not have any clue about her. However, they believed that she is alive. “She was hurt when her husband abandoned her,” they reportedly told Ahmed who later left Hyderabad empty handed.

In the advertisement, Ahmed had given the local address of 71-year-old Awad Abdullah Al-Amri, representative of the Mumbai-based UAE Consulate in Hyderabad, in the hope that someone would come up with information about his mother after he returned to the Gulf. The UAE government is too pitching its bit in tracing the children born to their nationalities. But so far, not many have been traced and if done so, are in a sorry plight. Al Amri is reluctant to tell how Ahmed and her sister got separated from their mother. “I can't talk to you about them”, he says and adds, “however, such stories of separation are not uncommon.”

Hyderabad's matrimonial connection with the Arabs that was first established in 1970s had brought happiness for some families and distress for many others. The Hyderabadi girls had gained the reputation in Gulf states of making good second wives. Most of the marriages were between aged Arabs and poor young girls.

Many such alliances survived and flourished with brides sending home money and arranging jobs for close relatives in the Gulf. The socio-economic status of such families changed encouraging many other poor parents to give away their daughters in marriage to the Arabs.

There was also twist in the happy story. Reports started pouring in that several Arabs are ditching their brides of few weeks and going away to their home states. Some of them didn't even leave their correct addresses. Such wives gave birth to children who didn't get a chance to see their fathers.

There were also instances where the brides were divorced and sent away from UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain or Oman to Hyderabad, sometimes with one or more children.

According sources there could be several children born to mothers deserted by their Arab husbands. These marriages (between city girls and Arab men) have thrown up serious social issues while underpinning the poverty of Muslims here. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism to take care of any such issue, Syed Abdul Majeed of Mughalpura laments.

Stranger, Father & Pimp: Garridos' neighbours reveal 'Creepy Phil's' drug-fuelled orgies with the hillbillies

Picture: Outhouse Tent where Sexual slave and children were housed

Life is strange, when you are surrounded by cold strangers.

And, all knew of the ramshackle condition of the Abused victims, lodged in the ramshackle tents.

This character is different from a 'PARENT and PIMP'.
He is 'STRANGER, FATHER and PIMP'!

The worst crimes in Child abuse (physical or sexual) are the 'acts of Commission and Omission' from friends, neighbours & relatives.

The KNOWLEDGE that a Child abuse victim has ----is the 'SILENCE' or 'INSTIGATION' or 'PART-TAKING of THE FLESH' from friends, relatives and neighbours.

For a piece of the pie!
For a Pound of Flesh!
For a few dollars more!
For a Free Lunch!
To beg, borrow or steal materials like Cars!

Garridos' neighbours reveal 'Creepy Phil's' drug-fuelled orgies with the hillbillies
31st August 2009
After work each night, builder Mike Rogers liked to sit on his porch in Antioch, recover from the sweltering heat of the day and relax. But not when 'Creepy Phil' was having one of his strange parties.

The next-door neighbour was a wild-eyed 'crazy' with tents in his garden, odd male guests and a penchant for making the deadly drug crystal meth using household utensils. And, we now know, the kidnapper of Jaycee Lee Dugard.

As details of this dark and troubling story slowly come to light, the question that America is asking itself above all others is: how on Earth was Garrido able to carry out his despicable crimes in the heart of suburban California, without anyone noticing - and for 18 years?

Worse still, could others have known what was taking place there - and even been complicit in Jaycee's torment?

One thing is certain: at the heart of this inquiry lies the nature of the community where Garrido chose to make his home after serving just 11 years of a 50-year sentence for a previous sex attack. For contrary to initial reports, this is far from being mainstream, middle-class, suburban America.

Together with his new wife, Nancy, whom he had met while she was visiting her uncle in jail, Garrido settled in a crime-ridden backwater where nobody pries into anyone else's business - unless they are willing to pay the price.

'The people here are like hillbillies,' says one local film-maker. 'They are all shady and want peace to do what they do. You're liable to get shot if you go into someone else's yard.'

It was the perfect lair for Garrido. Prison had done little to suppress his predatory sexual instincts.

Details of Jaycee's torment have been beamed around the world. Yet according to his neighbour, the full, awful truth about what really took place here might be worse than imagined - far worse.


For with FBI agents now digging-up Creepy Phil's backyard and exploring his neighbour's property, Mr Rogers shudders at the memory of the sounds he heard when it was 'party time' next door.

Mr Rogers says 'perverts' in the area were regularly invited over by Garrido for sex, beer and drug parties and that the Garrido home was, in effect, being used as a brothel.

He watched groups of men arriving at the house on hot summer nights. They carried crates of beer. Mainly of Mexican appearance, they lit bonfires, played music and shouted and laughed late into the night.

They also took it in turns to enter a tent erected amid the junk in Garrido's backyard. 'I saw them entering the tent one by one,' he says. 'I saw them bobbing up and down and I thought, "My God, there is something sexual going on in there".'

Once, he peeped through a crack in the fence separating their land. 'These guys were unsavoury looking men,' he says.

'They were drinking beer and smashing the bottles on the ground. I thought they had a prostitute or something in there. I thought it might have been some kind of sex party or something. It happened quite often. They were different men each time.'


The men gave each other 'high-fives' when they emerged from the tent.

Mr Rogers discussed the matter with his brother Dean, who lives along the street. Both men agreed not to contact the police. They have since agonised over whether Jaycee and her two daughters were being 'pimped out' to strangers. 'I hope to God not,' says Dean.

By way of explanation he says: 'People don't even wave to each other or say hello here. You just pay no attention to what is going on with other people. That way, you don't get shot.'

Certainly, Walnut Avenue is a grubby, primitive and predominantly white area. Many of the homes are little more than wooden shacks with children playing in the dirt outside.

Drug and alcohol addiction are widespread; back yards are littered with cars and fridges. Astonishingly, the area is home to 144 rapists and paedophiles.

'People here live off the grid,' says one local police source. 'That means they use drugs, don't pay taxes and never pay their bills. They live as they want to - and pay no attention to anyone else. And everyone who lives here is very happy with that arrangement.'

The surrounding streets offer another insight into Garrido's twisted mindset as he held two generations hostage for his own sexual gratification. As darkness fell on Saturday, people scurried from dusty yard to yard, buying and selling crystal meth.

Highly addictive and responsible for making users' teeth fall out in a syndrome known as 'meth mouth', crystal meth, also known as crank, is an amphetamine which has swept the U.S. Experts say users experience unstoppable sexual urges.

Locals say Garrido, who had previously been addicted to LSD, was a 'tweaker' - the slang word for crystal meth addicts, whose habit leads to characteristic spasms of twitching - and that he was also reputed to 'cook' the raw materials for crystal meth in an old van in his garden. This 'laboratory' reportedly exploded last month. Again, neighbours did not call police.

That is the Antioch way. And there may yet be far worse to come. With the FBI diggers now in action, Mike Rogers suspects that murder will soon be added to the long list of sordid secrets emerging from his neighbour's home at 1554 Walnut Avenue.

Police fear Jaycee Lee Dugard 'sexual' kidnapper is linked to murders of 10 prostitutes and a girl of 15

Picture: Days before their mother was discovered, the first picture released of Jaycee's girls Starlet and Angel show them attending a birthday party

Abusive persons, deviants have a strong 'pattern of abuse' which has to be followed up, to prevent gross damage to society. These serial killers have other criminal activities to fund their lusts - like stealing money from elderly strangers (nest egg), and care-taking other's property.

It is the duty of 'Govenmental law enforcement agencies' to monitor registered sexual offenders.

Police fear Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapper is linked to murders of 10 prostitutes and a girl of 15
31st August 2009
Detectives began digging up the gardens of kidnapper Phillip Garrido and his next-door neighbour yesterday amid fears that they are dealing with a serial killer..
Possible links are being examined between up to ten murdered prostitutes and the monster who kept Jaycee Lee Dugard in a back-garden prison for 18 years.
Police believe Garrido might also have killed 15-year-old schoolgirl Lisa Norrell, whose body was discovered in 1998 dumped in a remote industrial area close to where he used to work.

A spokesman would say only: 'Unfortunately, there is a larger story to it that we can't go into right now.'

Her stepfather Carl Probyn, 60, said Jaycee, who was 11 when she was snatched from the street, was 'fragile' but was 'a great mother'.

Her daughters, named Starlet and Angel, were photographed at a birthday party only days before their shocking story was discovered.

The picture was taken on August 15 by Cheyvonne Molino, a client of Garrido's printing business, at a party she threw for her daughter's 16th birthday.

Mrs Molino said Garrido asked if the girls could go to the party and left them unattended there.
The girls did not appear anxious or desperate to get away from Garrido. Mrs Molino described the younger girl as very talkative and always asking questions, with her older sister more reserved.

'He left the girls with us at the party. It wasn't like he was standing guard over them.

'The 11-year-old was everywhere, asking lots of questions. The 15-year-old was a little more passive.

'At the party a girlfriend of mine pointed out to me how clingy the older girl was to Phillip. It was almost like she was sending out a message, "That's my man". At least that's how it looked to us.

'The young girl did say a couple of things that seemed a little strange at the time. She told me her daddy had a church in the basement of their house.'

At Garrido's home in Antioch, northern California, police with shovels, rakes, hoes and even chainsaws were searching for clues.

Until three years ago, Garrido, 58, acted as caretaker of the house next door to his property, which also has a number of sheds and outbuildings which have now been cordoned off by
Damon Robinson, who now lives in the house, said all the locks were turned around so people could be locked in, rather than locked out.

'It took me a while to realise, but Garrido had access to all of these buildings. At first I didn't even realise they were part of my land because there are wire fences splitting up the yard.
'When I moved over in one of the sheds there was a music player, a couch, a mattress and a VCR. He really wanted the VCR back when I found it.

'There had been times when I could hear music coming from there at night. Maybe he was taking the girl over there for a change of scenery or something a little nicer than he had in his yard, I don't know.'

Lisa Norrell's mother, Minnie, said she was visited by a murder squad officer on Saturday and he told her police were looking at the possibility that Garrido was involved in her daughter's death in November, 1998.

'I'm really excited about that. It's the first glimmer of hope we have had since my daughter passed away. I'm hopeful that's who it is, just so there is an end. There will never be closure, but there will be an end.'

The schoolgirl's body was found in an industrial park in Pittsburg, California, close to where Garrido used to work and close to where the bodies of several prostitutes were also found more than a decade ago.

Valerie Schultz, 27, Rachael Cruise, 32, and Jessica Frederick, 24 - were found beaten, strangled or stabbed to death in the same area in 1998 and 1999 and thrown into a ditch. Seven other known prostitutes were also killed in the area in the early 1990s.

Contra Costa County police spokesman Jimmy Lee last night confirmed the expanded search is tied to investigations of unsolved cases in the area. He refused to give any further details, saying the investigations are 'preliminary'.

Garrido has been quizzed over the killings, but said nothing to indicate he was responsible.

One theory is that Garrido abducted the women, took them back to his compound and raped and killed them before dumping their bodies.
Photographs of his sinister lair emerged yesterday, showing the appalling conditions Jaycee was forced to live in for 18 years.
Incongruously, a handpainted Welcome sign was nailed to a tree, leading to a filthy compound of ragged tents and ramshackle sheds.
A former neighbour, Patrick McQuaid, said he spoke to Jaycee through the fence soon after she was abducted in 1991, but did not realise she was a missing girl.
Mr McQuaid, 27, was a child when he saw the pretty blonde girl through the chicken wire that then separated their homes.

She told her she was living at the house and that her name was Jaycee, but before she could say any more she was ushered back into the house by Garrido.

'I didn't think anything of it - I was young,' he said, adding that a tall fence was put up days later.
WERE TWO MORE GIRLS HELD CAPTIVE?

Two girls aged about four were spotted at the house where Jaycee Lee Dugard and her two daughters were held captive, it was revealed yesterday.

Police were warned two years ago that the children were living with convicted rapist Phillip Garrido.

But according to a neighbour, officers failed to follow up the call because they said they did not have a search warrant.

Now detectives in Antioch, northern California, are desperately trying to discover if any more children were living with the Garridos apart from Jaycee, now 29, and her two daughters, aged 15 and 11.

Erika Pratt, who was living next door to the Garridos two years ago, claimed: 'He had little girls and women living in that backyard and they all looked kind of the same. They never talked and they kept themselves to themselves.'

Miss Pratt, 25, said the core group consisted of two girls aged about four, one about 11, another about 15 and a young woman aged about 25. 'They were all blonde.'

She said she called the Contra Costa County sheriff's department to investigate but officers said they were unable to help.
'They told me they couldn't go inside because they didn't have a warrant. So they just told him they'd keep an eye on him.'
Miss Pratt said she was 'freaked out' by Garrido's behaviour and said she saw his secret compound. As well as the sheds and tents in the garden, she said there were pit bull dogs.
Police said they were investigating 'all possible leads' concerning the case. A spokesman said the only people living in the garden when the Garridos were arrested were Jaycee and her children.
Sheriff Warren Rupf admitted on Friday that police bungled by failing to find Jaycee on two visits to the Garrido house in 2006 and 2008.

HE'S A MONSTER, SAYS FIRST RAPE VICTIM
Phillip Garrido's first known victim broke her public silence yesterday to say: 'He's a monster.'
Kathleen Callaway was a 25-year-old casino worker in 1976 when she agreed to give a lift to Garrido as she travelled home to Reno, Nevada.
High on LSD, he overpowered and handcuffed her before driving to an isolated warehouse which had been kitted out with sex aids, pornographic material and stage lights.

The terrified young woman was stripped naked and raped. Miss Callaway, now 58 and living in Las Vegas, said she was 'shocked' when she learned that the suspect in the Jaycee Lee Dugard case was the same man who attacked her.

Her ordeal came to an end when a policeman on a routine patrol noticed a light on in the storage facility in the early hours of the morning and went inside to investigate. Clifford Conrad found Garrido shirtless and wearing jeans. 'I asked him what he was doing in there', said officer Conrad, who is now retired.

Before Garrido could answer, a female voice cried out from inside the warehouse, and a woman emerged from behind a curtain naked. She told the officer she had been kidnapped and raped. 'Garrido didn't seem nervous or anything,' said the officer. 'He just said they were boyfriend and girlfriend, and they were just having consensual sex.'

Garrido was taken to the police station where he was questioned by Detective Dan De Maranville. The detective recalled: 'I said, "What the hell are you resorting to this for?"
'He said that's the only way he gets sexual gratification. The guy should have been castrated while he was in prison.'
Garrido, who was 25 at the time of the attack, was given a 50-year sentence for kidnap and rape but served only 11 years. Three years after his release he snatched Jaycee, then aged 11, from a bus stop.

Mr Conrad, now 66, said he was outraged that Garrido was free to kidnap Jaycee Dugard. 'Someone dropped the ball,' he said. 'How he got out I'll never know. I guess a lot of people dropped the ball his whole life.'

MORE HORROR STORIES
Garrido's bookshelf, pictured above, features a bizarre collection of tatty novels ranging from horror and fantasy to Danielle Steel romances.
However, one author dominates the hundred or so paperbacks - American horror writer Dean Koontz.

His book Intensity, seen in the centre of the middle shelf, features a delusional character who turns into a serial killer and rapist, at one stage keeping a young girl in the cellar.

Garrido is also a fan of the Psychosphere trilogy by British writer Brian Lumley. The books revolve around a world in which people use their mental powers to control others. Garrido calls himself 'the man who spoke with his mind' and believes he has telepathic abilities.
Also in the collection are a handful of children's favourites including The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.

Four Danielle Steel romances, more likely to have been read by his wife Nancy, include To Love Again and Star.

Premiership star Steven Pienaar sued by mother of his child for 'promising to marry and then dumping her' in UK

False promises of marriage by Married men and virile young men can give false hopes of committment, and 'force' women to develop intimate relations with men (based on promise and hope of future commitment).
This amounts to 'Breach of trust'.

Premiership star Steven Pienaar sued by mother of his child for 'promising to marry and then dumping her' in UK
30th August 2009
A Premiership footballer is being sued for £850,000 by his former girlfriend and mother of his child - for failing to marry her.
Everton star Steven Pienaar, who was served the summons at the end of a match, is accused of breaking a promise to wed Danielle Steeneveld after they met two years ago.
She said the 27-year-old winger had ‘fallen madly in love her’ and that she gave up living in their native South Africa to live with him while he played in Britain.

But – despite claims of a marriage proposal and their 14-month-old daughter Skyla sharing his surname – Pienaar and Miss Steeneveld’s relationship was recently ended, court papers say.
So, after returning to South Africa, Miss Steenveld, 22, decided to sue.
She is claiming 500,000 rand (£40,000) for patrimonial loss; 3.8million rand (£302,000) for injury to her name, self esteem and reputation after giving birth out of wedlock and 6.5million rand (£516,000) compensation for prospective loss.
Pienaar, a South African international, was handed the summons by her lawyers just minutes after his side were beaten 3-1 at home by Serbia in a friendly in Pretoria, two week ago.
The footballer’s lawyers failed to comment but have indicated they will fight the claims.

Pienaar, playing for Everton last week, was handed a summons after a match
Miss Steenveld’s lawyers also declined to comment.
The Johannesburg-based Sunday Times newspaper said court papers claimed Pienaar had given her a ring and matching pendant as ‘symbols of love and commitment’ on her 21st birthday in October 2007 - four months after they met.
However after claims he had been unfaithful, Piennar allegedly convinced her that the future was with him and that he ‘wanted a South African wife and the mother of his children to be South African, as his roots and commitment to his country are very strong’, said the newspaper.
In November 2007 when she returned to South Africa and met his mother, Miss Steeneveld was pregnant.
She gave birth to daughter Skyla in June 2008 where Pienaar was present.
He insisted on his surname being registered ahead of his intention to marry.
Last October she travelled to the UK where Everton provided the appropriate paperwork allowing her to stay.
She claims Pienaar travelled to South Africa in February this year where he formally proposed to her but a month later he ‘terminated the relationship without explanation or just cause’.
The Sunday Times said the court papers lodged in the High Court in Johannesburg earlier this month, claimed she ‘suffered emotional trauma that will continue in the future’ and ‘patrimonial loss in that she terminated her employment based on promises’ by him.
Midfielder Pienaar, a devout Christian, has won 43 caps for the South African national side, which is nicknamed Bafana Bafana, and is recognised as one of the team’s few top-class players.
He grew up in Westbury, a township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, and has played for Ajax Cape Town, Ajax in Amsterdam, Borussia Dortmund, and Everton since 2007.
Today he is due to be in the team that plays against Wigan at home.

Maternal Child Abuse: Mothers Who Hurt Their Children


Maternal Child Abuse: Mothers Who Hurt Their Children

Mom knows best - right?
It must be true... A mother knows what's best for her children. Who isn't for motherhood and apple pie? It's reinforced in our literature, movies, books, our laws, our religion. Mom knows best. There is no love greater than that of a mother for her children.

A Mother's Love

A Mother's love is something that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendoured miracle man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence of God's tender guiding hand.

- Helen Steiner Rice -

Our governments, schools, churches, courts bend over backwards to protect and support the rights of mothers. Mothers are encouraged and empowered to home school their children, diagnose their illnesses, control their activities, choose their friendships, dictate their living conditions, even select their religion.

Parenthood isn't easy and many mothers do an excellent job of what is a very challenging assignment...

But not all.

How Common is Child Abuse?

In the US, an estimated 903,000 children (1.2% of all children) were victims of abuse and neglect in 2001.

57.2 percent of victims suffered neglect (including medical neglect),
18.6 percent were physically abused
9.6 percent were sexually abused;
26.6 percent of victims were associated with additional types of maltreatment.
Percentages of victims are similar for males and females (48.0% and 51.5% respectively).

Children in the age group of birth to 3 years account for 27.7% of victims. Victimization percentages decline as age increases.

In the US, more than half of all child abuse victims are White (50.2%); one-quarter (25.0%) are African American; and one-sixth (14.5%) are Hispanic. American Indians and Alaska Natives account for 2% of victims, and Asian-Pacific Islanders accounted for 1.3% of victims.

19% of reported and substantiated child abuse cases result in the child being removed from the home.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Child Maltreatment Report 2001

Who Is Abusing the Kids?

The answer may surprise you. It is most comonly not the proverbial "stranger" that most children are warned to avoid - it is more likely to be someone much closer to home:

40.5% of all child abuse is committed solely by biological mothers
17.7% of all child abuse is committed solely by biological fathers
19.3% of child abuse is committed by both the mother and the father
6.4% of child abuse is committed by the mother and some other individual
1.0% of child abuse is committed by the father and some other individual
11.9% is committed by someone other than the parents
3.1% is committed by an unknown or missing perpetrator.
Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Child Maltreatment Report 2001

Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (MBPS)

Definition:

Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome (MBPS) or Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP) is a form of child abuse in which a parent systematically manufactures, fabricates or exaggerates the appearance of illness in a child in order to draw attention to themselves, elevate their own importance and manipulate the attentions of caregivers and medical professionals. Click Here for More Info on Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome
Description:

In Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (MBPS), an individual - typically a mother - deliberately makes another person (most often his or her own preschool child) sick or convinces others that the person is sick. The parent or caregiver misleads others into thinking that the child has medical problems by reporting fictitious episodes. He or she may exaggerate, fabricate, or induce symptoms. As a result, doctors commonly order tests, experiment with medications and, in severe cases, may hospitalize the child or perform surgery to determine the cause.

Typically, the perpetrator feels satisfied when he or she has the attention and sympathy of doctors, nurses, and others.

It should be noted that there is strong controversy over the existence of Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome. The originator of the term, British Pediatrician Roy Meadow was discredited for misrepresenting statistical data in his expert witness testimony in the conviciton of mothers of children who died from cot deaths (also known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - or SIDS). In a nutshell, he testified that the likelihood of more than one incidence of SIDS in a single family was so remote as to warrant a conviction. Several cases in which he testified have since been overturned in British Courts. Crirics of the MBPS theory correctly point out that child abuse is child abuse and the burden of proof must be to reveal objective evidence of abuse prior to removing children from parental custody. For more information regarding the MBPS controversy see the links at the bottom of this page.

In some MBPS cases, since the parent or caregiver appears concerned, wrongdoing is not suspected. Frequently, the perpetrator is familiar with the medical profession and is skilled at fooling medical staff. It is not unusual for medical personnel to overlook the possibility of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome because of the controversy srrounding it or because it goes against the commonly held belief that a parent or caregiver would never deliberately hurt his or her own child.

Children who are subject to Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome are typically preschool age, although there have been reported cases in children up to 16 years old. There are equal numbers of boy and girl victims of MBPS.

Statistically, 98% of the perpetrators of MBPS are female. Source: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sick/munchausen.html

Examples:

A parent observes symptoms of illness in a child that nobody else can detect, and insists that a battery of tests be performed.
A child contracts a common virus and the mother attributes the symptoms to an undiagnosed chronic condition.
A child is developing normally, but the mother insists she can detect symptoms of a mental disorder.
What it feels like:

For a child of a parent who is exposing them to MPBS - they may be made to feel alarm or discomfort as a series of strangers intrusively examine and interrogate them looking for things that might be wrong. They are frequently receiving the message from grown-ups that something is wrong with them. This can lead to developmental delay, fear of strangers - especially doctors and a distorted world-view .

For third parties - spouses or relatives of people exhibiting MBPS-like behaviors this can be a confusing and frightening experience. You may not have all the facts you need to judge what is really going on. On the one hand - you do not want to keep a child away from critical medical care when they need. On the other hand, you do not want the child to be exposed to unnecessary and intrusive investigations and diagnoses, not to mention the associated psychological and physical damage.

For doctors and health care professionals - it can be disturbing and frightening when confronted with a parent who is possibly manifesting MBPS. There is the underlying fear of a malpractice accusation when facing a parent who will not take "no" for an answer. There can also be the confusion of having to deal other family members who vehemently disagree on what the facts are. Many doctors ultimately err on the side of caution - referring to specialists and ordering additional tests and over-medicating and over-diagnosing just to protect themselves. This succeeds in protecting the doctor but is often not in the best interests of the child.

What NOT to Do:

When dealing with a possible MBPS problem:

Don't get into arguments with the perpetrator.
Don't go it alone or try to solve the problem yourself.
Don't interrogate the child or share with them your disapproval of their parent.
Don't ignore the problem. Don't abdicate the problem to others. A child is possibly being abused. You must act.
What TO Do:

Seek COMPETENT advice from a well qualified attorney, Guardian ad litem or children's advocate.
Document all that you have observed as thoroughly and candidly as you can.
Report what you have seen. Be honest about what you know AND what you don't know (it will be uncovered anyway). Be objective and sincere - remember - it is a child you are representing and you must put the best interests of the child ahead of your own.
If you have regular contact with the child, assure them of their value, and praise their positive qualities.
For more Information on Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (MBPS)...

Dr. Marc Feldman's Munchausen Syndrome, Malingering, Factitious Disorder, & Munchausen by Proxy Page - Information Site about Munchausen Syndrome and Munchausen by Proxy

http://www.msbp.com UK Site questioning the validity of MBPS/MSBP syndrome with links to news articles and cases where the theory has been discredited.

http://www.ashermeadow.com MBPS education & information site.

Site by MBP consultant & author Louisa Lasher

http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sick/munchausen.htm

US Child Custody Statistics

Many people believe that mothers are naturally better caregivers than fathers. And the US courts seem to agree. US Divorce Statistics show that a divorcing mother is 7 times more likely to retain sole custody of her children than a father:

USA 1990 Custody Statistics (19 States reporting)
Percentage

Sole possession granted to mother

72.5%

Sole possession granted to father

10.3%

Joint possession

15.7%

Possession granted to other person(s)

1.4%

Source: http://www.divorcepeers.com/stats17.htm

Fathers, who want to protect their children from an abusive mother, are sometimes afraid to take legal action because they fear:

Facing ridicule or disbelief from police or social services.
Losing all contact with their children at the hands of a gender-biased legal system
Facing steep legal costs.
Facing abuse themselves at the hands of the perpetrator
Being judged by their communities, families and friends.
Who Pays Child Support?

When it comes to child support, US census data indicates that:

79.6% of custodial mothers receive a child support award
29.9% of custodial fathers receive a child support award
US census data also indicates that fathers are more likely to fulfil their child support obligations than mothers:

43% of moms required to pay child support are "deadbeat moms" - i.e. they default on 100% of the money they owe,
32% of dads required to pay child support are "deadbeat dads" - i.e. they default on 100% of the money they owe.
One of the reasons that "deadbeat dads" get most of the bad press in the popular media is that there are a lot more of them - primarily for 2 reasons:

There are 7 times more fathers than mothers who do bnot have primary custody of the children.
Fathers are 3 times more likely than mothers to be ordered to pay child support than their female counterparts.
Source: 2002 Fox News Article

Qualifications for becoming a Mother

So who really does know best?

In the US, there are laws to protect all sorts of individuals from reckless behavior of others. For example, you must pass an exam before you may:

Drive a car,
Fly a plane
Operate a crane
Run a restaurant
Educate school children
Become a social worker or any kind of therapist
Diagnose an ailment or prescribe, dispense or administer any kind of medicine or medical treatment
But there is no qualification for becoming a Mother other than being female. Nor is there any review of your performance except in the most severe cases of physical violence and neglect.

When it comes to your treatment of strangers you may be prosecuted for:

hitting
slandering
harassing
stalking
invading their privacy
confiscating their property
When it comes to treatment of minors, parents are held almost completely unaccountable. Minor children of abusive parents are completely trapped in their environment - dependent totally on an overwhelmed legal system to take action - after the abuse has been witnessed and reported by a neighbor, teacher, doctor or social worker. Many cases go unreported.

The Role of Religion In Child Abuse

Most popular religions extol the virtues of being obedient and loyal to parents.

“Honor thy father and thy mother:that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”

- Exodus -

“He who wisheth to enter Paradise at the best door must please his father and mother.

- Prophet Muhammad -

While teachings like this make sense when a child is learning to accept the discipline and wisdom of a benevolent parent, there are situations where a lack of intervention or a maintenance of the biological family status quo is neither wise nor loving for a child - nor for the abusive parent.

However, most of the ancient sacred scriptures and modern religious organizations do not discriminate between parents who are loving and nurturing and parents who are abusive.

Children are repeatedly told that they are never supposed to hate, resent, criticize, disregard or abandon their parents. Instead they are reminded to honor them, obey them, cherish them, be loyal to them and take care of them in their old age.

This sends a confusing mixed-message to children who grow up in abusive homes. They can see the contradictions for themselves in the actions of an abusive parent - and often know that something is wrong about that. However, they will often be afraid to speak out to another adult, say anything negative about their parent or seek help for fear that they will be seen as "bad".

It's common for these children to reject their childhood religion in adulthood which they judge to have failed them, sustained the abusive parent and perpetuated the cycle of abuse.

By emphasizing the sanctity of marriage and traditional family roles, many religions discourage spouses of abusers - many of whom are victims themselves - from taking action to remove their children.

What Happens When the Children Grow Up?

What is surprising to many is that child abuse often extends long into adulthood although it often takes a more emotional,psychological or subtle form as children become physically stronger and more economically independent.

Adult children of abusive parents often feel trapped between maintaining an unhealthy relationship with an aging, yet disrespectful, stalking, slandering, harassing parent and being judged by extended family, friends and acquaintances if they choose to cut off all contact with the abusive parent.

Adult children of abusive parents are at increased risk of making poor personal, relationship and career choices in adulthood.

Abusive parents sometimes see things like relationships, career and outside interests of their young adult children as threats and may seek to undermine them.

Adult survivors of child abuse ultimately suffer in three distinct ways:

They suffer the abuse itself
They suffer the loss of knowing what should have been - the loss of a supportive parent, of a loving home and a safe refuge.
They suffer the consequences of protecting themselves from that abuse. They are often left feeling guilty, judged, condemned by society, religion, their communities and their families.
Support for Unchosen's

Widow charges in-laws with cheating of HUSBAND's PERSONAL PROPERTY/ASSETS

Widows and the lineal descendants have to face injustice in terms of Inheritance of the Personal assets of a HUSBAND/FATHER, especially if the personal assets/property is registered under the 'Proxy' name of parents/siblings.

Widow charges in-laws with cheating of HUSBAND's PERSONAL PROPERTY/ASSETS in Jamnagar
29 August 2009
JAMNAGAR: A city businessman's widow has filed a court complaint, accusing her in-laws of siphoning off her husband's property through forged documents which she was conned into signing. Taking serious view of the charges, the court has ordered city police to launch investigation into the complaint.

In her complaint filed in a court here, Jagruti Joshi alleged that her father-in-law Gajanand, brother-in-law Ashok and Ashok's wife Gita forged documents, adding a clause of partnership in her late husband's firm 'Well Decor" in KP Shah House.

Jagruti stated that after her husband Vinod's death on April 16, her in-laws fabricated partnership documents and took possession of the firm's goods with the intention of selling them off. The accused had not registered the documents with the government nor had they applied in Jamnagar Municipal Corporation for the change in clause.

The accused opened a new account after closing Vinod's cash credit account. They allegedly siphoned off funds from a life insurance policy of Vinod as well by making Jagruti into signing the cheques. Joshi suspected foul play when her in-laws approached for her signature a transfer document, via which the entire business would be owned by Gita.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

First pictures of kidnapped Jaycee's filthy backyard prison as police ask: Was she brainwashed?

Character prototypes like Josef Fritzl, Charles Manson are out there in society, more than we imagine.

First pictures of kidnapped Jaycee's filthy backyard prison as police ask: Was she brainwashed?
30th August 2009
These extraordinary pictures are the first glimpse inside the squalid back garden compound where Jaycee Lee Dugard was kept captive for 18 years.
A hand-painted 'Welcome' sign leads the way to a rundown world of tattered tents and outbuildings amid overgrown trees and bushes.
Police are now investigating evidence that Jaycee was 'brainwashed' by the religious fanatic who snatched her when she was 11.

And the 29-year-old's stepfather claimed that she had developed a powerful emotional bond with her abductor, Phillip Garrido. Carl Probyn said: 'Jaycee has strong feelings with this guy. She feels it's almost like a marriage.'
Experts have pointed out that although the makeshift compound where Jaycee and the two daughters allegedly fathered by Garrido lived included an 8ft by 4ft steel cage, it appeared unused. And Jaycee and the girls, aged 15 and 11, were allowed to play in the garden, in view of neighbours.
Her captor claimed to be a minister of a 'church' he called God's Desire and indoctrinated her with self-published religious tracts.
Jaycee never appealed for help, despite his repeated assaults. She is still undergoing extensive medical and psychological tests at a secret location in Northern California, where she is staying with her mother, Terry, and a half-sister under FBI protection.
One of America's leading hostage experts, retired FBI agent Clint Van Zandt, said: 'The relationship that can develop between hostages and kidnap victims and their captors is now known as "the Stockholm Syndrome", a type of emotional bonding that is in reality a survival strategy for victims of emotional and physical abuse.'

A source close to the case said: 'The initial findings are that physically she is remarkably healthy but that some type of brainwashing clearly occurred.
'There were moments in the 18 years when she could have called attention to who she was.
'She hadn't forgotten her real identity. In fact, she remembers a remarkable amount about her old life. But from what we know so far about Mr Garrido, it seems he played mind games with her.
'It sounds simplistic, but the real prison was her brain.'
Her stepfather Mr Probyn, who is being briefed regularly on the case, has disclosed that she is racked by 'guilt' because she 'bonded' with Garrido.
Her formal education ceased when Garrido allegedly snatched her in 1991 and Mr Probyn said he has been informed that her 'emotional age' is still that of an 11-year-old.
'She didn't try to get away,' he told The Mail on Sunday. 'It probably kept her alive. If she had been really spunky and fought and tried to escape, maybe she would have been killed.'

Meanwhile Garrido's first victim, Katherine Callaway of Las Vegas, Nevada, who was kidnapped, raped repeatedly and held as a sex slave by Garrido in 1976, said: 'He's a monster.'
Callaway was a 25-year-old casino worker when Garrido hitched a ride in her car. He made her drive to a warehouse in Reno that had been prepared as a 'sex palace'.
It contained a movie projector, sex toys, a spotlight, wine and pornographic magazines.
At his trial, there was testimony that he used handcuffs to restrain her and that he used LSD, cocaine and cannabis.
Retired Reno police detective Dan DeMaranville, who worked on the case, said: 'I asked him after he confessed why he did it and he said it was the only way he could get sexual satisfaction.'
However, investigators have found no evidence that Jaycee - who was less than half Callway's age - was physically restrained.

A few years after Jaycee was kidnapped, her desperate grandmother visited a psychic. 'I wanted to find out if she was still alive,' said Wilma Probyn, 83.
'I didn't want to give up hope, but it was agonising to keep holding on. We had pretty much given up hope. The psychic said that Jaycee was alive, in Northern California with a couple, living happily and being looked after and going to school.
'It turns out she was alive but not happy. She didn't go to school and wasn't allowed to see a doctor.
'She was kept caged in an old shed for 18 years without contact with anybody, raped, and she's got two children by that creep, a sexual predator.
'We've always been hoping for the day when she'd be found but when I found out how she'd lived for the last 18 years, I wasn't happy. It's a shock.
'I'm delighted to have Jaycee back, but I'm saddened by how she was treated, living in squalor like that.
'Jaycee's 29 now but she's been cut off from the world since she was 11. We don't know if she'll ever be able to recover from this.

The day my mother told me: 'Your father (to whom I am currently married) is not your real father'

The story presented below is the Testimony of a 'Brood parasite' baby, a child conceived in another marriage (by an illicit relationship).

Read earlier blog-postings.

The day my mother told me: 'Your father is not your real father'
29th August 2009
From an early age writer Miranda Glover felt different from her sisters. Then, when she turned 16, her mother told her the truth, and opened the door to a whole new family

Miranda Glover's life changed dramatically when the secret identity of her father was revealed
It’s early June this year, and I’m standing in a beautiful garden at Hay-on-Wye. It’s the book festival’s 21st birthday party. Lots of people I know are here, but the two most significant are my 25-year-old half-sister Daisy and her mother, the writer and broadcaster Rosie Boycott. We are bonded in an extraordinary way, by a secret that was only unleashed when I was 16.
Until then I didn’t know that Daisy and I shared a natural father, the war correspondent David Leitch. He has clearly passed us both his genes: we share his Danish blue eyes, his slight frame – and his passion for books.
1968, the year I was born, was a time of radical social change. So why would a mother feel the need to keep her love child a secret? Perhaps because most British families continued to live by the 1950s model where parents married, worked hard, and where love children spelt shame. My mum was like that: a young wife with two daughters and Mike, a respectable businessman husband. She had one chink in her domestic armour – her first love; the attractive, flawed and incredibly clever Cambridge graduate David Leitch.
David had spent the past decade abroad covering world affairs for The Sunday Times. They kept in touch, via the odd letter or lunch. He was about to head to Vietnam to cover the war, but something made him call her. They had lunch and then, rather inconveniently, they made me. He went to Vietnam, she went home. When she realised she was pregnant with his child she told no one, not even David, who was by now out of reach.


At first Mum determined to go to a clinic to resolve the problem before it became apparent, but at the last moment she couldn’t go through with it. Instead, she told her husband the truth. Extraordinarily, he agreed to raise the baby as his own, so long as she kept the secret firmly to herself. And so she had me within her marriage, put a brave face on it, and carried on.
When I was seven, my mother got divorced and remarried. The original pact no longer seemed relevant. She told her new husband – and David – the truth about me. David was ecstatic. He had just had a son, and now he had a daughter. Being adopted himself, connections with his genetic offspring felt significantly important. Even so, my mother refused to let him into my life. She said that one change was enough to manage at such a tender age. She inherited four stepchildren, so now we numbered seven kids most weekends.
My sisters and I still saw our father, Mike, every other weekend. It was a busy, lively childhood, a melting pot where, paradoxically, it was the many differences, not similarities between us that bound us together as a family.
David Leitch was irregularly mentioned only if his voice came on to Radio 4 or when one of his latest collections of journalism hit the shelves (we had them lined up in the sitting room, always inscribed to my mum). I met him a few times over the years. Once he brought this little sandy haired boy Luke to lunch. I thought little more than that I admired what he did. Coincidentally, I knew from an early age that I, too, wanted to write.

‘Essentially I loved David from the start, felt a true and instinctive connection’
I was aware of being different from my sisters – they were tall and dark, I was small and blond. I was quite academic as a teenager – I wanted to read Baudelaire whereas they were disinterested in studying, keen to get out into the world. They had left home by the time I found out my true identity; the day my mother and stepfather whisked me away for a weekend to a remote cottage, to let me in on this very big secret.
‘Your father is not your real father,’ my mother stated, a little too steadily as we curled up in front of the fire. How often must she have rehearsed that line? And how hard must it have been to get those words out? I sat still, trying to absorb the shock, then glanced expectantly at my stepfather, sitting uneasily next to her. ‘No, your stepfather is not your natural father either,’ she added, almost by way of apology. I loved him, but the fact was a strange relief. I knew who he was to me, and didn’t want that to change.
My mother handed me an envelope as she told me my father’s name. She looked worried, expectant. Inside was a letter in strangely familiar handwriting, handwriting I almost share. And photographs, one of a woman, Rosie, holding a small baby, Daisy, aged six months, another of David, my new father, and a third of his son, the handsome nine-year-old Luke, from an earlier marriage.
David’s letter eloquently introduced this other family to me. It had been written as part of the plan, I was now told, made by my parents with Rosie and David over dinner a week before. My natural father was keen to know me. My mother had agreed that perhaps it was time.

My spirit shook with the shock of it. Slowly, the truth unfolded. I felt no anger. My initial feeling was one of sadness for my mother, for having held on to this weighty secret for so long. But I loved her and I trusted her instincts in all things, even this.
I went to bed and reread the letter, looked at the photographs over and over. The next morning I felt disembodied. I had walked into that cottage in one skin and I was walking out in another.
Collectively, we told my sisters – their shock was understandable, but they were generous in their response. Even so, I sensed a wariness in them, a subtle distancing from me. Over time, that sense of separateness has diminished again. When I told my friends, they looked at me with incredulity and I felt a bit of a freak. But I was excited, too, about meeting David, knowing this other genetic part of me.
We agreed that he would phone me. When the call came I felt so anxious I needed the loo and told him so. He laughed and said so did he. We both hung up, then rang back once we’d been. Now the ice had been broken and we chatted. His voice was familiar and he put me at ease. We met for lunch the following weekend. I felt immediately comfortable around him, he was good at drawing me out, was interested in me, and we shared similar loves, of art, books, French literature.
The first time I went to stay with David, I took a train to Paddington and was met by Rosie with Daisy in her arms. The bond with them began then and has grown steadily. Rosie drove me to their home, a rambling, book-filled Georgian flat overlooking the canal in Little Venice. I liked the smell of it – library-like, familiar. Luke was loitering at the top of the stairs. ‘Hello,’ he said, ‘you must be my sister.’

‘When I had my son, Fen, David would delight in his time with him. When Fen was four he patiently taught him to play chess’
David appeared later, hugged me tightly and talked too much and too quickly, kept moving from place to place. Even though he couldn’t contain his excitement, I could sense that my presence made him anxious. It was a time for adjustment for us all.
Fundamental differences between my first and second families fast became evident. I was a state-educated parochial girl; my father was a known London bon viveur, a serious drinker, an intellectual with children in the best private schools. He had a boho lifestyle, indulged in complicated relationships and had a renowned feminist wife. Luke came and went between his parents.
Often I hung out with Rosie and Daisy. They became a safety net for me within David’s chaotic world. At one party David’s Cambridge friends and Luke’s mum came. They were fascinated by this secret daughter about whom they had all known for years. I felt uneasy. Strangely foreign inside my own skin.


I felt I was trying my new personality out for size. In some ways I felt more confident about my ambitions as a writer, in other ways it made me feel diminished, as if, against such a literary, successful family, I was just pretending to be something I was not. With hindsight I think I tried too hard to make all the pieces of the jigsaw fit, believing that I could be cohesive again. Since marrying and having my own children I believe that we are who we were always going to be, all along.
It didn’t help that David was an erratic character with whom to have a relationship. When his marriage to Rosie ended, his drinking increased and in later years became a constant battle. I continued to see him over the following 20 years – often in A&E after particularly heavy binges. Even so, our meetings were wonderfully enthusiastic, and engaged in the subjects we both loved: story-making and the characters who lived in our midst. I ended up living only a few streets away from David for the last few years of his life.
When I had my son, Fen, he would delight in his time with him. When Fen was four David patiently taught him to play chess. Essentially, I loved David from the start, felt a true and instinctive connection.
David died four and a half years ago, at home in his bed, aged 67. I had seen him the day before, with my daughter, Jessie-May, then two and a half. He had become prematurely infirm.
A veteran war correspondent with a serious drink problem was never going to live into later life. The death certificate stated that he died of fatigue. I miss his friendship and his input into my work. I had my first novel published just months after he died. He used to read my manuscripts, encourage me in my writing, and helped me edit the first draft.
I never discussed my knowledge of David with Mike. He knew I knew but he chose not to talk of it. He had been kind to me, treated me as his daughter. I don’t think the subject would have been easy to address. When I was 22 Mike died, suddenly, of a stroke. He took my secret to his grave.
I wonder, if the truth had never been let out of its box, would I still be standing here, at Hay-on-Wye with those two people who met me from the train on that life-changing day; Rosie and Daisy, talking and laughing as we gaze towards the dusky village of books that has brought us all here. Scientists agree that nature and nurture affect the paths we follow, shape the people we become. My path, instinctively, has brought me into this book-filled world. In my case, I would vouch that nature has enjoyed the upper hand.

Soothsayers arrested for poisoning children after predicting their death

Picture: Mallika, grieving mother of Vinodh (child poisoned by soothsayer)

A soothsayer couple poisoned 50 goats in a village, and then six children to get 'mystical powers'.

Soothsayers arrested for poisoning children after predicting their death
30-08-2009
ATTUR (Salem): The police have arrested a soothsayer couple for poisoning children after predicting their death and seized 250 grams of rat poison from their house in Palaya Udayampatti village.

Six otherwise healthy children, aged between three and seven years, had died since January 2008. The deaths created panic in the village and many villagers moved out and settled elsewhere, dreading the “strange illness.” Medical teams that visited the village found no symptoms of any disease in the community.

Those who remained in the village grew suspicious about soothsayer Perumayee (35), particularly after the death of three-year-old Priyadarshini in April 2009. She had succumbed to severe stomach pain. Just before her death, two other children, Vinodh and Dinesh, both aged seven years, had died of similar symptoms.

The woman soothsayer used to “predict” the deaths of children, all eldest ones in their families, at the village temple. “Whenever she claimed that a boy or a girl in a particular house would die, the same would occur in another six to seven hours,” said a sobbing Mallika, mother of Vinodh.

Their suspicions were further strengthened when Priyadarshini, before dying, told her mother that she was forcefully fed sweet rice by Perumayee and her husband. The girl’s father Subramani and Vinodh’s father Chinnasamy preferred a complaint with Attur police.

The Attur police registered cases under Section 174 Cr.P.C and sent the bodies of Priyadarshini and Vinodh for post-mortem and their viscera to the Forensic Scientific Laboratory at Coimbatore. The reports stated that they “appeared to have died of phorate poisoning, which is a poisonous organo phospherous insecticide.” The report on the death of Dinesh is awaited.

Perumayee and her husband surrendered before the Akkichettipalayam Village Administrative Officer on Friday. They are reported to have confessed that they had poisoned two children as they thought the “sacrifices” would help them gain mystical powers. They have been remanded to judicial custody.

The cause of death of Gokulraj (4), Jayakumar (7) and Suershkumar (2), all on January 20, 2008 could not be ascertained as their parents cremated the bodies without informing the police.