Petition to Conduct CBI Enquiry into Murder of Dr J A Mathan

Monday, 30 August 2010

Spouse murder Black widow: Adulterous wife, lover and friends kill husband in Bangalore

Spouse murder Black widow: Adulterous wife, lover and friends kill husband in Bangalore
Aug 31, 2010
BANGALORE: For four months, no one knew the whereabouts of Cheluvaraju, 32, an employee of a garment factory.

His wife also did not bother to look for him. Only when his mother voiced her suspicion did police swing into action.

On Sunday, Talaghattapura police in Ramanagaram district exhumed the remains of Cheluvaraju's body buried near the water pipeline at Gantakandoddi, an isolated place. Ramanagaram DySP Devaraj said he was murdered on May 2. The remains have been sent for post mortem and forensic analysis.

Cheluvaraju, of Karikaldoddi near Harohalli, had married Nagaveni, 23, and they have two children. They lived in a rented house in Nittagere.

Cheluvaraju started drinking regularly and Nagaveni entered into an illicit relationship with Shivakumar, who had a laundry near Konanakunte.
On learning about the affair, Cheluvaraju started beating his wife. On May 2, Nagaveni got Cheluvaraju so drunk that he became unconscious. Then Shivakumar, along with his friends Venugopal, Mahalinga and Sridhar, strangled him.


In Intimate partner murders, women commit seven murders for every ten committed by men. (Wilson and Daly)
Dr. Robi Ludwig teams up with journalist Matt Birkbeck to examine the causes and implications of marital homicide. They book explores the "underlying darkness inherent in so many marriages" and offer in-depth descriptions of the 10 personality characteristics that may lead to killer spouses. Each chapter begins with a brief overview of the murder personal hallmarks before delving into "case studies." Their thesis is "most of us, whether we admit it or not, sometimes have violent, even homicidal thoughts toward our spouse."

Every day six people in the United States are murdered by spouses or intimate partners. Society is captivated and startled by stories of these killers, leading people to wonder how seemingly normal and happy people manage to go over the edge.

In Till Death Do Us Part, noted psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig, along with journalist Matt Birkbeck, presents the psychological profiles of notorious killer spouses -- from Scott Peterson and Clara Harris to Rabbi Fred Neulander and Betty Broderick. Dr. Ludwig reveals the ten killer personality types and defines them in detail with examples from high-profile cases and in-depth analyses of the motivations behind the murders.

Gripping and insightful, Till Death Do Us Part explores a phenomenon that many spouses can't help but think about -- shedding light on the very notion of "happily ever after."

1. The betrayal/abandonment killer
2. The control killer
3. The sociopathic killer
4. The black widow/profit killer
5. The narcissistic killer
6. The temper tantrum killer
7. The transference killer
8. The revenge killer
9. The pregnancy killer
10. The caregiver killer

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Anoushka Shankar is Single & Pregnant!

Anoushka Shankar is Single & Pregnant!
Aug 27, 2010
When sitarist Anoushka Shankar confessed to media last year that she sees herself pregnant by 2014, no one had guessed that she would put her five-year plan into place so soon.
But the media has learnt that the daughter of Pandit Ravi Shankar is expecting her first child with London-based filmmaker Joe Wright by spring next year.
Anoushka began dating Joe since December 2009. In an interview to DT at that time, she'd confessed about her relationship, saying, "It's unexpected and it's gone really fast, but I'm fully in it." And, the news of her pregnancy at the moment is like déjà vu as she had said then that it's not necessary to be married to have children.

At the same time, Anoushka had added, "I do believe in marriage, very much, but I also don't believe it's the only route. Love and relationships have to be defined by the people who're in them."

Reportedly, after conceiving, Anoushka replied to congratulatory messages by close ones saying, "We are so happy. It feels so ridiculous... I hope and pray everything goes well with this baby and ask for everyone's blessings." It's being said that Anoushka will make a formal announcement very soon.
While Pandit Ravi Shankar is currently in California and couldn't be contacted, Anoushka's manager, on being contacted, said, "It's no secret that Anoushka is seeing Joe. But, we can say nothing else at the moment. As and when there's something to share, we will."

But for a while now, Anoushka's been giving interviews about the "wonderful relationship" that she shares with Joe and the joys that she's getting from little things like tending to his house. In fact, earlier this year, she was reported as saying, "I'm loving nesting and traveling with Joe. I love doing the dishes and cleaning the house... It just feels right. I'm very happy."

>> Ravi Shankar and his dangerous liasions
Shankar was born 7 April 1920 in Varanasi to a wealthy and conservative Brahmin family of cultured Bengalis as the youngest of seven brothers, of whom four lived when he was born. Shankar's Bengali birth name was Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury. His father, Shyam Shankar, an administrator for the Maharaja of Jhalawar, used the Sanskrit spelling of the family name and removed its last part. Shyam was married to Shankar's mother Hemangini Devi, but later worked as a lawyer in London. There he married a second time while Devi raised Shankar in Varanasi, and did not meet his son until he was eight years old. Shankar shortened the Sanskrit version of his first name, Ravindra, to Ravi, for "sun".

Shankar married Allauddin Khan's daughter Annapurna Devi in 1941 and a son, Shubhendra Shankar, was born in 1942.
Shankar separated from her in the 1940s and had a relationship with Kamala Shastri, a dancer, beginning in the late 1940s .

An affair with Sue Jones, a New York concert producer, led to the birth of Norah Jones in 1979.

In 1981, Anoushka Shankar was born to Ravi Shankar (in an existing marriage and at least 2 more relationships) and Sukanya Rajan (while she was in an existing marriage), whom Shankar had known since the 1970s.

After separating from Kamala Shastri in 1981 Shankar lived with Sue Jones until 1986 and married Sukanya Rajan in 1989 (when Anoushka Shankar was 8 years old).

>> Hard to say no to Free Love

Shankar married Annapurna Devi, the daughter of his guru Ustad Allauddin Khan, when he was 21, but they were ill matched and broke up after a few years. Annapurna granted him divorce decades later. They had two children.

The ensuing years were wild. In his autobiography, Raga Mala, he said: "I felt I could be in love with different women in different places. It was like having a girl in every port - and sometimes there was more than one!"

From the late 1940s, however, his main companion was a dancer, Kamala Shastri, and from 1967 until 1981 they lived together 'as man and wife'.

In 1972, he met the 18-year-old Sukanya Rajan, who played the tanpura at his concerts.

In 1978, although she, too, was married, they became lovers. In 1981 Anoushka was born.

Meanwhile, in America, Ravi Shankar was having an affair with the New York concert producer Sue Jones, who gave birth to Norah (or Geetali, as she was originally known) in 1979.

For the first two years of her life, he divided his affections between them and Kamala until Kamala, after three decades, finally quit him.

The next year his divorce from his wife came through.

At first he chose to be with Sue. But in 1986 their relationship ended, although he remained close to Norah. In 1989, after much prevarication, he decided to marry Sukanya, at which point Sue banned him from seeing Norah.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Stop International Bigamous Marriage By ******* *******, Roshni Mathan Pereira

Stop International Bigamous Marriage By **** ***** (with Roshni Mathan Pereira)

Bigamy is a serious crime in most of countries.  If a bigamous marriage involves individuals from more than one country, the process to track down the cases is not well established. The intention of this article to shed some light on it.  In the USA, the punishment for bigamy and enforcement of the crime varies between jurisdictions. In the state of Illinois, bigamy is a Class 4 felony and punishment can be up to $25,000 and/or 1-3 years in penitentiary. Bigamy laws of each state in the US and the consequences of being convicted of bigamy are listed on the website

In India, whoever, having an existing husband or wife living, marries in any case in which such marriage is void by reason of its taking place during the life of such husband or wife, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine. Indian Government is taking serious actions against bigamist to stop "Holiday Marriages" which are performed intentionally to exploit someone during their short stay in India. In some part of India, uneducated people consider a widow as a curse in the society. If that widow is not self-dependent, such kind of false conceptions makes her life further miserable.  Worst of all, if an NRI (Non Resident Indian) visits India during holidays/vacation,  marries an uneducated widow for 15 days and 15 nights and fly back to USA as free bird to start fishing again. This deception not only pours oil in the fire, but increases anger in the society. Such kind of crimes are getting high attention from the Indian Police and Indian Govt.  

 Con-artists takes full advantage of poor enforcement of laws in India. They marry women in India and women abroad to exploit them and not for a loving marriage. If you believe that your relationship is full of all secrecy due to a bigamous nature, there is no hope that it can ever be a loving marriage to you. That marriage can be for a specific exploitation purpose. If you see symptoms like the following:
1. spouse keeps most of the matters secret from you.
2. spouse lies to you frequently.
3. spouse does not allow you to receive incoming phone calls.
4. spouse doesn't allow you to answer/touch his/her cell phone.
5. spouse doesn't introduce his/her family members and friends to you.
6. marriage is not consummated and spouse is not interested in a physical relationship with you due to guilt
7. spouse keeps expenses charged to joint financial accounts secret.
8. spouse harassing for your income for mortgage and bill payments and threatening you.
9. spouse spreading false allegations against you and claiming him as a victim of mental cruelty.
10.spouse comes home late every night for no believable reason.
11. spouse doesn't walk, talk, dine, sleep, care or share for anything with you

These may be classic signs of deception.

There is no reason to work as a slave in that house. Most women may hope that they would have a healthy, normal marriage one day and may keep working hard, cooking, cleaning after working outside of the house for 8-10 hours at their own jobs despite of not getting any love or respect in their marriage. The bigamous nature of a marriage will never change and we must stop the root cause and avoid anyone in that situation. People don't know they are marrying anyone with a pre-existing spouse and ruining their life. So, deceiving person must be punished.  The detailed process or steps to follow in international bigamous marriage are given below.  While writing this article, it is assumed that bigamist is a man here though it could be woman in some cases.

Steps to stop the root cause of Bigamy
Step # 1: Any person would like to marry someone who is trustworthy and safe legally. You will try to obtain the past information about him, his past relations. There is no harm in asking about his past relationships before marriage. Answer could be vague e.g. relations are built on trust and no need to ask such questions but since you asked..., I dated many US women, travelled with many, proposed some but they rejected, sometimes I didn't like as they were doing my background verification, dated some Indian women, had small pooja ceremony with my friend/relative and claimed as marriage but that was not a legal marriage etc. If you try to get more details, names, contacts from him, you may not have any luck. Most of the times con artist will not give you any clue but will tell you how good you are and how bad other women were in his past relations. You will be impressed with his honesty temporarily but will realize that your attempts failed here to get right contacts.  "Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies."--Oliver Goldsmith.  If you feel suspicious, don't marry that guy. If you marry him by mistake and found that you are in a bigamous marriage, follow steps further.

Step #2 Try to contact his friends, relatives and ask about his previous marriages. You may get some or little info, but most of the friends tell you to ask your husband only and avoid to get involved. Some people will try to protect this criminal despite of knowing his past relationships for selfish  reasons. Find out legal information about him from the county courts where he lived in past. All court records are public records and obtainable.  If any ..find out about his previous marriages, divorces, child support non-payments, other non-payment law suits, civil, criminal cases against etc. All cases and case numbers are available on that county's court website.

Step #3 If your spouse doesn't allow you to answer the phone calls, try answering phone calls when your spouse is not home (assuming somebody calls for the spouse when spouse is not at home) and try to communicate with the calling person. If the phone call is from his previous wife, or if the caller refuses to tell his/her name or asks surprising questions to you, get some details and where-about of the caller. Try to note down the call numbers when your spouse prevents you from answering phone calls (assuming that most of US residents have caller ID). Spouse  will try to delete call numbers from caller Id history. If you have several phone sets, try to see if he has deleted the history on all instruments and you may have some luck in retrieving phone history. Otherwise, contact telephone provider and get history for specific period.

Step #4 Make phone calls to the secret numbers that you manage to retrieve from a phone that the spouse doesn't have access to. Try to get details of the person at the other end, your spouse's marriage such as when, where the marriage was solemnized, people attended, priest who performed etc. and keep a record of your communication. You may see many discrepancies between what your husband told you and what the true story could be. Don't confront your husband but be glad that you know the other side of story now which could be a true story.  

Step #5 If the earlier marriage is confirmed from several sources, it is a crime and Class 4 felony in most of the states in USA. Your marriage becomes invalid legally and you should start processing for "Invalidity of Marriage" instead of living in this situation forever. (a) If the earlier marriage took place in USA, there will be a record available in the county of the state where it was registered. Get those public records to file the police complaint. (b) If the previous marriage took place in India, you can ask for  RTI (Right To Information) from the marriage registration bureau of the state government of the state where marriage took place. This website is helpful.
There is a standard application that needs to be submitted with a nominal fees of Rs. 10 postal order per RTI. Within a week or two, you will get the information on the marriage. (c) If the marriage is not registered and also not confirmed by the RTI also, the marriage is still valid by Hindu Marriages Act. 1955, if the marriage took place before Nov 2009. (d) If the marriage took place after Nov 2009, even if it is registered under the Hindu Marriages Act. 1955, the Indian Christian Marriage Act 1872, the Special Marriage Act 1954, the Muslim Shariat Marriage Act and all other marriages done under any other law, the marriage is required to be compulsorily registered under Section 3 of Marriages Registration Rules 2009.

Step #6 In (a) when both marriages took place in the USA, the police act promptly and prosecute upon confirmation. In cases of (b) and (c) this becomes an international bigamy case, and you will have to file police complaints in both countries (USA and India). If you are a domicile of the same state in India where his previous marriage took place, then you can file a FIR (First Information Report) in that state. In case you are a domicile of another state, then you can file a FIR in your home state of India. NRI (Non Resident Indian) with Indian citizenship can file a FIR. If you are a US citizen or permanent resident and living in USA, then you can file a complaint to the following government organizations who help victims of bigamous marriages and forward the matter to respective jurisdiction.

Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
9th Floor, Akbar Bhawan, Chankya Puri
New Delhi - 110 021, India
Phone Number: +91(11) 2419 7900

National Comission for Women
4. Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Marg, New Delhi 110 002,
Phone # +91 11 23237166, complaint cell # 91 11 23219750

These organizations issue a file number and forward the matter to the respective State of Government and then to the respective COP, (Commissioner of Police) in India. You can visit them personally and request to assist you in this investigation and allow recording during the investigation.  During investigations, undercover inspector helps a lot if you are not familiar with the local language of that state and provides a investigation report to COP. It is always helpful to take journalist, media people with you during investigations as they play key roles. Most of the media and journalist can do audio/video recording legally. This audio/video recording of their statements, true story from various people can be telecasted on Television when necessary. These witnesses/investigations are helpful. If one person is trying to influence other party to testify in his/her favor and changing the real story, media can get involved to telecast the recorded true story and submit to the court as witness. The US police compliant can prosecute after receiving confirmation from the Indian police.

Step #7 Invalidity of marriage: By law your marriage becomes invalid as his prior marriage exists and you need to file for invalidity in the family court. Make sure that your attorney has dealt with international matters before. Their experience does not have to be related to bigamy but it could be related to child adoption cases, etc and the attorney knows the procedure for international cases. After filing for invalidity of marriage due to bigamous nature, bigamist has two choices, first to plead guilty or second to apologize to one of the two wives who can be easily manipulated. Two or multiple wives realize that there is no love although they ended up in this situation. However, a con artist will try to manipulate one of the two who is unemployed or less educated, less courageous, no other means of survivals, desperate to come to USA, easy to deceive her again. He will try to be close to her and will play the game of love and force her testify in his favor. In some situation, both wives could be educated, employed and bigamist will try to manipulate one of the two who is most likely has less support from her family, less courageous to fight against bigamist.

Step # 8 If the bigamist denies his first marriage in the US court, don't be surprised. The expert con artist is trying to fool the US court this time after having fooled many. Don't give up. Request your attorney to issue a Letter of Rogatory for international investigation. A Letter of Rogatory is a letter of request from a court in one country to a court in another country requesting international judicial assistance. It is a device used by a tribunal of one sovereign nation to request a tribunal of another sovereign nation to obtain testimony or other evidence from a person located in the latter country. Letter of Rogatory will contain the name of bride/groom who will testify and confirm the marriage. If the previous spouse is in hiding in because of husband's influence or the promise of money/other promises from him, you can add as many witnesses as you can including who attended this marriage, or know about this marriage. It may include his family, friends, neighborhood people, priest, people from the venue where they live or marriage took place. Some questions can also be added as guidelines to the Indian judge from the US court  though Indian court is not obliged to follow the same questionnaire.  Bigamist may oppose issuance  of letter of rogatary through his lawyer.  If US judge feels that the letter of Rogatory is relevant and issue a court order for an investigation in India, then this letter order needs to be signed by Secretary of State to proceed as an international bigamous marriage matter. This signed and sealed letter/order needs to be sent to the appropriate State High Court in India through the US court. Indian courts will not accept order/letter from an individual or the individual's attorney due to confidentiality issues. The result of the investigation result will be submitted to the US court, the Indian Embassy and US embassy.

Step # 9 The process involved in steps 7 and 8 in the US court is very expensive for an ordinary person. For an unemployed person or someone not earning high income, a social services organization may provide legal advice and representation.  

Apna Ghar, is a domestic violence shelter and support group in Chicago: (773) 334-4663 or (800) 717-0757 (in Illinois). 4753 N. Broadway, Suite 518, Chicago, IL 60640. Email:

Asian Human Services Inc
4820 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640-3604
(773) 769-0472

Council of international investigation
Council Headquarters
2150 N. 107th St., Suite 205
Seattle, Washington 98133-9009 USA
USA and Canada toll-free: 1-888-759-8884
Phone: 1-206-361-8869
Fax: 1-206-367.8777

There are few supporting and very helpful social worker organization in India mentioned below:

Voice of women and Families in India: Convenor: Roshni Mathan Pereira Help-line number Phone: 0091-9164603034

AIDWA Central Office All India Democratic Women Association
121, Vithal Bhai Patel House, Rafi Marg, New Delhi – 110 001
They have offices in several states.
State Human Rights commission, of respective state in India

State Women’s Commission; of respective state in India
Step # 10 Involvement of social organizations, journalists, TV media is important at all stages of the matter. Truth can not be hidden. If you have filed a bigamy case, the con artist will attempt demonize and discredit you in society. If you are on the righteous path, walk confidently. Angry and greedy con artist, upon realizing that his game cannot continue for a long time now, will try to harass you and your family. This could be in the form of false accusations against you, filing emergency protective order against you, order to evict you from the house etc. Police, social organizations, journalists, media can help you in case of emergency. Don't hesitate to approach them.
Things to avoid
# Don't get perturbed if con artist's approach to you directly or indirectly to withdraw the case.
# Don't be surprised or disheartened if you discover that
- you are his wife # 3, 4, 5..
- your marriage was a simple legal marriage while he had other religiously performed   luxurious marriage(s).
- he has exploited financially other wives too.
-your marriage has not been consummated but he had an intimacy with his previous wife
-he is enjoying physical relations with all women in his life simultaneoulsy
-he is communicating regularly or started communication recently with other wife(ves)
-he is demonizing you in society by false allegations
-he has been sued by other people for different reasons that involve dishonesty of some kind, such as nonpayment of dues, including lawyer's fees, breach of promise etc.
-house is under foreclosure
-all utilities got disconnected due to non-payment
-you are not covered under his medical insurance
# Do not involve any Private investigators unless you know them well. They are very expensive and sometimes not trustworthy.
# Don't give full control of your financials to your husband if you find out that your marriage is exclusively for financial exploitation.

The Indian Government is becoming stricter on bigamy and holiday marriages. Due to globalization, many professionals from different countries visit India for short stays. They take advantage of poor, uneducated or not highly qualified Indian women and get married after promising them life in America or abroad. While women conned by and newly married to the con artist, remain in India dreaming of coming to USA or living abroad, the con artist continues to fish for new victims online or otherwise.

I will be glad to provide details of the procedure if someone is a victim of international bigamous marriage. A useful website to get support...

Workplace sexual harassment: Sleeping with your boss can 'boost your career and give you a promotion... especially if you're a woman'

Sleeping with your boss can 'boost your career and give you a promotion... especially if you're a woman'
28th August 2010

It will threaten to destroy your family life and lose you the respect of others.

But having an affair with the boss is seen as likely to boost your career, especially if you are a woman.

Some 37 per cent of office workers said that from their experience those who slept with their superiors were rewarded with a career boost.
And no wonder - no matter how high achieving, female executives will not reach the very top of their profession unless they find a 'sponsor' who will speak out on their behalf, the study for the U.S. Centre for Work-Life Policy found.
Fair trade? Some 37 per cent of office workers said that those who slept with their superiors were rewarded with a career boost

More often than not they are in a position of power and influence, and almost always male and married.

Despite all the risks, affairs in the workplace are still a common occurrence.

Some 34 per cent of women in executive positions said they knew a female colleague who had slept with their boss.

Even at director level or above, 15 per cent of women admitted to having had an office fling.

The risks of inappropriate behaviour in the office were recently illustrated when Mark Hurd, 53, the chief executive of computer giant Hewlett Packard, resigned over alleged sexual harassment of Jodie Fisher, 50, a former reality television contestant turned marketing consultant with the company.

Hurd who is married, has settled the matter out of court for an undisclosed sum.
But even if he had kept his job, the study showed the damaging effects that sleeping with the boss would have had on office life for the pair of them.
In terms of morale, 61 per cent of men and 70 per cent of women lose respect for a leader involved in an affair.
Don’t expect that your colleagues will have no idea what is happening - 60 per cent of male executives and 65 per cent of female executives suspect that salary hikes and plum assignments are being traded for sexual favours.
Office perils: Hewlett Packard boss Mark Hurd was forced to resign over allegations of sexual harrassment towards contract worker Jodie Fisher
And once they find out, don’t expect any sympathy if it all falls apart.

Some 48 per cent of men and 56 per cent of women feel animosity towards the involved couple, and 39 per cent of men and 37 per cent of women see a fall off in productivity as the team splinters.

Relationships expert Jean Hannah Edelstein said: ‘Office affairs are a bad idea. Your boss already has a lot of power of you so once your start sleeping with him, how do you know that he’s going to fulfil his end of the bargain?

'Even if it happens in the short term, everyone will know what’s going on and you’ll lose their respect.
'It poisons the atmosphere and in the long run it is not worth it and will follow you around the industry.'

She added: ‘In some jobs that are boring you’re sitting there all day and you want to fancy someone, or in some high-pressure jobs there is nowhere else to meet people, so these things do happen.
‘If it does, be prepared to leave your job if it goes sour, it can be that serious.

‘You really have to ask yourself: "Am I that into this person I’d be prepared to lose my job over it?" If the answer is no, then don’t do it.’

Abuse of Position of Trust: Married drama teacher jailed for having sex with THREE teenage pupils

Married drama teacher jailed for having sex with THREE teenage pupils
27th August 2010
Teacher Karl Babiczuk-Brown has admitted having sex with a 15-year-old pupil

A married teacher who had sexual relationships with three teenage girls was jailed today for nearly seven years, court officials said.
Drama teacher Karl Babiczuk-Brown, 29, admitted a relationship with a 15-year-old girl while he was working at Havelock Academy, in Grimsby.
He denied affairs with another 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl he met through a theatre group but was found guilty of a range of offences relating to them by a jury at Grimsby Crown Court.
Sentencing today the judge, Recorder Euan Duff, jailed Babiczuk-Brown for a total of six years and six months, court sources said.
At a previous hearing the jury was told the affair Babiczuk-Brown admitted took place over a four month period last year and came to light after a trip to an arts festival.
The two other girls came forward after this affair came to light.
Prosecutors said the 14-year-old girl became involved with the teacher after joining his theatre group and they exchanged text and computer messages.
They began to have consensual sexual contact in 2005, the court heard.
He began an affair with another 15-year-old in 2007. The jury was told he joked to the girl that she and her friend could be his 'personal slaves'.
All of the girls consented to sexual activity, the court heard. Babiczuk-Brown was with his wife throughout the period in question, although they were only married for part of it.
He told the jury the two girls were not telling the truth.
Babiczuk-Brown admitted nine charges relating to one 15-year-old.
At a hearing in June, after deliberating for about two hours, the jury found him guilty of a further eight offences relating to the other two girls. These involve charges of meeting a child following sexual grooming, sexual activity with a child and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
He had already been sacked from his teaching post by the time his case reached court.
Sergeant Jason Nutting, of Humberside Police, said the force welcomed Babiczuk-Brown's sentence.
He said in a statement: 'Brown is a very intelligent man who tried to manipulate everyone he came into contact with to continue his illicit and unlawful affairs - he manipulated the victims, his work colleagues and even attempted to manipulate the officers and course of the investigation for his benefit.
'The offences involving these two juvenile victims were despicable enough, but to engage in a sexual relationship with a pupil at the school where he was a teacher is a truly abhorrent crime, and shows how Brown felt he could carry on these acts without detection.
'He wilfully betrayed the position of trust that he held, and the accepted trust placed in him by parents when taking their children to school and leaving them in someone else's care - they rightly expect their children to be safe whilst in the care of a teacher, but this was clearly not an issue for him.
'His offending and total lack of morality and ethics brings a shadow over the persons working within the teaching profession which is unwanted and generally unwarranted.
'The courage displayed by these victims and witnesses, to testify in this matter against this dangerous sexual predator, is to be commended, and on behalf of Humberside Police I would like to thank them all for their strength of character in this case.
'I also hope this sends a message to victims and offenders alike that Humberside Police will deal with any such allegations positively, professionally, and will strive to bring offenders to justice.
'On behalf of the team involved in investigating this matter, I would also like to thank (principal) Mr (Nicholas) O'Sullivan and Havelock Academy for their full co-operation and assistance throughout this investigation.'

Kangaroo Care: Miracle mum brings premature baby son back to life with two hours of loving cuddles after doctors pronounce him dead

Kangaroo Care: Miracle mum brings premature baby son back to life with two hours of loving cuddles after doctors pronounce him dead
27th August 2010

It was a final chance to say goodbye for grieving mother Kate Ogg after doctors gave up hope of saving her premature baby.

She tearfully told her lifeless son - born at 27 weeks weighing 2lb - how much she loved him and cuddled him tightly, not wanting to let him go.

Although little Jamie's twin sister Emily had been delivered successfully, doctors had given Mrs Ogg the news all mothers dread - that after 20 minutes of battling to get her son to breathe, they had declared him dead.
Awful moment: Kate and David clasp each other and their son Jamie, circled, after being told he did not survive the birth. They were given the child to say their goodbyes but then, miraculously, two hours later he began to show signs of life

Signs of life: A smiling Kate holds Jamie after it becomes clear that her son is going to survive

Having given up on a miracle, Mrs Ogg unwrapped the baby from his blanket and held him against her skin. And then an extraordinary thing happened.
After two hours of being hugged, touched and spoken to by his mother, the little boy began showing signs of life.
At first, it was just a gasp for air that was dismissed by doctors as a reflex action.
But then the startled mother fed him a little breast milk on her finger and he started breathing normally.
'I thought, "Oh my God, what's going on",' said Mrs Ogg.
'A short time later he opened his eyes. It was a miracle. Then he held out his hand and grabbed my finger.
'He opened his eyes and moved his head from side to side. The doctor kept shaking his head saying, "I don't believe it, I don't believe it".'

The Australian mother spoke publicly for the first time yesterday to highlight the importance of skin-on-skin care for sick babies, which is being used at an increasing number of British hospitals.
'He started gasping more and more regularly. I thought, "Oh my God, what's going on?" A short time later he opened his eyes. It was a miracle'

In most cases, babies are rushed off to intensive care if there is a serious problem during the birth.
But the 'kangaroo care' technique, named after the way kangaroos hold their young in a pouch next to their bodies, allows the mother to act as a human incubator to keep babies warm, stimulated and fed.
Pre-term and low birth-weight babies treated with the skin-to-skin method have also been shown to have lower infection rates, less severe illness, improved sleep patterns and are at reduced risk of hypothermia.
Mrs Ogg and her husband David told how doctors gave up on saving their son after a three-hour labour in a Sydney hospital in March.

'The doctor asked me had we chosen a name for our son,' said Mrs Ogg. 'I said, "Jamie", and he turned around with my son already wrapped up and said, "We've lost Jamie, he didn't make it, sorry".
'It was the worse feeling I've ever felt. I unwrapped Jamie from his blanket. He was very limp.
'I took my gown off and arranged him on my chest with his head over my arm and just held him. He wasn't moving at all and we just started talking to him.
'We told him what his name was and that he had a sister. We told him the things we wanted to do with him throughout his life.
'Jamie occasionally gasped for air, which doctors said was a reflex action. But then I felt him move as if he were startled, then he started gasping more and more regularly.
'I gave Jamie some breast milk on my finger, he took it and started regular breathing.'
Mrs Ogg held her son, now five months old and fully recovered, as she spoke on the Australian TV show Today Tonight.
Her husband added: 'Luckily I've got a very strong, very smart wife.
'She instinctively did what she did. If she hadn't done that, Jamie probably wouldn't be here.'

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

The Parental Alienation of my abducted son Aditya Chandran written by Father Ravi Chandran

The Parental Alienation of my son Aditya Chandran


Dr. V. Ravi Chandran, father of rescued son Aditya (from Parental abductor).

Written on 23-08-2010

The International parental kidnapping of Aditya and subsequent brainwashing and parental alienation of Aditya is a text book case. This letter is a summary of every technique used by Aditya’s mother to alienate him from his father.

In June 2007, Albany County Family court in upstate NY allowed V*******  V*****,  mother of Aditya Chandran (then 5 year old boy) to be taken to India for a short visit, with a stipulation that she should bring Aditya back to the USA by August 3, 2007. However, V*******  V***** after reaching India in June 28, 2007, disappeared along with Aditya, and became completely untraceable.

I had to leave my job and everything in the USA to go to India since September 2007, and filed a Habeas Corpus petition in the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court of India ordered various police departments in 5 different states to trace my ex-wife and son. It is very difficult time for me emotionally. When the 5 different state police failed to trace my son in India, the Supreme Court of India ordered CBI (Central Bureau of Investigations, India’s equivalent of FBI) to trace my son in August 2009. In October 2009, my son and my ex-wife were traced by the CBI in a seedy motel in Chennai. On November 19, 2009, Supreme Court of India made a landmark decision, asking the mother to take the child back to USA. However, my ex-wife failed to do so, and escaped from CBI custody with my son.

The court again ordered CBI to trace my son, and on May 1st, my son Aditya Chandran now 8 years old was traced in another seedy motel in Chennai, South India, and on the same day he was handed over to me.
Aditya was a five year old young cheerful boy with sparkling innocent eyes when he was kidnapped to India in June 2007. After 2 ½ years of captivity and violent abuse by V*******  V***** , when I first saw him on May 1st 2010, my heart sunk to note how much the joy was forced out of him. He was thin, malnourished, and had the growth and development of a boy who was 2 years behind. This is what was done to him during those two years of fugitive lifestyle in India under the care of his criminally insane mother. While hard life in the filthy streets of India led to the loss of innocence for Aditya, I am planning to work hard to bring happiness in my beloved son’s life.

On May 6th 2010, I exited India safely with my son and reached USA. Thank god!

During the period between June 2007 to October 2009, V*******  V***** violently abused Aditya. It is important to note that V*******  V***** was and as of now severely mentally ill, and suffers from Munchausen syndrome by Proxy, in which the parent takes unusual pleasure to subjecting their children to numerous hospital and doctor visits, most of which result in severe painful operations and treatments.

But even more importantly, it should be noted that she did abuse Aditya because I, his father loved him. This twisted logic was the basis of severe and violent abuse of Aditya for a period of 30 months by V*******  V*****.

Since V*******  V***** had Aditya under her control exclusively, she had this fantastic opportunity to alienate him from his father, which was systematic and brutal. She had absolutely no regard for the emotional health of Aditya, and she obtained pure pleasure by violently abusing him by taking him to doctors and hospitals at every opportunity.

After Aditya was rescued from his mentally ill, criminally insane, and violently abusive mother; I asked him how many times did he visit doctors and hospitals. He said going to doctors was constant affair, and further enumerated that numerous times blood was drawn from his brachial veins for testing purpose. Most egregious physical and mental abuse of Aditya was his visits to dentists forced by his mother. During the period from June 2007 to April 2010, all his teeth were not allowed to fall normally, instead, he was taken to at least 5 dentists and the baby teeth were forced out. I asked, if it did pain, and he said, no, it didn’t pain while the teeth were loose, but yes, it pained very much when the dentists gave injection and then pulled the teeth, and sometimes they rub a local anathetic and pulled off. Either way during and after pulling those baby teeth, Aditya stated that it pained very much. However he was very surprised during the 2nd quarter of 2010 when one of his teeth fell off normally after he came back to USA. Naturally I was not going to take him to a dentist to remove his baby teeth.

The violent abuse of Aditya included not allowing him to have any social interaction. He was admitted to not less than 30 schools, and he was constantly moved from one location to another all over India. V*******  V*****’s mental illness was so severe that she didn’t understand the emotional consequences of her actions on Aditya.

Since she didn’t have to get permission from Aditya’s father, V*******  V***** had a free rein on brutal and unnecessary surgical operations on Aditya. She had systematically subjected Aditya to removal his tonsils, and adenoids and whatever else for flimsy or for wrong reasons. She took incredible pleasure of subjecting Aditya a numerous such operations, which she had refused to inform his father.

Truly, emotional abuse of Aditya took the form of parental alienation. Aditya was never allowed to talk to his father for the entire period of 30 months during the abduction and fugitive life style. Here are some extreme examples of how V*******  V***** brain washed Aditya against his father:

1. Sexual abuse: Day after day V*******  V***** told Aditya that he was sexually abused by his father, and it is very important that Aditya should stay close to her. If his father ever finds him, he will be subjected to same. Aditya, after hearing this every day for 30 months, believed that his father abused him sexually.
I asked Aditya after his rescue, what does he think now about his father. He said, that I changed, and became a “good” person. I told him that I never changed, I have been always a good father to him, and it seems that he is confused how come father has “changed”.

2. Change of Name: Aditya’s name was changed to Arya and to complete his brain washing, V*******  V***** even changed his last name to ‘Rao”.

3. The brain washing of Aditya was so complete, that in a hearing in Supreme Court of India, Aditya told the 3-judge panel that his father is a bad man. (Fortunately the judges realized that for 3 years he had been brainwashed, and chastised the mother for raising a child to hate his father). In fact Aditya’s statements at the Supreme Court of India just had the opposite reaction than what V*******  V***** expected.

4. V*******  V***** had severe malignant motives for her action of parental alienation, which include
a) poor boundaries-failure to recognize the distinction between parental thoughts and children’s needs;
b) desire for revenge against me (ex-husband);
c) extreme narcissism;
d) Guilt-attempt to deflect attention from her own failings as mother and wife;
e) Insecurity-fearing that Aditya will like his father more than his mother;
f)Paranoia – feelings that the other parent is fostering alienation;
g) History of poor or absent relationship with at least one parent – V*******  V***** was born when her mother was only 13 years old, and she never had any good relationship with her mother.

5. Alienating environment V*******  V***** created for Aditya is another classic text book case. For example, she created conditions condusive for total alienation of Aditya:
a) Isolation – Aditya was completely removed from any relative or friends from either side of his family for 30 months;
b) Relocation – Aditya was constantly moved from one city or town to another during the 30 month ordeal in India;
c) Kidnapping – Aditya case is classical international parental kidnapping, demonstrating that V*******  V***** had no regard or respect for any law of any country;
d) Stripping – a technique generally employed by cults, where earlier symbolic and emotional connections are completely “stripped”. In case of Aditya “stripping” was so bizarre and treacherous, for example removing all photos of Aditya’s father, changing his name, and completely eliminating any contact with father and that side of the family. Furthermore Aditya was so well trained that he stated that “mom does not like the fact that I am thinking about dad”!
e) Fear – Because of extreme way in which V*******  V***** vents her anger in an irrational and uncontrolled manner, Aditya wanted to make sure that he is not the target of his mother’s next tantrum. Like isolation, he was becoming more psychologically dependent upon his bad-mouthing mother.

6. Another factor that was responsible for alienation of Aditya was the corruption of his reality.
A) Name game - V*******  V*****, similar to cult leaders, understood the power of language. She called her ex-husband, father of Aditya an “evil man” in front of Aditya numerous times over the 30 month period. B) Child Aliases - Furthermore by changing Aditya’s name of Arya, V*******  V***** attempted to devalue any relationship Aditya previously had with his father.
C) Repetition -This is akin to implanting false memories in children, and V*******  V***** successfully implanted numerous false memories in Aditya against his father.
D) Selective attention – Aditya was pointed out any of the weak qualities of his father and those are the only qualities V*******  V***** talked in front of Aditya. This also included judging father’s behavior out of context. For example, according to Aditya, V*******  V***** told him that his father does not love, because, you see, he has not so far come to see you in the past 3 years! – while all along it was V*******  V***** who kept Aditya away from everyone, including his father. Of course exaggeration and lies were part of the parental alienation, and V*******  V***** fully used them to her advantage.
E) Revisionist History – Similar to tactics used by the leaders of soviet Russia, V*******  V***** systematically removed all good memories of Aditya about his father, and only implanted bad memories in his head.

7. Projection: Because of the severe mental illness, projection of her own shortcomings became a potent weapon in the hands of Vijaysree Voora. Since intuitively she knows that she is a criminal, she projected her criminal behavior on other, claiming that others are criminals. In a recent conversation with me, V*******  V***** asked, that…”You should not torture Aditya because I love him”. This statement was quite bizarre as it sounds, and made me wonder, if she tortured Aditya because I loved him so much. Then everything fell into place, and one early morning recently I realized why Aditya was immune to both physical and mental pain. He mental and physical torture was so brutal and complete, he was resigned to the fact the “life is like this, fully of pain and suffering, and better resign to this fact”.

8. No Love for Aditya: After Aditya was transported to USA, I expected V*******  V***** to be in contact with him. But such telephone contact, originally frequent during first few days, trickled down to nothing at the present time. It is very clear, Aditya was used as pawn to torture his father. Once he is no longer available, he is of no use to V*******  V*****, hence she completely cut him off from her life. This is the cruel story of a reckless mother with no love for her son.
I am currently working with Aditya to reverse the damages done to my beloved son. Tender loving care is what he needs, and I plan bring much happiness to my son’s life, and bring back his innocence.
I thank all the Supreme Court Justices for all their help and doing right by Aditya.

Aditya now enrolled in a excellent school district in Texas USA,  and since he is suffering from severe Parental Alienation, he may require prolonged therapy from a child psychologist and tender loving care from his immediately family in the USA.

Parental Child Abduction is the worst form of Child Abuse and yet society and the legal system (where these cases are allowed toi be dragged out for 6-8 years) allows these psychologically challenged non-Indian resident/foreign citizen mothers to hide behind their lies and evade responsibility for their wrongdoings simply and the orders of foreign courts. What makes it worse is that neither the Indian schools that help the abductor hide the child (and even agree to change the kidnapped child's surname) nor the abductors (and their helpers, e.g., relatives and friends, lawyers, doctors and other professionals) care that Parental Alienation Syndrome causes long lasting psychological damage to the child (it can damage his/her ability to enter into mature relationships). Consequently, India has become a safe haven for the NRI/PIO perpetuators of Parental Child Abduction. Therefore, there needs to be a strong deterrent and punishment for the abductor (and anybody that aids the abductor) to stop committing such heinous crimes, and India should sign the Hague Convention Treaty on International Private Law such that what was done to your child over the last couple of years does not happen to other innocent children.

I hope and pray that the same sanity will prevail in other cases of parental child abductions to India and those in charge will take steps to ensure that the psychological well-being of the child and the kidnapped child's relationship with the other parent is not destroyed.

Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising has previously stated that India should sign the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction and she also knows that there are several such cases pending in the Indian Courts which involve foreign citizen women of Indian origin where the abductors have jumped jurisdiction and are misusing the laws in India. Hopefully the Government of India will pass this bill, so that kidnapped children will be speedily returned back to their native countries.

God bless Aditya.

DNA tests reveal 'Hitler was descended from the Jews and Africans he hated'

DNA tests reveal 'Hitler was descended from the Jews and Africans he hated'
24th August 2010

Revealing: The DNA tests on relatives of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler show he was probably descended from Jewish people and North Africans

Adolf Hitler is likely to have been descended from both Jews and Africans, according to DNA tests.
Samples taken from relatives of the Nazi leader show that he is biologically linked to the 'sub-human' races he sought to exterminate.
Journalist Jean-Paul Mulders and historian Marc Vermeeren used DNA to track down 39 of the Fuhrer's relatives earlier this year.
They included an Austrian farmer revealed only as a cousin called Norbert H.
A Belgian news magazine has reported that samples of saliva taken from these people strongly suggest Hitler had antecedents he certainly would not have cared for.
A chromosome called Haplopgroup E1b1b (Y-DNA) in their samples is rare in Germany and indeed Western Europe.
'It is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, in Algeria, Libya and Tunisia as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews,' Mr Vermeeren said.
'One can from this postulate that Hitler was related to people whom he despised,' adds Mr Mulders in the magazine, Knack.
Haplogroup E1b1b1, which accounts for approximately 18 to 20 per cent of Ashkenazi and 8.6 per cent to 30 per cent of Sephardic Y-chromosomes, appears to be one of the major founding lineages of the Jewish population.
'This is a surprising result,' said Ronny Decorte, a genetic specialist who agreed that Hitler probably did have some roots in North Africa.
Roots: Hitler's DNA was found to contain Haplogroup E1b1b, commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco
- and also accounts for approximately 18 to 20 per cent of the Y-chromosomes of Sephardic Jews who hail from Morocco, Spain and Portugal)

'It is difficult to predict, what happens with this information, both to opponents and supporters of Hitler,' he added.
The magazine says the DNA was tested under stringent laboratory conditions to obtain the results.
It is not the first time that historians have suggested Hitler had Jewish ancestry.
His father, Alois, is thought to have been the illegitimate offspring of a maid called Maria Schickelgruber and a 19-year-old Jewish man called Frankenberger.
This would have made the man who inspired the Holocaust one-quarter Jewish.

Hidden secrets: The Waldviertel region in Austria where Hitler's cousin, farmer Norbert H, was found

The Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland where Hitler's extermination programme of the Jews was carried out

DNA on a serviette was taken from Alexander Stuart-Houston (now aged 61), a grand-nephew of Hitler

Reports have suggested that Hitler's nephew, Patrick, tried to blackmail his uncle over the issue of Alois Hitler's parentage. Hitler asked his lawyer, Hans Frank, to investigate the claims and he announced just before the outbreak of the Second World War that they were 'without any foundation'.
'Hitler would not have been pleased about this,' added Mr Decorte, of the Catholic University of Leuven.
'The affair is fascinating if one compares it with the conception of the world of the Nazis, in which race and blood was central.
'Hitler's concern over his descent was not unjustified. He was apparently not "pure" or "Ayran".'
DNA was also taken from American Alexander Stuart-Houston, 61, a grand-nephew of Hitler.

He was trailed for seven days before he dropped a used serviette which Mulders said led him to the cousin in Austria - and the link with Hitler's sworn enemies.

Monday, 23 August 2010

The Curse of the Mangalik Dosha: Mrs Banana Tree

The Curse of the Mangalik Dosha: Mrs Banana Tree
Bollywood beauty and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai, was rumoured to have married not one but two trees (and one deity) before her real marriage to Abhishek Bachchan.

Apparently, her astrological charts indicate she has seva dosha or manglik dosh (i.e. the planet Mars or mangla and the planet Saturn are in the seventh house). People born under such stars are believed to be prone to multiple marriages or the marriage may end in divorce or the spouse’s death.

“To counter the astrological effects, these women are usually made to marry a banana tree. In some cases, the bride is even made to spend the night under the tree!’ reveals Subramanian.

These brides or grooms, he says, must then chop the tree down in one go using a machete or sharp knife. For that purpose, women usually choose a small banana tree so they would have the strength to slice it in two.

He explains, “The tree is cut to get rid of the negative aura. If the first marriage is doomed, then that aspect is eliminated and the next marriage should work. However, children below 12 or very old people are not allowed to watch this process in case the negativity is transferred to them.”

Saras (not her real name) was made to marry a banana tree when she was 19. She remembers the elders instructing her to tie the thali (chain) around the tree in the presence of a priest.

“I remember having many proposals but nothing resulting in marriage. There was a time I was even engaged but the groom’s parents decided to break off the engagement for no reason. It was then that my parents followed the astrologer’s recommendation,” the 69-year-old grandmother points out.

A few months later, another proposal came and within three months, she was married, much to her parents’ delight. Now widowed, she says her marriage was a happy one, with its fair share of ups and down. Saras has been blessed with four children and nine grandchildren and yes, every family member has his or her own astrological chart.

There’s also the case of a 33-year-old man from Tamil Nadu, India, who married a dog in 2007 in the hope that the nuptials would lift a curse which has hung over him for 15 years since he stoned a couple of mutts to death.

P. Selvakumar, 33, claimed he had suffered paralysis and hearing loss since the incident. It’s not known if he’s become able-bodied now or if the dog, Selvi, lives with him.

Subramaniam cautions that in some cases, individuals may follow all the suggestions and yet, nothing works.

“That’s karma. These measures act as a guide and there’s only so much we can help with. After that, it’s your fate.’’ he concludes.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Psychological profile of Spouse killer Black Widows 2: The Psychic Black Widow who predicted her husbands' deaths

The Psychic Black Widow
Chicago has always claimed a large Polish population, and in the first quarter of the 20th Century most of them lived in the Near North Side. The people, mostly a God-fearing, law-abiding nationality would like to forget one of their own, however.

Her name was Ottilie (Tillie) Gburek.
They called Tillie a psychic, her neighbors did. She had an uncanny talent of foreseeing the future. Better put, she was able to discern — she said it came to her in dreams — almost the exact dates of death for all her five husbands as well as certain neighbors on her block. She was never wrong. Well, only once.
Picture: Pre-cognitive dreams

Her bad habits began rather late for the average Black Widow, at age 49, the age when most of them cease their activities. The year was 1919 when she predicted the death of John Mitkiewicz, her husband of twenty-nine years. As she told a friend, she dreamed of finding his corpse on a certain day a few weeks ahead. Sure enough, her spouse fell ill on the named morning and died that night. The acquaintance to whom she had confided her portent was awed, especially to see with what alacrity Tillie flew to the insurance company for the check.

Tillie liked men and she didn't remain in grief long. Before two months were up, she married laborer John Ruskowski. Too sadly, Ruskowski swiftly became the subject of another of Tillie's nighttime reveries. That is what she told neighbors on her block. Those who laughed at the biddy's forewarning alarmed when husband number two did indeed keel over on the figured date.

Frank Kupszcyk came next, shortly thereafter — to the altar for his marriage and back to the altar in his coffin six months later. Like Mitkiewicz and Ruskowski, Kupszcyk had been a man of means; his bride had seen to that. And she had also seen to it that his life insurance policy entitled her to sole beneficiary benefits before she peppered his vegetable soup with arsenic.

Within a year, Tillie had taken the vows again, to Joseph Guszkowski, and then attended his funeral, feigning incredulity at her ill luck and cursing her ominous dreams for all to hear.

Tillie had been verbal about his death, too, in advance. It is believed she even told the victim, Guszkowski, who laughed at her. Now, with her third foretelling proven correct, the seer had gained a local notoriety. "One wonders how Gburek was able to attract...husbands given her chilling reputation," muse Michael D. and C.L. Kelleher in Murder Most Rare.  Those who knew her began to avoid her when they saw her nearing on the sidewalk; they did not want to hear about their own death.

Old World superstition maybe, but they had good cause to recoil. It was common knowledge that she had had a vision of a terrible plague striking a particular family on the block, the offshoot being that within weeks that family's three children died agonizing deaths. (What the rumor didn't relay was that Tillie and that family had had a heated argument days before the prediction.)

The Klimek family grew worried when its son and brother, Anton, decided to chuck practicality and marry Tillie in 1921. "She iz a goot vooman," he shouted back at more logical folks, "and I'm a healsy man zat intents to ztay healsy!" The healthy man and the new Mrs. Klimek co-signed a last will and testament, leaving all their possessions to each other. And the healthy man turned feeble overnight.

When he was near the point of death, his family did what Tillie wasn't doing. They rushed him to a hospital in the nick of time. He lived, but an examination showed that he had ingested poison by the tablespoons. The hospital notified the police department.

Faced with the possibility of having her former husbands' remains unearthed, and thus being charged with three murders, Tillie confessed to poisoning Klimek.

An actress to the last, she stood up in the Cook County Courthouse as if in a trance, chanting that the netherworld defied the mortals to send her to death. She would not be executed for her crimes, she oathed. But, it was the law's turn now to be prophetic. It promised to keep her in prison for the remainder of her life.  On a side note, there was one major stipulation to her sentence. She was never to be allowed to cook for the other inmates!

The prophecy  (of the law) came true.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Passions of Mel Gibson: Lethal weapons and lethal affairs

Passions of Mel Gibson: Lethal weapons and lethal affairs
22nd August 2010

Had it been a Hollywood romcom, things might have turned out very differently. Two strangers, they met at Sydney airport. She was a pretty, upper-class English girl; he, a handsome Australian with grey-blue eyes.
During a stopover in Singapore, they began talking and when they met again by chance in a nightclub a few weeks later, there was a powerful attraction. They entered into a passionate affair.

But this being real life rather than a film script, a two-month fling was all their liaison could ever hope to be. For the man was Mel Gibson, then a moderately successful actor. And he was married with three children and a fourth on the way.

The year was 1985, Gibson was 29 and the girl, Miranda Brewin, was 20 and not looking for commitment.
Recalling the moment she first saw the actor, Miranda says she had no idea he was the star she had seen on screen, merely finding him very attractive.

‘It was at passport control that I first spotted him,’ she says. ‘I’d seen him in Mad Max but in that he had long hair and I always thought he must be about 6ft 2in. This man was about 5ft 9in.

‘I thought, God, he’s beautiful. My first thought was, I want that man to be the father of my children. I followed him around the airport. What else does one do when you’ve got hours to wait and a flight to catch?

‘They called the flight to London and I had to go. Then I saw he was on the same flight. I think we might have smiled at each other as we were getting on the plane but he went up to first class and I was downstairs in business.

‘There was a three-hour stopover in Singapore and I was determined to talk to him. He went into an electrical shop and I waited outside on a bench. It sounds ridiculous. I’d never done this before or done it since. He came out and I said: “You look about as bored as I feel.”

‘And then we just talked and talked for the next couple of hours. He never once said what he did for a living. I introduced myself and he said: “I’m Mel.”
Miranda Brewin: I spotted him at passport control. 'God he's beautiful,' I thought

‘I just thought he was a very, very handsome boy. We talked about travelling. And I remember he said he came from a very large family, one of ten or something. I joked: “Didn’t your parents have a television?”

‘We then got back on the plane. I think I gave him a sleeping pill because it was such a long flight. It was only then, ludicrous as it may sound, that I realised. Suddenly it dawned on me, oh my God, Mel! It was Mel Gibson.
‘I thought, oh no, what did I say? Did I make a complete fool of myself? I was really embarrassed. I saw him in the queue when I went to get my luggage and I just waved and sprinted away.’

 I followed him through the airport. Only later did it dawn on me: ' God, it's Mel Gibson'

Anne’s parents were the MP and businessman Lord Walston and his wife Catherine, who had been the mistress of Graham Greene, on whom he based his novel The End Of The Affair.

Privately educated, Miranda later earned a degree in English and Classics from the University of London.
But between school and university, she decided to move to Australia. She worked for two years in an illegal gambling club and embarked on an affair with a television executive. Then came her fateful meeting with Gibson.

Although the actor’s reputation now lies in tatters, before 2006, when he was stopped for drink-driving and launched into an anti-Semitic rant, Gibson was hailed as a committed family man and devout Catholic. 

He had seven children with his wife, Robyn, and often spoke in interviews of their strong religious principles. Yet if Miranda’s experience is anything to go by, these principles were never as steadfast as he led everyone to believe.

She says: ‘I was only in England on holiday. I went back to Australia and a few weeks later I went to a nightclub in Sydney called The Cauldron.
‘Everyone said: “Oh my god, oh my God, you’ll never guess who is in. It’s Mel Gibson.” I elbowed my way to the bar – I wasn’t particularly subtle. I wanted to see if he’d recognise me.
‘He turned round and said: “Miranda, what are you doing here?”
‘That was it really. He remembered my name. It did feel amazing. We started drinking and then we went to another club called Rogues.

‘I knew he was married but I think it was afterwards I discovered his wife was pregnant. We went back to a house on Coogee Beach, which belonged to a friend of his. It was just him and me . . . I think we’d done all our talking by then.
‘It was something that was great fun. It was incredibly flattering. I knew it wasn’t going to be a deep and meaningful relationship. He was married and he was very highly sexed. It carried on for a couple of months.
‘I had a flat in Darlinghurst, on the eastern side of Sydney, where I lived with a girlfriend. He would come and visit me there. And we would go to The Cauldron, which had a dining room as well, or to Rogues or we’d stay in.
‘He liked a drink but he wasn’t badly behaved. We always used to drink Stolichnaya vodka. I had mine straight, he had it with lime and soda. He was quite normal I suppose.

  'He was a nice, honest, handsome boy. I think it’s quite sad. He seems to have lost himself, really.’
'At that point his status wasn’t what it is now. He was still an Aussie boy. He was very nice. I wouldn’t say he was the brightest boy in the world but it was great fun. Your average Aussie dude.
‘He wasn’t particularly religious. He wasn’t exactly running out to church on a Sunday morning. He was a very handsome boy, a nice guy. I think he was probably, not naive exactly, but a much simpler soul back then.
‘He’d just finished filming Lethal Weapon. It was the first big film he’d made. The Mad Max films were still local films, while this was an American film. He was very proud of it. He told me to look out for it and he thought it should do well.’
And Gibson was right, with Lethal Weapon launching him in America and becoming a hugely lucrative franchise. He and Robyn moved to the US, where he would become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
After Lethal Weapon, Gibson moved into producing and directing, winning two Oscars for Braveheart in 1995 and making the controversial 2004 dramatisation of the final hours of Jesus’s life, The Passion Of The Christ.
But for all the public pronouncements about his faith, Gibson’s infidelity didn’t seem to trouble him. Nor did it appear to worry Miranda. Certainly, there was none of the Catholic guilt that characterised her grandmother’s affair with Greene.
Miranda says: ‘Quite frankly, I wasn’t particularly interested. I didn’t want to sit around and discuss his wife and family. I don’t know if she knew what he was doing, although I’m sure she must have suspected.
Mel with now ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva at the film premiere of 'Edge of Darkness' in January earlier this year

‘It’s true when I saw him I wanted him to be the father of my children, but I knew it was just a bit of fun. I did admit to him that I’d thought that. He thought it was amusing.

‘It stopped a couple of weeks before she had the baby. It was just accepted I suppose that when the baby was born, he’d better get back. I never stayed in touch. He moved to America and it was not like I could call him.’

Miranda returned to England in 1989 and two years later began a relationship with Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. He had recently divorced Mandy Smith, who he controversially started dating when she was 14.
Miranda recalls: ‘I met him in Tramp. He was all right. He was a bit dull. He had a beautiful house in Bury St Edmunds. The Mandy Smith thing didn’t worry me, although I did find it slightly peculiar.

 I knew it wasn’t going to be a deep and meaningful relationship. He was married and he was very highly sexed. It carried on for a couple of months.
‘I do remember him saying she was a very grown up 14-year-old. I said it doesn’t matter, she’s still a 14-year-old. I lived with him for about eight months but then I decided to leave.
'He let me live in the flat above his restaurant, Sticky Fingers, in Kensington. We’d split up.
‘I was moving out but I admit I wasn’t rushing into it. One night I came in and none of the light switches worked. He’d taken every fuse out. That tells you the measure of the man.’
Miranda went on to work for the influential lobbyist and public relations executive Sir Tim Bell and now has her own company, working as a remote PA for a host of different clients.
She is based in Barnes, West London, her current boyfriend runs a marketing company and she spends time with friends and family.
Like everyone, she has read of Gibson’s latest travails. Last year, it was announced he and Robyn, who he called his ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ and who he credited with rescuing him from alcoholism, were to divorce. Since then, the 54-year-old’s life has spiralled out of control.

Months after the announcement, the star was pictured with Russian model Oksana Grigorieva, 40. The pair have a daughter but have since split up and two months ago he allegedly issued a racist, threatening, tirade against her.

In an audio tape, which was leaked on the internet, Gibson apparently called her ‘a ******* pig in heat’ and told her it would be her fault if she was raped by a bunch of n******’ because of the provocative way she dresses. He has now been dropped by his agent, William Morris.

Miranda cannot associate this man with the one she knew all those years ago, despite his infidelities. She says: ‘I don’t remember him ever behaving badly. I was horrified.

'It’s certainly not the person I remembered. I think it’s terribly sad. From before, where he could have a drink and enjoy himself, he now clearly has a problem. He should stop drinking.

‘He’s turning into a racist, bigoted drunk. He was a nice, honest, handsome boy. I think it’s quite sad. He seems to have lost himself, really.’
And if she were to bump into him at an airport now? She says: ‘Obviously, I wouldn’t go near him now if my life depended on it. It’s a tragedy.’
A spokesman for Gibson last night declined to comment.

Third time lucky Shashi Tharoor weds Third time lucky Sunanda Pushkar in Kerala

Third time lucky Shashi Tharoor weds Third time lucky Sunanda Pushkar in Kerala
Aug 22, 2010
PALAKKAD: Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor today tied the knot with Dubai-based entrepreneur Sunanda Pushkar in a typical Malayali wedding ceremony in his ancestral home at Elavanchery village near here.

54-year-old Tharoor, a former UN Under Secretary General and now a Lok Sabha MP, tied the 'thali', symbolising the marital bond as per the Hindu custom, amid playing of 'Nadaswaram' and beating of drums at the auspicious moment shortly before 8.30 am.

While Throor was clad in traditional Malayali attire of kurtha and mundu, 48-year-old Sunanda, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, turned up in an off-white 'veshti-mundu set' like any Malayali bride would have preferred on her wedding.

Before the wedding ceremony, the two sought the blessings of gods and elders of the family, who included Tharoor's 94-year-old maternal grandmother Jayasankari Amma.

The tying of 'thali' was followed by exchange of garlands and handing over the 'pudava', a piece of new cloth to the bride by the bridegroom, a long-followed tradition of matrilineal Nair families of Kerala.

The ceremonies took place before a brass metal lamp with a 'para' filled with paddy and coconut shoots, symbolising plenty and prosperity.

The invitation to the wedding on the eve of Onam festival was limited to close relatives, friends and well-wishers. But a large number of mediapersons gathered to cover the occasion.

The party from the bride's side included Sunanda's father Col Pushkarnath Das. Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar was the only senior politician present for the ceremony.

Tharoor's mother Lily Tharoor, sons by his first marriage Eshan and Kanishk and sisters Sobha and Smitha were present.

Tharoor, an MP from Thiruvananthapuram, had to quit on April 18 as Minister of State for External Affairs following a controversy over his association with the bid for the Kochi IPL team.

Controversy had become the other name for Tharoor who had parachuted into the rough and tumble of Indian politics from the air-conditioned and cushy environs of international diplomacy.

The year-long turbulent political career of the flamboyant diplomat saw him leaping from controversy to controversy leaving his party Congress as also the government red-faced from time to time.

He was an unconventional politician who broke many unwritten rules of politics and raised many an eyebrow by 'tweeting' on matters -- both personal and not so personal.

This is the former UN diplomat's third marriage. His first marriage was to Tilottama Mukherjee, an academic who he knew from school days in Calcutta. Tharoor recently divorced his second wife, Canadian Christa Giles. 

Sunanda was overwhelmed by emotion for a moment as the wedding ceremony got over.

A Kashmiri, Sunanda holds a Canadian passport. For her too, this is the third marriage.

Her first husband was Sanjay Raina, a Kashmiri. After that marriage ended in a divorce, she married a Kerala businessman Sujith Menon but he died in a road accident in 1997. She has a 17-year-old son from her second marriage. 

When reporters urged him to speak a few words before the ceremony, Tharoor quipped, "This is wedding, no sound byte is necessary."

However, his friend Aiyar, who came with his wife, was the first to greet the newly wed couple. "We are very much delighted to see Shashi and Sunanda getting married and live happily together. We thought this is a moment we should share," Aiyar said.

As part of the simple ceremony, a pandal was put up at Tharoor's 200-year-old family home, known in local parlance as 'Tharavad'. Tharoor's maternal uncle Narayananunni and a village elder presided over the ceremony.

Befitting the Nair tradition, women members of the family went to the 'kathir mandapam' (where the bride and bridegroom are seated) carrying 'thalapoli' on lighted platters laid out with auspicious articles like coconut and flowers, to invoke blessings of the mother goddess.

Tharoor is hosting a reception tomorrow in Thiruvananthapuram, from where he was elected to Lok Sabha on a Congress ticket.