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

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

My hunt is finally over: 'Overjoyed' mother reunited with two children 30 years after father snatched them in bitter custody battle

My hunt is finally over: 'Overjoyed' mother reunited with two children 30 years after father snatched them in bitter custody battle
29th November 2011
A mother has told the heartbreaking story of how she finally tracked down her two children 30 years after they were snatched by her ex-husband.
Paulette Moray's children Sasha and Naomi disappeared from her home in in Ilford, east London, on July 31, 1981.
Mrs Moray and her husband Max had been locked in a bitter High Court custody battle after their marriage broke down.
Proud mother: Paulette Moray, aged 30, holds her newborn son Sasha in 1977 some four years before he was snatched by his father

Naomi had been four-years-old and her younger brother Sasha was two when they were taken by their father from the family home.

The devastated mother, now 64, spent two years frantically looking for the youngsters before Mr Moray contacted the London Evening Standard in 1983 to say that the children were living with him abroad.
The details of the 30-year-search for the two children have been revealed in a new book, The Hunt, written by journalist Ian Wishart and Paulette's new husband George London.

Daughter: Naomi Moray, aged two, shortly before she was snatched. 
Above, Sasha around the time he was kidnapped, aged 4 
A newspaper cutting from the London Evening Standard in 1981 shows how Mrs moray feared her children could have been murdered

Paulette spent £100,000 trying to track her children down, hiring private investigators to follow leads around the world - but without success.
Mr London, a former builder, turned private investigator, finally discovered Mr Moray was living in Israel.
The breakthrough came in 2005 when he traced the kidnapper's email address.
Posing as an old friend of the family, he claimed Paulette had died and eventually managed to elicit contact details for the children - both now grown up.
Thirty years on: Sasha Moray, who is now 34, abroad with his father Max, now 86, and his niece
Holiday: Naomi Moray with the new woman that Max married, Sarah
The Hunt: The book tells the story of the 30-year search for the children

Sasha, 34, is now living in Spain and Naomi, 32, who has a daughter, is still living in Israel. Max remarried another woman, called Sarah.
In a gamble, Mr London posted a copy of The Hunt to Sasha, 34. For three days he heard nothing. Then, a few days ago, he got an email from Sasha which started 'Dear Mum'.
It emerged that the two children had no idea their mother had been searching for them.
Paulette, 64, said: 'I got an email from them which was the first contact in 30 years and it was the most emotional thing that ever happened to me. I was utterly overwhelmed, overjoyed.
'I cannot wait until the first meeting. It must have been a complete shock for them to discover their mother has been looking for them for 30 years.
'I thought of them every day. You don't know where in the world they are and you wonder whether they are still alive.'
In his message Sasha wrote: 'I received the email and spent a whole day reading and trying to digest what it was that was unfolding in front of my eyes.'
He said he and Naomi had spent three days communicating with each other about what to do.
The email ended: 'We are both happy, bewildered, amazed, sad, intrigued and dumbfounded by all of this, but as you said the future can be ours - we intend to make it so. Love, your children Sasha and Naomi.'

SPOUSE MURDER: Wife, Paramour and Associate get life term for killing HUSBAND: Mother-in-law involved in Murder plot as well

Wife, Paramour and Associate get life term for killing HUSBAND: Mother-in-law involved in Murder plot as well

Bangalore: A woman, her paramour and their friend were sentenced to life imprisonment for killing her husband and his second wife while they were asleep in their Parappana Agrahara residence on January 13, 2008.

    The Seventeenth Fast Track Court judge SK Vontigodi also asked each of the accused to pay Rs 40,000 as fine for murder, Rs 20,000 for attempt to murder the 2-year-old daughter of the couple and Rs 10,000 for setting the victims’ residence on fire.

    The court ordered the killers to deposit Rs 1.75 lakh in the child’s name in a nationalized bank to meet her education and other expenses as she’d been orphaned by their ghastly act. The trio will also undergo seven years and five years of imprisonment concurrently for two more offences, the court ordered. Muniyappa, 36, his second wife Pushpa, 30, and their daughter Lakshmishree were sleeping in their house. Muniyappa’s estranged first wife Rekha Devi, her paramour Ravindra, and their friend Sampath collected 5 litres of petrol in a can, went to their house, bolted the front door and poured the fuel in the house before setting it afire.

    Neighbours rushed the couple and the infant to hospital. The couple succumbed to injuries, while Laksmishree survived with simple burns. Most of the 32 witnesses, barring government witnesses and three doctors who recorded the couple’s dying declarations, turned hostile. Special public prosecutor Ganapathy Prasanna relied on the deposition of police witnesses who’d seen Rekha vowing to eliminate Muniyappa a week back. She was seething with revenge against Muniyappa for abandoning her.
4 held for murder bid
Bangalore, DHNS:

A family feud took a serious turn, landing a severely burnt couple and their one-year-old daughter in Victoria Hospital. The three are fighting for their lives with 40 per cent burns.

Police arrested four persons, including two women, for allegedly setting them ablaze at Channakeshava Nagar, in Parappana Agrahara police station limits, in the early hours of Sunday.

According to the police, Rekha (29), her mother Varamahalakshmi, Rekha’s family friends Ravindra and Sampath, all residents of Palmaner in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, are said to have killed Muniyappa, Pushpa and tried to kill their daughter Lakshmishri by setting them ablaze.

Rekha was the first wife of Muniyappa who was living separately for the last two years. Muniyappa allegedly had extra-marital relations with Pushpa, which Rekha could not tolerate. The latter also wanted a share in Muniyappa’s property owned at Channakeshava Nagar.

This enraged Rekha. An attempt to murder case was booked against the four.

Murder made to look like a Road accident : Wife, lover conspired to kill husband, say police

Wife, lover conspired to kill husband, say police

Mysore: Mysore police investigating a road accident found that government college lecturer V Ravi’s wife Rekha and her paramour Umesh conspired to kill him. Police are looking for the wife who is absconding and arrested her lover, a heavy vehicle driver, who is accused of several crimes at his native Chitradurga and Bangalore.
    After Ravi (40), son of Venkatswamy, was fatally knocked down by an unknown vehicle on JLB road in K R traffic police limits in October, traffic police started trying to trace the vehicle.
    A team led by traffic inspector Prabhakar Bharki collected evidence like headlight cover and glass pieces, blue fibre cover pieces, and metal pieces from the accident spot near Christ the King Convent. They had left a message with all garage owners across the city to alert them if a damaged vehicle came to them. Subsequently, they found a damaged goods vehicle under repair at a garage near Yelethota in Agrahara, 1km away from the accident spot and the evidence they had collected matched the damaged vehicle. Police gathered information from garage owner Anwar Pasha and that led them to the accused.
    The case was handed over to CCB police who tracked down driver Umesh and took him into custody. He admitted to killing the lecturer and conspiring with Ravi’s wife Rekha in the murder. Umesh claimed Rekha had plotted to kill Ravi. She forced Ravi to go for a morning walk and they watched the lecturer for two weeks before the crime. On Oct. 8, 2011, Umesh followed Ravi closely and knocked him down and killed him.
    Following Umesh’s arrest, police also solved six other cases against him.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

The Better Half: Why Henry VIII called wife No.4 the Flanders Mare! Anne of Cleves is an upside down image of the king in portraits

So THIS is why Henry VIII called wife No.4 the Flanders Mare! Anne of Cleves is an upside down image of the king in portraits
25th November 2011

From the look on his face, Henry VIII is certainly upset about something.
Turn the portrait upside down and you will see what’s on his mind.
Hidden in the king’s features is none other than Anne of Cleves – the bride he considered so ugly that he never consummated their marriage.
Upside down: Henry in the inverted picture and Whistler's Anne of Cleves portrait

The double portrait from the 1940s is the work of artist Rex Whistler and is to be revealed on tomorrow’s episode of Antiques Roadshow.
Show expert Rupert Maas said: ‘It’s just great fun. Anne wasn’t a very attractive woman according to popular history – although I’m not sure she was quite as hideous as this.’
Anne was the fourth of Henry’s six wives, sent over from Germany after he saw a flattering portrait by Holbein. On arrival, he called her the ‘Flanders Mare’.

They divorced six months after marrying in 1540. He married twice more while she remained in England and was given a generous settlement.
Henry and Anne are one of many double-acts Whistler made into reversible portraits. Mr Maas said: ‘Whistler preferred the old masters to modernism, which is why he drew and painted in an old-fashioned style.’

Friday, 25 November 2011

The Marriage and Family Law in Bhutan: Polyandry and adultery

The law of Bhutan derives mainly from legislation and treaties. Prior to the enactment of the Constitution, laws were enacted by fiat of the King of Bhutan. The law of Bhutan originates in the semi-theocratic Tsa Yig legal code, and was heavily influenced through the twentieth century by English common law. As Bhutan democratizes, its government has examined many countries' legal systems and modeled its reforms after their laws.

Family law
Family law is largely a matter of custom, however customary family practices are largely supplemented and superseded by the Marriage Act of 1980, placing marriage largely within the jurisdiction of courts.

The Marriage Act foremost states that persons have "the right to marry any other person, irrespective of status, caste, wealth or appearance," with the exceptions of minority (under 18 for males, under 16 for females) and prohibited consanguinity.
Whether the marriage is contracted according to the customary rites and rituals, following an engagement, or a "love marriage," the law requires couples to obtain a marriage certificate ("nyentham") from a local court or gup (village headman) in order to be legally married.
Requirements for certification include the endorsement of a surety, and that the couple consist of one male bridegroom and one female bride per marriage. Other restrictions on marriage include a limit of three marriages for parties whose marriages repeatedly end in divorce due to their own misconduct.
Remarriage requires the consent of the former spouse, and when widowed, a waiting period of one year. Notably, women in Bhutan may by custom be married to several husbands, however they are allowed only one legal husband.
The legal status of married couples among polygamous and polyandrous households impacts the division of property upon divorce and survivorship, as well as general admissibility of the marital relationship in courts.

In addition to marriage, the Marriage Act thoroughly treats adultery, sexual assaults, separation, divorce, child support, child custody, and a host of compensable offenses. Adultery by a married man is not compensable as adultery in Bhutanese law, however adultery and attempted adultery with a married woman must be compensated by payment ("gawo") from the third party to the husband; when a married woman commits adultery with a religious celibate, both additionally face a six-month term of "rigorous imprisonment." No compensation is permitted, however, if a husband learns of the adultery only after divorce has been granted or if a husband is imprisoned for more than three years (i.e., for a felony). Women receive compensation only when their husbands leave them to legally marry another woman.

Separation requires a payment generally by the party seeking divorce, the amount depending on the length of the marriage, except in the case of spouses separating to take vows of religious celibacy, and in the case of at-home spouses seeking divorce from absent spouses. Separation costs are otherwise imposed on violent spouses, on third parties who induce the divorce, and on wives who admit guilt in adultery. The divorce itself is presented as a deed of divorce ("yikthi"). Divorces are also granted for spouses of those who commit adultery by fraud and rape. Mothers of both legitimate and illegitimate children are entitled to compensation from unwed, separated, or divorced fathers. In the event of maternal mortality, the law imposes a duty on the biological father to pay fines to her family and to raise his child if her family is unable.

The law also provides for compensation and imprisonment for sexual assault, rape, and the death of victims. However rape victims are required to report their attack within 24 hours, and receive Nu.300 in compensation. Protection is somewhat greater for married women: they collect twice the "gawo" compensation, and their husbands are able to collect compensation as well. Under Bhutanese law, married persons cannot be guilty of spousal rape. Notably, the Marriage Act protects husbands' mistresses ("aro-garo"), specifically providing fines for wives who harm the person or property of their husbands' mistresses.

The Constitution of Bhutan prohibits persons married to non-citizens from holding office by election or by royal appointment (Constitutional Offices).:Arts. 23, 31 The Marriage Act mandates a special court petition for Bhutanese desiring to marry non-citizens. The same law imposes a total restriction on promotion for government workers who marry non-citizens, as well as the discharge of any government worker in defense or foreign relations. It also deprives the Bhutanese citizen of many government-related benefits, from land allotment ("kidu"), seeds, and loans, to public and foreign-sponsored education. Bhutanese marriage law prohibits international couples from propagating any religion other than the state religion, Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, and requires the non-citizen spouse to adopt Bhutanese traditions and customs.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Germany's 'brown babies' go in search of their American fathers: The extraordinary story of thousands of wartime children born to German mothers and black GIs

Germany's 'brown babies' go in search of their American fathers: The extraordinary story of thousands of wartime children born to German mothers and black GIs
22nd November 2011

The interracial children of black American soldiers and white German women who were the product of post-World War II love affairs were shipped out of Germany by the thousands in the wake of racial intolerance.
Now, decades later, the stories of how these children were sent to live in black adoptive homes so as to be more 'socially accepted' in the U.S. during the time of racial segregation are finally coming to light.
Up to 5,000 of these children, called 'brown babies' were shipped out of Germany after World War II, and many are slowly trying to piece together their personal histories.
Alone: Thousands of babies born out of interracial relationships in Germany after the second World War were put up for adoption due to racial tensions
Mixed: Mothers who raised brown babies faced criticism in mostly-white Germany

Because of their heritage, the children faced a troubling amount of racism from both sides of their families.
This was the time of segregation in America, when racist Jim Crow laws kept whites and blacks apart in public places dictating that 'separate but equal' facilities be used.
The cultural climate was not much better in Germany, as the mothers stood out with their dark-skinned children in a mostly-white country. Many were called 'negerhueren' or negro whores.
Shipped away: Thousands of children were sent to America and adopted by black families in the States in hopes that they would look like a better fit

The fraternization between black American soldiers and German women, while frowned upon, was not legally forbidden, whereas any public interaction between blacks and white women in the U.S. was outlawed at the time.
of the approximate 95,000 children born from relationships between U.S. soldiers and European women during the occupation, 5,000 were considered brown babies.
Thousands were adopted by American families while some remained in Germany, with the dispersion leaving holes in the personal histories of the children.
'There were a lot of people who were caught between two countries, two warring nations. And we allowed those children to be abandoned, and people should know that,' said Regina Griffen, the journalist who created the documentary.
Family trees: Some of the 'brown babies' have spent years and thousands of dollars in attempts to trace their family tree
Sisters: Because only certain children were sent away, some families grew up without knowing who they were actually related to, or where they were

Though she was not one of said brown babies, Ms Griffen was moved to research the project after reading a book by a family friend about her search for her parents.
'It's a part of our history. It's not just African-American history, it's not just American history, it's world history,' Ms Griffen told CNN.
There is a newfound urgency in the plight of the children who hope to put the puzzle pieces of their family tree together because time is not on their side as their birth parents get older and people with the answers start to die.

Henriette Cain, 59, is one such brown baby who was raised in Rockford, Illinois. Since she started investigating her past, she has found her biological sister who lived in Germany, traced her mother who married a white U.S. soldier and now lives in Virginia, and located her father though he had died before they could connect.
'People's mothers are passing away, their fathers are passing away, and people are starting to wonder who they are,' said Ms Cain.

Monday, 21 November 2011

"Open and Accepting marriage" of Bee Gees Star Robin Gibb with Druid priestess

Family rally round as Bee Gees star Robin Gibb battles liver cancer
21st November 2011
Robin Gibb is battling liver cancer.

The 61-year-old Bee Gee has been undergoing treatment for the disease for several months, and is now being cared for by his wife Dwina.
In recent weeks the star has appeared in public looking increasingly frail.
He was taken to hospital last week following a 999 call from his  £8million 12th-century home in Oxfordshire.
He spent five hours in hospital on Tuesday before being allowed back home, where he was joined by his mother Barbara, 91, and older brother Barry, 65, who have flown in from America to be by his side.
Gibb was well enough to promote this year’s Poppy Appeal single, a cover of the Bee Gees hit I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You, on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV last month – but his gaunt appearance fuelled concerns about his health.
He had been treated for inflammation of the colon two weeks earlier. Last October he had surgery on his intestine following the same medical emergency that took the life of his twin brother Maurice eight years ago, and he cancelled a U.S. tour this April due to extreme stomach pain.

Last month the singer tried  to quash rumours about his health, saying: ‘I’m feeling great, absol-utely great.’
But despite his optimism, the NHS says the outlook for those with liver cancer is poor as most cases are detected late.
A close friend told the Daily Mail: ‘We should be thinking about Robin’s incredible talent as a singer and songwriter, and the wonderful gift of music that he and his brothers gave to the world.’
Mr Gibb, who does not smoke or drink and eats healthily, told the Mail last year that he spends 20 minutes a day sweating in a ‘detoxification hut’.
He and Dwina, 58, an ordained druid priestess, are reportedly considering a visit to a Native American medicine man for a possible natural cure.
 The couple famously have an ‘accepting’ marriage, which has survived Gibb fathering a daughter with their housekeeper, Claire Yang.

Having seen his first marriage collapse in the late 1970s, Gibb seemed to have found contentment with Dwina. Central to their relationship was their highly-unusual sex life, which centred around the fact that Dwina's preference was to sleep with other women, while Gibb was allowed a free rein sexually with her partners.

'He was having this relationship with Claire, which he didn't really try to hide, but when the baby was born all hell broke loose. Dwina was absolutely livid  -  it was pandemonium. That was taking the open relationship too far.'

Miss Yang, 35, and Snow Robin, three, now live in Oxfordshire, five miles from the converted monastery where the Gibbs and their 28-year-old son Robin-John reside. Gibb also has two adult children from his first marriage to secretary Molly Hullis.
Last night, in an interview for Sky Arts, he described the loss of Maurice, who died from complications following an operation to correct an intestinal blockage, as ‘something I haven’t accepted’. He added: ‘I just imagine he is out there somewhere and I will bump into him one day.’

Rallying round: Brave Robin, who is very clean-living, has been joined at his £8 million home by friends and family to ensure he has all he needs
Last December, he said of his surgery: ‘The gastroenterologist told me my intestine was two hours from bursting.
‘You realise that however much you don’t think about death – or think “that’s for other people” – you’re just an organism living from day to day. I’m just grateful I’m here. Losing people makes you realise you’ve got to grab life – not put things off. I don’t have too much faith in destiny, or an afterlife. This is it.’
The Bee Gees disbanded after Maurice’s death, having sold 200million records. The brothers had lost sibling Andy in 1988, aged 30. He had struggled with cocaine addiction.
Loving care: Robin lives with his wife Dwina in their £8 million 12th century mansion in Oxfordshire
Brothers: The Bee Gees, pictured in 1998, disbanded after the death of Robin's twin Maurice (left) in 2003

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Robert Wagner Told Natalie Wood 'Get Off My F*cking Boat' Before She Drowned, Captain Claims In Police Declaration

Hollywood star Robert Wagner smashed a bottle of wine in a fit of rage and screamed to actor Christopher Walken "Do you want to f*ck my wife" in the moments before she fell overboard on the fateful night thirty years ago, the boat's captain has claimed.

Recalling what he saw on the night from the bridge of the luxury yacht, the captain told the cops who've re-opened the cold case: "The only full sentence I could completely decipher during the entire argument was “Get off my f*cking boat” said by Robert Wagner."
Fifteen minutes later, when he arrived on the open deck where Wood, 43, and Wagner had been arguing, Dennis Davern recounted how only "Wagner was present, and he stood near the far rear wall of the yacht."

L.A. County officials who re-opened the investigation into Wood's death said at a press conference on Friday that Wagner is not a suspect in her death.

In a sworn statement to homicide detectives obtained exclusively by media, Davern suggested the booze fueled confrontation triggered Wagner, now 81, to have a blow-up with his wife Natalie Wood, who was later found drowned in the water off Santa Catalina Island, Calif., in 1981.

He appeared "sweaty, flushed, anxious, nervous, and disheveled," the boatman claimed.

"He (Wagner) told me “Natalie is missing” and asked me to search the yacht," Davern told police, in the document that triggered the sensational move to re-examine the mysterious case.

"He led me through the stateroom which was a had been spotless when I passed through it after securing the dinghy a half-hour earlier."

Walken was asleep in the cabin where he retreated to after the "f*ck my wife" slur, Davern said.

"I immediately wanted to radio for help and to turn on the searchlight, but Robert Wagner told me, sternly, “We are not going to do that. We will wait and see if she returns.”

"His choice led me to presume that he knew his wife was in the dinghy and had taken off in it. I knew that Natalie Wood had never taken the dinghy alone, day or night, as she did not know how to operate it.

"While we waited, Wagner opened scotch and poured alcohol for me. He encouraged me to drink. He discussed with me the repercussions of bringing any immediate attention to the situation and he claimed he did not want to tarnish his image.

"After an hour passed, Wagner began crying and repeated, “She’s gone, she’s gone, she’s gone” which I believed a strange thing to say.

"Over two hours passed before I finally convinced Robert Wagner to make a call for help. He did not call for professional help. He radioed the Island area and said, “Someone is missing from our boat.” He did not mention Natalie Wood’s name.

"Island help showed up and after an hour or so, the local Harbormaster arrived and suggested the Coast Guard be called immediately, but Wagner still claimed he did not want to tarnish his image by drawing public attention to the situation.

At 3:30 am, the Harbormaster insisted the crew of the Splendour phone the Coast Guard and file a missing person report, the captain recalled.

"Crucial time had been wasted," wrote Davern.

"Wagner’s primary concern was what he would tell the public or authorities when questioned. He repeatedly told me to remain quiet about anything I knew, again citing the importance of his public image. He demanded I say nothing if questioned.

When the Coast Guard rescue team arrived, "they seemed angry that we had waited so long to call for professional assistance."

Wood was found floating face down at 7:45 am.

Said Davern, "After the news was relayed to us aboard the Splendour, Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken were flown from the Island by helicopter to the Mainland before the detectives on the case arrived.

"I was left behind to identify Wood’s body, as Wagner had asked me to do. I noticed bruises on her body and my first thought was that the bruises might have been acquired during the argument in the stateroom and on the rear deck."

That "loud" argument, which spilled onto the deck, was "fast and furious" according to Davern, who reported he heard things (objects, possibly people) hitting the walls and things being thrown at the ceiling."

Robert Wagner has issued the following statement about the new investigation:

"Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA County Sheriff's department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner  is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death."

Friday, 18 November 2011

Mango merchant nabbed for Six-year old murder of Lover's Husband

Times of India. Friday November 18, 2011
The trail of unsolved murder cases has led the Central Crime Branch of Bangalore police to crack the case of a six-year old murder committed in Kolar. The victim is plastic material vendor Pyaarejaan from Kolar.
He was allegedly murdered by mango merchant Syed Ziaull alias Babu, from Noor Nagar in Kolar. This after Pyaarejaan found that Syed had an illicit affair with his wife Haseena. After Pyaarejan tried to blackmail Syed for money, he was stabbed to death in January 2005. He later burnt Pyaarejaan's body in the Tumbakkoppam forests in Andhra Pradesh. Tavanampalli police found Pyaarejaan's charred remains and booked a murder case. The trail went cold as the victim's identity was not detected and the case closed after a couple of years.

Syed settled down with Haseena. Six years later, the past caught him as a few suspects picked up by the CCB sleuths in connection with some old unsolved murders squealed on Pyaarejaan's murder. Syed confessed. He is in an AP jail and Haseena has been picked by Tavanampalli police for questioning", said CCB-DCP Krishnamraju.

How the Cuppa of Love spilled over

Syed was a popular mango merchant in Kolar. Pyaarejaan had taken a loan of Rs three lakhs from Syed for his business. A father of two, Syed often visited Pyaarejaan's residence to have 'special chai'(tea) prepared by  Haseena. Pyarejaan started delaying paying installments. Whenever Syed pestered him for money, he would calm him down with an invite for 'special chai'. Haseena claims Pyaarejaan knew of the affair. He threatened to file an adultery case against Syed if the latter did not write off the loan. Police said.

Captain of yacht Natalie Wood fell from and drowned blames Robert Wagner for her death as homicide investigators reopen case

Captain of yacht Natalie Wood fell from and drowned blames Robert Wagner for her death as homicide investigators reopen case 

West Side Story actress drowned at the age of 43 after falling off her yacht
Ship's captain says death is 'linked to argument she had with actor husband Robert Wagner'
Wagner blames captain for profiteering from her death
Autopsy revealed two dozen bruises on her body
18th November 2011
Glamour queen: Natalie Wood, 43, was found floating in a Catalina Island cove in 1981

The captain of the Splendour boat Natalie Wood is said to have fallen from and drowned in 1981 has today blamed her husband actor Robert Wagner for her death.
Dennis Davern urged investigators to open the case again, claiming that - at the behest of Wagner - they did not do enough to find Ms Wood, after he advised against calling authorities or turning on the search light.
When asked if he thought Wagner was responsible for Ms Wood's death, he said: 'Yes, I would say so.'
Mr Davern, Ms Wood, Wagner and his Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken had been boating near Santa Catalina Island just off the coast of California.
The three friends had been drinking heavily and investigators ruled after interviewing all parties on board that Ms Wood's death was by accidental drowning.
But now Mr Davern has admitted he lied in the police report and that he believes it was her husband who was responsible for her death.
He told NBC: 'I made some terrible decisions and mistakes. I did lie on a report several years ago.
'I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth in a police report.'
He added: 'We didn't take any steps to see if we could locate her. I think it was a matter of, "We're not going to look too hard, we're not going to turn on the searchlight, we're not going to notify anybody right now".'
Wagner's publicist released a statement saying they were leaving the matter in the hands of the LA County Sheriff's department but appeared to blame Mr Davern for trying to profiteer from her death.
The statement said: 'We trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30-year anniversary of her tragic death.'
Coming out: Former captain Dennis Davern is blaming Robert Wagner for Natalie Woods' death saying he did not let them do anything to find her

The former captain spoke extensively to Marti Rulli, author of the book Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour, published in 2009 while she was writing it.
He denies trying to do anything other than see justice done by coming forward after 30 years.
He told NBC: 'I'm not really the investigator here, and I'm far away from even thinking about profiting over a 30-year anniversary. I've known this information for many, many years and my book has been out for two years. I'm not in it for any kind of profit, I'm in it for the justice of the whole situation.'
This additional information has prompted homicide detectives to re-open their investigation into her death.
According to police reports at the time, the body of the West Side Story star - one of the most glamorous actresses of her generation - was found  wearing a long nightgown, socks, and a down jacket and was pulled from the water in a cove on Catalina Island about a mile away from the yacht.
An autopsy report revealed two dozen bruises on her body, including a facial abrasion on her left cheek, and bruises on her arms.
Ms Wood's drowning sparked tabloid speculation that foul play was involved, but Mr Wagner and Ms Wood's sister Lana have always dismissed such a suggestion.
But the Los Angeles Times has reported that detectives were prompted to look at the case again after comments by the ship's captain, Dennis Davern.
Mr Davern has said he believes Ms Wood's death is directly connected to an argument she had earlier in the evening with Wagner, during which he smashed a wine bottle.
It is claimed the fight was triggered over Wagner's belief that Walken wanted to sleep with his wife.
Natalie Wood and husband Robert Wagner (left) on their boat Splendour, with captain Dennis Davern (right), just weeks before she died
Ms Wood and Wagner, pictured on the Splendour two weeks before she died, had apparently argued on the night she went overboard

What we know
On the night of November 29, 1981, Ms Wood fell off the yacht 'Splendour' off Santa Catalina island, southern California.
She was found in the seas about a mile away from the yacht, with a dinghy nearby.
An autopsy found two dozen bruises on her body, including a facial abrasion on her left cheek, and bruises on her arms.
Before her death she had been drinking.
What needs to be answered
Did she have an argument with her husband?
Who was the last person to see her alive?
Did anyone see her fall?

Last year, Mr Davern asked investigators, along with Ms Wood's sister, to re-open the case.
The issue was revisited when Mr Davern was recently interviewed for a collaboration between the magazine Vanity Fair and the television series '48 Hours Mystery' that focuses on Ms Wood's death.
The interviews followed his detailed account of the evening in a book co-authored by Marti Rulli entitled, 'Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour,' which was published in September, 2009.
In the book they say before Natalie disappeared from the boat, she was drinking and taking Quaaludes, a sedative, with her husband, Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.
According to the book, Wagner became enraged when he saw Wood and Walken speaking, and smashed a wine bottle, yelling at Walken: 'What do you want to do, f**k my wife? Is that what you want?'

At that point, Walken returned to his cabin and Natalie and Robert went to their state room. According to the Captain, he heard a loud argument between the couple and thumping sounds, and eventually silence.
A short time later, the Captain went to the deck and was told by Wagner: 'Natalie is missing.' The book claims Wagner refused to let the Captain call the Coast Guard.
Reports also suggest Ms Rulli has been in recent contact with the LA County sheriff's office about re-opening the case.

It comes after Ms Wood's sister told CNN last year she believes an argument between her sister and Mr Wagner preceded the drowning. But she ruled out foul play.
Together: Ms Wood and her husband Robert Wagner embrace on their yacht Splendour two weeks before the tragedy. The couple married twice. First in 1957 before divorcing six years later and then again in 1972
Robert Wagner fishing off the side of the Splendour as his wife looks on. She dies after a night partying on the boat

She wrote in a biography on her sister: 'What happened is that Natalie drank too much that night.'
Mr Wagner wrote in a 2009 autobiography, Pieces Of My Heart that he blamed himself for his wife's death.
Going strong: Mr Wagner recently starred in NCIS: Flesh And Blood

At the time, her death was ruled an accident and it was determined she had been drinking that night.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office wrote that Wood was 'possibly attempting to board the dinghy and had fallen into the water, striking her face'.
A dinghy that had been attached to the couple's yacht 'Splendour' was found in a Catalina cove.
Detectives plan to hold a news conference today and anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact sheriff's officials or an anonymous tip line.
Ms Wood, who was born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko to Russian immigrant parents in San Francisco, appeared as a child in such films as the Christmas classic 'Miracle On 34th Street' and 'The Ghost And Mrs. Muir.'
A three-time Oscar nominee famous for roles in classics such as West Side Story and Rebel Without A Cause, she was twice married to Wagner.
The couple first wed in 1957 before divorcing six years later. They remarried in 1972.
Questions over the circumstances surrounding Ms Wood's untimely death have lingered for 30 years, and family members have previously asked for authorities to re-examine the original findings.
A spokesman for Wagner, said the family trusts the sheriff's department will take appropriate action but has not been contacted about the case being re-opened.
Movie star: Ms Wood starred in 1961 classic West Side Story, alongside Rita Moreno

Detectives are re-opening the case following claims in Marti Rulli's biography of Ms Wood
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said in a written statement: 'Recently sheriff's homicide investigators were contacted by persons who stated they had additional information about the Natalie Wood Wagner drowning.'
'Due to the additional information, sheriff's homicide bureau has decided to take another look at the case,' the statement said.
A sheriff's spokesman declined to elaborate on the additional information pending a news conference scheduled for today at 2pm EST.
Mr Wagner's spokesman Alan Nierob wrote in a statement: 'Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA County Sheriff's department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff's Department and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death.'
Phone and email messages to Mr Walken's publicist were not immediately returned. Attempts to contact Mr Davern were unsuccessful.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Ex-wife of First Husband Freddy Moore, Demi Moore files for divorce from Ashton Kutcher after six years of marriage

Ex-wife of First Husband Freddy Moore, Demi Moore files for divorce from Ashton Kutcher after six years of marriage

Moore confirms split by releasing statement two months after allegations Kutcher cheated on her
Hints at his infidelity saying she is moving on because 'there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred'
Kutcher tweets he will always 'cherish' the time he spent with Demi and that marriage is 'the most difficult thing in the world'
Couple still following each other on Twitter and Demi's handle remains @mrskutcher
18th November 2011
Demi Moore has announced she is ending her six year marriage to Ashton Kutcher.

The 49-year-old actress said in a statement today that she is filing for divorce with 'great sadness and a heavy heart'.
Hinting at Kutcher's infidelity, Demi said: 'As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life'.

It's over: Demi Moore has filed for divorce from Ashton Kutcher, pictured together here at the January premiere of his movie No String Attached in Los Angeles
Moore added that it's a trying time for her and her family and asked for people to respect her privacy.
Immediately after the announcement, 33-year-old Ashton posted his own statement on Twitter.
He wrote: 'I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi.
'Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK.'
The pair are still following each other on Twitter in wake of the announcement and Demi's handle remains @mrskutcher - something she may now consider changing.
Despite their dignified statements, Demi is now gearing up to battle it out over their $290m fortune after enduring public humiliated because of his alleged infidelity.
Showing the strain: Demi has looked shockingly skinny in recent months as the break down of her marriage took its toll, pictured here last month in New York, and Kutcher seen today leaving his trailer on the set of Two And A Half Men in Los Angeles in wake of the news
Message to fans: Ashton released his own statement on Twitter following Demi's announcement, saying he will always cherish the time they had together
Moore and Kutcher wed in September 2005. The couple's relationship hit the headlines in recent months as rumours swirled about Kutcher's alleged infidelity.
The Two And A Half Men star allegedly shared a night of passion with party girl Sara Leal, 22, at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.
Texas-born Leal sold her story on Kutcher weeks after the fling, which took place on Ashton and Demi's sixth wedding anniversary, September 24.

Party girl: Kutcher allegedly had a fling with Texas-born Sara Leal, right, on his sixth wedding anniversary to Demi in September
Leal relived the sordid details of the night - including how they had unprotected sex - detailing that she had cavorted naked with Kutcher and a gaggle of girls in a hot tub in the luxurious hotel suite.
She claimed Kutcher told her he was separated from Demi before the Two And A Half Men star tried to persuade her to have a threesome along with her best friend Marta Borzuchowski - but in the end he settled for a two-hour romp with her.
Speaking of the fling, she told The Sun: 'We had sex twice. Everything felt natural. We were having a good time. He was good, but it wasn't weird or perverted or creepy.
'He had good endurance. We were up for a while. It was about two hours.'
In the weeks after the story broke, Kutcher and Moore made apparent attempts to heal their relationship with Kabbalah retreats, including a camping trip to Cachuma Lake near Santa Barbara, California, last month.
The couple were accompanied by some close friends along with their Kabbalah instructor Yehuda Berg and photos emerged of the pair sat around an outdoor fire.
It was first time they were pictured together since news of Kutcher's alleged booze-fuelled one-night stand broke.
In the weeks that followed, Demi appeared to be suffering under the strain of her marriage breakdown, becoming gaunt and scarily skinny - reportedly dropping down to just 7st (98lbs) which given her height of 5ft 5in is considerably underweight.
The Leal affair was not the first time Kutcher has been accused of being unfaithful to Demi.

Kutcher was first accused of  infidelity in September last year, when Brittney Jones, 21, said she had sex with the actor at the Beverly Hills home he once shared with his wife while she was away.
She also later claimed that Kutcher told her he had an open relationship with Demi and they would 'often engage in threesomes'.
Scene of the 'crime': Kutcher was said to have cavorted naked with Leal in the hot tub of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego before bedding her

Jones told Star: 'He looked over our texts and said he wanted me to delete all the messages from him. He then told me he wanted me to delete the texts I had sent to him. He said they could hurt him.'
At the time, the couple, who are worth  an estimated £95million, brushed off the allegations.
Kutcher, who took over Charlie Sheen’s role in hit U.S. TV series Two And A Half Men earlier this year, wrote on Twitter at the time: 'I think Star magazine calling me a "cheater" qualifies as defamation of character. I hope my lawyer agrees.'
He added: 'Star magazine – you don’t get to stand behind "freedom of the press" when you are writing fiction.'
Kutcher’s spokesman also denied the allegation while Miss Moore tweeted ‘Excellent point my love!’

Campfire summit: Kutcher and Moore met with Kabbalah counsellors at this Santa Barbara camp ground last month in an apparent bid to heal their relationship
Moore, who was previously married to Bruce Willis, started dating Kutcher in 2003. They married two years later.
In May last year Demi talked about wanting to start a family with Kutcher in an interview with Elle magazine - something that never came to pass.
The actress has three daughter with her ex Willis - Rumer, 23, Scout, 20, and Tallulah 17.
She has maintained a friendly relationship with the Die Hard star - even attending his wedding to underwear model Emma Heming in 2009. By the same token, Willis came to Demi and Ashton's wedding four years earlier.
Moore and Willis married in 1987 before divorcing 13 years later in 2000.
At the time of the split, Willis said: 'I felt I had failed as a father and a husband by not being able to make it work.'
Moore, who starred alongside Patrick Swayze in the 1990 movie Ghost, was first married to singer Freddy Moore.
They got hitched when she was aged 18 in 1980 and the relationship lasted four years. She still goes by his last name.
Happy families: Ashton and Demi pictured in 2008 with her ex-husband Bruce Willis, his wife Emma Heming and her family, along with Rumer, Tallulah and Scout - Demi and Bruce's three daughters

For Ashton - who is 16 years Demi's junior - Moore was his first wife.

He previously had relationships with the late Brittany Murphy and Mad Men's January Jones.
Today's news tops off a bad run for Ashton, who last week was at the centre of a Twitter fallout after posting messages of support for Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno.
Paterno, Penn State head coach for 46 years, had been fired for allegedly covering up sexual abuse by the school's former football defence coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Kutcher responded to the news by tweeting: 'How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye [the University of Iowa football team] fan I find it in poor taste.'
But his remarks cause a furious backlash - forcing Kutcher to admit he didn't have the full facts when he posted the message.
He then handed the control of his Twitter feed over to his management team at Katalyst Media to 'ensure the quality of its content'.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Conjucide:When an Illicit Lover Kills Spouse (The Canon Law)

Canon 1090 of the Roman Catholic Church is called the impediment of conjugicide. 
This impediment technically applies to two parties who with a view to entering marriage kill their spouses in order to establish a marriage bond. 
This impediment is also called the impediment of crime. The scope of this crime of conjugicide has been narrowed in the 1983 code than what was formerly the legislation in the 1917 Code. 
In the former code, there were four factis species of this crime but in the new Code the crime of conjugicide has to be interpreted strictly to entail a real killing of one’s spouse with the intention to marry the deceased’s spouse. The new interpretation of the law entails three situations: 
1) The murder of one’s own spouse. 
2) The murder of the spouse of one whom the murderer intends to enter marriage with; 
3) The murder of a spouse with mutual cooperation. It also extends to a mutual decision and execution of the murder of both spouses in order that the two criminals are free to enter marriage as a result of the dissolution of their previous bond by the death of their former spouses. 

This impediment of crime is of natural law origin and the dispensation from the impediment is reserved to the Roman Pontiff (cf. Paul VI, M.P. De episcoporum muneribus 1X, 13 of 15th June 1966 (AAS 58), 471). 

The reason for the impediment is that people who commit a crime especially should not be condoned to benefit from their act whatsoever, not to think of benefiting from the sacrament of the Church. It is also meant to safeguard public order, preserve the sanctity of marriage which dissolves naturally by natural death and the impediment also serves to protect the integrity of family and the good of the children. 

Another impediment to marriage is consanguinity in all degrees of the direct line, whether ascending and descending, legitimate or natural (cf. Can. 1091 par.1). This impediment of consanguinity also extends to relationship any blood in the collateral line up to the fourth degree inclusive (cf. Can. 1091 par.2). The degree of consanguinity is a natural law impediment that is common in all cultures, religions and human societies. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Murder made to look like an accident:'I would do it again 100 times': Muslim father 'murdered his THREE daughters in honour killing for dating wrong boys'

Murder made to look like an accident:'I would do it again 100 times': Muslim father 'murdered his THREE daughters in honour killing for dating wrong boys'
15th November 2011
A Muslim father charged with murdering his three daughters in apparent honour killings has said he would do it again - even if they came back to life 100 times.
Mohammad Shafia, 58, cursed his daughters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, saying they were 'treacherous' as he likened them to prostitutes during a conversation that was recorded by police.
He is on trial for their murders after they were found dead in the family car along with Shafia's first wife, Rona Amir, 50, in the Rideau Canal, located in the Kingston area of Ontario in Canada in 2009.
Pictured: Mohammad (left) and Hamed Shafia (centre), and Tooba Mohammad Yahya (right) arrive at court where they are on trial over the deaths of Mohammad Shaifa's three daughters and first wife
Dead: Sahar Shafia, 17 was found on the back seat of the family's car next to Rona Amir
Initially police thought the family had been involved in an accident and Shafia told them during an interview that he didn't know where they were.
Young teenager: Geeti Shafia was just 13 when she was found dead in the submerged car

Shafia, who moved to Canada from Afghanistan with his family, is polygamous and after his arrest was heard telling his second wife, Tooba Yahya, that their daughters had brought shame on the family.
He said: 'Even if, God forbid, they hoist us on to the gallows... we accept it wholeheartedly', a day after his arrest.
The court heard the recordings in which Shafia talks about his daughters and the fact that they were dating while ranting about the family's honour.
Zainab had married her boyfriend - a Pakistani man - angering Shafia and causing family turmoil.
After Yahya said that she knew Zainab was 'already done' but wished 'the two others' weren't, he responded saying 'No Tooba, they were treacherous.'
Tooba Yahya, 41, and their son, Hamed, 20, are both on trial with him facing charges of first-degree murder. Hamed has denied even being at the death scene. All three have pleaded not guilty to murder.
Speaking about pictures of his daughter he said he was consoled adding, 'No Tooba, they were treacherous. When I tell you to be patient, you tell me that it is hard.
'It isn't harder than watching them every hour with (boyfriends).  For this reason whenever I see those pictures, I am consoled.
'I say to myself, "You did well. Would they come back to life a hundred times, for you to do the same again".'
Also deceased: Shafia's first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad (above), was killed in the incident which spurred from daughter Zainab's relationship with a Pakistani boy

He also says that the family had been violated in the worst possible way.
'Even if, God forbid, they hoist us on to the gallows... we accept it wholeheartedly'
Mohammad Shafia
He added: 'May the devil...(defecate) on their graves. Is that what a daughter should be? Would (a daughter) be such a whore?'
The jury has also seen graphic underwater video in which a pair of legs can be seen in the murky water.
One of the victims' heads can be seen facing down with hair obscuring her face, according to the Canadian Press, while blankets, a yellow bag, a body and victim's hand are visible on the passenger side.
There was nobody sat in the driver's seat.
Taken out: Police remove the family car from the canal where their bodies were found in June 2009
Shaifa's first wife Rona and Sahar were seen on the back seat, their heads touching.

'May the devil...(defecate) on their graves. Is that what a daughter should be? Would (a daughter) be such a whore?'
Mohammad Shafia
One of the windows was open on the car, but it appears that no attempts had been made by any of the victims to escape from the vehicle.
The family was returning from a trip to Niagara Falls when it ended up in the canal and all the victims were found to have drowned.
However, prosecutors don't know if it was in the canal or elsewhere. Three of them had bruising to the back of their heads.
Shafia and Yahya had seven children in total. The three not involved in the court case were placed in care after their parents were arrested, reported the Globe and Mail. The trial continues.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Three quacks arrested in crackdown on bogus docs

Three quacks arrested in crackdown on bogus docs
Nov 6, 2011
RAJKOT: The Rapid Response Cell of Inspector General of Police, Rajkot Range, Praveen Sinha, has arrested three quacks in a crackdown on bogus doctors in Rajkot, Jamnagar and Surendranagar district. Interestingly, two of them are non-matriculate.

The IGP has appealed to people to come forward to report bogus doctors.

Purshottam Bachubhai, 52, a resident of Tankara town in Rajkot district, was raided and arrested by the special cell on Saturday. Allopathic medicines and cash was seized from his clinic. Police said that Purshottam, who has not even cleared high school, has been practising as a doctor for the last 20 years without any prescribed medical degree. He had worked in a hospital as compounder 20 years ago and then started his own practise in a small Tankara town in Rajkot district.

Pregnancy entrapment: Dads by deception

Dads by deception
Last week, Liz Jones confessed how she tried to trick her husband into fathering her child. Now four men reveal the trauma they felt when the same thing happened to them
9th November 2011

The email sent to Jack Goodchild this summer was short and to the point. Jack recalls: ‘Basically, it said: “I’m pregnant, it’s yours — but don’t worry, you won’t be having any involvement and we won’t be seeing each other any more.” ’

It had been written by Tess, his on-off girlfriend of several months. And now it was all over. Having learned she was expecting his child, Tess apparently wanted nothing more to do with the father.

Moreover, the 41-year-old London businessman soon learned that this seemed to have been his lover’s plan all along.  ‘I telephoned her straight away, as anyone would after receiving an email like that, to find out what was going on,’ he says.
Unintentional fathers: Some men have been left holding the baby that they never wanted in the first place (posed by models)

Unintentional fathers: Some men have been left holding the baby that they never wanted in the first place (posed by models)

‘I thought maybe there was some misunderstanding; that because we hadn’t talked about anything serious like starting a family, she assumed I wouldn’t be interested in the baby.

‘Instead, she said she had wanted to get pregnant, that she had “stolen” my sperm, and now she no longer wanted to be in touch. She was incredibly matter-of-fact about it; clinical even.’

As far as he knows, Jack’s baby is due some time in early spring, although Tess has made it clear she won’t be getting in touch to let him know when the day has arrived.

‘I was ambivalent about fatherhood before, and unsure whether that’s what I wanted from life,’ he says. ‘Now I’ve been put into a situation where I know I am going to be a father, but one with no involvement. I don’t think it has fully hit me yet.’

Jack is far from alone in finding himself, in effect, a father by default, after trusting someone who said she was taking precautions. Last week, the Mail’s Liz Jones described how her desire for a baby had led her to the ultimate deception, despite her then boyfriend’s assertions that he had no interest in becoming a father.

She had, she confessed, effectively ‘stolen’ his sperm — attempting to impregnate herself after sex with the contents of a used condom.

In Liz’s case there was no baby; but her candid admission provoked a heated debate among readers, many of whom were horrified by her actions.

'I just felt like a sperm donor. I told her I didn't want anything to do with her or the baby'

But for 46-year-old Jonathan Evans, an IT manager from Warwickshire, her confession was only too easy to believe — because the same thing had happened to him.

When, 14 years ago, his girlfriend of just a few weeks announced her pregnancy, the news was coupled with an astonishing admission: she claimed to have impregnated herself using a condom that they had discarded after sex. To this day, Jonathan has no idea why she told him — although he still has the letter she wrote expressing her profound regret for her actions.

‘The whole thing was devastating,’ he recalls. ‘Our relationship had been fun, but casual. Carol and I dated for a few weeks, but then she was moving to Australia for a few months, which seemed to mark a natural end to things. We certainly never talked about a long-term future.’

So when she called with news of her pregnancy, that was shocking enough. But the confession she made left Jonathan doubly stunned. ‘My gut reaction was to have nothing more to do with her,’ he says.

Nonetheless, when Carol arrived back in Britain he agreed to meet up.

‘I suppose I wanted to find out why she’d done what she’d done — although she never did really explain. I kept saying: “You just can’t do this to somebody” — but I don’t think she really got it.’

On the day his daughter was born, Jonathan received a message from Carol and went to the hospital, wondering if he might feel a rush of affection for his child.
Liz Jones and her husband, Nirpal Singh Dhaliwall
Liz Jones shockingly revealed she tried to trick her then-husband Nirpal Singh Dhaliwall into pregnancy by 'stealing his sperm'
Instead he felt nothing. ‘It may sound cold, but then so was the way she was conceived,’ he says. ‘I just felt like a sperm donor. I told Carol I didn’t want anything to do with her or the baby.’

Six months later, though, Jonathan received a letter from the Child Support Agency asking him to make a contribution to his daughter’s upbringing.

‘I couldn’t believe it,’ he says. ‘I hadn’t chosen to be a father, so it seemed hugely unfair that I was being expected to pay. But in the eyes of the courts it was simple: I was the biological father, and I had to take responsibility.’

Jonathan has been making monthly payments ever since, and calculates he will have paid around £80,000 by the time his daughter is 18 — a sum that is all the more bitter-sweet now he has married and has a young family of his own.

‘I do resent paying the money for something I have no say in,’ he says. ‘But what I resent more is the way Carol had no thoughts for the impact of her actions on other people.

‘I have tried to put things to the back of my mind, but at some point I will have to tell my children they have a half-sister. I also think Carol wasn’t thinking of the child, and I wonder how she will tell her why she is growing up without her biological father.’

A spokesperson for the Child Support Agency said: 'The Child Support Agency has more than one million cases on its books and we have not encountered one  in the circumstances described.

'In exercising our discretion to enforce child maintenance payments we are entitled to take into account all of the circumstances of each case.

'There are exceptional situations, for example when men donate sperm to licensed fertility clinics, when we do not collect maintenance from the biological parent.'

For Jack Goodchild the situation is different, as his former partner Tess has said she wants no involvement from him — although this could, of course, change.

 'I do love my daughter. But it has also changed the way I feel about my wife. However you frame it, I feel she deceived me'

‘Whatever she says while she’s pregnant may be different the moment she has the baby,’ he says. ‘It all feels out of my hands.’ Some may find it hard to muster sympathy for Jack, a self-confessed serial dater who, until latterly, had little interest in settling down. By his own admission, when he met Tess on a transatlantic dating site, he was ‘out to have a bit of fun’.

Nonetheless, he was quite taken with the 31-year-old and, after striking up email contact at the start of the year, the pair had been dating for six months when she dropped her bombshell.

‘She seemed good fun and we just hit it off,’ Jack says now.

When it came to contraception, Tess told Jack she ‘had it covered’. ‘She was very clear that I wasn’t to worry about that, and I didn’t really have reason to doubt her,’ he says.

In fact, while Tess had the situation ‘covered’, it wasn’t, it seems, quite in the way she’d led Jack to believe — as her email made clear.

Four months later, Jack admits he is still struggling to digest the news that she is not only expecting his baby but that she set out to become mother to his child.

‘It’s a very odd feeling to know that out there somewhere is a girl who is five months pregnant with my child but wants no contact. It’s left me feeling pretty helpless, which I didn’t expect.’

Even within marriages and long-term partnerships, it seems women are not averse to a level of deceit to fulfil their maternal desires.

Take 43-year-old Nick Robertson, a Durham solicitor, who last year learned that he was to become a father for the third time when his wife Lucy announced she was pregnant.
Damaged relationship: One man's marriage hasn't been the same since his wife fooled him into having another child (posed by models)

Damaged relationship: One man's marriage hasn't been the same since his wife fooled him into having another child (posed by models)

Happy news, you may think — especially after the birth in January of baby Lola. In fact, Nick had previously made it quite clear that with two children already — Esme, six, and four-year-old, Josh — his family was complete.

‘My wife campaigned for months for a third child, but we’d had a difficult time with both kids for the first year and I wasn’t prepared to go through that again,’ he says. ‘We were exhausted as it was.

‘Plus, there was the financial side: we were already stretched. Finally she seemed to agree and went back on the Pill.’

Or so she said. Only several months into the ‘surprise’ subsequent pregnancy — which she initially blamed on antibiotics interfering with the efficiency of the Pill — did Nick’s wife confess.

‘I’d had my suspicions, and one night it all came out during a row,’ he says.

‘She admitted she hadn’t gone back on the Pill and had decided to see what happened.

‘She told me she was desperate for a third baby, and at 39 she felt time was running out. Her view was that we were married, and ultimately I would love any child that came along.

‘And I do love Lola. But it has also changed the way I feel about my wife. However you frame it, I feel she deceived me. And that is not good for a marriage.’

Yet not every surprised father feels bitter after discovering they have been misled.

Jon Wilde, a 49-year-old journalist, is happy to admit that while he had no choice in first becoming a father at the age of 23, he would not change the circumstances of his son Dylan’s conception.


Around one million children have little or no contact with their fathers, according to official statistics

He met Dylan’s mother, Della, an Australian writer, in 1985 when she contacted him in his capacity as editor of a music magazine to ask for help with an article she was writing.

‘We spent a couple of nights together,’ he remembers. ‘It was great fun. She said she was covered when it came to contraception, and I didn’t think much of it.’

Six weeks later, he received the call that many men dread.

‘Della telephoned to say she was pregnant and that she was going to have the baby,’ he says. ‘She also gave me a choice as to whether I wanted to be involved or not.

‘I was reeling, of course. Della had said she’d been using contraception — and it seemed ungallant to ask how it had happened.

‘I spent several months in a daze wondering what to do, but after a couple of months I rang and told her I didn’t want to be involved. I was young, and this was unfolding on the other side of the world.

‘She was OK with it and said she wasn’t going to ask me for money. I honestly felt no guilt.’

A few months later, Jon got a call from Della saying she was flying to London and asking to meet.

‘We met in a pub, and it was pretty amicable,’ he says. ‘I did bring up contraception and suggested she hadn’t been entirely straight with me.

She didn’t deny it, but I didn’t press her on the subject. As far as I was concerned, two of us had gone into the bedroom and both of us had to take responsibility.’

Only many years later did Jon learn the truth: that Della had effectively set out to have his baby.

‘Della sent me a photograph when Dylan was born, but other than that there was no contact,’ he says. ‘I got on with my life, married, and had another son, William, who is now 22.’

As his marriage foundered in the late Nineties, Jon felt a burgeoning curiosity about his first-born son, finally plucking up courage to contact Della again.

Finally, in 2003, he met his son, then 18, for the first time when Della brought him to London.

‘I was incredibly nervous about meeting him but it was very easy,’ reflects Jon. ‘Dylan was incredibly accepting of the situation. There was no anger, and no sense of recrimination.’

During that visit, Jon also learned the truth for the first time.

‘I had a heart-to-heart with Della and she said it had been simple: from the moment she had set eyes on me, she’d wanted to have my baby. It sounds odd, but there seemed no malice or forethought in it, and that is why I felt no anger.

‘I had the urge to go to bed with her; she had a bigger urge, which it is hard for most men to understand. And she gave me a choice, which I took.

Now I have two wonderful sons, and I feel very grateful for it.’

Admirable sentiments, perhaps; but there are fathers trapped by similar methods who are far less accepting of their situation.

‘What has happened has changed my perspective on women,’ says Jack Goodchild. ‘In future, I will do what I can to protect myself.’

Some names have been changed.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Three-year-old girl witnesses mother's murder, helps cops nab accused

Three-year-old girl witnesses mother's murder, helps cops nab accused

NAGPUR: A three-year-old girl helped the police nab her mother's murderer on Monday. A traumatized Sonali told the cops how 'bade papa', a teenaged boy with whom her mother had an illicit relationship, stabbed her in the stomach at their rented room near Patankar Square on Sunday evening.

Though the accused Anurag Tembekar (18) tried to misguide the cops, it was Sonali who pointed towards Tembekar and told the cops how he stabbed her mother Aarti Parte in the stomach.

"Mummy ka pet fad diya aur mar dala (he stabbed on stomach and killed her)," said Sonali, who also took the police to Tembekar's house.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Were six deaths attributed to the 'Curse of Tutankhamun' actually murders by arch-satanist Aleister Crowley?

Were six deaths attributed to the 'Curse of Tutankhamun' actually murders by arch-satanist Aleister Crowley?
9th November 2011
Artefact: A canopic coffinette of Tutankhamun which contained his embalmed liver

The mysterious deaths gripped the nation back in the 1920s and 30s.
More than 20 people linked to the opening of Tutankhamun's burial chamber in Luxor in 1923 died in bizarre circumstances, six of them in London.
A frenzied public blamed the 'Curse of Tutankhamun' and speculated on the supernatural powers of the ancient Egyptians.
But a historian now claims the deaths in Britain were the work of a notorious satanist, Aleister Crowley.
Mark Beynon has drawn on previously unpublished evidence to conclude the occultist – dubbed the wickedest man in the world –  masterminded a series of ritualistic killings in 'revenge' for the British archaeologist Howard Carter's opening of the boy-king's tomb.
After analysis of inquest reports, Crowley's diaries, essays and books, he also argues Crowley was a Jack the Ripper-obsessed copycat murderer.
His 'victims' included Carter's personal secretary Captain Richard Bethell, who was found smothered to death at an exclusive Mayfair club, and Bethell's father Lord Westbury, who plunged seven floors to his death from a St James's apartment where he reportedly kept tomb artefacts.
Other victims were said to be Sir Ernest Budge, a former keeper in the British Museum's department of Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities – found dead in his bed in Bloomsbury – and Ali Kamel Fahmy Bey, a 23-year-old Egyptian prince shot dead by his wife, Marie-Marguerite, in the Savoy Hotel shortly after he was photographed visiting King Tut's tomb.

Mr Beynon says Crowley and Marie-Marguerite had been lovers and Crowley put her up to the shooting.Crowley had motives to tarnish the legacy of Carter's discovery, Mr Beynon argues.
Killer? Crowley (above) and victim Sir Ernest Wallis Budge, a former keeper in the British Museum's Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities
Huge interest: Queues to see the Tutankhamun Exhibition at the British Museum in 1972
Huge interest: A pharoah's chariot wheels are removed from the tomb in 1923. In the years that followed 20 people died in bizarre circumstances

He accuses Crowley of being responsible for the deaths of:-
Raoul Loveday who died on February 16, 1923. The 23-year-old Oxford undergraduate was a follower of Crowley's cult at a Sicilian Abbey. He died on the same day at the very hour of Carter's much-publicised opening of Tutankhamun's burial chamber after drinking the blood of a cat sacrificed in one of Crowley's rituals. Mr Beynon argues that he was deliberately poisoned.
Prince Ali Kamel Fahmy Bey who died on July 10, 1923. The Egyptian prince, 23,  was shot dead by his French wife of six months, Marie-Marguerite, in London's Savoy Hotel shortly after he was photographed visiting the tomb. Mr Beynon says that Crowley and Marie-Marguerite had been lovers in Paris. She was working as a hostess at the Folies Berghre and he was a regular patron at the same venue. He suggests that Crowley put her up to the shooting.
Aubrey Herbert, died September, 23, 1923. Shortly after Marie-Marguerite's acquittal, Aubrey Herbert, the half-brother of Lord Carnarvon, died of blood poisoning after a routine dental operation went suspiciously wrong at his private hospital in Park Lane. He had only recently returned from his own trip to Luxor. Mr Beynon speculates that Crowley was behind the death and may again have used Marie-Marguerite to do his dirty work.
Captain Richard Bethell, died November 15, 1929. Howard Carter's 46-year-old personal secretary was found dead in his bed at Mayfair's exclusive Bath Club. Bethell was said to have been in perfect health. It was initially thought that he died of a heart attack but his symptoms raised suspicion that he was smothered to death as he slept. Crowley had only recently returned to London and was often a guest of novelist W. Somerset Maugham at the club.
Responsible for the deaths? Aleister Crowley, devil worshipper, who allegedly killed six people linked to the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb

Lord Westbury, died February 20, 1930. Bethell's father, Lord Westbury, 77, was believed to have thrown himself off his seventh floor St James's apartment. But Mr Beynon found that it was practically impossible for an elderly man to have climbed out onto the window ledge and suggests that Crowley threw him off.
Edgar Steele, died February 24, 1930. Only four days after the death of Lord Westbury, Mr Steele, 57, died at St Thomas' Hospital after a minor stomach operation. Mr Beynon speculates that Crowley was behind the death. He was in charge of handling the tomb artefacts at London's British Museum.

Sir Ernest Wallis Budge, died November 23, 1934. A former Keeper in the British Museum's Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, he was found dead in his bed in Bloomsbury aged 77. A friend of Lord Carnarvon, he had been responsible for displaying the artefacts from Luxor. Mr Beynon says there is evidence that Budge and Crowley were associates on the London occult scene.

The curse of the mummy began after a series of terrible events occurred following the discovery of King Tut's tomb.
Legend has it that anyone who dared to open the tomb would suffer the wrath of the mummy.
A few months after the tomb's opening tragedy struck. Lord Carnarvon, 57, was taken ill and rushed to Cairo. He died a few days later. The exact cause of death was not known, but it seemed to be from an infection started by an insect bite.
Legend has it that when he died there was a short power failure and all the lights throughout Cairo went out. His son reported that back on his estate in England his favorite dog howled and suddenly dropped dead.
Even more strange, when the mummy of Tutankhamun was unwrapped in 1925, it was found to have a wound on the left cheek in the same exact position as the insect bite on Carnarvon that lead to his death.
By 1929 eleven people connected with the discovery of the tomb had died early and of unnatural causes.
This included two of Carnarvon's relatives, Carter's personal secretary, Richard Bethell, and Bethell's father, Lord Westbury.
Westbury killed himself by jumping from a building. He left a note that read: 'I really cannot stand any more horrors and hardly see what good I am going to do here, so I am making my exit.'
The gods of his own religious philosophy, Thelema, were mainly drawn from ancient Egyptian religion. He believed himself to be a prophet of a new age of personal liberty, controlled by the Egyptian god Horus.
It is likely he would have found Carter's excavation sacrilegious, the historian said.
In his book, London's Curse: Murder, Black Magic and Tutankhamun in the 1920s West End, Mr Beynon pins seven deaths on Crowley, six of which took place in London.
Crowley, who was born into a wealthy upper class family in 1875, had a controversial doctrine for life of 'Do What Thou Wilt'. The bisexual heroin addict gained notoriety for advocating sexual promiscuity and prostitution.
He never mentions the deaths in his diaries but often wrote that his mood had 'lifted' the day after them.
The satanist was also obsessed with Jack the Ripper. He wrote in his diaries that he believed the locations of five of the Ripper's murders in Whitechapel in 1888 formed a pentagram – an important star-shaped symbol in satanism. Mr Beynon claims the locations of five of Crowley's 'murders' form a copycat pentagram.
Mr Beynon said: 'When I researched these deaths, Crowley's name popped up again and again. There is plenty of circumstantial evidence linking him to all the deaths. I have just put all the pieces of the jigsaw together.'
Mr Beynon paints a picture of a dangerous schizophrenic known to have murdered his servants in India.

An ancient couch is removed from the tomb which was opened by Lord Carnarvon
Discoverer: Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered the tomb

He socialised with Ripper suspect Walter Sickert and Mr Beynon argues that Crowley used the Ripper's killing spree as inspiration for his own efforts years later.
Crowley believed that the Ripper's murders had afforded him special powers, including invisibility.
Mr Beynon says that he thought his murders would also render him invisible.
To test his theory, he famously walked through London's Cafi Royal restaurant ridiculously dressed in a mustard-coloured cloak adorned with occultist symbols.
When customers fell silent and were too perturbed to speak to him, he assumed they could not see him.
Outlining his macabre theory, Mr Beynon said: 'So much of Crowley's belief system was steeped in ancient Egypt.
'He would have seen the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb as desecration.
'This was a man given to extensive world travel and yet we know he was in London when at least four of the six deaths occurred.'  He added: 'I hope the book will appeal to anyone with an interest in crime or London history.
'I was fascinated researching London in the 20s and 30s.
'On the surface, it was very glitzy and glamorous but there was a dark underbelly that provided the ideal stage for this story.
'Everyone was obsessed with the supposed Curse of Tutankhamun striking down high society victims.
'But until now, no-one has ever realised that they may well have been murdered.'