Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Paging Doctor Peter Normann--Stat!

Dr. Peter J. Normann

The whole story sounds like a bizarre science fiction film, but for the families of Dr. Normann's victims, it's all too real. A doctor, performing liposuction procedures, loses 3 patients in a seven month period. One death occurred in December 2006, another in April 2007. The latter death resulted in restricting Normann's medical practice. Yet even after the restrictions, Normann-- with the assistance of a homeopathic doctor named Gary Page, was allegedly the cause of yet another death in July 2007.

Both Normann and Page were barred from practicing medicine.

What's bizarre still is Normann's "medical staff", which according to the Arizona Medical Board, included a "license massage therapist, a former restaurant owner, two former pre-school teachers and his mother" .

Two of the families of the deceased patients have filed lawsuits against Normann. But Normann is nowhere to be found. He disappeared shortly after his license was revoked.

These families deserve justice for their loved ones, and they deserve compensation for the barbaric practices that destroyed their lives.

Someone knows where he is. If it's you, do the right thing and turn him in to the authorities.

Sources: Arizona Republic, azcentral.com; Arizona Medical Board.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Four Corners Creep Of The Week: "The Cream Of The Creep"

So, just who is the creepiest creep of all? This week, you get to decide just who is the biggest creep out of all our Four Corners Creeps thus far.

If you would like a recap of who exactly you are voting for, just click here. Then come back and cast your vote!!

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

48 Hours Mystery Highlights Dr. Stidham Murder Case

I first found out when the 48 Hours Mystery show highlighting the Dr. Stidham murder case from reading Tucson Citizen reporter A.J. Flick's blog about the Stidham case.

I also received an email with a profile of the upcoming episode, which I would like to share.

Dr. Brian Stidham with his son

Dr. Brian Stidham with Dr. Bradley Schwartz(R)

(Logo and Photos provided by Louise Bashi, press contact for CBS News)


Brian Stidham was a beloved family man and a talented eye surgeon who graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School. The 37 year-old doctor’s career was taking off when he moved his family from Texas to Tucson for a position alongside a renowned surgeon named Dr. Bradley Schwartz. But Stidham’s promising life was cut short in October of 2004 when he was found murdered in the parking lot outside his office. Stabbed 15 times, Stidham’s death shook the town to its core. The results of the subsequent investigation contained shocking revelations about Dr. Schwartz, involving sex, drugs and an insatiable hatred of Dr. Stidham. Schwartz had been living a secret life that included extramarital affairs, and an addiction to Vicodin. When he was indicted on drug charges, his new partner, Dr. Brian Stidham, decided to launch his own successful practice. Schwartz became enraged and blamed Stidham for stealing his patients and staff. For years, Schwartz was consumed by rage and a desire for revenge. Detectives believe Schwartz hired a hitman to kill his former partner on the night of October 5, 2004, but he cunningly established an alibi by going on a date at the time of the murder. Lead investigator Jill Murphy recalls “some of the witnesses that came forward had told us that Dr. Schwartz had said that he would not have committed the murder himself, that he would have someone do it for him.” This story of an unquenchable hatred and obsession for revenge that ends in murder is reported by Peter Van Sant, on 48 HOURS MYSTERY, this Saturday, Oct. 27 ( 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“An Eye for an Eye” is produced by Ian Paisley, Joe Halderman, and Lourdes Aguiar. Anthony Batson is senior producer and Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

For a video preview, go to the following link 48 Hours Mystery: Eye For An Eye.

Many of you already know that Dr. Brian Stidham was my daughter's eye doctor. He performed her first eye surgery in June 4, 2004, four months before his brutal murder.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Four Corners Creep Of The Week: The Rude Lady

Votes were a little slow last week, but overall Michael Anthony Douglas, as you can see is definitely an alleged creep.

I apologize for the delay on this week's creep. Things have been busy, busy, busy......

This week's creep is not a creep that is once again "ripped from the headlines", but rather one that I had encountered yesterday. So, for the purpose of this story, she shall be called "The Rude Lady" AKA "The Money Order Lady".

It may not be a crime in the literal sense, but I will let you all decide if she is a creep or not. Okay, on with the story.....

Every day I stop at the local convienence store on my way to get my son from school to purchase a drink. The afternoons are still pretty warm here, so nothing beats an ice cold beverage. Apparently, the gentleman behind me felt the same way. Enter "The Rude Lady". She had just stepped in line in front of me and the gentleman. She had a list that she handed to the cashier, different amounts for different money orders. Her list contained approximately 6 separate money orders.

Now, don't get me wrong, I don't mind waiting in line. But if you have ever been in line behind someone getting a money order, you know they take awhile. I leave in plenty of time to account for a long line or any other mishap that could delay me in picking up my son from school.

The cashier kindly asked the lady- and I stress kindly because she really was very polite and professional about it-if she would mind letting me and the gentleman go ahead of her, given the fact that we both only had a soda each that would take about 30 seconds for her to ring up and just send us on our way. Of course, any normal person-myself included-would have said "sure". The Rude/Money Order Lady, with the maturity of a six-year-old said this:

"Why should I? I was here first."

So as you can see, basic courtesy and human kindness are running rampant in these parts. If it was a crime, I would charge her with failure to get a bank account, or if I wanted to get even, I would just charge her with a 5 pound bag of ice upside her head.

But I'm a nice person.

And, just to add for the record, if it wasn't for those ridiculous plastic straw wrappers that are impossible to get off of your straw-I would have been in line first. SO THERE!!!

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Stupidity and Another Innocent Victim

Sunday is the only day that I work in the morning, due to my husband's work schedule. I mainly work in the evenings. Because of this fact, there are some co-workers that I only see on Sundays.

When one of my co-workers was dropped off by a vehicle, which was not the vehicle he normally drives or arrives in, I was a little curious and admittedly-nosy. So I asked him where his car was.

He had crashed his car. He was speeding and totalled it. Of course, naturally, I had to ask if he was drinking and driving. He said he was, and also added that he had spent 3 days in jail, and had a court date. If I had more time, I probably would have said more. I probably would have mentioned the fact that he had a little baby. I probably would have asked him how he would feel if he had killed someone. I probably would have asked him how he would feel if some drunk person had run down him and killed someone, like his child, or his child's mother. But, I didn't. I sure plan to, though.

There's another case though that needs to be heard. Another innocent victim, a little girl. Her story is in the news, but yet she is another victim whose name we do not know. Here is a snip of the online article from the Arizona Republic.

Police say Wilson Gilberto Alba-Cano, 27, was the driver in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 5-year-old girl Sunday afternoon in south Phoenix. Alba-Cano, was reportedly intoxicated, when he collided with another vehicle at Seventh Avenue and Roeser Road, Phoenix police spokeswoman Stacie Derge said.

Another innocent victim of an alleged drunk driver. And the guy just drove away, until he plowed into a fence, it seems.

I hate to be a pessimist-- but already knowing how easily these drunk drivers get off, only to do the same thing over, and over--I can already see a probable defense for this guy. Another quote from the article:

Police said it appears that some of the children in the truck were not wearing seatbelts.
Of course, when you have four children, ages 3-7, it's not okay for them to be riding in a vehicle without seatbelts. That doesn't excuse the alleged drunk driver from killing this little girl. She is still the victim here. But of course, the justice system usually finds a way to blame the victim.

Source: Arizona Republic

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Birthday In Heaven

Five years ago today, Ariana Socorro "NaNa" Payne was born. For those who have been following Ariana's case, you know that Ariana is not with us in the physical sense to celebrate. If you haven't been following the case, you can find several past posts about both Ariana and her older brother, Tyler here.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to take a moment of silence in honor of Ariana, Tyler, and every other child that has lost their lives- whether it's from abuse, accident, or disease. Thank you.

I can imagine that Ariana is in heaven, coloring and watching Scooby Doo movies with Tyler! God Bless You, and Happy Birthday, little angel!

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Carnival Of The True Crime Blogs #98

Want to know what your favorite crime bloggers are talking about this week? Then please visit the True Crime Blogroll Homepage for this week's carnival!!!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Little Girl Dies From Gunshot Wound (**Updated**)

At 5:00 a.m. this morning, most children in the surrounding area of Southwest Tucson would still be sleeping. Still in dreamland for a couple more hours before the morning rush of breakfast, washing up, brushing teeth, getting backpacks ready.

For one little girl and her family, it didn't quite go that way. Instead, the 6-year-old little girl was rushed to University Medical Center with a gunshot wound. Here's a snip from the Tucson Citizen:

Sheriff investigators have determined shots were fired outside the home, in which there were two adults ad three children.

The girl was sleeping on the couch and apparently was hit by a bullet that went through the home's front door.

She was alive when sheriff deputies arrived around 5 a.m. and airlifted to a local hospital, Ogden said.

She was taken to University Medical Center, said Tracy Koslowski of the Drexel Heights Fire District.

No more information has been released at this time, but this is very close to my neighborhood so needless to say I will be following closely. The complete article can be found here.

I really hope they find these sub-human creatures that did this to an innocent little girl who should have been going to school this morning with the rest of her peers. I am just disgusted and heartbroken for this little girl's family.

**UPDATE**- 10:45 a.m.

According to the updated article in the online version of the Arizona Daily Star the little girl's name is Analissa Monares-Leon, 6. Police are still looking for potential suspects in this case.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Deadly Weapons, Innocent Lives, and Intent

When we think of deadly weapons, we usually think of guns, knives-things of that nature.

What about your car? Would you ever consider your car a “deadly weapon”? Your car, in and of itself, may not be a deadly weapon, but add alcohol to the driver-“ammunition”, if you will-suddenly the car becomes a dangerous, deadly weapon.

We have the DUI task-force and checkpoints out every holiday. We have organizations such as Mother’s Against Drunk Driving. Both are great in their efforts.

What concerns me is the amount of DUI’s a person is able to rack up, and serve little or no time in jail. What concerns me is how, I could go into a room full of strangers, intentionally fire a gun, killing or attempting to kill as many people as possible and be charged with multiple counts of murder, as well as attempted murder. Yet, a person who gets behind the wheel of a car intentionally drunk, on a street full of strangers, driving aimlessly, killing innocent people-they are charged with manslaughter or second-degree murder. Let’s not forget the word “intent”. If you drink to the point that you are legally drunk, then drive, it should be a given that you intend to take an innocent person’s life. Doesn’t this warrant a harsher punishment?

In the last couple weeks, we have seen our community mourn the loss of Julia Sunderlin, an innocent woman, performing an everyday task in her life-walking her dog. The people that allegedly killed her, perfect strangers, were allegedly drunk and on their way to buy more beer. They are charged with manslaughter in this case. Had they walked up to her on the side of the road, shot and killed her, they would more than likely be charged with first-degree murder.


There are more than enough examples of multiple DUI offenders. There are more than enough examples of ridiculous sentences that DUI offenders receive after killing an innocent person, again-perfect strangers.

A car with a drunk person behind the wheel is a deadly weapon. Nobody gets behind the wheel drunk, involuntarily. A punishment should fit the crime.

Think intent.

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Four Corners Creep Of The Week: Michael Anthony Douglas

**NOTE: **This entry is edited to note that the child victim is 21 days old, NOT 21 months old. Thanks again to Kathy for catching my error!

Well, by the looks of the poll, I think that most people would agree that Michelle Tufts is pretty creepy.

Let's move on to this week's alleged creep. His name is Michael Anthony Douglas, 23, of Colorado Springs, CO. He's accused of smacking his 21 day-old baby on the side of his head and causing injuries. The child is in critical condition, according to this article at the Rocky Mountain News website.

Just as a personal note, I'm getting a little tired of hearing about these creeps that hit and beat babies because they cry. That's how babies- who have no other way of communicating-tell you that they need something, or something is wrong. It's up to you to figure out what that is most of the time. If you can't figure out what to do then you need to do one of two things: Either hold and comfort the baby until they stop crying, or if you feel yourself breaking down, put the baby in a safe place, such as their crib, leave the room, have someone else take him or her---whatever you have to do, other than hitting the child or putting them in another unsafe situation. Stop beating on defenseless little babies that have no communication skills. Jerks.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Monday, October 8, 2007

Four Corners Creep Of The Week: Michelle Tufts

Well, last week's poll was strongly in favor of Douglas Burns, the dog assaulting-picture taking-Wal-Mart developing-creep, being just that-a creep. One-hundred percent creepy, to be exact.

And so we move on to this week's potential creep.

Meet Michelle Tufts, 30, Also known as "Pixiedust", according to her MySpace profiles, which can be found Here and Here (the second one is now set to private). She's "lonely" and just wants "someone to touch". So, instead of finding an adult to cozy up to, she instead decided that it would be a better idea to molest an eight year old boy.

Apparently, the boy is somehow related to her, too.

Creepy or Not?

Source: Las Cruces Sun-News.

Update: "Creep" Pleads Not Guilty

Remember Robert Ashley? . He's the former substitute teacher, AKA "Four Corners Creep", that allegedly likes to film little girls, "under the skirt".

Well, there's an update. Robert Ashley, who apparently admitted to police that he is a pedophile, likes little girls 8-9 years old, can't relate to women, and has a "foot fetish", pleaded not guilty to charges of voyeurism and child abuse Friday, October 5th according to this article on KOAT .

There is an accompanying video next to the article.

In this related article, at the same site, a APS dispatcher was fired for giving the principal of the school where Ashley was working, some really bad advice. Here's a snippet from the article.

When the principal watched the tape, deputies said it contained video shot up a young girl's skirt.
The principal called APS dispatch to report the finding . The dispatcher said Ashley's rights had been violated and that the bag must be returned to him.

(Begin sarcastic rant):

Of course, we wouldn't want to violate the rights of a sick cretin that likes to film under little girl's skirts. After all, he's an adult, so obviously his rights are more important. And shouldn't he be able to have his video camera, his weapon of choice, if you will, so that he can continue to film up innocent children's skirts, or as Ashley would have us believe--their feet?

(End sarcastic rant)

Really, I don't care if he is filming little girl's feet, their ears, their shins--whatever. It's all the same to me. He allegedly admits he is sexually stimulated by filming their feet. It's disgusting. Anyone that would hear about what the principal viewed, and give advice like this really should have their head examined, and in my opinion--deserves to be fired.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Giselle's Story

Giselle had spunk. She was a typical, healthy 5-month-old dog, energetic, and everything you would expect from a dog her age. One of my co-workers, a roommate of Giselle's owner, told me she was the "best and sweetest dog-ever".

Giselle's owner, who is also a co-worker of mine, had just adopted Giselle, a yellow lab, from a local animal shelter a couple months ago. Her friend and roommate had just got a bassett hound pup, and she wanted to get a dog herself. She talked about Giselle constantly, and loved this dog completely.

On September 25th, around noon, her roommate was planning to walk her bassett hound, Elliot. Giselle quickly escaped out of the open doorway, and took off.

Giselle's owner, her boyfriend, and roommate looked for Giselle as much as they could, to no avail. They thought she wouldn't be back. Talking to her roommate at work the same day, she suddenly recalled that Giselle had one of those chips that they sometimes put in animals in case of an incident such as this. It sounded promising that Giselle would be found.

Later that night, around 10:30 pm, Giselle's owner and her boyfriend would find her. They found her in a wash about a couple blocks away from their house, in a wash near Stone and Roger Road. (For those who don't know what a "wash" is--it's a dry river bed).

Giselle was unconscious. She was extremely hot. They rushed her to an animal hospital, where Giselle was treated.

This is where it gets really disturbing. When Giselle was found, she smelled of alcohol, one of her eyes were swollen shut, and she had an open sore near her neck. She was urinating blood. It appeared that whoever Giselle came in contact with that day, had beaten her badly. The injuries were not consistent with being hit by a car. The vet told Giselle's owner that she had suffered blunt force trauma and that her brain would not likely recover. She would have brain damage, but would live.

Five days later, Giselle died.

When you really think about it, Giselle's story really tells a lot about our society. The fine line between abusing animals and killing humans is too common to ignore. If you look into the history of serial killers, you will find a large majority had abused animals before moving on to killing people.

When will the person or persons that abused and tortured Giselle move on to humans?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

No-Good Samaritans

An elderly man finishes his grocery shopping and awaits a bus to take him home. Suddenly, a truck comes plowing through the parking lot, striking the man, scattering his groceries everywhere. The driver of the truck speeds away, into the darkness.

Horrified onlookers run to aid the obviously injured man, while they wait for help to arrive. His groceries, mangled and destroyed, still lay in the parking lot.

Sounds great, right? People helping others in a time of need, doing what any good samaritan would do? Well, it would be, if that's what had actually happened.

But, that's not what happened.

One person went to help the elderly, bleeding victim.

The others? They stole his groceries.

A man, a fellow human being, lays dying on the ground, and they steal his groceries. The man is dead. According to the article here in the Arizona Republic, the man that was helping the dying man, also had his groceries stolen.

The Mesa Police have identified the owner of the truck as Alan Flores-Ocon, 23.

The driver who swerved up onto the westbound curb of Main and hit the victim fled in pickup truck. Police recovered the truck at a nearby apartment complex but the suspect escaped. The truck is registered to Alan Flores-Ocon, 23, and police want to question him.

If Flores-Ocon was the one driving the truck and struck this man, that's bad enough. But what is worse is the lack of compassion for another human being, one who need their help. Instead, they helped themselves. Disgusting excuses for human beings.

Carnival Of The True Crime Blogs #96

Welcome, once again, to the Carnival Of The True Crime Blogs. It is my pleasure to host this week's edition!

We start this week's carnival with a new addition to our blogroll, Sarcastic Crime. It's a fascinating blog, complete with a podcast! Please be sure to stop by their blog and welcome them to the TC blogroll! This week, Sarcastic Crime has jumped on board to talk about a subject that has the whole world talking, Chester Arthur Stiles: Wanted! Dead or Alive (or Dead...). You can read another entry about the case from one of our other blogs, Missing and Murdered Children. The newest entry on this case is Fugitive from Justice--Chester Arthur Stiles. Great job keeping this story out there, and hopefully this guy will be caught soon!

Our next entry is from the blog sensation, In Cold Blog. What could be worse than a "mother" assaulting her own flesh and blood? Michelle Gray answers this question with her entry, Faces Of Depraved Indifference.

Another example of a great "mother", can be found as we hop over to Bonnie's Blog of Crime. This time, "mom" was running out of places to snort her coke. Find out where she decided to snort here, with Bonnie's entry called-- Wendy Cook: What a shining example of motherhood-NOT!

Speaking of bad parents, our last entry comes from the blog, Parents Behaving Badly. There's certainly no shortage of parents who are basically breeding cavities, but this bizarre tale, Woman's nude stargazing ends with son's death., shows that the shortage doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon.

That's the carnival for this week! Hope you have enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Four Corners Creep Of The Week: Douglas Burns

Well, the results of last week's "Creep of the Week" are in and, as expected the results were overwhelmingly in favor of Scott Clark being a creep. Of course, there's always the one person who doesn't think he's a creep, but......ya know, opinions.....everbody's got one. However, I must add that this isn't the first time Scott Clark has had a legal entanglement involving our feathered friends. Seems he has a "fowl" past involving poultry. I would also like to send out a special "thanks" to Soobs for this link. So for now, Clark is free on bail and awaiting his court hearing later this month.

Now, keep your vomit bags handy for our next creep. Just a warning......

Meet Douglas Burns, 54 (sorry, no picture available at this time). He's awaiting a hearing later this month to determine whether he will have to register as a sex offender. He pled guilty back in July to cruelty to an animal with sexual motivation.

Apparently, he didn't see anything wrong with sexually assaulting a dog, taking pictures, and getting said pictures developed at Wal-Mart.

You can read the rest of his story in this article from the Arizona Republic.

Thanks for voting!!