Monthly Archives: September 2016

A con is a con: Donald Trump is Bernie Madoff all over again

This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.

Imagine for a moment that it’s January 2009. Bernie Madoff, America’s poster-child fraudster, has yet to be caught. The 2007-2008 financial crisis never happened. The markets didn’t tank to reveal the emptiness beneath his schemes. We still don’t know what’s lurking in his tax returns because he’s never released them, but we know that he’s a billionaire, at least on paper. We also know, of course, that he just won the presidency by featuring the slogan — on hats, t-shirts, everywhere — “Make America Rich Again!” On a frosty morning in late January, before his colleagues, his country, God, and the world, Madoff takes the oath of office. He swears on a Bible to uphold the constitution.

The next day, everything comes crashing down. The banks. The markets. His fortune.

Madoff is a businessman, not a politician. He’s run and won as an anti-establishment maverick. Now,

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Michael Zammitti, Sean Fitzpatrick: Wakefield Concrete Murder Case Airing On ‘Nightmare Next Door’ On ID

Michael Zammitti Jr. was shot and killed at his workplace in Wakefield, Massachusetts, 10 years ago. His case is the highlighted story on Investigation Discovery’s Nightmare Next Door. The episode chronicling the story is “Death Takes a Toll.”

Police say Michael Zammitti Jr. and his co-worker Chester Roberts were gunned down by Sean Fitzpatrick, who was having an affair with Michael Zammitti’s wife, Michelle. Nightmare Next Door’s coverage will show that Sean Fitzpatrick was found guilty of the double murders and sentenced to two life sentences.

Double Murders At Concrete Company

In March of 2006, police were called to Allstate Concrete Pump Inc. in Wakefield, where they found the bodies of Chester Roberts and Michael Zammitti Jr. The victim’s father, Michael Zammitti Sr., told police that he had just arrived on the scene that morning when he found Chester Roberts lying in a pool of blood. Worried about his son,

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Yelena Zakin, Andrew Pakhomov: ID’s ‘Betrayed’ — Missing Wife Found Dead in Tennessee River Killed By Physics …

Yelena Zakin, an Alabama woman, was murdered and found floating in the Tennessee River 10 years ago. She was killed by her husband, UAH professor Dr. Andrew Pakhomov. Her life and death will be covered on Investigation Discovery’s true crime documentary Betrayed under the episode, titled “Blinded By Betrayal.” In the Betrayed episode, police are on the hunt for a woman who disappeared from her home. But when a search leads to the woman’s dead body underneath a boat dock ramp in the local river, the spotlight shines on her husband.

May 2006 UAH Contract Employee Missing

42-year-old Yelena Zakin disappeared from her Millsford Drive home in May, 2006. Her husband, Dr. Andrew Pakhomov, filed the missing person report.

According to Wired, two Decatur fishermen found the missing woman’s body along Alabama Highway 20 under a boat dock ramp in the Tennessee River. Yelena Zakin’s purse was found a short

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The Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture: Watch the Entire Ceremony Here

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 Hollywood actors, singers and local talent fuel the opening ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

One-hundred years in the making, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened with magnificent fanfare on Saturday, September 24, 2016 on the National Mall. The museum, home to over 3,000 artifacts, is by far, currently the premier attraction in the Nation’s Capital. Such is the demand to see the exhibits, tickets are unavailable until January.

 Vista of the Museum from Constitution Avenue, looking across the north lawn to the Washington Monument. Photo by Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Vista of the Museum from Constitution Avenue, looking across the north lawn to the Washington Monument. Photo by Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Many political and entertainment luminaries took the stage, including President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Robert De

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Update: Bossier Schools committee vetoes MTV

MTV productions will not be visiting two Bossier Parish schools in early October after a school board committee voted “no” Tuesday to the network’s request.

A Bossier Parish School Board committee discussed the use of Parkway High School and Cope Middle School for a documentary. The proposal would have given the production company permission to follow the lives of three young people who’ve chosen to practice abstinence. The film crew proposed observing and exploring how each students’ celibacy choice affects their individual lives, relationships and academic success.

Three of the five committee members present voted against  the proposal. Both schools’ principals also expressed

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Dark Truth Behind 8 Sex Workers Murdered in the Bayou

The details of the Jeff Davis 8 murders are so incredible – and so quintessentially bayou – that if they were fiction they’d seem a little heavy-handed. Between 2005 and 2009, eight women from the town of Jennings, Louisiana, in Jefferson Davis Parish, were murdered, their bodies dumped in crawfish ponds and canals in the area. For years, the police department has implied that a serial killer was in the parish’s midst, but it’s been over a decade since the killings began, and the cases remain unsolved. It sounds like the plot of True Detective, but when the details are laid out all at once, as they are in Ethan Brown’s mesmerizing new book Murder in the Bayou, it starts to make the hit HBO show seem downright restrained – and the bayou look a lot like the rest of the country.

Though the victims’ causes of death varied –

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Barbara Hefner, Dannie ‘Danny’ Lee Samuels: Rape And Murder Of Georgia Woman On ID’s ‘Swamp Murders’ Tonight

Barbara Hefner, a Georgia woman whose dead body was found floating in a lake, is the subject of an all-new episode of Swamp Murders on Investigation Discovery. Authorities say Hefner was killed by co-worker Dannie Lee Samuels Jr., also known as Danny Lee Samuels.

The Swamp Murders episode chronicling Barbara Hefner’s murder, titled “Dark Water,” will retrace the investigation into the death of a middle-aged woman who failed to meet a friend but is later found dead in a nearby lake. Viewers can look forward to a dramatic recreation of the murder as Thomson investigators tell the story.

2004: Thomson, Georgia, Missing Woman

In March of 2004, police were dispatched to a home on White Oak Road to do a welfare check on Barbara Hefner, a 53-year-old single woman who had failed to show up to a shopping excursion with a friend. Hefner’s brother contacted police about his missing sister. When

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‘The Real Housewives Of Orange County Season’ 11 Spoilers: Revelations Come Out In Episode 13

Episode 13 of The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 11 airs Monday night, and spoilers tease that some revelations will come out. Vicki Gunvalson makes a shocking statement about Shannon Beador to the other women and Kelly Dodd will open about her marriage to Michael.

The September 26 episode is titled “Bye, Bye, Beadors” and will highlight some of the complicated dynamics with a few of the cast members’ marriages. In addition to that, Meghan King Edmonds’ will have a milestone event in her pregnancy.

Shannon is still busy packing up before moving out of the house she just sold. She’s been hard-pressed to get everything done before the new owners move in. The RHOC synopsis reveals that Shannon will have a heartfelt goodbye when she leaves.

In one of the previews for The Real Housewives of Orange County in Episode 13, the spoilers clip on Bravo shows Meghan in her

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Review: ”Night, Mother’ at The Highwood Theatre

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‘’Night, Mother’ explores depths of depression, family secrets

The Highwood Theatre’s Night, Mother, expertly directed by Madison Middleton and wonderfully acted by Melissa B. Robinson and Jennifer Berry George, is a thoughtful staging of a Pulitzer Prize-winning work by playwright Marsha Norman. The play asks many questions: How does one deal with a debilitating illness? How should one cope with the vicissitudes of life? And like Hamlet, should one be or not be, when the going gets rough?

Jessie (Jennifer Berry George) shares painful memories and regrets with her mother Thelma (Melissa B. Robinson) in the kitchen of their country home. Photo courtesy of The Highwood Theatre.

Jessie (Jennifer Berry George) shares painful memories and regrets with her mother Thelma (Melissa B. Robinson) in the kitchen of their country home. Photo courtesy of The Highwood Theatre.

The show is a 90-minute study

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Veronica Bozza, Timothy Bozza: Investigation Discovery’s ‘Nightmare Next Door’ Explores Tennessee ‘Criss Cross …

Veronica Bozza, a TV and music producer, was shot and killed by a man her husband hired to kill her. Veronica Bozza’s tragic story will be the focus of ID’s Nightmare Next Door.

In the episode titled “Criss Cross Killer,” detectives are baffled when a mother is found dead on the living room floor by her boyfriend on a Sunday afternoon. But as the boyfriend is ruled out as a suspect, the investigation takes a shocking turn when it is discovered that the killer got his inspiration from a popular movie.

According to WSMV, Veronica Bozza was living in the Hermitage area of Nashville, Tennessee, in August 2010. She was in the middle of a nasty divorce and a bitter custody battle with her estranged husband, Timothy Bozza.

Working as a TV and music producer, Veronica Bozza was already moving on with her life and was ready to put the divorce

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