Monday, April 30, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Minnesota Cho in the Making

I went to my local library today to spend a few hours studying and writing, thinking this would be a good place to work with no distractions (like my refrigerator and the Internet and that newspaper lying over there). I set up my computer and books in a study corral in the back of the library (far away from the kids section). I walked by the row of adults at the computers and noticed a gentleman sitting in one of the chairs by the window, reading a book about Greece. I started into my work, happy to work peacefully in this nice location.

Then they came by my desk; a middle-aged man and a scrawny teenage boy, about fourteen or fifteen, sipping on a soda. They sat down behind me and the man started chatting away with the kid. He kept his voice lowered – after all this was a library – but, nonetheless, his constant jabbering was extremely distracting for anyone trying to study or work. I put up with it for about ten minutes and then I turned and asked the man to stop talking. He told me he couldn’t, that he was tutoring the boy, and he had to do it in a public place. I asked him how long he planned on continuing the noise making and he told me it would be two hours.

I then asked this man how he thought other people could concentrate if he used the library as social hour, considering one was not allowed to talk on cell phones in the room. He ignored me and started on with his tutoring. The boy laughed at me. So I asked the man what kind of example he thought he was setting for this boy by breaking the rules of the library and annoying the other patrons. The boy laughed again and then he said, “Bitch.” The man said nothing. I asked the man why he was ignoring the fact the boy just called me a bad name. He ignored me again. I went to the librarian who told me the man was an instructor for at-risk youth. At-risk youth! I guess that man was sure teaching the boy how to act right! My guess is that this useless excuse for an adult male was a do-gooder who thinks buying a juvenile delinquent a drink and helping him do his homework is all he needs to become a worthwhile citizen; how he behaves should be ignored. I got the librarian to move this charming duo to a back room and on the way the boy called me a bitch again, but my guess is they will be back in the library next week even if they break the rules and abuse the other patrons.

This is why Cho Seung-Hui got as far as he did; no one ever told him to stop. No one ever told him other people have rights. No one ever punished him for his mistreatment of others. He grew up to think others didn’t matter. My guess is this boy is learning just those same lessons from the moronic adults around him. When he kills one of them someday, we shouldn’t say we didn’t see it coming.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Sex Pervert Copycat sends Anthrax Style Letters

Investigators are wondering who has been sending dozens of letters with insecticide powder since September of 2004 threatening violence if the news networks don’t start showing more cheerleaders and sportswomen in skimpy clothing and lingering frontal shots of female basketball and tennis players, especially when they jump! Below is an excerpt of one of the first letters:

“"We are fed up with networks exploiting women in sports coverage. ABC/ESPN exploit collegiate and professional cheer squads in their coverage of football and basketball. They also screw WNBA players and WTA Tennis players. Compare coverage of cheer and dance squads based on their outfits they wear. Compare quality of shots, length of shots and number of shots Pigs park their cameras on us close up, front view, dozens of times each game, yet rarely ever show on TV in this manner, unless squads are wearing sweaters, jackets, under shirts, etc... Watch how they always zoom in on WNBA players shooting free throws then leave at the last second as she starts to shoot, disrupting the flow. Watch on ESPN how they will show women serve, close up, from every angle (side, back) EXCEPT when they zoom in close front, they will leave as she starts to serve, disrupting the flow. We have asked nicely for them to respect us and all women, yet they refuse. They exploit innocent people, so we will too. When they start respecting us, we stop mailing these out."

This particular sexual psychopath has a paraphelia (a sexual obsession) with “bouncing boobs”! I don’t think one will actually find that particular sexual perversity listed in a psychiatric manual, but this is apparently what this loser spends an inordinate amount of his time attempting to see by watching hours upon hours of ESPN. Clearly, even though a great many of the women are not wearing that much clothing and their breasts actually do move up and down while they play their sports, this man just can’t get enough of this action and each time an opportunity is lost, he gets upset.

Bouncing Boob Bob apparently thinks he can scare the networks into providing the sports equivalent of twenty-four hour soft porn. If anyone out there knows a guy who fits the facts of this case – a man who watches an awful lot of sports television, is obsessed with the media, has lived or traveled to Portland, Seattle, and Chicago over the last four years – and has a big thing for bouncing boobs, please give the police or FBI a ring – they are getting quite sick of this guy and would like to make him a new home where not many breasts exist. They need your help.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: We LOVE you, Seung-Hui Cho!

Cho has made it. He is now poster boy for the lonely, the bullied, and the ignored. He is our hero and we owe him our respect, we owe him our tributes, and we owe him our love. At least this seems to be what that insensitive, self-centered sick twit of a schoolgirl thinks who made a memorial for Cho Seung-Hui at Virginia Tech alongside the innocent people he slaughtered as though he deserved the same sentiments as the others. Apparently, this stupid girl is not alone in her perverse thinking as it seems others have gone so far as to place flowers and notes of sympathy by the memorial stone for this lousy piece of garbage and a good portion of the media is oohing and aahing over how wonderful it is that there is so little anger and hate levied against Cho.

Well, let me levy some. While I feel pity for the little boy Cho was before he turned into the antisocial beast that committed such a hideous mass murder, I feel nothing but disgust for the vicious cold-blooded killer he became. He deserves no empathy considering he had none for his victims and their families. He deserves no forgiveness from us folks who did not lose a loved one to this psychopath because only true victims of this man have the right to make that choice. For that matter, Cho deserves no forgiveness from anyone because he has asked for none; the matter is now between Cho and God and let’s let God decide for Himself what to do with Cho’s soul if he has one.

If this act of honoring Cho is the right thing to do, well then let’s name a hall after Ted Bundy at the Florida university where he slaughtered a number of his victims. Let’s start Hitler Day and Assassins Week. Let’s take a killer out to dinner.

For God’s sake, America, how much lower can we sink then when we blur wrong and right to such an extent we can’t even distinguish the difference in the worth of the life of a brutal mass murderer who never gave society anything but destruction, sadness, and misery and the lives of thirty-two innocent victims whose loss is devastating to all of us? My guess is we have hit rock bottom.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Motive of a Mass Murderer

We keep hearing how the investigators are working hard to find the motive in the mass murder at Virginia Tech, that somewhere in the life and writings of Cho Seung-Hui there is the answer to why he committed such a horrible act. I say, why are we wasting so much time to search for an answer that is meaningless and also impossible to prove as being the actual truth of the matter?Cho was a psychopath who hated the world. If he were alive, he might pick this motive or that motive in an attempt to justify his actions. This supposed motive might be something he feels comfortable with as his reason for committing a heinous crime or it might be a motive he picks just to make himself look better in the eyes of the world. He might choose a motive to punish his classmates, his family, or some girl who didn’t give him the time of day. He might pick a motive just to play games with us. If Cho were alive, we might get some sort of answer but we would never know the veracity of it.

But, Cho is dead. We can peruse his mind through his writings and behaviors and take a wild guess at a motive, but we will never get his confirmation that we have the right one (the one he wants us to buy which makes it a nonsensical exercise anyway). So what is the point of this exercise in futility? I guess folks just want some answer they can live with, an answer that will assure us that this horrifying act was an anomaly which only happened because of one specific issue in Cho’s life. Then we can breathe a sigh of relief and say, well, there is nothing we can do about some that one circumstance that set him off..

However, if we admit that Cho is a violent psychopath who simply wanted to get his revenge at the world for damned near everything that he felt went wrong in his life, then we have bigger problem: other psychopaths may come out of the woodwork and repeat Cho’s crime just for the hell of it. To stop future mass murderers we must address the creation of psychopaths and how we enable them to eventually take revenge on us. Accepting Cho as a psychopath is much scarier than just thinking he is a psychotic who misinterpreted some incident and snapped. If we finally accept that school mass murders and serial killings are on the rise in this country, we then know it is just a matter of time before we see another tragedy in the news.

Let’s stop looking for the “motives” of psychopaths and start spending our time figuring how to keep our children from developing antisocial personalities and how to protect society from those psychopaths that are already among us.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: A Hooker by any other Name....

I just love how we all pussyfoot around calling a hooker a hooker by renaming her an escort, a dancer, or a masseuse (and I am not talking about masseuses who have been trained to give more than a “Swedish fingertip massage”). I have always wondered whether the “dancer” the Duke boys asked over was supposed to provide a lot more than a musical distraction and why the university doesn’t have a problem with young men who represent their lacrosse team hiring prostitutes for their parties.

Now we have mass murderer Cho Seung-Hui hiring Chastity (yeah, right) Frye for $160 an hour to “dance” in his hotel room. She is yet another “escort” working for a service (read: upscale pimp) who says she didn’t provide sex for him but just did a lap dance. Chastity is a hooker and I have no problem making that statement publicly. If she had only worked for the “escort” service for one night, I could buy that she didn’t know that she was to provide sex for her client, but no girl who works in a massage parlor or for an escort service for more than that night will lose her job if she does not make her johns happy. Chastity admits she is an “escort” and does what “escorts” do, so we know she is a liar when she says she was dancing for Cho. Of course, she has to say that in order not to get arrested. Sadly, we have a massive number of prostitution services blatantly advertising on the Internet, in the newspaper, in the phone book and with big signs outside their buildings stating “Twenty-Four Hour Massage” and we do nothing about it. When was the last time you heard about those places being raided or closed down and why is it legal for our newspapers and yellow pages pimp for these places?

It used to be prostitution was relegated to a nasty red light district in our cities but now it has become part of everyday life. I guess when we as a society are as limited in morals as we are in today’s world, sex is just another commodity, even on college campuses.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Monday, April 23, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Let's Stop Screwing up Our Kids!

Two teenage girls in Australia just strangled a friend to death just because they wanted to see how it felt. Apparently not much else of life was worth experiencing for these jaded teens, so they had to experience the “thrill” of murder to get an adrenaline rush. I remember my years as a youth and I also wanted to be excited by life and so I worked with blind and deaf children, took karate, and dreamed of traveling to Africa. Never did it occur to me that violence would be a kick or that watching my terrified “friend” die a horrible death at my own hands would be an experience worth having. Something is seriously frightening about the psyche of some kids today.

Two other teenage girls in Australia took a different path. They killed themselves because they felt the world wasn’t worth living in. Participants in “Emo” culture, a mindset that over focuses on the “poor me” syndrome, they didn’t lack for a large group of friends (as their suicide notes named) but even the fact that they weren’t alone in the world didn’t stop these self-murders from occurring. I remember another teen who thanked her parents and siblings for being wonderful and her friends for being there for her who then hung herself because the world was “mean.” The world was kind of mean when I was growing up as well (and I wasn’t terrible popular in high school and didn’t have more than a couple of friends) but suicide never ever crossed my mind. Homicidal and suicidal ideation are being promoted constantly in our world today. I never heard of such things when I was growing up so my response to being angry was to lock my bedroom door and listen to show tunes (which didn’t do much to fuel my rage). Now, anger is bolstered by violent ideation from just about every corner of life – video games, movies, television, music, and news – and so it is no wonder kids now consider violence a way to express themselves when they become frustrated with the world around them.

Teenage years have always been difficult transition points. If we as a society care about our children, we need to surround young adults with soft cushions instead of providing them with vicious thoughts to spur them on to violent behavior. We also need to require niceness in our schools, in our communities, in our families, and in our society in general. All the nastiness we see on reality television, in music videos, with bullying in schools, in heated divorce battles, and in general discourse can hardly bring a feeling of happiness to stressed and saddened teens.

Keep posted for news of my new campaign, “Let’s Stop Screwing up Our Kids!” It is time to really do something about the environment our kids live in.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Minimizing Crimes and Bad Behavior

This photo provided by the
Department of Homeland Security
shows Cho Seung-Hui , the gunman
suspected of carrying out the Virginia
Tech massacre that left 33 people dead.
(AP Photo/Department of Homeland Security)

Our country has gotten so desensitized to crime, violence, lying, bad language, public displays of sex, and other bad and dangerous behaviors that people minimize these actions when they occur. Our standards have sunk so low that we hardly blink an eye when even heinous behavior is exhibited. This minimization of bad behavior is one of the contributing factors to the horrible Virginia Tech massacre. Let’s look along a time line and how Cho ended up committing mass murder and how we citizens did little to stop it.

Cho goes through childhood displaying weirder and weirder behaviors. Probably not much was done about it because what he was doing and saying was weird, but his right.

Cho goes off to college and while at college starts creeping out his fellow students and teachers, being accused of stalking and acting scary enough to have one of his professors beg the administration to do something about him. While it is okay to be strange, it should not have been okay to frighten others with your behavior. An institution of learning ought to be responsible to make sure the environment is safe for all students and faculty. The student is a “guest” at the college and the college should have the right to expect proper behavior from him or he should be required to leave.

Cho goes and buys guns. While I personally believe in the right to own guns and the right to carry them to protect yourself, I also believe we have a responsibility as a society and as citizens to be serious about gun ownership. We should be required to have a background check, one which checks criminal, behavioral, and mental status. In other words, this should be a solid check so that people like Cho who exhibit frightening behavior and are on antidepressant meds aren’t considered citizens safe enough to be gun owners. The owner should also have to go through strong training in gun safety and sign a document that accepts full responsibility for the gun, that if the weapon is used by anyone other than the owner in a criminal act, the owner will also be liable for prosecution. Cho just walked in and was able to buy the guns he wanted simply because he was not a felon. His other frightening behaviors never were taken into account and he was never required to show even the slightest interest in responsible gun ownership.

Cho is given antidepressants, probably by a doctor who is not a psychiatrist and who does not have him under his care for his mental health problems. Depression and emotional problems are now considered something that can be magically whisked away with drugs. Pop a pill, problem solved.

There are two bomb threats on campus. This happens a lot these days. If they catch the guys who do such things, what kind of jail sentence do you think they would get? It might be labeled juvenile behavior that needs a little counseling instead of a horrific terrorist threat.

Two students are brutally murdered on the Virginia tech campus. The gunman is unknown and at large. Notification to the students of this extremely dangerous situation is delayed because the police and the administration minimized the danger by deciding the murders were just a domestic dispute and the gunman was probably just the female victim’s boyfriend and he was probably just going to go lay low. Shouldn’t such a heinous crime have horrified everyone, even the professionals? Shouldn’t the police and college administration have immediately gotten out the word out that two innocent people had been brutally murdered and there is an armed and extremely dangerous killer on the loose? Do we have to wait until thirty-two students are murdered to consider the killer a danger to the community?

It is becoming harder and harder for people to recognize concerning behaviors in individuals and dangerousness in our communities because so much rotten behavior is tolerated. When we raise our standards of acceptable behavior, bad behavior will be a whole lot easier to see and, perhaps, then we will stop ignoring it.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Who is to Blame for the Virginia Tech Massacre?

It has been interesting in the wake of the Virginia Tech mass murder to see the reactions of the public to the incident. Much raw emotion is coming out and people, including myself, feel very strongly about one issue or the other. In doing television appearances concerning this horrible event, I get the inevitable hate mail and phone calls along with, thankfully, many more positive responses. What gets people really upset (other than the fact thirty-two innocent students and teachers have been murdered in cold blood? Let’s take a look at what is riling people up. Blame, or shall I say, who is to blame for the massacre.

There are those who become angry that blame is placed anywhere but on the shooter. These folks believe that nothing in society could have prevented or stopped the killer and, therefore, we should simply look at the situation as the sad result of a deranged individual who has done a horrible deed. We should call the killer evil (or mentally ill) and mourn the dead. We either hate the evildoer and blame him for everything or we feel sorry for the mentally deranged man along with the victims.

I find this a bit too simplistic and rather frightening, especially when we see a rise in the trend of school shootings, violence among our youth, and predators. If each time something like this happens and we just shrug our shoulders and say, “It couldn’t be helped” we are doing nothing to make the future of our citizens safer.

The reality is that various aspects of society can indeed be blamed for the creation of psychopaths and the crimes they commit. Family and societal problems such as broken homes, excessive violent imagery as a staple of youth’s lives, a gun culture which glorifies and internalizes the use of firearms as both an entertainment and a method of retaliation, a high level disrespectful behavior in our schools, parents who leave their children unsupervised and to their own devices, a lack of positive inputs into youths’ lives, irresponsible gun ownership, lack of public safety laws and security, a weak criminal justice system – these are many of the issues that lead to the development of violent psychopaths and allow them to carry out horrific crimes.

It is a complicated and difficult problem but one which we continually ignore as a society, pretending that pornography, violent media and gaming, poor parenting, and out-of-control school environments are not compromising our youth. It isn’t that this Virginia Tech killer isn’t a horrible creep that should be blamed for the deaths of these poor victims, but that as a society we need to wake up and realize we are to a good extent part of the problem as to why mass murderers, pedophiles, and predators have become such a nightmare in our country and are becoming an increasing problem in other countries as well.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Monday, April 16, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Better Business Bureau Supports Crooks

Consumers can hang up getting help any more in this country. Don’t waste your time with the Attorney General’s office because they only decide to “handle” complaints if their lawyers decide there is some political advantage to doing so. But, wait, what about the good old Better Business Bureau, those supposed consumer advocates who are the watchdogs of abuses by companies and corporations? Yeah, right! The “watchdog” has become the lapdog of crooked companies out to swindle innocent people. This “fox who guards the hen house” makes a ton of money off of fooling citizens by pretending to help them (usually by sending back a form letter that simply says the complaint has been filed and handled) when in reality they take more than $400 a year from companies who get protection from lawsuits by becoming members of this totally crooked “consumer advocacy” organization.

Better Business Bureaus are supported by the very people they are supposed to be investigating and you can be darn sure they aren’t going to bite the hand that feeds them. In our world today though, they do great advertising that covers their real intent….to make millions through phony “consumer services” and collusion with the scumbags they are supposed to be monitoring.

It is a pretty sad world when the only true consumer advocacy are the consumers themselves, on places like eBay and Angie’s list (which cost the consumer $7/month for the privilege) which allow real feedback from customers to be publicly displayed. The Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General’s offices, on the other hand, claim privacy rights to cover their refusal to give out any useful information and keep citizens from knowing if any of the claims have been pursued and how many of them have been truly handled.

The corporate world now owns the consumer lock, stock, and barrel, and we no longer have any recourse to fraud and abuse. Only small time crooks ever get nailed for their criminal acts…the rest get away with them, all with the help of our government and fake consumer advocate groups.

Pretty sad state of affairs if you ask me.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Anna Nicole’s Doctor Under Investigation

Well it’s about time. The DNA results naming Larry Birkhead as the father of Dannielynn Smith dominate today’s headlines, but there is a more important development in the Anna Nicole Smith saga. According to BBC News, the friend and psychiatrist who treated Anna Nicole Smith, Dr Khristine Eroshevich, is now under investigation by California authorities. California medical board spokesperson, Candis Cohen, confirmed that Dr Eroshevich is being investigated in connection with Smith’s death, but declined to provide further details.

There are some disturbing findings regarding the actions of Dr Eroshevich, and others, contained in documents released by the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office. These findings raise questions that require answers.

The investigative report by Broward County Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Joshua Perper contains a timeline of events beginning with the arrival of Smith and her companions, which included Dr Khristine Eroshevich, in Florida.

“…At 8:30 pm the party checked in at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood. Maurice Brighthaupt, a friendand former body guard met them at the hotel. Anna’s temperature was taken by Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and was 105 degrees. Anna was told to have 911 call for transport to the hospital, but she categorically refused. She was given an ice bath and her temperature dropped to 97 degrees. She was given Tamiflu as well as 1000 mg of Ciprofloxacin with water. Chloral Hydrate was added for sleep. She fell asleep around 10 pm”

After Dr Eroshevich discovered Anna Nicole had a fever of 105, she told her “to have 911 call for transport to the hospital, but she categorically refused” Why did she ask an extremely ill patient with a dangerously high body temperature if she wanted to call 911? Then Dr Eroshevich proceeds to treat her for the fever and infection and give her a drug for sleep that is “a DEA Schedule IV controlled substance that is infrequently prescribed as a hypnotic agent which may cause respiratory and central nervous system depression, coma, convulsions, cardiac arrhythmias and death.

“3. Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Anna Nicole Smith did not urinate and had a “pungent” odor and temperature of 100 degrees. She was at time depressed but she was able to watch television and appeared overall okay. She was given a bath and various fluids including pedialyte, camomile tea and Fiji water. She felt well in the afternoon after a bath and was given chloral hydrate for sleep. She slept about two hours, then she watched television until 11 pm. She took another dose of chloral hydrate and asked for Soma, Klonopin, Valium, Topamax (unknown if she took these medicines).”

Anna Nicole still has a fever and is now presumably severely dehydrated evidenced by a lack of urination. Dr Eroshevich gives Anna Nicole fluids, a bath, and more chloral hydrate. Furthermore, autopsy test results show that Soma, Klonopin, Valium, and Topamax, were 4 of the 7 prescription drugs (plus 2 over-the-counter drugs for a total of 9), which included chloral hydrate, found in Anna Nicole’s system. It may be “unknown” if she took those medications at that time on February 6th, but she did take them in the days prior to her death.

“4. Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Anna stayed awake in bed, watching television around 11 am. She was feeling better and ate breakfast/lunch (omelette of egg white and spinach). In the afternoon she was observed naked and sitting confused in a dry bathtub. She subsequently took a bath. In the evening she ordered 2 crab cakes and shrimp for dinner. Dr. Eroshevich left in the evening for California. Anna was upset and depressed over her friend’s departure. Maurice (“Big Mo”) Brighthaupt returned after Dr. Eroshevich left. Anna was still complaining of not feeling well. She was in the bathtub when Maurice Brighthaupt left for several hours returning between 8-10 pm. Anna was seen on the couch and Howard K. Stern was present but in the bedroom. Maurice went to sleep in the guest room and awakened around 4 am. When he checked the couch, Anna was no longer there and he assumed she had gone to sleep in her room.”

Soon after the still ill Anna is “observed naked and sitting confused in a dry bathtub”, no doubt due to a drug induced stupor, Dr Eroshevich leaves her with the 7 drugs that she has prescribed for Anna Nicole under false names and no medical supervision, then proceeds on her merry way back to California. If this is how Dr Eroshevich “treats” her friends, who needs enemies.

The rest of Anna Nicole’s companions aren’t much better.

“5. Thursday, February 8, 2007
Maurice woke up around 9 am. Around 9:30 am he went to Anna’s room and thought he saw her moving but was not certain. He told Howard he was going to have breakfast with his wife, Tasma. Mr. Stern awoke between 9-10 am and helped Anna to the bathroom. He then watched television in another room until King Eric called to inform him of his arrival at the airport. Mr. Stern then called Maurice to instruct him to pick up the guests (King Eric, his common-law wife, and another man). Upon the arrival of King Eric and his party at the hotel at around 12 pm, Mr. Stern called out to Anna who was still in bed to arouse her. One of the guests then urged him not to wake her so he did not call her again.”

Stern “called out to Anna who was still in bed to arouse her.” The least he could have done was actually enter the bedroom to check on her.

“Shortly after 12 pm, Maurice, Mr. Stern, King Eric, and the other male visitor left the room at the Hard Rock Hotel. Maurice left to take care of personal business and Mr. Stern, King Eric, and the other male guest left at the same time to pick up the boat. Maurice asked Tasma, his wife who is a registered nurse, to stay with Anna. She worked on the computer in Anna’s room while Anna remained in bed under the covers. King Eric’s common-law wife remained in an adjoining room. At about 1 pm Tasma Brighthaupt was on the phone with her husband, Maurice Brighthaupt. The boat captain’s wife, who had been in the guest room, came into Anna Nicole’s room because she thought Tasma was talking to Anna Nicole. When the captain’s wife realized Tasma was not talking to Anna Nicole, she went around Miss Smith’s bed and took a look at her. She then told Tasma to come take a look at Anna because she didn’t like the way Anna Nicole looks. Tasma hang up with Maurice and came around the bed. She saw Anna’s face slumped downward on her chest, her mouth open and without breathing sounds. Tasma Brighthaupt initiated CPR after calling her husband Maurice. She alternated mouth to mouth breathing with chest compressions, checking for a pulse until Maurice arrived.

1:38 pm Maurice returns to the Hard Rock Hotel and he took over resuscitation.
1:40 pm Seminole Emergency Medical Service was called.
1:43 pm First patrol unit arrived to room 607.
1:46 pm Seminole paramedics arrived. CPR was continued.
2:43 pm Anna Nicole Smith arrived at Hollywood Memorial Hospital.
2:49 pm Anna Nicole Smith is pronounced dead and the Medical Examiner’s Office is notified.
4:15 pm Associate Medical Examiner, Dr. Gertrude Juste responds to scene of death pronouncement at the Hollywood Memorial Hospital.
4:59 pm Anna Nicole Smith’s body arrived at the Medical Examiner’s Office and is logged in.”

At about 1 pm, Mrs. Brighthaupt, who is a registered nurse, calls her husband before starting CPR, and does not call 911. The “Scene Report - Seminole Hard Rock Café” by Associate Medical Examiner Gertrude M. Juste, M.D. states information was initially provided by Seminole Detective Marian Bryant that Tasma Brighthaupt noticed something wrong with Smith at around 12:30 p.m. Maurice Brighthaupt arrives approximately 38 minutes later, and then 911 is called.

Dr. Perper’s final summary conclusions:





The report also states, “Chloral Hydrate was the most significant drug implicated in this fatality, however several other prescription medications also played a role in this death.7-10 Although the remaining pharmacologic agents were at therapeutic levels, each of these drugs is known to interact with chloral hydrate resulting in an increased risk of overdose.”

Respiratory depression would account for Mrs. Brighthaupt’s statement that Anna Nicole appeared cyanotic or “blue.” In the eyes of the law, Anna Nicole’s life is no less valuable than anyone else’s is. Yes, Anna Nicole Smith was an admitted abuser of prescription drugs, and this contributed to her death. However, this does not relieve Dr Eroshevich of her responsibility for prescribing the potentially lethal combination of medications. Would Smith still be alive if 911 were called sooner so that she could receive proper emergency medical care? We will most likely never know, but the fact remains it was at the very least irresponsible, and at most, criminal, that help was not summoned sooner.

Donna Weaver

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: False Rape Claims

A Maryland lawmaker is in big trouble with women’s advocates because he quoted a 17th century English jurist that juries should not accept a woman’s claim that she had been raped without some sense of skepticism. Delegate Joesph E. Vallario, Jr. was speaking on the issue of a father losing his rights in family court because of a claim of rape by his ex-wife even if the rape charge was never proven in court. He quoted the words spoken by an English chief justice, Sir Matthew Hale, that “Rape is an accusation easily made, hard to be proved, and harder yet to be defended by the party accused.”

Senator Jamin B. Raskin responded to Vallario by telling him it is not easy for a woman to allege rape and referred to a law passed by the General Assembly in 1987 which prohibits judges from instructing juries to be skeptical of rape claims. Lisae Jordon, legislative counsel for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault echoed his sentiments and stated, “People were a bit taken aback that the chairman of the committee would be citing what is archaic and misogynistic doctrine.”

Now, I have sometimes been considered harsh by men because of my tough on crime views of putting rapists and serial killers away for life without parole, that I am rather severe in my belief that these men should be locked up forever and we should have no sympathy for them. On the other hand, I have been attacked by women’s advocates for being unfeeling toward the likes of Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride, and Audrey Seiler, the college student who made a similar claim as Wilbanks that she was kidnapped, or the NASA astronaut, Lisa Nowak, who drove half way across the country to assault her ex-lover’s girlfriend. I do not have a bias toward one sex or the other when it comes to crime, yet, I am often accused of just that when I come down hard on criminals of the male persuasion or the criminals of the female persuasion.

So, let me make a few more enemies today. I consider myself a feminist because I hold very strong views on women having equal rights in the world and not being the chattel of men. However, I also believe in women having equal responsibilities and an equal application of the rule of law. While men should be punished harshly for raping women, women should be punished harshly for lying about men raping them.

I hate to tell Ms. Jordon and Senator Raskin that Sir Hale and Delegate Vallario are absolutely correct. It is not misogyny to point out a truth and that recognizing this truth is a necessity in applying justice. While it is often hard for women to prove they have been raped (especially when the woman is involved in a relationship with the man through marriage or dating), it is equally hard for a man to prove he didn’t rape someone. This is why I warn my daughter and my sons to be careful who they involve themselves with as my daughter could end up the victim of a rape that will never see the offender guilty in court or my sons may be accused of a rape that they cannot defend themselves against. It is reality.

Just as some men get away with raping women because lack of physical evidence forces juries to find them innocent, there are also quite a few women out there who like to claim rape when it is useful to do so and sympathies toward real rape victims may sway a jury to convict without any real evidence that the rape occurred. These women (or girls) may be cheating on their boyfriends or husbands and lie to cover up their infidelity, they may be late coming home and don’t want their parents to punish them, or they may accuse their ex-husbands of rape in order to get custody of children. However, many of our jurors use emotions rather than evidence to make their determinations. Clearly, Raskin and Vallario have this same problem because they are choosing to ignore the behaviors of some women out there. Jennifer Wilbanks made a claim of false rape and she is hardly the only narcissistic, lying female in the country. Women do make false rape claims and jurors would be remiss to not consider this a possibility when deciding cases.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Racial Profiling

We all do it; we make quick generalizations until we get added information to alter our basic viewpoint. It is actually a necessity for survival to be able to do this. If we had to ignore our perceptions and wait until we check out all the angles and possibilities, we would risk ending up in a bad way or missing out on an opportunity. One time my car broke down on a cold and windy night half way between exits on the highway. This was not a good situation. The first person to pull over offered me a ride but something about his demeanor (he was white by the way, as I am) creeped me out. So I try to hand him some money to make a call for help (yes, before cell phones existed) while standing as close to the road as possible so he couldn’t grab me and toss me behind my car. He threw the money back at me, called me a name, and drove off. I guess I was right about him and it was a good thing I didn’t get in his vehicle. The next guy that pulled over seemed harmless and so I did get in the car and he drove me home. He was indeed a nice guy. I avoided a disaster and I caught an opportunity because I profiled correctly.

Racial profiling has raised a lot of concern in recent years, but I think oftentimes it has been a bit blown out of proportion; not that there are cops and others who just see race and not real identifying issues. If I am walking down the street at night and I see a bunch of white guys to the left of me dressed in falling down pants and caps turned backwards and I see group of well dressed black guys to my right, I am going to steer myself right through the black men. It isn’t race that would concern me but the clothes that would let me know how respectable these guys are. If I were getting on a plane and I see four white men whispering and then taking far apart seats on a plane and all asking for seat belt extenders while a group of Muslim men are smiling pleasantly and sharing CDs among themselves, I am going to be worried about the white guys.

But suppose the black men had the thug clothing and the Muslims were acting weird on a plane; am I supposed to ignore the warning bells going off just because I might be considered a racist? This is foolish and all people of all races, religion and sexes need to recognize their behavior is going to be analyzed, like it or not, and if one is behaving in a concerning way, he will have to suffer the consequences. Of course, if there is a true incidence of someone being singled out for no reason other than race, religion, or sex, this is another matter entirely and is quite unacceptable.

I don’t joke about bombs in airports or wear shorts and a tank top in Morocco. It is just common sense to be sure others are comfortable around you and you don’t cause them to feel threatened or disrespected and, at the same time, you can save yourself a whole lot of grief.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Monday, April 2, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Misplaced Sympathies

I was walking down the street near Union Station in Washington DC yesterday and a flier caught my eye. It was in the front of one of those free newspaper bins and I must admit I took it just so that less people would show up at the event. Maybe I was wrong in preventing the public from getting information about this opportunity, but it was of those times I felt I should stand up and not ignore wrong. What got me so ticked?

It was an art and music show for convicts. Yes, a special show displaying the works of prisoners. First of all, I want to know why felons still serving time are getting the materials, time, and opportunity to express themselves in such a way. Aren’t they supposed to be paying their debt to society instead of getting to play with acrylics? I would like to go to a free art class myself but for some reason they don’t seem to exist for adults in my community. I have to pay for them.

And do you know how many artists there are in this country that would give their right arm for an opportunity to show their work but can’t afford the cost of art shows or can’t get accepted into the very competitive gallery scene? These hardworking, honest citizens get less attention paid to their artistic endeavors than criminals who are costing the taxpayers tons of money and emotional pain. Is this not the sign of a sick society? Who allows this crap to go on?

This doesn’t mean I don’t believe that there should not be some methodology and assistance for criminals to do their time in a healthy (but very restrictive – meaning no television, garbage reading material, and weightlifting) environment, pay back society, and then reenter it. I don’t see where art has any part in the repayment of victims, the learning of proper behavior, or the attainment of usable employment skills (which should only be taught to them while the inmate works to pay for the training as it irks me to see criminals get such opportunities for free when a poor hardworking kid can’t afford them).

Finally, convicts should have no rights to contact with the society they have offended and injured. This is the meaning of being put behind bars – you are being separated from society. These annoying do-gooders who want to be pen pals, friends, and helpers of inmates ought to spend their time helping the victims these criminals have left damaged and, for the most part, ignored by society. Maybe there are even some victims who used to be artists who can’t even lift their brushes to the canvas anymore. Why not give them the art show instead of honoring the creeps who wreaked havoc in these innocent people’s lives?

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: Can Violent Offenders Change?

I saw a sweet, heartwarming movie the other day about the redemption of a violent youth. The film Tsotsi (which means thug) takes place in the slums on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. The film opens with Tsotsi’s involvement with the stabbing of a businessman he and his boys are robbing on the subway. Clearly, this is a way of life for him and his gang, but the first time he has been involved in murder. When one of the gang members can’t handle the fact they have taken an innocent life, he badgers Tsotsi about his lack of feeling for humankind. Tsotsi responds by beating him senseless. Then, he takes off and ends up at the house of a wealthy black couple and carjacks the wife as she exits her vehicle. When she fights back, he shoots her and takes off. Here is the turning point of the movie; there is a baby in the backseat of the car. For some reason Tsotsi takes to the child and attempts to care for him in his rough and violent manner (he forces a woman to feed the baby at gunpoint). Eventually, he returns the baby to its parents and gives himself up.

The movie made me feel bad. I felt like a creep. I quite often caution against believing in the rehabilitation of psychopaths as a worthless and dangerous endeavor. But, who am I not to give someone a chance? Am I wrong that these damaged beings couldn’t finally break through their rage and see some worth in another human being (other than what that human being can do for them)? Could a violent offender not really feel remorse at some point in his life? If I were in Johannesburg and a judge in a court in which Tsotsi came before me, would I see that his returning of the baby was a sign that he could be a better man with a little bit of help and a decent life? Weren’t his tears at the end of the movie real and shouldn’t we as a society have a little mercy for this young man who grew up in a horrible home?

Then I remembered; this was only a movie. A real Tsotsi would have probably simply tossed the child from the car window as he drove down the road with the stolen vehicle. Or, if he thought the baby was kind of cute and he wanted to be a proud daddy, the first time the baby got on his nerves, it likely would have been suffocated. Psychopaths may sometimes like other people and they may like certain pets if they get some benefit from them, but they would also never let their “feelings” for them get in the way of their own needs.

Sometimes, later in life a criminal will renounce his violent ways but only because he can’t keep up with pace of tough younger offenders. Like all of us after middle age, the body slows to a great extent and our desire for dangerous and energetic activities wanes quite a bit. While this varies from individual to individual, there is a reason why our VFWs are full of older men telling their war stories and not still living them. Many violent offenders also become pussycats in old age, living in their memories and conning people with their talk instead of assaulting them. Give them an elixir of youth and as soon as they felt the strength and power return to their bodies, we would find them out on the streets again, back to using fists and weapons instead of verbal manipulation.

To ascertain how much leeway we should give criminal offenders in returning them to society, we need to determine what those offenders find as acceptable behavior (forgery, robbery, rape, child murder, etc), and figure out if there is a way to prevent them from returning to their crimes of choice. Depending on what drives these offenders to commit their crimes, some measure of control may work. If an individual robs for lack of being able to find work, job skills could make a difference, but, if one likes to rob for the thrill of assaulting other people, then unless you can make sure they can’t pounce on people any more or think they can’t get away with their crimes without getting caught and going back to jail, all the job training in the world isn’t going to change their behavior. This is exactly why no sexual predator should ever be returned to society unless he is a quadriplegic (and I say that because I know of a paraplegic who sexual assaulted a woman he grabbed from his wheelchair).

Tsotsi liked violence for the sake of it. Even if he did have a soft corner for the baby he stole, he didn’t have any for the adults he injured and killed. At the end of the movie, I am sure many viewers would hope Tsotsi would catch a break and not spend to much time in jail (Tsotsi II: The Return?). But, I hope folks remember this is fiction, not real life, and, if you can’t prevent a Tsotsi from developing, do us the favor and keep him away from us a long as one legally can.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown