LAPD Shooting Anything That Moves

I am pro cop. Let me get that out of the way. My son-in-law is a police officer and I have full respect for the police. That said, given what’s going on in Los Angeles right now, there is a deep-rooted problem within the LAPD. There’s also a massive problem with the media. Why is it that there’s just a brief article in the LA Times about what happened during the on-going search for ex-cop and killer Christopher Dorner. Some other media outlets gloss over what happened. My question is why. What happened you ask? Here’s the first few paragraphs from the LA Times. Read the rest of this entry

Former Police Officer on Rampage in LA

dornerA rampage is underway in Los Angeles after former LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner shot 2 people Sunday and today shot 3 police officers, killing one. He’s still on the loose as of this writing and promising to take out more. He left behind a monster manifesto attempting to justify what he’s doing. He singles out the police officers who he feels have wronged him and gives shout outs and shout downs to people like Charlie Sheen (you’re effin awesome), Jeffrey Toobin and David Gergen (you are political geniuses and modern scholars), and Fareed Zakaria (Revoke [his]citizenship  and deport him), and many more.

This started out bad and looks like it’s going to get much worse. Below is the full unedited manifesto. WARNING: Very strong language.

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 42,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 10 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Vote for the Cutest Couple in Kentucky

Well, I think so anyway! My son and daugher-in-law. Go to this Facebook page and LIKE.

Missing Connecticut Woman Found–RIP Barbara Grohs

8/16/2012 – An important message from Susan Grohs (Barbara’s daughter)
– Tonight we learned that Mom has passed. Her wedding rings and medical ID bracelet helped identify that it was her body that was found, but we also know for sure tonight that she is safe within the arms of God. We know you are all hurting along with us. Please continue your prayers and be patient with us as we grieve. We will update you as we can. I love you, mom…you are in our hearts forever. –

Connecticut Woman Disappears; Family, Friends Desperately Searching

Certainly not a cold case but, seeing that it is right in my backyard…

Barb has a history with depression and was feeling depressed for about a week, rapidly getting worse. She was aggressively pursuing treatment. She saw her doctor on Friday, July 27 with her husband attending that appointment. He wanted to see her again on Monday, July 30th. Her husband drove to that appointment, and as was typical when dad was driving, mom did not take her wallet, keys, cell phone, etc. with her. They arrived about 15 minutes early and mom was concerned that her state had deteriorated and that she would be admitted to a hospital. She was afraid of going to the hospital. She waited in the waiting room, then at about 12:55 pm she handed her pills and glasses (everything she was carrying) to her husband and went to use the restroom, which was located in a shared hallway of the building where there was an exit door.

She can be seen on camera walking away, northbound on Highland Avenue, at 12:57 pm. After about 10 mins (just after 1:00 pm), her husband thought something might be wrong and asked that the office staff check on her. She was not in the bathroom and the key was found placed by the door exiting the building. We know, she told us, she did not want to go back to the hospital, she may have been suicidal, and we think that she saw an opportunity to get away and took it.

From there, we have no other confirmed sightings or interactions with Barb. We have scoured the buildings there and nearby with Waterbury Police and CT K-9 Search and Rescue Volunteer Organization on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Teams have scoured the area including the woods, word was out for neighbors to check back yards, sheds, other local hiding places. No trace has been found. We have had as many as 160 volunteers at a time organized and looking from Kennedy High School as well as so many more in their local communities. These groups include friends, family, church members, and complete strangers. We have searched all the local areas in great detail as well as searched many other areas that are familiar or hold value to Barb over the first days of this search. The Waterbury community has been outstanding searching their yards and neighborhoods – providing us direction and support, bringing by supplies, even letting us use their bathrooms. They have just been incredible as have others in surrounding communities where we continue our search. Flyers have been put up in many surrounding towns and volunteers continue to keep eyes open everywhere they go. We are so grateful for the help and the awareness!

We are in desperate need of some tip where there was direct interaction with Barb….a kind friend or stranger that has offered her a ride, food, money, shelter, or clothing or anything else. We ask that if you have had any contact with her in even a small way you quickly notify police at Waterbury PD – 203.574.6941 case no. 12-46416

UPDATE: Body Found in Louisiana–Strongly Believed to be Mickey Shunick

She was last seen May 19 on a surveillance video camera, riding her bike home like any other day. Today, police say they have found the body of 22-year-old Mickey Shunick.

Lafayette, LA – On the morning of August 7, 2012, investigators involved in the Mickey Shunick case received credible information as to the location of Mickey Shunick’s body. Investigators were directed to a section of property off of Louisiana Highway 10, near its intersection with Louisiana Highway 13, in Evangeline Parish. Upon going to the site, they discovered an area where a buried body was located. Working with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Lafayette Metro crime scene technicians began processing the scene with forensic experts from LSU. Read the rest of this entry

I Have Met the Hottest Avon Rep…Ever!

Avon sales rep. Breezy Bice.

Go ahead and just try and prove me wrong. I know, I know…this has more to to with cold cream than cold cases. But I have an out….note above (and musings). I remember Avon from years, no decades ago. “Ding dong! Avon calling!” My mother was an Avon sales person. Before the internet. She would tart me up in all sorts of Avony things to try them out. Sad. A therapist’s wet dream actually. I digress. Several years ago while writing about a tragic case in Mississippi I came to talking with a young lady named Breezy Bice. She just happened to be a good friend of a person who had gone missing. Anyway, this Breezy gal was a fire ball. She wouldn’t let her missing friend’s story go away. I’m glad she didn’t. Anyway, from time to time we “talk” and frankly quite frequently poke each other. Yeah now if you don’t have Facebook I will let you zip away with your imagination. And it seems Breezy is a bonafide Avon rep. They still exist. “I decided to try selling Avon to earn some extra money. I had just graduated college in May 2011 with a degree in Business Management. Every job I applied to, I never heard back from. I’m assuming because of my HUGE gap in employment because I had not worked since 2004. When I found out was pregnant with my youngest child, I decided to just be a stay at home mom,” Breeezy said.

Wait! Hold on. Is this a sales pitch? Is this somehow one of those paid stories made to look like real stories? Nope it’s not. Well, not really. Breezy would like to sell more Avon stuff. She knows I write a blog with like a cajillion readers…when I do actually write. And I know I’m near saint-like and would do anything to help a working mom (hardest job in the world-I’m told) some extra spending money to take the kids someplace nice or whatever. So here you go. A Breezy Bice sales pitch: “The products are outstanding! Most importantly, if the customer isn’t happy, there is a 100% money back guarantee or you can exchange the item for the correct color/size. Avon is much more than just makeup. There is something for everyone (him, her, kids, home, and fashion.) My website is”

Hot Case: Missing Girl’s Bike Found

Mickey Shunick

After spending the evening with a friend, 21-year-old Mickey Shunick did something she’s done hundreds of times. Rode her bike home. This time, she didn’t make it and yesterday, just over a week since she was last seen, her bike was found beneath the Whiskey Bay Bridge in her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana. Here are some pictures and some details from the site Find Mickey Now. Time is running out.

There is a $25,000 Reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of Mickey Shunick, no questions asked.  The reward is capped at this amount.

LAFAYETTE, LA: 21-year-old Mickey Shunick (pictured) was last seen at about 2:00 am (May 19) riding a black and gold Schwinn Cutter bicycle with glittery gold handlebars from a friend’s home in the Saint Streets area of Lafayette. She was riding back home to the area near Ambassador and Congress, but never made it home and hasn’t been seen since. She is 5’1″ tall, weighing about 115 pounds, has shoulder length curly blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a small tattoo of a bicycle on her right outer ankle and a nose ring on her left nostril. She was last seen wearing a pastel multicolored striped shirt, light wash denim skinny jeans, and silver ankle boots. She was also carrying a light brown leather backpack, a black and yellow Vera Bradley wallet, a black Verizon slider phone and a small pink container of pepper spray. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Lafayette Police at 337-291-8633 or email

Last known photo of Mickey. Detectives were able to identify a bicyclist believed to be Mickey Shunick travelling on Versailles Blvd and Saint Landry Street. At approximately 1:47AM the bicyclist is captured on Versallies Blvd travelling towards St. John Street. She then travelled on St. John Street and crossed over University Avenue, continuing west on St. Landry Street where she was captured on video at approximately 1:48PM. Investigators are seeking information regarding a white newer model four door pickup truck, which was captured on video after Mickey Shunick travelled on both streets. Anyone with information about the case of the pickup truck is encouraged to call the tips line at 337-291-8633 or Crime Stoppers at 337-232-TIPS.

Gail Palmgren: Accident or Murder?

Gail Palmgren

Gail Palmgren is dead. That much isn’t disputed. How she died is not a mystery to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee. Her Jeep Rubicon careened off a cliff on April 30, 2011. At the time, investigators say she was going about 24 miles per hour. She wasn’t found until December 1, 2011.  But not everyone believes this was an accident. Just hours before she died, Gail’s sister Diane Nichols called the Signal Mountain Police Department. At the time of her death, Gail was living in the Tennessee town and was driving back from the family’s lake house in Alabama with her 2 children. Shortly after Diane called, 911 was able to talk to Gail. Here are the transcripts from Diane and Gail’s calls. The date was April 30, 2011, just hours before Gail was killed. We’ll pick up with much more information in the coming days.

911: Signal Mountain Police Department. Hillary.

Diane Nichols: Yes, Julie?

911: Hillary.

Diane Nichols: Oh, Hillary, I’m sorry. I’m calling on behalf of my sister (Gail Palmgren). She’s down in Alabama. She lives on Signal Mountain. She asked me to give you a phone call. I just got off the phone with her. And for some reason, I really don’t understand what’s going on. All I know is there’s some kind of domestic dispute between her and her husband. She asked me to let the police department at Signal Mountain know that she is on her way home and that’s why I’m calling.

911: She’s on her way home where?

Diane Nichols: From Alabama, at, you know, her lake house, back to Signal Mountain. She lives on, I think it’s 40 Ridge Rock Road.

911: 40 Ridge wreck?

Diane Nichols: Rock. Ridge Rock.

911: Ridge Rock.

Diane Nichols: Road. That’s where she lives. She was coming from Wetumpka, Alabama. She’s leaving at 6:30 a.m.

911: OK Ridge Rock is that on Signal Mountain?

Diane Nichols: Yes.

911: The address we show here, the ranges go from 28 to 99. She lives on…

Diane Nichols: 40 is the address

911: 40. OK did she say how long it would take her?

Diane Nichols: She’s coming from Wetumpka, Alabama. I would guess about 3 hours. But I’m not sure. I’d have to put that into a Google Map to see how long of a distance that is. I don’t know if you have access to that.

911: Did she say why she wanted us to know that?

Diane Nichols: Um, apparently, she said that um…she’s not giving me much information. She’s, like I said there’s a domestic thing going on and all I know…I’m trying to stay out of it because, you know what I’m saying? I live off of New York and I don’t really know what’s going on down there. But I don’t know if she’s calling for protection. I don’t know if it’s something the police told her that she needed to bring her and the kids home. I don’t know. But she told me that, you know, that she wanted me to call the police department and let them know that she’s on her way.

911: OK, um

Diane Nichols: I doesn’t make sense to me. Nothing makes sense to me. I don’t know if you got a statement from yesterday that you can reference to. They were involved at their house yesterday.

911: Does your sister have a cell phone or anything?

Diane Nichols: She does. I can give you her number. She says her battery is getting low. It’s, let me see if I can look up the number.

911: What’s her name?

Diane Nichols: Gail Palmgren.

911: Can you spell the last name please?

Diane Nichols: P-A-L-M-G-R-E-N. I have to see if I can get her phone number because I don’t know it off the top of my head.

911: OK. Was she told to leave her home?

Diane Nichols: I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m really, you know, this thing is just really bizarre for me. It’s like since I’m not there and I’m not witnessing it’s a he said, she said thing. I’m not going to take sides. I mean I love my sister and I love my brother-in-law, but because I’m not there, you know, and I’m not witnessing anything other than a couple of things that I’ve encountered myself. I don’t really know the truth. So…The reason she’s not telling me a lot is she thinks that everything she says is being recorded. You know. (She thinks) he has some kind of system on everything. That he’s taping things, and that he’s, you know, because he’s locker her out of all her bank accounts and he locked her out of her AOL account and stuff like that. So she has no access to anything. That’s what I’ve heard, but see, I don’t even know…she’s just paranoid that everything she says is, that you know, he’s listening to.  OK let me see if I can get her cell phone number. I’ve got my address book here. OK, I’ve got a cellphone number for her. 205-987…wait that’s not right. I’m sorry. That was their old phone number. It’s (redacted).

911: That’s her phone number?

Diane Nichols: Yeah, her name is Gail. OK, yeah so I just don’t know what to do. I’m at a loss. She has no family down there other than her children. I live in New York, my brother lives in Florida. And my parents are deceased. So I don’t know what to do.

911: OK what is your name?

Diane Nichols: My name is Diane Nichols. N-I-C-H-O-L-S.

911: I have this in the computer and I’ll give your sister a call and see what’s going on and see if she needs some assistance.

Diane Nichols: OK, thank you so much.

911: Alright, you’re welcome. Bye bye.

Diane Nichols: Bye

Seconds later, Joanne from 911 calls Gail

Gail: Hello?

911: Is this Gail?

Gail: Yes it is.

911: OK this is Joanne from the Signal Mountain Police Department. Your sister called and said you needed some help.

Gail: My husband said, when I went by yesterday, because basically I needed basically a timeout from my husband and I was going to take the kids down to the lake house, and I didn’t want anybody to think I was kidnapping them I just needed to get away. He said that they wanted me back in like 12 or 14 hours, and I don’t remember them saying that, but..

911: Who said that?

Gail: My husband said the police told me that, but I don’t remember them telling me that. But, we’re headed back up to Signal Mountain. I just wanted the police to be aware where I am, where the kids are, and where we’re headed.”

911: OK, if you want to just give us a call when you get closer to your home if you need some help.

Gail: Ok. Thank you.

911: OK. Thank you.