Daily Archives: July 8, 2014

Creeped out


Mum's the word!

Mum’s the word!

Tenant breaks lease after learning that her landlady’s son had imprisoned and tortured 12-20 young women in the basement

A Missouri woman has finally been able to break her rental lease after learning that her home was used as a torture chamber by a suspected serial killer over a decade ago.

Maury Travis hanged himself while he was being held in jail in 2002 but police now believe that he killed between 12 and 20 women, many of whom died in the basement of his Ferguson, Missouri, home.

Catrina McGhaw had no idea about the home’s sinister past, however, when she signed a lease in March, she told St. Louis station KMOV-TV.

She says her landlord – Sandra Travis, the suspected killer’s mother – made no mention of the case or the bodies that her son allegedly kept in the basement before he was arrested in 2002.

Cheryl Lovell, the executive director of the St Louis Housing Authority, confirmed to ABC News that they helped negotiate the end of the lease.

“Initially, the landlord was not willing to let her break her lease but we talked with her and eventually the landlord agreed to rescind the lease,” Lovell said. “In this state, there is no duty to disclose. Other states there are, but mostly that is for selling houses.”

When police searched [the]  home, they said they found makeshift cells in his basement and videos of his tormenting the women before tying them up to a wooden beam in the basement that still stands to this day.

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Here’s something to bring up at your next Yale reunion


It was one of them,but you might want to cut back on your annual gift until you're sure which

It was one of them,but you might want to cut back on your annual gift until you’re sure which

Who’s your daddy? Instapundit writes,

“Even in modern life, paternity fraud is a problem. In response to an earlier post on this subject, a reader who asks anonymity writes:

I am familiar with a massive ongoing multi-generational genetic study. . . . (Please don’t mention either it or my name.) The participants were predominantly “greatest generation” and their kids’ generation. Middle-class and white a bit more than the general population. It was looking for hereditary cancers (not too common, maybe 10% or so, last time I checked).

But, of course, in the process of all this, they discovered so-called “false paternities”. (Their rules prohibited them from divulging this info to participants.) Anyway, the overall false paternity rate for this bunch from the “Leave it to Beaver demographic” was about 16%.

16%. One in six. In middle America. Not your mom, of course, nor mine, but hey, that’s going to be a lot of data to discuss around the dinner table.

Just thought you might enjoy some numbers!”



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Cortana’s World Cup streak remains unbeaten

Germany beat Brazil, as the seer said it would.

Germany will beat Brazil, and Argentina will beat the Netherlands in the World Cup semi-finals, resulting in a final clash between Germany and Argentina on Sunday 13 July, technology companies Microsoft and Google are predicting.

Microsoft’s artificially intelligent digital assistant Cortana has accurately predicted the outcome of every match of this year’s World Cup elimination round, surpassing even Paul the ‘psychic’ octopus in its predictive abilities.

Cortana’s predictions come from Microsoft’s Bing search engine, which was updated at the beginning of the tournament to support World Cup predictions.


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Price cut in the back country


1200 Lake Avenue

1200 Lake Avenue

One of our former First Selectmen’s home at 1200 Lake Avenue has been reduced to $3 million, a great improvement of its price two years ago of $3.8. I’d continue to negotiate, though.

It’s location is inconvenient: nestled against the NY border, but it’s quite a nice house, and if you can stand the commute, might be worth the trip.


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This is even odder that Business Insider thinks

BI finds it “odd” that Crumbs bakery would post an ad for a sales Associate the day before the chain shut down for good. Odder still, the position is/was in the Greenwich location,which I’m pretty sure closed months ago.

Either way, don’t bother applying.

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Well someone was going to do it


Cos Cob synagogue, as envisioned by neighbors

Cos Cob synagogue, as envisioned by its neighbors

Cos Cob synagogue moves the dispute to court. I’m sure if the neighbors who oppose it had lost before the P&Z they’d have sued, so the net effect is the same. Except, perhaps, that the result will be different if the Synagogue prevails (and there’s a strong First Amendment argument to be made on their behalf, so they very well might – in fact, I think it likely). The neighbors demanded a reduction is size and the church complied, knocking the building down from 20,000 sq. feet to just 12,000 but that still didn’t satisfy the opponents, who really don’t want any religious institution there at all.

If the congregation wins, I imagine they’d have no particular reason to stick to the 12,000′ size, and go back to the original plan.

Compromise is usually the best way to resolve these disputes, but the adamancy of the neighbors prevented it, and we taxpayers will get stuck with the bill. Did you know that because this is being filed as a civil rights action, we’re on the hook for the legal fees and expenses of the synagogue if we lose? We’d have been better off siding with the church and letting the neighbors bring their own suit, at their own expense. This way, we’ll be paying for both sides. Ouch.


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6 Wyckham Hill Lane sells


6 Wyckham Hill Lane

6 Wyckham Hill Lane

6 Wyckham Hill has sold for $4.250 million, which was a good deal for 11,640 sq.ft. of house, despite it backing up to the Merritt. The owner paid $5 million for it back in the heady bubble days and probably put in another $1.5, to great effect. The “Adirondack Room (s)” in the basement was one of my favorite spaces, and upstairs wasn’t bad either.

This house was always a relative bargain because the owner recognized the state of the market back in 2012 and priced it at $4.490, writing off almost $2 million. That didn’t work, however, and within 4 months he dropped the price to $3.990, at which point I started trying to tell clients who wanted this much house that it was a screaming bargain. I was no more successful at that than the seller. But now he’s prevailed.

Interesting to see that the market has improved enough since then to fetch this price.



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Old Greenwich contract


92 Wesskum Wood

92 Wesskum Wood

92 Wesskum Wood (the little bit of the road that extends past Binney Park), asking $2.395 million. 

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Another problem with a solution

Problem: Cyclists fume over dangerous selfies taken during Tour de France

Solution: send the selfies to Pamplona

A man was gored in the thigh and another three suffered fractures as bulls tore through the narrow, cobbled paths of Pamplona on the first day of the week-long fiesta


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Breaking news from 1876


Faster, Silver!

Faster, Silver!

Woman steals horse, robs store.

Christine Saunders, 45, allegedly nabbed the horse from outside a property in Fyffe, DeKalb County, sometime on Saturday.

She then reportedly rode the animal to a shop on Hammonds Crossroads.

After tying it up outside, she allegedly entered the store – and made off with merchandise without paying.

Cops were called after receiving reports that an intoxicated woman was thieving from the business.


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Problem – solution


Oh, hell

Oh, hell

Woman dates 98 men in 9 months, fails to meet Mr. Right. 

Reality show persuades couples who meet at the altar to marry at first sight.


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Britain’s “powerful elite” enmeshed in pedophile scandal, and the reaction is swift

The Littlest Temptress

It seems that every-other celebrity and politician is being uncovered as a child abuser, so the medical and academic community is rushing to their aid.

A ‘powerful elite’ of at least 20 prominent establishment figures formed a VIP paedophile ring that abused children for decades, a whistleblower claimed today.

Peter McKelvie – the former child protection officer who first raised the alarm about high profile individuals engaged in child sex abuse – said senior politicians, military figures and even people linked to the Royal Family are among the alleged abusers.

Mr Kelvie said that their campaign of abuse may have been going on for as long as 65 years but ‘there has always been the block and the cover-up and the collusion to prevent an investigation.’

Speaking in public for the first time in 20 years, Mr McKelvie, whose claims led to Scotland Yard’s 2012 Operation Fernbridge investigation into allegations of a paedophile network linked to Downing Street, said the alleged VIP child abuse ring may at last face justice, although several members may be dead.

So this week, the academics held a conference to declare that pedophilia “is natural and normal among males”.

Roman Polanski could not be reached for comment.



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