The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Jacob Hopkins has landed the recurring role as the final member of True Blood’s highest vampire governing body, the Vampire Authority. Hopkins plays Alexander Drew, one of the Authority’s chancellors who was turned to darkness at the age of 9. Alexander is described as an impetuous vamp who likes to taunt those around him.
He joins SVU star Cristopher Meloni, Spartacus actor Peter Mensah, and General Hospital and Cougar Town actress Carolyn Hennesy on the Authority. The young actor has appeared on How I Met Your Mother. Also, he played a small role in the 2011 film Priest – which True Blood’s Stephen Moyer starred in. Small world. [source | via]
Russian police say they have discovered 29 mummies at the home of a well-known local historian who dug the bodies up from cemeteries and dressed them in clothes scavenged from graves. A police video of the man’s apartment in the Volga river city of Nizhny Novgorod shows a gruesome tableau of what looks like dolls dressed in bright dresses and headscarves, some with their hands and faces wrapped in cloth. Police said they were mummified remains.
Police refused to name the suspect arrested last week, but released photographs of him, gave his age as 45 and described him as a well-known specialist in the history of the city about 250 miles (400km) east of Moscow.
Russian media reports identified the man as Anatoly Moskvin, a 45-year-old historian who was considered the ultimate expert on cemeteries in Nizhny Novgorod, and who had spoken openly about rummaging through cemeteries and studying gravestones to uncover the life stories behind them.
Russian newspaper reports quoted police as saying the man had selected only the remains of young women for his grisly collection.
The arrest followed a long-running investigation into the desecration of graves at several cemeteries in Nizhny Novgorod, a police spokeswoman, Svetlana Kovylina, said. She did not explain how they tracked down the suspect.
The national daily Moskovsky Komsomolets said Moskvin was detained at a cemetery while carrying a bag of bones. But Kriminalnaya Khronika, an online publication specialising in crime news from the Nizhny Novgorod region, said police investigators had discovered the bodies when they visited Moskvin to consult him about the desecration.
Moskvin, who had long been known in the region for his interest in the dead, wrote several articles about cemeteries in the region. A linguistic expert by training, he specialised in Celtic culture and studied 13 foreign languages.
In a 2007 interview with the newspaper Nizhegorodsky Rabochy, or Nizhny Novgorod Worker, Moskvin said he had inspected 752 cemeteries, often travelling 20 miles a day by foot.
He said he drank from puddles, spent nights in haystacks or at abandoned farms and once even slept in a coffin readied for a funeral. He said he was repeatedly questioned by police, who then always let him go.
Last month he wrote a piece for a publication on necrology to explain his interest in the dead. He said that when he was 12, he came across a funeral procession whose participants forced him to kiss the face of a dead 11-year-old girl. He said he later grew interested in the occult. [via]
Barbara Daly Baekeland was a wealthy socialite who was murdered by her son, Antony Baekeland. Baekeland had a complex and allegedly incestuous relationship with her gay son, Antony. She attempted to “fix” her son by having prostitutes take him to bed; after this failed, Baekeland was alleged to have manipulated or coerced her son into having sex with her.
The Baekeland’s were determined to promote Tony as some sort of child prodigy, constantly showing off to their friends about everything he had written or drawn at school.
‘They wanted the boy to be a genius,’ said artist Yvonne Thomas. ‘That’s what struck me. I felt uncomfortable with him because I felt he felt he had to be something.’
One acquaintance remembered the Baekeland’s ordering their young son to read aloud from the Marquis de Sade’s erotic writings.
Another broke off contact with the couple after hearing Brooks’s evident pride as he described how Tony had pulled the wings off a fly to see how it would affect its balance.
‘That kind of sadistic behavior is quite common in children, but one seldom sees a father who thinks it is marvelous,’ said the shocked friend.
A man and two 16-year-old boys were charged for the rape of a girl in her lower teens. According to the charge sheet, the man paid the boys to rape the girl and film the incident. Read on…
Half-naked Africans made to gnaw bones and presented as "cannibals" as they shivered in a mock tribal village in northern France; Native American children displayed at fairgrounds; families from Asia and the South Pacific behind railings in European zoos and dancing Zulus on the London stage.
Paris’s most talked-about exhibition of the winter opened on Tuesday with shock and soul-searching over the history of colonial subjects used in human zoos, circuses and stage shows, which flourished until as late as 1958. Read on…
The plot: Andrew and his younger brother Carl enjoy listening to ghost stories that the local undertaker, Mr. Bennett, tells them. One night Bennett tells the tale of a local farmer whose wife gave birth to Siamese twins, one being good-natured while the other was clearly evil. The farmer, ashamed of them, kept the twins locked in their room. Eventually the twins got sick and died together, so the farmer sawed them in half and buried the good twin in a cemetery and the bad twin in a shallow grave near the house. Later, Andrew and his friends decide to hold a seance in the cemetery where the good twin is buried, but they unintentionally awaken the bad twin instead. Gradually, the bad twin possesses nearly everyone in town, and it is up to young Carl to stop him.
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A teacher who pursued a sexual relationship with one of her pupils, going so far as to breast feed him and have sex in the school gym, and even post pictures of their antics online, has been jailed. The 29-year-old teacher, a recently divorced mother of two, worked at a middle school in Taiwan’s New Taipei City, and is said to have been a Taekwondo expert.
She apparently fell in love with a 14-year-old male student, having sex with him in the school gymnasium and breast feeding him. The boy is said to have been most appreciative of this in particular, commenting that “it was a very special feeling” and “my first breasts weren’t those of my mother but those of my teacher.” The teacher for her part continued in this vein, saying “all of you are teacher’s children.”
Astonishingly, she took photographs of the couple’s antics and posted large numbers of them on her blog. Such was her enthusiasm for the student that she is actually alleged to have put her hand down the boy’s pantsu whilst sitting next to the boy’s snoozing mother as his father drove them home from a Taekwondo match.
As is typical in such cases, the boy could not keep his mouth shut about the encounters and soon their antics were the talk of the school and found their way back to parents who promptly reported the matter to school authorities. It seems nobody bothered reading her blog.
The teacher was soon dismissed, but denies breast feeding the student, saying she only let him drink some of her breast milk from a bottle. The courts were unsympathetic, convicting her of criminal indecency with a minor and sentencing her to 2 years in prison. [via]
Gruesome Fairy Tales
Fairy tales weren’t always for kids. Back when these stories were first told around campfires and in taverns in some medieval village there were very few kids present. These were racy, violent parables to distract peasants after a hard day’s dirt farming, and some of them made Hostel look like, well, kid’s stuff.
The Version You Know
Sleeping Beauty is the story of a young Princess who is cursed by an evil witch so that she will prick her finger on a spindle and die on her 15 birthday. The old woman does this because she wasn’t invited to the party celebrating the girl’s birth, where other good fairies/wise women are bestowing gifts upon her. Fortunately, one still hasn’t given her a gift, and so tempers the curse–the Princess won’t die, she’ll just fall asleep for 100 years. We guess she did what she could, but still, a pretty major downer for the party.
Of course the King orders all spindles burned, plunging the kingdom into a fashion nightmare, but with the inevitability of fairy tale logic bearing down on her, the princess manages to find the one working spindle in the kingdom, and pricks her finger on her 15 birthday. She falls asleep for 100 years, until a dashing young Prince comes along in timely fashion and kisses her, breaking the spell. Everyone lives happily ever after.
What Got Changed
The first major departure in this from the version we know today is when the Princess pricks her finger on her 15 birthday. In earlier versions the Princess instead gets a piece of flax caught under her fingernail which pricks her and puts her to sleep. This might seem like a small difference but it becomes important when you consider the other major, and unsettling, change to the story.
Previous versions of the tale have the Prince who finds Sleeping Beauty think she’s so damn beautiful he just goes ahead and has his way with her right then and there. Yes, while she’s still comatose.
If that’s not disturbing enough, the rohypnol-style coupling leads to a pregnancy, and the Princess gives birth to twins, all while asleep. One of the babies, seeking momma’s milk, sucks on her finger and dislodges the flax, waking her, at which point we imagine she had a few questions.
A teacher who pursued a consensual sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy has been charged with sexual assault and faces a 4 year prison sentence and a possible lifetime locked away as a potential child rapist.
The teacher-student tryst followed a familiar pattern – a 23-year-old student teacher (now 25), pictured, pursued a consensual sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy she had been teaching at a New Jersey school. Reportedly she had sex with the boy at her home “several times” one night, as well as in her car. The boy’s father learned of the ongoing relationship, and reported the matter to police, who charged her with second-degree sexual assault, third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.
She was released on bail of $75,000, and several years later on Valentine’s Day 2011 she finally had her day in court, pleading guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault as part of a plea bargain with state prosecutors.
The state reportedly intends to recommend she gets a 4 year prison sentence for her wicked crime, and face indefinite incarceration as part of a “treatment program” if found to be displaying a pattern of “repetitive and compulsive behaviour” – although it seems likely most female 23-year-olds display a pronounced interest in sex with young men… She also faces the usual array of life-destroying sex-offender restrictions. That a father took it upon himself to ruin the life of his 15-year-old son’s beautiful-if-foolish teacher whilst robbing him of his girlfriend is perhaps the only real perversion highlighted by the case…
Bow this is one silly short with a message that is utterly nonsense but anyhow!
You’ve seen Ben Hibon’s gorgeous zombie animation work in A.D. and more recently in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But now Hibon’s getting a project all his own: a dark Peter Pan movie where Hook is the good guy.
Variety is reporting that Swiss director Hibon has signed on to direct Pan, a dark retelling of the Peter Pan fairy tale. Originally intended for Guillermo del Toro, "the film puts a dark spin on J.M. Barrie’s "Peter Pan," with Captain Hook as a haunted former police detective in pursuit of a childlike kidnapper — an idea we love. Say what you will about Tinkerbell, Peter Pan kidnapped tons and tons of children to form his troupe of "lost boys," orphaned or not, and it’s creepy. And it’s about time someone exploited this for a highly entertaining feature. [via io9]
We Heard About It From:
Michelle Smith, author of Michelle Remembers and Oprah’s even less skeptical colleague, Geraldo Rivera.
In 1980, a book called Michelle Remembers told the horrifying story of Michelle Smith’s years of alleged ritual abuse at the hands of a cult called "The Church Of Satan." The book, written with her psychiatrist, Dr. Lawrence Pazder, became an explosive best-seller and touched off one of the most damaging moral panics of all time. In the book, Pazder and Smith describe horrible abuse meted out upon her as a child. Her abusers were said to be a just one sect of a worldwide cult that was torturing and murdering children and adults all over the globe.
The book claims that Smith was involved in an 81-day ritual where not only Satan, but Jesus, Mary and the archangel Michael made an appearance. This was so convincing that suddenly reports were coming from all over the country of Satanic cults masquerading as daycares and schools.
People were being accused left and right of organized rituals involving torture, murder and rape. Law enforcement agencies and even prosecutors used Michelle Remembers as a guide when they were forming their cases.
The only problem was that all the witnesses were usually either very young children or clinically insane adults. No one was actually convicted of Satanic abuse, probably because the fact that the whole thing was bullshit was visible from outer space. Then again… if there was a worldwide Satanic conspiracy, can you imagine how awesome their lawyers must be?
Police have raided the home of Melbourne filmmaker Richard Wolstencroft after he held a public screening of the banned movie LA Zombie. A police spokeswoman says the house was raided this morning "in relation to exhibiting and possessing an unclassified film".
Wolstencroft, the founder and director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF), is expected to face court at a later date. He held a public screening of LA Zombie, directed by Canadian Bruce LaBruce, in August. The Australian Classification Board banned the film just before it was due to be screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival in July. The film is described in the festival program as "gay zombie porn".
Wolstencroft, whose films include Pearls Before Swine, Bloodlust and The Beautiful and The Damned, has in the past been vocal about his stance on free speech. [via]