True Crime Online Newsletter - January 7, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Flight attendants reveal their secrets

A New York travel website said the "things your flight attendant won't tell you" include passing decaffeinated coffee off as regular.

George Hobica, founder of, said flight attendants speaking on condition of anonymity revealed some of their secrets of their trade.

"You know that coffee you ordered? It's actually decaf even though you asked for regular. We'd rather you sit back, relax and fall asleep so you don't bother us too much," one flight attendant said.

"If a flight is going to be late anyway, we've been known to delay it even further to make sure our overtime pay kicks in," another said.

"Who do we upgrade? Not the slob who's dressed in a dirty tank top. It helps if you're extremely nice, well dressed, pregnant, very tall, good looking, one of our friends or all of the above," one of the attendants revealed.

"I want to yank your headphones off after I've asked you what you want to drink and you've responded "huh?" three times. After the fourth, I just move on or give you Coke," a flight attendant said.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

The teenage girls who are fighting back at their peers who 'dress too provocatively or wear too much make-up' - 01/06/13
A deeply worrying trend, known as ‘slut-shaming,’ has taken flight in recent years, fuelled by microblogging sites such as Tumblr, as well as Facebook. In these posts, teenage girls – and sometimes boys – criticize certain body types or wardrobe choices, often being ruthless in the process.

Cyberstalking plea for Littleton man - 01/06/13
A Littleton man is on probation after pleading guilty in a case of cyberstalking last month. Clarence McCoy Bailey Jr., 31, of Littleton, pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking Dec. 4 in Halifax County District Court.

Spat out of hell: Meat Loaf tribute act from Burnley forced to pay $25,000 to singer after California court rules he was an 'online imposter' - 01/04/13
A Meat Loaf tribute singer is facing bankruptcy after losing a legal battle with the Bat out of Hell star over his website. Meat Loaf - real name Michael Aday - was awarded $25,000 in damages and $4,769 in costs after a California court ruled that Dean Torkington, 49, a club singer from Burnley, Lancashire, was an online imposter.

Burglars raid home where Joey Barton stayed over Christmas 'after realising he was at son's first birthday party from reading his Tweets' - 01/03/13
Controversial Queens Park Rangers footballer Joey Barton was burgled as he celebrated his son’s first birthday, it emerged today. The £80,000-a-week midfielder, who is currently on loan at Olympique Marseille in France’s Ligue 1, was hosting an animal-themed party for his son Cassius near the home of his partner’s mother.

Father apologises after football fan son, 10, is engulfed in Twitter race storm for blacking up his face to look like his favourite player El Hadji Diouf - 01/03/13
A ten-year-old Leeds United fan has become embroiled in an online race row after he blacked up to pose with his hero El Hadji Diouf. The child posted a series of pictures on his Twitter account provoking a backlash from users who said he was racist. But the primary school child said he did not realise it would be offensive and did it as a tribute to his footballing hero.

Calif. teens drug parents to use Internet - 01/03/13
Police say two California teenagers used prescription sleeping medication to drug the milkshakes of their parents so they could use the Internet. The parents called police, and the 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old friend were taken to Juvenile Hall in California.

Ex-NFL star Chad Johnson sues websites that posted leaked sex tape online - 01/03/13
Former NFL star Chad Johnson is suing two websites that showed his leaked sex tape. The 34-year-old's lawsuit names WorldStarHipHop and Media Takeout, claiming the two websites posted the footage without his consent. Sacked Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad wants unspecified damages and a court order blocking the websites from posting the footage ever again.

'Cannibal cop who plotted to kidnap, cook and eat women' demands names of 20 other 'diners' are released - 01/03/13
A police officer accused of plotting to cook and eat women has demanded that prosecutors give him the names of 20 other suspected cannibals. Gilberto Valle, who served with the NYPD, insisted he needed to contact the alleged criminals to prepare his defence, because he was accused of being in league with them. Police apparently have 'hundreds of thousands of e-mail and instant-message communications in which Mr Valle and others talked about their violent sexual fantasies.'

Sister, 19, accidentally shoots dead brother in the head while posing with gun for Facebook picture - 01/02/13
A 19-year-old woman accidentally shot dead her brother while posing with a gun for Facebook photos on New Year's Eve. Manuel Ortiz died instantly after being shot in the head at about 6am on Monday morning. Family and friends wept as his body was carried from his apartment in Phoenix, Arizona, where the shooting took place.

Students' Facebook confessions about binge-drinking and bed hopping 'could make them unemployable' - 01/02/13
Students who use social networking sites to confess about their boozing and bed-hopping have been warned it could leave them unemployable. Undergraduates have been swapping tales of binge-drinking and lewd behaviour on the social networking site Facebook, leading academic chiefs to warn their racy anecdotes could damage their future job prospects.

Teens in online bullying epidemic as a third of young people have become depressed after being attacked over social media - 01/01/12
More than a third of young people have felt depressed as a result of something written or posted on a social networking site, according to a wide-ranging survey. The research also revealed that online bullying affects a huge number of young people, with nearly one in five teenagers aged 16 to 18 admitting that they have been targeted.


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