First “The Accuser” book, now Netflix features Big Dan’s Rape Trials

first_imgOver the last few years, with the #MeToo movement, Americans have become more aware of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and how survivors who go public are re-victimized. Now, Netflix is paying attention to the gang rape trials of Cheryl Araujo’s attackers, as were crystallized in the 2019 true crimes book, The Accuser, by Karen Curtis. Araujo’s rape trials were the first of their kind to be televised, and became international news. Now, the story has been re-examined in Netflix’s true crime anthology.Cheryl Araujo was the victim of one of the most publicized sexual assaults of the 1980s. An attorney for one of the accused men insisted Araujo had consented, and that “one thing led to another.” Defense lawyer Edward Harrington asked her, “If you’re living with a man, what are you doing running around the streets getting raped?”In 1983, Cheryl Araujo was a 21-year-old mother of two living in her hometown of New Bedford, Massachusetts. On March 6th, she went into Big Dan’s Tavern to buy cigarettes from a dispenser inside the bar. After chatting with a waitress and ordering a drink, Araujo was attempting to leave the bar when a man grabbed her from behind. She was gang raped on the bar’s pool table while others looked on. One man admitted during the trial that he shouted, “Go for it! Go for it!” during the assault. After more than two hours, Araujo managed to escape, and ran half naked into the street where she flagged down a car carrying three three men, including brothers Dan and Michael O’Neill.Later that month, four men, John Cordeiro, Daniel Silva, and Victor Raposo, Joseph Vieira were charged with assaulting Araujo. Two others who were in the bar that night, Jose Medeiros and Virgilio Medeiros (who aren’t related) were charged with being accessories to the assault. They were accused of cheering the rape and preventing the bartender from intervening. The four accused of assaulting Araujo were convicted at trial in March 1984 and sentenced to serve between 6 and 12 years in prison. The Medeiros were acquitted.In 2020 the Araujo case was featured as an episode of the Netflix documentary series produced by George Clooney Trial by Media; the episode “Big Dan’s” explores the effect that the broadcasting of the trial had on Araujo, the New Bedford community, and American society at large. News reports of the assault brought national attention to the Massachusetts city. The assailants, like 60 percent of New Bedford’s population, were Portuguese-American, and some of the coverage took on xenophobic overtones, blaming Portuguese community as a whole for the crime. Hustler magazine ran a fake postcard featuring a naked woman on a pool table with the caption, “Greetings from New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Portuguese Gang-Rape Capital of America.”New Bedford rallied against the slurs targeting their community, but some turned to attacking the victim and supporting the accused rapists. Community members raised around $20,000, and bailed four of the men out of prison. Between 7,000 and 10,000 people later marched in protest of the convictions. One listener called into a local radio show to declare that Aruja was “dead meat.” Another woman told the local news that she “ should get punished, too. If they raped her, she was the aggravator. I’m sorry to say it but I think it was her.”Over 16,000 people signed petitions requesting leniency for the convicted men. After the trial, both Araujo and her sister moved to Miami due to the harassment they received. Even the O’Neills, who helped Araujo in the aftermath of the assault, received death threats for aiding the victim and testifying for the prosecution. None of Araujo’s assailants served more than six and a half years in prison.The attack inspired the 1988 film The Accused. Jodie Foster played a character based on Araujo, and won the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal. By then, the real Cheryl Araujo had already died. In December 1986, at the age of 25, Araujo crashed her car on a South Miami road and died while her daughters, Jessica and Kerri survived with minor injuries. Toxicology showed Araujo was drunk at the time of the crash. She had struggled with alcoholism in the years after the rape, and spent more than six months of the year before her death in rehab. Also, as first reported in The Accuser, Cheryl’s daughter Kerri reported to the FHP who documented it in their report (featured in the book) that “a white van ran mommy off the road.”In 1984, the Senate held a hearing examining the effects of allowing the New Bedford trial to be aired on television. “Rare is the woman who can endure both the trauma of rape,” said then-Bristol County, Massachusetts district attorney Ronald Pina, “and the trauma of a highly publicized trial.”The Netflix Big Dan’s docuseries did make reference that Cheryl had trouble coping after the rapes and living in South Florida, they also reported that she had gone to secretarial school. However, they did not report that at the time of the accident, Cheryl was in rehab also that she had a book and movie deal that was brokered by a Miami Attorney. Hollywood, especially George Clooney who produced the Netflix series, don’t want you to know about her movie deal. It’s all in the book, The Accuser.Listen to Karen Curtis’ Full Rigor podcast featuring audio from interview she exclusively conducted with Araujo’s mother Arlene and her two daughters here.Netflix “Trial by Media” the truth behind the crimes. In this true crime docuseries, some of the most dramatic trials of all time are examined with an emphasis on how the media may have impacted verdicts.Order Karen Curtis’ The Accuser book here.last_img read more

LNP, LIS Receive 6 Patrol Boats from Japan

first_imgLNP, LIS Receive 6 Patrol Boats from JapanThe Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) last Friday received 6 patrol boats or dinghies, 2 Toyota Land Cruiser Hardtop motor vehicles, 32 desktop computers, 32 Laser jet printers and 100 camp beds valued at US$371,336.22, shared equally between the two agencies.The items were purchased through a project supported by the government of Japan and were delivered by the United Nations Development Program on behalf of the Japanese government, according to a press release yesterday.In total, the US$3.6m project, which has just ended, has enhanced the operational and logistical capacities of the LIS and LNP with 18 vehicles, 160 motorbikes, 2,000 rain gears, 16 tents, 260 camp beds, 200 hand-held communication radios and 80 base radios. Other items donated are 168 megaphones for community sensitization, 100 flashlights, 200 hand-held thermometers, 15 solar panels with technical rooms that are yet to be installed at selected border posts and police stations in the counties, and 8 Public Address (PA) systems under the authority of the County Superintendent to be used for public engagement and sensitization. The contributions include sanitation kit supplies for about 400 female officers and household heads.The project which has been implemented since March 2015 as part of the post-Ebola recovery, sought to strengthen the institutional capacities of the LNP and LIS, with a specific focus on border security through enhanced surveillance systems, screening of border crossings and patrol of border points.It can be recalled that uncontrolled border crossings resulted in the transmission of Ebola.Friday’s event took place at the Liberia Maritime Authority Training Academy in Marshall, Margibi County and was attended by the Inspector-General of the LNP, Mr. Gregory O.W Coleman and the Commissioner-General of the LIS, Cllr. Lemuel Reeves, who received the donations on behalf of their institutions.Ministry of Justice rep. Steve Jackson (R) with Cllr. Reeves of the LIS (L) and LNP I.G. Coleman (C)Handing them over was a representative of the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Steve Jackson, who in turn received the donations from UNDP through its Deputy Country Director for Program, Mr. Cleophas Torori.The six (6) state-of-the-art patrol boats also called “dinghies,” among the donations, are relatively small naval vessels generally designed for coastal defense duties, which will be used for border patrol and protection roles, including anti-smuggling, anti-piracy, fisheries patrols, and immigration law enforcement, as well as rescue operations.This will be the first time that LIS has received watercraft for marine and river patrols, besides other logistics provided to boost its capacity, thanks to the UNDP project. LIS is organizing training for selected officers at the Maritime Training Academy to form its Marine Unit.Receiving the equipment and items on behalf of their respective institutions, both the IGP and the Commissioner-General LIS pledged to use them for the purpose intended and expressed appreciation to UNDP and the government and people of Japan for the donation that has greatly helped to strengthen the capacities of their institutions.The representatives of UNDP and the Ministry of Justice also underscored the need for the donations to be put to the intended use along the borders, in order to enhance border surveillance and security, and thus curb transmission of communicable diseases and illicit trade, including drugs and small arms.In addition to the heavy logistical support, the Community Engagement and Training component of the project employed focus-group discussions and community sensitization and awareness campaigns in eight counties to strengthen coordination and collaboration among the security agencies on one hand, and between the security agencies and the communities on the hand.Participants were drawn from LIS Border Patrol Units, LNP officers, Community Watch Forum, County and District Security Council members, County Health Teams, UNMIL, and representatives of other UN agencies, County Superintendents, County Attorneys, Community/Traditional leaders, representatives of Youth and Women’s groups, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Nasty Man” denies gunning down footballer

first_imgDelon Henry, called “Nasty Man”, on Wednesday denied he was responsible for the September 29, 2015 killing of footballer Dexter Griffith, who was shot near his mother’s East Ruimveldt, Georgetown home. Thirteen witnesses are set to testify before the Judge Sandil Kissoon and jury, at the Demerara High Court; while Henry of Houston, East Bank Demerara, is being represented by Attorney Adrian Thompson.Delon Henry was arraigned at the High Court on WednesdayAt Wednesday’s hearing, the deceased man’s mother, Lavern Griffith, was first to testify and recalled running to the Warlock area – some distance from her home – where she and other relatives saw the footballer lying in a drain. She said they rushed him to hospital where doctors later informed that her son had died.Griffith’s mother told the court that her son was living at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, and would come to her home frequently to take his daughter to and from school. She noted that he also worked as a mason during the day. On that fateful evening, she noted that her son was playing football outside her home and noted that a man she knew only as “Gun-butt” came up on a white motorcycle shouting for “Delon” before he retreated.Deceased footballer, Dexter GriffithGriffith, who broke down in tears at various intervals, said Dexter came into her house after 17:30h and took a bath; thereafter someone called for him and he went down the street after dressing. The emotional woman recounted that sometime after she heard the sounds of “by-by-by” which sounded like gunshots.It was then that several persons started running but she didn’t see her son among the crowd. She said she told the mother of Dexter’s children to go with her and look for him and after going to the road corner, they saw him in the drain. At this point in her testimony, Griffith was given tissue to wipe away her tears. She and other relatives later identified his body at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Police Corporal Rawle Bacchus testified to witnessing the post-mortem examination conducted by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh and uplifting the said report. According to information, Griffith on the day in question, at the said location at about 19:30h, was sitting on a chair at Genip Street, Ruimveldt when the accused walked towards him and fired several shots in his direction, fatally injuring him in the process.After being shot, Griffith reportedly managed to stand and walked a short distance in an attempt to escape from Henry but eventually fell unconscious to the ground, while his assailant escaped. Public spirited persons near the scene of the crime eventually took him to a city hospital where he was later pronounced dead on arrival.Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt are prosecuting the State’s case. The matter continues before Justice Kissoon tomorrow. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more


first_imgA POLITICIAN in the North has accused a Unionist Minister of snubbing a cross-Border ferry service – whilst pouring millions into other ferry routes.The Department of Regional Development dishes out the cash to ferry services in Strangford Lough in Co Down and for a link to Rathlin Island.But it doesn’t give a single penny to the link between Magilligan in Co Derry to Greencastle in Co Donegal. Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has called on the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to provide assistance to the Magilligan/Greencastle ferry.Mr Ó hOisín said last night: “The Magilligan/Greencastle ferry is an essential product for the enhancement of tourism and infrastructure in the North West.“It provides a similar service to the Strangford and Rathlin Island ferries, however the difference is that there are significant levels of subvention provided by government to these two ferry services.“The current level of expenditure sees the Strangford ferry be granted £2.2m per annum, the Rathlin Island ferry being granted £600,000 per annum while the Magilligan ferry receives nothing from DRD. “The Magilligan / Greencastle ferry is only maintained by a £30,000 investment by both Limavady and Donegal County Councils.“This ferry service is a valuable link for both those visiting this area and local people cutting travel times and also providing local employment opportunities and boosting local businesses.“At the moment it is only able to operate seasonally and I would call on the Regional Development minister to provide a subvention, similar to the other two ferry services to ensure that this service can expand and continue into the future.”This year’s ferry service between Donegal and Derry ended on October 7th due to lack of funding. ANGER AT UNIONIST MINISTER’S MONEY SNUB TO GREENCASTLE FERRY was last modified: October 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ANGER AT UNIONIST MINISTER’S MONEY SNUB TO GREENCASTLE FERRYlast_img read more

Gray band puts a little jazz in lives

first_img“For $6.25, I get a cheeseburger, a salad and an hour of great, live jazz. How are you going to beat that?” – Don Fraser It’s noon Tuesday, and Sardo’s Restaurant in Burbank is jumpin’. There’s not a stool at the bar available, not an empty seat at any of the tables or booths. It’s been this way every Tuesday and Thursday for the last couple of years – ever since Don Nelson and his pals started showing up for a lunch-hour jam session. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Don is the youngest brother of the late Ozzie Nelson. He played soprano sax in his big brother’s orchestra before Ozzie went on to star with his wife, Harriet, and sons, David and Ricky, in TV’s landmark sitcom of the 1950s and ’60s, “Ozzie and Harriet.” Don went on to be a scriptwriter at Disney Studios, where he met a lot of the guys who would one day form the Great Pacific Jazz Band and later the Holiday Jazz Band, playing venues in the San Fernando Valley. “I was walking across the Disney lot one day back in the 1960s on my way to lunch when I saw a guy carrying a trumpet case,” Nelson said. “I asked him where he was going. He said they had a daily jam session on sound stage B. That’s how it started – on our lunch hour. “More than 40 years later, a lot of us are still jamming on our lunch hour.” Singer Kaye Wade grabs the microphone and belts out a lively rendition of “Ain’t Misbehavin,” followed by “After You’ve Gone.” A former stuntwoman, Wade is filling in this week for singer/ventriloquist Nancy Wible, who had a kiddie TV show in the ’60s. Yeah, it’s a wild crowd at Sardo’s, 259 N. Pass Ave. “Where else are you going to catch lunch and live music?” asks Don Fraser, president of the California Boxing Hall of Fame, as he sits in a booth eating the Coachman cheeseburger special with salad for $6.25. At the bar, Nina Sherwood is keeping beat to the music with her friend Red Loberg. Yeah, Red’s a redhead. Sherwood lives in Granada Hills but works part time nearby in North Hollywood as a teacher’s aide. She gets off work at 11 a.m., and by noon she’s sitting at the bar having lunch with Red every Tuesday and Thursday. “For a couple of hours, you get to talk to interesting people and listen to some great music,” she says. “Not a bad lunch.” There are many older retirees in the crowd who no longer drive at night, so jazz with a burger at lunch is perfect. But don’t let the gray hair fool you. When the music starts, the years melt away – in the audience, as well as on the bandstand. Nobody glides back in time more completely than Nelson, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. “He’s such a courageous guy – and an example to many who are disabled that you can still be productive,” Fraser says. “Don’s driven here by his caregiver. Then with the aid of a walker he struggles to get to his seat with the band. Once he gets the downbeat, though, he forgets about his disability and starts swinging and singing.” Shortly before 1 p.m., Wade starts making the rounds with the tip jar, while bass player Pete Kier announces there’s time for one more request before last call. So eat up. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Errigal Bay make massive profit as shellfish becomes more popular – in China!

first_imgShellfish exporters Errigal Bay have recorded an exponential rise in profits following growing international interest in Wild Atlantic fish.The fish processor which employs over 200 people has its headquarters in Carrick, Donegal.Errigal Bay have branches across Ireland and has sales operations across Europe, and as far afield as China. Figures show that the company made a pre-tax profit of €2.45 million, despite losing €160,611 the year prior to that.Interest in Irish seafood has sky-rocketed over the past few years, with seafood exports increasing by over 300% in the last five years.Errigal Bay make massive profit as shellfish becomes more popular – in China! was last modified: September 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AtlanticCarrickChinadonegalerrigal bayexportsfishmeenanearyshellfishlast_img read more

West Ham star ‘attracting interest from Chelsea and Spurs’ amid contract saga

first_img Most Read In Football Born in London, Rice actually started his career with Chelsea.He joined the club as a seven-year-old, but was released aged 14 in 2014, going on to join West Ham. revealed He’s gone on to make 35 appearances in England’s top flight since then, with eight starts to his name this season.The east London club have been attempting to tie Rice down to a new contract with his existing deal running out at the end of next season, but the 19-year-old turned down West Ham’s initial offer, reported to be worth around £15,000-a-week, a couple of months ago. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos BEST OF whoops Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST gameday cracker Rice is just shy of making his 50th professional appearance for West Ham The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY An improved offer is believed to have been made which will see Rice earn £21,000-a-week as his basic salary, with various bonuses on top including £20,000 for every Premier League start and a £5,000 wage increase after every 15 league appearances.Nonetheless, Rice is yet to pen new terms with West Ham, and the Daily Mail say Tottenham and Chelsea, among others, are interested in the teenager. tense Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Rice is widely regarded as one of the finest young players in the Premier League Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City RANKED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? scrap 2 Chelsea and Tottenham are reportedly showing an interest in West Ham United starlet Declan Rice.The midfielder has emerged as one of the most promising players in the Premier League since debuting for West Ham on the final day of the 2016/17 season. latest last_img read more


first_imgKnockalla Caravans Cup Quarter-FinalFanad United 2 Letterkenny Rovers 0Playing with a strong wind at their backs Letterkenny came out of the traps the best but were unable to find a way past the Fanad rearguard. The first half was a battle with very few clear cut chances for either side the best of which fell to Steve Okakpu for Letterkenny but when faced one on one with the Fanad keeper he shot wide.Half time arrived with neither side having scored. Fanad were really up for this cup game and really took the game to their much older opposition but in the end youth was to prove the winners.Fanad and in particular their front two continuously caused problems and it was they who combined to score the opener when Shane Buchanan crossed delightfully for the free Conor Matheson to score.Fanad didn’t sit back after this and soon found themselves two up when Kevin Murray scored a 40 yard free kick which deceived the Letterkenny keeper. Buchanan continuously caused problems to the Letterkenny team and although Letterkenny pushed hard late on through efforts from Keith Malseed and Davitt Walsh neither troubled the Fanad keeper.Fanad held on to win 2-0.Chris Malseed an Jonathan Minnock best for the visitors with an outstanding team performance from the home side with Paddy Mc Grenaghan again running the show but man of the match must go to Shane Buchanan who time and time again destroyed the visitors. Ref Paul Duddy. KNOCKALLA CARAVANS CUP: FANAD UNITED 2, LETTERKENNY ROVERS 0 was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:KNOCKALLA CARVANS CUP: FANAD UNITED 2LETTERKENNY ROVERS 0last_img read more

Usain Bolt hails ‘DrR’, Ricky Simms after honorary doctor of science degree

first_imgJamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt has tweeted his congratulations to his agent, Donegal man Ricky Simms, who has been awarded an honorary Doctorate.Simms looks after some of the world’s top athletes, including his star turn Bolt, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Ulster University.Bolt tweeted: “Congrats to my G @SimmsRicky for receiving his Honorary Doctor of Science from Ulster University @PACESportsMgmtNow have call him #DrR” Simms is a former middle-distance runner with Finn Valley AC who is a director of Pace Sports Management.A former student of the Royal and Prior in Raphoe, Simms competed at 800m and 1,500m level and won a couple of Irish vests at U23 level.He met Kim McDonald, Sonia O’Sullivan’s former coach, and went to work for his management company in 2000.Not long after, McDonald died and Simms, along with his partner Marion Steininger and Duncan Gaskell took over PACE. Simms is a native of Milford and is also heavily involved in coaching.Bolt has a strong Donegal team behind him as Raphoe’s Grainne O’Dea is the Athlete Services Manager at Pace and has worked closely with Bolt while her brother Darren works for Pace’s athlete services department.Congrats to my G @SimmsRicky for receiving his Honorary Doctor of Science from Ulster University @PACESportsMgmt Now have call him #DrR— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 4, 2017 Usain Bolt hails ‘DrR’, Ricky Simms after honorary doctor of science degree was last modified: July 7th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Valley ACMilfordricky simmsUsain Boltlast_img read more