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    Posted on November 14th, 2011 Becky 3 comments

    RED FLAGS!   

        If it is true that not one of what must have been scores of people saw any red flags in Sandusky’s dealings with children, then the sexual abuse crisis is dramatically worse even than I thought. Have we failed to learn anything from the sexual abuse scandals that have swept our country over the last decade? Has it not been made clear that individuals and institutions are universally too slow to act? How much more education do we need about such an obvious public health crisis? I thought we had finally gotten past the tragically mistaken idea that child sexual abuse is a crime committed only by slovenly strangers in filthy raincoats — never by our respected friends and co-workers. It seems the Sandusky case may prove me wrong.
    From “The Perfect Crime,” by Paul Mones in the Huffington Post (click here).
        The entire article is well worth a read. Yes, the scandal goes on and it’s getting deeper by the minute. Unbelievable.
        Click here for “Journey.”


    Posted on November 14th, 2011 Becky No comments


        Becky, why not call F&M and offer to fund an award called the “Jerry Sandusky Child Opportunity Award” for those students who will go on to work with disadvantaged youth? Then, if Keith Orris sounds horrified, tell him that’s what they are doing with your offender!
    This comment in under “A CRIME & SOCIETAL TRAGEDY” below.
        Thank you! I needed that. I will be back in touch with those sterling, upstanding and arrogant folks at F&M and I will report back to you here.

        It took two to dance this tango, as it so often does.
    Gil Smart in his column this week, “It took two to tango,” (click here).

        Wow! Is this guy smart or what? See what you can learn from reading LNP! Does anyone know how many it takes to do a line dance?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 11th, 2011 Becky 2 comments

    SAY NO TO F&M – 2   

        As reported here yesterday, I spoke to Keith Orris, the Secretary of Franklin & Marshall College yesterday by phone regarding the Charles H. Holzinger Anthropology Award. His response to every single question was, “It’s a very personal, family issue. It is not an issue for the college to be involved with.”
    From an archive page on this site, “F&M and Incest,” (click here).


    Posted on November 9th, 2011 Becky 2 comments

    SAY “NO” TO F&M

        Franklin & Marshall College, a liberal arts college in Lancaster, Pa., annually gives an award named after an incest perpetrator and academic fraud – my father. The president of the college, John A. Fry, doesn’t care about sexual abuse. He doesn’t care if your daughter or son is sexually abused.
        Do not send your children to this over-priced college that condones the sexual abuse of children. They will not be safe.
        This message sits prominently and permanently on the home page of (click here). The Penn State scandal has gotten me thinking and intensely angry all over again about the way Franklin & Marshall College ignored, belittled and insulted me and continues to do so to this day.
        There will be more later today.


    Posted on July 25th, 2011 Becky 2 comments


        This email in:
          Looks like it is now listed on Lancaster Police website…
    1107019379 | 1 W KING ST | 32 | SHOTS FIRED | 07/18/11 | 01:57:09
        Yes, it is listed. Click here and the incidents are in order by date. This is from the emailer who originally sent me the link to the YouTube video, “SHOOT OUT AT LANCASTER MARRIOTT CONVENTION CENTER,” (click here).
        These two comments in about yesterday’s post regarding Justin Quinn’s becoming the Executive Director of the Lancaster County Republican Committee :
        Check out Quinn’s LinkedIn profile. Seems he forgot to mention his stint at LNP. I wonder if he forgot to tell anyone else? Uh oh… 
        While you make fun of the paper for indicating that Quinn did not return their calls, it really is outrageous that the Republican party would hire someone with Quinn’s integrity issues and who, apparently, doesn’t want to interact with the primary local media. How could that possibly be a good arrangement for the Republican party. It makes you wonder if the people who hired Quinn might actually be Donkeys in Elephant costumes who are now laughing all the way to the voting booth
    I know my write-up on this piece was confusing and you raise a very important point I failed to bring up. I’ll try and more fully explain later today.
       This comment in under “AND WINEHOUSE” below:
        In fairness, Becky, while abuse is the root of some troubled people’s problems, some people from great upbringings fall into the wrong crowd and introduced to addictive substances early on and just can’t get free, whether because of genetics or what.  Do you know something specific about Winehouse’s background that you would like to share?
    A fair point, but I still disagree.
        Please check back later today and read all the comments under “DONUT EATING, A$$ SCRATCHING RENT-A-COPS” below. My beloved grammar couch re-taught me something I had forgotten – there is a dash – and there is a hyphen – and never the two shall be confused or misused!


    Posted on July 24th, 2011 Becky 6 comments

    IT’S MY JOB?
    Daughter Abigail asked the other day:
    “Can you stop being annoying?”
    “No,” I told the 15-year-old. “That’s what I do for a living.’
    Sunday News editor Marvelous Marv Adams in today’s column, “Good deed … indeed.” 
        And Marvelous Marv does it really well. But is that the job of an editor or does Marv (surprise!) have it all wrong? And yes, the print edition has an apostrophe at the end instead of a quotation mark. Some editor!

        One thing struck me about the death of Amy Winehouse yesterday – something went terribly, terribly wrong in her childhood. If her parents are not the “guilty” party, and that is unlikely, they damn well know who is. There’s a reason someone is this troubled.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 27th, 2011 Becky 1 comment


         Folks, if you’re under house arrest for six months for your second DUI with the highest BAC level, you’d be feeling the economic pinch as well!  She’s damn lucky she’s white or she’d be in jail (like her son).

        Okay, enough snark.  This is about today’s front page Sunday News story by “investigative reporter” Chip Smedley, who by the way, has known Catherine Reinhold for years (see this morning’s post “A TANGLED WEB”). 

         I guess it’s appropriate that also on today’s front page is the story about DUI arrest warrants.  Okay, so now I’m done with snark – after this – click here for the last time I mentioned Reinhold on this site.

         I have been sitting at my computer for two days surrounded with names and phone numbers of so many people who have a story to tell.  And I have so many things to follow up on I just don’t know where to start.  So I guess I’ll start tomorrow with a Right To Know request to District Attorney Craig Stedman.


    Posted on February 24th, 2011 Becky 3 comments


         And if there were any doubt of the sorry state of child-protective efforts in the courts here, one need only remember the recent sentence of a father and son who had molested four young girls. The two received probation from a judge who apparently was swayed by the victims’ religious beliefs.

        In light of these cases, it is abundantly clear that some judges and some prosecutors no longer understand what the citizens of Lancaster County expect from them in enforcement of the law and carrying out of sentences against child predators.

    From today’s New Era editorial, “Pedophiles back on the street.”

        Well, editor Ernie Schreiber gets on his high horse for once, except, on today’s front page is this story about the very Judge he’s writing about:  “Judge forms task force to address sex abuse in Plain community,” (click here).

        Judge Dennis Reinaker, the Judge in the above disturbing and disgusting case, suddenly has seen the light and his conscience?  I don’t think so.  I think this Judge wants to keep his cushy day job.

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on February 20th, 2011 Becky 2 comments


            Can’t find this article on LNP’s site. Anyone have a link to it?

    This comment in under “WHOLE LOTTA CORN!” below.

        No, I think for once LNP is so embarrassed they have kept the article off line.  Therefore, I am posting the rest of this piece of absolute nonsense below (I have cropped out the photo of the Chief delivering his 13-year-old daughter to a school dance.) 

        There will be more on this article and “reporter” Tom Murse tomorrow.

        Also, this comment in about this article:

        The news article referred to above is eye opening.    The more I hear about these sentences, the madder I get, this is thoroughly exhausting.  I am purely disgusted with the Lancaster County Judicial system’s lenient treatment of sexually violent offenders.

        Why bother having a pedophile seen by a doctor if the judge and DA are going to ignore what the doctor has to say, that he WILL be a repeat offender.

        The welfare of a child should be their highest priority, not the offender. Something needs to be done about this situation whether it be a coalition to be formed to protest the Commonwealth’s justice system is too soft on abusers or petitions to the local court protesting these sentences, maybe somehow bring it to the national media’s attention. If anyone has any ideas, please post them here.



    Posted on February 9th, 2011 Becky 4 comments


        This comment in under “REMOVE REINAKER NOW!”:

        Ok, this notion that we should give the DA and judge a pass on this because the victims wouldn’t testify is total crap. The DA could have brought the victims to court, met with them, prepared them and put them on the stand. It is possible that they would not have testified, but as a citizen of this county, I would prefer to have the DA actually attempt to do his job and not cave to the protectors of these perverts. Stedman and Reinaker have no idea of the media firestorm that is coming their way. If we are lucky, they will both be forced from office.

        And this comment into about the Intell editorial:

        I have a simple question. Why did Shaw feel the need to write an editorial about this at all? The case is over. The foul deed is done. The perverts got away with it, with the aid of this enabling judge.

        The only need for an editorial at all would be to express the moral outrage of the community over this travesty of justice and this good ol’ boys’ judge who sent these two abusers home to do it some more. And sadly there are no women on the editorial staff of either paper (I don’t think) with the balls to call this “judge” out on his brainless, spineless, gutless, witless stupidity.

        I have some ideas why Shaw and LNP write their crap and I think the first comment has something to do with it.  There will be more on this coming.

        And this comment in under today’s “WHAT’S IN A NAME?”:

        Want some free advice? Change your name to Abe Fransisco Rodon-Escuredo-Lapp, then show up at sentencing in an ill fitting black wool suit, straw hat, reeking of manure and tell the judge you’re now the owner/operator of a puppy mill. The worst you’ll get is probation.

        Ouch!  Double ouch! 

        And this comment in:

        Toni Sharpless will be featured on Investigation Discovery Channel’s ‘Disappeared’ on Monday the 14th at 9pm. Saw it advertised.

        Thanks very much for the info.  Such a sad, strange case about the LGH nurse. 

    Coming tomorrow: Scott McQuilkin’s death and the difference a lawyer makes…


    Posted on February 8th, 2011 Becky 4 comments



        “This is a glaring gap in the law on an extremely important issue,” Stedman said, “and it simply must be closed immediately.”

    From today’s front page article by Tom Murse, “DA says: Fix Megan’s Law – Out-of-state sex offenders can escape punishment,” (click here).

        Do you believe this?  DA Stedman, who agreed to a plea agreement of a $100 fine and probation for a father and son who repeatedly molested their young family members, is on the front page complaining about a “gap” in Megan’s law.  I have news for you Stedman, in-state sex offenders can escape punishment too and that’s because of you and your office!

      What a sick joke!  What is wrong with LNP and Tom Murse?  Do they read their own news?  Do they have a conscience or ever tell the truth?

        CBS-21 is doing what the news media is supposed to do.  Click here  for their  “Police Lawsuits” video about the Middletown Police.  There will be more on this story coming.

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on February 7th, 2011 Becky 21 comments


         Is probation a just sentence for a man and his son who sexually molest members of their own family?

        The simple answer is no. Most of us would be justifiably outraged.

    The opening sentences of today’s Intell editorial, “A just sentence?”

        The Intell’s Ray Shaw then goes on to unbelievably “defend” Judge Reinaker’s sentence rambling on about the Amish and accomplishing a “greater good.”

        What a sick load of absolute baloney.   There was no “greater good” here. Incest happens everywhere.  This sentence sends a message to every child that what their father, brother, uncle or cousin is doing to them is okay and the law won’t do a thing to protect them.  Period.  This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever read in the Lancaster Newspapers.

        Please click here for “INCEST: A FAMILY TRAGEDY” and please check back later today.


    Posted on February 1st, 2011 Becky 21 comments


         The Judge in this case should be put on trial for allowing this travesty to take place. Rest assured these men will still be molesting young girls with immunity. They both should have gotten considerable jail time.

    Posted on the Lancaster Online Trashback forum under today’s story, “Martic Township father, son get probation for molesting young girls,” (click here).

        This is so horrifying there are almost no words.  Judge Reinaker should be removed from the bench immediately.  The DA’s office should be investigated and heads should roll for allowing this travesty.  There just simply are no words.  Click here for “INCEST: A FAMILY TRAGEDY.”

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 1st, 2011 Becky 1 comment


         Well, it’s a New Year and the LNP daily rag now costs 75 cents! 

        I love the news.  I love all the good the media can do.  Highlight injustice.  Hold officials accountable.  Speak out for the downtrodden and those with no voice.  Strive to improve the quality of life for all.  And this list goes on.

        The only problem, LNP does absolutely none of these things.  They are the white, wealthy power base in Lancaster County.  They are just fine with things the way they are.  Their racist hiring practices have been outlined by this site again and again and again.

        And it impacts the daily lives of everyone in Lancaster County every minute.  The juries are white.  The County Court House is white (except for those on trial).  The DA’s office is white.  The Lancaster Police Department is primarily white.

        One of the great ironies for me this year was hearing a spectator in the David Jordan trial ask LNP reporter Janet Kelley why his jury was all white.  Little did she know that Kelley works for the most racist employer in Lancaster County.

         What happens if someone murders someone and the police do nothing about it?  You don’t think it can happen?  You don’t think it can happen in Lancaster County?  Over twenty-five years ago it happened.    The second story that went up on this site after the incest story was the Lancaster Lynching story.

        And nothing has changed.  Which brings me to this morning’s quote and the reasons behind it: It comes from where Robert Field has declared his “mission accomplished” (click here)!     Field says this among numerous idiotic things:

        Now, some five years later, Lancaster County has returned to the reasonably fair community which Field had experienced when he first arrived.  There is little to report that is not covered by the reformed and chastised local media (although they still demur from offending establishment interests.)

        I’m not even going to get into how absurd and really sick this is.  Live in your little white, wealthy, dream world, Robert!

        And again to this morning’s quote – you see in reading his nonsense I came across this:

        We wish to express our gratitude to Cathy Reinhold (Friday mornings) and Laura Sefershayan (Saturday mornings) who conscientiously and cheerfully handed out the newsletters at the Central Market and elsewhere in fair weather and foul. 

        Ah, yes!  Cathy Reinhold would be the childhood friend who refuses to take a DNA test.  Isn’t life interesting?  I haven’t talked to her since the letter printed below and have no interest in doing so.  I happened to run into her in the courthouse this November when she was there to be sentenced.  I’ll take the high road and leave it at that.  Let’s just say we were immediately attracted as friends when we met on that school bus in sixth grade because we were both coming from horribly dysfunctional families.

        So this site will continue in the New Year as it has in the past year.  In addition, I hope to put the incest and lynching stories into a more formal format this year.  I have stated that I reopened the lynching box when I went looking for letters from an old boyfriend that began the incest story.  What tangled webs we weave.

         A special note of thanks to some very special people:  The three friends I initially “met” online as a result of the Roseboro murder.  I can’t thank them enough for their help and support and friendship over the years.  To Daisy, galty, goldilocks, Artie, Palmer, Harper and old college buddies I reconnected with this year through Facebook, thank you.  And thank you to someone who will remain unnamed who supplies this site with information and endless insight. 

        And thank you to everyone who reads and comments on this site. Have a Wonderful New Year!


    Posted on January 1st, 2011 Becky No comments


        As Tom told you yesterday, we siblings are deeply concerned that Becky’s mental health continues to deteriorate.  In the last month she has requested numerous times that a childhood friend take a DNA test because Becky now believes they are half-sisters.  (The friend has to date refused). 

    “Family Letter 2,” August 2003 (click here).

        Wow!  So where am I going with this today?  What tangled webs we weave!

        HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I will be back this afternoon to explain this – really!


    Posted on August 30th, 2010 Becky No comments

    Daniel Rubin: Pennsylvania Game Commission leaves bird’s rescuer in a fowl mood

    From today’s Philadelphia Inquirer (click here).

        I know there’s a lot going on today, but this is such an important story and it’s so good to see members of the major media writing about it.  Please join the “HELP STORMYGIRL!” Facebook page (click here) and also click here to see the latest outrage from the PGC on Fox 43. 

        There will be much more on the “rose debacle” coming tomorrow.


    Posted on August 25th, 2010 Becky No comments


        Why don’t children tell when they are sexually abused?  I am reminded of a true story from several years ago.  A co-worker was telling a story about her troubled 20-year-old daughter.

        She had been arrested in Manhattan walking stark naked down the street in daylight and was high as a kite on narcotics.  She told the police and a counselor later that her father had sexually molested her.

        It was the first my co-worker had heard of it and she said of her divorced husband, “Jim was a real bastard but I don’t think he did that.”

        And that, for my co-worker, was the end of that.  Amazing!

    Please check back tomorrow.


    Posted on August 21st, 2010 Becky 2 comments



        A Columbia man who eluded police for eight years pleaded guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

        Blaine E. Smith, 37, admitted to Lancaster County Court Judge Jeffery Wright that he committed various sex acts on the child in 2002.

        Smith, who apologized for any “inconvenience” he may have caused, will remain free on bail pending sentencing at a later date.

    From today’s article by Janet Kelley, “Three men in court for sexually assaulting children,” (click here).

        Judge Jeffery Wright needs to leave the bench.  What kind of man/judge does this?

        Society tells us the sexual abuse of children is absolutely horrible – the worst crime that can be committed.  It is for most unfathomable.  

        Psychologists tell us the effects of childhood sexual abuse last a life time for the victim.  Children who were sexually abused fill our jails, walk the streets, staff the porn industry, form the majority of those addicted to drugs and alcohol and make up a very high component of suicide deaths when they grow up.  The cost to society and the individual is so high on so many levels.

        Read this article and see what happened to three men in Lancaster County who sexually assaulted children.  This is unbelievable.  This is unacceptable. 

        You can read comments and comment on this article here.  We need to wake these “judges” up and we need to do it now!  This has to stop!


    Posted on August 16th, 2010 Becky No comments


        Hi Becky, Phil and I have not set a date yet, we are waiting to hear from the DA, (Craig Stedman ) to see if he’ll be able to go with us to the meeting. Thanks for asking

        This response in from Pati Lou Mattrick regarding her meeting with several state senators and Carl Rowe of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (see immediately below).  Click here for the “HELP STORMY GIRL!” Facebook page.

        And this email in:

    Dear Becky,
         I found your site not too long ago, and since then, I check in on your postings frequently. I must say I was deeply moved by your words on overcoming child sexual abuse. After I retired from the Lutheran Ministry (I served 32 years as a parish pastor in Canada and the USA), I became a protective services caseworker at Lancaster County Children and Youth from 2002-2004.

        I remember reading our official report because I was interested in how many referrals we got from Lancaster County’s 600+ churches. For the year I checked, not one clergy person called in a report, although clergy are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. Sadly, I know of one instance in northern Pennsylvania and one instance here in Manitoba where a pastor who did file a report so stirred up their congregation that they had to find another assignment. Since then, many denominations have instituted programs to make clergy and congregations more aware, but we still have a long way to go. That said, the trauma done to individual children is still there for the rest of their lives.

        Incidentally, after putting in twenty-four months at CYA, I transferred over to our County’s MH/MR/EI unit where I worked with families who had children with cognitive disabilities. Again, a workshop I attended indicated that children with a diagnosis of Mental Retardation are two to three times as likely to be abused as children in the population as a whole. My supervisor at CYA posted this sentence above our sign-out board: ALWAYS ACT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD. Maybe every congregation needs to post a similar reminder over their front door, too. Anyway, thanks again for your web site and keep on keeping on!
    Barry Bence
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

        Thank you very much for writing and I will keep on keeping on!

    Please check back later today.

  • BLAME IT ON “THE ’70’S”

    Posted on August 10th, 2010 Becky No comments


          What should the Lancaster Friends Meeting (Quakers) have done when they found out two of their most “prominent” members were incest perpetrators?  What do you think they should have done?  What did they do?

        How did the members of my generation turn out?  Several years ago I spoke with a woman whose children had grown up in Meeting with my siblings and I.  I was asking her about her own children and the others who grew up with us in Meeting and what they had done and were doing now in their lives.

        When she got done, I was truly stunned and gasped, “This is a disaster!”  Her reply, “Everything was fine until the ‘70’s hit!”  Was it the ‘70’s or was it something else?  Did the ‘70’s hit the Quakers and no one else?  And the ‘70’s were a long time ago – didn’t anyone “recover?”  What was going on?

    Please check back tomorrow.


    Posted on August 10th, 2010 Becky No comments


        …So my dad said, “Was that the summer you broke your arm?”  Yes, I guess it was.  Then my dad and his second wife and I fell into what can only be described as a Quaker silence.  My dad has never been one to talk about anything but his work, with the exception of reporting about the events in the lives of people I know but have less knowledge of than him.  Since then my family has done all kinds of things to shut me up and shut me out.  Which I don’t fight because I can’t see it being worth the effort.  Trying it on with other girls.  Goodness, what kind of an expression is that?  Trying it on?  Talk about rewriting herstory right away!  Have you read the book, “The Woman Who Gave Birth To Her Mother?”  There’s the idea that survivors of childhood sexual abuse are motivated to martyr themselves in adult life in order to find redemption.

        That’s all I can do for now.  Write back soon.  Alice

    From “YOU ASKED WHEN I REMEMBERED,” (click here).

    Please check back later today…


    Posted on July 31st, 2010 Becky 4 comments


         If you ignore it – maybe it will go away.  Or maybe not.

        Two Saturdays ago I wrote:

        My mother, Millicent Holzinger, passed away last night.  My son’s half-sister, Candice Kingsboro, also died unexpectedly yesterday.

        Today, other family members are spreading my mother’s ashes at the “family home” and having a memorial service at the Lancaster Friends Meeting this afternoon.

        I will have some thoughts on all of that tomorrow. 


    Posted on April 18th, 2010 Becky No comments


            Sexual abuse victims fill our jails, staff the porn industry, walk the streets, are a high percentage of those in drug and alcohol rehab and many go on to abuse others.  There is a tremendous cost to society and the victim.

    From the paper version of LIP, “INCEST – A FAMILY TRAGEDY:  The Holzinger Story.”

        In 2009, Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency investigated 261 reports of sexual abuse against children.
        About a third of those cases met the criteria for substantiated sexual abuse, said Robin Boyer, supervisor of Children & Youth’s child abuse unit.
        And only about a third to a half of those cases actually resulted in prosecution.

    From today’s Sunday News front page article, “A tough climb,” click here.

        Have you done the math?  Let’s start with 100 cases.  Only a third of those supposedly meet the “criteria” – that’s 33 cases.

        And only a third of those cases result in prosecution – that’s 11 out of 100 cases – 11 percent.

        That is unacceptable.  Simply unacceptable.

        District Attorney Craig Stedman is quoted in the article as follows:

        Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said that as in any criminal case, “the standard to file charges is probable cause. In order to successfully prosecute the case, the standard becomes beyond a reasonable doubt.
        “We have to evaluate each case very carefully based on all the relevant factors and do not take the decision to charge lightly,” Stedman noted. “We are extremely sensitive to the ramifications of charging someone with one of these crimes.”

        This reminds me of over 30 years ago when I did a five part series titled “Rape and Justice in Lancaster County” for LIP.  I interviewed then Lancaster Captain of  Detectives Luther Henry.  He wasn’t worried about the rape victims.  He expressed concern for the “poor men” who he said were pictured on the front page of the paper in handcuffs charged with rape.  I actually never saw such a photo on the front page, but that was Henry’s concern – not the rape victim – who almost never saw justice in Lancaster County – but the reputation of those charged with the crime.

        You better take this seriously and with some human decency, Stedman, or you will see these victims later in your courtrooms charged with crimes – because you were more concerned with their abusers reputation than with the sexual abuse of children and its life-long effects on the victim.

        Tomorrow – so what did the Lancaster Quakers, Franklin & Marshall College, the ACLU and the Lancaster Newspapers do when I said my father – and mother – molested me?  Please check back tomorrow… 


    Posted on April 18th, 2010 Becky 1 comment


            Most offenders are either family members or are known to the victim’s family.

    Today’s front page Sunday News story, “A tough climb,” (click here).

        That’s called incest, although that word is never used in this story.  I know a little bit about that.

    Please check back later today…


    Posted on April 8th, 2010 Becky 7 comments

    WHO’S WHO?


        I’ve done this before – but  I was talking to a friend last night who also knows the other woman in these pictures.  They were unaware that we knew each other.  When I told them that she was the one I wanted to do the DNA test with, they immediately said, “You two do look alike!”  It was a spontaneous reaction that we have had for years.

        Can you tell who’s who?

                              cathy1                                                becky1