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  • ONCE A DIRTY COP… – 2

    Posted on December 1st, 2011 Becky 1 comment

    LANCASTER LYNCHING

        I learned today that Lancaster County Detective Joseph P. Geesey will retire at the end of this year. He is 75-years-old. I hope to give him a very uneasy retirement. No one is more deserving.
        The Lancaster Police Department has been dirty for years, and I will come back to their latest unconstitutional act tomorrow. Today, click here for this article from February 3 of 2010, “ONCE A DIRTY COP…”

  • * PERFECTLY SAFE?

    Posted on November 4th, 2011 Becky 11 comments

    * I was going to rant and rave this afternoon – but then I was dumbstruck by one of the dumbest and longest headlines I have seen in recent memory – courtesy of WGAL-TV: “Church Won’t Be Fined For Not Demolishing Church After City Denies Demolition Permit,” (click here).
        The headline tells it all and apparently they are at a total deadlock!  How will they break it?   Wow, I need a drink after that!  Have a great Friday and please check back tomorrow!
     

    THE MOTHER OF HYPOCRITES

  • IT BEGINS WITH SMART!

    Posted on November 3rd, 2011 Becky 14 comments

    A RACE ISSUE?


      
        We talk about guns, we talk about gangs. But in his LOL post, I think citydweller is absolutely right – this is a class issue. It’s a race issue to the extent that the blacks and Latinos doing the shootings are of the underclass. Essentially, you have a tremendous amount of poor Latino and to a lesser extent black families in the city, you have children having children, you have fathers who are not around and thus kids who are growing up without any paternal role models – Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote about all of this 42 years ago. It’s still happening. We really don’t talk about it.
        Associate editor of the Sunday News and columnist Gil Smart in a blog post on June 6, 2007, “They got “fed up,” then it got worse,” (click here). 
        I’ve been writing about the discrimination in hiring at the Lancaster Newspapers for over 30 years, Gil! It’s still happening! Why don’t you talk about that, Gil?
  • ONLY IF YOU’RE WHITE?

    Posted on October 20th, 2011 Becky 2 comments

    REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS?
       

        Would someone please ask Mr. Smart to address the issue of why there are no minorities on the editorial staffs of the Lancaster Newspapers? Talk about inequality!
        A comment I sent in to the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness (LIPW) website where Associate Sunday News Editor Gil Smart is giving a talk tonight, “Past Peak Prosperity: Sustaining Community in an Era of Growing Inequality,” (click here).
        My comment is “Awaiting Moderation. ”Talk about total hypocrisy! There will be more on this coming.
        Speaking of “prosperity,” FWIW sent a long and reasoned response to “Cindy” who asked several questions under “UPDATE – OCCUPY LANCASTER!” below on this site. Please take time to read his comment.    

        Thanks, FWIW! Your invite to the LIP bash is back on – bell bottoms or not! There will be more this afternoon.
        “It was a mild night. A lot of folks were out, and they should have a reasonable expectation to sit in front of their house without being shot,” he said.
        Police Chief Keith Sadler quoted from his press conference in today’s article, “Police vow to bring person who shot 7-year-old girl ‘to justice,’” (click here). This is one of the stupidest and most insulting statements I have ever heard or read. This man should be fired immediately.
    Please check back later today.

  • NO ONE KNEW THEIR NAMES!

    Posted on October 11th, 2011 Becky No comments
    SEEKING INFORMATION? 
       
    In September of 1985, I received a newspaper clipping from my mother along with this handwritten note:
        “Hey Beck, isn’t this interesting!!! This has to be the man you and I went to see in School Lane Hills. Why the request for info now, do you suppose?”
        The clipping was the following, small boxed article from the Lancaster New Era published on September 12, 1985 and titled, “Police Seek Info On Kidnapping:”
        City police are seeking information about a kidnapping and assault in September 1981 when an 81-year-old man was abducted from a downtown parking garage.
        The man was found beaten and cut, lying along Chiques Hill Road in West Hempfield Township, more than three hours after he had been abducted from the Prince Street garage on Sept. 11, 1981.
        City police ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Detective Sgt. James Walsh or call the We Tip hotline, 1-800-73-CRIME.
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        “They didn’t attempt to keep a low profile. Numerous people saw them but no one could identify them by name.”

        
    Lancaster Captain of Detectives Luther Henry quoted in the New Era on September 17, 1981 regarding the three men who tried to murder Daniel Rhoads.
  • HOW MANY CRIMES?

    Posted on October 11th, 2011 Becky No comments

    A LICENSE TO KILL
        My memory is a little foggy, but I do remember it in the news back in 1981. Would you please give a general primer to what happened? What’s the connection between Daniel Rhoads, the three men who kidnapped and beat him, their connection to the police, and how does Robert Henderson figure into all this?
    This comment in under “THE DEPTH OF UGLINESS” below.
    Please check back later today.

  • THE DEPTH OF UGLINESS

    Posted on October 10th, 2011 Becky 1 comment

    SO EASY!
        The remainder of my answers to this morning’s email (see immediately below):
        I took the picture 21 days after the attempted lynching of Robert Henderson and one day before the artist‘s sketches were finally printed in the paper. I was living in Philadelphia, working full time and could only come up on weekends. I took the photograph the third weekend. They were so easy to find. They didn’t even bother to move the van they used to pick up Henderson. It was parked right at the crime scene.

        I learned about the lynching attempt while walking past a newsstand in Philadelphia. I freelanced for the Philadelphia Tribune and their front page headline, “Man critical after Lancaster lynching try,” jumped out at me. I asked Jim Davis, the city editor, why they hadn’t called me – they knew I was from Lancaster. He hesitated – “These things can get really ugly, Becky.” I had no idea then the depth of ugliness he was referring to.
        Daniel Rhoads was white. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The police could not arrest these three men – they had hired them previously to kill – so they could never “solve” his attempted murder. I went to Rhoads’ home after he was released from the hospital. I showed him my photograph. His hands began to shake and he said we should call the police immediately and he reached for the phone. How do you tell an 81-year-old man who has led a privileged life that the detectives working his case know the three men who tried to kill him? And, no, they won’t be making an arrest in your case.

  • CASE NUMBER 1

    Posted on October 10th, 2011 Becky No comments

    LANCASTER LYNCHING

         This email in:
        My name is [deleted] and I am a freshman at Penn State University and a resident of Lancaster County. I am writing a paper about a racial event that has taken place from the area I grew up in for a Civil Rights Class that I’m taking. As I was researching my topic, I came across your articles on “Lancaster Lynching” and was intrigued by them. I have a few questions however. My first is, how long were you in Lancaster before taking the picture of the suspects that attempted to kill Robert Henderson? Second, how did you find out about the attempted murder? Also, I have been having some difficulty finding who Henderson sued for violating his civil rights. Finally, was Daniel Rhoads African American? Thank you for any help you can provide to me. I hope to be in contact with you again soon.
        To answer one of your questions, Robert Henderson sued Lancaster Detectives Joseph Geesey and Walter Goeke.

    Please check back later today.

  • HAVEN’T COME ALL THAT FAR?

    Posted on June 6th, 2011 Becky No comments

    HEAT OF THE NIGHT

        The encounter left me sleepless, tossing and turning and wondering if there was something else I could have said, should have said.
        …”D*** Puerto Ricans need to leave,” she said, conversationally, to the little girl. “Why they gotta come here, take what we have. Go back to their own country.”
        ….The little girl, the dripping ice cream, the leisurely, summery night, the American flag T-shirt, the talk of church.
        And underneath, the ugly truth that we haven’t come all that far.
    Excepts from a LNP column today by Jen Kopf, “Cruel words, like ice cream, best served cold,” (click here).
        Ms. Kopf, if you want to do something about racism in Lancaster County, speak to your employer.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again:  The Lancaster Newspapers and their racist hiring and journalism practices are the major reason for the blatant inequalities and racism in Lancaster County.  Period.  Look to your employer, Ms. Kopf.  If you want change – demand they change.  I’m surprised you can sleep any nights.

  • * NO CASH REQUIRED!

    Posted on April 8th, 2011 Becky No comments

    * Waiting for the sun…and taking a break this afternoon.  Have a great Friday and please check back tomorrow. 

    FREE LIP?

        I would like a free copy of the Lancaster Independent Press.

        This email in last night with a name and an address – a name, by the way, I recognize.  How are you? 

        I’m not sure what you mean.  LIP is free everyday and available on the world-wide web!  Do you mean one of the two print versions from several years ago?  There were special editions of the Lancaster Lynching story and the Incest story printed.  If that is what you want, I will put them in the mail to you.  Thanks for writing.

    Please check back later today.

  • ARREST THE KILLER!

    Posted on February 15th, 2011 Becky No comments

    TERRIBLE DEJA VU

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    Olga Sanchez-Reyes

    What are the odds it could happen twice?

    What are the odds?

    Please check back later today.

  • WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT VOICE!

    Posted on January 13th, 2011 Becky 3 comments

    HOLD THEIR FEET

    TO THE FIRE!

         I’ve done a lot of reflecting this week – mostly out of shock over the Lancaster Newspaper’s total “failure” to cover the arson murder of Olga Sanchez-Reyes or hold the police accountable.  There is going to be much more on that this weekend. 

        Last night I uncovered a placard I wore in Penn Square about the same time as the article that is republished below was first posted on this site (click here).  The large cardboard sheet has the paper editions of the Lancaster Lynching and Incest editions of LIP pasted to it and in between I wrote two names in large print:  Cortney Fry and Heather Marie Nunn.

        And for some reason it made me go back and reread this post from March of 2005. 

        I wish we still had Ron Harper out there.  Ron, we need you!

    **********

    REVIEW

              Harper has made a difference,” Patricia Poist,

    Sunday News, March 27, 2005

     

        “Of course, if an editor ever told me I would have to go undercover, I would have to find another line of work.  I am just not that good.  Or bad, depending on how you look at it.”

        Patricia, find another line of work.  What the hell do you think journalism is?  You better read some quality newspapers and watch some legitimate news magazine shows. 

        I grew up with Woodward and Bernstein. They are my heroes and they are journalists who rightly forced a sitting president to resign.  I believe that is what journalism is all about.

        How dare you go on a ridiculous, high horse and say this: 

        “It’s an age that has spawned all manner of self-appointed journalists.  Many of these people aren’t obligated to follow the same code of ethics as newspaper and television reporters.” 

        Excuse me, Patricia, but I think you’re drinking the same “coffee” as “Clyde.”  Your editor has been having “discussions” with an imaginary friend for sixteen years and he recently broke every journalist ethic in the book in his support of his employer’s hotel/convention center deal.  Don’t talk to me about “ethics,” and going “undercover” is absolutely legitimate.

        Yes, Ron Harper has it correct:

        “He says he has a passion for good government and that it is important that public figures responsible for taxpayer’s money and quality of life have their feet held to the fire.”     

        Exactly.

        If the Lancaster Newspapers did that to the slightest degree, we wouldn’t have the outright corruption that exists today on so many levels in Lancaster.  I’m not taking a thing away from Ron, but the Lancaster Newspapers make it easy for other journalists because they don’t do their job and they haven’t for years.

        “Indeed, we as journalists have a lot to think about, and maybe some of us (yours truly included) probably need to be a little tougher in ferreting out information and enforcing Sunshine laws.”

          That’s the biggest understatement I have ever read. I would do that, Patricia, or I’d find another line of work.

     

    Congratulations to Ron Harper and 5thEstate.com for five years of public service to Lancaster. 

  • MISSION NOT ACCOMPLISHED!

    Posted on January 1st, 2011 Becky 1 comment

    TANGLED WEB!

         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 NewsLanc.com 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!

  • FORUM WARS REDUX!

    Posted on September 9th, 2010 Becky 3 comments

    USE YOUR SKILLZ!

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    Skillz’s Avatar

         Frankly, it’s still there because this isn’t a new reality show called “Forum Wars”.
        By now I’m sure everyone who was interested in alternatives has already found them. We’re not actively trying to poach users from other forums and I would hope everyone else would show us the same courtesy.
        Now that the alternatives have said their peace, they can move on or participate constructively.

    “Skillz” the moderator of LNP’s new Trashback forum posting on TalkPa.net.

        Me thinks you read this site, Skillz!  There most certainly is a “Forum War” and it’s coming back to LIP News this afternoon!  If you have so many skillz, why can’t you verify my friend, galty?  Let’s get cracking on that!  Nice hair, by the way!

    Please check back later today.

  • BUT GOOD JOB ON STORMY GIRL, MR DA!

    Posted on August 7th, 2010 Becky 5 comments

    NO APOLOGY!

        Well, the commenters say I do not need to apologize to DA Craig Stedman and after some thought, I think they are correct.  I wrote the piece, “UNACCEPTABLE” that is reprinted below, before we knew about the Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse charges that were filed against Troy Stewart and Lauren Reed, who partied with Scott Mcquilkin on the night of his death.  Maybe the DA was correct in keeping those details hush until after the autopsy and the arrests. 

        But keeping a community scared and in the dark was not acceptable.  Release enough information so people feel safe in their homes, for crying out loud! 

        And while the IDSI may be the cause for his sealing the search warrant, I still believe that Heather Martin and her mother were protected by law enforcement – and the Lancaster Newspapers – who barely named Martin and certainly did not publish her connection to the most powerful person in West Cocalico Township. 

        LIP News will stay on this story.

    UNACCEPTABLE!

     This comment in early this afternoon:

          Heather Martin is Norma Enck’s daughter who runs West Cocalico Twp.  Hmm is that why it was so low on details?

        Yes, Heather Martin, who leases the apartment at 200 Creamery Road where Scott McQuilkin’s body was found early Saturday afternoon, is the daughter of Norma Enck, the Manager, Secretary and Treasurer of West Cocalico Township.

        It would appear this is why Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman sealed the search documents, was very slow in releasing names and made absurd statements like this one to the Lancaster Newspapers with no further explanation:

        “Based upon the information we have at this time, Scott McQuilkin was familiar to Heather Martin, although they may not have ever met,” Stedman said.

        The East Cocalico Police who investigated the death also released no information.

        A 32-year-old man was found dead on Saturday afternoon and the word “homicide” was repeatedly used and yet the DA and the police still have not released any details, including the name of Martin’s friend who apparently came with McQuilkin to the apartment, left him there and returned to find him dead.  It is also assumed she is the one who called the police.

        The only basic pieces in this puzzle were provided by Jenni Joyce of CBS-21 (see this morning’s story immediately below).

        This is simply unacceptable.  Neighbors were concerned and scared and no information was released.  Stedman needs to provide valid reasons for sealing public documents and allowing the public to speculate and live in fear for four days. 

         He also needs to release all of the details, including the friend’s name, as soon as possible.  I don’t care who Heather Martin’s mother is and those immediately affected and those scared and touched by this death don’t either.  They want answers.  They deserve answers.  They deserved answers days ago.

        The response by law enforcement on this case is unacceptable on all levels. 

  • LIGHTS OUT?

    Posted on July 30th, 2010 Becky 1 comment

    I SEE DEAD PEOPLE …

    FOR $1.99 A MONTH

         Now comes word from the Poynter Institute’s Bill Mitchell that Journalim Online’s system has been released into the wild; its first adopter is LancasterOnline, which serves a swath of south-central Pennsylvania.

        What will be metered? Obituaries!  Insert newspaper-audience-dying-off jokes here.

    David Brauer, “I see dead people…” (click here).

         Well, it looks like LNP is going boldly where no newspaper has gone before in an attempt to bring money into their coffers.  But by the next day, the author has learned this (click here):

        After my skeptical post yesterday about Journalism Online’s new Press + paywall at the Lancaster (Pa.) Online site, a source let me know how easy it was to beat the meter.

        Make sure to check out Online Editor Ernie Schreiber’s quotes!  What a hoot!  Good luck with that, Ernie!  What a loser!

    THEY DON’T LIKE EACH OTHER?

        Well, the cosmos came together yesterday with two very odd circumstances that still have me shaking my head:

    1.  Someone in my neighborhood is learning to play the drums!  Yes, I listened – as did the entire block – to them practice for over an hour yesterday evening before…

    2.  My Facebook college buddy Bob sent me this chat:

        Every time I go to your little LIP page I thank goodness I’m down here in quiet Florida…. What a bunch of wackos you got up there…!!!!

        To which I responded:

        lol! Reinholds is a cross roads town of a couple hundred people!  Lord have mercy!

        And he said:

        Apparently they don’t like each other much…. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s “Breaking News”!

        And then the lights and the internet went out – seriously – for over an hour!

        Things that make you go hmmm…

    Please check back later today.

  • A STORM’S A COMING – 9!

    Posted on May 28th, 2010 Becky 11 comments

    FIRE THE IDIOTS!

         Frances, the very nice woman who answers the phone at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, informed me that Executive Director Carl Roe was “on leave today.”  Maybe he was really fired?  Apparently, we aren’t that lucky.  She said he’s expected in on Tuesday.

        Michael Smith, the Deputy Director of Communications for Governor Rendell, also had the day off today.  I was told that he frequently works with the Game Commission and he is expected in on Tuesday as well.

        The Spokesman for the PGC, Jerry Feaser, did not return my call again today.

        I will be calling all of them on Tuesday.  This is simply unbelievable.  The PGC works for us.  We pay them.  There is a huge public outcry over a tiny bird – and rightfully so.  The Lancaster County D.A. has called on them to make this situation right and return the finch.  The Lancaster Newspapers advised the public to “keep up the pressure” on the PGC. 

        The Pennsylvania Game Commission needs to step up now and do the right thing or all of these idiots should be fired.  Why would taxpayers want to pay idiots who have no common sense or decency?  We don’t.

        Have a great Friday and please check back tomorrow.  You know, when I get to “A STORM’S A COMING – 10!” – I’m going to start getting a little angry!  😉

  • STORIES COMING TOGETHER…

    Posted on March 31st, 2010 Becky No comments

    AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT!

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        While we wait for the courthouse to open today and obtain the full Post Sentence Motion filed yesterday by defense attorney Chris Patterson in the Joy O’Shea Woomer trial, I thought I would post this amazing clipping from the original Lancaster Independent Press sent to my Facebook page several days ago by Carl Cooper!  Thank you, Carl!  Hey, Jeff and Israel!

        This is from November 1978.  I was inside that room pretending I was a member of the “mainstream” media covering Duke for LIP.  I will never forget that night.  And it was inside that room that I would meet a Klan member who would ultimately lead me to the suspects I photographed in the Lancaster Lynching story.

        Carl, Jeff and Israel know all about the story.  They helped me to investigate all those years ago while I stayed with Carl and Jeff’s mom, Ruth Cooper.  I miss you, Ruth.

        Please note that I am not very active, to say the least, on Facebook.  Direct emails reach me much faster.  Thanks again, Carl, and there will be much more on the Lancaster Lynching story involving  Detective Joseph P. Geesey coming.  

       Please check back later today for the Post Sentence Motion and more on ADA Randall Miller.

  • ONCE A DIRTY COP…

    Posted on February 3rd, 2010 Becky 4 comments

    HE JUST NEEDED A JOB!

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    Detective Joseph P. Geesey after the verdict in Joy O’Shea

     Woomer’s trial.

     

        Joseph P. Geesey was 22 and unemployed, with a wife and family to support, when he first walked into the Lancaster city police station looking for work.

        There was no message from God, I just needed a job, he said. Plain and simple.”

        The police hired him, trained him and put him in uniform.

        But police work soon became more than just a job to Geesey.

        It turned into a career in law enforcement and criminal investigation that he said still fascinates, excites and challenges him today – 50 years after he was sworn in on July 1, 1958.

    The opening paragraphs from Janet Kelley’s July 5, 2008 New Era article, “Case Closed?  Not for this Guy,” available in the newspaper archives.

        The day the New Era printed this story – I published and it was true – that I received an email from my webhost that morning reminding me that my domain name, LancasterLynching.com, was due to expire.  I renewed it and the site remains up.

        I chuckle every time I read this.  I wonder what would have happened if a black man had walked into the police department looking for work in 1958?  I know what happened to a black man, Robert L. Henderson, Jr., in 1981 after he took Detective Geesey into Federal Court for violation of his civil rights.  I know Detective Geesey tried to have him killed in a most horrific way.

        I know the Lancaster Detectives never solved his attempted murder nor another one several months later committed by the same three men.

        I know that Detective Geesey has been the lead detective on two infamous, long ago unsolved murders of two young women, Lindy Sue Biechler and Christy Mirack.

        Someone recently sent a comment to this site saying I had “cooked-up” the story of the Lancaster Lynching and Detective Geesey.  Not quite.  As a 27-year-old journalist I stumbled onto this story and took a photograph.  A photograph that has haunted me ever since.

        I tried everything I knew for almost two years to get someone to act on the story, until fear and friends made me put it away.  I put it in a box.  I stopped writing.

        I found the box – and opened it – when I went looking for old letters from a boyfriend relating to the incest story. 

        In September of 2001, I published a special eight page paper edition of the Lancaster Independent Press entirely about the Lancaster Lynching story.  I distributed it in Lancaster two days before 9/11.  It was the second story to go on this site, after the incest story, in the fall of 2004.  I gave the story its own website in September of 2007.  This story is far from over.

        Whenever I see Detective Geesey’s name involved with a case, I sense trouble, deception and lies.  And so it is with the prosecution of Joy O’Shea Woomer six years after Brent Weaver’s death.

        He told me in person outside the courtroom as the closing arguments were about to begin, “They want me in there.”  And so 74 year-old Detective Joseph Geesey, looking like a kindly grandfather, sat by the prosecution’s table.

    Please check back tomorrow…

  • DON’T THREATEN ME!

    Posted on January 24th, 2010 Becky 64 comments

    JOY, ROSEBORO, BIGMAC

    THREATS & MORE!

       

        Nearly 600 Fans!!! I talked to Joy today. She was so grateful for all of your support and love. She sends her thanks. Keep spreading the word. We want to have 1000 fans by the end of next week. I would ask all Nurses to share our cause with their colleagues.

    From JusticeForJoy.org (click here and click on the Facebook link.)

        Actually, she had 622 fans the last time I checked this morning but it literally is growing by the minute.

        I called the Court Reporter’s office in Lancaster last week and they told me Judge David Ashworth has requested a transcript of Joy O’Shea Woomer’s trial.  The woman who answered the phone also stated copies are $.90 a page and she estimated the total cost at about $1,500.  That’s right – and you can not pick and choose portions/pages.  If anyone gets a copy, please let me know and we can share and copy it much cheaper.  My local Staples wants $.08 per page!

    TRASHBACK GALA!

        This email in:

        You should check out the TB thread in the “Off-Beat” section where the TB’ers are planning their next get-together.  Mac is going to Vegas for 5 days.  The same woman who is on medical assistance and has no job.
        Pardon me if I’m a bit peeved, since I can’t afford a trip to Vegas, have to work for a living and pay for my medical care.  And I surely can’t afford to go out gambling and drinking every week to boot.  I wonder if she’s made the connection that her major dental woes may be the result of all

    her boozing.

        What a hoot!  Yes, BigMac is planning the grand Trashback gala to be held this coming weekend!  Ain’t life grand!  I’ll be taking cup cheese!

    ROSEBORO STORY NOT OVER!

        Speaking about the Trashback forum, this was posted by “Chance” a/k/a Deb Fitzkee under an article about the Roseboro Funeral Home being sold:

        Purg did you and hyprocisy get tired of just posting on another website. Like the I’ve heard touch. Guys in jail where he belongs. End of story.
        Following from Purg in a PM
        Hey buckaroo,,you have too much time on your hands.

        What is wrong with this woman that she is so worried about my site?  I think another Trashbacker had a good response and posted this:

        Chance, WTF does this post have to do with the Roseboro case? Keep your silly little childish forum games to yourself and PM.  Maybe you should break away from the PC every now and then.

        Oh, and Deb, it is not the “end of the story.”  In case you haven’t heard, Roseboro filed an appeal and Judge James Cullen is coming to his time deadline in ruling on that appeal.  Oh, and once again, 48 Hours is doing a segment and M. William Phelps is writing a book, “Love Her To Death” on the crime.

    OUR OWN BERNIE MADOFF

        On an icy morning last week, Sensenig’s home on Valley View Road in East Earl Township was quiet; no one appeared to be home. At the southern edge of the property, large dogs sat in wire cages. Plans by Sensenig’s son to expand a kennel on the property drew protests in 2005 and 2006.
    Associate Sunday News Editor Gil Smart in his front page story today, “MISPLACED FAITH?” (click here).
         Did you even knock on his door, Gil, to see if he was home?  What a joke of a story.  It is unreadable!  This is the Associate Editor of the Sunday News and he can’t write!  How is that possible?

        This big “investigative story” has six pictures and illustrations along with it and a sidebar story by Smart.  And yet it says almost nothing.  If Sensenig is the Bernie Madoff of the Wenger Mennonites, then say so!  Jesus, this is bad!

    DON’T THREATEN ME!

        And speaking of investigative stories, two commenters to this site have crossed the line on the Lancaster Lynching story and their comments will no longer be posted.  When you get several people this upset and angry, you know you have hit the truth.

        There will be much more tomorrow on the background of the Lancaster Lynching story.

  • TAKING THE LOW ROAD…

    Posted on January 24th, 2010 Becky 1 comment

    WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE!

     

    Becky, why do you keep going after Det. Geesey?
    He didn’t do what daddy did to you did he?

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    Please check back later today…

  • LANCASTER LYNCHING

    Posted on January 23rd, 2010 Becky 18 comments

    DETECTIVE GEESEY SUED

    geesey-sued

    HENDERSON’S ASSAILANTS

    geesey1

    RHOADS’ ASSAILANTS

    geesey2

  • A STORY I KEPT IN A BOX…

    Posted on January 21st, 2010 Becky 30 comments

    LANCASTER LYNCHING

    revisedsuspects1

        This email in:

    Becky,

         I have been reading and commenting here and there on your site. My question is what is your relationship with the Woomers and why not write for the Weavers. Your site is on the justice for joy site and is mentioned on her son’s site.

         I just don’t understand why you write about Woomer’s side and not Weavers. I’m sure there are stories from their side and I’m sure they feel some sort of pain as well.

         Also, where did you get your information about the detective? I read the news article and really am not convinced he did anything. If you had an interview with someone, who was it (no need to name, just how you found this person).

        I am going to answer the question about the detective – specifically Lancaster County Detective Joseph Geesey – today and the other questions tomorrow.

        I moved to Philadelphia in the very early ‘80’s after being the editor of the paper edition of the Lancaster Independent Press.  I was freelancing as a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, America’s oldest Black newspaper and a twice weekly.

        In May of 1981, I went to a newsstand to buy the latest edition and saw a headline, “Man critical after Lancaster lynching try.”

        I thought it had to be a mistake of some kind – there could not be a lynching in my Lancaster!  I didn’t own a car so I took a train the same day.  I went straight to the crime scenes and realized immediately that at least one of the three men who committed this horrendous crime had to be familiar with the area and thus had to live or work nearby. 

       To make a very long story short, I became very suspicious of one man who worked very close to the crime scenes.  The vehicle used to abduct Robert Henderson was also parked right in the lot.

        On May 21, I took a train to Lancaster.  I walked to the Coe Camera Shop and purchased a Polaroid Instamatic camera.  I walked to Hazel Street and the crime scene.  I said to a neighbor I had spoken to several times before, “I’m going in there to take a picture.  If I’m not out in five minutes, please call the police.”

        I walked into Brookshire Printing and saw the man I wanted sitting around a table with two other men.  I raised the camera and took a picture of all three.  The one who recognized me is on the right and he put his head down.  The other two had no idea who I was and almost smiled for me.

        The next day the Lancaster Newspapers ran police sketches of the three assailants.  I had taken a picture of all three of them, sitting around a table at Brookshire Printing, less than half a block from where the two assaults occurred.

        The police never “solved” this attempted murder or one five months later committed by the same men.  There will be much more this weekend.