Friday, May 30, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Did Killer Yeti Murder Dyatlov Hikers? -- Stan Romanek's Legal Update -- UK's Vampires

Did Killer Yeti Murder Dyatlov Hikers?

Ever hear about a mass murder and think, huh, I wonder if a yeti did it? Okay, probably not your first conclusion. Or second. Or fifty-fifth. But that was the one explorer Mike Libecki found himself drawn to in investigating the cold case of the Dyatlov Incident, a journey documented in "Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives" (a two-hour special premiering on Discovery Sun. June 1 at 9:00 p.m.). Crazy, right? Well, hold on a minute.

There haven't been a lot of other plausible explanations for what happened on Feb. 2, 1959, when nine college students hiked up the slopes of Russia's Ural Mountains but didn't come back down (not on their own steam, at least). Their bodies were later found scattered across their final campsite, some partially naked and with strange injuries including crushed ribs, a fractured skull, and one hiker whose eyes had been gouged out and tongue removed. Libecki doesn't just pull the yeti idea out of thin air, by the way -- it comes from interviews, the diaries of the hikers and the pictures taken before their deaths. Oh yeah, it was a picture of a yeti.

So, if we're talking about a yeti doing all this damage, it seems only right to pepper the expert featured in the film, Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, with our burning yeti questions. Currently a professor at Idaho State University, he’s also a Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) curator. He knows from yetis -- and he also can explain why you haven't seen a fossil of one at your local natural history museum. Here's everything you never knew you wanted to know about these big, furry guys (some believe the yeti and Sasquatch are distinct, like grizzly bears and black bears) that you don't read about in schoolbooks. Read more at Hitflix


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Stanley Romanek to be evaluated before court proceedings continue

The Loveland author of numerous books on the extraterrestrial will be assessed by a psychologist before court proceedings for the felony charges against him move forward.

Stanley Romanek appeared in 8th Judicial District Court on Wednesday with his public defender, who requested that the scheduled preliminary hearing be continued. Romanek was arrested by Loveland police on Feb. 13 on allegations of possession and distribution of child pornography.

According to his attorney, Romanek receives services related to cognitive deficits, and a psychologist hired by the public defender's office will assess Romanek and determine his competency to proceed.

A status conference was scheduled for 2 p.m. on July 7. - Reporter Herald

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Man Accused of Stealing Human Skin From Hospital

A Delaware County man has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $350,000 worth of human skin from a Philadelphia hospital for years.

Gary Dudek, 54, of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, is charged with theft and tampering with records. According to investigators, Dudek repeatedly stole skin grafts from Mercy Philadelphia Hospital between November 2011 and July 2013.

Police say their investigation didn’t begin until January of this year, however, after officials at Mercy conducted an audit of their finances and noticed that skin grafts were missing.

According to investigators, Dudek worked as a sales representative for Organogenesis, a Massachusetts-based regenerative medicine company, between September 2006 and September 2013. Police say he was in charge of managing accounts for Mercy Hospital’s bio-science department and that he also supplied the hospital with skin grafts.

Due to his position, Dudek had an “open purchase order” which allowed him to order the skin grafts whenever he wanted. However, police say Dudek made several unauthorized purchases, and Mercy never received the grafts, leading the hospital to lose an estimated $357,000.

Officials also say Dudek was captured twice on surveillance video taking the skin grafts from the hospital and putting them in his car.

Dudek was arrested and released on Tuesday after posting 10 percent of $10,000 bail. At this point, investigators say they don’t know what Dudek did with the skin or the motive behind the alleged thefts. They suspect, however, that he was trying to make commission off of sales.

NBC10 visited Dudek’s home on Wednesday, but he refused to comment and referred us to his attorney, Eugene Tinari.

Tinari said in a statement that the issue should be a civil court matter and that the hospital has yet to prove his client did anything wrong.

"If Mercy Hospital has suffered losses and they can be deemed to be as a result of Mr. Dudek's actions then perhaps a civil suit could have been initiated. But to take this into the criminal arena against a man who has been nothing but hard-working and law-abiding his entire life is a bit draconian, in my view," he said.

Officials at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital told NBC10 they could not comment due to the ongoing investigation. - NBC Philadelphia


UK has ‘subculture’ of 15,000 vampires

The traditional concept of a vampire in popular culture is one of a blood-sucking creature of the night that can turn in to a bat and has no reflection, but outside of books and movies there has been a growing community of people who have come to identify themselves as modern day vampires.

Senior lecturer Dr Emyr Williams has been conducting the first ever academic study in to this unusual subculture and has drafted a questionnaire in an effort to learn more.

"We are talking about a group of individuals who believe they have a psychological need to consume blood," he said. "Some books say there are between 10,000 and 15,000 people in the UK who call themselves vampires, with maybe another 30,000 being donors. So we’re trying to reach as many of these people as we can to try and understand them better."

Some modern vampires take their beliefs so seriously that they sleep in a coffin at night and even have their teeth sharpened in to fangs, however most don't take things to such an extreme.

"This is a subculture that exists in every country, especially in the west," he said. "It is fascinating and all very real, which is why I wanted to conduct this study." Read more at Telegraph


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