March 24, 1994 |
A Montgomery County Court judge refused to hear a Cheltenham man's request that he be chemically castrated and instead sentenced him to six to 12 years in state prison for paying three Philadelphia boys to have sex with him. In July, Peter Peretz, 55, of the 1600 block of Church Road, pleaded guilty to three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in connection with various encounters he had with the boys between 1991 and 1992. Peretz was accused of picking up a 15-year-old and a 12-year-old boy in Philadelphia on separate occasions in December 1992 and paying them between $20 and $50 to have sex with him in his Wyncote apartment.
June 19, 2013 |
A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged with castrating a paraplegic during an argument over a woman Monday night in Southwest Philadelphia, police said Tuesday. The 43-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, remained in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Edgar Bonilla, 41, has been charged with attempted murder and related offenses in the attack, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. Police said officers responding to a report of a stabbing found the victim about 7:10 p.m. at an assisted living facility in the 6200 block of Eastwick Avenue.
March 13, 1992 |
HOUSTON ATTORNEY: CLIENT HAS CHANGED HIS MIND ABOUT CASTRATION A lawyer representing the family of Steven Allen Butler, who asked to be castrated rather than be tried in a sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl, said yesterday Butler has changed his mind. Attorney Charles Freeman said Butler told him over the weekend he'd rather go to trial. Judge Michael McSpadden last week approved Butler's request, and ruled that if Butler underwent castration he would be placed on probation for 10 years.
April 8, 1998 |
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said "no thanks" yesterday to an invitation from his predecessor, David Dinkins, to end their feud with a meal together. Saying the time had come to put aside their disagreements over Dinkins' handling of the 1991 race riots in Brooklyn, Giuliani said the former mayor's offer of dinner would only prolong the argument. "I think the reason not to do it is that it would become a media event and not a real discussion," Giuliani said. "It actually would lead to the result that David Dinkins says he is trying to avoid, which is further division.
June 7, 1996 |
Pesky flesh-eating zombies, patronage politics and too many darned mourners are among the occupational hazards suffered by the title character in Cemetery Man, the keeper of a graveyard where the buried unearth themselves in all their putrescence. This film is rotten in both senses of the word. A twisted tribute to the living-dead films of American goremeister George Romero and Italian horrormonger Dario Argento, the movie starring Rupert Everett lacks plot but not shocks. Everett plays the aptly-named Dellamorte (translation: "of death")
March 30, 1995 |
WHAT CAR DEALERS CALL YOU: Are you a "stroker," a "laydown" or a "getmedone"? Only your automobile sales rep knows for sure. The New York Times defines the three terms as follows, in a story about the nasty names that car sellers call potential car buyers: Stroker. A customer with terrible credit. Also called "roach" or "flake. " Laydown. A buyer who will take any deal offered, without haggling. Getmedone. A buyer whose credit is so bad that he or she will take any car for which the dealer can line up a loan.
February 23, 1999 |
He admits the mother of his two children sounds a little crazy in her letters, secret missives threatening "automatic castration" and revenge. But 15-year-old Vili Fualaau also admits he's turned on by Seattle teacher Mary Kay Letourneau's words, written in secret correspondence from behind bars, where she's serving a 71/2-year sentence for raping him. The half-dozen letters, allegedly written last year, show a dark side to the woman who...
February 10, 2015 |
Inis Nua's American premiere of Long Live the Little Knife , a play by Scotland's David Leddy, is likely to give you an attack of meta-dread. Oh-so-faux, the play is a confused and confusing comment on theater as scam: "a life dedicated to the artistry of the swindle. " (Leddy apparently thinks he's the first to notice the old illusion-vs.-reality conundrum.) This show takes a lot of patience to sit through, even though its running time is just over an hour. The Off-Broad Street Theater is draped in paint-spattered canvas for the show, as are the audience's seats.
April 13, 1996 |
Larry Don McQuay, by begging the state of Texas to castrate him, has reminded us that we don't know what to do with dangerous offenders whose crimes are the result of some mental disorder. McQuay's crimes were particularly awful. He was convicted of molesting a 6-year-old San Antonio boy (and claims to have molested children at least 240 times). Further, he insists, he is likely to do it again. That's why he asked to be castrated prior to his release from prison this week. Texas officials, convinced they had no choice, said no. But though this unusual request is what landed McQuay in the national news, the case raises disturbing questions regarding the treatment of compulsive offenders.
April 11, 1986 |
"The Ladies Club. " Directed by A.K. Allen. Based on the novel "Sisterhood," by Betty Black and Casey Bishop. Midtown Twin and area theaters. Running time: 90 minutes. 'The Ladies Club," a vengeance film with feminist sensibilities, proposes one criminal act - forcible castration - as the "cure" for another criminal act - rape. It's too far-fetched to work as advocacy, and too serious to click as vengeance. Vengeance films should stir the audience's blood with simple-minded appeals to passion - think about Rambo - that make the audience want to cheer when the bad guys get what they deserve.