The brother of the 23-year-old man who claimed he was missing 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen has apologized to Timmothy's family and revealed his sibling's extensive history of lying and crimes. Brian Rini is in police custody awaiting charges. On Wednesday, he approached a woman in a parking lot in Kentucky and claimed he was Timmothy, who vanished in 2011 after his mother's suicide. The FBI ran a DNA test on Thursday which proved he was not the boy, bringing fresh devastation to his family. Rini's brother Jonathon, who has not spoken to him for four years, spoke out on Thursday night to apologize to the Pitzens. He said he had no idea why his brother lied and did not know how he even knew about the case as he had never heard of Timmothy until this week. He revealed that Brian was often in juvenile detention as a teenager then started going to 'actual jail' in his late teens. Jonathon also revealed his older brother has suffered from … [Read more...] about Brother of ‘mentally ill’ man, 23, who posed as Timmothy Pitzen apologizes to the missing boy’s family and reveals his history of lying which includes posing as a house hunter to throw a raucous party in a model home
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This was how it happened for me, and I guess for a lot of people at the time. In 1993 I was working part-time at a game development studio while studying English and Drama at Warwick university. The studio, Big Red Software, was five guys in a small office above a printers in Leamington Spa. We ate, drank and breathed video games. If we weren’t making them, we were playing them. One day, we got Doom working across the office computer network. It meant that we could play together, co-operatively. That was 10am in the morning. We played for 16 hours straight. When I got outside, I saw every garage door as a potential demon entry point. Today, More than 20 years later, Id Software is releasing a new version of Doom. It is throughly updated, with high-end visuals and contemporary design sensibilities – early word is that it’s a successful modernisation. But it can never do what Doom did back then. There had been other first-person games before it – Id itself made … [Read more...] about Doom was video gaming’s punk moment
School was out and so was the sun. Brighton was heaving. The train station was a crush. The day-trippers slowly advancing upon the marina knew what they had come for. The sand, the sea, the boutiques in The Lanes, the rainbow flags, and craft beer. This is tourist-board Brighton, a city that my colleague and resident Rafael Behr calls “a coastal exclave of pseudo-London urbanity”. Like all such myths, it hides a multitude of inconvenient facts. Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, although just 10 minutes’ drive from the pier, are two big housing estates blessed with neither glamour nor cash. “You have the groovy and then you’ve got the real,” says Helen Jones, a Bevendean resident. “Up here, you have people fighting for every penny.” The neighbourhood officially ranks among the most deprived 3% in England. Its residents suffer from some of the worst health and education statistics in the country. Jones, a community worker, can tell you the … [Read more...] about The estate where local people refused to call last orders
Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old girl held captive for 88 days in Wisconsin before making a daring escape, says the man who kidnapped her and killed her parents had tried to 'own her' but she was smarter and braver. The teenager's attorney read a victim impact statement on her behalf as her kidnapper, 21-year-old Jake Patterson, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday in Barron County in northern Wisconsin. Patterson, who was described by the judge during his sentencing as 'the embodiment of evil, had pleaded guilty to abducting Jayme after brutally killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family's home near the small town of Barron, about 90 miles northeast of Minneapolis, on October 15 last year. He admitted concocting a plan to kidnap the 13-year-old girl, who he had never met, after seeing her get off a school bus near her home. Patterson held her captive in his rural cabin for three months and forced her to stay … [Read more...] about Defiant Jayme Closs uses her impact statement to slam Jake Patterson for ‘stealing everything from her but her freedom’ as he is sentenced to life without parole for kidnapping her for 88 days and killing her parents
In the small hours of 25 February 1983, the playwright Tennessee Williams died in his suite at the Elysée, a small, pleasant hotel on the outskirts of the Theatre District in New York City. He was 71: unhappy, a little underweight, addicted to drugs and alcohol and paranoid sometimes to the point of delirium. According to the coroner's report, he'd choked on the bell-shaped plastic cap of a bottle of eyedrops, which he was in the habit of placing on or under his tongue while he administered to his vision. The next day, the New York Times ran an obituary claiming him as "the most important American playwright after Eugene O'Neill", though it had been two decades since his last successful play. It listed his three Pulitzer prizes, for A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Night of the Iguana, adding: "He wrote with deep sympathy and expansive humour about outcasts in our society. Though his images were often violent, he was a poet of the human heart." He was also a … [Read more...] about What drives writers to drink?