A California man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing his special-needs roommate with a hammer and hiding her body in a wall for six years. Randolph Garbuttt, 47, from Los Angeles, last month pleaded no contest to a single count of felony voluntary manslaughter in the 2009 slaying of 31-year-old Raven Joy Campbell. On July 2, 2015, Campbell's body was removed from behind a wall at the home she shared with Garbutt in the 26800 block of Western Avenue in Lomita after neighbors complained of a foul smell. Randolph Garbutt, 47 (left) has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 11 years for the June 2009 killing of Raven Campbell (right) in Los Angeles Police acting on a tip arrived at Garbutt and Campbell's former home at the Harbor Hills housing project in Los Angeles in July 2015 The missing woman's body was discovered wrapped in a blanket and plastic behind a closet wall of their former apartment RELATED ARTICLES … [Read more...] about Man, 47, gets 11 years in prison for bludgeoning his disabled roommate, 31, to death with a hammer and hiding her body in a wall of their apartment for six years until their neighbors complained about a bad smell
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Escape to the Chateau's Dick and Angel Strawbridge captured our hearts right from the beginning of their property buying journey. And less than a fortnight before the new series of Escape to the Chateau starts on Channel 4, I spoke exclusively to the much-loved couple about the secrets to their property success. Not only have we watched them establish a thriving business at the chateau they bought in the north-west of France - which includes being a popular weddings venue - but they have also created a happy family home where the couple live with their children and Angel's parents. It is a far cry from their two-bed flat in Essex's Southend-on-Sea, which the couple swapped for the derelict chateau almost five years ago. Since then, extensive works have been carried out at the chateau, which now has refurbished windows, a lift and a walled garden. Escape to the Chateau's Dick and Angel Strawbridge bought Chateau de la Motte Husson almost five years ago more videos 1 2 3 … [Read more...] about How to buy a home that would transform your life: Escape to the Chateau’s Dick and Angel reveal their tips for buying a renovation property and turning it into a successful business
For years, I have had a screensaver on my iPhone that says READ A BOOK INSTEAD. It hasn’t worked. I used my phone for an average of 4 hours and 2 minutes a day last week, picking it up 103 times a day. That’s about once every 10 minutes while I am awake. And for what? Pokémon Go (yes, I am addicted), social networking and reading – in that order. And when I’m not on my phone, I am on my laptop. If this sounds familiar, and somewhat nauseating, meet the Light Phone. Launched this month after a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign, Light Phone is a credit card-sized phone that only lets you make calls and text or set an alarm. That’s it. The first version of Light Phone was calls only and proved too much for even the most hardened minimalist. The second version, released on September 4th, could also allow users to use maps or summon an Uber or Lyft in the future but its creators, Joe Hollier and Kai Tang, say they will never add email or any social … [Read more...] about I tried the Light Phone for a week – could I survive on just texts and calls?
An island refuge Just a 10-minute boat ride from Helsinki’s Market Square (JT-Line ferry, round trips and same-day island-hopping tickets from €7), is the island of Lonna. Once used as a storage site for naval mines, Lonna is now a refuge from city life and well-placed for sunset views over downtown Helsinki. There’s a restaurant serving locally sourced, organic food, as well as a coffee shop, bar, event venue and sauna. Every summer I enjoy a yoga retreat on the island, but it’s lovely at any time of year. Modern culture The architecturally striking Oodi Helsinki Central Library, on Kansalaistori square in the heart of the city, is the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ 2019 Public Library of the Year. And it’s not just for bookworms – it’s an energy-efficient, vibrant space that really engages with the local community. There are, of course, books, but also meeting areas, children’s play spaces and … [Read more...] about A local’s guide to Helsinki, Finland: 10 top tips
For decades we’ve looked across the Channel to the French for beauty tips — the timeless elegance of models such as Ines de la Fressange, who at 62 looks decades younger than her years. Who doesn’t covet the effortless style of former Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, 65, actresses Isabelle Huppert, 66, and Laetitia Casta, 41? French women have long taught us how to work that white shirt, pair of jeans and red lips just so — but beyond the fashion and pharmacy finds, what exactly is it that French women are doing to age so well? They tend to be tight-lipped about their cosmetic work. Rare is the Parisienne who will admit to a bit of Botox, and the phone numbers of Paris’s top surgeons, dermatologists and cosmetic doctors are a well-guarded secret, not shared even between the closest of friends. France’s first lady, Brigitte Macron, 66, perfectly illustrates the French beauty mystique, emerging from her summer in the Cote d’Azur looking remarkably … [Read more...] about They rarely admit having help to look young and they keep their beauty tips a secret, but now we reveal – How French women stay fabulous after 50 (And the good news? You don’t have to cross the Channel to do it, too!)