Improved website, with Not-Blind Justice & Killing augmenting Bullying.

After more than a year of planning and reconstruction by my webmaster, my site is better and more interesting (e.g., featuring topics like not-blind justice). Site has new, easier navigation. The site is faster and easier to navigate now. The latter means you can more easily find blogs, info, and resources (including new links, books, promotions, fun quizzes) that interest you.  Just look for several pull-down choices under 9 new menu selections in red at the top of the site. And use , too, … [Read more...]

A site dedicated to Faces, Facial Differences, and Heroes, Villains and Fools

For new posts, scroll down.You’ve come to the right place to learn about faces, especially ones that stand out in a crowd—the good, the bad, and the "ugly." Together we'll learn and share insights—via blogs, guest blogs, comments, and even painted portraits—about the social and psychological aspects of living with "facial differences" in a world that emphasizes looks.What you bring to the discussion:a lifetime of experience looking at and reacting to facesa willingness to be open-minded and to … [Read more...]

Ending white privilege in the criminal justice system?

  In the process of writing my follow-up memoir to Cleft Heart, I've rediscovered the impact white privilege has on the crim justice system. Such privilege has become painfully clear in the four murders that struck amazingly close to home for me in my 30's. Some of the whites involved in these murders were supersmart, too, and got added privileges like superatheletes often do. And all  were male, too. So,let me start this blog with a parallel between male and white privilege. How male … [Read more...]

Rape, male privilege, sentencing, and punishment.

An essay about rape and male privilege that's been widely circulated lately got my attention for sure. Not because so many women have been Weinsteined by Harvey who had gatekeeping power or raped by everyday men who were intimidating. But because I've been addressing similar issues in a book I'm writing. Several  of the real-life murderers in my memoir got away easy just as Amber Rose Carlson's rapist did. Amber Rose Carlson is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Vanderbilt University who … [Read more...]

Scariest Horror Villains of all time? Halloween edition.

It's Halloween season, and so why not have some scary villain fun? It's appropriate here, too. My site is dedicated to heroes, villains, and fools... as well as to the more abstract notions of discrimination and preferential treatment in the justice system.        Scariest horror villains of all time. Thrillist.com has put together a list of the 33 scariest horror villains of all time. Scott Weinberg at Thrillist has left politicians and Hollywood producers off the list. Wonder … [Read more...]

Authors of THE BULLYING ANTIDOTE recognize local heroes.

Please join a writer friend of mine at an award ceremony recognizing East Bay, California heroes in bullying prevention.   Kristen Caven and her psychologist mom, Louise Hart, wrote The Bullying Antidote. More about this book later in the post.   To celebrate the completion of a 2-year book giveaway project, Caven and Hart will be honoring community leaders who are creating positive change.   Zorgos Awards.   The Zorgos Awards Banquet honors those who have the superpower of … [Read more...]

Peyton Manning: Special treatment re sex scandal?

Today's blog begins to transition from the main prior focus of the website (clefts, disabled heroes, etc.). It embraces a newly added focus, loosely called 'discrimination' which includes special treatment of males, superstars, etc. by society. This blog features a compelling combination of both the former focus and the current focus of my website. The key phrase is "Peyton Manning cleft palate special treatment." Peyton Manning cleft palate special treatment. A little known fact about Peyton … [Read more...]

Celebs with cleft lip & other birth defects——I.

For much of the information and photos in this blog and the followup one, I'm indebted to  Listverse.com  and Madame Noire (MN). Madame Noire is a sophisticated lifestyle site launched by Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Raymond. It is a classic fashion and beauty site. What else would you expect from an Oakland born former hairdresser to the stars (e.g., Lauryn Hill)? Hop on over to Madame Noire's site for more fun, especially for info on African-American lifestyles. Let's mention Joaquin Phoenix's … [Read more...]

Would be serial killer blows first attempt.

  Before this website transitions more fully toward villains and away from cleft-palate-and-lip heroes (the kids, the medical pros that help them), a little humor is in order.   Of course, lightheartedness is in the eye of the beholder. The victim of this "serial killer" is likely not amused. Nor are all the ancillary players, including Craigslist which has been bedeviled with being associated with murders, one of the most famous being that by Philip Markoff.     "Aspiring Serial … [Read more...]

Announcing the addition of collage materials to my website.

It's kinda exciting.  As part of the slight reorientation of this Heroes, Villains and Fools website, collage materials pertaining to criminal justice topics will be created. They'll be added to the art gallery from time to time. Click here for the gallery.     If paintings or prints aren't your thing, collages might be.  Collage materials, as you probably know, are flat artworks like the prints (silkscreens serigraphs) I've done. Instead of  2′ by 3" like my prints, my collages tend to … [Read more...]

Cyberbullying: non-obvious reasons kids of color targeted more.

Cyberbullying may result from family or societal biases, beliefs, and distortions being unconsciously absorbed by children,then passed on to kids of color. But, there are other reasons than racism and ethnocentrism that explain the high rate of cyberbulling directed at kids of color. Janaroohartvshares some ideas here: Why do kids get bullied? In most cases, the reason is because they are different from others. As a kid, you usually become a target for harassment because of your ethnicity, … [Read more...]

Post-Charlottesville: Violent/Nonviolent cops in the face of bullying?

No bullying allowed?  With the tragic killing in Charlottesville, VA and the subsequent debates about police behavior pre and post Charlottesville bullying, it seems time to mention Policing Society. I wrote the book during a sabbatical in England where I compared the Greater Manchester Police Department with the Oakland Police Department.   I chose Manchester and Oakland for my tale of two cities because  they were remarkably similar cities with historically different policing philosophies. … [Read more...]

My brother’s clefts: When birth defects aren’t defects-Compete & Cooperate

A Disability, or Not? By Barbara Schonborn I didn’t think my brother Karl had birth defects. Nor did I think his cleft lip and cleft palate were disabilities. When we were children, Karl was just my competitor or my buddy. Brother with no birth defects completes the family. Steven, my second brother, was born when our family lived next door to our grandparents Schonborn in a rural neighborhood of Puyallup, Washington. Steven had no birth defects. His nose and mouth were normal, and he … [Read more...]

My brother’s clefts: When birth defects aren’t defects – Infancy to surgery.

I didn’t think of my brother Karl’s cleft lip and cleft palate as birth defects or disabilities.   These birth defects a disability, or not? Guest blog by Barbara Schonborn** Part One: From Infancy to early surgeries. A Princess Usurped. Until I was almost two years old, my life was idyllic. My mother read to me often—I sitting in her lap, a book in mine. She sewed clothes for me, cooked for my father and me, and took me to the Sunday nursery at our church in Boise, Idaho. I knew how … [Read more...]

Will OJ get parole tomorrow? Where and how to watch his hearing.

I mentioned in a prior blog that the ALCATRAZ EAST crime museum just opened an exhibit around a new acquisition. The item is the White Ford Bronco that carried a frantic and suicidal O.J. Simpson during one of the most famous televised car chases ever. For this reason alone, millions will be tuned in tomorrow to O.J.'s parole hearing. But, as you know, there are many other reasons to tune in.   I'm going to watch because, tho I'm a dispassionate criminologist regarding most topics, I have a … [Read more...]

July is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness month: Two special blogs coming soon.

In honor of  National Cleft & Craniofacial Disorders Month, I'm planning two special posts in the upcoming weeks from a guest blogger. Stay tuned and be ready to be surprised and informed.   Cleft and Craniofacial Disorders Month. Go here for information about the meaning of this July's commemoration and for info about the many organizations supporting it. Also, consider donating a copy of Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal to one of these organizations . . . or to your dentist or … [Read more...]

Crime Museum: Down but not out with addition of OJ’s Bronco..

Just had a wonderful trip to Tennessee, but missed the Crime Museum there. I saw the Grand Ole Opry  the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Jack Daniels Distillery—all in the Nashville area.  Alas, I didn't make it across the state to Alcatraz East in Pigeon Forge where the renamed Crime Museum relocated recently. Crime Museum The founder of the museum, attorney  John Morgan , formerly operated it  as the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, DC. He figured DC was where laws … [Read more...]

Cocaine, mental illness, trauma: What killed Carrie Fisher?

      I'm working on a memoir tentatively titled Four Murders and a Funeral.  In one of the murders, powdered cocaine plays a role. At least that's what the defendant and his attorney would like us to believe. Whether  the drug was to blame for the murder and whether addiction was involved is part of the story I tell. Cocaine  Carrie Fisher's use of cocaine never became much of a criminal justice issue. Some feel celebs get a pass for behavior that lands others of us  in … [Read more...]

Cleft lip dad adopts cleft lip baby.

This cleft lip news out of Atlanta made my Father's Day last Sunday. The day had been marred by the death of my best friend's wife the day before. However, I then noticed this news about cute-as-a-boot Hattie Pierce, pictured below. Like myself and so many others, Hattie was born with a cleft lip and palate, .     Hattie Pierce w cleft lip and palate. Cleft lip dad & daughter duo get surgery at same hospital. She  was adopted by Brian Pierce who'd had his lip surgically restored long … [Read more...]

Male privilege and women in elevators.

So here's my first bit of advice to those of my male gender. Slow down or cross the street if you're following a woman walking ahead of  you in the middle of the night on a lonely street.   Male privilege and women in elevators. My current book deals with male privilege among other things. Last week I thought back to one of my earliest realizations of this phenomenon. Male privilege realization. I was old enough to be walking around my sleepy town at night —maybe age 15 or so. I … [Read more...]

Brock Turner, Oscar Pistorius: how white privilege works.

I sometimes examine white privilege in my crim justice writings, and I'm doing so in a memoir I'm currently working on.  What's interesting about Brock Turner, Oscar Pistorius is that they may've been given light sentences because they were white and outstanding athletes. They are athletes in cultures (America and South Africa) where athleticism is prized. In such cultures super athletes, for sure, are treated leniently by their justice systems because of it. I've written about Pistorius … [Read more...]

Criminologist Yablonsky carried switchblade before seeing the light.

Lewis Yablonsky honored me by writing the forward to my first book as a criminologist, Dealing with Violence back in the '70s. We taught together and enjoyed one another's company. He died in 2014.As part of a series on great colleagues and teachers, I offer this obit of  Yablonsky by William Yardley.  Lewis Yablonsky, teaching at California State University, Northridge, in 1984. His books include “The Violent Gang.” CreditGary Friedman/Los Angeles TimesSociologist and criminolgist."Lewis … [Read more...]

Crim Justice takes a hit with regard to older celebs.

What happens when crim justice, lookism, and celebrity meet face to face? Lady Justice peaks from under her blindfold and renders "modified" justice. Some would call it "in" justice. Crim justice takes a hit. We've explored attractiveness and sentencing in recent posts.  Recently we looked at younger troubled stars. Here are a couple of examples of older troubled stars. That is, attractive people who've used their celebrity and wealth to game the justice system. The crim justice system pretty … [Read more...]

Blind justice takes a hit with regard to lookism and younger celebs.

What happens when blind justice, lookism, and celebrity intersect?  Something's got to give, at least in our modern culture that worships attractiveness and celebrity. Lady Justice peaks from under her blindfoldand renders "modified" justice. Some would call it "in"justice.Blind justice takes a hit.We've explored attractiveness and sentencing in recent posts. Here are a couple of examples of  younger troubled stars. That is, attractive people who've used their celebrity and wealth to game the … [Read more...]

Lookism and crim justice. Expert research & evaluation.

Lookism and crim justice go together like Thelma and Louise? Naw, more like beer and sausage during Ocktoberfest. (Crim justice, like legislation, is often made like sausage. Ouch!) In my prior blog I looked at the results a novice researcher, Kelly Beck, came up with several years ago. She used relatively sophisticated methodology, but her sampling was limited.Today, we see what professional researchers at Cornell University—using a national sample—found. And we see some of the practical … [Read more...]

Lookism and crim justice: Apprentice research.

I've got a blunt question for today's blog. Do unattractive (read 'ugly') criminals receive harsher sentences than attractive ones? This question interests me because I'm writing a book about  murder and "blind" justice. Testing lookism and crim justice.A respectable study of this question by a novice researcher emerged several years ago.  Kelly Beck researched this lookism and crim justice using sophisticated stepwise regression methodology.*For many years, researchers have attempted to find a … [Read more...]