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...]

Throw the book at certain rapists in this #meToo era.

  Amber Rose Carlson wrote a piece about her rapist and his sentence for the New York Times recently. Besides dealing with rapists and sentencing, she covers many other timely topics in this #meToo era. Life without parole for rapists. These topics include  injustice, male privilege, life without parole, and several others. I've blogged and written about many of them  (for instance, in my forthcoming book,  Four Murders and a Funeral). I include Ms. Carlson's piece here in its entirety. … [Read more...]

Has The Golden State Killer been Caught? Details not heard before.

If you're like a lot of people, you're dying (no pun intended) to learn more about The Golden State Killer.  I blogged last week just after Joseph Angelo was arrested as a prime suspect. I noted some of the basic info about The Golden State Killer that law enforcers released after his arrest. The Golden State Killer. Since that time, there have been many articles and TV newscasts adding more details about The Golden State Killer case. But, one of the most interesting sources of info of late is … [Read more...]

Golden State Killer suspect arrested. Victims & timeline.

Do we finally know the identity of the Golden State Killer who likely killed 12 people and raped 50? Golden State Killer suspect arrested. DNA and other forensic tools—as well as a working group of amazing crim justice personnel—are the heroes of the hour. (In recent days, we've also been blessed with news of a hero during the Waffle House killings and a heroine pilot who safely landed a Southwest Airlines plane that lost a passenger 'cuz it lost an engine.) The Sacramento County district … [Read more...]

Did The Unicorn Killer found Earth Day?

The Unicorn Killer, a character in a book I'm writing, often shows up in media stories. This is especially true just before the annual celebration of Earth Day. The big day is always April 22, just as it was back in 1970 when Senator Gaylord Nelson and others helped get it off the ground. Usually the story headlines look like this:"Earth Day Cofounder Killed, Composted Girlfriend" “Earth Day Started by Convicted Killer who Mummified his GF’s Body.”The Unicorn Killer. I’ve spent time … [Read more...]

To “Check your privilege,” watch Dominick Dunne on the Justice Network.

As I write my current book, I'm outraged at the light sentences given to several of the privileged murderers I've gotten to know over the years. (I'm a criminologist and embrace the "check your privilege" movement.) For these reasons I've developed an affinity for Dominick Dunne. He's the late American writer, investigative journalist, and producer who covered the trial of his  daughter's murderer. Like me, Dunne was incensed at the verdict (acquittal of  2nd-degree murder charge in favor of … [Read more...]

Scary NFLer—victim of bullying, discrimination, or mental illness?

I'm disturbed and saddened that discrimination and/or mental illness has taken a serious toll on a bullying victim I've featured in prior posts.    Ex-NFLer Jonathan Martin graduated from Harvard-Westlake prep school in L.A. and then Stanford. He joined the Miami Dolphins in 2012. But during his 2nd year with Miami, he became the center of a scandal involving harassment and bullying on the part of his teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey.  Hero, villain, or fool? Things … [Read more...]

#MeToo blinding us to reverse discrimination in the justice system?

Women in the #MeToo movement calling out sexual assault is big news now. That's great. But is there reverse discrimination in the justice system that favors women? Clare Foges claims there is. She recently wrote about its presence in the crim justice system in Britain. Foges was a speechwriter for former PM David Cameron at 10 Downing Street. As a result, she earned the title  "The Prime Minister's larynx/voice." (Interesting factoid—After university studies, Foges drove an ice-cream truck . . … [Read more...]

Explaining White Privilege – visiting its historic origins.

Whether you agree with the concept of white privilege or not, it's worth explaining white privilege. Or trying to. To do this, I'll start by taking a look at the origins of the concept. By the way, I agree with the concept as a tool to understand unconscious biases in whites. But I disagree with using it to beat up on whites and lay guilt trips on them. Much of the guilt lays with people who set up social systems centuries ago in the US and even earlier in the case of slavery. Explaining white … [Read more...]

Male privilege, sex, and the fall of a cleft icon.

An op ed piece in Friday's Washington Post helped make up my mind re former congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). The op ed author described a classic case of male privilege in action. The writer Melissa Richmond* is currently vice president of Running Start, an organization that encourages women to run for political office.   Richmond wrote that she thought she'd lost out on a career in politics after an encounter with Rep. Franks eight years ago. In her own words:I’ve always been proud … [Read more...]

How to be a friend of CLEFT HEART this Holiday season.

I published Cleft Heart in 2014, and since then thousands of readers and fans have enjoyed the book and showed great support through various social media updates and more. This holiday season, it’d be fantastic if you could use Twitter, Facebook , LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.—and even blog posts— to further support the book and get it into the hands of cleft kids, their parents, and their caregivers. A simple way to do this is to order the book thru Amazon or Barnes & Noble and have it sent … [Read more...]

White economic privilege impacts crim justice system.

 White privilege statistics. I've been writing a memoir of late about how four murders seriously changed my career as a criminologist. So, how do white privilege statistics come into play? Well, among the many reasons the murders changed my worldview was the fact that the crim justice system treated the killers well. They were  all white and given remarkably light sentences  in comparison to black killers who committed similar crimes. This was back in the late 1960s and 1970s, … [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...]