threats on an old post?

Some people write me nice notes that say “I love your blog. It is intelligent, relevant and thoughtful.” But then there are the nasty comments, even some which may or may not be interpreted as an implied threat.

Here is one I got today or overnight is more accurate, as I am not up at that hour:

Ummm ok. Love the threatening tone, do I have to call the police? Has this message been sent to every media person or any other bloggers who covered this? Here are some links:

Daily Local: Chesco woman charged in cancer scam headed to trial
By Michael P. Rellahan Staff Writer mrellahan@dailylocal.com On Twitter @ChescoCourtNews Jan 31, 2020

Chip Chick: Meet The Mom That Lied About Having Cancer, Then Scammed People Online Out Of Over 10k

ABC News Good Morning America: ABC NEWS November 5, 2019
Pennsylvania woman arrested for faking cancer and collecting $10K in GoFundMe, Facebook campaigns

Washington Post: Morning Mix
A powerlifter raised thousands for her battle against cancer. It was all a lie, police say. By Tim Elfrink
November 6, 2019

Philadelphia Inquirer: Chester County woman accused of faking cancer in $10K fund-raising scam faces additional charges in Delaware
by Aubrey Whelan, Updated: November 6, 2019

Philly Voice: Fraud charges mount against Chester County powerlifter who allegedly faked cancer for fundraiser
Jessica Cornell Smith, 32, was previously accused of refusing to issue refunds after organizing a powerlifting event that was canceled
BY VIRGINIA STREVA

PhillyVoice Contributor

NBC10 Philadelphia: PENNSYLVANIA
Woman Accused of Lying About Cancer to Scam GoFundMe and Facebook Donors Out of More Than $10K By David Chang and Deanna Durante • Published November 4, 2019 • Updated on November 5, 2019 at 10:38 pm

NBC10 Philadelphia: Woman Charged With Faking Cancer to Scam GoFundMe Donors Now Accused of ID Theft, Police Impersonation and Lying About Involvement With Preston & Steve Event
Wilmington Police confirmed Tuesday that Jessica Cornell Smith, 32, is wanted out of Delaware on charges of identity theft and impersonating a police officer

And these are only a smattering of the articles on this case. Why was I interested? Because I am a cancer survivor and few things hit me in the wrong way like fake cancer charities and cancer money scams. So I wrote a piece about it and so what? Media sources etc listed. I didn’t break any new ground. Did this person go after the podcast The Ever Evolving Truth I wonder? Were those folks threatened given this statement from August?

So this morning I went on an Internet hunt to see if the case had gone to court and was there a disposition? This is what I found:

So the case has NOT gone to court as in NO trial yet, so where is this disposition? How can someone be innocent when the trial has NOT happened yet? The court docket says that at present the trial will happen in front of Chester County Judge Jeffrey Sommer on OCTOBER 21, 2020.

I wrote about this originally (again) because I am now a 9 year cancer survivor who has also had secondary cancers (squamous cell skin cancer if it is any of your business.) This thing with cancer scams BUGS me. Cancer is EXPENSIVE. No joke, I get it.

I was lucky, but it also was not easy every month making payments until the debt was finally gone. ON THE BREAST CANCER BILLS. Right now I am looking at a few thousand in overage from insurance that I have to pay because of two skin cancer surgeries I had this year.

I have donated to cancer fundraisers on occasion. Not every one that crosses my path, but when I know someone does need help, I try to pay it forward. I have quite a few friends battling HORRIBLE cancers right now. Cancer is no joke so when a fake thing pops up, I am naturally upset.

This story even made international news. In the UK for example. The Daily Star and The Daily Mail. I did not originate it and there are court dockets and District Attorneys office stuff so why is this guy hassling me?

So here’s the deal: I will update when the trial has occurred and the Chester County District Attorney’s office releases something. Or when the docket changes to reflect disposition. Or regular print and television journalists do an update. But nasty commenter? I have done nothing wrong. All you have done is draw more attention towards your “friend” and was that the goal?

Thanks for stopping by for this episode of I kind of guess it’s time to threaten a blogger.

stealing history update

In August, I told you about the precious artifact stolen from a Bryn Mawr home.  It was so egregious to me, I called the post “stealing history”.

Well apparently, at long last, there is an update.  The thieving former cleaning lady has been caught.

This case caught world-wide attention, and even late yesterday was in the news in the UK and Europe.  Of course, as many feared, this greedy ignorant  woman not only stole history but damaged it as well.  Between the Federal and local charges pending against Andrea Lawton, I hope they throw the book at her.

I am still curious to know whether or not she was part of a larger theft ring. Or just one stupid woman acting on her own.

Housekeeper arrested with $3 million Franklin bust

September 24, 2012|By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

The owner of a stolen portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin valued at $3 million said Monday that he was relieved that the art treasure had been recovered, but was anxious to know how badly it was damaged by the thief.

George A. D’Angelo said he “stopped breathing” when he was told the porcelain object stolen Aug. 24 from his Bryn Mawr home had been recovered in Elkton, Md., with a cracked breastplate.

The FBI is holding the piece for fingerprints, so he has yet to see it. Once “Ben is back,” D’Angelo said, he will hire a restoration expert.

“I think it can be repaired,” said D’Angelo, 85, a Philadelphia lawyer. “I hope so. It would be ghastly if it can’t.”….

Andrea Lawton, 46, of Philadelphia and Mobile, Ala., was arrested Friday as she got off a bus in Elkton. She was carrying the bust in a gunny sack, D’Angelo said.

Lawton, also known as Andrea Gresham, was charged with theft, fraud, and interstate transportation of stolen property, according to papers filed in federal court in Philadelphia….

The 25-pound, 28-inch-high bust was made in 1778 by Jean-Antoine Houdon while Franklin was visiting Paris. There are only three others like it in existence.

A framed case containing a picture of Victor Herbert, a conductor’s baton, an autograph, and a list of his music – valued at $80,000 – was also gone. D’Angelo said police told him that piece was still missing.

“It’s a bizarre story,” D’Angelo said. “She said she doesn’t know anything about Victor Herbert” and may have disposed of the picture at a secondhand shop without realizing its value.

Police and the FBI traced the address of Lawton, who has four burglary convictions, to Hazelhurst Street in Philadelphia, but when she didn’t return there, the FBI tracked her to Mobile, her hometown.

On Sept. 19, a witness told the FBI that Lawton “still had possession of the bust, and that she intended to transport it outside of Alabama in order to sell it on the black market.”

“It’s like stealing Venus de Milo from the Louvre,” said D’Angelo. “What in heaven’s name would you think she was going to do with it?”

Daily Mail Online: Housekeeper arrested for stealing $3MILLION sculpture of Benjamin Franklin  from millionaire’s home

PUBLISHED:21:38 EST, 24  September 2012| UPDATED:07:40 EST, 25 September 2012

A bungling housekeeper turned thief was  arrested Friday for stealing a precious sculpture of Benjamin  Franklin she managed to break in the heist.

Andrea Lawton, 46, was briefly employed by  Philadelphia attorney George A. D’Angelo, 85, this summer when she first spotted  the 18th century bust when she was told to be careful cleaning around it because  it was ‘extremely valuable.’

She was fired on August 21 before returning  three days later to grab it from Mr D’Angelo’s Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, home and  run off to Elkton, Maryland, with the $3million bust stuffed in a burlap  sack …

Lawton was seen rushing out of the  home on  August 24 by the new cleaning staff, who recognized her getting  into a red  Chevy Taho or SUV.

Police said she entered the home by pushing  in an air-conditioner on the porch while another woman was waiting in the  car.

When she didn’t return to her Philadelphia  home, police tracked her to another address in Mobile, Alabama.