OCTOBER 14, 2011
BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND
The news as I see it and the views as I want them.
October 14 is … Be Bald and Free Day and National Dessert Day
I am bald and I am free and I also like a tasty dessert. Today is perfect for me. I think I will sit around free and bald while I enjoy a piece of pineapple upside down cake.
The Cubs are still waiting to name their General Manager. Has any team ever gotten this much pub for the signing of a HR guy? The news was not this hyped for the death of Steve Jobs. Did the Cube paint themselves into a corner and are now being raped by the dude from Boston?
The underwear bomber changed his mind and entered a guilty plea to the charges against him at the start of the ongoing trial on Wednesday. The Defendant, who had constantly interrupted the proceeding with nonsensical outbursts while acting as his own attorney, plead guilty and will be sentenced in a few months. It is unlikely he will ever be released. He is also a severe security risk in the general population in any prison he is assigned to. Another prisoner with little chance for release or terminally ill would be a hero to fellow prisoners to kill the admitted traitor.
This guy was nearly bald. Breasts do not always mean brains. Some crime victims are asking for it. An 81-year-old Florida man, who police say posed as a door-to-door physician and duped at least two women into having their breasts examined, has struck a plea deal with prosecutors.
Phillip Winikoff was charged in 2006 with three counts of sexual battery, two counts of practicing medicine without a license, two counts of simple battery and one count of using the title of doctor without a license. Winikoff, of Coconut Creek, was 76 years old when police arrested him for fondling two women's breasts and genitals while masquerading as a doctor giving free, unsolicited checkups in an apartment complex.
On Tuesday, his lawyers told Broward Circuit Judge Sandra Perlman that they had reached a deal with prosecutors. The attorneys were late arriving in court, so Perlman, who had another trial to oversee, said she would reschedule the plea hearing. No firm date was set, The Sun Sentinel reported.
Five years ago, Winikoff, carrying a black "doctor's" bag, went to an apartment complex in Lauderdale Lakes. The phony doctor knocked on a unit belonging to a 36-year-old woman. He allegedly said he was visiting on behalf of a local hospital.
"He told the woman that he was in the neighborhood offering free breast exams," Broward County Sheriff's Office spokesman Hugh Graf said.
The unwitting patient let Winikoff into her apartment and he began the exam. After allegedly touching the victim's chest, Winikoff moved an ungloved hand to the woman's genitals and further molested her. Suspecting that Winikoff was not a real doctor, the victim contacted the sheriff's office. When deputies arrived, the white-haired, fake physician had already left. He did not go far, however. Instead of fleeing the area, Winikoff found another victim, a 33-year-old woman who lived in the same apartment complex as the first victim, police said.
The second victim told police a similar story, saying Winikoff had presented himself as a doctor who was in the area giving free breast exams. Again, the woman let Winikoff into her apartment and again, he allegedly sexually battered his victim.
Deputies later located Winikoff and took the phony physician into custody without incident. I bet this case was fertile ground for jokes by the police in the station house.
Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think about.
BRUCE A. BRENNAN
DEKALB, IL 60115
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