OC's Scariest People 2011

Celebrating the Day of the Dead with some of the county's worst offenders

OC's Scariest People 2011

Is it just a SoCal thing, or has Día de los Muertos imagery gone mainstream in the past couple of years? Well, you won't see us complaining. As pop-culture appropriations of ethnic traditions go, this one has not yet jumped the tiburón. The aesthetics certainly have a lot to do with it—all those bright colors and grinning skulls just look cool—but we think there's something deeper about Day of the Dead's broadening appeal. The holiday is at once solemn and festive, as we reflect on the lives of lost loved ones while raucously celebrating them, as well as embrace our shared mortality. We're all gonna die . . . ¿y que?

Unfortunately, until that day, we've got to put up with these losers. This year, be sure to light a candle and toss back a shot of tequila for the victims of their crimes, sins and other pendejadas.

 

SCOTT EVANS DEKRAAI
Boldly making it onto this list just under the wire is Orange County's suspected worst mass killer. On the afternoon of Oct. 12, Dekraai, wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with three handguns, is alleged to have gone into the beauty salon in Seal Beach where his ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, worked and started shooting until she and six others were dead. Before fleeing, he reportedly killed a man parked outside. A 73-year-old woman was left clinging to life. The onetime Marine, who'd become unhinged since suffering a crippling accident aboard a tugboat he captained in 2007, was embroiled in a nasty custody battle with Fournier. Mitigating Factor: He's innocent until proven guilty . . . but come on!

 

FULLERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Calling this a bad year for the 145-person squad in Fullerton would be a gross understatement. Two of its officers now face criminal charges—one for second-degree murder—for the July 5 beating of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man with schizophrenia, that led to his death five days later. News later surfaced that several other people have been wrongfully arrested and beaten up, too, as well as that an officer accused of sexually assaulting numerous women got a little slap on the wrist but stayed on the job. Also, a year after it happened, the acting police chief publicly apologized to a family whose home was erroneously raided by the cops. Mitigating Factor: The city could sell the rights to a film titled Clusterfuck In Fullerton, which might pay for one of the many lawsuits it's facing.

 

FULLERTON CITY COUNCIL MAJORITY
After the Kelly Thomas killing, Pat McKinley, Don Bankhead and Dick Jones adopted the standard elected-official posture when government employees are involved in wrongdoing: They pretended nothing was wrong—even with large, regular public demonstrations and national media attention. Then they absurdly claimed the real villain in the Thomas incident was Tony Bushala, the businessman/blogger who first exposed the horrors of the beating. But what's really scary is that these three elected goons showed utter contempt for the community by also mocking reasonable concerns about a series of police-brutality incidents. Mitigating Factor: The recall movement is moving along.

 

ROBERT H. SCHULLER
If Schuller had stayed retired after 2006 as head of the Crystal Cathedral, his stature in American Christianity would've been assured and unblemished: the founder of the mega-church movement, mentor to thousands of pastors, a pioneer in televangelism, and a holy man whose embrace of architecture led to stunning houses of worship. But Schuller couldn't drop his ego and ruined in five years what he had spent more than 50 creating. It started with Schuller driving his self-appointed successor, Robert A., out in 2008, and followed with the church declaring bankruptcy last year. Court records released this year showed how Schuller and his ilk lived an extravagant lifestyle for decades while stiffing vendors and letting the Crystal Cathedral bleed out. Now, the Cathedral is up for sale. Mitigating Factor: At least he's not a pedophile.

 

ANTHONY NICHOLAS ORBAN
Even the Westminster police detective's defense attorney does not deny his 32-year-old client abducted a waitress walking to her car after her shift, drove the single mother in her car to a parking lot a city away, then sadistically raped and tortured her at gunpoint. She eventually broke away, and Orban fled, but he left behind his service weapon, which was easy to track back to him. Before the Irvine resident entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in July, his attorney tipped the press that the defense would be based on post-traumatic stress disorder his client supposedly suffered as a Marine in Iraq and the medication he was prescribed. Mitigating Factor: One more reason to hate the Iraq war.

 

EDWARD YOUNGHOON SHIN
Investigators say the Irvine family man confessed to killing his business partner and sending emails to the dead man's family to make it seem as if he were on an extended vacation. Why? Because the 33-year-old men had a fallout that culminated in Shin agreeing to buy out his partner's share for $1 million. Shin had a history of shady business dealings, but no one suspected he would go to such lengths to come out on top—except the family of Christopher Ryan Smith. Early on, they doubted Smith was sending emails from exotic locales in Africa. They tried without luck to press Laguna Beach police detectives to investigate Shin. With the help of private detectives and Orange County sheriff's investigators who took over the case, Shin was arraigned on murder charges on Aug. 30, and one of his associates was arrested as an accessory. Mitigating Factor: Smith's body has not been found, so maybe he is on one helluva safari.

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14 comments
Benalvillar
Benalvillar

Mr. Arellano is a great reporter. I always look forward to his articles. He is intelligent, humorous and most of all a straight shooter. Please give him my regards and tell him I am a big fan of his.

Johnnyroscoe23
Johnnyroscoe23

Wow, until we got to Scott Montoya was there anyone of any ethncity on this list. Let's face it, Just like Gustavo, the entire O C weekly is staffed by people who hate white people. Even the white people who work there, if there are any, loath themselves. Let's face it, the weekly is a rag, that's why it's free. If it was legitimate news you'd be able to charge for it. By the way, weren't you guys sticking up for Montoya before you were shown the light? And yes, Gustavo, you are a burnt up racist and everyone knows it. Your attempt at light hearted humor against whites does not cover it up and we all know it.

cantwait2see
cantwait2see

Hey Teresa,

Why don't you sit down, take a deep breath, and have some dip. Just because you experienced a tragic event, do not start measuring everything you see in life to that level. Ok, some people have what's called a sense of humor. I know that tragic events tend to raise the bar because that's when our minds go into this over-process mode in an attempt to keep us sane. But you're not doing yourself or anyone else any favors by using your pain to make people see the world through your eyes.

I know things can suck really bad, but you have to relax a bit or you'll lose yourself in your pain.

Some things in life are funny. I'm sure you'll see that soon enough. Or perhaps you missed the image behind the text "You're Dead to Me".

Teresa Schmidt
Teresa Schmidt

Also, you placed Rebeccca Black in the #2 position, right under the monster name. How sick are you people?

Teresa Schmidt
Teresa Schmidt

As a friend of one of the Seal Beach shooting victim, Laura Webb Elody, I am disgusted by your writers inclusiuon of 15 year old student Rebecca Black, someone who sang innocently about Friday being a fun day, in the column titled "You are Dead to Me" , a column that included rapists, murderers, and other low life scumbags. At the very least, you owe an apology to not only Rebecca Black, but to each and every one of the victims families. You should be ashamed of yourselves. No one is laughing, we are all still crying and distraught over the senseless murders of so many wonderful people in our community. I notice that you did not include the names of your "Staff" who wrote the column - fess up and let me know who these people are. Teresa Schmidt, Newport Beach, CA

cantwait2see
cantwait2see

McKinley should really be on here twice. I mean for a current city council member and former police chief to say that "those ladies (who were molested by Officer Rincon) weren't people like this" (audience to whom he was speaking with), suggesting that some women are worthy of being sexually assaulted. But according to McKinley, it wasn't sexual assault when Rincon handcuffed women and fondled, groped, and/or propositioned them, it was "inappropriate touching", "not a dangerous thing".

Of course, you can see for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Jaded in orange
Jaded in orange

Years ago when we lived in Fullerton we voted to recall Don Bankhead et al over a 'franchise tax' only to see them VOTED BACK IN a few months later in the NEXT election (yeah, THAT worked out fine) Soo...he's still there, and ther's gonna be another recall?! Good luck with that...this time I hope they stipulate that the recallees cannot run in the next election. What a waste of time and taxdollars.

Milktheteettildry
Milktheteettildry

On HUGH HEWITT,What if i said your views are irrelevant - funny thing is, there is alot of people who agree with him; so much so that alot of those people voted for change as reflected in the elections for Congress and hopefully soon to come new President who doesn't take joy in running America into the ground. Last time I checked this is America where we have the right too believe in and express our opinion; I read this whole thing about evil criminals who deserve what they get; but a conservative commentator who expresses his opinion on things he believes makes him hardly a bad person..why don't you go live in N.Korea where your socialist views will be appreciated and you can starve and be suppressed and the wealth you accumulate will be taken and "spread out" so the commy leader can have a feast in his honor, while his people and you, starve to death...what about the USSR, oh wait, their not around anymore because the Socialist commy experiment didn't work and it will never work. Next time please be real journalists(unbiased); I don't want to read about some biased ass socialist pig so called journalist grudge against another person who has the right to express what he believes. Why don't you join the ED Show on MSNBC where you can spew hateful and disparaging words about a women and still be on the air.

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Briansays
Briansays

orlyespecially if you were a dental patientand now she is running for us senate in 2012

JEWBALL
JEWBALL

Matt,

I though you "retired"???

PS- Another of your Pedo-Pals: Fr. Al Baca is back, he attended the silly meeting yesterday in Santa Ana.

I guess the trip to the "Vatican" cured him.............

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Orly made it into our Hall of Fame last year, so is therefore LIFETIME!!!

 
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