OC's Scariest People 2011

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

 


MISGUIDED MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY ADVERTISERS
Look, if you're a business owner, and you come up with what you think is a clever, cheeky promotion for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, BE AFRAID. Your chances of pulling off something that is actually clever and not offensive are slim. Just ask the folks at Thalia Surf Shop in Laguna Beach, who Photoshopped the civil-rights leader's head onto a surfer's body for an ad touting 20 percent off all black products. (Ouch.) Or the folks at the dining area of Pippin Commons at UC Irvine, who offered chicken and waffles as the themed meal for that holiday. (Ouch.) Mitigating Factor: Thalia issued an apology, and UCI's food vendor conducted cultural-awareness training. So we'll have to look elsewhere for our facepalm-worthy missteps next year.


CHRIS MCAMIS
This 32-year-old worked hard at his construction job, driving tractors and such to provide for his wife and young daughter while living in a quaint Fullerton home where he worked on a video-game website. His normal life no doubt incurred the ire of Placentia police, who for almost 10 years suspected him of killing a 20-year-old Fullerton College student named Lynsie Ekelund, missing since the night McAmis said he dropped her near her home after a night out with friends. The cold case was handed to elite investigators with the Orange County district attorney's office in 2008. Last October, McAmis confessed to strangling Ekelund after attempting to rape her, then dumping her corpse in a shallow grave at a worksite in Santa Clarita. He has pleaded not guilty. Mitigating Factor: If he's convicted, well, it's just that he finally got caught. [Editor's note: material in this entry was corrected. Please see the end of the article for details.]


DANIEL ALMA SHEPERD AND GAY DAVIDSON SHEPERD
Daniel, 62, was a science teacher at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach, and his 52-year-old wife was a former leader of the Huntington Beach teachers' union. Daniel met his young victim, who was a Westminster High student, and introduced the lad to his wife. They began grooming their victim in 2009 by inviting him over to their house for drinks, board games and movies. The DA says things took a turn for the stranger shortly after, when the two hopped into their hot tub naked urging their young charge to do the same. Gay stands accused of blowing more than bubbles as she orally pleasured both fellas. Numerous sex acts followed in the ensuing weeks, including mutual masturbation, sodomy, oral sex and plain-ol' sex. Daniel is currently facing five years in state prison, while Gay faces eight. Mitigating Factor: The unattractiveness of the alleged perps reveals that all of these "hot for teacher" stories are ugly, rather than titillating.


THE BAD JUJU OF THE YOST THEATER
The historic Santa Ana venue has been the Chavez Ravine of OC Latino history—twice. In 1985, city officials forced the Olivos family—which had turned it into an internationally famous venue for hosting Spanish-language film and music stars since the 1950s—to sell it to them, then promptly turned around and unloaded it on developer Irving Chase. He, in turn, let the venue crumble for more than 20 years until letting the nonprofit El Centro Cultural de México use it for a son jarocho concert in 2007. Chase then planned to let El Centro lease the space, but in swooped Dennis Lluy, the former DIY punker behind the late, great Koo's Café, now a city insider. Chase reneged on his proposal, leased the space to Lluy—and earlier this year, El Centro just happened to get pushed out of a building owned by Chase's father-in-law. Mitigating Factor: The renovations look very nice.

 

CLAUDIA ALVAREZ
The Santa Ana councilwoman had been a vendida for most of her 12 years on the Banana Republic's ruling junta, taking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from gentrifying developers while vilifying activists fighting the same developers as malcontents. Then sometime this year, the Orange County prosecutor got all MEChista and began railing against those same developers for their supposed ethnic cleansing of the city's downtown—the same ethnic cleansing she had applauded for a decade. No one believed her act, and it didn't help when Alvarez publicly compared property owner Irving Chase (see above) to Hitler, a stance that effectively squashed any criticism of Santa Ana's city-led gentrification efforts for good. Mitigating Factor: She's termed out next year.


PHAT HUY TO
The horror of being sexually violated by a social deviant is bad enough. If the assailant also smells weird, that could make it worse—or it could be an important clue. This 27-year old resident of Garden Grove was recently sentenced to eight years in state prison for raping a woman he ordered into his car by threatening her with what appeared to be a gun. The victim told police that To, who sodomized her and forced her to orally copulate him for two and a half hours, mentioned to her during the ordeal that his mother owned a doughnut shop. The victim told police her attacker smelled of garlic and onion doughnuts. Rumor has it To is now housed in the men's prison at Chuckwalla. Mitigating Factor: Prison food is pretty underseasoned.

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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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