By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
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Christopher Raymond Olague, the 39-year-old pastor of Refuge Southland Church in Buena Park and an AYSO coach, picks up an 8-year-old girl from her Huntington Beach home on Oct. 5 so she can play with one of his five daughters at his house in Westminster. But the girl later tells her mother that Olague instead pulled into a grocery-store parking lot, where, still inside his vehicle, he rubbed her legs, thighs and arms; unbuttoned his pants and pulled them down slightly; asked her to kiss him on the cheek; and then paid her $40 to not say anything. After pleading not guilty at his arraignment, he is again arrested for allegedly possessing child porn on his home computer, including images of a 6-year-old female relative.
What we learned: How to throw up in our own mouths.
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Parole is denied Oct. 5 for Omaima Aree Nelson, who, as a 23-year-old newlywed over Thanksgiving weekend in 1991, dismembered and disemboweled her husband in their Costa Mesa home, chopping off the 43-year-old's head and hands. But when the former Egyptian model ran into trouble disposing of the remains of the former William E. Nelson that she kept in trash bags, she froze, cooked, boiled, breaded, deep-fried and—yes—ate some of him, dipping his ribs in barbecue sauce and later joking, "Nothing tastes as good as the man I married. It's the sauce that does it."
What we learned: I want my baby-back, baby-back, baby-back . . .
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Joseph Hyungmin Son, the mixed-martial arts fighter and Hollywood actor who received a life-in-prison sentence in September for torturing a Huntington Beach woman on Christmas Eve 1990, is accused of killing his cellmate in Kern County on Oct. 10. Son played Dr. Evil's henchman Random Task in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
What we learned: Some monsters come out before Halloween.
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A heavily armed and armored gunman walks into Salon Meritage in Seal Beach on Oct. 12 and kills eight people and seriously injures a 73-year-old woman getting her hair done by her daughter, one of the murder victims. The worst mass killing in Orange County history is blamed on former Marine, Tea Party member and maimed boat skipper Scott Evans Dekraai, 41, of Huntington Beach, who allegedly confesses to having entered the salon to kill his ex-wife, a stylist with whom he was embroiled in a child-custody battle.
What we learned: How to wish for Dekraai to become Joseph Hyungmin Son's cellmate.
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Chuck DeVore, the former state assemblyman and current tech-savvy conservative, tweets on Oct. 14 that he won't run against fellow Republican Todd Spitzer for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, as he's leaving to become a visiting scholar at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. DeVore's parting shot: "As with many in the Golden State, I have found it hard to earn enough to support my family."
What we learned: It's hard out here for a GOP pimp.
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Chuck Smith is a titan of American Christianity for starting the Calvary Chapel movement, but a gnat of a man. That's what we report on Oct. 18, after audio emerged of Chuckie lambasting Alex Grenier from the pulpit at the Calvary Chapel mothership in Santa Ana—er, Costa Mesa. Grenier is the stepson of an abusive Calvary Chapel pastor and has taken to his blog, Calvary Chapel Abuse, to call out Smith and his hierarchy for protecting kiddie abusers. Smith invited Grenier to a meeting, but it didn't go well: from the pulpit, Chuckie afterwards railed, "I feel sorry for [Grenier] because...what I could do wouldn't hurt much, but I'll tell you what the Lord can do can really. . . . I'm glad I have the Lord on my side."
What we learned: Chuckie is even more batshit loco than we first thought.
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On Oct. 21, we detail a released policy memo that indicates the federal government will seize any property being used to cultivate or distribute cannabis, medical or otherwise. Someday, when historians chart the self-immolation of the Barack Obama presidency, it's possible they'll identify his administration's foolish war on weed as a major flashpoint.
What we learned: Despite admissions of college-era inhaling by the candidate and early promises that he wouldn't interfere with states that allow medical marijuana, by fall, the president betrayed that pledge.
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Congressman Dana Rohrabacher—a man so cheap he often dresses in foul-smelling polyester suits—deposited into his own bank account more than 50 percent of the campaign contributions he grabbed during July, August and September, we reveal on Oct. 26. His excuse? His wife, Rhonda, worked hard for the money as his campaign manager. Reality check: Rohrabacher has no serious primary- or general-election challenger.
What we learned: Dana's favorite new song is "Help Me, Rhonda."
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Five former Theo Lacy Jail inmates charged with the behind-bars beating death of John Chamberlain, a fellow prisoner suspected of being a child molester, are convicted of second-degree murder on Oct. 26. Defense lawyers tried to paint their clients not as innocent, but rather as misguided players in a systemically brutal jail atmosphere that was perpetuated by corrupt and lazy guards, including Kevin Taylor, who allegedly labeled Chamberlain a pedophile and ordered the brutal assault that involved dozens of inmates.
What we learned: If you're going to participate in the mass slaying of an OC jail inmate, make sure the color of your uniform is green, not orange.