OC's Scariest People 2013

Murderers, Todd Spitzer, pervy teachers, Arte Moreno and so many more!

11. STANWOOD FRED ELKUS
"I'll admit what I did was a terrible thing," 75-year-old Stanwood Fred Elkus reportedly told a newspaper scribe during visiting hours in May at Theo Lacy Jail in Orange. What the Lake Elsinore barber is accused of doing is shooting eight rounds into the chest of Dr. Ronald Gilbert, a popular Orange County urologist who was likely dead before he hit the exam-room floor of his Newport Beach office. The Gilbert family's attorney believes Elkus, who allegedly posed as a first-time patient, was disgruntled over prostate surgery performed several years earlier by a doctor with a similar name. Knowing you did something terrible is one thing; trying to shield your assets so they do not wind up with Gilbert's grieving wife and two sons—as Elkus is accused in court of having done—takes the sickness to another level. Or depth. Mitigating factor: If the prostate sufferer is convicted, his toilet will be inches from his prison bunk for the rest of his life.

12. LAMDA THETA DELTA
We don't know which is worse: UC Irvine's Asian frat Lambda Theta Delta (the Delta Tau Chi of the campus, except without the coolness), who produced a music video featuring one of their members performing in blackface and posted it to their official YouTube channel, or the American education system that has somehow glossed over a few hundred years of racism and produced kids who are just so . . . ignorant. In their (very weak) defense, the frat members did go into self-imposed exile, but is that because they're atoning for their sins? Or are they hoping it blows over in the year they're gone? We'll see when they come back in Fall 2014. Mitigating factor: One less obnoxious group of bros on Ring Road!

13. RICHARD JOHN RACK
Richard John Rack checked more than just homework during his time as a math teacher at Shorecliffs Middle School in San Clemente. The 51-year-old creeper pled guilty to two felony counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15, one felony count of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under 14, and one felony count of oral copulation of a minor under 16 earlier this summer. Deputy District Attorney Vanessa Woods told a jury that Rack would "test" middle-school girls by holding their hands and praising their appearance. If they responded favorably, he would move on to hugging and kissing. Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Hanson could sentence Rack to up to 10 years in state prison. Mitigating factor: Rack will most likely be called "Dick" in prison.

14. THIS GUY!
[See image of Tobias Fünke.]

15. MATT CUNNINGHAM
A pioneer in OC's blogging community, Matt Cunningham was shamed into digital hiding a couple of years ago when the longtime Republican operative outed sex-abuse victims in his pathetic campaign to defend his priest, John Urell, a Diocese of Orange bigwig who had long shielded pedophile priests from the law. Cunningham re-emerged last year to start a new blog funded by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce with the sole purpose of tarring Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and activists trying to reform the corrupt town. When he's not trashing attempts at democracy, Cunningham hails the status quo and whines that Republicans aren't paying attention to Anaheim, which only proves how influential he truly is. Did we mention he outed sex-abuse victims? Mitigating factor: He inspired two of the greatest nicknames in OC blogging history—"Jerbal," for his Baba Booey-like chompers, and "Fart Boy," because his ethics are as smelly as a juicy ripper.

16. ERIC LAMAR WELLS
Watching linebacker-sized Eric Lamar Wells weep at his June sentencing hearing after selling two minors, ages 13 and 17, to anonymous horny men in Las Vegas; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Anaheim (near Disneyland) was laughable. "I've changed," said a teary-eyed Wells, a violence-prone, veteran pimp. The 26-year-old Stockton resident, nailed by a human-trafficking task force that included the FBI and the Anaheim Police Department, sought leniency because he'd grown up poor and got hooked on a cocaine habit. But, alas, there's nothing preventing a poor person from knowing it's despicably criminal to use minor girls as well as your own girlfriend, the mother of one of your kids, for prostitution. Mitigating factor: Wells' weepiness might be attractive to lonely inmates during his 10-year prison stint.

17. THE DOUCHEBAG LONG BEACH COP WHO STEPPED ON DORIAN BROOKS
The incident actually happened last year—June 19, 2012, to be exact—but it wasn't until March 26 of this year that a lawsuit charging Long Beach police with brutality during pot raids got our attention. A videotape used as evidence in the suit shows cops barging into a medical-marijuana dispensary and ordering employees to lie down. Then the tape shows a cop happily marching onscreen and purposefully stepping on the back of a prone African-American man named Dorian Brooks, who had just complied with the order. The footage also shows cops trying to destroy security cameras, but the wiring was remote, so no luck there. The past 12 months have been full of examples of cops and feds acting like total douchebags in the unwinnable war on weed, but since this particularly malicious and cowardly act happened to be caught on tape, it wins the contest. Mitigating factor: Long Beach, which had banned pot clubs after its corrupted attempt to legalize them fell apart, is reportedly going to allow them to operate again.

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949girl
949girl topcommenter

Jill Easter pled guilty yesterday (Oct. 30th) and got one year in jail which was reduced to 120 days in jail plus community service.

CaBeachNative
CaBeachNative

#24 I cant stop shaking my head over Kent and Jill Easter. Their folks must be so proud that they graduated from such prestigious schools to come out as dangerous criminals. What absolutely pathetic individuals. Where did those drugs come from? Those poor kids raised by parents with zero morals. I suspect ill be sued by the pair, right up there with Amazon's Anonymous poster.

johnmanly
johnmanly

Matt Cunningham is actually pretending he did not defend notorious pedophile priest protector and Diocese of Orange Vicar General Monsignor John Urell.  It is uncontroverted that Urell systematically lied and covered for child molesting priests and allowed them access to kids after knowing they had molested children. However, the worst thing Mr. Cunningham did, was internet post an un-redacted copy of a Urell's deposition, that I took, and thereby disclosed the victims names for all to see.  Pursuant to order of the court the victims names were  confidential.  This caused tremendous suffering and re-vicitmized them yet again.  To this day Mr. Cunningham, who in my view, is one of the most despicable people I have ever encountered, refuses to identify who gave him them deposition so that the victims can hold that person accountable. 

ToddSpitzer
ToddSpitzer

18: Todd Spitzer: First of all, I was going to call a press conference to clarify your nomination!  Monica Quan was killed by Dorner in Irvine.  Her dad is a retired LAPD officer who became an attorney.  He represented Dorner.  I spoke about the connection with LAPD given that I was a cop there for ten years.  Randy Quan called and thanked me for defending the family's honor on TV; I also attended the funeral ceremony at Concordia.  I had a multi-faceted connection to the Quans.  We did have the safe communities forum on violence so at least print a correction (you incorrectly state it was never held).   We held it in Irvine weeks after Dorner's capture and Mayors Choi and Murray were in attendance.  I am surprised you didn't know about it.  While we didn't have a press conference, television and print media covered it.  Last night we had the second safe communities forum on bullying at Foothill High.  We are planning the third townhall on video game violence.  Thanks for the nomination.  I am so honored I am putting it up on my FaceBook page.

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle

Maybe next year you can keep it down to 20.  This takes too many clicks ( I get paid by the click and this would be $1000 job to read all 31 people which lists only 3 on each page) and not everyone is so scary.  Some just want attention and act to get it but not scary.  I think Gustavo's hate for the city of Anahiem council is scary, jk, not really but kinda....

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"the public face of a secretive business entity".

What is the name of the Secretive Business Entity?

And why is it so secretive?

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"Todd Spitzer saving the day by hijacking yet another press conference".

Or just by showing up at a job fair hosted by him (Spitzer) at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine and not having him show up at all and having the table completely empty of OC reps where they never helped anyone because they weren't there, makes you wonder what they did with the information on the resumes that were given to them because not a single one of them ever called me, I haven't heard a thing. This is even after I went online and applied for almost all of the job positions that I could find by the sponsors that were represented at the job fair. I bet I sent out at least 75 different resumes.

Matthew_Cunningham
Matthew_Cunningham

Well, if the OC Weekly thinks I'm scary, I must be doing some thing right. 

That said, it's too bad - but not surprising - the Weakly continues to misrepresent my role and actions in the "Friends of Msgr. Urell" episode. It's futile to run through a truthful recounting of what happened, because Gustavo and the rest of the crew of this rag put a far higher value on attacking people they don't like than in being truthful - and that's on them.

NoValueForMyMoney
NoValueForMyMoney

Re: #3, Aaron Kushner: The OC Register's "complete" paywall wasn't so complete until last week.  If you clicked on an article, brought up the partial article along with the plea to subscribe, then clicked "Print", it would bring up the entire article.  This allowed me to be confident that the Register's reporting remains inadequate and woefully brief, and not worthy of my media dollars.  They finally patched the hole, which was very hard for me to resist posting about as I wanted it to remain open.  I gladly pay for an LA Times subscription, even though their paywall is weak and easily evaded, because I get value for my money.  OC Reg?  Not so much.

jcasteix
jcasteix

@johnmanly I agree. The only way to begin to put the issue at rest is for @Matthew_Cunningham to tell where he got that deposition. I still speak with victims who won't come forward to expose their abuse in the Diocese of Orange because of the fear that un-redacted legal documents will be leaked and posted on the internet.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@Matthew_Cunningham I'm going to object to Matthew Cunningham making the list. Susan Kang Schroeder has more scary belches when she's asleep and there's a devious smile on her face.

Biff
Biff

@Matthew_Cunningham Imagine!  Someone who "put[s] a far higher value on attacking people they don't like than in being truthful"?

I don't think that I've ever seen a clearer case of projection.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"Gustavo and the rest of the crew of this rag put a far higher value on attacking people they don't like than in being truthful - and that's on them".

Well customers have complained numerous times about Gus not answering them back and you almost never got that from Will Swaim, and the magazine was a lot thicker and more interesting too but after all it's a free street rag in the first place. That's why many believe that it was better before Gus and Village Voice took it over. Who is the actual person that puts this thing out anyway and how do they pay for the publishing when it's free, it has to be the advertisers.

SickSnail
SickSnail

@Jerbaly Fart Boy I'll agree with you on the "attacking people they don't like" comment, but if you out victims of sex abuse you are a p o s.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Matthew_Cunningham Matty: You outed sex-abuse victims, plain and simple, and no amount of spinning can change that. The great thing about this is that only you believe it didn't happen; sex-abuse victims know the truth about what you did, and that Pringle and Co. think you're somehow legitimate shows how decrepit you and your side is. I'll never forget how frightened you were when you first met John Manly haha

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@jcasteix @johnmanly @Matthew_Cunningham And there you go, folks. You can either believe John Manly (who has done more to legally expose the pedophile protectors at the Diocese of Orange than virtually anyone) and Joelle Casteix (one of many courageous survivors of the Orange diocese's perverted employees) about Matty's role in outing sex-abuse victims, or you can believe the whiny coward himself. The choice is yours!

ToddSpitzer
ToddSpitzer

@SickSnail @ToddSpitzer Thanks Sick Snail: Dorner led So Cal on a manhunt for ten days; he killed Monica and Keith on Feb. 2 and was cornered and killed on Feb. 12. So Cal was paralyzed and in significant fear because Dorner was focused on cops and their families but for several days people believed it was random and motiveless.  When Ali Syed killed four people on Feb. 19, the police stated publically that there was no motive.  Given Dorner's randomness and the randomness of Syed's killings, my district (and the County and So Cal for that matter) were searching for explanations to ensure we were safe.  Orange County residents being shot and killed for being in the wrong place/wrong time was sending panic throughout the community.  I had been briefed throughout the Dorner event by OC Sheriff; OC Sheriff provided resources in the manhunt.  OC Sheriff briefed me about Syed as well as Tustin PD.  I joined Mayor Murray in his city of Tustin to discuss Syed because I am elected to represent the community and to explain my concern and grief for the victims at the appropriate time.  I have since held two public forums to address violence with Mayor Murray: the first within several weeks of the Dorner resolution on community violence; the second this week on bullying.  One of the keynote speakers was a young man who was bullied because he was gay.  He had repeated suicidal thoughts and was ready to take his own life. It is my role and responsibility to bring the county resources necessary ( i.e. County Health Care Agency which deals with behavioral health issues) to the table to discuss approaches to addressing mental illness and violence.  I was elected to represent the community and to be a problem solver.  I don't mind being poked at by the OC Weekly.  It's ok to have levity at the appropriate times when we are faced with such serious and deadly community issues.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@tongue_twister_for_t That's a lie—I respond to EVERYTHING, including drivel like yourself. And I didn't out sex-abuse victims haha

 
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