OC's Scariest People 2013

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

23. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Not the centuries-old Mexican religious holiday that is increasing in popularity en los Estados Unidos, but the proposed Pixar movie on the subject that led Disney to trademark the name in anticipation of hundreds of shoddy products. An online petition demanding the Mouse drop its efforts secured 20,000 signatures within a day and worked: a spokesrat quickly confirmed Disney was withdrawing its filings, claiming the tentative title of the forthcoming film had changed—and then the world howled in laughter. Mitigating factor: The fiasco inspired the brilliant "Muerto Mouse" illustration by legendary cartoonista Lalo Alcaraz that graces our cover, his best lampooning of Disney since "Migra Mouse."

24. KENT WYCLIFF EASTER AND JILL BJORKHOLM EASTER
A jury trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 28 for this Irvine couple accused of planting drugs in the car of a mom whose daughter attends the same school as the Easters' son, and then calling the cops on her. The mom had apparently worked volunteer yard duty and lightly disciplined the Easters' golden child, which led to an unsuccessful civil suit brought by the lawyer couple. The next move, according to prosecutors, was having Kent stick a bag containing Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana and a used pot pipe behind the driver's seat of the woman's unlocked vehicle—but in clear view of anyone (such as a cop) who peered inside one morning in February 2011. Kent and Jill allegedly called and texted each other just before and after a call was made to police about a drugged-up woman driving erratically before parking in an elementary school lot. But the "case" unraveled about as quickly as the Easters became Irvine's Bonnie and Clod. Mitigating factor: Potential readers now know about Holding House, Jill Easter's crime novel under the name Ava Bjork.

25. ANTHONY DUONG DONNER
Most Orange County police officers involved in underhanded deeds are smart enough to cover their tracks by crafting plausible-deniability ruses that routinely work on a gullible public. If the FBI is right, Donner—a Westminster police officer—didn't comprehend key sections of the well-worn Dirty Cop Handbook. The Golden West College graduate faces federal charges that in exchange for free housing from Kevin Khanh Tuan Do, a Fountain Valley businessman, he used his job (and uniform) to regularly act as the muscle in a Little Saigon extortion operation that demanded a whopping 60 percent annual interest. One victim, the owner of a Little Saigon coffee shop, claims cops—not just Donner—routinely visited her business to intimidate her when payments were due. Following August arrests, Do and Donner have pleaded not guilty. Mitigating factor: Ex-OC Sheriff Mike Carona needs a cellmate.

26. SCOTT STEINER
Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner is a conservative Republican with a beautiful wife and kids, but this year, he faced an allegation he'd committed sexual misconduct in connection with a former student at Chapman Law School, where he taught. Of course, it's not remarkable when a public figure strays into occasional infidelity. This particular allegation originated at the school, got transferred to the Orange County district attorney's office—Steiner's prior office as a prosecutor—and then landed at the California Attorney General's office, where officials declined to file criminal charges after a sheriff's department probe. What is noteworthy, however, is the volume of reports of different gorgeous, young women linked romantically to our Don Juan judge. Holy geez, dude. You need a male chastity belt? Mitigating factor: Move over, Bob DoleViagra has a new spokesman.

27. DINA NGUYEN
There's a lot of trash we can heap on the Garden Grove councilwoman, but the reason she makes our Scariest list this year is for her defense strategy as the attorney for the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California, the homophobic organizers of last year's Tet Parade. Dina Nguyen, who represented the organization with former Garden Grove City Councilman Mark Rosen, defended the federation's decision to bar entry to LGBT organizations by showing pictures of men in thongs during a gay-pride parade completely unrelated to the Tet Parade. The move drew the ire of Orange County Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Glass, who made a point to say he was offended the lawyers thought he would be offended. Unfortunately, he was unable to issue an injunction requiring the organizers to allow LGBT groups to participate; LGBT individuals marched with other organizations instead, sans thongs, much to Nguyen's displeasure. Mitigating factor: Her escapades drew former Nguoi Viet Daily News managing editor and current Bolsavik Publisher Hao-Nhien Vu out of the shadows, so there's that.

28. KELLEY CAHILL
There's no arguing the disgusting nature of Internet scam artists who swipe another person's name and photographs, then invent sob stories to entice money from good-hearted victims looking for love. To help educate the public about such thieves, ABC's 20/20 spent an hour in 2011 on the worthy topic. The show exposed several individuals who'd successfully conned people they'd never met out of large chunks of cash. Unfortunately, the show's producers also included a segment with then-host Chris Cuomo that featured the whining of Orange County's Kelley Cahill. In comparison to the real villains mentioned on the show, Cahill's outrage about David Williams, her ex-boyfriend, fell flat. Williams didn't steal anyone's identity or devise a con game to use Internet romance to swindle cash. In fact, the two met, they dated, she voluntarily gave him gifts, they moved in together, and then they experienced one of those non-criminal, ugly breakups that happen thousands of times a day across the nation. Like Glenn Close's spurned character in Fatal Attraction, Cahill went on a campaign to destroy her ex, and ABC gave her an undeserved national platform. Williams sued for defamation, claiming he broke up with Cahill after he caught her lying to go on a sex date with another man. Earlier this year, a veteran judge ruled Williams' case had legal merit, a move that caused ABC to settle before trial. Cahill wants to keep the drama going: She operates a dating-service business, iCheckmates, that profits from her alleged victimhood. Mitigating factor: Adding an "i" to your business name is so 2007.

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innercityskyline
innercityskyline

I love this, I have not heard of something like this for LA. I bet LA would have a much longer list! 


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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 topcommenter

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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