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For Halloween, these Sheboygan residents were Blithering Idiots

Timothy Kincaid

November 11th, 2009

It seems that common sense wasn’t very common in Sheboygan, WI, this Halloween. In fact, it was missing altogether.

For fun, let’s see how many really stupid decisions we can count in this story.

The incident began Oct. 31 when [a 20 year-od gay man] told police he was at [Julia] Laack\’s house, 1603 S. 13th St., drinking heavily with the three adults and several other juveniles.

He said at one point a 15-year-old boy pulled him into a bathroom to ask if he was gay, and he said yes, but nothing else happened. The boy told police the two hugged after the 20-year-old told him he was the best-looking guy in the house and he would like to take him home.

Oh but it gets worse.


Laack saw the two together in the bathroom, and she confronted the victim when he was back at the house drinking with the group Nov. 3.

The victim said Laack told him what happened in the bathroom is wrong and he shouldn\’t get away with it, saying, “You are going to get us money for this.” Tibbs said they should “just kill” him.

Laack later told police the victim was told he could pay money, get beaten up or have his actions reported to police. The victim said he was confused and tried to leave, but Laack blocked the door and Tibbs said blood would be shed if he tried to leave again.

Wow. I think I lost track of how many truly abysmal choices were made.

The 20 year old then contacted police who recorded the next demand for payment. And now Julia E. Laack, Ethan T. Massey and Bret A. Tibbs are facing multiple extortion charges.



November 11th, 2009 | LINK

Its called the “Fruit of the poison tree”, a well known concept in law enforcement circles. Basically if a crime was committed (which it wasn’t) you don’t get to extort money from the perp under threat of police action. The police don’t like to be used like that.

Lindoro Almaviva
November 11th, 2009 | LINK

Among some other charges I hope….

November 11th, 2009 | LINK

“fruit of the poisoned tree” refers to evidence gathered from an illegal search. Has nothing to do with extortion.

Ben in Oakland
November 12th, 2009 | LINK

I think she’s as pretty as Miss Carrie.

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