I noticed this evening that Gypsy, one of my rats, has developed a mammary tumor. 😦 Mammary tumors are extremely common in pet rats and there’s not a whole lot that can be done about them. They can be surgically removed easily enough, but then they just grow back. One of my previous rats got a mammary tumor and I had to have her put down after the thing got so big she couldn’t walk without dragging it on the ground, and it was causing her a lot of pain. Gypsy doesn’t seem to be in any distress at the moment, but I expect in a couple of months I’ll have to put her to sleep. 😦
They found a human skull near Butte, Montana last week. So far little information has been determined: the experts are saying they can’t figure out the gender, the age or how long the person may have been dead, and it looks like the rest of the body is missing. The article mentions three missing people in the area whose skull it might be. Two are profiled on Charley: Helena Gracia, missing since May 2008, and Brandy Christiansen, missing since November 2007. There are over 40 other missing people from Montana profiled on my site as well. Some have been missing for over 30 years.
I found this article about Diane Scott, a woman who’s been missing from Pennsylvania since 2001. The article provides some more information — I didn’t have much info on her case, and the article contradicts some of what I do have.
She was supposedly a “noted civic figure” but I can’t find anything about her before her disappearance. Then again, her name may be too common for me to locate much of anything on her.
The trials of Werner Lippe for killing his wife Faith Lippe, and Dennis Tetso for killing his wife Tracey Gardner-Tetso, are still underway. Well, actually, the Tetso trial is over and the jury is on its third day of deliberations. Meanwhile, yesterday and today Werner Lippe took the stand in his own defense. He’s trying to say he was pressured into inventing his confessions — there were three — to Faith’s murder.
I wouldn’t be willing to place a bet on the verdicts in either trial. As a general rule, the longer a jury is out the less likely they are to convict, but it’s only a general rule. As for Werner Lippe, in spite of his three confessions, at his first trial last year the jury deadlocked at 7 to 5 for acquittal.