sketchyAn article ran in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle recounting the story of John Gibson, a 21-year-old former Cloyne Court resident. Gibson suffered a heart attack in the co-op back in March, which caused irreversible brain damage. He is now cared for by his parents at their home in San Diego

The larger point of the article, however, is to heap blame on the drug culture and “culture of silence” prevalent in Cloyne and other housing situations. Indeed, the claim that it took 3 hours for anyone to call 911 to help Gibson is a troubling one.

Another choice element of the story is a quote from UC Berkeley Police Chief Mitch Celaya referring to Cloyne as a “hell hole.” read more »

232958876_0a6bb073feMan passing out leaflets about “Schizophrenia and God’s Will” on campus: meh. Man flyering about “Schizophrenia and God’s Will” with two pale, blond, blue-eyed “robotic”-looking girls: S-K-E-T-C-H. Or so was the logic of UCPD officers Lisa Campbell and Allison Jacobs.

Jacobs described the kids as being programmed – “almost like ‘Little House on the Prairie’ meets robots.” She thanks her “motherly intuition” for enabling her to spot alleged kidnapper/child abuser/former LSD addict/supercreep Phillip Garrido.

Even though he was known on his block as “Creepy Phil” and his home was subject to regular visits and searches (the man even wore a GPS-linked ankle bracelet that tracked his every move), the fact that he was housing his kidnap victim – and the two kids he fathered with her – in his backyard for the past 18 years remained a mystery to the rest of the world. read more »


Turns out some of our harmless campus crazies are not so harmless after all. Earlier this week, the suspect in an 18-year-old kidnapping case showed up on campus, trying to leaflet about “Schizophenia and God’s Will.”

The man, Phillip Garrido, was stopped and questioned by police, who found that he was a parolee and decided to look into the matter further. And around then was when the plot thickened.

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