Cannibals Arrested In Florida Claim Eating Human Flesh Cures Diabetes and Depression

Police in Vernal Heights, Florida, arrested 3-practicing cannibals who claim eating human flesh cures both type-1 and type-2 diabetes and depression.

According to Vernal Heights Chief of Police, Gregory Moore, the 3-men were arrested when officers responded to what they assumed would be a routine noise complaint.

Police arrived at 3845 Toolson Lane (the home of William Provost) at approximately 7:45 PM on Sunday evening in response to a neighbor complaining of strange sounds coming from the home.

Responding officers told reporters that they assumed their visit to the house would be a quick one and that they would simply be asking the residents to keep the noise down.

When the officers arrived at 3845 Toolson Lane, they repeatedly knocked on the door and rang the doorbell, however, nothing could be heard over the sound a stereo inside the house repeatedly playing the same song, which was later identified as – Enya’s ‘Who Can Say’.

After attempting to get the attention of the homeowner via knocking and ringing the doorbell for approximately 5-minutes, police entered the home through an unlocked door located at the rear of the house.

The responding officers told reporters that the house had been extremely dark, cluttered, and an overwhelming smell (which was later identified as decomposing flesh) filled the home. Upon clearing the first-floor of the home, the responding officers realized that the blaring music was coming from the home’s basement.

According to the officers, a bizarre crime scene was quickly uncovered upon entering the basement. Three men, which have since been identified as 62-year-old William Provost, 51-year-old Dennis Ratcliff, and 36-year-old Michael Dore were sitting in a circle on the basement’s concrete floor and ritualistically chanting while eating what police initially believed was an animal carcass, but was later identified as human remains.

William Provost, who police believe to be the group’s ringleader, admitted to practicing cannibalism and told arresting officers:

 “I find human flesh to be the only thing that cures my type-2 diabetes and chronic depression. If expensive pharmaceutical drugs helped, I would figure out a way to obtain them, but they don’t, so I stick to what works for me”.

Upon searching the home’s basement, police made several startling discoveries including a large room that appears to contain nothing more than decades worth of clutter, but upon further inspection, police discovered human remains hidden throughout the old wooden furniture and broken appliances.

Crime Scene Photo of basement courtesy of Vernal Heights Police Department.

Police also discovered a kitchen style refrigerator located in a small room in the corner of the basement that contained the limbs, organs, and miscellaneous remains of what police believe to be upwards of 7-8 different individuals.

Crime Scene Photo of basement refrigerator courtesy of Vernal Heights Police Department.

In addition to the refrigerator, the small room in the basement also housed a make-shift ‘tool wall’ that contained a myriad of tools that police believe were used to dismember several victims.

Upon their initial investigation, police believe the 3-men have been practicing cannibalism for the past 3-4 years and largely remained under the radar due to their practice of targeting and befriending homeless drifters they met at small dive-bars located upwards of 100-miles from their Vernal Heights residence.

Vernal Heights Chief of Police, Gregory Moore, spoke to reporters during a brief press-conference this morning.

“Though modern-day cannibalism is extremely rare, it does unfortunately exist. That said -treating diabetes and or depression has to be the most bizarre reason for practicing cannibalism that I’ve ever heard.”

Vernal Heights Chief of Police, Gregory Moore, tells reporters that curing diabetes and depression is the most bizarre reason for cannibalism he’s ever heard.

 Provost’s accomplices, 51-year-old Dennis Ratcliff, and 36-year-old Michael Dore, also admitted to cannibalizing human flesh because they believed it would cure depression and told arresting officer’s that Provost took them under his wing in late-2012.

 As of Tuesday afternoon, police and detectives are still conducting a search at the residence located at 3845 Toolson Lane.

All three men are currently being held without bail at the Vernal Heights Municipal Jail.


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Just hours before a roller coaster in Daytona Beach went off the rails, state inspectors had given it the “all clear” after it had been shut down last month.

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‘Only in Florida’: Gator rambles across airport runway, shocks plane passengers (VIDEO)

The bizarre close encounter happened on Monday, according to one passenger, who explained how a Spirit Airlines aircraft, flying in from Washington DC, was “held up” because of the wandering reptile.

READ MORE: 10yo girl beats 8ft alligator by gouging its nostrils

“Only in Florida… a gator held up our plane crossing the runway on the way home from DC. Just another adventure,” Anthony Velardi posted on Facebook.

According to Orlando’s News 6, the alligator was eventually coaxed into a local pond and the airplane made it safely to the gate.

It’s estimated that Florida has a alligator population of more than one million. The number of wild beasts has prompted the government to set up a designated program called SNAP to remove alligators from unwanted location.

“The Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) is administered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Division. SNAP uses contracted nuisance alligator trappers throughout the state to remove alligators from locations where they are unwanted or unwelcome,” according to Florida’s wildlife authorities.

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Body found in search for woman 'dragged into lake' by 12-foot alligator in Florida

A body has been found in the search for a woman thought to have been killed by an alligator as she walked her dogs near a lake.

A necropsy of a 12-and-a-half foot gator, captured at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park in Davie, found the animal had bitten Shizuka Matsuki, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

Commission spokesman Rob Klepper said they were able to positively identify the 47-year-old from evidence collected from alligator. He did not specify what the evidence was.

Hours later, authorities later announced they had located the remains of Ms Matsuki, of Plantation, Florida, at the nature park.

“This tragedy is heart-breaking for everyone involved, and our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim at this time,” the commission said in a statement.

A witness told authorities he saw the woman walking two dogs at the reserve. He later noticed the dogs alone, barking near the water.

One of the dogs had a fresh injury, a gash on its side, said Davie Police Detective Viviana Gallinal.

Earlier news media reports indicated the witness reported seeing the creature dragging the woman into the water.

Jim Borrelli, a friend of Ms Matsuki, said she and her husband have walked their dogs in the park previously.

Authorities on the scene of the attack on Friday (AP)Authorities on the scene of the attack on Friday (AP)

The couple did not live in the neighbourhood, but he said she liked to find different places to walk the dogs. Residents said they often saw her walking them in the area.

Mr Borrelli said Ms Matsuki’s husband, who is out of town and trying to fly home, sent him to the park to get more information after being contacted by Davie police.

Alligators are opportunistic feeders that will eat what is readily available and easily overpowered. Feeding wild alligators is illegal as authorities are concerned they could lose their fear of humans.

However, fatal attacks on humans remain rare. The wildlife commission estimates, the likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during by an alligator unprovoked is roughly one in 3.2 million.

From 1948 to 2017, the commission has documented 401 people bitten by alligators, including 24 fatalities.

The most recent death occurred in 2016, when a two-year-old boy playing near the water’s edge at a Walt Disney World resort was killed.

The park where Matsuki disappeared is near the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, a major Miami-area tourist and entertainment attraction.

Sharon Estupinan said a park ranger warned her to walk her dogs farther away from the water‘s edge after she saw a 10-foot gator in the pond three days ago.

“I was afraid,” she said. “Every time I walked the dogs during the day, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve gotta keep away from there. I have to call my dogs,’ so they wouldn’t get close to the water or any of the trees near there because he could be hiding.”

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Florida Police Find Missing Woman's Arm In Captured Alligator

Florida wildlife officers made a grim discovery Friday in the belly of a captured monster alligator: the arm of a missing woman.

No one witnessed the attack, but a neighbor said 47-year-old Shizuka Matsuki was walking her two dogs Friday morning by a lake in Davie, a suburb of Miami, when she vanished. Only her barking dogs remained at the waterfront of Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park. One of the dogs had a fresh wound.

Her dogs won’t leave the pond,” Davie Police Maj. Dale Engle told the Sun Sentinel on Friday when the search began. “One of her dogs got bit by the gator.”

Ronald Washington of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Friday afternoon in an interview on WPLG-TV that the agency had captured a 12½-foot-long alligator at the lake and that a necropsy on the animal revealed the severed arm.

Wildlife commission officers were expected to remain at the park until Matsuki’s body is found. The search will continue through Saturday morning, according to an FWC spokesman.

A Davie resident recalled visiting the park a year ago and seeing a shockingly large alligator swim to the bank after her son threw bread in the water to feed the fish.

“That gator was there in a heartbeat,” she told the Sun Sentinel. “We never went back again.”

Three trappers had been hired to try to capture the animal over the last two years but had failed to do so, according to the newspaper.

“This is heartbreaking for everyone involved and our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim,” said a statement from the wildlife commission.

Alligators live in all 67 of Florida’s counties. The last deadly attack was two years ago when a 2-year-old boy was killed at a lagoon at a Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. Twenty-two people have been killed in alligator attacks in the state since 1948.

The area where the attack occurred will be closed to the public until further notice.

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Family Of Black Florida Man Killed By Sheriff's Deputy Awarded A Measly 4 Cents

A federal jury determined that the family of a black man killed in his home in Florida by a sheriff’s deputy after being called for a noise complaint would receive only 1 percent of the $4 awarded in damages. 

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office was found partly liable in the 2014 shooting of Gregory Hill Jr., the jury determined last week. Ken Mascara, the sheriff, was found to be only 1 percent liable, given that Hill was under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Christopher Newman, who shot Hill, was found not liable. 

The jury decided Thursday to award a grand total of $4 in damages: $1 to his mother to cover funeral expenses and $1 to each of his three children. 

Newman and another deputy were sent to investigate a complaint about noise coming from Hill’s garage. Hill opened the garage door, then started to close it. Newman shot Hill three times, claiming Hill was holding a gun ― which is still in dispute. An unloaded gun was later found in Hill’s back pocket. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2016. 

Gregory Hill Jr. with fiancée Monique Davis and two of his daughters. A sheriff’s deputy killed him in his garage in 2014, and his family has been awarded 1 percent of $4 in damages. (GoFundMe)Gregory Hill Jr. with fiancée Monique Davis and two of his daughters. A sheriff’s deputy killed him in his garage in 2014, and his family has been awarded 1 percent of $4 in damages. (GoFundMe)

“That a black child’s pain is only worth a dollar is exactly the problem with the plight of the African-American right now,” John Phillips, the Hill family’s attorney, told CNN. “This says black lives don’t matter.”

“Deputy Newman was placed in a very difficult situation, and like so many fellow law enforcement officers must do every day, he made the best decision he could for the safety of his partner, himself, and the public, given the circumstances he faced,” Mascara said in a statement. “We appreciate the jury’s time and understanding and wish everyone involved in this case the best as they move forward.”

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'You're All Going to Die.' Cellphone Videos Reveal Florida School Shooting Suspect's Intentions

In chilling cellphone videos released Wednesday, the suspect in a February massacre at a Florida high school announced his intention to become the next school shooter, aiming to kill at least 20 people and saying “you’re all going to die.”

The three videos released by prosecutors were found on the cellphone of suspect Nikolas Cruz after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and injured 17 others.

Cruz, wearing a ball cap, introduces himself in the first video and says he is “going to be the next school shooter of 2018.” He goes on to say that he wants to use an AR-15 to kill at least 20 people and specifies the high school in Parkland. The videos are undated, but on one he says, “Today is the day. Today it all begins. The day of my massacre shall begin.”

“When you see me on the news, you’ll all know who I am,” he says in another and then laughs. “You’re all going to die. … Can’t wait.”

In a second video, Cruz briefly discusses logistics, including that he will take Uber to campus about 2:40. He then says he’ll walk onto campus, go up some stairs, open his bag to take out his weapon and start firing. School surveillance video shows that was almost exactly what he did —the only difference being that he arrived at the school at 2:19 p.m.

In the third video, the camera apparently pointed at pavement, he talks about his loneliness, anger and hatred, and announces that the “day of my massacre shall begin.”

“I live a lone life. I live in seclusion and solitude. I hate everyone and everything. But the power of my AR you will all know who I am. I had enough of being told what to do and when to do,” he says. “I had enough of being told what to do and when to do. I had enough of being told that I’m an idiot and a dumbass. You’re all stupid and brainwashed by the political and government programs.”

He also referenced a former girlfriend, saying “I hope to see you in the afterlife.”

Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the attack. His lawyers have repeatedly said Cruz would plead guilty if guaranteed a sentence of life without parole, but prosecutors refuse to waive the death penalty. Cruz, 19, is a former Stoneman Douglas student.

The Broward State Attorney’s Office released the video because under Florida law, with few exceptions, evidence becomes a public record when it is turned over to the defendant’s attorneys as part of the pretrial discovery process. Cruz’s attorneys say they did not request evidence such as video from inside the building where the massacre happened and autopsy reports so they would not become public and “further hurt and inflame the victims’ families and the community.”

“This is an awful case and today is more of that awfulness and further shows how severely broken a human being the defendant is,” Broward County Public Defender Howard Finklestein, whose office is representing Cruz, said in a statement.

Cruz spent several years at a school for children with emotional disabilities before being allowed to transfer to Stoneman Douglas. He spent several months there before being kicked out. His late mother also called 911 on him almost 20 times over the years and he had a history of killing animals then posting images on the internet and taking body parts as souvenirs.

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Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line among headliners at Country Jam 2018 in Grand Junction, CO

It’s being billed as the “biggest party in Colorado” and if you’re a country music fan there’s a good chance you’ll agree with that description. Country Jam 2018 will take place June 14-17 at “Jam Ranch” in Mack, Colorado, just outside of Grand Junction, and feature headliners Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert and Brett Eldredge. Music will take place on two stages and the performances will have start times that are staggered so that there’ll be no need to miss any particular show.

This year is the 27th edition of Country Jam and besides the headliners, there are plenty of other big names set to appear including Luke Combs, Big & Rich, Trent Harmon, Josh Turner, Devin Dawson, Brett Young, Jimmie Allen, Dustin Lynch and Kip Moore. The diverse line-up will also feature Elana Jane, a Sacramento-based up-and-comer who is still in high school, and Sasha McVeigh who’ll be coming all the way from her native England to treat the Country Jam crowd.

Grand Junction has a myriad of lodging options ranging from fancy hotels to budget accommodations and there are plenty of bed & breakfast rooms available too. Those who’d like to camp out and enjoy the fresh mountain air and take in spectacular views have six campsites to choose from, all of which are adjacent to the festival grounds. Campers must purchase a special ticket in order to access a campsite; campground access is not included with festival admission. And for campers who want to bring along some western gear, Country Jam is having a Wild West campsite contest that’ll net the winner four VIP passes to the 2019 Country Jam.

Country Jam will actually have a soft opening on June 13 when it will host evening concerts by Josh Kelley and McKenna Faith; Faith will also perform a show on June 15. Rounding out the Country Jam line-up are Walker Hayes, Lauren Alaina, Carly Pearce, Tucker Beathard, Jackson Michelson, Caroline Gray, Dylan Jakobsen, Annie Brobst, Timmie Brown, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, Elizabeth Lyons, the Houston Bernard Band and the Williams Brothers Band.

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Gun control support fades three months after Florida massacre: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Daniel Trotta

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Parkland, Florida, school massacre has had little lasting impact on U.S. views on gun control, three months after the shooting deaths of 17 people propelled a national movement by some student survivors, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.

While U.S. public support for more gun control measures has grown slowly but steadily over the years, it typically spikes immediately after the mass shootings that have become part of the U.S. landscape, then falls back to pre-massacre levels within a few months.

The poll found that 69 percent of American adults supported strong or moderate regulations or restrictions for firearms, down from 75 percent in late March, when the first poll was conducted following the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The new poll numbers are virtually unchanged from pre-Parkland levels.

The latest poll was conducted before the May 18 shooting in Texas, at Santa Fe High School near Houston, that killed 10 people.

Whether Parkland would defy the trend has been closely watched ahead of the November mid-term congressional elections, especially since student survivors have attempted to turn public sentiment into a political movement on gun issues.

David Hogg, one of the student leaders from Parkland, said he would measure the movement’s success not by an opinion poll but by how many members of the U.S. Congress supported by the National Rifle Association are voted out of office in November.

“We can have all the public support that we want but if people do not get out and vote, we’re not going to have an impact,” Hogg said.

President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control both houses of Congress all favor gun ownership rights. Strong supporters of gun rights expect they will continue to prevail in November.

“The Democrats are way overplaying their hand,” said Larry Ward, president of Political Media Inc, a conservative public relations and consulting company. “If you think you’re going to run on gun control and win in this country, you’re out of your mind.”

One poll respondent said he believes in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, but favored moderate restrictions such as waiting periods and background checks for gun purchases.

Daniel Fisher, 46, an artist from Indianapolis, said the gun lobby does not care about individual rights but instead about the profits of gun manufacturers.

“Lives don’t matter. People don’t matter. Money matters to them,” Fisher said, saying it was “unfortunate” that the public quickly moves on to the next crisis.

Even the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which killed 20 first-graders and six adult staff, failed to lastingly move public opinion.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that support for strong or moderate firearms restrictions jumped by about 11 percentage points in the two weeks after the Sandy Hook shooting, rising to 70 percent at the end of 2012. But it fell back to the pre-shooting level three months later.

However, while dramatic gains for gun control have faded quickly, the baseline for gun control has gradually crept up since the Sandy Hook massacre, rising from the high 50s to the high 60s since 2012.

Meanwhile, those favoring “no or very few” restrictions have fallen from 10 percent in the middle of 2012 to 5 percent today.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States. The May 5-17 poll has a credibility interval, a measure of the poll’s precision, of about 2 percentage points.

Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz is accused of killing 17 people with an AR-15 style rifle on Feb. 14, leading to a series of demonstrations that included students walking out of classrooms across the country and a large demonstration in Washington. Florida prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Cruz, 19.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Additional reporting by Chris Kahn; Editing by Leslie Adler and Bill Berkrot)

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Pit bull attack on 4-year-old videoed in St. James City, Florida



A dog owner says he will try to retrieve his pet from animal services after it attacked a small child in St. James City.

The incident happened Friday, in the parking lot of Winn Dixie on Stringfellow Road. The 4-year-old child involved in the attack was flown to Tampa General Hospital for injuries on his face. His family said he is expected to make a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, Sage, the 4-year-old Pit Bull, is quarantined at Lee County Animal Services until May 21st. Surveillance video showed the dog dart between cars, and take down the child. Despite the incident, her owner believes Sage is a sweet dog, and said the incident was an accident.

Animal control in Fort Myers could not comment on the incident specifically, but said a dog is not automatically put down because of an attack. “It depends on the severity of the bite or scratch, or if there is a propensity,” said Karen Fordiani, Public Information Specialist at Lee Animal Services.

According to Fordiani, in the case of dog attacks, animal services may designate a pet as a ‘dangerous animal.’ A pet owner can either appeal the designation, or accept it, and get their dog back under very strict conditions. “If they decide to do that, they’ll have to pay a $1,500 registration fee for their animal, they’ll have to have signs at every entrance and exit of their residence, we have to come inspect,” she said.

The owner would have to comply with regular inspections from animal control to make sure their residence is secure, their dog would have to be muzzled and on a harness any time it leaves home, and pay a $500 annual fee to have their pet.

Animals are deemed dangerous according to Florida Statute. Fordiani said the law is designed this way so that if a pet owner follows all guidelines pertaining to the dangerous animal designation, there should not be a second attack.

The dog’s owner plans to go through the process to get Sage back, and said he wishes the child well.

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