Synopsis: Derrick Avery, who gained fame in movies and on television as “Pimp Snooky,” was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday in federal court in Milwaukee.
Avery, 45, prostituted scores of women and girls in cities from Milwaukee to Las Vegas for at least 16 years, according to federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty in November to two felonies: conspiracy to sex traffic by use of force and sex trafficking of a child by use of force, fraud and coercion.
In handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman followed the recommendation of prosecutors.
Avery’s attorneys, Donna Kuchler and Anthony Cotton, had recommended that he serve 10 years.
In imposing the sentence, Adelman cited the statements of several women, two of whom were 14 when they started prostituting for Avery.
Their accounts convey “a sense of the violent, degrading and abusive manner in which the defendant treated these women and the methods he used to keep them in line,” Adelman said.
Avery’s most trusted prostitutes would “program” the new ones, teaching them Avery’s rules, Adelman said. The women had to walk behind Avery with their heads bowed and call him “Daddy.” They could not talk to other pimps and could not look men in the eye unless the men were clients. The women also had “quotas” that required each to earn thousands of dollars every night, and they had to give Avery all their earnings.
Avery assaulted the women by “beating them with his fists, wooden and metal brooms, pool cues, pans, chairs and leather belts; slapping them in the face methodically back and forth with his rings facing inward; stomping and kicking them with his alligator shoes; (and) placing a phone book on their backs and striking it with a baseball bat,” Adelman said, citing Avery’s plea agreement.
One woman’s grandmother told Adelman she had to hire a private investigator to find her granddaughter after the young woman left with Avery.
“He took everything from her, including her pride, her human dignity,” Patricia Myers said. “He must have been a very intelligent person to be able to con all these young women into doing his bidding – leaving their children, taking his abuse, taking them away from families that love them. . . . Let me tell you, the girls were afraid.”
Avery’s prostitution ring was based in Milwaukee from 1994 to 2004, according to court records. He then moved it to Las Vegas.
Avery used mental coercion and threats to keep the women working for him, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Wall. Prosecutors also contend Avery impregnated the women in order to maintain their loyalty.
In a presentence interview, Avery told authorities he is the father of 26 children. However, he contended the sex was consensual, and he was not using the pregnancies as a means of control.
“He believes the true victims in this case are his children, being raised with single mothers without the support of their father,” Adelman said, citing the presentence report.
Avery’s oldest daughter, in a courtroom packed with his supporters and family members, told Adelman her father was always there for her, emotionally and spiritually.
“He is a genius who was taken by the street,” she said. “He’s not malicious, inconsiderate or this evil creature. He was the only person who didn’t judge and always listened to me.”
Synopsis: The documentary exposes the strongest religion in the Western world, Catholicism and determination to stay in power at any cost, in medieval France, Spain 15th century, Renaissance Italy and even in the 19th century.
Forced conversions, torture matchless horrors unimaginable gruesome executions – rather it was and is still the overall picture when you mention the Inquisition. Historians, experts and representatives of the Church contributes over Secret Files of the Inquisition documentary film on the subject discerning highly controversial.
Synopsis: “See the Fibromyalgia documentary film that’s changing lives one VOICE at a time. With over 17 thousand views on YouTube and being shown on college campuses and social media to help educate about the effects of Fibromyalgia, this is not just a mini-movie, it’s a MOVEMENT!
50 Survivors of Fibromyalgia participated in this caption-video documentary film to help raise awareness about fibromyalgia by raising their signs. Directed by and featuring Haullie Free-Volker, this mini-film takes you on a journey through 2 months inside the life of a fibromyalgia survivor and what it takes to struggle with this very real, very painful condition. With the use of positive and thought provoking artistic imagery and raw video footage of what like is like living with fibromyalgia/CFS on a daily basis, survivors and non-survivors alike are given a window into the symptoms, emotions and contrast that takes place in the life of all fibro/CFS survivors through the eyes of Fibromyalgia survivor Haullie. You will get to see the many “faces” of fibro and how they change depending on the severity of the illness. You will feel the emotions and you will understand the reality behind what most people never show others and why this is called the invisible illness.
If you are a survivor of fibro or you know someone who wants to know about what fibro really is like, this is the perfect video to share with them to help them understand your condition and what you need for them to understand and support your journey day by day. Because we all matter no matter what. Every story is unique and every story deserves to be heard.This is not just Haullie’s story, this is EVERYONE’S story. And this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to showing you what Fibromyalgia is REALLY like behind closed doors. Thank you for watching.”
LymeLight is a Lyme Disease awareness film that serves as an inspirational story for those who have fought to overcome chronic illness and physical setbacks. It delivers a powerful message of the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle on a daily basis.
Angeli VanLaanen is one of the top female freeskiers in the world and a well rounded athlete with expertise in all areas of her sport. She has been featured on the cover of Skiing Magazine and in renowned skiing publications such as Powder Magazine and Freeskier Magazine. Angeli has also competed in high level halfpipe events such as the X-Games and Dew Tour.
LymeLight is a 30 minute documentary film based on Angeli VanLaanen’s battle with Lyme Disease. Angeli, now 27 years old, started showing Lyme symptoms at the tender age of 10. After developing a chronic sinus infection, fainting spells, dyslexia and fatigue, Angeli faced over a decade of misdiagnoses. Through the years, her symptoms fluctuated and progressed into a debilitating chronic illness. In the summer of 2009 VanLaanen was sleeping for multiple days at a time and experiencing crippling body pain. Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread by the bite of an infected Black Legged Tick (commonly known as a Deer Tick). Many children and adults cannot recall a bite because young Deer Ticks can be as small as a poppyseed. If caught promptly, Lyme Disease can be treated in a matter of weeks. Angeli’s story of misdiagnosis is all too common due to the lack of knowledge in our society and in the medical community. After her diagnosis in November 2009, VanLaanen was forced to put her competitive halfpipe career on hold at the peak of her career. “It’s the lowest I’ve ever felt,” Angeli says. “With no guarantee that treatment would relieve my symptoms, I had very little to hold on to.” Motivated by her struggle, Angeli linked up with Director John Roderick of Neu Productions in November of 2011 to make an awareness piece sharing a raw account of her experience. “Our goal with LymeLight is to educate people about Lyme Disease, where it comes from, what the symptoms are and the challenges people face reclaiming their health,” says Roderick. Neu Productions is a diverse action sports and adventure production company based in Breckenridge, Colorado, producing powerful digital content.
After taking 3 years off from halfpipe for Lyme treatment, Angeli returned to competition and placed 6th at the FIS World Championships and is ranked 9th in the world on the AFP points list for the 2012-2013 season. Halfpipe skiing was recently added to the list of events to premier at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia 2014. VanLaanen’s dream of becoming an Olympian is possible now that she is symptom free and in remission. After the Olympics next year, Angeli plans to tour LymeLight in schools around the country as a part of an awareness program she has created. “When I was young I just flicked ticks off of me.” Angeli recalls “I didn’t know to tell my mom or doctor.” With the help of the LymeLight Foundation, a nonprofit VanLaanen is a spokesperson for, she will educate kids about Lyme Disease prevention and overcoming hard times.
The story of Al Capone through his homes and prison accommodations. Visit his Chicago home at 7244 South Prairie, his party pad, his Florida waterfront villa, along with the prison cells that held this once powerful Chicago gangster. Al Capone was the archetypal gangster from which all other future gangsters emulated.
Dozens of pictures circled the globe on 20 July 1969 when Apollo 11 crew consisting of cosmonauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, marked the first presence of man on the moon.
It was a unique moment in history, and the world seemed to have changed forever once Armstrong was the first man on the moon. However, soon began to arise about the authenticity aselenizării a mystery that continues to this day and around which emerged a real conspiracy theory. Several scholars have raised a number of questions that have not yet found the answer. In this documentary, scientists and experts talk about the possibility that the US space agency to be faked images from the Apollo 11 mission.
If there is no air on the moon, why American flag waving in images broadcast after the mission? There is a possibility that NASA faked photos? Is it possible for people to survive lethal radiation from space? According to David Persey, renowned photographer and director, a trick evidence is right in image and NASA. He argues that many of them contain inconsistencies and abnormalities that lead to one conclusion: Trip to the Moon was directed by Americans.