Woman Falls To Death From Texas Roller Coaster

Woman Falls To Death From Texas Roller CoasterAn initial investigation shows no sign of foul play in the death of a woman who fell from a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, authorities said Saturday.

‘Not properly secured’

Six Flags confirmed that a woman died Friday while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster, but did not provide further details.

Carmen Brown told the Dallas Morning News that the woman had expressed concern to a park employee that she was not properly secured in her seat.

“He was basically nonchalant,” Brown said. “He was, like, ‘As long as you heard it click, you’re fine.’ Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn’t feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride.”


‘Exactly what happened’

Six Flags Over Texas spokeswoman Sharon Parker said the park is committed to determining exactly what happened.

The Texas Giant was originally designed in 1990 as an all wooden roller coaster. It was redesigned with a steel track and reopened in April 2011 to mark the theme park’s 50th anniversary. At its highest point, the roller coaster is 153 feet and has a drop of 147 feet, according to the theme park.

What do you think caused that woman to fall from her seat in the roller coaster? Should Six Flags Over Texas be held responsible for her death?

Source: Kevin Conlon and AnneClaire Stapleton | CNN

Image: Culture Map Dallas

Wife Gets Life Sentence For Castrating Husband

Wife Gets Life Sentence For Castrating HusbandA southern California woman convicted of cutting off the penis of her then-husband and throwing it into a garbage disposal was given a life sentence Friday with the possibility of parole after seven years, authorities said.

‘Going through a divorce’

Catherine Kieu, 50, of Garden Grove, California, and her husband were going through a divorce at the time of the July 2011 incident. The couple married in December 2009, but in May 2011 the husband filed for divorce, which was granted in August 2011, according to Orange County court records.

Kieu laced her husband’s dinner with the sleep medication Ambien after they had an argument over a friend possibly staying with them at a later date, the Orange County district attorney’s office said in a statement Friday. When the husband went to sleep, Kieu tied his legs and arms to the four corners of the bed, and when he awoke, she pulled down his pants and severed his penis with a knife, prosecutors charged.


‘Spousal abuse’

Kieu then threw the severed penis into the garbage disposal, turned it on and mutilated it, prosecutors alleged. Kieu then called 911 about how her husband was bleeding, and he was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery, authorities said. The victim’s name has not been made public because he is a victim of spousal abuse, police said.

On April 29, a jury convicted Kieu of one felony count of torture, one felony count of aggravated mayhem, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife, prosecutors said.

The Vietnam-born Kieu is also known as Que Anh Tran, court papers said. She and her ex-husband had no children, divorce papers said. During the trial, Kieu’s attorney said she suffered mental health issues, including depression, and the lawyer argued she shouldn’t be found guilty, the prosecutor’s office said.

Do you think Catherine Kieu really suffered from mental health issues? Feel free to comment on this topic!

Source: Michael Martinez | CNN

Image: Deccan Chronicle