I found this story yesterday & thought it was pretty messed up. When big bird is affected by violence what can the rest of us do to feel safe? If you are a Sesame Street kid at heart, this story may not be for you.
The body of a female jogger was found Tuesday on property belonging to actor Carroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird on the long-running children’s series.
Social worker Judith Nilan was reported missing by her husband Monday after she failed to return from a run. On Tuesday, police discovered her body in a shed on Spinney’s property and proceeded to charge the actor’s caretaker, Scott Deojay, with kidnapping.
Officials were planning to pursue murder charges against Deojay, but as the shed where Nilan’s body was found straddles the Massachusetts-Connecticut border, issues of jurisdiction were still being worked out. Another hearing in the matter was scheduled for Friday.
Police said Spinney, who plays Oscar the Grouch in addition to Big Bird, was not a suspect in the crime.
Investigators linked Deojay to Nilan’s death after discovering the jogger’s headband near a bloody receipt signed by the caretaker after purchasing items for Spinney.
There were skid marks near the headband and a bloody trail led to the shed, where Nilan’s body was found tied up, her jogging pants pulled down and her head bloody where she appeared to have been beaten.
Police said the caretaker claimed he hit the woman with his car accidentally, then panicked. He claimed to have dragged her into his car, driven her to Spinney’s property, tied her up in order to pull her into the shed, where he deposited her body.
The Massachusetts medical examiner’s office was performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death and whether Nilan had been sexually assaulted.
After police questioned Deojay, he reportedly tried to hang himself in his garage, but cut himself down after his girlfriend called 911.
Police have said that Spinney, aka Big Bird, had absolutely nothing to do with this crime. AP
Since we are talking about Sesame Street, check out the story of Kami the South African HIV + muppet. Link
One last Sesame Street reference in case you are interested in an adult version. If you are visiting NYC anytime soon, you have to see Avenue Q. Suite Suzy & I saw this last year & I was pretty much shocked the whole time of the show. There were very sexually active puppets, potty mouth puppets, racist puppets, & even a gay puppet. With all this said, this is a must see.
AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There’s Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fianceé Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod — a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building’s superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman played by a woman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Link