We’re Still Burning Women At The Stake?

In the year 2013 it’s hard to imagine that people are burned at the stake for being a witch—but that happened. Kepari Leniata, a twenty-year-old mother living in Papua New Guinea, was accused of sorcery by relatives of a six-year-old boy who died on February 5th. After the accusation an angry mob found Leniata and brought her to the town square.
Bystanders, many of whom were children, watched as she was tied to a stake and burned alive. Some took photographs; some just stood and watched– no one did anything. They watched as she was bound, tortured with a hot iron rod, covered in gasoline, then set on fire while lying on a pile of car tires in the provincial capital of Mount Hagen.
The police have not arrested anyone despite having hundreds of witnesses. The chief of police did say that there are more than fifty people suspected to have “laid a hand on the victim” but her husband is the chief suspect. He fled the province and is suspected to have a relationship to the dead boy’s family.
There are no details as to what “sorcery” or “witchcraft” Leniata had allegedly practiced. There are no details on the six-year-old boy’s death; it is unknown where Leniata’s children are. All that we do know is she was a woman, she was accused, and she was burned. No one helped her, no one protected her, and as of this post no one has given her any kind of justice.

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Guess Who’s Taking the Case of Debrahlee Lorenzana, the Woman “Too Hot” to Work?

The famed attorney-to-disgruntled non-celebrities, Gloria Allred. This should play out quite interestingly.

From the get-go, I thought that there was something way fishy about this story — the original interview with the Village Voice, the way the media began portraying her, and above all, the underlying allegations of self-serving, screw-the-system, plastic surgery-getting underhandedness.

Now, with Ms. Allred taking Lorenzana’s case, it’s clear that the former banker has something to hide. Or has nothing — absolutely nothing — to hide. In either case, it’s clear what Lorenzana’s aims are: achieve fame and notoriety, and hey … maybe break into show business or worse, the Playboy empire. She’s made it obvious time and time again that her outward appearance is certainly good enough, am I right?

Lorenzana, in perfect wannabe-celebrity fashion, released a statement as to her rationale behind choosing Allred — an attorney almost half-a-world away:

“I retained Gloria Allred because I wanted the best person to represent me. Ms. Allred has been practicing law for 35 years. She and her law firm have won many victories for women in employment discrimination cases. I am thankful that she has accepted my case and has agreed to represent me.”

This, unfortunately, isn’t Lorenzana’s first attempt at ill-secured fame: it was recently found that Lorenzana starred on a Discovery Health program regarding plastic surgery and claimed that she wanted to “star” in the production so she could look like “a little Playboy Playmate.” On the show, Debrahlee constantly claimed how much she loved plastic surgery, and how she’d already undergone a fair amount including a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and liposuction. Lorenzana also proclaimed that she, and I quote, wanted to be “tits on a stick.”

But yet, this is an upstanding woman, whose sole gripe is the way that men objectified her in an office setting, yeah?

Oh, Citibank. What have — or haven’t — you done? I guess we’ll find out, if Allred has anything to say about it. She probably costs an arm and a leg to hire, so make it worth it, Debrahlee. You’ll inevitably end up making some kind of convoluted history in one way or another.

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