Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Emanuela Orlandi: Teen (15) Kidnapped for Vatican Sex Parties?

Back in 2013, I went to the Theater for the New City in the East Village to see Mario Fratti's The Vatican Knows. The play was loosely based on the 2012 New York Times (May 14, 2012) article "Crime Boss’s Tomb Is Exhumed for Clues in Missing Girl’s Case", which is about the kidnapping of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi. 

Emanuela Orlandi

According to Times, there are three theories about what happened to Emanuela:
1. One theory is that she was kidnapped on the orders of an American archbishop, Paul C. Marcinkus [d. 2006], a former president of the Vatican bank, who was linked to a major Italian banking scandal in the 1980s.

2. Others cite an anonymous phone call the Vatican received weeks after Emanuela’s disappearance, demanding the release of Mehmet Ali Agca, the [alleged Islamic extremist] gunman who shot Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in 1981, in exchange for her release.

3. Lastly, in 2005, an anonymous phone call to a television program implied that Emanuela had been kidnapped as a favor to Cardinal Ugo Poletti [d. 1997], who in 1983 was the vicar general of Rome. The caller also mentioned that Emanuela's kidnapping could have been related to the Italian mafia. (The BBC (14 May 2012) reported that the girlfriend of Enrico De Pedis, an Italian gangster, claimed that De Pedis kidnapped Emanuela in an effort to extort money from the Vatican.)

However, none of these theories mention why Emanuela was targeted.

Approximately a week after the Times' article was published, another shocking theory was published in The Telegraph (22 May 2012) and The Huffington Post. Per The Telegraph, Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican's 85-year-old chief exorcist, confessed that 15-year-old Emanuela was kidnapped, forced to participated in Vatican sex parties, and then killed and discarded.

Father Amorth confessed: 
"This was a crime with a sexual motive. Parties were organised, with a Vatican gendarme acting as the 'recruiter' of the girls. The network involved diplomatic personnel from a foreign embassy to the Holy See. I believe Emanuela ended up a victim of this circle."

Most recently, Netflix posted Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi (2022), which is a four part documentary series about Emanuela's kidnapping. The Netflix documentary referenced some of the theories that the Times piece mentioned like a possible link between Emanuela's disappearance and Agca. 

In addition, the Netflix series theorized that Emanuela's kidnapping may have been linked to the Italian mafia, the Pope, Poland, and blackmail, because, allegedly, John Paul II borrowed money from the mafia to fund the Solidarity political movement in Poland. 

Taking all the theories into question, one has to ask, "But why was Emanuela targeted?" Per Emanuela's friend, who shared with the Netflix documentarians, a high ranking member of the Vatican slash someone close to the Pope tried to sexually seduce Emanuela, which may explain why Emanuela was used as leverage in the blackmail schemes against the Vatican. 

Surprisingly, Father Amorth's assertion that Emanuela was kidnapped to participated in Vatican sex parties was not mentioned in Fratti's play, in the New York Times piece, nor the Netflix documentary. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

[Update 10/25/22] "Swiffergate": "Swiffer Girl" The Prep Schoolgirl Teen Porn Star

Gossip Girl (s01e12)

On episode 11 and 12 of the 2021 Gossip Girl reboot, viewers get a glimpse at the types of tips that Gossip Girl receives about the raunchy teen behavior of (some of) the Manhattan prep school students. For example, in episode 12, we learned that a Constance Billard student had an age-gap sexual affair and "slept" with The Help. And to get more followers on social media, two prep school twins unabashedly engaged in incentious lipstick lesbian girl-on-girl kissing:
Mom: You made out with each other to get followers?
Twin #1 (Auvray Stephenson): And it worked!
Twin #2 (Evershea Stephenson): Prude!
Interestingly, it turns out that while (some) Manhattan prep school nymphets embrace the words teen slut, it's "prude" that one does not want to be called. Consequently, a nubile teen may be prone to prove she's not prude.

For example, Zachary Kussin's New York Post post about Danielle Miller reminded us about 2004's Horace Mann middle school “Swiffer Girl” whom produced three (3) self-shot teen videos masturbating with and simulating fellatio on a Swiffer broom.
Miller [...] the Horace Mann alumna who became known as “Swiffer Girl” in 2004. A boy had dared the then-eighth grader online to prove she wasn’t a “prude,” prompting Miller to record and send him three sexually explicit videos featuring the household sweeper.

Gabrielle Bluestone elaborated on "Swiffergate" and Miller whom grew up 'a block from Central Park, in an apartment building neighboring the New York Athletic Club and the Ritz-Carlton". In her New York magazine piece, "What Danielle Miller learned at Horace Mann and Rikers", Bluestone related that after Miller's crush shared the teen masturbation videos, unsurprisingly the videos went viral "among New York’s private-school students" and on the Internet:

Up and down the Upper East Side, wealthy teens flashed their thongs in Juicy sweat suits and low-rise Hudson jeans. Girls lined up for Brazilian waxes at J Sisters after it was prominently featured in the Gossip Girl books.


Horace Mann Yearbook Photo: Danielle "Swiffer Girl" Miller
(Source: The Age of Influence [ABCNews\Hulu[) 

In 2004, when Miller was in eighth grade, a boy she had a crush on dared her in an AIM message to prove she wasn’t a “prude.” She grabbed the new Sony VAIO laptop her father had given her for Christmas and propped it on the ledge of her shower stall. She disrobed, picked up the handle of a Swiffer mop, and pressed record. She made three sexual videos in all and emailed them to the boy.

The boy forwarded the clips to Miller’s best friend, who in turn sent them to two people, and soon it had reached everyone that they knew. It spread rapidly from there. 

The videos hadn’t circulated just among New York’s private-school students and their friends, though Miller still remembers the name of every classmate who mocked her on a page dedicated to the scandal on the now-defunct social-media site Friendster. The videos also ended up on the file-sharing programs LimeWire and Kazaa. 


Initially, Miller was distraught, but by 9th grade, she embraced the attention, and due to "Swiffergate", "Swiffer Girl" became a much sought after "It Girl":

By the next year, in ninth grade, Miller had decided to abandon what was left of her identity as a nice, quiet girl. “I became a different person,” she says. She got her first fake ID and doubled down on the scandal, becoming “that girl,” as the former classmate describes her, the one you’d call “if you wanted to do something bad or go out on a Wednesday night and get drunk in ninth grade.”

“I lived in a never-ending Gossip Girl episode,” Miller wrote while she was incarcerated. “Everyone wanted to be friends with Swiffer Girl. Everyone wanted Swiffer Girl at their parties. Everyone wanted pictures with Swiffer Girl. Everyone wanted Swiffer Girl’s autograph. Everyone wanted to smoke hookah with Swiffer Girl. Everyone’s parents didn’t want their kids around Swiffer Girl. Everyone wanted to try drugs with Swiffer Girl. Everyone wanted to pregame with Swiffer Girl. Everyone wanted to fuck Swiffer Girl.”

In Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, Ariel Levy elaborated on Miller's embraced fame as a prep school porn star, which included signing autographs:

As for the eighth-grader, like Paris Hilton before her, the dissemination of her amateur porn swiftly resulted in a major uptick in her level of popularity and celebrity. “People said they saw her walking down the hallway giving autographs,” said a seventeen-year-old senior at Manhattan’s Trinity School named Talia.

The Swiffer sucker and her compatriots at Fieldston and Oyster Bay High weren’t so much experimenting with sex as experimenting with celebrity [...] 

As one hipster from the senior class at the progressive, elite Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights said, “There’s something so Girls Gone Wild about this. Like videotaping yourself giving a blow job to a Swiffer? [...] ”

Lastly and surprisingly, Kussin, Bluestone, and Levy failed to mention that Miller's middle school masturbation videos were, even to the most liberal atheist, illegal. But it's not surprising that Miller's crush wasn't accused of grooming. Even though, he had power over her (i.e., The Crush), for some reason, the fact that he was ≈ 13 and not ≈ 31 saved Miller from being victimized. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Update 10/25/22

On the “Danielle Miller, the Horace Mann Swiffer Girl” (April 1, 2022) episode of the Forbidden Fruits (FF) podcast, Danielle Miller shared with Julia Fox, a former teen sex worker, and Niki Takesh that she actually made seven teen masturbation videos. And that she’s actually surprised that no one ever mentioned the other four videos:

Miller: “Had a crush on this kid [...] I sent him a video ‘cause he called me a prude [GG] [...] and I had a crush on him [...]  I didn’t want him to judge me. I didn’t want him to think I was too sexually conservative. I didn’t want him to think I wasn’t any fun [...] So, I made these videos for him [...] There are actually seven (7) of them.”

FF: “Oh my God.” [Laughs]

Miller: “Yeah.” [Laughs]

FF: “There were seven?!”

Miller: “Yeah. And, like, no one [has] ever talked about that ever; so, that’s like exclusive information.”

FF: “Wow!"

When asked, “Why are we not calling this guy out?” Miller replied that it wasn’t the boy’s fault. “He was in the wrong but he was also 13 too. And everyone makes mistakes [...] It wasn’t his fault.” 

It appears that the boy wasn’t in the wrong because, in an effort to have more middle school sex tapes made, he only shared the videos with Miller’s best friend whom, as far as we know didn’t make a teen sex tape, but she did share the videos with “whole eighth grade”.

Interestingly, the videos were made when Miller was 13, but they didn’t go viral until she was 14 (2004), which was one year before she lost her virginity. 

Consequently, one of the FF hosts volunteered: “And also I remember, like, being that age and being so hypersexual all the time.” 

Initially, Miller said that she didn’t sign any autographs:

“I heard, like, crazy rumors like, “Oh there were Swiffers brought into the Horace Mann for her to sign.” And like that never happened [...] Or that I, like, signed autographs and stuff - that never happened.”

However, she did admit to signing a New York magazine piece “The Paris Hilton Effect - Teens Making Sex Videos”:

“I literally signed one thing ever [...] it was “The Paris Hilton Effect”. The first article that came out by Daphne Merkin [....] who wrote an article for New York mag basically bashing me. And when it happened kids were bringing it to school and passing it around and stuff.”

After mentioning that Paris Hilton was “over age” (i.e., 18) when she made her sex tape, Miller proclaimed that she has been cemented as an influential pop culture producer of child porn to which a FF host suggested that Miller own it, capitalize off it, and trademark Swiffer Girl.

“[...] I think you’ve been running from it. And I think it’s like time that you just face it and own it and, like, capitalize off it. You know. Like trademark that shit.”

“Trending for the next two decades. I’d be, like, forever, like, cemented as this, like, influential pop culture producer of, like, our generation of child porn.”

Lastly for this update, the Bradenton Herald reported that “NYC social media influencer [Danielle Miller] gets [five year] prison sentence in Sarasota bank fraud attempt” (Oct 25, 2022)

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Joshua Gaylor's HUMMINGBIRDS: Manhattan Private Schoolgirls & Teachers Sexual Affairs

Here's Publishers Weekly's synopsis of Joshua Gaylor's Hummingbirds:
The Carmine-Casey prep school girls flutter through Gaylord's debut, but they're not alone; their teachers are insecure flirts and cheats amid divorces and trysts. One such teacher is Leo Binhammer [...] [and] the charismatic Ted Hughes [...]
Meanwhile, student Dixie Doyle and her peers lounge outside the school in their pleated skirts, emanating Lolita-like accidental sexuality.

Binhammer, who is unapologetic about his attraction to the students, tries to connect with Liz Warren, the playwright in his class, before Ted charms her.

Similarly competitive, Liz and Dixie vie for attention from the few adult men around the school, and the complicated web of loyalties, attraction, competition and camaraderie provides much tension as things play out—but not in an expected way [...]

Gaylord's tale of overeducated men and the teenage students who exhibit the finesse and understanding their teachers lack hits all the right notes.
In the first draft of our, God willing, forthcoming book, the recap of Hummingbirds runs about 15 pages, but for the purposes of keeping this post an appropriate blog length, we'll recap the recap.

Before we begin, you may find it interesting to learn that Gaylor taught English at an Upper East Side prep school, which is the setting of Hummingbirds (i.e., Fifth Avenue and Central Park). Autofiction?

In the novel, adults repeatedly reminded Binhammer that the Carmine-Casey schoolgirls were attracted to him (i.e., their English teacher.) “You know how the girls adore you.”

And the schoolgirls repeatedly reminded Binhammer that they were attracted to their English teacher as well.
“Mr. Binhammer, do you want to see pictures of me in Saint-Tropez? But you can’t look at all of them, because over there you’re not supposed to wear a top on the beach.” Topless schoolgirls?!

Mr. Binhammer even had: “[...] an unofficial fan club - this group of girls who go around calling each other Mrs. Binhammer.” “Those girls - you’ve seen them - they would die for him. They’re loyal as Nazis. Little love Nazis.”

By page 3, we were introduced to the convincing and nubile nymphet Dixie Doyle - a senior and “pretty girl with ironic pigtails”. Dixie:
[...] could convince grown men of anything [...] she possesses a quality of performed girlishness that turns sex into a ragged paradox for men beyond the age of thirty.
In particular, Dixie's attraction to Mr. Binhammer was highlighted throughout the novel. For example, after their first class together, Dixie stayed behind.
“Great class, Mr. Binhammer.”

What she’s thinking about as she says this is that Binhammer’s tie is a little crooked. She feels her hands wanting to reach out and straighten it for him. She would straighten the tie and then smooth her hands down the front of his jacket, as though he were her mannequin husband.
At the school’s play, Dixie spotted Mr. Binhammer. Consequently, she twirled a strand of hair around her finger (i.e., an IOI), and she came up with the idea: “[...] to write a play about herself and her favorite teacher” in which she attempted to convince her teacher to ignore the dangers of a student-teacher affair.
Then she sees him, Mr. Binhammer, down in front leaning against the wall. Twirling one strand of hair around her finger, she thinks that she would like to write a play about herself and her favorite teacher:
“You know we can’t, Dixie. It would be too dangerous.” Reaching out to her but pulling back his hand at the last minute. “People wouldn’t like it.”
“Why do you care about people all of a sudden?”
“Maybe you’re right. How is it that you see things so clearly?”
And Dixie decided at the very moment that she would have sex with her English teacher, but she wondered if Mr. Binhammer realized how very easy it would be for him to have sex with a schoolgirl.

Subsequently, Binhammer informed Dixie that if he weren’t married “nothing” could hold him back (i.e., only marriage gave him the strength to resist the allure of a nymphet).
“You know what?” he says, and his words are a gift wrapped in curling ribbons. “If things were a little different. If I weren’t married. Then there’s nothing that could hold me back.”
How did Dixie respond? She lit up: “[...] from the inside like a brand-new jack-o’-lantern.”

Mr. Hughes, with his “wide jaw”, “nice hair” and “ringless finger”, was described as:
[...] the smart girl’s dream [...] He will leave a trail of Carmine-Casey girls in his wake - girls writing morbid poetry in their journals at night and feeling suddenly uncomfortable in their starched clothes.

None of them will say anything about Ted Hughes, because each one will believe in her heart that her own relationship with the man is secret and supreme.

And that’s when the suicides will start. Because no girl loves Ted Hughes for long before she has to kill herself from an overdose of passion.
Liz Warren, another Carmine-Casey schoolgirl: “[...] rarely thought about her teachers in intimate terms,” with exception is Mr. Hughes: “[...] who sometimes looks at her hard and makes her chest feel warm [...]”

In addition, Liz opined that Mr. Hughes possessed: “[...] something beautiful. She could stare at him and do nothing and be quite content.” And Liz kept “inconspicuously on her desk in her bedroom” a poem that Mr. Hughes wrote about Slyvia Plath. When Liz caught a glimpse of Mr. Hughes in the hallway her spine would go: “[...] taut, instant erasure of all those other bodies between her and him [...] His presence [was] always in the back of her mind, thudding away like a headache..”

Subsequently, Mr. Hughes and Liz kissed in a Central Park underpass. Consequently, he gave her his address, “I’ll meet you there,” he said, “in an hour,” where, after they ordered General Tso’s chicken and watched The Third Man, Liz’s English teacher took her virginity.
And she waited for it in the dark, and then she felt it, like a pressure between her thighs—it was inside her, inside her, and it was happening, and she was thinking of a million things [...] And then there was something that replaced the thinking [...] the way her hands gripped the shoulders of this man, this man, and the way her nipples felt when his chest brushed against them, and everything else went away except her ankles and her spine and her belly and her teeth and—

Afterward, she went to the bathroom and turned on the light and looked at herself in the mirror. There was no hurry in her gut now. Just a peacefulness.”

“Not a virgin,” she whispered.”
Unfortunately for Mr. Hughes, Liz was spotted leaving her English teacher’s apartment (building) at 2:00 AM.

The teleiophilia and raunchy schoolgirl behavior wasn’t only directed at Binhammer and Hughes. For example, there was Monica with her “sharp eyes, black hair, [and] a striking smile” who, after seeing Paulo, the cleaning man vacuuming outside her bedroom, informed Liz, “Maybe I’ll bring Paulo to the prom. What would Dixie Doyle say then? “At least he looks the part. He’s kind of attractive, don’t you think?”

Mr. Landry, the headmistress, shared with Binhammer that she: “[...] got a call from a parent just two weeks ago giving her ninth-grade daughter permission to leave school when her boyfriend, who is a freshman in college, came to pick her up in his car.”

As for raunchy schoolgirl behavior, one school day, Binhammer caught two schoolgirls, whom were described as: “[...] enthralling, these two glowing daughters of the social elite [...]”, throwing sex dice in a stairwell. What are sex dice? They’re pink and instead of dots, the sex dice have words on them such as: KISS, LICK, SUCK, STROKE, SQUEEZE, BLOW, FINGERS, TOES, GENITALS, CHEST, STOMACH, and EAR.

Typically, the age-gap motif/theme is coupled with the teen lipstick lesbian motif/theme. And Hummingbirds didn’t, for lack of a better word, disappoint. For example, the reader learned that Luck Polchak let Lenore Spitzer kiss her: “inside her inner thigh [...] they were both in the third grade.” And Binhammer discovered: “[...] a love note from one anonymous girl to another that he found under a desk.”

Lastly, Gaylord made Dixie and Liz seniors. but I suspect that the schoolgirls whom Dixie and Liz were based on were younger. On page 179, Binhammer and Hughes met a young Atlantic City stripper named after Sigmund Freud’s Dora whom had a controversial age-gap affair with Herr Zellenka. And Gaylor is married to Megan Abbot, the author of The End of Everything and Dare Me. In The End of Everything, 13-year-old Lizzie Hood fell in love with her best friend’s father, and Evie Verver, another nymphet, ran away with Mr. Shaw. And in Dare Me, Beth shared with Addy, her high school classmate and fellow cheerleader, that she was confident that she could seduce Sarge Will Mosley - the head military recruiter on campus.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Famous Age-Gap Couple: Howard Hughes (40) & Teen Jean Peters (19)

Howard Hughes and Jean Peters, by Edward Sorel.

Sam Kashner posted on Air Mail "The Spruce Deuce: Before Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, there was Howard Hughes and Jean Peters" (SEPTEMBER 3, 2022)

We're not sure why Kashner compared Hughes and Peters to Depp and Heard. Clickbait? Especially considering that, as Kashner shared, 40-year-old Hughes and 19-year-old Peters had a Hollywood age-gap relationship. 

Howard Hughes, the 40-year-old, reclusive, and idiosyncratic billionaire first clapped eyes on 19-year-old Jean Peters at a party in Newport Beach over the July Fourth holiday weekend in 1946. Smitten, he invited her to watch him test-run the XF-11 plane he had designed for the air force. It was a helluva first date.

Howard Hughes and Jean Peters

The famous age-gap couple eventually married and remained that way for about 14 years. Kashner wrote that: "Peters would outlive him by 24 years, dying in 2000 without ever publicly uttering a word against her former [much older] husband."

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Penelope Disick & Carmen Baldwin: Sexualized (Pre) Teens in Lipstick?

Jessica Bennett posted on Page Six that "Kourtney Kardashian faces backlash after daughter Penelope, 10, shares makeup routine (August 27, 2022)

However, the headline is misleading as some viewers opined that the pre-teen applying makeup was "adorable".
Penelope Disick shared her makeup routine on TikTok Friday night, and while some followers found it adorable, many others slammed her mother, Kourtney Kardashian, for allowing her 10-year-old to explore cosmetics at such a young age.

Brenda Campbell even tweeted that one should not be concerned about "a little girls love for makeup". 

One can safely assume that Campbell would condone Carmen, Alec Baldwin's 9-year-old daughter, who wore a dark shade of lipstick in a back-to-school photograph that her mother shared on Instagram. 

And Riley Cardoza posted on Page Six that Carmen actually wore the lipstick to school (i.e., to fourth grade)! Would Campbell approve?

Even (some) fictional moms encourage their nymphets to wear makeup - although not necessarily for likes, followers and/or subscribers. 

In Jessica Knoll's Luckiest Girl Alive, after Ani realized that she was alone with Mr. Larson, her English teacher, her "cheeks blushed underneath the Cover Girl [her] Mom said" she needed. 

And in Joshua Gaylord's Hummingbirds, Liz, a schoolgirl at the Carmine-Casey [UES] School for Girls, was informed by her mom: “This is something you still have to learn about cosmetics. They just cover everything up. A little fresh mascara, some blush, and you’re a new woman. Why don’t you ever let me try it on you? [...]”

And on a related note to one of the overall themes of this blog (i.e., famous age-gap relationships), Nika Shakhnazarova reported for Page Six that "Hilaria Baldwin ‘judged’ couples with big age differences before meeting Alec" (November 9, 2022)

Shakhnazarova wrote that Hilaria assumed that men wanted younger women because they were, "[...] young bimbo[s] with no opinions whatsoever." Wait. Really? That's why she thought men were attracted to (much) younger women? Because they were opinionless?
The mom-of-seven opened up about substantial age differences in relationships, including her 26-year age gap with her 64-year-old husband, Alec Baldwin.

Speaking during the first episode of her brand new podcast “Witches Anonymous,” Hilaria revealed she was often quick to judge couples who weren’t close in age.

“Before I got together with Alec [Baldwin], I would judge women and men that had big age differences,” the Boston-born yoga instructor admitted. “I would look at it like, this older man wants some young bimbo with no opinions whatsoever.”

Then Hilaria went on to say that, until she met Alec, she had been "trained" to think that younger women were simply gold diggers whom couldn't possibly be attracted to older men.

“That younger woman is obviously a gold digger, and she obviously doesn’t even care and is just like whatever, ‘I hope you die, and I’m going to take all your money,'” she added.

“Now that I’m in that relationship and people will say those things about me regularly, I realize, what was this trained into my head?” she said.

“Why was I so judgmental about other people who are literally just finding love? Maybe their love looks different from you and from your love or what I thought love would be but it doesn’t make it not valid.” 

Awww, now Hilaria realizes that age-gap couples are "literally just finding love" just like non-age-gap couples, but would Hilaria go as far as Betsy Karasik whom wrote in her Washington Post op-ed that consensual sex between teachers and students should not be criminalized.