Fake Penn Student Fools Real Penn Students Out of Thousands of Dollars

Call it “Skullfucked: The Straight-to-DVD Sequal,” if you will.

A group of Penn students found out the hard way last Spring that sometimes when your roommate doesn’t seem to be going to class, ever, it isn’t just because he doesn’t do morning sections. It may actually be that he’s not a student at all, and he’s just waiting until you leave the house in order to pilfer your bank account

Penn junior Zach King — along with another (heretofore unnamed) student — brought charges against a guy named Eugene Tinsley (no relation) last June, after it became clear that Mr. Tinsley was not, as claimed, a student of Penn, but rather an artist of the long-con variety.

Tinsley apparently met King sometime last year, and quickly insinuated himself into the Penn student’s life. The two began rooming together — though Mr. Eugene, of course, didn’t pay any rent — and it wasn’t too long stuff got real.

Per the Daily Pennsylvanian:

After not receiving rent from Tinsley for several months, King and his roommates “nicely kicked him out,” King said. Tinsley left for a period of time before moving back in with them around winter break last year. Later in the school year, when King went to buy gas for a trip, his card was denied, even though he knew he had enough money.

When Penn Police investigated the matter, King discovered Tinsley stole about $1,300 in checks from him. Tinsley also “involved another student who had been duped the same way,” King said.

Yikes! But how did the con man do it?  Read the rest of this entry »

Raymond Clark Pleads Guilty to Murdering Annie Le

A particularly gruesome and unpleasant chapter of Yale’s history came to a close today. Raymond Clark III, the lab technician accused of strangling Yale graduate student Annie Le to death in September 2009, pleaded guilty to one count of murder and one count of attempted sexual assault.

Le first went missing on September 8, 2009, and was later found hidden inside a wall in the basement of a Yale Medical School building. A substantial body of evidence implicated Clark in Le’s death, including erratic behavior, scratch marks on his arms and “overuse of his keycard in Le’s work area” on the date of the murder — which, in an even more heartbreaking twist, was a mere five days before her wedding. Clark was arrested on September 17, 2009, and held in a maximum security prison on $3 million bail.

The murder brought with it a torrent of national media attention, including a number of unseemly, macabre, awful references. (We’re looking at you, On Harvard Time.) Hopefully that’s all over now.

Clark originally pleaded not guilty in January 2010. However, it was widely reported yesterday that Clark would change his plea. Having done so today in a Connecticut Superior Court, he now likely faces 44 years in prison, as opposed to the lifetime sentence he could have received, had the case gone to trial.