Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Four Civilians and Foreign Drug Smuggler Killed by Intrepid NYC Detective

At 4:08 p.m. Sunday, New York Police Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, assigned to the Narcotics Division, shot and killed a suspected assassin, Pierre Jeantot, 36, of Nice, France. Jeantot was allegedly working on behalf of a French drug kingpin whom Doyle and his partner, Buddy “Clouddy” Russo, had been investigating.

Jeantot was killed by one shot from Doyle’s service revolver at the bottom steps of the 15th St. elevated railway platform. The shooting came at the end of a long chase which Doyle pursued the suspect by car from 35th St. Station.

It was the scene of a dramatic crime film plot. Jeantot hijacked the train. Doyle chased the train in a commandeered car below.
Four deaths have resulted from the pursuit. Betty B. Badluck, 63, of the Bronx; Roland Evans, 34 of Brooklyn; Horatio C. Hornblower, 30, of white Plains; and Peter Howe, 27, of Queens.

Cameron Johnson, 20, was outside Det. Doyle’s apartment on West 57th Ave when the commotion started. Doyle was walking down a sidewalk, where a small child on a tricycle rode by and rang his bell. There was a woman in front of Doyle as he was walking. When the two adults passed, three shots were fired at both Doyle and the woman from a building about 100 yards away. 

Badluck was killed instantly when she took a bullet while walking with her granddaughter.

Few people were in the area to try and help Badluck. Det. Doyle quickly checked Badluck until another shot rang out. Doyle dove to cover behind a nearby tree, where he exclaimed, “there’s a sniper,” to notify the bystanders. The fifth shot hit the tree, and Doyle got a quick view of the sniper. The sixth shot, just missing Doyle, prompted him to run and take cover by the wall of the apartment building.

Steve Moreau, 25, was a bystander on the street where Det. Doyle chased the elevated train from below. Doyle was in the middle of the street demanding to use a citizen’s car to pursue Jeantot, believed to have escaped on a nearby elevated subway train. “He drove like a maniac,” Moreau said, where Doyle apparently drove up onto the sidewalk on numerous occasions.

Screaming pedestrians quickly jumped out of Det. Doyle’s way. Cars on the opposite side of the road swerved about when. Doyle rocketed towards them head-first, straddling the median. Doyle managed to recover from a near-fatal collision with another driver. No motorists or pedestrians were killed.

Sharon Bradley, 35, sat on the pursued subway train minding her own business. Suddenly a well-dressed middle-aged man moved quickly throughout the car of the train. “It was anarchy,” Bradley said. Jeantot hijacked the train operator’s booth at gunpoint to make sure the train rattled through the oncoming stations. The pursuit was hot.

Hornblower, the train’s conductor, and a group of others approached the train operator’s door. Jeantot came out, gun in hand. As Hornblower stepped forward to have the suspect drop his weapon, Jeantot shot and killed Hornblower point-blank. Passengers screamed in horror.

The train suddenly came to a churning halt, where Jeantot lost his .44 Magnum revolver. Jeantot departed the train in haste.

Kathleen Moreau, 55, witnessed Jeantot’s demise. Jeantot escaped the car of the elevated train. He carefully balanced along train beams and made his way through narrow stairs to get to the nearby station. Det. Doyle, who stopped his car beneath the elevated track, caught a glimpse of Jeantot, exited the vehicle, and quickly pursued on foot.

Unbeknownst to Det. Doyle’s cunning, escape was on the tip of Jeantot’s tongue. As Jeantrot made his way through the station, he saw Doyle waiting for him at the stairs that led to the street below.

Jeantot turned to make a run for it. Doyle screamed for the suspect to “hold it.” The suspect was then shot and killed in action.

Det. Doyle, who was not present to comment, remains a local hero, despite the tragic death of innocent citizens.

New York City Police commissioner Ruth L. Ess commended Det. Doyle for his bravery and quick thinking under very trying circumstances. “It is always unfortunate when these incidents end in a loss of life,” Ess said. 

Police officers recovered an automatic rifle and several shell casings from the roof of the apartment building where shooting first took place. Jeantot was suspected of assassinating Doyle.

According to Homeland Security records, Jeantot entered the country on Nov. 4 after a flight from Paris, France. Jeantot was suspected to be associated with a crime syndicate that had been laying the groundwork for a major heroin shipment from France to New York City. 

“We will continue a vigorous and thorough investigation into what appears to be a major smuggling operation,” Ess said. “We will not sit still while drug dealers walk our streets.”

Mobile App Underway to Detect and Communicate Crowds on Campus

You know the overwhelmingly tense and stressed feeling. You are at Holloway Commons during common exam times between the hours of 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Hoards of hungry college students zig zag and meander through tables and chairs. You try to make your way through, dodging students and staff, to find a table, promptly eat your meal, and head to class. What if you could avoid the crowds? Well, you might be able to very soon.

Four UNH seniors in the Whittemore School of Business and Economics are currently designing a mobile application that will tell users how crowded dining halls, the gym at the Whittemore Center, and the Dimond Library are.

Andrew Fuller, Ryan Bell, Ryan Andrikowich, and Chris Swab, all information systems majors, have been collaborating on the application now for a couple of weeks. Schwab came up with the idea for their E-Commerce class, where the project entails making a mobile application and website for a product. The application will be forged on a developer site called appModi for smartphones like iPhones and Androids.

The idea was inspired from a Disney World application, called RideMax, where real-time “waiting” data for ride lines is generated through users updating how long they have been waiting in line. People then check specific rides to see the wait time. “We are doing our own spin on that to have people update how crowded a place looks,” Fuller said. “The idea is for users to make the data.” 

The overall goal is to have people send short updates, such as “the gym is pretty crowded,” or “there is a rush of people at Hoco,” and so on.

The quartet have been advertising their idea on Facebook by means of surveys for students to take for feedback purposes. The group believes that around 300 responses are sufficient to put their app data to the test.

The survey consists of 14 questions that takes about five minutes to complete. Questions compromise of age, gender, class standing, if one has a smart phone, and what methods of social media one uses.

“97% of people have responded saying they would use this application, so hopefully they buy into the idea of making their own status to help out everyone else, too,” Fuller said. The group will also look into adding other locations, such as the bars in downtown Durham. 

Although the application is still in the works, the vision is for users to pick which locations they want to track and see updates for. 

Holloway Commons’ busiest times on a weekly basis are between 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. during the common exam period, where over 1,200 people are present. Tuesdays and Thursdays tend to be heavier during those timeframes, as students come all at once.

Deborah Scanlon, the area manager of Dining Services at Holloway Commons, said that the dining hall is currently looking at a study to bring more seats into the building for customers. “We’re still in the very early planning stages, but we know that we have the good fortune to be able to have students that want to participate in our services, and we need to make sure the experience is upbeat and positive for them,” Scanlon said.

Some of the volume that Dining Services faces is contingent upon class schedules. Evidently, Tuesdays and Thursdays are extremely busy at around 12:30 p.m., when most students are off for the common exam period — what Scanlon calls the “witch hours.” 

Scanlon thinks that the WSBE students’ application may better evenly distribute the crowds. “I would support using it,” Scanlon said. “[Students] text each other about what’s going on, and I think we have a pretty good communication going currently between texting and social media as a whole.”

Obviously, the application will have to go through some serious testing before it can be considered handy for students. The definition of “crowded” may be different for some. “The flow of this business is similar to New England weather,” Scanlon said. “We could be crazy for 15 minutes, and then things change differently.”

Scanlon said Holloway Commons performs 15 minute “counts,” where machines are sanitized, to keep track of when people are coming in to eat. “There are a lot of determining factors,” Scanlon said. Campus events, curtailed operations, and daylight savings time are just some facets that can affect crowd levels at dining halls.

“The biggest benefit our app provides is an essentially free logistics service for both the school and its students,” Ryan Bell said. “If students know what areas of campus are crowded at any given time, they can plan their schedules more efficiently, spend more time doing what they want, and spend less time waiting in lines.”

As far as drawbacks are concerned, Bell does not see anything significant with the concept of their application, except with its execution. “As with any other form of social media, our app relies on user data,” Bell said. “If we cannot get a large enough user base, or enough users to update their status, it will be difficult for us to consistently report accurate levels of crowdedness for different campus locations.”

To counterbalance this issue, however, the group has been working tirelessly to understand the potential habits of users and preferences to make the application as beneficial and user friendly as possible.

“We need to embrace this enthusiasm,” Scanlon said. “I think [the application] is cool.”
“If this is a success for our class, we can make it public for UNH, even if it isn’t 100% the way we want it to work,” Fuller said.

Published in The New Hampshire. 

UNH English Department Faculty Profile: Stephanie Harzewski — The U.S.’s Expert in Chick Lit and Postfeminism

UNH Professor Stephanie Harzewski strolls into her Survey of British Literature class wearing a pink halter top and a black shirt. She is chipper and exuberant as she greets her students. “Good afternoon, everyone!”

The room is full of about thirty students each sitting attentively at their desks, with their notebooks out and pens in hand. The lecture is geared toward discussing Ian McEwan’s Atonement. Students give their opinions and themes of the novel while Harzewski encourages them with stimulating and provoking questions.

Stephanie Harzewski is a Ph.D. English lecturer at the University of New Hampshire. She specializes in contemporary English fiction and women's narrative prose. A TA since 2000, and a full-time grad student instructor since 2006, Harzewski has currently been instructing at UNH for over two years. Her favorite piece of literature is To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf.

Harzewski’s passion for English began when she was a young girl. “It was the natural evolution of my life as a reader,” Harzewski said. Her father taught her to read at a very young age, and she liked the warm connection they had together. “We just created our own world together with the same three books that may have been the root of it,” Harzewski said.

As an instructor, Harzewski has a wide and high quality line-up of texts which offer a glimpse into the power of the imagination. “It may sound lofty, but the imagination is what creates the new and is connected with empathy which gives us connections between people,” Harzewski said. Harzewski does not expect all her students to become English majors, but she wants to help inspire them to be better writers, achieve their own individual and personalized goals, and to become sympathetic to understand others.

Harzewski is very modest and is not afraid of failure. “I’m not afraid to be the first person to teach something, whether a book or a style of teaching,” Harzewski said. “I let go of any ideas of imperfection in my 20s.” Harzewski has been among the very first to read and teach hypermodern, or recently published, works. Thus, her students serve as the first, or early, criticizers on what may become connotical texts. “I genuinely am interested in what the students think of the texts,” Harzewski said. “I want them to speak frankly with me and to cultivate an energetic dialogue.”

After working for her post-doc and becoming an instructor while a graduate student, Harzewski knew that she would have to leave her home institution at the University of Pennsylvania for other career opportunities. After applying for the position, she was accepted and hired at UNH within the summer months of 2010. Although UPenn seems to be a wealthier crop, Harzewski has noticed that UNH is ethnically a lot more homogenous, with a wider range of economic backgrounds. “UNH students, to me, are more down to earth,” Harzewski said.

Harzewski has taught broad ranges of courses at UNH so far, including introduction to literary analysis, survey of British literature from 1800 to the present, higher level contemporary U.S. literature, and post-modern contemporary British literature. Additionally, she has developed two electronic courses, called “Fires of Sex and sensibility” and “Sex and Sensibility: The Rise of Chic Lit from Brigit Jones’s Diary.” As a first online instructor for the UNH English Department, Harzewski will also teach a course on masterworks for short fiction, emphasizing mental illness and literary works with alter egos, such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Harzewski’s focus includes contemporary British and American fiction since the 18th century, as well as the novel of manners tradition. Her recent novel, Chick Lit and Postfeminism is intended to be a serious reference book and a comprehensive study of a sub-genre with a very unacademic sounding name. “I would like it to serve as a model for how you can take a cultural artifact that is not looked at by most people as intellectual or serious and to give a social logical artifact a critically rigorous treatment,” Harzewski said. Her novel looks at urban pockets of America and England where chick lit is a lens into changes in dating, education patterns, how women spend money, and so forth.

Students at UNH have lauded Harzewski’s courses. Andrea Denise, a junior, is an English major. “I heard [Harzewski] was a quirky and fun professor that taught her subject passionately,” Denise said. “She is fun and understanding and strives to include every single one of her students in on her love of the subject.” Denise learned to appreciate a different learning and teaching style that was highly effective.

Natalie Fortier, an outdoor education major, is also a junior. She took Harzewski’s introduction to literary analysis course to fulfill English requirements for her major. Fortier read a lot of great texts and improved as a writer. “[Harzewski] is enthusiastic about what she teaches and creative in the texts she chooses,” Fortier said. “What makes her different form other UNH professors is that she s not afraid to make herself vulnerable — she builds personal relationships with her students and isn’t afraid to be silly, goofy, or wrong.” 

Michele Vizzo, a junior and a journalism major, took Harzewski’s introduction to literary analysis and survey of British literature courses. “Stephanie exudes such an intense passion for what she does and the material she is teaching,” Vizzo said. “As her student, you know that everything on the syllabus has been painstakingly selected and will play a major and important role in the class.” Vizzo learned a new respect for her writing and what she was able to take away form the required readings. “I would suggest to any major to take a class with Stephanie,” Vizzo said. “She will inspire anyone to be all that they can be.”

Andrew Merton, an English professor and Chair of the English Department, is the one responsible for hiring Stephanie. He reports that her teaching evaluations are very strong and students like her a lot. “She is a bundle of enthusiasm,” Merton said. “She is especially valuable, because she is at the forefront of the electronic course ‘phenomenon.’” Harzewski created her own electronic course for the English Department, and it has not gone unnoticed. “[Harzewski] is a scholar and published a book last year,” Merton said. “She would be a ten year track professor, and I do worry about losing her.”

Published in early 2011, Chick Lit and Postfeminism is a novel which encompasses Harzewski’s interpretations of 21st century romantic literature. Harzewski’s book also involves her experience as a publisher in her hometown of New York City in the late 1990s before her early career years at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Chick Lit” is a polite term for Princeton University’s female literary tradition course in the 1980s. The term originates from an American movement in the ‘90s where women’s avant-garde fiction became a comic subsidiary of women’s literature and advice columns. Such novels that make up Chick Lit are  Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada, and Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City — all of which have become extremely successful film adaptations. 

Harzewski shows how chick lit, which may be the literature version of a “chick flick,” produces social observations on troubled Caucasian marriages, education patterns, heterosexuality traditions, feminism, and postmodern values.

The novel has been hailed by critics around the U.S. “Chick Lit and Postfeminism is a bold and fascinating exploration of the 'most culturally visible form of postfeminist fiction' — chick lit,” New York Times best-selling author Mary Bly Eloisa James said. “Demanding and sometimes dizzying in its range and readings, the book moors the genre in the commodified context of women's lives in the twenty-first century, refashioning our understanding of this irreverent, ubiquitous, and (contrary to popular belief) important genre of fiction.”

Harzewski’s work has also gotten attention in the United Kingdom. “Smart, thoughtful, and well-written, [Chick Lit and Postfeminism] offers a historical understanding of this decidedly postfeminist genre, while offering insight into contemporary gender politics and femininity,” Janet McCabe of the University of London said.

In her earlier years as an instructor, Harzewski spent five years at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in English and women’s studies from Vassar College in New York state, a M.A. in women’s studies from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Harzewski is also the author of articles on Anglophone women writers and facets of American commodity culture, which have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including “Contemporary Women’s Writing,” and “The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies.” Additionally, Harzewski is considered an expert on the chick lit genre, as she has been interviewed on such subjects by the Chicago Tribune. Harzewski has received fellowships and grants from the American Association of University Women, the Romance Writers of America, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Harzewski is currently working on a second project, entitled, The ‘Woman Author’ Function: Twentieth-Century Anglophone Prose Writers and Their Cultural Formation, where she probes the historical establishment of literary figures. Harzewski will also analyze how writers have advanced social and national movements. She currently resides in nearby Dover, New Hampshire.

FroyoWorld Hits Durham

FroyoWorld had its grand opening in Durham on Saturday, where a plethora of residents and University of New Hampshire students made their way to scrumptious treats.

Katie Morris, a junior social work major and a froyo lover, was interested in checking out FroyoWorld, since it was brand new. Seeing that there is no other self serve place on campus, Morris likes serving herself as little or as much as she pleases. She prefers to stay with fruity flavors and likes the ability to sample different flavors if she’s not sure which flavor she wants. “It’s just a stress-relieving place to go,” Morris said.

Victoria Cruz and Katia Tsareva, freshmen whose favorite froyo flavors are apple pie and original tart respectively, have been to FroyoWorld multiple times. They admire the variety of flavors and toppings and how frozen yogurt is a healthier desert. “I like that you can make it yourself,” Cruz said. “It’s cool that you can customize it to your taste,” Tsareva said. 

Logan Seeley, a junior psychology major, thinks differently. At 49 cents per ounce, it is incredibly easy to overfill the offered bowl that may require two hands to hold it, depending how much it is filled. “I wish we could pay by the size instead of by the ounce, because it can really get expensive,” Seeley said.

Sal Coraccio, a junior, is a part-time manage at FroyoWorld. The location of the frozen yogurt lounge on Madbury Road has a good proximity for residents. The hope is for the Durham community to bring money to the novel business. “We provide a service that is far in between,” said Coraccio, “and it’s a nice place to hang out.”

FroyoWorld will be open year-round, and Coraccio does not feel as though any competition from the community will drive the business away. The community has seemed to favor the lounge, and business has been solid. “Generally, we serve about 150 to 300 people a day, depending on the day of the week and how the weather is,” Coraccio said.

FroyoWorld is a self serve frozen yogurt lounge that provides its customers with a healthier alternative to ice cream. With 30 locations in four New England states, and two locations in Puerto Rico, the chain strives to promote the best quality frozen yogurt and toppings. FroyoWorld’s signature Original Tart flavor is an award winning frozen yogurt from San Francisco. 

“Froyo” is an abbreviation for frozen yogurt. It is a low calorie, nonfat probiotic “treat” that can boost one’s immune system and enhance one’s digestive tract. It is the new and healthier alternative to ice cream.

FroyoWorld may appear to frozen yogurt lovers as a psychedelic paradise filled with pops of cotton candy colored walls, strips of color-changing LED lights, and dance music pumping through the speakers. There are white, inverted, traffic cone-shaped tables and futuristic-looking, metal chairs that dot the lounge and add to the modern experience.

There are six self-serving stations that offer two flavors each, or a combination of both, with new flavors changed every month. In total, FroyoWorld has more than 70 flavors of sorbet, low-fat, and non-fat frozen yogurt. Users can choose up to forty five toppings, including various cuts of fruit, and almost every candy and chocolate sweet imaginable.

The contemporary machines have levers that you push backward. A stream of pink kiwi strawberry sorbet fuzed together with orange Mango-a-gogo swirls out into a bowl. One can compliment their snack by choosing luscious pieces of strawberry and some bits of golden pineapple for an added dash of healthiness.

FroyoWorld prides itself by allowing its customers to control their portions while innovating to introduce exclusive flavors and toppings. Additionally, probiotic, live active cultures, vitamins, and calcium appeal to the health conscious.

Greek Organizations Present Event Ideas at Inter Fraternity Council Meeting

11 Fraternities presented their ideas for philanthropic events at a weekly Interfraternity Council meeting at the University of New Hampshire, Wednesday. Each fraternity or society on campus had a representative appointed to attend each mandatory meeting.

Alpha Delta Phi Society, Alpha Gamma Rho, Lamda Chi Alpha, Sigma Chi, And Tau Kappa Epsilon each addressed their own events that their chapters were setting up to raise awareness and money for their philanthropies in the community. 

A tea will be held at Barnes and Noble in Portsmouth this November, where all proceeds will be donated to First Book. A hot chocolate sale will take place at the end of the month in front of Thompson Hall, and another upcoming event will raise money for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

The Interfraternity Council, or IFC, brings the fraternities and societies of the Greek community together to promote the best qualities of Greek life, including academics, service, and member development. 

IFC members embody their respective Greek chapter. Representatives report their chapters’ specific news to the board and other delegates, such as philanthropic events, and reciprocate other chapters’ events back to their own community to spread the word.

Kimberly Jarry, a senior, represents the Alpha Delta Phi Society, UNH’s only coeducational society. “My sole purpose [at IFC meetings] is to act as the voice of my chapter,” Jarry said.

IFC makes financial decisions regarding $100 fines for each missed meeting. Money, collected through annual dues that each chapter must pay, is invested to put on events such as breakfasts, faculty luncheons and ceremonies that award students for their academic achievements. Ultimately, dues vary each year depending on which events are put on by the IFC.

According to Jarry, the IFC makes Greek life better by bringing everyone together as a whole through collaboration between the Greek community and the rest of UNH. For example, IFC promotes community wide events such as an annual pancake breakfast that is open to all students.

Greek Life at UNH consists of three governing bodies: Interfraternity Council (IFC), the governing body recognized fraternities; Panhellenic Council, the governing council for five sororities at UNH; and United Greek Association (UGA), the governing council for Greek organizations not affiliated with IFC or the Panhellenic Council.

Sara Pope serves as the advisor to IFC. She helps ensure that meetings are run in accordance to Robert’s Rules, helps clarify policies and procedures, and serves as a resource if members have questions. Pope also helps to link IFC, Panhellenic Council, and UGA.

When Greek organizations do not meet policies, members of IFC serve as a judicial board to vote on particular sanctions. Chapters and Greek members are held accountable by IFC through fines when the standards and agreed-upon values are not supported. “The IFC helps develop and implement many programs that members of Greek Life attend and are invested in,” Pope said. “They also serve as the governing organization, so they ensure that chapters are following policies.”

The 17-minute long meeting upheld Robert’s Rules to govern meetings, where the board motioned forward to move from topic to topic. IFC holds their weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings in room 324 of the Memorial Union Building.

“The IFC is also the face of the fraternities,” Pope said, “so they help promote the organizations during Recruitment and make statements to media when appropriate.”

(ALEX): He Obviously Shouldn't Have Been Floating on that Raft. Kids These Days...

Unknown Beach Event Results in Local Child’s Death

Alex Kintner, 10, of Mayfair Court in Amity, was killed on Village Beach this afternoon.

“We now believe that it may be possible that the Watson death could also maybe have possibly been linked to possible shark activities in the vicinity of Amity,” Amity Police Chief Martin Brody said. “That investigation is ongoing.”

Aside from a reported missing black Labrador that was happily playing with its owner on the beach, there have been no reports of any other injuries or fatalities

According to witnesses, including the chief of police, happy vacationers read, tanned, slept, and swam on the beachfront. It was a calm and pleasant atmosphere, with bright sunshine, and warm waters.

A woman floated on her back in the ocean, and a young couple played chicken. Children excavated sandcastles and splashed in the water.

Suddenly, Pippet, a beach-goer’s black Lab, suddenly went missing after going into the ocean to fetch a thrown stick.

Marty Beachgoer, a witness of Kintner’s death, saw an unidentifiable grey mass next to Kintner. In a matter of seconds, there was a vast cloud of crimson that plagued the ocean water. People were agitated, excited, and unaware of what had just happened.

Beachgoers herded the waters to witness the commotion and escorted their loved ones out to safety. Blood-stained waves lapped up against the damaged yellow raft that Kintner had just been using. A large hole gaped the middle of the raft.

Kintner had been floating in the ocean on a yellow rubber raft off the crowded beach. The attack occurred at 2 p.m. No body has been recovered.

Chief Brody said that the killing may have been the result of a vicious and unprovoked shark attack. However, there is no evidence regarding who the perpetrator, or perpetrators, were in this tragic incident.

“I join Amity Mayor Larry Vaughn in expressing the town’s deepest and most sincere condolences to the Kintner family,” Chief Brody said.

A special meeting will be held by the mayor, Chief Brody, and the Amity Board of selectmen at 6 p.m. tonight in Town Hall. The agenda plans to discuss Chief Brody’s plan to close the beaches on July 4. Additionally, the group will address a grizzled old fisherman, by the name of Quint, who has insisted on hunting down the shark thought to be the vile perpetrator of the tragic incident.

Kitner’s mother, Marion Kintner, was also at the beach at the time of her son’s disappearance. She is being treated for shock at Amity General Hospital, where she is in fair condition.

(I guess they'll need a bigger boat).

Chrissie's Dead. :(

Local Teen's Mangled Body Found Washed Ashore

The Amity Village Police Department is investigating the tragic death of Chrissie Watson at Lucy Vincent Beach on Martha’s Vineyard Sunday night.

Watson, 17, was last seen alive leaving a beach party with another teen at approximately 11 p.m.

Christopher Hoggenbottam III, a sophomore at Trinity College, was the last one to encounter her.

Watson, a member of her varsity high school swim team, decided to go swimming into the ocean. Watson entered the water at a remote section of South Beach. Intoxication may have been a factor of the incident. There is no evidence that supports Watson drowned or died form hypothermia.

Hoggenbottam notified police at about 6.a.m when Watson did not return from the water. After a brief search, Watson’s mangled body was found washed up on a beach by Police Deputy Jay Hendricks early this morning. Watson had been severely mauled by an attacker of unknown origin. Her body has been transported to the coroner’s office for autopsy.

An acquaintance of Watson, Erika Dupervif, saw the Hoggenbottam and Watson leave together. Dupervif asserts that Hoggenbottam was somewhat intoxicated.

No charges have been filed in the case, and there are currently no suspects. Police are continuing their investigation into the incident

“Though a shark attack has not been completely ruled out, we want to assure all residents and visitors on our fine island that they are in no danger,” Amity Police chief Martin Brody said.

According to Chief Brody, there has not been a shark attack in year’s in Martha’s Vineyard, if there’s ever been one. Although there is no evidence for a shark attack, a full autopsy for cause of death will continue the investigation.

Watson was a senior at Amity High School and a lifeguard at the amity Island YMCA pool in Oak Bluffs. No service for Watson has been set by her family yet.