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Mother and Son Battle Each Other in Mayor’s Race

Wendy Casey/Facebook(DIXMOOR, Ill.) -- As many a Thanksgiving dinner has proved, talking politics with your family can get ugly. Imagine then, what it’s like in the Casey family, where a mother is battling her son in the maoyr's race.

Wendy Casey, 45, and her son Randall Casey, 27, are both trying to get elected mayor of Dixmoor, Illinois. The fight is a source of tension in the Casey family.

Ahead of the April 9 election, Wendy Casey urged her son, a technician for Comcast, not to run for mayor, but he refused to step aside.

"On one hand, I'm proud of him for running for elected office," she said. "But on the other hand, I think he should have waited. It's disrespectful of him. It's like a defiance on his part. Certain lines you just don't cross."

"We're cordial, but we don't speak about politics,” Casey continued. “It has been very hard for me as his parent and his mom because we do have a close relationship."

At one point, she broke down in tears when talking about the strain that the election battle is taking on her family.

While Wendy Casey initially believed that her son would agree to a joint interview at the family's house, he backed out, claiming that the family feud had become "a charade."

"My 15 minutes of fame won't help the people of Dixmoor," Randall Casey said over the phone.

Many residents of Dixmoor view the family feud as a distraction from the real issues, and likely a moot point, as incumbent mayor Keevan Grimmett is expected to win reelection.

"As a voter, it's confusing,” said Fitzgerald Roberts, a Dixmoor resident. “Why would they run against each other? I tried to talk to [Randall] and get him to let his mom run. It's all about respect."

Wendy Casey's ex-husband and Randall Casey's father, the Rev. Donald Luster, won the town's mayoral election in 2001, but he was soon indicted on fraud charges. It is a subject that Wendy Casey does not want to talk about.

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Nanny Stabbing Family Finding Healing on Cross-Country Road Trip

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The devastated parents of two children who were stabbed to death by their nanny in their Manhattan apartment have spent the past two months grappling with the tragedy while surrounded by family in California.

Now, after their first Christmas without Lulu, 6, and Leo, 2, the Krim family is heading back home to New York City.

On Jan. 2, Kevin and Marina, and daughter Nessie, 4, began a cross-country trip in an RV.

"Along the way, we are hoping to experience some inspiring moments that will help us with our healing and rebuilding when we get back to NYC," the Krims posted on Facebook.

The Krims need to rebuild because their longtime nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, stabbed Lulu and Leo to death and slashed her own throat in front of Marina Krim in a botched suicide attempt. Nessie survived because she was at a swimming lesson with her mother.

The murders, which shattered the Krim family, also horrified parents throughout the country. For most, the headlines faded, but for the Krims it was an effort to learn how to live with the tragedy.

In California, their starting point, the Krims took a photograph of a beach sunset.

"Here's a gorgeous sunset at the beach that Lulu and Leo painted for us," the Krims wrote under a photograph of a vibrant sunset, full of the reds and yellows that Lulu, a budding artist, would have loved to have matched with her crayons.

At a pit stop in Santa Fe, the Krims found inspiration in strolling through art galleries, finding pieces they said Lulu and Leo would have loved.

Two canvases, each with one piece of a heart, were joined together at one gallery.

Elsewhere in the gallery, a whimsical painting of two bears on a bicycle.

Memories and signs like these are what helped the Krims get through their first Christmas without Lulu and Leo.

Everywhere Nessie and her parents go, they see signs and memories of Lulu, who loved art, and little brother Leo, who his mother remarked on her blog spoke "in the most adorable way possible".

The family took Amtrak surfliner from Los Angeles to San Diego for Christmas in honor of Leo's love for "tunnel choo-choos," what he called trains, Marina Krim said.

They got to Union Station in Los Angeles early, she wrote, and had time to explore. By chance, they stumbled upon a mural by Leo Politi, Lulu's favorite author and illustrator.

"Lulu and Leo were there in spirit with us for our Christmas Eve adventure," Marina said.

Nessie has been a tremendous source of strength for her parents.

"She saves us every day," Kevin Krim wrote on Dec. 28, Nessie's fourth birthday, her first without her older sister Lulu by her side.

"She is very smart, beautiful and tough," Krim said. "And she's grown so much over the past two months."

"We are hopeful," the Krims wrote, "that 2013 will be a year of healing, growth and peace."

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Five Arizona Siblings Marry Same Day in 'Mega Wedding'

Altrendo images/Thinkstock(Mesa, Ariz.) -- All eyes might have been on France this weekend for the rumored wedding of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie that went bust, but a pretty spectacular wedding took place Friday in Mesa, Ariz.
Not one, not two, but five of eight siblings from one Arizona family said their "I Do's" in what has been dubbed the " Mega Wedding."
The Waldies (Sydney, 25; Brooke, 20; Bradford, 26; Walker, 24 and Emily, 28) all got engaged within one month of each other: Sydney to Doug, Walker to Jillian, Emily to William, Bradford to Megan and Brooke to Todd. So Doug Waldie, their father, came up with the biggest proposal yet: A quintuple wedding.
"Except for Walker, who had dated his new wife in high school, the rest of the couples had just met each other around October of last year," Waldie said. "By December or so, I could see the tidal of waves coming. They were all very, very much in love. So even at that point, I'm thinking to myself, 'I'm never going to be able to afford that many weddings.'"
The siblings and their soon-to-be spouses each had their own opinions of the "Mega Wedding" idea:
"I wanted it and then I didn't want it. I wanted my own day," Walker's wife, Jillian, said;
"My biggest sacrifice is not having it in my backyard," Brooke said;
"We wanted to be together," Sydney said;
"They all eventually came around," Bradford concluded.
Doug Waldie joked that if they hadn't done the combined wedding, the only other option would have been far less appealing, depending on the order of the weddings. "Whoever's in first place is going to get a really nice reception. Whoever's fifth gets $32.50 and a bus ticket to wherever you want to go," he said, laughing.
Eventually, however, all five couples put aside their differences and agreed to the joint effort. The tight-knit family made the decision largely because one son -- and groom -- was required to report to Air Force pilot training at the end of August, and they wanted to be sure he would be able to attend all the ceremonies, according to East Valley Tribune.
"The kids wanted to put their own interests aside. They didn't want to miss being at each others' big days," Doug said.
And with that, many mega-planning sessions and preparations later, the "Mega Wedding" day had finally arrived. Their joint reception was preceded by five individual, private ceremonies, one right after another.
The entire day went without a hitch.
"There was no significant trauma," mom Kristen Waldie said. "Everybody was just so excited to have it all happen. People don't believe me that there really wasn't any drama."
And it was quite a big day for little sister Andee, who was a bridesmaid in four of her siblings' weddings. She proudly donned four different bridesmaids' outfits in a matter of a few hours.
"She was ever-present," Doug Waldie said. "She's the child that loves to be involved with everything. If there's a conversation, she wants to hear about it. She was thrilled. She did have four different pairs of shoes and four different outfits."
Kristen said, "For each of the bride's colors, there was a separate ruffle in her skirt."
There were five separate wedding cakes for each of the newlyweds. Doug was quick to mention his favorite was the chocolate with Oreo-cream icing.
Kristen said, "They all chose their own flavor. One of the cakes was made by Jillian's aunt. And I made the rest of the four."
But all minor details aside, the parents agree it was the love of the family that meant the most that day.
"Really, the thing that made it most important for the event to happen was the love of family," Doug said. "It wasn't financially driven, or organizationally driven, it was the fact our family is so close and we've had such a great family bond.
"Our story is unique because there's five kids involved. This is a story about a family that loves each other, and kids that are willing to sacrifice to be there with family."
All the couples are off enjoying their honeymoons right now, in separate vacation spots.
To see wedding photos from the Mega Wedding, click here.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Five Bodies Found in Burned SUV Believed to Be Missing Family

Comstock/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Five bodies found in a burned SUV in the Arizona desert are likely a Tempe family who went missing after the father sent a co-worker a cryptic note about how to take over the family business, police said Tuesday.

The sheriff in Pinal County, where the burned-out SUV was found, initially said all signs indicated that it was likely related to Mexican drug cartel trafficking, but investigators have since learned that the white Ford SUV was registered to the business of James Butwin, at the family’s home address.

The coroner has not yet make a positive identification, but the fact that there were five bodies and all five members of the Butwin family have been missing since Saturday, along with evidence gathered at the family home, led police to suspect that they were the two parents and three children, Tempe Police Department Sgt. Jeff Glover said.

“From the evidence that our detectives were able to gather from the residence, they believe it is a murder-suicide,” Glover said.

Tempe police were not initially involved, since the bodies were found in Vekol Valley, a desert area in Pinal County that’s a well-known smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants from Mexico, but they contacted officials there after learning of the mysterious disappearance of the Butwin family, he said.

“It was a situation where a family acquaintance received a note or letter from James Butwin [the father] that indicated how to run the business, which caused concern,” Glover said. “They went over to the residence and couldn’t find anyone, and that’s when they called police.”

Glover identified the missing family only as James Butwin, his wife Yafit Butwin, and three children. He said he did not have specific ages for any of the family members, and said the children’s names were not being released.

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Two Women Arrested in Tenn. Family's Disappearance

ABC News(HARDEMAN COUNTY, Miss.) -- The wife and mother of a kidnapping suspect have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a family of four from Tennessee, according to a Hardeman County, Miss., court clerk.

The wife and mother of Adam Mayes were arrested for "especially aggravated kidnapping" in connection with the kidnapping of JoAnn Bain and her three daughters, who were reported missing from their Tennessee home on April 28.

The dead bodies of JoAnn Bain and her eldest daughter, 14-year-old Adrienne Bain, were found in the backyard of the Mayes' family home in Guntown, Miss. The other two daughters and Adam Mayes have not been located.

Mayes was seen digging in his mother's backyard on April 27.

Adam Mayes and his wife, Teresa, share the home with his parents, Mary Mayes and her husband.

In the warrant for their arrests, police note that Teresa Mayes admitted to authorities that she helped Adam Mayes transport all four women from Tennessee to Mississippi, and helped confine them in their home.

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Thomas Kinkade's Death Sparks Feud Over Family, Art Secrets

Brad Barket/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- The death of painter Thomas Kinkade in April has pitted Kinkade's family members and close friends against Kinkade's live-in girlfriend in a fight over his company, legacy and public image.

Kinkade died April 6 at his Northern California home, which he shared with his girlfriend and personal assistant, Amy Pinto-Walsh. Kinkade was still married but separated from his wife of 30 years, Nanette Kinkade.

Following Kinkade's death, Pinto-Walsh, 48, made statements to local newspapers saying that Kinkade had died in his sleep and that she was the one who'd called 911 from the home they shared. Pinto-Walsh also identified herself as Kinkade's girlfriend of 18 months, and disclosed that Kinkade and his wife had separated.

When asked about the cause of death by Los Gatos Patch website, Pinto-Walsh said she was not supposed to divulge that information, and that the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office would have more details, but that Kinkade had had a heart condition and died in his sleep.

A recording of the 911 call received by Santa Clara County Emergency Services indicated that Kinkade had been drinking heavily the night before he died, provoking widespread media coverage of Kinkade's battle with alcoholism.

Now the painter's widow and his estate are battling Pinto-Walsh over her comments, claiming she broke a confidentiality agreement when she spoke publicly about Kinkade's health and threatened to disclose information about his family and businesses.

Nanette Kinkade, Kinkade's business holdings and the Kinkade Family Trust filed a request for a restraining order against Pinto-Walsh in Santa Clara Superior Court, prohibiting her from speaking about Kinkade publicly.

In the court documents, the group claims that on the morning of Kinkade's death, Pinto-Walsh began "threatening to publicize highly personal, private and confidential information about Mr. Kinkade and his family, as well as trade secrets."

When Linda Rasch, a family friend, went to Kinkade's home upon learning of his death, Pinto-Walsh told Rasch she "intended to release personal photographs, papers and memorabilia" belonging to the painter, some of which involved his family, Rasch said in a declaration included in the court record.

Kinkade's bodyguard, Dean Baker, wrote in a declaration that he "would expect Ms. Pinto-Walsh to disclose confidential information that would harm Mr. Kinkade's family and businesses should she have the opportunity to do so.

"On repeated occasions, Ms. Pinto-Walsh stated that she was 'gathering evidence' to harm Mr. Kinkade and the business," Baker wrote. "On one occasion, Ms. Pinto-Walsh made a threat to Mr. Kinkade along the lines of 'I will tear you down.'"

The restraining order request also alleged that Pinto-Walsh was privy to information about how Kinkade created his paintings, including the types of paint and brushes, as well as "the use of computer technology" in painting.

"If these trade secrets were disclosed, the Kinkade businesses would suffer irreparable harm," wrote Robert Murray, the attorney for Kinkade businesses.

Pinto-Walsh had signed a confidentiality agreement when she began working as Kinkade's personal assistant, which the family accused her of breaking when she spoke to the media, according to the restraining order filing.

The restraining order was granted by the court but never served on Pinto-Walsh because the family decided to work the matter out privately, a source close to the family told ABC News. The two parties are now discussing how to proceed, though the restraining order could be served in the future.

Marcia Horowitz, a New York publicist hired by the Kinkade family and Kinkade businesses, said Monday that her clients would not be willing to speak publicly about the court filings against Kinkade's girlfriend.

Amy Pinto-Walsh could not be reached for comment.

Calls to Zuber and Taillieu, the attorneys representing Nanette Kinkade and the Kinkade businesses, were not returned.

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Las Vegas Family Massacre: A Forensics 'Nightmare,' No Arrest Made

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- A 10-year-old girl bludgeoned to death along with her mother in their Las Vegas home was sexually assaulted before she was killed, police said Thursday.

Authorities have been working through a forensics "nightmare" in a house where police said there is blood in every room.

Officials discovered the deaths Monday after the young girl's 9-year-old brother told school officials that his mother and sister were dead at home.

Arturo Martinez, the girl's father, was taken from the home and is in critical condition at a hospital. His injuries were the result of "blunt force trauma," cops said.

Police have not yet been able to speak to him and said they are not calling him a suspect or ruling him out.

"We don't know if the father is a suspect or not," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Marcus Martin told ABC News. "We have nothing to suggest that yet. We're not ruling anybody out."

Originally, authorities said the public had no reason to worry that a killer was on the loose.

"We don't have any evidence to support that there's somebody going around doing this," Martin told ABC News on Tuesday.

But Thursday, when asked if if an outsider could be the perpetrator, Martin said, "We have not ruled that out."

When officers arrived at the house on Monday, about a half-mile from the Mabel Hoggard Elementary School that the boy attended, they discovered the bodies of his 10-year-old sister and his mother, Ignacia "Yarida" Martinez.

A 4-year-old sibling, who was distressed but unharmed, was also at the house, along with a wounded Arturo Martinez covered in blood.

Police are still trying to determine the timeline of events that took place.

The Las Vegas Coroner's Office determined that the cause of death for both mother and daughter was blunt force trauma. They specified that the mother suffered multiple blunt force head injuries from the assault and that her husband suffered similar injuries.

The 9-year-old boy who reported the deaths and his little brother have been taken into child protective services' custody. When asked if investigators have spoken to the boys to get a sense of what they saw, Martin said authorities are focusing on the boys' "mental health" after the trauma they have suffered.

"The last thing they need is investigators quizzing them," Martin said.

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Family Goes Missing in Florida

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(EDGEWATER, Fla.) -- An entire family from Edgewater, Fla., is missing in a case that has local law enforcement puzzled.

Karen Burger, 57, along with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson, have not been seen since July of this year, according to police.

Burger’s elderly father, Maxwell Lee, initially reported his daughter as missing in August although she had not been seen for nearly a month prior.

The case is complicated by Burger’s alleged drug-abuse problem, according to a police bulletin.

After authorities began to investigate Burger’s disappearance in the fall, they realized that her daughter, Christina Hilgefort, son-in-law, Allen Hilgefort, and their two-year-old son had also disappeared, possibly around the same time that Burger went missing.

Burger was last seen at the All-Suite Motel in Edgewater, where her daughter and son-in-law were staying, on July 25.

After Christina and Allen Hilgefort checked out a few days later on July 28, they also disappeared.

Bank accounts for all three have remained untouched and they have had no known contact with anyone since July, police said.

The manager of the All-Suite Motel, Francis Mills, is baffled by the disappearances. She didn’t notice anything particularly worrying about the family, she said, except for how they paid.

“We didn’t think anything about them except that didn’t have money and [Lee] would come in every day and pay for their room,” said Mills.

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New York Lawyer Kills Wife, Children and Self Amid Divorce

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LEWISBORO, N.Y.) -- A Westchester County, N.Y., man bludgeoned his wife to death and then shot his two children before killing himself, police said Wednesday.

Samuel Friedlander, 50, appeared to have had a violent struggle with his wife and killed her with the leg from a piece of furniture before using a 12-gauge shotgun to kill his children and himself early Tuesday morning, police said.

Friedlander and his wife, Amy Friedlander, were supposed to meet for a divorce proceeding Wednesday, according to police.  Their Lewisboro, N.Y., house, advertised as having "cathedral ceilings and custom built-ins" on over an acre of wooded land in "sought-after" Michelle Estates, was up for sale with an asking price of $799,000.

The bodies were discovered at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday after Amy Friedlander's friend and business partner called 911 when she hadn't heard from her, according to Maj. Michael Kopy of the state police.

Police arrived at the locked house and asked the real estate agent in charge of selling the home to let them in using a lock box, Kopy said.  The realtor waited outside while police searched the home and found the bodies.

Amy Friedlander was found dead on the floor of the master bedroom and had not been shot, while the children -- Molly, 10, and Gregory, 8 -- were found in their respective beds, shot in their torsos, police said.  There was no sign of struggle with the children.

Samuel Friedlander shot himself in the basement of the family's home.  Police have not found a suicide note and said other rooms in the home showed no evidence of any struggle.

Kopy could not comment on any possible motives.

Samuel Friedlander was an attorney in northern Westchester County, where he handled criminal defense work and community-based real estate, Kopy said.  People that knew Friedlander told police they noticed his behavior had changed recently.

Police do not know where Samuel Friedlander got the gun.  He had no history of violence or mental illness, though police were once called out for a non-violent domestic dispute at the home, Kopy said.

Police said Wednesday that autopsies are still being performed on the bodies and the investigation into where and when the weapon was purchased will continue, in addition to interviews with family and friends.

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Florida Family of Five Found Living in 'Filthy' Car Outside Walmart

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MOUNT DORA, Fla.) -- Three children -- one suffering from second-degree burns -- were taken into protective custody Monday after they were discovered living with their parents in a "filthy" car in a Walmart parking lot.

Police were called to the parking lot Monday morning in Mount Dora, Fla., where they found the family of five living in a 1987 Cadillac Coupe de Ville full of clothes and garbage. Police told the Orlando Sentinel that days-old chicken bones were strewn about the car, along with a spoiled carton of milk and a bottle of tequila.

The illegal prescription drug clonazepam was also found in the car, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

The parents, Justin Hamilton, 31, and Kristin Harris, 26, were booked into Lake County Jail on charges of child neglect and possession of an illegal prescription drug.

The oldest child, a 7-year-old girl, was treated at the hospital for blistering second-degree burns covering her entire back, said Carrie Hoeppner, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The two boys, ages 4 and 1, were initially released to relatives before they were taken into protective custody. The 7-year-old was released from the hospital and into custody with her brothers.

"We hate to break families up, but there is a difference between living in poverty and squalor and filth," Hoeppner said. "And if you look at the pictures, that is obviously the case."

Hamilton, who, along with Harris, denied ABC News' request for a jailhouse interview, did tell the Sentinel from behind bars that it was all a misunderstanding.

He said the family had been evicted from their apartment and, after a dispute with relatives, had been forced to stay the night in their car. The father of three said the family had simply fallen on hard times.

He said his business had slowed down, he was behind on medical bills from a motorcycle accident earlier this year and that he was trying to make ends meet by doing odd jobs and day labor.

"I didn't know where else to go," Hamilton told the Sentinel. "I'm trying."

He said his daughter's severe second-degree burns were sustained during a day of paddle boating on a local lake and added that the family's physician had examined the burns and provided the girl with aloe lotions.

Hamilton has a previous conviction for cocaine and marijuana possession in 2010, according to court records, which also show Harris has a previous conviction for shoplifting groceries and marijuana possession.

Hamilton is being held on a $10,250 bond, while Harris' bail was set at $10,000.

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