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October 29, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Halloween is my favorite time of year. And I love to be scared. Over the years, I've been through my fair share of theme park mazes, independent haunted attractions and backyard spookfests. I even dress up every Halloween as a chainsaw-wielding maniac in a hockey mask and scare the neighborhood kids at the haunted house on our block. So I like to think I've seen it all - from the mundane to the extreme. But I've never experienced anything like McKamey Manor . > Photos: Inside the McKamey Manor backyard haunt in San Diego On Friday night I went through the backyard haunt tucked behind the three-bedroom, brick-and-stucco home of Russ and Carol McKamey in an otherwise ordinary San Diego subdivision near Poway.
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April 23, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 49-year-old man who had been in and out of prison for two decades stalked and rated young women outside Portland schools and shopping centers, hoping to lure or to force them into a green van that he had turned into a “movable dungeon,” authorities said.  Kelly Swoboda became the target of a search earlier this year after police suspected him in a kidnapping. He was killed during a shootout with police outside a high school in March. A more extensive picture of Swoboda's creepy behavior and his even weirder van emerged in a 312-page transcript of a grand jury proceeding that was made public this week.
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NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 49-year-old man who had been in and out of prison for two decades stalked and rated young women outside Portland schools and shopping centers, hoping to lure or to force them into a green van that he had turned into a “movable dungeon,” authorities said.  Kelly Swoboda became the target of a search earlier this year after police suspected him in a kidnapping. He was killed during a shootout with police outside a high school in March. A more extensive picture of Swoboda's creepy behavior and his even weirder van emerged in a 312-page transcript of a grand jury proceeding that was made public this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In his podcast, rapper-actor Ice-T talks about recording an audiobook for Audible. The recording was hard -- because the story was what he describes as "a [expletive] Dungeons & Dragons book. " "When you read these books, you make up the pronunciation in your head," he says. "But to actually verbally say this words? Son. Son. " "It took me  3½ hours  to read 25 pages. " This is how he tells it on his freewheeling, full-of-adult-language podcast : "Dungeons & Dragons is some of the most crazy, deep, deep, deep nerd [stuff]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - The three people accused of killing a 22-year-old Marine wife were engaged in a sadistic sexual lifestyle that may be linked to her death, according to court documents released Wednesday. Detectives believe two of the defendants, a Marine and his girlfriend, may have sexually accosted Brittany Dawn Killgore before killing her, according to one document. Four search warrants, ordered released by an appeals court over the objections of the district attorney's office, provide an inside look at the unusual relationship involving Staff Sgt. Louis Perez, 45; Jessica Lopez, 25; and Dorothy Maraglino, 36, all charged with murder in connection with Killgore's slaying.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A prosecutor investigating the death of a malnourished 4-year-old quadruplet said he found "almost dungeon-like" conditions at the squalid condominium where the child and his siblings lived. Montgomery County Dist. Atty. Bruce Castor said he had not decided whether to charge the parents. Shawn Seymore was pronounced dead at a hospital Thursday after police were called to his family's Towamencin Township home. The other quadruplets and their 13-year-old sister have been placed in protective
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2002 | Marc Ehrman, Special to The Times
Ghostly pale models saunter down a rose-strewn bowling alley-like runway wearing black latex, Victorian frocks and mesh shirts accessorized with bondage hardware, safety pins and metal studs. The crowd swoons to the corrosive sounds of Tool, Nine Inch Nails and Sisters of Mercy. White Christmas this isn't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1985
The American Civil Liberties Union's defenders (Letters, Sept. 3) certainly know how to invoke due process in a neutral-sounding way. The reality, however, is that all too often the organization selectively invokes due process in support of the political views of its dominant board members. From my long experience with the ACLU I strongly suspect that if the case involving the return of Walter Polovchak to the Soviet Union had instead involved a young black South African who, while visiting this country with his South African police parents, decided not to return to that dungeon of racist oppression, there would not have been the votes to enter such a case on behalf of the parents.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2010 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
A stern four-character chamber piece, "Stone" begins with the line "You keep my soul in a dungeon" and follows it up immediately with "I'm leaving. " This is not a movie afraid of stating its business and hitting the nail on the head. Yet it is about people who do not leave, at least up front; it is about being stuck but nearing a boiling point. Odd in its mixture of bluntness and indirection, screenwriter Angus MacLachlan's study in biblical temptation is saved from its own heavy-handedness by a fine quartet of actors.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1985 | RICHARD CROMELIN
"SEVEN DAYS IN SAMMYSTOWN." Wall of Voodoo. I.R.S. Stan Ridgway is gone, taking with him the smirk and the sneer that defined the Wall's smart-ass, nightmare-in-the-fun-house stance. New singer Andy Prieboy is called on to imitate his predecessor's arch manner only a couple of times, but when he plays it straight he isn't distinctive enough to provide a strong focus for the band.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2013 | By Douglas Wolk
In the early 1970s, three guys in the Midwest invented a genuinely new kind of game. David Wesely, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson were all fascinated by complicated tabletop war simulations; Wesely was the one who revolutionized game-play when he asked players in a military game to each act out the role of a single character and found himself improvising rules when the characters deviated from what he'd had in mind. Arneson picked up Wesely's "role-playing" idea and constructed a medieval fantasy setting for it. Gygax, meanwhile, invented a game called Chainmail, with rules for determining the outcomes of medieval combat by rolling dice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - The three people accused of killing a 22-year-old Marine wife were engaged in a sadistic sexual lifestyle that may be linked to her death, according to court documents released Wednesday. Detectives believe two of the defendants, a Marine and his girlfriend, may have sexually accosted Brittany Dawn Killgore before killing her, according to one document. Four search warrants, ordered released by an appeals court over the objections of the district attorney's office, provide an inside look at the unusual relationship involving Staff Sgt. Louis Perez, 45; Jessica Lopez, 25; and Dorothy Maraglino, 36, all charged with murder in connection with Killgore's slaying.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2010 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
A stern four-character chamber piece, "Stone" begins with the line "You keep my soul in a dungeon" and follows it up immediately with "I'm leaving. " This is not a movie afraid of stating its business and hitting the nail on the head. Yet it is about people who do not leave, at least up front; it is about being stuck but nearing a boiling point. Odd in its mixture of bluntness and indirection, screenwriter Angus MacLachlan's study in biblical temptation is saved from its own heavy-handedness by a fine quartet of actors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game and a pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 61. Arneson's daughter, Malia Weinhagen of Maplewood, Minn., said her father died Tuesday at a hospice care facility in St. Paul, Minn. Arneson and Gary Gygax developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures.
OPINION
March 7, 2008 | JOEL STEIN
I was so young when I started playing "Dungeons & Dragons" that I assumed Gary Gygax, the game's creator, wasn't real -- just as I figured there'd never been a Walt Disney or burger chefs named McDonald. When I finally realized Gygax indeed lived in Lake Geneva, Wis., near the post office box address listed on every "D&D" book, I pictured him in a mansion filled with piles of gold and women in metal bikinis. More insane, I deeply believed these outfits would be practical for swimming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon, died Tuesday at his home in Lake Geneva, Wis. He was 69. He had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm, said his wife, Gail Gygax. Gygax and Dave Arneson developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures.
NEWS
July 21, 1996 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surrounded by scores of women, five teenage girls from South Los Angeles hoist lighted candles as they file into the dungeon of a one-time slaving fort in this former British colony. They are silent and apprehensive as they move into the windowless stone room, which for centuries served as a warehouse for African women destined for slavery in the Americas. Only hours before, the girls and nine other students from Crenshaw High School set foot on African soil for the first time.
OPINION
March 7, 2008 | JOEL STEIN
I was so young when I started playing "Dungeons & Dragons" that I assumed Gary Gygax, the game's creator, wasn't real -- just as I figured there'd never been a Walt Disney or burger chefs named McDonald. When I finally realized Gygax indeed lived in Lake Geneva, Wis., near the post office box address listed on every "D&D" book, I pictured him in a mansion filled with piles of gold and women in metal bikinis. More insane, I deeply believed these outfits would be practical for swimming.
WORLD
September 8, 2006 | Elisabeth Penz and Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writers
The abduction and eight-year captivity of Natascha Kampusch is the story of a nightmare that finally ended -- and a willpower that continues. In interviews Wednesday on Austrian television and in newspapers and a magazine, her first since the 18-year-old escaped two weeks ago, Kampusch offered a narrative of her life as a kidnap victim that gave a glimpse of the psychological world created by her abductor and her struggle to survive.
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