Sunday, February 18, 2018

[Listen] Girl, backed by bikers, testifies against ‘spooky storyteller’; Last week’s top stories

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week

Humboldt Last Week (8:36): (Warning: Disturbing content) Following preliminary hearings, a judge determined he’d heard enough to send a “spooky storyteller” accused of child molestation to trial.

Suspect John Robert Beideman is known in the community for dressing up in a skeleton costume and telling ghost stories, calling himself “Carpathian.” He was also a clerk at the courthouse. According to the Lost Coast Outpost, a 17 year old girl detailed disturbing crimes she says were committed by him against her over three years from the age of 5.

Beideman is currently set to stand trial on five charges, with a trial date possibly being set next month. He remains at the county jail in Eureka.

At least 20 members of the international organization Bikers Against Child Abuse were in the courtroom audience to support the 17 year old. The local chapter’s president said they show up in situations such as this only when invited and stressed their mission to protect and empower abused children while following a number of protocols. He provided additional details about the Humboldt County chapter.

The story begins at 8:36.

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Creative Commons photo of motorcyclists, press photo of "Carpathian"
John Robert Beideman, booking photo