Thursday, April 20, 2006

A Doctor in the House

In my attempt to read the news each day (including using Google News as my home page), I found Reuters to be an interesting source of entertainment. Some wacky dude named Chad Ruble reports off beat stories that happen throughout the world: 9 year old matadors, pig olympics in Moscow, rare pennies worth thousands of dollars released in New York city to drum up collecting interest... but perhaps most interesting (both in a laughable, and freaky, sense) is the article posted below.

I have just one question to pose before you read: If an old dude carrying a black bag came to your door, claiming to be a doctor, would you let him in for a "free breast exam?" Living in a town that boasts, "There's no such thing as a free lunch", my answer would be, "Negatory."

Happy Thursday, people.
MIAMI (Reuters) - A 76-year-old man claiming to be a doctor went door-to-door in a Florida neighborhood offering free breast exams, and was charged with sexually assaulting two women who accepted the offer, police said on Thursday.
One woman became suspicious after the man asked her to remove all her clothes and began conducting a purported genital exam without donning rubber gloves, investigators said.
The woman then phoned the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the suspect fled. He was arrested at another woman's apartment in the same Lauderdale Lakes neighborhood on Wednesday, a sheriff's spokesman said.
The white-haired suspect, Philip Winikoff, carried a black bag and claimed to be visiting on behalf of a local hospital.
"He told the woman that he was in the neighborhood offering free breast exams," sheriff's spokesman Hugh Graf said in a statement.
At least two women, both in their 30s, let him into their homes and he fondled and sexually assaulted them, the investigators said.
Winikoff was not a doctor, Graf said. He worked as a shuttle driver for an auto dealership.


cecelia said...

You ask, "How could any woman be that stupid?" It turns out these women were Haitian immigrants who spoke little or no English. They are not familiar with American customs and had no idea that a real American doctor would never go door to door. One woman was persuaded by her boyfriend to submit to the exam after he lectured her about breast cancer.

cecelia said...

Oh, one more thing. When I first heard the Reuters report this afternoon, I thought, "Well, if these women were dumb enough to let him in..." Then I heard a more in-depth report on MSNBC later and I thought, "What an evil ass this man is....He deliberately picked a poor, minority neighborhood, knowing these women would be clueless..." I hope he gets five years in prison.

Mama P said...

Yeah, that's a valid point. The article I read wasn't that in depth. Thanks for the update.

War Bride said...

Wowwww that is a shame.