Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What's Surprising Is That It Took So Long

La CaƱada Flintridge

I've been wondering when the mortgage crisis was going to get so out of hand that people started beating the shit out of the folks in the middle of it. Now I have my answer.

Daniel Weston and Mary Ann Parmelee, 52, were trying to save their house. So they get hold of Lamond Dean and Luis Garcia, a couple of loan modification specialists. When it comes down to it, loan mod specialists can do fuck all to help you. They can talk to the banks on your behalf, get the paperwork going, but ultimately if the bank tells them to fuck off, well, there's not much they can do.

And, sadly, there are a lot of scams out there. And Weston and Parmelee seem to have thought they'd just been victims of one.

Back on the 20th Dean and Garcia were allegedly lured to a place in Glendale under the guise of a meeting where Weston and another, Gustavo Canez, 36, beat the holy hell out of them.

They used wooden knuckles to do it. Not brass, not aluminum. Wood. Who uses wooden knuckles? What, is it cheaper than a roll of nickels?

Anyway, handcrafted bludgeons aside, here's where it gets weird.

Besides Weston and Gonzales, who did the beatdown, there were three other people; Parmelee, who incidentally is a real estate agent and Mario Solomon Gonzales, 47 and Marissa Parker, 49. They both work with the two guys who got their heads kicked in referring them loan cases.

So, let me make sure I've got this straight. This wasn't a beatdown by random people getting screwed out of their homes. These aren't Joe The Plumber types.

This was a group of people who know the mortgage business, who know how the game is played. They're people who work the system. And they beat the crap out of people who also know the mortgage business, and know how the game is played.

We're talking about people who are pretty close to the meltdown, who know the score. Who know how all this is shaking out. They're eating their own.

Which makes me wonder, what do they know that we don't?

[Hat tip to Inkgrrl for the link. Thanks, hon.]

1 comment:

Midtown Miscreant said...

Wow, wooden knucks. Hard wood i hope, and not some pussified balsa type crap. Whats next, a sap stuffed with packing peanuts?