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  • I know a guy that works in Hollywood. He makes monsters for a living. He is Tom Woodruff, Jr., co-owner of Amalgamated Dynamics. If you’re a horror movie fan, you’ve seen his work. In Williamsport’s city hall display case – his hometown, there are life-sized sculptures of his work. His stuff is scary in the daytime, let alone, in a darkened theater. But not only does he design the creatures, he also dons the costumes and acts before the camera. Check out the latest string of Alien vs Predator movies, Tom is in there somewhere.

    Williamsport is in the heart of Penn State country. And like all the other small towns in central Pennsylvania, its citizens were rocked by the scandal that Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State football defensive coach, used the influence of the university to lure and molest young troubled boys. The affable 68-year old was arrested when a single young man came forward. The whole system was shaken. It involved a charity for under privileged youth, The Second Mile that Sandusky ran. It involved local schools that innocently fed children into Sandusky’s pedophilic playground.

    The allegations caused the winning-est coach in college football, Penn State’s Joe Paterno, to be fired. Within a few months of his dismissal, “Pa Joe” died of Cancer but many fans suspect it was from a broken heart.

    The scandal also caused other high ranking officials to be canned, including Penn State University President, Graham Spanier. Investigations are ongoing that span 15 years of alleged child abuse, molestations... and cover up. Sandusky, was charged with sexual assaulting 10 minor-aged boys. The entire Penn State family; its football coaches and players, its students, its faculty, its illustrious alumni, its employees and its fans are reeling from the shock. A once proud Central Pennsylvania institution has been sullied, disgraced and shamed.

    Tonight, a jury of 12 Central Pennsylvanians, gave its verdict. They found Sandusky guilty of 45 out of 48 charges. Tonight was his last day of freedom. Experts say that the charges amount to 400 years of prison! He’ll die behind bars.

    Sometimes, monsters are beguiling, white-haired, friendly grandfathers. Not like those on the silver screen.
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