Mailbag, response, and question

A few days ago, I got the following comment to a post from alert reader R-K-A:

I am leaving this comment here, because I can’t find any other way to contact you.

[Nice stuff that came next in the comment is omitted because in addition to the virtues of beauty and wit, I am super modest, possibly the most extraordinarily modest person that you’ll ever find. When I die, they’ll probably give me a holiday for it. “In loving and eternally awed honor of E, the government presents Modesty Day: A day for being super modest.” I get teary thinking about it. Because of how great I am. Back to the mailbag.]


I was looking for information on Playmate Angela Dorian who was sentenced in September 2011 to nine years in prison for the attempted murder of her husband. Specifically, I was looking for her booking photo or photos from her sentencing, yet I can find nothing anywhere on the web.

And I was surprised as newsworthy as that was, that there was no mention of that here. It is as if Hef has exerted control over the entire interwebs to keep this story on the on the down low. Even The Smoking Gun didn’t have her recent photos. You seem to be able to unearth the most interesting stuff…anything on Angela??

Totally fair questions and observations, especially about how I write interesting things. Very astute.

Truth is, I got burned a while back by Miss November 1988 (she and I’ve agreed that I am not to mention her name any longer) when she found an entry alluding to past court troubles, and owing to the headache and anxiety of that experience I have avoided reporting on Playmate crimes — accused or convicted — as a result. While I do keep up with PB news, I don’t generally report it if it seems salacious or … how shall I put this? Lawsuit-threat-inducing.


As Charisma Highcloud in “The Indian Affairs Affair.” The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1966).

Victoria Rathgeb/Victoria Vetri/Angela Dorian’s arrest was a strong blip on my radar when it happened in October of 2010, especially because we are both Italian-American and she’s done fun sci-fi and cult stuff, but I lost track of the story.


As Sanna in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970).

I’m disappointed to hear now of such a hefty penal outcome for someone of her age and moderate notoriety (which can be a genuinely dangerous liability for a woman in jail), especially considering that, though she has a history of a bad temper, she’s never attempted murder before. Nine years seems excessive to me, but I do not have access to all the facts, and, like I said, I’m Italian-American: am I not taking this seriously enough? My first thought was, “Jeez, it’s not like he’s dead. He probably needed scaring. What’d he do?”


As Florence of Arabia, partner to King Tut, in “I’ll be a Mummy’s Uncle.” Batman (1967).

But, lord, that’s a terrible thing to do, shooting someone with intent to kill, even in the heat of the moment. However, in this case, nine years? She’s 66. She’ll be 75 when she gets out. That’s … I don’t know. Seems disproportionately tough to me.


As Isis in “Assignment: Earth.” Star Trek, TOS (1968).

Detailed intel on Mrs. Rathgeb’s arrest and trial has been sparse, maybe through lack of interest on the press’s part given that, though she seriously winged her husband Bruce — the bullet remains lodged in his chest and his use of his left hand is minimal … and it probably didn’t help that she tried to stuff a plastic baggie down his throat while he was down — she didn’t actually kill him.


As Sanna in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970).

Or the lack of coverage is more likely due to editors’ determination that even stories about Playmates focus on modern celebutards — Hef’s recently former fiancee auctioning the ring, Lindsay Lohan completing her nude shoot before sentencing, etc. All the articles on Mrs. Rathgeb’s sentencing state pretty much the same bare facts, in limited terms, and seem to prefer to use her PMOY cover as the accompanying pic, which I agree is frustrating.


As Florence of Arabia, partner to King Tut, in “I’ll be a Mummy’s Uncle.” Batman (1967).

Luckily, I’m a good detective. First, here are pictures of her mostly-recovered husband Bruce’s injuries. Click to enlarge. (Raise your hand if you think he looks like a douche.)

And here are pictures from her trial. Click to enlarge. I’m uncertain whether this is her sentencing or her original trial, but looks like she’s a lefty. Who knew?

I’ve always had a soft spot for Victoria/Angela, given that she was not just a PMOY but also appeared on Batman, Star Trek, AND the B movies When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth and Invasion of the Bee Girls. Perhaps a lawyer will appeal her sentence, or perhaps the sentence is just. It’s difficult to say. That’s all I have for right now, having quickly dug for twenty minutes or so. I may return to this question in the future, but for now I need to close this post so I can learn more about “chunking” on the ukulele for a lesson plan on antonyms. Also, full disclosure: I have to go to the bathroom.


As Charisma Highcloud in “The Indian Affairs Affair.” The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1966).

Before I dash away, a quick poll: would you like a Winter Wonderland post on Ms. Dorian, aka, Mrs. Rathgeb? She is a Miss September, technically, but it would be topical. However, it would not go in to details of her trial and sentencing. What do you say?

Finally, in other news, I also got a comment from “Anonymous” on a recent repost of William S. Burroughs’ “Thanksgiving Prayer,” which said simply

stupid post – 1 minute of my life i will never get back.

To you, Anonymous, I say in equally succinct reply, “Suck my modest dick.”

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11 Responses to “Mailbag, response, and question”

  1. Pryor Says:

    The gutless are always anonymous, n’est-ce pas?

  2. Frank Says:

    Went back to look at the original post. I guess threatening to sue Wikipedia didn’t work out as well.

    The thing about a nine year sentence is how much of it do you suppose she’ll actually serve once the parole board accounts for her age, good behavior, budget cuts, and any appeals? 18 months? Two years? Three on the outside?

  3. Gordon Says:

    Just wanted to drop a comment to say…have a great holiday season when it comes. I know you’ve not had the greatest of years from reading the blog. Always drop by every day to see what you have to share as it’s so interesting and entertaining. Hope 2012 is better for all of us.

    Gordon

  4. Roger Says:

    Is it too late to change my Christmas wish to include a woman posed in the way the first two women are?

    CleanSheetsAndDirtyGIrls.blogspot.com

  5. Bulletholes Says:

    Any post would be nice. I miss you.
    Maybe she was in one of the Playboys I collected when I was a little boy out trash picking…
    When I was in the fifth grade, about 1966 or so, there was a TIME Magazine that came to the house. I’ll never forget the cover. There was a girl in a bikini, not a string bikini mind you, but one of those 60’s Grandma style very modest two-pieces. The headline for the Magazine said “THE NUDE LOOK”.
    So I picked up the magazine and took it into the kitchen where Mom was warming up the Totinos Pizza rolls for dinner and asked:
    “Mom, what does “NUDE” mean?”
    And she bustled over to the sink and washed her hands. I thought maybe she didn’t hear me, so I stepped over to the sink and asked again:
    “Mom, what does “NUDE” mean?”
    And she looked down at the magazine, avoiding any eye contact with me, and she turned back to the stove to check on the pizza rolls. So I asked again:
    ‘Mom, what…” but before I could finish, she said:
    “Stevie, go wash your hands, dinner is ready.”
    I think about that all the time, that is to say, that little scene crosses my mind every now and then. The thing is, I already knew what nude was. In fact, upstairs under my toy box I had three Playboy magazines I’d found while out trash pickin’ the week before. I’ll never forget the day a few weeks later I came home from school and my modest little stash of Playboys was gone.

    • Jed Leyland Says:

      Thread possibility: Where did you hide your secret stash of Playboy(s) growing up in the ’60s ?

      Me :Abandon lumber mill 5 blocks from home.

  6. Chris Sheridan Says:

    Not only does your blog share the beauty and charms of many memorable women, and some of them fondly remembered from my youth, but you have also done much here to show us who these women were and are, beyond just their physical beauty. It makes for some very fascinating reading.

    It is my pleasure to share with you The Liebster Blog Award. There is no need for you to do anything with it, other than to just enjoy it and take it as a compliment. Have a great day!🙂
    http://walkoffwin55.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/when-awards-attack-the-final-conflict/

  7. Jeff Maas (jmaas) | Pearltrees Says:

    […] Mailbag, response, and question « The Thought Experiment But, lord, that’s a terrible thing to do, shooting someone with intent to kill, even in the heat of the moment. However, in this case, nine years? She’s 66. She’ll be 75 when she gets out. That’s … I don’t know. Seems disproportionately tough to me. […]

  8. L.Q. Dupree Says:

    Free Our Pistol Packin Mama. So she pulled 9 long, eh? No matter. Set her free. Anybody who won (and, like, drove?) a pink car from AMC probably experienced a little PTSD, the onset delayed by four decades.

    When she gets out, you think Hef will give her another go?

  9. mickey Says:

    Elizabeth, where are you?

  10. Pamela Merfeld Says:

    My aunt was just defending herself, she didn’t try to kill him.

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