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Dr Dean Johnson, 48, Teacher, "Person of INTEREST" of raping a former Charterhouse School pupil - www.ofINTEREST.net

Dr Dean Johnson, 48, Teacher, "Person of INTEREST" of raping a former Charterhouse School pupil


A school for the elite, not for the poor and "have not": http://www.charterhouse.org.uk/

Below are a few of the articles related to yet another teacher unto children who apparently has overstepped the morals/ethics separating children and adults.

When we have more photos of Dr. Dean Johnson, they will be posted here and under our "Person of INTEREST" files.


Michael Love, IIO



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Senior master at world-renowned public school is arrested for alleged sexual assault

April 19, 2013 | by

A senior master at one of Britain’s most famous public schools has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage former girl pupil.

Dr Dean Johnson, 48, who is married with children, has now quit his post as physics teacher at elite Charterhouse School in Surrey.

In a letter to parents, the £31,680-a-year school said Dr Johnson has left amid allegations of an “inappropriate relationship” with an ex sixth-former.

The letter sent to parents of children at Charterhouse School informing them about a teacher who allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a pupil

She is thought to be aged around 18 and no longer a pupil at Charterhouse, which is based at Godalming in Surrey.

Dr Johnson, who was a Physics master at the school for 12 years, was detained in Godalming by police on April 12.

He lived in a £500,000 house in the town which was owned and supplied by the school, whose famous former pupils include broadcasters David and Jonathan Dimbleby.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “A 48-year-old man is currently on conditional bail in relation to an allegation of a serious sexual offence at an address in Godalming.

“He is due to report back to Guildford Police Station on 16 July 2013.”

A police source confirmed that the ‘serious sexual offence allegation’ was rape.

A Charterhouse spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a teacher has resigned from the school following serious concerns regarding allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

“It would be improper to say anything further.”

Parents say they were told this week that Dr Johnson has resigned because of ‘an inappropriate relationship’.

But the letter from Headmaster The Reverend John Witheridge makes no mention of his arrest.

It reads: “I write to inform you that Dr. Dean Johnson (Physics) has resigned after the school was made aware of serious concerns about the existence of an inappropriate relationship with a former sixth-form girl.

Charterhouse School in Surrey where a senior master allegedly raped a teenage former pupil

“I am sure you will understand that I am unable to go into any further detail.

“Arrangements are being made to cover Dean’s teaching and other duties.

“If you have any concerns, do please let me know, and I will do my best to answer them if I can.”

Dr. Johnson appears to have advertised himself as a private tutor, charging between £25 and £40 an hour for lessons in Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics to GCSE, A-level and university standard.

On the ‘A+ Tutors’ website for the Surrey area an entry in his name says: “Physics Master at Charterhouse school for 12 years, Oxford and Cambridge graduate in Astrophysics.

“I am one of the best Physics tutors you will ever get!”

Charterhouse describes itself as ‘one of the leading independent schools in the world’  and has over 400 years of history.

It is predominantly a boarding school with around 800 pupils, taking boys from 13 and girls in the Sixth Form.

Other famous ex-pupils include shamed pop impressario Jonathan King, rock star Peter Gabriel and journalist and historian Sir Max Hastings.




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Senior master, 48, at elite school Charterhouse is arrested on suspicion of raping a former teenage girl pupil   

Physics master Dr Dean Johnson has now quit his role after arrest 
Left amid reports of an 'inappropriate relationship'   
School costs £31,000 a year to attend in Godalming, Surrey

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A teacher at one of Britain’s top public schools has been arrested on suspicion of raping a former pupil. 

Dr Dean Johnson, a physics master at Charterhouse in Surrey, has been forced to leave the £31,680-a-year boarding school following the alleged incident.

The divorced father-of-three,  who was educated at Oxford and Cambridge, was held by police on April 12.

The letter sent to parents of children at Charterhouse School informing them about a teacher who had an inappropriate relationship with a former pupil
He has taught at the prestigious school for 12 years and was well-liked among students and teachers.
The victim is understood to be a graduate in her 20s, who cannot be named for legal reasons. 

According to two former pupils who knew her, Dr Johnson and the girl had been involved in a secret relationship since her first year of sixth form – when she was 16.

 One of them, who didn’t wish to be identified, said: ‘She was quite quiet and was involved in societies he ran.’
Dr Johnson, 48, who specialises in astronomy and astrophysics, lived in a £500,000 house owned by the Godalming school. He also advertised his services as a private tutor outside of school hours. 

The master – who was known to staff and pupils as ‘Deano’ – would regularly stay after school hours with pupils from his school-house until 10pm, helping them with homework and after-school activities.

His alleged victim was one of the pupils he would supervise.

A letter from the headmaster of the school, Reverend John Witheridge, was sent to parents last weekend.

The teacher has since resigned from his post at the exclusive Charterhouse School in Godalming

It read: ‘I write to inform you that Dr Dean Johnson (Physics) has resigned after the school was made aware of serious concerns about the existence of an inappropriate relationship with a former sixth-form girl.

‘I am sure you will understand that I am unable to go into any further detail.’ It continues: ‘If you have concerns, do please let me know, and I will do my best to answer them if I can.’

A school spokesman said it would be ‘improper’ to give any further comment. 

A police spokesman said: ‘A  48-year-old man is currently on conditional bail in relation to  an allegation of a serious  sexual offence at an address in Godalming. He is due to  report back to Guildford Police Station on July 16, 2013.’ 

Charterhouse, whose motto is ‘Because God has given I give’, counts  broadcaster David Dimbleby,  Genesis founder members Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford,  and Robert Baden-Powell among its alumni.

In March last year, the school was at the centre of a police inquiry after a boy was arrested on suspicion of filming naked pupils.

 The 16-year-old was said to have captured ‘indecent images’ in a video which was allegedly stored on his computer.

In 2010, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker criticised the school for failing to get his son George a place at his chosen university.

Charterhouse was originally built over 68 acres where 120 boys were taught in three boarding houses.

Today it spreads over 200 acres, has 795 pupils and girls are allowed in the sixth form.




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A senior master at Charterhouse, one of Britain's most prestigious public schools, has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage former girl pupil.

Charterhouse, one of Britain's most prestigious public schools 
Photo: Alamy
11:25AM BST 19 Apr 2013

Dr Dean Johnson, 48, who is married with children, has now left his post as physics teacher at Charterhouse School in Surrey.

In a letter to parents, the £31,680-a-year school said Dr Johnson has left amid allegations of an "inappropriate relationship" with an ex sixth-former.

She is thought to be aged around 18 and no longer a pupil at Charterhouse, which is based at Godalming in Surrey.

Dr Johnson, who was a physics master at the school for 12 years, was detained in Godalming by police on April 12.

He lived in a £500,000 house in the town which was owned and supplied by the school, whose famous former pupils include broadcasters David and Jonathan Dimbleby.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: "A 48-year-old man is currently on conditional bail in relation to an allegation of a serious sexual offence at an address in Godalming.

"He is due to report back to Guildford Police Station on 16 July 2013."

A police source confirmed that the "serious sexual offence allegation" was rape.

A Charterhouse spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a teacher has resigned from the school following serious concerns regarding allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

"It would be improper to say anything further."

Parents say they were told this week that Dr Johnson has resigned because of "an inappropriate relationship". The letter from headmaster Rev John Witheridge makes no references to the arrest.

It reads: "I write to inform you that Dr. Dean Johnson (Physics) has resigned after the school was made aware of serious concerns about the existence of an inappropriate relationship with a former sixth-form girl.

"I am sure you will understand that I am unable to go into any further detail.

"Arrangements are being made to cover Dean's teaching and other duties.

"If you have any concerns, do please let me know, and I will do my best to answer them if I can."

Dr Johnson appears to have advertised himself as a private tutor, charging between £25 and £40 an hour for lessons in Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics to GCSE, A-level and university standard.

On the 'A+ Tutors' website for the Surrey area an entry in his name says: "Physics Master at Charterhouse school for 12 years, Oxford and Cambridge graduate in Astrophysics.

"I am one of the best Physics tutors you will ever get!"

Charterhouse is 400 years old and is recognised as one of the most successful schools in Britain. It is predominantly a boarding school with around 800 pupils, taking boys from 13 and girls in the Sixth Form.




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Schoolmaster arrested on suspicion of rape

Dean Johnson has quit as physics teacher at Charterhouse School
Alan Weller Times photographer
Times Staff

A senior master at one of Britain’s most famous public schools has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage former girl pupil.

Dean Johnson, 48, who is married with children, has now quit his post as physics teacher at Charterhouse School, Surrey.

In a letter to parents, the £31,680-a-year school said that Dr Johnson, who was a master there for 12 years, had left amid allegations of an “inappropriate relationship with a former sixth-form girl”. (more)


Roman Catholic priest, Kevin Wallin aka "Monsignor Meth", abuses position of trust (Drugs, Porn, Sex ...) (Pics/VIDEO) - www.ofINTEREST.net


Connecticut Roman Catholic priest, Kevin Wallin aka "Monsignor Meth"

Roman Catholic priest, Kevin Wallin aka "Monsignor Meth", abuses position of trust (Drugs, Porn, Sex ...) (Pics/VIDEO)


When will humans realize that man's religion - Catholicism and others - are tainted?

Catholics aren't the only ones Corrupting people and societies. What we seem to fail to address is that each one of us are responsible for each other and our own selves. People such as Kevin Wallin , politicians, business owners, sports figures, actors, mentors, teachers, authority figures ..., are not anything more than human beings. To be willing to ignore and/or not stay attentive that they also can be of wrongs, is just plain ignorance. It is society that puts others on higher pedestals which has many willing to look, but be with blind eyes; hear, but fail to listen; be attentive, yet be willing to ignore.

Below are a with few articles, beginning with the most recent one, relating to Kevin Wallin who is just another person who abused trust.

Follow along asking yourself questions relating to this "Person of INTEREST"!?

Why was he given a public attorney when he may very well be hiding a load of cash somewhere?

Who has he abused and/or hurt?

How is he being made to bring whole those he DID harm?

Who, what ...?
 

Michael Love, IIO




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"Monsignor Meth" pleads guilty to dealing more than $300,000-worth of the drug and makes a deal to spend more than a decade behind bars

  • Concerns for Monsignor Kevin Wallin grew before he left post
  • Suspended by church because of alleged sexual activities
  • Priest accused of making more than $300,000 by dealing crystal meth
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A suspended Roman Catholic priest accused of making more than $300,000 in methamphetamine sales out of his Connecticut apartment while running an adult video and sex toy shop pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal drug charge.

Kevin Wallin, 61, of Waterbury, admitted to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was scheduled to be sentenced June 25. Both sides agreed on a sentence of 11 to 14 years in prison.

Prosecutors said the 61-year-old Wallin had meth mailed to him from co-conspirators in California and sold the drugs out of his Waterbury apartment last year. 

Concerns: Former colleagues of Monsignor Kevin Wallin have said he was struggling with his faith before his fall from grace
He also bought an adult video and sex toy shop in North Haven named Land of Oz & Dorothy's Place, apparently to launder the drug money, authorities said.

Wearing a beige prison jumpsuit and sporting a goatee and close-cropped hair, Wallin acknowledged in court that the drug operation involved nearly four pounds of methamphetamine. 

He said 'yes' several times as the judge asked whether he understood the consequences of his plea.

Wallin, former pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, appeared to have no supporters in the courtroom. He was led out of the room in handcuffs and remains detained.

Charges against four other people arrested in the case are pending.

"We're glad to have resolved this part of the case,' Connecticut U.S. Attorney David B. Fein said outside the courtroom. 'It's a serious conspiracy charge involving a very dangerous drug."

Trusted: Msgr Wallin served as the pastor at St. Augustine's in Bridgeport for nine years before taking a sabbatical in 2011 for health and personal reasons
Wallin's public defender, Kelly Barrett, declined to comment.

Dubbed in some media as 'Monsignor Meth,' Wallin was pastor of St. Augustine Parish for nine years until he resigned in June 2011, citing health and personal reasons. 

He previously served six years as pastor of St. Peter's Church in Danbury until 2002.

'Monsignor Wallin's guilty plea represents an important step in his coming to terms with his own actions and their impact on others,' the Diocese of Bridgeport said in a statement. 

"It is a difficult moment for all of us but we hope it is also the first step in rebuilding his life. We pray that he moves toward healing and wholeness."

The diocese had suspended him from public ministry last May amid concerns by church officials about a number of problems with Wallin, including sexually inappropriate behavior with other men in the church rectory, Wallace said. 

Church leaders weren't aware of Wallin's involvement with drugs at the time of the suspension, diocese spokesman Brian D. Wallace said.

Wallace said Wallin now faces the prospect of removal from the priesthood by the Vatican, a process called laicization.

Arrested: Wallin was last month charged with dealing crystal meth
Wallin was arrested in January, and a grand jury indicted him and four other people on drug charges.

An undercover officer bought meth from Wallin six times from September 20 to January 2, paying more than $3,400 in total for 23 grams of the drug, authorities said.

Federal agents said they learned through wiretaps and informants about other sales Wallin was making.

Wallin allegedly bought the Land of OZ sex shop to launder his drug money

On social media, people couldn't help but compare Wallin with Walter White, the main character on the TV show 'Breaking Bad,' who was making so much cash that he and his wife bought a car wash to launder their profits.

Also charged in the case were Kenneth Devries of Waterbury; Michael Nelson of Manchester; Chad McCluskey of San Clemente, California; and Kristen Laschober of Laguna Niguel, California Authorities say McCluskey and Laschober were involved in the shipping of methamphetamine to Wallin.

All four of those defendants have pleaded not guilty.



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Meth-Dealing Catholic Priest Who Owned Porn Shop Plans to Confess Guilt

"Monsignor Meth" allegedly made $300,000 in drug sales

Kevin Wallin, the 61-year-old Connecticut priest nicknamed "Monsignor Meth" after his January 3 arrest for operating a drug-dealing ring, is expected to plead guilty next week to one count of conspiracy, according to news reports.

Wallin was ordained a priest by the Roman Catholic Church in 1984 and worked in Bridgeport and Danbury, Conn., churches until 2011. His intention to plead guilty to one conspiracy charge was made public in a Tuesday court filing.

Prosecutors say Wallin made $300,000 in methamphetamine sales from his apartment and from the parking lot of an adult bookstore he owned. Four alleged accomplices were also arrested in what Connecticut U.S. Attorney David Fein touted as "the dismantling of ... a significant methamphetamine distribution organization that spanned from California to Connecticut."

The bookstore—which sold pornography and sex toys—was believed to be a front business for Wallin to launder his drug money.

According to the Connecticut Post, by pleading guilty Wallin may induce the prosecutor to dismiss six charges of possession with intent to distribute the drug. He may also avoid a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, the Post reports, by applying for a "safety valve" exception for first-time offenders.

The Hartford Courant reports that Wallin was himself addicted to meth, according to court documents, and at some point before his arrest "was ordered by his employer to enter a rehabilitation program." It's unclear who that employer was, but a spokesman for the Diocese of Bridgeport, which was paying Wallin a stipend until his arrest, said it wasn't the church.

Wallin resigned from his Bridgeport post in June 2011 and was allowed to take a sabbatical. Church authorities reportedly had become alarmed by Wallin's behavior after they discovered he was a cross-dresser and was having sex in the rectory of St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport.

The Connecticut Post reported in January that, according to sources, Wallin "sometimes dressed as a woman, [and] would entertain odd-looking men, some who were also dressed in women's clothing and engaging in sex acts."

A spokesman for the Bridgeport Diocese on Wednesday told the Post: "It is a difficult moment for all of us, but we hope it is also the first step in rebuilding his life. We pray that he moves toward healing and wholeness."

Several publications have noted the uncanny similarity between Wallin's story and the fictional life of Walter White, the main character in the popular AMC show "Breaking Bad." The series, which debuted in 2008, centers on White's transformation from a frustrated and bored school teacher into a wealthy meth-dealing kingpin.



Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1:00PM by Christine Hsu

(BRIDGEPORT, Conn.) -- A former Roman Catholic priest from Connecticut has fallen from grace after being indicted on charges that he was part of an alleged cross-country crystal methamphetamine drug ring.

Former Monsignor Kevin Wallin, 61, of Waterbury, who was the pastor of the St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport for nearly a decade, was one of five people indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday for allegedly transporting methamphetamine from Connecticut to California.

Also charged were Kenneth Devries, 52, of Waterbury; Michael Nelson, 40, of Manchester; Chad McCluskey, 43, of San Clemente, Calif.; and Kristen Laschober, 47, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Wallin was also charged with six counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine since September, according to court documents.

Law enforcement officials say they believe he received shipments of methamphetamine from the West Coast and resold the drugs out of his apartment in Waterbury, ABC station WABC-TV in New York reported.

In addition, investigators suspect that Wallin may have owned an adult video shop in North Haven called Land of Oz that he allegedly used the store to launder the money he earned selling drugs, according to court documents.

The Diocese of Bridgeport released a statement saying that Wallin resigned as pastor of the Bridgeport parish in 2011, citing health and personal issues, and was granted a sabbatical.

The diocese said that Wallin's "faculties for public ministry were suspended in May 2012, and he has not been reassigned."

Despite that, the diocese continued to pay him a stipend until he was arrested on Jan. 3, the Connecticut Post reported.

Some of his former parishioners are shocked the man they esteemed as a "very honorable man of God" would be involved in such a scandal.

"I feel terrible about it. And we just keep praying from him, that's all. If these allegations are true, we pray he repents, makes his peace with God, like we all have to," a parishioner told ABC affiliate WABC.

If convicted, Wallin faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.




More details here about Kevin Wallin, "Person of INTEREST"!?





Chemtrails vs Contrails : What exactly is being sprayed above us? (VIDEOs) - www.ofINTEREST.net



Chemtrails vs Contrails : What exactly is being sprayed above us?

Hey look in the sky!
It's a bird?
It's Superman?
No, it's an airplane venting CHEMTRAILS "of INTEREST"!?

What exactly is it that appears to be an exuberant amount of exhaust gases coming from airplanes these days?

It's referred to as "CHEMTRAILS".

http://www.chemtrailcentral.com/

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Chemtrails

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemtrail_conspiracy_theory

http://www.holmestead.ca/chemtrails/chem4programs.html


http://www.naturalnews.com/chemtrails.html

http://rense.com/general79/chem.htm

The chemtrail program is also known as "Project Cloverleaf", and it is very compartmentalized. Even the pilots themselves have no real idea of why they are actually spraying.

Chemtrails are a sub-program of the US Navy's Radio Frequency Mission Planner (RFMP) program called the Variable Terrain Radio Parabolic Equation (VTRPE) - a system for creating 3D battlefield imaging that the US military has been using in Iraq and Afghanistan.

... "of INTEREST"!? will be following and adding more information and details related to what is being called "Chemtrails", so please bookmark us and keep checking back.

Now sit back, watch and suck in the air. OH, excuse me, OK, suck in the "new" air you have to breath.

You Decide! 


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"Journalism of INTEREST"!? : Channel 4 Defends "Fearless" Request After Death Of Lee Halpin - www.ofINTEREST.net


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9:47AM, Mon Apr 8, 2013

Channel 4 Defends "Fearless" Request After Death Of Lee Halpin

By India Adams Location: Newcastle

Lee Halpin's death in Newcastle is being investigated. Facebook pic

Channel 4 has defended its decision to ask aspiring journalists to demonstrate their 'fearlessness' after the death of young filmmaker Lee Halpin.

In an online application form for the broadcaster's Investigative Journalism Programme 2013, applicants were asked to post a YouTube video describing a time in which they were "fearless in a pursuit for a story".

Lee Halpin, 26, resolved to spend a week sleeping rough to show the plight of the homeless, a plan he said had "caused a huge amount of trepidation" among his friends and family.

Three days after embarking on the project the former Heaton Manor Pupil was found dead in the boarded up Summerhill Hostel on Westgate Road, Newcastle, on April 3.

Northumbria Police have arrested two men, aged 26 and 30, in connection with Lee Halpin's death.

Both men arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detectives are treating his death as unexplained and have passed a file to the coroner.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: "We would never encourage any applicants to put themselves in danger.

 Lee Halpin addressing issues before his death while living "Houseless" in U.K.

"We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of this aspiring young journalist. Our thoughts are with his family."

Mr Halpin, of Heaton, Newcastle, recorded a video as part of his application process in which he said: "I am about to go and spend a week being homeless, I will sleep rough for a week, scrounge for my food.

"I will access the services that other people in the west end (of Newcastle) use.

"I will interact with as many homeless people as possible and immerse myself in that lifestyle as deeply as I can. This seems to be a fearless approach to a story.

"It has caused a huge amount of trepidation among my friends and family."

It is feared Mr Halpin may have succumbed to hypothermia.

A Met Office spokesman confirmed the lowest recorded temperature for Newcastle on the morning of April 3 was around -4.2C.

Friends have since paid tribute to the "thoroughly excellent bloke" and have spoken of his death as the "ultimate sacrifice" in raising awareness of homelessness.

The boarded up former hostel where Lee Halpin's body was found.
 In an obituary on the JesmondLocal website, freelance journalist Chris Stokel-Walker wrote that Mr Halpin's investigation "typified his drive and his desire as a journalist to find a story that could change the world and correct an injustice.

"If there was a way for words, pictures or video to make a change and do some good, Halpin would be first in line reporting it…born out of antsy fingers and a desire to help others."

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Officers have arrested two men aged 26 and 30 on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class A controlled drug.

"They have been bailed pending further enquiries and a report into the death of the man is being prepared for the coroner."

Mr Halpin's family was too upset to comment on Saturday.

An inquest into Lee Halpin's death is expected to be opened on Tuesday.



 For more articles with Pics/Video's directly related with the article above, and a brief introduction into a man's forced journey into "Houselessness" please go here: http://www.houseless.org/2013/04/documentary-maker-lee-halpin-meets.html


The Lord Howe Island stick insect: "Extinction of INTEREST"!? (Pics/VIDEO) - www.ofINTEREST.net

The Lord Howe Island stick insect: "Extinction of INTEREST"!?

Wonders of nature never cease, and what will exist seems to find a way to endure even with being consumed out of existence. Such is the findings of a large stick insect once thought to of been extinct - The Lord Howe Island stick insect aka "Land Lobster".

Land Lobster

According to Wikipedia: Dryococelus australis, commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect or tree lobster, is a species of stick insect which lives on the Lord Howe Island Group. It was thought to be extinct by 1930, only to be rediscovered in 2001 (this phenomenon is known as the Lazarus effect). It is extinct in its largest habitat, Lord Howe Island, and has been called "the rarest insect in the world", as the rediscovered population consisted of 24 individuals living on the small islet of Ball's Pyramid. (More)

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Please find the following information related to the Lord Howe Island stick insect to be of use to you with coming to realize there is still so much we have not discovered on our little blue ball in the vast universe.

Michael Love, IIO



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Back from the brink of extinction 

03/04/13

The Lord Howe Island stick insect was thought to be lost forever, until a tiny number was discovered on a rocky outcrop 23km away from the island.



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Australian endangered species: Lord Howe Island stick insect


A breeding colony of Lord Howe Island Stick Insects was founded at Melbourne Zoo. AAP

The Lord Howe Island stick insect (Dryococelus australis) or “land lobster” is a large, flightless stick insect that was, until recently, thought to be extinct. It has a glossy brownish-black exoskeleton with some pale yellow markings where joints and body segments meet.

Females reach over 150 mm in length, while the slightly smaller males are characterised by strongly curved, spiny, muscular hind legs.

As the name suggests, this species was known only from Lord Howe Island, a small volcanic island situated in the Tasman Sea some 800 km north east of Sydney, Australia. It is nocturnal, feeding and moving around only at night, and sheltering in small tree hollows during the day. In 1916, Arthur Lea, a well-known Australian entomologist, visited the island and described seeing as many as 68 stick insects in a single tree hollow.

Status

The Lord Howe Island stick insect is arguably the rarest insect in the world. The species was abundant until sometime after 1918 when a vessel, the “Makembo”, ran aground nearby leading to the introduction of black rats (Rattus rattus) to Lord Howe Island. Within 30 years the stick insect was thought to be extinct due to predation.

In 1964 a group of climbers ventured onto the nearby island of Balls Pyramid. This steep, rocky outcrop is situated approximately 23km south east of Lord Howe Island and is virtually inaccessible. The adventurers made landfall and were able to take some photographs, including one of a recently dead Lord Howe Island stick insect.

No further exploration occurred until 2001 when a group of researchers returned to Balls Pyramid and rediscovered living adults. Today fewer than 30 adult stick insects remain on the Pyramid and the species is recognised as “Critically Endangered” by the IUCN Red List.

Threats

The greatest threat to the survival of the Lord Howe Island stick insect, and the cause of its extinction on the island, is the introduction of the black rat. Rat numbers have since been reduced but until rats are totally eradicated from Lord Howe Island the stick insect will remain vulnerable and cannot be reintroduced.

The tiny population on Balls Pyramid faces a number of different threats. This highly inaccessible island outcrop has very few areas of suitable habitat for the remaining population of stick insects. Only one species of food plant, Melaleuca howeana, grows on Balls Pyramid and it is at risk from environmental factors (such as drought, storms and rock falls), and an invasive vine (Morning Glory, Ipomoea cairica) that threatens to smother the few remaining plants. Poaching by private collectors of this highly-prized stick insect and its eggs is also of concern.

Balls Pyramid is the last refuge of the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect dracophylla/Flickr
Strategy

The Critically Endangered population of stick insects remaining on Balls Pyramid is protected as part of the Lord Howe Permanent Park Preserve. Access to the Pyramid is carefully restricted and controlled by the Lord Howe Island Board.

Removal of the invasive Morning Glory vine from the small area occupied by the stick insects was successfully carried out in 2003. Interestingly, whole-scale removal of the vine from the Pyramid was discouraged as the vine is assisting with soil stabilisation on the steeper outcrops.

Most importantly, a breeding population of Lord Howe Island stick insects has been established at the Melbourne Zoo thus providing insurance against a second extinction event. It is hoped that individuals from the breeding population will eventually be reintroduced to Lord Howe Island, providing black rats can be successfully eradicated from the island.

Conclusion

Rediscovery of the Lord Howe Island stick insect on Balls Pyramid provides hope that other species thought to be extinct may persist elsewhere. However, it is highly unlikely that other extinct Lord Howe Island species will be found on nearby islands.

It is remarkable that the stick insect has been able to persist in such an inhospitable habitat and in such low numbers. However, like other species of stick insect the female Lord Howe Island stick insect is able to reproduce without the presence of males (a reproductive mode termed “parthenogenesis”). This means the population could be reduced to a single female stick insect and survive. However, this is not a desirable option. Protecting the remaining, vulnerable population of stick insects is still the best approach.

Read more: A personal experience of breeding Lord Howe Island stick insects.

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Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years


No, this isn't a make-believe place. It's real.
Balls Pyramid: John White

They call it "Ball's Pyramid." It's what's left of an old volcano that emerged from the sea about 7 million years ago. A British naval officer named Ball was the first European to see it in 1788. It sits off Australia, in the South Pacific. It is extremely narrow, 1,844 feet high, and it sits alone.

What's more, for years this place had a secret. At 225 feet above sea level, hanging on the rock surface, there is a small, spindly little bush, and under that bush, a few years ago, two climbers, working in the dark, found something totally improbable hiding in the soil below. How it got there, we still don't know.

A satellite view of Ball's Pyramid in the Tasman Sea off the eastern coast of Australia.
Here's the story: About 13 miles from this spindle of rock, there's a bigger island, called Lord Howe Island.

On Lord Howe, there used to be an insect, famous for being big. It's a stick insect, a critter that masquerades as a piece of wood, and the Lord Howe Island version was so large — as big as a human hand — that the Europeans labeled it a "tree lobster" because of its size and hard, lobsterlike exoskeleton. It was 12 centimeters long and the heaviest flightless stick insect in the world. Local fishermen used to put them on fishing hooks and use them as bait.

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Then one day in 1918, a supply ship, the S.S. Makambo from Britain, ran aground at Lord Howe Island and had to be evacuated. One passenger drowned. The rest were put ashore. It took nine days to repair the Makambo, and during that time, some black rats managed to get from the ship to the island, where they instantly discovered a delicious new rat food: giant stick insects. Two years later, the rats were everywhere and the tree lobsters were gone.

Totally gone. After 1920, there wasn't a single sighting. By 1960, the Lord Howe stick insect, Dryococelus australis, was presumed extinct.

There was a rumor, though.

Credit: Stephanie d'Otreppe

Some climbers scaling Ball's Pyramid in the 1960s said they'd seen a few stick insect corpses lying on the rocks that looked "recently dead." But the species is nocturnal, and nobody wanted to scale the spire hunting for bugs in the dark.

Climbing The Pyramid

Fast forward to 2001, when two Australian scientists, David Priddel and Nicholas Carlile, with two assistants, decided to take a closer look. From the water, they'd seen a few patches of vegetation that just might support walking sticks. So, they boated over. ("Swimming would have been much easier," Carlile said, "but there are too many sharks.") They crawled up the vertical rock face to about 500 feet, where they found a few crickets, nothing special. But on their way down, on a precarious, unstable rock surface, they saw a single melaleuca bush peeping out of a crack and, underneath, what looked like fresh droppings of some large insect.

Where, they wondered, did that poop come from?

The only thing to do was to go back up after dark, with flashlights and cameras, to see if the pooper would be out taking a nighttime walk. Nick Carlile and a local ranger, Dean Hiscox, agreed to make the climb. And with flashlights, they scaled the wall till they reached the plant, and there, spread out on the bushy surface, were two enormous, shiny, black-looking bodies. And below those two, slithering into the muck, were more, and more ... 24 in all. All gathered near this one plant.

dryococelus-australis: Patrick Honan

They were alive and, to Nick Carlile's eye, enormous. Looking at them, he said, "It felt like stepping back into the Jurassic age, when insects ruled the world."

They were Dryococelus australis. A search the next morning, and two years later, concluded these are the only ones on Ball's Pyramid, the last ones. They live there, and, as best we know, nowhere else.

How they got there is a mystery. Maybe they hitchhiked on birds, or traveled with fishermen, and how they survived for so long on just a single patch of plants, nobody knows either. The important thing, the scientists thought, was to get a few of these insects protected and into a breeding program.

Patrick Honan/Nick Carlile
That wasn't so easy. The Australian government didn't know if the animals on Ball's Pyramid could or should be moved. There were meetings, studies, two years passed, and finally officials agreed to allow four animals to be retrieved. Just four.

When the team went back to collect them, it turned out there had been a rock slide on the mountain, and at first they feared that the whole population had been wiped out. But when they got back up to the site, on Valentine's Day 2003, the animals were still there, sitting on and around their bush.

The plan was to take one pair and give it a man who was very familiar with mainland walking stick insects, a private breeder living in Sydney. He got his pair, but within two weeks, they died.

Adam And Eve And Patrick

That left the other two. They were named "Adam" and "Eve," taken to the Melbourne Zoo and placed with Patrick Honan, of the zoo's invertebrate conservation breeding group. At first, everything went well. Eve began laying little pea-shaped eggs, exactly as hoped. But then she got sick. According to biologist Jane Goodall, :
"Eve became very, very sick. Patrick ... worked every night for a month desperately trying to cure her. ... Eventually, based on gut instinct, Patrick concocted a mixture that included calcium and nectar and fed it to his patient, drop by drop, as she lay curled up in his hand."
Her recovery was almost instant. Patrick , "She went from being on her back curled up in my hand, almost as good as dead, to being up and walking around within a couple of hours."

Eve's eggs were harvested, incubated (though it turns out only the first 30 were fertile) and became the foundation of the zoo's new population of walking sticks.

Matthew Bulbert/The Australian Museum

When Jane Goodall visited in 2008, Patrick showed her rows and rows of incubating eggs: 11,376 at that time, with about 700 adults in the captive population. Lord Howe Island walking sticks seem to pair off — — and Goodall says Patrick "showed me photos of how they sleep at night, in pairs, the male with three of his legs protectively over the female beside him."

Now comes the question that bedevils all such conservation rescue stories. Once a rare animal is safe at the zoo, when can we release it back to the wild?

On Lord Howe Island, their former habitat, the great-great-great-grandkids of those original black rats are still out and about, presumably hungry and still a problem. Step one, therefore, would be to mount an intensive (and expensive) rat annihilation program. Residents would, no doubt, be happy to go rat-free, but not every Lord Howe islander wants to make the neighborhood safe for gigantic, hard-shell crawling insects. So the Melbourne Museum is mulling over a public relations campaign to make these insects more ... well, adorable, or noble, or whatever it takes.

They recently made a video, with strumming guitars, featuring a brand new baby emerging from its egg. The newborn is emerald green, squirmy and so long, it just keeps coming and coming from an impossibly small container. Will this soften the hearts of Lord Howe islanders? I dunno. It's so ... so ... big.

But, hey, why don't you look for yourself?


What happens next? The story is simple: A bunch of black rats almost wiped out a bunch of gigantic bugs on a little island far, far away from most of us. A few dedicated scientists, passionate about biological diversity, risked their lives to keep the bugs going. For the bugs to get their homes and their future back doesn't depend on scientists anymore. They've done their job. Now it's up to the folks on Lord Howe Island.

Will ordinary Janes and Joes, going about their days, agree to spend a little extra effort and money to preserve an animal that isn't what most of us would call beautiful? Its main attraction is that it has lived on the planet for a long time, and we have the power to keep it around. I don't know if it will work, but in the end, that's the walking stick's best argument:

I'm still here. Don't let me go.