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Kim Kardashian is campaigning to free convicted killer Kevin Cooper from death row. The reality TV star believes Cooper was framed for the murder of four people.

Kardashian, who is studying to become a lawyer, visited Cooper at the notorious San Quentin State Prison in San Francisco, California on Thursday, May 30. While there she spent two hours talking with Cooper, TMZ.com reported.

The 61-year-old has been on death row awaiting execution since 1983 for the grisly murders of a couple, their 10-year-old daughter and her friend in the Chino Hills area of Los Angeles, CA.

Kardashian is convinced Cooper was framed by investigators and she is campaigning for his freedom.

Cooper was 25 when he was accused of killing Douglas and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter Jessica and a family friend in the early morning hours of June 5, 1983. Josh Ryen, the 8-year-old son of Douglas and Peggy, was barely alive when he was found. Josh's throat had been slashed.

The family station wagon was gone. Police located the vehicle abandoned 50 miles away in Long Beach, California.

Police quickly identified Cooper as the likely killer. Two days before the murders he had escaped from the California Institution for Men, a prison 5 miles from the Ryen's home. Cooper later admitted hiding out for two days in a vacant house next door to the Ryen's semi-rural home.

He had made several phone calls from the house to two female friends begging them for money to help him escape, but they had refused.

Later, at his murder trial, Cooper insisted he left the vacant house on June 4 and hitchhiked to Mexico where he stayed in a Tijuana motel. Police checked with the motel in Tijuana and established that Cooper checked in around 4:30 p.m. on June 5.

While in Mexico, Cooper befriended an American couple who owned a sailboat. The couple hired him as a crew member and he hitched a ride on the boat to the Southern California coast near Baja California.

Seven weeks later, while still working on the boat, Cooper was accused of raping a woman on a boat docked nearby.

While visiting the sheriff's office to report the rape, the victim saw a wanted poster with Cooper's picture on it and she identified him as the rapist.

At his trial, Cooper testified in his own defense and admitted hiding out in the vacant house next door to the Ryens.

Josh Ryen, who survived his wounds, testified that three Mexican men arrived at his home looking for work before his family left to attend a barbecue the day before. Josh testified that he only saw the back of the killer attacking his mother.

A jury convicted Cooper of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, and imposed the death penalty.

While on death row, Cooper wrote to the true crime show "48 Hours" claiming he was innocent. 48 Hours correspondent Erin Moriarty profiled his case in 2017.

During Cooper's appeal, a T-shirt believed to have belonged to the killer was found to have his blood, as well as test tube preservative on it. Kardashian believes this proves the blood on the shirt came from inside a test tube and was planted on the t-shirt by the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.

Last October, Kardashian asked then-Governor of California Jerry Brown to look into Cooper's case, prompting Brown to order DNA testing on existing evidence. The blood evidence from the shirt matched Cooper's DNA.

Brown's successor Gavin Newsom, who is strongly opposed to capital punishment, ordered additional DNA testing in February.

The second round of DNA tests are pending. Cooper will not face execution as Governor Newsom has suspended all executions in the state while he is in office.
 

 

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  • iWasteTime

    Fluck this wench!
    Sandra did they find that baby's remains?

  • Karen Brady

    EXACTLY!! Maleah's remains matter, not this bytch.

  • mzwhang90210

    Kim Kardashian's team is working overtime to make it look like Kim herself is actually campaigning to free convicted killer Kevin Cooper from death row.
    Fixed that for you. ??

  • mzwhang90210

    I put this in the other post, but Imma put it here to. My heart is heavy...
    *OFF TOPIC*
    So they've found some remains on the side of the road in Arkansas that they think may be the body off little Maleah.
    I SWEAR I think the mother knew something all along. If you check out the interviews that the mother did, she spoke of Maleah in the PAST tense; even from the beginning.
    To me, that's a tell tale sign that she knew what was up. I hope dude gets the death penalty, talking about it was an accident. She should also get charged. That poor baby. Sometimes I really despise folks.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Here comes all the hating bald heaux to act like kim herself is going around taking credit for this shit vs the press being extra af when reporting ? anyway, even if he didnt kill them folks hes still a rapist i wouldnt have helped do shit but okay

  • Mr.LeBrickJames
  • Mielle Downey

    Sandra when are you and the rest of the Media going to actually admit that Kim is the face and thier are numerous black women who are actually lawyers working behind the scenes that are doing the work to free those people. Sorry, but this colonizer is only the face and is only taking the credit away from these smart sisters. Thanks Kum for bringing attention to this but smart people know the sista are brains behind this.

  • Mielle Downey

    Yes the colonizer is taking credit and btw the black sisters with actual law degrees are doing the work. KUM is only doing what she does best and posing for the gram.

  • gellie

    A whole lot can be said about Quanell X, much of it bad. But he got them talking. And because he got them talking, that little girl's remains may have been found. He's gonna get the death penalty. She may get an accessory charge of some sort. I do believe she knew very shortly after she left for the funeral that he did something to the little girl. And she gave him the whole week to get rid of the body and come up with a story.

  • Mielle Downey

    Agreed and they are all black women with actual law degrees and education.

  • Mielle Downey

    Yes but they are looking for the body

  • ALLMINE?

    Relax

  • Mielle Downey

    NOT TADAY Jose!!

  • Mielle Downey

    This week several outlets have reported Kim Kardashian West got freedom for 17 prison inmates . But now one of the women actually responsible the work is coming forward to clear up any confusion caused by misleading headlines.

    Tuesday, attorney and criminal justice reform advocate Brittany K. Barnett, took to her personal Facebook page to say that it was actually two African American women — herself and colleague MiAngel Cody, who fought to free for the inmates through the Buried Alive Project and that Kardashian is a major funder of their efforts.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Bye you hexanbeast demon Bytch ! .... Tuh! ?

  • Guest

    Uggh! Later roses! have a great weekend!

  • mzwhang90210

    Something that every God fearing woman needs for her wardrobe.
    A pair of sweat pants with "WWJD" splashed across the genitals.
    Amen.
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  • mzwhang90210

    ???

  • Seldomseen

    Lol

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Fawk her or anyone she frees ... believe dat ... I see that one ..... demon bytch !

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Fawking trash succubus woman (really a Male demon) (8) ... whew Chile this family Chile .... if folks knew ! ..... smh

  • Ryan

    Kim knows the press will eat it up, and that's what she wants. Otherwise she'd be clear and say "Actually I had a LOT of help from..." But that would be like a ho giving credit to the other ho in the threesome.

  • Karen Brady

    ?

  • mzwhang90210

    Str8 from the depths of Hell...

  • Karen Brady

    I love this ?

  • Li-Wright

    At best he should be given a trial redo. But I betcha half the witnesses if not all are dead.

  • Marlika

    This attempt is going to fail and back fire in her face.

    She’s going to end up biting more than what her plastic ass can chew.

    The innocent project has been doing this for decades and they don’t near get the recognition this talentless who is getting.

  • mzwhang90210

    She’s going to end up biting more than what her plastic ass can chew.
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  • Mielle Downey

    Thanks you because Kum should give those Sisters credit but like the attention slore she is she wants all the smoke . This will blow up in her face for bot being humble and giving credit were it is due.

  • goat

    "Kardashian believes this proves the blood on the shirt came from inside a test tube and was planted on the t-shirt by the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department." GTFOH
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  • Mielle Downey

    LET ME PLAT DEVILS ADVOCATE AND FIX THIS "The first and last time I will speak on it. Seriously, because the negativity from today is misdemeanor shit and we still have lives to save. MiAngel Cody and I have BEEN doing this work for FREE. Ask any of our dozens of clients who are now free living their best lives. Both of us left six figure salary jobs and wiped out our own savings accounts to fund our work. We attempted to get grants from these large foundations shelling out MILLIONS of dollars to other organizations" -Brittany K. BARNETT the actual lawyer who did the work.

  • jazmine

    Imagine telling the paparazzi to meet you down at the prison.

  • Soon2BWife

    ?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    He bout as guilty as OJ! I’m surprised he been on death row so long. She need to leave this one alone

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Go get some wine lol ??

  • Goodii2Shoes

    In true con-ye kartrashian carter hivenest of pests fashion, they find the talented, successful and try to prey. Standard ish except con-ye jizzpot looks like whoring all through your twenties will have you looking grump frumpy and appearing in prisons by 40. & people are no longer barred from the truth.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Come on T's ???????

  • Goodii2Shoes

    He owe like 700k to the
    .

    N' g ga don't buy his own shxt, got this white girl wearing it looking like karma had to hook her up with a 'ye

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    OH PLEASE! Yall just wake up ready to hate on her or her family stop ?

  • Soda

    Get out for what? This dude has spent the majority of his life behind bars and has no idea of how to live in a society. Are we supposed to believe that him being in the area of the crime is just coincidence? I remember when this fool was on the loose, I slept in a hot apartment because I was afraid to have the windows open. Since Kim believes in his innocence, when she waves her magic prison reform wand and he is released, let him move in with her and her family.

  • Gloria

    In typical white folks fashion, Kim is taking the credit for everything while black people are actually doing the extensive work here ?????

  • Thee Lovelii Ladii Jaye ?

    Kim...stand down..this one is not for you!

  • PrettyNetty28

    For real.

  • Bree

    I like Kim and all of her efforts, but she needs to take some time off. She's infamous, so I'm sure we'll still remember her.

  • Scromes1212

    Kim might be starting to get finessed by inmates. She is high profile so she should be careful so her efforts don't back fire

  • Logan Roberts

    This hoe probably can't even read or write a complete sentence. But if I was currently locked up, I'll reach out to her too.

  • MsSapphire9800

    These convicted killers are reaching out to Kim....but I saw this case on the ID Channel and read about it....this dude is guilty as hell. I do not believe she is trying to get a convicted killer off...it is more like the media is putting it out there. I am quite sure she knows the Innocent Project and everyone else has turned this guy down. She is working with non-violent offenders...also if you think about all his appeals has been exhausted...so who could he appeal to. The media as usual play their little games.

  • MsSapphire9800

    It will not back fire...this guy has no appeals left.

  • Blak

    I'm sure the visit was actually a conjugal visit. This man is a murderer and should face execution as planned those 4 people never had a chance and neither did his rape victim

  • dontgetblocked

    Why did she go visit him?

  • dontgetblocked

    First of all, Kim has no team. She has linked up with a group of black female activists who have been working these cases for years. They're letting her take the credit because it helps fund their project. As I suspected the lil slore was going to try to get the wrong person off and piss people off. Here's the thing, this man was next door. He was an escapee. He had been accused of rape while on the run to and from Mexico. The nygga did it! He's a child murderer. I'm sure Kris will make this situation disappear...pronto. Stick with non-violent offenders.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Probably just to hear him out... more than likely the wife and step-daughter contacted her. She has to know the people she is backing knows this guy just use his last appeal for a stay... to test evidences.

  • dontgetblocked

    ??

  • MsSapphire9800

    How can she get someone off who has no appeals left.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Yes...his wife and step daughter do most of the talking.

  • dontgetblocked

    Plastic azz can chew...LMBAO!

  • Jay

    Ok girl you better slow your roll before you let someone free that shouldn't be

  • dontgetblocked

    But she shouldn't connect herself with him. It belittles "her" positive work.

  • MsSapphire9800

    She is not taking all the credit...the media is giving her the crdeit...and like those Lawyers said without Kim's money...nothing would had been accomplish...because everyone turned them down for funding.

  • MsSapphire9800

    This fool is on death row....I just she is trying to give everyone equal rights...lol

  • dontgetblocked

    Kris makes sure that the Kartrashian's get credit for everything. She's about business. It has to benefit them.

  • missmiami305

    Anything to stay in the headlines and she will ALWAYS do it at the expense of black folk. It is what witches do.

  • missmiami305

    Finally!!!!! Someone who gets it??

  • Chicagowise

    Did my homework.

    The surviving victim... when he was a kid, he said, three Mexicans killed his family and tried to murder him. When he became an adult, he said, he couldn't remember who did it. Was this event purged from his memory in order to cope with the devastation?

    The victims... it was reported that three different instruments were used in the murder: a knife, an ice pick, and a hatchet. Why would one man use three different weapons? The use of three weapons seems to fit the surviving victim's story that there were three attackers.

    The evidence... how did the first set of investigators miss the hatchet's sheath lying in the middle of floor of an empty room? Why was only one cigarette butt found when Cooper admitted to smoking several cigarettes and leaving the butts behind? Then, mysteriously, several cigarettes are found in the dead family's car?

  • MsSapphire9800

    Well I can't argue that because Kris is definitely about business...but Kim do deserve some credit...because every white and black organization turned them down...even our black prominent people...you can work your whole life but without funding nothing gets done,

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Well, maybe there is more compelling evidence that he didn’t do it, idk!

    We or most people knew Kim had a team of lawyers working on her behalf. I know it takes a lot of work, and with her celebrity as the face of the releases, cases were expedited!

    I read interviews by Brittany and MiAngel Cody, TMZ did a piece, and good is certainly being done!

    They are happily funded by Kim to do the work they’ve been doing for years!

    I’m sure glad that there is some press about them as the true architects behind Kim’s 17 releases, while not biting the hand that feeds them, ijs!

    It is something to see how blacks are so often used, but it’s the way of our world! We have to think of the good of this self-promotion!

    I still can’t believe how we SAVED THE MOVIE INDUSTRY WITH BLAXPLOITATION FILMS. I saw a documentary that still bothers me!

  • hi-liter

    This ??????

  • hi-liter
  • Rhyme and Reason

    Ok, way more than test tube blood on shirt!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Thank you because I went and read about these wonderful black women (otherwise, I didn’t know). They are one of many, who won’t get any credit, celebrity funding or media press!

    It wouldn’t diminish Kim’s good deed, rebranding or self-promotion to give them some credit, donations would flood them, then again, Kim knew this!

  • missmiami305

    Care to share the name of the documentary?

  • Society has changed

    I don’t live far from Chino Hills (btw..no where near Los Angeles area) and remember this vividly. Kim needs to go sit her granny a$$ down on this one!

  • Lucky8

    If you were that man and you were innocent, then Kim would look like an angel right now.

  • Lucky8

    Whaaat?

  • Kay J

    ??

  • MsSapphire9800

    Yes...he has no appeals left...he only got a stayed with (48 minutes to go on that table) because Federal judge William A. Fletcher is saying he is innocence and that the evidents was planted...then the Governor ordered re-testing of the DNA. Also the surviving kid...was still saying he believed it was 3 white guys.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Well...why didn't any of these Black folks or Black organizations with money step up???? Now if she would had went a different direction helping white folks we would still be complaining. Hell if it wasn't for her money...those 17 that were release would still be in jail.

  • Karen Brady

    Lol

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I’m not sure if this is the one I saw, it was awhile ago...but you can view this on Youtube...

    BaadAsssss Cinema - Blaxploitation

    Also...Google “Rise and Fall of Blaxploitation”. Ed Guerrero

    “When Black People Saved Hollywood” Ark Republic dot com

    As a film buff, I love filmmaking, and the old studio system had crumbled (they couldn’t contract or own stars w/ weekly pay)!

    1950s television phenomenon hit the film industry very hard, 1960s movie-goers weren’t the same (civil unrest), near bankrupt, Hollywood found a new cash cow, Blaxploitation and got back on its feet! Then moved on to “martial arts” films, another low-budget cash cow!

  • Lucky8

    I thought it was 3 mexicans?

  • TwitterFingerz

    Um don’t know bout this one Kim. Free Larry Hoover is what Kanye say

  • TwitterFingerz

    Lol!!

  • the guest

    If he hadn't escaped from jail in the first place, he wouldn't have been in the vacant house next door to the murdered family's house.

    If he wasn't in the vacant house next door to the murdered family's house, then he wouldn't have ended up hitchhiking to Mexico.

    If he didn't end up hitchhiking to Mexico, then he wouldn't have ended up working on that boat in California then accused of raping a women on a nearby boat.

    Even IF he is innocent of the murders, he is not innocent of complete lack of common sense, lack of concern for common good, lack of self control and impulse control, making utterly stupid and dangerous choices, and the fact is HE DID actually commit crimes that landed him jail to begin with and HE CHOSE to escape from that responsibility to place himself suspiciously TWICE a stone's throw away from a multiple murder and then a rape.

    Really Kim?

    Think of all the Kalif Browder's in the world that need you...

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Thank u

  • E Ethel Ballys

    So the man was an escaped felon and rapist who was hiding out next door to a house with a triple murder. These are the people Kardashian and the Innocence Project are trying to release into our communities? Social Justice is a damn mental disorder.

  • Renee26

    I see crazy in his eyes.... Ion think he's innocent. If he gets out due to her fame he'll victimize others... Just wait on it

  • Beloved Jordan

    Their are alot of black groups grass root organizations that work on behalf of freeing innocent black people that have been falsely imprisoned they just don't get publicize I can respect what Kim is doing but don't discount other groups cause you fail to have knowledge of the other organizations

  • Renee26

    Right... Go out on their boat

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    One of this people she gets out is going to relapse, then what is she going to do?

  • EMILY POST

    Good grief she just has to try to get attention..
    Woke for profit...
    Wow they are taking advantage of none of the black people in Hollywood dealing with Trump.

  • GuestSTAR

    SMDH @ sitting on death row since 1983. Had he committed that crime in Texas he would've been executed over 20 years ago.
    I don't know why we even have the death penalty here, its certainly not a deterrent. Scott Petersen is on death row. He'll die of natural causes before getting executed. Last person executed here was Tookie Smith in 2005.

  • MsSapphire9800

    I have not failed to knowledge anything...I am very knowledgable about these organizations...maybe you should go back and read and comprehend...what I stated. No Black organization or private person stepped up to help fund those Lawyers... these were turned down for years and that came from their statement.

  • Elecktra

    I am sure she is confident that he is going to be released; otherwise her publicity machine wouldn’t be pushing this news to every media site. Makes you wonder who is feeding her these “leads” on which cases to jump the bandwagon on...

  • Maxey Ross

    This man DNA was found at murder site. Kim dont know what she is doing. Anything for attention.

  • B.Loveitt

    She won't be blamed for anything...this Armenian white chick(so many don't get it) will get a pass.

  • Coffee1st

    Doing due diligence before spewing out an opinion.... imagine that.
    Thanks for the info.
    ANYBODY who takes another life should be punished. Thing is, I don't trust this judicial system to judge fairly with any black person... at all. There's just as much chance that they unfairly convicted this man as it is that he's guilty.
    If he's guilty, I hope he rots in prison.
    And if
    he was set up, I hope each n every conspirator receives swift n harsh recompense.
    Not really in my feelings about how I feel about Kim. This aint about that. If this man is innocent, I don't care if it was Bull O'Connor fighting on my behalf. And if any of us were in that position, we wouldn't either.

  • B.Loveitt

    !!!All of this!!

  • Tailor Koko Milk

    “Let’s hate this bitch”—says all the mad black hoes

  • XoXo

    Wrong! He has run out of appeals. Think about it, he happened to be, and admitted to being NEXT DOOR to the people that were murdered. What more do you need?

  • Love Luv

    WHY NOT USE YOUR SKILLS TO HELP MALEAH CASE?

    Anywho... This man couldn’t handle freedom the first go round. He got out, illegally, and continued victimizing citizens. THIS IS NOT EVEN INCLUDING SAID MURDER. He couldn’t behave with rules, simple ones mind you, in prison. What do you think he’s going to do after all these years of incarceration. He has never been a model prisoner or citizen.

    Kim taking the credit for the legal team who has worked these cases for years. Calling them her team behind her. Um ? no Kim. They needed your $ and you need the associations of success for your image cleaning plan of going into law.

    The moment this backfires she will distance herself and claimed she just provided $ for the team and only then will she place the freedom purchased on THE FULL SHOULDERS OF THE INNOCENCE COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS.

  • Thee Jaguar Doll

    Not true! Had he been in Texas, He'd been executed maybe 10-15 years after receiving a death sentence. But Texas does hold the DR inmates for at least a decade while the inmate exhausts all of their appeals. A friend of mine has been on DR since 2003 and still hasn't received a date, It's a cruel waiting game but Justice must be served.

  • Parent

    Speaking on this topic, did anyone watch "When They See Us" on Netflix?
    Chile I cried all morning...

  • Mr. Poopybutthole

    It's on my watchlist. Knew it would be heartbreaking so I keep putting it off.

  • Jayde da Blade

    1 per @a x more than i can do.
    But she has enough ?$$$?to push
    For legislation that could effect masses.
    So is this a stunt that benefits a lucky few?
    Who cares? Thank God for every life spared wrongly convicted person...

  • Chapter29Chick

    She might have to do some trix to get this ninja off Bec the evidence points to guilty guilty guilty.

  • the guest

    I’m going to watch it. But I’m preparing my heart.

  • Star

    Speak the truth

  • Phillybruh

    She might have to make another tape for this one!

  • sandi

    Not a proponent of KK, but I did read several different accounts of this. First, Cooper is not a nice man. He's done some really horrible things, but it would appear that some of the evidence against him is questionable. He may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time. The police were given bloody clothes that a woman said came from her boyfriend. She had a hatchet missing and the case matched the one she was supposed to have. There was no blood evidence, then conveniently blood was found. Some of it had additives that is used to test blood. Lab personnel admitted to taking some of the blood. The surviving boy indicated three white males were in the house. Three different instruments appear to have been used. Three white males seen in neighborhood in station wagon resembling the victims' car. Of the guy given up by his girlfriend, he was convicted of murdering a gang members son's girlfriend at 17. He (Lee) worked as a security person for that gang member. That gang member was into Arabian horses and had a fallen out with female victim. They also raised Arabian horses. They want you to believe that the car was found near area Cooper was known to frequent or have relatives. That Lee fellow's stepmother's house was in the same vicinity. Evidence room person later on convicted of stealing heron from there. Sheriff caught with 500 stolen guns. Read up on this. Again, I don't think he would fare well being out, but putting him to death with what they now know. Makes your wonder.

  • MsVAllDay

    My daughter told me about it and i was like no I'm not in that kinda mood to watch something like that.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    I heard of it. What is the movie about?

  • Leigh Burton

    The only complaint Kim Kardarshian should have is the fact that it is 36 years later and he still haven't been executed!

  • kre

    I think this witch gets turned on by helping murderers and rapist free, she probably is having sex with them too. Just nasty vile person inside and out

  • Parent

    The Central Park 5.

  • Parent

    It broke my heart. Especially Korey Wise's story.

  • Parent

    Not sure you can prepare for an injustice of 5 black children like that.

  • Trace da Ace

    hmmmm.....welll...Kim...I see what you are trying to do...but with this one...you may need to do more research before you campaign for him to be released......like..the rape...was he found guilty of that? Or what ever happened to that?? Why was he in a "mens home" to begin with?? Why did he escape?? Alot of questions....ALOT.

  • Lady_Elle

    He may very well be an "escaped" felon & rapist.
    That doesn't make him a murderer.
    I don't know the specifics of this crime. Some of what I browsed was questionable.

  • Lady_Elle

    Thank you. I will check this out. :-)

  • Lady_Elle

    So because he is a rapist... he is a murderer?
    No critical thinking here!
    That is EXACTLY why people of color are convicted FALSELY so often.
    I don't know if this guy is guilty.
    If he is innocent of murder he should be FREED!
    He has already served the amount of time he would have for rape & escaping prison.

  • FIGHT THE POWER

    when is she... i mean the 2 sisters who's really doing all the work, gonna free political prisoners like Mumia, and those still in jail from the BPP, and Move organizations?

  • Sircaput

    This is a very sick statement but at least she is out here getting things done regardless of the agenda.

  • Sircaput

    I felt so bad for him, he got it worst that anyone else.

  • Sircaput

    exactly...this girl can't do nothing right!