A building collapsed into an open thrift store despite several complaints to Philadelphia city officials such as no hardhats and a wall still standing above an open store.
One person was arrested when a wall fell into the Salvation Army store killing six. Sean Benschop was the crane operator who was blamed for the disaster, and who is now in jail without bail on a manslaughter charge. No one in the media has talked to him in jail to get his side of the story. He was a self-employed licensed city contractor with his wife as the bookkeeper. She, was also the bookkeeper for Griffin Cambell Construction,the demolition firm that finagled getting Sean listed as a city contractor. Sean was overjoyed that he was finally overcoming his handicap of being an ex-con with a marijuana background because of his stingy boss’s unexpected gift. On the job he was paid cash at the end of the day like the other employees and had no assurance that he would be hired the next day. By being called a contractor he didn’t have workman’s compensation benefits.
The demolition was done extremely cheaply and extremely fast, dawn to dusk. Unless he liked Chinese take out, he may not have know there was an open store next to where he worked.
A lot of gentrification is in the neighborhood, an arson fire at the other adult theater across 22nd St. Papa John’s Pizza lost it’s lease, got it back with a huge rent increase and is now suddenly out of business. After the detester, the structures Salvation Army was continued to be town down to an empty lot in the poring rail.. Perhaps their was structural damage elsewhere more attributable to sabotage for gentrification purposes.
A comprehensive article on who should be blame is at Philly Independent Media,
Systematically making a death happen is not unique,
I recall Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya claiming that the concert producers wanted Michael dead. See the video she is no longer mad at Dr. Conrad,
With my landlord Kalvin Khan for 20 years, I ended up rushing him by cab. or with 911 a few days after each time he started to get a cold. My key to his apartment downstairs was missing and there were no more keys in his key drawer. Kalvin wanted to go with me to the key store instead of me borrowing his last key to copy it. On Saturday December 30 2006 the mail carrier noticed the front door covered for the first time. I again ran into that mail carrier recently,
New Year’s 2007 because the new handyman wouldn’t get off my land phone after asking Kalvin’s new girlfriend is she had a key, I ran to the pay phone in hysterics calling 911, but the police didn’t come the 911 operator said later because another call came right before mine saying it probably wasn’t a problem but should be checked. Later he talked Kalvin’s estate executor into letting him clean up, then getting food stamps, then bringing a lot of furniture in, and putting a For Sale banner for a shady realtor who arranged not to pay anything until both he an I left, he never did and Kalvin’s will said I was supposed to stay and take care of his cat until the cat died.
When I posted that handyman’s name on Oped News as part of this story I was kicked off the blog, which is a problem for the issue as well as myself because Oped News likes to cover Philly news, perhaps someone call alert them to
The more important than the handyman’s name that Kalvin Kahn lived below me at 526 S 45th St Phila PA 19104. Those who get away with murder may not in the end do so similar to old child molestation incidents, coming back to haunt abuser years from now. However no matter what the distant future will decide Sean Benschop is in jail without bail since June 6, 2013
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