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Ha! The Mighty Fall at The Diner [at] Penda’s Realm - Cookies - the coin of Penda’s Realm.
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Ha! The Mighty Fall

I knew Suzanne Wangler when I worked at Westborn Market. She wasn’t very nice, sort of always looking down her nose at you. She always made it a point to mention her Country Club affiliations (Red Run) and where her kids went to school (Shrine). When my husband delivered the Tribune, they paid late and NEVER tipped.

Westborn isn’t the kind of market where you just wander off without paying. And $663.00 worth of merchandise isn’t exactly something you can just slip into your jacket.

Her husband was John Wangler, former U of M Quarterback. Used to see him a lot on local sports shows talking about. They’re local people - local Rich People - who live in big houses and drive expensive vehicles, and apparently shop life because living so well has gotten boring.

Part of me thinks she has a problem - to which I say, and…?

The other part of me thinks she honestly believes she’s done nothing wrong because of who she married and where she lives.

The other, other part of me thinks that the Wanglers are broke living in an empty mansion on Vinsetta practically hand to mouth having sold all of their furniture and finally tiring of killing and roasting loose pets in the fireplace.

That’s just a vicious rumor I’m starting. Feel free to embellish and pass along.

I think I may take work off on December 6 to go to court.

Former Local 4 Reporter Arrested

Former local 4 reporter Suzanne Wangler was arraigned Tuesday on charges that she intended to shoplift a cart full of food from a market on Woodward Avenue.

Wangler’s attorney said in a statement that the Royal Oak resident is innocent. He said police never found any evidence of the groceries in her car and the store admits she never took anything.

On Nov. 11, employees at the Westborn Market, 27659 Woodward Ave., said they spotted a woman wheeling a shopping cart filled with more than $600 of merchandise out of the store without paying for it around 6:30 p.m.

Employees told police that the same woman had been at the store on previous occasions trying to take merchandise from the market in Berkley, according to the Daily Tribune.

Employees said the woman fled in an SUV, leaving the parking lot with the headlights of the vehicle turned off as she traveled south on Woodward, the newspaper reported. Employees were able to get the license plate number and police tracked the 1996 gold Lexus SUV to Wangler’s address.

“Ms. Wangler is a longtime, upstanding citizen of Oakland County and we plan to establish her innocence on the allegations,” said her attorney, Joseph Cross, in a statement to Local 4.

She is charged with retail fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. She was released on a $1,000 bond and was instructed by district court judge William R. Sauer to have no contact with Westborn Market or its employees. She will appear in court on Dec. 6.

Wangler left WDIV in April 2000.

When I first heard the story, WDIV (channel 4) was teasing it as “a former local reporter arrested”, so I switched to Channel 7, but they had nothing. I really thought it would be Frank Turner, he of the credit cards maxed out on phone sex, but alas he’s still preaching the smarmy Word of The Lord. Maybe next time.

Seeing who it is, at first I was surprised that WDIV would rat out one of its own, but then I remembered - that station lost any shred of integrity when Emory King was escorted off the premises last year with no word from anyone for months about what happened.

WDIV will eat their own every single time.

Last night I couldn’t find *anything* on Suzanne Wangler - I did a Google Search and came up with nothing - no hits, no sites. Today, she’s everywhere.

Some Gems:

Possible acting career and she’s good at “compiling things”, like items in a shopping cart.

Keep an eye on the collection plate at Shrine Church this Sunday folks. It might be a little light after traveling down the Wanglers’ pew.

(I fully expect mail after that remark)

Edit 08/11/06:

I’m closing comments on this one because it’s clear to me that people surfing to this post, generally don’t bother to read the other 4 post on this very subject.

After this initial post and a few follow-ups, Ms Wangler plead guilty and was placed on probation. I thought that was a pretty strong and brave thing to do, and I said so. Later I got a personal e-mal from Ms. Wangler which I posted, and I really considered the matter closed.

However, there are ignorant people that like to surf here, read a few sentences and declare me unfit to be a human, to which I saw “fuck you” and your anonymous handles and fake e-mails. If you don’t have the balls to tell me who you really are and still feel like hiding, there are almost 1,300 other posts you can wank off to, but you’ll leave this one alone.

Here now, all the rest of the posts in the Wangler Saga:

Thanks For Owning Up
Kristin’s Post
Ego Surfing with Idiots
An open letter and apology

Please read them all before spewing your ignorance all over this blog. Thank you.

33 Responses to “Ha! The Mighty Fall”


  1. 1 gerry pagella Dec 3rd, 2005 at 2:53 pm

    The employees at Westborun market have no idea what they are talking about. first of all Suzanne Wangler is not even married to John Wangler. Why do these people want to ruin someone’s life. Is it because they are jealous. She’s a friendly, kind person and sure if you ask she will tell you where her kids go to school - isn’t that part of having a conversation. You people did a real number on a very good person

  2. 2 john Dec 3rd, 2005 at 10:01 pm

    Ironically she is teaching women how to plan financially for their future. How ironic!

  3. 3 Penda Dec 3rd, 2005 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Gerry.

    I remember her from Westborn (many years ago. her checks, you know when she paid, said “John and Suzanne Wangler”. When my husband delivered their paper and (when the remembered to pay) their checks said “John and Suzanne Wangler”.

    It’s interesting to note that the papers don’t say Mrs. Wangler or Miss Wangler - they say “Ms.” Now, either she’s no longer married to John and she’s keeping her married name because it give her some feeling of prestige OR John is trying to keep his name out of the papers - I mean what kind of husband lets his wife shoplift in their own neighborhood?

  4. 4 Penda Dec 3rd, 2005 at 11:08 pm

    Oh, and Gerry:

    From the back of the BOOK she PUBLISHED which is currently on Amazon.com:

    “Suzanne Wangler is usually flying high in Chopper 4 for WDIV-TV. Her reports have won her numerous awards and accolades. She is a UM alum by marriage. Her husband John was the quarterback for the 1981 Rose Bowl winning team.”

    Is she no longer married to John and keeps his name for prestige purposes? Interesting.

  5. 5 Atia Dec 5th, 2005 at 9:07 am

    I was one of those people who searched the internet last week regarding the Suzanne Wangler incident and couldn’t find one article about it. I assumed the local news community was protecting their own. (My mom told me she overheard two ladies in the grocery store talking about it) Thanks for posting a story about it.

    I guess I watching too much cable news, (Fox & CNN) because I had no clue that Emery King was gone. Escorted off the premise!! If you have additional info about him, please share.

    It’s nice to stumble upon a local blog website. I will check in daily.

    Keep up the good work!

  6. 6 Amby Dec 5th, 2005 at 9:12 am

    I almost fell of the couch laughing when that story aired…and it seemed to me they sure reported it with a sense of glee. I have my own story about why I can’t stand Chuck Gaideca, but I’ll tell you about that some other time. Great blog, see you later!

  7. 7 mike Dec 5th, 2005 at 11:10 pm

    Did you know that John Wangler cheated on his wife with a black lady and that is why they got divorced. He thinks he owns the town and that he can not be touched. Now he wants to try and destroy Suzanne. You ever think that a cheating ex-husband is at fault. Yes and he goes to church at Shrine. a cheating husband he was.

  8. 8 Penda Dec 5th, 2005 at 11:42 pm

    That’s nice, Mike - “a black lady”. Was she Black like me or one of them darkies (mayhap the proper term is ‘colored’) that keep slipping past the 8 Mile Border? I do love high society and the lingo that goes with it. I suppose if it had been one of those nice “white ladies” it would have been okay and not worth mentioning.

    So John dressed as Suzanne, tried to shoplift several hundred dollars worth of merchandise, hopped in a rather distinctive SUV and just happened to leave it at Suzanne’s house sp the police coiuld find it. Has he paid the staff of Westborn to lie for him? Maybe all of Berkley is in on it. Oh to have such power! I suppose those other times she’s tried to walk off with merchandise have been “other people” or mistaken employees too.

    What you have is “conjecture”, Mike. You have a rumor, and I have facts. The police and Westborn have facts. I report the news that’s reported, and you seem to be reporting rumor, which for now is baseless.

    So, since you say he cheated, are you having him excommunicated from Shrine? Maybe he’s confessed his sins and is alright with the Lord? I forget how that works. Will she be using it as part of her defense? Is it the really the horrible scandal you claim it to be? How on earth does the Upscale Homeowners Association sleep at night knowing they have a klepto and an unfatiful husband living amongst them?

    This story gets better and better.

  9. 9 Peyton Dec 6th, 2005 at 1:27 pm

    While I am sure that it is gratifying for you to list your true feelings on the internet for total strangers to read and respond to, maybe you should take a moment and realize that this woman has four children that yes ( as you mentioned you hated hearing) go to Shrine and live in Royal Oak. This is a real situation that has real victims…four of them. Its bad enough that they have had their mother on the evening news and in all the local papers and now this. If you have a heart at all then you will remove this trash from your page so that these kids have a chance to heal.

  10. 10 Penda Dec 6th, 2005 at 2:15 pm

    GAH - here we go.

    “Won’t someone please think of the children?”

    I see, so Suzanne didn’t think about the consequences of her actions and John (apparently) didn’t think about the consequences of his actions, and I’m supposed to just let it go, not make comment about the selfish, inconsiderate actions of two grown adults who apparently haven’t grasped the basic reality that is Grown-Up Responsibility?

    Riiight.

    This is a real situation brought on by real people who think they’re above the law, above basic human compassion, and obviously don’t care one whit about their kids - or else they wouldn’t have done it in the first place.

    You know what healing is, Peyton? Facing what you did, laying it out in the sun for the world to see and acknowledging that it happened. Sitting down with your kids and saying - “Mom and Dad majorly f*cked up here, and we’re not the best role models for anyone not carrying a crack pipe in their jacket pocket”. They want to heal - that’s what therapy is for.

    This is my website, 2,500 MB of editorial and personal opinion. The day you being to pay for my site hosting and my bandwidth is the day I will take your “advice” and remove my opinion from these pages.

    If you’d rather not see these *hurrible* things on the Internet, stop ego-surfing.

  11. 11 Leticia Dec 13th, 2005 at 12:32 pm

    I still want to know what ever happened to Emory King?

  12. 12 Blue Drew Dec 14th, 2005 at 9:53 am

    What a great blog back and forth…think of the children…think of the UM alumni association…think of Westborn…think of RO and Shrine…too much thinking going on!
    Bottom line is that this woman is clearly crying out for help…maybe from a professional life that fizzled out…one day on top of the world in the Ch. 4 chopper, the next another person in Oakland County…hey, at least she can use the mug shot for her bio…she can say she made numerous local tv appearances in early December 2005!
    I guess it’s not surprising that Ch. 4 teases the story…tee-hee…guess what happened! Ratting out their own is just plain stupid…and Emery King while able to spread his wings w/ doing in-depth documentaries for Ch. 4, really got screwed…I mean, the guy KNEW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT! And here’s Frank Turner, all redeemed and forgiven over at Ch. 7…sigh…but GREAT BLOG!
    And I’m not afraid to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  13. 13 Joe Friday Dec 24th, 2005 at 1:09 pm

    I lost a pair of Wranglers at the Westborn, MI recently. I was with my first born and I also had my new born. A asked a young lady to take groceries out to my car which was not parked too far. She told me a story that was news to me. But what does this girl want to be?

  14. 14 Kristin Jan 11th, 2006 at 7:13 pm

    Excuse me, do you realize she does have kids, and you are destorying them publically. You all need to get lives. John is married to a Puerto Rican women and the family is very happy. Because Mrs. Wangler a very nice person made one mistake doesnt mean you need to exploit the whole family on the internet.Just because your husband delivers newspapers doesnt give you the right to ruin and stick your nose in what isnt your buisness.

  15. 15 Kristin Jan 11th, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    OH look whos all high and mighty bc they have a stupid website online where she likes to destroy other people. Posting whitty resposes to people that know and love the Wanglers. Notice how no one has tried to defend what she did but ask for a little compassion toward the children who will never go through a day without thinking about how their mommy went to jail. So while you sit there and destroy the whole family when its “your job” I truly hope its satisfying, because tomorrow when I see their kids which I will, I’ll remember your snappy little “mummy and daddy effed up”.

    best of luck with karma

  16. 16 hardly_angelic Jan 12th, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    Hello, Kristin. I’d like to bring your attention to this particular passage.

    “…a little compassion toward the children who will never go through a day without thinking about how their mommy went to jail.”

    Actually, my compassion *is* with the children, and that is apparently more compassion then their own mother had for them.

    Penda didn’t steal. Suzanne Wangler did. What exactly do you think the point is again? Who is the wrongdoer again? The suffering the Wangler children are experiencing is courtesy of their mother, and I think they probably have more critical things to worry about that the stories and accompanying opinions featured on this, or any other, website.

    If your true regard is on behalf of the children, then you’ll direct your disdain toward the one that caused the situation along with the attendent grief and shame on the part of the family, not someone who wrote about it on the web.

  17. 17 Suzanne's Old Roomate Feb 27th, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    She lost custody of her kids a long time ago. She rips everyone off. If you are a friend of hers still it is because she hasn’t ripped you off. She ripped me off for $1,600. If you look a little deeper you would know she has a “shopping addiction”, no job and sleeps around a lot. I know from first hand knowledge. One time my friends and I were with her when she stuck her hand down my friend’s pants and whipped it out and looked at it and frenched kissed him.

    She’s a loser who lost her kids, uses the name Wangler for the prestige it once gave her.

    At her father’s funeral her sister let her have it front of me for being a whore and taking advantage of her dying father.

  18. 18 Dave Mar 14th, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    I’d like to meet Ms. Wangler. She must live near me because I live near Westborn.
    How can I get in touch with her?

  19. 19 Dave Mar 30th, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    Ms. Wangler is having problems again. She just made an appearance in Royal Oak court on 03/24/06 for driving w/o a license.
    I’d like to meet her.I’m just the guy to set hr on the correct path.

  20. 20 helen Apr 6th, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    r u rly that desperate for attention? ruining someones rep online…wow, penda, how low can u go. So suzanne made a mistake,,,,were all human!!!!!! she is now being punished by not being able to c her kids, which she will soon because i am VERY close wit her. U need to get a life n stop trash talkin someone because u have nothin bettta to do…so get off ur lazy ass n get a life…go to church….DO SOMETHIN just stop ruining ppls lives….im sry to be the one to tell u this but ur a bitch…a stone cold bitch.thank u…bu bye

  21. 21 jo ellen May 7th, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    helen number one are you a kid because no adult talks like that you know she is a bitch so live with it she buys her kids stuff to show them her love. Suzzane rips everyone off she ripped me off of 2,001.02 she is a cold hard bitch. She looks like a lady from the grinch who stole christmas and michael jackson combined she is a whore john’s wife is always telling me how she leaves him bad but good sounding messages she is a flat out ass and you should know that okay

  22. 22 jo ellen May 12th, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    Knock it off, people. I will not tolerate people posting addresses and phone numbers.

    -Penda

  23. 23 helen May 12th, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    r u rly that desperate for attention? ruining someones rep online…wow, penda, how low can u go. So suzanne made a mistake,,,,were all human!!!!!! she is now being punished by not being able to c her kids, which she will soon because i am VERY close wit her. U need to get a life n stop trash talkin someone because u have nothin bettta to do…so get off ur lazy ass n get a life…go to church….DO SOMETHIN just stop ruining ppls lives….im sry to be the one to tell u this but ur a bitch…a stone cold bitch.thank u…bu bye

  24. 24 suzanne wangler May 19th, 2006 at 8:06 am

    An open letter and apology.

    I am my own worst enemy. Divorce, severe depression and a 1/2 bottle of wine is not a good combination. It is not an excuse for my actions. My heart is broken. I’ve let down my family, my friends, the community, and most importantly, my four children. I am crying as I write this because my daughter just left for school this morning. She was so upset. She has been looking at this website for postings. We are extremely close. All my children are. I told her from the beginning I didn’t approve of her searching the web for upsetting information.
    This is what she said…”Mom, I read Penda last night and this woman Jo Ellen said some really mean things about you. Are they true?” I told her partially. I know the women who made the post (an investigative reporting background helps.)
    She is a very good friend of mine and a wonderful mother. She had every right to write what she did. A little embellished, but thats not the point. I did owe her money. $200 for cleaning my home. (not 2,000). I went to her home last week to confront her, to say it was O.K. Our children are friends and I missed our friendship. I also gave her the money I owed her.
    Just so you know, I am writing this to set the record straight for once and for all. (I have declined TV and newspaper and radio interviews, etc for “my” side of the “TV Reporter royally screws up” saga. Who should really care anyways–no one really knew who I was. I was a peon reporter. All people care about is Carmen, Devin, Emery or Diana Lewis. Not me.
    But none the less my children didn’t need to see me on TV one more time just so I could speak out. I am writing now because they are hurting. I am hurting. We are all trying to heal. Who is at fault. Me. Who escapes the drama of divorce, moving back to Royal Oak, living 10 doors down from their former husband and new wife, and going into business with his sister. Me. What happened? This year (I am finally in therapy)is the first year I have “greived” the loss of my marriage. The breaking up of our family. I crashed. And boy did I ever.If you truly know me, you know I am a giver in life. I am not a taker. What I did at Westborn market was simple when you analyze it. I crossed the line. Pushed the cart too far ( I never left the patio to set the record straight.) But I was wrong. It was a cry for help. Was I thinking? No. Just wallowing in my pain and not thinking about anything but myself. I did not feel in control of my life. I blame me. I own this. I am paying for this. I accept this. But what it all boils down to is this: There are so many things wrong with our world… Starvation, Hunger, Poverty. And now my children are being devastated over and over again by the postings. Penda, its not your fault. I applaud your hard work and courage and drive and passion to do this site. Your husband was always one of my favorites. But my children. I screwed up, and to have them hurt is like having a knife pierced into your heart. I love them so much. Do you realize how hard it is to lay down at night-and think of what I put my children through? For the rest of their lives they will remember this. I scarred them…I’ve devastated them. I have let them down. But if you know me I am a fighter. This is a hiccup in life. A bad one. I will not let this incident define me. Our family will mend, and wind up stronger and closer than ever. I will make sure of it. But what I won’t tolerate is this: sitting back and let others wonder who I am. If you know me I am a pleaser in life. I want everyone to feel good. I take on too many things just to please everyone and wind up running out of steam…
    I am not a “whore”. That is a joke. I can look down at my two hands and count the men I have been intimate with my entire life. My old roommate embellished her story. She was mad, and wanted to lash out. But she is right. I owed her money from a deposit she paid when I rented out my basement after the divorce. What hurts is that the children and I embraced her as family. They miss her. So do I. And if she reads this please call me. I am slowly getting back up on my feet. I will pay you what I owe plus interest.
    After the divorce, I was so out of it–I would go for months not answering the phone or opening my mail. Depression. This is all not an excuse. Just fact. Unpaid bills, lawsuits for non-payment, you name it-it happened to me. I don’t want this to sound like a “poor old me story” I just want to set the record straighht. Up until the divorce my life was pretty good. I had done things in life I was so proud of. Mostly our 4 children. John is not to blame here. He cheated. He may or may not have been sharing his life with his secretary for years..I’ll never know the truth, but I do know this. He had every right to. I was so caught up on my ego. Being on TV. He wanted me home with the children. I should have listened. For the record, I do think he has found his soulmate in his new wife. From what I understand she is wonderful. Kind, giving, and caring to my children. But I am from the old school. Italian. Catholic. Things for me are black and white for me. It’s hard to change but I am trying. (I could never fathom in my wildest dreams laying down with a married man. With 4 children. knowing what this will do to them. It is so hard to forgive. But I am trying). Either you cross the line or you don’t. Either you cheat or you don’t. I grew up in a home where my father told my mother daily how much he loved her. How lucky he was to have her. They cuddled on the couch at night, danced in the kitchen and kissed in the hallway. (It wasn’t all niverna. They had some pretty mean fights too just like all couples). But they were caring and loving and giving parents while my 2 older brothers and younger sister were growing up..and still to this day. So much love. They were married for 36 years. Then my father died. That is why I cannot bring myself to even look at or even talk to John and his wife. Did I act crazy at times? Yes. I was off the hook. I couldn’t cope. Now I am getting better. I only say positive things about John and his wife (now) or I don’t say anything at all.
    To set the record straight. I do not live in an empty mansion on Vinsetta Blvd. It is filled with something priceless..lots of love. For the record, I did not build this home, design it, or do anything with it. Just bought it because it was close to Shrine, the childrens father and our Church. If it were me I’d live in a ranch home with 4 children and one bathroom and be happy, just like it was in my childhood. I bit off more than I could chew with this home–but I am doing better financially now. It is in my mother’s name. It’s our investment. Her retirement and mine.
    For the record again, I never lost custody of my children. John and I have joint custody. The arrangement is to split the week between parents.
    Desite attempts for both of us to fight in court for full custody of our children…all the therapists, and lawyers and judges and experts caame to the same conclusion. John loves his children and they love him. Suzanne loves her children and they love her. Our children know all of this. Every word I write. We are all that close. For the record John is a wonderful father. A cheating husband though (sorry)..and we both love our children. I know I am rambling, but these are just some of the thoughts swirling in my head. I wanted to do this for myself, and for my kids. Especially my oldest daughter. I can only imagine what is going through her head at school right now. Anyway, please do not respond to this. I do not want the drama to continue. Every day is a better day and we are all so lucky. We should all be writing about that. Sincerely, Suzanne Wangler.

  25. 25 hardly_angelic May 19th, 2006 at 10:58 am

    Ms. Wangler:

    Thank you for your comment. You sound accountable for your actions, and contrite. I wish you the best of luck in your future.

  26. 26 edward pagella May 22nd, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    Suzanne, that was an excellent letter. I am proud of you to own up to all of this and get your life back together. I know you went through alot of hard times and it is refreshing to see how you have grown. You are right, this will pass in time and you live and grow. Your oldest daughter will grow from this as well. she will see how it made their family stronger and better. I wish the very best too you and will help you whenever I can. Good job and keep your head up. Your brothers and sister are proud of you and we do care.

  27. 27 Chantel Jul 6th, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    Ms. Wangler,

    It takes couage and guts to submit an open letter of apology on the Internet. I wish you the best.

  28. 28 GEE DUBYA Aug 9th, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    MontiL:

    Your myriad gratuitous assertions, by the rules of logic, can be as equally gratuitously refuted. As a “writer” you know that, even if you are a product of public education.

    I gotsta be mentionin’ it too; great pic there.. Is that the first frame of your pole dance video?

  29. 29 Penda Aug 10th, 2006 at 10:25 am

    Very cute, GW.

    By the way, would you be Barry, the owner of Hijinks, or just some mouth-breathing gimp who like the attention of pretty girls, knowing he doesn’t have the dick to actually bed them? I log IPs, and the next time you want to be cute on my site, I ake a phone call. Capisci?

    There are follow up articles on this one, but it’s clear to me that your ham-handed manipulation of the keyboard coupled with your extremely short attention span, prevented you from following all the links.

    Bye bye, troll.

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