VIDEO: Northridge Mom Charged in Swastika Vandalism, 3 Girls Go Free

The vandalism was captured on a neighbor's security camera.

A 43-year-old Northridge woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter and two friends vandalize homes with swastikas, feces and toilet paper, according to the Jewish Journal.

Catharine Whelpley was charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of vandalism, two counts of trespassing and two counts of tampering with a vehicle, the Journal reported.

The LAPD accused Whelpley of driving her 14-year-old daughter and her daughter’s 14- and 13-year-old Nobel Middle School friends to two homes in Northridge. The girls admitted to the April 3 vandalism, but will not face criminal charges because they did not cause permanent damage to the homes, police said. The vandalism was captured on a neighbor's security camera.

Incensed by the , launched a Twitter assault of his own. The issue also became a hot topic of community comments on Patch.

If convicted on all charges, the Journal reported that Whelpley could face up to seven years in county jail or a $13,500 fine, according to prosecutor Ayelet Feiman. Her arraignment is scheduled for June 28.

Read the entire Jewish Journal story here.

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A-24737 January 04, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Based on what you have written above, and the names you have included, you are either one of the three girls, a relative or a friend of one of the three girls. You are misinformed. The girls admitted in court to their actions. The mother also admitted in court to assisting in this disgusting act. Whomever you are, you are supporting the wrong side of "right and wrong." What these girls did and admitted to doing was wrong on so many levels. They apologized in court for their actions, served their sentences and have hopefully learned from this event. The intent of the "trial by jury" was to help them realize what they did was wrong and hopefully, not make the same kind of "lack of common sense" mistake in the future. The victim's family had never intended to hurt the 3 girls by participating in the trial but they also could not allow this act to go unpunished and leave the door open for more of this kind of action. You may wish bad karma on the victim's family but you must not really know who they are. Based on my interview with these people, they are kind, giving and thoughtful people. They had the choice to take further action against the girls and the families in a civil trial but rejected the idea and just wanted the 3 girls to realize how much they hurt their daughter and how scared she was. Whomever you are, you are just wrong... and it's "lying", not "lieing"
A-24737 January 04, 2013 at 11:31 PM
... and by the way, at the trial, 2 of the 3 girls admitted to defecating at the 2 homes. At the first home, the child of the parent who drove the girls admitted to defecating on the side of the house and then smearing the feces on the car window in the driveway. The second girl admitted to defecating on the front porch at the home of the victim. When asked why she did this, she replied with " I thought it would be funny"! Something is very wrong with this person! To "I know", if you are one of the three girls who was involved in this "prank gone wrong", you should really consider what you have written to be more slanderous than informational. If you still feel the victim's family lied in court, you haven't learned a thing and your future will be filled with more of these times in court. Shame on you.
Collette January 07, 2013 at 05:28 PM
This is why most of us do not want anything to do with Religion. Full of Hypocrites. I was raised with Religion and sent my kids to religious schools. Wars are fought over religion. It is a better world without religion. It's like believing in Santa Claus. You die, they put your butt in the ground for the worms to eat and you are done. Not worth fighting over...
Collette January 07, 2013 at 05:57 PM
To do horrible stuff in the name of religion is so stupid.
I know January 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM
I know the child victim and her soul is full of hate now! That's why I told her I can't be her friend anymore! A lot of kids feel the same !!!!!
A-24737 January 12, 2013 at 12:16 AM
So you can be friends with the girls who admitted to committing this crime and you can't be friends with the girl who did nothing? Maybe her "hate" is based on the fact that these 3 girls put swastikas (hate symbols) on her walkway with syrup and one of them defecated on her porch? She felt they targeted her with their hate. You don't seem to understand the fear she had by their act and the level of hate they represent. If you can't be her friend, you must be one of the 3 girls or a friend of one of the three girls. I spoke with the victim after the trial and she said she doesn't hate the girls but feels bad for them and the stupid hate-filled act they did to her family. Considering what she endured, it seems reasonable that she would not want contact with these girls. You, on the other hand, don't seem to really know this girl. Her soul is not filled with "hate" but she certainly can't be "friends" with anyone who do this to her. As for the "lot of kids" who don't want to be her friend, they clearly don't understand the severity of what happened. The swastika symbolizes the Nazi hatred that swept up her Grandmother when she was the same age as these girls are now. Her Grandmother survived years in the concentration camps and the symbol at her home was no joke, it scared the family beyond anyone's comprehension. You need to re-evaluate your point of view who ever you are!
I know January 12, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Btw...you really need to stop lying!!!!
Northridge Neighbor February 14, 2013 at 11:47 PM
You have no clue what this was about. 2 of the girls who did this horrible thing were actually close to the child victim. They were welcome in her home, ate meals at their table, were over night guests and attended her most cherished occasion, her Bat Mitzvah. At one time she truly loved and admired them...Until, they began making bad choices that is and started hanging out with the 3rd one who other kids around school knew was a bully. The parents may not like this about their angels but they were stealing, drinking, smoking and ditching school. The victim decided she no longer wanted to "hang" with them and that's when she "detached" herself from them. She no longer wanted to be associated with them. To them, it was REJECTION and that is when they lashed out at her. She was their conscience, a reminder that they were doing things she did not approve of, so they lashed out at her and the other child victim (who they laughingly called "Jew Nose" behind her back). It wasn't just a silly little prank. They knew she had a very strong identity associated with her heritage, that she was proud and strong and defended issues about civil rights and fought against antisemitism (shouldn't ever one?) Hell, 2 of them had met her grandmother and questioned her about the tattoo on her arm received in a Nazi concentration camp. In court the mother/driver lied and said she and her daughter didn't know what a swastika was or what it stood for....LIAR!
Northridge Neighbor February 14, 2013 at 11:49 PM
The girls were rejected and they were angry and wanted revenge. They wanted to hurt her so badly that they would use the most hateful, disgusting, inhuman symbol in modern history against her. I believe the idiot mother who drove the girls probably had no knowledge that her daughter was going to use those horrible symbols or shit on the doorsteps and deface their property. But I do believe that she was responsible as the parent and guardian to the other girls in her charge to do the right thing. When she heard (and she did hear according to court testimony) what the girls did, she should have turned that car around, forced those girls out of the car to clean up their disgusting mess and make an immediate apology!!! BUT SHE DIDN'T! She was complicit the moment that she knew what they did and drove away. She is weak. She is not a good mother, she is not a role model for anyone. Someone here said that the victims were haters. Haters! Sleeping in their beds they had the most heinous of crimes perpetrated upon them. Haters! They are good, law abiding, peace loving, spiritual, tolerant people. They do not vandalize other peoples property. They do not use slurs to describe another persons ethnicity or religion. They do not shit on their neighbors front porches. They have a deep respect for others. Whether it is religion, or ethnicity or sexuality or political view, they are respectful of others. Unlike the disgusting animals who disrespected and violated them.
Collette February 15, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Wow, you guys really need some therapy and learn to let things go. This has gone on long enough. There are more important things in this world. I would imagine that NONE of the girls involved in this are nice girls. They are ALL probably spoiled over indulged brats...
Collette February 15, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Be glad nobody was physically hurt and teach your girls to be nice to everyone. You will probably find that the victim's have been not so nice to people of other religions or ethnic backgrounds. If no body was physically injured or killed, it is just a learning experience. I teach my children to be nice to everyone. And... they are :)
Collette February 15, 2013 at 06:10 PM
The girls that did this horrible thing looked like beautiful girls on the photos I have seen. Maybe the victims were not so pretty and were a bit jealous. Sometimes they can be just as mean as well. It has probably been a back and forth mean girl thing for some time. Be glad it was caught without anyone being hurt and let's all teach our kids to be nice.... What is that saying you religious people use "let go and let god".. Practice what you preach and let it go. Chances are.. The girls already have (unless they hear their mothers going on and on about it)... Good luck
Northridge Neighbor February 15, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Colette - Yes, thank goodness no one got hurt...But why in the world would you make a statement like "those people were probably not so nice to people of other religions and ethnicities"? Do you know them? Have you seen or heard them make inappropriate or hate filled statements towards someone different than them? You are wrong and for you to make a statement like that you are simply naive.
Collette February 15, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I don't know any of these girls but I do know girls. I know that even though the parents of the victims "think" their girls did nothing wrong and are just sweet and innocent, I would bet money that they are mean girls too and that they have done things to provoke this (not deserve this).. Girls don't typically pick on girls that have done nothing to hurt them in one way or another. I did read something that the victims were unattractive girls and that they were the jealous ones and were saying mean things about the pretty girls and that is why they acted out. Who knows except the girls themselves. Move on and hopefully they will all learn from it. They know by example so work on setting better examples. Ranting and raving is not being a good example... Turn the other cheek.
Collette February 15, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Often bullied teens act out. You never know what causes people to snap. Hormones rage in girls this age. Be glad it was in this horrible/disgusting way and not the other more tragic way we read of in the news.
Northridge Neighbor February 15, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Are you a pretty mean girl too Colette? Is it ok to pick fights with someone you feel is "less than you" because they are not traditionally "pretty"? Again, you don't know any of them. My child knows all 5 of them. You've seen pictures of the mean girls on the internet and assessed that they must be nice because they are pretty. You've never seen nor met the child victims but you "think" or "feel" they must have been jealous of the pretty girls. Well consider this. The "pretty girls" all had failing grades in school, one or more had been arrested for stealing and several (at 14) are sexually active. These "pretty girls" are not angels. The "less than attractive" girl whom you've never met, is a high achiever. She is a straight A student and she is active in progressive social causes. Maybe you should rethink what you are saying. you know nothing and yet you have strong assumptions and even stronger opinions.
Northridge Neighbor February 15, 2013 at 07:44 PM
The reality is that we can only hope that all of the girls have learned something from this and that the parents will all have the sense and courage to stand up and be parents to their teenagers. These years are extremely tumultuous for kids. Hormones, social pressures, school pressures etc... but their parents must have the strength and the wisdom (and I'm afraid they do not) to be disciplinarians and leaders in their homes. Not their teenagers friend. You need a class and a license to drive a car, but any idiot too stupid to use a condom can become a parent.
Collette February 15, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Too funny. But correct. Lot's of people should not be parents.
Collette February 15, 2013 at 07:51 PM
No, I am not one of the pretty girls but I did see ugly girls try to destroy the lives of pretty girls out of jealousy. Maybe they wish the boys were attracted to them so they could be sexually active too. I don't care if they are sexually active. Most girls that age that are attractive are (unfortunately)... Maybe they are failing because they are bullied by your kids or other kids. Who knows. It is so sad... They are all children.
Northridge Neighbor February 15, 2013 at 08:05 PM
You really don't know what went on. At no point up until the night of this incident (when those girls SHIT all over the victims yards) did anyone do any bullying. I would consider that bullying. At one time these girls were all friends. One of them realized that the groups behavior was "risky" and decided to detach from the rest of the crowd. And this is not an issue of bullying on the part of the victims. Where you got the idea that those 2 girls bullied the 3 others is ludicrous. The 2 victims are nice sweet kids who only wanted to be part of the "fast girl crowd" but realized it wasn't such a great idea. They didn't bully them. Why would you turn the victims into the perpetrators? The 3 girls were predators and one of them was a known bully at school. They devised the scheme that night and played it out. Where on Earth would you get the idea that the 2 victims bullied anyone? No, the the 3 girls are NOT the victims here and to believe that is delusional.
Collette February 15, 2013 at 09:02 PM
We all want to think our children are sweet and believe everything they say. I am sure that the other girls moms (maybe not the ring leaders) thought they were sweet too. I think all teenage girls play games, can be mean and do the wrong things at times. Pretending they don't and believing they did nothing wrong can be just as harmful to your kids as driving them over to someone's to deface it. No wonder our society is so messed up. My kids are in college and as much as they were always in private school, on honor roll, complemented by their teachers and I always knew where they were... I still snooped in their rooms. Read their texts. Questioned what they said. It is our jobs. The parents that think their kids are perfect are usually wrong. Those are usually the worst kids because they are good at sneaky... Just saying..
Northridge Neighbor February 15, 2013 at 09:19 PM
I don't deny that children keep secrets and my kids are no angels either but in this particular incident we are talking about 3 girls who did an absolutely horrible thing to an entire family, not just to the girl who used to be their friend. They instilled such a level of fear in those people. Remember what that hateful symbol means to Jewish people. Remember what they woke up to see on their doorstep and all over their driveway. Maybe you are not aware of this, but they thought they had been singled out in their extremely diverse neighborhood just because they were Jewish. This was not a prank to them. This was chillingly real and frightening. Imagine if they had been African American and had woken up to a cross burning on their lawn. To Jews (especially a family with a Holocaust survivor) , this kind of symbol is the same thing. Think about what they must have felt....I only hope that this experience has taught those girls something and they can be better people and better citizens of this planet as a result. To be angry at the victims of this is just not right.
Collette February 15, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I am not angry at the victims. I just hope their parents are not blind to what they might have done or might still be doing. I think most of the people on here would burn those little girls. Adults hating little girls. They are just misdirected little girls who did a horrible thing but not the most horrible of things. I hope that they are able to become amazingly productive adults. I feel for children and I fear for the children whose parents are unaware of their kids wrong doings. That can be just as dangerous.
Collette February 15, 2013 at 09:44 PM
I would suggest that the adults let it go... I am sure the kids were not paying attention in History to learn what the Holocaust survivors went through (especially if they are failing). The probably just found it hurtful like calling someone fat or a stupid christian...
Collette February 15, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Also, I read that one or more of the girls were learning disabled, so rubbing in athe failing student thing might be something your children rubbed in. Not nice for an adult mention here
Parent with Experience February 16, 2013 at 03:17 AM
I am the parent of the girl who was the target and I have sat back for almost a year and just read people's assumptions about what happened and why this occurred. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but so many of you are so far off base. We have kept a low profile simply because this kind of recognition is nothing we wanted or asked for. We don't want to be known as "victims", it's a badge we do not want to wear. This horrible act was directed and played out by a group of 3 very ignorant girls and a very misguided mother. 2 of the 3 girls were friends with my daughter, the 3rd girl (the one whose mother drove them in the middle of the night to our home), we do not know. My daughter made a decision after watching how her 2 friends behaved, to stop interacting with them. She still liked the girls but didn't like their behavior. There was no "fall out", no drama or specific event that caused any hatred. It just became clear that the road these girls were taking was not the road my daughter wanted to go down. She did NOTHING to warrant this kind of action and in the trial, all 3 girls said that she was not the target that night but because they could not find the house of the boy they were attempting to TP, when they drove by our house, they decided that this would be just as good to play out their "prank".
Parent with Experience February 16, 2013 at 03:18 AM
To "I KNOW", you must one of the 3 girls or the girl who also had her home TP'd and shit on that night. I won't post your name as you did with mine because even though your accusations that we are Jesus haters is absurd, I still think there is good in you. All 3 girls come from homes with "issues". We all have issues including my family but we would never act out as these girls did to us. We are a good family and my daughter didn't deserve this hate! We didn't deserve to have swastikas and human shit on our doorstep. We did nothing! 2 of girls have met my mother who is a Holocaust survivor. My mom was 15 when she went into the camps and somehow survived 4 years of worst anyone can imagine. Just think what it was like for me to go outside and see this horrible expression 70 years after my mother's suffering. To "I KNOW", shame on you for twisting this act of hate and making it sound like we did anything to deserve this or we are doing something to keep it going!
Parent with Experience February 16, 2013 at 03:19 AM
I called the police as soon as I saw the symbols. Anyone would have done the same! The Police took this case and saw it as a hate crime and pursued the legal actions against the mother and the girls. We did not do this. We did not take anyone to court, we did nothing but express our feelings in court. We have no actions against the girls or the mother. It is the legal action of the City that has punished these families for thier public crime. We are not vindictive or full of hate but we will not engage with these criminals or have anything to do with them. I specifically told my daughter to NOT have any contact with these people. She is a kind and caring friend and was so hurt and still wanted to reach out to these girls to understand why they did this. I told her it didn't matter and that anyone willing to drop her pants and shit on my doorstep doesn't deserve a friend like her. This was a sick, demented act of hate.
Parent with Experience February 16, 2013 at 03:19 AM
To "Collette", your assumptions and assertions are way off base. Perhaps your experience is driving your opinions but you are so wrong about my daughter and her interactions with these other girls. "Wow, you guys really need some therapy and learn to let things go." We have let this go. This is my first interaction and posted opinion since the trial last year. Your insult is a reflection of your ignorance and I am offended by your post. We did NOTHING to deserve this, we did nothing to perpetuate this and we have done NOTHING TO ANYONE to follow up on this. We want to be left alone and as I said in the trial to the girls and their families, just leave us alone and disappear from our life. Maybe this will clarify a few things to anyone still reading. Shame on anyone who thinks we did anything to deserve this.
Collette February 16, 2013 at 04:57 AM
I am sorry for what you went through. I did say that nobody deserved what happened to your house.. I too had stopped posting here until "your neighbor " posted something. It is over. Hopefully, all the girls learned from this. Luckily, nobody was hurt.


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