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Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« on: December 25, 2005, 05:40:39 PM »
They were considered royalty in the bodybuilding community, their physiques so perfectly developed that just a few weeks ago they were commanding $3,000 fees for just a few minutes of flexing on stage.

Yet this weekend, Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan sat in a South Shore jail, awaiting extradition to Las Vegas where Titus will formally be charged with murdering the couple's personal assistant and burning her corpse, Las Vegas and local police said.

''They were best of the best," said Darrell Terrell, a nationally ranked bodybuilder who hired the couple in July to pose at a show he promoted in Oklahoma. ''They were the elite in the industry. This whole thing has just shocked everybody."

Titus, 40, and Ryan, 33, were arrested Friday afternoon at a Stoughton nail salon after FBI agents were tipped that the two were heading to Boston to meet a friend, liquidate their assets, and flee the country.

But on the way, Ryan decided to get her toes painted a cherry red, and while she was in the Touch Nails salon, a dozen SWAT team members burst into the store and arrested her. Titus was apprehended without incident while he waited outside in his truck sipping a root beer.

Titus will be charged with murder, Ryan with being an accessory to the crime, officials said.

Their jail cells are a far cry from the accommodations to which the pair had become accustomed. For the past five years they jetted around the globe, appearing in bodybuilding shows, posing for magazines, and endorsing nutritional supplements. This year alone, the pair was scheduled to make appearances in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, and Portugal, according to an itinerary posted on Titus's website.

''Titus had a huge presence," Terrell said. ''He was real showman, just a lot of personality."

Their travel plans took a sudden turn after Melissa James, the couple's 28-year-old live-in personal assistant, was found dead in the trunk of Ryan's red 2003 Jaguar, according to court documents. James had been bound and gagged, the car had been torched, and James's body was partially burnt.

The couple left Nevada. After their arrest, they told police that they threw James out of their Las Vegas home after they realized she had been embezzling from their business, Emperor Enterprises Inc., police said. Later, Titus told police he had also been having an affair with James.

According to police reports, Ryan told a friend that her ''life was ruined" because she had bought seven bottles of lighter fluid with her credit card at a Wal-Mart.

''She was just such a sweet girl," Frank Bohm, a bodybuilding promoter from Washington, said of Ryan. ''This whole thing is hard to believe, but that she would have anything to do with it is really tough to swallow."

Titus grew up outside of Detroit and became interested in bodybuilding when he realized that at 130 pounds, he was too small to play on his high school football team, according to his website. After high school he moved to Texas and then California, where he began to compete.

In 1995 he served a year in jail on drug charges, according to his website, but returned to competition and, with his frame carrying 260 pounds, began placing in national events around 2001.

Around that time he met Ryan. Ryan, who is from Minneapolis, was a competitive gymnast as a child and later attended University of South Carolina, where she started winning regional fitness titles. By the late '90s she was winning national titles and appearing on magazines, according to her website.

Titus had a reputation as the ''bad boy" of bodybuilding, Bohm said. ''He was outspoken and not everybody liked that."

Titus was also coming close to the end of his professional career and was trying to launch a bodybuilding governing body to compete with the International Federation of Body Builders, Bohm said.

Terrell said Titus had just found a location to open a store specializing in workout gear.


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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2005, 03:15:19 AM »
elite class of thugs and bums

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2005, 04:03:17 AM »
When you are in the top 30 of the WORLD then you are elite. There are millions of bodybuilders competing.


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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2005, 12:04:10 PM »
Media hype. BTW you would think that a dozen swat guys would have been falling all over each other in that tiny nail salon.  ;D If they were really concerned about the customers in that place they could have easily waited for her to come out and grab her then.

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2005, 12:10:40 PM »
that nail salon is 20 feet wide

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2005, 12:23:08 PM »
Maybe they wanted to see which color she chose.

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2005, 12:25:40 PM »
I think the IFBB did it so Craig and Kelly would not get their federation off of the ground, think about, who runs the IFBB and what do they have in common with most?

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2005, 12:27:14 PM »
That's probably why she looks serious in the mug shot; only 4 toes done. The story remains untold..

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2005, 12:33:11 PM »
The Boston Globe's fact-checking is faulty.  Titus began competing when he lived in Texas.  He didn't move to California until after he served out his first prison sentence. 

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2005, 12:34:16 PM »
Apparently journalists don't have to be accurate.

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2005, 12:45:06 PM »
Apparently journalists don't have to be accurate.

since being purchased by the new york times company the boston globe has gone down hill

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2005, 03:02:34 PM »
Their jail cells are a far cry from the accommodations to which the pair had become accustomed. For the past five years they jetted around the globe, appearing in bodybuilding shows, posing for magazines, and endorsing nutritional supplements. This year alone, the pair was scheduled to make appearances in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, and Portugal, according to an itinerary posted on Titus's website.


You have to admit that makes being a pro bodybuilder sound pretty sweet.  Far better than, "the two made a living cramming oversized physiques into coach seats, eating tuna from a can and tupperware containers full of rice and broccoli en route to posing in high school auditoriums to throngs of awe struck amateur fans."  The Boston Globe made the pros sound like quite the well appreciated jet-setters.  If only it could be like that. 
My point being that I think we should all enjoy that article because that's the last one like it we'll see. 
This whole thing is going to bring quite a stink to the world of bodybuilding and fitness.  Let's just hope that Chick and former rep Ray can keep some positive light shining on the sport.

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2005, 03:05:48 PM »
Did she get to finish the pedicure?  ::)

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2005, 03:27:57 PM »
This is just two individuals. I'm not sure this has much effect on bodybuilding as a whole. The story might not receive much attention, either.

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2005, 03:33:57 PM »
This is just two individuals. I'm not sure this has much effect on bodybuilding as a whole. The story might not receive much attention, either.

I'd like to hope not but it usually is the case.  Some psycho mom kills off the cheerleading competition so her daughter can make the squad and they paint all cheerleaders with the obsessed brush.  Some high school wrestler with a heart murmur puts on a trash bag and jumps rope in a sauna to make weight and the feds pull fat burners off the shelves.  I have a bad feeling the media is gonna go nuts with this one.

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2005, 03:42:51 PM »
If they haven't already, don't hold your breath... ::)

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Re: Boston Globe: "Accused Bodybuilders Were in the Elite Class"
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2005, 04:07:51 PM »
check court tv  if they are covering the hearing in dedham