March 3, 2010, - 2:18 pm

Dumb Names Crime Story of the Day

By Debbie Schlussel

Since no-one has created a category for criminals with stupid names, I guess I’m gonna have to do it.


Criminal Twins w/Dumb Names: Karhonda & Kashaunda Prophet

In 1991, twin girls from Detroit attacked a mother and her daughter at the Detroit Freedom Festival, a summer-long series of concerts in Downtown Detroit right near the Detroit River.  The crime was racially motivated, as the teen-aged twins, who were Black and in a gang, shouted anti-White racial epithets at the White mother and daughter, as they beat them senseless for no reason.  Prior to that, they were bumping into White people, seeking to provoke a fight.  The incident caused many suburbanites–of both races–to stop going downtown for the Freedom Festival.  But I found at least one sadly amusing thing in this tragic story:  the racist twin thug-ettes were named Cossandra and Cassandra Rutherford.  Yup, almost the same spelling–different pronunciation:  one was “COH-Sandra,” and the other was “CUH-Sandra.”

And, so I’m reminded of Cossandra and Cassandra with this–yet another charming Detroit twin sisters with stupid names story:

Twin sisters who sold their kids’ Social Security numbers so tax filers could falsely claim them as dependents face prison after pleading guilty today to felony tax charges.

Kashaunda Prophet and her sister Karhonda, both 34 and of Detroit, pleaded guilty to assisting in the preparation of false tax returns in front of U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland. Both are to be sentenced June 29.

Prosecutors say Kashaunda Prophet received at least $400 and her sister at least $200 for selling their children’s Social Security numbers to tax preparers. The losses to the Internal Revenue Service associated with the false tax filings totaled $17,500, according to court records. . . .

Kashaunda Prophet, who pleaded guilty to two counts, faces eight to 14 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. Karhonda Prophet, who pleaded guilty to one count, faces four to 10 months.

Perhaps parents should think twice before they name their kids stupid names. You’re probably dooming them to a lot of problems . . . not just crime.

Read my rules for What Not to Name Your Kids.

Exit question:  How do you name your kid “Karhonda”?  You car is a Honda, and you think . . . hey, I know, Kar-Honda!” ?  It reminds me of a TV series that once named a character Lisa Catera from a Cadillac commercial, which urged car buyers to Lease a Catera (a now-defunct Cadillac model).  But even that is better than Car-Honda.

To those who say I’m prejudiced against “African” names, here’s a tip: ain’t no-one in Africa named Karhonda . . . or Kashaunda, for that matter. I seriously doubt their mother knows a word of a single African language. But apparently she knows English and doesn’t like it.

And to those who will trot out the usual race card in some other fashion, this isn’t about race . . . unless you think horrible names are reserved to Black America, and clearly, that’s not my thinking. But it is about a culture . . . a culture of narcissists who insist on having their kids stand out for stupid names from birth, rather than laudable achievements during the life lived thereafter.

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hey, I know, Kar-Honda!” ? It reminds me of a TV series that once named a character Lisa Catera from a Cadillac commercial that asked car buyers to Lease a Catera (a now-defunct Cadillac model).

I was thinking of “My Mother the Car”.

Shy Guy on March 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Deb, my wife was a family court commissioner in after law school (UW 92. I was UW 93) and she told me that there were a lot of stupid names like sibling girls named Waukesha (pronounced Wuh-KEE-shuh) Kenosha (Kuh-NO-shuh) and their little brother Racine (RAY-seen). Another were twin boys named Lemonjello (Luh-MON-je-loh)and Orangejello (Oh-RON-je-loh). The absolute worst was an illiterate woman who named her kid Shi-THEED, and spelled it “Shithead”. Do these people hate their kids? At least the Palins named them after nature, not stupid cutesy things.

Kaiser Sozay on March 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Lemonjello and Orangejello is from an old Eddie Murphy SNL skit. Did someone really use those names?! I have friends from Kenosha and Racine, but this is the first I’ve heard of Waukesha. Gotta love Wisconsin!

LifeInaShoe on March 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm


The most brain dead segment of the population do this to their kids. The kids, unfortunately, have to live with the stupid names.

Chuck on March 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm

The thug twins from the 91′ beat down were at Scotts Correctional Facility. My sources told me a while back that they didn’t exactly reform and/or rehab. They were constantly doing the worse stuff to staff and inmates and suffering not too much because of being black females. Just total scum bag behavior you’d expect from detroits finest. I can only wish they decide to bump into me sometime while I’m out minding my own business. NEWSFLASH!!! Female criminals differ from their male counter parts only in terms of some upper body strength. They’re just as nasty, vicious and with out remorse. They aren’t just falling for the wrong guy or hanging with the wrong crowd.

Joe on March 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Another point I want to make, off topic a bit; What ever happened to the husband of the beaten woman? Why the hell didn’t he throw some skanks on their asses? I wondered this aloud at the time of the incident and most people just kept a wide eyed look on their faces. My ex was groped at a concert about 20 years ago and the four guys behind us just smiled as if they were cute and wouldn’t snitch on the guilty one. My ex’s first reaction was to scream and turn around and instinctivly throw a punch. I responded and demanded to know who did it. After about 3 seconds of no responses, I attacked ALL of them. A couple of my friends stood agape and just stood there as I tossed, punched and kicked. When all was over, nobody stood behind us for the remainder of the show. I am 5’11” and at the time I was a hard 180 with some skills but those skills were on tap because I cared enough to attain them for the time when I needed them.

    Joe on March 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

Ms. Schlussel, you’ve pushed one of my major buttons! I once worked with a pair of young ladies whose names were a source of anguish to them . . . Kwanzaanisha and Shakwonda. The first preferred to be addressed as Nisha, while the other answered to just plain Wonda. They were both very sweet and wonderful people who had been burdened with ghastly names by misguided parents.

I once read that Long Island, NY “Black Princesses” are NEVER given names ending in a vowel, thereby avoiding the ignominy suffered by so many less fortunate children.

Graty Slapchop on March 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm

My favorite is D’Brickashaw (the Jets football player). It’s as though his parents said, “I know. Let’s make up the stupidest name you ever heard of. And then we’ll put a D’ in front of it”.

stevecanuck on March 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm

My grandfather was a product of his generation, and as such would occasionally say things without batting an eyelash which would have me wanting to disappear.

One of these occasions came when we were in a Meijers store and a call for LaTrisha Jackson came over the PA. My grandfather turned to me, shaking his head, and asked in a very loud and audibly disgusted voice, “Who the hell was Saint LaTrisha?”.

To this day, when I hear a name like the ones you mentioned, I ask myself that same hagiographic question.

Islam Delenda Est on March 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm

It’s not just a black thing. As I recall, (white) musician Frank Zappa named his kids Dweezil and Moon Unit. Nor is it an American thing. I read long ago that Brazilian authorities were so taken aback by some of the names given to kids that they were authorized to reject those deemed objectionable.

Raymond in DC on March 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm

There was a girl I knew in college named Shigella, yes the diarrhea causing microbe. I guess it sounded cool to their witless and ignorant parents.

Luis from Mexico on March 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm

The best stupid name I’ve ever heard was from a friend in a hospital OB ward. Baby girl, last name: Tittz, first name: Lushus. Sounds like it is spelled Lushus Tittz. How does that baby not grow up to be a stripper?

Jennifer on March 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I would love to know where Cossandra and Cassandra Rutherford are today. I was a short distance away sitting on my motorcycle when that incident occurred. Traffic stopped dead and people started throwing things. I jumped the curb and headed out on the freeway. The one good thing that came out of that incident was that alcohol was banned for future Freedom Festivals.

Larry on March 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Haaaaa; I recall the coward Rutherford twins and their many racist supporters very well; including the load of a mayor at the time, Coleman Young. I believe they were nicknamed “double trouble”, even long before they beat the defenseless woman for no reason other than hatred. That was a huge media case back then; much like the Malice Green case that followed.

I’m also curious what the racist twins are up to these days. I would bet good coin they each weigh 300+, have procreated numerous times, and their families are providing great job security to prison staff somewhere. Any takers?

Ace on March 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

It’s still perfectly legal for assholes to reproduce.

Perhaps that should change.

The Terrorist's Advocate on March 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Frequently in the maternity ward the mothers are entirely unable to spell the “unusual” names they wish to call their newborns. It is left to the nurse to try and make out an appropriate spelling to these neologisms.

Tim on March 3, 2010 at 8:12 pm

My college girlfriend was a social worker in Richmond, CA, which is black and crime-ridden (thugs recently stormed into a church and shot members). One of her clients had two sons. One was named Orlon and the other Rayon. Presumably she saw these names on many of her garments and thought they sounded nice, with no thought to their meaning or origin. I thought that if she had a daughter, she could name her Polyester, and at least be consistent.

But stupid names are not confined to blacks. There are a lot of space cases in the San Francisco area that have given themselves and their kids stupid names. I met a single mom who changed her name to Ocean and named her daughter Rain. I suggested that if she got accidentally pregnant and had a son, she could name him Flash Flood. She didn’t see the humor in my remark.

Bob on March 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Expounding on Bob’s point, let’s not leave out the possibility of twins or triplets: Partly Cloudy, Slight Chance of Drizzle, and Clearing Up By Tuesday.

The Razor on March 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Yikes, I guess the message of the story here is don’t mess with the IRS. Ouch I have seen worse tax case scenarios without any charges filed. Hey one of them did smile for the mug shot.

CaliforniaScreaming on March 4, 2010 at 1:17 am

It is so embarrassing. Generations of mentally deficient human beings, because a mother thought her duty over when she gave her kid a name from hell.

pat on March 4, 2010 at 2:05 am

From a book I read years ago, this is similar to the above comments.
“G.G.Jackson was born in Chicago’s South Side in 1963. Her mother, Shavonna Jackson had been 15 at the time. Like many 15 year old single mothers, Shavonna Jackson had not thought much about the realities of motherhood, including the immediate problem of what to name her offspring. Overworked interns on rotation in ghetto hospitals did what they could to entertain themselves amid 20 hour days. In 1963 as in other years, one of the standard gambits among interns in inner city delivery rooms was to see who could cause the most outrageous name to be printed on the birth certificate of children bornto ghetto teenagers. 1963 saw some serious comptition in south Chicago. In a five day period there were Chicago area births registered for Madison Avenue Washington, Epluribus Wilson, Nosmo King (waiting room sign No Smoking) Simian Cook & Anus Brown. The award went that week to a young Grosse Pointe Michigan doctor who hated working in the Chicago facility. He suggested a happy sounding name to Miss Jackson. He pronounced the first name with the accent on the second syllable, and Shavonna Jackson thought it sounded nice.Like “Gloria” only only fancier.People who read the name would pronounce it differently, but Shavonna could not read, so the impact of the interns joke was not felt for some time. When Shavonna learned the truth two years later, she started addressing her daughter by her first and middle initial. To this day, G.G.Jackson was unaware of what was actually typed on her birth certificate. It was Gonorrhea Gaily Jackson, originally from Chicago’s south side”

Chris on March 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

My neighbor across the street has a son named D’alecs.

But the 11 year old boy is commonly called Day-Day.

He has cousins named, Tarique (who prefers to be called
Thai) and Jihad (I am unaware of a preference.)

Additionally, there is an uncle called Ro (short for

What your name says about your parents.

jack on March 4, 2010 at 10:10 am

No they aren’t reserved for black people. Look at Gwyneth Paltrows kid Apple. How about Moon Unit and Dwezel Zappa. Rumer and Tallulah Belle Willis (Demi Moore and Bruse Willis’ kids). The bad thing these kids will see if when applying for jobs (excluding the celebrity kids because everyone knows they are mooches and live off Mommy and Daddy), when potential employers see the applications/ resumes, often times, right or wrong, they get disqualified simply on the basis of their names. It is a reality. Years ago I worked in a pharmacy and saw medicaid cards. One woman had 5 kids, one of which was named Pepsi. Really? Sorry kid. Good luck with that.

Musiccgirl on March 4, 2010 at 10:34 am

If Oliver Wendell Holmes is living today and sitting on the Supreme Court, he might have an opinion about “imbeciles” naming their kids with stupid names.

Bobby's Brain on March 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Have I got a story for you! I remember a co-worker who had four daughters. Their names Dawn (born in the early morning) April (from the month of the same) Winter (for that season) and my personal favorite Louise (born in October) because Mom did not want to name her Fall.

The Big Cow on March 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Let’s not forget the girl named Tallulah does the hulla in Hawaii. She had it legally changed. No 5h!t.

stevecanuck on March 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    The name was “Talula likes to hula in the pale moonlight” and it was in Australia or New Guinea. Dumb parents!

    Dawn Marie on December 28, 2011 at 3:02 am

you can’t compare these ‘Saniquah’ names with ‘Apple” and the like.

the former is a pathetic invention due to unreasonable ignorance, the latter is the deliberate misapplication of a standard word already in existence.

in any case, a child named Moon or Apple will certainly fare better in life than some poor dear saddled with a “–kweesha” or “—onda”.

what’s that we always hear about BREAKING THE CYCLE??

ShyAsrai on March 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm

What about naming a kid Yankle short for ‘your ankle’ or Gidi could it mean giddy? As if Shepsel isn’t weird enough or Roni as in riceroni. We have wierd ones too but that said, when we add the oi to perfectly good Hebrew we sound like goofs just as much as the naming of the twins.

Toronto on March 4, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Yankel and Shepsle, etc. are often just nicknames, i.e. Yankle’s real name is Yaakov (Jacob)… Levi’k is Levi Yitzchak… Meilech is Michael Elimelech (Michael)…

    Doda McCheesle on March 5, 2010 at 10:05 am

once again the white man attempts to keep a brother down.
before we were snatched up into slavery and brought to this country we were an nation of kings,queens and mighty warriors.
we name our proud african children names with african sounding words long forgotten but whispered by mouth down thru the generations of oppresion by the white man.
this country was built off the sweat of those mighty slaves and at last we have a true president with a african name,the beautiful sounding obama,which means “the one” in swahili.
yes the chickens have at last come home to roost as the rev wright say.a african pres will at last turn this country around and make right with reperations for the black man.
the proud and powerful twin sisters were both framed as usual,whites are afraid of powerful black sisters with a attitude brought on by years of rape by the white devil slave masters.obama will go down in history as the greatest president.i named my baby obama and my little girl( 1 week old) obamichelle zamzulu williams in honor of obama and his very beautiful wife who is so queen like,zamzulu is ethiopian ,loosly translated it means royal woman who bears many warriors.the black mans time is here athough ther is much discrimination still reperations and special privlages would be a humble start on the long road of forgivness for the evil still be perpatrated to this day against the noble african.

velvet williams on March 5, 2010 at 1:00 am

    You go on training your children to behave like queens and kings. Train them to be dignified, intellegent, temperate, productive and self-controlled!
    As for the twins who brutally attacked an innocent woman and defensless child, do not mourn for them. Instead of rising above all they were subjected to (much at the hands of their own people) they chose to become the worst of their society. Of our society. And if we truly want the world to be better, ruthless and malicious people of all colors should be held accountable for their actions. We should rejoice in criminals being put in jail and being held accountable for their actions! We should teach every child to rise above and prove all naysayers wrong!
    And simply because they are black sisters doesn’t mean they were framed! They chose this for themselves! Move forward in the tasks ahead. There is much work to do. And leave those truly brutal behind. Walk away from the violent choices made of all color and creed and raise up a generation for unnity, freedom and truth!

    Dawn Marie on December 28, 2011 at 3:17 am

My warrior sister Velvet alerted me to this outrageous website.
Once again the jew is spreading lies trying to bring down the black fruit of Allah.
It seems the jewess is jealous of the fact that we can produce so many births, and twins at that!
get used to the black man and woman standing up and making their proud voices heard.
The excellent one Obama and his beautiful queen have just begun to put this country on the path to restitution,although there is not enough money in this world to compansate us for our suffering.
Congrats on the birth of little Zamzulu,your man has told me you may be with child again,bless you,bless you.

mokombo mohhammed on March 5, 2010 at 9:48 am

And welcome to the Nation of Islam.

Feeling more of the love – aren’t you?

stevecanuck on March 5, 2010 at 10:21 am

Another good one that I heard recently, really cracked me up. During Kwame Kilpatrick’s (convicted felon, sociopath, don of the Kilpatrick Criminal Organization, and former mayor of Detroit) recent restitution hearing, Kwame was testifying about his criminal associates supporting his expensive lifestyle; one of many he mentioned, was his mayoral aide DeDan Milton. When Kwame said “De-Dan”, I thought he was stuttering. I think the assistant prosectuor thought so too, and she asked Kwame to repeat the name. Stuttering he was not, and his name really is DeDan.

Not surprisingly, since the hearing, ol’ DeDan has been convicted of federal charges of receiving bribes/kickbacks. His brother Kandia, another former Kwame staffer, has also been convicted of federal bribery.

Ace on March 5, 2010 at 11:10 am

Velvet,thank you for alerting me to the slanderous writings of this jewess. Will she be attacking Kawanza next?
The pictures of Zamzulu are spectacular,the hat and robe make me wonder if she is stepping out to a!
We will continue to monitor this site and attack these 1960’s era acist comments.
The great Rev. Wright was correct,the chickens have at long last come home to the roost,reperations are blowing in the wind at last.
i believe mocking our african traditions is illegal.
Debbie,i am starting a boycott of your racist web site today
you attacked the wrong afro-american group who although slaves have been here much longer than your people have.

maulana karonga on March 5, 2010 at 11:26 am

I taught children of these women. There were a whole bunch. The name is like the name Rhonda–Not Honda. Thus, Ka-Rhonda. The kids were constantly in trouble–no wonder–and the mothers constantly high. You want to fix Detroit schools? Start with the parents.

Detroit Teacher on July 27, 2010 at 7:19 am

Looks like Karhonda has a facebook page. Yikes.

TallerThinner on August 21, 2010 at 10:15 am

Wow….cute real cute spoken from the horses mouth!!!!!!

Kashaunda prophet on August 23, 2010 at 11:41 am

I am abashed that out of 38 comments on this that only one person addressed the fact that these ladies sold their childrens social security number and we are all paying for it. The more I pay in to taxes the more people like this have their hands out to take my tax money. Why don’t people start complaining about tax fraud on blogs the way they do about stupid names.

Mary on February 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I used to have an old Honda Civic, circa 1977. The electrical system was a constant problem, to the extent that the alternator eventually fell out. It finally rusted to oblivion by the time it made 80k miles.

1389AD on August 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Not racist at all Debbie. Sad thing, is, and I live in central VA, any crime that a person of African -American commits around here that end up on the news, is committed by someone(s) with a ridiculous name. About 90% of the time! But by no means is the stupid name a black thing. Many people of all races have dumb ass names. I worked at a bank, and I kid you not, there was and Indian lady name Pretti Dikshit. WTF!?

Rico on November 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

It’s the defective black pathology that fuels the violence that is endemic and part of black culture.
Being “disrespected” calls for immediate action, by fists, knife or gun. Everywhere blacks congregate, there is violence.
In Florida, “young master trayvon” felt that he was disrespected by neighborhood watchman Mr. Zimmerman for asking about his “business” being in that neighborhood. Any ordinary (non-black) person would have explained that he had relatives in the neighborhood and would have been on his way, but not “young master trayvon”. In order to regain his “respect” “young master trayvon” was “forced” (by his defective black pathology) to jump Mr. Zimmerman and attempt to murder him.
In a related note, it is no surprise that many towns and cities “close up shop” when black college students “celebrate” their “spring break” week. It is just not worth it to cater to this naturally violent segment of American “society”. It is far better to “go on vacation” than to deal with the unruly and violent black hordes.

anarchyst on July 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

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