Chris Brown's alleged altercation with his bodyguard on a pit stop to Bermuda was the Bermuda Sun's top story of the year. *Creative Commons photo by Eva Rinaldi
Chris Brown's alleged altercation with his bodyguard on a pit stop to Bermuda was the Bermuda Sun's top story of the year. *Creative Commons photo by Eva Rinaldi

One of the great things about having a website, is we can see what people actually read online. 

It helps give us a feel of what truly resonates with you, our readers.

Below are the Bermuda Sun’s top 50 most read stories online for 2013. 


1. Did Chris Brown ditch bodyguard in Bermuda?

American bad boy Chris Brown allegedly got into an altercation with his bodyguard on a pit stop to Bermuda. Brown arrived in Bermuda on board a private plane, which stopped here to re-fuel. His bodyguard never got back the plane and made alternative arrangements to fly back to New York on JetBlue. 

The Bermuda Sun’s Mikaela Ian Pearman broke this story and it was picked up by other media outlets all over the world. 


2. Tragedy hits Island Games


Two Faroe Islands badminton officials were killed in a car accident on their way home from the Bermuda Island Games. 

James Burton reported Hogni Carlsson and Vilhjalmur Gregoriussen were travelling in a hire taxi after the team had landed back in Faroe via private charter. 


3. ‘Our love for you will never fade’

James and Pauline Watlington told the Bermuda Sun they had been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support they had received in the wake of their daughter Charlotte’s death. 

Simon Jones reported that the 34-year-old died earlier this year in Boston where she had been receiving medical treatment for the last year. 


4. 
‘I can’t believe he’s gone’

The devastated wife of a ‘devoted family man’ spoke of her unimaginable sense of loss after the tragic death of her husband. Gareth Hendrickson died suddenly on a Saturday night in July, just a day after he had been discharged from hospital for treatment to a blood clot on the lung. 

His wife, Tricia, described the 39-year-old father of their three young boys, Malcolm, Nicholas and Christopher, as her ‘rock’.


5. 
Frankie ‘had two lives’ 

Dishevelled, dirty and disorientated — Frankie Simmons was a familiar figure in the back of town where he wandered the streets for years pushing a grocery cart full of rusting and rotting memorabilia.

But behind the tattered shoes and the motorbike sprocket and assorted ornaments that hung around his neck lay glimpses of a past life.

It was a life that saw him proudly raise a family, attend his daughter’s secondary school graduation in a smart blue suit, work his way up the ranks at the Pink Beach Club and even have his artwork put on public display.

His past life intrigued readers who had only witnessed his eccentric meanderings since mental illness took hold more than two decades ago.


6. Family hit by ‘wave of grief’
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A grieving family was hit by the devastating triple heartbreak of losing a mother, a father and a son all in the same year. Lorrie Bennett-Bean passed away earlier this month in hospital at the age of 47 after a brave battle against cancer. But her death came just months after she had buried her husband, Millard Bean — who dies in an industrial accident —, as well as her young son, Torrie Baker, who died from a bike accident.



7. 
Bermuda joins Harlem Shake Internet craze

The Bermuda flag was flying high at Jobson’s Cove as Facebook group BerMemes pulled off the first ever Harlem Shake on the island. 

Our Sarah Lagan was there as the group organized the shoot which featured locals sporting their craziest outfits and props to stage a version of a dance which had become the latest Internet craze.



8. 
Car targeted: Who did it?
A woman at the centre of controversy over offensive Facebook messages said she has had her car vandalized.

The 24-year-old Hamilton woman said the words ‘whore’ and ‘b**ch’ were scratched into the paintwork of her car in July. Police declined to comment about the incident. The insulting Facebook messages appeared to come from OBA MP Nandi Outerbridge but she denied sending them and said her Facebook account was hacked. 


9. 
Your Facebook privacy settings need checking

Around the time Nandi Davis said her Facebook page was hacked, the social media giant started rolled out its new graph search, which made people’s profiles more public and less private.


10
. ‘Judge Greaves should be disbarred’
A mother-of-two has criticized a judge for ‘ridiculing’ and ‘revictimising’ her in his sentencing remarks. Chrissie Kempe told the Bermuda Sun Judge Carlisle Greaves should be disbarred for comments made about her during the sentencing of her ex-husband, Irving Butterfield. 

Butterfield was given a suspended sentence after he admitted stabbing co-worker and friend, Damian Forbes, for kissing Ms Kempe in her home, over a year after Butterfield and Ms Kempe had separated.  


11. ‘I was hit by lightening’

12. MP’s arrest leads to ‘domestic matter’

13. Passenger fall means early stop for ship

14. Dockyard star of new webcam

15. Who has the most twitter followers in Bermuda?

 

16. The racists among us

17. Young runner dies in traffic accident

18. Duo sob as they are jailed for cocaine smuggling

19. Dead boatman was reportedly heading to Malta

20. Mom: “He lived life to the fill’

 

21. Dr Brown booted off web forum

22. Tourism turned down reality TV pilot

23. Gun victim’s gang ties

24. Snake found at Tucker’s Point

25. Man charged with Iris murder

 

26. Cop gets stuck in flooded street

27. Free Disney ticket scam uses false Delta Facebook page

28. MP says her Facebook page was hacked

29. ‘Be happy for our boy’

30. Minor power outages, public schools open

 

31. Owner of The Cellar fights to have club reopened

32. Tribute paid to man who dies at Ferry Reach

33. ‘I’m addicted to sex’

34. Father’s last kiss with his son

35. Bermuda beat the USA

 

36. High level row over senior legal post

37. Mother denies assault on Premier’s daughter

38. Norwegian Breakaway Christening Ceremony — LIVE!

39. Tourist begs not be jailed over ‘medical marijuana’

40. Facebook controversy: Officials keep their distance

 

41. Pentatonix video goes viral

42. Hotel serves notice – keep off private property

43. Pals share memories of fun-loving charlotte

44. Cab driver involved in tragic accident shares his grief

45. Meet Derpuntae — Bermuda’s first meme

 

46. Man shot dead in Pembroke named

47. Jobs lost as salon closes

48. Fight tore family apart

49. Attacked at café

50. A mayonnaise to call our own