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N.J.'s Beauty-Queen-Blackmail Mystery Deepens, Gets Stupider

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When the Post first reported the bizarre extortion scheme against Miss New Jersey, Amy Polumbo, in which the unknown fiend demanded only that Polumbo give up her crown, it at least had a titillating bent to it. The blackmailer was threatening to publish some photos of Polumbo gallivanting at what sounded like a drama-club retreat (And that one time? At band camp?). Well, the blackmailer has struck again, actually sending copies of the pictures to Polumbo — and leaching all mystery out of the case. We still don't know what's in the photos, but, says Miss Jersey's attorney, the problematic content is not racy images — it's "the captions on the photographs." Captions? Captions?! Is Miss New Jersey secretly a LOLcat? Miss New Jersey Gets 2nd Blackmail Package [AP via WNBC] Earlier: Miss N.J. Blackmailed! (Over Cabaret?)

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Miss N.J. Blackmailed! (Over Cabaret?)

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An anonymous evildoer is blackmailing Miss New Jersey, Amy Polumbo, and the situation is grave enough to have made it onto the cover of today's Post. (We wouldn't suggest that Polumbo's swimsuit shot could ever have influenced the paper's editorial decision-making). So what's the scandal? What kind of dirt could anyone have on the sweet, sorta-blonde theater performance major at Wagner College? Apparently, Polumbo has participated in an event called "I Survived Colins' Bootcamp Cabaret Part III" — which leads us to brilliantly deduce there were also Parts I and II as well as, in all likelihood, a somewhat hard-to-survive program titled "Colins' Bootcamp Cabaret." (Also, God forbid a beauty queen should have participated in cabaret!) Nobody knows what went down, but it seems there are pictures. And someone has them. The blackmailer's demand? To surrender the crown. A search for any combination of the words "bootcamp" and "cabaret" didn't yield much, but we have our main suspect just from reading the Post: the runner-up Miss New Jersey, Ronica Licciardello, who stands to inherit the title and says, "I roomed with [Amy] during the pageant." Ladies and gentlemen, motive and opportunity. N.J. Miss in a Fix Over Her Pix [NYP]

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