by BJW Nashe

“Getting away with murder” now serves as a euphemism for avoiding the consequences of just about any kind of bad behavior. In its most literal sense, however, the phrase points to an especially troubling phenomenon — serial killings committed by psychopaths who somehow manage to avoid being caught and convicted of their crimes. The Zodiac Killer, who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a string of murders accompanied by bizarre cryptograms and letters to the press, is probably the most famous murderer who was never captured. The Zodiac is not alone, however.  Our recent history is littered with unsolved mass murders. The following rogue’s gallery — presented in no particular order, since they are all equally hideous — lists some of the ones who got away with the worst crimes imaginable.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

I remember well how I got my ass chewed for making disparaging remarks about foster parents based on isolated incidents. The gist of the “chewing” was that I was overlooking all the kind, benevolent and hardworking foster parents who do everything in their power to give their youthful charges a better crack at life. I took the criticism to heart and have since gained a new respect for these often saintly women and men. (Although I could be wrong, my sense is that the “foster mothers” are often the ones doing the heavy lifting and the “foster fathers” may frequently be less involved in the lives of the foster children.)

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by Lise Lasalle

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The trial of 32-year-old Luka Magnotta started Monday, September 29, in a packed Montreal courtroom in Canada. It is expected to last six to eight weeks, with testimony from 60 witnesses and depositions from people as far away as France and Germany.

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by Darcia Helle

You’ve probably fantasized about your dream home. Most of us do. You might want a spacious mansion, a decadent penthouse, or an old farmhouse. Chances are you won’t be fantasizing about a Murder Castle. It’s even less likely that you’ll be designing and building one. But H.H. Holmes did just that.

hhh16Holmes was born Herman Webster Mudgett, on May 16, 1861, in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. His parents, Levi Horton Mudgett and Theodate Page Price, were farmers and devout Methodists. We don’t know a lot about Holmes’s early life. Some reports state that his father was a violent alcoholic, though it’s unclear how much, if any, abuse Holmes endured during his father’s drunken outbursts. Holmes claimed to have been bullied as a child, brought on in part by his fear of the local doctor. Hoping to terrorize him, the bullies forced Holmes to look at and touch a human skeleton. This scheme apparently backfired and instead sparked his lifelong obsession with death.

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by Molly Nox

The average person fortunately does not come into contact with dead bodies on a regular basis, but a growing population increases the likelihood that you may have this experience one day, so you better be ready. The Center for Disease Prevention reported that in 2011 there were more than 2.5 million deaths nationwide. This is a lot of deaths; in fact, it’s the highest number of deaths ever recorded in a single year. Finding a dead body can be a traumatic experience, especially if the deceased is someone you know or cared about. Being prepared to react appropriately can reduce stress and help you to avoid dangerous complications. Therefore, in order to survive this uncanny experience, you need to be familiar with these three simple rules: 1) Keep safe; 2) avoid tampering with crime scene evidence; and 3) let the professionals handle the dead body clean up.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

A few weeks ago I wrote that the recent unbelievably cruel child abuse death of Gabriel Garcia in an outlying area of Los Angeles County was perhaps the worst case of child abuse in Southern California history. Just yesterday I came across a case out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania which, although many details have yet to be revealed, appears to be equally awful, although there does not necessarily appear to have been the same degree of outright malice on the part of the parents of the deceased child as in the Los Angeles County case; rather, the abuse seems to have consisted of extreme and appalling neglect — largely sins of omission rather than “sins of commission”, if you will.

In this case the victim was an autistic boy named Jarrod Tutko Jr. At the time of his passing (and in his case dying could be seen as an act of mercy because his life was so painful), Jarrod, who was nine years old was 42 inches tall (3 and ½ feet) and weighed just 16.9 pounds.

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by BJW Nashe

In early 1994, Aaron Bacon was a 16 year-old living with his parents in Phoenix, Arizona. Aaron was described as a compassionate, highly intelligent kid, but his parents found his recent behavior alarming. He was smoking marijuana and experimenting with psychedelics. He was listening to death metal and writing dark, angry poetry. His grades began to suffer, and he got into some minor accidents with the family car. His parents were worried that he was associating with gang members (hanging around with non-whites?) Confused and afraid, the Bacons decided to look outside the family for help.

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by Starks Shrink

You’ve decided you want the fame of being a serial killer but don’t want to commit the awful crimes. No problem, you can still raise your very own serial killer. It takes dedication and commitment but with this handy guide, you can be the proud mother of a notorious serial killer. Since murderabilia seems to be so popular, you may even make a few bucks on the side.

I’ve addressed this guide to the moms because they seem to figure prominently in the serial killer’s psyche, though you will have to be careful not to become his first victim. You will need to raise a male child, which will lead to the highest probability that you will succeed in creating a little monster.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

I’ve written before about the fact that child abuse, both physical and sexual, is one of our major social problems, and at times, I’ve even suggested that it is our PRIMARY social problem. My opinion on this has not changed but with the caveat that much of this agony could be avoided if prospective parents of any age would take a long look at themselves and realize that they’re either too immature or too irresponsible to raise children successfully.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Roxanne Jeskey of Bangor, Maine has just been sentenced to 50 years in prison following a bench trial for the brutal 2011 bathtub murder of her 51-year-old husband Richard Jeskey. There are two sides to this story. On the one hand, at the time of the slaying, Ms. Jeskey was mentally impaired due to a combination of factors resulting from mental deterioration following brain surgery for a chronic seizure disorder. In addition, she suffered from a number of other serious, diagnosable mental infirmities which resulted in her pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.

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