commentary by Patrick H. Moore

The fact that life is rarely completely fair is something most of us gradually come to accept. This sobering reality is captured nicely in the irony inherent in the old adage: “Be careful what you wish for. It just might come true.”

One of the things a lot of guys and a lot of women desire is to be a magician in bed, a transcendent lover who catapults your partner to dizzying heights of passionate intensity. Well, that’s a lot to live up to but certainly a worthy goal.

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by Darcia Helle

Allow me to tell you a story about a woman born into the most dismal of circumstances. Her mother is a young teen when she marries a violent man. He is soon arrested and convicted of the rape and attempted murder of a 7-year-old girl. By some reports, her father is schizophrenic. Her mother decides parenting is too difficult and soon abandons her.

Life gets no better for this woman. She’s never given a chance to succeed. Under these circumstances, it’s human nature to feel sympathy for this woman right?

Now what if I tell you this woman became a serial killer? Does that change how you feel about her?

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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

Part of the reason many of us are fascinated with murder is because we want to fathom the state of mind of the killer at the time he or she commits the awful crime, but at the same time we are unable to succeed in fully understanding that state of mind for the simple reason that we are not killers. Thus, the actual state of mind of the killer remains elusive except on those problematical occasions when it is described by actual killers, and even then we can’t help but be aware that we are listening to unreliable witnesses.

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John Wayne Gacy’s disturbingly sly and slippery quotes come to us courtesy of Psychological Autopsy. The commentary following the quotes is by Patrick H. Moore

John Wayne Gacy could have been somebody if his father hadn’t harassed and belittled him over his arguably girlish tendencies to such a degree that — in what turned out to be his fatal defense — he closed off a key part of his emotions to such a degree that the intense pain he felt as a child as a result of his father’s cruel and constant badgering transmogrified into a doubly destructive sexual love and intense loathing for teenage boys (his victims) because THEY REMINDED HIM OF HIMSELF, which is why he both loved and hated them.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

In the eyes of many, crime in America is often associated with the poorer and less educated segments of our society. The reality, however, is that violent crime and rape occur among the working class, the middle class, and the upper-middle class/wealthy.

ark4In June of this year, a particularly grotesque and repugnant rape was allegedly committed by a wealthy Memphis-area businessman, Mark Giannini, the co-founder of IT company Service Assurance. Giannini resides in Eads which is apparently an exclusive suburb of Memphis.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

I’m sure that most of us have been “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea” at one time or another. It’s not a comfortable place and the fear is that if you are trapped in this unwieldy position, you just might make the wrong choice. This is precisely what happened to a troubled 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl who became so enraptured with her wretched 23-year-old boyfriend — whom of course she met online — that she decided to kill her entire loving family in order to be with this criminal.

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by Rick Stack

Money (or lack thereof) typically has a HUGE impact on any given defendant’s ability to obtain a satisfactory outcome in his or her criminal  case. An indigent defendant is appointed a public defender (“PD”) who has a large caseload and few resources with which to hire investigators to oss2visit and interview prospective witnesses and to review often voluminous discovery,  in addition to hiring psychiatrists to explore possible mental defenses, and/or to hire expert witnesses such as eyewitness misidentification or crime reconstruction experts (note the slick computer-animated scene of Oscar Pistorius’ apartment that an IT/graphics designer prepared in his case).

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by Lise LaSalle

turcotteIn 2011, Quebec cardiologist Guy Turcotte was found not criminally responsible for the stabbing deaths in February 2009 of his two young children Olivier, 5, and Anne Sophie, 3. He was recently arrested after Quebec’s Court of Appeal ordered him to stand trial again. This time, he is facing two charges of 1st degree murder.

Turcotte was back in the prisoner’s box last week and is scheduled to return to court Jan. 10, 2014 when a new trial date will be set. There will be no preliminary hearing.

This case was one of the most notorious court decisions in Canadian legal history. It led to the creation of new federal legislation designed to put more barriers between those found not criminally responsible and their freedom.

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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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