by BJW Nashe

On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1986, renowned Beat novelist and counter-cultural icon William S. Burroughs delivered a “Thanksgiving Prayer” to the nation. Dedicated to John Dillinger, “in hoping he is still alive,” the prayer is a vitriolic smear laid over all of America’s worst attributes. In effect, Burroughs is saying thanks very much for the violence, racism, oppression, and homophobia. Filmmaker Gus Van Sant later made a short video montage featuring Burroughs reciting the poem in his characteristically deadpan Midwestern drawl:

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

In trying to make sense out of the wobbly world of crime, we’re occasionally confronted by a case both gruesome and strange that makes us shake our heads and ask, “What was he/she thinking?” This comes up frequently in cases involving children whether it’s the schoolyard bullying syndrome or teens doing crazy things like locking their parents in their room and setting the house on fire.

Any of us who have experienced the great pleasure of raising a teenager know that it doesn’t matter if they’re boys or girls – either way as a parent you’ve got to be on your guard because sooner or later Jack or Diane will do something that keeps you awake at night. And then of course there’s the problem of the nervous parent who lies awake at night worrying about what Jack or Diane may do even though they haven’t done it yet.

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by Patrick H. Moore

Zion Wright, a 14-year-old amateur skateboarder and his father, Leroy Wright Jr., have plenty to be thankful for evey Thanksgiving Day. In an act of real heroism, two summers ago, Wen Jones, a 43-year-old former Marine from Jupiter, Florida, saved the boy and his father from assault that would have resulted in serious injury by rescuing them from three violent 20-year-old men at Juno Park in Palm Beach County. In return for going to the aid of the boy and his somewhat diminutive father, Mr. Jones ended up being brutally beaten by the three thugs who turned on him with a vengeance.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Five years ago on Thanksgiving in Jupiter, FLA a large extended family gathered at the home of Jim and Muriel Sitton and ate their fill of a traditional turkey dinner, after which they gathered round the piano to while away some happy hours singing and dancing.

Patrick Knight, who is now a Miami attorney, was there with his wife Lisa and her family. Lisa was pregnant with their first child and they were eagerly anticipating starting a family. In total, there were 16 or 17 people there, one of whom, Paul Merhige, Muriel Sitton’s cousin, had been invited at the last minute.

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by BJW Nashe

The first two photographs in this post are courtesy of San Francisco-based photographer Frank Gaglione. You can see more of Frank’s work at his website.

The fact that some women and some men are strangely attracted to convicted serial killers, to the point of entering into relationships with them, and even occasionally marrying them, may lead you to question whatever faith in humanity you think you still possess. It’s an odd phenomenon that certainly makes for good copy. Indeed, the stories about individuals who have grown infatuated with Ted Bundy and Richard Ramirez tend to read like a darkly comedic Chuck Palahniuk novel.

What’s going on with these people?

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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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My Tulsa neighborhood near 1st Street and 168th East Avenue is reeling in shock today. Yesterday was an ordinary day in the neighborhood until a very strange thing happened. I was changing my 1-year-old’s diaper when my 3-year-old came in carrying a handgun. It was a fine gun, my husband served in the military and he knew his firearms. Somehow my little guy found it and I was about to tell him to put it down immediately when he shot me through the head.

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by Patrick H. Moore

Richard Ramirez, the world-famous Night-Stalker, died of “natural causes,” reportedly Hepatitis C or some other form of liver disease, in June of 2013. He was only 52. Few murderous crime sprees have matched that of Ramirez for sheer ferocity. During a relatively short period of time in 1985, Richard wreaked such havoc that when he was finally captured in East Los Angeles by a group of angry citizens on August 31, 1985, he was charged with thirteen murders, five attempted murders, six rapes, three lewd acts on children, two kidnappings, three acts of forced oral copulation, four counts of sodomy, five robberies and fourteen burglaries. Out of the 55 counts, he was convicted of 41 in a Los Angeles county courtroom on September 20, 1989. Since then, he has been serving time on Death Row in San Quentin.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

Although it doesn’t exist in reality, it almost seems that there is a nationwide conspiracy among child abusers to come up with new and creative ways to abuse children. A recent alleged abuser, Adam Morton, 27, of Berlin, New Hampshire appears to have come up with a novel form of abuse that was very painful to the victim and virtually effortless on his part. He merely placed the victim in his girlfriend’s clothes dryer, turned it on and gave the boy a “ride”.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

We all know that being a teen is tough. You’re experiencing beaucoup physical and emotional changes and to make it worse you tend by be more self-conscious than you’ll be at any other time during your life. Therefore, you tend to spend an inordinate amount of time staring at yourself in the mirror questioning your features while striving to make your hair perfect.

This roughly describes the apparent feelings of an unidentified 14-year-old female student in Stockton, California in August. Isha Iran of Jezebel writes:

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