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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

In Aileen Wuornos’ final interview with Nick Broomfield one day before her execution, she starts out calmly enough and appears to have made her peace with dying. She believes in an afterlife and seems to have no fear of what lies ahead. But then she gets angry and starts dissing on the system. In her mind, she has been used, abused and manipulated by society. Like many people who have been badly hurt, given the chance, she is quick to place the blame on others. Many people who have viewed her final interview, including Nick Broomfield, believe that Ms. Wuornos had succumbed to madness as the final hours of her life ticked away.

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by Darcia Helle

A recent article in Rolling Stone magazine titled The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass prompted me to write this piece. I wanted to keep my professional distance but, when I sat down to write, I found it nearly impossible to keep my outrage from bleeding into my words. This is Jesse’s story, though it could belong to anyone.

In August 2012, Jesse Snodgrass was a 17-year-old high school student at Chaparral High School in Temecula, California. Jesse was troubled, though not in the way that leads to criminal problems. Jesse has Asperger’s syndrome, which is a form of autism. He also suffers with Tourette’s syndrome and bipolar disorder. Because of these challenges, Jesse was an easy target for bullies. Throughout his school years, he’d been taunted, teased, and called “retard”. The anxiety caused Jesse to turn inward and injure himself; he would bang his head, scratch and punch himself during the worst times.

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by Jimmy Macias

Prison gangs have been in the news. When the Aryan Brotherhood was recently suspected of having had a hand in the killing of two Texas District Attorneys, law enforcement publicly acknowledged that the power and reach of prison gangs goes beyond the prison walls.   Although the Aryan Brotherhood is undoubtedly the largest and most powerful of the primarily Caucasian gangs, it is in competition with the infamous Mexican Mafia, called La Eme by those in the know.  La Eme was founded in 1957 at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California by a dozen juvenile inmates. Since then, it has grown into one of the most powerful and feared gangs both in and out of prison.  Many books have been published about the inner dealings of La Eme. None resonate as violently and compellingly as Chris Blatchford’s, The Black Hand.

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In this post, Karla Homolka super-sleuth Yalonda Laugh and Patrick H. Moore of All Things Crime Blog map the “up close and personal” aspects of the Homolka and Bernardo rape and murder case and focus on the incredible loyalty Karla’s family displayed in rescuing her  from Paul Bernardo’s psychopathic clutches.

by Yalonda Laugh with help from Patrick H. Moore

On June 14, 1991, Paul Bernardo kidnapped 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and brought her back to the house he shared with Karla Homolka. Together, they raped, tortured and murdered poor Leslie. Shockingly, Paul and Karla were married 15 days later, on June 29th, in a lavish wedding ceremony. The photos reveal a poised and attractive young couple, seemingly radiant with the infinite youth and potential.

Even more shockingly, also on June 29th, Leslie Mahaffy’s dismembered body was found encased in concrete in Lake Gibson near St. Catharines.

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by Rick Stack

Having also grown up in the Midwest (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Jared Keever’s excellent post, The Secret at Fox Hollow Farm: Herb Baumeister Murdered and Buried 11 Gay Men on His Indiana Country Estate, reminds me of the mysterious disappearance of Lynn Schuller, a wife and mother of a three-year old son only 2 blocks from my childhood home on August 6, 1972. The inset of the map in the Cedar Rapids Gazette article showing where Lynn disappeared even shows the street on which I lived — Orrian Drive. See http://iowacoldcases.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/1992-3-19-MMU-2pgs.pdf. That home also had dense woods behind it.

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By Robert Emmett Murphy Jr.

I hereby refute all political grandstanding regarding the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in the shortest version possible:

 

(1.) Islamophobia.

Two simple to understand facts should kill all anti-Muslim bigotries, but they don’t:

• One third of the human race is Muslim
• The religion is as diverse as Christianity

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I am pleased to announce that crime novelist Darcia Helle of Quiet Fury Books Blog has very kindly posted a story I wrote about how my new novel, Cicero’s Dead, came into being. The piece is entitled “Nick Crane, Spirit Catchers and the Making of Cicero’s Dead“. Please check it out on Darcia’s blog.

 

by Jared Keever

Author’s Note: The name Tony Harris, as mentioned in the following story, is fictitious. In the interest of privacy, and because I have not personally spoken to some of them for many years, I have also changed the names of my own friends mentioned in the story.

aau27It seems strange now, after all that happened, but what I remember most about Herb Baumeister was the absurd, white Land Rover — complete with cargo rack — that he drove around my hometown of Westfield, Indiana. In the flatlands of the Midwest, it was unnecessary. As an ostentatious vehicle, I guess it served its purpose, but it was over the top for affluent, but understated, Hamilton County.

I remember seeing it parked in front of Marlow’s Cafe most Saturday mornings during the mid 1990s, back when I was in high school. Occasionally I would glimpse Herb, wearing an equally absurd Panama hat, walk to the truck with his wife Julie and drive off.

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by BJW Nashe

When I lived in Santa Cruz, California from 1982-87, I had no idea that this pleasant seaside town was once dubbed “The Murder Capital of the World.” By the time I moved there to attend UC Santa Cruz, where I majored in philosophy (with an unofficial minor in hallucinogens), there was little or no mention of murder. The mass killing had occurred a decade earlier. The only murders I recall were found in existentialist novels by Albert Camus and Fyodor Dostoevsky. I lived a block and half from the sea. We liked to stroll along West Cliff Drive late at night. Everything seemed perfect.

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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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