by Darcia Helle

Throughout world history, criminals have been executed as punishment for their crimes. Early methods were brutal and torturous. Held as public events, entire towns gathered to watch the accused be drawn and quartered, hanged, beheaded, or burned at the stake.

Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin came into this unforgiving world on May 28, 1738 in Manchester, England. Some say his mother went into premature labor after witnessing a criminal being broken on the wheel of the public scaffold at Saintes. The victim’s screams were too much for her. Guillotin initially obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Bordeaux. The essay he wrote for his degree so impressed the Jesuits that they persuaded him to join their order. Guillotin then took the position of professor of literature at the Irish College at Bordeaux.

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by JJ Rogers

I was born in Clarkston, Washington and grew up across the Snake River in Lewiston, Idaho.  The two cities are located in a deep valley at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers.  They are not large cities and they didn’t traditionally experience the horrors of serial killers that metropoleis are known for.  That is, until the late 70’s and early 80’s when I was in my teens. That’s when everything changed.  That’s when one man, filled with loathing and complete disregard for human life, selected a series of girls and young women as the objects of his dark desires.

Every spring the Valley filled with excitement in anticipation of the Asotin County Fair, which was held on the Snake River just north of both cities. Everyone who possibly could attended. It was April 28, 1979. I was there. So was Christina White, a 12-year-old child.

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by Lise LaSalle

Eminem’s song for daughter Hailie – Now it don’t feel like the world’s on my shoulders, Everyone’s leaning on me, ‘Cause my baby knows that her daddy’s a soldier, Nothing can take her from me

Little Haleigh Cummings was reported missing from her family’s Satsuma, Florida, home on February 10, 2009. She was 5-years-old at the time with blond hair and brown eyes. The police in this small north Florida community had nothing else to go on, but this physical description.

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The world has changed greatly since the 1960′s and — generally speaking — individuals are held to a much higher standard of conduct with respect to sexual “indiscretions” and other form of blatant or serious criminal misconduct. In this post, the facts of which are provided by  Lachlan M. and Javier Yepes at Cracked.com, we cover three celebrities who “got away with murder”, figuratively speaking, in previous decades, but would probably get far more than “a slap on the wrist” if they were apprehended for these crimes in today’s world.

We will start with legendary rock guitarist Jimmy Page before moving on to Vince Neil of Motley Crew and —surprise surprise — Sean Penn.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

It’s well known that more than any other cause, money issues can put great strain on marriages and are often instrumental in triggering divorces. One doesn’t expect the money squabbles to erupt, however, during the wedding reception and one certainly doesn’t expect the irate husband to MURDER his own lovely wife right there at the reception before turning the gun upon himself.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

There is little doubt that a Michigan man named “Master Bob” Bondage Bashara thought he was a real swinging dick. Sort of a man for all seasons, SOJ (Son of a Judge) Bondage Bob was a Rotary club President some of the time and an S & M dude who “dabbled in bondage and domination in a sex dungeon under a bar called the Hard Luck Lounge” some of the time (apparently with willing participants from various states). SOJ Bob was a marketing executive (of course) who lived in Grosse Point Park, an upper middle class suburb of Detroit.

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commentary by Patrick H. Moore

There is no finer public servant than a dedicated elementary school teacher who has spent decades performing the sometimes thankless but often rewarding job of imparting skills and knowledge to her youthful charges. It’s a job that requires a whole lot of heart to go along with the endurance, elbow grease and dedication.

Somehow, in the case of Lori Ann Anderson, who teaches elementary school in a tiny Ohio hamlet of less than 2,000 people named Cridersville, the “heart” may not have extended to the homefront where, it turns out, Ms. Anderson, with the “help” of her ex-husband, 53-year-old Charles Wycuff, allegedly raped her 12-year-old son on multiple occasions in 1999.

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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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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

Some handsome guys seem to have all the luck when it comes to attracting and seducing the lovely ladies…but sometimes these same handsome guys also seem to have a bad habit of trying to kill (or in some cases actually killing) these same lovely ladies when they piss them off (and as we’re all painfully aware, every man or woman who is involved in an intimate relationship succeeds in pissing off their beloved now and again).

A swinging dick named Tyler Mook, formerly of Tennessee and more recently a resident of Palm City, Florida, definitely fell into the first category (if the allegations hold any weight) when he attempted to drown his current lady, Robin Donech, in October of this year.

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