John McAfee is the founder of the McAfee security software company
, one of the first and, to this day, one of the biggest. But it's what he has done since leaving the company in 1994 that has attracted him notoriety. After working on instant messaging software
for a few years, McAfee devoted himself to thrill-seeking: yoga, jet skiing, and "aerotrekking,"
or flying small aircraft at low altitudes. After the 2008 financial crisis reportedly wiped out most of his personal fortune
, once estimated at $100 million, McAfee decamped to Belize, where he began promoting a business venture aimed at halting the spread of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. But as science writer Jeff Wise (who also wrote the aerotrekking article) detailed
after interviewing him in 2010, McAfee's commitment to the project seemed half-hearted at best, and his behavior came off as erratic and even paranoid. In a follow-up article
, written after Belizean police raided
McAfee's compound on suspicion of illegal weapons possession and drug manufacturing, Wise explores how "the enlightened Peter Pan seems to have refashioned himself into a kind of final-reel Scarface."
posted by Cash4Lead
on Nov 9, 2012 -
"On the 28th October 1975 my mother
gave birth to a heroinhead
- that was/is me.
My father was a young Glaswegian junkie nicknamed Puggy. I was born with heroin in my veins. 7 years after my birth, my father was brutally murdered by infamous British serial-killer Dennis Nilsen
posted by metaxa
on Oct 10, 2011 -
A year ago this August, 72 migrant workers -- 58 men and 14 women -- 'were on their way to the US border when they were murdered by a drug gang
at a ranch in northern Mexico, in circumstances that remain unexplained. Since then, a group of Mexican journalists and writers have created' a "Day of the Dead-style Virtual Altar" Spanish-language website, 72migrantes.com
, to commemorate each of the victims, some of whom have never been identified. The New York Review of Books has English translations of five of their profiles. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Sep 7, 2011 -
may be the hidden link between hip hop
and the 1980s alternative rock group, House of Freaks
. According to the New York Post, journalist Ethan Brown
has accomplished "making the Stop Snitching movement seem reasonable"
in his new book Snitch: Informants, Cooperators, and the Corruption of Justice
. Brown argues that harsh mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses
have created a "cottage industry of cooperators" and informants
who fabricate evidence, because Provision 5K1.1
of federal sentencing guidelines gives leniency in exchange for "substantial assistance to authorities." According to Brown, two of these criminal cooperators
included Ray Dandridge
and Ricky Gray
, the perpetrators of the Richmond spree murders
that ended the life of Brian Harvey
of House of Freaks, his wife, and his two children. On the other hand, Mark Kleiman
argues that the Stop Snitchin' movement has driven homicide clearance rates
so low that, in some cities, "you have a better than even chance of literally getting away with murder." [more inside]
posted by jonp72
on Dec 11, 2007 -
Public gatherings restricted? Check. Shutdown of independent businesses? Check. Lockdown on traffic and transportation in the area? You bet. Lawmakers in Baltimore trying to curb the city's homicide rate (already 108 this year) have come up with some "desperate measures"
of questionable constitutional legality, including heightening police presence in order to lockdown streets in "emergency areas." It has been called, "partial martial law" by some, and one has to wonder if the city of Baltimore may not do better to take a page from The Wire's Hamsterdam
for a solution to their inextricably linked drug and homicide issues.
posted by dead_
on May 17, 2007 -
A memorial to the many dead.
Here in Oakland, California
, the murder rate has gone out of control.
The incoming mayor
has not articulated any clear plan for reducing violence. And the current one, having only seen violence increase here, is going on to become the state Attorney General
Amid the challenges Oaklanders face - gentrification
, a lack of meaningful work opportunities
, and a history of a devistating drug trade
, there are some efforts to make change: here
, here, here
, and here
posted by serazin
on Dec 19, 2006 -
Funeral Home Murders Drug-Induced?
A mortician and his assistant found dead by coroner seeking death certificate . Motive unclear. Says local police sergeant: "We have received reports from some agencies in the city that [criminals] might be involved in taking chemicals from funeral homes and using them to soak their marijuana cigarettes or regular cigarettes in, but we have not been able to prove a robbery or anything like that."
posted by brookish
on Feb 6, 2002 -