Here's the background of one of the nastiest divorce/custody/dead baby stories you're ever likely to run across. Alan Rodgers is a horror writer. This is his wikipedia entry, and this is his blog/forum at sff.net. He was originally married to Amy Stout, and together they had three children, two girls and a boy. After he tried to kill Amy Stout, she left him and married --
Me, Dan Moran. I'm the handsome dude in the eyepatch, if you click through to my profile. Together Alan and Amy #2 had a baby: Anthony Rodgers. Who died under interesting circumstances. A tragedy, I believe Alan Rodgers has called it, and by "tragedy" I suspect he means, "Thank God I wasn't prosecuted for negligent homicide." Or worse.
posted by thanotopsis
on Jun 14, 2007 -
"Dillan Kramer," the alias of a man accused of killing his family doctor, is currently on the run from the FBI with his son, "Michael," and he's liveblogging the entire thing
. High potential to be fake, sure, but is it? Go, hive-mind -- use your powers; get to the bottom of this!
posted by c:\awesome
on May 25, 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 -
Ghost In The Machine
"I have a murderer's music on my iPod and, almost reflexively, I couldn't help but think of him while listening to these songs—they were his songs, songs he gave me. [...] Listening to his music put me inside [his] head. [...] I wanted to throw up." [more inside]
posted by rossination
on Apr 13, 2007 -
In 1977 Chris Haynes, a set decorator for The Six Million Dollar Man was setting up a scene to be filmed on location in the spookhouse ride of a Long Beach, CA amusement park called The Pike. While moving the various interior props around, Haynes discovered that the paper mache "mummy" hanging in the corner of the ride was in fact a homicide victim
, a fact that had gone unnoticed by years of amusement park visitors. The story of how
Elmer McCurdy's body was shot to death in 1911, only to be re-discovered & buried
over six decades later, makes for an interesting read.
posted by jonson
on Mar 29, 2007 -
Murder at the Cricket World Cup.
The world's most civilised game just took a turn for the sinister. Less than 24 hours after Pakistan (rated fourth in the world) was roundly trounced by Ireland
(first appearance at the Cricket World Cup), the almost universally-liked Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was found unconscious in his hotel room and died in hospital
. Jamaican police have just announced that based on the autopsy results they're treating the death as murder by manual asphyxiation.
This isn't the first time in recent history that Pakistan has been embroiled
, nor the first time that Metafilter has discussed it
, but this is in a whole new league. Is it a match-fixing scandal
connected to far-Eastern betting syndicates, or something else?
posted by Hogshead
on Mar 22, 2007 -
, 28, was arrested in the May 2003 murder of Martha Puebla, 16, outside her Sun Valley home, even though he told detectives that he was innocent and had been at a Dodgers game with his 6-year-old daughter at the time of the crime. Catalan's defense attorney, Todd Melnik, went through footage of crowd shots from the televised game between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves, but he did not find his client. Then he learned that Curb Your Enthusiasm
had been shooting at the ballpark that day. Sure enough, there he was on the cutting room floor, eating a hotdog.
Juan spent nearly five months in jail for a crime he did not commit — he filed a suit for police misconduct and today he was awarded $320,000
. Catalan was not a fan of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" before his time in jail. "He is now," Casselman said. Well, duh.
posted by miss lynnster
on Mar 8, 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 -
Who Killed Ryan Harris?
Eight years ago the body of eleven-year-old Ryan Harris was discovered in a poor neighbourhood
on the South Side of Chicago. What followed was a saga involving the youngest children in U.S. history
to be charged with murder; the subsequent dropping of the charges after exculpatory evidence surfaced and allegations of coerced confessions
; another (adult) suspect allegedly faking a low IQ and entering an Alford plea
; lawsuits against the prosecutors on behalf of the boys, later settled out of court
; and, earlier this year, one of the boys coming back into the news after being charged in connection with a double shooting
, with lawyers insinuating that his earlier ordeal was to blame for his criminal activity. One of the sadder stories I've heard in some time.
posted by Johnny Assay
on Oct 31, 2006 -
Linux filesystem developer Hans Reiser has been arrested on a charge of murder.
Reiser and his company, Namesys
, developed one of Linux's most popular filesystems, ReiserFS, and are currently working on the next generation, Reiser4
. Reiser was interviewed
by KernelTrap last year:
A willingness to believe that data indicates that one is wrong, and sometimes perhaps that everyone is wrong, is essential to a scientist. Boys think that being brilliant will make them a great scientist. Men know that, in the words of Sir Francis Bacon "men are imperfect mirrors of the creator". and that rigor, thoroughness, and a belief in data over consensus are what really matters. I am a blind man with a stick, and my contribution to society is that I ignorantly poke where none have poked before because I am more sure that I am such a fool I'd better check it than anyone else in my field. My only true insight into the field is knowing what a fool I am.
Reiser has sometimes been known as abrasive and arrogant
in development circles, but no body has been found. The future of Reiser's two children remains unclear.
[more @ arstechnica]
posted by nasreddin
on Oct 11, 2006 -
On January 1st,
2006, Bryan Harvey
was murdered along with his wife and two young daughters in the basement of their Virginia home. Smoke issuing from the house was spotted by Johnny Hott
, Harvey's bandmate in the terrific, late-80s duo House of Freaks
. The fire was apparently started by the killers
in an attempt to cover up the evidence. By all accounts the Harveys were a well-liked
family whose loss has left a city stunned and saddened
. Bryan once remarked, "I have a lot of faith in humans.
I believe we're capable of incredibly beautiful things (as well as incredibly evil)." Unfortunately the truth of that statement has become readily apparent. (more inside)
posted by ktoad
on Apr 18, 2006 -
Andrew Kissel, brother
of murdered banker Robert Kissel
was himself found murdered
in the basement of his Greenwich, CT home yesterday. While the murder trial
of Robert Kissel's wife, Nancy, provided a sordid
look into the troubled life
of an extremely rich Hong Kong expat investment banker, his wife, and her lover, the Andrew Kissel case has yet to unfold. Yet with a Andrew's criminal past
, recent divorce
, and speculation of a Mafia-style hit
, this may turn out to be another interesting story of greed, abuse, and revenge.
posted by banishedimmortal
on Apr 4, 2006 -
That big .45 jumped in Big Milam's hand. The youth turned to catch that big, expanding bullet at his right ear. He dropped.
In Money, Mississippi
on August 24, 1955, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant abducted 14-year-old Emmet "Bobo" Till
, tortured him, shot him in the head, and dumped his body in the river for whistling at a white woman
. Emmett's mother insisted on an open-casket funeral so people could see what had happened to her son. On September 15, 1955, Jet
magazine published photos
[NSFW] of Emmett's corpse, which brought the case national attention and helped ignite
the civil rights movement
. On September 23, 1955, an all-white jury acquitted
Bryant and Milam after deliberating for about an hour. Milam and Bryant confessed in a January 24 , 1966, Look magazine article
. Milam died in 1980 and Bryant died in 1990. After reopening the case
in 2004 based on new evidence
that more people may have been involved, the Justice Department closed the case today
without filing any new charges. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on Mar 17, 2006 -
Though I already went on and on about this on another thread, I can't shake it: Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged ten years ago. All he did was point out that Shell so scarred, pitted and slimed his tribal Ogoni lands that it was spontaneously catching fire. Oil company cronies showed up with guns, cleared villages. And then Nigerian government officials got pissed
, and nine Ogoni were hanged. Wiki.
Testimony of his brother
. His foundation
posted by toma
on Nov 14, 2005 -