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 -
The night before.
You can bet that most times when someone goes all murder-suicide, there are a few awkward conversations prior when sane people try to talk them out of doing something stupid. You know there is something wrong when the voice of reason is the something awful forums.
posted by Tryptophan-5ht
on Nov 3, 2005 -
Life without Theo - one year on
. It's not that Holland's cherished troublemaker wasn't aware of the possibility - he had been threatened more than once. He just sincerely believed that no-one would harm the "village idiot
", as he liked to call himself (salon link)
. Today, the skilled polemicist who regarded it his constitutional right to insult anyone but would at the same time engage anyone in reasonable, friendly debate is remembered
in various ways
. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Nov 2, 2005 -
lacitedesmortes - documentary on women murdered in ciudad juarez
-- lacitedesmontes.net is not in English, but through its flash presentation and navigation, it should explain enough about the brutality of the unfortunate events that took place in Ciudad Juarez. Since 1993, almost 400 women and girls have been murdered and more than 70 remain missing in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico
While the region's law enforcement as well as state's attorney general were either incompetent or corrupt, more than a dozen women's rights groups
were created to solve the murder as well as to stop the violence in the region. Thanks to international organizations such as Amnesty
, and IACHR
, the number of violent murder on women in the region has degreased for a while, however, the battle still continues
More resources here
posted by grafholic
on Oct 13, 2005 -
Englands proposed kitchen knife ban.
Since May, "A&E doctors [have been] calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing." That's right, kitchen knives
. Apparently, a full 1/3 of all deaths in the UK are knife-related. "The doctors, as part of their research into ways to reduce violence, say they consulted with leading chefs who said long knives were not needed for cooking."
But not everyone agrees: Peter Hamm, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
, which supports gun control, joked, "Can sharp stick control be far behind?"
posted by j.p. Hung
on Sep 16, 2005 -