The Way I C It,
Something is rotten in Denmark
This is a Shakespearean quote from Shakespeare's story, "Hamlet." Act I, Scene 4: Marcellus (an officer) says, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark," having just seen the ghost of Hamlet's father, the late king of Denmark.The phrase means "things are unsatisfactory; some thing's fishy, something does not smell right to me, there is something wrong."
I use to to believe that being a United States citizen has always guaranteed my safety and that, as my daughter once put it in a grade school essay; the police officer is my friend.I use to believe that the President of the United States is a man to be respected by all. I also once believed that all clergy, teachers and the elderly have wisdom which they pass on to us and that they should be respected and placed on a pedestal with the rest of the above. Geraldo Rivera was a role model for me and inspired me to want to major in English because perhaps I could someday become a reporter because reporters were here to inform us of the truth.To be honest, I held on to these beliefs way into my 30's. I did not even pay attention to Nixon and the Watergate tapes. For those of you who do not know what the deal was with the first U.S. President to be impeached, here it is in a nutshell.The Watergate scandal was a political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement. The scandal eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, the President of the United States, on August 9, 1974, the only resignation of a U.S. President. The scandal also resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction and incarceration of 43 people, including dozens of top Nixon administration officials. I was seventeen or eighteen at the time.The affair began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) connected cash found on the burglars to a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President, a fundraising group for the Nixon campaign. In July 1973, as evidence mounted against the president's staff, including testimony provided by former staff members in an investigation conducted by the Senate Watergate Committee, it was revealed that President Nixon had a tape-recording system in his offices and he had recorded many conversations. Recordings from these tapes implicated the president, revealing he had attempted to cover up the break-in. After a protracted series of bitter court battles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the president had to hand over the tapes to government investigators; he ultimately complied.Facing near-certain impeachment in the House of Representatives and a strong possibility of a conviction in the Senate, Nixon resigned the presidency on August 9, 1974. The following president, Gerald Ford, not surprisingly, issued a pardon to Nixon. I was 19 years old then.The day my rose colored glasses began to lose some of the lovely tint was when my parents, on their way to a wedding had been held up at knife point in the parking lot of the reception area. I know what you're thinking. You are thinking that it was the hold up which jaded me but you are wrong. While my parents were in the police station reporting their mugging, 2 police officers led my parents to some holding cells and asked them if it was "any of, those guys." There were 6 African American young men in the cells and when my parents told the officers that none of the six were the culprits, one of the police officers asked them to just pick out any two of them. Of course my parents didn't but were aghast at the suggestion. I was in my early twenties then.
I always thought that the United States set the example; now I am seeing that we are being made an example of. Why can't countries just leave each to do what they do? Why is there so much interference? We all need to reform and take care of our own. We need peace in our world! Who will be the bigger country and set the example?
WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THESE PEOPLE?
Presidents - Richard M. Nixon was corrupt. Bill Clinton was a liar and a hot ass. The Bush father and son presidents were the sneaks and liars who killed many, not by hand but in their own way due to American Greed.Lawyers - Thieves who work hand in hand with prosecuting attorney. They wheel and deal.Judges - Have free reign to do what would bring in revenue for the courts and the county which in turn would give them more prestige, a higher income and gifts/favors under the table; breeding corruption.
Police Officers - March 3, 1991- Rodney Glen King (April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012) was an African-American construction worker who, while on parole for robbery, became nationally known after being beaten with excessive force by Los Angeles police officers following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991. George Holliday, a resident in the nearby area, witnessed the beating and videotaped much of it from the balcony of his nearby apartment.The videotaped footage shows five Los Angeles area officers surrounding King and several of them striking him repeatedly. During the struggle to subdue King, other officers stood by, without seeming to take action to stop King from being struck. A portion of the footage was aired around the world, inflaming public outrage in Los Angeles and other American cities where racial tension was often high. The videotape also increased public sensitivity to, and anger about, police brutality, racism, and other social inequalities throughout the United States.Four of the police officers from the LAPD who engaged in the incident were charged in Los Angeles County Superior Court with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force for their conduct during the incident. After a judicial finding that a fair and impartial jury could not be impaneled in Los Angeles County, the case was given a change of venue to the city of Simi Valley, in Ventura County, where they were tried. On April 29, 1992, three of the four police officers, (Koon, Wind, and Briseno) were acquitted of all charges. The jury acquitted the fourth officer, (Powell), on the assault with a deadly weapon charge but failed to reach a verdict on the use of excessive force charge. The jury deadlocked at 8-4 in favor of acquittal.The acquittals are generally considered to have triggered the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which 53 people were killed, and over two thousand were injured. The riots ended after soldiers from the United States Army National Guard, along with United States Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton, California, were called in to assist local authorities and quell the riots.On August 4, 1992 a Federal Grand Jury after hearing evidence from federal prosecutors, indicted the four officers on charges of violating King's civil rights. The four men were put on trial on February 25, 1993 in the United States District Court for the Central District of California located in downtown Los Angeles. On April 16, 1993 the trial ended with two of the police officers, (Koon and Powell) found guilty, and subsequently imprisoned. The other two officers, (Wind and Briseno) were acquitted.During the riots, King appeared on television and offered what would later be his famous plea, "Can we all get along?" I was 31 years old when this occurred. Priests - have been accused of molesting young boys from the parish, found guilty of the accusation and some even hidden and the accusation hushed from the public. I believe the date was March 2012 when former Pope Benedict's secret documents were stolen and sold to Italian journalist by his butler of many years. The documents are included in a book written by the journalist. His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI (Italian: Sua Santità. Le carte segrete di Benedetto XVI) is a book published by the Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, consisting of confidential letters and memos between Pope Benedict XVI and his personal secretary. The letters in the book portray the Vatican as a corrupt hotbed of jealousy, intrigue and underhanded factional fighting. The Italian edition paper-book was translated in 2013, in English language and is now available only in e-book format on Amazon platform. The title of digital English version of the book is Ratzinger was afraid. Nuzzi's book reveals details about the Pope's personal finances, and includes tales of bribes made to procure an audience with him. It reproduces confidential letters and memos to and from Benedict and his personal secretary. It contains letters from a very senior Vatican administrator to Pope Benedict in which he begged not to be transferred for having exposed alleged corruption that cost the Holy See millions of euros in higher contract prices. The documents also cover a 2009 scandal concerning the ex-editor of the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, a dinner between Benedict and Italy's president, and a 2011 letter from an Italian talk show host to the pope enclosing a check for 10,000 euros for his charity work – and asking for a private audience in exchange. Diplomatic cables include Vatican embassy's from Jerusalem to Cameroon, as well as conclusions of the pope's inquiry into the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order - where he is warned that the financial situation of the order, beset by a scandal over its pedophile founder, "while not grave, is serious and pressing". This may have been the main reason that the pope announced that he was resigning on Feb. 28th of 2013 making him the first Pontiff to resign in 700 years. Guess he couldn't handle the repercussions stemming from the 300 page dossier.
Teachers - Mary Kay Fualaau (née Schmitz; born January 30, 1962), formerly known as Mary Kay Letourneau, is an American schoolteacher who was imprisoned from 1997 to 2004 for having sexual intercourse with her 13-year-old student, Vili Fualaau. She gave birth to two of Fualaau's children while incarcerated. After her release from prison in 2004, Letourneau married Fualaau and took his name. Many other educators followed in her foot steps with the exception of marrying the children once they did their jail time.
I have come to the sad realization that this great nation which I grew up in, love and believed it the most powerful and safest place in the world was in now in fact a nation hated by many countries, a nation raising killers and a nation which was quickly spiraling down towards hell in a hand basket a nation which I am fearful of and for.
Below Are Some of the Terrorist Acts and Assassinations Against My Home and Country-men
November 22, 1963 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC) on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was fatally shot while traveling with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally's wife Nellie, in a presidential motorcade. A ten-month investigation in 1963–64 by the Warren Commission concluded that Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone and that Jack Ruby also acted alone when he killed Oswald before he could stand trial. Although the Commission's conclusions were initially supported by a majority of the American public, polls conducted between 1966 and 2003 found that as many as 80 percent of Americans have suspected that there was a plot or cover-up. He was a much beloved president and all came out into the streets weeping.
The Warren Commission, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded in 1978 that Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The HSCA found the original FBI investigation and the Warren Commission Report to be seriously flawed. While agreeing with the Commission that Oswald fired all the shots which caused the wounds to Kennedy and Connally, the HSCA stated that there were at least four shots fired (only three of which could be linked to Oswald) and that there was "...a high probability that two gunmen fired at the President." The HSCA did not identify any other person or group involved in the assassination besides Oswald, but they did specifically say the CIA, the Soviet Union, organized crime, and several other groups were not involved, although they could not rule out the involvement of individual members of those groups. Kennedy's assassination is still the subject of widespread debate and has spawned numerous conspiracy theories and alternative scenarios. This man was the last true president.
April 4, 1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader of the African-American civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who became known for his advancement of civil rights by using civil disobedience. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, At 6:01 p.m. on a Thursday while he was standing on the motel's second floor balcony, King was struck by a single .30 bullet fired from a Remington 760 Game-master The bullet entered through his right cheek, breaking his jaw, neck and several vertebrae as it traveled down his spinal cord, severing the jugular vein and major arteries in the process before lodging in his shoulder. By the force of the blast, King's necktie was ripped completely off his shirt. He fell violently backwards onto the balcony unconscious. Shortly after the shot was fired, witnesses saw James Earl Ray fleeing from a rooming house across the street from the Lorraine Motel where he was renting a room. A package was dumped close to the site that included a rifle and binoculars with Ray's fingerprints on them. The rifle had been purchased by Ray under an alias six days before. A worldwide manhunt was triggered that culminated in the arrest of Ray at London Heathrow Airport two months later. at the age of 39. King was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05 PM that evening.
James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested in London at Heathrow Airport, extradited to the United States, and charged with the crime. On March 10, 1969, Ray entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. Ray later made many attempts to withdraw his guilty plea and be tried by a jury, but was unsuccessful; he died in prison on April 23, 1998, at the age of 70.
The King family and others believe that the assassination was carried out by a conspiracy involving the US government, as alleged by Loyd Jowers in 1993, and that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat. This conclusion was affirmed by a jury in a 1999 civil trial.
June 5, 1968 - The assassination of Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy,Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (November 20, 1925 — June 6, 1968), also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician, a Democratic senator from New York, and a noted civil-rights activist. An icon of modern American liberalism and a member of the Kennedy family, he was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, and he served as the president's chief adviser during his presidency. From 1961 to 1964 he served as the U.S. Attorney General.
Following his brother John's assassination, on November 22, 1963, Kennedy continued to serve as the Attorney General under President Lyndon B. Johnson for nine months. There had long been bad blood between them, so in September 1964 Kennedy resigned to seek a U.S. Senate seat from New York, which he won in November. Within a few years he publicly split with Johnson over the Vietnam War.
In March 1968 Kennedy began a campaign for the presidency and was a front-running candidate of the Democratic Party, appealing especially to black, Hispanic and Catholic voters. In the California presidential primary, on June 4, Kennedy defeated Eugene McCarthy, the hero of the New Left and student elements in the Democratic Party. That night Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian Arab. Mortally wounded, he survived nearly 26 hours, then died early in the morning of June 6.
* Note Sirhan Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian/Jordanian immigrant, was convicted of Kennedy's murder and is serving a life sentence for the crime. Sirhan's lawyers have released statements claiming evidence that he was framed. The shooting was recorded on audio tape by a freelance newspaper reporter, and the aftermath was captured on film.
His body was interred near his brother John at Arlington National Cemetery. His death prompted the protection of presidential candidates by the United States Secret Service. Hubert Humphrey went on to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency, but ultimately narrowly lost the election to Richard Nixon.
As with his brother Jack's death, Bobby's assassination and the circumstances surrounding it have spawned a variety of conspiracy theories. As of 2013 Kennedy remains one of only two sitting United States Senators to be assassinated (the other being Huey Long).
1979 - United States Embassy in Pakistan attacked by mob mistakenly blaming the US for radical Islamic faction hostage crisis in Mecca.
1979 - Terrorist group attacked a bus of unarmed navy sailors in Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico killing two and wounded another 17.
1981 - Retired General James Dozier was kidnapped by the leftist Italian Red Brigades Marxist terrorist group.
1983 - Bombing at United States Embassy in Beirut, April 18, 1983. 63 people, including 17 Americans, are killed.
1983 - Beirut barracks bombing, October 23, 1983. 305 people, including 241 US servicemen, are killed by 2 suicide bombers.
1983 - On November 7, the Armed Resistance Unit, a militant leftist group, bombs the U.S. Capitol in response to the U.S. invasion of Grenada.
1984 - Twenty-two people were killed (two of them American) and seventy were wounded when a van loaded with four hundred pounds of explosives exploded in front of the U.S. Embassy annex in Awkar, Lebanon. Islamic Jihad (code name of Hezbollah) claimed responsibility for the bombing in a call to the media.
1985 - TWA Flight 847 hijacked, U.S. Navy diver is killed by Hezbollah.
1985 - Achille Lauro hijacking, wheel-chair bound American killed by Palestinian militants.
1986 - Four Americans were killed and five Americans were injured when a bomb exploded aboard TWA Flight 840 as it traveled from Rome to Athens. The aircraft was able to land safely at Athens International Airport.
1986 - On April 6, a Berlin discotheque bombing killed a Turkish woman and 2 US servicemen and injured 230 people, including more than 50 American servicemen.
1987 - A car bomb exploded outside the back gate of the U.S. Embassy in Rome and mortars were fired at the compound from across the street. One passerby was injured in the attacks.
1988 - On April 14 at 8 p.m., a car bomb exploded in front of the USO Club in Naples, Italy. Five people died and fifteen were injured, including four U.S. servicemen who were injured and US Navy Petty Officer Angela Santos, 21, was killed. Junzo Okudaira, a Japanese Red Army (JRA) member, was indicted in the United States on April 9, 1993 for the Naples bombing. Okudaira is also a suspect in the June 1987 car bombing and mortar attack against the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
1988 - Pan Am Flight 103, outbound from London for New York with 259 people aboard, was destroyed by a bomb on December 21, 1988 while over Lockerbie, Scotland. All aboard the aircraft were killed as were eleven persons on the ground.
1988 - 1990 - Marine Col. Rich Higgins kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Hezbollah terrorists.
1993 - World Trade Center bombing, February 26: 6 killed, 1,042 injured.
1993 - Attack at CIA Headquarters in McLean, Virginia, January 25: 2 killed, 3 injured.
1995 - Killing of two US Diplomats in Pakistan, March 8.
1995 - Oklahoma City bombing, 168 killed, over 800 injured. April 19.
1996 - Khobar Towers bombing: 19 American servicemen killed.
1998 - US embassy bombings: U.S. Kenya Embassy blown up, 214 killed (including 12 Americans); U.S. Tanzania Embassy blown up, 11 killed.
2000 - USS Cole attacked, 17 U.S. Navy sailors killed, 39 sailors injured.
2001 - 9-11, World Trade Towers intentionally leveled by 2 jetliner planes crashing into them, 2,997 killed.
2002 - Reporter Daniel Pearl, kidnapped and beheaded in Karachi.
2002 - Nine people killed by bomb blast near US embassy in Lima - seen as attempt to disrupt forthcoming visit by President George W. Bush.
2002-2006 - Karachi consulate attacks: three separate attacks killed 18 people (including an American diplomat) and injured 87.
2002 - Two Marines shot, one killed in Kuwait.
2003 - Riyadh Compound Bombings kill 9 Americans, among 35 others.
2003 - Three American diplomats are killed by a roadside bomb targeting their convoy in Gaza. Palestine Resistance Committees, an umbrella organization has taken responsibility for the attack."
2003–present - Damascus terrorist attacks: American interests in Syria targeted by Islamists.
2004 - Civilians Nick Berg, Jack Hensley, and Eugene Armstrong kidnapped and beheaded in Iraq.
2004 - Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr, civilian working in Saudi Arabia, kidnapped and beheaded; five other Americans die in attacks in Saudi Arabia in 2004.
Those Who Have Turned Against Their Fellow Man
Monday, May 4, 1970 -The Kent State shootings, also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre occurred at Kent State University in the U.S. city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced in a television address on April 30. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.
There was a significant national response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States due to a student strike of four million students, and the event further affected the public opinion—at an already socially contentious time—over the role of the United States in the Vietnam War.
The 1978 - Blackfriars Massacre was an American Mafia massacre that occurred on June 28, 1978 in Downtown Boston in Boston, Massachusetts. The massacre claimed four criminals known to the police and a former Channel 7 (nowWHDH-TV) Boston television investigative news anchorman and reporter, John A. Kelly. The massacre was allegedly over the sale of cocaine. The 5 men had been killed execution style while in the middle of a game of backgammon that had started up after the disco closed for the night. The bullet-riddled corpses were discovered by the janitor when he came in for work. The shooters who carried out the murders have never been caught.
December 22, 1978 -The biggest shock for everyone in the United States came when John Wayne Gacy, a respected member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, owner of a contracting business, and local Democratic party's precinct captain confessed about his crimes. On December 22, 1978, Gacy admitted to burying his victims underneath his house, in a crawlspace and disposing 5 other victims in the Des Plaines River. Gacy was born in 1942 and had a normal childhood as he had a good relationship with his mother and sisters. However, his father was an abusive alcoholic. After Gacy married and had two kids, rumors about him being a homosexual and a child molester began to circulate.
Police discovered tons of evidence along with 33 bodies buried on and near Gacy's property. Gacy was easily convicted and was sentenced to death by lethal injection which was carried out on May 10, 1994. As Gacy's last meal, he was given French fries, fried chicken, Coke, and a strawberry shortcake. Gacy's last words: Kiss my ass.
Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer had murdered around 17 boys and men. These sick murders also involved acts such as forced sodomy, removal of his victims' limbs, cannibalism, and necrophilia.Dahmer was convicted on 15 counts of murder and sentenced to 15 life terms (937 years in prison). During his trials, Dahmer expressed his remorse towards his actions and expressed his wish for his own death. Christopher Scarver, a fellow inmate of Dahmer, brutally attacked him and another inmate on November 28, 1994. Dahmer was being taken to the hospital, but died en route due to severe head trauma. On September 26, 1988, one day after moving into his apartment, he was arrested for drugging and sexually fondling a 13-year-old boy in Milwaukee. He was sentenced to five years' probation and one year in a work release camp. He was required to register as a sex offender. Dahmer was paroled from the work release camp two months early, and he soon moved into a new apartment. Shortly thereafter, he began a string of murders that ended with his arrest in 1991.
On January 24, 1989 - Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair. Bundy was really attractive and good looking, which helped him in luring his victims. His unique style of approaching potential victims would include him faking an injury to his arm by placing a fake cast or sling over it. He would drink alcohol before approaching them and gain their trust by acting as a policeman or a fire department personnel. He would then take the victims to his car and hit them with a crowbar over their heads. Bundy would then go on to rape and sexually assault his victims just before strangling and mutilating the bodies. Bundy would visit the Taylor Mountain, where he would dump the corpses, apply makeup on the dead bodies, and then sleep with them till the bodies would decay. In 1989, Bundy was executed for 40 murders of which he confessed about. He also kept some of his victims' severed heads in his room or apartment for some time.
Before he was executed in an electric chair on January 24, 1989. Bundy's last words: I'd like to give my love to my family and friends but at one time he also said; We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow. ~ Ted Bundy
July 29, 1976 - David Berkowitz's(Son of Sam) killing spree began, with the shooting of two teenage women outside a Bronx apartment building. At the time of the attack, Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti were sitting in Valenti's car in front of Lauria's home. Berkowitz shot the two women, killing Lauria and injuring Valenti.
Three months later, Berkowitz struck again. He shot at a couple sitting in a parked car, severely damaging the man's skull. That November, Berkowitz attacked two teenage girls walking home. He shot both of the girls, leaving one of them a paraplegic. At the time, the police did not think these shootings were related.
In January 1977, Berkowitz again targeted a couple sitting together in a car at night. He walked up to Christine Freund and her fiancé and fired twice, striking Freund in the head. She later died of her injuries. For all of his shootings, Berkowitz used a .44 caliber gun. Before long, the police would create a special task force to hunt down the .44-caliber killer.
That March, Berkowitz claimed another victim, Virginia Voskerichian, a college student. He killed her as she returned home from classes. The next month Berkowitz killed a couple, Valentina Suriani and Alexander Esau, in their parked car. This ruthless killer began taunting the police, leaving a letter for a police captain near the scene. In his note, Berkowitz called himself the Son of Sam.
Berkowitz's final attack occurred in the early hours of July 31, 1977. He shot another couple, Stacy Moskowitz and Bobby Violante, in Brooklyn. Moskowitz later died, and Violante was blinded in one eye and lost most of the vision in the other from his injuries. Fortunately for the police, a witness noticed something at the scene that helped in cracking the case. At the scene of the Moskowitz-Violante shootings, a witness saw a man getting away in a car that had a parking ticket on it. Only a handful of tickets were given out that day, and one of them was for Berkowitz. The police arrested him on August 10, 1977. According to The New York Times, Berkowitz said, "Well, you've got me" when they took him into custody.
1976-1979 The Original Night Stalker is the name given to an unidentified serial killer and rapist who murdered at least ten people in Southern California from 1979 through 1986. The Sacramento East Area Rapist is believed to have begun as a burglar, only later committing rapes. His modus operandi was to stalk middle class neighborhoods at night for women who lived in single story homes. He ran away when spotted prowling, though on one occasion a youth who closely pursued him was shot and seriously wounded. Most victims had seen or heard a prowler on their property before the attacks and many had suffered break-ins. Police believed there was a pattern of the offender using reconnaissance on the houses of victims before the day of the crime. The criminal initially sought out women by themselves, but later began to target couples. Typically he entered a house at night, woke the occupants and threatened them with a handgun. All victims were bound with ligatures the criminal brought to the crime scene. The female victim was made to tie her male companion with bootlaces before being tied herself. The perpetrator was believed to use a bicycle for the attacks. A masked bicycle rider chased by a policeman in the early hours of the morning is believed to have been the rapist. The suspect left the bike and made off when spotted. During the subsequent footchase across back yards he vaulted a series of fences and shook off the pursuit.
The crimes initially centered on east Sacramento where at least fifty women were sexually assaulted between June 18, 1976 and July 5, 1979. The perpetrator was dubbed The East Area Rapist. In 2001 the Northern California rapes were linked by DNA to murders in Southern California.
The Original Night Stalker/The East Area Rapist was never apprehended; several suspects have been cleared through DNA, alibi or other investigative means and methods.
The Last 4 Straws On Camel's Back
April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County in the State of Colorado. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, 2 seniors, murdered a total of 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional students, with three other people being injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair then committed suicide. They had planned for a year and dreamed much bigger. The school served as means to a grander end, to terrorize the entire nation by attacking a symbol of American life. Their slaughter was aimed at students and teachers, but it was not motivated by resentment of them in particular. Students and teachers were just convenient quarry, what Timothy McVeigh described as "collateral damage."
The killers, in fact, laughed at petty school shooters. They bragged about dwarfing the carnage of the Oklahoma City bombing and originally scheduled their bloody performance for its anniversary. Klebold boasted on video about inflicting "the most deaths in U.S. history." Columbine was intended not primarily as a shooting at all, but as a bombing on a massive scale. If they hadn't been so bad at wiring the timers, the propane bombs they set in the cafeteria would have wiped out 600 people. After those bombs went off, they planned to gun down fleeing survivors. An explosive third act would follow, when their cars, packed with still more bombs, would rip through still more crowds, presumably of survivors, rescue workers, and reporters. The climax would be captured on live television. It wasn't just "fame" they were after—Agent Fuselier bristles at that trivializing term—they were gunning for devastating infamy on the historical scale of an Attila the Hun. Their vision was to create a nightmare so devastating and apocalyptic that the entire world would shudder at their power. This act really had me concerned for the minds of our young people, asking myself who is molding, manipulating, brainwashing them why and thinking that now, our youngest members of this nation's society, who are being prepared for the world ahead, were the next chosen victims.
Friday, July 20, 2012, fantasy became nightmare. A lone 24-year-old masked gunman, James Holmes, dressed in tactical clothing entered a Colorado movie theater playing the new Batman movie and opened fire early Friday at a midnight screening of the Batman film 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado, east of Denver. Fifty people were wounded and 12 killed. Witnesses say the gunman released a noxious gas before opening fire, making escape more difficult, The suspect, a white male, James Holmes was found in the parking lot and did not resist arrest, CNN said.
Police said the shooter bought a ticket, entered the theater, and sat in the front row; about 20 minutes into the film, he left the building through an emergency exit door, which he propped open.
It was alleged that he then went to his car, which was parked near the exit door, changed into protective clothing, and retrieved his guns. About 30 minutes into the film, police say, around 12:30 am, he re-entered the theater through the exit door. He was dressed in black and wore a gas mask, a load-bearing vest (not to be confused with a bulletproof vest), a ballistic helmet, bullet-resistant leggings, a throat protector, a groin protector and tactical gloves. Initially, few in the audience considered the masked figure a threat. He appeared to be wearing a costume, like other audience members who had dressed up for the screening. Some believed that the gunman was playing a prank, while others thought that he was part of a special effects installation set up for the film's premiere as a publicity stunt by the studio or theater management.
It was also said that the gunman threw two canisters emitting a gas or smoke, partially obscuring the audience members' vision, making their throats and skin itch, and causing eye irritation. He then fired a 12-gauge Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun, first at the ceiling and then at the audience. He also fired a Smith & Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle with a 100-round drum magazine, which malfunctioned after reportedly firing about 30 rounds. Finally, he fired a Glock 22 40-caliber handgun. He shot first to the back of the room, and then toward people in the aisles. A bullet passed through the wall and hit a person in the adjacent theater 8, which was screening the same film. Witnesses said the multiplex's fire alarm system began sounding soon after the attack began and staff told people in theater 8 to evacuate. One witness said that she was hesitant to leave because someone yelled that there was someone shooting in the lobby and that they shouldn't leave.
The first phone calls to emergency services via 9-1-1 were made at 12:39 am. Police arrived within 90 seconds and found at least three .40-caliber handgun magazines, a shotgun and a large drum magazine on the floor of the theater. I'm thinking, now the evil is spreading to our places of entertainment; another young person possessed.
December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut. Before driving to the school, Lanza had shot and killed his mother Nancy at their Newtown home.As first responders arrived, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
The incident is the second deadliest mass shooting by a single person in American history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. It is the second deadliest mass murder at an American elementary school, after the 1927 Bath School bombings in Michigan. However, it is the most deadly school shooting in any public school in the United States.
The shootings prompted renewed debate about gun control in the United States, and a proposal for new legislation banning the sale and manufacture of certain types of semi-automatic firearms and magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition; what many believe to be a violation of our 2nd civil right to bear arms.
April 15, 2013 BOSTON — Tamerlan Tsarnaev 26 and Dzhohkar Tsarnaev 19 years old. Two brothers of Chechnyan decent managed to detonate two bombs which ripped explosions through the Boston Marathon's crowded finish line Monday afternoon, killing at least three people and injuring almost 300.
The dead included an 8-year-old boy, The Boston Globe reported, citing law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation. Among the injured, 17 were reported in critical condition. The victims at eight local hospitals were as young as 2.
"There were so many people in that area that they couldn't get ambulances in there," said Joe Difazio, who was working on communications near the site when the blasts occurred. "They were wheeling people out in wheelchairs. One guy had no legs. The bones was just sticking out. ... It was horrible.
The bombers were found. They were brothers. One died during a gun battle with police, he was 26 years old. The other escaped for more than 24 hours and managed to close down the entire city of Boston before giving himself up. He is only 19 years old.
What else are we to expect?