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The second victim killed today during the mass shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian in Knoxville, TN was Linda Kraeger, age 61.
Knoxville Police say the shooter was 58-year-old Jim Adkisson. Adkisson has already made an appearance before a Knox County judge. His next hearing is on August 5. His home may be searched tonight.
Authorities say Adkisson has yet to say anything of consequence regarding the crime he’s accused of committing.
A report published by the Knoxville News Sentinel leaves the impression that there was an element of sheer hatred in Adkisson’s alleged assault on TVUUC this morning. A quote from one of Adkisson’s neighbors seems pretty telling: “We were talking one day when my daughter graduated from Bible college, and I told him I was a Christian, then he almost turned angry.” Adkisson, says neighbor Karen Massey, was forced to go to church by his parents.
This post will be updated and revised.
[WBIR; Knoxville News Sentinel]

The gunman’s timing seemed particularly tragic. Nearly 200 parishioners inside the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church [website] in Knoxville, TN were listening to children sing a song from Annie Jr. in service this morning when all hell broke loose. According to church member Steve Drevik, a 40-something man with long blond hair walked in and started shooting. The weapon of choice was a shotgun, and the man was firing at random.
Before the man was tackled by three men from the congregation, 6 people were critically wounded. A seventh person was killed.
The dead man was named Greg McKendry, and according to witnesses, McKendry lost his life in an act of sheer heroism.

I really did throw up in my mouth a little when I read today that the attorneys defending serial child killer Joseph Edward Duncan III in his death penalty proceedings want to make a certain video public.
See, I knew about this video long before most folks. I was one of the first people to break the story, alluding to it in a blog long before I wrote the article found at the other end of the preceding link. It was so inflammatory when I first broke it on my blog that I actually removed the post for a while.
The blogger who runs this site covering Duncan probably knew before I did, and may have known more about the content.
Duncan made the video during the time he held young Dylan and Shasta Groene captive at a remote cabin in a national forest.
The video is said to show Duncan doing his thing to the boy. Duncan’s thing was, as the Associated Press noted, “sadistic sexual torture.”
Duncan’s lawyers seem to think that closing the courtroom and only showing the video to jurors and officers of the court somehow violates the First Amendment. They also contend that a closed showing might violate Duncan’s right to have a public trial.
I can’t muster a single objective thought on this subject. Only the word “violates” seems appropriate. That the horrific videos this monster made still exist at all simply violates all that is decent in the world. One can only hope Duncan’s videos are under heavy lock and key. And that when they are finally no longer needed, they meet their appropriate fate in the hottest incinerator available — a fate that would also be fitting for Duncan himself.
[; Jet Duncan’s blog, The Fifth Nail.]

Three years ago a methodical monster stalked two small children he’d first spotted as they played in front of their home just outside Coeur dAlene, Idaho. The monster had night-vision goggles, firearms, restraints, transportation — everything he needed. He’d bought it all on a big shopping trip at Wal-Mart in Fargo, North Dakota.
Then, on the night of May 15, 2005, Joseph Edward Duncan III killed Brenda Groene, her oldest son Slade, Brenda’s boyfriend, Mark McKenzie, and Duncan kidnapped Dylan and Shasta Groene. For the next several weeks he kept them in the woods, repeatedly raping and torturing both children. Dylan was ultimately killed. Shasta walked into a Coeur d’Alene Denny’s with Duncan on the night of July 2, 2005. Someone recognized the little girl, the cops were called, and we all learned what the Boogeyman looked like.
It called itself Jet. It kept a blog.

edhall2.JPGOver a year ago a pretty young thing named Kelsey Smith vanished from a department store in Overland Park, KS. She’d only just graduated from high school. She was just running into the store on an errand, on her way somewhere else.
She ran into a creep named Edwin Hall. He was arrested on June 6, 2007, 4 days after Kelsey vanished. Investigators found Kelsey’s body that day by Longview Lake in Jackson County, MO.
Today, in a Johnson County, KS courtroom, Edwin Hall unexpectedly pleaded guilty to all the charges against him: murder, rape, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated criminal sodomy.

“I did it. I can’t believe it. I did it.”
Those were the first words 18-year-old Eric Tavulares said to police when they arrived. It was just after 3 a.m. on July 19, and officers were responding to a call at 2465 N. Frederick Ave. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The responding officer walked Tavulares into the kitchen at the residence and questioned him. What had he done, after all?
Tavulares said, “I killed her.”

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