Video via ilOxOli on YouTube.
Dallas Police have released a video of a woman being thrown from a moving car on the North Dallas Tollway. The woman was attending Oktoberfest when a stranger offered her a ride home. That probably has as much to do with the woman wishing to remain anonymous as anything. The victim herself admitted to a local Dallas TV station that her actions were “stupid.”
After she was in the car, the guy who offered the ride dropped his friendly facade. The woman said he made a pass at her and she rebuffed him. That’s when he got angry and pushed her out the door. Fortunately another woman saw the whole thing and played Good Samaritan, parking her car to block traffic as she tried to help the injured victim.
The car in question was an older Toyota Corolla. Police are currently reviewing other footage in an effort to identify the driver.
[NBC5i.com]


Video via ilOxOli on YouTube.
Dallas Police have released a video of a woman being thrown from a moving car on the North Dallas Tollway. The woman was attending Oktoberfest when a stranger offered her a ride home. That probably has as much to do with the woman wishing to remain anonymous as anything. The victim herself admitted to a local Dallas TV station that her actions were “stupid.”
After she was in the car, the guy who offered the ride dropped his friendly facade. The woman said he made a pass at her and she rebuffed him. That’s when he got angry and pushed her out the door. Fortunately another woman saw the whole thing and played Good Samaritan, parking her car to block traffic as she tried to help the injured victim.
The car in question was an older Toyota Corolla. Police are currently reviewing other footage in an effort to identify the driver.
[NBC5i.com]

hackerimg.jpg“The 10 Most Mysterious Cyber Crimes” by Corinne Iozzio for PC Magazine
This is just a quick hit linked for its awesomeness. PC Magazine has published a list of 10 unsolved cyber crimes that occurred between 1989 and May, 2008.
This may be the most amusing:

Dennis Kucinich on CBSNews.com (October 2003)
As Representative Kucinich’s presidential campaign struggled in the fall of 2003, a hacker did what he could to give it a boost. Early one Friday morning the CBSNews.com homepage was replaced by the campaign’s logo. The page then automatically redirected to a 30-minute video called “This is the Moment,” in which the candidate laid out his political philosophy. The Kucinich campaign denied any involvement with the hack, and whoever was responsible was not identified.

sks.jpgLook, it isn’t that there isn’t crime happening here in the good old U.S. of A. Of course, we have plenty of stuff going down, every day.
But those Russians, man — they just come up with the stuff you think can’t be real. You read the English tabloid coverage and you think, ‘oh, those crazy London papers, they’re exaggerating as usual’ — then a trip to the Russian news sites, translation programs and a flip through the English/Russian Dictionary later you realize, no, the English tabs are toning it down.
Case in point — the unfolding story of Russia’s serial-killing Jehovah’s Witness “Bonnie & Clyde,” 44-year-old Vladimir Gurianov and his “Princess,” Elvira Egorycheva, age 46.
He called her “mother” and “Princess Elena,” she called him her son and “Prince Mikhail.”
And authorities in Nizhny Novgorod believe they may have killed as many as 13 people.
It looks as though Vladimir and Elvira were many things — homeless, religious zealots, sex criminals, and serial murderers. After they were arrested, they spoke frankly to the authorities. It was clear to police that the pair felt no guilt for their crimes — they were convinced that they were somehow fulfilling the will of God on Earth. They were allegedly doing this with knives, a stun gun, rope, adhesive tape, at least one handgun and a couple of axes.
Vladimir Gurianov, was (no surprise) a convicted sex criminal. Elvira, on the surface, was a pious mother of 3 who would tell her neighbors (when she had a home) that she had ‘a relationship with God.’ Elvira would have tea with friends and speak ad nauseam about a God that was very personal to her, and apparently not exactly the approved-of model familiar to monotheists the world over.
She wasn’t actually a big Jehovah’s Witness anymore, really. According to Strana.ru, Elvira became disenchanted with her local congregation, even writing letters to the editor of a local paper expressing her disappointment.
Elvira’s former neighbors were utterly shocked by her arrest. But one spoke of seeing her in April of this year. Something strange was afoot: “The last time we saw Elvira […] She wore a headband, was dressed all in white; pants, coat and tie.”
Nizhny Novgorod’s “Bonnie & Clyde” began their murderous spree in December, 2007. The victims were targeted through ads they placed, frequently fortune-telling, but also selling puppies. A fortune teller, 51-year-old Ludmila Kostina, placed an ad for her services in a local paper. The very next day they killed Nina Mashtakova, age 66, and took her valuables.
Many more victims followed. There was Elena Travkina, age 35, a mother of two small children. The body of Natalia Burenkovoy, an accountant, was found brutalized and stuffed in a storage area. Religiously-motivated killer or not, some of the female victims were also sexually assaulted. But even a male cab driver was murdered — he was found in his vehicle. He’d been stabbed to death.
Police were ultimately led to this pair by the couples’ greed — they tried to pawn valuables owned by one of the victims.
Vladimir Gurianov and Elvira Egorycheva have confessed to 10 murders, and some Russian media have reported that there may be as many as 15 victims. Cops are currently investigating possible burial sites.
“Prince Mikhail” and “Princess Elena” were perverse doppelgangers to the Russian teens in Yaroslavl (read all about that nightmare here) who earlier this summer allegedly burned and consumed 4 other teens in the name of Satan. In both instances the killers claimed religious motivation, but further examination of their acts showed they were really just savages experimenting with their own capacities for evil. Perhaps the “Prince” and “Princess” clothed themselves in white and claimed to hear the voice of God, but in the end they were working from the same playbook as the Yaroslavl “Satanists.”
[Daily Mail Online. Russian papers: Strana.ru, Newsru.com, and stolica-s.su.]

msosby.jpgAccording to police in Adrian, Michigan, 17-year-old Marshall Sosby fully intended to kill his parents.
So earlier this week — Tuesday, to be exact — the cops say Marshall picked up his dad’s 9 millimeter semiautomatic and killed his 37-year-old mom, Carmen, and his father, Michael, age 40.
Young Marshall called 911 around 10 that night and told what the police believe was a bit of a fib. Marshall said his mother shot his father before turning the gun on herself. Only she somehow managed to shoot herself in the back of her head, which probably cast a bit of doubt on the suicide claim.
The cops questioned Sosby. It became clear to them that he was the one who pulled the trigger. Speaking to local press, Adrian deputy police chief James Schwartz said that Sosby “gave several reasons” for his alleged actions. One reason was that Marshall’s parents took his cell phone away.
But police don’t believe the elder Sosbys were victims of an impulse crime. Marshall’s act, said James Schwartz, “was premeditated.” Sosby, said Schwartz, “intended to kill his parents.”
Marshall wasn’t just charged with open murder on Wednesday in Lenawee County, MI — he was also charged with witness intimidation, felonious assault, and assorted firearms charges.
It was through questioning Marshall’s friends that police came to believe he planned the whole thing. He’d allegedly discussed what he wanted to do — though I imagine other teens passed this off as so much bullshitting.
Marshall Sosby was ZombieKiller90 on MySpace.com. There were several photos of him holding guns in his profile photo albums — the sort of stuff mainstream news articles always seem to note as if it is somehow significant. But if the kid had easy access to a 9 mm, he probably had easy access to other guns, so photos of him dressed in camouflage and holding guns aren’t really strange or all that notable.
More interesting to me was a post he made to his MySpace blog in July of this year. It, too, was the sort of thing many teens write, think or say, but in light of Marshall’s alleged discussing of the murders with friends, it seems like it might give some insight as to his mindset. He didn’t feel like his family at home was truly his own.
Marshall titled the post “Family” and wrote, in part:

if u want 2 be part of my family talk 2 me and if u can think of any other family thing just say some thing
Girlfriend/wife: Audrey
Favorite sis: Sadie
Little Sis: Mandy, Caroline, heather, erica, miss nikki, Panda, Saria, lauren, sammy
Favorite bro:Austin
Litlle Bro: Matrix, Chase, Torment, Brandon, Jordan, dakota, Aaron,kakashi’ kun
brother in law: tony ,ichigo, itachi
Boy Cousin:David (asian)
Big Bro: edward
long lost sis: Courtney
PETS
kitten: Alexa

Was Marshall Sosby trying to reconfigure his life, hoping that he could jumpstart things by faking his parents’ murder-suicide? Perhaps. He allegedly threatened siblings with the gun after his parents were dead as well; was he thinking of taking it a few steps further? Maybe he was just trying to rid himself of what he perceived as his biggest obstacles — mom and dad.
Sosby is being held without bail in the Lenawee County Jail.
Links:
Copy of Marshall Sosby’s MySpace profile.
Copy of Sosby’s MySpace blog.
[Adrian, MI – Daily Telegram]

msosby.jpgAccording to police in Adrian, Michigan, 17-year-old Marshall Sosby fully intended to kill his parents.
So earlier this week — Tuesday, to be exact — the cops say Marshall picked up his dad’s 9 millimeter semiautomatic and killed his 37-year-old mom, Carmen, and his father, Michael, age 40.
Young Marshall called 911 around 10 that night and told what the police believe was a bit of a fib. Marshall said his mother shot his father before turning the gun on herself. Only she somehow managed to shoot herself in the back of her head, which probably cast a bit of doubt on the suicide claim.
The cops questioned Sosby. It became clear to them that he was the one who pulled the trigger. Speaking to local press, Adrian deputy police chief James Schwartz said that Sosby “gave several reasons” for his alleged actions. One reason was that Marshall’s parents took his cell phone away.
But police don’t believe the elder Sosbys were victims of an impulse crime. Marshall’s act, said James Schwartz, “was premeditated.” Sosby, said Schwartz, “intended to kill his parents.”
Marshall wasn’t just charged with open murder on Wednesday in Lenawee County, MI — he was also charged with witness intimidation, felonious assault, and assorted firearms charges.
It was through questioning Marshall’s friends that police came to believe he planned the whole thing. He’d allegedly discussed what he wanted to do — though I imagine other teens passed this off as so much bullshitting.
Marshall Sosby was ZombieKiller90 on MySpace.com. There were several photos of him holding guns in his profile photo albums — the sort of stuff mainstream news articles always seem to note as if it is somehow significant. But if the kid had easy access to a 9 mm, he probably had easy access to other guns, so photos of him dressed in camouflage and holding guns aren’t really strange or all that notable.
More interesting to me was a post he made to his MySpace blog in July of this year. It, too, was the sort of thing many teens write, think or say, but in light of Marshall’s alleged discussing of the murders with friends, it seems like it might give some insight as to his mindset. He didn’t feel like his family at home was truly his own.
Marshall titled the post “Family” and wrote, in part:

if u want 2 be part of my family talk 2 me and if u can think of any other family thing just say some thing
Girlfriend/wife: Audrey
Favorite sis: Sadie
Little Sis: Mandy, Caroline, heather, erica, miss nikki, Panda, Saria, lauren, sammy
Favorite bro:Austin
Litlle Bro: Matrix, Chase, Torment, Brandon, Jordan, dakota, Aaron,kakashi’ kun
brother in law: tony ,ichigo, itachi
Boy Cousin:David (asian)
Big Bro: edward
long lost sis: Courtney
PETS
kitten: Alexa

Was Marshall Sosby trying to reconfigure his life, hoping that he could jumpstart things by faking his parents’ murder-suicide? Perhaps. He allegedly threatened siblings with the gun after his parents were dead as well; was he thinking of taking it a few steps further? Maybe he was just trying to rid himself of what he perceived as his biggest obstacles — mom and dad.
Sosby is being held without bail in the Lenawee County Jail.
Links:
Copy of Marshall Sosby’s MySpace profile.
Copy of Sosby’s MySpace blog.
[Adrian, MI – Daily Telegram]

Main Entry: mawk·ish
Pronunciation: \ˈmȯ-kish\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English mawke maggot, probably from Old Norse mathkr…
Date: circa 1697
1 : having an insipid often unpleasant taste
2 : sickly or puerilely sentimental
— from Merriam-Webster.com. Emphasis was added to definition 2.

As guys go, I’m sentimental to a fault. Just ask my poor wife. I’m also sentimental about kids — my kids. That said, I can understand a certain amount of sentiment from strangers for a missing and/or murdered child like missing Orlando, Florida toddler Caylee Anthony. I look at her photos and I wonder, ‘where are you, little one? Who would hurt a cute kid like you? How sick is that?’ To me, that’s normal.
But ever since JonBenet Ramsey’s death in 1996, there has been a big contingent of folks, male and female, who take to the Web to post about their sentiment for the poor, battered, missing and murdered children they only know through the news. Back in the day, they flocked to Geocities or Angelfire. There they posted pages replete with images of unicorns and butterflies. They made animated gifs of the dead or missing child’s disembodied head on angel wings. They loaded the page with auto-starting midi files of hymns or even worse, treacly, slow pop songs. I had the rather sweet song “Butterfly Kisses” utterly ruined for me by finding it on one of those pages.
Most of the folks who make these kinds of tributes are female. I don’t know what issues they actually have at home. If they lost a child, somehow, I kind of understand why they might fixate on a case like this. Otherwise, I’m not sure I get it. It seems — well, it just seems wrong.
A few of the tributes, though, could be from pedophiles who jones on obsessing over “the children” in what they perceive — or perhaps what they want the site visitor to perceive to be an appropriate way. It’s a big thing in pedophile culture (and yes, they have their own secret subculture — but that’s for another post) to define themselves apart from molesters. Pedophiles, you see, want to emphasize the fact that they love the children. To them, molesters only want sex.
The sad thing is, unless you dig, you often can’t tell some pedophile’s worshipful, almost necrophilic tribute to a missing or murdered kid from a tribute created by a bereaved mom who can’t help but see the face of her own child superimposed on the face of the little one seen on the news.
The videos listed below? I have no idea who made them. I challenge you to make it through even one of them before biting back some bile. As a public service, I decided to go to YouTube and cull some of the more appalling ones. All of them share a certain grotesque aesthetic and an inappropriate familiarity towards the subject, missing child Caylee Anthony. They have not been posted in any particular order.
If I were the Anthony family, these people would scare me more than any bunch of rednecks hanging out in camp chairs across the street from George’s and Cindy’s home in the Orlando suburbs.

This video, uploaded August 28, 2008, telegraphs just how excruciating the next 5 minutes will be with the tinkling music, which turns out to be the most appallingly manipulative song in history, “Dear Mr. Jesus.” Otherwise, it’s really just a slideshow of Caylee photos and perhaps the most common video of its kind where the Anthony case is concerned. The same slideshow, presented in silence, would have been a far more effective and haunting tribute to the missing girl and avoided the giant, steaming load of mawkishness heaped on the presentation by the song chosen to accompany the display. The person who made the video probably intended their tribute to have that haunting quality, but it just ends up revolting. Verdict: On a sickening sentimentality scale where dead baby jokes = 0 and Precious Moments figurines = 10, this video rates a 8. I mean, come on — the freaking song contains lyrics like this: “Dear Mr. Jesus, please tell me what to do/ And please don’t tell my daddy/ But my mommy hits me, too…”

The video above is titled “Caylee Marie Anthony Lullaby” and it takes the slideshow approach and splices in some editing effects — wipes, page turns, and most disturbing, overlays of hearts and flowers, with random images of butterflies and flowers interposed between the usual shots of Caylee — which were likely culled from Casey Anthony’s now-defunct Facebook account. The nauseating cherry on top of this sentimentality Sundae is the selection of Celine Dion singing an inappropriately chest-thumping rendition of a classic childrens’ lullaby on the soundtrack. This video comes very close to the spirit of those old Geocities and Angelfire sites devoted to JonBenet, right up to the blocks spelling out Caylee’s name near the end of the thing, which closes with the words, “Caylee, Always in our hearts.” Verdict: on that icky sentimentality scale with the dead baby jokes at 0 and Precious Moments equaling 10, this one is easily and 8.5, almost a 9. I sometimes wonder how many times one of these people ignored their own, living kid just so they could pore over what images of Caylee they might want to use in their “tribute.”

You know, I know that J-dawg loves the babies. I totally agree with that sentiment. But I’m betting he hates this video. Especially the way His image is squished off to each side, bracketing the same old slideshow b.s. found in the other videos. Then there’s Engelbert Humperdinck thrown in the mix between little kids singing “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” singing his own magnum opus, “Everything is Beautiful.” No words on that one. Verdict: a 9 on the mawkish scale. Misses making a 10 because of the practical insertion of the flyer in the video, giving police contact info.

I get the feeling the person who posted this one fully intended to fuck with anyone who saw it, because the song choice is so bizarre, in context. Fortunately I like the song in question enough that it isn’t ruined for me, but now I kind of associate it with the Anthony case, and that’s just weird. This one is a 7 on the mawkishness scale, heading towards a 6 for song choice. It’s on this list because it’s just so. Damned. Strange. I mean, the typical interspersed images of flowers and heart-shaped video transition effects combined with “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor?” WTF, man?
There ya go. All I could really handle of this particular assignment. I really want this clear, though — I do understand this impulse towards sentimentality. But I don’t understand these people who spend so much time on projects like this as if they were memorializing their own kid. It’s so inappropriate. So obtrusive. In this case, it does nothing for Caylee Anthony. It objectifies her even more intensely than the constant parsing of her case in the mainstream news. A lot of people making these videos think they’re expressing sympathy and care, but they never knew this child. It is true — those who claimed to love her are doing the opposite of bringing her justice — but they will have to answer for that, eventually, either in a court of law or in front of a higher Judge. Many of the folks working hard to make tributes are really working through something very personal, something that has little to do with the missing child from Orlando, Florida. To them, I say, I know you mean well, but dude — stop. The pathology is yours. Keep it between you, your therapist, and God.
I welcome suggestions for other videos in this vein in the comments. Sorta.

smcguinness2.jpgHer name was Siobhan McGuinness. She was only 5 when she died. Someone abducted her from a sidewalk in Missoula, Montana.
Siobhan was brutalized; her killer stuffed her body in a culvert.
The case went cold.
Then, in April of this year, 34 years after Siobhan was taken, the case was re-opened. Police in Missoula began receiving tips again. They received at least 80 phone calls.
It has been 3 decades, but many people in Missoula remember Siobhan…

findingcaylee.jpgBecause the hoopla surrounding the disappearance of Caylee Anthony isn’t controversial enough already, the State of Florida has released nearly 600 more pages of documents in the Anthony case. Two that might be of interest:
* Interview with Casey’s brother Lee Anthony, who says that Cindy Anthony was worried about Caylee as soon as she smelled the car Casey abandoned at a check-cashing store in Orlando.
* Interview with Casey’s boyfriend Anthony Lazzaro (spelled Lazaro in the transcript). This interview was interesting for the following, from Lazzaro: “[Casey] … would wake up and, or wake me either in the middle of the night, or I would just wake up in the middle of the night and see she was sweaty in bed. And I would ask her uh, why and she said that she would have a nightmare… she was having a nightmare or something and then would bring up the nightmare pertaining to our relationship.”
You have to wonder about that one. Casey’s few shreds of conscience showing up via her subconscious, perhaps?
Anyway, that’s your Anthony case update for the day, because I can’t take much more than that, myself.


One of the chilling videos originally posted on YouTube by Matti Saari. via Liveleak.com.
Twenty-two-year old Matti Juhani Saari, the suspected school shooter in the most recent such incident in Finland, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Saari walked into a vocational school in the city of Kaujahoki around 11 a.m. local time. Clad in black and wearing a ski mask, he began shooting students taking a test in one classroom.
Finland’s interior minister says the death toll has risen to 11. It isn’t clear whether or not Saari is considered part of the death toll.
A twist in this story is the fact that police had actually brought Saari in for questioning in the last week or so about the videos he posted on YouTube, showing himself at target practice. Police ultimately found no legal reason to hold him.
Wouldn’t it be nice if one of these psychos lived to see prosecution, just once?
[NewsRoom Finland and Newsday/AP.]