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.]

Matti SaariFor the second time in a year, there has been a major school shooting in Finland. Nine students were killed and two wounded during the rampage.
Matti Saari, age 22, walked into the School of Hospitality in the city of Kaujahoki around 0800 GMT — 11 in the morning local time — wearing black and carrying a duffel bag. He may have been carrying explosives as well.
Saari was wearing a ski mask by the time he opened fire on students who were hunkered over a test in one classroom. He then moved around the building, firing at others, including school janior Jukka Forsberg, who told Finnish media that he heard “several dozen rounds of shots,” possibly from an automatic pistol.
Saari was ultimately apprehended, but not before he attempted suicide. He was reportedly being treated at a Kaujahoki medical center.
This school shooter had a playbook to follow. It was written by 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who opened fire earlier this year at a high school in Jokela, a town in southern Finland. Like Auvinen, the Matti Saari may have posted videos about what he was planning on YouTube.
According to Finnish news outlet YLE, a number of videos were found on YouTube showing a young man practicing at a firing range. The young man said he was from Kaujahoki.
YouTube removed the videos, but other sites have attempted to publish them. They are short, and some show only target practice. One, however, shows the Saari standing over the camera with an automatic handgun. In English, he says, “You’re next,” and then fires just below the camera, several shots. The image accompanying this article was taken from that video.
The London Times reported that the YouTube videos were posted by a Mr. Saari, who was 22 and from Kaujahoki. He visited the site one more time an hour before the shootings occurred. He was a fan of the Bavarian electro-industrial DJ Wumpscut and also used the screen name Wumpscut86.
Another YouTuber was quick to grab the videos and has posted them with the parts that violate the site’s Terms of Service blanked out.
Bloomberg.com reported that Finland has the third-highest rate of gun ownership in the world, behind the United States and Yemen. Adults needly only register a weapon with a shooting club.
On his now-deleted YouTube account (Antville.org has a screencap made prior to the account going poof), Saari posted song lyrics. The last lines read:

Whole life is war and whole life is pain
And you will fight alone in your personal war
War
This is war!

Note: TotallyUpYours.com appears to have the videos Saari originally posted on YouTube, but be warned: this site’s ads are not safe for work.
[TimesOnline.co.uk, YLE.fi and Bloomberg.com. Also: a nod to some intrepid poster at Drew Curtis’s TotalFark.com for putting up the link to the copied videos.]

Matti SaariFor the second time in a year, there has been a major school shooting in Finland. Nine students were killed and two wounded during the rampage.
Matti Saari, age 22, walked into the School of Hospitality in the city of Kaujahoki around 0800 GMT — 11 in the morning local time — wearing black and carrying a duffel bag. He may have been carrying explosives as well.
Saari was wearing a ski mask by the time he opened fire on students who were hunkered over a test in one classroom. He then moved around the building, firing at others, including school janior Jukka Forsberg, who told Finnish media that he heard “several dozen rounds of shots,” possibly from an automatic pistol.
Saari was ultimately apprehended, but not before he attempted suicide. He was reportedly being treated at a Kaujahoki medical center.
This school shooter had a playbook to follow. It was written by 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who opened fire earlier this year at a high school in Jokela, a town in southern Finland. Like Auvinen, the Matti Saari may have posted videos about what he was planning on YouTube.
According to Finnish news outlet YLE, a number of videos were found on YouTube showing a young man practicing at a firing range. The young man said he was from Kaujahoki.
YouTube removed the videos, but other sites have attempted to publish them. They are short, and some show only target practice. One, however, shows the Saari standing over the camera with an automatic handgun. In English, he says, “You’re next,” and then fires just below the camera, several shots. The image accompanying this article was taken from that video.
The London Times reported that the YouTube videos were posted by a Mr. Saari, who was 22 and from Kaujahoki. He visited the site one more time an hour before the shootings occurred. He was a fan of the Bavarian electro-industrial DJ Wumpscut and also used the screen name Wumpscut86.
Another YouTuber was quick to grab the videos and has posted them with the parts that violate the site’s Terms of Service blanked out.
Bloomberg.com reported that Finland has the third-highest rate of gun ownership in the world, behind the United States and Yemen. Adults needly only register a weapon with a shooting club.
On his now-deleted YouTube account (Antville.org has a screencap made prior to the account going poof), Saari posted song lyrics. The last lines read:

Whole life is war and whole life is pain
And you will fight alone in your personal war
War
This is war!

Note: TotallyUpYours.com appears to have the videos Saari originally posted on YouTube, but be warned: this site’s ads are not safe for work.
[TimesOnline.co.uk, YLE.fi and Bloomberg.com. Also: a nod to some intrepid poster at Drew Curtis’s TotalFark.com for putting up the link to the copied videos.]

corriewood.jpg***NOTE*** Comments on this entry have been shut down — too contentious and straying off-topic.
Corrie Wood would have turned 29 today. On Friday, September 19, she decided to celebrate her birthday early. She was joined in celebration by her boyfriend and others.
The following morning, her boyfriend found Corrie dead in her home. Though the final results of her autopsy haven’t come back yet, police in Grant, Nebraska say Corrie was beaten to death.
Police say she was the victim of a homicide.
At the moment, that’s just about all that’s been reported about Corrie’s death.
She was born on September 22, 1979 and died on September 20, 2008. Those are the dates given by one of Corrie’s friends on her MySpace profile. The friend left a comment today that also said, “Happy birthday Corrie… rest in peace […] Love you and miss you always.”
Here was how Corrie introduced herself to profile readers under “About Me”:

It’s all about me! haha just kidding, actually if you know me I’m really not but anyway lets see. I live in Grant with my boyfriend Scott and my fabulous 4 year old daughter, she has blonde hair and blue eyes, and she facinates me. She is a little tornado, but I love her to death, someone once told me that I would get my payback as a mother for all the stuff I put my parents through and I definetly think I have met my match in her. She is awesome though and I can’t imagine life without her. We also have a 3 year old son, Wyatt that has recently come to live with us, a boy and a girl 9 months apart, our life is crazy. But Wyatt is the cutest little boy I have ever seen and I love seeing the difference between the way boys and girls do things. Life is good. .. .. ;

Corrie’s profile also gave her details — she was in a relationship, about 5’6″ and slender, a Virgo, a proud parent, and a business owner. She did not say that she owned the company, but the business she listed as employment was Acousti Construction.
Corrie had posted one entry on her MySpace blog, in 2006, a bit of a ramble about monogamy. She was all for it, and was “irritated” by people who thought that humans were not naturally inclined to having only one long-term partner.
Still, her profile could only provide a small glimpse into moments and random thoughts from the woman whose birthday celebration apparently ended in violence and death. For now, the most profound words found there come from friends who have come to begin mourning Corrie, when they should have been leaving birthday wishes. Friends like Kristi, who wrote, in part: “I’m going to miss you so much. You were the first person to be my friend when I moved to Imperial […] I will never forget you and I will love you always.”
[Nebraska.TV/AP]


From WBIR TV in Knoxville.
The employer of the young woman who mysteriously vanished from a Knoxville hotel on Friday or Saturday is offering $5000 in reward for information leading to the woman’s whereabouts.
Jennifer Lee Hampton, age 21, vanished sometime between Friday, September 19 and Saturday the 20th from the Days Inn on Lovell Road in Knoxville [Jennifer’s MySpace page]. She had come from her hometown of Florence, Alabama with some co-workers to train employees at a new Mama Blues Buffet Restaurant.
Mama Blues is now offering a reward of $5000 for any information that may help bring Jennifer Lee Hampton home again.
Police have performed meticulous searches in the area surrounding the hotel with no results.
Jennifer Hampton was an exemplary employee for Mama Blue’s. Leslie Barnhill, owner of Mama Blues Knoxville, told WBIR-TV that Jennifer was “not the type of person that would run off with somebody.” Barnhill said Jennifer was “a really down to earth, quiet girl, who is just, you know, sweet and trusting.”
Knoxville Police spokesperson Darrell DeBusk said the following to a local TV station about Jennifer’s disappearance: “We did recover some evidence that indicates she may be a victim of foul play which greatly concerns us, and that is why we are desperately trying to get her picture out there.”
Again, if you think you saw something in the area or have any information that might help to find this young woman, call the Knoxville Police at 865-215-7014.
[WBIR.com]

jleehampton.jpgInvestigators in Knoxville, TN are trying to find a young Alabama woman who vanished last Friday while staying at a local Days Inn.
Twenty-one-year-old Jennifer Lee Hampton, from Florence, Alabama, was last seen around 9 on Friday night. Sadly, Knoxville police believe they have evidence that something bad happened to Jennifer.
A search is going on today in and around Turkey Creek and Lovell Road in Knoxville, near the junction of Interstates 75 and 40. [View the Days Inn location here, on Google’s Street View.]
Hampton was employed by a chain restaurant, Mama Blues. A new location is opening on Kingston Pike and Jennifer was there to assist in the training of new employees. She checked into her room at the Days Inn on Thursday, September 18, and co-workers took three other rooms in the same establishment.
Cops have told local media that they don’t believe Jennifer left her room Friday evening. Since she’s missing, we can probably assume they mean she didn’t leave of her own volition. By Saturday, Jennifer’s fellow employees knew that something was wrong and they reported her missing.
The 5’3″, 110 lb. brunette posted more photos of family than of herself on her MySpace. The photos Jennifer did place in her album there showed a young woman who probably looked younger than her years in person, especially since she’s also been described as having a thin build.
Her profile quote read, “life is too short to hold grudges so love the people that treat you right an ignore the people that dont…”
If you examine the Street View of the location from which Jennifer Lee Hampton disappeared, you can see there’s a large truck stop just down the street from the Days Inn. I lived in Knoxville for 4 years, and know the area — it’s changed a little since the early 90s, but it was always busy, due to the Interstates.
My point in mentioning this is that Jennifer and her Mama Blues co-workers were staying at a perfectly decent hotel in an area that draws a huge variety of transient traffic every day — truckers going north to south on 75 and east to west on 40, just to name the most common traffic at that location.
The odds are that eventually, one innocent person passing through such a location might end up running into someone else passing through who has anything but innocent drives or motivations.
Normally I might withhold such speculation, but police have already said that they believe Jennifer Lee Hampton was the victim of foul play. If so, they may have a tall order ahead of them, if all of Hampton’s co-workers check out. They will have to trawl through receipts and security tapes from the hotel, the nearby truck stop and any other restaurant or customer-oriented business in the area.
If you were in the area on Friday night or on Saturday and think you have any information that might help, call the Knoxville Police Department at 865-215-7014.
[Knoxville News Sentinel and WATE.com.]

mullinshercules.jpgHere’s a protip for all you folks out there who think it might be a good idea to hire yourself a killer one day: don’t do it, because IT’S ALWAYS A FREAKING COP, YOU IDIOTS.
Seems like folks can watch all the episodes of Forensic Files, every one where the would-be paid killer is a cop, and still not get this.
Case in point: Tonia Mullins, age 32, and her 42-year-old friend, Regina Hercules (see video from KTEN embedded above). The FBI alleges that Tonia and Regina tried to solicit an undercover cop posing as an assassin to kill the wife of a male friend, a serviceman named Michael currently stationed in South Korea. The serviceman will likely soon be arrested, and the whole lot of them may face federal charges.
The feds are serious, too — Tonia Mullins and Regina Hercules are being held on $1,000,000 bond.
On MySpace, Regina Hercules called herself “Wennie.” She seemed a little defensive about being online. In her MySpace blog, Wennie wrote, “i am just lerning [sic]to use this thang so if you do not like it get-off my site.”
On the profile, she said that she was “A mom of 2 boys and wife of 16 years.” Wennie also wrote that she was “a hairdresser” and told anyone reading to come bring her some business.
Wennie Hercules’s headline was a real charmer: “The only reason dumb asses are still alive is because it’s illegal to kill them!!!”
Wennie’s number 1 friend on the personal networking site was Tonia Mullins. Her profile was private, but this message could be seen by any reader: “Support our troops! CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!! When is it going to end???”
Speaking of troops — Wennie’s number 2 MySpace friend was a soldier named Michael. He gave his age as 26 and said he was stationed in Suwon, South Korea.
Michael wrote, “I really dont [sic]wanna meet anyone in particular. If they wanna meet me groovy come right up and say hi!”
He also gave his Yahoo e-mail, screen name “Lefgor.” There, he gave his full name, Michael Crawford. His occupation: “yay im in the army yay” and his marital status — “single.”
He created his Yahoo profile in 1998. The profile indicated that Michael Crawford last updated on 7/27/2008.
Investigators have told various Oklahoma media outlets that evidence in this case includes audio and videotapes as well as text messages sent via cell phones.
Pontotoc County (OK) DA Chris Ross will likely file charges against Tonia Mullins and Regina “Wennie” Hercules on Monday.
[KTEN.com and NewsOK.com.]

nwaalen.jpgNatasha Waalen’s body was found at half-past midnight. She was lying in the street. Her beloved motorcycle was wrecked nearby.
It looked like the 28-year-old professional acupuncturist was the victim of an accident.
Then police told her father, Jeff Waalen, that Natasha’s injuries were not consistent with a motorcycle mishap.
Things were not what they seemed.
Tasha Waalen didn’t lose control of her bike that night. A press release from Anoka County, Minnesota authorities stated that “Multiple factors are not consistent with a motor vehicle accident.”
Police believe the accident was staged by Natasha’s live-in boyfriend, Ryan P. Boland, age 33. They arrested Boland, the father of Waalen’s 4-year-old child, the day after Tasha was found dead on that quiet sidestreet.
Jeff Waalen said that the idea that Boland may have murdered his daughter was “hard to accept.”
“It would be easier for me to believe something else,” Jeff said, “than thinking it was the guy she had known for 10 years.”
Tera Gilmore, Tasha’s older sister, wouldn’t comment on Boland’s arrest. But she told a local television station that Tasha “was a wonderful mother, sister, daughter, friend to many, many people and I always said I wish I had a little Tasha in me because she was always so carefree, outgoing, so much fun. She was just a great person to be around.”
Gilmore said her niece, Tasha’s daughter, was staying with family. About Tasha’s death, she said, “We’re just all just waiting for someone to wake us up from this nightmare.”
Ryan P. Boland is in the Anoka County Jail tonight. Come Monday, he may face charges of first-degree murder.
[StarTribune.com and KARE11.com. See also: TwinCities.com.]

jansens.jpgFort Drum, NY soldier Amanda Jansen, age 26, and 27-year-old husband Christopher Jansen were arrested this week at their home in Watertown, NY and charged with a laundry list of hideous crimes, including: 1st degree rape; possession of an obscene, sexual performance by a child; predatory sex assault towards a child; and criminal sexual acts.
That’s the short list. I left a few out.
The New York State Police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children [missingkids.com] that the Jansens might have kiddie porn. A search warrant followed. Cops took the couple’s computer and discovered child pornography.
Further interviews with Amanda (a private 1st class with the 10th Mountain Division, 710th Brigade and Support) and Christopher led to allegations that they abused 4 children. The victims were reportedly between 1 and 13 years of age. Investigators in New York believe the abuse has been going on all year.
The couple have lived in both Texas and Kentucky. Police are currently trying to determine whether or not they have left a trail of child victims behind them in the other states.
Christopher Jansen created his only publicly available MySpace while living in Florence, Kentucky. He titled the profile “shadowpuppetporn.” He too was a soldier when he created his personal profile: “I’m a soldier stationed at fort sam houston tx. transfered from knox had to give up being a cav scout so no more blowing crap up for me. doing the whole ait thing here, chillin. if you know me hit me up.” His profile said he was married, but there was no trace of his wife in the form of photographs or comments. Jansen posted photos of himself — they showed an average-looking young man with a glassy-eyed expression.
The Jansens will likely face a grand jury. The Army said through a spokesperson that Amanda Jansen will be subject to prosecution by the civilian authorities. Convictions for either Jansen on predatory assault charges could put them away for life. If the charges against the couple are valid, that might not be long enough.
[Newswatch50.com and AMNY.com.]


Another brief video, no announcer, of George and Cindy Anthony confronting protesters at their house. via Anakerie on YouTube.
Yesterday I posted a bit of a rant about the knuckle-draggers who have been protesting the home of Cindy and George Anthony in Orange County, Florida. The positive comments I’ve received on that post so far give me a little hope for humanity, so I thank you.
I received a tip that a big, “final, GRAND” protest may occur at the Anthony home tomorrow night. Here’s the full text of a message published on the Orlando flavor of Craigslist.org (note, that message will likely be removed sooner or later, so I expect the link to be dead inside of a week or so):

Everyone who wants to protest Casey can do it in one final, GRAND show of force.
On Saturday night at 7pm… Everyone come to Caylees driveway with flowers, dolls, cards, etc… create a wall of sympathy FOR CAYLEE and give no attention to the folks who live in the house. Then we all walk away forever. Caylee will have received the memorial service every innocent child should get.
The people who live in that house don’t deserve any attention – ANYMORE!
Let the sheriffs office deal with the suspect.
/Turn the page on this tragedy

Will it work? Will the idiots go away? Doubt it. But expect that “GRAND” show of force to get some heavy coverage, at least in Orlando news, if nowhere else.
I close this entry out on a related note: I watched footage on CNN Headline News today of Nancy Grace raging about Casey Anthony’s 911 call to police about the protesters outside the home she currently shares with her mom and dad.
Nancy is controversial — you either love her or hate her, no in-between. In my time as a true crime talking head, the only appearance I ever truly was relieved to have canceled was a December, 2005 booking to speak about the murder of Taylor Behl on Nancy’s show. From a journalist’s point of view, Nancy is a bit of a nightmare because anyone she has on the show can become her adversary, in a heartbeat. I’ve seen her make competent, intelligent journalists brought on camera solely to help her tell the story of the moment look like blithering idiots because they were so flustered by her unremittingly angry approach. Before that appearance was canceled, I had nightmares of myself turning red and saying something unprintable and just walking off-camera, which would only have made me look bad, not her.
In the footage I saw today, though, Nancy was making what I found to be a bedrock-solid point about Casey Anthony’s desperate call to emergency services a couple of nights ago — sure, Casey Anthony could get on the phone in a heartbeat to help out mommy and daddy as they went to deal with the neanderthals outside, but that begs another question — how come it took her a month to report her daughter’s disappearance?
Hate Nancy Grace or love her, I don’t care, she asked the single best question of the week in relation to the disappearance of Caylee Anthony. I hope it echoes in the heads of a lot of people whenever they hear the mp3 or read the transcript of Casey’s call. Casey could get on the phone and call 911 lickety-split when the goons were outside the door taunting her and her family. But she couldn’t find it in herself to call 911 for 30 days after her daughter disappeared.
Huh. Go figure.
[CraigsList.org. Thanks to MissingAbducted.com for the heads-up.]