You’ve been convicted of 1st degree murder, and (as is customary in society) are sentenced to “death by black-hole.” You expect death as your capsule approaches the event horizon. After crossing, everything goes silent, until you hear someone say “Sir, I’ve found another one.”
Portland police have taken 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian into custody following the stabbing and killing of two people on Portland MAX, a light rail public transit system, on Friday night.
He is being held without bail and faces several charges, including aggravated murder, attempted murder and intimidation in the second degree. According to KATU, Christian began to insult two Muslim women on the train, one of whom was wearing a hijab. When two men came forward to defend the women, the suspect slashed their throats.
One witness, Evelin Hernandez, told KATU that the suspect said, “Get off the bus, and get out of the country because you don’t pay taxes here” and that he didn’t like Muslims because they’re “criminals.” Read more. (5/28/2017 1:00 PM)
A Washington, D.C., grand jury indicted three men — Jalonte Little, Monte T. Johnson and Cyheme Hall — in connection with the killing of 22-year-old Deeniquia Dodds, a black transgender woman, the Washington Post reported.
Little, Johnson and Hall were charged in a robbery conspiracy and for first-degree felony murder that prosecutors in the indictment say was motivated by Dodds’ gender identity. Read more. (3/11/17, 12:56 PM)
Scribbling on a door in the house where Banita Jacks allegedly killed her four children. One of the phrases reads, “Yes I do love mom.” (The Washington Post Photo). She is a Washington, DC resident convicted of murdering her four daughters, who ranged in age from 5 to 17 years old. On July 29, 2009, Jacks was convicted of the felony murder of all four girls, as well as child cruelty towards all four girls and first-degree murder of the younger three girls. Banita Jacks repeatedly told District homicide detectives that demons possessed her daughters but that she was confident that they would return from the dead when the demons died. (Source)
On July 6th, 2012 16-year-old Skylar Neese snuck out of her house to drive around & smoke marijuana with her two best friends, Shelia Eddy (middle) & Rachel Shoaf (right). They drove to Morris Run Road in Pennsylvania, a long dirt road surrounded with forestry, a place they had been before to hangout and smoke. When Skylar turned her back the girls counted to three & began stabbing Skylar to death with kitchen knives they had concealed under their clothes. The only thing Skylar said during the attack was “why” over & over again. The girls stood over her body until she was dead, cleaned themselves up with Clorox wipes & fresh clothes they had stored in the trunk, went home & resumed their normal lives.
Skylar was deemed a runaway & the girls played the role of concerned friends who just wanted their best friend back. Shelia begged & pleaded for her to come home on her social media, helped the family post missing flyers, & spent countless hours with Skylar’s parents sitting in Skylar’s room talking & crying. When cops began questioning the girls the Neese’s repeatedly told cops to back off because they were going through enough already.
Above screenshots of Shelia Eddy pretending to be a concerned friend on Facebook. Comments by Skylar’s parents, Dave and Mary Neese.
The heat of the ongoing investigation & whispers around town proved to be too much to handle for Rachel Shoaf, who confessed to the murder in December of 2012. She said “we stabbed her” & when asked why she said “we just didn’t want to be friends anymore.” She cooperated with police & lead them to where Skylar was murdered. She also agreed to wear a wire while hanging out with Shelia in order to get Shelia to say something incriminating, but Shelia held out. Below is a picture of them from that night.
Shelia Eddy was arrested May 1st, 2013. On January 24, 2014 she plead guilty to first degree murder & was sentenced to life with mercy, eligible for parole after 15 years. On February 26th, 2014 Rachel Shoaf was charged with second degree murder & was sentenced to 30 years, eligible for parole after 10 years. They are both serving their sentences in Lakin Correctional Center.
Chilling tweet by Shelia Eddy a month before her arrest.
One popular theory suggests Shelia & Rachel were engaged in a sexual relationship & Skylar was the only one who knew about it. There was always drama & fighting amongst them, so to avoid Skylar telling their secret they killed her. However, the true motive remains unknown.
Because of the nature of this crime & the fact that I am the same age as the girls (21 now) I became really invested in it. I watched everything I could about it, read every article, even got in contact with Skylar Neese’s parents who are wonderful people. There are several documentaries about it here & here, as well as her parents’ Dr. Phil episode here. You can purchase the book containing more detailed information here (a must read if you’re interested in this case!)
Per his own admission, he traveled from Baltimore on St. Patrick’s Day to kill black men and deter white women from getting involved with them romantically.“‘If that guy feels so strongly about it, maybe I shouldn’t do it,’” Jackson told the New York Daily NewsonSunday,explaining how he wanted white women to think about interracial dating in light of his actions. Read more.(3/30/2017 2:02 PM)
So every time I feel drained, the universe replenishes my thoughts with Black Panther news. Like, it’s really trying to force me to live to February 2018. I’m about to go out to get my $60 to put aside in my Black Panther Funko Pop box for my tickets for the Regular, IMAX 3D, and that AVX thing with the moving chairs. (IDK if that’ll even be enough with the way these ticket prices are set up… I might have to start heauxing on the side)
Like, let’s look at these costumes. Ruth E. Carter is about to murder us in the first degree with beauty, honestly. Colors, patterns, textures, that outline-y shit, POPPING against that brown skin I AM YELLING.
I need a close-up on T’Challa’s jacket.
These looks, the confidence, the shoulders and arms, I LOVE when women characters actually LOOK STRONG, with toned muscles, VISIBLY STRONG, as opposed to that melted cheese waif look that seems to be in style. I am mad AF that I cannot pull off a shaved head.
Easily the best looking cast in the MCU.
Ok and these bodies
Once again, I ask you: HOW WILL WE GET THROUGH THIS. Where will our edges go. Will we ever be the same.
In 2012, Sheboygan Falls in Sheboygan City, Wisconsin, was shocked by the brutal murder of 78-year-old
great grandmother, Barbara Olson, who was hacked and bludgeoned to death with a
hatchet and hammer. Even more damning was the discovery of who the murder was
perpetrated by – Barbara’s very own 13-year-old great grandson and his best
friend. It was a crime that shocked the nation. If you’re not safe in your own
home with your own great-grandson then where are you safe? “Did these kids grow
up here? Did they grow up here in Sheboygan?” asked Sheboygan County District,
Joe DeCecco, when he was informed of the heinous murder. Sheboygan County is an idyllic area and first-degree murder is extremely rare - in fact, on average once a year. Antonio Barbeau and Nathan Paape looked like your average all-American boys
from Sheboygan Falls, so what led them to kill Antonio’s great grandmother with
On that fateful afternoon of
September 17th, 2012, Antonio and Nathan went to Barbara’s home on the tree-lined streets of Westwynde Bluffs. After inviting the
teenagers inside her home, she was brutally attacked by the duo, whom had
brought along their weapons of choice: a hatchet and hammer. Following the
heinous attack, the two boys attempted to drag her blood-soaked body to the car
which was parked in the garage. Realising that this wasn’t as easy feat, they
decided to just ditch Barbara’s body in the garage, with a trail of blood
leading from inside the home. A mere $155 was all they were able to steal from
Barbara, as well as several pieces of jewellery. After they stuffed the pitiful
bounty into their pockets, they grabbed Barbara’s car keys and dumped her
unlocked car at a nearby Sheboygan bowling alley. Inside the car, they abandoned
the few pieces of jewellery that they had ransacked from the home in the hopes
that somebody would steal the unlocked vehicle and then be implemented in her
murder. So what would two teenagers do with a pitiful $155, stolen from the
elderly lady they just slaughtered? They brought marijuana and pizza.
Two days later, Barbara’s body was discovered by her distraught daughter. She initially believed that her mother must have had an
accident but this was no accident, as she was soon to find out. Within 12
hours, Nathan and Antonio would be apprehended for her murder after bloody clothes
and shoes were discovered in Antonio’s locker. It was announced that the two
teenagers would be being charged as adults with first-degree murder. In January
of 2013, Antonio entered a plea of not guilty by mental disease or defect. Two
weeks later, Nathan also entered a plea of not guilty. As the trial date loomed, Antonio changed his plea to no
contest as part of a deal with the state which would see him eligible for
parole in 35 years. He was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide. Now, only Nathan would be facing a court of law.
During the trial, Nathan’s defence argued that Nathan was just a bystander. Antionio, however, had a different version of events when it was his turn on the witness stand. While he
admitted that he had attacked Barbara with the hatchet, he contended that
Nathan wasn’t as innocent in the ordeal as his defence attorney was claiming.
Nathan came to Barbara’s home armed with a hammer and with that weapon, he
bludgeoned the elderly great-grandmother. He also testified that Nathan was
just as compliant in the planning of the murder. When Nathan took to the witness stand,
he confessed that he did hit Barbara with the hammer, adding that he only hit
her twice and only did so because he was afraid that Antonio would turn on him.
He also described how Antonio had a “blank, no emotions” look on his face as he
repeatedly bludgeoned his great-grandmother. At one point during the murder,
Antonio took off his sweatshirt so that it wouldn’t get in the way of “him
swinging,” Nathan told the aghast court room. Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner, Doug
Kelley, testified that Barbara had been struck at least 27 times with both sharp
and blunt objects. This was the evidence that Nathan, armed with a hammer, certainly
had participated in the murder. The entire court room fell dead silent as the
gruesome photos of Barbara’s body flashed on screen. Deep wounds to her head,
face, arms and hands were enough to make even the most hardened law officials
look away. The wounds on her arms and hands were indicative of defensive
wounds, meaning that the elderly great-grandmother had attempted to defend
herself against the blows. She wasn’ t knocked unconscious by the initial blow
meaning she knew very well that it was her own flesh and blood ending her life.
After just mere
hours of deliberation, they found Nathan guilty of being party to first-degree
intentional murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment with a minimum of 31
years. Antonio Barbeau had already been convicted of first-degree intentional
homicide and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 35 years. When Nathan
is 49-years-old, he will have a chance of parole and when Antonio is 49-years-old,
he will have a chance of parole. Both murders will get a second chance at life
– something they denied Barbara Olson as she begged the young boy that she
helped raise from birth, for her life.
On Saturday morning, 21-year-old Brooke Preston stopped by her home in West Palm Beach to say a final goodbye to her former roommate, 24-year-old Randy Herman Jr., before she moved to Pennsylvania.
According to the Daily Mail, the encounter was “cordial” — until Preston and Herman hugged, at which point he began slashing her repeatedly with a hunting knife. Herman has since been charged with first-degree murder.
By any standard, it’s a sad story, and certainly one that didn’t need sexist tropes projected onto it. But that’s precisely what the Daily Mail did. Read more.(3/30/2017 2:44 PM)
Serena McKay’s badly beaten body was found on April 23, 2017, barely two hours after she was reported missing, in Manitoba, Canada. Police ended up arresting two girls, of 16 and 17 years old, and charged them with second degree murder. Their names can’t be released for legal reasons. A graphic video of Serena being beaten by the teenagers, who appear to be under the influence, was posted in Facebook and remained there for hours before being taken down. It can still be found in the internet, although Serena’s family have asked people not to watch or distribute it.
Serena was part of the Sagkeeng First Nation and it was one of their elders who found her body. A massive vigil was held in her memory.