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On January 18, 1983, 22-year-old Bruce Blackman murdered six family members at his parent’s home in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Just before dawn, a neighbor phoned the police after hearing gunshots and witnessing a man being chased on the property screaming for help. When authorities arrived, they discovered the bodies of Blackman’s parents, Richard and Irene, his 16-year-old brother Rick, and his sisters Karen Rhoades and Roberta Davies along with her husband John. Most of them were shot with a .22-caliber rifle, which was found on the lawn, and at least one was bludgeoned with a blunt object. Bruce’s twin brother Barry and another sister were the only survivors of the immediate family; they were both living out of town.

Blackman had moved back into his parents home two weeks prior to the murders after quitting his job as a garbage man. His roommate also notified his parents of concerns about his mental state. He reported Bruce had become delusional: “Then about two months ago, he started interpreting the Bible. He wanted to talk to me about it, about messages he thought were in it for him. He would see messages, subliminal messages, in many things. We’d be sitting around watching the television and he’d see something in a show he thought was a message. He thought the world would end soon and he had a role of some kind to play in it.”

Ultimately, Blackman was deemed unfit to stand trial, and he was confined to a psychiatric institution. He was released in 1995 with a new identity.

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The Shocking Case of Lucie Blackman

Lucie Blackman (21) was a british woman who arrived in Tokyo on May 2000 to work as a hostess in a local night club. Her job was mostly entertain business men who went to the bar to spend time with foreign girls, serve them drinks and talk to them, but bars like that also encouraged their hostesses to go on dates with the clients. The men would take them to dinner, show them off a little and then return them to the club.

On July 1st, 2000, Lucie agreed to go on one of these dates with a new client. It was a Saturday and the man had promised her a cell phone. During the “date”, Lucie called her best friend and roommate Louise Phillips twice from the man’s phone. She sounded cheerful and told her friend she was at the beach and she’d be back within the hour, since the girls had plans that night. But Lucie never came home.

On Sunday, the day after, Louise got a call from a strange man who was clearly Japanese, but spoke in fluent English. He claimed Lucie had joined a religious cult and wouldn’t be coming back. Anyone who knew Lucie knew that could only be a lie. Still, in her confusion, Louise waited until Monday to alert Lucie’s parents back in England.

From there started one of the most publicized investigations that Japan has seen. At first the police wasn’t very interested in Lucie’s case, but the Blackmans were relentless and they even managed to get Tony Blair, Prime Minister at the time, to press the Japanese authorities for them. Still, it took them seven months to find Lucie. On February 9th, 2001, her dismembered body was discovered in a seaside cave. Her head had been encased in concrete. 

A cause of death was never determined, but by then police already had a suspect in custody. And with this suspect is where things get really horrifying.

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Carlos A. Cooks: The Ideological Son of Marcus Mosiah Garvey

“The culture of a people is best manifested by the homage they pay to those who led with dedication and devotion to freedom and cause.”–Carlos A. Cooks

Carlos A. Cooks, A True Blackman
by Robert Acemendeces Harris.

If, as the new saying goes, “truth is [really] on its way” then, perhaps, Black People can finally also be back on their way. Which way? The way out of all of the confusion, contradictions and cultural degeneration that has retarded the liberation of our people these last few years.

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