and escaped prison twice

anonymous asked:

Do you think any little part of Azula ever loved Zuko? While manipulating him in season 3 did she ever enjoy his company? Playing volleyball and getting him from the old family house in "The Beach", encouraging him to go to the war meeting sans formal invite and hiding his secret Uncle visits? All those years ago she warned Zuko about Ozai's plan to kill him and tried to get him to spy on Azulon and Ozai. Wishful thinking?

Yes, Azula loved Zuko. You can see her genuinely happy about playing with him as kids, before their mother disappeared and their father started to put more pressure on them both:

I think she still does care about him, in her own way. She’s genuinely concerned about him, here:

 
Azula: I thought I’d find you here.
Zuko: Those summers we spent here seem so long ago. So much has changed.
Azula: Come down to the beach with me.  Come on, this place is depressing.

And here:

Azula: So…I hear you’ve been to visit your Uncle Fatso in the
prison tower.
Zuko: That guard told you.
Azula: No, you did. Just now.
Zuko: Okay, you caught me. What is it that you want, Azula?
Azula:  Actually, nothing. Believe it or not, I’m looking out for you. If people find out you’ve been to see Uncle, they’ll think you’re plotting with him. Just be careful, dum-dum.

(Listen to the voice acting if you think she’s just being manipulative.)

But that doesn’t mean necessarily mean she won’t try to kill him. When she shot lightning at Katara in the Agni Kai, she accepted the risk that Zuko would take the bullet for her, metaphorically speaking, and didn’t bat an eye. When it comes to maintaining her grip on power, she is absolutely merciless.

One argument I’ve seen flying around the fandom that I disagree with is that Azula’s willingness to use persuasion on Zuko in “The Crossroads of Destiny”, rather than fight against him when she didn’t truly need his help, showed that she cared about him and wanted him home. But here is what many people forget, and the reason why she HAD to get Zuko to come home, regardless of how she personally felt.

Fire Lord Ozai: Iroh is a traitor and your brother Zuko is a failure. I have a task for you…

Does Azula want to capture the Avatar as a big middle finger to Zuko? Of course. But that is NOT her ultimate mission as revealed in the Season 1 finale. She was tasked with hunting down and capturing Iroh and Zuko and bringing them back to the Fire Nation. And unless she returned with both in hand, she would have failed her original mission from her father, even if she’d defeated the Avatar. (And we all know how Ozai deals with failure.)

Now by the end of Season 2, Azula had tried to take Zuko and Iroh prisoner twice before, and each time, they’d escaped because they were a formidable team. They’d had each other’s backs for years in exile, the way we see them in “Winter Solstice, Part 1.” Remember, when Iroh and Zuko fought together in “The Awakening” and again in “The Guru,” they beat Azula plus the highly skilled Royal Guard, and Azula plus the highly skilled Dai Li, all on their own. The reason Zuko got captured in “The Guru” was because he separated from his uncle when the temptation to challenge his sister became too great.

From this, Azula learned that Zuko and Iroh were too much to take on as a united front. However, if she could prey on Zuko’s weakness and get him to abandon Uncle, then Iroh would be a) without combat support and b) less of a flight risk. Sure, it helped to have Zuko as a fall guy in case Aang wasn’t really dead, but that was just icing on the tactical cake. “Divide and conquer” was her surest way of delivering Zuko and Iroh back to her father, just as the Firelord commanded.

Ted Bundy was quite the escape artist, having successfully escaped from prison twice. The first escape took place on 7 June, 1977, when Bundy had access to the courthouse law library - he was serving as his own attorney. When in the library, Bundy jumped from a second story window and fled into the Aspen Mountain. He was a fugitive for six days. His second escape occurred on 30 December, 1977. Over the course of a few months, Bundy lost 35lbs so that he could fit through a hole in the ceiling of his cell. He fled to Florida where he resumed his murder spree, killing three more.

Bundy had attempted one final escape before his execution. In July of 1984, prison officials discovered that a bar in his Florida State Prison cell had been cut and was being held together with soap. He and another inmate, Manuelle Vale, had planned to escape together. Death Row inmates at Florida State Prison each have their own cell; the bar in his cell had also been cut in the same place. Inside Bundy’s cell, they also discovered hacksaw blades and gloves. He was sent to solitary confinement. Who knows how many more women Bundy could have killed had he successfully escaped once more.

A bloody, 3-sided war is raging in Mexico for control of 'El Chapo' Guzman's Sinaloa cartel

(AP Photo/Rashide Frias)

Mexico City (AFP) - Since the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was extradited to the United States, a war has broken out for control of his Sinaloa cartel, leaving a growing trail of bodies.

At least three sides have been fighting each other for control of the multi-billion-dollar drug trafficking operation, experts say.

One group is led by Guzman’s right-hand man, Damaso Lopez Nunez, who knows the cartel’s operations inside-out and helped his extradited boss escape prison twice. 

Another is led by two of the extradited kingpin’s sons, Jesus Alfredo and Ivan Archivaldo, who say they are the rightful heirs to his drug-running empire.

The third is led by Guzman’s brother Aureliano “El Guano” Guzman, who controls the area around their hometown, Badiraguato.

© AFP/File Pedro Pardo

Since Guzman’s extradition in January, a bloodbath has engulfed Sinaloa, the western state where the cartel is based.

There have been 764 homicides in Sinaloa so far this year, the highest rate in six years, according to the security secretariat for the state of three million people.

‘Generalized terror’

“It’s terror. The word for what is happening in Sinaloa is generalized terror,” said Alejandro Sicairos, editor of local magazine Espejo.

“This hasn’t been the usual kind of shootout. They’re coming with everything they’ve got: high-caliber weapons, full arsenals, vehicle-mounted artillery.”

AP Photo/Rashide Frias

The trigger for the conflict appears to have been an armed raid on Guzman’s mother’s house in June 2016, according to another drug trafficking expert, Jose Reveles.

That incident — unconfirmed by authorities, but reported by Guzman’s lawyers — happened five months after “El Chapo” was re-arrested following a brazen escape from a maximum security prison in July 2015.

It was the first sign that war was brewing in Sinaloa.

US government/El Pais

Two months later, Guzman’s son Jesus Alfredo was kidnapped in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta. Authorities blamed the abduction on a rival cartel, Jalisco New Generation.

But questions linger about whether the kidnappers got an inside tip.

Things escalated after “El Chapo” was extradited on January 19, effectively eliminating any possibility he would escape again or manage to maintain control from inside jail.

In February, Guzman’s sons penned an open letter accusing Damaso Lopez Nunez of trying to kill them in an ambush.

Then, last month, Lopez Nunez himself was arrested. But the killing continues unabated.

“It’s a real battle. The 'Damasos’ even have their own uniformed army, the 'Damaso Special Forces,’” said Reveles.

The decider

The cartel, which experts say has the complex structure of a multi-national corporation, is worth some $20 billion, according to a government estimate cited by an official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Sitting on the sidelines — for now — is cartel co-founder Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, experts say.

Opting to look after for his corner of the business rather than go to the trenches, “El Mayo” has emerged as a “pacifying, balancing force,” said Sicairos.

“'El Mayo’ is the one who will decide the final outcome,” said Reveles.

US Treasury Department

Sinaloa’s security under-secretary, Cristobal Castaneda, acknowledged the state lacks the resources it needs to stanch the blood.

It has 5,700 police and soldiers, but international standards indicate an area that size should have 9,000, he said.

Local police forces do not have enough training, he added.

“We are betting heavily on police training to make sure they can operate in full compliance with the rule of law,” he said.

Caught in crossfire 

Meanwhile, the bodies keep piling up.

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Many of those killed have been cartel members.

Others appear to have been caught in the crossfire, like noted journalist Javier Valdez.

Valdez, 50, was gunned down in the street on May 15 outside the offices of the newspaper he co-founded, Riodoce.

His colleagues suspect it may have been retaliation for an interview he published with Lopez Nunez.

In it, the narco denied attacking Guzman’s sons and called “El Mayo” his friend.

Riodoce’s editor, Ismael Bojorquez, said that “really bothered” one side in the conflict — but it’s unclear which.

The day the interview came out, a group of men followed the newspaper’s distributors and bought up every issue.

“I don’t know what line we crossed,” Bojorquez said. “But that foreshadowed Javier’s killing.”

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Top 5 American Serial Killers With The Most Kills

Gary Ridgway 1982 to 2000 

49 Confirmed 

Truck painter who confessed to killing 71 women. The United States’ most prolific serial killer; also known as The Green River Killer. He almost exclusively targeted sex workers from Seattle. Suspected of killing over 90 victims, confessed to 71, convicted of 49.

Ted Bundy 1974 to 1978

35 Confirmed

American serial killer known for his charisma and good looks. Bundy officially confessed to 30 homicides, but has confessed to killing 35–36 women in the past, and some estimates run upwards of 100 or more. Infamous for escaping from prison twice and murdering multiple victims in one day; sometimes abducting women from the same location within hours of one another.[15] He was executed in the electric chair in 1989.

John Wayne Gacy 1972 to 1978

33 Confirmed

Known to have murdered a minimum of 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978, 26 of whom he buried in the crawl space of his Chicago home. Gacy was known as the “Killer Clown” due to the fact he often entertained children at social events dressed in a self devised clown costume. Gacy was executed in 1994

Dean Corll 1970 to 1973

Corll was responsible for the Houston Mass Murders and was murdered by accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley when Corll turned on him. Corll is responsible for the torture and murder of young boys in Pasadena, Tx and elsewhere in southeast Texas.

Juan Vallejo Corona 1971

Corona was convicted of murdering ranch laborers and burying them in orchards. He was sentenced to 25 terms of life imprisonment.

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What Jose Mujica did before becoming the “world’s most humble president”

“They stole food trucks and then distributed the goods in the slums,” said Brum. “They attacked government facilities like the national Naval Academy … and without firing a shot, stole every gun, every vehicle in there, and left some smart propaganda banners.”

Mujica was eventually captured in 1972, spent 14 years in prison, was shot by police six times and escaped twice. He also spent more than a decade in solitary confinement, often in a hole in the ground. He went more than a year without bathing and spoke to frogs and insects to maintain his sanity.

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anonymous asked:

Heey, I recently found this blog, could you explain some of the worst killers on here? :)))

Sure! I realise you’re asking from mobile and can’t view the tags under my navigation so I’ll just do an overview of the most notorious/sickest that I post about:

Ted Bundy: American serial killer, rapist and necrophiliac who killed at least 36 women across 7 different states. He would either break into their homes, knock them unconscious and strangle them or slit their throat, or feign injury to lure them into his car and do the same. He would revisit their bodies after to have sex with, and he decapitated several victims and took the head home where he would apply make-up and engage in oral sex with it. He notoriously escaped prison twice, but was eventually executed in 1989 by the electric chair.

Jeffrey Dahmer:  He was dubbed the “Milwaukee Cannibal” after he strangled and consumed 17 men after drugging them and having sex with them. He tried to make living zombies out of some victims, by injecting acid into their skulls while they were still alive. He suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder, according to many psychiatrists. He generally put his cannibalism down to feeling lonely, explaining that eating parts of his victims made it feel as though they were “a permanent part of me”. When officers asked him exactly why he had eaten the men, he told them “I didn’t want them to leave.”

Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka: A married couple who raped and killed girls. Paul was known as the Scarborough Rapist and would abuse Karla, but she still did everything for him, even kill. They raped and killed Karla’s younger sister after Paul became obsessed with her. Bernardo remains in prison but Homolka now has three children and lives in Guadeloupe under the name of Leanne Bordelais.

Dennis Rader: Killer who had a fetish for extreme bondage. He took photos which depict him bound in bizarre positions, wearing an assortment of women’s clothing. He would bind his victims in a similar way, before torturing and killing them. His nickname BTK stands for Bind Torture Kill, a name he made up himself.

David Parker Ray: Also known as The Toybox Killer, it’s thought that the sadistic psychopath tortured and killed over 60 people in his $100,000 home-made torture room, that he named “The Toy Box” -A mirror was mounted in the ceiling, above the gynecologist-type table he used to strap his victims to. He has been said to have wanted his victims to see everything he was doing to  them during the torture sessions. Ray would often have a recorded audio tape of himself played for his victims whenever they regained consciousness.