the crime bible

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The Hunt For Bible John

“Bible John” is the popular nickname given to an unidentified serial killer who was active in Glasgow, Scotland between 1968 to 1969. The centre of the case is the Barrowland Ballroom- a popular dancing venue for courting couples -where all three of the victims danced before meeting their deaths. 

Bible John struck first on February 23, 1968, on a frigid winters night at the Barrowlands. Twenty five-year old Patricia Docker went along for a night of dancing with her sister, and got so drunk her sister could not support her on the walk home. As they waited for a taxi, a young man with reddish hair approached Patricia and offered to walk with her home. The drunken woman agreed and left with the man, leaving her sister behind at the ballroom. 

The next day a road builder found Patricia’s naked corpse lying in a door yard,  just feet from her home. She had been raped and strangled. Her clothes and purse were missing, but one detail stood out; Patricia had been menstruating at the time she was murdered, and the sanitary napkin she had been using had been quite deliberately placed next to her body. Though her sister gave police a reasonable description of the man’s appearance, her testimony was considered unreliable because she had been drunk when she saw Patricia’s killer. Months went by, and the case went cold.

Nearly eighteen months later, the killer of Patricia Docker again prowled the Barrowland Ballroom. This time he chose Jemima McDonald, a pretty young secretary who agreed to walk with him home after a night of dancing. Her sister went to her house the next day to drop off her purse, but there was no sign that Jemima had come home the previous night. Frantic, her sister waited for news, but then she saw something odd; a group of children running out of an abandoned building nearby, screaming about a body. She hurried over to the house, and in an empty room she found the hideously beaten body of her sister.  Jemima had been choked and beaten around the face, and again a used sanitary napkin gad been positioned next to her corpse.  Like Patricia, she had been violently raped.  

Police immediately noted the similarities between the Dockery and McDonald murders, and warned the young women of Glasgow that a killer was on the loose. Nobody got a good look at the man who accompanied Jemima home, but the crime scene evidence was in strong favor of a single offender having committed both murders. The killer would strike a final time, and then seemingly vanish into thin air.

On October 31, 1969, Helen and Jean Puttock went to attend a birthday bash at the Barrowland Ballroom. As they worked the room, Helen noticed a tall man with red hair following her; he bought her a drink, and the two appeared to hit it off. The man politely introduced himself to Jean as “John”, and when the ballrooms closed John accompanied Helen and Jean to the taxi stand. While they waited another man - ironically also named John - chatted to Jean, and this man would later tell police that “John” was very well spoken, appeared educated, and seemed to disapprove of ballrooms. Jean, Helen, and John took the same taxi home, and during  the ten minute trip home Jean got a good look at her sisters companion. She described John as being twenty five years old, clean shaven, with short cropped red hair and a slim build. During the trip he quoted from the Bible and spoke about praying instead of dancing (it’s this pious attitude that earned him his famous nickname) Jean bade goodbye to her sister and John when the taxi arrived at Helen’s house, and Continental on her way. 

The next morning a postman collecting mail noticed a white shape spread-eagled on her back in the back garden. Upon closer inspection the shape was revealed to be the partially nude body of Helen Puttock. Like the other two victims she had been raped and strangled, and a sanitary napkin was placed near her arm. Her bloodied clothes were scattered about the garden, but her handbag and stocking were missing - most likely taken as a trophy by her murderer. Jean Puttock immediately met with a police sketch artist and created a very good likeness of Bible John. He was profiled as a power-reassurance killer with a fixation on menstruation, a confident killer who carefully planned his murders and took care of evidence. A poster bearing the police sketch and his mannerisms was circulated throughout the Glasgow region, but despite thousands of tips police were no closer to catching the killer. The case faded from public memory, and eventually grew cold.

Nobody has ever been charged with the Bible John murders, though investigators currently believe serial killer Peter Tobin may be responsible. Tobin was in his mid twenties during Bible John’s active period,  and the police sketch is a good fit for his appearance at the time. However, with no concrete evidence available, police haven’t moved to officially charge Tobin with the murders. The case is still open. 

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While living with his religious grandmother, Jeff Dahmer began to show interest in the Satanic Bible by Anton Lavey. Satanism teaches to acknowledge the most basic human needs and lends a hand in accepting the tainted parts of human nature.

Jeffrey had been working at the Milwaukee Blood Plasma Center at that time, taking blood from patients. Out of curiosity, he smuggled a test tube out of the center, to try the taste of human blood. He immediately spat it out, not liking the taste.

Even though Dahmer never considered himself a Satanist, he seemed to have found in that moment, if not subconciously, a prompt in their ideas. His mind always searching for a way to connect to another person, would attempt it the most “human” and primitive way. But with the blood he literally spat out satanic philosphies. He never tried drinking blood again, but would find interpersonal connection in another way of basic, yet primitve human nature. 

- The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer by Brian Masters

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Where to start reading Renee Montoya?

Her first appearance was in Batman #475

  • Detective Comics (esp #642, 742-747, 753, 758-762, 854-865, Annual #11-12)
  • Batman (esp #476, 515, Annual #28)
  • Officer Down arc (Batman #587, Robin v4 #86, Birds of Prey #27, Catwoman v2 #90, Nightwing #53, Detective Comics #754, Gotham Knights #13)
  • Batman: GCPD
  • Batman Chronicles #13-14
  • Batman 80-Page Giant 1
  • No man’s land arc
  • Batman: Turning Points #5
  • Gotham Central #1-40
  • 52 (esp weeks 1-2, 4-5, 7, 9, 11-12, 14-16, 18, 23, 26-28, 30, 33-34, 36, 38, 41-42, 44, 45, 47-48, 52)
  • Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood #1-5
  • Final Crisis #1-7
  • Final Crisis: Revelations #1-5
  • Question v1 #37
  • Convergence: The Question

Also check out DC Bombshells.

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“Runaway Train” is a popular song by American rock band Soul Asylum. Besides its indisputable success among charts worldwide, there’s a rather gloomy story behind  its music video. During the chorus, pictures of missing teenagers and children are displayed, along with their names and the date they went missing. Different versions of the video were made, each with different missing persons being featured, depending on the country. All in all, a total of 36 persons where featured in the videos.

The Australian version showed several young backpackers. It was later found out that a good few of them had been murdered by Ivan Milat, an Australian serial killer who was active from 1989-1992. He became known as “the Backpacker Murderer”. Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol, who were featured in the U.K. version, went missing in 1991. In 2007, their buried remains were found in the back garden of Scottish serial killer Peter Tobin. There were theories that Tobin could have been “Bible John”, a serial killer whose identity is unknown to this day, as Tobin’s known movements and his M.O. suggested his involvement in the case. What also made him a suspect was the fact that Tobin was already in his 60s when he killed his first victim, which is unusual, as well as the way he hid the body and evaded capture, which suggested he was experienced.

The body of 14-year old Curtis Huntzinger was found in 2008. He was found to be murdered by Stephen Hash, a family acquaintance. Curtis had disappeared in May 1990, shortly after he reportedly told his parents that Hash had molested him.
Thomas Dean Gibson, age 2, disappeared from Glendale, Oregon, in 1991. His picture was featured in at the end of all three U.S. versions of the music video. His father, former Douglas County deputy sheriff Larry Gibson, was convicted of second degree manslaughter in 1995. He was released in 1996 and insists on his innocence. Thomas’ body was never found.

More than twenty years after the release of “Runaway Train”, 26 teenagers and children have been reported to be reunited with their families in the years after being featured in the video. The rest of them are still missing or reportedly dead. You can watch it here.

anonymous asked:

Being Muslim has nothing to do with the crimes someone commits. People make their own choices. The Quran doesn't tell them to commit crime like the Bible doesn't tell Christians to do it either. Yet the KKK happened and so it slavery both using the Bible as reason to continue. But not all Christians are bad, there were some that were and all (an overwhelming majority) of Muslims aren't. Please stop the Islamiphobia

Yep, you heard her. Being a Muslim has nothing to do with brutal Islamic law, it has nothing to do with jihadism, it has nothing to do with martyrdom or the way gays, women and non-believers are viewed and treated in Islamic countries and Islamic communities in the West. There is absolutely no link between belief and behavior, there is no link between Islam and radicalized views or terror. There is no violence or crimes mentioned and encouraged in either the Quran or the Hadith. Slavery happened because of the Bible. Criticizing ideas and talking about Muslims who rape children with knives and nail their tongues to tables is Islamophobia. This is the mentality we’re dealing with here and it makes me pretty sick that these are the people who are considered to hold the moral high ground. 

Where to start Kate Kane?

Let’s start with her first appearance in 52 #7 then continue on with

  • 52 #9, 11, 28, 30, 33, 34, 36, 45, 47, 52
  • Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood #3
  • Final Crisis #4-7
  • Final Crisis: Revelations #2-3
  • Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1, 3
  • Cry for Justice #1, 3-6
  • Detective Comics v1 #854-857, 858-860, 861-863
  • Batman and Robin #7-9
  • Batwoman nu52
  • Batman Incorporated #4-5
  • Wonder Woman #600

anonymous asked:

Look, I know you're firmly on the left side of the political spectrum but "Also Wikileaks is a joke now," really? How much of the Kool-Aid did you drink? Do you actually buy that Russian mouthpiece bit?

Ok. Sit down. Let’s talk about Wikileaks.

First of all, I’d like to talk about the good things Wikileaks has done. When it was first created, it was lauded by people on the left for contributing to transparency and exposing corruption to the world. It released evidence that the government was lying about the way it treated detainees, that Cayman Islands banks were committing crimes, the “secret bibles” of Scientology. Proof that the US was committing war crimes and lying about it. Chelsea Manning’s leaks, Edward Snowden’s leaks. Their collaboration with the Guardian. It was never perfect, of course, and some of the stuff it hosted was more of a breach of privacy than some earth-shattering reveal, but it was all in the spirit of a “no stone left unturned” philosophy.

Then they started to get crass and careless in their publications. They left unredacted State Department cables available online for over half a year, and who knows how many people that endangered. It’s ironic, in fact, that Wikileaks would accuse Clinton of mishandling classified information. A bit of the pot calling the kettle black, except rather than leaving that unredacted information vulnerable Wikileaks simply released it publicly to the world at large, so I would say the pot is quite a bit blacker. Consider the words of John Wonderlich, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, another transparency advocacy group: “It’s become something else. It’s not striving for objectivity. It’s more careless. When they publish information it appears to be in service of some specific goal, of retribution, at the expense of the individual.”

The former German spokesperson for Wikileaks left in 2010, claiming, “[it] has a structural problem. I no longer want to take responsibility for it, and that’s why I am leaving the project.” He took with him thousands of documents saying he would wait for Julian to “restore security,” before permanently deleting them “to ensure that the sources are not compromised.” At least a dozen other members of Wikileaks followed him out that year, some citing “lack of transparency, lack of structure, and poor communication flow in the organisation.”

Additionally, they no longer release dumps like they used to. Now, like with the Podesta emails, they release them piecemeal to maximize their time in the public eye, which is transparently a political play. Their leaks are calculated, in service of a particular goal, rather than in the name of transparency. They are not a neutral organization anymore and have not been for a long time. In fact, since 2011, they have hardly released anything that does not target the US, its allies, or the NSA (AKA, the key rival of the FSB/KGB). Not to mention Assange has requested Russian security and was the one who advised Snowden to go to the Russians for asylum. What does Wikileaks put out when people criticize Russia or Putin? This kind of stuff:

Not to mention their use of the anti-Semitic (((brackets))) meme popularized by the alt-right and neo-Nazis online. Their obsession with the Rothschilds and Soros is unnerving, to say the least, the kind of thing you’d expect to read on /pol/. They’ve also taken stances on many issues disconcertingly similar to Russia’s. Furthermore, Julian Assange himself is a narcissistic asshole more concerned with his own image and his own hide than anything else. He has no journalistic integrity, he merely wants to sell books and be lauded for his deeds. That’s why, when the Swedish girl he had sex with asked him to get tested for STDs because he pressured her into unprotected sex or she would go to the police to force him to, he refused, blamed the controversy on US intelligence trying to destroy Wikileaks, and fled to Ecuador.

Let us not spend a moment pretending that Russia does not engage in the exact same human rights violations (if not worse) as the US, the exact same imperialism (if not worse) as the US, the exact same domestic corruption (if not worse) as the US. But where is Wikileaks condemning any of this, exposing any of it? Where are the leaks about Putin, or Russian politicians? They don’t exist, or if they do, Wikileaks isn’t publishing them. How convenient is that? It’s almost as though Assange is friendly to the Russian government, what he publishes is received from the Russian government, and furthers the interests of the Russian government. We already know that Putin has helped fund fascist movements in NATO countries. Considering that the majority of their leaks target the US/NSA and have for five years, it is no stretch to say that they are a de facto Russian intelligence clearing house.

Furthermore, the kind of stuff they are releasing could easily be forged. If Wikileaks is indeed a very biased organization as the mountains of evidence point to, then there is no reason to believe that what they have released is entirely legit. In fact, they seem to be fairly open and above board about their intention being to smear the United States’s reputation and that of certain individuals. That puts them on the level of brazen propaganda. They don’t even need to be the ones faking the leaks. If they are just publishing what they receive, they might not even know what is fake and what’s not. On the whole, they are just another propaganda wing now; worse, they may be acting as Putin’s own personal Correct the Record.

Finally, from an information security perspective, and as someone who has written before on this blog about the importance of privacy in the digital era, Wikileaks is downright dangerous. They gleefully destroy the foundation of a free and open Internet in their “noble” crusade for supposedly that exact thing. They have published email addresses, credit cards, phone numbers. As one privacy advocate put it, “I’m more afraid of WikiLeaks than I am of the NSA. When they first burst into our consciousness, they were acting like publishers and journalists. The idea that these rascals were turning the tables on the deep state had great emotional relevance to me. But they turned out not have any principles.” Here’s an example of Wikileaks publishing the personal emails and phone numbers of 20 million Turkish women. Even Edward Snowden has said of the organization, “Their hostility to even modest curation is a mistake.” Wikileaks, of course, responded with insult and ridicule, as they do to anyone who questions their motives or methods.

So anyone who cites Wikileaks earns no respect or trust from me. They are about as believable as an O’Keefe video, and no less politically motivated. People like you are always quick to accuse others of “drinking the Kool-Aid,” but I ask you – what exactly have you been drinking?

Addendum:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/19/wikileaks_uploads_324_bits_of_malware_in_munted_document_dump/

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/09/wikileaks-may-have-withheld-key-russian-documents-from-syria-files-leaks/

(In case you’re not hip this is Wikileaks parroting literal Russian propaganda, straight from Russia Today.)

From Wikileak’s cable leaks in 2010:

“Adam” was different: He immediately asked for everything relating to Russia, eastern Europe, and Israel – and got it, more than 100,000 documents in all. A few stray comments of his about “Jews” prompted a few concerns on my part, dismissed quickly by another WikiLeaker – “don’t be silly… He’s Jewish himself, isn’t he?”

A short while later, I learned “Adam”’s real identity, or at least the name he most often uses: He was Israel Shamir, a known pro-Kremlin and anti-Semitic writer. He had been photographed leaving the internal ministry of Belarus, and a free speech charity was concerned this meant the country’s dictator had access to the cables and their information on opposition groups in the country.

Assange showed no concern at these allegations, dismissing and ignoring them until the media required a response. Assange simply denied Shamir had ever had access to any documents.

This was untrue, Assange knew it was untrue, and I knew it was untrue — it was me, at Assange’s instructions, who gave them to him.

There are few limits to how far Assange will go to try to control those around him. Those working at WikiLeaks – a radical transparency organisation based on the idea that all power must be accountable – were asked to sign a sweeping nondisclosure agreement covering all conversations, conduct, and material, with Assange having sole power over disclosure. The penalty for noncompliance was £12 million.

I refused to sign the document, which was sprung on me on what was supposed to be a short trip to a country house used by WikiLeaks. The others present – all of whom had signed without reading – then alternately pressured, cajoled, persuaded, charmed and pestered me to sign it, alone and in groups, until well past 4am.

Given how remote the house was, there was no prospect of leaving. I stayed the night, only to be woken very early by Assange, sitting on my bed, prodding me in the face with a stuffed giraffe, immediately once again pressuring me to sign. It was two hours later before I could get Assange off the bed so I could (finally) get some pants on, and many hours more until I managed to leave the house without signing the ridiculous contract. An apologetic staffer present for the farce later admitted they’d been under orders to “psychologically pressure” me until I signed.

Those who have faced the greatest torments are, of course, the two women who accused Assange of sexual offences in Sweden in the summer of 2010. The details of what happened over those few days remain a matter for the Swedish justice system, not speculation, but having seen and heard Assange and those around him discuss the case, having read out the court documents, and having followed the extradition case in the UK all the way to the supreme court, I can say it is a real, complicated sexual assault and rape case. It is no CIA smear, and it relates to Assange’s role at WikiLeaks only in that his work there is how they met. 

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/election/donald-trump/article107882287.html

anonymous asked:

best gay comic book character?

I’ll adjust this question a tad to: “Best LGBTQA superhero?” My expertise is obviously superhero characters, and now we’ve covered the entire spectrum of queer. Now, the best queer superhero? The answer is actually really easy: Batwoman.

*disclaimer: I am a DC fan and my knowledge of Marvel is limited, and even my knowledge of Batwoman herself is not up to date.*

Sadly, it’s really not even a contest. Granted, she really doesn’t have much competition. At DC especially. I’d say her biggest competitors are Wiccan and Hulkling at Marvel. And then after them it’s Renee Montoya. Correct me if I’m wrong, but off the top of my head, I’m pretty sure Batwoman is the only openly queer superhero to ever have a mainstream ongoing title. And even if I’ve forgotten someone, hers is undeniably the most successful.

Anyway, so Batwoman/Kate Kane is awesome. And she’s especially awesome because she is everything a lesbian superhero or queer character should be. Firstly, she is a character. She isn’t just “DC’s token lesbian character,” she’s not a stereotype, and most importantly, she has consistently been written with respect, depth, and been given actual plots and directions. And that really hasn’t been done many other places. Most gay superhero characters are members of teams and are back up plots. Batwoman has the luxury of having her own series to actually explore her character and be fleshed out.

Secondly, her lesbianism is important but not overshadowing. The thing with including LGBT characters as opposed to characters of color, is that you can’t immediately visually distinguish if a character is gay. There needs to be some storytelling in order to “out” characters. And in a lot of cases in media in general maybe not necessarily in comics (since it’s so rarely addressed) when characters are “the gay character” that’s all they become, and that’s all their character or story is. And while sexual identity is an important part of who a person is, it is not the entirety of their identity. And Batwoman’s story, in my opinion, does a good job of balancing that. She’s a superhero that deals with justice, crime bibles, and the evil twin sisters, but she also had to deal with being dishonorably charged from the military because of her sexuality and she has romantic relationships with women.

Thirdly, she is a superhero. A lot of queer characters in comics are supporting or minor characters that are often civilians. Kyle Rayner’s friend Terry, Holly Robinson was just Catwoman’s buddy (though she was Catwoman for like a minute), Maggie Sawyer was just a cop in Metropolis and later Gotham, Alysia Yeoh is just Batgirl’s roommate, and even Renee Montoya was just another detective on the GCPD before she became the Question. And even the other superheroes that are gay are just back up players. Batwoman is a superhero. Even though she wears the Bat, she’s very much her own character. She is a heroic, protagonist in her own story. And I think that’s incredibly important.

Fourth, Irony. The original Batwoman was created to dispel myths of Batman/Robin’s alleged homosexual relationship, and here she is years later, revived as the best gay character in comics. Sweet, sweet irony.

Batwoman has been fortunate enough to get creators and stories that respect her, and treat her like a character and that is shockingly rare for LGBT characters. We’ve seen more new LGBT characters being included in mainstream comics in recent years, an uphill battle for sure, but hopefully we get the chance to see more non-straight characters step into an actual spotlight.

In the late 1960s, three young Scottish women met their end at the hands of a Scripture-quoting murderer who came to be known as “Bible John.”
All of the victims were strangled with their own stockings. Additionally, they were all menstruating at the time of their—and this was evidently known to the killer, as pads or tampons were placed near the bodies of all of the victims.
Jean Puttock—sister of the victim Helen Puttock—was able to provide the only known description of the killer after sharing a taxi with him (and her doomed sister) for an hour. The man had identified himself as “John Templeton,” and had extensively quoted from the Bible, and even referred to the types of dance halls in which he met his victims as “dens of iniquity.” After Jean and her date exited the cab, Helen continued on with John—only to be found dead the next morning. The man disappeared without a trace.