Posts Tagged ‘crime’

Woman killed by husband over Facebook marital status

January 24, 2009

Ah, those Brits and knives, and thanks to the Daily Mail.

A father stabbed his estranged wife to death in a ‘frenzied attack’ after discovering she had changed her Facebook status to ‘single’.

Edward Richardson, 41, was high on a cocktail of cocaine and alcohol when he smashed his way into her parents’ home and used a carving knife to kill 26-year-old Sarah Richardson as she lay in bed.

The carpenter stabbed his wife with such force he shattered her ribs. She also suffered puncture wounds to her liver and a slashed aorta.

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Don’t cuckold another man in Tennessee

December 5, 2008

If you cuckold a man in Tennessee, you can get killed. And if you are the cuckold, the judge will let you rot in jail for a whole 10 weeks or so, so you get the idea that killing the sonofabitch was sorta like wrong or something.

Broken Britain

October 1, 2008

Being in the US, I don’t always catch up on the latest happenings in the UK. I usually choose to look at the websites of BBC, the Guardian or the Times, not the real good stuff in the Daily Mail, the Daily Express or the Sun. I hadn’t known that there is the term ‘Broken Britain‘ applied to the state of affairs in the UK under the Gordon Brown government, which of course denies. What evidence is there that Britain is broken? Everything from the knife crime epidemic, censorship, the London congestion charge, binge drinking, economic crises, CCTV, political correctness, the decline of Eastenders over the years, a general yobbery about the land, and white flight – people are fleeing Britain for Australia, Canada, and gasp, even the US.

The latest glaring example of Broken Britain in the tabs is the story of the hero executive banker who had his bead batted about like a football by a gang of yobs. Coming to the aid of a homeless man and his companion who being attacked by the gang in the city Norwich, Frank McGarahan later died of his injuries in hospital.

There’s also the case of the office manager strangled by her employee whom she caught robbing the office, but the killer is an American, so I guess you have to let that one go. A student being urged to kill hiimself by a crowd, now that’s broken.

Meanwhile the Tory leader David Cameron is urging bipartisanship, American style, in order to rescue Britain’s broken, American style, financial system. Well, not too American for Mr. Cameron, the world’s using Congress as an example of what to avoid.

Murder at the Office: American expat kills his manager in London

September 30, 2008

Strangled (throttled) the poor lady with her scarf. Caught stealing stuff from the office. This bloke somehow left small town Washington state, married a German woman along the way and wound up a white collar worker in London. What got me about it was the killer’s mug shot. Is this the face of a killer, or somebody just kinda goofy.

Road rage, where in the Cotswolds? – woman burnt alive in her car

September 23, 2008

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4804007.ece

Two women engaged in a road rage incident, one refuses to leave her burning car, dies stomping her foot on the gas and telling witness to ‘Fuck off’ while she immolated herself.

Attachmate CEO blows away 32 bison on his ranch

September 14, 2008

Don’t fence me in 

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, 
Don’t fence me in. 
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love, 
Don’t fence me in. 
Let me be by myself in the evenin’ breeze, 
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees, 
Send me off forever but I ask you please, 
Don’t fence me in. 

Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle 
Underneath the western skies. 
On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder 
Till I see the mountains rise. 

Apparently Jeff Hawn, CEO of Attachmate which provides mainframe connectivity software, wasn’t aware or didn’t care about “open range” laws:

Miles of barbed-wire fences line area roads and property boundaries. Unlike rural areas in other parts of the country, Colorado and most other Western states are “open range,” meaning livestock can roam wherever they wish. If land owners don’t want animals on their property they are urged to build a fence to keep them out. Ranchers don’t have to fence their animals.

So when a neighboring rancher’s bison crossed onto his property and didn’t stay off (who do those bison think they are??), instead of putting up a fence around his ranch like anyone else in Colorado, he invited a number of hunters in to blow the animals away:

The remains of 32 bison were strewn across Hawn’s property and nearby land. Deputies learned that 14 hunters received a letter from Hawn giving them permission to hunt bison on his property.

Now he’s charged with theft (you could say he stole those animals when he killed them, leaving them pretty well attached to his property) and animal cruelty.

Now why would he want to piss off all his neighbors and face prison because some livestock came onto his ranch leaving their tracks and dung? I don’t livestock can help doing that on pasture land. Anyhow, was it due to arrogance borne of being an IT CEO? (Common I hear.) Ignorance of local mores and laws (fairly common with outsider wealthy people in those parts.)  Funny he filed a lawsuit and didn’t wait for the legal process to take effect. 

(My employer happens to be an Attachment customer.. oh well)

According to Attachmate’s website,

Jeff Hawn, Chairman, President and CEO

Jeff Hawn serves as Attachmate’s chairman, president and CEO, determining overall corporate direction and setting the company’s business and acquisition strategies. 

Mr. Hawn’s experience includes multiple strategic and senior-level positions related to the mainframe software market. Prior to joining Attachmate, he was an operating partner with JMI Inc., where he led the firm’s private equity acquisition and operating activities. Previously, Mr. Hawn was a senior vice president at BMC Software, where he held several key management positions. Additionally, he  has served as a partner at the global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. 

Mr. Hawn serves as an active member on several boards, including Applimation, Pervasive Software and Vignette. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas.

Only in America

August 22, 2008

A Texas jury has just indicted a 1,000 pound woman, Mayra Lizbeth Rosales of Hidalgo County, Texas for capital murder in the beating death of her 2 year old nephew. This would have to be in Texas. For our UK friends she weighs more than 70 stone. She was charged with the crime back in March, it must have apparent that she just didn’t fall on the kid or something. The woman is bedridden and so apparently beat the child to death from her bed. The issue is, how do you get her to trial? She can’t fit through the door of her residence.

Now, there are precedents for this kind of the thing. The state could hire Dick Gregory to get her weight down enough so she can be moved. She could possibly make the top-20 obese people list

Believe it or not, she would not be the heaviest being ever executed in America. I said being, because there is the bizarre and infamous case of Mary the elephant, who was actually lynched in Erwin, Tennessee in 1916. There was a circus in town, and Mary got pissed and something and stomped her handler to death. There was no trial, inquest or any real effort to figure out what happened officially. All in all, the elephant wasn’t treated any worse by the system than say any given black person would have been. Anyway, a mob showed up and wanted Mary dead. They tried shooting her with shotguns, but that didn’t work. The sheriff used his .45, nope. The crowd suggested electrocuting her, or pulling her apart with two locomotives. The decision was made to have a hangin’. Free admission was given to those who paid to see the circus. The good people of Erwin hung Mary from a boom at the local railyard. First time, the chain broke and Mary fell causing a panic. The second rigging did the trick. Mary was buried at 219 S. Main St in Erwin. An image of Mary on the gallows is on this YouTube video that is a promo for the play “Hanging Mary,” based on the Mary’s story.

UK companies need to be very afraid

August 19, 2008

Corporate press release from a security company:

A report published by G4S Security Services (UK) reveals that the headquarters of three quarters of FTSE 350 companies are situated in areas with a higher than normal risk of crime.

The G4S Corporate Risk Report, which uses data from CAP Index’s CRIMECAST® System2, reveals that of the FTSE 350’s 20 most vulnerable locations for company headquarters, half are situated outside London.

Knife culture, violent women?

August 9, 2008

Does the UK have a “knife culture” problem? Apparently Scotland is more violent than England with regards to people being knifed, but is that surprising (America was founded in large part by Scots-Irish who had been born fighting). The government is publishing posters to get parents to stop their kids from taking knives from home.

Add to the knife problem the issue of violent women. Like in the US, crime committed by girls is apparently on the rise in the UK. Police are stretched to their resource limits by the rash of thuggish girls. What to blame for knives and fighting women? Drink, drugs, poverty, broken homes, machismo, declining morals? Or is it really a ‘problem’ but just normal for the culture, I don’t recall from literature that 19th century London was a particularly peaceful place.

Reason to home school your kids (at least in Arizona)

July 13, 2008

Well, a court barely ruled that a school can’t strip search your kids for practically any reason. Barely.

You should read Washington Monthly blog regularly.

Some points about kids in school:

  • America is paranoid about drugs.
  • But maybe more paranoid about pedophiles. I guess you can trust the school authorities not to be pedophiles. You can’t guarantee they aren’t on drugs. I had teachers who were pedophiles and hard drug users, and that was the 1980s.
  • Kids don’t have the same legal rights as adults, in general. From what I understand, courts have ruled before that schools only need a reasonable belief of something bad happening before acting on it, not a higher standard of proof.
  • Schools have standings under the doctine of loco parentis, Latin for ya. That is, the schools act in place of parents during the school day or during school activities. So, would parents have a right to strip search their kids?
  • Maybe the kids are going to have to learn with their generation that civil liberties are going to be resticted, so they have as well get educated about it by their teachers.