Bonnie and Clyde…the envied couple

OK, before you jump to conclusions over the “envied” part, drop the disgusted look and pick your jaw up off the floor.  Let me explain my point of view on this.

Bonnie and Clyde went on their crime spree during the Great Depression.  The country’s attitude, at the time, was pretty much against the government.  This headlining couple wasn’t stealing huge amounts of money and they seemed to be having a blast being on the run.  Instead of looking like mass murderers, they were more like the “Robin Hood” of the nation.

They defied the law and lived dangerously.  They did commit some pretty heinous crimes, such as murder, and I’m not excusing those. But the fantasy of life on the road, running from the law, and living life on the edge captured the hearts of many.  This couple even had fun kidnapping cops!  Kidnapping the cops, riding them around for hours, and releasing them hundreds of miles down the road unharmed…tell me you’re not smiling!  I’m not saying doing that is right…but we are talking fantasy here!  Every young adult dreams of doing crazy stuff.  We have all been there, at one time or another.  Wanting to live life dangerously and doing the unexpected and Bonnie and Clyde did those things.

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I think Clyde felt he didn’t have much of a choice.  Clyde’s family was pretty poor and usually didn’t have enough money to feed Clyde and his brothers and sisters.  Clyde resorted to stealing to help feed the family and pretty soon he graduated to stealing cars.  He basically grew up depending on his theft skills.  Learned behavior is not something easily changed.

Bonnie felt her life was way less than fascinating.  She was bored and tired of her marriage, especially with her husband behind bars.  Working as a waitress and then ending up with no job during the Great Depression caused major stress.  She was looking for fun, adventure, and a little rebellion.  Meeting Clyde gave her the possibility of breaking out and starting a new life.

Falling in love made their adventure even better though.  Imagine that feeling when you find love…the butterflies, the hunger, the excitement, the willingness to do anything to make your other half happy.  This dynamic duo took the world by surprise and never looked back.  I think we all, at some point in our lives, have wanted to defy the norm and do something outrageous.

Defying the norm….doing something outrageous…that’s what most people envy.

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Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper/Edmund Emil Kemper III

Coed Killer

born December 18, 1948

in Burbank, California

Edmund Kemper is a well-known serial killer in America.  He is responsible for murdering several young college women.  He would pick them up while they were hitch hiking.  Although he picked up and dropped off well over 100 young women, he did kill 6.  As you will see, there were several warning signs that Kemper was a disturbed individual.  Perhaps the fact that he was charming, well spoken, highly intelligent, and very sociable added to his ability to elude any attention being drawn to him.

Kemper has two sisters and is the middle child.  He moved with his mother and two sisters to Montana when his parents divorced in 1957.  His mother was an alcoholic who constantly had cruel words for Edmund.  At 10 years old, he was forced, by his mother, to live in the basement.  His mother claimed he was no good and didn’t want him around her or her daughters.  During this secluded time, Edmund began having dark fantasies about killing his mother.  He would cut off the heads of his sister’s dolls.  He persuaded them to play a game he called “gas chamber.”  He made each of them blindfold him and lead him to a chair, where he would pretend to writhe in agony until he “died.”~~Now, I gotta add here…This “game” makes little sense to me!  I’m sure this information, found during research, is supposed to shed some sort of light on the outcome of his thoughts and actions.  But this game that he loved so much seems to be about electrocution.  Did he want to do bad things in order to get caught so he could be put “in the chair?”  Was his ultimate goal to be caught?

At the age of 13 he killed his cat with a knife he nicknamed The General.  He began causing all sorts of trouble and making his mother and sisters uncomfortable.  He was sent to live with his father but soon ended up right back at his mother’s house.  She soon decided he was too troubled so she sent him to live with his paternal grandparents in North Fork, California.  Problems soon began here too.  He hated living with his grandparents and they grew to fear him.  After killing several birds and various small animals, they took away his rifle.

At 15 years old he shot his grandmother in the kitchen.  He waited for his grandfather to get home and walked outside.  He met him at his car and shot him.  He then hid they body.  He claimed to have shot his grandmother just to see what it was like and shooting his grandfather was just so that he wouldn’t have to find out that his wife had been murdered.  He seemed to look at the first killing as curiosity and the second as sympathetic.  Hmmm…  Anyway, he called his mother after the murders and told her what he had done.  She instructed him to call the police and tell them what he had done.

He was sent to the California Youth Authority soon after.  He went through several tests there.  It was determined that he had a very high IQ and suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.  He was then sent to the Atascadero State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.  In 1969 he was released…at 21 years old.  By this time, his mother had moved to California after ending her third marriage.  Kemper began living under his mother’s roof even though she had abused him in the past.  People say the Court advised against it, but being released at 21 with nowhere to go, he felt he had no choice but to go to her.

He attended community college for a short time and then went to work for the California Highway Department in 1971.  He attempted to become a state trooper but was denied due to his brute size.  Kemper is 6 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 300 lbs.  He did, however, become friends with quite a few men on the police force.  They would frequently talk and have a few drinks at a local bar together.  His car even resembled a police cruiser.  Some speculate that he fancied police officer and some think that he just wanted to stay “in the loop” and learn police tactics.

Some time thereafter he received a $15,000 settlement after he was hit by a car while riding on his motorcycle.  He filed a civil suite against the driver because his arm was badly injured and caused him to be out of work.  Being bored, while out of work, added to his dark fantasies about women.  He began to notice several young women hitchhiking in the area.  He bought a new car with some of his settlement money and kept a gun, knife (The General), handcuffs and other tools in his trunk.

In the beginning, he would pick up various women and let them out at their desired destinations.  Kemper claims he did this for about 150 women.  As time went by though he became intrigued by how easy they got in his car and how his fantasies may have the possibility to become reality.  On May 7, 1972, he picked up Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa.  They were both Fresno State College students.  They never made it to their destination.  In fact, right after the murders he was stopped for a broken tail light.  If the officer had conducted a simple search he would have found the two bodies in the trunk.  Reported missing by their families, a search went underway.  Their fates were realized on August 15th after hikers found Pesce’s head in the woods.  Luchessa’s body was never found.  Kemper admitted later that one was stabbed to death and the other was stabbed and strangled.  He said he took the bodies back to his apartment and cut off their heads and hands.  He then engaged in sexual activity with their corpses.

Soon after these crimes, he picked up 15-year-old Aiko Koo.  He pulled out his gun and showed it to her.  She began to panic and plead for her life.  He pulled over and put the gun down.  He then got out of the car and locked himself out.  Aiko didn’t grab the gun, but instead unlocked the car to let him back in.  The only sense I can make of this is the tremendous fear she felt and her age.  I’m sure her thoughts were so chaotic at that point in time.  Once back in the car, he choked her, making her black out and then raped her.  When she came to he strangled her to death.  Stuffed in the trunk and his satisfaction met, he drove to the local bar and had a few drinks.  Later on he took her home and dismembered her.

In January of 1973 he picked up Cindy Schall and shot her.  He hid her body in his room at his mother’s house.  He cut her up the next day in the bathtub and dumped her body parts in the ocean.  Several parts washed up on shore later on.

To add to the craziness, Kemper’s mom got him a campus parking sticker so he could pick her up in the evenings.  He basically had a welcome sticker for his playground.  On February 5, 1973 he had a huge fight with his mother.  Using his parking sticker to get on campus, he picked up Rosalind Thorpe and Alice Lin.  He shot both and drove right past campus security at the gate with both women fatally wounded.  One was in the front seat slumped over and one in the backseat with blanket over her.  It is said that he told the campus guards that the two women were just drunk and that he was taking them home.  He decapitated both women and then dismembered them as well.  He disposed of their body parts in different locations.  Hikers, near Highway 1 in Mateo County, found some of their remains in March.

His last two murders took place in April of 1973.  He went to his mother’s house and, of course, they had just one more argument.  He waited until she went to sleep and hit her int he head with a hammer.  He then cut her throat with a knife and removed her head.  Kemper removed her larynx and stuffed it down the garbage disposal.  He placed her head on the mantle and said what he wanted to and then threw darts at it.  He said for the first time she didn’t argue with him.  He hid her body and went out to the bar with his police buddies.  He invited his mother’s friend, Sara Hallett, over to the house.  He killed and hid her body too.  He fled the area and drove to Colorado where he called the Santa Cruz police to confess his crimes.  They were in total shock, believing this to be a joke.  Once he began giving details and locations they knew he wasn’t joking.

He went to trial in October of 1973 claiming her had committed 10 murders in all.  Before the trial began he tried to kill himself twice by slitting his wrists.  Failing both times and being found sane, the trial began.  He was found guilty on all 8 murder charges.  The judge asked what he thought his punishment should be and Kemper replied that he should be tortured to death (hence the “chair game” from when he was little, maybe?!?).  The judge issued 8 concurrent life sentences for his crimes.

A few quotes…

“When someone put their hand on my car door handle, they were giving me their life.”~~Kemper explaining his thoughts of power

“My frustration.  My inability to communicate socially, sexually.  I wasn’t impotent.  I was scared to death of failing in male-female relaionships.”~~explaining some of his motive

during an interview~~Q-  What do you think when you see a pretty girl walking down the street?  A-  “One side of me says, ‘I’d like to talk to her, date her.  The other side of me says, ‘I wonder how her head would look on a stick.”

I have read articles and books pertaining to Kemper and his crimes.  I have watched interviews and listened to him talk about his life, the murders, his reasoning…And I have to say…The man is very intelligent.  He is so smart it’s scary.  He fantasizes, he ponders, he plans, he uses logic…the man is down-right frightening but also intriguing.  His thought process is that of a sane man, but his actions are anything but that.  Through watching his interviews, he talks about the severed heads and how he would hold them and talk to them.  I just don’t understand it.  How can a perfectly sane human being do something so insane?  Anyway, I’m glad he made that call and confessed.  I wonder if he would have been caught had he not killed his mom and then made that call?  He was very good at what he did and that kind of craziness makes me nervous.

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are perhaps the most famous criminal couple in history.  They robbed and hijacked their way to fame…and their death.

Hmmm…where to start with this couple?!?  Both Bonnie and Clyde dealt with some negative sides of life before they met.  Clyde had already been in trouble with the law for burglary and Bonnie had been married to a man who was serving time for murder.  The two met in Texas in January of 1930 I believe.  The first time Clyde came to see Bonnie he was arrested for burglary and car theft.  Bonnie smuggled a gun into the jail for him.  He escaped but was captured within a few days and handed a sentence of 14 years.  It was here, at Huntsville Prison in Texas, that he committed his first murder.  The man he murdered had supposedly sexually assaulted him.  He was transferred to Eastham Prison Farm where prisoners were worked extremely hard and beaten.  He persuaded a fellow inmate to cut off two of his toes with an axe in hopes of getting out of doing any hard labor.  This desperate attempt to get outta hard work and be transferred is the reason he walked with a limp for the remainder of his life.

After a short time, Bonnie and Clyde ran off together following his parole in February of 1932 and began their crime spree all across Texas.  The robberies they committed were never very large, but they left a ton of rubble along the way.  Within a year the couple’s life of crime was well-known.  It was at this time they joined up with Clyde’s brother Buck and sister-in-law Blanche.  They killed two police officers shooting their way out of an apartment soon after.  Bonnie was badly burned on her leg after a car accident and the group had to take shelter with a farmer.  The farmer called the police after figuring out who they were.  The gang, once again, had to shoot their way out of the situation.

Running out of places to hide, the group really started to feel the tension and stress of life on the run.  Rumor has it that Blanche began heated arguments amongst the group and Bonnie longed for a more civilized life with no more running from the law.  The group was resting at a camp in Iowa when they found themselves once again in a pickle.  They were heavily surrounded and a fire fight broke out.  Buck was killed and Blanche, blinded in her left eye by shards of glass, was taken into custody.

On May 23, 1934 Bonnie and Clyde were driving down Highway 154 in Louisiana.  Little did they know that a posse was waiting to ambush them.  Clyde slowed his car down to stop and help a broken down motorist, Mr. Methvin (a supposable friend of Bonnie and Clyde).  Mr. Methvin had contacted law enforcement and worked out a plan to murder the duo.  More than 130 bullets rang out striking Bonnie and Clyde.

At the time of their death they were accused of 13 murders and several robberies.  They had a habit of kidnapping law enforcement officers and driving them around for hours only to release them hundreds of miles away unharmed.  A few of the crimes were the murder of two police officers in Joplin, Missouri…kidnapping a man and woman in Louisiana…murder of a man in Hillsboro, Texas…murder of a sheriff in Stringtown, Oklahoma…kidnapping a deputy in New Mexico…and several more.

Bonnie and Clyde lived out of their car and never got much money in the robberies.  Bonnie wrote poetry that captured the hearts of many!  In my opinion, these two were sort of destined to be together.  I know that sounds bad but, looking at the history of these two, they were two bad seeds that went together well.  Clyde seemed to always be in trouble with the law and Bonnie always went for the bad boy.  Their two-year crime spree was bloody and messy but it was also a romantic story of two people who just happen to be going down the wrong road.

Common sense…not so common!

The lack of common sense and stupidity seem to be spreading like wildfire!  I’ll give ya a few examples…

1.  Students at the University of Tennessee have decided to get drunk in new, quicker way folks!  They have been doing….”ALCOHOL ENEMAS”!!!  That’s right people, alcohol enemas!  Ramming a tube up their hind end and pouring in the liquor…What the hell?!?  Last I checked, normal college kids had kegs (and did keg stands) and funnels.  Nowadays they do this shit through the butt!  This causes the idiot to get drunker faster due to the fact that the alcohol is absorbed directly into the blood stream.  But come on!  Is it really worth it?  You obviously are damaging your body in a whole new way and then end up in hospital.  Way to go dumdums!

2.  This one made me not only flinch but I think I threw up a little in my mouth!  A Wisconsin man, Gerald Streator, has been arrested and charged with one count of  lewd and lascivious behavior.  Guess what he was doing….He was having sex with a couch that had been put out on the curb.  Yep….read that one again!  A couch had been placed curb side to be thrown away with trash and here comes this guy!  An off duty police officer actually witnessed this act of nastiness.

3.  Villarreal-Castillo, another genius, decided to break in and burglarize a home.  Owners were not home and he was loading up with all the goodies he wanted until…..he fell asleep!  Uh huh!  Fell asleep on the kitchen floor!  The homeowner comes home to find this guy sleeping in his kitchen with all his “loot” around him.  LOL

4.  Sergio Alvarez….I am still laughing at this one!  This guy strangled a damn pelican to death ya’ll!  He told the police that he was hungry and couldn’t catch any fish!  LMAO    So, I’m guessing he got pissed that the pelican was catching fish and he wasn’t.  Taking out the competition there, buddy?

Hope ya’ll enjoyed these!  I’ll do more soon.

Maryland man admits cannibalism

Well…it’s continuing folks!  This is the fourth weird case I have seen in the past three days!

CNN link:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/31/justice/maryland-alleged-cannibal/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Alexander Kinyua has admitted to killing his housemate with a knife, cutting him up and eating his heart and part of his brain.  He put the other remains in a nearby dumpster.

There is another case about a Canadian man as well.  This guy has hacked up body parts and mailed them out to folks!  He even filmed himself doing this.  Police say he recorded a ten minute video and posted it online for all to see.  They say this man also has a YouTube video showing him killing kittens by drowning and asphyxiation and then using the carcasses in sexual acts.

CNN link:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/31/world/americas/canada-body-parts-suspect/index.html

This is insane!  What in the hell are people thinking these days?