Archive for May, 2012

Self Proclaimed ‘Porn Star’ Famous for Animal Abuse Suspect in Murder Now

MONTREAL – Montreal police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for Luka Rocco Magnotta — a man with a disturbing online profile who is now accused of murder after the grisly discovery of a torso, whose severed foot and hand were mailed to the Conservative and Liberal party offices in Ottawa.

Police also confirmed that the suspect at large in the gruesome murder and dismemberment once dated notorious sex killer Karla Homolka, though in 2007 Magnotta denied he dated the notorious sex killer.

A video purporting to show Magnotta stabbing a man repeatedly on a bed has been circulating online and was sent to the Montreal Gazette. The Gazette has been unable to confirm that this is the same video that police received. The Gazette has not been able to confirm whether the video was staged.

Police have obtained a disturbing video of the crime and are taking steps to have it removed from a website where it was posted, The Gazette has confirmed. 

I did not see the video and I am not looking for it in order to post a link. Sorry, you wanna see you have to look. That does not sound like something pleasant to watch.

Investigators are seeking the public’s aid in locating the 29-year-old Magnotta, who may also go by the names Eric Clinton, Kirk Newman or Vladimir Romanov.

“We really need the public’s help on this,” said SPVM spokesman Ian Lafrenière. The assistance of residents in the area where the body was discovered had also helped the investigation advance quickly.

Magnotta is said to be a stripper and a porn star. The suspect was not previously known to police, Lafrenière said.

A headless, limbless torso was discovered in a suitcase with a heap of garbage Tuesday at Place Lucy and Decarie Boulevard in Montreal’s Snowden neighbourhood. At about the same time Tuesday, an employee of Conservative Party of Canada headquarters in Ottawa opened a package that contained a severed foot. A second parcel containing a hand was later located at a Canada Post sorting facility in Ottawa.

Wednesday, police linked the severed appendages to the torso and transferred the case to Montreal Police.

Montreal Police focused their attention on a second floor apartment in a building on Decarie near where the torso was found Tuesday in a suitcase on the curb with a pile of garbage.

The tenant of the building is being sought by police, said residents of the building.

The apartment smelled terrible and it appears the homicide was carried out on a bed in the small apartment. A reporter saw a mattress stained with blood Wednesday afternoon.

Residents also said police believe the torso belongs to an Asian man who is apparently missing. The police have been showing them a photo of the Asian man on Wednesday.

Residents described Magnotta as a very quiet man who kept to himself. The building’s superintendant joked about it.

“It’s like you see in the movies. It’s always the good neighbour. It’s the cliché,” he said.

He is right, it is usually the quiet ones.

Residents of the building said they believe Magnotta worked in the gay porn industry.

One said the only time Magnotta spoke to him was about five days ago. He asked the man, an actor, how he could get started in “legitimate” movies.

Residents of the building said they also saw Magnotta wearing a bizarre wig days ago and that they commented on his strange appearance.

Employees at a Canada Post office just a few blocks away from where the suspect lives said the police have not questioned them about the possibility of body parts being mailed from their location. Both employees were aware that a torso had been found near their location. But they said no one had asked them about the case until two reporters asked them about the strange story Wednesday afternoon.

Magnotta was known online for abusing animals not for his acting even in porn. He was known on message boards, like 4chan, especially for the video where he put a kitten (2?) in a plastic bag and filmed them as they died. There were other videos but I think that one was the first to get ‘popular’. (Not in a good way.)

Magnotta has also been the subject of an international social media campaign for allegedly killing kittens, videotaping their deaths and posting the videos online.

Animal rights activists around the world mobilized to identify him and offered a $5,000 to bring him to justice. The online efforts to find him may have fuelled some of Magnotta’s online writings defending his reputation and complaining about “cyber stalking” and “media propaganda” on his website www.Luka-Magnotta.net

“I do not feel the necessity to address the specific accusations made in the posts since they are so far from my character that responding to them will give them more credibility than they will ever hold. If the readers of these posts can look behind the storyline that has been created, they will see that there is no reference to a concrete transaction or event that has taken place with any specific person in which I have committed any illegal activity,” he wrote on one of his eponymous web sites.

“Many hoax websites are created using my image and name, posing as me to seem more believable in respect to the type of audience these website have, I feel I don’t need to list them specifically but people need not be told, not to believe what they read and to take it as fact,” he write in one article entitled “Cyber Stalking” beside a photo of him shirtless and reclining.

It almost seems as if he is denying doing it, but the videos were there and people did see them. I think you can still find them just not on YouTube and I am not risking a virus to see poor kitties killed. Again, you want to see it (for proof or anything else) go find it yourself.

Perhaps if the authorities had stepped in when those videos went viral they would not be trying to identify a human victim. We, society, needs to start paying more attention to those that abuse animals.

Police have not released the victim’s name. An autopsy is expected to reveal how the man was killed and whether he was dead before being dismembered, police said.

The Gazette’s Jan Ravensbergen, Canadian Press and the Ottawa Citizen contributed to this report.

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CBS story about Luka

Killer started with killing cats on YouTube.

Tapes Might Prove More Manson Family Murders

 
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police detectives are seeking to review old audio tapes of conversations between Manson Family member Charles “Tex” Watson and his former lawyer, hoping they will shed light on any additional murders the cult may have committed.

The eight hours of recorded discussions between Watson and attorney Bill Boyd were made more than 40 years ago and have surfaced as a part of a bankruptcy case involving Boyd’s now-defunct Texas law firm.

“We are trying to get our hands on a copy of those recordings,” Los Angeles police commander Andrew Smith told Reuters on Friday. “We are doing this to be extraordinarily thorough. We think it’s good police work to continue to pay attention to these cases.”

Smith said the recordings were made in 1969 or 1970, following Watson’s arrest for murders carried out at the direction of Charles Manson that were among the 20th century’s most infamous crimes.

But detectives had no access to the tapes until Watson, now 66 and serving a life prison term in California, waived his attorney-client privilege so that they could be sold to satisfy unpaid legal fees. Boyd died in 2009.

In a letter to a U.S. Department of Justice trustee obtained by local KNBC-TV, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck requested that the recordings be given to his detectives.

“The LAPD has information that Mr. Watson discussed additional unsolved murders committed by followers of Charles Manson,” Beck said in the March 19 letter.

A bankruptcy court hearing has been scheduled for next week in Plano, Texas, to determine if the tapes should be handed over to Los Angeles police investigators.

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I am not so sure that there would be any incriminating information on the tapes since Watson waived his rights. He comes up for parole and knows that they will charge him if they can. Still, he was pretty brain-dead back then and he might not remember all that he said.

We can hope.

China’s Serial Killers

This is a long article but it is interesting. So often people think that serial killers are mostly white American men but that is just not true. All countries have serial killers some just do not talk about it, admit it or recgonise it. All that does is allow the killers to hide.

This article also has some graphic details. Just letting you know.

Yang Shubin looked the part: fat and rich. At nightclubs, he would say he ran a power station and buy expensive drinks. Women quickly swarmed around the flashy businessman who offered double the regular price for an evening’s company and would, sometimes even bring gifts. When the long nights drew to an end, Yang had no trouble persuading a girl to leave with him.

They probably thought themselves fortunate to land such a generous customer. After all, becoming mistress to a wealthy businessman is the ultimate career move for a karaoke girl in China. On returning to his apartment, therefore, they would have been surprised to find a woman already at the home: 20-year old Ji Hongzhie, Yang’s girlfriend — and partner-in-crime.

With the help of a pair of childhood friends from Heilongjiang, Wu Hongye and Zhang Yulian, they would tie the woman to a chair, then beat her with sticks and iron bars, demanding bank details. Yang liked to slap their bare flesh with a spatula while his girlfriend needled their breasts, arms and legs. Later, after withdrawing the cash — the amounts ranging from 60,000 to 500,000 yuan — they would force some victims to call their colleagues to persuade them to come over to the trap.

The bodies would later be chopped up, boiled and fed through a meat-mincing machine. Large bones would be crushed up with clamps, and added to the meaty paste which the gang would dump in drains or trash cans outside hotels and restaurants. Between 1998 and 2004, they made about 2 million yuan this way but, despite staying on the move, decamping from Shenzhen to Zhejiang, there were worries about getting caught.

In Guangzhou in 2001, one pair of sisters, kept captive for 13 days, spotted axes, saws, tape and garbage bags through a doorway. Realizing the TV had been on the same channel for hours — suggesting the apartment was empty — the two struggled loose and escaped. One had been so brutally tortured she needed breast implants.

After barely evading capture on that occasion, the gang’s luck was running out. The following year, in the northern city of Jilin, a resident of an apartment complex investigating a blocked pipe found mangled body parts. Arrest warrants were issued but all four of the gang members escaped on September 11, 2002 — then vanished. For nearly a decade, it seemed as if they had gotten away with murder, slipping into China’s migrant population without even a trail of public outrage or scrutiny.

But Harbin policeman Xu Jianguo did not forget. Having grown up in the same neighborhood as both gang members Yang and Wu, Xu had a personal interest in seeing the case through to the end. And in 2007, the Harbin Public Security Bureau learned it had gotten hot again: Yang’s family was reported to have moved abruptly, en masse, whereabouts unknown. An intensive investigation eventually led Xu, now with his own dedicated task force, to Baotou in Inner Mongolia, and the busy family home of one Wang Xuekai. Wang shared his quarters with 11 others, including brother Wang Xueli, Xueli’s girlfriend Ma Haiyan and Wangxue Guo — all, it was to emerge, expertly forged identities. On November 3, 2011, an armed team raided the property and arrested the gang of four; a month later, with the world focused on a peasant uprising in Wukan, their capture was publicly announced.

Almost ten years after their last victims — two prostitutes robbed of 160,000 yuan — were found stuffed down a drain, Yang Shubin’s kill team were discovered playing happy families, running a successful foot massage parlour and billiard room. The Harbin police view the case as both a major success — and an unprecedented case in recent history.

But the case is not unprecedented.

“China has a serial killer problem,” Beijing criminologist Professor Peng Weimin (a pseudonym by his request) told me over a two hour dinner of dumplings in Beijing. Sipping from his beer, small flecks of grey in his donnish black hair, Peng reeled off a series of anecdotes concerning various killers from the past. He knew the details of some cases, but often he was able to offer just outlines: prostitutes that washed up on a river bank in Shenzhen, tales from a north-eastern city where dozens of schoolchildren never came home.

Some of the serial killers whose crimes have been documented in the Chinese media and academic journals include the below (note that some of these are taken from yeshi (野史- unverified popular histories).

Tu Guiwu, a loan shark who stabbed and dismembered eight in Chengdu;
Chen Yongfeng, sentenced to death at the age of just 20 for murdering 10 people and throwing their body parts in a river over three months in 2003;
Li Zhanguo, a multiple sodomist who killed at least 11 between 1991 and 1995, exclusively targeting male villagers with severe learning difficulties;
Wu Jianchen, another serial rapist from Hebei responsible for 15 murders in 1993;
Huang Yong, a pederast who killed either 17 or 25 teenage boys between 2001 and 2003;
Chen Zhengping, arrested in Henan in 2002 for the deaths of at least 42, including children, after lacing rice balls at a rival snack bar with rat poison;
Peng Maiji, who used a meat cleaver to murder 77 in Shanxi, Jiangsu, Anhui and Henan, executed in 2000;
Wang Qiang, executed in 2003 for the murders of 45;
Li Shangxi, Yang Mingjin and Li Shangkuan, a Guanxi trio who committed 26 murders together between 1981 and 1989;
Yang Xinhai, the “Monster Killer” perhaps the most famous Chinese serial killer and mass murderer.

Monster Killer Yang Xinhai
Monster Killer Yang Xinhai

In 2006, after an hour-long, closed trial, Yang was convicted of killing 65 men, women and children (the highest tally of victims of a single killer in the US, by contrast, is 48).

Yang was an intelligent but introverted child, born into desperate poverty in Henan, who dropped out of school and began drifting through Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei taking work as an occasional labourer.

Aged 20, Yang Xinhai did his first stretch of prison time for theft; eight years later, he served three years of a five-year sentence for attempted rape, before being released in 1999. At some point in those three years, Yang went from being a sullen petty criminal to an all-out maniac.

Nothing quite explains the escalation or intensity of Yang’s actions after he got out of jail – he bicycled around Henan, Hebei, Anhui and Shandong breaking into homes at night and murdering the occupants, often whole families – his biggest single “kill” was five. He used hammers, shovels and axes to bludgeon and chop his victims. Sometimes he had sex with the women’s bodies.

The Chinese press cited the usual factors behind his going amok: greed, irrational hatred of women – his girlfriend supposedly broke up with him — and “revenge against society.” Commercial gain, girl trouble or a kind of all-purpose societal rage are habitually used to explain away otherwise-unfathomable crimes such as Yang’s; there is, experts shake their heads, no method to the madness. Indeed, it was only a random spot-check at a nightclub in Cangzhou that caught him. Yang, whose details were on file from previous convictions, was wanted in four provinces for mass murder. Yet it took a background check for the cops to realize they had the country’s most-wanted non-political criminal in their cells.

“There used to be strict hukou (household registration) regulations which forbade people from flowing around,” said Professor Peng. “It doesn’t work like that anymore these days: people can go anywhere they want, which means police don’t have effective control of who’s in their district doing what.”

Allowing free-flow of labor to modernize industry has also enabled predators — and victims — to roam the provinces as anonymous hired hands and has helped create the kind of society that enables those who reject it to strike back the hardest.

“When I killed people I had a desire [to kill more]. This inspired me to kill more,” Yang confessed. “I don’t care whether they deserve to live or not. It is none of my concern… I have no desire to be part of society. Society is not my concern.”

Beijing, considered one of the world’s safest cities, provides no refuge from serial killers:

Li Pingping - taxi driver and murderer of prostitutes
Li Pingping – taxi driver and murderer of prostitutes

There’s Li Pingping, a Beijing taxi driver who killed his former boss and family in 1995 and a further four prostitutes with the bad luck to catch his cab between 2002 and 2003. He was apparently angry that they out-earned him.

14 prostitutes operating near the Great Wall Sheraton were also killed by Beijing-born Hua Ruizhou in 2003.

In May 2011, Song Jinghua was executed for killing nine in a bizarre bid to avenge his brother, who was caught and executed for another murder after, Song suspected, his girlfriend tipped off police. Song was only caught in 2007 when a neighbour spotted him trying to conceal a human head.

“And in the 1990s, there was another guy who was especially killing prostitutes in Shijingshan district in Beijing,” added Peng. “It originally started because he used to have sex-workers as neighbours. They annoyed him by coming home late and making too much noise.”

A long day’s drive southwest of Beijing and or northwest from Shanghai, Henan is China’s least celebrated, most populous province. Henan is a by-word for criminality. It’s hard to exaggerate the contempt in which the central-eastern province is held by outsiders. If hearsay is to be believed, Henan is to blame for virtually every thief, grafter and deadbeat the country has ever had to offer. It’s also may be the serial-killer capital of China.

According to Professor Peng “Henan alone has several cases. Recently, there was one guy who killed six well-off men. He had a homicide charge hanging over him originally, so he had to escape. What he did was ride a scooter-taxi around, taking passengers and killing some. The murders were for money. There are also serial child killers. There was one who put up a wooden rocking-horse in his backyard to lure kids there and kill them. He was convicted of killing six, although the bodies found in his yard amounted to more than 10.”

Another pair of killers from Henan fled the province in 2003 after one, Shen Changying, stabbed a man to death. He and his brother Shen Chanping, 22, went north to Hubei, where they abducted and robbed a prostitute, killed her and dismembered the body. The next potential victim, Li Chunling, 23, persuaded them to spare her in exchange for luring more potential marks back to the apartment. Li was made to kill the woman she brought back before things got even more twisted: the pair of killers removed the girl’s kidney and ate it, before dissolving her body in sulfuric acid. The robbery-cannibalism continued across Shanxi, Anhui and Inner Mongolia, recruiting more female accomplices as bait before one of them finally escaped and went to police, who caught the brothers in the act of dissolving pieces of their latest victim.

In 2005, they were sentenced to death for the murders of 11 women, all picked up in KTV bars and “hair salons,” while their three female accomplices received between 3 and 20 years imprisonment.

More recently, in September 2011, Chinese journalists began arriving in the city of Luoyang in Henan. The story they were following was grim, if familiar: Gangs selling “hogwash” or “gutter” oil, recycled from restaurant drains, had been busted with 100 tons of the stuff in Shandong, Zhejiang and Henan. Authorities were touting it as a major safety initiative but many suspected there was more to the official version.

After crusading local television journalist Li Xiang, who broke the story, let his Weibo followers know he was “following illegal cooking oil dens closely,” he was found dead – stabbed 13 times outside his apartment in the early hours of a Sunday morning. The police insisted this was nothing more than an unfortunate coincidence. Rather than being silenced by shadowy interests, Li was simply the victim of a botched mugging: two local ruffians were subsequently charged with robbery and murder.

Ji Xuguang, a reporter with Southern Metropolis Daily, one of China’s most progressive newspapers, was also in town to see if, like the gutter-oil story, there was more to Luoyang and Li’s death than its ongoing Civilized City campaign would have him believe.

In fact, there was something going on but it had nothing to do with Li. Police had received information from the relative of a woman who claimed to have escaped from an “underground sex dungeon.” Five other women had also been held captive, tortured and raped; two were now dead, though at whose hands is somewhat disputed.

Their gaoler was Li Hao, 34, a former fireman and employee at the technological supervision bureau in Luoyang who had spent the past 22 months cruising karaoke bars in Luoyang picking up victims, while his wife thought he was working as a part-time night watchman.

The women were kept in a remarkably sophisticated underground prison four meters under a rented basement behind seven iron doors, fed enough to keep them weak and given access to laptops for entertainment. Li killed one, allegedly with the connivance of one of his prisoners — a kind of Stockholm Syndrome apparently pervaded the dungeon, with detainees competing for Li’s attention — and another girl was put to death for “disobedience.”

After Li was caught fleeing, the police hoped to deal with the matter quietly. But Ji, working for a powerful media organization outside their jurisdiction, had inconveniently got hold of the story. Ji was stopped and questioned closely by police (though not, he stressed to me when I spoke to him over the phone, arrested or “detained,” as the New York Times later suggested) and warned he was infringing upon potential “state secrets” – a catch-all term often used to harass or persecute reporters who publish unfavorable stories.

Ji exited the province and published.

The alleged serial rapist-murderer Li suffered full and swift consequences: after a week, the Guangzhou Daily reported Li was “fired from [his] inspection team under the Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision of Luoyang”; he was stripped of his Party membership and will be put on trial. All four police under whose auspices the crimes took place were dismissed. Controversially, the women he’d held were also detained and even accused of conspiracy to commit murder.

Although Li’s acts don’t quite fit the definition of “serial killer” espoused by some experts (which requires three separate murders), kidnapping six and killing two doesn’t seem a bad place to start. How does someone get away kidnapping and killing for so long without anyone noticing?

When I asked Professor Peng this question, he said “They were hookers. Their status was low, so no one cared.”

Targeting sex workers and migrants and staying on the move is the formula that many of China’s serial killers use with success. Lackadaisical cross-provincial law enforcement is one of the two biggest flaws in the China’s policing system (the other is press censorship that keeps crimes from being exposed in the media).

“Regarding crimes committed in other places, the police will avoid getting involved as much as possible,” said Peng. “Solving other police forces’ cases won’t contribute to their performance assessment… the slogan “Homicides must be solved” is talking about cases in one’s own district. You’ll be blamed for failing to solve them, and [you won’t get credit] for cases in other places. Assisting others is not their responsibility.”

Of course, a culture of local police looking after their own is hardly exclusive to China. But it gets worse: “It can be tricky when police actually catch criminals from other places. They can’t be sent to the local reformatory because they don’t belong there. They can’t be sent back to their hometowns because of the costs.” These might include train tickets, accommodation or hospitality for their opposite numbers in the public security bureau. With rare exceptions, such costs fall on the arresting division.

The result is cops dealing with crime by focusing on local criminals and deploying scarecrow tactics — creating the illusion of a heavy security presence in the community via “flashing police lights and CCTV cameras” — to deter migrant criminals from settling in their areas.
The obvious solution would be an autonomous, state-run centralized bureau of criminal investigation like the FBI.

“Currently, when a homicide occurs, a central investigation team will be set up by the Crime Investigation Bureau [CIB] under the Ministry of Public Security and sent to the location where the major investigation started, organising and supervising the case’s solution,” Peng said, outlining the official view: “In the US, states are independent from each other so it’s necessary to coordinate them but in China, the policy issued from the central government will be passed down and carried out thoroughly to the bottom of the system, so there’s no need for such a coordinating system.”

Certainly, China’s police are evolving. There are a few forensics labs in major cities and a nationwide database that registers suspects and fugitives from across the country — the same one that caught Yang, the “Monster Killer”. The centralized CIB employs veteran policemen as well as scientific and academic staff like forensics specialists and lie-detection experts. But it often serves a political end. The official line towards crimes like murder since 1983 is “the heavier, the faster, the better,” was softened in 2009 to “heavy and light punishment combined.”

The CIB is normally brought in to deal with cases that threaten public stability — for example, the notorious 2010 school stabbings by Zheng Mingsheng — and answer to ministerial ends. In the case of Zheng the school stabber, the ministries for education and public security jockeyed with each other to issue sterner denunciations and assurances over future security, against the advice of experts, who warned that propaganda slogans were worthless against “big, unpredictable cases committed by nobodies.”

Meanwhile out in the sticks, where the mountains remain high and the emperor is still far away, policies are frequently ignored. The Ministry of Public Security issued police forces with new directives in 2003 to warn the public of potential serial killers after the much-publicized case of a child-murderer from Henan (again!), the main feature of which was a spectacularly inept police investigation:

Huang Yong, rapist and killer of teenage boys
Huang Yong, rapist and killer of teenage boys

Huang Yong was a 27-year-old former PLA soldier turned migrant worker who’d ended up alone in his parents’ home in Dahuang village, Pingyu County, a tumbledown abode of ramshackle brick houses, barely surviving trees and rubble-strewn yards. While most Henan youths had headed east looking for work, Huang stayed behind while his parents worked in the city and sent money home, which Huang used to support his habit — hanging around Internet cafes in Pingyu city, offering advice to teenage boys who’d drop by after school to play computer games. In September 2001, the family of one raised the alarm after their son didn‘t come home. Both police and, later, the schools involved refused to offer help finding them.

“The police kept quiet in case of social panic, so other parents weren’t aware and couldn’t take precautions,” Peng said. “More and more kids went missing.” One escaped with bruises around his neck and went to authorities with his story; apparently convinced it was a prank, they sent him home. A week later, Huang was arrested.

To this day, the official number of victims is fiercely disputed among local villagers, who also claim Huang kept victims’ genitals in a jar and became murderous after his girlfriend had an abortion and left him. The authorities say Huang watched too “many kung-fu and violent films” and haven’t deviated from the initial figure of 17 victims: all boys, all chosen, according to the court, because females were “less heroic” and older men “more vigilant.” But a year after Huang was tried and executed, a group of grieving parents visited the late killer’s residence during the annual Tomb-Sweeping Festival and uncovered more remains in his abandoned yard. Some have been petitioning Beijing for justice since before even Huang’s arrest, receiving only harassment and attempted bribes for their troubles.

The new edict, ordering officials to warn of potential murderers in the community, should have prevented the public from being kept ignorant of future investigations. But three years later, Ministry of Public Security spokesman Wu Heping was facing the cameras in Beijing and telling reporters much the same story. The location was different but the modus operandi of both police and killer was almost exactly the same: 33-year-old Gong Runbo, a convicted rapist who’d been trolling internet cafes in Heilongjiang Province looking for impressionable kids much like Huang. Over 10 pairs of children’s shoes were allegedly later found in Gong’s abode but police say there was only evidence enough to charge him with six deaths.

“Six kids may have died for our failings,” Wu admitted. The police had known someone was abducting children but kept it quiet, in disobedience of the 2003 directive. And the Ministry knew who the blame lay with: “Despite the government’s ban on minors in Internet bars,” Wu chafed, “Gong was taking these kids in and out without being confronted or reported by the local cafe.”

2003 was a bumper year for serial killers. Yang Xinhai the Monster Killer’s capture coincided with two other major cases. Huang Yong, the aforementioned killer of 17 or 25 teenage boys was arrested, and so was another paiir of killers: 43-year old Ma Yong and his 20-year-old female accomplice Duan Zhiqun who were arrested in Buji, Longgang District near Shenzhen for the murder of 12 female migrants picked up in labour markets, dismembered and dumped in a local river.

The official reason given for the murders of a dozen desperate workers was textbook China: The victims “had mobile phones” and “looked physically weak”. The killers “were motivated by money,” Xu, a Buji government spokesman, said.

If murdering migrants for money doesn’t seem to make sense, consider another deeply troubling case from 2009 in Shenzhen. The “special economic zone” is principally famed for its preferential policies to attract foreign investment and promote domestic entrepreneurialism, but Shenzhen is fast catching up with Henan in being known for its serial killers. According to one sociologist, “Shenzhen’s most special trait is its people’s high mobility and mutual strangeness… which means many social norms go unobserved here.”

The remark referred to a series of child kidnappings and murders that haunted the boom city in 2008 and 2009. According to the Global Times,

Shenzhen, one of the richest cities in China, is now haunted by kidnappings. Deputy Police Chief Shen Shaobao was quoted by the Guangdong and Shanghai media stating in a July press release that the city averaged 44 kidnapping cases a month in the first quarter. A total 52 kidnapping cases were reported in the first 20 days of April.

Child kidnappings are old news in China – 190 children disappear every day, mostly, it is believed, to trafficking gangs, though no-one really has any idea how many simply fall prey to independent, transient abductors. The victims’ families are normally poor, rural and illiterate. Their cases are dealt with perfunctorily — if at all — by overworked or uninterested police forces and there’s very little parents can do for their missing offspring.

In the Shenzhen cases, though, the families were well-to-do — and vocal in their distress. Despite their protests, which were covered in the media, police were as dozy and unforthcoming as ever, an attitude which compounded the pain and even exacerbated the problem.

“I wish the police publicized the cases,” one bereaved father told the Southern Metropolis Daily, adding that, had he only known of the existence of the kidnappings, he might have been able to prevent his own son’s disappearance.

Wang Weilan, a reporter who covered the case for the Global Times, witnessed first-hand the authorities’ stonewalling of inquiries.
“The police refused to give any information,” she told me. “They either said, ‘It’s still under investigation,’ or ‘I know nothing about that. The leader in charge isn’t here’ or ‘Give us a fax about your questions’ and then they totally ignored the fax.”
Chinese government bureaus are possibly the only ones that still routinely direct official inquiries to be delivered via fax, a neat trick that abrogates any responsibility for answering.

Keeping a lid on rumours, sometimes called “fake news” — is something of an obsession in China, where the dissemination of incorrect information is actually a crime that can land an unwary gossip in in jail. The culture of secrecy and the prevalence of fake news effectively feed off each other. In 1997, Shanghai was awash with talk of a woman-hating murderer on a motorcycle; the killer was targeting girls with long hair and bludgeoning them to death with a hammer; he was taunting authorities with letters, boasting of his deeds — he had killed ten, they said, and wouldn’t stop until 100 were dead; a police chief tasked with stopping him had already resigned in despair.

While Shanghainese women supposedly rushed to get haircuts, the city’s media stayed stubbornly silent. Finally, as panic mounted, the police abruptly announced they had got their man: a migrant worker called Wei Guangxiu had been arrested and charged with attacking 13 middle-aged women and one man. For the public, though, the story didn’t end there. “The rumors have poisoned and bewitched people’s minds,” a senior officer afterwards lamented. He was right: most people suspected Wei was a scapegoat.

“Local police, for the sake of regional peace, sometimes fail to do inform the public,” said Professor Peng, who added Beijing that technically directs them to do just the opposite. “The reason partly comes from public pressure too. The public reckon the police are incompetent if there’s any case they can’t solve… the public’s petition channel is far less developed than in the West and media is still the major pressure that the police face.”

“Social stability” — maintaining a grip on power as well as public perception– trumps concerns such as public safety. The scarcity of reliable information in Shenzhen even extended until after the inevitable guilty verdicts were handed down. “The court wanted to be very careful about the verdict,” Weilan said. “People were very angry about the cases: They had to consider [that] anger.”

While the relaxation of the hukou system has enabled people to disappear and be disappeared, the country’s economic explosion has placed a desperate strain on social tensions; the sprawling disparity between the have-nots and the have-a-lots has never been greater.
“Shenzhen is a city of migrant workers and successful people,” Weilan noted. “The former is desperate, the latter is established… When they share the same city, problems occur.” The city’s population of nine million has a GDP per capita of around $13,000, the highest in China (the average is $7,544). “Many people in Shenzhen come to the city as first-generation immigrants,” she added. “They don’t have roots here and thus have fewer conventional constraints. The criminals are more reckless.”

In society, those who choose children as their victims are considered the lowest caste of criminal, despised even by their own kind. In China, crimes against children are arguably even more sensitive. There is a traditionally filial culture, where offspring are expected to provide for older generations and the country’s family-planning policy can mean an only child is a family’s sole source of survival. Yet even in this most sensitive of areas, the police cut a swathe of incompetence.

Still, victims’ families are at least promised swift justice. With a conviction rate of 98% (according to Criminal Justice in China: a History by Klaus Mühlhahn, Harvard University Press, 2009), an arrest is tantamount to a death sentence. The sentence is carried out almost as swiftly as it is handed down, usually within three months; Huang Yong was convicted of 17 murders less than a month after being arrested and executed 15 days later (“the heavier, the faster, the better”). Cheaper, too: while the average Death Row inmate costs the great state of Texas $2.3 million in legal and incarceration bills to incarcerate and then execute, for example, the taxpayer goes relatively unburdened in China.

So villains are quickly scrubbed off the face of the earth, and with them goes any chance of understanding what made them turn to serial murder. In one example Professor Peng gave of how determined authorities in China are to keep civilian expertise at bay, Li Meijin, a University of Public Security expert, eventually had to submit her questionnaire to the police for Qiu Jinhua, a Shaanxi serial killer of 11, via a contact at the People’s Daily.

After the 2003 execution of Yang, the People’s Daily offered some reassuring news for the reading public: the Ministry of Public Security had called a “special meeting… ordering police around the country [to] try harder to deal with severe crimes involving murder [and] kidnapping.”

Eight years later in 2011, the propaganda department was hard at work on the Luoyang sex slaves case, issuing a September 22 order to local media in Henan to desist reporting on it. It was a busy month for them: the US-based China Digital Times revealed more directives hushing up a series of “vicious murder cases” in Guiyang County in Hunan — and an even juicier story that wouldn’t see the light of day, back (once again) in Henan.

The townsfolk of Fangyuan, an isolated “no man’s land” (according to a now-deleted Southern Metropolitan article) awoke one morning “shocked” after discovering a neighbour had been arrested and charged with being a serial cannibal; Xiao Lansheng had stayed up just the night before playing cards with them. In his spare time, Xiao is alleged to have raped, butchered and turned into medicinal wine the bodies of “at least” five 12-year-old schoolgirls. Hair, a human skull and female underwear were found at his property, a former Buddhist nunnery later used as living quarters for 1970s “educated youth,” and accessible only via a dirt road.

Here “he distilled their hearts to make baijiu and squeezed oil from their hands and feet.” Another reports claimed he “invited friends and family to eat them, saying they were exotic animals hunted from the mountain.” A media blackout was quickly imposed.

Awkward questions, rumors and the all-consuming concern for public face: It is these concerns, not marauding murderers or public safety, not vulnerable women or missing children, which keep officials awake at night –and the bogeymen safe in their beds.

Update:
As this story was being edited, China added yet another serial killer to its expanding list. a massive manhunt is currently underway for former cop Zeng Kaigui — with 13,000 officers, two helicopters, road blocks and a massive publicity campaign keeping citizens aware of the danger.

That sounds like a proper serial-killer investigation, so what’s changed? Nothing — in the system — but the circumstances are exceptional. Firstly, the police have the culprit positively identified; not only that, he’s one of their own, a former PLA military policeman gone tonto. That’s a major embarrassment (with potential consequences for local authorities) where it’s better to lose some face now than risk your neck further down the line. Second, his most recent crime was almost impossible to cover up: a 200,000-yuan bank heist in downtown Nanjing that ended with a fatal shooting.

But Zeng has been on the radar since as far back as 1995, and performing robbery-murders since 2004. There’s a sense this is a last-resort tactic, presumably sanctioned at a very high provincial level, as police officers in different provinces have upped his bounty substantially. The China Dailysays “Numerous police forces are now offering rewards for his arrest, including Chongqing – 100,000 yuan($15,800), Nanjing – 150,000 yuan and Ma’anshan, Anhui province, 200,000 yuan. State media have suggested that Zeng is some kind of Chinese Rambo, “a marksman… skilled at avoiding surveillance,” adept at disguise, having been on the run for years, and who communicates only via grunts and body language. Last time anything like this happened was November, when a quartet of four (underage, unthreatening) soldiers in Jilin stole a rifle, hoping to pull off a few bank jobs then skip the country, but got tracked down and shot dead within a day. The story was completely buried in China
there was no initial danger to social stability, not enough to the public, and the army is shrouded in so much hyper-sensitivity, even the names of regiments are state secrets. With Zeng, the factors have changed; the priorities remain the same.

The author Robert Foyle Hunwick can be reach on foylehunwick -at- gmail.com.

Links and sources
Time magazine: Blood in the Streets by Matthew Forney
South China Morning Post magazine: Dead Reckoning, by Didi Kirsten Tatlow (not available online)
Global Times: Schoolchild murders haunt boom city by Wang Weilan
China Geeks: Living with Dead Hearts (documentary film in production about child kidnappings)
Ynet.com: 实拍10人碎尸命案抓捕 杀人魔王肢解小姐堵下水道
My 399.com: 终极对决———“9·11”杀人碎尸案追踪系列二
Sina special on Monster Killer Yang Xinhai: 杨新海杀67人强奸23被判死刑
Wenku: 掰一掰中国的连环杀手
Douban: 档案一. 中华人民共和国最早的连环杀手之一
Baidu Baike: 白宝山
Jinling Ziyi blog: 东北二王千里追击,“东北二王”杀人案件全剖析
Shen Xinyun’s blog: 广西李尚昆,杨名金犯罪团伙-1989, 保定连环杀人恶魔吴建臣-1993
Sina: 黄勇狱中接受采访:作为杀手我不相信任何人平舆特大杀人案犯黄勇自述一个杀手的心路历程, 河南平舆特大系列杀人案
Netease: 杀死分尸6幼童 连环杀手宫润伯的人生裂变
Sina: 北京破获出租车司机杀害卖淫女特大碎尸案

Suspected Chinese Serial Killer Sold Human Flesh

Police in southwest China have arrested a village man suspected of killing and eating young men, and selling their flesh to unsuspecting consumers buying ostrich meat.

Zhang Yongming, 56, a chess-playing farmer, was detained earlier this month in Nanmen village, in southwest China’s Yunnan province.

Thoughts of Alexander Pichushkin popped into my head. I think I have read of quite a few serial killers that play chess. I know Bundy did. I wonder if they are attacted to the game because of the strategy required to play it? It could also just be cultural influence.

Zhang is being investigated in the murders of at least seven teenagers and boys, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

He is suspected of chopping up their bodies and feeding the human flesh to his dogs, as well as selling it and eating it himself.

A 19-year-old man from a nearby village who went missing April 25 has been confirmed murdered, a police spokesman told Xinhua. A cell phone, bank card and other evidence said to have belonged to the young man, named as Han Yao, were found in Zhang’s home, police said.

The Guangxi News website reported that more than a dozen other teenagers have gone missing from the village in the past five years, according to Agence France-Presse.

Victims

The website said Zhang is known locally as the “cannibal monster,” and residents said they had seen plastic bags hanging from his home filled with what appeared to be white bones.

Why did they not contact authorities? Really, bones hanging in bags should be enough for a a cop to go check it out.

Hong Kong newspaper The Standard reported Friday that police fear at least 20 people were eaten or their flesh sold as “ostrich meat.”

The Standard said police searching Zhang’s home found dozens of human eyeballs preserved in alcohol inside wine bottles, and pieces of flesh hanging in the house to dry.

Article here

I know that this is not the first case of something like this,

(Those are just a few examples!)

so maybe I should not be as disturbed as I am. I just can not help it.

It is bad enough to kill, worse to be a serial killer and worse yet to be a cannible serial killer but to feed humans to other humans especially when they don’t know it is something nightmares are created from. Sweeny Todd always creeped me out because of it.

This was not the first time this monster was in trouble either.

 

It said Zhang, a loner who never talked to his neighbours, had previously served almost 20 years in jail for murder and was known in the village as the “cannibal monster”.

Local police declined to comment when contacted by AFP, saying information would be made available “at an appropriate time”, and almost all reports on the case were removed from Chinese websites as of yesterday.

Much More Here

Why was he already known as the cannibal monster? I could not find out if he ate his earlier victim but I am guessing he did. Why did they ever release him? That also makes the fact that his neighbors did not contact law enforcement over his bags of bones more upsetting.

Wikipedia article on cannibalism

Serail Killer / Rapist Dead

Now, don’t everyone cry at once.

Serial killer and rapist Geoffrey Evans — who chillingly planned to abduct, rape and kill one woman a week — has died at the age of 69 on May 20th.

Wanted to rape and kill 1 woman a week.

With his accomplice and fellow Englishman, John Shaw (70), Evans was convicted in 1978 of the rape and murder of two women, Elizabeth Plunkett and Mary Duffy, and sentenced to life.

Shaw is still behind bars in Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon. The pair — who confessed to the killings when arrested — were among the longest-serving prisoners in the State.

Both men were only in their 30s when they arrived here in 1974 but they had built up a string of criminal convictions and were wanted by UK police in connection with three rapes.

Evans, the smaller of the two, was also said to be the smarter — and he worked out the logistics while former coal miner Shaw provided the brawn.

The men had decided to fund a pre-planned murder spree in Ireland — with the aim of killing at least one young woman a week — by carrying out house burglaries. However, they were caught in Cork the following year and got two-year jail terms for the break-ins.

Due to an administrative blunder, they were freed after 18 months and disappeared before they could be tracked down for their crimes in the UK.

Nice one! 2 women raped and murdered due to a ‘blunder’.  Trust me, I have a feeling the families call it something else.

In late August 1976 they drove to Brittas, Co Wicklow, where they spotted Elizabeth Plunkett, a 23-year-old clerk, from Ringsend, Dublin. Shaw and Evans offered her a lift and drove to Castletimon Wood where she was raped repeatedly.

Evans then told Shaw to kill her and he choked the young woman with the sleeve of a nylon shirt.

Suspicion

The men arrived in Galway on September 10 and bought a mobile home at a caravan park in Barna, outside the city and then stole a green Ford Cortina, changed the number plates and painted it black.

But they aroused suspicion when they walked into a shop in Maam, Connemara, and bought petrol. The shopkeeper noticed the poorly painted car and their English accents. He took down the car’s registration number.

The next day, the two arrived in Castlebar as local cook Mary Duffy (24) was trying to arrange a lift home to the family farm at Deerpark, Belcarra.

Shaw and Evans abducted, beat and raped her in the back of the car and then drove to Ballinahinch, Connemara, where she was again raped and tied to a tree. Shaw subsequently suffocated her by putting a cushion over her head.

On the night of September 26, however, a passing garda spotted their car and the two were taken in and confessed to their murderous crimes.

– Tom Brady Security Editor

Irish Independent

Won’t it be nice if there is an afterlife and sickos like these 2 get to have their fates settled by those that they victimised?

Under “awards” he wrote “eight life sentences,” and under “publications” he listed the New York Times and the Washington Post who printed his 50 page script against the modern world. Hmm, good to see he wants to stay in touch with his uni buddies.

The Loon is making it easy on me tonight.
😉

The Friggin Loon

Go on, you’ll never guess. The Unabomer, Ted Kaczynski that’s who. Yes indeedy, he’s a Harvard graduate who was accepted at the age of 16.  Seems Ted was unable to attend the class reunion so updated his status instead. Ted’s listed his occupation a “prisoner” and his address as the maximum security prison in Colorado.Under “awards” he wrote “eight life sentences,” and under “publications” he listed the New York Times and the Washington Post  who printed his 50 page script against the modern world. Hmm, good to see he wants to stay in touch with his uni buddies.

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Browne said working on the book caused him to reassess his view of the killer.

What a scum bag. He knows of other victims and did not speak out asap.
I hope families sue him for emotional distress.

The Friggin Loon

For the life of me I can’t work out why Ted Bundy’s lawyer would want withhold Bundy’s private confessions.  Evidently Bundy admitted to his attorney  John Henry Browne, that he had killed over 100 people and his first victim was a male . Browne said in a recent interview “Ted told me things that he’s never told anybody,”. Despite Bundy signing a release for Mr Browne to publish the information about him, Browne had sat on it for over 20 years. Reason? He “didn’t want to visit those dark places again.” Real reason? He’s writing a book! Hmm, too bad about closure for all the families and loved ones of those victims.

Want sauce with that?

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Serial Killer Ivan Milat’s Great Nephew Convicted of Murder

POEMS written by a relative of serial killer Ivan Milat have given a chilling insight into his thinking at the time he killed a teenager in the Belanglo State Forest in NSW.

David Auchterlonie

David Auchterlonie was found murdered in the Belanglo State Forest.

Matthew Milat, 19, and Cohen Klein, 19, are facing a sentencing submission hearing in the Supreme Court over the murder of David Auchterlonie in November 2010.

Court documents tendered during today’s proceedings include several poems penned by Milat, the great-nephew of backpacker murderer Ivan.

In one he writes “clouds roll over in light blue skies/like darkness in a killer’s eyes”.

In another he wrote “I am not fazed by blood or screams/nothing I do will haunt my dreams”.

One is written in a rap style and called “your last day“.

Earlier today, the family of David Auchterlonie told the Supreme Court they remain “terrified” of the knowledge of how he died at the hands of a relative of serial killer Ivan Milat.

Matthew Milat 19, and Cohen Klein 19, have pleaded guilty to the teenager’s murder at the Belanglo State Forest in November 2010.

Also where Ivan Milat killed.

The parents and grandparents of Auchterlonie have today read victim impact statements to the Supreme Court, where the pair are facing a sentencing hearing.

His father David Auchterlonie told Acting Justice Jane Mathews that his son “received a life sentence, but it’s a curse for those of us let behind”.

“I wanted to kiss him goodbye (when they saw his body) but he was a (court) exhibit now,” he said.

His mother Debbie Locke told the court she often wears her son’s jackets and hooded tops to feel close to him.

“I have learnt to live with this agonising pain,” she said.

Acting Justice Jane Mathews formally convicted the pair this morning ahead of a sentencing hearing in the Supreme Court.

Court documents say Milat said in doing the killing he was just “doing what my family does” and that as they ventured towards the bush said “we’re going to Belanglo, someone’s going to die.”

The court heard the murder and 15 minutes of dialogue were captured on Klein’s mobile phone.

The 17-year-old Auchterlonie was killed using an axe,with court documents say Milat hovered over him for 10 minutes before the murder, saying “you move, I chop your head off.”

The hearing continues.

More Here

So this pitiful excuse for a human is claiming that he killing is in his blood? Bull! He is a sadistic twerp who is using that as an ‘excuse’ of sorts. He has probably used it his whole life for various reasons. His way to get attention, to intimidate some, impress others. It was his claim to fame.

As I said, pitiful.

From what I have read they tormented and tortured David and really had no reason to. They also recorded it.

These ‘men’ are killers and if they had not been caught this time there would have been more bodies.

The boy coaxed Auchterlonie out of the car and swung the axe into his torso. Mr Day yelled, “Don’t do this shit.” The boy responded, “Shut up, c. . .t.”

Auchterlonie pleaded with the boy,saying: “Please, mate, please, mate, I didn’t do nothing.”

The boy replied, “You’re a f. . . king dead c. . .t, ‘Auchto’.”

He accused Auchterlonie of telling people about money that he stole from his mother’s house, but Auchterlonie denied the accusation. he forced Auchterlonie to lie face down in the dirt. “I warned you that I was a bit of a f. . . king nut lately,” he said. After the final blow, “the sound of the air leaving his body is also captured on the recording”.

More here

Jeez….

 

 

Belanglo State Forest
Please Be Careful

 

 

Death Penalty Sought for Serial Killer Ocampo

Death penalty sought against ex-Marine in murders in O.C.

The Orange County district attorney’s office announced Monday it will seek the death penalty against a former Marine in the stabbing death of a mother and her son in Yorba Linda and the killings of four homeless men.Itzcoatl Ocampo, 24, of Yorba Linda, is charged with six felony counts of murder with special circumstances for multiple murders and lying in wait. He also faces sentencing enhancements connected with personal use of a deadly weapon, a knife, during the commission of a crime.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement that he consulted with a “special circumstances committee” of several prosecutors before reaching his decision in the case against the Iraq War veteran.

PHOTOS: O.C. homeless slayings

Ocampo was arrested Jan. 13 after John Berry, a 64-year-old homeless man, was stabbed to death in an Anaheim parking lot, police said. Witnesses chased Ocampo to a nearby mobile home park, where he was captured, police said.

Police identified Ocampo as the suspect in three other slayings that had rattled the homeless community for weeks. James Patrick McGillivray, 53, was killed Dec. 20 near a shopping center; Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found stabbed to death Dec. 28 in Anaheim; and Paulus Smit, 57, was slain Dec. 30 in Yorba Linda.

DNA evidence linked Ocampo to two additional deaths after his arrest, according to prosecutors. His killing spree began Oct. 25, prosecutors allege, when he stabbed 53-year-old Raquel Estrada and her son, 34-year-old Juan Herrera, in their Yorba Linda home. Estrada, prosecutors said, was stabbed more than 30 times; Herrera more than 60.

Police said Ocampo was friends with Estrada’s son in middle and high school.

In February, Anaheim Police Det. Daron Wyatt told grand jurors that Ocampo said he targeted the homeless because “they were available and vulnerable.” Ocampo also said he was performing a public service because their presence was a “blight” on the community, Wyatt testified.

In a statement Monday, Rackauckas accused Ocampo of planning the murders and “calculating in carrying out these vicious executions with no plans of stopping.”

Ocampo is being held without bail in the Orange County Jail. His trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 10

I wish the prosecutors luck. This is California though so even if he gets sentenced to death he will probably die from natural causes in prison.

Killer on Death Row Fights to get a Hip Replacement

Ky. weighed politics, medicine in inmate’s surgery

By BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A condemned killer’s fight to receive surgery for agonizing hip pain pushed Kentucky officials into an uncomfortable debate over security, politics and even the possibility of inviting scorn from Fox News pundits.

Emails and memos obtained by The Associated Press show corrections officials struggling for a year to reconcile their duty to provide medical care with the political ramifications of spending tens of thousands of dollars for surgery on a man they plan to execute. A key problem would turn out to be security issues that led several hospitals to balk at treating inmate Robert Foley, who still hasn’t had the surgery.

“Hip replacement for an inmate who has exhausted all appeals and will soon be executed?” Kentucky State Penitentiary warden Phil Parker wrote in an email on Nov. 22, 2010. “I can see this making Fox News on a slow news day, maybe even on a busy news day. In fact, I bet (Fox News host Bill O’Reilly) would love to put this in his ‘Pinheads’ commentary. Just a thought to consider before it goes too much further.”

Prison officials also made contingency plans to call off the surgery if Gov. Steve Beshear set an execution date, and they considered whether to consult with him about the procedure.

I do not see why they haven’t discussed it with him. 

“I think it is that important and all this may have political consequences,” Parker wrote a year before Beshear’s re-election. Ultimately, Beshear’s spokeswoman said he wasn’t contacted about it.

Foley, 55, was convicted of killing six people in eastern Kentucky in 1989 and 1991, making him the most prolific killer on the state’s death row. His status as an extremely dangerous prisoner was a key factor in the state’s difficulty finding a surgeon and hospital, according to the documents obtained through a public records request and a lawsuit filed by Foley.

Foley still hasn’t had the surgery, with Parker lamenting in an email they had no options after an exhaustive search.

State officials deny that politics played a role, and there’s no evidence in the documents that political considerations prevented the surgery.

A spokeswoman for the Kentucky Justice Cabinet — which oversees corrections and law enforcement — declined to comment because of the pending lawsuit.

Foley’s attorney, James Drake, said the state needs a way to care for condemned inmates, even those with complex needs. Foley, who has been on death row since 1993, is unable to get around without help because he’s at risk of a dangerous fall, Drake said.

“If you’re on death row, it’s just like anybody else,” Drake said. “If you need a new hip, you need a new hip. It hurts.”

Sorry, I disagree. He killed 6 people, manage his pain and that is it. Why should he get an expensive surgery that many other people (productive, decent people) who did not kill 6 people can not get due to cost? 

Manage the pain, or, Hell, let’s just give him his execution date, it would stop the hip pain!  

I do not claim to be a doctor or to even know this guy’s exact diagnosis but in 5 seconds I found site after site that have options for managing hip pain, even chronic and severe. There are long acting shots of cortisone, exercises, medications. Why should we, the public, through taxes pay for this expensive surgery? 

The Department of Corrections acknowledged his degenerative hip in a response to the lawsuit, but also said he has been receiving adequate care. The federal lawsuit filed in March is pending. 

So not only is he demanding an expensive surgery he is suing over it. I can not help but wonder how much tax payers have already paid for all his consultations with doctors, the pay for the prison staff to try find someone to do the operation and now tax payers are paying for his lawyers to sue pretty much the tax payers. This should not be legal.

Corrections Department attorney Brenn Combs wrote to Drake that the Department of Corrections couldn’t enter into a legal agreement about the hip surgery because it would impose requirements exceeding “our legal duty regarding inmate health care.”

“The Department is not interested in doing that and, like me, nobody else here can see a way that it would help inmate Foley,” Combs said in a Nov. 14 email.

It’s not unusual for inmates to receive treatment outside of prison, and Foley has twice left death row for other surgical procedures.

Foley first complained to prison officials about the persistent pain in his right hip in September 2010, saying his leg sometimes “gives out on him,” according to the lawsuit.

Foley initially didn’t want the surgery and tried to fashion his own hip brace out of “flip-flops and other everyday items.” Foley said the brace helped with the pain in an affidavit signed in February, but prison officials confiscated it.

I’d love to know why they took it away. More than that this proves that other options will help him.

After Foley agreed to the surgery, officials searched for a doctor to perform the $56,000 operation. At the time, Foley was under a death warrant signed by Beshear.

Agreed to? Areed with whom? Whose bright idea was this? His lawyers?

“If and when an order is received to execute Foley, I will contact (then-prison medical director Dr. Scott Haas) to try to stop all medical procedures related to his hip replacement,” Parker wrote.

No execution date was set, and a judge later halted lethal injections as the state weighs execution procedures. It’s not clear when executions could resume.

While looking for a hospital, corrections officials increased Foley’s pain medication and looked into the logistics of moving him.

But prison nurse Chanin Hiland wrote in a September 2010 email to Haas that orthopedists in Paducah, Madisonville and Murray had been contacted, and “none of them want any part of this.”

“The farther we have to go, the more security will have to be sent with him; although, it is obvious he will not be running anywhere soon,” Hiland wrote. Foley’s hepatitis C infection was a further risk factor.

I don’t blame the doctors or hospitals. 

In November of that year, Parker and Haas asked Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson for advice on security. Parker also wrote Hass about his concerns about publicity and whether he could be safety housed outside the prison system.

The difficulty in finding a surgeon illustrates the “gray area” between the law’s requirement of treatment for inmates and a hospital’s ability to turn down those patients, said Rebecca Walker, an associate professor of social medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

“Everyone would probably agree he ought to get his care somewhere. It’s a collective responsibility,” Walker said in a phone interview. “Who does it is the question.”

I don’t agree. Foley does not have to go to work, he does not have to be highly mobile. He is a murderer,  There are other options to this surgery, yeah, he might not be able to run a mile and he still might have some discomfort but that is better than putting hospital employees at risk and wasting a lot of money so he can jog the yard.

After finding a doctor to perform the surgery, Foley and corrections officials thought they had found a hospital when Frankfort Regional Medical Center initially agreed. Corrections officials and the hospital set the surgery for Feb. 28, 2011 and conducted preoperative testing.

During a meeting between corrections officials and hospital staff on Feb. 22, 2011, hospital CEO Chip Peal said he hadn’t been aware the surgery was scheduled for less than a week later. A memo by Parker summarized security measures and noted that Peal needed others’ approval.

Peal returned to the meeting after 30 minutes and said the surgery was off.

“CEO Peal stated that they never had a patient at the hospital that required security and that he felt this was too high a profile person to be the first,” Parker wrote.

At that point, corrections officials were left with few options.

“After over a year of exhaustive search for a surgeon and hospital, this was our last hope,” Parker wrote to Thompson and Deputy Commissioner Jim Erwin on Feb. 23, 2011. “I expect future legal action in this matter, however, we know of no other options at this time.”

Follow Associated Press reporter Brett Barrouquere on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBarrouquereAP

I do not understand the judicial system. Why was this operation even considered? Why do killers get better medical care that people who go to work, obey the law and help others in their communities? 

Why are prisoners allowed to sue the system which is supported by the same people who pay for their housing, food and medical care?

Foley is not the first and will not be the last.

It is ridiculous. 

I know Lady Justice is supposed to be blind but is she also supposed to be stupid?

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