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TV-advertisers, please, show mercy ...
October 1st, 2012 Kansas City: Madness WITHOUT method!
Okay, this is, opposite to most of my articles, a rather unpolitical subject. Or it would be, if the political TV-advertisers would refrain from doing the very same things, commercial ones do to drive us, the people watching TV, crazy. double heads): What the hell are those advertisments out to prove? That you hear voices and can't sing if you visit your website? Here's news for you: Advertisment should serve to paint your product nice and smart, not stupid. So whoever paid for that, fire this ad-agency you hired and get yourself some people who understand that.
Todd Akin:First, he bothere us with utter stupidity, now he still runs on the "I was stupid, but Claire McCaskill is worse" line. Damn, even her own voters know that, tell us something new. Go in details. And please, please, tell us what are your plans. Regurgitatin the same line over and over again is a waste of the TV viewers times and nerves. I wonder, how many voters you have already haunted away with your unspeakable ads, Mr. Akin!
Claire McCaskill:Another news flash! We, the TV viewers, know already, politicians usually lie when they open their mouth in TV ads during campaign season. There was no need anymore to prove that fact over and over again in your ads. If you decide to vote in every important matter like health reform, stimulus and debt making in lockstep with President Obama, it's your political decision. When you start then to tell people, you're oh so much in the middle because in the essential question of bath room colors you had a different opinion than Obama, that's an ad problem becuase you demonstrate only, you think, TV viewers are stupid.
Honda's ECO-Button:Remember the "this is a car of many buttons" ad? This beats in level of stupidity even the Toyota spot with this alleged trainer, which admittedly, was already pretty stupid. So here we go! You got a good, some would say awesome, technology build in the car you want to sell, but instead of telling the viewer and your potential customer something about that car, all you try is to let the competition look stupid. Which in the end makes you looking even more stupid, because people will never buy cars because you make the other guy look stupid. They will buy your cars, because they like style, versatility and technology.
And one more - GEICO: I mean, seriously, Columbus on a speed boat? Or was that rather your advertising agency on speed?

Stupid faces from stupid ads

Some old ads, especially from GEICO, had in the past some humor (car insurances were in general pretty funny in the last few years) and were actually fun to watch. They did what they were supposed to, bring your name in the viewer's minds together with the very same message, all other car insurers played. But really, what are your latest ads saying? Buy GEICO and behave like a moron?
The point, why I went this moth for the subject of ads is a simple one. Lets face it, we, the viewers, can't dodge ads. They pay the programs we watch.
But then, those, who pay for those ads want some effect from those ads. They want us to buy their product and in this sense, a politician isn't too different from a product. So, those people don't want to waste their money in ads, that cause in us, the TV viewers, just a headache and a deep rooted hate against their brand. Which, funny thing, is basically, what we in front of our TVs also expect. If we have all those ads, please, make them funny and don't leave us with the feeling, our IQ ran screaming to the basement only because we saw your ad. There is some truth to not always a lot helps a lot.
Dear companies, please take a look at your ads, I beg you. Sears had this campaign with "it's raining cold hard facts", you may remember it. Well, it did rain cold hard facts. The ad was one of the major reasons, why Sears numbers went down even more and they had to close ten stores. I understand, advertisment agencies come in all day and want to sell their services to you. Often, it's hard to see, what effects a stupid ad will have and those advertisment pros tell you, it doesn't mean a thing as long as you get your name out to the public. They are wrong! To those, deciding about TV ads: Please, lean back for a moment and close your eyes. Imagine you sit
in front of a TV and there comes this ad that makes you cringe, that makes you almost feeling the nausea or that makes you feel as if there is someone out there, who must think you're a completely inept stupid loser if you only think about touching this brand. Which is YOUR brand and it follows this embarrassing tv experience in big colorful letters - so nobody forgets which brand better not to touch with a ten foot pole!
Okay, this is not a matter of global importance. When your ad comes, I can still go to the bath room. In fact, some ads cause already kind of a Pavlov-reflex to do so. Or I can go to the kitchen and get me a sandwich. Or zap around. I can do a lot. However, the bad feeling about your company/product remains. Those, who pay for those ads don't want that and honestly, I don't want that either. So, do me a favor, and, in a course of enlightened self-interest, stop paying for ads which ultimatively only damage your product. Millions of people who have currently to run screaming to the next bath room when your ad is played, will thank you. A lot of them with buying your product. So, pleeeeaaase ...

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Tue, May 17, 2016
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Daniel Lee Siebert
Daniel Lee Siebert is now also in our serial killer collection. A more or less garden variety strangler type who got away longer than necessary bacause some big PDs dropped the ball ... and left it to smaller ones, to get the job done.

Fri, Dec 18, 2015
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Christman Genipperteinga
THe legendary robber along the wine road Trier-Cologne made it finally into our collection. With a total of 970 victim, including six of them his own children, he is currently the most prolific serial killer in the Collection.

Thu, Oct 22, 2015
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Gerard John Schaefer
The allegedly most prolific Florida Serial Killer, "Killer Cop" Gerard Schaefer, finally also made his way into out collection.

Thu, Sep 24, 2015
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Royal Russel Long
Long was quite messed up in the investigation of the Wyoming Rodeo Murders, but details show, he was another kind of animal, y typeless pedophile serial killer. Now his file is in our collection.

Mon, Aug 17, 2015
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The Wyoming Rodeo Murders
A story of misperceptions and midnless cabinet cleaning by police authorities that ended up with someone getting away with at least two murders on young women. Now in our collection.

Wed, Jul 15, 2015
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Joseph Vacher, the French Ripper
Now new in our collection: Joseph Vacher, the French Ripper. The first case, blood spatter analysis was used in a court trial world wide!

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
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No new addition in June
Usually, we try to bring another case up in our serial killer collection every month, but this month, we simply had no time. Between working open cases and other activities, it was just not possible. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Sat, May 16, 2015
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The Beauty Queen Killer
New in the serial killer collection: Christopher Wilder, the Beauty Queen Killer. A case that shows how nonsensical the disctinction between serial and spree killers really is.

Thu, Apr 16, 2015
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Burton W. Abbott
Abbott killed only one victim, a case that caused some public attention in 1955. But he showed all hallmarks of a fledgling serial killer and thus, we added him to our collection.

Mon, Mar 16, 2015
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Darren Deon Vann
Ha is basically the usual garden variety strangler case if it wouldn't be for the early warnings statistical data cretated about serial killer activity in Gary/Indiana. Now he is in our collection.

Wed, Mar 4, 2015
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Due to technical problems, the March article was up late. Take my apologies for this glitch.

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
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Affaire of the Poisons
We have added the infamous Affaire of the Poisons to our collection. With more than 80 offenders, it breaks a little the format, but well, it's one of the biggest cases of "organized" crime ever, so how can we let it out?

Mon, Dec 8, 2014
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Joseph Bryan
Once he made the FBI Ten Most Wanted list, now nobody remembers the case anymore. Nevertheless, the father of all allegedly schizophrenic serial killers has entered our collection.

Fri, Nov 7, 2014
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The Trailside Killer
David Joseph Carpenter has now become also part of the Serial Killer Collection ... complete with profile.

Tue, Oct 7, 2014
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The Vampire of Duesseldorf
Peter Kuerten aka The Vampire of Duesseldorf roamed the city at the River Rhine for more than two years and left behind a trail of bodies-

Fri, Sep 12, 2014
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The Grim Sleeper
Lonnie Franklin aka The Grim Sleeper has been added to our serial killer collection

Thu, Aug 14, 2014
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Michael Lee Lockhart
... and with a little delay, another serial made it into the serial killer collection. Michael Lee Lockhart, not so much interesting for his "achievements" but because his case appears as if he became a psychopath only after a serious head injury.

Tue, Aug 12, 2014
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A Game of Daggers
Diane's new novel A GAME OF DAGGERS is now available at Amazon for Kindle. A story of murder, mayhem and political intrigue set up in the year of the Lord 1096.
Pope Urban II has called for a crusade, but this news has yet to reach Cornwall. And people there have anyway to deal with other problems from storms to wreckers on their coast and when some murdered men are discovered on the beach, nobody guesses, this is only the prelude to much greater events coming to the so remote shores ...

Sat, Jul 5, 2014
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Ivan Hill
Ivan Hill, as the first of the many serial killers, who haunted Los Angeles in the 80s and 90s, is now added to our serial killer collection.

Sun, Jun 8, 2014
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Raya and Sakina
The famous Egyptian serial killers have become part of our collection. And as so often, things are not as simple as the urban legend tries to tell us.

Thu, May 1, 2014
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Dagmar Overbye
The infamous Danish baby farmer has been added to our Serial Killer Collection.

Thu, May 1, 2014
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Pharaoh Djoser added to the Egyptian Collection
I finally came around to add a new pharaoh to our collection: Djoser, 1st Pharoh of the 3rd Dynasty.

Fri, Apr 4, 2014
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The Green River Killer
This month, we added Gary Ridgway to our serial killer collection, a case, not so much interesting for the profiling but for the lessons about case organization to be learned from it.

Tue, Mar 4, 2014
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Manson Family
The "Manson Family&quo; has been added to our serial killer collection. Especially interesting for those who think, brain washing isn't possible.

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
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Hans van Zon
Dutch serial killer Hans van Zon joined our serial killer collection. Not entirely voluntarily though.

Mon, Jan 6, 2014
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The Syracuse Dungeon Master
John T. Jamelske aka the Syracuse Dungeon Master has been added to our Serial Killer Collection. While not a seria killer but a serial rapist, Jamelske represents a similar psychopathology as some OCD type serial killers, for example Dahmer and therefore is some valuable object for studies.

Thu, Jan 2, 2014
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The last of the 2nd dynasty pharaohs, the man who re-united Egypt, is now also in the Egyptian collection.

Thu, Dec 12, 2013
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Pharaoh Sekhemib added to the Egyptian Collection
I finally came around to add Pharaoh Sekhemib to the collection, the sixth of the 2nd Dynasty. So, with some luck, I can finish this year the 2nd dynsty, only one, Khasekhemwy is left.

Tue, Dec 10, 2013
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The Riha disappearance
In 1969, Dr. Thomas Riha disappeared and in the subconsequent series of events, Gloria Tannenbaum was arrested for forgery and under suspicion of two other homicides. She plead not guilty by reason of insanity and got away with it. The case has now been added to our serial killer collection.

Mon, Nov 4, 2013
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Richard N. Clarey jr.
Clarey is one of the lesser known serial killers, skirting the definition a little. Still, for some reasons an interesting case.

Wed, Oct 2, 2013
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Now in the collection: William E. Cosden
A garden variety sexual predator, notable only because his existence shows, how wrong the idea of 1 monster at 1 time in 1 area is.

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