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2012: Another year gone ... almost!
December 4th, 2012 Kansas City - a little review
And another year is almost over, the first review in pictures are already on the web, the first 2012-review-books are probably already in the process of being printed and probably that will happen in China or Poland, more likely not in the US. So, despite the fact, almost a month is left lets join the fray. Lets take a look back at 2012:
Well, there were the elections. Big campaigns, the most priciest election campaigns ever ... or at least till in four years. And the campaign in which character assassination was the only weapon, the incumbent had. He was obviously not afraid to use it and it worked for him. So, his followers will celebrate another four years while more kids will be undernourished (now it's about every sixth kid in the US), while more people will be without jobs (the real unemployment number is now about 24 millions) despite always nicer looking official numbers. Those numbers don't show the millions, who ran out of benefits and aren't counted by our government anymore. There are less people applying for unemployment benefits because all the people that could be cut by the companies are already out there. No mathematical miracle in that. So, what 2012 really showed us is the simple fact, America has obviously to work on it's education system. Less ideology, more math would help.
We had the Olympics in London. Now, one can be a harsh critic, claim, it was too pricey and discuss certain points in the rulework. There is always something. But in the end, it was an awesome spectacle and we saw the greatest active athletes in the World competing. So, yes. I admit, I loved it. Things, like critique on Romney for being there on his own money while celebrating Michele's visit to London on the taxpayer's bill, running around and hugging everybody like a kind of Mini-Oprah ... well, there is no big event without that inevitable intrusion of in fact unconnected factors. So ... nice event. It didn't change the World, but it was nice.
Benghazi: Well, everybody heard of that. And the movie that allegedly cause a demonstration that went out of hand. Only there was no spontaneous demonstration, only a planned and carefully executed attack. And for weeks, we heard from our government still the story about the demonstration. Only when the truth came out on other ways, Obama pulled back. He did it so thorough, that a general side note, he made in his rose garden press conference, became suddenly the major message and then, miraculously, there was allegedly never a demonstration. The end result: Now he wants Susan Rice, the woman, who did the initial lying for him in his cabinet. A reward for services rendered?
What ever it is, it is not that it changes the World.


Then there is the looming fiscal cliff. Well, that story isn't over yet. What we know is, Obama will sign nothing that doesn't damage the ability of the US of A to attract investment capital. So, take out the warm clothes, this will become a cold place. But then, the majority of the possible damage is already done. Thus, the actual effect will be not that bad anymore. Things that have already fallen to the floor rarely fall deeper, don't they? Fallen, that's a keyword for 2012, obviously. Fallen stars include Lance Armstrong, who is now pretty clearly at the end of the pole. However, the damage he did, it can't be made unhappen. Those he could beat with doping, they will be still always the second ones at the finish lines of their Tour de Frances. And when it comes to Sandusky ... well, the damage done is even bigger and it is hard to imagine how that can be repaired. Did the world become a better place by pushing those icons from their sockets? I think not, because there are new icons on new sockets and the laws of probability dictate, some of them will fall. In that, 2012 wasn't an unusual year either, just one more of many years of hubris. And then there were those, who are usually not mentioned in such year reviews. Malala Yousufzai, the girl that was shot by the Taliban because she had the balls to speak the truth. Which is clearly something, nobody can say about the Taliban heros shooting at little girls. Neither the part about the truth not the part about the ... oh well, you get the gist.
Then, there was the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, who gave us during the Olympics an image of what a later First lady (because that is what the wife of a monarch will be) could be in terms of being dignified and still near to her people. Of course, she profited from the background picture of Michelle, which can make a lot of things look good, but then, one has to give the Duchess: She was good in what she did.
J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Normally only Stevens is mentioned by name. Those were
the four who died in Benghazi.Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were not part of the original security team. They went in with the reinforcements (eight men was all, Tripoli could send) and died in the attempt to evacuate Americans from the CIA annex in Benghazi.
Oh well, and then there are the union organized workers at Hostess. For decades one of the better known producer of sweets, Hostes shut down business after confronted with union demands that would have rendered any further production unprofitable. All workers lost their jobs. The union bosses of course kept theirs. Average 7% of all workers were union organized in 2012. 93% of all workers weren't and just became victims to the activism of their 7% colleagues. Good job, unions! And then, 2012, is allegedly the last year of human existence. Remember, the planet will be destroyed in a zombie invasion aposcalypse something. Well, it's the second shot on it after Reverend Harold Camp's failed rupture. If things go on with that speed, the Club of Doomsday survivors will soon have to celebrate members who survived already a hundred of such Doomsdays ... personally, I work on sixty survived. However, Obama plus Doomsday ... I think, it would be a good time to buy real estate. Provided someone has money left after four years of Obama.

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Tue, May 17, 2016
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Daniel Lee Siebert
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Fri, Dec 18, 2015
12:00 AM CT

Christman Genipperteinga
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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
12:00 AM CT

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
12:00 AM CT

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
12:00 AM CT

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
12:00 AM CT

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

Thu, Dec 12, 2013
12:00 AM CT

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
12:00 AM CT

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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