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It was June, 2009 and Korena Roberts had let everyone know that she was expecting a baby. Excitedly, she had set about sewing clothes. She had bought formula, a stroller, and parenting magazines. As the big day was drawing near, she invited Heather Snively, an eight months pregnant woman that she had befriended on Craigslist, over to her house to “exchange baby clothes.”
What Snively did not know was that Roberts was not pregnant. Since delivering a stillborn child in 2007, she had become “obsessed with babies, repeatedly watching videos of births on YouTube,” and generally making herself crazy with what she could not have. She had been staging her pregnancy, and Snively was there because it was time to stage a delivery.
The paramedics who arrived at the scene were soon able to determine that Roberts had not given birth. For murdering Snively, extracting her unborn baby and claiming it as her own, she has just been sentenced to life in prison.… Read the rest
Delana at Web Urbanist reports on Mexico’s Island of Misfit Toys:
On a dark and creepy island in the canals of Xochimico near Mexico City sits what might be the world’s strangest and scariest tourist attraction ever. However, this sad island was never meant to be a stop on tourists’ holiday itineraries. The Island of the Dolls was dedicated to the lost soul of a poor little girl who met her fate too soon.
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The Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Munecas) sits in the canals south of Mexico City and is the current home of hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls. Their severed limbs, decapitated heads, and blank eyes adorn trees, fences and nearly every available surface. The dolls appear menacing even in the bright light of midday, but in the dark they are particularly haunting.
Not surprisingly, the island’s origins lie in tragedy. The story goes that the island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in the canal some 50 years ago.
Cathy Alter writes in McSweeney’s:
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Psychoanalysts sometimes speak of the epistemophilic instinct, an unbridled love of learning that grips scholars like fingernails in their backs. But when a reader at London’s Public Record Office literally ingested The Abortive Treaty of 1604 (after first ordering the Treaty of Union with Scotland as an appetizer), that was taking the passion for primary sources a little too far. And, according to Helen Wood, who recently received her Masters of Archive Administration and Records Management from the University of Liverpool, this sort of conduct takes place in archives all the time. Forget the tales of sexual politics in the faculty lounge — the kinkiest stuff occurs between the sheaves at your local library.
Wood’s dissertation, “The Fetish of the Document: An Exploration of Attitudes Towards Archives,” gives new meaning to Special Collections. Her essay centers around the participatory role the archivist has in creating and influencing fetishistic behavior — in themselves and in those who use, and sometimes abuse, archives.
"Dear Jesus,I am sorry I cannot help you. I tried to spread my grace because of the Britian Prophescy and the German Prophescy Due to cutterage of the Head, Heart, stomach and Reproductive Organs. I am no longer going to be living. I tried as a prophet and person. I don't even want to be an animal. For what a person does to an animal. I wish to stay in my grave. And not rise again from the Grave. I have seen too much to life. Now I am blind and deaf. And have lost my feeling too. I am not Jewish but was put in a Nazi Concentration Camp. And haven't been released. And I have sinned too. But the Master-Mind won't let me forget it. And I have losted my Christianity because of herorhim. - Master Mind...
Profiled by Jane Mayer in the August 30 New Yorker, brothers Charles and David Koch are two libertarian billionaires who have been quietly funding the Tea Party and other anti-Obama campaigns:
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“The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products. Forbes ranks it as the second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two other brothers—among the richest men in America. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
“The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests.