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Inside the Chinese cult that killed a “demon” in McDonald’s

Critic posts against Almighty God church in Beijing, close to Confucius Temple. By Mongol via Wikimedia Commons

Critic posts against Almighty God church in Beijing, close to Confucius Temple. By Mongol via Wikimedia Commons

I guess refusing to give out your phone number makes you a demon.

via BBC:

China is about to try one of the most notorious murders in recent memory.

In late May a group belonging to a banned cult beat a woman to death in a fast food restaurant. Her only crime was to refuse to give them her telephone number.

The cult in question is called the Church of the Almighty God and claims to have millions of members.

It was an ordinary evening in a small town McDonald’s in east China until a family of six arrived trying to recruit new members to their Christian cult.

They moved between the tables asking for phone numbers and when one diner refused they beat her to death, screaming at other diners to keep away or they would face the same fate.

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Illinois man angered by 3 missing Chips Ahoy! cookies tries to kill roommate.

According to the (Decatur) Herald & Review, an Illinois made became so angry that he tried to kill his roommate over three missing chocolate chip cookies.

Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookies by Brokensphere via Wikimedia Commons

Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookies by Brokensphere via Wikimedia Commons

via Cleveland.com

Police allege that Hall turned angry Wednesday morning when he learned his 49-year-old roommate ate three Chips Ahoy! cookies for breakfast. The victim said she was in the bathroom getting dressed when he pounded on the door, threatening to kill her.

“If you are going to kill me then go ahead,” the victim said she told Hall, thinking he was joking.

He then grabbed her with both hands, threw her down on the tub, and began to squeeze her throat, police said. The woman’s husband and the landlord ultimately separated the two.

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The man remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bond. There is no update on how many cookies the victim has eaten since the attack.… Read the rest

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Legend Tripping, ‘Mean Girls’ Style: Two Girls Stab Third 19 Times To Please ‘Slender Man’

PIC: MD170, Artist Unknown (CC)

PIC: MD170, Artist Unknown (CC)

Two unnamed 12 year-old girls nearly succeeded in murdering a third the morning after a slumber party, all part of a plan to become ‘proxies’ of The Slender Man and live in his mansion in the forest. The Slender Man is basically an overblown internet meme: This is like sacrificing your best friend to Trollface.

Back in my day when we tied onions to our belts we did our legend tripping the old fashioned way: Wholesome activities like trespassing to chase ghosts and visit the sites of supposed murders and suicides. Ah, you kids today with your doges and pokey-men and what-have-you…

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online.

Both girls were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court; they each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

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Turkish Man On TV Dating Show Reveals He Killed Two Previous Lovers

Well this could be a difference in cultural approaches to dating, but I suspect that even in Turkey this gentleman is going to struggle to find a new love interest. Reuters reports on his revelation on a televised dating show:

A man who appeared on a Turkish television dating show in search of a new partner shocked the audience by revealing he had murdered his former wife and a former lover.

Sefer Calinak, 62, told Flash TV’s “Luck of the Draw” he had served prison sentences for each of the murders and had been released under an amnesty programme.

“I’m an honest person looking for a new wife,” he told the show, saying he killed his first wife because he was “irritated” by her behavior and murdered a subsequent partner because he thought she was after his money…

Here’s a video clip of the moment that Mr. Calinak reveals his murders:

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The Strange Case of the ‘Time Travel’ Murder

Bright orange nail tipsThe set up for this tale reads like a really clever Scandi-crime novel, but it’s a real case from Britain reported by BBC News:

A woman’s body is found in London. DNA turns up a hit, yet the suspect apparently died weeks before the alleged victim. Here, forensic scientist Dr Mike Silverman tells the story of one of the strangest cases of his career.

It was a real-life mystery that could have come straight from the pages of a modern-day detective novel.

A woman had been brutally murdered in London and biological material had been found under her fingernails, possibly indicating that she might have scratched her attacker just before she died.

A sample of the material was analysed and results compared with the National DNA database and quickly came back with a positive match.

The problem was, the “hit” identified a woman who had herself been murdered – a full three weeks before the death of her alleged “victim”.

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Court Clears Baby On Murder Charges

Pic: zscout730 (CC)

Pic: zscout730 (CC)

A Pakistani court has cleared a nine month-old or charges that he planned a murder and threatened the police. Kids today!

Via NPR:

Weeks after he was fingerprinted and appeared in court on an attempted murder charge, baby Mohammad Musa Khan is no longer living under the shadow of a criminal conviction. His case has been termed absurd, ridiculous and a sign of a justice system in need of reform.

A Pakistani court ruled Saturday that charges against the boy, who was reportedly 9 months old when he was charged, will not be pursued. The case began when police faced resistance as officials tried to cut off gas service in the neighborhood. Police said .

Musa and his family were charged with “planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs,” says.

The case sparked widespread disbelief and ridicule, after a video showed Musa in court holding his milk bottle as he sat on his grandfather’s lap.

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KIRO On Cobain Death Investigation Story: Police Dept. Flacks Arguing ‘Semantics’

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PIC: Seattle Police Department (PD)

The internet was abuzz Thursday when Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO reported that the Seattle Police Department was reopening their investigation into Kurt Cobain’s apparent suicide. You may recall my skepticism about the report, commenting “Something about this story seems sketchy to me (…)” in a Disinfo post linking to KIRO’s original announcement. It looks like that skepticism was well-founded. Well, maybe.

In a statement posted to their website the SPD confirmed reports that  veteran cold case department detective Mike Ciesynski was reviewing the Cobain file, but the case remained closed. April 5th marks the 20th anniversary of the musician’s death, and the department stated that the review was conducted in anticipation of any questions that might arise from the public. The statement also mentioned that the detective had found four undeveloped rolls of film during his review.

KIRO didn’t issue a retraction. In a follow-up report to the initial story, the station argued that whether the case had been reopened or not was a matter of “semantics”:

“After KIRO 7 first reported the re-investigation Thursday morning, the Seattle police public affairs unit took issue with semantics, saying the case was not technically “reopened” — despite the new interviews and processing of film that had not previously been developed.”

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Rory Viner Makes Music Out of Suicide, Rape and Murder Statistics

Pic: Rory Viner (C) Tokyo-based experimental artist and composer Rory Viner got in touch with us about his fascinating experiment in musical psychotopology:
"Using Japanese suicide statistics, I assigned each statistic point to a piano note. Each section of twelve notes encompasses a year of self-killings within a prefecture. I then did that for every prefecture, decontextualizing dry statistics and weaving them into a sonic map. I also created a sonic map for U.S. murder and rape rates, which may especially be of interest to your readers."
Here's Viner's "One Year in Suicide Statistics in Japan for Piano" And two other compositions...
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Teen Arrested For Craigslist Honeymoon Thrill Murder Claims She Has Killed 22 People Since Joining A Satanic Cult At Age 13

barbourCould Miranda Barbour be the next iconic serial killer? CNN reports:

19-year-old Barbour told a reporter for the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, that she participated in at least 22 killings in the past six years in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California. “When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” Barbour is quoted as saying in a phone interview on Friday night. “I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them.”

A law enforcement source close to the investigation said Miranda Barbour’s new claims could be “the real deal.”

Barbour told the newspaper she had her first experience with killing when she just 13, shortly after she said she joined a satanic cult in Alaska.

Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, are accused of luring Troy LaFerrara, 42, through a “companionship” ad on Craigslist, and stabbing and strangling him to death. The couple, married for only three weeks at the time of the slaying, just wanted to kill someone together, police said.

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Man’s Death ‘Suicide By Cop’ or Execution-Style Killing By Law Enforcement?

Manuel Longoria led police on a lengthy chase in a stolen vehicle before they managed to box him in. After being blasted with several less-than-lethal beanbag rounds, Longoria appears to try reach into, or re-enter his vehicle. At that point, the man appears to turn his back to the police and raise his hands in the air. That’s when two lethal rounds were fired into his back. Warning: The video is graphic, and you may want to skip it.

Via The Raw Story:

Pinal County, Arizona- Police shoot another unarmed man to death. Manuel Longoria had turned away and raised his arms mere moments before an officer fired into him. A week later that officer is back to work. The video included below contrasts with the explanation given by police.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said it investigated the shooting. That investigation found the officer’s use of force justified. But that was before the video taken by an onlooker surfaced.

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