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Assassinations of Environmental Activists Have Doubled Over the Last Decade

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Fred Pearce writes at the Guardian:

Where is Sombath Somphone? With every day that passes, the fate of one of south-east Asia’s most high-profile environmental activists, who was snatched from the streets of Laos in December, becomes more worrisome.

His case has been raised by the State Department and countless NGOs around the world. But the authorities in Laos have offered no clue as to what happened after Sombath was stopped at a police checkpoint on a Saturday afternoon in the Lao capital of Vientiane as he returned home from his office. It looks increasingly like state kidnap — or worse, if recent evidence of the state-sponsored killings of environmental campaigners in other countries is anything to go by.

Personal danger is not what most environmentalists have in mind when they take up the cause of protecting nature and the people who rely on it in their daily lives.

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Who Is The Real John McAfee?

This story seems to have everything: Software billionaire, tropical paradise, a retinue of prostitutes, a pack of attack dogs, and most of all a murder mystery. It's all over the news as John McAfee hides from the Belizean police while conducting an aggressive defense via all forms of media. Story from the New York Times and video from CNN (and at the bottom, McAfee's interview with Joe Rogan):
Daniel Guerrero promised during his campaign for mayor here to clean up San Pedro, the only town on this island, a 20-minute puddle jump from the mainland. But if he ever runs for re-election, don’t expect him to mention that vow. “I meant clean up the trash, the traffic, that sort of thing,” he says. “I didn’t mean this.” “This” is a full-blown international media frenzy and the kind of mess that no politician could have seen coming. It started on Nov. 11, the morning that Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American, was found dead, lying face up in a pool of blood in his home. He had been shot in the head. His laptop and iPhone were missing. A 9-millimeter shell was found nearby. What happened next turned this from a local crime story to worldwide news: The police announced that a “person of interest” in the investigation was a neighbor, John McAfee, a Silicon Valley legend who years ago earned millions from the computer virus-fighting software company that still bears his name...
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Unheard Audio Tapes From 1969 Could Reveal A Dozen Additional Manson Murders

Charles Manson’s Family may have committed more than twice as many killings as previously believed, the Los Angeles Times reports:

Los Angeles police officials said they hope to bring closure to the families of victims in a dozen unsolved homicides that occurred near places where the Manson family operated during its slew of murders four decades ago. Officials revealed Thursday that they hope audiotapes recorded in 1969 between Charles Manson follower Charles “Tex” Watson and his attorney could provide some answers.

Watson is serving a life sentence for his role in some Manson killings. He has been fighting to limit the Los Angeles Police Department’s access to the tapes.

This spring, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Texas granted the LAPD’s request to review eight cassette tapes containing hours of conversations between Watson and his late attorney. Watson’s new attorney appealed, and the case was stalled.

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Japanese Exorcist Whose Rituals Killed Six Receives Death Penalty

It seems anyone who crossed the Japanese faith healer with a small cult following would be beaten to death with sticks in an deadly “exorcism” rite. Via Japan Subculture:

Sachiko Eto, 65, a faith healer and self-professed exorcist, was convicted for murder after the deaths of six believers in Fukushima Prefecture between 1994 and 1995.

According to Japanese media reports and The Associated Press, Sachiko Eto, her daughter and another accomplice had beaten their victims to death, using thick drumsticks. The beating were to “drive out demons hiding in their bodies” and conducted in her home. At least one of the exorcisms was apparently motivated by Ms. Eto’s decision that the the victim was sleeping with Ms. Eto’s lover. Another victim was “exorcised” after refusing to loan Ms. Eto money. There were also questions as to the vanishing of her husband in 1992, before she became a spiritual leader.

Eto is reportedly the first female in Japan to be executed in more than 15 years.

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Psycho Chef Slow-Cooked His Own Wife

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Via the LA Times:

Los Angeles chef David Veins is currently on trial for the particularly gruesome murder of his wife, Dawn. In a confession to police, Veins said that after asphyxiating Dawn with duct tape, he deposited her body in a 55-gallon drum of boiling water and slowly cooked her body over the course of four days. Afterwards, he disposed of all of her remains but her skull. This, he hid at his mother’s house. Why did he do it? If Veins knows, he’s not telling:

Sgt. Richard Garcia asked Viens what happened the night of Oct. 18, the last time his wife was seen.

“For some reason I just got violent,” Viens said, according to an interview played for a Los Angeles jury Tuesday.

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Jesse Ventura: Break the Two Party Dictatorship, Impunity for Bush & Obama War Crimes

Abby Martin speaks to Jesse Ventura and examines US War Crimes. LIKE Breaking The Set @ http://fb.me/BreakingTheSet FOLLOW Abby Martin @ http://twitter.com/AbbyMartin EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin interviews former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, about the two party "dictatorship" and corporate censorship. She highlights the live-streamers of Occupy Wall Street as the heroes and calls out Marianne Ny as the villain for her flimsy attempt to extradite Julian Assange with no evidence against him. Abby wraps up the show by discussing the Bush Administration's crimes against humanity, and the fact that President Obama's refusal to prosecute the officials has led to a cultural decay.
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“Free Pussy Riot” Murders: Further Justification for Russian Crack-Down?

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Via HuffPo

Some might find a gruesome murder that could be connected to supporters of Pussy Riot awfully convenient for the Putin administration. The bodies of two women were found beneath a message scrawled in their own blood: “Free Pussy Riot.”

Investigators have identified the murderer as Igor Danilevsky, who they say murdered the women as part of a bizarre scheme to pay off outstanding debt:

The man – a 38-year-old university professor named Igor Danilevsky – was detained Thursday in Kazan, Russia’s Investigative Committee said on Friday. It said Danilevsky wrote “Free Pussy Riot” on a wall in the victims’ blood because he wanted the deaths of the 38-year-old woman he dated and her mother, 76, to appear as if they were a “ritual killing.”

The Committee said Danilevsky had convinced the woman to take out a loan to repay his debts, and promised to marry her.

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Botched DEA Sting Leaves Two Dead; Many Questions

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Via the Houston Chronicle:

The owner of a private trucking business wants to know why the Drug Enforcement Administration hired one of his drivers to work undercover without his consent. Predictably, the DEA remains tight-lipped.

Commandeered by one of his drivers, who was secretly working with federal agents, the truck had been hauling marijuana from the border as part of an undercover operation. And without Patty’s knowledge, the Drug Enforcement Administration was paying his driver, Lawrence Chapa, to use the truck to bust traffickers.

At least 17 hours before that early morning phone call, Chapa was shot dead in front of more than a dozen law enforcement officers – all of them taken by surprise by hijackers trying to steal the red Kenworth T600 truck and its load of pot.

In the confusion of the attack in northwest Harris County, compounded by officers in the operation not all knowing each other, a Houston policeman shot and wounded a Harris County sheriff’s deputy.

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South African Women Victims Of Satanic Murder Shortly After Texting About ‘Dangerous Prayer’

A horror movie scenario sprung to life, via South Africa’s news24:

Two Centurion women have been found dead in killings that have been linked to Satanism. Natacha Burger, 33, and Joy Boonzaaier, 68, were stabbed to death in Burger’s townhouse in a security complex, hours after she SMSed a friend the following message: “I did (the) dangerous prayer. The Lord protect me.”

Burger, Boonzaaier and some of her friends were involved in a religious ministerial group working with former Satanists. According to a neighbour, someone had knocked on Burger’s door on Wednesday night but she refused to open. The next morning, blood was found in a gutter outside her house. When she told a friend about it, the friend had apparently answered “you know what that means”, to which Burger replied that she had done the “dangerous prayer”.

 

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