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Vatican Bank Investigated For Money Laundering – Again.

Emblem_of_the_PapacyI wonder which banking official will suddenly die during this investigation? Victor L. Simpson and Nicole Winfield report for AP:

VATICAN CITY – This is no ordinary bank: The ATMs are in Latin. Priests use a private entrance. A life-size portrait of Pope Benedict XVI hangs on the wall.

Nevertheless, the Institute for Religious Works is a bank, and it’s under harsh new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations that led police to seize euro23 million ($30 million) in Vatican assets in September. Critics say the case shows that the “Vatican Bank” has never shed its penchant for secrecy and scandal.

The Vatican calls the seizure of assets a “misunderstanding” and expresses optimism it will be quickly cleared up. But court documents show that prosecutors say the Vatican Bank deliberately flouted anti-laundering laws “with the aim of hiding the ownership, destination and origin of the capital.” The documents also reveal investigators’ suspicions that clergy may have acted as fronts for corrupt businessmen and Mafia.

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Prisoner Killed Girlfriend In Jail, Body Found In Prison Cell Three Months Later

article-1335114-0C53C038000005DC-239_468x423In the Peruvian prison that houses four times as many prisoners than capacity allows, it’s hard to believe anything goes unseen. Especially a rotting corpse. Daily Mail reports:

A prisoner murdered his girlfriend and buried her body in his cell where it lay undetected for THREE months.

Dutchman Jackson Conquet confessed to strangling Leslie Paredes, 22,  when she visited him at his Peruvian jail.

He killed her after she said she wanted to end their relationship and hid the body under a concrete bench he built over her grave.

Police only realised what had happened when they launched an investigation into a ‘strong smell’ coming from the cell.

Conquet, 32, admitted the killing at Lima’s Lurigancho prison, which holds more than 8,000 inmates, many of them dangerous.

[Continues at Daily Mail]

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The Worst Thanksgiving Days in History

Klan In GainesvilleAuthor John Marr takes a dark look at a holiday tradition of “good old all-American chaos” on 10 Zen Monkeys:

Founding of the Ku Klux Klan, Atlanta, 1915: At 35, failed preacher William Simmons had found his true calling as a fraternal lodge leader. In addition to commanding five regiments of the Woodmen, he was a heavy in several Masonic orders and a Knight Templar.

But his dream was to have his own personal fraternal organization. And he wanted more than funny hats and secret handshakes — he wanted to revive the Ku Klux Klan. His dream came to fruition Thanksgiving Eve when 40 handpicked men gathered to re-launch the Klan. A group of 15 stalwarts recessed to the top of nearby Stone Mountain for an early morning cross-burning. Simmons tied his first recruitment drive in with D.W. Griffith’s famous film The Birth of a Nation, which opened in Atlanta the following week.

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Bible Spouting, Freemason Sword-Wielding ‘Ugly Betty’ Actor Kills His Own Mother

SwordTruly horrific, and the spouting of Bible verses and references to Freemasonry just makes it more disturbing. Via the New York Post:

A crazed bit actor wielding an ornate Freemason sword hacked his mother to death early yesterday in their Brooklyn apartment while screaming out Bible passages and Masonic references, police and witnesses said.

“Repent! Repent! Repent!” Michael Brea, screamed at his 55-year-old mother, Yannick, during his bizarre meltdown and the subsequent bloodbath at their Prospect Heights apartment, neighbors said.

Brea, 31, who had roles in Ugly Betty and the movie Step Up 3D, was heard repeatedly through the door shouting about the “architect of the universe,” a term used by Freemasons to refer to a supreme being. Longtime family friend Sylvan Benoit confirmed that Brea was a member of the Freemasons and had been to a meeting earlier in the evening.

The Masonic sword was 3-feet long and meant for ceremonial use, police sources said.

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Gruesome Murder Pamphlets From Pre-Civil War America

cannon2People had a thirst for blood-drenched, depraved news long before there was a New York Post or British Mirror or Sun to provide it each morning. The National Library of Medicine has published online a collection of murder pamphlets from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. The brochures were sold on street corners and detailed the latest gristly crimes. Today they shed a light on villains from the dark underbelly U.S. history, such as Lucretia Cannon, circa 1841:

Cannon’s first name was Patty, but the press nicknamed her Lucretia after the Renaissance aristocrat who murdered her victims with poison. At 16, “Lucretia” married Alonzo Cannon, who died suspiciously of “failing health.” Widowed, she set up a tavern in Maryland, and headed up a gang which captured free blacks and fugitive slaves and sold them into slavery. She was alleged to have beaten a crying infant and then burned it alive; murdered tavern patrons for their money (one man was stabbed and stuffed into a trunk which her accomplices disposed of); killed a slaver by crushing his head in order to steal his two slaves.

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Mom Kills Baby Over FarmVille

Tobias_20101028115309_320_240Hate to say it, but I’m surprised a “FarmVille-related family killing” hasn’t happened before — I’m calling it the start of a trend in American homes. The Florida Times-Union reports on a mother who killed her baby after its crying interfered with her playing the Facebook-based game:

A Jacksonville mother charged with shaking her baby to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson. She told investigators she became angry because the baby was crying while she was playing a computer game called FarmVille on the Facebook social-networking website.

Tobias entered her plea Wednesday before Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud. A second-degree murder charge is punishable by up to life in prison.

Prosecutor Richard Mantei said Tobias’ sentence could be less because of state guidelines that call for 25 to 50 years. Soud offered no promises on what he’ll order during a sentencing hearing scheduled for December.

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Google Street View Images Show Murders

WARNING: Graphic depictions of bloodied, murdered bodies on the streets of Brazil, captured by Google Street View for voyeurs worldwide to catch a glimpse of life in the ghetto favelas, brought to you by Gizmodo:

This is one case: A murder in Belo Horizonte, in the State of Minas. You can see the body covered in a black plastic, surrounded by the military police.

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Visit Gizmodo for more images — if that’s your thing — because Google is removing the images in reaction to the bad PR it’s getting.

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‘Horrorcore’ Rapper Pleads Guilty Of Murder In Virginia.

sykosam-420x0Another troubled adolescent rebellion we can blame on music. From The Washington Examiner:

A “horrorcore” rapper was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty Monday to killing his 16 year-old girlfriend, her parents and her friend in Central Virginia.

Richard McCroskey III, who had rapped under the name “Syko Sam,” admitted to killing Emma Niederbrock; her parents, Mark Niederbrock and Debra Kelley; and Emma’s 18-year-old friend Melanie Wells. Mark Niederbrock was a Presbyterian minister, and Kelly was a professor at Longwood University. Prosecutors said McCroskey bludgeoned the three females with a wood-splitting tool while they slept Sept. 18, 2009. McCroskey killed Mark Niederbrock when he checked on them.

More charges for serial stabber

Elias Abuelazam, the serial stabber man suspected in three attacks in Leesburg last month, faces five additional charges in Michigan, including one count of murder, in five separate Flint-area attacks.

Story continues at The Washington Examiner

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3 Colombians on Facebook Hit List Killed

The famous social networking site has been turned into a virtual threatening network. When the first list was posted on the site authorities thought it was a joke, but if I received an e-mail notification stating my name on a hit list, I would not be laughing. CNN reports:

Three teens who were on a 69-name hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town, officials say.

Police say they do not know who posted the list or why the names are on it. “It is still not clear,” Colombian national police spokesman Wilson Baquero told CNN. “This is part of the investigation.”

But officials note that a criminal gang known as Los Rastrojos and a Marxist guerrilla group called the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia operate in the area.

The hit list on Facebook, which was posted August 17, gave the people named three days to leave the town of Puerto Asis or be executed, said Volmar Perez Ortiz, a federal official whose title is defender of the public.

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