Although writing can help decipher history, it’s our humanity which keeps all of us striving for an improved future.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

16 Of The Most Evil Women In History

Serial killers and other evil actions are generally attributed to men, but these women certainly proved that evil deeds are not limited to just one sex. The brutality and horror in the hearts of these women is unbelievably cruel. Some of these women make Hannibal Lecture look civilized!

16. Enriqueta Marti

This cruel woman preyed on homeless children and would put them into prostitution or murder them and use their remains for ointments that she claimed cured tuberculosis. She was eventually arrested and hung by her prison mates before trial.

15. Aileen Wuornos

Having a difficult childhood, Aileen grew up hating all men and became a serial killer. She stole cars, stuck up convenience stores and killed a lot of different men before she was arrested and killed in 2002. A movie titled "Monster" demonstrates her life.

14. Wu Zetian

This evil Chinese empress put countless people to death for threatening her rule. She even put her own infant daughter to death as well as other family members.

13. Queen Mary I

This Catholic queen murdered all Protestants in England and was nicknamed Bloody Mary. Every Protestant was forced to flee England in order to survive until Queen Mary died in 1558.

12. Griselda Blanco

This infamous "cocaine godmother," who was already kidnapping and murdering children at age 11, ran the cocaine trade with murderous force in New York and Miami before being shot in the head in 2012. HBO will release Cocaine Godmother in 2018.

 11. Belle Gunness

She killed her three children and husband, used the insurance money to buy a home, remarried and killed his infant daughter and him as well. She then took out an ad as an eligible widow with property. Each prospective buyer would be killed and robbed. She left the country after 40 separate murders and was never found.

10. Ilse Koch

This Nazi wife tortured and killed many Jewish inmates and made lampshades and other household items out of their skin.

9. Irma Grese

This Nazi woman tortured and killed Jewish women who were more attractive than herself. She believed she would have a career in the movies once Germany won World War II but instead was hanged for her crimes in 1945.

8. Katherine Knight

Knight is known for strangling her husband for falling asleep during sex, slitting a boyfriends dog’s throat right in front of him and most infamously stabbing a man 37 times, decapitating him, hanging his body on a meat hook and attempting to feed his cooked body parts to his children.

7. Elizabeth Bathory

Using her political status as a murder hungry housewife in the 16th century, she was responsible for the torture and murder of over 650 women whom would be lured into her castle in hopes of finding a job. (Despite the evidence against Elizabeth, her family's influence kept her from facing trial. She was imprisoned in December 1610 within Csejte CastleUpper Hungary, now in Slovakia, where she remained immured in a set of rooms until her death four years later.)

6. Lizzie Borden

Accused of murdering her family with an ax, she was one of the first criminal cases to gain nationwide attention. Acquitted after trial, speculation continues to this day -- as her guilt is still widely assumed.

5. Maria 'Chata' Leon

As the head of The Avenues, Chata ran one of the most dangerous street gangs in the history of Los Angeles. From her fortress home on Drew St, she ran a criminal enterprise based on drugs, murder, and intimidation. Much of the gang's higher leadership was made up of her children.

4. Myra Hindley

Together with her boyfriend, Ian Brady, Hindley was responsible for the rape and murder of five young children between 1962-68. Hindley died in prison in 2002.

3. Dorothea Binz

As the SS supervisor at the Ravensbruck concentration camp, her dedication to her work was described by her fellow Nazis as "unyielding." Known for patrolling the camp with a whip in one hand and a German Shepard in the other, inmates reportedly fell silent upon her approach. Her reputation of whipping, beating, and even shooting female inmates earned her the position of supervising the torture bunkers at the camp as well as training guards.

2. Biljana Plavšić

As the former president of Republika Srpska, she lead Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Serbian genocides of the 1990s. It was her comments that ethnic cleansing was a "natural thing" and that six million Serbs needed to die, that rallied her republic to perpetrate genocide. After her arrest, she plea bargained with the war crimes tribunal and remained in prison until her release in 2009. She is currently staging a political comeback.

1. Fusako Shigenobu

After a career as a student activist, she volunteered with the PLO before forming the
Japanese Red Army. In her attempts to unite Japan under Communist revolution, she became a full-fledged terrorist. She is responsible for orchestrating the 1974 attack on the French embassy in The Hague, and assisting the 1960 hijacking of TWA flight 840. Until her arrest in 2000, she was the most wanted terrorist on Earth.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

When lying is a good thing

An obvious cliche is defined by one the most natural and primitive motive by human nature: lying.  Why is it such a cliche?  Well, I’m not going to blow smoke up your ass, or tell a cock ‘n bull story,  or pee on your leg and tell you it’s raining,  because, I’m quite sure you’ve heard it all before so I don’t need to reinvent the wheel.  The art of lying is much older than the oldest profession in the world, and yes, both are considered viral and can be harmful.  After all, who wants to get caught with their pants down in either situation?
Of course lying leads down the road of questioning morality.  Large lies are destructive.  Marriages and friendships fall apart.  Wars rage on.  Politicians stay in business.  You know the deal.  Small lies are forgivable.  We don’t want to hurt people’s feelings with the small stuff.  Or we just don’t really feel like going to work or taking our kids to the park because we’re just too tired and need a break.  So the margin between how we justify telling lies can easily be deluded or misunderstood, thereby creating this moral conundrum.
I am one of the biggest liars I know. Every time I sit in front of a computer I tell lies consistently, obsessively. Why?  Because I write fiction. The stories I tell are half true, half false.  And the best part about it, you believe what I tell. When you begin to process that concept, it’s really an incredible experience we both share, and it’s as natural as breathing. Logically we should reject this acceptance. My father, the engineer, rejects it. He doesn’t read fiction because he would rather fill his mind with information that’s legitimate and direct. But for the rest of us, we not only marvel in it, we dip our entire souls into it because it feels good. It releases a part of our imagination that we can’t operate in the physical world.

So, yes, I write fiction. And I write fiction with a historical twist. Although I dig deeply into research, I chose to reproduce history in a fictitious form. It’s like having immunity. I can break off story lines from real events, and then turn around to commit forgery without blame.  If you think about it, it sounds bad; however there is a legitimate purpose.  Fiction, like all other art, serves a higher calling. It allows an opportunity to blend real-life people into one character as a representative, a symbol of who that character represents, whether a crusader for equality or an irredeemable brute, to bring forth criticism and awareness. Fiction doesn’t fall far from the truth. It has to come from somewhere authentic, otherwise readers will have no commonality to grasp upon.
I believe writing about history in a fictional context can be intellectually, spiritually, and humanely liberating. Fact or fiction, the art of lying unveils misconceptions about ourselves, our humanity, and our future. We lie, we reinforce. We gossip, we self-destruct. We seek, we fail. We grow, we die. But always we hope. To escape. To learn. To rediscover. To reinvent. It matters, all, it matters because we are here. I encourage this philosophy: Submitting to a moment in time allows us to remember, or to muse even, over our society’s past. Although writing can educate as well as entertain, yet what makes art incredibly amazing, to that of paintings, photographs, and music, it transposes emotion into another form of humanity, and therefore, it is our humanity which keeps all of us striving for an improved future.
So, if you think I’m trying to pull wool over your eyes, or even trying to pull your leg, then you’re right. I am. That’s my job.  And I hope you ponder over what I tell you.  Let us explore our vices outside of our everyday life. Let us think about how reading fiction, that, although is regarded as false and abstract, can reveal truths about ourselves. About our humanity. And allow a freedom to examine these controversies with creativity and heart. This type of lying can actually be a good thing.  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

DNA tests ‘prove’ that Jack the Ripper was a Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski

THE search to uncover the identity of Jack the Ripper appears to be over.
DNA on a shawl found near one of the victims, Catherine Eddowes, reportedly contains a match to both her and one of the chief suspects, Aaron Kosminsky.
The Polish hairdresser, who moved to England with his family in 1881, was committed to a mental asylum at the peak of Ripper hysteria.
Is this Jack the Ripper?
Revealed? ... DNA evidence reportedly confirms that Aaron Kosminski is Jack the Ripper. Picture: Supplied
The breakthrough came when Dr Jari Louhelainen, an expert in historic DNA, was commissioned to study a shawl found with Eddowes, the second-last “confirmed” victim of the Ripper more than 125 years ago.
The shawl — which still retained historic stains — had been bought by a businessman at an auction in 2007.
“It has taken a great deal of hard work, using cutting-edge scientific techniques which would not have been possible five years ago,” Dr Louhelainen told a British newspaper.
“Once I had the profile, I could compare it to that of the female descendant of Kosminski’s sister, who had given us a sample of her DNA swabbed from inside her mouth.
“The first strand of DNA showed a 99.2 per cent match, as the analysis instrument could not determine the sequence of the missing 0.8 per cent fragment of DNA. On testing the second strand, we achieved a perfect 100 per cent match.”
Killing sports ... this map of Whitechapel in the 1800s shows Flower and Dean Streets in
Killing sports ... this map of Whitechapel in the 1800s shows Flower and Dean Streets in purple and the sites of some killings as red spots. Picture: Supplied
Kosminski was born in Poland in 1865 before moving to Whitechapel, England, in 1881.
The murders attributed to Jack the Ripper began in 1888, with up to 11 deaths around the Whitechapel area linked to the killer.
Frances Coles, believed to be the Ripper’s last victim, died in February 1891 — the same year Kosminski was forcibly put in Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum.
He remained in mental health facilities until his death in 1919, aged 53.

More on Jack the Ripper findings: Daily Mail

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Even though I am from Kansas, I enjoy venturing into other worlds from around the globe which is why my writing focuses on diversity. With fluid accessibility to modern media and traveling opportunities, my Midwestern world can expand and explore beyond my own backyard. In addition to studying cultures, I take pleasure in studying history. Submitting to a moment in time allows us to remember, or to muse even, over our society’s past. Although writing can educate as well as entertain, yet what makes art incredibly amazing, to that of paintings, photographs, and music, it transposes emotion into another form of humanity, and therefore, it is our humanity which keeps all of us striving for an improved future.

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