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Who Killed These Girls?

From the author of Crossed Over, Who Killed These Girls?: Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders is another masterful account of a horrible crime: the murder of four girls, countless other ruined lives, and the evolving complications of the justice system that frustrated the massive attempts–for twenty-five years now–to find and punish those who committed it.

The facts are brutally straightforward. On December 6, 1991, the naked, bound-and-gagged bodies of the four girls–each one shot in the head–were found in an I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt! shop in Austin, Texas. Grief, shock, and horror spread out from their families and friends to overtake the city itself. Though all branches of law enforcement were brought to bear, the investigation was often misdirected and after eight years only two men (then teenagers) were tried; moreover, their subsequent convictions were eventually overturned, and Austin PD detectives are still working on what is now a very cold case. Over the decades, the story has grown to include DNA technology, false confessions, and other developments facing crime and punishment in contemporary life. But this story belongs to the scores of people involved, and from them Lowry has fashioned a riveting saga that reads like a Russian novel, comprehensive and thoroughly engrossing.

What Happens to Survivors of Mass Shootings Like Las Vegas?

When a gunman who had coolly calculated his strategy for maximum damage opened fire on a crowded concert in Las Vegas earlier this month, he killed 58 people, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Numerous media outlets have painstakingly assembled the stories of those who died and humanized them in death. But somewhat less discussed are the 489 other individuals he injured.

We know from examining the aftermaths of other mass shootings that these hundreds of injured have a long and difficult journey ahead of them,

Read more at: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/what-happens-to-survivors-of-mass-shootings-like-las-vegas-w508795

After the Las Vegas Shooting, Concertgoers Became Medics

What the Las Vegas shooting showed, trauma experts said, is that nascent efforts to teach and encourage the public to help the wounded in mass casualty emergencies should be expanded.

“Time is the most critical factor,” said Dr. Eric Goralnick, medical director of emergency preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, one of several trauma centers that were much closer to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 than the closest hospitals happened to be in Las Vegas. “People would talk about the golden hour. Really, what we’re talking about is the golden minutes.”

Several national programs have been started to train more people to stop bleeding, to add to those who pick up knowledge in the military or in scouting programs and the like. But Dr. Goralnick and others are still exploring the most effective and lasting ways to turn

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/us/las-vegas-shooting-civilian-first-aid.html

Our shallow #YOLO philosophy is why nothing changes after a mass shooting

It is, amid all of it, what stuck with me, this little interview. From among the usual barrage of images, news clips, editorials and ricocheted soundbites that follow mass shootings, that macabre niche of news entertainment, the Goodman interview is what caught my thoughts. This old man with his vintage, sham-sage advice,  with his carpe diem and his #YOLO, with his damning decrees.

It stuck with me because Goodman’s advice belongs to that common nonsense that is also part of our problem, our philosophical, existential and even political problem as Americans. And the problem is our narcissistic shallowness and the consequent unwillingness to understand and to change.

Of course, there are more acute and symptomatic issues: gun reform, mental health and so on. These necessarily must be debated, better policies made and more programs offered. But there is something else that must be addressed. It’s harder to quantify, something almost spiritual underneath our poor debates

Read more at: https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/10/16/shallow-yolo-philosophy-nothing-changes-mass-shooting

Survivor of Las Vegas mass shooting loses home in CA wildfires: “Helpless feeling”

SANTA ROSA, California — As a former firefighter and paramedic, Michella Flores has seen her fair share of emergency situations. But over the past couple of weeks she became a victim herself, and began to see things from a different perspective. She hasn’t really slept in days.

Flores, who works as a flight attendant, was in Las Vegas on October 1, watching Jason Aldean perform at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when a gunman, perched in a suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, opened fire on the crowd, killing 58 and wounding hundreds.

Days later, after returning home to Santa Rosa, California, she and her parents were forced to flee their home and escape the wildfires that have devastated Northern California. The rental house is gone, along with all her parents’ belongings, Flores told CNN.

“It’s just a very helpless feeling,” she said of the past

Read more at: http://fox6now.com/2017/10/15/survivor-of-las-vegas-mass-shooting-loses-home-in-ca-wildfires-helpless-feeling/

Minnesota researchers create mass shooting database …


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Twin Cities researchers are building a database of mass shooters with the goal of better understanding why mass shootings happen and identifying ways to prevent them.

Jillian Peterson, a Hamline University assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and James Densley, an associate professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University, are working on the project, Minnesota Public Radio reported .

The researchers are focusing on shootings that occurred in a public place and had four or more victims. The shootings are also not family or gang-related. They code shootings based on 50 different variables.

Peterson said they research shooters’ past trauma, their family, mental illness, relationships with other people and social

Read more at: http://www.ctpost.com/news/crime/article/Minnesota-researchers-create-mass-shooting-12278127.php

Minnesota researchers create mass shooting database


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Twin Cities researchers are building a database of mass shooters with the goal of better understanding why mass shootings happen and identifying ways to prevent them.

Jillian Peterson, a Hamline University assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and James Densley, an associate professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University, are working on the project, Minnesota Public Radio reported .

The researchers are focusing on shootings that occurred in a public place and had four or more victims. The shootings are also not family or gang-related. They code shootings based on 50 different variables.

Peterson said they research shooters’ past trauma, their family, mental illness, relationships with other people and social

Read more at: http://www.ctpost.com/news/crime/article/Minnesota-researchers-create-mass-shooting-12278127.php

Queen Victoria’s chosen wet nurse was a murderer

Queen Victoria’s chosen wet nurse for Prince Edward went on to become a mass murderer.  

Mary Ann Brough was given the role of looking after the most important baby in Britain, the Prince of Wales, and heir to the throne, and was at Queen Victoria’s bedside when she gave birth. 

Several years after her position as the royal wet nurse had come to an end, Brough killed her six children and then attempted to take her own life in her home in Esher, Surrey. 

In 1854, Brough, who is believed to have been in her 40s at the time of the incident, used her husband’s razor blade to slit the throats of her six children, 11-year-old Georgiana, eight-year-old William, seven-year-old Carry, four-year-old twins Harriet and Henry and one-year-old George.

After a doctor managed to sew Brough’s throat back up, enabling her to speak, she confessed to the crime. 

The murder trial that followed gripped the

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/queen-victoria-wet-nurse-mary-ann-brough-murder-a8001971.html

Mass Murderer Wasn’t Muslim? What a Relief!

A sigh of relief was heard last week from the New York Times to many newspapers and media outlets around the world, even in Israel, accompanied by a sneer toward the political right: He’s not a Muslim! Wow. It turns out that the mass murder in Las Vegas was committed by “only” a lunatic, Stephen Paddock, and one doesn’t have to be a jihadist to carry out a merciless massacre.

Too many people are busy apologizing all the time. They eagerly jumped on the “not a Muslim” part. Here’s their proof that Muslims had nothing to do with the massacre. They’re right. But their mocking joy reveals something much deeper. They’re stricken with blindness. Someone who jumps for joy when “a non-Muslim” carries out a massacre usually keeps quiet when “an actual Muslim” carries out a massacre. Reality should be looked at as it is, without “right-wing” or “left-wing”

Read more at: https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/96228/mass-murderer-wasnt-muslim-what-a-relief-opinion/

Minnesota researchers create mass shooting database

Jillian Peterson, a Hamline University assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and James Densley, an associate professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University, are working on the project, Minnesota Public Radio reported .

The researchers are focusing on shootings that occurred in a public place and had four or more victims. The shootings are also not family or gang-related. They code shootings based on 50 different variables.

Peterson said they research shooters’ past trauma, their family, mental illness, relationships with other people and social media profiles.

While researchers are still in the process of compiling the database, Peterson said she’s noticed two characteristics — hopelessness and a desire to achieve notoriety in life or in death.

But it’s difficult to predict mass shootings because many people who fit the profile never commit a shooting, Peterson said.

“The problem is that finding a mass

Read more at: http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Minnesota-researchers-create-mass-shooting-12278127.php

Survivor of Las Vegas Mass Shooting Dies Suddenly – Snopes.com

Among the thousands of people who were fortunate enough to safely flee the scene of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on 1 October 2017, as a gunman poured bullets into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, was 28-year-old Kymberley Suchomel of Apple Valley, California.

Unfortunately, Ms. Suchomel’s respite was short-lived, as she passed away suddenly a week after that tragic event, from causes as yet unknown but quite possibly related to her existing medical conditions (compounded by the stress of her terrifying experience):

Suchomel, 28, who was not injured during [the] shooting, died early [October 9] at her Apple Valley home, according to her grandmother, Julie Norton, the co-founder of the High Desert Phoenix Foundation.

Norton found Suchomel just after 8:30 a.m. when she arrived to care for her 3-year-old great-granddaughter, Scarlett. She believes Suchomel may have died in her sleep

Read more at: http://www.snopes.com/2017/10/14/survivor-las-vegas-mass-shooting-dies-suddenly/