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When good TV goes bad: how bad twists and incest fantasies put Dexter on death row

It began with a lethal formula of black comedy and revenge-killing procedural, but bad twists and incest put Dexter on death row. It had a good run: from its debut in 2006, Showtime’s adaptation of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels expertly marshalled its own absurdities to deliver a confident, darkly funny show like nothing around at the time. It was television’s first serial-killer procedural: a monster of the week format where Dexter assessed, tracked and killed whichever rapist, spree killer or assassin was in his sights. Rooting for the villain was nothing new, of course, but this took fanboying the bad boy to the next level.

Working as a blood-spatter analyst for Miami-Dade police offered Dexter the intel and expertise to carry out his campaign. He was the psychopath you could introduce to your parents. The show reached its peak with John Lithgow’s Trinity

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/dec/11/when-good-tv-goes-bad-how-bad-twists-incest-fantasies-put-dexter-death-row

Mass murderer Charles Manson hospitalized, near death

BAKERSFIELD, California – “Helter Skelter” leader and mass murderer Charles Manson is a now a frail 83-year-old man,  who lay dying in a California hospital bed.

Manson has been hospitalized since Monday and is guarded by police.

While medical authorities will not discuss his condition, a source for TMZ says Manson’s health is deteriorating, and describes his appearance as “ashen,” adding, “It’s just a matter of time.”

Manson was also hospitalized in January for severe gastrointestinal issues.

A fading swastika tattoo sits between his eyebrows as a permanent reminder of the horror that Manson created in the late 1960’s, as leader of the “Manson Family” cult.

While Manson never physically killed anyone, he was deemed responsible for instructing his followers to carry out nine grisly murders, including the murder of the unborn, late-term baby of actress Sharon Tate.

“Believe me, if I started murdering people, there would be none of you left,” Manson notoriously stated

Read more at: http://kfor.com/2017/11/16/mass-murderer-charles-manson-hospitalized-near-death/

Books: In ‘Death in the Air,’ fog and a killer stalk London

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West Bloomfield home was built around Albert Kahn’s garden walls | 0:56

The great Albert Kahn walked these halls, though he died 30 years before this house was actually built.

Read more at: http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/2017/11/11/death-air-book-review/107511030/

Spree killer agreed he deserved death, calling himself ‘a monster indeed’ – Belleville News

The spree killer caught in Granite City after eight murders agreed with the families of his victims that he deserved the death penalty, calling himself a monster.

Nicholas Sheley, 38, was convicted of six murders in Illinois and pleaded guilty earlier this month to two more in Missouri, bringing to an end a series of trials stemming from his killing spree in June 2008. Throughout his trials, Sheley had not spoken publicly.

But on Oct. 4, during his sentencing for the murders of Tom and Jill Estes, Sheley read a 20-minute statement during which he dropped to his knees to apologize for the murders, wept and begged for forgiveness.

On Monday, a 14-page handwritten copy of Sheley’s apology arrived in the mail at Sauk Valley Media, a newspaper in Whiteside County, near where his killing spree began. The newspaper said no address or explanation accompanied the

Read more at: http://www.bnd.com/news/local/crime/article179225581.html

Howard Unruh’s 1949 “Walk of Death,” the first modern mass shooting.

Howard Unruh’s 1949 “Walk of Death” through Camden, New Jersey, left 13 dead and three injured. Contemporaneous accounts of his “berserk” rampage—most notable among them the extensively syndicated, Pulitzer Prize–winning account from the New York Times’ Meyer Berger—are colorful, cinematic, and intensely visual. These pieces were designed less to soberly inform than to titillate and transport. In his detailed breakdown of how the “Walk of Death” unfolded—the circuit involved Unruh’s mother’s house, a cobbler, a tailor, a barber, a neighborhood restaurant, a druggist, and a stranger’s apartment—Berger offers up narrative minutiae he can’t possibly know. “He [Unruh] took one last look around his bedroom before he left the house,” we read. This vivid voiceover doubles as a transition into the ghastly décor Unruh presumably sees: “Scattered about the chamber were machetes, a Roy Rogers pistol, ashtrays made of German Shells, clips of 30-30 cartridges for rifle use and a

Read more at: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/10/howard_unruh_s_1949_walk_of_death_the_first_modern_mass_shooting.html

America’s freedom fundamentalism impervious to death

Around the world, people are aghast at the latest atrocity in the US, involving military-grade weapons, easily acquired, often lawfully owned.

Flummoxed at how such unspeakable brutalities are allowed to occur, and then simply occur again.

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A fate worse than death?

When thrice-convicted spree killer Nicholas T. Sheley enters a Missouri courtroom Wednesday, he is expected to do something he was previously loath to do: admit in court he is a murderer.

Sheley, 38, formerly of Sterling, could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killing of Ronald Randall of Galesburg.

He didn’t.

Sheley could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killing of Russell Reed of rural Sterling.

He didn’t.

Sheley could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killings in a Rock Falls apartment of Brock Branson, Kilynna Blake, Dayan Blake and Kenneth Ulve.

He didn’t.

Expensive trials had to be conducted in 2011, 2012 and 2014, respectively, in those Illinois cases to obtain murder convictions and life sentences in prison – the maximum allowed by Illinois law.

In January, Sheley is to be put on trial for the June 2008 killings of Tom and Jill Estes, an Arkansas couple who

Read more at: http://www.saukvalley.com/2017/09/28/a-fate-worse-than-death/avfthre/

A fate worse than death? | SaukValley.com

When thrice-convicted spree killer Nicholas T. Sheley enters a Missouri courtroom Wednesday, he is expected to do something he was previously loath to do: admit in court he is a murderer.

Sheley, 38, formerly of Sterling, could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killing of Ronald Randall of Galesburg.

He didn’t.

Sheley could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killing of Russell Reed of rural Sterling.

He didn’t.

Sheley could have sought a plea agreement in the June 2008 killings in a Rock Falls apartment of Brock Branson, Kilynna Blake, Dayan Blake and Kenneth Ulve.

He didn’t.

Expensive trials had to be conducted in 2011, 2012 and 2014, respectively, in those Illinois cases to obtain murder convictions and life sentences in prison – the maximum allowed by Illinois law.

In January, Sheley is to be put on trial for the June 2008 killings of Tom and Jill Estes, an Arkansas

Read more at: http://www.saukvalley.com/2017/09/28/a-fate-worse-than-death/avfthre/

35 years later, mass murderer George Banks remains on death row – Wilkes Barre Times

The first call was chilling enough: Two lay shot on a Wilkes-Barre street.

But as Robert Gillespie headed to the scene where George Emil Banks began his massacre 35 years ago this week, the scope of the situation began to mount as the bodies piled up. Gillespie was on Interstate 81 when the next call from a detective informed him of a second crime scene, in Jenkins Township.

Four shot dead.

When Gillespie arrived in Wilkes-Barre, he learned that not only were the two there shot outside a home on Schoolhouse Lane — one fatally — but eight more bullet-riddled bodies were inside.

Four were children. The two youngest were 1.

Decades later, Gillespie can still see them.

“You never forget seeing a child that has been brutally murdered,” said Gillespie, the former Luzerne County district attorney who prosecuted Banks.

Thirty-five years later, Gillespie and Al Flora Jr., one of the attorneys Gillespie battled in the courtroom

Read more at: http://timesleader.com/news/local/676340/35-years-later-mass-murderer-george-banks-remains-on-death-row

Eight people shot to death in Texas home, police say

A gunman allegedly barged into his ex-wife’s home and slaughtered seven people at a Texas football watch party Sunday night – before police responded and killed the shooter.

Two other people were wounded when the unidentified gunman opened fire inside the party at a single-family home off Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, less than 20 minutes from Dallas, around 8 p.m., FOX4 reported. Witnesses said the group was watching the Dallas Cowboys season opener against the New York Giants.

“It sounded like an argument between a woman and a man and it got really loud…next thing you know all you heard was multiple rounds just going off,” Crystal Sugg, who works nearby, told FOX4.

Sugg said she heard a loud argument for about 20 minutes – and then gunshots.

“I heard guns and a lot of screaming,” she said. “All I heard was, ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.’”

Police did not

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/10/eight-people-shot-to-death-in-texas-home-police-say.html