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After Atheist’s Tragic Murder-Suicide, Friends and Family Share Their Thoughts

Earlier this week, longtime atheist activist Scott Smith killed his wife Jennifer Smith, then himself, in what authorities called a “suspected murder-suicide.” Their three daughters no longer have their parents.

We still don’t know why this happened — the story includes elements of PTSD, mental illness, domestic violence, and access to a gun — but Seth Andrews attempted to shed new light on the situation by speaking with as many people as he could (on short notice) who knew the couple.

He spoke with Aaron Smith (Scott’s 27-year-old son from a previous relationship), a panel of people from San Antonio who knew the couple personally (including Scott’s podcast co-host), and mental health professional Hector Garcia.

I listened to the conversations last night. It didn’t bring any real closure to the situation — as if anything could — but what struck me is how shocking all of this was

Read more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/12/02/after-atheists-tragic-murder-suicide-friends-and-family-share-their-thoughts/

Former Manson family member Dianne Lake tells how she had sex with mass murderer Charles when she was just 14 …

A WOMAN has revealed how she felt like the “one and only love” of murderous Charles Manson after she had sex with him as a teen.

Dianne Lake even admitted that she had previously thought the man was “cute”, having met him in Los Angeles when she was just 14-years-old.

 Dianne Lake said that she had at first found Charles Manson 'cute'
Dianne Lake said that she had at first found Charles Manson ‘cute’

Speaking to Good Morning America, Lake, who is now 64-years-old, said: “He made you feel like you were his one and only love, you know?

“And yes, there were other girls, but we all shared him. He made you feel really special, and specially loved.”

The teen and Manson, who was 34, slept together, with the woman describing it as seeming “very natural”, saying she

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4752672/charles-manson-diane-lake-sex-mass-murderer/

Former Manson family member Dianne Lake tells how she had sex …

A WOMAN has revealed how she felt like the “one and only love” of murderous Charles Manson after she had sex with him as a teen.

Dianne Lake even admitted that she had previously thought the man was “cute”, having met him in Los Angeles when she was just 14-years-old.

 Dianne Lake said that she had at first found Charles Manson 'cute'
Dianne Lake said that she had at first found Charles Manson ‘cute’

Speaking to Good Morning America, Lake, who is now 64-years-old, said: “He made you feel like you were his one and only love, you know?

“And yes, there were other girls, but we all shared him. He made you feel really special, and specially loved.”

The teen and Manson, who was 34, slept together, with the woman describing it as seeming “very natural”, saying she

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4752672/charles-manson-diane-lake-sex-mass-murderer/

Fundraiser held for family of accused mass murderer

KALAMAZOO (WKZO AM/FM) —  Kalamazoo is a remarkably forgiving and supportive community, traits that have been tested and demonstrated by the mass shooting, and the bicycle tragedy, and most recently when five teens died in a fiery crash in Comstock Township. 

It was demonstrated again over the weekend when a fundraiser was held for the family of Jason Dalton, the suspected gunman in last year’s mass shooting.

Carol Dalton filed for divorce shortly after.   The event held at Comstock High included a silent auction and the sale of other goods. 

The proceeds are intended to help his wife and two children get back on their feet.

Organizer Ashley Bilyk says Dalton’s family members are victims too, in their own way.  

 She has also organized and conducted a fundraiser for Abigail Kopf, one of Dalton’s victims.

 

 

Read more at: http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2017/sep/17/fundraiser-held-for-family-of-accused-mass-murderer/

Fundraiser held for family of accused mass murderer | News | WKZO

KALAMAZOO (WKZO AM/FM) —  Kalamazoo is a remarkably forgiving and supportive community, traits that have been tested and demonstrated by the mass shooting, and the bicycle tragedy, and most recently when five teens died in a fiery crash in Comstock Township. 

It was demonstrated again over the weekend when a fundraiser was held for the family of Jason Dalton, the suspected gunman in last year’s mass shooting.

Carol Dalton filed for divorce shortly after.   The event held at Comstock High included a silent auction and the sale of other goods. 

The proceeds are intended to help his wife and two children get back on their feet.

Organizer Ashley Bilyk says Dalton’s family members are victims too, in their own way.  

 She has also organized and conducted a fundraiser for Abigail Kopf, one of Dalton’s victims.

 

 

Read more at: http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2017/sep/17/fundraiser-held-for-family-of-accused-mass-murderer/

Mother of four killed in North Memphis mass shooting, family says she was an innocent bystander

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — WREG is learning more about a mother killed in a mass shooting in a North Memphis neighborhood.

Family members said Latonia Henneghan was an innocent bystander standing outside her house with her baby when she was shot. She later died in the hospital.

“I got a call from my mother,” said Darius Bruse, Henneghan’s cousin.

Bruse said his mother told him a shooting happened on Morehead where his cousin lived.

“I didn’t know she was the one that got shot. I just knew there was a fight going on,” he said. “She had nothing to do with it. She was an innocent bystander. They killed my cousin. They killed my cousin.”

Henneghan was just 35 years old. She was a mother of four. Her youngest is 7 months old.

“A good mom. Took care of her kids. Went to work. Stayed out of trouble,” said Bruse.

Five others, including a 17-year-old, were also shot

Read more at: http://wreg.com/2017/09/14/mother-of-four-killed-in-north-memphis-mass-shooting-family-says-she-was-an-innocent-bystander/

Memorial to mass murderer Alan Hawe WILL go ahead despite distress to victims’ family

A memorial service for mass murderer Alan Hawe WILL go ahead tonight at the church where his victims are buried, despite the distress it is likely to cause.

Hawe slaughtered his wife, Clodagh and their three sons, Liam, Niall and Ryan a year ago.

He was buried with them in the grounds of St Mary’s Church, Castlerahan in Co Cavan, until he was finally exhumed in May following a series of requests from Clodagh’s heartbroken mother, Mary Coll, and sister, Jacqueline Connolly.

But tonight Hawe’s parents and other family members are expected to travel from Kilkenny for a service for the killer.

Fr Felim Kelly, who parishioners believe will celebrate the Mass, was a close friend of Hawe.

Niall, little Ryan, Liam and Clodagh. Their happiness was wiped out by Alan Hawe

In the aftermath of the massacre, curate Fr Kelly helped arrange to have him buried with his helpless victims,

Read more at: http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/memorial-mass-murderer-alan-hawe-13547313

A family barbecue, kids with hot dogs and hamburgers, then ‘bullets came our way’

Alfred Mitchell Jr. brought most of the meat to a barbecue with extended family and neighbors outside a Bronzeville housing complex late Tuesday.

The 28-year-old was facing off in a friendly grilling competition with his cousins. When they finished, kids ran off to play with hot dogs and hamburgers in their hands.

Mitchell, known as AJ, was sitting on a brick fence with a younger cousin just before 10:40 p.m. when several gunmen opened fire from the corner of South Michigan Avenue and East 37th Place, according to police and family.

Mitchell was hit in the back and died.  Six other people, 21 to 46, were wounded but are expected to survive.  Five of them are women.

Family, friends mark 1 year Club Blu mass shooting anniversary

FORT MYERS, Fla. Family and friends will gather at the former Club Blu on Monday to mark the one year anniversary of a shooting outside the facility that killed two teens and injured 18 others.

Stef’an Strawder, 18, and Sean Archilles, 14, were killed outside the Evens Avenue building following a teen party.

Dozens are expected to gather outside the building at 6 p.m.

No arrests have been made in the shooting.

Read more at: http://www.winknews.com/2017/07/24/family-friends-mark-1-year-club-blu-mass-shooting-anniversary/