Craig’s List Killer Seemed Normal

A pre-med student accused of a high profile Boston murder and suspected in a similar case in Rhode Island, gave no indications he was leading a double life:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/04/22/craigslist.killing/index.html

Not that most people ever do. Some news reports indicate polie may have found “souvenirs” from the suspect’s alleged grisly crimes in the apartment he shares with his fiancee. Killers who stalk “theme” victims (e.g. erotic services pro’s or strippers) and collect items from the murders are generally loners who struggle to maintain relationships and keep a day job- not grad school candidates with pretty fiancees.

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Economic Downturn Pushes Some Men Over Psychological Brink

A California man kills his wife and children. In Alabama, a husband with no history of violence goes on a rampage. In Middletown, Maryland, the stresses of a new position lead a young father to murder his family, including small children. In a Baltimore area hotel room, a tax attorney dad¬†commits murder during a visit to his daughter’s college. And yesterday, the wife of a 41-year old Freddie Mac COO finds him dead of an apparent suicide:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/22/kellermann.death.freddiemac/index.html?eref=ib_topstories

Who could have imagined these difficult times would be a breaking point for even white collar men with no apparent history of mental illness?

President Obama’s First 100 Days: The Tea Party Protests as Report Card

Thousands of Americans exercised their freedom of speech via “tea party” protests against the alleged higher taxation and runaway budets of the Obama Administration. Some of it got ugly:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/16/10-most-offensive-tea-par_n_187554.html

As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow adeptly noted, some of the crowd sizes were smaller than that of your friendly neighborhood flea market (certainly less than the throngs at job fairs, in unemployment center lines, or queuing up to be “America’s Next Top Model” or audition for “American Idol”). No matter the number, where were all these outspoken citizens when the Bush Administration was running record deficits, and throwing away billions in Iraq and Afghanistan? Did they protest on the last three or four April 15’s?

If so, the media was not there.

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Book Report: What Hugo Chavez Gave President Obama

At the Latin American summit in Trinidad, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave President Obama the book “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano. Amazon sales shot up accordingly.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/04/18/U.S.venezuela.relations/index.html

Maybe a few Yanks will learn something about colonialism, multinational corporate exploitation, and CIA shadow governments.

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