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2020.10.27 23:01 u_madi_bro Finding the Andersons

My most stubborn brick walls are my great-great-grandparents, Charles and Helene Anderson. I've known their names from the minute my grandparents knew I was interested in finding them. For a long time, I was fine knowing next to nothing about them, but then again I was coursing down my grandfather's paternal line, so what did it matter if the Anderson's waited? Not good enough now, so I'm asking for help, especially because their descendants are relatively few and far between, and I might be the only one trying to find them anymore.
So, here's what I know:
Charles Adolf Ingaman Anderson m. Helen Walstad, and had at least one daughter - Harriet, my great grandmother. Helen was said to be an orphan, and to have a brother that stayed in Norway with the aim of being an artist. She (and her unknown brother) was said to have lived with a priest's family back in Norway, and upon the death of the head of the household, they were both given money in the will. That is all the information my grandparents had, but it got me started.
Minnesota Marriage records have Chas A Anderson marrying Helene T Walstad 10 Jul 1893 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The original doc has two witnesses, Albert Wold and Alice Christianson, but as far as I can tell, they're not relatives, so provide no hints.
Church records from Trinity Lutheran in Minneapolis have Chas A J Anderson & M. Helene baptizing 3 children, all on 3 Dec 1899: Clarence Herbert (born 2 Aug 1894), Arthur William (born 22 Aug 1896), and Harriet (born 5 Aug 1899). The sponsors are listed as Georg Wagner, Bertha Wagner, and Alice Olson. The next row in the record has Georg and Bertha's child's baptism record, in which Charles and Helene are listed as sponsors, but again, none of these sponsors screams family.
The Minnesota 1895 Census has more leads but they're so vague it hurts. There are extra Andersons at the same address, but they are just as likely to be total strangers & neighbors/boarders as they are to be family, given the age gap and the fact that they were born in Minnesota before Charles was living in Minnesota. They lived at 1221 9th Street South. Charles AJ, Helen, and Clarence, all of the right ages. Charles is listed as a resident for only 6 years, 6 months, so I'm not sure if that's an immigration date, or he was somewhere else in the country for a while.
US Census of 1900 has the other kids and a little more info, including the fact that they live near the Deaconess' Institute in Minneapolis. Charles is listed as arriving in 1880 and being naturalized, but I haven't found that record yet. Helen is listed as arriving in 1890, but it's not marked whether she was also naturalized.
The Minnesota 1905 Census has the family as a whole, but the people in their building have varying last names, so again, likely just neighbors. They were living at 1312 Twenty Fourth Street by this time, but there's not much information. Charles is listed as being in Minnesota for 20 years, but again, it's unclear. Helen is listed with 18 years.
Then, tragedy. Charles' obituary shows up in the 17 Jan 1907 edition of the Star Tribune and reads: "Charles A Anderson died yesterday at the Norwegian Deaconess’ hospital. He was 44 years old, and leaves a widow and three children. Funeral services at 2pm Saturday from the residence, 1314 East Twenty-fourth street. Interment at Layman’s."
Searching the records for Layman's Cemetery has been no help, I can't find him under Chas, Charles, or any of his supposed names, but I did find his death record with the Minnesota Historical Society, and have ordered it, but nothing back from them yet. (Edit to add) I did think to see if the Deaconess’ Institute kept records on their patients, but so far I haven’t found any. Minnesota Historical Society has records in their library, but they seem to be more about the nuns and the institute than the patients. Might be an avenue to try in the future but not urgent right now.
Helen and the kids show up on the 1910 Census at the same address as before. Helen is listed as widowed and working as a laundress, the kids are all in school, nothing useful to go backward in time, but it's helping me flush out the kids' trees & lives.
Again, Helen's on the 1920 Census, this time with only Clarence and Arthur. She's still a laundress for a private family, Clarence isn't working, and Arthur is driving for Express Co. By that time, Harriet had married my great-grandpa, so that makes sense.
The well ran dry for Helen on Ancestry, so I started looking at the kids, thinking maybe I could get somewhere. Found Clarence's draft card pretty quick, but nothing about his family there. Found more about Arthur, who may have been wounded in WWI, but haven't verified. He did marry, a woman named Alice, and had a son, Arthur R., then passed in 1962. I'll be doing more research there, but haven't done too much, because I'm still going up the tree, not down.
Moved over to Family Search. Found more detail on Arthur's service in WWI in a Family Search Index. Here's where it got interesting. Father's birthplace: Christiania (Olso), Norway. Mother's birthplace: Stavanger, Norway. Checked Clarence's service record to see if he would verify it, but he only listed them as being born in Norway. Clearly, Arthur was the detail-oriented brother.
But! I have hometowns... maybe. If Arthur was right.
So, I start looking through the wiki's for Norweigan Genealogy, and I swear I've looked everywhere for Helen and Charles, but I'm getting no bites. I even succumbed to looking at Ancestry family trees... and I may have discovered that Walstad is an Americanized version of Vølstad, that Helen's "middle" name (really patronym, but Ancestry doesn't have a good way to track that) might be either Thoresdatter or Torgersdatter, but I don't trust trees, especially since not one of them is sourced. But... I did find Vølstad on a map in Rogaland, the same area of Norway as Stavanger. Knowing some Norwegian names are farm names, I started to dig there, and find that Vølstad was indeed a farm, and there is a farm book for it, but no one's biting on my Inter Library Loan so far. I searched the digital archives for Helen Vølstad in both Stavanger and the town containing the farm, but no dice. No dice on the guessed patronyms, either. So far, can't figure out when Helen died, so I haven't found a death certificate. I don't even know whether she actually was an orphan, or if she had a brother who stayed in Norway to become an artist. There are DNA matches along that family line, and I've checked them and their trees out, but again, the ones that track the Vølstads don't have any sources and aren't actually descended from Helen's supposed parents, so they're not too keen on accuracy. I haven't found an obvious Anderson match either, so no luck there.
What am I missing? I feel well and truly blocked.
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2020.10.27 16:54 jessie_berry The case of Blair Adams is one of the most bizarre and fascinating unsolved mysteries I've ever come across. The Canadian fled from British Columbia and ended up dead in Tennessee days later. What happened to him?

Blair Adams (aka Robert Dennis Blair Adams) was 31 years old when he was found dead in a construction site in Tennessee, United States--thousands of miles away from his home in British Columbia, Canada. Blair was a construction foreman who was known to be friendly and generous; his mother described him as “kind” and “ambitious”. He met his untimely demise through a series of extremely bizarre and strange events that remain unexplained to this day.
This is one of the fascinating cases I’ve come across. It’s been posted here before but the circumstances surrounding his death are so mind boggling that I believe the case still warrants discussion.
TIMELINE:
Weeks Prior: He began acting very strange in the weeks before his disappearance and ultimately death. He was described to have acted out of character: paranoid, erratic and anxious. He told his friends and mother that someone was spreading rumours about him and that someone was going to kill him. He would not explain who nor why. Other odd behaviour he exhibited include the fact that he stopped attending his AA meetings (he was 2 years sober at that point), left his worksite unlocked and quit his job without picking up his last pay cheque.
05JUL1996: He started preparations for his departure by withdrawing most of his money from his bank account and valuables from his safe deposit box including gold bars, platinum and jewelry. He would keep these in a fanny pack.
7JUL1996: His first attempt into the US was via a ferry from Victoria, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington. US immigration officials flagged him because he fit the profile of a drug courier: lone male traveling with a lot of cash. Red flag number one. Red flag number two was raised when he denied any criminal history. However, his background check showed that he had been convicted of drug and assault charges in the past. Thus, he was denied entry.
9JUL1996: Early morning he tried to cross into the US by foot through the Pacific Highway Border Crossing. He was denied by border patrol once again because he matched the description of a man involved in a car theft and the blue car was found nearby the border crossing. However, Blair denied these allegations and the officials let him go since there was enough evidence against him. They noticed that he had scratches on his hands and feet. Interestingly, his friend would later tell the investigators that she saw Blair driving a blue car that day, not his regular Chevette. He finally makes it across on his 3rd attempt to Seattle via a rental Nissan Altima from Vancouver International Airport. He drove the Nissan Altima from Vancouver International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Strangely, he purchased a roundtrip ticket to Frankfurt, Germany. Why Frankfurt? Well in late 1995 he worked on a construction project near the city and he dated a girl there during this time. However, his German girlfriend told the police later that he never informed her that he was coming. Blair never got on that flight. Instead, he cashed in his credit for a one way ticket ($800) to Washington, DC. Quite a few sources point out the price because it was double the cost of a roundtrip ticket but I think it could’ve been just the earliest flight out to Washington.
10JUL1996: He arrived at Dulles International Airport in the morning ~6:45am and rented a Toyota Camry. Then he started the 7 hour drive to Knoxville, Tennessee. The first sighting of him in Knoxville was at a gas station ~5:30pm. He had trouble getting into his car with the key and called for a repair service. When the clerk arrived, he realized that Blair had been trying to open the Toyota Camry with his Nissan Altima key (remember the other rental?). However, when he tried to advise him to check his pockets for the right key, Blair was determined that he had the correct key. Ultimately, the clerk dropped Blair off at Fairfield Inn and called a tow truck for the Camry.
LAST SIGHTING: Blair checked in at the inn around 7pm and continued to display strange behaviour. From surveillance footage, he entered and exited the lobby 5 times in 40 min. The hotel staff also described him to be paranoid and anxious, seemingly waiting for someone to attack at any moment.
11JUL1996: He was found dead in the morning at 7:30am by two construction workers at the construction site of a hotel across from Fairfield Inn. There was $4000 in cash scattered around his body in US, Canadian and German currencies. His socks, shoes and along with his pants were taken off. Knox County Sheriff described it “like somebody else pulled them down for him”. There was also a black duffel bag near his body with maps and receipts. The Toyota Camry key he couldn’t find at the gas station? Yes, it was also by the body. Autopsy showed that the cause of death was sepsis due to a blow that ruptured his stomach--likely from a crowbar or club. Toxicology showed that there was no alcohol or drugs in his system.
There wasn’t much evidence for the investigators:
  1. No murder weapon: He sustained several injuries and defensive wounds. It looked like he was beaten by the assailant(s).
  2. Lack of DNA evidence: Certain injuries indicate that he had been sexually assaulted, however no DNA evidence could confirm this. Furthermore, they also could not say when the assault had taken place and thus could have been unrelated to his death if it did happen. The only DNA evidence they found was a single long strand of hair. I couldn’t find any reports confirming whether it was from a male or female (not sure why)
  3. No witnesses: Security guard nearby heard a scream at 3:30am.
THEORIES
Sexual encounter gone wrong: This was the prevailing theory from investigators because of the way the body was found (naked from waist down), evidence of sexual assault and there was a truck stop nearby and the area was a hub filled with prostitution. So Blair solicits a prostitute, the deal goes bad and they (the sex worker and/or their pimp) try to scam him. A fight ensues and they accidentally kill him. I don’t really buy this theory since there was a lot of cash around the body. If it was just about the money, then why didn’t they take any? Even if they were scared that they had killed him, it’s hard for me to believe that they wouldn’t take any of the cash. I also read that some people believe that they didn’t take the cash because it was in different currencies: either they didn't want it to be traced back to them somehow while exchanging or just didn’t want to exchange it. However, I would argue this took place some time during the night. Unless the construction site is really well lit, then how could they tell it was a different currency? Even if the money looked foreign, wouldn’t they just scoop it up, run and then sort through it later? Also, they didn’t take any of the fanny pack’s valuables.
Sudden onset of mental illness: He was mentally ill and had a psychotic break. His psychosis drove him to create this elaborate escape plan and ultimately he either took his own life or a chance encounter took his life. Supporting evidence of this include his bizarre paranoid behaviour weeks prior to his death, history of mental illness in his family, history of alcohol abuse and age (31). However, he was never diagnosed with mental illness himself. On top of that, his friends all denied that they had seen him display any signs as well. Since there was no concrete evidence, it’s hard for me to believe this theory. To play the devil’s advocate, if he was truly stable and went to many of his friends and family to let them know someone was going aftekill him...why didn’t any of them report this to the authorities? Or even get him medical help? Very strange.
To be honest, he could very well have had mental illness. However, the reality of the threat and possible mental illness are not mutually exclusive. He may have been schizophrenic and his life was in real danger. Or even the threat of his safety may have triggered the psychosis.
Organized crime hit: He was involved in illegal activities (most likely drug related given his past), got in way over his head, pissed off the wrong people and they murdered him for it. This is the theory that I’m leaning towards. This is also related to his time in Germany. Unlike his girlfriend who described him as a “gentleman”, he was seen as “abrasive”, “confrontational” and got in fights with his German ex-workers. He also relayed that he actually feared violence from them! On top of this, a poster from sitcomonline claimed that his ex-girlfriend and friend revealed his trip to Germany ended earlier than expected and that he was different after he came back. But why would they stalk him all the way to Tennessee? Maybe it was just to mentally torture Blair and see him break (which he did) before finally killing him. Finally, his pants being pulled down could be a way to humiliate him.
I could go on for hours on this case but this post is so long already so I'll stop here. What do you guys think happened to him?
Links if you're interested:
  1. My video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2BLR6sOySA&t=1s&ab_channel=jessieberry
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Blair_Adams
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20180612144437/http://etspj.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BlairAdams.pdf
  4. https://torontosun.com/news/crime/crime-hunter-death-far-from-home
  5. https://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/showthread.php?t=115863
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2020.10.27 08:28 DarthSanity A Patchwork Love - chapter 1

“Mr. Chambers?”
I turn the pages of the photo album in front of me, not really focusing on anything. I should weep, or cry, or lash out in anger. But I’m just numb.
“Excuse me, Mr. Chambers? Alex? Are you able to continue?”
I look up and for a brief second, I forget everything around me. It comes back, slowly. I’m in our home, that we shared for over 25 years, sitting in the living room. Special Agent Kristen Dowling sits in front of me, a worried, pensive look on her face. I look down at the page I stopped at. A picture of Marilyn and I at Disneyworld with our daughter Katey, then seven years old.
“I’m sorry. Kind of zoned out there a bit. Where was I?”
Agent Dowling let out a sigh of relief. “You were telling me about when you first met your wife.”
It comes back to me now. “Yes, we met in 1992 at a volunteer event – Habitat for Humanity. Jimmy Carter was there; she was so excited. Me, not so much. Just needed to get my annual community service days out of the way. She was so giving, so supportive. Always looking out for those less fortunate. “
My throat is suddenly dry. “I need a drink? Can I get you anything? Pop, water?”
Kristen smiled. “A water, thanks.”
I rummage around the fridge, grab two bottles, and head back to the living room, reminiscing as I walk. “Here you go.”
She sips a bit, then continues. “When you met, did she have any friends, groups that she belonged to? Where did she work?”
I shake my head. “No work, she was still in school. OU College of Nursing. Got a BSN, went right to Mercy Hospital. All of the people in her life were from school, or the hospital, or a half-dozen volunteer organizations she belonged to.”
“No family?”
I shake my head. “She said she was an orphan or something. I didn’t pry, but I think there was something pretty traumatic that went on.”
“What makes you say that?”
“She couldn’t remember anything before her 18th birthday.”
Agent Dowling types furiously in her laptop. “What did she tell you about that day?”
I breathe in deeply. “She said it was the first day at OU. August 21rd 1989. She woke in the morning, already in the dorm. She was happy. She didn’t know much about her life, but she clearly had a solid college prep schooling – she was smart as a tack. She met her roommates later that day as they arrived. She told them it was her birthday, and they all went out to celebrate.” I smiled. “Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant. We’ve celebrated many an anniversary there.”
“How’d she pay for school?”
I shrug. “Full scholarship, I guess.”
The Agent continues to type. “So, you met in 1992. How’d you end up married?”
“We hung out as friends, at first. I introduced her to my crowd, my family, co-workers. We would hang around in groups together. One day a group of nurses, another a group from Ameriprise, on the weekend a group from Habitat, or the Red Cross.”
“You weren’t initially attracted to each other?”
I smile. “Dunno about her, but I was smitten the moment I laid eyes on her. But something kept me back. Back then she seemed real naïve – lots of book smarts, but hardly any real world experience. She’d ask me some of the most basic questions at times. Things you or I might have learned on the playground in elementary school. In a way I felt more protective of her than anything.”
“Anyway, it was over a year before we went out on anything like a date. And then a year more before things got serious. I popped the question on Christmas Day, 1994. I remember she laughed, but she said yes. She wanted to get married right away, so we scheduled an April wedding. Her mentor from OU walked her down the aisle. Honeymooned at Lake of the Ozarks for two weeks, completely separated from the outside world.”
I felt a burst of anger rise up in me. I paused just long enough to push it down, let it pass. “We came back to the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing.”
Agent Dowling’s face went ashen. “Were you…?”
“Three of our closest friends died. Two of them also had children that died. We couldn’t stay. It was just too painful. For her I think it was guilt at not being there when it happened. So, we said our tearful goodbyes. Moved up here to Omaha. She went to work at the children’s hospital, I settled in at US Bank. Both of us just got our 25-year pins.”
The anger welled up again, but this time it was different. Anger at the unknown, at all the stuff that came out after her car wreck, all the questions swirling from a dozen different agencies.
“Look, I know all these people have questions. Frankly so do I. But maybe the simplest answer is the best: maybe she was this missing teen, got into some trouble, had to run away, start a new life. Is that so difficult to accept?”
“And what about the other six missing people that showed up in her DNA profile?”
“I dunno. Bone graphs, maybe.” I grasp as straws. “Or Leukemia! Marrow transplants! Or maybe she had to have intensive gene therapy for something!”
“The doctors have ruled that out…”
I slam my fist on the coffee table, perhaps too hard. “Dammit! I don’t care what they say, there’s no way they’re going to convince me that my wife was some kind of Frankenstein’s monster!”
Kristina holds my hand, tries to settle it. “No one is saying that. It’s just that we have a lot of people with questions that go back over 30 years. We’re just trying to find closure to all this.”
I suddenly start to weep. Kristina holds me, comforts me. I try to let her, but my loneliness just won’t stop. But at least I’m able to calm down after a few moments.
“Ok, lets consider what you just said. Marilyn was a runaway, or maybe a trafficked teen. Got away, started a new life. Let’s see if things add up.”
Sure, I think, this will be easy. “Ok, tell me about this teen.”
Agent Dowling rummages through some files, then pops out what seems to be the thickest one. “Her name was Camila Montoya, from Las Vegas Nevada…”
“Wait, Hispanic?” Ok, maybe this isn’t going to be so easy after all.
“Yes.” She hands me a picture. Deep skinned, broad lips, dark hair, brown eyes. I quickly flip through my photo album. There she was, the girl I fell in love with.
“This was taken two weeks after we met.” It’s the face I saw every day for almost 30 years: Fair skin, with a few freckles, thin lips tapering to dimples, dusty blond hair, dark blue eyes. There’s no way these are the same two people. Except…
I look closely at Camila, then back at Marilyn. I hold them up to the light, slide both pictures together. Escuela’s face is larger, but the proportions are exactly a match. No, I think to myself, this can’t be right.
“Do you have any other pictures of her?”
“Sure” the Agent hands me the file, and I rifle through them. Birthday parties, middle school graduation, summer camp, family photos. And I see plenty of evidence that this isn’t my wife: 5’4”, not 5’9”. Broader hips, not fat, but hourglass shaped. Not anything like the tall skinny woman I married.
Then I find what I’m looking for.
Most of Camila’s pictures show a slight smile but this – she is clearly laughing at some shenanigans behind the photographer. Now my wife would have covered her mouth if anything like that had happened, because of…
I drop the file, dig through the photo album. I know its here, somewhere. I open the cabinet, fish out boxes of discarded photos, all unworthy to share to our friends. It takes me a lot longer than I thought, but I find it.
“My wife had an interesting smile. Her right bicuspid grew out crooked, so she had a bit of a snaggletooth. She was always embarrassed by it, covered her mouth when she ate, or laughed. She wanted me to through this picture away, but I thought it was just so cute of her…”
We compared the two photos. Same tooth, same angle of protrusion.
Marilyn and Camila had the same snaggletooth.
“What does this mean?”
Agent Dowling seems as shaken as I. “I don’t know…”
Anger rise up from the pit of my stomach. “So, what do we do now? Start comparing arms and legs to these other missing kids, see if there’s a match?”
The Agent just looks at me. She opens her mouth but doesn’t speak.
“And think of the ramifications. That someone carved up seven kids, stripped them to their bones, took bits and pieces of them and – I dunno, transplanted them? Grew a new body around them?”
She’s not looking at me, so I grab her shoulders, look in her face. “I mean, let’s say we open up all these questions? Do you really think the world is ready for the answers we’ll find?”
Before she can answer I hear the door open. It’s Katey. Our daughter. She looks as if she’s been crying all the way from Colorado. I immediately go to hug her.
Agent Dowling starts to pack up her things. “I know you have a lot going on, so I’ll come back later and we can continue our talk.” She pauses. “Can I keep this?”
It’s the photo of Marilyn’s snaggletooth. “Can you take a picture?”
She nods and lays it down. Pulls out her phone, snaps two or three pics, then hands me the original.
She goes to leave, then looks back. “I’m so sorry, for…” But she looks as if she is going to cry, so she just walks out the door.
And Katey and I just hold each other for the longest time. Crying and laughing, finally collapsing on the couch. But I need to let her know.
“Look, Katey, I need to tell you… there are some question popping up about your mom…”
She holds my hand. “I know.”
“So, listen, I’m going to try to keep you out of it as much as possible. I want to you to remember your mom as the loving, caring person she always has been. OK?”
“Maybe I should…”
I shake my head. “A lot of people are making some wild accusations about some really weird things. Disturbing things.”
Katey looks down. “I know.”
“So it’s best if you…” Then I look at her. But she won’t look back. “What do you mean, ‘you know’?”
She looks up at me, tears streaming down her cheeks. “I know… everything.”
I stumble over my words, spouting gibberish. Finally I sputter out, “How?”
Katey doesn’t cry, she just looks down. A deep fear rushes across my gut.
“Because I’m just like her.”
My world goes dark.
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2020.10.27 02:01 jessie_berry What happened to Blair Adams? A series of incredibly bizarre events led this Canadian to flee from British Columbia and end up dead in a construction site in Tennessee

Blair Adams (aka Robert Dennis Blair Adams) was 31 years old when he was found dead in a construction site in Tennessee, United States--thousands of miles away from his home in British Columbia, Canada. Blair was a construction foreman who was known to be friendly and generous; his mother described him as “kind” and “ambitious”. He met his untimely demise through a series of extremely bizarre and strange events that remain unexplained to this day.
This is one of the fascinating cases I’ve come across. It’s been posted here before but the circumstances surrounding his death are so mind boggling that I believe the case still warrants discussion.
TIMELINE:
Weeks Prior: He began acting very strange in the weeks before his disappearance and ultimately death. He was described to have acted out of character: paranoid, erratic and anxious. He told his friends and mother that someone was spreading rumours about him and that someone was going to kill him. He would not explain who nor why. Other odd behaviour he exhibited include the fact that he stopped attending his AA meetings (he was 2 years sober at that point), left his worksite unlocked and quit his job without picking up his last pay cheque.
05JUL1996: He started preparations for his departure by withdrawing most of his money from his bank account and valuables from his safe deposit box including gold bars, platinum and jewelry. He would keep these in a fanny pack.
7JUL1996: His first attempt into the US was via a ferry from Victoria, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington. US immigration officials flagged him because he fit the profile of a drug courier: lone male traveling with a lot of cash. Red flag number one. Red flag number two was raised when he denied any criminal history. However, his background check showed that he had been convicted of drug and assault charges in the past. Thus, he was denied entry.
9JUL1996: Early morning he tried to cross into the US by foot through the Pacific Highway Border Crossing. He was denied by border patrol once again because he matched the description of a man involved in a car theft and the blue car was found nearby the border crossing. However, Blair denied these allegations and the officials let him go since there was enough evidence against him. They noticed that he had scratches on his hands and feet. Interestingly, his friend would later tell the investigators that she saw Blair driving a blue car that day, not his regular Chevette. He finally makes it across on his 3rd attempt to Seattle via a rental Nissan Altima from Vancouver International Airport. He drove the Nissan Altima from Vancouver International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Strangely, he purchased a roundtrip ticket to Frankfurt, Germany. Why Frankfurt? Well in late 1995 he worked on a construction project near the city and he dated a girl there during this time. However, his German girlfriend told the police later that he never informed her that he was coming. Blair never got on that flight. Instead, he cashed in his credit for a one way ticket ($800) to Washington, DC. Quite a few sources point out the price because it was double the cost of a roundtrip ticket but I think it could’ve been just the earliest flight out to Washington.
10JUL1996: He arrived at Dulles International Airport in the morning ~6:45am and rented a Toyota Camry. Then he started the 7 hour drive to Knoxville, Tennessee. The first sighting of him in Knoxville was at a gas station ~5:30pm. He had trouble getting into his car with the key and called for a repair service. When the clerk arrived, he realized that Blair had been trying to open the Toyota Camry with his Nissan Altima key (remember the other rental?). However, when he tried to advise him to check his pockets for the right key, Blair was determined that he had the correct key. Ultimately, the clerk dropped Blair off at Fairfield Inn and called a tow truck for the Camry.
LAST SIGHTING: Blair checked in at the inn around 7pm and continued to display strange behaviour. From surveillance footage, he entered and exited the lobby 5 times in 40 min. The hotel staff also described him to be paranoid and anxious, seemingly waiting for someone to attack at any moment.
11JUL1996: He was found dead in the morning at 7:30am by two construction workers at the construction site of a hotel across from Fairfield Inn. There was $4000 in cash scattered around his body in US, Canadian and German currencies. His socks, shoes and along with his pants were taken off. Knox County Sheriff described it “like somebody else pulled them down for him”. There was also a black duffel bag near his body with maps and receipts. The Toyota Camry key he couldn’t find at the gas station? Yes, it was also by the body. Autopsy showed that the cause of death was sepsis due to a blow that ruptured his stomach--likely from a crowbar or club. Toxicology showed that there was no alcohol or drugs in his system.
There wasn’t much evidence for the investigators:
  1. No murder weapon: He sustained several injuries and defensive wounds. It looked like he was beaten by the assailant(s).
  2. Lack of DNA evidence: Certain injuries indicate that he had been sexually assaulted, however no DNA evidence could confirm this. Furthermore, they also could not say when the assault had taken place and thus could have been unrelated to his death if it did happen. The only DNA evidence they found was a single long strand of hair. I couldn’t find any reports confirming whether it was from a male or female (not sure why)
  3. No witnesses: Security guard nearby heard a scream at 3:30am.
THEORIES
Sexual encounter gone wrong: This was the prevailing theory from investigators because of the way the body was found (naked from waist down), evidence of sexual assault and there was a truck stop nearby and the area was a hub filled with prostitution. So Blair solicits a prostitute, the deal goes bad and they (the sex worker and/or their pimp) try to scam him. A fight ensues and they accidentally kill him. I don’t really buy this theory since there was a lot of cash around the body. If it was just about the money, then why didn’t they take any? Even if they were scared that they had killed him, it’s hard for me to believe that they wouldn’t take any of the cash. I also read that some people believe that they didn’t take the cash because it was in different currencies: either they didn't want it to be traced back to them somehow while exchanging or just didn’t want to exchange it. However, I would argue this took place some time during the night. Unless the construction site is really well lit, then how could they tell it was a different currency? Even if the money looked foreign, wouldn’t they just scoop it up, run and then sort through it later? Also, they didn’t take any of the fanny pack’s valuables.
Sudden onset of mental illness: He was mentally ill and had a psychotic break. His psychosis drove him to create this elaborate escape plan and ultimately he either took his own life or a chance encounter took his life. Supporting evidence of this include his bizarre paranoid behaviour weeks prior to his death, history of mental illness in his family, history of alcohol abuse and age (31). However, he was never diagnosed with mental illness himself. On top of that, his friends all denied that they had seen him display any signs as well. Since there was no concrete evidence, it’s hard for me to believe this theory. To play the devil’s advocate, if he was truly stable and went to many of his friends and family to let them know someone was going aftekill him...why didn’t any of them report this to the authorities? Or even get him medical help? Very strange.
To be honest, he could very well have had mental illness. However, the reality of the threat and possible mental illness are not mutually exclusive. He may have been schizophrenic and his life was in real danger. Or even the threat of his safety may have triggered the psychosis.
Organized crime hit: He was involved in illegal activities (most likely drug related given his past), got in way over his head, pissed off the wrong people and they murdered him for it. This is the theory that I’m leaning towards. This is also related to his time in Germany. Unlike his girlfriend who described him as a “gentleman”, he was seen as “abrasive”, “confrontational” and got in fights with his German ex-workers. He also relayed that he actually feared violence from them! On top of this, a poster from sitcomonline claimed that his ex-girlfriend and friend revealed his trip to Germany ended earlier than expected and that he was different after he came back. But why would they stalk him all the way to Tennessee? Maybe it was just to mentally torture Blair and see him break (which he did) before finally killing him. Finally, his pants being pulled down could be a way to humiliate him.
I could go on for hours on this case but this post is so long already so I'll stop here. What do you guys think happened to him?
Links:
  1. My video on the case
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Blair_Adams
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20180612144437/http://etspj.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BlairAdams.pdf
  4. https://torontosun.com/news/crime/crime-hunter-death-far-from-home
  5. https://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/showthread.php?t=115863
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2020.10.25 22:17 Sluethisme The Timeline - The Disappearance of Suzanne Morphew - What Happened

THE TIMELINE - The Disappearance of Suzanne Morphew and what likely happened.
Added 10/26: The following was developed by consolidating what relevant info we know, putting it in date/subject order and filling in the blanks using deductive reasoning and some human behavior analysis. The parts that are the resultant speculation are enclosed ( ). So there is no misunderstanding, I do NOT have access to LE computers nor has Barry given me a detailed confession.
PREFACE: I am taking on this task in order to document what likely happened. Mixed with our varying opinions, there have been so many misunderstandings and falsehoods by the YouTubers, print and TV media it boggles the mind. We tend to put trust in the so called official media (profit and drama oriented), to our own peril.
I will put my speculation in ( ), so you can more easily ignore it after you read it, as you choose. In order to tie like topics together, I will use some flash forward comments that tie them together, so readers don’t have to constantly analyze everything from before. If, for any reason, you vehemently disagree ... please stop reading and listen to calming music (lol).
Most of the items below are already known by “old-timers” on this Sub and know each has been beaten to death multiple times. I hope the benefit of all of this will mainly fall to the new-timers. I believe that there will be a lot of new-timers because even though I am now convinced of Barry’s guilt, I fear he may go free. After refinement, perhaps D&D will pin this post to the top.
GROUND RULES In the interest of brevity and our mutual sanity I’m only including the most relevant of topics - IMO. Speculative comments after the first week, about what Barry said or didn’t say, did or didn’t do will not be incorporated. While such may look suspicious, they easily degrade into Barry Bashing. ie: We don’t need to labor to make him look even worse. However, subsequent recorded interviews of those who had first hand knowledge, like Barry, Morgan and LE have been a rich source.

Please bring any significant Omissions or Corrections to my attention and I will incorporate them. But let’s stick with finding the relevant truth and showing some mercy to my typing finger. LOL

Barry has demonstrated his tenacity in his months of “searching” but his theories don’t impress LE or most of us. I believe he is doing this in hopes of swaying the public and establishing points for his future defense lawyers.
IN SUMMARY: After her murder, Barry did three things that were clever. He was clever in leading LE into thinking that she was abducted with the location of her bike. He was clever in tossing her personal item (helmet) off westbound US50 ... establishing her abductors’ direction of travel. The third thing was in disposing of her body without leaving a GPS trail. The rest of it was a disaster, with the major ones being: His PLAN A. attempt at burying her at the Salida job site, which had to be aborted. It left a GPS trail for LE, which then exposed his resultant goofy excuse of going into Salida and maintaining the Bobcat around midnight. His alibi of being out-of-town in Broomfield was ill conceived and assumed that Morgan and Puckett wouldn’t mention that he didn’t order the new bricks and he didn’t bring tools for doing brickwork. He thought he could intimidate them into lying to LE but that didn’t work out. God Bless Morgan.
The following 21 items were influenced by my opinion that Barry killed his wife. Some people believe she was abducted. For 4 months I was a big believer of his innocence, taking on all comers. Then, Morgan’s TV interview raised questions for which nobody had answers. Suddenly , the pieces fell into place for me. If, after reading this, you don’t think this fair to Barry, please respond with your comments and thinking on the key points. To answer the YA BUTS ...

VERSION 1.1
  1. Fri. 5/8/2020: Using his Bobcat, Barry finishes grading the Salida riverside job site. Part of a concrete slab for a new house was poured sometime in the past and the slab for the part he is now grading is going to be poured on Monday the 11th.
  2. Sat. 5/9 Barry meets Morgan around 9am at the Salida riverside job site. The sandy part of the lot next to the river is a mess and he and Morgan plan to spend the day raking it out and cleaning it up. The Bobcat machine is still at the site in case they need it.
  3. Sat. 5/9: Barry gets a call at around 11am from Suzanne. She wants him to come home and spend time with her hiking, biking, etc. This shows that Suzanne is lonesome (and probably depressed.) Reasons: COVID closed down her gym where she went to workout and socialize with friends. Likewise, her church is closed. For exercise she becomes an avid biker but that is a solitary activity. Her cell service is crap. All she hears is the sound of traffic from US50. Her girls have been away for a week at a church camp out in Utah.
  4. Sat. 5/9: Morgan, at some point, hears that Barry was around Salida shopping Sat. afternoon. (Not sure of any implication here.)
  5. Sat. 5/9: A recent Unconfirmed Reddit rumor says that Barry and Suzanne ate dinner in Salida. I doubt it. However, Susanne had been spotted picking up takeout food in Salida around Thursday and maybe that morphed into the Dinner story. Who knows for sure?
  6. Sat. 5/9 noon to 7pm: Different sources say that for an unspecified period of time, starting as early as noon and ending as late as 7pm, Suzanne is on social media with her BFF in Indiana, back and forth for a long time about a wedding. Apparently, Andy spoke with the BFF and relayed his memory. Media butchered it, leading to the current vagueness. (Suggestions that Barry had killed her on Friday and was the one texting about wedding plans seems almost silly, since it is doubtful that he would understand wedding stuff and also fool her BFF.) The BFF later says it ended abruptly. (a. Barry yanked her phone away and demanded Dinner. This could have triggered the confrontation causing her demise. b. Cell service dropped out. c. She tired of the conversation.)
  7. Sat. 5/9: Between approx. 7pm and 10:30pm (It could be earlier. We just don’t have any clues.) Something triggered the violent act by Barry. I apologize for the drama upcoming in the speculation, but it is what I keep visualizing. (Upset at something that Barry said or did, Suzanne blurted out ... “I’ve had it. I have thought about it long and hard and I want a divorce, half of our assets, and I’m taking the girls back to Indiana where I was once happy! Furthermore, I am going to find a real man. One who knows how to treat, love and satisfy a woman! Barry exploded, grabbed her by the neck and strangled her as he screamed “shut up! The resultant adrenaline rush was going to last for many hours, helping him focus but also surging, impacting his thinking and leaving him an exhausted mess in his hotel room on Sunday.) Later, during a week long LE search warrant search of the house and property, LE apparently did not find a “smoking gun” or a crime scene (because there wasn’t a bloody crime scene to clean up ... maybe just a tipped over lamp.)
  8. Sat. 5/9 Approx. 10:30pm, maybe earlier: Note: Skills to deal with a crisis - Barry is a successful businessman in a tough industry. For over 30 years he had amassed a net worth of over 2 million dollars, including the 500k from Suzanne’s inheritance. He had a degree in landscaping / grading and that business requires strong REACTIVE skills. Nothing ever seems to go as planned. It rains, crew doesn’t show, silt fence breaks and big underground rocks stop the grading progress - these are just a few examples. (Some think it was a pre-planned event because her body hasn’t been found. He just reacted to a “problem”. )
  9. As humans, when faced with a crisis we seek FAMILIARITY in dealing with it. (PLAN A was formed. He needed to dispose of her body. He had just finished grading a lot in town on Friday and had been there until 11am that morning. The ground would be easy to scoop and his Bobcat was still there. Even better, on Monday another contractor would be pouring a slab over it. Perfect! Added 10/26: Barry’s neighbor, when checking on Suzanne at his request said there were cars in the driveway. Probably the girl’s. There would not have been much room to back and turn around the Bobcat/trailer.
  10. Sat. 5/9: Sometime between 11:30pm and midnight an older woman living near that job site is awoken by the sound of construction equipment. (She thought it might have been Friday but subsequent LE actions show it was Sat.) She knows what it is because a Bobcat had been grading there for several days. It lasts for between 15 and 30 minutes. She wasn’t sure. Later, she recalls going to the site the”next day” and asking if operators left their keys in the equipment, allowing pranksters to start it up in the middle of the night. (Next day would have been Mothers Day ... unlikely anyone was at the site. I think it was Monday, the “next workday”). (It was not a prankster, it was Barry with Suzanne’s body, wrapped in a tarp, in the back of his pickup. Barry was not worried about his GPSs giving him away as he could make up some story for driving to town. Now he was at the job site and had started the Bobcat, warmed it up and backed it off it’s trailer. Due to the noise ... Suddenly, lights were coming on in the residences. His first thought would have been that someone might have called LE! He drove the Bobcat back on its trailer, left it behind and hightailed it back home.). Later, in one of Barry’s public interviews, he said that he answered every one of LE’s questions, for 30 hours and stressed that he had “forgotten” only one thing, that he went to town around midnight and did maintenance on his Bobcat! (Obviously, using GPS results, LE caught his omission during an interview and their BS detectors went off. )
  11. Sun. 5/10 Mothers Day 12:30am to 4:00am: (Barry, driving back home after the disastrous Plan A, came up with PLAN B. He could not drive around all night with her body looking for a disposal site. He knew that his phone and truck GPSs would lead LE there. FAMILIARITY rules! He remembers an abandoned mining shaft from when he was hunting. The old road leading to it came close so he could carry her. It was not too far from his home ... but far enough. He switched her to the Range Rover SUV without a (working) GPS and left his phone behind. Knowing he needed an alibi, he remembered the needed brick wall fix in Broomfield from last fall. He also needed to divert attention so he put her bike and helmet in the SUV. On the way west on US50 he turned left on CR 225, pulled to a stop and tossed her bike into the deep ditch next to the road. Nobody would notice it unless searching for it. He turned around and then turned west on US50. 1/2 mile later he rolled down the window and tossed the helmet as far as he could. LE would think that her abductors went westerly. Perfect, because if she was found LE would think the abductors did it. Plus, since he would be going east to Broomfield they would never figure it out what he had done!)
  12. Sun. 5/10: Mothers Day 4:00am till 9:00am Later, Morgan remembers that she was woken at about 4:00am by the sound of a truck, which then leaves. Working with him almost every day, she recognizes the sound of his truck. (We don’t know for sure it was him or why he was there. Maybe he tossed a tarp and Suzanne’s clothing into the dumpster .. he had been there many times picking her up for work. FAMILIARITY! ) (Back at home before 5:00am, he tries to shake the cobwebs from being up all night, he takes a brisk shower and eats some food. The constant adrenaline high has his hands shaking and the food helps.) He leaves home at 5:30am and remembers the time. (He knows that bank and other cctv cams will record him in town, along with his GPSs.) On his 3 1/2 hour drive to Broomfield he called his lead worker, Morgan Gentile. Morgan said “He called me that Sunday – Mother’s Day – and was really frantic, really didn’t sound like himself,” Gentile said. “I hung up the phone and I thought he just had the worst night of his life.” ( Morgan was right.) Gentile agreed to get Puckett and drive to Broomfield by dinner time so they can do the brick wall job Monday. He said he has reserved a room.
  13. Sun. 5/10 Mothers Day 9:00am to 5:30pm: Barry is at the brick wall and starts tearing down some of it. He quits after 1/2 hour having forgotten to bring the right tools and then realizing he, in his haste, he forgot to order a pallet of matching bricks. Note- this all came from Morgan’s interview. He goes to the Holiday Inn Express and checks in. The time of check-in is not public. Evidence shows: Sweaty from the brick work, he takes another shower and leaves two soaked towels on the floor. In subsequent interviews Morgan, Barry and Puckett all commented on the strong bleach smell.(Why he took bleach and how he used it in the hotel is guesswork. I don’t have a clue. Barry, after his shower, spent most of the day in bed. No wonder, he was coming down from no sleep and a multi-hour adrenaline high.) Morgan said the bed had been used and remade. Later, his girls called to say they couldn’t reach Mom to wish her Happy Mothers Day. He said she is probably on a bike ride.
  14. Sun., 5/10: Mothers Day approx. 5:30pm. His daughters call him and are worried so Barry, (according to his plan), calls a neighbor lady and asks her to check the house. She does and tells him Suz is not answering the doorbell, no lights on and the cars are there. He asks her to see if her bike is there and she reports back NO. He tells her to call 911 and says he is on the way back. Morgan later reports that Barry, at 6:10, called to say he left tools for Puckett and her at the hotel but she later discovered they were not the tools needed for brick work. It was like he just dumped his pickup toolbox. (Among other things, the lack of brick working tools shows his Broomfield alibi was scatterbrained and made up on the fly. He was counting on them to not rat him out.) Puckett and Morgan stay there until early Tuesday but can’t do much at the site because of tools and the fact Barry still hadn’t ordered any pallets of bricks to replace the old ones! (Another sign the alibi was phony.)
  15. Sun. 5/10 6:30pm to midnight: Morgan and Puckett arrive at the Holiday Inn Express - Broomfield. Barry had left and they didn’t see him. Barry calls Morgan and tells her that Suzanne is missing so they are on their own. LE has been told the route Suzanne usually rides and they begin searching. En-route, Barry has called some friends and asked them to join the search. More and more LE searchers arrive and are instructed to park on the northbound side of CR225. Around 8:00pm they find Suzanne’s bike in a deep ditch along 225. One of Barry’s friends, seeing LE manhandling the bike up the slope and then several LE examining it, yelled to preserve fingerprint and DNA evidence. One of LE replied: This isn’t the TV show CSI! Arriving searchers have been driving on the right side of 225, obliterating the “abduction crime scene”. The manhandling, CSI comment and crime scene destruction are later given by Barry as an example of LE’s incompetence. (If it goes to trial these will likely be the hub of his defense.) Barry arrived at CR225 about 9:00pm. LE thinks she was dazed by the fall and has crawled or stumbled into the woods or creek. Some searched all night.
  16. Note: I called in a forensic tip to the CBI hotline in early June that IF the gravel in the bike treads matched the gravel on 225 then she had ridden it there and was abducted. IF instead, the gravel in the treads matched the pricey gravel in her subdivision the bike was likely hauled to 225 in a vehicle and tossed into the ditch. In the “tossed” scenario the bike treads were filled with subdivision gravel from coming home from the previous biking trip. No idea if LE acted on it, but it could have been a defining item and during a trial could help show his deception with the bike.
  17. Mon. 5/11 Barry had been near a grocery store, on the phone with LE talking about what she was wearing. Per LE protocol, they asked him to write it down and drop it off. A lot has been speculated about his behavior, which is academic. He can say he was an upset husband without sleep and any behavior would be understandable.
  18. Searches - credit to Lauren Scharf who broadcast these on 7/9.
    5/11 Various Chaffee County Govt. teams have 100 people searching the area along with Drones and 8 dogs. 5/12 Only dogs and drones. 5/13 CBI and FBI join the search. 5/14 Personal Item found ** 5/15 Large grid search of 2.5 mile stretch of US50 (highway closed). 5/17 Lake Fooses searched by dive team. 5/21 - 5/23 Salida riverfront construction site searched. 5/26 Morphew home site search completed and returned to family. 7/9 Morphew home searched for a day.
** The item found on 5/14 was not publicly identified by LE. One report said a jogger first saw it. (I believe it was her helmet. He would have needed something noticeable and what else would a biker have? I considered her cell but they would have pinged that immediately.) Also the first LE poster showed her wearing her blue helmet. The next poster was without the helmet, prominently showing her diamond ring. (Even though she purportedly had disappeared on a bike ride, I believed they no longer showed the helmet because LE had it in custody.)
  1. While Barry has been criticized for not searching for his wife, in an interview he said he had been searching daily. Recently, he said he searched for 100 days. There is evidence that he searched numerous times, especially when the ambush reporter Tyson Draper in a 5/31 video, interviewed Barry on CR225 with his mother in the truck. (Barry’ s resolve to paint the scenario is amazing when you consider he already knew her location.)
  2. Sept. 10: In a Fox21 interview, Morgan said she was interviewed 5 times by LE! She said they asked for her cell phone and she gave it to them. She said they wanted her to take a lie detector test but she declined. (Smart person!) She also said that Barry’s nephew and his friend told her they wouldn’t give her the (entire?) paycheck so it wouldn’t look like “hush money”. (This just adds to the picture of guilt by Barry.) Upon hearing all of this, Barry said she was fired and that she was a meth head. Barry likewise trashed Puckett. (This shows Barry’s sweet side.) Morgan said she is afraid of Barry and moved to S.Dakota. (Good thinking, but now .... please secretly move to some other state.) People have criticized her for being coarse. I admire her for being a brave single mom of 2 who helped expose a murderer, putting her own well-being at risk. God bless her and I hope her life gets better.
  3. September 24: Suzanne’s brother, Andy Moorman, led a 6 day search of the area with hundreds of volunteers and with cadaver dogs. They used technology to record what was searched. Several times dogs hit on false alarms. Andy is admired by all for his efforts, but unfortunately, Suzanne’s remains and nothing of evidentiary value were found.
  4. Barry has, with regularity, advanced and repeated his theories as to what happened. These include a. Mountain Lion b.Fired ex-employee .. revenge c. abducted and d. flawed LE search. Only two remain: Giant eagle and alien from outer space abduction. Now, winter is coming and the rugged terrain will make searches very difficult or impossible ... until spring.
  5. Morgan Gentile’s Other Woman interview: - See comment below.
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2020.10.25 09:00 aBitofKindness [Wraith: Of Villains] - Chapter 2.1

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Celeste squinted against the harsh glare of the emergency lights flickering from the cop cars. The poor dock worker had not asked to come across a murderous villain. He probably had a family at home, a wife and kids, or pets still waiting by the door. Why should Wraith walk away from this while an innocent man just doing his job lay dead on the pavement?
Celeste turned away from the civilian workers documenting the crime scene and crossed the street to where the Hero Vaise stood arguing with a medical technician.
“I will not accept your primitive treatment, and that’s final!” she snapped imperiously. Catching sight of Celeste approaching, she barked, “Hey! You need better control of your civil servants!”
“It’s alright, sir,” Celeste directed at the unfortunate EMT. “Tikri will visit the medical bay on the Hester-Scowen.” Turning to the Hero, she went on, “Our city isn’t your mining planet. We don’t command the civil service workers. We work alongside them.”
“Foolish and inefficient,” Tikri spat. “And call me Vaise, dammit. I hate that Yorgian name.”Illustration
“Okay,” Celeste replied amicably. “You confronted the aether thief, right?”
“Aye, I confronted the damn hellgrammite. Pulled a stunner blade on me.”
“How much dust did he take?”
“Seven liters,” Vaise growled, beginning to pace in agitation. “That’s three point eight million credits of stock!”
“Your vessel has insurance, so you should get most of it back,” Celeste said reassuringly. “But I’ll try to get your stock back. Did Wraith say anything that might indicate what he’s planning?”
“Nah. Well, he kept sayin’ he didn't have an associate, but we saw the big guy on our cameras carrying out the aether. Had some device that mucked up our sensors, though, so we only got a short glimpse before he vanished from our radar. The kid—Wraith, you called him?—wasn’t smart enough to bring his own mask, I guess, though his visor had short range masking capabilities. Old tech. He seemed incompetent. Who is he? I didn’t see him on the watch list…”
“He’s new,” Celeste sighed. “Not yet on the watch list, but…” She glanced at the bloody remains of an innocent man. “I’ve been trying to get him marked by the board.”
Vaise sniffed haughtily and muttered under her breath, “Inefficient.”
Celeste quirked a corner of her mouth ruefully. “It’s politics. You make sure you get your medical bay to check up on you, alright?”
Vaise simply waved her off with brusque impatience and marched away. Celeste snorted in amusement and approached the officers documenting the scene.
“Accipitridae,” the blond-haired woman greeted formally, stepping away from her colleague. “You asked us to let you know if we saw anything unusual, and I thought you might find this to be of interest.” She held up a plastic bag between them. Inside, it contained a single glove, partially torn along its outside stitching. “We only found one. We still need to run it for prints and size, but--”
“Is there any way we can do that in our labs?” Celeste interrupted abruptly. “We would get the analysis done quicker, and I think this could be really helpful in finding the man who did this.”
The officer stammered for a second, clearly caught off guard. “I… That’s… Well, it doesn’t exactly follow our chain of custody protocols, but I suppose…”
“Celeste.”
She glanced over her shoulder and saw Carmen duck underneath the crime scene barrier. He hurried to her side, glancing at the tragic scene with genuine dismay.
“I’m glad you could make it,” she told him as he stopped next to her and the officer. “I’m certain this is Wraith, and we might have his DNA on his glove—”
“How do you know it’s him?” Carmen interrupted.
Celeste gave him a flat look.
“Okay,” he went on reasonably, “let’s just say it’s extremely likely.”
“If it is him, that would mean he’s gaining momentum. This is two deaths in just as many days--and theft of a highly regulated substance! The Council has to put him on the watch list after this! Maybe even the priority list--”
If we can prove it’s him,” Carmen tempered.
“We have his DNA,” Celeste smiled, nodding at the cop holding the evidence bag. The cop just looked between the two Heroes with uncertainty. Turning her attention back to Carmen, Celeste went on, “It will certainly help. We may even be able to find this guy and take him out before he kills any more Heroes or innocent civilians!”
Carmen sighed, studying the glove through the clear plastic. “We can’t officially run the DNA without probable cause by an evidentiary hearing. Before you say anything,” he hurried as Celeste opened her mouth to protest, “I’ve got a drinking buddy who works on this stuff for the Council. I can call in a favor and get the analysis on an unofficial basis.” As he spoke, he extended his hand for the evidence bag, and the blond woman hesitantly handed it over.
Celeste grinned triumphantly. “Fantastic. We’ll find this guy in no time. I’ll take him out myself if I have to. No one else will die by his hands!”
~
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Dad was a small man, but he hit hard.
SMACK!
“When are you going to get your act together!?” my father shouted as I slammed into the wall. He grabbed my collar and shoved me back, looming over me with all his drunken fury. I cowered beneath his glare. What could a kid do against a monster?
Jabbing a finger into my chest, the liquor sloshing in the glass bottle that he held, Dad went on, “You’ve got the blood of one of the greatest Heroes who ever lived! But what good are you as a Hero’s son if you’re so weak!?”
“I’m sorry,” I whimpered, but he just backhanded me across the face again, knocking me to the ground. On my knees, I held my hands to my stinging cheek, fighting with all my might to hold back the tears and failing.
Dad sneered down at me, curling his upper lip in disdain. “You’re weak! Powerless! Useless!”
~
Peter lurched awake with a frantic gasp, sitting bolt upright. Something was tangled around his arms and legs--restraining him--and he flailed in blind panic. His heart palpitated against his ribcage as if trying to escape the prison of his past, and he ached all over from his father’s beating, but he struggled through the pain.
Two arms suddenly wrapped around his chest to hold him down. His father! He fought back, desperate to escape, but then he heard in his ear, “Peter, Peter, it’s okay!”
Delia?
He instantly froze, blinking in the darkness. Yes, this was Delia’s apartment. With a sigh, he sank back into his pillow. The sheets were damp with sweat, but he felt cold all over. Beside him, Delia sat up.
“Was that another one of your stupid nightmares?” she asked, reaching over to turn on the lamp beside the bed.
Peter rolled over, turning his back to her.
Behind him, she went on, “Will you ever tell me about them? After all the times you’ve woken me up because of them, I still don’t know what they’re even about—”
“I don’t want to talk about it,” Peter snapped, still trembling all over.
After a moment, Delia lay back down beside him, wrapping an arm around his side. They lay silently in each other’s company for a few minutes before Delia spoke again. Her voice was soft and supplicating in his ear as she said, “You really scared me yesterday.” She hugged him closer, awakening more aches and bruises. Peter tensed with longanimity. “You were completely raddled when I found you at that park,” she continued plaintively. “I could barely even get you to the car.”
Peter closed his eyes. “I’m sorry.”
She wriggled her fingers in between his and pulled her hands over his heart, and she kissed the back of his neck. “I’m here for you, babe.”
Nestled in her arms, Peter fell asleep feeling grateful that he had decided to trust her.
~
Peter had been more exhausted than he had thought, for he slept soundly for almost two days, slowly recovering from his wounds. He awoke in the gray hours of the morning on Saturday, groggy but refreshed. Delia was still asleep beside him, so he quietly crawled out of bed to take a much-needed shower and change into a spare set of clothes he had left at her apartment during a previous overnight stay.
As he toweled his hair dry, he looked at himself in the foggy mirror; his dark brown hair was getting long, and his brown eyes were sunken from the beginning stages of starvation. The same words that always floated through his mind every time he saw his reflection came back to him now. Weak. Useless. Worthless. He glared at his reflection.
He had grown up doing everything he could to prove them wrong. If only he had succeeded in stealing the aether dust! It was the last thing he needed to pull his plan together! But that goddamn supervillain Naku had gotten in the way—and so effortlessly, too! How had he simply walked out of the freighter ship unharmed?
In the other room, Peter heard Delia rifling through cabinets in the small kitchenette. With a small exhalation, he pulled his eyes away from the mirror and hung up the towel. He had been nervous about asking her to come help him that night in the park. He was afraid she would leave him if she knew the extent of his ‘vigilante work,’ as she called it. But she had been so loving and supportive over the last few days. After everything he had put Delia through, Peter figured he had to repay her somehow. I’m long overdue on that day-long date she wanted, he thought with a smile, and he reached for the door.
He paused, however, his hand hovering over the doorknob. Did he really have time to waste on an outing? With his plan so disrupted after his failed aether heist, he had a lot of work to do. The only way to get dust was to buy it or steal it, and he worked on minimum wage. He had to prepare adequately if he was going to steal from the high-security processing plants that purchased the dust legally, and...
Tomorrow, he told himself firmly, turning the doorknob. It can wait until tomorrow.
~
The sun sat comfortably over the tops of the buildings as Delia and Peter strolled down the mall corridor together on their way to one of the many small amusement parks scattered throughout the megacity. It was a busy Saturday morning, shoppers ducking in and out of small boutiques with an exploratory air. There was a general sense of peace in the day, and Peter slowly relaxed to let himself feel it. Delia chattered on about this and that, mostly inanity that did not require Peter to participate. She looked as radiant as the sun, exuding joy and delight the likes of which Peter had never seen before. He thought he would have regretted leaving the comforting confines of a bed so soon after his battle with the Hero Vaise, just to spend a day at an amusement park he could barely afford. But seeing the happiness in her countenance, he decided that he ought to take her on dates like these more often.
Delia entwined her fingers in between Peter’s and pulled him close so that his elbow was tucked around hers. “Remember when we first met?” she asked, rubbing his arm with her free hand as she pressed joyously against him. “You said you weren’t looking for a girlfriend and would never go on walks in the park or hold hands.” Her fingers trailed along an old scar twisting toward his wrist. “Now look at us!”
“Seven months makes a big difference,” Peter said with a smile, tightening his fingers around hers. She brimmed with joy as she beamed at him.
A flash of silver on the other side of the street caught his attention. He pulled up short when he saw parked on the curb a Gallafex Z-3 magnecycle. It was just sitting there, right in the open!
His sudden halt pulled Delia back with a sharp yank, and she looked back in confusion. “What’s wrong?” she asked.
“That’s a Gallafex Z-3!” he exclaimed, taking a step closer. It was beautiful, polished to a sheen, sleek and inviting and just sitting there.
“Babe, it’s just a magnecycle!” Delia retorted. “Let’s go before the park reaches max occ!”
“Please, just five minutes,” Peter pressed, smiling back at her. “I want a closer look!”
She laughed at him, but obligingly allowed herself to be led across the street toward the gleaming vehicle. The Gallafex Z-3 was an older model, but it was still a magnificent bike. Rotating converters, transfrictional tracks, hypodronic sweep stills. Gallafex had pioneered all the top-of-the-line vehicular enhancements that flooded the market today. Even eight years past its release date, the Z-3 maintained its position in the Thursson’s Top Five ratings--and number one in Peter’s heart.
As his eyes lit up with admiration, Delia snorted, “You’re such a loser when it comes to machines.”
“Give me a break!” Peter grinned, his eyes locked onto the bike. “I’ve never seen a Z-3 in person! It’s a gorgeous model and one of the best designs even to this day. Take care of a vehicle like this and she’ll carry you for decades!”
Delia rolled her eyes, but he ignored her. Now that he was closer, he saw the drunnel chambers looked slightly askew. Bending closer, he saw that their bolt heads were actually cracked.
“Come on, babe,” Delia said, tugging his arm playfully.
“The drunnel heads are cracked,” he replied, studying the fissures.
“So?”
“They’re an important part of the filtration system,” Peter explained, squinting to see if the attachment rods deeper in the engine had been affected, too. “If the owner drives this bike much longer, it’ll burn the lift stabilizers.”
So?”
The rods had been affected. One was bent slightly, pressed up against the bike’s body by the tilted position of the drunnel chambers. Reaching out a finger to point them out to Delia, he said, “These rods need to be replaced, too, or the exhaust will leak into the coolant system, and that’s an exothermic chemical reaction, which could be really dangerous. I hope the owner is aware...”
“He is,” a new voice spoke up. With a start, Peter straightened and stepped back, turning to see a man with sandy hair. He was of medium height and medium build, but he had a sharp, jutting chin, and his blue eyes were bright. He stood just a few feet away; Peter had been so engrossed in the magnecycle that he had not even heard the man approach. He took another step back, tense and nervous about how the man would feel about someone poking close to his bike.
But the corner of the stranger’s mouth was pulled into a smirk as he extended his arm for a handshake. “Name’s Tony,” he said. Peter tentatively returned his grip. “It took my regular mechanic four weeks of tests to figure out why she was running so roughly.” He gestured somewhat forlornly toward the bike, and Peter noticed an autoparts bag in his hand. He must have just bought the replacement drunnel heads. “Yet you take one look and figure it out in just ten seconds? That’s impressive.”
Delia stepped forward and clung to Peter’s arm, a coy smile on her face. “Peter’s a brilliant mechanic,” she told Tony, her voice dripping with pride. Warmth contested the nervousness coiled in Peter’s chest. He was unused to the compliments.
The man nodded amicably and asked, “A Heroes’ mechanic?”
Peter swallowed and said, “No, I just work part-time at a couple of shops. Nothing for Heroes, though.”
“Well,” Tony shrugged, raising his eyebrows, “with an eye like yours, you ought to apply for your license.”
Peter said nothing, for he really wanted nothing to do with the Heroes, but Delia eagerly piped up, “Does it pay well?”
Tony laughed heartily as he packed his shopping bag into a compartment beneath his bike’s seat. “Aye, they make a killing off of all the Heroes up in the Council. It’s not a bad gig, if you can get it.”
“I don’t have a sponsor,” Peter finally cut in, gripping Delia’s fingers hard enough that she looked up at him reproachfully. He silently willed her to keep her mouth shut.
“You don’t necessarily need one,” Tony replied lightly. “I think they open applications every two years to apprentices all across the galaxy, too.”
I can’t afford the entry fee, anyway, Peter thought, wishing the man would drop it.
Yanking her hand out of Peter’s grip, Delia told the man, “That’s wonderful news! Peter will definitely apply for it!”
“Maybe,” Peter hurriedly put in, snatching Delia’s hand again. “Uh, good luck with your bike. Don’t use synthetic lubricant for the drunnel heads. It mucks things up in the long run. Come on, Delia...”
Tony waved genially as the two strode briskly down the street. Pursing her lips, Delia huffed, “What is with you!?”
“I can’t afford to apply as a Heroes’ mechanic!” Peter hissed evasively.
“But that guy said they make a lot of money!”
“I don’t want to do it, alright?” he snapped, hating himself for stopping to check out the bike in the first place. “Will you just drop it?”
“You don’t have to be a bitch about it,” Delia snorted. Peter slowed his earnest pace and let out a long sigh.
“I’m sorry,” he grumbled. “Come on, before the park fills up.”
She hooked her arm in his, cuddling close again. Peter glanced back once, still unsettled at having been so unaware of the man’s approach while engrossed in the bike. Tony stood by his bike, smoking a cigarette and watching them leave. That nervousness crept back into Peter’s mind, and he quickened his pace infinitesimally. Illustration
~
Carmen strode down the quiet corridors in the Blancandrin Research Building. His friend down in forensics, Theo Dore, had served the Council for almost his entire life. The Heroes blood in the Dore family was beginning to fade, and Theo was the first one who opted out of any training, even as a sidekick. Out of respect to his family, he had been given the chance to still work for the Council. Ever since he’d been granted access to the Council, Carmen had made a concerted effort to befriend everyone who worked there, those with power and those, like Theo, who had little to no power left at all. His efforts paid off for when he needed a discrete favor, like now.
When he reached Theo’s lab, Carmen knocked quietly. The door cracked open, and Theo’s pale blue eyes peered out for a second. Upon recognizing the Hero, Theo pulled the door open and hastily waved him inside.
“Your message said it was urgent,” Carmen began.
“Yes,” Theo whispered, though it was clear there was no one else in the lab. He bustled across the cramped space toward the only workspace devoid of any clutter. “You know that glove that you sent to me last week to get a DNA sample?”
“Did you get Wraith’s DNA?” Carmen asked, reining in his enthusiasm. He would leave that to Celeste, if there was anything of note.
Theo looked up at Carmen with a timid glance. “That’s... Well, that’s why I asked you to come here discretely. I... You know my position, Carmen. I’m in the Council by the grace of the Heroes. Running this sample without due cause was illegal, and I don’t want to get mixed up in more, and... I haven’t told anyone, not a single person, and no one knows I ran the sample, and... and we’re friends, you and I, and—”
“Who is he?” Carmen asked quietly, interrupting Theo’s nervous tittering. After a brief moment of hesitation, Theo reached out toward the display panel on the desk and pulled up a digital profile. Carmen leaned close to read the cramped sans serif font.
His entire body went cold.
After a few silent minutes, he slowly straightened, his mind racing. Celeste’s persistence had not been in vain, but despite her acuity, not even she would have guessed this.
With his eyes still riveted on the screen, Carmen asked tightly, “You’re certain you’re the only person who has seen this? There are no copies of this where someone could stumble across it?”
Theo nodded emphatically. “I’m the only one who knows. I don’t want to get mixed up in Council politics, Carmen. I don’t want my name associated with any of this. I am deeply grateful for my place here even though I am powerless, and—”
“I understand, Theo,” Carmen interrupted. Slowly, resolutely, he reached out and hit the Delete option, wiping the data from existence. “This stays between us. If this information got into the wrong hands... into Celeste’s hands... Well, let’s just say she would take political advantage of it.”
“I don’t want to get mixed up in Council politics,” Theo quailed.
Carmen patted his shoulder reassuringly. Without another word, he turned and left the lab.
~
Peter and Delia spent the afternoon walking around Chalde Amusement Park, admiring the side shows and playing in the game stalls. At the laser gun shooting gallery, Peter managed to win Delia a stuffed penguin that was nearly as tall as she was, though he was tasked with carrying it around everywhere under his arm. As the sun neared the horizon, they strolled along the busy paths with ice cream cones. Clinging to Peter’s arm, Delia led the conversation, crooning over the blooming flowers, laughing at chittering squirrels, and otherwise allowing Peter to dwell on his own thoughts. Quite suddenly, Delia veered across him onto a gravel path.
“Oh, what a pretty garden!” she gasped, dragging him into the colorful landscaping. The path was lined with stones and flowers, and a hundred square feet of well-manicured lawn stretched out over the small hill. “I always wanted to live in a nice place with a garden,” Delia went on. “Wouldn’t you?”
“Yeah, it’s pretty,” Peter sniffed noncommittally, for he had never cared about flowers.
“Oh, it’s got a photo trellis!” Delia exclaimed, hastily darting beneath the delicate, silver arch. “Come on, come on!” she implored as she pressed her Kyp against the activation node. Peter watched her enthusiasm with a smile. Anything to make you happy, he thought, and he obligingly stepped beneath the arch and pulled her close. They both smiled up at the camera lens that protruded from its hidden stalk among the flower beds beside the gravel. When it beeped its completion, Delia stood on the tips of her toes and kissed him on the cheek.
“Now I can remember this perfect day,” she said as the picture transferred into her Kyp account. She beamed exultantly as she pulled it up on her wrist display. “And look, it didn’t get anyone in the background!” she cooed as they continued down the gravel path. “This is one of the best photo trellises I’ve ever seen!”Illustration She paused and then smirked. “Almost like the one in that park where I rescued you!” she went on coyly, elbowing him.
He could not remember there being a photo trellis there. Nonetheless, Peter snorted, “I wouldn’t go as far as to say ‘rescue,’ but...”
“Are you kidding? You were completely passed out!” Delia laughed. “You could have gotten mugged by a villain or something.” She went silent for a moment and glanced sideways at him. “You know, you still haven’t told me why you were in that park.”
Peter descried a round stone that had been dislodged from its decorative patch lining the gravel, and he toed it back among its brethren. “Long day.”
Delia pouted at him. “But what happened, baby?” she pressed. “You never tell me what happens in your life. I thought you loved me.”
That’s why I don’t tell you, Peter thought, gritting his teeth.
She stopped in the middle of the small garden, her limpid green eyes glimmering at him reproachfully. “I’m always there for you, aren’t I?” she plied. “I just worry about you, babe.”
“I told you when we met,” Peter muttered crossly, his eyes darting around for any listeners. “I said I’d never tell you everything. I do dangerous work. I’m not going to involve you in it.”
She had a sneer on her face as she replied, “You also swore you’d never fall in love.”
Peter said nothing as he turned and left the small photo garden, scowling. Frustration writhed within him as Delia’s flip-flops clapped against the steel in his wake. Her silence was the worst thing in the world. Was she mad at him? Would she leave him? He just wanted to protect her.
Or maybe I don’t really trust her as much as I thought, a small voice wriggled in the back of his mind. A pang of guilt seized him at the idea. He had trusted her before—why could he not trust her with this? Was it unfair to keep her in the dark even if he demanded her help and support?
If it keeps her safe, he decided, though doubt weighed on him.
They had just exited the park’s gates when Delia spoke up again. With no segue, she huffed, “I think it’s absolutely cruel that you would lie to me every day by not telling me what you do!”
Peter stopped up short and spun to face her. “Lie?” he protested. He had made pains to do quite the opposite!
Her face scrunched up as her cheeks turned red. “I have loved you and trusted you up to now, but... but...” She suddenly sniffed, tears welling up in her emerald eyes, and she turned away so that a curtain of red hair hid her face. “You don’t trust me. You don’t love me!”
“Delia, I—” Peter hastily looked around at the other park-goers slowly trickling out, and he lowered his voice. “When I asked for your help a few days ago—I trusted you with that! And you know I’m... working toward a... goal.” He stammered, his heart hammering against his ribcage. He did not trust her! Never had it pained him so, but he did not trust her! Gritting his teeth, he pressed, “And I do love you! I do!”
Her shoulders began to shake as she started weeping, and Peter’s soul keened in anguish. “You don’t!” she cried, drawing a few eyes. “If you did, you would tell me everything!”
“Delia,” Peter whispered, grasping her hand in his, “I love you more than anyone in the Nine Hundred Galaxies. But I can’t tell you everything... I... I don’t want to put you in harm’s way. Please, I need you to understand.”
She turned her tear-stained face up to him, her eyes big and watery. “If you love me, you won’t keep secrets from me. But if you can’t be open with me, I can’t... I don’t think I can keep this up.” With a sob, she yanked her hand out of his grip and walked away.
The sudden, familiar desolation of abandonment reared up inside of Peter like a black wave before he managed to quell it with anger. Spinning, he caught up with Delia and hissed, “I told you I love you. I bend over backwards to make you happy. I even went on this stupid date with you! Why can’t I have this one thing for myself!?”
“You clearly don’t know how relationships work, do you?” she huffed with a bit more composure, dabbing at her eyes with her sleeve. “Both parties must always be open and honest. If you can’t tell me what you’re actually doing, then for all I know, you’re doing other women.”
“I’m not cheating on you!” Peter snapped, drawing a few eyes again. He lowered his voice to a growl as the two of them continued down the cramped streets of the Chaldean sector. “You’re the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, Delia. I don’t love anyone else—I don’t even like anyone else. Just you. What do I have to do to make you believe that?”
She lifted her chin and declared intransigently, “You could tell me everything. And if you can’t, I’m leaving.”
Peter stepped in front of her to force her to stop. “You would leave?” he snapped in disbelief. “Just like that?”
Tears began to fill her eyes again, but her face was set as she nodded resolutely. She said not another word as she stepped around him and continued down the street.
Peter stood where he was, the giant stuffed penguin still under his arm. His anger began to wilt before his fear. Delia did not even look back as she strode down the street. She would really leave him? This whole time, he thought she would leave if she knew what his ultimate goals were—she still might. But if he did not tell her, she would leave anyway.
He felt torn in two. He had lost, either way. But one way still gave him a chance.
He spun and ran after Delia, ignoring the muttered curses in his wake as people had to dodge out of the way. When he caught up, he grabbed her hand again, pulling her around to face him.
“I love you,” he pressed. “And I’ll tell you everything. Just not out here.” He gestured to the busy mall street that they had been strolling down earlier that morning. “I’ll tell you everything when we get home,” he promised, squeezing her fingers imploringly. “I swear. Anything you want to know. Just please don’t leave.”
That angelic smile lit her face again, and everything was right with the world once more.
~
Chapter 2.2
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2020.10.25 08:00 aBitofKindness Wraith: Of Villains - Chapter 2

Chapter 1
Celeste squinted against the harsh glare of the emergency lights flickering from the cop cars. The poor dock worker had not asked to come across a murderous villain. He probably had a family at home, a wife and kids, or pets still waiting by the door. Why should Wraith walk away from this while an innocent man just doing his job lay dead on the pavement?
Celeste turned away from the civilian workers documenting the crime scene and crossed the street to where the Hero Vaise stood arguing with a medical technician.
“I will not accept your primitive treatment, and that’s final!” she snapped imperiously. Catching sight of Celeste approaching, she barked, “Hey! You need better control of your civil servants!”
“It’s alright, sir,” Celeste directed at the unfortunate EMT. “Tikri will visit the medical bay on the Hester-Scowen.” Turning to the Hero, she went on, “Our city isn’t your mining planet. We don’t command the civil service workers. We work alongside them.”
“Foolish and inefficient,” Tikri spat. “And call me Vaise, dammit. I hate that Yorgian name.”Illustration
“Okay,” Celeste replied amicably. “You confronted the aether thief, right?”
“Aye, I confronted the damn hellgrammite. Pulled a stunner blade on me.”
“How much dust did he take?”
“Seven liters,” Vaise growled, beginning to pace in agitation. “That’s three point eight million credits of stock!”
“Your vessel has insurance, so you should get most of it back,” Celeste said reassuringly. “But I’ll try to get your stock back. Did Wraith say anything that might indicate what he’s planning?”
“Nah. Well, he kept sayin’ he didn't have an associate, but we saw the big guy on our cameras carrying out the aether. Had some device that mucked up our sensors, though, so we only got a short glimpse before he vanished from our radar. The kid—Wraith, you called him?—wasn’t smart enough to bring his own mask, I guess, though his visor had short range masking capabilities. Old tech. He seemed incompetent. Who is he? I didn’t see him on the watch list…”
“He’s new,” Celeste sighed. “Not yet on the watch list, but…” She glanced at the bloody remains of an innocent man. “I’ve been trying to get him marked by the board.”
Vaise sniffed haughtily and muttered under her breath, “Inefficient.”
Celeste quirked a corner of her mouth ruefully. “It’s politics. You make sure you get your medical bay to check up on you, alright?”
Vaise simply waved her off with brusque impatience and marched away. Celeste snorted in amusement and approached the officers documenting the scene.
“Accipitridae,” the blond-haired woman greeted formally, stepping away from her colleague. “You asked us to let you know if we saw anything unusual, and I thought you might find this to be of interest.” She held up a plastic bag between them. Inside, it contained a single glove, partially torn along its outside stitching. “We only found one. We still need to run it for prints and size, but--”
“Is there any way we can do that in our labs?” Celeste interrupted abruptly. “We would get the analysis done quicker, and I think this could be really helpful in finding the man who did this.”
The officer stammered for a second, clearly caught off guard. “I… That’s… Well, it doesn’t exactly follow our chain of custody protocols, but I suppose…”
“Celeste.”
She glanced over her shoulder and saw Carmen duck underneath the crime scene barrier. He hurried to her side, glancing at the tragic scene with genuine dismay.
“I’m glad you could make it,” she told him as he stopped next to her and the officer. “I’m certain this is Wraith, and we might have his DNA on his glove—”
“How do you know it’s him?” Carmen interrupted.
Celeste gave him a flat look.
“Okay,” he went on reasonably, “let’s just say it’s extremely likely.”
“If it is him, that would mean he’s gaining momentum. This is two deaths in just as many days--and theft of a highly regulated substance! The Council has to put him on the watch list after this! Maybe even the priority list--”
If we can prove it’s him,” Carmen tempered.
“We have his DNA,” Celeste smiled, nodding at the cop holding the evidence bag. The cop just looked between the two Heroes with uncertainty. Turning her attention back to Carmen, Celeste went on, “It will certainly help. We may even be able to find this guy and take him out before he kills any more Heroes or innocent civilians!”
Carmen sighed, studying the glove through the clear plastic. “We can’t officially run the DNA without probable cause by an evidentiary hearing. Before you say anything,” he hurried as Celeste opened her mouth to protest, “I’ve got a drinking buddy who works on this stuff for the Council. I can call in a favor and get the analysis on an unofficial basis.” As he spoke, he extended his hand for the evidence bag, and the blond woman hesitantly handed it over.
Celeste grinned triumphantly. “Fantastic. We’ll find this guy in no time. I’ll take him out myself if I have to. No one else will die by his hands!”
~
~
Dad was a small man, but he hit hard.
SMACK!
“When are you going to get your act together!?” my father shouted as I slammed into the wall. He grabbed my collar and shoved me back, looming over me with all his drunken fury. I cowered beneath his glare. What could a kid do against a monster?
Jabbing a finger into my chest, the liquor sloshing in the glass bottle that he held, Dad went on, “You’ve got the blood of one of the greatest Heroes who ever lived! But what good are you as a Hero’s son if you’re so weak!?”
“I’m sorry,” I whimpered, but he just backhanded me across the face again, knocking me to the ground. On my knees, I held my hands to my stinging cheek, fighting with all my might to hold back the tears and failing.
Dad sneered down at me, curling his upper lip in disdain. “You’re weak! Powerless! Useless!”
~
Peter lurched awake with a frantic gasp, sitting bolt upright. Something was tangled around his arms and legs--restraining him--and he flailed in blind panic. His heart palpitated against his ribcage as if trying to escape the prison of his past, and he ached all over from his father’s beating, but he struggled through the pain.
Two arms suddenly wrapped around his chest to hold him down. His father! He fought back, desperate to escape, but then he heard in his ear, “Peter, Peter, it’s okay!”
Delia?
He instantly froze, blinking in the darkness. Yes, this was Delia’s apartment. With a sigh, he sank back into his pillow. The sheets were damp with sweat, but he felt cold all over. Beside him, Delia sat up.
“Was that another one of your stupid nightmares?” she asked, reaching over to turn on the lamp beside the bed.
Peter rolled over, turning his back to her.
Behind him, she went on, “Will you ever tell me about them? After all the times you’ve woken me up because of them, I still don’t know what they’re even about—”
“I don’t want to talk about it,” Peter snapped, still trembling all over.
After a moment, Delia lay back down beside him, wrapping an arm around his side. They lay silently in each other’s company for a few minutes before Delia spoke again. Her voice was soft and supplicating in his ear as she said, “You really scared me yesterday.” She hugged him closer, awakening more aches and bruises. Peter tensed with longanimity. “You were completely raddled when I found you at that park,” she continued plaintively. “I could barely even get you to the car.”
Peter closed his eyes. “I’m sorry.”
She wriggled her fingers in between his and pulled her hands over his heart, and she kissed the back of his neck. “I’m here for you, babe.”
Nestled in her arms, Peter fell asleep feeling grateful that he had decided to trust her.
~
Peter had been more exhausted than he had thought, for he slept soundly for almost two days, slowly recovering from his wounds. He awoke in the gray hours of the morning on Saturday, groggy but refreshed. Delia was still asleep beside him, so he quietly crawled out of bed to take a much-needed shower and change into a spare set of clothes he had left at her apartment during a previous overnight stay.
As he toweled his hair dry, he looked at himself in the foggy mirror; his dark brown hair was getting long, and his brown eyes were sunken from the beginning stages of starvation. The same words that always floated through his mind every time he saw his reflection came back to him now. Weak. Useless. Worthless. He glared at his reflection.
He had grown up doing everything he could to prove them wrong. If only he had succeeded in stealing the aether dust! It was the last thing he needed to pull his plan together! But that goddamn supervillain Naku had gotten in the way—and so effortlessly, too! How had he simply walked out of the freighter ship unharmed?
In the other room, Peter heard Delia rifling through cabinets in the small kitchenette. With a small exhalation, he pulled his eyes away from the mirror and hung up the towel. He had been nervous about asking her to come help him that night in the park. He was afraid she would leave him if she knew the extent of his ‘vigilante work,’ as she called it. But she had been so loving and supportive over the last few days. After everything he had put Delia through, Peter figured he had to repay her somehow. I’m long overdue on that day-long date she wanted, he thought with a smile, and he reached for the door.
He paused, however, his hand hovering over the doorknob. Did he really have time to waste on an outing? With his plan so disrupted after his failed aether heist, he had a lot of work to do. The only way to get dust was to buy it or steal it, and he worked on minimum wage. He had to prepare adequately if he was going to steal from the high-security processing plants that purchased the dust legally, and...
Tomorrow, he told himself firmly, turning the doorknob. It can wait until tomorrow.
~
The sun sat comfortably over the tops of the buildings as Delia and Peter strolled down the mall corridor together on their way to one of the many small amusement parks scattered throughout the megacity. It was a busy Saturday morning, shoppers ducking in and out of small boutiques with an exploratory air. There was a general sense of peace in the day, and Peter slowly relaxed to let himself feel it. Delia chattered on about this and that, mostly inanity that did not require Peter to participate. She looked as radiant as the sun, exuding joy and delight the likes of which Peter had never seen before. He thought he would have regretted leaving the comforting confines of a bed so soon after his battle with the Hero Vaise, just to spend a day at an amusement park he could barely afford. But seeing the happiness in her countenance, he decided that he ought to take her on dates like these more often.
Delia entwined her fingers in between Peter’s and pulled him close so that his elbow was tucked around hers. “Remember when we first met?” she asked, rubbing his arm with her free hand as she pressed joyously against him. “You said you weren’t looking for a girlfriend and would never go on walks in the park or hold hands.” Her fingers trailed along an old scar twisting toward his wrist. “Now look at us!”
“Seven months makes a big difference,” Peter said with a smile, tightening his fingers around hers. She brimmed with joy as she beamed at him.
A flash of silver on the other side of the street caught his attention. He pulled up short when he saw parked on the curb a Gallafex Z-3 magnecycle. It was just sitting there, right in the open!
His sudden halt pulled Delia back with a sharp yank, and she looked back in confusion. “What’s wrong?” she asked.
“That’s a Gallafex Z-3!” he exclaimed, taking a step closer. It was beautiful, polished to a sheen, sleek and inviting and just sitting there.
“Babe, it’s just a magnecycle!” Delia retorted. “Let’s go before the park reaches max occ!”
“Please, just five minutes,” Peter pressed, smiling back at her. “I want a closer look!”
She laughed at him, but obligingly allowed herself to be led across the street toward the gleaming vehicle. The Gallafex Z-3 was an older model, but it was still a magnificent bike. Rotating converters, transfrictional tracks, hypodronic sweep stills. Gallafex had pioneered all the top-of-the-line vehicular enhancements that flooded the market today. Even eight years past its release date, the Z-3 maintained its position in the Thursson’s Top Five ratings--and number one in Peter’s heart.
As his eyes lit up with admiration, Delia snorted, “You’re such a loser when it comes to machines.”
“Give me a break!” Peter grinned, his eyes locked onto the bike. “I’ve never seen a Z-3 in person! It’s a gorgeous model and one of the best designs even to this day. Take care of a vehicle like this and she’ll carry you for decades!”
Delia rolled her eyes, but he ignored her. Now that he was closer, he saw the drunnel chambers looked slightly askew. Bending closer, he saw that their bolt heads were actually cracked.
“Come on, babe,” Delia said, tugging his arm playfully.
“The drunnel heads are cracked,” he replied, studying the fissures.
“So?”
“They’re an important part of the filtration system,” Peter explained, squinting to see if the attachment rods deeper in the engine had been affected, too. “If the owner drives this bike much longer, it’ll burn the lift stabilizers.”
So?”
The rods had been affected. One was bent slightly, pressed up against the bike’s body by the tilted position of the drunnel chambers. Reaching out a finger to point them out to Delia, he said, “These rods need to be replaced, too, or the exhaust will leak into the coolant system, and that’s an exothermic chemical reaction, which could be really dangerous. I hope the owner is aware...”
“He is,” a new voice spoke up. With a start, Peter straightened and stepped back, turning to see a man with sandy hair. He was of medium height and medium build, but he had a sharp, jutting chin, and his blue eyes were bright. He stood just a few feet away; Peter had been so engrossed in the magnecycle that he had not even heard the man approach. He took another step back, tense and nervous about how the man would feel about someone poking close to his bike.
But the corner of the stranger’s mouth was pulled into a smirk as he extended his arm for a handshake. “Name’s Tony,” he said. Peter tentatively returned his grip. “It took my regular mechanic four weeks of tests to figure out why she was running so roughly.” He gestured somewhat forlornly toward the bike, and Peter noticed an autoparts bag in his hand. He must have just bought the replacement drunnel heads. “Yet you take one look and figure it out in just ten seconds? That’s impressive.”
Delia stepped forward and clung to Peter’s arm, a coy smile on her face. “Peter’s a brilliant mechanic,” she told Tony, her voice dripping with pride. Warmth contested the nervousness coiled in Peter’s chest. He was unused to the compliments.
The man nodded amicably and asked, “A Heroes’ mechanic?”
Peter swallowed and said, “No, I just work part-time at a couple of shops. Nothing for Heroes, though.”
“Well,” Tony shrugged, raising his eyebrows, “with an eye like yours, you ought to apply for your license.”
Peter said nothing, for he really wanted nothing to do with the Heroes, but Delia eagerly piped up, “Does it pay well?”
Tony laughed heartily as he packed his shopping bag into a compartment beneath his bike’s seat. “Aye, they make a killing off of all the Heroes up in the Council. It’s not a bad gig, if you can get it.”
“I don’t have a sponsor,” Peter finally cut in, gripping Delia’s fingers hard enough that she looked up at him reproachfully. He silently willed her to keep her mouth shut.
“You don’t necessarily need one,” Tony replied lightly. “I think they open applications every two years to apprentices all across the galaxy, too.”
I can’t afford the entry fee, anyway, Peter thought, wishing the man would drop it.
Yanking her hand out of Peter’s grip, Delia told the man, “That’s wonderful news! Peter will definitely apply for it!”
“Maybe,” Peter hurriedly put in, snatching Delia’s hand again. “Uh, good luck with your bike. Don’t use synthetic lubricant for the drunnel heads. It mucks things up in the long run. Come on, Delia...”
Tony waved genially as the two strode briskly down the street. Pursing her lips, Delia huffed, “What is with you!?”
“I can’t afford to apply as a Heroes’ mechanic!” Peter hissed evasively.
“But that guy said they make a lot of money!”
“I don’t want to do it, alright?” he snapped, hating himself for stopping to check out the bike in the first place. “Will you just drop it?”
“You don’t have to be a bitch about it,” Delia snorted. Peter slowed his earnest pace and let out a long sigh.
“I’m sorry,” he grumbled. “Come on, before the park fills up.”
She hooked her arm in his, cuddling close again. Peter glanced back once, still unsettled at having been so unaware of the man’s approach while engrossed in the bike. Tony stood by his bike, smoking a cigarette and watching them leave. That nervousness crept back into Peter’s mind, and he quickened his pace infinitesimally. Illustration
~
Carmen strode down the quiet corridors in the Blancandrin Research Building. His friend down in forensics, Theo Dore, had served the Council for almost his entire life. The Heroes blood in the Dore family was beginning to fade, and Theo was the first one who opted out of any training, even as a sidekick. Out of respect to his family, he had been given the chance to still work for the Council. Ever since he’d been granted access to the Council, Carmen had made a concerted effort to befriend everyone who worked there, those with power and those, like Theo, who had little to no power left at all. His efforts paid off for when he needed a discrete favor, like now.
When he reached Theo’s lab, Carmen knocked quietly. The door cracked open, and Theo’s pale blue eyes peered out for a second. Upon recognizing the Hero, Theo pulled the door open and hastily waved him inside.
“Your message said it was urgent,” Carmen began.
“Yes,” Theo whispered, though it was clear there was no one else in the lab. He bustled across the cramped space toward the only workspace devoid of any clutter. “You know that glove that you sent to me last week to get a DNA sample?”
“Did you get Wraith’s DNA?” Carmen asked, reining in his enthusiasm. He would leave that to Celeste, if there was anything of note.
Theo looked up at Carmen with a timid glance. “That’s... Well, that’s why I asked you to come here discretely. I... You know my position, Carmen. I’m in the Council by the grace of the Heroes. Running this sample without due cause was illegal, and I don’t want to get mixed up in more, and... I haven’t told anyone, not a single person, and no one knows I ran the sample, and... and we’re friends, you and I, and—”
“Who is he?” Carmen asked quietly, interrupting Theo’s nervous tittering. After a brief moment of hesitation, Theo reached out toward the display panel on the desk and pulled up a digital profile. Carmen leaned close to read the cramped sans serif font.
His entire body went cold.
After a few silent minutes, he slowly straightened, his mind racing. Celeste’s persistence had not been in vain, but despite her acuity, not even she would have guessed this.
With his eyes still riveted on the screen, Carmen asked tightly, “You’re certain you’re the only person who has seen this? There are no copies of this where someone could stumble across it?”
Theo nodded emphatically. “I’m the only one who knows. I don’t want to get mixed up in Council politics, Carmen. I don’t want my name associated with any of this. I am deeply grateful for my place here even though I am powerless, and—”
“I understand, Theo,” Carmen interrupted. Slowly, resolutely, he reached out and hit the Delete option, wiping the data from existence. “This stays between us. If this information got into the wrong hands... into Celeste’s hands... Well, let’s just say she would take political advantage of it.”
“I don’t want to get mixed up in Council politics,” Theo quailed.
Carmen patted his shoulder reassuringly. Without another word, he turned and left the lab.
~
Peter and Delia spent the afternoon walking around Chalde Amusement Park, admiring the side shows and playing in the game stalls. At the laser gun shooting gallery, Peter managed to win Delia a stuffed penguin that was nearly as tall as she was, though he was tasked with carrying it around everywhere under his arm. As the sun neared the horizon, they strolled along the busy paths with ice cream cones. Clinging to Peter’s arm, Delia led the conversation, crooning over the blooming flowers, laughing at chittering squirrels, and otherwise allowing Peter to dwell on his own thoughts. Quite suddenly, Delia veered across him onto a gravel path.
“Oh, what a pretty garden!” she gasped, dragging him into the colorful landscaping. The path was lined with stones and flowers, and a hundred square feet of well-manicured lawn stretched out over the small hill. “I always wanted to live in a nice place with a garden,” Delia went on. “Wouldn’t you?”
“Yeah, it’s pretty,” Peter sniffed noncommittally, for he had never cared about flowers.
“Oh, it’s got a photo trellis!” Delia exclaimed, hastily darting beneath the delicate, silver arch. “Come on, come on!” she implored as she pressed her Kyp against the activation node. Peter watched her enthusiasm with a smile. Anything to make you happy, he thought, and he obligingly stepped beneath the arch and pulled her close. They both smiled up at the camera lens that protruded from its hidden stalk among the flower beds beside the gravel. When it beeped its completion, Delia stood on the tips of her toes and kissed him on the cheek.
“Now I can remember this perfect day,” she said as the picture transferred into her Kyp account. She beamed exultantly as she pulled it up on her wrist display. “And look, it didn’t get anyone in the background!” she cooed as they continued down the gravel path. “This is one of the best photo trellises I’ve ever seen!”Illustration She paused and then smirked. “Almost like the one in that park where I rescued you!” she went on coyly, elbowing him.
He could not remember there being a photo trellis there. Nonetheless, Peter snorted, “I wouldn’t go as far as to say ‘rescue,’ but...”
“Are you kidding? You were completely passed out!” Delia laughed. “You could have gotten mugged by a villain or something.” She went silent for a moment and glanced sideways at him. “You know, you still haven’t told me why you were in that park.”
Peter descried a round stone that had been dislodged from its decorative patch lining the gravel, and he toed it back among its brethren. “Long day.”
Delia pouted at him. “But what happened, baby?” she pressed. “You never tell me what happens in your life. I thought you loved me.”
That’s why I don’t tell you, Peter thought, gritting his teeth.
She stopped in the middle of the small garden, her limpid green eyes glimmering at him reproachfully. “I’m always there for you, aren’t I?” she plied. “I just worry about you, babe.”
“I told you when we met,” Peter muttered crossly, his eyes darting around for any listeners. “I said I’d never tell you everything. I do dangerous work. I’m not going to involve you in it.”
She had a sneer on her face as she replied, “You also swore you’d never fall in love.”
Peter said nothing as he turned and left the small photo garden, scowling. Frustration writhed within him as Delia’s flip-flops clapped against the steel in his wake. Her silence was the worst thing in the world. Was she mad at him? Would she leave him? He just wanted to protect her.
Or maybe I don’t really trust her as much as I thought, a small voice wriggled in the back of his mind. A pang of guilt seized him at the idea. He had trusted her before—why could he not trust her with this? Was it unfair to keep her in the dark even if he demanded her help and support?
If it keeps her safe, he decided, though doubt weighed on him.
They had just exited the park’s gates when Delia spoke up again. With no segue, she huffed, “I think it’s absolutely cruel that you would lie to me every day by not telling me what you do!”
Peter stopped up short and spun to face her. “Lie?” he protested. He had made pains to do quite the opposite!
Her face scrunched up as her cheeks turned red. “I have loved you and trusted you up to now, but... but...” She suddenly sniffed, tears welling up in her emerald eyes, and she turned away so that a curtain of red hair hid her face. “You don’t trust me. You don’t love me!”
“Delia, I—” Peter hastily looked around at the other park-goers slowly trickling out, and he lowered his voice. “When I asked for your help a few days ago—I trusted you with that! And you know I’m... working toward a... goal.” He stammered, his heart hammering against his ribcage. He did not trust her! Never had it pained him so, but he did not trust her! Gritting his teeth, he pressed, “And I do love you! I do!”
Her shoulders began to shake as she started weeping, and Peter’s soul keened in anguish. “You don’t!” she cried, drawing a few eyes. “If you did, you would tell me everything!”
“Delia,” Peter whispered, grasping her hand in his, “I love you more than anyone in the Nine Hundred Galaxies. But I can’t tell you everything... I... I don’t want to put you in harm’s way. Please, I need you to understand.”
She turned her tear-stained face up to him, her eyes big and watery. “If you love me, you won’t keep secrets from me. But if you can’t be open with me, I can’t... I don’t think I can keep this up.” With a sob, she yanked her hand out of his grip and walked away.
The sudden, familiar desolation of abandonment reared up inside of Peter like a black wave before he managed to quell it with anger. Spinning, he caught up with Delia and hissed, “I told you I love you. I bend over backwards to make you happy. I even went on this stupid date with you! Why can’t I have this one thing for myself!?”
“You clearly don’t know how relationships work, do you?” she huffed with a bit more composure, dabbing at her eyes with her sleeve. “Both parties must always be open and honest. If you can’t tell me what you’re actually doing, then for all I know, you’re doing other women.”
“I’m not cheating on you!” Peter snapped, drawing a few eyes again. He lowered his voice to a growl as the two of them continued down the cramped streets of the Chaldean sector. “You’re the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, Delia. I don’t love anyone else—I don’t even like anyone else. Just you. What do I have to do to make you believe that?”
She lifted her chin and declared intransigently, “You could tell me everything. And if you can’t, I’m leaving.”
Peter stepped in front of her to force her to stop. “You would leave?” he snapped in disbelief. “Just like that?”
Tears began to fill her eyes again, but her face was set as she nodded resolutely. She said not another word as she stepped around him and continued down the street.
Peter stood where he was, the giant stuffed penguin still under his arm. His anger began to wilt before his fear. Delia did not even look back as she strode down the street. She would really leave him? This whole time, he thought she would leave if she knew what his ultimate goals were—she still might. But if he did not tell her, she would leave anyway.
He felt torn in two. He had lost, either way. But one way still gave him a chance.
He spun and ran after Delia, ignoring the muttered curses in his wake as people had to dodge out of the way. When he caught up, he grabbed her hand again, pulling her around to face him.
“I love you,” he pressed. “And I’ll tell you everything. Just not out here.” He gestured to the busy mall street that they had been strolling down earlier that morning. “I’ll tell you everything when we get home,” he promised, squeezing her fingers imploringly. “I swear. Anything you want to know. Just please don’t leave.”
That angelic smile lit her face again, and everything was right with the world once more.
~
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2020.10.19 16:00 Angel466 [Bob the hobo] A Celestial Wars Spin-Off Part 0195

PART ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY-FIVE
Robbie wasn’t any happier than I was about the bandage being reapplied, but after I explained my reasons and promised him that I would tell Gerry just as soon as the concert was over, he helped me with the fake covering, coming up with an almost perfect match for the old one that I’d thrown away. Looking at it in the mirror, even I couldn’t tell the new from the old one.
Robbie then had to field all the questions from everyone as I came out wearing the said bandage while I made my escape. Lucas definitely wanted to know all about it, and Mom wanted to be reassured that it was fake (that one Dad handled for me), but with my stupid, goofy bag in my hand, I managed to snag my favourite sneakers from the pile and carry them out the door. Because screw sitting in the entryway where everyone could lean over the top of me like vultures.
I used the elevator, as that gave me a few seconds to slide my shoes on while I waited. Jitters got to me as I waited, and my fingers danced across the bandage to see if it was holding. Of course, it was, but it gave my fingers something to do.
By the time I got downstairs, Geraldine’s car was already waiting for me, with a new driver beside the open back door. I poked my head inside to see Geraldine dressed in a form-fitting, off one shoulder, soft black leather dress and heels that would’ve added another three inches to her height at least if the spike that was pointing at me was anything to go by.
Her face was framed in auburn ringlets. She looked stunning, and for a second (or ten) I forgot what I was going to say.
“Hop in, Sam,” she purred, liking whatever reaction she was seeing in me. All I knew was my throat had gone too dry to swallow properly.
“I-I thought I was meeting you at the motel …”
She smiled and arched back into her seat. “Silly honey-bear. Why would we make your driver drive all the way to the hotel when I’m already going that way?”
She had a point. Plus, when I went to turn my head away to apologise to Angus, she widened her legs and I saw she didn’t have any underwear on underneath that dress. Her sultry smile said the flash was intentional.
And suddenly, that difficulty I had in swallowing now included breathing. Oh, dear lord, I thought to myself, hoping she wasn’t planning on going to the concert like that. Then again … part of me kinda hoped she did.
What the hell is wrong with me?
“One second...” I managed to gasp, even as a hand slid in behind mine to relieve me of the bag that I’d forgotten I was carrying.
“Would you like me to put this in the trunk, sir?” a new voice asked. I looked up and back at a guy with blond hair and ice-cold blue eyes that for a second I thought saw through to my soul. I was never one for first impressions, but I did not like the vibe this guy was giving me.
“What’s your name?” I asked, feeling if I used his name a sense of familiarity might grow between us.
“Donald, sir.”
“Do you get a lot of duck jokes, Donald?”
“Only once, sir.”
I could believe that. He looked like the kind of guy who had a body count to his name.
“C’mon, honey-bear! We’ll be late!” Gerry called, from inside the car.
I still didn’t turn completely away from the car because I knew there was no hiding what her little display had done to me and I didn’t want Angus to see it. But I did twist my head to look at him.
“It’s your choice, sir,” he answered before I could speak.
I was definitely going to owe Angus for this. He’d been waiting this whole time, only to have me blow him off at the last second. It wasn’t right.
But that was when I also noticed, he wasn’t looking at me. He was eyeing off Donald. Just like that first day with Thomas, the two were getting a silent measure of each other.
I could have said I was sorry. I could have said that a thousand different ways, but all of them would’ve been platitudes at best. Lip service. Because if I really was sorry, I’d shut the door and let Angus take me to the motel. And that, I wasn’t about to do. Own the space, Sam, I could practically hear Dad saying. I think I was finally starting to get what that meant.
“My shout for lunch on Monday, Angus,” I said with an apologetic grimace, releasing the luggage handle into Donald’s care and sliding into the seat beside Gerry.
“Why do you do that, honey-bear?” Gerry asked, as Donald shut the door and she immediately slid out of her seat to straddle my lap. Had I mentioned her lack of underwear?
“Do what?” I asked, interlocking my fingers behind her lower back to keep them from delving where they shouldn’t.
“You shouldn’t really fraternise with the staff like that. It blurs the line between employer and employee.”
“Dad’s his employer. Not me.”
Gerry slid her fingers through my hair, then tightened her grip and kissed me hard. “You represent your dad, honey-bear,” she breathed, grinding against my lap. “He or someone before him worked very hard to lift your family to the top of the heap. And you undermine all that hard work when you lower yourself back down to their level.”
Did I? That was never my intention.
“OW!” Geraldine squealed, slapping the meat of her exposed thigh. She rubbed furiously at a spot, then turned her head to the driver. “Donald! Something just stung me!”
“Can you see it, ma’am?”
Geraldine and I looked around the back seat, searching as many surfaces as possible for the vicious little culprit. “No,” she finally admitted.
“I will have the car fumigated while you are at the concert, ma’am.”
I was more worried about the sting. “Are you allergic to anything?” I demanded, pulling her hand away to see the tiny puncture wound in her leg.
“I don’t think so,” she answered, but then, her entire attitude slid back into the seductress she’d been when I first opened the door. “Why? Are you planning on sucking out the poison, Mr Arnav?”
Concern for her wellbeing overrode my common sense and I slapped her other leg lightly in mock discipline, though I couldn’t shake the growing wolf-like grin that was spreading across my face. “If my lips went anywhere near that spot right now, they wouldn’t stay there long,” I promised. “Behave.”
Her eyes widened in shock, and I wondered for a second if I’d crossed a line. Right up until a sparkle entered her eyes and she leaned in to kiss me deeply. “Aren’t you full of surprises, Mr Arnav,” she purred. “And speaking of surprises…”
She lifted one leg and twisted on my lap to face the same direction as me, still straddling my legs. The move had me fisting my hands and biting the inside of my cheek until I tasted blood. If I grew any harder down there, I was going to bust out of these pants!
My eyes widened as I realised that that was literally a valid possibility, and man, did the mental image of that throw out the anchor on Sam junior. Not even as Gerry folded forward to retrieve something out of my footwell had him standing back up again. The first chance I got; I was checking my pants to make sure the stitching was still in place. The front row seats of Clefton’s concert, with cameras everywhere, was not where I needed to find out they hadn’t.
Definitely not.
Gerry sat back up again with a shoebox in her hands. “I know you love those sneakers, honey-bear, but just for me tonight, for my birthday, could you wear these ones? I picked them out for you myself.” She lifted the lid to reveal a pair of black leather slip-ons with a silver LV or VL buckle on top.
“They’re Louis Vuitton,” she said with a smile as she pulled them out. “I know you’ve never been to a concert before, honey-bear, so no one’s judging you for not knowing that sneakers aren’t really worn to events like this.” She swivelled side-on and snuggled against my chest. “You look so dashing everywhere else, and Daddy says these are super comfortable loafers.”
Loafers. Okay. Like a loaf of bread, only not. Weird.
I drew in a deep breath and released it slowly in a grimace. “I don’t know, angel.”
“Please, honey-bear?” She pulled back from my chest and somehow widened her eyes with her long, jet-black eyelashes casting shadows across her cheeks. “Pretty please? For me?”
I really wasn’t going to, until I remembered the tattoo. Giving in now might earn me some brownie points later. “Remember this moment,” I whispered, as I toed my sneakers off once more. Gerry never shifted her lower half, but somehow managed to slide the black loafers on to my feet. Since I was already wearing black socks, it all matched. She was right about the comfort. I dragged my feet against the floor, pressing into the insoles with a smile.
“Now, you look perfect. Or you will, as soon as that comes off,” she purred, fingering the bandage on my neck.
I caught her fingers and pulled them away, refusing to pretend to flinch. I may have been deceptive to her by omission, but I wasn’t going to fake the pain that wasn’t there for sympathy. Mom knocked that out of me a long time ago. 'You’re not hurt enough for that, mister, but I can fix that right now.'
“And now that I’m fully dressed, you’re missing something too,” I said, capturing her other hand and bringing them both to sit over her lap. I leaned forward and licked the helix of her ear, knowing it would make her shiver. “You need to put underwear on, angel, or I won’t be responsible for what gets aired on national television tomorrow.” My words were whispered, but this was not negotiable. I was never going to stay in control of myself if I knew she was sitting beside me exposed like that.
Even with altered DNA, deep down I was only human after all.
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2020.10.18 20:38 shomesrobery Buying a Used Car: Why You Must Run a VIN Check

Buying a pre-owned versus brand new car can be very attractive whether the economy is doing well or not. Numerous autos out there may have all the frills and thrills that you have always wanted in a car. Never mind that you are not the first owner. Well, the tricky part of used car purchase is not finding the car that is best for you. As long as you know what you want, there is a good chance you will go home with just the perfect car for your lifestyle, budget and character. The devil is in the details; that is, what exactly is this car you are buying? This is what a VIN check is all about. What is its history in terms of accidents, maintenance, tests it has undergone, and all the other details that you don't get easily via visual inspection and interview with a sales car agent.
The vehicle identification number or VIN of a car is its unique identity similar to a person's DNA or fingerprints. The series of letters and numbers in a VIN provide us with the make, the model, and the date and where it was manufactured. Using this combination of numbers, you can acquire information that you may not be able to get by just talking to an auto dealer or reading car history reports from the seller. Needless to say, how sure are you that the values were not tweaked a little bit or some stats were omitted to boost the car's value? It is like considering an applicant's resume versus the licenses and certificates he actually acquired. Also, you may want to have more valuable input from non-free VIN check service providers. Free VIN checks and car history reports are available everywhere; however, you can expect to go deeper into a used car's history via a paid VIN check.
What makes the VIN even more critical to your used car purchase is the availability of vehicle history information everywhere in this Internet age. However, records are available to those who know where to find or how to track them using the VIN. Imagine your regret for not making use of available resources for getting your money's worth. You don't even have to do this yourself because there are third party companies that provide VIN checking. Maybe you can start with a free VIN check; however, you will be surprised to find out that affordable VIN check providers can give you in-depth, detective-level tracking of your target pre-owned car's past. Remember that you are going to take this car home, drive to near and distance places with your family riding it, and possibly keep it for a couple or several years. Make sure you know practically everything there is to know before you shake hands with the previous owner or seller and part with your hard-earned money.
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2020.10.18 00:32 annemoriarty The disappearence of Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori: almost 40 years without answers. And there's no theory that makes sense or gets us closer to the truth.

Emanuela Orlandi,15-year-old girl, was the daughter of a clerk working at the Prefecture of the Papal Household [that manages the Papal residence in the Vatican] and disappeared in Rome on June 22, 1983. Her disappearance was then linked to the disappearance of another Roman teenager, Mirella Gregori, who disappeared on May 7, 1983 and was never found again. What at first seemed like a common case of two missing girls, soon became one of the darkest cases in Italian and Vatican history, involving the Vatican itself, the Italian State, the Vatican bank , the Magliana Gang [criminal organization], the Banco Ambrosiano [Catholic bank] and the secret services of several countries. The real nature of the events has never been defined.
flyer with photos and info of the girls: https://images.app.goo.gl/ERHHSNA7epWqFgca6
*** Sorry for any mistake, English is not my native language, I hope everything is understandable 🌈
Mirella Gregori was the youngest daughter of the owners of a bar in Volturno Street in Rome. She lived with her parents and was described by everyone as an absolutely normal girl. She attended a technical high school in Rome. On May 7, 1983, Mirella went to school and returned home around 2pm, after spending some time with a friend in a bar near her home. That friend said they had talked about normal everyday things and could not provide any other information. Back home, Mirella was called on the intercom by someone called "Sandro", who was pretending to be her friend, and to whose requests to go out Mirella exclaimed: "If you don't tell me who you are, I won't come out!". Then she said they could meet at 3pm. Around 3 pm the girl went out, telling her mother that she had an appointment at Porta Pia with an old classmate, who, after being heard by the investigators, declared that he was busy elsewhere that afternoon and had a alibi. Since then, the family has not heard from the girl. The mother reported that her daughter, shortly before she disappeared, bragged to her that she was able to find the money to buy an apartment that her parents could not afford; however, that idea at the time was dismissed as a joke.
Emanuela Orlandi (born in Rome on January 14, 1968) lived in the Vatican city with her parents, brother and sisters: she was the fourth child of five. In June 1983 she had just finished the second year of high school at the Vittorio Emanuele II National Boarding School. She had considerable musical talent and had attended for years a music school in Piazza Sant'Apollinare in Rome, not far from Palazzo Madama [office of the Senate of the Republic]. There she attended piano, flute, choral singing and solfeggio courses.
The day of her disappearance, Emanuela went to music class around 4 pm, but left at 6.45 pm, ten minutes earlier than usual. Then she phoned her older sister Federica from a telephone booth, saying that she would be late because the bus didn't pass and that a man had stopped her on the street offering her a job during a fashion show for the sum of 370,000 lire [about 500 euros today]. It was a job of a few hours as a promoter of cosmetic products of a well-known brand [Avon] during a fashion show in the Sorelle Fontana atelier, in a few days; however, her sister advised her not to heed such a proposal and suggested that she return home as soon as possible to discuss it with their mother. This was the last contact Emanuela had with her family. Later, it was found that the cosmetics company in question - which moreover employed only female staff - had nothing to do with the job offer allegedly made to the young woman and it also turned out that, in the same period, other adolescents of the same age of Emanuela had been lured by a man under the false pretext of advertising cosmetic products at events like fashion shows.
After the phone call, Emanuela together with two classmates (Maria Grazia and Raffaella), reached the bus stop in Corso Rinascimento. According to the girls, Emanuela alluded to a very attractive job offer she received and, warned by them, said that she would first ask permission from her parents and that she would still be careful to avoid nasty surprises. Around 7:30 pm, first Maria Grazia and then Raffaella got on two different buses headed home, while, according to Raffaella, Emanuela didn't get on the bus, because it was too crowded, and said she would wait for the next one. From this moment, all traces of the girl are lost. According to another later version, after the phone call Emanuela confided to Raffaella that she would stay there and wait for the man who had made her the offer, to inform him that she would first ask permission from her parents to participate. Raffaella then reported that she had seen Emanuela (from the bus window) talking to a curly-haired woman, who was never identified, although some suggested that it was most likely some other student of the music school.
When Emanuela didn't come home, her father Ercole and her brother began searching at the music school and in the vicinity of it, they contacted the principal of the school who provided the telephone numbers of some of Emanuela's classmates and advised to wait before alerting the police; nevertheless Ercole Orlandi went immediately to the "Trevi" Commissariat to report her disappearance, but the staff invited him to wait before filing a complaint, suggesting that the girl had stopped for dinner with friends and forgot to call home. The complaint was formalized the following morning (June 23) by her sister Natalina. The next day (24 June) the Roman newspapers "Il Tempo" and "Il Messaggero" published the news of the disappearance and a photograph of the girl, with the plea for help from the family and their telephone numbers.
On June 25, after a series of unreliable phone calls, a interesting phone call arrived from a young man. His name was "Pierluigi", 16 years old. He said that together with his girlfriend he had met two girls in Campo dei Fiori [Roman square]; one of them was selling cosmetics, had a flute with her and said her name was Barbara. "Pierluigi" also reported that "Barbara", at the invitation to play the flute, refused because to do so she had had to wear glasses, which she did not like and had added that she would have preferred a Ray-Ban model like the one that the alleged girlfriend of "Pierluigi" wore.
Three hours later "Pierluigi" called back, adding that "Barbara's" glasses were "teardrop glasses, to correct astigmatism" but refused to meet with Emanuela's family or letting his girlfriend talk to them, claiming that she was distracted and unreliable. These calls appeared reliable to the family, (Emanuela was astigmatic, she was ashamed tof wearing glasses and played the flute). On June 26, "Pierluigi", during another phone-call answered by Emanuele's uncle, added some information about himself: he said that day he was with his parents at a restaurant by the sea. He also communicated that "Barbara" said that she was going to play the flute at her sister's wedding scheduled for September, but refused any further collaboration to track down Emanuela and meet her uncle in person; indeed, when Emanuela's uncle asked him to meet in the Vatican city (at Emanuela's parents' house)"Pierluigi" was surprised and asked the uncle if he was a preist. The investigators found out that among Emanuela's friends there was indeed a boy named Pierluigi, who, however, was on vacation elsewhere at the time of her disappearance.
On June 28 it was the turn of "Mario", who claimed to be the owner of a bar in Rome, near Piazza dell'Orologio [very close to Ponte Vittorio, along the route that Emanuela usually took to go to the music school]. "Mario", who had a strong Roman accent, said he was 35 years old. He claimed to have seen a man and two girls selling cosmetics, one of whom claimed to be from Venice and was called "Barbarella". During the phone call from "Mario" a small detail was significant: when asked about the height of the girl, he hesitated and then said "She's quite tall", but Emanuela was barely 5,2 feet tall. In the background, a second voice was heard, saying "No, more!".
In another phone call, "Mario" explained that "Barbara" had confided to him that she had voluntarily left the house because she was tired of the domestic routine, but that she intended to return at the end of summer, for her sister's wedding. The family, considering this hypothesis impossible, lost faith in the phone calls from "Mario" and "Pierluigi". Years later, it was suggested that "Mario" was a man close to the Magliana Gang [criminal organization], but this hypothesis was never proved.
In the days following Emanuela's disappearance her brother and some friends discovered that a young woman, described as very similar to Emanuela, had been noticed talking to a man (both from a police officer and a traffic policeman on duty in front of the Senate). The man was about 5,7 ft tall, between thirty-five and forty, slender, elegantly dressed, with a long face, balding, he carried a briefcase or bag and drove a green BMW Touring. The policeman claimed there was a casing, perhaps a haversack, in the man's hands.
A collaborator of SISDE [Italian secret services] and friend of Orlandi's cousin, Giulio Gangi, soon managed to track down the "tundra green" BMW; he discovered that it had been repaired (despite being undocumented) by a mechanic from the Vescovio district. A blonde woman had brought the car to this mechanic; the damage involved the breakage of the glass of the right front window, but this breakage did not seem to have been caused by a direct action from the outside towards the inside, it was from the inside towards the outside. Gangi quickly tracked down the woman in question, but she refused to cooperate and on the way back to his office Gangi discovered that his superiors had been informed of what he was doing, despite using fake documents and a fake license plate.
Gangi had also checked the Fontana sisters' atelier, where he was informed that a lot of girls had showed up, deluded to be able to participate as presenters of cosmetics. That possibility was definitely excluded by the director. A year after Emanuela's disappearance, a Roman teenager was lured by a young fake promoter of cosmetics; the man was stopped but turned out to be unrelated to the Orlandi case.
Wikipedia page about the attempted assassination of the Pope (English): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attempted_assassination_of_Pope_John_Paul_II
Wikipedia page about the Gray Wolves (English): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Wolves_(organization)
Wikipedia page of Mehmet Ali Ağca (English): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Ali_A%C4%9Fca
On July 3, 1983, the Pope John Paul II addressed a plea to those responsible for the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, formalizing for the first time the hypothesis of the kidnapping. On July 5, a phone call came to the Vatican press office. At the other end of the phone a man, who spoke with a strong Anglo-Saxon accent (and for this reason was immediately renamed by the press "the Amerikano"), claimed to be holding Emanuela Orlandi hostage, arguing that many other elements had already been provided by others members of his organization, "Pierluigi" and "Mario", and requested the activation of a direct phone line with the Vatican. He asked to release by July 20 Mehmet Ali Ağca [turkish terrorist, member of the terroristic organization Grey Wolves, he shot the Pope in St. Peter's Square a couple of years earlier]. An hour later, the man called Orlandi home, and played a tape of the recorded voice of a girl with Roman accent, who repeated a phrase six times, perhaps extrapolated from a longer phrase: «School: Vittorio Emanuele II National Boarding School, it's my third year of high school».
On July 8, a man with a Middle Eastern accent phoned a friend of Emanuela, saying that Emanuela was their prisoner and that they had 20 days to release Ali Ağca, then asked for a direct phone line with the Cardinal Agostino Casaroli [Secretary of State]. The young friend declared that she and Emanuela had exchanged telephone numbers on the same day of her disappearance, to keep in touch for the preparation of a concert, adding that Emanuela had transcribed her number on a piece of paper that she had placed in her jeans pocket. On July 17, a tape was found in which the request for the release of Ağca and the request for a direct phone line with Cardinal Casaroli was confirmed; the voice of a girl on the tape was begging for help, saying she felt ill; it was found that the voice had been extrapolated from a film and was not Emanuela's. The phone line was installed on July 18. A few days later, in another phone call, "the Amerikano" asked Emanuela's uncle to make public the message contained on the tape.
The phone calls from "the Amerikano" were 16, all from telephone booths. Despite the various requests, and the alleged evidence, the man (never traced) did not open any real leads. No evidence was ever produced that the girl was actually hostage of the Gray Wolves, the organization of which Ağca was a member of. In the press release of November 20, 1984, the Gray Wolves declared that they kept Emanuela and Mirella Gregori as prisoners. The "Turkish lead" of the Gray Wolves, however, has been disavowed by 'former Stasi [East German secret services] officer Günter Bohnsack, who stated that the East German secret services exploited the case of Emanuela Orlandi and wrote fake letters to Rome, to consolidate the thesis that connected Ağca with the Gray Wolves, in order to exonerate Bulgaria from the accusations during the investigation into the attack on Pope John Paul II.
On February 2, 2010 Pietro Orlandi, Emanuela's brother, had an interview with Ali Ağca, in which the terrorist confirmed the hypothesis that the kidnapping was orchestrated by the Vatican (already mentioned in the phone call of July 5). He mentioned the name of Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re (considering him a person informed on the facts) and reassured him that "Emanuela is alive and will soon return home". According to the former Gray Wolf, the girl “now lives in a secluded villa in France or Switzerland. She will come back home ». A year later, the recording of the interview was published on the show "Who has seen it?" [Italian true crime show], where they censored the cardinal's name. There, Pietro Orlandi announced that he had spoken with the cardinal himself, that denied the words of the terrorist.
Wikipedia page of Cardinal Battista Re (English): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Battista_Re
According to some newspapers and publications, the identikit of "the Amerikano" corresponds to Monsignor Paul Marcinkus, who at the time was president of the IOR, the Vatican "bank": SISDE specialists, analyzing the messages and phone calls received by the family, for a total of 34 communications, considered them reliable and linked to those who had carried out the kidnapping. The mysterious person had a thorough knowledge of the Latin language, better than Italian, was probably of Anglo-Saxon culture and had a high cultural level and knowledge of the ecclesiastical world and the Vatican, in addition to the in-depth knowledge of different areas of Rome (where he probably had lived).
Wikipedia page of Monsignor Paul Marcinkus (English): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Marcinkus
Wikipedia page of the Gang (English): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banda_della_Magliana
Wikipedia page of De Pedis (English): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_De_Pedis
Wikipedia page of Cardinal Poletti (English): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugo_Poletti
Wikipedia page of Roberto Calvi (English): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Calvi
Wikipedia page of Michele Sindona (English): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Sindona
On July 11, 2005, an anonymous phone call arrived at the editorial staff of the program "Who has seen it?" in which it was said that in order to solve the case of Emanuela Orlandi it was necessary to go and see who was buried in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare. They had to check "the favor that Renatino did to Cardinal Poletti". It was thus discovered that "Renatino", the deceased man buried there, was none other than a boss of the Magliana Gang, Enrico De Pedis. A journalist managed to obtain the photos of the tomb and the original documents relating to the burial of the boss, commissioned by Cardinal Ugo Poletti, then president of the CEI [Bishop Assembly]. On February 20, 2006, a repentant of the Gang, Antonio Mancini, claimed in an interview with a journalist of "Who has seen it?" that he recognized "Mario"'s voice as the voice of a hitman at the service of De Pedis, called Rufetto. However, the investigations conducted by the Public Prosecutor's Office did not confirm Mancini's statement.
A postcard depicting a southern town was then sent to the editorial staff, with the following text: «Leave Renatino alone». The same year Sabrina Minardi, ex-wife of footballer Bruno Giordano, said in an interview that between the spring of 1982 and November 1984 she had a relationship with De Pedis. In 2007 Antonio Mancini released statements relating to the involvement of De Pedis and some Vatican exponents in the disappearence of Emanuela Orlandi, revealing that in prison, at the time of Emanuela's disappearance, "it was said that the girl was ours [of the Gang], one of us had taken her ". Mancini's declarations also seem to be confirmed by Maurizio Abbatino, another repentant of the Gang who, in December 2009, revealed some rumors among the Gang members on the involvement of De Pedis and his men in the kidnapping and murder of Emanuela. In June 2008 the press reported the statements that Minardi had made: Emanuela was killed and her body, locked up in a sack, was thrown into a cement mixer in Torvaianica [Roman district]. On that occasion, according to Minardi, De Pedis also got rid of the body of an 11-year-old boy killed in revenge, Domenico Nicitra, son of a old member of the Gang. Little Nicitra, however, was killed on June 21, 1993, ten years after the time period described by Minardi, and three years after the death of De Pedis himself, which occurred at the beginning of 1990. According to the woman, the abduction of Emanuela would have been materially carried out by De Pedis, at the orders of Monsignor Marcinkus "because they wanted to send a message to someone above them".
In particular, Sabrina Minardi said she arrived by car at the Gianicolo bar, where De Pedis had told her to meet a girl she was supposed to "take to the Vatican gas station". A dark BMW arrived at the meeting, with "Sergio" ( the driver of De Pedis), then a red Renault 5 arrived with a girl called "Teresina" (the housekeeper of Daniela Mobili, a friend of Minardi) and a confused girl on it, recognized by the witness as Emanuela Orlandi. Then, "Sergio" put Emanuela in the BMW that Minardi drove. Left alone in the car with the girl, the woman noticed that she "was crying and laughing together" and "looked like a drug addict." When she arrived at the gas station, she found a man "who looked like a priest" waiting in a Mercedes with a number plate of the Vatican City. They took Emanuela.The girl then spent her imprisonment in Rome, in a house owned by Daniela Mobili (Minardi's friend) in Pignatelli Street, which had "an immense basement that almost reached the San Camillo Hospital" (whose existence, in addition to a small bathroom and an underground lake, was ascertained by the investigators in June 2008). The housekeeper of Daniela Mobili, "Teresina", took care of Emanuela; according to Minardi, Daniela Mobili was close to Danilo Abbruciati, another leading exponent of the Magliana Gang.
Mobili denied knowing Minardi or having a role in the kidnapping, since in those years she was, like her husband, in prison. However, Minardi has referred in the past to the housekeeper "Teresina", who actually worked at the apartment at that time, even though she did not have a driving license. Subsequently, Minardi cited another member of the Gang, who, traced by the police, confessed that the refuge in Pignatelli Street was indeed a hiding place, "but not for the kidnapped, [but] for the wanted. It was the refuge of "Renatino" [De Pedis] », denying the connection between the former boss of the Magliana Gang and the kidnapping of Emanuela Orlandi.
Minardi said she had dinner twice together with De Pedis (at that time already wanted by the police) and Giulio Andreotti [seven time shady Italian Prime Minister] and that it "has nothing to do directly with Emanuela Orlandi, but with Monsignor Marcinkus, yes". Minardi's statements, although they were recognized by investigators as partially inconsistent (due to the woman's drug use in the past), gained more credibility in August 2008, following the discovery of the BMW that Minardi herself said was used for the transport of Emanuela Orlandi and which appeared to have belonged first to Flavio Carboni, an entrepreneur investigated and then acquitted in the trial on the death of Roberto Calvi [Italian banker], and subsequently in one of the Gang members'. The publication of what Minardi said sparked protests from the Vatican, which, through Father Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Holy Press Office, spoke of "a lack of humanity and respect for the Orlandi family ", and he defined as" false the accusations made against Archbishop Marcinkus, who has been dead for some time and who's unable to defend himself ".
On June 30 of that year the show "Who has seen it?" transmitted the full version of the anonymous phone call of July 2005, left private until that moment. After the revelations on the tombs of De Pedis and Cardinal Poletti, the voice added "And ask the bartender in Montebello Street, that his daughter was also with her ... with the other Emanuela." The bar turned out to belong to the family of S. D. V., a friend of Mirella Gregori. The staff of the program was also threatened by another anonymous phone call from a certain "Blond". On November 21, another interview with Minardi was broadcasted on Rai News 24, where she said that Emanuela Orlandi had spent the first fifteen days of imprisonment in Torvaianica, in the house owned by Minardi's parents.
On March 10, 2010, the existence of a new suspect was announced, it was Sergio Virtù, indicated by Sabrina Minardi as the trusted driver of De Pedis, and who allegedly had a role in the kidnapping of the girl. The man was under investigation for aggravated voluntary homicide and kidnapping. Virtù was arrested on the day of the interrogation for other crimes and transferred to the Regina Coeli prison. He had two previous sentences for fraud crimes. Virtú denied any wrongdoing on the matter, in particular that he had known or had friendly relations with De Pedis. There were also some statements by another woman, defined by the investigators as a former cohabitant, who also allegedly had a role in the kidnapping and had received compensation for this.
In July 2010 the Vicariate of Rome gave the go-ahead for the inspection of the tomb of De Pedis in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare and the DNA sampling was compared with the DNA of De Pedis's brother, relatives of Emanuela and Antonietta Gregori, Mirella's sister.
In July 2011, the district prosecutor of Rome arrested some members of the De Tomasi family, accused of crimes including usury and money laundering; according to the investigators, Giuseppe De Tomasi, known as "Sergione", affiliated with the Magliana Gang, was the same person who phoned the Orlandi family in 1983, identifying himself with the name "Mario", while his son, Carlo Alberto De Tomasi, was the author of the phone call to the show "Who has seen it?" in 2005. In 1984 De Pedis was arrested in an apartment in Vittorini Street, propriety of Giuseppe De Tommasi. Sergione, as told by the repentant Abbatino, was pardoned by De Pedis and organized his wedding reception in June 1988. He also attended De Pedis funeral. De Tommasi defended himself by saying that he could not have made that call in 1983 because he was in prison. On July 24 Antonio Mancini, in an interview with " La Stampa", stated that Orlandi was actually kidnapped by the Gang to obtain in return the money invested in the IOR [Vatican Bank] through the Banco Ambrosiano [Catholic bank] (as also hypothesized by judge Rosario Priore). Mancini added that he believed they wanted to ask for 20 billion and that it was De Pedis who put an end to the phone calls, despite the fact that the money had not all been returned, but obtaining in exchange, among other things, the possibility of being buried in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare, as it actually happened later.
On May 14, 2012, the tomb of De Pedis was finally opened but inside there was just the body of the deceased who, as wished by the family, was cremated. It was then excavated more thoroughly, but only small remains of bones (dating back to the Napoleonic period) were found; no traces of Emanuela and Mirella's DNA was found. Four days later, on 18 May, Monsignor Pietro Vergari was investigated for complicity in kidnapping. In October 2015 the GIP [preliminary judge], at the request of the Public Prosecutor's Office and due to lack of consistent evidence, closed the investigation into the disappearances of Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori, started in 2006 due to the statements of Sabrina Minardi and which found six people under investigation for murder and kidnapping. In 2018 Abbatino revealed that he learned from Claudio Sicilia [member of the Magliana Band] that De Pedis was behind the kidnapping.
“It was for the money he gave to the Vatican. Money ended up in the IOR pockets and was never returned. And there were not only the billions of De Pedis but also the money of the mafia. The murder of Michele Sindona [italian banker and criminal] and that of Roberto Calvi [italian banker] are linked to the Orlandi kidnapping. If the first one is not resolved, the truth about Calvi's alleged suicide and the girl's disappearance will never be solved. In my opinion it was not an order [from the mafia] but a thing done in agreement. I know of Renatino's relations [De Pedis] with Monsignor Casaroli. I can confirm the Gang's relationship with the Vatican. But I have never met Don Vergari. He may also have done charity but he was certainly not Catholic, Renato was a Buddhist. Relations between the Vatican and the Magliana Gang date back to those years [at least to 1976]. And they are due to Franco's [Magliana Gang member] friendships. There was a homosexual boy, his name was Nando. It was him who brought Franco to Casaroli. Casaroli was known. Franco knew him. And I know that this friendship was "inherited" from Renatino."
According to Father Gabriele Amorth [excommunicated priest, exorcist, and all around not a reliable person], Emanuela Orlandi was drugged and then killed in an orgy of pedophiles held in the Vatican. This is the hypothesis that, in an interview released in May 2012 to" La Stampa", was advanced by the man defined by the newspaper as the "world leader of exorcists"; the theory is also published in his book "The Last Exorcist". In the interview, the exorcist stated the following: «As also stated by Monsignor Simeone Duca, Vatican archivist, parties were organized in which a gendarme was also involved as a" recruiter of girls ". I believe that Emanuela ended up as a victim [...] I never believed in the international lead, I have reason to believe that it was a case of sexual exploitation resulting in murder shortly after the disappearance and concealment of the body. The crime also involved diplomatic personnel from a foreign embassy ”. The same hypothesis, with the addition of the involvement of Monsignor Paul Marcinkus, was made by the collaborator of justice Vincenzo Calcara, former mafia affiliate, who reported to the show "Who has seen it ?", in 2014, an alleged statment of a mafia boss, affirming that Orlandi died during a drug and sex party and that she's buried in the Vatican with other alleged young victims.
An anonymous source, in 2005, stated that Emanuela died, perhaps accidentally, following a "convivial meeting" held in a house near the terminal of the bus that the girl took to return home. The house was propriety of a high prelate or a person close to the Vatican, and her body was probably hidden nearby. No proof of this was found.
In June 2011, during a live debate on TV about Pietro Orlandi's book "My sister Emanuela", a man who declared himself a former SISMI [Italian military secret services] agent stated that "Emanuela is alive, she is in an asylum in England and is always sedated" . He added that the cause of the kidnapping was the knowledge by Ercole Orlandi, Emanuela's father, of "dirty" money laundering activities, linking the kidnapping to the death of Calvi [italian banker].
In September 2017, the journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, author of two other books concerning the Vatican, published "The impostors. Inquiry into power". In May he came into possession of a report dated March 28, 1998 sent by the then leader of the APSA [who administers the patrimony of the Holy See] Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti (who died three years earlier) to the archbishops Giovanni Battista Re [substitute for the General Affairs of the Secretariat of State] and Jean-Louis Tauran [in charge of Relations with States] titled "Summary report of the expenses incurred by the Vatican City state for the activities relating to the citizen Emanuela Orlandi" and in the first paragraph reads: "The Administrative Prefecture of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See has received a mandate to draw up a summary document of the economic services necessary to support the activities carried out following the kidnapping and the subsequent events of the citizen Emanuela Orlandi. "
The document, which would prove that the girl was alive, was allegedly stolen in the night between 29 and 30 March 2014, from the safe in an armored cabinet of the Prefecture of Economic Affairs, which was under the responsibility of the secretary Monsignor Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda. Balda was arrested on November 2, 2015, as part of the so-called Vatileaks 2, for providing confidential information for the publication of the book "Via Crucis" by Gianluigi Nuzzi (which ended up under investigation together with Fittipaldi who had written "Avarizia") and was then pardoned by the Pope. Francesca Chaoqui, a member of COSEA [Pontifical referent for the organization of the economic-administrative structure] under Balda's control until his arrest, revealed that in the safe, in addition to the dossier on Orlandi, there were also dossiers on Michele Sindona [criminal and banker] and Umberto Ortolani [shady banker] (as also confirmed by Monsignor Alfredo Abbondi, head of the Prefecture office), on the IOR and on the political expenses of Pope John Paul II during the Cold War and she also said that the theft was faked by Balda himself.
The report in Fittipaldi's possession was typewritten with a font dating back twenty years, it did not contain official stamps and therefore could also be a fake. It listed the expenses between January 1983 (six months before the disappearance) and July 1997 for a total sum of 483 million lire [around 250000 euros] used to investigate at the Atelier Fontana (from which the girl made the last call home before her disappearance), then they investigated the secretary of State Agostino Casaroli, the president of the CEI Cardinal Ugo Poletti, the boarding and lodging at the Catholic student hostel in London, Emanuela's travel and medical expenses, the trips to London by senior representatives of the Vatican [...].
In June 2017, the Orlandi family had already filed an application to be able to view "a dossier kept in the Vatican" (Pietro Orlandi had learned of its existence in February / March according to their lawyer). Monsignor Angelo Becciu (substitute for General Affairs of the secretariat) denied its existence, however, Cardinal Re assured that "the secretariat of state (of which he was substitute in 1997) had nothing to hide" and on the phone with Fittipaldi stopped the conversation.
In October 2018, the Vatican permitted the DNA analysis on some bones found during restoration work at the Vatican Nunciature in Rome. The investigations, entrusted by the Holy See to Italy, and in particular to the Rome prosecutor and the scientific police, were aimed at comparing those bones with Emanuela Orlandi's DNA. However, the bones found in the Nunciature did not belong to Emanuela Orlandi, nor to Mirella Gregori. From the analysis of the Scientific police the bones of the Nunciature undoubtedly dated back to a period prior to 1964. And above all they were attributable to the skeleton of a man. On 11 July 2019, a further inspection was carried out in two graves in the Teutonic cemetery, those of Princess Sofia of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Bartenstein and Princess Carlotta Federica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, following specific leads. But no human remains were found inside.
documentary (Italian): https://youtu.be/ObQCgKGivqc
Wikipedia pages (English):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Mirella_Gregori
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Emanuela_Orlandi
others::
https://www.insider.com/everything-we-know-about-the-1983-disappearance-of-emanuela-orlandi-2018-11
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/20/emanuela-orlandi-brother-anguish-vatican-missing-teenager-investigation
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49055783
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Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation 145 Used a few x, about 2/3 full $20
Nars Sheer Glow Fiji Used a few x,approx. 2/3 full $20
Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation NC25 3x, 3/4 left $10
It Cosmetics CC Cream FS Medium about 1/2 left $15
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer St. Moritz used 2x,near full $30
Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hr. Hyrdrating Foundation 3.02 2x $25
Revlon Age Defying w/ DNA Advantage 10 Bare Buff Swatched free w/purchase or just pay shipping
Clarria Tinted Primer Light Swatched $1 or FWP
Maybelline Fit Me Matte 118 about 1/2 $2
Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation 103 True Ivory 1x $FWP or just pay shipping
Loreal True Match Lumi N1-2 Soft Ivory Close to 1/2 left $2
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream 27 2x $4
Maybelline Fit Me Matte 238 Rich Tan 1-2x $3
Maybelline Dream Radiant Liquid Hydrating Foundation 80 Cashew Swatched $3
 
Item Shade Usage Price
Lipsticks: - - -
SOLD 10/17/20MAC Selena La Reina Collection Selena Vive swatched give me an offer :)
MAC x Aaliyah 1 in a million swatched give me an offer :)
Bellapierre lipstick Ruby swatched name your price
Lipstick Queen mini Highway 66 used 2x name your price
Nars Velvet Lip Pencil Dirty Mind shown $12 OBO
SOLD 10/17/20Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Oblivion shown name your price
MAC Lipglass mini Lovechild swatched name your price
SOLD 10/17/20Tarte H20 Gloss Below Deck used 1x name your price
Melt Cosmetics Dark Room shown name your price
Estee Edit Wrapped shown free w/purchase
Urban Decay Lipgloss Big Bang 2x name your price
K Voss lipgloss mini strawberry peppermint 3x free w/ purchase
Colourpop Lippie Stix Aquarius shown name your price
Maelle Clearly Brilliant Tinted Lip Nude new name your price
SOLD 10/17/20Maybelline 450 Romantic Rose shown name your price
Maybelline 696 Burgundy Blush shown name your price
Maybelline 725 Lilac Flush shown name your price
SOLD 10/17/20NYX Whipped Caviar shown name your price/free w/purchase
Colourpop x Hello Kitty Ultra Matte Lip Ribbon 2x make an offer
Covergirl Katy Kat Lip Gloss Wine Feline 2x name your price
SOLD 10/17/20Bare Minerals Mineralist mini Honesty swatched $2
Sephora Rouge Matte mini Rebel Chic Swatched,but continuously falls out of tube.This has caused it to be shorter and nicked $0.50
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Firebird Usage shown(about 3x) $6
Urban Decay Comfort Matte Menace Usage shown $7
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Mini Big Bang 1-2x $3
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte PMS 2x $10
YSL Volupte Tint In Oil mini #5 Cherry my Cherrie 1x $3
Sephora Cream Lip Stain 45 Chai Latte 1x $1
SOLD 10/17/20Tarte Tarteist Glossy Slay 5x $8
Stila Matte LL Aria 2x $9
Maybelline Vivid Matte LL 45 Vivid Violet 1x $2
Ipsy x Tetris Glip Gloss Tetrimono NIB $5
Perfect Tone Matte Lip Creme 5409 Black Radiance(dark purple) 1x $FWP or just pay shipping
Vintage Beauty? Pink Sequin 3x $free
Loreal Infallible Matte LL 844 Sweet Tooth 4x $2
Elf Lipgloss Nude Pink usage shown $free
Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit 924B Rebel Rose 1x $2
Wet N Wild Liquid Catswuit Coral Corruption 2x $2
Wet N Wild 403C Will You Be With Me shown $free
Covergirl Smoochies Alter Ego shown $free
Maybelline Matte 835 Sapphire Siren shown $2
Adesse NY unsure, cool pink shown $1
 
Item Shade Usage Price
Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Mascara, & Brows: - - -
Laura Mercier Caviar Volume Mascara mini black 1x name your price
Lancome Cils Booster XL Enhancing Base Mascara mini - new name your price
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara mini black 2-3x name your price
Sephora Lash Craft mini black 2x name your price
Urban Decay Glide on eyeliner Uzi shown name your price
Ulta Classic Brush tip Liner black new name your price
Benefit Gimme Brow Mini 3 2x free w/purchase
Benefit 24 hr Brow Setter mini - new name your price
Colourpop Brow Boss Dark Brown 1x name your price
Space Case Eyeshadow Single Gold Base swatched name your price
Revlon ColorStay Eyeshadow Single Hazelnut shown free
Space Case Cosmetics Quad Eyeshadows Not Rocket Science,Unicorn Horn, Ghost Entered the Host,Bella Trix new Name your price
Urban Decay Roller Girl Palette LE - Usage shown, hardly used $8-lowered
Urban Decay Naked Basics - shown $8
Nars Duo Marie Galante - shown-the packaging is a little sticky, as per Nars :(
Wet n Wild Downtown Browns Palette - 2-3x $4
Wet N Wild Trio 334 I'm Getting Sunburned Lid-3-4x, brow 2-3x, crease-swatched $3
Meech and Mia Single FS Taupe swatched $2
Ulta Eyeshadow Single Mint 3x $2
NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow Single Diamond Lust 1x $1
Benefit They're Real Mascara mini Black NIB $4
Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara DS Black BN $4
Elf eyebrow pomade Brown shown $1
SOLD 10/17/20Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade Dark Brown Shown $5
Betty Boop x Ipsy Blink and Wink Mascara DS Black BN $4 OBO
Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin-Infused Mascara Primer DS x BN $7
(Milk mascara cheek bundle below)
 
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Blush,Contour,Highlight: - - -
Pacifica Desert Sunset Blush & Bronze Palette Sunset matte, desert matte very lightly swatched name your price
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder from duo Candlelight used about 4-5x, a ton left name your price
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Aphrodisiac shown name your price
Milani Powder Blush 05 Coral Cove hardly used, but cracked :’( name your price
Luna by Luna Baked Highlighter Calypso shown name your price
Bellapierre Banana Setting Powder - used 2x name your price
Lancome Blush Subtil 385 Shimmer Plum Affaire swatched a few x name your price
Lancome Blush Subtil 375 Shimmer Lilac Love swatched a few x name your price
Nars LE Foreplay Palette - used orgasm 2-3x, others 1-2x name your price
Milk Makeup Sephora Bday set black mascara, hydro grip primer, mini lip + cheek swatched name your price
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Dollface shown-scraped a little product off the top b/c accidentally transferred foundation $5
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer Mini Medium\Deep a few x $2
Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombre Blush In a Purple Haze 2x $2
NYX Blush Taupe Hardly used, but has small crack in upper corner(pictured) $2
Space Case Cosmetics Highlighter Seen From Space 1E-light shimmery mauve $3
Hourglass Ambient Bronzer mini Luminous Bronze Light Used about 4x name your price
Loreal True Match Super Blendable Powder W7 caramel beige used 2x for bronzer name your price
Nars Bronzer Mini Laguna 2-3x name your price
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powder Fawn used 3-4x name your price
 
Item Usage Price
Skincare:Face, Body, Hair, Misc: - -
Benefit Professional Hydrate Primer mini new name your price
Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer mini about 1/3 remaining name your price
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance mini new name your price
Glamglow Glowstarted Illuminating Moisturizer mini new name your price
Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer mini swatched 1x name your price
PUR 4 in 1 Cloud Cream 0.5 oz new name your price
Purlisse Matcha Green Tea Antioxidant Priming Moisturizer 1.7 fl oz new name your price
Balance Me Congested skin serum new name your price
Context Vitamin C All Day Eye Cream new name your price
Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector mini 1x name your price/free w/purchase
Tonymoly I’m Cherry Blossom Hand Cream swatched a smol dab name your price
Sol De Janerio Brazilian Bum Bum Cream mini new name your price
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Smoothing Anti-frizz Blowout Butter new name your price
Verb Shape + Define Defrizz + Repair Curl Cream new name your price
Urban Therapy Twisted Sista Curl Activator new name your price
Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Pur Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser Used a few x, lots left, packaging a little beat from storage $10
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Mini New $3
Formula 10.0.6 Thirst No More Moisturizer 1 fl oz 1x,packaging has small mark from storage $3
Loshi Horse Oil Moist Face Foam Cleanser Used 2x, almost full $5
Miracle Pore minimizing serum mini New name your price
Valmont Prime Renewing Pack 1x $5
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Mini swatched $3
It Confidence in a Gel Lotion mini new $3
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner 30ml sample 1x,got this off ABE $4
The Ordinary AHA BHA Peeling Solution 1x, note:please research this before use, use as directed/with caution. My skin's very dry and it made it worse $4
Murad Renewing Eye Cream FS NIB $60(retail:$82)
Thank Me Later face primer swatched $2
Too Faced Hangover Primer mini NIB $4
Rest Recipe Peach Mask - $3
St.Tropez Self Tan Classic 2x, about 3/4 full $15 obo, this is pink because it leaked during shipment
Tonymoly banana hand cream 4x name your price
DpHUE ACV Hair Rinse new $3
Loreal Sublime Bronze minis x 6 new, some caps have come off $3 for all 6
Vita Liberata Body blur used 1x $1
Hum Daily Cleanse new $3
Kenra Blow Dry Spray about 1/3 left $name your price
 
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Makeup Bags/all new and unused: - -
Ipsy March 2017 pink new, just stored in a drawer $1
SOLD 10/17/20Ipsy August 2020 holographic new $1
Ipsy September 2020 bugundy/gold new $1
Aerie flower makeup bag never used $1
Benefit Shiny Pink makeup bag never used $2
Ipsy June 2020 new $1
Geometric Print bags new $1
Ipsy November 2019(leopard) new $1
Ipsy May 2019(pink sparkle) new $1
Ipsy March 2020(teal) new $1
Ipsy unknown date??Fuzzy red/pink bag new $1
 
Item Shade Usage
Freebies: - -
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Natural 05, Tan 07, Chestnut 09 new
Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer Caramel med/dark 2, Hazelnut med/dark 4 new
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear 460 Suede W, 500 Suede W, 540 Suede W, 560 Suede C new
Urban Decay Naked Skin 8.0 new
Drybar Liquid Glass Shampoo + Conditioner duo - new
Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream - new
Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Bunny new
Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo - new
Mac Lipstick Samples(can separate or send whole cards) Ruby Woo x3, Velvet Teddy x1, Diva x2 new
Stila Color Balm Lipstick Samples Aubrey, jessie, Elyssa new
Urban Decay Foil Sample Big Bang new
Clinique Take The Day Off Sample - new
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Fluid Powder Foundation samples Sand N-032, Warm Beige W-046, Cool Natural C-056,Honey W-064, Golden W-074, Neutral Walnut N-090 new
Paula’s Choice Smooth Finish Conditioner - new
Clinique Stay Matte Makeup sample 9 neutral (MF-N) new
Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap - new
Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence - new
VDL Skin P+R=O Mild Peeling Gel - new
Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence - new
Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Toner - new
Kopari Coconut Face Cream - new
Hello Ganic Lime Brightening mask - new
It Confidence in a cleanser sample - new
Benefit Professional sample - new
Tonymoly Intense Dual Effect Sleeping pack - new
It confidence in a Gel Lotion sample - new
Philosophy Purity made Simple sample - new
Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye - new
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Sample 3 fair new
Touch in Sol No Pore Blem Primer sample - new
Hello Ganic Hydrating Sheet mask - new
L’homme Prada Sample vial - new
Prada Candy Night sample - New in pack
Carolina Herrera Good Girl vial - new
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy vial - new
Givenchy Dahlia Divin vial - new
Dolce & Gabbana The Only One vial - new
Chanel Gabrielle Sample vial - 1x
Versace Bright Crystal vial - new
Giorgio Armani Power Fabric sample 3.5, 13 new
Nars Sheer Glow Samples Syracuse, New Caledonia new
Hair Rituel Shampoo - new
 
----Wishlist for SWAPS ONLY please----   Please, only looking for authentic items(so purchased directly from a manufacturer or retailer other than: Amazon(unless AB items),ebay,or Wish). If you have Hourglass, DOC, Colourpop, ABH, J*, Lime Crime, etc. items, please send detailed picture verification(out of tube, any writing, bottom, wands, box if you have it).
 
Anastasia Beverly Hills:Soft Glam palette, Luminous Foundation in 330W
 
Belif: Moisturizing Eye Bomb, Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser
 
Chanel: try me on anything
 
Charlotte Tilbury: Light Wonder 6
 
Colourpop:Stranger Than Diction kit, or anything from the kit! (lips):November,Alyssa,Lovebug (eyes)Amaze, I like You
 
Dose of Colors: Campfire lipstick or shade dupes in non-matte lipstick, Angelic lipstick, Cinnamon Swirl
 
Essie: Claim to Flame, Soles on Fire, Get A Psy-kik Out of It
 
Etude House: Moistful Collagen Cream Moisturizer
 
Farmacy: Eye Dew Total Eye Cream with Echinacea GreenEnvy, Honey Drop Lightweight moisturizer
 
Fenty: Hydrating Foundation in 290 or 310, (Lip)Shawty,Up 2 No Good,Saw-C,Pumpkin Rose (cheek/face): Match Stix in Amber,Maple, Sun Snatched, Bronze Duo in Shadybiz & Sinamon, (eyes): Flyliner, try me on other products!
 
Giorgio Armani:** Luminous Silk shade 7.8**, maybe 6.5, Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara, try me on glosses
 
Glossier: Cloud Paint in Dusk, Generation G lipstick in Leo or Cake, Milky Jelly Cleanser, Futuredew
 
Hada Labo: sunscreen,Gokujyun Hyaluronic Cream-may consider Alpha cream
 
Hourglass:,(lips):I'll Never Stop lipstick, I've never lipstick, Girl Lip Stylos in:Futurist,Believer, Peacemaker,Influencer. Child lipgloss(eyes):Modernist Eyeshadow palette in Color Field (olive), Dim Light powder
 
Korres: Greek Yoghurt Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
 
Laneige:balancing emulsion
 
Lime Crime: Venus 1, Plushies lipsticks, lip glosses, brow pen and brow gel in the dark brown shades
 
MAC: Wild Extract, CB96, A Girl's Got Needs, Flamingo, Paramount, Marrakesh, Razzle Dazzler,The Right Note,Prep + Prime(radiant, preferably), NC40-42 foundations or samples
 
Makeup Forever: Forever Lustrous Palette, Ultra HD Foundation in Y373 or Y383
 
Makeup Geek: Saucy lipstick
 
Mario Badescu: Glycolic Eye Cream, neck cream (neither from Amazon,please,I've had bad luck buying MB there)
 
Milk Makeup: Watermelon Mask, Wavy lipstick, rave eye pigment, try me on their other items!
 
NARS: Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette, Cassiopeia eyeshadow,Phoebe eyeshadow, Elsa eyeshadow duo, Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation or Sheer Glow in Stromboli or Messine, Paris Follies lipstick, Jeanne lipstick, Slow Ride lipstick Afterglow Lip balm in Laguna (Highlight): Forte De France
 
NYX: Daydream Reverie, Buenos Aires, Kim, (eyes):Iced Mocha, Black Bean
 
Origins: Eye cream
 
Pur: Mystic lipstick
 
Shiseido: Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin and Children
 
Smashbox: Photofinish Primer Oil (lips): Out Loud, also looking for Studio Skin hydrating foundation in a close color value to 3.20, but less warm, maybe yellow? I find 3.20 too orangey.
 
Sol de Janeiro:Panama Sunset Glow Oil-prefer translucent,
 
Stila: Sogno, Bellissima, Rubino, Angelo lipsticks, mini liquid liner in black
 
Tarte: Manbun lipstick, Brazilliance, BB Cream(not the matte one) in light,Rainforest After Dark palette, Amazonian Clay Foundation in Medium Tan Sand or Tan Golden
 
Tonymoly: Panda's Dream Rose Hyaluronic Face Cream
 
Too Faced: Clover makeup bag, Papa Don't Peach blush, Peach palette,Gold Soliel Bronzer, Pretty Puppy palette
 
Urban Decay: Black coal eyeliner, Naked Palettes(any except Basics 1), Conspiracy lipstick, Heat lipstick, Sin Highlighter, FS or DS
 
Viseart: Petit Pro 1
 
Wella: Brilliance Leave In Balm
 
YSL: ,lipsticks, Touche Éclat Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Powder Palette, try me on lipsticks
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2020.10.15 06:50 Hannah-93 I was held HOSTAGE in my own apartment and I ended up in CELLS!

Disclaimer: This story contains violence, mental health and graphic content. If you are easily triggered, I suggest to skip this one. This is my first time writing something like this.
So, this is kind of a long story. It takes place in 2016. I was in an abusive relationship with a guy that was 5 years older than me (he was 28 and I was 23 at the time). We will call him “Mike". I am going to divide the story up into 5 parts:
Part 1 – How we met
Part 2 – When it began
Part 3 – The abuse
Part 4 – The aftermath
Part 5 – The short version of the story
(Part 1- How we met)
We met 4 months before we got together. I was living with a roommate and we needed another roommate to help pay the bills for a 3 bedroom house. My roommate told me that his friend “Mike” was looking for a room to rent and claimed he was a good guy. So Mike ended up moving in. He seemed like a nice normal guy, mostly kept to himself in his room and he kept the place nice and clean. After a few weeks, he started hanging out in the living room with my other roommate and I. We really clicked and had good conversations and connected over video games. Eventually we were hanging out all the time, we had so much in common, he was pretty open about things and made me laugh all the time. Blah blah blah. Then 2 months later, my other roommate started to get all weird about us hanging out all the time. We weren’t loud or anything and we didn’t do anything to make him upset or feel left out. It got worse over time, so we started hanging out in our rooms to avoid the drama. (I very later found out that Mike was slightly manipulating us both to not get along). A month later Mike and I started liking each other and it got physical. The roommate found out a couple weeks later and didn’t like it. So, we decided to save up, move out and get our own apartment together since we were officially a couple at that point.
(Part 2 – When it began)
So, we finally find a 1 bedroom apartment together, but we decided to put it under my name as I have better credit and references. It was his idea and choice. Anyway our relationship was going good and everything seemed normal until about 2 weeks into living in our new apartment. I noticed he was constantly worried about what I was doing on my phone, (which was mostly phone games and social media) and he wanted to know all of my passwords for everything and who I was talking to if I texted/messaged someone. I thought ok whatever, I have nothing to hide. He even started to come with me everywhere I went whether it was a friend’s house, the store or just simply taking my dog out for a walk. I didn’t really notice at first because it was only a few weeks and I was focused on setting up the new apartment, working and shopping for it. Then a couple weeks later we were bickering and having small arguments here and there, especially if he didn’t agree with something I say or do. So we would always end up doing whatever he wanted to do. Then he didn’t like it when I had friends over so they slowly stopped coming over. He never invited anyone over. Then he started manipulating me with stuff and trying to control where I went or what did. It got so bad that I wasn’t even allowed to get out of bed in the morning if he wasn’t awake. Yelled at me if I went to the washroom or got a glass of water. If I woke him up, even by accident, he’d yell at me. So I would lie there and play on my phone while I waited for him to wake up. Even then, I’d get in trouble. I’m fucked if I do, fucked if I don’t.
(Part 3 – The abuse)
I fell into a really depressive state and just did whatever Mike wanted, so I could be left alone. I slept a lot, drank and played video games to escape reality. Then one night we decided to drink. We only drank half of a 26 of Vodka when it all started. I was on my phone playing a game and I wasn’t hiding it. How could I, when he is attached to my damn hip? Then he got angry because he wanted attention from me. I tried talking to him all day but all he wanted to do was argue, so I wasn’t in a talkative mood. I really wasn’t in the mood to fight, I was exhausted and wanted to feel happy. He kept picking at me to the point where I said that I was going to my parent’s for the night. He stood up and said no, you’re not going any where. I got up and started packing an over night bag. He followed me around yelling at me about my phone and telling me to stay. I got my sweater and he started leading me back to the couch. I sat down. By this point it was the middle of December in Canada so of course there's a blizzard outside that night. My apartment had a very weird layout to it. It was like a loft with 2 entries/set of stairs on each side of the loft. The 1 set of stairs led straight to the exit door and the other set of stairs led to the bedroom, which also had a door to the exit. In the loft was the an open concept living room and kitchen with a bathroom. The living room is between the 2 set of stairs that led down. I was sitting on the couch, Mike was standing on the other side of the coffee table guarding the 2 stairs. He kept arguing with me and I kept telling him I don’t want to fight, I just need a day away. I tried to stand up and finish packing, but Mike shoved the coffee table into my knees really hard, making me fall back into the couch. That really shocked me as he has never done anything like that to me before, nobody has. I stood up on the couch and grabbed my phone and made the decision in my head that I was just going to leave without anything else. Mike grabbed my hand that I had my phone in and dragged me over the table to take my phone. I held on as hard as I could (I am a small girl, 5’4” 100lbs) so he picks me up and slams me onto my back on the floor and I let go. My (first) dog, Jax comes and starts freaking out on Mike and he kicks my dog in the head, across the kitchen into the wall. Jax attacks him again so he locks him in the bathroom. I got my shoes on and I am running down the stairs to the exit. Mike flies down the stairs behind me and drags me back up the stairs by my hair and sweater. I am screaming, swinging and kicking, my dog is barking his head off and Mike is yelling at us to shut up. Now this apartment wasn’t in the best area of town, if you know what I mean. So no one cared. No one came to see if we were ok or even bothered to pick up the phone and dial 911. I was terrified. I huddled up on the floor bawling my eyes out in pain and terror. I have never saw this coming. I was scared a bit before, due to his clinginess and obsession, but I wasn’t expecting him to literally make me stay. I never tried to go against what he wanted for so long and when I finally had enough and wanted to leave, I couldn’t. Literally. He dropped to the floor by me saying he is sorry. He will never do that again and he didn’t know what happened trying to blame the vodka. He has a bad history with family, abandonment, drugs and abuse growing up. Also his last serious relationship ended badly. So badly that his ex left the country. But he never explained why just made it seem like she was crazy and she left him for a guy she met online, in the USA. (I didn’t know any of this until I was into the relationship.) But he always made excuses as to why he acts the way he acts by bringing up the past so I would feel bad and forgive him. Of course, right? I wanted to tell him to go to hell, but I was scared. I just kept quiet and tried to calm down. He is hanging on to me as if he is hugging me and crying saying sorry over and over. Then I tell him I have to go to the washroom, I go and lock the door. Held onto my dog for a min. Then thought about climbing out window. The problem is that I am on the 3rd floor and the window is high up and small. Not to mention there’s a blizzard going on outside so everything is frozen. Mike hears me open the window and starts banging on the door demanding to unlock the door. I say I am still using the washroom, give me a minute. He accuses me of climbing out, but its impossible. He keeps banging and threatens to break down the door. I tell him to stop banging and yelling then I will come out. He stops. I think to myself I will just go along with his shit until I have a chance to leave. I go out and he is standing there blocking the way into the living room. We talk. I try to get by as we talk but he makes it impossible and shuts the bathroom door on my dog so I am corned in the kitchen. I try to shove by but he keeps shoving me into the kitchen counters. I tried to kick him in the balls and he runs up at me, grabs me by the throat and holds me up against the bathroom door. I can’t breathe, I am really panicking and kicking. I couldn’t do anything but bite his arm until he let go. He backed up and was about to run at me, so I jumped up and punched him in the face as hard as I could. I ended up breaking his nose. He stumbled back all shocked. I ran by to grab my phone, but he snatched it up first and ran down to the bedroom to call the police on me. I saw his phone on the table so I grabbed that and ran down the other stairs to the exit. I could hear Mike running back up to stop me, but I was gone by the time he could get to the top of my stairs. Plus he was on the phone with the police (I didn’t know at the time). I ran out in snow that were up to my knees, it was -40, snowing and very windy. It was about midnight at this point and I only had on my shoes, jeans and a sweater. I wasn’t cold at first since I was heated from the fear and adrenaline of what had just happened. I ran about 4 blocks and didn’t look back. You know how hard that is to do in a blizzard? I took out Mike’s phone and texted a friend that had lived near by. Thank God he was awake because I had no money on me, as I left it behind and I was freezing. I went there and explained everything that had happened. Mike figured out that I took his phone and started calling and texting me a 1000x. I stupidly answered after a bit. I was worried about my dog and things. (It was all my furniture, apartment, dog, etc.) He only had his clothes. Anyway, he told me to come back, I said no. Then he started guilt tripping me and telling me sorry, I still said no. Then he threatened me that he was going to call the police on me and make up a story and that I will get in trouble (not knowing he had called already.) I have never been in trouble with the law. Except one time but it wasn’t my fault and it was proven too. (Another long story) but long story short, I got into a police raid due to a different roommate over “firearms" but it was plastic bbguns…. Not mine. (It’s relevant in this story, later on) So, I was always worried about having a clean record. Mike said that he will call the police if I don’t come home within half an hr. So I stupidly went home. My friend was telling me not to go back, but I was worried about my dog the most. I didn’t care. So I walked home and saw 2 police cars sitting out front of the building. They saw me, so I couldn’t turn around and walk away. So I thought fuck it. Let’s get this over with. I walked up and they immediately stopped me and asked me if I’m Hannah. There was one cop standing outside and one inside talking to Mike. The cop questioned me and told me that I beat Mike. He has a broken nose and a big bite mark on his arm. I explain to them that he wasn’t letting me leave and I was trying to defend myself and get away. But they didn’t even let me finish my explanation and read me my rights. They looked at me and said where are your bruises? Mind you, my arms are covered with my sweater and I was just outside in the freezing cold. My bruises aren’t going to show up until I warm up. They are talking to me and everything outside still in the cold. Then they wanted to cuff me to the door while they went inside to talk to Mike some more. I’m like, I’m not going to run away. I will cooperate, so they let me stand in the lobby. When they returned, it was clear that they were on Mike’s side. From what I could tell, Mike’s story to the police was that I was drunk texting some guy and he took my phone away and I beat him up and left. The one cop looked at me and treated me like an animal for what I did to him. I could hear them ask if I had a weapon to Mike when they were talking. I was like wtf?? Then they brought up how I had “possession of illegal firearm" on my file. I explained to them that was a mistake, it was my roommates bbguns blah blah, but they interrupted me and said “that doesn’t matter to what’s going on right now.” Like why bring it up then? How is that on my file? (I had a bunch of questions about that running through my head, but I got that all figured out and solved with my lawyer later). They put me in the back of the car and brought me downtown. They wouldn’t listen to a word I said. Of course I looked like a mess, I was hysterical. I was so heart broken, shocked, sore, cold, terrified, exhausted and worried about a million things. My mind was going a million miles a minute. I never went to cells before. Never had my mug shot or prints taken before that point. I thought, “now I am going to have an actual criminal record on me, for what? Should have I just did what he wanted? Should have I not tried to leave and stay with that manipulating goof?”
(Part 4 – The aftermath)
So after going through all of that, they ask me to give a statement or call a lawyer. There’s something else I forgot to mention… I am 90% deaf. I can’t talk on the phone. I depend on reading lips and hearing aids. Therefore, I cannot call a lawyer. Besides, I didn’t know a lawyer. I never needed one until that point. I had no idea how or what to do in a situation like this and my anxiety level was to the sky. So they decided that they were going to let me go, but I had to find a lawyer and go to court to determine if I was guilty or go to trial. Then they put me in a small cell, by myself for 6 hours. That was a horrible experience. I didn’t have a phone, so I couldn’t tell anyone what was going on, I had no shoes or sweater, so I was cold, there was no water, no toilet paper, and had a hard and cold cement square for a bed. I didn’t see anyone for hours. I was stuck there with my thoughts. I was exhausted, I just wanted to get to my parents house and sleep - 8 hrs ago. I was finally let out and they told me that I had to live at my parents house for now and that I couldn’t see or talk to Mike in any way, shape or form. I panicked inside because Mike has all of my things and my dog. Then they gave me my stuff and sent me back out into the cold. It was morning by that point. I saw a cab and went to my parents house. I got a friend to get my dog. Mike tried to manipulate me into coming back to him by threatening my things, social media, telling more lies to the police, etc. Like hello, you called the police and made up a lie, which is why I am not there anymore at all. You really think the police is going to make me stay with you!? Lmao wtf? Like you may be smart with computers and mind games, but in reality, you stupid asf.
I ended up finding a lawyer, pled not guilty and made my case. I had my bruises and everything documented, and all of the text messages Mike was sending me and how manipulative and verbally/mentally abusive he was. Mike ended up moving out of my apartment abandoning all of my things and even some of his things. He told me he wasn’t going back in a message. He couldn’t afford to stay there by himself anyway and moved into his sister’s place. I went back and changed the locks. He never came back. But that didn’t stop him from messaging me. I never replied though, because my lawyer advised me not to. I ended up moving a couple of months later. I was so nervous about trial because if I am found guilty I would have a criminal record, get probation for a year, can’t leave the country, no drinking until after trial which was a year away, attend a class for anger management, attend aa meetings since I had a bit of alcohol in my system when the “domestic violence” occurred, dna swap, 20 hrs of community service and a few other things. That’s pretty damn crazy. So that whole year leading up to trial was a lot emotionally and mentally for me. It was like my life was on pause.
Fast forward to a year to the trial. I went to trial and met up with my lawyer. My mom came with me. We sat there and waited hours until it was our turn. It turns out Mike never showed up. The judge looks at my case and says it’s garbage and to throw it out. I’m not guilty. I was soo happy. I got my record wiped too. A lot of weight was lifted that day. But I don’t know what happened to Mike. He stopped trying to message me after my last birthday. I still never replied. He hoped I’d go back to him if I won the case. Nope, he’s dead to me. I have moved away from the city since then and have him blocked on everything.
It really sucked though. I really liked him at first, before he showed his true colors. I liked the guy he was pretending to be in the beginning. My mom even liked him too. My dad, on the other hand, always had a bad feeling about him. Anyway, It is now almost 5 years later and I have a new life. I have gotten over it for the most part and moved on. I definitely learned a lot from it.
(Part 5 – The short version)
Basically I met a guy through roommates, hit it off good, became friends, started dating, and got our own place together. It was all good and normal, then it wasn’t, Mike became controlling and manipulating, keeping me sheltered from doing absolutely anything. I eventually got sick of it and tried to leave. He physically wouldn’t let me leave, I broke his nose and got away. He called the police on me, as if they are going to keep me there with him. I got taken into to cells for 6 hours and had to go to court. I hired a lawyer, got evidence and went to trial. He didn’t show up, and I was found not guilty. He tried to manipulate me into coming back to him, but it didn’t work and I blocked him and moved away.
The End!
That’s it. That’s my abusive relationship story. Thank you for reading. If you want to read about my supposeded “possession of firearm/worst roommate story time” check out: The time police raided my apartment for guns story
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2020.10.15 03:27 Older_and_Wiser_Now Republication of "Berning Links - Understanding Ukraine-gate - Part 1 - Why Was Hunter Biden Hired?"

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Understanding Ukraine-gate - Part 1 - Why Was Hunter Biden Hired?

(to sit on the board of Burisima Holdings, the largest fracking company in Ukraine)
 
Understanding what happened in Ukraine is a very important story re the 2020 presidential elections. However, I have discovered it is a very difficult story to tell, especially to the typical American who has not been already following along closely. No judgement from me on any such persons, not so long ago, that person was me. I've come to see Ukraine as almost the perfect metaphor for what the fuck is wrong with our country, namely that both political parties are full of individuals who are out to line their own pockets rather than striving to pass legislation that is honestly aimed at improving the general welfare of "we the people".
Let me state for the record that I am no fan of Trump, who is using and abusing the office of President in order to pursue his own personal interests. He is so obvious and inelegant about it, though, so it is fairly easy to spot. Unfortunately, when it comes to abuse of political power for one's own personal gain, the maneuverings of similar politicians who have little D's at the end of their names are much more difficult to recognize. Many of them present a false facade of "fighting for Democratic values", and some are even able to tell bald-faced lies with such self-assurance and panache that bystanders walk away convinced that they have heard nothing but the truth. These politicians talk the talk, but do not walk the walk. Joe Biden is an excellent example. His actual record frequently does not match what he claims he has accomplished. For example, Joe asserts that there is no evidence that he or his son did anything wrong with respect to Ukraine. I respectfully disagree. In fact, there are even YouTube videos of Joe actually BRAGGING about his misdeeds there! The man has incredible chutzpah.
My goal here is to provide evidence that ** you can review for yourself **, so you can see that certain claims Joe has made simply are not true. Politics is often a game of distraction: "Look HERE, not THERE!". We voters are suckered into looking only at the sins of one candidate, while the sins of another remain un-examined. We need to get smart, we need to ensure that we are asking the right questions. IMHO, the questions that we as concerned voters need to focus on most with respect to Ukraine-gate are these:

1. Why was Hunter Biden Hired?

2. Why was "the Prosecutor" Fired?

3. Why are the Democrats Pursuing Impeachment Against Trump?

As there is much material on each of these topics, I am breaking the information into multiple parts. Part 1 is dedicated to evidence related to the question, Why was Hunter Biden hired to sit on the board of Burisima Holdings, the largest fracking company in Ukraine? At the bottom of this post are links to news items related to this topic.
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CHEAT SHEET / SUMMARY

Here are some of the items that have affected my conclusions, which iare:
  • Hunter was hired by a company, Burisima Holdings, which was owned by an oligarch who was under investigation for corruption.
  • Hunter was hired because he was the son of the Vice President of the United States, and was paid a handsome salary in order to gain influence over Joe Biden.
  • The investment paid off for the oligarch, at least initially, when Joe Biden threatened to withhold US aid to Ukraine unless the prosecutor who was running the investigation into Burisima was fired (evidence for that conclusion will be provided in Part 2, "Why was 'the Prosecutor' Fired?") Joe got what he demanded - the prosecutor WAS fired.
Not only did it LOOK bad, it WAS bad: Joe Biden abused his power of office to interfere with the justice department of another country, in a manner that benefited his son, Hunter Biden.
Date Source Quote
Feb 18-23, 2014 Wikipedia Ukrainians rise up to overthrow their corrupt (but fairly elected) president, Viktor Yanukovych (for reasons. Note: there is compelling evidence that thiis "revolution" may have actually been a "U.S. backed coup", but let's keep things simple and not even go there right now, kk?).
    Keep in mind that at this point Ukraine is a struggling democracy
Apr 23, 2014 huffpost.com Joe "Champion of the Climate Crisis" Biden visits Ukraine to pitch FRACKING and "energy independence" as the U.S. endorsed solution to Ukraine's problems. Because any child can tell you that the thing that a struggling democracy needs the very most is FRACKING! "During his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama‘s 'U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine.'" "The U.S. oil and gas industry has long lobbied to “weaponize” its fracking prowess to fend off Russian global gas market dominance. It’s done so primarily in two ways. One way: by transforming the U.S. State Department into a global promoter of fracking via its Unconventional Gas Technical Engagement Program (formerly the Global Shale Gas Initiative), which is a key, albeit less talked about, part of President Obama’s “Climate Action Plan.” The other way: by exporting U.S. fracked gas to the global market, namely EU countries currently heavily dependent on Russia’s gas spigot."
    Reminder: Biden was an emissary FOR OBAMA in 2014. OBAMA's STATE DEPARTMENT was "a global promoter of fracking", in order to keep America safe from Russia!
May 2014 thefederalist.com One month after Joe's visit, Hunter joins the board of the biggest fracking company in Ukraine -> Burisma Holdings.
May 2014 thefederalist.com Who else joined Burisima at this time? Devon Archer, a wealthy investor, top Democratic campaign bundler, and close family friend of Secretary of State John Kerry.
    Question: does this look like Dem insiders moving to make $$$ when FRACKING takes off in Ukraine? Joe says that Hunter was hired because of his qualifications, not because he was the VP's son. Question: is that why Devon Archer was hired too?
May 13, 2014 thefederalist.com "The most disturbing explanation is that the company is attempting to curry favor with the U.S. government by enlisting the services of the close family friend and campaign bundler of the Secretary of the State and the son of the vice president."
August 5, 2014 nakedcapitalism.com "Michael Hudson reports in a Real News Network interview that the commercial and geopolitical logic behind the Biden role, and the bigger US and World Bank/IMF program, is to push fracking onto a decidedly unreceptive population in Eastern Ukraine."
Oct 16, 2014 wsj.com "WASHINGTON—Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine, according to people familiar with the matter."
    Question: Would YOU hire a cocaine addict with no experience in your industry to sit on the board of YOUR company?
Dec 12, 2015 NYT Editorial Board "Sadly, the credibility of Mr. Biden’s message may be undermined by the association of his son with a Ukrainian natural-gas company, Burisma Holdings, which is owned by a former government official suspected of corrupt practices. A spokesman for the son, Hunter Biden, argues that he joined the board of Burisma to strengthen its corporate governance. That may be so. But Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, has been under investigation in Britain and in Ukraine. It should be plain to Hunter Biden that any connection with a Ukrainian oligarch damages his father’s efforts to help Ukraine. This is not a board he should be sitting on."
    Question: suppose you are a fabulously wealthy oligarch who is suspected of corruption. Would you think that hiring, for a princely sum, a down-on-his-luck son of a very important politician might be a great idea and give you a certain "friend in high places"?
May 5, 2019 dailycaller.com "Hunter Biden was appointed to the board of directors of a Ukranian company as part of an effort to recruit well-connected Americans while the company was under investigation, according to The New York Times."
May 13, 2019 zerohedge.com "Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash and now Secret Empires discovered that in 2013, then-Vice President Biden and his son Hunter flew together to China on Air Force Two - and two weeks later, Hunter's firm inked a private equity deal for $1 billion with a subsidiary of the Chinese government's Bank of China, which expanded to $1.5 billion, according to an article by Schweizer's in the New York Post.""Perhaps most damning in terms of timing and optics, just twelve days after Hunter and Joe Biden flew on Air Force Two to Beijing, Hunter's company signed a "historic deal with the Bank of China," described by Schweizer as "the state-owned financial behemoth often used as a tool of the Chinese government." To accommodate the deal, the Bank of China created a unique type of investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR). According to BHR, Rosemont Seneca Partners is a founding partner."
 

Understanding Ukraine-gate - Part 1 - Why Was Hunter Biden Hired?

Date Votes Title WotB KFS
Nov-30-2019 52 BigSolidaridad: Not incredibly helpful to Joe Biden's electability case when his 49 y.o. son, paid $1.5m over 18 mos by a Ukrainian oligarch while Joe was Veep, can't pay child support to the 28 year old sex worker he knocked up bcz he divorced his wife to pursue an affair with his sister-in-law (twitter.com) 1 comment
Nov-30-2019 23 Hunter Biden Claims He's In Debt, Unemployed with No Monthly Income as He Fights His Baby Mama Lunden Roberts in Child Support Lawsuit (thegatewaypundit.com) 5 comments
Nov-29-2019 20 Hunter Biden requests Protective Order to seal all his financial records amid child support suit (dailymail.co.uk) 3 comments
Nov-27-2019 38 Hunter Biden's New Baby is With a Stripper From a DC Strip Club He Frequented (thegatewaypundit.com) 15 comments
Nov-26-2019 6 Even more Ukraine corruption is revealed in the article. Hunting for Hunter: Evidence Reveals Biden, Burisma Ukraine Bond Scandal, Tied to U.S. Firm (21stcenturywire.com) comment
Nov-21-2019 29 Ukrainian Indictment Claims $7.4 Billion Obama-Linked Laundering, Puts Biden Group Take At $16.5 Million (zerohedge.com) 6 comments
Nov-20-2019 68 DNA test shows Hunter Biden is father of Arkansas woman's baby; Joe gropes it. (arkansasonline.com) 27 comments
Nov-20-2019 32 DNA test proves Hunter Biden is the father of a baby he denied having (businessinsider.com) 7 comments
Nov-20-2019 11 Ukraine widens probe against Burisma founder to embezzlement of state funds (reuters.com) comment
Nov-20-2019 10 DNA Test Reveals Hunter Biden Fathered Arkansas Child. Sounds ever so much like Bill Clinton :) (zerohedge.com) 1 comment
Nov-19-2019 13 Not sure I should post a Nunes-Vindman vid on here, but this shows the sheer incompetence within the NSC if this is their supposed "expert" on Ukraine. (Or the level of lying that is going on.) No wonder America is in such a mess (twitter.com) comment
Nov-15-2019 19 Marie Yovanovitch admits Obama admin prepped her on Hunter Biden (nypost.com) 3 comments
Nov-13-2019 71 Ukrainian Officials Release Records of 46 Payments to Hunter Biden from Burisma Holdings, 38 Payments were for $83,333 Totaling Over $3.1 Million (stationgossip.com) 11 comments
Nov-6-2019 33 Source Reveals Hunter Biden Took 'Off The Books' Payments From Burisma, Aided By FBI Coverup (creativedestructionmedia.com) 2 comments
Oct-18-2019 36 Diplomat tells investigators he raised alarms in 2015 about Hunter Biden’s Ukraine work but was rebuffed (outline.com) comment
Oct-15-2019 101 CBS Panel Says Hunter Biden’s 'Awful' Interview Was Damning for His Dad: ‘You Look Guilty’ (pluralist.com) 1 comment
Oct-15-2019 15 Hunter Biden ADMITS He Likely Got Ukraine Job Because Of His Dad, Looks Guilty (youtube.com) 3 comments
Oct-11-2019 47 Hunter Biden is a reminder: Democrats are morally corrupt, too (theguardian.com) 4 comments
Oct-10-2019 85 Joe Biden 'Personally Paid $900,000 By Burisma' According To Ukrainian MP In Bombshell Admission (zerohedge.com) 12 comments
Oct-5-2019 59 Tom Brokaw calls Hunter Biden out for corruption in 2009 (twitter.com) 11 comments
Oct-5-2019 25 Kate Aronoff: We need to talk about Hunter Biden - The growing scandal around Ukraine shows that a Biden nomination would be a big gamble – and one Democrats would be foolish to make (theguardian.com) 1 comment
Oct-4-2019 25 The Hunter Biden story is a troubling tale of privilege (archive.is) 6 comments
Oct-4-2019 23 Hunter Biden's Salary in Perspective (twitter.com) 4 comments
Oct-1-2019 5 Alexander Mercouris - Obama (NOT TRUMP) blocked sending lethal military aid to Ukraine (youtube.com) 1 comment
Sep-30-2019 58 Hunter Biden: The Most Comprehensive Timeline - From being appointed senior MBNA vice president (two years out of law school), to a gift of a 2.8-carat diamond from a Chinese energy tycoon, to Burisma Holdings … (nationalreview.com) 4 comments
Sep-30-2019 30 Ukraine Coverup involves BILLIONS looted from IMF, hence desperation to keep eyes away from it (unz.com) 7 comments
Sep-30-2019 17 Hunter Biden Must Be Investigated According To Former Ukraine PM (zerohedge.com) 1 comment
Sep-29-2019 20 ABC News seems to be ditching Hunter Biden (thesaker.is) 3 comments
Sep-29-2019 20 Ex Ukraine PM wants to investigate Biden (thehill.com) 4 comments
Sep-21-2019 16 It'd Been Public Knowledge That Biden Got a Deal with Bank of China For a 100 mil For Hunter his lawyer son and a shady Ukraine deal for millions for his son Hunter.... So Biden's the bad guy ... don't turn it into something else (self.WayOfTheBern) 2 comments
Jul-8-2019 6 Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign? (newyorker.com) 2 comments
Jun-20-2019 59 ABC Reporter Investigates Whether Hunter Biden Was Given Lucrative Contracts In Ukraine and China Because He Is Joe Biden's Son (youtu.be) 8 comments
May-14-2019 7 Biden: 'Not a Single Bit of Evidence' Son Asked Me to Help Him in Ukraine (breitbart.com) 6 comments
May-13-2019 31 Not Just Ukraine; Biden May Have A Serious China Problem As Schweizer Exposes Hunter's $1bn Deal (zerohedge.com) comment
May-8-2019 47 Joe Biden's Ukraine Scandal Is His Policy, Not Personal Interests (bloomberg.com) 2 comments
May-5-2019 125 Hunter Biden was appointed to the board of directors of a Ukrainian company as part of an effort to recruit well-connected Americans while the company was under investigation. Then VP Biden played a role in pressuring Ukraine to oust the country’s top prosecutor who was investigating the company. (dailycaller.com) 12 comments
Apr-4-2019 86 Joe Biden and Son exposed in massive Ukraine fracking corruption scandal (youtube.com) 8 comments
Apr-4-2019 2 Yes, I Know It is Glen Beck But It Is A Pretty Concise Explanation of The Joe Biden/Hunter Biden Ukraine Scandal (youtube.com) comment
 
At the end of 2015, Joe Biden spoke before the Ukrainian parliament. In what might appear to be a surreal episode of the Twilight Zone, Joe actually “warn[ed] Ukrainian legislators to waste no more time in rooting out corruption” and spoke out against the power of a tiny group of oligarchs, who own about 85 percent of Ukraine's gross domestic product. The NYT editorial board pointed out that the owner of Burisma "has been under investigation," and that Hunter's association with him "damages his father’s efforts to help Ukraine."
“Sadly, the credibility of Mr. Biden’s message may be undermined by the association of his son with a Ukrainian natural-gas company, Burisma Holdings, which is owned by a former government official suspected of corrupt practices. A spokesman for the son, Hunter Biden, argues that he joined the board of Burisma to strengthen its corporate governance. That may be so. But Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, has been under investigation in Britain and in Ukraine. It should be plain to Hunter Biden that any connection with a Ukrainian oligarch damages his father’s efforts to help Ukraine. This is not a board he should be sitting on.”
Date Votes Title WotB KFS
Dec-12-2015 10 Opinion- Joe Biden Lectures Ukraine (nytimes.com) 2 comments
 
Note that back in 2014, eyebrows were being raised about Joe Biden's son Hunter being hired by Burisima. In the “9 Question to Ask” piece, Mollie Hemingway writes “The most disturbing explanation [for Hunter's appointment] is that the company is attempting to curry favor with the U.S. government by enlisting the services of the close family friend and campaign bundler of the Secretary of the State and the son of the vice president. ”
Date Votes Title WotB KFS
Aug-5-2014 8 Michael Hudson: The Fracking/World Bank/IMF/Hunter Biden Dismantling Plan for Ukraine (nakedcapitalism.com) 1 comment
Aug-4-2014 16 Watch Michael Hudson report that that the commercial and geopolitical logic behind the Hunter Biden role at Burisima Holdings, and the bigger US and World Bank/IMF program, was to push fracking onto a decidedly unreceptive population in Eastern Ukraine. (youtube.com) 7 comments
May-21-2014 20 R. Hunter Biden Should Declare Who Really Owns His New Ukrainian Employer, Burisma Holdings (nakedcapitalism.com) 1 comment
May-13-2014 20 9 Questions To Ask About Biden's Work With A Gas Company In Ukraine (thefederalist.com) comment
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2020.10.14 17:48 moteur_action The Garlasco murder: who killed Chiara Poggi?

Chiara Poggi and Alberto Stasi
In the early morning of August 13th, 2007, the streets of the small and peaceful town of Garlasco, located in the province of Pavia (Lombardy), are desert. Many families have left their suburban houses to spend the national holiday of Ferragosto, which takes place on the 15th, somewhere else: the Poggi family, Chiara’s parents and her younger brother Marco, chose the Dolomites for the fresh air and to hike in the mountains, while the Stasi are in Spotorno, a popular seaside destination in Liguria. The weather in Garlasco is warm (about 80°F) and wet. At 13:45, Chiara Poggi, a 26-years-old accountant, is found dead by her boyfriend Alberto Stasi, 24, who’s about to complete an Economics degree at the prestigious Bocconi University in Milan. Chiara is still wearing her pajamas, the blinds of the house are closed, breakfast leftovers are on the table and the TV is on.
Chiara’s body lies on the floor at the bottom of the steep stairs leading to the cottage’s basement. The cause of death was determined to be a “laceration of the brain contextual to the breaking of the skull.” The time of death is never precisely stated, but the autopsy suggests Chiara died between 8 and 13. The interval between the production of all the injuries and death could be limited to a few minutes, but the defense expert hypothesized a longer agony based on the kind of injuries. Chiara was hit in the head and face 10-15 times, only to be thrown at the bottom of the cellar stairs. The weapon was never found, but experts suggested she may have been hit with a hammer or a pair of bolt cutters. This is the transcript of Stasi’s call to the emergency medical service made at 13:50:
“Yes, I need an ambulance in via Giovanni Pascolo, in Garlasco.”
“In Garlasco?”
“Yes.”
“Via Giovanni Pascolo, what’s the address?”
“29, it’s an alley, you’ll find it immediately.”
“What?”
“It’s an alley, I think it’s 29, I’m not sure.”
“What happened?”
“I think a person has been killed, but I’m not sure, maybe she’s alive.”
“What do you mean, what happened, what can you see?”
“Now I’m with the Carabinieri, there’s blood everywhere and she’s lying on the floor.”
“Is she outside or in the house?”
“No, in the house.”
“Yes, but are you related to her?”
“No, she’s my girlfriend.”
“How old is she?”
“26”
“Are you in the house right now?”
“No, I’m at the police station, now I’ll tell you what happened.”
First suspect: Alberto Stasi
The investigators were immediately suspicious of Stasi’s involvement because – although the hallway leading to the basement was extremely messy, covered with stains of blood, some of them partially dried – the soles of the Lacoste shoes Alberto had been wearing when he entered Chiara’s house were perfectly clean. The assumption was Stasi never went in the house and that the emergency call was made outside because he already knew Chiara was dead.
It was reported that Stasi’s first interrogation conducted by the Carabinieri went on for 17 hours – he left the police station on the morning of August 14th. (Stasi didn’t ask for a lawyer nor refused to answer any question, so he wasn’t actually coerced.) Stasi told the investigators he spent the evening before the murder at Chiara’s eating a pizza, working on his thesis, chatting, and watching an episode of Sex and the City with her; he left sometime after midnight. In the interrogation, discussing the discovery of the body, Stasi said he was particularly struck by seeing a “white part” of her face opening the door leading to the basement. Carabinieri marshal Francesco Marchetto replied to Stasi’s observation: “Piece of shit, does her face seem white to you?” showing a photo of Chiara as she was found by the police, her face completely covered with blood and hair.
Alberto had recently returned from a study trip to London. Since the Poggi family was away, he and Chiara had the house all for themselves. In the first days of August, the couple apparently spent uneventful days; on the evening of the 7th, after a job interview in Milan, Alberto went to her house in the evening. He “slept in her brother’s bed and Chiara in hers” because they didn’t want “to sleep in her parents’ bed and she didn’t want to open the double sofa bed.” Also on August 10th, they slept at Chiara’s house, but not the following night, because she “had to feed the cats.”
Stasi said he spent the morning of the 13th working on his thesis and watching pornographic images. He spoke to his mother on the phone for some minutes (at 9:47) and tried to reach out to his girlfriend several times with no success; he then got worried and went to her house, discovering she’d been murdered.
I had set the alarm clock at 9 as usual and the second alarm at 9:30. I got up and at 9:45 I called Chiara’s cell phone with no reply. I specify that this ring in the morning when we got up, it was an usual thing between me and Chiara. I didn’t worry about the fact that she didn’t answer. I remember that between 9:30 and 10 my mother called the landline number and I answered, our conversation didn’t last long. I went on writing the thesis and at about 10:45 I made another ring on Chiara’s cell phone and I didn’t get an answer. I continued to write the thesis until about 12:20, when I called Chiara both from the landline phone both to her landline number and to the cell phone.
Chiara didn’t answer but Alberto fed the dog, cooked some pasta, called again at 13:31; he then “started to worry and decided to go to her house.”
Other suspects. The Cappa sisters
The first clue to the investigation was provided by a neighbor of the Poggi, Claudia Bermani: on the morning of the murder at 9:10 (“I’m sure about this because I often look at my watch”) she saw a black girl’s bike in front of the Poggi’s house; at 9:30, the bike wasn’t there anymore. The account was corroborated by another witness. Maybe the vicious attacker is a woman.
Paola and Stefania Cappa are the direct cousins of Chiara Poggi. It cannot be said they inadvertently ended up in the investigation considered they showed up at Chiara’s house some days after the murder in a convertible flashing to journalists a photo (later discovered to be photoshopped) of them and their cousin smiling on a trip together. At the time of the murder, Stefania walked on crutches because of a minor incident; someone suggested the possible weapon could have been one of the crutches. The Cappa sisters killed Chiara (for whatever reason). Stasi himself seems to think something at least similar to this is being overlooked. In a wiretapped phone conversation, he refers to Stefania: “What the fuck does she want? That one has to be careful and hope they don’t come to confiscate cars, bicycles, crutches... those two, I get goosebumps just thinking about it, look... The police go to them, search, take two receipts... and that would be an investigation?” In another conversation with his mother: “The investigators found a dyed hair, let’s hope it belongs to that whore.”
A week after the murder, a bricklayer who was working at a construction site located less than 100 m (320 ft) from Alberto Stasi’s house and next to the ambulance headquarters where Stefania had been volunteering for years reported a missing hammer.
Andrea Sempio
The phone records of Chiara’s landline number included calls from 19-year-old Andrea Sempio, one of the best friends of Marco; he lived just 250 m (820 ft) away from the Poggi. From January 2007, Sempio’s calls were only five so it’s clear he wasn’t used to calling Marco at his house. Moreover, 3 of these calls were made between the 7th and 8th of August, when Marco had already left with his parents for the Dolomites:
August 7th, 17:42 Sempio cell phone > Poggi landline 2 seconds
17:48 Sempio landline phone > Poggi landline 8 seconds
August 8th, 16:54 Sempio cell phone > Poggi landline 21 seconds
Sempio said that Marco’s house phone number was listed just above the mobile in the phonebook. Also, according to his statement, he discovered on the 7th that his friend had left because Chiara answered the phone and gave him that precise information. It remains unexplained why he called Chiara’s house again the following day making a longer phone call when he already knew that Marco had left. Sempio was interrogated again 10 months after the facts and this time he curiously provided a well-preserved ticket of a parking lot in Vigevano (19 km/11.8 miles from Garlasco) dating back to August 13 at 11:18. Andrea explained that a few days after the murder, the receipt popped up in his car and since he had already been heard by the investigators, his mom advised him to keep it: “since there had been a murder, it was better to keep the receipt.”
Sempio was a person of interest before Stasi became the main suspect. He was then mostly ignored until after the SC final conviction when one of the defense experts on Stasi’s team proved that the mitochondrial DNA on top of Chiara’s nails (originally considered too exiguous to be tested) is fully compatible with Andrea Sempio. In 2017, the Court of Appeal declared the circumstantial evidence against Sempio to be insubstantial, remarking that he frequently used the home computer of the Poggi and that both the coroner and the defense expert believed it unlikely the DNA on top of the nails was caused by a struggle. A detail which is probably irrelevant but still interesting is that Chiara’s pajamas shirt had written all over “Don’t forget my past.” On his Facebook profile, Sempio chose to display a famous quote from Antoine de-Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, which is apparently also Stasi’s favorite book: “The essential is invisible to the eyes, don’t forget my secret.” Sempio’s shoe size is 44.
2008: The first case against Alberto Stasi (State Attorney Rosa Muscio’s reconstruction of the murder)
August 13th, 9:35 Stasi turns on the PC
9:35 to 9:46 looks at some pornographic images
9:57 launches an image editing software
10:05 opens a pornographic video
10:17 to 12:20 works on his thesis continuously, raising the number of pages from 151 to 155
Muscio chose not to put much weight on the black girl’s bike in virtue of the fact the official autopsy, while compatible with the death happening around 9:30, indicated a later time to be more likely, but especially because according to the key eye-witness Franca the three city bikes owned by the Stasi were unlike the “sport model” she had seen on August 13th. However, DNA traces of Chiara were found on the pedals of the red bike used by Stasi, who guessed that maybe he came into contact with Chiara’s menstrual blood (Muscio told Stasi it was blood, though the analysis wasn’t actually conclusive).
Muscio argued that Stasi didn’t sleep at his girlfriend’s house the night before the murder basically because they had a discussion regarding his obsession with pornography and taking pictures of strangers’ feet (the photo album of the study trip to London contained more photos depicting feet of unknown women than his girlfriend). Perhaps it was because of the useless attempts at reconciliation that Chiara switched the house alarm on and off four times, between 23:27 and 1:52 on the night before her murder. It may have been Stasi who went out and back and finally left; not the cats as initially supposed. Chiara didn’t make any phone calls that morning because she wasn’t in the right mood; that’s why she didn’t leave the house and the windows were closed. She stayed in her pajamas and didn’t clear the table because she was on vacation, but she turned off the alarm at the usual time (9:12) out of habit. Stasi tried to call Chiara on the phone multiple times, getting progressively angrier and maybe worried that Chiara would reveal his secret, destroying the self-image of the successful businessman he wanted to embody. Stasi rode the red bike to Chiara’s house and killed her in a window of ten to fifteen minutes at most after 12:20 (when Stasi stopped working on his thesis).
Stasi’s defense team replied the evidence against him was weak and could be easily explained: Alberto’s left ring fingerprint on the soap dispenser (the only trace, together with Chiara’s hair in the sink, found in the otherwise uncannily neat and clean bathroom of the Poggi) was there because the young couple had eaten a pizza on the evening of August 12th and probably, before he started working on his thesis again, Alberto went to wash his hands. The DNA on the pedals of the red bike could be sweat or saliva, but it’s not actually relevant at all, since Bermani saw a different type of bike at 9:15 (just three minutes after Chiara shut off the house alarm) on which the prosecution should focus. The defense experts argued that Stasi’s immaculate shoes were compatible with a genuine discovery of the body in virtue of an “unconscious avoidance” (Alberto has unconsciously avoided visible stains) and any tiny trace of blood may have been released by the soles through the use of the shoes in the following hours. Stasi’s team also pointed the finger at footprints on the crime scene left by a pair of shoes with textured rubber soles (different than the pair of Lacoste Stasi had been wearing, although they’re the same size, 42). Finally, in contrast to Muscio’s account, the defense held that Stasi had no motive to kill Chiara: phone communications show she was not bothered by her boyfriend’s interest in pornography and they’d even took intimate pictures together (though Alberto admitted he somehow had to push Chiara to do it).
The split between the prosecution and the civil party: Gian Luigi Tizzoni’s reconstruction of the murder
Gian Luigi Tizzoni was a family friend of the Poggi and he represented them as individuals damaged by the crime who intended to make a claim for compensation against Stasi. While Tizzoni wasn’t as passionate as prosecutor Muscio and his rhetorical abilities couldn’t measure up to those of defense attorney Giarda, from the first moment his reconstruction appeared to be the most promising – he thought that Chiara deactivated the house alarm at 9:12 in order to let in her killer, who then fleed with the black girl’s bike; that would explain why Stasi wasn’t seen by anyone and the stains of blood were partially dried when the police came to Chiara’s house. It’s still unclear, though, how Stasi got rid of the bike, the weapon and the dirty clothes he was wearing during the attack; it’s also somewhat strange he started working on his thesis less than an hour after the murder, but not impossible, especially given the coolness displayed by Stasi in the aftermath.
In the year following the murder, Stasi’s phone conversations were wiretapped and the transcripts show he complained many times about the Cappa sisters or the fact he was being monitored (on June 7th, 2008, he called his friend Marco Panzarasa who was at a concert and joked: “You could hear the whole stadium singing... So I thought, and now how does the deputy sergeant transcribe the phone call? [laughing]”), but the suspect did not mention his murdered ex-girlfriend Chiara a single time.
According to Tizzoni’s reconstruction, Stasi changed his clothes and shoes and went to Chiara’s some time after 13, but decided not to go in: that’s the reason why his soles were clean and why in his witness statement he told about the “white part” of the victim’s face, which Tizzoni believed to be what Stasi saw immediately after he had thrown the lifeless body of Chiara down the cellar stairs.
Stasi was acquitted by a monocratic judge in 2008 for lack of evidence. The uncertainty about Stasi’s guiltiness was “serious” because there were only two strong circumstantial pieces against him: his ring fingerprint on the dispenser and Chiara’s DNA on at least one of the red bike pedals. (Judge Vitelli apparently accepted the defendant’s argument about the unconscious avoidance of the bloodstains in the hallway.) The proof of Alberto’s alibi was “solid,” while the time windows indicated by Muscio and Tizzoni “too narrow“ for the alleged attack. Muscio handed the investigation to State Attorney Laura Barbaini, who was going to lead the prosecution in the appeal trial before the Court of Assizes of Milan.
2011: The second case against Alberto Stasi (A new possible motive)
Barbaini asked again for 30 years in jail (voluntary murder with the aggravating circumstance of cruelty) and strived to underline the problematic nature of the young couple’s sex life. Chiara’s parents stopped believing Stasi was innocent when the digital forensics team found child pornography (images and videos shared with eMule) on his computer and she suggested that may have precisely been the motive: Chiara fought with her boyfriend on the night of August 12th after realizing her boyfriend’s preoccupation with pornography wasn’t as harmless as she thought. Neither Barbaini nor Tizzoni presented new evidence. Stasi was again acquitted “for not having committed the deed”; in the sentencing report, the Court stated that Chiara’s death was an “unknowable truth.” The parents of the victim, media commentators, overall many Italians interested in the case criticized the Court for having reached the judgment in less than a month. The last hope for the Poggi family to see the young and gentle boy they had once believed to be innocent getting convicted was the Supreme Court. Barbaini left her place to the Supreme Court prosecutor Roberto Aniello.
2013: the Supreme Court overturns the two acquittals and orders a re-trial
In the opening statement of the appeal trial before the SC, Angelo Giarda (the leader of Stasi’s defense team and one of the most notorious criminal attorneys in Italy) ironically addressed Aniello: “If a law student of mine had presented the appeals that led Alberto to the Supreme Court, if he had had that discussion during an exam, I would have failed him.” Prosecutor Aniello argued instead that
the sentences that acquitted Stasi are vitiated by illogicalities which undermine the sentencing motivations. The clues have been examined in isolation, not organically. The gaps in the investigation prevented a complete verification of the facts that led to the tragic death of Chiara Poggi.
The “gaps” mentioned probably include the fact that more than twenty individuals walked into Chiara’s house in the hours after the murder and that Carabinieri marshal Marchetto (an intimate friend of the Stasi family) committed perjury when he testified the bike witnessed by Franca Bermali wasn’t compatible with neither of the three city bikes owned by the Stasi. Marchetto was also the officer who executed the search warrant for a girl’s bike in Stasi’s house, so it’s not unreasonable to assume he preferred not to seize a black bike if he’d seen one in the garage. Aniello advanced a new reconstruction clearly influenced by Tizzoni’s reasoning:
The deactivation and reactivation of the alarm system of the Poggi house at 1:52 is not adequately explained; it’s suggested it occurred in order to let the cats in, but it’s not clear why it couldn’t have been Stasi who came back and spent the night there, and then finally left at 9:12, immediately after committing the murder. The reconstruction according to which the murder was committed after 9:12 is assumed to be unquestionable without giving any reason for the exclusion of an alternative hypothesis compatible with the autopsy. […] The murder was committed by a person the victim knew well enough to open the door in pajamas. The same judgment under appeal acknowledges that there has been no break-in and that no valuable asset has been stolen. The hypothesis of a man who climbed over the gate or the surrounding wall – who (immediately after Chiara deactivated the alarm) entered the house and attacked her, hitting her several times until killing her, then dragged the body to the cellar door, opened the door and threw the body on the stairs, apparently went to the bathroom to clean himself (two missing towels), surely cleaned other surfaces (e.g. the cellar door, where there are no fingerprints) and finally left without taking anything – is simply fanciful.
Aniello also proposes an interesting interpretation of Stasi’s movements on the morning of August 13th:
Stasi makes a series of phone calls, both from landline and mobile and both on Chiara’s home phone and mobile phone, at regular intervals, the longest between 9:44 and 10:47, the shortest between 12:20 and 12:46. Between 10:46 and 10:48 there is a moment of nervous agitation, for Stasi makes seven calls on Chiara’s cell phone, which actually received only one of them because there was no signal. I’d say that this already suggests Stasi got upset when Chiara’s cell phone didn’t keep ringing and it was either turned off or unreachable. Then, at 13.27, something different happens: a call to the landline number of the Poggi is answered, the response lasts around 12 seconds, not a very short time; it’s an automatic operation caused by the answering machine. Immediately after this phone call with a silent answer, Stasi decides to go out and, while calling her repeatedly on the landline number and her cell phone, rushes to Chiara’s home. The fact is that the defendant will never say, once questioned, that he had a silent answer and remained on the line for 12 long seconds. And then, putting these circumstances together, it is reasonable to assume that Stasi, hearing that there was life on the other end, panicked and imagined that his victim had somehow recovered and picked up the phone.
Against all expectations the appeal ws successful: among the grounds for a mistrial, the SC ordered DNA tests and expert reports. Despite the cancellation of the two acquittals, the SC report reiterated that it was difficult “to reach a decision, be it acquittal or conviction, marked by consistency, credibility and reasonableness” and therefore “impossible to condemn or acquit Alberto Stasi,” preferring, however, not to confirm the acquittal pending new scientific examinations.
2014: Stasi re-trial: swapped pedals, the impossible walk and an unsatisfactory conviction
The SC requested two expert reports to be arranged: one to determine whether Stasi could have walked in the hallway towards the basement without coming into contact with the bloodstains, and the other aimed to test genetic residues on top of her nails and on a hair found in her hand.
Tests on billions of virtual combinations showed that if Stasi had stopped at the first step of the cellar stairs, the chance of not touching even an invisible bloodstain would have been 0.00038%; if he had gone down another step, the percentage would have been even lower. The generous assumption was that Stasi covered the hallway with only eight steps, even though it’s not easy to take one-meter steps as hypothesized in the first trial, especially if Stasi was somehow distraught. Furthermore, prosecution expert Testi believed that the theory of the “unconscious avoidance” had no scientific basis insofar bloodstains are no puddles or irrelevant obstacles (moreover Stasi would have had to avoid the stains even after the discovery of the body). The hair in Chiara’s hand could not be tested because it lacked the bulb, while the DNA on the nails wasn’t compatible with Stasi and deemed to be irrelevant since it hadn’t been caused by a struggle. Laura Barbaini, who led the prosecution another time after having lost the first trial, spun the narrative of an internally divided attacker:
Stasi as the one who discovered the body doesn’t exist. The killer Stasi entered that house a few hours earlier, wearing a pair of missing shoes (size 42) that left footprints identical to those found at the crime scene. The defense doesn’t want to surrender to the evidence and talks about the dispersion of traces or “unconscious avoidance.” The defense attorneys are clever but misleading. We can’t speak of dispersion because Stasi handed over the shoes only seventeen hours after the discovery of the body and he also claims to have entered the car immediately after the discovery of Chiara’s body though there isn’t a single trace of blood on his car mat.
Tizzoni attacked another point of the defendant’s account. While it’s true that Stasi didn’t own any bicycle compatible with the mysterious black girl’s bike seen by two witnesses at 9:15, the civil party lawyer found out that the pedals of the red bike handed to the investigators by Stasi were not those originally assembled with the model, but rather Wellgo pedals best suited for a sportive city bike. Tizzoni’s idea was that Stasi for some reason swapped the pedals of the bicycle on which he’d fleed from Chiara’s house and put them on the red bike he then gave to the police. This doesn’t make much sense, but at least it’s consistent with the witnesses’ account: Stasi got rid of the bike but decided to keep the pedals and that explains why Chiara’s DNA was found on them.
The Court of Assizes of Milan that presided the re-trial convicted Alberto Stasi for voluntary murder without the aggravating circumstances of having acted with cruelty or for futile reasons, even though the motive is not precisely stated in the motivations report compiled by the Court and the killing was in fact brutal. Stasi must serve 16 years in prison. In the automatic appeal filed to the Supreme Court, prosecutor Aniello asked the conviction to be confirmed and the addition of the aggravating circumstance of the cruelty (to exacerbate the sentence to a maximum of 30 years, contrasting the automatic reduction of years to serve by Stasi’s choice of a fast-track trial). Stasi asked either to be acquitted without delay or for another mistrial, referring to the doubts previously expressed by the Supreme Court itself on the impossibility of determining guilt or innocence with certainty.
The following year, in a curious twist, assistant SC prosecutor Oscar Cedrangolo (who temporarily took over Aniello) argued that gross errors had been made during the preliminary investigation and that Aniello and Mazzoni were making “an insistent attempt to find a motive in order to derive a causal element and doing so they revealed all the weakness of the accusatory system.” However, as a sign of “respect,” as the prosecutor himself said several times, he asked for a new trial against the murderer of Chiara Poggi, in acceptance of both the request of the victim’s family and the Stasi appeal. Cedrangolo also complained the CoA’s sentence to 16 years was absurd: ”If Stasi is innocent, he must be acquitted; if he’s guilty, the aggravating circumstances should be taken into account and he must be condemned to 30 years in prison.”
On December 12th, 2015, though, the Supreme Court confirmed the sentence-bis of the Court of Appeal of Milan finally condemning Alberto Stasi to 16 years of imprisonment without the delineation of a precise motive, generically proposing Stasi acted in a fit of rage and thus rejecting the aggravating circumstances of cruelty or futile reasons. Chiara Poggi’s mom, who had preferred not to join the SC proceedings after Cedrangolo’s indictment, was surprised when she talked with journalists after the sentencing hearing: “Justice has been done finally, the justice we wanted.” To the question of whether she was “happy” for Stasi’s conviction, she firmly replied that “it must never be forgotten that the tragedy affected two families.” Barbaini chose not to file an appeal to the SC to aggravate Stasi’s sentence.
In 2016, Stasi filed an extraordinary appeal for procedural defect (because witnesses not delegitimized in the sentencing motivations were not called to stand in the re-trial) and his defense team presented Andrea Sempio as a new suspect; Stasi complained his right to a fair trial had been violated. While the appeal was initially described as “well-founded” by the Attorney General of Milan, the Court of Appeal rejected Stasi’s request; he then filed another extraordinary appeal to the SC, hoping the rejection would be overturned, but the following year the SC confirmed the CoA’s decision.
This year, Stasi filed another appeal but I don’t think he really advanced “new” evidence; his lawyers were probably just pushing for a re-evaluation of the items against Sempio. The Court of Appeal refused to review the trial another time. On October 9th, 2020, Stasi announced he will move the appeal to the Supreme Court again. In his letters from prison, Stasi compares himself to Enzo Tortora (famous TV host who was unjustly accused of belonging to the Camorra) and asks Pope Francis to pray for him.
Sources
Francesco Caringella, The Summer of Garlasco: The Reconstruction of the Crime that Shocked Italy (2019, available in Italian, 228 pages)
Italian wiki page of the Garlasco murder
Court of Assizes’ sentencing report for the conviction of Stasi (December 17th, 2014)
Stasi brutally murdered girlfriend. Explanation of 16-year jail term released (March 16th, 2015)
New suspect in Garlasco murder case following DNA tests (December 23rd, 2016)
The Court of Appeal of Brescia rejects Stasi’s request of a third trial (January 24th, 2017)
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Or would you rather surrender all your human rights to the government & let the government mandate choosing vaccinations for you? Where would that ‘policing’ for the government stop? Would no vaccination for the flu or other diseases every year, mean you can't renew your passport or driver’s licence? We need freedom to choose around vaccinations. My Focus: To find a way to both share knowledge and appeal for personal & global freedom of choice in regards to any mandatory vaccinations in australia & for any other countries where they try to make this happen. My personal views in regards to vaccinations. I worked as a nurse for 20 years & have now been a naturopath for 25 years. I've supported & treated people with what is happening for their health & respected their choices to vaccinate for diseases & yearly flu shots or not. I've noticed over the years, without any doubt that people who choose to nourish their systems with healthy foods & lifestyles & do not vaccinate, are those that stay most well. Ie. They rarely get sick & if they get a cold for example, it follows a healthy path & is over with, within 5 days. So non vaccinated clients, like vaccinated clients see me to support their healthy lifestyles & to keep an eye on their health proactively; and to empower themselves with personal growth & to deepen their spirituality. However vaccinated clients in comparison, appear to be the more immune challenged individuals. Not only do they have more food allergies, nervous system & immune system problems, organ stress, lowered alertness & generally more health issues, but curiously they also have more companion viruses, bacterias & parasites present. So when it came time for me to look after my own family, it was an easy decision. I made the informed choice to honour the health & bodies of myself & my family, by not putting poisonous particles into our bodies, in the hope that our body’s would ‘get over’ the turbulent shock those vaccinations would create, fast enough to regulate the immune system into a greater awareness of a labelled pathogen. While I understand the well meaning & loosely sensible idea of exposing the body to a little of what could harm it, boosts the immune system’s awareness to it; what scares me, is it is not just the pathogen being injected into the body’s deepest & last line of the immune systems defence. This unnatural way of being exposed to a virus only confuses the body’s homeostasis! The biggest concern I have, is the truth is, the pathogen is not injected in isolation. It is done so with numerous other toxic conjuvents that help it be trapped into the nervous, endocrine & organ systems of a body. So I've instead chosen to boost our immune systems naturally, with great nutrition & holistic healthcare. Because of that informed choice as a family, we have all stayed well. The immune system is: a complex network of cells and proteins inside the body. that defends the body against infection from any microbe (germ) entering from outside the body, ie. viruses, bacteria & parasites. The body has four layers to its immune system that deals naturally with any microbes or pathogens on the outside of the body. First line of defence is : Cilia or hairs in nostrils, the ears, genitals & on the skin that help prevent germs entering the body. Second line of defence is the mucous producing cells we have in every orifice including throat, ears & lungs. Third line of defence: Is the small intestine ( small bowel) walls, which have lymphoid follicle cells & mucosa, ‘Peyer’s patches’ in it’s ileum, which excrete antibodies. Antibodies attack pathogens of any kind entering their territory ie. viruses, bacteria & parasites. Interestingly, a healthy bowel is also full of an array of gut microbes ( mainly bacterias) which play an important role in many areas of a healthy human’s normal development. It has been scientifically discovered that everything from immune system maturation, nervous system function, a healthy heart & digestive system is dependent on these microbes, which work in harmony as a microsystem to create a healthy microflora balance. The body created this balance in the bowel to protect us against any disease. Fourth line of defence:- Bone marrow, lymphatic nodes & spleen - These organs /tissue make most of the white blood cells, which later mature; in the organiser of the immune system, the thymus gland. The thymus gland & parts of the brain help regulate the distribution of these phagocytic cells, to distribute to the lymphatic system & blood. These destroying cells are generally called phagocytes and include many types of white blood cells (such as neutrophils, monocytes, macrophages, mast cells, and dendritic cells). They also include other immune cells called lymphocytes, such as B-cells, T-cells and natural killer cells. These phagocytes & lymphocytes roam through your system launching an attack on any bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi & even cancer they may find. The immune system keeps its own natural immunisation register. Which is a record of every microbe ( bacteria, fungi, protozoa or virus) that it has ever defeated, so it can recognise and destroy the microbe quickly. if it enters the body again. Abnormalities of the immune system can lead to allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and autoimmune disorders. Additionally sometimes too much is going on within or around the body that confuses the nervous system & immune system, so the microbes do not get found. Vaccination history & safety We are told that vaccines are tested & safe. We are told that people who do not vaccinate cause harm to people that are vaccinated. But how can this be so for vaccinated people, if the vaccines in them are there to raise someone’s immunity & protect them? On September 7th 2018, Vaccine injury Lawyer Robert Kennedy Jr, who also produced the documentary ‘Vaxxed’, demanded relevant government documentation proving that all federally approved vaccines had been quality tested over the past 32 years. There were none!!! He won that case against the US government, in the United States district court of New York, as he proved that the US department of health & human services & all the vaccine makers had been lying to the public for over 30 years about the effectiveness & safety of vaccines. He pointed out that five of the US healthcare monitoring agencies, the CDC, FDA, IOM NIH & DHHS may also be threatening the existence of state medical boards & exclusive medical guilds like the AMA because of these findings. He pointed out that vaccine makers have been fraudulently exempt from what all other pharmaceutical drug makers have been forced to do concerning biannual recertification for quality & effectiveness - meaning their vaccines had not been tested for over 30 years!!! This case can now be cited by all parents fraudulently mandated by any government’s regulation / requirement that they must vaccinate their children. This case can also be legally cited by all employers being mandated to be vaccinated in order to retain their jobs. This case can now be legally cited by all those who seek compensation for vaccine injury. All government officials who have passed laws legalizing vaccine fraud at the state, or country, have otherwise aided & abetted this vaccine fraud & can now be charged with vaccine fraud, criminal malfeasance & in some cases, war crimes under the Nuremberg Code. Big Pharma & Bill Gates agenda If you are studying vaccine safety, you need to know about Bill Gates’ 'philanthropy’, as his actions against humanity are deeply questionable. Many people now feel Bill is linked with that 1% power & money hungry percentage of billionaires in the population that have historically owned the 6 biggest companies in the world- ie. drug, IT & Oil companies. They have called themselves ‘the Elite, or One world order’.Their power game is they feel they are untouchable. Their passage of power is clear. They want the prestige of world domination. World domination means they will know where everyone is, what they are doing & how they can best control them to make money & profit from their existence. Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are proving to be a form of strategic & disguised philanthropy that are actually feeding his many vaccine & IT related businesses. None of us want to have a trackable ID ( identification) in our body; we are all quite happy to carry our drivers licences & passports with us, thank you very much. Yet Bill Gates has been trialling his nano-technology in humans, hidden in vaccines, as tracers, to record human activity for the impending 5G technology, as part of world domination plans. ID nano sized micro-chips, ie. the size of blood cells in humans, are being hidden in vaccines containing labelled pathogens, eg. polio, along with the other dubious conjuvents. These vaccines are then injected into humans that may be considered by the elite to be of lowered socio-economic status in their lifestyles. ie. Areas like India & Africa. These unsuspecting people, are goaded into being ‘helped with their health’. When they weren’t sick in the first place! They have their own indigeous medicine that they have used for centuries. Why would white men think their ‘trial concoction of medicine’ is any better??? Bill’s greed to ‘save the world his own way’ to boost his notoriety, at first appears messianic, until you learn he combines technology with these already unsafe vaccines & then uses innocent humans as his guinea pigs!!! For those who observe him, his dream appears to be to create for that 1% elite a global vaccination ID enterprise; which would give them dictatorial control over global health policy. Call it what you want, corporate neo-imperialism, making us succumb to authoritarian dictation, abuse, taking away human rights to choose, creating sickness in humans so that the drug companies also owned by that 1% elite can both make money from sick people & track their every action. For example, Bill Gates immorally talked his way into India’s National Advisory Board in the year 2000 & drastically increased the amount of Polio virus vaccines given in India, with those he was funding to be made. The result? A devastating vaccine-strain increase in polio, causing an epidemic that paralyzed 496,000 children between 2000 and 2017. Even WHO had to admit that this epidemic was coming from Gates’ Vaccine Program. By 2018, ¾ of global polio cases were from Gates’ vaccines! Thankfully in 2017, the Indian Government wised up to Bill Gates. minimising the vaccine regime and evicting Bill Gates & his people from the National Advisory Board. Concurrently, Polio paralysis rates dropped. For more than 20 years, WHO (who has been funded by Bill Gates) & Bill Gates have been accused of bullying families of the world into vaccinating & causing vaccine injuries in various countries. ie. The people in remote areas of India, Kenya, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Congo, Philippines, Afghanistan and Mexico are being guinea pigs for their drug companies. Vaccines like HPV, Malaria, Meningococcal, Tetanus & DTP were all trialled there! They have even successfully trialled a sterility vaccine on people who didn't choose to be sterile! These vaccine trials have been causing paralysis, seizures, infertility & febrile convulsions to around ⅕ of all those vaccinated. Areas of Africa where vaccine tests were carried out, also reported that on average, there were 10 times more deaths from vaccinated children, than from their unvaccinated children! Barbaric! Heads up medical establishments, ‘proving harm’ to innocent humans & then hoping you'll find a way for that not to happen, is not a sensible, healthy or kind way to treat Humanity. Can you imagine this nanotechnology as a foreign body, moving into blood systems that regulate nervous systems? It would either be the quantity of nano- technology pieces in the vaccine, ( hoping that one would lodge in a body & survive), or the general size of the nanotechnology, that would block biological pathways & of course cause paralysis in most individuals bodies! Very scary, crazy & unethical WHO & Bill Gates! I hear today in April 2020 President Trump opposed their vaccine tracking system disguised as putting trackable dye, that is invisible to the naked eye, but trackable with cell phones & satellites), on the grounds of personal liberty. He has also recognised that Gates is aggressively propagandizing on behalf of his vaccines throughout the corona pandemic. So he has apparently now kicked WHO & Bill Gates ‘advice’ off his health advisory board & is seeking alternative instruction. Helleluyah!. Thank Goodness they are seeing the light! Their work is not advantageous to anyone’s health! Health is not achievable in a syringe! SO WHAT IS CURRENTLY IN THEIR VACCINES ? Simultaneously to the nano-technology, the vaccine conjuvents already in every single vaccine are designed to block neural pathways & confuse the body’s homeostasis so they can't leave the body in a hurry. Eg. aluminium hydrochloride. This leads to a systemic reaction in the body, which can cause a raft of ill- health conditions. Ludicrously, as we aware humans start asking questions about the efficacy of vaccines, Drug companies have removed the ingredient list from vaccine packets, so we can be less informed. Isn't it our human right to know exactly what is being put into our bodies? Here is a list of the toxicants & hazardous chemicals currently being used as conjuvents with the dead or alive viruses in vaccines. Their various polluting particles are capable of literally poisoning organs, cause blood clots, allergic reactions, cardiovascular & respiratory illnesses, immunodeficiencies and autoimmune disorders, autism, nervous system poisoning, blood toxicity, damaging DNA of that body & future generations & some are even carcinogenic in 1 in 5 people. Additionally it is known that we are getting immune to antibiotics, so why would they put them into vaccines? Why would you want to cause toxic shock to someone's immune system by putting any of this ‘shit’ into vaccines?! • Acidity regulators • Aluminium Hydrochloride ( traps the vaccine leaving the nervous system) • Ammonium Sulphate ( toxifies the gut, liver & lungs) • Amphotericin Sulphate ( fungicide) • Beta- Propiolactone (a recognised carcinogenic & organ toxicant) • Calf Serum • Chick embryo • Egg protein • Emulsifier • Fetal bovine Serum • Formaldehyde (a recognised carcinogenic & organ toxicant to ecosystems & human health) • Genetically modified organisms • Gentamicin Sulphate antibiotic • Hydrolysed gelatin- from calf & pig skins & bones • Lactose ( dairy allergen for 60% of the world) • Latex - used in vaccine preparation • Monosodium Glutamate- MSG- all vaccines contain this soy allergen even if they are not listed. Was removed for infants under one for food additives, but still in vaccines! • MRC5 - Human aborted fetal tissue! • MF59 (squalene oil), an adjuvant • Neomycin antibiotic • Phenol- organ toxicant • Phenoxyethanol - antifreeze • Polyribosylribitol- part of the HIB bacterium • Polymyxin antibiotic • Polysorbate skin & organ toxicant • Sorbitol- gastric & liver irritant • Streptomycin antibiotic • Sucrose ( sugar anyone?) • Taste improvers • Thimerosal ( organ toxicant) • Tri 📷 butylphosphate kidney toxicant & neurotoxin • Yeast And now dyes & nanotechnology to be added ……, Unless You Make A Stand For Yourself & For The Generations To Come From Your Cells. Contraindications & side effects of vaccinations When I nursed, we were told if anyone was already unwell, they should delay their vaccinations until they had a strong immune system, knowing vaccinations were designed to trigger big immune reactions. Sadly I see these boundaries pushed by GP’s. I have even referred people to their GP’s for further cardiovascular investigation & had one ignorant GP decide to give his client a shingles vaccine. She had no idea what was in the syringe & he neglected to ask her. Just add it to the pile of yet another medical misadventure…. In the clinic, I see clients who’ve been to their Drs & even specialists complaining about their worrying side effects after their children’s vaccinations. They have been told dismissively that their symptoms are temporary; “go home & rest.” Or more often what is happening to them, the day after vaccination, ‘is unrelated to the vaccination’ Just one eg. severe ticks suddenly appeared in twin boys that were both vaccinated the day before & were until then completely well. Their parents tried to get support from their GP & Specialists who were of no help or support. Documented throughout the internet are the known side effects of vaccinations. High temperatures, restlessness, crying, headaches, rashes, pain & swelling are dismissed as minor reactions by parents & doctors. I have also noticed that ‘someone’ has removed all of the serious side effect descriptions off the internet as the vaccination campaigns expand. The less known & scary effects to the nervous system, like inflammation of various nerves, facial palsy, nervous system ticks, convulsions, visual disturbances (optic neuritis/ neuropathy), autism, poor concentration, memory loss, tingling or numbness in extremities on spine, long lasting migraines & headaches, tiredness, low energy, dizziness, fainting, been unwell since a vaccination- with colds or flus they can’t shake. Not to mention the vaccine induced illnesses like Guillain Barre syndrome, anaphylaxis, blood platelet thrombocytopenia, swollen lymph glands in the neck, armpit or groin as the lymphatic system tries to cope. Gastro-intestinal problems, immune deficiencies & even the beginning of that disease the vaccine is trying to prevent in their body. Eg. shingles. The reality is more horrific to me than any threat we have in our developed countries of getting a disease, that we could use natural medicines to treat. I've also seen body’s trying to push the vaccine out ( via the nature's law of cure) ie. outward a month later- where a child gets swollen fingers, or the adult gets a severe version of the flu they were trying to prevent in the first place. Our human body’s are made to adapt for sure. But they have no idea that mankind would invent such atrocities to be added to disease causing viral pathogens & injected into the deepest layer of the immune system. Why are humans so gullible & allowing this? Oh yes, threatened with fear of death of their family member or being told they are being neglectful does that to people! Would it not be more ethical for WHO to refocus its resources on improving health to prevent such diseases? Ie. recommend cleaning up rubbish strewn environments, gift more allergy free nutrition, providing supplements & natural medicines the indigenous people of the land ask for instead? Etc . I am sure it would cost way less than vaccinations. Bottom line is: Good health does not come in a Syringe! Covid -19’s- We now know the Media explanation of Covid -19 has once again been driven by WHO ( & its financial backer). Fear itself is the virus this time. It has been propelled into humanity to gain control over the people’s minds. It has had humanity stop in its tracks and listened to what ‘the right thing is to do’ as advised by WHO. Governments have sought further control, by first following WHO’s instructions & then appealing to people’s hearts ie. ‘Stay home & keep the world safe”. We have all innocently obliged with the threat of death from covid-19, if we don’t. Covid-19 however is a strain of the common cold or flu virus that most of us would get at some time in our lifetime anyway, which as you see above will raise our body’s immunity to it. It targets the respiratory system. So I feel really only those with poor health, or pre-existing medical conditions need to worry about it. Also in our part of the world its affinity appears to be more with the elderly passing away from it. Super sad for them. But I also wonder if the fear of it was enough to lower their immunity anyway! Coincidentally with Bill Gates’s reign, in the last 20 years Sars & MER’s viruses have appeared ( Manmade or naturally?) Many people are discussing, there is another strain of the virus going around that was created & this is the bio-warfare version. What we do know is, from president Trump, is that WHO has lied to us & created a global panic. Trump has people independently investigating WHO now, which wont please the illuminati / Elite one bit! A second extensive study has also found that the original Coronavirus Mortality rate is actually 0.4%, not 3.4% - which confirms its similarity to a seasonal flu. From a holistic practitioner point of view, I just want to add that viruses like bacteria aren't ‘the baddy’s’ everyone makes them out to be. Many of them already live harmoniously within your body, helping you gain new insights & develop yourself. ie. Holistically viruses, like any health condition, come with metaphysical lessons for your personal development. Viruses transmute & change all the time depending on their host (ie. the body they are inhabiting). They cannot live outside of the body. For more than 1 hour. However, could it be that a virus like Covid was manipulated into a biochemical weapon that caused young people to also die from this pneumonia like respiratory disease? How interesting that it first infected US industry competitors in China? It’s timing has definitely been fuel for Bill Gates vaccination campaign; all part of his drive for world domination. Interestingly enough, 5G technology towers are still being erected while everyone is in ‘shut down’. Could this be the opportunity Bill Gates has co-created with his minions so that he could roll out a covid -19 vaccine complete with trackers in it for the whole world. One vaccine size fits all, to ‘save the world’? I witnessed covid -19 manufacturing patent papers on the internet when it was first announced. True or not, I'm very sure I choose not to be part of this biochemical warfare & human control system that these dark elite powers are creating. Yes, sure, it’s sensible to be aware around any pathogens. Good handwashing techniques should always be happening, plus a healthy gut & a healthy lifestyle. However I really don’t think that unnecessarily stressing & therefore lowering immune systems function by vaccinating and poisoning the immune system is the answer. Also this latest flu vaccine appears to have had a respiratory disease added to it. I've had clients who've had reactions to it this year, test positive for needing either whooping cough of TB homeopathics! Confirming to me, that these have been used. In their production! I feel it's senseless to make someone sick in an attempt to make them healthy! Do you really want those diseases in your system complicating your immune system this winter? What you can do right now to say no:- • In Nursing we are advised to wait until someone is well before we show them to the Dr to vaccinate. Unfortunately many health professionals offering vaccines ( including pharmacists) have pushed away this sensibleness, as vaccines make them money. We could still try though. Mention you have a cold, flu or current allergies to at least bide yourself some time. • Call their bluff. Say you have already been vaccinated or immunised, or will be by your GP’. That you prefer vaccinations that way, from your trained professional. Then voice the doctors medical code- see below. • If you're of NZ Maori descent utilise the Treaty of Waitangi’s health advice: Especially their “participation clause” :> Ie. You are invited to decide what you would like with your healthcare! ie. “According to the Ministry of Health, the Treaty of Waitangi sets out three key principles that facilitate the relationship between the Crown and Maori in healthcare. • Partnership means working closely with Maori to develop plans that drive Maori health benefits. • Participation ensures Maori take part in all levels of healthcare decision-making, planning and delivery. • Protection makes sure the New Zealand Government works towards Maori having the same health benefits as Pakeha.” • Baffle them with brilliance:- “I express my choice as a sovereign being to have the power to choose my reality.” • Express your divine choice as a sentient being saying that “vaccinations will lower your vibration” • Utilise your spirituality or philosophy & express you have that or religious concern about vaccines. Ie. “God doesn't want this for me.”” If our gorgeous Hari Krishnas & Jehovah witnesses brothers & sisters have their lists of what they can or can’t partake in, then why can't we? Nb.15 American states decline vaccines because of their philosophical exemptions to vaccines; and 45 states can refuse on grounds of religious exemptions. All you have to say is, ‘This is my faith,’ we respect an individual's faith in this country.” • Exercise your medical knowledge: All public health interventions, including vaccination, include health risks. So you can say, “As an individual who is respected for her / his ideals and values, it is my right to exercise those to protect myself and/or my children, as we do not accept existing medical evidence about the relative safety of vaccines. Where there is a risk, there must be a choice.” • Discuss the legal case proving vaccines are unsafe:- ie. “I have done my research & found that vaccines aren't as safe or proven as we are led to believe. I found a case which we can now cite as legal support to decline a vaccine. On September 7th 2018, where Vaccine injury Lawyer Robert Kennedy Jr, proved & won his case where he showed that vaccine manufacturers are now illegally making & producing vaccines that havent been tested for 30+ years. They are Aided & abetted by the unsuspecting medical community. So I would be a fool to accept vaccines into my immune system. • Discuss your beliefs on being vibrationally compatible with a disease. Eg. A while back it was ‘fashionable’ for a mum to take her child to a ‘chickenpox party’ in the hope her child's immunity will be alerted to the chickenpox virus, yet hope they would not get the virus. If the child was of at the same vibration as the child currently hosting the virus & the party - ie. lowered health through poor diet or an unhappy home life or even their personality’s outlook, they may contract the virus. Other children may be at a different ( higher or lower) vibration & not be compatible with attracting that virus into their system. • If you’re of Catholic Faith, the Catholic Church recognizes the value of vaccines and the importance of protecting individual and community health. It asserts, however, that its members should seek alternatives, when available, to vaccines that are made using cell lines derived from aborted fetuses. See the list of conjuvents above-most vaccines contain them from various humans or animals. • Express your fear: Claim, I have suspicion and mistrust of vaccines after what I have witnessed happening to non-westerners after exposure to Bill Gates Vaccine schedules in places like Africa Nigeria & Afghanistan ( see notes above). • No to Nano! - I do not consent to being microchipped with nanotechnology or a dye like some poor animal. Bill Gates has made this clear that he wants to utilise the covid-19 vaccines for ID & tracking of people. ( probably using 5G) No thanks, that is a breach of my privacy & my health. I value my sovereignty. • Claim vaccination is racism - several studies have found racism as part of the legacy of medicine. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study, was a clinical trial conducted with African Americans who were denied appropriate treatment opportunities. Naturally these were key factors underlying African Americans’ distrusting medical and public health interventions, including vaccination. Additionally in parts of Asia and Africa, mistrust of vaccines is often tied to “Western plot” theories, which suggest ( & can now be proven) that vaccines are ploys to sterilize or infect non-Western communities. • Claim Vaccines are now known to spread other diseases because of their conjuvents. In 1999, British journalist Edward Hooper wrote The River: A Journey to the Source of HIV/AIDS. He speculated that the virus that causes AIDS transitioned from monkeys to humans via a polio vaccine. He argued that the polio vaccine was made from the cells of chimpanzees infected with the primate form of HIV (Simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV), which adapted in humans and caused the disease. He also stated that there were coincidences in the sites where the polio vaccine was first administered and where the first cases of HIV originated. Nigerians in 2003 also confirmed this belief. • State your views that ‘vaccines can lead to wars & disharmony around the world:- The local Taliban in Southern Afghanistan say ‘The polio vaccination is an American ploy to sterilize Muslim populations and is an attempt to avert Allah’s will.’ Remember vaccinations have been known to sterilise populations of people! • NZ Human rights Act 1993- Quote: ‘As per the Human rights act 1993, I can't be discriminated upon for my ethical beliefs.” My body, my choice! • Further to that, the Doctors medical code of conduct under the World Medical Association stars:- “Drs must not use their medical knowledge to remove human rights” • Australia doesn't have a legitimate government or federal state. They have no authority to do anything. Therefore they have committed many crimes against we the people of Australia. ( sorry I know zilch about this one- please add to it if you know more ) • Tom Barnett on youtube says we can't catch a virus. So you can learn that thoroughly and promote that as your ethical health choice. I know we were taught viruses do not live outside of the body for more than 1 hour. So if you have good hand washing, health & lifestyle etc. Then there is a high chance you won't be susceptible to viruses, bacteria. Unfortunately I'm a bit indoctrinated here, so I'm on the fence & do take bug precautions but I also trust my healthy immune system & natural supplements. • British Law ( also known as Common Law) verses Roman Corporate Law. 27 years ago when I was studying naturopathy, we had a guy come & talk at length to us all about this. We were all in full support of stopping writing our names in capitals so we didn't accidentally sign their contracts & we could even decide to fit under the indigenous people of NZ ( even though most of us were white...as it is apparently a choice) ie. we would do that so that we could practice as indigenous healers,( if the pharmaceutical industry tried to shut us natural therapists down even further ) as we were all born in NZ. The challenge then came at not needing their corporate system. Damn it, they'd made it, so that everything we needed was tied up in it. Our banks, our businesses etc. It is a hard one to escape. So I loved what Saul wrote & if I had the inner balls & could live off the grid & still be able to help people via the internet, I'd be in! But I don't know how to yet. ( open to education on the same!) So meanwhile I have dipped my toes into this for 27 years. I don't write legibly on forms when I choose, I don't write in capitals & I only share the information that I choose. When it comes to avoiding Vaccination, I totally believe we could utilise our knowledge of the common law. Contract law versus initial contract etc. But like Saul has explained, we need to do all he suggests & it's not an easy road, but then nor would succumbing to vaccinations be! How I plan to look after my health instead. Vaccinations are seen as a way of us as a population controlling disease, that many of us know is seasonal etc. Pro- vaxxers believe wholeheartedly in this & then I see them eating mega junk food, eating low vibration food, smoking, drinking up a storm & being fearful of disease. It's just so misaligned when you think about it. So there will be come back, if you make an informed decision to not vaccinate. It's a good idea to know within yourself what you plan as an individual or family is; in both defence of yourself & for your immune system. Then when people attempt to question your theories you know what you're doing. In your plan make sure you include a healthy high vibration diet- lots of fresh organic fruit & veggies, proteins, good fats & water every day. Supplement with prebiotics, probiotics & anything you are lacking through dietary choices. Be happy with your life. Have a spiritual or meditative element to your life Be involved in a supportive tribe, or circle of friends. Health is much more than what’s in a syringe The letter to respectfully decline vaccination as an informed human This letter outline is built upon your previous letters shared with the sacred revolution, thank you! Choose when to act with it though please. There is no point setting off alarm bells to these people to give you extra attention if you don’t need it. Ie. If your country or people do not get presented with the need to vaccinate, have it up your sleeve instead. Share this with your tribes. The more informed everyone is, the faster we can change world views & make this world a healthier place to live. Unless we want to discuss making our point known collectively at the top of the government chain now as a tribe/ collective/ revolution? HOW TO USE THIS LETTER:- Go through the letter below & delete things that are not of your voice or opinion about yourself or your beliefs, throughout this letter. Add in information, you would like to see in it. Have a look back over the bulk of the info above for more ideas, or add in your own knowledge. Make this letter your own please & keep me confidentially out of it thanks :>. Ie. Author unknown . Love & blessings
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2020.10.11 17:56 Dino_nerd_22 Jehovah's Witnesses vs Evolution! Part 12: The Statement That Got Me Disfellowshipped

This is my twelfth journal entry on the topic of 'Jehovah's witnesses (JW's) vs Evolution'. My first journal entry explained the purpose of these entries, so for those who have not read that yet - I'd advise that you do so before continuing.
In preparation for my last Judicial hearing, I thought it best to write a personal statement so as to avoid pointless questions on where I stand. This would also help me identify clearly the reasons for their decision. But while writing this I realised a problem - Elders will never read a document that they think is clearly apostate (criticizes their religion). This is clearly a control policy that most cults and organisations adopt in order to keep its indoctrinated members from reading critical information. So how can I ensure that my personal statement is considered properly by the elders?
I decided to take legal advice, and I talked to my trade union rep about some of the organisations policies. At first he was reluctant to offer any advise because most religions are exempt from allot of the legislation that normal companies are subject to. But then I let out that Jehovah's Witnesses claim charity status in the UK - Then things got serious.
With his help I was able to write a letter (from a made up law company) which clearly states my rights and the laws governing charity status organisations. The point of all this had two intentions:
1) It will get them to read my statement properly amongst themselves.
2) It will could clearly demonstrate that Jehovah's Witnesses don't care about a persons human rights or the legal system when considering disfellowshipping members from the congregation.
This of course worked beautifully as both my statement was read, and the point was made that they don't give a fuck about peoples rights. These are human rights we are talking about here - to deny them is to deny people from human status.
Below is my personal statement which got me disfellowshipped for believing in evolution.
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Dated: 13th September, 2020
Personal Statement of Innocence

By: Luke Tyler
For: The Judicial committee Members of Jehovah’s witnesses (Names removed)
Dear Brothers,
It truly worries and saddens me that you have felt that this judicial committee is warranted. It worries me because I feel I have done nothing wrong, and it saddens me that I stand accuse when I was only asking you for your help. Recently, I had opened up my heart to you and shared my doubts and research concerning our doctrinal stance on the evolutionary process. Although we chatted at length on several occasions, I also felt the need to contact the branch office for further guidance on these matters. It seemed to me that our stance on evolution and spontaneous creationism are not in line with modern scientific discoveries.
It turns out that Evolution is established fact, and its evidence is both abundant and irrefutable. This conflicting realisation had created allot of cognitive dissonance between me and my trust in the governing bodies ability to teach the truth. However, I was willing to give the benefit of the doubt to these imperfect men who we know do sometimes make mistakes. I had even written a short report on all of my findings and research and sent it to the branch office with the expectation that this matter be dealt with promptly. Unfortunately, what I did not expect was for me to be accused of “spreading false teaching and undermining the confidence of the brothers in Jehovah’s arrangement”.
This accusation of spreading ‘false teaching’ is both absurd and moronic, as evolution has been established fact for almost 200 years now. Modern discoveries and advancements in both palaeontology and genetics concrete this fact even further. It must also me noted that the bible does not specifically mention the evolution process, or by which way life had descended. This point was covered in my report. Granted we all most acknowledged that God is the creator,

You are worthy, Jehovah our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they came into existence and were created.” (Rev 4:11)
But who is to tell us what is right and what is wrong when the scriptures do not comment on the topic. That would just make it a man-made opinion. Even worse, who would have the audacity to enforce such man-made opinion as the word of God? That would be equivalent to lying.

Every saying of God is refined. He is a shield to those taking refuge in him. Add nothing to his words, or he will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6).
With that out of the way, I must now explain that we, as a devoted organisation, fail to obey a clear command from God. This command is found in Psalms 146:3 which reads
“Do not put your trust in princes nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation”.
The Governing body have put themselves above the written word of God, and have inserted themselves as the ‘mediators’ between our ‘mediator’ Jesus Christ, even to the point where they declare that the grace of God and salvation is a Jehovah’s witness exclusive provision. Recent Watchtowers claim that only those who are loyal to the governing body will be saved, that direction from the governing body is life-saving and that we must be ready to obey even if the direction doesn’t seem right (The watchtower, 2013).
This reliance on life-saving instruction from the governing body however is foolish, as the governing body themselves claim that they are not inspired of God nor infallible (The watchtower, February 2017) So as witnesses, we are told to put our faith in an organisation that claims to speak for God, but is run by men who openly declare they are not inspired by God. Unfortunately, this hypocrisy is extended further by the governing body’s disfellowshipping arrangement which aims to silence anyone who disagrees with them. Isn’t this the very reason why I have been called to a judicial hearing?
It is clear that the bible does not comment on cell mutation, or how certain phenotypes are created from certain amino acid combinations within our DNA. These facts, which involve the collaboration of many different scientific disciplines, is so well proven by scientists today that you would have to be either deranged or deluded to deny it. As a Christian, my quest is truth, and my loyalty is to God – not to a group.
Consider:
I would like to explain this with a hypothetical situation. Let’s say that I am an apostate for instance. Let’s imagine that I, with a few cherry picked scriptures and persuasive arguments, start a religious movement by myself – with me as its leader. My scriptural reasoning is twisted and designed to deceive people into believing that salvation is only possible if you are loyal to me. How would you combat such reasoning? Surely you would try to prove me wrong from the scriptures – after all, God’s truth is clearly written in the bible. So then, if I wanted to stop you from exposing me as a fraud what can I do. I cannot prove my reasoning from the bible, nor can I stand against the teaching of the truth. The only option I would have is to silence all those who oppose my authority.
This is exactly what the governing body is doing. They are silencing anyone who disagrees with their interpretations while simultaneously keeping its members in check with fear of punishment and disfellowshipment. It’s ironic that Jehovah’s witnesses use to condemn other religions for practicing excommunication as an unscriptural pagan practice, which they said was only designed to instigate fear, control and to cause deliberate harm to those who disobeyed the church. That was until 1952, when Jehovah’s witnesses adopted their own form of excommunication called disfellowshipping.
The practice of shunning those who question authority is extremely popular in the most extreme religious groups today, as well as in certain sects and cults. It is to no surprise then that Jehovah’s witnesses are mentioned repeatedly in sociological textbooks as a high control group, sect and cult (Dalton Conley, 2008). As a group we are discouraged from talking to those who have left the group. We are discouraged from sourcing research information outside the organisation. We are told not to trust the media. We are told not to peruse any higher form of education. We a discouraged from talking about our doubts and feelings openly for fear of ostracism. We are warned against sociologists, phycologists and therapy councillor’s opinions on the organisation. We are told that the scientific community is deceptive and cannot be trusted (only with the exception when it agrees with the governing body). We are told to only associate with people inside the organisation and to limit our association with anyone outside the organisation. We are continually being told what to believe, and then told to never question it.
So, with all that out of the way let me ask you something. If the organisation has gone astray – how would you know?
Would you honestly think they would tell you? Or would they try to hide what they are by ostracizing anyone to disagree with them and then covering up their errors.
It has been made apparent to me that you, even as elders, do not know that the governing body had a 10 year affiliation to the United Nations from 1991 to 2001. That the organisation actively covers up child abuse. That we use misquotes, deception and lies in our publications in order to push our agenda. The cover up on the Malawi vs Mexico political cards and political identities. The acceptance of military service and blood transfusions in Bulgaria in order to obtain legal recognition. Russel’s anti-Semitic letter to praise Hitler’s endeavours.
All of this is of course skimming past the fact that our 1914 and 1917 doctrine, the disfellowshipping arrangement and the establishment of a faithful and discreet slave class has no scriptural basis. All of these facts begin to make sense when you take into account that the organisation has not made a single accurate prediction in its history while only proclaiming failed prediction after failed prediction.
Jehovah Made clear to us in his word the bible how to identify his true representatives. It’s found in Deuteronomy 18:22 which reads

“When the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word is not fulfilled or does not come true, then Jehovah did not speak that word. The prophet spoke it presumptuously. You should not fear him.”
Jesus also made it clear who would be his true follows in John 16:13 which reads

"However, when that one arrives, the spirit of the truth, he will guide YOU into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own impulse, but what things he hears he will speak, and he will declare to YOU the things coming."
As we have already discussed, the governing body claims that it is not inspired by Gods spirit. We have also seen how the governing body presumptuously go beyond what is written with the enforcement of man-made unscriptural opinion and dogmatic doctrines with cruel, controlling punishments (like in my case now). We have also seen in the past how the governing body of Jehovah’s witnesses have failed to predict the end of the world in 1906, 1910, 1914, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1925, 1932, 1935, 1941, 1951, 1975, 1980, 1986, and again in present (JWFacts, 2019).
So why do you have to be loyal to them? Why does our very life depend on what these men say? In the bible Jesus only alluded to a faithful and discreet slave in a parable, not a prophecy or to establish a ruling class of Christians. Christ is our mediator, not the organisation. Christ is our head, not the organisation.

So let no one boast in men; for all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things now here or things to come, all things belong to you; in turn you belong to Christ; Christ, in turn, belongs to God. (1 Corinthians 3:21 – 23)
I chose to believe that Jesus died for all of mankind and not for a select group of Christians

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Conclusion:
In conclusion, I encourage you brothers to do your research. You will see that I am not lying. Check your bible, and know I am guilt of no scriptural wrongdoing. But if you decide to silence me by labelling me as an apostate, then you would have only proven me correct. I wish to serve God in truth, and if that puts me at odds with the governing body then I am not scared. Still, you may feel that you are declaring me an apostate because of all the research I’ve done to discover the truth, but in reality, it is me who is declaring the governing body apostate.
You can condemn me for accepting evolution on unscriptural ground. But know I am condemning the governing body for far worst transgress from the scriptures. It is now we must all ask ourselves to whom do we belong. To God? Or to the Organisation? I’ve made my choice. The choice is now yours.
I am not going to disassociate myself from this organisation and I would encourage anyone I meet to examine the fruits of this organisation before wasting their life joining it. I will always advocate truth, but I will respect your right to belief. I am however, not an advocate of lies, and would never support a system that enforces unscriptural obedience towards a group of 8 men with fear and punishment. Jesus was a mild tempered man that never enforced his beliefs on anyone. I aim to be just like him. A Christian. Don’t you?

There is only one who is Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and to destroy. But you, who are you to be judging your neighbour? (James 4:12)
References for you convenience:
(The watchtower 11/15 (2013) seven shepherds, Eight Dukes – What they mean for us today, p. 20 par. 17)
(The Watchtower, February 2017, Who is leading God’s people today?, p. 26 par. 12)
(Dalton Conley (2008) You may ask yourself: an introduction to sociology)
(JWFacts (2019) Changed dates :: Failed Predictions [Online] (Available at www.JWfacts.com) Accessed 13/09/2020)
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2020.10.11 17:10 jen5225 "I spent my whole life running from Reddington...I was always so afraid of what he might do to me and my mother, and now I'm equally afraid of what he's making me want to do to him." What is Jennifer's point of view on the bones, and who does she believe Red is?

Spoilers through episode 6.08
This is a subject I posted about almost a year ago, and after my current rewatch there was a lot more I saw and needed to add.
When it comes to the bones and who they belonged to, one very overlooked point of view is Jennifer Reddington.
As the woman who was put into WITSEC as a child and then hidden later by Ian Garvey, she has an interesting perspective. A deeper look into her words and actions may show that Jennifer wasn't as straightforward forward a character as people might think.
We hear about this daughter of Raymond Reddington early on, but don't meet her until late season five. Jennifer was only in about 8 episodes and then leaves fairly soon after. There is limited information to go on, but her role in the mythology can't be ignored.
A little history leading up to Jennifer's entry into the story:
Jennifer lived with her mother in witness protection from early 1991 through 2007 when she was moved by Garvey for reasons unknown and the US Marshal service lost contact with her. We are told conflicting stories and don't know if her mother sent her away because she knew of a present danger, or if Jennifer decided to leave on her own.
Around the same time that the bones are dug up and Garvey got an alert to a CODIS match in 2017, he also moves Jennifer again and gives her another identity. When Liz walks into the bar in 2019 and crashes into Jennifer's life, she had been hiding in fear of her father for almost 30 years.
What needs to be added to Jennifer's point of view leading up to this moment, is that in 2018 Frank Hyland tracked her down to let her know that her mother was killed the year before in 2017. He gives her the story of her mother being taken and tortured by one of Reddington's enemies, her finger cut off and a tooth pulled out. Frank tells her that Reddington rescued her mother and hid them with new identities.
Now Garvey also knows this in 2018 and that seems to be the turning point of his motivations changing from controlling Reddington's power to wanting the whole truth.
What did Garvey know about the disappearance of Naomi back in 2014? He would have known about the attack on the home of Frank and Naomi when it happened. US Marshals were killed in that attack, and the couple would have been gone without a trace. That would have been a mystery to Garvey until he heard the story of what really happened in 2018. Was Jennifer told her mother was taken in a violent confrontation and had disappeared in 2014?
Now Garvey has to be wanting some answers because once he starts thinking about things, he's going to know he's been lied to. What he may realize very quickly is that Naomi was never afraid of her ex-husband. Garvey had been protecting her, and especially Jennifer, for 30 years for no reason. Reddington wasn't a danger to them, but risked his life to rescue Naomi and hide her. There must have been some kind of large scale con pulled on him and the US government by the Reddington family.
We don't hear much from Garvey to Jennifer about Reddington. Before the scene in the bar, he told her:
"You don't need to be protected from him anymore. Not after tomorrow."
What u/fran_oliveira pointed out was very perceptive, that the word "anymore" implied that Garvey believed Red was the same man he had always been protecting her from. Not a fake Reddington, but the man Garvey always thought was a danger to Jennifer.
Regarding the bones and who they were to Jennifer, Garvey doesn't say much more. All he says to her is:
"Everything you believed for the last 30 years has been a lie. You've spent a lifetime hiding for no reason."
If Garvey believed those bones belonged to RR, and Red was an imposter who stole RR'S identity, wouldn't Jennifer be in even more danger from Red? Wouldn't she be living proof that could destroy his entire charade? Red's reputation in the criminal world was of a ruthless killer. From Garvey's POV, he would certainly have no problem killing an innocent person who threatened his way of life (Like Detective Singleton or the witness to his murder). So he would assume Red was the same way and would have killed Jennifer if he found her.
If Garvey knew Red wasn't RR, but the man who stole his identity, he wouldn't tell Jennifer she had been hiding for no reason. He would have hidden her even further. While Red as her father could still be a danger for her, an imposter of her father would be even more so.
A great point from u/TessaBissolli needs to be added about that scene in the bar in 5.19. When Liz, Red and Dembe all have their guns drawn, and Jennifer steps between Red and Garvey, Garvey isn't concerned at all that Red would harm Jennifer. He's supposed to have been the US Marshal in charge of her protection for the last 30 years, and he's believed he's been protecting her all this time from Reddington. But what Garvey does is not reflective of him believing Red is a threat to Jennifer at all. He knows now the man won't hurt her. His actions do not fit a belief that Red is an imposter of her father.
What did Jennifer know about the duffel bag that Garvey had that Red and Liz were racing to find? At the outset, it seems like Jennifer is an innocent victim in the power struggle to get the bones. Leading up to the confrontation in the bar, Liz asks Jennifer if she knew about the bag:
"Did Garvey ever mention that duffel bag? Did he tell you where it might be? A locker? A storage unit?"
Jennifer's reply was curious:
"I-I don't know. Maybe."
Did Jennifer already know about the duffle bag from Garvey and where it was? It sounds like she does in her response. Jennifer asks him before Liz and Red show up:
"The duffel bag... Why is it so important?"
Jennifer may have not yet gotten her hands on the bag, but I'll bet she knew where Garvey had left it for her.
Once Red knew that Jennifer was the reason Garvey wanted this whole truth, he knew the man would have had plans in place to get the bones to Jennifer or Naomi. We know that Red had a severe concussion from the car accident and had been shot by Garvey, but as soon as he could he had surveillance put on Jennifer to see if and when she got the duffle bag:
"He's on her person and her phone?"
"Yes, and checking in more often than my mother before the cancer got her. If Jennifer visits Naomi or calls her, we'll know."
"Garvey must have had a death switch in place... a way to get one of them the bag. We just need to find out what that is."
Once Garvey had been killed, did Jennifer retrieve that bag and find out the results of the DNA test? There's no way to be certain, but from her response to Liz, it does seem as if she knew where it was. Was Garvey's trip down to Costa Rica really to give Sutton Ross the bones, or was it a charade, a trail to lead Reddington away from Jennifer getting the duffle bag?
Let's see if we can tell who Jennifer believes Red is through this whole situation.
What does she say to Red that can help determine whether she thinks he's her father or an imposter?
When Jennifer steps in front of Garvey in the bar, she clearly believes that Red is the father she remembered:
"Look at me. Anything? I'm your daughter. The one you abandoned 28 years ago on Christmas Eve. Did you think of me at all? In my pink room, in my pink pajamas, waiting for Santa. When I went to sleep, my world was perfect, and when I woke up, it was destroyed. My daddy gone. Did he just leave? Was it an accident? We didn't know. All we knew was my daddy... my good, kind, and decent daddy... was gone. And then come to find out you weren't good or kind or decent. You were a traitor. And we were sent into hiding. From you. From my father."
We know that sometime after Garvey is killed, Red goes to Jennifer asking about the duffel bag. He wants to know how to find her mother. Jennifer claims Garvey didn't give her a bag and she doesn't know where it is, though that's not really the impression she gave Liz. We don't know if she's telling the truth, but Jennifer is very angry and bitter at Red even if she shows no fear of him. While she says she has no interest in seeing him, she does contact him later to meet. Jennifer says she wants answers to some questions.
Here in the scene in the restaurant, all of what Jennifer says to Red indicates she believed Red was Reddington and her father. Jennifer says she has questions she needs him to answer. Jennifer seems to be looking for the answers to why she and her mother were put in WITSEC and why her father abandoned her.
Red tries to explain that he was framed by the Cabal:
Red: "The Cabal is the one I stumbled across and tried to destroy. To prevent that, they tried to destroy me."
All of her responses here show that she thinks Red is the father who abandoned her and her mother.
Jennifer: "How does you getting targeted by a scary group of people who think they rule the world explain why you abandoned us?"
Red: "In 1990, the KGB and the CIA had almost nothing in common except the mutual determination to hunt down one individual." (The audience knows he's talking about Katarina Rostova)
Jennifer: "You." (She assumes this is Red)
Red: "Being a fugitive from American law enforcement is a lot easier than being a fugitive from the two most powerful nations on Earth. And anyone close to a target of theirs becomes a target themselves."
Jennifer: "Family"
Red: "Especially family."
Jennifer: "After you left, we went into Witness Protection."
Red: "Put where the Cabal wouldn’t find you."
Jennifer is telling Red that she believes he was the person being hunted by the CIA and KGB. If she knew and had seen that her father was dead in the duffle bag, she wouldn't have thought that the man sitting in front of her was the man who was her father in 1990. Not only does she not differentiate between Red and her father as the same man being hunted by two superpowers, she also says she is the family of his who was abandoned.
When Jennifer tells Red that she will take him to Naomi, what she says to him in the cemetery also makes it clear she believes Red is her father:
"You didn't abandon us to protect us. You just abandoned us. And you know how I know that? 'Cause I know what it's like to have somebody love me so much they would rather cut ties than see me hurt. My mom did that. And not by slinking out in the middle of the night, by sitting me down when I was in college and patiently explaining how terrified she was of you, that one day you'd want back in my life, that you'd force her to tell you where I was. To protect me from that, from you, she walked out of my life."
Jennifer believes Red is the father who abandoned her and her mother. She left to avoid having her father come back into her life.
By the end of the season, the audience is led to believe that now Jennifer has seen inside the duffel bag and knows Red is no longer her father but an imposter. That's the truth that she wants to tell Liz.
We don't know when Jennifer had gotten her hands on the bag of bones and the DNA report, even though she seemed to know where it was. If Garvey really took the duffle bag to Ross, why didn't he bring it to Jennifer? Why a big scam to have Liz and the FBI arrest him and put on a big show to have Liz fake abducted? Couldn't Jennifer bring the bag of bones to Liz's apartment and give her this truth? That's not what happens. Instead there's an elaborate ruse to fake kidnap Liz, hold her fake hostage, and make Red exchange himself for her freedom, with a lot of heightened emotions and compromised decision making.
What u/HolyHavoc pointed out was also something I missed in the reveal of the DNA report to Liz. When Tom got the duffle bag with the report from Garvey, the envelope had a big label that read "DNA Results" on it. Garvey took that bag and had it over a year without doing anything with it. We see Garvey on tape handing a bag to Ross and we see the bag when Jennifer shows the report to Liz. So why is the envelope she hands Liz blank? We are supposed to believe that Jennifer found out the truth right before Liz, that Red wasn't her father, but it's not the same envelope. Did Jennifer have the real bag all along and get Ross to help sell the con to Liz? A fake DNA report convincing Liz that Red wasn't her father would be the perfect plan for Jennifer to payback the father she hated and the sister her father loved.
Another important point that needs to be looked at comes from u/TessaBissolli in her previous posts. When Jennifer slammed the door in Red's face in 5.20, or agreed to meet him at the restaurant, she was never afraid of the man. Jennifer was very bitter and angry with Red for what she believed was his abandonment of her and her mother. She blamed him for all of the past, but she wasn't afraid he was going to harm her. Jennifer had heard the story from Frank about Red rescuing and saving her mother. She knew now that they had never been hiding from him. That's why she met with him and tried to question Red as to why they had been hidden all those years. They hadn't been in hiding because her mother was afraid of him.
So then why did Jennifer make believe she was scared Red would kill her in 5.22, or have to hide in the closet at Liz's apartment in 6.02? Jennifer tells Liz when Red comes to her door:
"You can't let him in. He can't see me."
Why can't Red see Liz and Jennifer hanging out together? Jennifer certainly isn't afraid of Red after just spending time speaking to him a few episodes ago. Was this act of fear all for Jennifer to sell this charade to convince Liz that Red was an imposter? Jennifer is definitely not being honest here with Liz.
Through all of the episodes we see Jennifer in going into season 6, she is supposedly helping Liz find out the truth of who this man is who's stolen her father's identity. That's what she tells Liz at least. Jennifer encourages Liz to betray Red and put him in prison so he can't interfere with their search for the truth. She helps Liz find the fire at the Rehoboth Beach house where they both spent time. She helps Liz find the date on the deleted Koehler file, and track down Renard.
But...Jennifer isn't honest with Liz through all this. We don't hear her telling Liz anything about her mother or their past together. Jennifer is very closed-mouthed on her and her mother's history. Nothing about family, or friends, no places they lived. Jennifer never tells Liz her mother is supposed to be dead?
Once Jennifer is taken and beaten, she finds out that Katarina Rostova arranged the procedure for Mr. Reddington. She wants Liz and Ressler to go back and try to find Renard after she tells Liz that the woman knew the name Katarina Rostova:
"She knew the name. I could see it in her eyes."
"That doesn't make any sense. Why would my mother help some imposter become Raymond Reddington?"
"I don't know. But Renard does. She knows more than she's saying. You have to get her. And I can get us there."
Jennifer was very eager to get answers from Renard, but when it's clear that she's gone, that Red got to the woman, she chooses to leave for reasons unknown.
Here is what she tells Liz, and I think most people miss what Jennifer is implying:
"I spent my whole life running from Reddington because I didn't want his world bleeding into mine."
"We are so close."
"Yeah, but to what? To becoming him? I was always so afraid of what he might do to me and my mother, and now I'm equally afraid of what he's making me want to do to him."
We are supposed to believe that Jennifer has been working with Liz to find out who this man is that stole her father's identity and ruined his good name. All of what she's done is to find out the truth because she believes Red isn't her father.
So then why does Jennifer make no distinction between the man she's been running from her whole life and Red?
"I spent my whole life running from Reddington...I was always so afraid of what he might do to me and my mother, and now I'm equally afraid of what he's making me want to do to him."
If Jennifer thinks Red isn't her father, then why do her words say she does? To Liz's response that they're so close, Jennifer says:
:Yeah, but to what? To becoming him?"
If Jennifer really saw a DNA report stating her father is dead, why does she seem to believe Red is that man she lived her life in fear of? Why is she worried about becoming a man she isn't related to, or hasn't been with most of her life? If he isn't her father, then she's spent around an hour with this guy. That would be silly.
While Jennifer may have seemed to be a minor player in these events, and many believe her role is finished, I'm not so sure. Jennfer was a very shady character who was working on her own agenda, similar to what we see with blond Kat in season seven. All of the information Liz got about the Rehoboth Beach fire, about the deleted Koehler file, about the DNA report...all of it came from Jennifer.
I have a feeling we will be seeing Jennifer again soon.
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2020.10.10 22:39 read-it-on-reddit r/Neoliberal Votes on the California Propositions! - CA Propositions Survey Results

Neoliberal Votes on the California Propositions! - CA Propositions Survey Results
Hello neoliberal!
Thanks for all the interest in the California Propositions Survey I posted 3 days ago. The survey received a total of 107 submissions. Four of the submissions were non-responses (blank or " I'm not voting on this proposition" for every question), which gives us a total of 103 responses to work with.
If you're interested in looking at the data yourself, here's the link to survey spreadsheet.

California Voter Breakdown

While most of the respondents who took the survey are registered to vote in California, a small percentage of the respondents aren't. This distinction is worth investigating because non-California voters:
  1. Generally are not as familiar with the nuances of the Propositions as California voters
  2. Generally are not as familiar with California's political/economic/social circumstances as California voters
Yes-89, No-16
I compared the aggregate statistics for all respondents with the aggregate statistics for just California voter respondents, and I found that there wasn't a significant difference between the two. The difference in the aggregate Yes/No breakdown between the two groups was at most 2-3 percentage points for any proposition. With this in mind, I decided to report the percentage breakdowns for all respondents for each proposition listed below.

Results

Proposition 14 - Stem Cell Research Institute Bond Initiative)
  • Authorizes $5.5 billion in state general obligation bonds to fund grants from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine to educational, non-profit, and private entities for: stem cell and other medical research, including training; stem cell therapy development and delivery; research facility construction; and associated administrative expenses.
  • Dedicates $1.5 billion to research and therapy for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, epilepsy, and other brain and central nervous system diseases and conditions.
  • Appropriates General Fund moneys to pay bond debt service.
  • Expands programs promoting stem cell and other medical research, therapy development and delivery, and student and physician training and fellowships
Yes-65, No-28, Unsure-10
Proposition 15 - Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative)
  • Increases funding for K-12 public schools, community colleges, and local governments by requiring that commercial and industrial real property be taxed based on current market value, instead of purchase price.
  • Exempts from taxation changes: residential properties; agricultural land; and owners of commercial and industrial properties with combined value of $3 million or less.
  • Any additional educational funding will supplement existing school funding guarantees.
  • Exempts small businesses from personal property tax; for other businesses, provides $500,000 exemption.
Yes-80, No-19, Unsure-3
Proposition 16 - Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment)
  • Permits government decision-making policies to consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin to address diversity by repealing article I, section 31, of the California Constitution, which was added by Proposition 209 in 1996.
  • Proposition 209 generally prohibits state and local governments from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, individuals or groups on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, education, or contracting.
  • Does not alter other state and federal laws guaranteeing equal protection and prohibiting unlawful discrimination.
Yes-32, No-58, Unsure-13
Proposition 17 - Voting Rights Restoration for Persons on Parole Amendment)
  • Amends state constitution to restore voting rights to persons who have been disqualified from voting while serving a prison term as soon as they complete their prison term
Yes-93, No-6, Unsure-3
Proposition 18 - Primary Voting for 17-Year-Olds Amendment)
  • The California Constitution currently permits individuals who are at least 18 years old on the date of an election to vote in that election.
  • Amends constitution to permit 17-year-olds who will be at least 18 years old and otherwise eligible to vote at the time of the next general election to vote in any primary or special election that occurs before the next general election.
Yes-66, No-33, Unsure-3, Not Voting-1
Proposition 19 - Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment)
  • Permits homeowners who are 55, severely disabled, or whose homes were destroyed by wildfire or disaster, to transfer their primary residence’s property tax base value to a replacement residence of any value, anywhere in the state.
  • Limits tax benefits for certain transfers of real property between family members.
  • Expands tax benefits for transfers of family farms.
  • Allocates most resulting state revenues and savings (if any) to fire protection services and reimbursing local governments for taxation-related changes
Yes-57, No-27, Unsure-19
Proposition 20 - Criminal Sentencing, Parole, and DNA Collection Initiative)
  • Limits access to parole programs established for non-violent offenders who have completed the full term of their primary offense by eliminating eligibility for certain offenses.
  • Changes standards and requirements governing parole decisions under this program.
  • Authorizes felony charges for specified theft crimes currently chargeable only as misdemeanors, including some theft crimes where the value is between $250 and $950.
  • Requires persons convicted of specified misdemeanors to submit to collection of DNA samples for state database.
Yes-28, No-60, Unsure-13, Not Voting-2
Proposition 21 - Local Rent Control Initiative)
  • Amends state law to allow local governments to establish rent control on residential properties over 15 years old. Allows local limits on annual rent increases to differ from current statewide limit.
  • Allows rent increases in rent-controlled properties of up to 15 percent over three years at start of new tenancy (above any increase allowed by local ordinance).
  • Exempts individuals who own no more than two homes from new rent-control policies.
  • In accordance with California law, prohibits rent control from violating landlords’ right to fair financial return
Yes-7, No-87, Unsure-9
Proposition 22 - App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative)
  • Classifies drivers for app-based transportation (rideshare) and delivery companies as “independent contractors,” not “employees,” unless company: sets drivers’ hours, requires acceptance of specific ride and delivery requests, or restricts working for other companies.
  • Independent contractors are not covered by various state employment laws—including minimum wage, overtime, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.
  • Instead, independent-contractor drivers would be entitled to other compensation—including minimum earnings, healthcare subsidies, and vehicle insurance.
  • Restricts certain local regulation of app-based drivers.
  • Criminalizes impersonation of drivers
Yes-39, No-53, Unsure-10, Not Voting-1
California Proposition 23 - Dialysis Clinic Requirements Initiative)
  • Requires at least one licensed physician on site during treatment at outpatient kidney dialysis clinics; authorizes California Department of Public Health to exempt clinics from this requirement if there is a shortage of qualified licensed physicians and the clinic has at least one nurse practitioner or physician assistant on site.
  • Requires clinics to report dialysis-related infection data to state and federal governments.
  • Prohibits clinics from closing or reducing services without state approval.
  • Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on the source of payment for care.
Yes-18, No-67, Unsure-13, Not Voting-5
California Proposition 24 - Consumer Personal Information Law and Agency Initiative)
  • Permits consumers to: (1) prevent businesses from sharing personal information; (2) correct inaccurate personal information; and (3) limit businesses’ use of “sensitive personal information”—including precise geolocation; race; ethnicity; religion; genetic data; private communications; sexual orientation; and specified health information.
  • Establishes California Privacy Protection Agency to additionally enforce and implement consumer privacy laws and impose fines.
  • Changes criteria for which businesses must comply with laws.
  • Prohibits businesses’ retention of personal information for longer than reasonably necessary.
  • Triples maximum penalties for violations concerning consumers under age 16.
  • Authorizes civil penalties for theft of consumer login information, as specified.
Yes-38, No-42, Unsure-21, Not Voting-2
California Proposition 25 - Replace Cash Bail with Risk Assessments Referendum)
  • Replaced the money bail system (for obtaining release from jail before trial) with a system based on a determination of public safety and flight risk.
  • Limits detention of a person in jail before trial for most misdemeanors.
Yes-81, No-10, Unsure-11, Not Voting-1

EXTRA: Cluster Analysis

So neoliberal has officially decided on how you should vote. Not much more to it, right? Well, I've got some news for you:
https://preview.redd.it/cir9qdjcvbs51.jpg?width=248&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=cad6fa92bf3fb4284c08e9cd261e2e3c775fb82f
Like it or not, we do have some diversity of ideology on this subreddit. A useful way to break down voting patterns is by clustering groups of voters into "voting blocs" - where everyone within one "voting bloc" tends to like/dislike the same propositions.
Using the K-means clustering algorithm, I was able to somewhat neatly cluster all of the California voters into 3 voting blocs. The algorithm assigned 13 respondents to "Group A", 37 respondents to "Group B", and 36 respondents to "Group C". The heatmap below shows the degree of support for each proposition by each group. A value of 0 indicates a unanimous "No" vote within the bloc, while a value of 1 indicates a a unanimous "Yes" vote within the bloc.
https://preview.redd.it/kfiu39g2ubs51.png?width=319&format=png&auto=webp&s=d2ebfcf4e9ffe69cc33f9e5a8ab81cf506621b42
In summary:
Group A (13 respondents)
  • Mild Support for Props 17 and 25
  • Neutral on Prop 22
  • Slightly Against Props 14, 20 and 24
  • Strongly Against Props 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23
Group B (37 respondents)
  • Strong Support for Props 14, 15, 17 and 25
  • Mild Support for Props 18, 19, 20 and 24
  • Neutral on Props 22 and 23
  • Strongly Against Props 16 and 21
Group C (36 respondents)
  • Strong Support for Props 15, 17 and 25
  • Mild Support for Props 16, 18 and 19
  • Neutral on Prop 14
  • Slightly Against Props 22 and 24
  • Strongly Against Props 20, 21 and 23
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2020.10.09 14:27 premature_eulogy The lesser-known Estonia mystery: Finnish police announce 1987 cruise ship murder & attempted murder has been solved

In 1987, a West German national was murdered and another seriously injured in an attack on board Viking Sally, a cruise ship from Stockholm, Sweden to Turku, Finland. This was not the first disaster on the ship (another murder in 1986 was solved) and it would not be the last, as Viking Sally was later sold to Estline and renamed M/S Estonia, sinking in the deadliest maritime disaster in European waters.
A quick overview of the 1987 murder case can be found on Wikipedia. Many aspects of it are like straight out of a detective novel: a murder happens in the middle of the sea in an enclosed space, with the perpetrator still onboard as the investigators go around interviewing people. A bag of clothes is discovered on a nearby island, and a shoe is used to track down the city where the suspect lives.
About a month ago, the Finnish police announced that they have solved this 33-year-old cold case (source is the Finnish Broadcasting Company; available in Finnish and in Swedish). The case was passed over to prosecutors, who will now determine whether the available evidence fulfills the criteria of a first-degree murder charge. If it doesn't, and is only enough for a second-degree murder charge, the case will not be moved to prosecution because the statute of limitations has expired (20 years for second-degree murder). First-degree murder has no statute of limitations.
Now, there was another famous, old, unsolved mystery case in the Nordic countries that was purportedly solved this year, the murder of Olof Palme, so I thought it'd be good to underline the key differences between these two announcements.
In the Palme case, the conclusion was essentially “we have determined the person who is most likely the suspect, and that person is dead”.
In the Viking Sally case, however, the conclusion is that they know who did it, the person is alive and they can prove the person did it. The only unclear thing about this case, according to the police, is whether it fulfills the criteria of a first-degree murder and can still be prosecuted.
The YLE article linked previously contains a great long-form text of the events on the 28th of July 1987 for anyone interested in the events, people and the investigation process in detail. I took the liberty of translating it here, with linked pictures:

Background

The story involved three West German youths on an Interrail trip: Klaus Schelkle (20), Bettina Taxis (22) and Thomas Schmid (21). Schelkle and Schmid’s friendship went years back, having both played and enthusiastically supported football in Stuttgart. Schelkle and Taxis had met each other at a night club and had been dating for a little less than a year at the time of their Interrail trip. From the very beginning of the trip, they had their eyes set on visiting Finland: they traveled to Stockholm and spent only a single night there before boarding Viking Sally, intending to reach the city of Turku by the next morning. In Turku, they had planned on exploring the city, drinking beer and visiting Ruisrock, the second-oldest rock festival in Europe. The festival would be headlined by Peer Günt and Pretenders. From Turku, their trip was to continue towards Lapland and Norway.
Klaus Schelkle and Bettina Taxis in Stockholm the day before boarding Viking Sally.
In the 1992 book Poliisi kertoo (‘The Police tells’, essentially case stories from the police), a chapter written by criminal commissioner Eino Kivimäki is widely regarded as the most accurate and well-corroborated source on the events that transpired on the 28th of July 1987. The YLE article speculates that some of the information must have changed decisively to prompt the re-opening of the investigation in 2016. Nevertheless, the following description of events is largely based on Kivimäki’s text.
Fitting with the sense of youthful adventure an Interrail trip often involves, Schelkle and Taxis had decided to sleep outside on the ship’s deck in sleeping bags. Not wanting to bother the couple, Schmid had decided to stay indoors and keep an eye on everyone’s luggage.
Schelkle and Taxis were described as more sociable on the cruise than Schmid, who wasn’t particularly interested in the cruise ship experience in general. At one point during the evening, Schelkle and Taxis came to tell Schmid that they had met “a fun Finnish guy” who spoke excellent German. This “Finnish guy” was a businessman working in the automotive industry, while Schelkle himself was studying to become a car mechanic. Due to their common interests, they had tried to visit the car deck of the cruise line but found it to be locked. Having decided to try their luck again in the morning, the two men exchanged contact information during the night.

The attack

At approximately 1 in the morning, Schelkle and Taxis woke up the already-sleeping Schmid to retrieve their sleeping bags. The couple headed to the rear portion of the ninth deck, to the helicopter platform. The spot they chose for sleeping was shielded by a plexiglass and was dark due to a broken light fixture.
The West German youths were not the only international travellers on board. A group of international scouts headed to the Nordic LDS Jamboree (a camp for members of the church of the Latter Day Saints) had been wandering around the ship all night, reportedly to the annoyance of other passengers. At approximately 3:45, a trio of Danish scouts made their way to the helicopter deck. Initially not seeing anyone else on the deck, they eventually noticed movement in the dark and identified two persons by the air conduction vents.
Here is a crude reconstruction of the scene and location where the three Danish scouts found Schelkle and Taxis.
At first, the scouts thought the two people were incredibly drunk passengers - not an uncommon sight on Baltic cruise ships in the 1980s, and not an uncommon sight on Baltic cruise ships in 2020 either. One of the Danish people eventually decided to have a closer look at the two persons, only to find both of them covered in blood, with blood also covering large portions of the deck. Both Schelkle and Taxis were able to move but were seriously injured. The scouts were trained in first aid, but did not have adequate skills to deal with injuries of such a massive scale. They contacted the information desk of the ship who alarmed a security guard to the crime scene. The security guard has been heard as a witness in the re-opened investigation and did not want to be interviewed for the YLE article.
There have been conflicting reports over the years on the murder weapon and the condition in which Schelkle and Taxis were found: it was reported that they were found still in their sleeping bags, but this has not been confirmed. The murder weapon was confirmed as a blunt weapon, but media initially reported that the murder weapon was a fireman’s axe. Finally, it was initially reported that Taxis’ finger had been cut off, but the police or emergency responders did not report this. The confirmed fact is that they suffered blunt trauma to the head.
Schelkle and Taxis tried to communicate with the first responders, but they could not be understood. This could be because of their head trauma or simply because no German speakers were present. They were taken to the medical ward of the ship, and straight away their cranial injuries were deemed so severe that the sea emergency and rescue centre of Turku was contacted. A helicopter was sent to retrieve the couple. Taxis was reportedly delirious during the helicopter ride, constantly mistaking the emergency responders as attackers and attempting to shield herself from them. Schelkle had to be administered CPR during the ride. At 5:48 they arrived at the Turku University hospital, where Schelkle was pronounced dead. The helicopter team picked up three crime scene investigators and one technical inspector and headed back to the cruise ship.

The investigation

The investigators were unable to find any witnesses. Thomas Schmid had woken up to the sound of the helicopter during the night, but had falled back asleep. He was interviewed by the police early in the morning. The police did not tell him what had happened to his friends until he had been questioned over and over, and had grown so frustrated and worried that he refused to answer any more questions unless he was told what had happened.
A cruise ship is an atypical crime scene because the perpetrator was almost certainly still onboard. A murder had happened on this same ship the year before, and the passengers had already left the ship by the time the police were able to start their investigation. Learning from their past mistake, the police took a very thorough approach to the investigation: they decided to videotape and gather the contact information of everyone on board. While they did manage to videotape everyone, the task of collecting everyone’s personal information turned out to be so time-consuming that they eventually decided to not collect the information of elderly passengers, children, or people travelling with small children.
The initial onboard investigation determined a 26-year-old Englishman as the primary person of interest. He was found sleeping on the floor inside the ship with blood on his clothes. He claimed it was from a nosebleed. He was on his way to Finland to meet a woman he had previously met on a kibbutz in Israel. He had already been on a cruise ship from Stockholm to Helsinki, but had been denied from disembarking due to his “disheveled, drug addict-like appearance” and was returned to Stockholm. His presence on this cruise ship was his second attempt to enter Finland, which further contributed to him being considered a person of interest. During the night of the attack, he had had a wild night with a group of five Finns. Three of the five Finns had been gambling in Stockholm and lost all their money, and were given tickets back to Finland by the Stockholm social security services. This group of six - the Englishman and the five Finns - had spent the night on the ship enjoying meals at the restaurant and drinking alcohol in various places all over the cruise ship. When the cruise ship reached the harbour in Turku, the group of six were all taken directly to the police station.
The Finns were cleared of suspicion early on and were released. The Englishman was interviewed several times (the police initially had trouble finding a criminal investigator who spoke English well enough to conduct the interviews), but he maintained his innocence. He was kept in jail for two weeks during the investigation, the maximum time allowed without pressing charges. The criminal laboratory examined the blood on the Englishman’s shirt, and determined that it was his own - although it has later been noted that the technology in 1987 could not rule it with absolute certainty.
With no other evidence against the Englishman, he was released. He lived in Finland for several years after the event, but could not be reached by YLE for this article.
The investigation was exceptionally large and was allocated a great deal of resources, including the latest technology: the computer. Early on in the investigation, the police ruled out robbery and sexual assault as motives. Their best assessment of a possible motive was “an insignificant one”, committed by a mentally ill person or someone suffering from a severe personality disorder.
In 1987, the technology available to crime investigations was still relatively poor. CCTVs were relatively rare and image quality was poor. DNA testing only became a standard, systematic technique in the early 1990s. Blood sample analysis could primarily only determine blood group and whether the blood came from an animal or a human. Cruise ships did not properly collect and store passenger information. Passenger interviews remained the main source of information.
Bettina Taxis survived the attack. She was unconscious for weeks and did not regain consciousness until well after she was transferred to a West German hospital. After a year-long bureaucratic process, Finnish investigators were able to interview her, but she was unable to recall anything from the day of the attack.

Time passes

Over the next couple of years, the police were looking for several people. Two separate people, referred to as “beanie man” by media based on their description (both had worn beanie hats that stood out), were sought after by the police. One of them was reached in Western Germany and was ruled out as a suspect, but the other one was never reached. This particular “beanie man” was 30 years old, approximately 175 centimetres tall and dark-haired. His appearance, in addition to the beanie hat, was described as disheveled, and he spoke to himself in English. He had been seen carrying something canvas-y (unclear whether this refers to a canvas bag containing something, or some other object that was made of canvas).
A month after the attack, two fishermen landed on the small island of Lilla Björnholm along the cruise ship’s route. The island is uninhabited, surrounded by cliffs and covered in forest. The fishermen noticed a black trash bag on the shore and found clothes inside. Not realising a possible connection to the cruise ship murder, they left the bag on the island. Upon returning to the island in the summer of 1988, the fishermen noticed the bag still in the same place they had discovered it the previous August. This time, they took the bag with them and brought it to the police.
Here is an image of the island where the bag was found, as well as an image of the discovered clothes dressed on a mannequin.
Among the clothes was a Finnish-made Umberto Loofer shoe. The police discovered that the shoes had been sold by a shoe store in Turku, in the year 1985 or 1986. The other clothes found were beige shorts, a red sweater, and a grey working glove with the initials H.K.. The police concluded that based on the location of the trash bag as well as “certain technical investigations”, it seemed likely that the clothes had been on board Viking Sally.
The police investigated well into the 1990s. Passengers caught on the videotape were looked for all over Europe. Some people didn’t report themselves to the police because they felt they had nothing to contribute (this was said by two Swedish youths who didn’t report themselves but were found anyway), whereas some people avoided contacting the police because they considered their cruise trip “unsavoury” or embarrassing for personal, but non-criminal reasons. (The article does not give an example of such a reason.)
Eventually, the case went cold.

Recent developments

The investigation stayed cold until the year 2016. The police has not revealed what happened that prompted the re-opening of the investigation. Finally, in September, the lead investigator announced that the case has been solved. However, a legal problem presents itself: in Finland, homicides are classified as kuolemantuottamus, surma, tappo or murha depending on the premeditation and the act itself. Close enough approximations are the American classifications of involuntary manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter, second-degree murder and first-degree murder, respectively. Murha is equivalent to first-degree murder, while tappo is second-degree.
A tappo has a statute of limitations of 20 years, whereas a murha has no statute of limitations. In the 1990s, the case was considered a tappo, but in the early 2000s it was changed to a murha (i.e. a greater degree of premeditation was assumed). If currently available evidence can only support a tappo charge against the person the police have identified, he cannot be prosecuted anymore as the crime has expired in 2007. However, if there is enough evidence to support a murha charge, the police can and certainly will prosecute. The case is currently pending charge considerations to determine exactly this. However, until the charge consideration is finished, the police will not reveal the name, gender, nationality of age of the suspect. They confirm that the suspect did not know the victims beforehand, and has been interviewed several times, but has not been taken into custody. The suspect denies his/her involvement.
The prosecutor expects the charge consideration to be finished by the end of this year.
One thing we know for certain: no new crime scene evidence has been uncovered, because the cruise ship sank in 1994 in the deadliest maritime disaster in Europe.
The rest of the article concerns the life of Thomas Schmid after the attack. He was cleared of suspicion early on in the investigation (and re-cleared in the 2016 investigation), and now lives in Stuttgart with his family. He is hopeful about the result of the investigation, and hopes it brings some closure to Klaus Schelkle’s parents.
(Again, if you understand Swedish or Finnish and thought there was a poor translation or a misunderstanding in the text, please let me know!)

Personal thoughts

Man, I hope they have enough evidence to charge the person with first-degree murder. I don’t know what information they can reveal if they conclude the crime has passed the statute of limitations, but the YLE article says that criminal commissioner Kivimäki did not want to give an interview until the investigation material is published, out of respect to the current lead investigator. This would imply that the evidence, results and overall course of the investigation will be made public. To some degree, in any case. Maybe someone here knows more about this?
I’ll definitely post an update if and when this case gets an update, hopefully within the next couple of months!
And boy, was that cruise ship cursed or what? Two separate murder incidents and a deadly sinking?
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2020.10.09 01:40 botanisty [Sweden] Postdoc in computational biology/molecular phylogenetics (English language, preference to recent (<3yr) grads, possibly open int'l?)

https://web103.reachmee.com/ext/I005/1035/job?site=7&lang=UK&validator=9b89bead79bb7258ad55c8d75228e5b7&job_id=17282
Project description
The rapid increase in publicly available DNA sequence data now offers exciting opportunities for building the ‘Tree of Life’ (phylogenies) that establishes the relationships and temporal origins of all living organisms. Although several attempts are being made to build comprehensive molecular phylogenies, a major challenge remains in how to effectively add newly generated sequences to such trees without the need to start from scratch every time.
This project – “Online phylogenetics” – will explore emerging Sequential Monte Carlo techniques to add new sequences to existing trees under a fully Bayesian framework. It will then validate the method by building a continuously updating phylogenetic tree for all plant species sequenced to date. Alternative approaches for building large trees, which integrate genomic-wide and single-gene data, may be explored if necessary.
The project is a collaboration among internationally leading researchers at the University of Gothenburg (Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre), the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, the University of Stockholm, the Royal Institute of Technology, Aarhus University and the University of Michigan. Funding is provided through a competitive grant from the Swedish Research Council.
Job assignments
This employment includes the following tasks: further development and/or testing of software for phylogenetic analysis; responsibility for managing own workload; production of scientific articles; effective communication across the team and beyond; among other assignments depending on the candidate’s skills and interests in relation to the project’s objectives.
Eligibility
The applicant must hold a PhD degree in an area relevant for the tasks at hand (e.g., computational biology, molecular phylogenetics, bioinformatics) or a foreign exam substantially equivalent to a PhD degree in a relevant subject. Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded the degree no more than three years before the application deadline. Applicants with a degree awarded earlier may also be preferred if specific reasons exist. Such specific reasons may be a leave due to illness, parental leave or other similar circumstances.
Assessments
We are seeking a highly motivated person to take a leading role in this project. At least one of the following skills are crucial for this employment:
What is advantageous/ beneficial:
In addition, the candidate should have published or submitted articles or other scientific deliverables (such as software) in this field, and excellent communication skills in English, written and spoken.
The employment
The employment is a full-time position for two years placed at the Department of Biological and Environmental Science.
The application must be written in English and include:
The most qualified candidates will be selected for interview(s), which will be held in English and may be performed virtually.
How to apply
In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.
Information for International Applicants
Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit:
https://www.gu.se/en/about-the-university/welcome-services https://www.movetogothenburg.com/
The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.
At the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences we have teaching and research activities that stretch from the alpine ecosystem, through forests, cultivated land and streams, all the way into the marine environment. In these environments we study different levels of biological organisation from genes, individuals and populations, to communities and ecosystems. We work within ecology, evolution, physiology, systematics and combinations of these fields in order to understand the impact of natural and anthropogenic changes of the environment.
The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is the host of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre. The Centre has two main goals: to further develop biodiversity research, and to bridge the gap between scientists, the public and industry. The working language is English.
The department is placed at three different localities: in Gothenburg Botanical garden, at Medicinarberget in Gothenburg, and at the marine research station-Kristineberg. The current position is placed at Gothenburg Botanical garden with flexibility for spending time between Stockholm (Swedish Museum of Natural History and the Royal Institute of Technology) and London (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew). Whenever possible, international collaborations will be carried out through video-conferencing to reduce environmental impact.
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