Evening News Reads: Freak Show and Violent Shootings

Good Evening

Warning, tonight’s post is a bit graphic.

There have been some violent, freakishly gory and strange events going on in North America lately. Is a full moon coming soon? I don’t know what else to say but just put the links out there.

In Seattle today, there were two shootings, and at the time of this post, 3 to 4 people are dead and the suspect may be in custody….or he may have shot himself.  This all happened near Washington University.

Police: Seattle cafe gunman may have shot self – CBS News

AFP: Seattle gunman shoots self after three killed in cafe

Woman dies in shooting outside Town Hall | Local News | The Seattle Times

I have many friends in Seattle, and one has a daughter that goes to WU… doesn’t it always make these violent mass shootings more worrisome when you know someone who lives where it happens.

In Indianapolis, another shooting has taken place:

Two dead, three wounded in Indianapolis shooting, police say | Reuters

A gunman killed one person and wounded three others at an apartment complex in Indianapolis on Wednesday, before turning the gun on himself, police said.

The shooter was hospitalized in critical condition but later died, according to interim Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite.

Police did not identify the victims or the gunman and said they could not comment on possible motives.

Then of course there is the Zombie attack in Miami, which just gets more disgusting and disturbing as the days go by. Earlier there was a photo which was allegedly a picture of the victim when he was brought to the ER. It was horrible and has since been taking of the Albany news site, but there are still copies of it on the web. Here is a link to the Village Voice that has the image still up on it’s blog…it is graphic.

New video shows more grisly details of face-eating attack in Miami – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com

Rudy Eugene walked naked alongside the MacArthur Causeway before pouncing on a homeless man he found dozing in the shade of the elevated Metromover train tracks.

For almost 18 grisly minutes, Eugene savaged his victim, punching him and stripping the man’s pants before gnawing off the homeless man’s face — all as cars and cyclists rolled by on the busy causeway on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The new details of the horrific attack were captured in additional video footage taken by security cameras at the nearby Miami Herald building.

18 minutes? Think about that…

Face-chewing victim face surgery, long recovery  | ajc.com

Police union officials representing the officer said the scene on the MacArthur Causeway was one of the goriest they had ever seen.

“He had his face eaten down to his goatee. The forehead was just bone. No nose, no mouth,” said Sgt. Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police.

Poppo has been in critical condition in recent days, but police didn’t give an update on his condition Wednesday.

And if this was all just too crazy, over in Canada there has been strange things going on too.

Check out this headline:

The Press Association: Porn star hunted over body parts

You read that right…

Canadian police hunt male porn star over posted hand, foot | The Australian

Canada Severed Foot

A police officer removes a package from the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, containing a severed human foot. Source: AP

POLICE have launched a hunt for a male porn star after a human hand was found in the mail at an Ottawa post office, and a decomposing foot was sent to Canada’s ruling Conservative Party.

A nationwide warrant has been issued for Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov.

Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreniere told a press conference the suspect has no criminal record and asked the public’s help in tracking him down.

Police in Ottawa had previously disclosed that both packages were sent to Ottawa from Montreal.

The gruesome discoveries, described by Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews as “very disturbing,” were made hours after a severed torso was also discovered by a janitor in Montreal early Tuesday in a suitcase in a pile of garbage.

Mr Lafreniere said the finds are thought to be linked after an investigation brought them to a Montreal apartment that is believed to be scene of the dismembering.

Luka Rocco Magnotta video allegedly shows suspect dismembering victim | News | National Post

Slaying suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta once dated Karla Homolka

This is all so crazy…

I will post updates to Seattle in the comments, and a few other strange news items that caught my eye.

14 Comments on “Evening News Reads: Freak Show and Violent Shootings”

  1. This here: Gunman kills four in separate Seattle shootings | KTVB.COM Boise

    Seattle Police say the suspect in the fatal shooting of three people at the Racer Cafe on Roosevelt Ave. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They now believe the man is also reponsible for a separate fatal shooting at 8th and Seneca.

    Seattle Police Asst. Chief Nick Metz said detectives were very confident that this suspect is the same as the one who committed the crimes at both locations.

    “We feel very confident that we have the suspect in both incidents,” he said.

  2. Well, here are a couple other strange news links for you:

    Humans Can Sniff Out Old Age in Others, Study Shows – US News and World Report (And the scent is not the smell of urine…)

    Jury awards $3 million in man’s sex death  | ajc.com
    The man had a heart attack while he was in a threesome with a friend and another woman who was not his wife…this happened a few days after going to a heart specialist who said he was in no danger after suffering chest pains and left arm pain.

  3. ecocatwoman says:

    This post makes me think of the DC shooter, except that it’s lots of people around North America randomly attacking and/or killing people. Personally, I don’t think it’s possible to point to one thing behind/motivating this tragic & frightening behavior. However, I don’t think we can discount the dialog in the country. Especially coming from the Right, it’s Good vs Evil, no shades of gray, mean spirited at the least & disturbing hate speech at it’s worst. We’re in the midst of a very uncivil war and the victims, as in any war, are the innocent bystanders. And I don’t think there is anything more frightening than when this violence is in our own “backyard.” I know that when I had my purse stolen in early April, I felt the need to try to have a 360 degree view of my surroundings at all times. Everyone was suspect. I’m normally a confident, self-assured person, but for at least 2 weeks I was fearful any time I left my car or my home. That feeling of safety is something I’d taken for granted.

    • RalphB says:

      I don’t know what’s causing it or if it’s like the year that “shark attacks” took over the news on CNN, though there wasn’t really an uptick in them. Whatever, I’m reasonably sure I’m glad I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Karla Homolka.

    • Like I said, when I see these kind of news stories, I feel like I am watching a grunge house flick…And you are right about being fearful after experiencing a crime. Imagine what those who saw that face eating attack will have to deal with.

  4. ecocatwoman says:

    On a cheery note, I just watched The Daily Show & The Colbert Report online. Jon & Steven are back!!!!!!!!!!! Two weeks without them was horrid. Jon’s piece on Communism/Socialism was priceless.

    • Oh I know Connie, it was a long two weeks…

    • RalphB says:

      Oh yeah, those socialist NFL team owners 🙂

    • northwestrain says:

      His opening with the side boob remarks was so funny — what is it with the “entertain” trend of making news of no news? Then he moves on — to the Fox old news made to sound like current news. The National Enquirer and other tabloids do the same thing — no date line on their stories. That was a well done piece — serious rebutted mixed with humor. He has to stop and notice how good he looked when he was younger — which at the same time illustrates how words have changed in the last ten years. The word change is due to right wing manipulation. That was one of the best educational comedy pieces I’ve seen. He hooked his audience with sex and then went to the real story. Jon could teach journalists a thing or two — ha — he does teach news critters how to do their jobs.

      • ecocatwoman says:

        Jon & his writing staff are the best in the business. I especially liked the interspersing of Romney comments with the Fox commentators. He shows the wingnuts for the fools/nutjobs they truly are.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    The Canadian body parts suspect once dated Karla Homolka.

    Police also confirmed that the suspect at large in the gruesome murder and dismemberment once dated notorious sex killer Karla Homolka, though in 2007 Magnotta denied he dated the notorious sex killer.

  6. ecocatwoman says:

    Got this link from my friend, Cindy Hewitt (fellow cat rescuer – incredibly intelligent & articulate too ). She appeared on Politics Nation talking about her first hand experience with Bain Capital when she worked at Dade Behring: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755884/#47622388