Posts tagged Here's to Crime
Posts tagged Here's to Crime
“Welcome to the shrine of Santa Muerte (Holy Death). Every day hundreds of people flock to the gritty Tepito neighborhood in Mexico City’s colonial center to ask Santa Muerte—also known as La Niña Blanca (The White Girl)—for health, wealth, prosperity and happiness. Though traditional Roman Catholicism is still by far the dominant religion in Mexico, the Santa Muerte is the fastest growing belief system in the country. It boasts between 5 million and 10 million followers, and even more if you count Mexican immigrants in the United States. The Santa Muerte has become so popular that Holy Death paraphernalia now outsell those of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s traditional Catholic patron saint.
Not everyone is happy … In recent years, Catholic priests claim that exorcisms are sharply on the rise in Mexico due to the “satanic” cult of Santa Muerte. Officially sanctioned exorcists complain they can barely handle the number of demonic possessions. Several years ago in Soriano, a town just north of Mexico City, local priests even inaugurated a chapel specifically aimed at banishing dark forces.
There is, however, a certain link between Mexico’s violent drug cartels and Holy Death. Altars devoted to her have frequently been found in the houses of drug smugglers and hit men, who pray to her for success."
The arrest last year of eight people charged with murdering two children and a woman in the course of Holy Death worship served to confirm that the Niña Blanca (White Girl), as she is sometimes known, can be invoked in dreadful ways.
National Geographic in 2013. The super-popular death cult’s old news, even… I’m so 2000-and-late, and death cults are so 2008…? Here’s the FBI talking about it: “This rise in deviant spirituality has not come as a surprise.” They mention other competing systems even: “evidence suggests that the numbers of defections to the cults that worship a perverted Christian god (e.g., La Familia Michoacana and Los Caballeros Templarios) and the various unsanctioned saints (e.g., Jesús Malverde, Juan Soldado, and Santa Muerte) have grown for years.”
The revived online black market Silk Road says hackers took advantage of an ongoing Bitcoin glitch to steal $2.7 million from its customers.
The underground website’s anonymous administrator told users Thursday evening that attackers had made off with all of the funds it held in escrow. Silk Road serves as a middleman between buyers and sellers, temporarily holding on to funds in its own accounts during a deal. Buyers put their money into Silk Road’s accounts, and sellers withdraw it.
At the time of the attack, here were about 4,440 bitcoins in Silk Road’s escrow account, according to computer security researcher Nicholas Weaver.
Max Wade was arrested for stealing television personality Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini a few years ago, had to go through a trial for the theft and then was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison only a few weeks ago. Though this story might seem finished, court evidence has been released revealing how this 16-year-old burglar managed to pull off this Lamborghini theft. It turns out he did a lot of planning and came up with an incredible plan.
New details on the Guy Fieri teen super-thief: he googled “mission impossible style rappelling" to learn how to steal Guy Fieri’s car! Also, he was going to sell Guy Fieri’s car to the Dominican Republic using his alias "Carmine Leone Colombo." If only there weren’t for the whole “he’s an attempted murderer and suspect in another murder of an old woman he’s pretty murder-ish and also maybe a white supremacist" thing… (See also)
"This game of Yu-Gi-Oh … just got serious." <Puts on sunglasses; pounding rock music begins to play; shot of ostriches running on a beach, women being sprayed with beer by mischievous clergymen>.
Having a long night; coughing real bad; don’t think I’m going to make it— anyways, reading this article with a headline “Police recover puppy intended for cancer-stricken child" thinking it’d be light, beach reading. Check this out: "The pug was supposed to be a Christmas present from a Riverside woman, who had heard about the child’s plight, authorities said. Shawna Hamon gave the dog to an acquaintance who promised to deliver the puppy to the girl in Sacramento. But the acquaintance kept the dog and allegedly hid the animal after she learned that Hamon had alerted law enforcement, according to the Riverside Police Department.”
The headline of this article should’ve been “Area Woman Bets on Child Cancer Winning Before Anyone Knows Better.” This is the darkest! Trying to steal a puppy from a child is already crazy sinister Tales from the Darkside dark— if the kid just had the flu, i’d want to cry. That is one dark-ass way to celebrate the Christmas season. Riverside! No, Riverside! I really feel like I got suckered into the story by the photo. That photo of the dog just chilling out is really deceptive— the photo should have been a photo of a crying mom, in a front of “welcome, new dog" banner. Everything is just awful!
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says investigators have recovered a digital video file that depicts Mayor Rob Ford and is “consistent with what had been previously described in various media reports.”
Chief Blair also announced that police had on Thursday taken into custody the mayor’s friend, Alexander Lisi, and charged him with extortion. Lisi will appear in court today.
The police chief said he was “disappointed” after viewing the video.
• Police chief Bill Blair says police have recovered video
• Says video is consistent with earlier media reports about Ford
• Ford friend and alleged drug dealer Alexander Lisi arrested for extortion
• Mayor screams at media, refuses to comment on court documents
• Ford in close contact with Lisi, calls many times a day, court document revealed
• City Hall staff said Lisi appeared to be mayor’s only close friend
“City Hall staff said Lisi appeared to be mayor’s only close friend”
Bob Wood— thanks! Okay, that makes more sense. I hadn’t heard this story:
The disheveled Wood [co-creator of the comic Crime Does Not Pay] rambled nervously in the back of the cab, at one point telling the driver, “I’m in terrible trouble. I’m going to get a couple of hours sleep and jump in the river.”
“What happened? Did you kill somebody?” the driver asked, jokingly.
“Yes, I killed a woman who was giving me a bad time in Room 91 of the Irving Hotel. Why don’t you call someone at a newspaper and make yourself a few dollars?”
Wood pled guilty to first degree manslaughter and served three years in prison. A year after his release, he was murdered by some former prison acquaintances over unpaid loans.