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Elizabeth Short was known by various names: "Betty" (or "Bette"), "Beth" and, at least to some of her friends, "The Black Dahlia."

Elizabeth Short was known by various names: “Betty” (or “Bette”), “Beth” and, at least to some of her friends, “The Black Dahlia.”

She Was A Good Girl

She Was A Good Girl!

Phoebe Short

After identifying the remains of her daughter, Elizabeth (“Betty”) Short

Los Angeles, California

Jan. 15, 1947: The mutilated remains of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short are found in Los Angeles. Her murder remains unsolved.

There’s never been a shortage of suspects in the Black Dahlia murder — but police have never been able to pin the crime on any of them.

After the mutilated body of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short — cut in half at the waist and drained of blood — was found in a vacant Los Angeles lot on this day, Jan. 15, in 1947, dozens of people confessed to killing the woman who newspapers dubbed “the Black Dahlia.”

It became the most sensational murder story in a city rife with sensational murders, and fame-seekers all over town wanted to play a part. Over the years, the number of people claiming responsibility grew to hundreds, most of whom detectives ruled out almost immediately.

One promising admission came a few weeks after the murder, from an Army corporal who said he had been drinking with Short in San Francisco a few days before her body was discovered — then blacked out, with no memory of his activity until he came to again in a cab outside New York’s Penn Station. (Short, an aspiring movie star, had a fondness for servicemen, according to The Black Dahlia, the James Ellroy novel based on her murder.)

Asked if he thought he had committed the murder, the corporal said yes, and became a prime suspect until evidence emerged that he had actually been on his military base the day of Short’s death.

Then there was the woman who became convinced — in 1991, after therapy chipped away at 40-year-old repressed memories — that her late father was the murderer. Police dug up the yard of her childhood home, where she believed they’d find his weapons or the remains of other victims. They did find a rusty knife, farm tools, and costume jewelry — but no evidence to tie him to the Black Dahlia case or any other murders.

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Joshua A. Miele, here in Berkeley, Calif., was 4 when a next-door neighbor came to the gate of his family’s home in Brooklyn and tossed sulfuric acid into his face, blinding him. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times.

Joshua A. Miele, here in Berkeley, Calif., was 4 when a next-door neighbor came to the gate of his family’s home in Brooklyn and tossed sulfuric acid into his face, blinding him. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times.

Joshua Miele‘s Sight Was Stolen From Him When He Was A Child

Forty Something Years Later, He’s Giving the Blind a Bright Future

A neighbourhood boy remembers hearing of a little boy blinded by a schizophrenic man who threw acid on him at the age of 4. Decades later he looks up the man that little boy has become and writes an article about him.

The subject of the article, Josh Miele, is the President of the LightHouse Board. In addition to heading the LightHouse with leadership and vision, Josh is an associate scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, where he has partnered with the LightHouse to create tactile-Braille maps of every station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART). The New York Times called the maps, “exquisite things with raised lines of plastic and Braille labels. They elegantly lay out information that can be heard by using an audio smart pen”.

On an October afternoon 43 years ago, on a beautiful block in Park Slope, Brooklyn, a crime occurred in a split second that was as permanent as it was cruel. Grown-ups tried to make sense of it, even use it as a cautionary tale for their children, but in the end, many just put it out of their minds. How could they not? It was just too awful, its lessons too hard to fathom.

The victim was named Josh Miele. He was 4. On that day, Oct. 5, 1973, he was playing in the backyard of his family’s house on President Street while his mother, Isabella, cooked in the kitchen. The doorbell rang, and Josh sprinted to get it.

Standing on the other side of the heavy iron gate beneath the stoop was Basilio Bousa, 24, who lived next door. Josh unlocked it. Then he slipped his two feet into the gate’s lowest rung and grabbed hold with his hands so his weight would pull it open. But Basilio just stood there. Basilio didn’t move or speak. So Josh stepped out, into the open. And then, he couldn’t see. He didn’t know why. He felt around with his hands, grasping for the walls. He forced his eyes open and glimpsed the wood paneling in the vestibule. It was the last thing he ever saw.

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From left, prosecutor Earl (sometimes spelled Earle) Redwine, Loyal Kelley, A.H. de Tremaudan (sometimes spelled Tremandon), J. McKinley Cameron, David Sokol, Gordon Northcott and Norbert Savay. (Los Angeles Times file photo).

From left, prosecutor Earl (sometimes spelled Earle) Redwine, Loyal Kelley, A.H. de Tremaudan (sometimes spelled Tremandon), J. McKinley Cameron, David Sokol, Gordon Northcott and Norbert Savay. (Los Angeles Times file photo).

Road Out of Hell

And you wonder: How the hell did this guy go on to be a loving father and grandfather? How did he bury all that crap?

That’s a story in itself.

As a child of thirteen, Sanford Clark was sent from his home in Canada to live with his uncle, Gordon Stewart Northcott, on a chicken ranch in Wineville, California. It was there that Sanford discovered that his uncle was evil and a rapist and murderer.

During the two years that Sanford was held captive at the murder ranch in the late 1920s, he endured psychological and sexual torture and terrible beatings. Kept in a battered and dazed condition, Sanford was forced to participate in the murders of three young boys and to dispose of the other victims’ bodies according to Northcott’s instructions.

Ultimately, this is a story of redemption. Sanford Clark was exonerated of responsibility for his forced role in the crimes due to what is now known as Stockholm syndrome. This was just a regular young boy who had the misfortune of being captured by an evil being. That evil rained down upon him day and night for two years, in what was for him nothing less than a personal holocaust.

The thing that captured my utter fascination was the question of how young Sanford was able to live with the horrors in his memory for the next sixty-three years. And then there is the fact that in spite of his inner life, he won over everyone who got to know him, including people who knew him intimately over many years.

From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His thirteen- year-old nephew, Sanford Clark, was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Forced to take part in the murders, Sanford carried tremendous guilt all his life. Yet despite his youth and the trauma, he helped gain some justice for the dead and their families by testifying at Northcott’s trial-which led to his conviction and execution. It was a shocking story, but perhaps the most shocking part of all is the extraordinarily ordinary life Sanford went on to live as a decorated WWII vet, a devoted husband of 55 years, a loving father, and a productive citizen.

Jerry Clark, (Sanford’s son) 17, was on his way to a hockey game when his father, Sanford, pulled the car over and revealed a shocking past.

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For his last year in office Obama is going to try to sell even more guns

The World’s Greatest Gun Salesman is going to go for the record…his own record in his final year in power.

President Obama said Friday that he would meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday “to discuss our options” on executive action for stricter gun regulation.

The president said in his weekly radio address that his New Year’s resolution is “to move forward on our unfinished business as much as I can.” He asked citizens to help him fight an “epidemic of gun violence” and a “gun lobby [that] is loud and well organized.”

“I get too many letters from parents and teachers and kids to sit around and do nothing,” Obama said. “I get letters from responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time these tragedies happen.”   Read more »

Media party excuse #4573 for terrorism: ‘Postpartum Psychosis’

I’ve heard it all now.

The Media Party are trying to explain away the terrorist attack in San Bernadino, California without mentioning the dreaded Islam word.

The latest excuse is post-natal depression…no I’m not kidding.

Newsbusters reports perhaps the desperate leftist media’s most ludicrous explanation yet for the Islamic terror attack in San Bernardino Wednesday that left 14 dead: postpartum psychosis.

CNN anchor Erin Burnett, interviewing a pair of former FBI agents about the radicalization of Tashfeen Malik, the female half of the murdering couple who both went down in a shootout with cops, struggled to come up with some explanation, any explanation that might keep the left’s narrative afloat in the face of stubborn facts.

Newsbusters helpfully provides the transcript of the relevant portion of Burnett’s discussion with the FBI’s former profiler Jim Clemente and former special agent Robert Chacon:

BURNETT: And she’s the mother of a six- month-old. It’s unnatural for her to do what she did. I mean, what could explain that, to leave a new baby, drop it off with someone else in the morning and then go, knowing that you would at the least never see that baby again?   Read more »

I’m perplexed…why no joint statement on California from Devoy and FIANZ?

I am really confused.

Within hours of the tragedy in Paris we saw Susan Devoy in conjunction with her Islamic friends rush to press with a statement telling us all not to pick on Muslims because a Muslim jihadist group slaughtered “innocents” in Paris.

But we have complete and utter silence over the massacre of a bunch of handicapped Christians who were having a ‘holiday’ party, by a couple of nutter Islamists.

This was her statement about Paris:

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand issued a joint statement tonight with the NZ Human Rights Commission in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon.

“We stand alongside all innocent victims of terrorism in peace, solidarity and humanity,” said Hazim Arafeh, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand.   Read more »

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Photo: Stanford Prison Experiment.

Photo: Stanford Prison Experiment.

Stanford Prison Experiment

In one of the most notorious ethically questionable studies in history, Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo had volunteers pretend to be prisoners or guards. The experiment was designed to last for two weeks, but it was halted after just six days, when the guards became increasingly hostile and the prisoners rebelled, acted out, or became passive and withdrawn.

The experiment showed how prisons quickly dehumanize people, and how good-natured people can be turned evil in a short period of time.

The aim of the study was to investigate the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The researchers wanted to investigate how readily people would conform to the roles of guard and prisoner in a role-playing exercise that simulated prison life. Zimbardo (1973) was interested in finding out whether the brutality reported among guards in American prisons was due to the sadistic personalities of the guards or had more to do with the prison environment.

The experiment also answers the question, “What happens when you put good people in an evil place” – does humanity win over evil or is it the other way around? Are some people inherently evil or they become evil due to the circumstances?

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New Zealand is dragging the chain on euthanasia

The lack of courage of NZ politicians is showing, especially David Cunliffe who spiked Maryan Street’s bill, Maryan Street for not standing up to him and Iain Lees-Galloway and Andrew Little for not wanting to push it through.

Add to that the cowardice of John Key who would rather push to change the flag rather than something that will help many.

California has become the fifth US state to allow terminally ill patients to seek a doctor’s help to end their lives after the governor signed a controversial bill.

Governor Jerry Brown, in a statement on Monday (local time), said he consulted members of the Catholic Church, which is opposed to the measure, as well as physicians before making the decision.

“In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” said the 77-year-old governor, who as a young man studied to enter the priesthood.

“I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain,” Brown said.   Read more »

Monsanto has a wee problem

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Oh dear, here’s a headline no company wants to see Monsanto Stunned – California Confirms ‘Roundup’ Will Be Labelled “Cancer Causing”.

“California just dealt Monsanto a blow as the state’s Environmental Protection Agency will now list glyphosate – the toxic main ingredient in the U.S.’ best-selling weedkiller, Roundup – as known to cause cancer.”

This will have the lawyers and lobbyists all fired up.   Read more »

The only thing worse than plague is squirrels with plague

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Not a plague of squirrels either…squirrels with plague…it must be the end times.

A second Yosemite National Park campground will be shut down for five days after a pair of dead squirrels were found to be infected with the plague, US park and public health officials say.

The closure of Tuolumne Meadows Campground comes a week after a child who camped elsewhere in Yosemite, one of America’s top tourist destinations, was hospitalised with the disease.

The case marked the first time a human was known to be infected with the centuries-old scourge, which is carried by rodents and the fleas that live on them, in California since 2006.

The campground will be closed from Monday through Friday of next week based on “new evidence of plague activity in animals,” Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, said.    Read more »