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First claim: In an interview to be with CBS', Charles Cullen at first says he thought he was helping people by ending their suffering.

First claim: In an interview, Charles Cullen at first says he thought he was helping people by ending their suffering.

The Tainted Kidney

Charles Edmund Cullen (born February 22, 1960) is a former nurse who is the most prolific serial killer in New Jersey history and is suspected to be the most prolific serial killer in American history. He confessed to authorities that he killed up to 40 patients during the course of his 16-year nursing career. But in subsequent interviews with police, psychiatric professionals, and journalists Charles Graeber and Steve Kroft, it became clear that he had killed many more, whom he could not specifically remember by name, though he could often remember details of their case. Experts have estimated that Charles Cullen may ultimately be responsible for over 300 deaths, which would make him the most prolific serial killer in American history

Cullen, is serving eighteen consecutive life sentences in a New Jersey penitentiary. Behind bars, he can no longer take life, yet he’s found a way to give it—in the form of an organ transplant. But no one wants to give him the chance to play God again.

The Angel of Death looks sleepy. His face shows nothing. His eyes are closed. Charles Cullen sits motionless in the wooden defendant’s chair of the Somerset County Courthouse as, hour after hour, his victims’ families take the stand. They read poems and show photographs, they weep and yell. If Cullen hears them, he doesn’t say; he never does. During his years in custody, Cullen has never apologized or made excuses. He has never issued a statement, offered a public word, never faced the families of his victims. In fact, the only reason he’s in court today is because he wants to give away one of his kidneys.

To that end, he has cut a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to appear at his sentencing on the condition that he be allowed to donate an organ to the dying relative of a former girlfriend. To many of the families of his victims, this deal is a personal insult—the man in shackles still calling the shots, the serial-killer nurse wanting to control the fate of yet another human life. But for the families of his New Jersey victims, this is the first and last chance to confront Charles Cullen. So they are here, and they are angry.

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Widespread panic followed the Halloween broadcast. This New Jersey, man stands ready to ward off the Martian attack. William Dock, 76 years old, waiting for the Martians in Grover Mills after hearing Orson Welles "End of the World". Radio 1938, Martian Attack, War of the Worlds- BETTMANN / CORBIS.

Widespread panic followed the Halloween broadcast. This New Jersey, man stands ready to ward off the Martian attack. William Dock, 76 years old, waiting for the Martians in Grover Mills after hearing Orson Welles “End of the World”. Radio 1938, Martian Attack, War of the Worlds- BETTMANN / CORBIS.

The Men from Mars

The Infamous “War of the Worlds” Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Fluke. Orson Welles and his colleagues scrambled to pull together the show; they ended up writing pop culture history.

On the evening of October 30, 1938, the audience listening to CBS Radio were told they were going to be treated to the music of Ramon Raquello and his orchestra, broadcast live from the Meridian Room at the Park Plaza in New York City. The performance began, but mere minutes into it a reporter from Intercontinental Radio News interrupted to deliver an important announcement. Astronomers had just detected enormous blue flames shooting up from the surface of Mars.

The broadcast returned to the music of Ramon Raquello, but soon it was interrupted again with more news. Now a strange meteor had fallen to earth, impacting violently on a farm near Grovers Mill, New Jersey. A reporter was soon on hand to describe the eerie scene around the meteor crater, and the broadcast switched over to continuous coverage of this rapidly unfolding event.

To the dismay of the terrified radio audience, the events around the Grovers Mill meteor crater rapidly escalated from the merely strange to the positively ominous. It turned out that the meteor was not a meteor. It was, in fact, a spaceship, out of which a tentacled creature, presumably a Martian, emerged and blasted the onlookers with a deadly heat-ray.

The Martian sunk back into the crater, but re-emerged soon afterwards housed inside a gigantic, three-legged death machine. The Martian quickly disposed of 7,000 armed soldiers surrounding the crater, and then it began marching across the landscape, joined by other Martians. The Martian invaders blasted people and communication lines with their heat-rays, while simultaneously releasing a toxic black gas against which gas masks proved useless.

Believing that the nation had been invaded by Martians, many listeners panicked. Some people loaded blankets and supplies in their cars and prepared to flee. One mother in New England reportedly packed her babies and lots of bread into a car, figuring that “if everything is burning, you can’t eat money, but you can eat bread.” Other people hid in cellars, hoping that the poisonous gas would blow over them. One college senior drove forty-five miles at breakneck speed in a valiant attempt to save his girlfriend.

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Paul Fronczak of Henderson, Nev., looks over documents of his case from his home. (Martin S. Fuentes/For Sun-Times Media)

Photo: ABC News. Paul Fronczak in an ABC interview.

50-Year-Old Mystery

The story of Paul Fronczak involves two mysteries. First, what happened to the real Paul Fronczak, a newborn baby stolen from a hospital in 1964, and second, who is the mystery man in Henderson who, for 50 years, believed that he was Paul Fronczak?

On July 2, 1965, an abandoned male toddler was found in a stroller in front of a store in Newark, New Jersey. Investigators came to believe that the boy was Paul Fronczak, a newborn infant who had been abducted from a Chicago hospital in August 1964.

Paul was reunited with his parents, who raised him as their son. However, as he got older, Paul noticed that he bore no resemblance to the rest of his family, and he began to believe that a case of mistaken identity might have occurred. In 2012, DNA testing confirmed that he had no biological connection with his family and was not actually Paul Fronczak. Three years later, “Paul” finally uncovered his true identity, and believe it or not, it only opened the door to another strange mystery.

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., 20-month-old son of the famous aviator and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was kidnapped about 9:00 p.m., on March 1, 1932, from the nursery on the second floor of the Lindbergh home near Hopewell, New Jersey.

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Chris Christie’s presidential hopes are dead

Chris Christie’s presidential hopes are stuffed, there is little chance he will gain the Republican nomination after moving to introduce tougher gun control laws.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s (R) administration is proposing more gun control in the form of “security requirements” for firearm retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers–and employees of the same–in the state.

The proposals originated with the State Police and are the result of “several thefts and lapses in oversight…that led to at least one death” during the past 10 years.   Read more »

I wonder if Labour will take note of this

Labour launched their free…oh wait no they aren’t free, they are loans…for ipads or laptops in schools.

They would have you believe that this is a world first and they are so cool with the kids and innovative.

Unfortunately other countries got their first and now they are back peddling at 100 miles an hour because the policies are stupid, and don’t work.

One school district in Hoboken, New Jersey has decided to abandon its one-to-one laptop program for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Ultimately, the Hoboken School District decided the scheme was more trouble than it was worth—even when supported by federal grants.

“We had the money to buy them, but maybe not the best implementation,” said Mark Toback, the current superintendent of the Hoboken School District, told The Hechinger Report. “It became unsustainable.”

The district is now going through the process of identifying the remaining laptops and seeking a bid for their destruction. District officials did not immediately respond to an Ars request for comment (Ars has filed a public records request to learn more).   Read more »

No one cares about Christie’s Bridgegate

The leftwing and the media are all trying desperately to hurt Chris Christie over his so-called bridgegate but it appears no one give a toss.

Pew poll from this week found the public paid little attention to Christie’s Bridgegate—less than the polar vortex (which was, after all, truly nation-wide) or even the Washington debate over unemployment benefits and the jobless rate. Meanwhile, national opinion of the governor has barely budged.

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Chris Christie not longer a huge fat bastard

You can always tell when a politician is about to make a serious bid for a top spot…they lose weight, get laser surgery for their eyes and wear better clothes.

Chris Christie was a massive fat bastard…and now he is shedding kilos…fast. In the video on the link you can clearly see his clothes are hanging looser on him. He is still big, but is losing weight.

On top of that he is combative and calls a spade a f**king shovel.

Watch Chris Christie work the crowds at the Jersey shore, and he may look like your typical glad-handing politician. But the New Jersey governor would be the first to tell you — proudly — there’s nothing typical about him.

“I’ll tell you what I think most American politicians sound like — and more important, what I think what citizens think, remember Charlie Brown’s teacher? Wah, wah, wah, wah. It all sounds the same, and you can’t really understand what it is? No one says that about me. Nobody says that about me.”    Read more »

Rift? What Rift? Rand Paul makes a good play

The media are beating up a supposed spat between Chris Christie and Rand Paul.

Well, that was a splendid little war.

Over the past week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took the GOP’s intraparty bickering to a new level, openly savaging each other on issues of national security, privacy and government spending. When Christie wasn’t challenging Paul to explain himself to the families of Sept. 11 victims, Paul was accusing Christie of demanding federal handouts for hurricane relief and, in an obvious double entendre, labeling the Garden Stater the “king of bacon.”

Both men stepped back from the brink of nuclear-level confrontation on Wednesday, as Paul told a New Hampshire radio station that while Christie started the fight, he’d be glad to “ratchet it down.” Christie dismissed Paul’s barbs as “juvenile” in his own radio appearance.

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What happens when you stand on principle

This is what happens when you stand on principle and refuse to budge when confronted with rowdy special interest groups:

Seven-in-ten voters approve of the job New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is doing in a new poll released on Tuesday, and the Republican incumbent continues to lead Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono by 35 points in his November reelection bid — leading the director of the Quinnipiac poll to say Christie’s poll numbers have settled at a “now-routine astronomical level” following his performance during Hurricane Sandy last year.

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, conducted March 19-24, 70 percent of voters approve of the way Christie is handling his job as governor, down a tick from the 74-percent rating he earned in two polls earlier this year. Just 23 percent disapprove of Christie, roughly equivalent to his performance in the three other polls since Sandy.  Read more »