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Jennifer Hopper is speaking out and using music to heal after she and her partner Teresa Butz were both repeatedly raped and stabbed. Butz later died outside on the street. (SEATTLE TIMES/KOMONEWS.COM)

Jennifer Hopper is speaking out and using music to heal after she and her partner Teresa Butz were both repeatedly raped and stabbed. Butz later died outside on the street.

I Would Like You to Know My Name

How My Life Changed After That Night in South Park

This is Part Two of a two Part Story

Read:?Part One

My name is Jennifer Hopper, and I am the survivor of the South Park attacks of July 19, 2009.

My family calls me Jenny. My friends call me Jen. And my late partner, Teresa Butz, often called me J-Hop.

For the past two years, I have been known as “the surviving victim of the South Park rapes and murder,” or simply as “Butz’s partner.” And for the most part, I have been grateful for the protective bubble given to me by the media. But I am now ready to be known in a new way.

At first, I was afraid to be known more fully. Over time, it became more about protecting my professional life. Most recently, I felt that revealing my identity might somehow cloud the focus of the trial of Isaiah Kalebu, the man who was found guilty of entering uninvited, as we slept, into the home that Teresa and I shared in South Park, where he raped us, murdered Teresa, and attempted to murder me.

It didn’t matter who I was, I thought as I went through this process. I was known by name to my family and my friends, but anonymous to the general public, and that was fine. The only thing that mattered was what had happened. Who was lost.

Today, at 38, I find myself craving to have my identity back.

I am prepared to have my name enter the public realm. I know this may be naive, but I believe I should be able to be fine in my professional life?my whole life, really?and have it be known that this happened to me. In fact, having learned how to survive this may even have made me stronger and more able to manage the normal, workaday ups and downs.

Mostly, I no longer want to give off the impression that I’m afraid to be known, or that I might be ashamed of anything that happened that night.

I am not afraid. I am not ashamed.

I am still here. And I will still be here long after Kalebu is sentenced. I realize that interest in this crime and its consequences will probably fade after he’s sent to prison, and before that occurs I want to use what interest remains to say a few things.

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Teresa Ann Butz. Memories of Teresa are indeed locked into our hearts forever. And what we find truly incredible is that now, even those who didn?t get to know her while she was alive are getting a chance to know who she was, and how she affected those who loved her.

Teresa Ann Butz. Memories of Teresa are indeed locked into our hearts forever. And what we find truly incredible is that now, even those who didn?t get to know her while she was alive are getting a chance to know who she was, and how she affected those who loved her.

The Bravest Woman in Seattle

For Herself, For The Woman She Loved, and For Justice, The Survivor of A South Park Attack Tells a Courtroom What Happened That Night


The prosecutor wanted to know about window coverings. He asked: Which windows in the house on South Rose Street, the house where you woke up to him standing over you with a knife that night?which windows had curtains that blocked out the rest of the world and which did not?

She answered the prosecutor’s questions, pointing to a map of the small South Park home she used to share with her partner, Teresa Butz, a downtown Seattle property manager. When the two of them lived in this house, it was red, a bit run-down, much loved, filled with their lives together, typical of the neighborhood. Now it was a two-dimensional schematic, State’s Exhibit 2, set on an easel next to the witness stand. She narrated with a red laser pointer for the prosecutor and the jury: These windows had curtains that couldn’t be seen through. These windows had just a sheer fabric.

Would your silhouettes have been visible through that sheer fabric at night?

Probably. She didn’t know for sure. When she and her partner lived in the house, she noted, “I didn’t spend a lot of time staring in my own windows.”

Everyone in the courtroom laughed a small laugh?a laugh of nervous relief, because here was a woman testifying about her own rape, and the rape and murder of her partner, and yet she was smiling at the current line of questioning, at the weird perceptual cul-de-sac to which it led. She appeared to understand why people might need to hear these answers, though. What happened to her and Butz in that house in the early morning hours of July 19, 2009, is hard to comprehend. A juror, in order to ease into the reality of what occurred, might first need to imagine how the man picked these two women. At least, then, there’d be some sort of arc to the story.

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I think I might have to get me some of these


I am starting to amass a small collection of Whale related items…I saw these on Boing Boing…I might just have to get some. I don’t think there is an Orca knife though.

These whale-shaped Kujira knives were created by Japanese blacksmith Toru Yamashita, who was asked to make a knife for children to sharpen pencils with. The result is a slightly blunt, kid-friendly tool that’s whimsical, hand-forged and gorgeous. And as Core77’s Kat Bauman?points out, US residents can get this shipped in time for Christmas from Hand Eye Supply if they?order by noon?


A proper HTFU wristband


You may have seen hipster types out there with little rubber wristbands with some sort of gay “life” statement or something. Apparently these are meant to show your support for some cause or another…that you are “doing” something meaningful.

Hipsters also like bits of colours string and other ratty accoutrements as well.


What proper blokes need is a real hard core HTFU wristband.? Read more »

It already is illegal, no need for new laws

Don’t you just love people who demand action and a new law when laws already exist, supposedly,?to stop things like this happening:

The father of a Christchurch man who was stabbed in the head at a party says the calm demeanour of a police officer helped saved his son.

Police received multiple calls early yesterday morning about trouble brewing at a party on Flockton St.

They arrived to find a 20-year-old man had been stabbed in the head and was being supported by his father and friends.

The man underwent surgery yesterday to have the knife’s nine centimetre blade removed and was in a stable condition in Christchurch Hospital today.? Read more »


Where are the people calling for bans on knives?

22 school children have been seriously injured…in China…with a knife.

A knife-wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central?China?as students were arriving for classes, police say, the latest in a series of attacks at Chinese schools and kindergartens.

The attack in the Henan province village of Chengping happened shortly before 8am local time on Friday, said a police officer from Guangshan county, where the village is located.

Min Yingjun, a 36-year-old villager, was taken into police custody, said the officer, who declined to give her name, as is customary among Chinese civil servants.

A Guangshan county hospital administrator said the man first attacked an elderly woman, then pupils, before security guards subdued him. Guards have been posted across China following a spate of school attacks in recent years. The administrator said there were no deaths among the nine children admitted, although two who were badly injured had been transferred to better-equipped hospitals outside the county.

Where are the calls for all metal knives to be banned…who really needs a metal knife these days, surely we can cope with plastic cutlery…after all everyone who flies on planes these days manages…there is?simply?no need in modern society for metal knives much less things with sharp?edges?..people can use those sharp edges to do terrible things. Either ban knives outright or mandate that they are all blunt knives.

It has happened before in China…and still no world wide call for knife bans.

a string of similar assaults against schoolchildren in 2010 that killed nearly 20 and wounded more than 50. The most recent such attack took place in August, when a knife-wielding man broke into a middle school in the southern city of Nanchang and stabbed two students before fleeing.



Gift Ideas, Ctd

One of those rare times a bloke doesn’t mind a 2nd hand gift. ? Problem is, do you keep it in the cutlery drawer or in the tool chest?

by Logan Pearce, via Deviantart

Some good Pommy Judges

? The Telegraph

Maybe we could do an exchange and get some of our wet, crim hugging judges over there.

A businessman arrested on suspicion of murder after he stabbed a burglar to death was backed by a judge yesterday who said ?it is natural to put up a fight??.

Vincent Cooke, 39, was held after Raymond Jacob, 37, suffered knife wounds after he broke into Mr Cooke?s home in Bramhall, near Stockport, Greater Manchester, last September. Jacob held a knife to Mr Cooke?s throat and forced him to go to the study and kitchen in a search for jewellery and cash. When Mr Cooke?s wife Karen, 34, and son Anthony, 12, returned home, Mr Cooke seized a carving knife and repeatedly stabbed Jacob.

Mr Cooke, who said he acted in lawful self-defence, was questioned for 12 hours and released without charge. He was kept on bail for almost a month until he was told he would not be charged.

Jacob?s accomplice, Michael Thorpe, 33, of Heald Green, Manchester, was jailed for 10 years at Minshull Street Crown Court after admitting aggravated burglary.

The judge told Thorpe: ?For anyone who lends themselves to an enterprise of this nature, it would be perfectly obvious that you would scare the victim with a knife by brandishing it and it was foreseeable that it might be used.

?It is natural to put up a fight, that is what happened in the kitchen, the complainant came upon a knife, not surprisingly in the kitchen, and sought to defend himself and his property and it was after that struggle between the two men that your accomplice was stabbed.??

Foolishness over knives

It is no surprise that FIGJAM Power is behind moves to make it harder for law abiding citizen to have access to knives. I say law-abiding because that is who will be affected by his proposed silly new laws covering knives. It is just leading to more dis-arming of the population, all the while the gangs, criminals and Police are massively armed.

Criminals, the ones FIGJAM likes to cuddle, being part of the liberal elite, simply don’t follow laws, that is why they are criminals. His inane law-making will fall on deaf ears.

Suggestions querying as to why a 15 year old would want a knife are just silly. My kids are 14 and 12 this month and I have bought them knives, sharp ones, multiple ones. For them they are tools, utility tools for when we go camping and hunting. they have a pocket knife for small chores, a folding knife for tougher chores and a little recreational whittling and sheath knives for skinning and gutting deer. They sure as hell don’t take them to school, they know how to use them for what they were intended and look after them appropriately with oil, sharpening and care.

Justice Minister Simon Power announced yesterday proposals to help deal with a rise in knife-carrying. These included increasing the sentence for possessing an offensive weapon from two to three years and a voluntary accord with knife sellers to help restrict sales to teenagers.

But he stopped short of a ban on sales to younger teenagers, such as that in Britain and some Australian states, saying it would be impractical.

Those changes will stop not one criminal from carrying a knife with intent to injure. Worse still are the daft Principals Association who want to go even further.

School principals say measures should be put in place to make it difficult for teenagers to buy knives, similar to rules restricting the purchase of spraycans.

The Principals Association welcomed moves to help them search pupils for weapons.

In the real world there are some deluded people who think that because someone is a teacher they are smart. unfortunately the Principals Association shows proof positive that such a belief is wrong-headed. To think that restrictions on purchasing knives would somehow stop some-one from obtaining a knife when they really want to carry one just show a disassociation with reality.

For the final joke on the fuss over knives, the penalties are already higher than the penalties for breaching name suppression, a crime that” cuts to the core of our justice system”. Raising them further just highlights the stupidity of our name suppression laws, laws that FIGJAM is currently reviewing. Gee I can’t hardly wait till his pronouncement on that.


Petricevic charged

Finance duo charged – 22 Jun 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

This story will bring a smile to the face of me old mate Adolf.

Rod Petricevic and Rob Roest are facing charges laid in the Auckland District Court for alleged breaches of the Companies Act and Securities Act, while overseeing the biggest finance company collapse in New Zealand history.

Good bloody job, next one to go before the beak will surely be Mark Briers.

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