Can we stop with these exorcisms? First it was the Walmart Parking lots and now it’s on a remote sandy beach, but parents thinking they can “release their child’s demons” seems like one part mental illness and another part over-active imagination.
Kimberly Felder took her eleven year old daughter to a remote beach (Centerville, CA) and proceeded to strip her, bite her, beat her with drift wood, and push sand into every orifice on her face. She was trying to rid the girl o her ‘demons’. Authorities say that in all likelihood she would have killed her daughter had it not been for a Good Samaritan who inserted himself into the situation.
John Marciel (pictured above) happened to witness the commotion and literally grappled with the mother, while on 911, to save the girl’s life. That my friends is being a hero. No matter how you slice it. According to the girl, several passer byes just ignore her screams for help, and they would have been morally responsible for her death.
I don’t think there’s much doubt in anyone who reads this story that Ms. Felder was out of her right mind. No sane person would act this way. There are several stories like this one that suggest some form of mental illness in play. But assuredly there were tell-tale signs to others before this event happened. How could it have been prevented?
Setting someone on fire because you have a score to settle, while sounding horrific, has become all too common place in domestic situations. I can think of a handful of stories over the course of the last couple of years that attest to that fact.
Matthew Davey, of Tasmania, Australia, committed grievous harm to his fiancé, Nicole Evans, when after an argument on March 24th, he doused her with an accelerant and set her alight. In committing this crime he managed to burn his own hands, but that is a trivial injury, when compared to the burns that cover over 50% of Evans’ body and the fact that she clings to life.
Evans is currently being treated at a hospital in Melbourne after being air lifted from Hobart to the more advance facility. If she is to survive this horrific incident, she will be subject to a long and arduous road to recovery.
Davey has been charged with Grievous Bodily Harm, in addition to a separate assault charge from April 2nd.
Again, I have said this before, and it seems fitting again to mention, that man’s ego can hardly handle rejection. When some men are rejected or scorned, they want to destroy what is beautiful. I do not know the circumstances of the argument, but I can wager a conjecture.
My prayers go out to Miss Evans and her family. You can donate to her recovery at this GoFundMe page.
As we are all painfully aware people will commit heinous crimes for no reason ala Steve Stephens. But as we have also come to know, people commit murder for the most inane reasons as well. This brings us to one Teresa Drum.
Teresa Drum was making a casserole dinner in late February, which evidentially wound up on the burnt side which in turn, drew the ire of her husband, Dennis Drum. Some heated words were exchanged about the dinner debacle, and in the end Mr. Drum ended up with a bullet wound in his forehead which lead to his untimely death.
Now, by her own admission Mrs. Drum had consumed seven beers during and around the time she made the dinner. And quite certainly, casseroles can burn, when cooks become innebriated. Another bi-product of consuming that much alcohol, is that people can get murdered, especially when guns get pulled.
Mrs. Drum attempted to say the husband took his own life In his ‘casserole rage’. Mr. Drum was found at the scene by police with a gun in his hand. But typically people don’t shoot themselves in the forehead during these episodes. She also sent a friend a picture of her deceased husband via text asking “What she should do?”. That picture she sent eleven minutes before the police arrived , unfortunately for her, showed no gun in his possession. She even proceeded to take a shower to clean herself before even calling police.
During the commission of dinner and the crime, two of the couple’s children were in the house, though they were not hurt.
Mrs. Drum is currently facing both a Homicide and Tampering charge.
I post a lot about stories that involve animals because it boggles my mind as to how someone can be so inhumane as to hurt and even go so far as to torture an animal. And so we one Terrence J. Clark, who in late February elected to take his mother’s Shih Tzu from the back of his car, place the dog in a plastic bag, and throw the animal in the apartment trash compactor. It wasn’t just enough for him to ‘hit-the-button-and-run’. No, he had to hit the compactor button 4 TIMES! (All of which is caught on surveillance tape).
After residents had heard the dog yelping from the compactor, they called the Fire Department for rescue. They were able to remove the pet and rush it to a local Veterinarian’s office, but dies four days later.
These stories are difficult to digest because animals cannot defend themselves against the depravity of mankind. What could the dog possible have done? What could the mother have done to prompt this reaction from her son?
Clark is being held for charges of Aggravated Animal Cruelty with $65,000 bond.
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Most of us have a fear of death and the unknown, when it’s our time to go we would like the comfort of our loved ones around us. Troymaine Johnson had no such comfort as he died…alone…in the woods in the outskirts of Atlanta. He essentially froze to death, around the 14th of March, reportedly some of the coldest days of the year. He was unable to warm himself or call for help, as he was paraplegic who was unable to use his legs and had only partial use of his arms.
How did he get there? Well, much remains unknown, but charged with murder is one Ruby Kate Koursey. She is the ex-girlfirend of Johnson who picked him up in her automobile under the pretext of going to the store. Instead, Koursey drove him to a campground, pushed him out of the car, and left him to die in sub-freezing temperatures.
The motive for this act of depravity is unclear and will likely come out in the trial . However, I want readers to contemplate how unusually cruel this act is. He was trapped in his body, and could not call for help. He died alone. The physical suffering by itself is hard to bear, but the mental one, makes it even more abhorrent.
What kind of argument can one have with their significant other that would cause a an to douse his wife with gasoline, set her a flame, and watch her burn to death? One would now have to ask one, Antonio Bargallo, of Schenectady, New York. He did this exact thing to th mother of his children, Elizabeth Gonzales.
There is a certain amount of barbarism that has to take place to burn another person to death, yet I don’t think these incidents are as uncommon as we would want to believe. I think this method of killing someone is a way to inflict maximum damage on someone, and the rationales are absolutely personal in nature.
Men, have big egos, and when those egos are wounded, some guys just lose it. They can’t take rejection or a criticism at all as it stains there machismo. It’s the ultimate offense to some. Perhaps I am reading something more into this than I should. Shit, perhaps this gruesome murder was over the time dinner was served. Murders have been the result of more inane things.
The reason should come soon as the investigation continues.
Oh! Where is the romance in it all? Where is the chivalry? Gone are the times when men would hold open the door for their dates, now we are in an era where men bludgeon their male companions to death, and then attempt to eat their penis in the aftermath. Yes…WAIT….WHAT?
Nope you read it right, 32 year old Jerry Pagan, killed 68 year old Richard Reed by using a few household items. He first bludgeoned him with a hammer. He then proceeded to stab him with a set of scissors. And finally, he decided to take a razor blade and mutilate the body of Richard Reed, by slicing off his penis.
When police came into Reed’s apartment, they found Pagan, with Reed’s body in the bathtub, and his penis laying on the floor.
When he was confronted by the police about the severed penis on the bathroom floor, he suggested that he was saving the appendage for a snack
Romance is indeed dead.
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