Monday, February 28, 2005

Dishing out the Punishment

I got the Punisher video game today ... in a lot of ways, it's a pretty generic shoot-'em-up, but it's got a healthy dose of that Frank Castle style. I've only been playing for a few hours and I've already used a drill press on a guy, jumped out of a coffin at a funeral with a machine gun, fed a guy to electric eels and shoved a thug into a crematorium.

So that's nice.

Say "Hello" to my little friend!


Tony fuckin' Montana Posted by Hello

I don't ask for much, do I? No, I don't. But I do ask for this Tony Montana talking action figure.

How fucking cool is that?

No "Smooth Criminals" allowed.

Michael Jackson, with his Roman hands and Russian fingers, is apperently in for a tough time with his trial judge, who used to be a drunk. I don't know what that has to do with anything, but, hey, now you know.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Best. Hacker. Ever.

A while back I argued that hackers weren't "sexy" enough to really become an iconic figure. Well, I'm happy to say that the T-Mobile Hacker is out there proving me wrong. I bet there's a hacker movie in development right now.

BTK

I guess I wouldn't be a very good crime blogger if I didn't point out that the cops arrested a suspect in the BTK killings. But you knew that already, didn't you?

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Bad taste and Columbine

Getting ready to attend the Evil Now Warped Minds True Crime Tour tonight, so it looks like my goal of getting away from murder for a while isn't going to pan out. In related news, here's one, make that two, examples of really bad taste.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Don't doubt my skills

A comment below questions the authenticity of the FBI Behavioral Analysis form I linked to below. Perhaps I should have noted that it's a transcript of official court documents. But don't think I don't do my research.

Reference here, here and here.

Even more on Scottish knife crime

Okay, okay, okay ... Maybe it really is a problem.

Deadwood's history

Here's a cool page on Deadwood that traces its historical roots. Thanks to Joe for the tip.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Published

The Crime Spree is proud to say that this article by a handsome journalist of our aquaintence is going to be published in a British book on the life of Tupac. More details to come.

Murder Overload

So, I put aside my WM3 research because I finally downloaded the psueso-snuff film that is Nine Inch Nail's Broken film before going out to grab a smoke, where I open up my porn history to the chapter on the Wonderland Murders and ... whoa! The Bookhouse Boy is on murder overload! From now on, this blog is about Chinese babies and kittens.

Okay, just kidding. But really, I may have to try to hunt up some fun crimes, like somebody selling the Brooklyn Bridge or something.

Now, that's a metaphor!

How big was John Holmes's penis? Just ask a fellow porn star:

"There is an orgy scene in Disco Dolls where I'm being blown by Lesllie Bovee, and John's being worked on by four people next to me. All of the sudden his dick popped over my head, and I looked up at it -- and it was like the opening shot of Star Wars."

From The Other Hollywood, link in the Bookhouse on the right.

How to get away with murder, part one

Some day I'd like to write a nonfiction book with that title ... not really a book about getting away with murder, but instead, a book on methoda cops use to catch people. A sort of "what not to do" book. Anyway, here's a series of questions that the FBI recommends that police ask folks, along with clues that they are looking for. For informational purposes only, of course.

Life after death row ...

From shanks to drugs to prison murder to death row to the Aryan Brotherhood, this article by my friend Malcom Gay has it all. Please read.

Boobs cause crime.

At least, so say some folks in Kansas. I dunno ... sounds like a low-rent Hooters to me. Is bad taste a crime?

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Men, please don't read this.

Okay, I warned you. Here's how to re-attach your penis if your evil, evil girlfriend cuts it off.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Daredevil and the WM3


WM3-based comic Posted by Hello

I just finished reading the first two issues of Daredevil: Redemption, a fictional recreation of the West Memphis 3 case, with Daredevil alter-ego Matt Murdock defending the fictional Damien Echols character.

It's important to remember that this is fictional, and therefore shouldn't be judged by the merits of the real case. On the other hand, that's pretty much impossible, as the authors use so many elements of the real case: a "forced confession" from a mentally challenged suspect (illustrated here by the suspect wanting to "please bargain" with the cops), one-dimensional rednecks as the bad guys, so forth. There's even a moment when one of the suspects informs Murdock that a murder weapon has been planted, saying "who would hide a murder weapon in their own back yard?," a direct allusion to the knife found in the pond behind Jason Baldwin's house.

And, of course, the coup-de-grace: a wife-and-child-beating parent to have as the real murderer.

It's a fun read, but it might make supporters blush a little bit. First off, if your massive conspiracy theory can be boiled down into comic book form, maybe it's not that good. Also, having Matt Murdock, a lawyer from New York City, as a stand-in for the reader points out something ugly about the supporters: their blue-state tendency to immdiately suspect the peckerwood father is just as prejudicial as other red-staters focusing on the heavy metal kids.

Monday, February 21, 2005

See if you are like me

Here's an easy test to see how much you resemble the Bookhouse Boy. First, go to EA Game's website for their Godfather video game. Watch the opening video. Then, check the level of urine in your underwear.

None: Why are you reading this?

A squirt: We could have a beer sometime.

Soaked: Welcome home, friend.

Get the lead out.

Want to stop kids from growing up violent? Stop filling them up with leaded.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

R.I.P.

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, 67

For good or ill, Hunter Thompson was the reason I wanted to become a writer. I am very sorry that I didn't get to meet him, and hope he has found the peace that he never let the world know he wanted.

If you've never read any HST, please go pick some up today. The man had a brash Saxon voice and could play with hyperbole better than anyone.

Goodbye, Doc.

Note: This is probaly his last piece of published writing.

Another true crime blog.

I knew they were out there, but I've had a hard time finding other true crime blogs to read. Thanks to a comment on something below, I've found this one run by a Steve Huff. It seems to mostly focus on serial killers, and seems pretty in-depth.

Can anybody recommend any others (besides the awesome In the Hat, of course)?

Hell freezes over!

In other news, Ann Coulter says something that I not only agree with, but I think is well-put:

"In a murder case, all evidence of guilt other than eyewitness testimony is "circumstantial." Inasmuch as most murders do not occur at Grand Central Terminal during rush hour, it is not an uncommon occurrence to have murder convictions based entirely on circumstantial evidence. DNA evidence is "circumstantial evidence." Fingerprints are "circumstantial evidence." An eyewitness account of the perpetrator fleeing the scene of a stabbing with a bloody knife is "circumstantial evidence." Please stop referring to "circumstantial evidence" as if it doesn't count. There's a name for people who take a dim view of circumstantial evidence because they don't understand the concept of circumstantial evidence: They're called "O.J. jurors."

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Well, if I knew he was THAT bad ...

Continuing the thread on metal murder massacres (band name!):

You must read this hilarious site to find out about all of the crimes and evil caused by Marilyn Manson.

I know, I know: Old hat. But doing some research on murder and bands (more on that later), I caught myself checking out some MM. And that led me to this site. It's long, so here's probably the most important nugget of info on the man:

He smokes human bones.

No!

And if you're wondering what this has to do with crime, remember:these people blame Manson for Columbine. Say what you will about his music, but at his peak that man was really, really good at pissing people off.

EDIT: And, to give you an idea of just how cool I thought I was back in the day, I saw Marilyn Manson open up for Nine Inch Nails, and after the show I met Marilyn and had him sign my t-shirt: a glow in the dark portrait of Charles Manson with the words "Is it hot in here or am I just crazy?" The shirt was passed on to some younger person a long time ago.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Henry Rollins ain't no detective.


The West Memphis 3. Posted by Hello

When I was a freshman in college, I was, not unusually, a political radical. I believed all sorts of shit, some of which I still do. With my nasty orange bleached hair and riot cop t shirt with "Officer Friendly?" across it, I went out one day to a Free Mumia rally to make politically active friends and meet cute girls with purple hair.

At that rally, I bought a copy of Mumia's book, a slim volume that cost $30. After chatting up the older radicals and failing to score any radical chicks, I went back to my dorm room, read Mumia's book in one sitting and sat back to realize: that man is guilty as sin. While reading his own book was enough to give me suspicion, a little more research over the years has convinced me.

It was one of my first "great disillusionments" that temper young liberalism into calmer views. And over the years, it seems that every celebrity criminal that I've actually taken the time to research was not, in fact, horribly railroaded into jail. Leonard Peltier? Probably guilty. Sacco and Vanzetti? Probably guilty (Sacco more than Vanzetti).

The last of these celebrity causes that I clung to was the West Memphis 3. It's easy to see why: as I mentioned above, I was a strange young man, even stranger when my mohawked atheism was contrasted with my conservative hometown. From that standpoint, it was easy to find sympathy for a bunch of black-clad misfits suffering under the thumb of podunk local yokels. As someone who had seen firsthand the intolerance of these folks, it was easy to believe the story as it was told in the film Paradise Lost (not available on DVD?).

When I saw Paradise Lost II, however, I had the same whiff of suspicion that I felt when I read Mumia Abu Jamal's book: their own propaganda made them look guilty. The first thing that came through was the way that the filmmakers, supposed champions of tolerance, were so eager to play up to the white-trash stereotypes of their urbane audience. And there was something alarming in the way that the accused so eagerly embraced the stories put forth by the first film. Honest people's stories don't change.

There are always far more websites for the accused than against them in these cases. But in the case of the West Memphis 3, finding the opposition's side of the story is all but impossible. Even though this case as been appealed up and down the court ladder, and every conviction has been upheld, it's very difficult to find out why. This lengthy chat room discussion is the best thing I could find.

The easiest way to make a snap judgment in these cases (and snap judgments are in these days) is to ask: which side addresses the specific claims of the opposition? Go to the pro-and anti-Mumia sites to see a perfect example of what I'm talking about. The Free Mumia site makes a series of statements. The anti-Mumia site refutes them. The Free Mumia site continues to make the same statements without acknowledging the problems with it. Snap judgment: Mumia did it (but, really, he did it. Read both websites if you have a shred of doubt).

Is the West Memphis 3 argument slam dunk for the conviction? No. But anyone thinking of giving money to the West Memphis 3's defense fund owes it to themselves (and to the victims) to read the other side of the story before they give their money to three people who very well could be child killers. Have you any information on the case that didn't come from the defendant's supporters? If not, it's probably not a good idea to give them any money.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

On the Lam ...

We're going on the lam here at Crime Spree for about one week. We're getting reconstructive surgery and a new identity. When we return with our getaway face, we'll be bigger and better. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Drug laws -- fun.

Anybody who thinks the drug laws in this country are a good idea ought to read this article and get back to me.

Well, duh.

This Slate article explains why stealing nickels is stupid.

Baltimore ... who knew?

So, Baltimore is the most violent city in America, with 31 murders so far this year. And I thought John Waters was the worst thing to come out of that city.

More knife crime

In Scotland, where knives account for half of all murder weapons. But if they get rid of knives, what will step up?

Monday, February 07, 2005

Those wacky Japanese

Planting fingerprints at a crime scene so as to not raise a fuss!

Crime Pays?

Well, sure it does. And shouldn't a crime widow get paid too?

We'll look for more on this.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Grossest crimes

From cnn. Death by enema or herpes (horrible).

Also, I can't link to it but there's a great story on a professional narc in the new Rolling Stone.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Like Bobba Fett, yo.

Here's a pretty interesting story on a bounty hunter from the Crime Library.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Fresh Breath, Bad Driving

"No, I swear, officer. I'm just paranoid about my breath. I had onions at lunch. Onions and garlic."

Thanks to Mike Seely for the tip.

A& fuckin' E

A&E bought the rights to the Sopranos reruns. Now, they have to clean them up.