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June 20, 2003

Iranian self-immolation in Paris, London
CNN | Submitted by: poorjon
"Iranians in Paris and London set themselves on fire Wednesday to protest a French government crackdown on Iranian dissidents opposed to religious rule in Tehran, police in both cities said. Two Iranian women and a man set themselves on fire in Paris." With video.

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U.S. forces in Iraq ignoring Geneva conventions
Mirror | Submitted by: Porcus the Wombat
"Sergeant First Class John Meadows summed up the prevailing attitude amongst his colleagues telling the Evening Standard that Iraqi fighters were dressed in civilian clothes. 'You can't distinguish between who's trying to kill you and who's not,' he said. 'Like, the only way to get through shit like that was to concentrate on getting through it by killing as many people as you can, people you know are trying to kill you. Killing them first and getting home.' ... Describing the scene during combat Richardson admitted shooting injured soldiers and leaving them to die. He said: 'Shit, I didn't help any of them. I wouldn't help the fuckers. There were some you let die. And there were some you double-tapped.' Making a shooting sign with his hand he went on: 'Once you'd reached the objective, and once you'd shot them and you're moving through, anything there, you shoot again. You didn't want any prisoners of war.'"

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Senator Hatch violating software copyrights
Wired | Submitted by: chris
"Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) suggested Tuesday that people who download copyright materials from the Internet should have their computers automatically destroyed. But Hatch himself is using unlicensed software on his official website, which presumably would qualify his computer to be smoked by the system he proposes."

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'Helter Skelter' still popular with today's killers
Court TV | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Four teenagers charged with beating a 16-year-old boy to death plotted the killing for weeks and listened to the Beatles song 'Helter Skelter' several dozen times before the murder, according to an alleged confession read in court. ... According to Dominic Coia's alleged confession, the youths listened to 'Helter Skelter' 42 times and had a 'group hug' immediately after the killing." [42 times? Group hug?]

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Naked, decapitated corpse discovered near Castle Frankenstein
Reuters | Submitted by: poorjon
"German police were investigating the discovery of a headless body near castle Frankenstein in Germany. The medieval castle was the birthplace in 1673 of Johann Konrad Dippel von Frankenstein, a controversial alchemist famous for his avid interest in the creation of artificial life. He was also rumored to have experimented with human body parts. Local police dismissed suggestions of any link between the castle, a popular tourist attraction among gothic thrill-seekers, and the decapitated man as 'absurd.'"

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Gun brandished over Internet porn
CNN | Submitted by: Bobby Futfacker
"A city firefighter has been accused of pointing a gun at his wife when she tried to stop him from watching Internet pornography. ... Oakland County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Deborah Carley said Washington's wife confronted him after finding him viewing a pornographic Web site for the second time in as many days. 'She was especially upset because he was accessing the site while the children were asleep in the same room,' Carley said. 'She told him she was going to cut the cable to the computer and went to get scissors. He got a gun and pointed it at her temple.'"

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Ex-cop, wife ran rape video business
KXAS-TV 5 Dallas | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"A former Dallas police officer and his wife have been indicted on federal charges of selling videotapes depicting rapes, authorities said. Garry Layne Ragsdale, 34, and Tamara Michelle Ragsdale, 32, who live in Fort Worth, were indicted in March on one count of conspiracy to mail obscene material and two counts of mailing obscene material and aiding and abetting. The indictment was unsealed Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Dallas. ... Authorities said that from April to July 1998, the couple ran a business called G Rags Inc. and had an Internet site offering videotapes showing rape scenes, including the 'Real Rape Video Series' and 'Brutally Raped Video Series.'"

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Pedophile flattened by car
Sun | Submitted by: Hans Krule
"A child molester has been crushed to death under his own car -- sparking celebrations among his neighbours. Paedophile George Nicholson, 63, had convictions for sex attacks on a string of boys as young as nine and was loathed by everyone living near him. They organised petitions urging him to move but he refused. He died when a ramp holding up his car gave way as he worked beneath it. ... One neighbour in Whickham, Tyne and Wear, said: 'Nobody around here will be at all sorry he is dead.'"

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Bicyclist jailed for flashing anus
San Antonio Express-News | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"On Tuesday evening, the 52-year-old man, who recently gained notoriety for riding his bicycle around his South Side neighborhood in only a black thong, was arrested for stripping down to a sack. While the thong covered the body parts required by law, the genitals and anus, the tan bag around his genitals left his anus exposed, according to a police report. 'He sat off of the bike seat and exposed his anus to the vehicles behind him,' the arresting officer stated in his report. ... Gottschalk received international media attention after the San Antonio Express-News wrote of his habit of riding around Southside Lions Park. Last month 'Thong Man' was named grand marshal of a parade of thong-wearers vying for free Spurs playoff tickets."

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Passenger jet still missing in Africa
ABC TV affiliates | Submitted by: optional
"Despite the use of satellites to scour the African landscape, and a request to all African embassies for information, U.S. officials said they still have no clue about the plane's location. 'We don't have any reliable assessments about what this portends, what it could be, who may be behind it,' said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. ... Most intelligence officials believe the plane was stolen to run drugs or guns, or as part of an insurance scam. However, they have not ruled out the possibility the plane is in the hands of terrorists -- perhaps plotting to target U.S. embassies in Africa."

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