“I looked into Christianity, not necessarily for someone or something to worship but for an understanding of me and why my thoughts were so negative. I started going to services with some of the other cons. I’d listen to the guys say “amen” and recite Bible verses. Then outside the chapel, I’d see them stealing from their friends, telling obvious lies or rushing to some secluded spot where they could make love to some punk. But I’m not knocking Christianity, only the hypocrites.”
Yeah, surprisingly I took this picture.
In 2001, 28-year-old Andrew Bagby was found shot to death in a park in Pennsylvania. He had recently broken up with his girlfriend, Shirley Turner. As evidence was building up against Turner, who was released on bail, she fled to her home country of Canada. While awaiting extradition she revealed that she was pregnant with Andrew’s child, whom she named Zachary. Andrew’s parents fought for custody of Zachary but failed. Shirley was granted custody.
In June 2003 the Attorney General ordered that Shirley be extradited to the US. She appealed and a hearing was set for September 2003 but she never made it to that hearing. On August 18, when Zachary was just 1-year-old, Shirley strapped him to her stomach with a sweater and jumped into the Atlantic ocean, killing the both of them.
The movie, Dear Zachary, is based on the crime.
Dan Burros was a strange man. Born Jewish, he became attracted to fascist ideals and the Nazis. After graduating high school in 1955, he enlisted in the Army, but after a trio of suicide attempts (including one where he left a note praising Hitler), he was discharged for “reasons of unsuitability, character, and behaviour disorder.”Shortly thereafter, Burros struck up with the American Nazi Party, soon rising to become National Secretary, the organization’s third-highest officer. Later, he joined the KKK, being named Grand Dragon of New York by Imperial Wizard Robert Shelton. Of course, being a Jewish Klansman was a problem. Burros tried to hide his past. But the Grand Dragon was exposed on October 31, 1965, thanks to a New York Times article—“State Klan Leader Hides Secret of Jewish Origin”—by reporter John McCandlish Philips Jr.At the time, Burros was staying at the home of fellow Klan member Ray Frankenhouser, the Grand Dragon of Pennsylvania. When Dan saw the headline, he grabbed his .32-caliber revolver. Claiming “I’ve got nothing to live for,” he shot himself in the chest. He survived this wound. In front of several horrified witnesses, he next said, “This will do it,” then shot himself in the temple, this time fatally.
Murdered by her sister, Karla Homolka, and Karla’s fiance, Paul Bernardo, on December 24, 1990. Paul asked Karla to give him her virgin sister Tammy as a Christmas present. Karla worked at an animal hospital and stole drugs to give to her sister. After Karla’s family went to bed, and were asleep upstairs, Karla put a sedative in her sister’s drink and Tammy passed out. While Tammy was knocked out on Christmas Eve, Paul and Karla videotaped themselves (both of them) raping Tammy. Tammy aspirated and died. She was 15 years old.
Paul and Karla were to be married that summer, and Karla was quite annoyed that her sister’s death was casting a shadow over her wedding day - but Karla ended up getting her lavish, storybook wedding.
Early in the morning of June 15, 1991, Leslie Mahaffy arrived home past curfew and the door was locked. The 14-year-old did not want to wake up her parents so she walked to a corner store where she called a friend and asked if she could sleep over. The friend said no and Leslie told her she would go home and wake up her mother. Before she made it home, Leslie Mahaffy met Paul Bernardo, and he told her he had been breaking into a house. He offered her a cigarette and when she walked over to his car, he abducted her. He took her home where he and his wife, Karla Homolka, raped and abused the girl (and videotaped it) for more than a day. Karla states that Paul then killed her, however, there has been speculation that it was Karla who had done the actual killing. It was Father’s Day so they put Leslie’s body in the basement while they entertained Homolka’s parents. They then dismembered her body and encased the pieces in cement and threw her in Lake Gibson, Ontario. Her remains were discovered on Paul and Karla’s wedding day.
On April 16, 1992, Kristen French was abducted while walking home from school, on a busy street, with many people driving by. She walked by the church parking lot where Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo were parked, waiting for a victim. Karla asked Kristen for directions, and Paul came up behind her with a knife and forced her into the vehicle. The couple kept Kristen at their home for three days, where they raped, beat and degraded the 15-year-old girl, and videotaped the attacks and humiliation. They forced her to drink large quantities of alcohol while she was with them. Apparently, Paul wanted to keep her longer but Karla argued that they couldn’t leave her alone in the house while they went to Easter dinner at Karla’s parents, and Karla did not think it was acceptable to miss the dinner. While Kristen was kept in their home, Paul left the house to go pick up food and Karla did not take the opportunity to free Kristen.
Kristen was killed and they dumped her body out of town, just one mile from Leslie Mahaffy’s gravesite.
Although Karla had the chance to set Kristen free, or flee to the police with her, she did not. Karla claimed she was too afraid of Paul, and she made a fabulous bargain which had her do a few years in prison. After the deal was made, the police became aware of the existence of all the videotapes of attacks on their victims. They were apparently appalled to see the extent of Karla’s involvement in the attacks and her claims of being a scared battered wife were ferociously attacked by the community. However, the crown refused to alter her deal, even after the videotapes showed more rape victims that the Karla had not told them about. During Kristen French’s abduction and three days of rape and torture, Paul Bernardo’s DNA was sitting in a police lab, waiting to be tested.
Some excellent mask come ups today. But unfortunately only one fit my large skull.