Monday, August 31, 2009

Web Extra: Surviving a Serial Killer

It goes to show how lives of Black women are discounted by society and police in general.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Rocky Mount Serial Killer Case by Abagond

Thanks, Abagond. I'm glad more people are aware of the serial killer that is killing Black women in Rocky Mount, N.C. This should have been broadcasted in the media a long time ago. No, beacause the victims were poor and Black. This is repetitive around the nation when it comes to Black serial killer victims. It's remininscent of the Henry Louis Wallace serial murder case. May the hearts go out to the victims' families and may they rest in peace.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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Missing Black Woman Alert: Hattie Gertrude Brown is missing

Hattie Gertrude Brown of Halifax Virginia is missing. Learn more details and see her picture by using the link below:

Sen. Ted Kennedy, R.I.P.

Famous U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy died today. He's remembered for his social/political activism and champion of the poor and the oppressed. May he rests in peace.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Search for Serial Killer After Six Turn Up Dead

Serial Killer on the loose in NC 08-13-09

Lonely country roads in rural Rocky Mount, North Carolina lead to victims of a possible serial killer. CNN's David Mattingly reports. Since 2005 the remains of 5 black women prostitutes have been found murdered on the back roads of this rural area in NC. The state investigators think that the killer is someone who lives in the same area of the women. More than likely is the same race as the women that have been found murdered so far. There are 3 more women who are not prostitutes that are currently missing from the Rocky Mount area.

"Where Has The Mayor Been In All of This?"

Organizers tie hope for solving case to media
By Mike Hixenbaugh Rocky Mount Telegram

A group of community organizers hopes to keep the attention of national media focused on Rocky Mount and a string of local murders that some believe are the work of a serial killer.
At least five Rocky Mount women, all black, have been abducted, killed and abandoned in the woods since 2005, and three other women are missing. Investigators believe the homicides, as well as the murder of a sixth woman yet to be identified, might be linked.

Stephanie Jones, who helped organize the group Murdered or Missing Sisters in the wake of the homicides, said Saturday she believes recent nationwide media coverage of the murders could lead to a break in the case.

Following a brief segment on CNN on Wednesday, the Rocky Mount story appeared on every major U.S. news Web site this week.

“But we have to keep the pressure on,” Jones said. “I know there has been a lot of coverage this week, but it still hasn’t received as much attention as it deserves.”

Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight agrees. Knight, also president of the local NAACP, said he fears if nothing new happens with the case during the next few days, the national media will move on. Already this week, the case has been overshadowed by national reports of other missing persons.

Producers with both CNN Headline News’ Nancy Grace and Fox News Live this week had planned in-depth segments on the Rocky Mount story — first reported more than two months ago — before canceling coverage hours before airtime. In both instances, producers replaced the story with news of a Georgia woman who was abducted Tuesday. The missing woman is white.

“There hasn’t been enough attention,” Jones said. “I feel bad for (the Georgia woman). She needs attention, too. But we have six women murdered and three still missing. They need at least the same attention, don’t you think?”

George Cook, who runs the New Jersey-based alternative news organization Let’s Talk Honestly, said he’s been following the Rocky Mount case closely. Cook maintains a nationwide list of missing black women on his Web site because, he said, national media typically has little interest in such cases.

“I hate to crowd this issue with race because I’m sure police are doing everything they can,” Cook said. “But it’s hard not to wonder why there have been so few major news stories about this many murdered women, especially with three other women still missing.”
Authorities announced last month that the FBI was helping investigate the series of murders, which date back to 2005.

The bodies of the five black women, each with a history of drug abuse and suspected prostitution, have been found partially clothed and abandoned in remote locations outside the city during the past few years, prompting the recent national media attention.

Cook said the women’s lifestyles might make the story less appealing for TV news producers, but that shouldn’t take away from the importance of the story.

“A life is a life,” he said.

Jones and her group, which raised money to post photos of the victims on area billboards, want to keep the story in the news with hopes the attention could lead to answers. Jones wants city leaders and law enforcement officials to help in that cause.

“Where has the mayor been in all of this?” Jones said. “Why hasn’t he spoken out. Why hasn’t there been a press conference to let people know these women are missing? Why don’t we have search crews canvassing these fields, and why aren’t other city leaders speaking out to comfort these families or raise awareness of the missing?

“Maybe if those things were going on — if the community rallied together — Nancy Grace would want to do a segment. But it seems like a lot of people just don’t care.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411.

NC City on Edge as 9 Women Vanish

NC City on Edge as 9 Women Vanish

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (Aug. 14) -- They spent their nights jumping in and out of strange cars, trolling otherwise empty streets lined with decaying storefronts and boarded-up homes. Many sold sex to support drug habits or children left in the care of worried, hardworking grandmothers.

Even when they were picked up for drugs or prostitution, nights in jail looming, they called home to let their families know they were OK. Then, one by one, the calls stopped.

Since 2005, nine women who lived at the edges of the poor community in this small North Carolina city have disappeared. Six bodies were found along rural roads just a few miles outside town, most so decomposed that investigators could not tell how they died. At least one of the women was strangled, and all the deaths have been classified as homicides. Three women are still missing.
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Murder Mystery in North Carolina

Since 2005, nine women have gone missing from Rocky Mount, N.C., a fact that has rattled some residents. Six bodies have been found and three women remain missing. All came from poor backgrounds with some involved in drugs and prostitution. Here, a billboard seeks information about the women.

Murdery Mystery in North Carolina
Since 2005, nine women have gone missing from Rocky Mount, N.C., a fact that has rattled some residents. Six bodies have been found and three women remain missing. All came from poor backgrounds with some involved in drugs and prostitution. Here, a billboard seeks information about the women.

Police will not say whether they suspect a serial killer, but people in the community about 60 miles northeast of Raleigh do, and they're impatient with law enforcement efforts to investigate the slayings.

After the latest body — that of 31-year-old Jarneice Hargrove — was found in June behind a burnt-out house that was once a crack den, local law enforcement and state police formed a task force. In July, the FBI got involved.

But friends and family say it didn't happen soon enough.

"We got someone out here that's snatching up females," said Stephanie Jones, a 28-year-old nursing student. "I mean, next person could be your grandmother, it could be me, it could be my mother, it could be my daughter."

Jones, who knew two of the victims, has founded a group that is raising money to publicize the slayings and search for those still missing. She says the cases are being swept under the rug because of the victims' lifestyles.

The lead investigator, Sheriff James Knight, said he cannot comment.

Rumors swirl about the identity of the killer, if there is just one. Some say he is an ex-military man or an ex-police officer because he leaves no evidence. Others believe he is exacting revenge on local women after contracting HIV from a prostitute.

Forensic psychologist Dr. Michael Teague said the killings are probably the work of one person.
"You're talking about a man who didn't finish high school, probably doesn't have a regular job, probably not married or in a stable relationship," he said.

Vivian Lord, chairwoman of the criminal justice department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, said that if one killer is responsible, he is likely trying to cleanse the world of prostitutes or deliberately picking victims he knows won't be missed.

If it's the latter, he chose wrong when he killed Ernestine Battle. Her sister, Tynatta James, 64, remembers the February 2008 day the family reported Battle missing. It had been less than 48 hours since they last heard from the 50-year-old, but she always checked in, even from jail.

"We knew something wasn't right because she hadn't called," James said.

A month later, a man putting up a wire fence around his property down a rural stretch of road outside town found a badly decomposed body. The bodies of two other victims were found in the same area in 2007 and 2009.

In May, a DNA test identified the remains as Battle's. She was wearing only her underwear and police told James she was probably strangled, but they couldn't be sure because animals had dragged away a small throat bone that typically breaks when someone is killed that way.
"I'm still frustrated," James said. "I didn't really feel like they were doing all they could. I just feel like they recently started to get involved in the cases after the last lady."

For Alecia Johnson, the killings were a wake-up call. She knew most of the women: They all walked the streets of Rocky Mount together. She said she didn't wait for police to catch a killer. She stopped after the body of the first woman, 29-year-old Melody Wiggins, was found dumped in the woods in 2005.

"I used to walk these streets and jump in and out of cars. But then when that first girl Melody got killed I stopped that because I knew he would kill another," said Johnson, 41. "I hate for that to happen to her, but it probably saved my life. I have five babies."

Counting the names on one hand, she added, "There's probably five or six girls left around here that will jump in and out of cars. He really did kill the whole neighborhood."

Jones' group has raised enough money to post billboards with the faces of the missing and slain women. Now she is raising more to organize search teams for those whose bodies have not been found.

Juray Tucker, the mother of 37-year-old Yolanda Lancaster, missing since February, said she wants to help with fundraising but doesn't get much time now that she has to care for her daughter's children.

"Every day, every minute, every hour, I'm worried," she said. "It's constant on my mind and there ain't nothing I can do, ain't nothing I can do."

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

L'Anima e il Volto (II / 2) - Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Ciaccona in sol min.

My interview with local reporter covering possible serial killings of black women in Rocky Mount NC.

George Cook of Let's Talk Honestly Interviews reporter Mike Hixenbaugh of the Rocky Mount Telegram, the reporter covering the case of missing and murdered black women in Rocky Mount for the local paper. They discuss:

*How the police are handling the case. Is race a factor?
*How the locals in Rocky Mount feel.
*The overall lack of news coverage.
*The current status of the case.
*How Nancy Grace and Fox News both bumped stories about the murders, and more.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

News and Views: 8-14-2009

News and views from around the world:

The world oldest map found in Spain

Omorosa Finds Her Calling In Religion From the Womanist Musings Blog. Excellent perspective on how Omorosa is being used by the racialized/sexualized corporate media and mainstream society to tell American women not to be like her because of her supposed unladylike behavior.

George Sodini- Racist and Misogynist! Again, a very excellent post from Womanist Musings.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Another commentary on IRs

The bigot from Chicago:

"I find it interesting that the black people are constantly dropping the race card, but interracial dating is very much in vogue these days. I am from the north, Chicago area, and I am of an age that probably tarnishes my views on this subject, but I have always thought that it is a good idea to keep the races as pure as possible. Dating and having children together are two separate areas, I realize, but I do not like the idea of different races even dating. I do not have one prejudiced bone in my body, so I am NOT coming from that direction in the least. My son dated two biracial girls and I could not have loved them more, but I was pleased that their relationships did not lead to marriage."



Sunday, August 09, 2009

Virginia Dotson beaten by Columbus Police

Isn't any wonder why POC don't trust the police? They abuse their power more often than any other.

Is there a serial killer killing black women in Rocky Mountain NC?

Is a serial killer murdering black women in Rocky Mountain North Carolina. Six bodies have been found and three women are currently missing.

The bodies of,Tahara Sheniece Nicholson, 28, Jackie Thorpe 35, Jarniece Latonya Hargrove, 31; Ernestine Battle, 50; and Melody LaShae Wiggins, 29, were all found in the same area.

A sixth body discovered in February has yet to be identified, and three other missing women with similar descriptions and backgrounds – Christine Marie Boone, Renee Joyce Durham and Yolanda Renee Lancaster – remain missing. Learn more about this story by using the link below:

The 9 Lives of Marion Barry. Monday Night on HBO

On August 10, 2009 on HBO at 9PM Eastern Time. The documentary follows the life of Marion Barry from militant, to civil rights leader, to mayor, to prisoner, to mayor of Washington DC again. Check out the trailer below:

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Naomi Sims, 'First Black Supermodel,' Dead At 61 (PHOTOS)

Naomi Sims, 'First Black Supermodel,' Dead At 61 (PHOTOS): "The New York Times reports that model Naomi Sims died on Saturday at age 61. The cause of death was cancer.

Sims was considered the 'first black supermodel' for appearing on the cover of Ladies Home Journal in November 1968, a time when African-American models were few and far between. She subsequently modeled for designers like Halston, Fernando S�nchez, Teal Traina, and Giorgio di Sant'Angelo. She also appeared on many other magazine covers, and two images-- a 1969 cover of LIFE and a 1967 New York Times fashion magazine over--are on display in the Metropolitan Museum's 'The Model As Muse' exhibit."

Naomi Sims, R.I.P.

Yesterday, beautiful Naomi Sims has passed from this earth. She was only 61 years old. Ms. Sims was a model who paved the way for many young Black models of today. May she rests in peace.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Tongue soaped for speaking ‘filthy language’ � The Gisborne Herald | Gisborne's latest News, Sport, Family Notices, Photos and Events

Tongue soaped for speaking ‘filthy language’ � The Gisborne Herald | Gisborne's latest News, Sport, Family Notices, Photos and Events: "Alice Te Puni
THERE is enough room in this country for two languages, says Maori Battalion veteran Tini Glover — who fought in World War 2 for both Maori and Pakeha to live in peace.

Mr Glover is one of five Tairawhiti kaumatua featuring in a DVD released this week to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo — Maori Language Week.

His story of how Maori children were treated when he attended the Tolaga Bay public school is disturbing. The cruelty inflicted on the Maori children speaking their native tongue, heart breaking."
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Jossette Beeks is missing

Jossette Beeks of Kansas City is missing. It is important that she be found quickly because she may be in a dazed and confused state due to several strokes she has had.
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