Many families believe it’s a contagious shame. In some parts of the world, relatives of the victim see the rape as a dishonor against the family and the tribe, and in some cases kill the victim or induce her to commit suicide. Some try to “repair the damage” by forcing the victim to wed the man who assaulted her. Many women choose death instead. Last week, an 18-year old woman in Punjab chose to drink poison after being pressured by the police to marry her attacker.
Frontpage: Wednesday, June 13th
- Former Giffords Aid Wins Seat: It’s a fitting end to an inspirational saga: 66-year-old Ron Barber won the seat of his former boss, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Tuesday night after Giffords resigned to recover from a gunshot wound to the head.
- Yemen Continues U.S. Attack: Yemen on Wednesday pressed ahead with a U.S.-led offensive against Islamic militants in the southern part of the country, a day after it recovered control of two strategic cities.
- Car Bomb Kills 63 in Iraq: A wave of coordinated car-bomb attacks throughout Iraq on early Wednesday killed 63 people and injured dozens more—one of the deadliest attacks since U.S. troops withdrew from the country last year.
- Russia Defends Syrian Arms Sale: Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday defended his country’s alleged sale of arms to Syria, and also accused the U.S. of supplying weapons to the rebels fighting the government.
- NASA to Launch Telescope: A powerful new X-ray telescope, dubbed the NuStar by NASA, will soon be on the prowl for supermassive black holes, the invisible remnants left when stars die.
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Dolores Walker leaves the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office after identifying the remains of her son, Joseph Briggs. Briggs, who recently turned 16, was shot and killed while sitting on a stoop in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood. Read the full story here.
1,673 firearms were collected this weekend for the 2012 Gun Buyback program, spearheaded by the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and LAPD. Thank you to the Angelenos who turned in a firearm and helped us secure a safer City for everyone.
Guns organized (relatively) neatly.
Meet Dr. Mary Hamer. She’s a one-woman evangelist for Joran Van der Sloot, the 24-year-old Dutchman linked to the disappearance of Alabama high-school senior Natalee Holloway, and arrested for the murder of Peruvian Stephany Flores.
Already Hamer, a divorced radiologist from Lake City, Fla., is doling out her savings to pay his lawyers. She is buying him clothes. She is sending him care packages. If only he were released into her custody, she would cast out the violence like a gentle exorcist coaxing away the demons. And if he has murdered before, he would murder no more.
Also, there are enough groupies of inmates or killers for a gallery.
It’s sad, because it feels like there are people all over the world who can sympathize with us, but not in our own community.
Craig Soignet, the father of the girl who roiled a small town in Texas when she refused to cheer for the boy she told police had raped her. The girl was kicked off the cheer squad.
“When I tell you to dump a body in the maash, you dump him in the maash.”
Jack Nicholson, who played just captured Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in Martin Scorcese’s The Departed.
The image had all the details, even the christmas lights on the roof, the direction John Juarez’s body fell, the bowed street lamp, and a banner that read RIVERA KILLS, a reference to the gang Rivera-13.
Anthony Garcia was convicted of first-degree murder after an L.A. County Sheriff spotted his tattoo, which showed the exact crime scene of a liquor store murder in 2004.