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The Serial Killer Has Second Thoughts: The Confessions of Thomas Quick (Unbelievable, scary & weird)

In a remote psychiatric hospital in Sweden, there is a man known as Thomas Quick who has been convicted of unspeakable crimes. Over the course of multiple trials, he would tell his brutal stories—of stabbings, stranglings, rape, incest, cannibalism—to almost anyone who would listen. Then, after his eighth and final murder conviction, he went silent for nearly a decade. In the last few years, though, he has been thinking about all he has said and done, and now he has something new to confess: He left out the worst part of all.

Part 1: Inside the asylum.
Sture Bergwall woke up at 5:30 a.m. this morning, as he does every morning, and at 6 a.m. he walked for an hour in the interior yard of the secure psychiatric unit at Säter hospital, his home for the past twenty-three years. He likes to do this every day, pacing a figure eight over and over again. Sometimes he listens to music, but more often to the morning news, eavesdropping on a world he was separated from more than two decades ago.

Sweden is the kind of country where being a convicted murderer in a secure psychiatric unit is not necessarily an impediment to having a Twitter feed, and Bergwall often tweets about these endless morning circuits. "Exercise yard reflections," he titles them. Small wistful poems about what you can see when this is your only physical access to the world beyond: the budding of a branch, the way fresh snow sits on top of the courtyard walls, the glow against the underside of the sky that he knows is from the lights of the waking town to the east. On a good day, he sees a nightingale.

Sture Bergwall is better known to most people in Sweden as Thomas Quick, the name he took not long after he arrived at this institution in 1991. Quick is his mother's family name. Thomas, he liked to explain, was the name of his first victim, a 14-year-old boy whose body was found in a bicycle shed, belt undone, trouser button ripped off, and face bloody. Bergwall was never prosecuted for that murder, because he was 14 years old when it happened, and by the time he confessed to it, the statute of limitations had expired. But he was later convicted in six separate trials for eight other murders, and the full number of murders he has claimed responsibility for is around thirty. That is how he became Sweden's most famous serial killer. "Sweden's answer," as he himself would later put it, "to Hannibal Lecter."

For a time it was a role he seemed to revel in, but then in 2001, after his eighth murder conviction, Bergwall announced that he was no longer going to cooperate with prosecutors and he was no longer going to speak with the media. He reclaimed the name Sture Bergwall and went silent. As his reputation swirled, the man at its center kept his own counsel. But recently he has decided to start talking again, and he has agreed to see me. I have come here to try and understand his story—an awful story about what human beings can do, and about responsibility and guilt, and about deceit and retribution, one that has lessons for us all.
Much more: http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201308/thomas-quick-serial-killer-august-2013?printable=true

All I could think after I read this was WTF? Just WTF?
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Aug 3, 2013, 04:40 PM (16 replies)

Bear Steals Dumpster From Restaurant Twice In 24 Hours

This is by far the most determined bear I have ever seen. This is perhaps the best bear I have ever seen.

On Wednesday, this bear got hungry. So she took a little stroll over to the Edelweiss restaurant (A quaint Bavarian setting!) in Colorado Springs to get some food. She then decided that she was more than just a little hungry, and took the restaurant's entire dumpster with her. This bear takes her late-night snacking very seriously.

And then, nearly a day later, she returned! You're goddamn right she stole another dumpster:


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Aug 2, 2013, 02:21 PM (25 replies)

NC: Battle royale with Old South vs New South

The 2 divisions are simplistic, but the fight does boil down to old vs new.

The Old South is made up of the usual suspects. They do not want to recognize the demographic changes in NC. They believe they have gerrymandered their way into perpetual power. However, NC's changes are real and steady.

The New South is made up of a solid base of Dems that will not go away. They are in the minority, but they serve as a reminder and warning to the right. This group is a core to build around. The alles are minorites, many newcomers, and people that have become fed up with the regressive laws passed.

Those who are fed up with these overreaching rules are definitely a swing group. They are neither comfortable with the RW nutjobs nor those who want to move too fast in a liberal direction. They have gone back and forth many times. Even as Republicans are claiming victory after victory, these are phyrric gains.

Gerrymandering and voting monkey business will only carry them so far. There is a building backlash now that does not portend well for them. There may not be enough change in the next election cycle, but who knows.

NC is being forced rightward by a solid group of ideologues that put their policies and needs above trying to better the state. NC has had a long history of activism for the people and it has not gone away. They are obscured now by the cloud of Republican power grabs, but clouds disapear.

I have never given up on NC during this hot mess. It is in another conservative pothole vortex in the inexorable march forward. Getting through this will take time and energy, but it will be done.

As far as South Carolina goes, the whole state is a political vortex made up of every possible ideology thrown in. That we haven't gone rapidly down the path NC is on is due to one reason. The people "running" the show are divided into groups that hate each other with a passion.
There are the following:
The Haleys- A group of Teashitters who are afraid to travel because they might fall off their flat earth.
The basic RW GOP who now look moderte in comparison to the Haleys. The have seniority, know every trick in the book, and everyone of them is meaner than a porcupine with lice.
The Assteroids- A GOP member who orbits in and out of the other groups and expresses the ideology of the planet he came from. Each is crazier than a s***house mouse.

The Dems make up a separate block that is generally in agreement. There are differences among them, but they stick together. They use flanking maneuvers and guerrilla attacks. They also form temporary pacts with devils to pass or block certain bills.

Make no mistake. There is still rightward movement. However it has been impeded by the infighting.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Aug 2, 2013, 06:02 AM (6 replies)

Dilbert nails bosses who try to control perceptions of employee attitudes:


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 1, 2013, 12:57 PM (6 replies)

McConnell trailing Alison Lundergan Grimes in poll:

@TheAtlanticPOL: Mitch McConnell trailing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, 45-44
Assuming McConnell knocks off Bevin, however, he'll face a second challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state. A poll by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, conducted for the liberal Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America and out this morning, suggests Grimes will give McConnell a run for his money. Not only is the senator's approval underwater, he also trails Grimes head-to-head:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Republican Mitch McConnell is handling his job as U.S. Senator?

Approve .......................................................... 40%
Disapprove...................................................... 51%
No opinion....................................................... 9%
(Asked of 1,210 Kentucky voters MOE 2.8%)

If the general election for U.S. Senate were held today, and the choices were Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, for whom would you vote?

Mitch McConnell ............................................. 44%
Alison Lundergan Grimes ............................... 45%
Undecided....................................................... 11%
(Asked of 1,210 Kentucky voters MOE 2.8%)

That follows on previous polls that showed a tight race, though previous ones have never shown her leading. In April, PPP found McConnell leading Grimes 45-41, while a late May poll by the same firm found them tied up at 45. PPP had a stellar record in 2012, despite their partisan affiliation. On the other hand, it's well within the margin of error, and a Republican firm found McConnell up eight points, 48-40, just last week.

But this is the first poll since Grimes' official campaign launch. Her soft launch was widely derided -- when she announced she would run, Grimes didn't even have a website -- but she held a formal event to jump into the race Wednesday.

Back on July 1, Nate Silver examined the race and found McConnell a favorite but not a slam dunk for reelection. But Grimes has the potential to be a formidable candidate, as Dave Catanese pointed out here earlier this month. Though she's only run for office once, she upset a Democratic incumbent and sailed to victory, and her father is a powerhouse in state circles -- and a friend of Bill Clinton's. Poll numbers like this only reinforce how serious McConnell's challenge is.

Extremely early, but good not to start from way behind.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:31 AM (2 replies)

Introducing the first gay couple married in Minnesota:


@SladeHV: Introducing the FIRST gay couple to be married in Minnesota
Rhode Island and Minnesota officially became the 12th and 13th U.S. states to usher in the Era of Marriage Equality. In Minnesota, adorable and wonderful weddings began just after the stroke of midnight. In Rhode Island, couples had to wait until city offices opened at 8:30 am.

Cathy ten Broeke, right, and Margaret Miles, left, were the first couple to be married, seen here with their five-year-old son Louie. They were married by Reverend James Gertmenian, left, and Mayor R.T. Rybak at the Minneapolis Freedom to Marry Celebration and Weddings.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 1, 2013, 09:24 AM (1 replies)

"I would like to retain 'fart in your general direction'"

In August of 1974, eight months prior to its cinema release, a preview screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail—a painfully funny parody of the legend of King Arthur and the Python team’s second feature film—was attended by a member of the British Board of Film Classification, Tony Kerpel, who was there to offer some feedback in relation to its eventual rating. After the credits had rolled, an informal chat took place between Kerpel and one of the film's producers, Mark Forstater, which resulted in this highly amusing letter being sent to fellow producer Michael White a few days later—its subject: dialogue cuts.

Transcript follows.

(Source: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Book), via Jason Permenter; Image above via.)

Registered Address: 20 Fitzroy Square, London W1P6BB
Registered Number 1138069 England

August 5th, 1974.

Dear Mike,

The Censor's representative, Tony Kerpel, came along to Friday's screening at Twickenham and he gave us his opinion of the film's probable certificate.

He thinks the film will be AA, but it would be possible, given some dialogue cuts, to make the film an A rating, which would increase the audience. (AA is 14 and over, and A is 5 - 14).

For an 'A' we would have to:

Lose as many shits as possible
Take Jesus Christ out, if possible
Lose "I fart in your general direction"
Lose "the oral sex"
Lose "oh, fuck off"
Lose "We make castanets out of your testicles"

I would like to get back to the Censor and agree to lose the shits, take the odd Jesus Christ out and lose Oh fuck off, but to retain 'fart in your general direction', 'castanets of your testicles' and 'oral sex' and ask him for an 'A' rating on that basis.

Please let me know as soon as possible your attitude to this.

Yours sincerely,
Mark Forstater

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 1, 2013, 06:22 AM (1 replies)

JK Rowling's letter to a fan who had written her after losing her parents:

In September of 2006, following a desperately sad childhood that saw both drug-addicted parents murdered and the care of her younger siblings left in her hands, 16-year-old Sacia Flowers decided to write to J. K. Rowling. In her heartfelt letter — full text here — she spoke of her love for the Harry Potter series and the empathy she felt for Harry given their upbringings; mentioned the bullying she experienced throughout school and her inability to make friends due to her insecurities; and then thanked the author for "lending me your hero and his world" during such a tough time, adding, "He is my hero, and you are my heroine."

Below is Rowling's lovely, encouraging repsonse.

Transcript follows:

In September of 2006, following a desperately sad childhood that saw both drug-addicted parents murdered and the care of her younger siblings left in her hands, 16-year-old Sacia Flowers decided to write to J. K. Rowling. In her heartfelt letter — full text here — she spoke of her love for the Harry Potter series and the empathy she felt for Harry given their upbringings; mentioned the bullying she experienced throughout school and her inability to make friends due to her insecurities; and then thanked the author for "lending me your hero and his world" during such a tough time, adding, "He is my hero, and you are my heroine."

Below is Rowling's lovely, encouraging repsonse.

Transcript follows.

(Source: HeraldNet; Image of J. K. Rowling via.)


19th September 2006

Dear Sacia (beautiful name, I've never heard it before),

Thank you for your incredible letter; incredible, because you do indeed sound phenomenally like Harry Potter, in your physical resemblance and in your life experience. I cannot tell you how moved I was by what you wrote, nor how sorry I am to hear about your parents. What a terrible loss.

I know what it is like to be picked on, as it happened to me, too, throughout my adolescence. I can only wish that you have the same experience that I did, and become happier and more secure the older you get. Being a teenager can be completely horrible, and many of the most successful people I know felt the same way. I think the problem is that adolescence, though often misrepresented as a time of rebellion and unconventionality, actually requires everybody to conform if they aspire to popularity - or at least to 'rebel' while wearing the 'right' clothes! You're now standing on the threshold of a very different phase in your life, one where you are much more likely to find kindred spirits, and much less likely to be subject to the pressures of your teenage years.

It is an honour to me to know that somebody like you loves Harry as much as you do. Thank you very much for writing to me, I will treasure your letter (which entitles you to boast about this response as much as you like!)

With lots of love


(Jo to you!)

Republicans are 100% muggle!

Rowling had real experience to draw upon when creating her evil characters. One of her parttime jobs was at Amnesty International. The letters she read and the stories she heard left an indelible mark.
Listen to her Harvard Commencement speech. The graduates grew up with Harry Potter.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 31, 2013, 01:11 PM (9 replies)



Yay! You go rescuers.
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