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(115,112 posts)
Mon Oct 8, 2012, 04:36 PM Oct 2012

NHI - No Humans Involved

Anyone ever heard this term? I hadn't before today. I read it in a blog post about some scandals in the UK. I went looking for more information and found this.


NHI—No Humans Involved, one of ongoing series of public art projects about community issues addressed the sexual assault and murder of forty-five women in San Diego from 1985 to 1992. The project began on February 19, 1992, with the unveiling of two billboards bearing the picture of Donna Gentile and the letters NHI. Gentile was the second victim in the string of murders. A sex worker and police informant, Gentile was found strangled to death, her mouth stuffed with gravel, a month after she testified against two police officers.

Two days after the billboards went up, we opened a rented storefront gallery in downtown San Diego to display portraits representing the forty-five murdered women and distribute a book that described in detail police involvement with Gentile and a number of the other dead women, and police mishandling of the murder investigations.

Carla Kirkwood's performance, MWI-Many Women Involved, ran for three nights in the gallery space. A community forum addressing the series of murders and violence against women was held in the gallery space on International Women's Day. The goal of the project was to pay tribute to the murdered women, raise public awareness about the series of murders and the botched police investigation, and relate the local reaction to the crimes to larger social attitudes towards gender violence.


Lewis' claim that officers don't use NHI is refuted by published accounts of police officers who admit to using the term. In 1990, the Sacramento Bee quoted a San Diego police officer: "These were misdemeanor murders, biker women and hookers. we'd call them NHI's-no humans involved." While the exhibit was open, a police officer and a paramedic both wrote comments in the gallery book acknowledging ongoing use of NHI. Calling himself an investigator of misdemeanor murders, the police officer said he had been trained to disregard the humanity of victims from the "darker side" of life.

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(102,608 posts)
2. I wish I could be suprised that this attitude exists and flourishes...
Tue Oct 9, 2012, 07:07 AM
Oct 2012

but I can not. I hope this exhibit might be at least a starting point for change, but in this time of demonizing the "other"--whatever and whoever the "other" might be, I am not optimistic.


(42,033 posts)
4. I lost a friend--sex worker-- to a serial killer many years ago
Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:56 AM
Oct 2012

I live in the Northwest, home of a several notorious serial killers. Ted Bundy didn't kill prostitutes, he was very clever at hiding who and what he really was.

The Greenriver killer killed dozens of women, mostly disenfranchised females--runaways or prostitutes. Unlike Bundy he was a dumbass. He got away with it for so long because who he targeted, how he hid the bodies. I don't know how many he killed before they found a pattern The green river task force worked their asses off to try to find him.

My friend was murdered in Alaska, by a man who picked up strippers or prostitutes took him to a remote location, then hunted them like animals.

I have never heard this term, The police are human beings, both good and bad caring and not, but I'd be a liar if I didn't say its easy for them to put people in categories like this. Prostitute murder has to reach critical mass before its noticed, then it's like reality TV, people can be titillated by the news in the safety of their own homes.

We had a situation up here of a police officer shooting a homeless man. Although he is no longer a police officer, he was cleared of murder. Watch this video, if you haven't seen it before. It's a perfect example of what happens once someone reaches non human status in the eyes of law enforcement.


Edit, I just realized I linked to a conspiracy type site, sorry I switched to utube

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