Category Archives: Disaster

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pictured at the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California, August 23, 2011, months prior to the Afghan massacre. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pictured at the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California, August 23, 2011, months prior to the Afghan massacre. (Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

 

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 39, pleaded guilty, in a military court on Wednesday to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians. He said there’s “not a good reason in the world” for why he did it . . .

Click here to read the background and history of the Afghan civilian massacre and St. Bales’ plea deal.

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Random, introspective thoughts on Boston bombing suspect (Opinion)

Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, says brother's anger at wars in Iran and Afghanistan was motivation for terrorism.

Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, says brother was “upset” and angry about the in Iraq and Afghanistan which motivated the two of them to bomb the Boston Marathon.

Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev revealed that he and his brother planned the Boston Marathon bombing just a week prior to the Patriot’s Day event. He said his older brother, Tamerlan, was “upset” by the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and “anger” was the motivation for planting the homemade bombs that killed three and injured nearly 200 . . .

Click here to read the writer’s thoughts on the Boston bombing suspect.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says brother was mastermind behind Boston bombing

Bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. The younger brother disclosed to officials that the elder brother was the mastermind behind the Boston Marathon bombing.

Bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. The younger brother disclosed to officials that the elder brother was the mastermind behind the Boston Marathon bombing.

 

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in his hospital room Monday. Tsarnaev told authorities that his older brother was the mastermind behind the last week’s attack that killed three and injured more than 170 others . . .

Read about the Boston bombing suspect’s mindset concerning the heinous act of terrorism.

Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, formally charged in hospital room

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has been formally charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. (Photo: FBI website)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has been formally charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. (Photo: FBI website)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was formally charged in his hospital room with using a weapon of mass destruction in the twin explosions that left three dead and 176 injured at last week’s Boston Marathon. It is a crime that carries a possible death sentence . . .

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Widow of Boston bombing suspect returns home, feds to question her

 Katherine Russell, 24, widow of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, returns to Cambridge, Mass. Federal authorities have asked to question her.

Katherine Russell, 24, widow of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, returns to Cambridge, Mass. Federal authorities have asked to question her.

 

Katherine Russell, 24, widow of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, returned home Saturday to collect two bags and a cat. She then returned to her parents’ home in North Kingstown, R.I., where she has stayed since the death of her husband . . .

Click here to read about the widow of the Boston bombing suspect.

Bombing suspect may never be questioned, Boston mayor says

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19,

Boston, bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is unable to speak and in serious condition, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the bombing suspect who was captured on Friday, may never be questioned, per Reuters. The suspect remains in serious, but stable condition, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, after sustaining a throat and leg injury . . .

Read about the condition of the captured Boston bombing suspect.

Adama Lanza: Personal journals, drawings can offer clues on shooter’s motivation

Adam Lanza's signature on a school project, years before he became a school shooter. (Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Adam Lanza’s signature on a school project, years before he became a school shooter. (Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Recently, much has been written about a search of Adam Lanza’s personal effects. The list indicated the shooter was a card-carrying member of the NRA who had massive amounts of guns, ammunition and a gun safe in his room. Less has been reported on his personal journals and drawings . . .

Read about how Adam Lanza’s personal journals and drawings can offer insight on his motivation for the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Parents of Newtown shooting victim meet face-to-face with killer’s father

Emilie Parker, 6-year-old, who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn. (Parker family photo.)

Emilie Parker, 6-year-old, who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn. (Parker family photo.)

Alissa and Robbie Parker, parents of 6-year-old Emilie, one of the Newtown, Conn., murder victims, recently met face-to-face with Peter Lanza, the father of the killer, Adam Lanza, 20. Robbie Parker spoke out after the shooting and expressed condolences to the shooter’s family . . .

Click here to read about the Parker’s face-to-face meeting with Newtown, Conn. killer’s father.

Parents of slain Chicagoans cry out for gun control

Framed memorial for those who murdered, in front of the Faith Community of St. Sabina (church), in the Austin neighborhood, in the Auburn-Gresham neighbourhood, on Chicago's south side. Image: AP.

Framed memorial for those who were murdered, in front of the Faith Community of St. Sabina (church), in the Austin neighbourhood, in the Auburn-Gresham neighbourhood, on Chicago’s south side. Image: AP.

CHICAGO – As Chicago marked its 500th murder of 2012 on Dec. 31, more than a dozen families of murdered Chicagoans gathered at the Faith Community of St. Sabina on the city’s south side, crying out for gun control. Rev. Michael Pfleger, St. Sabina’s priest and community activist, whose own 19-year-old foster son was killed in 1998, said “Murder is up,” despite the Chicago Police Department’s statement that overall crime is down . . .

Click here to read about the cry of parents of murdered Chicagoans hearts — gun control.

Student suspended for writing poem about Connecticut school killer

Excertps from suspended high school student, Courtni Webb poem, expressing she knows why the Connecticut school shooter "pulled the trigger."

Excertps from suspended high school student, Courtni Webb poem, expressing she knows why the Connecticut school shooter “pulled the trigger.”

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Courtni Webb, 17, a San Francisco high school senior, at the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island, was suspended until further notice for a poem she wrote about Adam Lanza and the Newtown, Conn. school massacre. The poem does not express grief for the victims but states she knows what drove the shooter, to pull “the trigger” . . .

Click here to read about why a high school student was suspended for writing about the Sandy Hook killer.