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Resources, sites and more regarding the subject.
Although I have enough of the glamourisation of crime, I still don't have enough of crime itself.

This is a very interesting site regarding photography in jail.
To notice this amazing portrait of Concutelli, one of Italy's most interesting character in the radical right movement of the 70's.
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Some pictures of Italian photographer Marco Delogu with some impressive inmates profiles (and again Concutelli).

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A well done french serie about different criminals, sex offenders, serial killers, etc. Maybe this link should go in the documentary topic but all the episodes are about true crime and related. It's all in french but i'll try to find versions with english subtitles.

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Quote from: tiny_tove on February 23, 2010, 03:24:01 PM

This is a very interesting site regarding photography in jail.
To notice this amazing portrait of Concutelli, one of Italy's most interesting character in the radical right movement of the 70's.

Is there any good info about Concutelli? His name have poped up in connection with the assissanation of Olof Palme. Swedish primeminister that was gunned down on an open street in 1986. A crime that have never been solved.


Usual problem, plenty of Italian stuff (his own biography "Me, the black man" and other stuff and his interview in the "Destra criminale". I see if I can find anything in English.

What was the connection with the Palmer murder? I have no clue about this.
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The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade
(in finnish "Natashat") by Viktor Malarek is very fine true crime. It's highly biased writing about modern day slave trade, human traffiking, etc. Best thing is, that it is so biased, that every sentence that describes the pimps, traffickers, dealers and other hustlers, can't be written without degoratory sentences. It's always describing vile character, nasty disgusting looks and so on. While the officers in service busting the cases are "bright eyed", "firm tall well build" type of guys. Author isn't just making the book about sex trade, but he is out there to mock and attack against the wrongdoers. I think in this book there was story of girl who was 12, and he butt had been so brutally penetrated for long times, that there was already permanent internal organ damages. I think it was this book. Most of all it's about east european girls that are being lured to west in hopes of better life. It goes from US to UK, to middle east, etc. One can probably say it might not be such a "academic study" one could trust 100%, but when you type the name online and find the reactions of readers like "After I read this book, I felt like killing all male", I guess it's sign of pretty decent true crime observations?
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There's some easy to find websites with a lot of sickos, serial killers, rapists biographies and pictures: (there's a lot of mumbo jumbo on that site but the sections at the buttom of the page are nice and entertaining.) (a classic)


Quote from: tiny_tove on February 23, 2010, 05:17:17 PM
Usual problem, plenty of Italian stuff (his own biography "Me, the black man" and other stuff and his interview in the "Destra criminale". I see if I can find anything in English.

What was the connection with the Palmer murder? I have no clue about this.

He wasn't connected himself. The idea that has been out there is that the attempted murder of Bernardo Leighton and his wife is a dead ringer for the murder of Olof Palme and that Michael Townley was behind both things.
I'm trying to get my head around this Townley guy so any info on him is appreciated.


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Peter Sutcliffe should never be freed

Because the Yorkshire Ripper killed women, he is seen as mad. But these were heinous hate crimes and he should die in jail

    * Julie Bindel
          o Julie Bindel
          o, Tuesday 2 March 2010 14.00 GMT
          o Article history



I was 18 years old and living in Leeds when Sutcliffe killed Jacqueline Hill, a 20-year-old student in the third year of her English degree course. She was returning home to her students' hall of residence in Headingley, Leeds. It was November 1980 and, two months later, Sutcliffe would be arrested by police in Sheffield while setting up his next victim. I lived less than a mile away from where Hill's body was found, and had been followed up the hill late one night the week prior to Jacqueline being killed by a man fitting Sutcliffe's description. I had reported it to the police, but they dismissed me.

I was involved in a group campaigning to end violence against women in the city and we would often talk about the outrageous comments of West Yorkshire police, such as imposing a curfew on women at night rather than men, and talking of "innocent victims" when a body was discovered who had not been a prostitute. In a way, Sutcliffe is partly responsible for me becoming a feminist, but so are the legions of other men who take pleasure from harming women and children.

The so-called Yorkshire Ripper, the notorious serial killer who murdered at least 13 women and left another seven for dead, is back in the news. On Monday, his lawyers won a ruling from a high court judge that a hearing should be held to set his tariff – the length of time he should serve before being eligible for parole. We can only assume that Sutcliffe, sentenced to 30 years in prison in 1981, wants to taste the freedom of which he deprived so many women and their loved ones.

Immediately prior to killing Jacqueline Hill, Sutcliffe had eaten chicken and chips as he waited for his prey. When interviewed by police after his arrest, he said, "The last one I did was Jacqueline Hill" – as though he was talking about cleaning his car. When asked by his brother Carl why he had committed such crimes, he replied, "I were just cleaning up the streets, our kid." In Sutcliffe's mind, the streets were filled with vermin – women – in need of elimination. The attacks carried out by this misogynist were the most extreme hate crimes imaginable. Sutcliffe did not go on a killing spree because he had some sort of moral objection to women in prostitution, as was suggested at the time by much of the media, and since, by authors and commentators, but because he hated women.

If the murders of Ian Banyam, the gay man kicked to death in Trafalgar Square, and Stephen Lawrence, the young black man stabbed to death by racists, are viewed as hate crimes, why are the sex murders of women seen as the actions of individual madmen, rather than an expression of deep-rooted, institutionalised hatred of women?

I remember the jokes ordinary men in Yorkshire used to make about this serial killer before he was caught. "There's only one Yorkshire Ripper" football fans would chant at Elland Road, "Ripper 12, police nil," was one particular jibe during games where the police were penalising unruly fans. "Give us a kiss, love, I'm not the Ripper," was a regular crack heard in nightclubs around the country. In the 1980s, a group of anarchists named themselves "The Peter Sutcliffe Fan Club", because they saw him as the ultimate rebel.

Yet this man is responsible for untold agony and misery, not just of his victims but of the women in the north of England during his reign of terror, and the parents and children of the dead women.

For the sake of Sutcliffe's survivors, such as the brave Marcella Claxton, who was bludgeoned with a hammer in 1976 and still suffers from blackouts and headaches, we should never let this man see the light of day again. It would serve no purpose to release him. Think about poor Doreen Hill, Jacqueline's mother, who has long argued that if the police had done their jobs and arrested Sutcliffe during one of the nine times they questioned him as a potential suspect, her daughter would still be alive today. What would it do to her to know that he has not been given a whole life tariff?

Prisoners should have information regarding their sentences, and those who will never be released should be made aware of that fact. But Sutcliffe's crimes were so heinous, and his remorse so absent, that he should never have the privilege of freedom. The lawyers representing him will argue that they are merely ensuring that his human rights are exercised.

I say, let him die in jail and rot in hell.
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I have started to compile selected random articles, photos etc from my archives into a blog. I think it may be of interest to many people here at Special Interests:
got a huge collection of photos from swedish prisons in 70/80s, saving much of it for my own artworks etc but I'll share a few of them there.

tony, my bandmate in alfarmania, told me last week that he'd talked to his father about his jailtime in 70s and he said he used to take lots of photos of him and his mates. with a little luck this material comes out of the closet....


James Bulger killer back in prison

Jon Venables, one of the two killers of toddler James Bulger in 1993, returned to jail after breaching the terms of his licence conditions

James Bulger/videograb

A video still dated 13 February 1993 of James Bulger, aged 2, being led away in the New Strand shopping centre in the Bootle area of Liverpool. Photograph: Malcolm Croft/PA

One of the killers of the toddler James Bulger is back in prison after breaching the terms of his licence, the government confirmed yesterday.

Jon Venables, now 27, has been given a new identity since his release from prison for his part in the 1993 murder which horrified the nation due to the savagery of the crime, the age of the perpetrators, and the age of the victim.

Venables and Robert Thompson, both 10 at the time, abducted and murdered James, two, in February 1993.

James was taken from a shopping centre in Liverpool and found on a railway line having been beaten with bricks and an iron bar. Venables and Thompson, who were truanting from school, walked James around the streets of Liverpool for more than two miles, stopping occasionally to kick and punch him. They told adults who intervened that he was their brother.

Last night, James's mother Denise Fergus, 42, said through a spokesman she believed the public should be told what Venables had done to trigger his recall to prison.

"Denise has always said she did not believe that it was safe to parole Venables and Thompson at 18, before they had ever spent a day in an adult prison," the spokesman said.

"She believes this breach of parole shows that she was right ... But she believes that she and the public have a right to know what Venables has done and what is to be done with him now he is an adult offender."

The Ministry of Justice refused to say what Venables had done to breach his licence. It also refused to confirm or deny whether it involved an act of violence against a person or any other criminal act.

The conditions placed on the killers after their release included that they did not contact each other, and that they stayed away from the Liverpool area.

Michael Wolkind QC said he thought there was a "significant chance" the breach had been serious.

He said: "Licence is a means of controlling people once they are released. Now this has been publicised, I think there must be a possibility of his new identity being exposed in prison and the inference must be it was a serious breach.

"To go to all the trouble of building him a new identity and a new life, there must be a significant chance it was serious."

Venables and Thompson were released from custody in 2001, having been the youngest people to be charged with murder in 20th century Britain.

They were convicted following a trial at Preston crown court and ordered to be detained at Her Majesty's pleasure, the usual sentence for life imprisonment when the offender is a juvenile.

Trial judge Mr Justice Morland told the pair they had committed a crime of "unparalleled evil and barbarity".

Venables and Thompson were given life sentences for the murder and will remain on licence for the rest of their lives.

CCTV images of James's abduction were seared into the nation's consciousness, with the pictures showing the toddler being led away by the hand.

On their release, the pair were given new homes, new passports and new national insurance and social security documents.

The media were also gagged from revealing their new identities or where they lived.

Yesterday evening's statement announcing Venables's recall to prison was made by the government, before his breach of his licence conditions were revealed by a newspaper.

Harry Fletcher, assistant general secretary of Napo, the probation union, said: "The fact that the statement has been put out today does not mean he has been recalled within the last 24 hours.

"It's more likely that information about his whereabouts has leaked and the Ministry of Justice has taken a proactive step to limit the damage. He will now be in an adult prison somewhere in England and Wales."

If the usual procedures are followed, Venables will appear before the Parole Board within 28 days of his recall and it will consider how serious the breach is. The board will also decide whether to recommend Venables for release.

David Blunkett, who as home secretary told the House of Commons of the Parole Board's decision that Venables should be released in 2001, said: "It is with great regret that I have learned of the breach – but it is a great credit to the professionals undertaking the supervision and the continuing follow-through work that action has been taken and the original terms enforced."

The Ministry of Justice said: "We can confirm that Jon Venables has been recalled to custody following a breach of licence conditions. Offenders on licence are subject to strict conditions; if they breach those conditions they are subject to immediate recall. There is a worldwide injunction in place that prohibits any reporting that could identify Jon Venables or his location."
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Pressure grows for answer to why Jon Venables is behind bars

Justice secretary Jack Straw says he has 'good reasons' for not disclosing more information about James Bulger's killer

Jon Venables

Jon Venables, who was given a new identity when he was released in 2001, was taken back into custody Photograph: AP

Pressure was mounting tonight on the justice secretary, Jack Straw, to disclose why Jon Venables, who was convicted at the age of 10 of the murder of two-year-old James Bulger, has been sent back to prison for unspecified breaches of the conditions of his release on a life licence.

The calls for public disclosure yesterday were led by Detective Albert Kirby, who led the original investigation into the murder of the toddler in 1993, who said that the public should be told what Venables, now aged 27, had done.

"I think the statement that came out last night actually raises more questions than it answers. They wouldn't, using football parlance, have given him a red card and have him go to prison for one infringement. It would help to clarify and put this to rest once and for all if the public did have some indication of what he has done."

Straw yesterday defended the decision not to give any details: "I'm sorry that I cannot give more information at this stage on the nature of the alleged breach. I know there is an intense public interest in why he has been recalled. I would like to give that information but I'm sorry that for good reasons I can't and that's in the public interest."

The home secretary, Alan Johnson, went a little further conceding that there was a "public right to know" in the case but saying that "at this juncture I can say nothing more than confirm that Jon Venables is back in custody. I believe the public do have a right to know and I believe they will know all the facts in due course. But I must in no way prejudice the future criminal justice proceedings."

His last comment prompted speculation that Venables must be facing a trial after having committed a further serious offence. But the Ministry of Justice moved to issue a clarification, saying that Johnson was referring not to a trial but to impending parole board proceedings that must be held within the next 28 days to decide whether or not to confirm the decision to recall Venables to prison.

It is not usual for the ruling by a three-strong panel, headed by a judge, to be made public but a parole board spokesman said it was likely the outcome would be released because of the high profile nature of the case.

The question of why one of the two Bulger killers has been recalled to prison eight years after he was released with a new identity and new life goes far beyond mere public prurience.

It is already developing into a trial of strength between the tabloid media, fuelled by a wave of punitive outrage on the net, and a criminal justice system striving to maintain a protective cloak of anonymity against vigilante justice.

It is important because a worldwide anonymity order places a legal duty on Straw to protect Venables's new identity, and even the barest details of what he has been involved in could lead to a jigsaw identification. But it also raises the question of how successful the much-vaunted rehabilitation of Venables and his co-defendant, Robert Thompson, has actually been.

As far as Bulger's mother, Denise Fergus, is concerned her grief will never be assuaged. But to understand how we got into the topsy turvy position of being able to name two children aged 10 and relive through CCTV footage every tormented second of their abduction of the Merseyside toddler, but not being able to discuss their adult behaviour it is necessary to go back to their original trial 17 years ago.

As now, it was usual then not to name children accused of crimes. But such was the public and media pressure on the judge, Mr Justice Morland, in a case which Tony Blair described as "a hammer blow against the conscience of the nation" that he made an exception at the end of the trial.

"I did this because the public interest overrode the interest of the defendants," he said. "There was a need for an informed public debate on crimes committed by young children." Straw is now having to live with the consequences of that decision.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, tried to put the genie back in the bottle when he rejected the "institutional vengeance" of Michael Howard's 15-year tariff and replaced it with an eight-year term.

"We ought not to forget that, although they committed those very serious crimes, they were first of all human beings, and secondly they were children. Children can do things when they are children that they would never do in later life when they had matured," he said.

Woolf took a personal interest in the case and ensured that Venables and Thompson were kept out of the "corrosive atmosphere" of the prison service's young offender institutions. Instead, they were kept separately in local authority secure units and put through intense programmes of rehabilitation, education and psychological counselling.

It was a great success story leading to A-levels in Venables's case, and left them articulate enough about their emotions and remorse to convince a parole panel to release them on life licence.

It is breaches in the terms of that life licence which has led to the decision to recall Venables to jail. They include specific conditions such as not going anywhere near Liverpool or trying to contact each other, as well as general conditions, such as only living at an approved address or doing an approved job.

Venables may not have committed a further offence. It is sufficient for him to commit a pattern of technical breaches – such as missing a series of appointments with his probation officer – for him to be recalled to prison. The reasons for the recall could yet demonstrate all that rehabilitation work was not in vain.
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Thought I'd share this with you. Nice story from Lithuania. And that's what can be called the bad trip. For 13 years.

The action is under influence of LSD.

"When I attacked Jolanta, her face was just like mine, I thought that I was killing myself, but not her" said Dmitri Andreichiuk, age 28 who stabbed his girlfriend 143 times.

"Then we danced, I was throwing money all around the room, colors started to fade, then I smoked some weed" said the killer. "Jolanta tried to stop me, asked not to use drugs anymore. Then she said that some guys will come and beat me up. She went to the door, I took the knife, I was very afraid, I thought someone will come home. Then I tried to open the door to the balcony with the knife, but I couldn't disappear from the flat so I attacked Jolanta in the bathroom. Her face was just like mine"


Quote from: tiny_tove on March 04, 2010, 10:33:01 AM

Pressure grows for answer to why Jon Venables is behind bars

Jon Venables

Debated on Question Time yesterday. Watch Will Self talk down the reactionaries and quick fixers round the 31 minute mark. He tends to do that by just presenting facts. He takes no prisoners and I like him.
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Article (and photo gallery) asking readers to view photos of women taken by convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala, with hopes of identifying possible additional victims. Obviously all of the photos released by the police are fairly innocuous, but somewhat intriguing given the context in which the police are releasing them.

From the article :

"...Alcala – a freelance photographer – approached some of his victims and asked them to pose for his camera as a way of getting them to lower their guard. Murphy also contended that Alcala positioned the bodies of his victims into horrific poses and may have shot pictures of them afterward.

Detectives recovered hundreds of photos of young women – apparently taken by Alcala before his 1979 arrest – during court-authorized searches of Alcala's Monterey Park home and a rented storage locker.

Some photos show women or young girls in the nude and engaging in sex acts. Some show women or young girls who appear to be unconscious. Others show women posing, staring into the lens of a camera held by a man who was a serial killer, in remote settings – similar to the locale where Robin Samsoe's body was found in 1979. A few are of young men in sexually suggestive poses.

And most of the subjects in the photos have never been identified.

Murphy said he can't help but wonder: are these people still alive?

"We know that he used his camera many times in the past to gain the trust of several of his victims," Murphy said in an interview. "And then we found dozens of photos of unidentified young women who posed for him.

"We'd like to locate the women in these pictures," Murphy said. "Did they simply pose for a serial killer, or did they become victims of his sadistic, murderous pattern?" ."