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Happy birthday, Jarvis Cocker!

viα melancolique: Sint-Pauluskerk Antwerpen Belgium.    

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cruelty-and-murder:

The Trials of Charles Manson, Tex Watson, Susie Atkins, Patricia Krewinkel, and Leslie Van Houten (1970-1971)

On June 15, 1970, Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krewinkel were brought forward before a judge to stand trial for the murders of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Steven Parent, Voytek Frycowski, Leno LaBianca, and Rosemary LaBianca - A total of 7 counts of murder and one count of conspiracy. Leslie Van Houten, another prominent “Family” member, was charged separately for 2 counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to murder. Linda Kasabian, another prominent member, offered herself as a witness to the prosecution, in exchange for immunity - she could not be charged for the crimes.

In the early stages of the trial, Manson was granted the privilege to act as his own defense. However, Manson acted inappropriately in court with rude outbursts, something that would continue throughout the trial. Manson was no longer permitted to act as his own counsel, and Irving Kanarek was appointed as lead defense attorney. In protest, Manson carved a swastika into his forehead.

During the trial, Kasabian was brought to the stand by Vincent Bugliosi, the lead prosecutor, and described in detail all of the murders which had taken place. Kanarek objected, saying that Kasabian was incompetent and insane; the judge overruled the objection.

President Richard Nixon declared that Manson was guilty; during testimony, Manson produced a newspaper with the headline, “MANSON GUILTY, NIXON DECLARES.” The defense moved to throw the trial by Presidential prejudice; the objection was overruled by merit of the jury swearing not to be influenced by the declaration.

Once the prosecution closed their case, the defense immediately closed theirs as well. The women of the defense protested, claiming they wanted to testify as well. The defense’s argument was that they would not incriminate Manson - they would take all the blame for the murders and leave Manson out of it. Despite the protests of Kanarek and his team, the defendants were permitted to testify; however, Kanarek refused to question Atkins. Van Houten’s attorney refused to allow her to take the stand; the next day, he did not show up for court. He was eventually found dead, rumored killed by the Family.

Charles “Tex” Watson was charged separately in August 1971, and convicted of seven counts of murder and one count of conspiracy.

The jury for the main case found all defendants guilty on all counts. The jury came to the conclusion of the death sentence; however, in 1972, in the California Supreme Court case, all defendants’ sentences were commuted to life in prison.

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toxicwinner:

everyone is obsessed with assigning value to themselves what the fuck are we. we are these pathetic weird neurotic angry animals

anais-entwistle:

mackey and cocker in paris

dichotomized2:

Decellularization is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place. This scaffold of connective tissue - called a "ghost organ" for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.This is in the experimental stage

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historicporn:

The lynching of Jesse Washington.

Washington was beaten with shovels and bricks,was castrated, and his ears were cut off. A tree supported the iron chain that lifted him above the fire. Jesse attempted to climb up the skillet hot chain. For this, the men cut off his fingers.

Jesse was 15.

1916.

Who did this?

"A professional photographer took pictures as the event unfolded, providing rare imagery of a lynching in progress. The pictures were printed and sold as postcards in Waco."

they sold photographs of his body as postcards.

"After the fire was extinguished, his charred torso was dragged through the town and parts of his body were sold as souvenirs"

they sold

his

body parts

as fucking

souvenirs

tell me these people aren’t monsters

THIS IS 1916. THIS IS NOT EVEN 100 YEARS AGO. IN AMERICA. IN WACO, TEXAS. NOT JUST A FEW SICK PEOPLE; PEOPLE IN THE FUCKING TOWN BOUGHT PIECES OF HIM AS A SOUVENIR. THERE ARE PEOPLE STILL ALIVE WHO WERE ALIVE WHEN THIS HAPPENED.

YA’LL STILL FEEL BAD ABOUT THE WACO SIEGE CULT?

Smh

This is disgusting… How could they be okay with his screams? How could they go home to there families at night like nothing happened? Where’s the humanity, the compassion?

I had to google this because I didn’t know about it and found some interesting info:

Between 1890 and 1920, about 3,000 African Americans were killed by lynch mobs, usually after whites were the victims of crimes purportedly committed by blacks. Supporters of lynching justified the practice as a way to assert dominance over African Americans, to whom they attributed a criminal nature. Lynching also provided a sense of white solidarity in a culture with changing demographics and power structures. 

By the 1910s, Waco’s economy had become strong and the city had gained a pious reputation. A black middle class had emerged in the area, along with two black collegesIn the mid-1910s, blacks comprised about twenty percent of the Waco population. In her 2006 study of lynching, journalist Patricia Bernstein describes the city as then having a “thin veneer” of peace and respectability. Racial tension was present in the city: local newspapers often emphasized crimes committed by African Americans, and Sank Majors, a black man, was hanged from a bridge near downtown Waco in 1905. 

It sounds a lot like Ferguson and modern America, to be honest. I like how nobody in the thread of comments in this post talked about Washington’s innocence or lack thereof, and I think that’s the spirit of what really should be discussed. This was absolutely unwarranted, and displays a level of savagery that should be unacceptable in any society. Not to mention that most of the people who lynched him had absolutely no relation to the family of the victim, and some even brought their children to teach them about white supremacy. As an initiation ritual of some sort:

Waco residents, who likely had no connection with the rural Fryer family, comprised most of the crowd. Some people from nearby rural communities traveled to the city before the trial to witness the events.As the lynching occurred at midday, children from local schools walked downtown to observe, some climbing into trees for a better view. Many parents approved of their children’s attendance, hoping that the lynching would reinforce a belief in white supremacy. Some Texans saw participation in a lynching as a rite of passage for young men.

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lohrien:

Paintings by Masaaki Sasamoto

« David [Bowie] quietly tells me, ‘You know, I’ve had so much sex and drugs that I can’t believe I’m still alive,’ and I loudly tell him, ‘You know, I’ve had SO LITTLE sex and drugs that I can’t believe I’m still alive. »

- Morrissey, Autobiography  (via leftbehindandsour)
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