The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Creepy Weekend

Normally, I enjoy the weekends. Slow, relaxing and let's face it- weekends are usually rather low crime times. Times when I can actually read the news, and fill my minds with other headlines.

And then, this weekend happened.

Not one, not even two... but THREE different cases of people killing and beheading people.

Really, I'm sort of like 'what the hell...' on this.

The first case I came across involved a Brazilian drug dealer who was dating a 17 year old girl from London.

The torso of Cara Marie Burke, from Southfields, southwest London, was identified by her mother from a photograph of a distinctive tattoo that said “Mum”.

Mohamed D’Ali Carvalho dos Santos, 20, is alleged to have admitted taking photographs of Cara’s dismembered corpse on his mobile telephone after killing her in GoiĆ¢nia, central Brazil.

He told police that he murdered Cara on Saturday after she threatened to tell his parents, who live in London, that he was a drug dealer addicted to cocaine. He said that she was also considering turning him in to the police.

If having one case of murder and mutilation over the weekend wasn't bad enough, then there's the case of the passenger on a Greyhound bus in Canada. If nothing else, it will surely make you think twice the next time your about to step foot for a trek across a country in a bus-mobil.

After taking a short stop, passengers of the Greyhound bus reboarded and proceeded on their way, with many of the riders drifting back to sleep. One passenger had changed seats, and sat down near another rider who had been listening to headphones and sleeping. Then a startling scream lead to people turning to see the passenger who'd been asleep being savagely attacked with a knife by his new seatmate. As the bus stopped, and riders fled off the bus a few people attempted to step in and help- only to be scared off by the attacker lunging at them with the knife before returning to behead the victim.
In the tape of radio transmissions, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer refers to the attacker as "Badger" and says he is armed with a knife and scissors and is "defiling the body at the front of the bus as we speak."

On the tape, which lasts about 80 seconds, officers continue to detail the attacker's movements until one reports, "Badger's at the back of the bus, hacking off pieces and e.ating it."

For some unknown reason, two gruesome murders in one weekend evidently wasn't enough- so Athanassios Arvanitis of Greece decided to follow those crimes up with a few beheadings of his own, starting with the dog of his girlfriend, and moving on to his girlfriend.

A 31-year-old man killed his girlfriend on the Greek island of Santorini on Sunday, beheaded her, then fled in a patrol car, a local official said.

During the ensuing chase, the suspect was shot five times by police and ran over two women doctors who were riding a motorcycle before he was caught, the official said.

The suspect, Athanassios Arvanitis, a cook at a local restaurant, is undergoing surgery at an island hospital, said Chrysanthos Roussos, head of the Santorini district on the island.

Neighbors said that, following a heated argument, Arvanitis beheaded his girlfriend's dog with a butcher knife, then killed and beheaded the woman.

The victim, 25-year-old Adamantia Karkali, worked as a teacher at a local village, Angelos Roussos, the mayor of Thira, the island's main town, was quoted as saying by TV station Antenna. Angelos Roussos and Chrysanthos Roussos are not related.

Just beyond sickening... and unimaginable.