Wednesday, March 11, 2009
A Modern Day Jack the Ripper?
The term "modern day Jack the Ripper" is tossed about quite a bit, but this case is too compelling to dismiss.

Diane Dimond writes about a recent find in Albequerque:

How many times have you heard that prostitution is a "victimless" crime?

As the argument usually goes: So what if people choose to engage in sex for money? It's between two consenting adults. The woman volunteers, the man pays. No one gets hurt.

Really?

Tell that to the families of the young women being unearthed from a stretch of mesa southwest of Albuquerque. As I write this the remains of at least 13 women and one unborn child have been discovered in a gruesome mass grave, the handiwork of at least one, and maybe more, serial killers. All the dead women are believed to have been prostitutes and/or addicted to drugs.

Because the bodies seem to have been discarded years ago Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz, seeking to calm the public's fear, says everyone "Can be reassured that there's not an active serial killer ... killing and preying on people." I'm not so sure.


She writes about Dennis Rader and his long layoff between crimes, and we know that Peter Sutcliffe did the same, so to dismiss these victims as an "old case" is premature to say the least.

Also, her thoughts on the status of prostitutes is interesting, no matter which side of the debate you fall on. The backgrounds of prostitutes often include common issues of abuse and neglect, which lead many to pursue paths that ultimately end in having to exchange sex for money. Again, whether you agree with the notion that prostitution is a victimless crime or not, there's no denying that the idea that prostitutes choose their lives, or that there are benign reasons for entering into that lifestyle, is not born out by the facts.
posted by Lavaughn Towell @ 1:15 PM | 4 comments

Wednesday, March 04, 2009
T-shirt depicting Annie Chapman's Injuries

My class on Jack the Ripper's London consists of student group presentations on each of the victims as well as on some of the major suspects. We are in the middle of victim presentations and the group that presented on Annie Chapman designed this t-shirt to depict Annie Chapman's injuries. I thought this was especially good because while it's a representation which aids in visually understanding her wounds, the t-shirt stops short of glorifying in and/or reveling in gore.

The question mark flags the missing uterus, and the marks on the shoulders denote where skin and intestines were laid to gain access to the uterus.

Many thanks to University of Tulsa students Frankie Marcus, Shandie Beckwith, Tracey Ganem, and Emily Moore
posted by Lavaughn Towell @ 3:42 PM | 1 comments

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