How many people does it take to make up a street gang?
“Street gangs are defined by the National Alliance of Gang Investigators as groups or associations of three or more persons with a common identifying sign, symbol, or name, the members of which individually or collectively engage in criminal activity that creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.”
#three is also the magic number of murders that a person must commit (with a cooling off period in between each incident) in order to be defined as a serial killer.
Prison Slang 101
brake fluid: psychiatric meds such as liquid Thorazine
chin check: to punch an inmate in the jaw to see if he’ll fight back
diaper sniper, chi-mo, chester, short-eyes: child molester
jack book: any magazine with pictures of women
the monster: hiv
ninja turtles: guards dressed in riot gear
robocop: guard who writes up every infraction, no matter how small
six-five: warning that a guard is approaching
stainless-steel ride: lethal injection
13 1/2: 12 jurors, 1 judge, and 1/2 a chance; seen in prison tattoos
ding wing: mental health ward
boneyard : The visiting trailers, used for overnight visits of wives and/or families.
catch a ride :To ask a friend with drugs to get you high. “Hey man,
can I catch a ride?”
fish: A new arrival, a first-timer, a bumpkin, not wise to
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[Click title link above for a great post on Child of Rage Beth Thomas]
“Beth poked pins into her brother and into the Thomas’s pets. As she got older, on a particularly violent occasion she smashed her brother’s head into the cement floor of their basement until he needed stitches to close a gash in his forehead. Beth’s intention was not merely to harm her brother but to kill him. She often voiced her desire to kill her entire family including her parents.”
“Are people afraid of you Beth?”
“At night time, what do you parents do to your door?”
“Lock it shut… because they don’t want me to hurt [my brother]”
“Are [your parents] afraid that you might hurt them?”
“Would you, Beth?”
“When would you do it?”
“Night time… because I don’t like them seeing me do it, but they can feel me do it.”
“And what would you to them, Beth?”
“Stab them…with a knife”
Jeremy Bentham is the founder of modern utilitarianism and the ‘greatest happiness principle.’ He also had a morbid sense of humor. His most bizarre coup came after his death in 1832. As stipulated in his will, Bentham’s embalmed body was dressed and placed on display in a glass cabinet in the hallways of University College London. His body is still there today and, apparently, it is still wheeled in to preside over the annual meeting of university administrators. Bentham is listed on the minutes as “present but not voting.”
“Since 1983, the Halloween Candy Hotline has helped restore the public’s confidence in Halloween and kept the lines of communication open, should law enforcement officials or poison control centers receive a report of alleged candy tampering.
What is the hotline?
The Hotline is an 800 number staffed by NCA employees that police, sheriffs, and poison control centers can call for help in handling the complaints of alleged tampering of candy products. We take down the relevant information and then forward it on to the company whose product is involved so that your company and the officers can establish a line of communication.
Hotline Number: 1-800-433-1200
A call to the Hotline can help clear up any confusion and avoid unnecessary public alarm in the community. Hopefully, police will reach for our phone number rather than contact the local television station. THIS HOTLINE IS NOT FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IT IS STRICTLY FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY.”
False claims of Halloween candy tampering from the ’70s & ’80s
“In 1970, a 5-year-old boy from the Detroit area found and ate heroin his uncle had stashed. The boy died following a four-day coma. The family attempted to protect the uncle by claiming the drug had been sprinkled in the child’s Halloween candy.
In a 1974 case, Timothy O’Bryan, an 8-year-old boy from Deer Park, Texas, died after eating a cyanide-laced package of Pixy Stix. A subsequent police investigation eventually determined that the poisoned candy had been planted in his trick-or-treat pile by the boy’s father, Ronald Clark O’Bryan, who also gave out poisoned candy to other children in an attempt to cover up the murder. The murderer, who had wanted to claim life insurance money, was executed in 1984.”
Media and the myth
“Despite the falsity of these claims the news media promoted the story continuously throughout the 1980s, with local news stations featuring frequent coverage. During this time cases of poisoning were repeatedly reported based on unsubstantiated claims or before a full investigation could be completed and often never followed up on. This one sided coverage contributed to the overall panic and caused rival media outlets to issue reports of candy tampering as well.
By 1985, the media had driven the hysteria about candy poisonings to such a point that an ABC News/Washington Post poll that found 60% of parents feared that their children would be injured or killed because of Halloween candy sabotage.
Advice columnists entered the fray during the 1980s and 1990s with both Ann Landers and Dear Abby warning parents of the horrors of candy tampering.
“In recent years, there have been reports of people with twisted minds putting razor blades and poison in taffy apples and Halloween candy. It is no longer safe to let your child eat treats that come from strangers.” –Ann Landers”Somebody’s child will become violently ill or die after eating poisoned candy or an apple containing a razor blade.” –Dear Abby
This collective fear also served as the impetus for the “safe” trick-or-treating offered by many local malls.”
Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) + Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)