February 11th, 2009

Maybe I should be writing about fairies or fart jokes

Because when you spend all day reading The New Predator: Profiles Of Female Serial Killers you get depressed. Really depressed. The author interviewed seven female serial killers. Their crimes are sickening.

And it's clear that the seeds were sown in childhood. All the women were horrifically abused - usually by their family members. It's not the rape and beatings that hurt the worst. It's when a parent said things like, "You're stupid," or "Why don't you kill yourself?"

I am learning things, but some I wish I could unlearn. Some are more benign. Like male serial killers seem to come from the Pacific Northwest - right here. Female serial killers are more likely to be from the South.

And then this gave me pause: "Female multiple killers read materials to educate themselves about murder and forensic pathology. They go to their local libraries and check out books about poisons, autopsy procedures and police procedures."

Uh oh.

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Come celebrate Oregon's 150th birthday with me!

Oregon turns 150 on Valentine's Day. To celebrate, the Central Library is having an event February 14, 2:30-4 p.m.! Light refreshments will be served.

Special guests will include:

April Henry, author [AKA - me!]
Barbara Drake, poet
Candy Bertelson, librarian
David Schmitke, reporter
Gabriel Boehmer, author
Helen Raptis, television host
Henk Pander, artist
Janet Irwin, librarian
Jose Holguin, radio/TV personality
Laura Foster, author
Manuel Arellano, library staff member
Martin Gonzalez, PPS schoolboard member
Rocio Rios, newspaper editor
Ross Huffman-Kerr, actor

The speakers are going in alphabetical order by first name - so it's good to start with A!

For more information, click here.

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Teens sentenced to boot camps so judges can get kickbacks

As anyone who has read Shock Point can tell you, I'm not a big fan of boot camps for teens.

But this is beyond belief. Two Pennsylvania judges who have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers. One girl was "sentenced to a wilderness camp for building a spoof MySpace page that lampooned her assistant principal." Another boy spent months in a boot camp because his FRIEND stole some DVDS.

Read more here.

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