America has long been the land of fulfilling one’s hopes and dreams. Or visions, as was the case of a German transplant by the name of Carl Tanzler.
Tanzler emigrated to Zephyrillis, Florida — his wife and two daughters accompanying him later — only for him to leave his family soon after. He relocated to the Key West island, was hired as an x-ray tech at the U.S. Marine Hospital, and went by the name of Carl von Cosel (sometimes adding Count to his name).
One day in 1930, Tanzler’s uneventful life was given new meaning. He was in his fifties at the time when he set eyes on the patient Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos. Elena was sick with Tuberculosis and her mother brought her to the hospital to seek treatment.
As a child in Germany, Tanzler reported visions of an exotic beauty, his one true love revealed to him by an ancestral relative. Tanzler knew that this dark-haired 21-year-old Cuban-American was his true love — in the flesh.
Despite Tanzler’s lack of medical training and the disease’s poor prognosis, he took it upon himself to court Elena with an assembly of diagnostic x-ray equipment brought to her parents’ home, curative concoctions, presents of jewelry and clothing, and of course, professions of his undying love.
Elena ultimately succumbed to her illness and died on October 25, 1931. The seemingly noble Tanzler paid for her funeral and built a mausoleum for Helen in the Key West Cemetery — all with the family’s approval. He spent almost every night visiting her tomb for the next one-and-a-half years.
But soon Tanzler’s obsession with Elena turned macabre. He reported that her spirit would sing to him in Spanish as he sat at her tomb, and begged him to take her away. In April of 1933, Tanzler secretly stole her decaying body and wheeled it to his home in a toy wagon.
Authorities were searching for 47-year-old Stephen “Hut” Sean Hutcheson after his wife and two children were found shot to death on Sunday.
Deputies were called to the Hutcheson home by a relative who was concerned since family members hadn’t heard from the Hutchesons. After making a forced entry into the home, they would find the bodies of 49-year-old Doris, shot twice in the head, and 14-year old Kimberly, who was shot once in the head and once in the face.
Both are suspected to have been asleep, but it’s being reported that 12-year-old Peyton probably was awake at the time of his murder. He was shot twice in the face and once in the neck; he was found on the couch.
“Crime scenes tell a story. It’s quite possible the son was awake and saw what his father was about to do,” Jefferson County sheriff’s office lieutenant David Agee said.
The murders occurred sometime late Friday/early Saturday. Stephen Hutcheson’s girlfriend reported that he called her around 3:00 a.m. Saturday, and they met up around 4:00 a.m. Some purchasing of cocaine, driving past the Hutcheson home, and checking into a Motel 6 ensued.
Apparently Hutcheson was with his girlfriend until Sunday morning; she has been cooperative and is not suspected of having any involvement in the murders. Hutcheson may be traveling in a silver 2005 Dodge Stratus with Alabama license plate number 1AS7156.
The body of Stephen Hutcheson was found in a wooded area near Adger, AL. Authorities responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle that had been in the location for several days discovered the 2005 Dodge Stratus with Hutcheson inside. He appears to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In Thailand, you get killed, and authorities will point at you. In America, you point, and authorities will kill you.
In April 2015, the Knox County, Ohio deputies arrested 33 year old David Levi Dehmann for drunkenness after he had fallen down by the restroom at the Dan Emmett Elementary School ball field. The deputies took the man to country jail but while in the booking room, a scuffle with a deputy ended with the suspect killed. The deputy murdered him by slamming his head to the floor.
A sheriff’s report written by Sgt. Alan Hackman about the incident reads:
[Dehmann] became aggressive with the jail staff… causing Deputy Wright to place Mr. Dehmann into a takedown hold, taking him to the ground to get control of him.
Once control was gained, it was found that Mr. Dehmann had hit his head on the floor during the incident.
It was found that Mr. Dehmann had hit his head on the floor – could you believe how gutless those cops are? Also notice the use of “take down hold” – how about saying it like it is, and putting down “slamming subject’s head directly to the floor with full force” instead?
Notice how none of the cops who witnessed the murder first hand arrested the murderer after the fact. Those are the “good cops” the sheeple talk about. Also notice how for about 15 minutes after he’d been slammed, none provided any form of medical assistance to the dying man. They just stood around and waited for him to die.
Deputy Wright, who murdered the man, was sent on… you guessed it – taxpayer funded vacation.
Twelve years ago Bernarda Gallardo saw a headline in the local paper that changed her life. After reading the story about an abandoned baby she decided she had to help.
“They killed and dumped a newborn baby on the rubbish heap,” read the headline.
The little girl was found on 4 April 2003 – her body had been put in a black rubbish bag and thrown in a bin which was later emptied and its contents taken to the local dump.
There are people who make a living recycling rubbish from the dump in the southern Chilean town of Puerto Montt, and it was one of them who found the body.
Gallardo was horrified. She immediately decided to give the baby a proper burial. She was in the process of adopting a child at the time and immediately felt a connection – this could easily have been her baby and she wanted to do something for it.
“If you get a baby that is alive you clothe it and feed it and put it in a cot. If your baby arrives dead you have to get a coffin and give it a decent burial,” she says.
But she also knows that some mothers don’t want to keep their children, and even feels a connection with them.
“These are young women, often no more than girls who are victims of rape and incest. If it is their father or stepfather who rapes them, they are too frightened to speak out. The rapists are often the ones who are providing for the family,” she says.
Gallardo was raped by a man in her neighbourhood in 1976 when she was 16.
She became pregnant and had the baby, a daughter, whom she loved and brought up herself.
“After I was raped, I was lucky enough to be able to move on because of the support I got from my friends. But if I had been left on my own, perhaps I would have felt as helpless as they do.”
Another reason babies are abandoned is poverty. “The women simply can’t afford to feed another baby,” says Gallardo.
It’s difficult to estimate how many babies are dumped in Chile. Official statistics show that about 10 are found each year, but the real figure could be much higher – most dumps are closed to the public so it’s possible that there are more bodies that have never been found.
Gallardo’s desire to do something for the baby in Puerto Montt was the start of a long and bureaucratic process.
She decided to name the girl Aurora after the Roman goddess of dawn, and in fact the baby did bring light to the darkness.
But getting hold of Aurora’s body so it could be buried wasn’t easy. In Chile if a body isn’t claimed by a member of the family it’s classed as human waste and disposed of with other surgical waste – Gallardo managed to step in quickly enough to stop this happening.
Doctors have to prove that a baby lived in order for it to be registered as a human being and thus allowed a proper burial – so they had to examine Aurora’s body.
Often doctors prefer to say a baby died at birth because they want to protect vulnerable mothers. Abortion is illegal in Chile and if a mother is caught abandoning her baby, even if she leaves it at a hospital, she can face up to five years in prison.
Gallardo also had to adopt Aurora in order to bury her, even though the child was dead.
Initially the judge in charge of the case had his doubts about Gallardo. He thought that she was Aurora’s biological mother and that she only wanted the body because she was feeling guilty about dumping her.
Once she convinced him of her good intentions, he told her it was the strangest case he had ever come across and that no-one in Chile had ever adopted a dead baby before. But he believed she was doing the right thing.
It took many months to get the medical tests done and the paperwork sorted out but finally Gallardo was allowed to take Aurora’s body for burial. Five-hundred people came to the funeral – they had been following Aurora’s progress in the local newspaper where the story was originally published.
Gallardo says the atmosphere was like a big birthday party – a celebration of Aurora’s life. There were children, doctors, nurses, the local press, people from the countryside and the judge. They sang songs, read poems about Aurora and played music.
It was important to Gallardo that so many people came to the public ceremony. “I wanted to get my local community to think about what was going on. Why are babies being left to die when there are least four families ready and waiting and in the right condition to adopt an unwanted baby?” she says.
“Instead of killing the babies give them up for adoption!”
The very day after the funeral another body, a baby boy, was found dumped. Gallardo was upset and couldn’t believe that all her work had seemingly been in vain.
By then she was well-known locally. People told her she had done the right thing for Aurora – and then asked her what she was going to do about the boy.
Eventually she decided to stick posters on all of Puerto Montt’s rubbish dumps telling people. “Don’t throw your babies in the rubbish,” and reminding them that two babies had been dumped in recent months – Aurora and then Manuel.
She thinks things are starting to change with better education about domestic abuse and more advice on family planning.
But Gallardo feels the law in Chile still victimises women who are poor or have been abused.
By coincidence, her own family history reveals another connection with babies who have been abandoned. Her great grandmother was found on the steps of a nunnery in Italy.
Gallardo wants women in Chile who aren’t able to look after their babies to be able to leave them in safe places too – she suggests dedicated areas in hospitals.
In the 12 years since Aurora’s funeral, Gallardo has adopted and buried three more dead children – Manuel, Victor and Cristobal.
She’s currently in the process of doing the same for another little girl, Margarita. She wants to give them “their dignity and for them to have somewhere to rest in peace”.
Gallardo’s story inspired Chilean director, Rodrigo Sepulveda to make a film about her. Named after Aurora, the prize-winning movie is currently being shown across Chile and at film festivals around the world.
Gallardo often visits the graves of the babies she has buried and sometimes notices that other people have left flowers.
She wonders whether some may be from the biological mothers and takes comfort from the fact that they are able to mourn knowing that their children are at peace.
Dutch designer Mark Sturkenboom has created a “memory box” containing a dildo with a compartment for storing the ashes of a deceased partner.
Called 21 Grams, the box is made from layers of wood, which are glued together and hand-sanded to create the final shape then coated with a pale grey matt finish. It opens using a gold-plated brass key that can be worn as a necklace, and incorporates an amplifier for playing music from an iPhone that slots into the base.
It also contains a scent diffuser and a small gold-plated urn that holds up to 21 grams of ashes inside a blown-glass dildo.
“21 Grams is a memory-box that allows a widow to go back to the intimate memories of a lost beloved one,” explained Sturkenboom. “After a passing, the missing of intimacy with that person is only one aspect of the pain and grief. This forms the base for 21 Grams. The urn offers the possibility to conserve 21 grams of ashes of the deceased and displays an immortal desire.”
“By bringing different nostalgic moments together like the scent of his perfume, ‘their’ music, reviving the moment he gave her her first ring, it opens a window to go back to moments of love and intimacy,” he said.
When unlocked, the front of the box forms two panels that fold out. One of these holds a built-in perfume container with a rubber diffuser attached.
A drawer in the base of the box can be used for keepsakes like a handkerchief or small scarf. The inside of the lid also features a round storage compartment for a ring, which is hidden behind two hinged flaps that form the shape of a shield when closed.
The hollow glass dildo rests at the back of the main compartment, and the small golden urn is slotted in to the bottom of this and closed with a brass seal.
Music from the user’s iPhone is amplified by the box, with the sound transmitted through perforations arranged in the shape of two forget-me-not flowers on the inside of the box.
The device was shown during Milan design week in the Ventura Lambrate district alongside other products by Sturkenboom. These included a table-clock called Watching Time Fly, which has no hands and tells the time with a small model of a fly made from a €500 note that completes a full revolution around a glass dome every minute.
The Utrecht-based designer graduated in 2012 from the Netherlands’ Artez Academy for the Arts, and has since focused on producing limited-edition pieces that reinterpret familiar products to examine themes of love, time and value.
The idea for 21 Grams, which is handmade to order and can be personalised to the requirements of the customer, grew from his relationship with an elderly widow.
“I sometimes help an elderly lady with her groceries and she has an urn standing near the window with the remains of her husband,” said the designer. “She always speaks with so much love about him but the jar he was in didn’t reflect that at all.”
“In that same period I read an article about widows, taboos and sex and intimacy and then I thought to myself: ‘can I combine these themes and make an object that is about love and missing and intimacy?'”
The name of the project refers to a belief that a human soul weighs 21 grams. This is based on a series of early 20th-century experiments by an American doctor that recorded weight loss in people as they died, which have since been widely discredited.
“I tried to open a new window for the way we reminisce about someone and find a dialogue for these feelings people are struggling with when somebody passes,” said Sturkenboom.
“We live in a time where we are able to manipulate life, adjust the way that we look, where the possibilities are endless if it comes to body enhancements, but there is one thing we still cannot answer, the unavoidable passing of life. But I can sure try.”
A 22-year-old man was today killed allegedly by his wife who was unhappy with his dark complexion, following which she has been arrested.
“Farzanabano (22), a resident of Sundarana village in Petlad taluka of Anand district, was arrested for killing her husband Farukh Malek today, because she was unhappy with his dark complexion,” Deputy Superintendent of Police P R Gehlot of Petlad taluka said.
Though Farzana and Farukh were married two years ago, they did not have any physical relations because the wife hated her husband’s skin colour, which always led to scuffles between them, Gehlot said.
Farzana used to go to his parents’ home to avoid her husband.
However, she returned ten days ago and the couple resumed fighting over physical relations since she returned to her in-laws’ house, he said.
Last night, there was a fight after which Farukh slapped Farzana.
Today, Farukh asked Farzana to accompany him to his farm, where she allegedly smashed his head with a hammer from behind, Gehlot said.
The police has registered an FIR against Farzana under Section 302 (Punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code and initiated an investigation.
Police have arrested 27-year-old Brittany Bell after her 3-month-old daughter was found dead in her home being eaten by roaches.
Police were initially called to Bell’s apartment on Jan 8, on a report of a dead infant. When they arrived, Bell told the officers she had put her baby, Alice, in her crib and came back a while later to find her dead.
She then changed her story, telling the officers she thought that it was possible that her 18-month-old twins may have accidentally smothered Alice. She said she fell asleep while watching a movie and that the twins may have killed the baby by sitting on her.
The Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and listed the cause of death as sudden unexplained infant death, with the manner of death undetermined. It was also noted that abrasions found on the baby’s head and legs were caused by the roaches feeding on the baby’s corpse.
“I can conclude that she laid the baby on the floor and fell asleep without waking during which time Alice may have been suffocated by one or both of her twins or became distressed due to the surface of the floor and suffocated,” Investigator Jim Warring stated in the affidavit. “Also enough time passed that roaches were able to start feeding on both the baby’s legs and head. All of this took place less than 10 feet from the couch where Bell was reportedly sleeping.”
Since a cause of death could not be determined, Bell got lucky and is only facing child neglect charges. She is currently being held on $10,0000 bond with a hearing set for May 8.
A week prior to Alice’s death, a neighbor called police to report Bell had left her children alone in the apartment and they were crying. The neighbor also said this wasn’t the first time Bell had done this.
When Bell arrived at the apartment five minutes later, she told officers she wasn’t gone long “and acted as if it was not a big deal.”
Bell has no children to worry about at the moment. One is dead, the twins were removed by the Washington County Department of Human Services, and she doesn’t have custody of her other children. I say this is a perfect time to break out the salad tongs and rid this woman of her pesky uterus.