Embed: DOJ’s 71ppg PDF on Serial Murder

By BitcoDavid


Several years ago, I did a paper on the differences between the 3 major types of mass murderers. Serial Killers, Spree Killers and Thrill Killers. The terms are not interchangeable – the three types have succinctly different motivations, methodologies and pathologies. Research for that piece came from the DSM-IV, and from the DOJ. Recently, I found this PDF document on the Web. It’s a long read, but is the bleeding edge of law enforcement research into the phenomenon.

It is worth noting that none of the terms apply to politically or religiously motivated killers, although in some cases, both the Serials and the Spree types have reported religion as a motive. Generally speaking, that is viewed as a common symptom of these illnesses, but the feeling is that a pathological murderer would kill regardless of religion.

Both this report and the information in the DSM – my previous paper, for that matter, as well – did not therefore, deal with the issue of terrorism. So, although the outcomes may be the same, there is a significant difference between – for example – Harris and Klebold, and the Tsarnaev brothers.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

I am Adam Lanza’s Mother

By BitcoDavid

I’ve got just 2 words for Liza Long, who published this brilliant piece in the Blue Review.

Nailed it.

“They told me I could wear these,” he insisted. “You’re a stupid bitch. I can wear whatever pants I want to. This is America. I have rights!”

“You can’t wear whatever pants you want to,” I said, my tone affable, reasonable. “And you definitely cannot call me a stupid bitch. You’re grounded from electronics for the rest of the day. Now get in the car, and I will take you to school.”

I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.

Ms. Long is parent to a mentally ill child. In her case, the child suffers extreme mood swings, going from sweet and contrite to vicious and violent. The beautiful little boy in the picture above has attacked her with a knife, and threatened to jump from a moving car.

A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan—they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.

That conflict ended with three burly police officers and a paramedic wrestling my son onto a gurney for an expensive ambulance ride to the local emergency room. The mental hospital didn’t have any beds that day, and Michael calmed down nicely in the ER, so they sent us home with a prescription for Zyprexa and a follow-up visit with a local pediatric psychiatrist.

We still don’t know what’s wrong with Michael. Autism spectrum, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant or Intermittent Explosive Disorder have all been tossed around at various meetings with probation officers and social workers and counselors and teachers and school administrators. He’s been on a slew of antipsychotic and mood altering pharmaceuticals, a Russian novel of behavioral plans. Nothing seems to work.

Due to a career sacrifice, “Michael” at least receives treatment. Ms. Long was forced to abandon her plans as a freelancer and take a job that offered mental health coverage. Care that Adam Lanza, Harris and Klebold, Jason Holmes and countless others never got. It is for this reason, and this reason alone, that we may never have to worry about Michael growing up to become the next Trenchcoat Mafia killer.

Here’s the link to her profound and extremely well written article:


While we’re struggling to come to grips with the tragedy of Sandy Hook – and again beating the dead horse of gun control – we need to begin to examine how we deal with this nation’s mentally ill. Now I’m not going to say that we don’t need some kind of sensible legislation regarding our national obsession with guns, and the fact that anyone can obtain what is essentially a weapon of mass destruction with less effort than adopting a dog. I’m merely saying that the guns are a symptom of something bigger. Our complete unwillingness to help each other – to work together for the common good.

Our approach to mental illness is to either pickle their brains with chemical lobotomies, ignore them altogether, or warehouse them in our prisons. These people need help. Help is expensive. Help is costly. But until they get our help – unconditionally and unilaterally – we’re going to have a lot more Sandy Hooks.

An Intratec TEC-DC9 with 32-round magazine; a ...

An Intratec TEC-DC9 with 32-round magazine; a semi-automatic pistol formerly classified as an Assault Weapon under Federal Law. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.


Supreme Court Rewrites Miranda Warning

By BitcoDavid

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and an Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

In the United States, a person who is going to...

In the United States, a person who is going to be questioned by police when he or she is in police custody must be read his or her “Miranda rights”. The Miranda warning assumes people don’t understand what their rights are so it requires police officers to read a statement to people being arrested which informs them that they have certain rights, such as the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On June 1st, 2010 Justice Kennedy delivered the Court’s ruling in Burghuis vs. Thomkins 560 U.S. __, No. 08-1470. The case involved Van C. Thompkins Jr., who remained mostly silent during a three-hour interrogation, but finally confessed to the killing of Samuel Morris. Thompkins’ confession was used against him at his trial, which ended with a conviction of first-degree murder.

Thompkins appealed using the fact that he had initially opted to remain silent, but police continued to interrogate him. An appeals court, in 2008, agreed with him.

But the SCOTUS ruled against him, stating that it is not only necessary to remain silent, but that you need to state verbally – at the onset of the interrogation – that you wish to exercise that right. It would be similar to invoking your 5th amendment rights. In other words, it is necessary to reply – to each question – when taking the fifth, “I refuse to answer on the grounds my answer may incriminate me.”


Alright, McGillicuddy. Did ya kill that nun? I refuse to answer under my Miranda rights. You’re goin’ to take the spike for this, McGillicuddy. I refuse to answer under my Miranda rights. McGillicuddy? Do you believe in God? I refuse to answer under my Miranda rights. What about your family? Do they know what a scumbag you are? I refuse to answer under my Miranda rights.

You get the idea.

Here’s the PDF of the SCOTUS ruling.

Here’s a link that explains all the legal ins and outs.


And here’s one from our side:


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Deaf slaying suspect had also stabbed another woman | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Deaf slaying suspect had also stabbed another woman | Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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As you look at the top of our scroll page, you’ll see a series of tabs, bearing the names of our valued and esteemed contributors. These pages are used by our authors as a place to write about those issues that concern them – not necessarily related to the issue of the Deaf behind bars.

One such page belongs to Pat Bliss. She has been writing the serialized story of the Felix Garcia case. Ms. Bliss has been working as a paralegal, and has been long involved in this case, and the ongoing effort to free this innocent man. We have been enjoying 2 to 3 updates per week. You’ll want to follow this page.

BitcoDavid, who enjoys writing short fiction, shares a few pieces about one of his many passions – our fur-person friends. Stay tuned though. One of his other passions is amateur boxing. He may choose to share some of those stories, as well.

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