Posts tagged with "Murders"

Ominous video at #AMPFest19 shows Trump ‘offing’ reporters in ‘Church of Fake News’

October 15, 2019

A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Donald Trump shooting, stabbing, and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents inside a Church of Fake News was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort, the Trump National Doral, last week, according to footage obtained by The New York Times.

According to the Times’ report on October 13, the video combines a series of memes and shows the president’s head superimposed on a mass shooter’s body. The president in the video then goes on to slaughter his political and media critics.

The conference was organized by American Priority, a pro-Trump group, and it was attended by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was speaking at the event, and the President’s son, Donald Trump, Jr.—neither of whom would admit to seeing the video, which supposed “was shown in a side room at #AMPFest 19,” the organization said.

In its official statement, AMP describes the video as “unauthorized” and says that it was never “approved, seen, or sanction by the #AMPFest 19 organizers,” who were “not even aware of the video until they were contacted by the NYT.”

The extremely violent video can be seen in this embedded tweet.

After news of the video broke, many politicians took to Twitter to condemn the video, including Democratic presidential candidate @Beto O’Rourke, who said: “ At a conference of Trump supporters, they played a video of our president murdering journalists in a church. Last year, a Trump supporter sent bombs to CNN—and a shooter entered a church yesterday. This video isn’t funny. It will get people killed.”

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) added his own outrage, tweeting: “Every mother and father in America should watch video. Play it all the way to end. Know that this is the re-election message of your President. And then ask yourself – how you sit your kids down and tell them you want this person to lead us. “

On Monday morning, the White House Press Secretary (@PressSec) Stephanie Grisham weighed in, trying to distance the president from the violent clip, which contained a Trump campaign logo. She tweeted, “Re: the video played over the weekend: The @POTUS @realDonaldTrump has not yet seen the video, he will see it shortly, but based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video.”

Research contact: @nytimes

Manson family murder house sold to ‘Ghost Adventures’ star

July 26, 2019

It has been nearly 50 years since the night of August 9, 1969, when Leno LaBlanca and his wife Rosemary LaBlanca—residents of the Los Angeles suburb of Los Feliz—were stabbed to death by Charles Manson followers Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houton; who then scrawled the words, “Helter Skelter” in blood on the front of their refrigerator.

The house of the murder victims is finally off the market, Fox Business reports—sold, fittingly enough, to a famous ghost hunter after being marketed for nearly $2 million.

Zak Bagans, the host and star of the Travel Channel series, Ghost Adventures – made an offer that the owners couldn’t refuse.

The two-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home was constructed in 1922. The sale of the house is expected to close by September—and Bagans has not said whether he will live there or use it for another ghost-hunting episode of the show, which currently is in its 16th season.

However, Bagans, a collector of things with a dark history attached to them, told TMZ that the home is “the holy grail.”

Research contact: @GhostAdventures

Incels: The scary new ‘ladykillers’

May 8, 2018

On April 22, when a van driven by 25-year-old Alex Minassian jumped the curb in order to mow down pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk—killing ten and injuring 15 in the worst Canadian mass murder in nearly 30 years—the hate group called Incels further established its “street cred” and celebrated victory.

There are tens of thousands of Incels worldwide, according to an April 24 report by The Irish Times. Most are nonviolent, but Minassian is among a group who are quickly becoming radicalized.

Incel is an abbreviation for involuntary celibates, as they call themselves. Based on a study by Grinnell College, an Incel is at least 21 years of age and has gone six months without a romantic partner—not of his own volition.

While many people of all genders may fit this category, the predominantly heterosexual male Incels agree that the world (women) owes them sex and that they are oppressed for being celibate.

This year, the Southern Poverty Law Center recognized Incels, adding male supremacy—“a hateful ideology advocating for the subjugation of women”—to the dogmas it tracks, because of the ways in which these groups consistently denigrate and dehumanize women; often exhorting physical and sexual violence against them.

The villains of the movement are the Chads and Stacys in the mainstream population. A Chad is a popular and attractive man who has no problems finding dates or sexual partners. A Stacy is the sort of woman who would date and mate with a Chad. In the Incel lexicon, both Chads are Stacys are “normies”—regular people who don’t give Incels a glance.

Just moments before Minassian steered his vehicle onto the sidewalk, he texted, “The Incel Rebellion has already begun. We will overthrow the Chads and Stacys. All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger.”

Rodger is the cult hero of the ugly and dangerous part of the Incel movement. In 2014, the 22-year-old virgin killed six people and wounded eight as he drove around an Isla Vista campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Rodger left a YouTube account behind with about 20 video clips, entitled variously “Why do girls hate me so much?,” “Life is so unfair because girls don’t want me,” and “My reaction to seeing a young couple at the beach, Envy,” according a a report by The Guardian.

Until the Toronto attack, the movement would largely have been regarded as an insignificant backwater of the broader Manosphere – the network of blogs, forums and websites that focus on issues relating to men.

Now that the hate group subculture of the Incels has been activated, they represent another terrorist group that will keep us all on the alert.

Research contact: haenfler@grinnell.edu