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How do the corrupt sleep at night?

October 20, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Crime, Current Events No Comments →

The British manufacturer of bespoke beds Savoir Beds, has recently come up with a limited edition series of exquisite Royal beds, each of them costing a mind-boggling $175,000
The world’s most expensive bed. “Php7.7M lang??”

Very soundly, secure in the knowledge that they have way more than they need, and that their children never have to work a day in their lives—unless it is to continue the family business.

Or if they can’t sleep, they can console themselves that in their antique sleigh beds with king-size mattresses, 1,200-thread count sheets and pillows stuffed with the feathers of virgin geese, their insomnia is more comfortable than most people’s sleep.

And they can always take sleeping pills. Yes, research suggests that anti-anxiety medications prescribed to help people sleep cause Alzheimer’s disease, but this might even be to their advantage. When they get hauled in front of a Senate panel to explain how they can buy entire towns on their declared incomes, they can reply that they don’t remember.

Perhaps the investigations into corruption are going about it the wrong way. They assume that the corrupt know the difference between right and wrong.

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This explains the Cameron Diaz car scene in The Counselor

January 09, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Crime, Current Events, Movies No Comments →

counselor car

The Counselor was written by Cormac McCarthy, author of Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men. In the movie, the character played by Cameron Diaz does something to a Ferrari.

According to a news report, Cormac McCarthy’s ex-wife was arrested over the weekend for pointing a gun at her boyfriend then holstering it someplace unusual.

Thanks to Chus for the alert (Scandalosa!).

Vice Ganda’s bad joke and the culture of “wag-wag”

June 06, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Crime, Television 3 Comments →

There was something very familiar about the furor over Vice Ganda’s tasteless joke about Jessica Soho, but we couldn’t remember exactly what it was. Days later it hit us: We’d already written about it. Almost 20 years ago.

Vice Ganda thought it was all right to make a joke about rape because we live in a culture where rape is not a horrible crime but the stuff of entertainment and titillation.

From 1994, our column about “wag-wag”.




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Donnie Andrews, the inspiration for Omar Little on The Wire, dies

December 16, 2012 By: jessicazafra Category: Crime, Television No Comments →

He was even more badass than Omar.

Donnie Andrews, inspiration for Omar character on ‘The Wire,’ dies
By Justin Fenton and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

Like the television character he helped inspire, Donnie Andrews lived by a code.

In his earlier years when he was robbing rival dealers as a young hustler in West Baltimore — experiences that would later form the basis for the popular Omar Little character on the Baltimore crime drama “The Wire” — he vowed to never involve women or children in his crimes.

But after confessing to a murder and helping authorities bring down a crime syndicate, he took on a different mission: working to prevent youth from going down the same path that he did.

Andrews died Thursday following heart complications while in New York City, where he was attending an event as part of his efforts to promote a non-profit outreach foundation. He was 58.

Read it at the Baltimore Sun.

Bookstore murder mystery

November 12, 2012 By: jessicazafra Category: Crime, Current Events 1 Comment →

Man found dead inside bookstore at Global City, Taguig
By Jamie Marie Elona
3:13 pm | Monday, November 12th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—A man was found dead inside a book store at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig early Monday, police said.

Police Officer 2 Vin Abadia identified the victim as Jerry Mamayabay, a maintenance personnel of Fully Booked at Building 6, Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City, where he was found dead with a stab wound around 7 a.m.

Abadia said the victim’s body was discovered by store manager Minda Teposo and Calvin William at the ground floor of the building when they were about to open for the day.

No other information, he said, was available as of posting.

In the Mystery/Thriller section? Thanks to Butch for the alert.

Killing Elephants: The Santo Niño Connection

September 16, 2012 By: jessicazafra Category: Crime, Current Events 2 Comments →

Ivory Worship

Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?

By Bryan Christy
Photographs by Brent Stirton

IN JANUARY 2012 A HUNDRED RAIDERS ON HORSEBACK CHARGED OUT OF CHAD INTO CAMEROON’S BOUBA NDJIDAH NATIONAL PARK, SLAUGHTERING HUNDREDS OF ELEPHANTS—entire families—in one of the worst concentrated killings since a global ivory trade ban was adopted in 1989. Carrying AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, they dispatched the elephants with a military precision reminiscent of a 2006 butchering outside Chad’s Zakouma National Park. And then some stopped to pray to Allah. Seen from the ground, each of the bloated elephant carcasses is a monument to human greed. Elephant poaching levels are currently at their worst in a decade, and seizures of illegal ivory are at their highest level in years. From the air too the scattered bodies present a senseless crime scene—you can see which animals fled, which mothers tried to protect their young, how one terrified herd of 50 went down together, the latest of the tens of thousands of elephants killed across Africa each year. Seen from higher still, from the vantage of history, this killing field is not new at all. It is timeless, and it is now.

In an overfilled church Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, one of the best known ivory collectors in the Philippines, leads an unusual rite honoring the nation’s most important religious icon, the Santo Niño de Cebu (Holy Child of Cebu). The ceremony, which he conducts annually on Cebu, is called the Hubo, from a Cebuano word meaning “to undress.” Several altar boys work together to disrobe a small wooden statue of Christ dressed as a king, a replica of an icon devotees believe Ferdinand Magellan brought to the island in 1521. They remove its small crown, red cape, and tiny boots, and strip off its surprisingly layered underwear. Then the monsignor takes the icon, while altar boys conceal it with a little white towel, and dunks it in several barrels of water, creating his church’s holy water for the year, to be sold outside.

Garcia is a fleshy man with a lazy left eye and bad knees. In the mid-1980s, according to a 2005 report in the Dallas Morning News and a related lawsuit, Garcia, while serving as a priest at St. Dominic’s of Los Angeles, California, sexually abused an altar boy in his early teens and was dismissed. Back in the Philippines, he was promoted to monsignor and made chairman of Cebu’s Archdiocesan Commission on Worship. That made him head of protocol for the country’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, a flock of nearly four million people in a country of 75 million Roman Catholics, the world’s third largest Catholic population…

Read it in the National Geographic.

Thanks to Butch for the alert.