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Archive for November, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Remember all that you are thankful for on this day, especially your loved ones - don't forget to tell them how much they mean to you.

At 3am this morning my Great Uncle Roland passed away after a lengthy illness. I hope he knows how thankful I was to have him in my life; he is a staple in all of my childhood memories. We loved him so much and there will certainly be no other quite like him.

Don't forget to tell everyone you love how thankful you are for them on this day. There is plenty to be thankful for, but none of it as important as the people in your life.

Sunshine & Farts Forever

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

To those that are curious and have asked, the answer is "no", I will not be giving up the domain name sunshineandfarts.com.  It's just too sweet a name to let go of just yet.  Perhaps one day, if the price is right or I just can't find another use for it - but as much as I want my personal, main blog to be a little more serious (hence Digitopus as the new moniker), I still love Sunshine & Farts and plan to use it for something in the future (just what hasn't hit me yet...but it will).

Jennings Serial Killer – More to Come

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

To all that are coming here looking for more information on the Jennings, Louisiana area serial killer and the seven victims - including Brittany Gary whose body was found on Saturday - please take note.

I have noticed that the information on this case and the victims has been very sparse, but is now (finally) growing since the discovery of Brittany's body.  Still, I have had to seek out numerous articles, sources, and sites to get information on the serial killer and the women whose lives have been so needlessly lost.

Due to this, I am putting together a post which will include all of the information that I have gathered so far.  Instead of going to a bevy of places to piece info together, it is my hope that people can come here - to one place - and get the information they are looking for.

In the interim, please take note that the family of Brittany Gary has had to set up a funeral fund to help cover the expenses of her burial.  Information, from the article Funeral fund account set up for Jennings girl, from The Daily Advertiser is as follows:

Gary's uncle Butch Gary said the family does not have insurance and no way to pay for a funeral. Donations can be made at The Bank in Jennings, 337-824-0033. Donations can also be made directly to Matthew & Son Funeral Home, 337-824-4420.

Please contribute what you can so that Brittany can be allowed some peace, and her family can grieve without the stress and worry of how they are going to give that to her.

Also, some of you have come here looking for photos of the victims.  The article, Jefferson Davis officials wonder if they have serial killer, at The Town Talk has photos of all victims except for young Brittany Gary.

Please keep checking back; I hope to have my full report done later today or tomorrow.

The Blog Formerly Known As Sunshine & Farts

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Yes, folks, I did it again.

The blog formerly known as anima, aka Sunshine & Farts, is hereby officially titled Digitopus.  It's a word I created by stringing together two words that I felt described my blog here perfectly - "digital opus".  And so it is.

Even more fortuitously, Digitopus has not been used elsewhere on the web, so I am the first and intend to keep all such rights.  You can still reach us here at sunshineandfarts.com, for a time, but please do update your bookmarks to digitopus.com (or digitopus.net or even digitopus.org - whichever suits your fancy) as soon as possible.

As to pronunciation, since it is a new word - and therefore my word (for now, anyway) - it is pronounced digi (as in digital) - toe-pus.  Long "o" with the "t"; so not at all like "octopus", as some might think, but like digital with "toe" and "pus" tacked on where you'd lop off the "al".  Digi-toe-pus.

Welcome...let's see where we can go from here.

Jennings-Area Serial Killer

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

This article has some more information on the possible serial killer in the Jennings, Louisiana area that I wrote about in my earlier post, Louisiana's Next Serial Killer.

Please see Woman's body found in Jeff Davis Parish over at American Press Storm Blog and written by Doris Maricle.  The article has more information on the location of the bodies, race and a "similar build", at least one method of killing, and noted high levels of alcohol and drugs in the young women's systems.

Thanks to Ms. Maricle and the AP for some great, investigative and info-compiling work and for providing the public with more detailed information.

Louisiana’s Next Serial Killer

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

The shadowy figure that had authorities stumped and local women emptying stores shelves of mace in 2003 is the man we all now know as serial killer Derrick Todd Lee.  To live in southern Louisiana at the time and be a woman was to live in fear.  People across the nation watched as Louisiana attempted, and repeatedly bungled, its attempts to find the killer. The unnamed terror eventually came to have a face after Lee's arrest in May 2003.  With it brought the more startling revelation that we'd had reason to fear for far longer; Lee had been on a murderous rampage for years - his first (officially recognized) victim was Randi Mebruer, who was murdered in 1998.  It would not be until 2002, with the deaths of Gina Green, Geralyn DeSoto, and Murray Pace before the rash of brutal deaths were linked to one person and the authorities began a manhunt for a serial killer.

Not long after Lee's arrest, and with much less fanfare, Sean Vincent Gillis, was arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for multiple murders.  Evidence and his own confession linked him to at least eight slayings; the first being 82 year-old Ann Bryan in 1994.

Between 1994 and 2003 there were two serial killers on the loose in southern Louisiana.  More frightening than this actuality is the fact that the fifteen murders attributed to these two men account for only a small percentage of the unsolved murders of women in the area.

Crime profiler John Philpin, in his piece Red Stick by the Numbers: The Baton Rouge Serial Murders, states:

In the decade of the nineties, the Baton Rouge area recorded thirty-plus unsolved cases of missing and/or murdered women. In the first two-and-one-half years of this decade, there have already been thirty-plus.

If the numbers are reduced by those cases which demonstrate no similarities to the official five [Author's Note - "official five" meaning the cases initially linked to Lee by DNA evidence], instead of sixty-plus victims, the total for the thirteen-and-one-half years is between thirty and forty.

Putting the monsters known as Derrick Todd Lee and Sean Vincent Gillis behinds bars has not - unfortunately - stemmed the tide of women being killed in southern Louisiana; nor the capture of their killers.  In the late 90's and early 00's there were apparently two men going about the business of being serial killers; all to the ignorance of the general public.  We had no reason to fear or be on extra alert - as we were during the "hunt" for the Baton Rouge Serial Killer.  The probability of being watched, stalked, and especially taken was not - to our knowledge - any more than it ever was.  We were ignorant to the sinister evil that lived around and among us, and that ignorance cost many women their lives.

Simply because Lee and Gillis are off the streets does not mean we should ever let our guard down.  There are still unsolved murders not attributed to either of them, and there is much evidence that they were not - are not - the only murderers living in the surrounding areas.  Just as one example:  It is common, local knowledge that the murder of numerous black prostitutes in Baton Rouge's rundown "Mall City" area has been going on for years now.  No one has been arrested for the slayings.

Sadly, such an ugly truth is being brought to light again.

The story of a young girl who has been missing since November 2 from Jennings, Louisiana reveals much more than just her disappearance.  It is believed that 17 year-old Brittany Ann Gary may have become the latest victim of Louisiana's next realized serial killer.

Over the past three years, it has been revealed, the bodies of six women have been recovered in and around the area.  Brittany knew most of them, was friends with one, and the cousin of another; a fact that authorities believe may have made her a viable target.

It began on May 20, 2005 when the body of 28 year-old Loretta Lynn Chaisson was found in a canal.  Ernestine Marie Daniel Patterson, 29, was found 6 miles away in another canal just seventeen days later.  The cases remained cold until the bodies of Kristen Gary Lopez, 21, and Whitnei Charlene Dubois, 26, were found in March and May, respectively, in 2007.  In May of this year, Laconia Shontel Brown, 23, was found on a rural road in Jennings and the decomposed body of Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno, 23, was found on September 11 in Jefferson Davis Parish.

While I hope and pray for Brittany and her family that she will be found alive and well, it is hard not to assume the worst.

It would appear that Louisiana has ferreted out another serial killer from its apparently endless supply.  Let us hope the efforts to catch this bastard can come to a positive resolution before any other women have to die needlessly.

Proud to Be an American

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

For the first time - in a very long time - I can say that I am proud to be an American.

The election of Barack Obama gives me so much hope for this country; it even restores my faith in humanity a bit.  Let's hope the positive changes continue and that - together - we can all get ourselves out of the messes our country (and the world) are presently in.