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On the evening of 13 November 2015, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks commenced in Paris, France—They consisted of mass shootings, suicide bombings, and hostage-taking.

The death toll currently as of right this very moment sits at 129, 340 injured many of them critically injured.

A man pays his respect outside the Le Carillon restaurant the morning after a series of deadly attacks in Paris , November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Why and who were the savages that so ruthlessly, senselessly and without cause took the lives of innocent individuals? ISIS took responsibility, boasted that it had members gain entry into France by posing as Syrian Refugees.  

As of today 27 US state Governors have stated they will not take refugees in which by the way is really quite absurd. States don’t really get a choice as to whether or not they take in refugees.

President Obama has explicit statutory authorization to accept foreign refugees into the United States. Under the Refugee Act of 1980,

The president may admit refugees who face “persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion” into the United States, and the president’s power to do so is particularly robust if they determine that an “unforeseen emergency refugee situation” such as the Syrian refugee crisis exists.

To further drive that point home and to remind everyone, that in Arizona v. the United States, Arizona lost. Not to mention, the US stands to lose a lot by refusing asylum to refugees of war torn nations. States also have much to lose by refusing refugees in terms of Federal funding. Try to tax your citizens more to offset the loss of Federal funds and let’s see where that gets everyone. Needless to say, the Refugee Act of 1980  has given President Obama broad discretion to allow refugees to be admitted into the United States. States must yield to that act.

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It’s pretty common knowledge that the terror organisation known as the Islamic State has killed far more Muslims than Christians, Westerners, or minorities during its existence.

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What about our home grown terrorists? Or mass shooters who are basically home grown terrorists of a different breed from the likes of ISIS?

Who thinks we don’t already have terrorists hiding out in this country waiting to kill again? We would be kidding ourselves if we thought we are safe.

By refusing a refugee access to safety because of ISIS we condemn an entire group of people to either die or join a cause they don’t believe in just so that they can live…what kind of sense does that make?

What’s more, we continue to bomb the shit out of ISIS which is great right? Yet by shutting our borders and doors to refugees where do you think ISIS is going to turn in order to get new recruits to man it’s needed growing army?  

We already know that ISIS preys on the disadvantaged, the poor, the desperate, the shunned by society and now the world.  If it were me in charge of an army and I wanted to dominate, I would have snuck some of my guys in as refugees, knowing that it would upset the delicate balance of taking in refugees.

It serves multiple purposes, they kill and get attention again because of the scale of coordinated effort involved in the mass attacks and countries will stop letting some of the refugees in long enough for someone to come in and recruit the refugees.

If you are looking carefully at terrorist organizations they test the fence, find a weakness and then prey on it, exploit it, and take full advantage of our response to the damage they caused.

The world’s weakness is taking in refugees from war torn countries. We can’t stand to see them suffer and consider it inhumane to not offer a safe home. ISIS saw a weakness and took advantage of it and because of that people are going to shun refugees which will allow terrorist groups to exploit those refugees and brainwash them into joining the terrorist cause.

So what’s the answer?

Before anyone says that we should close our borders and not allow any immigrants in, please allow for me to take this moment to kindly and with as much grace as I can muster, ask that you  STFU! Our ancestors stole, yes murdered in fact quite a few Native American’s so that they could steal this country from it’s rightful caretakers the Native American’s. We didn’t need it, we just desired it and killed innocent people so as to take it from them.

We then subsequently instead of becoming the caretakers, have managed to rape and violate in every possible way the land on which we all now comfortably reside upon within the US.  

We could all throw up our hands and walk away from the situation, leave refugees where they are, leave war torn nations to fight it or figure it out themselves. Nato could invoke Article 5, or nations could resume allowing refugees in but with strict and stringent rules and guidelines such as ankle monitoring, check in’s, etc.

What we should not do is turn our backs on those in need because of a group of terrorists who simply exposed a weakness in the system. We can simply find a safe and realistic solution for allowing refugees in without imprisoning them. It’s not right to condemn them to death because of ISIS. 

Cristal M Clark

 

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A serial killer is defined as someone who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with a cooling-off period between murders. The motive is usually based on psychological (often sexual) gratification, though the motives may also include anger, thrill, money, and attention seeking.

America’s first serial killer:

H.H. Holmes confessed to have killed 27 individuals, including children. In 1893 Holmes opened a hotel which he had designed and built for himself specifically so that he could murder, and which was the location of many of his murders. The hotel was at one point dubbed Murder Castle. The home had halls and stairwells that went nowhere, his very own labyrinth so that he could kill. It had secret gas chambers, rooms that were built with blow torches so that he could incinerate his victims, he also had a huge bank vault where he’d lock victims for days leaving them to suffocate.

The actual number of victims of H.H. Holmes murder spree is widely debated still to this day.

All Serial Killers Are Isolated and Dysfunctional Loners

The majority of serial killers are not reclusive social misfits who live alone, despite really convincing depictions of them as such in the news and entertainment industries, they more often than not do not appear to be strange or stand out from the public in any meaningful way.

Many serial killers are able to successfully hide out in plain sight for extended periods of time. Many of which have jobs, families and are non threatening. In reality it is because serial killers can appear to be so innocuous, that they are often overlooked by law enforcement officials when investigating crimes that occurred near the killer.
Ed Kemper (the “Co-ed Killer”) socialized quite a bit was viewed as non threatening and friendly with police  some officers were considered his friend, he even went out to the same bar police were known to frequent after the murder of his mother.

Serial killers look just like everyone else, so they can hide out in plain sight. It’s their ability to blend in that makes them very compelling to the general public. The not knowing if the person you are standing next to in Starbucks might be the serial killer Law Enforcement is currently searching for is what’s frightening.

Will Travel…To Murder

The idea of a roaming, homicidal maniac who travels all over to kill is another myth hyped up by the media, TV shows and movies. While Ted Bundy is a rare exception, he traveled and killed interstate the fact is that most killers don’t travel interstate to kill. Ted Bundy also twice escaped from police custody and committed at least 30 homicides – in the states of Washington, Utah, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho and California. That number some day could end up being more than 30 as bodies are discovered. Who knows.

He was articulate, educated, well-groomed and charming. Aside from other typical serial killers Ted Bundy was unique. 

Unlike Ted Bundy, most serial killers have what’s called a comfort zone. They stick close to an area they are most comfortable picking victims from and then killing in. Usually it is close to home, work or a favorite place to go and hang out. It’s an area that they frequent quite a bit.

Serial killers sometimes return to areas they know like the town or city they grew up in to commit murder. Over time, serial murderers may extend their activities outside of their comfort zone but only after building their confidence by executing several successful murders while avoiding detection by Law Enforcement.

 Serial Killers Are Men

This is one of my favorite myths about serial murders. Here is a list of a few unforgettable female serial killers:

~Nannie Doss – AKA The Giggling Nanny

Killed 4 of her 5 husbands, her mother, her sister, her grandson and her mother in-law

~Elizabeth Bathory – Better known as the Blood Countess

Bewteen 1585 and 1610, Báthory is believed to have tortured and killed nearly 650 girls – mostly teenage peasants.

~Jane Toppan – Jolly Jane

Jolly Jane a sadistic nurse confessed to 31 one murders

~Miyuki Ishikawa – The Demon Midwife

In the 1940’s she murdered roughly 103 children

Let’s not forget…

~ Aileen Wuornos

Between 1989-1999 she killed 7 men

Serial Killers Can’t Stop Killing

One of the biggest reasons that serial killers stop killing is a change in circumstances. The changes can be a new life like marriage and family, change in jobs, sexual substitution or other diversions.

The BTK killer Dennis Rader murdered 10 individuals from 1979 to 1991.  He would send letters to the police and media detailing his crimes until sometime in the early 2000’s. He stopped writing until 2004, and was caught in 2005.

He told investigators that he used sexual diversions such as auto-erotic activities in the place of killing during his hiatus.

Jeffrey Gorton killed his first victim in 1986, the second in 1991 and he did not kill again until 2002 when he was caught. According to the FBI, Gorton engaged in cross-dressing and masturbation, as well as consensual sex with his wife between the murders.

All Serial Killers are Insane or Incredible Evil Genius Types

The truth is that most serial killers test from borderline to above average intelligence. It’s not like the movies or TV shows.  Very few are found legally insane. The serial killer who is an “evil genius” is pretty much a Hollywood invention.


Do All Serial Killers Want to Get Caught?

This one is debatable. Some say yes while others insist that they get caught because as they build confidence in the ability to kill and get away with it they become careless and make mistakes. Sometimes I think this is true but I also feel very strongly that in a subconscious way, they ultimately want to get caught because they feed off of the idea they are known or are now famous.

If a serial killer goes to his deathbed without being known yet spent time leaving signs it was him or her committing the murders, or sent letters to the media or police to boast and describe the crimes, or has an unmistakable signature with killing and disposal of a body and we never learn the identity of the killer it has to be somewhat deflating and disappointing to the killers ego. For the killer this is the highest he will climb in his killing career ladder and as with most people when you hit the height of your career you want for people to know. I believe that hiding and waiting to be found or caught is a game to them. They won’t come right out and tell you who they are but deep down they want to the world to know because somewhere along the lines, no one really knew who they were and they didn’t pay attention this person in the way he or she felt they needed or wanted. Almost all of our actions and behaviors are driven by want’s, needs and desires.

Cristal M Clark