Chicago 352 shot – in the killing game

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America at a loss over Chicago’s killing game

It’s been awhile since looking at the numbers so here goes:

So far 352 individuals have been shot in Chicago this year, of that 295 have been shot and wounded, with 57 individuals having been shot and killed. And as always a huge shout out to for putting these numbers together on what seems like an hourly basis.

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President Donald Trump has vowed to do something about the violence in Chicago but the reality is still that if you read my last bit about Chicago, this is Atypical of the history in Chicago.

They have a growing upward tick of crime, then years later they bask in the sunlight of decreasing homicides and violence throughout the city, before they start to see that gut wrenching upward tick in crime again.

So what is the problem? Overall, several experts, including myself have studied it, it’s not isolated to just one issue it is several issues. It always has been several.

The problem with trying to fix a broken and wounded Chicago is that it is going to take a hell of a lot more than just sending in the Fed’s or the The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who said on Saturday that they were considering sending in more agents to help Chicago fight the uptick in shootings.

At the end of the day, that may or may not help because Chicago’s problems are several and not simply just one or two. With Chicago you also have the issue with it’s cops, who have a history of being way out of line in terms of police misconduct.

You add that to a group of young men and women who already feel that they have no other options, that they are held down by the man, they have no jobs, they have no money…it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out the what, why and how the violence has been on this upward tick.

The vow to send in Federal Agents to clean it up, well that is the band-aid and it’s not going to last in the long term, plain and simple.

While I find President Donald Trump’s idea of wanting to put an end to the violence in Chicago sincere and honest, I do not believe that he is going about it in the right way.

Because Chicago has always faced issues with increases and decreases in violence, to get her fixed and fixed for the long term, one would have to really sit down and understand the issues Chicago has had throughout it’s long and torrid history through today.

So what can the Fed’s do now?

Nothing really, because whatever they end up doing will only be on the surface and that’s if they can get anywhere near the violence, meaning put a dent in it.

At this juncture until we can get into Chicago and start fixing the root of the issues, we will continue to see this increase and decrease in crime for next decade and well beyond that.

But let’s give a huge round of applause to President Trump for managing to promise to do something about the violence, without bothering to have the wherewithal to understand why it’s happening.

Bravo, President Trump, Bravo.


Cristal M Clark

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Armored truck robbery –


Brentwood, Pennsylvania

On March 17, 1982 – 2 unidentified men robbed an armored truck of roughly 2.5 million, managed to get away.


The story goes, that on 3/17/82, 2 unidentified men entered the Purolator Armored Inc. terminal in Brentwood, Pennsylvania.

Rather than barge in and use violence, they managed to slip under the door after a truck had left and approached a security guard working inside the terminal.

The 2 men, described as 1 black and 1 white, stated that they were FBI agents with a tip that a robbery was going to happen.

Once they got close to the guard, they disarmed him by taking his shotgun, more than likely he gave the gun over to the supposed FBI agents, believing that they were in fact working for the FBI and acting upon a tip.

The men then managed to tie the guard up and tape his eyes shut and just like that, they were able to load the hard earned cash of the day into a vehicle and flee the scene.

To this day, not a single suspect has been charged with the crime however, at a trial in 1990, a known drug dealer and federal informant by the name of Joseph Rosa said that Pittsburgh mobster Geno Chiarelli committed the robbery.

Of course not a single soul could actually prove that Geno actually committed the robbery and so to this day the case has never been solved.

It is highly doubtful that it will ever be solved because as luck would have it, whoever actually committed the Brentwood robbery on that fateful St. Patrick’s Day, could not be charged for the crime due to the fact that statute of limitations ran out around 5 years after the robbery.

What we know for sure is that whoever pulled the robbery off, carefully planned it out, they knew exactly what they were doing and how to do it without using violence.

Still, you never know, someone may one day come forward with information that would crack the case open, regardless of anyone being charged with the robbery.

Cristal M Clark

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Police getting help combating mental health issues


Mobile Technology to combat mental illness 

Police are not mental health care providers, they are not therapists, counselors nor are they psychiatrists. Because they are not mental health care providers it makes it difficult to work with someone who has a mental health issue.

People across the nation have begged police to come up with better ways to work with individuals that have mental health issues.


Police in Bartlesville, Oklahoma have taken that challenge and are doing just that by utilizing technology to put individuals in touch with help when they need it.

They have teamed up with mental health specialists to bring quick access to therapists which sometimes does in fact help prevent a trip to the hospital.

A trip that the individual might not be able to afford or they simply do not truly need, because normally police would have to take someone into protective custody.  

The way it works is that the person is given a choice to voluntarily accept help, he or she is connected to a therapist, RN or a recovery support specialist right away through an iPad that police carry with them and the service is available 24/7.

Mental health is very much a critical issue that police must deal with in today’s world. They must learn to work with those with mental health issues regardless of not being mental health care providers.

Utilizing technology as a way to bring help to those in need of mental health care rather than take them into protective custody is a very smart way of combating issues regarding mental health.

Sometimes all an individual really needs in the moment is just someone to talk to and more often than not when an individual is at a breaking point having just that one simple conversation can make all the difference in the world.

On the flip side of that the ability to have a therapist see and speak with an individual can really help police determine whether or not that individual is potentially in need of a visit to the hospital.

Mental health issues while difficult for police at times are a reality that they must deal with.

By using technology and bringing help to people is a very smart move on the part of police in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.


In the end it could turn that it serves to actually save lives in the long run for those who have to battle his or her own mind on a daily basis.

Cristal M Clark

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FBI refuses to share info about hacking tool


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In an unsurprising move the FBI has elected not to share the hacking tool they utilized when they hacked into one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters iPhone.

The reason is pretty simple and straightforward the FBI believes that if they were to release the information it could be exploited and used by “hostile entities” if released to the public.

They are not entirely wrong about that either.

In January the Justice Department released heavily censored records in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, which is the parent company of USA Today.


As luck would have it, a big part of the information that had been withheld had been the details with regards to how much the FBI paid a third party last year to unlock the work phone of Syed Rizwan Farook.

Naturally those in the media have not been on board with not knowing the FBI’s source, so in a court filing on Monday, the media wanted justification for the the Justice Department’s decision to redact those details.

Of course the fight is not over, some the media keeps pushing for the information…which leaves me wondering why some in the media feel that they are entitled to such information?

In the end that is really what it is about, entitlement to something.

It’s pretty clear to me that releasing such details would in fact entice some hackers…and while I do agree to an extent that the public does have a right to know some details.

When it comes to things like national security and intel that could be used by hackers as a way to hack innocent individuals, then I say let the our government agencies keep those details to themselves.

It would not have been any different had Apple created the backdoor the FBI initially asked for anyway.

Apple would have never released that information to the general public.

This is one where I am on the side of the DOJ and the FBI. I have always said that in some cases the government should keep certain details to themselves.

Sadly, when it comes to national security we are simply not entitled to know every little detail, especially if those details could in turn be learned and then used to cause harm to others.

Cristal M Clark

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Donald Trump and his Divided America  

President Donald Trump Signs Executive Orders

President of the Divided States of America

This past week or more rather since the day President Donald Trump took office, I have received a few messages asking me why I am not all over the headlines?

President Donald Trump has thus far, kept his word in that what he promised he would do while he was on the campaign trail, he is actually doing.

What politician has ever really done that?

Aside from that, the reason to answer my readers who have written in about why I am not all over the headlines is that I am in dismay over it all.

I cannot truthfully say if I am more shocked that President Trump has managed to keep his word or that he is actually going through with what he promised while on the campaign trail.


Whenever I go through my social media I have to do a little mental prep work first because I see both sides of the coin, those that support President Trump and those that do not.

This nation was already deeply divided and that divide deepens as each day passes, some are delighted to see us taking these giant steps back in time instead of progress forward while others are hurting.  

At the same time, it is very easy to condemn President Donald Trump because I am not in his shoes. The reality is that, he is simply making decisions the only way he knows how to, which is a matter of differing opinions between american citizens and President Trump.

Either way, I cannot recall his exact words but just shortly before former President Obama left office he left some parting words for his fellow Democrats with regards to them watching out for the american people.

Donald Trump regardless of his political party should also pay very close attention to those words.


It is “We the People,” not Donald Trump and his team turning the US Presidency into a complete joke.

The vast majority of the American People no longer tolerate hate, bigotry, sexism, shutting the door on other nations rather than work with them and rude, deplorable behavior no matter how it is dressed up, like in the case of Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States.

The american people are learning rather quickly that we do in fact have a voice, a really, really loud voice and when used in the right way, Trump may be learning that indeed, even the exits at the White House are so very clearly marked.

Cristal M Clark

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Murderer beheads victim


The Orchard Apartment Murders – Houston Texas

By today’s standards, decapitation is pretty rare unless you are in Mexico, the cartels don’t seem to mind decapitating a victim at all.

That said, it is a pretty rudimentary and crude way to kill someone but for this killer, it seems that he likes to take the heads as trophies or as proof in the event the murders were a for hire event or as a way to send a pretty clear message to someone.


July 27, 1975 33 year old Alys Elaine Rankin’s coworker Bob Smith arrived at her apartment to pick her up for work because her car was in the repair shop. Upon walking up to her door, Bob noticed that the door was open slightly, feeling uneasy about the situation he entered her apartment.

Bob found Alys naked in her bed with her feet tied together, and a pillow had been covering her upper body. Now I can’t say why Bob didn’t run, but he did not flee the room, he instead removed the pillow and found that his coworker had been decapitated.  

During the investigation through the blood trail, police discovered that the killer did in fact take Alys’s head with him.

According to some websites, Alys had been sexually assaulted but that has yet to be confirmed by police. In most cases involving decapitation, the killer does not sexually assault the victim.

The killer however, did not seem to have a care in the world if anyone saw him as he carted her head off to his awaiting car. That tells me pretty clearly however that she had been killed during the night or early morning, hence before daylight.

What makes this case take a rather intriguing turn is that exactly two weeks later the body of Mary Michael Calcutta was found, just two floors above Alys’s apartment.

Mary was found in her bathroom, fully clothed, but she had been stabbed, and her throat was cut. Through the rumor mill many have said she had been sexually assaulted but, I doubt that the killer would have taken the time to redress her given the brutality of the Alys’s murder.

I doubt it’s the same killer, more likely someone who found an opportunity and a way to express himself in the shadow of a more brutal crime. The person he murdered Mary did not have the nerve to actually decapitate her.

Getting back to Alys however, her murder is so vicious and ugly that I almost wonder who she knew in her personal life that might have been the reason behind her murder.

Decapitation is usually a form of murder that is used to send a very clear message and it is rarely used as a practice kill. Then again the murderer may have simply always wanted to decapitate someone, however unlikely that outcome may be. 

I’ve had the opportunity to know some truly remarkable individuals in my life who appear to everyone on the outside, to have their shit together. But once you look inside and peel back the layers, you start to see some pretty scary stuff.

Stuff that is deadly and dangerous, things people are good at hiding from loved one’s like siblings, parents and even close friends.

Every door can be opened even if it’s locked, it is just a matter of finding the right key.

This case has hope because I believe if investigators are to solve the case they need to peel back the layers of Alys’s life. 

The questions here are, who was the message intended for and what was the message about?

Cristal M Clark

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