Saturday, December 04, 2004
In regards to that axe attack...
was really all about...
Verily, it appears to tell us the very reason why T.O. has had such
spectacular violent crimes lately - police ineptitude.
Thankfully for them, RoboCop is just on the other side of the border,
always ready to lend a hand, an arm or any other spare parts...
Aw - who am I kidding here...
ALL MAJOR CITIES SUFFER FROM POLICE INEPTITUDE!!!
T.O. police facing probe over axe attack
CTV.ca News Staff
The Toronto Police Service is under the microscope, in the hopes of uncovering how a woman could be violently attacked hours after warning the cops she was being threatened.
The woman was attacked on Wednesday evening, by a man wielding an axe and hammer. Minutes later, police arrived on the scene and arrested her husband.
As she recovered from her injuries in a Toronto hospital on Friday, her family said the police response may have appeared quick -- but was in fact hours late.
That's because the woman says, before noon that day, she and a friend had visited the 42 Division Police Station to complain about threats from her husband.
When she left the station at 2:22 p.m., police assured the woman her husband would be arrested immediately. But he wasn't.
At a press conference on Friday, Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino conceded the case appears no to have been handled properly.
"In this particular case, something went wrong," Fantino told reporters, as he called for a full, internal review of the axe attack.
"Obviously we didn't do our job in the most effective way and we need to know why that was," he added.
According to Fantino, after she registered her complaint, the victim was advised no to go home until police could secure a warrant for her husband's arrest.
"Certainly it's a very tragic outcome, it's very sad and regrettable outcome," Fantino said. "Hopefully we can learn from it and prevent a similar situation from occurring."
The 53-year-old victim is listed in fair condition at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.
Her 55-year-old husband has been charged with attempted murder, threatening death and an unrelated firearm offense in connection with an improperly stored firearm discovered at the couple's residence.
According to Toronto Police, they had never been called to the family's home before the attack on Wednesday.
With a report from CFTO's Jim Junkin
Friday, December 03, 2004
Toronto: city of horrors...?
Mother, father and child dead in T.O. stabbings
CTV.ca News Staff
A west-end Toronto family's apparent domestic dispute ended with both parents dead, along with one of their three children.
The two survivors are a five-month-old baby and her 2½-year-old sister.
The 2½-year-old suffered a stab wound to her neck. Crying and bleeding, the diaper-clad toddler was taken to hospital on Wednesday.
She was listed in serious but stable after undergoing surgery, police said.
Her 3½-year-old sister was also taken to hospital, but she had no vital signs when she left the house and couldn't be revived, CFTO News reported.
Only the youngest baby came through the incident unharmed.
At 7:45 a.m. EST, authorities got a 911 call from the house, with a man saying he'd been stabbed in the stomach.
Neighbours later said they could hear the children screaming before the police arrived.
"They just heard them bickering this morning, like fighting back and forth. The people upstairs heard a fall and kids screaming and then that's it," one woman told CFTO News.
When officers got to the home, they found a 47-year-old man badly injured and a 27-year-old woman lying dead.
Finding out exactly what happened will be difficult, police admitted.
"It makes the investigation a little bit more complex," Det.-Sgt. Chris Buck told reporters. "We have to reach out to neighbors and family and scene investigation and pathology results to speak to us instead of live complainants."
CFTO News said more than one knife was recovered, but investigators don't know who was stabbed first.
Autopsies will be conducted Thursday morning.
Marilou Lawrence, who runs a local Boys and Girls Club, said the father was sometimes the peacemaker with dog disputes in the local park.
"When the going would get rough, he would be the calmer-downer," she said.
Toronto has had a few spectacular crimes lately involving children.
On Sunday afternoon, a 24-year-old man was shot three times on a bus after asking some rowdy young men to tone it down. An 11-year-old girl was wounded in the incident.
Last month, a seven-year-old boy awoke to find his mother murdered and her boyfriend hanging dead from a shoelace.
With reports from CFTO's Austin Delaney and Tom Hayes
Police say T.O. mom stabbed kids, husband, self
T.O. police appeal for help in bus shooting
Two people wounded in Toronto bus shooting
T.O. police facing probe over axe attack
Girl's disappearance anniversary a quiet affair
Thursday, December 02, 2004
World - Reuters
By Brian Winter
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The discovery of a tomb filled with decapitated bodies suggests Mexico's 2,000 year-old "Pyramid of the Moon" may have been the site of horrifically gory sacrifices, archeologists said on Thursday.
The tomb at Teotihuacan, the first major city built in the Americas, whose origins are one of history's great mysteries, also held the bound carcasses of eagles, dogs and other animals.
"It is hard to believe that the ritual consisted of clean, symbolic performances -- it is most likely that the ceremony created a horrible scene of bloodshed with sacrificed people and animals," said Saburo Sugiyama, one of the scientists leading the ongoing dig.
"Whether the victims and animals were killed at the site or a nearby place, this foundation ritual must have been one of the most terrifying acts recorded archeologically in Mesoamerica."
Of the 12 human bodies found, 10 were decapitated and then tossed, rather than arranged, on one side of the burial site. The two other bodies were richly ornamented with beads and a necklace made of imitation human jaws.
The Aztecs came across Teotihuacan's towering stone pyramids in about 1500 A.D., centuries after the city was torched and abandoned. It is not known what language its inhabitants spoke, but the Aztecs named it "The Place Where Men Become Gods," believing it was a divine site.
A major tourist site, it lies about 35 miles northeast of Mexico City.
After 200 years of excavations, archeologists are still largely in the dark about the origins of the city, which is believed to have housed 200,000 people at its peak in 500 A.D. -- rivaling Shakespeare's London, but a millennium earlier.
Sugiyama said the nearly complete excavation indicates the Pyramid of the Moon was significant to its builders as a site for celebrating state power through ceremony and sacrifice.
The sacrifices were carried out during the expansion of one of the city's major monuments, suggesting the government wanted to symbolize growing sacred political power.
"Contrary to some past interpretation, militarism was apparently central to the city's culture," the excavation team said in a statement.
The master-planned city-state collapsed around 700 A.D., an event as mysterious as its formation.
It was the site of a modern-day controversy earlier this year when protesters fought and lost a battle to keep the Mexican unit of retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from building a new store a half-mile away.
Ah... those Aztecs, eh? ;)
And, as if that area is not scarred enough already,
Wally comes to town too...!
Ah... the cruelty of history...!
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Dubya In Canada
the same simpletons in the same country
(whatever it is that one steals really...
could be anything... even, ah, elections!)
one needs to run off to some place safe... eh?
I don't get the guys who've gone to Iraq then...
THEY could have deserted to South America
or up north...!!!
Come on - AMERICA!!!
What other use have you got for Mexico & Canada
really now... eh?
Oh yeah... "free trade"...
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.
- -- George Iles
Sort of all the times we extend to the teller
our dutifully filled-up lottery grid
HOPING that this time, it's a winner!
A better example remains the generic one in despair
reaching for the LIGHT
even if he or she is surrounded only by darkness...
Hope this sheds some... LIGHT on the subject
for those of you who are, of course, in the DARK
about these things...!!! ;)
Monday, November 29, 2004
Lot rhymes with not... who would've thought
- -- Bertolt Brecht, 1933
In other words,
we are all in it up to our necks and all by ourselves
So much for fraternity...
No wonder so many will be lonesome... tonight
and on most other nights...
Alas, some will take this notion and run with it
... in the wrong direction.
Validating their alleged "right" to be selfish,
proud, egotistical and too overtly ambitious
all the while "improving their lot" - while
steamrolling over everybody else. :(
Not what Mr. Brecht meant there, guys... ;)
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Overreacting is a terrible thing...
man alive... we can't tell her the slighest thing,
ask the slightest favour (whoa - non-sexual!),
question a single one of her decisions
without having her throw a fit of some sort...
Or threatening to never speak to you again...!
What would it be... if we were MORE than just
friends...? As in... (*gulp*) - husband and
A ROLLER-COASTER RIDE IT WOULD SURELY BE...
AND THOSE ARE ALWAYS FUN... RIGHT? ;)