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  • John 10:34 am on July 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    John Holmes Preferred Suicide To Prison 

    The Nash.

    News Library Catalog Card. Story is not related to the article below.

    Jail and prison suck – unless you’re in Norway. The key is not to get sent to the joint in the first place… unless it turns out like Shawshank at the end, where Morgan Freeman finds you on the beach in Zaywahtaneo’.

    “Bad people with guns, bad breath and no sense of humor.” – I guess Nash couldn’t just laugh off what had happened to him, nor could the cops just chuckle at 4 grisly murders and let that slide. Yeah, lighten up guys.

    The prison morgue workers would have definitely sold Holmes’ johnson to some curiously morbid collector. That had to be going through his mind (that, and paying his editors). The “unit” would have been stored in a jar and featured on an episode of that goofy show “Oddities”. (I love that show!)

    UPI Article. Dec. 5, 1982.

    UPI Article. Dec. 5, 1982.

    • localarts 10:45 am on July 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      “Always willing to help law enforcement” you gotta be kidding me!

      • criticextraordinaire 3:27 pm on October 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Well he did help Tom Blake’s various porno investigations in the 70’s. His portrayal of a no-nonsense detective also was appreciated by cops although many were reticent to admit it, for obvious reasons. Johnny Wadd… the detective’s detective.

    • dreamweaverjenn 10:49 am on July 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I agree. What an ass.

    • Jill C.Nelson 11:59 am on July 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      “Always willing to help law enforcement.” Well, even though it’s never been substantiated, urban legend has it that Holmes provided Tom Blake with “information helping us to bust countless porn sets.” I suppose one could also throw in all the hours taking target practice together at the shooting range at the Los Angeles Police Academy, not to mention the many lunches that Holmes and Blake enjoyed together there — probably on Blake’s dime. Maybe in his own mind, Holmes believed that was helping. 😉 It was Frank Tomlinson who called it, “Holmes outfoxed the LAPD.”

  • John 12:11 pm on October 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    When Wars Are Lost, People Commit Suicide 

    I can see how after a long war, when the final battle to save your way of life is over and all is lost, that somehow it could be more dignified to end one’s life, than to face the humiliation of defeat. To the victor go the spoils. All throughout human history, suicides occur en masse after wars are over. Let’s look at a few bizarre examples from the vault, shall we.

    April 30, 1975 – Saigon, South Vietnam

    After a 20 year battle to defeat the communist north, the South Vietnamese Army is in disarray and in retreat. The big shot leaders have all high-tailed it to the airport and are leaving the country. The war is over and soldiers are deserting.

    When Saigon finally fell to the communists in Black April, 5 generals and countless other officers, soldiers and civilians committed suicide rather than face decades of imprisonment in NVA “re-education” camps. General Le Nguyen Vy was one of them:

    Le Nguyen Vy (seated with American advisors)

    Brigadier General Vy was the last Commanding General of the 5th Division. He committed suicide rather than face the humiliation of surrendering to the enemy at the Headquaters of the 5th Division in Lai Khe on April 30, 1975.

    Some Vietnamese officers and civilians killed their entire families, then killed themselves, but only after one last family meal and prayer session together.

    An unknown South Vietnamese Officer killed himself at the base of the Soldier’s Memorial Monument in downtown Saigon. April 30, 1975.

    June 17, 1865 – Virginia, USA

    The Civil War is over. The Confederacy (of Dunces) lost. The hardcore rebels were not going to tolerate Yankee rule. Rich planter and plantation owner, Edmund Ruffin, was one of them.

    I wonder if that was the gun he used.

    On June 17, 1865, Ruffin went up to his study with a rifle and a forked stick. He paused to add to his diary a final malediction against “the perfidious Yankee people.” Then he was called away to greet visitors who had arrived at the front door. After they left, Ruffin returned to his study and wrote a final diary entry:

    And now with my latest writing and utterance, and with what will [be] near to my latest breath, I here repeat, & would willingly proclaim, my unmitigated hatred to Yankee rule—to all political, social and business connections with Yankees, & to the perfidious, malignant, & vile Yankee race.

    Immediately after writing this, Ruffin put the rifle muzzle in his mouth and used the forked stick to manipulate the trigger. The percussion cap went off without firing the rifle, and the noise alerted Ruffin’s daughter-in-law. But by the time she and his son reached his room, Ruffin had already reloaded the rifle and fired a fatal shot.

    Spring/May, 1945 – Leipzig, Germany

    World War 2 in Europe is almost over. The Allies are running all over Germany capturing cities and villages, arresting Nazis and other officials. One such city was Leipzig. The deputy mayor, his wife and daughter all killed themselves by taking poison. Thousands of Germans committed suicide in the spring of 1945, rather than face occupation and the expected abuse by their victors.

    The spoils of war… as old as mankind itself.

    Deputy Mayor Dr. Kurt Lisso, head of finances of the city of Leipzig. His wife is in the single seat, his 20-year old daughter in German red cross uniform on the sofa. They all poisoned themselves. 69th Infantry Division and 9th Armored Division closed on city. Germany, April 20, 1945. Photo: J.M. Heslop. (Army)



    WW2 in Color. http://www.ww2incolor.com/dramatic/family-suicide.jpg.html

  • John 11:23 am on October 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Most Beautiful Suicide 

    This photograph is of Evelyn McHale. On the 1st May 1947 she jumped 86 floors from the top of the Empire State Building. She was 23 years old.

    On the ground below, a photography student named Robert Wiles managed to capture the scene minutes after her body landed on top of a parked limousine.

    Years later, Andy Warhol appropriated Wiles’ photography for a print called Suicide (Fallen Body).

    In her suicide note, she wrote the following:

    My fiance asked me to marry him in June, but I don’t think I would make a good wife for anyone. He is much better off without me. Tell my father, I have too many of my mother’s tendencies. I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family -don’t have any service or remembrance for me.

    Evelyn Francis McHale was born in Berkeley California Sept 20, 1923.

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