The last few weeks people in North America and beyond have been in an uproar over a killer known as “Swine Flu” or the more politically correct H1N1that has claimed ONE life in United States but there lurks a more prolific killer to women and children.
While this “potential” pandemic is serious to cause an uproar there is a more sinister killer among us and it’s not a virus so much as it IS a pig.
I submit the following incomplete list of recent murder victims which include many women, children, innocent bystanders and police officers, all killed by violent men.
March 10 – Michael McLendon, 28, killed ten people, including his mother, grandmother, aunt and uncle, and the wife and child of a local sheriff’s deputy in rural Alabama. He then killed himself. The worst mass killing in the history of Alabama killed: Virginia White, 74; James White, 55; Tracy Wise, 34; Dean Wise, 15; James Starling, 34; Lisa McClendon, Michael’s mom; Bruce Maloy, 51; Andrea Myers, 31; and Corrine Gracy Myers, 18 months.
March 21 – Lovelle Mixon, a parolee with a history of violence against women, sexual assault, and other violent crimes shot and killed four heroic Oakland police officers – Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40; Officer John Hege, 41, SWAT Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43; and SWAT Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35 before he was shot and killed by police.
March 29 – Robert Stewart, 45, shot and killed eight people at Pinelake Health and Rehab Center in Robbins, North Carolina. He came to the center seeking to kill his wife, Wanda Neal, 43, a nurse’s assistant. She was working in the Alzheimers Unit when he entered the facility and survived after herding residents into the TV Room and locking the door. The dead included: Tessie Garner, 88; Lillian Dunn, 89, Jessie Musser, 88; Bessie Hendrick, 78; John Goldston, 78; Margaret Johnson, 89; Louise Decker, 98; and Jerry Avent, 39. Jerry was a newly hired nurse at the facility. He was shot 27 times but continued protecting patients until the final shot. Police estimated his efforts saved at least ten others patients and staff members.
March 30 – Devan Kalathat killed six people in a murder-suicide in Santa Clara, California including his children. During his rampage he shot his wife, but she still clings to life in critical condition. Police identified the victims as Kalathat’s children: 11-year-old Akhil Dev and 4-year-old Negha Dev; Kalathat’s brother-in-law Ashok Appu Poothemkandi, 35, Poothemkandi’ s wife, Suchitra Sivaraman, 25; and the Poothemkandis’ infant daughter, Ahana Ashok.
April 4 – Pittsburgh police officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle, and Paul Scuillo were shot and killed responding to a “domestic disturbance” call. They were ambushed by Richard Poplawski when they arrived at the house. Officer Eric Kelly was not on duty. He was on his way home to his wife and three daughters when he heard the call on his radio and responded to support his fellow officers.April 5 – James Harrison killed his five children in Pierce County, WA while his wife was at work. Police confirmed that the couple had a domestic violence incident earlier in the day and the wife had left. The husband demanded that she return and while she was away he methodically shot Maxine, Samantha, Heather, Jamie, and James. The first four children were shot in their beds. The last child was shot as she was running toward the bathroom.
April 5 – Kirby Revelus, 23, killed his 17 year old sister, Samantha and his five year old sister, Bianca. Police officers responding to a domestic violence incident shot and killed him as he was trying to kill his 9 year old sister Sarafina.
April 7 – Kevin Garner fled Greenville, Alabama late in the afternoon after setting fire to his wife’s home and car. Hours later, police found his wife and daughter, and her sister and her sister’s son shot to death inside the burning home. Garner later shot himself before being apprehended.
April 10 – Two students at Henry Ford Community College were found dead in a murder-suicide in the Fine Arts Building on campus in Dearborn, Michigan. Police determined that Anthony Powell, 28, killed Asia McGowan, 20 with a shotgun and then turned the gun on himself.
April 17- 39-year-old Kelly Schmidt, the wife of Scott Schmidt a lieutenant with the Appleton Wisconsin Fire Department, was arrested following the shooting of his wife, Kelly. She was shot one or two times in the head and died from her injures around 3:30 p.m. Also shot was Kelly’s mother, Barbara Wing, she survives.
April 18 – Christopher Allan Wood, 34, an accountant for a railroad operator, killed his wife, Frances, and his three children in Middletown, Maryland before taking his own life with gunshot to the head. Chandler was 5 years old, Gavin was 4, and his daughter, Fiona, was 2 years old when she was shot and stabbed by her Dad.
April 19 – William Parente, 59, killed his wife, Betty, 58, and daughters Catherine, 11, and Stephanie, 19 before killing himself in Garden City, New York. Each of the victims was killed by asphyxiation and blunt force trauma.
April 25 – University of Georgia professor George Zinkhans shot and killed his wife, Marie Bruce, and two of her friends from a local community theatre group in Bogart, Georgia. Two others were seriously injured by bullet fragments. Her two murdered colleagues were: Ben Teague, 63, and Tom Tanner, 40. More than 200 police officers are currently searching for him the dense woods near Bogart, 60 miles east of Atlanta. Police believe Marie was preparing to get a restraining order, file for divorce, and leave him after a history of domestic violence.
April 30- 36-year-old Shane Kettner was arrested Thursday after he and an infant were found semi-conscious in a Nelsonville Wisconsin home, 2-year-old Griffin and 3-year-old Ashley Kettner found dead on the second floor. The Sheriff’s Department says authorities checked on the family at their home Wednesday night and didn’t notice anything unusual, before leaving, deputies looked inside the windows and saw an infant in a child swing and a cat walking around.
May 4-A domestic disturbance took an even more horrifying turn Sunday night after the Ennis TX Police Department reported a murder/suicide had taken place. They responded to the residence for the second time in a 12-hour time span, shots fired were heard inside the home and after forcing their way into the residence, police found the bodies of Sharon Lusk, 28, and Willie James Lusk, also 28.
May 4- A 13-year-old Lakeland Florida boy is the sole survivor of what authorities describe as an apparent murder-suicide. Investigators say Nathan Bellar ran through a garage to escape his family’s slaughter at the hands of his father, who then took his own life on their front lawn.
May 4- Lenoir NC police said they discovered a murder-suicide when they were called to an apartment early Sunday.Officers arrived shortly after 9 a.m. at the Meadowood Garden apartments after a neighbor found a handwritten note on the door of apartment No. 21 that said, “Call 911. Do not go inside.”Inside the apartment, officers found Robin Lovada Jarvis, 50, and Larry Eugene Jarvis, 53, dead of apparent gunshot wounds.
More to come tomorrow!