Home | Index of articles
William J. Sinclair 4786 Ridge Road Hope, KS 67451
Nepal – In the Netherlands, as in the rest of the world, people have started donating money for the earthquake victims in Nepal. The earthquake registered a 7.8 on the Richter scale and caused incredible devastation in the impoverished country.
It is estimated that 10,000 to 15,000 women and girls are trafficked each year to India. And some 7500 in Nepal itself. Children represent a quarter of the sex industry. “Some are only 12 years,” says the photographer.
“Right now – in this chaos – girls are more at risk to get into the clutches of trafficker. Everyone has lost the overview. And we are talking about a country where under normal circumstances girls are being plucked from the streets, traded and sold. ….
I have been fortunate to be able to be in contact with Nepal, which is not easy, since the lines are constantly busy. One of our partners of Free a Girl, for whom I work, is now engaged in emergency aid to victims of the disaster.
They have rescued children and they are taken care of in one of the shelters where we normally house girls liberated from prostitution. Obviously the children are upset.
The donations will be used to rebuild houses, for tarpaulins, medical supplies and drinking water. According to the photographer, who in recent years traveled several times to the area, more than a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. “The earthquake is not only a huge disaster because of the many casualties and destruction, but it makes vulnerable children and especially girls, even more vulnerable.”
“Nepal is a beautiful country but it also has a dark side. It is a destination for child sex tourism. And as if that was not bad enough, children are trafficked to the Middle East and India. What you see is that girls because of their poverty are easy victims of human traffickers.
Sometimes they are lured into prostitution, by promising them a marriage or a well-paid job in India. Instead, they are sold to brothels in India or in Nepal itself.
Because of the possible aftershocks the children sleep outside. They are cold and wet, but at least they are safe from anybody wanting to take disadvantage of the situation.”
Stanley P. Conatser 3002 Waldeck Street Fort Worth, TX 76107
Michael and Heather Jones pleaded guilty to charges of murder and abuse of their son Adrian in 2015. The 7-year-old allegedly suffered torture at the hands of his mother, father and stepmother. His body was found near pigs, in a barn, at their Kansas City, Kansas, home more than a month after he passed away. It was November 2015.
The Jones’ landlord, Jennifer Hoever, had more than 30 security cameras placed throughout the home: kitchen, bedroom and master bathroom. According to KMBC, the boy’s abuse included being strapped to an inversion table, standing before a plate of food with soap in his mouth, burns from a stun gun, and standing naked in a shower stall. He was emaciated, had teeth rotten from malnourishment; he was bruised and bloodied.
The Jones lived in the home with Adrian and six girls, ranging from 10 years old to under 2, in the house they rented. The kids were living in filth and the survivors are now wards of the state.
Following a plea deal on March 31, Michael “Mike” Jones, 45, will be sentenced Wednesday in Wyandotte County for first-degree murder in Adrian’s death. Heather Jones, 30, was sentenced in November to life with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Adrian and his sisters were removed from their biological mother’s home due to neglect in 2012.
By 2014, Michael called Adrian’s maternal grandmother, Judy Conway, announcing his plans to place Adrian in a psychiatric hospital, because he “turned into a pedophile and has sexual predator tendencies.” He reportedly refused to allow Conway to visit Adrian. At the time, he operated a bail-bond business in Topeka.
Adrian called Conway “Nana.” She has tried to access Adrian’s child welfare records; officials have said any release of documents could jeopardize prosecution of the case.
Larry C. Clements 311 Myra Street Providence, RI 02905
Most people find SF when the pain is so bad that they can’t take it any more. That is how I found SF. If you are here, reading this, the chances are you are so tired of hurting, so exhausted by the relentless black hole of pain inside you that you are looking for a way, ANY way, to make it stop. Painless suicide methods seem like the holy grail right now. I get it – believe me – I understand.
Are There Any Painless Suicide Methods?
The simple answer is no. I understand that your instinct now is to click off this page and keep looking, but STOP. Wait. Just stay a few minutes. The problem with suicide methods is that 97% of the time, they fail. And that is just the completely committed “I want to die right now this second” group. Suicide is painful and messy and horrifying – and I completely understand if you are sitting here thinking “yes, well so is my life” – I have been there.
One of the most common things our members say when they first join SF is ‘I am too much of a coward to go through with it”. Not killing yourself isn’t cowardly. Not killing yourself isn’t weak or spineless. It is okay to scream for help at the top of your lungs right now – you deserve help and nobody can do this alone.
We have thousands and thousands of members and each and every one of them knows what it feels like to want to fall asleep and never wake up. To stop the pain – for it to be easy and peaceful and painless. Suicide isn’t any of those things. It is painful and lonely and scary and 97% of the time it fails. For people under 40, that number goes up to 99.5% of the time. The thoughts and feelings you are dealing with are not shameful or weak or wrong – but really wanting to die and really wanting to make the pain stop are not the same thing.
What About Pain Free Death?
It is easy to believe – especially right now – that it wouldn’t matter if you died. Nobody would care. I don’t know you and I don’t know what is going on in your life (I would like to) but I have been suicidal and believed those things, and I have talked to hundreds and hundreds of people who also believe those things. Pain lies. Depression lies. Most of all, despair lies. The idea that your death would not matter and it wouldn’t hurt anyone – that your suicide would be pain free for all concerned – it isn’t true. Maybe you want to believe it is true because you don’t want to hurt any of the people you love. Maybe you hurt so badly you can’t see past the pain to the truth. But you are wrong. There are no ‘pain free’ ways to die. There are especially no pain free ways to kill yourself. Not just the physical messy agony of suicide itself, which is never like it is in the movies or on tumblr, but also the emotional pain you are passing to the people who are about you and even the people who ‘only’ know you.
The pain can go away. I know you don’t believe me; I didn’t believe it either. I was sure – 100% definite – that life would never get better, that the pain would never go away, that I would never feel okay again, let alone happy. I felt alone and isolated and like there was nobody to talk to who could possibly understand. I was wrong. About all of it. There are people who understand and who will support you and while right now you don’t think support can help and you don’t see how talking can make a difference, there is something about NOT feeling alone and isolated that eases the pain just enough to be able to breathe for a minute. To be able to think. To give yourself a chance.
You Need to Talk to Someone
There is no replacement for professional medical treatment. If you are suicidal you need real medical help – but you also need to talk to people you can be honest with, people you can say out loud “I hurt so much I want to die” to. It is hard, almost impossible, to say those things to people who know and care about you in real life. They get scared and hurt and suddenly you are not only dealing with your own pain, you are dealing with theirs as well. For people who already have more pain than they can bear, that is not an option.
Talking doesn’t magically make the pain go away. I am not going to sit here and lie to you that it might. I understand that it is hard to see the point – the POINT is that you want to make the pain stop and if talking won’t do that then it can feel like a waste of the precious little energy you have left. What talking does – in a peer to peer setting – is make you feel less alone. Knowing that people understand and care, that even strangers who are in pain themselves care about you enough to listen and support you, can make you feel less isolated, remind you that you do not have to deal with this alone.
Talk to us. Write down how you feel. Engage with people who understand – as much as anyone can understand – how you feel. The pain won’t go away overnight but it CAN go away and you deserve to have support while you deal with it. So instead of clicking off here and going back to Google in search of ways to die, stick around here. Join our community and find ways to make the pain go away that don’t involve killing yourself – ways to make the pain go away that give you your life back.
Joseph M. Hoffman 4729 Gore Street Sugar Land, TX 77478
At the moment, prisons are the best tool society has to keep its criminals in check. Unfortunately, it seems kind of inevitable that when you put hundreds of socially maladjusted people into a confined space, violence will sometimes ensue. Unless things are handled with extreme care - and often they aren't - prison riots can erupt at a moment’s notice and swell until no one on the premises is safe.
Throughout history, prison powder kegs have exploded in some truly brutal jailhouse riots that have claimed the lives of both prisoners and guards. Whether it’s because of gang violence, an escape attempt, or brutal prison conditions, prison riots can kick off for a variety of reasons. Of course, the result is always the same: death and destruction.
Even today, prison riots are a regular occurrence throughout the world’s prison system. In late 2016, the United Kingdom’s Bedford prison saw 200 prisoners besiege the institution for more than six hours. Fortunately, only one prisoner was hurt in the riot, making the Beford incident one of the more contained prison rebellions in history. Here are some prisons who didn’t fare quite as well.
Brazil Prison Riot Leaves 56 Dead
A prison riot that broke out in Rio de Janeiro left 56 people dead and several more injured. Officials said it began as a fight between two of the country's biggest rival gangs that spiraled out of control. Prisoners were beheaded and dismembered in the melee, guards held hostage, and the fighting last more than 12 hours. Some inmates were able to escape during the chaos. It was the biggest prison riot the country has ever seen, officials said.
News agencies reported the prison was overcrowded. There were 1,224 inmates in a prison meant to hold 592.
Ross Perot Instigated a Prison Riot in Iran to Sneak Out Two Americans
On the cusp of the Iranian revolution, as the Shah was preparing to get out of Dodge, a computer company called Electronic Data Systems (EDS) was preparing to do the same. EDS had previously agreed to work on some of the Shah’s computers. As Ayatollah Khomeini was preparing to siege the country, EDS found itself in a precarious position (and out five million dollars in owed fees). As the company employees tried to evacuate the country, two engineers were captured.
EDS engineers William Gaylord and Paul Chiapparone were put in prison on trumped-up charges in 1979. Though the American government took no interest in the prisoners’ plight, the owner of EDS, one Ross Perot, decided to swing into action. He hired a mercenary named Arthur Simons, who refused to accept money for his services.
The prison in which Gaylord and Chiapparone were held was once considered a symbol of the Shah’s power. Working through some intermediaries, Simons convinced a mob of revolutionaries loyal to Khomeini to storm the prison in the hopes of releasing the Shah’s prisoners. It worked, and all 70,000 of the prison’s detainees - including Gaylord and Chiapparone - were allowed to escape into the city.
The Battle of Qala-i-Jangi Resulted in the First American Death in Afghanistan
The Battle of Qala-i-Jangi Res... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Brutal Prison Riots in History
In 2001, several Taliban prisoners being held in Afghanistan’s prison in Qala-i-Jangi revolted, gaining access to weapons and opening fire. The resulting violence was horrible to behold. CIA agent Mike Spann was the first person killed in the riot. Reports say that a prisoner rushed him with a live grenade; when it exploded, both the inmate and Spann were killed.
Two days later, authorities raided the fortress, launching RPGs at the prisoners. The military also purged the basement where the prisoners were holed up by drenching the rooms in gasoline and setting them on fire. The defense for one of the victims, American Taliban sympathizer John Walker Lindh, said the basement floors were littered with human remains by the time everything had settled down.
Over a Hundred Prisoners Died in Brazil's Carandiru Prison
In 1992, the inmates at Brazil’s Carandiru Prison were playing football (that’d be soccer to Americans) when the game turned into a brawl that quickly spread to the rest of the prison. The general air of violence made authorities extremely uncomfortable. So uncomfortable, in fact, that they only bothered to negotiate with the prisoners for about an hour before sending in troops to squash the rebellion.
Over the course of thirty minutes, agents swept through the prison, killing 111 inmates. Each victim was supposedly shot more than five times each. Though 74 of the assaulting agents were convicted of both murder and human rights violations (which would have netted the lot of them more than 700 years of combined jail time), the verdicts were vacated and no one was ever actually sent to jail.
1,200 Prisoners Staged a Deadly Revolt at Attica Prison in 1971
In the early 1970s, Attica Prison was a powder keg. The prisoners were overcrowded, and prison policies limited them to spartan conditions. Inmates were given just one shower a week and one roll of toilet paper per month. On September 9, the prisoners of one cell block overpowered their guards and took 39 prison employees hostage.
After four days of failed negotiations, authorities raided the prison. In the ensuing battle, 10 hostages and 39 inmates were killed and 89 others were injured. There were rampant reports that several prisoners were killed or beaten after they surrendered. One man was shot seven times and then ordered to crawl along the ground. When he failed to move fast enough, he was kicked to death by prison guards.
A Drunken Impulse Sparked the 1980 New Mexico Prison Riot
Article continues below the image
Gary Nelson was in a New Mexico high security prison thanks to a conviction for bank robbery some years prior. In February 1980, he was sitting next to a fellow inmate getting drunk on homemade moonshine when his buddy, in Nelson’s words, “jumped up. He'd been drinking and said, 'Look, when they come to count, and they leave that door open, we're going to jump them and take over this place.” Though Nelson didn’t expect anything to happen, the prisoners revolted using exactly that plan.
Over the course of several hours, inmates took 12 guards hostage, even parading one prison guard with a belt around his neck like a dog. Before the prison was retaken, inmates stalked through one cell block and murdered several inmates accused of being snitches. When all was said and done, 33 inmates were killed.
In 1987, One Reagan Administration Edict Set Off Two Simultaneous Prison Riots
Just one day after the administration of President Ronald Reagan declared that about 2,500 refugees were to be deported to Cuba, over 1,400 Cuban detainees in Atlanta and 1,000 Cuban prisoners in Oakdale, Louisiana revolted, fearing deportation. The Atlanta prisoners began to set fire to the facility holding them, forcing firefighters to fly helicopters over the prison and dump 250-gallon buckets of water on the blaze.
Several of the inmates had been detained without a proper trial. As a result of the riots, the American government opted to forego any deportations for a brief period of time, instead offering to give the prisoners an actual trial.
Easter Sunday Turned Deadly When 450 Prisoners Rioted at Lucasville Prison
Home to the state’s most violent prisoners, Lucasville Prison is Ohio’s primary maximum security facility. It also has a reputation for violence that extends more than 20 years back. In 1993, a riot broke out in Ohio’s Lucasville prison on Easter Sunday. The riot lasted for 10 days, when three prison gangs banded together to protest the forced injection of tuberculosis vaccinations. During that time, more than $40 million of damage was done to the facility and nine inmates were killed (five of those victims were beaten to death on the first day).
The Davao Prison Riot Saw Five Hostages Slain in the Midst of a Gun Battle
In 1989, 17 Joyful Assembly of God church members visited a prison in downtown Davao City, Philippines, in the hopes of leading the prisoners in a peaceful prayer service. Unfortunately, a ploy instigated by a prisoner named Aldam resulted in 16 church members being taken hostage and held for more than 48 hours.
When the hostage-takers - who self-applied the nickname “Wild Boys of Dapecol” - attempted to flee the prison using hostages as shields, the military opened fire. At the end of the fire fight, five hostages were dead alongside 16 of the rioting prisoners. No official ever admitted culpability in the deaths of the hostages.
The Strangeways Riot Lasted for 25 Days Before Prisoners Relented
In 1990, 300 inmates held at Strangeways prison rioted in protest of the prison’s lamentable conditions. Though the prison was built to hold 970 prisoners, in 1990, 1,600 inmates called Strangeways home. Prisoners were put three to a cell, though most cells had only one bed. Violent inmates were held for 23 hours a day in rooms with no sanitation.
In response to the riot, authorities surrounded the prison and tried to wear down the rioters. Police cut off electricity to the prison; they poured cold water on the roof, causing leaks because the prison was in such lamentable repair - yes, the authorities used their own negligence as a weapon against the inmates. It took 25 days until the last prisoners were removed from the prison.
The 1929 Colorado State Prison Riot Ended in Murder and Suicide
On October 3, 1929, five prisoners led by Danny Daniels attempted to escape the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City. Pinned down by police gunfire, Daniels and his cohorts managed to take eight prison guards hostage. Daniels attempted to trade the hostages for he and his allies’ freedom, but prison warden William Crawford chose to call the National Guard instead.
Over the next several hours, the military attempted to oust the prisoners by using dynamite on the wall where the hostages were being held. When that didn’t work, they used tear gas. For fear of being captured and executed, Daniels panicked and began killing both his hostages and his companions. When he ran through them all, he turned the gun on himself.
The Battle of Alcatraz Turned the Famed Prison Into a "Ring of Fire"
The Battle of Alcatraz Turned is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Brutal Prison Riots in History
For weeks in early 1946, Alcatraz inmate Bernard Coy slowly lost more than 20 pounds in an attempt to wedge himself between a pair of bars into the prison’s armory. On May 2, 1946, his plan went into action, and along with five other inmates, Coy captured two prison guards and a small cache of weapons and attempted to flee the prison. It didn’t go well.
After capturing Coy, one of the guards hid the key that would allow the prisoners to escape their cell block. Coy and his compatriots found themselves stranded, ultimately deciding that the best course of action was opening fire on the guards assembling to re-take the prison. For one bloody night, there was a fire fight in the prison. A San Francisco Chronicle reporter wrote, “The island was a ring of fire in the night.”
In morning, three of the escapees (including Coy) and both guards who’d been taken hostage were dead.
A Lincoln, Nebraska Prison Riot Saw Two Men Killed in 2015
On May 10, 2015, several prisoners gained control of a Lincoln, Nebraska, prison. One of the inmates, Robert Clayborne Jr., who was in protective custody at the time of the revolt, later sued the prison because of the riot (the suit was dismissed). Clayborne claimed that the riot resulted from critical under-staffing at the prison. Clayborne further alleged that he was denied medical care during the heat of the riot.
Though the riot was quelled several hours after it began, extensive damage was done to the prison and two inmates were killed during the chaos.
Pulau Senang Prisoners Attacked Staff from an Island Penal Colony
Pulau Senang was started as a novel concept at rehabilitation. Prisoners were shipped to the small island south of Singapore so that they could work on a farm in a prison without walls.
At first, things were going well. There were even plans to ignite some trade on the island and build some truly permanent buildings. Then, in 1963, 70 inmates rebelled, attacking staff personnel with bottles and knives. At the end of the day, colony superintendent Daniel Dutton and attendants Arumugam Veerasingham and Tan Kok Hian were killed by the rioting prisoners. The resulting trial lasted 64 days and saw the death sentences of 18 prisoners.
Home | Index of articles