Category Archives: We Remember

‘Suicide Machine’ a Big Draw at ‘Funeral Show’ in Amsterdam

*Admit it. Your first thought was probably some people are crazy as hell. I’m not being totally transparent because “some people” wasn’t my actual thought. But hey, who am I? On with the story.

Sarco, a machine that allows people to kill themselves with the press of a button drew quite a crowd at the funeral show in Amsterdam last April. I can only hope it was just because people were curious to see how something like this works…just for curiosity sake.

I’m still grappling with the fact that Funeral Shows happen. Are they a thing? I really don’t know. But we’re talking about Amsterdam; where they are a thing.

But Sarco, short for the sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink, is controversial — even in Amsterdam. The machine comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister.

Nitschke, who was dubbed “Dr. Death” due to his efforts to legalize euthanasia, speaks about it as if it just another gadget.

“The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die,” Nitschke explained to the Associated Foreign Press.

“The Sarco,” he continues, “is a device to provide people with a death when they wish to die.” 

With the growing rate of teen suicides today, all I can say is I pray this machine doesn’t make it to America. Continue reading

Former Cop Turned PI Took Family to Lunch, Left Table, Then Drove Jeep Inside, Killing Daughter (Video)

*North Carolina police say that Roger Self intentionally rammed his car into the restaurant where his family was sitting. He had brought them to lunch, then when he got up and left the table, the family says they thought he was going to the restroom.

But he went outside to his car instead.

“I saw a white Jeep just fly past my face,” Brandon Wilson, a waiter at the Surf and Turf restaurant where the family was having lunch told the Gazette.“

He was headed back to the table to check on the family when he heard glass shattering.

“It was so unreal. I saw chairs and tables and cups just flying everywhere. It just sounded like a tornado.” Continue reading

What Kind of Science Class Has Students Drowning Raccoons? This One, Apparently (Watch)

*A teacher of an agriculture class at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. took it upon himself to drown two raccoons and a opossum, in his classroom, in front of his students.

Actually, he asked the students to help him do it.

Officials say the raccoons had eaten one of the live chickens being raised by the students in class, so I suppose the teacher was punishing the animals in this cruel, inhumane way.

Officials say the teacher, Dewie Brewton, who is currently on paid administrative leave, took two large cages, put the raccoons inside, and then placed them inside a large garbage can. I suppose the opossum was thrown in as well, but there was no mention. He and the students then filled the can with water, using a hose. In the video below, you can see the students standing around; someone wearing gloves appears to be pushing what can be assumed is the wire cage, underwater. One of the raccoons can be seen raising its snout above water in an attempt to breathe. Continue reading

A Sad End: Veteran’s Family Searched for 20 Years, He Was Recently Found Dead in Tidal Basin

Percy Ronald Chess

*The family of Percy Ronald Chess was used to him disappearing for stretches of time. He had enlisted in the Air Force in May of 1971, but they say after his honorable discharge in February of 1974, he was never the same. He couldn’t hold on to a job for long, and was no longer sociable. In fact, when living with family, he’d eat whatever they prepared for him — as long as it included ketchup, then he would retreat to his room eat.

Relatives thought he may have suffered from mental illness, even though there was no formal diagnosis they could recall.

“He was very secluded,” said one of his sisters, Elouise Chess Williams, who lives in Atlanta. “It was as if he was in a totally different world.”

He’d also disappear for days, even weeks at a time. But 20 years ago he left for good.

As far as anyone knows, Chess wandered for two decades. Family members searched for him, contacted police stations, homeless shelters and everything in between.

They tracked his travels through his arrest record; which consisted mainly of petty crimes such as loitering, prowling, stealing and receiving stolen property. Once, one of his brothers could’ve sworn he saw Chess walking along the highway in Atlanta, but by the time he exited and turned around, the man was gone. Continue reading

Southwest Pilot (A Woman!) Calmly Guides Aircraft to Emergency Landing After Engine Exploded and Passenger was Nearly Sucked Out of Window

*This may sound like an old episode of The Twilight Zone, but I can guarantee you it is not. It really happened. An engine exploded mid-air on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, and a female passenger was sucked partially out of the plane’s window.

Now audio has emerged of the conversation between the plane’s pilot and air traffic control; and the composure of the pilot during what had to be one of the most frightening things a person has ever had to endure is nothing short of astounding.

Tammie Jo Shults, the pilot flying SW Airlines flight 1380, was able to bring the plane to a successful emergency landing as she explains to air traffic control what has happened.

 An explosion from the engine sent shrapnel smashing into the Boeing 737-700, shattered a window and pulled passenger Jennifer Riordan a 43-year-old mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, halfway out of the plane.

Riordan was pulled back in by passengers, but later died from her injuries.

She is said to be the first person to die in an accident involving a US airline in nine years. 

Shults, a former Navy fighter pilot, one of the first females in the position, is being hailed a hero, All through this harrowing experience in the air, you can hear her maintaining professional composure, strength and courage as she speaks to air traffic control.

She tells traffic control, “Yeah, we have part of the aircraft missing so we’re going to need to slow down a bit.”

They respond, “Southwest 1380, speed is your discretion. Maintain any altitude above 3,000 feet.”

Shults: “OK. Could you have medical meet us there on the runway as well, we’ve got, um, injured passengers.”

He repeats, “Injured passengers. OK, and is your plane physically on fire?”

“No its not on fire but part of it’s missing,” Shults responds. “They said there’s a hole and, um, someone went out,” she adds.

I’m sorry. You said there was a hole and somebody went out? Continue reading

Maryland Man Kills 2-Year-old Daughter and her Mother After Paycheck Garnished for $600/Month (Watch)

“How much is too much to allow a 2-year-old to live?”

This was the question asked by Prince George County’s State Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) asked the jury in her opening statement.

“Is it $200? Is it $400? Is $600 the magic number?” she said.

It’s hard to believe a father would kill his child, not to mention her mother, because of child support. But on Tuesday, a jury convicted a Maryland man named Daron Boswell-Johnson on two counts of murder in the double killing.  

Reports say not long after Boswell-Johnson became a father he took to the Internet posting questions that related to child support in hopes that other dad’s who had gone through it could help. 

According to the Washington Post, in 2015 Boswell-Johnson’s posts asked, “How can I stop child support?” “How does the court know if child support is not paid?” he typed shortly after.

And in January 2016, he asked, “What if I am behind on my child support?”

It would only be a few weeks later that his paycheck would start seeing a $600 a month garnish. Soon after, in the early morning of Feb. 2, 2016, his daughter Chloe Davis-Green and her mother, NeShante Davis, were dead. Continue reading

Virginia Man Said He ‘Punched’ Woman for Calling Him the N-Word, Jury Claims M-Word (As in Murder) is in Order

*Robert Coleman may spend the next 10 years in prison after he admitted he punched a woman at a 7-eleven store because he said she called him the n-word.

Fedelia Montiel-Benitez died in a hospital 10 days later.

Coleman, 27, was unsuccessful in an Alexandria circuit Court when he told the jury of 12 that he “snapped” when Montiel-Benitez  aimed the racial slur at him, and that when he punched her he didn’t intend to kill her. But prosecutors said the woman did not speak enough English to use such a word. They added that even if she did use the word Coleman’s response was unjustified.

“Words alone” are no reason to kill, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Lord said in closing arguments.

Surveillance video from the store, located near the Mark Center on Seminary Road, showed the two in a 45-second conversation, but there was no audio. Coleman was there to buy cigarettes, and Montiel-Benitez was purchasing alcohol. 

“We of course remain disappointed that they didn’t see it as manslaughter,” Coleman’s attorney, Robert Jenkins, said after the jury returned. He said Coleman and his family were “grateful” for the jury’s recommended sentence, given that second-degree murder can carry a punishment of up to 40 years. It reflected, Jenkins said, “that this was not something that he wanted to happen, that he did not intend to take someone’s life.” Continue reading

This Doesn’t Excuse What Happened to Stephon Clark, But His Disdain for Black Women Should Be Known (Watch)

Stephon Clark

*The horrific execution-style killing of 22-year-old Stephon Clark , who was shot by a white police officer while he was in his own backyard on Sunday, March 18, has definitely set off a firestorm in the Black Community. The killing of Black men sadly appear to be more like the norm than it does isolated incidents; and each time you wonder, will THIS one get justice?

This is the question being asked by many Black community leaders who are seeking accountability for the unjust killing of yet another Black man.

Namely, Stephon Clark.

In her conversation with Dr. Boyce Watkins, Paris Milan from FlyNubianQueen.com, speaks on what she learned about Clark from his personal tweets showing disdain for Black women.

Watkins’ question: “How do you line up and support a brother who clearly would not support you?” — thrown out to Black women in general, is what prompted the conversation. Continue reading