It’s a world gone mad

First the zombie face eater and now this joker who made YouTube kitten snuff films before moving on to mailing human body parts to national politicians:

(GNews) — Magnotta, believed to originally be from Toronto, was renting an apartment in a working-class Montreal neighborhood. It was behind that building that police found a man’s torso in a suitcase in a heap of garbage Tuesday, police said. That same day, a foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative party headquarters in Ottawa, and a hand found at postal warehouse in the Canadian capital. The package with the hand was addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada. Early testing shows the three body parts come from the same man, police said.

Maybe there’s something in the air and water. A critical pollution threshold reached in the environment and human tissues, and like lemmings we all go violently, clinically insane. Whatever it is, it’s nothing a little deregulation and tax cutting wouldn’t cure …


  1. jamessweet says

    Yeah I’m pretty sure this kind of shit has been happening for all of human history. It’s just that for 99% of our existence, unless it happened to one of the 100-200 people closest to you, you would never have heard about it.

  2. Francisco Bacopa says

    John Douglas, former FBI behavioral investigator and current true crime writer, thinks that such criminal weirdness has always been with us. The only thing about present times is that there are more of us and we have the means to share information over long distances very quickly. So it only seems like there are more serial killers and more spree killers, when in terms of rates, there are always about as many as there have always been.

    He says that in earlier times serial killers were more rare in terms of absolute numbers, and seemed rarer still because, information from faraway places was not easily shared, people told folk tales to account for these extremely rare events. He thinks werewolf stories are based on serial killers.

    Dude totally refutes the idea that we’re in some kind of moral decline.

  3. davidnangle says

    “Animals can be driven crazy by placing too many in too small a pen. Homo sapiens is the only animal that voluntarily does this to himself.” – Lazarus Long

  4. Crudely Wrott says

    I agree with Fransico. Among the general population of humanity are sub-groups of all descriptions and there is a bell curve distribution.

    Most people are mundane and normal and garner little notice. Those who are noticed are generally those who succeed at some endeavor that is considered worthy of merit and reward. But that is only one of the two extremes of the curve.

    There are also those among us who succeed at things that are considered poor, dangerous or heinous by the general population.

    In times past, neither had noticeable recognition beyond their immediate community. Then came telegraph, radio, TV and now, the instant communicator of all things worthy or not, The InnerTubes. Coupled with a fixation on placing cameras everywhere along with a compulsion to run and tell everyone, this is the result.

    We learn of the best that we do and also the worst. Social slumgullion served up endlessly.

  5. says

    I know this isn’t directly relevant, but lemmings are not suicidal. The crew of one nature documentary, Disney’s White Wilderness, intentionally herded lemmings off a cliff to document this supposed behavior and the idea stuck. Which is actually fairly relevant to this topic, come to think of it.

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