The Yahoo man (79) died of renal failure at 5.15 am on Sunday at Breach Candy hospital, leaving behind his wife Neeladevi, son Aditya Raj and daughter Kanchan Desai. It marks the end of a generation, the demise of a life style. “No youngster can ever step into his shoes,” said Saira Banu, the lady in the log cabin. “The flamboyance and joi de verve of the industry (is) lost,” tweeted Amitabh Bachchan.
Prithviraj Kapoor’s second-born always wanted to be an aeronautical engineer, and when the 22-year-old made his debut in the film industry, it was far from a dream. Despite being paired with the leading ladies of the time, he admitted to having spent the first five years of his career crying, with every film failing at the box office.
The tide changed with Nasir Hussain’s ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’ in 1957. Here too, destiny played its part: Dev Anand, the urbane, stylish hero was the natural choice for writer-director Hussain, having worked with him in movies like ‘Munimji’ and ‘Paying Guest’. But since Anand, then a top star, was hesitant to act with a newcomer, the film landed on Shammi’s lap. Indeed, working with newcomers – from Saira Banu to Sharmila Tagore – was to become one of Kapoor’s most acknowledged and applauded traits.
With Tumsaand Junglee, there was no looking back. Kapoor had found his groove and a new kind of flamboyance was sweeping across the industry. The trade called him “Shimming Shammi’, as the man took after his screen idols James Dean and Elvis Presley.
“The Hindi film industry will never see such an era again,” said writer, poet Javed Akhtar, echoing a sentiment of the Hindi film industry.
“When he is on screen it is very difficult to look at anyone else. He had a great sense of humour and a sense of rhythm, so important to the Hindi film industry. His contribution to the industry is quite considerable,” said Tagore, who acted with him in her debut Hindi film, Kashmir Ki Kali.
With the success of ‘Junglee’, Kapoor brought in the swinging sixties to Hindi film and along with it a host of hit songs numbers, which even today sells. “We had compiled a video of Shammiji’s hit songs and called it Yahoo, Shammi Kapoor, which did even better than some of his individual films on the home video and we even got corporate orders for the same,” says Hiren Gada.
Extra police quell riots in London but violence spreads elsewhere
LONDON // Political tempers began to fray yesterday amid finger-pointing over whether deprivation or criminality is to blame for rioting across England.
Thousands of extra police officers flooded into London on Tuesday and largely put an end to the violence.
They were joined by “vigilante” communities, from Bangladeshis to Sikhs, who turned out in their hundreds to protect their neighbourhoods and places of worship.
Attention switched to Manchester and Liverpool, where the violence spread on Tuesday night.
In Birmingham, police opened a murder inquiry into the deaths of three British Muslims who died after being hit by a car near a mosque.
Community leaders sought to defuse tension among British Asians after the apparent hit-and-run killings of brothers Shazad and Munir Hussein and Haroon Chohan.
They were among about 80 people who tried to protect local businesses on Tuesday night.
Jahan Chohan, Haroon’s father, spoke of forgiveness. “I don’t blame the government, I don’t blame the police, I don’t blame nobody,” he told The Guardian.
“I’m a Muslim, I believe in divine fate and destiny, and it was his destiny and his fate, and now he’s gone. And may Allah forgive him and bless him.”
Unlike recent unrest in Greece or the Arab world, the British rioters appeared to have no political message. Most seem to be young males from poorer neighbourhoods.
Ahead of an emergency parliamentary debate today, prime minister David Cameron said his government had started a “fightback” against the rioters.
“For me, the root cause of this mindless selfishness is the same thing I have spoken about for years,” he said. “It is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of our society.”
But the Conservative leader sidestepped a call from London mayor Boris Johnson, who agreed with his party leader that Britain is “broken” but said police budget cuts across the country should be abandoned.
“Mayors and local authorities always want more money,” said Mr Cameron. “It is the government’s job to give them what they need.”
He added that police were authorised to use rubber bullets and water cannons, which have never been used for riot control, would be made available at 24 hours’ notice.
“Phony human-rights” issues will not stop the police publishing CCTV pictures of looters, said Mr Cameron. Police have arrested more than 750 people in London and 500 others across the country since the unrest began on Saturday.
It kicked off following a protest against the police shooting dead Mark Duggan, 29.
All three main political parties have largely blamed criminality for the unrest, in which youths of all races looted shops, burnt property and attacked police.
But in a sign of the political fallout yet to come, two opposing lawmakers had a fierce argument over whether public sector cuts had any role in the unrest.
“There will be discussions about underlying causes. I don’t agree with Cameron when he says it is simple. It is not. It is very complex,” Harriet Harman, a leading member of the opposition Labour party, said on BBC’s Newsnight. “Harriet, do you think there are people breaking into Currys [electrical stores] to steal plasma TV screens and breaking into Foot Locker [sports stores] to steal box-fresh trainers who are protesting against tuition fees,” retorted Michael Gove, Conservative education secretary.
Ordinary Londoners, sometimes rallied by the same social media used by rioters to congregate en masse, have started to clean up and protect their neighbourhoods.
A crowd of about 1,500 mostly British Bangladeshis and Somalis gathered outside the East London Mosque after a mob gathered to loot shops in the area on Monday night. “There’s a real sense of community here, especially during Ramadan when people are supposed to look out for each other,” Abdul Jalil, a local shop manager, told The Independent newspaper.
Sikhs in Southall, west London, and Turks in Dalston, north London, were also out on the streets to protect their shops and property.
There were warnings against vigilantism however, as members of far-right, anti-immigrant groups such as the English Defence League also assembled, ostensibly in defence against looters. Mr Johnson said while people were entitled to defend their neighbourhoods, he was against the participation of groups that targeted other communities.
As Riots Expand, London Asks, “How Could This Happen?”
London woke this morning to the news that the city had been spared for the most part from a fourth night of riots and looting, but that the troubles had spread across England to Manchester Birmingham, Nottingham, and—for Pete’s sake—the cathedral city of Gloucester. Four people have lost their lives and hundreds have been injured. The damage has yet to be assessed, but it is already clear that the riots, which were sparked by the shooting of a suspect by police in North London last week, have delivered a deep psychic shock to the nation that will host the Olympics next year.
Like everyone I know, I find it hard to explain why this sudden catastrophic breakdown happened. Crime figures have been on a steady downward trend for the last 15 years, and on the whole, people of widely different backgrounds seem to rub along pretty well in Britain’s big conurbations. If I had been asked to write about Britain for a foreign audience last week, I would have stressed, among other things, the nation’s basic values of tolerance, liberty, and justice, its fair record of integration, as well as a healthy national discourse. Yes, we had social problems with teenage gangs and a hopeless underclass, but nothing that led you to believe we were on the edge of this kind of mayhem.
On Monday, my local corner shop, run by a Sri Lankan man I have known for years, was looted. This became the rule rather than the exception that evening. The two-starred Michelin restaurant—the Ledbury, in Notting Hill—which is a few hundred yards from my home, was attacked by masked and hooded rioters with baseball bats. They told diners to get on the floor and hand over wallets, wedding rings, and phones. Halfway through the raid, the kitchen staff, led by the Australian chef Brett Graham, repelled the raiders with knives, rolling pins, and anything else that came to hand.
Londoners are no longer taking this lying down. In North London, Turkish and Indian shopkeepers formed a defensive line against the looters. In Clapham, South London, homeowners organized to protect their houses from the riot that ripped through the shopping district near Clapham Junction train station. And in Ealing, in West London, hundreds answered a call on Twitter (#riotcleanup) to clean up the mess left on Tuesday morning. In the absence of police, vigilante groups have sprung up and people are making citizen’s arrests, like the presenter of television history shows, Dan Snow, who tackled and sat on a looter in Notting Hill until the police took him away.
These signs are mildly encouraging, but I found myself staring at today’s newspapers profoundly shocked and completely lost for an explanation. How could this happen in our country? Where did the aggression and reckless disregard for people’s safety come from? And how the hell did the politicians and police let one local disturbance spread across the country?
A procession of sociologists, crime specialists, police officers, politicians, and commentators has appeared on the BBC shows Today and Newsnight, but they are struggling to make sense of it all. They repeat their particular obsessions about the lack of values, unemployment, or the government’s austerity measures, but eventually they all run out of words. They are silenced: we all are, because the events of the last five days confound the usual formulae.
You see, we thought we knew and understood our society, but it turns out that Britain has been seething with envy and has produced a heartlessness that are both really tough to acknowledge. As BBC TV news showed CCTV pictures of a young man, who had been injured in the face, being robbed by two larger men pretending to help him, I thought of the delinquent gangs in Anthony Burgess’s dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange, a book I always thought was a little far-fetched. Looking at the kids on the street and hearing what they had to say from behind their masks to the TV cameras, I realized that his vision may, if anything, have underplayed the neuropathic lacks of reason and feeling.
The really worrying point is this—it wasn’t just the un-lettered, unemployable members of the underclass who rioted this week. Among those who made court appearances yesterday were a university graduate, an army recruit, a graphic designer, a youth worker, and a forklift driver, all of them with either a job or prospects. I have no idea why these people rioted and looted, and I am not sure they will fully understand their actions, either, but I do know that if it can happen here, it can happen in other countries too. Envy is globalized. All that is necessary for a rampage to be coordinated on Twitter, or by Blackberry’s BBM messaging service, is for an angry group of people on the street to test authority and find it wanting. Perhaps it is not more complicated than this—the British rioted because they could.
Labour targets police cuts after riots
The opposition is focusing its criticisms of the government on plans to cut police budgets by 20%, after four nights of violence across England.
Ministerial sources have admitted that plans to slash spending on policing need rethinking, the Guardian reported.
One senior coalition figure told the newspaper: “It is manifestly the case that we need police numbers and effective deployment of officers that generates public confidence.
“There is still a vital need for reform and chief constables cannot wriggle off their responsibilities on spending effectively.”
Downing Street and the Home Office are continuing to deny any plans to reverse cuts to police budgets, however.
“It’s time the government realised the dangers of their cuts and re-opened the police spending review immediately,” shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said.
“The public need reassurance that the police have the resources and officers they need to keep the streets safe and maintain law and order not only now but through the summer and beyond.
“The scale of government cuts is making it harder for the police to do their jobs and keep us safe. The police need our support and our government should be first to provide it.”
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg refused to acknowledge that the riots meant the government had to change course on its deficit reduction agenda, however.
“Of course this is a massive challenge and it is incredibly unsettling for people,” he told the Today programme.
“But… I don’t think it actually would help any of us if what we do in reaction to that is say, ‘OK, we’re going to stop the difficult job that we’re doing as a country and as a government to wipe the slate clean for future generations’.
“That isn’t a recipe of success for the long term, and what we’re trying to do as a government is, yes, take difficult decisions today for the long term benefit of future generations in years to come.”
Labour’s decision to focus its political attack on police cuts is a change of tone from the less successful approach trialled by the party’s deputy leader, Harriet Harman, on Newsnight earlier this week.
She claimed that the riots took place because politicians are “out of touch”, prompting education secretary Michael Gove to accuse her of “speaking out of both sides of her mouth”.
While a number of books were published on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and committee and commissions set up to solve his mystery, a living witness and close companion of Netaji was never contacted by anyone.
Nizamuddin, a 107-year-old man who claims to be the driver of Netaji in Azad Hind Fauj (AHF), lives in Islampura, Bilariyaganj, in Azamgarh district. He claims to have spent four years with Netaji after joining the AHF in 1942. The TOI team also visited him sometime back. Recently the volunteers of a local organisation also went to his place to honour him.
Nizamuddin was also sure that Netaji was not killed in the plane crash in 1945. “How can it be possible when I had dropped him by the car on the banks of Sitangpur river near the boarder of Burma and Thailand about three-four months after the incident of plane crash?” he wondered. He has no idea what happened after he dropped Bose on the riverbank. He said that he insisted to accompany Netaji, but he was commanded to return with a promise of meeting again in Independent India.
But, he recalled his meeting with Swami, a close associate of Netaji, over 10 years ago. Swami was in regular touch with Netaji. According to the repatriation certificate issued in favour of Nizamuddin, Swami (full name SV Swami) was the chairman of the Relief and Repatriation Council, Ex Azad Hind Fauj and Allied Organisation, Rangoon. It was the only document Nizamuddin has with him that shows his association with AHF.
In 1969, he returned to India with his family and settled at his ancestral house in Dhakwa village. Later, he shifted to Islampura.
Basically there are two ways to send and receive e-mail messages: with an e-mail application or web based with an internet browser like the Internet Explorer or Firefox (download: www.firefox.org). Most web based solutions are straight forward and easy in use (and available wherever you are able to browse the internet because your mail are stored on the server of the e-mail provider). With an e-mail application your send and received e-mail are stored on your computer. Therefore you need an e-mail application like Windows Mail(Windows Vista build-in), Outlook (part of MS Office) or Outlook Express (Windows XP build-in). This page describes the different settings of the e-mail applications Outlook.
E-mail settings Outlook
Setting up Outlook is not that much different from the Outlook Express procedure. From your e-mail provider you probably received the settings like e-mail address, POP3 and SMTP server, user account and password. Most times, this is all the information you need. In Outlook you click Tools, E-mail Accounts in the toolbar followed by the option Add a new e-mail account and a wizard appears to setup the account.
In the appearing wizard you first have to select the type of e-mail server, most times POP3 (HTTP for Hotmail accounts). In the next screen you enter your name, followed with your e-mail address (enter your e-mail address correctly, else nobody will be able to reply your e-mail!). You also have to enter the POP3 andSMTP server (provided by your provider). The POP3 server is the incoming mail server of the e-mail provider, while the SMTP server is the outgoing mail server (most times you have to use the SMTP server of your internet provider (probably the same as your e-mail provider)). Furthermore you need to provide theLogon Information: the username and password, provided by your e-mail provider.
By clicking More Settings you are able to change some properties. On the first tab you are able to change the name (as identification for yourself) and if needed changing the default port numbers on the tabAdvanced. On the bottom of this tab your are able to leave a copy of the messages on the server for a certain amount of time. This can be interesting if you would like to download your e-mail on more then one computer!
ATTENTION: In combination with Windows Vista, Outlook XP/2002 (and older) is not able to remember the passwords. An upgrade to Outlook 2003 is necessary to solve this problem.
Changing default Outlook settings
The default Outlook settings aren’t always that comfortable, I prefer to change some of them:
Changing database location Outlook
When a data partition is used to separate the personal files from the system files (to create an image of the Windows partition), move the Outlook database as well (by default these files are hidden). For more information visit the page about moving the personal files (including the contacts) to a data partition.
Outlook stores the complete archive (OUTLOOK.PST file (ARCHIVE.PST for the older e-mail)) in the following folder:
NOTE: Normally these files are hidden in the Windows Explorer! To unhide: Tools, Folder Options, tabView, enable Display the content of system folders, enable Show hidden files and folders, disableHide extensions for known file types and disable Hide protected operating system files. If you are not able to find the files, you can always use the Windows search function to find these files (Start, Search, “OUTLOOK.PST”).
By a simple cut and paste action from the OUTLOOK.PST file to a new location (example: D:\DATA\MAIL (use the Windows Explorer to create this folder)), you are able to change the current archive location! (By replacing the OUTLOOK.PST you are able to switch between archives!) After the start of Outlook, you receive a database error because the missing OUTLOOK.PST file. Navigate to the new location and restartOutlook again, and the new location has been set.
TIP: Learn more about recovering deleted e-mail in Outlook using the free tool SCANPST.
Deleting double items
Sometimes, a synchronisation with a PDA or MDA can go wrong, resulting in double items (e-mail, appointments, contacts, tasks and notes). Those double items in the Outlook archive can be found and removed easily with free tools like Outlook Duplicate Items Remover (download: www.vaita.com/odir.asp) and Outlook Duplicates Remover (download: www.slipstick.com/addins/mail_duplicates.asp, at the bottom of the list). Before using tools like these, it’s wise to copy the file OUTLOOK.PST to create a back-up, before making irreversible changes!
Outlook Duplicate Items Remover
Outlook Duplicates Remover
Removing duplicate items
After changes in the system or synchronization problems, it is not rare that duplicate Outlook-items occur (like e-mail messages, contacts, appointments, task and notes). Those duplicate items in the Outlook archive can be found and removed easily with the free tools Outlook Duplicate Items Remover(download: www.vaita.com/odir.asp) and Outlook Duplicates Remover (download:www.slipstick.com/addins/mail_duplicates.asp, at the bottom). Before using one of those tools, it is wise to backup the OUTLOOK.PST file: you never know!
Outlook Duplicate Items Remover
Outlook Duplicates Remover
Addons for Outlook
Xobni helps organizing a flooded inbox
Within Windows XP, the Xobni archive is stored in the folder C:\Documents and Settings\login name\Local Settings\Application Data\Xobni\Outlook\ while Windows Vista uses the folderC:\Users\login name\AppData\Local\Xobni\Outlook\.
RSS in Outook
Synchronizing the Outlook calendar
Not able to save the password
In some cases Outlook doesn’t save your password, even if you enable the option to save the password. This error is caused by a malfunctioning of the Protected Storage Space from Windows. To solve this problem, run the registry editor and navigate to the keyHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider. You will find a key with a long name starting with S-1-5-21 which you have to delete (probably it’s safe to create a back-up of this key by File, Export). In most cases the problem is solved and next time the passwords will be saved. Be careful: by doing this you will lose all stored passwords. Read the back-up page how to recover these passwords.
If this doesn’t solve the password issue (or if it’s not possible to delete the key), there is probably a problem with the permissions of your user account. Select the key Protected Storage System Provider, right click on it and select Permissions, button Advanced. Make sure that your user account has Full Control for this key and sub keys. Activate the option Reset permissions on all child objects and enable propagation of inheritable permissions, click OK and repeat the earlier mentioned procedure. If needed, check the Microsoft KB files (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290684). Here you will find more information how to reset the protected storage system provider.
Opening hyperlinks doesn’t work and other problems
Frequently people ask me how to fix the issue with hyperlinks in an e-mail message which won’t open anymore (and other strange problems). Most of the time this is caused by the registry of the DLL files. You can fix this by using the following commands in Start, Run:
This can be done easely by selecting them one by one, copy (CTRL-C) and paste (CTRL-V) in the Run box. The next thing is to start the Internet Explorer and select Tools, Internet Options, tab Programs, buttonReset Web Settings. Most of the time the troubles are solved.
TIP: It can be irritating that clicking on a hyperlink in an e-mail will overwrite the current Internet Explorer webpage. You can solve this issue by disabling the option Reuse windows for launching shortcuts. You can find this option in the Internet Explorer, Tools, Internet options, tab Advanced, Browsing area.
Visit the page about useful tips for sending e-mail for more information.
|Durga Puja in SILCHAR|
|Tarun ClubSonai Road, Silchar (Assam).Ananda ParishadTarapur, Near Fire Brigade. Silchar.
Sonai Road, Near Rangarkhari Police Station, Silchar.
Sonai Road, Silchar.
Kali Mohon Road
LOCATION OF PUJA DARSHAN
7.Public H.S. Road.
10.National High Way,
11. Hailakandi Road.
12. Sadar Ghat.
|Durga Puja in KARIMGANJ|
|Durga Puja in HAILAKANDI|
Tarun Sangha (Hailakandi)Jubo SomitiComing
|Durga Puja in GUWAHATI|
|Durga Puja in Nagaon|
|Nagaon Bangali SAMILLION,Nagaon, Assam.Sankar Mishan Puja Samiti.Nagaon, Assam.
Nagaon Babsahi Puja Samiti.
A.D.P Road Yova Samiti.
|Haibar gaow Bangali Puja Bari, Nagaon, Assam.Jyoti Flawar Mil, Nagaon, Assam.
Maa Kali Sangha,
|Durga Puja in AGARTALA|
|Shantipara Aaikyatan Juba Santha
Ram Thakur Sangha
Shivnagar Modern Club & Amara Tarun Dal
Flowers Club (Mathchowmohani)
Lotus Club (CR Road- Shivnagar)
Colonel Chowmuhani Yuva Sangstha ….
Pole Star club
Shanti Kami Sangha
Red Lotus Club
Netaji Play Forum
|Durga Puja in KOLKATA|
|Baghbazar Sarbojanin Durgotsav Committee
78 Baghbazar Street, Kolkata 700003
Tel: +91-33-5555186, 5555305, 5555503Sramapally Adhibashibrinda
6/13 C.I.T. Buildings (OLD)
Beleghata, Kolkata – 700010
Tel: +91-33-3503383College Square Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee
53 College Street, Kolkata 700073
Tel: +91-33-2417040Chaltabagan Durga Puja Committee
77 Raja Ram Mohan Roy Sarani
Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee
Sarbojanin Durgotsab Samity
Sarir Sangathan Samity
Sealdah Railway Atheletic Club
Sree Bhumi Sporting Club
Vivekananda Sporting Club
Bally Santi Sangha
Dhakuria Sarbojanin Durgotsav Committee
| Ekdaliya Evergreen Club
3D, Ekdalia Road, Kolkata – 700019
Email: EkdaliaEvergreenClub@yahoo.comMadhugarh Sabojanin DurgotsavEast Sinthee Road, Kolkata – 700030
Mudiali Club Durga Puja
Ballygaunj Cultural Club
Singhi Park Sarbojanin Durga Puja
Babubagan Club Durga Puja
Selimpur Pally Durga Puja
Golpark Sarbojanin Durga Puja
Laketown Adhibasibrindo Durgotsav
Park Circus Byayam Samity Tent
Mallick Bari Sarbojanin Durgotsav
Hindustan Park Sarbojanin Durgotsav
Shobhabazar Beniatola Sarbojanin Durgotsav
Tarun Brindo Durga Puja
|Durga Puja in DELHI|
|AAI(IAD) Residential Complex
New Delhi – 110037
Contact: Himanshu Dhar
Quarter no C-1/10/AAI Colony
Mahilalpur, New Delhi – 110037Purvasha Durga Puja Samity
B-308 Anandlok Housing Society
Mayur Vihar Phase – I
Delhi – 110091, Tel: +91-11-2254705
Fax: +91-11-2257465Durga Bari, Ashok Vihar
Plot No: C-1, Pocket – A
Phase – II, Ashok Vihar
Delhi – 110052
Tel: +91-11-7465349C.R. Park Durga Puja Samity
K-2033 C.R. Park, New Delhi – 110019
Tel: +91-11-6413985, 6287480Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir Society
New Delhi – 110019
|C.R. Park Durga Puja Samity“B-Block”
B-379 Chittaranjan Park
New Delhi – 110019
Mela Ground Durga Puja Samiti
D-687 Chittaranjan Park
New Delhi – 110019
Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee
(Hauz Khas & Adjoining Areas)
H-1 Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016
Tel: +91-11-6863289, 664142
|Durga Puja in HARYANA|
|DLF City Durga Puja and Bengali Cultural Society,
E-11/11, DLF City, Phase – I,
Gurgaon, Haryana, India, PIN – 122002www.banglarparampara.org Email- : firstname.lastname@example.org
|Durga Puja in MUMBAI|
|Kandivali East Bengali Association
BMC ground beside St.lawrence school,
Kandivali (East), Mumbai.
|DURGA PUJA ABROAD|
Overseas Durga Puja Guide
ATLANTA Atlanta Puja
Somerset, NJ, USA
Mt. Laurel Hartford School
Mt. Laurel Twp, NJ, USA
Parsippany Hills High School
20 Rita Dr, Parsippany, NJ, USA
GSCA Public Relations Committee
New Jersey, USANEW YORK East Cost Durga Puja
Gujarati Samaj Hall
Flushing, NY , USA
Bangladesh Hindu Mandir
94-39, 44th Avenue
Elmhurst , NY – 11373, USAPHILADELPHIA Newman Center, Drexel University
33rd & Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, USARALEIGH Millbrook Baptist Church
1519 Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC, USA
VIRGINIA Lyon Village Community House
AUSTRALIA Uniting Church Hall
CANADA League Hall
Leicester St. Chads Church Hall
MICHIGAN Hamilton Elementary School
MEMPHIS Durga Puja
Prabasi of New England
PRABASI -Bengali Cultural Organization of the San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Prabasi Inc.,
PO Box 2116, Fremont, CA 94536
SANATAN BENGALI ASSOCIATION
Contact at : email@example.com
or phone Alok Agrawal on 0208-590-2980
The Ekdalia Evergreen Puja pandal last year, Gregor Schneider and an image from the project proposal uploaded on his website The shabeki idol and familiar chandelier will share space with German artist Gregor Schneider’s work as Ekdalia Evergreen Club’s Durga Puja with a traditional heart gets a global face this year. The club recently tied up with Goethe-Institut, India, to showcase the work of Schneider, one of Germany’s best-known contemporary artists, at its Puja. “The Max Mueller Bhavan authorities had approached our president Subrata Mukherjee in January and proposed the project,” said Gautam Mukherjee, a joint secretary of the club. According to club members, Schneider, who went pandal-hopping in the city last Durga Puja, chose Ekdalia Evergreen because he found it suitable and convenient for displaying his art. The traditionalist Puja hesitated to take up the offer. A lot of consultations led to the eventual green light. “We are essentially a traditional Puja and not theme oriented. So we were apprehensive about the project,” said Gautam Mukherjee. But Schneider’s assurance that he would not interfere with the idol and the puja mandap helped put the club’s fears at rest. So those who visit the Ekdalia Evergreen Puja every year will not miss the familiar chandelier inside the pandal, shabeki idol and the Chandernagore lighting. The organisers have informed the artist about the high court rules and regulations and have been assured of compliance. The project — “It’s all Rheydt Kolkata 2011: Unterheydner Strasse” — is a part of the 15-month-long celebrations of the Year of Germany in India. The pandal will be one of the “constructed rooms” that Schneider is famous for. The club is reluctant to reveal details. The organisers want the project to be a surprise till it is almost complete. “We are supposed to get the model in a few days. It is going to be a plywood and plaster of Paris structure, which will be dismantled and carried back to Germany after Puja,” said the joint secretary. The artisans who will execute Schneider’s concept work for Ma Mangala Decorators. Its owner Amiya Kumar Sahoo has been constructing the Ekdalia Evergreen Puja pandal for the past seven years. The club authorities are reluctant to reveal the cost of the project but they expect their budget of around Rs 25 lakh to go up significantly. “We are expecting a 25 per cent increase in cost this year and are looking for funds accordingly. Goethe-Institut will also bear part of the cost. They will also set up a stall at the Puja and hold cultural programmes there every day,” said another joint secretary of the club, Gautam Basu. Work on the project is expected to start by the first week of August with Schneider supervising via video-conference. The artist himself will reach Calcutta after Mahalaya to oversee the final phase of work. Every part of the project will be documented. “Schneider has promised to spend Puja with us. We are honoured,” said Puja convenor Asish Chaudhuri. While club members and residents of the area are kicked about going glocal, they are also nervous about how the venture will be received. “This is something that has not happened in the history of baroari Puja. We are very happy that our pandal was chosen and also nervous about what our regular visitors will think,” admitted Gautam Mukherjee.
Extending losses for the third day, the benchmark Sensex plunged by 247 points to close at a six-week low on across-the-board selling by investors after food inflation crossed 8 per cent mark fanning fears of yet another rate hike.
After a promising opening, the 30-share Bombay Stock Exchange came under hectic selling after midsession and closed at 17,693.18, a steep fall of 247.37 points or 1.38 per cent.
All 13 sectoral indices ended in the red, with realty, auto, FMCG and metal segments suffering the most.
In straight three days, the Sensex has tumbled by 621.15 points or 3.39 per cent and in last eight trading sessions, since July 26 when the apex bank hiked interest rates, crashed by a total 1,178.11 points, or 6.24 per cent.
Brokers said heavy selling by foreign funds dampened the market mood. FIIs sold shares worth Rs. 869.69 crore yesterday as per provisional data.
“Sell off intensified in the second half of the session as the sentiments turned negative on high inflation statistics despite the aggressive hike in the interest rates by the RBI,” Shanu Goel, Senior Research analyst-Bonanza Portfolio said.
The official data showed a rise in inflation to 8.04 per cent for the week ended July 23, from a 20-month low in the previous week, renewing fears of interest rate hike by RBI.
Market analysts said sentiment was also impacted by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s speech in Parliament on price rise which did not outline any further strategy to control inflation.
The broader NSE 50-issue Nifty also plunged by 73 points or 1.35 per cent to 5,331.80. Fall in heavyweights like ITC, RIL, M&M and Infosys Tech together contributed over 100 points to the Sensex slide.
Overall, 28 out of 30 index-based scrips closed with losses.
Largest tractor and utility vehicles maker by sales M&M was the top loser from the Sensex pack with a fall of 4.45 per cent after the government said that it may consider removing subsidy for diesel-run cars.
Diesel is the most consumed fuel in the country but is sold at a discount of Rs. 6.82 per litre to the cost of production.
Tobacco giant, ITC was the second with a fall of 3.17 per cent on fears of rise in excise duty on tobacco products.
Market behemoth Reliance Industries fell by 1.53 per cent, pulling the Sensex down.
Other major losers were NTPC (2.48 per cent), Hindalco (2.47 per cent), Bajaj Auto (2.46 per cent), DLF (2.20 per cent), Cipla (2.06 per cent), Tata Power (1.88 per cent), Jindal Steel (1.80 per cent) and Tata Motors (1.55 per cent).
From sectoral indices, BSE-Realty dipped by 2.16 per cent, BSE-Auto by 2.06 per cent, BSE-FMCG by 1.82 per cent, BSE-Metal by 1.76 per cent and BSE-Power by 1.61 per cent.
The total market breadth at BSE remained negative as 1,705 stocks ended with losses, as against 1,127 that closed with gains. The turnover rose further to Rs. 2,949.08 crore from Rs. 2,576.76 crore yesterday.
Asian markets ended narrowly mixed today. Key indices from Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea finished in the red while from China, Japan and Taiwan settled in the green.
European shares too were trading in negative terrain in their late afternoon deals. The CAC was down by 0.55 per cent, the DAX by 0.50 per cent and the FTSE by 1.13 per cent.
Sensex ends 132 pts down, FOMC meet holds key tomorrow
BSE benchmark Sensex made final attempt to register a respectable close on Tuesday. Mounting fears over the health of global economy have prompted investors to hit the sell button. The catastrophic fall of last few days continued for most part of today, but towards the afternoon the stock market managed to catch a glimpse of green, howsoever brief.
The market saw huge swings before closing the trade. India’s volatility index hit an all-time high of 34.31 on global uncertainties. The 30-share BSE Sensex fell 132.27 points, to close at 16,857.91 after swinging 700 points. The 50-share NSE Nifty dropped 45.65 points, to end at 5,072.85.
It appears that markets have now priced in all negatives and was eyeing FOMC meet to be held in the US today. Pankaj Vaish, MD, head of markets of Citi, South Asia said, “Fed needs to talk about QE3 to restore confidence. Fundamentals are not bad in US markets.”
Short covering was the major reason behind recovery in today’s trade as the market was oversold after substantial fall of 1456 points on the Sensex in five days.
Rating agency S&P’s statement that there would be no immediate impact of US rating cut on India also provided the much-needed relief. This was in contrast to the talks doing the rounds yesterday that S&P downgrade may hit other countries and companies.
Market breadth was in favour of declines – about 3.4 shares declined for every one share gained.
Europe: The European markets witnessed an extremely choppy session, partly because of visible cracks in the Eurozone leadership. Germany has officially opposed enlarging the European Financial Stability Facility or EFSF to aid struggling nations like Italy and Spain. The European Commission had sought a massive increase in the fund’s lending capacity. The EFSF can currently lend USD 628 billion dollars.
Meanwhile, the ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet is playing down the central bank’s move to buy Italian and Spanish bonds. Trichet said that the move does not represent a shift in strategy for the ECB, and that it was just a measure aimed at helping the transmission of monetary policy.
European markets like France’s CAC and Britain’s FTSE were down 1.5-2%, at the time of closing of Indian equities. Germany’s DAX fell 3%; all these markets were down 4.5-6% at one point.
In the commodity space, Brent crude slipped USD 2 to USD 101.7 a barrel. However, investors rushed to safe havens like gold on worries in the US and Europe. Gold gained USD 58 at USD 1768 an ounce in international markets.
On the India front, Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group companies’ shares slaughtered quite badly. Reliance Infrastructure and Reliance Power were down 6.5% each. Reliance Communications fell nearly 5% and Reliance Capital was down over 2%.
Technology stocks continued to reel under selling pressure as major revenues for these companies come from US and Europe. Wipro, TCS and Infosys lost 3-4%.
Heavyweights Reliance Industries, ICICI Bank and L&T declined 1-2%. Tata Motors and Tata Steel slipped 4-4.7%.
However, ITC, HDFC, M&M, DLF, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Grasim, Jaiprakash Associates and Ambuja Cements gained 2-4%. ONGC, BHEL, HDFC and HDFC Bank went up 0.5-1%.
Nifty off lows; DLF,HCL Tech,Tata Motors down
Oil & gas, banks and auto bounced back in the positive terrain while IT, realty and metals continued to remain under pressure.
Goldman Sachs upgraded India to “market weight” from “underweight,” given a likely turn in the macro cycle, lower oil prices, lower valuation, and policy reform.
“The latest move by the RBI to raise the repo rate by 50 basis points was a clear sign in our view that the central bank is vigilant in bringing down inflation expectations,” Goldman said in a note.
At 1:10 PM; National Stock Exchange’s Nifty was at 5175.50, down 35.75 points or 0.69 per cent. The broader index touched a high of 5182.35 and low of 5054.05 in trade so far.
Bombay Stock Exchange’s Sensex was at 17160.08, down 145.79 points or 0.84 per cent. The 30-share index touched intraday low of 16759.45 and high of 17181.60.
BSE Midcap Index was down 1.18 per cent and BSE Smallcap Index fell 2.06 per cent.
Amongst sectoral indices, BSE IT Index fell 3.65 per cent, BSE Realty Index declined 2.88 per cent and BSE Metal Index slipped 2.01 per cent. BSE Oil&gas Index was up 0.57 per cent, BSE Bankex moved 0.31 per cent higher and BSE Auto Index moved up 0.08 per cent.
Shares of IT companies, which rely on the US and the Europe for over 60 per cent of their revenue, fell sharply on concerns that US rating downgrade would impact business negatively.
Ambuja Cement (5.82%), M&M (3.37%), Punjab National Bank (2.69%), ACC (2.67%) and Hero Motors (2.44%) were amongst the gainers.
Market breadth was negative on the NSE with 2438 losers against 802 gainers.
Meanwhile, the European markets were modestly higher. FTSE 100 was up 0.01 per cent and CAC 40 moved 0.85 per cent higher. DAX was down 0.10 per cent.
Short sellers!! Take some money off the table: Sushil Kedia
On the back of changing trends in markets across the globe, the 50-share Nifty slipped 1.69% and closed at 5,123.25 on Monday. It touched an intra-day low of 5,054.05.
According to Sushil Kedia, President – ATMA, it is too early to decide if this is the final bottom for the market or more is on the way.
Kedia further said, the implied volatilities existing in the market are pricing for larger fluctuations. “Those holding shorts are suggested to keep reducing them and take profits.”
Below is the edited transcript of Kedia’s interview with Udayan Mukherjee and Mitali Mukherjee of CNBC-TV18. For the complete interview watch the accompanying video.
Q: Last time, we were talking about the possibility of a pullback but does it appear that we are going straight to 4,700?
A: We are almost close to that level. The Bank Nifty will open around 9,700 number and CNX IT at 5,500. The question to be decided is, if people are gamblers, they will stake their life time earnings here or they will phase out their bets in a way in which this risk can be handled. We are more or less close to the targets one envisaged. However, it is too early to take call if a pullback might come and will it retest or whether the final bottom made here is good enough.
Q: Is this looking like a bear market?
A: The definition for bear markets is when the market declines 20% from top. If one is positive about witnessing highs than seen earlier, then one can say that this is not a bear market but a very large pull down. For India and a number of Asian markets that thesis still stays intact.
For a number of western markets, that thesis is come under question. If one asks what will happen if this market keeps declining down to 4,200, can I still say that the all time highs will not be challenged within a year, the answer is still no. We will have to this give some more time and to decide whether all time highs will come or not.
Even if the Chinese market drops below 2,200 which one has been calling for last five-six months, the markets of Korea, India will go back over the next 12-15 months. They will breach and create completely new highs. For the western markets I am a bit suspect.
Q: Would you cover up your shorts once here or does it make sense to keep them open with a trailing stop loss?
A: One may end up gaining more by not covering the shorts. If one ends up gaining by not covering their shorts here, that may not necessarily be a wise decision. It will be a type II error. The kind of implied volatilities that exits at this moment means market is pricing for much larger fluctuation. In the last five- eight days it has been declining in a straight line.
The implied volatilities which many of the derivative strategist keep talking about, has not yet reflected in the market place. Going forward, if there is going to be a lot more fluctuation and there is straight line home run, one can get a windfall gain. Not taking those profits and just pushing your luck further does not appeal to me.
The opportunity loss by covering your shorts here and few 100 points more may come, but that is another thing. Do you have the ability to withstand a 300 or 400 point fluctuation is what implied volatilities are pricing. I would say those who are holding shorts have to keep reducing them and take profits.
Q: From the banking space, which ones from look the most vulnerable to you technically aside from the bank Nifty itself?
A: State Bank of India has come closer back to those lower levels, again. In the last one and half months it has not created that kind of a pattern where I would say, go out and start shopping this one. That looks highly suspect. Even ICICI Bank or PNB is not producing that kind of a pattern.
While we are closer to the bank Nifty levels forecasted initially, it does not become an automatic forecast without watching evidence for a reversal. Number of these banking stocks are looking suspicious.
It is quite possible, I cannot call for a probability here, I can’t calculated it right away. It might be so happen that the CNX bank index may drop to 9,000 and SBI drops all the way to 1,900 so, we will have to take it with a pinch of salt. Different players in the market will have to keep doing different things.
Anybody in the market can come to the desk with three existing states. Either you are short, long or you have done nothing. You can take three different decisions today. You can start doing some new longs, you can make some new shorts or you do nothing. There are nine pairs of trading decisions that you can do today. Out of those nine the best one is if you are short you close your shorts and if you are long you pray to god.
Having said this, if you are existing long you do have a suspicious chart pattern here. You will have to figure out how much are you allowed to lose more and build your stop losses. But those who are looking to nibble in and start buying in banks here I don’t find the evidence to go out and do any major shopping.
Q: What about the metal stocks? How would you trade them?
A: The metal stocks like SAIL and Hindalco have been battered. Depending on where Hindalco opens now, Rs 140 looks like an attractive level for those who are under owning it, those who have underweighted it or those who have shorted it.
I cannot go out and say with conviction that after rebounding back to Rs 160 it will not collapse back to Rs 130. It can go down to Rs 110. Let’s keep the possibilities open. For now it is an attractive level for closing your shorts. If you have space and you are not over leveraged, you can do some short-term trading maybe to play Rs 20 rebound.
It is very difficult to forecast, if this is a final bottom and you will see Rs 250 back in a year’s time. Next couple of weeks will determine the future of most of the stocks as to how they bottom out, if they do bottom out
Sensex provisionally down 0.55% after roller coaster ride
How to configure your Outlook GMail account
Why should I use Outlook for my Gmail address?
Although the web based system of Google Gmail is one of the most feature rich webmail platforms, you may want to handle your Gmail account & messages from a client email software program such as Microsoft Outlook. For example, if you are using other email addresses and not just the Gmail account, most likely you would want to read and handle all your email accounts from the same interface & program.
Configuring the Outook Gmail settings.
You can configure Outlook to handle your Gmail account as a POP3 or as an IMAP account. Depending on your choice, you have to enable the related account option in your Gmail account (Gmail Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP).
- Below, we will detail how to setup Microsoft Office Outlook 2000 to 2010 to send, receive and store email messages for a Gmail address. Before getting started, please make sure you know your Gmail email address and your Gmail password.
Start Outlook: from the main Outlook window, go to Tools -> Email Accounts.
On the Outlook popup window, select to “Add a new e-mail account” and click on Next.
On the server type step, select POP3 or IMAP (depending on your needs) for the Outlook email account type, then click on Next. There is no need to select the IMAP type, because the Gmail web based account will anyway keep a copy of all emails, just like an IMAP account would do.
On the next screen, you will have to specify your Outlook Gmail settings, such as your Gmail username and password, Gmail server addresses, Gmail server ports and Outlook Gmail display name.
- On the User Information section, enter your Name (it can be anything, but remember this is going to be the name/text that people will see when you will send them an email via your Outlook Gmail account) and your Gmail email address.
- On the Server Information section, enter the Google Gmail servers:
POP Gmail servers for Outlook:
- Incoming mail server: pop.gmail.com
- Outgoing mail server: smtp.gmail.com.
IMAP Gmail server for Outlook:
- Incoming mail server: imap.gmail.com
- Outgoing mail server: smtp.gmail.com.
As an alternative, you may setup any other outgoing mail server that you have access to, such as your ISP’s SMTP server or your own hosted outgoing server. However, if you setup a 3rd party outgoing mail server, you will not have access to sent emails via your web based Gmail account panel.
- On the Logon Information section, enter your Gmail User Name (which is the same as your Gmail email address) and your Gmail password. Tick the box “Remember password” in order to make Outlook to store the Gmail password, so it will not ask you about it every time when Outlook will send/receive emails for the Gmail account.
- Click on the “More Settings” button and go to the “Advanced” window tab.
If you use Gmail as a POP Outlook account:
- On the “Incoming server (POP3)” field, enter 995 and mark the box “This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL)”;
- On the “Outgoing server (SMTP)” field, enter 465 and mark the box “This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL)”.
If you use Gmail as an IMAP Outlook account:
- On the “Incoming server (IMAP)” field, enter 993 and mark the box “This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL)”;
- On the “Outgoing server (SMTP)” field, enter 587 and mark the box “This server requires an encrypted connection (TLS)”.
For both POP and IMAP, you also have to enable the option “My outgoing mail server requires authentication” from the Outgoing Server tab.
You can also change the server timeouts period: this defines the time interval for which Outlook will wait to establish a Gmail connection, before triggering a connection error. The slower your Internet connection is, the greater period you should put.
The “Delivery” options are not important for an Outlook Gmail account: no matter what you would change here, Gmail will always keep a copy of each email on the Gmail server.
When you are done setting up your Outlook Gmail advanced settings, click on OK to return to the Outlook Gmail account window.
To verify your Outlook Gmail setup, click on the “Test Account Settings” button: this will make Outlook to attempt to login to your Gmail account and to send & receive an Outlook test email. If the test will succeed, you will notice the test email in your Outlook Inbox folder. If the test fails, Outlook will prompt you with the error messages – most likely, you didn’t setup the correct server settings or the Gmail password is wrong.
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- We are losing Earth’s greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
- One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries.
- Rainforests are being destroyed because the value of rainforest land is perceived as only the value of its timber by short-sighted governments, multi-national logging companies, and land owners.
- Nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest deforestation.
- Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.
- Most rainforests are cleared by chainsaws, bulldozers and fires for its timber value and then are followed by farming and ranching operations, even by world giants like Mitsubishi Corporation, Georgia Pacific, Texaco and Unocal.
- There were an estimated ten million Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest five centuries ago. Today there are less than 200,000.
- In Brazil alone, European colonists have destroyed more than 90 indigenous tribes since the 1900′s. With them have gone centuries of accumulated knowledge of the medicinal value of rainforest species. As their homelands continue to be destroyed by deforestation, rainforest peoples are also disappearing.
- Most medicine men and shamans remaining in the Rainforests today are 70 years old or more. Each time a rainforest medicine man dies, it is as if a library has burned down.
- When a medicine man dies without passing his arts on to the next generation, the tribe and the world loses thousands of years of irreplaceable knowledge about medicinal plants.
The Wealth of the Rainforests
- The Amazon Rainforest covers over a billion acres, encompassing areas in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and the Eastern Andean region of Ecuador and Peru. If Amazonia were a country, it would be the ninth largest in the world.
- The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the “Lungs of our Planet” because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.
- More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. One-fifth of the world’s fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.
- One hectare (2.47 acres) may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of higher plants.
- At least 80% of the developed world’s diet originated in the tropical rainforest. Its bountiful gifts to the world include fruits like avocados, coconuts, figs, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bananas, guavas, pineapples, mangos and tomatoes; vegetables including corn, potatoes, rice, winter squash and yams; spices like black pepper, cayenne, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar cane, tumeric, coffee and vanilla and nuts including Brazil nuts and cashews.
- At least 3000 fruits are found in the rainforests; of these only 200 are now in use in the Western World. The Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.
- Rainforest plants are rich in secondary metabolites, particularly alkaloids. Biochemists believe alkaloids protect plants from disease and insect attacks. Many alkaloids from higher plants have proven to be of medicinal value and benefit.
- Currently, 121 prescription drugs currently sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. And while 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less than 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.
- The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3000 plants that are active against cancer cells. 70% of these plants are found in the rainforest. Twenty-five percent of the active ingredients in today’s cancer-fighting drugs come from organisms found only in the rainforest.
- Vincristine, extracted from the rainforest plant, periwinkle, is one of the world’s most powerful anticancer drugs. It has dramatically increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its discovery.
- In 1983, there were no U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers involved in research programs to discover new drugs or cures from plants. Today, over 100 pharmaceutical companies and several branches of the US government, including giants like Merck and The National Cancer Institute, are engaged in plant research projects for possible drugs and cures for viruses, infections, cancer, and even AIDS.
- Experts agree that by leaving the rainforests intact and harvesting it’s many nuts, fruits, oil-producing plants, and medicinal plants, the rainforest has more economic value than if they were cut down to make grazing land for cattle or for timber.
- The latest statistics show that rainforest land converted to cattle operations yields the land owner $60 per acre and if timber is harvested, the land is worth $400 per acre. However, if these renewable and sustainable resources are harvested, the land will yield the land owner $2,400 per acre.
- If managed properly, the rainforest can provide the world’s need for these natural resources on a perpetual basis.
- Promoting the use of these sustainable and renewable sources could stop the destruction of the rainforests. By creating a new source of income harvesting the medicinal plants, fruits nuts, oil and other sustainable resources, the rainforests is be more valuable alive than cut and burned.
- Sufficient demand of sustainable and ecologically harvested rainforest products is necessary for preservation efforts to succeed. Purchasing sustainable rainforest products can effect positive change by creating a market for these products while supporting the native people’s economy and provides the economic solution and alternative to cutting the forest just for the value of its timber.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RAINFOREST
THE BIODIVERSITY OF THE RAINFOREST
Consider these facts:
- A single pond in Brazil can sustain a greater variety of fish than is found in all of Europe’s rivers.
- A 25-acre plot of rainforest in Borneo may contain more than 700 species of trees – a number equal to the total tree diversity of North America.
- A single rainforest reserve in Peru is home to more species of birds than are found in the entire United States.
- One single tree in Peru was found to harbor forty-three different species of ants – a total that approximates the entire number of ant species in the British Isles.
- The number of species of fish in the Amazon exceeds the number found in the entire Atlantic Ocean.
“The worst thing that can happen during the 1980s is not energy depletion, economic collapses, limited nuclear war, or conquest by a totalitarian government. As terrible as these catastrophes would be for us, they can be repaired within a few generations. The one process ongoing in the 1980s that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly that our descendants are least likely to forgive us for.”
THE AMAZON RAINFOREST . . . THE LAST FRONTIER ON EARTH
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Extending its slide into the third consecutive day, the Sensex fell by another 247 points to 17,693.18 on Thursday. Further pick-up in food inflation and below-normal monsoon rains also unnerved investors, who were, last week, spooked by a steep 50 basis points rate increase by the central bank. Real estate, auto, RIL and tobacco shares were the biggest losers of the day.In straight three days, the Sensex has tumbled by 621.15 points or 3.39 per cent. Since July 26 when the apex bank hiked interest rates, the index has lost 1,178 points or 6.24 per cent.Reliance Industries reversed early gains and fell 1.53 per cent to Rs 812.50, its lowest close in more than two years. Slowing gas output has been a worry for the country’s most-valuable firm and the stock has underperformed the broader market this year.Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL, said, “Traders and investors continued to be jittery as GDP growth forecast has been scaled down.”
“Globally, the US has managed to avert a default but worries prevail over a possible downgrade. The debt crisis continues to hound the eurozone. Friday’s US jobs data will be on global investors’ radar for fresh cues on the state of the world’s largest economy,” he said.Shares of tobacco companies also fell on reports that the government might consider a possible hike in excise duty on tobacco products as part of efforts to increase its revenue collection.This led to shares of ITC falling by 3.2 per cent to Rs 200, while Godfrey Phillips India slumped 2.2 per cent to Rs 3,160.
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Indian Celebrities and their gadgets! What phone does Aamir Khan use? You know what, that’s a great question. A question for which we might not find the answer easily. But we can make some intelligent guesses. My guess is Aamir Khan is using a Android powered phone, and probably the one of the few celebrities (NTR from Telugu movie uses one) who isn’t using an iPhone or a Blackberry. I know we can always expect something new from this Khan. But what about Mallika Sherawat? What toys, sorry, what gadgets does she use? Mallika seems to be liking her toys. While her last tweet came from a Blackberry she has previously used an iPhone and an Android powered phone.The easiest way to find out is to call them up and ask. We might not necessarily have all of their phone numbers, but we have the next best thing – their twitter handle. Twitter is the biggest beehive of Indian celebrities, though they don’t share much, we can find out quite a few things. We can find out what time they sleep, what they tweet about, what they share, what they care and of course, what gadget they are using to tweet.Blackberry is the undisputed leader in the smartphone category. It is distantly followed by iPhone and remotely followed by Android. iPad as a tablet looks like a popular choice amongst celebrities who chose to tweet from one. iPad Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan, Murali Kartik and Dino Morea have all tweeted from an iPad. Madhuri Dixit is an Apple fan girl. She owns (I presume) an iPad, iPhone and a Mac. Telugu movie star Nagarjuna is also a Apple fanboy. He has tweeted from iPad and an iPhone. Nokia Priyanka Chopra and Gul Panang are the only two celebrities who have used a Nokia phone to tweet. An indication that Nokia isn’t doing too well in the smartphone segment. Priyanka might jump to an Android whenever her contract with Nokia ends. I don’t know Priyanka very well but that’s a hunch. iPad and Blackberry are the top choices of Indian celebrities. The celebrities in this list are picked from Pinstorm’s India influencers which uses Klout, PeerIndex scores to arrive at an aggregated ranking. Salman Khan is the top celebrity with a Aggregate score of 76.5 and he uses Blackberry. Preity Zinta has an aggregate score of 76.3 and she uses Blackberry too. There are some celebrities who are not on Pinstorm’s list but I have added them, because I felt like it. Few folks have used either web, tweet deck or Uber social. The gadget used cannot be found out with these twitter clients. Narendra Modi has used Tweet Deck. While Sid Mallya, Deepika Padukone, Riteish D and Hrithik Roshan have used Uber Social. Why is Blackberry the most popular gadget? Is it the keypad? If yes, there are a lot of Android (HTC, Samsung) phones which come with pretty nice keypads they throw in a touch screen too. Nokia E7 is one of the nicest mobiles with a keypad. E7 might actually help these celebs typing skills too. Do you know of any other celeb using Android, iPhone or anything non-Blackberry? Let us know. Image source 1, 2, 3 avBlogging became a passion for everybody now-a-days because of its GUI, friendly user interface and few other reason were making it the best place to express your views as well as to earn. Organizations were choosing the blogs in order to take their products nearer to the customers. Many of the Software Professionals, SEO Experts, Analytics have started blogging as their part time jobs to make some additional money by sharing their knowledge, but few even quit their jobs and settling as full time bloggers.But now its the time for Celebrities who have also started the blogging, and sharing their thoughts, and life style with their fans.I have the collection of the Bollywood Celebrities who were Blogging. • Aamir Khan : Bollywood call him Mr.Perfectionist. He is also called as Ace Khan, who doesn’t know the meaning of defeat. His is also an expert in marketing his films. He is an actor, director and producer who have produced many. He has worked in a number of critically and commercially successful films and has established himself as one of the leading actors in Indian Film Industry. • Ajay Devgan : National Award Winning actor. Beginning his career as an action hero in the early 1990s, Devgan has since established himself as one of the actors open to serious roles in Bollywood. • Amitabh Bachchan : Big B, who is considered to be the Pillar of the Indian Film Industry. One of the most prominent actor of Indian Film History. He has received uncountable number of Awards. • Amrita Rao : Indian Model and Bollywood Actress. • Anupam Kher : One of the Gifted Actor for Indian Film Industry, Though he haven’t done any leading roles but he’s one of the proved actor and also the member of Indian Film Censor Board. • Bipasha Basu : Bollywood Leading Actress and Former Model. • Celina Jaitley : Bollywood Actress and Finalist in Miss Universe 2001. • John Abraham : One of the most sexiest actors in the Indian Film Industry. Bollywood Actor and also the Former Model. • Karan Johar : One of the Best and Leading Director in the India Film Industry. He is also a Producer and also he’s famous for his television show “Coffee with Karan”. • Ram Gopal Verma : The experimental director, who keeps on experimenting with his film. He is one of the main director who get many controversies with his films though the matter is pretty funny. He’s one of the leading Film Director, Producer, Script Writer. • Salman Khan : One of the Super Star in the Bollywood, who was also considered as Bollywood Bad Boy. He is having a great fan following world wide, one of the Sexiest actor in the Industry. • Shilpa Shetty : Most popular figure of the world who won the prestigious British Celebrity show “Big Brother”. Bollywood actress and also owner of RR team in the IPL. • • Law enforcement said to have caught the one who stole gadgets from Juhi Chawla’s home.Based on police force, Juhi and her hubby had managed a celebration at their south Mumbai home on Jan 15. A few, an US citizens had also joined the celebration. All-around forty folks were appointed as caterers and housekeeping services employees in the celebration. • The visitor was allocated 2 home employers and the key area was just with her and her house employers ,” explained Police inspector. A case was filed stating that a laptop computer, a cell phone and an ipod device of Chulie were losing, he explained. • “After the robbery was described, we told the service provider who placed the bash to supply the list of the forty folks who were employed and later on we zeroed in on the charged Sandeep Balerao with his support,” Bagade mentioned, including that most the lacking devices have been restored. • • Related News & Gossips: Imran on his style, his gadgets and his love for wheels By Bollywood Hungama News Network Ready on the dot at 9.30 am for the MW shoot, Imran Khan is checking his reflection in the mirror. Brows raised in concentration, he appraises his look for the first shot du jour. The stylist has picked a layered T-shirt to go with a pair of white slim fit jeans and worn with a pair of black-and-white ankle-length sneakers. “Let’s rock ‘n’ roll!” says Khan when he’s finally satisfied with the look after a fair bit of tweaking. His involvement with his look is evident as the shoot progresses through the day. “Why don’t we fold the sleeves in the next shot? I think it will look better that way,” he quips, trying to find a solution to an errant cuff like a consummate sartorialist. About six hours later, we are in the living room of Khan’s two-storied Pali Hill bungalow. A large black-and-white poster of a brooding James Dean takes up most of the space on a wall. Sitting almost directly below it, Khan could very well be Dean’s doppelganger with his relaxed, unfussy attitude coupled with an intense stare that belies his 26 years. But yet there is something intrinsically youthful about the entire package that is Imran Khan. Dressed in a casual green T-shirt and fitted True Religion jeans teamed with flip-flops, Khan exudes a stylishly preppy persona all hidden in the garb of someone who really doesn’t conform to any fashion diktats. “Don’t try too hard. That’s the number one style mantra I live by,” says Khan, a tad distracted by his two dogs Kajri and Tom Jones who vie for his attention. “I always cared about my appearance, but was never a slave to fashion. I still take particular care to maintain my personal style without changing it to fit in. Style for me is the ability to look good without looking like you’re making a big effort. I look for things that connect with me personally. Be it a tie, a pair of shoes, whatever; it should be a reflection of my personality. ” And it is that fiercely independent approach to style that makes Khan abhor designers. “I don’t like designers as a rule, so I stay far away from haute couture,” laughs Khan who admits that he maintains a very “hands-on” approach with his look for his films – be it as Jai, the guy-next-door in his debut vehicle Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na or as the shirtless, buffed antagonist Kabir in his sophomore Bollywood outing Kidnap. “I work closely with the stylist and the director to make sure each character I play is distinctly different from the others, and that whatever he wears mirrors his personality to the T,” says Khan as he gets down to deconstructing his style quotient… My style influences James Dean, Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Bruce Springsteen, essentially people who are comfortable in their own skin. Closer home, I think John Abraham manages to look amazing in jeans and an old T-shirt. Brands I like Diesel, Guess and True Religion. True Religion jeans fit me really well. Diesel makes very cool and comfortable T-shirts for everyday wear. Guess manages to strike a good balance between casual and dressy, so it’s good for most occasions. I’m big on accessories. I collect ties and Converse All-Stars shoes as they’re both a lot of fun. You can add one or the suddenly becomes an amazing style statement! I’m big on accessories I collect ties and Converse All-Stars shoes as they’re both a lot of fun. You can add one or the other or both to jeans and a T-shirt, and it suddenly becomes an amazing style statement! My shopping trysts Abroad, I like to shop in LA. There’s always a lot of interesting stuff there that you can’t find anywhere else. In India, I tend to shop in the small shops in the gullies of Bandra. I love my wheels. I currently have three cars. Yes, yes I know that’s excessive. I have a Honda Civic, which I love dearly. It’s such a great car to drive. I have a BMW 325i, which was a gift from Aamir Khan (his uncle, the actor-producer) after the success of Jaane Tu… The kind of power and handling you get for 30-odd lakh is unbelievable. My newest acquisition is a Porsche Cayenne S. It has just arrived, so I haven’t had the time to fall in love with it yet. Gadgets are so my thing I’m serious about my gadgets. I’m also an Apple loyalist. I have a MacBook Pro 15″, a G5 desktop with a 23″ cinema display, an iPhone…And yes, I did put one of those little Apple stickers on my car. As for gaming, I like the Xbox. No Play Station for me. I feel that it just doesn’t match up, performance-wise. Gadgets Bollywood Stars Can’t Live Without Source: http://www.showbizrenegade.com Posted on 15:23, July 26th, 2011 by Jen Vishta India has always been associated with information technology, with most of the modern world’s greatest programming geniuses being Indians, now even Bollywood stars are joining the bandwagon – although not as programmers but gadget users. Here are some of the gadgets Bollywood stalwarts cannot seem to live without Cell Phones [...] Koena is tech-savvy! New Delhi, Dec. 1 — Oh God! Now my dhobi wants to give me some gyaan on Koena Mitra. Before you ask, who she is, let me tell you she was seen in loads of movies with a great body, performing to some super sizzling numbers. Anyway, now dhobi says that Koenaji is in the US and has a website following her everyday. It’s a network that helps her connect with all her fans, everywhere in the world that she goes to. Haye, haye! This for a fanbase that hardly exist. But then, such is life dearies! The December edition of ‘T3′, the tech-gizmo-gadget magazine is the second anniversary edition of the mag and what better way to treat the viewers than with the red hot Dia Mirza as the cover girl of the issue. The cover has Dia attired in a flamingly crimson red dress on the cover carrying a cell phone in one hand. The cover talks about luscious gadgets with the luscious babe, Dia, posing with all the latest gizmos and gadgets, including a laptop, watch and many more. However, the issue has no interview from Dia Mirza. Imran on his style, his gadgets and his love for wheels By Bollywood Hungama News Network Ready on the dot at 9.30 am for the MW shoot, Imran Khan is checking his reflection in the mirror. Brows raised in concentration, he appraises his look for the first shot du jour. The stylist has picked a layered T-shirt to go with a pair of white slim fit jeans and worn with a pair of black-and-white ankle-length sneakers. “Let’s rock ‘n’ roll!” says Khan when he’s finally satisfied with the look after a fair bit of tweaking. His involvement with his look is evident as the shoot progresses through the day. “Why don’t we fold the sleeves in the next shot? I think it will look better that way,” he quips, trying to find a solution to an errant cuff like a consummate sartorialist. About six hours later, we are in the living room of Khan’s two-storied Pali Hill bungalow. A large black-and-white poster of a brooding James Dean takes up most of the space on a wall. Sitting almost directly below it, Khan could very well be Dean’s doppelganger with his relaxed, unfussy attitude coupled with an intense stare that belies his 26 years. But yet there is something intrinsically youthful about the entire package that is Imran Khan. Dressed in a casual green T-shirt and fitted True Religion jeans teamed with flip-flops, Khan exudes a stylishly preppy persona all hidden in the garb of someone who really doesn’t conform to any fashion diktats. “Don’t try too hard. That’s the number one style mantra I live by,” says Khan, a tad distracted by his two dogs Kajri and Tom Jones who vie for his attention. “I always cared about my appearance, but was never a slave to fashion. I still take particular care to maintain my personal style without changing it to fit in. Style for me is the ability to look good without looking like you’re making a big effort. I look for things that connect with me personally. Be it a tie, a pair of shoes, whatever; it should be a reflection of my personality. ” And it is that fiercely independent approach to style that makes Khan abhor designers. “I don’t like designers as a rule, so I stay far away from haute couture,” laughs Khan who admits that he maintains a very “hands-on” approach with his look for his films – be it as Jai, the guy-next-door in his debut vehicle Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na or as the shirtless, buffed antagonist Kabir in his sophomore Bollywood outing Kidnap. “I work closely with the stylist and the director to make sure each character I play is distinctly different from the others, and that whatever he wears mirrors his personality to the T,” says Khan as he gets down to deconstructing his style quotient… My style influences James Dean, Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Bruce Springsteen, essentially people who are comfortable in their own skin. Closer home, I think John Abraham manages to look amazing in jeans and an old T-shirt. Brands I like Diesel, Guess and True Religion. True Religion jeans fit me really well. Diesel makes very cool and comfortable T-shirts for everyday wear. Guess manages to strike a good balance between casual and dressy, so it’s good for most occasions. I’m big on accessories. I collect ties and Converse All-Stars shoes as they’re both a lot of fun. You can add one or the suddenly becomes an amazing style statement! I’m big on accessories I collect ties and Converse All-Stars shoes as they’re both a lot of fun. You can add one or the other or both to jeans and a T-shirt, and it suddenly becomes an amazing style statement! My shopping trysts Abroad, I like to shop in LA. There’s always a lot of interesting stuff there that you can’t find anywhere else. In India, I tend to shop in the small shops in the gullies of Bandra. I love my wheels. I currently have three cars. Yes, yes I know that’s excessive. I have a Honda Civic, which I love dearly. It’s such a great car to drive. I have a BMW 325i, which was a gift from Aamir Khan (his uncle, the actor-producer) after the success of Jaane Tu… The kind of power and handling you get for 30-odd lakh is unbelievable. My newest acquisition is a Porsche Cayenne S. It has just arrived, so I haven’t had the time to fall in love with it yet. Gadgets are so my thing I’m serious about my gadgets. I’m also an Apple loyalist. I have a MacBook Pro 15″, a G5 desktop with a 23″ cinema display, an iPhone…And yes, I did put one of those little Apple stickers on my car. As for gaming, I like the Xbox. No Play Station for me. I feel that it just doesn’t match up, performance-wise. • 0What phone does Aamir Khan use? You know what, that’s a great question. A question for which we might not find the answer easily. But we can make some intelligent guesses. My guess is Aamir Khan is using a Android powered phone, and probably the one of the few celebrities (NTR from Telugu movie uses one) who isn’t using an iPhone or a Blackberry. I know we can always expect something new from this Khan. But what about Mallika Sherawat? What toys, sorry, what gadgets does she use? Mallika seems to be liking her toys. While her last tweet came from a Blackberry she has previously used an iPhone and an Android powered phone. The easiest way to find out is to call them up and ask. We might not necessarily have all of their phone numbers, but we have the next best thing – their twitter handle. Twitter is the biggest beehive of Indian celebrities, though they don’t share much, we can find out quite a few things. We can find out what time they sleep, what they tweet about, what they share, what they care and of course, what gadget they are using to tweet. Blackberry is the undisputed leader in the smartphone category. It is distantly followed by iPhone and remotely followed by Android. iPad as a tablet looks like a popular choice amongst celebrities who chose to tweet from one. iPad Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan, Murali Kartik and Dino Morea have all tweeted from an iPad. Madhuri Dixit is an Apple fan girl. She owns (I presume) an iPad, iPhone and a Mac. Telugu movie star Nagarjuna is also a Apple fanboy. He has tweeted from iPad and an iPhone. Nokia Priyanka Chopra and Gul Panang are the only two celebrities who have used a Nokia phone to tweet. An indication that Nokia isn’t doing too well in the smartphone segment. Priyanka might jump to an Android whenever her contract with Nokia ends. I don’t know Priyanka very well but that’s a hunch. iPad and Blackberry are the top choices of Indian celebrities. The celebrities in this list are picked from Pinstorm’s India influencers which uses Klout, PeerIndex scores to arrive at an aggregated ranking. Salman Khan is the top celebrity with a Aggregate score of 76.5 and he uses Blackberry. Preity Zinta has an aggregate score of 76.3 and she uses Blackberry too. There are some celebrities who are not on Pinstorm’s list but I have added them, because I felt like it. Here’s the list of celebrities and their gadgets, divided in to categories : Few folks have used either web, tweet deck or Uber social. The gadget used cannot be found out with these twitter clients. Narendra Modi has used Tweet Deck. While Sid Mallya, Deepika Padukone, Riteish D and Hrithik Roshan have used Uber Social. Why is Blackberry the most popular gadget? Is it the keypad? If yes, there are a lot of Android (HTC, Samsung) phones which come with pretty nice keypads they throw in a touch screen too. Nokia E7 is one of the nicest mobiles with a keypad. E7 might actually help these celebs typing skills too. Do you know of any other celeb using Android, iPhone or anything non-Blackberry? Let us know. Image source 1, 2, 3 avBlogging became a passion for everybody now-a-days because of its GUI, friendly user interface and few other reason were making it the best place to express your views as well as to earn. Organizations were choosing the blogs in order to take their products nearer to the customers. Many of the Software Professionals, SEO Experts, Analytics have started blogging as their part time jobs to make some additional money by sharing their knowledge, but few even quit their jobs and settling as full time bloggers. But now its the time for Celebrities who have also started the blogging, and sharing their thoughts, and life style with their fans. I have the collection of the Bollywood Celebrities who were Blogging. • Aamir Khan : Bollywood call him Mr.Perfectionist. He is also called as Ace Khan, who doesn’t know the meaning of defeat. His is also an expert in marketing his films. He is an actor, director and producer who have produced many. He has worked in a number of critically and commercially successful films and has established himself as one of the leading actors in Indian Film Industry. • Ajay Devgan : National Award Winning actor. Beginning his career as an action hero in the early 1990s, Devgan has since established himself as one of the actors open to serious roles in Bollywood. • Amitabh Bachchan : Big B, who is considered to be the Pillar of the Indian Film Industry. One of the most prominent actor of Indian Film History. He has received uncountable number of Awards. • Amrita Rao : Indian Model and Bollywood Actress. • Anupam Kher : One of the Gifted Actor for Indian Film Industry, Though he haven’t done any leading roles but he’s one of the proved actor and also the member of Indian Film Censor Board. • Bipasha Basu : Bollywood Leading Actress and Former Model. • Celina Jaitley : Bollywood Actress and Finalist in Miss Universe 2001. • John Abraham : One of the most sexiest actors in the Indian Film Industry. Bollywood Actor and also the Former Model. • Karan Johar : One of the Best and Leading Director in the India Film Industry. He is also a Producer and also he’s famous for his television show “Coffee with Karan”. • Ram Gopal Verma : The experimental director, who keeps on experimenting with his film. He is one of the main director who get many controversies with his films though the matter is pretty funny. He’s one of the leading Film Director, Producer, Script Writer. • Salman Khan : One of the Super Star in the Bollywood, who was also considered as Bollywood Bad Boy. He is having a great fan following world wide, one of the Sexiest actor in the Industry. • Shilpa Shetty : Most popular figure of the world who won the prestigious British Celebrity show “Big Brother”. Bollywood actress and also owner of RR team in the IPL. • • Law enforcement said to have caught the one who stole gadgets from Juhi Chawla’s home.Based on police force, Juhi and her hubby had managed a celebration at their south Mumbai home on Jan 15. A few, an US citizens had also joined the celebration. All-around forty folks were appointed as caterers and housekeeping services employees in the celebration. • The visitor was allocated 2 home employers and the key area was just with her and her house employers ,” explained Police inspector. A case was filed stating that a laptop computer, a cell phone and an ipod device of Chulie were losing, he explained. • “After the robbery was described, we told the service provider who placed the bash to supply the list of the forty folks who were employed and later on we zeroed in on the charged Sandeep Balerao with his support,” Bagade mentioned, including that most the lacking devices have been restored. • • Related News & Gossips: Imran on his style, his gadgets and his love for wheels Powered by Translate email print 0 Comments share more By Bollywood Hungama News Network Ready on the dot at 9.30 am for the MW shoot, Imran Khan is checking his reflection in the mirror. Brows raised in concentration, he appraises his look for the first shot du jour. The stylist has picked a layered T-shirt to go with a pair of white slim fit jeans and worn with a pair of black-and-white ankle-length sneakers. “Let’s rock ‘n’ roll!” says Khan when he’s finally satisfied with the look after a fair bit of tweaking. His involvement with his look is evident as the shoot progresses through the day. “Why don’t we fold the sleeves in the next shot? I think it will look better that way,” he quips, trying to find a solution to an errant cuff like a consummate sartorialist. Gadgets Bollywood Stars Can’t Live Without Source: http://www.showbizrenegade.com Posted on 15:23, July 26th, 2011 by Jen Vishta India has always been associated with information technology, with most of the modern world’s greatest programming geniuses being Indians, now even Bollywood stars are joining the bandwagon – although not as programmers but gadget users. Here are some of the gadgets Bollywood stalwarts cannot seem to live without Cell Phones [...] Koena is tech-savvy! New Delhi, Dec. 1 — Oh God! Now my dhobi wants to give me some gyaan on Koena Mitra. Before you ask, who she is, let me tell you she was seen in loads of movies with a great body, performing to some super sizzling numbers. Anyway, now dhobi says that Koenaji is in the US and has a website following her everyday. It’s a network that helps her connect with all her fans, everywhere in the world that she goes to. Haye, haye! This for a fanbase that hardly exist. But then, such is life dearies! The December edition of ‘T3′, the tech-gizmo-gadget magazine is the second anniversary edition of the mag and what better way to treat the viewers than with the red hot Dia Mirza as the cover girl of the issue. The cover has Dia attired in a flamingly crimson red dress on the cover carrying a cell phone in one hand. The cover talks about luscious gadgets with the luscious babe, Dia, posing with all the latest gizmos and gadgets, including a laptop, watch and many more. However, the issue has no interview from Dia Mirza. Indian Celebrities and their gadgets! Written on June 13, 2011 by Sriram Vadlamani in Gadgets • • 0diggsdigg • 0 Email Share • 0What phone does Aamir Khan use? You know what, that’s a great question. A question for which we might not find the answer easily. But we can make some intelligent guesses. My guess is Aamir Khan is using a Android powered phone, and probably the one of the few celebrities (NTR from Telugu movie uses one) who isn’t using an iPhone or a Blackberry. I know we can always expect something new from this Khan. But what about Mallika Sherawat? What toys, sorry, what gadgets does she use? Mallika seems to be liking her toys. While her last tweet came from a Blackberry she has previously used an iPhone and an Android powered phone. The easiest way to find out is to call them up and ask. We might not necessarily have all of their phone numbers, but we have the next best thing – their twitter handle. Twitter is the biggest beehive of Indian celebrities, though they don’t share much, we can find out quite a few things. We can find out what time they sleep, what they tweet about, what they share, what they care and of course, what gadget they are using to tweet. Blackberry is the undisputed leader in the smartphone category. It is distantly followed by iPhone and remotely followed by Android. iPad as a tablet looks like a popular choice amongst celebrities who chose to tweet from one.iPad Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan, Murali Kartik and Dino Morea have all tweeted from an iPad. Madhuri Dixit is an Apple fan girl. She owns (I presume) an iPad, iPhone and a Mac. Telugu movie star Nagarjuna is also a Apple fanboy. He has tweeted from iPad and an iPhone. Nokia Priyanka Chopra and Gul Panang are the only two celebrities who have used a Nokia phone to tweet. An indication that Nokia isn’t doing too well in the smartphone segment. Priyanka might jump to an Android whenever her contract with Nokia ends. I don’t know Priyanka very well but that’s a hunch. Imran on his style, his gadgets and his love for wheels By Bollywood Hungama News Network Ready on the dot at 9.30 am for the MW shoot, Imran Khan is checking his reflection in the mirror. Brows raised in concentration, he appraises his look for the first shot du jour. The stylist has picked a layered T-shirt to go with a pair of white slim fit jeans and worn with a pair of black-and-white ankle-length sneakers. “Let’s rock ‘n’ roll!” says Khan when he’s finally satisfied with the look after a fair bit of tweaking. His involvement with his look is evident as the shoot progresses through the day. “Why don’t we fold the sleeves in the next shot? I think it will look better that way,” he quips, trying to find a solution to an errant cuff like a consummate sartorialist. About six hours later, we are in the living room of Khan’s two-storied Pali Hill bungalow. A large black-and-white poster of a brooding James Dean takes up most of the space on a wall. Sitting almost directly below it, Khan could very well be Dean’s doppelganger with his relaxed, unfussy attitude coupled with an intense stare that belies his 26 years. But yet there is something intrinsically youthful about the entire package that is Imran Khan. Dressed in a casual green T-shirt and fitted True Religion jeans teamed with flip-flops, Khan exudes a stylishly preppy persona all hidden in the garb of someone who really doesn’t conform to any fashion diktats. “Don’t try too hard. That’s the number one style mantra I live by,” says Khan, a tad distracted by his two dogs Kajri and Tom Jones who vie for his attention. “I always cared about my appearance, but was never a slave to fashion. I still take particular care to maintain my personal style without changing it to fit in. Style for me is the ability to look good without looking like you’re making a big effort. I look for things that connect with me personally. Be it a tie, a pair of shoes, whatever; it should be a reflection of my personality. ” And it is that fiercely independent approach to style that makes Khan abhor designers. “I don’t like designers as a rule, so I stay far away from haute couture,” laughs Khan who admits that he maintains a very “hands-on” approach with his look for his films – be it as Jai, the guy-next-door in his debut vehicle Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na or as the shirtless, buffed antagonist Kabir in his sophomore Bollywood outing Kidnap. “I work closely with the stylist and the director to make sure each character I play is distinctly different from the others, and that whatever he wears mirrors his personality to the T,” says Khan as he gets down to deconstructing his style quotient… My style influences James Dean, Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Bruce Springsteen, essentially people who are comfortable in their own skin. Closer home, I think John Abraham manages to look amazing in jeans and an old T-shirt. Brands I like Diesel, Guess and True Religion. True Religion jeans fit me really well. Diesel makes very cool and comfortable T-shirts for everyday wear. Guess manages to strike a good balance between casual and dressy, so it’s good for most occasions. I’m big on accessories. I collect ties and Converse All-Stars shoes as they’re both a lot of fun. You can add one or the suddenly becomes an amazing style statement! I’m big on accessories I collect ties and Converse All-Stars shoes as they’re both a lot of fun. You can add one or the other or both to jeans and a T-shirt, and it suddenly becomes an amazing style statement! My shopping trysts Abroad, I like to shop in LA. There’s always a lot of interesting stuff there that you can’t find anywhere else. In India, I tend to shop in the small shops in the gullies of Bandra. I love my wheels. I currently have three cars. Yes, yes I know that’s excessive. I have a Honda Civic, which I love dearly. It’s such a great car to drive. I have a BMW 325i, which was a gift from Aamir Khan (his uncle, the actor-producer) after the success of Jaane Tu… The kind of power and handling you get for 30-odd lakh is unbelievable. My newest acquisition is a Porsche Cayenne S. It has just arrived, so I haven’t had the time to fall in love with it yet. Gadgets are so my thing I’m serious about my gadgets. I’m also an Apple loyalist. I have a MacBook Pro 15″, a G5 desktop with a 23″ cinema display, an iPhone…And yes, I did put one of those little Apple stickers on my car. As for gaming, I like the Xbox. No Play Station for me. I feel that it just doesn’t match up, performance-wise.
Is the Maharashtra government dillydallying on ordering a CBI inquiry into the issue of the alleged illegal sale of Waqf land to industrialist Mukesh Ambani for his 27- storey ultra luxury home that is worth nearly $ 2 billion? The state government had received a letter from the Union government in June, asking it to consider ‘ referring’ the matter to the premier investigating agency to probe the land deal. The state has, however, not taken any decision on the matter yet.
The land deal on Mumbai’s posh Altamount Road has been embroiled in a controversy ever since Ambani began building his multistorey residence Antillia. On Monday, the issue was raised in the state assembly by Opposition leader Eknath Khadse.
He said the Rs 500- crore plot was shown to have been sold by the Karimbhai Ibrahimbhai Khoja Charitable Trust for just Rs 21 crore. The piece of land was originally reserved for educating children of the Khoja Muslim community.
Maharashtra’s minority affairs minister Arif Nassim Khan said the state had received a letter from the Centre and had sought the opinion of the law and judiciary department.
” The legal department conveyed its opinion to the state home department on July 25,” Khan said. But he did not reveal what the law department’s stand was.
Khan further said a notice was served to the trust by the Maharashtra government in 2004 over the transaction. It was, however, withdrawn after the state got ` 16 lakh from the trust to regularise the deal.
Maharashtra home minister R. R. Patil said he would comment on the matter only after seeing the opinion given by the law and judiciary department.
This Waqf land deal has sparked rows earlier, too. In 2007, then minority affairs minister Anish Ahmed had mentioned a number of irregularities in the sale of the land and had asked the Maharashtra State Waqf Board to take back the plot. However, in a curious development, while the minister kept claiming the sale was illegal, then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said there were no irregularities in the deal.
Incidentally, Ambani has still not started living in Antillia.
What we have here is a man who can be rightly called as the uncrowned king of India. He is undoubtedly the most pioneering Indian that the world may have ever seen and hence Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Managing Director, Reliance Industries which happens to be India’s biggest conglomerate, needs no introduction. I wouldn’t want to introduce him as a filthy rich man as that would be a huge understatement. To get an idea of how much this man has inherited, grown and expanded to create a benchmark it would be better to introduce him as the richest Indian or the world’s 14th richest person. His wealth is US$ 20.1 billion a at March 2007. The differences that prevail between the two Ambani brothers, Anil and Mukesh are neither hidden in closed closets nor is the fact that if these two powers joined hands they could be the richest in the world toppling Mr. Bill Gates from his position. The buzz doing the rounds of Mumbai city, India is about this rich mans new home. The new house-in-the-making at Altamount Road happens to be a glass mansion and is by every means, breathtakingly beautiful. People have been eager to know what this palatial building will look like ever since the head honcho purchased the 4,532 sq mt plot in 2002. If this house has to shelter the richest man in the country it can be anything but ordinary; according to the plan, drawn up by the firm Perkins+Will, this mansion will have everything from entertainment centres, a health club, swimming pool and a lot of greenery spread around. To begin with what all is inside the house lets have a little detail on the locality where the real estate prices are now in the region of Rs 75,000 per sq ft. that is $ 1,841.36, to be precise. Called ‘Antilia’ it will stretch to about 173.12 meters high with 27 storey which makes it obvious that each floor has a ceiling higher than the regular ones. But even for a family of 6 (Mr. Mukesh Ambani, his wife Nita Ambani, mother Kokilaben and three children Akash, Isha and Anant), 27 storey is a lot of room.The house will be taking care of everything from granting the first 6 floors for ‘car-parking’ where the space will be enough for about 168 cars, to an in-house service centre for the cars right above. The 8th floor is meant for recreational purposes where a mini-theatre with a seating capacity of 50 will be made. It gets better as we go higher; the ninth floor is called the ‘refuge’ floor which is meant to be used for rescue in emergencies. ‘Health is wealth’ and so they have invested some more wealth in creating the above two floors with facilities for athletics and a swimming pool. A health club complete with the latest gym equipment is not too far away being just one floor above this one. Indians are known for their hospitality and warmth and being the true Indians that they are the Ambani mansion, Antilia will also have a two-storeyed glass-fronted apartment for the Ambani family’s guests, above the health floors. The king always takes a seat at the top and so will this one. The top four floors will be abode for the family of six that will provide a view of the Arabian Sea and a superb view of the city’s skyline. When you stay rather reign in such a palace you have to be careful about not just living in there but also maintaining it is a task in itself, no revelation on knowing that they will have 600 full-time personnel working in the building. They have very thoughtfully constructed maintenance and refuge rooms which will be used as and when the need arises. The topmost floor will be an “air space floor,” which will act as a control room for helicopters landing on the helipad above. It doesn’t astonish me at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a runway on top of his mansion. The more I am learning about it the more uncomfortable I am feeling to call it a mansion; it should be called a monument instead. It will be completed sometime in September 2008. That was all about the richest man in India who has very well taught us the lesson of living life ‘king’size!
A business owner, a media baron and the Forbes billionaire- Kalanidhi Maran, 47, owns television channels, magazines, news papers, DTH Service and FM Radio stations in South India. Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Sun TV Networks, Kalanidhi is television king of Southern India where his Sun TV rules.
Born in 1964 in a family deep-rooted in politics, Kalanidhi is the son of former Union Minister of commerce Murasoli Maran, brother of ex-textile minister Dayanidhi Maran and grandnephew of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. He is married to Kaveri (who hails from Coorg in Karnataka) in 1991 and has a 15-year-old daughter, Kavya.
Kalanidhi is the alma mater of the prestigious Don Bosco in Egmore, Chennai. He took a Commerce degree from Chennai’s Loyola College. An MBA from University of Scaranton, USA, Kalanidhi returned to India in 1987 to join family-run Tamil magazine- Kungumam, even as his father was keen to send him for doctoral studies.
South Indian media baron owns regional broadcaster Sun TV Network, which he launched in 1993 as a channel, beaming three-hour programmes daily. Today it has 20 television channels that reach 95 million households. The Sun Empire is a powerful media entity in four southern states, and Kalanidhi, is the highest paid CEO in the country.
Sun Picture’s first production venture — Endhiran (Robot), starring Rajnikanth and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan did good business at box office. He also owns 45 FM radio stations, two daily newspapers, four magazines.
Kalanidhi expanded his business into aviation to sign the much-coveted deal with budget carrier SpiceJet, thus raising many eyebrows when he left behind well-known corporate names to close the deal.It was his this business acumen that Forbes has estimated his net worth US $ 2.9 Billion in 2010 making him India’s Top 20 Richest people.In May 2007, office of Klanidhi owned Tamil daily newspaper, Dinakaran was attacked after it published a survey whose results showed majority of the people of Tamil Nadu favoured Karunanidhi’s younger son M K Stalin as his likely successor as against Karuna’s elder son M K Azhagiri.However in 2010, a criminal case against Kalanithi was filed by Azhagiri owned Cable TV Distrubiton Company Jak communications.
Kalanidhi has recently been in the middle of controversies following the controversy entailing Dayanidhi Maran over his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Dayanidhi Maran, the ex-textiles minister and a senior leader of the DMK, had allegedly misused his office as Telecom Minister to establish a virtual telephone exchange of nearly 300 phone lines at his house which were then secretly made available for use to Sun TV.
Charles Chi-tat Ng – A Troubled Teen:
Charles Chi-tat Ng was born in Hong Kong on Dec. 24, 1960. His father was a wealthy executive and a strict disciplinarian. Ng was a troubled teen and was expelled from various schools. His father tried to help Ng straighten out his life by sending him to a boarding school in England where his uncle was a teacher. Not long after his arrival, he was caught stealing from his fellow classmates. When he was caught shoplifting from a local store he was expelled from school and returned to Hong Kong.Ng Comes to the United States:
At the age of 18 Ng obtained a U.S. student visa and attended Notre Dame College in California. After one semester, he dropped out and hung around until October 1979, when he was convicted in a hit-and- run automobile offense and ordered to pay restitution. Instead of paying, Ng opted to join the Marines and lied on his enlistment application by putting he was a U.S. citizen and his birthplace was Bloomington, Indiana. The military authorities believed it and enlisted him.
Ng’s Military Career – A Career Built on Lies:
After a year in the Marines, Ng had become a lance corporal but his career was cut short after a 1981 incident involving the theft of weapons stolen from an armory at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station in Hawaii. Ng, along with three other soldiers, stole a range of weapons including two M-16 assault rifles and three grenade launchers. Ng fled before being arrested, but was caught by military police a month later and locked up in a Marine jail in Hawaii to await trial.
Ng Does Time In Leavenworth Prison:
Almost immediately after his incarceration, Ng managed to escape from jail and fled to California. It was there that he met up with Leonard Lake and Lake’s wife, Claralyn Balasz. The three became roommates until their arrest by the FBI on weapons charges. Ng was convicted and sent to Leavenworth Prison where he served three years. Lake made bail and went into hiding in a remote cabin owned by his wife’s parents in Wilseyville, California, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Ng and Lake Reunite and Their Ghastly Crimes Begin:
After Ng’s release from prison, he reunited with Lake at the cabin. Shortly after the reunion, the two began living out the sexually sadistic and murderous fantasies of Lake. There seemed no barriers to who the two would murder with the list including Lake’s own brother, babies, husband and wives, and friends of Lake’s, all totaling seven men, three women and two babies. Authorities believe the number of victims murdered by the two to be much higher, with many of the dead still unidentified.
Ng’s Inept Shoplifting Skills Surface Again:
Ng’s inability to shoplift ended the pair’s torturous murder spree. Ng and Lake stopped at a lumberyard to get a replacement for a bench vise they broke when using it to torture their victims. An employee contacted police after seeing Ng shoplift a vise and place it into the pair’s car. Realizing he had been seen he took off. Lake tried to convince police it was all a misunderstanding but when one of the officers looked in the trunk of Lake’s car, he spotted a .22 revolver and a silencer.
Lake’s Lies Fail To Save Him:
Officer Wright did a check on the 1980 Honda Prelude that Lake was driving and the registration number matched to a Buick registered in the name of Lonnie Bond. Lake produced his driver’s license, and it showed he was a 26-year-old named Robin Stapley. Wright was suspicious since Lake looked considerably older than 26. He ran a check on the serial number from the gun, and it came back as being owned by Stapley. Lake was arrested for owning the illegal gun.
The End of Leonard Lake:
Lake sat handcuffed in a room at the police station. When informed that the Honda he was driving was registered to a man who had been reported missing, Lake requested a pen and paper and a glass of water. The officer obliged him and Lake scribbled a note, told the officer his and Ng’s real names, than swallowed two cyanide pills he retrieved from behind his collar. He went into convulsions and was rushed to the hospital where he remained in a comatose state until he died.
Ghastly Secrets Uncovered:
The police began to investigate Lake, figuring his suicide could be related to a more serious crime. They visited the cabin where Lake and Ng lived and immediately found bones in the cabin’s driveway. Ng was on the run as the investigators began to uncover the gruesome crimes that took place on the property. Remnants of charred body parts, corpses, bone chips, and a variety of personal belongings, weapons and videotapes were found.
Inside the cabin’s master bedroom, police uncovered various pieces of women’s bloody lingerie. The four-poster bed had wires tied around each poster and retraints bolted into the floor. Blood was found in various places including under the mattress. Also discovered was Lake’s diary where he detailed the various acts of torture, rape and murder that he and Ng had performed on their victims in what he referred to as, ‘Operation Miranda.’
Operation Miranda was a confusing fantasy that Lake created that centered on the end of the world and his need to dominate women who would eventually become his sexual slaves. Ng became a partner to his fantasy and the two began trying to turn it into some kind of demented and sick reality.
On the property, investigators found a bunker that was partially built into a hillside. Inside the bunker were three rooms, two that were hidden. The first hidden room contained various tools and a sign with the words “The Miranda” hanging on the wall. The second hidden room was a 3 x7 cell with a bed, chemical commode, table, one-way mirror, constraints, no light, and was wired for sound. The room was designed so that at anytime the inhabitant could be watched and heard from the outer room.
On videotapes found by police, two women at separate times were shown bound, taunted with knives by Ng, and threatened by Lake with death if they failed to concede to being sexual slaves. One woman was forced to strip, then later raped. The other woman had her clothing cut away by Ng. She begged for information about her baby but eventually gave in to the pair’s demands after they threatened her life and the life of her baby if she didn’t cooperate. Complete details of what the tapes revealed to the investigators was never disclosed.Report: Sadistic Killer Lesbians Shared Blood Lust
They drugged, bludgeoned and strangled their 16-year-old victim to death then they knelt over her lifeless, bloody body to kiss before dumping her in a wheelbarrow.
The horrific murder of Stacey Mitchell has attracted national headlines in Australia but questions remain as to why her roommates of only four days, Valerie Page Parashumti and Jessica Ellen Stasinowsky, violently attacked and killed the former Leeming High schoolgirl.
Supreme Court justice Peter Blaxell sentenced Parashumti, 19, and Stasinowsky, 21, to 24 years in jail each.
Blaxell said the “particularly horrifying and shocking” crime was devoid of a substantial motive.
“You have each had more than a year in custody to reflect upon the evilness of your crime yet you still lack remorse and obviously place no value on the sanctity of human life,” he said. “There is also the added problem that you each enjoy being sexually aroused by the infliction of violence.”
Stasinowsky and Parashumti, who had been together just a month, have offered no explanation or motive for the killing other than that Stacey “annoyed” them.
One theory put to the court was that the couple appeared obsessed with proving their love for each other.
Both pleaded guilty last November to one count each of willful murder but they still do not seem to understand the gravity of their crime.
Court hearings have been punctuated with laughter, smirking and smiling.
Even during sentencing submissions in January, the couple was told twice by Blaxell to stop their light-hearted behavior as the graphic details of the crime were read.
Stacey was killed in the early hours of Dec. 18, 2006, at the Lathlain house she shared with Parashumti and Stasinowsky after running away from home 11 days earlier.
She moved in during the evening on Dec. 14, but told her parents the day before she was killed that she wanted to return home.
Police found her body four days later, upside down, in a wheelbarrow in a shed at the back of the house.
Prosecutor Dave Dempster described the killing as a sustained attack that lasted at least half an hour. He has demanded strict-security imprisonment — a non-parole period of at least 20 to 30 years.
“It appears that the deceased was killed simply because she was found to be annoying to the offenders,” Dempster said.
A fourth housemate, David Ross John Haynes, 27, has been jailed for two years for being an accessory after the fact to the murder, which took place at his father’s house.
The court heard the attack started in the kitchen after the trio had been drinking alcohol and Stacey had been slipped a sleeping pill.
Dempster said Parashumti started raining blows on Stacey while Bach’s “St John’s Passion” was playing throughout the house.
During the attack Parashumti complained Stacey was taking too long to die so she continued to beat her while Stasinowsky wrapped a belt chain around her neck.
The women monitored her pulse after she fell unconscious and then kissed each other over the body once she died.
Then they videotaped the blood-drenched crime scene on a mobile phone, on which they are heard mocking Stacey’s English accent.
“It ends with Parashumti saying, ‘I tell you man, when I was beating the f— out of her with a rock,’ and then there’s laughter from Stasinowsky,” Dempster told the court.
Neither of the two killers had serious criminal records and both were young women — Parashumti was 18 and Stasinowsky was 19 at the time of the murder.
Parashumti’s lawyer, David Edwardson, said his client had never had a serious relationship before meeting Stasinowsky.
Edwardson said Parashumti had a violent family life and had also been associated with the vampire subculture since the age of 10 when she started experimenting with drinking blood. At first from her own cuts then later that of others.
He said initially Parashumti liked Stacey but the friendship quickly became strained when Stacey talked about committing suicide.
“Anyone who kills themselves obviously they don’t appreciate their own lives [sic],” the court heard Parashumti told her lawyer. “I wish I had a f—ing perfect world.”
Stasinowsky too had a troubled adolescence before leaving home at 16.
As an only child of a single working mother, the court heard she felt extreme loneliness and was “emotionally barren.”
Stasinowsky’s lawyer Andree Horrigan said her client believed the relationship with Parashumti was “strong and solid.”
“There was always this basis that she and Ms Parashumti were a unit and were conjoined essentially,” she said. “They were a partnership.”
By all accounts, Stacey was a typical teen — outgoing, fun-loving and full of youthful spirit.
Her MySpace Web site was decorated with bright pink wallpaper of Playboy bunnies.
“My name is stacey, Im english, I love me alochol, i’m a party gurl, music is me life, i cant live with out my friends, im a very loud person, i talk 24/7, im a very down to earth person if you get to know me …xxx,[sic]” the Web site said.
Stasinowsky and Parashumti’s lawyers have both asked the judge to consider their young ages and early guilty pleas in sentencing.
A Killer’s Rampage
Coral Gables High School
Elizabeth Kenyon taught emotionally disturbed children in 1984 at Coral Gables High School, south of Miami, Florida, but hoped one day to return to fashion modeling. At age 23, she was the kind of beautiful young woman that turned men’s heads. Two years earlier, she had won the title of Orange Bowl Princess and had been a finalist in the Miss Florida Contest. With thick brown hair and a wide, sociable grin, she made friends easily.
On March 4, Kenyon left her apartment in Coral Gables to visit her parents in Pompano Beach, a trip she made every weekend. According to Bruce Gibney, in his book, The Beauty Queen Killer, Beth’s father noticed bruises on her arms and legs that day. Alarmed, he asked her what had happened. She shrugged it off as a schoolyard fight that she had broken up.
The Beauty Queen Killer
Kenyon stayed with her parents until 9:00 that evening, and then got into her car to return home. Her roommate recalled that she arrived around 10 and went to bed. She went to work the next day and spoke to Mitch Fry, the school’s police officer and security patrol, in the parking lot. He watched her get into her car and drive away. Fry was to be the last person to see Kenyon alive. On Tuesday, she did not show up for work, so Fry called her roommate and learned that Beth had not come home the night before. Nor had she called to tell anyone where she was.
Beth was not the type that would go somewhere without telling someone. Calls to others who knew her got everyone worried. Her parents began calling around to friends and to hospitals, with no luck. Finally, they contacted the police at the Metro Dade Public Safety Department and filed a missing person report.
Several days went by with no news, so Bill Kenyon took matters into his own hands. He hired a private investigator, Kenneth Whittaker, to look into the matter. He discovered that there were several men in Beth’s life, and thus several potential suspects: Beth had been on a dinner date recently with a man from West Germany; she had begun seeing a man again with whom she had broken off the relationship; and she had occasionally been having dinner with a former boyfriend, a photographer named Christopher Wilder. She had told her father that on their first date, Wilder had been a real gentleman. After a few more dates, he had even proposed marriage. But Beth had felt that at seventeen years her senior, he was too old for her. So over the past two years, they had remained friends.
Whittaker questioned Beth’s parents about each of these men and learned that Beth had mentioned Wilder to them the day before she had disappeared. He’d gotten her an opportunity to do some modeling for good money.
Yet a call to Wilder produced only disappointing results. The man claimed he had not seen Beth in over a month. The other two men did not seem viable suspects, either.
The investigation seemed to have reached a dead-end when another former boyfriend stopped at a gas station in Coral Gables to show Beth’s picture around. It was a Shell station where Beth normally bought her gas. To everyone’s surprise, two attendants said that Beth had been there on Monday afternoon. She was about to pay when a man in a gray Cadillac drove in behind her and paid the bill. Beth seemed to know him and she mentioned that they were on the way to the airport. When the attendants were shown photographs, they easily picked out Chris Wilder as the man with her. Beth’s car was subsequently found at Miami International Airport. Yet she had not packed to go anywhere.
The police would not help with what was still a missing person’s case, so Bill Kenyon staked out Wilder’s house himself. When he did not find the man at home, he sent his investigator to the Boynton Beach Police to ask about Wilder. They told Whittaker they had a lengthy rap sheet on him. He was far from the “gentleman” that Beth had once described. He’d had a history of sexual offenses.
Beth’s parents suddenly realized that — on the very night that Beth had visited them for the last time, they had seen a television report about another missing woman — one who looked very much like Beth.
The Kenyons were chilled by the resemblance. Their instinct was that Wilder had been involved in their daughter’s disappearance, and that perhaps he had abducted both women.A Link
Rosario Gonzales, 20, had disappeared on February 26, 2000. She’d been working at a temporary job distributing aspirin samples at the Miami Grand Prix racetrack, where witnesses said she had left around noon with an older man. She, too, had pretty dark eyes and long, brown hair. She had not even picked up her paycheck.
Nothing clearly linked the two, except that Kenyon knew Christopher Wilder, who sometimes drove cars in races and often hung around at the Miami racetrack. Also, both had participated in the Miss Florida contest and wanted to be models. (In the book Human Monsters David Everitt reports that Rosario had previously posed for a book cover that Wilder photographed.)
That Wilder had lied about seeing Beth made him suspect. Now a look at his case file at the Boynton Beach police station convinced the private investigator that Wilder could very well be a sexual predator. Beth’s rejection of his marriage proposal may have elevated her danger.
Whittaker went with an ex-police officer to talk with Wilder at his office at the Sawtel Construction Company, which he owned with a partner. Wilder pulled up in the gray Cadillac described by the gas station attendants. Yet inside his office, he repeated his denial of having seen Beth in the past few days. He insisted the attendants had made a mistake in their identification. Then he brought in his secretary to vouch for his whereabouts, but that proved to have been a mistake.
The investigators told her they were looking for Beth Kenyon, and she said, yes, the girl whose car was found at the airport.
No one had mentioned an airport and finding the car had not been made public. The secretary seemed flustered and asked Wilder if that wasn’t the information he had given to her.
Wilder was quick. He said that Beth’s mother had told him that.
Mrs. Kenyon later denied it.
Around the same time, the police learned that Rosario Gonzales, the other missing girl, had also known Christopher Wilder. That information spurred them into a countywide hunt, following numerous leads and tips, many of which were mistaken identifications or dead-ends. Then Whittaker informed them that Christopher Wilder had been at the Miami Grand Prix and that he was a suspect in Beth Kenyon’s disappearance.
These disappearances became a more serious matter, and regular detectives from Metro Dade were now assigned to Beth Kenyon’s case, with the possibility that the same suspect had kidnapped two girls within a week’s time. They placed information in the newspaper, hoping to get some help from the public.
Just as Christopher Wilder was celebrating his 39th birthday on March 13, the police were collecting a file on him. Three days later, he read in the Miami Herald that “a racecar driver” and “wealthy contractor” was suspected in the disappearances, and he realized it was time to move. He did keep his appointment with his therapist, who was treating him for sex crimes for which he’d received parole. Knowing his preference for girls with long hair and his fantasy about holding a girl captive, the therapist asked if he knew anything about the missing Rosario. He looked her in the eye and denied it.
Two days later, he dropped his three dogs at a kennel, withdrew a substantial amount of money from the bank, and told his partner he was being framed and was “not going to jail.” He got into his 1973 Chrysler New Yorker sedan and drove off. He had said to others that stress was bad for him. Now it was about to provoke a shocking spree.The Development of a Sadist
Born March 13, 1945, Christopher Bernard Wilder was the oldest child of an American naval officer and an Australian native. Immediately after he was born, writes Michael Newton in The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, he was so close to death that a priest gave him Last Rites. Yet he recovered, though he remained sickly, and at the age of two, he almost drowned in a swimming pool. A year later, he had an attack of convulsions that made him faint.
His childhood was fairly stable, but he did some window-peeking in early adolescence and got into trouble when he was seventeen. He was arrested with a group of friends for the gang-rape of a girl on the beach of Sydney, Australia. He pleaded guilty and received a year of probation with counseling and electroshock therapy. That apparently provided some fuel for his fantasies, writes Gibney, for unlike before this treatment, he now imagined shocking girls while having sex with them. Therapists noted his need to dominate women and his desire to turn them into slaves for his pleasure. He wanted to hold a woman captive against her will.
When he was 23, he married a woman, who soon discovered his sexual dark side and left him after only eight days. He had photographs of naked women in a briefcase, and he apparently used these to try to force a nurse into sexual relations. Instead, she went to the police but did not press charges in court.
Disguise of Sanity
Around this time, Wilder, who had lived in the United States at one point during childhood, immigrated to there in 1969, settling in Florida, where he did very well for himself during a building boom in the electrical and construction business. He bought a nice home, began racing cars, and developed his photography hobby. (Michael Cartel points out in Disguise of Sanity that the diamond ring he wore was fake, his Porsche was twenty years old, and his nice home was constructed from leftover materials, so much of his glitter was a façade.) He got into real estate, which further enriched him. He had a speedboat, sporty cars, and a home with an indoor-outdoor pool. He was known to hold some wild parties.
But he got into trouble again. In 1971, he was turned in to the police for trying to get women to pose for him in the nude. He wanted to take their photographs. He got off with a fine. Lying low for a while, he resurfaced with the police when in a home in which he was doing a renovation he forced a high school student to have oral sex. She turned him in and this time, he went to court. When asked if he was sane enough to stand trial, Earl James says in Catching Serial Killers that he told the judge he was masturbating twice a week to the mental image of raping a girl. He did not think what he had done to the girl was wrong.
A doctor who examined him said that he was not safe in an unstructured environment. He and another psychiatrist recommended supervised treatment. Wilder tried to get his lawyer to make a deal, but the case went to trial. Nevertheless, a jury acquitted him.
His next act, three years later, was outright rape. He adopted the name “David Pierce” to approach two girls in a shopping center, posing as a photographer who needed models for a job he had under contract. One went with him and he drugged her and forced her to have sex in his truck. She turned him in. But he plea-bargained the charges down to probation with therapy. At that time he claimed he suffered from blackouts on weekends. He was scheduled to see a sex therapist, who over the months of treatment believed he made progress.
Wilder returned to Australia to see his parents, but he did not stay out of trouble. In 1982, he was accused of grabbing two fifteen-year-old girls from a beach and forcing them to pose without clothes for photographs. Cartel says that he bound them into subservient positions and masturbated over them. He let them go and they went to the police.
His parents posted his substantial bail and he was allowed to return to Florida until his trial, set five months away. Then it was postponed, and postponed again, and by the time his hearings were finally scheduled for April of 1984, he wasn’t an easy man to find. Had even one of these judges understood the danger of this sexual predator, he might have been stopped before so many girls died.On the Run
“This case contains several lessons which are significant to those called upon to investigate serial murders, “ writes Earl James. He devotes a chapter to the Wilder case because it was an example of a man who traveled thousands of miles and whose behaviors were novel and extraordinarily depraved. In particular, he notes, investigators must be vigilant when they suspect someone of such crimes, because these men will get others to lie for them and establish phony alibis.
James believes that the police involved should have asked Wilder to take a polygraph in the Kenyon case rather than just accept his version of events. It was a mistake that allowed this man to get away. They had enough on him to make the request and not doing so was a serious misstep. It was also a mistake not to place him under surveillance the instant a link between the two missing women was suspected.
Almost right away, it’s suspected that he picked up a girl in Merritt Square shopping mall on Sunday, the day after he left, by luring her with the promise of a modeling career—her ultimate ambition.
Terry Ferguson, 21, was from Satellite Beach, Florida, two hours north of where Wilder had departed. She was not far from home when she disappeared, and she was last seen at several different stores in the mall. Her stepfather found her car still parked there. An hour after she was last seen, Wilder called for a tow truck to come to a state road near Canaveral Groves to pull his car out of the sand. It was a lovers’ lane, but he was alone. He claimed he had gotten lost. He paid for the tow with his business partner’s stolen credit card. Once free, he was on his way.
Five days later on March 23, a female body was found about 70 miles west of Terry Ferguson’s hometown, dumped in a snake-infested canal. The body was identified from dental charts as Terry. Once the story ran in the local newspaper, a witness came forward to say that she had seen the long-haired brunette talking to a tall older man. Looking through mug shots, without hesitation she picked out Wilder as the man with whom Terry had been speaking. But he was now long gone and had even killed again.
Yet in his self-destructive drive, he made a serious mistake.Shock Treatments
His next victim was from Tallahassee, but he had grabbed her on March 20 from a shopping mall near Florida State University. Leaving her in a motel, he had driven her car to various places before abandoning it, and then had taken her across the Florida state line into Bainbridge, Georgia, close to Louisiana. Only 19, she was blond and pretty. She had fallen for his line and made herself vulnerable. Instead of photographing her as promised, he tortured her, and from her the police were able to learn a more detailed version of Wilder’s peculiar modus operandi.
Around 11:00 that night, she screamed at the motel, waking other overnight guests. A man intent on locating the source of the distress passed by another man with a suitcase who was rushing out. The stranger in a hurry excused himself, speaking in a foreign accent. He sped out of the parking lot as if to escape someone. And the screams had stopped, so there was no way to find the room from which they had originated.
However, the girl eventually found her way to the night manager’s desk. He was stunned to see her standing there, wrapped only in a sheet, her hair soaked in blood. Something was wrong with her eyes, but she urged him to call the police immediately, so he did. He called an ambulance as well, and they were able to determine that this girl’s eyelids had been glued shut, and they found bruises all over her body.
The motel clerk supplied the police with the name of the man who had registered for the room, paying with cash and using a Florida driver’s license. He was in his mid-to-late thirties, around six feet tall, deeply tanned, and physically fit. He had thinning brown hair and a trimmed beard.
A search of the room revealed that while the man may have packed quickly, he had taken anything that could have helped them to identify him. Yet there were bloodstains on the wall, duct tape on the floor, and an indication that someone had used the bed. It was time to speak to the girl.
At the hospital, she told police officers that she had been shopping at a mall near where she went to college and was in the parking lot when the man had approached her. He told her that he was a photographer looking for a model to pose for him. She need only go with him to a nearby park, with no obligation. He told her she had a fresh face and she was just the type he was seeking. He would pay her $25 for less than an hour.
He seemed sincere and credible. He was well dressed, in a pin-stripe suit and was not at all pushy. She had hesitated for a moment, but then decided to go along with him. At his car, he’d shown her some fashion magazines and claimed that several of the impressive photos were his work.
Something told this girl not to go with him, so she thanked him and declined. At that moment, he punched her hard in the stomach. Then he hit her in the face and pushed her into his car. She couldn’t breathe, let alone struggle, and he was already in the car and driving fast before she got her bearings. When he stopped near a wooded area, he placed duct tape over her mouth and bound her hands together. A little farther away, he stopped again and placed her in the trunk of his sedan. She lay there, bound and gagged, for hours while the man drove to an unknown destination. When he finally stopped, he opened the trunk, wrapped her in a sleeping blanket, and carried her over his shoulder into a motel room. She had no idea where they were or what he might do next.
The man said that if she did not remain quiet, he would kill her. Then he began to subject her to torture. Cartel says that he intended to keep her there and torture her over a period of several days.
He made her undress and then lay down next to her and masturbated. (James says he also shaved off her pubic hair and Cartel adds that he put a knife to her groin to see how she would react.) Then he made her perform sexual acts, and finally he raped her twice. All this time, he was watching the television. She hoped this might be all he would do, but apparently he had decided to make things more interesting for himself. He pulled out an electrical cord, which appeared to have been cut in the middle and fashioned for some specific purpose. There was even a switch. She found out what this contraption was for when he applied two open copper wires to her flesh and used the cord to painfully shock her feet.
Afterward, he used a bottle of Superglue with an applicator to force her eyes shut, then used a blow dryer to try to harden it. He did a poor job of it, since she managed to see what he was doing through tiny slits.
He turned the channels until he found an aerobics show, and then ordered his abductee to get up and dance in the way the women were dancing on the tube. She could barely see, but she complied. Her feet were still wired, so when she did not perform as he wanted, he shocked her into obedience.
The television seemed to mesmerize him. After a while, he stopped paying attention to her and remained glued to the screen. She thought she might be able to escape, so she moved toward the bathroom. He came at her, grabbing a hairdryer to hit her in the head. He had told her that if she tried to escape, he would kill her and now she faced that possibility. The girl was terrified. Nevertheless, she struggled with him and managed to get into the bathroom and lock the door. Her eye had been gouged and was bleeding, but for the moment she was safe. She turned around to the wall that was shared between rooms and pounded, screaming as loudly as she could.
She heard fumbling in the room and then the door slam closed. She prayed that he was gone. Yet she waited fully half an hour before she dared to venture out to see. She hoped her screams had frightened him. When she cracked open the door, sure enough, he had packed his “toys” and left. He’d even taken her clothes. But she thought he might still come back, so she ran out, grabbed a bed sheet to cover herself, and went in search of help.
Wilder Wanted poster
At any moment, she knew, she might still encounter her captor, and he could still kill her. Yet to her relief, she made it to the motel office without being stopped.
After she told her story, the sheriff issued notices to all patrol cars to be on the lookout for a cream-colored Chrysler sedan, and sent bulletins to neighboring states. They also sent a notice to the FBI, since with a kidnapping they could now step in. In fact, they had already been on the case while Wilder was still in Florida.
Aware of the two missing girls in Florida, they gave this incident a lot of attention. Christopher Wilder, a convicted sex offender, was a very dangerous man, and he was desperate. Yet despite his knowledge that the law was after him, he was clearly unafraid of approaching and grabbing girls along the way.
No one spotted the car. Wilder managed to get to Texas, where he found his next victim.Frenzy
Terry Diane Walden, a 24-year-old nurse from Beaumont and mother of two, told her husband on March 21 that a bearded older man had approached her and asked if she would pose for him as a model. She had turned him down, but he had asked her to go with him to his car to see some samples of his work. She requested quite firmly that he leave her alone. Then two days later on Friday, she disappeared. Her husband failed to make the connection at first.
A friend had seen her around 11:30 that morning, hurrying through the student union at the college where she took classes, and her orange Mercury Cougar was gone from where she usually parked it. Her frantic family went through the weekend trying to locate her.
Then on Monday morning, March 26, a worker found her floating facedown in a canal near a dam. She was fully clothed. The pathologist found that she had been tied up with different types of rope at one point, gagged with tape, and stabbed multiple times, but there was no indication of sexual assault.
Forty detectives were assigned to the case. They found a strip of duct tape in the water, footprints nearby, and tire tracks, but could not find Terry’s car.
The FBI came in to help. They knew that Wilder had stolen license plates in Baton Rouge shortly before to place on his Chrysler. He had stayed at a motel near Beaumont where he had registered under his partner’s name, L.K. Kimbrell. Terry’s husband supplied a description of the man who had approached her, and it matched Wilder. Then his abandoned Chrysler, sans plates, was located. It appeared that he had removed the stolen plates from his car and had probably put them on Terry’s. At least they knew the car he was using, and the license plate number. But he had a head start. By then he’d reached Nevada, via Oklahoma and Colorado. Reports of missing women were turning up almost daily.
On March 25, Wilder had grabbed Suzanne Logan, 21, from an Oklahoma City shopping mall, where she had driven after dropping her husband off at work. Because she did not keep an appointment that afternoon or pick her husband up, he reported her missing. On the same day that Terry Walden was discovered, a fisherman found Logan floating in a reservoir. Unlike Walden, she had been tortured and raped before she was stabbed to death. Some of her clothes had been removed, James says, and her face was badly bruised. She also had small cuts on her back, as if stabbed superficially with a knife. Her pubic hair was shaved and her long blond locks had been snipped off. Eventually a maid found her hair in a wastebasket at a motel. Logan had likely been lured by her interest in modeling, and Gibney says she had been dead less than an hour when she was found, but was not identified for over a week.
Shortly after this grisly discovery, but in Colorado, blonde Sheryl Bonaventura, 18, was kidnapped from a Grand Junction mall, and a witness described a bearded, well-dressed man who looked like Wilder talking with her. He had wandered through the mall, soliciting women for photographs and modeling jobs. Someone had seen him with Sheryl, a girl who’d already done some modeling and hoped to do more. She had likely been an easy mark for him. Her Mazda was left in the parking lot, locked, with her sunglasses inside. With a nationwide alert now targeting Christopher Wilder as a fugitive and predator of pretty girls, this missing-persons report received immediate attention.
A waitress later said she had spotted Sheryl on the same day she disappeared having lunch in Silverton, Colorado, a hundred miles away, with a man who looked like Wilder. She had given her name to the waitress and told her they were heading for Vegas. Another teenage girl had eaten lunch and left the restaurant with them as well.
Wilder and company spent the night in a motel in Durango and went into Las Vegas, but that was the end of the ride for Sheryl. Wilder was already scouting out his next prey.
She disappeared from Las Vegas on April Fool’s Day. Only 17 but highly photogenic, Michelle Korfman had been in a fashion show sponsored by Seventeen magazine, and a photograph examined later showed Wilder in attendance, smiling broadly as he watched her. She wanted to be a model. It probably wasn’t difficult for him to persuade her to accompany him, or at least to listen to him until he had her at a disadvantage. Witnesses saw them leave together, and other people recall him approaching a number of women that day about modeling. Eight turned him down, but some had agreed to meet him in front of Caesar’s Palace. He had not shown up. Michelle’s car was found, which meant that Wilder was still driving the orange Mercury.
On April 3, the FBI placed Wilder on their Ten Most Wanted list, and the intensive manhunt picked up steam.A Profile
At the time the Behavioral Science Unit had been in operation for six years, with John Douglas as chief, and the agents were developing the computer database known as ViCAP. They had gone out to a number of locations to assist with serial crimes like rape and murder, and now they had Christopher Wilder to consider. In Human Monsters, David Everitt points out that this was the same month in which Henry Lee Lucas was convicted of murder in Texas, after confessing to hundreds across several states.
In Wilder’s case, they knew who the perpetrator was, they just did not know where he was or where he would strike next on his path of death. Several times, they arrived at a motel or restaurant within hours of his departure. He kept stealing license plates and driving in erratic directions. He was exceedingly difficult to predict.
While they judged him to be a classic serial killer, in retrospect there are many criminologists who classify him as a spree killer. Yet if he had killed the two women he had abducted in Florida and had continued in that pattern, without getting nervous and running, then he would be a serial killer. There was some evidence later that he might have killed several years before.
He was compulsive about killing. It was a sexual addiction. He was a charming white male in his 30s, spurred by sexual fantasies and excited by a certain type of victim—in this case, beautiful young women who could be models. Hence, he was dubbed “The Beauty Queen Killer.” He was highly mobile, willing to drive long distances to keep doing what he was doing. James says “It is not unusual for a serial killer to drive between 100,000 and 200,000 miles in a year.”
Putting him on the Ten Most Wanted list generated more publicity about him countrywide and made it clear that catching him was an urgent matter. Everitt says the FBI did not want to reveal many details of Wilder’s brutality for fear of inspiring copycat crimes. Authorities monitored the use of the credit cards Wilder had stolen from his partner, but it was still difficult to determine where he was going. They expected that at some point he would try leaving the country.
The best bet for him was Mexico, since that government would not extradite a man who might face the death penalty or life without parole, as Wilder surely would do. At the very least, it would take years.
To try to get a better sense of Wilder’s personality, people who knew him were interviewed. His business partner said that he spent a lot of time watching television, because he didn’t have much else to do, while others claimed that beautiful women went to his home in droves. He even had a girlfriend who could not believe the charges, although she recalled several strange incidents. Once Wilder had commanded her to leave his home, fearing he might hurt her, and another time, she had woken up to find him at the foot of her bed. He claimed he did not know how he had gotten there or why. Someone brought forward photographs that Wilder had left for developing, which included women he did not know and prepubescent children. He had told his girlfriend that his photography hobby was a sickness, but he had to do it.
In Florida, the manager of a dating service offered a tape that Wilder had made in 1981. He talked a lot about himself on the tape and said that he wanted a long relationship but not marriage. He was seeking “depth and sincerity.” He also indicated that he preferred women in their early 20s. The FBI broadcast the tape to help women who were approached by him to see him for what he was. He could be anywhere, and any pretty woman was a potential victim. There were a lot of shopping malls around the country, and one thing they knew for sure was that he would not stop abducting and killing pretty girls until he was caught.Younger Victims
A sixteen-year-old girl, Tina Marie, had filled out a job application at Hickory Farms, north of Torrance, California. Wilder had followed her into the store and on their way outside he offered her $100 to pose for him. He was shooting a billboard, he said, and she would be seen for miles around. What he needed, however, were a few test rolls.
Apparently she did pose for some photos for him, but after one roll, she told him she had to go home. To her surprise, he grew angry. He pulled out a revolver and stuck the barrel into her mouth. He then said, “Your modeling days are over.”
Binding her, he put her into his car—still the stolen one from Texas—and drove with her for over two hundred miles to El Centro, California. There he already had a motel room, and he took her inside. He tied her to the bed and attacked her. Yet he did not kill her.
“It has been speculated,” says Michael Cartel, “that Wilder stopped short of killing [her] because he believed she was robotic enough to help him capture other victims.”
A missing-persons report was filed right away. She had family and a boyfriend who insisted she would not have run away. She clearly had been at Hickory Farms. From there, no one knew where she had gone, but she had not come home. The store manager identified Christopher Wilder as the man he had seen approach her.
Wilder and his captive now turned and drove east. They stayed in Taos, New Mexico, on April 7. He began to spot newspaper articles about him wherever he went, and the videotape from the dating service was broadcast on television. Now millions of people would know him on sight. They knew what kind of car he was driving.
Yet that did not stop him.
The next girl was also sixteen. Dawnette Wilt was filling out a form at a store in Gary, Indiana, when another girl interrupted her, introduced herself as Tina Marie Wilder, and asked her to step outside the store to speak to the manager. That turned out to be Wilder. He had forced one victim to lure yet another, and he grabbed Dawnette and used a gun to force her into the car. He placed duct tape over both her eyes and mouth. Since he had a driver—Tina Marie, who had already been assaulted—he was free to torment and rape Dawnette in the car.
They stopped at a hotel in Ohio, where Dawnette was treated to Wilder’s special torture device, and then they all drove across Pennsylvania to New York State. Tina Marie and Wilder took photographs at Niagara Falls before they went to Rochester, New York for the night. There, Dawnette was raped and tortured once again. Wilder warned both girls that if they tried to draw attention to themselves or to escape, he would kill them. They believed him, and while he took three or four showers each day, they remained in the various rooms.
When Wilder saw on television an appeal for Tina Marie’s return, he drove them both away and then took Dawnette out into the woods near Penn Yan. He tried to suffocate her, but she struggled so much he could not get a grip. So he took out his knife and stabbed her, front and back. She pretended to be dead, so he left her there and walked back to the car. When she knew he was gone, she struggled to her feet and walked out to a road where she found someone who would take her to a hospital. She told the police that Wilder was driving the Mercury Cougar and was heading toward Canada. He had told the girls that he would not be taken alive.
Even so, he wasn’t so desperate yet that he didn’t have time to go for yet another victim. At Eastview Mall near Victor, New York, he had Tina Marie persuade 33-year-old Beth Dodge, who was getting out of a gold Pontiac Trans-Am, to come over to their car. Wilder forced her inside and took her car keys. He had Tina Marie drive the Trans-Am, following him. When Wilder found a deserted gravel pit, he made the woman get out and he shot her in the back. He left the Mercury there and took the Trans-Am.
Wilder seemed to know his time was just about up. He drove to Boston’s Logan Airport, gave Tina Marie enough money to fly back home and get a cab, and they parted ways. In Los Angeles, she later said that he had expressed a desire that she not be with him when he died.
She barely got away with her life, and even boarding the plane, she said, she believed she would be shot in the back. Oddly, when she arrived in Los Angeles, she asked the cab driver to take her to a lingerie store first. She spoke to the sales manager and told her that Wilder had cut her hair short to make her look like the girl in the movie Flashdance. Then some friends saw her and took her to the police.
Cornering the Killer
On April 13, Wilder tried to grab another girl. He saw a nineteen-year-old by the side of the road whose car had broken down. Wilder offered to give her a lift to get gas, but when he passed the gas station, she knew something was up. She insisted he stop, so he pulled out a gun. However, he had to slow down in one place, and she grabbed the opportunity to open the door and leap out. Rolling away, she managed to escape.
Wilder dumped several articles, such as his camera, suitcase and things he’d taken from the victims, and then drove into New Hampshire. At a service station in Colebrook, New Hampshire, about twelve miles from the Canadian border, he drew the attention of two state troopers. (Newton says they had recognized the car from FBI descriptions, Gibney says they knew it from recent news reports, while Cartel says they thought Wilder was acting strangely enough to investigate.). They looked at him as he stood talking to the attendant and thought he looked like the guy on the FBI posters, sans beard. His tan indicated he was not from around there.
The troopers pulled in and got out of their car. They called out to him, and he dove inside the vehicle, apparently going for a gun. In the scuffle, one trooper, Leo Jellison, jumped on his back, grabbing for the .357 Magnum, and two shots were fired. One went through Wilder into the trooper’s chest, lodging in his liver. The second went into Wilder’s heart, obliterating it. He died on the spot.
It was Friday the 13th. It had been 47 days since the first reported disappearance and he had spent twenty-six days on the run. His luck had just run out.
Found in his possession, as listed by both James and Gibney, were the .357 revolver, extra ammunition, handcuffs, rolls of duct tape, rope, a sleeping bag, his business partner’s credit card, the specially designed electrical cord for stunning the women he picked up, and a novel by British author John Fowles called The Collector.
Published in 1963, this story features a lonely entomologist who collects butterflies and who also captures and imprisons a pretty art student named Miranda. He keeps her in his basement. Seeing nothing wrong with what he has done, he treats her well, expecting that this will eventually win her love, and willingly gives her anything she wants, except her freedom. While she grows to need his attention, since he’s the only person she ever sees, she also views him as evil for his imprisonment of her. Nevertheless, she belongs to him, and this fantasy is not uncommon among sadists.
Among those who hoped to create sexual slaves were Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered seventeen men; Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, who tortured and killed an unknown number of people, and others who actually imprisoned women for sex for long stretches of time but did not kill them. One woman was kept in a box for seven years.
Therapists who had treated Wilder over a period of time knew that he loved this book and had practically memorized it. For him it had been the ultimate fantasy.
But now he would have no more chances to make it come true.
Yet Wilder’s wretched tale did not end there. Six days after the autopsy, New Hampshire pathologist Robert Christie took a phone call from a man claiming to be from Harvard. According to Newton, this man said that Harvard wanted Wilder’s brain for study. He agreed, in the interest of science, but he wanted a formal written request. It never materialized, and when he phoned Harvard, no one there admitted to making any such call.
Even as Wilder was cremated in Florida, there were many questions concerning the whereabouts of some of his victims. The families of the missing were sick with grief that they might never find their daughters.
Yet gradually, a few more were located and identified.Retrospect
On May 3, over a month after she had disappeared, Sheryl Bonaventura was found under a tree in Utah. She had been killed with a gun and also stabbed. Her time of death was estimated at around March 31, two days after she was spotted with Wilder in a restaurant. Eight days later, in the Angeles National Forest, Michelle Korfman was discovered. She was badly decomposed and it took almost a month to notify her family of the identification. Neither of the two girls who had disappeared in Florida, triggering Wilder’s spree, were ever found.
Some women who were murdered in places where he was known to have been on those dates were tentatively linked to him as well, particularly in Las Vegas. A couple of girls identified him from mug shots as the man who had grabbed them in Boynton Beach, Florida in 1983 and forced them to perform oral sex on him. They were ten and twelve.
Even in Australia, he was linked to numerous incidents of sexual molestation and two deaths. In 1965, two decades before his final run, two young women had accompanied a man matching Wilder’s description to a beach near Sydney, and they were both found raped, strangled, and placed in a shallow grave.
Two more girls had been grabbed at malls in Florida. One was stabbed to death and the other was never found. Several sets of skeletal remains were found near property that Wilder owned, and one woman was estimated to have been dead for several years.
In other places where Wilder was seen, girls disappeared. Some were found dead, others disappeared altogether.
Officer Jellison recovered from his wounds and was happy to know the identity of the man he had stopped from escaping into Canada. Thanks to him, it was the end of the line for Christopher Bernard Wilder, who left an estate estimated as being worth between half a million and almost two million.
While he’s credited with eight victims, he’s tentatively linked to so many others that it’s impossible to know the final count of his victims.
Since he died as an apparent suicide, Earl James suggests that when the police began to close in on him, he had already decided to kill himself. However, he wanted a final spree before doing so. Yet given the fact that he went to California and then New Hampshire, it seems more likely that he was trying to flee to another country. He got fairly close to the Mexican border, but something must have made him decide to turn around and go back across country. James believes his intent to cross into Canada is unlikely, since he didn’t choose a populated place to do so. But when he died, he was ten minutes from the border.
Some authors call him a nomadic killer, as if he chose to go from place to place as Ted Bundy did. However, that seems to be a mistaken notion as well. He certainly had learned in Australia that one way to elude a trial was to just leave the country. It was also clear to him in Florida that he would have to leave the state. He’s less the intentional nomad and more likely a killer on the run who grabbed opportunities to rape and kill as he saw them.
He also demonstrates the fact that some serial killers use different methods to kill. He used suffocation, stabbing, and shooting. One victim was both stabbed and shot. Several were let go. Many were tortured, but some were merely killed for their cars. Some were left in rivers, some in rest areas, and one in a gravel pit. Yet he kept his victim type relatively stable.
Psychologist Al C. Carlisle believes that serial killers have a divided personality. Wilder certainly exhibited a good side that fooled people, Carlisle points out, and a bad side that harmed them. He was able to maintain a public persona of an upstanding citizen and run a successful business, even as he entertained and acted out his darker fantasies. As each one was played out, and as life became more disappointing, Wilder’s fantasies became more violent. Nevertheless, Carlisle admits, “the pathological process that leads to the development of an obsessive appetite (and possibly an addiction) to kill is still one of the most perplexing psychological mysteries yet to be solved.”Photo Gallery
Christopher Wilder – The Beauty Queen Killer
Dawnette Wilt, victim
Beth Dodge, victim
Terry Ferguson, victim
Sheryl Bonaventura, victim
Terry Walden, victim
FBI Wanted poster for Christopher Wilder
Top 10 Evil Serial KillersWARNING: This article contains descriptions of murders and links to photographs of the victims bodies. These are not just the standard notorious murderers; these are some of the most horrific killers to have been found guilty of their crimes. They are on this list either because of the nature of their crime, or the sheer number of their killings. Graphic images are marked with [!]. In no particular order:
1. Gilles de Rais, Born 1404 [Crimelibrary]
Gilles de Rais (a French nobleman) is considered to be the precursor to the modern serial killer. Before he began his killing spree, he rode as a military captain in the army lead by St Joan of Arc – though it is unlikely that she knew him. He was accused and ultimately convicted of torturing, raping and murdering dozens, if not hundreds, of young children, mainly boys.
According to surviving accounts, Rais lured children, mainly young boys who were blond haired and blue eyed (as he had been as a child), to his residences, and raped, tortured and mutilated them, often ejaculating, perhaps via masturbation, over the dying victim. He and his accomplices would then set up the severed heads of the children in order to judge which was the most fair. The precise number of Rais’s victims is not known, as most of the bodies were burned or buried. The number of murders is generally placed between 80 and 200; a few have conjectured numbers upwards of 600. The victims ranged in age from six to eighteen and included both sexes. Although Rais preferred boys, he would make do with young girls if circumstances required.
At the transcript of the trial, one of Gilles servants Henriet (an accomplice to his crimes) described the actions of his master, which were essentially:
Henriet soon began to collect children for his master, and was present whilst he massacred them. They were murdered invariably in one room at Machecoul. The marshal used to bathe in their blood; he was fond of making Gilles do Sillé, Pontou, or Henriet torture them, and he experienced intense pleasure in seeing them in their agonies. But his great passion was to welter in their blood. His servants would stab a child in the jugular vein, and let the blood squirt over him. The room was often steeped in blood. When the horrible deed was done, and the child was dead, the marshal would be filled with grief for what he had done, and would toss weeping and praying on a bed, or recite fervent prayers and litanies on his knees, whilst his servants washed the floor, and burned in the huge fireplace the bodies of the murdered children. With the bodies were burned the clothes and everything that had belonged to the little victims. An insupportable odour filled the room, but the Maréchal do Retz inhaled it with delight
Images: Castle of Machecoul
2. Richard Trenton Chase, Born 1950 [Crimelibrary]
Richard Trenton Chase (May 23, 1950 – December 26, 1980) was an American serial killer who killed six people in the span of a month in California. He earned the nickname The Vampire of Sacramento due to his drinking of his victims’ blood and his cannibalism. He did this as part of a delusion that he needed to prevent Nazis from turning his blood into powder via poison they had planted beneath his soap dish.
On December 29, 1977, Chase killed his first victim in a drive-by shooting, Ambrose Griffin, a 51-year-old engineer and father of two. Chase’s next victim was Teresa Wallin. Three months pregnant, Teresa was surprised at her home by Chase, who shot her three times, killing her. He then had sex with the corpse and mutilated it, bathing in the dead woman’s blood. On January 27, Chase committed his final murders. Entering the home of 38-year-old Evelyn Miroth, he encountered her neighbor, Don Meredith, who he shot with the same .22 handgun. Stealing Meredith’s wallet and car keys, he rampaged through the house, fatally shooting Evelyn Miroth, her 6-year-old son Jason, and Miroth’s 22-month-old nephew, David. As with Teresa Wallin, Chase engaged in necrophilia and cannibalism with Miroth’s corpse. Chase returned to his home, where he drank David’s blood and ate several of the infant’s internal organs before disposing of the body at a nearby church. A witness saw him leaving the scene where he left perfect fingerprints and shoe-prints – leading to his arrest.
On May 8 Chase was found guilty of six counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to die in the gas chamber. Waiting to die, Chase became a feared presence in prison; the other inmates (including several gang members), aware of the graphic and bizarre nature of his crimes, feared him, and according to prison officials, they often tried to convince Chase to commit suicide. On December 26, 1980, a guard doing cell checks found Chase lying awkwardly on his bed, not breathing. An autopsy determined that he committed suicide with an overdose of prison doctor-prescribed antidepressants that he had been saving up over the last few weeks.
Images: [!] A victim
3. Jeffrey Dahmer, Born 1960 [Crimelibrary]
Dahmer murdered at least 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with the majority of the murders occurring between 1989 and 1991. His murders were particularly gruesome, involving acts of forced sodomy, necrophilia, dismemberment, and cannibalism. Dahmer committed his first murder when he was 18, killing Steven Hicks, a 19 year-old hitchhiker. Dahmer invited Hicks to his house, and killed him because he “didn’t want him to leave.”
On September 25, 1988, he was arrested for sexually fondling a 13-year-old Laotian boy in Milwaukee, for which he served 10 months of a one year sentence in a work release camp. However, in 1988 there was not yet a law requiring offenders to register when convicted of a sex crime against a minor. He convinced the judge that he needed therapy, and he was released with a five-year probation on good behavior. Shortly thereafter, he began a string of murders that would end with his arrest in 1991.
In the early morning hours of May 27, 1991, 14-year-old Milwaukee Laotian Konerak Sinthasomphone (the younger brother of the boy Dahmer had molested) was discovered on the street, wandering nude. Reports of the boy’s injuries varied. Dahmer told police that they had an argument while drinking, and that Sinthasomphone was his 19 year-old lover. Against the teenager’s protests, police turned him over to Dahmer. They had no suspicions, but reported smelling a strange scent. That scent was later found to be bodies in the back of his room. Later that night Dahmer killed and dismembered Sinthasomphone, keeping his skull as a souvenir. By the summer of 1991, Dahmer was murdering approximately one person each week.
On July 22, 1991, Dahmer lured another man, Tracy (Traci) Edwards, into his home. According to the would-be victim, Dahmer struggled with Edwards in order to handcuff him. Edwards escaped and alerted a police car, with the handcuffs still hanging from one hand. Edwards led police back to Dahmer’s apartment. The story of Dahmer’s arrest and the gruesome inventory in his apartment quickly gained notoriety: several corpses were stored in acid-filled vats, severed heads were found in his refrigerator, and implements for the construction of an altar of candles and human skulls were found in his closet. Accusations soon surfaced that Dahmer had practiced necrophilia, cannibalism, and possibly a form of trepanation in order to create so-called “zombies.”
The court found Dahmer guilty on 15 counts of murder and sentenced him to 15 life terms, totalling 937 years in prison. At his sentencing hearing, Dahmer expressed remorse for his actions, also saying that he wished for his own death. On November 28, 1994, Dahmer and another inmate named Jesse Anderson were beaten to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver while on work detail in the prison gym. Dahmer died from severe head trauma in the ambulance en route to the hospital.
Images: [!] A victim, [!] Parts of another victim
4. Albert Fish, Born 1870 [Crimelibrary]
Albert Fish, also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria and possibly the Brooklyn Vampire, boasted that he molested over 100 children, and was a suspect in at least five killings. Fish confessed to three murders that police were able to trace to a known homicide, and confessed to stabbing at least two other people. He was put on trial for the murder of Grace Budd, and was convicted and executed.
Fish was visited in prison by the mother of his victim Billy Gaffney to get more details about the death of her son. Fish said:
[I c]ut one of my belts in half, slit these halves in six strips about 8 inches long. I whipped his bare behind till the blood ran from his legs. I cut off his ears, nose, slit his mouth from ear to ear. Gouged out his eyes. He was dead then. I stuck the knife in his belly and held my mouth to his body and drank his blood. I picked up four old potato sacks and gathered a pile of stones. Then I cut him up. I had a grip with me. I put his nose, ears and a few slices of his belly in the grip. Then I cut him through the middle of his body. Just below the belly button. Then through his legs about 2 inches below his behind. I put this in my grip with a lot of paper. I cut off the head, feet, arms, hands and the legs below the knee.
In addition to this horrifying description, Fish confessed to eating parts of Billy:
I made a stew out of his ears, nose, pieces of his face and belly. I put onions, carrots, turnips, celery, salt and pepper. It was good. Then I split the cheeks of his behind open, cut off his monkey and pee wees and washed them first. I put strips of bacon on each cheek of his behind and put them in the oven. Then I picked 4 onions and when the meat had roasted about 1/4 hour, I poured about a pint of water over it for gravy and put in the onions. At frequent intervals I basted his behind with a wooden spoon. So the meat would be nice and juicy. In about 2 hours, it was nice and brown, cooked through. I never ate any roast turkey that tasted half as good as his sweet fat little behind did.
At his trial, several psychiatrists testified about Fish’s sexual fetishes, including coprophilia, urophilia, pedophilia and masochism. X-rays of Fish’s pelvis show needles which he inserted in to his skin for sexual pleasure.
Images: X-Ray of Fish’s pelvis, Closer view of the X-Ray, Cottage where one murder took place
5. Andrei Chikatilo, Born 1936 [Crimelibrary]
Andrei Chikatilo was a Ukrainian serial killer, nicknamed the Butcher of Rostov and ‘The Red Ripper.’ He was convicted of the murder of 53 women and children between 1978 and 1990. In 1978, Chikatilo moved to Shakhty, a small coal mining town near Rostov, where he committed his first documented murder. On December 22, he lured a nine-year-old girl to an old house which he bought in secret from his family and attempted to rape her. When the girl struggled, he stabbed her to death. He ejaculated in the process of knifing the child, and from then on he was only able to achieve sexual arousal and orgasm through stabbing and slashing women and children to death. Despite evidence linking Chikatilo to the girl’s death, a young man, Alexsandr Kravchenko, was arrested and later tried and executed for the crime.
He established a pattern of approaching runaways and young vagrants at bus or railway stations and enticing them to leave. A quick trip into a nearby forest was the scene for the victim’s death. In 1983, he did not kill until June, but then he murdered four victims before September. The victims were all women and children. The adult females were often prostitutes or homeless tramps who could be lured with promises of alcohol or money. Chikatilo would usually attempt intercourse with these victims, but would usually be unable to get an erection, which would send him into a murderous fury. The child victims were of both sexes, and Chikatilo would lure them away with his friendly, talkative manner by promising them toys or candy. In the USSR at the time, reports of crimes like child rape and serial murder were often suppressed by the state-controlled media, as such crimes were regarded as being common only in “hedonistic capitalist nations.”
In 1988 Chikatilo resumed killing, generally keeping his activities far from the Rostov area. He murdered a woman in Krasny-Sulin in April and went on to kill another eight people that year, including two victims in Shakhty. Again there was a long lapse before Chikatilo resumed killing, murdering seven boys and two women between January and November of 1990. He was finally caught when trying to approach young children whilst under police surveillance. He went to trial on April 14, 1992. Despite his odd and disruptive behavior in court, he was judged fit to stand trial. During the trial he was famously kept in a cage in the center of the courtroom; it was constructed for his own protection from the relatives of the deceased. The trial had a very disturbing atmosphere. The relatives kept shouting threats and insults to Chikatilo, demanding the authorities to release him so that they could execute him on their own. He was found guilty of 52 of the 53 murders and sentenced to death for each offense.
He was executed by firing squad (shot in the back of the head) on February 14, 1994 after Russian president Boris Yeltsin refused a last ditch appeal by Chikatilo for clemency.
Images: [!] Head of a victim, [!] Body of a victim
6. Joachim Kroll, Born 1933 [Crimelibrary]
Kroll was a German serial killer and cannibal. He was known as the Ruhr Cannibal (Ruhrkannibale), and the Duisburg Man-Eater (Duisburger Menschenfresser). He was convicted of eight murders but confessed to a total of 13.
On July 3, 1976, Kroll was arrested for kidnapping and killing a four-year-old girl named Marion Ketter. As police went from home to home, a neighbor approached a policeman and told him that the waste-pipe in his apartment building had blocked up, and when he had asked his neighbor, Kroll, whether he knew what had been blocking the pipe, Kroll had simply replied; “Guts”. Upon this report, the police went up to Kroll’s apartment and found the body of the Ketter girl cut up: some parts were in the fridge, a hand was cooking in a pan of boiling water and the intestines were found stuck in the waste-pipe.
Kroll said that he often sliced portions of flesh from his victims to cook and eat them, claiming that he did this to save on his grocery bills. In custody, he believed that he was going to get a simple operation to cure him of his homicidal urges and would then be released from prison. Instead he was charged with eight murders and one attempted murder. In April 1982, after a 151-day trial, he was convicted on all counts and was given nine life sentences.
He died of a heart attack in 1991 in the prison of Rheinbach, near Bonn.
7. Dennis Rader, Born 1945 [Crimelibrary]
Rader is an American serial killer who murdered at least 10 people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita), Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. He was known as the BTK killer (or the BTK strangler), which stands for Bind, Torture and Kill, an apt description of his modus operandi. Letters were written soon after the killings to police and to local news outlets, boasting of the crimes and knowledge of details. After a long hiatus these letters resumed in 2004, leading to his arrest in 2005 and subsequent conviction.
Using personal jargon for his killing equipment, Rader casually described his victims as his “projects” and at one point likened his murders to euthanizing animals by saying he “put them down.” Rader created what he called a “hit kit,” a briefcase or bowling bag containing the items he would use during murders: guns, tape, rope and handcuffs. He also packed what he called “hit clothes” that he would wear for the crimes and then dispose of. Rader bound, tortured, and killed his victims. Rader would strangle his victims until they lost consciousness, then let them revive, then strangle them again. He would repeat the pattern over and over again, forcing them to experience near-death, becoming sexually aroused at the sight of their struggles. Finally, Rader would strangle them to death and masturbate to ejaculation into an article of their clothing, usually underwear.
Rader was particularly known for sending taunting letters to police and newspapers. There were several communications from BTK during 1974 to 1979. The first was a letter that had been stashed in an engineering book in the Wichita Public Library in October 1974 that described in detail the killing of the Otero family in January of that year. In early 1978 he sent another letter to television station KAKE in Wichita claiming responsibility for the murders of the Oteros, Shirley Vian, Nancy Fox and another unidentified victim assumed to be Kathryn Bright. He suggested a number of possible names for himself, including the one that stuck: BTK
A sample of one of his letters:
The victims are tie up-most have been women-phone cut- bring some bondage mater sadist tendencies-no struggle, outside the death spot-no wintness except the Vain’s Kids. They were very lucky; a phone call save them. I was go-ng to tape the boys and put plastics bag over there head like I did Joseph, and Shirley. And then hang the girl. God-oh God what a beautiful sexual relief that would been. Josephine, when I hung her really turn me on; her pleading for mercy then the rope took whole, she helpless; staring at me with wide terror fill eyes the rope getting tighter-tighter.
Rader plead guilty and was sentenced to life in prison – a sentence he is currently still serving.
Images: [!] Bound neck of victim, [!] Body of another victim, [!] Clothed body of bound victim, [!] Bound in grave
8. John Haigh, Born 1909 [Crimelibrary]
John George Haigh (July 24, 1909 — August 10, 1949), the “Acid Bath Murderer”, was a serial killer in England during the 1940s. He was convicted of the murders of six people, although he claimed to have killed a total of nine, dissolving their bodies in sulphuric acid before forging papers in order to sell their possessions and collect substantial sums of money. He acted under the mistaken belief that police needed a body before they could bring a charge of murder. As a consequence, he was convicted through forensic evidence and executed on August 10, 1949.
After hiring rooms in Glouster Road, London, he bumped into an old wealthy boss William McSwann in the Goat pub in Kensington. McSwann introduced Haigh to his parents, Donald and Amy, who mentioned that they had invested in property. On 6 September, 1944, McSwann disappeared. Haigh later said he hit him over the head after luring him into a basement at 79 Gloucester Road, London SW7. He then put McSwann’s body into a 40-gallon drum and tipped sulphuric acid on to it. Two days later he returned to find the body had become sludge, which he poured down a manhole.
He told McSwann’s parents their son had fled to Scotland to avoid being called up for military service. Haigh then took over McSwann’s and when Don and Amy become curious about why their son had not returned after the war was coming to an end, he murdered them too. On July 2, 1945, he lured them to Gloucester Road and disposed of them.
Detectives soon discovered Haigh’s record of theft and fraud and searched the workshop. Police not only found Haigh’s attaché case containing a dry cleaner’s receipt for Mrs Durand-Deacon’s coat, but also papers referring to the Hendersons and McSwanns. Further investigation of the sludge at the workshop by the pathologist Keith Simpson revealed three human gallstones.
It was reported that Haigh, in the condemned cell at Wandsworth Prison, asked one of his jailers, Jack Morwood, whether it would be possible to have a trial run of his hanging so everything would run smoothly. It is likely his request went no further, or, if it did, the request was denied. Whatever the case, Haigh was led to the gallows by Chief Executioner Albert Pierrepoint on August 10, 1949.
9. Javed Iqbal, Born 1956 [Crimelibrary]
Javed Iqbal Mughal (1956?-2001) was a serial killer from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. He claimed he killed 100 boys during an 18 month period. He had been arrested in June 1998 for sexually abusing 2 boys for money. He went off on bail, and began murdering boys shortly afterwards. Iqbal found boys on the street, charmed them into his confidence, and then drugged, raped, and strangled them. He then cut the body into pieces and put them in a vat filled with hydrochloric acid. Once all of the remains were liquified, he dumped them. He first used the sewer, until neighbors complained of an acrid stench. He then decided to use the Ravi River. The partially liquified remains of two boys, one of whom was named Ijaz, were the only ones found of Iqbal’s victims. He kept the rest in an acid drum outside his house. He also kept clothing and shoes as trophies of his crimes. When he got to his fiftieth victim, he started taking pictures of them.
No one had noticed the disappearance of the boys that Iqbal killed. Iqbal claimed that he could have killed 500 if he had wanted to. He reportedly said “I am Javed Iqbal, killer of 100 children … I hate this world, I am not ashamed of my action and I am ready to die. I have no regrets. I killed 100 children.”
From a letter written by Iqbal:
“I had sexually assaulted 100 children before killing them,” read the first placard. “All the details of the murders are contained in the diary and the 32-page notebook that have been placed in the room and had also been sent to the authorities. This is my confessional statement.”
Iqbal was sentenced to death by hanging, although the judge said he would have liked Iqbal to be strangled 100 times, cut into 100 pieces, and put him in acid. Before this sentence could be carried out, he was found strangled with his bed sheets in his prison cell on October 7, 2001. One of his accomplices, Sajid, was also strangled. Pakistani authorities say that the men committed suicide. Another accomplice had previously fallen to his death from a CIA window.
10. Ted Bundy, Born 1946 [Crimelibrary]
heodore Robert ‘Ted’ Bundy (November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) is one of the most infamous serial killers in U.S. history. Bundy raped and murdered scores of young women across the United States between 1974 and 1978. After more than a decade of vigorous denials, Bundy eventually confessed to 30 murders, although the actual total of victims remains unknown. Typically, Bundy would rape then murder his victims by bludgeoning, and sometimes by strangulation. He also engaged in necrophilia.
He would approach a potential victim in a public place, even in daylight or in a crowd, as when he abducted Ott and Naslund at Lake Sammamish or when he kidnapped Leach from her school. Bundy had various ways of gaining a victim’s trust. Sometimes, he would feign injury, wearing his arm in a sling or wearing a fake cast, as in the murders of Hawkins, Rancourt, Ott, Naslund, and Cunningham. At other times Bundy would impersonate an authority figure; he pretended to be a policeman when approaching Carol DaRonch. The day before he killed Kimberly Leach, Bundy approached another young Florida girl pretending to be “Richard Burton, Fire Department,” but left hurriedly after her older brother arrived.
After luring a victim to his car, Bundy would hit her in the head with a crowbar he had placed underneath his Volkswagen or hidden inside it. Every recovered skull, except for that of Kimberly Leach, showed signs of blunt force trauma. Bundy often would drink alcohol prior to finding a victim.
On death row, Bundy admitted to decapitating at least a dozen of his victims with a hacksaw. He kept the severed heads later found on Taylor Mountain in his room or apartment for some time before finally disposing of them. Bundy also confessed to visiting his victims’ bodies over and over again at the Taylor Mountain body dump site. He stated that he would lie with them for hours, applying makeup to their corpses and having sex with their decomposing bodies until putrefaction forced him to abandon the remains.
Despite having five court-appointed lawyers, he insisted on acting as his own attorney and even cross-examined witnesses, including the police officer who had discovered Margaret Bowman’s body. The Judge, when passing sentence said:
“It is ordered that you be put to death by a current of electricity, that current be passed through your body until you are dead. Take care of yourself, young man. I say that to you sincerely; take care of yourself, please. It is an utter tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity as I’ve experienced in this courtroom. You’re an intelligent young man. You’d have made a good lawyer, and I would have loved to have you practice in front of me, but you went another way, partner. Take care of yourself. I don’t feel any animosity toward you. I want you to know that. Once again, take care of yourself.”
Bundy was executed in the Electric Chair at 7:06 a.m. local time on January 24, 1989. His last words were “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”
Images: [!] Head of a victim, [!] Another victim, [!] Bundy after his execution
Notable mentions: John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, Herman MudgettSerial Killers
On this page you will find some basic information on the charachteristics, and motives of a serial killer.
I will also be listing some of the most prolific serial killers, and the methods they used to kill thier victims.
I will be adding to this list frequently. What can I say?…To many serial killers…to little time! So come back often for updates, and enjoy!
Charachteristics of a Serial Killer.
Kills are seperate, often escalating over a period of time, sometimes years, and will continue until the killer is taken into custody, or dies.
Killing tends to be one on one. Although there have been instances where a serial killer has killed more than one at a time.
There is no (or very little) connection between the perpitrator and the victim.
Although there may be a “pattern” or “victim trait”, individual murders with in a series rarely display a clearly defined or rational motive.
Motives of a Serial Killer.
Visionaries: Acts in responce to voices and is instructed by these voices to perform the act of murder. These killers are usually schitzophrenic and psycotic.
Missionaries: They think it is their responsibility to rid society of unwanted elements.
Hedontist: Kill because murder causes them pleasure.
Lust Killers: Kills for sexual gratification with acts that are usually sadistic.
Thrill Killers: Kill for a desire for a thrill or experience.
Gain Killers: Kills for personal gain. The killer premeditates the act to require financial gain or materialistic goods.
Power Seekers: Kills for the desire to have control over the life and death of others.
The Serial Killers.
Ed Gien: Kills 2+
Ed Gein grew up with a dominating mother. When she died he masterbated over her dead body. This is where it all started. Ed Gein participated in grave robbing and a strange type of transvestite necrophilia. He would carve out the genitalia of female cadavers and wear them over his own. Ed Gein found uses for all parts of the anatomy. He had a belt made of nipples, a skin vest that he would wear, mobiles made out of noses, skulls on his bed posts, cranial bowls for soup, drums made out of skin, etc…Although Gein was only linked to 2 murders (although linked to many more) few other serial killers lived up to the same degree of wierdness.
Jeffrey Dahmer: Kills 17
As a kid, Dahmer liked to torture and kill little animals. As an adult he did the same to humans. He would lure gay, black men to his apartment, kill them, and have them for dinner. He would have sex with the corpses (and always wore a condom). He enjoyed sex with the dead better because they couldn’t get up and leave. He would experiment with different ways of disposing of his victims remains. When captured police found three dissolving bodies in fifty-five gallon acid vats in the bathroom. They also found four severed heads, seven skulls, skeletons in the closet, and a penis in a lobster pot. They also found a heart in the freezer. Dahmer was ironically murdered in prison by another inmate. His brain was preserved, at the request of his mother, for future study.
John Wayne Gacy: Kills 33
This sadistic child molester liked to entertain boys privately in a very different fashion. A typical organized killer, he had all aspects of the murder worked out before each kill. Once he entered his murderous fantasy, he would let loose. He enjoyed hand cuffing his victims, anally raping them, beating them to a pulp, reciting verses from the bible, and then strangling them to death. Thirty bodies were found burned in the crawl space underneath his house. In prison, John started a new career as an artist, painting mostly colorful clown pictures, which have been shown in galleries nationwide. He was executed by lethal injection in 1994.
Ted Bundy: Kills 22+
The posterboy of the serial killer community. He was handsome, charming, and deadlier than a rattlesnake. This law student and Young Republican liked to wear an arm sling to appear vulnerable, and to get woman to help him with his grocieries. He favored killing pretty, dark-haired, cheerleader types. He would rape and bludgeon them to death. He was also fond of biting them. The bite marks on one of his victims was used as evidence against him at his trial. Bundy was fried by the state of Florida in 1989.
Zodiac Killer: Kills 37+
The elusive Zodiac is the most prolific killer in California. The Zodiac, a killer obssessed with publicity, sent twenty-one letters to various news papers boasting of his crimes. He obtained his astral moniker after he scribbled zodiac signs around several of his crime scenes. He started his killing spree in 1966 and faded around 1974. The survivors from his attacks have described him as a heavy set man with glasses, and red hair. In one of his letters he explained that he killed “because it is so much fun”. His master plan was to collect “slaves for the afterlife”. Now some believe that Zodiac moved to New York where he continues with his deadly forays.
Albert DeSalvo (The Boston Strangler): Kills 13
The Boston Strangler began murdering in 1962. At first he only killed elderly woman. He would rape and strangle them. Sometimes he would shove foriegn objects like bottles or broomsticks into the womans vagina. He would always leave a “signiture” at the murder scene. His “signiture” was tying a stocking or ribbon (the murder weapon) around the womans neck. Towards the end of 1962 he began preying on young woman. These new victims lead to new methods of murder. In one instance he stabbed a woman two dozen times. DeSalvo was sent to a mental institution for a short period. He was institutionalized for all of the rapes he committed NOT the murders. While in the mental institution he bragged about the murders. It was then that authorities realized who DeSalvo really was. DeSalvo was never convicted of the murders. He was given a life sentance for the rapes. In 1973 he was stabbed to death by a fellow inmate.
Jack the Ripper: Kills 5
Jack the Ripper is one of the most infamous killers of all time. The murders began in 1888, in the Whitechappel section of London. Murders here were not uncommon. It was the brutallity of these murders that brought it attention. A prostitute named Mary Ann Nicholis was found butchered. Her body was left lying in the gutter. Her throat had been slashed, nearly severing her head. A slash through her stomach and vagina had been mutilated. The next body was found about a week later. Her head was almost completly severed and she was evicerated. A while later police recieved a letter bragging about the murders, it was signed “Jack the Ripper”. A few weeks later Jack had a committed a double murder. His first victim had her throat slashed, yet Jack was frightened away by an oncomming wagon. Later that night he captured another prostitute. He slashed her throat, slit her from froin to breast bone, removed her organs, and took her kidney. His last murder was the most grisly of all. Jack encountered yet another prostitute and she brought him home. In the bed he slashed her throat, cut off her nose, removed her breasts, evicerated her, and carved flesh off of her legs. Jacks murders ended there, he was never heard of again. He was never caught.