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With only the most gut-wrenching soul-searching could anyone ever feel any modicum of sympathy for a serial killer. Their acts appall; their anarchy frightens civilized society. Aileen Wuornos, the homeless Florida prostitute and murderer of seven men, may perhaps be the only serial killer who might, however, merit a degree of compassion. The “Melbourne Hitchhiker”, as she was dubbed by the press before her discovery, may not have been a monster so much as she was a broken human being.
There's the blazing sun and scorching heat on the air once more. It only means that it's summer all over again. With the uncomfortable heat outside, it is often too difficult to decide what clothes to wear, what hairstyle or makeup to put on, or what fun things to do. Most of the time, we end up wearing shorts and sleeveless tops, putting our hair in a bun and finding ourselves swimming in the pool to cool down. Well besides these things, there are more other ways you can have fun this season. By knowing what to wear, do and put on, you can definitely have a blast this summer.
Emma Schmidt (pseudonym: Anna Ecklund) was a Midwestern American woman subjected to one of the last Catholic Church-sanctioned exorcisms in the US. She was exorcised in 1928; her case was written up and approved for publication by the Church in 1935. Elements of Emma's demonic possession case would later feature heavily in both the novel and the 1973 movie, "The Exorcist".
Bernadette Soubirous, a mid-19th century French peasant girl, had visions of the Virgin Mary on 18 occasions in a small cave near the town of Lourdes. Her religious experience led to a media storm and a religious controversy still of interest today -- can divine miracles happen?
46 years after her death, the Catholic Church beatified Bernadette, the first step toward canonization as a saint. During the years of investigation, her life and her death were examined in detail. Her body was exhumed more than once, and initially found free of advanced decomposition, a condition known as "incorruptibility".
A poor working-class widow, Mary Ann Cotton has passed into history as a vicious serial poisoner, mercilessly killing her loved ones for financial gain. She was vilified in the press most likely because of her station in life (as were more modern judicial victims, the early 1900s' Martha Rendell and the 1980s' Lindy Chamberlain of "the dingo ate my baby" infamy). Mary Ann's story, however, upon closer inspection may prove to be completely false; her execution may in fact have been one of history's more shameful miscarriages of justice.
While perhaps serial killers and their activities may be as old as humanity itself there is one case from the late 1800s from Austin, Texas, that points up the probability of nailing down America's first documented string of serial killings.