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We have a serial killer and not enough cops to find him....

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Boyd, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009

    Mike Brunker
    Projects Team editor
    updated 8/7/2010 1:16:27 PM ET

    The already shorthanded police department in Flint, Mich., has a big problem on its hands — a serial killer who is roaming the streets at night and randomly and repeatedly knifing lone men he encounters.

    At least 13 men — all but one African-Americans — have been stabbed repeatedly by a young, muscular white man since mid-May, and five of them have died from their wounds, according to police in the financially strapped auto manufacturing city. Ten of the attacks have occurred in Flint, with the other three taking place in nearby townships.
    The Michigan State Police released a sketch of the attacker on Friday — a lightly goateed man shown wearing a white T-shirt and baseball cap and sporting a stud in his left ear.
    City officials have not labeled the attacks as racial in nature, though they say that there does appear to be a pattern in the selection of victims, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday. In addition to being black, most of the victims have been old, disabled, small of stature or otherwise vulnerable, it said.
    Flint police said the victims were all outside alone at night. Survivors have said the attacker approached them under the pretense of needing directions or help with a broken-down vehicle.

    "He then pulls a knife and attacks them without saying anything more," Flint police Lt. T.P Johnson told The Associated Press on Friday.

    Detectives have been investigating the attacks since they started, but a pattern only became apparent on Tuesday, a day after 49-year-old Arnold Minor was found slain along a Flint street, Johnson said. That led to the announcement that a serial killer might be on the prowl in the working-class city ravaged by economic turmoil, budget problems and police layoffs.

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
  3. As a law enforcement employee who hasn't had a raise in more than three years now, I'll say these stories are all too common. Recently, a small city in Texas completely CLOSED its police department. No mo' po' po'. They now rely on the county sheriffs office who can, at times, have more than an hour response time. Y'all still want that tax cut?
  4. JetBlack

    JetBlack Songster

    Apr 19, 2010
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Quote:Yike. Very unusual for a serial killer too. He is attacking those who have little chance to defend themselves so there's an element of his own sense of helplessness in there. He is afraid of getting injured by someone who can fight back. Sounds like he parks and then goes walking around to find a victim. Hope they catch him, but that kind of cowardice... he'll probably kill himself, or at least try, before the cops can cuff him.
  5. JetBlack

    JetBlack Songster

    Apr 19, 2010
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Quote:Well, if there's no police, there had better not be any taxes at all [​IMG]
  6. I agree. We are living in scary and tragic times. And, while I am usually an optimistic person, I think the worst is yet to come. People are desperate, mental disease is rampant, help is almost non-existant for the poor, jobs are being taken away every month, leaving more families in desperate situations . . .people blame certain people for their plight, and think someone is going to pay. . .its a vicious cycle. I do hope they catch this guy; I wouldn't want to be a cop for anything in this day and age. Underpaid, underappreciated, and no respect. I live in a relatively safe area, crime is low, rarely have a murder although that has changed a little bit over the last 5 years, and we gently poke fun at some of our local cops, because they are not in good physical condition, or very meek and mild, but when the chips are down, they really do come through and do a good job. It's our ambulance service that worries us the most . . .some of them are real ding dongs and scary to think they are taking care of someone we love when they are hurt or sick. Sad times.

    Boyd, how far do you live from where this is happening?
  7. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    A friend of mine now is on the Detroit police force and although he doesn't talk about it, I'm sure he has some stories. I'm about 80 miles north of Flint, but this still worries me.

  8. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    Be careful!!!

  9. nonseq

    nonseq Songster

    Sep 16, 2009
    Central Ohio
    That's a terrible story.

    On the topic of taxes, you get what you pay for....
  10. Royd

    Royd Songster

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    Yet, the cops, in our area, can sit in a schoolyard, in the summer, no less, early on a Sat. or Sunday morning, waiting for someone to break the posted 35 MPH speed limit. Nothing but a self perpetuating, money grubbing, money grabbing machine, IMHO.

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