Monday, January 9, 2017

Tammy Eveans Corbett, Ultra-Creepy Serial Killer – Illinois, 1989


Tammy Eveans was always seen by her husband as a devoted mother. Yet he knew she was a  habitual liar and that she had faked a suicide attempt on her honeymoon and after arrest fabricated rape stories, or more properly, a single rape story that she offered in three radically different versions.

“At different times during their marriage, defendant gave three different versions of being raped when she was younger. First, she claimed before they were married, she had been raped by her boyfriend. Later she claimed she had been grabbed as she was getting into her car, dragged to an apartment, and raped by a man who looked vaguely familiar. Later her story was the same as the second version, except this time the rapist was a black man.” [1-4-96; Illinois v. T. Eveans]

It was the supposed emotional trauma from supposed rape that became Tammy’s exculpatory claim she used to explain what she asserted was the accidental death of her 3-year-old son in 1989. Tammy delivered the story to her sister, Mary Corbett (26), telling her “she was napping with her son when she had a nightmare about being raped, thought she was defending herself against the rapist and awoke to find her son dead beside her.” [2-4-93, SLPD]

It was of the third of her children to die in her care, the previous deaths, in 1987 and 1988, were not treated as homicide cases. The first, that of Robert, 56-days-old, was seen as an accident, the baby having died from a skull fracture due to “a fall.” The second, that of Amy, 16-days-old, was attributed to the non-explanation pseudo-diagnosis that was current at the time, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), meaning in reality, simply this: “nobody has any idea how the baby died.”

It was only after the 1989 death by smothering of 3-year-old Richard Eavens, Jr. and subsequent murder conviction that she admitted to the two earlier killings. Testimony made it clear that her motive was to exact revenge on her husband, a painter, who worked long hours to support his young family. Tammy resented not getting more attention.

Tammy, in explaining the death of her daughter, employed another “dream story” to explain odd circumstances surrounding baby Amy’s death, claiming he had gotten up unusually early because “she was having a dream in which Amy’s name had replaced Robert’s on his tombstone.” [2-2-93, SLPD]

It was during a visit to his wife in the county jail that the father learned that his wife had murdered all three of his children. “Richard Eveans quoted his wife as saying that after she killed Amy, she laughed real loud, like a witch, and she couldn’t understand why.” [2-2-93, SLPD]

Tammy, according to testimony, told Richard “that she knew what she was doing when she killed each child and that she could have stopped herself.” She added the chilling detail that “she had looked into their son’s eyes while she held her hand over his mouth . . . telling him “His eyes were saying, ‘Help me mommy.’” [9-22-90, SLPD]

In 1993 trial testimony one witness, Gina Eveans, disclosed that at the hospital in 1987 about a week before baby Robert died, “she heard Corbett say as she stood over his crib, “Don’t worry, baby, I got even.” [2-3-93, SLPD]

At the same trial for the two newly discovered murders the daughter of Richard Eavans told of a harrowing story of what she had witnessed and heard. The girl, 12 at the time of the trial, said she was afraid to tell anyone because she feared Tammy “would get her.”

The girl told of how when she was “was staying with her father and Corbett on two separate occasions she saw Corbett hold her hand over their mouths of Robert and Amy. Authorities have requested that the girl remain unidentified. Both babies had reacted by kicking and struggling. . . . When Corbett put her had over Robert’s mouth, she said. “This is for you Ricky [Richard Eveans Sr.].” The girl told her father that moments before Tammy smothered the 3-year-old that she said something like “You’re going to die,” or “I hope you die.” [9-22-90, SLPD]

In 1990 Tammy Corbett, in a plea agreement, was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole for the murder of Richard, Jr., a sentence Richard Eveans found unreasonable in its mildness. “She killed all three my kids,” he explained. Justice was served when in 1993, she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murders of Robert and Amy. The verdict was guilty but mentally ill, and it was this mitigating factor that saved her from the death sentence the prosecutor had sought.

[by Robert St. Estephe, Jan. 9, 2017]

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Sources:
[Charles Bosworth, Jr., “Sentence Upsets Father; Long Term Sought In Children’s Deaths,: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.), Sep. 22, 1990, p. 1]
[Charles Bosworth, Jr., “Mother Slew for Attention, Prosecutor Says,” St. Louis Post Dispatch (Mo.), Feb. 2, 1993, p. 4A]
[Charles Bosworth, Jr., “Corbett’s Stepdaughter Testifies Of Foreshadowing Of 2 Deaths,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.), Feb. 3, 1993, p;. 8A]
[01/04/96; People State Illinois V. Tammy L. Eveans, Appellate Court Of Illinois, Fourth District, January 4, 1996; The People Of  The State Of Illinois, Plaintiff-Appellee, V. Tammy L. Eveans, A/K/A Tammy L. Corbett, Defendant-Appellant.]

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FULL TEXT: A 12-year old girl fought back tears Tuesday as she described watching Tammy Corbett hold her hand over the mouths of her two mouths of her two infants in frightening incidents well before the mysterious deaths of of both babies.

The girl, Corbett’s stepdaughter, also told Circuit Judge Joseph P. Koval of Macoupin County that she heard Corbrett say something like “Die, Ricky” or “You’re going to die” in “a mean voice” on the day that she has admitted smothering her other child, Richard Eveans Jr., on his third birthday in July 1989.

Corbett, 27, of Brighton, is being tried before Koval without a jury on two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of her 56-day-old son, Robert Eveans, in September 1987, and her 16-day-old daughter, Amy, in September 1988.

She already is serving 20 years after pleading guilty but mentally ill for smothering Richard Eveans Jr. Corbett agreed that she held her hand over the boy’s mouth until he died.

State’s Attorney Vince Moreth said Monday that Corbett was so addicted to attention that she killed her children to get sympathy.

Moreth and Corbett also was trying to get back at her then-husband, Richard Eveans Sr., for spending too much time on his painting business.

Moreth was expected to rest his case this morning: he said he would seek the death penalty if Corbett is convicted.

Richard Eveans Sr., testified Monday that Corbett admitted to him that she killed all three of her children.

One of Corbett’s attorneys, Michael Burton of St. Louis, said the defense would show that Corbett’s mental condition prevented her from forming the intent to commit murder.

Burton and defense attorney Arthur S. Margulis of Clayton said they had yet to decide whether Corbett would testify.

Richard Eveans’ daughter from a previous marriage testified Tuesday that she was staying with her father and Corbett on two separate occasions she saw Corbett hold her hand over their mouths of Robert and Amy. Authorities have requested that the girl remain unidentified.

Both babies had reacted by kicking and struggling, the girl testified as she wiped away her tears.

When Corbett put her had over Robert’s mouth, she said. “This is for you Ricky [Richard Eveans Sr.],” the girl testified.

The girl did not explain the remark.

The girl testified that she asked Corbett what she was doing to Robert, and she said she was trying to get him to be quiet.

The girl she said she was afraid to tell anyone what happened until Corbett had been arrested. The girl said she hid after she saw what Corbett did to Amy “because I was afraid she was going to get me.”

Under cross-examination by Burton, the girl said she still loved Corbett and had sent letters and cards to her in jail.

Gina Eveans, who is married to Richard Eveans’ brother, testified Tuesday that Corbett had several times that she would get even with Richard Eveans for spending too much time away from home.

Gina Eveans said that she went to the hospital when Robert was admitted, about a week before he died, and heard Corbett say as she stood over his crib, “Don’t worry, baby, I got even.”

[Charles Bosworth, Jr., “Corbett’s Stepdaughter Testifies Of Foreshadowing Of 2 Deaths,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Mo.), Feb. 3, 1993, p;. 8A]

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CHRONOLOGY
Oct. 2, 1965 – Tammy Corbett born. Grew up in South St. Louis.
1986 – Married Richard Eavens; having met in 1985 through friends.
Jul. 19, 1986 – Richard Eveans Jr., born.
July 31, 1987 –  Robert Eveans born.
Sep. (date?), 1987 – Robert Eveans stops breathing and is sent to hospital.
Sep. 25, 1987 – Robert Eveans (7 weeks old; 56 days), murdered; dies due to a skull fracture resulting in meningitis.
Aug. 16, 1988 – Amy Cecille Eveans, born.
Sep. 1, 1988 – Amy Cecile Eveans (16 days old), was murdered. It was ruled that her death was caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Jul. 19, 1989 Richard Eveans Jr. 3-year-old son, smothered on his birthday, pronounced dead at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton.
Aug. 10, 1989 – Corbett is arrested for the murder of her son Richard Eveans Jr.
Date? 1989/90 – In Jersey County Jail in Jerseyville, Tammy admits to the two previous killings.
Nov. 1989 – “Lynn Chism, an acquaintance of defendant, had a phone conversation with defendant in November 1989, while defendant was being held in jail. Chism told defendant she had "no doubt" defendant had killed Robert and Amy. Defendant started crying and said, "It was my hands. It wasn't me, it was my hands." However, when Chism yelled at defendant, "You killed Robbie," defendant answered, "No, Ricky." Defendant then said she "had nothing to do with killing Amy."” [01/04/96; People State Illinois V. Tammy L. Eveans]
Sep. 24, 1990 – Found guilty; 20-year sentence at the Dwight Correctional Center for murder of Richard Jr. (3).
Sep. 1990 – divorce; Tammy resumes using maiden name, Corbett.
April 1990 – “Richard visited defendant in the county jail. She admitted placing her hand over Robert's mouth and suffocating him, and placing her hand over Amy's mouth and suffocating her. Defendant said she laughed when she did this and could not understand why Richard had not awakened when she was killing Amy.” [01/04/96; People State Illinois V. Tammy L. Eveans]
Summer 1990 – Charles Enneian met defendant while a fellow inmate at the Jersey County jail. In a telephone conversation with her in the summer of 1990, she told him "when Amy and Robbie died, they both kicked their legs real hard like a little baby would kick their legs trying to swim in the water." Defendant also recounted a rape when she was younger by a white man who dragged her from her car to an apartment. [01/04/96; People State Illinois V. Tammy L. Eveans]
Apr.1991 – While in prison Corbett is charged with the murders of her other two children
Feb. 2, 1993 – stepdaughter’s (12; age 9? At time of events) harrowing testimony.
Feb. 5, 1993 – TC was found guilty but mentally ill for murders of Robert and Amy.
Feb. 10, 1993 – TC sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Apr. 19, 1995 – appeal hearing; question of whether admission of husband’s testimony was proper.
Jan. 4, 1996 – Primary murder convictions upheld on appeal.
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For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mary E. Hartman, Insane California Serial Killer - 1930


FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 3): Discovery of arsenic in the vital organs of Ruth Hartman, 14-year-old Long Beach girl who died on the 14th inst., supposedly the victim of ptomaine poisoning, led yesterday to the detention of her widowed mother by Long Beach police for questioning. The mother, Mrs. Mary Hartman, was taken in custody following interrogation at the grounds of Detective Sergeants La Baron and Wood.

Search of the Hartman home last night by Detectives Le Baron and Wood led to the finding in the medicine chest of two unlabeled packages which contain a white powder similar in appearance to arsenic. A similar package containing apparently the same sort of powder was found on Mrs. Hartman when she was searched at the police station. The powder in the three packages will be analyzed at once, it was said last night.

Questioning of Mrs. Hartman and her subsequent arrest as a suspect, came as the joint result of a request made by Coroner Nance that an inquiry be conducted into the previous deaths, under more or less mysterious circumstances, of the woman’s husband and son. Coroner Nance asked for the inquiry when he learned from Surgeon Wagner that chemical analysis of the dead girl’s organs had revealed traces of arsenical poisoning.

~ EXHUME BODIES TODAY

Accordingly, under direction of the District Attorney’s office, the bodies of O. B. Hartman. 47, the husband, and Henry A. Hartman, 22, his son, will be exhumed today from their graves in Sunnyside Cemetery, Long Beach, where the former has lain more than two years and the latter nearly a year. The vital organs of  are to be turned over to the County Autopsy  Surgeon for chemical analysis aimed at determining whether they also contain any form of metallic poisoning.

Investigation of the girl’s death death and its consequent order for the double exhumation, according to Detective Sergeants Le Baron and Wood, are the result of insistent requests by other members of her family, in which intimate friends joined. Harking back to the deaths of her father and brother, they recalled that each had been marked by unusual circumstances, although neither had resulted in official investigation.


~ DEATH LAID TO ASSAULT

O. B. Hartman died in the family home at 1726 Lime avenue, Long Beach, October 10, 1927. A month before, it was recalled, he had been struck on the head while asleep, the murderous attack occurring a few days after the killing of a neighbor by a pants burglar. His death, coming suddenly and after the wound had healed, was attributed at the time to after-effects of the nocturnal assault.

Early in June, 1929, Henry A. Hartman announced that he was about to marry, and a few days later he was stricken suddenly with what was diagnosed as ptomaine poisoning. He was taken to a Long Beach hospital, where he died on June 9. An official post-mortem was performed by hospital pathologists to satisfy their curiosity, according to the Long Beach police, but it failed to disclose anything of a suspicious nature.

Ruth Hartman’s death on the 14th inst. also at first was attributed to ptomaine poisoning. Last month the girl and her mother were seized with an illness after partaking of hamburger in the Long Beach amusement zone. Mrs. Hartman recovered the following day, but the girl suffered about two weeks before being pronounced out of danger. Then, on the verge of complete recovery, she had a relapse  and died in the hospital.

A post-mortem at the Cleveland mortuary, according to the detectives, revealed indications of poisoning, and at the insistence of friends the vital organs were sent here yesterday for a chemical analysis. When County Autopsy Surgeon Wagner reported his finding of arsenic traces in the tissues, Coroner Nance asked the District Attorney’s office to order the exhumation.

~ ALL CARRIED INSURANCE

The three dead persons all carried insurance policies, the father’s being for $1000, the son’s for $2700 and the daughter’s for $1000. According to Detectives Le Baron and Wood the policies were payable to Mrs. Hartman. The officers also state investigation to date shows that shortly before his death Henry wished to let his policy lapse but that his mother dissuaded him and paid the premium.

Besides Mrs. Hartman. there are two surviving members of the family, one married daughter, and an unmarried daughter, Nettie, 19, a stenographer employed in a physician’s office. The Hartmans have lived in Long Beach about twenty years, the father having been employed as a carpenter’s helper.

An additional touch of mystery was given the case yesterday when Nettie Hartman told the detectives that recently she has received from an anonymous sender thirty pound boxes of candy and numerous boxes of cut flowers. Each gift was accompanied by a white card, blank except for the presence of a question mark.

[“Mother Held for Quiz in Long Beach Poison Death Investigation – Girl’s Viscera Shoe Arsenic – Bodies of Father and Also Brother to be Exhumed – Police Say Insurance of All Payable to Woman – Mystery Surrounded Sudden Passing of Both Men,” Los Angeles Times (Ca.), Apr. 24, 1930, part II, p. 2]

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FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 3): Long Beach, Ca., April 25. – Bodies of the husband and son of Mrs. Mary Hartman, to-day were being examined for traces of poison in connection with an alleged insurance swindle, despite denial of the woman that she had anything to do with their deaths.

Exhumation of the body of O. B. Hartman, 47, who died in 1927, and of his son, Henry Hartman, 22, who died a year ago, was ordered yesterday following the discovery of poison in the vital organs of Ruth Hartman, 22, who died a year ago, was ordered yesterday following the discovery of poison in the vital organs of Ruth Hartman, 14, Mrs. Hartman’s daughter, who died two weeks ago.

Mrs. Hartman, beneficiary of insurance policies held by the three members of her family, is being held pending to-day’s autopsy. Alienists who have observed the woman expressed the belief she was unbalanced mentally.

To all questions she made no reply except: “I love them; how could I have killed them?”

[“Exhume Bodies For Poison In Alleged Swindle – Woman Denies She Killed Three to Collect Life Insurance,” Harrisburg Telegraph (Pa.), Apr. 25, 1930, p. 9]

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FULL TEXT (Article 3 of 3): Mrs. Mary Hartman of Long Beach, suspected of the arsenic murder of her husband, son and daughter, will not be tried on the charges, but will be confined to the Patton State Hospital as an insane person. Daniel Beecher, chief of the District Attorney’s trial department, announced yesterday.

Mrs. Hartman was found insane by Superior Judge Gould at a hearing of the insanity Commission: The decision was based on the testimony of Dr. Martin Carter and Dr. S. D. Ingraham, who examined the woman.

According to Dep. Dist.-Atty. Beecher, a chemical examination of the bodies of Olaf Hartman, the woman’s husband, who died October 15, 1927; Henry Hartman, a son, 22 years of age, who died June 12, 1929, and Ruth Hartman, a daughter, who died April 24, last, disclosed the presence of sufficient arsenic in each case to cause death. Chemists also found arsenic in Mrs. Hartman’s hair, Beecher said.

The woman was arrested last April shortly after her daughter’s death, and was held for questioning. Later it was decided to test her sanity.

[“Hartman Charge Dropped – Woman Will be Put in Asylum Instead of Facing Trial on Triple Murder Accusation,” Los Angeles Times (Ca.), Jun. 3, 1930, part II, p. 12]

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Victims:

Oct. 15, 1927 – Olaff B. Hartman (“Cliff” incorrectly) – husband, 47, died.
Jun. 12, 1929 – Henry A. Hartman, 22, son, died.
April 14 , 1930 – Ruth Hartman, 14, daughter, died.

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[Source for headline used in image: “Woman Held For Inquiry Into Deaths of Husband, Child,” The Vidette-Messenger (In.), Apr. 24, 1930, p. 1]

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Linda Downes, Serial Baby-Killing Mom – England, 1638


Depositions of Linda Downes of Colchester, Essex, accused of a series of three infanticides, were taken on Nov. 12, 1638. Most modern descriptions of the case do not state the woman’s name.

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EXCERPT (1 of 3): Colchester was notorious in late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth-century England as the site of a multiple infanticide case: in the late 1630s, one of its inhabitants “buried one child, poisoned another, [and] smothered a third – all of them illegitimate. During a series of depositions following her crimes, she confessed to trying first to abort her children with the help of her lover, who “by phisick [had] often assayed to destroy the same child within her,” but did not succeed.

[Lisa Zunshine, Bastards and Foundlings: Illegitimacy in Eighteenth-century England, 2005, Ohio State UP, p. 51]

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EXCERPT (2 of 3): Similarly, Linda Downes at Colchester in Essex had tried ‘savin and physick’, in vain, to end her pregnancy in 1638. [Note 10: Cressy, Birth, Marriage, and Death, p. 49.]

[Caitlin Scott, “Birth Control and Conceptions of Pregnancy in Seventeenth-Century England,” Retrospectives 2, Spring 2013]

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EXCERPT (3 of 3): Thus a Colchester woman who was made pregnant in the mid-seventeenth century took 'savin' and other 'phisick', but neither was successful. When she again conceived illegitimately, her lover, an amateur physician, 'by phisick often assayed to destroy the same child within her', but again unsuccessfully.(28: The whole extraordinary set of depositions is contained in a set of examinations taken on 12 November 1638, in the Colchester Examination Book for 1619-45, at County Hall, Colchester. I am grateful to Mr J. A. Sharpe of the University of York for the reference.) [From: Peter Laslett, Karla Oosterveen and Richard M.Smith (eds.), Bastardy and its Comparative  History (Arnold, 1980); p.71: Alan Macfarlane, “Illegitimacy and illegitimates in English history.”]

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For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sarah Silverman is a Big Fat Liar


Sarah Silverman is a purveyor of Social Justice Marxism propagandistic lies. This Neo-Marxist authoritarian hate cult is steeped in superstitions derived from authoritarian philosophers.

Her claim that “all serial killers are white guys” is not her own invention. It is a claim that originated in the indoctrination programs that were once, before they were taken over by authoritarian social engineers, institutions of higher education.

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To disabuse yourself of this "gender studies"  indoctrination, see these 101-level educational posts and start becoming familiar with some politically incorrect facts about serial killers:



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Friday, December 30, 2016

Claudia Ochoa Felix, La Emperatriz de Los Ántrax – Murder Squad Maven – Mexico, 2014


Claudia Ochoa Felix is known as the Mexican Kim Kardashian, and also as the Empress of Anthroax (a cartel death squad, “La Emperatriz de Los Ántrax”).

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EXCERPT: Claudia has reportedly become the new head of the world’s most ruthless hit squad Los Ántrax, responsible for hundreds of bloody murders as the deadly Sinaloa drug cartel’s elite contract killer squad. The Mexican gang is known to US intelligence as “the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organisation”, its hitmen feared as the planet’s deadliest. In recent years they were linked to three frozen bodies hung from a bridge, eight people shot playing volleyball and a gun battle with rivals which left 30 dead.

[O]n social media sites . . . she regularly posted pictures of herself in stilettos, caressing her custom-made pink AK-47 automatic rifle, reclining among masked men and propping a deadly M16 assault rifle on her curvaceous hip.

[Christopher Bucktin, “The world's deadliest woman? Meet the 'Kim Kardashian' of Mexican organised crime,” Mirror, Jun. 14, 2014 & 6 Nov. 6, 2014]

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Wikipedia: Los Ántrax is an enforcer gang of the Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Sinaloa Cartel. The group was led by the drug lords Jesús Peña (El 20) and Rodrigo Aréchiga Gamboa (El Chino Ántrax), and they are responsible for a number of homicides and for providing armed security services to Ismael El Mayo Zambada. The gang operates in the capital city of Culiacán, Sinaloa, where its members conduct homicides and violent attacks.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Maria Gomes de Oliveira, Brazilian Serial Killer Bandit - 1938


Portuguese Wikipedia (“Maria Bonita”): Maria Gomes de Oliveira, known as Maria Bonita ( Glória, Bahia, Brazil, 8 of March of 1911 - Poço Redondo, Sergipe, 28 of July of 1938 ) was the first woman to participate in a cangaceiros group and was the companion of the most notorious cangaceiros leader, Lampião.

Daughter of María Joaquina and José Gomes, at the age of fifteen she married José Miguel da Silva, known as Zé Neném, a shoemaker. In 1929, a matrimonial dispute, he met “Lampião” who was the most famous outlaw in northeast Brazil, part of a movement known as cangaceiros, whgich on the one hand could be seen as mere bandits lawless, on the other as a rebel movements rebel seeking a change in their society.

The following year, Maria Gomes de Oliveira joined Lampião and lived with cangaceiro for 8 years, until the day of his death in Angico, Porto da Folha (28 of July of 1938), when the band was caught in a camp and Maria Bonita was beheaded. During those eight years, Maria Bonita’s won the nickname of Reina del Cangaço ("Queen of the Cangaços"). Maria had four children of whom only survived: Expedita, born September 8, 1932.

María Bonita is part of Latin American folklore, and it is common to find shops and public places baptized in honor of the Queen of Cangaço.

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English Wikipedia (EXCERPT) (“Lampião): “Captain” Virgulino Ferreira da Silva, better known as Lampião (more archaic spelling ‘Lampeão’ ( meaning “lantern” or “oil lamp”), was the most famous bandit leader of the Cangaço. Cangaço was a form of banditry endemic to the Brazilian Northeast in the 1920s and 1930s. Lampião’s exploits turned him into a ‘folk hero’, the Brazilian equivalent of Jesse James. … His enmity, once aroused, was implacable and he killed many people merely because they had an association with someone who had displeased him. He is recorded as having said “If you have to kill, kill quickly. But for me killing a thousand is just like killing one”. For the cangaceiros murder was not only casual, they took pride in their efficiency in killing. They were excellent shots and were skilled in the use of long, narrow knives (nicknamed peixeiras - “fish-filleters”) which could be used to dispatch a man quickly.

Lampião’s band attacked small towns and farms in seven states, took hostages for ransom, extorted money by threats of violence, tortured, fire-branded, and maimed; it has been claimed that they killed over 1,000 people and 5,000 head of cattle and raped over 200 women. The band fought the police over 200 times and Lampião was wounded six times.

English Wikipedia excerpt (“Lampião”): On July 28, 1938, Lampião and his band were betrayed by one of his supporters, Joca Bernardes, and were ambushed in one of his hideouts, the Angicos farm, in the state of Sergipe. A police troop, led by João Bezerra and armed with machine guns, attacked the encamped bandits at daybreak. In a brief battle, Lampião, Maria Bonita and nine of his troops were killed, some forty other members of the bandit group managed to escape. The heads of the those killed were cut off and sent to Salvador, the capital of Bahia, for examination by specialists at the State Forensic Institute. Later they were put on public exhibition in the city of Piranhas. Only after 1971 were the families of Lampião and Maria Bonita able to reclaim the preserved heads, from the museum where they had been on display, in order finally to bury them.

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[Excerpt from 2015 article]:  … Lampião and Maria Bonita [were] leaders of the cangaceiros, Brazilian outlaw men and women who inhabited the semi-arid northeastern inland area known as sertão, Lampião’s group at some point reached over one hundred men and dominated the region for almost twenty years, starting in the early 1920s and only ending with the leader’s assassination in 1938. By the time photographer and filmmaker Benjamin Abrahão took the picture in 1936, they were the Brazilian Government’s most-wanted criminals.
His and Maria Bonita’s love story made them one of the most well-known — probably the most well-known — Brazilian folk heroes. Cangaceiros are ubiquitous in popular art, the subject of clay figurines, posters, and other knick-knacks. They have also inspired pop culture abroad: Lampião appears in one of Corto Maltese’s stories, the Italian graphic novel character created by Italian Hugo Pratt in the 1970s. The group was the theme of films such as Lima Barreto’s O cangaceiro (The Bandit), from 1953, Glauber Rocha’s celebrated Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (Black God, White Devil, 1964), and Carlos Coimbra’s Lampião, o rei do cangaço, also from 1964, among many others. In 1982, their story was the theme of Globo TV series Lampião e Maria Bonita. The group apparently caused an  impression on Swiss-French poet Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961), who had a series of drawings of the group made by Brazilian artist Oswaldo Goeldi (1895-1961). In the 1950s series of paintings by Candido Portinari (1903-1962), one of Brazil’s most accomplished artists. Portinari’s paintings, however, depict the cangaceiros in drag, dull colors. Mello (2010, 48) criticized the artist because he followed images of Marxist revolutionary fighters created by Mexican muralists more than the real bandits. …
A golden ring with the name “Santinha,” Lampião’s affective nickname for Maria Bonita, was affixed to his hat.

[Mariana von Hartenthal, “The Cangaceiros: Bandits Covered in Stars and Flowers,” Invitation au Voyage, La Habana Elegante, 2015]

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Parental Alienation and the Law in 1972


This article was very widely syndicated across the US.

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FULL TEXT: “Your father is a mean, nasty man. Stay away from him or he will whip you with a great big strap.”

Laura, recently divorced, kept drumming this warning into her five-year-old son. She had been given custody of the child at the time of the divorce, and she meant to tighten her grip on him by any and all means.

Actually, her ex-husband was devoted to the boy. When he found out about Laura’s tactics, he haled [sic] her into court. The judge took the matter so seriously that he changed the custody order, transferring the boy from his mother to his father.

As a general rule, the law condemns efforts by one divorced parent to poison the mind of the child against the other. It condemns implanting in his tender mind the seeds of hate and the cankerous beginnings of malice toward those whom he should cherish.”

Likewise, the law frowns on the use of the child as a pawn in financial bargaining. For example:

A divorcee constantly belittled her ex-husband to their small daughter. But she also let him know that she would stop as soon as he agreed to a large cash settlement.

Again, a court denounced her tactics and switched custody from mother to father. The  court said she had no right to use the child as a kind of blackmail weapon for her own benefit.

Of course, in these highly emotional situations, it may be difficult for a court to separate fact from fiction. As a result, judges sometimes fall back on solutions that are admittedly less than perfect.

In another case, at the time of the divorce, custody of a child had been divided between husband and wife. Later, in a court hearing, each accused the other of “poisoning the child’s mind against me.”

After due deliberation, the court decided to leave custody just as it was – divided. Even though this meant exposing the child to parental crossfire, the court said at least it save each parent “equal time” to defend his character.

[Will Barnard (American Bar Association), syndicated, “Poisoning child’s mind not legal,” “The Family Lawyer” (column), Enquirer and News (Battle Creek, Mi.), Mar. 5, 1972, p. B-7]

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