Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tamara Samsonova, Russian Serial Killer Who Dismembered Her Victims - 2015


Tamara Samsonova, 68, was arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia July 27, 2015 after her image was captured on a closed circuit security camera dragging a bag suspected of containing human body parts. The remains were presumed to be those of 79-year-old Valentina Ulanova, a paralytic  who Samsanova was the caretaker for. Ulanova’s headless body was found near a pond on Dimitrova Street in St. Petersburg.

In one of the clips from the CCTV footage, Samsonova is seen carrying a saucepan downstairs and exiting the building where the victim lived, located a few blocks from her fiend, and killer. The saucepan contained the head of Valentina.

RT News reports that: “First the upper torso, missing the head and one hand, was found wrapped in a shower curtain. Shortly afterwards a plastic bag with hips and thighs was discovered. The body had been cut into eight pieces.

Samsonova, who had recently been in a hospital receiving mental health treatment, confessed, telling police she had gotten tired of her companion. The 79-year-old had offended her, Samsonova said, for having failed to wash out the tea cups.

Police discovered diaries written by Samsonova which included entries in three languages (Russian, German English) detailing eleven dismemberment murders that took place over a span of then years. These volumes were among books on black magic and astrology. The press dubbed her the “Granny Ripper.” Others have given her the moniker of the ogress of Russian, folklore, Babushka Yaga (“Baba Yaga”).

A ‘book of spells’ with missing pages belonging to Samsonova was found by the police. Pages from the same book were found in packages containing the dismembered the remains of the 2003 murder victim.

A number of unsolved murder cases – in which victims had been dismembered, with body parts in bags found across the city – are being reinvestigated by police. The diaries are being used in attempt to match the detailed descriptions to the evidence on file. The total number of possible murders, based on the diary plus the evidence, is 13.

~ Other Murders ~

2003 – Male tenant, 44-year-old native of  Norilsk; his headless, armless and legless was found on Dimitrova Street.

2005 – Samsonova reported her husband missing in 2005. He was never found. It is suspected she murdered him. A neighbor named Maria, interviewed by reporters, told how she once asked Samsonova about the absence of her husband and was answered with: “Oh, it's very sad - he just left and disappeared.”

Samsonova confessed to murdering and dismembering another tenant (English language news reports don’t mention the year). Bags of remains were found around Frunzensky district of the city. Police say that Samsonova would drug her victims to immobilize them before murdering them.

~ Her Soviet Past ~

After the arrest, police found blood spots in her bathroom, a saw and a knife they suspect she used to cut up the corpses of her victims.

Samsonova lied to police about her background, claiming she was a retired actress and a graduate of the Vaganov Ballet Academy, when in fact she was a former Soviet “monitor” who surveilled hotel guests at the Grand Hotel Europe, which was once regarded the most luxurious hotels in the world.

The description of Samsonova’s job “monitoring” hotel guests describes what in the Soviet era was a KGB-employed prostitute. Prostitution was illegal in the Soviet era, yet prostitutes were used by the KGB as informants, assigned to hotels to collect information on foreign guests.

~ Continuing Investigation ~

On August 5, 2015 the sensational news that Samsonova may cannibalized her victims appeared in the international media. Police are giving out little about their ongoing investigation, but reports are that the woman had cut out the lungs of those she murdered and consumed the organs.

The information was given by unidentified sources in Russia’s Investigative Committee (equivalent of USA’s FBI). Forensic reports indicate that internal organs, in particular lungs, were removed from victims’ bodies.

Another sensational piece of the story is the allegation that her final victim, 79-year-old Valentina Ulanova, was still living (but drugged) when her friend and caretaker began to use a hacksaw to cut her to pieces.

Several quotations from the diaries were given to the press. Referring to a tenant to whom she had rented a spare room, she wrote: “I killed my tenant Volodya, cut him to pieces in the bathroom with a knife, put the pieces of his body in plastic bags and threw them away.”

~ Before the Court ~

When Samsonova appeared in court in the opening week of August, 2015 to face the first charges to be made against her, the murder of her friend Ulanova, the prisoner declared to Judge Roman Chebotaryov:

“I was getting ready for this court action for dozens of years. It was all done deliberately. With this last murder I closed the chapter.”

He replied: “I am asked to arrest you. What do you think?”

Her answer was: “You decide, your honor. I am guilty and I deserve a punishment.”


~ Updates ~

Investigators are now considering the number of Samsonova’s possible victims to be as many as 24.

Officials have stated that Samsonova whas been obsessed with the history of Russian male serial killer “Chikalito,” a cannibal who, over a period of 12 years murdered at least 52, mostl;y (or all?) woman. Marina Krivenko, a neighbor who has known Samonova for 15 years told news reporters that her friend was “very interested in maniac Chikatilo” and had “gathered information about him and how he committed his murders.”

[This article will continue to be updated as new information comes in.]

[Robert St. Estephe; based on facts found in: Will Stewart, “Secret confession of the 'Granny Ripper,’” Daily Mail (London, England), “Granny the Ripper of St Pete? Body parts & book of spells expose pensioner. RT, Jul. 29, 2015; Pensioner nicknamed the Granny-Ripper ‘murdered and dismembered 10 people,’” Metro (UK), Adam Justice, “Granny from hell: Russian pensioner ‘killed and chopped up 13 people,’” International Business Times,” July 31, 2015; “RT explores bloody path of ‘head in a saucepan’ serial killer granny,” RT, Aug 1, 2015; RT, "’An extraordinary psychopath’: Bloody path of Russian 'head in a saucepan' serial killer granny,” Sott.net (from RT), Aug. 1, 2015; Jeff Farrell, “Grannyball Lecter: Woman ripper, 68, murdered, chopped up and ate 14 victims,” Daily Star (London, England), Aug. 5, 2015; [Will Stewart, “Granny Ripper who killed and 'ate' 11 victims was 'obsessed' by Russian 'vampire' maniac who raped and mutilated at least 52 women in 12 year reign of terror, Daily Mail (London, England),

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Chronology & Suspected Victims (out of 14 estimated victims):

Sep. 6, 2003 –  Tenant, 44 year old native of Norilsk
2005 – husband, reported missing
Year? – Volodya, tenant, remains found in Frunzensky district; confessed
July 25, 2015 – Valentina Ulanova (79), murdered
July 27, 2015 – Valentina Ulanova (79), body parts discovered
Jul. 29 (28?), 2015 – Samsonova arrested
Aug. 5, 2015 – court hearing before Judge Roman Chebotaryov

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Chronology & Suspected Victims (out of 14 estimated victims):

Sep. 6, 2003 –  Tenant, 44 year old native of Norilsk
2005 – husband, reported missing
Year? – Volodya, tenant, remains found in Frunzensky district; confessed
July 27, 2015 – Valentina Ulanova (79), body parts discovered
Jul. 29, 2015 – Samsonova arrested
Aug. 5, 2015 – court hearing before Judge Roman Chebotaryov

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

“Critical Gender Theory” Comix (a collection of memes)


This is a collection of memes created for the Unknown History of Misandry that use Comix. Below the memes you will find a discussion of the term “critical gender theory.”

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What is “critical gender theory?” It is the dominant philosophy of feminism; the one that is used (in the US) by the American Bar Association to shape laws, by government agencies, and by private foundations and universities to shape policy and protocols (in order to engage in social engineering). It derives from “critical theory” a philosophical position shaped by Frankfurt School philosophers. Adherents of the “critical theory” philosophy often refer to their belief system simply (and quite cryptically)  as “theory,” as in “I’m studying theory.”

Some of these philosophers, such as Frederick Jameson, use the term “Cultural Marxism” to describe a more general political approach that includes both Frankfurt School Marxism and other “post-structuralist” and “post-modernist” ideas and philosophies.

Critics of the top-down agendas of institutions that have shaped themselves after the “critical gender theory” formula sometimes call the agenda and its results “feminist governance.”

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Here is a an example of the use of the term “critical gender theory” in its professional (philosophical) context:

“So it is that deconstruction and critical gender theory both seek to unveil capitalism’s ‘other’ and disrupt the ‘ontological totality’ which Marx proffers.”

[Chris Lloyd, “Heirs of Marx, Critical Legal Thinking,” Oct. 24, 2011; a discussion of the 1996 book The End of Capitalism (as we knew it): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy by of Katherine Gibson and Julie Graham]

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The term “critical theory” has become so dominant in academe that it has been allowed to, in essence “colonize” language and usage in some cases.  Notable example is “critical thinking,” a non-political term describing “the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.”

Yet more and more we see the term “critical thinking” used in a radically different sense, one that denotes adherence to a particular a priori political stance. The trend apparently flows from another “critical” term, Critical Literacy ( a term “usually traced to Paolo Freire, the Brazilian lawyer turned educator”).

Today “critical thinking” is often a term used to denote a specifically political approach to pedagogy that is based on Friere-type politicized “critical literacy.”

[Charles Temple, Ph.D, “Critical Thinking and Critical Literacy,” Critical Thinking International, undated]

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Another instance of the “critical” term as applied to political ideology labelled in such a way that the terms resembles the objective, rational approach of authentic critical thinking is the term “critical pedagogy.”

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“The idea of Critical Pedagogy begins with the neo-Marxian literature on Critical Theory (Stanley 1992). The early Critical Theorists (most of whom were associated with the Frankfurt School) believed that Marxism had underemphasized the importance of cultural and media influences for the persistence of capitalism; that maintaining conditions of ideological hegemony were important for (in fact inseparable from) the legitimacy and smooth working of capitalist economic relations.

[Nicholas C. Burbules and Rupert Berk, Department of Educational Policy Studies, “Critical Thinking and Critical Pedagogy: Relations, Differences, and Limits,” published in Critical Theories in Education, Thomas S. Popkewitz and Lynn Fendler, eds. (NY: Routledge, 1999).]

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dominique Cottrez, French Mother Who Killed 8 Newborns - 2010


VILLIERS-AU-TERRE, FRANCE: On July 2, 2015, Dominique Cottrez, a 51, French former health worker, was, after years of legal delays, convicted of murdering 8 newborns. Despite prosecutors’ request for an 18 year sentence the jury recommended only 9 years of prison for the killer mom.

It was on July 24, 2010 that new buyers of the former home of Dominique’s parents in Villers-au-Tertre in the north of France near the Belgian border, discovered the skeletons of two babies in the garden. Mme. Cottrez was arrested and confessed. She agreed to show police the location of 6 more tiny corpses of babies she had smothered to death. They were stored in a fuel storage tank, in plastic bags, in the garage of her own home in the same village. The killings occurred from 1989 through 2000 in the village with a population of 655. In most of the killings she suffocated the baby in the bathroom.

Daughter Virginie, 21, told reporters at  La Voix du Nord (on July 29, 2010): “It’s incomprehensible.” We never noticed anything. She had moments of fatigue, it's true, but she was working almost 24 hours a day. She would wake up early for her work as a nurse's home aid, and when she would return home, she had her housework.”

~ Blame “The Patriarchy” ~

After her arrest, Dominique confessed and told police she was the victim of rape, by her own father, who died three years earlier in 2007. In her tale she said the first rape occurred when she was only 8 year old and continued into her teens. She claimed that as an adult she the entered a voluntary incestuous with her father that continued after her marriage. She “she was in love with her father more than with her husband.”

Five years later, on June 29, 2015 while in court she admitted that the incest story was a fabrication. DNA evidence confirmed that her husband was the father of each of the deceased children.

~ Blame another woman ~

She was already obese when, in 2000, she gave birth for the first time. Her weight when pregnan was given as around 130 kg (286 lbs). It was a difficult delivery. Lawyers attempted to blame Ms. Cottrez’s murderous proclivities by arguing that the midwife who attended her at that first birth had hurt her feelings by pointing out her unhealthy condition of obesity.

~ Husband: Two Different Stories ~

At first she asserted her husband had no knowledge of the pregnancies. Years later, as the process dragged on she changed her story on this point and claimed her husband had been aware, despite the obesity that succeeded in hiding the pregnancy from the two daughters whom she had allowed to live as well as, neighbors, nurse colleagues and the doctors at a nearby hospital.

Associated Press in Paris reported that a spokesman for prosecutors reported that Mme. Cottrez “did not want any more children and that she did not want to see a doctor about methods of contraception.”

~ Trial, Conviction ~

Trial at the Douai Assize court opened June 25, 2015, closing on July 2. After five hours of deliberation the jury found her guilty of all counts, but recommended a reduced sentence based on the view that the defendant had “impaired judgment.” Prosecutors requested an 18-year sentence but the jury set the sentence at 9 years.

[Robert St. Estephe; Based on facts in multiple sources, including: “French woman accused of killing 8 newborns ‘very distressed,’” CNN.com July 30, 2010; “French woman jailed for nine years for killing eight of her newborn babies,” Guardian, Jul. 2, 2015; Associated Press in Paris, “Trial opens of French woman accused of killing eight of her newborn babies,” The Guardian, Jun. 25, 2015; Agence France-Presse in Douai, “French woman jailed for nine years for killing eight of her newborn babies.” The Guardian, Jul. 2, 2015]

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Chronology:

1989 – 2000 – 8 babies murdered
Jul. 24, 2010 – 2 bodies found at parents’ home at Villers-au-Tertre, Nord, France pop. 655; discovered by new owners
Jul. 28?, 2010 – arrested (aged 45)
Jul. 29, 2010 – Charged with 8 counts of voluntary homicide
Jun. 1, 2013 – Cottrez freed under supervision
Jun. 25, 2015 – trial begins, Assize Court, Douai
Jul. 2, 2015 – sentenced to 9 years in prison; prosecutors requested 18 years sentence

Husband – Pierre-Marie Cottrez
Surviving Cottrez daughters: Virginie (aged 21 in 2010) and Emeline

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Kaisa Emilia Vornanen-Karaduman, Serial Killer Mom – Finland, 2014


Wikipedia: The Oulu child murders is a Finnish murder case, referring to the discovery of the bodies of five infants in the basement of an apartment in Oulu, on June 3, 2014. The mother of the babies, 35-year-old Kaisa Emilia Vornanen-Karaduman, had concealed the pregnancies and abandoned them, after giving birth at home. The Rovaniemi Court of Appeal sentenced her to 13 years imprisonment for five counts of manslaughter, but not for concealing a corpse. According to District Prosecutor Sari Kemppainen, who was the lead prosecutor for the case, there have been no similar cases in Finnish criminal history.

~ Discovery ~

On June 3, 2014, Oulu police received a complaint about some foul-smelling packages found in the basement of an apartment block in the center. When examined, the packages were found to contain the bodies of five infants.

The 35-year-old mother of these children, Kaisa Emilia Vornanen-Karaduman (b. 1979), was arrested and detained on suspicion of manslaughter and concealment of a corpse. During interrogation, the charges were increased to five homicides. The woman claimed that she had given birth at home, and preserved the bodies after death. She could not explain the motive for her actions, and denied deliberately killing them.

The preliminary investigation determined that the children were born in the years 2005, 2007, at the turn of the year 2011-2012, 2012 and 2013. They were born in apartments on Rommakkokatu and Peltokatu streets. The causes of death could not be determined, because the bodies had been severely degraded by then. According to the prosecutor later at trial, Vornanen-Karaduman had usually given birth in the bathroom or toilet, wrapped the babies up in plastic bags, put them in a bucket, closed it and then took it to the basement. In two instances, she claimed to have used a steam bath and a shoe box instead of the bucket. According to the prosecutor, the woman had left the children without any care or assistance after they were born.

During the examinations, 28 people were interviewed as witnesses, including relatives, colleagues and acquaintances. Vornanen-Karaduman had hidden her pregnancies from the others, with loose clothing. Her relatives knew about one pregnancy, that the woman claimed had ended in a miscarriage. A former boss of Vornanen-Karaduman suspected that she was pregnant at one time, but she had explained to her manager that her stomach was rounded as a result of all the greasy pizzas that she had eaten the previous night. Vornanen-Karadumanen's father described his daughter as a pathological liar during police interrogations.

Vornanen-Karaduman's lawyer stated in his final statement in the district court hearing that his client was pregnant, yet again, during the summer of 2014, when she was arrested by police. This pregnancy, however, was terminated at her own request

~ Trial and imprisonment ~

The Oulu District Court handled the case in a matter of four days in December 2014. Vornanen-Karaduman was charged with five murders and five counts of concealing a corpse. She denied all charges, and insisted on her innocence. However, if found guilty, she claimed that it would at most be negligent homicide or aggravated death. Vornanen-Karaduman said that for every baby she gave birth to, she felt lifeless, because they did not move or cry. According to her, it was only later did she learn that the babies had been alive.

The district court found that Vornanen-Karaduman acted deliberately in the deaths of her babies, and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment. On June 1, 2015, a trial concluded that she was of guilty on the grounds of non compos mentis, even though she suffered from a mixed personality disorder.

On June 15, the District Court sentenced Kaisa Vornanen-Karaduman to life imprisonment for five murders and five counts of concealing a corpse. According to the law, the repetition of the acts almost identically, in five separate instances, showed that the acts had been planned out.

In June 2016, the Rovaniemi Court of Appeal reduced Vornanen-Karaduman's sentence to 13 years imprisonment for five counts of manslaughter. The Court of Appeal recognized that the acts had been done in a cruel way, but by somebody with a sound mind. They also said that none of the acts had been aggravated, and dropped the five counts of concealing a corpse, as they claimed that her intent was to merely conceal her crimes by hiding the bodies. According to the court, Vornanen-Karaduman would, in principle, be sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, but the Court of Appeal considered that her behavior affected her heavily, even though the woman's guilt had not been diminished.

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Some professional medical ethicists would call this practice as “after birth abortion”: Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva).

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Carolyn Gloria Blanton (AKA Jane Lynn Woodry), Colorado Boyfriend-Eating Cannibal - 1994


In January 1994 pieces of the body of Peter Michael Green, 51, who had been reported missing in late 1993, were found in cookware, in other containers pickled body parts were found, were found in the Alamosa, Colorado, apartment of his 41-year-old girlfriend, Carolyn Gloria Blanton (AKA Jane Lynn Woodry). Other body parts were in other locations: the head was found in “a remote area.” Mr. Green’s torso was discovered in his own home. Outside, a trash bin contained his legs.

Sheriff’s Captain Les Sharff testified later in court that: “The flesh and the meat were off the legs. They had been totally cut away from the bones themselves, from the ankle up.”

Among the the evidence exhibits accepted into evidence during the the trial were a pot, a bowl and a spoon, each which had been found in Ms. Blanton’s home containing bite-size chunks from the boyfriend’s corpse. Plus a .25 caliber pistol. It was determined she had shot him four times before starting in on the carving and cooking.

She was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, an institute for the criminally insane, where she remained until 2005.

“I want people to know that the community is safe,” Woodry said to a reporter. “I am not a danger to the community.”

Woodry’s attorney, Bill Martinez, quoted Woodry as saying, “I’m deeply ashamed. The person who killed Peter Green is not me.”

At the end of a two-hour hearing which took place at Alamosa on April 9, 2005, Carolyn Gloria Blanton / Jane Lynn Woodry, the court decided to release her on conditional release. Her treating psychiatrist Elissa Ball, who had worked with the patient for ten years, testified that the cannibal killer could now tell right from wrong and was unlikely to do anything violent if she accepts semi-monthly injections of twice-monthly injections of Risperdal Consta.

Other conditions for release included a requirement for employment, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and keeping a diary which would be monitored. Any romantic interests would also, by order of the court, be closely watched.

[Robert St. Estephe; based on: Nelda Curtiss, “Cannibal asks judge for more freedoms,” CNN, Jan. 5, 2009; Charlie Brennan, “Court frees woman who cooked her boyfriend,” Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Co.), Apr. 10, 2005; “Woman ‘deeply ashamed’ for crime; Jane Lynn Woodry seeks conditional release after 15 years,” Durango Herald (Co.), Jan. 6, 2009]

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Laurina Marie Aune, Canadian Child-Killing Cannibal Mom - 2002

 

NANAIMO, B.C., Canada –

“I don’t know. I felt compelled to do it. I didn’t want to forget her ever.”

These are the words said by Laurina Marie Aune, 26, to Justice James Taylor of the British Columbia Supreme Court on July 20, 2003. Ms. Aune was telling the court why, 8 months earlier, on November 1, 2002 in the B. C. town of Nanaimo, she slit two-year-old daughter’s throat, dismembered the child’s corpse and, with other ingredients, made Kyla’s remains, most of them, into a soup – which the mother consumed.

Ms. Aune did not cook Kylas’s head; she kept that in her bedroom. She did cook the heart and ate a portion of it because, as she told police, “because she felt that’s where her child’s spirit was.”

Few news reports on this case are currently available online and the few that are available are scanty.

Laurina was a “single mom.” Since, in recent decades journalists, seldom bother to mention fathers in reports on children involved in crime stories (unless that father is a perpetrator) it is unclear whether the man Sandra McCulloch of CamWest News describes as Laurina Aune’s “former boyfriend, Scott May” was little Kyla’s father.

In any case, it was Mr. May who had reported the girl missing, leading to the investigation which revealed the crime. At some point (news reports are vague) Mr. May told social workers that Ms. Aune was “unstable,” describing the bizarre assertions thew woman made regarding Kyla’s parentage, claiming that the little girl had “three different fathers and they kept changing bodies.”

Six weeks before her death, Scott had taken Kyla out for Halloween. That was the last time he saw her.

In June 2003, the court remanded Ms. Aune to the Forensic Psychiatric Institute in Port Coquitlam. A disposition hearing was scheduled to take place no later than September 2013.

According to journalist Sandra McCulloch Laurine Aune “suffers from schizophrenia,” yet the news article relating this does not indicate what party may have made such an assessment. In Justice James Taylor’s July 20, 2003 ruling he found that Ms. Aune was not “criminally responsible” for her deed and was unaware that the act was “morally wrong” due to mental illness. Testimony revealed she began having delusions (“hearing voices”) beginning at the age of 12.

Family members, in the course of the investigation were asked why they never suspected that Ms. Aune was insane. They responded to such questions by saying: “That’s Laurina.”

[Robert St. Estephe, based on: Sandra McCulloch (CanWest News Service), “Mother Who Cannibalized Daughter Spared From Prison,” The Ottawa Citizen (Canada), July 21, 2003]

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Madame Roger, French Serial Child-Killing Mom – New Caledonia, 1883


FULL TEXT: A crime has been brought to light in New Caledonia which furnishes a ghastly illustration of the class of malefactors sent out to that island by the French Government. The perpetrator of it, we learn from the Neo-Caledonien of the 23rd of January, was what we should call a ticket-of-leave-holder a woman named Roger. She and her husband had received a grant of land on the banks of the Foa, and one day in August last, while the head of the household was out at work, she took her little daughter, who was only two years old, into a neighbouring wood, and, as it is believed, seized the child by one of her legs, and shattered her skull by dashing it either against a stone or the trunk of a tree. Some months elapsed the corpse was discovered; and the skull, from which the flesh had disappeared, was found to be fractured in front and still to exhibit a red stain on the spot where the poor little creature’s life-blood had oozed out. It was ascertained at the trial that this was the third crime of the kind the murderess had committed; the first having been perpetrated in 1869, and the second in 1878. For the latter she was sentenced to imprisonment for life with hard labour, but obtained her liberation on being sent out to New Caledonia. No other motive was assigned for her unnatural atrocities than that she disliked the expense and trouble entailed upon her by having a child to look after.

[“A French Murderess in New Caledonia,” The Singleton Argus (NSW, Australia), Feb. 9, 1884, p. 4]

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

CHEKA Women – Bolshevik Secret Police: Sadism, Torture, Summary Executions & Massacres as “Social Justice” - 1918-1920s


No information about the woman given by English newspapers the name of “Jacobleva” has yet been located. “Jacobleva” (transliterated) may be a nom de guerre rather than a proper name.

The other three figures appear briefly in some studies of the Red Guard. Further research is needed. Perhaps visitors who have studied Bolshevism in detail can assist.

This post will be augmented after consulting the book: Barbara Evans Clements, Bolshevik Women (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

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1) “Jacobleva” – Petrograd

EXCERPT: The real dictator of Petrograd is a woman of the name of Jacobleva, aged 22, who, in her capacity, of the head of the famous Commission (the Extraordinary Committee for Fighting the Counter-Revolution, Speculation, and Sabotage), surpasses all existing legends of cruelty. [“Woman Dictator - Chaos In Petrograd.” (Kalgoorie, Australia), Feb. 26, 1919, p. 6]

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2) Vera Grebeniukova (aka Dora) – Odessa, Ukraine

“A large share of the torturers were of non-Russian nationalities, selected in Lenin’s assessment Russians seemed ‘too mushy,’ unable to cope with the ‘tough measures.’ Among the torturers there were also women. “Vera Grebennikova, one in Odessa, in just two months have killed 700 people.” (autostranslate revised by RStE)
[“Ideologias e ideias,” 06 de Abril de 2010, Boletim (newsletter) – 708]

“Women were also not exempt from the perpetration of sadistic violence. Vera Grebennikova, for example, was alleged to have killed over 700 people, many of them with her bare hands, during two months in Odessa..”
[Читать онлайн "A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924" автора Figes Orlando - RuLit - Страница 239]

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3) Rozalia Zemliachka (Rozalia Samuilovna Zalkind) – Ukraine

“Rozalia Zemliachka and her lover Bela Kun murdered 50,000 White officers (with Lenin's approval). They were tied in pairs to planks and burned alive in furnaces; or drowned in barges that she sank offshore.” [Crimes of the Century, C. J. Griffin, on 20 July 2005, Amazon book review]

Wikipedia: Rozalia Samuilovna Zalkind (Russian: Залкинд Розалия Самуиловна) known under nicknames Devil (for personal participation in mass executions) and Zemlyachka (20 March 1876 – 21 January 1947) was a Russian revolutionary, Soviet politician and statesman. She is best known for her involvement in the organization of the First Russian revolution, and along with Bela Kun, as one of the organizers of the Red Terror in the Crimea in 1920-1921, against former soldiers of the White Army.

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4) Rebecca Platinina-Maisel – Arkhangelsk

“In Arkhangel, Rebecca Platinina snuffed out the lives of more than a hundred, including the entire family of her husband, who was executed by crucifixion, in a an act of wanton revenge. “ The agents who committed these brutalities ended their days immersed in insanity. According to Gippius, a major female poet of Petrograd during the period of the red terror observed that “there was literally a single family in which someone had not been arrested, taken and then disappeared without a trace.” (autostranslate revised by RStE) [“Ideologias e ideias,” 06 de Abril de 2010, Boletim (newsletter) – 708]

“Rebecca Platinina-Maisel in Arkhangelsk killed over a hundred, including the whole family of her ex-husband whom she crucified in an act of savage revenge. Such was the brutalizing effect of this relentless violence that not a few Chekists ended up insane. Bukharin said that psychopathic disorders were an occupational hazard of the Chekist profession. Many Chekists hardened themselves to the killings by heavy drinking or drug abuse.” [Читать онлайн "A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924" автора Figes Orlando - RuLit - Страница 239]

“Rebecca Platinina-Maisel” cited in: Orlando Figes, Tragedie van een volk: de Russische revolutie 1891-1924, p. 794

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Wikipedia excerpt:

Cheka (ЧК – чрезвыча́йная коми́ссия chrezvychaynaya komissiya, Emergency Committee, Russian pronunciation: [tɕɪˈka]) was the first of a succession of Soviet state security organizations. It was created on December 20, 1917, after a decree issued by Vladimir Lenin, and was subsequently led by Felix Dzerzhinsky, a Polish aristocrat turned communist. By late 1918, hundreds of Cheka committees had been created in various cities, at multiple levels including: oblast, guberniya ("Gubcheks"), raion, uyezd, and volost Chekas, with Raion and Volost Extraordinary Commissioners. Many thousands of dissidents, deserters, or other people were arrested, tortured or executed by various Cheka groups. After 1922, Cheka groups underwent a series of reorganizations, with the NKVD, into bodies whose members continued to be referred to as "Chekisty" (Chekists) into the late 1980s.

From its founding, being the military and security arm of the Bolshevik communist party, the Cheka was instrumental in the Red Terror. In 1921 the Troops for the Internal Defense of the Republic (a branch of the Cheka) numbered at least 200,000. These troops policed labor camps; ran the Gulag system; conducted requisitions of food; subjected political opponents to torture and summary execution; and put down rebellions and riots by workers or peasants, and mutinies in the desertion-plagued Red Army.

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