Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Hanging of Ian Curtis: A Legacy of Copycats

The public message above is thanks to a source unappreciated by the mainstream media. My observation is that only a few media outlets have been open to talking realistically about suicides and the wave of copycats we are experiencing. Talking about suicides saves lives. Alternative Nation and a rare few others are trying to do just that.

The Legacy of Ian Curtis

All reporting needs to look a bit deeper at what is occurring.

Few make the connection that Chris Cornell appears to have picked the exact date he died for a reason. May 18th is the day in 1980 when Joy Division's Ian Curtis died by suicide, by hanging, in England. May 18th became Cornell's own death date.

Ian Curtis' influence is more far-ranging that realized today. Why won't it include all the hanging suicides recently experienced too?

Credit: New York, October 15, 2007.

Copycats Abound

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell (born in Seattle, July 20, 1964) died by suicide, via hanging, in Detroit, Michigan, on May 18, 2017, which was 37 years to the day after Curtis died.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington died by suicide, via hanging, in Palo Verdes Estates, California, on July 20, 2017, on Cornell's birthday. Bennington was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 20, 1976.

Late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley’s mother Nancy Layne McCallum, as reported by Alternative Nation, recently posted tributes for Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington:

On August 19, 2017, friends, family, fans, and admirers held a celebration of the life and legacy of Layne Staley. This year marks Staley’s 50th birthday, also marking the 25th anniversary of the release of Dirt, by Alice in Chains. Staley's actual birthday is August 22nd.

I do not think it is coincidental that two grunge pioneers died on April 5 — Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain in 1994, from a self-inflected gunshot wound to the head, and Alice in Chains lead singer Layne Staley in 2002, from a parasuicidal mix of heroin, cocaine, and not eating. They died eight years apart, to the day.

Post-Cornell Copycats

According to Alternative Nation, there have been some suicides and suicide attempts since Chris Cornell's death. Most in the mainstream media are little aware of what's happening.

Of course, the most obvious one is Chris Bennington's.

There have been others.

Ginger (born David Leslie Walls; 17 December 1964 in South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England) is an English rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for his band The Wildhearts.

Ginger played in the legendary South Shields band, The Cups. Ginger saw his first success as a member of the English band The Quireboys. After them, he formed The Wildhearts. In 2014, he also toured with the Courtney Love band.

According to his Twitter account, Ginger Wildheart, as he is called, made a suicide attempt on August 8, 2017. Afterward, Ginger checked himself into a mental health facility.

Meanwhile, Alternative Nation reported that there has been great concern about Sinead O'Connor taking her own life.  

Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor posted an emotional, disturbing video to her Facebook page on Thursday, in which she says she’s been “suicidal” for two years and she’s “living in a Travelodge motel.”
O’Connor, 50, says she’s wanted to kill herself for the past two years, and claims that she feels totally alone — those feelings exacerbated since she lost custody of her teenage son.
Recorded in a room at a South Hackensack, N.J. Travelodge hotel, O’Connor says that she’s staying alive for the sake of others, and if it were up to her, she’d be “gone.”
South Hackensack Police Capt. Robert Kaiser said Tuesday that officers conducted a welfare check, but O’Connor wasn’t in her room at the time. He said she is no longer staying there and police don’t know where she is currently living. An e-mail sent to her agent wasn’t immediately returned. Source.

There have been post-Cornell and post-Bennington suicides.

On July 29, 2017, Alternative Nation posted "How Teen Imitated Chester Bennington’s Suicide Listening To Linkin Park Is Horrifying":
We reported yesterday on an American female Chester Bennington fan dying by suicide (see "Chester Bennington Fan Reportedly Dies By Suicide In Heartbreaking Story,"), leaving two children behind. Unfortunately, a direct copycat suicide is now being reported by Cronica in Argentina.
The tragic episode occurred in the town of Mendoza Godoy Cruz. A child under 15 committed suicide at home and the body was found by his mother. Researchers discovered Linkin Park music on the boy’s cell phone near his body, and believe there was a “mimetic reaction.”
The child was found by his mother “in the room hung from a belt of a roof hook” according to Mendoza Online. Chester Bennington also hung himself with a belt last week, while his friend Chris Cornell hung himself in May with an exercise band.
Minutes after the discovery of the boy’s body, Coordinated Emergency Service staff confirmed his death and immediately reported it to the Fiscal Office 17 of the police station 40. The parents, according to court records, related the death of their son with the recent suicide of Chester Bennington.
“The suicide of the Linkin Park singer may have worked as a trigger for the decision, since on the boy’s phone they found lyrics of the songs of that group,” the investigation sources told Cronica.
Alternative Nation has not been quiet about the copycats, and passed along information about another fan's suicide note
A Reddit user named Canilian recently posted a story on Reddit about a friend of his dying by suicide the day after late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
“The day after Chester comitted suicide, a friend of mine did the same thing. Since then I’ve been falling asleep while listening to One More Light on a near daily basis. Yesterday my brother surprised me with this. I can’t describe how grateful I am.”
He later wrote, “He was like your friend one of the the kindest, most goodhearted person I know. However, ever since primary school he suffered from depression, and never did drugs. Only after three years of walking around with it, he first got therapy and medication. He quit medication after half a year, but then fell back into his depression. When he was 16, he yet again started taking medication, this time for two years. After those two years, he had to try to live without them again. While medicines make you ‘feel less sad’, they also make you ‘feel less happy’. He smiled a lot, but only rarely did his eyes smile with him.
That was last summer. Ever since I have seen my friend really happy a couple times, I saw him actually enjoy life for once. He got tipsy for the first time, attended some parties and made some good memories. However, he never told us about the bad side of quitting medication. He still suffered, but did not share this with anyone.
Then on the 21st of July, he couldnt do it anymore. He left me and a couple others small letters, and even shared his Meme folder with another friend. I have not managed to deal with it yet properly, as I am still finishing up my studies. However, I know I will after that. For me personally it really helped that in the end, it was his choice.
It sucks that he is dead. It really does. But I wouldnt want him to live a life full of suffering. They tried everything, therapy, medication, and he had friends around him.
In his letter, he made clear he wanted Human, by Rag ‘n Bone man to be played at his cremation. He did not want people to be mad, nor to blame him. It was his choice after all.
Sleep well buddy. I hope you finally found your rest.”
Sensationalized graphic details of suicides tend to cause modeling of future suicides. It is obvious the hanging methods of Cornell and Bennington are resulting in a wave of suicides and suicide attempts. Awareness is key, and perhaps Alternative Nation is the only music-oriented resource documenting this. People need help, and professionals should be prepared for what may be ahead in the coming week. Remember, August 22 is Layne Staley's birthday.

I am clear in The Copycat Effect that this lethal form of behavior contagion is dangerous. People still are trying to downplay it by saying that there were no wave of copycat suicides in the wake of Kurt Cobain's death. The reality is more chilling.

What's past is prologue. ~ William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 2, Scene I.

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I always admired the life, thoughts, and comedy of Dick Gregory. We shared Southern Illinois University-Carbondale before it all started going down - and then all hell broke loose. We were Salukis. Even overlapped in diet, politics, and senses of humor. He was a great man that some ignored.

The 1950s became the 1960s. They killed JFK, MLK, and Bobby. As well as Medgar, Malcolm, and Fred. Dick Gregory spoke to an emerging generation, whether white or black, whether they wanted to hear him or not.


The Eclipse. The dark sun. Carbondale. The timing (8-19-2017) seems right for him to leave. Sad.

The Southern wrote:
Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

Gregory, who attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on a track scholarship in the 1950s, died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week, his son Christian Gregory told The Associated Press. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection.

In 1961, while working at the black-owned Roberts Show Bar in Chicago, Dick Gregory was spotted by Hugh Hefner performing the following material before a largely white audience:
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night.
Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant and this white waitress came up to me and said, "We don't serve colored people here." I said, "That's all right. I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken."
Then these three white boys came up to me and said, "Boy, we're giving you fair warning. Anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you." So I put down my knife and fork, I picked up that chicken and I kissed it. Then I said, "Line up, boys!"

Gregory unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party, which had broken off from the Peace and Freedom Party. He garnered 47,097 votes, including one from Hunter S. Thompson, with fellow activist Mark Lane as his running mate in some states, David Frost in others, and Dr. Benjamin Spock in Virginia and Pennsylvania garnering more than the party he had left. The Freedom and Peace Party also ran other candidates, including Beulah Sanders for New York State Senate and Flora Brown for New York State Assembly. His efforts landed him on the master list of Nixon's political opponents.
Shortly after this time Gregory became an outspoken critic of the Warren Commission findings that President John Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. On March 6, 1975, Gregory and assassination researcher Robert J. Groden appeared on Geraldo Rivera's late night ABC talk show Goodnight America. An important historical event happened that night when the famous Zapruder film of JFK's assassination was shown to the public on TV for the first time. The public's response and outrage to its showing led to the forming of the Hart-Schweiker investigation, which contributed to the Church Committee Investigation on Intelligence Activities by the United States, which resulted in the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation. Wikipedia.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Maps of Terror: August 13-18, 2017

There was a pattern to the recent terror attacks: Turkish restaurants and sites.

During the week of August 13, 2017, there have been a series of terrorist attacks around Europe, EuroAsia, and Africa - in Spain, Turkey, Finland, Germany, and Burkina Faso. There have been many terrorist attacks, worldwide this August. (Please see here.)

Here is a brief overview of this week of terror, in words and maps, for some locations.

Several foreign nationals were among 18 people killed in a suspected Islamic extremist attack on a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital Sunday night, August 13, 2017.

Meanwhile, in Istanbul, Turkey, a suspected Daesh terrorist who had been arrested on suspicion of preparing to carry out a suicide bombing, stabbed to death a policeman on Sunday, August 13, 2017. The suspect was shot dead after killing the policeman, according to Turkey's Anadolu news agency.

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, the big media attention was on the terror attacks occurring in Barcelona, Cambrils, and Alcanar, Spain. Please note hostages reportedly taken at luna de Istanbul restaurant in Barcelona.

On Friday, August 18, 2017, a man was stabbed to death in a shop in Elberfeld, near Dusseldorf, Germany. The incident took place on Kipdorf in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, in the city in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Knifemen killed two people and targeted five women, including one pushing a baby in a pram, in a stabbing spree in Finland. Armed police scrambled to the middle of Turku as a knife-wielding group reportedly rampaged through the city – as a manhunt was launched to find the attackers.

You will note that in four of these attacks - an Istanbul restaurant in Spain, a Turkish restaurant in Africa, locations in Turkey, and in the Finnish city of Turka, the Turkish link & name game is there.

Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of the Aura River, in the region of Southwest Finland. Turku, as a town, was settled during the 13th century and founded most likely at the end of the 13th century, making it the oldest city in Finland.

The Finnish name Turku originates from an Old East Slavic word, tǔrgǔ, meaning "market place." The word turku still means "market place" in some Finnish dialects. The Swedish word for "market place" is torg, and was probably borrowed from Old East Slavic, and was present already in Old Swedish.

The name of Turkey is based on the ethnonym Türk. The first recorded use of the term "Türk" or "Türük" as an autonym is contained in the Old Turkic inscriptions of the Göktürks (Celestial Turks) of Central Asia (c. 8th century). The English name Turkey first appeared in the late 14th century and is derived from Medieval Latin Turchia.

The Greek cognate of this name, Tourkia (Greek: Τουρκία) was used by the Byzantine emperor and scholar Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus in his book De Administrando Imperio, though in his use, "Turks" always referred to Magyars. Similarly, the medieval Khazar Empire, a Turkic state on the northern shores of the Black and Caspian seas, was referred to as Tourkia (Land of the Turks) in Byzantine sources. The medieval Arabs referred to the Mamluk Sultanate as al-Dawla al-Turkiyya (State of Turkey). The Ottoman Empire was sometimes referred to as Turkey or the Turkish Empire among its European contemporaries

The recent past....

The following map published in 2015 predicted areas that might experience terrorist attacks.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Death Countdown to August 22/25

Everyone is waiting for August 21, 2017, for the Solar Eclipse. I'm more worried about the next day.

There are now elaborate Hopkinsville, Kentucky celebrations planned. These are in conjunction with the solar events, because in 1955, on August 21, the Kelly-Hopkinsville creature attack happened.
The Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter is a favorite among UFOlogists and even played a role in the making of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It's also the inspiration for the Kelly Little Green Men Days Festival, held annually since 2011.
This year's festival, of course, has an added component: The full solar eclipse will arrive on the 62nd anniversary of the invasion and some wonder if the UFO will return under cover of darkness at 1:24 p.m. Source.
The Kelly creatures seem to have also inspired the look of the Gremlins in the movie of the same name.


South Carolina does have a history with lizard men...and the text accompanying the map, which graphed eight lizard-man sightings, suggested the department was somewhat serious with its post. It read: "This historical map is in response to recent media reports about possible paranormal activity associated with the upcoming total eclipse. SCEMD does not know if Lizardmen become more active during a solar eclipse, but we advise that residents of Lee and Sumter counties should remain ever vigilant." Source.
It appears much of this was begun with the Sunquatch map, as created by Joshua Stevens.





And, of course, Waffle Houses.


After August 21, 2017, is history, my concern is for suicides on August 22nd. I'm not kidding. It is the anniversary of Layne Staley's birthday.

Now, this week, a new Staley tribute has appeared. Interesting timing.

It seems like there may be more "Grunge's Copycat Carnage," in store, especially after Chris Cornell's hanging suicide was copycatted in Chester Bennington's hanging. And Bennington tied it to Cornell's birthday. 

Please note. These Grunge artists are tuned into death dates, birthdates, and important anniversaries.

And copying each other's behaviors.

Just to review:

August 22 is Layne Staley's birthday.

Layne Staley was born August 22, 1967. He was a member of Alice in Chains, Mad Season, Class of '99, Alice N' Chains, and Sleze. Staley died due to a parasuicidal combination of drugs and not eating, resulting in his death on April 5, 2002. It is to be recalled that April 5th is the anniversary date from 1994, when Kurt Cobain died by suicide by gunshot. Staley and Cobain. Cobain and Staley. A strong Grunge link.

August 25 is Mia Zapata's birthday.

Mia Zapata was born August 25, 1965. She was the singer of the Seattle indie band The Gits. Zapata spent her childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, and founded the Gits in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1986. She relocated to Seattle and became a powerful female voice in the Grunge movement in the area.

On July 7, 1993, Zapata was murdered in Seattle.

At around 2:00 a.m. on July 7, 1993, Mia Zapata left the Comet Tavern in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. She stayed at a studio space in the basement of an apartment building located a block away, and briefly visited a friend who lived on the second floor. This was the last time she was seen alive. She may have walked a few blocks west, or north to a friend's apartment, or may have decided to take the long walk south to her home.

She was beaten, strangled, and raped in the Central District of Seattle. It is believed she encountered her attacker shortly after 2:15 a.m. Her body was not initially identified as she had no identification on her when she was found.

Zapata’s body was found with her arms out and her legs crossed, and she was placed between two Roman Catholic buildings on either side of the street. Zapata’s body was found, as Unsolved Mysteries noted, "lying face up in an almost Christ-like pose."

In "Joan Jett and the Jesus Christ Pose," I detail how Joan Jett in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent takes on the pose that Zapata was found in her (Jett's) role on that program.

"Joan Jett sings the music of murdered lead singer Mia Zapata"

Evil Stig = Gits Live

Let's see what happens on August 22nd. Or August 25th. 

In the meantime, save a life. Talk to your friends who are suicidal.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Three Dead in Virginia

White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla)

The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash near a scheduled rally of white nationalists was identified late Saturday, as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail.

Fields was being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.

Pilots Lt. Jay Cullen, 48, (l.), and Berke M.M. Bates, 40, (r.), died in a helicopter crash while monitoring the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va. (Photo: Virginia State Police)

The chopper was hovering low over houses before it went down roughly two hours earlier in a wooded area near the Birdwood Golf Course, the Daily Progress newspaper reports.