I watched a video this morning that I'm ashamed to say I viewed. No, it wasn't pornography — at least not the kind of pornography we typically think of. The video was the live shooting of two television journalists as they were reporting in Virginia.
At the time, I saw the post on Twitter, which noted "unexplained shooting noises." When I watched the clip, I assumed there was gunshots around them and that the journalist and her interviewee had ducked for cover. It wasn't until much later that I learned that what I had seen was a cold-blooded murder, streaming across my Twitter feed.
There's much debate right now as to whether news sources should show the video, or whether people should watch it on their social media feeds. Many respected voices are calling this the equivalent of a "snuff film," the sort of twisted video that feeds into morbidity and bloodlust. The killer himself recorded the bloodshed on his phone and immediately posted their deaths onto social media, where thousands, and perhaps millions of people, could watch it again and again. more >>
ERBIL, Iraq — Dozens of Yazidi sex slave survivors, including 9-year-old girls, were rescued this week by smugglers from their Islamic State captors following months of brutal rape and torture by their "owners" and other Jihadi soldiers who purchased them at an IS slave market.
"Their fighters pray to Allah before and after they systematically rape Yazidi women and children, including some as young as 9-years-old," said Hadi Pir, vice president of Yazda, a U.S.-based global Yazidi organization, to The Christian Post.
While some Christians had the option to pay jaziya (Islamic tax paid by non-Muslims) to purchase their freedom, most other minority groups such as the Yazidis, who number about 600,000 in Iraq, were specifically targeted and separated for sex slavery. more >>
Just hours after two journalists were shot dead during a live broadcast from a strip mall in Moneta, Virginia, near Roanoke Wednesday morning, authorities revealed that the suspected shooter is a disgruntled former employee of WDBJ7-TV who also took to social media to explain his motive.
Police said they were looking for the former employee, reporter Vester L. Flanagan, who also went by the name Bryce Williams on air. CNN reported Wednesday morning that Flanagan shot himself as he was being pursued by police but he was not dead.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had told WTOP radio earlier Wednesday that police were pursuing Flanagan who is suspected of killing WDBJ7's cameraman Adam Ward, 27, and reporter Alison Parker, 24, during the live broadcast at about 6:45 a.m. more >>
A Georgia man who was shot three times during a home invasion said he prayed for God's grace during the terrifying ordeal.
Mike Lash, a married father of two, was shot three times in his right leg last Monday while protecting his family as four armed men ransacked their Northwest Atlanta home.
This scenario is true … but it's also a job most would decline.
The scorching sun is unrelenting. The workers shovel the hardened ground using whatever modest garden tools they can find. Some loosen the dirt with repurposed broom handles. Others dig with their bare hands, pounding out clots of dirt to transform them into workable soil. Blistering sunburn and suffocating humidity are just part of the job — a job they volunteered to do. There's even a waiting list for the chance to work 10-hour days in the dirt and heat.
In the shadow of penitentiary walls, abandoned prison grounds and neglected fields are being transformed into vibrant vegetable gardens by the calloused hands of inmates. more >>
Jeff Ashton, the state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties in Florida who is famously known for his prosecution of the Casey Anthony trial, revealed Sunday that he was one of millions who signed up for the controversial Ashley Madison spouse-cheating website but said he never cheated.
"While I indulged my curiosity about the site, it never went beyond that," said Ashton, who is married with six children, at a news conference Sunday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "These were incredibly stupid choices."