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   Undertoad  Wednesday Dec 10 12:02 PM

12/10/2003: Shooter Malvo's notebook



The "DC Sniper" trials turned up this interesting item: Malvo's notebook. The jottings of a 17-year-old show us that he was a pretty confused lad, instructed by Black Muslim teachings and grown into a state of rage. He identified with Jihad, drew heroic images of Hussein and Khaddafi, seems to have believed in the Matrix in some form, and wrote disconnected quotes from all of the above.

The full set of drawings is here, interpersed with PDF court documents. It doesn't read like a trip into madness, more like a kid so full of rage that it had to come out.



Beestie  Wednesday Dec 10 12:14 PM

I could read all that (and did read a little) but I thought I'd post another drawing that Malvo might consider familiarizing himself with:




wolf  Wednesday Dec 10 12:24 PM

That's kid high school hero artwork.

I have seen more than my fair share of crazy-guy stuff.

What's on that page is too organized, too coherent.

Of course, I'm no highly paid court expert.

But I do know crazy.

I have some crazy guy art around here somewhere ... (my best piece is a 40 or more single spaced typed screed that inlcudes occasional hand underlinings and illustrations. I misplace it, and recover it every so often. I'll have to actually initiate a search for it, in hopes that I can share some of it with you.)



ndetroit  Wednesday Dec 10 01:09 PM

I'd like to see some of the artwork you have wolf.. if you're allowed to share it.... ..

Where are the matrix references in this? I don't think I could find them.


and for the curious, I had no idea who "Willie Lynch" was, but here he is:

The Making of a Slave

Is that something american kids are taught in school? I'm really surprised I had never heard of him..



Undertoad  Wednesday Dec 10 03:05 PM

The Matrix bits aren't on this page, but I saw it on a few of the other pages.

This one (link below) came after the arrest in the jailhouse and says "Free yourself of the matrix "control" free first your mind. Trust me! The body will follow."

http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/courts/c...03df65_006.jpg



ndetroit  Wednesday Dec 10 04:16 PM

"Free your mind, and the rest will follow" ...

.... it might not be a matrix reference... he could be a big george clinton fan .....

(or maybe en vogue?) .. hah.



hmmm... from looking at the bit at the bottom there, looks like he's also a boyzone fan:

http://www.lyrics.net.ua/song/86891



wolf  Wednesday Dec 10 04:20 PM

I find it amusing that the historic document is reproduced intact, but for one word.



ndetroit  Wednesday Dec 10 06:28 PM

Yeah, I was a little thrown off by that too, but I think that the paper is in one of the plastic paper-cover things, and the sticker is on the outside of the plastic....

...

.... how long until one of those drawings is stolen and put on ebay, or similar?

and how much?



ladysycamore  Wednesday Dec 10 06:35 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by ndetroit
and for the curious, I had no idea who "Willie Lynch" was, but here he is:

The Making of a Slave

Is that something american kids are taught in school? I'm really surprised I had never heard of him..
Don't be...many people are not familiar with that aspect of American history (not surprising). Your jaw would drop at the amount of history not included in textbooks (or the inaccurate accounts of history in those books).

"Black is not skin, it's a state of mind." Interesting statement...


Slartibartfast  Wednesday Dec 10 09:05 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by ladysycamore


"Black is not skin, it's a state of mind." Interesting statement...
Yes, it implies a whole slew of beliefs and thoughts not just of Malvoe's, but also of the society he lives in.
It is a very interesting statement.


But to paraphrase in a way that puts things into perspective...

"Blue is not eye color, it's a state of mind"

Doesn't that sound like nonsense?

skin color is important because people have fixated on it as something that seperates groups.

Then again, racists such as the KKK don't harass people because of eye color, so the fact is that skin has a profound effect on a person's opportunities and aspirations.

Should that have to be the case?


wolf  Wednesday Dec 10 11:50 PM

Has anyone seen this Frontline?

It's one of their classic episodes. There are 28 full shows available in streaming video at http://www.pbs.org/frontline



juju  Thursday Dec 11 12:06 AM

Yeah, that's a classic. It's really cool that they offer some of their shows on the web, too.



Torrere  Thursday Dec 11 05:21 PM

Whoa! I wish that I'd been taught about Willie Lynch in school. That's some powerful stuff, and I notice that much of it applies to most people these days.

[quote]Slartibartfast:
skin color is important because people have fixated on it as something that seperates groups.</quote>

It's not even a very good method of separating groups based on ethnicity, which I believe is what it's supposed to do. Quoth Scientific American: "approximately 30 percent of Americans who consider themselves 'white' have less than 90 percent European ancestry. " Skin color doesn't matter.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Dec 11 05:22 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by wolf
I find it amusing that the historic document is reproduced intact, but for one word.
Historic document?? The US Constitution, The Bill of Rights, the Gettysburg Address, The first episode script of I love Lucy, but that?


ladysycamore  Thursday Dec 11 07:56 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Slartibartfast


Yes, it implies a whole slew of beliefs and thoughts not just of Malvoe's, but also of the society he lives in.
It is a very interesting statement.


But to paraphrase in a way that puts things into perspective...

"Blue is not eye color, it's a state of mind"

Doesn't that sound like nonsense?
Well...yes THAT does, but the same comment (when the word "black" is used) struck me differently (maybe because I am black, so I saw it more as a strong, but interesting statement).

Quote:
skin color is important because people have fixated on it as something that seperates groups.


Precisely.

Quote:
Then again, racists such as the KKK don't harass people because of eye color, so the fact is that skin has a profound effect on a person's opportunities and aspirations.

Should that have to be the case?
Certainly not.


ladysycamore  Thursday Dec 11 08:13 PM

Thank goodness SOMEONE gets it!

*From http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl...c/crusade.html

Quote:
Invariably, when I do a presentation anywhere in this country, the issue of affirmative action comes up. People say that white males are the ones who are being discriminated against in this country today. So I say, "Fine. OK. Will every white person in this room who would like to spend the rest of his or her life being treated, discussed, and looked upon as we treat, discuss, and look upon people of color, generally speaking, in this society, please stand?" And I watch. And wait. And the only sounds in the room are those made by people of color as they turn in their seats to see how many white folks are standing. Not one white person stands. And I just let them sit there. Then I say, "Do you know what you just admitted? You just admitted that you know that it's happening, you know that it's ugly, and you know that you don't want it for you. So why are you so willing to accept it for others? The ultimate obscenity is that you deny that it's happening."

I think white people aren't aware that racism isn't just wearing white hoods and burning crosses. It's also fixing the system so that black votes don't get counted. It's refusing to open the polling places in precincts where most of the eligible voters are people of color. It's outlawing affirmative action at the state level even though it has proven successful. It's building more prisons than we build schools and guaranteeing that they will be filled by targeting young men of color with things like the "three strikes" legislation in California, and the DWB -- "driving while black." These are problems encountered by young black men all over this country. It's the fact that there are more children attending segregated schools in the U.S. today than there were previous to Brown vs. Board of Education. It's white flight and red-lining by financial institutions. It's television programming that portrays people of color as villains and white people as their victims. It's ballot-security systems, which are used to intimidate minority voters and so result in the very activities which they are supposedly designed to prevent.



wolf  Friday Dec 12 12:09 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
Historic document?? The US Constitution, The Bill of Rights, the Gettysburg Address, The first episode script of I love Lucy, but that?
Okay, so I forgot the quotes and the [sarcasm] tags ...
thought it would be clear enough when I busted on the webmaster (funnything for an antislavery site to have, isn't it?) for deleting the "n-word" from the speech.


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Dec 12 04:58 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by wolf


Okay, so I forgot the quotes and the [sarcasm] tags ...
thought it would be clear enough when I busted on the webmaster (funnything for an antislavery site to have, isn't it?) for deleting the "n-word" from the speech.
Oh, oh, oh, My bad, Wolf. ndetroits response made me think you were talking about photo5 that Tony linked.


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Dec 12 05:37 PM

I thought it was strange to delete "nigger" from the Willie Lynch speech. I think they're missing an opportunity tie "nigger" firmly to the worst treatment of a group of people, the world has ever known.
"Spic", "Dago", "Kike", "Pollack", etc. are insults and derogatory, but "nigger" alone is integral and symbolic of the heinous inhumanity that was slavery.



warch  Saturday Dec 13 02:16 AM

I noticed that African drum link didnt print "bitch" in the text either, probably because they intend its use by school kids.

Last spring when we had some historic lynching photos in the museum. I remember one kid in particular, a black guy about 14 years old, so angry and amazed. And his teacher did a great job of talking him through what he was looking at. But it was clear that he could hardly believe it. I think it was because it was a real, original document. Maybe a story for the disillusionment thread. Its some big anger to channel.



plthijinx  Tuesday Dec 16 08:38 PM

here's another one from his "notebook" this guy is seriously screwed up! if y'all can't read it ok, let me know and i'll post it in it's origial size......



OnyxCougar  Tuesday Dec 16 08:42 PM

He spelled inertia wrong.

Free your miiiiiiiind and the rest will follow! Be color bliiiiiiiiiiiiind don't be so shallow!! *dances*



Torrere  Thursday Dec 18 03:57 AM

I saw a notebook that was somewhat like this.. not violently screwed up.

A girl was flirting with me, but I didn't pay all that much attention to it and she started chatting with this guy. He had a notebook 1/3rd full of stuff that he had written and drawn, presumably while he was in High School.

I glanced at it, and was interested in the philosophy he had... for about a paragraph, when I realized that it was all rah-rah-rah with no substance. Even without substance, the blurbs I read managed to contain a handful of factual errors.

He tells her that he knows a lot about astronomy and the galaxies, so I ask him:
"What's the nearest galaxy?"
"Alpha Centauri, a million light years away from us"

I frown, and stop paying attention.



russotto  Thursday Dec 18 03:45 PM

Re: Thank goodness SOMEONE gets it!

"Gets it", my pale white ass.

1) The existence of discrimination against black people does not rule out discrimination against white people

2) The existence of discrimination against black people does not justify discrimination against white people. Maybe for every New Jersey driver pulled over for DWB, they replace one white student with a black student at Rutgers? How does that solve anything?

3) Supporting elimination of affirmative action is not racism, and claiming it is is merely an attempt to poison the well.

4) Nor, for that matter, is supporting "three strikes" racism. "Three strikes" is a bad idea, a discrete solution where a continuous one is called for. It's a band-aid on a festering wound. But it's not in itself racist.

Some of the other things listed there are examples of racism, but it looks to me that Ms. Elliot has mixed in some dodgy examples along with some undeniable ones in order to lend credibility to the dodgy ones.



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