Affluenza or Misogynist?

At the start of the holiday weekend you may have heard of Elliot Rodger. He turned out to be the shooter near the UCSB campus who killed 6 people and wounded another 13 before taking his own life as police closed in. The only thing I am trying to figure out about him was did he suffer from affluenza or was he a misogynist? Maybe it was a combination of both. Continue reading

Helena Gudell’s WONDERLAND: Where Is The Love?

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The past three articles posted have been about hate crimes. As I said in the first one I was raised not to hate. My grandmother told me not to hate anyone no matter what the reason or what they do to you. I have had some experiences in my life that may be better suited for our other series Spice of Life, but they are bad enough that I should hate those people. But fact is hate eats away at your heart and soul. But yet hate seems to run quite rampant in society as much today as it did in the days of segregation. Continue reading

Helena Gudell’s WONDERLAND: Innocence Lost

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On April 19, 2000 in Alexandria, Virginia 8yr old Kevin Shifflett was stabbed 18 times by Gregory D Murphy while he was sitting outside playing on the sidewalk with other kids. Besides the horrific nature of the crime there are more details to this story. I have been posting these hate crimes trying to highlight the hatred that runs rampant in society but this one of course hit me hard because I have an 8yr old child. But its not just the age of the little boy that died… its the fact that it was a child in general.  Continue reading

Helena Gudell’s WONDERLAND: No H8

H8(9)On October 6, 1998 Matthew Shepard met two men named Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson at a bar he frequented. There are multiple stories surrounding his death. The original story that was put out in 1998 was that Matthew Shepard was killed because he was gay and no other reason. In one of the confessions given by Aaron it was a gay panic killing. Matthew had come on to them and they beat him out of reaction to his advances and didn’t mean to do anything. In another confession it was a robbery gone wrong. The events of that night are still in question to this day as a gay journalist has said that it has nothing to do with Matthew being gay but that it had to do with a drug deal gone wrong. I will get to the details of that shortly… Continue reading