Archive for February 2009

Every year a large number of murders go unsolved, but some gain such infamy that they remain in the public mind for many years to come. This is a list of the ten most famous murders in modern history. The one rule I had for this list was that there had be a body – this excludes people like Jimmy Hoffa.

10. Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero was a prominent Roman Catholic priest and Archbishop in El Salvador during the 1960s and 1970s. After witnessing numerous violations of human rights, he began to speak out on behalf of the poor and the victims of El Salvador’s long and bloody civil war. After speaking out against U.S. military support for the government of El Salvador, and calling for soldiers to disobey orders that harmed human rights, Archbishop Romero was shot to death while celebrating Mass at a small chapel near his cathedral. It is believed that his assassins were members of Salvadoran death squads, including two graduates of the School of the Americas.

9. Olof Palme

Palme was a Swedish politician and prime minister (1982 – 1986). The nuclear accident in 1979 at Three Mile Island in the United States had a great impact in Sweden, and Palme contributed to a referendum (passed in 1980) to remove all nuclear reactors in Sweden. After being elected prime minister again in 1982, Palme tried to reinstate socialist economic policies in Sweden, and he continued to be outspoken on matters of European security. He was shot and killed while walking home with his wife after a visit to a cinema. The motive and identity of the killer remain a mystery.

8. The Boy in the Box

In 1957, an unidentified Caucasian male, probable age 4 to 6 years, whose nude body, wrapped in a cheap flannel blanket, was found lying face up inside a large cardboard carton just a few feet from the edge of Susquehanna Road in Northeast Philadelphia. The body was dry and clean. The boy’s arms were carefully folded across his stomach. The finger and toenails had been recently trimmed short and neat. His hair had been cut recently – very close to the head, in a crude, hurried way, perhaps as a deliberate attempt to conceal the child’s identity. Small clumps of cut hair clung to his entire body, suggesting that someone had groomed him while he was unclothed, probably either shortly before or immediately after death. There were many bruises all over the child’s body; particularly on the head and face. All of the bruises appeared to have been inflicted at the same time. Despite recent DNA investigations in to the crime, it remains unsolved.

7. Jack the Stripper

Jack the Stripper was the nickname given to an unknown serial killer responsible for what came to be known as the London “nude murders” between 1964 and 1965. His victimology was similar to Jack the Ripper’s. He murdered six — possibly eight — prostitutes, whose nude bodies were discovered around London or dumped in the River Thames. The victim count is ambiguous because two of the murders attributed to him did not fit his modus operandi. Like the Jack the Ripper killings, the Stripper’s reign of terror seemed to cease on its own, and there were few solid clues for police to investigate. Though his identity remains unknown, crime writer Donald Rumbelow notes that the killer could have been a young man who committed suicide in south London. This main suspect, who was also a favorite suspect of Chief Superintendent Du Rose, was a security guard on the Heron Trading Estate in Acton whose rounds included a paint shop where one of the bodies was thought to have been hidden after the crime. Though there was never any hard evidence to link him to the crimes, his family found his suicide inexplicable, and his suicide note cryptically said only that he was “unable to take the strain any longer”.

6. The Axeman of New Orleans

On May 23, 1918, an Italian grocer named Joseph Maggio and his wife were butchered while sleeping in their apartment above the Maggio grocery store. Upon investigation, the police discovered that a panel in the rear door had been chiseled out, providing a way in for the killer. The murder weapon, an axe, was found in the apartment, still coated with the Maggio’s blood. Nothing in the house had been stolen, including jewelry and money that were nearly in plain sight. The only clue that was discovered was a message that had been written in chalk near the victim’s home. It read: “Mrs. Joseph Maggio will sit up tonight. Just write Mrs. Toney”. Almost exactly a month after the Maggio murder came a second crime. Louis Bossumer, a grocer who lived behind his store with his common-law wife, Annie Harriet Lowe, was discovered by neighbors one morning, lying in a pool of blood. The Axeman murdered a total of eight people before the killings stopped. There was no evidence to link the only suspect, Joseph Mumfre, to the crimes.

5. JonBenét Ramsay

JonBenet Ramsays was a six-year-old girl known for her participation in beauty pageants in the United States. She was found murdered in the basement of her parents’ home in Boulder, Colorado, nearly eight hours after she was reported missing. The case is notable in both its longevity and the media interest it has generated in the United States. After several grand jury hearings the case is still unsolved. In December 2003, forensic investigators extracted enough material from a mixed blood sample found on JonBenét’s underwear to establish a DNA profile. The DNA belongs to an unknown Caucasian male. The DNA was submitted to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), a database containing more than 1.6 million DNA profiles, mainly from convicted felons. The sample has yet to find a match in the database, although it continues to be checked for partial matches on a weekly basis.

4. Black Dahlia

Elizabeth Short (born 29 July 1924) was a 22-year-old American woman who was the victim of a gruesome and much-publicized murder. Nicknamed the Black Dahlia, Short was found cut in half and severely mutilated on 15 January 1947 in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. The murder, which has remained unsolved, has been the source of widespread speculation as well as several books and film adaptations. Sensational and sometimes inaccurate press coverage, as well as the horrible nature of the crime, focused intense public attention on the case. About 60 people confessed to the murder, mostly men, as well as a few women. As the case continues to command public attention, many more people have been proposed as Short’s killer, much like London’s Jack the Ripper murders of 1888.

3. Andrew and Abby Borden

On a Thursday morning, August 4, 1892, Andrew Borden left home to conduct his business, leaving in the house, besides his wife, an Irish maid (Bridget Sullivan) and his daughter Lizzie. On his return, he settled on a sofa for a nap. About 11:15 AM, Lizzie (according to her testimony) discovered her father dead, repeatedly struck in the head with a sharp instrument. Upstairs his wife’s body was found, even more brutally mutilated; examination proved that her death had preceded her husband’s by an hour or so. It was found that Lizzie had tried to purchase prussic acid (a poison) on August 3, and a few days later she was alleged to have burned a dress in a stove. Sullivan, who also has been suspected, later that evening reportedly left the house carrying an unexamined parcel. No weapon was found, though an axe found in the basement was suspected. Lizzie was arrested and tried for both murders in June 1893 but was acquitted, given the circumstantial evidence. She was nonetheless ostracized thereafter by the people of her native Fall River, Massachusetts, where she continued to live until her death in 1927.

2. The Zodiac

The Zodiac Killer is one of the great unsolved serial killer mysteries of all time, taking only second place to Jack the Ripper. Even though police investigated over 2,500 potential suspects, the case was never officially solved. There were a few suspects that stood out, but the forensic technology of the times was not advanced enough to nail any one of them conclusively. The Zodiac murdered five known victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco between December 1968 and October 1969. Four men and three women between the ages of 16 and 29 were targeted. Others have also been suspected to be Zodiac victims, but there has been thus far no conclusive evidence to link them to the killer.

1. Jack the Ripper

Traditionally, Jack the Ripper is considered to have killed five women, all London prostitutes, during 1888. The Ripper generally killed by strangling his victims, then laying them down and cutting the arteries in their throats; this was followed by a varied process of mutilation, during which parts of the body were removed and kept. During the autumn and winter of 1888/89 a number of letters circulated among the police and newspapers, all claiming to be from the Whitechapel murderer; these include the ‘From Hell’ letter and one accompanied by part of a kidney. Ripperologists consider most, if not all, of the letters to be hoaxes. Over a century later Jack’s identity has never been wholly proven (there isn’t even a leading suspect), most aspects of the case are still debated and the Ripper is an infamous cultural bogeyman.

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Name: Ayushmann Khurrana

His name used to be: Nishant for the first 2 years of his life. His cousins still call him Nishu.

Birthday: 14th Sept

Born and grew up in: Chandigarh

Height: 5’9″

Shoe size: 9.

Studied: At St. John’s High School and DAV College, Chandigarh. He majored in English Literature.

First Job: A Radio Jockey at BIG FM, Delhi.

One Secret: Bitter dark chocolate is his ultimate aphrodisiac

Tete-a-tete with your VJ

What did you want to be as a child?

I always wanted be a performer. I was the clown of the class and used to amuse everybody with my antics. Performance was where my heart and soul was, but life charted out a different course for me to bring me to my realization. I took medical in 11th and 12th standard, almost got through a dental college but decided to opt for an English major in graduation and did my Masters in Mass Communication. Then came radio where I got an opportunity to exhibit my dreams and now it’s MTV where I get to vent out all my pent up emotions of performance and of course the chosen sufferers are you all :

And what made you audition for Roadies 2?

Traveling is a passion. I knew I could travel through Roadies. I want to go to North-East next.

So then how did VJing for MTV happen?

Actor + RJ = VJ (and Roadies get jobs with MTV)

You’re an introvert. How do you manage to be so outgoing on camera?

Don’t forget. I’m an actor

Yes, and you used to do a lot of theatre as well right?

I have done theatre for 5 years. I was the founder member of DAV College’s AAGHAAZ and MANCHTANTRA – active theatre groups in Chandigarh. I have conceptualized and enacted in street plays and won prizes in national fests like- Mood Indigo (IIT Mumbai), BITS Pilani and St. Bedes Simla. I also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwathaama in Dharamveer Bharti’s Andha Yug.

How many films have you done?

2 films for MTV’s Fully Faltoo Film Festival – Cheque De India and Jadoo Ek baar

So MTV glory or Bollywood fame?

As of now MTV glory, Bollywood fame can wait.

Have you ever had an experience that you look back on and think – fate played a hand there?

After completing my Mass Comm I had nothing to do. I was planning to take sabbatical for 2 months before going to Mumbai but my astrologer father literally dragged me out of the house and told me that I would get a job within a weeks time…guess what …Big FM selected me on the fourth day in Mumbai!

Chandigarh or Mumbai?

If people in Chandigarh will start thinking like Mumbaikars, it will become a beautiful place.

Where do you go to holiday?

Exploring my own country gives me the biggest high. Not only do I get to observe different cultures, climatic zones, regions…there is so much of difference but it’s overwhelming that we’re a part of one nation. I have traveled almost every part of the country, I’m yet to explore North-East.

Tell us about the most fun you’ve had while traveling?

During Roadies 2 I experienced the longest, most gruesome, adventurous expedition I have ever had – covering a distance of 2000 kms from Calcutta to Wagah border.

Do you consider yourself a sexy dude? What do you think is your biggest asset?

My biggest asset is my charming innocence and when you start acknowledging the fact that you’re sexy then you’re not sexy anymore…so that still leaves us with the same question!

Are you religious?

Yes. He’s always there to acknowledge us. It’s just that we who need to acknowledge Him.

Do you work out?


How often…what is your exercise routine like?

I do weight training at least 4 times a day and climb 15 floors everyday becauseI stay on the 15th floor. And I eat 5 small meals a day.

And what kinds of food do you like eating?

I love Mughlai and Punjabi food. In Roadies 2 when we were staying in Lucknow. I relished toonday kebabs. I miss mouth watering Mohammedan preparations of Nizamuddin and Chandni Chowk in Delhi. And who doesn’t miss home cooked makki ki roti and sarson ka saag.

Do you cook at all?

I have not discovered this talent!

What would we find on your most recently played list on your iPod?


Are there any social causes that are close to your heart?

I have enacted and conceptualized street plays on social issues targeting communalism and raising women emancipation issues.


Siblings: 1 younger brother – Aparshakti Khurana, who’s studying law.

Food: Mughali and Punjabi!

First Crush: In the 4th grade, her name was Saoli Mitra, she was a class topper and a classical dancer. You know I appreciate art and intelligence : I think she stays in Calcutta now.

Movie stars: Amitabh Bachchan and SRK

Comic character: Chacha Choudhry kyunki unka dimaag computer se bhi tez chalta hai

Book/author: ‘King of The World’ by David Remnick. It’s Mohd. Ali’s biography and William Dalrymple’s ‘The Last Mughal’ and ‘City Of Djinns’.

Favorite band/artist: Coldplay, Ghulam Ali, Fuzon

A pick-up line used on him: Oh ! That’s a ‘deep’ dimple!!

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If you are MTV freak you may be keen to know about your favorite VJ.Here are some fun facts of some of the most liked VJ’s .Starting with our very own RANNVIJAY


Name: Rannvijay Singh Singha

Born on: 16th March, 1983

Height: 6′

Education: Went to 9 different schools. Graduated from Hansraj College, Delhi University with a Bachelor’s of Commerce.

First Job: As a construction worker, in New Jersey, US.

Shoe size: Bata 9/ UK 9/ Swiss 10

One Secret: Rannvijay is a superhero freak. He collects action figures, comic books, jeans, chappals and even superhero underwear. His favorite comicbook superhero is Wolverine – “his attitude is unbelievable. Very sardar-like”. A close second is Batman.

Tete-a-tete with your VJ

You won the first season of MTV Roadies. And since then, you’ve become a VJ and the host of Roadies. What made you audition for Roadies? And how did you become a VJ?

After graduation, I was all set to join the army in 2 months. My family has been in the Indian Army for 6 generations. My dad is a brigadier, my brother is in the navy. Then the Roadies auditions came along, and I thought about it – on one hand, I would have had a 40 year career set out before me, with no problems – housing, medical, everything would be set with the Army. And on the other hand, was MTV and the uncertainty that came along with auditioning. But my dad supported me. He didn’t want me to regret it 20 years down the line.

Funnily enough, when I auditioned, and throughout Roadies, I just knew I would make it. Plus, it was the bike that motivated me to audition in the first place. I just really wanted to win the bike! Then after the show ended, I was pretty popular…people liked me. The MTV producers asked me to try Veejaying and not join the army. The liked the way I interacted with people. I was very camera shy, but I thought it would be fun. I think that was the hand of fate. I ended up in a totally different profession.

And as a child, what did you want to do?

I wanted to be a sports star – a basketball player. I wanted to get paid playing my favorite sport.

You’ve done a few films too? Do you plan to continue making movies?

Yes, I recently did Mumbai Cutting. And I have a couple of films lined up for this year. Once I became a VJ, I knew I’d be doing movies. I’m a very filmy person, as in, I watch a lot of movies; I’m a movie buff and a film critic.

So if you had to choose between MTV glory and Bollywood fame?

Done the former, waiting for the latter!

You mentioned you’re a bike lover? When did the love start, and how many bikes do you own?

I’m crazy about bikes really. Everyone knows me as a biker. On my 1st birthday, I was given a tricycle. I rode it well! And by the time I was 8, I was teaching kids older than me how to ride cycles. By 14, I used to maro bikes from people…as in, ask them to let me ride. Then my dad bought me a bike – a Hero Honda Splendor. It’s a Sports bike. I have a few other bikes – a Suzuki GSX 600, a Kawasaki Ninja, a 225 CC modified Hero Honda Karisma which I won on Roadies, a 50 CC Pocket bike and a Royal Enfield Bullet.

Do you play any sports apart from basketball? What do you do to maintain your body?

Yes, I’m a complete sportsman. I play all kinds of sports and I love outdoor activities. I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs. My adrenaline rush is being in the outdoors and doing something adventurous. That’s the high that comes with Roadies – I try all the tasks myself. I play a lot of basketball. I like playing soccer in the rain, Table Tennis in the office. And I go to the gym to run once in a while, or when I’m doing Roadies.

Do you believe in God?

100%. I’m not religious but I believe I have a one to one connection with God. I imagine talking to someone. I love Gurunanak. I love any religious place. I find them very peaceful.

Who matters to you the most in your life?

My younger brother. My mum and my dad. And my friends too.

The perfect girl to you is someone who….

Well, beautiful or not, that girl needs to be confident and carry herself confidently. However beautiful she is, if she’s dumb, she’s dumb. If she’s not stylish, it’s okay. But don’t wear things you end up looking silly in. That’s what wannabes do. She should have a firm head over her shoulders. And needs to be spontaneous, because I am, I’m very adventurous.

Aids awareness is one of causes you support right?

Yes. But I also am involved with Fight Back, which is a network 18 initiative to fight against female oppression in every form. Raghu is also involved now.


Siblings: One younger brother, Harmanjeet Singh Singha

Food: All kinds. His mum’s Punjabi khana, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Chinese and most recently Japanese. He love eating, loves junk food too, especially Mc Donalds.

Movies: Men of Honor, 300, all superhero movies, Sholay, Rang De Basanti, Andaaz Apna Apna.

Music: Femme Fatal. Usher, Justin, Timbaland, Punjabi MC, Vishal -Shekhar, A.R. Rahman.

Bollywood Movie Star: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan. Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan. Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan

Hollywood Movie Star: Johnny Depp, Leonardo deCaprio, Heath Ledger, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Hugh Jackman.

Cartoons: Bart Simpson.

Books: All comics: the Gotham comics, X Men , The Hulk etc. And otherwise, he enjoys reading autobiographies.

Author: John Grisham, Paulo Coelho.

Holiday destination: Australia and Brazil for the outdoor activities. But India is the best country because “your get everything… plains, backwaters, beaches, mountains, so many monuments and temples, architecture, traditions.”

TV shows: Entourage, 24, Sex and City – I liked it. Desperate housewives (“though it’s very melodramatic”)… Heroes, Survivor, Roadies, Fear Factor, The Apprentcie.

Cooks: Egg Bhurji, Rajma, Omlet…”I can make enough for myself to survive on”

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Defend yourself! And learn how to do it right with the only comprehensive book on karate weapons ever published! Shown are the proper usage and katas for seven lethal karate weapons: nunchaku, yawara stick, sai, fighting knife, tonfa, staff and bo.

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Mary Sue Taylor, Tere Stouffer “Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano”
2006-04-24 | 304 pages | PDF | 14.2 MB

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Want to go beyond “Chopsticks?” This visual guide to tickling the ivories will show you the way. By Chapter 2, you’ll be playing simple pieces and practicing scales.
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Cardoza Publications | ISBN: 158042-010-9  | Author: Fred Wilson and Bruse Alberston  |  English | PDF | 96 Pages | 4.28 MB (RAR compressed) |


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