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Courthouse 666

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Kick ass!

This photo I took of a Dell advertisement adorned with some 666 graffiti was used on a Consumerist article today. I submitted the photo to their flickr pool a while back.

Written by Eric Spiegel

October 3, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Guitars and Violins

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Ever since I was in 5th grade, I played the violin. I always hated practicing and playing in front of others. But it wasn’t until around 11th grade that I started to actually enjoy it. It was probably because I was finally (after only 5 years) good at playing. So for those last two years of high school, orchestra was my favorite class.

Once I went to college, I knew that balancing being in an orchestra and trying to be a physics major weren’t going to be easy. So I chose to give up the violin. I told myself that it would only be temporary and that one day, after I graduated, I would pick it up again. And I did, a few times. I would download some sheet music from the internet, dust off my violin, and try it out again–but it never felt quite the same.

During the times I played violin, I also was secretly jealous of my friends Cameron and Matt, who both played guitar. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar. And finally, last November my father-in-law gave me one of his. I was really excited and grateful, but I also felt like a n00b. I barely knew anything about guitars and I was in constant fear of breaking it or scratching it.

I really like the guitar he gave me and I also love the amp that my brother-in-law got me for Christmas this past year. But because of the ass surgery I had back in January, I haven’t had a lot of chances to practice. This is because it isn’t always wonderful to sit, so I’ve always put practicing on the back burner. But I’ve finally began to heal and sitting is something that I can do now without too much discomfort. Thus, I’ve gotten the itch to begin practicing again.

So yesterday, Cheri and I went out to Guitar Center and bought me a music stand. I really needed one since I couldn’t stand trying to read my music while it was lying on the couch or something next to me. Perhaps that was just a pet peeve of mine leftover from my violin days. But now that I have a music stand, I think I’ll be more encouraged to practice. Maybe I’ll break out my violin one of these days too.

Written by Eric Spiegel

May 19, 2007 at 8:45 am

No Motorcycles For Me, Please

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Yesterday morning, while waiting at the bus stop, I watched some dude wipe out hard on his motorcycle donorcycle. I was just standing at the stop, minding my own business, mildly irritated that someone didn’t pick up the present left by their dog at the stop. Then I looked up to my left and saw a guy on a yellow motorcycle (not a Harley Davidson, one of those speed demon type bikes) getting ready to take a left turn out of an apartment complex. The ground was a little wet from the previous night’s rain, but I wasn’t really thinking about that–and apparrantly neither was he.

As he began to make his left turn, he gave the bike a little too much gas. At first I thought he was just trying to show off, but then I watched as his bike swerved quickly back and forth followed by him falling on his right side with his bike landing on his right leg. I was mortified at the sight and didn’t really know what to do.

I ran over to where he was (he probably wasn’t more than 200 ft from where I was) to see if he was ok. By the time I got to him he was standing up on his own but limping and in some obvious pain. I was about to call an ambulance when a woman in scrubs pulled over to help. I didn’t speak to her but I assumed that she was either a doctor or a nurse and she began to examine him to see if he was alright.

I walked back to the bus stop, slightly shaken. I’ve seen in my forensic pathology course the kinds of injuries people sustain in motorcycle accidents, but it didn’t really phase me until I saw this guy eat the pavement. All I could really think of was that my father really really wants a motorcycle and he’ll probably buy one within the year. I hope he changes his mind.

Written by Eric Spiegel

May 18, 2007 at 12:16 pm

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Postcard from Cambodia

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Yesterday Cheri and I got a postcard from our good friend Cameron. He’s out on vacation in East Asia. He’s visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. I knew that he was going out there sometime this month, but couldn’t for the life of me remember when he said he would be going. And since I hadn’t heard from him in a long time, I began to worry if he was still alive. But luckily the postcard proves otherwise :).

Written by Eric Spiegel

April 25, 2007 at 9:42 am

End O’ Semester

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Well this semester is winding down. I only have one more class meeting before finals start. So basically, I’ve got three things left to do for this semester.

  1. Write my Homicide Investigation term paper.
  2. Take my Forensic Pathology final.
  3. Take my Homicide Investigation final.

I’m writing my term paper on Ed Gein, the man that inspired the killers in the films Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs. He was a pretty messed up guy. He was obsessed with his mother, killed 2 people, dug up the graves of recently deceased women, and made a body suit out of their skin. Like I said: messed up.

I’m looking forward to this semester being done with. I want to move onto the summer semester. I’m taking two courses this summer. I’ll be taking Crime Scene Investigation I, and then I’ll be taking Medicolegal Death Investigation. Both courses should be a blast.

Written by Eric Spiegel

April 20, 2007 at 3:05 pm

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Some Analysis of the Killings at Virginia Tech

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As a part of my Homicide Investigation class at George Washington University, my instructor has asked us to write a brief analysis of the killings that occurred at Virginia Tech on Monday. Even though I am only a student and haven’t had the experience, statistically speaking, there are many things that are common when this type of crime occurs. I am in no way stating that any of the following is fact, it is just my interpretation of the events as based on my knowledge gained in my Homicide Investigation course.

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It appears that the offender’s motivation for the first shooting is domestic. There have been much speculation as to the offender’s relationship with the female victim. Some feel that they may have been in a relationship or that Cho had feelings for the female victim. It is possible that his motivation to kill her was caused by Cho’s apparent hatred for “spoiled, rich kids.” Is it possible that Cho had feelings for the female and was rejected? Thus taking his hatred out on her? Based on the fact that Cho walked across campus (at least half a mile) to Norris Hall to commit his crimes shows he had been planning this. The killings at Norris were not spontaneous at all.

Cho wanted to destroy what symbolized the high class that he felt such disdain for. Since he associated many, if not all, students at Virginia Tech as being in this class, he felt that everyone encountered could potentially be his victims.

This murder seems most likely to be an authority murder. The perceived authority being the higher class. If Cho grew up in a middle or lower income family, then this could explain his problem with the higher class. Northern Virginia can have very large gaps in the income levels among families. Cho probably felt this gap during his time in school in Northern Virginia and this is what probably helped escalate his hatred.

But the question remains of who was his primary target? Was it the first two victims? Or was his primary target someone in Norris Hall? Usually in an authority killing, the killing ends once the primary target is killed. Did Cho find his primary target in Norris Hall, then end his life?

Weapon stockpiling and verbalization of hatred towards a particular authority is also common in this type of murder. It seems that Cho did both of these things by purchasing two semiautomatic handguns and writing disturbing poetry and plays in his creative writing classes.

Cho probably had a history of mental illness, including isolation, paranoid behavior, etc. Cho’s post offensive behavior did not seem to change at all. Especially since he shot two people, and calmly went back to his own dorm, then walked across campus to execute another batch of killings. Cho’s history of being isolated and calm continues to his post-offensive behavior. This is probably why nothing was suspected of his behavior in between the two shooting incidents.

Written by Eric Spiegel

April 17, 2007 at 9:47 pm

R.I.P. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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Today marks a sad day in the literary world. Prolific writer Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. passes. It was Vonnegut who introduced me into the wonderful world of literature. God Bless you, Mr. Vonnegut.

Written by Eric Spiegel

April 12, 2007 at 10:35 am

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