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April 14, 2008

Remembering the D.C. Starbucks Murders

Filed under: personal,thoughts,work — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 10:34 am

With so much tragedy in the world, it’s easy to become jaded, and unless you can identify with a particular story, these tragedies are easy to ignore. The only news story that’s ever haunted me was the triple-murder at a Starbucks in D.C. that happened during the summer of 1997.

The other day, I saw an episode of Murder by the Book on Tru TV about the Georgetown murders, and it gave me chills. I’ve seen so many crime dramas, and watched so many documentaries on crimes on Discovery Channel, TLC, etc. that I never even associate with the victims—I associate with the cops and forensic investigators every time. What makes this case so different? Starbucks.

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April 13, 2008

Don’t Hitch-hike in Turkey

Filed under: news — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 12:17 am

An Italian woman who had been hitch-hiking to promote world peace was found murdered. From the BBC News article:

She had said she wanted to show that she could put her trust in the kindness of local people.

I guess that didn’t work out so well. Call me jaded, call me cynical, but God, that was a terrible idea.

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