Friday, July 22, 2016

Amoklauf Munich Olympia Mall: Nine Dead

Okay, this is getting weird, considering what I have just previously written about borrowing the Malay-German word Amoklauf. A copy of the above book Amok Im Kopf was found in the Munich shooter's room.  German police say he studied school and other mass shootings, and hacked into a woman's account on Facebook to lure children to the McDonald's for free meal items.

It's become quite apparent: He picked the date because it was the 5th anniversary of Breivik.

Someone on Twitter claimed the Munich shooter used a photo of Breivik as his WhatsApp profile pic.

"Obvious link" between Munich gunman and Norway's mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, German police say, the day after.

He appears to have been born in Germany, of Iranian descent, but was extremely xenophobic, anti-immigrants, during the shouted statements he made to his victims and eyewitnesses.

Amoklauf in Munich. At a McDonalds. A mall. Another day, another rampage - a shooting rampage - hit Germany on Friday, July 22, 2016.

Today is the 5th anniversary of the Norway: 7.22.11 Breivik Attacks. The attack was revealed to have a strong rightwing foundation. The Breivik events assisted me in predicting the Aurora shootings.

Now this German attack in Munich, a location heavy with terrorism history tied to the Olympics, as the August 5th date for the 2016 Summer Olympics nears.

Well, Loren, no sooner do you invite the word Amoklauf into our language than another Amoklauf happens --- and in Germany, specifically in the city of Munich where I was stationed in the US Army exactly 42 years ago. ~ Tom Mellet.

The shooter targeted children came the early reports said. Children at a McDonalds, next to the Olympia shopping mall. Reports of multiple shooters - up to three - probably were wrong, as they have been lately.

At least nine people were killed when gunfire erupted at a shopping center in Munich, Germany, in what police officials said "looks like a terror attack."

Munich police have verified that one of the ten dead bodies was the shooter.

The shooter has now been identified as an 18-year-old Iranian, who has been living in Munich for more than two years.

Police said no one was in custody, and the city was under a virtual lockdown, with residents being urged to stay home, restaurants and other business closing and public transit shutting down.

The shooting broke out at a McDonald's across from the Olympia shopping mall at about 5:50 p.m. local time, police spokeswoman Claudia Küntzel said. Shots also were fired inside the mall, witnesses said.

On Facebook, police said gunfire was reported in several locations and that witnesses said they saw three people with firearms. These reports appear to have mistaken.

A witness identified as Lauretta told CNN her son was in a bathroom with a shooter at the McDonald's. "That's where he loaded his weapon," she said. "I hear like an alarm and boom, boom, boom... And he's still killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can't run."

[Lauretta said she heard the gunman say, "Allahu Akbar," or God is great. "I know this because I'm Muslim. I hear this and I only cry." - Some are disputing this claim.]

This McDonald's shooting was only days after another infamous McDonald's rampage. It also was laid to a motivation rooted in xenophobia, as appears the Munich one.

The San Ysidro McDonald's massacre was a mass shooting that occurred in and around a McDonald's restaurant in the San Diego neighborhood of San Ysidro on July 18, 1984. The perpetrator, 41-year-old James Huberty, shot and killed 21 people and injured 19 others before being fatally shot by a SWAT team sniper.

It will be noted that the first victim killed in this 1984 massacre was named "Caine" and another fatality had the first name "Aurora."
The shooting ranked as the deadliest mass shooting committed in the United States until the 1991 Luby's shooting. It is the second deadliest shooting rampage in which the perpetrator was killed by police as opposed to dying by suicide, behind only the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.
Some insights from others about the Munich shooting:

Olym(Pi)a on Pi day. 22/7. ~ Rory Sonya
Just as the Micah X. Johnson Amoklauf in Dallas took place just 1/4 mile East of Dealey Plaza, so did the latest Amoklauf in the Olympia shopping mall in Munich take place 3/4 mile West of the Olympic Village Building 31 where the Palestinian terrorist group called Black September took the Israeli Wrestling team hostage at the Munich Olympics on September 5, 1972. Just 4 months later, on January 7, 1973, Mark Essex took to the Howard Johnson's rooftop in New Orleans to carry out his Amoklauf mission. ~ Tom Mellet.


Let us also recall, beside the recent German train attack and the German cinema attack, there was a train station incident in May.

On May 10, 2016, there was a 5 a.m. attack at the Grafing train station, near Munich, Germany. One person was killed, three injured, as the man with a knife was quickly arrested. He yelled "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is great."

The Grafing Bahnhof suspect was taken into custody with bare feet, and his shoes could not be found.

(Thanks to Enki King for updates.)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Amoklauf Würzburg Axe Attack

More than 20 people have been injured and some have died after a man began attacking train (on the red one pictured above) passengers with an axe in Germany.

The attack happened on the train line between Wurzburg and Heidingsfeld. The site is between Frankfurt and Nuremberg.

The attack took place as the train was traveling between stations. The train made an emergency stop short of the station at Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld and the assailant jumped out of the train.

Police hunted the man down with ground searchers and a helicopter.

The assailant, armed with a knife and an ax, was identified as a 17-year-old Afghan man living in Ochsenfurt, Bavaria, according to Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann.

The ax-wielding man has been shot dead by police, according to Lt. Fabian Hench, regional police spokesman.

Four passengers who were attacked are in serious condition, with the total number of wounded unclear, although over 20 injured is reported by police and others. The attacker's motive is not yet known, Hench said.

The attacker remains unidentified, for now.


Shall we employ a new word in America for rampages?

Mass shootings and frenzied attacks have become all too routine in the USA. It's time for a new term. Let's use the German Amoklauf, which combines the Malay word "amok" (rampage) and "lauf" (run), as in "running amok."

I posted on Twitter about this:


The early 600s AD name Uburzis that was used at the same time as Würzburg is presumably of Celtic origin. Based on a folk etymological connection to the German word Würze "herb, spice," the name was Latinized as Herbipolis in the medieval period

The Würzburg witch trials, which occurred between 1626 and 1631, are one of the largest peace-time mass trials. In Würzburg, under Bishop Philip Adolf an estimated number between 600 and 900 alleged witches were burned.

On 3 April 1945, Würzburg was occupied by the U.S. 12th Armored Division and U.S. 42nd Infantry Division in a series of frontal assaults masked by smokescreens. The battle continued until the final Wehrmacht resistance was defeated on 5 April 1945.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Another Thin Blue Line Attack Copycat: 3 Police Officers Killed, 7+ Shot, Gunman Dead

The Thin Blue Line is a colloquial term for police forces, the barrier between crime and uncivil acts and civilization. Two movies have used this title.  The Thin Blue Line is a 1965 documentary film by William Friedkin about the police and the problems they encounter. The Thin Blue Line is a 1988 documentary film by Errol Morris concerning the murder of a police officer.

Artist Frank Hayden's "Red Stick" in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

As correspondent Tom Mellet points out, the Thin Blue Line is now marked by the Red Pole, which in French is le baton rouge.
French explorer Sieur d'Iberville led an exploration party up the Mississippi River in 1699. The explorers saw a red pole marking the boundary between the Houma and Bayogoula tribal hunting grounds. The French name le bâton rouge ("the red pole") is the translation of a native term rendered as Istrouma, possibly a corruption of the Choctaw iti humma "red pole"
André-Joseph Pénicaut, a carpenter traveling with d'Iberville, published the first full-length account of the expedition in 1723. According to Pénicaut,
"From there [Manchacq] we went five leagues higher and found very high banks called écorts in that region, and in savage called Istrouma which means red stick [bâton rouge], as at this place there is a post painted red that the savages have sunk there to mark the land line between the two nations, namely: the land of the Bayagoulas which they were leaving and the land of another nation—thirty leagues upstream from the baton rouge—named the Oumas."
See also Red Sticks for the ceremonial use of red sticks among the Muscogee.
The location of the red pole was presumably at Scott's Bluff, on what is now the campus of Southern University. It was reportedly a 30-foot-high (9.1 m) painted pole adorned with fish bones.

During 2016, after the attack in Dallas that left 5 law enforcement officers dead, in a contextual history often forgotten, and with copycats since then, the Thin Blue Line is under assault again.

At least seven officers were injured and at least three of them are feared dead in a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, 7.17.2016. (The number of those killed was updated to "4" by a state legislature representative on MSNBC. He also said there were "multiple shooters," so his information is unverified. Police, during a news conference, also mentioned they may be looking for multiple shooters - in black, with long guns, with masks, faces hidden, maybe in military garb.)

Police received a call of "suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle," the source said. The suspect appeared to be wearing black with assault rifle.

When police arrived, the man opened fire.
The remaining officers are hospitalized in critical condition.
Kip Holden, the mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, said authorities were still trying to get a handle on the situation, but added, "The count is three officers dead possibly."
The victims may include police officers and sheriff's deputies.
"There is still an active scene. They are investigating," he said. "Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything."
The shooter is believed to be down as well, Holden said.
"Everything is moving fast and I have not been able to verify everything," he said.

Since the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police earlier this month, the department has worried about credible threats against officers, on street protests, and actual plots to shot local police.


The gunman

The suspect was shot dead.

Screengrab from a video of a Gavin Eugene Long using the pseudonym of Cosmo Setepenra. (YouTube)

Long went to Dallas after the attack on police officers on July 7, 2016, according to a video he posted to Youtube. He tweeted a photo of Micah X. Johnson, the Dallas gunman. Long wrote that he dropped out of college, sold his two cars and gave away his material possessions to journey to Africa, his “ancestral homeland,” after a “spirutual revelation.” While there he wrote three books, he said on the website. Source.
Law enforcement agencies have identified the man as Gavin Eugene Long, who has been tied to the Sovereign Citizens Movement. Due to the early history of the Sovereign Citizens anti-government, allegedly white supremacy philosophy, initial confused caused some mainstream media reporters to identify Long as a white gunman.

Now, however, Long, is being described as a black male from Kansas City, Missouri, who was killed at the scene of the shooting, CBS News reports. He turned 29 on Sunday, July 17, 2016, as the day of these shootings was his birthday.

Gavin Long was a former University of Alabama student who was divorced from his wife in 2011. Public records show he has lived in Kansas City and Grandview, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the university is located. He was a former Marine.


The Victims

Montrell Jackson was one of the three officers killed. (Facebook)

Jackson's new son was born only two months ago.

The second victim has been identified as Matthew Gerald, 41, who was married with two children. He had been working on his own for 12 days.


The Location

"Where do you want this killin' done. God says, down on highway 61." ~ Bob Dylan

Airline Highway is a divided highway in the U.S. state of Louisiana, built in stages between 1925 and 1953 to bypass the older Jefferson Highway. It runs 115.6 miles (186.0 km), carrying U.S. Highway 61 from New Orleans northwest to Baton Rouge and U.S. Highway 190 from Baton Rouge west over the Mississippi River on the Huey P. Long Bridge. US 190 continues west towards Opelousas on an extension built at roughly the same time.

The highway was named "Airline" because it runs relatively straight on a new alignment, rather than alongside the winding Mississippi River. (Compare with the similar term air-line railroad.) The name later became even more fitting, as both Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport were built along the highway. Airline Highway also runs close to the site of the old Baton Rouge airfield (near the intersection of Airline and Florida Boulevard, now a park and government office complex), which brings it within blocks of the similarly named Airport Avenue and Airway Drive.

The highway's origin is famously identified with Governor Huey P. Long, who advocated for a modern highway system in Louisiana. Long was assassinated on September 10, 1935.

Friday, July 15, 2016

A Date to Watch: August 5, 2016

San Bernardino, Orlando, Dallas, Nice. It is a regular happening, mass deaths. The line of events is now long. It goes back for years. Lone gunmen, terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and even cars & trucks into crowds. What is next on the horizon?

Remember Friday, July 20, 2012? James Holmes opened fire on the patrons at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, just as The Dark Knight Rises began, killing 12 and injuring 70 others. The night was the premiere evening for the film. (See also here, here, and here.)

Do you recall the trailer that ran before the movie that night in Aurora? It was Gangster Squad, and it showed a movie theater being shot up with machine guns. That scene was later taken out of the actual film before it was released.

But the Aurora shooting did not happen in a vacuum. There were precursors. As I wrote a year ago, will the "Next Movie Shooting: August 5, 2016?"

What quickly followed was rather remarkable.

On Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Grand 16, in Lafayette, Louisiana, an unidentified 59-year-old male opened fire on a crowd of viewers at Trainwreck. On July 24, 2015, I wrote about that in "Fayette Factor Hits Movie Theater."

On August 4, 2015, I warned of the anniversary syndrome with regard to the Lafayette shooting. 

We are coming up to the two-week anniversary for the Trainwreck/Lafayette shooting, always a dangerous window. The date for that anniversary - Wednesday, August 5, 2015.
People should watch out.
Besides Lafayette/Fayette, should we look to other "power name" locations or people*?

My 2015 prediction came to pass for August 5, 2015. I wrote:

On August 5, 2015, my recent forecast came true. Two-week anniversaries are significant. (And four-week, one month cycles, are, as well. That upcoming date is Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Predictive future forecasting is simple. What people do with it, remains problematic. At least, the copycat effect is now not disbelieved, as it was a mere dozen years ago when I wrote my book.)...
The predicted theater incident occurred exactly two weeks after a shooting at a showing of Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana. The hatchet attack and air pistol shooting resulted in the death of the attacker and the injury of three patrons of the theater.
The movie that was playing at the time was Mad Max: Fury Road....
The 2015 event took place at the Carmike Hickory 8 Cinema in Antioch, Tennessee, around 1:15 p.m. The gunman at the Hickory Hollow Cinema, Vincente David Montano was allegedly armed with a hatchet, pepper spray, an Airsoft gun, and a fake bomb. He reportedly was wearing a surgical mask. He was shot dead by a SWAT team as he exited through the theater's rear door.
It happened on Bell Road, a power name mentioned here often. See also here and here....
The Carmike Hickory 8 Cinema and Hickory Hollow Cinema are references to Andrew Jackson. See more here.
And Antioch is dissected too.

But now, the one year anniversary will soon be upon us.

This is not "fear porn." This is using forecast to heighten awareness.

As I said on a recent 42 Minutes podcast interview with Sync Book's William Morgan (7.14.16 #235), people walk around in a fog. I am here to splash some water in some faces to attempt to prevent disasters. 

The movie Suicide Squad opens on Friday, August 5, 2016. Is it subconsciously broadcasting the kinds of messages to those who might shoot up a movie theater? Will it trigger the kind of shooting that we have come to almost (but not really) take for granted in the climate of violence today?
Suicide Squad takes place in a post-Superman world, following the events of Dawn of Justice, as the government grapples with how to respond the next time an alien visits Earth with less noble intentions than the Man of Steel. The answer, according to ruthless intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), is to recruit society’s most vile criminals, armed with lethal skills and superhuman powers. Her first target is possessed archaeologist June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne).
Waller’s program doesn’t get a green light, though, until Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, and Waller needs to activate the whole squad of prisoners. The baddies get a break. Deadshot (Will Smith) has his Second Amendment rights ­reinstated, Harley (Margot Robbie) is carefully excised from her birdcage, Diablo (Jay ­Hernandez) is released from his own fireproof fortress of solitude, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot (Adam Beach) strap their weapons back on, and Killer Croc ­(Adewale Akinnuoye-­Agbaje) is popped from his swamp. The one condition for their restricted freedom: Obey orders or die, a rule strictly enforced by squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), his samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and the explosive devices inserted into their necks courtesy of Wayne Enterprises. (Thanks, Batman!) Throwing a wrench into all these plans is the tatted Gotham City arch-criminal, the Joker (Jared Leto), and his laser-like plan to reunite with his true love, Harley, mission be damned.
But a funny thing happens while these scumbags try to become heroes – they each must absolve themselves of their crimes even if society won’t. And that’s where it gets interesting. A layer of humanity – and sadness – resides underneath these characters’ stories as they each grapple with whether they can be redeemed.

Directed and written by David Ayer, the movie stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jay Hernandez, and Karen Fukahara.

Suicide Squad will open August 5, 2016.


*What names to watch?

In Jim Brandon's 1983 book, The Rebirth of Pan: Hidden Faces of the American Earth Spirit, he wrote, regarding the "name game":
I'm not talking here of such spooky tongue-twisters as H.P. Lovecraft's Yog-Sothoth or Arthur Machen's Ishakshar, but of quite ordinary names like Bell, Beall and variants, Crowley, Francis, Grafton, Grubb, Magee/McGee, Mason, McKinney, Montpelier, Parsons, Pike, Shelby, Vernon, Watson/Watt, Williams/Williamson. I have others on file, but these are the ones which I have accumulated the most instances.

In my 1983 Mysterious America, I observed, besides John A. Keel and Charles Fort:
Cryptologic or coincidence? Jim Brandon should be credited with calling attention to the name Watts/Watkins/Watson, and its entanglement with inexplicable things. Some other names involved in mysterious events pinpointed by Brandon are Bell, Mason, Parsons, Pike, Vernon, and Warren. The influence of such names as Mason, Pike, Warren, and Lafayette, for example, issues, in some cryptopolitical and occult way, from their ties to the Masonic tradition.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Promenade des Anglais: 84 Dead in Nice

At least 84 people have been killed and over a hundred more injured in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday, July 14, 2016, after a truck (lorry in the UK reports) was "deliberately driven" into a crowd out celebrating Bastille Day in a confirmed terrorist attack.

Considering I just posted about Zombieland and how Zombie-like the Pokeman Go players are behaving, it is intriguing that the Nice attack is being compared to Zombie movies. 

"Truck Attack similarity to zombie movies," writes Steve Lindsay.

"The white truck ---- equals the White horse ----The First Horseman of Book of Revelations -> R 9/11. The carnage scene today in France was described as apocalyptic."

World War Z and Dawn of the Dead/Two Buses from Hell. (See here and here.)

Those who have read my book, The Copycat Effect, realize that graphic images like these ones (below) actually stimulate more copycats. The bodies on the avenue is the lead photograph from The Drudge Report. I post it here for editorial reasons. To reveal and make known is to undermine the syndrome.

Crowds watching fireworks for France's Independence Day were mowed down by a large white truck that plowed, via a zigzag pattern, through the gathered people.

The first victim to die was a Muslim mother of seven named Fatima Charrihi.

Nicolas Leslie, a University of California, Berkeley, student who was missing after a truck drove through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84, died in the attack, the school said Sunday, relaying information it had received from the FBI.

He is the third American confirmed killed in the Thursday attack. A father and son from Texas also died in the attack.

Sean Copeland, 51, and his 11-year-old son Brodie were among the more than 80 people killed Thursday when a truck zig-zagged through a screaming crowd for more than a mile along the Promenade des Anglais.

The driver of the truck engaged in gunfire with law enforcement officers, and died in the fire fight. Grenades and guns were found in the truck.

An identity card of a 31 year-old Nice resident of Tunisian ancestry was found in the truck, according to various French media.

The @guardiannews quotes @Nice_Matin that the identity of the #NiceAttack driver is allegedly French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31.

The focus is the Promenade des Anglais Promenade des Anglais means "Avenue of the English." In the early 1800s, many wealthy English tourists came to Nice to spend their winters. They settled mainly in the area to the west of the Old Town, where they built villas and hotels as well as establishing their own Anglican church and cemetery. Thus this area became the "Avenue of the English."

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La fête national (The National Celebration) and commonly Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July).

The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, an important event in Paris in The French Revolution, which had begun two days earlier, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.

In an unrelated accident, a fire has been reported and pictured burning at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.