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Hunts Point, close to where the head was found (Google Maps)

As if it isn’t bad enough that American journalists are being kidnapped and beheaded by members of the Islamic State in Iraq, now we have to worry about Americans decapitating themselves stateside!

According to recent reports by the New York Daily News, 51-year-old Tomas Rivera of the Bronx just beheaded himself in broad daylight along a busy New York street. Apparently, he tied a chain around his neck, attached the other end to a pole, climbed into his car and hit the accelerator.

Seconds later, Rivera’s vehicle smashed into a parked car while his head went the opposite direction. And believe it or not, but a Chicago man died in the exact same manner in 2011, which obviously could have set a gruesome precedent for Rivera.

Either way, you can’t accuse these men of lacking showmanship!

Off with his head

Yildrim and her rapist, the still headed Gilder

Turkish woman awaits trial after beheading her alleged rapist – CNN.

I don’t know why I keep stumbling on to gruesome and disturbing stories like this one from Turkey.

Nevin Yildrim is a 26-year-old mother of two who has been raped repeatedly at gunpoint by her husband’s cousin, Nurettin Gilder. Ever since Yildrim’s husband left town in January, Gilder has been entering her room and threatening to kill her children if she ever told anyone about it. He even took pictures of them with his cell phone that could be used to help keep her in line.

Earlier this week, Yildrim finally had enough.

Gilder called and she was sure he would come to rape her later. And she was right, only this time she was ready for him, a loaded rifle in hand.

“I chased him,” she told authorities. “He fell on the ground. He started cussing. I shot his sexual organ this time. He became quiet. I knew he was dead. I then cut his head off.”

You read that right: she cut his head off. And that was only the beginning.

Yildrim grabbed the severed head by the hair and marched it into the town square. She then approached a coffee house full of men, held the head high and said, “Don’t play with my honor. This is the head of the man who played with my honor.”

She then dropped the head on the ground and walked away, only to be apprehended by authorities shortly thereafter.

I support female empowerment and definitely think rapists should pay for their crimes. So I can understand Yildrim wanting this man dead. But cutting off his head?

She probably should have aimed for the smaller head and forced Gilder to live with his shame and emasculation, but to each her own.

Afghan civilians lose their heads


Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Helmand Province, Afghanistan (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)

Insurgents behead 17 Afghan civilians at a party – Businessweek.

This story is truly gruesome, so please proceed with caution.

Earlier today in the Taliban-controlled, southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, insurgents beheaded 17 Afghan civilians at a party.

They beheaded them.

The very thought makes me shudder. Here were these innocent party goers, spending time with friends until BAM! A bunch of well-armed and ruthless “soldiers” bust in, force you to your knees and proceed to lop your head off. Seventeen times!

I am, of course, disgusted by this horrible, horrible tragedy. But mixed with this nausea is an undercurrent of pure hatred for anyone who would do such a thing to a fellow human.

Aside from being innocent civilians, these people had mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, spouses and children. And in one fell swoop, they are all gone. And all that remains is pain and despair.

Although I am in no position to do so, I would LOVE to give these insurgents a taste of their own medicine. Go medieval on them, to borrow a turn of phrase from Tarantino. Alas, that will never happen at my hands.

But in this life or the next, they will eventually get what’s coming to them. You can’t escape karma, I don’t care who you are…

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