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In the supemarket. I am buying tea, pasta, a vanilla pudding, chocolate (because my life sucks), and sandwich bread.

Little kid behind me: “Ooooh Sandwiches!”

Me: “Yeah, I am making pudding bread.”

Kid: “What’s pudding bread?”

Me: “Two slices of bread, spread the vanilla pudding on them, and put the bar of chocolate in the middle.”

Kid gets wide eyes: “NOT REALLY!”

Me: “Oh yes! Absolutely!”

Kid (to mother): “MOM! Can I have pudding bread too?”

….I feel a little evil.


Ever since I signed with my current employer, there have been persistent stories about the ‘exploits’ of one of our managers. That is, he sexually harasses his female staff. Some of the co-workers who told me about it claimed to be victims themselves, but I never witnessed any of it myself. At the same time, there are just too many reports by too many women – if this is not true, it would have to be a big conspiracy indeed.

I always “hoped” that I might be a chance witness, so that I could trigger something, but no such “luck”. I did encourage the victims to report it, but as far as I know none ever did.

Last week, and purely by chance, I ran into a woman who had left the company recently. I asked her why she resigned, as overall she seemed to be okay with the job.

“Secretgeek, you remember I told you he tried to touch me a couple times?”

“Yes,” I said, dreading where this might go.

“He actually put his hands between my legs once. Nobody – none of the women anyway – will enter a car with the man. It is really terrible!”

“So why didn’t you ever complain officially?”

She shrugged. “You know what would have happened? He’d say, ‘I didn’t do this’ and that’s that.”

I had to concur. But I had to think about this a lot the past few days, and so today I sent an – anonymous – mail to our CEO, who is usually quite approachable. I didn’t name names, but made clear what the situation was, and that I realize that he can’t do much based on rumors. I suggested that he should remind all staff that such behavior is not tolerated – and include guidelines what a victim should do.

I don’t know if it’ll help. But at least I did something.


This is from November last year, and a perfect entry into our continued series on Random Acts of Evil. It looks like a child was murdered by a kick in the head. The real kicker, however, is that she was also put into a dryer. Let’s quote the newspaper…

Two men were found guilty on Tuesday of murdering little Nia Glassie and her mother was found guilty of manslaughter, with other defendants being found guilty of lesser crimes.

The month-long trial had heard how the child had been put in a clothes dryer, which was then turned on, while adults stood around laughing.

There were other times when the tiny Maori girl was tied to a clothes line and spun around while on other occasions she was subjected to painful wrestling moves that were carried out on her.

But the final fatal blow was a brutal kick to the head, which led to her dying in hospital.

Even then, she had not been taken immediately to hospital – she lapsed into a coma 36 hours after the blow which resulted in medical attention finally being sought.

I mean… how do these people even come to think that kicking a child, or putting it in a dryer, could possibly, in some way, be a good idea? The mind boggles.

And I apologize for the bad pun in the beginning. Hey, it’s a series of posts about evil, what do you expect of me?

Is this really a random act?

An Austrian man, as you are probably all aware of, locked up his daughter in the basement, fathered seven children with her, and kept her and most of them locked up ever since – in the case of the “young woman” for 24 years.

If you’ve lived under a rock, you can read details about the story on the BBC News website.

This is the kind of sick, twisted, methodical evil that I will never be able to understand. I guess I can see how a father may lose his mind and rape his own daughter, as sick as that is, but what kind of deranged stupidity does it take to actually build a dungeon and lock up your daughter in it for 24 years?

Life is funny. Every time I am depressed like there’s no tomorrow, it proves me that other people are far, far worse off.

The world has a way of proving to me that my own problems are insignificant to what some other people have to go through. Continuing our successful “Random Acts of Evil” series, here’s something truly revolting: It seems that a mentally handicapped woman was slowly tortured to death by a family who pocketed her social security checks.

[Living on a mattress in the basement,] Dorothy Dixon ate what she could forage from the refrigerator upstairs, where housemates used her for target practice with BBs, burned her with a glue gun and doused her with scalding liquid that peeled away her skin.

They torched what few clothes she had, so she walked around naked. They often pummeled her with an aluminum bat or metal handle.

You didn’t think that was all, did you? It gets worse. Mrs Dixon was pregnant when she died. She left a son, too.

[The investigator] watched the autopsy and found her injuries disturbing. X-rays revealed roughly 30 BBs lodged in her. Deep-tissue burns covered about one-third of her body — her face, her chest, her arms and feet — and left her severely dehydrated. Her face and body showed signs of prolonged abuse. Many of her wounds were infected.

I really cannot comprehend how anybody could do this to another person – or even an animal. Five adults and a twelve-year old were charged with the murder.

Poetic Justice

In Australia, raping children is now legal. Or so it would seem after a recent court decision:

Nine males who pleaded guilty last month to gang-raping a 10-year-old girl at the Aurukun Aboriginal community on Cape York have escaped a prison term, with the sentencing judge saying the child victim “probably agreed” to have sex with them.


Judge Bradley sentenced three men over the age of consent of 16 – aged 17, 18 and 26 – to six months’ imprisonment, with the sentence suspended for 12 months.

It has to be noted that the case sparked outrage and an immediate investigation, so this is not the last word. It should be noted that, according to the article, “Under Queensland law a child under 12 cannot give consent to sexual intercourse.”

I wonder, who is more evil: The men who rape a child, or the judge who lets it pass?

We haven’t had any Random Acts of Evil in a long time, but here’s something that’s messed while being, well, more of an everyday sort of evil:

A speeding motorist who killed a teenage cyclist is suing the boy’s parents over damage to his luxury car, the government says.

Enaitz Iriondo, 17, died instantly in August 2004 when businessman Tomas Delgado’s Audi A8 crashed into him at 100 mph near Haro in northern Spain, an Interior Ministry traffic report said. The speed limit was 55 mph.


Delgado, whose insurance company paid Iriondo’s parents $48,500 in compensation for their son’s life, filed a suit in late 2006 to recover $29,400 in damages to his car and car rental costs, the ministry traffic report said.

In most countries this would be laughed out of court.

Update: There’s a whole website dedicated to outing Mr. Delgado. A worthy goal and thus herewith linked.

This is for Sand. And it’s not really as evil as some of the other things I posted about… it’s still very cynical.

It seems that in Saudi Arabia, the victim of a gang-rape was sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in prison. Originally, her punishment was lower – but was raised because the judges, well, I guess they didn’t like her.

[…] the victim was […] punished for violating Saudi Arabia’s laws on segregation that forbid unrelated men and women from associating with each other. She was initially sentenced to 90 lashes for being in the car of a strange man.

On appeal, the Arab News reported that the punishment was not reduced but increased to 200 lashes and a six-month prison sentence.

The Arab News quoted an official as saying the judges had decided to punish the girl for trying to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.

The victim’s lawyer was suspended from the case, has had his licence to work confiscated, and faces a disciplinary session.

You got to put that in relation with what the rapists got.

[T]he 19-year-old woman, who is from Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority, was gang-raped 14 times in an attack in the eastern province a year-and-a-half ago.

Seven men from the majority Sunni community were found guilty of the rape and sentenced to prison terms ranging from just under a year to five years.

I think one of the best things anybody can do to make the world a better place is to end our dependency on mid-east oil. Those Arabs are a bunch of fucked up bastards. (I know, I know, there are nice Arabs too, but in general their society is a complete failure, judging by any reasonable standard of civilization.)

This is an unusual murder trial, and definitely not for the faint-hearted. Lisa Montgomery is accused of killing 8-months pregnant Bobbi Jo Stinnet in 2004, and then “kidnapping” the unborn baby.

Prosecutors said a doctor would testify that Stinnett was probably alive “when the baby was being cut from her womb”.


The little girl survived and was traced to Mrs Montgomery’s home in Melvern, Kansas. She was later reunited with her father and is now almost three years old.

So, at least the child is well. But what kind of sick mind would come up with that kind of idea? And it’s not a random attack either:

Prosecutor Matt Whitworth said searches of Mrs Montgomery’s computer showed she had researched how to perform caesarean sections and he added: “This defendant spent a great deal of time planning this crime.”

The BBC article has more details on the story.


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