These are loved ones of Humberto Leal Garcia. He was recently killed.
One of the perpetrators, James Richard Perry, has gone public, announcing that he has committed, to date, 235 killings. Perry believes that he has been ordained by God and the law to oversee the killings of ‘guilty’ people. Some of his victims have been guilty of sins such as being born black or brown, or having a sub-‘normal’ IQ.
“There has been at least one attempt to formalize a definition of serial murder through legislation. In 1998, a federal law was passed by the United States Congress, titled: Protection of Children from Sexual Predator Act of 1998 (Title 18, United States Code, Chapter 51, and Section 1111). This law includes a definition of serial killings:
The term ‘serial killings’ means a series of three or more killings, not less than one of which was committed within the United States,(1.) having common characteristics such as to suggest the reasonable possibility that the crimes were committed by the same actor or actors.”(2.)
Last week, James Richard Perry announced himself as a candidate for the presidency of the United States of America, a country that has been well-known in life and in fiction as an ardent pursuer and punisher of serial murderers. He is running on platform that includes promises to reduce criminal activity along the borders, stating that “There can be no homeland security without border security.”(3.) Perry apparently intends to expand his own murderous enterprise while using the apparatus of the federal state to reduce competition from other criminal syndicates.
Local residents of the United States are considering calling upon international human rights organizations to monitor the upcoming election, fearing that a successful Perry candidacy could destroy the few remaining vestiges of civil society and rule of law in their conflict-ridden nation. However, skepticism of such an approach is widespread: Some Americans point to past failures of the international community to prevent atrocities, or even to halt known projects of genocide and ethnic “cleansing.” Many are not optimistic that their international allies will come to their aid in these troubled times.
1. Apparently, this definition could shield Perry from criminal culpability for his role in killings that occurred across the border in Juarez.
2. From Serial Murder: Multidisciplinary Perspectives for Investigators, Behavioral Analysis Unit-2, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, Critical Incident Response Group, Federal Bureau of Investigation. http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/serial-murder/serial-murder-1#two, accessed 20 August 2011.
3. http://www.rickperry.org/issues/national-security/, accessed 20 August 2011.